Sneak a little happy into your day – Every. Day.

This isn’t my best photo (haha, laughing as I type this… literally), yet it’s one of my very favorites – I was trying to take a selfie with my family several visits ago, and we all started laughing. The photo didn’t “turn out” but I love it, because it shows my family how we really are. I have no idea what we were laughing at – probably just trying to get us all to look into the camera, ha ha.

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Life! Take a breath.

South Carolina. We sure have some beautiful scenery. I took this photo years ago at Botany Bay (Edisto, SC). This beautiful marsh scene makes me feel calm, serene, and peaceful. Botany Bay is a sanctuary (literally). From driving through the winding roads looking at nature all around you to getting out and taking a walk on the beach, you will certainly be mesmerized at such untouched beauty.

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Loving This “Winter” Light…

Loving this winter light!

Winter light. Winter skies. (Not to mention cooler winter temps!) Ahhh, I love them. The sky seems bluer and the golden light is amazing as it highlights the trees. Something stark and leaf barren can be stunning. Note the small moon… Late fall/winter are my favorites. Maybe winter (in Charleston) is my favorite because it’s more like fall in the midwest.

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie… While you organize your life!

Let sleeping dogs lie, quite literally in this case. The sun was streaming in, Charlie had his walk checked off the list and a full belly. He happily hopped into his bed, tucked himself tightly and fell asleep. How nice to be Charlie! Now, let’s talk organization… I have a simple strategy for tackling a big (or small) job. Closets, drawers, you name it. #letsgetitdone

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Great Northern Beans, Collards & Homemade Cornbread!

Great Northern Beans, Collards & Homemade Cornbread!

Beans. They should be far more popular than they are. Some people think beans are cheap and not worth all the time to make. But, the truth is, they don’t take all that long, and the taste can be out of this world delicious, with the added benefit that they’re easy on the wallet. Growing up, long ago, we used to eat beans every once in a while – my favorite part of that meal was the (Jiffy) cornbread, ha ha. But I was a kid with a limited palette. Thank goodness I’ve grown up and oh boy, are these beans ever fabulous. The taste is out of this world. The secret is in the…

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Sunset at the Ashley River Memorial Bridge – Charleston, SC

Bridges. There are several bridges in Charleston, SC that allow boat traffic through, these are bascule bridges that draw up (with 12 hour advance notice). This is the Ashley River Memorial Bridge that takes you from downtown Charleston to the West Ashley side of Charleston (West of the Ashley river). There are two bridges 1/10th of a mile apart. They’re quite dramatic.

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Exquisite Architecture – Charleston, SC!

Grace Church Cathedral | Wentworth St. | Charleston, SC

A beautiful church with stunning architecture. This is Grace Church Cathedral located in downtown Charleston, SC. It’s an example of outstanding architecture that has withstood the test of time. You can read about the history of the building and it has been through a lot, yet lives to tell the story. Just look at the intricacies!

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Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Make this year the best year ever!

Happy New Year, 2023! Can you believe we just keep flying through the years? No matter what’s going on in the world, let’s all try to make this year the best year ever. Not only for ourselves, but for each other as well. Life presents us with paths to follow, we just have to make the right choice at the time. We’re all just trying our best, right?

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My Kind of Fireworks…

Happy New Year’s Eve! Wishing you a happy, healthy, full-of-good-things 2023. Count your blessings and most importantly, BE a blessing to someone (anyone!) else. As you reflect on 2022, think about the connections you’ve made – make the extra effort to inquire about someone’s day/life/year… I am friends with so many of you, and appreciate all the time you take to reach out to me. I am blessed (and thrilled) beyond belief. Thank you – Here’s to a safe and wonderful 2023!

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View from Crosby’s Seafood – Charleston, SC

Crosby’s Seafood. It never disappoints. We stopped by to pick up some shrimp for the next week. The view is over the top gorgeous. Living in Charleston, SC – I never tire of the views here. I don’t take them for granted either. We live in a stunning setting – if you worked at Crosby’s, this is your view. What?!

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!!

This is one of my all time favorite images for Christmas. This was taken in Michigan, over ten years ago. The sky was magical (as it often is), the lights were bright against the dark sky and the mood was festive.

It’s Christmas Eve! I hope this Christmas (or holiday season) is especially wonderful for you. May you delight in every single moment of it.

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Tis the Season!

Tis the season! Oh, yes, the holiday season is upon us. I have to say, I’m thankful for all the happy lights decorating homes. It seems like there are even more this year. It’s so festive and absolutely gorgeous, especially this time of year when it gets dark so early. (Did you know that’s about to change?) I wish the lights would stay on all year!


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Do you see wild animals? {WordPress Post Prompt}

Magnificent trees + sunset in a historic neighborhood = WOW. My husband and I were walking the other night as the sun was setting and a large full moon was lighting up the sky. My phone refused to see the large brilliant moon – but when I turned around and saw the stunning sky behind me I just had to take a quick photo. I love the tree and the sky. This is a magical time of year.

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