It's about time.

I'm sure there are many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your children. Buying a home and paying all the bills that are related to being homeowners and parents.
Our family has grown up and started families of their own. We're now retired and don't need a big home with all its work and expenses. We've downsized our belongings, sold our house, and upgraded our trailer.
Now it's time to follow our dreams.

What about you? Wouldn't you say, "It's about time".

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bad News and Another Gift of Life.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Once again I was up at 7:00 this morning and had everything ready for breakfast as well as finished all my morning reading on the computers before Kathy got up at 8:00. She said she had trouble falling asleep last night so of course she slept later this morning. 

Before 9:00 this morning our friend Vera called to talk to Kathy. She had good news and bad that she had to tell Kathy. The good news was that she and Bill would be dropping off some freshly made Hungarian Hulka that we enjoy eating on occasion. The bad news was that Bill’s brother Alex was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and Bill was taking it very hard. The strange part is that Alex never smoked a day in his life. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. 

Since I didn’t get around to exercising for the last four days I decided I had to do it this morning because I wouldn’t be able to for the next couple of days. I managed to get a good workout in where I also increased my reps and sets to help hold me over. Vera called again just before 10:00 telling us she’d be here in ten minutes. Kathy met Vera and Bill downstairs but they were on the way to the hospital and didn’t have time to come in to visit. After my shower we had an early lunch. 

Kathy needed to go to Sears to buy new dress pants and since she always feels like she is imposing on me when I go with her and she rushes I suggested I’d drop her off and pick her up after my appointment. This was a great suggestion for her so she didn’t have to rush. 

My appointment was again with the Canadian Blood Services where every eight weeks I donate blood. There were a fair amount of people that were also there to make donations but truly not enough to match the need for the blood that is and will be needed throughout the holiday season. They were blaming it on the Black Friday Sales that were going on all over the city. Everyone there that knows Kathy and I travel wished us safe travels and said they’d see me again in the spring. My plans are to continue my blood donations while we are away this winter. 

Kathy and I had made arrangements where to meet inside the mall when I returned. She didn’t see me come in so I caught up to her and whispered from behind that somebody took our bench. She was impressed at my timing. 

We went over to the food court to each have a coffee and a small Cinnamon bun for a snack. While we were talking and people watching we were surprise when our friend Sheryl stopped by for a brief visit. She is doing better now that she has moved but is still adjusting to life without Ernie. Ernie and I served our apprenticeships together but unfortunately passed just before we got home in April after losing a battle with Stomach Cancer. We made arrangements to visit when we get back in town next spring. 

Our area will be having a warmer but rainy day on Sunday and even though we have dinner plans I’m hoping to get some work done on the trailer because in four weeks-time we’ll be on the road heading south for the winter. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Selective Shopping and Prepping.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

I was once again up by 7:00 this morning so I had a chance to get things ready for breakfast, opened the window blinds in the other rooms, watched the morning forecast on the Weather Channel and finished reading all the morning blogs before Kathy got up this morning. She didn’t sleep that well on Monday night so her body needed to make up for that loss of sleep by sleeping later this morning. 

Even after she got up there was no bright sunlight causing her any discomfort looking outside. The sky remained overcast again for the fourth day in a row which seems to drain our energy levels. Even the forecast for the next week shows only a couple of days where we can expect warmer temperatures but they will be cloud covered rainy days. 

After Kathy had completed her morning reading she started checking what food stocks she would need for us to make it through the weekend and making her list before doing any serious grocery shopping. We are now at the stage where we will not overstock the pantry or freezer with anything that we won’t be able to bring across the border with us. I kept busy by making certain our backup laptop computer was in good working order. 

Shortly after 11:00 we drove over to the Metro Grocery Store so we could get the things on Kathy’s list so that she’ll be able to get the cooking she wants to do accomplished. It also gave us a little walking exercise time before returning back to the apartment. 

It was nearly 1:00 by the time we had our purchases put away and sat down to have our lunch. The rest of the afternoon would be spent between watching another Christmas Special on television and working on our computers. 

Once supper and the dishes were done we were on our way to Amherstburg for our weekly visit with Kevin and Melissa. We thought taking the expressway would save us time but since there is construction where it meets 18 highway it creates a bottleneck which added to our travel time. 

Since I needed to find some bicycle supplies that we have stored in Kevin’s garage Kevin and I spent nearly an hour outside gathering them while Kathy visited with Melissa. Luckily the wind had calmed down so we weren’t too cold while we were outside but the hot tea that we had when we got back in the house took away any chills we had. We had another wonderful visit with the kids that always has us feeling good when we leave. 

Since tonight is four weeks to Christmas Eve we know our departure date is fast approaching and we’ll soon be heading south. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Seasonal Weather.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Even the weather guessers were off yesterday when they forecasted the high winds to end early in the evening. The windows continued to rattle way past the time that we went to bed last night. This was one time that we were really glad that we were in a rock solid building to ride out this storm. We’ve experienced less intense storms in the trailer and spent most of those nights being jolted awake from the trailer’s movements. 

Watching the Weather Channel this morning we witnessed scenes of mature trees that had been ripped from the ground at the roots or strings of Hydro poles that had been snapped like toothpicks putting entire communities in darkness. The forecasters also gave their opinions of what we could expect for this coming winter and they kept using the term Polar Vortex quite a bit. 

After eating breakfast and sitting at the computers we could still hear a slight whistle of the wind outside but it was far from the intensity that it held yesterday. We both had chores that we tried to get finished this morning since we are now only one month away from our departure south for the winter. A repair/replacement of the power cord on my electric drill couldn’t be done the way I wanted to due to its internal construction. At least I was able to clean a buildup of debris that had accumulated internally over years of use. 

We did get a big Thank You for having wrapped those Christmas gifts yesterday that weren’t ours. The 6 o’clock News showed more local damage that was brought on by yesterday’s high winds as well as erosion along the shores of the Great Lakes. They also showed how a lot of other people were helping one another out to deal with not only storm damage but acts of kindness for the upcoming season. 

The sky remained overcast throughout the day and we’re back into below normal temperatures for our region but there is a good chance that we might see the sun tomorrow. We again watched another Christmas Special on television tonight as a way to relax since there is not much we can do outside at this time. 

Kathy and I would like to welcome Dawn King as our newest blog follower. Unfortunately Dawn doesn’t have a blog listed at this time so if that changes in the future we’ll give it a Shout-Out for others to follow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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