It's about time.

I'm sure there are many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours on your career, raising your children. buying a home and paying all the bills that are related to being homeowners. We've retired now so we downsized our belongings, sold our house, and upgraded our trailer. Now it's our time to follow our dreams.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Where’d the Time Go?

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

With all the heat we had yesterday sleeping last night was not a problem. We both managed to sleep until just after 8:00 this morning. After eating breakfast and watching the Weather Channel we both settled in at the computers for close to an hour before we had to leave. 

First we stopped at the trailer where Kathy wanted to do something inside while she had the time and I measured the Red plastic toolbox that I carry in the basement. Kathy accomplished what she needed and the toolbox was the perfect size to be repurposed. 

We arrived at Fantastic Sam’s a little early for our appointment but Jen had just finished her last customer and she was able to take us right away. We were both starting to feel a little wooly as our hair was starting to have a natural curl because of its length. Since Jen has done our hair so often and we maintain simple easy to care-for styles she had us both finished in less than a half hour. 

Now we drove around the block to the west end Walmart. When we had shopped at the east end location yesterday they didn’t have enough clear plastic storage bins of the size that I needed well today I hit the jackpot because they had enough bins for all the storage I plan on doing. We also picked up a slightly larger plastic toolbox for the trailer to replace the red one that was being repurposed. The last thing we did was go through the grocery section for a few things to see us through the weekend. 
With a tarp on the floor and plastic on the furniture there's a lot of sorting going on.
Since it was now past noon hour we stopped at Taco Bell where using a coupon we both had lunch for only ten dollars before heading back to the apartment. 

Back in our living room I transferred the tools from the smaller Red toolbox to the slightly larger box. Through the course of the afternoon I added many more tools that were located in other containers thus making this larger container well worthwhile because now all the tools were together. The Red toolbox was repurposed to hold our Emergency Warning Triangles we carry. Since Red indicates stop or danger that is why I wanted that color for that purpose. We actually carry two sets of Triangles so now they are all in the same box. 

Even though things are starting to take shape I was disappointed that I didn’t have more completed before it was time to grill a couple of sausages for supper. As soon as we finished the dishes we left to go visit our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa in Amherstburg for our weekly Wednesday evening visit. 

It felt like we had been gone for months even though we’d only been gone two weeks but there was still a lot of catching up to do and as usual we all had our share of laughter for the evening. I also got a chance to take pictures of Matthew with his soccer trophies that he got the other evening. That was quite an accomplishment for Matthew because this was the first time he had ever taken any interest in any kind of sports.   

Tomorrow I needed to find some parts to fix the windshield washer jets on the truck. They are made of plastic and tonight when I went to use it found that they had broken off where they connect. I also have work I need to do in the trailer while the temperatures remain cooler for the next couple of days. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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A bully is always a coward.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reorganizing.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After having a mostly restful night I still managed to sleep in but as soon as I got out of bed Kathy was right behind me. It wasn’t long that we were both checking what kind of weather we were going to have for the next few days. Today under sunny skies but a Humidex that would climb above the century mark this afternoon if I was to accomplish what I wanted at the trailer I’d have to head over there as early as possible this morning. 

With Kathy’s heart condition breathing in that kind of heat for an extended period of time would be nearly impossible so she stayed back at the apartment with research and online banking to keep her busy.

At the trailer my idea was to remove all the storage boxes that I had in the basement and front storage box. I even emptied out the storage racks that I mounted on the bulkhead in order to keep the smaller items off the floor. I amazed myself how much stuff was being brought back to the apartment but had to do it so that it could be better organized. 

I made a couple of stops on the return trip to the apartment. Stopping at the drug store for vitamins that they no longer carry and then at the post office to recover a parcel that had been shipped to me.

In the apartment parking lot I used a grocery shopping cart to haul everything from the trailer up to the apartment. Kathy had already spread a plastic tarp and was holding the door open when I came with the first load. I did manage a second load before I had to stop because the heat was getting too much for myself. Kathy quickly made up lunch so that I could cool down and get reenergized. 

After getting the last load in the apartment I started sorting things but soon ran into a roadblock. Not everything that I’d brought in was in clear containers. Some were loose, in bags and cardboard boxes and some were in clear plastic bins that were too small for what was needed. Some of these things will end up in the recycle, be given away or even tossed in the trash rather than going back to the trailer. I needed to put like with like and be ruthless. 

Kathy and I headed over to Walmart and managed to find a couple larger clear containers that I needed but it wasn’t enough. We also found some accessories for the bathroom and a birthday gift. Kathy grudgingly waited for me inside until I had the truck loaded and drove near the door to pick her up. We made a few more stops in search of the containers that I needed with no luck but we did manage to scratch another Christmas Gift off our list with only another 156 shopping days left
Since we were in the neighborhood we dropped in to see our daughter Karen who had forgotten about our visit last night. Greg was home from work and busy grilling supper on the barbecue. We talked with Tyler and played with Sanford for a few minutes before we headed back home. 

At the apartment I split an Acorn Squash and cleaned it out for Kathy who seasoned and cooked it while I grilled a couple of hamburgers on the Weber. After supper I managed to repackage three containers with a pile more to go.    

Tomorrow we have other things to do but I’ll keep picking away at that pile until it’s all reorganized and back in the trailer. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Your prom dress was knitted.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Figuring Ahead.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After a long day behind the wheel yesterday I was praying that I could get some sleep to help me relax last night because I was way past tired by the time I went to bed. Imagine my surprise when the first thing my eyes opened to was the sun shining around the edges of the drapes and it was past 8:30 in the morning. By the time I started getting breakfast ready Kathy was right behind me. 

Watching the Weather Channel we discussed what our plans were for today and the next few days. Even though I had planned on a couple of things that need to be done on the trailer our daytime highs won’t permit that from happening until later in the week. Today’s high was not too appealing but if we went to the trailer this morning it would work out. 

By 10:00 we were arriving at the trailer where we finished getting clean and dirty clothes and number of other things out of the trailer that had to go back to the apartment. The back seat of the truck was as full this morning as it was yesterday. We had everything in the apartment and put away what we could all before we sat down for lunch. 

I spent nearly an hour taking measurements and drawing out a sketch for the next project that Kathy asked me to make for the trailer. It was another hour before I’d finished making a list of all the material sizes that will be used to make it. 

Now I needed to make some phone calls. Two that I was able to get answers for and the other two I’ll be calling back tomorrow. What I dislike is when you reach an automated answering service that keeps running you in circles and won’t put you through to someone that will handle your call. For supper I grilled some Salmon fillets while Kathy made a great noodle dish and salad to go with them. 

Afterwards we went over to visit our daughter Karen who Kathy had made an appointment with earlier today. When we got there Karen and Greg were gone out, Kylla and Noah were on their way out and Tyler was downstairs playing video games with his friends. Sanford was happy to see us by the way he kept jumping up and was very disappointed when we were leaving. 

We’ll be back at the trailer early tomorrow so that I can get my chores done before we head out again. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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He's the one with the sesame seed buns.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Which Way Do We Go?

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Since we weren’t in too big of a rush to hit the road this morning we felt comfortable enough to wait until this morning to pack up the computers. We were up before 8:00 and decided to go over to the Rock Glen Club House to enjoy their free Sunday morning pancake breakfast. All we needed to do was bring our own plates, cutlery and coffee cups. We had gotten there fairly early and by the time we left the line was starting to form out the door. 

Knowing that George and Suzie would soon be leaving to go the Pinery Flea Market we went over to say our good byes right after we finished breakfast. This also gave George a chance to show me how his solar controller was set up and we just kept on talking shop until Suzie and Kathy let us know the time was getting late. With our final hugs and handshakes Kathy and I headed back to our trailer to pack up and George and Suzie headed off towards the Pinery. We hope they had an Awesome day. 
We thought this storm cloud was following us.
One thing we did different this morning was that we packed things that had to be brought into the apartment directly into the back seat of the truck so we wouldn’t have to move it at the storage yard in the heat of the afternoon. Even taking our time to leave we were still on the road before 11:30. 
Matthew visiting pregame and feeling really good.

Kathy had talked to me while I was working on draining the tanks and packing the utilities but apparently I didn’t quite understand what she was saying to me. As our new Rand McNally GPS was directing us down the road I kept arguing that it didn’t sound right but Kathy said that was how I had said to set it. It wasn’t until we were heading into London that I asked where I wanted it set it for. London not Windsor? 
Matthew vying for the ball.
After having lunch and fueling the truck it took two hours travelling the 401 before we arrived at the storage yard in Windsor two and a half hours later than originally planned. We now had to empty the fridge and freezer to take home with us. It was 5:00 in the afternoon by the time we had everything we had taken today back in the apartment put away. 
Matthew trying for a steal.
We arrived at the nearby A&W to have a quick and inexpensive supper (coupon) because we were on our way to see our Grandson Matthew play soccer at the Ford Test Track. We had been told they started to play at 6:00 but that was practice time. 
Matthew making a corner shot.
The teams were back in their regular colored uniforms tonight. The gold uniforms had been used for the special games against the more elite players last month when they had combined the two teams for the events. Tonight many of the less dramatic players really surprised everyone causing the game to end as a tie which required a shootout. Matthew’s blue team finally beat the red team in this process. 
Matthew shooting one of the shootout shots and he scored.
Even though there is another special game next week at a different location this was the last regular game of the season tonight. After the game awards were given out and we were pleasantly surprised when Matthew won the Most Improved Player for his team. Way to go Matthew we’re proud of you. 
Matthew with some of his awards.
Tomorrow we still have a few things to get at the trailer but there’s some planning going on for maybe another short outing before the end of the season. Plus I’ve got more measuring to do for another project that Kathy suggested for the trailer. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You were wearing a John Deere hat in your senior picture.