Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Always nice to run into someone you know!

Quick post before I run to an all day seminar on animal control at airports (presented by the NCDOT Aviation Division).

Imagine my surprise when I pulled into the parking lot at Asheboro and saw someone from Asheville....Gordon Roberts, my Mom and Frank's flight instructor for many years had flown down with a church member to a meeting in Asheboro. Nice to see you Gordon!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy Anniversary to The World of Karen!

WOW, I've been at this blogging thing for 3 years! The stats say I've posted something every 2 days or so. That's alot of stuff! Fun, though - and nice to have a running narrative I can look back on. Here's to many more....salute!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quick Trip to Cape Lookout

We had planned a long weekend on the boat...but the weather looked a little "iffy" we made a last-minute decision to fly down late Thursday evening to avoid rain/fog on Friday morning.

We don't fly much at night - just not as many safe spots to land in case of trouble....but Thursday was a beautiful, smooth night...the instrument panel is cool at night.

It's only an hour flight - but I kept busy trying to get my camera to take photos of the pretty illuminated cities flying along below us. I never could get the settings to take a good, focused shot - the shutter stayed open too long. Since we're obviously not standing still, this is all I could manage. Kindof cool in an "artsy" sort of way...

We looked at the weather and decided it wasn't too bad for a trip down to Cape Lookout. We hadn't gone this year and I wanted to go look for seashells before the temps get too cool for comfortable beach walking and dinghy riding!

So off we were Friday morning. Forecast was 10-15knots, seas 3-5 feet and building to 15-20 knots later in the day. Shouldn't be too bad.

To get to Cape Lookout from Oriental, you have to motor a good bit down the Intercoastal Waterway. It's a nice little jig, one we've taken many times.

Good to see a little bit of house construction along the way - maybe it's a sign that the housing industry is on it's way back!!

We kept seeing a plane circling in the distance - he kept swooping down towards the water. One time- someone is just having fun. Over and over - he obviously was doing something else. As we got closer, it became clear that he was a aerial spraying operation. The trees along the shore kept us from seeing what he was spraying.

As we approached the Core Creek bridge - we were a little concerned because our mast height is 64'4"...we pay very close attention to the bridge clearance signs!

No problem on this one - we had a few INCHES to spare!

To get out into the ocean at Beaufort, there are two routes available. One has a "fixed" bridge that we've had problems getting under before - so we opted for the safer lift bridge. It's a little bit of a problem because it only opens on the 1/2 hour - so you have to hover until it opens. No problem - we throttled back and timed it perfectly. Note the dreary sky - this is 1:30 in the afternoon!

The winds and rain picked up after we got out into the ocean....note that it's just sailing!!

We got out to Cape Lookout and anchored in a stiff breeze. We were a little tired from the sail over and decided to make it an early night. I got up several times during the night to make sure we weren't dragging anchor. We had the GPS set to alarm us if we moved too much - but the good ole' Fortress anchor was stuck good in the mud! The boat lurched and swayed in the winds and waves all night. We opted not to go ashore - bummer! It really wasn't pleasant - 35 knot winds and rough waves even inside the protected bight.

So, about 8AM on Saturday, we decided to head back north - this was the only shot I made of the lighthouse....again - note that it's 8AM and the sun should be shining!! The forecast was for 20-25 knots and seas 4-6 feet. We were not relishing the thought of the sail back, but were resigned to it. I made sure everything was secure below before we left so that we didn't throw everything around in rough seas.

But, strangely, when we got out of the Cape Lookout Bight, the winds actually calmed a bit - the sail back to Beaufort was actually pretty nice - we saw 7 knots with just the jib and the seas were really not that bad most of the way.

As we approached the Beaufort Inlet - we passed a tugboat and barge going out to sea. We still had our sails up going down the channel, so I'm sure we made this tugboat captain nervous. It was strange to see a small barge like this going out to sea - mostly the barges are going on the inland waterways to deliver phosphate or other minerals mined nearby.

We determined that we should have no problem with the fixed bridge this time, because we were several hours from high tide.....but it was not to be - the clearance when we got there was only 64' - too low for us!! So, we had to turn around and go back to the lift bridge we used when we came down.

We passed a dredge and barge operation on the way - this explains the tugboat / barge going out to sea - neat to see them pull up sand and load it onto the barge.

That's about it for the trip - no terror, but no sunny walks on the beach either!

As we approached Oriental - we saw the Ladies Regatta - the winds were pretty strong - 20knots or so. These ladies were doing a fine job....

We spent Sunday just reading/relaxing - flew home in smooth, clear air....nice..


Thursday, September 24, 2009


One of our "airport bums" who hangs out at the Asheboro airprot grows a big garden. He is very generous with his produce - and I often come home with a bag full. Today it was collards....

You have to be careful to get all the dirt and "critters" out (unless you want some extra protein added....)

Come people remove the stems, but I actually like them. I just chop the greens into bite size pieces.

Great big pan full....cooks down to about a quart!

I like mine spicey - I add these little bouillon cubes that I find in the Mexican food section. Seems to be about the right balance of salt and spice.

I ate the whole pan for lunch yesterday - perfect for the diet!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NC State Marching Band Video

I know, it's long....Robert is in there somewhere. Hey, watching this video is better than the $150 bucks we spent last time we went to a game (purely to see Robert play, of course!!)

If you can stand to wait to the end - they play "Hey Jude" - really very nice - turn your speakers up, view it full screen and enjoy!

Sorry couldn't help's the pregame show - proud momma syndrome....they're such a cool band!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Smart Car

I had an "ah-ha" moment this morning....

Driving in the rain.....

I have not driven in the rain much at all since acquiring the new little car.

I also have not read the owner's manual for the new little car!!

Turns out that the windshield wipers are smart! I turned them on "one notch" which I assumed was "intermittent" ...nope - when I went thru heavy showers, the wipers were going lightening fast....then when I hit a misty area, they slowed to once every minute. Cool.



Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm stealing Miranda's photo here...

Richard and Miranda went camping this weekend at Uwharrie National Forest. Apparently, there are good trails there to go 4-wheeling....

It was actually Richard's weekend to work at the I had to fill-in for him. They came and visited me on their way back thru Sunday evening. Sounds like they had a good, slightly rainy time....just a little mud.

Sunday was very slow at the airport until the last 1/2 hour - I had a very nice Twin-Beech visit for fuel from RDU. I've known the owner for several years - he's an IBM'r and crosses paths with Duane every now and then.

Neat old "warbird" - here's the nose-art....not a stitch on that "redhead"!

I had two other planes visit thru the entire day until 4:30 - then this little Pitts comes in....

And then this nice not a bad day, in the end.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall is in the air!

I've been noticing the changing tree lines... looks like the dreaded sweet-gums start to turn yellow and shed their leaves early. There were leaves fluttering to the ground when I stopped to snap this photo...somehow, I couldn't manage to capture leaves in the act of "leaving"....but you get the idea.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Garbanzo Bean Flour Tortillas...almost

OK, so I'm really hard up for bread - anything resembling bread.....

We have been following the Eat to Live diet for quite some time now - basically - no meat, no fat, no dairy, no starch. I'm very happy with the results - lost some weight and virtually no hunger. There's always a trade-off, though, isn't there.....

I miss the bread and noodles. (I cheat, mostly on vacations....doesn't seem to hurt too much!)

I've recently found a cool substitute - garbanzo bean flour.....this would be great for people who need to eat gluten-free also.

Tonight I tried to make some tortillas - with decent results....just made a thick paste of the bean flour, water and a little salt.

Made a ball out of a couple of tablespoons full of dough.

Rolled it flat - dusting with more of the bean flour to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin.

It stuck a little to the thick plastic I was using - I used a knife to dislodge it. I think I could have used just a bit more of the bean flour on the bottom and this would have been un-necessary.

Ready to fry in a dry non-stick skillet.

All done in just a few minutes. Thicker than I'd like - I'll have to work on that.

Next I needed to make a filling -

I opted for a taco-filling made with T.V.P. (textured vegetable protein) - here it is dry.

Just cooked up a sauce with the TVP, canned tomatoes and a bunch of spices (chili, garlic, onion powder, cumin and paprika).

I spooned on some store-bought fat-free refried beans...

Added the chili-

Topped with lettuce -

And salsa....

At this point, I already knew that the tortillas were too thick and hard to roll up....I think because there was no oil. I had decided I would slice the "sandwich" and eat it like a quesadilla .... all smushed apart....don't tell me you saw that coming!!!

I ate that mess - and it was quite good (if not pretty...)

For Duane's serving - I decided more of a "taco salad" approach might be more appealing.....

I broke the "tortilla's" apart over a bed of lettuce.

And spooned the taco filling and salsa over the top. Very tasty and nothing but beans and other fat-free vegetable matter!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

40 Bucks for some old metal

Today I headed over to Bisch's - our local Army-Navy store and metal recycle center. I pulled a trailer full of old scrap metal that has been piling up in the hangar for a while now.

Amazing process - that great big green electro-magnet just hovers over the trailer and "swwooop" a bunch of the metal is levitated up. It's huge and scary looking....note that the photo I snapped is from inside the truck....I didn't venture out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Neat Aerial Pics of the Biltmore House

The Asheville Departure Control Tower must have changed their procedure on climb-out...because now we fly out over the Biltmore House. We were directed to make our turn towards home right over the top - so I got some great photos. Remember to click on a photo for more detail if you like....