Thursday, October 16, 2014

Better Frame of Mind

Relocation/lifestyle adjustment.  That’s how I can best describe what I’ve been going through.  Little by little, I’m in a better frame of mind about our new situation.

Having a couple of checks to deposit, I located the bank on MapQuest and headed out this afternoon to Public Square (the town square) in downtown Darlington.  It was a straight shot from here and just down the road a bit.  This being my first trip this way, I took note of businesses along the route, spotting a Food Lion (yay!  a true grocery store), a Walgreens, a few BBQ places (yes, we’re in the South again), etc.  Arriving at the Square in Darlington, I was reminded a bit of Brenham, the small town in Texas where I lived for several years and which I consider the home of my Texan heart.

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Public Square in downtown Darlington, SC

I was able to get a parking spot right in front of the bank on the Square and spotted a Merle Norman and the Carolina Drug Store.  I’m told the Drug Store has a soda fountain and grill.  Cool.  I’ll have to check that out sometime in the near future.  The drug store on the square in Brenham had a soda fountain/grill and served up some of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

After doing the banking, I strolled over to the Merle Norman studio; figured I might as well restock while it was convenient.  Turns out this is not only a decent-sized Merle Norman place, but also a wee boutique and hair salon/day spa.  Talked with the manager, who is also one of the stylists, and I’ll be contacting her when it’s time for a cut.

I have to admit that so far getting around in this area is much easier and less stressful than driving around in Jersey.  It takes a heck of a lot less time to actually get somewhere here, too.  That’s a bonus.

We’re both finding that the days pass quickly.  Here it is evening already and our official work day is just getting started.  It’s a crazy topsey-turvey life we’re living now. 

It’s been a blessedly cool day today, with lower humidity and dark clouds around, but no rain.  A lovely day, actually. 

On things RV-related, our macerator is working fine so far.  Of course, we’ve only needed to dump the kitchen tank up until now, as the bath gray and black tanks aren’t being used nearly as much as previously.  Running off our fresh tank seems to be working well for us, too.


Macerator attached to the sewer dump opening with blue discharge hose.  The wires coming down from the macerator on the left have an on/off switch.  On the end of those wires (out of sight) are two clips which attach to the rig battery for power when in operation.  For those of you wondering what it looked like, that is.

Yesterday I dug out my walking shoes again and took my first honest-to-goodness walk around the property, getting in my usual 2 miles.  I tell ya, I walked all over the place, except waaaay out back by the “ponds.”  It’s really good walking here and that’s also a handy way to patrol the parking lots in front outside the main gate/fence.

Dave, Maggie and I did the first round this evening in the golf cart with Dave driving and me holding on to Maggie as she strreetched her neck out, ears blowing in the breeze, taking in all the smells, sights and sounds.  Funny puppy.

Well, folks, that’s about it for today.  Hope you’ve had a groovy Thursday!  It is Thursday, right?

 Thanks for stopping by! 

1 comment:

  1. Different from the New Jersey, to be sure.


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