Saturday, September 24, 2016

A little office fixup

Getting tired of painting posts???  Imagine how I feel!!!

The office (used to be Robert's room) is next up....

Just the usual boring white walls....

I know, you're saying that it doesn't look much different.  But, trust me, it's amazingly nicer!  The wall color is a brownish-grey that will match the office carpet that will soon be installed!  Nice to have all the cob-webs and dust cleaned up too!!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

New room color

I don't know what happened....I thought I had posted the "new" photo. 

Here it is!   (the photo looks more "yellow" than it is in real life).  I like the clean look with no wallpaper border!

New master bedroom colors

Next up for a "facelift" is our bedroom.   The wallpaper border just makes the room look a little "dated"....and the wall color is "Dusty Salmon".  It used to match an older comforter....but doesn't really blend now.

Wow, what a pain to remove!!!  Tedious process....don't ask about the bright green color.....OK, I'll tell.  I painted the room, maybe 15 years ago while Duane was on a long business trip.  When he got home it was quickly determined to be a hideous color for a bedroom.  Even if it did match a flower that was on the comforter!!   

Finally after several hours, all the border is gone.  A little drywall mud fixed a few rough spots where the border pulled off chunks.

Mostly done - a grey-ish gold color, matches the comforter and will blend well with the to-be-installed new carpet.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

House Update

We've ordered new flooring for the I've got to clean up and paint all the walls!!!

First up is one of the guest rooms.  (the extra mattress is out of the Avion...)

Twenty year old curtains & carpet.  Off white walls.  Time for an update!

Not done yet....but a good start.  Sage green walls.  Duane is going to revamp the foot-board posts to lower them.   (I thought the 4 posts were just "too much").    I've got nice 2" faux-wood custom blinds ordered.  Waiting on the new carpet installation in October!

Monday, September 19, 2016


Seems like just yesterday that I trimmed the bushes at Siler City.....but I looked back on the blog.  It was actually last December.

As shrubs will do, they had gotten "unruly" again....

I borrowed the gas powered hedge trimmer from the's heavier than our electric one at home.   So my arms are very tired right now!!!  It really does a good job on the larger branches.


The other side of the building:

I'm definitely not an expert, but I guess I keep the bushes "manageable"!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Spring cleaning in the fall

We're doing some "spring" cleaning....

It's amazing how much stuff you accumulate.  And you don't need it!!

On the way to the Chatham County PTA Thrift shop!

There was only room for me to sit in the drivers seat.  The pickup was filled with bags of stuff we threw away!!  And we're not really finished yet!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

More house stuff....

It was (past) time to do a little maintenance on the front porch.

All the paint is just tired after several years.  Hard to see, but it all needed a good washing with bleach to remove some mold.

The stair treads were peeling.

And the concrete paint was wearing thin!

With some sweat and a few days work....nice and fresh looking!  Amazing what a bit of paint will do!

Nice fresh stair treads, just waiting for you to visit!!

All done!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hiking at Pilot Mountain State Park

It was supposed to be cooler today, so we headed out after breakfast for a hike at Pilot Mountain State Park.   (9+ miles, 2600 ft of elevation change and 5 hours was our day today!!)

The view driving towards the park - we've never driven here, but have seen it several times from the air, of course.

There is a road to the top, but we didn't take it!  We started out on foot, from the bottom!

Views from the trail.

Lots of rock steps on the way up!

View of the Yadkin Valley.

Selfie from an overlook!

View of the Pinnacle.

Neat rock formations.

Climbing up a little "shortcut" called Three Bears Gully.

At the top of Three Bears Gully.

And after 5 hours on the trail, we were happy to be off our feet and driving home!  Caught this shot of the cool Winston-Salem skyline. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bridget's Bridal Shower

I drove to Mills River yesterday for Bridget's bridal shower.

Me and the beautiful bride!!

Later, I got mom to pose with me for a quick "selfie".

The shower was at Keith and Denise's.  The bridesmaids did a great job - funny little skit, fun bingo game.  Yummy snacks.  Even some naughty gifts - a great evening! 

We got together at Mom's house this morning for a great, relaxing breakfast.  Fun, short visit!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


It must be getting close to Thanksgiving since our "rafter" of turkeys is seen almost daily.

On the driveway one morning...

And in the back yard a different morning.

I need a better camera!!   Up close they are really beautiful!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

House chores

Chores at the house were waiting on us.....

Spent yesterday working on the garage door.  We'd re-done one of them last distracted.  That seems to happen to us!!  Oh well.....

The framework around the garage doors had rotted out over the years (20+ now!!)

So, we removed all the rotten wood and replaced with new.

Almost done!

There....good for another 20 + years, hopefully!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Miranda's birthday dinner

We met Richard & Miranda and Miranda's family in Chapel Hill at the Mediterranean Deli for a quick birthday meal.

You know it's gonna be good when the "condiment bar" has all this yummy stuff!  Pickles, garlic sauce, pickled turnips, olives, hot sauces, cucumber sauce...yum!!

My platter - saffron rice, a lentil salad, a fabulous mango/pineapple salad, pita, roasted tomato and jalapeno, more cucumber sauce.  It was terrific!  Happy Bday Miranda!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Last stop on Western Flying Trip

I will say, Canadian customs was a breeze....but US Customs was a little "stiff".  No worries, but it wasn't a "welcome back to the U.S." experience.

Flying over the badlands of peaceful but unforgiving looking!

We flew to Spearfish, SD -  then spent a few days touring.

Visited Sturgis, luckily a few weeks AFTER the crazy motorcycle Rally was's actually a pretty quiet town in the daytime, but alot of "biker" evidence.

The Historic Town of Deadwood was in our path for several of our adventures.  Unfortunately, they were having a huge car show - so navigating was a bit of a chore.

A long hike - had to dodge about 1000 "cow pies".....probably wouldn't do that 6 mile trail again.  

Lovely waterfall near Spearfish.  After the Canadian Rockies....some of the scenery was a bit under-whelming!

But some of it was spectacular in it's own way!

No explanation required!

The glare hides it, but the tunnels on this road actually frame Mt. Rushmore in the distance!

We did 2 different cave tours - one at Jewel Cave and one at Wind Cave.  They were a lot of fun - I took loads of photos inside the caves....but they just don't do it justice!  Good, cool fun!

Roadside goats.

Bison everywhere!


Cool drive down the Needles Parkway

The "Twin Mooney's".

Silly photo at a biker bar in Sturgis.

We had a huge thunderstorm hit when we were in Spearfish.  This is outside the hotel.  After it was mostly passed, we drove over to the airport to check the airplanes for hail damage.  They were wet, but no damage, thankfully!

More views from the Needles Parkway

And before we knew it, the 15 days was over and we were at the airport for an early start on our homeward bound flight.

Leaving Spearfish - 9 hours to Siler City!