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Lila and I have celebrated our 44th year together.  Raised two wonderful
daughters.  Each of whom found Officers in the United
States Navy for mates. Both
of whom have now retired. We are very proud of them.
CURRENT INFORMATION:
OCTOBER 22, 2006
Whow! been a year since I up dated this site.  2006 has been an eventful year. Lila has had her first cataract removed and is healing.  I have just been told I need hips replaced.  From the pain I agree, now to find the financing.
    We lost our last battle to save our old ship the USS DES MOINES (CA 134) affectionately known as "Daisy Mae".  She is currently being cut up for scrap iron.
More very soon and new pictures I promise.

October 7th 2005
   The party has continued. Last weekend was the Flora MacDonald Games in Red Springs, NC.  We were particularly pleased to Welcome two Heavies into our Brotherhood of the Thistle.  Kearney Smith and Erick Frazier make members 4&5 in our Brotherhood.
    Our special thanks to the Presbyterian Church in Red Springs for a wonderful Brunch.  Actually more like a full dinner.  We appreciate all of your efforts to have such a wonderful meal. 
    Lila and I have certainly been blest with wonderful friends, fun travels, and fine dining this summer especially.  Next is a Halloween Dinner/Dance at our Silver Coast Winery on the 31st.

   September 26th 2005
Just home again after a visit to Charleston SC.  We traveled to attend the Scottish Games and had a wonderful time visiting with a couple we had not seen since our Cruising years some 20 years ago.
   Then it was to five days of gourmandizing at different Restaurants for lunch and dinner for 5 days.  We also got to visit Patriots Point and the Navy ships on display, and we went out to the old Navy Base to see the CS Hunley the first sub to sink a ship in the US.  Actually the Confederate States Hunley was a tomb for her crew for 160 years until Clive Cussler found her and she was raised in 2000.
    Next, this weekend is the Flora MacDonald Scottish Games in Red Springs NC.  capefearscots.com 
September 15, 2005  And we survived yet one more hurricane Ophelia has past by and her visit was a good slap on the wrist.  Still it seems all we lost was electricity for about 10 hours and a couple of tents I should have taken down but procrastinated.  The pump house got itself flooded by the rising creek but was o.k. this morning when I turned it back on.  Next I am off this morning to Southport to check on the kids yacht,  It is in a fairly exposed spot at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.  Just wanted all who check to know all is well with Lila and Myself.
August 15th 2005
    We have been on the road again and have returned from our Ships Reunion in Mercer PA.  There were over 300 of us who served aboard the USS DES MOINES CA134.  Count in the wives and friends and there were over 500 to feed each day.  Paul Overly hosts the event and has a group of gals who do a masterful job of catering the Reunion Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
    This years event was especially meaningful to me as Lisa was there.  It had been 50 years since I had seen her in France.  In fact I had named my first daughter after her.  What a joy to see her again and meet her husband, might have figured he would be one nice guy. 
June 29th
Looks as though I have neglected this page for 2 months.  Truth is we really have not done much.  Our Daughter Lisa and Hank have on the other hand sailed their "HAANLI" from Chesapeake Bay down here to Cape Fear.  Rough voyage full of storms and angry seas as they navigated the Grave Yard of the Atlantic.  You can bet I was one happy father when we spotted their sail out on the Cape Fear River.
    Our own story is revolving around food and my out of doors kitchen.  I have been turning out food to rave reviews. One of my favorites is NC pulled pork with a vinegar and brown sugar topping.  Cooking a Boston Butt on the grill until it is fall apart done, pulling the pork into shreds and adding the vinegar and sugar can make for a bowl of pork to be envied.
    This evening I have a beautiful rack of ribs to put on the grill and a new recipe for Bourbon Sauce topping.  This months Bon Appetit Magazine is a BBQ issue much to my liking.
April 19th
We have just returned from the Loch Norman Highland Games.  This year we particularly enjoyed them because of the wonderful weather.  We love watching the heavy's in competition and our favorite is Eric Frazier of the Amateur League.  He managed to continue setting world record's in his competitions here.  There were 22 pipe bands in the competition and to see them marching up out of the valley and the blooming dog wood's was a treat for these old eyes.  We also enjoyed the entertainment tent and ended up with more CD's of the participants.
March 18th 2005
A particularly thrilling day as I found an old friend by just checking an Yahoo inquiry.  Dr. Lee Ault of Columbus Ohio. Presby, spiritual leader.  What a thrill to talk to a friend of such long standing after over 30 years. It was particularly meaningful to me after hearing in the last weeks of the deaths of Shipmates and old and dear friends.  I truly have not been prepared for so many of the fellows I knew in my life having left ahead of me. Finding that there are at least two of us from the Ohio State Fair years still alive is wonderful.
January 13 2005
Southport NC for dinner last night at the Live Oak Cafe.  If you get the chance go there.  This is the E-mail I sent my daughter after dinner last evening:
"chef" was really Sean Mundy owner and chef.  Don't know about
> good looking but do know he is an fantastic CHEF.  Whow! what a
> fab meal.  We will Go Back.  Even though I can't say it like
> Arnold.  Do not think I have ever been more impressed with a mans
> talents in the kitchen. Including my own.
>    
> We opened with your mom having a Duck dish with quick fried Leeks
> for a topping. Split the leeks length wise and slice incredibly
> thin.  More like strips of grass that had been split I am talking
> fine stuff here. It makes a sort of birds nest over the duck.  The
> entire thing is done in a basket made of potato which also gets
> eaten.  I had Calamari, shrimp, fish and got knows what all else
> salad that was absolutely every bit as good as her duck and maybe
> better.
> She chose an Salmon Specialty of the Chef's and I his recommended
> seafood Crepes.......Neither failed to be less than fantastic but
> I would rather even greater adjectives.  Our waitress, Brandy, was
> excellent and full of life and a full time student.  We could not
> have chosen a better restaurant, chef or waitress had we fore
> knowledge. (rather than merely suspicious.)  The two of us left
> with a bill under $100 (barely) and we added a proper tip.  Ya
> just cannot do better than that for your bucks.
     We are blest with numerous great chef's in this area. 
30 December 2004
What a wonderful Christmas, It was a family get to gether for us in Washington D.C.  Much good food plenty of Dom P thanks to Lila's coz & friend.  Many good meals.  Lila got a cell phone from Noel and we got a new chevy Malabu from Lisa & Hank.  Now the girls can talk free from where ever the new car takes us.  Ya just gotta love the technology of 2005.
    We have much more to post and new pictures too but it will be after New Years Day at this point in time.
December 21 2004
First day of winter and Lila and I want to wish each and every one of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. 
   We are off once again and should return to our home in the Swamp Sunday next? We are most excited about this Christmas and the events surrounding it.
December 7th
May we never forget this day.
December 5th 2004
Greetings friends, aquaintences and those who are just passing through. Ours has always been and continues to be a life of FUN, and exciting times. This past month saw our daughter Noel fly in and spend some time with us here in the Swamp. Guess growing up on a sailing vessel did not hurt her a bit.  Her Husband "HP" was on a Big Game Hunting trip in Montana where he filled his license with a large Elk and a 4x4 mule deer.  After she had flown back to California her sister Lisa and her husband also an "HP" arrived to spend Thanksgiving with us.  I got the chance to cook three heads of Collards loaded with smoked pork and finished with a bottle of Vermouth.  At the same time I was rosting a fat old Hen in my Brinkman Smoker.  Meanwhile Lila and Daughter did a turkey in the in house oven, and all of the side dishes. It was a feast that would have made the Pilgrims Fat.
    These two are building a new house down at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, where there is enough water for their yacht along with easy channel access to the Atlantic Ocean. (only 20 miles from us).
November 8, 04
Last pm a friend dropped off nearly a bushel of freshly caught oysters.  I had way more than I should on the 1/2 shell and a ramekin of baked oysters as an entree.  That + potatoes&turnips with a wonderful fresh pear sauce in lieu of gravy.  Ceasar Salad was a welcome dish as well.  A nice bottle of wine and a night time Rob Roy concluded the day.
November 1st 2004
Whow! we are setting record temps in the 80'sF
Lila and I drove to Southport NC yesterday.  Whopping 20 miles down the road to one of our favorite towns on the East coast.  We accomplished a couple of things.  First we had lunch at our favorite Marina Restaurant overlooking the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Fabulous blackened Salmon sandwiches served with deep fried Onion Rings. Then it was off to check on the progress of Lisa and Hanks new home.  They have dug all the footer trenches and in this sand they look a mile deep.  We took pictures and sent them back to D.C. for the kids to view. 
   Then it was back to the Swamp where Lila prepared a wonderful gaspatcho soup with an island of crab meat in the center, and our entree was a grand Risoto.  This with a bottle of fine wine to wash it down and followed by a Dbl Dbl Rob Roy put me to sleep.
OCTOBER 7, 2004
We have just returned from a weekend attending the Red Springs Scottish Games.  Friday evening is a dinner and concert, Saturday is the Games and Sunday the Presbyterian Church does a Kirkin & provides a huge picnic for the attendees of the games.  It is a wonderful experience beginning to end.
    This is another of the events we attend in company with our Thistle Brothers John and Bill. Our wives have made themselves Thistle Sisters.  It is a fun comraderie and we attend 3 or 4 events together each year. Beginning in January with the Burns Dinner sponsored by the Burns Society of the Midlands.
    This year we were honored to have Professional Heavie Kearney Smith join us for dinner @ John's Steak House in Lumberton NC.
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SEPTEMBER 29th
Noted a number of hits on this little page in the last few days. We came through the whole series of hurricanes with very little damage done to trees and none to our trailer. The primary damage was all to our west.  Will have more here next week after the Flora MacDonald Games as we should be home for an extended period.
August 15th
And all is well. Charlie came ashore right here at the Beach but we got only 2" of rain and some gusty winds on the back side of the Eye.  Our Juice was out for about 23 hours but we got it back around 1000hrs. this morning. Nothing lost in the Freezer all was solid including the ice cubes.  We have had steady rains this morning however and they have kept us inside and from cleaning up the yard.  Tents are in place and Out of Doors kitchen in working order.  This morning we made coffee with our indoors Butane stove and could have done a complete Bkfst were we Bkfst eaters.  The propane stove in the camper is operational should we need it one of these storms but we did not use it this time.
     Both Fountains and the Goldfish pond came through well and are operational again today.    Lots of leaves and small twigs blown all over our yards and gardens but it should be a relatively easy clean up.
August 11, 2004
We have just returned from the best of our Navy Reunions yet.  Our ship was and is the USS DES MOINES (CA 134) The last of the rapid fire gun ships.  Currently she is in Phila. Yards and many of us are trying to get her saved as a museum and placed in Milwaukee Wisc.  I was one of the Radio Gang and proud to be pictured with those men today.  It has been nearly 50 years since we began to grow-up together as teenagers. 
    We figure that the youngest of our shipmates is 62 at this point in time.  The rest of us reach into our 70's and 80's.  It is a bit sad that there will be no more shipmates to carry on the Reunion. 
    Ours is a 3 day picnic at Paul Overly's Farm in Mercer, Pa.  We are a non profit and draw some 3 to 500 souls each reunion.  Most of us travel with our wives and they too have a wonderful time.  Ahhhh, say I she finally gets corroberation of the tales I have been espousing for 44 years. "Do you remember the day that...." etc... 
    One of the pictures I brought back this trip shows 20 men who were last together some 48 years ago.  It is an absolutely wonderful feeling to share the few hours we share each year.  We had another handful of "first timers" this year and each wants to return next year.  How many of us will there be.  Our little reunion association lost 28 men last year but we gained 30 new members  it is a statistic that will soon reverse itself.
June 14, 04
Just returned from grand daughters HS graduation from Thomas Jefferson HS in Alexandria,VA,  How quickly the years have past (familure to us all).  She will be attending UVA.  The temptation is to really brag on her and her accomplishments but I will refrain. 
    Apologies to all, I simply have not had time to load picture pages and bring them current.
May 18th 2004
Greetings all, I apologize for neglecting this page for a month.  We have been playing and traveling.  We had the wonderful privilege of watching our Grand Daughter Cox an 8 girl boat to the VA State Championship.  The races took place on the Occaquan River just south of Wash. D.C.
    We celebrated my 66th, Mothers Day and the Collosal Win.  It was extra special because our Son-in-law from Cal. was in town and was able to share my B-Day dinner.  Then he and his wife's planes crossed over Mississippi as she flew East and he Back home. She was able to share the race experience, and Mothers Day Dinner along with our Washington Daughter and her Husband.
    I was at the Silver Coast Winery three days in a row last week.  They were Bottling and it was a most interesting arrangement.  The bottling factory is mounted in a semi-truck and travels from winery to winery. A truly smooth operation.  Check out silvercoastwinery.com  it is a fun site and a nice place to visit on the trip from Florida to Maine vice versa. 
March 5, 2004
    February was a fun month for the most part and the Valentines Dinner Dance was the highlight.  This month we anticipate a series of St. Patricks Parties.  Many self inflicted. Our Family did live in Ireland for about 200 years after leaving Scotland, then it was over here in the states. Daughter Lisa is about to get her number in DAR she can join through either Lila's side and/or mine.

We are having a wonderful time as we find more and more Coz. that we never knew existed until getting into the business of geneology.  It becomes an obsession after a while.  Have not ask Lisa lately but she must be in the neighbor hood of 30,000 names in the family tree.  Know she has started her fourth CD. 

Fully into Spring here in NC and the daffodils are in full bloom.  My yard work has begun.  Sorry there just has not been enough free time to up date pictures, but I will try and do that soon.
15 February 2004
Valentines Day was a complete success for Lila and myself.  We concluded the day with a FUN dinner/dance at the Silver Coast Winery.  The dinner was catered and was served not ony with a touch of elan but HOT and very tasty. kudos to the chef.  Fun was the order of the evening with non stop dancing provided by a local DJ "The Big Bopper" and he did an excellent job of keeping the music alive, varied and the Bbl. Room jumping.
   Our Winery provided another fabulous evenings entertainment matching or exceeding the levels we have come to expect.
February 12, 2004
Great Day what a fun January what with adding the Burns Dinner sponsored by the Burns Society of the Midlands.  This is a fantastic show with plenty of Bag Pipe music, Highland Dancing. (an an un edible meal)  such is the way of large gatherings.  It is none-the-less splendid opportunity to see and be with folks wearing their finest togs. For me it is Kilt and Prince Charlie Jacket, black tie and dress shirt with Mother of Pearl studds and cuff links.
    This weekend will be a Sweetheart Dinner/Dance at our Silver Coast Winery. We anticipate a wonderful event.  Meanwhile Lila and I continue with gourmet cooking and fine dining.  Should any of you share an interest in cooking please send along an E-mail.  We welcome a discourse in Dining at all times. 

January 14th, 2004
Lila's Birthday celebration continued yesterday with a trip to Silver Coast Winery.  It was time to pick up our quartly two bottles as members of the Platinium Club. 
    There was nothing for it but to put some cheese, pickled okra, Mushrooms, and Olives into our picnic basket to carry down knowing we would spend a couple of hours and do a bit of shopping in their gift department. This weekend sees us back visiting again as there is a party on Saturday and the Gallery opens a new show on Sunday.  Will be back with a full report here next week.  Also hope to have a new page of pictures next week.
January 02,2004
HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL
Time for me to start a new page so will soon delete all of 2003.  Should have news to report shortly after the 5th of the month as I go in for another heart scan.



November 13th 2003
Yesterday was a visit with the VA Doctor.  I was advised that we stick with the meds to keep the heart beating at a relativcly normal (relative is a stretch) beat. The only way to fix this heart is a transplant and we are not there yet.  Hence it is on with this wonderful game of life and all that it has to offer.
     Today was replacing the pump on our well.  The one there was but 6months old but sounded as though it would throw a zillion bearings in as many directions.  Ergo a nice new and quiet pump.  It is installed and working beautifully as I type these lines.
   Now we anticipate the arrival of our Pomeranz Family from Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Thanksgiving season
Sunday December 7, 2003
The last of the left over Turkey is gone!  Wonderful meal but we really did over due the quantity.  It is however that time of year when the Parties have begun once again. It is a time of Feasts and Plenty here in the Swamp. We have a combination of new toys.  A panini grill and an DeLonghi open grill for use indoors add to our cooking utensils.  An replica 1863 Zouave 58 Cal gun add to my abilities to add food to the table.  We will no doubt have much to say about foods over the next month and 1/2.  I will try to come up with new uses for the indoors grills over the next few weeks.  Check back
December 13, 2003
Last evening found us at the Silver Coast Winery for a Platinum Club party and gift buying evening.  Having fun is (as you know) a way of life for yours truly.  This was an evening of fun.
     We were able to meet many very nice and some colorful people.  There was a wonderful showing of support for the Winery given the numbers of folks who chose to spend an evening there.  Lila was able to finish up her Christmas shopping in the gift store which made her very happy.  "A civilized way to shop" she says with a gift in one hand and a stem in the other.
    Justines Art Gallery was the scene of one of the Bars and it was wonderful to look at all the new art since our last visit.  It is a fun thing to do on any given afternoon.  A glass of their wine and an hour or so in the Gallery can be a real mood enhancer.

December 13, 2003
Last evening found us at the Silver Coast Winery for a Platinum Club party and gift buying evening.  Having fun is (as you know) a way of life for yours truly.  This was an evening of fun.
     We were able to meet many very nice and some colorful people.  There was a wonderful showing of support for the Winery given the numbers of folks who chose to spend an evening there.  Lila was able to finish up her Christmas shopping in the gift store which made her very happy.  "A civilized way to shop" she says with a gift in one hand and a stem in the other.
    Justines Art Gallery was the scene of one of the Bars and it was wonderful to look at all the new art since our last visit.  It is a fun thing to do on any given afternoon.  A glass of their wine and an hour or so in the Gallery can be a real mood enhancer.

December 13, 2003
Last evening found us at the Silver Coast Winery for a Platinum Club party and gift buying evening.  Having fun is (as you know) a way of life for yours truly.  This was an evening of fun.
     We were able to meet many very nice and some colorful people.  There was a wonderful showing of support for the Winery given the numbers of folks who chose to spend an evening there.  Lila was able to finish up her Christmas shopping in the gift store which made her very happy.  "A civilized way to shop" she says with a gift in one hand and a stem in the other.
    Justines Art Gallery was the scene of one of the Bars and it was wonderful to look at all the new art since our last visit.  It is a fun thing to do on any given afternoon.  A glass of their wine and an hour or so in the Gallery can be a real mood enhancer.




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