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A view from the roof at Morgan Creek Grill.

I just love where I live! I’m guessing that you love where you live, but if you don’t, the Low Country is a place that you will fall in love with very quickly. I took this picture with a Blackberry from the roof top at Morgan Creek Grill one afternoon this past week.

We were having a nice visit with our friends, the Samuelsons, and enjoying the food at the Grill. It has been very hot for the past several weeks, but on this evening the breezes were cool and comforting. Great friends and good food!

Patricia and I have lived here since 2002. We moved from Morristown, NJ where we had lived on and off for over 25 years. That last winter in New Jersey was difficult in many respects, but the weather was really nasty. We left in a snow storm that followed us down I-95 for many, many miles. When we finally arrived very late at night, there were our friends, the Samuelsons, who greeted us and helped us to settle in for the night.

Living in the Low Country has always reminded me of New Orleans where I grew up. There is so much in common between the two. In New Orleans we had swamp. Here we have marsh. There the canals in New Orleans that were like the area around Shem Creek, in some cases. In New Orleans we had heat and here we have heat. On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain there were places like Morgan Creek Grill. We always had fresh seafood, just like we have here. Great friends there, just like here.

All of these things are in common between here and there, so for me it was easy to fall in love with this place. After all, it was like I had come home! You can make this your home, It is an easy place to fall in love with, and as Mikey’s brother say: “Try it! You’ll like it!”

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The clouds were gathering and lightening flashing.

The weather forecast was for upper 90’s and a heat index over 115. Very little chance of rain according to the forecast. Of course if you grew up in the South you know what can happen on those hot , humid days.

I was on the Isle of Palms when I first noticed a few clouds gathering. Leaving the office, there were a few drops of rain on my car, but it wasn’t really raining. The skies were a mix of light gray and darker gray, No thunder, no lightning and as I crossed the connector to Mt. Pleasant, I thought I had seen as much rain as there would be. A few hours later I felt the air changing and saw the skies getting heavy with clouds.

The temperature dropped suddenly and I looked outside to see the picture on the left. It didn’t take long before these clouds turned from light gray to a deep charcoal with flashes of lightning back and forth. Then a few claps of thunder…still not rain, but not for long! The clouds opened and the heavy rains began to hit the hot road producing steam. Now the lightning was dancing across the skies and the clouds were as bright as the midday skies.

And then it was over. What an impressive display! Starting the morning in the 80’s, progressing through the day to the mid-90’s, and closing the evening with a 20 degree drop in temperature in just a few minutes, heavy rain thunder and lightning, and then temperatures reverting to the upper 80’s before bedtime.

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