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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Saturday, August 31, 2013

This and That Day.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

With the heavy thunderstorm that we had just before bedtime last night we both still managed to get a decent night’s sleep last night which means we are slowly recovering from our early morning on Thursday. By 8:00 this morning we were enjoying our breakfast of coffee and cereal. Of course we were also watching the Weather Channel as we ate and they were telling us it would feel warm but cloudy all day. That sounded acceptable because we still had lots of things we needed to do around the apartment. 

Right after breakfast we started reading E-mails and Blogs but it wasn’t long that Kathy had gathered a number of maps and headed to the dining room to spread out on the table. Periodically she would return to the office to check things on Mapquest for the purpose of determining travel times between stops for our travels next winter. After finishing my morning reading I used the time to research data for one of my working Spreadsheets. 

Shortly after lunch we took a drive to the trailer to pick up a few things that we had left behind not thinking that we’d be needing them at the apartment.  Before arriving back home we also stopped at the Metro grocery store for additional food stocks to help make it through the Labor Day weekend.
 Back at the apartment Kathy went next door to check on our neighbor’s kitten. Since Kelly took care of a couple of our plants while we were away on our trip to Florida last winter we are returning the favor while she is visiting her sister in Calgary for a couple of weeks. Since we have both had pet cats before it is an easy chore though it did make Kathy laugh when the kitten thought the broom she was using to sweep up the loose cat litter was a new toy for her to play with. 

For supper tonight Kathy made a nice Taco Salad to go with the hamburgers and peppers that I grilled on our Weber Q. She also made some nice walnut tarts for dessert making the meal completely delicious as always. Tomorrow we are supposed to see the sun again so that should make the day much more interesting. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You wear lingerie to the gynecologist's office.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Getting Caught Up.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

After getting up early yesterday morning and not getting to bed last night until our normal time we both slept so soundly that the building could have collapsed around us and we would have never woke from the sound. I was the first to wake at 8:00 but by the time I sat in the living room recliner I wished I had slept longer. Kathy surprisingly slept until 9:00 before slowly waking. I said surprisingly because normally I only have to be up for five minutes and it wakes her. All that warm but fresh air we were exposed to as well helped to make us sleep the way we did. 

After breakfast we got caught up on E-mails and blogs that we missed out on yesterday. Kathy then started going through the refrigerator and got caught up on cooking meals ahead which also eliminates any uncooked foods from going bad. I had to call back the Insurance adjustors today because when I called yesterday the person I spoke to only handled vehicles and not RV Trailers and that person wasn’t in so I had to call back today. 
Kathy's old PC Desk.
Kathy wasn’t sure what I was doing after I got off the phone but when she come to tell me lunch was ready almost went into a state of shock. I had disconnected her PC workstation and had already emptied and removed the drawers from the large file cabinet we want to get rid of. 
Kathy's new desk/file cabinet.
After lunch was over I started moving the old furniture out and the new furniture in. Then the fun of rewiring the PC and printer began. Since I have done this type of job numerous times with not only our equipment it didn’t take too long. We have to mount a small shelf on the wall to support Kathy’s PC printer but the drill is presently in the basement of the trailer and with the Humidex over the Century mark we’ll wait to get it in the morning. 

It is amazing how all this downsizing and reconfiguring is opening up space in the office but until we sell it on-line on Kijiji the old furniture is crowding up our dining room. Tonight we had chicken that Kathy cooked in the slow cooker today topped off with Brussels Spouts and Potato Salad for supper. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

What do you get if you cross a chicken with a parrot?


Fowl Language.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

We Got New Shoes.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

Just as if we were getting ready to hit the road we both spent most of the night tossing and turning because deep down in our subconscious we knew that the alarm was set to go off at 6:00 in the morning. We were both dragging but Kathy worse than me because she is not a morning person and I had gotten things prepared before going to bed last night to make our exit happen quicker. Kathy had stated she wanted to be up and having breakfast and out the door by 7:00. Check! She also wanted to pick up the trailer from the storage yard and be at the Good Year tire store before they opened at 8:00. Double Check!   
We were there before 7:30 and since these people that do this job don’t earn a very high wage they only start arriving just before the start of their shifts. Before they started there was already a snag because the new tires for the trailer hadn’t arrived yet. Since the truck was getting new tires on the duals as well we simply unhooked and the boys did the truck first. 

They said it would take just over an hour and if we wanted there was a nice little mom & pop restaurant around the corner. We really didn’t plan on eating but the cereal we’d eaten earlier was long gone so when we saw their menu include breakfast items we got rid of the impending hunger and ate again because we knew we’d be having a long morning ahead of us. 

By the time we got back to the tire shop the techs had just finished with the truck and the tires for the trailer were just arriving. It took them less time to do the trailer and it seemed like everyone involved with the job was going around and retorquing all the wheel nuts. Of course we may have eaten a double breakfast but we definitely left there much lighter after replacing four tires on the truck and four tires on the trailer but we should be good for another four years on those wheels. Guess we won’t be adding any batteries to our trailer bank this coming year though. 

It was 11:00 that we were parking the trailer back at the storage yard and we had only towed it a total of 10.7 miles round trip but we still weren’t finished our errands. Now we had to go back to Vehicle Venture so they could get the parts numbers off our Toneau Cover and Air Gate. The gate and cover rails were damaged on the 19th when we had our big oops in Niagara Falls and they had already been called by Dominion Body shop to order the replacement parts. 

By this time the lack of sleep was already catching up with Kathy so as soon as we got back to the apartment she needed to take a not so short Snap in the recliner. I had phone calls to make to the Insurance Adjuster and Dominion Body Shop so they’d know things were now moving along for the after-market replacement parts for the truck. 

I filled part of the afternoon assembling Kathy’s new desk/file cabinet and started rearranging the furniture in the office so we can put the new desk in place. Even though we were busy this morning neither of us thought to bring a camera so we didn't get any fresh pictures today. The rest of the weekend should be less hurried but we’ll be keeping busy. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Your husband's more of a "DQ type" than a "GQ type."



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Catching our Breaths.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

Last night we had hoped for a slower paced day and seemed to have accomplished just that. I needed to get some blood testing done so as soon as I woke up this morning I quietly slipped out the door drove half way across Windsor through construction had the tests done and was back home starting to make breakfast by 8:10. Kathy heard me making noise in the kitchen and came out to tell me that I couldn’t eat until after I had the blood test. Imagine her surprise when she found out that I had already returned. She couldn’t believe it. 

After coffee and toast this morning we hit the computers where I spent extra time catching up on the posts that I didn’t have the chance to read yesterday. Kathy started recreating yesterday’s leftovers that turned out to be a tasty meal for lunch. 

Kathy had spoken to Kevin and Melissa last night and they agreed that he was doing much better after only one day of recovery from his Gall Bladder surgery that we didn’t have to head out first thing this morning for Amherstburg to help take care of Cameron and Matthew. Kathy did have an appointment with her dentist later this afternoon which worked out great because he is in the town of Amherstburg and this is Wednesday and every Wednesday evening we try to go visit with Kevin and Melissa and the boys when we can. 

After Kathy’s dentist appointment we stopped at McDonalds for a Chicken Wrap that we find filling, tasty and fairly healthy. Then we went for a walk around the Walmart store for a little exercise. As usual we always have a pleasant visit with the kids except it was hard for Kevin not to be laughing this soon after his surgery. 

Don’t know how we are going to sleep tonight because we have to set the dreaded alarm. Our appointment is for 8:00 in the morning at the tire dealer. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Sally (on the phone with husband Ted): Ted, how is your job going?

Ted: You know me Sal, Same ol', same ol'.

Sally: Any chance "same ol'" can be changed into "meteoric rise?"

Ted: I suppose, if the right people quit or go missing.


Francesco Marciuliano and Craig MacIntosh, Sally Forth

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Busy Bouncing Ball.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

You can tell that we’ve been home for a few days because I’m spending more time staring at the ceiling than sleeping at night. The strangest part is when I sleep soundly I also sleep late but if I have a rough night I’m wide awake early and raring to go. I was opening the curtains in the living room before 7:30 to be greeted by wet pavement and cars with their wipers sweeping back and forth in the parking lot.

Kathy was tired enough that she slept until 8:00 before joining me in the living room. After cereal and coffee we quickly scanned E-mails and Blogs before heading out the door. We had a number of errands that needed to be done today and the first one was stopping at the Insurance Company’s local office to submit the claim of damage for the truck and the trailer. We almost felt guilty about it but their answer was that was what we pay insurance for.

The next stop was the Credit Union so we’d have money to by lunch. The third stop was at the Ford dealership to schedule an oil change for next week. Now we took time to stop at Wendy’s for lunch.

After lunch the rain had stopped so we went to the tire shop to order four new tires for the trailer and four new tires for the rear on the truck. The tire dealer showed us where on the trailer tire that had blown it showed they were made in China. All the new tires will be Good Year tires that are made in the U.S.A. because we’re not playing roulette waiting for another tire to blow.

Now we made our way to Dominion Body Shop where both Kathy and I have had our vehicles repaired for over twenty years. John took pictures and brought the technician that will be working on it to check if they’d need to pull the box off the frame or not because we noted the bumper also has a twist in it.

The seventh stop was at my family doctor where I had my yearly physical and passed with flying colors. He noted that the incision from the Hernia surgery had healed exceptionally well but agreed with the surgeon about waiting a full three months before slowly beginning to exercise again.

Back at the apartment I spoke with Bill Brown the manager of the General RV outlet that we purchased our trailer. I explained my concerns about something I thought was a warranty issue as well as the needed repairs on the trailer and the winterizing for this season. If Keystone would send the required parts to Canada as fast as they do their U.S. dealers I would have brought the trailer back to Sun Parlour Trailer in Amherstburg but I couldn’t wait that long.

While I was on the phone Kathy was busy making supper. Because I wanted to do the laundry tonight she insisted on doing the dishes herself. Surprisingly even though others were doing their laundry as well I had no waiting time for any machines and even had time to go back to the apartment while the clothes were drying and watch the 6 o’clock news  

When I returned the final time after folding all the clothes Kathy was on the phone talking to our friend Vera who had a knee replacement just before we left on this last outing. She has already started Physical Therapy and is already noticing a big improvement.

After hanging up from Vera, Kathy told me Ernie had called. We played a small game of phone tag before Ernie finally caught up with me. He’s still having his share of challenges and sometimes feels like the Oncologists that are treating him just aren’t trying to resolve his Cancer. Anyone that has battled such a disease or been a care giver can totally relate to that.

The rain stared again and there’s still more to do tomorrow but hopefully it will be a bit slower paced. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Your wedding dress had an animal-print.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thankful Day.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

After a day of nice warm summer weather both Kathy and I slept well last night as a fact Kathy needed to rouse me this morning as I slept past 9:00. After a simple breakfast of coffee and toast we were out the door before 10:00 and headed to Hotel Dieu Hospital. No it wasn’t an emergency but within fifteen minutes I was dropping Kathy off. Our son Kevin was having Gallbladder surgery today and Kathy and I were going to keep Melissa company in the waiting room adding moral support as well as silent prayers.

Unfortunately with the prediction of rain for our area for later this afternoon I had to go work on the trailer. Last Friday when we were being squeezed into our site at the Holiday Beach RV Park in New Hamburg we managed to get a tear in the edge of our rubber roof because of the overgrown trees that lined the lane in the campground. Keeping patch material on hand is something all RVers should do and even though it was mid-morning the Humidex was already over the century mark. The job itself only took a few minutes to clean the roof and apply the patch before I was on my way back to the hospital but I managed to go through a bottle of water in that short a period of time.

It was noon by the time I parked the truck and met Kathy in the hospital lobby. I was also surprised to see Matthew there also keeping a vigil for his dad’s well being. Once we got back to the day surgery area we learned that Kevin was in recovery and that all had gone well so Kathy and I suggested we all go to lunch while waiting for a chance to be able to see Kevin.

We had an enjoyable lunch but still had another three hours to wait before we were actually able to see him and then we still had to wait another two hours before he was released to go home. It is totally amazing that today a person can have Gallbladder surgery and go home the same day with very little scarring. I recall as a child that my mother had spent an entire week in the hospital for the same surgery. Medical Science has truly come a long way.

After seeing Melissa driving away headed for home Kathy and I thought that sounded like a great idea to head for home; but first we stopped at Wendy’s and each had a Baja salad for supper and as of this writing it still hasn’t rained. Tomorrow we’ll be keeping so busy we might not have enough time for ourselves.

Kevin will definitely remember his surgery date as it happened to be his Birthday. Happy Birthday Kevin. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

What do you call a blonde that dyes her hair brunette?

Artificial intelligence.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Summer’s Heat is Back.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

Sitting by the side of a major highway for five hours with only the breeze from the passing traffic coming through the open windows did take its toll on Kathy and I because we barely layed down in bed last night and we were fast asleep. Kathy did wake up thinking she had forgotten to shut the hot water heater off but when she actually sat on the edge of the bed she realized we weren’t in the trailer. We slept until nearly 9:00 this morning from the exhaustion.
As soon as we were having breakfast we knew we had to pick up our pace because we had promised to pick up Melissa and bring her to “Art by the River” in Amherstburg. Just as when we are travelling we watch the Weather Channel in the apartment and they were predicting warm temperatures with a hot Heat Index. After Kathy made a quick phone call to Melissa we were out the door within minutes.
We were at Kevin and Melissa’s to pick her up and arriving at the park all before 11:00 a.m. I dropped Kathy and Melissa off at the gate and went in search of a place to park and since this was an advertised event all that could be seen was a sea of parked vehicles. By the time I returned the girls had been browsing and enjoying the atmosphere but by 12:30 the heat was starting to build and we knew it was time to leave.
Melissa feeling the heat.
Back at their house we basked in the coolness of the air conditioned climate enjoying cool drinks. We caught up on our missed visit from this past week while we were away and about Kevin’s upcoming surgery in the morning.
These kids knew how to keep cool.
Figuring we’d get a few things done at home today we left after 1:00 but by the time we were halfway home Kathy was starting to feel sickly. That’s when we stopped at McDonalds for a chicken wrap. Her sugar was dropping because we hadn’t eaten lunch yet and it was nearly 2:00.
From there Kathy and I stopped at the trailer to collect clothes we had left behind last night. By the time we locked the trailer and were about to leave Gail Lay arrived to get some things from their Class A rig. I had worked with Gail and her husband Wayne for many years before they closed the plant. I had also introduced Kathy to them when we had been at the trailer and they were there as a couple. We talked over a half hour before the heat started making us uncomfortable.
Saying our good byes we went to Metro grocery store to pick up fruits, vegetables and milk before heading home. After everything was unpacked and put away I fired up the Weber Q and grilled a couple of nice chicken breast that Kathy had marinated in a nice Olive oil and Dill mix. I used the Low and Slow technique that was taught to me the other night by George “The Weber “Q” Man of Blogland” and they turned out perfectly.
George cooking Low and Slow.
We had just finished the supper dishes when our daughter Karen called saying nobody was going to be home tonight so we’ll visit Monday or Tuesday night. Even with the high temps we’ll be finding something to do tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You break wind in public and blame it on your kid.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ups and Downs.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario.

When Kathy woke up this morning she commented that it was cold in the trailer and kept pulling the covers back up to her neck. What the real reason was that she didn’t want to get up as it was time to pack up and head for home. Yes our week away had been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. The downs being our missed visit with our son for his birthday last Sunday, then on Monday morning when the trailer hitch didn’t lock and we dropped the trailer and the worst was both of us coming down with food poisoning. The good points were getting together with my aunt and uncle as well as my sister then topping it all off with visiting a Super Awesome Couple George and Suzie Yates. These ups and downs were not finished for this trip yet.

Closing up the trailer today wasn’t difficult and with only slight maneuvering we were out of the campground without any additional scratches to the truck or trailer. We headed back over to Camp Awesome to drop off the books Kathy want to give to Suzie to read. We knew that they would probably be away so our plan was to just leave the books on one of their chairs but that changed when we stopped on the road. 

Their host Lea came out thinking we wanted to back in and attend the party happening today. We told her about the books and having to be home today. She praised George and Suzie for the work they did to help her out and if we are ever in the neighborhood feel free to park our trailer and visit a while. Thanks for your invitation Lea. Another uplift for our week. 

Back on the road it didn’t take too long to wind our way through the back roads to make it to the 401 highway. By noon we were enjoying another breakfast for lunch at the Denny’s at the Flying J just outside London. Before leaving the lot I did a double circle check including using my tire bat even though we are running a T.P.M. Our drive was going smoothly as it had all day and I was thinking we’d unload the trailer and be home before 3:00 this afternoon. 
Damage to our trailer from a blowout on April 16th.
Half way through the final leg of the trip we drove through a reduced speed construction zone. Just as we got back to the full highway speed an hour after leaving Flying J Murphy suddenly showed up in the form of a blowout. If you remember on April 16th at 1 p.m. we blew the front curbside tire on our way home from Florida cause severe damage to the trailer that took months to fix. Today the rear curbside tire blew at again 1 p.m. destroying most of the repairs that were just completed. Definitely a major down for the week. 
Today the tire that survived on April 16th blew.
Here we were on the side of a major highway with cars and trucks flying by only feet from our location causing Kathy to almost be sick from the rocking of the trailer. She gets motion sickness easily. Calling for roadside assistance in the form of C.A.A. we were told it would be less than an hour. 

Damage from blowout.
Karen and Greg were headed to London on their motorcycle and saw our rig on the opposite side of the road. Who would have thought they would meet up with us there at the side of the 401. They took the next ramp and came back to see if they could help. Kathy explained we paid for the service and were going to use it besides she didn’t want me re-injuring the Hernia repair surgery. That helped raise our spirits slightly another up for the week. 

 After a few more calls the tire service showed up and the struggled to unwrap the outer belt from around the axle. By the time we were getting back on the road we had been by the side of the road for five hours and we were getting hungry. At the Tilbury Service Center we stopped and had something to eat before finishing our trip. 
Tire wrapped around the axle.
We finished getting what we brought home today into the apartment just before 9:00 tonight only six hours later than predicted. Monday all the original tires on that trailer are getting scraped so there won’t be any more downs. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Underachievement The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the lawnmower.

Demotivators

Friday, August 23, 2013

It’s about time We Had an Awesome Visit.

Our Location today is New Hamburg, Ontario.

After having a whole day to recover from the food poisoning we both managed to get a better nights sleep and woke feeling almost as good as new. We did keep breakfast light with coffee and cereal because neither of us really had much of an appetite. Once we were finished eating we were full steam ahead with packing up the inside of the trailer.

As Kathy was finishing the breakfast dishes I headed outside to flush our tanks before we hit the road. I had nearly finished draining and flushing the two forward tanks when Kathy finished loading her supplies into the truck. She is always trying to learn things that have to be done in preparation of leaving in case the day were to ever come that she would be the person having to do it. This attracted the attention of the gentleman named Moe next door who had seen me prepping the truck on Wednesday night and wondered why we hadn’t left. After a pleasant conversation and well wishes he said he’d best let us be underway. 
Noticed some of the trees are already changing colors.
In the next ten minutes we were hooked up and Quadruple Checked to make certain nothing was forgotten such as Monday. By the time we were exiting the driveway we both said at the same time we were hungry. Guess we worked harder than we thought. Stopped at the intersection we were looking at the Husky Truck stop where we’d eaten last night and said it was time for lunch. 

With lunch finished the truck turned eastbound on the 401 Highway because we had an awesome plan in mind. Unfortunately our G.P.S. couldn’t seem to understand why we weren’t heading in the direction of home and decided to give us the silent treatment. That’s right silent like not vocally telling us directions and by the time we realized this we had already passed our exit ramp and were stuck on the highway for another nine and a half miles to the next exit. Continuing with the silent treatment the typed directions took us down gravel buggy trails but we found our campground.

The Holiday Beach RV Park is a quaint trailer park with a dense tree canopy that is so low we now have a small tear in the edge of our roof to prove it. They did give us their largest sight but we did have to roll a few small boulders back in order to back in between the trees. Once we were backed in it didn’t take long to unhook the truck and set up the trailer and then we left. 


Kathy nearly went into a state of shock when the G.P.S. started shouting out directions again and within five minutes of being back on the road we were arriving at Camp Awesome. No you won’t find a sign for a campground with that name but if you are a follower of George and Suzie Yates at Awesome Travels you’ll know exactly where it’s at. 
George and Suzie.
When we arrived Suzie had just returned from visiting her 98 year old grandmother in the hospital and George was out cutting the grass.  Their hosts John and Lea are hosting a special gathering tomorrow. We were enjoying our conversations that varied from RV choices, to our travels, to WiFi equipment, to future travels. We were then given a tour of Camp Awersome and even were introduced to Molly and Buddy who have been giving Susie her daily puppy fix.   
The Weber "Q" Man performing his magic.
The time was just flying by and George and Suzie asked us to stay for supper. By doing so we got to see the “The Weber “Q” Man of Blogland” in action. Suzie also present Kathy with a bag of books to read and then Kathy remembered the books she had planned on giving Suzie were still back at the trailer so we’ll be stopping on our way out in the morning. George even offered an appetizer that thankfully Kathy declined though I accepted. He gave me one of his famous Suicide Pepperonis because I like spicy foods. This was so spicy it brought tears to my eyes. Man that was good! 
Myself and Kathy
All through the meal we continued talking and receiving a wealth of information from these experienced fulltimers. After getting the grand tour and learning a few more space creating modifications I’ll be using both George and I realized the visit had to end because it was time to write our blogs.
Supper is Served.
After saying farewells with the promise of crossing paths for future visits we headed for home. Again a big Thank You George and Suzie for an Awesome Visit with an Awesome Couple the meal was delicious and the company was superb. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You have a turkey decoy on layaway.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Recovery Day

Our Location today is London, Ontario.

In yesterday’s post I failed to mention that we had an early morning phone call around 8:30 from our granddaughter Kylla. She had worked late the night before and had slept in. Even though school doesn’t start until after Labor Day here in Canada Kylla has a special program that she will be attending at her school, she had a special orientation she was supposed to attend yesterday morning. Since she doesn’t have a driver’s license and car at this time the first thing she did was to call us at the apartment since we live close enough to help her make it on time. Imagine her shock when Kathy told her we were in London and not at home. Her response was that she had called the apartment not our cell phones. If we would have been home we would have taken her no problem and we hope she made it on time.

Having the Turbo Hub with us when travelling in Canada will stop us from missing important calls and we have no problems with internet. We are learning all about it and trying to perfect our use of it.

Yesterday we had also visited with my sister Anna even though we were still feeling punkie from the day before. Even last night neither of us were feeling too hot and managed to be up and down most of the night really affecting our quality of sleep.

This morning we were supposed to be getting back on the road in hopes of having a visit with fellow RV bloggers. The predicted rain came down in torrents while we were having breakfast and I was barely able to eat a single toast. The decision was made that we’d stay another day and hopefully be better recovered by tomorrow.

I lay back on the bed only to be awaken by Kathy checking how I was doing. She had already gone to the office to register us for one more night while I was sleeping but I never heard a sound. We had Chicken noodle soup for lunch. After dressing and making the bed I lay back down to be awakened again by Kathy as it was suppertime.

We didn’t feel like cooking so we went over to the Husky truck stop down the road from the campground. Kathy had a light meal while I had a breakfast omelet but it seems that the worst is over. We were both feeling better after eating and it looks like we’ll be back on the road tomorrow. 

This is the first time I’ve been on the computer today so I’m really going to have a lot of reading to catch up on. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

What sits on the beach and cackles?

A sand witch.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Researching and Visiting.

Our Location today is London, Ontario.

Even though we had an enjoyable day visiting with my aunt and uncle yesterday when it came to bedtime last night Kathy and I both had upset stomachs. None of the food we ate tasted strange or bad and we really didn’t overeat keeping ourselves feeling comfortable. We figure this morning that possibly the Asian food we had at the Mandarin Restaurant and the food we had at Taco Bell just didn’t want to be mixed together and was letting us know in an uncomfortable way.

We were still feeling punkie after breakfast so we set ourselves up to do research. Kathy called our Out of Province Medical Provider this morning to get this done early. We were both shocked that they now wanted to charge Kathy for a four month period more than we plan on spending on our trip to Florida. She has existing medical conditions that have been stable for nearly ten years, she has never used any medical facilities while travelling and this is the same provider as last year.

I called my friend Bill MacDonald back in Windsor and got information from him as far as his insurance coverage. Kathy in the meantime was online researching other companies and we are waiting to hear back from some other friends about their insurance coverage.

This afternoon we drove over to visit with my sister Anna who has a beautiful home but doesn’t travel as much as we do. We sat and visited for a number of hours catching up on a lot of things including how we were feeling since last night. Anna had the answer in the form of Papaya tablets. They are made from Papaya extract and helped to get rid of the excess bloating and feeling of discomfort.

By this time we were all feeling hungry so what else is there to do other than to go to Swiss Chalet for supper. Kathy had a Summer Special while both Anna and I had the Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry. We continued our conversation from the house the whole time we were at the restaurant. 
And we thought John was only into RVing.
It was well past 6:00 by the time we dropped her back home and headed back towards the trailer but I slowed us down. I need a spring load for the radio before it can be matched so we started stopping at all the truck stops on the way home and beyond by a few miles with no luck of finding the spring. Kathy suggested going on the computer to find and purchase it there before we leave in December. 

Back at the trailer I packed everything that was outside away in case the weather forecast is correct and we get rain in the morning. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You've sighted your rifle on a bird bath.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Great Visiting Day.

Our Location today is London, Ontario.

As I’ve mentioned before both Kathy and I sleep much better in the trailer than we do in the apartment and for that matter when we owned our home we still slept better in the trailer. After waking this morning we just layed in bed talking about our plans for today before finally getting out of bed to have breakfast at 8:00. We enjoyed coffee and bagels before spending a short time on the computers. There were a number of comments about our mishap yesterday and like you all noted nobody was injured and no one else was involved, everything is repairable and we’ll get over it. The biggest problem we had yesterday was the fact we prided ourselves on not having anything like that happen before and we were more disappointed in ourselves because it happened. 
From this angle you can hardly see any damage.
Since we were missing calls on our home phone number here in the trailer using the Turbo Hub we attempted to find a transformer that would fit the phone but everywhere we went nobody carried a transformer of that voltage. We finally just bought a cordless phone system slightly different than the one we already have at the apartment and this one will be kept in the trailer. 

We had plans to meet with my aunt Anna and uncle Bob for lunch at the Mandarin Restaurant for lunch. Of course we were early and hoping Bob would be here this year as he hadn’t been able to join us last year due to health reasons. We were happy when we saw both of them coming in the door. It wasn’t long before we were seated and once our server had taken our drink order the feasting began. Even though we all ate more than what we would normally do we still kept it light enough that we were all able to walk not waddle when we left the restaurant an hour later. 
My aunt Anna and myself.
We continued our visiting back at their apartment where we spoke of many different things from their recent trip to the east coast to visit with their daughter Susie, Bob and Kathy’s recent medical changes. We spoke of things that we’d experienced while we were growing up as children and how it has helped us being stronger in our adult years. We also spoke slightly of our past travels and what our plans are for this coming year. Before we knew it was past 5:00 and even though we wished we could turn back the clock so we’d have more time to talk but Bob’s back was seriously bothering him so we left with plans for future visits.

Driving back through the city of London there was construction slowing us down every corner we turned and people were trying to get home after working all day so when Kathy and I spotted a Taco Bell we pulled in for a light supper. We did eat inside and were amazed when we looked across the street to see a Beer Store with a drive-through window. Now we’ve seen everything. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

The Science of Wasted Time The average office employee checks inboxes 50 times a day.

Chloe Rhodes, The Office Book

Monday, August 19, 2013

Oops!

Our Location today is London, Ontario.

Our son Gary finally called just after 9:00 last night saying that they had just gotten home so all we could do was talk for a few minutes and made plans to get together around the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Again we wished him a Happy Birthday and we said good night. I started closing the office last night so we wouldn’t have to worry about in the morning.

We were both awake around 7:30 and just relaxed and enjoyed our breakfast. With that out of the way we started closing up the rest of the trailer in earnest and by 9:00 I was outside starting to close off the utilities. By 9:30 I was hooking up the truck and storing the last of our gear. As I was doing my circle check I saw Kathy already sitting in the truck programming the G.P.S. and for some unknown reason I just got in the truck and thought we were good to go.
After moving only five feet there was a loud crashing sound that had campers from other sites quickly gathering and running toward us to see what had happen. I had failed to put the safety lock on the fifth wheel hitch and the trailer had come crashing down causing damage to the rear left corner of the bed rail and the bottom of the cap on the front of the trailer. Everyone around was saying we’d need a tow truck to get hooked back on to the trailer as it was sitting down on the ground but using the forward landing gear and our jack pads I had the trailer reconnected and locked in within five minutes without the use of a tow truck. It was a very shocking situation.
I felt like crawling under the trailer because I have safely towed trailers and farm wagons without this ever happening since the age of ten. The saying that it can happen to the best of us holds very true. It just takes one little mistake to make a big mess.
It was a somber ride down the Q.E.W. until we passed Brantford on the 403 as we were both still in a bit of shock. Just before noon we stopped at the Kitchener Service Center on the 401 to have lunch, relax and stretch our legs. Another fifteen miles down the highway and we were exiting at the London K.O.A. where we’ll stay for the next three days to visit with family and friends.

Reading other RV bloggers that talk about bumps in the road lately well both Kathy and I feel we’ve had our share of them in the last year and it’s time to start with a clean slate.
For supper tonight I grilled a couple of Chicken Kabobs while Kathy cooked a Butternut Squash and Asparagus to go with them along with a small dish of Mixed Berries with Whipped Cream for dessert. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.          

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Your family reunion is sponsored by a beer company.