Cocktail party November 8

This was our first cocktail party hosted in the new house (and my first cocktail party not imbibing). By all accounts it was a success.  There were 16 people in total, including us and Edward, so the kitchen/dining area was a little crowded.  We started serving the first course just after 5:00PM and dessert was being cleaned up at around midnight.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the food, drinks and conversations.

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Middlesboro, KY

October 30 – November 2, 2014

After work on Thursday, October 30, Kurtis and I departed in the 195 from CYKF.  We were meeting up with friends from the Cessna 195 Club for a 3-day long weekend getaway in Middlesboro, Kentucky.  Aubie had planned out the meeting place, which was where his Dad’s family was from.

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In loving memory: Harry Bradley Stannard

November 7, 1934 – October 8, 2014

Kurtis’ eulogy from Uncle Brad’s funeral on Saturday, October 11, 2014

As we journey through our lives we take in the world around us, filtered by the experiences we’ve accumulated along the way. It’s a natural part of humanity to draw conclusions from circumstances, to make assumptions about the paths people will likely travel in life based on what we see surrounding them. If you were to imagine Windsor in the 1930’s, a prosperous city nurturing the new “middle class” thanks to the growing Auto Industry in the area. Young boys and girls were growing up in new neighborhoods with spare time to play with their friends, and enjoying some extravagances thanks to a new concept – disposable income. It would be easy to look at a young boy in such a situation and imagine them growing up to build a prosperous and successful life in the city. One thing I imagine we all understand, is that Uncle Brad wasn’t one to follow such a conventional path!

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195 Club Fly-In Harbor Springs, MI

September 17 – 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this was only the 6th International Cessna 195 Club annual fly-in that we have attended, because it really does feel like a family reunion.  Over the past 6 years we have developed strong, life-long friendships with so many of the 195 Club members. The Cessna 195 truly does attract and bring together the most wonderful people!

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

September 3 – September 6, 2014

A week of extremes… from camping in a muddy field in Iowa to staying in a beautiful resort in Pennsylvania.  Gotta love aviation!

On Wednesday morning, after a nice breakfast, we made our way to Landmark Aviation FBO on the north side of Pearson airport.  We met up with our friends Richard and Marilyn Cooper, loaded our luggage into C-FFUN and were ready to make our way to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located southeast of Pittsburgh.  The flight was very smooth and we made it to the resort mid afternoon.

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Blakesburg fly-in

August 29 – September 1, 2014

We departed midday on August 29 trying to time things right to avoid the worst of the weather making it’s way westbound along our flightpath.  The flight was good and we really only had to skirt through one bigger line of showers when we were getting closer to Blakesburg, Iowa.  It had definitely rained in the area but it was hard to tell how wet the ground was.  We flew over the Antique Airfield and did a low approach to get a closer look at the strip.  The flagmen were waving us in, so we went around and came back in to land.

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1 + 1 = 3

After almost 14 years of marriage, Kurtis and I finally decided to take the plunge and turn our family of 2 into a family of 3.  We made a trip down to Essex County on August 8 to start spreading the word, in person, to our families.  I was 12 weeks along so we were in the safe zone to start telling those closest to us.  We were pretty certain that our families were going to be shocked by our news so we wanted to tell as many of them in person as we could so that we could see all of their reactions!

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No Oshkosh for the Arnold’s

For some reason CF-KCS just didn’t want to go to Oshkosh this year.

In the afternoon on July 29 we launched off for Oshkosh.  Everything was going along smoothly.  We were in and out of the clouds along our IFR route just northwest of London, ON when the engine “coughed”.  This is certainly not uncommon with Jacobs engines and certainly not the first time our engine has done this.  But it persisted a bit more than usual and the fuel flow gauge was jumping all over the place reading on average around 15 gallons per hour, which was odd.  Kurtis requested a lower altitude to get us out of the clouds and tried a couple things to see if we could get the engine to smooth out.  It seemed to improve so we continued on, but a few minutes later it was running rough again and the fuel flow gauge was still jumping all around, so we turned around and headed back to our home airport (CYKF) and landed.

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Chicago Micro-distillery Tour

July 19-21, 2014 – A long weekend, self-guided micro-distillery tour in Chicago.

What better way for the two of us to spend a long weekend away in Chicago than eating and drinking our way around the city!  On Saturday we managed to visit 3 micro-distilleries – Koval Distillery, Rhine Hall Distillery and CH Distillery.  Our friends, Will & Nila Saloga, joined us for the CH Distillery tour and then the four of us made our way to dinner at BellyQ.

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