Running Here and There
Wauchula, FL - Events of Wednesday, March 14 to Friday, March 23, 2018
Right after we ordered the park model last fall, we started doing research into what kind of furniture we wanted to get. We looked at furniture online, and we stopped at a number of new and used furniture stores looking for ideas. Over time, we began to zero in on preferences for some of the major pieces we needed. With the delivery of the park model now only a short time away, we are finalizing our selections and setting delivery or pickup dates for larger furniture items we had previously ordered, plus we're buying some of the many miscellaneous items we will need. Paul also decided to design and build a pedestal bed and an end table himself. The bed is done, but we have been running around buying materials and hardware for the table.
Several weeks ago while following up on earlier research on TVs, we noticed that the model TV in the size we had been thinking about for the living room was discounted more than the other sizes of the same model at Best Buy. Then about two weeks ago we noticed the TV we were considering was no longer in stock at many Best Buy locations indicating the probable reason for the lower-than-usual price was that size was being discontinued. We checked online and found a few were available at the Best Buy store in Sarasota so we ordered one online and drove down to pick it up several days later.
On our way to Sarasota to pick up the TV, we stopped at a nursery in nearby Arcadia. Bougainvillea is a flowering shrub, but most varieties of bougainvillea get much too big for our small site at the Co-op. Paul recently learned about a variety of dwarf bougainvillea called 'Helen Johnson' that only gets 3 feet tall. Margery did some research and found a nursery in Arcadia that specializes in Helen Johnson bougainvillea so we stopped and picked one up for only $8.
From the nursery, it was on to Best Buy to get the TV. Afterward, we stopped at Der Dutchman in Sarasota for lupper. Der Dutchman is our favorite restaurant in Ohio's Amish Country, and the one in Sarasota is part of the same chain of 5 or 6 restaurants. This restaurant is located the Pinecraft section of Sarasota, which is an area where Amish and Mennonites from all over the country come in winter.
We both had the salad bar ($9.29), which in addition to salad and all the fixin's, also includes things like ham salad, chicken salad, pasta salad, cottage cheese, two types of bean salad, and more.
Because we used to frequently visit the Pennsylvania Dutch area in eastern Pennsylvania in our younger years, we grew fond of shoo-fly pie. Shoo-fly pie, which has a molasses-based filling, is popular mainly in eastern Pennsylvania so when we started going to Amish Country in Ohio we were disappointed we couldn't find shoo-fly pie anywhere.
Much to our surprise, Der Dutchman in Sarasota had shoo-fly pie on the menu the day we were there. Since Amish and Mennonites from Pennsylvania are among those who visit Sarasota, there apparently is a demand for it here in Florida. We were tempted to have a slice for dessert, but since we were too full from the all-you-can-eat salad bar, we instead stopped in the restaurant's bakery on our way out and bought a whole pie to take home. We had some later that evening and over the next several evenings. It was yummy smothered in whipped cream!
On Friday, March 16 we were running errands in Sebring so we planned to stop at Dee's Place for a late lunch. Sebring is famous for its annual 12-hour endurance race for sports cars, and it happened to be race weekend. We also happened to be listening to the Sebring radio station while we were driving, and they mentioned a number of vintage race cars would be parked around the traffic circle in downtown Sebring from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
When we were first married, we belonged to a sports car club, and we followed Formula 1 racing and sports car racing. Therefore, since Dee's was only a block from the downtown traffic circle we decided we would walk down after our lunch of delicious, half-pound burgers to check out the cars and experience a bit of nostalgia.
There were more errands to run over the following week. The compact, stackable washer and dryer we were interested in were on sale at Lowe's so we stopped to order them. We also opened up a Lowe's charge account because it gives a 5% discount on all Lowe's purchases, which is better than the 2% cash back we get on our Visa rewards card, especially on such a large purchase.
We had previously gone to a lumber store in Lakeland to pick up some maple boards for the pedestal bed project. Paul thought he also bought enough for the end table, but a last minute change in the design meant the pieces he had left from the bed were just a little bit too small. Therefore, we headed back to Lakeland early last Friday morning to get more maple. The reason we went early was so we could stop at Fred's Market Restaurant for their breakfast buffet. We went to Fred's shortly after we first arrived in Florida last October for the lunch buffet, and we have been wanting to go for breakfast ever since.
Fred's all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is $7.97, and they also have a one-trip plate for $5.97. The price is very reasonable considering all they have on the buffet. There are scrambled eggs, cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon, link sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, hash browns, cheesy hash brown casserole, fried chicken, chicken-fried pork chops, fried green tomatoes, cinnamon rolls, muffins, many kinds of fresh fruit, cereal, and more. The food was excellent. It was all fresh and delicious.
The breakfast buffet is only served until 10:30. We didn't arrive until 10:00 because we had to take a detour due to a road closure, and then we were delayed even more with road construction on the detour. Fortunately for us, however, they kept bringing out fresh supplies of food right up until 10:30, and they didn't actually start taking food away to get ready for lunch until about 10:40 so we had plenty of time to eat our fill.
From Fred's, it was on the the hardwood lumber store then back to the Co-op where Paul got to work on the table. We'll have more on that in an upcoming post.