Friday, April 29, 2016

Relaxing on the deck

Friday night....just hanging out.  Reading "Far From  the Maddening Crowd" on the Kindle.  

Notice anything odd?  Perhaps someone wasn't paying attention when she dressed this morning?  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Spring is finally here to stay, I think!

My irises are blooming - they are particularly fragrant this year!  Beautiful!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Swap shop find

If you've seen the Sailing Blog, you know that I got a nice "find" for my pillow covering at the county recycle center.....but I also saw a little sewing machine on the shelf.....

I took it just to see what it was.....turned out to be a Bernina brand serger.  

Sharon and Buddy visited us last weekend - and I gifted it to her.....  She figured out how to thread it (it's complicated!) 

And it works perfectly!! 

Someone must have been getting out of sewing and just dumped all their nice "stuff" at the county recycle center.  Amazing what you find there sometimes.  And I donate my unwanted items there too, of course!

So, Sharon has a nice serger - and if I need anything trimmed - I'll ask her to do it, of course!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'm fine!

I did want to let everyone know I'm fine!

I do have a lot of bumps and bruises! 

Apparently, every spot on your body that is not clothed gets cuts and carpet burns as you tumble!  I really don't know what the straight-line cuts are from - maybe the banisters as I tumbled?

The cut on the shin looks pretty good in this photo, but it actually is quite deep, very sensitive to movement and is going to take a long time to heal, I believe!

I'm going to be much more careful in the future!!

Anyway, we're out having fun and hope you are too!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I had a little oopsie!

This is the time of year when I take all the flower pots that I have around inside the house and put them outside.....

Unfortunately, the rim of the big, old plastic pot I was carrying  broke when I was on about step # 2 from upstairs. The rest of the pot fell towards my feet and tripped me.

I tumbled, head first - just rolled right down the steps.  I really, really thought that things were not going to turn out good for me as I tumbled.

But I landed butt-first on the mat at the bottom of the stairs.  I sat still for a minute, just trying to decide if I was hurt badly or not.  For some strange reason I had chill bumps over my entire body for a few seconds - even though it is very warm here.

Then, as I was getting up from the floor, I noticed a few big drops of blood.  

Warning!! Next photo is a little gross!

I felt around and eventually looked down at my leg....there's a decent sized gash in there.....I cleaned it up and put a butterfly bandage on it to hold it together (with copious amounts of Neosporin, of course).   

I have a few carpet burns and bruises - plus I'm pretty sore!!  Big bodies don't tumble well like children do!

And I thought this was cute - a little while later I happened to look up in the mirror - apparently the dirt really did go everywhere!!

Duane was very sweet and got the big vaccum cleaner and cleaned up all the mess for me!!!


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Taking a walk

It's time to get in a little better shape - we're going to fly to Glacier National Park this fall and plan to do some hiking......

So we just went down to our local Pittsboro Town Lake Park.  Strangely, it's just a few miles away and we've NEVER been there! 

It's just a really small little reservoir - it doesn't appear that they allow boating.   An old dam - and the remains of an old pump building.  I'll have to research it's history.

And the beavers have been busy!

We didn't see any other sign of the beavers - but lots of trees had been "trimmed".

A nice, easy 2 mile walk - so 4 miles total since it's not a loop!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Busy, busy

Been a busy couple of months - looking at boats to buy.....the latest trips ended up on a negative note.  The boat we thought we'd buy didn't pass it's inspection. 

But we had a wonderful little mini-vacation!

Pretty walk on the Ft. Pierce jetty.

Got Duane to stand still long enough to shoot a "selfie" while on a walk along the beach.

And a beautiful sunset!  Look at the Boat Blog for details of the failed boat purchase!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Go to the boat blog

OK,  I know, I'm a broken record.

But, go to the boat blog....

We haven't been doing much else lately!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Go to the Sailing Blog

We spent much of Easter weekend and early week at the boat.....

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Another little "oopsie" at the airport

Lot's going on at Siler City Airport last week!

This young man was on his first solo cross country flight.  Things didn't turn out too good for him.   He said he bounced and before he knew it, the plane was off the runway.  Luckily, the plane can be fixed and he's not hurt.....except his feelings are hurt!  (The runway is to the right and up the hill in this photo).

Nothing was damaged except the propeller was bent.

So the engine will have to be torn down to make sure there was no internal damage.   Not a great day for the young man, but hopefully he'll get back to training and do a better job next time out!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


I am really behind on my blogging! The other morning when I was at Siler City Airport, Dick's "chase crew" drove in with his balloon trailer.....and soon Dick's balloon appeared approaching the airport.

Ever so slowly he maneuvered towards the runway.

For a perfect, calm touchdown!

I always love to see the process of deflating the balloon.  It's a quiet affair.  Good fun!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Grandma's 100th Birthday!!!

Quite a milestone to reach 100 years!!!  My grandmother, Helen Thomas Hall, was 100 years Monday!

I must have forgotten to push "publish" on this blog post because I just came to the blog after a busy week and see that you didn't see this on Monday like I had intended.  Oh well.

Think of all the changes she's seen in the world.

I think of her as a honest, warm but frankly spoken, supporter of her church and conservative views.  Plus that lovely white hair used to be a dark auburn!  And I'm the only grandchild that benefited from those genes!

The birthday cake from Sam's Club.

 And if you haven't seen this on Facebook arranged for Sam's Club to give us the big sheet cake for FREE to honor the 100th birthday!  Very COOL from corporate America!

She had ALOT of visitors!  Some she knew, some she didn't!  But she was a real trouper for several hours.

My uncle David up  from Florida for the occasion.  All her children lots of the extended family attended.

Teresa, Robert and I drove up from Concord to the party.

Wonder what Grandma is thinking in this snapshot!!!

And I'm sure she wouldn't mind this photo.....after most of the guests were gone....she took a well-deserved nap right in her chair!  What a great milestone!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Trip to St. Augustine

For the "boat" part of this trip, you can go to the Sailing Blog.....but we had a nice visit otherwise to St. Augustine! 

We were only with the boat broker for an hour or so.....we had the rest of the day to wander St. Augustine.

What a neat old town!

Went to the fort.....

And walked about the downtown area.

Neat old cobblestone/bricked ally ways.

We found a beach bar that a friend had recommended.  It was tucked in a obscure corner - we would have never found it without the GPS!

50cent oyster special!!

Neat place!

More touring the next morning....

Neat old churches.

Time to go back home....the FBO had put our airplane in a hangar overnight and we had to wait a long time for them to retrieve it!  But, they refunded our $20 overnight fee, so I guess it was worth the wait!

And a cloudy and breezy flight home!

Monday, March 14, 2016


If you haven't recently,

jump over to the Sailing Blog for updates!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kitchen fixup

I've been meaning to get around to re-caulking my kitchen countertop for years.....somehow just never got the urge.....

But, the old caulking was pulling away from the tile and was generally pretty yucky.

It was fairly simple but a bit tedious to get the old caulking off.

And you know the drill - just lay a nice bead of new caulk and smooth with a wet finger.

All nice and sealed up for another 20 years, I guess!