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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Making Progress, Interested Neighbours and Wonderful Visit.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

After having two late nights in a row when I woke at 6:00 this morning I thought it wise to get a few minutes more sleep. I didn’t seem to feel that way when the next time I looked at the clock and it showed that it was nearly 8:30. I’m supposing that my jumping out of bed was probably why Kathy was following me into the kitchen only minutes later. We had both slept like a couple of rocks. We still took the time after breakfast to browse through our morning reading on the Computers before getting ourselves dressed to work outside. 
Our completed Side Tree Garden. Now to hide our Power Cord.
I mentioned how last night we returned to Home Depot to get the supplies that we were short of. By the time Kathy followed me outside I had gotten the Decorative Edging Bricks in place and was just about to add the Decorative Stone in the Side Tree Garden. Once that was added and rinsed down with the hose it had the effect we were trying to accomplish. 
What our Side Patio looked like this morning.
When we moved onto this site we lost a bit of Side Patio Space where our Picnic Table had been located at our old site. This Patio had been extended slightly before by previous tenants with the use of 24” x 30” Patio Stones so we picked up an additional six Patio Stones of that size the other day. Yesterday we discovered that only two of the old Patio Stones had the same pattern as the new ones we had just purchased. After having some discussion this morning, we decided to lift the original eight Patio Stones for uniformity and we laid out where on the grass we plan on putting the other old Stones. This also made it easy to pull the weeds that had been grown between the Patio and Patio Stones
Lifting the Old Patio Stones
It seems that whenever we are doing work outside someone has to check it out. The first was Hugh from across the street. Every time he sees us changing something he is there to compliment us on the job we do. He then told us he’d be leaving for ten days so we wouldn’t panic if we didn’t see any movement at his site. We tend to keep an eye out for one another at this Park and he didn’t want us worrying. We reminded him to shut his Water and Propane to eliminate any major problems upon his return. He hadn’t even thought of that.

When Kathy went in to start making lunch our old neighbour Ted stopped by telling me we were working too hard just because my shirt was soaking wet from the already 99 F (37 C) Humidex. We talked a bit more until Kathy called me in for lunch. 

Lunch consisted of a slice of the Leftover Pizza we grilled the other night, a Salad and some Water Melon we got at the grocery store the other day. It all tasted wonderful and replaced some of the calories we were burning off outside. Kathy wanted to do the dishes before coming back outside so I went ahead to start skimming the grass. 
Skimming the grass.
As a piece of grass was lifted we would lay it on spots that had no grass growing. Once Kathy rejoined me after I positioned the grass she would stomp it in place. Like this morning we needed plenty of breaks and lots to drink. It wasn’t until I was lifting the last piece of grass that I felt the discomfort of a burst blister in the palm of my hand from not holding the shovel handle properly. Kathy also had watering detail making certain the transferred grass had plenty of moisture. 
Tamping leveled spot for Patio Stones.
As we were making certain the area was nice and flat to start laying these 97-pound Patio Stones Joe the owner of the RV Park stopped by for a visit. He is always impressed with the way we improve upon our sites but he did remind us to drink plenty of water. 
Resetting Patio Stones against Patio.
As we began laying the Patio Stones we had to work at making the Patio and the Stones level to avoid any tripping hazards. That was when our neighbour Stan came over to return my Battery Charger from last night. He didn’t even know if his Battery or Converter were working properly. My suggestion was that he hold on to it for a few more days until he was sure it was working. We’d only managed to get three of the fourteen Stones laid out level with no rocking to them before Kathy said we were done for the day because we had a visit his evening. 
It's a start.
That warm shower felt wonderful along with the Clean Dry Clothes we were soon on our way to the McDonalds in Amherstburg for supper. We were both too tired to cook so this was perfect. Kathy had her Sweet Chili Wrap while I had Fish & Chips (Fillet of Fish Combo).

It was slightly after 6:00 when we arrived at our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s home for our visit. Since we didn’t get together last week we had a lot more to catch up on. We always have some serious discussions but we also have lots of laughter which makes for great visits. It was nearly 9:00 before we were headed back Home.

Not sure what we’ll be up to tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration

I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.

Rene Descartes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

More Landscape Changes and Another Emergency Solved.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we spent little time outside yesterday most of it was spent picking up Materials and Groceries. But with the High Humidex that we experienced there was no problem for either of us to fall asleep the minute our heads hit the pillow.  I was up by 7:30 getting things ready for breakfast before sitting down to start my morning reading. As soon as I heard Kathy moving about my attention was shifted to making breakfast. 
Hot Ear of Corn from the Micro Wave.
Wear a Heat Resistant Glove because Steam can burn you Easily.
Last night Kathy took the time to cook up some Rhubarb that she had gotten at the grocery store. After making toast this morning I served us each a small bowl of the Rhubarb that we each enjoyed spread on our toast. Since the both of us grew up eating Rhubarb in this fashion it was a tasty treat that brought back fond memories.
Remove end that once connected to the Stalk
We were in the process of drinking our morning Coffee/Tea at the Computers when the phone rang. Mary from Healthy Heals was calling to say that she was too sick to tend to Kathy’s feet today so she rescheduled for next week. 
Squeeze from the other end and it comes out Silk Free.
That made a difference on what I could work on today but instead of my working outside then coming in for lunch we worked together to make an early lunch. We still had three Ears of Corn that Ted had given us so we didn’t want it going to waste. Setting the Microwave for Four Minutes per Ear we got busy slicing a precooked Ham that Kathy found at the grocery store Deli Counter yesterday. With two slices of Ham each Kathy added an Orange/Cranberry Relish to compliment the Ham. When the corn was cooked I cut the stalk end off the ear and squeezed the Ear out totally Silk-Free. Cooking the corn this way it is much Firmer, has better Taste and the entire Kernel comes off the Cob when you bite into it and you are not heating up the inside of your RV

The first thing I did outside was to start laying out the Decorative Brick Edging around the Side Trees we planted when we first moved to this site. By the time Kathy joined me I was ready to start laying the Landscape Cloth but there was a problem. Kathy had planned that we use some old bricks left behind by the former tenants of the site. The problem was there were only a few bricks and they looked old. 
Finally have enough Decorative Stone in our Tree Garden.
We finished what we could getting the Landscape Cloth tightly installed around the trees. We then started adding the Decorative Stone to finish filling the rear patio Tree Garden as well as adding stone to hold the Landscape Cloth down around the Side Trees
Side Tree Garden is only partly finished
We both needed Gatorade to stay hydrated today even though the Humidex only hit 102 F (39 C). Using more old Patio Stones we widened the Cement Pad that our Garden Shed is fastened to. This gave us a place to store our Fresh Water Barrel and our new Waste Barrel but with a proper cover it all looks very neat. 
Our Fresh Water and Waste Barrels are out of sight.
By that time the sky had turned nearly black and Kathy made the executive order that I was finished for the day. After cooling off inside we looked outside to see a clear blue sky. We prepped a couple of Zucchini with Vegetable Oil, Salt and Pepper then set them cooking on the Weber. While I did that Kathy pulled out a package of Precooked Spare Ribs and wrapped them in foil. She also Micro Waved a Sweet Potato that we shared. I flipped the Zucchini a few times but everything was cooked in twenty minutes on medium heat. Supper tasted great.
Sweet Potato, Spare Ribs and Zucchini.
As soon as the 6 o’clock News was over we drove back to Home Depot and got the additional Decorative Edging Brick along with another bag of Decorative Stone. Before heading back Home we stopped at McDonalds for another Fruit Smoothie to help cool us down.

I started writing this Blog shortly after we got Home but at 10:10 our neighbour Stan came knocking on the door. Their dealer had sent a tech out this morning and he found a broken Plastic Fitting at the top of their Water Heater. He replaced it with a Brass Fitting but left the Basement wall off to let the basement dry out but that was not the problem tonight. Stan said they had very dim lights and asked me to check it out. 

When I walked in their trailer they had all their lights turned on but they were really dim. Their refrigerator even though it was running on 120 volts kept showing LO 12V. Checking the Breakers the Converter was turned on and there were no blown 12volt Fuses. We didn’t have a meter but I knew that by charging the only Battery they have would help. I had to locate my Battery Charger and set it to charge their battery. Inside their trailer I had to tell them again they had too many Incandescent Bulbs lit and they were killing their Battery. They didn’t realize they had a House Lamp in their Ceiling Fan. Tomorrow they’ll be calling their Dealer back to check this out but by the time I headed Home their Battery was starting to charge. 

Hopefully tomorrow I can complete our site modifications and get back to doing changes to our Home. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

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