Check it out, dude. “Beards ‘n bones”!


It’s Alex. I asked David and Ben to do a post I could “tag-on” and boom! here it is.
I want to tell you about our new project. A couple of months ago, Nathan told us about an 80 acre property – not far from Koala Cove – that has been sitting vacant for a long time. Apparently it was once a berry farm and the owner died about two years ago without leaving a will. It’s been sitting in probate and never listed for sale. Obviously we aren’t interested in being “berry farmers” but it fronts on Table Rock lake – and even has a (RARE) boat dock permit. So… we’ve bought it and the engineering work is underway. Denise, Nathan and I will be equal partners as we are at Koala Cove. It’s a huge undertaking for us but we’re really excited about it. We’ll devote 15 acres to a lakeside luxury townhouse project and are hoping to build 6 units per acre. 90 units is a lot, but the market is strong and we won’t feel pressed for time. We’ve listed the other 65 acres and hope to sell it – perhaps to an ambitious berry farmer? David and Ben made us promise not to tell Dub the property was once a berry farm. They think with his love of growing stuff, he’d probably want to become a berry farmer himself 🙂
We haven’t named the project yet, but we’ve been thinking about “things Australian”. You know, Kangaroos and Kookaburras and the like. We’ll need the name before too long so we can file the plat and other documents. Any suggestions?
Anyway, we’ve all been thinking about our friend “bw” and praying for his complete recovery from Covid in the near future. xoxo Alex and Cal

Dudes. dudes. dudes. dudes. Yummy dudes. dudes. dudes.

If you ask us, these are some of the yummiest dudes we’ve run across in a while. Could almost be a WHOA post 🙂


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The club house at Koala Cove is finished and it was a perfect place for our “giving thanks get-together.” We missed having the grandparents with us this year, but we had an excellent Zoom with them that, kinda, sorta felt like being together. Surely, by next year we’ll all be able to get together – in person – complete with hugs!
“Dr. C” called Ben to tell him Evelyn’s attorney had paid a full years’ school tuition for Matty. It was a surprise, but as Ben said, “It’ll be money that’s available for some other kid who needs a good education.”
Ben and the kids had a full week off from school over the Thanksgiving holiday, so Dub worked with Nathan and his crew finishing up the addition to Chad and Raef’s house. It’s finished now and it’s wonderful. As the addition was being finished, Alex told the kids he had “new” furniture for them. He said he has a big credit at one of the consignment stores in Lenexa, KS and knew they had the right furniture. He had the people at the store e-mail pics so he could show Alyssa and Matty and they loved it. So, Chad and Raef rented a U-Haul and went and picked it up. It really is perfect.
I went over one day last week to watch the guys working on the addition. I swear, it’s like watching a ballet. Obviously, Nathan is in charge, but you’d never know it. The men on the crew just all know what needs to be done and they do it – without apparent direction. They do concrete work, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, flooring, painting and whatever else. I watched Dub and he was constantly working. No one was telling him what to do, he just did it. That evening at dinner, I asked him how he knew what to do. He thought about it for a minute- then said “Well, at first, I kept looking for what needed doing, but after a while, you just sort of ‘feel it.'”
Ben and the kids are back in school now and things are settling down after a big holiday – with another just around the corner.
We love you and wish you good health and happiness. Hang in there guys, the Covid vaccines will be here before we know it.

Hairy dude in a ball cap – outdoors – by request :)

We had a comment yesterday from “bw” saying:
“Wish we had a better picture of NO 3 – maybe the furriest of the bunch.”
The picture Bill is referring to is pic #01 in this post – and indeed, we do (have more pics).
Actually, we have four sets of pics of this dude… with a total of 139 photos.
In part because I’m married to a deliciously hairy dude – and because I’m particularly fond of uncliipped, unshaved, all-natural hairy guys, I like all 139 of the pics.
Here’s a sampling, Bill. Perhaps proving sometimes wishes do come true! xoxo David