Here it is – not just the weekend (thank heavens), but also the end of the first full week of something I never thought I would be writing: President Trump. It has not been a dull week, that is for sure. I think “dull” is something we will NEVER get with Trump.
The media are still freaking out that Trump is the President, and all of a sudden have discovered the importance of looking into statements made by the President and vetting them. That little notion has been largely absent in the Obama years. Good to see they still have the capability, albeit a bit rusty and more often than not, their reports sound more like sour grapes. Take, for instance, this headline from the Washington Post: “In His First Major TV Interview As President, Trump Is Endlessly Obsessed With His Popularity.”
Now, I am not one to defend Trump, and I have always thought he was narcissistic, but so was OBAMA, and you would NEVER have seen a headline like that about Obama. EVER. It would be more something like, ” Confident Obama Basks in Warmth of Cheering Crowds And Overwhelming Support,” or some such thing. Never would there have been such an air of petulance in a headline about Obama, the man who used “I, I, I,” “Me, me, me, me,” “I, I, I, I” 118 times in a 33 minute speech in 2015. Hell, he referred to himself 75 times in his Farewell speech.
Uh, yeah. I think they can both give each other a run for their money in thinking highly of themselves. Just sayin’.
Anyway, one of the political things that happened this week, and there have been a lot, is my state, SC, losing our very good Governor, Nikki Haley, to the UN. While it is SC’s loss, it is our great gain as a nation. I have no doubt she will do very well in that position. There were other confirmations, of course, but that one clearly hits closest to home.
And speaking of home, no matter what is going on in the world, both here and abroad, we all have things going on in our lives at home. Some of those things are just the usual day to day events, and some are bigger, for good or ill. I want to talk about the good.
As some of you know, I live on a barrier island south of Charleston, SC, on a tidal creek. At least for now, that is. It is a beautiful location – there is a short dock, and I get to watch the tide come in and out every day. It is a constantly changing vista, and I love it.
But we won’t be here too much longer. The house we are building closer to Charleston should be done by the end of next month (we hope). And that house is on what we call a deepwater creek, meaning it has water in it all the time. Besides building the house, we are also building a dock (it is all but done – just needs the roofing put on), which has a boat lift on it.
Oh – as a total bonus, there is a pretty nice little tidal creek that runs alongside the dock. It will be perfect for crabbing (the old school way) and shrimping. No need to imagine what it all looks like, though. I have a photo for you:
Once the roofing is on, the dock builders can put the solar panels on top of the roof for the boat lift. When you have a 450 ft dock, solar is the way to go. As a total bonus, it means we will still be able to get the boat onto the lift, or off, in the event of a hurricane or some other inclement weather.
But for now, that lift is empty, and not just because they aren’t quite done with it. Nope. Our animals have conspired over the years to prevent us from getting a boat, though we have wanted one for some time. But at long last, it looks like we will finally – FINALLY – be able to buy a boat to put in that lift. Yay!
And that is how I/we will be spending this weekend: at the Charleston Boat Show. We have a good idea of what kind of boat we want, and even what brand, but you just never know until you get to the show to see what’s there, and to see what they are willing to do to get our business. Bottom line, though, there will be lots of boats, and lots of fun, especially since we’l be going with a friend (who is in the Air Force) and his 6 yr old daughter. It is always a good time when we get to see them.
Anyway, with luck, we will be coming home from the event the proud owners of a dual console boat, around 23 feet long.
Honestly, for a while, we were afraid we were going to go from something like this:
To something like this:
When our precious little cat, Punkin’, was being diagnosed with cancer, bless her heart (she is doing extremely well on her Chemo and Prednisolone, has put on some weight, and is very playful again). But thankfully, fingers crossed and trying not to jinx this, she is stable, and we are buying a boat this weekend. Woohoo!
Oh, I guess you might want to see the house we are building. My partner constantly teases me that I am more excited about the dock than the house, but I am excited about it, too. But c’mon – you saw the dock and that view, right?
Anyway, here is the front of the house as it stands (pretty much) now:
And this is the back of the house which is going to have a large screened in porch:
The house is a Craftsman style home, which you will be able to tell more once the siding is up. Oh, and to the left of the house is a golf course.
But even better than that is the horse paddock for Tennessee Walking Horses owned by a woman whose family developed the neighborhood next to us, along with the aforementioned golf course. Anyway, the total bonus is being able to hear those horses and SEE them, from the bedroom, living room, guest rooms…You get the idea. It is the perfect place for us to live – and we can’t wait until we live there. And have a boat.
That’s it for me. What’s going on for you this weekend? Feel free to talk about whatever you want. After all, this is the Weekend Open Thread.