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.

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

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Lots of Researching and Searching.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Last night after we dropped Tyler at home and visited with Karen for a short while we came home with a renewed sense of locating a Christmas Gift on that special list we mentioned yesterday. Karen had given us an idea of what sites to go to for better results. Back at the apartment we found a few sites and took turns looking at approximately 1200 pictures looking for that perfect gift. By 1:00 in the morning we were a couple of walking Zombies as we headed off to bed. 

Even though we had given up over an hour and a half of our sleep on our own accord we were both awake within minutes after 8:00 this morning. As soon as breakfast was finished we were back on the computers finally locating what we had been looking for. That’s when our jaws hit the floor because the cost would nearly pay for a set of tires on our truck. 

After lunch we tried driving to a couple of shops in Windsor that we thought would carry this type of product and hopefully at a lower price. Unfortunately when the market crashed six years ago most of the shops that specialized in this went out of business and the ones that survived stopped carrying that product. We finally found one of those businesses that survived but they only remain open four hours a day for five days a week and by the time we got there they were already closed. We’ll be making a special trip back tomorrow morning. Back at the apartment we once again found another site with the product but this time it would only cost as much as a single tire would for the truck. 

Kathy made a twice baked sweet potato and a salad to go with the Lemon Chicken Kabobs that I grilled on the Weber for supper. We’ll probably be shutting the lights off early tonight to make up for last night’s lack of sleep. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

What Ails You

The No. 2 cause of work absences lasting three days or longer is stress and anxiety.

Work Foundation Study

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Busy Christmas, Halloween Shopping and a Visitor.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

With the help of a regular strength Tylenol I had no problem sleeping the entire night but I had the alarm set for 8:00 this morning so you would think that I would stay awake through most of the night. Not at all. As a fact I slept so well that I woke up on my own feeling well rested minutes before the alarm went off. I had all the window blinds open and started breakfast before I woke Kathy at 8:03. 

I had my yearly physical with my family doctor today and Kathy decided to come for the ride so we were on the road by 8:35. The quickest way across town is still by the Expressway but unfortunately there is still construction going on that bottlenecks traffic up by Howard Avenue. We still managed to get to my appointment with ten minutes to spare. Kathy went next door to the drug store while I had my physical and managed to find a number of toiletries that we’ll be needing to restock the trailer with when we leave in December. I passed the examination and now I just have to get the blood tests done. 

We then headed over to the Devonshire Mall in search of things listed on someone’s Christmas wish list. With only 119 shopping days left we hit a number of stores and were actually able to scratch a few things off that list. We had probably walked the mall at least three times before we stopped at the food court for lunch. We again used coupons that help us keep costs down and re-energized us. 

We then headed at our local Value Village in hopes of finding more things from that list. With no luck on that front we instead changed our focus. We will be attending a Halloween party at our son Kevin’s on October 25th so we needed to find some costumes. It took a while to find first the costumes but then the accessories to go with them but now we are all set. 

From there we stopped at the storage yard and went to the trailer. Kathy again took more food stocks from the pantry while I stowed away the camping chairs we’ve been using at soccer games and got some fasteners and my drill that I’ll be using on my upcoming project. 

We stopped at the Credit Union to do some banking before going over to check out Captains. This is a novelty import store that we had hoped we would be lucky to find a couple of things from that special list. They have recently restocked the store so we struck out on finding anything there. 

Back to Walmart we were once again walking the aisles and with a little brainstorming between Kathy and I we found a few items that will be along the lines of what was being asked for. It was nearly 5:00 when we went to McDonald’s for supper. Yes we used coupons again to save some cash. 
Tyler checking the pile of Christmas gifts wrapped in our dining room.
Shortly after watching the news at home our grandson Tyler came over for a visit. We learned that he had been over last night and this afternoon but we weren’t home. That proves that we don’t stay home much. He stayed and watched a storm movie with Kathy while I am writing this blog post. We’ll be driving him home after the movie is over. 

Kathy and I would like to welcome Ruth Read from the blog Travel With Kevin and Ruth as our latest follower. We aren’t the world travelers that she and Kevin are but hopefully we’ll be able to share some valuable tips that will keep them interested. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

A still tongue makes a wise head.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eye Opener and Planning.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Last weekend I mentioned that I didn’t want to jinx how well we have been sleeping at night. Sleeping all last night didn’t happen for me because even though I tried to avoid taking a Tylenol to help me relax it was finally necessary after three hours of laying awake. 

We finally got up for breakfast just after 8:00 and were working away on our computers before 9:00. There were a number of unusual things that popped up that really caught our attention. One such thing was a video posted by Nancy on Travels with Mr. Nimble. This is a heartfelt video that everyone should see and it will inspire them that life is what you make of it no matter what cards you have been dealt. The title is Never Say Can’t. 

For lunch today Kathy chose that we make our own vegie/fruit/chicken wraps. Since I’m new to working in a kitchen it may take me longer to finely slice the ingredients but this allows Kathy to do other things like making her own dressing. Everything turned out great. 

We were soon discussing slight changes that I want to make for our next project for the trailer. I felt the original plan would have left it looking too rough and thrown together so with a few changes it will give it more structural integrity as well as dressing it up. Hopefully when we stain it the first time it will match what we finally ended up with on all the other cabinetry items. 

For supper we used the leftover grilled salmon from last night warmed on top of a cold pasta salad. A bit of Malt vinegar dressed it up beautifully. 

Being Wednesday after supper we headed to Amherstburg for our weekly visit with our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa. As usual we had a fun visit with them and the grandsons who are looking forward to going back to school next Tuesday. Something I know all parents are looking forward to as well because most will be doing a “Happy Dance.” 

As mentioned in yesterday’s post we only have one person to complete our Christmas shopping for and that is our grandson Cameron. His likes and dislikes are much different than ours so we actually have him make us a list of things that he might want. We couldn’t have been in the house two minutes and he brought out his list. Now with only 120 shopping days left before Christmas Kathy and I will be able to finish our shopping. 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

The "Elvis theme" of your wedding ceremony was unintentional.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hot Humid and Stormy.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Sleeping in lately has not been a problem for neither Kathy nor I. It was after 8:00 this morning when we got up to have our breakfast. In the process of eating we also watched the Weather Channel on the television and what they were showing was not a pretty picture. The Humidex for the day would be well above the century mark along with the chance of severe afternoon thunderstorms. 

As usual we headed to the computers to get caught up on our morning reading. Once that was finished we both started our own line of research about things we needed to do. Even with the extremely warm conditions outside Kathy suggested that we have an early lunch and go do some shopping inside an Air Conditioned store. 

After lunch we ended up at Walmart. With the shopping we had done the other day Kathy was more on track of what she needed to buy so we could scratch more gifts off of our Christmas list. It took well over an hour but by the then we are now down to only shopping for one more person. That’s not too bad considering there are only 121 more shopping days left. Because of power glitches to their computers we were delayed in checking out. Once that was completed I put our purchases in the truck while Kathy went to the in-store McDonald’s and got a couple of coffees and muffins for us to have a snack. That helped refresh us to carry on with grocery shopping that would take another hour to complete because of another power glitch. 

When we got back to the apartment building there were no shopping carts available so Kathy helped with a few lighter bags until we got inside our apartment. Leaving her with the frozen foods to put away I made two more trips to get everything in. Our timing seem perfect because shortly after we had finished putting things away we sat at the computers to cool down. That was when we started hearing rumbles of thunder outside. Opening the curtains we had closed to keep the heat of the sun out we were looking at black skies with pouring rain and a continuing display of lightning. For the next couple of hours the rain continued and the Weather Channel was flashing warnings across the screen for our area. 

Once the storm calmed I grilled a wonderful Salmon Fillet low and slow on the Weber while Kathy reheated the Spanish rice from last light and then she microwaveda couple ears of corn that we had bought today. The meal was delicious and there’s still some salmon left over that Kathy is already planning to use for lunch tomorrow.  Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


How did the tap dancer break her ankle?

She fell into the sink.