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 our time to follow our dreams.

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

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Six Hours Ahead, One Hour Back.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After posting our blog last night we didn’t waste any time heading out the door. We drove out to the new Belle River Arena to watch our grandson Tyler play hockey. He used to play in the Tecumseh league but this year they didn’t have enough players in his age group to have a league. This arena is so new that the concrete dust hasn’t been cleaned off the seats and floor in the public gallery area. 
Noah and Kylla
Tyler on his new team.
Of course his usual cheering fans were there like his mom (dad was at work or he would have been there), his sister Kylla and boyfriend Noah, friends and Kathy and I. There was a delay in starting due to the score time keeper going to the wrong rink in the building. Both teams were well matched as far as the size of the players and their caliber at playing the game but in the end Tyler’s team won with a score of 3 to 1. 
Tyler fighting for the puck.
We just made it home in time to see the 11 o’clock News and one that was finished we went to bed where we both slept soundly until 8:00 this morning. After a quick breakfast we were once again out the door as Kathy had a consult with her family doctor about her recent blood tests. We were hoping that she’d be in and out quickly because I had plans but everyone and their neighbor was there for whatever reasons. Kathy’s cholesterol has really dropped and her sugar is holding steady in other words she’s doing great.   

We headed to Amherstburg to our son Kevin’s so I could continue to make progress on the latest project for the trailer. When we arrived just before 11:00 Kevin was out cutting his grass. With all the rain our area has been getting he has to cut it twice a week. Kathy brought in the food she had prepared yesterday for our lunch today. I busied myself bringing more supplies into the garage and started staining the map frame that Kathy wants for our office. Since I wasn’t worried about the shade of stain I used the can of Gunstock that turned out to be Sedona Red. 

Southwest Salad and Quiche.
Kathy called us in at 12:00 for lunch and we enjoyed a great but filling meal along with some good conversation. As soon as we’d eaten Kevin and I went back to the garage. After I laid out how I needed to cut the corners on the shelves Kevin started trimming them with the jigsaw while I laid out notches I had to made on the legs. I then used the hand type Miter Saw to edge the cuts and then the wood chisel to clean out the notches. Imagine the horror when on the last piece I realized that I had made the notch on the wrong edge of the leg. I will have to remake that leg which should take about an hour. 
Reviewing how I'll brace the project.
Kevin also noticed something that I’d forgotten to allow for which is bracing. When I cut the new leg out I’ll also cut the braces which will help stabilize it with the road vibration. I was just trying to do too much at once and that’s how mistakes are made. I still continued doing other things afterwards including drilling holes for doweling. 
Using Miter Saw to notch the legs. 
Around 5:30 Kathy and I went over to McDonalds for supper where we used a coupon to save some money. Just as we were about to leave Kris a Pipefitter by trade that I haven’t seen since I retired stopped at our table with his two sons to say Hello. The conversation spilled out into the parking lot as we talked of work and what he is doing now as well as our travels. He is hoping to be able to do the same someday.   

It was almost 7:00 by the time we got back to Kevin and Melissa’s for our weekly Wednesday night visit. As usual there is never a shortage of things to talk about and we always have lots of things that keep us laughing. 

With the shorter days it was plenty dark by the time we left to come home. Kathy has an appointment tomorrow. I need a piece of wood to make the new leg, and I have to pick up a missed delivery. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Better safe than sorry.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Slowly Ticking Them Off.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Even though both Kathy and I requested Decaffeinated Coffee with our meal last night after the way we both slept we are very doubtful that is what we got. We both spent the night drifting in and out of sleep until finally I got up before 7:00 this morning but Kathy had just fallen back to sleep so she slept until nearly 8:00. By the time she got up I had finished doing all my morning reading on the computer. 

Once we were finished breakfast we busied ourselves to go outside. Remember I made a to-do list that I need to get completed before we go south for the winter. Two of the things on the list were to wash and wax both the car and the truck. Since the weather lately has hampered me from getting to some of these chores and today’s weather was clear but comfortable Kathy thought she would help me. 

Last May while attending the 54th Escapade in Goshen Indiana we picked up a case of The Solution. Many RV parks or campgrounds do not allow you to wash your rigs with their water. The Solution is a spray on waterless cleaner that also leaves a wax type finish. Kathy figured this would be the perfect way to try it out and to be able to scratch a few chores off the list as well. 

Kathy started on the car while I moved the truck from its spot because the apartment landscaper was cutting the grass. I try to make it easier for him because the rear of the truck overhangs the curb by four feet. Parking a few spots from Kathy we were able to talk back and forth while cleaning our vehicles. We were not the only ones amazed at the end results. Other tenants walking to and from their vehicles were stopping to ask what we were using. Kathy was finished the car before going in at 12:15 but I would return after lunch to finish the truck. 

We ran a quick errand to the Credit Union before I went to the Metro Grocery Store while Kathy started cooking what we’ll be having for lunch tomorrow. We won’t be able to say we are hungry that’s for sure. She also cooked a noodle dish with peas for sides while I grilled some pork Kabobs on the Weber. 

Our Grandson Tyler is not playing hockey in Tecumseh this year because there weren’t enough teams in his age group to have a league. So he will now be playing on Tuesday nights at 9:00 in the Belle River division. Guess where we are heading for right now? Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Meaningless Things to Say to People Who Get to Work Before You

 Are you using go pills? You're so early, it's already next Wednesday for you. Looks like someone forgot to set his clock back.

Jacob Lentz and Paul Koehorst, Ther's No I in Office

Monday, September 15, 2014

Change of Plans and a Priceless Visit.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

We had no problems falling asleep with the windows ajar last night but by 3:00 having the covers pulled up to our necks wasn’t enough to keep warm. There was so much fresh air already in the apartment that I shut the window tight & we still slept soundly until around 8:00 this morning. 

Once breakfast was completed we did our usual reading at the computers then Kathy needed to lay back down for a morning Snap because she is still fighting that bug she caught this last week. We found out last night when visiting with Tyler and Karen that he had been home sick last Monday and we had visited with him last Sunday. Schools are breeding grounds for germs and then when the kids bring it home people who are no longer exposed to those environments such as retired grandparents are sure to get it. Kathy has never turned away a sniveling nosed child who wants a hug and loving but her body makes her pay dearly for it afterwards. That’s okay Tyler grandma still loves you. 

We were in a predicament today because we had received notice yesterday (Sunday) not to use the building sewage or drainage system from 12:30 until after 4:30. If it had been the fresh water supply that would have been an easy fix by simply filling a water jug or two but this was different. This time if we forgot and sent something down the drain somebody would be in a lot of s#*t a very bad mood. I couldn’t even pack away the last tool box that I still have in the living room in case that I would need to wash my hands. 

Since we had dinner plans made our safest bet was to leave home for the afternoon. We headed over towards the Devonshire Mall to pass the afternoon. Since we were in no hurry I drove the backroads which just happened to take us through our old neighborhood past the home we used to own. Driving by we noticed a few things that looked strange so with plenty of time on our hands we drove around the block not once but twice changing the direction of our travels each time so as not to look suspicious. From the well-manicured landscape that we had meticulously maintained to the now overgrown mess that now exists. The saying to each their own quickly snapped us back to the reality that all that work was the reason we sold the house in the first place. 

We spent the next four hours mall walking only stopping for a mid-afternoon coffee. We did stop at Black’s Camera Shop while walking by where I was showing Kathy the price of a lens that I recently purchased online. For the price that Black’s Camera Shop was showing next to the lens I purchased the lens, a filter, a used camera body identical to the one we already had and the Tulip Sun Shield all on E-bay. We now understand why more people are doing their shopping online. 

At 5:00 we headed up Howard Avenue to Jose’s Bar and Grill (formerly Jose’s Noodle Factory) to meet our good friends Bill and Vera for supper. When we arrived we thought we’d wait in the parking lot until they arrived but decided to go in and reserve a table. It’s a good thing we got out of our car because their car was in the shop and they had a loaner and they were watching for the truck. Jose’s has undergone a major renovation this year including the name change and this was our first time back there since. We all ordered the Monday Special which was a full rack of ribs with Honey/Garlic Sauce and you could cut the meat from the bones with a fork. The meal was wonderful and reasonably priced but the conversation and friendship that flowed for the next three hours was priceless. Since Bill and Vera have traveled with us before they were curious about our future travels, our children and grandchildren. We sadly said our good nights in the parking lot while making plans to get together before we head south this winter. 

Tomorrow I have to get caught up on what I didn’t do today and it looks like we’ll be having another late night. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Go abroad and you'll hear news of home.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baking Again and Another One Down.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After sleeping with the windows just slightly ajar last night Kathy woke up feeling somewhat more like herself this morning. We simplified breakfast by finishing the last of the homemade muffins that Kathy had baked yesterday with coffee. Once we’d watched the Weather Channel and saw that it would be a clear day with a high temperature of only 65 F (17 C) we went to do our morning reading on the computers. 

Kathy was once again in the mood to do more baking and cooking so she played in the kitchen by first checking the fridge for anything that could be close to spoiling. Once the food is cooked it will last longer in the fridge but normally that doesn’t happen because we’ll eat it first. 

I went back to cleaning and rewiring the lights that are mounted on the mudflaps for the truck. During the mounting process this time I used an excessive amount of Silicon Sealer to be certain no moisture would find its way into the lamps again. I was in the process of reattaching the backing plate to the first mudflap when Kathy noticed the time was nearly 1:30 and we hadn’t had lunch yet. Even though she was still baking she quickly made us each a nice Ham sandwich that would tide us over until supper. 

After lunch Kathy returned to finish her baking while I returned to assembling the mudflaps on the tarp in the living room. As soon as I had completed the first one I ran it out to the truck giving me more open space to work in and to take the odor of the silicon out of the apartment. Even with all the windows and balcony door wide open the odor was extremely strong. As I was about to bring the second mudflap out to the truck Kathy suggested having supper first because of our two previously light meals and it was already past 4:00. 

For Supper she had made a wonderful Quiche and a Peach Cobbler that just melted in your mouth. As soon as I was done eating I headed out to the truck to install and reconnect the wiring on the mudflaps. Upon testing the lights I found a faulty bulb that needed replacing. That scratches another item off my To-Do list of things needing to be done before we leave for Florida in 103 days. 

Having just jammed myself in the rear wheel tubs and laying on the ground to remount the mudflaps there was no argument that I was badly in need of a shower. I got that finished just on time to watch the 6 o’clock News. 

Right after the news was done we headed over to our daughter Karen’s for our Sunday night visit. When we arrived Tyler was out front practicing his hockey. When I asked if his homework was finished he hastily went inside to do it. Karen was outside burning fallen branches from this week’s storm in the firepit that I built for them a few years back. While talking at the dining room table she told us she had been in a cooking and baking mood the last couple of days as well. It must run in the family. 

Tomorrow I’ll finish cleaning the living room out and move on to something else on my To-Do list. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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The highlight of the family reunion was the alien abduction update.