When we first arrived at The Grand Hotel a week go, all you could see here was a field of green leaves.
Each and every day when I left the hotel to go for a walk, or go down to the Gatehouse for dinner, I’d look at these tulips, and every day there were just slight changes. Maybe the stems with tight buds were “just that much” taller over night. Maybe the buds grew fuller, not quite yet ready to open, but reaching for the sunlight through chilly spring Mackinac Island breezes.
Every day I’d wave at them, say hello, and add a word of encouragement – YOU CAN DO IT! You can bloom before I have to leave this wonderful place.
Overnight –tight green buds began to open to pink. I didn’t get to see them open all the way, but any day now this section will be vibrant with color.
How quickly things can change in just a week!
My last meal – breakfast!
I hope this photo is large enough for you to read the offerings. I swear I have gained at least 5 lbs and I feel like I could go a week without eating and be just fine. Being able to dine in a place like this just makes you feel SPECIAL. “Can I get you coffee or tea, M’lady?” Oh, my!
My horse drawn taxi was waiting for me at 10:15 in front of the hotel:
This taxi left just before mine and I caught the last “clip clop” in this short video.
I nearly had a mishap! Oh, it was SO COLD yesterday morning. I wrapped up in the wool blanket provided for me by the driver as my taxi was open-air, unlike the Grand taxi shown above. My cell phone was on my lap, and snuggled in the warmth of the wool blanket I had forgotten about my phone, and when I got out of the taxi at the docks, flinging the wool blanket to the side, my phone got buried in it and I didn’t realize it until 5 minutes later when looking for it.
Luckily there was a gentleman on a bicycle at the dock who went after the taxi, retrieved my phone and brought it back for me. Oh boy, that was a close one!
The day went a bit bumpier from there. After a 2 hour layover in Detroit, we boarded our flight to Atlanta, only to be held up by storms in the Atlanta area. They deplaned us. Waited about an hour, then re-planed us. When I got to Atlanta, I found that I didn’t miss my connection, it was ALSO delayed – another 2 1/2 hours.
This wouldn’t have been so bad….but I had mistakenly packed my hexie thread in my checked luggage with my sewing stuff because I used the thread on the 301 machine I borrowed from Gail! Yes, I had my thimble, but no thread! I did have my kindle…
I finally touched down in Greensboro at 12:45am this morning.
And the mess continues:
Pellston, MI airport has no xray machines for luggage. So they had to hand search each and EVERY SINGLE BAG. I keep TSA approved locks on the trunk show bags. I didn’t find out until reaching home that they never put my locks back on.
Or at least they didn’t put it on the ONE TRUNK SHOW BAG that did show up – the other one was still in Atlanta. Dealing with missing luggage past midnight is never a fun thing.
It wasn’t until I looked at the date this morning and realized that it is Friday the 13th that it dawned on me. It’s all a joke, and all will be okay!
Luggage will be delivered to my home address at some point today. I just wish it was my CLOTHES that were left in Atlanta, and not one of my trunk show bags.
This morning I am reflecting on the sounds of the waves lapping at the shores of Mackinac Island as I pull myself back into my own life.
There WILL be a nap this afternoon, count on it! And there will be something AWESOME to post this evening, just because!
This is a SHORT interim home for me – I head out to Plainfield, Illinois on Tuesday for a few fun days with the Pride of the Prairie Quilters. The hubster has a tennis tourney all weekend so Jeff and I might take Sadie up to the cabin for the weekend – I have that “H” project that needs to be finished and it is up there! At any rate, I’m just winging it today because my brain feels a bit scrambled.
Laundry is running, I’ve had my tea – one thing at a time, and all will fall back into place!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Spend a little time every day creating something beautiful!
Vintage grandmother's flower garden quilt shared by a student during the Needle Art seminar at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan this past week.
Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!