October 5th, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew takes aim at Charleston
Dave & I are in the middle of finishing a renovation on a house in Charleston...like, just weeks away....and all of a sudden Hurricane Matthew decides to take a turn on its way out of the Caribbean and head directly towards Charleston...as a Category 4 storm.
In an effort to be extra cautious and prepared SC Governer Nikki Haley issued evactuation orders for the entire SC coast. This (obviously) meant us.
The last thing we wanted to do was leave our project and home in harm's way, but honestly...what can we do about a hurricane besides pray? So we took a forced "hurrication" :-) to Boone, NC.
One of my cousins has a mountain house in Boone - seriously - can you even believe this view!? Two of my sisters were with us, plus one of their boyfriends. My sisters had been here before - not me! I was floored. Needless to say I have WAY too many photos to share, but here's a little bit of our "hurrication".
Tango came with us (obviously...who leaves their pet behind in an evactuation!?)
The first night at the mountain house was GORGEOUS (hence the sunset photos) but the day after ended up being cloudy and pretty chilly, so we just hung out on the porch and played cards/relaxed for most of the day!
Tango apparently doesn't like cards, she was bored with us in about ten minutes.
Right after this happy moment together (and by the way, Megan has control of my camera currently) they both informed me that I have a streak of gray hair. Damn....
Elysia & her boyfriend Andy joined us for cards - our favorite game (it was what we played most on our last cruise as well) is Asshole. :-) For those of you who do not know the game, just follow the link....but know that every house has their own rules.
I figured since we were in a gorgeous place I could give my camera to Megan and have her take some nice new photos of Dave and I.
......if any of you know Dave, you know that he hates having his photo taken. So here's what we actually got.
I gave up. We went back to playing Asshole. (Andy got to wear the asshole hat! haha)
We tried again - of course - FINALLY got a few worthy of sharing! He's a challenge :-)
Seriously. Gorgeous spot. Amazing day.
Hurricane-Eve (Oct. 7th, 2016)
Another rainy day - and this time a little more stressful - our contractor called us and told us that someone had lit the dumpster on fire at our renovation house. What the hell!? The fire department had to come to put it out, and while doing so they opened the dumpster up and had to spread debris all over our driveway - the day before a hurricane. And we were 5 hours away....
We didn't get a chance to hike - but we did take Tango on a little walk in the woods.
Hurricane Day - Oct. 8th, 2016
We went back to Charleston as soon as the hurricane moved far enough north - but we stopped at Blowing Rock, NC on the way by. Holyeffingcrap. Gorgeous!
Thankfully our house and apartment were undamaged - Hurricane Matthew "hurrication" - success.
I haven't blogged in an embarrassingly long time - my excuse was we've been so busy with work and our renovation project that I haven't been anywhere pretty. But then I realized that's a very sad excuse.
So I challenged myself...
I was also inspired by my beautiful bff who happens to own a gardening company...she finds beauty EVERYWHERE (and seriously...check out her work because it's amazing) and posts photos all the time....so I decided to try and take her perspective a little more.
Her company is called Solid Roots Garden Services, and they do beautiful work in the Downeast/Acadia region of Maine.
Since we've been too busy with work to really spend any 'leisure' time exploring I decided I'd just have to take my camera along on one of our work trips....so I told my husband to make room for it in the car. (Long story there...I'll get to it)
Here was my challenge:
Take at least ONE photo I can stand (listen....I'm not in love with any of these, they're very different from my 'usual') at each stop I had time to pull the camera out.
These stops are abandoned houses in VERY assorted places. Some are way out in the country, others are in some pretty seedy areas of the city. So this was a pretty broad challenge.
Here's what I got:
Now, I hardly know what any of these plants are...but I'm gonna learn! I am determined to become familiar with the southern plants - at least enough to identify the common ones.
One of the last houses we went to is in the middle of NOWHERE....but it is awesome. It's actually nothing special, but the tree-lined drive could be gorgeous, there is a huge porch, and a pool!
The last stop was a mobile home on an unkept dirt road....it was not pretty. I walked around for a few minutes to attempt and find SOMETHING pretty....but then I opened my eyes. Here's what was at the ugly house.
Life is beautiful, people, look around. :-)
So far this summer has been C-R-A-Z-Y!!
Our in-laws were in town visiting this past week, so we got to show them around to all of our favorite parts of Charleston. Our favorite stops were food...obviously..who can say no to some amazing grub? These are our current favorites, and the places we took our fam!
Hominy Grill - AMAZING breakfast, try the Charleston Nasty Biscuit
Sesame Burger - Literally the best nachos we've ever had, plus a burger of the week
Liberty Taproom - Monday every draft beer is $4! Plus their pretzel app is to die for
The Shelter Bar & Grill - Spicy chicken dip anyone?! And if you're craving brunch, this is your stop
Ali Baba - Mediterranean like you've never had before. Fresh and authentic
Taco Boy - Street tacos and the best margaritas you've ever had? This is your place
Fratello's Italian Tavern - Authentic Italian cuisine
Amen Street - Oysters and raw bar. The local oysters? To die for.
The Vendue - Rooftop views and fantastic drinks. Don't worry about the heat, up here you've got an amazing breeze.
The only problem we've had in Charleston so far is that we can't choose a favorite! I didn't bring my camera with us on this trip (shame...I know) so I only have a few (bad) photos from Taco Boy, but seriously, every single one of these places is worth a try! They are on our FOR SURE list.
Check these places out and PLEASE let me know what you think....and obviously I want your suggestions for other places to try!
Until next time,
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
I've always wanted to live at the beach....now that I do I still have a hard time believing that this is real life. Last night we took a sunset walk down the beach on Sullivan's Island, SC. Here is a little bit of the beauty we saw.
And (of course) the silliness that happened....because it wouldn't be a trip with us without it.
Until next time...
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.