Saturday, August 13, 2016


We had the kids over for dinner....and just thought I'd share a couple of photos of the vegetables since I thought they looked so good!  (And they were good!!)

Vegetables and marinated tofu on the grill.

And this was a new-to-me way to cook fresh broccoli.  Just cut up the head of broccoli - I peeled and chopped the stems too because I like them!  Toss with olive oil and some salt/red pepper.

Then bake until the florets start to brown - takes about 1/2 hour.

And it was delicious!  Really flavorful as opposed to simply steaming or boiling! 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Around the house

My little flower beds are doing a wonderful job of vegetable production!

Lots and lots of great cucumbers.  Some squash, but not many for some reason.

Really enjoying the tomatoes - and enjoying the fact that the mulch in the flower beds make weeding a breeze!

And fortunately, the deer seem to be eating the grass and not my vegetables this year!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

More Folly Beach fun

Rafe had marinated some fresh Mahi-mahi steaks -  and cooked them in the back yard on a griddle.


Here was the spread -

Fabulous fish tacos!!  (Teresa had avocado tacos - also good!!)

Lots of beach time.

And Teresa and I had front row seats to a beach wedding.

Complete with a bag-piper!

Much beach-walking was accomplished....

And several meals out at beachy bars and restaurants.

All good meals and fun atmospheres.

We took a 4 mile drive to the north side of the island to the Lighthouse inlet.....too far and deep for a venture actually to the lighthouse.  But, a pretty area.

And the days flew by and it was time to head home!  (Not the spec of the lighthouse to the left of the inlet).

We'll definitely keep Folly Beach in the places for a return visit!

Folly Beach

On our way back from Jacksonville, we stopped at Charleston to visit with my sis and her family.  They had rented a house on Folly Beach and had a spare bedroom.  Lucky us!!

Flying over Folly Beach on the way to Charleston Exec Airport. 

 On the porch of the beach house getting ready to go for a walk on the beach.  Note Eaven's cute blue hair.....makes him easy to spot out in the surf!!

Beautiful, flat, wide beach.

The boys lagging behind.

And you may have already seen these photos on Facebook, but I thought they were cute....

Something must have been awfully funny!!  Great start to a relaxing few days in Folly Beach!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Boat Shopping

We flew to Jacksonville, Fl to look at another boat.  This one is a Leopard 40.  I believe this will be the model we buy.  Seems the perfect size - roomy and will fit nicely in our slip in Oriental.

The owner/seller gave us a very nice tour of the boat.  This was the first boat of all our "shopping trips" that we couldn't find much wrong!   Unfortunately, the owner called and said he had an offer on the boat - and we're not going to get in bidding wars.  There is another one for sale - in Trinadad!  We might just go get that one now that we have narrowed it down to a particular model.  So, progress!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Tribute to a faithful companion

Yesterday  we learned that Buddy and Sharon's lifetime pet and family member passed away unexpectedly.

Sad day.

She was almost 15, but the loss for them still hurts. Rest in peace, Capi dog.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


We've been seeing alot of these beautiful butterflies lately....aren't they gorgeous?

Thursday, July 28, 2016


It's been hot.  I mean really, really hot here!!  We've been sweating it out down in the hangar working on the Avion!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Green tomatoes!

The only red tomatoes I have so far are the big grape ones....but my regular tomato vines are teaming with fruit.  It's just green so far.

So, I made the best of it with some fried green tomatoes!

Strangely, I had a can of wax beans - but no kidney beans in my I made some "2 Bean Salad".   Added some coleslaw and this was our light dinner!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hiking at Jordan Lake Dam

Went for another "conditioning" hike this morning at the Jordan Lake dam.

Scenic overlook.   Beautiful day but hot, hot, hot!!

Made 7 mile circuit - to the other side of the dam!  Then home to work on the Avion!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Just working on the Avion.....we come to the house mid-day for a light lunch. 

Perfect for the hot weather!

Friday, July 15, 2016


We did a 6 mile hike at Jordan Lake - early in the morning to avoid most of the heat!

Disturbed this lovely black snake on the trail!

Lovely views....but is sure was warm, even in the shade!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Avion'll have to go to the Avion blog to see what we've been up to!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Little Avion work

Go check out the Avion blog for a little bit of work we did in the crazy hot weather!


Dick and Lindy were out of town so they told me to help myself to some of their garden produce!

I spotted a gnawed cucumber....

And I found the culprit!!  Moved him out of the garden....

My "haul"....

Nice and fresh for dinner!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

More Ocracoke July 4th Festivities

Very busy day!!!

The annual sand-sculpture contest was underway on the beach.  The contestants were allowed to use anything that was found on the beach.  They all started at 9:30AM and were to finish by noon.

We walked the beach a little early - so some of the sculptures weren't quite finished.  This one is an "Expecting Mermaid"--the sculptress proudly modeling her baby bump as is her mermaid!  Weird but cute. 

All things Ocracoke Octopus.

The Ocra Croc - several used seaweed to decorate.

The Ocra-man - we think one leg may have been taken by an Ocra-shark.

The Ocra-croc mostly finished.

And more detail on the Ocra-pus as noon approached.

My favorite - the Ocra-frog.  Hard to see since they're still rushing to finish - but the frog's long tongue ends with a fly that he has caught made of black seashells.  Very Cute.

And a terrific Blackbeard!   Lots of the contestants wore red-white-blue outfits.  Very fun and free for everyone!  Don't know the winners of the contest yet - I'll report back.

 Next up in the afternoon was the annual parade.  The sky looked threatening, but the rain held off until the parade was thru!

The requisite start of the parade - law enforcement and the fire trucks!!

And about half the population came out in the decorated golf carts!!

This was the Manning - Hutson entry!

And a lone bagpiper!!

All good fun -  most of the participants threw candy to the kids.

The local young adults - we've seen this same group other years.

They really go all out -

All manner of patriotic decorations abounded. 

And a great multi-partisan political entry!

The local garden shop!

Not sure about the theme here!  But they were enthusiastic!

Always cheer on EMS!

And the end of the parade is always the (messy) horses - haha - so no one has to walk thru their poop!

Told ya it was a busy day!!

On to the Manning - Hutson rental house for the fish fry!

Good to see the guys hard at work!

Rich with the tub of fish they caught yesterday, ready to go downstairs to the fryer.

And Jeannine and Cynthia having fun with the other "fixin's".

Yummmmy - you can't beat fresh fish.

And here's my plate - what a grand way to end a wonderful July 4th!!