Monday, July 21, 2014

Saturday Downtown

How does one get a day of total enjoyment during her summer of discontent? She goes downtown to the farmer's market with a dear, wonderful friend! The sun stayed away, which was nice. But the humidity made up for the sun's absence. No matter! We had fun anyway.

I didn't take a single shot of the fruits and veggies. I think that was because I was so busy filling up my biggest canvas bag with so many of them that I could hardly carry it back to the car! But everything was so beautiful!

I also didn't take pictures of the French bakery we stopped by because the lady doesn't like that. Nor did I take pictures of our lunch. But that was because we were hungry and thirsty and I was all about the eating and drinking more than the picture taking.

We saw some performers and I took pictures of them---the break dancers:




And the singers:



And the lone musicians:



The art is always pleasant to view.


Especially when it's local art that has been a part of the culture for well over 100 years:


There are always dogs galore at the farmer's market. (Some of the vendors leave small coolers filled with water for them- which I LOVE! I will favor one of those stands over the others.)



Even those who can't get around like they used to---



But mostly, it's just the conversation, the laughs and the time spent with a friend.

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another Wedding and a Honeymoon Send Off

No, no. It wasn't another lovely getting married. It was Breezy's bestie's wedding day! I didn't take a lot of photos just because it wasn't one of the lovelies so I didn't feel free to be so bold and because, the reception was so HOT that no one wanted to move. But I'll get to that.

First...

A couple of hours before the wedding, DoodleBug dropped Birdie and MostBestestSonInLaw off at the port of Charleston to head out on their honeymoon cruise. During the wedding reception, we received this photo from them- it's the view from their stateroom--that's the bridge from Mount Pleasant to Charleston:


Soon after, someone at our table said, "There goes Birdie and MostBestestSonInLaw!" We looked out the window and saw this:


Very cool, eh?

The ceremony was downtown Charleston at St. Luke's Chapel. It was a nice ceremony and the chapel was nice as well. No pictures of this part at all. Sorry. We were curious how they would have a wedding with a southern, Catholic bride and northern, Jewish groom. Let me say, it was absolutely lovely!

Afterwards, we headed back to Mount Pleasant (just across the bridge) for the reception which was held at the Cottage on the Creek. Now, I love going to Shem Creek for dining out. Not for the food which, no matter which restaurant you choose, is mediocre at best, but for the location- right on Shem Creek where you can watch the shrimp boats, dolphins, pelicans, gulls, kayakers and paddle boarders and atmosphere- friendly and inviting.


However, if you are visiting our area, hanging out on Shem Creek in July is not necessarily the best idea. Because it's HOT. And HUMID. And the combination of the two make it MISERABLE.


But we love it anyway. We just love it from inside. LOL


Except when the inside is almost as hot as the outside. As it was yesterday inside the Cottage on the Creek. Luckily, it wasn't hot enough to melt the beautiful cake! See that topper? I thought it looked like an antique. Our bride told me it was her grandmother's and that her mother also used it so Erin was the third generation to use the topper. I love that! Also, Erin's wedding band was her grandmother's. So sweet!


The band and bar were set up outside on the dock. Yes, it was covered. No, that didn't help. Yes, oppressive heat and humidity are expected in Charelston in July. No, that doesn't make it easier.


Inside the venue was on the small side. They state that they can accommodate up to 300 people. I'm not sure how this could be unless they have a bigger, hidden room somewhere. It's a nice place and the view is fantastic. To get that view from the inside, there are loads of windows. Where the sun shone through. And heated up the inside. It was heated up even more by the fact that it was so hot outside that everyone stayed inside so it was overcrowded and HOT. Sweating hot. Inside.


There's the main floor and an upstairs. The upstairs is sort of like a loft and that's where we sat. There's also the rooftop. I didn't go up there. It's even closer to the sun. That was beating down on the place with a vengeance.


None of this took away from the joy of the day, however, There were sweaty smiles on everyone's faces and good hearted joking about the heat.


Outside was sweltering hot. I looked out on the deck several times and the highest number of people out there was 5. If anyone went to the bar, they went and came right back inside. I hope the pelicans and dolphins enjoyed the band. However, the lovelies who were here to attend the wedding said that it did become tolerable once the sun went down. I gave up long before that. LOL


It was such a fun and special time spent with friends who are quite special to our family. We felt blessed to be included in this wonderful celebration!


I've seen many brides in lace dresses but rarely have I seen a bride that looked good in those lace dresses. But Erin pulled it off beautifully! Gorgeous!


These two have been through thick and thin together for, OMG!, 17 years! Wow, I'm old.


So-

Did we enjoy the wedding? YES! ABSOLUTELY! Without a doubt! It was so nice and there was a simplicity to it that added elegance without pretension. Always a plus and not many can pull this off. They did. And they did so beautifully!

Would I recommend Cottage on the Creek as a venue for a wedding reception or other gathering? It depends.

Yes IF you:

  • don't mind mediocre food
  • are having your event from November to early April, maybe even the beginning of May. 
  • don't mind having your event in a heat box
  • appreciate a lovely view
  • don't mind all the kayakers/paddle boarders and other restaurants being nearby
  • don't mind not having a choice in caterers
  • are going to have a summer EVENING/NIGHT event
NO if you:

  • are coming in the summer. NO. NO. NO. It's too hot inside and out
  • are opposed to mediocre food 
  •  mind all the kayakers/paddle boarders and other restaurants being nearby
  • mind overcrowding
  • want to choose your own/favorite/whatever caterer

Let me also share something that was shared with me---

At the weddings of my two married lovelies, we brought all that food home and scrambled around putting it into freezer containers and putting it away. We ate that food for quite awhile. Birdie and MostBestestSonInLaw even hosted a couple of parties with their leftovers.

No problem. I mean, we DID PAY for all that food.

I was told that, at Cottage on the Creek, you are not allowed to take home the leftovers. That you paid for. That you paid BIG BUCKS for. Nope. Apparently, they are afraid that someone might put it in their car, not take it out and refrigerate it right away, eat it, get sick and sue Cottage on the Creek. Apparently, they will just throw it away...waste it, in other words.

Riiiiight. My thoughts are that the staff takes it home. And consumes those leftovers. That you paid those BIG BUCKS for. But that's just my personal thought. I can't imagine just throwing food away. Not that much anyway. Who knows for sure? Only those who work there.

In my opinion, it's like saying, "This is yours, you paid for it. BUT, we will tell you what to do with it."

Yeah. That doesn't set well with me. At all.

I hope they didn't make the cake!

Regardless, it was a lovely day!

Congratulations, Erin and Ethan! We love y'all!



Oh! One more note: The mother of the bride is a 4th generation Charlestonian who has written books and gives historic tours. Check out her site right HERE and hit her up for a tour next time you're visiting Charleston!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Facebook

Here it is. The post where I tear a few people a new one discuss appropriate vs inappropriate Facebook posts/conversations. The motivation behind this post is due to recent posts by people I am strongly considering 'unfriending' on my own Facebook page and to the research I'm doing for a school newsletter.

Some of these I mention for the sake of safety. Even though you have your privacy settings, you just never know who is really going to see what you put out there. AND, once it is out there, IT IS out there. No take backs.

Other things I mention for the sake of pointing out stupidity. Because, apparently, people do not understand what they are posting makes people know for a fact that the person posting this stuff IS stupid. Of course, there are a couple that are nothing more than personal opinion.

Things people should NOT post via Facebook:

Personal Drama. Keep your drama OFF the Facebook. This is no place for people to air their dirty laundry. For example, if you've just gotten out of jail, that's something to keep to yourself. I really don't think it's something to broadcast on Facebook.

Relationship Drama. Again, this is inappropriate. No one wants to read the argument or making up between two people in a romantic relationship. No one wants to see the gushy stuff either. Keep this between the two of you. Please.

Bathroom Selfies. This one should not even have to be discussed. It should be abundantly CLEAR that we do NOT post selfies taken in the bathroom. That's just stupid. And gross. If you do, do NOT be surprised if people comment in a negative manner. You sort of walk right into that when you post stupid things on the Facebook.

Naked Pix of any kind. Sadly, this isn't self explanatory. Even if it's partial nudity, NOBODY WANTS TO SEE IT. Cover up people. Again, don't complain if you do it and get negative or crude comments.

Broadcast the problems of other people. Seriously, I don't care who it is or what your relationship is to them, it's NOT YOUR BUSINESS TO BROADCAST. This happened just the other day when someone posted something about one of her family members on a friend's timeline FOR ALL TO SEE. That's right. When it's posted on a friend's timeline, that friend is not the only one who sees it. Really stupid.

Personal information. To much personal information posted on Facebook can cause you some big trouble down the road. I know a woman older than I who put her phone number on a friend's Facebook timeline. Which means it showed up on mine and many others. Dumb ass thing to do.

Vacation plans. Unless, of course, you want it to get out that no one will be at your house and that it would be a great time for someone to go over there and rob you. Post about your vacation upon your return. When you're tired and grumpy enough that no one would dare come near your house.

Location. Again, posting your current location tells potential thieves that you are not at home and they should run over right away to rob you.

Pictures of your kids/grandkids tagged with their names. Seriously. This is not safe. It gives a potential perve a name to use. 

Political opinions. This just makes you sound opinionated and judgmental and can come across as trying to bully others into believing as you do. Share your political views with those who want to hear them but most of us on Facebook couldn't care less. If you want to put this stuff out there, make a page for your political views. Or just follow your favorite politicians and comment. A lot. 

On a related note, Your Religion/Religious Views. I'm so glad other people have them. I have them too. But no one who doesn't know me personally knows what they are. I don't shove my views down the throats of others and I wish they would return the favor.

Anything that could work against you when applying for or keeping a job. Duh. We could even extend this to include anything that anyone could use against you for any reason. 

Negativity. I am SICK of hearing negativity people post about their jobs or relationships or just in general because they are negative people. Stop it. NOW. Hate the job? Get a new one. Or at least spend time searching for a better one instead of sharing nothing but negativity about the one they do have. Unless it's got humor. If it's just something being said because it's funny, I'm down with that. How can you tell? Because you laugh and because those people aren't constantly/consistently posting negativity. Same deal with relationships. I tend to see the people in this category as attention seekers who love to host pity parties.

Ills and ailments. I seriously DO NOT want to hear about someone's diarrhea. I don't want to hear about that hospital stay and what they did, step by step, to them while they were there. If there's a serious illness someone is battling and they want to post for friends and family, make a page. That will be a good place for people, who are into hearing all that stuff, to go and catch up/keep up with them. OR use a private message or make it an event for people to choose whether or not to see it. I find most of these folks to be attention seekers too.

Drunk Posts. Seriously. Don't do this. It's a really STUPID thing to do. This includes pix for obvious reasons.

The Games. Don't post about the games you're playing and ask people for lives. We don't like that. At all.

Gossip. It's not nice and you could get sued for defamation of character.  

Things that are ok to post via Facebook:

Good news. It's ok to share good news- a new job, new addition, new relationship, etc. As long as we aren't shoving it in someone's face. Motivation behind the action, people. Motivation.

Humor. If you possess it. If not, there are tons of pages to 'Like' out there that provide clever quips and humor for you! Plus, most of us need a laugh every day! This should never be done in a mean-spirited manner. Check that motivation.

Congratulations. It's great when people offer congratulations and that's fine on Facebook. We all need a pat on the back from time to time.

Celebrations. Everyone appreciates and enjoys a good celebration- birthdays, weddings, etc. Just be careful of the pictures and the tagging of said pictures.

Non-embarrassing pictures. Those that you don't mind people seeing. Be careful posting pictures of others. Make sure they don't mind being tagged and DO NOT tag their kids.

Words of encouragement. This is not a bad thing to post on Facebook either when it's something like "You can do it!" or "You've got this!"  But I don't think it should be done to the level of exposing someone's private business as to why you're offering the encouragement.

Weather updates. I know this sounds weird and uninteresting. But our family has a friend who works for the National Weather Service (or did- retired) and, because we live in an area affected by hurricanes, I loved and appreciated it when he posted hurricane updates.

PR for friends. This is usually fine as long as the friend or family member doesn't mind. For example, a lot of us at school are promoting our friend's brand new book coming out this month. It's her very first one! (Interested? CLICK HERE).

Team support. Have a favorite sports team? Go ahead and cheer for them on Facebook. But don't get something started with a fan of a rival team. That probably won't end well. Unless it's all in good fun.

Appreciation for others. I like to do this on occasion just because I have some friends that are so wonderful that I want everyone to know how great these people are. If they don't like it, just take it down.

Great Recipes. YES, please! I'm always up for a new one or a remake of an old one or whatever is out there to be shared!


Just remember: anything you post to social media can and will be used against you in one way or another and you could end up paying dearly for it.


Ok, then, it's your turn to add to the list! Tell me what I left out and let's get this list out there for the poor souls who need it. Desperately. LOL

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Long, Hot Hodgepodge

It's the middle of July. JULY. Good grief. This is too fast. And too hot. And too humid. 

At least there's a bright spot, not brought on by the sun, on Wednesdays with the Hodgepodge!


1. The month of July was named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He's quoted as saying, 'Experience is the teacher of all things." So what has experience taught you lately? That I am not a caregiver and would really prefer living all by myself. 

2. Where did you last 'roam'? Hahaha I see what you did there. I don't do much actual roaming. But in my mind, I roam every day. Where? Can't tell. It's a secret and it's my happy place. 

3. Speaking of 'Rome'...pizza, pasta, gelato...you can only pick one, which would you choose? Most likely, pizza. 

4. 'Rome wasn't built in a day', 'All roads lead to Rome', 'When in Rome...' which 'Roman' idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain. Probably 'Rome wasn't built in a day' because of the time it takes to prepare for the upcoming school year. I've been working a couple of days every week. It's crazy!

5. What's a movie you've seen or a book you've read, that makes you want to book a trip to Italy? None. I have no desire to go to Italy. Though I do like that movie UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN quite a lot. 

6.  Walt's original Disneyland opened almost sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955  Have you ever been to the California park? How about any of the other Disney parks around the world? What's your favorite amusement park ride or attraction? Yes! I went way back in the day with my aunt. She was teaching for a bit in Nevada and my grandmother and I flew out there to drive back with my aunt. We had quite the trip from the west coast back home to the east coast. Disneyland was one of our big stops! It was fantastic! I've also been to Disney World but wasn't as impressed. Probably because I was an adult when I went there. 

7. It's that time of year...when were you last bitten or stung? I've been lucky enough to avoid that this summer. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I was bitten or stung. UNLESS you're referring to gnats. Hate those things and they have quite a nasty bite. There is no way to avoid them. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. The summer of my discontent continues. I've been stuck in the house for weeks because my car broke. That man insists on fixing things instead of paying to have it done. Which is great except that he doesn't really fix things. When he does, it's half-assed and he's good with that. I'm not. Plus, due to an accident with a small propane tank, he's been home since the last week of May. Every day. Let me just say that it's been the summer of my discontent. The alone time I get during the summer break is the only way I recharge. I'm not recharging this year. Every single day of negativity and whining is getting on my nerves. Seriously.

On a positive note, Breezy's bestie got married this past weekend! I have a post scheduled to run on Friday! 

AND my sweet friend, Katie, will have her book launch party this week! I'll take pix and put up a post next week for y'all! I'm planning a review and a giveaway of her first ever book! She's already working on book 2 and we're all so proud of her! You can read a little about Katie HERE and the link to her interview on one of our local news station is right HERE.

Have a great week, y'all! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sippin' and Chattin'

I think I'll have some lemonade today while we chat. It's so hot and humid down here. I walked out the back door last night and walked right back inside. UGH.

It's so nice to have the chat to keep us entertained in this oppressive heat! 

Everyday Ruralty 

 Today's Questions:
  1. Do you like cucumbers? Is there a favorite way for you to prepare them? I do like cucumbers. Mostly, I like them between two slices of bread with mayonnaise and a bit of salt and pepper. Yummy!
  2. How good a housekeeper are you? So, so. I live with two extremely messy, dare I say-filthy as well, people so I've kind of given up on being able to keep up with their mess. When they aren't here, it's pretty darn clean though.
  3. Please finish this: To spend a day all by myself would be amazing! The summer break days are my days to recharge for the next school year. Due to the man having an accident, he's been here all summer long. It's been horrid. Fingers crossed that he's out of here and back to work SOON!
  4. How do you handle times when you are "down" or "blue"( depressed )? I chat with an old college buddy and snap right out of it. Listening to music is helpful also. 
  5. Have you started using essential oils, since they have become so popular? I use peppermint, lemongrass, lavender and tea tree. But I think I was using them before they were the 'in' thing to do. Or maybe I just wasn't aware that I was being so cool. LOL
Have a great week, y'all!