Saturday, June 20, 2009

20 June, 2009 -- Military service for Lynn

Beautiful military services for Lynn Hurtt this afternoon, Jared plays taps.

Randy took off this morning, then turned around and came back. Two went left, two went right, and one went straight up, and ran into THIS. It was a hen with a craw full of our new grass seed. You don't want to see the rest of the photos.

Evening flight.

19 June, 2009 -- Storms here and there

Fonda reported that major storm went through central Iowa this morning.
"We're in Story county, the 3rd picture is of a house in Slater but the tree was hollow and rotten, so it's not nearly so dramatic as it looks. However other trees in the area were totally uprooted by this storm. The video clip has the Slater house in it and interviews it's owner.
We didn't get much damage, we did have one 6 inch diameter limb break out of one of the walnut trees a day or two ago during a different storm, but other than that, mostly just sticks and leaves."

She sent this link to Des Moines tv. There are some good lightning photos.

We watched the trailing end of the same storm go through central Missouri, tonight, and it was a nice lightning show. Looks like it was following I44 and I70, from Nevada through Jeff City & on to the east. I took some time exposures, but they aren't as good as the Iowa lightning bolts. However, watching it from a distance is better than having it right overhead!

I like these cloud formations.

Randy washed the bugs off of the Ag Truck. Do you suppose it will still fly?

Trusses and lumber arrived for the new roof! John helps unload. The work crew is putting up hay, while the sun shines... Perhaps Monday... We might get a roof???

Red white and blue...

Looks like my ship is coming in! Actually, it's an ambulance heading out on the four-lane.

The bench... it's gonna be RED.

Visitation for Lynn Hurtt this evening. More than 800 folks signed the guest book.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

16 June, 2009 -- Another angel in the flock

Lynn Hurtt flew off for the last time on June 16. His services will be Friday evening 6 to 8, and Saturday 2 p.m., in the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mountain Grove.

17 June, 2009 -- Just HAD to fly today

Just some farm aerials, nothing spectacular, but the sunset was nice, yellow and orange.
Felt good to be back in the air again after a month. Worked the bugs out of the cameras (one camera would only send a thumbnail image to the monitor, useless; that took half an hour as I wandered toward my target north of Mtn. Grove quite a way) and wireless trigger (batteries dead in a receiver on one camera; robbed a flash attachment in the camera bag; moral, always take ALL of your equipment that you can carry, and take fresh batteries, all flavors).
Got some real jobs coming up, and I always like to de-bug the systems before taking a passenger along; not very impressive if the stuff doesn't work, and it's usually something really simple that fails and makes me look like a dufus. Even if there isn't a passenger and I'm alone, I get really fussy with myself if I let dufus stow away on the ride.

I'm painting the old bench "barn red". It's looking better!
So far I've painted the underside and the seat slats. That is one complicated piece of furniture!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

16 June, 2009 -- remodeling job

Replacing worn out parts on Grampa Chris' deck chair, must be about 35 years old.
I'll give it a new coat of redwood stain, or paint. Then I might take it down to the pond, and go fishing! I wonder if it will float...

Monday, June 15, 2009

15 June, 2009 -- Another pilot flies away

This afternoon, Randy and I drove way up north of Manes to the Lybyer farm to say goodbye to our friend, Doc Jim. He was a vet in the area for about 35 years, and was a partner in our Archer until developing heart problems about 6 or 7 years ago.

This was at Mtn. Grove Fly-In in 1997; Sherry Altis talking with Doc Jim. Doc's signature was his 52 Hawaiian shirts, and many of the guys at the memorial wore them, along with blue jeans and cowboy boots.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

14 June, 2009 -- Slow traffic on the runway

Traffic maneuvering on the runway this evening... slow moving... no radio calls.