Thursday, August 18, 2022

Oriental, NC

Last post about the enclosure for a while. Got it mostly completed thanks to Cathy having a few of the Little Hardware bits I needed. For some reason I didn't plan ahead and make sure I had everything, and it's nice that their boat is right there and fully stocked!

I've decided that I will put a "smiley" in the rear panel to make it easy to get in and out of the cockit (but not the others).   I'm very happy with the excellent  visibility of these new side  panels!

Back to Pittsboro now for a week or so. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Oriental, NC

 I have almost finished 2 of the side enclosure panels.  Pretty pleased with the results.

As a reminder - here is the "before" photo - the photo actually doesn't show exactly how terrible these panels are.  


I know, kinda hard to see from the photos since it's all white but the new ones provide a lot more visibility. 


Monday, August 15, 2022

Oriental, NC

 Spent the day working on the enclosure.  Got one panel mostly complete.  If you notice, the borders are pretty narrow.   I wanted to give as much visibility as I could so I made the strips narrower. 

And I found a neat gizmo - a binding tape maker.  You can buy pre-made binding for Sunbrella - but it's a little pricey for what it is.  This little tool worked perfectly and will save me some $$ from now on.

 And here's a look at the first panel when I was fitting it for the zippers.  Big improvement over the old cloudy ones!

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Oriental, NC

Jerry and Donna have been storing our big Sailrite fabric order while we were away - so we went over to pick it up and had a nice visit catching up with them.

Unpacking it - lots of zippers, hardware and of course the Sunbrella and clear vinyl (O'Sea 30 polished, if you're interested)  for the enclosure panels.  


Getting right to work - I borrowed Cathy's hot knife - really makes cutting Sunbrella nice.


Hard to show photos, mostly just assembling strips of cloth.


I did make good progress - and the weather is dreamy for the middle of August!  Low 80's and a nice breeze.  More tomorrow!

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Oriental, NC

 Finally back to the boat!!!  We drove thru hours of was 69 degrees when we got to the boat.  Brrrrrrr!  The boat and camper are just as we left them although a bit dusty/dirty.



Pretty sunrise this morning.  Will retrieve my Sailrite material from Jerry and Donna (they've been storing it for me for several weeks) and get started on the sewing project today.


Friday, August 12, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Last airplane photo for a while!  Back to the boat tomorrow.

This is an Douglas A-26 Invader that is at the museum at Asheboro.

Cool plane.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Another day, another interesting airplane....this one I snapped a photo since it's sortof funny.....This is a Cessna 152.  And it is anything BUT "blazing fast" as the paint job implies!


 And I just had to share....this is a recording of a message that is saved on the answering machine at the airport.  For real. Click and listen to it.  You can't make this $%#* up.



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Different airport, different cool plane.  Hope to be back at the boat tomorrow or Friday.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 I'm working again a few days to cover for an employee's vacation.

Nice HondaJet at the airport today!  

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Continuing my chores around the house....our master bath closet is a mess.  It's just jammed and overflowing with towels....I know, I have way too many towels for just 2 people.  


I got this idea from a little video that came up in my Facebook daily feed.  Rolling towels


Amazing difference - same exact number of towels! 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Not a lot happening.  It's hot and muggy.....I've been doing some house chores, of course.  Just an interesting tidbit.  

Back when it was all the rage to replace your incandescent bulbs with florescent ones, I was unconvinced about their longevity so I would take a Sharpie and pencil the "install" date.

We apparently got our money's worth out of this one - almost 10 yrs!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 We're still at home - familiar scene towards the runway from the back deck....


And a pretty sunrise at the Siler City Airport this morning.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Saturday morning at the airport....means a bunch of "old" pilots hanging around....


And most importantly it means doughnuts.....someone always brings the doughnuts.  After a sufficient amount of caffeine and sugar has been ingested...many flying stories and lies are told.....

Friday, July 29, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Just hanging at the airport on a very hot day!

Customer being towed by the aircraft mechanic to the fuel pit.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Oriental, NC

 The hulls in the cabins are lined with a carpet-like material.   It helps with sound dampening and hides any condensation.  Unfortunately, it does get moldy.  So every few years it needs addressing.

This is the "before" photo in our berth. 


And the nice clean "after".

I bought one of those little  Bissell "spot clean vacuums" and used their cleaning fluid.  A couple of passes and the mold was all gone.  Makes the berth seem so nice and clean again!

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Oriental, NC

 Still nasty hot here!  93 degrees and it's not even noon yet....

I've finally placed my Sailrite order for the material for the side enclosure panels.   Measured and planned for a long time to make sure I have everything right.  So next week I'll probably be whining about that process....(the old ones rolled up in the mini-van)

Monday, July 25, 2022

Oriental, NC

 It is blazing hot here!!  We've got all the shades out on the boat trying to mitigate the amount that the a/c needs to run.

The grass has been ignored for about a month we took care of that this morning along with the vacant lot.  We sure know how to have fun!!  if you look close you'll see two baby deer beyond the camper....

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Oriental, NC

 Duane is busy doing a bunch of wiring.  I have no idea what he's doing...I'm not interested in things electrical.  Anyway, the boat is a bit torn up....never fear, it will be all nice again soon.

And I want to brag on a little thing our son Robert made for us - I know this is a weird photo - it's one of our bathroom sinks.  He did a 3-D print to make the white drain strainer for us.  Before there was just a gaping hole just asking for items to be dropped directly into the sea! 

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Oriental, NC

Finally back at the boat!!   

 I had a pretty rough 24 hours after the Covid booster set in!  Had chills and just slept.  The worst seems over now.  

We're staying on the Avion for a few days while Duane tears into some modifications on the lithium batteries and completes the fridge/freezer re-vamp.  Boy, the camper is small!!  


Friday, July 22, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 We had planned to head to the boat yesterday, but we were waiting on a FedEx ground delivery.  They are notorious for not delivering on the "delay" notice in an email.  Hoping that arrives today.  It says the package is in Durham now....we'll see I guess.

So, we decided to go and finally get our last Covid booster shot....weird photo, I know.....feeling a bit sore but otherwise OK.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

Back to the boat soon!  

Military heli doing pattern work at the Siler City airport.  Fun to watch but loud!!


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 More putzing at Asheboro airport. I wandered around in the museum For a little while. I hadn’t been inside in a couple of years. They’ve done a nice job with their displays lately.

Saturday, July 16, 2022


 Just another day at the airport. Cool Vision jet at Asheboro. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Just putzing around at home and the airports lately.  Dreary day but busy at the airport.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Asheville, NC

 We had a relaxing time at the Hall reunion this year.  Mom and David getting things rolling before we had lunch.

I didn't take a photo of my plate....but needless to say, I had some wonderful food - sampled as much as I could!

After lunch my uncles John and David played some nice music.  The audio is not great but watch for a few minutes - fun vibe.

And soon it was time to head back to Pittsboro!  Nice cloudy/rainy drive home.  

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Mills River, NC

 My trunk leaving Mills River this morning!! Thanks Keith and Denise for the extra bounty!

Friday, July 8, 2022

Hendersonville, NC

 Enjoying the mountains - not cool weather like you'd expect!!  

The view from Duane's parent's house. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Asheville, NC

 Driving “home” for a little mountain visiting this week!

Monday, July 4, 2022

Pittsboro, NC

 Dick and Lindy invited me to share in the abundance of blueberries on their tree/bush.

I made quick work of picking a bowlful (with a little help from Sandy as she and Charlie visited a bit on their golf cart while I was picking).


The usual process - lots of sugar.


And before I knew it, all done!  I have a mis-mash of jars/lids so it looks a little wonky.  But I can assure you it tastes wonderful!

Thanks Dick & Lindy for the offer!