Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Friends In Daleville
When everyone left after the egg hunt, Linda and I decided to go to
Daleville Monday morning. I fixed egg and ham roll ups before we left
about 8:30 AM. The trip went as usual and we arrived at the Daleville
house about 4.5 hours later with a pizza. We ate, unloaded the car,
hooked up the TV, turned on the water and furnace, then relaxed. Linda
and I made a lap around town in the golf cart before dark to check out
the progress on the Salem Apartments development and the water park.
Tuesday, Linda and I cleaned up the area in front of the house where we had the old shrubs pulled out. We removed the black plastic and several pieces of the shrub roots, then raked the river rock to level it in the entire area. Stacey and I rode the golf cart to pick up cans that had been tossed out along the roads. As evening was beginning, we headed to Elbert's for Taco Tuesdays. I decided to put the golf cart in the yard barn, but it wouldn't start. When I raised up the seat to look for a problem, Cindy Reed & Jody Ratz were standing behind me and Cindy was in my case about I was supposed to let her know the next time I was in Daleville. Uhh, no reply, caught! We all hugged and went to Taco Tuesday at Elbert's. Cheryl Ballard and Terry Granger came in and joined us. Then Karen Wilson popped in and sat with us. Next, Vicki Fritz pulled up a chair. OMGosh, it was a homecoming it seemed. Stories began circulating with people tossing in comments left and right. People that I hadn't thought about in years were suddenly back in my memories. Then the get together was over and everyone went their separate ways. I put a battery charger on the golf cart battery and let it charge. The cart started and I put it in the yard barn.
Wednesday we went to visit Linda's Mom. We stopped at Jimmy's Dairy Bar and bought sandwiches to eat with Nana. She ate well as we talked. We stayed a little over two hours and then headed back to Daleville. Linda and Stacey went to Kim Bourke's house to see what she was doing while I hung out on the bench in front of Elbert's. I'd rather set outside than be inside a dark bar because I'm mainly over there to visit, not drink. One of the guys working on the water park was telling me that the water park was going to be free access. There will be two stages for music acts to use too. I went back to the house before dark. Linda and Stacey came back around 10 PM.
Thursday, we ate toast for breakfast, loaded up and stopped in Jeffersonville for lunch. King Fish had their parking lot fenced in to deny access to people during the Thunder Over Louisville boat races, so we had difficulty finding our way into the parking area. They charge $495 for a metal table with 4 metal chairs outside on their patio and nothing else during the boat races. We pulled in our driveway at 2:30 PM.
Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Egg Hunt 2017Pauline & 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 on Thursday, March 30, 2017
Linda K & Imon Visit
Linda K & Imon with their dog, Katy, arrived at the farm Thursday
Friday we went to their property and helped draw floor plans on the pole barn floor. They checked out the work we had arranged. The water line had been installed and was working along with the septic tank and laterals.
Linda & Imon had stopped Thursday at the Taylor County Electric office and filled out the paper work to have their electricity connected. The crew arrived while we were there and installed a transformer on the pole, connected the power line to the building and plugged in the meter. The power was on!
I drove to Albany and we all ate at Hunter's BBQ before returning, getting Imon's truck and then back to the farm.
Saturday Imon and I did some ATV riding while the girls talked down at the shelter house. They packed up their stuff, loaded Linda N's 65 Mustang on a trailer and headed to IN.
Sunday we watched the NCAA basketball games and decided to go to IN on Monday.
Monday I drove the Equinox to Daleville. We didn't have many plans, basically let Linda visit her Mom. I went to bed early instead of watching the Pacers with Stacey and Linda.
Tuesday, Linda and Stacey visited with Nana while I watched NetFlix at the Daleville house. We went to Elbert's for Taco Tuesday when they returned.
Wednesday, Linda went to visit her older brother, Abner Jr, in the morning. Stacey and I rolled out the golf cart and went around Daleville picking up beer and pop cans. It is good exercise for Stacey and gives me a chance to see what has changed in Daleville. The Salem Apartments construction has began with earthwork. The old Lion's Club building is gone and the field in front of the American Legion is now mud. People in town are pissed, but progress moves on, I guess?
Thursday morning we packed our stuff, closed down the house and headed to King Fish. We again ate outside and watched the muddy river and the traffic on it. There is a new pier under construction for the upcoming Thunder On the Ohio hydroplane races.
The off and on rain showers we had drove through in IN were gone as we headed into KY and on to the farm, arriving about 2 PM, but the rain showers resumed around 6 PM. The predicted severe thunderstorms never materialized.
Posted on 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 on 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 on Thursday, February 23, 2017
Spur of the Moment Trip
We didn't have much on our calendar, so we decided to take a trip to IN
since the weather reports were for mild temperatures during the upcoming
week. We left Saturday morning arriving just before dark in Daleville. I
parked the truck, carried in a few things, then took a couple pictures
of the tax sale lot and the new electric meter and weather head that
Wilson Electric had installed. They had temporarily hooked up the power
to the old electric drop until the electric company could come out and
shorten the wire and connect it properly.
Sunday morning, I took a picture of the new electrical panel that had been installed in the basement. Linda took Stacey and went to Pendleton to visit her Mom while I remained at the house. I removed the golf cart from the storage barn and took a ride around town. After Stacey and Linda returned from her Mom's, Imon & Linda K stopped to visit and we all went to Bird's Smoke House for supper, then returned to chat longer.
Monday, Lee Enterprise used a small tractor and drug the dirt a little smoother, then spread grass seed and spread straw over the entire lot.They worked on the gray house lot, taking down the persimmon tree with the track hoe. Tim and Ed Bolton were interested as it looked like the tall limbs might fall on their house. Nelson took his time and broke the tree down without hitting anything.
Tuesday, we went to the Indy Boat, Sport & Travel Show at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds. We went during the daytime to avoid the crush of people that usually show up during the evenings and on weekends. There weren't many new trends or hi-tech improvements, it was mostly new colors on the boats or bigger motors. The pontoon in the picture impressed me, it had two 300 hp Evinrude outboards mounted on the back of a 27 footer with a wing on top. It looked like it would literally fly! There was a bathroom on board (in case the speed caused a person to shit down their leg I guess).
When we returned to Daleville, Lee Enterprise had placed large rocks at the back property line as I has asked. Hopefully it will keep the bar patrons from driving in the yard.
Wednesday, the electric company showed up and disconnected the temporary hook up, shortened the wire and reconnected the power. Linda's brother, Abner stopped in and chatted for an hour or more. Later that evening, we went to Lapel to visit with Kim & Kenny Bourke. Kenny cooked breaded tenderloins and French fries for all of us to eat. They were delicious and the conversation was good too.
Thursday we packed up and left the Daleville house, then stopped and visited with Nana for over an hour. We left Pendleton and stopped in Jeffersonville at KingFish for a late lunch, then on to the farm.
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Dogs Running @ the Farm
Linda and Stacey wanted to take Coco and Daisy for a run around the hay
field so I took the drone and made a video. There were several sets of
electrical wires I had to avoid and lots of tree limbs, so I wasn't able
to just use the Active Track feature. I had to constantly monitor where
the drone was flying and what it could possibly fly into. We managed to
make it about 1/3 the way around the field and I landed the drone just
after Coco attacked Daisy. No dogs were injured during the recording of