Spring Flowers and Another Project
Berlin, OH - Events of Friday, May 13 to Wednesday, May 19, 2016
We have been enjoying spring here in Amish country. Tulips are up, the Amish are out in the fields plowing and many of the local stores have flowers and plants for sale. Last year, we got a beautiful pot of flowers from Hershberger's Farm Market, so we wanted more flowers to dress up our site again this year. We looked at a couple of other places on our travels around the area, then headed to Hershberger's last Friday.
With so many to choose from, it took us quite a while to decide what basket we wanted. We eventually ended up with petunias mixed with verbena.
When Lora and J. Michael bought their travel trailer several years ago, they didn't order the optional bedroom TV because they didn't really need it at the time. Now that they have Lydia, who goes to bed early and who sleeps in a portable crib in the living/dining area when they go camping, Lora and J. Michael retreat to the bedroom. Therefore, the addition of a TV in the bedroom would be a welcomed asset.
On our last couple of visits to Pittsburgh, Paul took measurements in the bedroom of their trailer and subsequently did some research online into TVs and mounting brackets. Lora and J. Michael decided to go with a TV/DVD combo because they frequently like to watch movies on DVD in the evening when they are camping, and they don't have room anywhere in the bedroom for a separate DVD player.
Both the TV and mounting bracket were ordered online. They both came in late last week, so we scheduled a trip to Pittsburgh on Wednesday so Paul could work on the installation.
Grammy watched Lydia while Lora went grocery shopping and while Paul installed the TV. Margery took time out from playing with Lydia to snap a photo.
Meanwhile, Paul got busy with the installation of the TV. Fortunately, Forest River (the manufacturer of the travel trailer) put an aluminum plate in the wall for the attachment screws for a TV mounting bracket. There was a sticker on the wall saying "mount TV here" when Lora and J. Michael first got the trailer, but the sticker has since been removed. Fortunately, Lora remembered about where it was, and Paul was able to locate the plate with a stud finder.
It was a little scary drilling holes in the wall of someone else's trailer, but Paul started with a tiny drill bit just in case he had misidentified the location of the aluminum plate. As the drill bit went into the wall, silver chips came out indicating success at hitting the plate. Paul successfully drilled the other three holes and installed the mounting bracket.
After a trip to the hardware to get longer screws to attach the mounting plate to the back of the TV, Paul was able to marry the TV itself to the bracket.
The TV isn't very heavy, but just to be safe, we decided it would be better to detach the TV for travel leaving just the bracket on the wall. J. Michael was at work, so Paul explained to Lora how everything is attached so she could teach J. Michael.
A while back, we got a coupon from Bahama Breeze for $10 off a $30 purchase. Since there is a Bahama Breeze only about 10 minutes from Lora and J. Michael's house and since the coupon was about to expire, we planned to go there for dinner before heading back to Ohio.
Bahama Breeze has Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays with discounted drinks and half-price appetizers, so we all had appetizers for our dinner. After dinner, we had a Chocolate Island for dessert. Lydia liked the Chocolate Island so much, she attacked it with two forks.
After our dinner, we said our good-byes before heading back to Ohio. In the next photo, Lydia is about to get what we call a "sandwich kiss" from Grammy and Poppy.
We got back to Scenic Hills just in time to catch a glimpse of the setting sun peeking under a bank of clouds.
Stay tuned for our next update.