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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hot Landscaping.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Just that little bit of w@#k I did last evening made me sleep so soundly I never woke up until I heard the alarm going off this morning. Yes I had to use the alarm because I needed to meet our daughter-in-law Melissa at her place of employment to retrieve a tamper tool that I had to use today. Our son Kevin had put it in the rear of the van last night and I met her before her shift. 
Barbecue on the ground Time to rework the old patio stones. . 
As soon as I walked back in the apartment Kathy was there having gotten things ready for breakfast. She said she sensed my absence the moment I walked out of the apartment. Once breakfast was over Kathy went to the computer after I kissed her and headed out the door. The weather forecast was calling for Humidex values today exceeding the century mark and the job that I had to do was outside in the direct sunlight.
After arriving at our daughter Karen’s house I didn’t go inside but immediately set to the task of lifting the original patio stones that led into the back yard. It wasn’t long that Tyler realized I was there and came out to help. Since he hadn’t eaten breakfast yet I sent him back inside not wanting him to pass out because he was starving. Once he joined me we worked well together as I explained what we were doing. We had the weed cloth down and the bags of screening leveled before I noticed it was past 12:30.
Smelling lunch.
I’m the opposite of a Diabetic being Hypoglycemic I needed something to eat so I took Tyler to A&W for lunch. We had a chance to visit as the Air Conditioned dining room and cold Root Beers helped us cool down before going back to work.
We managed to get all eighteen of the new patio stones laid and leveled by 2:30 but the heat was starting to get the best of us even though we were keeping ourselves hydrated. We conferred that we’d wait until after supper to finish the job and hoping the temp would cool down a bit.
Laying the second last stone.
Kathy was surprised that I was home and hadn’t bulled through to finish the job even though it was so hot. I had to change my clothes just to cool down even though the AC was on. I managed to read a few morning blogs and scan the Weather Network before supper. The Humidex had climbed above the century mark early this morning and was still holding through the afternoon.
It's hot but can we play
Kathy had marinated a nice side of spare ribs and wrapped them in foil for me to grill on our Weber. She also made a couple of delicious sides to go with them. Needless to say I didn’t stay outside while the ribs were on the grill cooking on low for about forty minutes. When we opened the foil the ribs were actually falling off the bone tender.
It was just past 5:30 when Kathy and I arrived back at Karen’s. Thinking that we’d need more bags of screening I asked Karen to pick up a couple more while Tyler and I continued relaying the old patio stones. After she had left we realized the old stones were not only a quarter inch larger in dimension but they were also thicker which meant scraping screening out rather than adding. We finished laying all the stones without using any more screening so she’ll just return them. It took another hour to add the sealing sand which stops weeds or grass from growing between all the stones and tamping them. 
At $35.00 a bag you save the extra sealer sand.
Karen helping Tyler on the final cleaning.
I was hardly in our apartment when I headed for the shower. After taking an extra-strength Tylenol I sat at the computer where it said the Humidex was still 97 F (36 C) at 9:00. Tomorrow is supposed to be hotter yet and our building is supposed to be shutting the power off so they can replace the breaker that’s always causing problems. Not good timing! Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hot Day Shopping and Project Purchases.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy had a slightly restless night so it was no wonder when she slept until nearly 9:00 this morning. With another day being forecasted to feel close to the century mark we worked on things inside the apartment this morning.
 After enjoying our lunch and washing the dishes we headed over to the Devonshire Mall on Howard Avenue. Kathy had a package she’d ordered from the Sears catalogue that needed to be picked up. Afterwards we walked around the mall looking at a number of things but only buying a single Kit-Kat chocolate bar at the Dollar Store to share as an afternoon snack at 3:00. We did walk through a number of stores and were surprised to see that most were already stocking the shelves and racks with the Fall and Winter fashions. We would have had to be here immediately after New Years in order to get our choice of the summer clothes. 

Back at the apartment I grilled the last of the All-Beef Ball-Park Franks for our supper. We figured since we were each having two we wouldn’t need anything else to eat. 

By 6:00 we were at our daughter Karen’s with the truck so we could go over to the local Home Hardware store. Surprisingly it cost us less than if we’d driven all the way to Home Depot. Even though it is a chain all stores are locally owned and operated. With the warm weather I was glad that I’d brought two water bottles because I drank one at the store and the other while unloading the truck at Karen’s 

I’m hoping to get an early start on the project tomorrow so hopefully I’ll be finished before it gets too hot. Wednesday is supposed to far exceed today’s heat so I don’t want to be working on the project then. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Praying For A Dear Friend and Hot Happy Birthday.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

We both woke up feeling very refreshed this morning after having a good night’s sleep. While watching the Weather Network while having our breakfast we noted that today was again going to have a Humidex bordering on the century mark and since we had plans for the afternoon we decided to stay cool inside the apartment until then.

When it neared lunch Kathy started toasting some bread getting ready for the Hungarian Houlka that I was grilling on the Weber. It just seems to taste better grilled like that. Once it was done Kathy split it open and spread it on the toast open faced with mustard on it. It just melted in your mouth. 
Sanford waiting for a treat.
Since we haven’t heard from our friends Bill and Vera in a couple of weeks Kathy called and spoke to Vera. Bill had taken a fall over two months ago and banged his head on a curb. When an MRI was done there was blood found on his brain. That was definitely not a good thing as it was causing Bill to be off balance. Surgery was just done to remove the pressure this last week. When Bill tried walking with assistance the other day he was again off balanced. Another MRI was done and more blood was found on the brain. They will attempt one more surgery to correct his problem but since he is 83 years old with a heart condition this could be another problem. We’ll be praying for our friend and be there if Vera needs support. 
Our Granddaughter Kylla.
Picture from files
Around 2:30 we headed over to our Daughter Karen’s for a celebration. Our granddaughter Kylla is no longer a teenager. Since her summer job as a Temporary Part Time worker keeps her on the Midnight Shift she had just gotten out of bed and had a shower before we arrived. She didn’t want me taking her picture because she didn’t have her makeup just right but the celebration was still nice. Karen also took the time to show me the landscape project she wants me to do for her before next weekend. 
Not sure what to serve Karen had three small specialty cakes. 
Back at the apartment Kathy made her garlic pasta with a vegetable mix as sides while I grilled a couple of hamburgers for our supper on the Weber Q. Our grandson Matthew’s soccer game that was to be played outside this evening was cancelled due to the high heat so after the news we watched a movie that we’d missed at theaters until 9:00.  We’re hitting the road on Friday and we’ve got some work to do before. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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