It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Accomplishments and Kathy Was Upset With Me.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We needed to run the cube heater again last night from the safety of the stove top. As we sat bundled up as if we’d just completed an Arctic trek having our breakfast this morning we knew that it wasn’t a day that we wanted to be working outside but once we saw the weather report on the computer we knew that we had to.
Mother Robin was very upset that we put our shed so close to her nest.
Kathy finished a few inside chores before joining me and when she came outside to join me I heard the distinctive sound of an electronic shutter taking pictures. It has been a while since we’ve gotten fresh pictures so we have really been trying to document the changes we’ve been going through in our new Fulltiming Lifestyle. I continued adding the roof panels to the shed until I was on such uneven ground that I needed Kathy to stabilize the ladder so I could finish the rear of the roof. That was when I noticed the number of Robin’s eggs in the nest directly behind the shed. When I applied the last fastener I had her pass me the small point and shoot camera so I could take a picture but when I previewed the shot the message “Unable to Save” flashed on the screen. That’s when it dawned on me that I hadn’t replaced the SD card after uploading yesterday’s pictures. That’s when Kathy got upset because she’d taken pictures of birds, budding flowers, me working and they were all gone. I’ve read of a lot of other people making the same mistake so I didn’t let it bother me too much. She retrieved the card and I was able to see the inside of the nest much better. It was 1:00 by the time we stopped for lunch but we didn’t dawdle inside because the sky was starting to change outside. We were finally finished by 3:00 which included installing a shelving unit inside we had brought from the apartment.
Just about done the roof.
At that point we had more errands to run such as dropping off more garbage and recycle at the park’s Trash and Recycle center. Another trip was made to the McGregor Home Hardware to return the leftover Tapcon screws. Kathy also wanted to get one more Emerald Cedar to create a more natural privacy curtain behind our site but this time we headed to the Canadian Tire in Amherstburg.
Need another piece.
By the time we got there the rain was coming down fairly steady but we were lucky enough that they also had the same shrubs on Sale for the same price of $30.00. We also searched for larger decorative pots to put them in so they would still be stable but allowing the shrubs room for some growth.
Drilling a hole for the bottom latch.
We got the plant but had to go to Walmart for the pots and potting soil but they had no stone for the bottom of the pot. That would have to come from the local building supply store.
Adjusting the door latch.
We stopped at Kevin and Melissa’s where we had a very short visit and we picked up the pressure washer so we can clean up the picnic table that had been brought to our site. Melissa also gave Kathy a bag that when it was later opened contained a birthday gift to each of us. Thank you Melissa for always being so thoughtful and caring.
Our new on site storage shed where can leave things when we are away.
At the Amherstburg Home Hardware Building Center we picked up a nice stain we’ll use to put on the picnic table once it has been cleaned along with a couple of bags of gravel for inside the decorative pots for our privacy curtain.

It was past 6:00 by the time we got back to the park so we simply went to the 19th Hole restaurant to have supper. The place was packed and the service was slower than last week but the food was still top notch.

The rain is still falling fairly steady and should stop by lunchtime tomorrow. We’re sure we’ll find something to get into.  Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

The only time you have parallel parked was during your driving test.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Whirlwind Of Errands And A Happy Birthday.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

This morning when we first got up we were both still feeling tired but not as chilled as when we had gone to bed last night. We cheated and left the electric cube heater all night safely positioned on top of the stove in the kitchen. The dry heat helped take some of the humidity from the air making it so we weren’t sitting at the breakfast table shivering from the cold temperatures.

Today was Kathy’s birthday so after breakfast and getting caught up on the blogs we follow (All of our sidebar.) we started planning where we needed to go this afternoon. We actually wrote a list of all the places we needed to go and what we needed to do at those places.

After having eaten a light lunch we loaded the truck with things that are no longer needed at the trailer. Our first stop was in the park itself at the Trash and Recycling Center where it is well organized and there are no odors caused by the trash.
Heading out the gate our next stop was the McGregor Home Hardware where Kathy purchased a couple of the smaller sized food storage containers that she finds so handy because they are stackable and don’t waste precious space in the cupboards.
Next we stopped at Sun Parlour Trailer where I unloaded RV Parts that are still in good to perfect condition that I have changed on our trailer. Instead of throwing them in the trash they find a new life in an RV that has been traded in and needs some quick fixes. In exchange Rob gives me discounts on my purchases.
Since we were so close we drove back to our son Kevin’s home in Amherstburg. Being that he wasn’t there yesterday to drop off more things that we’ll no longer be needing. He and Melissa use what they need and pass the rest on to others who might need them. Even though we donate a lot of STUFF to charitable organizations it’s still nice to help out family.
We then had to drove all the way back to Windsor where our first stop was the Wholesale Club. We picked up more cough drops and even a few other things at a lower price than even at the Dollar Store.
The next stop was at Home Depot where Kathy was looking for things to spruce up our campsite to give it a more of a homey feel. I was there to get some bricks to place around the fire ring and the plywood for the floor of the shed we are building. Luckily I was able to have the plywood cut to the exact size at no additional costs which will also be a time saver for me.

After fastening down our load we drove to the Provincial Road Nursery. Kathy wanted to accomplish some privacy at the rear of our site similar to what other sites had done by using potted trees or grasses. She inquired which would be the hardiest and would survive the winter season in the pots. The Emerald Cedar was the one most highly recommended but were on the expensive side at $80.00 apiece. With the excuse the back of the truck was full we left without a purchase. 

We had to drive north on Walker Road but by the time we reached County Road 42 we were detoured into bumper to bumper traffic due to a traffic accident. A semi had been making a turn when a number of automobiles ended under the trailer. Emergency personnel on the scene did not seem to be hurrying. We’ll find out more on the late News.  
We finally arrived at Guardian Storage where we collected a pile of mail from our mailbox. We then drove back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit where we shopped for things that we needed at the trailer and left behind things that we didn’t need at the trailer. If this keeps happening, we might even see some bare spots.
We then had to go to the Credit Union where Kathy went in to do some banking.
Across the road we went to Walmart because Kathy needed to make an exchange but we ran into Moe who I worked with for over thirty years in the trades. Since his wife Sherri was still in the store we met for pop at the instore McDonalds. The last time we’d seen them last summer Fulltiming hadn’t even crossed our minds. They were amazed and happy that we were doing this. We spent nearly an hour getting caught up on a number of different things. After Moe and Sherri left we checked out the nursery items Walmart had in stock and didn’t find anything that interested us.
It was nearly 5:00 so we had planned on having supper at the Michigan Dinner on Manning Road but when we arrived the parking lot was full and people were standing outside. I dropped Kathy at the door but by the time I circled the building without finding a place to park she was already outside saying it would be a long wait. It was nearly 5:30 by the time we had driven back to their Tecumseh Road location where we enjoyed our usual Fish and Chip dinners that the local chain is famous for.
We had a 7:00 appointment but were too early and we wanted to walk off our supper so we stopped at Canadian Tire. Before going in the store we noticed a lot of potted trees that looked familiar. They were the same Emerald Cedars that we’d seen at the Nursery and they were priced at $50.00 which was a better deal but when we moved a couple there was another sign saying they were on Sale for $30.00 apiece. It didn’t take long to find a couple of shopping baskets and purchase the shrubs of our choice. Remember the back of the truck being full as an excuse, it didn’t take long to rearrange it either. 
Kathy cutting her birthday cake and Karen serving it with Ice Cream.
One more stop was at our daughter Karen’s home where she had a small cake and some flowers in celebration of Kathy’s birthday. We were there well over an hour for a short but pleasant visit.

It was dark by the time we got Home we immediately turned the electric heater on and started getting ready for bed from a very tiring day. Now if you counted that was seventeen stops today. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time. 


Witty Words of Wisdom 

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.