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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pacer Game with Jason

Friday we Stacey and I picked up Jason at 3 PM and went back to the farm. Linda had come home from working at the school and was getting things ready for all of us to leave. We packed our things in the Chevy truck and I drove towards IN in the rain. We made it through Louisville and was half way to Indy before dark. About 30 miles south of Indy we encountered a single car wreck that nearly stopped traffic for about 20 minutes. We eventually made it through the traffic jam and went on to Chesterfield, then bought groceries and a pizza. At the Daleville house we unloaded the truck in the rain and went inside, turned up the heat and turned on the water, then ate our pizza. After about an hour, everyone went to bed.
Saturday morning, Linda fixed pancakes and sausage for breakfast, then Linda called her Mom and told her we were heading to her house in Pendleton. Everyone went inside at Nana's and sat in the kitchen to talk. We ate some of her 5lb Hershey Chocolate candy bar while we were talking and playing with the dogs. We all hugged Nana on the porch before leaving. Stacey wanted Jason to see where we lived when she was a kid, so I drove us through Park Estates and had them get out for a picture in front of the house.
We then went back to Daleville and prepared to go to the Pacer game. We left early and drove to Indy, made one lap around the Bankers' Life Fieldhouse and found a good parking spot. We made the short walk to the entrance and went inside, were pointed to our seats in the lower section and sat down. No problems and fairly good seats with plenty of time for Stacey and Linda to go to the gift shop before the game.
About a half hour later, the lights went down and the announcer started making the starting lineups on the public address system as fireworks were going off. The lights came on and the tip off started the game.
The Boston Celtics took the early lead, then the Pacers made a come back and the game was still close at halftime as we enjoyed some of the acts during the breaks.
The ex-Butler University coach, Brad Stevens, did some excellent coaching in the second half and the Celtics led most of the way.
The Pacers closed the scoring margin at the end of the game, but after several late game timeouts, the Celtics ruined Stacey's day by beating the Pacers.
We left the Fieldhouse arena and headed back towards Daleville. Stacey and Jason were both wanting to eat, so we stopped in Anderson and ate at Steak 'n' Shake. Jason was surprised the place was open, it wasn't only open, it was packed and people kept coming in after we were seated at 11:15 PM. I told him this place was not like Burkesville where they roll up the sidewalks at 9 PM. LoL
Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the Daleville house, then packed our stuff and headed to KY. Everyone slept as I drove from Indy to Louisville. I called ahead to Kingfish so they would have our order ready when we arrived. It was a good thing I did as their parking lot was full and people were expecting a 45 minute wait for a table. We avoid these delays by ordering take out and eating outside on their patios. We went to the restroom, then picked up our food without a wait, then walked down to the patio by the river and ate. The Ohio River was slightly flooded and there was river water in the edge of the parking lot where I parked.
About forty minutes after arriving, we were ready to leave and continue our trip home. We took Jason home at 3:45 PM, talked with Stephanie and Tommy a few minutes as we held Stephanie's grandbaby, Skylar, then we drove home to the farm.

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

Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2015

Seth Plays @ Dixie

Stacey, Linda and I went to the Dixie Cafe in Byrdstown for dinner and to listen to live music. Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal is friends with Linda. Jennifer's husband, Lee Neal, plays guitar there every month and he has taught Jennifer's son, Seth, to play guitar. It was Seth's first time to play in public. As soon as we sat down, Diane & Gerry Scott tapped me on the shoulder and began talking to us. They joined us at the table and we chatted the entire evening. They just recently moved from Daleville to the Byrdstown area. During the conversation, Diane remarked that they had met another person from Daleville living in the Byrdstown area. Her maiden name was Loretta Norrod. I told Diane and Gerry that Loretta used to live next door to me in Daleville when I was a kid. A few minutes later, Diane pointed out Loretta and I knew it was her as soon as I saw her face. I spoke with her a few minutes as I was walking back to my seat, then Loretta came over and talked with us. Geez, it was like going back to Daleville in the middle of TN. LoL OK, back to the reason we went to the Dixie Cafe, the waitress brought our dinners and the band began playing. After a few songs, they called Seth to the stage, introduced him and then they began playing. They gave Seth a small solo in the middle of the song and he had a good show. Click this link to see a video. We stayed till the music was over and then said so long to everyone, then drove home.

Posted by Dave at 9:00 PM

Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2015

Fresh Snow

All the snow that was on the ground melted Monday and Tuesday when it rained and the temperature was above 60 degrees.
This morning, about 4 AM it began snowing again. We have at least 2" on the ground now.
The forecast is for the snow to continue until at least noon, maybe slightly longer. Some areas near Elizabethtown are reporting ONE FOOT of snow already on the ground. I hope that passes us by!

*Update @ 3:30 PM CST*
We received about 3-4 inches of snow in our area of Cumberland County.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency and deployed Kentucky National Guard to help with relief efforts. The state has been walloped by a winter storm that has dumped nearly two feet of snow in parts of the Bluegrass state. Guardsmen were firing up Humvees to make emergency medical runs and rescue motorists stranded by a winter storm that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of the state. Kentucky Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht said more than 75 guardsmen have been dispatched for emergency missions since the storm hit. The Guard has helped rescue stranded motorists along Interstate 65 and the Western Kentucky Parkway in the Elizabethtown area. Stranded motorists were being taken to a warming center in Elizabethtown. He said guardsmen were also picking up stranded motorists along I-24 in the Paducah area in western Kentucky. In Marshall and Hardin counties, guardsmen were helping transport emergency personnel and medical patients. The National Weather Service said Ohio County in western Kentucky has been blanketed by 23 inches of snow. Snowfall has reached 21.5 inches in Radcliff, south of Louisville, and in Cynthiana in north-central Kentucky.

Posted by Dave at 3:45 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Monday, March 02, 2015

Still Snow In The Shade

The snow has began melting and is mostly gone except in areas that are shaded. Stacey and I took Daisy out of the pen and let her run across the creek from the house today.
Check out all the footprints in the left picture below. Those are not Daisy's tracks but she could smell something.
Farther back in the 'holler' there weren't any tracks across the snow.

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

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Good Friend Gone

A good friend of ours passed away. Dick Stevenson was a close friend of mine since I was 8 years old. We hung around together, played in sports, drank beer and went places together. I ran into Dick in Chesterfield, outside the grocery store and we did the 'guy hug' thing, then we both went inside and walked through the store talking as we put groceries in the carts. I didn't have a clue that would be the last time I saw him. I hate to have lost such a good friend this soon.

CHESTERFIELD — Richard “Dick” Stevenson, 65, resident of the Chesterfield/Daleville area, passed away Feb. 25, 2015, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in Muncie, the son of Cleatus and Vivian Woods Stevenson. He was a 1968 graduate of Daleville High School and was a superior athlete, holding the track school records set in 1967 and 1968 in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter relay. He was a varsity letter winner for four years at DHS and was inducted in the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He was extremely competitive and loved his nieces and nephews. Survivors include brothers, Jim Stevenson (Kay) of Yorktown, Larry Stevenson (Linda) of Anderson and Jack Stevenson (Phyllis) of Daleville.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ballard & Sons, 8212 S. Walnut St., Daleville, with the Rev. Marty Ballard of the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services on Saturday.

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

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Card Puzzle Done

After nearly every school in KY was out the entire week, kids were ready to play with nearly anything. Pauline & Brent came over with their kids and Julie helped Stacey finish the puzzle that Linda had been helping work.
It was a difficult puzzle because there were no edge pieces and all the card backs looked the same.
After lunch, when the rain had slowed down, we dressed warmly and went outside for a short round of sleding down the slope in front of the house.

Posted by Dave at 2:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

State Of Emergency

From the office of Cumberland County Judge Executive John Phelps:
All offices of the Cumberland County Courthouse & the Cumberland County Justice Center will continue to be closed on Wednesday February 18th, 2015 due to the inclement weather. Roadways continue to be dangerous due to the additional snowfall overnight. Temperatures will be falling to dangerous lows this afternoon and evening. Please stay home & do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Again please stay home and be safe. If you need to reach Judge Phelps you may call his cell phone at 270-459-0241. If you need County road department assistance, please call Road Supervisor Ricky Melton @ 270-459-0723. Road Crews will be working to clear road ways as soon as possible. Please do not call 911 unless you have an actual emergency.

Again, please stay in and do not travel unless absolutely necessary and wait for this weather system to pass.
Thank you for your patience.
John Phelps Jr.
Cumberland County Judge Executive


As predicted, TVA has alerted the 159 local power companies in the valley, including Tri-County Electric, that Step 20 of the Emergency Load Curtailment Program (ELCP) is effective at 3:00 p.m. today (Wednesday).
TVA is expecting demand to reach an all-time high Thursday morning. Step 20 of the ELCP is voluntary, but consumers are urged to conserve electricity to the maximum extent possible to help keep the system stable. In addition to lowering the thermostat on heat pumps, please postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment and turn off any nonessential lights and electrical equipment.
Tri-County Electric will issue updates as they become available. Thank you for assisting Tri-County Electric and TVA with electricity conservation during this power supply alert.

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

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015

Deep Snow

There had been predictions of a winter storm headed our way for a day or two, so we had went to the store and bought groceries and filled up our wood racks. We had also filled up some buckets of water in case the power or water went off. The snow began shortly after midnight. It was a fine powdery snow that just kept falling straight down, never letting up. By noon, we had at least five inches on the ground when I went outside, started the truck and let it run a few minutes while I shoveled part of the sidewalk.

Then I walked to the barn and started the Mule while Linda took over the shoveling. I drove the Mule down to the pole barn and opened the door, then fired up the tractor with the scoop. I cleaned our driveway off and several of the neighbors' drives before going inside to warm up. The walkway that we had shoveled was already covered with snow again. The predictions of the meteorologist had been between 6 to 8 inches of snow for our area. At 4 PM CST we had 7.5 inches of snow as shown by the picture below on the left. The picture on the right was taken at 7 PM CST, after the snow had stopped falling.
I'm fairly sure that will be the end of the snow for at least a day or two. It probably won't melt until about Saturday as the temperatures are supposed to remain below freezing until then.

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

Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day

The three of us left the farm early in the HHR to watch the next to last game that Kyle will play this year. The game was at 9 AM and we arrived a few minutes before the start. Both teams showed marked improvement with Kyle being involved more than anytime previously. After the game, we went over to Pauline and Brent's house for about an hour, then we headed back to the farm. Jason had asked Stacey to go out to eat with him, Kristi & Bryant, Stephanie & Tommy, and then to go to a Travis Tritt concert at the Plaza Theatre. Jason had also sent Stacey a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day.
We picked up some Wendy's sandwiches at 11 AM for the ride back to the farm. Linda helped Stacey with her hair and they eventually had everything ready, so we took Stacey over to Jason's place at 3:30 PM. We took a picture of Stacey and Jason while we talked to Stephanie, then we headed home.
Stephanie & Tommy brought Stacey back to the farm and dropped her off a little bit before 11 PM. She came in the bedroom and told me she had a great time. She said they had ate at Colton's Steakhouse and then went to the concert. Stacey said Travis put on a good show, that he sang a lot of his hits and the "sold out" crowd liked the show.

Posted by Dave at 11:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Flowers

Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2015

Kyle & Weekend

After watching Kyle play basketball from noon till 1 PM Saturday, Stacey, Linda & I went to Glasgow to eat. We chose Applebee's and went inside, placed our orders and were enjoying our drinks in the mean time. Then Linda saw two people we had known when they were kids going to Warren East Middle School. Rachael Swisher and Phillip James were now married and came over to talk to Linda and I. We were able to get caught up on their lives and told them a little bit of what happened with us after Linda left WEMS. The conversation politely broke up when our waitress brought our food, but it was nice to see how they had grown up. We left Applebee's and went across the road to Walmart for a few groceries, then to Ralphie's Fun Center to pick up Kyle. He had been attending a birthday party and the party was over. We picked up a car seat from Brent and loaded Kyle into the Malibu, then we headed back to the farm. I had to argue with Kyle about meaningless things so he would stay awake the last 15 miles. Grandma Linda even told him we had moved the farm and painted it red.
Sunday, Linda fixed pancake batter and I cooked the pancakes. We let Kyle play for a while, then a little before 11 AM we went to take Daisy for a run. The Mule was running funny, like it had some water in the gas, so we made a shorter trip and just went across the creek from the house for our ride.
We were able to make it back across the creek, put Daisy in her stall and park the Mule in the barn without it quiting.
I will get something to put in the tank to remove water from the gas and I hope that takes care of the problem.

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


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