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Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Boating Begins

I had been getting the boat ready for the upcoming season by connecting the batteries and charging them, then hooking the trailer to the truck. Stacey and Linda had been using Pledge on the hull and returning the life jackets to the storage spots under the rear pads.
We had made plans with Pauline and Brent while watching Julie and Kyle play their games at the diamonds in Brownsville. They arrived around 8:30 AM on Sunday. Brent and I tested the batteries by briefly starting the engine with the battery switch in each position. We put the road cover on and tied it down, then aired up the four tires and returned to the house to fix coolers and etc. We rode in the Mule to the barn with our things and family. After transferring to the truck we stopped for gas and ice at the Minit Mart then on to the Dale Hollow State Park.
I drove the boat off the trailer with everyone but Brent in the boat. Brent parked the truck and we picked him up at the courtesy dock. It was a little cool and the water had more than normal debris floating on top. I picked our way though and cruised to several spots to look for prime locations. We found a cove near Holly Creek that was peacefule with flat water. Kyle didn't wait for boat to stop before he was ready to jump in the water. I wasn't quite so eager, but before the day was over, everyone was in the lake. The first plunge was breath taking but after about 20 seconds it was nice.
Linda had made sandwiches and it wasn't long before those were passed around. She made enough to last all day. We had fun in the water, then let Kyle knee board, then play in the water off and on till we had enough sun.
Our first time out, we cut it short to avoid sun burns. We pulled off the lake about 3:45 PM, unloaded our stuff, tied down the cover and towed home.
Brent took his family home around 4:30 PM.

Posted by Dave at 7:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events


Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Rough May

May started out rough. On Tuesday, May 3rd I woke up about 2 AM with pain in my abdomen. I could not go back to sleep and couldn't get comfortable. I soon realized, I had a kidney stone. About 9 AM, I went to the Cumberland County Hospital ER. Luckily for me, my regular physician, Dr Rice was working the ER. I told him I thought I had a kidney stone and it was causing quite a bit of pain. I had to give a urine sample and have a CT Scan. Both confirmed I had a 7 mm by 8 mm stone lodged between my kidney and my bladder. Dr Rice said I would not be able to pass that size of stone and I needed to go to Campbellsville to have the situation remedied. He had the nurse give me a pain shot and sent me home.
Linda drove us to Taylor County Hospital in Cambellsville and I went inside the ER. They were waiting for me to arrive and quickly added my info to their computers. I was x rayed and put back in the waiting room. Five minutes later a technician called my name and took me to a ready room. There I completely undressed and put on the backless gown. I was asked every possible question about my medical history, had my vitals taken and then Stacey and Linda were brought in. Next, the crew came in for consultations, then the urologist, he was doing 7 surgeries and I was #6. It was going to be awhile.
Finally they rolled me out of the room, up the elevator and into the OR. Lights, camera, action...
Next thing I knew I was in recovery. Then rolled back to the room with Stacey and Linda. According to the doctor, a stint had been placed and that was all. He had told Linda I had a urinary tract infection and he wanted it cleared up with antibiotics before he busted up the stone. Four prescriptions and I was sent home.
I had to go see my cardiologist to get the OK to be put under with general anesthesia so that was a trip to Bowling Green. She wanted to do an echo cardiogram to check the condition of my heart, so we stayed late to have that done. I had to return to Bowling Green two days later for her to tell me the results and that I would be OK.
Two weeks had passed since the first pain had sent me to the hospital.
I had to go back to Taylor Co Hospital a day before surgery for blood work and to give the urologist the OK from my cardiologist.
No food, no drinks after midnight and drive to Taylor Co Hospital. Check in, x ray to make sure the stone is still there and then undress. Same batch of questions, dang, didn't they put in my answers just two weeks ago? Finally, it is time for the OR. They try a spinal block because they're still worried about my heart, I tell them the doc said it was OK. Five minutes after the spinal block, no effect. The guy gives me another one which consists of 4 or 5 small pain shots and then the shot right in the spinal cord. He remarked he had spinal fluid in his needle which indicates he was in the right spot. Still no numbing. They bring in another guy that guarantees he will get it done. When he finishes, I'm still not numb, but he says to put me on the table anyway. I then tell the urologist that I can feel everything he's doing. He realizes I'm telling the truth and he has them put me out using general anesthesia. Breathe deep, breatheeee....
I woke up in recovery, back hurting, kidneys not hurting but the rest of the system was on fire, and my throat sore.
Linda had been informed he had busted a stone in each kidney and placed two stints. After one hour and urinating, I was allowed to go home.
Linda drove to Sonic and bought me a butterscotch shake to soothe my sore throat.
Three days later, Linda pulled the two stints out using the attached strings.
About ten days later on June 10th, I passed another kidney stone about the size of a green pea. A little over a month from start to finish, almost as long as it took to write this! LoL

Posted by Dave at 4:15 PM
Categories: Current Events


Posted on 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


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 by Dave at 5:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville


Posted on 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


Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Linda K & Imon Visit

Linda K & Imon with their dog, Katy, arrived at the farm Thursday afternoon.
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 by Dave at 7:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville


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 by Dave at 1:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm


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

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