Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Club - at UnWine'ed

Our Book Club book this month was a rather forgettable Nicholas Sparks blah blah blah which was titled "Best of Me". It should have been interesting since it was set in Oriental, NC.....(Nicholas Sparks is from New Bern and refused a request for a book signing in Oriental...so I think he's a perfect jerk....)

Any hoooo, our lovely ladies gathered at a neat place south of Pittsboro called UnWined.....and we had a wonderful evening! Oh, and by the way - our next month's book looks very intriguing.... Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and our hostess urged us to actually buy the hardcopy book - there are spectacular photos that inspired the book included that you don't get with the Kindle version!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Perfect Boiled (Steamed) Eggs

I'm a little sick still and a little bored....just kidding. I needed to boil some eggs this afternoon, so I thought I'd make this little "experimental video" about using a steamer to cook the perfect boiled egg.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Little pre-wedding get-together

Miranda invited the wedding party to a little Mary-Kay facial party last night. We all got to scrub our hands and faces with nice peachy smelly products, then apply various items that were for protection/and/or wrinkle abatement. Hmmm, don't think it worked on me!

Had to throw in a photo of the newest little puppy - Tesla. She's a sweetie!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Our first taste of winter

I know, I've been slack about keeping the blog updated.  I've been a sicky person for the past several days.  Just your garden variety sinus bug.  Lots of drugs and sleeping.  Duane has been diligently working on the airplane interior (which I'll show you as soon as it's finished!)

We got our first little tiny taste of winter last night - so I thought I'd snap a photo before the 60 degree temps melt it all away.  OK, I'm done with winter - bring on spring!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chilly Sylva / Cullowhee Visit

We were invited up to our friends Cecil and Carolyn's "cottage" near Cullowhee for a weekend visit. The plan was for all three of the planes that are going on the May Bahamas trip to fly up to Jackson County Airport. Turned out that the weather was a bit on the "iffy" side. Very cold and snow showers. So, we decided to go VFR (visual) because we didn't want to talk to the air traffic controllers. (The controllers can direct you to fly thru the clouds where you might pick up ice on the airplane - not good!!!!)

That turned out to be a very good decision, because there was lots of cloud cover - but we found a "hole" in the clouds and descended down to the hilltop airport.  A little blustery, but nothing Duane couldn't handle!  (Hard to see in the photo, but there are snow showers falling under the clouds surrounding the airport.)

Cecil actually heard us circling overhead and came on out to the airport to pick us up.

This is a view that we should be having in the Bahamas in May - two Mooney's and a Bonanza!  (Only, like 50 degrees warmer!!)

Ever-cheerful Lindy!

By the afternoon, we had nice, chilly sunshine - Cecil took us on a little tour of the resort - Bear Lake. Beautiful area.

The view from the clubhouse.  I can't wait to visit in the summer (assuming I'm worthy of being invited back!)

We coerced Carolyn to go on a little hike.  There was a nice trailhead right across from their house. 

And a short hike to a little mill-pond.  It was VERY blustery.  This is a very protected little alcove - yet you can still see the water was disturbed by the winds.  The cold made us all pine for the Bahamas!!!

Did I mention the "cottage"???  The word certainly doesn't do it justice!  Wonderful, cozy place Cecil and Carolyn have! 

There is a outdoor area that looks very inviting - but the 14 degree overnight kept us inside! I tried not to click millions of photos - and this time I failed to photograph our shy hostess! Oh, well, there will be plenty of opportunities in May! Cecil and Carolyn were FABULOUS hosts!

Sunday morning dawned bright and not as windy, thank goodness!   Here are Dick and Lindy preparing for takeoff in front of us.

Always love to end these posts with the usual - "uneventful flight home" !!!  That's the best kind of flight - uneventful!!!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Balloon at Siler City

A pretty day for a balloon ride...our neighbor and his "chase crew" pulled in to the airport for a little air time.

Always fun to watch them rig everything up and start inflating the balloon.  First with cold, fan-blown air.....

Then, notice the flames - the "hot air" gets started....

Up, up and away!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012