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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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Getting Cleaned, Organized and Wonderful Visit.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we got to bed well after midnight Kathy just could not stop thinking. It was probably well after 3:00 when she finally got to sleep only to wake up before 8:30. Not good for someone that has always needed around Nine Hours of sleep per night.

As we were boiling the Water in the Kettle for our Coffees and Kathy’s Quaker Oats the flame on the stove started getting shorter and shorter. I had to go out to check on our propane situation. We have an Automatic Switching Regulator but I somehow had turned the second Tank off the last time I looked it over. A quick twist of the valve and we were soon enjoying our hot Coffees and Cereal.

After completing our morning reading I started calling some of the twenty locations we had visited yesterday in search of my lost Keys with no luck. It is amazing how you can get all the phone numbers you want by simply Googling it. No more phone books that are not up to date or someone has ripped the pages out.

Not having any more Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup we had to pull out a can of Italian Wedding Soup to go with the Grilled Cheese Sandwich that we shared for lunch. We talked about what we wanted to accomplish this afternoon and as soon as we’d finished eating we got busy. 

Kathy was busy Dusting and Sweeping the trailer something she does every few days between her weekly Vacuuming.

Even though I had sorted through lots of things a while back I needed to finish Organizing and Sweeping the Basement. That was when I found a couple more containers that I hadn’t sorted. It was cool enough with the breeze that I needed to wear a sweater to keep warm but that caused another problem. The warmth from the Sun was causing the outside of the sweater to attract Bees to the surface. I didn’t know that until looking at something else I got stung in my Hand. Sorry to say the Bee didn’t survive but I was lucky enough the Stinger didn’t stay in my Hand. The tools that I’ll be using in the next few days are the only things out of place but the Basement nearly looks much better.

By the time I got inside Kathy had already cooked some Spare Ribs in the Convection Oven, made a Salad along with Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Everything tasted wonderful and we even finished the last of the Fruit Cake for dessert. 

After we finished doing the dishes we were soon on our way to Amherstburg for our weekly visit with our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa. Even though they just bought their Travel Trailer they took it out to Willow Wood Campground this past weekend with their boys to try it out. They loved it and are looking forward to next summer. Kevin had some questions about winterizing it but once I confirmed what he was doing he felt more comfortable knowing that he was doing it right. We also discussed what we will bring to their Halloween Party in ten days.

Kathy had a hard time keeping her eyes open on the way Home but as soon as we walked in the door she was wide awake. Hopefully she’ll sleep well tonight. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Errands Galore, Wonderful Visits, Our Final Merry Thanksmas For This Year and Locked Out.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

After another cooler night under our warm Winter Bedsheets we were up shortly after 8:00 this morning. The first thing I did was to set about making a Coffee and a Hot Bowl of Quaker Oats Cereal for Kathy’s breakfast because I had to fast. My plan was to get my Yearly Blood Tests done for my Doctors this morning. While she ate I quickly checked a few things on my Computer.

We were on the road by 9:00 heading to Windsor where we had a number of things we needed to do. We were surprised that there were still Construction Zones on Walker Road causing a Bottleneck for the inbound traffic.

The first stop we made was at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Howard Avenue so Kathy could walk around while I had the Blood Tests done next door. When I arrived at the Lab there was the Notice on the door informing everyone that the employees were “On Strike” until further notice. It has been publicized on the Local News but I was hoping that this location had not been affected. (Wishful Thinking). With today’s tight schedule it helped that the Lab had been closed because that would have probably involved sitting around for nearly an hour waiting my turn. Kathy managed to find some things like Buckley’s Cough Syrup that we needed for our southern trip that she had forgotten before.

Driving through another Construction Zone on Tecumseh Road caused a lot of stop and go for us before reaching our next stop was Guardian Storage where we picked up only Three pieces of Mail. Leaving there we spent the next ten minutes blocked in a line of traffic due to a very Slow-Moving Freight Train.

Since I hadn’t eaten yet we stopped at Taco Bell thinking that I’d finally get the chance to try their breakfast menu. “Sorry we’re not open yet and that is only served in the US” was their response. Just down the road McDonalds has now expanded their breakfast menu and they serve it all day. We each had a Breakfast Wrap and a Coffee.

A little further up Tecumseh Road we stopped at Canadian Tire. The Trash and Recycle Bins in our trailer use a certain sized Plastic Liner Bag and no matter where we get them from most just don’t fit properly but the ones at Canadian Tire are a perfect fit. We also picked up a Cable Connection that will help make the connections behind the television neater as well as an Air-Dryer Filter for our Compressor.

Heading back west we stopped at Staples where we picked up additional Ink Cartridges for our Printer as well as a couple of Tapes for Kathy’s Labeler. They had a special on the Cartridges that if you bought Two today you received a $10.00 Gift Card which we then applied to the Labeling Tapes.

Driving across the parking lot to Walmart Kathy picked up a few more Groceries that she had forgotten while I picked up an additional SD Card for our Camera.

A quick stop at the Motor City Community Credit Union where we did our last bit of banking until we return next spring.

Now we headed across town on the E.C. Rowe Expressway to Dougal Avenue where we stopped at the TD Bank and Kyle helped us to complete that banking until next spring.

Since it was then past noon we stopped at another McDonalds for Chicken Nuggets for our lunch before driving through another Construction Zone up the street to the Wholesale Club to pick up our supply of Halls Cough Drops for our trip south. These are far better than the ones sold in the US.

We had a 1:00 appointment to meet my aunt Anna and uncle Bob at the Devonshire Retirement Home they now reside in after moving from London. We nearly made it on time until we got stopped by yet another Construction Zone directly in front of their building on Crawford Avenue.

We went up to the Fourth Floor Community Room where we sat catching up on what has been happening in their lives as well as ours. We were also watching the Shipping Traffic on the Detroit River. They were shocked to hear of the problems we are having with our trailer but wished us Safe Travels and hoping Jayco does the right thing for us by fixing our trailer. The Two Hours we were there only felt like minutes but it was soon time to leave. We’ll be visiting them again in the spring.

That visit did not last as long as we had planned so we stopped at the nearby Bulk Barn where we walked around stretching our legs. We also picked up a few supplies that we can’t find in any of the local grocery stores for the prices we pay there.

Since we had a Gift Card we planned on eating supper at the west-end Swiss Chalet. Imagine our surprise when we drove into the parking lot to find a sign saying the building was For Rent. Plan B we drove to the other end of the parking lot to Wendy’s where we each had a Full-Sized Salad for our supper. 
The Ambassador Bridge leading to Detroit, Michigan.
We had some time before our next appointment of the day so we walked around the Factory Direct Outlet. It helped to wear down our supper as well as allowing us to see what they carry. It’s not often you see 70” Television Sets going for a Thousand Dollars. 
These women seem to have been talking forever.
With still more time then we had planned we went next door to the Dollar Tree. Again, it was mostly for walking but then we found the Money/Gift Cards that we couldn’t find earlier this year let’s just say we won’t be looking for them again next year. 
If this old tree could only talk.
Still a bit early for our last appointment we went down by the River where we watched as the Flags at the Afghanistan Memorial were nearly unwavering and there were White Caps from the 30 MPH Winds. 
A Flag for each Canadian Soldier lost during the Afghanistan War.
We drove over to our daughter Rose’s House for our final Merry Thanksmas Celebration of this year. As soon as we walked in with the Gift Bags D.J. wanted to open his gifts but we insisted he had to wait because Munaf was not home. For a Twelve-Year Old that was hard to do but he managed. We had a chance to visit with Rose before Munaf arrived. Everyone enjoyed their gifts especially D.J. and we are already expected to visit next spring. 
D.J. finally getting his gifts.
We didn’t get Home until nearly 9:30 but then I couldn’t unlock the door. Somehow my set of trailer keys came off my Key Hook. Luckily Kathy had her’s and once inside I took a flashlight outside to see if they could be located. I brought our purchases in but no keys. I gave a call to Rose but there were no keys on her couch. I’ll make a few calls tomorrow and if they don’t turn up we’ll just have to replace them.

After making Twenty-One stops today we’re both feeling slightly tired. We have a few more days of nice weather coming our way before it really cools down. Got to get things ready to roll. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Words of Inspiration

All women become like their mothers.

That is their tragedy.

No man does.

That's his.

Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet and Playwright