Posted on Sunday, December 01, 2013
Plans Fall Apart
Pauline and Brent went home about 10:30 AM Friday. They left Julie and
Kyle with us at the farm and they were planning on shopping and seeing a
movie. Then we were supposed to take Julie and Kyle to Glasgow on Sunday
and meet them. Julie was going to attend a birthday party for one of her
school friends. It was a good plan, but it didn't work out.
Saturday morning Linda told me that Stacey was having involuntary movements in her arms and face, so I went into her bedroom and watched a few minutes. We decided to give Stacey a 10 mg Valium to see if that would stop the twitches. It did. We kept an eye on Stacey the rest of the day, but she seemed to be doing OK.
Sunday morning Linda called me into Stacey's room and we immediately gave her a 10 mg Valium at 5:30 AM. I continued to watch Stacey and could tell that wasn't going to do the trick. I messaged Brent and told him they would need to come pick up Julie and Kyle because we weren't going to get that far away from the hospital that was familiar with Stacey's condition. Pauline called when they read the message and I explained what was happening, so she said they would be over in a little bit. At 8:30 AM we gave Stacey another Valium to stop the movements before she had a gran mal seizure. About 9:30 AM, Pauline and Brent arrived and talked with Stacey and us a little bit. They loaded up Julie and Kyle and their things and went to the birthday party. Stacey didn't have any more problems during the day, other than being little slow from the Valiums.
Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013
40th Anniversary Trip
We headed for IN when Linda came home from work Thursday afternoon. We
picked up a pizza and cruised on in to Daleville. We ate and went to bed
after checking out the cabinet job. We knew it wasn't done, but was
pleasantly surprised at how much was done. We had asked for the water to
be on and it was functional... at first. We had to get Mark to come to
the house and put on one brass band that was missing the next morning
when we turned on the hot water. That took him about 15 minutes, so we
were all set. I gave Linda her necklace for her anniversary present and
then we went to visit Kim and Kenny Bourke. We spent several hours
talking with Kim, Kenny and Hoadley, we also delivered an elliptical
exercise machine to Zack's house, then returned to Daleville for the
Saturday we ate a light breakfast, then went to Pendleton to visit with Reba. I had called and let Nana know we were coming to take her out for lunch, so she was dressed and eager to go. After a hour of conversation, we took the truck and I drove to Frisch's Restaurant. I told Nana that this was the spot Linda and I had first met and I had asked her out on our first date. Linda and I had split a Hot Fudge Cake way back then and we also did this visit. We took Nana to Daleville and let her see the new cabinets and some of the other improvements we had made on the house, then drove her back to her house in Pendleton. She knew we were going to a Pacer game that night, so it wasn't upsetting to her when we left at 3 PM. We went back to Daleville, picked up the camera, put the dog in the cage and headed to see the Pacers. In Indy, I started to park in a $25 parking lot, but couldn't get the truck into the small spaces, so we left there and followed the crowd to another parking garage. Lucky for us, only $6 to park in there! We then walked down the stairs, across the street and into Banker's Life Fieldhouse. We were early enough to watch some warmups and hear the National Anthem be sung.
There was something going on at every stoppage of play, we also spied Larry Bird and the Pacer owner, Donny Walsh in their seats.
The Pacemates were on the court a lot of the timeouts and between quarters. Check out one of Boomer's Buddies getting ready to dunk the ball (his head is higher than the top of the bankboard).
The Pacemates kept the crowd fired up clear till the end of the game, it was pretty close until the last few seconds, but the Pacers pulled through and won!
We stayed and watched till a lot of people had already left, then we stopped at the Home Court gift shop and bought Stacey a Pacer shirt before walking back to the truck and driving back to Daleville.
Sunday morning we went to look for some tile to use on the back splash in the kitchen, then packed our things and made one more stop to see Linda and Imon before driving home.
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Dell Venue Pro
My laptop PC is getting fairly old and some of the keys are sticking. It
is on it's second battery and the life in it isn't all it should be. So,
I decided to buy a replacement for the laptop. I wanted a tablet, but I
wanted one that would do more than an iPad could handle, so I began
searching around until I found what I think is a pretty good piece for
the price. It is made by Dell and is called a Dell
Venue Pro. I went with the Pro model because it will run Windows 8,
which in turn will run most legacy Windows programs. The standard model
Venue comes with 32 gigs of storage and I opted for an extra 32 gigs for
a 64 gig total. This had been recommended by several reviewers since the
Windows OS eats up most of the standard 32 gigs of storage. The only
other option I purchased was an Active Stylus to use with the tablet. It
is basically an electronic pointer because I have fat fingers. lol I've
spent a few days using the tablet and I'm happy with the performance so
far. I can access all the files on all of my other PCs on my home
network without any problems. I have installed the usual programs on the
tablet and they seem to work fine. I was surprised that even my Quicken
setup works, will access my bank accounts and do all the functions just
like it was running on a full size PC.
Posted on Monday, November 04, 2013
This morning, after Stacey and I had finished our house work, we hooked
up the trailer to the Mule, grabbed the chainsaw and loaded Daisy in the
back. We crossed the creek and let Daisy out to run while I sawed some
of the larger pieces of wood into a size that would fit into the stove.
Stacey picked up the smaller pieces and loaded those on the trailer as I
used the saw. I put the saw in the back of the Mule and we loaded the
remaining pieces of wood on the trailer. Stacey took a picture of me
driving the Mule towards the creek right before we loaded Daisy in the
We unloaded the trailer into the pile we had made Saturday when Brent was helping and then we took Daisy for a longer run.
It was such a nice day we just sat and watched Daisy play in the field and creek for a good long time.
Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013
Weekend & Birthday
On Thursday we had high winds and rain, so the town had postponed
Halloween Trick or Treat until Friday night. Friday night we were
getting a few kids stopping for candy when Pauline and Brent came in
with their kids and dogs. All of a sudden it was 'pandelerium'! The door
bell ringing, kids screaming, dogs barking, and who knows what else was
Pauline and Brent's kids had definetly ate too much candy before they arrived. LoL After the 'trick or treaters' stopped coming, we calmed things down with a die hard game of aggravation and finally bed for Julie and Kyle about 9:30 PM.
Saturday morning Linda fixed Kyle's favorite, french toast, then we talked about a job for the day. Brent wanted to cut some trees that had been blown down earlier in the summer, so we hooked up the small metal black trailer to the back of the Mule and took the chainsaw and the tractor across the creek.
We began by cutting away the small limbs and debris and shoving them out of the field with the tractor. Then I used the tractor to lift Brent up so he could just cut the trunks of the trees into the proper lengths to split and burn in the stove. The girls helped by loading the trailer with the smaller pieces as we finished with the larger stuff. We pulled a full trailer to the wood shed and unloaded it, then we all went inside for lunch. A quick batch of burgers was cooked and ate, then we gave Stacey her iPad Mini for her birthday present.
After lunch the kids took naps while Brent and I went back to the woods and cut more pieces of wood, we filled the trailer and then unloaded it. We left some work for another day because we needed to get cleaned up to go to the Dixie Cafe to hear the Backroom Band play. We left the farm a little after 4 PM and Brent drove us to Byrdstown and the Dixie Cafe. We went inside and met Jennifer, then ordered our dinners. It takes a little longer since a lot of people show up right before the band starts playing and everyone is trying to get their food at the same time. They don't do too bad at getting it out to people though. The band's lead singer asked Stacey between songs if her birthday was coming up, she said it was on Sunday, so he led everyone in singing "Happy Birthday" to Stacey.
There was another person having a birthday too and it just so happened the Dixie passed out cupcakes to everyone that wanted one. We left for home a little after 7 PM as Kyle had lasted about as long as he could.
Sunday morning, Julie was having breathing trouble and was awake at 4:30 AM. Pauline and Brent had to pack their stuff and leave so they could get home and give her a breathing treatment.
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013
When Linda came home, we loaded into the Malibu and picked Jason up at
his house at 4:30 PM. Then I drove to Campbellsville and stopped at the Creek
Side Restaurant. The parking lot was rather full, but we didn't have
to wait to be seated.
Everyone did a walk-by to see what was on the buffet before sitting down at the table. Linda, Stacey and Jason all decided on eating from the buffet, so I made it unanimous. We each made several trips to the food bar and back to the table and when everyone was stuffed we decided to call it a night and head back to the farm to let Stacey open the gifts Jason had brought for her.
Stacey thanked Jason, then they watched a few innings of the World Series. Of course, an argument ensued over which team was going to win, then Jason busted out a good line using the Cardinals' pitcher's name. It was "Wacha", pronounced like the Pac Man sound, so Jason started in with "he's going to walka, walka, walka the other team." We all laughed at that, but Stacey didn't like it much. lol A little after 8 PM, Stacey took her pills and then she and I took Jason home so he wouldn't be too late to take his medicine. Stacey jumped out of the car and told Jason thanks and gave him a hug, then they said good night.
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
After a light rain, the fog was rising in the 'hollers' around the farm. Stacey and I decided we would take Daisy for a run. After letting her out of the barn and the back of the Mule, Daisy wanted to play in the creek so we stopped and watched her dink around.
When we pulled out of one hay field and into another, Daisy began tracking several trails across the field.
She never did roust anything up, but she had fun running back and forth for a while as we slowly drove around the field.
Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday morning Stacey, Linda and I took Coco in the HHR and went to
visit at Pauline and Brent's house. We took the dog cage so that Coco
wouldn't tear up any rugs or door facings as has happened before. Linda
asked Julie and Kyle to show us their costumes for Halloween since we
wouldn't be able to see them later. They were quick to go to their rooms
and put on their entire outfits. Julie is going as a black cat and Kyle
is going to dress up as a Ninja Turtle.
We also went to Bowling Green with Brent driving his Traverse. We ate lunch at the Bowling Green Mall so everyone could get something they liked. We dropped Pauline off at WKU for her to check on something at work while Brent and I picked up a gift that will be revealed later this week. Linda remained at the Mall with Julie, Kyle and Stacey.
Brent purchased a video game at Wal-Mart and when we returned to the house, Kyle and he began playing the game. We stayed until about 5 PM, then drove back to the farm.