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, August 23, 2016

It’s Complicated But Lots Accomplished.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

You would figure that with all the fresh air we all breathed yesterday we wouldn’t have any problems sleeping last night. Let me tell you how wrong you’d have been. Kathy had moments where she started thinking of changes that she might make to her now organized cupboards and cabinets. Tyler kept mulling over his game of golf and all the things he should have done differently. I kept waking on and off thinking of the work I needed to get done on the truck and trailer before we head south this fall in less than seventy days.  
Tyler is rolled up somewhere in those blankets.
None of us felt like greeting the morning sunshine this morning but knowing how much we needed to accomplish today we didn’t dawdle much after having breakfast. While I made the upstairs bed and got dressed Kathy and Tyler closed up his bed in the living room. He said the bed was much more comfortable by placing the large cushions as a headboard so that the pillows wouldn’t fall behind the couch. 

It was shortly after 10:00 that we loaded Tyler’s golf clubs in the trunk of the car and started our trek to Windsor where our first stop was Windsor Gas and Diesel to drop off the other chipped keys for the truck. When setting up the processor it’s wise to do it with all the chipped keys at once. 

Heading back to the E.C. Rowe Expressway we were soon exiting in Tecumseh so that we could drop Tyler off at home. He had things he needed to get done as part of his daily chores and we had a lot of running to do as well. After hugs and Thanks all round we were on our way. 

The next stop was Canadian Tire where we had a few things to return plus Kathy wanted to look for another small basket to use for additional organizing in the kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, she didn’t find what she was looking for. 

As we were leaving there we looked across at the Tecumseh Mall and noticed a sign over the door to the now closed Zellers store. Since we were a little ahead time so we stopped to look. This is one of those stores that opens every year for about two and a half months only selling things for Halloween. They were still setting up so we were their first potential customers walking through the door. For a number of years our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa put on Halloween parties for family, friends along with the children and everyone enjoys dressing up in costumes. Kathy and I have been attending those parties since we sold our home and had already figured out what we wanted to go as this year but after walking through this store all that could change. We walked out empty handed but we’ll be back. 

What’s a shopping trip without a stop at Walmart. Again we struck out on the small basket and we noticed it was past lunch time so we went to the instore McDonalds where we had lunch. The cold pop really seemed to refresh us. 
Next stop was the Credit Union where we needed to pick up a roll of Loonies ($1.00 Canadian Coins) so that I can do our laundry. 
Heading towards the storage yard when I remembered we needed some components at Electrozad. Since all the Solar components went with the Avalanche I now have to start from scratch on this trailer which includes running the cables from the roof to the batteries. Now to connect the solar panels to the cables and then from the cables to the charge controller you need two Power Distribution Blocks. This was my lucky day because they had exactly two left. 
Each Power Distribution Block has a positive and a negative side.
With the blocks side by side, and end for end you can see the connect the smaller
wires from the solar panels and charge controller to the larger transfer cables.
We finally arrived at Guardian Storage where after checking our mail we headed back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Today we were exchanging things we brought from the trailer for like things we had used when living in our apartment. Since our new trailer is more like a small Home rather than a cottage we need things to fill that void. 
It was after 2:00 by the time we got back to Windsor Gas and Diesel to pick up the truck. Everything was ready, it had been road tested and it sounded good to hear it running so smoothly. Even though this foul up with the processor was not Jim’s fault he didn’t charge us any labour for fixing it. I drove around the block before we left making certain everything was up to snuff. 

We had more stops to make and the next was Home Depot where we had to return the toilet seat we purchased the other day because it was white and didn’t match the bone colour of our toilet. We went to the back to verify that they did not have the product in that colour. When we went walking towards the truck and car I used the remote starter button to start the truck but by the time I helped Kathy into the car it hadn’t started. When I put the key in the ignition to turn it on the truck would not start. You read that right, it would not start. The truck got a new name that will not be repeated in public and Kathy even had a different name for it, not as critical as mine. 
When I called Jim at Windsor Gas and Diesel I assured him it was no joke but his reaction was to find out where I was and that he was sending Brian his computer tech down. Little did we know that in the short time we had left his shop that there would be two major accidents on Walker Road which made a ten-minute drive into a fifty-minute drive for Brian. As soon as he hooked up his computer the truck started right up. As soon as he tried the remote starts the truck would shut down and you couldn’t start it. Brian got the truck going and we now know what the new problem is but it will take a day or two before they know how to reprogram the remote starts so the truck recognizes them. Cars and trucks were so easy to work on before everything became computerized. 

We stopped at Staples for some needed office supplies. Then we drove to Lowes hoping to find our new toilet seat there but struck out. Finally, we stopped at the Zehrs Super Store for some groceries. Anyone who has a teenage boy in their home will understand why.  
We finally made it Home just as the 6 o’clock News was starting. As I hauled things in Kathy put most away except the Half Rack of Ribs and Wedge Potatoes we bought at the grocery store deli. It was more than enough to feed the both of us and for only eight dollars. 

Kathy and I have chores to do but we plan on finding a way to thank Jim for his dedicated customer service. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

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You've used White-Out on a rotten tooth.


  1. Oh good grief. I thought those truck problems were behind you. Hope this time it is a very quick fix.

    You don't find too many Jims in this world. He is a keeper for sure.

  2. You are two busy folk! Sorry about that truck; it must be jinxed.

  3. Know all about truck troubles as of late, but all will be fixed, today. Turns out the problem was my fuse box. It was blowing fuses and there was a short between it and the compressor. They confirmed it by bypassing the fuse box and the A/C was fine. :) Saturday is the day!

  4. When we were in Canada, we really liked Candaian Tire-its a lot more than tires:))