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Many of you can relate to 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" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Change Of Plans and Tech Support Needed.

Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.
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With the overnight low dropping to 55 F (13 C) we were both curious why suddenly at 4:00 it felt like the temperature skyrocket before getting comfortable again by 5:00. When we got up at 8:00 we really didn’t feel very well rested.
We did our normal morning routine of breakfast, reading at the Computers and morning chores as well as extra research in preparation for future activities. It seemed all this had Kathy getting ahead of herself and was ready to have lunch by 11:00.
There was the large choice of things we could eat that had her feeling like that. When she opened the Freezer that was overly stocked it started an avalanche of frozen food choices. As a way to make it feel more balanced we shared a grilled Ham Steak along with a few Perogies to go with an ear of Corn that we microwaved. By microwaving Corn with its husk still on we find it retains its taste, crispness and is much easier to clean after it’s cooked.

When finished eating we cleaned up the Dishes and Kitchen before going back to the Computers. There was a slight breeze coming through the Balcony Door and Bedroom Window so the 82 F (28 C) temperature was tolerable.

Once my lunch finally settled I took the time to exercise with the Weights. By 4:00 I was just closing up when Kathy decided she would check what was on Television. We had watched the 11 o’clock Local News last night before going to bed and there was no problems doing so. When we went to turn on the Cable Receiver it would not turn on. I checked the connections even put new Batteries in the Remote with negative results.

The next step was to call our Cable Provider. What I got was the Automated Merry-Go-Round before being put on hold for the next available representative. I checked the Web-site and found that the local outlet was only open until 6:00 and since it was over a Half Hour that I’d been on hold I hung up. Within Five Minutes I had packed up the Receiver, Remote and Power Cord.
By 4:40 we were on our way to the Devonshire Mall where Cogeco Cable is located. Kathy came with me for the ride but did end up coming in. A popular restaurant that has been in the Mall over Twenty Years had an apology note on the windows that they were unable to survive the Coronavirus Shutdown.

Inside the Mall there were a few people walking in the distance and the Floors were marked with directional Arrows along with Social Distancing reminders.

At the Cogeco Outlet we followed a sign mark “Enter Here” then Arrows and Markings on the floor to reach the lone Clerk. When I explained the problem I was instructed to place the Unit in a nearby Bin while putting the Remote and Power Cord in another. She did not even touch it even though she was wearing Gloves and a Mask while standing behind a Plexiglass Shield. Within Minutes she had placed a replacement Unit on another counter before going back behind the Shield. With more questions her answer was to give us Pamphlet with a Phone Number.

It was past 5:30 when we stopped at Guardian Storage to find our Mailbox empty.
Our early lunch had settled and we were feeling hungry. Using a Coupon we again stopped at Taco Bell where we both ate for $12.00. The special called for Tacos, Burritos, Fries and Soft Drinks. We sat in the parking lot in the shade to have our meal. As careful as I was the Taco Shell broke spilling half its contents on my pants. That’s why I like Soft Tacos.

It was past 6:00 when we got back to the Apartment. Following the Instructions to set up the Receiver only resulted in getting Advertisements for Pay-Per-View. Back on the phone to Tech Support I was talking to a representative within Three Minutes. He had to reboot the new Unit from his end. He commented that they (the Receivers) normally connect on their own but it took him nearly Twenty Minutes before he had it operating. We watched the 11 o’clock Local News this evening.

I had planned on adding those Border Restrictions this evening but will do it tomorrow. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Another Power Outage, Comfortable Ride, Waiting Our Turn and Links Delay.

Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.
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It’s hard to believe that we’ve only been in this Apartment just over Nine Months and it has already happened Twice. What I am referring to is young drivers heading home in the wee hours with the Accelerators on their vehicles touching a little too much Metal. Both those drivers managed to walk away with only minor injuries while destroying their vehicles as they turned the Electrical Power off to Thousands of East End Residents. I had just gotten to bed but Kathy woke up gasping for air when her CPAP Machine suddenly stopped working.
Remembering what had happen the first time we simply took our Masks off and tried to sleep the best we could. It took just under Three Hours for the Power to come back on and when that happens our CPAPs instantly turn on. That meant sleeping a little later this morning then we intended but we survived. Using Inverters in the Trailer we never had to worry about loosing Power.
Looking out the Balcony Door you could only see Clouds along the horizon making it appear like a Distant Mountain Range. Breakfast was the Rhubarb Sauce that Kathy made yesterday from the stocks our daughter Karen gave us. Spreading that on our Toast brought back memories when we were both growing up.
WWI, WWII and Korean War Memorial
It was quite a big difference not having a single phone call the entire day. I chose to replace my Broken Coffee Mug with one of the Large 16 Ounce Mugs our daughter-in-law Jen had given us as a gift as a way of reminding us about the Desert.
Along with the morning chores I also did a few things in preparation of our afternoon which included double checking the Weather Forcast. For lunch we had Split Pea Soup with Ham. Kathy made the dessert plate using the last of the Strawberry/Rhubarb/Walnut Bread that Karen made along with a Yogurt Cup. We cleaned up the Dishes and Kitchen before leaving so lunch could settle down.
The sky after lunch.
With our entire day being off kilter it was close to 2:00 by the time we rode out the back path of the parking lot and headed west on the Ganatchio Trail. With the moderate temperatures we were forecasted to have with only light breezes this was the perfect day to go for our bike ride.
The city of Detroit.
The Trail ends a Mile west of where we got on so we merged with Wyandotte Street heading west. When I asked Kathy how far she wanted to go she said she would leave that up to me. Travelling up to Strabaine Street within Two Minutes we were continuing further west on Riverside Drive. Luckily there were Bicycle Lanes keeping us separate from Cars and Trucks. After passing Lincoln Road I made an abrupt turn towards the Detroit River.
Those of you unfamiliar with Windsor many years ago the City Council chose to keep the River’s Edge as a Public Access Park that could be used and enjoyed by everyone. This stretch runs approximately Five Miles and has only seen changes in Landscaping, Art Work and Memorials to those who died while serving in the Canadian Military from the Windsor area over the years. The paths are designed for pedestrian walking, jogging, skateboarding, roller-blading and bicycling. The only place motorized vehicles allowed are in the few Parking Lots scattered along the way.
We rode all the way to Huron Church Road which happens to be the address of the Ambassador Bridge. That is normally our crossing point whenever we cross the International Border heading south. We spent Twenty Minutes relaxing, cooling down and hydrating ourselves before heading back. The only traffic we saw crossing the Bridge were Semi-Trucks because they are considered Essential Services.
Only Semis crossing the Border.
We stopped in the Parking Lot where Vera lives but did not plan on visiting today. Remember it has been a while since we last did this and Kathy was really feeling it. We were also making a point of hydrating ourselves more then we normally do.
We continued heading east on Riverside Drive until we passed Jefferson. A block further up the road was blocked so we had to detour back toward Wyandotte. We would later find out that the Power Outage Accident had occurred on that section of the Drive. Traffic on this side street was barely moving so we got off our Tandem Bicycle and walked getting on Wyandotte long before many of the vehicles ahead of us.
Another short pause for hydrating gave us the opportunity to see an Ambulance making its way from the street we had just come up. A Half Mile up Wyandotte Street we were able to get back on the Ganatchio Trail and head for home. Imagine our surprise when we rode into the Parking Lot where we live to see the Ambulance that had passed us stopped at the Front Entrance.
Battle of the Atlantic.
When Medical Emergencies occur the Freight Elevator is locked out for their use. Since our Tandem Bicycle will not fit in the Smaller Elevators we had to wait for the Ambulance to leave before we could get back to our Apartment.
Vietnam War Memorial.
The 6 o’clock Local News had already started by the time we got inside. While listening to the Broadcast I started our Store Bought Thin Crust Pizza cooking. I even managed to put the Bike on the Balcony before the Timer went off. We were so hungry we ate while listening to the News. Our high temperature only felt like 75 F (24 C) today.
Equality Sculpture.
It reads "Hatred for None-Love For All".
Our ride for today totaled up to Seventeen Miles. I had “planned” (there’s that word) on adding the Links about the Border Closures to Non-Essential Travel tonight but I’ll get it written up earlier tomorrow. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were but without it we go nowhere.

Carl Sagan, Scientist.