The Dried Martini Pier

This was our view from our private beach access… I’m calling it the Dried Martini Pier.

Went to bed with one Hibiscus…

Woke up with two in it’s place…

And then we got rained in…

Fresh rain water for the puppy to drink!

Good thing we didn’t have any plans to get ruined by rain!

A Tragic Success

In 2 and 1/2 weeks, my parents are coming to visit.  We’re gonna hang out, swim, go to a Braves game…they guys will golf, the girls will shop.  It’s going to be fun.

But for them to be able to sleep at my house, we had to get the guest room prepared to be slept in.

A weekend project was born….

Saturday:  Organized the closet so they can use it.  Decided on wall arrangements and made a shopping list.  Went shopping.  Success!

Sunday:  Take new stuff upstairs.  Hang things on the wall….

This is where it all went wrong.

I have officially been told by my eye doctor that due to my extreme astigmatism, straight lines do not always look like straight lines, and crooked lines can look straight.

We also do not have a level.

So…. do not show up with your level and your measuring tape and your magnifying glass and scrutinize our wall hangings!  But that’s not even close to defining the tragedy we experienced.

Part of what we purchased were these ledge shelves that we were going to mount over the bed to hold some antique-chic, Chinese/Japanese china.  The mounts appear to be simple but we paid $12 for these shelves not $50 so we can’t guarantee their quality…but they’re not holding encyclopedias, they’re going to hold small vases.  But from one shelf to the next, the sturdiness varied.  So did the ease of hanging (even though they are the same brand and look identical).  They varied so much that walls got scuffed, brackets got banged with a hammer, expletives flew.

Then we finally got through the other wall arrangements, and everything looks wonderful.  So we decided to put the new comforter set on the bed.  Simple right?

Ken holds the mattress up, I add the bed skirt.  Lay the mattress down.  Straighten the skirt and make it all even.  Knock the most difficult shelf off the wall.  Spill the tea into the bedspread bag…

Total tragedy!

Thank you God that the label says “machine washable”.

The room is 80% complete… just gotta make sure the shelves are sturdy enough to hold my vases, print the pictures to go in the frames, make an orchid flower arrangement, hang the dragonflies, magically erase the wall scuffs, and launder the tea-stained linens.

I think my next few weekend projects will not include interior decorating!  But I am very thankful for a husband that will take the time to help me brainstorm ideas for decorations, take me shopping for the things we brainstormed, and spend a Sunday afternoon helping me make the ideas a reality (even though it created a significant level of stress on multiple occasions).

I will post pics of the room once it is complete because I’m super excited about how it has turned out!

Raleigh Swimming

Been working with Raleigh in the pool, teaching him to swim.  Started off by putting a leash on him and “guiding ” him into and around the water.  Each time he gets more confident, and I’ve been so proud. So on Monday, I decided to see if he would fetch in the water.  I found a tennis ball (his only toy that floats) and threw it in.  Immediately he took off the steps after the ball.  It took him a few tries to get the ball in his mouth to bring back, but he got the hang of it. Here’s a video I got of him fetching and swimming.  (And yes, I keep the leash on him in case he gets spooked and tries to run away, but that should be coming off soon.  The funniest thing about him swimming is the fact that he won’t jump in.  If I throw the ball in, he will round around the edge to get to the steps to get in the water.

Brookgreen Gardens – Pictoblog

Brookgreen Gardens is the botanical gardens in Pawleys Island.  They were having an art show today, so we decided to check it out.  We saw some great art in the forms of paintings, jewelry, clocks, and pottery (to be respectful to the artists, no photographs were made).  But then we took a stroll around the garden…

We came across a couple sculptures that reminded me of two special artists I know, as well as the art they produce (some of you may be able to guess who, but I’ll tell you which is which).

This senorita reminded me of Vickie Bowman and the music she produces makes me want to dance like this sculpture.  (You can read her blog here)

If you can’t guess who this one is after learning the first… it probably just means you don’t know them personally.  This is Ann Bowman (Vickie’s twin sister).  I can picture her dancing like this, but I can also picture this dancing girl being depicted in her art (and if she doesn’t have a dancing girl and would like to paint this one, Ann, you’re welcome to it).  You can see some of her paintings here.

Marie:  Shooooweeee! There’s a snake in that hole!

Kenneth:  Where’s a snake?…Yep, there’s a snake.  You see that snake?

Ken:  Yep, I see that snake!

Cyn: The sign said there might be snakes…and to stay on the path.  That’s what happens when you get off the path.

Three-legged turtle

First night of vacation

Who knew our first night on vacation would be so full of excitement!

We don’t have a ceiling fan in our room, so we thought we’d open the windows to let in the ocean breeze. Well, the road noise was too loud so we had to shut them. Problem was that one side would crank open, but it wouldn’t crank closed. So we had to remove the screen and close the window by hand. After we got the window closed, we had to get the screen back up. Now the new problem is that the blinds are stuck at half way and won’t go up or down. We cram the screen under the blinds and then behind the window crank, and put the screen back up (which was a 6 hand job that we did with only 4). By the is time we discovered that e blinds cord was tangled and one that was fixed, the windows were officially and totally closed. All in all, this was a very noisy adventure at 11:30 pm.

So instead we decided to turn the A/C down a bit. It wasn’t until after a while that we realized that the A/C unit as right outside the infamous window and it makes the room vibrate. These vibrations cause one of the picture frames to slide against the wall, making an eerie creaking noise.

So, now I’m in the process of downloading a “sounds of nature” app to try and drowned out the noise.

And like I said – this is just the FIRST night of vacation!