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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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Stress, Progress, Visiting And Enjoying The Weather.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Maybe my body is trying to get ready for the change of our clocks to Daylight Savings Time this coming Sunday because I was once again wide awake and opening the drapes in the living room by 7:00 this morning. I had time to get things set up in the kitchen for breakfast before turning on my laptop. Of course sensing that I was no longer in bed next to her Kathy was joining me by 7:30. The sky was cloud covered but there seemed to be a calmness because the last of the snow had totally melted away. 

Last week I mentioned how we’d had to replace Kathy’s laptop due to a fried motherboard that was just over two years old. Well the hinge on my laptop had failed back when we were away in North Carolina and all I could do to limp it along was to be certain something was behind it to support the screen. This was something we would have to address before leaving the apartment so after getting Kathy’s laptop up and running I went on E-bay and got a heck of a bargain on a nearly identical laptop. 

Once we’d finished breakfast this morning the first thing I did was to track the whereabouts of my purchase. It was purchased on a Canadian site but shipped from the US. It originated in Ohio got shipped to Kentucky before traveling to Toronto before coming back to Windsor and finally ending up in Tecumseh. When I looked at the tracking this morning it showed an unsuccessful attempt to deliver had been made while we were at home last evening. I immediately went downstairs looking for a notification posted on the wall and even looked in our mail box to find no notice of delivery. I used the tracking number that I’d been E-mailed to contact Canada Post, UPS, Fedex, Purolator and CanPar with no luck. Kathy found the phone number to E-Bay online and when I called to explain the problem they gave me a totally different tracking number and the location of the Post Office my parcel was being held at. Driving to that location the clerk had another problem finding it because even the new number was incorrect. She finally tracked it down by simply using my name. I’m certain my blood pressure rose considerably today as well as massive amounts of hair being pulled at the roots. 

After lunch we stopped in at the nearby U-Haul outlet to purchase a couple of chair coverings to be used in our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. We then drove to Alexander Park in Windsor where we could park and attempt to update our minutes on our Trac Phone. I had purchased more time and minutes for it some time back but it has yet to update on the phone. The park we were at is the closest point in Windsor to the city of Detroit, Michigan where we normally can connect to the US phone towers. Unfortunately it still didn’t update as it usually does so I’ll be on the phone to Trac Phone soon. 

We stopped at our friends Kathie and Ross’s apartment for a visit. We haven’t seen them since before Christmas so we had a lot of catching up to do. Kathie and Kathy were having their conversations of everything happening in both the families while Ross and I talked shop. Then every once and a while it was a cross conversation that we all became involved in. 

It was past 3:00 by the time we left and we still had to make a few stops. We stopped at Staples so that I could purchase the Microsoft Office for the new computer. Then we went to Home Depot to see what kind of sheds they had in stock for our seasonal site at Wildwood Golf and RV Park. 

After getting home the first thing I did was go downstairs to check the mail. The only thing inside our mailbox was a ticket advising me that my computer was at the Post Office. The temperature actually hit 66 F (19 C) (which was warmer than some parts of Mexico today) so when we got home we opened all the windows to air the apartment out. I later fired up our Weber Q and grilled a great tasting steak that we shared along with the fixings that Kathy had made. It wasn’t a record setting day but we loved every minute of it. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Picture taken by Kathy
in North Carolina.


 A fine line by Mark Twain

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.


  1. Gotta love that warm sunny weather yesterday, hope it stays like this now until we get back.

  2. I've had a few of those postal mix ups myself. The items having the right zip code and still end up at the wrong post office.

  3. How frustrating not to receive the laptop when you were home!

    We have my dad on our Verizon account, but he rarely uses his cell phone. He has a land line and only uses the cell phone when the land line is down or when he is driving to his sister's home just to give her a heads up he is coming. We kids all want him to have the cell phone for emergencies. I was thinking of changing him over to a Trac Phone. Any tips you can give me for making a purchase? Thanks.