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#264255 - 07/09/11 11:11 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Wonderful stuff, Lyle! You guys have a great place to take full advantage of making those childhood memories for Tom and Jack. That stuff is going to stick with them. Way to go!
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#264833 - 07/15/11 10:50 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: davatsa]
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hello scott. will you adopt me? love it.

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#265207 - 07/19/11 11:24 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: aquamaniac]
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I love this thread! Keep us updated on future developments.

From a dad with young kids - keep up the good work on being a grandpa!

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#265572 - 07/22/11 03:34 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: NonTypicalCPA]
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Thank you all for your kind remarks. We will keep this thing going as long a interest continues to be shown. And will try to make the posting interesting enough to warrant your interest.

This spring I created a four hole "golf course". When I say golf course that is a big stretch of the imagination. All I did was trim about 15 hedge trees and mow. We have three physical holes but we play one of the holes from two directions to make a total of four holes. The holes are short and one tees off with a wedge.

At our annual family reunion this June we had a two man scramble golf tournament complete with trophies for the winning team. We had twenty participants ranging in age from six to sixty some.

Getting ready to tee off on hole one.


A mighty tee shot.


Hole two.


Hole one from one direction and hole three from another.


The winning team at the awards ceremony held that evening. Yes, I was lucky enough to be on the winning team the first time the course was ever used. Believe me, I'm not a golfer but I was hot that day with my pitching and my partner hit some great putts.


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#265578 - 07/22/11 04:59 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Lyle, I'm glad to see a family having so much fun. I'll always be interested!!!
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#265650 - 07/23/11 02:06 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: esshup]
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Nothing like the good times of family and friends at the lake !!!!!!!!!!!
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#265725 - 07/24/11 11:40 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: ewest]
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Don't stop posting photos and stories like this Lyle. It warms my heart to see such generational fun going on like this. Just looking at the last photo says it all.
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#265768 - 07/24/11 08:56 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: jeffhasapond]
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I think I made a special friend for life that day. He is a grand-nephew. He was so excited about winning.

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#266316 - 07/30/11 02:20 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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In addition to the golf tournament there is a Cornhole tournament each year. The winners are celebrating their third winning year in a row.


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#266335 - 07/30/11 05:26 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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A championship belt - that is hysterical!
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#266408 - 07/31/11 11:38 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Originally Posted By: Lyle Krehbiel
In addition to the golf tournament there is a Cornhole tournament each year.

I would respond but this has JHAP ban written all over it.
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#266421 - 07/31/11 02:10 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Todd3138]
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New Toys

This summer we added a SUP (stand up paddle board) and it has been popular with both adults and kids. The adults paddle around -the kids also paddle around but usually go out in pairs and spend a lot of time rocking the board to see who will fall off first-a good way to stay cool.




And both kids and adults have spent a lot of quality time on this new toy.


I think a cooler of beer was part of this voyage.


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#268742 - 08/26/11 02:03 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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I just love the summertime and now fall is approaching with the kids back in school. Here are a few more memories of summertime fun. These were taken at our family reunion in June.

Superman


How big is the fish?


Proud fishergirl and prouder grandpa


Let's catch some fish


Just hanging out





Edited by Lyle Krehbiel (08/26/11 02:05 PM)

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#268809 - 08/27/11 12:13 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Heaven on Earth!

Thanks for sharing...
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#268818 - 08/27/11 03:33 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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Thank you Sunil. We have a lot of fun here and it's a pleasure to share.

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#268829 - 08/27/11 09:11 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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What a great place !!! Thanks.
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#268830 - 08/27/11 09:58 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: ewest]
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Thank you. It's fun for us to post here on the Pond Boss site.

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#271359 - 10/07/11 11:06 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: ewest]
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In addition to our five acre lake we have two small ponds. In June 2009 we rebuilt the dam of the smallest and built a spillway out of large rocks. The spillway can be seen from the cabin and there is a waterfall of several feet as it falls into the lake. This pond is spring fed and normally has water running into the lake.

Except it didn't take long for the water to find its own path under instead of over the rocks so it's been on the “fix list” for a long time but never got to the top of the list.

For the first time since the pond was rebuilt we are having a shortage of rainfall and for the first time since built there is no water running through the spillway so this is a good time to try for a fix. (by the way, the lake is 18 inches low, the first time it's been more than an inch or two low since built in 2005)

So I just started working on the spillway. I'm hoping that with some concrete and bentonite I can persuade the water to do what I want.

After I finish and we get some rain I'll let you know if I was successful or not.




Rebuilding the dam in 2009


After a rain in 2009


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#271406 - 10/08/11 06:59 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Good luck with it, Lyle. As you know, water goes where it wants, when it wants.
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#271429 - 10/09/11 09:16 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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You are so right Sunil, hope I can at least persuade the water to do my bidding for a while. The trouble is the water never gives up and works 24/7.

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#272902 - 10/30/11 07:49 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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The grandsons has a four day weekend from school so we spent it at the farm. We had a great time - it was pretty warm so the boys were able to spend a lot of time doing what boys like to do, get muddy and catch frogs, crawdads, and fish. We also played a lot of cards and chess. And we had a birthday party for Grandma Terry.

Fatheads and crawdads


The boys made a birthday cake completely without my help.






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#272949 - 10/31/11 01:52 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Thanks for sharing the pics.

Let’s see - they know how to seine , they know how to cook , they know how to play cards and know how to play chess. I would say that is a very good start.

Lyle let’s hope they did not beat you at those games.
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#273004 - 11/01/11 09:10 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: ewest]
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Eric, I held my own at chess but that will be tough in the future. We are playing beginner chess with no theory or experience and next semester one of Jack's courses at Middle School will be chess. A couple of weeks into that and I doubt we will be able to play anymore.

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#273447 - 11/10/11 10:35 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Rain: We were having a year of normal rainfall but in July it just shut down and since we have had one of the five driest falls in the history of this area. Finally, last week we got 2 inches and this week 3 1/2 and every drop soaked in - there was no run off. I'm not complaining, the grass is greening up and the trees will be happy. Now the ground is soaked so maybe next rain we can get the lake up a bit.

The dam was built in February of 2006 and the lake filled to within 18 inches of full that May. The snow melt in early 2007 filled it completely up and since then its been full. When we dropped it 3 1/2 feet to build the cabin foundation in 2008 it re-filled immediately.

It got down to 24" low this fall and our recent rains have brought it back up to 19" low.

Around 22" low in this photo.


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#273450 - 11/10/11 11:22 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Lyle, we built a four acre pond Labor Day of 2010. We had three feet of water of it in until two days ago. We got lucky and got a hard rain and it rained enough to fill the pond most of the way. Now it is only 4-5 foot low. We never thought it would take over a year to fill our pond but we have been dealing with this drought.

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