Sunday is usually our day to clean the house, but even now that we have two here, this chore is easily accomplished. When we saw a report on the TV about the Deland Artisan Fair, we put down our cleaning tools and jumped in the car to visit this attractive historic town surrounded by miles of green fields and cattle ranches. We could tell that in past times this was a place with a lot of money. The Opera House built in 1911 looked gorgeous and a classic vaudeville theater/cinema nicely restored. These days Deland looks lively with restaurants and boutiques. Its location an hour outside Orlando must draw a lot of tourists who have had enough of theme parks. The fair took over the down town and just about the time the heat and humidity had done us in, we had seen it all.
The next day we were visited by our niece and her husband on their way home to Charleston after taking a cruise that left from nearby Port Canaveral. All things being equal, I think I still prefer being out west to being here, but being in closer proximity to my Carolina family is a wonderful thing. Our new golf cart was up to the task of taking them on the official tour of The Great Outdoors and they seemed to be suitably impressed.
Ken has changed the locks on our new executive suite, putting in a keypad lock rather than the medieval kind where you must use a key. It was tricky getting a lock for the back door that uses the same key, but now we can give guests their own combos and not worry about losing keys. Ken has also installed an exterior light that comes on dimly at dusk and goes bright when it senses motion. As we go back and forth between the suite and the motor home at night, seeing where we are stepping is welcome.
Our mail-in ballots from home arrived. When I requested them, the county clerk was not sure they would be printed and mailed before we left the country. We always vote and this year it seems especially important. It felt so good to darken those ovals and do what we can to return our state to sanity.
We are leaving for Lisbon this weekend, starting the first of our back to back to back cruises. We packed suitcases for this part of the trip while we were still at home, but while we were still at home we were packing things for our visit to my sister, packing things to put in the executive suite, packing for golf/tennis/swimming in Florida and including clothing for later in the winter when it really does get cooler here. I knew I was going to forget something and we spent yesterday revisiting the contents of our suitcases and thinking about what was missing. On two recent trips I forgot my spare contact lenses and my engagement ring, items not easily replaced enroute. I was appalled and relieved to discover that this time I forgot my toiletry case where I have toothbrush, comb, deodorant type stuff. I spend the year accumulating exactly the right size of exactly the right stuff, which of course our local Walmart did not have, but I think I have reassembled a collection that will take me through. Easier done here than in Lisbon.