31 March 2015

Sweet blossoms

Trident Technical College, Culinary Arts, North Charleston, S.C.  
When I have a meeting at Trident Technical College I take a stroll and snoop around the Culinary Arts program. Check out the fancy floral icing on the cakes.

Speaking of sugar - I hosted a group of teenagers interested in exploring Pharmacy Careers this evening and the staff in our Pharmacy had the brilliant idea of using candy treats to show how we sort, store and deliver medications. It worked well! They went home with individually packages Skittles and medication bottles full of dispenses M & Ms.

And now it is time for bed. Zzzzzzz. G'night kids.

30 March 2015

Wisteria Hysteria

Wisteria, Charleston, S.C.
I do a wisteria post each year - click here for past wisteria hysteria. A beautiful blanket of lavender vines has been flung over the lowcountry.

I saw again our own sweet home
Half hidden 'mong the trees,
My parents, brothers, sisters and I,
As happy and busy as bees.

Around the door of the homestead,
The sweet Wisteria vines,
And on the old oak in the yard
The clinging ivy twines.
 Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard

28 March 2015

Magnolia Garden Bike Trail

Bike path, Magnolia Plantation Gardens, Charleston, S.C. 
I usually bring back a few pictures from my morning walks but this time I folded up my new bike, tossed it in the back of my car and took a spin on the bike trail at Magnolia Plantation. It was a lucky choice since the blossoms are starting to show and the cars were flowing into the park.

I had the bike trail all to myself expect for the very annoying trolley cars full of tourists with the guide giving his talk over a loud microphone. It really is a glorious place and not a part of the garden that I normally see.

27 March 2015

Rainy days in Charleston

Vanderhorst St., Charleston, S.C. 
It is a rainy day in the lowcountry and we are being invaded by thousands of visitors for the Cooper River Bridge run in the morning. Traffic has been a nightmare in almost every direction and I was happy to come straight home this evening and gobble up leftovers. I usually go to town early in the morning to take pictures of the wheelchair racers speeding down King St. but I just don't know if I am going to make it this year. It's been a busy week. Good luck to all the runners and walkers!

Here is a bit of fun. Five favorite South Carolina foods taste tested by Californians. The boiled peanuts don't go over so well but the shrimp and grits dish is a big hit! 

26 March 2015

Bag Pipers for the win!

Bag Pipers in the Meditation Garden at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, S.C. 
This incredible scene happened because I bid on and won, an offer of "One Hour of Bag Piping for Your Event" at a fundraising silent auction. I didn't have an event lined up of course, but the piper said she had always wanted to play in the garden under the giant oak trees at the hospital. I lined that up and lemonade and cookies too!

What a great evening. Our pipe Karen McKerihan recruited help and they entertained us for an hour. How lucky am I? Pretty darned lucky. The neat thing is our pipers are an MD and a Nurse Practitioner. Very fitting for a hospital garden.

25 March 2015

Doors of Charleston - mini version

Doors of Charleston, S.C. 
I spotted this in the area close to Hampton Park and it made me pause and smile. Someone is ready for the little people.

I've had a busy but good day. I sold over $5,500 in cookware at work today. Occasionally I have vendors come in to set up in a classroom to sell their wares to our staff. For years I told the vendor, "No one will buy pots at work". He proved me wrong. After the sale I get a modest percentage to play Lady Bountiful and support the hospital by purchasing wheelchairs, blanket warmers etc.

G'night kids!

24 March 2015

Spring Tea Rooms

Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C.
Southern Church Tea Rooms are a phenomena. No doubt about it. I go each year to confirm that.

I've been in the business of good people doing good things long enough in this town that it is like old home week. I know the gentleman parking cars, I know the hostess Ruthie in her colonial costume. I know the coconut cake is Mizz Arlene's special recipe. I know the server Richard. I know I am going to order chicken salad sandwiches on white bread and she-crab soup. I recognize and get hugs from someone at almost every table in the church hall. I know I will be back next year and I like it.

You have until April 5th to enjoy lunch at the historic church and you will see what I mean. See their website here.


23 March 2015

Volunteer Fair - Lowcountry Senior Center

Volunteer Fair, Lowcountry Senior Center, Charleston, S. C
Volunteer program managers took their show on the road this afternoon setting up information and recruitment tables at the Lowcountry Senior Center's Volunteer Fair. From my healthcare table to Pet Helpers, SC Historical Society, Barrier Island Medical Clinic, Water Keeper, Charleston County Library, Park Conservancy, Footlight Players and the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, non-profits from all over the lowcountry were represented.

It is a tricky thing finding a meaningful volunteer role but I think some connections were made today. Many thanks to the Lowcountry Senior Center for hosting the event. The Trident United Way web site is a good place to start if you are looking for volunteer opportunities.