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 9, 2013

Shocker Day

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Late last night I was shocked to learn of the passing of my uncle Francis whom I had not seen in sometime. I remembered that we only saw him during my growing years because of the distance between our homes. The reason we haven’t seen him in nearly ten years includes such things as Kathy getting sick and almost not seeing Christmas in 2003; then someone burned down our home in 2004 and then other things life threw at us for good measure. It seems the passage of time makes you think we’ll all live forever but then snaps you back to reality with the death of someone you care about or know. 
I was up early this morning and had showered and shaved before Kathy managed to wake up. After enjoying our coffee and toast for breakfast I left to attend the retirees meeting at our local hall while Kathy stayed behind to continue purging old files and more STUFF. 
When I arrived the first person I wanted to say hello to was my friend Ernie who is listed as Ernie S on our followers list. Strangely I didn’t see him and he held the recording secretary’s job so I thought maybe he was away for some reason. When the meeting started and the normal formalities were put aside I then felt very weighted in my chair.  
Ernie had no appetite lately and was losing weight. He sloughed it off as a concern for his mother who was battling her own medical issues. Yesterday his mother underwent surgery to remove a benign growth Ernie went to the emergency concerned about how he was feeling. After quite a number of tests Ernie was admitted with a Stage three tumor that is inside his stomach. 
The rest of the meeting was of importance in its own right but nothing like seeing my long time friend. After a bite to eat I walked over to the hospital to see him but I wasn’t alone. Friends George and Marcel had made a hastier run to offer their support than I had been able to do. There was Ernie all smiles sitting in a chair explaining what the doctors had explained to him and saying he was not in any pain. One by one George, Marcel and I left with the promise of returning as more family members started to arrive. 
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Sheryl his wife told me that he followed our blog daily and was biting at the bit to go travelling with us in their C-Class unit they just bought last year. I promised him we’ll be making that trip once we’re both back on our feet and I do mean that Ernie.  
Back at the apartment I changed my clothes to do a little repair on the Air Conditioner Sleeve. Whoever had the apartment before us had damaged the sleeve and management said it would be fixed sometime this year. This past week has been warm and humid in our area and the bugs have been coming in through the damaged sleeve. After informing the manager that I wasn’t waiting any longer I did the job myself. Now there’s no place for the bugs to come in. 
Yes I could have waited for them to fix the problem but after losing an uncle that I wish I had visited more and having a good friend who is gravely ill I’m back to my old attitude of not waiting for anything anymore.  
Salad , a piece of Chicken and a piece of Stawberry-Rhubarb Pie for supper.

If you find it in your hearts say a prayer not only for my uncle or friend Ernie but all those who are ill. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. Sounds like you had a hard day. I will say some prayers.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you uncle and your friend..take care.

  3. We are praying for you tonight. That's a heavy load to bear

  4. A prayer for you today.
    I have told a lot of people its never to early to retire.
    Do it now while you are healthy.

  5. Lots of thoughts and prayers for you tonight, our included!

  6. You have our prayers. Life does throw a lot of stuff at us and sometimes it seems to come at us too fast.

  7. So many people are battling that horrible disease. So sad. And my condolences on the loss of your uncle. You are right time gets away from us unfortunately.