Tuesday, December 16, 2008


This morning the post office line was short so I bopped in to mail a Christmas card to Dillon in South Korea. This close to the deadline for Christmas everyone is standing in long, long lines (you know, the kind that go clear out the door) to send packages to far away loved ones. Anyway, I digress. There were very few cars in the parking lot so I veered in and ran in the door ahead of the people that pulled in behind me. Only 2 ladies were ahead of me in line. Whoppee!! I could mail my card to Dillon. I had no idea how much it was going to cost but I stood patiently while the two white haired ladies sent their precious gifts to their children and grandchildren. An employee came up to the empty window and asked if he could help me. I held out my pretty red envelope, braced myself for the bad news, and told him that I needed to send it to South Korea. With a sweet smile he said, "42 cents, please." I gasped and said, "Is that all?" "That's it." he said. "Any APO addresses are only 42 cents".
So if any of you out there have an extra card and any regular 42cent stamps left and would like to make a lonely soldier happy - here is Dillon's address.
Pvt. Blimes, James D.
Camp Casey
South Korea
Unit #15077 Box 355
APO AP96224-5077

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's An Offer!

After looking at a kazillion houses in Southern Florida (well, at least 35) we have decided to leap out into the darkness and put a contract on a new home. Yes, we love our little house in Dell Lake Village but this is something we are going to do because we can (and a nice, new, really big house sounds like fun to me). This house is in Lehigh Acres. For those of you who have never heard of Lehigh Acres - it is a rather large area of newer homes that sprang up around a tiny town that was built out in the countryside near Ft. Myers in the 1950s. There are lots of spaces for homes but they did not all get built and the house we like is on the outskirts where the homes are few and far apart. Much of the forest area has been left so it looks like "old" Florida. This house has never been lived in. In fact I get to buy my own appliances and window treatments, how fun is that? I will let you know in a few days if the offer is accepted and how our buyer's remorse is going.