North American Heartland Rally – Day 4

Posted by on June 21, 2013

I was up early and out the door about 6:45 am so that I could help Nelly make her famous Nelly Muffins.  We had a pretty smooth operation going with Nelly spooning the batter into the bowls, Sally adding toppings to each bowl, I mixed everything together and then popped them in to 1 of three microwaves and then either Tom or Kathy removed them from the microwave and served them to their respective owners.  We must have served at least 300 muffins during the 3 or so hours that I was there.

Heartlanders waiting for their Nelly muffins

Heartlanders waiting for their Nelly muffins

Today was the last day for seminars and LTA presentations and  everything went very smoothly again.  We had 5 LTA presentations with very good attendance at each again.  Michael attended the Wood Turning presentation and really enjoyed it.  Ken Hyde put it together and brought lots of examples of his work and then gave each and every item he brought away as a giveaway!

Nice turnout for the Wood Turning presentation

Nice turnout for the Wood Turning presentation

Examples of wood turned items

Examples of wood turned items

Another of the presentations was Babies Wrapped in Love, originally a baby blanket drive where the blankets are donated to Elkhart County for babies in need.  HOC members are asked to make or buy blankets to be donated.  Our goal was 189 blankets and we brought in more than 2oo blankets plus numerous, hats, booties, food items, diapers, crocheted dresses etc for a grand total of 513 items donated.  That’s pretty dang awesome.  My daughter in law, Kelsea, and I each made a tie blanket to donate to the cause.

Great turn out of nearly 50 people for Babies Wrapped in Love

Great turn out of nearly 50 people for Babies Wrapped in Love

Huge assortment of hand crafted items for the babies of Elkhart County, Indiana

Huge assortment of hand crafted items for the babies of Elkhart County, Indiana

I presented a Blog Writing class at the end of the day and had about 25 attendees.  The presentation didn’t go as smoothly as I had anticipated….whether it was not enough time or too technical for some folks.  Some people seemed to follow ok…but others just seemed more lost than anything.  Meh…..perhaps if there is a next time we can take from this presentation and learn from it.

Michael asked a couple of the guys (Bob, Jerry & Jay) to come over about 2:00 pm to help him install our new slide awning.  (You might remember that our slide awning was partially ripped off during a windstorm in El Paso and then we totally lost it on our way through Chicago on June 6th).  It took them about an hour to get it installed and Michael says he would be comfortable doing it again as it was fairly easy.  They also had the assistance of one of the Heartland service guys was next door and helped them a little bit too and kind of checked their work as well.

Starting the project

Starting the project

My buddy, Bob M, loves me!

My buddy, Bob M, loves me!

Spraying some silcone in the track so that the awning slid in smooth as buttah!

Spraying some silcone in the track so that the awning slid in smooth as buttah!

Awning is on the brackets and needs to be adjusted and inserted into the track

Awning is on the brackets and needs to be adjusted and inserted into the track

Installation complete!

Installation complete!

We had a Heartland sponsored catered meal for dinner this evening.   The food came from Nelson’s Catering,  was buffet style an it consisted of a big ol’ pork chop, baked beans, broccoli salad, lettuce salad, sweet potato casserole, dinner roll and strawberry shortcake.  The food was excellent and our dining partners (the Coffman’s, the Ver Hey’s & the Riddle’s) were perfect.

Tasty!

Tasty!

There were nearly 200 door prizes given away ranging from ice cream scoops to folding chairs.  We were ‘runners’….we ran from one end of the rally hall to the other handing out the prizes as the names were drawn.  There were 8 or 10 of us so we didn’t have to run like madmen just half crazy madmen.  It was a lot of fun!  We even won one of the prizes!  It’s a set of 3 automatic path lights….could come in quite handy!

Path Lights

Path Lights 

After dinner we were treated to 50s, 60s & 70s music by The Music Place DJ.  We didn’t even stay long enough for the first song to end since we’re both pretty pooped from this weeks activities (Michael working on the coach nearly all week & me running from presentation to presentation).  We made it an earlier night that it’s been as of late.  Getting home about 8:00 pm – sitting in our recliners catching up on Facebook & email and watching a little TV for the rest of the evening.

 

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