I know that school has just ended, and folks are scrambling to get some well-deserved vacation time, but Charleston, as they say in the ads, is open for business.

Here we are on the cusp of a hot, humid summer. The temperatures are creeping up and the Lowcountry is opening in time to welcome the crowds.

Are you as tired of grey and rainy days as I am? I was told the number of sunshiny days in February could be counted on one hand. That may be an exaggeration, but at least we’re getting some sunny days now.

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.