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Friday, December 28, 2007


The invitation had been given and accepted several weeks before for the Spice and I to spend a couple of nights in a condo at Edisto Beach with older bro and SIL. Due to the illness of MIL, the Spice was unable to go and so I went with them solo to fulfill the commitment made. I have been to several beaches and resort areas and Edisto is not totally unlike these except for the fact that the rampant and invasive commercialism of other places is simply not allowed there.

We left home on December 18th about noon and made the trip in an uneventful manner – about 3 hours. We checked in and got our stuff situated and mostly just relaxed. I had gone to see the doc that very morning and obtained the prescribed meds. I had taken the first pill already but it was not magic and I was very miserable – a fact that I tried tough out – even though I felt like falling apart.

I had started a new exercise program coinciding with the illness; it is called the “cough until your abs ache” program. By the second day of this I could tell that it was really working because all the abdominal muscles were extremely sore. Even though I wanted to take a rest day from the exercises, they were insistent that I continue them on a very regular basis.

Next morning we went over and walked on the beach for a while – this seemed to help the sinuses. The beaches have many more shells than other shores on which I have meandered – would be a little hard on bare feet. I find the winter walks in the sand much more enjoyable, since I’m not supposed to be in the sun anyway. For lunch we stopped by the only grocery store on the island – Piggly Wiggly – and got take-out plates, brought them back to the condo and forthwith consumed the contents.

Early afternoon found me out behind the condos, exploring the shores of the lake or lagoon that was in the inner circle of the buildings. The water was very dark and brought to mind the ancient movie “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”. Espied were several water birds and I supposed there were fish in the water since someone had left a pole on the bank. Another of my suppositions was that this body of water was created or at least enlarged by dredging for more dirt on which to build the condos.

Across the water I noticed a cat that was in the midst of a hunt for some unseen and unsuspecting prey – I find the nature of God’s creatures very fascinating. Further down the bank I startled an egret – and was slightly startled by it. The flora of the area mostly consisted of live oaks and palmetto palms with a few pines and other plants and trees mixed in. The live oaks have much Spanish moss hanging in them – very rustic and “old south” looking.

The sound waves in the area were dominated by the staccato notes played by a pneumatic nail gun, employed in some sort of a construction project that was unseen at the other end of the lake. Aside from the noisy tool, the scene was very serene and peaceful, with the occasional call of a bird or caw of a crow. It would have been much more appreciated had I been in better health.

We all took another walk on a different section of beach later, fed the seagulls some scrap bread and such and even gathered some seashells – I’m not sure of the reason for this latter activity. The weather was beautiful, not too hot or cold and we departed with a certain amount of regret the next morning back to our homes. I’m always awed by God’s creation and this trip had that same effect on me. God is awesome in all He does. ec


Blogger Brenda said...

I envy you your beach get-away. I so love the beach but they're few and far between here in Arkansas.

12/29/2007 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I hope that it helped you to feel better in the end. I like all of the fine details that you noticed.

12/29/2007 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Randy and Kim said...

Absolutely wonderful post. Your trip to the beach makes me envious, as I sit here and look at our 3 feet of snow that won't melt on our back patio. It sounds like you had a very special Holiday.

12/30/2007 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Kila said...

With your writing, I felt like I was there. :)

Congrats on your new, fit abs! ;)

12/30/2007 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - It was a good break from the routine - would have been better with the Spice and without bronchitis.

AC - I think the salt air helped a bit. I try not to miss a thing placed there for my viewing.

randy and kim - Thanks! And I would love to have your snow, although I know that the cold stuff would get old in a hurry.

kila - The weather was great! I do not recommend the "cough til your abs ache" exercise program to anyone. :) ec

12/30/2007 10:57:00 PM  

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