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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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Last Night’s Blog Update, Kathy’s Birthday, Supporting A Good Cause and Weather Cooldown.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Getting caught up on Yesterday’s Blog turned out to be a bigger challenge then I expected it to be. Something about being retired with nothing to do. Yeah Right!

Most of Friday was spent at the trailer trying to fix minor little things and checking to see that everything was still solid on our roof. With the high Winds that we were being battered with on Thursday there was enough noise coming from the roof that either someone was walking around up there or things were becoming air-borne.

We both enjoy eating Fish & Chips but we thought we’d do it on the light side last night. What I mean is that we’ve been watching our intake since getting back from the southwest that we went to McDonalds in Amherstburg and had their Filet of Fish Combo. That meant we had a smaller portion of fish then usual, on a bun and it cost us less to boot.

From there we headed to Canadian Tire to walk around and wear off some of our supper as well as hoping that we’d find the smaller Pizza Stone that nobody seems to be carrying any longer. When that search also failed we drove over to the Walmart to try again.

It was nearly 7:00 when we realized we were out of luck and headed over to our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s house for our scheduled visit. It has been some time since we have really had a chance to visit and we had more than the usual things to talk about. Kevin and Melissa had just returned from a week in Mexico so they were just as excited to tell us about their trip as they were to ask about our’s.

Melissa was also raised to be a Gracious Host and she had the table filled with all kinds of snacks. They also wanted to wish us both Happy Birthday so they even got us small tokens of their appreciation. The conversation never stopped the entire time we were there and unfortunately with all those snacks within reach we all kept snacking. Thank You Kevin and Melissa we truly appreciated everything but especially the visit with you both.

We weren’t eating heavy but that snacking caught up to us after we got Home and with the short time to post before midnight I mentioned that I would update the post later. Because of snacking late at night we both tossed around not being able to sleep immediately. I should have just gotten up and wrote the Post Update at that moment because I kept doing it in my head instead of sleeping.

First thing this morning I wished Kathy a Happy Birthday. After we had finished our breakfast and talked about our restless night we both sat at our computers to get caught up on what everyone else is up to. When Kathy opened her Facebook account she found a notification from Sandy that there was a Garage Sale for the Air Cadets taking place at Windsor Airport. We attended last year and Kathy was able to get quite a few books to read and it helped support the Air Cadets in the area.

We didn’t get out the door until 10:30 so we didn’t waste any time getting there. Straight up Walker Road until we reached Airport Road and we were there. With the forecasted threat of rain we had worn our Rain Jackets over our Denim Jackets as wind breakers. The temperature at the time was 52 F (11 C) but with the 30 MPH Wind Gusts it felt much colder. Everyone inside the Hangar was complaining about the cold and some were wearing Winter Coats.

We talked with Sandy and Kevin for a short while as their son Ethan is in the Air Cadets. We then looked at what we didn’t need before making our way to the Book Table. They couldn’t believe that we had stayed in the desert near Quartzsite “Off the Grid” and what we paid to stay there. They were wishing they were retired and able to do the same. After paying for the books we purchased and heading back to the truck it felt colder. Looking at the temperature gauge on the dash it showed the temperature had dropped down to 46 F (8 C) in less then an hour.

We were going to drive up Walker Road but traffic was at a standstill. Turning around we drove down Airport Road until we came out on County Road 42. Traffic heading towards Walker Road was also at a standstill but someone let me pass through their line to head in the opposite direction. Knowing a shortcut to take I turned at the next intersection and going through the back way we were at Wendy’s in five minutes. As we enjoyed our Salads we watched the traffic heading up Walker Road barely moving. There was probably an accident blocking the main intersection at Walker and County Road 42.

We had an appointment at Fantastic Sam’s with Jenna to get our hair cut for 1:00. She was happy to see us with all kinds of questions about our trip. We were happy to see her because we knew that we would be getting our hair cut the way we wanted it to be. Kathy had a wash and trim so it took a few minutes extra but we were out of there by 11:45 and we have our next appointment already booked.

Heading east on the E. C. Rowe Expressway we stopped at Guardian Storage where we got our Mail and went back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. We had forgotten to drop off something the other day and Kathy was looking for a receipt that she couldn’t find back at the trailer. Since we are forecasted for more of this wet and cold weather for the next month she also got a couple of her vests to bring Home
Inside Colasanti's
We drove over to our daughter Karen’s house to drop off some receipts Kathy found that they had left behind in our car. Luckily we have a key to their house from the days when we used to rescue the kids when they were sick at school. The only one home was Sanford and he was more then happy with the treats he got from Kathy. 

Being so close we stopped at Leisure Trailer Sales in Lakeshore. We spoke with Stephanie about our lack of space because of the slide. We also got other information about service we wanted done. 

From there we headed towards Leamington with plans to stop at Colasanti’s. The reason for going there was to get another Citronella Plant like we had last year. When we arrived the Parking Lot was quite full. Considering this was Saturday many parents bring their children here. Colasanti’s is not just a Greenhouse but a Petting Zoo with exotic animals, a Carnival that includes rides like a small Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, Bumper Cars, an Arcade and Mini Golf Course all inside away from the elements. We looked and looked until we finally had to ask about the Citronella Plants. We were told that they won’t be in until the middle of May when the Mosquitos start. 

When we left I asked Kathy if she wanted me to just drive through Leamington and she suggested eating out in celebration of Our Birthdays. For years we have seen a restaurant advertised on the Local News Channel called Paula’s Fish Place Restaurant out near Point Pelee National Park in Leamington. We soon saw some signs and followed them out towards the most Southerly point of Canada. We finally found it and really liked the atmosphere and the service but especially the way the food was prepared. 
Perch, Fries and Cole Slaw.
It was after 8:30 by the time we got Home. We had to cycle our furnace to warm the inside of our trailer which was a chilly 45 F (7 C). We’ve got things to do tomorrow but we’ll wait and see what happens. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

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  1. Happy birthday, Kathy. A little bird told me you are now 29!

  2. Happy Birthday Kathy. Next time you are around the corner from us please stop by for a coffee!!!

  3. Happy Birthday, wishing you health, happiness and many more Birthdays.

  4. We hope you both have great birthdays 😊

  5. Happy Birthday to Kathy! Sounds like a busy day.

  6. Happy birthday to you both. Hope you both have many more. Drop by for a coffee sometime.