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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peach Jam 15

Stacey and I went to Waterview this morning and purchased a half bushel of peaches. We returned to the farm and Linda peeled and sliced about half of the peaches while I smashed the pieces. Stacey ran the Ball Jelly and Jam Maker, then dipped the jam into the jars.
She placed the lids and rings on the jars and set them in the pot of boiling water for ten minutes. Then pulled the jars out and set them on the stove top to cool. As we did more batches, several of the lids began popping indicating they were sealing.
We made 26 half pints and 2 pint jars of peach jam today. We should have enough peaches to do 24 more half pints tomorrow.

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

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Butler Shirt

We were just going in the house after eating lunch as a car pulled up to our mailbox, put a package inside, then drove off and honked several times. Linda went to the mailbox and picked up a Butler Final 4 shirt that Chuck and Stacey had teased each other about while we were at Beck's place a couple of nights ago.
Stacey and I made a picture with Stacey wearing the shirt and a sign to say "Thank You Chuck".

Chuck Left her that shirt and has been a very generous friend to Stacey.
Linda and I really appreciate that generosity and friendship.
Thank You Chuck Anderson!

Posted by Dave at 1:30 PM
Categories: Current Events

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015

Brickyard Jackets

Chuck Anderson had called and asked me to get Stacey and Jason together so he could give them both a jacket and, if I could, to pick him up a Strange Bait T-shirt. Chuck and I had both known Chuck Strange a long time. Stacey, Linda and I picked Jason up a few minutes before 5 PM and drove to Star Point Resort near Byrdstown, KY. Chuck was visiting with Cindy and Bruce Beck and had made arrangements with them to have a dinner ready when we arrived. We didn't show up empty handed, Linda had baked a side dish and two pies to add to what Chuck and the Becks had already fixed. After the friendly greetings and eating, Chuck and Stacey exchanged new T-shirts. Stacey had been worried that Chuck was going to give her a Boston Celtic's shirt, but was completely surprised when he handed her the Butler Bulldogs' Final 4 shirt. Stacey gave Chuck the Strange Bait shirts he wanted.
Here's the funny part, Chuck didn't think Stacey would want the Butler shirt and he tried to trade her out of it for a Brickyard 400 Jacket, but Stacey didn't really want to trade. He was a little worried for a minute or two, but Stacey decided to trade it for one of Chuck's Brickyard 400 Jackets. Before the dealing was over, Chuck gave Stacey two Brickyard 400 Jackets. A few minutes later, Chuck went into the other room again and pulled out another Brickyard 400 Jacket and gave it to Jason. It was from the Inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994 that Jeff Gorden won.
Stacey and Jason were both smiling big time and Chuck was happy to get his Butler T-shirt back since he is a fan of Butler and Brad Stevens, their previous coach. We talked with Cindy, Bruce and Chuck for a couple of hours before leaving to take Jason home and returning to the farm.

Posted by Dave at 11:00 PM
Categories: Current Events

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015

Golf Cart

Stacey, Linda and I drove to Smith's Grove, KY on Monday June 22nd. We stopped at the Saylor's Golf Cart business and talked to Tom, the owner. We looked at several carts and didn't see exactly what we wanted. Tom told us it would be no problem to build one like we wanted, so I asked could he have it done by Wednesday, two days later? He was fairly sure they could get it done, so we gave him a deposit and headed back to the farm. We had planned on making a trip to IN to return Imon's car hauling trailer and that was the reason for the time constraint. Saylor's called Wednesday around 11 AM and left us a message that the cart was done and ready to be picked up. We had previously hooked up the trailer, so we all headed to Smith's Grove to get the golf cart.
It was exactly as we had asked them to build. After paying the remaining balance, one of the workers drove it onto the trailer and threw a strap across the floorboard, then went inside. I went ahead at put three more tie-down straps on it while Linda used bungee straps to tie-down the seats. We drove back to the farm, stopping a time or two to check the straps and see if we had blown anything off of the golf cart. Nothing was gone and we made it without a problem.
Thursday morning, we packed the truck and headed to IN. A few miles and I was used to pulling the trailer and nothing was blowing loose, so we were making decent time. Louisville tested my towing skills as the new bridge construction and resulting interstate relocations were barely wider than the fenders on Imon's trailer, but no scrapes or scratches. We had about 35 miles of smooth sailing until the construction on I-65 in IN caused me to take IN-9 the rest of the way to Anderson.
I called Nationwide, our insurance company for the Daleville house, and made arrangements to drive to their office to let them take a picture of the golf cart for their records and fill out forms for an insurance policy. Then we went on to Daleville. Linda and Stacey unloaded the truck while I unloaded the golf cart from the car trailer. Linda and I quickly cleaned out a small spot in the yard barn so we could see if the cart would go inside the barn. Linda and I were both happy that the cart went in the barn (we hadn't known until right then). I messaged Imon, who then dropped by to see the golf cart. Linda and Imon took a short ride in the cart, then we went inside the house and talked a while. When he was ready to leave, we hooked his trailer to his truck and he took it home with him. Linda and I went for a short ride so I could see how the cart drove and to cool off.
Friday after breakfast, we went back out to the barn and moved some more things around so the golf cart would go in further. We went to Menard's to buy some deck boards for the tires to roll on to keep from tearing apart the floor. We bought items to make the golf cart legal and to enhance the lock on the doors of the barn too. We took the golf cart to the police station in Daleville and paid the $10, filled out the forms and put the sticker on the cart that made it street legal. Friday evening, we went to a Pizza King in Muncie to meet a few of my high school classmates and to eat. Before we arrived, several flash flood warnings came over my cell phone and the rain was a total downpour. We had fun, for a couple of hours, reminiscing and also hearing what was currently happening in other people's lives as we ate our pizza, then hugs and good byes before dashing out to the truck in a still pouring rain. Traffic was crawling on McGalliard with water across the road in several places as we drove to I-69 to return to Daleville.
Saturday we installed the hasp and lock on the door, laid down the boards, then took a ride around town in the golf cart. The ride didn't last long because the weather was foul, misting rain and cold. Stacey and Linda were nearly ready to go see Nana when Jim Cooper stopped to say hello. I stayed at the house and Linda and Stacey went on. Jim and I decided to go to Elbert's and have a beer or two and to catch up on things. I eventually went back to the house and let Coco out, Jim said he would be over Sunday to show me one of his projects. Linda and Stacey returned about 9 PM.
Sunday, we rode around town for a while in the golf cart and as we were returning to the house, I spotted Jim in a 'race' rat rod. He followed us to the house and parked. I introduced Stacey and Linda to Jim's wife, Kathy, then Jim and I checked out his car. It has a lot of race car parts that Jim has built into a streetable rat rod. His workmanship was excellent. Jim offered to take me for a ride or let me drive, so I doubled up my legs and got inside in the passenger's seat. It is a better ride when you let the guy that built it show you what it will do. We rumbled out of town and once on the country roads, Jim stuck his foot in it. WOW! A 427 rat motor making 450+hp in a car weighing around 2,600 lbs. Needless to say, it felt like a rocket. Never once did it seem out of control though, handled great and rode better than I thought it was going to do.

After several times of Jim jarring down and running it up through 3rd gear, we returned to the house and began talking. Jim's brothers, Rick and Kenny, pulled up on their Harleys and talked with us too. They all used to live next door to the Daleville house when all our moms and dads were alive. Our moms would set on each of their front porches and control the street. Imon and Linda K came riding up on the Boss Hoss and stopped. Imon got off and was checking out Jim's car and Jim and his brothers were checking out Imon's bike. It reminded me of the old days, when we would set on the porch and people would stop and talk. The longer we would set out there, the more people would come by. It was fun then and is fun now! Too soon, everyone had to go though. Linda and I took another ride to finish our tour of the entire town before putting the golf cart in the barn and locking the door.
Monday morning, we took our time, ate breakfast, slowly packed the truck and headed back to KY about 10:30 AM. We still stopped at Kingfish and ate under the roof on the outside patio, it was pouring rain. We made it to the farm about 4PM. While we were in IN, it had rained everyday except Sunday, but I was told the same type of weather happened in KY.

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

Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2015

Julie Is Eight

Pauline & Brent came over with their kids Friday evening.
Saturday morning we started celebrating Julie's 8th birthday with her opening her birthday presents.
Julie had asked to have her party at Dale Hollow Lake on their boat, but the weather wasn't cooperating. So, we decided to go to the Wellness Center in Albany and swim in the indoor pool. Julie was happy that we had an alternative solution.
We played in the pool for nearly 2 hours until the kids were ready to get something to eat.
We showered and dried off, then Brent called in our order to Major's Pizza. The pizza was just about ready when we walked in, but they brought out the bread sticks right away. After eating we returned to the farm and took a break. About an hour later, Pauline and Brent lit the candles on Julie's birthday cupcakes. Julie made a wish and then blew out the candles. We had ice cream with the cupcakes too.
On Sunday Kyle, Brent and I cooked chicken breasts and sliced potatoes with green pepper and onions on the grill. Linda fixed some other side dishes in the house. We all ate and then Brent and family left for home and to celebrate Father's Day with Pauline's Dad. Beth and Dorothy were going to be there too.

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

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Friend Gone Suddenly

“Chuck” Strange, age 61, of Burkesville, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Cumberland County Hospital in Burkesville, Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lee of Burkesville, Kentucky, his daughter, Sarah (and Corey) Garner of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, his brother, Mark Strange, his sister, Deana Dunn, both of Anderson, Indiana.

I had known Chuck longer than anyone else I had known in Daleville. Our families lived in the same house, them downstairs and us upstairs, when I was about 5 years old. We had our birthday parties together when we were kids. Later, Chuck and I were on the same high school sports' teams, including the Daleville basketball team when we won the Delaware County Tourney in 1969. We rode Harleys together for a while, did a lot of other stuff together too. LoL I lost touch with Chuck when he moved to KY, but we became reacquainted when I moved to Burkesville. He went through a lot of health problems, including a liver transplant and recently a near fatal motorcycle wreck. I saw Chuck in the bank about two weeks before his death and then he seemed happy and was telling me about getting a new Harley. It sure was a shock to find out how he ended his life. I guess, the pain from the motorcycle wreck was unbearable?

Posted by Dave at 6:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015

June IN Trip

We all left for IN Thursday morning in the truck. We had a dual purpose of attending a graduation party for Annaliese Bankson and towing the 56 Chevy back to KY. The trip was nice without much traffic and I decided that I would avoid going through Indy on the way home due to so much construction on the south side. We arrived in Daleville about 2:30 PM, unpacked and a few minutes later Imon stopped in on his way home from work. After talking a bit with him, I rode to his house in his 55 Chevy. He backed our 56 Chevy out of the barn and I headed back to Daleville. Imon had replaced the rear end with a 9" Ford posi-traction with a 3.50 - 1 gear ratio. The car ran in a nice comfortable RPM range as I went I-69 back to the Daleville exit. I parked the car in front of the house, shut it off and tried to restart it. No luck, so I went inside worried. A little later we heard the rumbling of Harleys, so Linda and I walked over to Elbert's to see who was going on their dinner ride. We ended up staying outside on the bench and talking with Irene & Gary Sneed and several others the rest of the evening.
Friday morning, I went outside to see if the 56 would start, nope. OK, so I removed the battery and headed to NAPA for a replacement. Luckily for me, I was eligible for some money off on a warranty. I took the battery back and put it in the battery holder in the car, but when I tried to hook up the positive cable it was broke at the starter. Another trip to Anderson, then back to install the new cable. Tim Bolton came over and helped. After replacing the battery and the cable, the 56 sparked to life and starts with a single quick turn of the key nearly every time. Tim and I went for a ride through the country in the 56. Later that evening, Stacey, Linda and I drove the 56 to Gene's Root Beer stand for coney dogs and root beer.
Saturday, while Stacey & Linda visited Nana. I went for a couple more rides in the 56. I stopped and visited with Vickie & Myke Rees on one trip. Stacey & Linda returned to Daleville and went shopping while I took another ride. I returned to the house and was unable to unlock the door. My key had worked many times before, but something went wrong with the lock. The key would unlock the dead bolt, but not the door knob lock. Linda was on her way back and in 15 minutes she was there trying her key. It would not unlock the door either. We looked for a window to try to open and nothing would budge. Tim Bolton saw us having problems and came over with tools to try to open the bedroom window. We scraped the putty out of the window frame and removed the metal points that hold the glass in place, then began gently prying the glass away from the window frame. SNAP!! the glass broke in two pieces all the way from the top to the bottom. After that it was easy to pull those two pieces out and let Tim step inside to unlock the door. Linda went to Lowe's for a new piece of glass while Tim and I continued cleaning out the window frame and sweeping up the debris inside and out. We had glazing putty, so we put the new glass in the frame and puttied it in place, then screwed the storm window back on the house. Linda followed me to Imon's house so he could load the 56 on his trailer. We stayed until they were ready to eat, then we went back to Daleville.
Sunday, we made our appearance at Annaliese's graduation party in Albany, IN. Annaliese is going to Purdue University starting in the fall. It was a nice party and we were able to talk to several of Linda's family along with some others. I'm glad we went. After the party, we took the truck to Imon's house, hooked up his trailer with the 56 on it to our truck and towed it to Daleville. I parked in the alley, hoping the nearby cement block building would keep the coming storm from doing any damage to the car and truck. The weather never got that bad.
Monday morning, we closed up the house, packed the truck and left for KY in a light rain. I was a little nervous since I didn't have the electric brakes on the trailer hooked up, but it went well... until we were in Columbus, IN. A couple, that were riding a Harley in the light rain, pulled up beside the truck and were making motions. I rolled down Linda's window and they said, "Do you know your tailgate is down?" Heck no, we didn't know it was down. I pulled over and checked, everything was just as I had packed it, including a plasic bag with empty pop cans inside. As far as I could tell, nothing had blown out, or even moved. We closed the tailgate, then filled up with gas and took the interstate the rest of the way without a problem, then went our usual roads through Campbellsville and to the farm.
We managed to unload the car, unhook the trailer, unload the truck and put everything inside before the stormy weather arrived.
Cody Garmon has wired the shelter house, installed our lights and turned on the power today. Cody did a great job with everything done as I had planned.

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

Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Construction & Trial Run

Brent and I worked on the shelter house. I measured and cut the old barn siding inside the pole barn, Julie & Kyle carried the pieces to the shelter house where they handed them to Brent. Pauline helped some, but picked strawberries most of the time. Brent screwed the pieces along the side of the shelter house. We finished one side of it, then went to the house and had steak, corn casserole and salad with strawberry shortcake for dessert. We also made two batches of strawberry jam that Pauline and Brent took home.
Later that evening, we had a small bonfire and tested our shelter house.
We had to run an extension cord for the lights, but it made it nice being able to see what we were doing on the picnic table.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but soon it will be wired and later the pavers laid.

Posted by Dave at 11:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

Sonic Car Show Presented by Bun


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Posted by Dave at 10:30 PM
Categories: Cars

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Trencher Work

A few days ago I had stopped in Albany at Grand Rental Station and checked on renting a trenching machine. The machines are self powered and steerable, but small enough to fit into the area between the fire pit and some flower beds. I reserved it for 4 hours and Stacey and I picked it up this morning and after a short instruction period we were headed back to the farm by 9 AM. I unloaded the machine and drove it to the location I wanted the trench to start. The steering on these things is weird at best, then you have to drive them backwards while digging, so, needless to say there was a small learning curve. Curves are what I dug, around the flower bed, beside the large stepping stones at the fire pit, then between two small groups of paw paw trees and finally to open ground.
Those tree roots barely slowed it down. Then I turned the machine around and started at the corner of the pole barn and headed back towards my open ditch. The digging here was a little tougher than near the fire pit had been. First the gravel kept filling back into the trench and then I must have hit a fairly big rock about a foot deep because the machine reared up and jumped sideways causing my hand to slip off the lever which automatically shuts off the motor. No problem though, I returned all the levers to the correct position and it started right up. I took it a little slower for a foot or two and then headed for the open trench I had dug from the other direction. The guy that instructed me said that this is the place you over lap the trench and then you must clean out the loose dirt with a set of post hole diggers. I tried another way, raising the digging chain so it would quit digging deep but spread out the dirt so I may not have to do any hand digging.
After finishing the trench, I loaded the machine back on their trailer, chained it down and hauled it back to Albany. Total time was about 2 hours and 20 minutes including the 25 minutes drive time each way.

Posted by Dave at 12:15 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm


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