The Fair, Quick Trip & Games

Posted by on September 14, 2015

We’ve been busy doing this and that and a whole lot of not much.

Cows!  Hard to see but the cow on the right has a blue tint because she's clipped so short!

Cows! Hard to see but the cow on the right has a blue tint because she’s clipped so short!

Michael and I went to the Iowa County fair last Sunday.  We went about 10:00 in the morning to try to beat the heat and humidity.  It wasn’t too bad until about noon and then it really started heating up.

Spoonin' pigs!

Spoonin’ pigs!

We’re not interested in the rides or games so just wandered through the 10 or 11 different buildings checking out the 4H projects and animals.  Wisconsin being the ‘Dairy State’ we passed by LOTS of dairy cows.  We also visited pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese and turkeys.  I did a lot of chatting with the animals and they all looked at me like I was nuts….but that’s ok.

Surprisingly yummy burger!

Surprisingly yummy burger!

We grabbed a burger and fries at one of the stands before making our way back up the hill to the truck so that we could head home to the air conditioning.

Michael wound up sick early Monday morning, which continued throughout the day.  By Tuesday morning the vomiting was over (Thank goodness) but his stomach was not quite right for about 5 days. He thinks that it was a touch of food poisoning but the only thing that we ate different from each other was the ketchup, mustard and pickle relish that he put on his burger at the fair.  Hmmm

Alex helping Papaw fuel up

Alex helping Papaw fuel up

On Wednesday we took a quick overnight trip to Elkhart, Indiana so that we could pick up the coroplast material for the underbelly of the coach.  Several years ago, when we had some work done on the coach, the dealer had taken down the underbelly to do some work and it has never been the same since.   So it was time to replace it since Michael has been doing all kinds of work down there.

Our grandson, Alex, (3 1/2) joined us on our trip and we all had a blast together.  We counted ‘red trucks’, pointed out cows, horses, barns and corn on the cob.  We had lunch at Alex’s favorite place, ‘Old McDonalds’ and played at the play area.

We found the camels!

We found the camels!

Once in Elkhart we took Alex over to Shipshewana to see the camel farm and got to see 6 camels grazing in the field.  We even got to see an Amish farmer running three horses down the road while he was barefoot!  Back at the hotel we all went swimming…Alex used a ring to help him chase me around the pool!

Just a swimmin'

Just a swimmin’

The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel before heading over to Heartland to pick up the items Michael had ordered and then hit the road.  The trip was pretty non-eventful except for a stop at the O’Hare Oasis for lunch.  We had a great time watching all the traffic on the road below us as well as the airplane traffic over head.

Loaded up and ready to head back to Wisconsin

Loaded up and ready to head back to Wisconsin

Michael’s still been plugging away at chores around the coach…however his illness took a few days away from work.

He found a crack in the number one gray tank and used some stuff he ordered from Amazon to fix the crack.  Unfortunately, it didn’t hold.

Before moving forward with that leak he decided to look into the leak from the fresh water tank.  He filled the tank completely because that was when it seemed to leak.  He didn’t have a hard time figuring out where the leak was coming from once it was full as water was flowing freely from the top of the tank and over the sides.  He couldn’t see the actual leak but could tell it was fairly large and decided that it was probably more than just a small leak and the whole tank will mostly likely need to be replaced.  Time to let the ‘experts’ do their thing.

Michael called ‘Corner Stone’ our extended warranty carrier and reported the issue and was given information on how to proceed.  He then called the Madison Camping World (we don’t have a whole lot of choice in the area) to see about getting the coach in to have the work done.  Their line was busy so we’ll have to wait until they call us back or we try again.  Fingers crossed that we can get the coach in before we have to leave on October 10!

While working under the coach Michael didn’t like the support arm that was holding up the gray tank as it was just a piece of angle iron so he contacted a local welder and had another piece of angle iron welded to the original piece to make a sturdier support.  So now instead of an ‘L’-shaped support its more of a ‘box-shaped’ support.

A family affair

A family affair

When cleaning out our game cabinet I found a box of 10 jigsaw puzzles (1 that had been worked) taking up space so I told Amanda we had to work the before we left.  We’ve completed two so far…a 500 piece and a 750 piece.  We’ve gotten a little bit of help from Michael, Dan and Alex on each of them.  The 750 piece one was a bit of a challenge and we did a little bit of whining over the 6 hours that it took us to complete it….but we completed it!

We’ve also been working through the games that either have never been played or hadn’t been played in so long that none of us remember them.  We’ve found a couple of keepers…and a couple that weren’t worth saving.

Packer party!

Packer party!

Sunday was the first Packer game of the season so we joined Dan, Amanda and the boys in the ‘big’ house to watch the game.  Amanda’s parents and step sister we also there.  Everyone brought ‘munchies’ to enjoy while watching the game and it turned out to be a nice time.  It was even nicer since the Packers beat the Bears 31 to 23.

Two – year old, Ben has learned a new word.  ‘Some.’  If you happen to be eating something and Bennie comes along it’s not uncommon to hear, ‘Some, Nana, some.’  This whole grandparent gig just makes my heart smile.

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