November/December

Our next stop was Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Florida.  This is a really nice resort with 525 units, pools, hot tubs, restaurants, lake, beach, boats, fitness center, shuttle, shuffleboard, tennis, mini golf and horeshoes.  Our unit was very nice with 2 bedrooms and ground floor.  We loved sitting outside on our patio and the pool was right there also.  

While here my sister Ann and hubby Rich came for a few days to visit.  We had a nice time talking and laughing.  One night we took a walk and I got spooked by a racoon.  Scared the living daylites out of me.  LOL.
On the 10th we left Florida and headed northeast.   We stopped in St Augustine to visit the lighthouse.  It is located 140 feet above the city and has 219 stairs.  Because of my dizziness we did not climb up but toured the keepers house and grounds.  The lighthouse was built in 1870 and was automated in 1955.  Beautiful grounds but quite pricy to visit.
Our next stop was Marriott Barony Beach Resort in Hilton Head, SC.  We had never stayed here so this was a real treat.  Beautiful grounds and great condo.  They have loads of pools, hot tubs, indoor pool, ocean, beach, fitness center, playground, shuffleboard, activities, bar and grill, covered pavilions with tv’s and pool tables.  While here we walked around alot and enjoyed the hot tubs.  One weekend our daughter Susan came with our granddaughters which was fun.  We went to the movies, swam in the indoor pool, watched the girls play and enjoyed each other.  
While in Hilton Head we had dinner at our favorite restaurant Frankie Bones.  Great dinner and drinks plus 25 percent off because of Veterans Day – what a steal.
One day we took a ride to Beaufort which is a quaint town which was charted in 1711.  It covers 23 sq miles and has loads of old homes.  I read that Sherman did not burn this town as they used it for a hospital on his march thru the south.  We visited the Visitor Center which is located in an Arsenal which was built in 1798 for the African Militia.  
We toured Fort Fremont which is located on St Helena Island.  This fort was constructed in 1899 to defend the Naval Base on Port Royal Sound during the Spanish American War.  It was active from 1899 until 1921.  It was interesting walking around an trying to image what it was like as a fort.
Bluffton was our next stop for visiting and really like that town.  It was settled in 1825 as a summer resort for rice and cotton planters.  Today it has loads of antique stores and nice homes.
On the 24th of November we head north to Surfside Beach, SC to the Plantation Resort for a week.  While here we had two bedroom condo which was okay – kind of old but clean.  We were able to have Thanksgiving with Susan, Jerry and the girls and we cooked.  It has been quite a long time since that happened cuz our little home cannot sit that may people or a turkey in the oven.  We had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed our company.  Susan and the girls stayed with us for 2 nights so we had fun.  
Our next stop was Marriott Ocean Watch Villas in Myrtle Beach.  Our villa was oceanside with two bedrooms.  Oh how I loved the view – just wish it had been warm.  We did get to enjoy the pool and hot tub many days because they were heated and felt wonderful.  We took many walks on the beach – had friends over for dinner one night and even went to a Japanese Restaurant where they cooked our dinner at our table.  All in all it was a wonderful 60 days in condos but we were ready to go home to our little 35 foot 5th wheel.
Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek would become our next stop.  While here we had loads of doctor appointments, lots of shopping for Christmas and even some walking.
One day we went downtown Charleston and walked around.  We stopped at the Powder Magazine which is the oldest public building in South Carolina.  It was built in 1713 as a place to safely store gunpowder.  Today they use it as a colonial military museum.   
We took Makenzie, our granddaughter, to the play “Annie” at Charleston Stage.  We sat in the front row and when we sat down we all wondered if this was a good place to sit.  Well it turned out to be perfect – we could see everyone even the orchestra in the well.  We all enjoyed the performance.  Charleston Stage was America’s first building built just for a theatre.  The original one burned down and this one is in a building that was built as a hotel in 1809.  Just beautiful.  After the performance we walked around and had to make a stop at the candy store for Makenzie.  We then went to dinner.  What a great day and she totally enjoyed it.
The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park was another adventure.  It is over 3 miles of wonderful displays, a Santa’s Village, Express train, Marshallow roasting over a fire, shops, carousel, and a climbing wall.  We were with Susan and the girls so it was fun watching them visit Santa.  After that we went to Carrabba’s for dinner.  Great food to end an enjoyable day.
Christmas shopping was another fun activity as I love buying for the holidays.  Think I got that from my mother – as Tim says that is the only time I am not cheap lol.  
Christmas Eve we attended church at Seacoast with the Shallo families and then over to Jerry and Stacy’s house for drinks.  We had lots of snacks and great wine, great conversations and loads of laughs.  We then went to Burton’s Grill for dinner.  Great night
Christmas morning we were up early and headed to Jerry’s house.  The girls got up and present opening began.  They were thrilled with their gifts, I loved mine too.  Julia got a skate board and Makenzie got roller skates so we went outside to try them out.  Lots of laughs and falling also.  We then had a wonderful dinner that Jerry made.  Late in the afternoon we went over to Jen and Grant’s house for snacks and drinks, laughter and conversation.  Another great day.
New Year’s Eve marked 12 years that my mother went home to the Lord.  We had a quite night watching the ball drop on tv.  All in all it has been a wonderful year and we are looking forward to 2014.  Happy New Year to all.