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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

Posted on Sunday, November 04, 2018

Stacey's Indiana Birthday

We went to Daleville Tuesday. Turned the water on and the heat up then relaxed the rest of the day. Linda made several trips to visit with her Mom, Stacey went most of the times and I went Friday. We visited about two and a half hours with Reba. It was good to see her doing so well.
Saturday was Stacey's Birthday. Linda K & Imon came over to the Daleville house and they gave her a birthday card. Gay & Uncle Bub stopped and we all drove to Denny's for breakfast. While we were waiting on our food, Brent called with Julie & Kyle chiming in with Happy Birthday wishes on speaker phone. After breakfast we stopped and bought an old stereo at the "ReSale" store. Linda & Stacey visited with Nana once more. At 5 PM we left for the Pacer game in Indy. The Garmin GPS took us right to our regular parking lot, we walked in, they scanned our tickets, then the girls headed to the gift shop. I made a pit stop and headed to the seats. IMO - Great seats! Stacey and Linda joined me just before tip off with popcorn and drinks. The Pacers jumped out to a 10 point lead, but immediately lost it and were down 8-9 points. Tough defense and extreme quickness on both teams.
 
 
At halftime, the game was tied, 45 all. Stacey was happy the Pacers had caught back up to the Celtics. Each team had a tough defensive player guarding the other teams' star. So, the teams were battling on the boards for those second shots. Good game, tied several times.
 
 
 
Victor Olidepo won the game for the Pacers. He hit 4 free throws and a three pointer. The 3 point shot came while they were 2 points behind the Celtics and only three and a half seconds left in the game. Boston tried to toss the ball in from the center court line, but Victor stole the incoming pass. Pacers won 102-101. The place went wild from the bottom to the top of the Field House with a roar that filled the place after Victor hit that 3 pointer till a couple minutes after the final horn. We loved it! We left the game, walking with the crowd and it was still buzzing, everyone talking about how it ended. Back towards Daleville, stopping at Steak n Shake for sandwiches.
Sunday morning, we set the clocks back 1 hour, then packed up and headed to King Fish for lunch on the patio. Then on home to the farm.

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

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Farm Camp Out

Stacey, Linda & I hosted family & friends, beginning Friday afternoon and ending Sunday about noon, for the 'Fall Camp Out 18' at Norris Farm. Below are the pictures that are not in any specific order and were taken by Jessica, Molly, Shelly and myself. Clicking these small images will open larger ones.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

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

Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2018

Daleville House Painted

Linda had contacted a house painter in IN and made a deal for him to paint the Daleville house. He had already started the job when Stacey and I left for Daleville Sunday morning. We pulled into the driveway a few hours later and Stacey mentioned that we might not be able to get inside because the windows and doors were masked off for painting. I checked the back door and we were able to go inside through it. The house was fairly dark inside with the windows covered, but we made the best of it.
  
The next morning, Thomas Gorman began removing the paper and masking tape. That let the sun light come through the windows and brighten up the inside. Thomas also did some touch ups along the underside of the overhangs and around the windows where the tape had been. I talked to him after he finished and paid him with a check.
  
Thomas painted the aluminum storm back door which made it look like a new one. Much better IMO.
 
He also removed the poison ivy vines that were all over the east side of the house. It looked smooth and clean now.
 
The new paint is the same whiteness as the new porch railings.

Thomas painted the porch ceiling too.

The paint job was completed quickly and well done. I think Linda will like it when she goes to Daleville.
Stacey and I had a good time while in Daleville. We visited Kim & Kenny at their day care. We also took Nana a roast beef Manhattan for lunch at her place. I talked to several friends and we went to Elbert's for Taco Tuesday. It was fun!

Posted by Dave at 3:00 PM
Categories: Current Events, Daleville