Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Honey Baked Ham Store Madness!

I told Granny that I would pick up a Honey Baked Ham and tote it to her house for Thanksgiving dinner.  That way, there would be easy-to-serve meat available (to those who could eat it!!)

The Honey Baked Store is in a little strip mall between Chapel Hill and Durham.  As I approached, I started seeing a line of cars parked on both sides of the road.

It was really strange seeing that many cars since there is only a muffler shop and a couple of other small shops nearby.

But it was soon clear that they were, in fact, headed to the same place I was.  A heated tent - I thought it might be a extra sales booth.....but it was just a sheltered way to stage the customers to enter the actual store.

But, hey, I'd already driven 45 I got in line.  This is the scene inside the store.  I only waited about 30 minutes.  Had some nice conversations with folks standing in line.  Everyone was in a holiday cheer and I didn't hear a single complaint about the way!

 The store is actually run pretty efficiently.  Plus they had some nice samples handed out along the way.  I, of course, couldn't try the ham....but their streusel cake, blueberry crumb cake, and cranberry relish were delish!  Hope those who eat the ham enjoy my sacrificed time!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bike ride in Oriental

Pat and Diane came down to their boat - and we had a nice visit with them.

We all hopped on our bikes and rode into town for a bit of touring and a quick appetizer at Nel's.  A.D. is getting a easy ride on her "doggie-trailer".

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday movie night at the Old Theatre in Oriental

Occasionally, we're in town for the "Friday Night Flick".....

As usual, there is a live introduction to the movie, along with history and fascinating facts about the old flick....

And there's always a short film first - a "Green Lantern" or "Flash Gordon" short. 

I guess if you went to the movies every week, you'd keep track of Flash's adventures.....

Yes, there was a lot of terror!

Lot's of underwater terror in this episode!

And then it was time for the feature presentation!  A funny murder-mystery.   It was Shirley McClain's debut movie.   Neat to see the oldie's and for $5.50 each (including all the popcorn you can eat!), not a bad deal for Friday night in Oriental!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fuel quality seminar

Duane and I attended a seminar on aviation fuel quality control put on by our fuel supplier at the Elizabethtown airport (near Fayetteville).

Good info, met some other, nice FBO folks!  (Mostly we went for the free lunch....just kiddin')

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My Emmie Food Processor

I know, blog posts about appliances are a little lame......

But I love my little Emmie food processor that my brother gave me some Christmas in the 1980's.  He gave my sis an identical one and we both love, love, love them!

We've repair a couple of items over the years, but now the bowl itself is cracked.

Here is the little wonder (this photo was from the blog entry Thanksgiving 2009)

Amazing what you can find on eBay!! $12 bucks and free shipping.  Absolutely worth it to me since my little Emmie is just the right size and is so simple!

 New and old side-by-side.

Good to be "back in operation"!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Grandma and Frank visit

Mom and Frank came "down east" for a whirlwind visit.

We met the kiddos at a Mexican place in Chapel Hill - nice brief visit.  We have a nice looking family!!

And then Robert has to get silly, of course.....

Fun visit!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


One of my employees always brings me surplus veggies....and this time it was greens!  A fabulous variety - I could make out mustard, sorrel and some arugula - some I couldn't recognize.

I chopped them up - and cooked them for about an hour with salt and some red pepper flakes.  Very good!

And there is a new entry on both the Sailboat and the Avion blogs.....

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Grass growing

We stopped by our lot to check and see the progress of all that grass seed we threw out a couple of weeks ago.

Yay, green grass - and the dirt stayed mostly where it was supposed to thru all that rain.

Monday, November 09, 2015

New Kindle

I read books pretty much solely on my Kindle - I just love the format.  I love the way it feels in my hand and really don't even like to hold a real book now.

But,  I've complained for years that my original Kindle that the boys got me for Christmas about 10 yrs ago was not lighted.  (They didn't make them lighted at the time!)  This means that I have to have a light on in the room to be able to read.

So, we splurged a bit and ordered 2 new Kindle Voyage's (Duane didn't have one earlier - he read books on his IPad).

Love, love love it!!  Here's my Out-with the Old, In with the New photo!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The Airport is Finally Re-opened

After delays due to some of the wettest weather on record during September and October, the Siler City Airport is officially open for business!

The engineer, contractors  and I spent a couple of hours walking the perimeter of the runway looking for items that need to be addressed.

Lots of last minute cleanup.

The yellow "X's" had to be removed before the airport could be officially open.

Dreary day - almost ready.

And finally, the engineer gave the go-ahead.   Within just a few minutes, this Cessna departed.

First takeoff on the nice, smooth runway!

Friday, November 06, 2015


Still workin' on the Avion...

Mom had given me a spaghetti squash a long while ago - before we had gone on our trips this fall......I had tossed it in the bottom drawer of the fridge and hadn't had a chance to do anything with it.....

I used my huge arm muscles and sawed thru the tough skin to halve the squash......baked at 350 degrees for an hour or so....

It looks overcooked, but the browned areas were easily swiped away.

Seeds scooped away....

Hard to see here, but the "spaghetti-ness" of the squash is starting to be visible as I scooped it out of the hull with a spoon.

And this is the last photo I have.....I eventually poured a nice tomato sauce over this and sprinkled cheddar cheese on top.  Very yummy and no pasta required!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015


You're not gonna believe it.....we've done a little work on the Avion!!!

Monday, November 02, 2015

No blue skies

Well, there are no pretty blue skies to be found!!!

Since the airport continues to be closed, we're just hanging out....and it's been raining for 36 hours straight....

You know not much is going on when I resort to taking food photos at 2 o'clock in the afternoon!

I had a bunch of fresh veggies in the fridge.  So I decided to make a stir fry for lunch.  Literally 2 hours later, it was finished.  Good thing I wasn't otherwise occupied!

First, I cubed a box of tofu and baked it until very firm (with soy sauce for flavor).  Not pictured here, I also baked 2 sliced Chinese eggplants in the same hot oven.  Boiled a pot of brown & wild  rice.   Fried up the veggies until tender with just a tad of toasted sesame oil.  This a new recipe for me - I splashed Balsamic vinegar (substitute for Chinese black vinegar, I read), lime juice and some "fish sauce".  (Soy sauce would have been the same).  Add some cilantro and red pepper flakes.

The finished dish -  really good!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pretty fall

Walking down the runway towards our hangar - just thought it was a pretty picture with a beautiful Carolina blue sky!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Every year there is a new "rafter" of turkeys (I looked that up...).  It varies year-to-year how many - this seems a little small.  Sometimes there are 20 turkeys! 

Driving down the driveway this evening -

And this is the view as you approach our house.....the trees are pretty here!  (I'm sure they're better in the mountains....but I'm enjoying ours also!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Runway progress

Well, they're going to be about 2 weeks late re-opening the runway at Siler City due to all the rain we had a month ago.....

They finished the actual paving on Monday - 40 dump trucks making circuits to the asphalt plant for 12 hours straight.  The trucks all lined up for the paving machine.  One truck would dump his load in about 2 minutes and drive away to go back and get another load.

More than one crew working - here they're drilling the holes in the ramp for the aircraft tiedowns.

They cut a round hole thru the asphalt.

Then augured  in the 4' long tiedown ring.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A little more tar and gravel driveway repair

It's that time of year again.....our driveway at home had gotten some pot-holes in the tar/gravel surface.....

So the usual crew spent the day yesterday up close and personal with tar and gravel!

Lindy in the gravel truck.

Our "tar cooker"....

Quite a simple process.

Pour some hot tar in a pothole and cover it up with pea-gravel.   That's all!  about 8 hours later we had most of the bare areas sealed up. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

A little Oriental lot work

After the long vacation, we checked on the lot.  We hadn't seen the septic system actually completed - it looks good (as far as a septic system can look good, haha).

All grassy now.

Pretty fall day.  (The storage building is on the next door lot.)

The contractor "roughed in" the drive way....but it was going to wash away if we weren't we smoothed it out.

And seeded it for stability.  That's it for now!