Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Mark Twain quote that just says it all...

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth." - Mark Twain

Sunday, September 13, 2009

White Oak Creek Greenway

We met up with Bev and Lindy/Mikke/Walter in Cary this morning to do the White Oak Creek Greenway Trail. It's a very nice trail and we had a great time. Along with a short run through an adjoining neighborhood, we did a total of 9 miles. That gives us 16 miles for the weekend. Not bad but we need to be doing more during the week. Missing most of August due to weather and travel really did a number on our stamina. We need to get back into the groove!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sea Eagle Paddle Ski

After trikking 7 miles on the Ambacco Trail this morning, we took out our new Sea Eagle for it's maiden voyage. Rick loaded everything in the Jeep and we took off for the boat landing around the corner from the house. After unloading, he pumped it up and we carried it down the ramp and put it in the water.

After donning our life vests and taking up the paddles, we set out to conquer Falls Lake. We paddled for about an hour and improved as the time went on. It's going to take some practice to get proficient at this paddling thing...especially the tandem part :)

All in all, it appears that it's going to work for our purposes. We can add a motor at some point if we want.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Repainting the dining room

I starting working on the dining room almost 2 weeks ago. It's been a long tedious job but it's almost complete.
The task was to change the color from burgundy to beige. After 6 coats (4 primer and 2 paint) it's time to scrub the floor and move the furniture back in. Another room down, unfortunately, many more to go. Sure hope my body holds out :) I'm mighty sore right now :)

Here's the finished product :)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Monday

Another 7 miles today for the trikking log. The plan was to trikke in the morning and take in the Durham Bulls game in the afternoon. We missed the game as Rick got a call (he was on-call this weekend) and had to go to work for a little while.
We ended the day with dinner at King Chinese Buffet. They just recently opened on Glenn School Rd in the new Super Walmart Center. The food is always hot and good and the price is right.
Tomorrow is back to the same old, same old. Maybe I'll finish painting the dining room :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Sunday

Trikked 7 miles on the American Tobacco Trail this morning-Crooked Creek to Riddle Rd and back. We used to do this run about 3x a week until it got HOT. This is the first time in over a month and boy, did we feel it! Took a nice long nap this afternoon.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

We started the weekend doing yard work and pressure washing sidewalks etc. Sure looks good. It's amazing how much difference a major outdoor cleaning can make...almost like a major indoor cleaning :)

We hope to try out the new Sea Eagle some time this weekend.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fulltime in 2010-still a possibility

The decision to push forward with our fulltiming plans is once again in motion. Being unemployed makes things a bit clearer. If we stay in the house, I'll have to get another job and we'll be tied here indefinitely. If I take my retirement next February and Rick takes his next October, we'll be fine living on the road. If we run short some months, we have a cushion and our investments to help. The investments are improving after the initial 40% plunge so we're very optimistic at this point. The housing market seems to have stabilized a bit also which is more good news. The current task is readying the house for market-cleaning, painting landscaping etc, etc. I have completed the laundry room and am currently working on the dining room. I've been sidelined for a few days with a cold/sinus thing that keeps me sneezing and blowing my nose all day. The goal is to have everything done and ready to put the house on the market in the spring (March/April). If it sells quickly, we'll move into an apartment for a short time while we shop for our motorhome. If it doesn't sell quickly, we'll wait it out here. Either way, it will happen eventually.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Happy 24th Anniversary to us!
Only another year or so till we take off.