Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Super (Moon) Week with Friends - New Carpet

We continue to explore the area around Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island and Stuart as a possible place to plant some roots some time in the future. The area meets many of the requirements we have in mind. It is close to the ocean and a lot of other waterways, there are plenty of recreational opportunities, many locally owned eateries, less traffic than other places in Florida and more reasonable home prices. We are not planning on buying at this time as we are still in the information gathering phase.
We found another great restaurant, Castaways. They offer over 60 beers and many fine wines. The food menu is fantastic with a great selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees all prepared to order.
We have been there twice and I opted for the wings and a great wheat IPA on our second visit. Another thing we like about the area is the friendliness of the people. Without fail, someone seated next to us strikes up a conversation. This is the best way to learn about the neighborhood and get the inside scoop.
When we leave here we are only moving 25 miles to be near Jupiter to spend the holidays with our friend Mary Lou. When we are there we always go to the Jupiter Jazz Societies' Sunday jam sessions at the Double Roads Tavern. We realized that the two Sundays we are going to be there are the holiday eves so there are no jam sessions, bummer.
We decided since it was not really that far away we would drive to Jupiter from Jensen Beach for the jam. As usual we were not disappointed. There were several great performers including many we remembered from our last visit two years ago.
Mary Lou, Nanc and I had a great evening of food, drink, conversation and music.
There is always an interesting variety of very talented people at the jams. They even got a little bit away from jazz with some great pop tunes. Sure happy we realized we needed to go to the jams from Jensen Beach or we would have missed one of our favorite things about this area of Florida.
WOW what a super moon. The clouds parted just enough so we could see the super moon over Florida. It's amazing how big it looked.
We got an email from Jean Paul and Celine, our amis from Quebec who we met at Betty's RV Park. They were a couple hours north of us in Orange City and wanted to check out the Ocean Breeze RV Park. We have seen them on the road many times including a visit to their home in Saint Omer on the Gaspe Peninsula. 
We had a great visit and lunch at Conchy Joe's, another interesting local eatery. We got caught up with all their travels and are looking forward to being with them at Betty's in February and March.
We (Nanc) has been on a mission to get new carpet in Opus for a couple years. We got estimates from Newmar and Duncan in Indiana and they were both around $6,000, way more than we paid to have our three-bedroom house done. We thought we could get it from a local WashPA shop, only to discover they no longer did RVs. Nanc found Syl Wagenti in Port Saint Lucie on Home Advisor. He does carpet in RVs and his price was a third of the other estimates we received.
Syl showed up with his helper on Wednesday and immediately went to work moving furniture, not an easy job in an RV and removing the old carpet. 
All the furniture stacked in the slide and the carpet out in the front of Opus.
People often said our carpet did not look too bad but when you see it rolled together you can see it was not only worn, but very faded.
You can see why some places want so much money to install carpet in an RV. It is a very small area that requires many cuts.
In the bedroom they just removed the carpet from around the bed, a major cost savings.
By the end of day one the new padding was down and the carpet was rough cut. It took Syl a long time to cut it so it fit properly along the front of the slide.
The job is finished and looking good.
He did a great job putting it in and as they say, happy wife, happy life.
But, look who was not happy when I was told I was to messy to eat supper where I might drop something on the new carpet and I had to eat sitting on the tiled floor:-)
It was not all fun and games here while new carpet was being installed and we could not be in our house for two days. Nanc and I took advantage of having to be outside and shined up Opus. 

We only have one more week here before moving 25 miles further south. Hopefully, it will warm up by then as a cold (cool) front just moved through and lowered the high temperature into the sixties with a couple days of lows in the forties.  BBBRRRR!!!! 


Doing It On the Road(Part II) said...

Renita makes me sit outside...

Debra Zotti said...

Nice job. I saw the work being done while walking my beagle Benny.