Carolina Cider Company

Came across this spot on Charleston Highway. It is an adorable store with tasty ciders, jams/jellies, honeys, candies, baked goods, BBQ sauces, and all sorts of gifts for the palate. The shop is a former gas station. What a great repurpose idea!

The Outside..
The Inside…

And while there check out the planter covered in license plates, have a cider, and rock a bit as time goes by..

Enjoy!

Welcome to South Carolina

Stopped at the South Carolina Travel Center in Hardeeville, South Carolina. While not open at the hour I arrived many state tourism books were available outside the center.

Visitor Center
Nice picnic grounds

After taking a book I began a conversation with a friendly security guard which led me to my next venue.

While the Visitor Center was closed due to covid, this was a fun place for a walk with it’s beauty and many signs along the short trails. A great stop off with kids when you need to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Have the kids, (or even adults), try to locate songbirds, animal tracks, Spanish moss in the trees, and wetlands.

Quite an engaging path..
Spanish Moss

Can’t recall what these two are, however they are simply lovely.

Palms
Wetlands

And of course if anything is learned in this visit, it is the name of this culprit….

Poison Ivy

So, make the stop, walk the trails, and take a break…

I guarantee you’ll be glad you did…

Off to North Carolina

Have accepted a travel nurse gig in North Carolina. Left at 4:45 a.m. to travel to this next adventure. Spent my last Florida day walking the beach, soaking up the sun, and treating myself to a brownie hot fudge sundae. The condo remains in renovation state, however, between Steve and my daughter it will come together. Much progress has been made and those who follow have seen the blogs.

The 600 mile trek was an easy one with clear skies and little traffic. The 2 1/2 hours to the Florida border was easy and have my fingers crossed this will continue for the entire journey. Entering Georgia I noted this overhead sign,

“You’all don’t litter.”

This was a welcomed sign as in traveling through our beautiful country I have noted a horrific build up in trash along our roads. Since I am old and was indoctrinated under Lady Bird Johnson’s, “Keep America Beautiful,” campaign, this litter distresses me. It also causes brings to mind hygiene as we are in the midst of a pandemic and would this trigger another??

In Florida, they often have inmate work crews handling this task. While this doesn’t resolve the problem it does help.

On to North Carolina…

Next: Sheet Rock

With electrical and plumbing completed the next step of closing those holes begins. I have learned from the handyman and friend I hired this is quite a process. The sheet rock needs to be screwed into the joists, the walls muded, the joints taped. then muded again, sanded, and only then can you start to paint. WHEW!

Nice job, wouldn’t you say?

Thanks, Steve

Cabinetry delivery is behind schedule. With covid these deliveries are lagging due to factory worker illness. So if conducting a renovation take that into account. Since I have started another travel nurse gig arrangements were made for delivery acceptance and installation. That said no final pics will be available till the fall.

Stay tuned.

My currently unemployed daughter and son in law will be doing this deed.

Thanks, guys.

Plumbing Work: Always get a second estimate, if not a third….

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Decided to put a washer/dryer in the condo. Never knew it would be this much aggravation. The first plumber’s estimate was $5000. for installation. Then I came across a plumber where I volunteer who said he only works for friends and would charge $3500. He came to the condo to survey the work. While there I mentioned the garbage disposal didn’t work and he installed another. Plans were made for his arrival to do the next step. He never arrived or called back. Florida senior gossip says workmen never return calls until they need weed money, so I got the name of another plumber.

When this plumber arrived and heard what was paid for the garbage disposal he smirked. The price was double what his company charged. Then the $3500 estimate for the washer/dryer install was revealed. He said an entire condo repipe could be done for this and the washer/dryer install would be $750 to 1000. Since he was honest he won the job. The next day my “plumber friend” returned my call saying he would start the job the following day. I told him I was leaving town.

When 3 plumbers and 2 large trucks arrived I was overwhelmed never realizing the scope of the work..

The plumbers surveyed the condo and floors began to be covered with mats. Since sheet rock dust permeates all I quickly located sheets and tablecloths to cover furnishings..

The condo wrapped and covered,

and much hidden in the bedroom with the door closed..

Pictures of condo wall holes.

Mike installing the hot water heater.

Paul and Gary working on the washer/dryer connections.

Work was completed in 14 hours. Cost: $ 5600.

Next step: Sheet rock repair, then cabinets to cover the washer/dryer..

And they even fixed the bathroom sink.

I am in plumbing heaven!

Commercial #8 Apple Upgrade

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The upgrade greets me with, “Hello.” The next screen wants me to, “Place Your Finger here.” I do not want to place my finger there but cannot pass the screen. What finger shall I choose if I do this? I need direction but do not receive it. I select my right index finger, but do not apply it to the screen. Suddenly I am returned to the main screen and now am able to bypass the touch screens and password code protections. Next I am greeted with, “Hola,” guess a language change has occurred. What have I done as now all upgrade directions are in Spanish.

I breathe and touch another button and English returns. The phone once again tries to sell me on two step security verification. I don’t bite and the red circle next to settings is gone. More success. I now am able to make the call for a dental cleaning.

I am having a good day.

Isn’t it wonderful how these devices upgrade with a stroke of a finger? Do you ever wonder how these signals get to the phone? Do they pass through a window or better yet me? In the future could these signals cure cancer or perhaps my appetite? I rise from my chair, glance around the room and the white line signaling an upgrade in installation is almost drawn. Attempting to find this energy around the room there is no trace but the white line has disappeared and the phone states the installation is complete.

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Now I only have to learn how to use the d-mn thing.

How I wish Apple made a less challenging phone for Seniors. I bet it would be a best seller.

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The Royal Horses

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Recently attended this event at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. It was an enjoyable event and watching these beautiful trained horses left me in awe. Here are some pictures from the event.

A quiet gallop of all horses…

A daring move by the rider.

These Arabian, Andalusian, Friesian, and Lipizzaner breeds perform nationally. Their beauty and grace are amazing to observe. Currently, they are performing in the Florida area with a January 30th performance in Vero Beach, Florida. Tickets can be obtained at: http://www.galaoftheroyalhorses.com.

Upon completion a meet and greet with the horses is also available with special tickets.

Suze Orman

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What better way to follow a Robinhood Snacks blog than to mention the Queen of PBS Family Finance? This often loud, yet sincere lady has given millions direction in their financial planning and those who follow her cling to her every breath and word. Point in fact… I worked with a female nurse in her 20’s who would not make any financial decisions until researching The Queen’s thoughts.. Of course, she’s probably a millionaire by now, but , truth and humor aside.. Who is this gal and how did she get started?

This 69 year old gal worth $75 million is a New York Times best selling author, financial guru, and winner of two Emmy Awards. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana she began her career as a waitress in California. She borrowed money to start a restaurant and when she lost all found her way to a training program as an account executive for Merrill Lynch and the climb began.

She is married to Kathy Travis as of 2018. Currently, she is recovering from surgery but Suze will be on her way soon again. Stay well, my sweet and keep advocating living revocable trusts as well as many other ideas to keep us all financially stable and secure.

Robin Hood Snacks

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While working at a Virginia psych hospital a patient engaged me with information about the stock market. I know this sounds bizarre but not all psych patients are mentally unfit and this gal was bright, however, a little manic. As a good nurse I decided to investigate her claims and found she was on target, well informed about money, and the stock market. Day after day she spoke of Robin Hood Snacks so I signed up for their email newsletter and am glad I did.

While not involved with the brokerage side of Robinhood I find their newsletters informative giving life skills besides the financial piece. Their brokerage side allows for free trades and no minimums easily capturing the youth market or novice investor.*

However, while I read the newsletter, and admit to often not understanding their slang, I find the tail end of the newsletter intriguing. There is a variety of articles where one can learn much in a quick read. Take for example:

  • To beat procrastination be productive and don’t think of the worst. Create a routine and commit to it. Have one small win every day, DO SOMETHING. Face tasks head on, concentrate, stay focused.
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The variety of articles in this segment is phenomenal, so sign up and I guarantee you will learn something.

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Salt Lake City Airport

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As always all good things must come to an end. Sadly, I left part of me in San Francisco as I drove to the airport. Here are closing pictures. Even the route to the airport was gorgeous.

Do you think I could get a job as a maid for Nancy Pelosi??? I’d even do it for a free room and would live in the cellar or garage, hell, even a storage closet. Can you imagine what her house is like? She must need help with her schedule… As my daughter would say, “Ha, Ha!”

From San Francisco took a flight to Salt Lake City and then to Orlando. I flew my dream airline, Delta, however, in all my years of flying Delta I had my first encounter with a nasty Delta employee. Shrugging it off to the pandemic, and we all have a bad day, I took her insults and let it go. Delta has done so much for me in my many years of flying with them that it was time for a withdrawal from that emotional quotient bank account called Delta Courtesies.

Flight was amazing and short to Salt Lake City Airport. What a lovely airport and they are undergoing renovation.

In the main lobby they had an enormous Christmas tree with comfortable seating and a pianist who played one of my favorites Claire de Lune. What a wonderful ending to a perfect time away.

The airport also had a display of rock and roll memorabilia. See pics below.

Another new find this airport held was a yoga room. Namaste.

Hallways were wide for the sparse volume, however, build it and they will come. And for those who haven’t visited Salt Lake City it is a treat with their beautiful mountains and friendly Mormons.

While partaking in hearty corn chowder from Squatters, a must visit restaurant at the airport, spotted an interesting dog mix, a German Shepard Maltese. Go figure. The owner had the dog’s genealogy done. They found this sweetheart left in a local dump and what luck for both dog and owner… Here are some pictures.

What a hoot! But who knows maybe in 10 years everyone will want one of these blends. I certainly do.

Then Delta came through once again. While sitting at the gate my name was called on the loudspeaker. Don’t know about you but when things like this happen I become unnerved. They moved me up 5 seats as I am a silver member. I now had more leg room.:)

The stars were certainly in alignment on this trip.