After a weekend of nonstop work, Terry finished stuffing the last of the envelopes yesterday evening and this morning the new issue of the Gypsy Journal will be in the mail. We’re disappointed in the print job this time around, and I apologize in advance. Usually our printer in Allegan, Michigan does a good job, but ever so often things go awry for some reason. We’ve used newspaper printers all over the country over the years and it happens anywhere you go. It’s one of the hassles with a print publication. Why don’t you all switch to the digital issue and make all of our lives easier?
I told Terry she deserved dinner out after all that work, so when the last tub of envelopes was loaded into the back of the Explorer, we drove a few miles north to San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant. Located in a Publix shopping center a few miles from Clermont, it’s Terry’s favorite Mexican restaurant in this part of the country.
Unfortunately, when we got there the place was packed and there was live music playing. Not exactly conducive to the quiet dinner Terry wanted. When we found out the wait was going to be close to half an hour, Terry said she would just as soon drive a few more miles into town and have dinner at Green Garden, which is our favorite Chinese restaurant in Florida. It was busy but not nearly as hectic, and we had a nice dinner. This was probably our last time there this year, since we’ll be leaving the Clermont area Tuesday. We’ll miss it.
We’ll also miss these neighbors, though they do get a trifle noisy now and then. There are a lot of Sandhill cranes in this part of the country. They stand three feet tall and sometimes even more, and have a wingspan of up to seven feet. Yeah, big birds for sure.
There are also a lot of these guys. This is a gopher tortoise. They are big, surprisingly fast moving creatures that borrow underground and have a lifespan of over 70 years. The campground has quite a few tortoise holes with wooden markers to protect the animals and to keep people from stepping into them.
A couple of days ago our pal Jean Damon stopped off a pan of cinnamon flan that was creamy and delicious. It didn’t last long at our place! Thanks Jean.
Congratulations to Barry Crocker, winner of our Gypsy Journal drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 141 entries this time around. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Stop arguing about who’s going to wear the pants in your relationship. Relationships work best when nobody wears any pants.