The issues of pandemic didn’t seem to put a damper on the housing market in the Lowcountry. Preliminary numbers show 21,826 homes changed hands here in 2020 at a median price point of $300,000.

Looks like we’ve made it to 2021 and, thank goodness, 2020 is in the rear view mirror. There still won’t be the usual New Year’s celebrations, but we can hold onto a few traditions. There’s the Hoppin’ John and Collards…please eat lots, we need to turn this luck thing around.

They say that the holidays will be different this year. I thought I’d look around and see what was being offered as the “new normal” treats and gifts and boy am I amazed. I think people had way too much on their hands to dream up new products.

Masks, masks, masks. Looks like they’ll be with us for sometime. Besides being a point of contention, masks present their own particular problems over the long term.

The head of the Election Commission asked the Legislature back in July to address absentee voting procedures. They just passed a bill and the governor signed it into law. It allows anyone who wishes to vote absentee to do so.

Whether students are alternating classes, on a virtual/in person rotation or strictly virtual, there will be buses galore this September. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen them on the road, so here is a visual refresher for those encountering a stopped school bus. Better to be safe than to cause an accident or injury.

Everyone keeps saying ”Welcome to the New Normal!” All I can figure out is the new normal means total uncertainty. How about you? This month is usually all about going back to school and all that entails. Who knows when the school year will begin and what form it will take? In person, virtual or a combination of the two, a few days per week in person or a double shift of classes, decisions will have to be made soon.

If you are one of the many, many people who over bought toilet paper as soon as you heard about Covid 19, I’m sure you got some ribbing. Well, now you can tell people that you were just staying true to your psychological make-up. People who panic buy scored high in personality assessment for traits of “conscientiousness” according to a new study.

Life is starting to open back up in the Lowcountry. I won’t say we are returning to normal, but at least we can get out. If the traffic to Folly Beach was any indication this past weekend, all of the tri-county area was ready to get out and into the salt air. But wait! It’s almost time for hurricane season to start. If things weren’t uncomfortable enough, here comes a premature Arthur.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” a sentiment that is so true in our life at the moment. The worst goes without saying. But we can find some of the best of the human race right in our community. We are seeing people walking and biking in our neighborhood that we have never seen. It is such a relief to be able to get out of the house and stretch our legs.