Monday, June 1, 2015


Monday, June 1 – We spent a couple days recently at Kelly and Dave's house helping them with some “new home” projects. One of the things Dave wanted to accomplish was burying some downspout pipes and getting some fill dirt to improve the grade in their backyard.

Dave's a pretty resourceful guy. He spoke to a trucker he spotted in the area and was able to get 20 tons of fill dirt at an unbelievable price. Due to the weight of the truck and load, Dave had it dumped in the cul-de-sac so his driveway wouldn't get damaged. We volunteered to help move it to his backyard (YIKES, what were we thinking.)

We planned on arriving early Saturday morning making a day of it! When we pulled up to their house at 8:30 am, most of the dirt had already been moved. WOW! Did Dave and Kelly have super powers or what? No, they have a neighbor with a skid loader (Bobcat), and he was moving all that dirt for them. All we had to do was some leveling and moving some rocks. Awesome to have neighbors like that!

So what was going to be an exhausting day, turned out to be a half day of pretty simple leveling, burying a few downspout pipes, and cleaning up the street where the dirt was piled. Cool.

We surprised Kelly and Dave with four colorful outdoor chairs for their deck. It was a "House Warming" gift to them. We think they like them.

As we mentioned in our previous post, Chardon, Ohio, where they live is located in Ohio Wine Country. There are over 30 wineries in the area. A few weeks ago, we spent the night at their place. Dave's parents were up for the night too, so the six of us headed to several wineries for some tasting. We visited two wineries, DeBonne Vineyards and South River Winery, and a local distillery, Red Eagle Distillery.

 DeBonne Vineyards

They have the wine for sure.

South River Winery

Dave, Jackie, Kelly, Dave, Paul and Marsha's chair.

They make Ohio made Bourbon, Rye and Vodka.
We enjoyed several “tasters” and shared a couple bottles of wine. Luckily, one of the wineries served sandwiches which is a “must” when visiting several wineries. We then returned to Kelly and Dave's house to chat and play some cards. They have plenty of bedrooms so we took advantage of their hospitality and spent the night. It was an enjoyable evening with “the kids” and Dave's parents.

While we were visiting, we took a walk back into the woods on Kelly and Dave's property. Dave was looking way up high in the trees and discovered a nest of little critters. The first photo shows how far away we were from the tree. The second one what we discovered.

Used Blogger to upload this post. It is difficult. I just don't like not having the control I did with Live Writer.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun times. I can't believe Dave spotted that. He must be a hunter.

  2. Nice surprise that you only had to level rather than load and level! Your four make a great team!

  3. Good times whiletrying to stay in shape!

  4. I knew you couldn't pass a chance to visit a winery and I must say Marsha's chair was looking particularly good.

  5. Now that sounds like some good times for sure.

  6. Those racoons are too cute! I read this morning that Windows Live Writer is fixed but haven't tried it yet myself. It's very frustrating posting directly to Blogger.

  7. Interesting - I don't like Live Writer. I go back to it from time to time because most people love it. My friend and co-worker Sue (Big Dawg) swears by it.

  8. Live Writer is up and running.

    There are just some things you shouldn't volunteer for. Moving dirt is one of them. We have racoons around here too. We just shoo them away!

  9. Wow! Thank goodness for neighbors with equipment! I must say that as much as I dislike yard work, I enjoy helping the kids with their yard work. Love the chairs:) Such good parents!

    How great that your trip wasn't all work. Looks like some fun tasting times with family:)

  10. How convenient the kids live near so many wineries. You'll never be at a loss of things to do while visiting. Nice that the dirt moving wasn't back breaking. I look forward to the finished project.

  11. You guys always are doing something,thank goodness for the bobcat.

  12. The good news, as you know by now LW is back ... and we're all happy bloggers again. Nice to have a neighbor with such a handy "tool" to help when you need it.


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