It's about time.

I'm sure there are many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your children. Buying a home and paying all the bills that are related to being homeowners and parents.
Our family has grown up and started families of their own. We're now retired and don't need a big home with all its work and expenses. We've downsized our belongings, sold our house, and upgraded our trailer.
Now it's time to follow our dreams.

What about you? Wouldn't you say, "It's about time".

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Completing Chores and Cutting Back.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

The one thing we have both known for some time is that sleeping with the windows open at night is one of the best ways of getting a good night’s sleep. We have been doing that whenever the weather is not raining or the temperatures not too hot or cold. The only problem we have with it is that we sleep so soundly that we are sleeping much later than we prefer to in the morning. Nan Talley might not agree with our way of thinking after what she and John experienced while out Boon Docking lately. 

Even though I was up nearly an hour before Kathy woke up it was nearly 9:00 before we had our breakfast. The Weather Channel gave a disappointing forecast for all the young Trick or Treaters that were hoping for clear skies for tomorrow night in southern Ontario. They even disappointed us when they showed that there could be a mixture of rain and that cold wet stuff we don’t like to talk about.  We might have to close our bedroom windows on the weekend because it could turn the water in our CPAP machines to ice. 

After finishing our morning reading I changed into my exercise clothes and got in a good workout. I extended my cardio but didn’t push the all-out run I did the other day that exhausted me to the point that I couldn’t do my weight routine. I also got in a good weight routine today as  I was able to add an extra set which meant I basically doubled my weight routine. 

Kathy had gone to do some reading in the living room and when she heard me closing up my equipment she knew it was time to start making lunch. She made a nice hot pork sandwich for each of us that was more than adequate from a roast she made in the slow cooker yesterday. 

After lunch Kathy returned to her computer so she could continue doing some research on the change of plans on our return in April. I went outside to work on the truck only to turn around once I got in the parking lot because the wind was so cold. Once I found my coveralls in the closet I went back outside where I changed the auxiliary fuel tank filter and was surprised to find it full of water. I also reset the remote starting fob which seems to constantly get out of sync before collecting all the light fixtures that I plan on working on while were away this winter and storing them in the truck. 

Even though we had the windows in the apartment open when I got back inside it almost felt like the heat was on because I was out of the wind. Kathy was still busy researching and starting to get confused so while she worked on her laptop I worked on mine. We found a different place to stay after we leave the Florida Keys that will put us only minutes from our next planned adventure. One problem solved! 

For supper we worked together to create wonderful pork/vegetable/noodle dish that again was very satisfying. After doing the dishes and sitting down to watch the 6 o’clock News Kathy served us a Black Cherry Frozen Yogurt Cone for dessert. The good thing about Frozen Yogurt is that is only twenty percent of the calories of regular ice cream with only five percent of the fat. 

With tomorrow being Halloween we have some errands to run before the kids are out in the evening but we also have other plans. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

You stockpile pork and beans.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Changing With Time.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy got her wish last night by having such a good night’s sleep that it rubbed off on me. We struggled to open our eyes shortly after 8:00 this morning but within minutes of walking around the apartment we were feeling full of energy.
Back this summer I posted about accidentally finding a brood of wild turkeys which for this area is a phenomena. We have seen then on several occasions since that time period during different times of the day and basically seeing them maturing into young adults. While we were having breakfast this morning the brood once again made their appearance.
Since the grass in the field behind our building is constantly being mowed so the local pet owners have a place for their pets to play and take care of nature calls. These wild turkeys often are seen feeding in this field but today was different. Suddenly they all raised their heads and spread their wings while running towards the end of the field. Not expecting anything like that I didn’t have the camera to record this brood taking flight. Unfortunately there was one of the young turkeys that ran all the way to the end of field while the rest of the brood had flown away. We did see him still in the corner as we were later leaving the building but not when we returned. Hopefully his family returned and he is safe.
By 10:00 Kathy and I were on our way to a couple of stops and an appointments. The first stop was at Kathy’s family doctor where she was able to get her yearly Flu Shot. It only took a few minutes as the nurses are all trained in this procedure. The next stop was our hair cut appointment. We arrived early as Jen was finishing her last customer so we were heading to our next stop before our appointment time. We made a quick stop at the trailer where I retrieved my cold weather cap. With the temperatures dropping the way they are my ball caps will be too light for that weather. Our last stop was at Windsor Gas and Diesel where I spoke with Jim about getting the truck in for a quick service in a couple of weeks.
Back at the apartment we had soup and a sandwich for lunch after which we did the dishes. Kathy was in a cooking mood so she started cleaning out the fridge and had me willingly chopping meats and vegetables as she started putting together Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and Pecan/Date muffins. Working together makes everything go so much quicker.
Since this is Wednesday we were on our way to Amherstburg for our weekly visit with our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa. We had our usual wonderful visit with them but we also got to tell them about the conversation we were having with Melissa’s parents at the Halloween Party. They are getting up in age and developing health issues. They were asking about living in an apartment because they still have their home with all the chores and problems that come with it. After they listened to us they started saying they have to sell their home. Melissa was shocked but glad to hear it as she has been telling them that for a long time.
Even Boots came to visit tonight.
With only 58 days before we leave time seems to be flying on one hand and dragging on the other. There is still plenty that we have to do but we can’t wait to be on the road. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adjustments and Changes.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Yesterday Kathy had mentioned to me that the power must have gone off because the clocks on the microwave and oven were flashing. Later in the evening when I had just written the blog I noticed that the electronic clock in the office was not set to the proper time. It automatically resets when the power goes out but it was manufactured before the extra four weeks of Daylight Savings Time was added on so I simply adjusted it. After watching the municipal election results on the news we went to bed without even giving it a second thought. 

I slept well only waking around 6:30 in the morning according to our bedroom clock and since I couldn’t fall back to sleep I just got up. I started opening the drapes and blinds in the other rooms only to see darkness so it really made me feel that it wasn’t quite 7:00 in the morning yet. Suddenly I was looking at the wall clock in the livingroom that showed it was passed 7:45 but it was still dark outside. Checking the rest of the clocks they all said the same time except the one in our bedroom because it was another of those automatic clocks. 

Kathy finally got up just before 9:00 feeling much more refreshed than she had in the last few days. When she looked outside while having breakfast she thought that it was still the middle of the night. Just then the wind increased and the rain started coming down on an angle making the use of an umbrella totally useless. The forecasted high temperature for today was not reached and the temperatures for the rest of the week are slowly getting colder. 

Since I had already finished my E-mail and blog reading before Kathy woke up I started sorting the laundry while Kathy went to her computer. When I went down to the laundry room I was able to get the machines I needed when I needed them with no problems. Kathy in the meantime was making final arrangements on the phone for a slight change in our travel plans for this coming winter. Of course when you change one thing you have to change another plan and another. She’s got it under control even though it was giving her a headache. 

For lunch we ate the last of the Greek Macaroni Salad that she had made to bring to the Halloween party. For supper Kathy made a great Caesars salad that she served with some of the leftover chicken that I grilled for last night’s supper. Our fridge is starting to look bare. 

The rain finally stopped as we were watching the 6 o’clock News but the wind is still blowing. Hopefully Kathy will continue to have restful sleeps for the coming days because tomorrow we have places to go and things to do. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Will work because I have to.