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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sunsets

 
Since we moved to KY over 20 years ago, I haven't seen that many sunsets. Our farm is in a valley and the sun disappears from our view before it passes the horizon. With the drone, I now have the capability to capture sunsets at the best times, thanks to the drone's ability to fly above the height of the hilltops.
  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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