New year, new month, new week, new beginnings.

Yes, we made it to South Carolina, and we enjoyed 70 degree temperatures for the first two days. The temps will be returning to the more normal 50’s range this week, but there’s no snow or ice.

A couple of photos for you from my first walk on the beach.

A few observations:
– The vast majority of folks of all ages are not wearing masks
– Although there is a supply shortage, you wouldn’t know it by the number of trucks on the road
– The drive gets longer every time
– Change the speed limit signs to reflect ‘minimum’ speed?
– I’m feeling my age after packing, loading, driving, unloading, unpacking
– Good friends are hard to find, so stay in touch with yours.

We’ve had an opportunity to see friends that we haven’t seen for two years. It’s wonderful. As sweet at it is to see these people, we also feel the loss of those who aren’t here this year.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Hope you have a great first week in January. I’ll be headed to the library to get a temporary card, a grocery pickup, the fabric store for some project material, impatiently awaiting a computer part, and hopefully a walk or two on the beach or at Brookgreen Gardens if the weather breaks now and again. Sounds like a good week.

I’m hoping 2022 is kinder and gentler, but so far it seems a little rocky. I guess we’ll all need to keep maneuvering life’s speed bumps just like we did in 2020 and 2021 because none of us want to miss a curve. 😷

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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62 Responses to January

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I just got back from my walk with the pup – it was 26 when we left, so enjoy all the 50 degree days you get, Judy.

    I’m glad you arrived safely. It seems like you’re settling into your southern version pretty easily. I hope you have a wonderful time. Stay safe and enjoy all your temporary home has to offer. I love the photos today, especially the birds.

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    • Those little birds were so cute. There are a couple of cranes down the other direction so I’ll have to walk that way and grab a couple of shots. This post has been a real challenge. I used an iPad, a borrowed laptop, and I can’t get my mail to pull up anywhere. I left a piece of my laptop charging cord at home and had to order a replacement. When we got here, I went to plug it in and there were no prongs to insert. That piece had fallen out while I was packing. Technology certainly doesn’t work if one can’t plug it in. Dead in the water almost is how you would describe me right now. 🙂 Stay warm and healthy.

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  2. Discouraging about the mask situation. But the last picture is glorious! “Ethereal” is right. Glad you made it safely to South Carolina. Enjoy your time by the sea.

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    I AM SO JEALOUS!🤪 Hooray for making it to SC! Those photos are great. The last one is exceptional!

    So the mask situation is whacked out every where. You and Dennis keep wearing yours no matter what. I would think you need some ‘down tine’ after all the packing, lugging, and unpacking. That’s a job for younger bodies, something we don’t have anymore!

    Enjoy the warmer temperatures. It’s 22 degrees here. I can hear you laughing Judy. Stop it!

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    • Okay, I did laugh but just for a second or two. 🙂 We had vicious winds today, and some of the streets were flooded. I guess that’s what happens when you sit right on the beach. Flooded streets are not something I normally think about. 🙂 Stay well, and we’ll work on doing the same.


  4. It looks lovely! I like the last image a lot. It does look ethereal. Enjoy your warm weather, and the sea!

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  5. Enjoy your winter! Walk on the beach as much as you can!

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  6. Glad you made it and that you can now get walking on the beach, nothing quite like it, warm or cold. Hope you can rest up. The thought of moving fills me with horror, all that packing and lugging. As you say, less easy as we get older.
    I’ve saved that quotation from Eleanor Roosevelt to go in my blog this evening. Just perfect for me just now.
    Happy New Year to you. Stay safe. 🙂

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  7. Claudette says:

    I always enjoy ready your emails and seeing your wonderful pictures. I will be remembering good memories when you post from SC.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad you arrived safely. It is disturbing that most aren’t wearing masks… I think it is delusional to do so, perhaps they are disillusioned after two years? Do they really want to risk it? I imagine Clint Eastwood asking, “Are you feeling lucky, punk?” That keeps my mask on! 😉
    Take it easy settling in, give your body a chance to catch up. 🙂 These days I have to alternate my active and inactive days, ha!
    Your photos are wonderful… I love that pier shot. I’m rather envious of your temperatures and walks on the beach. Enjoy and send a thought to us northerners left behind. 🙂

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  9. Oddment says:

    Those images are wonderful! Thank you for letting us get away with you! I can only shake my head about the unmasked; I don’t understand. I hope you and Dennis will stay safe in the unmasked world, that you will recover from the work involved to get there, and that you will have many moments like the ones you’ve recorded for us.

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    • It’s doubly troubling when they are people you know. Lots of ups and downs in life right now. I’ll try to share some entertaining photos with you. Stay well, and we’ll do the same. Your chuckle for the day – a friend and I got library cards and picked up books. We each had an armful and asked if we had too many. The librarian said, no, you can get up to 50. I did have a good laugh because even I can’t imagine checking out 50. 🙂


  10. Great way to spend New Year’s day. We endeavour to wander on a beach on the first day of every new year but occasionally the weather puts pay to it. We did manage a walk this year but the wind blowing around the fine sand prevented me from using the camera. So thanks for sharing your’s.

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  11. Donna says:

    I am available to go to Brook Green anytime you want. Just not today. Wind is blowing too hard!!

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  12. I read this post and want to give you a hug – I think your words touched me and I felt as if I were visiting with you for a little while. I am not blogging much these days, but please know that you’re one of my favourite souls in the land of blogging, and I love catching up with you.

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  13. I’m glad you arrived safely and are now getting into the swing of things in SC. Sorry to hear about the mask situation. It never ceases to amaze me how many people aren’t taking this seriously. Your pictures of the beach are lovely, especially the last one.

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    • It does amaze me, and it’s a hot topic and not one most folks want to ‘talk’ about. We wear our masks and go from there. I haven’t been able to access my email with fellow blogger’s posts, but I know I have one from you that I had planned to read over the weekend. As soon as I get the part I ordered, I can catch up. 🙂

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  15. syt says:

    Great photos my friend, hoping the rest of your plans come together, have fun stay safe

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  16. germac4 says:

    Lovely photos…a great place to relax for a while….and NO snow. Enjoy your holiday. 😁😁

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  17. Joyce says:

    I think you’ve captured a shot of the gates of heaven! Beautiful!
    Packing, driving, unpacking….ugh! But settling in to enjoy the next few months of nothing but leisure and good food in that nearly tropical paradise….ahhhhhh!

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  18. How lovely to have these glorious views to enjoy for a while. Stay safe and well and have a wonderful time. Masks are mandatory here and it’s rare to see a person without one. It does bug me when people wear them either under their chin or with their nose exposed. Anyway, I am resolved to worry only about myself and those I love and I know we are all doing our best.

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  19. Judy, we had record highs (mid-eighties) for the month of December and finally today a cool front came through. It will be in the 50’s tomorrow. I can’t wait! Of course, it will only last about 5 minutes, but I’ll take what I can get. It sounds like you are taking care of the essentials – library card, fabric, walk on the beach, and food. Catching up with friends is just icing on the cake. Enjoy your time in the South!

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  20. I’m glad you made it! I don’t think that area is our kind of place, but it is beautiful, as are your photographs.

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  21. Nancy says:

    I’m so glad you got there safely! Enjoy those walks on the beach… the weather will cooperate soon.
    I am sorry about the people not wearing masks. I see it here as well in Arizona. I just wear mine wherever I go. And when we were in Seattle we HAD to wear them and show our vaccination card everywhere we went. It’s truly a different scenario everywhere.
    Not seeing friends is hard… but hopefully with some you can stay in touch with them via email, phone etc.
    I loved seeing the beach pictures… that pier!
    Have fun and stay safe… it can be done safely and smartly. This I know.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!


  22. BERNADETTE says:

    Judy, the photo of the pier is ethereal. Enjoy your sunshine. May it warm your soul. Your heart needs no warming.


  23. Ally Bean says:

    Yay! You are somewhere else and it almost makes me jealous. Enjoy your time by the ocean. What a great way to start the new year.

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  24. Brenda says:

    I agree on the drive south getting harder and harder. Seems that the trucks have been breeding these past two years and have taken over the interstates! Have fun down there.

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  25. Tina Schell says:

    Good morning Judy and welcome to SC! We’ve had a bit of a roller coaster of weather so far this month. It was 70s for a while, then that wind storm and now the cold but warming back up in the coming week. Pretty typical for us actually. I played Kiawah’s famous Ocean Course on Thursday and it was gloriously beautiful! As for the masks – we stay away from any place populated and only dine outdoors now that the virus is rampant again. Our governor is a piece of work. He was Nicky Haley’s appointment to get the far right voters and when she left he took over hence our lack of mandates state-wide. In Charleston we have an excellent mayor so there are some good rules there but outside of that look out! What town are you staying in?

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    • We’re in Murrells Inlet, and I’d guess less than 20% are wearing any type of face covering, and I’m being generous with that number. We are not participating in the activities we usually take advantage of because the seniors here are not wearing masks. They’re banking on the vaccines keeping them from getting the new strain. We choose to wear a mask ‘inside’ buildings, elevators, or stores. Are we missing seeing some friends and having some fun? Yes, but I’d rather err on the side of caution. It makes me kind of sad to be missing out, but there isn’t a restaurant on this planet worth getting Covid for. 🙂


  26. Tina Schell says:

    PS. Happy New Year!

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  27. Lavinia Ross says:

    The photos are beautiful, Judy, especially the ethereal one. I do hope right along with you that 2022 is kinder to all, but I am sure there will be the occasional amusement park ride thrown in to keep us on our toes..

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