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, September 21, 2017

Way Too Busy and Summer’s Really Back.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Getting up before 8:00 this morning the first thing I did was to start opening the Window Shades in the living area of our Home. That was when I saw the neighbourhood Rabbit cleaning up the Clover that is growing in our driveway. He didn’t even flitch from the sound of the camera turning on. Instead he just kept working away at having his breakfast. 

It was only minutes later that Kathy came downstairs to join me for our breakfast. Last night she managed to sleep soundly and woke feeling somewhat more refreshed this morning. Normally it takes three days before she is totally recovered from a restless night.

We enjoyed our Coffees at the Computers but only after getting our morning chores finished. We kept the reading down to E-Mails and checking the Weather. If you recall a couple of weeks back it felt like we were about to have an early winter storm. This week, the very last week of summer we are getting Humidex readings in excess of the Century Mark once again.

Shortly after 10:30 we were on our way to Windsor. Even though our appointment was not until this afternoon we planned to run some errands before then.

Our first stop was at Guardian Storage to get our Mail. Through most of this summer we’ve barely gotten any mail which we have found odd. Today when I opened our box it was packed. It took some digging to get everything out. Asking the woman behind the desk if the Postman was stockpiling the mail she stated the same thing is happening where she lives in Lakeshore.

Kathy was busy sorting through everything while I drove over to Value Village to drop off a bag of clothes that Kathy wanted to donate. All the proceeds made by Value Village go to helping a number of Charities in the Local Community.

It was nearly noon so we stopped at Taco Bell for lunch. We purchased one of those Box Lunches along with a second drink that we shared. We took our time eating knowing we’d still be early getting to the Hall

We went inside the Main Assembly Hall get out of the heat since the office was closed for lunch.  Kathy did some reading while I read a Flyer that came in the mail from Princess Auto. Normally these Flyers are sent out a week ahead of the date the sale starts. This Flyer started last Tuesday so if there was anything that I would need time was running out.

When the Office reopened at 1:00 it was only a few minutes later that Dan called us in. We took care of business first addressing the changes to our Pension Payments. Back in 2008 when the market was collapsing and plants were closing both the Company Representative and the then Union Benefits Representative were overwhelmed with the number of people being forced to retire. They both made it sound like we would never see any change in our Pension but as soon as we turn 65 our Pension changes. Due to the number of years of service that I had my change was not as drastic as many.

We then had the chance to talk about Fulltime RVing and getting rid of STUFF that we all felt we needed at some time in our lives. Most times that STUFF was bought to fill the rooms of a bigger house then we really needed. In the end, the STUFF owns you and is an anchor that holds you back from being able to Travel. In the end “Less is More”. Dan and his wife both plan on retiring in four years so in the meantime they will be doing lots of Purging.

It was after 2:00 when we left the Hall but we weren’t heading Home instead we were heading across town to Princess Auto. While I was glancing through their Flyer at the Hall I found a set of RV Scissor Jacks at a price that was lower then seen in the U.S. and in Canadian Currency. While Kathy looked around the Surplus area I checked the Trailer Supply area, the Tool Section, the section with the Lifts but finally found them in an area for Fasteners. (????)

Yesterday was nearly as hot as it was today so when we shopped at Walmart we made certain we didn’t get anything that needed refrigeration or might melt since we weren’t going Home at that moment. After leaving Princess Auto this afternoon we went to the east end Zehrs grocery store where we purchased what we didn’t get yesterday. 
The corn is ready for harvest.
We were Home by 5:00 and made Wraps for supper. The 6 o’clock Local News said our Humidex only hit 106 F (41 C) today and should only hit the Century Mark for the next Five Days. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More Appointments, Getting A Turkey and Teaching RVing 101 To Our Kids.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

While opening the downstairs Window Shades this morning I saw one of our neighbourhood rabbits enjoying a good helping of Clover near the front of our Neighbour’s Street Rod

Kathy was up shortly after me this morning even though she didn’t fall asleep until nearly 3:00 in the morning. She just couldn’t shut her mind down thinking of a Hodge-Podge of things that she wanted to do.

As soon as we were finished breakfast we moved our Coffees over to the Computers to get as much of our reading in as possible. With our having an early afternoon appointment we were cramming to just get the necessities done before we left. We got our morning chores completed before sitting down and writing a list of things we would be doing later. 

Our lunch today; we kept it simple and healthy by only having a Salad and Yogurt

We drove to our Dentist Office in Amherstburg for a 1:45 appointment time. We normally have later appointment times but none were available.  Being Retired gives us the flexibility we need for appointments. Kathy was taken first to replace a Crown that had worn off a tooth after Fifty plus Years of use. She was surprised that the procedure only took about Thirty Minutes to complete. 
Trees are already changing Colours and loosing their leaves.
Sean our Dentist was surprised to see that I was his next patient. My lower front teeth had been wearing down over time to the point I was scared to lose them. With new technology in the medical field today Sean rebuilt the four teeth in less then Forty-Five Minutes. There was no drilling like I have had in the past. He only needed to rough up the teeth, add the compound, use a laser to bond everything together then buff it down to remove any sharp edges. Times have Changed.


We were driving away before 3:00 so we thought we’d walk around Walmart. The Canadian Thanksgiving always falls on the second Monday of October which is just over two weeks away. The first thing we did was go to the meat section to see if they had brought in any Turkeys yet. We were surprised that they not only had Turkeys in stock but they had a special on them as well. The Turkeys were wrapped in different coloured plastic covers each depicting different weight ranges. The large Turkey we chose was 17 Pounds and only cost a flat $20.00. We also picked up some toiletry supplies that we’ll need when heading south before we left the store.

Our next stop was at our son Kevin’s House to drop off the Turkey. They have room in their freezer to store it and they will cook it the morning of our Merry Thanksmas Celebration.

Our next stop was Dollarama where Kathy needed to pick a few more wrapping supplies. 

It was past 4:00 by this time so we walked over to the Mealtime Diner to have supper. Their special for today was Perch in a Basket so that is what we had. We’ve written about eating there in the past. The Service is fast, the Prices reasonable and we have never been disappointed in the Taste or Quality of the food and today was no exception.

We needed to pass some time so we went over to Canadian Tire to walk around. We got the biggest kick out at seeing some of the decorations that are already out for Halloween

It was nearly 6:00 when we arrived at Kevin and Melissa’s for our weekly visit. We had a lot more to talk about tonight then usual. Since they have just purchased their very first Travel Trailer they were picking our brains on how to do different things such as dumping tanks and winterizing. A visit with them always includes lots of laughter and we had plenty to laugh about tonight.

Tomorrow we have more errands and an appointment to take care of but hopefully we have time to get something accomplished on our To-Do List. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.

G.K. Chesterton, English Writer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Making Appointments, Coaching A Future Fulltimer and Making Our Feelings Known.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we had a solid night of sleep the sound of Rain falling on our roof again lulled us to sleep past 8:30 this morning. Did that sound like a repeat of yesterday’s Blog? You’re right! The only problem was that it was like the movie “Ground Hog Day” but for us it was all about the Rain. We have had more then twice our normal Rainfall in our area this year. 
Hard to see the truck with all the Rain on the window.
All we could see outside the entire day was Rain. We did get a laugh while we were having our breakfast when a group of Golfers were trying to play a round by wearing raincoats and holding Umbrellas over one another’s Golf-Bags. Good thing there was no Lightning
Just after we saw Golfers on the Course.
Farmer's Field beyond the fence.
We managed to get our reading done early this morning as well as a number of other things. We confirmed our appointments for tomorrow with the Dentist and I’d barely hung up the phone when Dan the Benefits Representative at the Local also called. We made an appointment to discuss what appears to be a reduction in our Pension. While speaking to Dan I mentioned that we were Fulltiming as a way to save money as well as to enjoy our travels. Dan and his wife have been talking about doing just as we are doing when they retire in a few years. They had heard about people becoming Fulltime RVers but just didn’t know anyone personally. I directed him to our Blog and he plans on showing his wife tonight. He said he might have questions for us when we see him on Thursday. 
Homemade Chicken Noodle/Vegetable Soup.
For lunch Kathy served us both large servings of the Homemade Chicken Noodle/Vegetable Soup that she made the other day. We each had four meals from that one small chicken which is not bad. On larger chickens Kathy has stretched it out to seven meals. Soup Manufactures label some soups as a meal in a can. They are far from that but Kathy’s soup truly qualifies as a Meal in a Bowl.

This afternoon after we’d cleaned up the dishes Kathy went back Online to see what path Maria a Category 5 Hurricane will be following. The early projections are showing that it could follow the same path as Irma or veer north before reaching Florida and head up along the east coast without making Landfall. We are hoping for the later. 
Just past the trees beyond the Sand Trap
is the flooded Farmers Field.
I spent the afternoon monitoring the continuing Rain we were getting at the park. This Rain was by far less intense then we had when the Golf Couse was flooded in the last week of August but there was still enough water coming down to make the adjacent Farmer’s Field look like a small lake.

Another thing I spent the afternoon doing was writing up a summation of concerns that will be forwarded to Jayco. We are letting them know that they will be fixing all our problems properly and not just superficially. 
Homemade Pepper Steak on a bed of Rice
along with Cooked Apples for dessert.
For our supper tonight we finished the last of the Pepper Steak we also made the other day along with Cooked Apples for dessert. Our fridge is definitely starting to look Empty. The Weather Guessers on the 6 o’clock Local News are saying we can expect the Rain to finally stop by noon 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

Your wife's fur coat is shedding.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chores and Hamburger Night.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

One thing that seems to be rubbing off on me that has always affected Kathy is the sound of Rain falling on the roof at night. It seems to lull us both into a deeper form of sleep. It was nearly 8:30 this morning when I glanced at the clock and then forced myself out of bed. By the time I had the Window Shades all raised and started getting things ready for breakfast Kathy was joining me downstairs.

Continuing with our new routine after we finished our breakfast we brought our Coffees over to the Computers. We’ve been reading quite a number of Blogs from RVers who suffered only minor damage to their properties in the wake of Hurricane Irma while others lost everything they had from the storm. Our friends Karen and Al were fortunate enough to be at their lot near Blairsville, Georgia when Irma was destroying their Fifth Wheel and Boat on Cudjoe Key, Florida. The saving grace is that things can be replaced unlike a human being.

Kathy has been having a problem registering a Points Card so I called the company and they explained how to do it On-Line and even sent an E-mail to Kathy’s account. Kathy tried the same as before and I even gave it a shot. Guess I’ll be calling them back to say the problem is their Computer won’t let the registration go through. 

Since it was actually warmer this morning then it was by lunch time Kathy heated up a couple of bowls of her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. She had me clean up the last of the Cantaloupe and Jell-O Parfait from the fridge so nothing would go to waste. The Soup was delicious, hot and filling but the best part was there is enough for a few more meals.

It had been over a week so it was time to do the Laundry today. After dodging the Raindrops by wearing my Raincoat I had no problem getting any of the machines to use in the Park Laundry Room. The only problem I had was when I was in the process of folding the last load of clothes a guy who just started his wash sits down with a Magazine to read in the middle of my folding table. He was upset when I pointed out the rest of our Laundry surrounding him on the table and that he didn’t need a table to hold his Magazine.

It was still raining when I headed back Home with our folded Laundry. It was also nearly 5:00 and since this was supposed to be the last Hamburger Night of the season at the Clubhouse guess what we had for supper. Since this was also the final Fundraiser they gave everyone there this evening a free dish of Ice Cream to use up their stock from the Ice Cream Socials they had put on this season. All the other proceeds were donated to a local charity. The best part is we didn’t have any dishes to clean and we got to visit with other Seasonal Residents for a short while.

It is looking like we’ll be getting more Rain tomorrow in our area but we’ll figure out something to do that will help us to get ready for our southern trip in Six weeks. 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

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Helping Our Neighbours Again and Making Stock.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We both managed to wake up feeling quite refreshed from a full night’s sleep even though we were up shortly after 8:00 this morning. When we looked outside it was hard to see the Golf Course that is only a hundred feet away because of the intense Fog. By the time we’d finished eating breakfast and were about to take our Coffees over to the Computers the Fog had lifted enough to see the trees beyond the adjacent Farmer’s Fields.

We’d just barely finished our morning reading when our neighbour Stan was knocking on our door. He needed to pick my brain again to see if I could help them out. It’s not hard to believe that they never owned an RV until last fall just before they went south for the winter. Since this spring they have had problems with a broken water fitting on the back of their Hot Water Heater, when the RV Technician repaired the Water Heater he unplugged their Converter leaving them with no 12 Volt Power for their lights and then another water leak developed due to the Water Line being routed next to the Water Heater’s Combustion Chamber. Today they had a freshly filled Propane Tank that would not let the Propane flow through the line. The only way to fix that was to release the Vapour Lock that had occurred and the next thing they knew they had Propane flowing once again.
Trees are thinning and getting their fall colours already.

Our old neighbour Bob had other problems to deal with in his RV. A bunch of Bees set up housekeeping in a Vent Pipe. In order to avoid getting stung he had to Spray the Nest before using a Shop-Vac to suck their remains out of the Vent. He’ll be adding a screen to stop a repeat performance. 
Toasted Tomato and Cheese with Tomato and Sicilian Salad,
along with a Jello Parfait for dessert. 
For a late lunch Kathy was busy cleaning out the fridge and while she toasted the bread I sliced the Tomatoes and Cheese for our sandwiches. We also finished off the last of the Sicilian Salad and Tomatoes.

Kathy was busy doing her weekly cleaning and couldn’t get the water to drain in the Shower. It took me less then a minute to remove the Drain Screen and to clear out the collection of hair that had built down inside the Trap. RV Traps are not made the same as those in Houses and need a little more Hands-On type of cleaning. It works like a charm now.

After taking the Trash and Recycle down the Park Trash and Recycle Area I also did a few things outside. Not wanting to work on the Relay today I started to remount the Bicycle Carrier to the rear bumper. Even though these are Stainless Steal Nuts and Bolts that were used it seems that a buildup of Calcification had built into the treads and will have to be cleaned by running Taps and Dies to clean them up. Another Roadblock
Breaded sliced Had with Slivered Carrots and Macaroni Shells.
While I was outside Kathy had been busy cleaning the last of the meat from the Chicken we have already enjoyed three meals from and boiling the bones to make Chicken Stock. When it came time to make supper she had me slice up the small Ham that she then breaded and grilled in the Frying Pan. She also had me chopping up some Vegetables half of which were used in the Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup she cooked after supper and the rest was used for supper.

Tomorrow we are hoping to start getting a bunch of things crossed off our lists. 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 only time your TV is off is during a power outage.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Restless Night, Wrapping Completed, Frustrating Circuitry and Summer’s Back.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we had the windows and vents open last night there was a period of over Two Hours that the only thing I could do was to stare at the ceiling and hope to go to sleep. That sounds like the way Kathy slept last week and she is just finally recovering from that. By 8:30 I was up and about doing my normal morning routine, opening the Window Shades, turning on the Computers and getting Breakfast ready. Even keeping my movements slow and lite within ten minutes Kathy was joining me downstairs. 
The extent of the clouds we had today.
We not only enjoyed our morning Coffees at the Computers but we had a chance to discuss things we wanted to accomplish today. We finished our reading before getting our morning chores out of the way. By lunch time with the lack of any kind of breeze and the Stifling Humidity Kathy was having trouble staying comfortable. Hearing that most of our neighbours had already turned on their Air Conditioners we joined the pack. 
Pepper Sausage over Egg Noodles.
Kathy cleaned out a number of dishes from the fridge for our lunch. She chose to give me the rest of the Pepper Sausage over Egg Noodles while she finished some Homemade Chili on bread that was made by Melissa’s mom Sal. 
Homemade Chili on Bread.
As soon as lunch was finished Kathy started to get the last of the Birthday Gifts wrapped before calculating Cash Gifts that will also be given for Christmas Gifts. Kathy has always strived to give all the grand children and adult children the same number of Gifts totaling to the same value every year. If the cash value is not the same we make it up with a Cash Gift. Since we won’t be Home for Christmas we’ll be giving everyone their Gifts at our Canadian Thanksgiving. Our daughter Karen has relabeled the occasion to Merry Thanksmas
Kathy finished all the Christmas Wrapping.
I went outside to work on the Marker/Signal Lamps that I installed for added protection when making lane changes while towing our Home. I have done this kind of wiring many times not only for myself but for others and never had the issues that have been happening this time around. There seemed to be a failure on the Relays that were used for the Turn Signals so I replaced them today. The Driving Lights worked great before but as soon as the Signals were working they just seemed to quit. Checking the feed to the Relay it appears that there is no longer enough power coming from the switch side to close the circuit. Looks like I’ll be replacing the feed wire from the switch. It was hot enough that I went though a bottle of Water and a bottle of Gatorade to keep myself Hydrated.

It was nearly 6:00 when I called it a day outside. I was starting to get more frustrated and not accomplishing what had to be done. Kathy made a Southwest Flavoured Salad covered with Chicken for supper and we both enjoyed them while sitting in our easy chairs while watching the 6 o’clock Local News. Their Weather Guessers are forecasting high Summer Temperatures for our area for the beginning of Fall
Southwest Salad with Chicken.
With just over Six Weeks before we head south there is a lot we have to do so it’s time to buckle down. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Grow old with me!

The best is yet to be.

Robert Browning, English Poet

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reserving Our Site, Riding Around The Park, Getting Information About Our Friend and Working Together To Make Two Fantastic Meals.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Sleeping with the windows open for the first time in over a week surely had a profound effect on the both of us. We slept like a couple of rocks that were so filled with fresh air that we barely woke up before 8:30 this morning. 
The trees are already changing colours and losing their leaves.
Once our breakfast was over we again settled in at our Computers with our two cups of Coffee while doing all our reading. We managed to read a number of Blogs that we follow who were fortunate enough to have only gotten minor damage to their homes in Florida while others only collected trash from the neighbourhood in their yards as well as having no Electric Power.

After leaving another voice message to the Benefits Rep at the local Kathy and I chose to go run our own local errands. We rode our Tandem Bicycle up to the Park Office where we paid our deposit for our Site for next year. Val was surprised that we had kept our power usage down quite a bit this year to the point where the extra payment we’d made this summer was removed from the deposit. Since we installed our Solar Panels last winter the Converter in the trailer that would normally charge the Batteries from the pole has been turned off. With the Inverters that were added we have let the Sun help us keep the power usage from the pole down quite a bit. At this point we figure that our Solar Power System has already half paid for itself. 
Chopped Breakfast Sausage with Sauerkraut, Peppers
and Onions on Egg Noodles.

Instead of heading straight back to our site we started riding around the Park to get some exercise. We had covered nearly three quarters of the Park when we ran into Larry. He and his wife Nichol used to be on the site we are presently on and we’d gotten quite friendly with them last year. A couple of weeks ago Nichol had a bad fall on the patio on their new site that broke her leg. We found out that she is slowly healing, going through Physical Therapy but might be out on a day pass in another week. We expressed our best wishes before heading off. 
Cut Peppers on Steak Package.

Back Home we worked together to make not only lunch but supper as well. Since my hands are not as affected by Arthritis as Kathy’s I performed the chopping while Kathy did all the cooking and seasoning. This also helped to not only use up any Vegetables that might be nearing the end of their shelf life but it also used up a couple of packages of Meat that we would not be able to bring across the International Border when we head south in November. 
Chopped Onions and Peppers.

For lunch Kathy used a package of Breakfast Sausages from the Freezer that I chopped along with Onions a mixture of Red, Orange, Green and Yellow Peppers with a pinch of Red Chili Flakes and Sauerkraut. This was cooked and rendered down and serve over a bed of Egg Noodles. There were a few more spices added that I didn’t see because I was still chopping more vegetables for our supper dish. It tasted fantastic and there is more for another lunch. 
Cubed Steak. Easier to do while frozen.
Once lunch was finished we went back to making things for supper. This time I cubed some Steak that had also been in the Freezer. Using the same chopped Onions, a mixture of Red, Orange, Green and Yellow Peppers with a pinch of Red Chili Flakes Kathy worked her magic while I cut up a Cantaloupe we’d gotten the other day and had for dessert. 
Cutting up our Cantaloupe.
When we ate our supper after the 6 o’clock Local News Kathy served her Pepper Steak over Rice with a bit of Spaghetti Sauce. This is a dish that always pleases because it is delicious and we have another meal of this waiting for us as well. 
Finished Pepper Steak on Rice.
Things needed to be done On-Line and on the Phone again so we’ll see what happens outside tomorrow because time is getting short. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

You know you're getting old when

your wild oats have turned to prunes and All Bran.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Not All Good News, Making Calls, Doing Chores and Checking Out An Old Favourite.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

It felt good getting out of bed this morning knowing that we didn’t have any appointments to deal with today. As soon as I’d finished getting the Window Shades raised and things ready for breakfast I sat down to start my morning reading. I only managed to check the Weather Network for our area when Kathy came downstairs to join me. Watching the Golfers out on the Course left us asking ourselves how should we dress for today because every party of Four that came into view Two were dressed for the cold and Two were dressed for the warmth.

We both downed a second cup of Coffee while at the Computers reading the Blogs we follow, our E-mails and the News Reports about the damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The miracles along with the sense of Humanity where people were helping one another out. We also read about additional tragedies that were caused by the storm claiming the lives of Seniors in a Nursing Home in Florida because of the Heat and No Power. We can only pray for those victims. Adding to the sense of Helplessness many are feeling because Jose went from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm and back to a Hurricane and is now headed up the coast and is expected to hit the Carolinas.

I had a number of Phone Calls to make today. The first was to make our payment to Verizon. The only way I have ever been able to accomplish that task is by talking to someone but today I was able to do it all by myself just using the Keypad on the Phone. Miracles never cease!

My next call was to our Adjuster who I have been leaving voice messages with for nearly Two Weeks. When I spoke to her this morning her attitude was like “Oh Well” you might see your payment in a couple of weeks. If we don’t there is a board that governs the Insurance Companies in Canada and I will not hesitate to contact them. 
Our morning and afternoon skies.
I then had to call Stephanie at Leisure Trailer to express how disappointed we are about the way Jayco is handling our repairs. Lucky us, our trailer is the first trailer that has had to go back to the Factory in the Sixty Years that Leisure Trailer has been in business. They have been working with us as much as they can and today we even Brainstormed some ideas about getting better Customer Service from Jayco.

For lunch Kathy made a couple of Ham and Cheese Sandwiches to go with the Greek Pasta Salad along with the Date Squares for dessert. 

As soon as we’d finished eating we worked together doing the dishes because Kathy wanted to get back to wrapping the last of the Christmas Gifts we’ll be giving out at our Canadian Thanksgiving.

While Kathy was wrapping Gifts, I had the Waste Tanks to empty and flush. The way the sky looked I was certain I’d be getting wet fairly soon but I kept at my chores. With the Tanks empty I decided to chance cutting our grass. It has been less then a week since it was last mowed but it had already grown over three inches from all the Rain that we have been getting in our area. 
Lots of Bees pollenating our flowering shrub.
Even with the slightly cooler temperatures both Kathy and I have been forgetting to stay hydrated. We both were feeling the effects so had to take a break. When we sat down for a brief rest Kathy realized she was still short on Gift Wrapping Materials
Our flowering shrub in our front Flowerbed.
With the clouds looking like it would Rain any second we headed back to Amherstburg. Our first stop was at Dollarama where we managed to get the last of the Wrapping Materials.

Since we used the last of the cereal this morning (My fault) our next stop was at Sobeys grocery store to replenish our supply. We were also checking to see if they have their Turkeys out but like Walmart not for another week.

It was past 5:00 and we hadn’t taken anything out of the freezer at Home so we decided to go to Maria’s to eat. We used to go there often when we lived in the apartment in Tecumseh but had appointments in Amherstburg. We had been told it was Under New Management so we thought we’d check it out for ourselves. After placing our orders, we were surprised to figure out that it’s been over Three years since we were there last. Our meal was good but not the quality it used to be.
On our way Home hardly a cloud in the sky.
Notice the trees are starting to change colours.

With clear weather for the next few days a big effort to get chores scratched off our To-Do List will be made. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

To be content comes of doing a few things and doing them well.

Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Philosopher




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One More Appointment, Errands and Surprising Visits.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we were in bed shortly after the 11 o’clock Local News last night we managed to sleep late this morning. Probably as a result of all the Errands, Appointments and the Stress over our upcoming Trailer Repairs. We both woke once through the night but neither of us heard the rain that covered everything outside this morning. 
Slightly cloudy skies this morning.

The advantage of today’s appointment was it was after lunch so with our sleeping later it didn’t really matter. We had our breakfast at the table and drank our Coffees at the Computers but we had to head out the door minutes after 11:00 so our reading was limited. With the near summer like temperatures expected for today we had no problem dressing for the warmth.

Heading in the direction of Tecumseh the first thing we needed to do was to stop at the Pioneer gas station to gas up the car. Even though the prices had gone up due to the Hurricanes temporarily shutting down the Oil Refineries the price was under a $1.20 a liter.

Continuing up Manning Road the construction at the intersection of the Expressway is continuing but with the paving taking place today only One-Way traffic was allowed. It was nearly noon when we stopped at Dairy Queen to have our lunch. Where else can you buy a Grilled Chicken Wrap with Fries, a Soda and an Ice Cream Sundae dessert all for $6.00. We took our time eating and freshened up before leaving.

Kathy’s appointment was for 1:00 at the Family Footcare in Tecumseh but we made certain to get there before to deal with the customary paperwork. Terry the Pediatrist took Kathy in at 1:00 and was able to take care of the problem that Mary from Healthy Heals had not been able to do. She also issued a Prescription that will hopefully help prevent any Bacterial Growth which is something more common with people suffering from Diabetes. When we walked out twenty minutes later Kathy’s feet were feeling much better.

Having a few more errands to run our next stop was the Zehrs grocery store on Manning Road. We were able to get more things we had forgotten to add to our previous shopping lists. 

We stopped to check out the Terry Fox Run Used Book Store that we had never seen before. Canadian readers will recognize the name of a young Canadian Athlete that was diagnosed with Cancer and the only thing the doctors could do to save his life was to Amputate his leg. After recovering from surgery Terry Fox was fitted with a Prostatic Leg. Grateful for being given a second chance at life Terry thought he could bring Cancer Awareness to the forefront in everyone’s lives. The way he set out to do this was he planned to run from the West Coast of Canada to the East Coast raising money for Cancer Research along the way. Terry was over halfway across the country when he became severely ill. Rushed to a hospital they found the Cancer had come back with a vengeance and soon claimed Terry’s life but not his spirit. Canadians were so inspired that every year since the Terry Fox Run is celebrated in September and all monies raised goes to Cancer Research here in Canada.

While we were there we saw Dave, who used to work in the same plant that I did until it was closed. He volunteers at the Bookstore that is only open for business three days per year. The Building and Utilities are all donated as are all the volunteers time. All monies raised from this are also donated to the Terry Fox Run Cancer Research.

The store wasn’t open today but we had a good talk. Dave and his wife are Snowbirding RVers and have been heading to Arizona for the last few years so there’s a good chance he’ll be knocking on our door somewhere around Quartzsite this winter. 


We made a stop at the Tecumseh Dollarama looking for some special way of wrapping those Birthday Gifts we purchased the other day. We were surprised that they had relocated into a much larger and more convenient location. That gave us a chance to do a bit more walking which was something we both needed. 

Heading back to McGregor we had to detour around the Shopping Plaza in order to go around the Construction on Manning Road. We didn’t spend much time at the trailer except to put the few groceries we had away. 
Our little visitor.
As we were heading back out we enjoyed watching a rabbit eating the Clover from our grass. They are starting to get so used to us they don’t even run off.

Our first stop in Amherstburg was Pharma Care to fill the Prescription issued today. While waiting we noticed some chocolate bars with different names. Like what Coke-a-Cola did by putting people’s names on their containers this had things like GRUMPY, IRRITABLE and five others as a joke. We bought a couple to give as gifts. 
Clouds thickening over the Detroit River.
Still dodging Amherstburg construction we stopped at Walmart where we got a couple of cases of Bottled Water, a gallon of Distilled Water for our CPAP Machines, some Febreze Antibacterial Spray and a small Fruit Tray for an evening snack.

It was now past 5:00 so we headed to the local McDonalds where we each had one of their Sweet Chili Signature Wraps for supper. 
These are supposed to be the last of Hurricane Irma.
It was after 5:30 when we arrived at our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s for our weekly visit. Melissa had some sliced Banana Cake set out as a snack so combined with the Fruit Tray we’d brought it was like a small feast. They also had a big laugh at the names on the Chocolate Bars we gave them. We had our usual enjoyable visit and we found out that our kids are now RV Owners. Kathy was happy to volunteer my services whenever Kevin needs to do any repairs or modifications to their Travel Trailer.

With the Sun setting so early we drove back Home in the dark. With Rain forecasted in the morning we’ll get some phone calls made. With the next Five days looking beautiful I’ll be getting a bunch of things accomplished outside. 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 don't speak to your brother because he drives a Toyota.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cataract Eye Appointment and Jayco Is Getting Ridiculous.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we didn’t like the idea we had to set the alarm last night to make certain we were awake by 8:00 this morning. We only turned one computer on as we ate our breakfast so we could check out the local weather forecast before heading out. We even got dressed while our Coffees were cooling slightly on the dining table. 
Heading up Walker Road towards Windsor.
It was only 9:15 when we were driving out of the Park headed for Windsor. Even though our appointments were for 10:00 we needed to be there at least Fifteen Minutes ahead of time. Both Kathy and I have been having issues with Cataracts which has cause some challenging moments for the both of us. Last year I had a severe episode and after consulting with our Optometrist he sent me to another specialist who didn’t do anything for me but give me a Doom & Gloom outlook because I have had Lasik Eye Surgery almost Twenty Years ago. When we went for our yearly eye exams this spring our Optometrist booked us both for a consult.

Today’s visit was with Dr. Tayfour who basically wrote the book on Laser Eye Surgery and is world known. He was so skilled at his trade that he actually performed Lasik Eye Surgery on Fidel Castro many years ago. It was past 11:30 by the time we left his office having completed the necessary exams and tests. He was very reassuring that there would be no problems for either of our surgeries.

The only problem we had was from the Dilation of our eyes. With the sun shining brightly outside our Sunglasses and Hats were not enough to allow us to leave the building. We were lucky to find that there was a small Lunch Bar inside the building. We both ordered toasted Egg Sandwiches, Hot Chocolates and a Homemade Pecan Tart. Everything was delicious and it gave our eyes time to clear a bit. It seems as the years pass it takes longer for the effects to wear off. 
Clouds are slowly intensifying.
Once my eyes had cleared enough to safely drive I cautiously drove over to Guardian Storage. We were once again disappointed that an important document we are waiting for was not in our Mailbox. We then drove back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit where we shopped for somethings we had stored.

Our next stop was Princess Auto where I spent time looking for replacement Relays. Manufactures have changed the style of these simple devices just so they could increase their cost. When I balked at not needing the excess wiring that came with the new designs I was directed over to the Surplus Area of the store where I found them. Last winter while in Deming, New Mexico it cost Fifteen Dollars each for these Relays. Today it only cost me Four Dollars each so I purchased a few more as spares. 
Clouds starting to fill the sky.
We managed to get Home by 2:00 but the ride had Kathy feeling sick to her stomach because her eyes were not yet back to normal. Even my own were still not back to normal but at least I managed a few chores inside.

Stephanie from Leisure Trailer had called with her latest information from Jayco. What they are saying is we have to totally empty any personal items out so they can work on it for Liability Purposes. Let’s just say I was on the phone with Jayco for nearly an hour getting them to figure out what they are saying.
 
Chicken covered Caesar Salad and a piece of Black Forest Cake.
Kathy made us a Caesar Salad topped with Chicken for supper and we added to our carbs by having a small piece of Black Forest Cake for dessert.

We have more appointments tomorrow and according to the Local Weather Guessers we can expect a bit of moisture from the last of Irma. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Witty Words of Wisdom

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.