Happy July greetings! It’s another day and the title was another play on words. I’m been busy today working on the home base. With lots of rain this year as well as some neighborhood drainage problems there have been problems with the skirting under the mobile home. The city, county, and trailer park can’t seem to agree on who is to blame so for now it’s a matter of fixing things cosmetically as my home sinks into the mud.
My buddy Harold, a retired military friend, came from a neighboring town to help today. We took off about 30 feet of skirting to begin assessing how to fix the problems.
The bottom rail of the skirting is fastened to treated 2×4 boards. The boards had shifted quite a bit, generally rolling and sliding underneath the home. Harold and I re-positioned the boards so the skirting would be perpendicular to the ground. I cut pieces of 3/4″ metal conduit and drove them into the ground to prevent the wood pieces from further shifting forward.
After each panel was removed, I inspected them, measured, and trimmed off a few inches to compensate for the ground settling and future frost heave. Some pieces needed replaced from new stock. Incidentally, the best way I’ve found to cut each panel to size is by using a fine tooth circular saw blade with the blade turned backwards on the saw. It made the arduous job much easier.
Partway through the job we needed to take a break for lunch (on me, of course). Harold and I drove for 15 miles only to find a favorite bar/grill is closed on Mondays. The other one we chose was closed between 2PM and 5PM. Instead we ended up dining on taco salads at an Anamosa restaurant just 4 blocks from home… and still had fun! I told him next time we would just go there first! 🙂
Today’s endeavor was the worst of the skirting repairs that needed accomplished. The rest are localized areas that will be done bit by bit through the summer months. I had been primed for fishing today but things took too long, although it sure felt good to have this project wrapped up and scratched off the list. For those who are familiar with a TV show called “Trailer Park Boys” it’s good not to have “Mr. Lahey” (trailer court manager) mad at you for not keeping up with maintenance..
Things are going well and I’m feeling a lot better these days, helped by maintaining healthy habits. Part of it is a result of meeting that colorful and sassy retired nurse… a person whose stern words have kept me on track. Recently I came across a picture of Madame Flowers, a mannequin who even had her own TV show around 40 years ago. She reminded me of the nurse in both appearance and feisty spirit.
One of the blessings that came from the hospital stay has been that it has been possible to eat much better and enjoy fresher foods. The sandwich below used smoked turkey, white cheddar cheese, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and an unusual ingredient I am now using with more frequency – Caesar dressing! I love it because you get the fat + the saltiness (something that can be enjoyed in moderation). What a fun discovery… all the while keeping the blood sugars at bay.
I also came up with a burger concoction that has worked out well for tasty but low fat sandwiches that fast food just cannot compete with. I’ll be posting that recipe in the future.
The camping outing that was supposed to happen today got put off. The next plan is to see the fireworks on the 4th and maybe do a blog post then… after a little fishing somewhere. There will be pictures!
Have a happy 4th of July everyone and thanks for following along! Thank you to the many servicemen and woman for helping us stay free and safe in this country. Safe and happy holiday travels!
Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa
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