Errands and Eats
Wauchula, FL - Events of Friday, December 9 to Thursday, December 15, 2016
On Friday, we had some errands to run over in Bradenton, which is about an hour to the west. Anna Maria Oyster Bar has several locations in the Bradenton area, one which is farther north near Ellenton. That's the one we usually frequent because it is located right off I-75 and is easy to get to. However, our errands on Friday took us close to the Anna Maria restaurant near Cortez so we stopped there for lupper on the way back to Wauchula because Cortez our favorite Anna Maria location.
The reason the Anna Maria near Cortez is our favorite is because they have tables that have sand and seashells embedded in them.
We again had fried clam strips ($9). Margery had onion straws for her side ($1 extra), and Paul had red potatoes.
Paul had another small project recently that kept him busy for a couple of days. For quite some time we had been occasionally getting water dripping from under the front cap of the 5th wheel. The occurrence was somewhat random; but since most of the time the drips appeared after a rain, Paul figured rain was getting in somewhere. He made several attempts to re-caulk a number of spots on the roof, some areas along the side seams of the front cap and also around the dryer vent; but the random drips continued.
When water recently started to drip more frequently even when it wasn't raining, Paul started to think it might be coming from one of the water lines that goes to the washer instead of from rain intrusion. Unfortunately, the way the washer and dryer are installed in the front closet, you can't reach or even see the hookup valves or the hoses for the washer without removing the dryer, and you can't reach the screws that hold the dryer in place without first removing the washer. Since there was no easy way to get to the valves and piping for the washer to look for leaks, Paul decided to cut an access hole through the wall that separates the front closet from the compartment where the washer and dryer are located.
A week or so ago, Paul got out his hand-held jigsaw and cut a hole through the wall. With the new access, the shutoff valves are within easy reach.
Paul stuck his hand in and felt the hose connections for the washer and found the one for the hot water was wet. He tightened the connection with pliers, and we haven't had a drip since.
To finish off the access hole, Paul put wood strips around the perimeter of the hole between the layers of thin paneling that form the wall...
...then added a door to keep things in the closet from falling through the hole and ending up behind the washer.
On Tuesday, we had another errand to run in Avon Park which is about half an hour to our east and just north of Sebring. Margery had an appointment for a pedicure. Paul dropped her off and headed to Sebring to make a stop at Home Depot for some supplies he needed for another upcoming project.
Paul picked Margery up in Avon Park after her pedicure, then we headed back to Sebring for a late lunch at Dee's Place located in the downtown area. There is plenty of free on-street parking (we got a spot right in front) and a free public parking lot right next door.
Dee's Place serves good diner food at reasonable prices. They are open from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. (1 p.m. on Saturdays), and they are closed on Sunday. Lunch salads and sandwiches cost around $7. Regular burgers are $6.69 ($.40 extra for cheese), and he-man burgers (half pound) are only $.50 more. All sandwiches and burgers include your choice of fries, slaw, potato salad or macaroni salad. We both opted for he-man burgers with cheese and potato salad for our side. A half-pound burger is a big burger, but for only $.50 more we couldn't resist.
The burgers are all hand made and cooked to order. They were BIG, they were juicy, and they were delish! We'll definitely be going back to Dee's. After our late lunch, we headed back to the co-op to relax.
Paul put down vinyl flooring in the shed we had at Blueberry Hill to make it easier to sweep out the interior and keep it clean, and he wants to do the same thing to the new shed we just ordered for our co-op site. On Thursday, we headed out on another errand to Brandon, Florida, to check out the Lumber Liquidators store there. Lumber Liquidators sells discount flooring of all kinds including self-adhesive vinyl plank flooring, which Paul thinks will be easier to install than one-piece vinyl flooring he used for the shed we had at Blueberry Hill. We're not quite ready to buy the flooring yet, but we wanted to know what they had in stock so we will be ready to make our decision when we find out exactly when the shed will be delivered.
There are several Lumber Liquidator stores in the area, and the reason we chose to go to the one in Brandon is there is a Bahama Breeze located nearby. We had just gotten an email coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase at Bahama Breeze, so we decided to take advantage of it and stop for lupper after our visit to Lumber Liquidators.
The Bahama Breeze in Brandon is a small one, and it is located in Brandon Town Center Mall. The restaurant isn't at the outer perimeter of the mall like we thought it would be - it is right in front of the mall.
Going to a mall 10 days before Christmas probably wasn't the best choice because parking was hard to come by, especially for a long-bed, dually pickup truck. We finally found a space some distance from the restaurant and squeezed the truck into it. Thank heaven for folding mirrors.
We had an order of Firecracker Shrimp for an appetizer. Paul ordered a Cuban sandwich with a cup of Bahamian Seafood Chowder, and Margery ordered a Smothered Pulled Pork combo, which comes with a cup of soup (she also chose the chowder). The pulled pork is served with chunks of chorizo sausage atop a bed of fried, cheese-stuffed yucca balls and topped with caramelized onions, guava barbecue sauce and cheese.
The chowder was excellent. We shared the Cuban sandwich and the Smothered Pulled Pork, which were also yummy. We topped off the meal by sharing a Chocolate Island, which was also delish.
From Brandon, we headed back to the 5th wheel for an evening of TV. With the holidays coming up, things will be getting pretty busy so we probably won't have another post for a while.