Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New (to us) Boat!

Sorry to keep sending you away from the World of Karen....

but hop over to the sailing blog for BIG NEWS!    http://mccrawsails.blogspot.com/

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sailboat shopping

Hope over to the sailing blog to see what we are up to....


http://mccrawsails.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On my way home, I spied Dick's new ballon afloat! Neat-o!!!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Spring" (no wait....."Fall") Cleaning

Our basement "utility room" has once again gotten stuffed with stuff.  

It got so bad that you really couldn't even walk to the shelves.  Time to fix that again (it seems to happen every few years...)


I know, it still looks cluttered....this was several hours of work!  And a pile hauled away for donation to Habitat!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Change in Blog Name

Just wanted to make note of a change - since we sold Glory Days - it's not really appropriate that my sailing blog be called that!!

I've changed the web address to http://mccrawsails.blogspot.com/  - so bookmark it and stay tuned!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

I'm Tired!

I spent my "day off" washing the house!  I mean, literally, washing the outside of the house!

It has been a couple of years since we've washed the siding.  On all sides but the south facing one, a "grunge" grows.....



I think it's a mix of mold, mildew and just plain dirt!


Some bleach mixed with "house wash" from Lowe's sprayed on thick.  Then a good rinse with the power washer.


Front of the house....before....


And after....it took all day - the sun is setting now!



And the railing for the front porch were in really yucky shape....


I thought I was going to have to re-paint....but they washed up just perfect!


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

More door work!

This weekend, what was left of it, was spent on more door work. Betcha thought we were done with that, didn't ya??

This is the last of it, hopefully of for another 20 years!

The laundry room door jambs were just too rotten for Duane....so he decided we'd just rip the old door out and put a new one in it's place.   The old one came out easy enought - the new one is in place and I'm in the process of painting it.  (the one leaning against the house is red on the other side- you're seeing the inside of that door).



Photo taken this morning with one coat of paint on the new door.


And the other work in progress is the rebuild of the garage door frameworks.


Too much moisture and not enough paint over the years!


And, of course, Duane won't just fix the worst spot, the whole frame has to come down!



Not enough time this weekend to finish it....so the saga will continue!


Monday, October 06, 2014

Siler City Airport Open House

Fabulous day for a Open House!

Random photos -

Early in the morning, before the event started, there was a lot of set up to do!




Sandy setting up the registration booth.  Jim actually doing some work, not just drinking coffee and giving orders!



Scouts lined up to register for their Young Eagles rides.



Registration for Young Eagles flights.

Bill getting ready for a bumpy day of Young Eagles rides!


We had a great turnout of  pilots for the Young Eagle rides - they made quick work of this long line!


Cub Scout Pack/Boy Scout Troop  924 did a wonderful job with the concessions!  I had a slaw dog, of course!



The Siler City Fire department was there with their "Stop, Drop and Roll" display for the kids.



The Forest Service helicopter is always a  big hit - the crew spent the entire day talking with various folks!


The 4th Annual Open house was the best ever - parking lot packed full!





A gusty day for Young Eagles - but the pilots stuck it out and flew over 100 kids!




And what event is complete without some Ben and Jerry's????



Saturday, October 04, 2014

No Meat Meals

My sis would be happy to be at our house the last few days!

I just had lots of veggies - and had a hankerin' for some warm comfy food....

So one night we had a Tex-Mex veggie mix served over the old stand-by "Spanish Rice" from the good 'ole Betty Crocker cookbook:



And then, last night, we went Indian (as in - a dish from India....)  

Tofu in peanut satay sauce over fresh veggies.   Yum!!!



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Big Bus!

I had a jet scheduled to arrive at Siler City....and was expecting someone from the local steel company to come pick up the passengers.....instead, this bus arrived!  Don't see that every day at the Siler City Airport!



After a foggy morning, the jet did arrive and business was (apparently) conducted!   Fun day!



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Duane's Last Day at IBM!!

Well, it's been a good 32 year run!!!

Today is Duane's official last day working at IBM - he went to work today to turn in his badge....tomorrow is orientation at his new office in RTP at Lenovo.   He says there won't be much difference - he'll be working with the same folks, mostly in Taiwan. 

So, I nabbed his badge for one last look!  


Monday, September 29, 2014

A little NASCAR Formation Flight coordination

Sorry - this will be a long post!!!

Friends of ours from the Bandit Flight Team out of Sanford, NC asked us to help out with the ground coordination for a flyover at the NASCAR Dover race on Sunday.  The formation flyover has to be coordinated with the TV time and needs to happen exactly as the USO Singers finish the National Anthem.  No small feat for 4 airplanes that are airborne nearby!


Beautiful morning for our flight to Dover!


They had arranged for us to have "credentials" to access the pit area and the rooftop of the skyboxes.  We also were given a room at the Dover Downs casino!

The parking passes were great also - we parked right at the gate so no hassle or long walk!





We flew up on Saturday so we could meet with our contact at the track to understand what we needed to do.  A lot of activity around the racetrack.  Lots and lots of campers and folks looking like they're having a good time!  Did I mention that we're not race fans?  So if I say something silly, you'll know why.


Duane and I out on the finish line!


After meeting with our contact, we went up to the rooftop - Noel, the true flight coordinator will be on the rooftop on race day with his aircraft radio equipment set up.  He will be talking directly to the aircraft advising them of the timing of events on the ground.    Duane and I will be on the track with the NASCAR official to advise Noel of any last minute timing changes. 



Our buddy, Noel - ground crew extraordinaire - who will have all his aircraft radio gear on the rooftop tomorrow to communicate with the aircraft.




View of the track - keep in mind that on race day, all the pit crews will be set up in the first grassy area.


With that meeting out of the way, we went to our complimentary rooms at the Dover Downs hotel and casino!  Very nice hotel!



Noel had heard about a great "crab shack" about 10 minutes away.  Don't fuss about the name - he said the owner's name is Sam!




My lunch!  I only have a few little cuts on my fingers to show for it.



Thought I'd show you some stock photos of their airplanes just so you'd see what they're flying....(they landed at a different airport than us, so we didn't see them before the raceday.)















Race day!!!


Several groups were ready for appearances in the "pre-race" time period.


We found our USO singers at the gate and patiently waited (in the nice, cool shade!) for our NASCAR rep to take us out on the track.



The pit area had been set up now.  All those folks will eventually be moved out back into the stands.



Neat view of the pit area and the big wall that separates the pit from the track.


The stage that the singers will be on is just a tractor/trailer that is sitting on the race track.  When the singing is finished, it will be whisked away in just a minute or so to clear the track for the race start.



The pre-race hour was very scripted.  Each person or event was done exactly on a schedule.  This is the head of the Dover race ( I think...)


They apparently introduce each of the drivers before every race....I took a photo of each one so if you've got a favorite, I've got a photo!  This is Tony Stewart of recent difficulty.


And Danica Patrick.  I put this one in because I was surprised at how absolutely tiny she is!!  When she shook hands with the folks on the stage they all towered over her!



And I think this is Jeff Gordon (the winner!)



Our view back to the stands.




The pre-race period is coming to an end - almost ready for the National Anthem and flyover.




Duane is sitting on the track right below the singers up on stage.  Justin, our NASCAR contact has earbuds in and a microphone - he's  listening to the TV coordinator up in the skybox above do a countdown for the start of the last 2 minutes of the pre-race.  There was a last minute 30 second change - very critical to the airborne flight crew!!!  Remember, they need to be flying over the stadium just as the National Anthem ends- so a 30 second difference would ruin the experience!



The USO Singers are in place.....



Long video - but fun!!  You'll see Justin make the cues for the announcer to start.  Duane is talking to Noel on the radio to let him know what is happening down on the ground.


And then the airplanes do one more pass - a "bomb burst" to cheers from the crowd!



Then everyone was scooted quickly off the track to let the race begin!


Our job was done - so we went up to the roof top to see a little of the race.


I really enjoyed watching the camera man - you could see on the screen how well he was tracking the cars.  




A little video of the LOUD!!  race.  The TV camera man did a better job  haha!




And a pit stop.  Fun to watch how fast those people move!!!




But after about 50 laps, we had seen enough....so, we beat the crowds by exiting very early!  



Drove back to the airport and had a wonderful flight home!  Oh, forgot to mention....brought home a little of the casino's money - so a doubly terrific weekend!!!