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, June 2, 2016

Small Accomplishments, Bigger Problems.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Both Kathy and I agree with a statement that we have heard many RVers say “You can’t beat sleeping with the windows open”. All the fresh air and sounds of nature that you wake up to just can’t be imagined unless you have experienced it firsthand. We are very fortunate by the location of Wildwood Golf and RV Park that we are not close to any major roads and we are lucky to only hear maybe a half dozen planes flying high overhead on any given day. Also with the unseasonably high temperatures we’ve experienced in the last week we only had the AC on for a couple of hours on two of those days because we get steady breezes fairly constant.
 
Once we’d eaten breakfast and finished our morning reading we both got busy with outdoor projects we needed to do. The last tenants of our site chose to paint the concrete patio a sandy brown colour. When they moved last year and we had the concrete slab delivered for our shed this spring some of that paint chipped away. Kathy had wanted to only touch up the spots where the paint was missing but there was no guarantee the paint would be an exact match. “Plan B” was then hatched where Kathy would add flowers where the missing paint is and make it look like they are attached to a vine. That’s what Kathy started this morning getting the first coat around a third of the patio. Even though she was using a special kneeling device we have she had to stop once her knees and back started bothering her. 
Look real close at the cloud. You'll see a seagull.
 
I started by shutting down our water supply and shutting the hot water heater before draining it. Each time Kathy or I take a shower since we have been here the water smells like it is from a Sulphur based well. After mentioning the problem at the park office Joe the owner came over guaranteeing us we are on city water. He made suggestions that it could be from our hot water tank. I pulled out the new Anode Rod I installed when we winterized the trailer last fall. I then flushed the tank with only clear water coming back out. After putting the hot water tank back together and turning on the water I removed the shower head and hose. Kathy had finished her painting so she then put them to soak in clean soapy dishwater.
The start of our patio art.
 It was then lunchtime and we had some bacon that needed grilling. We had read how George from Awesome Travels used a Barbecue Mat to cook some of his food on his Weber Q. We looked everywhere for Barbecue Mats and couldn’t find them at the local big-box stores nor the barbecue shops in our area. Last week while Kathy and I were out we found them and immediately got one. While Kathy was cleaning the showerhead and hose I was outside grilling the bacon. What I didn’t realize was that the mat was too big and it choked out the flame due to the lack of air flow. We cut the mat in half and within minutes the bacon was cooking as if it were in a frying pan. That bacon and the French toast that Kathy cooked inside the trailer made for a filling lunch with lots of bacon cooked but left for another meal. We’ll definitely be using that Barbecue Mat to cook a lot of different things on.

Kathy’s knees were still sore from this morning so I had the job of applying the second coat of paint to the patio after lunch. For someone younger this would have been an easy task but for seniors being bent over and kneeling even got the best of me and I struggled to finish the same area Kathy had done this morning. We both needed recovery time before we put the patio back to a presentable design.
Our patio back in order.
We then had to go to Amherstburg for a couple of stops. The first was to Pharma Care drug store to pick up our prescribed medications. I spoke with Steve the Pharmacist and he has been more than helpful since we moved our medication pickup to his location. He even has plans to go golfing this weekend. Our last stop was at Walmart where we picked up a few groceries that will hold us through the weekend.
At Home as soon as I’d unloaded our purchases in the trailer Kathy started putting them away while I got on the phone with the MOT about the license issue with the truck. By the time I actually talked to a real person and got them to turn up the volume on their headset so I could hear them it was around 4:30. After I explained the problem to them all I got was a phone number to call. I was told I would be calling Fort Smith but when the answering machine picked up my call it identified the location as Windsor. Tomorrow I’ll be talking to a real live person about this BS.
Barbecued Chicken, Potato Salad and Macaroni Salad topped off with Pecan Pie.
Kathy had already served a very filling supper by the time I got off the phone. Later when we took our showers we could still smell the odor from the hot water faucet. We’ll try something else to fix that problem. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

A fine line by Mark Twain 

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. 

 I know because I've done it thousands of times.

4 comments:

  1. nice job fixing up your rv spot!!!

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  2. We cut our grill mat just to almost cover the grill, works great.
    Wow that pie is larger than you meal, oh the calories in that meal alone is more than we consume in a whole day !

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  3. Love sleeping with the windows up!

    Your spot is so lovely. Great job!

    BS is right. Why do they have to make everything so difficult. It is a miracle when you can talk to a real live person.

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  4. Had to look close but found the seagull (I think ;-) Your site looks very nice... guess it's worth the sore knees, huh?

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