July 24, 2018 – Don and Linda Visit

The Grandma thing to do is make cookies so Jennifer got out the ingredients and utensils for me. I opted for the recipe on the Toll House chocolate chip bag – my favorite.  Owen was right in there ready to participate.  Jennifer took a few pictures. I love this one of Cam licking his lips while I measured out the chocolate chips.

His job was to carefully pour ingredients into the mixing bowl and he took his job very seriously.

Owen and Cam also helped to clean the mixing bowl and beater while the cookies were baking.

Friends Don and Linda came for a visit.  They live in Florida and spend some time in the summers in Wisconsin.  After everyone had eaten enough chocolate chip cookies to spoil their appetites, we all went to the Out n Out for lunch. George took Don and Linda, and the boys for a ride in Eleanor, the Model A. Jennifer, Andy and I followed in the family van. I got a kick out of watching the old car in front of us and asked Jennifer if she had followed it before. She answered yes, many times when they were expected something to break.

Out n Out has a super-large table where you can sit and meet people.  One end of it was just right for our group. It is one of those places where you order and pick up and a window and carry your own food to the table.

Don and Linda were gearing up for their ride back to their RV park somewhere in Wisconsin while Cam decided to drive the car.

Don is a friend of George’s father.  He and Linda have also become friends with grown-up George. I took this photo of them.

And, here are Don and Linda taking off on their Spider.

August 29, 2016 – Mequon, Wisconsin to LeRoy, Illinois

On the road again.  Heading back to Tennessee.

We got the dolly and car hooked up yesterday evening.  George has plenty of experience with towing trailers and such and helped us get it right.  George and Jennifer’s vehicles were parked in front of Sao in the driveway so they could leave for work before we took off. We took showers and I washed dishes in the house before we got the motorhome secured for the road.  Every time we stay in one place very long, “stuff” ends up piled everywhere.  I am determined to get rid of the excess – one of these days.

We got underway at 0951 and headed west of Milwaukee and Chicago to avoid the traffic around those cities.  We had smooth sailing (er, driving) all the way with light traffic.  I don’t want to drive near Chicago anymore in a motorhome pulling a car. This route was so much less stressful.

I did not eat or drink anything before we got on the road. We made a quick rest stop and did not make any other stops until we reached the Love’s truck stop in LeRoy, Illinois at 1510.  That was 254 miles. Then we ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the truck stop Arby’s.

We are parked between a row of trucks for the night.

b32 View Forward
http://www.bookwormgardens.org/
b33 View to Port
View to Port before another truck pulled in
b34 View to Port4
View Starboard
b35 Tanker Truck to Port
Tanker Truck to Starboard

It is kinda cool to be in a truck stop for the night, but we can’t slide out the slides.  We are squeezed in between the clutter and can’t spread out!

Bookworm Gardens

Aside from Shalom Wild Animal Zoo, Owen wanted to take Uncle Andy to see Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan.  He said it was so beautiful; he almost died when he went there on a school field trip.

Son-in-love George gave Andy a birthday present that we really needed.  I can’t remember what it is called, but it is a little post with a wheel on the bottom that attaches to the tongue of the tow dolly.  Now we don’t have to pick it up! We can simply roll it around. I am so happy and it wasn’t even my birthday. George wanted to hook the dolly up and pull it around to make sure the lug nuts on the wheels stayed tight.  So we hooked it up to Jennifer’s van and headed to Bookworm Gardens with the tow dolly rattling along behind us.

It was fabulous, a children’s fantasy land where stories come to life. I won’s say too much about it because I took so many photos and each of them is worth a thousand words.

B01 Bookworm Gardens Gate

b02 Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk. The Giant must have hit the ground head first.

Owen and Cam were enamored with this small sculpture of two children reading a book.  We passed it several times and they stopped to admire it each time.

b03 Sculpture Children Reading

b04 Kinetic Sculpture
Kinetic Sculpture
b05 Playhouse for Monsters
Playhouse for Monsters
b06  Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hatches the Egg
b07 Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie

There was a little house, but the boys were more interested in the covered wagon.

I didn’t notice if the gazebo was related to a book or just beautiful.

b08 Picnic Arbor

b09 Owl
Owl
b10 Curious George and the Pizza
Curious George and the Pizza

One of my favorite books as a child.  It might be hard to spot Charlotte to the left of center above the  beam. Of course, she wanted the spotlight on Wilbur the pig.

b11 Charlotte's Web
Charlotte’s Web

b12 Cow in Barnyard

Cam was expressing his engineer genes. He was absolutely fascinated by the typewriter in the barn.  He had no idea what it was but was intent on figuring out how to work it. I told him it was how people sent texts to people before computers and cell phones. He hit every key and returned the carriage many times before standing up to watch the letter strike.  Jennifer had to drag him away.

b13 Cam and Typewriter in Barn
Cam and Typewriter in Barn

Then he found the water pump outside the barn and tried to figure out how to get some water.  The pump was apparently not functional.  A sign said don’t drink the water.

b14 Cam and Water Pump
Cam and Water Pump

Owen and Jennifer found a patch of tiny mushrooms.

b15 Jennifer and Owen w Mushrooms

b21 Johnny Appleseed
Waiting for Cam in a Johnny Appleseed orchard.
b16 Owen in Cheese Sail on Bread Boat
Owen in Cheese Sail on a slice-of-bread Boat

b17 Jennifer and Cam w Bookworm

b18 Sneaking up on Papa
Sneaking up on Papa
b19 Waterlilly
Waterlilly in Fish Pond
b20 Grass
Sun on Grass
b22 Snake on Tree
Snake on Tree
b23 Bat Sculpture
Bat
b24 Gazebo Tree House
Gazebo Tree House Off Cliff
b25 Gift Shop and Restrooms
Gift Shop and Restrooms
b27 Magic School Bus
Magic School Bus
b26 Magic School Bus
Cam was driving and Owen was Operating the Doors. Miss Frizzle was nowhere in sight.

b28 Jennifer Crossing Bridge

b29 Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pigs

b30 Cam and House

When we got back to the van, George checked the lug nuts to make sure they were tight.

b31 George Checking Tow Dolly Lug Nuts

What a delightful park! I didn’t take any pictures of them, but there were also a number of real books for the children to take off shelves and read. There were many more books represented than I show here.