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Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Metamora Trip

Saturday morning we left the farm in a drizzling rain. We were headed to Metamora, IN and were hoping it would not be raining that far north. The farther we drove the less hope we had, but after we crossed the Ohio River and then left Ohio and drove into southern Indiana the clouds were lighter and the rain stopped. We wound around a narrow country road until we came to Metamora, then drove back and forth through town a couple of times to figure out where would be the best place to park the truck. There were thousands of vehicles parked everywhere there was flat ground. I paid $6 to park across from the main tourist trap. I took Coco along on a leash instead of leaving him in the truck. There were several hundred booths and shops that we walked past as we made our way towards the backside of the town.
We crossed the canal and Linda said that most of the handmade things were in this area just past the old mill and the train. After a while, I found a nice bench and told Linda I would keep Coco and wait as she and Stacey journeyed up and down the rows of shops. Several people stopped and talked to me about Coco. We bought a few things and a few hours was enough for Linda, then we walked back to the truck and on the road to Daleville. Coco actually did fairly well on his leash.
Sunday we went to Lapel, met Kim and Kenny Bourke at Alevia's old house that they are turning into a daycare for kids. We unloaded a few computer monitors, keyboards and mice for them, moved some furniture and just helped with whatever they were doing.
Monday, Linda and Stacey went to Pendleton to visit Nana. Linda said they went shopping a little while with her.
Tuesday morning we cleaned up the house, left the heat set on 55 degrees and locked the door, then headed to KY.

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

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015

Go Kart Races In Daleville

Stacey, Linda and I drove to Daleville to attend the Daleville Grand Prix. We arrived late Friday evening.
Saturday after breakfast, I rolled the golf cart out and went to check out the track and see what was happening. I picked up a schedule of events and went back to the house to pick up Linda. Heat races had already begun when we arrived and parked near Jr Barkdull and Andy Stevenson. As we were talking with them there was a serious wreck in the corner by us. The ambulance came out and the EMTs loaded the driver on a gurney and took him away. The cart was bent badly. They resumed the racing and when that heat was over we moved to the corner near the Daleville Legion.
I saw several people I knew, Phil Davis, Rick Cooper & Kenny Gaddis were some that I stopped to talk with as I walked towards the pit area.
There were a lot of carts in the pits and nearly as many motor homes and campers. There were at least four double rows of pits and I believe 97 go carts.
Sunday morning, we had left one of our cell phones at the house with Stacey and she was supposed to call us if anything went wrong or someone came over. Stacey called, I answered and it was Imon. We returned to the house and talked with them for a while. They decided to follow us back to the track and watch some of the racing. As we arrived they were conducting a drivers' meeting and about to start the finals in several different classes.
Some of the races only had 6 carts, but some had around 20 carts racing at once. The more carts that were running the more action and more wrecks that happened.
I did know two of the drivers and a car owner, but didn't worry about keeping track of how they did. We just watched for the fun of it. Linda K and Imon left just before the last race, but Linda and I stayed until it was all over as we had a golf cart and could easily get back to the Daleville house through the old school grounds without any traffic affecting us.
Overall, it was a good thing for Daleville. It had been planned quickly, about 45 days, because the town of Elwood backed out. I don't know how well they did financially because the entire event was free, as in "free beer", people only had to pay for pit passes, drinks and food. I was surprised that open alcohol was allowed all around the track. Guess I'm used to KY laws?

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

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Grandparents Day With Kyle

Pauline had told us about Grandparents' Day at Edmonson County Elementary. We had went to be with Julie a previous year, so I told Pauline and Kyle that Stacey and I would come to visit him that day, but Linda had to work.
Pauline called to remind me and I told her we were just about ready to leave and to not worry, we had not forgotten and we would be there at the right time. After an hour and a half drive we parked in the nearly full school parking lot and went inside to find a packed foyer. About 10 minutes later, Kyle's class walked through the foyer and we followed them into the cafeteria. Kyle spotted Stacey and I and waved for us to come and join him near the front of the line. Kyle gave us our meal tickets that had been previously purchased and we followed him through the lunch line. We picked an empty table and began eating our lunches of chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried or fresh apples and chocolate milk.
As we were nearly finished with our lunch, some of Kyle's friends started coming over to say hi. We then tossed our trays in the trash and went to the Library to check out the Book Fair. We picked out a book about insects that was a little above Kyle's reading level and purchased it. Stacey helped him to read it when we went to Kyle's room and he sat down at his desk.
We looked around the rest of the classroom and met a few of Kyle's classmates, then managed to get a lady to take a picture of the three of us. I was worried, she almost dropped my phone a couple of times.
Then Kyle's teacher, Ms Brandy, came in and organized the class into their positions in a circle. I guess they do a lot of activities like this?
We gave Kyle hugs, thanked him for inviting us and told him good bye, then left the school.
It was a fun day and Kyle had been a perfect host.

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

Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2015

Summer's Last Lake Trip

What a difference? The tourists have gone home and the "Holler" was beautiful and smooth. We were on the lake about 10 AM and took a cruise towards Sunset Dock to enjoy the smooth water and warm temperatures. We stopped to swim just past the cut through for Ashburn Creek. The high for the day was 87 degrees. Water temperature was chilly on entry, but fine after about 30 seconds. After about an hour in the water, we pulled up the anchor and moved into the middle of lake. Kyle put on the trainer skis and after a couple attempts was able to stand up and ski.
Next up was Julie with Brent holding the rope for both of them. The other end of the short rope was attached to the trainer skis, so Brent would let go when Kyle fell and the boat would not drag him. Brent just unhooked the rope at the ski end to let Julie advance her skills. She was learning to cross the boat's wake.
We went inside to eat lunch at Sunset Dock and they told us they would be closing September 28th. We finished our lunch, then rode back towards Star Point and made it through the cut over to Ashburn Creek. The depth was only about 3.5 feet as we went through the channel. We played in the water for a long time, then Brent went for long slalom ski run until he couldn't take any more.
A little water time for Julie and Kyle without their jackets to increase their swimming ability and confidence, then we took a slow ride past Lillydale, through the cut near Holly Creek and into Galton Hollow.
Stacey drove most of the way and then took us back to the State Park Dock where we pulled the boat out of the lake right at 5 PM.
It had been just a beautiful day and a great way to end our summer of boating.

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

Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2015

Shelter House Pavers

Brent and I had discussed laying the pavers for the shelter house floor and neither of us wanted to do it when it was 90 degrees, so when the weather forecast was for cooler temperatures in the lower 70s over the weekend we decided it would be the best time. Brent and family came over Saturday morning to work on laying the brick pavers. We began about 9 AM by laying down PVC pipe and leveling those. We then used a 2" by 4" by 10' board to screed the gravel level by pulling the board along the top of the pieces of PVC pipe. Once we had a 10' long section of the gravel level, Pauline & Brent began laying with Stacey & Linda carrying pavers to them. Julie and Kyle helped too, with my job being, adding gravel or raking it away as needed.
As we started the second half of the paver job, we had to add several tractor scoops of gravel to bring it up to the finish grade. I was able to dump one scoop and spread it with a garden rake, but the other two scoops needed to be shoveled into place as it was needed. We took a break for lunch around 1 PM. Linda had vegetable soup ready in a crock pot and we had PB&J sandwiches with it. As we neared the end of the job, I began to worry about having enough pavers to completely finish, so I made the decision to finish one side and leave a section off until we could count the remaining pavers and also count how many we would need to finish the complete job. We were getting tired anyway, so we stopped, counted the pavers left and counted exactly how many we needed to finish. We would have enough, but I called it a day and we loaded into Brent's Traverse and we all went, as we were, to Major's Pizza for supper.
Sunday morning, Julie and Kyle were running around, Pauline and Brent were acting as if they had no problems moving, but Linda and I were having trouble even walking. After breakfast, and a few Motrins or Tylenols for Linda and I, we all went down to finish the paver job. It only took about an hour until Pauline and Brent had laid the last pavers. Brent and I unhooked the truck from the boat, then hooked up the black trailer and drove towards Albany, where I bought another picnic table. We returned to the farm and set the two tables on the pavers, then returned the trailer to the tractor shed and parked the truck. Linda had started a fire in the fire pit while we were gone, then Pauline and Linda had went to the house and started working on lunch. Linda had baked a tenderloin and fixed some side dishes. We ate, then went down and messed with the fire while the kids played around the firepit and on the rope swing.
Before Pauling and Brent left with their kids, Stacey, Linda and I thanked each one of them for their hard work, even Julie and Kyle had been good helpers. We would still not be finished without ALL their help.

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

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015

Shelter House Construction

Since the temperatures had dropped into the lower 80s during the days, I ordered 10 tons of #8 gravel last Wednesday at Gaddie Shamrock quarry that is about 8 miles from the farm. It wasn't delivered Thursday or Friday, but they finally brought the load of gravel Monday morning about 10 AM. In the mean time I had used the tractor's back hoe to dig out the dirt along the edge of where the pavers will be laid. Once the gravel arrived, I started hauling scoops of it from the pole barn pile to the shelter house. The tractor isn't as small as it looks when it is inside the shelter house dumping or spreading the gravel. I actually had to use a shovel and rake to spread the gravel around the posts.
The worst part of the job was shoveling the loose dirt along the edge into the scoop of the tractor. It wasn't very hard work when I dug it out with the back hoe, but loading the two full scoops of dirt with a shovel was more than I like to do, but I got it done.
Next I'll need to buy some PVC pipe to lay down and screed the gravel level before starting to lay the pavers. That's a job for later on, when it cools down again.

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

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friends At Dale Hollow

Frank Dial had called and asked us to meet them on Dale Hollow Lake. We made plans for a boating trip on Sunday.
Sunday morning we woke up to rainy weather, so we had breakfast and Stacey watched the forecast and through the window. As soon as she saw the least amount of sunshine she busted out of her room and announced the sun was shinning and it was going to be 88 degrees. I said, "OK, we can go boating." We quickly prepared our things and drove the Mule down to the barn, put the stuff in the truck and took off. Most of the boats were headed the other way, back to IN or IL, so when we launched, there were several parking spots for the truck and trailer in the lower parking lot. We headed towards Star Point and found Lana & Frank just outside of that fingerlet. About five minutes later, Susan and Danny Rockhill joined us. Right after them came Barb & Bruce Funk with his brother, Dennis. The stories and beer began flowing as everyone was in the water and having a great time. We all took a ride over to Pusley Creek and got wet again after eating sandwiches for lunch. We made a short hop over to Willow Grove to pick up some ice cream.
Then a run down to Mitchell Creek to burn up some gas. I then took everyone to one of my favorite spots, Galton Hollow, where we found some smooth water with nobody else around. We remained there until the day was almost over, then we headed back towards Star Point and stopped just northeast of Lillydale to watch the sunset.
A few goodbyes and we took the boat out, tied up the cover and drove back to the farm.

Posted by Dave at 9:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pepper Jelly

When we were in Bowling Green yesterday, we stopped at Aldi's and bought several packs of green peppers. We purchased two packs with red, yellow and orange peppers too. After we returned to the farm, I made two batches of pepper jelly.
This morning, I finished the job and made two more batches. The yellow, red and orange peppers gave the jelly a little bit of color in the jar. Jalepeno's gave the jelly the hotness. I ended up with 2 dozens half pints of pepper jelly.

Posted by Dave at 5:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015

SLN Checkup

Linda decided to take the day off from the school and accompany Stacey and I to Bowling Green for her checkup with Dr Zhu. We left the farm at 8:50 AM and I drove to the Graves-Gilbert Clinic and parked. We went inside and I registered Stacey and gave the clinic our new insurance numbers, then took the registration paper to Dr Zhu's office. We waited in the hall to be called. Dr Zhu had another doctor tagging along on his examinations. Dr Zhu spoke with Stacey for a few minutes, told her he needed her to have a blood test, then talked to Stacey about the Pacers. Dr Zhu asked if we had anything we needed to talk about. We did. We asked and he explained the difference between Depakote ER & Depakote DR to Linda and I, he also assured us that his office would keep it straight. He transferred Stacey's prescription refills to Cumberland County Pharmacy, said good bye and shook our hands as he left the examination room. We made another appointment for one year later. The entire appointment had taken an hour and 45 minutes. We left the clinic and went straight to Cheddars for lunch. After lunch, we stopped at Aldi's for a few groceries and then made it home to the farm at 3 PM.
Posted by Dave at 3:30 PM
Categories: Current Events

Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brent's Birthday Cruise

Friday evening, Pauline & Brent dropped off Julie and Kyle along with Poco to stay with us while they celebrated Brent's birthday with several friends at Hidden Cave Ranch. I fixed hot dogs, chips and applesauce for the kids' supper.
Saturday, I fixed cinnamon buns for breakfast and then took the Sea Ray to the State Park parking lot for Brent to take his guests boating. Linda followed in the Equinox with Stacey, Julie and Kyle riding along. Frank Miles, Mike Lamont, Shelly & Jeff Huck had all traveled to KY for the day of boating and two nights stay at the ranch. After dropping off the boat and being picked up by Linda, I drove the Equinox to Twin Lakes Wellness Center in Albany and we went swimming.

After two hours in the pool, I felt the kids had been in the water long enough, so we showered and I drove to the closest place to eat, McDonalds. After finishing lunch we headed back to the farm. I must have been right about the swim timing because both Julie and Kyle fell asleep on the ride. Linda took them down to the 'pop sickle' barn and let them play in there for a couple hours. Around 5:30 PM Brent called and said they were done with the boat and we could pick it up. I drove the Equinox to the parking lot and then drove the truck home with the boat. Linda followed me back to the farm in the car and then helped get the boat in the barn. She fixed chicken strips for supper later.
Sunday morning Linda fixed pancakes for breakfast with link sausage. Kyle and I ate four pancakes each, then split the last one after everyone else had what they wanted. A little before noon, Brent came in with the entire crew. Frank, Mike, Shelly & Jeff, Pauline & Brent sat down in the living room and started telling us what had happened and how their lives had been going. We ate some of the sloppy joe burgers that Pauline had made before everyone left for their trips home.
Posted by Dave at 7:30 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events, Farm


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