Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 4 in Charleston

Today was a relaxing day. After all the walking we did Monday-Wednesday, we decided to just chill and do something right where we were.  We walked the beach twice and got photos.  I love vacations with sandy beaches and oceans.  Nothing like it in my book.
 Here's my sweetie looking off to the side. He loves walking in bare feet in the sand.  I can't do that so I had to wear my flip flops.  We saw dolphins today but they were too quick to photograph.  There was a large pod of them but they didn't jump very high and were very quick. I felt like a little kid again with that.  I love seeing the unexpected like this!
 This is what we found lots of on the beach today.  We must have seen about 30 of these.  They were dead. They are called cannonball jellyfish.  I don't know why so many were on shore but heard that South Carolina may be involved in hatcheries of these guys.  They send them to Thailand, China and Japan where they eat them.  Not sure if that's happening or not.  There was a lot of opposition to the hatcheries.
 The turquoise building was a great restaurant which was right next to our hotel.  Our room was on the second floor at the end next to the restaurant.  We could sit and watch people eat if we wanted to. However, they couldn't see us.
 This was a flock of gulls that congregated on the beach when a family with a small child began to feed them.  As you might have guessed, the gulls wouldn't go away.  Tim got a picture after the family was trying to shoo them away.
I saw this video from FB and thought it was so cool.  Maybe you'll even see where you live represented here.

What a fun video to watch.  There was even a small clip done in Cleveland, Ohio!

Blessing of the Day:Going to the Akron Stamping show with Jane and Jan.  I stayed within my budget and even had $4 left! LOL
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 3 in Charleston

Our first stop today was the docks at the National Parks system.  From here you bought tickets and took a 30 minute ride to Fort Sumter.  You had an hour to walk around then a 30 minute ride back.  This was an interesting story to hear.  Being in the South, and learning about their history is different than it was for us Yankees who won that war.
Here is what Fort Sumter looked like when it was build.  Three stories high.

Here is what is left of Fort Sumter, one story of wall on the outside and not much on the inside.
 We saw lots of canons and were told that it took 5 men to operate on cannon.
 Here is a photo from the second story grass area showing an inner wall with canons. We learned that one type of canon they had could shoot 5.5 miles!  Who would have believed.

This is a most unusual bridge in Charleston.
 Here is the captain of the ship bringing us into the harbor.
 Second stop was the Aquarium which was right next door to the Fort Sumter monument building.
 I came around the corner to this exhibit and saw this guy.  Scared me for sure.  Although I learned that they breathe with their mouths open and that's why people think they are aggressive because they show their teeth as they breathe.
 Check out this turtle, he was doing the H for OHIO! LOL
 This was a very cool pool of horseshoe crabs and sting rays.  In a smaller pool, Tim and I got to hold live star fish, hermit crabs and sea urchins.  I felt like a little kid doing this.  I'd never done this before.  Any time we'd been around things like this it was with kids and they were the ones touching things.
The last thing we did today was walk the streets of downtown Charleston.  On our tour we learned after the war the city had to be rebuilt.  They had lots of clay and plenty of help from the plantations to make bricks.  Bricks were considered a poor man's building material so many of the houses had spackling put over the brick and lines were drawn to make them look like stone or wood.
 The homes are magnificent!  There are very wealthy people here.  Check out this three-story home in pink.  We figured that many people were employed in this city just taking care of all of the million dollar homes and landscaping.
 Check out this home....Many of the homes we saw were surrounded by high fences or high shrubs so people couldn't see in.  It seemed sad to me that these people and their money had cut themselves off from us commoners.....
 This is rainbow lane where the houses are all colored different colors and in a row.
There is a lot of money in this city. They used a lot of rot iron on homes as well.  The homes and buildings have special pieces put into them for earth quakes as they experienced a 7.7 earthquake which destroyed a lot of the city.  Many homes here are protected by the historical society so owners have to keep them looking a certain way.  We were told taxes on these houses were 5% of what they are worth!

Blessing of the Day: Spending time with Tim and learning so much about this great city.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day 2 in Charleston

Today began so beautifully here.  The son came up and I was in time to catch it's raysrising up over the horizon and the pier down the beach.  This is an amazing scene to wake up to each day.
 It was a bit cloudy when I got this but our day was filled with sunshine today.  Tim and I walked the beach for a long time. I love the sound of the water coming in and the gulls making their noises.
 These are the huge donkeys that pulled our covered wagon for our downtown tour of Charleston.  Check out the poop bags.  Yes, these companies are fined if poop hits the streets.  Someone has to empty these bags, stay in school kids so this isn't YOUR job. LOL
 This is some of the beautiful architecture we saw.  We were asked if we knew the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard.  They said a graveyard is being buried in a churchyard and a cemetery is being buried on land not by a church.  Did you know that?
 This is St. Michaels.
 This is a theatre in the area that is still used.
 Only a few of the streets still have cobblestone.
 This is an unusual suspension bridge which connects the Island of Palms to the mainland.
 These incredible palms line the center islands that divide the roads.
 This is the patio where we ate last night.  It was such a gorgeous night to eat outside.
So far loving South Carolina!
Blessing of the Day: Spending time with Tim in God's gorgeous creation on the ocean here in Charleston, South Carolina!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 1 Charleston

This is the view from the plane as we were on our way to Charleston.  I love flying above the clouds.
 We went to a plantation and parked near a cotton field.  Check out the sign in front of the field.
 The first thing I wanted to do was pick some....LOL
 This is the main house of the plantation.  This is a working plantation.
This is a small part of the gorgeous gardens.
 Here's my sweetie in the gardens.  The flowers and vegetables are grown together.
 This is a view from our room. We're right on the ocean.
 This is Bubba who talks.  He said 'Hello' to me.  I was like a little kid trying to make him talk.
More pics coming tomorrow.
Blessing of the Day:Beautiful destination and time with Tim.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Critters, Cards and Love

This song sings about echoing God's heartbeat and be like Him.  I pray that I can be a reflection of God's love in my life.  I pray that I can be a light in the dark as I live my life for Christ.
Here are the hyacinths we have which smell delightful.  Alas Bambi has found them.  It won't be long until the flowers are all gone.
Check out this HUGE Red-headed woodpecker. He's been "hanging" around here lately.
Sweet Phoebe is looking for water.  This is the fountain she drank out of all summer last year.  She fell asleep in here.
We saw a wild turkey on our way home from church today.  Amazing isn't it?
I really loved this when I saw it.  I pray I can keep it in mind each day.
This is the card I made today for the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS.  The cute bear was my inspiration.

This is the card I made for Saturday's inspiration challenge.  The pillow was my inspiration.
    Josie Ikat Embroidered Pillow Cover  
I liked the message of this song.  Who doesn't love a good love song?         

All I Ask Of You Lyrics
"All I Ask Of You" was written by Lloyd Webber,
Andrew / Hart, Charles A. / Stilgoe, Richard Henry Zachary S..

No more talk of darkness
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I'm here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you

Let me be your freedom
Let daylight dry your tears
I'm here with you, beside you
To guard you and to guide you

Say you'll love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summertime
Say you need me with you now and always
Promise me that all you say is true, that's all I ask of you

Let me be your shelter
Let me be your light
You're safe, no one will find you
Your fears are far behind you

All I want is freedom
A world with no more night
And you always beside me
To hold me and to hide me

Then say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you want me with you, here beside you
Anywhere you go let me go too, that's all I ask of you

Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you
Share each day with me, each night, each morning
Say you love me
You know I do

Love me, that's all I ask of you
Love me, that's all I ask of you
Love me, that's all I ask of you

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Blessing of the Day: Church with Tim, Seeing a wild turkey, spending time with Jane.
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Flying out to Charleston, S.C. tomorrow with Tim.