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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Truck In For Service, More Pieces to the Puzzle and Making Our Site Home.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy managed to only lose two hours of sleep last night but with all the fresh air that was coming through the open windows she managed to wake up by 8:30 this morning feeling better rested. We have two different types of windows in our RV as in most. Fortunately for us that we always make certain the Sliders are closed before going to bed in case it rains while we are sleeping. That was especially wise last night because around 5:00 this morning we were getting hit by a severe Thunderstorm

We completed our morning chores and were headed out the door by 9:30 with a short list of errands we needed to accomplish today. Our first stop was Windsor Gas and Diesel where we dropped the truck off for an Oil Change and to have a few other things checked at the same time. We trust Jim totally with our vehicles and know that he will never try to gouge us.

Not knowing if we would be delayed by any construction we headed over to the Motor City Credit Union where Kathy had an 11:00 appointment with Ashley. Because of her busy schedule even though we were early we had to wait until the appointed time to see her. Kathy’s business was finished within minutes but then Ashley started asking about our trip to the Southwest. We had seen her just before we left last fall and she remembered what we had told her then. After asking many more questions by the time we left she just kept saying “I hope to do that some day”.

It was nearly noon so we walked over to Taco Bell where we enjoyed a lite but satisfying lunch. We then drove over to Princess Auto to check if they had something we needed. 

We then drove down the South Service Drive over to get our mail at Guardian Storage and had a big surprise. They had closed the Jefferson Avenue train crossing and had the road blocked off. We then had to take the North Service Drive all the way to Central Avenue before getting on Rhodes Drive and driving almost back to the train crossing construction site. I was again surprised to see Wendy there as she was moved to Guardian Storage’s second location but was here to give Carol a couple of days off.

We then drove back to Home Depot where we returned the Above Ground Firepit because it was just too big and bulky. We also picked up additional Potting Soil and Peat Moss for the trees we have to plant. Kathy verified there were no smaller Firepits available before we left. 
Busy tucking in the Weed Free Black Cloth before adding decorative stone.
A pile of stone is on the patio next to the tree.
Driving across the road to Canadian Tire we went to their outdoor Garden Center and managed to find the Pea Gravel we wanted for between the existing Flagstone Patio Stones on our site and a nice Perennial Grass to replace the one that died in our Fairy Garden. Going inside we managed to find a number of Firepits that better fit our requirements.

We were Home by 2:00 and even though the Humidex was feeling like 97 F (36 C) there was a steady breeze that made it tolerable. Both Kathy and I worked on different areas of our site to get things accomplished. Even though we had removed the old Fire-Ring at the rear of our site last night I continued digging out lots and lots of stone that had been packed around the Ring. After digging the hole deep enough we then worked together to add Peat Moss before planting the five-foot Golden Cedar Tree we purchased at Walmart last night. Since the ground is mostly Clay a bag of Potting Soil was also added before we put the Weed Free Black Cloth down and covering it with White Stone for effect. 
Acorn Squash, Steak and Peas

It was past 5:00 by the time we finished that so while Kathy was nuking an Acorn Squash and some Peas I was outside grilling a couple of Steaks for our supper. We were listening to the 6 o’clock News while we ate. The food was delicious, satisfying but not overly filling. We barely got the dishes washed when the wind really started picking up and a minute later the rain started pelting the trailer. The news just ended when the Thunder started and that last for close to an hour.

With more Hot, Humid, Wet Weather forecasted overnight and all day tomorrow we’re not sure what we’ll be doing at this point. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

You know you're getting old when

your mind makes contracts your body can't keep.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wonderful Visit, Digging Out the Old and Finding The New.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

As tired as we were when we went to bed last night Kathy struggled to fall asleep. The problem was an overactive imagination that just would not shut down. She was rearranging our new patio and figuring where we would be planting our new trees for privacy and moving some of the longer established plants to different locations all in her mind. It was after 3:00 by the time she finally managed to get to sleep but as soon as I sat up on the side of the bed at 8:00 she practically ran ahead of me to the kitchen.

Since we were expecting to meet up with my sister Anna for lunch we kept our breakfast extremely lite. There was still plenty of things that could be done before we met that didn’t require getting dirty. Outside I started by watering first our neighbour Ted’s plants and flowers before returning to do our own that still have to be planted and the ones that we had already planted on our old site. When I had removed the cement anchors that were holding our Garden Shed from the pad yesterday, two snapped off at the heads. Fearing that someone walking through the empty site could injure themselves I went back with a pair of locking pliers and was able to remove all forms of danger. I also parked the truck in the overflow parking area so that there would be room for Anna to park after lunch.

We made certain we were at the 19th Hole Restaurant before 11:30 so we could get a table. Being that she lives in London and was unfamiliar with the current Construction Delays in the Windsor area she was only five minutes later then she had expected to arrive. My sister also insisted that since our Wedding Anniversary is coming at the end of the month that today’s meal was her treat in early celebration of the occasion. We had a chance to visit before our meals arrived and long after before we drove back to the trailer so she could see our new location. 
My sister Anna visiting us this afternoon.
We had a chance to show her the site and explained what the Advantages of it were as well as telling her of the changes we want to make. She even had the chance to see the Park Crew in action as they brought in a fresh load of gravel and releveled our old site. We talked of about our travels to the Southwest and she even said she could see a glow in Kathy’s face when she talked about it. Since we haven’t seen one another since last year there was an endless number of things we had to talk about. It was after 4:00 in the afternoon before we knew it and Anna decided it was time to start her two-hour drive to get back home to London. We definitely have to visit more often. Thank You Anna for the wonderful visit and for Lunch. 
Nice meaty ribs. Very Filling.
Our day was far from over. While I went to retrieve the truck from the overflow parking lot Kathy warmed up the leftover Spare Ribs and French Fries we had from last nights supper. It was enough to fill us after a not so strenuous day. 
Removing the old Fire Ring. We'll be planting a tree there.
As soon as we finished eating we went outside to dismantle the old firepit on this site. After loading the heavy Circular Cement Stones in the truck then it was time to dig the Metal Ring out of the ground. Digging was slow because whoever installed the Metal Ring put plenty of gravel all around. I also loaded and tied the Utility Cart, Wheel Barrow along with the Fire-Ring in the back of the truck before going inside.

We decided to watch the local 6 o’clock News before going too far. This gave us a better look at the Weather, News and the Markets.

It was 7:00 by the time we were on our way headed for Amherstburg. Our first stop was our son Kevin’s to return the Utility Cart, Wheel Barrow and Hammer Drill. Thanks again Kevin for loaning us those tools. We also left the Fire-Ring and Circular Cement Stones so that Kevin can make his own Fire-Pit.

Our next stop was Dollarama where we only found a few things that we went looking for. Stopping at Canadian Tire we looked around their Garden Center and didn’t find any trees or plants that would suit our d├ęcor. Driving over to Walmart we could see some five-foot Emerald Cedar Trees outside of their garden center. We found the best one and headed inside where we also found a Burning Bush that we’ll add to our collection. 
The end of our day.
We arrived back Home around 9:00 and had to unload the truck as well as watering all our plants before calling it a night. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.

Henri B. Stendhal, French Writer