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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Day Boating

Linda had to work at the school this week, so Stacey and I needed a new crew to go to the lake. Pauline and Brent volunteered for the position and both took a day off work to join us. We headed to the lake and rode towards Star Point. We were ahead of the scheduled meeting time, so Julie and Brent both took turns on the skis. Then we pulled in and anchored with some of our friends. A lot of the same people were still on the lake, but several had left to return home and had been replaced by new arrivals.
At one point, Lana and Franks' grandkids had joined our grandkids and were on the back of the boat. I asked them to all stand there for a minute while I took a picture.
I think they are the next generation of "cove dwellers" that are taking over from us! LoL

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

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friends @ DHL

Julie and Kyle are staying a few days with us while Brent runs a swim meet in Louisville and Pauline goes along. Some friends from IN had told us they were coming to the lake for nearly an entire week, so we made plans to meet with them. We took food and drinks and loaded those along with everything else we needed into the boat. Then filled it with gas and headed to the State Park Dock. Linda drove the boat off the trailer with the kids riding along and I parked the truck and trailer, then joined them. When we left the dock area, the weather did not look that great. It had rained for the last two days and the clouds were making it look like it might continue raining.

We rode over to the predefined meeting location and arrived about an hour before the designated time. That gave us enough time to let the kids swim and then have a picnic lunch before the others arrived.
By the time lunch was over, the clouds had cleared away and it was beginning to look like a nice day. Then the boats began pulling in and the people were happy to have the weather break for their vacations. At one point in the day, there were at least 45 people in the group according to a couple of the guys. I never took the time to count. LoL
We moved over to Pusley Creek and Donnie Cox asked Julie to ride along in the tube with his grand daughter to help give her confidence, since it was her first ride in a tube. Julie was more than happy to go along.
Julie even skied a little later, then about 6:30 PM we told everyone 'so long' and headed to the dock, where we pulled the boat out. Then towed it home and put it in the pole barn. What had started as a real 'iffy' day, turned into a great day on the lake with friends!

Posted by Dave at 8:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week In Indiana

Monday afternoon, Stacey, Linda and I drove the Malibu to IN. Our first stop was at Lowe's in Anderson. We talked with an appliance salesman and determined that if we bought a new washer, dryer and refrigerator that Lowe's would deliver the appliances on Thursday. We purchased the appliances and then drove to Chesterfield, bought groceries and a pizza at Pizza King, then to the Daleville house.
Tuesday I had to drive to Muncie, go to the UAW Legal Services, pick up papers and then to the Delaware County Courthouse. Pay the Auditor, pay the recorder and then both the Daleville houses were in our names. Then I went to the Health Department to get a death certificate, then to Anderson to the Health Department to get a death certificate, then to the BMV to find out that I was unable to transfer the car title because I live in KY. In the evening, we went to Kim & Kenny's house to eat with them. Kenny had fresh tenderloins he had cooked in his new deep fryer ready when Kim came home from work. Hoadly was there too and ate with us. Kim showed us her garden and we talked about how they could repair a roof on their out door shelter house.
Wednesday, we worked on getting some of the stuff out of the way in the basement and sorting out the junk. We went to Pendleton and stopped at the Dairy Bar for sandwiches which we took to Nana's house. We ate with her and talked for about 3 hours.
Thursday morning, George O'Bryant came to the house with two guys to haul off some of the old appliances. I had called him Tuesday and told him we had 2 freezers, a washer and a dryer he could have for junk. It was all 4 of us could do to lift the upright freezer out of the basement. The smaller chest freezer, washer and dryer were easier. George didn't want to charge me, he said he would get money for junking out the motors and metal, but I gave each one a $20 bill for their help.
Shortly after noon, the Lowe's delivery driver called and said they would be there in 20 minutes. They showed up, took the doors off and rolled in the new refrigerator first. They replaced the doors on the fridge and the house, hooked up the ice maker's water line and turned it on. Next they took the washer and dryer down to the basement, set them on the blocks, hooked up the water line and vent and were out of there.
Friday, Linda organized the rest of the basement junk. I carried out the trash bags as she filled them. We sat the bags in the yard and later 'little' Al let Linda use their golf cart and we hauled the trash to a dumpster. We also rode around town and talked to some friends while we had the golf cart.
Saturday, we cut the top edge off a trash can and set it under the drain that was leaking in the basement. We went to 'big' Al's 50th Wedding Anniversary party. It started at 2 PM with a large meal, then live music and talk.
Sunday morning, we packed our stuff, shut off the water and AC unit, then drove to King Fish for lunch. The new bridge supports are being built right next to the current bridge. I'm guessing one bridge will be for north bound traffic and the other for south bound. Just a guess.
After eating, we drove to the farm and were surprised to see the little house was completely gone.

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

Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2014

4th of July, Lake, Birthday

Julie and Kyle had been staying with us all week, so Pauline and Brent came over Thursday evening. Friday, the 4th, we let the kids play in the kiddie pool in our yard, then we all went to the park in Burkesville. Julie and Kyle hit the inflatable slide the first thing. They made trips up and down, up and down, until they had enough.
We ate 'fair food' under the pavilion, then listened to some home town people competing in a talent contest.
The "Road Crew" band took over and played for about an hour and a half. Then they quit playing just in time for the fireworks, so we walked about 50 yards to Brent's Traverse, pulled out our lawn chairs and sat back and enjoyed the fireworks show.
We had prepared well for the 4th on Dale Hollow Lake. We had hoagies made up, chips and plenty of drinks because the few restaurants are always crowded on the 4th. We took two vehicles to the lake to aid in parking the truck and trailer. Usually the lower parking lot is full, the roadsides are filled, the middle lot is sometimes full and if you are walking it's a long haul uphill when fetching your vehicle after boating. Pauline drove their Traverse to pick Brent up after he parked the truck and trailer, then returned to the lower lot with him and parked. That was a much shorter walk.
It is hard to tell it from the pictures, but there were boats everywhere on the lake, more than I had seen in the last few years. We managed to get a spot in our favorite cove though, and we spent a large chunk of time there swimming and eating, until about 1 PM.
We moved around the lake taking our time to check out where lots of the houseboats were parked and just seeing how many camping spots were taken. The kids laid down and took naps during the ride.
We found another quiet place in Galton Hollow and even let Julie ski. She has really made progress, this time holding the rope without it being attached to the skis was the next step in her learning curve. Brent and I worked with Kyle a little bit too. We had him in the water and putting the skis on, learning to turn over and to move around on his own with the skis. We never tried to pull him with the boat, but Brent would get him setting straight in the water, then I would tug on the rope pulling Kyle 20 feet or so to the boat. It gives him a feel for being pulled through the water and it won't be so scary when we actually let him try. We pulled off the lake about 7 PM. The water was rough most of the day from all of the boat traffic, but it had still been a decent day on the lake swimming and riding around.
This morning, Brent cooked breakfast and later we had a lunch of chicken breasts with fried potatoes and peppers, all cooked on the grill. Pauline and Brent took their kids and Poco and went home about 4 PM.

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

Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2014


We took a ride to Columbia in the 97 Mustang convertible and the kids couldn't keep their heads up because of the wind. LoL Everything was OK though when we stopped at Sonic for burgers and ice cream.
We also took a ride around the farm and let Daisy run along. Kyle wanted to ride on a 4 wheeler, so I took him with me. He sat in front of me and that's his blond hair in the bottom of the picture. Stacey rode another 4 wheeler while Julie rode in the Mule with Linda. I was amazed at how quickly the hay has jumped up since the first cutting on Memorial Day.
We stopped and let the kids throw rocks in the creek or look for creek glass to put in Linda's jar. They had on flip flop shoes, so it didn't matter if they were in the water or wandering up and down the gravel bar.

Posted by Dave at 5:30 PM
Categories: Cars, Current Events, Farm

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014

Grocery Trip

We stopped at BK on the way to buy groceries. Everyone sat at a round table and ate burgers, then some of us had ice cream.
After finishing our ice cream, we made a quick lap through the grocery store and then back to the house.

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

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

House Demolition

Herbert Lattin has begun demolishing the small house on our farm.
I think they are removing the pieces that they can reuse and then Johnny Davidson will actually demo the house using a track hoe. He will crunch it into small enough pieces to put into a dumpster.

Posted by Dave at 6:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebration @ DHL

My plan was that we would leave early to go to Dale Hollow and maybe come home early in case of afternoon thunderstorms. Everyone complied and we left the house at 8:15 AM after 'sticky buns' for breakfast. We all rode in the truck and stopped to fill the boat with gas where I noticed a thunder storm cloud getting bigger. At the dock, Brent backed the boat into the water, parked the truck in the lower lot and joined us in the boat. Sweet, we left the dock and headed out across the lake. The lake was flat, hardly any other boats and the water was nice and warm. We made a quick run to our favorite cove and most of us jumped in and started having fun. Pauline and Linda remained in the boat. A half hour after we began swimming, we had to climb out. That thunderstorm had followed us and was threatening. We pulled up anchor and made a run across the lake in the opposite direction to Star Point. I pulled the boat into an open slip and we tied it up just as the rain began. Pauline had made cupcakes, so we got those out and sort of celebrated Julie's birthday again.
Shortly, some geese/ducks swam up and the kids were busy feeding them the heals from the loaf of bread we had brought for sandwiches.
A half hour rain shower, then it was over and we headed back out on the lake. We drove in the direction the storm had came from and were able to drive to sunny weather. It had been slightly over a 30 minute delay, but it didn't take any time once we stopped the boat for the fun, fighting, swimming and sun bathing to begin.
Julie had told Brent and I that she was going to ski on her birthday, so we began the attempt. I had her stand on the back of the boat and pose with her skis, then Brent had her get in the water and put the skis on. We both talked about what she needed to do and Brent kept her calm.
I drove the boat, tightened up the slack in the rope and when Julie said she was ready, I took off. Julie popped right up and went right back down. Brent was holding the handle with the rope so he could let it go when Julie fell. That was so the boat wouldn't drag her. A couple more attempts and she skied far enough people in other boats were cheering. Julie then swam to the boat full of self confidence and talking a hundred miles a minute! LoL
Kyle was eager to go when everyone was cheering for Julie, so he and Brent went knee boarding, then Pauline joined in the fun. She and Brent rode until they were both tired and let go.
We enjoyed more cupcakes, sandwiches, swimming and playing in the water until another storm cloud caused us to head for the dock. It was nearly 5 PM anyway, so it was about the usual time we leave. We put the boat on the trailer, covered it up and had left the State Park before the rain hit us.

The YOUTUBE video of Julie sking is below.

Posted by Dave at 10:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014

Julie's Birthday Visit

Stacey, Linda and I had began the day by going to Edmonton and walking around the Blueberry Festival on the Courthouse Square. We bought 20 lbs of berries and brought them back to the farm. Linda sorted out the best berries and I used the rest to make blueberry jam. I had also found a recipe that used blueberries, cream cheese and sour cream with a few other ingredients. I put those together in 1/2 pint jars and when Pauline, Brent and their kids arrived we ate those to celebrate Julie's 7th birthday. Linda put a candle in one and we all sang Happy Birthday to her before she blew out the candle.
Then Julie opened her birthday presents.
We had hamburgers after the birthday celebrations had subsided. I know it was the wrong order, we should have ate first, then had dessert, but kids don't like to wait!

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

Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Weekend

We didn't have much at home because we just returned from IN, so Kyle, Stacey, Linda & I went to the grocery store midmorning on Friday while it was misting rain.

After returning to the house, I was able to mow with the tractor and finish mower even though the grass was still a little wet. Julie, Pauline & Brent arrived about 1:30 PM on Friday. I think they were all eager to see Kyle, who had been staying with us for a week. We sat and talked for a while and then went to eat at Major's Pizza in Albany.
Saturday morning Pauline fixed breakfast and then several of us made up 'cooler hoagies' and packed things for our day on the lake. We left a little later than usual since it wasn't going to be really hot, the predicted high temperature was 85 degrees. A couple of crazy things began happening! The gas pumps were not working at the filling station. OK, we went to a different station and filled up, no big deal. Right outside the State Park, a Tahoe with a pontoon behind it was blocking the road. We stopped and the guy's trailer had came off his hitch. I left our truck and boat blocking the road and began helping. We moved his truck, let the pontoon and trailer roll down to level ground, then six or seven guys picked up the tongue of the trailer and reset the jack wheel. We then had the guy back his vehicle up and we hooked on the trailer. OK, on to the lake. No more problems the rest of the day, it was nice. We began by going to Pusley and putting Julie out on her new set of trainer skis that she had received for her upcoming birthday. Like any child, she was scared and it took some coaching to get her to give it a good try. She popped up right away, but would quickly fall. After three attempts, we brought her back in the boat and sent Kyle out with a knee board. Brent rode a knee board alongside Kyle on a knee board and coached him into a good ride. Swim, eat hoagies, ride, swim, eat cookies, ride, and we were down at the dam area about 3:30 PM. No chance of rain, just able to relax and enjoy the boating trip. On the way back, I suggested to Brent to pull into Galton Hollow, where there was usually some real smooth water. He drove nearly to the end of it and we turned around. Julie wasn't as eager to try skiing this time and Brent had to urge her to try. The thing that worked was, Brent told Julie she could quit trying when she skied a certain distance. Boom, she got up and skied, then was able to get back in the boat. Once in the boat, she was proud of her accomplishment and was talking about how easy it had been. Five minutes earlier, people would have thought we were killing kids. LMAO! We boated away and as we passed another boat, the people yelled "Good Job!" to Julie. We stopped at Willow Grove's new store. They have built a new floating store and added a floating bar/dance floor/band area. We also stopped at Mike's Landing @ Sulphur Creek. No changes there, but it needs some. A new dock would be safer. We pulled the boat out of the water around 7:30 PM and towed it to the farm. I parked the boat by the house and we went inside. Linda had a roast in the crock pot, but nobody wanted to eat and it wasn't long before we all went to bed.
Sunday morning Linda made pancakes and smoky links for everyone. About a hour later, we went outside to clean up the boat. We took nearly everything out of it, jackets, skis, ropes, floats, pillows, bumpers, even the snap-in carpet. Then Pauline and Brent used buckets of soapy water and washed down the ski well, motor compartment and storage compartments. Julie and Kyle helped me wash the skis, knee boards and wake board while Linda used the carpet cleaner to clean the boat carpets. It amazes me how much stuff we put in a boat. By then, it was lunch time and we needed to let things dry out before returning them to the boat. I started the grill and cooked a bunch of steaks while Brent and I sat there and drank a couple beers. Linda had the rest of the stuff fixed by the time the steaks were done, so we went inside and ate. A couple hours after lunch, we went outside and loaded the things back in the boat. We sorted out a few things we weren't going to take every time and took them to the pole barn when we parked the boat in the barn. After several hugs, Pauline and Brent took their kids and dogs and went home about 4:30 PM.

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


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