Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sailing haircut......

My short but terribly thick hair seems to grow so quickly......

Lately it's been "fuzzy".  Time for a change. 

Duane suggested I let him loose with the #4 guard on the clippers we use to trim his hair.

I declined.  Not quite ready for a full "buzz".

I snapped a "selfie" before I went into the beauty shop.



Viola!  She used a #8 guard for all the hair except she hand-shaped the bangs.   It's incredibly light and easy....perfect for windy sailing in the Bahamas!!


Tie-dye Shirts for the trip!!

I don't think it's a surprise to anyone this time, so I'll go on and show you the tie-dye shirts for the upcoming sailing trip!  If you're inclined, you can see previous tie-dye escapades here - BVI 2008  -  St. Martin 2009 -  Bahamas  2010.  I guess I got lazy in 2012 when we went back to BVI....no shirts that year!

The boat we're chartering is called "Island Girl".....which, if you've been paying attention, is also the name of our own boat!

Remember when we sailed to Ocracoke over Easter, Richard and Miranda gave me the blue shirt printed with "Island Girl"?   Well, Sharon got the great idea to buy  the "Island Girl" shirts  in white - but this time to tie-dye for our charter trip!

4 shirts for the 4 girls.



Supplies ready - shirts freshly washed and soaked with  soda ash.



You know the drill....for a "spiral", just start a twist....




And work it until it's all twisted.



Put on rubber bands to keep it all together and help with your dye "quadrants".



Then simply start squirting copious amounts of dye on the quadrants, one by one.



Blue, pink and purple.....I know, it looks messy.....but the end result will be fun and unique!




All done!



Rinsed once and set out to dry in the sun.




And here's a closeup of the finished shirt - washed and dried several times now.  Will be fun to get a photo of all 4 girls together!  




Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happiness

No photos today....just me rambling....

The "big" questions - like "why are we here" and "what is the purpose of it all" interest and confound me. 

So, I was delighted to see the answers on CNN !! 

Apparently, the answers were there all along....most notably 5000 years ago in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

"Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man, they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man."

And surprise, surprise - Ecclesiastes 9 pretty much sums it up the same way:

 Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.   Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head. Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your  fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

So, there you have it......The Meaning of Life.....eat good food, dance, be merry, cherish your loved ones and be sure to wash yourself and keep your clothes clean!!!  

 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

More rainy day....

I told you it was a rainy day!!! 

In the afternoon, I had a "flurry" of activity at the airport.  I had a helicopter fly when it had gotten particularly misty.  We'd seen that helicopter before - it was carrying one of the owners of the Carolina Panthers!  

And about the same time, I had someone pull a fuel trailer in needing to by 300 gallons of Avgas.

I went out to help him pump the fuel....and it was misty/rainy.  So, I wore a jacket but didn't think too much about it.

It takes 10-15 minutes to pump 300 gallons of avgas.....and in that amount of time, the skies opened up!

I think I should have put on a raincoat!  I was drippy wet!




Rainy days!

I know you think I've fallen off the face of the earth....but we're just not doing anything all that interesting right now!  Just chores at home, getting ready for our big Bahamas sailing trip. 

Too much rain lately for my taste!  Here's the airport this afternoon......hazy/foggy just looking across the runway.


Friday, April 10, 2015

EEEWWWW - Bug Candy

The MOST FUN folks on the boat volunteered to play my favorite group card-game - rummy.....that is, Sharon, Miranda and Richard. 

Amazingly, we didn't have a pack of cards on the boat!  So, we made a quick trip to the store before closing time to pick up a pack.

None of that is terribly interesting but was the lead-in to what we found next .....  as we were walking down the candy aisle.....


Real crickets.

A caterpillar  in a lollipop


And ants in a lollipop.



No, I did NOT partake.  I would if I was on a deserted island.  But not on Ocracoke!

Oh, and Richard won the rummy game handily!


Thursday, April 09, 2015

More Ocracoke trip

Richard & Miranda had gotten a "kite" assisted fishing rig.....and they wanted to try it out.  The theory is that you attach your fishing line (hook and bait) to the kite.   Fly the kite out over the water, then use a trigger to release the bait far out in the ocean.


Well, he proved that it would work - but the wind was blowing the wrong way so no fishing!  All the fishies are safe for now!

In the meantime, we just relaxed on the beach - Miranda and Sharon stretching out on a blanket.  Note Duane asleep on the sand (he's the black dot to the left of Miranda!)




Miranda snapped one of those  ever-elusive photos of Karen!  Beautiful day and good company!




Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Kids from Endurance Seafood in Oriental, NC

I've posted several photos of the son's of the owner of Endurance Seafood over the years.  Their property adjoins the Pecan Grove Marina - so I've seen them grow up along the shoreline. 

We've also bought ultra-fresh seafood from them on occasion.

Yesterday, we stopped by, tempted by the "Fresh Oysters" sign at the road.

One of the son's (I think he's the youngest in the previous photos) helped again to haul out and weigh our oysters.  Then he introduced us to the parrot.  Cool- he/she says "HELLO" loudly and unbelievably clearly!  I thought I got a video, but I apparently forgot to turn it on!



My "bounty"!


And just because I enjoy seeing such wholesome young men....here are a few of the past photos I've posted of them thru the past 8 or 9 years!





Thursday, March 26, 2015

Flowers

Ok, after yesterday's yucky airplane post, I thought I'd put some pretty flower photos up!

My camellia is blooming....this bush is finicky.  Sometimes it makes dozens of beautiful buds, only to have them turn brown and drop off.  I didn't do anything different to make them bloom this time.....



My earliest daffodils are fading away now.  They did stay pretty for a long time this year!



But I have two more areas with daffodils of different varieties.

They bloom later for some reason - this is a pretty "frilly" daffodil.  Everything is weighted down a bit with an overnight rainstorm.



And these are in a different area - they bloom late and have a much more colorful "cup".  Not sure why I have different varieties.  I don't actually remember planting different ones!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Big oopsie at the airport

There was a accident at the airport yesterday - no one was injured!

The pilot forgot to put the landing gear down.  So, as the airplane skidded to a stop, a spark caught the plane on fire.  The pilot jumped out and was safely away before the fire really took off.



Pitiful looking!



The Fire Department did a great job!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Trip planning

I'm really getting enthused about planning our upcoming sailing trip to the Bahamas. 

I printed out the nautical charts for the Exuma chain of islands because it's hard to get your bearings looking at just a piece of the map....it turned out to be a bigger enterprise than I had expected.

Plus,  I don't have a table big enough to put the whole thing on!!!  So, I tacked up on the guest room wall!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sailing post

In case you haven't looked lately, there's a new post over at the Sailing Blog

Monday, March 09, 2015

Rotary Club

One of the Asheboro engineering department guys asked me if I would speak at the Rotary Club......

It's been several years since I've done that....so I said I would.






They serve a great lunch!!






Duane helped me put together a great power-point presentation.  I got there early to make sure the projector was set up correctly for my computer.





Big room - nerve-wracking!





I didn't screw up too bad....I'm not the greatest public speaker!  But, everyone seemed to stay awake through the presentation and there were several good questions  asked afterwards.  Glad it's done!








Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Thai meal using powdered coconut milk

I had a hankering for some spicy Thai food.....

So I chopped up a bunch of veggies I had on hand and did my usual sauce....

Peanut butter
Soy sauce
Rice vinegar
Sugar
Red peppers
Coconut milk

What's not to like about that???

I also roasted some tofu chunks - sprinkled with more soy sauce and spices (garlic, basil, onion powder)



But the coolest thing was my new-found favorite way to have coconut milk!  I was shopping at the Asian market in Durham and saw that they had powdered coconut milk!  If you cook with coconut milk much, you know that often the recipe doesn't call for the entire, hugely caloric can.....this way you can measure out the correct amount.  It is amazing - the powder easily dissolves and it exactly the same rich consistency as the canned variety.  The rest went a baggie for later use.  (The little tin cost 99 cents!)




Monday, March 02, 2015

Finally we're being teased with spring!

You know those daffies I talked about in January????

Well, it's March and they're just now brave enough to open up!  They're sortof spindly.....so I think the crazy cold temps has affected their beauty this year. 



The ice is finally melting....mostly gone now.  I noticed movement out the front door today and nabbed a photo of this big wild tom turkey.  He hung around a long time, pecking at the ground.  I wish he had shown his tailfeathers! 


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vegan Doggie Treats

I found this cute bone-shaped cookie cutter.  I thought I'd make a few doggie treats for some of my doggie-friendly folks!

I chose a vegan recipe to make everyone happy.   This was really easy.  Hope the dogs like them!

Just a few ingredients.  


Mix and roll out just like sugar cookies.  See the little bone shaped cutter?  Cute.



Ready for the oven.  (I love my new oven!)


All done.  I haven't baked much in my new oven yet.  I think it must run a little warm...so maybe 325 degrees would have kept these from browning a bit too much.  Oh well, we'll have to ask the dogs if they mind the extra crispiness! 


I actually tasted one - they are pretty good!  Kindof like a hearty cracker.  Fun!



Vegan Doggie Treats

1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup parsley flakes (for good doggie breath)
1 banana
3 teaspoons flax seed

Mix flax seed with water to create egg consistancy
Mix with all other ingredients and water until the dough is like "people cookie dough"
Roll out on floured surface to desired thickness
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown