Posts tagged ‘south carolina’

March 11, 2012

Silent Sunday::Sweet Strawberry Season…

by heatherkp

Has arrived in SC!

 

January 20, 2012

Friday Field Trip::Ocean~River~Mountain~Marsh

by heatherkp

Since the new year we have had amazing times exploring different areas of our new state.  South Carolina is truly beautiful with a vast variety of landscapes to explore.  We started the new year at Caesars Head mountain where we had this incredible sunset view from the back porch and we spent the days hiking and exploring the many, many local waterfalls.

After the new year we returned to our own little ocean retreat at Pawleys where I am in the habit of taking daily walks when the weather permits.  Several times a week we also try to catch the sunset over at a boat ramp on the Waccamaw River, it’s quite a spectacular spot don’t you think?

And most recently we went last weekend to the middle of the state (well not quite but we were west of the coast) to Givhans Ferry State park.  We took a couple nights and stayed in the cabins right along the Edisto River and had some great campfires, hiking and a canoe ride.  Luckily we didn’t spy any Aligators!

It’s been a fantastic beginning of 2012 and I can’t wait to explore more of our new state!

December 15, 2011

One month ago…

by heatherkp
  • We had just arrived and unloaded all our possessions into storage
  • We were still residents of Maryland
  • We still had one beloved kitty
  • My in laws were here
  • We had Thanksgiving in mind
  • The weather was glorious and I was going to the beach a few times a week
  • We were missing our friends and family in Maryland
  • We didn’t yet have job prospects on the horizon
  • Final bills for all our Maryland expenses were being anticipated
  • I was feeling quite fearful and uncertain of the future
  • I wasn’t thinking about Christmas

And Today…

  • We are learning to live in the present state of limbo-in between but still in the moment-Life is NOW!
  • We are residents of South Carolina
  • We have no pets but still think of them every day and miss them.  They are with us in our hearts always!
  • We’ve had family visit and are looking forward to more soon
  • The weather is still gorgeous –I’m living at the BEACH and loving it!  Also watching the sunset on the river as often as possible
  • We are missing our family and friends but are also meeting new people
  • We have some exciting prospects for work doing things we love
  • All our Maryland expenses are paid and behind us
  • I am practicing letting go of old fear patterns
  • We still aren’t thinking much of Christmas-no tree’s or gifts, just celebrating life!

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December 5, 2011

Moving Monday::New Routines

by heatherkp

We’ve been here for about 3 weeks now and it’s funny how some new routines have already been established and some old one’s have maintained.  One routine I’m having a hard time re-establishing here is blogging so bear with me in my absence please!

We are now officially residents of South Carolina having made multiple trips to the DMV, courthouse and Social Security administration.  You wouldn’t believe all the documentation required to prove you are who you say you are here!   Anyways, that’s behind us and I’m looking to plant my feet as firmly in the sand as I can now.  Hum, sand shifts around a lot and that’s a perfect analogy for how I’m feeling about settling in here.  I’m not quite there yet!

I miss my three times a week yoga class, my monthly meetings for volunteering and organizing, my regular client appointments and visits with friends and my local food/farm sources.  I’m loving my new routine of going to the beach in the morning to watch the sunrise, write in my journal and walk.  I’m not doing this daily but a few times a week so far.  I also love going to watch the sunset on the Waccamaw river.

I’ve scouted out a few sources for locally grown food, one road side stand is just a few minutes from our house.  I’ve already got my local library card and checked out a stack of books.  I’ve made contact with the local NAPO Charleston chapter and plan to attend my first meeting next week.  I’m also currently working on getting involved with the local Master Gardener program.

I think it’s funny how easy it is for some routines to follow you wherever you go and other routines are more difficult to re-establish.  I’m looking forward to both establishing new routines and carrying on with the best of the old ones.

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November 21, 2011

Moving Monday::Landed and Nesting

by heatherkp

So here we are in South Carolina!!  It’s been 2 weeks since I posted last on Moving Monday because last Monday we were right in the midst of the move and well, I just didn’t have the time to write something up before hand!  Things got a little crazy as would be expected the weekend of the move.  Leave it to me to make it even crazier by having a Moving PARTY on 11:11:11 the night before we got and loaded the truck.  We did it though and it was worth it to say goodbye to friends and family who made it over to our box filled home.  And at 11:11 we did make a toast of farewell to our friends and a wish for happy new beginnings.

Saturday started out quite well with the expected friends showing up to help us all through the day.  About mid-day though we began to realize there was a strong possibility not everything would fit on the truck.  My husband had spent some time the previous week taking measurements of boxes and furniture and drawing up a rough schematic but despite all that it seemed clear it wasn’t going to work!  The BIG problem was that the truck was about 1′ shorter than expected.  That might not seem like much but over a 26′ truck length it adds up and most packing boxes are made to fit in certain size trucks a specific way.  If we had that extra space we could have packed the truck a bit more efficiently but trust me, they packed the truck without an inch to spare.  FYI, this truck said it would hold a 5 BR capacity which is nonsense!  Our house was approximately 1600 sq. feet and three BR’s but only one BR worth of BR furniture (office, tools, art studio and other normal household furniture).

In the midst of my almost moving meltdown I had to run out to a eye Dr. apt and thank god for my friends and mom who stayed behind diligently packing and cleaning at the house.

It was actually very good for me to step away for a bit to put things in perspective.  My mom gave me some great advice that day and as simple as it is it’s worth remembering.  Everything takes time!  So I just tried to remember that for the remainder of the time it took to load what we could.  Sunday AM we had planned to leave around 9 but because not everything fit we had to make some last minute trips to drop stuff off to be donated and stored.  We also threw and gave things away that we hadn’t originally planned to but nothing that we can’t live without after all, it’s just stuff!

With the house empty and cleaned we finally hit the road for our 8+ hour drive at 4:30PM.  The drive was slow with my husband driving the big truck and me in my car.  It ended up taking us 11 hours but we made it safely and boy was I happy to see palm tree’s and Spanish moss!  Somehow after only 4 hours of sleep we got up and unloaded the truck into our storage bin with the help of my husband’s parents and one kind neighbor friend.  It took 5 hours to pack with 10 people helping and only 1.5 hours to unpack with 5 people.

What a relief to have it all unloaded and in storage now.  The next phase of our life involves living in a furnished home for about 3 months with a minimum of our belongings.  We can run down to our storage unit and get things as we need them but when we packed we selected the items we would need and had them mostly accessible from the time we arrived.  We are on our own now and are nesting in our new, temporary home.  I’ve spent the last several days cleaning because despite the fact that this is a clean house, I guess I just need to put my own mark on it.  I’m also feeling a little lost since we are not in our final destination so this is my way of making it feel like our home.  We re-arranged furniture and have cleaned, unpacked and even done some cooking here.  As you can see by this post, I’m also starting to get back into the swing of my old routines…integrating the old with the new.

One new routine I’m loving so far is walks on the beach every day!

How do you get settled into a new place?  What is nesting like for you?

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November 16, 2011

Wednesday Wellness::Sometimes You’ve just got to Stop!

by heatherkp

…so after a BIG push to load the truck with all our worldly possessions (quite a bit had to be ditched, given away or stored with friends before we left) last weekend we drove 11 hrs (what’s normally an 8 hr drive) and arrived at 3:30am Monday.  I’m not going to lie, those last 2 hours of driving were brutal and we came close to running out of gas on some very back country road at 1am, but we made it safely and I was never so happy to see 95 and the South of the Border signs light up in the distance!  Once I began to see the Spanish moss dripping down the live oaks and palm trees along the sides of the road, I knew it was all going to be worth it!  After 4 or so hours of sleep we unloaded (with the help of in laws and a neighbor!) everything into storage for the next few months with relative ease and are now resting and recharging for a few more days before trying to find a new “normal” here in South Carolina.

The weather’s been warm (80’s) and we are finally catching up on a lot of lost sleep!  We are enjoying some family time with the in laws before they head south for the winter (yes, further south than coastal South Carolina!).  We’ve already seen sunrise at the beach, sunset on the river and are planning our first canoe ride and some golfing (my husband, not me) soon.   I’ll be back with more details about the move and happenings in the next week but suffice it to say our week or so off is more than well deserved!

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