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Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Transplanting Strawberries

I asked Pauline and Brent to come over and help us transplant strawberries to make a new patch, so they showed up early Saturday morning with Julie and Kyle. I gathered up the shovels and stakes to use and we all went to the patch. I had used the disk behind the tractor on the previous Monday, but it had rained most of the week until Friday, so the weeds were beginning to grow again. I started digging the plants while Linda cleaned the debris and extra dirt off of them and placed the plants in a plastic tray. Stacey carried the trays for Linda. Brent took over digging for a while.
Juile and Stacey kept carrying the trays of plants to the other patch and dropping them in the holes that Kyle and Brent were digging for Pauline to plant. They also carried the empty trays back to where Linda was working.
Pauline planted the entire six rows of strawberries as everyone worked to keep her in plants. We slowed down on the digging as we neared the end of the final row and made sure we had just enough plants to finish the row. We planted the new patch the same way we did the old patch. I hope the new patch will fill in as well as the old patch has done. We get somewhere near 10 gallons of berries from the old patch each year.
When we finished with the planting, I picked up the tools and took them to the barn, then went to town and bought tenderloins at Hamilton's BBQ, returned to the farm and we ate. After lunch and a short break, we went around the hay fields picking up small limbs the creek had washed into the fields and throwing them back into the creek. We rode the 4 wheelers and the Mule, let Daisy run and the kids play in the creek.
We finished the day with pizza at Major's in Albany, then back to the farm and called it a night.

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

Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Daleville IN Trip

Linda was off for Spring Break at CCES, so we decided to go to Daleville. We packed our new Equinox and headed to IN Tuesday morning about 8:30 AM. Traffic was light due to traveling early in the middle of the week. We picked up a few sandwiches at Arby's outside of Daleville, then went to the house and ate. After turning on the water, water heater and raising the setting on the thermostat, we unpacked the car. We just can't skip a chance for a Pizza King Royal Feast while we're in IN, so we ordered one and ate that at supper time. Below is a picture of the house we purchased a tax lien against. Our 1 year wait time will be over in November. The porch is the best looking feature of the house, but the floors have collapsed and there are many other problems that the picture doesn't show.

Wednesday morning got off to a slow start. I guess we slept late, ate breakfast late and began working on the bathroom ceiling late too. We installed a few of the plastic pieces that resemble tin ceiling tiles. I would say that they are a cheap fix, except they're not. Each 2' by 4' sheet is roughly $27. We glued them to the thin plywood that Brent and I had screwed in place a few trips ago. These plastic tiles are so thin they are hard to hold up to check the fitments before applying the glue to the backside and once the glue is on it is hard to trim without getting glue on everything. Linda had planned to eat with Linda K and Imon, so we stopped when we made it to the ceiling light as it was going to have to be removed before we could place another piece. Linda K and Imon came to the house, we talked a while, then went to Bird's Smoke House to eat. We finished eating, then sat and chatted until the place closed. Everyone went home after that.
Thursday, I took the ceiling light down in the bathroom and we finished installing the 'tin tiles'.
Linda decided to go see her Mom in Pendleton and Stacey wanted to go with her. I decided to take a shower and maybe a nap. They returned a little before dark. Linda mentioned that Reba was a little dizzy and having some trouble reading and writing.
Friday morning I made a couple of phone calls to the Delaware County Treasurer and Auditor, then went to Muncie to pay the property taxes. Things went smoothly until I started back to Daleville when a train blocked my progress on IN 32. I sat and waited for 20 minutes without train moving an inch, so I had to find another way back to Daleville. I ended up going west on IN 332 to I-69 and taking it to the Daleville exit. In the afternoon, Linda wanted to do some shopping so I drove the car around for Stacey and her.
Saturday morning we ate breakfast and turned things off. As we packed things into the car, I happened to look across the street and noticed that Eddy Bolton's car had two flat tires. I went over and told him. Tim and Ed brought out an air hose and tried to air up the tires but found that someone had punctured them with a knife. Eddy explained why he thought it had been done and who had done it. I recommended he file a police report, but I doubt he did. We finished packing and left around 9:30 AM. Smooth ride all the way home with a short stop at King Fish. We pulled the Equinox in the garage and unloaded. Then I hopped in the Mule and took a ride to check out what had happened while we were gone and let Daisy run since she had been in the pen since Monday. I quickly found out that the creek had been out of the banks and into the fields. Also, several places had jammed up with debris and over flowed. After finishing Daisy's run, I returned her to the barn and took the tractor to clean out some of the debris.
I used the other tractor with the bush hog to cut up the debris in the hay fields and then rode around a little bit to take a couple of pictures. Right now is a really pretty time in KY. The trees are budding out, some are blooming and a lot of spring wild flowers are blooming.
Fairly soon it will be more like a jungle in the woods.

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

Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter Weekend

Julie and Kyle came over early Saturday morning with Pauline and Brent. After talking for a while, I went to Don Franklin's dealership in Burkesville to trade the HHR for a new Equinox. I returned home and we ate lunch, then Brent went with me to pick up the new car. After signing all the paperwork and driving the Equinox home, we colored eggs with Julie and Kyle to use on Sunday for the egg hunt.
Sunday morning, I told the kids to each get a piece of candy to eat before we even had breakfast or their parents were up. Then the Easter Baskets were opened when everyone else was up. Julie and Kyle went outside with their bubble makers and began floating bubbles across the back yard. The grass was still wet so the bubbles that eventually fell to the ground didn't burst right away.
Julie and Kyle had fun with those for a while, then we had lunch. After lunch, Brent and I took Julie and Kyle for a long 4 wheeler ride around the fields and to the top of the hill across from the house. Pauline, Stacey and Linda took care of hiding the plastic eggs while we were gone.
It was a frantic race to find all the eggs when we returned, but with 156 plastic eggs hidden, it took a while!
After opening the eggs and separating the candy from the coins, an egg count was done and the results were, that 8 eggs were still missing. Everyone helped to find the missing eggs, including Daisy. She was better at sniffing the plastic eggs out than the rest of us.
When the egg hunt was over, we road around in the Mule and let Daisy burn off some of her energy. We stopped to throw rocks and pickup pieces of tumbled creek glass too. Brent left with his family around 3 PM. It was a nice weekend together.

Posted by Dave at 9:30 PM
Categories: Cars, Current Events, Farm

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pacer Game with Jason

Friday we Stacey and I picked up Jason at 3 PM and went back to the farm. Linda had come home from working at the school and was getting things ready for all of us to leave. We packed our things in the Chevy truck and I drove towards IN in the rain. We made it through Louisville and was half way to Indy before dark. About 30 miles south of Indy we encountered a single car wreck that nearly stopped traffic for about 20 minutes. We eventually made it through the traffic jam and went on to Chesterfield, then bought groceries and a pizza. At the Daleville house we unloaded the truck in the rain and went inside, turned up the heat and turned on the water, then ate our pizza. After about an hour, everyone went to bed.
Saturday morning, Linda fixed pancakes and sausage for breakfast, then Linda called her Mom and told her we were heading to her house in Pendleton. Everyone went inside at Nana's and sat in the kitchen to talk. We ate some of her 5lb Hershey Chocolate candy bar while we were talking and playing with the dogs. We all hugged Nana on the porch before leaving. Stacey wanted Jason to see where we lived when she was a kid, so I drove us through Park Estates and had them get out for a picture in front of the house.
We then went back to Daleville and prepared to go to the Pacer game. We left early and drove to Indy, made one lap around the Bankers' Life Fieldhouse and found a good parking spot. We made the short walk to the entrance and went inside, were pointed to our seats in the lower section and sat down. No problems and fairly good seats with plenty of time for Stacey and Linda to go to the gift shop before the game.
About a half hour later, the lights went down and the announcer started making the starting lineups on the public address system as fireworks were going off. The lights came on and the tip off started the game.
The Boston Celtics took the early lead, then the Pacers made a come back and the game was still close at halftime as we enjoyed some of the acts during the breaks.
The ex-Butler University coach, Brad Stevens, did some excellent coaching in the second half and the Celtics led most of the way.
The Pacers closed the scoring margin at the end of the game, but after several late game timeouts, the Celtics ruined Stacey's day by beating the Pacers.
We left the Fieldhouse arena and headed back towards Daleville. Stacey and Jason were both wanting to eat, so we stopped in Anderson and ate at Steak 'n' Shake. Jason was surprised the place was open, it wasn't only open, it was packed and people kept coming in after we were seated at 11:15 PM. I told him this place was not like Burkesville where they roll up the sidewalks at 9 PM. LoL
Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the Daleville house, then packed our stuff and headed to KY. Everyone slept as I drove from Indy to Louisville. I called ahead to Kingfish so they would have our order ready when we arrived. It was a good thing I did as their parking lot was full and people were expecting a 45 minute wait for a table. We avoid these delays by ordering take out and eating outside on their patios. We went to the restroom, then picked up our food without a wait, then walked down to the patio by the river and ate. The Ohio River was slightly flooded and there was river water in the edge of the parking lot where I parked.
About forty minutes after arriving, we were ready to leave and continue our trip home. We took Jason home at 3:45 PM, talked with Stephanie and Tommy a few minutes as we held Stephanie's grandbaby, Skylar, then we drove home to the farm.

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

Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2015

Seth Plays @ Dixie

Stacey, Linda and I went to the Dixie Cafe in Byrdstown for dinner and to listen to live music. Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal is friends with Linda. Jennifer's husband, Lee Neal, plays guitar there every month and he has taught Jennifer's son, Seth, to play guitar. It was Seth's first time to play in public. As soon as we sat down, Diane & Gerry Scott tapped me on the shoulder and began talking to us. They joined us at the table and we chatted the entire evening. They just recently moved from Daleville to the Byrdstown area. During the conversation, Diane remarked that they had met another person from Daleville living in the Byrdstown area. Her maiden name was Loretta Norrod. I told Diane and Gerry that Loretta used to live next door to me in Daleville when I was a kid. A few minutes later, Diane pointed out Loretta and I knew it was her as soon as I saw her face. I spoke with her a few minutes as I was walking back to my seat, then Loretta came over and talked with us. Geez, it was like going back to Daleville in the middle of TN. LoL OK, back to the reason we went to the Dixie Cafe, the waitress brought our dinners and the band began playing. After a few songs, they called Seth to the stage, introduced him and then they began playing. They gave Seth a small solo in the middle of the song and he had a good show. Click this link to see a video. We stayed till the music was over and then said so long to everyone, then drove home.

Posted by Dave at 9:00 PM

Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2015

Fresh Snow

All the snow that was on the ground melted Monday and Tuesday when it rained and the temperature was above 60 degrees.
This morning, about 4 AM it began snowing again. We have at least 2" on the ground now.
The forecast is for the snow to continue until at least noon, maybe slightly longer. Some areas near Elizabethtown are reporting ONE FOOT of snow already on the ground. I hope that passes us by!

*Update @ 3:30 PM CST*
We received about 3-4 inches of snow in our area of Cumberland County.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency and deployed Kentucky National Guard to help with relief efforts. The state has been walloped by a winter storm that has dumped nearly two feet of snow in parts of the Bluegrass state. Guardsmen were firing up Humvees to make emergency medical runs and rescue motorists stranded by a winter storm that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of the state. Kentucky Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht said more than 75 guardsmen have been dispatched for emergency missions since the storm hit. The Guard has helped rescue stranded motorists along Interstate 65 and the Western Kentucky Parkway in the Elizabethtown area. Stranded motorists were being taken to a warming center in Elizabethtown. He said guardsmen were also picking up stranded motorists along I-24 in the Paducah area in western Kentucky. In Marshall and Hardin counties, guardsmen were helping transport emergency personnel and medical patients. The National Weather Service said Ohio County in western Kentucky has been blanketed by 23 inches of snow. Snowfall has reached 21.5 inches in Radcliff, south of Louisville, and in Cynthiana in north-central Kentucky.

Posted by Dave at 3:45 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Monday, March 02, 2015

Still Snow In The Shade

The snow has began melting and is mostly gone except in areas that are shaded. Stacey and I took Daisy out of the pen and let her run across the creek from the house today.
Check out all the footprints in the left picture below. Those are not Daisy's tracks but she could smell something.
Farther back in the 'holler' there weren't any tracks across the snow.

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

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Good Friend Gone

A good friend of ours passed away. Dick Stevenson was a close friend of mine since I was 8 years old. We hung around together, played in sports, drank beer and went places together. I ran into Dick in Chesterfield, outside the grocery store and we did the 'guy hug' thing, then we both went inside and walked through the store talking as we put groceries in the carts. I didn't have a clue that would be the last time I saw him. I hate to have lost such a good friend this soon.

CHESTERFIELD — Richard “Dick” Stevenson, 65, resident of the Chesterfield/Daleville area, passed away Feb. 25, 2015, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in Muncie, the son of Cleatus and Vivian Woods Stevenson. He was a 1968 graduate of Daleville High School and was a superior athlete, holding the track school records set in 1967 and 1968 in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter relay. He was a varsity letter winner for four years at DHS and was inducted in the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He was extremely competitive and loved his nieces and nephews. Survivors include brothers, Jim Stevenson (Kay) of Yorktown, Larry Stevenson (Linda) of Anderson and Jack Stevenson (Phyllis) of Daleville.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ballard & Sons, 8212 S. Walnut St., Daleville, with the Rev. Marty Ballard of the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services on Saturday.

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

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Card Puzzle Done

After nearly every school in KY was out the entire week, kids were ready to play with nearly anything. Pauline & Brent came over with their kids and Julie helped Stacey finish the puzzle that Linda had been helping work.
It was a difficult puzzle because there were no edge pieces and all the card backs looked the same.
After lunch, when the rain had slowed down, we dressed warmly and went outside for a short round of sleding down the slope in front of the house.

Posted by Dave at 2:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm

Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

State Of Emergency

From the office of Cumberland County Judge Executive John Phelps:
All offices of the Cumberland County Courthouse & the Cumberland County Justice Center will continue to be closed on Wednesday February 18th, 2015 due to the inclement weather. Roadways continue to be dangerous due to the additional snowfall overnight. Temperatures will be falling to dangerous lows this afternoon and evening. Please stay home & do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Again please stay home and be safe. If you need to reach Judge Phelps you may call his cell phone at 270-459-0241. If you need County road department assistance, please call Road Supervisor Ricky Melton @ 270-459-0723. Road Crews will be working to clear road ways as soon as possible. Please do not call 911 unless you have an actual emergency.

Again, please stay in and do not travel unless absolutely necessary and wait for this weather system to pass.
Thank you for your patience.
John Phelps Jr.
Cumberland County Judge Executive


As predicted, TVA has alerted the 159 local power companies in the valley, including Tri-County Electric, that Step 20 of the Emergency Load Curtailment Program (ELCP) is effective at 3:00 p.m. today (Wednesday).
TVA is expecting demand to reach an all-time high Thursday morning. Step 20 of the ELCP is voluntary, but consumers are urged to conserve electricity to the maximum extent possible to help keep the system stable. In addition to lowering the thermostat on heat pumps, please postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment and turn off any nonessential lights and electrical equipment.
Tri-County Electric will issue updates as they become available. Thank you for assisting Tri-County Electric and TVA with electricity conservation during this power supply alert.

Posted by Dave at 12:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Farm


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