Press N’ Seal

Dear Reader:

*Before we get started today I would like to send out a personal request…my wonderfully talented (jazz guitarist) nephew, Lee Barbour, is up for Musician of the Year for Charleston and we want him to win this year…he is so deserving and has come close in the past!!!

Hopefully this is the year that everyone takes him over the top. I am enclosing a link for the voting….just scroll down and click on the category Culture, Arts, and Entertainment…and then scroll down the varied categories until you find the Best Musician and check  ( Lee Barbour’s) box. I would appreciate it so much…and I know Rhodes would love for  you to vote for his daddy, as well as, his loving wife Vikki!

Tomorrow is the last day of the contest so if you could take time and vote today that would be terrific! Thanks in advance! Like my foot…we are ready to “seal the deal” or perhaps “press and seal the deal” on this most deserving nomination!  🙂

And now for the other “Press and Seal” story. The one thing I was sad about this time going to Pawleys was that I was forewarned not to get my foot wet and/or sand in the dressings. In other words stay away from the beach.

I told the Ya’s about this year’s limitation and I should have seen Libby’s mind ticking away. Suddenly she just had to go to the store…(very un-Libby-like)…and when she returned she had a big grin on her face. She told me to come over and sit down in a dining room chair while she got the roll of “Press and Seal.” Before I knew what had happened …she had wrapped my foot, bandages, and shoe all up into the best looking protective boot one could have. It stuck to the dressing like magic but pulled off just as easily!

It worked fabulously…to get across a small section of the sand and then onto a neighbor’s pier that went out over the beach towards the ocean. It was a beautiful day…I was able to breathe in the ocean breezes, take photos, and just laugh at the sheer joy of seeing the ocean up close and personal. Both Libby and I were so happy!


To me creativity is just an adult child having fun and unknowingly showing the very essence of the soul, within each of us, in the process!

And speaking of staying in touch with our souls…when I took these pictures from the front porch at Carolina Corner one evening…everyone’s soul was touched at the beauty of the greatest artist in the world…God.

So until tomorrow…Thank you God for the beauty of the earth…your greatest expression of love for us…and what a gift it is!

Anne and I participated in the B.I.R.D.S Sculpture Trail Saturday (a scavenger hunt of sorts around downtown)…It was a lot of fun…but longer than I thought and my foot let me know it. Still I can “water” it down for the grandchildren when I take Rutledge and Eva Cate on it soon. We didn’t do it in order and the owl came first…good thing we didn’t start with it…because it and even the Carolina parakeet were hard to find…until we did locate them and then we thought how in the world could we have missed them?

A shout-out to Lisa and Hollow Tree Nursery… 830 Hollow Tree Lane…Ridgeville, SC.  All the camellias were just out of this world…Lisa has so many original historical camellias…Anne and I thought we were in an enchanted forest…just gorgeous…some camellias were moon-pie sized with all kinds of shapes!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Of all the signs and beach houses we see each year during our winter retreat..none do we love more than Carolina Corner.…and the loveliest couple…who own it….The Amazing Eadons… Why they even allow three “Tigers” to roam around their premises during our mid-winter retreat. 🙂  The stay is always “magic.”

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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6 Responses to Press N’ Seal

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    What beautiful pictures! It truly was Lobby to the rescue 😘 So Happy y’all had such a great time! Love you lots and we’ll talk soon. Have a great day😘😘


    • Becky Dingle says:

      It was a retreat that was badly needed…we had all had some “boo boo owies” lately and needed each other’s reassurance “Everything will be alright.” And speaking of being all right…someone has a birthday coming s-o-o-n which is really all right with sugar on top!


  2. bcparkison says:

    Love the sunsets. Beautiful and so are the flowers.
    I have forwarded the post to Jennifer Mcquire, her husband remember is the one who developed the Press n Seal. Don’t know if she will see it because she gets a lot of comments. We will see. Hopefully she will and get a kick out of your food wrap.


  3. Beverly Dufford says:

    I can’t remember but is Libby a teacher? The Press and Seal footwrap looks like something a teacher might do since teachers always had to be innovators. (I used “is” in my question because once a teacher always a teacher at heart.) Speaking of teacher, if that teaching job doesn’t work out for you, you could always become a professional photographer. (Oh, that’s right, it not only worked out for you, but you became one of the best ever.) Oh well, since you are retired, it is one thought for an avocation for you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures with us.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      LIbby got her degree in elementary education but ended up in social work….however, like you said…once a teacher…always a teacher…she helped her niece get her educational degree ….they were a team. Libby has always been a smart cookie when it comes to innovations…she sure came through for me!


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