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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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Finishing Touches and Grilled Chicken.

Our Location today is Moore Haven, Florida, USA.

That was different! Would you believe we both managed to sleep past 8:00 this morning and we both felt well rested when we got up. The temperature was below the 50 F (10 C) mark here until nearly 10:00 this morning so after having breakfast and doing our morning reading we found a movie on television that we’d never seen before. It felt good to have a Lazy morning as we are still nursing our stuffed and runny noses in hopes of slowly being able to breathe more normally. Even a nice bowl of soup along with a cup of tea for lunch helped to warm us enough to start cracking open the windows soon after. 

Once the table was cleared I started getting things wrapped up that had been delayed by our catching that cold last week. In order to get our new Fantastic Fan up and running it needed to be wired into the 12 volt fuse panel and since there were no open feeds I fused the wires that had been run, shut the 12 volt feed and wired off the main feed. Now our only problem is getting used to how the remote control works. 

Going outside the first thing I did was fire up our Weber Q to let it warm up. That gave me a chance to reinstall the sewer hose holder that I’d had to remove while running the wires between the frame rails for the Fantastic Fan. After washing my hands I lowered the heat on the grill to a quarter from the lowest setting because of the wind it would have blown the flame out if it had been set totally on low. It was then time to add the medium sized partially frozen chicken we had on the grill. 

Kathy spent time on her computer doing book keeping and banking. At one point she asked for my assistance to help deal with a banking message sent to her E-mail address. After a quick call we were told not to worry about the message even though it was legit and was not a scam trying to get our personal information. 

My next chore was returning up to the roof where I had found a few problems while running the wiring on the weekend. The junction box that had been installed last year in preparation to add solar panels to our roof had broken free from its bossing. To fix this holes were drilled through the bottom of the box where it would be held by screws supported by fender washers making it better than new. I also added additional wire loom over the cables to prevent any UV deterioration of the cables. Finally I replaced the screening over the fridge vent. By the time all the sealing was refinished it felt good to be back on the ground. Even though the temperature reached a high of 66 F (19 C) the north wind chill made it feel much cooler even though I’d worn my jacket the entire time. 

Checking the chicken with our meat thermometer after two and a half hours on the grill it was perfectly cooked. Handing it off to Kathy she covered it with foil before putting it in the microwave. Microwaves are very well insulated and even in the off mode kept the chicken piping hot until it was supper time. 

Since it was nearing 5:00 I rehung the rear basement wall before starting to put some things away. Supper was delicious and there’s plenty of leftovers for a few more meals. We’ve still got two more cold nights to put up with this week but the day time highs are slowly starting to get back to normal starting tomorrow. 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, January 27, 2015

Walgreen, Walmart, Visits and Phone Calls.

Our Location today is Moore Haven, Florida, USA.

Last night after going to bed early because she just couldn’t keep her eyes open Kathy spent most of the night struggling to be able to breathe due to her sinus congestion. Taking another Tylenol sinus and cold tablet did help her to get a few more minutes of broken sleep. By 7:30 when we both got up Kathy felt like she hadn’t been to bed yet. Even though she had remained in the trailer all day yesterday to recover it was like the cold had gotten worse instead of better.

The cube heater had been on all night taking the chill from the air but we still sat shivering while having breakfast. We weren’t surprised to see that there will still be another three nights this week before we can leave the heat off to sleep. We took the time to do our morning reading before getting down to what had to be done today.

Since we’ll be relocating to Punta Gorda on Sunday we needed to get our laundry done where we are familiar with the area. That meant doing bed linens, towels as well as personal articles of clothing. It was just after 11:00 when we arrived in Clewiston so we decided to have chicken nuggets at Burger King that would tide us over until supper. 

Kathy walked around the corner from the laundromat to the Walgreen drug store to try to find something that might help her shake this cold. When she got back she sat in the truck and had a couple of Snaps until I had finished folding the clothes. 

We stopped at Walmart to pick up a few food stocks to tide us through the weekend. As we were getting bread we ran into Rick and Elaine who decided they also needed some groceries. They told us they had just ran into three other couples from the Glades RV Park in the same store. 

When we got back to the park we drove straight back to the marina where I filled one of our water cart jugs before returning to our trailer. We had just finished putting all our groceries and laundry away when we had a knock on the door. Elaine and Rick stopped over to reschedule our dinner date because her 87 year old aunt called to say she was coming to visit tomorrow. Aren’t all RVers plans written in Jello. 

Kathy made a wonderful vegetable salad while I grilled a couple of hamburgers on the Weber. Even though I was wearing a jacket outside the temperature was still cold enough that my hands were nearly frozen by the time I finished. 
Still needed extra tension lines on the Gazebo today.
After we’d finished the dishes we received two phone calls. The first was from our dear friends Vera and Bill from back home and not even ten minutes had passed afterwards our daughter Karen called. They both reported that they didn’t get any snow but the temperatures are very cold.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Kathy has a better night’s sleep tonight. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Walloping Wind.

Our Location today is Moore Haven, Florida, USA.

On Sunday night’s blog the Krackers was a saying that I recall growing up to and constantly hearing that getting a good night’s sleep is the way to be healthy and wealthy. Going to bed before 10:30 last night we were both awake shortly after 6:00 this morning and we were both so congested that we couldn’t breathe enough to fall back to sleep. The fact that we are both retired we haven’t seen an increase in our pension cheque either. The person who created that saying surely wasn’t thinking of retirees that are dealing with sinus infections.

Watching the local weather channel while we ate breakfast we learned that the forecast was for rain throughout the morning followed by increased winds this afternoon. The high winds that were heading our way were the part of the same storm presently causing blizzard conditions in the northeastern states. To say that the forecast was accurate would have been an understatement. The torrents of rain hitting the trailer encouraged Kathy after taking her medication to try and recover some of her lost sleep. That gave me the time I needed to start closing the vent openings from the Fantastic Fan project. 
Nothing different looking today. 
By 11:00 the rain had stopped but the winds were blowing harder than they did the other day. It was bad enough that it woke Kathy from a sound sleep shaking the trailer. Looking outside we were worried about the wind destroying our Gazebo so I headed outside to add additional tie-downs in order to save it. Fortunately I still had extra rope and tent stakes and was able to better secure the gazebo by bracing it against the wind. The wind was actually blowing hard enough to push both the flags on the front of the trailer straight back without them hanging down. 

After lunch I checked the parcel tracking and found that our additional parcel from Green Zone folding bicycles had arrived. With the high winds still blowing I simply drove the truck to the office to retrieve our parcel. This definitely would not have been a day to safely do any kind of work on top of the trailer today.

Rick and Elaine stopped over later in the afternoon to see how we were doing. Since our medical conditions are slowly improving we’ll be getting together with them later this week. Our meals today were light and simple but sustainable. Other than the cooler temperatures for the next few days we hope to enjoy better weather for our last few days at this park. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wiring Maze.

Our Location today is Moore Haven, Florida, USA.

After running the cube heater for warmth last night we both managed to sleep until nearly 8:00 this morning helping us to feel much better than we did yesterday. There was very little breeze when we first got up but there was so much humidity in the air the windows all looked as if they had just been rained on. Since the temperature was still on the low side after breakfast we took the time to complete our morning reading before we started getting busy.

The first thing I needed to do was to go fill our water cart jugs as they were both very empty and we were down near the bottom of our pump jug. Since we’ve been out of sorts for the last few days our supply of quarters dictated how much fresh drinking water we were buying. By the time I’d returned to the trailer if you were outside in the sunlight it was cool but tolerable but if you were in the shade you were actually cold. Once the jugs were put back in the cart I started opening the roof vents and the south side windows in order to get fresh air inside the trailer in hopes of taking the stale germ filled air out. 

Even though we were still not feeling that great with less than a week left at our present location time is of the essence to get the projects that I’ve been working on completed. Climbing up onto the roof I needed to open the upper refrigerator vent to be able to run the wiring needed to connect the Fantastic Fan. Working at it alone I finally managed to get a line down to where I could bring up the wire that was bundled behind the fridge. Kathy came out to guide the wire against kinking while I pulled it up to the roof. 
Wire hanging from AC vent connects to the Fantastic Fan on the left.
For lunch a warm bowl of soup and a cup of tea was more than adequate for our lunch. Returning to the roof I made way too many attempts to feed the wiring fish through the maze created by the roof supports. I then tried feeding it from inside the Air Conditioning opening again with no luck. Finally I asked Kathy to help listen where the wiring fish was making noise in the ceiling while I again fed it from the roof. Once she had pin pointed it for me I was finally able to remove a baffle plate in the AC vent and cut a hole in the ceiling of our cupboard before we were finally successful in running the wiring to the Fantastic Fan. The holes will be patched over at a later date but they are hard to see. 

Since it was already past 5:00 Kathy took charge of cleaning the mess inside the kitchen while I was outside closing things up on the roof because it’s supposed to rain tonight into the morning. Once that was finished even though we were tired we started making supper.

With the forecast calling for rain in the morning I can finish putting things back together so we’ll be able to enjoy some time outside tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wind Shaking The Trailer.

Our Location today is Moore Haven, Florida, U.S.A.

We were both in bed before 11:00 last night because of our unwanted gift that we attained from one of the big box stores in Fort Myers on Thursday. Even though we had a broken sleep we were fortunate enough that the last night’s low stayed close to 70 F (21 C) which allowed us to sleep with a few windows open.

By early morning the wind picked up even though the actual temp never changed the wind chill truly fell. It was a strange site seeing only the odd golf cart driving by with the occupants wearing winter garments. The wind was actually shaking the trailer which was something that hadn’t happened since the installation of the stabilizers. Throughout the day we both could be seen horizontally recovering and spending most of our sitting time consuming soup in order to get back on our feet.

With colder nights and days forecasted for the next week we’ll hope the closed up trailer will still allow us the environment we need to recover. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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