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!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

More Oriental fun

We are hit-and-miss on cycling this week.  Even though the rest of the state has had fairly nice weather, the coast has been a bit rainy.

But we did another long bike ride- this time we decided to turn off on every little side road and explore!  Unfortunately, my Garmin fitness tracker ran out of battery before we completed the loop.....Duane's tracker says the total mileage was fun ride!  Again, we did a bit of stopping and wandering around docks so the time is not "all riding".  I just thought the pattern of all our sideroads was cool.

Here's one of the docks we stopped at -  it's right across Brown Creek from our dock!

The view across the "creek" to our dock....they call them creeks down the mountains, this would definitely be a river!

And almost home, one of our neighbors chickens apparently "flew the coup"!

Sunday, June 04, 2017


We did a long bike ride today -  19 miles - from our lot all the way to Oriental and return.  The map from my Garmin watch looks like it's just a single path, but it's actually a double line since we re-traced our path to return.  Note the 1373 calories!   (the time is not accurate since we stopped several times for brief visits)

One of the stops was a rest break over near  The Bean (coffee shop).  Got me a large coffee and enjoyed it just relaxing near the Oriental Harbor Marina. 

And another stop was at Piggly Wiggly on the way back out of town - we were running low on chocolate at the camper......I chose a nice deli container of chocolate covered peanuts.  I tied the bag to my handlebars - and proceeded to bike for about 7 miles.  In the sun.  It was 86 degrees.  Probably not a good idea.

Here's what chocolate covered peanuts look like after being in the sun for 45 minutes.  I do testify that it is possible to cut a chunk off.   And it tastes just terrific!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

A little fun in Oriental

Just some random stuff at Oriental.

The mimosa tree right at our dock -

Love those delicate flowers!

I was laying on the hammock and I heard a little "rustling" underneath was our friendly turtle making a bee-line (at a pretty good pace!) towards the water.

I've been fishing a good bit - but not catching anything!  Oh well.  The water is really warm - making a good environment for these jellyfish.

Mesmerizing to watch them slowly pulse along.

Went for a long bike ride - here we're at Point Marina - looking across brown creek at our dock!  Funny to see it from a different perspective.

And last - I can't remember if I posted a picture with the awning installed.   Here we are, snug as a bug!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Some more flowers

The last of the amaryllis bloomed. Amazing span between blooms all within 10 feet of each other. This bloom is the second shoot from a bulb that already bloomed once a few weeks ago.  Not sure I've had one bulb bloom twice in one year before.

A friend gave me some "bee's balm" last year - pretty flower and I've seen several hummingbirds near them.

And strangely, I've still got a few iris blooms - extremely late for them to be in bloom.

I donned some good gloves and moved some prickly pear cactus  -  it was previously in the edge of the woods and just wasn't too "happy".  It looks bright and healthy now after just a week.  That's it - not much happening!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pat's new plane

Pat flew his new aerobatic plane for the first time yesterday.  We were on hand with our radio to watch and assist if needed (no assistance was needed, happily!)

Pat with parachute getting ready for the flight.

Uneventful takeoff - he flew for about an hour just around the airport to get the "feel" of the new plane.

A happy Pat after the flight!  We all celebrated a while later with a nice cookout by the swimming pool!   A fun little holiday.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tar and Gravel Road Repairs

It's time to repair our long driveway again.....

A couple of days ago, Duane and I did just a little repair on our own part of the driveway -  some spots have lost their "chip and tar" coating over the years.  First we use the leaf blower to blow all the pea-gravel away and expose the bare hard-packed dirt.

Then we apply layers of hot tar and sprinkle new pea gravel over the tar.  That's it - simple process.

Here's a closeup with a little tar showing thru.  As we drive on it, the gravel will "sink" into the tar a bit to make a smooth surface.

Then this morning we and the neighbors got up early to tackle the "shared" driveway.

Duane's "new" tar-wagon is working great!  Much easier than gravity feeding out of a 55 gallon barrel like we did the previous times!

Fun, fun....just kidding - it's a lot of work!!  Glad we only do it every few years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last of the amaryllis

The last amaryllis that I have planted outside is in full bloom now....and I noticed a few days ago that it has sent up an additional flower shoot!  I've never seen one do that before.  Funny how they all bloomed weeks apart even though they are planted just a few feet apart....

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wedding at the airport

Neighbor Gretchen's niece Katie got married Saturday.

We were invited to the celebration at Gretchen's hangar.

Pretty bride and handsome groom!

Sister (Little) Gretchen handing out the champagne for the toast.

The groomsmen doing their funny toast speeches.

And sweet serving of the wedding cake.

This is from the "photo booth" -  hard to see my pink "fairy" wings...good fun!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


The grass at Oriental had grown quite a bit....

Just an hour of push-mowing ...and it's all nice and tidy again!  Ready for some hammock time!

Friday, May 05, 2017


Since we had a huge storm coming thru last night, I decided to take a bunch of my iris blooms inside.  I figured that the winds and torrential rains might do them in anyway.....I love the smell when I walk in the room!

And this is what Duane's been working on for the past's a tar-spreader!  We need to do some repairs to our tar & gravel road.  This should make it much easier than what we've done in the past - gravity draining the tar from a 55 gallon drum.   Oh, what fun!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

More flowers

Well, we're just doing chores around the house, nothing much interesting to post about unless you think cleaning out the gutters is interesting!

I did have another amaryllis open - a couple of days ago -

Today -

And my rose bush is full of lovely but un-scented flowers.

And the iris blooms are staying pretty for an unusually long time this year!

All the neighbors helped Pat unload his new aerobatic plane the other day - and he's re-assembling it now.  Gonna be nice!