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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Why We Were Freezing and Still Making Progress.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

There was no alarm set last night for us to wake up by this morning. It was probably the cool 50 F (10 C) temperature that woke us both shortly after 7:00 making it too cold for Kathy to enjoy her breakfast. The only thing we could do was to try how efficient our new furnace worked. We had planned on trying it soon but didn’t think it would be this early. We allowed it to cycle a few times before turning it off and found that even with the sun starting to shine outside we weren’t warming up inside. With breakfast over Kathy had to bundle up to sit at her computer while I went to make the bed and get dressed. It was at that point that I opened the Hall and Bedroom blinds to find that both those windows had been left open the entire night. By simply closing them the trailer started warming up from our body-heat alone. 

We watched as everyone that was outside walked or rode by wearing long pants and heavier jackets then what they were wearing yesterday. Some were actually wearing layers of clothing in an effort to feel warm. We continued getting things organized inside as well as completing work on the computers until it was time to have lunch. The decision to have Chicken Noodle Soup with a cup of Hot Tea was an easy choice to make.  

We’d finished lunch by noon so while Kathy washed the dishes I went outside to continue working on a few projects. After drilling the holes for a pull handle into the Skylight Panel that I cut yesterday I discovered the paint that I needed was not in the shed and more than likely back at our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. I then managed to cut out two small shelf panels that I’ll be adding inside our electronics storage cabinet.  

Kathy had returned to the bedroom to continue the reorganizing of our in house storage. She is very particular about having everything used for one purpose stored together and she had found lots of things where they shouldn’t be. 
Trees already changing colour.
If you recall on our Avalanche trailer I had created a panel to stop the birds from making a nest in our Pinbox and I’d made another for one of the Weekend Seasonal Campers across the street. The other day Kathy noted the birds were trying to get past the Sheet Metal Panel that I’d installed on our neighbour’s trailer. It got to the point it was comical because they just wouldn’t give up and continued to bang into the dark panel. That prompted me to temporarily install a piece of cardboard into the pinbox of our new trailer. I had stored the remaining metal inside our garden shed so this afternoon after measuring the metal I cut it into pieces that can easily be made into Pinbox Panels for keeping birds out. I was surprised how sore my hands became after taking nearly two hours, using tinsnips to cut the six panels. 
Caught as I had just finished cutting the stack of panels
on the seat of the picnic table.
It was past 4:00 by that point and our early mostly liquid lunch was long gone. Kathy has been diligently trying to use up our frozen foods so we won’t have as much to worry about if the fridge has to be replaced and it also makes crossing the border a lot less stressful. (We have crossed at other locations and never been put through the strict searches of our fridge as at the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit.) She had me grill up some Honey-Garlic Sausages on the Weber while she sautéed a delicious blend of vegetables that melted in our mouths. To say it was delicious would be an understatement and there’s enough for another meal. 
Honey-Garlic Sausage and Sauteed Vegetables.
Stew AKA the Furry Gnome identified the bird in last night’s post as a Downy Woodpecker. With that information Kathy was able to confirm that it was in fact the Female Downy Woodpecker that we had seen. Thank You Stew without you pointing us in the right direction we wouldn’t have known its name. One question though “Why is it always the male of the bird species that have the brighter plumage?” 
Female Downy Woodpecker.
Tomorrow’s weather is not looking too promising but we’ll find something to do that will get us another step closer to heading south in another five weeks. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Big Cool Down, Organizing Chores, Special Celebration and Comparing Notes.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Before going to bed last night I was starting to feel very tired so I was really surprised that I was wide awake minutes after 7:00 this morning. I opened the curtains, got things ready for breakfast and started doing my morning reading. Then suddenly I heard the alarm clock going off in the bedroom. I’d forgotten that I’d turned it on before going to bed last night. My plan to let Kathy sleep a little later was out the window. She was now recovered enough from her cold that she actually heard the alarm. The fact that it was only 55 F (13 C) inside and out kind of snapped her into wakefulness as well. 

We discussed what we wanted to get done while having our breakfast and knew that we were limited by our Supper Plans. While Kathy started reviewing her E-mails I made the bed, dressed and finished my other morning chores. While she dressed I attempted to complete my morning reading. Kathy started reminding me of what I wanted to do which only made it more difficult to concentrate on my reading. 

It was 9:30 when I finally stepped outside and I didn’t see anyone else wearing shorts, sandals and a T-shirt like I was doing. Most others were wearing long pants, jackets and shoes. This was definitely a sign that this was Fall Weather. The Mid-Summer temperatures we were getting as late as yesterday were gone. "How could that be?" 
I manage to sub-assemble the Airbags and Brackets using all new Stainless Steel Bolts so that they can easily be removed if ever the need arises. There was no reason to only install a single Airbag for now so it’s a waiting game for the custom Heatshield to be ready before that happens. 
Once I’d safely stowed them under the Tonneau Cover I refocused my sights on the modified Battery Racks that will be installed in our basement. I’d barely laid out the holes that will be used to fasten them to the wall when Kathy called me to lunch. She had been busy catching up on her Bookkeeping before making Lunch. She was still feeling the cool effects of the north wind so she thought a Bowl of Hot Soup would help us to warm up. We also had another piece of her Homemade Protein Bar for dessert. I can truly vouch that it tasted just as good as yesterday. 
Homemade Protein Bar.
Back outside I managed to get all the holes drilled in the Battery Racks and by using our Magnetic Wand didn’t miss a single metal fragment. I also noted that I’ll still have to remove the lower battery tray off the one rack so it was also placed under the Tonneau Cover for safe keeping. 
Anyone know what kind of Woodpecker this is.
Around that time, I started hearing a strange tapping sound coming from above. It turned out to be a Woodpecker. Unfortunately, I don’t know the different Avian breads but knew that I’d never seen one with these black and white stripes before. Hopefully one of our readers can help identify our little feathered friend. 

By this time Kathy had already added her second Wall Decal to the opposite side of the living room. This one goes nicely with our “Free as a Bird” Clock. We stopped for a few minutes so we could both enjoyed a fruit juice to help keep our energy levels up. 
Outside again I found the piece of plywood that I would use to cut the panel for our Skylight Cover in the bathroom. The reason for that is to keep the heat out in the summer, the cold out in the winter and the morning sunlight from waking us way too early. After verifying the measurements with the sizing of the J-Channel that I had used to make the frame it didn’t take long to cut out. I have a fourteen-inch Husky Handsaw that has very aggressive teeth that made the job go quickly and smoothly. 
I was in the shower shortly after 4:00 getting cleaned up so we could walk over to the Park Clubhouse after 5:00. Tonight they were not only having the “End of the Season Dinner” but they were also celebrating Twenty-Fifth year that Wildwood Golf and RV Park has been in business. The food served was Rolls with Butter, Salad, Penne with Meat Sauce, Chicken Alfredo, Mixed Vegetables, Cabbage Rolls with Apple Strudel and Ice Cream for dessert. It was all delicious leaving everyone wishing they had eaten less Pasta. There were also two bottles of wine on each table. A Semi-Sweet White along with a Dry Red. It was all wonderful. They also had a Husband and Wife band that entertained everyone with a large assortment of music. 

Since this is World Hockey Season three of the men at our table left shortly after the music started. Even though Kathy and I had a chance to enjoy a few dances we also got to talk to one of the wives Marlene. She and her husband Greg are also Fulltiming but in a “C” Class Motorhome. We had a chance to hear some of the not so pleasant things they’ve experienced while RVing. We exchanged what we thought were the many Pros and few Cons about Fulltiming in a Fifth Wheel. We also told her about our Blog so if you are reading this Marlene, glad you stopped by. Around 9:00 we were starting to feel the effects of not having taken our evening medications so we said our good-nights and headed for Home 

Even though there is still lots to get done before we head south, we may have to shake things up a bit 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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