23 April 2014

Lee Lee's Hot & Colorful Kitchen

Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen, President's St., Charleston, S.C.
I had an afternoon meeting at Burke High School so what better time to walk down to check out Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen. I went primarily to check out the colorful murals and was happily pleased with them. Someone had fun decorating this place. Every afternoon meeting should end close to a good restaurant.

22 April 2014

Acts of Kindness

Patriots Point, Charleston, S.C.
I just got back from the Roper St. Francis Healthcare Employee Recognition event and for the first time it was held on the aircraft carrier the Yorktown. The Yorktown is one of the top tourist highlights in the lowcountry and it was fun to arrive at sunset, pick up a glass of wine and explore the flight deck before the presentations. I turned around to see Admiral Flately seated behind me. Pretty cool.

I am fortunate to sit on our Random Acts of Kindness committee. I get to review all the stories of amazing things that people do each day that someone happened to notice. We pick outstanding stories to recognize quarterly and annually we surprise a recipient with a gift basket and a check from the volunteer department. Usually the stories are life saving events but in this case the winner showed exteme kindness - to a patient's dog.

We had a patient arrive unexpectedly in the Emergency Room. He had driven himself and clearly needed to be rushed to ICU. As they were transporting him, his primary concern was that his dog was in his car in the parking lot and he was alone in the area. An ER staff member by the name of Jillian, got his keys, rescued the dog, took him home, fed, bathed and took care of him and then met the gentleman at the door when he was ready for discharge. For some reason the story touched us all. Congrats Jillian! You make us all proud!

21 April 2014

Shades of Pink

Palmer House, Charleston, S.C.
Wow....it was an overcast day yesterday but I almost needed my sunglasses. The traditionally pink Palmer House is getting a fresh coat of paint and it is even pinker.

The bright new shade makes the previous tint almost look beige. Check out the "before" look on their Palmer House Bed & Breakfast website. Heck, go ahead and book a room while you are there. Perhaps they paint it bright knowing that the sun and ocean air will fade it shortly.

Here is another shade of pink Charleston favorite.  Both of these houses overlook the harbor with dramatic views.

20 April 2014

Charleston does Easter

How about them ears?!
One last Easter shot! How could I resist sticking my lens through the gate for this shot?

This weekend had so much rain, we should get to do a re-do.

I am having computer problems here and it is so frustrating. All I am asking is to watch Midwives and edit a few pictures. Is that so much to ask?

Happy Easter!

Piggie Bonnet!

Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. I just got back from a long walk-about downtown. Watching visitors enjoy the city makes you see it through their eyes and remember how fortunate we are to live here. The Piggly Wiggly grocery store may have taken a beating this year but the pigs are in their finest Easter bonnets.

19 April 2014

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.
Magnolia Cemetery is one of the most beautiful spots in Charleston and I try to get there frequently to walk through the historic cemetery on the banks of the Cooper River. It has beautiful statues, unusual tombs including a pyramid and baby crib, beautiful oak trees and bird watching heaven.

It's almost always empty when I am there although many of us enjoy the cemetery. I've been so often I'm always looking for a fresh angle for a photo and today was just the right overcast and gloomy day.

What would your tombstone token be?

Bethany Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.

I walked this morning through Magnolia and Bethany Cemeteries and noticed the tokens left at loved one's graves. Toys for children, stones, coins, golf balls and this tennis racquet. What would your symbolic token be?

I am on the run, more cemetery photos to follow. Stay dry out there, kids! That was some rainstorm we had last night.

17 April 2014

Charleston's son does us proud

Charleston, S.C.
I record the Stephen Colbert show each night and it is one of my evening treats to watch the next day. I am going to miss it but can't help be proud that he will be taking over the Late Show after David Letterman retires. Go Colbert! I like him so much and am happy to see him so successful. I believe this is the house he grew up in right here in Charleston right across from the harbor wall. 

16 April 2014

The Tin Man salute

Holly Hill, S.C.
Once a year the Tin Man in Holly Hill, S.C. is framed by wisteria. Howdy there pardner! I took this particular shot a couple of years ago but he is still there at the side of the road and I saluted back last weekend.

I had a blackened portobello mushroom burger for dinner at the Green Goat with my son. It might be my Green Goat dish. I always find a favorite and stick with it. I go to interesting places but I am boring about what I do there.

15 April 2014

Reflections of the flowers you used to be

Reflections, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, S.C.
I've been on a reflection kick lately. While all the photographers were aiming at the birds in the rookery at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, the tourists spotted me studying the water and assumed I was aiming my lens at a gator. This time I was waiting for flower petals to flow into an appealing pattern in the swamp.