Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2016
Brent's Birthday Cruise
Brent waited too late to schedule rooms at Hidden Cave Ranch, so he
invited his friends to stay at the farm this year. Guests began arriving
Friday afternoon. This year's guest were Shelly & Jeff Huck, Jennifer &
Frank Miles, and Michael Lamont. Pauline & Brent brought Julie & Kyle
along with their dogs, Pepper & Poco to stay at the farm too. Friday
evening Linda fixed taco flavored meat and let each person make their
choice of chips, salad or wrap as the delivery ingredient.
Saturday morning, eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and jelly were offered for breakfast before they loaded up and left for the lake about 9 AM. Linda and I kept Julie & Kyle busy during the day since Stacey was asked to go along to the lake this year. Everyone except Shelly & Jeff returned to the farm around 7 PM. Shelly & Jeff went to Major's Pizza and brought pizzas back to the farm for all to enjoy. Brent started a fire in the fire pit down by the shelter house and most guests were hanging around enjoying conversation until after dark. I headed to the house just before midnight.
Sunday morning, Linda served up pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Everyone took a ride on the 4 wheelers or in the Mule as Brent took Pepper & Daisy for a run around the hay fields. Linda cut a large watermelon, that a neighbor had given to us, and several of the guests ate it before they began leaving just before noon. Pauline & Brent packed up their things, loaded their kids and dogs and left for home around 2 PM.
We didn't hear any complaints, so we must have done OK?
Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Stacey, Linda and I left the farm Friday morning and I drove to
Daleville. Traffic was light and the interstates were open with only a
few slow downs. After opening the Daleville house, Linda took Stacey and
went grocery shopping. Rick Cooper stopped by and showed me his new
Harley. Wow, it was sharp!
Saturday morning, all of us went to Lapel and delivered some things to Kim Bourke at her day care. We remained there until noon chatting with Kim, then back to Daleville for lunch. Rick had asked me to come to his brother's, Jim's house, for a cook out so Linda and I took Stacey and went to Kathy & Jim's house. Jim was surprised to see us and showed me around his shop. We talked a little while with Bart Donovan and a few other people we knew. There were about 40 guests at Jim's cookout, it was a nice party. We quietly slipped out and drove to Shelly & Jeff Huck's place to drop off a tub of clothes for Airianna. They were not at home, so we left the clothes and went back to Daleville where we pulled the golf cart out of the yard barn and rode around town to see what was going on. There is a controversy in Daleville about an apartment complex that is going to be built.
Sunday morning we ate breakfast and went to visit Linda's Mom in Pendleton. Nana was sitting in the porch swing when we drove up. We sat down on the porch and talked with her. It was nice being outside as the temperature and humidity were lower than it had been for a while. About an hour later, Imon came chugging down the street in his 55 Chevy gasser and stopped to talk too. We left when Imon left right before noon and we went back to Daleville and had lunch. Linda and Stacey went shopping in Muncie while I watched the NASCAR race. I also took pictures of the two other houses we own in Daleville for property tax appeals.
Linda and Stacey returned with their items they had bought. Donnie Cox came by and talked with us for a while about his parents' situation. Then Donnie and I went outside to check out his 1962 Belvedere. It is a sharp car that has been restored, it has a 440 CI motor and a Torque Flite transmission. The motor sounds strong!
Monday, we ate and went to Muncie to file appeals on two of our houses. Linda had filled out the forms, we turned in those and the pictures I had printed at Walmart. The process went quick, and we were on our way back to Daleville in less than a half hour. We took another ride around Daleville in our golf cart, then returned it to the yard barn and locked the barn doors just before dark.
Tuesday, we cleaned up the house, packed the car and headed back to the farm.
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Painting In Daleville
Linda had purchased a gallon of Kiln's to paint the paneling in the dinning room at Daleville. She began by cutting in around the ceiling, the baseboard, and doing the grooves in the panels so I could roll the walls. After waiting till the next day, the next step was to cut in with the gray color we had picked. Once again I rolled the walls. We waited for it to dry a little and we could see where the Kiln's paint was showing through, so we touched it up as the places began to show. Next I did the trim around the ceiling with a white color. Below, we had just placed several of our floor tile along the baseboard to get an idea of how it was going to look when done.
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2016
Linda wanted to attend Lori Bankson's wedding to Michael Gossett, so we
left the farm Saturday morning and went to Daleville.
Sunday, Linda dressed for the wedding while I went to pickup take out for lunch. When I returned, Linda left for the wedding. Stacey and I remained at the Daleville house and watched the NASCAR race. Cecil Bankson and Larry Campfield walked Lori down the aisle as the wedding began.
Mr and Mrs Michael Gossett coming down the aisle after the wedding ceremony.
Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ski Trip #1
Brent and family came over Saturday morning to go boating on Dale Hollow
Lake. They had taken Stacey with them on Thursday, but Linda and I did
not go along. We were going this time and had purchased a bunch of lunch
meat, buns and fruit for everyone to eat while on the lake. Susie Mader
had posted they had bought a new pontoon and I made a comment about we
were going to the lake, so Gary and I made plans to meet in Pulsey Creek
around lunch time. The Maders had bought a new Bennington tri-toon. It
was a pretty, nice boat. Everyone swam in the water and talked until
around 1 PM, then we pulled up anchor first and moved to the middle of
the finger let to do some skiing
Julie went first and popped right up, skied a short way then dropped off. A little more coaching and she took two more turns. Kyle was our next victim
He was a little harder to get going since it had been half a year since his last experience on skis. But he made it up and went a little ways, three different times. Brent was the last one to go. He fought his way up on the Jobe slalom ski and threw a trail of water back and forth across the boat's wake. He held on until his hands gave out, then dropped off and rested until I brought the boat and rope back to his location. The third time was all he wanted.
Each one did well for their first time of the year. Julie asked to get ice cream, so I drove the boat to Willow Grove and they went inside and made their choices, then returned to the boat. We rode for a while towards Wolf River Dock, then pulled into Sewell Creek and anchored the boat in the shade of the hill. The kids had enough sun and it let us extend our time on the lake without getting them sun burned. We pulled the boat off the lake a little after 7 PM, towed it back to the farm and backed it into the pole barn.
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016
Valeri & Bob Visit
We returned home from watching Julie & Kyle play their ball games and
found a message on our answering machine. Valerie Bankson had left the
message stating that they were on their way to Myrtle Beach and would be
coming back on Wednesday. She wanted to know if it would be OK for them
to stop and visit with us and for us to call and let them know. Linda
called to tell them that would be great and we would be expecting them.
Wednesday, Valeri called and said they would be arriving later than expected, but were still coming. That was OK with us. Linda began fixing supper and we kept it warm until they arrived around 8 PM. Valeri's Mom & Dad, Peggy & Steve, were following in their new pickup truck and also stopped. After a few hugs and some conversation we all ate dinner. Valeri, Keirsten, Stacey & Linda cleaned up, then joined with Steve, Bobby and I for more talking until nearly midnight. Graham, Christopher & Stacey played Nintendo until they went to bed earlier.
Thursday morning after breakfast, Valeri wanted Linda to show her parents our farm, so they loaded into the Mule and took the tour. Peggy and Valeri picked up several hundred pounds of rocks, then Bobby and Steve loaded them into the back of the pickup truck to haul to IN. We stopped at the 'pop sickle barn' and Graham and Christopher grabbed pop sickles and headed to the rope swing.
After a few minutes in the barn checking out the old cars they all came out and sat at the shelter house. I asked them to pose for a picture before they loaded up and left for IN.
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016
Trip To Daleville
We left the farm Saturday morning at 6 AM and headed to Daleville. With
an early start, traffic was light most of the way and we arrived before
noon. We unloaded the Equinox and then had a pizza for lunch around 1
PM. Linda and Stacey went to Kim & Kenny Bourke's house for their
grandson, Jordan's graduation party.
Sunday morning we had a light breakfast, then took a ride around town in the golf cart. Just before lunch, we headed to Pendleton to visit with Nana. We purchased sandwiches at Arbys' on the way. When we arrived, Reba was cooking chicken noodle soup with mashed potatoes, but quickly turned those off and started eating the roast beef sandwiches we had carried into the kitchen. We stayed and visited with her for nearly 4 hours before leaving. I drove to Linda K & Imon's house, but no one was home. Next we stopped at Shelly & Jeff Huck's house, but again, no one was home. We returned to Daleville.
At 3 AM Monday morning, Linda woke me and told me Stacey was burning up and she was giving her Motrin. OK? About a half hour later, I noticed Stacey's arms were trembling. These symptoms are usually indications of Stacey about to have a seizure, so Linda and I decided to give Stacey 10 mg of Valium along with her other meds. The Valium usually causes Stacey to become more alert and responsive, but not this time. She became drowsie and slept for hours. Then severe diarrhea set in and I began to realize that this wasn't seizure related, but an illness. We kept Stacey hydrated and used Motrin to curb her temperature, but could not get her to eat all day Tuesday.
Wednesday the diarrhea had let up somewhat, so we decided to pack things up and head for KY, while we had a chance. We never attempted to put down any of the tile flooring in the dinning and living rooms, which is what the trip was supposed to accomplish. We left Daleville early and immediately were in the Indy traffic created by people going to work. During the car ride to KY, Linda and I discussed taking Stacey to the doctor on Thursday, if she wasn't better. Not stopping to eat got us home before lunch. At home, Linda said Stacey needed something to stop the diarrhea, so I drove to Dr Rice's clinic and asked the nurse what we should do. She told me that Dr Rice was in the ER at the hospital and to take Stacey there to see him. I returned to the house and we loaded Stacey into the car and I took her to the ER. After blood tests, Dr Rice said it was a viral infection and prescribed a medicine to stop the diarrhea, but for her to drink Gatorade and juice. He said her seizure medication levels were good and that other people had been experiencing passing out and severe weakness from these flu like symptoms too. Linda picked up the prescription and the recommended fluids while I took Stacey on home.
Thursday, Stacey was a little better.
Friday, a little better, but not quite back to normal yet.