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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

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Drone Farm Pics

Linda and I spent Thursday mowing nearly the entire farm because rain was predicted for the next few days. It rained a little Friday, a lot Saturday and most of the day Sunday. Monday was cloudy, then Tuesday the weather cleared. The wind was gone and the sky was partly cloudy, so I decided to take the drone out and get some pics of the farm.
 
 
 
 
 

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Pauline & Brent had plans to go to a swimming event for Coach Powell at WKU on Saturday, so Linda and Stacey picked up Julie and Kyle after their ball practices. I remained at the farm and mowed. Jennifer's boys, Seth & Josh messaged me and wanted to come over to ride the ATVs. I told them I needed to do a couple of things, but if they'd help to come on over. They replied they were on their way. I needed to cut a tree down at the edge of one of the hay fields that was leaning low into the field. When Seth and Josh arrived, I loaded the chain saw and a chain into the back of the Mule. Seth drove the Mule and I drove the tractor with the scoop to the tree that needed removed. I cut the tree, then Seth and Josh hooked up the chain so I could raise the tree off the ground and carry it to a pile of trees that I had Joey remove a few years ago. I placed the tree on the pile and then we picked up another tree the beavers had cut down. That was the end of the work I had the boys help me to do. We went back to the barn and they traded the Mule for two ATVs. Julie & Kyle arrived when Linda & Stacey returned. Julie wanted to have a fire so we started one in the fire pit and were setting around it as the boys were riding. We roasted hot dogs one of the times Seth & Josh popped back in. Then they took off again. Aw Oh! Josh and Seth returned on the same ATV. Seth had his stuck in the mud. I told them to get the chain we had used earlier and pull it out. Away they went. Josh came back and said Seth had lost the key to the ATV he had been riding. WTHeck? Why had he even taken the key out? I took the tractor with the scoop and drove to the other farm and back into Sondra's hollow. I couldn't believe the place he was trying to drive the ATV through. I told him that the 4 wheel drive tractor I was driving would NOT have went through there and he should NOT have taken the key out. Then I pulled him out backwards. Seth did all the hooking and unhooking the chain as we then had to pull the ATV all the way out of the 'holler', through the creek and up the road to the barn. We pushed it in the barn and went back down to the fire. Seth and Josh stayed a couple more hours with us around the fire pit roasting marsh mallows and drinking pop. When Kyle laid down on the big rocks around the fire, I called the party over.
Sunday morning I went out early and looked for the ATV key. Extremely luckily, I found the key about a quarter of a mile from where Seth thought he had lost it. I contacted Jennifer and let her know I had the key. Pauline and Brent arrived around 8:30 AM. We boiled a dozen eggs while the bunny hid 140 plastic eggs with candy and spare change inside. Once the bunny had the plastic eggs hid, Julie and Kyle were ready to hunt.
 
As they have aged, they have become faster at finding the eggs. It wasn't long until we counted the eggs and determined that all had been found.
 
I grilled chicken breasts on the park grill while Linda baked potatoes and corn casserole in the stove that we had hooked up in the pole barn. She like being outside while things were cooking. We added a tossed salad when the food was done and Lind picked up Regina to eat with us. After Regina went back home, we went inside and Julie & Kyle colored the hard boiled eggs before going home with Pauline and Brent.
Posted by Dave at 8:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Brent's Flies the Drone & ATV Riding

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. 

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

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.
 

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

Posted by Dave at 7:24 AM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grand Kids

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.

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

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

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!

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

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!!

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dogs Run

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 low.
 
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.

Posted by Dave at 11:00 AM
Categories: Current Events, Farm