Sunday, March 18, 2018

Miniature Golf at Shipwreck Island: 3 '18

We finally got some really nice weather, and Bruce's back has healed enough for him to chip and putt , so we decided to play a round of miniature golf at one of the 50 miniature golf courses spread out along Highway 17.

We chose to play 18 holes at the Shiprwreck Island Course in Myrtle Beach.

It has two different courses. One flat and simple. And the other hilly and difficult. We chose the latter.  It was challenging and fun.

For more about this course see:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pizza Nite: 1 '17

Bruce had fun with the brand's signature logo.

A fully loaded Screaming Sicilian Pizza seemed like the  perfect comfort food  on a cold winter day after dealing with anxious tax  payers all day.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Still Frozen: 1 '18

This mornings view of the house from inside my car.
 Bruce cleared  all the snow off the SUV yesterday evening so he could make a run to the store.  By this morning it had iced over again.  Those ice crystals are pretty but hard to see through.    In a day or two  it is supposed to warm up a tad. Hopefully the ice will melt and  everything will thaw out.

View of our  house from the street

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Still Icy Here in the Low Country: 1 '18

Pond Adjacent to Fairwayt 3
We're still iced in!
Based upon prior years records, for this area at, time of year, the snow should have melted days ago, but as you can see, it has not. Worse yet, everything has turned to a dense layer of ice
... including all the retaining ponds.

Pond adjacent to 6th Green
Bruce took these photos this afternoon when he did a  supply speed run.

Pond adjacent to Pawleys Plantation Way and PP Way looking east
 Most of the streets are clear of snow and ice, but as you can see there is still snow everywhere that does not get a full sun. 

 DUH. Its the South. Most folks here thinks that global warming  means its going to get hotter.   It is already 'Hotter than Hades' here in the summer, so of course   all development are built in harvested forest area,  where the developer attempts to preserve as many  of the remaining shade trees  as possible around the homes to shelter them from the summer sun's rays.  

What's that you are saying?  Global warming doesn't mean that every place will be equally hotter ? Huh... it means that as the global average temperature goes up,  our  jet stream based climates will change dramatically,  so stand by, we could be in for more weather extremes. 
Really??? Oh No!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tee time availablility: 1 '18

 Twelfth fairway looking east toward the  green near the marsh

Better hurry up and book your tee time. 
The rush is on at Pawleys Plantation.

 Twelfth fairway looking NW toward the tee off

Brrrrr, Again! 1 '18

Front yard

Brrrrr.   It's not much warmer than yesterday, and there is  a thick layer of snow covering everything

Back yard

The snow is deep enough to make snow angels 
If we had snow clothes we might be out doing that.

Icicles are formed on everything, even my poor camellias which were just about to bloom

At least the sun is out, so hopefully  the snow and ice will melt off  soon.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Low Country Snow Day: 1 "18

Aaaack. It's snowing. 

View from my upstairs office window

Very dangerous road conditions. All the bridges between us and Charleston are closed again. SC has no equipment for handling snow or ice so they are forced to close the highways and bridges.

Everything is Icy. Our street light has icicles,

as does my poor vehicle.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas: 12 '17

And a Merry Christmas to All

Friday, December 22, 2017

New Boundaries; 12'17

At 7 a.m. this  morning, the developer began putting up a storm fence all around his property boundary.  He said it will reduce soil erosion when they start grading.

Along Tanglewood

Across the Heritage Oak lot

Does a jog at the corner of Masterplace

Cuts across the grass  behind MP  Buildings 51 and 57

Stays at the edge of the woods behind Building 92

Enters the woods at the east end of Building 92

Runs through the woods behind Building 108

Connects with the street behind 108-4

 It runs around the west and south edge of the private home property-line at the end of Twelve Oaks Drive.
And yes, it does run the length of the 18th fairway!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Xmas is back on the table:12 '17

With Hanukkah behind us, the Christmas lights are back on and the table is set with gold and silver  in anticipation of  the Christmas and New Year's  Eve Celebrations

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Happy Eight Night of Hanukkah: 12 '17

It is the last night of Hanukkah.
The menorah is burning brightly.

There are games to be played for who gets to open their gift first.

Everyone wins on  the last night of Hanukkah.

And a feast awaits us.
Wish it could be Hanukkah all year long.
Wishing y'all a last Happy Hanukkah for 2017.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Not the best way to celebrate Hanukkah: 12 '17

 Those party pooper nurses at the hospital wouldn't even let Bruce light the  Hanukkah candles ( but we did say a prayer at sundown.)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Perfect end to a perfect night:: 12 '17

And our decorated  Hanukkah Bundt cake
 provided the perfect finish 
to a perfect first night of Hanukkah

Happy First Night of Hanukkah;12 '17

Honoring each others holiday traditions in a mixed religion marriage can be a bit or a challenge, especially when the holidays overlap one another.  But with a little effort, we have made it work for both of us.    For example, this morning, all the red and green Christmas theme decorations were switched out for a blue white and silver Hanukkah theme.   We'll return to the Christmas theme, when the eight days of Hanukkah are over on Dec. 20th. Now after 25 years, I don't think either one of us could imagine ending the year without celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas.

 But for us, Hanukkah is not about the color scheme.  It really always begins with lighting the candles on a simple Menorah Bruce, and reciting the Hanukkah prayers. Bruce got both the menorah and the book from his family when he went into the  military at age 18. Bruce reads the prayers in Hebrew, and I read the translation in English. 

Then we  each open  a gift from under the Hanukkah bush.
The gift giving is more symbolic than luxurious, since the gifts are almost always something practical we  would be buying anyway, but
receiving it wrapped up does make the evening seem a bit more special.

Then we sit down to a formal (and fancy) Hanukkah dinner  planned and prepared by both of us.

Happy Hanukkah everyone.

Star of David Bundt Cake: 12 '17

CC is so pleased with her new bundt pan. 
We can't wait for the cake to cool enough to decorate for to night Hanukkah dinner.

Monday, December 11, 2017

First frost:12 '17

We just had out first hard frost of the season.   So glad we brought our tender potted tropical plants into the Carolina Room yesterday. It is so cold that Ms Kat won't step outside!

But it could be worse. Check out this video we took in the same location on Jan. 29, 2014.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving's over:11'17

 With Thanksgiving feast behind us, we didn't waste any time packing away all the Fall decorations and begin trimming the tree for Christmas.. Then CC really got carried away, and continued  decorating every other room in the house.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bye Bye Butterfly: 11 '17

This summer CC  planted three Butterfly weed plants (Asclepias tuberosa)  in  the front yard.   These easy to grow North American natives are trouble free and  produced umbels of bright orange, yellow or red blooms all summer long. 

In turn, we were rewarded with a constant collection of beautiful butterflies which were attracted to the plant's color and copious production of nectar.

Sadly, the temperatures  have begun to drop in this area.  The plants are still ablaze with blooms, but the butterflies have migrated on.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Haunted Castle at HBSP: 10'17

I didn't even need to add glow sticks to get my cloud to light up inside the Haunted Castle

This year we celebrated Halloween with a visit to the Haunted Castle at Huntington Beach State Park.   Historic Attalaya was the perfect setting for a haunted house. The Park rangers and Park Friends put months of work into making the decorations for the interior and exterior  of the building. On the Big Scare side of the tour, eerie lighting and creepy characters  that moved around you recreated almost every scary movie set you've ever watched.  

The Little Scare side was set up more like a series of scenes from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean'; Nothing jumped out at you, and nothing was super frightening.  Even the Littlest ones had fun  going through that side.