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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Farm Camp Out 2016
Linda and I began preparing the farm, pole barn and house for the Farm
Camp Out on Tuesday. Linda began cooking pies and soups Thursday.
Our guests began arriving Friday afternoon. A light rain shower began about dark, but it did not put out the fire Brent had started in the fire pit. In fact, most people stood in the misting rain until it stopped a half hour later. We served three kinds of Linda's homemade soups that were kept warm in crock pots for guests to eat as they arrived. The last group of guests made it to the farm about 9 PM.
Saturday morning, Linda fixed bacon, eggs and biscuits with homemade jellies that we had made. Sharon, Jackie, Sondra, Regina and Pam joined us to eat lunch. They brought side dishes to pitch in with the two pork loins that we had bought from Hamilton's BBQ. Linda also made some side dishes and pies. We had way too much food and I think everyone was able to eat all they wanted.
The skies had cleared and the temperature was 83 a little after we finished eating. People began riding the ATVs around the farm on the trails.
Brent and I hooked up the hay wagon to the tractor and I pulled a load of guests around the farm, down the creek and to the gravel bar where everyone was throwing rocks into the creek. Some of the girls learned how to skip the rocks over the top of the creek water.
Cold pop sickles after the hay ride and then the kids began playing in the creek or on the rope swing.
A full stomach and a hay ride caused some to need a break.
Around 5 PM, I started the charcoal in the grill as the kids and Brent kept a small fire burning in the fire pit.
More swinging for the kids while the adults carried on with conversations as we waited for the Italian Sausage with green peppers and onions to cook.
We used the left over side dishes from lunch to complete the evening menu.
A few cold drinks and lots of laughs rounded out the evening.
Toasting marshmallows and smore's were fire pit favorites later on.
Linda had fixed French Toast with sliced ham for everyone Sunday morning. Inevitably, it is the last day and people have to start preparing to leave. Several trips were made to round up items as the kids were left to play in the living room while packing was done.
A group picture was the last thing before people began leaving for their homes. After a road trip on the ATVs, we heated the soups back up at lunch time for those that stayed longer to eat before they left.
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It was a lot of work, but Linda and I feel it is well worth it to have the Farm Camp Out. We get to see the people, eat together and keep in touch with what has been happening in their lives. I hope others enjoy it as much as we do and will continue to join us here.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Saturday morning, Brent help me dig a 3 foot deep hole, pour it full of
concrete and set the pole for the Pilot
Rock park grill. I had used the back hoe on the tractor to place
large flat creek rocks around the location that Linda and I had picked
to put the grill, but I waited until the pole was set to put the last 3
rocks in place. Brent and I assembled the grill by adding a few items,
such as the exterior shelf, a bar to keep the lid open and the
adjustment pieces used to let in more or less air.
Sunday morning the concrete was setup, so we hauled the grill to the pole and set it on top. I dumped in quite a bit of charcoal and lit the fire to burn off any paint or contaminants before we cooked on the grill. After that burnt out, I added more charcoal and cooked hot dogs and Italian Sausage along with a tin foil pack of green pepper and onions. Linda brought down the picnic basket with the things needed to eat. Then we chowed down. The brats were delicious!
Monday, Linda, Stacey and I cooked more brats.
Tuesday we had chicken breasts cooked on the grill.
Wednesday, chicken breasts again.
We're loving the charcoal flavor and eating creek side!
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Surf & Turf
Pauline and Brent Norris were over this week end to pick up their kids after fall break. Thanks to Michael Lamont we enjoyed a Surf & Turf dinner Saturday evening. Mike sent us a seafood package earlier this year and we boiled the lobsters to enjoy with our steaks. Thanks Michael Lamont, you're a class act!!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Brent's Birthday Cruise
Brent waited too late to schedule rooms at Hidden Cave Ranch, so he
invited his friends to stay at the farm this year. Guests began arriving
Friday afternoon. This year's guest were Shelly & Jeff Huck, Jennifer &
Frank Miles, and Michael Lamont. Pauline & Brent brought Julie & Kyle
along with their dogs, Pepper & Poco to stay at the farm too. Friday
evening Linda fixed taco flavored meat and let each person make their
choice of chips, salad or wrap as the delivery ingredient.
Saturday morning, eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and jelly were offered for breakfast before they loaded up and left for the lake about 9 AM. Linda and I kept Julie & Kyle busy during the day since Stacey was asked to go along to the lake this year. Everyone except Shelly & Jeff returned to the farm around 7 PM. Shelly & Jeff went to Major's Pizza and brought pizzas back to the farm for all to enjoy. Brent started a fire in the fire pit down by the shelter house and most guests were hanging around enjoying conversation until after dark. I headed to the house just before midnight.
Sunday morning, Linda served up pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Everyone took a ride on the 4 wheelers or in the Mule as Brent took Pepper & Daisy for a run around the hay fields. Linda cut a large watermelon, that a neighbor had given to us, and several of the guests ate it before they began leaving just before noon. Pauline & Brent packed up their things, loaded their kids and dogs and left for home around 2 PM.
We didn't hear any complaints, so we must have done OK?
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ski Trip #1
Brent and family came over Saturday morning to go boating on Dale Hollow
Lake. They had taken Stacey with them on Thursday, but Linda and I did
not go along. We were going this time and had purchased a bunch of lunch
meat, buns and fruit for everyone to eat while on the lake. Susie Mader
had posted they had bought a new pontoon and I made a comment about we
were going to the lake, so Gary and I made plans to meet in Pulsey Creek
around lunch time. The Maders had bought a new Bennington tri-toon. It
was a pretty, nice boat. Everyone swam in the water and talked until
around 1 PM, then we pulled up anchor first and moved to the middle of
the finger let to do some skiing
Julie went first and popped right up, skied a short way then dropped off. A little more coaching and she took two more turns. Kyle was our next victim
He was a little harder to get going since it had been half a year since his last experience on skis. But he made it up and went a little ways, three different times. Brent was the last one to go. He fought his way up on the Jobe slalom ski and threw a trail of water back and forth across the boat's wake. He held on until his hands gave out, then dropped off and rested until I brought the boat and rope back to his location. The third time was all he wanted.
Each one did well for their first time of the year. Julie asked to get ice cream, so I drove the boat to Willow Grove and they went inside and made their choices, then returned to the boat. We rode for a while towards Wolf River Dock, then pulled into Sewell Creek and anchored the boat in the shade of the hill. The kids had enough sun and it let us extend our time on the lake without getting them sun burned. We pulled the boat off the lake a little after 7 PM, towed it back to the farm and backed it into the pole barn.