Thursday, September 24, 2015

More Oriental Lot Progress

We were cleaning up the boat and getting ready to go home.  Decided to take one last look at the lot and discovered the contractor hard at work putting in the trenches in the sand for the sewer pipe.  Neat to watch the progress.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oriental Lot Progress

Back to Oriental from our sailing trip....we went across the street from the marina to peek at our lot.

Looking good - they've put in a driveway........

and mounded up the sand required for our septic system.   (18" of sand was required by the Pamlico County environmental department).   They do things different "down east"!

Thursday, September 17, 2015


You are still checking the Sailing Blog, aren't you?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Clams in the microwave

Since we had a plethora of clams....and not that many clam-eaters.....I had to give some away.  I accosted several folks on the Ocracoke dock and asked them if they wanted some free clams.  Many said they didn't eat clams. But I did get a few thankful takers!

I had to do something with the remaining clams - so I researched cooking them in the microwave.  That's about the only way I could do it on the boat as I don't have a pot big enough to steam them.

And I'll tell you they turned out wonderfully!

First line up the clams on the outer edge of a plate.

Cover with plastic wrap and punch holes in the center.

Pat snapped this strange photo of me with the first batch.

Cooked about 4-5 minutes just until they open - they were tender just like off the grill.

I had about 5 plate fulls  -  some I ate, but most I put in a container (with the yummy juice).  I froze it for use later in some clam chowder!

All the bounty utilized!

Friday, September 11, 2015


It's always strange now that my dad's birthday was Sept.11th.  

So, our family always will have two things to ponder on this special day.

He would have been 76 today and I'm sure he'd be enjoying his kids, grandkids and great-grands as he mellowed in his short 53 years.  It still hurts that he's not here to enjoy! 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Lot in Oriental

We've hired a contractor to put in the septic system on our lot in Oriental.  (Pat stopped and took this photo).

It's just a wooded lot....the permit was going to run out, so we thought we should go on had have the system installed while we still had a permit!

Look at the sailing blog!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Frozen Avocados

I read about a neat trick to keep avocados from spoiling.  Also good to take advantage of the 99 cent sale the grocery store has sometimes!

Freeze them!! 

Yep, just wrap up a fresh, ripe avocado in plastic wrap a freeze.  Key is to put them in the freezer just as they're ripe.   Take out of the freezer an hour before you want to use to allow it to thaw.

These had been in the freezer for a couple of months.

Still fresh!   The texture is not quite the same - but very close.  I don't think I'd use them for sliced avocados on a salad, but for guacamole they're perfect.  (And that's really all I ever use them for anyway!)

Easy to scoop out the flesh and separate from the seed pod.

My ingredients - lemon juice, sweet onion, garlic,  and a cilantro cube.

Stir it all up!

Add some salsa and chips and dinner is served!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Runway rehab

The runway demolition is well under way after just 24 hours!

Literally miles of silt fence is already in place. Completely surrounding the 5000 ft runway, taxiway and ramp. 

Barricades and bit "X's" to mark the runway closed from the air.

Will be neat to have this project finished!   55 days and counting!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Finally get to tell you about the secret project!!!! Geo Tracker Project!!!

For the past 3 weeks or so, we've been helping Richard with a birthday surprise for Miranda.  It's her 25th birthday - so he wanted to do something special.....

They have been looking at the cute GEO Trackers / Suzuki Samari's from the 1990' he decided to get a "fixer-upper" (or 2)  and fix it for her.  As a surprise.

This is the "junker" - lots of good parts but the engine was toast.

This is the "good one"....1994 Geo Tracker - with only 85K original miles.  But the interior was yucky and someone had painted it with a brush.  Yes, you read that right.  They brushed red paint....

Yummy white shag carpet....

Hard to see, but the paint was bad....

And there was much rust for Richard to fix.  And a broken windshield to remove.

And the hood was a mess.

So Richard got to work dis-assembling and sanding and Bondo-ing.  (Is Bondo-ing a word???)

Better hood relocated from the "purple" car.

Interior completely stripped.

Windshield gone - hood, quarter panel, and some trim  from the "purple" car.

Getting ready for painting.

Just about ready for paint - much sanding, washing and making sure there was minimal dust on the surfaces.

Epoxy primer.

Base coat of original color.

After clear-coating and removal of masking materials.  Fun to un-veil!!!

Still lots to do with the interior!

Hood and grill painted separately.....

Starting to re-assemble!

Getting closer!

Interior re-installed.  (Some from the "purple car", some form the red one!)

Robert came over and installed a nice, new radio including speakers in the rear.

Original "Tracker" stickers installed.

I'm driving it to Carrboro to meet Richard, Miranda and her family for lunch on her birthday.  Duane's in our car so we can drive home after the "hand-off".

And we all converged on the "Spotted Dog" in Carrboro.  (I'm going there with my sis soon - to check out all the vegan options!)

And after a great dinner with Randy, Sue, and Steven - we all wandered out into the parking lot.  Miranda had opened a gift box from Richard containing the key.....but she had no clue about what the key might be for!!

Her reaction was priceless!


Then we wandered/drove to a different parking area for Randy and Sue to give her their present.  It's a rocking chair!  Apparently a tradition in their family for the 25th birthday!   I guess it's something about being old and needing to sit on the porch in a rocking chair, haha!

So, they stuffed the rocking chair into the back of the Tracker!

An excellent day!!!!  Happy Birthday Miranda!

Oh.....can't resist.....a great photo of Richard and his man-purse....haha.  OK, he's holding it for Miranda.....