(Big sigh) . . . bags are all unpacked. Two shipped boxes have arrived and been emptied. Hanging clothes are in closets, and folded clothes are in dresser (all of that needs pressing, but that’s not happening this week). Ted and I have not stopped for a single second during the day (or so it seems) since we arrived home, but we’re now able to say, “We’re home!” and really smile about it.
Our trip from Michigan to Georgia was the smoothest we’ve ever had. We left Mackinaw City at 8:32 Sunday morning (ice on boardway and ferry docks) and drove to Richmond, KY. We were out of there by 8:10 the next morning and home around 5:30 on Monday afternoon. Smooth sailing the whole way – even through Atlanta!
Hello – Bear here.
When mom and dad got all those storage things out of hiding and packed them for days and days, Maddie and I knew something was up. We stayed pretty close that whole week – never letting them out of our sight. We knew a trip was coming – we just didn’t know where.
As soon as we turned off that big path with all the cars and trucks and bunches of lanes, even Maddie woke up. Suddenly the air just smelled different, and we finally knew where we were going . . . . HOME to the LAKE!
When dad turned on our street, Maddie and I just went crazy! Maddie was whining so loud mom fussed at her, and I was running back and forth from window to window in the back! Just when we thought we couldn’t stand it another minute, we turned INTO OUR DRIVEWAY!
Lemme tell it! Lemme tell it!
Hey – Maddie here.
As soon as I hit the yard I thought to myself, “Dang it! You go away a few months, and the moles just take over!” So . . . .
I’m back now – sorry about that – sometimes you just have to let ’em talk.
As smooth as the trip was, we should have known there would be a few little problems when we got here. Here’s the short list:
- My car battery was deader than the first mole Maddie caught.
- My laptop wouldn’t connect to the internet, although Ted’s notebook and our old iMac connected perfectly fine.
- I spent 4 hours (no exaggeration) on the phone with a tech person in Lord knows where while he talked me through a thousand and one “things to try” – none worked.
- Ted made an appointment for me to take my car to the Ford service center in Americus for a new battery on Wednesday morning and an appointment with our internet provider to send someone to our house Wednesday afternoon.
- Ted jumped off my battery and was following me to Americus when his cell phone rang. It was our alarm company saying our house alarm was going off.
- Ted turned around and went back to the house – false alarm.
- Battery installed, groceries bought.
- Internet person arrived and figured out what was wrong . . . . YEAH!!!
- Maddie ate too many moles and got sick all over the carpet . . . UGHI
There was already a Girls Night Out planned on Wednesday night at Booger Bottom, and I was determined to go. The theme for the night was “Sell Your Gold”, and a jeweler we all knew was there to buy any old gold and silver jewelry anyone wanted to sell.
My turn again, mom!
Ok – maybe I can finish now.
Is it good to be back? Oh my goodness, yes. I told someone last night at Girls Night Out that what we do is a different way to live. We really have two lives, each of them wonderful, with marvelous friends in both places. The magic of Mackinac Island will always call me back, but the joy and peace of returning to my roots is special in a totally different way.
Our first morning back Ted stood on our dock and took a photo of our house as the sun rose (the header photo is from that morning also). The sun’s light was reflected in our windows, turning each of them golden, and when I saw his photograph, I thought “We have magic here also.”
It’s good to be home.
See you back here on Monday!