Saturday, August 19, 2017

End of camping season

Since we will be gone for the rest of the "hurricane season", we decided it would be best to pack it all up in Oriental and bring the Avion home.  If a hurricane were to hit the area while we're gone, the trailer would be sitting in over 5 feet of water based on the "high water mark" pinned to a tree....not a good thing!

Getting everything loaded into the pickup.

All tidied up - Duane pulls out of the driveway - I wander just a few minutes to get one last look - probably won't be back for several months!

One last walk on the dock - next time we're here we hope to approach from the sea on our catamaran!  (oops, got my finger in that photo!)

I'm driving the mini-van home trailing Duane.  We'll store it in the hangar just to keep it out of the weather since we won't be needing it anytime soon.

Busy 3 hour drive home following Duane - this is on the beltline in Raleigh.  I was trying to capture the "Heavy Traffic Monday" roadsign warnings about the upcoming eclipse....I guess I was too far away when I snapped this shot.

Trailer all snug as a bug in it's original spot in the hangar!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Pretty grass growing at the lot in Oriental! We've had alot of rain over the past couple of weeks....very helpful for growing new grass!

Saturday, August 05, 2017


I forgot to post a photo I took of the "mostly completed" effort....fertilizer, seed and wheat straw.  Copious amounts of water.  Looks like Oriental will get rain most every day this week so we are hoping to return in a week or so to a nice green "fuzz" of new grass!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


Duane wants to smooth out the "future lawn"'s pretty lumpy - lots of trees and uneven terrain. 

The solution is to get 3 dumptruck loads of nice black dirt delivered.  Then proceed to move it by the shovelful/wheelbarrow load to the proper locations!

Of course, we have to verify that everything's level!

8 hours later - 2 dump truck loads leveled....

One more to go!  (for the time being, anyway...)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Finished the homemade concrete park bench

Finished assembling the park bench today.   Cost about $50 in materials vs the $400 price-tag we were given.

Just on the end of the dock so I can fish/read/sleep at the water's edge. 

And I've done a bit of them all!

Friday, July 28, 2017


Wow, I've been a lazy blogger!!

Nothing much happening....when we got to Oriental, the forecast said a low of 66 for the evening, so I thought we'd try it without the a/c running.  Opened up all the windows and turned on the fans.  Pretty good for a summery July day!

Nothing much going on - we're doing some "yard work".

Oh, and I happened to stop by the Piggly-Wiggly yesterday for groceries - it was their 1st year anniversary party in the parking lot.  What a zoo!

Everyone seemed to be having a good time, though.  Hot dogs/hamburgers on the grill and live music.  Good small town fun!  (I think the entire town population was there!)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Homemade Park Bench

I want a bench to sit out on the dock and fish/read/relax.  It needs to be very heavy so that it won't wash away when we have the inevitable hurricane. 

We found a bench like this for sale -$400 for a 4' bench!!!!

So, resourceful Duane decided it was worth the effort to just make one.

He did this yesterday -  made a mold out of scrap lumber.

 Getting ready to mix the concrete.

Concrete poured and setting up.

And this is as of this morning - first side out of the mold.  Ready to mold another.  You can't see it, but he has molded in thick strips of plastic composite "wood" at the edges to bolt the wooden seat and back boards.   Will update when we have a complete bench!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


I haven't posted much about our purchase of a catamaran - so I thought I'd go on and put that out there.  Not certain yet - will go to Texas to get it in October....  see it here. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kiddo's visit

We had the kids over for dinner....Richard drove his new electric car.  He took me for a spin in it - really cool!  Nice acceleration and quiet as a mouse!   Nice visit.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


I tossed out a bunch of zinnia seeds that I had harvested last year....they came up nicely along-side all my bulbs.  Since the bulb flowers are long gone, they lend a nice colorful air to the summertime garden!  And they were free!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Evening with neighbors

Diane and Pat invited us over last night for an impromtu cookout. 

Hmm hmm good!!

Diane made another one of those wonderful cobbler dishes - this time with some fresh blueberries added I need to get on a diet!

And we finished the evening with just a bit of "shag" lessons with new friend Leroy....I have two left feet!!  Good fun!

Friday, July 07, 2017


Not to be outdone by my sis....I got some blueberries too!!!

Lindy was out of town for a long trip so told us we could go rob her tree.  I try to never ignore free fruit....pretty tree!

Diane was helping pick - we took a big bowl full...

A gallon bag full - to the freezer.  Can't decide what I'll do....maybe a cobbler!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Finished shoreline bulkhead repair!

Finally got the bulkhead repair finished!   I know it doesn't look like much, but we moved/placed 34 TONS of rip-rap!  And an equal amount of back-fill dirt.   Hope it holds up to the stormy weather that we are surely to have at some point.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

July 4th

Well, it's not really July 4th yet, but the Town of Oriental put on their fireworks display on Saturday night....we had front row seats at the marina.....unfortunately, my phone's camera didn't want to take photos very well.  But you get the idea.   Sharon and Buddy came over for the night, so super fun!

This morning we went kayaking!  Duane and I were in the tandem kayak, Sharon and Buddy in the individual ones.

  Up Brown Creek and all the way up Spicer's  into the marsh.  Fun and so, so peaceful!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Rip-rap shoreline bulkhead repair

We've picked up where we left off a few months ago....more shoreline needing repair....the area between the two arrows is what we focused on today.  The existing bulkhead has eroded and there are just a few rip-rap stones left.  Our process is to bring wheel barrow loads of topsoil to fill the eroded voids.   New heavy duty fabric is used to hold it all together.  All the stones have to be moved one-by-one on top of the new fabric.

Lots of loads of topsoil....getting ready to move the existing stones.

Existing stones moved on top of the fabric.

Starting to add new rip-rap on top of the fabric/new soil.

This is our progress...the sun is going down so the sun is not bright.   Good day's work!!  More later!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tree stumps

Wow, I've been lazy about updating the blog lately!!!

We have lots of tree stumps that need to be we rented a stump grinder for the day.  Neat piece of machinery! 

We also cut down a few of the smaller trees while we had the equipment to dispatch the stumps.

Stump before:

No stump after! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Sometimes, I do things that are not well thought out....for instance, lighting a campfire when it's 90 degrees out.  In my defense, I wanted to roast hot dogs.   The hot dogs were great.  We did Not sit around the campfire!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Driveway improvement

Our driveway at Oriental is just a bit too narrow - the dump trucks have had difficulty making the sharp turn. 

So we decided we should add an extra 4' piece of concrete pipe to make the driveway just a bit wider.  

We hauled the pipe all the way from Fuquay-Varina!  I had called all around in the New Bern area.  Strange, but it was really hard to find the small concrete pipe we needed.

Duane dug out the area needed for the pipe installation.  Keep in mind that ditches down here are a bit different from ditches in the mountains.  Ditches really don't have any "flow" - there is not "downhill".  Basically, it's all level and the water just ponds up in the ditch and eventually it just seeps away thru the ground.

We pulled the 400 lb pipe off the back of the pickup using chains.

Pipe mated up with the existing concrete pipe.   We used a come-along (attached to the pickup's bumper)  to pull it slowly into place.  Then we shoveled very fine ground stone around it to lock it in place.

Then much stone was shoveled in place to finish it up.

And  now the turn into the drive way is not so sharp!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Asheboro Airport Fly-in

Saturday was the annual Fly-in at the Asheboro Airport.

The local Civil Air Patrol cadets presented the colors - beautiful day!

Lots of planes, lots of folks wandering looking at the planes.

The museum feeds all the pilots a hot-dog lunch....I obviously couldn't eat the hot dog, but they made me a "slaw dog" instead.  And those baked beans were really good - so sweet they tasted like candy!  (and they had no meat added!)

Our flight instructors took turns providing "introductory flights" to those brave souls.

 These folks were first time flyers.

Look at the face on the little boy - he was super excited!!  He got to fly the plane and he was happy!

And this man (in the safari hat) wanted his 84 year old friend to go with him, but the friend just didn't feel like it.  So, he asked this nice lady that just happened to be sitting in the terminal building if she'd like to go for the flight with him - a total stranger!  She jumped at the chance!  The flight instructor (Taylor - with the "I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning" tee shirt on) says they had a great time too!