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, November 5, 2015

Squared But Not Quite Framed.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Again both Kathy and I had a great night’s sleep and again I was wide awake before 7:00 this morning. After opening the curtains in the other rooms and getting things ready to make breakfast I sat at my computer and got all my morning reading completed before Kathy woke shortly after 8:00. As soon as we’d finished with breakfast Kathy went to do her morning reading while I went back to our Solar panel project. 

Since I have no way of welding the aluminum frames together an alternate means of fastening these parts together had to be devised. The practical way was to use pop-rivets which meant drilling a lot more holes at the right spots. After I’d laid everything out I moved my workbench back outside on the balcony where I started squaring all the components of the frames. 

Kathy had done more research this morning about when we head towards the southwest for the 2016/17 winter season. She’d already plotted the course and was curious how far I expected to drive each day. Since we’ll be Fulltiming by that point there shouldn’t be any rush and we’ll travel according to the weather and how we are feeling. Now she has the direction she’ll research things to see and do along the way. 

After lunch I started to assemble the frames on a tarp on the living room floor but working bent over doesn’t help my back too much. Through the course of my career I received a number of back injuries because other people didn’t think before they did things. One fellow thought he was being helpful standing behind me and when his footing slipped kicked me in the middle of my spine with a steel toed boot. 

 When I attached the first corner of the frame together I learned that the rivets I had in stock were just a touch too short. Another trip over to Home Hardware needed to be done. When I returned with the proper length of rivets the frames went together well but they still had some flex. Luckily there was a short length of material left that I cut in half that I used to brace the frames solid. Unfortunately when working bent over on a tarp the measurements don’t always turn out the way they should but luckily for me I can shorten the frames with only a loss of time tomorrow. 

For supper Kathy had me grill some spare ribs that she had marinated on the Weber Q while she cooked an Acorn squash and sautéed some Baby Spinach for our sides. Just as we were sitting down to eat we realized I had to go pick up our grandson Tyler from Football practice. Luckily Kathy was able to call him on his cell phone to say I’d be a few minutes late. Strangely my food was still warm by the time I got back from bringing Tyler home. 

Tomorrow the area weather will start looking more like a typical fall and the temperatures will drop. We actually broke a couple of long standing records this past week. Hopefully the real cold temperature will hold off until after I’ve installed the solar panels on the roof of our trailer. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

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  1. Perhaps you will find after full timing for awhile that planning will only be tentative since the great thing about full timing is changing your mind on a moments notice:)

  2. Thats the beauty of fulltiming, just go with the flow always a place to park for the night and so much to see and do. Our plan is we actually have no real plan just hang out in the southwest and enjoy.

  3. Forget having a travel schedule. Just look for interesting places to see and visit and everything else will fall into place.