We were up and about early this morning to get all of our work done before the crew shows up around 9 to begin the installation of our disc brakes, as well as an upgrade to heavier shackles and wet bolts. Since we are on the road full-time we felt this was a safety issue for us. While we were in Texas we had several close calls with folks pulling in front of us and slowing down to enter an exit ramp that really made Dean have to step on the brakes. The disc brakes are meant to stop you faster and as close as it was a couple of times I'll be thankful for the extra assistance.
Dean went outside, pulled up his lawn chair to watch and learn, visiting with the installers throughout the morning and afternoon. It took approximately 4-5 hours for them to complete the work.
While Dean was out doors I was inside getting the previous two days blogs posted, before pulling out all of my "Paperwork"! I finally input all of my expenses in the computer through August 7. I needed to change some doctor's appointments, order several items from Amazon, and make our last big purchase for awhile -- a new mattress. We ordered it from SleepEZ. They will ship it to us at our son's house in New York. The mattress in the RV has seen almost 5 years of use. The indentations are so big, we feel like we have to crawl out of bed in the mornings. We are looking forward to having a firmer foundation with just a little give where we lay. It is guaranteed for 10 years, and because I happened to order it yesterday I discovered it was the last day to get a 10% discount! Woo-hoo, who doesn't love saving money?
Another purchase I made was to order a new pair of house shoes. I bought my last pair 4 years ago from Lands End and I love them. My feet are always cold - even in the summer months I'm often wearing my winter house shoes. In fact, I wear them most every day of the year. They really were literally falling apart.
|Do you think it was time for new ones?|
The soles had come loose and were cracking. Dean duck taped them for me several months ago but the tape is coming off, so I finally decided I would bite the bullet and buy a new pair. However, when I went to the site I couldn't believe the price - almost $80 without taxes and shipping. My order history was online. What I found was the cost was only $48.06 with tax/shipping in 2014. I decided I would wait to buy them, when all of a sudden this little box popped up offering me 40% off any one item - WOW! Thank you Lord! I didn't want to pass that type of a sale up, so I bought them and ended up paying only $55.49 - just $7.48 more than the ones I purchased 4 years ago.
A task I put off too long, was searching for a campground to stay this Friday evening. We planned to spend one night near Erie, PA and then drive on to Matt & Megan's on Saturday morning. Many of the campgrounds are on or near the water, and they were booked up for the weekend, except for a few places, but I could not bring myself to pay the prices they wanted. $60+ for one night is just too much when we would only be there for the evening and leaving early the next morning. We'll stay in a parking lot somewhere first. However, since it was only 2 more hours to Matt's, we are going to drive the entire distance. That will be 8 hours - the longest drive we have ever made in one day - and not something I want to do on a regular basis. Give me our normal maximum of 3-4 hour drives any day! I honestly would love to move 100 miles at a time so we can check out things around us before moving on to the next stop. I hope we can do more of those slow travel days once we begin our northern trek from Matt's.
With all of those things out of the way, and the disc brake installation finished, Dean and I had a date with our friends Bob & Patty Nance for dinner this evening. They are staying at a campground in Topeka, IN (south of us a few miles). They are driving to our campground and we'll drive to The Blue Gate Restaurant. We decided on the buffet so we could try several of the dishes they are known for. I focused mostly on the mashed potatoes, chicken and noodles with dressing, but I got small (as in a good teaspoon size) of spaghetti, green beans, carrots, mac & cheese, and 1 small meatball. You can't go wrong with Chicken & noodles, dressing & potatoes. The baby sized carrots were amazing - they felt hard when I put them on my plate, but they just melted in my mouth. I must learn to make them like this!!! Everything else was very good too. The best part - they had bread pudding on the buffet. It might have been made with cinnamon rolls and if I had not been so full I could have ate another helping. I still found just enough room to eat a tiny piece of coconut cream pie. We definitely got our money's worth, and everyone seemed to enjoy their meal.
Patty and I walked through one of the shops while the guys set outside, but we both realized there is nothing we want or need - we just don't have room for "stuff" anymore, so we left pretty quickly. When we returned to the campground, Bob and Patty stayed to visit for awhile. We really had a great time! Guess who failed to get a picture?
Friday, August 9, 2018 - Happy Birthday Matt!; Rise & Roll for Breakfast; Ben's Pretzels for Lunch; Pedicure; No-Bake Cookies; Afternoon Treat - Howie's Ice Cream - Dinner-Taco Salads at Bentley.
Today is Matt's birthday - but we'll have to wait until tomorrow night to celebrate it with him! Happy birthday Matt. Looking forward to seeing you and your family......and meeting that sweet Samuel!
So today we didn't do good with our eating habits - it went from bad to badder to baddest! Are those words? We have talked about going to Rise & Roll ever since we arrived, and today was the day. We bought 2 apple fritters and a box of 4 pecan rolls.
|The story about the missing pecan roll is later in this post!|
We came back home where I just slightly warmed up the fritters - oh, my they were delicious! We set the pecan rolls aside. I told Dean yesterday that I'd like to take some time today to look at a few of the shops and since this is our last day here, we headed downtown Shipshewana to Davis Mercantile. It features a 1906 Dentzel Carousel with hand-carved farm animals on the 3rd level. At the center of it's grand staircase, is the 50 foot trunk of a Douglas fir nearly 4 centuries old. There are three floors and a basement and it sports 22 wonderful shops. I did find a birthday present for a special 2 year old. We'll save the surprise for her party a week from tomorrow.
After visiting all 4 levels we were both tired of shopping, so we took a nice drive through the countryside. I don't know if I could ever tire of doing that here. Everything is so beautiful, the lawns manicured, the flower gardens bursting in color, beautiful trees, barns, farm animals, lots of green, green grass. It's picturesque!
|These trees went for several more blocks. They were so perfectly trimmed and well kept. They were gorgeous.|
|Just a few pictures of houses we passed. It's hard to take pictures in a moving vehicle!!|
|This almost has the appearance of a boat and we wondered if it was a "playhouse" for the kids??|
|This was a beautiful home!|
We noticed on the truck's GPS that Shipshewana has a small lake so we drove by it.
|Today was fishing day!|
After driving several miles of countryside, Dean decided he was hungry and wanted to know if I wanted to eat at Ben's Pretzels for lunch. Last time we were here I coerced him into trying them - even though he wasn't real thrilled about it, but guess what? He loved them and he's talked about it several times this week, so of course I said yes to his question about Ben's. However, instead of purchasing one of the LARGE pretzels they make, they had a number of "sandwiches" for lack of a better word, made from the pretzel dough. We chose bacon, chicken, ranch and a container of marinara sauce to go with it. They were pretty good sized so we shared one. They were delicious! Haleigh (my granddaughter) - would have loved these. I couldn't help but think of her every time I took a bite. The marinara was perfect with it too.
Dean decided we needed to rest after all of the food we've had today so we returned to Bentley. I should have known he had an ulterior motive - Gunsmoke was on! Surprisingly, though, when I reminded him I wanted to get a pedicure today, he was willing to turn the TV off and go, but not before he ate one of those pecan rolls! I guess Ben's didn't quite fill him up.
We found a nail salon in Middlebury, not too far away, and while I was getting my pedicure, he was putting fuel in the truck in preparation for our move tomorrow. We took another short drive when I was done before returning to Bentley. I quickly made up a batch of no-bake cookies for someone's birthday tomorrow. Once I had things cleaned up, we rested, dozing off and on for the next hour or so.
After our nap, we were watching some TV and in a weak moment I happened to mention that we haven't had any ice cream in over a week - his ears perked up, and he said, do you want to go get some? He had found some information on a place that sells ice cream south and east of town several days ago, so that is where we headed. Howie's is a little shack on the side of the road but their ice cream is GOOD! and it is CHEAP! We both had two huge scoops and the total for both was $6.00. One of those would cost that much at several of the ice cream shops we visit occasionally.
We are now back at Bentley - probably for the evening. I have leftovers from our taco salad of a couple of nights ago and we will have that - at least what we can manage to eat after all of the food/sweets we've had today!
|Our chicken taco salad!|
We've had a great time here in Shipshewana, shared good times with friends, and managed to get several needs taken care of while here. We look forward to being back the end of September to pick up our new chairs before working our way back to visits in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
John, the guy who installed our disc brakes wants Dean to contact him before we leave tomorrow so he can take a short ride with us. We want to be on the road by 10 - so we'll be ready at 9:30 to get the ride in before we head east. We are hoping to hit Cleveland around 2 or so, hoping the traffic won't be too bad as we pass through at that time of day.
I'll check back with you all in a day or two with a new update. Thanks again for following along with us on our wonderful adventure! We love the travel, the things we see and have the opportunity to experience but most importantly we are spending very precious time with each other! That is priceless!