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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Monday, November 30, 2015

Making Deliveries And Murphy Is Back.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Talk about a strange sleeping pattern. As soon as the 11 o’clock News was finished last night we went to bed. The strange thing was that neither of us could fall asleep and when midnight rolled around we both went to the computers. Not wanting to take any chances I first went to the kitchen to make some Sleepy Time Tea to make certain that we would fall asleep. Don’t be confused this is not a sleep aide only a tea that helps you to relax. It is also not fast acting so we even had time to play a few games before we actually started feeling like we’d actually sleep. It was just after 1:00 before we returned to bed hoping to get some shut eye. Neither of us could have been in bed longer than two minutes before drifting to sleep.

I woke totally refreshed by 7:00 and had finished my morning reading by the time Kathy woke. While having breakfast we made our plans for the day. Since the weather was still cool but slowly warming we’d run some morning errands so that I could get back to work on the car this afternoon. The first thing I had to do was load things in the truck so I needed to use a shopping cart from downstairs. Other than a single container that got put in the truck bed one side of the back seat was for things going to the trailer and the other side was for STUFF that we were donating.

The first place we went was Guardian Storage to drop things off at the trailer. We were a little surprised when we got there because there were still puddles of standing water all around the trailer even though they had recently laid fresh gravel down. It was also very muddy walking around the trailer so I handed Kathy our dining chair that I’d repaired back at the apartment so she could put I back at the table along with a few other things. I tried locating something I wanted to work on but with my luck it was probably in the last container I would have searched so we’ll just leave it until spring when I’ll empty the basement.

Our next stop was Value Village where they were happy to have our STUFF to help support local charities. It was past lunch so we used a coupon and had lunch at A&W. As I was about to sit down with our food order I saw into the back of the truck the container I’d forgot to leave at the trailer. We made another trip back to the storage yard to drop that container off at the trailer.

It was nearly 1:30 by the time I got outside to work on the car. The temperature only reached a high of 37 F (2 C) today with 15 mph (27 km) wind blowing from the north. The way they make cars today you can barely get your finger tips in to work on it. By the time I’d replaced the heater fan I needed to take a break because that cool breeze had been blowing up my back and I was cold.

While I gathered another layer of clothes to wear Kathy made us Hot Chocolate and served us the last of her Homemade German Chocolate Pie for a snack that helped refresh and warm me up before I headed back outside.

When I went to test the fan it went to start and then it stopped. Murphy was smiling over my shoulder as the fan resistor had just blown. It was past 4:30 so I called it a day because even with the Hot Chocolate Kathy had served me and the extra layer of clothes I’d added I was still cold.

We just had Chicken noodle soup for supper because Kathy wasn’t feeling well by then. As of the writing of this post I’m starting with a scratchy throat and congestion. Murphy can leave anytime. 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

Your "guest bedroom" is a hammock in the garage.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Great Hockey, Shopping And Christmas Decorating.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After having some wakeful periods during the night I still managed to be up and about by 7:00 this morning. Kathy didn’t make her appearance until nearly 8:00. You’d think she was retired or something. Well yes she is and if she wants to sleep late she can do it. We’ve talked many times how in our past relationships that wouldn’t have been possible. We are so glad that we found one another and realize what is really important in life.

The sun came out to greet the day early but would later hide behind the clouds. By the time we’d had breakfast and finished our morning reading it wasn’t long before we were on our way out the door. We did make a quick stop at Tim Horton’s for coffee in an attempt to stay warm. The outside temperature would eventually reach 37 F (3 C) for a daytime high but we needed to stay warm while watching our grandson Tyler play hockey at the New Belle River Arena. We missed his game yesterday and learned that he’d scored three goals unassisted for a Hat-trick. Today the action was nonstop and there were plenty of defensive plays that were unbelievable. Tyler had a number of shots on the opposing net today but it seemed that the goalie predicted all of his shots. The first goal of the game would come only minutes before the end of the second period by Tyler’s team. That goal would be reinforced by a second goal with only a minute before the end of the game. The final score was 2 to 0 in favor of Tyler’s team.

Leaving the arena Kathy and I traveled to Dougal Avenue where we first stopped at Taco Bell to have a late lunch. Our next stop was at Payless Shoes where Kathy found shoes she badly needed. Then we crossed the parking lot to the west end Walmart where we looked unsuccessfully for a turkey. Kathy and I always supply the meat for whichever special occasion we get together as a family and we have been looking for Christmas turkey since just after our Canadian Thanksgiving. We did find additional plastic storage containers to use for clothes we will keep after we go Fulltime. We finally circled back towards our apartment where we found a Butterball Turkey at the Food Basics grocery store.

We made a quick stop at our apartment where we left behind our personal purchases and I changed into my working clothes. As soon as that was done we were on our way to our daughter Karen’s to help her put up some outdoor Christmas decorations. This is something I volunteer to help with but I prefer to do it when the temperature is warmer. Let’s just say it was difficult to install what was put up because at 37 degrees the electrical cords are not very flexible. Since we are normally not here to help take the lights down at the end of the holiday season I have no control of how things are put away. Karen was a little disappointed that some lights couldn’t be put up because of the cold temperatures and the way they had been stored. Once all the electrical cords were connected and working we appreciated a hot cup of tea to take the chill out of our bodies. We also delivered the turkey since we’ll be celebrating Christmas as a family at Karen’s home this year.

Back at the apartment working together it didn’t take long to plate our roast beef meal that we missed out on yesterday because our slow cooker was really slow. It still tasted great with enough leftovers for a few more meals. Kathy did manage to finish making her German Chocolate Pie topped with pecans that she served for dessert. Unfortunately it tasted so good there is only enough for another meal. Tomorrow we are hoping to start making more progress in the direction of going Fulltime in the spring. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Getting Things Together.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

We are really starting to enjoy this sleeping at night and waking up feeling refreshed. I even slept in until 7:30 this morning and had finished my morning reading by the time Kathy got up at 8:15. Looking out across the field behind the apartment building there was no sign of sunlight anywhere. However there was no wind, no rain and definitely no s@#w.

After finishing breakfast while Kathy was catching up on her morning reading I caught up on a few chores that had slipped to the way side. When Kathy was finished she headed to the kitchen to start getting things ready for supper this evening. She got a nice beef roast with potatoes, carrots and onions all set in the crock pot before she started making a German Chocolate Pie as a dessert. I repaired a portable LED light that the batteries had suddenly gone sour as well as attempting to repair my electrical meter. Unfortunately I didn’t have a small enough fuse on hand so that was put in to a finish pile. At this point I started working on making a multiyear calendar with all our special dates printed on it for Kathy.

Since our building was sold the Skyline Corporation has made some minor improvements but they also needed to take stock. When the Boardwalk Corporation left the building they took all the records of who the tenants were and even what appliances that were in the building so we were given notice that they would be checking these things out this afternoon. I was working on the computer after lunch when Dan the building manager knocked on our door. Not only was he there to get serial numbers on appliances but checking that all our safety equipment worked and to find out if there were any repairs that needed to be made to the apartment.

It didn’t take long after Dan had left that we were out the door to run some needed errands. The first place we went was to Home Hardware in search of a fuse for my electrical meter. They didn’t have anything that light-duty so they recommended going to the Source (Radio Shack). At the Source they could only find a half amp fuse but that would have to do. We then drove to the Bulk Barn where we picked up supplies for a cake that we’ll be making for Christmas celebration with our family. Our last stop was at the Zehrs grocery store to pick up food supplies we were running low on.

Back at the apartment after everything was put away I got my electrical meter working. When Kathy went to check on supper she found it was far from done. There was only one solution to that problem. We ordered a single meal from the Chinese Restaurant next door that left us both well satisfied. Guess what we’ll be having for supper tomorrow and a few days afterwards. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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