False Alarm & Amish Day

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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.

Michael in front of the sprawling Das Dutchman Essenhaus

Michael in front of the sprawling Das Dutchman Essenhaus

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.

Munzee deployment

Munzee deployment

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.

Yoder Popcorn

Yoder Popcorn

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.

Shelves filled with bulk foods

Shelves filled with bulk foods

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.

Broasted chicken plate

Broasted chicken plate

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.

Chicken noodle plate

Chicken noodle plate

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.

The crowd was made up of English and Amish

The crowd was made up of English and Amish

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.

Michael watching the auction from our choice seats

Michael watching the auction from our choice seats

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!

7 Responses to False Alarm & Amish Day

  1. rpward51

    Learning the new phones should keep you occupied for a day or so. LOL!
    –Bob

    • Kelly

      Bob – With us the learning process is sure to take more than a day or two!

  2. Anita-Wayne Cooper

    Ibet you will love that phone, my daughter Shelley (Ikea shopping recipient), has a that phone and loves it. It almost convinced me to get smart phones I like so well. Had I known you were going to E&S, I might have had to send another shopping list. One of the wives of a customer service rep at Heartland just went for me and shipped us some hickory smoke salt yesterday. Lol
    Don’t forget about Lutz restaurant for breakfast skimmers. Yummy. Have fun,miss seeing you two.

    • Kelly

      Nita – No Lutz this visit…however we are meeting Dick and Reta for a late lunch and the Little American!

  3. Anita-Wayne Cooper

    Skimmers = SKILLETS. Love me some auto correct

  4. Roy Evans

    There is an Amish community about 100 miles N. of us with an “outlet” store where they sell flour, & such. One time a friend & his wife were there & they had a display of “Amish flour” in zip lock bags for sale. While he was wandering around waiting on his wife, he looked in an open door & saw one of the employees bagging up Always Save flour in the zip lock bags to sell. I guess since the Amish bought it, they could sell it as Amish flour!!!

    • Kelly

      The Amish probably use the flour so they consider it ‘Amish’…who knows! I just like the products I’ve tried and the prices…so it’s good enough for me!

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