Entries by Elizabeth Muse

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Why are lighthouses painted different colors?

Lighthouse stripes help guide ships around the world The United States has more than one thousand lights protecting ships and shores. There are the classic lighthouses, light towers, range lights, and pier lights. In the late 19th century, the Lighthouse Board assigned each lighthouse in the U.S. a distinctive color pattern. The paint pattern (horizontal […]


Enjoying your hammock year-round

The Best South Carolina Beaches and Hammocks I grew up traveling down to Pawley’s Island, SC each year for a week with my family. This wonderful destination is home to beautiful beaches, great surf fishing, and the famous Hammock Shops. As the name implies, this is where you can find the original Pawley’s Island Hammocks. […]


What is a lollipop?

Who created the first lollipop? The history of the lollipop is a bit vague. Some think that lollipops were invented during the American Civil War. Others believe that a version of the lollipop has been around since the early 1800s. What is known is that in 1905, the owner of the McAviney Candy Company may […]

Daffodils or Dragon Claws?

Spring flowers and summer blooms I have small dragons pushing their green claws through the soil all around my yard. At least that’s what the tips of daffodils look like to me. I am one of those nuts that love botanical gardens, private garden tours, and garden shows. I really enjoy seeing how professional designers […]