|Charlie meets Bruiser|
Bruiser seems to be saying "What's this guy doing in my house??"
Eventually we let Bruiser inside and the two cats sniffed noses and spent their time following each other around the house. They are both male cats so we were afraid they might fight, but they actually got along pretty well.
|I like it here...purr purr purr!|
Jay and Nancy are both still in the working world, so Roger and I had our days to fill while we were there. I spent one day at the local library attempting to solve some genealogical mysteries on Roger's side of the family (no luck).
|The Old Apple House|
We also drove past the old homestead where Roger's grandfather (the one who later had the apple orchard) was raised.
It has been renovated and is still a lovely home for its current owners.
We also drove to the tiny town of Markleville, Indiana where both of Roger's parents grew up and became high school sweethearts (class of 1939). Imagine our surprise as we drove past the old Markleville High School to discover that now the building is part of the Reflectix factory. Our RV'ing friends are familiar with Reflectix -- it's that ubiquitous metallic bubble-wrap stuff lots of us use to block desert sun from our windows to keep our RVs cool. We also have it in all of our coach house windows while we're gone in the summer, to help keep the brutal Texas heat outside:
|Our coach house with Reflectix in the windows|
Finally the big day arrived. We
set the alarm and headed out early to pick up the dogs and drive back north to Elkhart to get the motor home. We had to scrape our car windows with a credit card, since we'd tossed all our ice scrapers in 2008 when we hit the road, vowing never to need them again.
When we got to Elkhart I called Bradd and Hall just in case the motor home was ready earlier than the 2:00 time they'd given us the day before. It was not going to be ready until around 3:00. We decided to revisit the park in nearby Goshen and hike the Pumpkin Vine Trail with the dogs. The beautiful opening photo was taken along the trail, as was the photo below:
When we arrived at Bradd and Hall, the guys who'd done the work took us on a tour of our newly-renovated coach. Wow! We were so excited! Here's a photo taken while we were still in the bay at Bradd and Hall during our walk-through:
We paid our (big) bill, and as we were hooking up our Matrix to leave, we saw our old furniture being set out by the curb. It looked pretty lonely, but the guys at Bradd and Hall said furniture is never out there for long before some enterprising individual comes by with a truck to get it.
We enjoyed our comfy new captains chairs as we drove back south. It was dark before we made it to the Glo-Wood campground near Lapel. I snapped this sunset photo from the car window as we drove south of Kokomo, Indiana.
Nancy wanted to give us a good breakfast as a send-off. You will never hear of me turning down one of her delicious meals, so we parked in front of their house first thing Saturday morning.
One final meal together....
Nancy and I have been swapping recipes and the four of us have been sharing meals for over 40 years. Now instead of dating, then babies we might talk about hearing aids and Medicare, but we have just as much fun as the old days.
Jay and Nancy had recently returned from a trip to Italy, and Jay broke out some Italian champagne he'd had shipped home.
|Good Times with Good Friends|
We hurriedly tossed our mountain of things from their garage into the motor home and made a quick trip to the grocery to get a few basics for our totally-empty fridge. Much to Roger's dismay, as we went through our departure checklist, his tire monitoring system showed a low tire. Before we could pull out of our friends' neighborhood he had to hook up our air compressor and top off a couple of tires. Then we were finally on our way.
Roger will post next time about our fun weekend with friends at Clifty Falls State Park. But now, here's the BIG REVEAL, with captions:
|View at entry, showing computer desk and new recliner|
|View from entry to rear, showing tile, carpet, dining chairs recovered and Bandido's ears.|
You can see part of the second green recliner on the left.
|Computer desk closed up|
|Computer desk doors open|
Room for computers, printer, hanging folders,
charging center for electronics inside
|Comfy new captains chairs|
Our entertainment center cabinet was a real mess before (note the gerry-rigged metal shelf underneath for the Direct TV box)...
Now I can even shut the door...
|View showing re-covered valences and folding chairs|
|If Roger had big feet, this wouldn't work!|
|Doors shut, and view of new rubber tread and carpet in stair well|
|View looking back to bedroom showing tile|
Before we had our computer cabinet, our printer had to sit in our bedroom on top of the only flat surface in the room. Now we can use that space for more decorative purposes, since the printer has moved out...
|Pink coloring is from the lamp, not the true color!|
The pet picture of the day shows Roger laying back in his recliner and Bandido bringing him his tennis ball, ready to play:
|C'mon, Dad! Let's Play!|