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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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sleeplessness, Hockey, Lunch And An Explanation.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Without any discussion having taken place until at the breakfast table this morning Kathy and I shared our sleeplessness last night. Normally one of us sleeps well while the other doesn’t and then the following night the opposite happens but not last night. After having been asleep for just over an hour Kathy spent the next two hours wide awake reading in the living room before going back to sleep. I woke around 4:00 tossed for an hour before going to the computer until 6:30. We both managed to wake close to 8:30 only slightly tired for wear. 
Tyler (Black #97) on face-off.
By 10:00 we were on our way to watch our grandson Tyler play hockey at the New Belle River Arena. Once the game got started today the action only stopped when the referees blew their whistles. Again this week Tyler demonstrated that he was not going to be bullied by senior players from the opposing team and found himself in the penalty box twice within the same period. The score ended as a tie 5 all with Tyler scoring three times and assisting on the other two goals for his team. 

We decided before heading home that we’d just look around the small town of Belle River because there used to be another RV campground in the area. Well with the passing of time the campground was sold off and developed as a lakefront community with high-end homes in the district. With other plans that would delay our arrival home for lunch we chose to stop at a small restaurant that I used to frequent nearly forty years ago called Edna’s. Since we didn’t want to overeat we each ordered a simple Corned Beef sandwich. What we got was a Corned Beef/Turkey/Ham sandwich that we both struggled to eat. It’s a good thing that’s all we ordered! The price for the sandwich was the same as a combo at fast food place but it filled us up. For supper tonight all we could eat was a salad.
Tyler (C) being congratulated by teammates after a goal.
Kathy and I appreciate the words of encouragement that we received from yesterday’s post. It will not only help us to save money but also be a better way to enjoy our travels. Stephanie brought up the issue of work-camping down in the southern states when we travel in the US. As Canadian citizens we would be required to have a work permit (Green Card) and then we would have to file Income Tax Returns not only with the Canadian government but with the IRS as well. After 36 years with my former employer we receive a monthly pension cheque that helps support our travels. If we worked in the US we’d have to declare that pension with the IRS and the work-camping monies with Revenue Canada putting us in a deeper hole than we presently are. By my working my trade strictly while in Canada we better support our lifestyle without having to pay income tax on both sides of the International Border. 

Tomorrow we have lots of things to accomplish so that we can start getting ready for this change to our lifestyle. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


What's made of chocolate and found in the sea?

An Oyster Egg.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Staying put this winter!

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

We sat and discussed the pros and cons and after careful consideration about numerous issues we have been worried about we have opted to remain at home this year and will resume our travels next winter.  It was a difficult decision but one that we both feel had to be made. 

The economy right now is shaky to say the least and affects the future of many countries including Canada and the USA. The Canadian dollar is at the lowest it has been in long while. 

We had to make many costly major repairs on both our vehicles and the trailer during a course of the last 2 years which has caused us to use up our repair fund. That needs to be replenished before we hit the road again.  We feel it isn’t safe to travel without emergency funds to back us up if any major repair issues would happen.  So we need to work on that as it is a major problem. 

Lowering our expenses is important to both of us as we want to travel more than anything so we will do what we have to insure that we will continue to travel and do the things we have always dreamed about before age or health stop us. 

We are taking this year off and not heading to the sunny south because we feel that by doing so we will save enough to help replenish our repair fund.  We sincerely hope this will be a mild winter for us here at home.  It should also give us time to do some minor work on the trailer and a little more downsizing in the apartment that we have been putting off. Now with our decision it is more important than ever to achieve. Richard also plans on getting a part-time job in his trade to help out as well. We know that many of you work camp for funds and campsite rentals. Unfortunately we do not have work camping in the Windsor district. 
We have also decided to go full time until our health stops us. We have done our homework and looked into the Windsor RV Park & Campground.  We have put our name on a seasonal waiting list with 7 ahead of us. We won’t know the results or how long we have to wait until the campground reopens in April. This park is close to what we need doctors, groceries, fuel and family. We will be preparing for that as well. 

So to the wonderful RV folks that we love to visit with, we wish you well and hope to see you all down the road in 2016/17. We will be back soon you can count on it! Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Post written by Kathy.
Tonight's pictures are
things we will truly
miss this winter. 


You Might Be a Redneck If

You hand painted the whitewalls on your tires.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sleepless Nights, Continuing With Our Plan.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

It just seems that if one of us is having a good night’s sleep the other doesn’t. I was so tired from not having slept properly on Wednesday night that last night I slept like a rock. Last night however Kathy spent most of the night staring at the ceiling because her mind wouldn’t shut down. She even spent a couple of hours reading in the living room. Insomnia is a side effect of having Sleep Apnea which we both have. 
I definitely wasn't dressed like this today.
We had a slow morning before going to the computers. Once I finished my reading I started loading things into the truck to bring back to the trailer. Unfortunately when I stepped outside my arms were full so I gritted my teeth until I got to the truck. As soon as I could I hustled myself back in the building because it was cold outside. Finding a coat to wear suddenly became a priority which is something I didn’t worry about since last winter. 
The warmth would have been nice today
but the flames dangerous because of the wind.
After lunch Kathy and I headed over to Guardian Storage for two reasons. The first was a fact finding mission to gather more information for our plans. Unfortunately Wendy was away this week so we’ll have to go back next week. We then went to the trailer where Kathy and I both gathered a few more things to bring back to the apartment and for me to put the things that I’d brought from the apartment in the basement of the trailer. I then climbed to the roof and installed the air conditioner covers. The last chore we did together was to move the trailer forward and back it onto the planks to protect the tires from the winter weather. Then lastly we applied the tire covers. 

By the time we left the trailer we were both cold and hungry so we stopped at Taco Bell for supper. Once we were on our way back to the apartment traffic suddenly was backed up just before we got home. There was a Fire/Rescue truck parked across the next intersection but we lucked out and turned into the parking lot without worrying about what had happen. We got cleaned up and changed and headed out the door to go to our daughter Karen’s. The Fire/Rescue truck was gone but the police had the street cordoned off and detoured traffic around where a motorcycle lay mangled under a large dump truck.   
We spoke with Karen and Greg at their home about the accident and they’d seen it on the news. We also talked to them about our money saving plan for the future. At first it appeared that Karen didn’t like our idea but as she heard more about it she really started to understand it. Once we’ve let the rest of our family know what we are up to we’ll be letting the rest of our RV blogging family know our plans. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Half the truth is often a whole lie.