Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Is this a great country or what?

Spent the weekend in kind of a fog, trying to rest up (to no avail) and get caught up (didn't happen). So had fun instead. Well I did unpack and get laundry down.

Sunday we got to spend the day with Tony, Jayme, and Baby Kenna, which is always a treat. We had a little cookout for lunch, got McKenna down for a nap, and had a little shopping trip to Meijer. Later, we had dinner at Bandidos, then more shopping at Walgreens to pick up a prescription.

On Monday a great plan came together to go with the EXCELLENT weather.

We took off for the Shipshewana area in the morning, planning to meet Tony, Jayme, and McKenna, and many members of Jayme's family, for some really fun flea market shopping. In all my years of living in Indiana, I'd never been there. In the middle of Amish country, the kind of place with big berms for buggies on each side of the road, farms with corrals full of big draft horses, and buggies parked everywhere. In such stunning contrast to where I'd been just days ago...hard to get your head around.

The flea market was just so fun, so much stuff, so many people, some with their DOGS (why? why bring not just your teeny little terrier dog, but your hound dog IN A PET CARRIER ON YOUR CHEST, or your humongous black dog (a mastiff maybe?) looking so hot it was about to pant itself to death), lots with their kids, and all with bags, push carts, wagons, strollers, and pull carts full of stuff. Our best deal: three pairs of knock-off Crocs for $12. My favorite deal: a knock-off Kate Spade bag for $15.

Sat down for a snack with the whole gang, and also used the restroom. I realized that in the space of 5 days I had peed in Saks Fifth Avenue...and the Shipshewana Flea Market. What a great country.

(Editorial comment: I did NOT see anything as strange as on Montague street, the young woman with her bright-pink pet stroller...with a BRIGHT GREEN IGUANA in it.)

Greg found some baseball pictures, a plaque,and tools, we had a snack, and didn't even see half the huge thing. Never made it to the produce section, which I heard was excellent.

We drove (in heavy Shipshewana traffic) to some more of the shops, a "red barn" themed place, and had lunch at a little Amish-run snack shop. Pizza pockets made with fresh bread and a freshly baked pretzel with cinnamon sugar. I almost turned Amish after that.

We walked downtown, just looking in shops here and there, and wandered through one of the bigger buildings. It was on the side of a historic structure that had burned down a couple of years ago. It houses several shops.

Then back to the car and off to Big Long Lake, were we spent the afternoon on the dock and in the boat with our friends Mike and Jaretta. A lovely afternoon at the lake. Especially the margarita.

On the way home, stopped and said HI to all of Ang's gang.

Back to the grindstone today. Watching baseball on FIOS TV, enjoying the HD.


  1. Anonymous12:10 PM

    And what's so odd about a pink pet stroller with an Iguana in it?

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