Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Yet Another Project
Bushnell, FL - Events of Thursday, November 13 to Sunday, November 16, 2014
On Thursday, we decided to drive down to the Tampa area to do a little shopping. Since we had gone that far, we thought it was worth driving a little farther after our shopping to get some clams at Anna Maria Oyster Bar near Bradenton. Anna Maria Oyster Bar is our second favorite place to get clams after the Ipswitch Clambake Co. in Ipswitch, MA.
Margery had cole slaw and onion straws with her clams, and Paul had slaw and red potatoes. Everything was yummy!
It looks like this will be the year of projects at Blueberry Hill. Paul likes to work on improvement projects, so we have come up with a number things we want to do to our site to make it more like home. Once our new 5th wheel arrives, we'll be spending a lot of time "nesting" and getting settled. We also will have a few projects in the new 5th wheel we want to work on before we leave Florida in the spring.
Speaking of our new 5th wheel, we got word assembly will start in early December. We also found out the new truck we ordered to tow the 5th wheel with was built and had been received at Colussy Chevrolet in Pittsburgh.
Colussy will keep the truck safe for us until we get there at Christmas time to pick it up. It looks like everything is falling into place for us to pick up the 5th wheel right after the first of the year.
With the workbench and the planting of some flowers and a new European fan palm completed, the next project Paul tackled was to put skirting around the bottom of the shed. Some people here at Blueberry Hill used lattice to dress up the bottom of their sheds, some used PVC soffit, and some used PVC mobile home skirting. We like the look of the mobile home skirting best, so Paul picked up the materials earlier in the week at Pat's Sales in nearby Leesburg.
The first step was to nail the backing for the top strip to the shed.
The next step was to install a bottom channel on the ground. Paul used asphalt roofing material under the bottom channel to prevent grass and weeds from growing close to the skirting because weed whacking can chip holes in the PVC. The bottom channel is held down with long, thin, galvanized nails.
Step 3 was to cut vertical strips of skirting and fit them all the way around the shed. Corner pieces are scored in the backside with a knife and then bent to 90º. The bottom of the skirting rests in the U-shaped channel on the ground, and the edges interlock with the neighboring pieces.
The final step was to snap on the outer trim strip to cover the tops of the vertical pieces of skirting. The vertical pieces of skirting just float between the top strip and the bottom channel. That way they won't buckle due to temperature changes or due to settling of the shed.
We like the appearance of the skirting because it gives the shed a more finished look. The skirting is vented to allow air to circulate to prevent excessive moisture buildup, and it also helps keep "critters" from taking up residence under the shed.
Paul finished up fitting the final pieces of trim around the step of the shed on Saturday. After church on Sunday, we relaxed and watched the final NASCAR race of the season.
We didn't have any firm plans for the following week, but we probably won't sit still for long. Look for our next post to see what we found to do.