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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Julie & Kyle Basketball

This season, Julie & Kyle played Little League Basketball. Kyle was in his 2nd year playing and Brent was his coach this year. The league was made up from 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade kids and Brent had all 2nd graders or younger. Kyle and the entire team made improvements throughout the season. Brent had the players take turns during games letting all of them handle the ball. The game scores were usually lopsided in the other teams' favor, but that doesn't matter, I don't know why the league even keeps score, it is a developmental league.
 
Julie had played two years in the girls' league, but this season there were not enough girls signed up, so the girls were placed on boys' teams. The level of ability was quite a bit better in the boys league and it was a tough transition for Julie to make. Her coach was tougher and his team, the Thunder was one of the two best in the league. Julie learned the plays and went through several learning experiences during the season. The Thunder had one loss during the season. The championship game was a thriller. The Thunder was 4 points down with under a minute to go. Two foul shots brought them within 2 points. Then a rebound of a foul shot with 4 seconds left on the clock, the player running from the baseline to half court and heaving the ball at the basket with the buzzer going off right before the ball crashed against the backboard and bounced straight through the basket!!! A THREE POINT SHOT!! The Thunder WON !! I stormed the court. Then settled down and took their pictures. LoL
 
Julie took her turn climbing the ladder and cutting a piece of the net down.
 
Stacey, Linda and I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of their games this season. It doesn't matter whether they win or lose.
Their games are a good reason to stay in touch with their lives.

Posted by Dave at 7:30 PM
Categories: Current Events

Monday, January 29, 2018

Regina Jones

My neighbor, friend, cousin, Regina Jones passed away early this morning in the hospital from the results of a brain hemorrhage
Sunday morning, Linda and I were outside, loading a few items from the barn into the pickup. I heard a car horn blow a couple times at Regina's house. A couple minutes later a car drove into our driveway, rolled down the car window and told us they couldn't get Regina to come to the door. It was Sue Baker and her daughter Tammy driving. We all went to Regina's house and Linda retrieved a house key that Regina had told her where it was hid. She unlocked the door. Regina was in her favorite chair and unresponsive. Tammy used the house phone to call an ambulance. I went outside to flag them down while Sue & Tammy tried to wake Regina. The ambulance arrived, they loaded her on the gurney and headed to the hospital. I drove one of the emergency personnel's truck that he left setting on the side of the road back to the hospital and returned it to him. He said Regina made it to the hospital alive. Linda stayed at the hospital to wait on Regina's girls, I took Stacey home with me. Around 5 PM, Linda called and both girls had arrived and she wanted me to pick her up.
Slightly before 7 AM, Monday morning, Regina's granddaughter Casey Jones, called and told me that Regina had passed away overnight, a little after 1 AM.
In the picture below, Regina is in the middle between her two daughters, Sondra on the left and Pamela on the right ( taken in Oct 2016 ).
 
Regina with her great grandson, Trystan.

Regina was my link to the past. She knew me longer than anyone else. She knew where I came from and why I'm like I am, we understood each other. Normally in winter, I might not have seen her all this week, but now, I already miss her. :-(

Posted by Dave at 6:00 PM
Categories: Current Events

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Start A New Year

Between Christmas and New Years, Stacey's desktop computer bit the dust. We found a new Acer all in one to replace it. When it arrived, we set it up and also let Stacey join Facebook. She has been enjoying having her iTunes working again to listen to music and learning her way around FB.
 
Friday night it was supposed to start sleeting and maybe snow.
Saturday morning we woke up to about 2 inches of the white stuff. Usually when this happens the snow melts before the next night, but this time the forecast is for temperatures below freezing for the next week. I took our drone outside and flew it over the farm for a few minutes before we made any tracks in the snow.
  
  
As I was flying the drone back to land, I took this selfie with the drone. It is the best selfie I have taken! LoL
 
Since we are experiencing really cold temperatures, we have been keeping Daisy in the garage. We let her in the house several times during the day and she goes outside when the need arises. Stacey and Linda like this setup more than I, but I do enjoy it too.
 

Posted by Dave at 10:00 AM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

Frank Miles sent us a small stuffed toy lobster and a pack of gummy lobsters as a 'Thank You' for us letting him stay at the farm during Brent's Birthday Cruise. It was a poke at Mike Lamont sending real frozen lobsters a year or so ago. Julie & Kyle enjoyed eating the gummy lobsters, really so did Brent & Linda.
 
After posing for a Christmas Day picture, the madness of opening presents began. Regardless of how many presents we have, it goes too quickly. Linda & I would like seeing each one open each present, but that is never going to happen. LoL
  
We picked up most of the debris and cleared a place on the Santa Rug to take more pictures.
 
 
We had a great Christmas and everyone seemed happy. Brent's Family stayed from Saturday morning to Tuesday afternoon. We ate as much as we could and played with the kids and games.

Linda & I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We hope all are warm and safe.

Posted by Dave at 4:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Shopping & Package

We went Christmas shopping in Somerset. After we had picked up several presents, we stopped and ate with the Big Boy at Frisch's Restaurant. Stacey hugged the Big Boy after we finished before returning to the car.
 
Valerie Bankson sent a package to Stacey for Christmas and had told Linda to have her open it while I took a few pictures. Stacey brought it into the bedroom and began opening the gift package. It was a jewelry tree and a necklace to hang on it.
  
It is fairly easy to tell that Stacey really liked both of the gifts by the smile on her face.
 
Thanks Valerie, for thinking of Stacey!

Posted by Dave at 1:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mark Chesnutt Concert

We picked Jason up a few minutes after 5 PM and I drove to Glasgow. Stacey and Jason ate pizza while Linda and I had steak grinders at Mancino's. We then drove to the Courthouse Square, parked and walked the short distance to the Plaza Theatre. Reserved seats that anyone can order online make going to the Plaza a nice experience. I had ordered 4 tickets to the Mark Chesnutt show and we walked in, found our seats and waited about 20 minutes till the concert began.
  
Mark Chesnutt opened with one of his hit songs, then another and another. He stopped and spoke for a couple minutes, then back to the music. Linda and I had forgotten how many hit songs Mark had sung. No breaks and very little talking, only 3 songs I had never heard.
 
 
Mark played about an hour and 20 minutes, then left the stage. He came back with "Bubba Shot The Jukebox" and that was when people crowded down to the stage to take "selfies" while Mark was singing.
 
The concert was over, the crowd left happy and all of us thought it was a good show. We returned Jason to his house and continued on to the farm.

Posted by Dave at 10:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Plaza Concerts

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving Week

Saturday & Sunday, we began the week by working on the smoke house. In the past, I had cut out the bad wood under the window opening and we started using that opening as the door because the door was falling apart. Kyle, Brent and I installed some pressure treated wood on the inside of the building to hold the siding in place. We then located and cut a piece of barn siding to fit the old door. We screwed it to the pressure treated wood and made the old door stationary. Then we placed the pipe for the new sliding door to roll across and screwed it in place. Brent's family went home a little before noon on Sunday.
  
I cut the wood and assembled the door frame, then Linda helped hang the frame by slipping the rollers on the pipe. We then laid out the barn siding, removed the nails and cut it to length. Linda held it in place while I screwed it to the door frame. I pulled out an extra piece of white trim, left over from the equipment shed, for the top of the sliding door, painted it and mounted it above the pipe. We are considering that job finished.
 
Stacey, Linda and I drove to IN on Tuesday. Linda and I stayed around the Daleville house because Stacey had some mild problems.
Wednesday, Stacey was better, especially when Pauline, Brent, Julie, Kyle, Poco & Pepper arrived at the Daleville house. They soon loaded into the Traverse and all went to visit Nana, except the dogs, they were all my watch dogs.
Thanksgiving Day, we all went to Valerie & Bob Bankson's house for a gigantic dinner. Over 40 family members carried in food and ate all they wanted. Everyone seemed to enjoy getting together.

Thanks Valerie & Bob!

Friday, Stacey, Linda and I went to visit with Reba for a couple of hours. After returning to Daleville, we headed to the Pacer game about 6 PM. Their game was with the Toronto Raptors, which was the second place team in their division. The location of our seats for this game ended up being the best ones we have purchased.
 
The Pacers jumped out to a quick 1st quarter lead, but the Raptors had turned that around and led by 10 points at halftime.
  
Stacey's emotions went down as the Raptor's lead grew. Then, in the 4th quarter, the Pacer made their comeback and so did Stacey. The teams were exchanging the lead as time was winding down. In the final minute, Lance Stevenson hit two 3 point shots that gave the Pacers a 2 point lead. Then a Raptor turnover and foul with 6.4 seconds put the Pacers at the foul line, Collison missed the first shot, then hit his second free throw to make the score 107 to 104. The Reptors called a time out, came out of the huddle and missed the last shot - PACERS WIN, PACERS WIN !!
  
We drove back towards Daleville, stopping at Steak 'n' Shake in Anderson to eat.
Saturday morning we went to Muncie to look around at a craft show before closing the house and heading home about noon. Traffic was moving fairly well and we made it home slightly before dark.
 

Posted by Dave at 8:00 AM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville, Farm

Monday, November 06, 2017

Burning Leaves

We needed to put away some things for winter so, I started a small fire down by the shelter house.
 
We burnt a few logs, several branches and some leaves that Linda raked into a pile while we set some chairs and benches inside.
 
After the fire burnt a bit, I put on the hot dogs. Stacey and Linda dressed the buns
 
Stacey and Linda watched the fire burn for a while after eating the hot dogs.

Posted by Dave at 10:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Return Home

Linda's Mom, Reba was released from the Rehab Center Saturday. Imon picked Linda up at the Daleville house and they went to take Reba to her home in Pendleton. Stacey and I remained in Daleville and went to eat lunch at the Legion. I had contacted Linda and she said things were going well, so Stacey and I took the Equinox to see Nana. Linda and Imon had left in the time it took us to drive to Pendleton. We went inside and Anita was talking with Reba. We talked about a half hour, then Abner Jr arrived. We stayed for another 10 minutes talking and then went back to Daleville. Valerie & Bob Bankson dropped by and we talked late into the night.
Sunday morning, we loaded up the car quickly and headed south. It was sprinkling rain and severe storms were predicted for later that day. We were ahead of the storms, so we stopped at King Fish and enjoyed lunch while watching the clouds blow by and the river traffic.
 
 
The closer we drove to the farm the better the sky looked. When we were almost home the car's display showed the temperature as 81 degrees.
 
Right before sunset the clouds were still scattered with lots of sun shinning through.
 
So the report is, Nana is back home and had another good day on Sunday.

Posted by Dave at 5:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville, Farm

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Medical Problems and Leaf Colors

Wednesday, Linda had went to IN to check on her Mom. Nana had been hospitalized and was having to remain there at least a few days. She called after visiting with her and said Nana wasn't doing very well. At first, the doctors thought that Reba had experienced a small stroke. Later in the week, they seemed to change their minds to maybe it had been that her blood pressure had went too high.
Stacey and I were left at the farm to take care of the dogs and each other.
Thursday, I heard some odd noise and immediately checked on Stacey. She was having trouble, could not walk and was falling around in the bathroom. I pulled her out to the couch and placed 10 mg of Valium in her mouth at 7:15 AM. I then grabbed her regular medications and was able to get her to swallow them. I continued to monitor her throughout the morning and gave her another 5 mg of Valium at 9 AM. We ate lunch a little before noon and afterwards, I gave Stacey another 5 mg of Valium at 2:30 PM, then decided to take her to the ER for blood tests while she was able to walk. There was a nurse practitioner on duty in the ER and I explained to her what the doctors usually do when Stacey has trouble. She followed my suggestion and ordered blood level tests. She then called Dr Rice and asked what he wanted her to do. He told her to keep Stacey there and he would be coming into the ER at 5 PM. I agreed with that plan. Dr Rice arrived, visited with Stacey, checked the results of the blood tests and told me to give her an extra Depakote tablet when we went home, then to give 2 tablets instead of just one each morning along with her other meds. I did as instructed and Stacey did not need any more Valium. The next morning we returned to the hospital to get Dr Rice to prescribe extra tablets that I could pick up at the pharmacy. Stacey didn't see the Dr. We just picked up the prescription and went to eat at Jone's Restaurant.

That seemed to make her happy and relieve her nervousness.
Friday and Saturday, Stacey was returning to being more normal each day. Linda was calling and Nana was also responding to treatments and returning to being more normal also.
Sunday, while Stacey and I had been letting Daisy run, I noticed the colors of the leaves were beginning to change. Later, I took the drone outside to take some aerial photos.
 
The wind made it a little tough to fly the drone, but I went ahead and flew it without crashing.
 
The GPS in the drone makes it easy to fly and helps hold it steady in one place, even in the brisk wind.
 
I'm standing in the shadow of the house between the Mule and the drone. Being in the shadows makes it easier to view the image sent from the drone to the controller and then to my phone.
Monday and Tuesday, things went well with Stacey. Linda also called and told me that Reba was leaving the hospital and entering a rehabilitation program for at least two weeks at Countryside in Anderson.
Linda returned from IN on Wednesday tired, but relieved her Mom was doing better.

Posted by Dave at 7:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Farm Camp Out 2017

Stacey, Linda & I had nearly everything done when the first campers began arriving about noon on Friday. They kept trickling in until about 11 PM. We had a campfire burning at the fire pit as soon as the sun began going behind the hills.
Saturday morning, Linda and I fixed breakfast for everyone that came in the house, Clarissa even carried breakfast to her Pa, Abner Jr down at his camper. People did whatever they wanted to the first part of the day, including riding ATVs, driving the Mules, playing in the creek, swinging on the rope swing, swinging on the swing set, throwing rocks in the creek and a lot of talking. Bob and I went to Hamilton's BBQ and picked up two pork tenderloins I had ordered. Dinner started about 12:30 PM and more local guests arrived with pies and other things. After lunch I hooked up the tractor to the hay wagon and pulled it around the farm and through the creek. Some followed on ATVs and in the Mules.
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
As night time approached, Valerie and Bob had brought a piñata filled with candy. They hung it from a rafter in the pole barn and let kids take turns whacking it with a plastic ball bat. It was a total blast watching the kids be blindfolded and then trying to bust the piñata.
  

  
After the piñata burst and the kids grabbed the candy, the adults moved to seats around the fire pit. Shelly and Brent kept the fire going while others relaxed and enjoyed conversation along with more food, drinks and desserts. Before the day was over, we had 31 people that came to the farm and enjoyed some time with everyone.
  

  

  
Sunday morning, Pauline helped Linda whip up breakfast as the kids played in the living room floor.
  
Slowly they all started packing their things and heading home.
  

  

  
I managed to get most of our guests to pose for a group picture before hugs and good byes took place.
 

Stacey, Linda and I enjoyed everyone being here and talking with them.

We hope that everyone had as much fun as we did and
that each one will return for our next Norris Farm Camp Out!

Thanks for coming!

Posted by Dave at 5:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Friday, October 06, 2017

Pepper Story & New Mule

Pauline, Brent, Julie & Kyle came over Saturday with their dogs. P&B stayed until Sunday afternoon when they took their dogs and went home. Julie and Kyle stayed the week because they had Fall Break at their school.
Brent had gave Julie and I a project of making a movie. He had also bought a book for Julie to read about how to create the movie. Julie had brought her Little Pet Shop so we decided to make the movie about her family acquiring their dog, Pepper. I suggested we have 3 scenes and asked Julie & Kyle to remember what had happened when they picked out Pepper at the shelter. Julie wrote down the events and then some of the things that had been said and how the decisions had been made. That took 3 or 4 days, during which we had several fires in the fire pit and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows twice. We finally were ready to start shooting the movie Friday morning. I was the camera man, director, and dialog coach. The first attempt, Julie tried to do all the characters, but that proved too difficult. The second run through Kyle and Stacey joined the cast.


We were only able to complete one scene due to time restrictions.
You can watch the 3-1/2 minute movie -> HERE.

Later we drove the Silverado, while towing a trailer, to Columbia. Julie picked the closest number to one that I had wrote on a piece of paper, so she decided we would eat lunch at McDonald's After eating, we went to Rex's Cycle Shop and picked up our new Mule that we had purchased on Wednesday. The top for it is back ordered, but we decided to take it home anyway.

After towing back to the farm, Kyle helped me unload the new Mule. Then Linda and I parked the trailer in the equipment shed, unhooked the truck and parked it inside too.
 
We drove the new Mule to let Daisy run around the fields and immediately decided it was too hot without a top. Hope it comes in soon!

Posted by Dave at 8:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Sunday, September 17, 2017

All Hay Has Been Cut

We went to lunch Saturday and when we returned to the farm Larry Anderson had cut the hay on one farm and Phillip Garmon had cut the hay on the other farm.
Sunday morning, we took Coco and Daisy to let them run while we checked out how much was going to need trimmed on each farm. Both men had done a nice job and there wasn't a lot for me to bush hog.
 
After the dogs had finished their runs, I took the New Holland 55 and bush hogged several small places on the field across from the house, then trimmed up some wet places on the farm down the road.
 
A short rain shower each day since the hay was cut has kept the guys from raking and rolling the hay.

Posted by Dave at 6:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Monday, August 21, 2017

Races @ Anderson Speedway

Stacey, Linda and I arrived at the Daleville house about 3 PM. Pauline, Brent, Julie and Kyle arrived around 8:30 PM. Coco, Poco & Pepper were all there too.
Saturday morning, Kyle and I made an early run to pick up doughnuts for everyone. During the day, Julie, Kyle & Stacey enjoyed the Daleville Splash Park while Brent and I made a trip to Walmart to buy an access point.
  
Linda had planned the trip for all of us to go to Anderson Speedway and watch the races. We all loaded into their Traverse and headed to the track, arriving early enough to watch the time trials. Brent picked the seats where he and my Mom used to set. He had a lot of "I remember when..." moments during the night.
 
The late model class was the first on the track for the heat races.
  
As daylight turned to darkness, Julie & Kyle ran around to different places to watch the cars race.
  
Brent joined them right by the guard rail for the start of the Legend cars. There were a couple Champ Cart races before the Figure 8 was ran.
  
Sunday morning after breakfast, Brent loaded his crew and headed home. Sunday afternoon, Wayne Reagan stopped by in his "Muscle Car". It was a 396 cid Chevelle with a 4 speed transmission. Wayne and I graduated together in 1969. He took me for a ride around the county roads, then returned to the house and we talked while setting on the front porch.
 
It was good to see Wayne and I asked him to stop the next time he saw our vehicle at the house.

Posted by Dave at 4:30 PM
Categories: Cars, Current Events, Daleville

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brent's Birthday Cruise

Linda and I had been readying the farm for Brent's friends coming to take part in his annual Birthday Cruise. I started to drive the older Mule (named Julie) to do something, but the starter just clanked and never turned over the engine. In fact the lights were barely coming on and were really dim. The battery had went bad in just a few hours from the last time we had drove it. Since the temperature was over 90 degrees with terrible humidity, I decided to just jump start it and drive in down to the pole barn, then work on it the next morning when things were cooler.
 
Friday morning, I went down to begin the removal and replacement of the battery. I had the battery out and hauled to NAPA in Burkesville by 7:30 AM. I purchased a new battery and then stopped at the Minit Mart for a few sausage biscuits. I took them home, where Linda, Stacey and I ate before I went to the pole barn to replace the battery. About 20 minutes later I fired up the Mule and drove it to the house.
 
Friday evening about 6 PM, Brent arrived with his family. Frank, Mike and Shelly all arrived separately around 8 PM. We talked with everyone until a little after 11 PM, when Linda & I went to bed leaving them talking in the living room until the wee hours.
Saturday morning, Pauline helped Linda fix pancakes & sausage for everyone to eat. As soon as breakfast was over, talk began again, but I interrupted and had the guys help me get the boat ready and hooked to the truck. The girls were making sandwiches, gathering towels and packing coolers. Shelly, Frank, Mike, Julie, Brent, Kyle, Pauline and Stacey put their suits on and we hauled them and their stuff to the pole barn. Shelly drove her car with the other girls and followed Brent in the truck with the boat and guys to town and then the lake.
 
They returned to the farm around 5 PM. The change in them was noticeable, as their skin was a brighter shade of red from the sun. They were also tired and thirsty. This year they didn't go for pizza, but stayed at the farm and fixed sandwiches while some played Aggravation. Others just showered and relaxed with conversation. Most of them went to bed around 10 PM or before.
Sunday morning breakfast was bacon & eggs with biscuits and homemade jam, after which a lot of stories were told. Showers and packing was done as old tales were being enhanced. Good byes with hugs and hand shakes happened about noon and they left for home.

Posted by Dave at 6:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm

Monday, August 07, 2017

Farm Pics

 
We've had plenty of rain this summer and the farm is really green as a result.
  
The creek has slowed down a few times but continues to have water flowing.
 
The view below was from our shelter house.
 

Posted by Dave at 4:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Friday, August 04, 2017

Tax Assessor & Bike

A few days ago, I received a new assessment for the property in Daleville that we had purchased through a tax sale. The old house had been demolished in 2016, but the assessor's office had not removed the value of the structure from the assessment. I called and the person told me I would have to bring, to their office, some proof the house had actually been demolished before January 1, 2017.
We headed to Daleville Monday morning and on the way, I called Lee Enterprises and asked Nelson Lee to write out a paper stating what date he had finished the job. He agreed to provide me the paper. We arrived in Daleville about 3 PM and unloaded the Equinox. A couple hours later, Nelson came by with the paper for me. I thanked him and said I would take it to the assessor's office the next day.
Tuesday after fixing a pot of coffee and a cup full to take with me, I drove to Muncie and went inside the assessor's office in the courthouse. It took about 5 minutes and the paper work was filed and I was told the value of the old house would be removed from the taxes we owed for 2017 payable in 2018. I returned to Daleville. Before lunch, Stacey and I rode around town in the golf cart picking up cans. Later that evening, Linda & Stacey went to see Kim at her house in Anderson.
Wednesday, Linda & Stacey went to Pendleton and picked up Nana, then returned to the Daleville house. We chatted with Reba before going in the gold cart to the Daleville Legion for lunch. Their lunch special was chicken dumplings, mashed potatoes & a roll. There was a crowd of around 40 people eating at the Legion.

We returned to the house and talked a little longer before Linda took her Mom back to Pendleton.
Thursday, Linda went to Chesterfield and purchased a used bike for Stacey to have in Daleville. She also bought a few cans of spray paint to redo an old cabinet we were going to use in the kitchen. It is setting on the porch behind Stacey in the picture below. Stacey immediately started riding the bike, it was a big hit with her! She remarked about how much it was like her bike she had when she was younger.
 
Friday morning we went to Denny's for breakfast, then packed the car and headed home.

Posted by Dave at 7:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville

Friday, July 21, 2017

Norris House Boat Trip

Linda had been packing totes for a week when we went to the grocery store for supplies Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning everything was accumulated in our dining area. Pauline, Brent, Julie & Kyle arrived and we began loading the Mules with the items and headed to the pole barn. We transferred everything into the Sea Ray except the food which went into the Equinox. A little after 2 PM, we headed to town where ice and gas were picked up, then to the Dale Hollow State Dock. Julie, Kyle, Stacey and I were aboard the Sea Ray. Brent helped us launch, then parked the truck and took the Equinox with Pauline and Linda to Hendrick's Creek Dock to pick up the houseboat.
  
Brent drove the house boat out of the resort's idle zone around 4:30 PM with Pauline and Linda riding along. About a 20 minute cruise to Pusley Creek where I parked the house boat and the fun began.
  
The water was flat nearly the entire time we were on the house boat. Wednesday morning the water in the entire cove resembled a sheet of glass, until Brent tore it up with the Jobe ski. Kyle was the next person to ski.
  
  
Then Julie took a couple take offs on the trainer skis, switched to the adult skis and then made a long run. Pauline gave the skis a try but was unsuccessful. She enjoyed the sun and really warm temperatures of the air and water. Daytime temps were between 92 to 97 degrees the days we were on the house boat.
  
Brent and I took turns lifting the kids out of the water and driving the boat.
  
Julie & Kyle went knee boarding, Stacey rode the tubes and everyone enjoyed swimming from the house boat. The slide on the back was a major attraction during the week.
  
  
Friday morning was the end. We loaded the boat and began backing the house boat off the lake's bank. It took about 10 minutes of swerving the back of the house boat back and forth before it was free. Brent drove the house boat back to the resort and when the resort's employee met them at the idle buoys, Brent climbed in the Sea Ray with Kyle and I and we headed to the DHL Dock. The girls rode to the HCR dock on the house boat and checked out with them.
  
At the State Park, Brent hopped out and retrieved the truck & trailer, I drove the boat on the trailer and he pulled it out of the water. Kyle, Brent & I tied the cover on the boat and I drove home. The picture below was taken on our trip while we were returning the house boat, early Friday morning. The fog obscured the sun for just a minute and I snapped a picture of the house boat coming through the low hanging fog. Ten minutes of fog was the only time we experienced any inclimate weather.
 

Stacey, Linda and I had a great time with Julie, Kyle, Pauline & Brent on the house boat!

Posted by Dave at 9:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Sunday, July 09, 2017

A Week With Julie & Kyle

Pauline & Brent came to the farm Saturday morning with Julie & Kyle and stayed the weekend. We did the usual things, ate at Major's Pizza, let the dogs run around the fields and played with the kids. Brent was still recovering from his bike wreck and his busted arms were sore. We let Kyle target shoot with a 'BB' gun and Julie used the single shot .22 rifle. P&B went home Sunday afternoon with Julie & Kyle staying with us. We hung out at the farm for two days, letting the kids take it easy after their week of WKU Big Red Camp.
We left the farm Wednesday morning and headed for Daleville. We had just arrived in Daleville and unlocked the house when two trucks pulled in front of the house and people came to the door. It was Regina, Sondra, Pam, Sharon, Jackie and his grand daughter. We showed them how we had remodeled the house and they remarked how it had looked the last time they visited Mom. When they left, Julie and Kyle changed into their swim suits and we took them to the Daleville Splash Park.
 
The weather was sporadic while we were in Daleville with several rain storms and one was even severe. Since the house was so close to the water park it was easy to use the golf cart to ferry people back and forth whenever the weather changed. We had packed Stacey's bike, with new tires and tubes, in the truck and when we pulled it out, that kept the younger crowd busy too. Ed & Tim gave J&K several packs of 'cracker balls' that pop when thrown against a hard object. Those made Coco a nervous wreck, but provided entertainment for the kids.
Saturday, Elbert's Lounge was conducting a 'block party' for a Back Pack Benefit Ride. The bartenders began cooking hot dogs and burgers about 11 AM and the bikers began arriving around 12:30 PM.
  
  
 
Someone counted the bikes and said there were at least 115 participating in the benefit ride. Elbert's Lounge donated $150 to the benefit. The riders left after about 45 minutes. We purchased enough sandwiches for everyone in our group to eat. After a short break J&K walked back to the water park with Stacey following a few minutes later. Linda & I took turns keeping an eye on them.
Sunday morning we packed up and headed towards KY. We stopped at King Fish and ate outside on the patio.

We drove the rest of the way to Pauline & Brent's house where we dropped off J&K. We chatted with them for a half hour or so, then drove back to the farm.

Posted by Dave at 7:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville, Farm

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Boating Begins

I had been getting the boat ready for the upcoming season by connecting the batteries and charging them, then hooking the trailer to the truck. Stacey and Linda had been using Pledge on the hull and returning the life jackets to the storage spots under the rear pads.
We had made plans with Pauline and Brent while watching Julie and Kyle play their games at the diamonds in Brownsville. They arrived around 8:30 AM on Sunday. Brent and I tested the batteries by briefly starting the engine with the battery switch in each position. We put the road cover on and tied it down, then aired up the four tires and returned to the house to fix coolers and etc. We rode in the Mule to the barn with our things and family. After transferring to the truck we stopped for gas and ice at the Minit Mart then on to the Dale Hollow State Park.
I drove the boat off the trailer with everyone but Brent in the boat. Brent parked the truck and we picked him up at the courtesy dock. It was a little cool and the water had more than normal debris floating on top. I picked our way though and cruised to several spots to look for prime locations. We found a cove near Holly Creek that was peacefule with flat water. Kyle didn't wait for boat to stop before he was ready to jump in the water. I wasn't quite so eager, but before the day was over, everyone was in the lake. The first plunge was breath taking but after about 20 seconds it was nice.
Linda had made sandwiches and it wasn't long before those were passed around. She made enough to last all day. We had fun in the water, then let Kyle knee board, then play in the water off and on till we had enough sun.
Our first time out, we cut it short to avoid sun burns. We pulled off the lake about 3:45 PM, unloaded our stuff, tied down the cover and towed home.
Brent took his family home around 4:30 PM.

Posted by Dave at 7:00 PM
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