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Archive: September, 2009

September 30, 2009: H1N1 making its rounds

  Lot of people getting sick in our region.  Sounds like several schools are shutting down because so many teachers and students are ill.  We have several people in our circle that our sick now with H1N1.  Really hoping we don’t get it.  Last year the flu experience was nottttttt fun.  Several months of being sick on and off. 

  We did get our flu shot.  However, the H1N1 shots are not available yet – and you have to wait 1 month between shots.  Uncertain on the actual vaccine.  Sounds like a lot of people don’t trust the shot.  Unsure what we will do.  Not sure if you can get the H1N1 more than once, either.  Guess I will google that subject.


September 29, 2009: Everything is moving along! Floors are going down.

  Well, it has been a little while since I posted some photos.  Errr few days 🙂  Dione said I should post something.  So, here goes!

  Looks like the wood floors are almost finished on the first floor of the house.  Next up with be the second floor.  Looks like it is taking around six days for each floor.  Next two floors might actually go faster.  Unsure.  We will see how it goes!

  The lights are going up on the outside of the house.  The ceiling is almost finished on the third floor – family room.  Fans are up.  Tile work is almost finished in the bathrooms – sunroom.  Moving along nicely.

  The weather has been nice.  Beautiful today.  Low temperatures this morning were in the 40s.  🙂  Not bad!

  Had a great dinner with Jason and Jess tonight.  Outback – lots of food!  Did not leave hungry.  🙂

  Dylan had a birthday on Monday.  So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN.  Hope you had a good one. 

  Tony and Deena have moved into their new house – northern Graves County.  About 20 minutes away.  They just started moving in – so it will take a little while to unpack.

  Been working on the budget today – trying to learn how to use Quicken.  Slowly getting there.  At least I have the budget written out.  That is a good start.

  Some photos from the last few days – all photos here

Looking out the window of the old house – looking north


Old house – windows are out – slowly stripping it


Old house


Looking out the window of the old house that I grew up in


Looking out of Dione’s old bedroom window


Lot of debris from the old house


Looking south towards the new house out of Dione’s old bedroom


The windows are up on the second floor deck – front of new house


Barn wood floors in the dining room and kitchen


Kitchen area – dining room


Kitchen area – the wood floors are almost finished on this floor


Wood floors are almost done on the first floor


Looking into the library


Guest bathroom tile is down


Master shower – tile is on the walls and floor – ceiling


Master bathroom


Weather room – fans are up. 


Master bedroom – barn wood for the floors.


Family room – ceiling is almost finished


Family room upstairs


Family room upstairs


Family room upstairs


Family room upstairs

September 25, 2009: Sunset at the farm

  A long week.  To say the least.

  But, there was a nice sunset tonight 🙂  Click images for larger size












September 21, 2009: Daddy appears on television :) On his birthday no less!

  Well daddy on the news at noon today – 6 pm – and 10 pm.  Top story!  I think he did quite well with the interview.  AND it was his birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY 🙂

  Unfortunately, the news story was not about his birthday.




September 20, 2009: Made it home – wonderful time at the wedding

  We made it home!  We had such a wonderful time at Drew and Kristy’s wedding in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was a quick trip, though. 

  The wedding was beautiful – on the beach!  Then after the wedding we went to one of their friends homes.  Beautiful house on the river.  The house was 101 years old. 

  Looks like a wet week ahead – on and off rain.  Then cooler towards next weekend or the beginning of the new work week.  The cold air is slower to move in than expected.  Looks like a more active pattern is trying to emerge.  These cut off lows, though, are causing a lot of flooding in some areas.

  Slideshow of the wedding

Drew – Beau – Kristy – Jacksonville, Florida


Joey and Kristy – Jacksonville, Florida




Drew and Kristy – Jacksonville, Florida


Kristy and Beau




Their wedding cake 🙂


Drew and Kristy – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!


Joey and Mack – Kristy’s new little pug




Lucy – not sure Lucy is liking the new daddy Mack



September 19, 2009: Drew and Kristy’s wedding :)

  Well, after a few rain delays we made it to Jacksonville, Florida last night around 6 pm.  Not bad.  The airport wasn’t toooooo bad.  🙂  Could have been worse.  We made it safely, so that is all that matters.

  Had a great time last night with Drew and Kristy – his parents – Kristy’s parents – and Richard and Becky.  I have never met Kristy’s mom, but she seems just like her!

  The wedding is this afternoon.  We are going to the mall for a couple of hours this morning and then Kristy is coming here to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.

  I think we get to meet their new pug this afternoon, as well.  Mack or Mac?   That is the puppys name.  I am sure Lucy will be happy to see us, as well.  It has been awhile since we saw Lucy.

  Left my card reader at home – so can’t upload photos.  Will have to do that once I get back home.


September 18, 2009: Heading to Kristy’s wedding

  Happy birthday Corey and John 🙂

  We are heading south to Kristy and Drews wedding.  The wedding is tomorrow.  🙂


September 17, 2009: Farm

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September 14, 2009: Solar panels – birthdays – corn maze!

  Well, it has been a few days since I updated the blog.  🙂  On Thursday and Friday the solar hot water tank was installed.  Solar panels were placed on the roof of the garage.  The other solar panels will have to wait a few weeks (some of the parts didn’t arrive).   The solar project was David’s idea and mine – mixture of ideas.  🙂  It is a good start – perhaps we can add to it in the future. 

  We celebrated birthdays on Sunday.  Danielle’s birthday – Dylan’s birthday – daddy’s birthday!  We had dinner at Dione’s house and then went up to the farm to show the kids the house.  After that we went to Marvin’s Marvelous Corn Maze (right down the road from our house up in Massac County).

  I think everyone had a great time.  I had to work through the maze so Deena and Joey wouldn’t get lost.  I tried to make sure they saw every dead end possible.  Maybe more than once. 🙂   Anyhoo – we survived.  Well Joey and I survived.  I am not sure if Deena ever made it out.  We may have to send out a search team for her.

  The rest of the family went in different directions – once they were in the maze.  I think they all made it out!


Solar panels arrive!


Solar panels arrive



Solar panels are going up 🙂


Solar panels


Solar hot water panels on top of the garage


Solar hot water tank


Solar hot water panels on top of the garage






Solar hot water panels


Cumulus clouds to the north of the farm



All family photos here


Shawnie and Dylan


Tyler – hurt his leg while playing football.


On top of my house up on the farm







Marvin’s marvelous corn maze




Joey in Marvin’s Marvelous Maze
















September 6, 2009: Lightning at the farm

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Took this around 8 pm last night off the back deck.


September 6, 2009: Trip to the house

  Rained this morning.  But, the afternoon was dry – at least at the farm.  Very heavy rains elsewhere around the region.  We don’t need any additional rainfall at the farm.

  Dylan, Dylan, Dione, and Mariah came up to the farm this afternoon.  Hung out on the observation deck for a little while.  Dione wanted to see the old house before the recycle it.



Dylan on top of the house



Mariah and Joey – observation deck


Mariah and Dione


In the old house.  Dione used to keep Deena and I out of her room by
blocking the door


Dione’s first day of school – back in the early 1970s


Dione today 🙂





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The rooster looks happy




Looking out at the new house from within the old house that I grew up in




September 6, 2009: Tyler’s football game – yesterday

  Tyler played his first football game of the season yesterday!  They didn’t win, but he did play a great game.  🙂

  All the photos are here


Tyler is numbe 41














September 5, 2009: My first thunderstorm at the new place!!!

  Well, I knew it would eventually happen.  Just wasn’t sure when.  I got to experience my first thunderstorm in the new place.  I loved it!  It developed right over the farm.  Lot of heavy rain and lightning.

  I definitely enjoyed watching the show!

  Everything is moving along nicely.  Judy was painting today.  The paint colors look great.  The rest of the crew has been working hard on siding, ceilings, electricity, and everything in between.  Tony has been going back and forth checking on everything, as well.  I think the late October move in day looks good.  We will see.

  They are starting to strip the old house, as well.  It might be torn down at the end of this month or the beginning of October.  My family will want to be up there when that happens.  I am sure it will be a bitter sweet experience.


Some photos from the last few days

All of the photos can be viewed here

Hanging the last weather cameras


Rodney walking up towards the house.  Joey says this looks like we are at
the beach with the grass in front and sand.  🙂



Roxie painting the weather room

Hanging the last weather cameras

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Our first time being up at the new house in a thunderstorm 🙂


Thunderstorms on September 5th




September 5, 2009 Storms


Click for larger image – storms on Saturday


Looking towards the farm





Heavy rain in the distance – the old house there below.  It will be torn down
in October.


Looking out the weather window


Heavy rain – looking out the window


Off the master bedroom – heavy rain in the distance



Heavy rain – looking southwest.  Visibility was low during the peak
of the storm.






Scott moving dirt today.  MUD MUD MUD!


Looking out the weather room.



Nearing sunset at the farm





Water running through the ditches in Massac County








September 1, 2009: Rest in peace Robin Cross

Dammit Robin – you will never know the impact you had on my life.  I hope you fly fly fly with the angels above.  Through the good and the bad I will always and have always loved you.  This just makes me sad.


September 1, 2009: Welcome To Meteorological Fall!!!! Woohoo!

  Wow – is it already SEPTEMBER?  That is just insane.  I have no idea where the time goes.  I just know that it keeps moving along.  I haven’t had time to post photos over the last week or so.  Been too busy trying to keep up with everything at the farm.

  Jason Darnall and I installed a bunch of tower cams last week.  The last few that we had to put up.  These will face northwest/north/northeast.  All of them will be on the weather page – online.  Just need to get the power going and so on. 

  I still think we are looking good for a move in date in October.  We shall see.  It will be close!

  Had a WONDERFUL lunch with Sue, Tracie, Geri, and Caesar yesterday.  Downtown Paducah.  We all had to catch up on the latest news from each other.  Sounds like everyone is staying busy busy busy. 

  July and August both ended up way below normal in the temperature department.  Which, was just fine with me.  I am not a fan of heat and humidity.

  Two more weeks until we leave for Kristy’s wedding in Florida. 


Top of the world 🙂


Top of the house


Ceiling – tongue and groove has arrived.


Looking north from the observation deck


Last bit of weather instruments – added to the top of the house.


Top deck of the house.  Joey 🙂  Click any image for larger size


Looking northwest towards the neighbors farm



Jason Darnall and Beau – hanging tower cams


Hanging tower cams



Looking south


Jason and Beau – hanging the 360 degree camera



Looking north




Ohio River Sunset – click for larger images


Jason and I hanging tower cams.  Nathan driving the tractor.


Jason Darnall helping me with cameras




Time to hang some cameras 🙂


Daisy’s first trip inside the new house


Daisy’s first trip to the new house


Daisy – seeing the new house for the first time 🙂


Daisy on the front porch 🙂





September 1, 2009: Five lessons about the way we treat people. Number 5.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare &serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.’ As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away?.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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