North American Heartland Rally – Day 2

Posted by on June 19, 2013

Today all seminars & LTA presentations ended at noon so it was an easy day.  I presented a Convection Oven class at 9:30 am.  I have to admit I was quite nervous about this presentation as I’m not an expert and just do my own kinda thing when it comes to using my convection oven.  Imagine my surprise when 78 people showed up for my presentation…yikes!  However, I had nothing to worry about!  My audience was very receptive, had lots of good questions and seemed to appreciate the little bit of information that I was able to provide.  I think there might even be a couple of people who go back to their RVs and actually try using their convection ovens….SCORE!

Wake Up Work Out - great attendance!

Wake Up Work Out – great attendance!

Holy AMAZING turnout for the Convection Oven class

Holy AMAZING turnout for the Convection Oven class

Great turnout for the Beginning Loom Knitting Class too!

Great turnout for the Beginning Loom Knitting Class too!

While I was attending/popping into presentations Michael was at home removing the door-side tires so he could get to the brakes.  Since the brakes aren’t working and the Dexter representative is here he wanted to take the whole assembly up to the vendor’s hall and have them take a look at them and see what might be the cause.  He ended up buying 4 new brake assemblies as they were much cheaper at $35 each than buying pieces.  He installed the two on the door-side of the coach today and will install the other 2 when we get to our next location.

Hard at work again.

Hard at work again.

There is a table in the vendor hall set aside for rally-goers to set out anything that they may want to sell, get rid of, swap, etc.  We had a few items we decided we could get rid of (RV Headsets, extension cord, battery charger, etc) and Michael put them out on the table and we already sold 2 of the items…w0ohoo!  We’re $45 richer!

I actually attended the last class of today – Beginning Loom Knitting.  I was pretty excited about this one and I really want to be crafty….but just haven’t found the craft for me….I’m hoping that this is it!  I even picked up a loom kit, a skein of yarn and a book at Walmart this afternoon and plan to start my first project ASAP!

I'm so excited!

I’m so excited!

When I finished my classes at noon Michael had the coach put back together and we were able to run a few errands.  We drove over to Shipshewana to Yoder’s Meat & Cheese to pick up some bacon as we’re told it’s ‘out of this world’.  I also picked up a couple of other items (jerky, pickles, beets, etc).  While we were there we ran into Dan & Karen Halverson and while Karen & I shopped the guys chatted about guy stuff.

Yoder's Meat & Cheese

Yoder’s Meat & Cheese

Michael, Dan & Karen at Yoder's

Michael, Dan & Karen at Yoder’s

We also stopped at Rise’n Roll Bakery to pick up 1/2 a dozen donuts (oh my goodness, they’re yummy) for the next couple of mornings for breakfast.  Michael needed some wire nuts so we stopped at a Hardware store in Middlebury.  Lastly, we stopped at Walmart to pick up my looms and a few other odds and ends.

We crossed paths 3 times with the gentleman driving this souped up Amish buggy and finally got a chance to take a picture when we were at Walmart.

We crossed paths 3 times with the gentleman driving this souped up Amish buggy and finally got a chance to take a picture when we were at Walmart.

We had Bob & Barb Mansolino over for dinner (Opa’s!) to thank Bob for all of his assistance with greasing the bearings and working on the brakes.  We also needed to thank Barb for letting us borrow Bob for an entire day.  We had such a nice visit!  Bob is full of stories and we love listening to him tell his stories…especially those of when he was growing up in  New Jersey.

We took another spin around the park in our ‘little red golf cart’ this evening and had a blast!  We stopped at several large groups and a couple of smaller groups and chatted for over an hour at one group and others for 5 minutes to half an hour.  A couple of groups had fires going, one had popcorn made in duck fat (yum!), one had us try Honey Jack Daniels.  Have I told you how much we love our life and our Heartland family???   Our ‘short’ ride took us nearly 3 hours tonight….getting us home about 10:45ish.

Enjoying the night...

Enjoying the night…

Big group at Terry & Carol's

Big group at Terry & Carol’s

 

 

 

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