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 20, 2018

Heavy Rain, Delicious Homemade Pie, Errands, Visiting and Researching.


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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We were both up around 8:00 this morning not because we were well rested but because of the Drum-Like Sound of the Rain pounding on our Roof. The Forecast had been for Rain but not that hard. Opening all the Window Shades made very little difference inside the Trailer forcing us to turn on Lights so we could see our breakfast. 

That definitely made for a Two Cup Morning while we were on our Computers. Playing with the Radar on my screen I was able to tell Kathy when the Rain would stop and when the Sun would start to break through the Clouds. When I went outside later our Rain Gauge showed we’d gotten 7/8” of Rain just this morning which is a lot for this area. 

With plans for this afternoon we decided to start making up lunch slightly early. When we visited with Kevin and Melissa last evening, Melissa sent us Home with a couple of Pieces of Homemade Meat Pie. Their boys are typical teenagers and would rather have Burgers rather than something healthy. What is so special is that she chopped her Vegetables very fine, mixed them with some Mashed Potatoes then added the Meat. It was Delicious! You can’t get store bought pies that taste that good. 

We were out the door by 12:30 heading towards Windsor with a bunch of places we needed to stop at with the first being Windsor Gas and Diesel. The Truck was running good last night but we wanted Jim to give the Engine a quick scan before we hit the road in November. Since we’ll be going back to town next Tuesday we’ll drop the Truck off for him to check it over. 
The Park egret looking for lunch.
Driving over to Guardian Storage we collected our Mail before heading over to Green Shield to submit Kathy’s Claim Form from Mary’s Healthy Heals appointment. We generally have a full reimbursement in less than a week. 
In his flight path.
From there we made a quick stop at Walmart to check something out before heading across town to the Windsor Rehabilitation Center to visit our dear friend Vera. 
You can see Some Trees are changing colours already.
We arrived shortly after 2:00 which meant we didn’t have to worry about interfering with her lunch. She has been there for Four Weeks already and is really wishing she were home. We talked about the kids and what they are up to. Then she pointed out that it wouldn’t be long before we’d be heading South. Even once she gets home she won’t be able to drive for a while but she’ll still need to do Physio Therapy. If you recall I set up her Apple Tablet to work off the Hospital WiFi Connection. Because the Tablet considers the connection as Unsecured it shut down after Twenty Minutes. A nurse tried to help her out with the same results and yet her I-Phone has no problem with the connection. Since her supper arrives around 5:00 we said our “Good-Byes” just before that. 
Changing Colours.
Kathy was starting to feel Light-Headed as walked out so we headed over to Wendy’s where we ordered our supper from the Value Menu. Even at $9.20 for the both of us to eat we can’t go wrong but we’ll be looking forward when the price drops again next year. 
Heading Home.
Using the new Highway 401 ramp to Walker Road we skirted the city and were Home shortly after 6:00. The Sun had been shining all afternoon drying things up.

With plans to do some Sight-Seeing before we get to Arizona this year Kathy was busy Researching places we could stay along the way. So far, she hasn’t found any Free Camping areas in New Mexico around the White Sands area.

Tomorrow will feel above the Century Mark with High Winds for the first day of Fall before returning to seasonal temperatures. We’ll figure out what we can do at that point. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Only man clogs his happiness with care,

destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.

John Dryden, English Poet

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pleasant Ride, Fun Visit and Evening Power Outages


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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We were both up around 8:00 this morning and were surprise to see clear blue skies. That also meant that there were plenty of Golfers out taking advantage of the Cooler Temperatures. 

We enjoyed a Two Cup morning at the Computers and as soon as I saw the Temps for the day started opening Windows and Roof Vents. Since the Night-Time low had hoovered in the Mid 80’s until just before Sunrise when it started dropping so that meant we could shut the AC for today as well. 
Squirrel getting a drink.
Of course they turn their back to you just you snap the picture.
We finished our refreshments and were soon out the door to get in some exercise by riding our Tandem Bicycle around the Park. Kathy enjoys the ride because she leaves the driving to me but she is still getting her exercise. Today we rode the majority of the Streets Twice which means we are slowly increasing our distance so that we’ll be ready for longer rides when we get to the Southwest. 

For lunch Kathy made us Perogies with Cheese and Bacon, along with a Peach for dessert.

I gathered the trash and was planning on going to the Park Workout Room but when I went to get rid of the trash realized the weekly Jam Session was going on at the Clubhouse so I Nixed that idea.

I ran into Russ on the way back and was asking him how he and his wife liked their new Montana. He says they have a list of Warranty Issues that need to be addressed and the Dealership they bought it through is giving them a hard time. 

For supper Kathy was made a Garlic Egg Noodle Dish and served some Sugar Beets while I was outside grilling some Unseasoned Turkey Kabobs on a Grill Mat. While I was doing that our neighbour Pat was struggling to put Aluminium Foil over their Coleman Grill. I explained how easy the Mat would be but she had never seen one. She got to see our Kabobs getting cooked and was quite impressed. Our supper tasted wonderful and even though we’ve reduced the size of our meals we were still very satisfied.

Kathy washed up the dishes while I closed and covered up our Weber.

Shortly after 5:00 I walked over to the Park Overflow Parking Area to retrieve the Truck. Since we were heading for our Weekly Visit we thought it would be wise to take it to see if there were any Glitches we need to have taken care of before we leave. I picked Kathy up at our Site before we headed to Amherstburg.

We have missed our visits for a few weeks because Melissa was taking Classes after work. Kevin has been making progress on his Street Rod. Both Cameron and Matthew are happy to be back at School to be with their friends. Melissa served some Homemade Oatmeal Bread topped with Moose Tracks Ice Cream as a snack. It tasted wonderful.

We left shortly after 8:00 to head over to the Walmart to get some groceries that we needed. It was nearly 9:00 by the time we were on our way Home.

For the last 4 nights it seems the Park loses power at 10:00. Normally it’s only off for seconds but tonight it was off for over a Half Hour and nobody is running their ACs tonight. It doesn’t sound that bad but it causes our Internet Connection to be down for about Ten Minutes after the Power is back on. I’ll be checking at the office tomorrow.

The next Two Days the Forecast is for high Humidity and Rain so we’ll see what else we can do to keep ourselves busy. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Joke of the Day

Deja Moo:

The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Appointments, Chores, Unexpected Weather and Mister Johnson.


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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Waking just before 8:00 this morning I knew that I had to make every minute count. Even though I had the Window Shades open and everything ready for breakfast I could only spend a few minutes on the Computer. By 8:30 we had finished eating and I was finishing my morning chores including relocating my Computer to make room in the Living Area.

This was a morning of appointments and errands so in order to get them all accomplished Kathy would stay Home so as to not miss her’s.

By 9:30 I was on my way towards Windsor in the Truck with my first stop being the ATM for some Cash after only minor delays from the Construction on Tecumseh Road West. Around a few more corners and I was soon heading back up Totten Avenue to my family Doctor’s Office. It was only by accident that Kathy and I had found he had moved from his old location when in passing by one day saw the building was empty. Thankfully there was a note in the door giving the new location.

The Cash I had just picked up was used to pay my Yearly Fee which means I won’t have to pay for him to write a Prescription, Scheduling Tests or appointments with other Specialists. If you add the cost of any of those up it would cost more then the Yearly Fee alone. Most Doctors in Ontario are doing the same and some charge much more.

George has been my Doctor for over Thirty Years and if he can’t treat your problem he’ll have you seeing a Specialist that can. I had my Yearly Physical and other then the upcoming Blood Test passed with flying colours. We even talked about our going away for the winter and heading to the southwest. When I told him about our Solar Panels and being “Off the Grid” he started thinking about ways he could do that to his Home. He is also recommending some tests in the spring when I come back that become necessary as we age.

I was soon on my way to the Wholesale Store where people in the Restaurant Business and Corner Stores get most of their supplies at reasonable costs. They also allow people like ourselves to shop there and only add on the HST (Taxes). We stock up on Halls Cough Drops to take south with us because these are much more effective then what is sold in the US and they cost less here than the cost at Dollarama.

My next stop was to collect the Mail at Guardian Storage before going over to VitalAire to order our CPAP Supplies for both Kathy and I. They will have those ready when we go there next Tuesday afternoon.

After a quick call to Kathy I was soon on my way Home. I had almost parked the Truck in our driveway when I recalled Mary was coming so I had to leave that spot open for her to park. Driving the Truck around to the Overflow Parking Area within Two Minutes I had walked back Home.

When I walked in the door Kathy was in the process of cooking a couple of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Since we’d had a very lite breakfast these were very filling as well as being tasty. 
Residents using the new Bocci Ball courts.
Mary arrived just before 1:00 and immediately set about taking care of Kathy’s feet. Because Kathy has Diabetes these At-Home Treatments are covered by our Health Care Provider. 

Soon after Mary left we drove to the Park Exchange Library so Kathy could exchange all the books that she has read so she’ll have fresh reading material when we go south. With the Humidex already at 97 F (36 C) Kathy would not have been able to breathe while walking out there. Since there is such a turnover of Books there it took very little time for Kathy to exchange her Books. 

Back at Home I finally had the chance to look at my Computer. The Weather Network was showing clear sailing for today so I started reading other things. Since I had left it open, the tab for The Weather Network suddenly started flashing Red. Before I could check what was happening it started pouring outside for a Half Hour. 

Good thing it stopped when it did so I could grill a Store-Bought Pizza for tonight’s supper. This was new flavour and it tasted great for me but a bit too spicy for Kathy. I had an extra piece of Pizza to eat and Kathy had a Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich. 

We watched the last movie from that CD of eight called “Mister Johnson” with Pierce Brosnan. It was about a young Nigerian man back in the 1920’s trying to compete in a growing Capitalist World. Very interesting.

We’ll be getting another large storm throughout the night. With the time ticking away we still have a lot of things to get ready before we head south. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

Jane Austen, English Novelist

Monday, September 17, 2018

Finishing The Other Two Thirds and A New Use For Ketchup.


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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It was close to 8:00 when I headed downstairs to start my day this morning. I had slept soundly and Kathy would continue doing so for a while longer. As I opened the Window Shades I was amazed to see Golfers out on the course even with the haze of a lite Fog hanging in the air.

After finishing breakfast and only spending a short amount of time on the Computer I completed the remainder of my inside chores before heading outside. By 10:30 in the morning the Humidex was already at 90 F (32 C) and it was only going to get warmer.

With the latest round of warm weather, I’d left the grass grow a few more days but now it needed to be cut. With the high Humidity the grass also felt as if it had just been watered with a hose but it was strictly from the air. It took a bit longer to have it all cut, trimmed and cleaned before I started getting ready for the next chore of the day.
 

Just at that time Kathy called me in for lunch. She was in the mood for some Split Pea Soup along with some Cheese, Crackers and Mandarin Oranges for dessert. It was lite, tasty and more then satisfying.

Kathy planned on doing more research for our upcoming travels south while I went back outside to pick up where I left off last week at cleaning the other Two Thirds of the Trailer. With less of a breeze today the Solution wasn’t blowing back in my face like it did a few times on the Front of the Trailer.

I had to stop a few times and cool off inside the Trailer. I was making certain to drink plenty of water while being out in the direct Sunlight that felt hotter than the forecasted 97 F (37 C). Kathy was considering adding some stops on our way south rather than on our return. Decisions, Decisions so many choices making it a hard choice. 

By the time I stopped the second time it was time to get supper made. While I grilled some Angus Burgers on the Weber, Kathy sautéed a couple of Sliced Potatoes and cooked some Green Beans for a side.

With the extra energy to burn while Kathy washed up the dishes she shocked me when she started cleaning the outside of our Frying Pan. No matter what we have done in the past it looked a mess. Having seen a Helpful Hint on the Computer she tried it and the Pan looks like new. Using a generous squirt of Ketchup on the outside on the Pan and a S.O.S. Pad along with lots of Elbow Grease it didn’t take long before it was clean. 

I went outside to finish cleaning the Kitchen Slide which means the Trailer is totally clean. I do want to Wax it before we head south as a way of protecting it from the Arizona Sun. After closing up the Weber and my putting my cleaning supplies away I went in.

Tomorrow we both have appointments before we try to do more things to get ready for our departure. Thank you 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 "tag stolen" sign was stolen.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Planning, Laundry and Solving A Problem.


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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It was just too warm outside when it was time to go to bed so we left the Air Conditioner on all night. What surprised me was that I only woke one time, just before 8:00 this morning. The Fog was not as thick as yesterday when I opened the Window Shades but it was enough to add a haze to the surrounding fields.

I’d barely settled in on my Computer when Kathy came downstairs for breakfast. We’ve been trying different things to break up the monotony of a routine so we had a couple of Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast with our Coffees that would be brought to the Computers. 

Even though I managed to catch up on my reading I had a major chore to do today. With it being over a week since the last Laundry Day I also took the time to change the Bedding. I’d sorted everything and just finished treating some extra soiled pieces when Kathy said lunch was ready. She made a wonderful Vegetable Beef Soup and she used up the Leftover Cantaloupe for our dessert.

I wasn’t alone using this as a day for Laundry. Even though the Transient Section was well thinned, there were plenty of Seasonals getting things cleaned up. The fact that the Humidex was 97 F (36 C) didn’t matter because of a slight North Breeze it was comfortable inside.

It was just after 3:00 when I got Home to find Kathy pouring over Maps that we picked up last week. She was using the Magnifying Glass in order to better pin-point where some locations were of things we want to see. 

For supper while Kathy was busy making a Garden Salad and Baked Potatoes in the Microwave I was grilling some Precooked Spare Ribs on the Weber. We’ve done a lot of grilling this year and today I noticed the Flame was blowing out but when I lifted the lid it would re-ignite. When I cooked the Bacon the other day the grease coated the inside of the grill and was burning. Since I’ve cooked Bacon a few times this year along with other things I hadn’t noticed that the Grease Tray below was so full the Drain itself was in the Grease. That meant the Flame had no Air Flow causing the burner to go out. When I would open the lid because I smelled Propane the burning Grease would re-ignite the flame. I cleaned it out after supper. Everything tasted great and we had a Yogurt Cup for dessert.

Kathy’s Floater is slowly clearing up as we continue to use Systane Complete. The Floater was caused by the Gel used to hold the Eye in place during her Cataract Surgery. The Gel is supposed to totally dissolve but if the Eye is not producing enough tears you get a Floater. By using the Systane to lubricate the Eye the Floater is slowly breaking up. This is also not the same kind of Floater that many, including myself have most of their lives. Most of the Floaters I had all my life would not disappear with Eyedrops but have disappeared when I had my Cataract Surgery done.

We watched an old movie called “Guilty Conscience” with Anthony Hopkins about a crooked lawyer trying to plan the Perfect Murder of his wife. It was sometimes difficult to follow but the ending was very fitting.

Even though the Humidex will be high for a while longer then originally forecasted we’ve got to keep getting things ready for our departure in just over a month. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Visiting Vera, Stopping At The Storage Room and Seeing Sanford Along With Our Daughter.


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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With the overnight forecast for heavy Fog in our area we chose to sleep with the Roof Vents closed and the Windows open. That would give us plenty of Fresh Air without as much moisture getting inside our trailer. The one thing about all that Fresh Air is that you sleep like a rock and have a hard time waking in the morning.

It was past 8:00 again this morning when I got out of bed. Being Retired I shouldn’t be too concerned about the Time but I just prefer a slightly earlier time to start my day. Opening the Window Shades at that time it was difficult seeing the Golf Course at the end of our street. Checking The Weather Network showed we were again basking in 100% Humidity.

It was only a short while later that Kathy made her way downstairs feeling as Groggy as I had when I got up. That Fresh Air will do it to you every time. After a lite breakfast we settled at the Computers getting our morning reading completed. We had plans for this afternoon so it was a slow morning. Kathy made Toasted Cheese Sandwiches and had Yogurt Cups for our dessert.
It was just after 12:30 when we went out the door headed for the Windsor Rehabilitation Center to visit with our friend Vera. The Humidex was on the rise so I dropped Kathy at the door before going to park. It seems like a bad habit that their Permit Machine goes down on the weekends making you have to find another Machine on the other side of the building for your Permit. 

It was 1:00 when we walked into Vera’s room to find her sitting in her chair. Her face instantly started to shine. She told us how someone had taken it upon themselves to change one of her Medications which cause her to be sick for a couple of days. We talked about a lot of different things all pertaining to our getting ready to head south. Vera brought up the Trip we shared with her and Bill the Summer of 2012. It made her smile even brighter. It was nearly 4:00 when we said our Good-Byes with the promise of coming back soon.

We had other errands that needed to be taken care of, so our next stop was at Guardian Storage where we first picked up our Mail before going back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Since Kijijji will not let us advertise the CPAP that we are trying to sell for our friend Kathie, we put it in Storage until we get back next spring.

We made a stop at Wendy’s for our Value Menu Meal. Even at $9.22 for the both of us to eat is still a bargain. 
Flying over Karen's house.
We arrived at our daughter Karen’s house in Tecumseh just before 5:00 to find them getting ready to go out to some friends. We hadn’t planned on staying long anyways so we had a short visit with her and Greg sine we haven’t seen them since Greg’s birthday Three Weeks ago. Sanford was more then happy to see us. He even stopped eating his supper to nuzzle up to us before finishing his meal. I’m wanting to start packing the Basement before we hit the road so I picked up our Compressor that I had loaned to Greg while he worked on his Harley.

We have been forgetting to pick up additional Systane Eyedrops for Kathy so we stopped at Shoppers Drug Mart before we forgot again. With the use of these Drops the Floater she developed after her Cataract Surgery is slowly fading away. 
Someone else needing gas.
Since we were so close we stopped at the Zehrs grocery store on Manning Road to get a few things. On our way Home we topped the Car at the Pioneer gasoline station after not having seen prices this low in months. With more to do before we leave and more Hot Humidex Days heading our way, we’ll be doing what we can when we can do it. Thank you 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 used liquid nails on an open wound.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bacon, Books and Exercise.


Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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Waking long enough just to turn over every few hours is not the way I like to sleep because like this morning it was past 8:00 when I finally got out of bed. When I first looked outside after opening the Window Shades I could barely see out the Windows because of the heavy Dew. As soon as I checked The Weather Network and saw that there was 100% Humidity I understood why it was so damp.

Once we finished our lite breakfast we brought our Coffee/Tea to the Computers. I’ve been a member of the Legion for Twenty Years and every year the Dues come up for renewal. The Membership Cards were only made of Cardboard type material but that all changed last year. The Administration Ministry that takes care of the Legions realized it was time to Update and actually issue Plastic ID Cards which has another benefit. Once I’d finished my morning reading I found the Legion Website and was able to pay my Dues without making a special trip to the Legion itself. 
Bacon, Eggs with Toast and Cantaloupe for dessert.
Making it a Two-Cup morning we continued working on the Computers until it was time to start other chores. We purchased Three Pounds of Bacon the other day so that it could be cooked on our Weber Q and then put in the Freezer until it would be needed. I had been having cravings to have Bacon and Eggs for some time without mentioning it, but when Kathy suggested it I didn’t hesitate to agree. While Kathy was busy cooking our lunch, I was busy separating the rest of the Bacon so it would be easier to grill. Lunch tasted wonderful. We’ll have to do that more often. 

It didn’t take long after eating that I had the grill going outside and using a Grill Mat soon had a production line going. By cooking Bacon outside on the grill, you don’t splatter grease all over the kitchen, you don’t warm up the inside of the Trailer and your clothes along with all other belongings don’t smell like Bacon. That’s when you walk down a street and every dog in the neighbourhood starts following you. Even though there was a slight breeze today our Humidex hit 97 F (36 C). 
What three pounds of grilled Bacon looks like.
Once everything was cooked Kathy had to leave it cool before she could store it in her Rubbermaid Containers in the Freezer.

When we came back to Ontario before Easter we had run the Fridge on Propane as well as cooking on the Stove and running our Blue Flame Heater while we emptied the Trailer to keep from freezing. When we got it back it was only a week later that the one Propane Tank we had been using since leaving Quartzsite became Empty. Since we have an Extra Tank I simply switched it out and got the Empty One filled. I hadn’t given it a second thought until this morning so I went to check. Because we have been running the Fridge on Electric and only used our Blue Flame Heater a couple of times in a recent cold spell we still have close to Half in One Tank and the other is still Full.

I also took the time to empty and flush our Waste Tanks.

When I got inside Kathy asked if she could go to the Park Book Exchange Library to get some new reading material. That sounded good to me because I’ve needed to go to the Workout Room for some time but put other things ahead of my wellbeing. We walked over with me carrying the bag full of Books. After punching in the access code Kathy was happy to walk in to a well Air-Conditioned Room. 

While Kathy scanned the shelves for reading material I walked around to the Exercise Room. It had been so long that I only did Two Sets of Ten Reps of the Ten Different Exercises as a way of loosening up. If you overdo it on the first few times when you are just getting back to it, you won’t be able to move for days. 

Kathy had only found a few books by the time I got back to the Library. Knowing what she likes to read I was able to help her find the rest of her Books because I could see on the higher shelves.

Kathy started putting away the Bacon but since we still had some from the last time I did this she realized that she didn’t have enough Containers to store the Bacon. With that in mind we were on soon on our way to Amherstburg and the Dollarama.

Kathy’s legs were bothering her and I explained it’s because we haven’t been exercising or walking as much as we usually do. We spent a few extra minutes walking around the store after getting the Containers. 
While I was grilling Supper.
It was after 6:00 when we got Home but instead of wanting supper Kathy suggested we go for a Bike ride around the Park first. It felt good riding around every street in the Park and some more then once. With this being the start of the Weekend there were lots of younger families in the Transient Section. It was cute seeing the expression on the children’s faces who had never seen a Tandem Bicycle with Two People on it. 
Nice Pacific Salmon Fillet to share.
It was nearly 7:00 by the time we got back to the Trailer and started cooking supper. After I cleaned out an Acorn Squash, Kathy added the seasoning before cooking it in the Microwave. I was outside grilling a beautiful Pacific Salmon Fillet for us to share on our Weber. It was nearly 8:00 when we ate supper but everything tasted delicious. 
Acorn Squash and Grilled Pacific Salmon.
Tomorrow the Humidex is supposed to be higher and we’ve got things we need to do. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration


Who would give a law to lovers?

Love is unto itself a higher law.

Boethius, 6th Century Philosopher