Sunday, March 05, 2017
ATV Week End
Saturday morning Brent brought his family to the farm. It was a little
chilly in the morning, but after lunch from Hamilton's BBQ we were
heated up. We went to let the dogs run with Brent shooting video with
our Phantom 4.
He flew it manually without using the video from the camera which made it hard to avoid the bare tree limbs. It was a close one, but he did it without bumping the drone into any limbs.
When we parked in the clearing back in the 'holler' he flew the drone up high enough to photograph the house.
Brent lowered the drone and flew near Julie & Kyle before landing safely.
Sunday morning was warmer and we took Pepper, Daisy and Coco running. We stopped for the kids to throw rocks and others to look for treasure
We went back to where the daffodils grow and took our annual picture of Julie & Kyle, this year we added Pepper.
I also took a picture with Brent's family, including Pepper.
We cooked brats and hot dogs on the grill while the kids messed with the fire in the fire pit. Just before Brent left with his family Noah, Seth, Dalton & Josh came over. We fixed them hot dogs with chips and drinks in between ATV rides.
The guys rode till dark, thanked us and headed home.
Friday, February 24, 2017
56 Chevy Ride to Sonic
It was a beautiful day, I had been working with the tractor, scraping
the debris out of the hay fields where the creek had over flowed. I went
inside and the girls were ready for lunch. Stacey wanted to go to Sonic,
so I mentioned we should drive the 56 Chevy. That plan was adopted, so
we drove the Mule to the pole barn and backed out the Chevy. The car ran
a little rough the first few miles, but once it warmed up, it began to
smooth out. I ran it up to 80 mph on a few open stretches of highway. We
pulled into Sonic, ordered our food and then sat at one of their patio
tables. The skate-tresses weren't working, so a waitress carried out our
order. It was a little bit windy, so we had to hold onto our napkins and
empty sack while we ate. We headed back to the farm when finished. The
ride was nice, just listening to the motor hum until I bumped the
shifter into neutral and coasted down the driveway to the pole barn.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Spur of the Moment Trip
We didn't have much on our calendar, so we decided to take a trip to IN
since the weather reports were for mild temperatures during the upcoming
week. We left Saturday morning arriving just before dark in Daleville. I
parked the truck, carried in a few things, then took a couple pictures
of the tax sale lot and the new electric meter and weather head that
Wilson Electric had installed. They had temporarily hooked up the power
to the old electric drop until the electric company could come out and
shorten the wire and connect it properly.
Sunday morning, I took a picture of the new electrical panel that had been installed in the basement. Linda took Stacey and went to Pendleton to visit her Mom while I remained at the house. I removed the golf cart from the storage barn and took a ride around town. After Stacey and Linda returned from her Mom's, Imon & Linda K stopped to visit and we all went to Bird's Smoke House for supper, then returned to chat longer.
Monday, Lee Enterprise used a small tractor and drug the dirt a little smoother, then spread grass seed and spread straw over the entire lot.They worked on the gray house lot, taking down the persimmon tree with the track hoe. Tim and Ed Bolton were interested as it looked like the tall limbs might fall on their house. Nelson took his time and broke the tree down without hitting anything.
Tuesday, we went to the Indy Boat, Sport & Travel Show at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds. We went during the daytime to avoid the crush of people that usually show up during the evenings and on weekends. There weren't many new trends or hi-tech improvements, it was mostly new colors on the boats or bigger motors. The pontoon in the picture impressed me, it had two 300 hp Evinrude outboards mounted on the back of a 27 footer with a wing on top. It looked like it would literally fly! There was a bathroom on board (in case the speed caused a person to shit down their leg I guess).
When we returned to Daleville, Lee Enterprise had placed large rocks at the back property line as I has asked. Hopefully it will keep the bar patrons from driving in the yard.
Wednesday, the electric company showed up and disconnected the temporary hook up, shortened the wire and reconnected the power. Linda's brother, Abner stopped in and chatted for an hour or more. Later that evening, we went to Lapel to visit with Kim & Kenny Bourke. Kenny cooked breaded tenderloins and French fries for all of us to eat. They were delicious and the conversation was good too.
Thursday we packed up and left the Daleville house, then stopped and visited with Nana for over an hour. We left Pendleton and stopped in Jeffersonville at KingFish for a late lunch, then on to the farm.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3rd Flight @ the Farm
I took the drone up to 1,000 feet in altitude while recording video. It
was a clear day and visibility was great.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Pauline had to make a trip to North Carolina to help another university
with their chemistry lab, so Brent drove her. Linda and Stacey went to
their house and stayed with Julie and Kyle. That way the kids could go
to school. P & B left on Sunday and returned Wednesday evening. Linda
and Stacey returned to the farm then.
Thursday, Brent called and asked if we could keep Julie and Kyle because their school was being closed for 5 days due to illness. We met them in Glasgow and picked up Julie and Kyle, then returned to the farm.
Friday was chilly and the kids played inside. We did take Daisy for a run though.
Saturday was warmer, around 65 degrees and we headed outside early. The weather has been so mild that the daffodils are up and blooming. Julie and Kyle wanted to have a fire in the pit, so we hooked up the black trailer to the Mule. We drove around the hay fields and they picked up dead limbs that had fallen off the trees and landed along the trails. We took those back to the fire pit and lit a fire. I let Julie and Kyle toss on wood to keep the fire going all day. Julie and Linda raked up dried leaves and burnt those during the day. They were damp enough to make lots of smoke.
We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. It was a nice day, so nice that Julie didn't want to go inside. We picked up some more dead limbs along the creek bank and threw them on the fire which rekindled the flames as darkness approached.
Pauline and Brent came over on Sunday. Brent rode a 4 wheeler with Julie, while teaching her to drive. Later in the day, I rode along with Julie as she took her first solo ride back in and out of the 'holler' across from the house.
We had three fires in three day and only lit it once. Julie was really proud of that and enjoyed being the 'fire manager'. Kyle played on the swing, in the creek and on the pile of gravel by the pole barn. They had a good time. We met Pauline and Brent Tuesday evening, returned their kids to them and traded our Jeep for their Traverse. I'm taking it for free service at Don Franklin Burkesville for Brent.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
2nd Flight @ the Farm
I took the Phantom 4 across the creek and set it down in the hay field.
It takes a minute to locate the GPS satelites and memorize the location,
then the gyros spin up and it is ready to fly. I flew the drone above
the Mule, marked the Mule as a Point of Interest, then flew the drone
away from the point and lowered it to about 25 feet above the ground,
then started the automatic program to circle the Mule. I started the
video recording and watched. After the drone circled to the back of the
Mule, I stopped the Point of Interest programing and began the Follow Me
function. The drone followed along as I drove the Mule from one field to
another. It stopped and a Maximum Distance warning came from the
controller. It was too far away from the starting point. I had to turn
the Mule and move the drone back inside the 300' range limit. It took
several moves of the Mule before I was back inside the perimeter that
was set. Then I could try reinstating the Follow Me program. It
eventually returned to following me and I drove back to the original
fiield close to where I had started.
I'm learning how to use more of the Intelligent Flight features each time I fly the drone.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Flight @ the Farm
This was a test of the range and speed of the Phantom 4 drone over the
hay fields and Big Renoux Creek.
I managed to get the drone back safely on dry land, so., I considered it a success!
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Drone Farm Pics
When we went to Kyle's birthday party, I brought the drone back to the
farm. I flew it a couple times yesterday, then messaged Brent to find
out what I had hooked up wrong. He explained to me how to hook up the
cables to my phone so I could see the video the drone sends back to the
controller. Today I was able to see what the camera was seeing so I
could position the drone for the image I wanted. I went to the hay field
to launch the drone so there would not be anything for me to run it
into. That worked well. I positioned the drone with the camera looking
up the creek and pressed the button to take a picture. Then I swiveled
the drone around and took a shot looking down the creek.
I became braver and flew the drone towards the house and higher. I took several pictures, turning the drone slightly after each picture. It was nerve racking, so I flew the drone back to me, descending slowly until it was about 10 feet above the ground and 20 feet away. I brought the drone down right in front of me and slowly touched down, then shut off the motor. Safely back on ground. I picked it up and laid it beside me in the Mule's seat, then drove over to the house.
I parked the Mule and took the drone out to the drive way, set it down and pressed the button on the battery to start it. I then started the controller and my phone app. The hills were not blocking the wind as much as they were in the hay field, so I was even more nervous as I flew the drone out across the front yard and up higher. The wind tried to buffet the drone around but it held its position without my having to adjust the controls. I watched the picture on my phone to adjust the position of the drone until I had the house framed, then I snapped a couple of pictures.
I turned the drone, backed it away from the house and included the barn in the next pictures. Finally, I turned the drone nearly 180 degrees and took a few pictures looking across the creek.
As soon as I was done taking pictures, I slowly landed the drone and went inside as the wind was making it difficult to fly the drone. I hooked up the charging cables and popped out the micro-sd card, put it in the laptop and began looking at the pictures. Success!!
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Kyle's Birthday Shootout
We left the farm and went to Pauline & Brent's house, arriving about
12:30 PM. We were a little early for Kyle's birthday party at the
elementary school, so we helped load the cupcakes, ice cream and stuff
to take to the party. The party's theme was s Nerf Shootout. We sat up
the school's mats for the kids to hide behind and tables for the drinks,
ice cream and cupcakes.
Brent had purchased around 400 Nerf darts and he spent some time loading guns and dispensing ammo around the hiding places. The kids began arriving and started shooting as soon as they put on the safety glasses and stepped onto the gym floor.
After a half hour or so, Brent called for a "cease fire" and had everyone lay their weapons in the center circle. Pauline then called everyone to the side of the court and served them ice cream and cupcakes along with a drink.
When the refreshments were gone, Brent had the kids line up at both ends of the gym, then said, "GO!!" The kids raced to the center circle, picked up a "weapon" and ammo, then ran out of the area before they were shot.
Snipers were hiding in a lot of places during the shootout. Most of the adults joined in the action too.
It seemed the smallest girl up to the adults, all played together and had fun.
Pauline and Brent did an excellent job of planning and "executing" the party.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
We went outside this morning and took Coco with us down to the barn,
picked up Daisy and headed across the creek in the Mule. Coco was a
nervous wreck with Daisy in the Mule, he was squeaking and growling real
We crossed the creek and stopped the Mule, let Coco and Daisy sniff around.
Then Coco hopped down and we let them run loose a little while.
Incidently, the Dale Hollow Lake Eagle Camera is now LIVE and the eagles are nesting. I'm leaving it on the right side of this page until the eaglets hatch and leave the nest. There is a link to their web site below the video feed.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Stacey, Linda & I went to Brownsville to watch Julie & Kyle play
basketball. After the games, we ate with them at the Dairy Queen, then
went to their house to check out the new DJI
Phantom 4 drone that Brent and I purchased together. Brent gave me a
quick tour of the controls, then it was my turn to fly it. I started the
drone, lifted off the driveway and snapped a picture.
Then moved it a litte further away and higher. I flew it with one hand on the controlls while we waved as the drone remained motionless.
I then moved the drone even higher, I used my cell phone's live video feed to position the drone so the camera would frame Brent's house and I snapped another shot.
The DJI Phantom is super easy to fly. The hardest part is remembering which end is the front while it is in the air. I was totally impressed with the ease of controlling the flight of the drone and the quality of the pictures it took. It also takes HiDef movies.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Pacer Game & New Year's
Lee Enterprises had made some progress on filling in the tax sale lot,
but it had rained too much for them to finish. They did remove the over
grown shrubs in front of the Daleville house which let us see the steps
were falling apart.
Pauline & Brent joined us Friday afternoon with Julie. After everyone returned from visiting Nana, we went to Bird's Smoke House for supper.
Saturday we played Aggravation before going to Shelly & Jeff's house for their New Year's Eve Party.
We hung around the Daleville House after Pauline & Brent took their kids and headed home. We really sat around too long and were about late for the Pacer game. It started an hour earlier than we thought, not because of the time difference, because we didn't look at the tickets.
I may take decent pictures, but I'm really lousy at taking "selfies"! LOL
Of course we stopped at King Fish. We ate inside because it was raining, but it was warm enough Coco could stay in the truck.
We had a good trip, had fun with family and friends, saw a good ball game and ate good food.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Last Daleville Trip of 2016
We met Brent, Pauline, Julie and Kyle in Glasgow to pick up Kyle. He
returned to the farm with us so we could leave for IN early Thursday
We ate sausage breakfast and took our medicine before leaving the farm a few minutes before 8 AM CST. We stopped at the rest area and let Coco and everyone do their business, then continued on to Daleville. Traffic was at a minimum and we arrived at 1:30 PM EST. After unloading our things, I called Pizza King and ordered. Twenty minutes later I was headed back to Daleville with a 16" Royal Feast. Everyone was eager to tear into the box, but I managed to slow Kyle down to take a picture.
We posted it on FB to tease Pauline & Brent. Several other people were jealous because they like Pizza King and it isn't available in KY. I took some pictures of the white house with the empty Tax Sale lot, the gray house lot and Elbert's.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Pauline and Brent arrived Friday afternoon with Poco and Pepper. They
carried in a lot Christmas presents, then we chatted for a little while
before eating the roast beef Manhattans that Linda had cooked.
Saturday morning I fixed breakfast, then we let Pepper run between rain showers. We went to Major's Pizza for lunch and when we returned there was a present marked "Open Now!" for Julie, Kyle & Stacey. It was a combination VCR & DVD player for them to watch videos upstairs. Brent and I hooked it up and started the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" for the kids to watch. Later, Linda, Pauline and Julie made a 'fruit pizza' with cookie crust, a marshmallow fluff & cream cheese sauce, and several types of fruit as a topping.
Christmas morning, I took a picture of Brent's family before we opened presents, then I just enjoyed watching the madness as the presents were handed out and opened. I took a picture of Julie after she had arranged her gifts and was looking through them.
Pauline and Julie tried on some of their new clothing and I took a picture of them.
We burned all of the Christmas present wrappings down at the fire pit by the shelter house. The weather was really warm and the sun was out, so we took Pepper and Daisy for a run around the fields across the creek from the house. We stopped at the pole barn and ate pop sickles before going back inside. There was a fog rising off of the creek water while we sat inside and played Euchre right before Brent left with his family a little after dark.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Pictures For Christmas
After watching the Star Wars:Rogue One showing, we took Julie and Kyle
with us to the farm.
The next morning, I started their day with having them shower, dry their hair and get dressed for pictures that Pauline wanted me to take. Not a lot to say about that, except I took a lot of shots and then picked what I thought were the best ones. I transferred the files to a memory stick and had three 8 by 10s printed at Walmart.
Linda placed the pictures in the white frames I had bought and then wrapped them for Christmas presents for Pauline & Brent.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Yesterday and this morning there was a fog hanging over the farm. This
wasn't unusual, but it was unusual that the fog was freezing on the
trees and grass. I drove the Mule across the creek and took a few
pictures before we headed to Glasgow.
We met Pauline, Brent, Julie & Kyle at Applebee's to eat lunch before going to the Star Wars : Rogue One showing. The show was fairly interesting and explained several of the oddities of the orginal Star Wars episode. Julie and Kyle didn't care much for the way this episode ended, it was not what they expected.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Early Christmas Spirit
Linda had been putting the Christmas hat on Coco for a couple of days, so we worked together with Stacey and took a picture of him on the Santa rug in front of the Christmas tree. It required several shots before we were able to get him to remain still for the picture. We are loaning the red utility trailer to a group in Burkesville to haul a load of Christmas gifts to Louisville on Saturday, so we had to move the old cars out of the pole barn and pull the trailer outside. While I had it hooked to the truck I asked Linda if she wanted to go to Central Furniture and pick out a new recliner. She did, so we drove through Greensburg to the furniture store and bought the recliner of her choice, then hauled it back to the farm and carried it inside. I left the trailer out side of the pole barn for the group to hook onto and haul their gifts to Louisville this coming Saturday.
Linda seems happy with her new "control chair" that rocks and reclines.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
I was glad to sign over the gray house to Nelson Lee yesterday in exchange for him demolishing the tax sale house. That means, no more $1,100+ property taxes, no more water, no sewage, no insurance or electricity bills to pay on a place we didn't want and that wasn't generating any income for us. Nelson Enterprises boarded up the windows and parked their track hoe in the yard. His current plans are to demolish the house trailer and rehab the house. Just glad it is not our problem any longer.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Anniversary & Thanksgiving
Wednesday Nov 23 was Linda and my 43rd wedding anniversary. Seems like a
Pauline, Brent, Julie & Kyle came over early. Brent drove a truck that Pauline's Dad, Larry, had left at their house for them to use. Pauline came a few minutes later in the Traverse with their kids and dogs. Brent brought the truck to take home a load of wood to burn in the fire pit he had built on his patio. After about a half hour of chatting, we took the Mule and truck across the creek and cut up some of the tree tops the loggers had left on Sondra Jones' place. Pauline, Julie, Kyle & Stacey also joined in helping pick up the pieces we cut and toss them in the back of the pickup truck. We stopped cutting around 11:30 AM and went back to the house for Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone had agreed to have it a day earlier because of plans for Friday. Linda had most of the items ready and just needed a little help with setting the table.
After eating we stayed inside, played games and watched TV.
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, the weather was cloudy and the ground was damp from an overnight rain. Brent and I went to the storage shed and brought back the Christmas Tree and decorations. We set those on the back porch and went to cut some more wood to finish filling the truck bed. When we were done with that, we returned to the house and the Christmas Tree was up and they were decorating it with hundreds of lights. Bulbs and ornaments were the last items put on. Linda had steaks laid out and wanted them cooked on the grill down by the shelter house. A little windy, but we took the steaks and started the charcoal burning in the grill. I had just placed the steaks on the grill when they all came walking down ready to eat. I laughed and told them the steaks would be very rare if we ate right then. The kids played on the rope swing and around the creek as the adults sat and talked until the meat was completely done. We had the steaks and leftovers from Wednesday's Thanksgiving Dinner.
Brent's family packed their things Friday morning, after breakfast and left for their home. We packed our things and left for IN just before 11 AM. We arrived in Daleville a little before dark and could see the tax sale house was gone and there was a hole left in the ground. Lee Enterprise had filled in some, but I think that rain had stopped the operation before they could fill the hole entirely.
We called Pizza King and I went to pick up our order. I had never seen that many people working in the Chesterfield Pizza King. I think there were at least ten people making pizzas and folding boxes.
I guess a lot of people were tired of Thanksgiving leftovers and didn't want to cook, so Pizza King was busy!
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Lacy & Julie Visit
Karen King had asked Linda to let Lacy stay a night with us while they
attended a meeting in Louisville. Linda picked Lacy up at school Friday
afternoon while I went to meet Brent & Julie in Glasgow. Julie then rode
back to to farm with me. When we arrived Lacy, Stacey & Linda were
starting supper. The girls played together the rest of the evening.
Saturday after breakfast, we took Daisy for a run around the hay fields and stopped to let Lacy & Julie walk along the creek bank and pick through the gravel for their treasures.
After lunch the temperature dropped and all the girls wanted to have a fire in the wood stove, so we hooked up the black trailer to the Mule and took a trip to the wood shed. We formed a line to hand the wood from the back of the shed to one of the girls that would throw it on the trailer. When the trailer was loaded, we hopped in the Mule and road to the back porch where we unloaded the wood into a stack between the wood racks.
After returning the trailer to the barn and parking the Mule, I went inside and started a fire. The girls got warm and watched TV together until Karen picked up Lacy around 8:15 PM.
Linda & Stacey took Julie home Sunday morning and visited with Kyle, Pauline & Brent.