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Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Championship Game

Julie played in the Parks & Recreation 5th & 6th Grade League again this year. She was on the Celtics team and they had one of the best, if not the best won/lost records in the league. The Celtics and the Suns played their way through the league's tournament and were both undefeated as they matched up against each other in the championship game Tuesday evening. The Celtics started slowly, fouling too much and letting the Suns get an 11 point lead in the first quarter.
Both coaches changed strategies during the second quarter to combat their opponent's best players. The Celtics closed the gap to within 7 points before halftime, then let the Suns stretch the lead to 13 point at the break.
Errant shots and missed free throws kept the Celtics behind the entire second half.
Julie played a good game, scoring on free throws and jump shots for a total of 5 points. She pulled down several rebonds too.
The end of the game turned into a free throw shooting contest, but the Celtics never closed the point gap.
The Suns defeated the Celtics 35 to 24 to win the game and trophies.
The Celtics settled for 2nd place medal.
The Edmonson County Little League Basketball players and coaches that came to the game joined each other on the floor for a group photo.

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

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nana & Roof Shingles

Stacey, Linda & I took Coco & Reece in the Silverado to Daleville Sunday. The drive was a little harder than normal due to the winds once we crossed the Ohio River. As I pulled into the driveway at the Daleville house, I noticed pieces of shingles from the roof laying on the driveway. I picked up a few and then unlocked the door. After we unloaded the truck, I took a look at the roof on the upwind side of the house. The pictures below are what I saw.
A few of the shingles were just flipped up, but others were gone.
We left the dogs in the house and went to visit Nana at the Bethany Point nursing home. When we arrived, Reba was standing up using her walker. We gave her hugs and talked with her until it was time for her to go to the dinning room. We walked with Nana and then left once she was seated at a table with other residents. During the week, Linda & Stacey went to visit with her and retrieved things from her place that she wanted. I remained at the Daleville house and took care of the dogs. The only problems were caused by people cleaning out the old fire station building and making noises that caused the dogs to jump off the couch and bark, incessantly! Steve Sargent had one of the guys that works for him repair the roof shingles with a couple new shingles and to put roofing cement/tar under the shingles to hold them down until the sun can heat the roofing enough to seal the shingles down to the rest of the roof.
Wednesday, we took Reece to see Nana at the nursing home. Reba was happy to see her dog when Reece jumped on the bed and they snuggled for several minutes. I led Reece while Nana walked with us through the lobby of the home as many of the residents reached down to rub Reece. Nana told most of them that Reece was her dog. We returned to Nana's room and Linda had one of the workers put the shadow box she had put together for Reba on the wall just outside her door. The boxes help the residents find their rooms and also lets the staff know a little bit about the person in the room and their lives before they were admitted. We visited with Nana for a couple of hours and she walked us to the door, said good bye to Reece and us as she went to the dinning room for supper.
Thursday morning we closed the house up and drove to the farm, only stopping at a rest area to let the dogs out for a few minutes. We unloaded the truck as soon as we were home, then took the dogs for a run with Daisy. I lost my cell phone during the ride. We returned the dogs to the house and looked, but never found it as it was raining.

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

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019

Flowers & Paint

Stacey received a vase of flowers from Jason for Valentine's Day. She liked them and posted a thank you on Facebook.
For about a week, Julianna Parham Painting had been working at our house. Julia used three colors of green to paint our living room, dinning room, kitchen and two hallways. A light green was used in the hallways, a medium green was used in the kitchen, living room and upper section of the dinning room with the lower section below the chair rail getting the darker green. She did an excellent job and made our house look new again on the inside walls.

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

Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2019

J & K Basketball Pics

We left the farm at 8:30 AM & drove to the 5th-6th Center in Brownsville to watch Julie play basketball. We make the 90 mile drive in around an hour and a half most weekends when the grandkids are playing ball. In the summer it is softball/baseball and in the winter it is basket ball. Julie has been playing nearly the entire game most of the time. She jumps center and plays forward during the rest of the game. There are two girls and four boys usually there on her team for the games. The Celtics have won all of their games (4) so far this season. After Julie's game was over we drove to KYROCK Elementary for Kyle's game. His team is the Tigers and Brent is the coach. There are three girls and 4 boys on the Tigers. In this league it is more about teaching the game rules and some skills instead of winning or losing. Brent does a good job of letting each kid have a turn of handling the ball and trying to get a shot. We really get a kick out of watching the little ones learning and making mistakes. Most all of the fans cheer when a basket is made for either team.
Kyle is a bit ahead of most of the kids. He still has a lot to learn though.

Posted by Dave at 6:30 PM
Categories: Current Events, Sports

Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas 2018

Friday, Julie & Kyle came to stay with us before Christmas because their parents were working. Linda had received a call from Imon about Nana falling. She had been taken to Indy for surgery and Linda couldn't decide whether to go be with her Mom or wait until after Christmas.
Saturday morning, Linda finally went to Indy, leaving me with Julie, Kyle & Stacey. We went shopping a little before noon, found Julie & Kyle a couple presents each, then went to Fazoli's for lunch and back to the farm. Back at the farm, I had Julie & Stacey brown hamburger. When it was done, I divided the meat, one batch for chili and the rest for Sloppy Joe sandwiches. We ate the sandwiches and let the chili cook.
Sunday morning, we made out a grocery list and went to Walmart. The store was nearly empty of shoppers, so the grocery shopping didn't take long. We returned to the farm and put the groceries away. Pauline & Brent arrived just as we finished putting the stuff away. Everyone went to Major's Pizza for lunch. We played some games and watched a few Christmas shows and ate chili for supper.
Christmas Eve, Pauline made breakfast for everyone and I cooked the ham. I sliced it later, after it cooled down. We had chili for lunch with PB&J sandwiches. Linda came home from IN about 2:30 that afternoon. We ate the ham with mashed potatoes, peas, corn casserole and rolls for dinner. Linda told us how her trip had went and what was going on with Nana.
Christmas, we had sticky buns for a quick breakfast before the gifts were opened.
It seemed to me, that everyone was happy with their gifts. It was good to have Linda back with us for Christmas. She told us all that Reba's surgery had went well and the therapist had her Mom standing up the day after her surgery. Reba will need a few days of therapy before going home, but that should happen quickly. I hope everyone had a Happy Holiday.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2018

Visiting Nana

Sunday morning we left for Daleville about 8 AM. The trip went smooth in the Equinox and we arrived about 1:30 PM. Linda and Stacey went to visit Nana and get groceries.
Monday I remained at the Daleville house while Linda & Stacey spent most of the day with Nana. When the girls came back to the house we watched a Pacer game on TV.
Tuesday, we met Abner Jr & Imon at McDonald's for breakfast, then returned to the house. Stacey & Linda went shopping in Muncie before I joined them to visit with Nana. Linda gave Reba a large box of chocolates and she hurriedly opened the box and began picking through the pieces.
The dogs, Reesey & Coco, ate the pieces that Linda & Reba didn't want to finish eating. After we returned to the Daleville house we walked to Elbert's Lounge to enjoy Taco Tuesday.
Wednesday, Linda made chicken & noodles and put them in 8 separate containers, then took them to her Mom and placed them in the freezer for her. Linda commented that Nana was in a better mood that day.
Thursday morning we packed our things, closed up the house and headed to the farm. We grabbed some McDonald's breakfast sandwiches for the ride home.
Friday morning, Imon let Linda know that Reba had fallen and was taken to the hospital. As the day went on, more info from IN let her know the doctors had sent Reba to Indy and she was going to need surgery on her hip.

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

Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2018

Freezing Rain

An early winter storm went south of the farm leaving us out of the snow but coating the trees with a light layer of ice. The freezing rain delayed schools in the area for a couple of hours even though the roads were warm enough that the rain did not freeze on them.

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

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2018

Julie On Basket Ball Team

Kyle & Julie went to Daleville with us a few times over the summer and at holidays. During those times we've went to a parking lot and played basket ball. Recently, Julie tried out for the 7th grade Edmonson County girls' basket ball team. She is a sixth grade student, but made it on the team. As the season moved along, she wasn't getting much playing time, but I could see improvements in her endurance and skills from just the team's practice time.
So, Monday evening, after driving home from Daleville, Stacey & I went to watch Julie play the 7th grade's final season game. When we arrived, the game had just started 30 seconds earlier and Julie was in the game playing. She was now a 'starter'? We sat down with Brent and watched. The coach took her out a couple times during the game, but she played 3/4's of the game. Julie got a few rebounds ,some tie ups and stole a pass or two during the game. Edmonson lost the game, they all slapped hands and after a locker room talk, Julie came up to where we were setting on the bleachers. She was still hyped up about her playing time and told me that a few of the girls had been disciplined by the coaches and were not allowed to play. I told her that was what happens when players mess up and she would have to keep her nose clean if she wanted to play. We talked about how she played and what to do next time she has a game. When Stacey & I walked outside with the kids & Brent we discovered it was spitting snow. I unlocked our car and we headed for the farm. The snow turned to a mist on the way home.

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