Step back to the 1890’s at Fort Fremont on Lands End Road-Beaufort S Carolina

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I don’t have a whole lot to say about this Fort except that it was rather spooky to me even in the afternoon.  It is located in Beaufort County  a coastal S Carolina county and this is on St. Helena island that has a wealth of culture,  marshland, wildlife and the after life.

For those who seek out the hauntings  you may want to take the 2 mile drive from Frogmore to Lands end in the evening, there is a mysterious light that has been known to chase vehicles.

I’m a beleiver because I felt the chills on a hot humid afternoon.  Also, I would not rate this Fort as family friendly, so keep the young and old nearby.

For a reference point this is located not far off the I 95 between Charleston S Carolina and Savannah Georgia.

Read all about the spooky stuff: http://ghostsnghouls.com/2013/04/28/lands-end-light-beaufort/

Happy scary travels 🙂 If you want to taste the delicious local shrimp or Gumbo  I would suggest the Foolish Frog http://thefoolishfrog.com or any of the casual dining spots in the area….Low Country cooking…yummy

 

 

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Happy Halloween

Most people enjoy a frightening fireside story about a haunted house. Stretch your imagination a bit let’s talk about the friendly ghost in a home that occupants typically learn to live with and accept their presence. Yes, they can be disruptive walking around the house at night turning on lights or opening doors and cabinets […]

via Not so scary haunted homes — EasyRealEstate

Friday the 13th…..It’s what you make of it

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Although I have never experienced anything unusual on this day it may be because I drift through the day with extreme caution.
My Grandma Rose was extremely superstitious, she believed every Friday and every 13th day was unlucky, so I had lots of practice never making any big decisions on these days.

If you have an Italian Grandma you probably know these do’s and don’ts

  •  drop a dish towel (unexpected company will come over)
  • go to bed between 11:55 pm and midnight (will have bad dreams)
  • buy a broom in May, (you’ll sweep someone away)
  • wash blankets in May (you’ll wash someone away)
  • go to the zoo or look at monkeys during pregnancy, (it will affect your baby’s behavior)
  • sneeze at the breakfast table (bad spirits will be with you all day)
  • carry a shovel thru the house (you’ll be digging someones grave)
  • walk under power lines that crossed (just plain unlucky)
  • seat 13 at a table (one will die within the year)
  • drink out of a cup with a crack (just unlucky)
  • wear red or purple to a funeral home (means you’ re happy they’re dead)
  • cross knives (you’ll get in a fight)
  • stir your coffee 2 or 4 times around not 3times (uneven numbers bring bad luck)
  • we could only live in houses with even street numbers,
  • use white sheets and pillow cases only (bring good spirits around)
  • no dirty dishes over night in the sink (unwanted company will be coming)
  • the foot of the bed could not face the door, (you’re on your way out)
  • never wear a hat in the house (going to a funeral)
  • if you enter the house through the front door had to leave through the front (or more people will keep coming)
  • sweep the house out every New Year’s Eve (get rid of the dirt)
  • buy a new broom every time we moved (don’t take the dirt with you)
  • move the furniture around in her house because we would change her good luck

Grandma lived happy and healthy until 85, and when we giggled about all this she would always say a few choice words in Italian and then say “someday you’ll miss me honey”
She called that right and I’ll admit I always wash my blankets in April.

#8 Buoy catches a wave during Irma…lands on Hilton Head Island beach

Locals and visitors are having a big time on Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach getting a first hand view of a Coast Guard buoy.

During hurricane Irma the buoy washed ashore and it is not an item that can easily be sent back to its home with a weight of 13,000 pounds. For anyone that ever questioned the strength of these hurricanes here’s the proof that they can take you for quite a ride.

For more information: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/article173142586.html

Also a community Facebook page has been set up #savethebuoy : https://www.facebook.com/8buoy/

 

 

 

 

Clairvoyant Clock channels message

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“Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye.”

During my downsizing move last year I made all efforts to find a sentimental family member to take my Mom’s vanity.  It was one with a tapestry stool and three positioning mirrors, but that really doesn’t matter because in the end I sold it.
I posted it on a community yard sale site and it got a hit quickly from a “shabby chic” furniture refinisher.
The buyer and her husband came to my home to pick it up.  My daughter and I were cleaning in the dining room where on my buffet sat a grandmother clock passed on to us when my in-laws downsized.  We never used it because you had to wind it up with a key and it just seemed like way too much work.
The vanity was in a bedroom and the buyers went in there to take the mirrors off to move it. My daughter and I kept cleaning and packing  in the dining room.
As they carried the base of the vanity through the dining room to get out into the garage and I saw it go by I just sighed.  Then I looked up and said out loud “Louise, you never liked that vanity anyway “. Louise was my Mom.
At that very moment we heard a soft lullaby sound. I asked my daughter if that was her cell phone ringtone.
She said “no I don’t know where it’s coming from”. We looked around and then she pointed to the clock, and said “it’s coming from that thing”. It was just for seconds but unlike anything I can describe, not only the sound but the moment just seemed to stand still, like I couldn’t move.
My daughter  looked puzzled  and it took us both a minute to shake out of it.
As the day moved on I felt in touch with my Mom, and just kept thinking she happy to see that vanity finally go.

When my husband got home I was still in a fog.  Curiosity gets the best of me. I told him what happened and he  finds the key.   He winds up the clock and we set it to the hour expecting to hear this heavenly tune. It did have a soothing chime but not a musical tune 🎶 🎶 He checks it for a music box, none in there….So……I guess….

It’s just one of those things that you can only hope will happen again and again. Good for the spirit….

The mystery of the history of the chair

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I would never want to seem ungrateful for a gift but this one has sort of become a nuisance.  My 90 year young father in law tagged this chair for me while prepping his home for an estate sale.  I’m really touched because I know how much it meant to him since my mother in law took such great care of it and it was passed on to them  from his mother.

As the story goes, the chair was from a brothel near the train depot in Laramie Wyoming in the 1800’s.  It somehow came into the family through an uncle that worked for the Union Pacific railway.  My father in law believes the brothel was located near the depot, since it was a common gathering place for the rail workers.

Anyway, it really doesn’t flow well with my decor.  My youngest daughter won’t  let my grandchildren sit on it, and my other daughter took it to her home for a brief period while I was downsizing and sent it back because she said it was creepy to look at.

I move it from one room to another and it never looks good.  If I have a guest who happens to sit in it and I tell them where it came from they usually jump right out of it.

I myself have never sat in it, although I’ve been curious to see if it would change my mood at times. 😉

I’ve googled brothels, chairs, Laramie , Laramie antiques and can’t find anything to match it up with.  My only conclusion so far is that it was either foyer or parlor furniture.  In that case to stay with tradition it will remain on my first floor.

If only chairs could talk, it would be a hoot to listen to this one

Waiting for wobbling hurricane Irma

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Irma diary
Thursday 3pm
Beautiful light breeze blue skies and I’m glued to my tv.
The anxiety is pounding in my head
My gas tank is full, I95 north is a steady slow stream of evacuees
I looked for a hotel and could not find one anywhere between Savannah and Atlanta. The news reported there are no available rooms in South Carolina
We’re still tossing around the “hit the road” option but I’m not sure there’s any good choice since Irma has not made up her mind on where to hit us
I have some cash stashed, lanterns, a 1 burner camping stove and a few good books to keep me busy
Thursday 6pm
2 models show the storm coming up through all of Florida that would weaken it for Georgia maybe to a category 1, going up the east coast is harder for us here on the South Georgia coast, but going to the gulf side, still does not put us out of the storm
We ll see…

Friday 10 am- under evacuating orders…..
Although the storm has taken a westerly turn they are still anticipating a major rain fall and high winds  in our area.
I cannot decide on the evacuation because the western turn  may actually have me evacuating from a category 1 into a category 1….

Considering a trip to Charlotte….going to watch NOAA and make a decision tonight

3pm Friday
Grocery stores manageable, lots of water available, charcoal, grills, candles and ice
Gas available
I 95 jam packed in north lane
Sunny, light winds
Talking with folks in the stores and at Jersey Mikes most feel the better choice is to ride it out, their reasons are lack of accommodations, the Florida folks need the available rooms desperately, and all roads out are very congested.

8pm Friday

Not out of the woods but more likely tropical storm winds for our area.
Going try and watch something other than the Weather channel and hope to sleep well.
Stocked up on water, popcorn, gator aid, and coffee.
I downloaded the power outage app
Have the outside porch furniture in, did a check in with the neighbors and they are  staying.
I’m still planning to make my final decision with the 8am update from http://noaa.gov  

I have stopped watching the local weather not because I think they are inaccurate, they just seem more dramatic, while they all compete for ratings, and it is adding to the anxiety.

Saturday 8 am
A slight sign of relief as Irma seems to be moving west
Thinking of all the Florida folks in the path of this storm and sending good vibes their way.
Still under evaluation orders here in coastal Georgia. I understand the storm surge but I’m confused about all lanes of I 16 going west while the storm is moving west…and if I evacuate that way what a mess it’s going to be to get back home

I remember Hugo in 1989 was barreling toward Savannah and then decided at the last minute to make that turn to Charleston. What a noisy night that was…
So we’ll see…still sunny and calm here in coastal Ga. this Saturday morning

Saturday 3PM
We are now on a recommended voluntary evacuation
Irma still not telling us for sure where she is going……Very stressful, so I put on “soft rock” music channel
Tying up the trash cans, putting out a few sand bags, no more sunshine just clouds, gloomy, temperature has dropped, t’s breezy, laptop bookmarked to live stream the weather channel
I think I’ll binge on a night of Dr House….

Saturday 4:28PM the rain is beginning-sprinkles-thinking of our Florida neighbors

Saturday 5PM- Looking better for coastal Georgia and S Carolina, just so much stress can’t wait until its over for all….

6am Sunday
Looks like the storm is going further west and we should have tropical storm winds and rain
I’m watching the Weather channel and the storm moving into S Florida
Praying it moves fast because after a week of preparation and waiting we’re ready to get this over with
The worst memory I have with Hutricane Matthew is the wind sound and cracking trees all night , and it was pitch black outside with power out everywhere
The temperature has dropped and trees are swaying….you can feel it

.Sunday morning 5AM…CAN’T SLEEP…rain on and off but nothing bad yet
Turned the weather channel on to see whats up and if there are any changes, path about the same
Florida Keys getting hammered, and it is such a paradise

Sunday 11 am path seems to be west of Coastal Ga. cloudy breezy rainy here
So everyone that evacuated to Valdosta, Atlanta ,Columbia from the Georgia coast will feel the effects

Lots of anxiety

6pm Sunday-Steady rain slight wind thats about it…definitely a bad hair day

8am Monday September 11
Heavy rain 39 MPH wind
Power went out for about 30 minutes
Unlike a normal rain this rain is not a soothing sound, actually just like Matthew it has a mean roar.  It also is hitting everything sideways. Emergency services are not available, I have a pack of crackers and 2 ducks following me out of the pond to my porch

3PM Monday September 11
Storm seems to be giving us longer breaks in between wind and rain gust
Fortunate to have power, since thousands in Coastal Georgia do not. I can’t wait to get out of this house but roads have hanging traffic lights, some flooding and loose limbs around so probably not the best idea today, there is also a curfew for this evening.

We are still on a flash flood watch but I feel a load has been lifted…and I do not even want to hear the word “Jose” shoo shoo….

7PM September 11
Just had a downpour with a wind gust but they not as frequent and the sun is peaking out.

Tuesday 8am
Let the sun shine in….now for a quick walk around the neighborhood….it looks good overall, messy yards but minimal damage

Its out of here…and I’ll say it again just like I do after every storm..

I’ll never stay for another one 😉

If you would like to donate to those in need from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma here is a link to the Salvation army, several organizations have ways to help

http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/hurricanes2017;jsessionid=66F6C1750CEB1B5A186938E0682B3E88