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Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brent's Birthday Cruise

Linda and I had been readying the farm for Brent's friends coming to take part in his annual Birthday Cruise. I started to drive the older Mule (named Julie) to do something, but the starter just clanked and never turned over the engine. In fact the lights were barely coming on and were really dim. The battery had went bad in just a few hours from the last time we had drove it. Since the temperature was over 90 degrees with terrible humidity, I decided to just jump start it and drive in down to the pole barn, then work on it the next morning when things were cooler.
 
Friday morning, I went down to begin the removal and replacement of the battery. I had the battery out and hauled to NAPA in Burkesville by 7:30 AM. I purchased a new battery and then stopped at the Minit Mart for a few sausage biscuits. I took them home, where Linda, Stacey and I ate before I went to the pole barn to replace the battery. About 20 minutes later I fired up the Mule and drove it to the house.
 
Friday evening about 6 PM, Brent arrived with his family. Frank, Mike and Shelly all arrived separately around 8 PM. We talked with everyone until a little after 11 PM, when Linda & I went to bed leaving them talking in the living room until the wee hours.
Saturday morning, Pauline helped Linda fix pancakes & sausage for everyone to eat. As soon as breakfast was over, talk began again, but I interrupted and had the guys help me get the boat ready and hooked to the truck. The girls were making sandwiches, gathering towels and packing coolers. Shelly, Frank, Mike, Julie, Brent, Kyle, Pauline and Stacey put their suits on and we hauled them and their stuff to the pole barn. Shelly drove her car with the other girls and followed Brent in the truck with the boat and guys to town and then the lake.
 
They returned to the farm around 5 PM. The change in them was noticeable, as their skin was a brighter shade of red from the sun. They were also tired and thirsty. This year they didn't go for pizza, but stayed at the farm and fixed sandwiches while some played Aggravation. Others just showered and relaxed with conversation. Most of them went to bed around 10 PM or before.
Sunday morning breakfast was bacon & eggs with biscuits and homemade jam, after which a lot of stories were told. Showers and packing was done as old tales were being enhanced. Good byes with hugs and hand shakes happened about noon and they left for home.

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


Posted on Monday, August 07, 2017

Farm Pics

 
We've had plenty of rain this summer and the farm is really green as a result.
  
The creek has slowed down a few times but continues to have water flowing.
 
The view below was from our shelter house.
 

Posted by Dave at 4:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm, Flowers


Posted on Friday, August 04, 2017

Tax Assessor & Bike

A few days ago, I received a new assessment for the property in Daleville that we had purchased through a tax sale. The old house had been demolished in 2016, but the assessor's office had not removed the value of the structure from the assessment. I called and the person told me I would have to bring, to their office, some proof the house had actually been demolished before January 1, 2017.
We headed to Daleville Monday morning and on the way, I called Lee Enterprises and asked Nelson Lee to write out a paper stating what date he had finished the job. He agreed to provide me the paper. We arrived in Daleville about 3 PM and unloaded the Equinox. A couple hours later, Nelson came by with the paper for me. I thanked him and said I would take it to the assessor's office the next day.
Tuesday after fixing a pot of coffee and a cup full to take with me, I drove to Muncie and went inside the assessor's office in the courthouse. It took about 5 minutes and the paper work was filed and I was told the value of the old house would be removed from the taxes we owed for 2017 payable in 2018. I returned to Daleville. Before lunch, Stacey and I rode around town in the golf cart picking up cans. Later that evening, Linda & Stacey went to see Kim at her house in Anderson.
Wednesday, Linda & Stacey went to Pendleton and picked up Nana, then returned to the Daleville house. We chatted with Reba before going in the gold cart to the Daleville Legion for lunch. Their lunch special was chicken dumplings, mashed potatoes & a roll. There was a crowd of around 40 people eating at the Legion.

We returned to the house and talked a little longer before Linda took her Mom back to Pendleton.
Thursday, Linda went to Chesterfield and purchased a used bike for Stacey to have in Daleville. She also bought a few cans of spray paint to redo an old cabinet we were going to use in the kitchen. It is setting on the porch behind Stacey in the picture below. Stacey immediately started riding the bike, it was a big hit with her! She remarked about how much it was like her bike she had when she was younger.
 
Friday morning we went to Denny's for breakfast, then packed the car and headed home.

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


Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017

Norris House Boat Trip

Linda had been packing totes for a week when we went to the grocery store for supplies Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning everything was accumulated in our dining area. Pauline, Brent, Julie & Kyle arrived and we began loading the Mules with the items and headed to the pole barn. We transferred everything into the Sea Ray except the food which went into the Equinox. A little after 2 PM, we headed to town where ice and gas were picked up, then to the Dale Hollow State Dock. Julie, Kyle, Stacey and I were aboard the Sea Ray. Brent helped us launch, then parked the truck and took the Equinox with Pauline and Linda to Hendrick's Creek Dock to pick up the houseboat.
  
Brent drove the house boat out of the resort's idle zone around 4:30 PM with Pauline and Linda riding along. About a 20 minute cruise to Pusley Creek where I parked the house boat and the fun began.
  
The water was flat nearly the entire time we were on the house boat. Wednesday morning the water in the entire cove resembled a sheet of glass, until Brent tore it up with the Jobe ski. Kyle was the next person to ski.
  
  
Then Julie took a couple take offs on the trainer skis, switched to the adult skis and then made a long run. Pauline gave the skis a try but was unsuccessful. She enjoyed the sun and really warm temperatures of the air and water. Daytime temps were between 92 to 97 degrees the days we were on the house boat.
  
Brent and I took turns lifting the kids out of the water and driving the boat.
  
Julie & Kyle went knee boarding, Stacey rode the tubes and everyone enjoyed swimming from the house boat. The slide on the back was a major attraction during the week.
  
  
Friday morning was the end. We loaded the boat and began backing the house boat off the lake's bank. It took about 10 minutes of swerving the back of the house boat back and forth before it was free. Brent drove the house boat back to the resort and when the resort's employee met them at the idle buoys, Brent climbed in the Sea Ray with Kyle and I and we headed to the DHL Dock. The girls rode to the HCR dock on the house boat and checked out with them.
  
At the State Park, Brent hopped out and retrieved the truck & trailer, I drove the boat on the trailer and he pulled it out of the water. Kyle, Brent & I tied the cover on the boat and I drove home. The picture below was taken on our trip while we were returning the house boat, early Friday morning. The fog obscured the sun for just a minute and I snapped a picture of the house boat coming through the low hanging fog. Ten minutes of fog was the only time we experienced any inclimate weather.
 

Stacey, Linda and I had a great time with Julie, Kyle, Pauline & Brent on the house boat!

Posted by Dave at 9:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events


Posted on Sunday, July 09, 2017

A Week With Julie & Kyle

Pauline & Brent came to the farm Saturday morning with Julie & Kyle and stayed the weekend. We did the usual things, ate at Major's Pizza, let the dogs run around the fields and played with the kids. Brent was still recovering from his bike wreck and his busted arms were sore. We let Kyle target shoot with a 'BB' gun and Julie used the single shot .22 rifle. P&B went home Sunday afternoon with Julie & Kyle staying with us. We hung out at the farm for two days, letting the kids take it easy after their week of WKU Big Red Camp.
We left the farm Wednesday morning and headed for Daleville. We had just arrived in Daleville and unlocked the house when two trucks pulled in front of the house and people came to the door. It was Regina, Sondra, Pam, Sharon, Jackie and his grand daughter. We showed them how we had remodeled the house and they remarked how it had looked the last time they visited Mom. When they left, Julie and Kyle changed into their swim suits and we took them to the Daleville Splash Park.
 
The weather was sporadic while we were in Daleville with several rain storms and one was even severe. Since the house was so close to the water park it was easy to use the golf cart to ferry people back and forth whenever the weather changed. We had packed Stacey's bike, with new tires and tubes, in the truck and when we pulled it out, that kept the younger crowd busy too. Ed & Tim gave J&K several packs of 'cracker balls' that pop when thrown against a hard object. Those made Coco a nervous wreck, but provided entertainment for the kids.
Saturday, Elbert's Lounge was conducting a 'block party' for a Back Pack Benefit Ride. The bartenders began cooking hot dogs and burgers about 11 AM and the bikers began arriving around 12:30 PM.
  
  
 
Someone counted the bikes and said there were at least 115 participating in the benefit ride. Elbert's Lounge donated $150 to the benefit. The riders left after about 45 minutes. We purchased enough sandwiches for everyone in our group to eat. After a short break J&K walked back to the water park with Stacey following a few minutes later. Linda & I took turns keeping an eye on them.
Sunday morning we packed up and headed towards KY. We stopped at King Fish and ate outside on the patio.

We drove the rest of the way to Pauline & Brent's house where we dropped off J&K. We chatted with them for a half hour or so, then drove back to the farm.

Posted by Dave at 7:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville, Farm


Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Boating Begins

I had been getting the boat ready for the upcoming season by connecting the batteries and charging them, then hooking the trailer to the truck. Stacey and Linda had been using Pledge on the hull and returning the life jackets to the storage spots under the rear pads.
We had made plans with Pauline and Brent while watching Julie and Kyle play their games at the diamonds in Brownsville. They arrived around 8:30 AM on Sunday. Brent and I tested the batteries by briefly starting the engine with the battery switch in each position. We put the road cover on and tied it down, then aired up the four tires and returned to the house to fix coolers and etc. We rode in the Mule to the barn with our things and family. After transferring to the truck we stopped for gas and ice at the Minit Mart then on to the Dale Hollow State Park.
I drove the boat off the trailer with everyone but Brent in the boat. Brent parked the truck and we picked him up at the courtesy dock. It was a little cool and the water had more than normal debris floating on top. I picked our way though and cruised to several spots to look for prime locations. We found a cove near Holly Creek that was peacefule with flat water. Kyle didn't wait for boat to stop before he was ready to jump in the water. I wasn't quite so eager, but before the day was over, everyone was in the lake. The first plunge was breath taking but after about 20 seconds it was nice.
Linda had made sandwiches and it wasn't long before those were passed around. She made enough to last all day. We had fun in the water, then let Kyle knee board, then play in the water off and on till we had enough sun.
Our first time out, we cut it short to avoid sun burns. We pulled off the lake about 3:45 PM, unloaded our stuff, tied down the cover and towed home.
Brent took his family home around 4:30 PM.

Posted by Dave at 7:00 PM
Categories: Boating, Current Events


Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Rough May

May started out rough. On Tuesday, May 3rd I woke up about 2 AM with pain in my abdomen. I could not go back to sleep and couldn't get comfortable. I soon realized, I had a kidney stone. About 9 AM, I went to the Cumberland County Hospital ER. Luckily for me, my regular physician, Dr Rice was working the ER. I told him I thought I had a kidney stone and it was causing quite a bit of pain. I had to give a urine sample and have a CT Scan. Both confirmed I had a 7 mm by 8 mm stone lodged between my kidney and my bladder. Dr Rice said I would not be able to pass that size of stone and I needed to go to Campbellsville to have the situation remedied. He had the nurse give me a pain shot and sent me home.
Linda drove us to Taylor County Hospital in Cambellsville and I went inside the ER. They were waiting for me to arrive and quickly added my info to their computers. I was x rayed and put back in the waiting room. Five minutes later a technician called my name and took me to a ready room. There I completely undressed and put on the backless gown. I was asked every possible question about my medical history, had my vitals taken and then Stacey and Linda were brought in. Next, the crew came in for consultations, then the urologist, he was doing 7 surgeries and I was #6. It was going to be awhile.
Finally they rolled me out of the room, up the elevator and into the OR. Lights, camera, action...
Next thing I knew I was in recovery. Then rolled back to the room with Stacey and Linda. According to the doctor, a stint had been placed and that was all. He had told Linda I had a urinary tract infection and he wanted it cleared up with antibiotics before he busted up the stone. Four prescriptions and I was sent home.
I had to go see my cardiologist to get the OK to be put under with general anesthesia so that was a trip to Bowling Green. She wanted to do an echo cardiogram to check the condition of my heart, so we stayed late to have that done. I had to return to Bowling Green two days later for her to tell me the results and that I would be OK.
Two weeks had passed since the first pain had sent me to the hospital.
I had to go back to Taylor Co Hospital a day before surgery for blood work and to give the urologist the OK from my cardiologist.
No food, no drinks after midnight and drive to Taylor Co Hospital. Check in, x ray to make sure the stone is still there and then undress. Same batch of questions, dang, didn't they put in my answers just two weeks ago? Finally, it is time for the OR. They try a spinal block because they're still worried about my heart, I tell them the doc said it was OK. Five minutes after the spinal block, no effect. The guy gives me another one which consists of 4 or 5 small pain shots and then the shot right in the spinal cord. He remarked he had spinal fluid in his needle which indicates he was in the right spot. Still no numbing. They bring in another guy that guarantees he will get it done. When he finishes, I'm still not numb, but he says to put me on the table anyway. I then tell the urologist that I can feel everything he's doing. He realizes I'm telling the truth and he has them put me out using general anesthesia. Breathe deep, breatheeee....
I woke up in recovery, back hurting, kidneys not hurting but the rest of the system was on fire, and my throat sore.
Linda had been informed he had busted a stone in each kidney and placed two stints. After one hour and urinating, I was allowed to go home.
Linda drove to Sonic and bought me a butterscotch shake to soothe my sore throat.
Three days later, Linda pulled the two stints out using the attached strings.
About ten days later on June 10th, I passed another kidney stone about the size of a green pea. A little over a month from start to finish, almost as long as it took to write this! LoL

Posted by Dave at 4:15 PM
Categories: Current Events


Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Drone Farm Pics

Linda and I spent Thursday mowing nearly the entire farm because rain was predicted for the next few days. It rained a little Friday, a lot Saturday and most of the day Sunday. Monday was cloudy, then Tuesday the weather cleared. The wind was gone and the sky was partly cloudy, so I decided to take the drone out and get some pics of the farm.
 
 
 
 
 

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

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