Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Update: Historical 1000 Year Flood of SC

This is the dam at Lake Greenwood. If you look just above it and to the left,
you can see our lake home. We are on high ground and our property is safe.
This picture was taken Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

This is Sawyer, Cliff and Lidia looking on as 4 gates are open to release water from the swollen lake. And you can see the water spilling over the sides of the Saluda River.

I took this picture of the dam, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. You can see that 2 of the gates have been closed and the water level in the river has receded some.

This is being called a Historical 1000 Year Flood event in South Carolina.

At the time of this post, we are still flooded in South Carolina. The water is down in some areas and still causing problems in others. I woke up to news that there has been another evacuation ordered in Columbia because of a possible dam breach. The rivers downstream are still rising.

At the time of this post, there are nearly 300 roads and 166 bridges closed. There have been 18 dams breached. We are urged to stay off the roads. Rescue workers are still helping survivors and working to recover victims. To date there has been 16 deaths attributed to this historical flood event. There are people that have lost everything.

Cliff and I are still at the lake because our way home is through Columbia, the city that Interstate 26 runs through. Columbia has so many road closures, it would be difficult to find a way through. I-26 has had portions of it closed due to flooding and compromised bridges. Hwy 378, Garners Ferry Road, also our route home, was devastated.

I see the news reports and the pictures and videos, but since I can't see it with my own eyes, it doesn't feel real. I want to get home so badly. I want to see what is going on in my own community.

The pictures I'm posting below are not my own. They are pictures I've copied from Facebook or News Sites. I feel like it's important for us to remember such a historical water remember the power of water and mother nature. Not only to remember this devastating event, but to remember God's grace and mercy. It could have been so much worse.

I leave you now with the pictures from around of state of South Carolina: 

 This is Lakewood. Our beach home is here...about 5 streets over. 
Again, our home is on higher ground and we are okay.

 This is Front St., Georgetown. I ran my first 5K and my first half-marathon on this very street. You can see the town clock near the upper right-hand side of the photo.

Columbia, SC

I believe this is from Charleston, SC. A few coffins have been rising up out of the ground.

I can't tell if this is I-26 or parts of Hwy 378, but you can see standing water causing road closures.

 Not only are roads washed out and flooded, but trees have fallen across roads.
 Railroads have been affected.


So many people have been affected. It's not over yet. I just heard from my sister in Andrews, our home town, that the river is still rising and friends are being evacuated by boat. The area across the river is cut off from town and people are running out of food. 

Once again, please pray for SC.

Thank you!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rain Locked

We're basically stuck in the upstate. The rain that we've been experiencing is wreaking havoc on our state of South Carolina. There are areas at Myrtle Beach that's flooded. Georgetown, the town next door to our town of Andrews, is flooded. Areas of Andrews is flooded. The mid-state is flooded. Friend's homes are flooding. Highways are closed. There was one building in Columbia that collapsed, that I know of. Lawn furniture, garbage cans and other debris is floating down roads. There are downed power lines and snakes to watch out for. We are being told to stay indoors. Don't drive. You will be putting yourself in harms way. And for heavens sake, don't drive through flooded causes waves and pushes more water inside homes.

For now, we really are stuck at the lake. There are portions of the interstate that is closed and back roads, too. So we may be here for a couple more days until the water recedes.

At the lake, the water which normally stands pretty much still, is tumultuous.  It's rushing toward the dam. They are releasing water from the dam, as well, and just on the opposite side of the dam from us looks like a waterfall.

To see a little of what's going on here, I've attached this video.
( I hope this video works...our internet is down, so I'm posting from my phone.)

We are safe and so is our property, but we have friends affected by all this water. Please remember our state, our communities and friends in your prayers.

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Country Living

I've really been busy the past couple of weeks. So much so that I've not had much time to blog. But as I was resting for a little while this afternoon, Country Living kept coming to mind. So, I started jotting down the words that came to me describing what I saw in my minds eye. 

Vegetable garden
Watering can
Horses in a pasture
Bales of hay
Dirt roads
Tree swings
Oak trees
Sweet tea

What do you think! Do you have any words that describes COUNTRY to you?


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mason Jar Cake

Does this look delicious or what? I saw a recipe for a mug cake on Pinterest and tweaked it to make it my own. After you gather your ingredients, it takes all of 5 minutes to make and that includes the 1-1/2 minutes it takes to cook in the microwave.  Quick and easy for those cravings for something, but you just don't know for what.

Mason Jar Peanut Butter and Nutella Cake 

4 tbsp self-rising flour
4 tbsp sugar
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp Nutella
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp nuts (optional)

Mix flour and sugar in a pint sized mason jar. Add egg, then peanut butter, Nutella, milk and oil. Stir. Sprinkle nuts on top. Microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes.

Go on...go make yourself one. You know you want to. 


Friday, September 11, 2015

Days Like That

Gdansk, Poland
Polish Woods...compliments of my baby child. 
She inherited her mama's adventurous spirit, but her daddy's fearlessness.

Are you feeling fall in your days? 

Well, I'm not. 

It's still hot and humid here. If we are lucky, we will start to feel some cool crisp days around Halloween. Now, we will have some coolish nights before then, but I'm longing for those cool crisp days. The days that make you want to go on a hike or visit an apple orchard. The days that make you want to sit on a dock with a warm lap quilt across your legs and a good book in your hands, while sipping a nice hot cup of Chai tea. My gosh, even days that make you want to go out and rake! HaHa! Yes, I do like to rake, but I hate to pick up the leaves afterwards. 

And then, I start craving the days that are cold enough that it drives the snakes into hibernation. Although, I don't think the little demons ever do that. But, I do feel a little safer knowing that maybe they are hiding under a rock or a log somewhere....because it's too cold for them to move. Those are the days that I like to get out and explore. Hikes into the woods (on a clear path, mind those in Whitney's Polish woods), adventures with Lidia, Sawyer and Cliff into their worlds of exploration and wonderment. On days like that, I am free from fear. 

Lord, I can't wait for days like that. 

Wishing you cool crisp days,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Tummy Soother

I was craving something alkalizing this evening.....something to soothe my tummy. When I get like this, it's cucumbers that I want. So, I whipped up The Veggie Sandwich with plenty of cucumbers and another tummy soother, for me anyway, avocado.


**I hate it when I don't take my time when taking pictures. I was hungry, so I took the short cut and used my cell phone. Oh well, at least you get the idea.

So to start, I gathered my food.....

Arugula, chives, tomato, lime, cucumber, avocado and not pictured here celery and mayo.

I sliced and chopped......

I mixed the avocado, chives and celery with a little lime juice.....

I toasted my bread......

.....and spread it with avocado and mayo. By the way, Dukes mayo is the only way to go.

I assembled my vegetables.....

And, here we go. A delicious veggie sandwich.

Avocado and cucumber sandwich with arugula and tomatoes can only be eaten with a side of watermelon. 

La sucette de ventre!

It does a body good.
Pass it on.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fleur de Waccamaw

Cliff and I were walking down a long boardwalk leading to a dock on Lake Waccamaw, last weekend. Before breaking through to this gorgeousness, though, the area surrounding the boardwalk was nothing but swampland. And right there in the middle of it...up popped these sweet flowers.

 There’s always something blooming.  Can I get an Amen?

 They look so much like a Magnolia. And, since I can't 100% confirm that they are a species of the Magnolia family, in particular the Sweetbay Magnolia.....I'm calling it Fleur de Waccamaw.

De ~ LaLa