Friday, January 29, 2016

Tracking In The Mud

I've spent most of the day digging red dirt and moving it around from my pastures to the "old deck" site.
Trying to fill in holes, as well as leveling up the ground.
But today was a mess...even though we haven't had rain in several days now it seems.  But  we've had enough to keep the ground soft and gooey... and it stuck to my shoes, and my pants, and the tractor tires, and everything it touched!
 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Part One Completed

The deck demolition, part 1, is now complete!
 
Other parts to follow....
 


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Work Continues....With Help

I continue to demolish our old deck.
 
 
 
Good thing I had some HELP show up!
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Project

It was time.   Our deck was in need of repair, and repainting.
After careful review, and much thought,
I decided to remove it altogether!
More on this project later.... but this was the beginning!
 
 
And I'm getting too old for this stuff!!
 


Friday, January 8, 2016

Laid To Rest

Today I've experienced the most wonderful, loving FUNERAL
that I have ever been around in my life.
As we laid my father-in-law to rest, 21 gun salute,  US flags
flying,  veterans everywhere at attention as taps was played.
And all was preceded by a motorcycle escort about a 1/4 mile long, made up of veterans, friends, and family. I was honored to be just a small part of it as a pallbearer.
We're all gonna miss you, "Smokey", but you'll live forever in our hearts, that's for sure!

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rough Week

     On Tuesday afternoon, we lost another great veteran of WWII.   Fred Ellis, my father-in-law, passed away after his battle with cancer at age 92.  Full of life and spit-and-vinegar to the very end, he was a fine gentleman that found fun, love, and excitement every where he went.
          In his younger years, he joined the Navy at age 17 when WWII broke out, and went on one of the greatest adventures of his life, being assigned ship duty on a destroyer battle ship.  He served until the end of the conflict in 1945, being discharged with an honorable discharge.  His funeral service will be with the military color guard, and the presentation of the flag covering his coffin to his daughters.
     Early in his life he earned the nickname of "Smokey" because he had started smoking big cigars, and almost always had one stuck in his mouth.  Years later in his life, he gave up the smoking part of them, turning even more towards his healthy lifestyle that he enjoyed.   But he did continue to "chew" on the stem from time to time.
     Smokey was a good husband, marrying Minnie Lee Richey back in 1963 (who was a widow already), and taking on the responsibility of helping raise her six children.  He was a good dad to all of them, and would do anything for them when they needed something.  They made it to adulthood, and began their own families.  To all of his grandchildren he was "Paw-paw." And he was a great one.  Personally, I think that will go down as his greatest legacy---being such a great, loving, and caring grandpa. 
      Smokey will be missed.  By everyone who ever met him.  Especially by those that got to KNOW him.   But especially by me.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Another Thing Off The List Already

January 4th, and a new roof is installed.
Twelve enthusiastic men ripped off the old one
and on with the new one in ONE DAY! 
(see them on the peak of the house?)
 
Oh to be young again....
 
 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Starting It Off RIGHT!!

Happy New Year! 
So of course, we headed out for some BBQ
to begin our new year.... I had ribs!