Friday, October 27, 2017

My South Carolina Trip - family, photos, fabric, fun!

I'm finally back to posting after my trip to Greenville, South Carolina! It was great to be back home despite having a great time seeing some of my family - on both sides.

My lack of posting as soon as I returned was delayed due to sinus issues that escalated last weekend, and are still plaguing me, plus my laptop is having issues with its hard drive and will again be worked on by my trusty computer guy downtown for several days. Getting this post written will be a good thing right now!

I stayed with my sister, Cindy, where my mom lives also. I hadn't seen my sister in over two years. I was able to relax, go shopping at Jo-Ann's fabric store - YAY - and another fabric warehouse. I purchased fabric to make some lovely envelope purses and carpet bags. Photos of my fabric finds will follow below plus I've included photos of family and friends. I'll narrate briefly about each photo.

It was wonderful blessing to be able to go to church with my family at Mount Calvary Baptist Church - hear glorious music from the organ, piano, choir, and special music from the young adults - and Bible messages!

If you read a previous post of mine (see it here) about my 1948 Singer Featherweight sewing machine, you will know that "she" is named Emma Thea Rose. Well.....the lady in the middle of this photo is my cousin Thea (on my father's side - a cousin once or twice removed?). We have not seen each other for about 50 years - since I was a child! Not exaggerating! She is seven years older than me, so at that time in my childhood, we probably didn't cross paths - maybe once or twice? - it's not in my memory banks. I mostly saw her mom and dad and her aunt during those years and when there was a wedding in our family, her mom usually came. It was a thrill to be able to see Thea and get reacquainted! Thea is, of course, from Massachusetts, as we all are. She moved down to SC several years ago. Her son and family live in a nearby town. And the lady on the right is my sister, Cindy. :-)

These dear family members sitting around me belong on my husband's side. His sister, Aida is to my left. Laurie Beth - my brother-in-law's daughter - is to my right with her children (Benjamin and Kaylen) and husband (Justin). Unfortunately, Aida's daughter and family had already left the house before I thought about taking a group photo! Sorry, Caroline! We all did have a great time at Aida's that evening. Thanks, Aida, for the delicious meal!

I spent another lovely evening at Laurie Beth's house enjoying good food and company. She had asked to hear some of the piano pieces I had played for two Piano Concert Teas I had given in my home this past August (I had posted about these teas on FB). Both her children are taking lessons and they played for me as well. We also had a sewing machine lesson. She had a sewing machine stashed at Auntie Aida's house for some time, and somehow the subject of sewing came up that night, the sewing machine materialized, I gave her a quick lesson on threading the machine at Aida's - and then at her house, we had a second lesson on winding bobbins. I think she has been bitten by the sewing bug!
I also came home with some curtains! Aida pulled a pile of curtains from her archives that she had made years ago and presented them to me - made out of this cute toile fabric. I have no idea what I will make with this fabric. Any suggestions?

I selected some photos of our trip to Charleston, SC where my mom, Cindy, and I spent part of the day there (a three-hour drive from Greenville). The first photo below is of my mom, Paula. Eating ice cream was the first thing we did before walking the streets - some cobbled - and viewing the beautiful pastel houses, window boxes dripping with gorgeous blooms, palm trees, and historic buildings, including a Huguenot church that still has regular Sunday services.

 My mom and sister are walking ahead of me in the above photo.
 The next few photos are taken in the lower level of the Exchange Building - the dungeon - where prisoners were housed during the Revolutionary War. The Exchange Building was also the shipping center of Charleston.

  The photo below is of our very knowledgeable tour guide. He knew his history and dates!
 A copy of the Constitution of the United States is shown in the upstairs of the Exchange Building. The "copy" on the table was where visitors could sign their own "John Hancock" - but I decided not to. :-)
I couldn't resist taking a photo of this beautiful B&B. The flowers are gorgeous!
My dear friend, Ruth Smoke, took me out for lunch in downtown Greenville near the suspension bridge. The restaurant had tables outdoors and since it was a beautiful day, that is where we chose to eat! I've included a photo of the restaurant building below.
Here's the restaurant building - Mary's at Falls Cottage - we only went inside to use the rest room. The inside is very quaint and the food was delicious!
And the last of the family photos shown today. My sister's family and grandchildren. Husband Steve with their beautiful German shepherd dog, Dunimus, their daughter, Holly and husband Nathan - with children (L to R), Zoe, Ashlyn, and Kurt. Cindy's other daughter, Audra, is missing because she moved to New Hampshire in August! (boo hoo) I probably spelled the dog's name wrong and I didn't get a photo of Audra's gray kitty, London Fog, who stayed behind to keep doggie company. :-)

And the last of the photos are of the fabrics I purchased in SC. My cousin Thea gave me the iridescent green & blue silk. The other fabrics were purchased at the fabric warehouse. The photos don't do the fabric colors justice. All of them are beautiful.
Burgundy, gold, and silver silk pieces
 An African-style velour - stiff but soft.
 Cindy chose this red and gold tapestry for a carpet bag.
 I love this one! It's hard to tell the colors exactly, but the design is a very light mint green over a medium brown.
I'm sure there are little details I have missed that were wanting to be told from my South Carolina trip, but I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my family and viewing a snippet of my scenic and savory time. I forgot to mention some of the savory! ooh! At Mary's restaurant, I had the most delicious version of a BLT - it had a layer of grilled salmon on it! Something for you to consider if you love salmon AND BLTs! And last of all, in Charleston over the harbor, we ate at The Fleet Landing Restaurant. I had a real southern dish of grilled shrimp over grits with brown gravy. Oh yes, it was delish! I do love grits and I do love shrimp. I must look that recipe up and try it, but will have to order grits online as it's not available in the north. I should have bought some locally. Oh well!

Till next time......
"Thou art the God who doest wonders; thou hast declared thy strength among the peoples. Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known."
Psalm 77:14,19


  1. My dear Linda, what a joy to see your lovely photos and read about your wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing with us :) I am sure it was a very memorable time with your precious family.

    Wishing you a joyous weekend. Hugs!

  2. Oh how wonderful it looks like it all was! So nice to see pictures of your trip, and family. It is always so nice to spend time with family, and it's always so hard to leave and come home.

    All of your fabric finds are lovely and I'm sure you will have a wonderful time sewing things with them.
    So very interesting that you were able to tour the museum and get a lot of information while you were there.

  3. Dear Linda, it was wonderful to read through your post of your SC trip, such a lovely time you had visiting with your family and seeing some beautiful sights while you were there! I know you will find wonderful things to craft with all your new fabrics both given and bought! I hope you are feeling better, that sinus stuff is miserable, and that your computer is soon fixed. So happy to have met you in blogland :)

  4. lovely day linda.:) I just checked the update. My friend was talking about reviews , and i was amazed by looking out the rates. I hope you will come with the next post soon.