It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

What A Day!


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy was so concerned about not hearing the alarm going off this morning that she was up getting herself dressed before it went off. With us being Retired you don’t read about us having to set an alarm very often compared to during our working days but this was one of those exceptional days. Kathy had an appointment two weeks ago to see her family doctor that she had made long before last Christmas. We were just settling into our Fulltime Lifestyle when she received a call rescheduling her appointment for today at 9:00 in the morning. (Something about her doctor going on a vacation for a couple of weeks. That’s Just Ridiculous!) Being this was our first drive into Windsor from the county at that time of day we allowed extra traveling time which was a good thing. From 8:00 to 9:00 on a weekday morning you play stop and go with the school buses and the everyday commuters that zig-zag from one lane to another just to get to work a few seconds earlier.
This picture was taken around Crystal River Florida but
we had the same kind of clouds here today until late this afternoon.
We made it to the doctor’s office with fifteen minutes to spare. Normally we go in to the waiting room together but not today. Today she went in by herself while I walked a quarter mile up the road to Performance Ford where we had purchased our truck. Since I didn’t have the VIN number of the truck when I went to Rose City Ford last week they couldn’t get me the information on what it would cost to repair our sliding rear window. The big surprise is they don’t sell parts for it. You need to buy an entirely new rear window at a cost that had me choking. He suggested trying the local aftermarket distributors or Auto Glass companies.

I was sitting with Kathy in the waiting room before the nurse called her in to see the doctor. Kathy had seen her doctor and had her blood tests completed by 9:45 and we were out of there. We were both feeling hungry because when Kathy fasts I fast as well but on the way to A&W we stopped at Vehicle Venture who happens to be the largest aftermarket distributor for truck parts in the city. Their prices were even higher than the Ford Dealer. They recommended an Auto Glass company.

It was 10:00 when we finally got to A&W where we enjoyed a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast and juice at a reasonable price. We discussed the other errands we needed to do before setting off to accomplish them.

We stopped at Home Depot looking for materials we’ll need to winterize our trees before we go south this coming fall. They told us to come back in August when they’d have their stock in. Instead we went to Canadian Tire where they had more than enough of those materials in stock.

In our search for a local Auto Glass company we drove all the way down Tecumseh Road to the Credit Union so we stopped to do some banking. One of the tellers that knew we were going Fulltime was asking how we were doing. Next we drove to Guardian Storage where finding we had no Mail we went to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Since we had stockpiled a number of things that were put in storage that is where we go shopping at first. At this rate we might see some empty spaces in there by next year.

Leaving the storage yard, we were still looking for an Auto Glass company but it was nearly four hours since having our late breakfast and we were both starting with headaches. Wendy’s half salads hit the spot topped with a small frosty and both our headaches seemed to be disappearing. With Kathy’s Diabetes and my Hypoglycemia, we have to eat at fairly regular intervals and driving back and forth to Home base to eat would cost more in fuel and make no sense.

Leaving Wendy’s with clearer heads, we came across Speedy Auto Glass. They were surprised everyone kept recommending them for replacing a window frame when they only do auto glass replacement. They did suggest an Auto Recycler that they had used to replace damaged window frames in the past.

It was only a ten-minute drive to J & B Auto Recyclers. When I asked if they had any windows in stock I was told no but they could have one in a few days and the price was extremely reasonable. I’ll have the new to us window on Thursday. What really bummed me out about this was they were located one block from Kathy’s doctor’s office. We then drove back to Performance Ford where I purchased a fresh roll of Buell so I’ll have no leaks when I install the window.

We stopped at Home to get some drinking water, check phone messages and take care of some personal needs before continuing to Amherstburg. Kathy has an allergy to the sun and even though she doesn’t sunbathe just the sun on her clothes gives her a severe rash so we were off to Pharma Care drug store. We are already enjoying the service of this small company that is more Customer Driven compared to the Profit Driven Attitude that our past pharmacy Shoppers Drug Mart is becoming.

We pick up Kathy’s prescription in only minutes and were not only getting tired from the busy day but hungry again. A quick stop at Subway where we shared a Pulled Pork Sandwich for our supper. We are now looking forward to eating at home tomorrow.

Kathy is already feeling some relief with her new cream and we are expecting clear weather for the next couple of days. Since I hadn’t taken the license plates off the truck we didn’t go to the License Bureau today. We’ll do that when we go to pick up the truck’s new window this week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

We’re Not Party Animals But Visiting Again.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

After staying at the Happy New Year Party at the park clubhouse until 11:00 last night and just squeezing the last part of the post out by the stroke of midnight it didn’t take long for us to fall asleep. The problem was staying asleep. After our meal had been served last evening we were each given a cup of coffee. Kathy only needed a sip to know that it was not decaffeinated so she passed it on to me which meant I had two cups of caffeinated coffee after 8:00 in the evening. At one point in my life you always saw me with a cup of coffee in my hand and if I was having trouble sleeping I’d have a coffee and fall right to sleep. By 2:00 this morning I was tossing and turning and unable to fall back to sleep. After taking an extra-strength Tylenol and reading on the computer I was finally able to get back to bed by 5:00 this morning. Is it any wonder that we slept until 9:00 ?
We were able to shut the AC before going to bed last night and felt quite comfortable leaving the windows shut for the night. The first thing we did was to open the windows when we got up and there was a pleasant cross breeze to keep us cool. We made a list of things we’ll be needing to do tomorrow before having lunch. After eating the temperature was starting to get warm when I went outside to dump our waste tanks and water the flowers and grass that we planted but the wind still kept it comfortable.

We had a dinner engagement this afternoon and having seen the radar screen on The Weather Network showing a possible shower heading our way before leaving we closed all the sliding windows in the trailer and slightly lowered the flip-outs.
We arrived at Gerry and Sandy’s home in Amherstburg for 3:00 where we sat in the coolness of their Air Conditioned home catching up from where we left off two weeks ago when we last met. We were telling Gerry of what we learned from the retired MTO officer at the party last night about not having to get our vehicles Safety Checked every year. Even his truck has a commercial license plate on it so they are in the same boat as we are. If we can get the standard private vehicle plates for our trucks, we would also be able to get a two-year license tag which we can’t at this time.

Around 5:00 Gerry looked outside and the clear blue sky was filled with big black clouds. Since he had invited us for a barbecue he made a dash to get things started on his grill. In the short time he took to start cooking the hotdogs and hamburgers he was slightly damp before he got back inside. The rain would come and go for the next half hour but it was never more than what a spring rain should be like. The barbecue turned into an indoor picnic with salads and garnishes. Everything tasted wonderful and the conversation never stopped as it never does amongst good friends.
The last time we were together I had reminded them about adding time to and upgrading their TracFones. After calling to have his phone mailed to a Michigan address Gerry remember I didn’t have a US address to have our phone sent to. He then offered to pick it up the next time he went to Michigan So I had our TracFone mailed to the same address. This past week he picked up his and our TracFones which will save Kathy and I a lot of problems the next time we head south in the fall. I’m sure that I’ll find a way to repay him. Thanks Gerry and Sandy for the wonderful meal and the favour.

By the time we headed for Home the skies had cleared and the sun was shining. We had to turn on the AC because it was warmer in the trailer then when we left this afternoon. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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