We're at a church parking lot and they have WiFi!
Onward to Iowa!
For the past 5 days we've been up in Minnesota singing and getting bus parts. The buses we wanted to strip were all crushed and sold for scrap. However he had pile of parts for us to look through. We got plenty greasy and hot working on those parts! It was a blessing to have everything in a pile instead of having to jack up the bus to get to everything.
So we were in this little town called Hollandale, pop. 292. We took out our tools and started working on the trailer which hadn't been registered since 1988. There was a little park across the street and the kids enjoying playing there. The second day Bonnie got a speaker out and hooked it up to her laptop and we enjoyed bluegrass and other selections (mostly country!) while we worked under the hot sun. This is where it gets good. The mom of the man we were buying this stuff from overheard a conversation at the local cafe; 'Did you see that bus out there? It's full of gypsies!' LOL!!! Hummm....I don't remember wearing gold hoop earrings or big bright colored skirts! Bonnie was wearing a bandana for a while and I do remember playing violin but it was inside the bus. Last fall trip someone thought Peter and I were adopted from Cuba. I guess we keep people guessing...lol. Anyway, I think we made quite the impression on the town! A lot of people kept driving by slowly and staring. One guy stopped and asked where we were going from there. He said he was just nosy.
We sang on Wednesday night and the Carsons came to see us!
We met them on this last fall trip. We were at their house on Friday and Saturday. They laid out a wonderful supper for us!
The boys started chasing chickens just as soon as the bus was hooked up. It was quite funny. After supper the kid all wanted to hold chickens and one of our young hostesses comment 'that's what happens when you have a bunch of city kids'. I suppose we are 'city kids' in a way. :-) But the chickens were sooo cute!
This rooster wanted to have his picture taken I think. He just stood there until I was done.
So anyway, except for the beaks and claws they look cuddly! Most of them at least. There was one who was following me around for a bit. They said it wasn't good to show it much attention because it would get pecked. :-( Aww, poor chickie,,, The Carsons fed us fresh veggies from their BIG garden. Thank you so much for your hospitality Carson family! That was a great place to unwind a little. We enjoyed our visit!
The kids played chess and even dad got involved. :-)
Charity and Bethany played piano and violin for me and Bonnie gave trumpet and guitar pointers. She also gave a yodeling class. : D
Saturday afternoon was very, very hot! The kinda hot you think you're living in a dryer. They said it was the second warmest day of the year for Iowa. We prayed for good weather for the outdoor concert that evening and even though is was one of THE warmest concerts we've even done we had a great turn out! The mayor of Ackley introduced us; it's not every day we get a mayor for an emcee!
A church brought families from their 'family camp' and we had a nice time of fellowship over ice cream cones thanks to the Bell family. The Bells invited us to park by their house in Waterloo for the night. They fed us a lovely breakfast and we had some interesting conversation. They followed us over to the Salvation Army church Sunday morning and had lunch with us. :-) If you're reading this guys....thanks for your hospitality! We appreciate you all!
The Bells and us on Sunday.
There is something about building bandstands pointed west...is it tradition to have the sun in the musicians eyes? Maybe it's so the audience doesn't have to look into the sun??
I got the tripod out for this one and I took about, well, a lot of pictures to get a few 'good' ones, meaning not blurry!
I hope I have all the pictures in the right places...I can't get them to load on the preview!
God bless you all and have a great week!
We're on the the way to Kentucky this week, Lord willing.