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Published: January 31st 2018
Clumping Up. Looks like I’ve let things get ahead of ourselves......or maybe behind ourselves.....whatever. Time to get everything in order and some semblance before we don’t know whether we are coming or going. Been there....done that! Haven’t we?
Going - Actually, Gone. Last Saturday, we sailed off to a place we had added to the bucket list for this year. After a lengthy drive, we ended up at Yalaha. Yes, Yalaha, Florida. How many of you have been here or even heard of this place? I bet not too many. It’s a fun place to say, anyway. Ya - La- Ha. Ya - La - Ha. Ya - La - Ha. Okay, that’s enough fun! It isn’t a large metropolis by any means. Under TripAdvisor, it listed three things to see and do in Yalaha. The one that we heard about that drove us to this out of the way location was the Yalaha Bakery. Food is always a beacon for us. This fine bakery is a family owned business since 1995. It offers high quality German pastries and deli foods. You can enjoy live music on the weekend under the canopied trees. BUT, as we found out, not German
music that one might expect. No Oomph-Pa-Pa here. No Volksmusik. No Octoberfest frivolity and celebrating. No Schuhplattler.....Lulu was just as glad she had no dancing shoes to wear.....no feet. Instead, the three man band played a nice soft rock melody to dine by. Be prepared to take your time here. The service is slow because of the Disney- like line of folks ordering either from the deli and/or bakery. Each order was individually done....no mass production here. The mouth watering pastries truly got your juices flowing. Prices- you decide: I had a liverwurst sandwich on wheat bread with a pickle for $7.00. Unless you live somewhat close to this area, I’m not sure that you would want to travel the distance we did to get here. It was a good jaunt. Obviously, others made that choice because they had a steady crowd but I don’t know where they came from. A couple of ladies from “The Villages” spotted Lulu and wanted to know her history. She was more than thrilled to give them her full biography and pose with them for pictures. Such a show-off! If only she had hands.....she would be giving out autographs, too.
Yesterday took us
back to one of our favorite spots. First time this year. It involves some congested driving but it is so worth it. Cory has the route memorized. If you don’t know how to get here....you definitely need a GPS to find it. Where, you ask? We had lunch at Bar Harbor Seafood ...... remember this place? As with everything in this world, change happens. We always went on Monday or Tuesday for the lunch specials. Their fabulous lobster roll, French fries and coleslaw used to be $7.95. Now is it $10.95! Still quite reasonable but.....well, you know how it goes. Cory was happy. He got a grouper sandwich for $7.95. He loves grouper! He said it was very, very good. Sam got his usual fish & shrimp dinner and Sandy got grouper fish tacos. It looks like their specials may vary from time to time....week to week? I’m not sure. Things and prices have changed. Lulu was happy to be back on their outdoor picnic table again. She surveys what everyone gets to eat. Her jaw doesn’t move so she can only examine with her eyes the various sustenance. Sad but non-fattening. Before we left, Sandy and I each ordered
a large cooked lobster ($6.99) and 4 big crab cakes ($1.25 each) to take home. Yum! We’ll go back again....and again....and again.
Our actual mission yesterday was to go to Costco’s. Cory had his annual appointment there to have his hearing aides checked and updated. He bought them here a couple years ago.....one of the best things he ever did. Except now he says I’m yelling at him sometimes when we talk. REALLY? I’m just glad he can hear better and not miss out on things. Hearing Specialist Frank waited on him at the beginning and Frank is still taking care of him. He gave him another full hearing test and programmed his aides accordingly. Cory said they are just like new. GREAT! He highly recommends Costco for hearing aides and their service if so needed.....What? Huh? What? We both also bought our eyeglasses here. I think I told you before what a fantastic deal it was compared to what we were paying locally at home. No comparison! Not even close. We are extremely pleased with the quality glasses we both have at such reasonable prices. I had them adjust one nose pad for me.....easy, peasy. Just remember to
take a number or you will be there for hours.....they are very busy because they are very good!
Our day was still young so Sam suggested we go to the movies. That’s always good for us. There are some good movies to see. Before we knew it, we were at Disney Springs and their AMC Theater. First time this year going to Disney Springs. We were careful parking our car in their parking garage.....and I took pictures of our car once parked. Remember the terrible occurrence last year when some rotten scumbags tried to say we had parked and damaged their car here!!! We hadn’t, of course.....they were just committing insurance fraud. Fortunately, the insurance company agreed. We don’t know what repercussion they received but I hope it was jail time! Slap them up in the slammer. That’s what they deserve! And what do we all get? ....high insurance costs because of criminals like these. Disgusting!
Anyway, on a more positive note: we had a little time to kill before the start of the movie so we wandered around in the vicinity of the theater. No matter where you go at Disney Springs.....change is happening. A new Spanish
restaurant is being built across from the theater. Years and years ago, we used to come to this “free” Disney attraction. Then it was all called Lake Buena Vista Village. It included a few shops and restaurants to meander around. Look at it now! It is huge and still growing! Almost a world unto itself. Of course, my very most favorite part of this awesome world is at the Earl of Sandwich - their tuna melt. Mmmmm......soooooo good! Looking forward to this tasty treat one of these days. Try it, you’ll like it! I love it!
The movie we saw was Hostiles (kind of a Western). Cory and I liked it. Fortunately it wasn’t as gory as I thought it might be. Whew! Of course, I always feel bad for the horses. I still can’t comprehend how, when the West was being explored, they traveled the thousands of miles they did. AND all while carrying either a person or some sort of load. Bless their hearts!
Our activities haven’t ended. Don’t get too comfy in your recliner. There’s more yet to do and share but that’s for another day. It’s always better to have something good to look
forward to (how do I not end that sentence with a preposition? Tell me).
I hope each of you are looking up at the sky tonight with us and able to see that fantastic super blue blood moon. What a sight! Know we are all gazing together at it in awe and reverence and admiration....no matter our stomping ground. It’s a small world with a beautiful moon. Don’t you agree?
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