This week was a busy one for Mr. MT Nest and me and filled with contrasts, especially when it comes to the weather. We experienced nearly a 70 degree temperature change in less than 24 hours and went from walking on a sandy beach to trudging through snow and ice.
We headed out from Our MT Nest on December 31st and spent New Year’s Eve in historic Charleston, South Carolina, where we enjoyed an amazing 6-course New Year’s Eve dinner at Circa 1886, a Charleston restaurant that’s located in the carriage house on the grounds of the historic Wentworth Mansion.
We spent a few days getting settled into our St. Augustine rental condo, catching up with other snowbird friends, and enjoying the sun and surf. One of my favorite things to do at our home away from home is to take sunrise walks on the beach. I snapped a few cell phone shots on some of these early morning walks.
And then on Friday, we flew home to North Carolina to celebrate our eldest grandchild’s birthday this weekend. We arrived just in the nick of time. Our flight was the last one that made it into the Asheville airport. By the time we reached our home, it was snowing and the road up our mountain was icy. We had to leave the car further down the hill and hike up the last 150 yards.
It snowed all night Friday and when I awoke around 6 am, my view was this ethereal winter wonderland.
The temperature remained sub-freezing all day Saturday and there were wind warnings for our county. Our road was covered with 8 inches of snow over a layer of ice so we stayed inside pretty much all day.
This morning, the sunrise was amazing, like a fire in the eastern sky. Our storage building and picnic area look like this with all the snow. The footprints were made by Mr. MT Nest when he ventured to the garage and down the road to move our car to the foot of the mountain near the main road where it remains.
Finally today Sunshine’s family was able to come to our house for a few hours. They bundled up well, parked near the main road, and hiked up the hill. We all celebrated our Sweet Wildflower’s twelfth birthday with a dinner of her favorite dishes followed by the Harry Potter birthday cake that I made while I was snowbound yesterday (and, of course, birthday presents, too.)
Mission accomplished…we came home for this weekend in order to share in our twelve year old granddaughter’s birthday celebration and. despite Mother Nature’s unexpected intervention, we were able to do just that. In fact, due to Mother Nature’s handiwork, she was gifted with an extra day off of school this weekend. School has been canceled for tomorrow…the first snow day of the year. Meanwhile, we said our goodbyes, and shared and received hugs and kisses, and we’ll be off very early tomorrow. heading south again to St. Augustine. My next post will be from there.