South Carolina Trip

It’s been way over four years since I’ve returned to South Carolina. Sue went back for a quick trip a couple years ago for a funeral but didn’t have time to visit friends or past haunts.

This trip was specifically to visit Scott, Stephanie and Bella at their new beautiful home in Aiken, South Carolina which is located about a half hour from North Augusta and Augusta, Georgia. The pictures tell it all. Although a brief stay, we were able to meet Sue’s cousin Trish and her husband Carl plus have an evening meal with Sue’s long-time friend Ann. We also had the good fortune to take some historical side-trips around Augusta which turned out to be exciting. Again, the pictures speak volumes.

A personal highlight for both Sue and I was the opportunity to see Beau, a pet we cared for while living in North Augusta that we wanted to bring with us when we moved to Ocala, Florida but because he wasn’t ours, had to leave behind. Beau had an accident that injured both legs which due to infection had to be operated on. He hadn’t seen us since we moved and when he realized who we were, began crying and whimpering, nudging into us. Our tears flowed.

Anyway, a fun trip and great memories made for all. Thank you Scott, Steph and Bella for your hospitality. We loved it.

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Webkinz Collaboration

Last month, Scott asked if I would consider working on a Christmas project for Bella. I was honored to be part of the collaboration of presenting Bella with a custom designed stage for her to better present her many Webkinz pets. Bella has her very own online Production Channel called “nappycatproductions”, featuring 11 shows already. Scott sent me a basic design of what he wanted to which he painted the final touches to a gift that was well received.


Bella’s Webkinz Production Channel


Ocoee Christmas – 2010

Today, Sue and I went back in time…way back! As if we were transported to the 1400’s, we were greeted by the King, Queen and Princess of Hardigree Castle. Queen Stephanie is known for her attention to detail when entertaining and today, this Christmas Day, she prepared a day’s festivities and feast that will not be forgotten. Also in attendance were Stephanie’s Mom, Patty, and her Grandmom, Lodema and her husband Bud. Princess Bella also was the “Court Jester” and provided excellent entertainment prior to our traditional medieval meal. Along with the games, laughter, tomfoolery and the wonderful world of yesteryear we experienced, the love of family coming together to share was the theme of the day.

Thank you Scott, Stephanie, and Princess Bella.  Photos

Palm Coast Christmas – 2010

A quick trip to Palm Coast to deliver presents and spend some time with Chrissie, Alexandra and Christopher. Presents were opened early and enjoyed by all. Lunch at Houligan’s with a very decorative waitress named Season along with fun and games.


Bella’s 1st Place Performance

Yesterday in Orlando at the Marriott World Center, our granddaughter Bella, who has been studying Irish Dance for three years, competed in the third annual Watters School Class Feis. Although Bella placed in many of the dance categories, most noteworthy was her taking 1st Place in the Freestyle Solo dance. Congratulations Bella!!

Cousin Tricia Visit

Arriving from Augusta, Georgia last Thursday evening, Sue’s cousin Tricia and her friend Sherry enjoyed a five-day visit. A whirlwind of excursions filled up most of their stay with trips to Palm Coast to see Steve and family, the Orlando area to visit Scott and family, and finally a short trip to Port Richie to see Sue and Tricia’s Aunts, Betty and Mary. Yesterday was a day of rest before heading back home this morning. It was good to see family and enjoy catching up on everyone’s lives. Thanks for the love Tricia.

Steve & Family Visit

Steve, Sue’s eldest, with Chrissie, Alexandra and Christopher, came to visit today. A lunch at the Stone Creek Grille and a golf cart ride around the community highlighted their day, along with catching up on news and happenings since their last visit to town. Before they departed, a take on the Blues Brothers was captured with photos.


Griffin Family Visit

After a two day trip from Indiana, Juree, Pete, Daniel, Sarah, Ellie and Andrew arrived Saturday the 17th. What a joy to see everyone, especially the little ones and how much they’ve grown. Leaving this morning, their stay was spent right here in Stone Creek, enjoying the pool, dining out and Freckles. A wonderful visit and we look forward to the next time.

Vacation Photos

Mother’s Day in Orlando

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s in our family and to our friends.

Mother’s Day – 2010

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love

A beautiful tribute of love between Mother and Daughter.

A Mother’s Love

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