Another Busy Day

 Posted by at 1:31 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 272014

Yesterday was another busy day for us. Do we ever have any other kind? Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.

We were up a little after 9 a.m., and after one of Terry’s delicious cinnamon rolls for breakfast and answering a lot of e-mails, we drove sixteen miles to Clermont to buy enough postage stamps to cover every inch of the inside and outside of our motorhome. All these will be affixed to envelopes so we can mail out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal on Monday.

I was surprised at how busy the post office was; there was a line out to the door and only two clerks working. But it moved right along without too much delay. I had called ahead to be sure they had the stamps on hand, and once we made it to the counter it should have been a quick and easy process to pay for them and get out the door. Unfortunately, we got the slow clerk and apparently she had failed any math class she may have ever taken. She couldn’t count the stamps and finally, after a couple of failed attempts she handed them all to Terry and told her to count them.

When we finally got that all done and left the post office, we drove a couple of blocks down to Lake Minneola, a massive body of water with a park, fishing pier, and boat ramp located on the shore.

In past visits to Clermont we had seen a small collection of buildings with a sign identifying them as the Historic Village and tried to stop a couple of times, but it was always closed. Yesterday there were several people there, so we stopped to check it out.

Village sign

This was another one of the hidden gems we are constantly discovering in small towns and big cities from coast to coast. The village includes a World War II museum housed in a modified Quonset hut, a couple of early day homes, a one room school, and a library.

Wolrd War II Museum


There was even an outhouse, which was occupied!


We’ll have a story on Clermont’s Historic Village in an upcoming issue of the Gypsy Journal.

From there we visited a couple of thrift stores, where Terry occasionally finds good deals on yarn, craft supplies, and craft books. Then we stopped at Staples for some office supplies.

Heading back to the Thousands Trails, our final stop was at Publix for groceries and ice cream, which I really believe should have its own place on the Food Group Chart. This egret was standing on the roof of a car we parked next to and didn’t seem to care about us at all.

Egret on car small

Back at home, I dealt with the e-mails that had come in while we were out, then took a nap while Terry made dinner.

The rest of the weekend will be just as busy as we get all the envelopes stuffed, labeled, stamped, and ready to out Monday morning. And then Tuesday we have to move about 45 miles to the Three Flags Resort in Wildwood for two weeks. Someday things will slow down. Yes they will. Right?

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  6 Responses to “Another Busy Day”

  1. The picture of the old out-house brought back memories. Ours didn’t have corn cobs tho, we had the standby old Sears Roebuck catalogue. You could study it while attending to business and then put it to good use!

  2. Postal clerks are an interesting bunch. We have to go off the island to get to the nearest post office & there’s usually a line. One day, I was waiting in line with 6-7 other folks & one of the clerks started ranting about the government & about how maybe she would ‘take a 38 to Washington to give them a piece of [her] mind’. Woa. We all got real quiet. Someone must have called the Postmaster. She’s still there & sometimes when the line is out the door her face is red–like she’s going to explode. But she sticks to the script & has done alright. Maybe she started taking medication.

    I’m with you on the ice cream. We don’t eat dairy so I make coconut ice cream. There are lots of recipes online. I’m packing our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker in the trailer before we leave.

    Have a great day & WOW! Miss Terry–your recent shawl is even more beautiful than the last! You are very talented & have such a great eye for color!

  3. I’m assuming you meant hidden gems and not hidden germs LOL……..Just hadda do it

  4. Nick both ice cream and chocolate can be considered a vegetable, well at least chocolate and vanilla, they both come from beans. lol

  5. When you are in Wildwood, make sure you stop by the Russell Stover outlet store. For some reason, I have an idea they may have some goodies you like!

  6. While in the are I HIGHLY (and wistfully) recommend the German bakery Yalaha.

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