It’s been almost a year since I visited my mom in Charleston, South Carolina. We spent a lot of time meandering through the historic part of the city, as well as checking out nearby attractions. It was really neat, since I’ve never lived anywhere except the Mitten.
We toured a few of the historic buildings and houses along the main streets, and we visited the original settlement of Charles Towne. I love the old architecture and furniture, both of which reflect a blend of seaside relaxation, early American style, and Gullah culture. The furniture especially had this rich, finely crafted look — as though each piece had been made as though it were the culmination of someone’s life’s work. I wanted all of it.
Sometimes when I’m missing warmer weather, I like to scroll through some of the coastal and plantation furniture on FurnitureCrate. It makes me feel like I could easily create my own colonial-style home, even in my small Michigan apartment. I can’t go to Charleston all the time, but this way, I can bring Charleston to me.
I had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I got to visit with my aunts, uncles, and cousins, and we played various board games while we waited for the food to finish cooking. Then we celebrated in true American fashion by gorging ourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy. And then I took over the reclining chair and slipped into a food coma.
I haven’t relaxed in an armchair that supportive in forever, so before I knew it, I was out like a light. It was a fairly new recliner, so it had the perfect combination of give and support, which made it really difficult to stay awake. I didn’t mean to sleep for a long time, but apparently, I was out of it for a couple of hours. I missed the Lions game, I missed the post-meal cleanup, and I even slept through several raucous games of Taboo and Spoons. I was so comfortable in this recliner that I didn’t get up until someone shook me awake for pumpkin pie.
I have to say — that was one of the best naps I’ve ever taken. The combination of turkey and warmth is one of the best ways to slip into slumber. I’d like to nap like that every day. Maybe if I had a reclining chair, I could.