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Back To School already? Our summer seems to have been eclipsed…

Well my friends, we have been singing a lot of this song below in the car this week, going  Back To School (que the music)


Yes Domino College…Back To School

C’est la vie!

Tell me, where did the summer go?

So with my girls going back to school on Thursday it had me thinking about,

“Did we do anything fun over the summer this year? it seems to have come and gone too fast.”

waiting for the bell to ring

I don’t know why they look so sad, I have to get up 45 minutes earlier everyday now! Geez!  🙂

Good bye summer vacation!

Well they were a little happier than they appear above. It looks like poor Skylar is dreaming about her time zip lining this summer..

While it looks like Dylan wishes she would rather be hiking and exploring new small streams…

Can you hear it?

She also did some hiking and camping that week.

That same week we did some white water rafting down the Nantahalla

After we took a train ride to the top of the Great Smokey Mountains

And that was after we saw some big old house…

that had gargoyles

and exotic palms

and fancy  trees

The girls also met some good friends at Bible School this summer.

And caught butterflies on their toes too.

Truth is we had a hard time keeping up with the girls this summer.

One day they were here and the next day they were gone…

But you know what?

Summer vacation isn’t quite over yet!

You see next Monday they tell us we are getting a Total Solar Eclipse in our town?

I mean, come on!!

Some people will think up ANYTHING to make some money in this town!!!

Yes a “once in a lifetime” “chance of a lifetime” TOTAL solar eclipse is rolling through our state next Monday. The hotels are packed from stem to stern.

And I hear they are all coming HERE to watch it!

Some 2 million visitors are expected this weekend.

The place will be packed!

Malls are advertising it on their marquees, to what, watch it in their parking lot?

Well that is all well and good.

Schools are closed. Banks are closed. Beaches are closed (sorry NJ)

And leave it to someone (or one hundred) to try to make some money off this event.

Yes there are Solar Eclipse parties,  specialty drinks, grocery store displays (Moon Pies and Blue Moon beer), t-shirts,


Specialty souvenir glasses (!!)

Why even a local semi-pro soccer stadium is having a band, kids and adult water slides and refreshments and


Selling tickets to a natural occurring event that takes place up in the sky?

“Join us at MUSC Health Stadium for the best eclipse tailgate in the path of totality! We’ll have fun for the whole family including live streams of the eclipse as happens, astronomy related activities, kids zone, local food, full bar, live entertainment, and more! Tickets are $8 for adults.”

(le sigh) Anything to make a buck!  🙂

I guess if I were younger I would be thinking about partying there too.

But, yes, it’s a big deal in South Carolina. There are even those electronic message boards on our highways announcing it,

Total Solar Eclipse August 21st; Be prepared!

I guess that could be a real mess on the highways for our state police.

So what is going to happen?

Is the afternoon day going to turn dark? That is pretty neat I suppose.

I might just take the afternoon off too!

Want to join me?

While there are no hotels available in town (a fancy hotel just off of the prestigious Kiawah Island… that faces a grocery store is renting rooms for $600/nt this weekend) we DO still have one bedroom open at our house if you want to witness this event.

The standard fare for the room is dinner out and a case of beer.

Oh, and here’s one more piece of news for the event….

Its going to rain!

It seems to have rained here everyday since the 4th of July. Boy, that would, ahhh, darken everybody’s spirits.

I was planning on working that day. My team should have their jobs rolled up pretty tight by noon next Monday so they can get out of the traffic.

Know what, I might just pop a Blue Moon that afternoon too (while its dark). It is a special day after all. Come join me! Celebrate with 2 million of my closest friends.

I hope to capture what everyone else is doing during the solar eclipse and report back to you sometime next week.


As for my girls, while their school did dispatch solar glasses at orientation, they have the day off.

Thats all they care about.

That suits them just fine!

As for you, come join us!

Sleep in our spare room or camp in our backyard. I predict there will be a party or two going on somewhere close that afternoon…

And watch, celebrate, photograph and blog about the day in its Totality as the day turned dark

(que the music)

Have a great weekend knuckle heads!

I will try to do a better job next time.

If there is one… 🙂











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13 thoughts on “Back To School already? Our summer seems to have been eclipsed…

  1. Thanks John, I appreciate it. Yes, that was my Carrot on a Stick, looking forward to the start of college footballs season at the end of the week when the whole procedure is over. I haven’t heard a dang thing about the O’s down here. They are never on a national channel is seems.

  2. johnm983 on said:

    Good luck with your surgery!! At least you will have PSU and the Os playoff chase to watch………………..

  3. I know, right? I wish.

  4. ..and Skylar was the one that cried when school left out for the summer. As for the eclipse we got to see the first half of the moon sliding n front before the thunderstorm came 😦 So we missed the final 5 minutes of the Totality of it. Otherwise it was pretty cool! ~ Yes I cant wait for the season to start! It is something I am looking forward to that week that I get the surgery, kinda the light at the end of the tunnel

  5. I see. Who can you ask off for Family Time there? 🙂

  6. I homeschool. 😛

  7. Well enjoy your last week of summer Betsy. You have to go back already? I would hope FMLA might get you a few more weeks with your new addition? Thanks for dropping by Ms Betsy…

  8. johnm983 on said:

    Yes the girls don’t look like they want to go back to school, esp Skylar. Maybe it’s because they had such a rich, full, enjoyable summer? They both looked happy in the picture you said was about having off for the eclipse. I did go get a six of “Blue Moon.” So Monday afternoon, while experiencing the eclipse I can drink a toast to you and your family while we are all looking at the (almost) same sight. and now I know what rental payment to bring the next time I get a chance to visit.

    Best wishes for a great season ahead,


  9. Happy back to school. We have one more week. The summer always goes by too fast. Maybe if it didn’t mean back to school for me too I wouldn’t mind as much.

  10. You too Lora. Wishes for a sunny Weekend and Monday. Enjoy!

  11. I work from home on Mondays, so I’ll just go about my normal business, but I am looking forward to seeing the eclipse. I would never want to deal with all that traffic for a few minutes return!! Hope you enjoy it too!

  12. I know, right? All the traffic? I am curious as much for the pilgrimage to watch the event as I am the event. Will it be packed? One big party? A normal Monday? Or will it rain? Are you working? I think our whole state is shutting down to watch it. Unless they are selling something. Enjoy Lora! Thanks for dropping by…

  13. Looks like you had a wonderful summer. Summers were always my favorite time. That’s pretty cool that you’ll have a total eclipse there. We are about 92%, but a lot of people are expected to drive to Wyoming for it. They are saying that the traffic on Monday will be like 5 Broncos games all getting out at once!! So crazy! I hope you get to take a few minutes from work to get outside to see it.

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