Category Archives: Favorite Things

Falling for Greenville once again

Today, Greenville spoiled us yet once again with her charming self!  We started out with an enjoyable breakfast with some great company at the Green Room and followed it up with a day of music, people watching, and lounging at Fall for Greenville.  Greenville never fails to welcome you in and wrap you up in her presense!


A fairy tale birthday

Once upon a time in a land far away, a middle-aged woman celebrated her 43rd birthday…

She hopped on an air-conditioned bus in Munich with her “bestie” and off they traveled through verdant countryside.  Along the way, she saw bell wearing bovines, farmers in their fields, and flowers overflowing from window boxes.  She could not contain herself!

Her excitement grew more and more with each hairpin turn and as the hills began to grow and the Alpine background came into view she began to wonder if she were dreaming.  Tucked in the folds of the mountains was a castle, Neuschwanstein to be exact, and though the front side was covered in scaffolding (something that happens only once every 30 years for cleaning) she was awed nonetheless.  The adventure had begun!


The Strawberry Fields

After a Cracker Barrel breakfast with the husband and father-in-law, it was off to the fields for me.  A solo trip to Beechwood Farms led me to fields of deliciously ripe strawberries begging to be picked.  As soon as I stepped out of the car, that familiar sweet smell engulfed me and I was in Heaven!  The plants were so full of ripe berries that I barely had to move to fill both of my 4-quart baskets.  Seriously…Heaven!

The little strawberry pickers took a hay ride in the Lil Covered Wagon while the farm pups ran alongside.  It brought back sweet memories of my once little picker here at this same farm way back when.  It was idyllic.

I love moments like these.  Moments that are simple yet put such a good feeling in my heart and a smile on my face.  Moments that bring back memories and create new ones.

Have you gone strawberry picking lately?

Let me linger

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  ~John Muir

For me, there is nothing like a deep breath of fresh mountain air, a lazy stroll through Mountain Laurel and Honeysuckle, and a take-your-breath away view to calm the nerves, slow the pace, and re-center.  Let me linger awhile…


My heart is slowly melting these days as I watch my son rapidly hit certain milestones.  I know the inevitable is here.  He has grown up and will soon begin his own life in this great big world.  I am incredibly proud of him and can’t wait for him to spread his wings but I will miss those little moments with him like hearing his big feet which were once so little, padding down the stairs every morning before school.  I will miss the relief I feel every night when I hear his car pull safely in the driveway from an evening out and I will even miss the sometimes not-so-comfortable teenage talks we have.  There is so much I will miss but so many proud moments to look forward to. This weekend was a prime example as I watched him behave like such a gentleman for his Senior Prom.

Well done Zachary!

While many are still sleeping…magic happens.

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”  ~John Muir

The Island left us a parting gift Monday morning.  Her breathtaking landscape gave the sun just the right canvas to paint on.  We watched huddled in sweatshirts as ever so slowly, a brightness appeared on the faded horizon.  Instead of melting into the ocean as it does at sunset, the sun rose into the sky dripping its molten orange back into the blue water.  Of course the birds were rejoicing the new day as well which added such a sweet melody to the glorious show!  I thank God that I am an early riser!

We made a few more stops as we said goodbye to Beaufort and the surrounding area knowing full well that we would soon return!


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