Coach in the Shop and Grave Finders

Posted by on September 24, 2015

We’d been asked to drop the coach off at Mounds View RV at 8:30 Monday morning so with that in mind we decided to ‘move’ in to the big house Sunday evening so that all we had to do Monday morning was hitch up and go.

There she goes...Gonna miss her!

There she goes…Gonna miss her!

I was a nervous wreck about getting out of the yard but Michael, as usual, was cool as a cucumber.  We’re way up on a hill in the front yard and the only way to get out of here was to pull forward, turning a bit to the right and squeezing into the space between a garage and a water spigot and then to back all the way down the driveway and out into the road.  I acted as a ground guide and Michael made the whole thing seem easy.  The hardest part was having to tell him to wait, twice, to back out onto the road as cars passed by.

We left for a 25 mile journey a bit ahead of schedule at 7:10 am and pulled into the RV dealer about 7:45 am giving us about 45 minutes to chill until they opened.

Michael and Jeff under the coach so that Michael can show him the issues

Michael and Jeff under the coach so that Michael can show him the issues

Since Michael had already diagnosed the problems he crawled under the coach with Jeff, the tech who would be working on the coach to show he what he’d found.

Before leaving we went into the office to meet with the warranty manager to give her the information that she needed and I was shocked to find someone I’d worked with MANY years ago in the office too.  Come to find out that her parents own the place and the warranty manager is her sister and another one of the guys is her brother.  Small world!

While we were out we decided to grab some breakfast and get Michael’s hair cut.  We stopped at Country Kitchen in Platteville and had a quick breakfast that really hit the spot but we were out of luck on the haircut…it seems that most of the area barbers are closed on Monday’s!  Hmmm…

The no tail gate look

The no tail gate look

When we got back to Dodgeville we made another quick stop at Marklein Auto Body to drop of the truck’s tailgate so that they could begin work on fixing the glass on the back up camera.  Two guys came out and removed the tailgate lickedy split and then we were on our way!

Just a swingin' with their new friend

Just a swingin’ with their new friend

On Tuesday, Amanda had an OB appointment (not long now!) so while she and Dan went to that the boys and I played at the nearby park.  They boys ran to and fro trying out each piece of equipment as quickly as they could.  We even visited with another 2-year-old and her grandma.

Unity Chapel - Frank Lloyd-Wright's family cemetery

Unity Chapel – Frank Lloyd-Wright’s family cemetery

Afterward we dropped Dan off back at home and Amanda and I and the boys headed off for some cemetery hoppin’!  We visited 3 different cemeteries, looking for the graves of Frank Lloyd-Wright, his granddaughter, actress, Anne Baxter, former Green Bay Packer Chester ‘Swede’ Johnston and Allen Ludden, former host of Password and husband of Betty White.

Allen Ludden (R) is buried next to his father (L)

Allen Ludden (R) is buried next to his father (L)

Our ‘hunt’ took us south to Mineral Point, to Dodgeville and north to the little town of Wyoming.  All of the graves were very easy to find except for Anne Baxter’s….we never did find it….although we did find her mother’s grave.  Strange since this was just a small family cemetery and her grave was supposed to be near her grandfather’s….but we had no luck.

Johnston played on the 1936 Championship Packer team and was inducted into the hall of fame in 1981

Johnston played on the 1936 Championship Packer team and was inducted into the hall of fame in 1981

The boys loved running loose and Alex kept telling us we needed to go to the ‘next’ cemetery.  They’ll be ‘grave finders’ in no time.

We stopped in Mineral Point to try a ‘new to us’ Chinese Restaurant, Zian’s Place.  I was pretty surprised that it turned out to be pretty darn good.  I ordered chicken and vegetables and was pleased.  Amanda went with Moo Goo Gai Pan but wasn’t happy with the sauce as she felt like something was lacking.  The hot and sour soup was good as was the crab rangoon.  The egg roll could have stood some improvement. Overall, I’d go back.

Our most recent puzzling experience

Our most recent puzzling experience

Amanda and I have continued working on the 10 jigsaw puzzles I pulled out of our game cabinet.  We’ve now completed 6.  We get a little help here and there but mostly we work on them ourselves.  It’s a nice way for a woman who is 9 months pregnant to wile away the time until baby comes!

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