Just about midnight last night the hotel’s fire alarms went off. I was still awake reading and Michael and been asleep just a few minutes. We got dressed, I grabbed my purse, our phones and Michael’s wallet and started out the door. People were in the hallways and standing in their doorways trying to determine what to do.
After just a few minutes the alarm was so deafening that most of us trickled out to the parking lot. We got into the truck and sat and waited about 10 min or so before we saw people start filtering inside again. The word was that someone burnt some popcorn and caused the alarm to go off. It was a good way to meet some of our neighbors! LOL
Of course neither of us could sleep once back in bed….we tossed and turned for a bit before eventually falling asleep.
Today was what I called ‘Amish’ day…but before we started ‘Amish’ day we stopped by Heartland to see how the work on the coach was going. We found out that we didn’t actually have any frame flex going on. What had actually happened was that we had a leak in the bottom left corner of our bedroom slide which allowed some water inside the walls. The moisture caused the laminated walls to pull apart…which in turn allowed the walls to move breaking the welds on the aluminum wall frame.
The crew working on the coach was able to re-weld the walls and they also added some gussets in the corners for added strength. When we popped in today they had the work pretty much completed and just needed to have some painting done and add some decals.
Now that the ‘business’ part of the day was over…..the FUN could begin! Woohoo!
We had several ‘Amish’ stops to make today. We stopped at the Essenhaus in search of a product that we found they no longer carry. While we were there we made the most of it and cap several Munzee’s in the area and checked out the quilt garden.
We made a stop at Dutch Country Market to pick up some home made noodles and I also picked up a couple of jars of home made jam.
Then it was on to Yoder Popcorn where I planned to pick up some of my favorite popcorn seasoning, creamy dill. It might not sound very good but it’s wonderful! We also picked up some tender white and ladyfinger popcorn. We like to snack on popcorn so we invested in a new Whirly Pop type popper. The one we chose is induction compatible.
From Yoder Popcorn we moved on to E&S Bulk Sales. Pretty much anything you want can be found here…in bulk. They have pasta, nuts, baking supplies, candy, popcorn and gelatin along with all kinds of other stuff. It’s a pretty interesting place. We picked up a few things that I’ve used in the past and liked: chicken base, beef base and decided to try some dried cranberries and butter flavoring for popcorn.
By the time we were done at E&S we were ready for some lunch. We’d heard from several people who the Auction Restaurant in Shipshewana was worth a try…so that’s where we went! It’s a busy place and we had about a 15 minute wait for a table. I ordered the chicken noodle plate and Michael ordered the broasted chicken.
Both were very good and quite reasonably priced as well. We were also told that we had to try the pies…so we decided to share a piece of the chocolate pie. It was very tasty too! We’ll be sure to stop at the Auction Restaurant again.
Before we went to lunch we stopped at the livestock auction in the building next door. Neither of us had ever seen one and thought it might be interesting to watch for a while….and it was! They were in the process of auctioning off young cattle…heifers, steers, bulls. They’d auction of 1 at a time or as many as 5 at once.
They sold for anywhere from $75 each to $125+ each. One poor little bull couldn’t get a starting bid of $125 and end up going for $76. He was so short I think that he must have been a miniature and somebody finally took pity on him and scooped him up for $76.
Our last stop for the day was at the Shipshewana Flea Market where we roamed up and down the aisles checking out the wares. We ended up picking up some plain, colored Tshirts for $2.25 a piece, a purse for me and some tent stakes for Michael. We probably saw less than half of what was there but that took us close to 3 hours.
When we got back to the hotel we had mail waiting! New phones! Our old Bionics were on their last legs and had become extremely frustrating to use so we ordered the new Samsung Galaxy S5 for each of us. Now to figure out how to use them!