Patina – Charleston, SC!

Charleston, South Carolina is a city filled with beautiful, historic homes. So many different variations of fabulous – some have a patina that developed over the years. You can see layers of what the building was originally constructed of – it’s just so interested!

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Celebrating Memorial Day…

Memorial Day – a day to honor those who lost their lives in the ultimate sacrifice. Defending our freedom. So, it’s hard to say “Happy” Memorial Day – this is generally a day of BBQ, gatherings and good times, but while celebrating, please do take a moment to honor those who lost their lives while defending us. I will be thinking of them and their family and friends… 🇺🇸

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Forest Bathing 101: just. breathe.

Waynesville, North Carolina

I love a misty/foggy day, especially when it’s relatively cool outside. We recently spent a few days in Waynesville, NC – where we spent some much needed time away from devices and pretty much every other distraction. This photo captures the serene beauty of the day. No sunshine. #woohoo A nice thick fog blanketed pretty much everything. There was mist at times and a short thunderstorm one evening 💛- we fell asleep listening to the rain. #perfection What a treat! There is scientific evidence to prove that forest bathing is good for you… (Click to read the article).

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Rain or Shine, Sleet or Hail…

View from Outdoor Porch at The Swag

Rain or shine, sleet or hail (or even snow!!) – some places we visit are so special it really doesn’t matter what the weather is.- each has its own appeal. Our last trip to the mountains had a good bit of fog and it was lovely! I love cool weather (yet live in South Carolina) – the difference in temperatures between Charleston and Waynesville is mind blowing – especially for a 4.5 hour drive. I see why so many people love to visit the mountains. Of course the fog lifted and the mountains were glorious – what a treat!

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Happiness continued….

To me flowers = happiness. Imagine my surprise when I stepped out of the dentist’s office to find a bevy of beautiful flowers. Woot, woot! #miniphotoshoot What brings a smile to me will bring a smile to another, so here’s your smile for the day. I don’t know what type of plant it is, but the color (and the combination of plants/flowers) was beautiful. Unexpected for sure. Don’t you love that?

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A reminder to get outside…

An accidental iPhone image = a good reminder for me to get out and walk (or do whatever to stay active). Nothing is off the table. For instance, I’m a big sweeper. I love to sweep. I’m outside, it clears my mind and it’s rewarding – we have a big area to sweep, especially with constantly falling leaves/berries/blooms/squiggles/acorns/you name it. Another way to spend the summer is gardening (or in my case trying to keep mondo grass from taking over a path) – the stuff grows like crazy…

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It’s Geranium Time!!

Flowers in Charleston, SC are plentiful right now. The colors delight the eye and the scent, ooooh, makes me so happy. People have been happily planting for some time now. Garden centers are packed (especially on weekends!) The geraniums are gorgeous and come in so many beautiful colors! I’ve always loved the geranium colors like salmon and light pink – in this image the blooms look red, but they’re more of a fiery fuchsia, which stands out nicely.

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It’s Spring! What to plant?

When the sun is shining (which it isn’t in this photo) – and the days turn warmer – who likes to head out to their favorite location to purchase flowers to plant? I think so many of us do. Flowers bring happiness and cheer (especially if you can snip a few to bring indoors!) – Our stunning orange violet is on its way out, sadly. It has been a bright pot of cheer all winter. (Not my garden pictured above 😉).

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The Grasshopper Lamp in Light with Shadows!

Light and shadows are two of my favorite things. I love to see morning or evening light hitting subject and creating a remarkable shadow. I especially love shadows on brick – the way our gas light has sharp outlines onto the brick certain times of day – and the way this lamp shows off it’s sleek design – all captured with shadows.

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Make that wish!!

I just said to my husband the other day – I NEVER see dandelions here in Charleston. I miss them. I remember seeing them growing up (much to my dad’s chagrin). The bright, happy yellow flowers were so pretty. Then I heard some people made soup with them… hmmm, I’ll pass on that one. But when “it” gets to the stage pictured above, the white fluffy things (ok, seeds) were the best part – because that’s when you take it, make a wish and blow on it, watching all the “little fluffy white things” blow in the wind like snowflakes.

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A Portrait of Poison Ivy…

A portrait of Poison Ivy. It’s so vital and healthy looking. It seems to really thrive wherever you find it. It’s easily transferred onto you either by touching it directly, brushing against it and then touching clothing, or walking a dog who walked through it and then you pet the animal. Misery ensues. You’ll live through it, but it’s no party. If you happened to touch it by mistake and need to know what to do, follow these steps:

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Another Monday in Paradise!

Out on a walk and saw this stunning specimen – not sure what it is, but it’s beautiful – especially looking up through the tree branches. #alwayslookup The sky is blue, the air is warm, but not hot. It’s a great time of year with so many people outside taking advantage of the low humidity. Charleston, South Carolina in the spring is perfection.

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