30 September 2014

Y'all enjoy some butter tarts, eh!

Butter tarts, Charleston, S.C.

My friend Eugene became an American citizen today. Congrats Eugene! He invited some of his friends to stop by Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ  this evening for a celebratory drink. The only really Canadian thing I could think to take him were some Butter Tarts so I cheated with frozen tart shells and whipped up a batch.

Eugene works in the medical field, was an early Charleston blogger, is a member of photography and ham radio clubs and groups so it was an interesting mix of people and I was pleased to finally meet his wife Connie. I gave Eugene my quick trip on being bilingual - all he has to do is say "eh" and "y'all" in the same sentence. I do it myself all the time! 

29 September 2014

French Cafe in Mt. Pleasant

Saveurs du Monde Cafe. Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

I don't spend much time exploring the nooks and crannies of Mt. Pleasant but I was invited out to a French Cafe by the name of Saveurs du Monde for lunch on Friday and stood there in a bewildering area of shops, apartments and future wine bars thinking "when did this happen"? I tell ya, if you blink around Charleston lately everything changes. The shopping and dining area was in the same neighborhood as Franke at Seaside retirement complex and I thought how nice it would be for seniors to be able to walk out of their apartment and have attractive shops at their doorstep. Disclaimer - I may have been super impressed because it was a late lunch and I was very hungry.

We had a delicious light lunch but I drooled all over the pastry case so take a napkin if you go. Check out the pictures on their web site and bring me back something delicious.

28 September 2014

Ninety four years and counting!

94 years young, Charleston, S.C.
I stopped by Publix to pick up a coconut cake for Mr. Heath on Friday. In my mind when you are 94 years old and volunteer two full days a week driving a golf cart shuttle in the hospital parking lot you deserve some festivities. Each year I try to drill a little deeper to find out what his secret is. He grew up in West Virginia, joined the military, was very athletic himself and then coached sports. He still has a ready smile. Twice a year he takes off on a solitary road trip to Maryland and West Virginia to visit his family members.

He is really quite amazing. Maybe it is the coconut cake which is a stand out favorite! I could do that.

27 September 2014

Lowcountry Heart Walk - 2014

ABC News Channel 4, Charleston, S.C.
Adorable children, cute dogs and heart disease survivors and their loved ones, I couldn't really go wrong with photo ops. I was up bright and early to join the Lowcountry Heart Walk at Liberty Square. It was grand to see so many familiar faces gathered together to raise money for the cause. More photos uploading here: Lowcountry Heart Walk 2014

26 September 2014

Floating hearts for a cause

Charleston, S.C.
Each and every heart is fluttering in the breeze in honor or in memory of someone who has/had heart disease. Some of them even have a loved one's name tucked inside. I've had crafty volunteers sewing them to hang on one of the trees at the hospital raising money for the Lowcounty Heart Walk tomorrow morning. It looks so pretty I will have a hard time taking them down! Many thanks to all the sponsors and my model above, Amber Defago from the American Heart Association.

I believe that research into heart disease has certainly paid off. For the most part we know what we need to be doing to prevent heart disease and procedures have been developed to treat so many heart conditions. It's good to be on a successful team! Additional donations won't offend me at all: Lowcountry Heart Walk - Team Walk this Way.

25 September 2014

David, I love you!

King St., Charleston, S.C.
David, I love you!

Whoever you are.

Not sure where the cartoon characters fit in but someone loves David and timed their design to be visible last Saturday during the Farmer's Market. In case David slept in and missed it, I am the go between. Someone loves ya David!

I just went to the Gathering Cafe for dinner and had the most delicious bowl of Panang Chicken Curry. I am a very happy lady.

24 September 2014

Darwin's Secret

Darwin's Secret, Avondale, Charleston, S.C.
The Darwin's Secret mural by Sean Williams has been one of my favorites tucked in behind the shops at Avondale. The back alley is a mural wonder world and one of my frequent shortcuts. Darwin doesn't look the same anymore because he has been defaced with random red spray paint and graffiti tags. Sad, isn't it? The original artwork was commissioned and listed as one of "100 Most Beloved Street Arts".

Apparently the vandal was clearly identified on security video and his identity is public. I am glad. I have always been disgusted by deliberate vandalism and the destruction of property. It is proper that someone has to face the music even if it is just that of public opinion and shame. Read the West Of article here. The original artist has already been promised donations to repair the damage. I might offer to chip in myself.

23 September 2014

Is this my good side?

Baby gator, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, S.C.
I stopped by the Autumn Craft Fair at Magnolia Plantation Gardens on Sunday and met this little fella. There were booths set up with handmade pottery and jewelry, art work and photography. The parking lot was full so I hope they had a good day. I caught my friend Leah Sparks grinning as she was holding cold hard cash earned from photography sales. Congrats!