Bushnell, FL - Events of Wednesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 9, 2014
Building a workbench was another project Paul wanted to get done fairly early in our stay so it would be available to use should he need it for any future projects. Previously, he would work most of the time on the ground. Paul has good knees, but bending over for long periods is hard on the back.
After picking up materials for the workbench on a previous trip to Home Depot, Paul started the project on Wednesday. In the photo below, Paul clamped pieces of 2x4 together for the legs so he could cut them all at one time to be sure they end up the exact same length.
Paul assembled the frame for the top of the workbench upside down on the floor of the shed so the top would be nice and flat. After attaching the legs, he moved outside where there was a little more room and got ready to attach supports for the lower shelf.
All that remained was to attach the top and fit the lower shelf. The workbench isn't anything fancy, but it's nice and sturdy. It fits in the front corner of the shed so Paul can work inside on cool days over the winter or he can move the workbench outside if it's a warm day. Paul also installed a piece of pegboard for convenient tool storage.
Paul got the workbench completed just in time to get cleaned up and make it to OakWood Grill where we had previously made plans to meet friends of ours from our old church in Pittsburgh who live in The Villages. Since it was Wednesday, the ribs were specially priced at $13.99 for a full rack, so that's what everyone had. Not only were the ribs delicious, but we also had a good time visiting with old friends.
Paul took the Equinox to the local Chevy dealer for an oil change on Thursday morning, and we relaxed a bit in the afternoon. On Friday, we drove to Hobby Lobby in Ocala for some craft supplies for Christmas projects, and we made several additional stops on our way back including one at Kohl's. When we got back after shopping, we placed the Kohl's bag on the bed as we frequently do to put the contents away later.
Freeway always likes to snoop in the bags when we come back from shopping, and this time was no exception in spite of the fact we always warn him to stay out. Margery was working on dinner, and Paul was napping when Freeway suddenly bounded off the bed and came flying to the front of the motor home. It seems he was snooping in the rather large Kohl's bag and got his head stuck in the handle. When he moved, the bag also moved, so he panicked and ran. Of course, the bag followed him. When he got to where we were, he stopped short and looked at us pleadingly as if to say, "I know I was a bad boy, but I need help."
After we untangled Freeway, he was happy to be free; but we doubt if he learned his lesson. We know he will continue to nose around our shopping bags every chance he gets.
We left space in our landscaping to add some flowers for color, and we picked some up on Saturday at Lowe's. We planted pansies by the shed and ornamental kale and snapdragons in the larger space near the palm tree. Those are all fairly cold hardy and should survive when the weather cools off in December and January. The plants don't look like much yet, but we'll have more photos later when they get established and fill out more.
Except for planting the flowers and going to church on Sunday, we relaxed the rest of the weekend. Paul had yet another project planned for the following week, so stay tuned.