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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Friday, September 2, 2016

Doing What Needs Doing, Helping Our Friend and Time Changes Everything.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

After enjoying the cooler temperatures that we haven’t experienced since near the beginning of summer it was only logical that we’d be sleeping with the windows open last night. There is just something about the scents that Nature sends wafting in the air that causes you to sleep solid and to wake up totally refreshed. I started opening the window blinds by 7:00 this morning then got things ready to make breakfast before turning on my computer. Kathy was up shortly after but found the 55 F (13 C) temperatures a bit too brisk and jumped back under the covers for a few minutes of warmth. She finally joined me downstairs by 7:30 where she still needed a sweater to keep her shoulders warm. 
Kathy had a visitor drop in this morning.
While eating breakfast we discussed what needed to be done and even though we have things to do here on the truck and trailer there were other pressing matters that needed to be done elsewhere. Since we were up so early we still had plenty of time to do our morning E-reading before buckling down with our chores. 
He didn't want to impose.
I also had too many winter type clothes in the closet that had been distributed between three closets in the Avalanche. Now that all our clothes are in one closet I needed to load the extra clothes in the car to bring to our Storage Unit. 
He ad some problems but mainly kept it to himself.
On the road shortly after 10:00 headed for Windsor with the first stop being Guardian Storage to collect our Mail and then to go to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. The excess winter clothing had already been put into a clothing bag to protect them from dust so it was easy to hang on our rolling clothing racks. We both needed a few other items of clothing so a bit of time was spent getting things we’ll need for this coming winter. 
Heading to get the mail.
It was past 11:00 before we were headed to our next stop called Brisebois on Central Avenue. Since we’ll be attending a family religious ceremony this is the place you can find those special little things that will always be remembered. The selection was from the plain and simple to the extremely excessive and the prices were reflective of that. 

Leaving there with our purchase the next stop was the Credit Union to do some banking before going for lunch. We stopped at Harvey’s which has been a Canadian burger institution for over fifty years but like all the other chains have expanded their menus to include chicken and fish. The best part is they apply the fixings on each sandwich to your personal choice. As we ate lunch we discussed visiting with our friend Kathie and since we were close to her home the choice was made. 
Kathie is still in the early stages of grieving the loss of her husband of thirty-eight years Ross who passed away in May. She is going through the emotional roller-coaster that everyone who loses a spouse goes through and she thinks she is losing her mind. Both Kathy and I have traveled that road and even your children don’t understand your feelings because it is not the same as losing a parent. After nearly two hours Kathie was doing much better but we know that it won’t last and we’ll be making a few more visits to help her understand that this is all part of the grieving process before we head south. 

Kathie has been keeping herself busy cleaning, painting and purging things in her apartment. Her son Dwayne arrived with furniture that Kathie had purchase at a store near his home. Together he and I helped transform his mother’s apartment into a home by setting up her new living room. It was time for Kathy and I to leave but not before getting some wonderful hugs. That closeness is very important in the healing process. 
Kathy hates round-abouts.
We made a stop in our old neighbourhood in Tecumseh and were very surprise to find all the doors locked so we weren’t getting what we needed there. That was also when Kathy noticed she’d forgotten her refillable water bottle at Kathie’s apartment. Returning to Kathie’s apartment to get her bottle Kathy got an extra couple of hugs before coming back to the car. 

While Kathy went in to get her bottle I called Leisure Trailers from my cell phone. J. T. wasn’t available to talk to me but when I described the problem Monica immediately told me the part will have to be ordered but should be in sometime next week. That saved us running all the way out to Lakeshore. 

When traveling Kathy and I often visit Royal Canadian Legions or Veterans of Foreign Wars where the refreshments and meals are priced favourably. Since we are leaving to head south in less than sixty days and this was Friday evening we went to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 194 where I paid my membership for the next year and we had a very tasty Fish and Chip supper.  
Trying to help Kathie with her grieving had us talking about loved ones that we have lost and where they are interned while we enjoyed our meal. Since Heavenly Rest Cemetery is across the street from the legion we spent the next hour walking around finding the final resting places of many of our dearly deceased loved ones. We couldn’t locate a few that we felt we should have so we’ll stop at the office in the future and they’ll give us their locations. 

We also needed some groceries so we stopped at the Zehrs grocery store in another of our old neighbourhoods in LaSalle. Since it has been so long since we were in that store it was like we’d never been there at all. Everything was unfamiliar. Even many of the other stores that used to be in the area are now other stores we’ve never heard of. Time changes everything. 
It was already dark by the time we finally got back Home and the smell of campfires filled the air. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.


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1 comment:

  1. The very best thing you can do for Kathie is to be a very supportive friend. It is wonderful that you two visit her regularly. I can't even pretend to know how she feels. I pray I won't have to for a very long time.