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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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Getting Closer


Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Today Kathy and I took our time getting out to the trailer in the storage yard this morning. We had done the hardest of the modifications that were left to complete yesterday. Even with those out of the way there were still unexpected challenges that popped up.
Kathy was very happy with the results of the storage that had been created. Thinking back of all the wasted space and areas that were not even being used the trailer has had quite the transformation. From shelves in the pantry that were spaced over a foot apart, or empty cabinets with no shelves and the wasted cavity under the bed because the manufacture could not build the slide mechinism square. There are still minor adjustments that will be done but it is looking good.
By 3 pm we had put away all the tools, loaded things that needed returning to the stores, and were on our way towards home. It was good timing because as we were leaving there were drops of rain on the windshield but it never amounted to the heavy storm that had been predicted. Instead when we arrived at the Home Depot to return the extra conduit there were large puddles of water throughout the parkinglot.
After supper tonight we headed back to Kevin and Melissa's for our weekly visit. Normally we visit on Wednesday but since we worked on the trailer until 8:30 last night we had rescheduled. I was able to return the miter saw since everything in the trailer was finished today. We had our usual fun filled visit and they were glad to see I was doing better then when they'd seen me on the weekend.
As we were leaving they also wished us Safe Travels for our trip starting Sunday because we are now only 3 days before we are on the road again. Thankfully this mild break in the warmer temps helped us to achieve our goals but they return soon enough with the start of Summer being only 20 days away. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Nix the Fist Bump at Interviews

The fist bump is becoming an accepted variation of,
or replacement for, the handshake in some situations,
like when game show host Howie Mandel a noted
Germophobe greets contestants.
It's not appropriate to use the fist bump while on a job
interview or when expressing condolences at a funeral.

Adam Breen, pinnaclenews.com

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Back To Counting Down

Our Location Today is Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

Since the middle of this month it seemed that Kathy and I had joined an unsolicited club amongst the RV Blogging community. The club involved getting sick even though I personally think that we were far better off then most it still threw the old Monkey Wrench into the plans and slowed us down. Kathy and I would like to thank everyone for their Get Well Wishes while we were both recovering from our seperate problems
As Kathy reported in the blogs that she posted I was down with an Absessed Tooth. Combine that with trying to work on the trailer in the heat this past week it was like trying to figure which way was up. Now with the slight cool down we're experiencing this weeks projects are starting to show signs of progress. Unfortunately if I had been more up to working on them last week when we were at our son's home I would have been able to complete these tasks with the help of shore power. I will simply be using a couple hours out of our away time and complete these before days end on Sunday.
Another word of thanks is being given to new blog followers Jeannie and Eldon from the Blog Where's Eldo? It was probably a shock to see a blog that is normally posted daily come to a stand still the day that you joined, just coincidence. Kathy and I have being enviously reading Jeannie's post for longer than we've been blogging. I said Enviously because we were wishing we were enjoying the sights and weather of Florida this past winter as Jeannie and Eldon were doing. Maybe next winter we'll get a chance to meet up in Florida.
Since we are only 4 days from hitting the road we are starting to pack and get everything stowed in the trailer so we'll be able to enjoy our adventures. With only 21 days to the start of Summer be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

You use the gas station squeegee

to wash your entire car.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Feeling much better/very busy prepping!

Our Location Today is Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

Hi Everyone:
This is Kathy blogging again today!

Well Rick is feeling much better now and is slowly trying to get things done for our Sunday June 3rd trip.
We are terribly behind because of all of our personal health problems.  My toe, his heat stroke, his absessed tooth, and Mother Nature's  bad weather etc.  All those things in life that just happen to come up of course at all the wrong times; but is there ever a right time for stuff like that?  Such is the cycle of  life so we are trying our best to work with it.

We have to get quite a few very important things done before we can leave.  Our license for the truck is due tomarrow and we have to get that and do some banking and take care of some insurance issues left over from last year, which is another story.

We are getting a good thunderstorm this afternoon with lightening and thunder. I hope that clears up as we have to do those errands today. Our daughter wants us to come over and help Greg set some deck posts which isn't too strenuous for Richard to do, just hold them steady and make sure they are level. If the rain stops and it's not too wet that is. It isn't any fun working in a mud hole.

Nothing too much exciting except laundry and prepping for this trip, running last minute errands and recuperating.

I think this will probably be the last time I post for Rick as he should be taking over tomarrow, tonight whenever he feels he has something to say. He is now off the pain pills and just on his antibiotics for awhile yet so he is not so fuzzy headed.  Just thought I would keep you updated.

 I don't know much about this posting stuff but I got it to work just the same. I don't think I would attempt posting pictures just yet maybe down the road.

Thanks for sending your thoughts and messages.
We are looking forward to being on the road soon as It's about time.

Kathy Rousseau

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Best laid plans !

Our Location Today is Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, May 26,2012

Well today is Saturday and we were suppose to be home with the 5th wheel today. Well we were suppose to be home and the 5th wheel was suppose to be parked at the storage yard. Just NOT happening.

By the way Richard isn't writing this blog, I am (Kathy).  We started out doing really well.  We arrived on Tuesday at our son's home in Amherstburg and got parked in their driveway and hooked up to hydro & water.  I made supper and we enjoyed our meal together with Missy & Kevin having a nice visit.  We were ready to get started on Wednesday first thing in the morning by measuring and cutting the wood and getting it stained ready to install in the various places that required more storage.That part went really well with Kevin helping us.  On Thursday Richard started the wiring he intended to do and got that pretty much run through the basement and ready to be connected.  Thursday night he said he wasn't feeling very well and took a couple of extra strength tylenol.  He told me the next day he had a toothache and hoped it would go away.
On Friday it started getting worse and he tried to continue with his job at hand but it just wasn't going as well as he anticipated.  I thought he should go to the dentist ASAP but he said it will probably feel better in the morning. (NOT)  This morning, Saturday he was in very bad pain and finally asked me to call the dentist which I did.  I am very glad they had room to squeeze him in.  We were at the dentist by 10:00AM.
He has antibiotics to take and continue to take pain killers. He has an absessed tooth.

We were suppose to have the outside kitchen cupboard done and the fridge back in this morning and be on our way taking the wood that was finished and maybe completing that another day.
We got hit with very bad thunderstorm and lots of rain mid day.
By 2:00 pm he attempted to continue outside with the kitchen and couldn't do it.  So he has been in bed hoping the pain killers and the antibiotics will kick in real soon.

I don't think I want him to be driving just yet let alone pulling a 38 ft. 5th wheel feeling the way he is feeling. So our moochdocking situation is getting to be a little longer than we wanted or hoped it would be.
I know that Kevin & Missy thought it would only be about 3 or 4 days and so did we so I know they will understand the situation and we appreciate their kindness in allowing us to stay until Richard is ready to drive.

I told Richard to not worry about the blog until he is feeling better.  So check back often and I will keep you updated or perhaps Richard will feel well enough to write a short blog tomorrow.

We hope our plans follow through.

It's about time.
Rick & Kathy Rousseau

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Juggling Day

Our Location Today is Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

After finally getting to sleep in the early hours of this morning I awoke with a chill. Remembering that I'd closed all the roof vents last night I was confused at this cold sensation I was experiencing. Suddenly I realized all my covers were missing and could not be found. By turning on a nightlight that was plugged in the covers were found. Kathy is more tolerant of the cooler temperatures then I am but has developed a habit of gathering the covers and cuddling them in a hard to break grip while she sleeps. After a little nudging and poking she finally turned over leaving all the covers in a pile in the middle of the bed.

After setting the alarm last night and not thinking of it we woke ten minutes later then planned because the battery in the clock stopped working basically with a continuation of yesterdays luck. With a quick breakfast behind us I was off to use the power saw to cut materials for the added storage. We waited to do this after the grandsons were gone to school because loud noises really bother Cameron because he has very sensitive hearing.

Once we completed as much of the work as we could we changed our pace. If you recall I have posted our tow vehicle must pass a Yearly Safety Inspection before it can be replated for another year. Since we needed further supplies for the trailer we headed out to purchase them and go back to our apartment put everything in the car then go drop the truck off for its scheduled inspection. The inspection is scheduled for Early AM Tomorrow before a time I plan on being awake for. So when it's complete we'll go pick it up. After another quick stop we were back at the trailer at Kevin and Melissa's.

The boys were home from school by this time so I managed to layout further materials for cutting with the power saw in the morning but did actually cut a number of pieces of trim using the hand powered mitersaw.

After enjoying a nice barbecued supper with salad and potato chips we had an early celebration of Kevin and Melissa's 16th wedding anniversary since they won't be here to celebrate it this weekend. This was a different kind of Wednesday night visit that we had tonight but we are starting to see results of our work.

There is much planned for tomorrow for the trailer and we'll keep chipping away at the chores until they are all complete considering we will be on the road in 11 days and seeing the start of Summer in 28 days. We apologize for the lack of pictures for the last few days wife signal not very strong and we are still Mooch-docking at Kevin and Melissa's. Happy Anniversary Kids! Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers

If a band plays music in a thunderstorm,

who is most likely to get hit by lightning?

The conductor.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One Step Forward Two Back

Our Location Today is Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

The title alone must tell you what kind of day we had. Trying to make up for lost time after being sick we loaded up the truck and headed to the storage yard for the trailer. By the time everything was loaded and secured for travel we pulled out of the yard with the trailer in tow it was past noon.

Now everyone is probably thinking but their not supposed to be on the road for another 12 days and you'd be right. The idea was to bring the trailer out to our son's home in Amherstburg to wash and clean Ava (our 5th wheel's name) and cut the materials needed for additional storage.

After a quick bite at Burger King on Walker road we made good time and once we arrived had the trailer on spot in the driveway in less than five minutes. Once disconnected and leveled it was time to plug in and run a water line for dewinterizing. Now things started going bad .

As we started laying out pieces to be cut for shelving Kathy said the fridge wasn't working. We replugged from the house to the garage and still nothing. A neighbour offered to let us try his plug still nothing. The meters all showed power all the way to the trailer but inside nothing. Finally an executive decision was made. The trailer power worked fine on these plugs last year but we didn't have the Electrical Management System installed. The system is fool proof with a good working diagram and I have worked with Electrical components long before I started my working career. In less then the time it took to install the system removed and now everything in the trailer works like a charm.

Our plans keep being delayed by small things but hopefully we'll make better time in the next few days before the Summer like weather returns for the weekend. We are presently moochdocking at Kevin and Melissa's for the next few days. We are grateful for their hospitality. Summer offically starts in 29 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

You cause more harm than good

by giving mouth - to - mouth.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sick Days

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Most of us have had to take time off work for many reasons but occasionally it was because we were actually sick. Now that we are retired who could imagine taking a sick day but that's what I had to do.
If you look back to Saturday's post you will note only one picture. One picture is very odd for us. The only other time is if we are having trouble with Blogger and I will make a statement to that effect.
Saturday after having gone for blood donar that morning I continued on to the storage yard where our trailer is parked. Having  brought a change of clothes, lunch, snacks and plenty of water to drink  I figured that I could make progress on a modification to the trailer I was making.
 Stopping for hydration often I was making slow but steady progress on the projects. One of my jobs before lunch was to do a spraypaint touchup and with the heat index being much higher than the actual temperature it was no surprise to me that when I applied the paint it resembled eggs in a fry pan. Even with continued short breaks with water and snacks I found myself  becoming disoriented and decided to call it a day.
 Back home I started feeling nauseous and thought laying down for a short nap would do the trick. After supper Kathy and I made a short visit to Karen and Greg's to find everyone there resting up after spending most of the day outside. Home again I caught up on blogs we follow only to be feeling unusually tired.
Saturday night's post came to an abrupt end when I could no longer function. Almost thirty hours passed before I again started feeling human again and all that time Kathy was by my side in case she was needed. Needless to say she slept lightly the last two nights and said she felt like she was laying next to a furnace.
 I felt sick to my stomach but never got sick. We feel that possibly the heat exposure I was exposed to on Saturday was the cause of this problem. Kathy has been tired and feeling rundown from trying to make certain I was comfortable.
 Now instead of being ahead with things on the trailer I'm two days behind. Guess that's why they say RVers plans are written in jello. We are still 13 days until we're back on the road and Summer officially arriving in 30 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

P.S.: Thank you Kathy for being there for me.

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged

by your unique point of view.

Duck and Cover

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hot Day For Progress

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

We started out early this morning because of what I was doing last week. I normally donate blood every eight weeks but because I was still working on the firepit patio last week and surviving on Tylenol to ease my back and leg pains I had to postpone it a week. The problem was that it was an earlier appointment which meant setting the alarm and only half sleeping all night. The advantage of being done earlier meant an earlier start time for working on the trailer.

I had brought a change of clothes and Kathy had packed me a larger lunch so I got right to work. The temperatures warmed up quickly this morning and with the intensity of the sun it felt much warmer. One of the first things I did was a spray paint touch-up and the paint looked like an egg in a fry pan bubbling on contact with the metal. I made certain to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated but by mid-afternoon the heat was starting to get to me and I had to pack it in.

Kathy had been busy the whole time I had been away but the early wake-up had her as tired as I was from the heat. We both took time for a quick afternoon nap that helped us feel a bit more alive. It was hard to tell but we did make some progress towards our leaving in 15 days and welcoming Summer in 32 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

The flowers in your bridal bouquet were plastic.

Friday, May 18, 2012

One Step Closer

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

This morning Kathy had plans to do some cooking and needed to pick up a few items at the grocery store. So after I finished packing and Kathy made me a lunch bag I headed to work on the trailer.
Up to this time we had always counted on the Campgrounds we had used as having properly wired pedestals. In 2010 we ran into some people that complained of the power in their pedestals not working properly and had caused electrical damage. The reason is many times maintenance and even the installation is done by non-qualified people that have no idea of what they are doing.
So we had made an investment into the safety of the trailers electrical system. We had invested in a Hardwired Electrical Management System with Smart Surge with remote display. The cost of this unit is far less then starting to repair any of the appliances we have in our trailer. The reason we chose the hardwired version is that whether we are plugged into 15, 20, 30 or 50 amp service the unit is connected and protecting the trailer and nobody can see it. We had purchased a portable unit for our older trailer that we never used. It was two thirds the price of a hardwired unit but there was no way of safeguarding it from theft. Todays models have been improved but they are still visible.
I installed the unit today and one problem was that I had to empty out the basement in order to remove the walls that was behind our power distribution panel. The next problem was that I had miscalculated the length of wire that I needed to jumper between the Management System and Distribution Panel so it was short. The last problem was with everything out of the basement it would have taken an hour to put it all away and another half an hour to remove it again. I called Kathy to see if she would mind trailer sitting for the half hour it would take to fix my Boo Boo. Luckily she had planned on going to the Mall which meant she was going to have to drive past the storage yard anyways.
She arrived in twenty minutes and I was back in forty. Not the half hour I'd planned but close. Kathy left for the mall and I finished working on the trailer without losing an hour and a half. Our trailer is now protected against Reverse Polarity, Open Ground, High Voltage, Low Voltage, High Frequency, Low Frequency and Power Surges. If any of these problems arise the Management System will shut down the power to our trailer and protect our investment.
Another thing scratched off the to do list before we hit the road to Shipshewana, Indiana in 16 days and the warm weather of Summer arriving in 33 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time. 

Krackers

Where do fish keep their money?

In the river bank.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tiring Day

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy was scheduled for her yearly medical exam this morning so we set the alarm to be sure we were there on time. Those of you that have been reading us for a while know that's a problem. The problem is Subconciously we know the alarm is set and therefore neither of us sleep properly. Now top that off with fasting. Kathy has to fast for this physical which includes blood tests. If Kathy doesn't eat I will also fast so as not to tempt her by eating in her presence.  Now here is the Icing on the cake her family doctor chose this week to be away but left a substitute Physician to fill in for her. This substitute also  has student doctors tagging along and learning.
A Physical that normally takes 30 to 45 minutes including blood test lasted over two and a half hours. By the time we left both our sugar levels had dropped and we were starved. Kathy had packed a small snack for us but it wasn't enough. On the way home I stopped to schedule the safety for the truck for next Thursday.

As we were leaving there Kathy and I spotted a little diner called The Backroad Cafe. Without hesitation we pulled in for lunch. The place was packed but there was a constant flow of people coming and going. The prices were very reasonable and the food was great. We'll definitely be going back there.

Because we are no longer home owners our insurance company now needs all kinds of proof and photos of things that they have insured for us for years as home owners. So being tired out from this morning we spent the rest of the afternoon photographing all kinds of things and there is still more to do.
Kathy needed a nap after a draining morning.
Tomorrow Kathy plans on cooking at home while I'm working on the electrical protection system in the trailer. Slowly everything is starting to take shape before Kathy and I hit the road  in 17 days. It also means that Summer is only 34 days away. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

Your dog's tied to an engine block.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Our Turn

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

With the cloudy cooler weather in the area this morning we took our time getting things done around the apartment. Shortly after 11:00 we had an early lunch and then headed off to work on the trailer. We made a quick stop at Home Depot to return two bags of the sealer sand and pick up an 18 inch length of heavy wire.
By noon we were at the trailer and Kathy was again fine tuning the organizing of the linen storage. I finished the mounting of the television in the front bedroom as the other day I was short one cable to finish the job. Kathy and I then installed all the batteries in the remote controls, clocks, flashlights and other little gadgets. We managed to hang a photo history of our Camping and Rving together. Additional fire extinguishers were added and finally I replaced the outdoor porch light with a LED Sensor Light.
By this time it was after 4:00 so we headed over to KFC for a quick supper. Being Wednesday evening we then headed to Amherstburg for our weekly visit with Kevin and Melissa. No matter what is happening in their lives or ours we always have an enjoyable visit. We also made plans to bring the trailer over next week to complete the present modifications we are working on and wash the winter grime off as well.
Sully tired from working all day.

Garfield didn't like the sound of the camera.
On the way home we stopped at our friend Don's home to see where is the best place to bring the truck in for it's Annual Safety Certification. It is a requirement of any vehicle over a half ton capacity in the Province of Ontario. Since Don left the dealership I have not been too happy with the service I have been receiving. All these things and more must be completed within the next 18 days when Kathy and I hit the road. Even Summer is only 35 days away as well.

It's about time.

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Resume Blunders

People have sent me resumes with the words "fast paced"

spelled incorrectly. I have seen "face paced," "fast paised,"

and my favorite one of all times, "fast paste."

Abby Kohut, president and staffing consultant at
Staffing Symphony, LLC, CNN.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sealed and Delivered

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After skipping a day of working on the patio yesterday; today brought a new but old challenge. Right after breakfast I headed downstairs to do the laundry.
It is amazing how much clothing you go through well crawling around on your hands and knees making a patio but it makes us think of early days of our lives. It was also a day for extra washing from the trailer. Thank goodness Kathy helped me with the sorting and treating of stains on the clothes. By 9:00 am I was the only one downstairs doing their laundry so I was able to even get the extra loads in without any problems. Once the wash was complete and the dryers going I grabbed the mail that had just been delivered and came back to our apartment.
Karen had called to say the tamper had been rented for four hours but I'd have to pick it up after lunch. The problem was that the laundry wasn't finished yet and still had another 45 minutes of drying time left. Plan B called for Kathy and I having an 11:00 am lunch and then go fold the dried clothing. Once I was back with the laundry it was a scramble to change clothes and head out the door to pick up the rented tamper.
For those of you who have never laid an interlocking brick patio, sidewalk or driveway this is the final step of the construction. Once all the bricks have been laid you use a tamper to vibrate Polymer Resin Sand between the bricks. This accomplishes a few things. One if the bricks are the least bit out of level the vibration makes everything nice and smooth. Secondly the Polymer Resin Sand will basically seal the bricks together so they don't move. Third it stops weeds from growing between the bricks. Fourth it stops insects (ants) from burrowing their homes in the middle of the patio because for some reason they will not touch the stuff.
Back at Karen and Greg's house Kathy and I started spreading the sand and working it between the bricks only to see the two bags we had disappear like water being sopped up by a sponge. I ran the tamper to start the packing leveling process only to see the last of the sand go. At this point I had to make a run to pick up a few more bags to finish the job.
By the time I returned Tyler had just arrived home from school on the bus and was in a panic because he had forgotten his Mathematics Books at school and had homework he needed to do. Hold the patio Grampa will be back. After 20 minutes away Tyler had his books and we were back home.
By this time Greg was home and he understood what we told him but had never done anything like this. For the next hour he sure was a fast learner. Now we had twenty minutes to get the Tamper back to the rental company back on time. After returning and finishing the final cleanup the Firepit Patio looked like it had been poured and textured in one piece.
Some of the other locals weren't too happy about the noise we created but soon got over it. Now Kathy and I only have to complete the trailerwork and modifications in the next 19 days before we hit the road. Even Summer is fast approaching with only another 36 days away. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

Public washrooms are closed

for the rest of the day after your visit.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Shared Projects

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After such a wonderful visit and Mothers Day meal with family yesterday both Kathy and I seemed to have a difficult time sleeping last night. The brains just wouldn't shut down so we both slept until 9:00 this morning.
After breakfast this morning Kathy packed snacks and a picnic lunch and we headed over to Karen and Greg's to pick up the left over bags of fill stone and paver bricks so they could be returned for a refund later in the day.
Next stop was over to the storage yard so that we could accomplish a few more jobs and modifications. Upon arriving at the trailer we noticed very suspicious activity on our unit that we had not given approval to. As we parked the truck a Starling landed under the overhang of the trailer with grass in its mouth and entered the rear of the pinbox. After knocking on the pinbox to be certain there was nothing inside that would fly into my face I looked inside and was shocked to see it stuffed with grass and litter that the bird had brought in to build a nest. I started pulling everything out and could easily have filled our office trash can with all the debris. The bird however sat over on the next RV squaking disapproval of my actions. Imagine not knowing the nest was there and hooking up without a second thought and hitting the road. Better that the bird finds a better place for a nest now. Eviction notice served!
After enjoying our picnic lunch in the trailer Kathy refolded and restored the linens that we have in the trailer and rearranged other cupboards as well. I managed to mount the backup lights that I'll be wiring another day on the rear bumper. I also mounted and screwed in a clothes bracket in the rear bedroom and mounted the TV in the front bedroom. Things are starting to shape up but there is still more to do.
Around 4:00 we closed up the trailer and headed over to the coffee shop for a snack and an Ice-Cap (Iced Coffee) to help cool us down. Soon the cell phone rang and Karen was telling us that she was on her way to meet us at Rona's. So Kathy and I drove over and while I was unloading the truck Kathy went in to scout around if the had supplies we needed. By the time I had finished unloading the truck on to the cart Karen pulled up and it didn't take long to get the refund.
Strangely even though this was not as difficult a work day today both Kathy and I seemed washed out. Probably due to the lack of sleep from last night. At least things are taking shape and we are very confident that we will have everything finished for when we hit the road in 20 days and not have to worry about these things when Summer arrives in 37 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Search all your parks in all your cities,

you'll find no statues of committees.

David Ogilvy

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers Day Get Together.

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

It was almost an eerie feeling when I slept in this morning without the thought of rushing out the door to work on the Firepit Patio. One of the reasons I had pushed to complete it yesterday was that it was supposed to be raining this morning. At 8:00 the Weather Channel was showing that it was raining in our area but it was dry as a bone. By 9:10 the Weather Channel was finally showing clear but overcast for our area and it was raining cats and dogs for the next half hour. ????? They got it right for this afternoon beautiful sunshine with comfortable temperatures.
Notice the old firepit off to the left side of the patio.
After breakfast Kathy and I read blogs and E-mails and got ready to do some shopping this afternoon. First place we went to was a florist to pickup flowers for our oldest granddaughter Ashley who turns 18 tomorrow. Next we went to drop them off only to find nobody home. Back home we went to call her cell phone and refrigerate the flowers so the buds would not open until we could get them to her. Found out she'd be over at Karen and Greg's for supper so we'd see her there. DUH why didn't we think of that before.
Patio brick pattern is called Herringbone.
Bricks inside the pit alow air for the fire to breath and off the damp ground.
Circular bricks are special for firepits and weigh 45lbs each.

Out we went again to find the remainder of our needs that were written on our Go-For list. We tried the Tecumseh Mall and after a few stores managed to scratch everything from our list. We still had time on our hands so we enjoyed a coffee and donut from Tim Horton's at the food court. After we returned home to freshen up pickup the flowers from our fridge and the camera we headed over to Karen and Greg's where we were invited for Mothers Day supper.

Greg's parents Ray and Rose were also there so we had a chance to visit with them. We took them out back to see the patio which even Kathy had not seen completed. They were impressed. Back in the house Karen and Greg were starting to plate the Spinach and Sauted Beet salad with smoked Gouda cheese and carving the smoked chicken and spare ribs. Supper was fantastic and we were all comfortably full only to be surprised with Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.
Greg's father Ray singing the old classics.
After supper was over Ray brought out his guitar and we were entertained by many of the old classics that were popular around the 40's and 50's. He even played a song that he had changed the name to Rose's name when they were courting making her blush with excitment .
Greg's Mother Rose.
We hope that all the Mothers out there were able to have an enjoyable day with family and friends.
Karen and Greg

 
Ashley 18 tomorrow
 
Kylla had to work until 7:30
We would also like to welcome Judy and Ed Rice as new blog followers to our post. Not only are they new followers but new bloggers who are waiting for Ed to retire in August so they can hit the road in September. To read more about them you'll find their blog Woo Hoo! What a Ride! very new and refreshing.

Tyler, hungry an hour after supper.
 The firepit inaugeration is scheduled for next weekend which is a long weekend here in Canada and typically the start of camping season. Finally our countdown continues with only 21 days before Kathy and I are on the road for our first trip of the season and Summer officially starts in 38 days. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

You've celebrated a divorce

with fireworks.