17 December 2006

December in South Carolina

Well, we’ve been back in South Carolina for a couple weeks now and I can’t believe the way time is flying. It seems like just the other day we arrived here and were planning our trip back up to PA for Thanksgiving, now here we are almost at Christmas.

The weekend of the 1st of December, Bill and I attended opening night at Brookgreen Gardens of ‘Nights of a Thousand Lights’ or something like that. Basically they have luminaries lighting some of the garden paths. Mostly I was disappointed, I thought they would have gone to greater lengths to actually light up the statuary in the gardens, but only a couple were lit up. One thing they did that was pretty cool was to put floating candles in all the reflecting pools that was very pretty. Just a shame it was a windy night, the guys in waders relighting all the candles sort of took away from it. It was also very dark, most of the gardens were only lit by candlelight, and I know for a fact that there are ponds with signs that say, “Please don’t feed the Alligators”. Anyway, we went, we saw, we left.

Other than that we’ve been going for our daily walks on beach and practicing with our metal detector (we’ve found 64 cents so far, thank you very much). We had a cold front blow through a week or so ago that dropped the temp down to below 40 during the day and into the teens and twenties at night, but it only lasted a couple days and now we’re back into the 60s with sunshine. It’s actually supposed to get up to 72 today.

We bought a freestanding fire pit that we’ve been enjoying also. Have had three fires so far. The coolest thing is that it sits high enough to tuck your feet under and they stay really warm because of the heat radiating off the bowl. It’s been fun to sit out by a fire and have cocoa, or to sit on the beach with cocoa and watch the sun set and the dolphins play. We see the dolphins at least a couple times a week, bobbing through the water. Sometimes they are really close, maybe 20 yards out. Between them and the pelicans (pelicans are huge), I could just sit and watch all day long.

It’s beautiful here and we’re both really enjoying out time here. We’ve made one shopping trip this year to support the local ‘Toys for the Territory’ drive. And I think we’re going to go out again on Monday or Tuesday and shop some more for either ‘Toys for Tots’ or the ‘Salvation Army Angel Tree’.

That’s about all we have going on right now. Prepping for Christmas, we have our little tree up, and walking on the beach.