(Chuck) We have found ourselves in the Midwest this fall for the first time in years. It was good to spend time with our friends in the Manning, Iowa area. We boondocked at the farm where it was peaceful and quiet. The wind rustled the leaves and the birds chirped.
Lynn Phillips (Phillips Farms) does custom work for us, we also rent him some ground, and we have enjoyed the relationship for many years. It was good to ride in the his combine and experience the harvest again. The fall weather was glorious, and harvest seemed to go well. The corn and bean yield was decreased this year due to the lack of rainfall this summer; however we are indeed blessed to be a part of agriculture in this great nation.
|The combine heading into the corn rows.||The combine dumping corn into the grain cart.||The crew- Semi driver Paul, Combine operator Lynn and Grain Cart handler Kelly. |
(Jan) The photo below was taken about a mile south of our farm place after the harvest was completed.(Chuck) Our plan was to move to Indiana for the remainder of the fall to continue genealogy work in the Wabash County area. Several of my ancestors called Wabash County home in the 1850’s and I have wanted to look for more information on them. Our good friends Jerry and Nancy have always told us that the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne is the place to be and now is the time to pursue it. They have even scheduled a chance to be with us for a few days and we look forward to spending time with them.
We have thought of having some cabinet work done on our rig and Nappanee, Indiana is the home of several top craftsmen who specialize in RV work. We have contacted Gene Miller to do the work for us. Gene took over the business of Irv Kaufman and we have great confidence in his work. We anticipate a roll-out drawer under our sink to give us some much needed pantry storage. Another improvement that we had wanted to make was the installation of a new cooling unit on our refrigerator. Several friends have installed what is known as an “Amish Cooling Unit” on their refrigerator and have been very happy with it. I have wanted to do this simply as a preventative measure for our Alaska trip next summer. I did not want to find ourselves without a fridge on that trip. One night two weeks ago the fridge beat me to the punch and as the “no code” flashed on the screen, I went out to look behind the grill on the outside of the rig and I found the yellow “sign of death”. The cooling unit had sprung a leak and it was time to speed up the plan. I will cover it in a blog soon.
At this time we are in Fort Wayne at the beautiful Johnny Appleseed Campground. We may be here a week.
(Jan) Below are a couple of the pictures of friends and family and the good times we shared with them earlier this month.
|Moores and Odendahls at Swan Lake||Jan & sister Linda in back, brother Glen and in-laws Mary & Richard||Cousins Jerome & Dolores and Jan & Chuck|