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.
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2016
All of the hay fields have been cut, raked and rolled. The guys got it
done just before it rained.
This morning we took Daisy to run and did a count of the rolls. Garmons had made 46 rolls in the fields across from the house. David McIntyre had made 29 rolls in the fields he and Larry Anderson have leased.
Julie and Kyle climbed onto one of the rolls of hay while Daisy ran around them.
We stopped at the gravel bar in the creek to let Julie and Kyle take some old fashion batting practice like I used to do when I was a kid and lived on this farm. A piece of drift wood and all the rocks they want to hit with nothing to break.
It might be hard for some to believe, but they both are getting better with their hand/eye coordination. They like it and don't even know it is helping them with sports.
Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Kyle's Baseball Game
Julie and Kyle are staying at the farm with us, so we had Kyle put on
his baseball uniform, except his shirt. We planned on eating in Cave
City right before his game so his uniform shirt would stay clean. We
left the farm at 3:15 PM and I drove to Cave City and we ate at
McDonalds'. We were a little early at the ball park, but Pauline and
Brent arrived shortly after us. Brent hit grounders to the kids until
their coach took over. The coach had Kyle playing first base this game.
During Kyle's first at bat, he hit the ball and made it to first base safely. He managed to score a run this time too.
No one keeps score during these games, so there are no winners or losers. The team posed for a picture after getting refreshments furnished by the coach. Both teams were missing players since the game was so close to Memorial Day.
We gave Pauline and Brent time to talk to their kids and get a hug or two before we took them back to the farm.
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016
Julie's Playoff Game
We headed to Brownsville in the Equinox to watch Julie play softball.
This was her last game of the season and was the final game of the
playoffs for the championship. Brent was hitting grounders to the team
when we arrived and shortly Julie was called to home plate for the
meeting with the captains, coaches and umpire.
I took a picture of Julie near her 3rd base position before the game began.
Julie connected with the ball as the bases were loaded to drive in two runs with this swing. I also lined the team up for an after game team picture.
One of the parents yelled to hold up one finger since they had won the playoffs, so I took a quick shot of them doing that.
One of the kid's Mom took the team to Dairy Queen for ice cream, then we headed to Pauline and Brent's house to gather up clothes and equipment. We eventually loaded all the stuff and Julie and Kyle into the car and headed to the farm. "Schools Out For Summer" and Julie and Kyle are staying their first week with us.
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Linda has been picking strawberries for a few days.
I began making strawberry jam and have finished 20 half pint jars. She has another gallon of berries picked, I cleaned the stems off of them, she will wash them in the morning and I will make more jam after she goes to work at the school.
Linda says there are more berries in the patch that need picking.
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016
Stacey, Linda and I left the farm in the Silverado and drove to
Daleville Friday morning. We unloaded our clothes and things, then began
the arduous job of unloading roughly 1,700 lbs of porcelain floor tile.
Lumber Liquidators had set the pallet of tile into the bed of the truck
using a fork truck, but we had to unload it box by box. I had to pick up
the boxes, carry them up the porch stairs to the front door, Linda would
take them into the back bedroom and stack the boxes. There were 34 boxes
@ 50 lbs a box. We stopped a few times and took breaks as I wondered if
the bedroom floor would hold the weight? Much later, we moved things
around and made a place to start working.
Saturday, our legs were sore and we didn't feel like bending down and working at floor level. Luckily, Nancy & Steve Riddle stopped in to visit us in Daleville. They had never been to our house in IN, so we gave them a quick tour and then talked a while. I suggested we go to Kamack Station for ice cream, so we loaded in the Silverado and I drove us there. The employees gave us samples of their flavors and we each picked a different flavor.
After finishing our ice cream, we went to IN Glass in Muncie, at least that is the name I know it by, I think it has changed. Nancy and Linda bought some candles and a few other items, then back to Daleville. Later, I went to Lowe's and purchased some tools and materials to use on the tile job when we decide to do it.
Sunday was slow in the morning, then Stacey and Linda went to see her Mom. I think they went shopping for Nana and then went to visit Imon. I remained at the house most of the time, but I did take a long ride in the golf cart when the sun was shining.
Monday morning, I was sent to McDonald's to purchase breakfast while Stacey and Linda readied the house for us to leave. On the way home, we went inside to eat at King Fish, then on back to the farm.