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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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More Changes, Some Adjustments, Tasty Meals.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Since I was in no rush to be anywhere this morning I managed to sleep like a rock and woke up totally refreshed. Kathy took her new medication last night but she didn’t sleep so well because of an accounting issue that she couldn’t understand with our expenditures. Finally, after staring at the ceiling for a while through the night the numbers suddenly fell into place and she finally fell to sleep. That also meant she wasn't in a lively mood for breakfast.

We didn’t spend too much time on the computers this morning mostly because hardly anyone is writing their blogs unless they are traveling. There are some people who will never get the chance to travel the way many of us do and are more than grateful to enjoy life through even our everyday functions. Besides we’re all part of the RV family so we should know what we’re up to. 

My first mission was to climb on the roof to replace the standard waste tank vent covers with the Cyclone vents that I’ve installed on our last two fifth wheels. Before we used to be overwhelmed by the septic smell inside our trailers after driving down the road even after flushing the tanks. The wind would actually force the smell past the trap to fill the cabin of the trailer. After installing the Cyclone vents we’ve never had a bit of odor seep into our trailers so I wasn’t waiting for history to repeat itself. 
This vent is flush to the roof. The other was cut lower.
On the roof I was surprised to see so much Dicor surrounding each of the vent covers. Some had leveled as far as three inches from the cap flange itself. It seemed to take forever because the sun was really making me sweat and I wasn’t leaving that mess up there. When I finally had the cap removed and the old Dicor cleaned away I had another shock. Jayco was touted to be one of the better RV Manufacturers but the vent pipes had been cut below the height of the roof and then extended by simply putting an ABS coupling on top. That made it more difficult to fasten the Cyclone vent cover because the screws had to be driven into the pipe below the roof line at an angle. Tricky as it was I installed the first one and started cleaning the second when Kathy called me for lunch. 
Delicious Leftovers.
Kathy apologized for what she served me saying it was entirely made from Leftovers. Leftover tomato made into a sandwich, leftover chili with shredded cheese added to make like a taco mix and then for dessert leftover Homemade bread pudding served cool but it had absorbed all the wonderful juices Kathy had added. That’s not the leftovers I knew growing up. 
No sealer on this vent yet but look at where the old sealer was.
Back on the roof it would be another hour by the time I had finished installing the second Cyclone vent and sealed them both with Dicor self-leveling sealant. As I was coming off the roof I could hear the familiar sound of Kathy vacuuming the inside of the trailer because she hadn’t had a chance to do it since we moved in. I then added the self-adhesive side leveling gauges on the trailer before they got misplaced. 
Cyclone vents with more than enough Dicor sealer.
After having the rear window of the truck replaced we noticed how the Wind Deflector Rack was showing signs of surface rust. My next chore was to remove all the lights from the bar and then remove the bar from the truck. It would take nearly an hour to scrape and sand the entire thing ready to be painted. 
Wind Deflector Frame with lights mounted.
Removed lights then frame and repainted it.
Time seemed to fly by and it was already time to grill a couple of Brisket Burgers while Kathy made a wonderful Spinach and Strawberry salad with Feta cheese crumbs sprinkled on top. It was more than we needed and it all tasted great. 
Spinach/Strawberry Salad and Brisket Burger for supper.
Kathy insisted on doing the dishes while I went back on the roof of the trailer to install our Jack antenna we’d kept from the Avalanche. We have never had any luck with the Batwing antennas but the minute I installed the Jack we were receiving loads of antenna television stations so we made certain to keep it. 

Back on the ground I used Tremclad semi-gloss black paint to make the Wind Deflector Rack look years younger. Then I forgot that this is an oil based paint and tried to clean the paintbrush. It was Kathy to the rescue with Goo-Gone that helped bring my hands back to their proper colour.

Tomorrow we have appointments as well as visitors coming in the evening so we’ll see what else we can accomplish in our quest of getting ready to head south in another Sixty-two days. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves. 

Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Rear Window, More Parts, Good Meal and Coming Together.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Kathy slept like a rock again last night thanks in part to new medication she is taking. Like an alarm went off at 3:00 this morning my mind started racing and I couldn’t seem to fall back to sleep. Part of that problem was because I knew that we couldn’t sleep in this morning because we had a 10:00 appointment for the truck and I had figured I’d easily be awake. When I spend most of my night lying in bed staring at the ceiling chances of sleeping in are very high so the only thing I could do was find an alarm clock and set it. If someone had been watching our trailer from the outside and seen the rays of a flashlight moving around they would have been tempted to call the law. Since not everything is where it should be at this time in our Home I was finally able to locate it far from my nightstand. Once the clock was set and I went back to bed the next thing I remembered was the alarm waking us up. Kathy only wanted another half hour of sleep but knew our time at Home was limited. 
Here I am lowering the Wind Deflector frame.
Tucker, Employee of the month for the last fifteen years.
Thankfully there are no School Busses for another week and we made good time arriving at Glass Masters in Windsor with a few minutes to spare. I then used those few minutes to remove the Air Deflector frame so that there would be plenty of room to work on the rear window. As soon as Ed pulled the truck into the shop he pulled the replacement window out to test it making certain that it worked. Then he laid a thin bead of glue dissolvent where the old window was secured to the truck’s cab. Five minutes later with a simple steady push the window was pushed into waiting hands. After the cleanup was complete and dry the replacement window was installed. With a few must nots for the next forty-eight hours, after refastening the Air Deflector frame we were on our way. 
Ed in the back of the truck.
The stitches holding the window, I mean the tape comes off tomorrow.
Our next stop was at Guardian Storage where after picking up our mail we went to do some shopping in our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. We gathered some clothing, shampoo, replacement pieces for Kathy’s CPAP mask and the small storage bin filled with fasteners that I have been looking for since we moved to the park back in April. Even though the building our Storage Unit is in is Climate Controlled we found out that when you are physically moving things around you can still work up a sweat. 
Kathy going through a clothing bin.
Leaving the storage yard with our goodies we needed to stop at the Tecumseh Home Hardware Building Center. If you recall that last Saturday we had gone to the Amherstburg location and they didn’t have the Stainless Steel fittings that I needed. This morning I got all those fittings plus a few things that Kathy added to the list to help make our Home more comfortable. 
Last Thursday evening we helped to celebrate our son Kevin’s birthday actually a day early. Today we stopped off at our daughter Karen’s home to leave a belated birthday card for Greg who shares the same birth date as Kevin.  Kathy had Facebooked a birthday wish on Friday but we still wanted to leave a card. Everyone was at work but we got a hug from Tyler and a few licks from Sanford for the few minutes we were there. 
It was past 12:30 so we stopped at McDonalds to have our lunch as well as to relax and to cool down. The break from all the rushing around was a treat in itself. 

We finally made it out to Leisure Trailer in Lakeshore where we knew that our screen door grill was in but were surprised when they came out with our step covers as well. They were glad to see we had the truck back even though there are still things that need to be done before it’s ready for the trip south this fall.  

We made another stop to see about getting a picture done for the new back window but when the printer showed us the material it felt like the same material that had cause our window to fail. We have a few more places to check out before we commit. 
Back on Manning Road we stopped at the Zehrs grocery store to get a few things to eat as well as some cleaning supplies that we don’t have in the trailer or our storage unit. 
The before and after effect of our steps.
It felt good to be Home by 4:00 and after bringing all our purchases in Kathy was busy doing putting things away while I went back outside and reassembled the interior of the truck cab, replacing all the trim I had removed in anticipation of removing the rear window myself. I also managed to install the step covers which make walking on the steps more comfortable and safer because your feet can’t slip on them. 
Zucchini with beef Kabob and Homemade Bread Pudding.
For supper I grilled a couple of Beef Kabobs and a couple of Zucchinis that Kathy had coated with olive oil and seasoned on the Weber while Kathy made Homemade Bread Pudding. They turned out great as usual and even though it wasn’t overly filling we were well satisfied. 
New door grill to protect the screen.
After watching the 6 o’clock News, while Kathy washed the dishes I busied myself installing the screen door grill. There’s not much room to put the screws in the door but we managed and it really stiffened the door itself. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.


A fine line by Mark Twain 

Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.