October 29, 2011
Last Monday, Rich and I took a death march to
Michigan and back. We left at 5:30 pm Monday and arrived back in
Oriental 2:00 am Thursday morning. Rich found a foreclosed property
near Sand Lake and we just had to take a look. The house is grim,
but not scary, whereas the property is very nice with a good view of
the lake and a BIG pole barn.
The house sits on a small hill with a two stall
garage and a pole barn.
All season room with a deck facing the lake.
View of the lake from the deck.
The fireplace in the upstairs living room.
Fireplace in the walkout basement.
Deck off from the master bedroom.
View of house standing on the road in front of
the house. The house is set back.
On the drive we had beautiful fall colors.
October 24, 2011
It appears that a setting on the Captain's Blog
was changed making it harder for friends to post comments, some
could post, others could not. I think I have it fixed. If a couple
of you would try to post and let us know if does not work we would
appreciate it. If you are unable to post please email us at one of
the links in the right column of this page.
Besides helping Rich when needed and feeding him
5 times a day, I've been working on some projects of my own. I am
completing a baby quilt that my daughter, Erica started 13 years ago
for my grandson Ray and really enjoying it.
Each of the center blocks were embroidered by
different women in the family.
Aunt Angie completed this block.
Ray's mom, Erica completed this block. I hope to
have the quilt completed by Thanksgiving. Also, I am making
potholders using up leftover yarn. Crocheting the potholders goes
It's fun to mix and match the colors. Anyone need
a homemade (with lots of love) potholder?
October 9, 2011
The Annapolis Sailboat Show
I went to the boat show with one intention, to
look at dinghies. As you may have noticed; we seem to have a lot of
trouble with leaky dinghies. I (We) are always looking for a better
dinghy in our price range.
Well we found one!
We found a new start up company which sells
several styles of dinghies. Rich and one of the owners, Joe standing
next to the model we chose. It is 10'6" with an air bottom.
It comes with an anchor roller, davit hangers,
two seats, oars, a cover and best of all - it doesn't leak!
October 6, 2011
Work, Work, Work
Rich has been working on Snow Goose and working
on the marina helping repair the damage from Hurricane Irene.
Many repairs to the lift,
Finish the bathroom
Put in a fan,
And I helped!
Yea, but I had to paint it.
The original paint had bubbled up from exposure
to salt water and we had to sand it off and repaint it.
The cooling fan in the refrigeration compartment
Running another plumbing line up under the front
My part of the job is to keep the Captain well
Rich built a new and improved coffee table by the
front steering station.
Repairing the dock pedestals
and of course the never-ending varnish.
October 1, 2011
Beaufort Contra Dance
Rich and I haven't been to a contra dance in over
two years. We heard about a local dance on the radio and decided to
go. The closest route to Beaufort from Oriental is via the Minnesott
to Cherry Branch ferry.
We reached the ferry just as they were lowering
the gate but they still let us on, then immediately left the
Minnesott Ferry Terminal.
Rich and the diesel on the ride across.
On the way we passed the other ferry the Thomas
A. Baum coming across from Cherry Branch Ferry Terminal.
Susan, the caller and some of the group
demonstrating how to do some of the steps.
Getting ready to dance.
Contra dancing is both fun and great exercise!
After the dance Paul and his friend Maria got
into his 1996 Russian made Ural motorcycle to head home... I WANT
Nice bike and side car. We found one on the web
for about $2000... Think we should get it?
It was a good night of meeting new people and
dancing and we hope to do it again.
September 25, 2011
After a month we are back on the Snow Goose in
Oriental, NC. The Goose was well taken care of by Deaton's. No
external damage. Inside was dry and mold free except for the
refrigerator and the freezer. We lost power from all of the cloudy
days and so the refrigerator grew a good crop of mold and fly
maggots before the power built back up again, the fridge re-started
and froze the little beasts. It's all clean now and Rich repainted
the insides - yeah!!! It took two days of work but we've moved back
on and we're ready to dig into the real work that needs to be done.
Even a month later the devastation from Hurricane
Irene is apparent. There are trees down waiting to be cut up and the
fields are full of water. It has been raining for three days now
adding to flooded fields. The air is thick with mosquitoes; several
counties are spraying insecticide to reduce the mosquito population.
Everywhere you look there are piles of debris, even though the giant
trash trucks have already been through three times since the
scenes along the road sides
The water damage was from storm surge right into
the house or...
loss of the roof.
When the water rises into the house all of the
insulation must be removed, what a mess.
Or for some, they lose an old storage building