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, September 30, 2017

Getting Things Done.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We were both feeling so chilled before going to bed last night that we had to cycle the furnace just to take the dampness out of the air. When I got up before 7:30 this morning it was 43 F (6 C) but I waited until Kathy finally woke up before again cycling the furnace to take the dampness out of the air.

We enjoyed our Coffee/Tea while at the Computers catching up on all the Blogs we follow. We also re-examined the direction we’ll be traveling when we head for the Southwest in another month. Only planning the route but not making reservations with any RV Parks has truly changed the way we are traveling. Being able to be self-contained and capable of producing our own electrical power has definitely expanded those abilities. 
Perogies with Sour Cream and Shredded Cheese.
Kathy made Perogies for lunch while I cleaned up the last of the Clementine Oranges for dessert. She wanted something just filling enough to give us our energy but not too much to weigh us down.

Kathy likes to learn things and didn’t realize that our truck has Two Batteries under the hood. Even that didn’t help when you use Battery Power to start the Diesel Engine but don’t run it long enough to recharge the Batteries. I deliberately left the Battery-Charger on overnight to guaranty it would be fully charged today. Seeing it firsthand gave Kathy a better understanding of how it all worked.

Once the truck was started I put the Battery-Charger and Extension Cord away before driving over to the Park’s Maintenance Building where the Composting Bin is located. After emptying the plastic waste bags my next stop was the Park’s Trash and Recycle Area over by the Clubhouse. I never shut the truck off until it was parked back in its spot on our site. By leaving it run even while I was unloading everything should have recharged the batteries. I’ll know for certain if that was the problem when we want to go to town the next time.

As soon as I got back Home I realized that I had to mow the grass again. It was only five days ago when it was last mowed. Since the temperature has cooled down it seems like the grass is growing even faster. It didn’t take long to get it done using our Electric Lawnmower.

Kathy had been busy herself vacuuming the inside of the trailer. Even though we take our shoes off just inside the door it is amazing how much dust accumulates inside in a week.

After a brief rest I was back outside adding Vitamin Spikes to a few of our Cedar Trees. We are not sure whether the warm temperatures was stressing the Trees or they have a bug. By hammering these Spikes in the ground near the roots they will have a better chance of surviving the upcoming winter. 
Grilled Chicken with Sour Cream and Chive Noodles with Suateed Veggies.
Kathy found an On-Line Recipe for Homemade Lava Cake so she was busy putting that together while I finely chopped some Vegetables that she would later sautee. It took all of One Minute to cook the Two Lava Cakes in the Micro-Wave. Kathy also made a Sour Cream and Chive Noodle Dish as a side to go with the Boneless Chicken Breasts that I grilled on the Weber. Everything tasted wonderful and there are some leftovers for another meal. Even the Lava Cake recipe is a keeper. 
Homemade Lava Cake.
Strange how earlier this week we were experiencing Humidex readings above the Century Mark. Today our high was only 61 F (16 C). With the temperature dropping to 41 F (5 C) tonight we are leaving the Bedcover on to keep us toasty warm. 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

Coming events cast their shadow before.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cold Windy Day, Doing Research and Laundry.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even with the Windows closed and our Bedcover left on last night the 45 F (17 C) temperature had me continually waking up. The fact that every time I’m exposed to cold temperatures my Raynaud’s Disease kicks in didn’t help. Kathy has learned to keep her arms covered when it’s cold so she was toasty warm. She was so comfortable that I had to let our Whistling Water Kettle wake her this morning. 
Why does the Sky look brighter then it was?
When she came downstairs for breakfast she was just as surprised as I had been to see the water puddles left behind by the Rainstorm that went through our area overnight. The sky was so filled with dark Clouds it looked more like the Sun was setting rather then it being morning. Looking out at the Golf Course those that were out were not just wearing Long Pants but Jackets as well. With the North Winds gust as high as 26 MPH this morning we both had two cups of Coffee/Tea in an attempt to warm ourselves up from the inside. 
Pepper Steak on Rice.
After completing our morning reading and chores it was already time to start making lunch so Kathy looked at what needed to be finished in the fridge before it went to waste. That is something both of us try to avoid letting happen because that’s the same as throwing your money away. We enjoyed the last of the Pepper Steak we made the other day and it tasted as good as the when it was made.

After lunch we gathered the trash that I planned on dropping off at the Park Trash and Recycle Area. With more then a week’s worth of accumulation it was also time for me to do the Laundry. Once it was sorted I loaded the trash in the back of the truck and the laundry in the front seat. Imagine my surprise when the truck would not start. After a few more attempts I knew the Battery needed to be charged. Last Friday I had driven the truck to the Overflow Parking Area then back Home. Neither of those drives were long enough to begin recharging the battery. The truck sat for the rest of the week unused so it had good reason not to work.

I used the car to go to the Park Laundry Room where had no problem getting things started. I walked back Home and set the Battery Charger on the truck. From the Meter on the Charger the Battery was really down. Letting Kathy know the truck was being charged I found that she had gone back to researching our route to the southwest and places we’ll be stopping at. 
Breakfast for Supper.
It was nearly 5:00 by the time I returned Home for the final time with all the Laundry folded. Kathy decided she would start making supper while I started putting our clothes away. Wanting something different she made Bacon and Eggs with Toast along with a Clementine Orange for dessert.

According to the Weather Guessers on the 6 o’clock Local News we actually hit 70 F (21 C) today but if you were outside that North Wind chilled you to the bone. What we are doing tomorrow we are not sure at this time. 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

Exercising your right to bear arms does not involve guns.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jayco’s Response and Crossing Things Off Our To-Do List.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

When the temperature dropped to 46 F (8 C) early this morning I first thought of getting up to shut the windows but then thought to just pull the sheets up around my neck. I would later find out that even Kathy had the same idea but had been awake for nearly Three Hours.

Getting up around 8:00 the brightness of the Sun had raised the temperature all the way to 50 F (10 C) but we were watching Golfers wearing shorts and wearing jackets while others had already taken their jackets off. Must be nice to be “Hot Blooded”.

We enjoyed our Coffee/Tea while reading at the Computers catching up on Blogs, E-mails and World News. Let’s just say we weren’t happy with Jayco’s Response to our letter. We made a point of saving some of our reading until later in the day so we could get an earlier start to things we wanted to get done.

Once my inside chores were completed I headed outside to uncover our Tandem Bicycle and make some adjustments to it. Like our other Tandem adjustments were made many times to make our riding more comfortable. Just as I was finishing that our neighbour Hugh came over to borrow my Hacksaw and Kathy came outside wearing her jacket and carrying her water bottle.

We want to do more riding as a way of exercise but the Weather and Errands have gotten in the way. With cooler temperatures it was much easier for Kathy to breath. We were gone for nearly Forty Minutes and the different route we took down each street in the Park actually added distance.

When we got back Home our neighbours Maynard and Marva had just arrived at their trailer. We spent over a half hour catching up on everyone’s problems. Maynard has been having Medical Issues with Blood Clots in his Lungs. After being rushed to the Hospital he underwent a procedure that would catch the Clots before they entered his Lungs. He is doing much better now and the device needs to be removed soon.

It was nearly 1:00 when we started making our lunch. Our daughter-in-law Melissa gave us some Tomatoes last night that she grew in her garden. After Kathy blanched them and removed the skin I chopped them up along with some Onions and Cheddar Cheese. Kathy rendered the Tomatoes down then added the Cheese. Not only was the Soup hot but filling. 
Homemade Tomato/Onion and Cheddar Soup.
The only thing to remember when you make this is to soak the pan while you are eating and then do your dishes A.S.A.E. (as soon as you’ve eaten), otherwise they will become almost impossible to clean.

Kathy went back to researching while I donned my coveralls to go work outside. My plan was to install the RV Scissor Jacks which would mean laying on the ground and drilling in the frame. After getting everything ready I started looking for my Drill-Bits. The last time I used them was just before we had brought the trailer in to the Dealership for repairs in August and I had emptied the basement in a bit of a rush. This afternoon I emptied the basement again making certain that my eyes were not deceiving me.

Just then Stephanie from Leisure Trailer called to see if we were okay with Jayco’s Response to my questions. I explained that we knew she was doing everything she could to help us but Jayco is being an Absolute Pain. I also said we’ll have to delay the repair until after we’ve returned near the end of April. We’ll be writing another questionnaire to Jayco.

Back outside I started emptying our Garden Shed. I took the time to sort what we would be bring to the southwest with us and what would be left behind.

Kathy came outside and started doing her fall cleanup of the Flowerbeds. There are now three bags of yard waste to be brought to the Composting Bin. I found my Drill-Bits where I should have looked in the first place. The basement has been loaded and partially organized. Our old bicycles are now stored in the Garden Shed that has been reorganized. 

Kathy used the last of the Meatloaf to make a Spaghetti Sauce on Egg Noodles for a late supper but like she said she was on a Roll and didn’t want to stop. The 63 F (17 C) high temperature for today was much more comfortable to get things accomplished.

Even though I didn’t get the Scissor Jacks mounted today we managed to get a number of things crossed off our To-Do List. Tonight we are sleeping with the windows closed and the Bedcover on. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Well-being is attained little by little

and never the less it is not a little thing itself.

Zeno of Citium, Greek Stoic Philosopher

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Getting A Trim, Swapping Things, Kitty Fix and Fun Visit.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We were both in bed shortly after midnight last night and neither of us woke feeling quite refreshed until just after 8:00 this morning. After breakfast we managed to spend only a short time on our Computers before doing our morning chores then heading out. With the cooler forecasted temperature we shut the A.C. and opened all the windows. 
A Cloudy start to our day.

Our destination was Fantastic Sam’s in Windsor. We had contemplated doing a few other errands first but then we’d be stressed out from having to rush. Instead we were nearly a half hour early for our appointments giving us just enough time to sit and relax for all of Fifteen Minutes. Jen had to wait while the Dye in another customer’s hair set so she had both of us done in Twenty Minutes. We have been dealing with Jen for over Five Years and she listens to any changes we want as well as fixing our hair when we return from our southern trips. She also reads our Blog and is keeping up with the problems we are having with our Trailer.

It was past noon when we left and we were feeling hungry so we went to the nearest Wendy’s for lunch. We’ve learned that eating off their Value Menu we can eat Healthy, be Satisfied and Save Money. We both ordered a Chicken Wrap and a small Frosty as a dessert. We’ve also learned to mention that we are seniors which gets us our drinks for Free.

After eating we headed to Guardian Storage where after collecting our Mail we also went to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. There was a double purpose for that stop with the first being to return the Gift Wrapping Paper and Supplies. The second purpose was to pick up my Painting Supplies I’ll need for a quick Rust Repair on the car before we head south. 
Golf League Meeting at the 19th Hole Restaurant.

We were Home shortly after 2:00 but because we had other plans I didn’t get into any big projects. While Kathy was doing research on the Computer I checked what supplies I would need to install the RV Scissor Jacks on the trailer. After opening the shipping box and taking the Jacks out I measured what size Bolts could be used. Checking my Parts-Organizers I manage to find Nuts and Flat Washers but no Lock Washers or Bolts the length we needed. 


I joined Kathy at the Computers and managed to get caught up on the morning reading that I had missed. Kathy sliced the rest of the Meatloaf that she made yesterday for supper. We both savoured the taste of those Meatloaf sandwiches. Even though it is made from ground beef the same as a Hamburger it just has a totally outstanding taste that we both enjoy. 
The sky finally cleared and the temperature started to drop.
Shortly before 5:00 we were headed to Amherstburg with our first stop being the Home Hardware Building Center. As soon as we parked the car I was pleasantly surprised to see someone had painstakingly restored the old International pickup. They even had the Home Hardware Insignia from that era added to the doors to make it look totally authentic. 
Done up with Home Hardware logo and in the Company Colours.
Inside I got the Bolts and Lock Washers needed while Kathy found some Floor Cleaner she wants for our tile flooring. Before we left the store, we had a chance to make friends with the store’s Cat. Kathy laughed saying he always reminds her of when her Grandfather had a General Store when she was a child. He always had a couple of Cats that kept the rodents out of the Store

We then had to stop at Canadian Tire. While Kathy looked around the Halloween Decorations I found a small bottle of Never-Seize to use on a few upcoming projects.

We then headed over to our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Mellissa’s for our weekly visit. Kevin had planned on bring their Travel Trailer home to work on it but other things got in the way. Now he’s learning why we all say our plans are written in Jell-O. We had our usual fun visit that touched on a number of issues but we all learned something new and laughed while doing it.

Now that we are finally getting Fall Temperatures we are hoping to start getting many things on our To-Do List crossed off. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

Q: What did Godzilla say after eating a four-cylinder Toyota?


A: "Gosh, I could have had a V-8!"

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jayco Concerns Sent.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we went to bed after midnight last night I was still up by 7:30 this morning. I turned my Computer on even before all the Window Shades were opened so that I could check The Weather Network to know how hot the day would be even before having our breakfast. It was no surprise that at that time the Humidex was already reading 90 F (32 C) and it would only get warmer.

Kathy managed to sleep until 8:00 because she had struggled with Sinus Congestion that kept her awake for a couple of hours. The fact that her CPAP Mask is what is referred to as a Nose Pad Mask meant that because of the congestion she was not able to breathe through her nose.

Once we’d eaten breakfast we brought our Coffee/Tea over to the Computers to get our morning reading finished. It just seemed that we were getting things accomplished but time was just flying by. 
French toast with Maple Syrup and Strawberries for dessert.
Kathy wanted something different for lunch and at the same time she wanted to clean up the fridge so she set about making French Toast along with Strawberries for dessert.

More E-Mail arrived after lunch that needed to be answered before we could get down to other business. We had started to compose a Draft the other day that we want to send to Jayco concerning our upcoming repairs at their Factory Repair Center. We both read it over making certain we had covered everything we wanted to say and making certain that it could only be taken as we intended. We’d make changes, then read it again only to make more changes. Once we were certain it was the best we could do we saved it twice. The first time as a Word Document then as a PDF File so we knew that it would not be modified anywhere along the way.

We even reviewed the E-Mail Draft that we were sending to Leisure Trailer. With the PDF File attached it was off shortly after 4:00. When I checked my E-Mail again five minutes later Stephanie had confirmed everything had been Forwarded to the Jayco Customer Service representative that she has been dealing with. Now we’ll just wait for a response. 
Salad a shared Baked Potato and Meatloaf
along with a Fruitcup for dessert.
Kathy was in a creative mood today so she made Meatloaf and a Baked Potato to go with a Salad for our supper. It all tasted wonderful and there is more Meatloaf to make up some Sandwiches in the next day or so. As soon as we’d finished eating we worked together washing the dishes.

The Weather Guessers showed today’s Humidex only reached 102 F (39 C) and should be the same tomorrow before we finally get to fall like temperatures. I don’t mind working in warm temperatures but these have been way beyond comfortable. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

From contentment with little comes happiness.

African Proverb

Monday, September 25, 2017

Getting Caught Up and Making Another Stir Fry.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We were both up and about by 8:00 this morning watching the Golfers enjoying the sunshine. We also had a chuckle when we watched a couple of Birds sitting on the edging to our grass. What was funny was that they sat there for nearly ten minutes while other birds came and went. There were even people walking their dogs past our site but those two Birds just sat there as if they were taking a break. 

While enjoying our Coffee/Tea at the Computers this morning I was a little upset reading some of the Blogs. It was not the content of the Blogs themselves that upset me but the fact that I had somehow missed a few past postings. As I have often written “If your Blog is on our sidebar and you have a new Post I will read it.” I spent the morning making certain that I had read everyone’s recent Blogs.

My sister had her car transported back to London on a flatbed truck. The officer that attended the accident advised her against driving it on the Highway. She fortunately has C.A.A. Plus that covers for that kind of transportation. Now she can deal directly with her Insurance to get the car fixed where she lives. 

Kathy chose to make Perogies for lunch and Cherry Pie for dessert. They were filling and gave us the energy we needed to accomplish what we needed to today.

Stephanie from Leisure Trailer called telling us that Jayco had E-mailed her to confirm our appointment to repair our Trailer in March. I also informed her of the letter that we were composing for her to forward to the Jayco representative that she has been dealing with. 
I find cubing the meat while it is frozen is easier.
With the Humidex of 106 F (41 C) this afternoon you hardly saw anyone outside let alone on the Golf Course. Because of some of her medical issues Kathy nearly passes out when it is that warm outside so the smart thing was to just stay inside. 
Thin Slices of Vegetables are also finely Chopped.
Around 3:30 I started cubing another Steak and finely chopping Vegetables so that Kathy could work her magic making a wonderful Stir Fry over Rice for our supper. The best part is there are enough leftovers for another meal which is something we don’t mind. 
Steak Stir Fry over a bed of Rice.
There were a number of Season Premiers for new shows making there debuts tonight on television and the one we really found interesting was “The Good Doctor”. We both enjoyed it and are hoping to see more of it. 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've hosted a paintball tournament inside your home.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Making Wraps, Data Entries and Remounting Our Bicycle Carrier.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even after going to bed late last night we were both up within minutes of one another around 8:00 this morning. We had breakfast and were soon having our double Coffees while reading at our Computers.

Today was a catch-up day as many of the Blogs that we follow haven’t done so in a while. When I checked the dates of their last posting it was on days when I could only spend the briefest time on the Computer

Attempting to change our eating habits we worked together at making wraps. Kathy mixed the Salad Mixture while I chopped the strips of Bacon and cubed the Havarti Cheese. After getting as much as possible in the wraps themselves we each still had a small dish of Salad as a side along with a dish of Strawberry covered Yogurt for dessert.. These are low in Calories and Carbs but high in Protein which gives us enough energy to make it through the day.

After lunch Kathy busied herself organizing receipts from all the purchases such as Food, Groceries, Necessities and Gifts before making Data Entries on our Expenditure Spreadsheet. For anyone that is on a limited or set income that is something they should do as well because it helps to stop overspending. 
The neighbourhood Rabbit have more Clover today.
Since it has been over a week I needed to dump our Waste Tanks this afternoon. I still use the technique that we use when dry camping in the desert. By dumping the Black Tank first then using the Kitchen Grey Tank that is mounted higher in the frame to Backflush the Black Tank. Since the Grey Water is Waste anyways it gets repurposed and helps to clean away any buildup in the Black Tank. The process is repeated until all the Grey Water Has been used.

My next task was to run the Taps and Dies on the Stainless-Steel Nuts and Bolts that were used on our Bicycle Carrier. In all the years in Industry I have never had Stainless Fasteners scale up on the threads like these did being exposed to Road Grime. It was surprising to see the scaling on the Picnic Table after I had cleaned those pieces up and how much easier it was to connect them together. 
I don't watch you when you're eating.
With the outside Humidex reaching 100 F (38 C) this afternoon I took a short break inside to cool off and to get more water. I also had to make an adjustment on the Excel program for Kathy. Once in a while one of the Functions in a cell decides it wants to do something different then it was programmed to do so it’s a quick fix.

While Kathy continued making the entries I started reinstalling the mounting brackets for the Bicycle Carrier on the rear Bumper. This allowed me to better see what kind of modification will need to be made to carry our new Tandem Bicycle that does not fold like the one that got damaged last winter. 
We each had a half of the Acorn Squash
and shared the Spare Ribs as well.
Even though I was keeping Hydrated it just seemed I was getting disoriented by the heat so I called it a day after 4:30. Inside Kathy had gotten things out of the Fridge and Freezer for supper but had me wait until after 5:00 to start grilling them. For supper we had Spare Ribs along with an Acorn Squash.

With the time before we head south for the winter slowly disappearing we’ll see what we can do tomorrow at getting ourselves ready. 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

Love and a cough cannot be hid.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Making Use Of Inside Time and Enjoying The End Of The Season Dinner.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We are truly enjoying the nights that we sleep like rocks. It’s almost like you lay your head on the pillow and with the blink of your eyes the Sun has come up welcoming you to a new day. As soon as we’d finished our breakfast we were back to our old routine of having our Coffee over at the Computers.

Kathy keeps following the news about North Korea with a bit of anxiety of how that might affect our southern travels this coming winter. We can only pray that cooler heads will prevail putting an end to this conflict that seems to be building.

Most of our chores today were done on the Computers in the form of Bookkeeping and Research due in part to the 102 F (39 C) Humidex. The only outdoor chore was to walk down to the Park Trash and Recycle Area to get rid of our rubbish. On the return I picked up the Truck from the Overflow Parking Area and brought it back to our site. The reason for parking it there is to allow anyone visiting us to park on our lot and not bother our neighbours. 

For our late lunch we kept it lite with Kathy serving a Ham/Vegetable Wrap with a Clementine Orange on the side for dessert.

We would continue our Research until later in the afternoon when it was time to head over to the Park Clubhouse. We were there for the End of the Season Farewell Dinner that was being catered by the 19th Hole Restaurant. The food was well prepared, tasty and well worth the cost of the tickets. There were also Two Bottles of Complimentary Wine on each of the tables for everyone to enjoy. This was another chance to meet other park residents that we didn’t know before. 
End of the Season Farewell Dinner just getting started.

Everyone at our table was talking about where they go Golfing in Florida for the winter. When they asked us where we were going and we told them they had a hard time believing what we told them. They couldn’t believe how much it cost to stay at L.T.V.A. and how easy it was to set up camp in the desert. Then they wanted to know more about the Solar Panels and how it works. Now that they know our site location we expect a few visits so they can see the Solar Power System themselves. 
Tonight's entertainers. 
The entertainment for this evening was a Three Member Group that sang a variety of songs but mostly hits from the Seventies and Eighties. If you recall the most popular Eighties Music was Disco and whenever they were playing that nobody was on the Dance Floor. When they played the Seventies Music the Dance Floor was packed and the place was hopping. It was after 9:00 when Kathy and I decided to leave. We were just getting in our car when they started playing our Wedding Song. If the Mosquitos hadn’t been out there we would have danced in the Parking Lot.

When I first set up our Solar Panels I said I would post Diagrams on how simple it is to do. With everything we’ve had to deal with this summer it has not happened. This winter will not be the Working Trip that we had last winter so I will get that posted first on the Blog and then in a Page Tab at the top of our Blog Site.

Thanks for your concern about my sister’s accident yesterday but like we said luckily no one was injured. Tomorrow I’m hoping to get the Car and Truck washed and waxed in order to get things scratched off our To-Do List. 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

None of your quarter panels are the same colour.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Visiting With A Bang.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

It didn’t take long to have all the Window Shades up and breakfast nearly ready to serve so I had the chance to pack up our computers before Kathy got up at 8:30. She didn’t even hear the whistle on the Water Kettle going off that was how soundly she was sleeping. When she came downstairs she felt refreshed and said she had slept like a rock the entire night. As soon as we had finished eating Kathy was about to go sit at her Computer with her Coffee before she realized that it was gone. I had gone upstairs to make the bed and get myself dressed before coming back to drink my Coffee.

The sudden change in our routine was due to our expecting a visit from my sister Anna later this morning. By the time Kathy had changed her clothes I’d washed the dishes ready for her to dry and put them away before starting to haul all the wrapped Christmas and Birthday Gifts that had filled our living room up to our bedroom. It was unbelievable how much space we had by clearing out that room.

Once that was finished Kathy had a little straightening to do while I went out to move the truck over to the Overflow Parking Area over by the Clubhouse.

Both Kathy and I are wondering what kind of grass the former tenants of our site planted. With the rain that we got this week the grass on our site grew as much as Four Inches in some spots in less then a week. There is no other RV Site in this Park that has as Green or as Thick Grass that we have.

As soon as I got back I pulled the Electric Lawnmower out and started mowing the Grass. In the areas of the Taller Grass I had to go back later and rake up the clumping discharge. By the time I trimmed around the edging I had another chore to do. I had to pull out the hose and clean off the grass trimmings from the Patio and my Feet. There was so much Grass stuck to my legs it was easier to spray it off with the hose.

What I didn’t do when I went outside was to bring a bottle of water with me. With the Humidex already at 95 F (35 C) at 11:00 I needed to cool down and rehydrate myself. I was hardly cooled down when we saw Anna drive up. We had a lot of catching up to do and it was past 12:30 before we headed out for our lunch.

Our destination was the Michigan Diner in Essex. As we entered the foyer their sign showed the Specials of the Day so when it came time to order we all had their Perch Dinner with Onion Rings. There was only one thing we forgot to think about, these were not Senior Sized Meals. It took us longer to eat and Kathy also slid some of her food on to my plate but we finally Ate the Whole Thing. Even though we were full by having Onion Rings rather then French Fries we found we are not as bloated or as stuffed.

It was nearly 2:00 when we got back to our Home and even though we hadn’t stopped talking since Anna’s arrival we still had plenty of things to talk about. It was past 3:30 when Anna said she had to go and was looking forward to seeing us when we get back next spring. After one last round of Hugs she was on her way.

I was in the process of hauling the Gifts out of the bedroom when the phone rang and Kathy took the call. It was Anna saying she had just gotten in an Accident just down the road. Kathy held down the fort while I headed out to see if she was okay. 

The intersection down the road has three roads that come together with our’s intersecting on an angle. Even though the Speed Limit on North Malden Road is only 60 Kmh., I have seen some vehicles doing close to 100 Kmh. when Anna looked there was no one there but as she made the turn a Pickup pulling an Overloaded Utility Trailer was there. Luckily there were no injuries but I had to pry the fender off the tire so she could drive home. As for the Pickup, he only had the paint from Anna’s fender on his bumper.

After we watched the 6 o’clock Local News I was on the phone with my niece Priscilla assuring her that her mom’s car would easily make it back to London without needing to be towed. That’s when we got a knock on our door. Our daughter Karen and son-in-law Greg had ridden out to see our new site for the first time. They didn’t stay long as we were sitting outside and the Mosquitoes are bad in our area because of all the rain we’ve been having.

Tomorrow we plan on getting some chores done before going to the End of the Season dinner. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

There are two things to aim at in life,

first to get what you want and after that to enjoy it.

Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith, American Writer

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.