Monthly Archives: March 2013

03/25/13

A Weekend in Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC has to be one of those quintessential Southern towns you should visit at least once in your life (or 3 or 5 times like I have).

Who doesn’t love the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, the local women weaving their sawgrass baskets, and the local farmers and artisans selling their wares?

Who doesn’t love that shrimp and grits are not only an acceptable breakfast food, but in fact, it’s encouraged you enjoy them for brunch on Sundays?

I remember the first time I came to Charleston. I was probably 8 0r 9 years old and we must have taken 4-6 carriage rides that weekend because I couldn’t get enough of riding around the city, learning the history, and playing with the horsies. In fact, we used the same tour company a few times, so dad would walk to the front and ask for different buggies and different horses just for a little change in the scenery.

Bless his heart. He’s a good daddy.

It has been many years since my last trip to Charleston, but we returned there this past weekend to celebrate this one…

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My sweet Sloan, my first college friend, is getting married this May to a man that loves her to distractedness. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of their big day.

We had the time of our lives- brunching, site-seeing, shopping, touring, and spending time celebrating our individual friendships with Sloan. I wanted to share with all of you a few great memories I brought home with me to Atlanta.

Shopping at the Market on Saturday morning

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The bride and her maids

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Brunch at Charleston landmark Poogan’s Porch for some Crab-cakes Benedict and some Shrimp n Grits… yum!

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Then Sarah and I took a horse and carriage tour through historic residential Charleston and walked to the Battery. Our horse’s name was “Sugah Cain”. How perfect is that?!?

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I have definitely inherited the trait of taking pictures of homes, gardens, architecture, carvings, gates, and doorways from my Mother.

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Apple don’t fall too far…

I just love travel! I could do it almost every weekend.

Thank you for letting me share memories from Charleston. I honestly can’t wait to go back!

Where is your favorite weekend getaway?

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03/22/13

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway + Giveaway Winner

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Okay, the winner of the “So Southern” Notecard Giveaway is….

Lisa!

Her comment was, “The last thank you note I wrote was to a friend for a CD she sent me that she thought I would enjoy. It wasn’t my birthday or anything. It was just because. I am thankful to have friends like that in my life. Thankful for you too Jamie!”

Congratulations! Please email me at astillmagnoliablog@gmail.com , provide me with your home address, and claim your prize! I will send you BOTH sets of these beautiful notecards to you!

Thank you so much for reading and thank you for everyone’s entries! I will have another giveaway in April with a winner drawn at random, and trust me, you won’t want to miss that one! It just keeps getting better…

 

These past few weeks of winter have welcomed chilly nights when it gets dark at 7:30 and you feel ready for bed at 9:00 pm. That can’t just be me right?

Right?

Anyways, if it is just me, it has afforded me the great pleasure of reading each night before bed and it is such a luxury to curl up with a great book. I never used to think of it as a luxury before.In school, back in my English major days, it felt more like work. 300 pages in 1 night plus a report was not a luxury. Now, as an adult, it washes away the day, transports you to another time and place, and submerges you into a great tale. There is simply nothing like reading.

Here is what I have had my nose in lately…

Finished T.L. Higley’s Pompeii: City on Fire and it was great! A really interesting read. Higley is a master at blending historical non-fiction, action, suspense, and Christian fiction and I have loved every book of hers I have read. Having personally been to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, made it even more interesting when reading this book.

Then I picked up an admittedly, extremely happy-go-lucky, easy-reading Julie Klassen novel called The Tutor’s Daughter. Klassen is a lover of Jane Austen and all the happenings of that time period, so all of her novels are period-pieces. This is set on the cliffs of Cornwall and explored a great family mystery with plenty of laughs and surprises along the way, and of course, a little romance too! (Sigh)

Now I am deep into completing a series I started more than a year ago…

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

I am in the middle of Book 2 now and simply can’t get enough of the story line. Kristen Heitzmann does great Christian suspense, but this series focuses more on relationships; particularly the bonds of 2 brothers, the finality of a love lost and found, and the doubt that builds in our relationship with God when we cannot see, feel, or hear Him. These books deal with real issues, have great, lovable, and real characters you can sink your teeth into, and I get excited each night when I climb into bed to read.

That’s what it’s all about right?

Next I am on to The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a retelling of the journey on Titanic by an unlikely narrator, and coincidentally Mom’s book club read for the month of March, so I will just borrow it from her! Perfection! (Plus, she is reading it now and giving it rave reviews, so yay!)

And after that, I want to read The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee. It sounds so cute, light-hearted, and funny. I can get on board with that…

So, what are you reading now?

Leave the answer in the Comments section below. I know it will be a great book tip for all of us!

Thanks, happy reading, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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