Last night, my husband and I arrived home from the land of swaying palm trees, menacing alligators, lounging lizards, magical Spanish moss, and good, old fashioned Southern hospitality. Unfortunately, as mentioned in my previous post, we were in Hilton Head, South Carolina taking care of things after the death of my father-in-law.
In spite of the dreary task of clearing out, cleaning, and preparing the home for sale, we managed, during our long work days, to seek out the good. In fact, everything we set out to accomplish was completed, not only with the best of intentions, but with fate placing the best of people in our paths. Here are some of the highlights–not in any particular order:
- Spending one on one time with my husband, and confirming how well we get along and work together.
- Unexpectedly ending up with the nicest, quietest room in the hotel we stayed at.
- Our hotel being located right beside of the Okatie Ale House–they have the best food in town with lots of healthy choices (even though I didn’t always make the healthiest of choices)!
- Picking and eating the last orange on the backyard tree. Delish!
- Meeting, and getting to know, the new neighbors who lived beside of my father-in-law.
- Finding the many letters and family pictures that my in-laws had saved. (Oh, my goodness, my husband was a cute baby!)
- Visiting Beaufort, SC in between appointments, on our last day in SC. What a quaint, artsy, beautiful city!
- Finally getting a picture of one of the alligators residing in the neighborhood lagoon.
- Seeing two anoles on the day we said goodbye to the house.
- Getting lots of meaningful exercise while cleaning, climbing ladders and lifting boxes.
- Eating ice cream at least 10 times while away and not gaining ANY weight!!
- Discovering that everyone in Hilton Head dresses up and finding amazingly great sales at White House/Black Market (I’m talking $100 dress pants for $14.99!). (I’d packed very quickly, and completely wrong, for the weather and area–now I won’t have to shop for Spring!)
- Encountering lots of interesting, fun, quirky, and extremely polite people everywhere we went.
- Coming home to my gorgeous family and sweet kitties!
Now, I’m off to finish unpacking and organizing the things we brought home. We decided to each choose a special thing to keep from the house as a memory. My husband chose some wooden carvings of sea creatures that were in his home from childhood. I picked my mother-in-law’s everyday dishes (I’m not a fine China kinda girl!). I’ve always loved them, and they certainly make me think of family dinners and good times at the beach.
I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you for your kind messages and well-wishes while we were away. 🙂