Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Under the Boardwalk

 More time has gone by and we are still quarantined with COVID-19 cases rising locally in Beaufort County and South Carolina. Things are quiet for us and I spend a lot of time on ZOOM with classes and meetings.

On Monday, August 9 we went to Driessen Beach with Jan and Harvey. Sadly clouds rolled in with thunder and everyone was ordered out of the water. We left, but returned on Friday to glorious weather. Our friends Lynn and Neal met us there and Lynn and I walked a mile to the Westin Hotel and back getting good exercise. The we cooled off in the warm, calm ocean. 

This week was the virtual International Jewish Genealogical Society Conference. Saved a lot of money by going viz ZOOM and not flying to San Diego and staying at the conference hotel. I learned so much and now busy working on my family tree.

On Saturday Jan and Harvey brought over dinner from one of favorite places. We sat far apart on the screened porch and talked. Then we had a National Geographic moment as our alligator put on a show. I had seen what I thought was a white plastic bag in the lagoon that morning. Turns out it was the white underside of a deer carcass. During dinner we heard a splash and there was the alligator playing with his/her prize. It actually looked like a smile on his face.

On Sunday I met some Hadassah members at Lake Somerset. We  put together a nominating committee and potential slate of officers for next year. I am getting good at sitting at a safe distance and yelling through my mask. New skills!

Monday we went back to the beach with Jan and Harvey. The weather was perfect and I walked to the Westin and back adding two miles to my iWatch. The water temperature was perfect and there were no waves. So many pelicans were out looking for lunch. It was dreamlike to see them fly in a single line and all skim the water as if in a ballet.

Today I had my Mickve Israel class and the members gave reports on Jewish woman of valor. I gave information on Henrietta Szold, the founder and first president of Hadassah, Zionist and mother of Youth Aliyah.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

By the Beautiful Sea...

Sunday, August 2, I went to Fish Haul Beach with Sirius. It was sunny and breezy. We had a pleasant walk. He is terrified of the ocean and can't seem to figure out why the water moves. I waded in, but he refused to get his feet wet. Luckily there were very few people there and we were easily able to social distance.

We had quite a scare with Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias. He came right at Florida and lucky for us stayed at sea until he was north of us. We had an hour of rain in the morning and then it was sunny and calm all day. Further north they had wind, tornadoes and power outages all the way to New England.

I continue with lots of classes and ZOOM meetings. Online Mah Jongg is great and lots of TV including news. Trying to read more and just finished the Mary Trump book. On to some good fiction now. Sirius and I walk about a mile every morning before it is too hot and at dusk we take a ride in the golf cart with Jeff driving.

Last night we visited Lynn & Neal on their large, screened porch. It is good to see other faces even if they are at least six feet away.