Preparing for our second visitors…Package issue solved…Photos ten years ago today…

The Sphinx…breathtaking!

With no new photos, since we’ve stayed in the past few days, today, we’re sharing some photos from ten years ago on this date. We’re busy getting ready for our overnight guests, friends Karen and Rich, who will spend only one night with us before they head out to drive to see Karen’s mom for the Mother’s Day weekend.

Due to previous work obligations, they won’t arrive until 6:00 pm, so we decided that eating would be better than heading out in the dark to dinner. We wanted to share a fantastic local town square with them, Brownwood, but it’s best to go when it’s light with the many outdoor activities.

Camels were everywhere—the more adorned, the safer the ride. We didn’t choose to partake with an air of caution, fearing injury putting an end to our travels.

Instead, Tom and I will head there on Saturday afternoon in plenty of time to enjoy the live music and outdoor activities winding down the evening, dining in one of the many restaurants in the area. At that point, we’ll have more local photos.

Getting snail mail here is a problem since we don’t have the key to the mailbox, and the owner said we should only use other delivery services other than USPS, such as Amazon Delivery, FedEx, or UPS. We ordered Crystal Light iced tea for Tom through Amazon but had no idea the package would arrive via the United States Postal Service.

When we received a text message the iced tea was delivered, and it wasn’t at the door, we realized it may have gone to the local post office for Fernandina. Looking online, we found the location of the little postal station for this village and took off on the golf cart around 3:30 pm, hoping the package was there.

A smaller sphinx at the Cairo Museum.

We couldn’t believe how many golf carts were on the roads, and this is going into the slow summer season with fewer people here. Many tourists and homeowners go to cooler locations during the summer months. But, based on our ongoing world travels, we seldom consider the weather when we’re visiting a new location. We simply can’t be assured of traveling during any ideal season.

Thank goodness we have an app that directs us to any address in The Villages that can be reached by golf cart. In about 10 minutes, we found the postal station, a small square building with all the mailboxes located on the outside of the building. There was staff inside the building, but notices were posted that said, “If you want to talk to someone inside, open your mailbox and talk through the mailbox to the staff.

Well, we didn’t have a key, but thank goodness there was a door. I told Tom I’d take care of this and opened the door shocking the two employees therein. They said, “You can’t be in here.”

King Ramses II, too heavy to stand up, viewed at the Cairo Museum.

I said,” I am looking for a package delivered less than an hour ago that won’t fit into a box and is in an Amazon box.”

The person insisted no such package had arrived. I pressed further. “I received a text stating it was delivered here.” She grumbled a little and finally began to search for the package and found it. She smiled apologetically as she confirmed my name and handed me the box. I thanked her profusely and headed out the door.

Had Tom gone in there, he wouldn’t have been as bossy as me and walked away empty-handed. He was thrilled to see me approaching the golf cart with the package. From now on, when we order supplies from Amazon, we will verify the delivery method used to ensure we receive the box at the house, which, up to this point, has worked well.

Children of all ages waved and smiled as our bus traveled along their roads


Back in the golf cart, we made our way back to the house when in no time at all, I started working on our dinner. We had a lovely dinner and evening, spent streaming a few shows using the HDMI cord attached to the TV and my laptop, which works well.

We both had a good night’s sleep and after our walk, I made breakfast and began chopping and dicing for tonight’s dinner for our guests, “Spicy Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli Stir Fry with Cashews” with white rice. Rather than spend hours in the kitchen, this is the only dish I am making for dinner. We have vanilla ice cream for dessert (and keto yogurt for me). Before they arrive, I’ll make a few snack-type items to serve during happy hour, such as fresh veggies and homemade dip.

This morning, we did laundry and cleaned the house. All we have left to do is Swiffer the floors before our guests arrive. We’re in good shape for tonight.

We’ll be back with more tomorrow.

Be well.

Photo from ten years ago today, May 11, 2013:

The Sphinx in Egypt is massive but not as huge as expected. For more photos, please click here.

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