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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Hay Done Road Repaved

When we returned home from IN, all the hay had been cut and rolled. The fields looked a little brown because there had not been any rain fall since the hay was cut.
  
I flew the drone and took inventory of the rolls and the condition of the fields. I flew it down the creek to our other fields and hovered to take several pictures, snapped a couple on the way back and then returned to the farm house.
  
The new pavement on SR 61 was laid while we were in IN. I was delighted they paved over the rumble strips that had been ground into the previous pavement The noises from those things are annoying as people are either passing another vehicle or trying to see what is going on in our driveway. :-)
 
I snapped a couple more pictures as I was landing the drone. We park our Mules in the back loft of the old barn.
  

Posted by Dave at 6:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Friday, June 08, 2018

Concrete Poured In Daleville

We went to IN Sunday morning. The weather was cooler than in KY and less humid. Linda spent a lot of time with her Mom digging up the flowers at the Broadway house and replanting them at Nana's new place. I remained in Daleville watching Steve and his crew pour concrete for new porch steps and an apron and stoop for the new garage. The truck driver filled the forms for the steps first.
 
After some preliminary work, Ed & George moved to the garage and Steve did the finishing work on the steps.
 
The stoop was filled and leveled next.
 
Then the apron was poured, trowled and then broom finished.
 
Linda bought a Genie garage door opener for Steve to install. Steve began laying the split faced blocks to finish the bottom of the walls. We returned to the farm on Friday.

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tadpoles Into Frogs

Julie, Kyle, Linda & Stacey had been watching a puddle along the edge of the creek that was a breeding ground for thousands of tadpoles. Each of the black dots in the picture are tadpoles turning into frogs.
 
When we stopped the Mule and looked around, little bitty frogs were hopping all around the water hole. One landed on the rock and I took a quick picture.
 
Julie caught several in her hand and put a dandelion bloom along side for size comparison.
 
The frogs are so small up beside Kyle's thumb nail.
 

Posted by Dave at 6:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Heart In KY

Linda & Brent picked out a piece of barn siding and put together nails and string to make a piece of art I called, "Our Heart Is In KY".
 
Linda made another one, then donated one to benefit the Democratic Party of Cumberland County. We took one to the Daleville house and hung it on the wall.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Berry Picking Time

Schools out! Julie & Kyle are staying at the farm for nearly two weeks. Lucky for them, the strawberries are ripe. Stacey, Linda and I had already picked a tub full two days earlier, this time J & K had easy pickings and came to the house with a full gallon. I'm not sure how many they ate, doesn't matter, I hope they filled their bellies.
 
Julie wanted to help make the jam so we worked together and made 2 batches that ended up being 10 half pints. They're sealed and ready to eat or save for later.
 

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Nana's Mothers Day

The Daleville garage is getting better looking as it nears completion. We moved more stuff out of Nana's house on Broadway, still a lot to go!
  
Saturday, a lot of the Bankson Family came to Imon's garage to celebrate Mother's Day with Reba. Most people carried in a dish and we had a pitch in dinner. Nana was surprised that so many came to visit.
  
I pulled Imon, Nana, Linda & Jr together for a picture on the front porch.
 

Posted by Dave at 8:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville

Monday, April 30, 2018

Strawberry Plants

About 30 days after planting, there has been several rains and the weather has warmed up substantially. Linda and I have been keeping an eye on the newly planted strawberries.
 
Nearly all the plants have remained alive, although some are not thriving as well as others.

Our three rows of older plants have blooms on them, but I'm hoping for a lot more berries next year. 

Posted by Dave at 5:30 PM
Categories: Current Events

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ballgames

Brent took Julie to softball pitching training during the winter nearly every Sunday. Julie and Brent also practiced at the school during the weeks. The practice and training has helped significantly. Her throwing speed is in the low 40s and her control is much better.
 
 
Kyle has been wanting to catch, so the coach finally let him wear the gear and play behind the plate. Kyle has also played 3rd base and been an outfielder.
  
Kyle has a batting stance that looks like the guy on top of trophies. He hits the ball most of the time and drives it into the outfield.
 
 
Stacey, Linda & I enjoy watching both the kids play. We drive 165 miles, round trip, to watch their games, sometimes twice a week.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Garage Walls Up

Linda wanted to go to IN to help clean out her Mom's house on Broadway, so we headed to Daleville. Imon and Linda worked together a day and removed a lot of stuff. Steve Sargent's crew had erected the walls for our garage.
 
The second and third days, Stacey, Linda and I worked together. I held the bags, she filled them as she sorted, Stacey carried the bags to the front porch. We made several trips to various dumpsters as we unloaded a lifetime of things no longer wanted. When we returned to the farm, it was nice to have beautiful weather for a welcome home.
 

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

Friday, April 06, 2018

Grandparent's House

I talked Linda and Brent into helping me clean up around my grandparent's old house. Hytie and John Parrish were my Mom's parents and lived in the house. I can remember sleeping in the bedroom when I was about 5 or 6 years old. It has been nearly that long since anyone has lived in it, while trees, vines & time have been taking its toll. I started the clean up a few days earlier by bush hogging as close as possible, then Brent cut a few trees and I hauled them to our brush pile at the other end of the field. A day or two later, Linda & I used loppers and the pole saw to clear the brush & briars that were closer to the house.
 
Pepper, Daisy, Poco & Coco make up the family's dog pack. Pepper & Daisy run the trails while Poco & Coco ride, but they all enjoy having a new place to sniff.
 

Posted by Dave at 5:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Tiller for Strawberries at Easter

Early in March I had ordered, from Tractor Supply Co, a 48" tiller to use behind the New Holland 55 tractor. It came to the Columbia store and we picked it up on the 23rd using the lawn mowing trailer behind the red truck. Back at the farm, I unloaded the tiller with the scoop on the tractor and set it down in the pole barn. Some assembly was required along with servicing the unit with oil and grease before use.
 
It rained a lot while I was working in the pole barn on the tiller, but the creek didn't get out of the banks during the day. The next morning I did have some debris in the fields where the creek had risen during the night. I went to work removing the debris early, before the rain had stopped, being careful not to make tire ruts in the fields. That way, the debris I missed would be washed down into the fields by the rain almost like it never happened.
 
In a few days time, the ground had dried enough. so I was ablt to till 3 rows next to our old strawberry patches and 5 more rows in the area where the old house trailer used to set. We left about 5' between the rows of strawberrys for grass walkways.
 
Saturday morning, Brent's family came over and around noon we planted 200 strawberry plants. Brent & I set the stakes for the twine string that had marks on it for the plant spacing. Then we made the holes for the plants with Julie and Pauline planting as Linda & Stacey separated the plants and handed each one to them. Kyle did the stepping and fetching for all of us. I think we had the planting completed in about an hour.
 
We also had a ham dinner with pies and other good stuff. Oh, and Julie & Kyle enjoyed an Egg Hunt with candy and loose change inside plastic eggs.

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

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Aaron Tippin & Sammy Kershaw Concert

Stacey was not having a good day, but we were determined to take her to see Aaron Tippin & Sammy Kershaw. We had purchased the tickets a couple months in advance and she enjoys going to the Plaza Theatre. We tried to get her straightened up, but it didn't happen. Linda and I each held onto Stacey's hands and helped her walk into the Plaza just before the concert started. Aaron and Sammy took turns performing their hit songs for about an hour and a half.
 
The crowd was rowdy and shouted a lot of things towards the artists. Sammy told a few stories between songs, but Aaron just sang. It wasn't the best concert we had seen at the Plaza but it was fairly good. Leading Stacey out in the middle of the crowd trying to leave was difficult, but we made it and Stacey said she had a good time.

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

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