Tuesday September 3- Jeff got on the phone first thing to get an appointment set to fix our frig. He was hoping we could get in next Tuesday but it's going to be Thursday instead. So we have another week without our frig....yikes. Oh well I guess that's why they call it camping. We went back to the church today to help with the food pantry. They get food donated and we bag it up and stock up the shelves for the people to come in tomorrow. After we finished we did a Walmart run. Then Jeff went to a movie and I went to the quilt store and a few shops. I was finished and waiting for him when the movie let out. Then before going home we stopped at the store.
Wednesday September 4- Happy 3rd Anniversary to our son Justin and wifey Molly.
Jeff had an appointment set to take the truck in today. The service engine soon light came on last week. He had it tested and they said it was a sensor. Well Jeff looked it up and saw that its was under warranty so had to call a GM dealer. Well when he started the truck today the light wasn't on, it had reset. He went anyway and they said that if the light wasn't on they could scan it and see what was wrong but we would have to pay for that. So Jeff came on back and we will wait for it to come back on. Maybe just sitting around isn't all that healthy for the truck. It was really nice day. It was sunny but there was a feel of fall in the air. Jeff did some waxing on the rig. Then we met Justin at his house when they got off work. They were going out for dinner for there anniversary. We took Maddyn and went out to eat as well. Then we stopped by and saw Ashton and Hailey before bringing her home.
Friday September 6- Up early to clean. We had company first thing because someone forgot to pack coffee. So we sat and talked for quite awhile. We sat outside and enjoyed the wonderful weather. Then we ran to town to take back some books and movies to the 2nd hand book store. Then we went to Five Guys for lunch. We have decided that neither of us care for this Five Guys. Then we needed to stop at the store to get things for a family/birthday cookout on Saturday. We also needed ice...again. I made Ashton a birthday cake. I had extra batter so I made some cupcakes. I gave those to our visitors. We finished the night with a fire.
Saturday September 7- I got busy this morning frosting and decorating Ashton's cake. Then I got out all of our chairs. We had more family show up Fritz and Shawn, Jeff's brother and wife and Lindsay's parents. So had to visit more. They left for lunch and I made apple crisp for the party. Then we watched the scores on the Iowa Hawkeye game. They won! When the game was over that was when the party was to start. It was a bit cloudy today and it didn't rain to much but we did get some sprinkles on the party and as it was finishing up the rain picked up. We had a very simple menu because of the no frig thing. It didn't matter though I think it went great. Ashton brought some of his friends too.
After eating and having cake Ashton and his friends went for a walk. That's when the rain started. Well people started leaving and Seth and Katie were getting ready to go but no Ashton and friends. Tried calling and no answer. Finally got through and they went on a trail and I think they got turned around and didn't know where they were. Well he found a street sign and Seth went and got them. They were all wet and the girls were cold. They all came up and thanked us for inviting them. They were very polite. All went well except that one little hiccup at the end. So everyone headed home and we went inside. It rained the rest of the evening. We didn't get rained out so we were happy with that.
Sunday September 8- We got up and went to church. An early Sunday because we are greeting today. Then after the service we were invited to join the people that help with the food pantry for a mexican lunch. They had it catered in. We got to meet everyone that helps with this ministry. Some we have met and others not. It was a nice time. Then we headed back home and it was a gloomy gray day.
Monday September 9- Started off the day with some rain. Then we cleaned the shower house good after the weekend. When the rain stopped we started loading the bikes and moving stuff out of the way . Tomorrow we leave for Davenport and from there on to Shipshewana Indiana to get our frig worked on. While cleaning out the tool box on the back of the truck we came across quite the mess. We had purchased a 2 quart container of oil that had a leak in it. We put it in another container that also had a leak. We didn't know that so in the bottom of this box was 2 quarts of oil. We also store our hobie stuff in there. So our sails, were soaked in oil. The containers that hold them are not water or oil proof. We had a huge mess. Oil on lots of stuff and cleaning that up was quite a shore. Good thing we started early getting stuff ready. We had a little more rain on and off. Then by evening we were watching the weather because there was severe weather in the area.
Tuesday September 10- Well we did have some weather last night. I had gone to bed and was sound asleep when I hear someone pounding on our door. Well the power was off. I didn't know it because usually the frig chirps. Since its turned off no noise. This time it was a camper pounding on our door. I got up and they wanted to know who should we call. I told them I would give them a call. I couldn't get back to sleep. The power was off for about an hour. Then after that it started pouring rain. So then again I couldn't get to sleep. When morning arrived we got busy hooking up to drive to Davenport Iowa. We are staying at West Lake Park. We left here at 9:30 and arrived there before lunch. It was a short trip but it made our trip tomorrow more doable. After setting up we went to look at camping world. It is just down the road from here. It is actually the place we purchased our rig. When we bought it it was Thompson's RV. They have since sold it and I think it's going downhill a bit. Before it was a family owned business that has been around awhile. They really took pride in there business. After that we went to dinner at the Cracker Barrel. We usually get the same thing and it is always really good. Today was not a disappointment. Our meal was really good. The waitress was a bit slow. After eating we filled up the truck getting ready for the long trip tomorrow.
|our site at West Lake Park|
Wednesday September 11- We were up and on the road by 8 a.m. We were on interstate roads but the bumps and pot holes were crazy. We would stop and check inside the rig to make sure things were ok. First thing was it knocked the calender off the wall. It is a board that is put on with command strips. That wasn't a big deal but it gets better. When we arrived in Indiana at the campground that's when we noticed more problems. First off I had 4 wasps in the window I needed to kill. Well I had to contain the dogs first so they wouldn't go after them. Then I notice that the valance over the kitchen table is hanging on by one screw. Gonna have to fix that. I go around to feed the dogs and notice something spilled on the floor by the kitchen sink. After looking more closely I see that one of our big bottles of Dawn soap has been tipped over. On the way over it popped open the lid. Yep we have had soap dripping for I don't know how long. Well I got busy cleaning that up. It ran down the cabinet door. It ran down from the top shelve to the bottom shelve. It was a mess to clean up. Then later on in the day Jeff noticed that one of the blinds had been popped out on one side. We had a heck of a time trying to get it back up. Oh yeah did I mention that it is like 90 degrees outside? After setting up and cleaning up we went to see were the repair shop is located. It was only a couple miles away. Then we came back and I made us breakfast for supper. We also walked around and checked out the campground. We are staying at Shipshewana Campground South Park.
We are definitely in Amish country. We also have some very sweet little neighbors.
Thursday September 12- We got up, hooked up and made our way to J.C. Refrigeration. We drove it in to the big parking lot and noticed no cars in the lot. There were a lot of bicycles parked in the front. That's what they drove to work.
We went inside and checked in. We had to wait just a bit. They only do one unit at a time. So when they finished the 8 o'clock appointment we pulled in. Then we unhooked so we could go do some exploring in town while they worked. We found out that they start work at 4 am. They only schedule 3 appointments a day. They have a 6 a.m., 8 a.m., and a 10 a.m. So we left there and headed to town.
When we were driving through town earlier I spotted some shops I wanted to check out. They had lots of craft stuff. I saw a quilt store named Lolly's I wanted to see. Jeff dropped me off and he and the dogs went looking too. We met up later.
After walking around downtown and checking out some of the shops Jeff and I met up and headed back to see about the rig. We were gone for 2 1/2 hours. They told us 3 hours. When we arrived they were done. Jeff went in to pay and along with the receipt was a Amish cookbook. They give them out for free....bonus. Then we hooked up and took her back to the park. We set back up and I went to take Ruby for a walk. The horses were close to the fence. I noticed this white one so I went to check it out. She had one blue eye...cool.
We cleaned up and headed back to town to have supper and top off the truck with fuel. We decided to eat at The Blue Gate. We were eating early but so were a lot of others. Jeff had a chicken pot pie and I had fried chicken. Both were really good. We got a piece of pecan pie to take home which turned out to be really good.
Friday September 13- Woke up early to get on the road early. We were on the road by 6:30 Iowa time. We went back a little bit different way. We jumped on the interstate earlier. We thought that would help out. It was better driving but they charged us $28.30 to ride on it for 90 minutes. Ouch... Then we were hoping that the road wouldn't be quite as rough going back, well it was. I think we prepared better. Also the traffic was so bad we had to go slow. We had some rain but nothing too bad. The wind was the worst. We both agreed that we would try to make it back to Palo. It is longer than we like but all this unhooking and hooking up is been crazy. The good thing is the last part of the trip the roads were good. We had used almost all the fuel up by the time we arrived. It was because of the head wind. We got here about 2 o'clock. That's 7 1/2 hours in the truck...too much for both of us. We set up and also had to move the stuff back inside and outside. We were tired. Oh boy what a day. The frig did pretty good. We didn't have much in it. We were on the road for so long and the temperature was only 50 degrees when we got home. We can not run it on propane anymore. It won't really effect us much because usually our days are way shorter than that. When we turned it on it recovered really fast.
Saturday September 14- It was a really pretty day out there today. After cleaning the shower house we had to get to the store. We have used up all of our supplies. Then we came home. I made some party mix because we have a huge football game today. Iowa plays Iowa State....we are going to Justin and Molly's house to watch. We are for the Hawkeys and Molly is for Iowa State. The game started at 3. After it started up, still in the first quarter they delayed the game because of lightning. We waited for a while and they started back up. Again delayed for lightning while in the 2nd quarter. This time it was quite a while. It was something like 20 minutes played, 3 hours delay. Well it was a very exciting game. The Hawkeyes scored first but didn't stay in the lead for long. State was in the lead most of the game but in the last 5 minutes we took control and won the game. I think the game was over at 9 o'clock. That's a long game.
|Some entertainment during the delay|