We’re down to 4 days left here in Hot Springs Village in Arkansas. Jodi and I both are ready to move on. It’s been nice being in a quiet place, but now the silence is getting unnerving. It also takes a while to get to civilization.
I think a stay here would be better if it stayed under 2 weeks. That would be enough time to decompress without starting to feel like we’re somewhere near Deliverance territory. But, as Jodi and I have agreed, we can live anywhere for a month. So, all in all we’re still having fun.
We drove into Little Rock for dinner yesterday evening. When we go back, we found the dreaded red tag on our trailer. It appears that one of our neighbors, most likely the one next door, has taken exception to the trailer being parked in the driveway and called whoever handles neighborhood complaints.
We don’t think that the area normally passes out violation notices, because whoever delivered the notice wrote that a neighbor filed a complaint. The notice said we have 72 hours to move it or start getting daily fines. It works out well because we’ll be leaving just after the 72 hour deadline. So, we called and left a message with the guy who left the tag and let him know we’d be leaving soon. Hopefully that will be satisfactory and we won’t have to try to get the trailer into the garage or elsewhere for a day before we bring it back to pack it and leave.
On a side note, we watched a coyote trot by the house a few days ago. You don’t see that everyday.
We’ve got a couple of days left here in The Villages. We’ve really liked it here, but we’re ready to move on.
It’s been incredibly hot and humid for most of this month. Judging from what the weather says, Arkansas is going to be like Alaska compared to the weather we’ve had here recently.
As usual I’m fighting move anxiety and Jodi’s completely calm. For some reason, it’s stuck in my head that moving means a lot of work and stress. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Our trailer is still the same size as always, 5×8. There’s only so much to be done when you’re filling such a small trailer.
Jodi tried to find us a dog friendly hotel with ground floor entrance, or someplace similar to stay overnight. This would have made the trip much easier since it’s about a 14 hour drive. As it stands right now, we’ll be driving straight through. Oh well. We’ve both driven further without stopping.
So, that’s it for now. Life goes on as usual.
This tiny Kermit wanna be was on the front porch wall last night.
We’re still in The Villages in Florida. This morning I was driving our golf cart back from the post office. I was stopped and waiting to make a left hand turn into our neighborhood. One oncoming car passed and then I saw something that made me do a double take.
The next car in line, a new model Buick, being driven by what appeared to be a lady in her 60’s. The problem was that she was driving her Buick on the sidewalk. She drove there for a couple hundred feet or so and then swerved back onto the road and kept going. Luckily, there were no pedestrians or golf carts in her path.
The driver of a car stopped on the side road and I looked at each other, shook our heads and went on with our day. I think I need a hat with rear view mirrors on it so I can stay safe on the sidewalks.
1998–2002 Buick Park Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is just fun to be able to drive a golf cart wherever you need to go within The Villages. Take today for example. I needed to pick up some rental papers from the main rental office in Lake Sumter Village. According to The Villages GPS app, it’s a 5 mile drive via golf cart.
It was about 10am or so and I had been out with the dogs and it wasn’t too hot. So I made the choice to drive the golf cart over. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead for the second half of my mission. It was a very comfortable and pleasant drive over. One of those days when everything just seems to be right. I got my business done at the sales office, had lunch at Panera Bread and then headed back home.
As I said before, the weather on the trip to Lake Sumter was very nice. The weather on the way back was similar to what I would imagine hell feels like. Even with the heat though, it was still fun. Plus, environmentally speaking, I’m sure I saved a penguin or something by driving the cart instead of the car. Actually, a polar bear probably ate the penguin that I may have saved, so all of my efforts were for nothing.
Oh well. If you ever come and stay at the Villages, make sure you have a golf cart. You’ll be glad you did.
It’s a busy night at Brownwood Square in the Villages. This is just one row of many golf carts.
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. Photographed in Mountain View, on August 26, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We’re back in the Villages and this new house includes a cool golf cart. It’s not as fast as the last one, but it definitely runs better.
Well, this is our last night in the house we rented in The Villages in Florida. The trailer is all packed except for what we need. We returned the rainbow golf cart. And the house has been cleaned.
Now we wait for tomorrow morning when we’ll drive a few hours to St. Simons Island in Georgia. Jodi has a work event there and then we’ll actually be coming right back to the Villages for another month. We’ll be in a different house this time though.
It looks like we’ll have much more of a view. The back yard looks out over the golf course. This next house also comes with a golf cart, so we won’t have to spend the extra money to rent one. Speaking of which, Jodi and I talked about it today and decided that it is definitely a good idea to have a golf cart if you’re staying here for any length of time. While you can get everywhere with a full size car, a golf cart is much more convenient and better on gas.
We spent some time today getting most things packed in the trailer and cleaning. We don’t have to clean, but we like to leave a good impression. So, there you have it. That’s our adventure for today from what I can remember.
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