Saturday, June 16, 2018

Flying on a hot, hot day!

We're just putzing around at home, getting alot of chores done.  Lot's of boat chores and a few house chores. 

Since we didn't fly much during the past 6 months, it was time for Duane to get his instrument currency in the airplane.  Pilots have to maintain  and prove proficiency every 6 months to be able to fly in the clouds.....so off we went this morning.  Pretty green NC!


And here is our 2 hour flight with 6 different approaches at nearby airports!  The green line is our actual  radar flight path.  Fun but a bit tiring in the warm bumpy air!




Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day weekend at Oriental

The kiddos came to Oriental this weekend and we had a great visit.

The Avion is all set up.



Pretty crane on our shoreline.


We went kayaking and canoeing.



And spent some time relaxing in the warm weather.





Robert brought me a set of these beautiful watercolor paintings that his friend made of Sojourn.  So pretty!!


And a final little boat ride and it was time for them to leave!




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Back to the coast

We headed out to the coast like the Beverly Hillbillies!  Duane driving the truck/trailer - the bed of the pickup loaded with "stuff" - wheel barrow, tools, boat bumpers, ladder, trash can, etc.  I followed in the mini-van/trailer stuffed with charcoal grill, two lawn mowers and various other necessary items.







Mostly set up.  I need to get the awning out.  Lots of grass mowing to do!



Water is calm...boat is just like we left her!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Amaryllis

I plant the Amaryllis bulbs that my grandmother gives us each Christmas outside each spring.  I have 7 or 8 in an outside flowerbed and they seem to do fine, even with the crazy single digit temps we've had this year.

This is the bulb from 2 years ago, I believe.  Lovely!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Weekend

I forgot to put up a photo of my "birthday cake".....Zuccotto cake....oh, my goodness it's good!!  Duane sortof surprised me at the restaurant by calling the waitress over at the last minute and order it to-go.   (We were absolutely stuffed at that point so couldn't have eaten it at the restaurant at the time if we'd wanted to).  I should have put a fork down for size - this "slice" of cake is huge!   We had it the next night with a nice glass of wine.  Lovely.


Saturday, we attended our EAA 1114 chapter summer picnic.  It was fun to see some folks we haven't seen in a while (we don't attend many of the meetings)....but it was a soggy mess!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trip to the mountains and my birthday!

Unfortunately, we had to make a trip to the mountains to attend Duane's uncle Kelly's funeral.  Sad day for the family.

Stormy skies - the view out back of Granny and Cordy's.



The rain started right after the funeral....Kevin had promised Granny that he'd plant some flowers for her - so they braved the downpour.  Obviously having a grand time playing in the rain!



When I got home, I had a birthday pressie waiting on the doorstep!

From my sweet sis!



All good fun - these especially!!  She knitted a pair little sock-ets to wear with thong sandals!  They keep the sandals from rubbing a blister.



Very cool!!  So comfy!




Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

Key West bound

We'll miss the daffy's this year....Diane, feel free to harvest bouquets any time over the next few weeks!




Sunday, February 04, 2018

New solo pilot in the family!!

Richard surprised me this week by telling me that he has done some flight training while we've been gone!  And he said he was about ready to solo - with less than 10 hours of flight instruction - pretty fast learner!

First takeoff!


First landing!


He did the usual 3 takeoffs and landings....



Happy day!! 



With his instructor, Bill.  So proud!!


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Visit to the mountains

We had our yearly "McCraw Holiday Gathering" this year in Hendersonville.

Although we weren't all together at the same time, everyone was present for part of the long weekend.

Cordy and Kevin 



Christopher


ToniAnn, Kyle and Zoom



Kevin's family


Us!



Sharon and Buddy



Carolyn and Tommy



And Granny and Cordy



All too soon, the weekend was over!