Charleston is as lovely as I remember. It has been 20 years since I strolled my baby down these streets. Time flies but the memories are sweet.
Our hotel is in this historic building. It was originally built in 1758 as a fort for the city. The four corners of the building were guarded by bastions which had cannons mounted to protect the city. In 1842 it became the military school known as The Citadel. During the Civil War, the building was occupied by Federal troops and partially burned. All this being said, I am hoping to see a ghost. Surely with all of that history, there has to be some spirits floating around.
I can never get enough of these old earthquakes bars. They are just little stars of history quietly waiting to be noticed.
As I walked around this afternoon, the church bells sang songs of happiness and the palmetto trees whispered softly in my ear.
A road I traveled so many moons ago, but still so familiar and precious to my heart. I'll be back tomorrow with more of my walking tour. I plan to travel lightly tomorrow. Taking pictures with hand fulls of junk is not an easy task.
The daffodils are blooming along the roadsides and old home places.
It tickles my heart to see the glory of God in full bloom.
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I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced, but they Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee; A poet could not be but gay, In such a jocund company! I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. William Wordsworth
This week I have a resolution. I am putting my foot down and going to try to more of a noun and less of an adjective. We are in the process of designing a new website for the store and I want a clean, simple, yet sweet one. I have had to do some homework for the site and in the middle of my work I have realized that simplicity is kinda hard for me. I don't like a lot of things or clutter but I do love lots of beautiful, wonderful,lovely words to describe the things that I do love. Hmmm... I wonder if anyone else has noticed this?? Paring my adjectives down to a minimum has proven much harder than I thought.
In a world filled with cotton candy colors it is SO hard to just be a Ferris wheel!
Today, I don't have any pretty pictures or any pretty thoughts. Today, I just need to vent. Life is full of ups and downs. Many times when I am on that proverbial mountaintop a tiny little voice will whisper in my ear, "watch out, the valley comes next. It always does and that is life but that doesn't make it feel any better. My soapbox for today - gossip.
Gossip can be so tempting. Even if you try your darndest not to partake in it, a juicy morsel is so hard to pass up hearing. I bought these building during a difficult time in my life. They have been my salvation(and I do not mean that disrespectfully). They have been my escape for the last 5 years. An escape from a community that I never quite fit it to. My friend always tells me that it is because I do not march to their drummer. Private schools that spill into private churches that spill into private cliques that I have never been a part of nor really wished to be. I am shy by nature and keep to myself. I like it that way. I escape to my quite little life in a tiny little town where no one knows me. I just wanted to blend in and disappear. On most days, this is my life. I have the power to make it my own and that makes me happy. Today, gossip robbed this from me. It makes me angry with myself that I have allowed this to happen but all I can say is, I can't help it! Gossip of this kind is usually...simply put...dirt and misinformation! I have heard it said, "great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about other people" How true! But it still hurts, it stings to the soul, and the effects of it may ripple in to someone's life for a very long time. Today, I am sad and mad and hurt to the depth of my being. Tomorrow, I will pull up my pink big girl panties and move forward. If you made it this far on my rantings and ravings, I thank you. Thank you for letting me vent. Thank you, in advance, for the next time you hear a juicy morsel, let it go. Don't repeat it unless you are asking the source of that information of its validity. We never know the reasons for other people's actions. We usually haven't walked" a step"much less "a mile "in the other persons shoes! I promise to be better tomorrow.
Look what we found growing out behind the warehouse! Alice in Wonderland mushrooms! I am going to put them in my garden for Saturday!
We have been busy working in our warehouse to get things ready for Saturday. Jay made me this great picnic table and benches. I can't wait to get it in the store and all dressed up for the weekend since I still have picnics on the brain!
This was an old dry sink that needed a little TLC. I made the flower knobs myself. I kinda like the way it turned out.
Another dry sink that was spared the paint brush! Very little gets by me with0ut a little paint.
I saw a dreamy table similar to this on a dreamy website dreamy whites Hers, of course, was all prettied up for Valentine's Day and made me want to live in her house! I will put up a few pictures when I get mine gussied up.
All of this warm weather has given me spring fever. I couldn't resist painting a few flowers. So, I was tired by the end of the day and I asked Jay how he was still going.....
He said nothing ,but turned and showed me his secret... A large Red Bull and a Nutty Buddy!
With the warm sunshine to inspire us, we decided to work in our garden area on Sunday and Monday. Somehow my good ideas always end up being lots more work than I anticipate.
First we had to take everything out of the garden. This ended up taking all of Sunday afternoon. Then I had to trim the overgrown shrubbery and stuff that I have ignored this long cold winter.
I had to get my trees ready for all of the baby birds I am hoping for. Last spring, I closed the garden down for a week while my little baby cardinal learned to fly. Maybe, either he or his parents ,will come back this year! I also hung lots of bird houses for my bluebirds. They make me so happy.
Once we had it all empty and clean, we ordered 8 tons of river rock. I thought Jay was crazy for thinking we would need that much but guess what....we didn't have enough! Figures!!
So, if you pass through Sasser this Saturday, stop in and get a sandwich lunch at Sassie Britches, then come on over and find a shady spot and have a picnic. Who knows, we may even join you!