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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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sh--- Subject Day.

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

This morning I actually slept in until 8:00 am. which surprised me because we had the building maintenance man Jim coming in at 8:30.  By the time I woke Kathy, started breakfast and got dressed it was 8:20. We sat down to start eating our breakfast and at 8:25 Jim was knocking on our door. We were really happy that he had arrived to replace something near and dear to many of us, our toilet.

Shortly after moving in we started experiencing problems after simply having a potty break. I'd pull out the old trusty plunger I had from the house and a few thrusts later it would work fine. Last summer and fall we were not here very much so it was only a periodic problem. Once we were home from our travels in the fall I started noticing that I was averaging this chore once a week. I informed the office of the problem and they tried running an eel down the toilet only for me to be working on it a week later. It was getting embarassingly frustrating that I was becoming the designated toilet flusher in our apartment because it had overflowed on Kathy shortly after I had gotten it working again.

With further complaints about our overflowing commode Jim the maintenance man had run a scope through the stack to find a birds nest closer up near the roof but also a break in the line below our apartment. They brought in a contractor to fix that  but that didn't fix our problem. After todays installation whatevers in the toilet when you hit the lever is somewhere outside the building before you can count to one.

Kathy spoke with Karen today to see how Tyler was doing today. Apparently he was still sick this morning and she was too embarassed to call us two days in a row that she called Greg home from work to take him to the Doctors. The Doctor prescibed Antibiotics and said if he wasn't better by Friday to bring him back. When Greg got Tyler Home he just went back to bed and slept away the day like he had yesterday. So here's hoping that with those pills he starts feeling better tomorrow.

We headed out to Amherstburg for our Wednesday Night visit. It always seems that whatever subject we talk about we are always on the same wave lengths but also walk out with a good supply of laughter to hold us through to next week.

We noticed that we have a new follower today Sharron Wallace from the blog post The Odd Essay. She and her husband Bill have been fulltiming for quite sometime and have traveled all over the USA and many of the Canadian provinces. We'd like to Thank You for following our post and guarantee that I don't talk of such graphic subjects too often.

This morning it was very wet when we got up. It rained on and off all day. Tonight it just kept the tradition going and even started throwing in some flashes of lightning for good measure. With the weather forecast slowly climbing away from the freezing mark I'm sure that I won't be the only one looking foward to the arrival of Spring in 20 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

Any of your fantasies involve Wal-Mart.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thoughtless!

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

I think my back has ESP. Our computers have been slow the last few days so last night I set them to run virus scans before going to bed. By 7:30 my back had me out of bed so I checked both computers and reset them for a spyware scan. I just finished doing that at 7:50 when the phone rings. Karen said Tyler was feeling under the weather and asked if we had any plans for the day. Since it was only errands I had her drop him off on her way to work.

When he got here he headed straight to the couch covered up and was out like a light. Kathy and I had our breakfast and got ready to do our running. Once I had the car warmed up and the ice scraped off the windows Kathy and Tyler came out. At our second stop Tyler was again asleep in the backseat of the car. Four stops total and we were back home.

Tyler was awake long enough to have lunch and play on the computer for about 15 minutes then back asleep on the couch until his dad stopped to pick him up at 3:15. For someone who is active in sports to spend most of his day with us sleeping we knew he was sick. We hope the little guy is feeling better tomarrow after a good nights sleep.

On yesterdays post I showed the picture of the hawk that I had taken. Judy from Travels With Emma commented it appeared to be a Red Tailed Hawk. We had no idea as to the type of hawk it was as we are only starting to learn about birding so a big Thank You Judy for giving us a direction to look. It was very interesting to read about how they struggle to survive the first two years, then mating for life and sharing the responsibility of taking care of the eggs and their young. Some humans should take notes.

Donna Krecklow from Travels in Therapy commented that I was Johnny On The Spot with the camera. After having missed the picture of the Hawk on Sunday I was hoping that it would come back so I left the camera out of the case basically on standby. If I had put it in the case the night before I would not have gotten those pictures yesterday.

The title of this post deals with me today. After running the errands this morning and watching over Tyler being sick both Kathy and I started really feeling tired and having a headache. I'm even feeling a scratchy throat just like Tyler had. Good thing we're retired. So this afternoon feeling a little like my head was in the clouds never even thought to take pictures when there was a 100 ton crane putting an antenna on the roof of our building today. I think it was partly because I used to work on jobs with cranes that used the one of today's size to set-up the big crane. It was old hat to me and I didn't even think of the opportunity I was missing for tonight's post.

Hopefully the sandpaper throat and the headache will be gone for tomorrow so that we can start looking foward to the arrival of Spring in 21 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.


Krackers


Who was the most powerful cat in China?

Chairman Miaow.

Monday, February 27, 2012

No Fish Story.

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Well at least with us being retired we don't have to use an alarm clock too often. When we have restless nights we tend to sleep in later in the morning. So I was up by 8:00am and Kathy about 30 minutes later and it was 45 F ( 7 C ) already. Even though we had a few appointments scheduled for this afternoon the rest of the day was looking promising. Promising until we turned on the weather channel to see that the temperature was going to start cooling down starting at noon. Around 11:00 Kathy decided to stand on the balconey to enjoy the warmth when all I heard was a shout HAWK. Without hestitation I grabbed the camera had it turned on and was standing next to her within seconds.

She said there were two of them and pointed the direction they were in. I had the camera zoomed to the max and managed a few shots before I realized I was being blinded by the sun. Kathy learned two things today that  I already knew. One my eyes have always been sunlight sensitive. Two if we are going to get better nature shots we need a larger lens. Yesterday we had only seen the one hawk but today there were two. This should definitely put the fish story to rest. Something else I've heard is there is an eagle's nest not far away. Sounds like more pictures to me.

After our two appointments this afternoon were over I started to bring things to the truck that Kathy decided we no longer needed. I put on my winter jacket and headed out but when I got past the corner of the building I wished I had put my parka on. Thank goodness I only had two trips to make because the wind was harsh and cold.

A little while back on our blog I was thanking people that had become followers. One of those followers had signed on as Ark Travelers and I could not find any information on that follower. Strangely I was reading another blog this morning and noted one of their followers was also Ark Travelers so I clicked on it for the heck of it. Suddenly before my eyes is the site Arkansas Travelers. I had signed onto their site as a follower at the end of December but they didn't write too often and I didn't make the connection. So after all this time We would like to say Thank You Shirley Lawson from the Arkansas Travelers for following our post. Shirley and her husband along with their little furkid Daisy are getting things in motion for future Fulltime RV Living as well.

Another recent follower was a shock after I had stated I couldn't find any imformation on her. She left me the information on a comment and then corrected her sign-in. So both Kathy and I would like to thank Erin and Mui from Two to Travel's Phaeton Journeys for following our blog. Again here is a couple that are counting their days to retirement and Fulltime RV Living.

Again I added Kathy's recipe for the Banana Fritters to her page along with the Strawberry Cream Pie. The recipes won't be that often but we'll try to keep them coming.

It is strange how the closer we get to Spring the more it is feeling like Winter. Tomorrow night into Wednesday the prediction is for mixed rain and snow. With only 22 days left to Spring it can't get here soon enough for me. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

the most expensive meal you ever bought

came with a moist towelette.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

This morning even with the curtains closed the sun was filling our bedroom early. Finally it was too much to put up with so we became Early Risers. Kathy starts creating another Diabetic breakfast called Banana Fritters. They can be served two ways plain or with Carmel and Walnuts. Either way the are not hard to swallow but the problem is they taste like another. This recipe will be added to Kathy's Recipes page tomorrow.


Sitting in the dining room for breakfast and watching the Weather Channel something large seems to go by the dining room window catching Kathy's attention. I have my back towards the window so she was the first looking out telling me to come look at this big bird. In a tree that seperates the two apartment complexes was a Hawk. Instinct says get the camera because nobodys going to believe this. So I scramble to the office get the camera, turn it on and run back to the window just on time for Kathy to say there it goes. I didn't even get to snap a picture. Almost sounds like a fish story but true.


The rest of the morning was spent at the computers where I made adjustments by adding another page under our Blog Followers titled Kathy's Recipes. In yesterday's blog I posted the recipe for Strawberry Cream Pie. Today I copied that to Kathy's Recipes and I will be adding many more. This will become like a file saving spot for anyone interested & save time trying to finding a recipe and having to dig through our archives to find them.

This afternoon the sun continued to be bright so we set out for a walk to explore our neighbourhood, something we have yet to do since moving here. I brought the camera just in case we might stumble across the hawk from this morning. The sun was bright and water from the lot next door running through the parking lot but when you walked away from the building the wind chilled you to the bone.

Our walk helped us to see things that we didn't know existed until today. We saw many things from our windows and the parking lot but seeing it from a different angle really opened our eyes. Small local business and parks even seeing where we live from the otherside of a park. Notice in the picture it says Grumpys Garage.  After a stop for a coffee to warm up a bit we made our way back to the apartment.

There was a phone message waiting when we got home from Karen inviting us over for supper. It was an easy choice that we gladly accepted. When we got there Greg was outside bar-b-quing beef shiskabobs. Along with Spinich Salad, Stuffed Mushroom Caps and Oven Roasted Seasoned Potatoes it was all great. Thanks for the great meal kids. Yummy. Kathy feeding treats to Casey and Grandkids being silly. Always fun and great company.

With the weather being as surprisingly cold as it was today the one thought that I've been writing about just doesn't seem to be happening fast enough. Oh well I guess I've no other choice but to wait for Spring to arrive on schedule in another 23 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers


Two friends were out drinking when suddenly one lurches

backwards off his bar stool and lays motionless on the floor.

"One thing about Jim," his buddy said to the bartender,

"He knows when to stop."

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lip Smacking Run Around Day.

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

This morning I was a little confused as Kathy was out of bed before me. Seems that lately I have been reading so many others blogs as well as working on ours I am dreaming of it in my sleep. No wonder I'm waking up tired.

Immediately after publishing our blog last night I noted we had a few new followers. We'd like to Thank Gail Durham from MeMoirs Of The Trailerhood. for following. I've been reading Gail's post of working at the mall until camping season opens after having spent years in Mexico with here travel buddy Jodie. We also noticed another follower listed as Erin. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything about a blog or E-mail but we still would like to say Thank You for following our blog and hopefully in the future you'll have a blog so we can read about what you are doing.

In yesterday's post I showed this delicious Stawberry Pie that Kathy had made and pointed out it was totally great for anyone suffering from Diabetes. We had comments asking for the recipe so here it is.

Diabetic Strawbery Cream Pie
Yummy even if you’re not a diabetic.  Sure satisfies the sweet tooth.
Be sure to use the directions in this recipe and not those on the jello box.
Add fresh strawberries not frozen.  Exchange: 1 ½ carbs (1 starch ½ fruit) 1 fat

Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 2/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup Splenda sugar
¼ cup + 2 tbls. of Becel  margarine melted
Directions
Mix all the above together until well combined. Press mixture into pie plate and place in the fridge to set for at least 1 to 2 hours.
Ingredients:
1 (deep dish) graham cracker pie crust
1 ½ cups boiling water
1 (5/8 ounce) package sugar-free strawberry jello (or 2.3 ounce package)
3 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
2 cups of plain nonfat yogurt
8 whole strawberries sliced (set aside to decorate the top)
Directions
Place boiling water in large bowl. Stir in jello till dissolved. Chill until slightly set—about 10-20 minutes.
Stir in strawberries chill another 10 minutes.
Fold in yogurt
Pour mixture into graham cracker crust.  Chill till firm at least 4 hours.
Cut into 8 wedges and serve.

It may take a little time but I will eventually setup a page under our header for some of Kathy's recipes.

We headed out to Walmart this afternoon mostly to walk around since the temperature stayed around the freezing mark and after only a few days we were starting to feel the effects of cabin fever. We were looking for a dispenser for clear food wrap that mounts under the cabinets as well as a few other things. We managed to find everything but the food wrap dispenser.

On our way back home we stopped at Canadian Tire and sure enough they had a few. It comes with a 500 foot roll in it already and you can buy 1,000 foot rolls for it as well we can even put  in the rolls that we have here to use up. While we were there we did more walking and looking for ideas of things to use in the trailer. Having found a few other things besides the dispenser we headed for the checkout.

One of our purchases was on a shelf advertising it for $3.99 but when it was scanned came up to $7.99. I mentioned about the sale tag and even walk back collected it off the shelf to prove my point. The Cashier noted that the last digit on the bar code was different even though the product discription was the same so we'd have to pay the higher price. Surprise we didn't take it. Too many times they have identical products to the ones on sale so they can have you pay a higher price then you expected to do. It's the principal if you put that tag on a product sell for the advertised price or keep it.

Well I'm hoping to see a big change in the weather for the better. Those Groundhogs predicted and early Spring and the official date is only 24days away. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers


You might be a Redneck if

You've asked a hairstylist for a

"business at the front,

party at the back" hair cut.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Job Pattern Comment

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Well the giant storm of this winter arrived this morning for us. The good thing is it didn't arrive here. The weather channel said because of the temperatures here and the wind there it went  further north. The storm passed through northern Michigan crossed into Ontario above Sarnia and made a mess of things through the GTA, (Greater Toronto Area) Ottawa and through Quebec towards the east coast.
After a morning workout I finished catching up on todays blogs. By lunchtime the massive storm that we were to receive was almost nonexistant. So after we came back from swimming in the buildings heated pool we had our showers early.

While I started catching up on the afternoon posts Kathy was doing her thing in the kitchen trying a new Diabetic recipe she found. It tasted as good as it looks and is sugar free, low in carbs and low in calories.
It is a Diabetic Strawberry Cream Pie.

Reading comments from yesterday's post help to make today's title for this blog. Elaine commented that keeping track of all the blogs we  follow is almost a full-time-job. And I do agree that sometimes it takes up all my spare time which I don't have in any great supply. Then John commented there seemed to be a pattern there. Again the pattern is keeping up with the posts that you follow let alone if you fall behind and keep trying to just catch up.

Then Judy commented when do you get to get caught up on the comments after the last few days of catching up of reading blogs. The comments we receive to our post are not that many so I keep an eye on them and publish them as soon as I can. Now as far as making comments on other posts when other commenters have already said what I would have I move on, but if someones got Mechanical/Technical problems that I'm positive of the best plan of action I try to help them out. On occasion when time is on my side I might even try to make light of a situation to try and put a smile on the recipients face.

Well as long as there are no other major problems that arise in blog land or problems with the computers I'll be happy. Then I just need for the weather to steadily improve and that will make the arrival of Spring in 25 days all the more appealing.

It's about time. 

Krackers


Why are dogs such bad dancers?

They have two left feet.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Really Trying To Catch Up.

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy and I will be glad to be on the road with our trailer because we never have the sleepless nights that we have at home. Kathy fell asleep around 4 am and my back had me awake by 7 am. So I started the computers, get the coffee maker prepped, bring in the newspaper, open the curtains and blinds in the living room dining room and office.

I figure I'd try to get caught up on reading the blogs that I couldn't yesterday because Stanley at Tech Support didn't know how to reactivate the Security System that protected all our computers. I just managed to log into blogger by 7:45 after reading my E-mails and the phone starts to ring. It was our daughter Karen asking if we could take Kylla our granddaughter to the Orthodontist. That was no problem but the sound of the phone ringing woke Kathy up and she needed to sleep.

After a quick breakfast and bringing Kylla to the Orthodontist and then school I finally got to start reading the unread blogs from yesterday but now it is lunchtime and the weather channel is predicting a snowfall for our area of six inches for tonight. We haven't had that much snow as a total for this winter. Kathy says we are low on food supplies so off to the grocery store we go.

By the time we got home and put away the groceries and I started to read the unread blogs from yesterday  it was suppertime. After supper I did the dishes while Kathy rearranged the pantry and freezer. She also managed to accumalate a lot of recycle. So now that I have taken out the recycle and read all the unread blogs that I didn't read from yesterday, this morning and this afternoon I am writing our blog post for tonight.

After I finish this post I'm going to catch up reading the unread blogs from tonight before I hopefully go to bed to sleep and dream of Spring that arrives in 26 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers


You might be a Redneck if

Your church closes during hunting season.