Daily Archives: August 6, 2015

Some lessons learned:

If I were to ask you to define a perfect vacation home, how would you answer?

What if you would be in that home for 4-6 weeks with 2 dogs?

But what if you weren’t living out of suitcases and everything you own is along for the ride, as well?

That’s a hard question to answer until you’ve had a chance to give it a try. We are now 8 months into this new way of living and these are a few things we look for:

King Size Bed:

We have two dogs that sleep with us. We cannot do Queen size beds! It just doesn’t work. No sleep is had by the humans.

Single Level Homes:

Sometimes this is a challenge but I try my best to find homes with the least amount of stairs. When I see a two story home, I see the house above. Imagine carrying all of your belongings up several flights of stairs for a month’s stay. Blech! Just NO!

Must be a House:

While there are many beautiful apartments, condos, and townhomes, I only book homes. We have dogs and it’s just easier. Plus, the Beagle is a screamer. He just can’t help himself!

Close Proximity to Airport:

I still have to fly for work, sometimes. With our new lifestyle, I fly much less but it’s still necessary from time to time and I refuse to drive two hours to an airport.

Washer and Dryer:

Because DUH!

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Still trying to figure out mail in the Villages

During our travels we have had our mail delivered or packages we’ve ordered sent to whatever address we were living at.  It’s never been a problem until we arrived at The Villages.  Most of the time we depend on Fedex to get our stuff to where it needs to be.

But recently we’ve run into delivery glitches that we haven’t found a solution to yet.  In The Villages the mail doesn’t get directly delivered to any house.  There are banks of mailboxes at different locations for different neighborhoods.  Unfortunately, a key to a mail box does not come with the house.  That means if we want to receive something while we’re in the Villages, it has to come directly to our house via Fedex, UPS, etc.

One of the main glitches we’ve started running into is with our orders from Amazon.  We order some of our everyday household type things from Amazon.  With a prime account, our deliveries from them used to always come from Fedex.  Recently though, many of our orders have started with Fedex and then been handed off to USPS.  Once it gets handed off to USPS I can no longer track it with any accuracy and it won’t come to our house.

Jodi was able to speak to the mail person at the nearest pile of mailboxes and she took our info in case anything ended up there.  But, it’s still an unreliable way to function.  I’m guessing that Fedex has started giving business to USPS because of some government pressure, but it sucks because of their unreliable nature.

We’ll keep working on a solution that works for the time we’re here.  Maybe we’ll just refrain from any online orders until we move on.


English: A typical FedEx Ground truck. Photogr...

English: A typical FedEx Ground truck. Photographed in Mountain View, on August 26, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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