Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Birthday pressie for my sis

You guys know how much I like to make tie-dyed shirts.....and my sister's birthday was coming up.  So, I had the idea to send her a shirt dyed, but not exposed!

First, a plain cotton tee - wet with Borax powder (to set the dye)

Twist it up!

You know the drill by now....

Rubber bands to mark the different colors and to hold it together.

Start the dying...

And all sealed up with our new pass-between-us birthday card (I couldn't let the dye ooze onto the card, could I?

And now I'll have to wait for her to receive the package and open it up to see how it turned out!!!!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Fun dancing

We went out to eat with Sharon & Buddy and Pat & Diane.....and they invited us back to their house for some "shag" dancing lessons.

I did a little bit with Pat - good fun, but I'm not a very good listener or dancer!!!  Sharon did a little bit too....I don't think she was all that thrilled but played along.   :-)

And then the pros in the room danced a bit - fun time!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stormy weather!

If you've been missing us.......we've been busy at the boat of course! 

We flew back this afternoon to attend a airport meeting - a little early because storms were forecast.  It's a good thing!  A big storm rolled through and left the 95 degree ramp steamy!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hiking the Lower Haw River trail

We walked 8.6 miles along the Haw River.  To call it a trail in some spots was kind....it needs a good bit of work before the general public would want to wander it.  But we plugged along pushing thru weeds and made our way.

Beautiful scenery.

A beaver had been hard at work!!  I bet the next time we pass this way the tree will have yielded!

Some places the trail was well-cleared.  Very peaceful - the mossy trail muffled even our footsteps.

 We were on the trail about 4 hours - and didn't see a soul....with the exception of about 1000 of these millipedes....not my favorite creature!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Family photo

We went out to eat with the kids to celebrate a belated birthday for Duane.

They indulged me and allowed Miranda to take a photo.  And, they seem to be fairly happy - I comment since more often than not at least one of them is making a silly face!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Biking at Seawell School in Chapel Hill

I found a nice mountain bike trail map online for trails near Seawell School in Chapel Hill. 

Just a short drive - and the trails were very nice.

We didn't go on any of the "expert" ones this time.  Just rode around for a couple of hours.  Some nice hills to climb.  Very shady and comfortable. 

Just as we were about to call it a day, I saw this lovely little fawn.  Not the slightest bid afraid - he/she actually stayed right there as we rode by!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

More hiking at Raven Rock State Park, Lilllington, NC

We hiked about 6 miles today at Raven Rock State Park.  We've been here before, but there were trails we had not hiked!

This time we hiked to the actual namesake - Raven Rock!  Luckily, it was very shady so the temp was bearable.

The trail down to the river was steep - the last part was this stairway.

Kind of hard to get a good photo of a big rock....

The rocky hillside almost directly adjoined the tannic water of the Cape Fear River.

Loved hiking over this tree-root system.  See all the above-ground roots sprawling out over the rockbed?

Walking along the cliff-face.

And finally, we hiked up to the "Overlook" - which really was a pretty nice view considering how flat the area is elsewhere.  A lovely viewpoint!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Much needed windsock change at the airport

The windsock was pitiful!  It had gotten so faded and worn that a recent windstorm ripped it to shreds....

The City employees came out to remove it and install a new one.  (The structure "tips" over just for this purpose!)

And now it's standing tall and brilliant!

And now the pilots can actually see it from the air once again!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Fishing boys in Oriental

Lots going on in Oriental lately!  If you haven't checked out the sail blog, you're missing some fun!

While Pat and his "crew" were bringing in his sailboat to the marina, Sharon and I wandered over to the Endurance Seafood dock to check out what they had in stock.

We were greeted by the same two boys that I've posted about over the years.  It seems like I see them just about every time we go by.  Very business-like and polite.   A true family-run business.

Here they are showing us the fresh shrimp.

Sharon and I  admired their kitty-cat.  Look at those lovely blue eyes!

We ended up with wonderful shrimp and some clams.  Grilled on the marina grill.  Yum!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

July 4th!

We had a great time at Pecan Grove Marina for July 4th!

The marina hosts a hot dog lunch - good fun.  Note our crowd - Duane, Sharon, Buddy and Pat enjoying a breeze on the porch of the clubhouse.

Our host - John Cox - hard at work at the grill.

 Steady stream of fellow mariners, always ready for a free meal!

Robert joined us - but I didn't get a photo of him and his fuzzy beard!

After dinner, we all wandered up to the (closed) Highway 55 bridge to stake out our spot to watch the fireworks.  We got a great spot near the crest of the bridge.

I know, you've seen fireworks before.  These were really nice and the breeze made for a very pleasant evening!

And the finnale!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Busy at the boat

If you haven't had a chance - look over at the Sailing Blog. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rainy day!

We had planned to scurry to the boat after work.....only to be thwarted by late afternoon thundershowers!  We had flown to work (I know, such a hard life!) - and had to wait out several severe storms to be able to even make it back to the house!

But, we chased a rainbow all the way back to Eagles Landing!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

1915 Sewing Machine

Early this week we went west.....first to Teresa and Rafe's new house near Concord.....but I didn't take a single photo there!  I am really falling down on the job!  Good time and good visit, though!

I did finally remember to snap a photo of Mom's back yard...pretty!

After Teresa & Rafe's we drove up to have a nice lunch with Granny and Cordy.  Forgot to take photos there too!!!!  But also had a nice visit with them - they're doing and looking great!

The real purpose of the trip was to pick up Grandma's old sewing machine.  Isn't it cool?  It will need a good bit of work to restore it.  I did not know the history of it - mom told me that it was originally purchased before Grandma was born by our Great-Grandma.  How need to keep a piece of family history.

The cabinet is in pretty rough shape in places.  We'll have to research how to proceed.  But all the pieces are there - including the original accessory box.

And we also picked up her old cedar chest.   Mom researched it also - it's  from 1933.  The exterior is pretty rough - some leg pieces are missing and the lid has peeling veneer.

But the inside is beautiful!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Father's Day

The kids came over for lunch on Father's Day....fun time!

A bit of "one handed pool".....they agreed to used just one hand to shoot.  Silly!

And since it was about 100 degrees out...they really enjoyed a quick dip in Pat and Diane's pool.  Thanks P & D!    :-)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

EAA 1114 Picnic

The yearly EAA Chapter 1114 picnic was yesterday....and we happened to be in town! We miss alot of these meeting just because we don't seem to be around.
Great day for a picnic - only 89 degrees and sunny! Lots of yummy food....
And caught up with a couple of folks we hadn't seen in a while! Fun afternoon!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pretty flowers

We're taking care of the "airport neighbors" cats for a few weeks at their house.  They have beautiful flowers in their yard and told me that I'm welcome to take any that I want since they won't be there to enjoy.

Today, I visited the kitties - and clipped a few flowers.  There are thousands more....pretty!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Asheboro Airport Fly-in and Flash Fire Jet Truck

Yesterday was the annual NC Aviation Museum fly-in at the Asheboro Airport. Very good day - but very warm!

Our flight instructors gave $99 introductory flights - they stayed busy and very warm! Here a young man is taking his first flight and his parents are there to share the enjoyment.

One of the big draws this year was the "Flash Fire Jet Truck".  They were hired to make 2 runs down the runway at 300+ mph.  The little Chevy pickup is mostly just a big jet engine with a vaguely pick-up truck looking facade.

It was fun to watch - I took this shaky video near the runway.  (The runway was closed at the time, if you're wondering!)   Watch for the vintage Twin Beech who races the truck down the runway!