Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mackinac Island

Well, I finally figured out the correct way to post a slideshow on my blog using my Mackinac Island pictures. I won't admit how long it took me either. I had no problems in the past with Flickr, but decided to use Photobucket this time. Glad I did too.
Last week several of my children and I went to Mackinac Island in Michigan. I absolutely love to spend time by water! We had wonderful weather as you can see and a great time. Working in both an academic and a public library, I couldn't help but visit the Mackinac Island Public Library which is small but very nice. It is a great little library, wonderful building and beautiful grounds facing the lake. I imagined myself curled up on one of the Adirondack chairs looking out at the lake right outside one of the library doors. I felt a light breeze and the warm sunshine on my face. I have some of my genealogy notes in my lap just waiting to be reviewed.....oh wait, that's right...I was DREAMING....back to life....
We took the bikes around the island which is always fun. I didn't really enjoy the climb to Arch Rock but once there the view is outstanding. There must have been over two hundred steps to get to the top and with bad knees, I couldn't wait to get back to the bikes! The trail around the island is about eight miles, so it doesn't really take too long. There are plenty of spots to stop and rest and relax and perhaps take a little dip in the water. Be prepared the water is a bit chilly!
Of course, my favorite part was visiting the fudge companies. I couldn't walk out of Murdick's Fudge without buying about three pounds of delicious, creamy and oh, so fattening (like I really cared!) fudge. So, all in all it was a great trip.
Now, where did I put the rest of that fudge?

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!