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Friday, August 03, 2018

Porch Railings for Daleville House

Sunday morning we met Pauline and Brent in Cave City and took their kids with us to Daleville for another week. We stopped at the rest area just north of Louisville for a bathroom break before driving the rest of the way.
 
Steve and his crew had made good progress on removing the wrought iron porch railing and replacing it with a no maintenance vinyl covered railing. They also busted the old concrete steps on the left side of the porch. Steve had previously poured new steps on the right side and was working on the hand rail for them.
 
  
Linda met her brothers and visited with her Mom most days, while I stayed at the Daleville house. Julie and Kyle didn't go the Splash Park much due to rainy weather the first 3 days of our trip. We were able to play basket ball and they rode bikes quite a bit. Most of the evenings were spent watching kids movies on Netflix. Stacey and Julie were on the edge of their seats when I snapped the picture below. Kyle setup camp each night and put the pillows up each morning. Julie and Kyle took turns sleeping on the pillows like it was a reward.
 
Before leaving for KY on Thursday, I talked with Steve and we added building a sidewalk from the steps to the town's sidewalk to his contract, also installing a new storm door that I purchased. We left Daleville and drove to King Fish on the IN side of the Ohio River for lunch, then into KY and onto Brent's house where we dropped off Julie and Kyle. Brent gave us 2 boxes of fresh peaches to make peach jam. Linda drove us to the farm and we unloaded.

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Grand Kids in Daleville

Monday, Julie & Kyle went to Daleville with us. We are keeping them for 3 weeks until their school begins in August. After the ride, J & K went to the Splash Park. They're able to walk back and forth to the park and the Daleville house or ride in the golf cart with Linda or I.
 
Tuesday through Thursday, we gave J & K money to buy sno-cones at the water park. They've been trying the different flavors. Julie didn't really like the Pina Colada flavor, but finished it anyway.
 
Kyle has braces on his teeth, but they both assured me that the ice was not going to bother Kyle's dental work. Kyle had a Black Cherry flavored sno-cone that might have gave him 'brain freeze' when I took this picture.
 
Each morning, J & K would ride their bikes to a church parking lot, Stacey and I rode in the golf cart, then we all played basket ball for about an hour. Then J & K would go for a bike ride and return to the house.
 
The new garage has been nice to put their bikes and the golf cart inside, then just hit the button to close the garage door. It is a bunch easier to use than the yard barn.
Friday morning we packed up our stuff, went to Denny's for breakfast, then returned, closed the house and drove to the farm.

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

Monday, June 25, 2018

Garage Finished

Stacey, Linda & I left Friday morning for Daleville. We stopped in Pendleton and dropped off Linda so she could drive her Mom's truck while we were in IN. Stacey and I went on to Daleville and unloaded the Equinox and turned on the AC at the house. Linda ended up having to call Imon to unlock the garage before she could get to the truck. She remained there for a couple hours before coming to Daleville.
Lana & Frank Dial visited with us Saturday evening. Stacey had trouble all day and wasn't good when they were with us. It was still enjoyable chatting with Lana & Frank.
Sunday, Stacey was fine & Linda took her and visited with Nana & Imon most of the day. Sunday morning, I worked on installing the electric garage door opener with Steve Sargent. We mounted the opener and hooked it to the power. Jim Cooper dropped in for a few beers and conversation. He even stayed after Linda & Stacey returned. It was good seeing Jim!
Monday, Steve laid the last part of the cap on the split faced block while I programmed the door opener and the key pad for it. Linda visited with her brother, Jr most of the day.
 
Finally, the garage was done! We moved our stuff out of the yard barn and into the garage. The yard barn is ready to be moved from our yard and located about 3 blocks away.
Rain stopped the guy from delivering the gravel for the driveway Tuesday. He will also finish grade the area around the garage when the yard barn is removed and the ground is dry. Bonnie & Donny came over Tuesday evening and we talked, then went to Elbert's Lounge for Taco Tuesday. There were several others from Daleville there, Bob Huffman, Terry Granger, Helen Craig, Christa & Bruce Corn, Mary & Steve Sargent and it was kind of an old home week.
Wednesday, we packed our things, locked the house and headed back to KY.

Thanks to Steve Sargent and his crew of workers for doing a great job building the garage!

Update The driveway is finished. Thanks to Mary Sargent for the photo taken the day after we left.
 

Posted by Dave at 7:45 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friends In Daleville

When everyone left after the egg hunt, Linda and I decided to go to Daleville Monday morning. I fixed egg and ham roll ups before we left about 8:30 AM. The trip went as usual and we arrived at the Daleville house about 4.5 hours later with a pizza. We ate, unloaded the car, hooked up the TV, turned on the water and furnace, then relaxed. Linda and I made a lap around town in the golf cart before dark to check out the progress on the Salem Apartments development and the water park.
 
Tuesday, Linda and I cleaned up the area in front of the house where we had the old shrubs pulled out. We removed the black plastic and several pieces of the shrub roots, then raked the river rock to level it in the entire area. Stacey and I rode the golf cart to pick up cans that had been tossed out along the roads. As evening was beginning, we headed to Elbert's for Taco Tuesdays. I decided to put the golf cart in the yard barn, but it wouldn't start. When I raised up the seat to look for a problem, Cindy Reed & Jody Ratz were standing behind me and Cindy was in my case about I was supposed to let her know the next time I was in Daleville. Uhh, no reply, caught! We all hugged and went to Taco Tuesday at Elbert's. Cheryl Ballard and Terry Granger came in and joined us. Then Karen Wilson popped in and sat with us. Next, Vicki Fritz pulled up a chair. OMGosh, it was a homecoming it seemed. Stories began circulating with people tossing in comments left and right. People that I hadn't thought about in years were suddenly back in my memories. Then the get together was over and everyone went their separate ways. I put a battery charger on the golf cart battery and let it charge. The cart started and I put it in the yard barn.
Wednesday we went to visit Linda's Mom. We stopped at Jimmy's Dairy Bar and bought sandwiches to eat with Nana. She ate well as we talked. We stayed a little over two hours and then headed back to Daleville. Linda and Stacey went to Kim Bourke's house to see what she was doing while I hung out on the bench in front of Elbert's. I'd rather set outside than be inside a dark bar because I'm mainly over there to visit, not drink. One of the guys working on the water park was telling me that the water park was going to be free access. There will be two stages for music acts to use too. I went back to the house before dark. Linda and Stacey came back around 10 PM.
Thursday, we ate toast for breakfast, loaded up and stopped in Jeffersonville for lunch. King Fish had their parking lot fenced in to deny access to people during the Thunder Over Louisville boat races, so we had difficulty finding our way into the parking area. They charge $495 for a metal table with 4 metal chairs outside on their patio and nothing else during the boat races. We pulled in our driveway at 2:30 PM.

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Linda K & Imon Visit

Linda K & Imon with their dog, Katy, arrived at the farm Thursday afternoon.
Friday we went to their property and helped draw floor plans on the pole barn floor. They checked out the work we had arranged. The water line had been installed and was working along with the septic tank and laterals.

Linda & Imon had stopped Thursday at the Taylor County Electric office and filled out the paper work to have their electricity connected. The crew arrived while we were there and installed a transformer on the pole, connected the power line to the building and plugged in the meter. The power was on!
  
I drove to Albany and we all ate at Hunter's BBQ before returning, getting Imon's truck and then back to the farm.
Saturday Imon and I did some ATV riding while the girls talked down at the shelter house. They packed up their stuff, loaded Linda N's 65 Mustang on a trailer and headed to IN.
Sunday we watched the NCAA basketball games and decided to go to IN on Monday.
Monday I drove the Equinox to Daleville. We didn't have many plans, basically let Linda visit her Mom. I went to bed early instead of watching the Pacers with Stacey and Linda.
Tuesday, Linda and Stacey visited with Nana while I watched NetFlix at the Daleville house. We went to Elbert's for Taco Tuesday when they returned.
Wednesday, Linda went to visit her older brother, Abner Jr, in the morning. Stacey and I rolled out the golf cart and went around Daleville picking up beer and pop cans. It is good exercise for Stacey and gives me a chance to see what has changed in Daleville. The Salem Apartments construction has began with earthwork. The old Lion's Club building is gone and the field in front of the American Legion is now mud. People in town are pissed, but progress moves on, I guess?
Thursday morning we packed our stuff, closed down the house and headed to King Fish. We again ate outside and watched the muddy river and the traffic on it. There is a new pier under construction for the upcoming Thunder On the Ohio hydroplane races.

The off and on rain showers we had drove through in IN were gone as we headed into KY and on to the farm, arriving about 2 PM, but the rain showers resumed around 6 PM. The predicted severe thunderstorms never materialized.

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

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.
 

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

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.

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

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 morning.
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.
  
  

Posted by Dave at 9:00 PM
Categories: Cars, Current Events, Daleville, Farm

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Gray House

 
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.

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Anniversary & Thanksgiving

Wednesday Nov 23 was Linda and my 43rd wedding anniversary. Seems like a big number!
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!

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pacers vs Celtics

We had purchased Pacer tickets for Stacey's birthday a couple months ago. The game was at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indy. We came up to IN a few days early to watch Lee Enterprises demo the tax sale house. We just hung around the Daleville house, ate lunch and left for the game around 4 PM. We stopped at Meijer's in Anderson for Linda to buy some curtains, then drove to Indy. We found a parking spot close to the Fieldhouse that only charged $5 to park. We walked to the Fieldhouse and were surprised to find a door open that let us get in easily. They handed each one of us a "Roger Brown" bobble head. We were close to our seats when we climbed the stairs and only had to walk across the concourse and down to our section. We sat in the top row of the lower section. The Pacers led until late in the third quarter.
 
They traded the lead with the Celtics until the last 4 minutes of the 4th quarter, when they ran out of steam and missed several crucial shots. Stacey was not a happy camper when the final horn sounded and the Celtics had beat the Pacers. We quickly walked out and to our car, found an easy way to the Interstate and headed back towards Daleville. We stopped at Steak 'n' Shake for sandwiches before returning to the Daleville house.
 
Posted by Dave at 10:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Demo Day

We arrived in Daleville right at dark and were unable to see what had been done on the tax sale house. After unpacking, we went to Elbert's Bar, behind the house, for $1 Taco Night and a couple cold drinks.
Wednesday morning, I noticed Nelson Enterprise had removed the front porch Tuesday before we arrived. They began work and had the dozer and the track hoe running. Nelson switched to the track hoe and slowly began picking off pieces of the roof and crunching the walls as he moved towards the front porch.
  
Stacey and Linda stood and watched as piece by piece came down and nothing hit our house. Other people stood in the yard and watched too.
  
Finally the entire roof was down and things were safer at last. Nelson crunched some of the pieces into the basement which will be dug out including the concrete. He busted up the cement floor and foundation of the old garage. They began loading those pieces of concrete onto their truck at the end of the day.
  
There will be dumpsters delivered and the crunched up debris will be loaded into those in coming days.

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