Miss Terry worked her magic again this week, and as of this morning, the newest issue of the Gypsy Journal is moving through the mail toward their eagerly waiting subscribers. Now it is, officially, playing time! 🙂
Well, if playing includes trying to finish the sequel to Big Lake by the end of the month, working on the schedule for our Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally, blogging, and filling orders as they come in. But I have it easy. Poor Terry has to to clean up after me, cook for me, clean up after I eat, and keep me from getting into trouble, which is way too easy for me to do.
Yesterday morning, Lenny Thomas stopped by to drop off some fresh bagels he had picked up for us at a place in Kissimmee called A Roll With A Hole Bagels and Ice Cream. Terry heated us each one in her new toaster oven and served them with butter. Yummy! Thanks Lenny!
In the afternoon, we made a run to the post office to drop off several bins of envelopes, and then to the UPS Store to send off the boxes of papers that go to the various mail forwarding services that many of our RVing subscribers use. We got to chatting with the lady behind the counter, and as it turns out, her cousin and her husband are RV snowbirds who are spending part of the winter nearby, so we gave her a copy of the paper to take to them.
Back at the campground, I stretched out on the couch for a quick nap, that lasted well over an hour. As a kid I hated them, but I have come to value naps as I get older. They are like taking a short vacation from life.
Part of the reason I needed a nap (besides my innate laziness) is that the lady in the motorhome parked behind us has three or four (or maybe five very yappy little Chihuahuas that just love to make noise. If they see anything moving, they all go off in unison, and don’t stop until they run out of oxygen. And these aren’t dogs who just bark when the owner is away and unaware of it. The other day she was sitting outside with them and they barked and barked at everything that moved, and it didn’t seem to bother her at all.
We have been taking advantage of the nice weather to sleep with our windows open, and yesterday morning about 6 a.m. they serenaded me awake. I love dogs, but I hate undisciplined noisemakers, and I’m not too fond of their owners either. I eventually got back to sleep, after grumbling for an hour or so. Yesterday I stopped at the office to complain, and they said they would handle it. I’m really becoming a grouchy old fart, huh?
Back in October, my buddy Greg White wrote a blog post titled Buns and Bays, in which he talked about the Amazon Prime service, which is an Amazon program that gives you free Second Day shipping on everything you order. At about $80 a year, it’s not cheap, but if you order much from Amazon, it pays for itself quickly. And as Greg wrote in his blog, it’s fantastic for RVers, because anything you order gets delivered to your campground quickly, so you can coordinate your Amazon orders and your travel schedule.
They had a free 30 day trial on Prime, so we decided give it a shot, and it has already paid for itself in savings over retail prices, as well as shipping costs, between a couple of orders we have placed for ourselves, and Christmas presents we sent to Arizona.
And it’s really convenient to get items so fast! Even though I do most of my reading on my Kindle these days, I still buy a number of reference books in printed format, and I have found that if I come across a book in a bookstore and like it, I can use my Droid to find it online at Amazon, and usually save a bunch of money. Now, with Prime, it’s at the campground in two days. Way cool!
Thought For The Day – When scientists eventually discover the center of the universe, a lot of people are going to be disappointed to learn that it’s not them.