We went on vacation over the fourth of July (I know, I am well aware that this was over one month ago. Bear with me…it is summer!) and I have to say, I live to travel. We set out on a trip to Mackinac Island with some friends. Turns out her parents own a”cottage” in an area they call Hubbard’s Annex, which is just one in about one million things about Mackinac that you truly have to see to believe.

When I graduated from high school I was not really a good candidate for jumping right into college. I have always possessed what my family affectionately refers to as a “wanderlust” that cannot be ignored. I had a cousin who worked on Mackinac at the fort (refer back to the original link) dressed in period costume and to me, this sounded like a great way to get away from home but not have to go to school. So I found a sweet little B & B and signed on as their housekeeper. After I arrived I got a second job as a waitress for a hotel down the street that served breakfast. I would get up around 5:30 am, toss my hair into a ponytail, and head off to serve tourists (called “fudgies” because Mackinac is known for its fudge production and nearly no one leaves without buying some) breakfast. Finishing around 11 I would head off to the B & B to clean rooms until about 3 or 4. About halfway through the summer I found a third job in the evenings as a hostess at a new bar (now non-existent) downtown. This sounds so ambitious to me now! I can barely crawl out of bed in the morning to chase my three-year-old!!! That was the first of nearly six entire May-October seasons on Mackinac. I made so many friends – some of whom even read this very blog! – and have a million stories. I decided on this trip that I really need to find a place to tell these stories.

When I first started blogging, my idea was to “write every day” in an attempt to actually do something with all of the junk that rattles around my brain. I am going to try to get back to that. Never fear…craftiness is within me. I am almost finished with a pair of toe-up socks with an afterthought heel that I will surely post about soon – if I can just find time to get all of these things done!!!!

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