Short Stories. Photos and pictures. Poems even.


Halloween In Charleston, S.C.

While we travel a lot, we seldom do cross-country driving. Now we had picked up a trove of dishes from cousin Juliette and it was the only way to get them up, driving from Florida to New York. We took our time. None of those “We can do it in 18 hours” bragging trips. We were leisurely driving on the highway, listening the radio and eating chips, drinking Coke, the American way. Stopping here and there.

It was Halloween time, end of October. We  had picked up a couple of places in advance for overnight stays. The first one was in St. Augustine in Florida. Old historic town, filled up with school kids on day tours. The Hilton was a beautiful place built up with several individual houses as one complex. We slept well.

Next stop Savannah, Georgia. Old mansions, the city is divided with  squares,  parks scattered on every couple of blocks. Madison Square, where we sat on the same bench where Forest Gump once did! Spanish moss was hanging like spider webs from old trees. We took a horse and buggy ride for sightseeing, since we only stayed there one night, Gas lights were  flickering in the historic riverside after dark. Slightly spooky. I had one of the very best meals ever there, shrimp with grits. Heavenly!

In Charleston we did not have a reserved hotel. I like usually old historic houses, bed and breakfasts if possible, I get enough of 5 star stays because of my work. So a stop to the Tourist Office was in order. I explained our wishes and in no time were booked in “King George IV, exactly what you are looking for!” she said. Off we went.

The Inn was a block off King Street. Gravel covered courtyard, an inviting little garden. Balconies. Sweet! I stepped into the office, told the lady  we would like to stay one night. “One night? Everybody ALWAYS stays at least two.” she smiled. “No, no, we only have one night scheduled in our travel this time, as much as we would love to, but no, thank you.” I turned to my husband for credit card. He was nowhere to be seen! I found him in the yard talking on his phone, telling our daughter he is NOT staying here! The place is spooky! A black cat ran across the yard. “THAT’ S it, we are leaving!” ” Don’t be silly, the place is charming!” We sign up and are shown into our room. Flowered wallpaper, fireplace, chintz, very Victorian. I liked it. I don’t want to live  like it, but love to stay in one of them on vacation. My husband usually gives in.

We settled into the room and contemplated where to eat. I wanted to change the travel clothes to something nicer. Where is the suitcase? Did we take it from the car? Where is it? My husband stepped out the door and voilà , there it is, neatly outside our door! Strange! Dressed up we left the room. Going down the stairway from second floor, a few steps down, there was something on the step. What? “It’s my cell phone!” he said. “How in heavens…?” Strange!

Charleston is really, really beautiful! The town sits on the water. We swung on the huge swings on the dock. There were most beautiful houses with pastel colors, well-preserved, pale blue porch ceilings. Palm trees. Soft breeze embraced us with a slight musty smell of lowlands. Sort of the way the marshland smells in Finland. People were friendly, they picked up a conversation easily. We walked and walked. Maybe we stay one more night? And so we did.

My husband went to sleep before me. I like to read before turning the light out. Next to the fireplace were some books.  Guest books! I started to read. Everybody loved Charleston! Even a Finnish family of four, I read. But what was very prominent to the writings were: “We did not see the ghost…”. “I hope I can see the sea-captain..”. “My mother saw the ghost going down the bath room steps…”.  “We saw the sea-captain  going towards the toilet…” “We saw him!”. “We saw  HIM!”. Three books! My husband was snoring deeply in his sleep. I have to admit I was a little scared. The shadows were moving behind the chair. There were sounds…Shall I wake him up, or not? Shall I turn the lights out? I pulled the pillow over my head and let the heart beat calm me into sleep.

In the morning, I asked my husband he wanted to write something into the guest book. “Why? What do the other people write? You write, you are better at that!”

“OK, then. We did not see the ghost…HEY…where are you going?” ” We are out of here!” My husband was out of the room like a lightning, the suitcase flew out with him! He was gone! He does not take these supernatural stories too well.

After breakfast we inquired about the stories. Yes, this is a haunted house. There is an old  sea-captain here. He was in our room for years, but the bed was moved to another floor recently, and he moved with the bed!

The King George Inn is included in the yearly ghost tours in town.

We continued and stayed next in Alexandria, Virginia. We slept with lights on. We had just visited the most haunted towns in America, without really realizing it. And during the Halloween, for crying out loud!


orchid, citron, cotton, apricot, cactus #54

Color collage this week is interesting! Could be flowers, fruits, plants…

Out of these five colors at least three must be represented in the collage.

Could be summer, could be interior decorations, could be this:

Time for scarfs! It’s getting cold!

I’m adding a picture of tree leaves which are turning luminously bright. The green leaves are shiny and dark, the tree is small in size. I’m not familiar with it.  Have you seen one like it?

More of these colors here!



Makroviikoilla on tarkoitus kuvata joka viikko jokin kohde LÄHELTÄ!


Myös TEEMAEXTRASSA käsitellään samaa aihetta!


Eilen lämmitin uunissa omenoita, McIntosh, ja rusinoita, sekaan punaviinimarja hillopurkin pohjat, hieman sokeria ja kanelia, kunnes sose oli aivan pehmeää. Söimme sitä lusikkakaupalla vanilja jäätelön päällä jälkiruoksi.  Söimme jäätelöäkin lusikkakaupalla:  jääkaapista meni  ohjelma sekaisin, odotamme korjaajaa ja uutta tietokonelevyä. Toivottavasti tänään.


Lisää lämmintä!


Oh hoh, katsos vaan!

Rakkaat ystävät: Yritin kerran kauan sitten aloittaa blogia. En silloin saanut kotinörttiäni tarpeeksi innostumaan auttamaan vanhaa äitiään. Tänään vahingossa tupsahdin sille sivulle! Sinnehän ne kuvat ovat hävinneet, mitä en mistään löytänyt! Kiitos kommenteista, ja vierailuista. En ole vastannut kommentteihin, kun en tiennyt niiden edes olevan olemassa.  Kiitos näin jälkikäteen Marike, Liplatus, Kalyan, Tina, Raija, Harakka, Pauliina, Pikkuliisa, Sirpa, Nukke, Unelma, Arleena ja Tapsu!

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Olipa hauska yllätys! Etsin nyt yhä kuvaa, jonka aion liittää makro31 haasteeseen tänään. Toivottavasti löydän!


The Date

The one, who holds the key, can unlock my heart.”

Right after the engagement, THE Wedding date was selected. Her first choice was September 10th. Thus a great date: 9/10/11.  The place for the festivities was a conference center. They had something  else going on that day, and would not allow us to have any music. The young couple never planned a Disco wedding, anyways, but a soft music was desired, however not allowed that day due to an active conference. Next day was available, September 11th. Who would EVER get married on 9/11? In New York! No-one!

She was disappointed. Looking at the calendar, October 9th available.  “Look, it is 9.10.11 in Europe!” Great, she settled for it! Having been born in Helsinki, Finland, anything European is close to her heart. The date was right! We found out that everyone in the groom’s family had been married in month of October!

We went over the catering plan and as much details as we could come up with. We are all novices as far as weddings are concerned. We toured the grounds and liked what we saw. October is still a beautiful month, no longer humid, usually sunny and pleasant. It’s a favorite wedding month in North East. It was so nice to have that fuzzy warm feeling, that everything is going into the right direction in life. We were happy. We all four went out to a Chinese restaurant for dinner afterwards to celebrate.

The Save-the-Date cards went out early. We wanted to catch as many overseas friends and relatives as possible. But how hard it is to limit the count of your guests? It’s not really a question, it’s a fact: it is VERY hard. You want everyone there, of course! But we had to set a maximum. Hoping to have about 65-70 guests.

The theme was “The Keys” and I made our own postage stamps with the motive. Sorry, that the copy of the stamp is not clear, but we used them all, wanted to give you just the idea.