We returned this afternoon from a week’s vacation on Edisto Island, SC with three day trips to Charleston. The next couple weeks I will tell you about our adventures. Edisto Island is 3 1/2 hours from our house.
We toured and visited:
- Visited a couple nice local craft stores. Saw some great wood working inspirations
- Pink Van history tour of Edisto Island
- Botany Bay pontoon boat tour of the salt marsh on Edisto Island
- Shrimp fest on Edisto Island
- bus tour of Charleston
- the beach on Edisto Island
- Patriots Point, Medal of Honor Museum, and Fort Sumpter in Charleston
- Boon Plantation in Charleston
- visited friends overnight in Charleston
- ate at #1 new restaurant in Charleston as picked by Bon Appetit magazine
- toured the only tea plantation in N. America and a winery at Wadmalaw Island-maybe the highlight of the trip
- saw one of the oldest oak trees, Angel Oak, in America on St. John’s Island
- visited CAW CAW nature preserve
It was a very good week with a good balance of doing things and having down time.
One downside was that it was hotter than we expected. I thought going this late in Sept. it would be around 80 and it was closer to 90 with VERY high humidity several days. We both got pretty overheated a couple days. After our travels all day we cooled off in the pool which felt great. While our timeshare was ok it did have a few downsides. We were on the third floor so 35 steps up and down several times a day and we were right next to four air conditioning units so it was usually pretty noisy to be outside. We stayed at a Wyndham property.
Wonderful travel news on our last tank of gas in my 2006 Corolla. I got 39 miles to the gallon and gas here in Greenville is $2.97 at some gas stations. That is the best mileage I have ever gotten.
We took almost 100 photos so my posts will have some pictures. We missed Sabrina and Smoky and were glad to get home to see them. Sabrina now seems totally back to her old self. The daughter of one of our neighbors came to feed them. They couldn’t wait to get outside. While it is fun and exciting to travel there is no place like home.
Where has the time gone? It has been three years since we moved to Travelers Rest and what an exciting and fulfilling time it has been. It seems so long ago when I was consumed with cleaning out the accumulation of stuff in our Vadnais Heights house, staging the house, worrying about getting a mortgage, finding a moving company, selling the house in 10 days, packing, moving, unpacking, etc.
It has taken Bob much longer than me to feel comfortable here but then he is the worry person in our household so I guess that shouldn’t be surprising.
I have to say we had high expectations of living near Greenville and the area has exceeded our expectations. Greenville Newcomers, the Woodworking Guild and OLLI have enriched our lives in so many ways. Yes we did many activities with these organizations but more important that is where we made new friends. At first everyone was a body with a name tag but now we have friends to do things with, to call if we need help with something and we can help them. We have absolutely no regrets about moving here. For us it was the right decision.
Bob’s woodworking shop has certainly exceeded his expectations and the things we are creating amaze us. We are still a few weeks away from finishing our last three projects and I can’t wait to show you. The summers are longer and hotter than we expected but everyone tells us the last two summers are the hottest in anyone’s memory. I hope that is just a fluke and not permanent global warming. The winter season is barely noticeable, at least to someone raised in MN.
We have really enjoy all the people who have visited us and hope you keep coming. After 16 years we said goodbye to our little cat Tanya. Smoky and Sabrina keep us entertained, when they aren’t sick. We have had so much fun on long and short vacations exploring this part of the country and have several more trips in the planning. Our trip to Alaska last summer was a dream come true.
Looking forward we want to continue to be active volunteers in our community, improve our woodworking and other artistic skills, travel and have fun with our new friends. Hopefully we can play host and hostess to out of town visitors.
Time flies when you are having fun.
Took our very lethargic little Sabrina to the vet Monday morning. We couldn’t give the vet much to work with except she was really not acting like herself and hid all day, wasn’t playing, didn’t want to go outside and would not eat or drink.
They gave her lots of tests and the good news is they didn’t find much except her white blood count was high and she was a little dehydrated. That means there were many bad things that she didn’t have like kidney problems, bad heart, etc. It is pretty much the same thing that happened with Smoky a couple months ago. They sent us home with an appetite stimulator pill and antibiotics and with $415 less in our checking account.
By Monday night she was feeling better. She takes her medicine much better than Smoky. Last night and this morning she would eat if I put her food in my hand. This afternoon she is eating from her food dish but she has to make sure I see her eating. She is acting more like herself but not totally our old Sabrina. She won’t let me out of her site which is ok with me.
The vet and Bob and I are all puzzled about what is going on with these two cats every few months. Let’s hope they both stay healthy for awhile.
A very busy and fun week last week. Monday night Bob and I went to the monthly Woodworkers Guild meeting. The program was on furniture repair and finishing. We got to see for the first time the beautiful auditorium seating they just installed. Nice comfortable padded chairs. There were probably a couple hundred people there. They always have “show and tell” and it is so much fun, not to mention motivating, to see what people do. I think at the next meeting we will take some of our boxes.
Tuesday I had my first OLLI Shakespear class. We will be studying three comedies ; Comedy of errors, Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. The only one I know is Taming of the Shrew and it has been decades since I saw it. I’m going to look for movies on Netflix and get my memory refreshed.
Tuesday night Bob and I went to the Travelers Rest Business Association appreciation picnic for city workers, fire fighters, police officers, etc. It was a very nice homey sweet small town event.
Thursday Bob and I went to our OLLI “In Conversation” class. The moderator is very entertaining and he interviewed the chair of the Political Science program at Furman. She was great. He also interviewed two of her students who were interns last summer for variouscongress men. He asked good questions, the students were inspiring and make one hopeful for the future. Exceeded expectations. We can’t wait to see more.
Friday we went on and OLLI Natural History walk around Lake Placid on Paris Mt., 15 minutes from our house. We took the same field trip a couple years ago with the same instructor. Learned about the park, trees, bugs etc. A nice group of people on the trip including one of my friends from the Tarot Ladies group. Afterward Bob and I went out for lunch with the instructor and one other man. Lunch is when you really get to know people. The instuctor is a big Red Cross volunteer and he lit up like the sun when Bob told him what he used to do as a Network Engineer. That could be a good fit for Bob but we have to learn more. This gentleman spent a month in Iowa when they had their disaster this spring so it could mean Bob would be gone for weeks if there is a disaster.
Saturday night we went out with the Greenville Newcomers to Saturday Dining Out. A fantastic meal at Harry and Jeans. Met old friends and some new ones. It was a really fun night.
Sunday we got many, many projects done around the house and had an old fashion potroast for dinner.
Next week is equally jam packed. As we retired folk say – we have six Saturdays and a Sunday in our week.
Sabrina seemed fine last night, ate her special treat with her usual enthusiasm. The only clue I had was several hours later she was just sitting in the middle of the living room floor, not a usual spot, but who knows with a cat what is usual. I went to pick her up and she mewed a little. I gently poked around on her and nothing seemed to hurt her so I didn’t think much about it. Today she won’t come out from under the bed. She is smack dab in the middle under the bed and we can’t reach her. She is sitting up and we put food and water by her. She hasn’t been hunting for quite a few weeks, seemed that was just a phase, so I don’t think she ate anything. Looks like another trip to the vet tomorrow morning.
Last Sunday my girlfriend and I were coming back from an art show. She was telling me how she is making a little picture album of things that were very southern, she moved here from Washington state. A good example would be a photo of the local fast food place advertising fried bologna sandwiches.
Since there aren’t many professional sports teams here in SC the college sports teams at University of South Carolina, Clemson and Furman are extremely popular. We saw this car go by and she said “I have to get a photo of this”. Fortunately I had my camera in the car so I followed the other vehicle into a gas station and she took a couple photos. Have you ever seen anything like this? Any spot that doesn’t have a tiger print has a bible verse or reference to a bible verse. The team has signed all her paw prints. A picture is really worth a thousand words.
It’s been several months since my time on the board with Greenville Newcomers ended and I have rested and also made good use of the extra time. I joined the Travelers Rest Business Association but so far that is just meetings once a month and networking at the meetings. I don’t know if it will grow beyond that. Time will tell. I love our little town and am willing to help. I checked into running for one of the openings for City Council but even though our address is Travelers Rest we live outside the city limits for City Council member.
You know I have been active in OLLI, Osher Life Long Learning Institute, at Furman as a student. I am now on the Curriculum Committee for planning our Friday one time events each term. We as a group come up with ideas for tours or speakers and then follow through on planning it. My two ideas were “Tour of American Legion War Museum” and “A day in the life of a Secret Service Agent”, both programs I have experienced. I will do a third one “Tour of Children’s Museum”. These are for winter term. I will write up the info for the brochure, send out reminder emails before the event, check people in for the event, make introductions, etc.
I think it is a very good fit for me and Bob has already volunteered to help me if there are big groups. Not too time consuming or a lot of regular meetings and certainly something within my interest and skill level.
I have been asked to be on the board for our Home Owners Association. I need to find out more about what that would involve. At this point I am interested but don’t have my mind made up.
I continue to meet with “the Tarot ladies” every few weeks and these 4 women are becoming good friends. I somehow have become the organizer for the gatherings and our “assignments or homework”. For example this last assignment was to research the meaning of a number and try a larger tarot card spread. Sometimes we actually get to the assignments.
Every month I go to the greeting card gathering which is now up to 7 – 8 people, two of my Tarot card friends just joined. I have been meeting with them for about 6 months now and so getting to know them better. Three I know well from Newcomers. Some of us go out for lunch so make an afternoon of it. Through my connections our card teacher Mary will now be teaching a card class for OLLI winter term. I’m so pleased for her.
Bob continues to be involved with the Woodworkers Guild and their technology committee and I go to the programs and classes that interest me. He always likes it when I go too. He has his monthly Romeo group (Real Old Men Eating Out).
1. What is Labor Day?
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the contributions of America’s workforce.
2. No one knows who started it.
There is still some doubt as to who is actually the first person to propose the holiday for workers.
3. America’s 1st Labor Day.
The first Labor Day celebration in the United States can be traced to New York City’s Union Square on Sept. 5, 1882. It was designed as a way to appease city workers after numerous strikes and in some cases even violence.
4. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887.
By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.
5. A rejection of Communism.
President Eisenhower designated May 1 as both Law Day and Loyalty Day. Each of these were specifically aimed at replacing the communist holiday with a religious or patriotic one. In many countries, May Day is also Labor Day.
6. No white clothes the day after the holiday.
In the early 20th century, white was the uniform of choice for Americans well-to-do enough to decamp from their city digs to warmer climates for months at a time: light summer clothing provided a pleasing contrast to drabber urban life. If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you’ll see people in dark clothes. By contrast, the white linen suits and Panama hats at snooty resorts were a look of leisure.
7. End of summer.
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
The Greenville News confirmed what many in the Upstate SC have thought. This was a very hot summer. We had 85 days in the 90′s. This hasn’t happened since 1954. It looks like the heat and dry weather should break on Sunday night. We haven’t had the air conditioner off in a long time. At least in the last couple weeks there have been many mornings and evenings when it was cool enough to sit on the porch or even eat outside. I still would not trade the summer for the long MN winter and almost no winter here.
Sabrina and Smoky don’t seem to mind the heat, especially Sabrina. She just can’t get enough of being outside.
I see a couple small branches have turned bright red and a few trees have yellow leaves but I don’t know if that is because of fall colors or the lack of water.
Have a great Labor Day holiday and stay safe.