Monday, June 27, 2016


My little tiny "garden" has finally brought forth fruit! 

I've planted just a few plants in my mulched flower beds.  These are mostly in full sun - unlike my old garden plot that is now in the shade 1/2 the day due to all the ever-growing tall trees!!

First harvest - a few cucumbers!

Sliced and ready for dinner tonight - they are really good!  Lots of flavor vs. store-bought.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Warm Walk in the Woods

How was that title for alliteration! 

In keeping with our desire for a little fitness for our upcoming Glacier NP / Canada trip, we went to Jordan Lake for another 5 mile hike. 

We were on the trail by 10AM, but it was still hot!

I snapped a photo - but I must have not stopped and aimed.  Sorry for the blurr.  Other than the heat, it was a beautiful day!

I stopped along the path and picked up a couple of hickory nuts that looked healthy.

Cracked them open - the little round nut looked promising, but it must have been last year's fruit.  It was dry and mealy.  I guess the squirrels knew what they were doing when they left these on the ground!  Good fun.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trailer work

We're still working on the Avion.....and boy, it's HOT!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Trailer work

In case you haven't seen it, we've been working a bit on the Avion!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Re-potting the Ficus Tree

My 30 year old ficus tree (that my sister sent me in a small pot when I got my first big promotion at IBM)  has been in the same large pot since we lived in Boca over 20 years. 

You've seen it over the years as our "Christmas Tree"

Well, the pot is old and brittle, as you can see in this photo -  it's heavy duty plastic, but has gotten "chalky" from it's summers out on the deck.

Plus, the poor tree just doesn't grow - it's my root-bound quasi-bonsai tree!   Looking a little barren after it's winter in the living room!

I got down to business - it was, of course, extremely root-bound and wouldn't just pull out of the pot.  So, I had to resort to breaking off pieces of the pot, very carefully because I didn't want to cut myself! (I've had plenty of trouble from broken pots lately, haha)

Finally got it completely out of the pot.  I had put down a sheet just to save whatever soil got dislodged.  That worked well.

As I started to remove some of the soil from around the roots,  I found this surprise!!  Easter eggs!  The only think I can think of is that we must have "hidden" them in the watering hole you can see in the above photo.  This would have been in Boca Raton in about 1995....that was a really good hiding spot, haha!

The liner for the pot was completely adhered to the roots - I had to go get one of Duane's pry-bars to break it free of the mass of roots.

And then with some new soil and a slightly larger pot, we are ready for another 30 years!

And while I was cleaning up the root ball, I broke off some "tubers" - I'm planting them to see if I can grow some "baby ficus trees"!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


We picked up a couple of t-shirts at the Asheboro Airport Fly-in the other day.  This year, they were white....we're not really fond of white shirts.....

So I set about to remedy that!

Cooked up some wine colored dye.....

Washed and dried.  Much nicer!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Asheboro Fly-in

It's that time of year again!  This year was the 20th Annual NC Aviation Museum Fly-in at the Asheboro Airport.

Was a hot, hot, sunny day!

The Civil Air Patrol presenting the colors.

There was a good crowd and nice aircraft.

The "Bandits" flew over on their way home from the Raleigh Relay for Life race - and did a little bit of smokey flying.

And we sold some "intro flights" in our rental airplane.  Everyone had a great time!

Monday, June 13, 2016


We made a quick trip up to Concord to wish Eaven congratulations on his graduation.   Seems like yesterday he was just a cute kiddo!

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Hey - we've been at the boat - go see what we've been up to!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016


After our 10 mile bike ride today, we stopped by Endurance Seafood.  I'd noticed the handwritten sign on the road to the marina advertising "Fresh Shrimp".  No parrot around this time.....

One of the nice boys came out of the house to help me, answering "yes, ma'am" to everything I asked.

He brought a couple of handfuls of HUGE shrimp out of the cooler and weighed out 2 pounds for me.

Did I say HUGE??   Not your grocery store variety!

I cleaned them all up and put a good number of them in the freezer for tomorrow.  

Butter and some Old Bay -  wow they were delicious!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Camper work!

Believe it or not, there's something to look at over at The Avion!!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Light late lunch

Sometimes, we get busy and don't get around to eating lunch at a reasonable hour.   So, when it was about 3pm, eating a full meal would mess up our "clock" for the rest of the day.   I decided we should just have a plate that would just be enough to carry us over to a reasonable dinner time.

Cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and some guacamole.  And green tea in our favorite mugs from the boy's trip to Philmont Scout Ranch!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Airplane hauled to Siler City

One of our long-time customers inherited his dad's plane.  It's a Meyers 145 - which is a 50 year old plane that is in excellent condition. 

It stayed at our airport several years ago when his dad was was in town for a lengthy visit.

But his dad lived in Arizona, and the plane was disassembled for some repair.  It was trucked all the way to the airport this weekend.

Kinda cool - they are just getting ready to hoist it off the trailer.  Will be fun to see it put back together!  Cool old plane!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The NJ Wedding!!!

Finally the wedding day arrived! 

I caught the groom and groomsmen in the hotel lobby before they headed to the wedding venue.

We arrived at the Grand Marque a little early for some photos.  Carolyn and Tommy looking spiffy!

Same can be said for Sharon and Buddy!!

And, our family looks pretty sharp too!!  Sorry Miranda couldn't make it to the wedding - this would have been a great family photo if she were in it!

I snapped a few photos of the wedding party as the professional photographer was busy setting up the official portraits.

And before you knew it, the wedding was underway.  Lovely ceremony.

And on to the reception!!!  Wow, they know how to throw a party!!

Every food imaginable was available.

Obviously, everyone was having a grand time - while the wedding party was busy taking more photos - I understand they were served some treats, but they didn't get to enjoy the big party we did!

Fun sampling all the goodies - and waitstaff roved with more items on trays for us to sample.  Amazing!

Debbie and Kevin getting to relax.

Callie visited with us for a little while.

Robert and Richard seated for the "sit-down meal".  I don't think they appreciated their mom snapping too many photos....

The "McCraw Side" table.  A good looking bunch!

 The "Grandkid" table.....

And the lovely cake!!

The newlyweds at their special table.  Hope they got to enjoy their meal!

I'll include a couple of videos from the dance floor.

Kyle and ToniAnn

Debbie and Kyle

The "longest married couples" were invited up to the dance floor.  We were certainly not the longest, but we were in the top tier!!

And here is the video of Christopher's toast to ToniAnn and Kyle - sortof hard to hear, but it is touching.

Kyle showing off his new ring to his dad!

The minister must be giving "marital advice" to Kyle.

Had to show the wonderful meal we were served.

Happy, relaxed Debbie.

More dancing!

And the serving of the wedding cake to each other.  Tastefully done!

And the last photo I took was of the new bride and new father-in-law.  Lovely!

Wonderful, wonderful wedding!

We all gathered for breakfast at the hotel before heading our separate ways.  Much love to ToniAnn and Kyle for sharing their special day!

Uneventful flight back to RDU....we were amazed at all the green trees and lawn after almost a week of just seeing city streets!