Saturday, March 25, 2017

This and that

Beautiful sunrises here.....

 We've been busy!!  

Well, @#$%  flows downhill....and we measured the "fall" from the trailer to the septic tank and it wasn't enough.  So, the easiest way to fix that is to raise the trailer!  Solution is to get more gravel.    Dump truck is a phone call away....we pulled the trailer out of the way and all is well now!

Next on the to-do list is renting a "Ditch-Witch" for some trenching.  Cool toy!!

We have to trench a water line and a power line - and it totals about 400 feet!  So MUCH easier than digging all that by hand.

I was sneaky and snapped a couple of photos of Duane in action with the trencher....

Don't tell him!

Main water line dug and piping ready to be buried.

Piping at the back of the trailer with frost-proof spigot.

Starting to bury the pipe.  What a pain!!  Wish there was a machine for this part!

And that's about it!  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dr. Visit Minor Surgery

I visited my local doc today to have a little "knot" under my skin taken off.   Yes, minor....

Our doctor's office is pretty old-fashioned....they do it all right there in the office.  Setting bones, minor surgery along with the normal physicals and such.  Pretty cool these days since most would send you to a specialist. 

Almost painless - just two stitches that he told me to take out myself in 10 days.  He was puzzled a bit about what the growth was, but said it didn't look harmful (read cancerous).  He'll send it off to pathology and we'll know in a week or so.  No pain yet....but I'm sure the novocaine is still working!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More foodie pictures

I also came away from our mountain trip with some kale from Granny and Cordy....I forgot to snap a photo of the I have done a loose "chop" of the leaves. 

But I wanted more of a "slaw" texture - so I forced all the leaves thru my trusty "Emmie" food processor.

Much easier than trying to fine-chop all those leaves!

Added a Vidalia onion, almonds and some tomatoes.

Mixed with the Balsamic vinaigrette - plus several extra splashes of Balsamic vinegar because I like my dishes extra-vinegar-y!

Added the kale-slaw to steamed green beans w/garlic and baked salmon/home-made tarter sauce.   It was a very nice meal!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


As usual, I came away from Granny and Cordy's with produce.....

Beautiful collard greens -

Chopped up and ready for a long slow simmer.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Trip to the mountains for the "group" birthday party

My folks do a "group" brithday party in early March for everyone that has a birthday around that time.  This year it was my brother's 50th, so we made the effort to attend. 

Big pile of gifts....looks like Christmas!!

The far, so good!   :-)

Fun watching all the festivities.

Bridget (a teacher) ended up with two almost identical cool patterned backpacks....

After a yummy meal, we had to eat cake of course!

The obligatory group photo....

We hung around at Keith and Denise's until almost midnight.....Denise needed a pillow so she found Smokey.....silly woman.

The next morning, we woke to a lovely blanket of snow!!!  The perfect snow - beautiful and not a bit sticking to the roadways!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

New Lot Progress

We flew down to look over the progress on our new lot in Oriental today.

Fun to watch our contractor - Carl Ollison - at work.

Putting the septic tank in place.

All finished and ready for inspection....then all covered up!

The driveway started.

And a bit of cleanup.   A few more days he'll have our driveway gravel in place and a large parking space, where we'll move the Avion!

A nice look at our newly placed 30' wide pilings.  (on the left)

And it was time to scurry home right before dark!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Trip Planning!

Do you know how incredibly time consuming it is to plan 40 days of hotels, 40 days of rental cars, 40 days of activities around 6 areas and 3 countries??


But a LOT of fun too!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Happy March!

Not a lot interesting going on at the McCraw house....I've got a bout of plantar fasciitis going on my left foot, so no exercise for a little while.  I've had it before and it went away after a few weeks of being really careful about not stressing it.  I've got some really good inserts in my "good shoes" - so I hope to cure myself soon!!

We have done just a little bit as we're winding down the small to-do list for the Avion!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fun flying

Duane and I did a "tag team" flight, he in the Cherokee and I in the Mooney.  Fun!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Walking at Eno River

What a beautiful  February day!

We went to the Eno River State Park for a nice hike.

The swinging foot bridge across the river.

Pretty river views

Duane spied these two turtles on a rock - I had to zoom in so it's not too clear.

And we shooed this little snake on its way because it was in the middle of the path.  I looked it up - it's a Southern Ring Neck snake - hard to see, but it's got a little yellow band on it's neck.  It's "slightly venomous" can click on the photo to see it a little better.

And that was about it for the 5 mile hike.  We met Richard/Miranda/Robert and my mom/Frank for a nice meal in Chapel Hill.  A good day!!

Friday, February 24, 2017


The weather is just fantastic!!!  Imagine a week in February with 70+ degrees.....

Went for a bike ride on the American Tobacco Trail -just 10 miles since we've not been riding alot recently.  I'm out of shape....gotta get ready for our 6 weeks in Australia later this year!

Fun bike path.  I gotta complain though, it's UPHILL BOTH WAYS!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Daffodils in full bloom

I was amazed that my daffodils were in full bloom when we returned from St. Croix!!

These bi-color daffodils normally bloom a week or so after my solid-color ones....this year, they're all blooming at the same time.   Strange - and a little disappointing since the staggered bloom always seemed to "prolong" spring a little....

Thursday, February 16, 2017

St. Croix trip

Just got back from our St. Croix trip with Sharon and Buddy.

The first day was mostly travel - view from our villa - private pool and view of the ocean in the distance.

Relaxing in the evening...

View driving from our parking space.

 Beautiful flowers everywhere.

No Caribbean vacation is complete without chicken photos - these were pecking around at our feet at a restaurant.

Included this photo for my sis - Tofurky sandwich - we marinated onions overnite with balsamic vinegar.  Very yummy!!

One day, we took a long hike that I had read about - it was about 2 miles one way to some "tide pool".  The trail meandered thru mostly wooded and hilly terrain.  View from the trail.

Termite nests on the trees were common.

Finally made it down to the tide pools.  Very pretty and calm.

View towards the ocean from inside the tide pool.

It was actually pretty adventuresome walking over the sharp rocks to get inside the tide pools.

In heavy seas, the ocean waves actually  spray over the rocks you see here.  Luckily, the ocean was fairly calm.

View walking back on the trail.

 Different day, different beach....

View from a restaurant/resort where we had a nice lunch.

Different day, different beach!!

We did some snorkeling - some of it was pretty bland....but this one was actually pretty colorful.
It's at the Frederiksted pier.

Sharon and I after a nice snorkel.

A different beach, a different chicken!

Lunch on Valentines Day!

And before we knew it, it was time to go home...

Enjoyed it!!