Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 22, 23, 24, 2011 Elkhart, Shipshewana

We got the call at 8 am on Friday to take the MH over to Total Value RV repair…of course, it was the hottest day so far, at 98 degrees and 89% humidity!  We took the MH over – their customer lounge is NOT air conditioned, so we got in the car with Cinder and started exploring.  We didn’t want to go too far, in case they called us to go look at something. 
First we went to 2 different RV salvage places that allowed us to take Cinder in with us (too too hot to let her in the car!), and I found a set of dinette cushions that we will go measure tomorrow morning – they are about $200.00 and ours are surely shot, but pricing them on line they are over $450 for the set.  That is all we could find that we couldn’t live without – yaaay! 

Then we drove into downtown Elkhart, and got some great pictures of the ‘ELK’.  In Cheyenne, there are boots, somewhere (CRS) there are painted cows, and here in Elkhart they have painted Elk.  The expressions on some of them are priceless!  I don’t know if they take them inside during winter, but they sure are cute!  We walked along the Riverwalk (Cinder and I did, David went to the bridge and took some pics) and admired the landscaping.  Very nice!  I shopped in quite a few stores (bought nothing) and we ended up back at the RV garage about 4:30. 

So – they fixed the door, we had to have the electronic step replaced (comes with a warranty), new hood over bathroom fan, driver and passenger windows were taken out, cleaned, reset and caulked, plus 8 hours labor for the sum of $1120.37.  Not as bad as we feared, but not as good as we hoped.  They really did do a great job, and the contact info is:  Total Value Rec Vehicles of IN, 2510 CR 4 East, Elkhart IN, 46514 phone:  574-262-4460.  They are right beside Elkhart Campground!
On Saturday we drove over to Shipshewana, where we spent hours in Yoder’s Hardware and Mercantile – I bought a jar opener (my hands are not as strong as they used to be)and an led flashlight and there were beautiful quilts hung up on the walls…we asked for a recommendation for lunch from the young lady that checked us out, and she steered us to the ‘Daily Bread’ – which is on the third floor of Davis Mercantile Center…holy cow, was she ever right!  Their special was Chicken & Noodles over Mashed potatoes, corn, applesauce, homemade roll & butter…thought I died and went to heaven!  Comfort food to the MAX!  David had ½ a taco salad, and it was huge, and we shared a piece of apple crumb pie with ice cream. On the 3rd floor they have a carosel (sp).   We were terribly full, so we shopped, walked, shopped, walked for over an hour.  As the temps were in the mid 90’s, we spent much time in air conditioned stores! 

Oh yes, can’t remember the name of the store, but it was a huge bulk foods store, and I got lots of dried fruit to send to Dawn in Afghanistan…I have a smidgen of space left yet in her box, and I’ll be adding to it and mailing it sometime by Friday – she should have it when she gets back from R&R!
Here is a picture of a flower garden in the colors and shape of a quilt - they are all over Amish Country here in IN - once again, the pictures do not do it justice, they are SO gorgeous!
Last stop was at Yoder’s meat & cheese store – where I got some Lebanon bologna, a ham slice and some apple schnitzel for Dawn’s box.  We came home and crashed for an hour or so, then we went to the pool and got our daily dip in – the water is just barely cool, because we had quite a rainstorm – the day before it was too warm.  With temps in the 90’s, you really want the pool water to be at least 85 so you get some refreshment out of it! 
Today was a take it easy day - we putzed around most of the morning, then went for a drive up through Nappanee, and Wakursa, stopped at a roadside market and got a watermelon and blueberries.  It is rainy and grey today, so we are home now, getting ready for a nap, and then we will have spaghetti & meatballs for dinner, along with fresh peaches and blueberries for our salad...and watermelon later :) 
Wonderful memories - David, thanks for helping me make all these great memories!

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