23 November 2015

Fall is in the air

Charleston, SC  
Fall is in the air. In the air and on my nose. Suddenly there is a thick layer of leaves in my yard which is how we do fall here. Mr. Bear lives in my backyard and welcomes me home each evening and makes me smile every time I see him. I hope he doesn't decide to hibernate for the winter.

22 November 2015

SC Artisan's Center - Walterboro

SC Artisan's Center, Walterboro, SC   
The SC Artisan's Center is in Walterboro and packed full of colorful crafts, painting, metal work and pottery.  I've wondered if it is such a success in this location, why don't we have a similar showcase for South Carolina Artisans in other parts of the state? It seems their wares should be promoted in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville etc. There must be a reason. Perhaps it would compete with other local galleries.

Behind the shop was the little cabin pictured below with a brightly colored red rocking chair on the porch. Walterboro's tag line is "Front Porch of the Lowcountry" and their symbol is a red rocking chair. They have a lovely downtown street with enough antique stores to explore and make a day trip worthwhile. We had lunch at Castillo's Pizza restaurant and I'd order my eggplant parmesan sandwich again any day.
South Carolina’s Official Folk Art and Craft Center
The South Carolina Artisans Center’s mission is to interpret, market, preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina Artisans while creating a better understanding of our rich and diverse cultural heritage. Come see the best South Carolina has to offer in handcrafted art.


21 November 2015

Teeny, Tiny Houses of the Lowcountry

Walterboro, SC  

I don't know that it was ever actually a home but it is a cute little cottage. I cracked the door open and saw an old Santa's Workshop sign. Don't get your hopes up, kids. It looks like Santa may have moved on although he left his red rocker on the porch.

This little cottage is behind the SC Artisan's Center shop down the road in Walterboro.

Checking their website I see that Walterboro claims to be the Front Porch of the Lowcountry and their symbol is the red rocking chair. So there you have it!

18 November 2015

Teeny, tiny business buildings

Charleston, SC  
No one would build a business in a building this size anymore but they are all over town. Members only no less.

Charleston has a new Mayor. Mayor Tecklenburg will be our next Mayor. Congratulations! Take good care of us.

I am nodding off kids, so early to bed. Y'all turn the light out. 

17 November 2015

Youth Appreciation Banquet

2015 West Ashley Optimist Club, Youth Appreciation

Introducing the 2015 Youth Volunteers of the Year as honored by the West Ashley Optimist Club. The club's main goal is to be a Friend to Youth and they hold a recognition banquet every year. I am delighted to get recognition for a student who volunteers at the hospital. All non-profits are invited to nominated so these students represented different area agencies. Congrats ladies!

16 November 2015

Work hard and be nice

Work hard and be nice
Would that be so hard, really? I need a sign like that to carry around with me. 

15 November 2015

All in the family - Jimmy Bailey for Jimmy Bailey, Jr.

Jimmy Bailey, Charleston, SC  
A familiar face just came to my door - Jimmy Bailey knocked rallying support for his son Jimmy Bailey, Jr. in Tuesday's run off election for Charleston City Council. I think I can do that! All the best to our candidates and thank you for working to improve Charleston. May all the best folks win and lead us into the future. Charleston is growing at breakneck speed and needs thoughtful guidance.

Mr. Bailey recognized me. Since I work with so many students and healthcare mentoring programs and he works with the YESCarolina program, we have landed at some of the same events supporting teenagers in the lowcountry. You can read about his work with YESCarolina here.

I have a hard time posting lighthearted entries when there are so many terrible things happening in the world and recent terrorist strikes in Kenya, Beirut and Paris. I read the news and keep up with what is happening and wish I had more to contribute to solutions. I feel so sad and helpless. 

12 November 2015


“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 

“I have no problem overcoming the butterflies in my stomach. 
Of course, neither do the fish I thought I caught with my butterfly net.” 
― Jarod Kintz99 Cents For Some Nonsense

“Butterflies are not insects,' Captain John Sterling said soberly.
'They are self-propelled flowers.” 
― Robert A. HeinleinThe Cat Who Walks Through Walls

“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to 
become acquainted with the butterflies.” 
― Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ryThe Little Prince