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My Happy Place

I was giving a friend a tour of the house recently and she commented, “you sure do have a lot of spaces just to sit and relax”.  I had never thought of it that way and while it does appear to be indulgent, why…

September 22, 2016
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Welcome Home!

“Welcome Home.” This is what Mr. G, my neighbor said to me when we moved in. It brought me to tears. You see, Mr. G has lived in this neighborhood for over 50 years. He knew me as a small child, he knew my…

April 29, 2016
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Another Surprise in the Wall

It was just another day at the renovation project, and I expected to see more demo, more debris and not much else.  When I arrived, I was met by a team of workers who were so excited to show me what they found in…

February 17, 2016
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Coming to America

What were you doing when you were 15? Imagine 1893 (122 years from this writing, four full generations have passed since).  Immigration to America has opened up officially through Ellis Island. You are 15 years old, and you board a steamship headed to America. Not…

December 17, 2015
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The Dimes

At first glance, you might think I am trying to highlight how the floors and bead board are in need of serious renovation.  But look closely, and you will see tucked in the molding, is a dime.  And not just any dime, but one of…

November 10, 2015
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More History Revealed

Love this picture!  This is a photo of my great nephew Jacob and my great niece Lillie with their Great Grandmother, Doris (related to my sister by marriage). Lillie and Jacob’s three times great grandparents built the house under renovation. I have known Miss Doris for 30…

October 29, 2015
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A Wall of Surprises

The uncovering of the termite damage continues, and instead of being worried, I get happy with each finding. The “demo boys” are doing a good job of finding the problems and I really do thank them each time they uncover one more thing … If…

October 27, 2015
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First Camellia

In the midst of sawdust, termite damage, open walls and damaged floors, there blooms the first Camellia!  What a sight! To the left of the house is a row of Camellia Sasanqua.  I spotted early buds, but wasn’t sure we would get the benefit of…

October 19, 2015
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Let the Demo Begin

After anxiously waiting almost 2 months, we received approval from the South Carolina Historic Preservation Organization to begin the renovation.  This was cause for celebration!  One, because we got the ok (not easily secured), two, we have the potential for tax credits, and three, we could…

October 6, 2015
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Historic Rains and Historic Surprises

Charleston and much of South Carolina is experiencing historic rains and flooding.  I hope everyone impacted remains safe and that property damage is minimal.  Once again I am proud of our City and State in how we are caring and watching out for each…

October 4, 2015