Charleston, SC – What did you do this weekend?

What were you up to this weekend? It was a weird combination of warmish (but cool in the house), then a little humid – then turning crisp. #perfect I love crisp weather. I always look with wonder at the view that we pass by on our way to do the mundane tasks of everyday living. It’s not the destination, it’s the view along the way, right? But I did get some good cooking in…

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Tis the Season – December already!

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Looking for a good gift idea this year? It’s not easy finding the perfect gift. Sometimes you hit it just right (like the image above, we bought Charlie a new dog bed, he was thrilled, hopped in it and went right to sleep.) If you’re looking for a few gift ideas, take a peek at my list and let me know if you have any favorite gifts to give (or receive!) – It’s still hard to fathom that it’s already December!

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This one’s mine! 🧡 🍋

A fresh (and beautiful) lemon from our neighbor’s tree!

Living in Charleston just got a wee bit better. Lemons are in season and whoa are they beautiful! Our neighbor has a magnificent lemon tree just bursting with lemons. Have a recipe, need a lemon? Perfect! It’s like a nice pot of basil but even better! I don’t know what he does to make this tree so happy, but wow! This tree is beautiful, especially when the sun is hitting it. The lemons, whoa…

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Starry, Starry Night…

After dinner on our way to bonfire…

The stars were the show at this magical get-together. The sky was a gorgeous deep blue and it was filled with so many stars it was hard to fathom. At home, we have other homes and trees around us, so we can only see little pieces of the sky/stars… so this was awe inspiring – and very, very hard to leave. Soon the chairs had wonderful, interesting people filling them and stories were shared.

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Recipes and A Burst of Happiness!

Interested in hearing your favorite holiday recipe (while posting a flash of color and happiness during these days when it gets dark outside so early). I seem to be stuck in the zone of READING so many recipe but not coming up with something that sounds quite perfect. So I am super interested to hear what is a key dish (or dishes) that you like to take somewhere for a holiday event? I need YOUR inspiration. Feel free to message me (via CONTACT ME at top of page, or comment on blog or social media!)

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In need of calm and serenity, who isn’t?

What a stunning sunrise, don’t you agree? This sunrise photo was taken last month in Waynesville, NC. So breathtaking and peaceful. I just look at this image and I think about the good time we had getting up and heading out only to run into friends along the way. Pretty cool. We all enjoyed a beautiful sunrise together. Very grateful for our time at such a beautiful location.

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Stunning (Pre) Sunrise…

(Prior to) Sunrise From The Swag | Waynesville, NC

The above photo is a sunrise image taken from The Swag (from the dog trot/porch area). No filter, no enhancement, just pure Mother Nature in all her glory! There is nothing better than to wake up to these stunning colors. We high tailed it to Gooseberry Knob where it didn’t take long for the sun to rise above the distant mountains. Wow. What a show it was! To think that this image was just the preview of what was to come is amazing.

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A Touch of Happy Color!

Wildflowers in pottery vase – such a nice touch!

This beautiful flowers/vase were waiting in our room on our last vacation – when my husband surprised me with a trip to the Swag (wonderful place) for my birthday and our anniversary. Pops of color so pretty and a gorgeous pottery vase. He thinks of everything! This was extra special.

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

We are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by Live oak trees. They were planted when these homes were built (mostly in the 1930’s). One in the front yard and one in the back (of most). Visually, they make a stunning streetscape as their limbs have grown together over the years. The Spanish moss hangs, swaying in the breeze. The Resurrection fern grows, changing from bright green (with rain) to crumbled brown (no rain) and back to bright green again.

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Dreams in black and white…

Ian has passed (hurricane) and we’ve been left with beautiful sunny skies. We’re done with cleanup and the City has already picked up the debris, which is no easy feat! When so many of us have huge piles by the street of branches, limbs, etc. it takes a lot of time to get it cleaned up. #yallbepatient At least we have something TO clean up. Very thankful for that.

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For everyone who needs to take a breath…

Sunrise from the Swag | Annie’s Room | August 2022

For everyone who needs to take a breath… This post is for you! Whew, what a stressful few days – with upcoming storms and all that goes with it. Not to mention watching the TV and seeing the destruction that had occurred in Florida. Our prayers go out to you Florida! Charleston, SC and surrounding areas has been on the bad side of a hurricane (Hugo, 1989) – and it’s not something you ever forget.

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View from Hemphill Bald – Waynesville, NC!

Hemphill Bald – Waynesville, NC

This is one of my favorite photos. It appears as a screensaver often. I just don’t want the image to go away. This was a hike to a special place on our 30th anniversary. Sometimes when you take a photo it’s like the stars align. I love everything about this photo. It takes me right back to that day. Beautiful weather, good food, great people around us. Best time ever.

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