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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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bouncing Around.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Yes things are really getting back to normal around here. I did manage to get at least four hours of sleep last night. When I woke up this morning the sun hadn’t made its appearance yet but it was time to put my back in an upright position. The outdoor thermometer corresponded with the temperature on the Weather Channel and that was how cold it was when we headed south back in December. 

I had nearly finished reading my E-mail and morning blogs when Kathy got up at 7:30. Shortly after finishing breakfast we continued working on the computers until we headed out the door shortly after 9:30. 

We had scheduled our spring haircuts for today back in December before we headed south and we marked it on our calendar. Since we were early Jen was able to take one of us before our appointed time because someone else had booked a 10:30 appointment. That still shaved nearly a half hour off the time that we would have been there otherwise things would have gotten tight as we had still another appointment to get to when we were finished. Even though our haircuts down south were decent Jen really had to work to get our haircuts back the way we always have them. 

We arrived at Wendy’s down the street shortly after 11:00 for an early lunch. We chose to have the half size salad meal with a drink combo as we are trying to shed a few pounds. 

Shortly before 12:00 we were at our accountants getting our tax returns, Remember last Thursday when Kathy had gone through all our mail collected while we were gone looking for tax receipts and we had dropped it off at our accountants later that day. Kathy organizes our returns so well before we bring them in that the accountants are finished within a couple of hours. Unfortunately they were closed for a four day weekend so they called yesterday for us to come in today. 

For supper tonight we finally got a chance to enjoy some of the Split Pea and Ham soup that Kathy made yesterday. It did taste better than the sample taste we had yesterday because the flavors had melded together while it sat in the fridge. 

As soon as the dishes were washed we headed over to VitalAire. They had called to say my new mask that they didn’t have the other day was in and they closed at 5:00. With only minutes to spare after making that pick up we stopped at Home Depot for some supplies I need to make changes in our office. 

 This was Wednesday evening and we headed out to Amherstburg for our weekly visit with Kevin and Melissa. We were busy getting caught up on what the grandsons have been doing at school and how severe the winter really was for them. As usual we always have lots of fun and laughter making it a very enjoyable visit. 

On the way home we had to pass through a nearby area that is undergoing major road changes through construction. We were really getting bounced around from the poor road conditions and we hardly recognized where we were at because of all the changes. Tomorrow is another busy day. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Neither your dogs nor your shirts have collars.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Getting it All Straightened Up.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Things have started getting back to normal but I still spent most of the night tossing and turning. In other words last night I slept less than each of the nights since we’ve been home but I was up wide awake before 7:00 this morning. 

Kathy was up minutes later and we had finished breakfast and was watching the Weather Channel long before 8:00. The rain that had been predicted for yesterday only dampened the pavement overnight. Today the forecast was for clear skies but only the lower 50’s for a high temperature. Of course we immediately went to the computers to do our morning reading. 

Kathy started getting caught up on doing her entries on our budget spreadsheet from our trip while I was getting clothes sorted and ready for the laundry. It seemed strange walking into the laundry room and having my choice of machines to use. Once the wash was going I returned to the apartment to find Kathy busy using the leftover hambone from Easter dinner to make homemade Split Pea and Ham soup. By the time I returned after starting the clothes in the dryers she was letting it cool so it could wait until tomorrow to have it for our lunch. That will allow all the flavors to meld together making it taste better. Today’s lunch was the last of the Taco Soup and it tasted just as good as the last three times we ate it. 

Once I’d finished putting away the folded laundry I had a more serious job. While we were away this past winter we had suspended our home phone, cell phones, satellite and DSL service. It had all been scheduled to resume April 15th. The satellite and DSL started without a hitch. I had to call in to reactivate the hub on Thursday. Then we went to use our cell phones on the weekend but they both had a message on the screen that read they could only be used “for emergency calls only”. 

Calling Bell Canada I got transferred five times before Tiffany finally understood what I was saying. Within ten minutes she had changed the work-order and activated our phones. By then Kathy had made chicken wraps for supper from the chicken we grilled yesterday. When I returned to the computer to finish working on the Maintenance Log for the truck I noticed my cell phone needed charging. Since mine needed charging I checked Kathy’s phone to see if it did as well. Her cell phone had plenty of charge but it still displayed the message “for emergency calls only”. 

I was not happy when I called back to our phone provider but the first tech I spoke to had Kathy’s phone working in less than five minutes. I should have tried both phones earlier because it seems they didn’t have the technology to activate both of them at once. We seem to be having problems with phones and internet service lately. 

We didn’t leave the building today but tomorrow we’ll hardly be here. We have a few appointments to take care of.  Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

What do you do with a blue elephant?

Try and cheer him up.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Springtime.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

With the cool nights we have been getting we’ve been keeping the windows closed but that hasn’t stopped us from having wonderful nights of sleep. When I saw the clock reading 8:00 this morning I struggled to get myself moving but within minutes of my leaving the bedroom I could hear Kathy moving around the other room. Once I had the drapes opened and I had started getting breakfast ready she had joined me in the dining room.

The Weather channel was showing that today would be the last nice outdoor day with these moderate temperatures for more than a week. It also indicated that the outdoor vegetation would be getting naturally watered by late afternoon. With that we made a plan to do our grocery shopping after lunch. So now we were scouring the pantry, cupboards and fridge to see what we needed to pick up. 

Now we could relax and get caught up on our E-mail and blog reading. We also managed to get things arranged for our very next trip out with the trailer for next month when we attend the 54th Escapade in Goshen Indiana. 
Why would there be leftovers from this meal?
Last night I had written how we had finished the last of our Easter leftovers but I was wrong. Kathy has always been able to make food last longer than most but since our return from this last trip it is determined we need to reduce our waist sizes. This in effect means she is serving smaller portions which also stretches our grocery budget. Before we knew it we were having supper for lunch and it truly was the last of the Easter Leftovers. 
Where the Weber was on our balcony.
We were out the door shortly after 12:00 noon on our way to the local Zehr’s grocery store. Since our last serious grocery trip was done down south we were in a state of shock refamiliarizing ourselves with the Canadian pricing system. Even once we had worked out the Metric to Standard conversions it was still sticker shock over the higher prices. 
Weber Position after being Turned.
Back at the apartment once all the food stocks were separated and put away we decided to relax on the Balcony. It wasn’t all relaxing though because while were outside I fired up the Weber Q. On Low and Slow just like George recommends I started cooking a nice chicken that Kathy had just bought at the grocery store. We even had a chance to talk with Grant and Sandy as they were also enjoying this wonderful weather on their balcony above us. 

During the time the chicken was cooking twice we could not hear the sizzling of our meal cooking and found that the low flame had been blown out. I’ll have to make a windscreen to stop that from happening but I rectified the problem this time by simply rotating the grill and a short time later the chicken was done to perfection. Kathy had put together a wonderful salad to finish the meal with since we’d had our heavier meal at lunch. 

It’s a good thing we had a slow day today because the rest of the week is going to get hectic. As of the time of this posting we still have not gotten the predicted rainfall that was said to be here before supper. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You regard splitting a 12-pack as "foreplay."



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Heaven.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

The fact that I have slept late every morning since our return is just amazing me. Before we left for Florida in December I could barely get a decent night’s sleep. While we were away I even had a few restless nights but mostly I was late to bed and early to rise. Now that we’ve returned I’m actually waking according to the amount of sleep that I’m getting. I can only hope this continues. 

We took our time with breakfast and enjoying a perfect spring forecast for Easter Sunday. Next we settled in to reading on our computers before having an early but light lunch of some of the leftovers that Kathy had packed at the family celebration yesterday. 

We don’t go to the movies often but since we didn’t have anything else planned for the day we thought we’d take in a Matinee. The movie we chose was “Heaven is Real” which was based on a true life experience. This happened to a minister’s 4 year old son and causes many people to dig deep into their emotions to understand what had taken place and to be able to accept it. The biggest thing was the disbelief and doubt from not only the professional Nah Sayers but family members as well. 

For those that have their own personal doubts about their beliefs this is a movie that will answer your questions. Make sure you read the start of the credits. Kathy and I both gave it two thumbs up. 

As we were leaving the theatre we were surprised that the rest of the Mall was closed. Only two restaurants with entrances outside the mall were open. Everywhere we looked the only businesses we saw open were restaurants. This is quite the change from years past. 

Once we were back at the apartment I went upstairs for a visit with our neighbors Grant and Sandy. Grant and I had worked together for quite a number of years before he retired. It was nearly six months after we moved in that I found out they were living directly above us. 

Just as I was knocking on their door they were having a crisis. Their grandchildren had been over for lunch and suddenly after they went home Grant and Sandy’s toilet stopped up. They had called the emergency repair number for the apartment complex but could only leave a message. I solved their problem by retrieving the plunger we have had since we owned our home on Hansen. After the emergency was taken care of we had a chance to visit and talk for a while. 

For supper tonight we simply warmed up the last of the leftovers from yesterday’s Easter Celebration. Tomorrow will be a busy day that could take a lot of twists and turns. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.