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#242721 - 12/13/10 08:49 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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Lyle, the place looks great all on it's own, but being enjoyed like you described is simply awesome! I hope I get to actully see it in person someday!
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#242727 - 12/13/10 09:50 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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I think the water will be hard today. The reason it wasn't already hard is that the wind was blowing up to 40 in gusts along with the cold temps on the weekend and we almost had whitecaps. The previous week with way less extreme temps had given us hard water.

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#242730 - 12/13/10 10:47 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Originally Posted By: Lyle Krehbiel
I think the water will be hard today. The reason it wasn't already hard is that the wind was blowing up to 40 in gusts along with the cold temps on the weekend and we almost had whitecaps. The previous week with way less extreme temps had given us hard water.

Lyle, same here in South Central, Kansas. Despite the freezing temps, the wind (30-50 mph)has kept my pond ice free, the wind died down last night and the pond froze over in 6 hours.
Do me a favor and send some of that snow down my way.we need the moisture In a bad way.

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#242998 - 12/18/10 10:25 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Rainman]
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I agree, it's the using of the property that is important. I have enjoyed the building process but am glad that is done - I'm having more fun using the property and seeing others enjoying it. In fact today is one of the highlights of the year, the family Christmas Party.

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#243031 - 12/18/10 07:05 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Hey Lyle, Merry Christmas.
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#243059 - 12/19/10 05:27 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Dave Davidson1]
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Merry Christmas to you Dave. We had a great Christmas Party here last aft/eve/night/morning. I'll post a few photos from it later.

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#243072 - 12/19/10 09:06 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Looking forward to those pics.
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#243366 - 12/23/10 08:55 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: ewest]
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We all had a great time at the Christmas Party. It's the families of my sister, her son Shawn, Scott, and myself. Eight adults and 4 kids. We met at the cabin mid-afternoon Saturday and went until mid-morning Sunday. I had spent Friday night at the cabin to get it warmed up.

Important to me is establishing some traditions that the kids will remember all their lives.

First we went out on the property and cut one of the numerous cedar trees.





Then the tree decorations had to be made.


Of course opening the presents was a highlight for us all.




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#243368 - 12/23/10 09:29 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Wonderful, Lyle! I always look forward to your posts on new family adventures at your farm. Those kids will no doubt have great memories of childhood and that is truly why we do all the stuff we do at our own little slices of heaven. Thanks for sharing that family time with us!
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#243373 - 12/23/10 09:52 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Todd3138]
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Good stuff as always. I look forward to your updates Lyle.
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#244752 - 01/13/11 09:58 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Omaha]
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It's been zero the last two nights in the Kansas City area and we had 6 inches of snow on Tuesday. Came down to the cabin this afternoon and it was 24 degrees inside when I walked in. The ice on the lake is glass (I was surprised, I thought it would be snow covered), perfect for ice skating. And with the snow its beautiful here. Have a a big fire in the fireplace and its now comfortable.

On Saturday aft/eve/night Terry and I will host a party here - we are part of a group of four couples that get together frequently. We are planning on sled riding that day with hot chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps to ward off the cold. Terry and I plan to stay here until Wednesday.




Edited by Lyle Krehbiel (01/26/11 11:43 AM)

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#244754 - 01/13/11 10:15 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Beautiful, Lyle! Have a great time!
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#246125 - 01/26/11 11:42 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Todd3138]
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Although summer is my favorite time at the farm I do enjoy all the seasons. I enjoy winter the most if there is snow on the ground and this year we have pretty much had a snow cover all of January. Normally in this area we don't have that much snow or it staying on the ground for more that a few days. This is our fourth cold snowy winter in a row.

I enjoy the beauty of the snow and the coziness of the big fire in the fireplace. Its nice to sit by the fire and look outside. We've used the sled hill several times and for the first time we are feeding the birds.

Last winter we sometimes supplemented the fireplace with a portable propane heater but this year experimentation has shown that propane is not needed and is not a significant factor in keeping the cabin warm. We expect to go through around three cords of hedge this winter. In the afternoons if its sunny we get a lot of passive solar heating. If the sun is shining we can normally go all afternoon without a fire and with the cabin temperature around 70.








Edited by Lyle Krehbiel (01/26/11 11:47 AM)

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#246129 - 01/26/11 12:49 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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It's a good life, Lyle. I'm jealous.
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#246160 - 01/26/11 04:45 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Brettski]
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Love dem Cardinals!!

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#246232 - 01/27/11 09:31 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Bing]
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Feeding so far we have seen a lot of Cardinals, Chickadees, some Red Headed Woodpeckers, and some Finch.

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#246241 - 01/27/11 10:05 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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You need a heated bird bath, but that might be too much of a drain on your solar power system. I want you to work on a wood-stoked model and report back.
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#246336 - 01/27/11 09:24 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Brettski]
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I'll get right on the wood-stoked model. The birds will appreciate.

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#246408 - 01/28/11 09:33 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Heck, you might just be able to eat smoked bird.
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#246560 - 01/29/11 11:40 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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That would be a bonus.

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#247301 - 02/03/11 11:25 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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I would have loved to have been here during this week's blizzard but had commitments in town. So I came down today. We had around 15 inches of snow with lots of wind so I expected I might get stuck on the quarter mile lane. I have a 4x4 F150 and thought I might have to shovel some in the drifts. But it turned out that the wind had swept the lane clear and put the snow in the field.

It was really cold last night.


When I walked into the cabin this noon it was 19 inside. I got a fire going and currently it's 4 outside and 64 inside. I'll keep the fire going all night.

The solar panels were covered so I had to get them going. I have nailed two 8 ft furring strips together and tied a push broom to them.


I took the Mule around the property getting stuck about 5 times and getting a bunch of exercise shoveling out. This is one of the times I was stuck.


Awaiting Spring.


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#247323 - 02/04/11 09:22 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Great pics, Lyle! Lots of work, but, man, what a way to spend your day - beats sitting at a desk by a long shot!
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#247375 - 02/04/11 04:19 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Todd3138]
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You are right Todd, it was a fun day and way better than behind a desk.

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#251978 - 03/18/11 04:58 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Well, we just went over 100,000 views and wed like to thank everyone for their interest and their contributions. When Scott started this thread I dont think we had any idea it would attract this much attention.

Its been very rewarding for us to be able to share the activities at our farm/lake/cabin with folks that have similar interests. As long as interest continues to be shown we will continue to post. With spring just around the corner we have some minor projects planned and May and June are big months for having gatherings.

Thank you all very much!

Lyle and Scott

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#251979 - 03/18/11 05:00 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Let's go for 200,000. We thank you for letting us go along for the ride. A neat project !!!!
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