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Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014

Painting Ceiling (Twice)

Linda had an extra day off before Thanksgiving and was wanting something to do. Pauline and Brent came over the previous weekend, so we figured we would go to IN and do a little bit of work on the Daleville house. We left the farm after Linda came home from school Tuesday afternoon. I had thought we might be able to miss a lot of the holiday traffic by leaving a day early, but that didn't work out very well. We were stopped on I-65 before we were near Louisville and then again between Louisville and Indy, but we finally made it. We were too late to pick up our normal supper of Pizza King, so we had to settle for Arby's and Taco Bell the first night. One good thing though, the furnace was functioning properly and quickly raised the heat to the desired temperature. Tuesday morning, Linda made a quick breakfast of cinnamon rolls and it was time to begin the painting of the living room ceiling. Linda used a brush to paint the grooves between the ceiling tiles while I taped the trim and began rolling the paint on the tiles. I quickly caught her and made us a couple glasses of ice cold Coke. A bit more work, another break to let her get the feeling back in her hand and we had the first coat on the ceiling.
Stacey and Linda went to the grocery to buy the items they needed for our small Thanksgiving Dinner the next day. I waited a while, then put a second coat of paint on the entire ceiling. They returned from the store and put away the groceries. Anita had called Linda while they were buying groceries and she came over to see the house and what we had done to it. We gave her the grand tour, which took about two minutes, then we sat and talked a while. We ended up going to Elbert's and eating. Heck, Anita seemed to know as many people in there as we did. We had a good time, Linda and Anita drank Pepsi and I drank Buds. Before things got too crazy, we went back to the house and sat and talked another hour or more before Anita left for her house.
Thanksgiving Day we had a nice small dinner, just the three of us, no shopping, no football, just being a small family in a small house with plenty of peace and quiet. It was nice. I did call Brent and wish him, Pauliine, Julie, Kyle, Dorothy and Larry a happy Thanksgiving from all of us. I'm really glad Pauline was able to get her Mom and Dad to come to their house for Thanksgiving, it means a lot to her! Around 2 PM
Linda went to Gay &Abner Jr's house. Linda's Mom and her neices & nephews were there. She was back in a couple of hours. Friday morning we had omelets for breakfast and took it slowly getting ready to leave for KY. It was spitting snow, but no accumulation on the roads. We took the Interstate through Indy and exited at the 76 mile maker near Edinburgh then went US 31 south to the 19 mile marker on 65 to avoid the construction. It was a nice ride going that way. Then we stopped at Kingfish and picked up our usual dinner, but this time we ate in the truck since it was too windy and cool to eat outside and too cold to leave Coco in the truck by himself. We buzzed through the construction between Louisville and Elizabeth town, just barely slowing down, then trucked on back to the farm without any problems.

Posted by Dave at 7:46 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Frustration Ends

On October 29th, I found out that the Cumberland County Pharmacy (CCP) had been giving us Stacey's medications without getting paid. They had expected their billings to go through, but Coventry Cares (CC) had not paid since August 28th. I started out by calling Coventry Cares and was told that Dr Zhu's office needed to send in a Prior Authorization (PA) form to them. I called Dr Zhu's office and they said they would take care of it. A couple of days went by and I called the pharmacy about Stacey's meds and they tried getting paid, no luck. I called CC and again they said I needed the doctor's office to send in a PA. This procedure went on for about 2 weeks. Still no results. I remained calm and polite through the entire time, but it was getting frustrating. I asked Linda to call and see if she could do anything. She got farther along, but still no payment to the pharmacy. "Give it 48 hours.", she was told. We waited over the weekend and still no payments.
Friday, I told the CCP that Stacey was nearly out of medications and we could not get it fixed with CC. Once again, they gave us the medications, but asked me to come in on Monday and call CC from their business so we could all talk together.
Monday, Stacey and I went to CCP and they called their number for CC, then put me on the phone. I had to have Stacey give them the OK to talk to us due to HIPAA laws. Then we chatted and had to tell the entire story again, then I gave the phone back to the pharmacist and she talked to CC. All this took about a hour. Finally, I was told to go back home and they would call later to let me know if anything had been changed. About 1:30 PM the phone rang, nothing was different, still no payments.
Wednesday, I went back to the CCP without being asked to check to see if any payments had been made. They hadn't, so the pharmacist called CC again. This time, a positive result. The payments were processed and they were being paid for Stacey's medications. We had a mini celebration right then!
Dr Zhu had told me over a year ago how the insurance companies were making it nearly impossible for people to get their brand name medications. He was completely correct. My GM Retiree medication provider, Express Scripts (ES) won't cover them at all, no way, no how. Coventry Cares requires letters from the doctors and Prior Authorization which they make nearly impossible to achieve.
This is the second time we've had to go through this procedure. We are approved for one year, so we can look forward to doing this again.

Thanks to Cumberland County Pharmacy and their staff for caring more about the person than their money! Coventry Cares and Express Scripts, eh, not so much!

Posted by Dave at 1:00 PM
Categories: Current Events

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014

Daleville Trip

We arrived in Daleville with a pizza and our clothes in the pickup truck. We turned on the water, water heater and turned up the furnace, then ate our pizza and hooked up the TV. Pretty soon it was sleepy time.
Saturday morning, I woke up and it was fairly chilly in the house. I checked the thermostat and it read 61 degrees. I asked Linda if she knew what the deal was with it not heating. No, she didn't. We went down stairs and looked at the furnace, then checked a switch and followed the wire to a separate fuse box. It looked like the fuses were OK, but we changed two of them anyway. Still no heat, no fan, nothing worked. Since Linda had worked at Lehman's Heating and Cooling, she had friends that she thought would be able to fix it. She went on Facebook to Brad Douglas's profile and found his business phone number. Brad called back a little later and said he would be over at 7 AM. He arrived on time and we talked a few minutes about what everyone had done since Linda had left Lehman's, then he went to look at the furnace. With his electrical tester he was able to track down one of the problems. It was a blown fuse in a different box that looked like it was OK. He changed that and the furnace began to run. Within about two minutes, it shut off without getting the house to the temperature the thermostat was set. Brad immediately said the filter was too dirty and was blocking enough air flow that the furnace was not getting rid of enough heat so it was kicking off. We changed the filter and he restarted the furnace. This time it continued to run until the thermostat shut it off. Great! A fuse and a new filter and we had it working. We went upstairs and sat at the table and began talking about when Brad had came down to the farm to ride ATVs and things that had happened to each of us since then. Brad had left Lehman's and started his own company in Anderson called Alpha Air. He installs HVAC residential systems and also does service on them. After paying Brad for his service call, we sat and talked for over an hour before he left. It was nice to see him again. Linda and I began moving the living room things out of the way and tearing out the old carpet, pad, staples and the tack strips.

After laying down one row of backer board and screwing it down, we moved the couch to the other side of the room. Then we pulled the remaining carpet up and cleaned up the tack strip and staples. Lunch was from Elbert's, a little more work, then a shopping trip to Menard's We were mainly checking the availability of some things we were planning on using later in our construction process. We did buy three boxes of different amperage fuses for the house, just in case something else goes bad. We returned to the house and hooked up the TV again, this time on the other side of the living room.
Sunday morning, the furnace was still working and at the proper temperature. That was reassuring to me. We had breakfast and then laid down another full row of backer boards, then I screwed them down while Linda finished removing all the staples from the floor. I began cutting the edge pieces to fit and Linda took over screwing them down. Pretty soon we were done. After McRibs for a late lunch, Stacey and Linda went to visit with Nana while I watched the NASCAR race.

Monday morning, Stacey was a little twitchy, so we quickly gave her a Valium along with her regular meds. Things continued like that as we packed up, shut off everything, set the furnace to 55 degrees and headed home. We had to give Stacey more Valium as we were driving, but after we crossed the Ohio River, it seemed like she was doing OK. So, we stopped in Campbellsville for some take out sandwiches and ate as we were driving the rest of the way to the farm. Stacey helped unload the truck and didn't need any more Valium the rest of the night.

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

Posted on Monday, November 03, 2014

Happy Birthday Stacey

Jason came through again by sending flowers for Stacey.
They arrived just in the nick of time as Stacey was calling him to ask if he wanted to go out to eat with us. Jason was asking her, "Did you get anything today?", and Stacey kept telling him, "No." But right then the door bell rang and the dog started barking. It was a delivery, from Jason, of flowers with a helium filled balloon. So they were able to talk about it on the way to eat. But really, the main topic was the fight between Jeff Gordon, Brad Kesoloski and their NASCAR pit crews.

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

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick Or Treat

Even though the weather was colder and it was misting rain, we still had a few trick or treaters come to the door. I took a couple pictures of the ones we knew.
There was a scary wild animal around that made a lot of noise each time the door bell rang. I managed to get a picture of it too!

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

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Damp Colors

Yesterday and last night the rain took a lot of the leaves off the trees and muted the colors of the hills.
At the same time, it really greened up the hay fields that were mowed last week.

Posted by Dave at 10:00 AM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2014

Anita & Shelly Visit

Anita & Shelly arrived Friday evening.
Saturday morning we had breakfast and talked for a while. I went outside for a while and used the tractor to trim around the hay field and let the girls talk. Pauline and Brent arrived with their kids in time for lunch. After lunch, we took Daisy for a run and let the kids throw some rocks into the creek from the gravel bar.
Then we took Daisy back to the barn and went on a longer ride up the hill and around Jone's Ridge. It was a pretty autumn scene as we were going through the woods on a gravel road. We had a nice ride, stopping near the end to let Kyle and Julie hold their hands and feet under the water that runs out all the time, then returning to the farm. Brent started a fire in the fire pit and I went to town for hot dogs and marshmallows. We roasted both over the fire and also used the campfire pie makers to make some apple pies.
Pauline and Brent left to go home around 6:30 PM because Pauline had to be in Nashville before 8 AM to fly to California for her job. We went to the house when they left and sat and talked the remainder of the evening.
Sunday morning Anita and Shelly took showers and cleaned up their stuff right after breakfast, then sat and talked until 11 AM. We all walked outside and gave each other good bye hugs before they headed back to IN.

Posted by Dave at 11:30 AM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boat Serviced

Yesterday I called Davidson's Marine and asked about getting the boat serviced. Joe said to bring it on out. So, Stacey and I pulled it out there with the truck and left it. I told Joe to winterize the motor and to change the oil and oil filter. Slightly after noon today, Joe called and said to come and get the boat, it was done. Once again, Stacey and I headed out to his place on south SR 61. I pulled in and Stacey helped me line up the hitch, then we hooked the boat trailer to the truck. Stacey went back to setting in the truck while I went inside and paid the bill. Ten minutes later we were pulling out and headed back to the farm. I stopped the truck and we opened the pole barn doors so I could back the boat into the barn.
I backed it in and Stacey yelled at me when I was far enough back. We unhooked the truck and trailer and went to the house.

Posted by Dave at 3:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014

IN Tax Sale

Stacey, Linda and I headed to IN on Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday morning, we went to Muncie for a Delaware County Tax Sale at 10 AM. It was our first time to attend such a sale, but we wanted to try and get an abandoned property next to the Daleville house. We signed in and were given bidder # 24, then waited. There were 571 properties for sale and the one we wanted was listed 9th from LAST on the list! We thought we would be there all day, just waiting. The auctioneer started explaining the procedure, which took about 10 minutes, and we found out that they would let the people that were there to buy just one property go first. WOW! That was a great plan! We ended up being the third person he chose. He called off the property number, the minimum bid, I raised our bidder number, he asked "any other bids?", there were none. He said, "going once, going twice, sold to #24." Simple and quick. We walked to the front and a clerk handed us our paperwork to take to the courthouse. We were out of there by 10:30 AM and were also nervous wrecks! We went inside the Treasurer's Office at the Delaware County Courthouse and paid the 2014 taxes on the abandoned house. The house is still not ours though, we must wait ONE YEAR and do some paperwork. We walked across the street to an attorney's office and hired them to do the title searches, to send the proper paper work to the current owners and to the court offices. I took some Tylenol on the way back to Daleville for my busting head. Linda was able to wait until we went in the Daleville house to take something for her headache.
Thursday, Linda and I worked on covering the dining room floor with the backer board. Linda removed the tack board that was still along the edges of the room after we had taken out the carpet. I used a power driver to screw the backer board in place. Imon dropped in for a short visit while we were working. It was a good time to take a break.
Friday morning I finished screwing the boards to the floor and we did a few other things. Stacey and Linda picked up Nana and went shopping. They came to the Daleville house with a pizza and Nana ate with us and we all talked while we ate.
Saturday, Shelly and Jeff came by for a little while to check on a project I had asked Jeff to build for us. We talked a while before they left to buy their pool closing items. After that we took our time to pack our things, set the thermostat to 50 degrees, turn off the water, pull the switch on the water heater and then we left, just before noon. We went inside at King Fish to eat in comfort, like normal people, since it was cool enough we could leave Coco in the car. We made it to the farm about 5:30 PM.

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

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Farm Campout 2014

People began arriving at the farm Friday a little after noon. Imon and Linda K had towed their trailer with my Mom's old Thunderbird down to KY for us. Shelly and Jeff had towed their camper to KY to sleep inside. The weather was damp at that point. Imon rolled the Thunderbird off the trailer and Shelly and I went to the Courthouse to transfer the IN Title back to me. It was a relief to finally get all my Mom's estate finished. We returned to the farm and began riding the trails in a light mist with Daisy running along and Imon's dog, Katy, riding in a home made seat behind Imon and Linda K on his ATV. Shelly was riding with Jeff and Trevon was riding by himself. Linda N was driving the Mule with the kids. After a lap around the farm to see the new trails and the dozer work I had done, we went to the garage and sat in there until Linda N called us inside the house for soup 'n' ham sandwiches. That's when Pauline and Brent arrived.
Saturday morning, Pauline fixed everyone breakfast, then we loaded the 56 Chevy onto Imon's trailer so he could replace the rear end using his car lift in IN. I had to pull it up onto the trailer with the tractor. Jeff and Brent helped Imon securely chain the car to the trailer. Then Brent started a camp fire in the fire pit and we hung around there until it was time to eat lunch. I picked up a tenderloin from Hamilton's BBQ and Linda N cooked the side dishes to go with it. After lunch, Imon and Brent repaired a leaky carburetor on the 1958 Triumph as others sat around the fire pit in a sprinkling rain. Didn't seem to bother them, I guess? We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, then made campfire pies with our home made peach jam and pie makers. We eventually loaded the new parts for the 56 Chevy into the trunk and then backed Imon's truck and trailer into the barn and loaded the new rear end parts into the back of the truck. As the fire died down and darkness set in, we went to the house, had a 'wine tasting' (only 2 bottles) and ate supper. Knocking off some butterscotch pie, chocolate pie, banana pudding and some zucchini bread finished the evening.
Sunday morning, Imon loaded his ATV on the front of his trailer and Linda K and him, along with his dog Katy, headed home after a few hugs and good byes. Shelly, Jeff, Airianna and Trevon passed out hugs and goodbyes, then left a little after noon.

We wish everyone could stay longer and come more often. It was a great time for us! We love it!
THANKS to everyone that helped us make it fun!

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


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