May 10 - May 16, 2020
Sunday, we planned out our next few weeks as best we can. Our rv site is very low in the back and our leveling system has come on every two hours or so to try to either add air or let air out. So we did some adjusting and investigation of what the problem might be. First, Elard discovered a fitting on the air system that has a small leak, then he discovered a crack in the inflating seal around the large slide out in the front of the coach. That crack isn't all the way thru because it isn't leaking there but... He will talk to Foretravel tomorrow for some advice. I spent the day working on travel plans with the understanding we may be heading back to Foretravel in Nacogdoches first. I meant to get some sewing done but never quite got around to it. We did manage to get in a two mile walk today, the temperature was very cool but it was nice and sunny.
Monday, great exploration day today, even with the sporadic rain and cloudiness. We went into Bentonville to get some photos of the Walmart museum. Museums are still closed in Arkansas but the grounds are open. There was a pretty fountain dedicated to civil war veterans and the Massey Hotel down the street was pretty. The entire square there near the Walmart Museum, and really every street we saw, was very well maintained. You can tell either everyone pays their property taxes, or the Walmart foundation takes care of the streets, and public spaces well. It was pretty. Next we drove over to Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. We got in a 2.5 mile walk in on the paved trails around the museum. We saw several deer and it is obvious they are used to having people close by. We managed to get a glimpse of the outside of the Frank Lloyd Wright house they've built here, but very little was blooming. We were passed by 7 cyclist, only one of which was using the mountain bike trail. It was very pretty outside so I can't wait to see it next year when we can get inside. Next we visited the Pea Ridge Military Park, apparently the turning point that saved Missouri for the Union. Because of the rain we just took snapshots of the interpretive markers, it was a nice 7 mile loop drive. Next we stopped at the Thorncrown Chapel. Wow! So beautiful. We continued on to "Christ of the Ozarks". Impressive. Finally we we stopped at the War Eagle Mill. It is a grist mill in operation since 1832!!!! Wow. Finally we stopped at China Cafe in Rogers, AR to pick up dinner. It was pretty good. We did get a call back from Foretravel today and we will be headed back there Sunday.
Tuesday, rain rain rain..... so we didn't do anything. Well, I did quilt my little patriotic wall hanging that I started at the MSQC Retreat back in Feb. So cute.
Wednesday, the sun finally came out mid-afternoon so I decided to do a little work on the "Travel Quilt"...after my walk. It really was a nice afternoon, temperature was perfect and sunshiny. Elard even kept me company outside while I stitched, at least while we were cooking the steaks. The RV park here is also a golf course, The Creeks Golf and RV Resort. It's really pretty nice and I hear they make a great Bloody Mary.
Thursday, a full day of sewing. I finished binding the small patriotic wall hanging first. Now to figure out how to actually hang it in the front window. The pattern is very easy, it just looks complicated. Here is the MSQC video on how to make it. Next, I made some modifications to my cross body purse I made several months ago. I added a pocket for my phone and a loop for my fan (needed randomly to address my own personal summers). Then I made three more face masks for us to use. Elard changed out the pressure switch on our leveling system that was leaking. Success! I am so lucky to have married a handy man. I also tried a new recipe for dinner, Cajun Succotash. It was an eMeals menu item and I approve! I did add sausage to it to make it a one pot meal, and hot sauce when serving. Oh, and I bet cornbread would be awesome with it.
Friday, another rainy day perfect for napping and sewing. I finished one of the baby quilt tops I have planned. You will notice it is the same pattern as the little wall hanging I made. The full size block is 32 inches square, while the wall hanging is only 9 inches square. I also came up with a project for Elard to do. I want a rolling base for the storage box I use for a sewing chair. That should raise the height to the right level for me and make it easier to maneuver into place.
Saturday, so we made a trip to Home Depot and Lowe's today for supplies for my rolling base. Wow! Everyone in Rogers Arkansas is working on a project today. Both store parking lots were full. But everyone was was masked up and keeping their distance. We found what we needed at Lowe's and were back home and the project completed in about an hour and a half. We has some leftover succotash for dinner and I was right about the cornbread! They taste great together.
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