Our trip to South Carolina to visit my sister for her birthday and to pick up Granny and bring her back home to Virginia was full of a variety of enjoyable activities! Hannah and I packed for eight days away...and every day was definitely packed with fun!
As soon as we arrived mid-afternoon, we learned that my sister was attending a forum for her journalism students at 5 p.m., and she asked if we wanted to accompany her. Well...why not? Let's go!
Mike Gallagher, popular radio host and conservative political commentator, was the special guest speaker. We had seen billboards around town with his picture, but not being radio listeners, we had no clue who this famous personality was. Sorry, Mike!
The hour was super interesting, and Hannah and I really enjoyed his presentation and being on campus again.
The next day was my sister's birthday, so we planned to meet a friend for lunch at Mr. Salsa Mexican Restaurant.
Unknown to my sister, I was up to some shenanigans and arranged for the staff to sing Happy Birthday to her and bring out a complimentary sopapilla as a birthday surprise. I didn't know she'd be wearing a huge sombrero...ahem, not sure she was thrilled with that! But what a special birthday time and so much fun!
Here's our friend, Rhonda, and Bet together at the restaurant...friends and co-teachers for many, many years!Here are Hannah and Granny enjoying each other's company and waiting to cut the birthday cake: The next day included a very special treat of meeting with my sweet blogging friend, Lisa, from over at Shady Grove Adventures. Lisa drove about an hour to have lunch with us at my sister's house. I was looking forward to renewing our friendship after Granny and I traveled to Lisa's home in Pickens last year.
Lisa arrived bearing gifts galore!! Oh, my goodness! She had crafted such wonderful items by viewing our Pinterest boards to see what kinds of things we liked!
She brought my sister some Scrabble pillows that she made after finding them on her Home Sweet Home board! Since we both enjoy Scrabble, we absolutely loved them!And look what she found on my At The Garden Gate board: brick herb markers! Lisa told her husband she needed some old bricks for a project, and he found these for her!
At Christmas I always cry when I open special surprise gifts...and it looks like I'm halfway there in this photo. Crazy, huh? Tears over bricks!Here are all three bricks. I love them all--but the Chives brick is my favorite!
Thank you, Lisa (and her husband, Tom, too)!Lisa sewed cosmetic bags for Granny and Hannah and even made one for Sarah! She definitely made our day with her creative generosity!
And I gifted Lisa with a Fig Tree "Chicken Scratches" applique flour sack towel. She has chickens, so I think she liked it even though I found out I'm not an appliquer:
While Lisa was visiting, Granny took her out to my sister's garden shed where she showed her the 18 baskets she's made since Christmas:And, of course, we had to take photos together before she left. Lisa also wrote about our visit over on her blog if you'd like to read her side of the story! We had such a blogging good time! :).
Oh, yes, I'm just remembering that Sarah sent Coconut Cheesecake for us to serve for our luncheon dessert with Lisa.
She's testing out this flavor for Farmers' Market this new season and wanted some feedback. I'm a coconut lover and thought it was excellent!
And speaking of Farmers' Market, the girls are preparing for Opening Day tomorrow! Talk about a whirlwind of activity this week! This place has been hopping!
~ Stay tuned: Spring Break ~ Visiting Friends on Their Goat Farm ~ Part 2