It's about time.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Scratching Things Off Our To-Do List and Stormy Weather.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we watched the 11 o’clock Local News last night we both managed to be awake shortly after 8:00 this morning. The fact that the outside temperature was already 61 F (16 C) and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky might have had something to do with it. Even before we sat down to have our breakfast we were busy opening our windows so we could enjoy as much of the fresh air as we could get. By 9:30 we had not only finished our morning Coffee/Tea but our reading at the Computers and were refocusing ourselves on what we wanted to do with our day.

Kathy wanted to do some rearranging in the closet. Even though she worked at changing many of our regular clothing hangers yesterday she didn’t take the time to organize it. That’s what she did this morning until we had a late lunch. 
Our new over the door Towel Bar.

The other night when we were at our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s Home I used the vise in their garage to reshape the top of an Door-Top Towel Bar. I had it the perfect size for the thickness of the door but the door would not close properly with it on. Yesterday I tried Plan B which meant cutting the piece of the bracket on the outside of the door off. Continuing with Plan B this morning I had to file the bracket far enough so that it wouldn’t hit the door frame. Holding metal by hand and filing it to the needed shape is not as easy as it sounds but I finally had it installed by the time Kathy called me for our late lunch. 

We weren’t quite sure what to have for lunch but since we had two bottles of Maple Syrup open in the fridge a plan was made to make them one. We had Pancakes with Butter and Maple Syrup with fruit on the side for dessert. The empty bottle made its way to the Recycle Bin
WE-Boost and Router now mounted above the Mantel
where it used to sit.
After Kathy washed the Dishes she had some Bookkeeping and Research that she wanted to do. 
Modem mounted vertically on opposite side
of swing-arm bracket.
Last year when we moved into our new Home the easiest way to set up our Internet Modem and Router was to simply lay them on our Fireplace Mantel and the wires held them in place. When I made the To-Do List the other day of things needing to done before we leave that was one of the things marked down. Our living room television is mounted on a swing arm which leaves a lot of empty space behind the set. After taking lots of measurements I started first moving our Cell Phone/Internet WE/Boost then mounting the Modem and Routers vertically behind the television. The television still latches securely for travel and the Mantel is free of Electronics and Wires
No more electronics or wires on our Mantel.
Forgot to take a before picture.
Kathy was still on her Laptop researching so I started getting things ready to solder the wire harnesses for Multi Waffle LEDs together. While in Quartzsite this past winter we had a problem with leaving our Security Lights on. That issue was resolved but installing Indicator Switches in place of the originals. We also considered changing the Security Lights themselves but they were expensive and they were not as bright as the original Incandescent Bulbs. When someone suggested soldering the leads to Multiple Waffle LED Boards together I started measuring. Once these are finished and installed each Security Light will produce over Seventeen Hundred Lumens of light and combined they will draw less then a quarter of the power of a single Incandescent Bulb.

I got everything ready inside but planned on doing the soldering outside. The sky suddenly filled with dark clouds so I wasn’t going to start soldering in the rain. Checking the Weather Network it showed our area was under the threat of Severe Thunderstorms.

Since it was already supper time and we weren’t sure what to cook and Kathy was tired; we decided to go to the 19th Hole Restaurant at the front of the Park instead. We enjoyed their Cod Fish and Chips plus we didn’t have to cook it nor clean the dishes. The rain had started but didn’t get heavy until after we got into the R.V.

Back Home we had barely closed the door when the Rain started coming down so hard on the roof it sounded like a drum. We’ll get a few more of those cells tonight but hopefully they won’t be as severe. We’ll hopefully scratch a few more things off our To-Do List tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

There's permanently a bowling ball in your passenger floorboard.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Scratching Off A Few Chores, Meeting Our New Neighbour and More To Do.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even with the cooler temperatures last night we both managed to sleep soundly until the Sun started peaking around the corners of the window shades. After having breakfast and doing our morning reading we started working at getting some of the smaller things that we need to accomplish completed.

Yesterday while we were out in public at the Mall, Grocery Store or Visiting with our grandson last evening we somehow picked something up that left us both with scratchy throats and feeling achy. Strangely it’s not that time of year but it didn’t matter. Wanting to get things accomplished while your anchor is dragging is no easy task. 

For lunch we had Chicken and Wild Rice Soup which seemed to get a few things feeling better. Kathy then finished filling in the paperwork so we could submit the claim for my CPAP Mask Liners to our Supplemental Health Care Insurance while I gathered the trash and recycle from the containers.

Kathy then refocused her attention on the bedroom closet. While we were away last winter we found that Camping World carries special plastic clothes hangers for RVs. They have a shorter hook so that the clothes don’t drag on the floor or second clothing bar. The hook is made so they have to be pushed onto the bar not lifted off. After our Clothing Bar failure on our way south last fall we got the few packs they had in stock to try. Having success with them we continued getting more any time we found them but Kathy didn’t always have a chance to switch the clothes over. This afternoon that was her goal. Not only did she switch the remainder of the hangers but she found some cold weather clothes that will be brought back to our Storage Unit until the fall. The old hangers will be donated to the Goodwill.

We have a mailbox at the front of the Park so instead of waiting until we return to Windsor I walked up to the front of the park to mail it. Back Home I took all the trash and recycle that I gathered earlier and walked it to the Park Trash and Recycle Area. Because I haven’t been exercising enough lately my neck was really bothering me so I stopped in at the Park Exercise Room. As mentioned in the past, it’s not much but it’s better then nothing and by the time I returned Home I was feeling much better.

With plans to scratch at least one of the things I need to do off our list I went out to retrieve my hacksaw from the toolbox in the basement. I’d no sooner closed the basement door when our new neighbour Stan introduced himself. Even though I politely excused myself a number of times it wasn’t until Kathy called me to grill our supper that he allowed me to go with the promise that we’ll have a visit when we are not so busy. 

Kathy made a wonderful Salad to go with the Hotdogs I was grilling. Because the Hotdogs were still slightly frozen I managed to cut both the brackets with the hacksaw while they were cooking. As long as we continue working at these chores whenever we have a chance we are sure they’ll be finished by the time we head south in the fall. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

The course of true love never did run smoothly.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Errands and Enjoying Visiting With Our Daughter.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

When we helped the kids celebrate their Anniversary last night Melissa had set out some snacks for everyone to enjoy and we did. Even though we didn’t overindulge ourselves like in the past because we have been cutting down on our snacks at night it came back to haunt us. Kathy and I both had such an interrupted sleep that we were as tired when we got up this morning as when we went to bed last night.

We both slept later this morning and felt draggy but knew we had too much to do today. By 11:00 we were on our way out the door driving the truck towards Windsor.  We prefer taking the car to the city because it gets better mileage and is easier to get in tight parking lots but it can’t haul large items like the truck.

Our first stop was VitalAire on Grand Marais where we got copies of the bills for the Mask Liners for my CPAP Mask and submit the prescription. I need to go through this process of having the payment Denied by our Supplemental Health Care Insurance so that we can declare them as a Medical Exemption on our Income Tax Return.

Our second stop was at Guardian Storage to pick up our mail. I was particularly looking forward to it because the Tightening Knobs that I had ordered to use on our Solar Panels from Amazon had been delivered and I’d seen that on the tracking tab.

Stop number three was Dollarama on Tecumseh Road East. We had gone to the Amherstburg location last night and they didn’t have what we had been looking for. Since all the different outlets are independently owned and operated we kept our fingers crossed. We lucked out on one thing but not the other.

It was already 1:30 and our late breakfast was gone so we walked over to Harvey’s for lunch. Since Harvey’s was one of the places listed on the Gift Card that we used the other day and there was still some money on it that’s where we used more of it on our lunch today.

Last week when we purchased my new cell phone at Bell store in the Tecumseh Mall they had accessories for those LG Brand phones. When we purchased our new LG TracFones in Parker, Arizona this winter we hunted all over unsuccessfully trying to get the protective Screen Cover and Body Shield. The associate at Bell looked through their stock but deemed those phones to be the older LG K4 models that they no longer carry and when they no longer carry them they get rid of those accessories as well.

Leaving the Bell store disappointed, we saw a Cell Phone Kiosk where the young attendant told us if it was a U.S. Phone they didn’t have anything for it. When I mentioned the Bell associate had called it an older LG K4 she immediately found the accessories right away. Ten minutes later everything was installed and we were on our way. Now we can breathe easier knowing our TracFones are protected.

Stop number seven was at Payless Shoes in the Mall where even though they had a Sale on for sandals we couldn’t find any shoes for Kathy.

Since we were bringing dessert we had to head to Sobeys in Lakeshore to pick it up before turning around and heading back to the west-end of Windsor. We were having supper at our daughter Rose’s home at 4:30 but unfortunately the quickest way to get to her home turned into the longest way as it was plagued with the fifth season of the year, Construction. We were lucky to have continued moving at a single mile per hour.

Just as we arrived I received a call that the Plastic Barrel we’d ordered had to be picked up today by 4:30. After I spoke with Rose momentarily I left to go pick up the Barrel while Kathy stayed and visited. I made the round trip in the estimated twenty minutes which only delayed our meal by ten minutes.

Our meal was good but we don’t eat big meals like that anymore as a fact Kathy and I shared the one plate and we were stuffed. After having dessert our twelve year old grandson D.J. left to go visit with his cousins for the weekend. That gave the adults time to discuss things that are happening, problems they are having with their roof and our plans for returning to the Southwest next fall.

We left after 8:30 and stopped at the Zehrs Super Store on Walker Road where we picked up the few supplies we need to see us through the weekend. We finally got Home by 9:30 at which time we still had to unload the truck. 
The sun had set by the time Kathy got this shot.
Maybe we can actually accomplish something around Home tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You're still keeping a goldfish in the plastic bag you won it in.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hibernating, Adjusting Our Laptops, Anniversary Celebration and Fun Visiting.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

With the Rain continuing to fall throughout the night Kathy had no problem sleeping whatsoever. With the higher humidity level in the air it made the temperature feel colder then it actually was. That combined with my Raynaud’s Disease had me awake a number of times. When I woke this morning to the sound of a heavier downfall I simply got up and figured on starting my day. I managed to open all the Window Shades in the living area, got things ready for Breakfast and completed all my Morning Reading but it was still raining. 
The rain again, is getting to be old news.
Kathy has often said she must be a Bear because whenever she hears a steady Rain falling she can just curl up on the bed or lean back in her chair and drift off to sleep. It is like her body is telling her it is time to Hibernate. I am not a fast reader and knowing Kathy’s affliction I finally had to turn on the stove to start heating the water for our late morning brews as I was beyond hungry. Just the snapping noise to ignite the stove was enough to wake Kathy in the upstairs bedroom.

When she came downstairs she was bleary eyed and struggling to wake up. Mother Nature must have sensed her influence and turned the rain machine off as we ate our breakfast allowing us to enjoy our Bran Muffin and Coffee/Tea for breakfast. We discussed our plans we have about building an Ark because of the Excess Precipitation our area continues to get and according to the Weather Guessers it’s not going to let up any time soon. 
This is now the Wallpaper on my Laptop.
After finishing my normal morning chores, I changed the Wallpaper on my Laptop from one that came preloaded to a Sunset we recently took while in La Posa South near Quartzsite. When Kathy saw that she chose one of a Mountain Range to put on her laptop as well. That is the advantage of taking so many beautiful pictures. You have an endless supply that you can use when you want and for whatever purpose. She also needed a few other adjustments made to her Laptop that now seem to be making it easier for her to use. 
This is now the Wallpaper on Kathy's Laptop.
Kathy made Garlic/Lemon Egg Noodles for our late lunch that not only filled our tummies but helped to warm us up. Even though our outside temperature would reach 61 F (16 C) with the 91 % Humidity and light North Breeze we couldn’t seem to get warm. 
Garlic/Lemon Egg Noodles.
Shortly after 4:00 we headed to Amherstburg where we first went to McDonalds for our supper. We both enjoy their Sweet Chili Wraps and they are actually healthy for us. We took our time eating before leaving and heading to our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s Home for our almost weekly visit. Since they are still raising their family sometimes they can’t always visit so that just means we have more to catch up on when we do. Last week they were busy so there was lots to catch up on tonight. 
Still raining after 4:00 while heading to Amherstburg.
Kevin and I went to the garage for a short while where I had to slightly modify our Over the Door Towel Rack. Things like that are made to fit Houses or Apartments but not RVs. With some measuring and Know-How at working metal I soon had the brackets reshaped to fit our RV Bathroom Door
This Robin was bigger then a Bunny that was only three feet away.
Back inside the house, Melissa and Kathy had been getting caught up on lots of things from last week. They were also celebrating their 21st Wedding Anniversary today and Melissa’s parents Al and Sal also stopped in with best wishes. They were amazed that we were living in our RV in the desert while we were away. They also complained there was too much work involved in owning their home but in the next instant didn’t want to sell it. 
This little Bunny kept eating his meal with the Robin nearby.
Once they had left the four of us kept on visiting having some serious conversations and then talking about other things that had us all laughing. The sad part was that the time seems to fly-by so quickly when we are enjoying ourselves.

Before leaving for Home the Rain had finally stopped and according to the Weather Guessers there is even a chance that we might see the Sun tomorrow that will make it warm up by a few degrees. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Love is an emotion experienced by many and enjoyed by the few.

George Jean Nathan, American Critic

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Continued Weather Woe’s & More Research and Cheaper Prices In Canada

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

With the continuation of the Weather Rollercoaster that has been happening globally for the last year it has become very difficult to really plan ahead anything that one might want to do. We definitely will start referring to any future forecasts as coming from Weather Guessers. Looking beyond a three-day outlook has become a waste of time and even then when you are expecting a totally clear day you could end up taking a shower that wasn’t in the forecast. 

When we got up this morning all we could see was a cloud filled sky making the outside look very dismal. The forecast was calling for rain to start by noon so if there was anything that we needed to do outside we had to get it done before lunch. We had our breakfast, did our morning reading and were looking outside as the rain started coming down before 10:30. At least they said it would rain.

Kathy continues to further her research on things we’ll see when we return to the Southwest this fall. She sorts out what will be worthwhile for us and has found in the past that we sometimes get more for our money with some of the smaller outfits. She has also found that she needs to take breaks from this research because it just becomes too overwhelming. When she called it a day she was still in Moab, Utah
Homemade Ham and Split Pea Soup along with
Blackberries on Yogurt.
I added more things to the “To Do List” that have to be done to our Home before we leave this fall and some that will be done while we are away. While we sat eating the Homemade Ham and Split Pea Soup for lunch that Kathy had made and froze back in February she asked for me to get prices on some of the purchases that we’ll need to make.

Going Online looking for prices for the same size AGM Batteries that we presently have I was able to get prices on a number of U.S. websites but not off any Canadian. The only alternative was to start calling Local Battery Suppliers. In the past we could not get AGM Batteries here in Ontario at a reasonable price. It was cheaper to buy them in the U.S. when our dollar was closer to parity and since we have to pay 13% Harmonized Sales Tax on purchases and services. With these Batteries now available in Windsor and the fact that we would now pay 30% Exchange on U.S. Funds by buying them locally we will now save $125.00 per battery.

The rain continued on and off the rest of the day. By the time we would notice the rain had stopped a few times and were about to go outside the rain would return. We never did see the sun but did see lots of puddles. The forecast on The Weather Network for our area for this summer is for near normal temperatures but above normal precipitation. 
Pancakes with Cool Whip topped with Blackberries.
Kathy made Pancakes that we topped with Blackberries and Cool Whip for supper. We’ll see what we will do tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Ask a silly question

Can hungry crows have ravenous appetites?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why We Do It, More Research and Making a List.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Reading other RV Blogs lately I was surprised to find Comments stating to the Blog’s author that they had better find something more interesting to write about or that person would no longer be reading it. Those persons that made those statements just doesn’t seem to understand the true meaning of what a Blog truly is. A Blog is a Diary, Log, Ledger, a Record or an Accounting of what took place in the author’s life during a specific period of time. These are not stories that were dreamed up to entertain someone else’s passing moments. 
Pictures from Lake Havasu in January.
These Blogs most times are created for the purpose of Friends and Family Members to know what their loved ones are up to when they are away but many are open to whoever wishes to read them. Another way of saying it would be they are making their lives an “Open Book” for the world to read. A diary of there every day lives!  Every day life is not always very entertaining but what we do accomplish might be enough to bring a Smile, a Tear or a feeling of Satisfaction to someone that could never do those things. 
Part of the night glow at Lake Havasu in January.
Writing on a daily basis can also be a challenge because things can become very repetitive even when there are travels involved. It can get to be the same old. same old. Posting on a daily basis is also very time consuming and not just the time involved in Composing the Blog, Editing the pictures or even finding the time to take those pictures. For those that feel Bloggers should find something different to write about they should try writing a Blog for themselves and see how well they fair at it. 

The morning temperatures were finally mild enough that we were able to open the windows as we had our breakfast. Our plans for the day were simply to just accomplish whatever we could. We did finish our morning Coffee/Tea while we got caught up reading at the Computers. Kathy returned to her research this morning while I finished making the bed. 
Lunch was Chicken Soup. Chicken Strips and Tomatoes.
After lunch I cleaned off the Bicycle Carrier on the rear of the trailer. With our plans to head back to the Southwest this Fall some modifications might be necessary. Try as hard as I could I just couldn’t decide what to do because there were just too many things so I sat back and made a list. When I completed that I wrote it up on the Computer where they were separated and put in the order of importance. With a list to refer to things will get done faster then guessing on what to do. 

For Supper Kathy made some Macaroni with Cheese while I grilled Pork Chops on the Weber Q. As usual it all tasted great and was more then filling. By the time that Kathy finished her research today she was checking out Moab, Utah. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Jokes On The Job

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Monday, May 22, 2017

More Researching and Chores.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

It has felt so wonderful to be able to sleep without our heavy bedcover and still not be cold last night. That also meant that our quality of sleep has improved which makes us feel better rested when we get up in the morning. The only thing I wish is that it wouldn’t be so early.

I was opening the Window Shades before 7:00 this morning. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky just bright sunlight as it came above the horizon and the shadows that it caused. I had everything prepared for breakfast before sitting down at my Computer to get an early start on my reading. Kathy was tired enough that she got an extra half hour of sleep before coming downstairs to join me for breakfast. 
What is not to love about scenery like this.
Arizona 95 north of Quartzsite.
With breakfast complete we would spent the next hour reading before moving on to other chores. When Kathy came back downstairs she immediately started doing more research for our trip to the Southwestern States in the Fall. Even if we could spend another lifetime exploring we could never see it all but Kathy will be certain that we see as much of it as possible.

This was the morning I had to fill our Pill Doucettes. Having not been able to go out on many Saturday nights because the pills needed to be done I came up with a plan. The plan was to get additional large Doucettes but that still tied up a Saturday night somewhere down the line. They were also too bulky to carry if we went out during the week so we purchased smaller units for those nights. Finally by adding more smaller and larger Doucettes I can set up enough pills for a month and a half. The next time they need to be done won’t always be on a Saturday night. 

Kathy made a wonderful Salad to go with the Chicken Strips she had prepared and it was not only delicious but filling as well. Later while Kathy washed the dishes, I focused on stripping the bed and gathering the rest of the laundry. It took some time to get everything sorted but I was soon heading to the Park Laundry Room.

Since Wildwood replaced their old washers and dryers this past Winter it is much easier to get things done. They installed larger commercial sized units as well as increasing the number of units which will also cut down on the waiting for machines on busy days. I worked a Numerical Puzzle while the wash was being done but brought the delicates back Home to hang in the shower after getting the drying going.

I finally made it Home with everything folded just before 6:00 where Kathy was still researching our trip. When she left off she had us in Colorado Springs taking in all the sights.

Kathy was just about to come search for me but it takes longer folding four loads then three. While I started putting away our clean laundry Kathy started making toasted Chicken, Tomato and Lettuce sandwiches for our supper. 
Another Quartzsite Sunset.
According to the News today’s temperature was only 68 F (20 C) but with the 30 + MPH winds it felt much cooler. We might see an improvement by the end of the week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

Applying computer technology is simply finding the right wrench to pound in the correct screw.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Recovered, More Wet Weather, Delicious Meal and Learning New Tricks.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Neither of us had any problem falling asleep last night after a very tiring day. With a shortened night’s sleep the night before due to Yesterday’s Yard Sale and all the Fresh Air we were exposed to yesterday we had trouble staying awake long enough to post the Blog. Kathy was luckily sleeping soundly when the sound of thunder started rumbling outside. It was just enough to let me know we were having another storm before I fell back to sleep. 
The driving rain we woke up to.
We both slept late this morning but felt much better. With the Rain continuing to fall there wasn’t much that could be done outside so after breakfast, we finished our morning Coffee/Tea while reading on the Computers. Then after our morning chores were finished we wondered what else we could do with the rest of the day. That’s when the sky started brightening and the rain stopped. 
Chicken Noodle Soup, Crackers with Cheese and Berries on Yogurt for lunch.
While having Soup for lunch we discussed needing to make space in the trailer. While we were away this past winter while most people were shopping for Christmas Gifts for 2016 we were shopping for 2017 and getting some real bargains. All those special purchases had to be stored someplace so that we could still function in our Home and not be tripping over them. We declared our purchases upon re-entry into Canada and all the Immigrations Officer could do was shake his head and welcome us back to Canada. When our Home goes in for warranty work where these Gifts are stored will have to be EMPTY.

While I went outside to dump the waste tanks Kathy dug the majority of the Gifts from our closet. I brought the boxes that we had recently gotten inside so they could be packed but first I had to empty the bottom shelves in our bedroom. It took some time to pack everything in those boxes and get it loaded into the trunk of the car. Looking in the bedroom we now had a lot of extra space for our clothes that we recovered. Looking in the trunk of the car it was full. It was warm enough outside we actually had to change into cooler clothing before heading out. 

Our destination was Guardian Storage in Windsor where the first thing we did was pick up our mail. We then headed inside to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit where like last year we safely added this year’s Christmas Gifts until the time comes to wrap & distribute them.

The sky seemed to be filling with clouds again when we left our Storage Unit so we headed over to the East-End Walmart. We thought that we would just walk around to get some exercise but we ended up walking out with a few more groceries to fill the empty spots in our pantry. As we were leaving Walmart the sky was nearly Black in the West as we headed towards Tecumseh.

Kathy had brought one of the Gift Cards so we could eat out. It had been some time since we had gone to Swiss Chalet on Manning Road for a meal so that is where we were headed. Were we surprised when we walked in to find they were now sharing space with Harvey’s. When Kathy asked the Hostess when that took place she said last Christmas Eve. Swiss Chalet is famous for their Chicken Dinners but we know they are great at making Spare Ribs as well. We each ordered a Half Rack of Ribs that we could cut with a butter knife. We left at least half our fries because there was just too many and we still walked out very satisfied and we still have another meal on our Gift Card. When we came outside everything was very wet. It had rained quite heavily while we were inside.

We stopped at our daughter Karen’s house for a short visit. She and Greg were just getting ready to go meet some friends for dinner. As soon as they learned I had a new cell phone Karen immediately started loading all of their family phone numbers into it. Then Greg started showing me some of the features that I didn’t realize were on it. He showed me how to use them as well. They suddenly realized they were supposed to meet their friends so we said our Good Byes
At the end of our day.
As we headed towards Home there were large water puddles along the roads. Tomorrow most of the Weekend RVers will be leaving to go home under Warm Sunny Skies. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.

Rudyard Kipling, English Author

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Early Start, Selling Stuff, Meeting New Neighbours and Crazy Weather.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

When the alarm went off at 6:30 this morning I had to rush back into the bedroom to shut it off. By that time Kathy was already sitting on the edge of the bed wondering what was going on. It was the alarm doing its job waking us at the time that it had been set for. Getting up much earlier then what we normally do meant our breakfast and the rest of our meals would be changed for the day. 
Sunrise in Quartzsite this past winter.
Minutes after 7:00 I was heading outside to start setting up our folding table so that items we had chosen to sell could be displayed easier. Then Kathy was coming outside to join me with a few of the items in her hands instead of waiting for me to just carry the entire box out at one time. 
Cloud Formations were amazing.
I then turned my attention back to our garden shed where the rain we had gotten last night had stopped me from getting things readied for this Sale. This was the day that Wildwood Golf and RV Park opened their gate to outside visitors to their Annual Yard Sale. This allowed anyone that resides in the Park the chance to sell things they felt they no longer needed. 
Not all sunsets are the same.
The sun was shining brightly but there was a cool Wind that made everyone bundle up. There were Park residents that drove by in their golf carts that never raised the rain curtains in order to keep warm. There were a number of others that stopped and looked but walked away empty handed. This brought back memories from when we were getting ready to sell our House years ago but at a smaller scale. 
Roller Coaster roads.
With this being the first long weekend of Camping in Canada for many that are still working we started seeing some of those people coming to see what we had. With our prices marked to sell the items that were purchased went for the asking price and they walked away with smiles on their faces. 
A little rain floods the roads.
As Kathy and I sat outside in the cool fresh air after getting up early it was neighbours coming over for short visits that helped stop us from falling asleep. We even had a chance to meet new RVers Paul and Tina that live down our street during the summer and spend their winters in Calgary. They just enjoy the winter season too much rather then going south. By 2:00 the sky was filled with dark clouds and the Sun had gone into hiding so we packed away the few items that remained.
Driving the trails in the desert.
We needed to go back to the Essex Home Hardware Building Center so we headed out. We had to exchange a drip tray for one of our potted plants because the one we got yesterday was too tight a fit. We also picked up a small folding table that we will be able to use for our printer. That table will eliminate the need to put the Printer away after we use it each time. 
A Colourful Sunrise at Quartzsite.
With the forecast of Rain for this afternoon we didn’t feel like cooking anything at the trailer. Instead we stopped at McDonalds and enjoyed a Sweet Chili Wrap. With today’s timing being so far off that meal was more then adequate for us. 
A mountain range with a face.
When we got back to the Park just as we were about to turn on Third Street we were staring at the front of another RV stopped in front of our site. We were getting new neighbours to fill the only empty site on our street. Instead of waiting for him to get parked I drove past our street to the Transient Section to show Kathy how full the Park actually was. She was amazed that she hadn’t seen them all arriving but like I said we weren’t Home all time and the weather had been keeping us in. 
Life in the desert around Quartzsite.
Circling back to our street from the opposite direction we made it Home even as our new neighbours continued getting parked. We went inside and figured we’d wait until they were parked and leveled before introducing ourselves but that didn’t happen. We had barely stepped inside when the Rain started coming down hard. All our new neighbours could do was take shelter until it stopped. 
A Typical Sunset in Quartzsite.
We are both struggling to stay awake even at this early hour so we can only hope things look better tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

With no pictures taken today
here are some of what we
liked in Quartzsite.
Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Your camo gear is to confuse game wardens, not game.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Helping A Neighbour, Getting More Things Straightened Out and Back to Spring Weather For The Long Weekend.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

The difference a day makes is unbelievable. I woke within minutes of the time I woke up yesterday just as Kathy did but the difference was that today’s sky was totally filled with clouds and the outside temperature was only 45 F (7 C) which was a far cry from the 70 F (21 C) we had yesterday. We still seemed to be comfortable inside so we had breakfast without putting on any kind of heat source. As soon as we got on the Computers and I checked The Weather Network it showed that the area was only experiencing 43% Humidity which is extremely low for McGregor.

We finished our reading early and started getting other necessary things finished. While I made the bed and adjustments to our CPAP Machines Kathy started doing some Bookkeeping by first organizing all our receipts then making the Data Entries into our Expenditure Spreadsheet.

Having looked outside I noticed one of our weekend neighbours was working around the rear of his trailer but he seemed to be pacing back and forth more then he was accomplishing anything. Telling Kathy that he looked like he needed help she suggested I check it out.

Since this is known as the Victoria Day Weekend in Canada many RVers start their summer camping to welcome summer. Corry had recently buried a PCV Tubing as many seasonal people do in the Park to run their Power, Water and Other Connections to their units thus eliminating any tripping hazards on the ground. Corry had forgotten to run his Cable Connection inside his tube and was trying to figure a way to get it there. In less then ten minutes I’d run my Electrical Fish through the tube and pulled the Coaxial Cable through to his trailer. I also advised him to use the New Potable Water Hose for Drinking Water instead of his Garden Hose.

It was nearly lunchtime when I got back so we made Chicken and Wild Rice Soup along with Cheese on Crackers to warm and fill us up. We also worked together cleaning up our dishes. 

Kathy received an E-mail last evening from Henry’s Camera Repair Depot stating there would be nearly $250.00 charge to repair our Sigma 18-200 Zoom Lens for our Canon DSLR because the Warranty had lapsed.  When she went back to her Computer this afternoon I took over the dining table as a desk. My first call was to the local Henry’s Camera store in Windsor where the lens had been purchased. As luck would have it Steve the Salesperson who had sold it to us answered the phone. After I explained what the E-mail stated he reminded me that the lens had a Ten-Year Warranty and we shouldn’t have to pay a thing. A half hour later he called back after having just phoned the Toronto Depot and the lens will be repaired at no cost to us. That’s what you call “Customer Service”.

The next few calls I ended up only leaving voice mails. The one with Goodyear Tire’s Claims Department over the trailer tire that blew after only 6455 Miles. The next was to Leisure Trailer but Stephanie wouldn’t be in until tomorrow.

The last call was to our phone provider Bell. For our Home Phone we use a Turbo Hub which connects wirelessly through the Cell Towers. When we travel anywhere in Canada our friends and family can reach us by simply calling our Home Phone Number. It can also be used as a MiFi Hotspot but does prove to be costly with both of us on our computers. Every year when we return Home it seems there are unexplainable charges as soon as any activity is shown. I didn’t get any credits issue for the latest charge but did get Unlimited Canada Wide Calling for my cell phone for only $4.00 a month more then my existing plan. That will save us big time when traveling in Canada

The rain started coming down only minutes after I got off the phone and we were both feeling closed in so we headed to the Essex Home Hardware Building Center. After searching the entire store we just couldn’t find what we were looking for so we headed back towards Wildwood Golf and RV Park. There was a steady stream of RVs pulling into the park ahead of us and since it was still drizzling we decided to go to the 19th Hole Restaurant for supper. This was only our first time here this year so we were doing good. Because today was Friday we had the Half Order of Perch for our meal and it still left the both of us satisfied. 

After the 6 o’clock News I braved the drizzle to get a few things out of our shed for tomorrow’s Yard Sale. Having had to empty the basement recently into the shed made it that much more of a challenge. I’d barely got started when the Rain became more intense until I was forced to stop searching and close up. I’ll just have to get up earlier in the morning and finish locating those items then.

With the now 85 % Humidity we were forced to turn on our Fireplace to take the chill out of the air. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

Don't cry before you're hurt.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gusty Winds, Cleaning Up and Ordering Hardware.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Last night we both managed to sleep like rocks which meant that I was so well rested that I was up before 7:00 this morning. I managed to open all the Window Shades and barely had time to get things ready for breakfast when Kathy joined me downstairs. She had sensed my absence and immediately woke up.

We were sitting at our computers by 8:00 this morning which is something we don’t often do. Checking the Local News, our E-mail and Blog it didn’t take very long for us to get caught up. Strangely this morning one of the last things I did was to check The Weather Network. Looking at the screen they were indicating Wind Gusts of only 17 MPH but we were getting Wind Gusts that were hitting the trailer hard enough to give it a good shake every other minute. Having experienced high winds when we were in the Arizona and New Mexico desert this forecast was off by at least half on the speed. 
A new meeting place for the birds.
Since there will be a Community Yard Sale here at Wildwood Golf and RV Park this coming Saturday Kathy decided to go through our kitchen cabinets. She found a number of Electric Appliances that she had not used in quite some time and with our plans to do more Boondocking in the future she can’t see our holding on to them.

I went outside to pot some Citronelle Plants that we picked up at The Blooming Gardener yesterday. They work quite well at keeping Mosquitos away but we could only get small plants so we purchased a Hanging Pot with room for three plants to grow. It was quite the challenge with the Wind blowing things around while I added potting soil to the mix.

Once that was finished I started picking up handfuls of small twigs that the Wind was blowing from the trees on our site. I started cleaning the patio first and by the time I had completely cleaned the lot once the Firepit had a good base of kindling for the next Campfire that we’ll have when it’s not so windy. Looking back towards the patio it looked like I hadn’t cleaned it yet because it appeared to be raining small twigs from the tree due to the Wind

Kathy was starting to collect the trash when I went inside so after helping her to finish I walked it down to the Trash and Recycle Area. By the time that I got back from that walk Kathy was already making lunch. We enjoyed more Homemade Tacos which were more then satisfying and it helped to clean up more leftovers from the fridge.

The Wind seemed to be getting stronger and when I checked The Weather Network at 1:00 they indicated we had 86 F (30 C) temperatures but were getting 37 MPH Wind Gusts. There was nobody out on the golf course and the Flags on the pins were barely fluttering.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on the Computer. I started by ordering the Tightening Knobs for our Solar Panels. To purchase them locally would cost nearly Five Dollars a piece while buying them through Amazon they will be less then Two Dollars each. By making a slight modification to the Mounting Brackets that I made last December and using these Knobs I should be able to raise or lower the Solar Panels with no tools in less then five minutes. I also researched other things we have talked about adding to the trailer to make it safer for us when we are traveling but found the prices much higher then when I looked back in February while in the US. We might have to wait until this fall to order them. 

With the continuing high Wind Gusts Kathy thought having Pancakes with berries on top for supper was better then having a sandwich. The Winds finally calmed down after 8:00 this evening and the temperature is starting to drop. Tomorrow we’ll be back to having cool springtime temperatures. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

The tie you wore at your wedding is now the headband on your mounted deer head.