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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, Flowers

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, Flowers

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

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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 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.

Posted by Dave at 8:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

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.

Posted by Dave at 12:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Freezing Fog

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.

Posted by Dave at 9:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm