John is barely visible in a photo taken in the Milwaukee Shops. Hogging the picture is a Great Northern Steam Engine which ran out of Sioux City, Iowa. John enjoyed talking to two volunteers at the museum.
We went to church in South Dakota. It was a Lutheran Church of the Reformation, and we think it’s an association of Lutheran churches of which we know nothing. They used the hymnal we used to have, and the service was our favorite. The small church had active members, and I could also say the active church had small members – lots of children. The children were well-behaved. How I wish I could have taken a photo of one boy! He was nonchalantly barefooted. I laughed to myself when I saw that, because John was not approving the jeans I was going to wear. My black slacks were missing for several days, and I thought I might have left them in a motel. John found them yesterday, along with his missing socks and underwear, in a bag of laundry. He washed last night, so I was presentable to go to church.
At the church, there was another young boy who was chewing gum. As the teenager passed the offering plate in front of him, he pulled the gum out of his mouth and pretended to put it in the plate! I was glad he didn’t drop it.
Blogger friend Susie asked about the states we have been in. That’s John’s department, so I asked him to rattle them off, which he did – easily. We have one more to go, our 13th. John’s list is North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, and Indiana.
Somewhere in Nebraska I went to the restroom at a gas station. The stalls all had the same fixtures, but I was in a hurry and did not have time to read instructions.
I’m sure my face registered surprise when the seat was hot. Thankfully, there was a sign right in front of my nose to explain that. The day was hot, so I didn’t find a hot toilet seat to be particularly comforting.
The instructions for using the bidet were on the door. Wouldn’t you love to see the reaction of settlers going across this area in covered wagons if they saw that sign??