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 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 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 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 on Friday, May 22, 2015
Sonic Car Show Presented by Bun
Click HERE to see all the pictures I took at the Albany Sonic Drive In Car Show presented by Bun. Once on the next page you can change image sizes, view as a slideshow, or go to the index and just view the images you want to see. Please feel free to right click and download any images you want to use or print.
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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
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 on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Pavers Arrive From Lowe's
Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2015
First Batch Strawberry Jam
Linda and I picked strawberries. Honestly, Linda did most of the
picking, I did pick a few more than I ate. The berries are a little
smaller due to a lack of rain I believe, but we had nearly a gallon.
Stacey helped me make the first two batches of strawberry jam.
We ended up with 10 sealed half pints of great tasting jam when we were done with one more in the refrigerator ready to eat.
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015
Shelter House Construction II
After the Tarter Roofing crew finished their work on the shelter house, Linda and I swept the area with a small magnet on a long handle for nails. We also removed some of the rocks they dug up while digging the post holes. I had them toss all of their scrap in the fire pit and we've had a small fire to burn that stuff too. Next on the agenda is to rent a trencher and bury a power cable from the pole barn to the shelter house.
Posted on Sunday, May 10, 2015
Dale Hollow Mother's Day Trip
Pauline had planned a day with her Mom, so Linda mentioned to Brent that
he could come over with their kids and we would go to the lake. I guess
that plan worked for him since he showed up early with Julie and Kyle.
They brought brownies that Pauline had helped Julie & Kyle bake for
Linda. After the hugs and initial excitement was over, we loaded all our
stuff for the lake trip and headed out, filled up the boat with gas and
drove to the State Park. There were a few sprinkles of rain hitting the
windshield as I drove, but I followed the family rule and never turned
on the windshield wipers. I guess that worked, because as we neared the
lake the weather was getting better and better. Julie and Kyle couldn't
contain their excitement as we left the dock area, immediately hollering
to go faster. The water was so smooth and the air temperature was about
85, so I powered the boat on up and we went fast. That lasted about two
minutes, then they were ready to find a cove and play in the water. We
weren't too sure about that, we had figured the water might be too cold,
but I stopped and told them to jump in. We were wrong, they jumped in,
climbed out, jumped in and back out several more times. Stacey joined
them in the water and said it wasn't that cold.
After letting them swim for about a half hour, we loaded them back in the boat, dried them off and Brent drove us over to Pusley Creek. We ate some of our 'cooler hoagies' that Linda had put together at the house, then stopped for more swimming.
This time Brent dove in with the kids and Stacey. He commented that the water wasn't as cold as he thought it would have been. Must have been the 85+ temperatures we've been experiencing that has warmed the water up quickly this year.
Another ride, more swimmng, more sandwiches and a little too much sun for the first trip. We decided to pull the boat off the lake around 3 PM, before anyone was burnt.
Linda's Dale Hollow Mother's Day trip gave her and the rest of us big smiles.
Brent left for home around 4 PM with two tired kids.