It's about time.

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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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Resolving Problems.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Since we were expecting rain through last night I closed all the windows in the apartment tight except for the one in our bedroom. The end result was not good as it seemed there wasn’t enough air circulation causing us a restless night. We slept until nearly 8:30 as our bodies tried to catch up with the lack of sleep. 

After breakfast we went to our computers first to do some reading and then getting other things completed online. Kathy found a discrepancy in one of our accounts and by this time she was about to go into a panic about it before asking me to help. There was an address attached to a charge that when we drove to the location found it to be an empty lot between two buildings. 

By the time we got back to the apartment we warmed the leftover Pepper Steak from yesterday and had it for lunch. Immediately following I got on the phone only to find that the supposed address was actually a store number. After another ride to the particular store in question the problem was resolved. The moral of the story with white collar crime being easier today than ever through technology “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” 

As Kathy worked on correcting our budget spreadsheet I went back to working on the cart on the balcony. With the temperature being 22 F (12 C) cooler today than it was yesterday I wasn’t about to waste time. Unhappy with the finished effect of the Urethane I started sanding until I could see a smoothness in the texture. Once I was happy with it I had Kathy recheck the levelness of the surface before applying what will hopefully be the final coat of Urethane on the top. 

For supper I grilled a couple of nice hamburgers while Kathy made a salad and sautéed some onions and bacon to go with the burger. Tomorrow we’ll be back at our son Kevin’s in an attempt to cross more of my chores off my to-do list. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

Opening your front door involves restraining a dog.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Getting Twisted and Covered.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Our suspicions about not being served decaffeinated coffee on Saturday along with getting to bed later than normal might have been true. Paying serious attention as to what we were drinking yesterday and going to bed on schedule seemed to have paid off with both of us sleeping like logs. Sleeping with the windows wide open made us rest so well we were both up by 7:30 this morning. 

While we were watching the Weather Channel as we ate our breakfast they showed that we could expect rain later tonight. It also showed a cool down in the temperatures coming in at the end of the week. After we did our morning reading Kathy started cooking pepper-steak for supper. So I took the time to add another coat of Urethane to the top of the cart. When she was about to start cooking something else I had to remind her of our conversation yesterday to go finish cleaning the trailer today while the weather was still warm. She had thought that it was going to rain this afternoon but once I told her differently there was a quick change of her cooking plans. Having already slightly sautéed everything in a frying pan we moved it to the slow cooker on low. 

We had beans on toast for lunch and were on our way to the trailer before noon hour. We needed to once again open the slides so we could clean around the curbside slide which helped make it easier for me to clean the slide topper as well. Once that was done we closed the slides to make it easier to clean above the slide toppers. 
Kathy avoiding the camera.
Kathy continued working on the lower part of the curbside while I went to the roadside to work above the slides. The other day there was so much work involved on sealing the roof, cleaning the nose cap and cleaning the other three slides and toppers that I didn’t have time to clean above the slides in the closed position. I was more than halfway along the roadside getting it nicely clean when suddenly the wind picked up to the point I thought the ladder would tip over and that’s when I heard Kathy screaming. I looked up to see a huge dust tornado devil pass between the front of the trailer and the truck. 

Kathy said it was a Dust-Devil that had suddenly appeared about fifty feet from the trailer but it was strong enough to pull her camping chair and the bottle of cleaner in its direction. She had to turn her face away because she was being pelted by sand pellets. She also got knocked hard on her arm when the door latch released and slammed shut. As fast as it appeared after passing the trailer it disappeared. When she later went inside to get her purse the kitchen counter, the floor and the sofa had a thick layer of dust on them that wasn’t there when we arrived. 

We made it back to the apartment by 4:30 and the first thing Kathy did was head for the shower because her hair was full on sand and it had been warm enough for the both of us to work up a sweat. We enjoyed the pepper steak over rice for supper and have plenty left for another meal. Kathy did some reading online while I added yet another layer of Urethane to the trailer cart. 

Our area is supposed to have rain overnight and into the morning tomorrow but there is always something we can do in preparation for our trip south in 88 days. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big Sigh of Relief.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

When a person has Sleep Apnea there is a side effect that many occasionally have, choking on their own spit. Last night just before the news came on Kathy had a problem and it took the Heimlich Maneuver to stop the chocking. Unfortunately when that happens it also leaves your throat raspy and sore. We stayed up beyond our normal bedtime just to be certain she was safe but by varying our sleep time by that little bit it cause the both of us to have a restless night. 

We still managed to wake around 7:30 even though we didn’t feel very well rested. After watching the Weather Channel while having our breakfast we automatically headed to the computers. By 10:00 I was ready to continue working on the cart for the trailer. 
Trees are changing colors even though we haven't had a frost yet.
Since I had finished staining the wood to the darkness we wanted I thought it was time to add some Urethane to the top to seal in the finish, protect it from moisture and to smooth and harden the finish as well. Making certain that the stain was totally dry I once again set myself up on the balcony to do my chore. The sun was shining with only the slightest breeze which just made the job easier.

Kathy and I had talked of going out to Swiss Chalet to have supper for lunch because this was the last day of a special chicken dinner that we both enjoy. We’d forgotten to bring something for our afternoon out so when we stopped at the apartment I took the time to inspect the Urethane job I’d only done a few hours earlier. I nearly went into shock thinking that I had messed up the stain. Even Kathy thought the stain had been ruined and that I’d probably have to sand the top down. 

Out the door we went feeling quite dejected heading back out to the new Belle River Arena to watch our grandson Tyler play hockey again today. We picked up a couple of Decaffeinated Coffees on the way out and sat inside discussing what it would take to fix this disaster. When Karen and Greg arrived I explain our dilemma but he couldn’t help us but his friend Kevin might know unfortunately I’d have to wait to talk to him. Kevin is one of the coaches on Tyler’s hockey team. 

The game started promptly at 3:00 and today both teams played an excellent defensive game. The first score didn’t happen until half way through the second period. Both teams were getting worn out and started making mistakes that put players from each team in the Penalty Box including our grandson Tyler. When the final whistle blew the score was tied at two each. 

When Kevin finally came out I explained what had happen and he like the rest of us thought that somehow the stain had not been totally dried. He also said the only way to fix it was to sand it off. That wasn’t what I wanted to hear but what could I do.
Official Score Keeper.
Kevin watching the action on the ice.
It was after 5:00 by the time we got home so Kathy started making lunch for our supper. While she was mixing up some pancake batter I went out to see how bad the damage was and how damp the Urethane was. Imagine my surprise when the finish perfect and totally dry. I had Kathy look and we both agree that it was the damp Urethane that had created the effect that we mistook as a damaged stain. We are definitely leaving this dry another day before its next coat.
Even with late afternoon clouds the sun dried our project
to have a finish like this.

Since the weather will be changing in the next few days we’ll be finding something else to work on tomorrow. We still have lots to cross off our list before we head south in less than three months. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do.

The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.

Mary Little

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another Coat, Hockey and Errands.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

One could really get used to sleeping with the windows open like this because you soon start waking up in the morning feeling totally refreshed the way a good night’s sleep should make you feel. It was after 8:15 when we both woke up this morning and neither of us remembered waking at all through the night. While having breakfast the Weather Channel once again confirmed that we were in for another beautiful summer like day. It is hard to remember that we’re already into the fall season. 

We headed over to our computers where once again we got caught up on what the rest of the RV blogging community is up to. When we were finished with the blogs, e-mails and world news we moved on to other things. 

As usual Kathy examined what was in the fridge that could possibly spoil if it wasn’t cooked or recreated as she likes to say. It wasn’t long and she was starting to make lunch. In the meantime after Kathy’s suggestion to darken the finish on the cart for the trailer I set up the balcony with the tarp again and started adding a third coat of stain. After lunch we had a few minutes to recheck the computers if anyone else had written before we had to leave. 

Shortly after 1:00 we were on our way to the new Belle River Arena to watch our grandson Tyler play hockey. We managed to get there before Tyler and our daughter Karen showed up. As soon as the teams before his left the rink the Zamboni was out resurfacing the ice. Today the opposing team was quick to strike scoring within the first minute of the game. That was when Tyler’s team realized what they were up against and got their game together. 

After the score was 3 – 1 in favor of Tyler’s team the opposing team started chalking up a number of penalties for unnecessary roughness. It was amazing that none of the goals were scored during any penalty periods. At the end of the game Tyler’s team showed what they were made of and walked away with a 4 – 1 victory. 
Great weather day for driving the classics.
We needed to stop at the 7 eleven on the way home to get some information on the cell phone we purchased back in July. We were on our way to our next stop with the information that it seems these employees are given but is not published in the owner’s manual of the phones. 

We stopped at Home Depot to pick up a small piece of Oak trim that I’ll reshape and bring to my friend Ross’s so we can repair his cabinet in the near future. 

We only have to look in our building's parking lot to see Fall.
Some trees are nearly bare while others in full color.
The last of the homemade apple pie and frozen yogurt.
Kathy uses vegetable shortening and not lard for her crusts.
Back at home Kathy made another meal by recreating a food dish for our supper. The cart has dried nicely with some slight tackiness. Tomorrow we have another busy day ahead of us. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Please your eye and plague your heart.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Under Way and Second Coat.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

We had another great night of sleeping with the windows open and not worrying about an alarm clock going off. We were both awake before 7:30 this morning but strangely we didn’t feel like we had been drugged like yesterday. Watching the Weather Channel as we ate breakfast we enjoyed the weather they were showing our area could expect over the next week. This will be better weather than we had through the most of the summer. 

After breakfast was finished we both headed to the computers to catch up on our morning reading. Once our reading was complete I buckled down to write a letter to the Customer Service Department from where I purchased the Tele converter that would fit the Canon camera but not the Canon lens. I know that it has been four days since I spoke to the company representative on the phone but we have been busy. 

Kathy was busying herself in the kitchen making a Mile High Apple Pie. Our daughter-in-law Melissa had given us some apples on Wednesday evening that the she and the boys had been picking last weekend. She claimed they had gathered too many and they would spoil. With two growing boys we found that hard to believe but Thank You Melissa they are appreciated and didn’t go to waste. 
Lighting changes the effect.
Since there were two different types of apples Kathy was careful how she mixed them to balance out the taste. By the time she was putting the pie into the oven I had completed and printed my letter. For lunch we worked together to make a great tasting Salmon/Pasta Salad. 
I like the way the sunlight changes the way finished wood looks.
Once the dishes were washed I headed over to the Post Office to register the Tele converter for a return trip to New York. When I returned I was able to set the tarp out on the balcony and start applying a second coat of stain to the cart for the trailer. Again the direct sunlight had me sweating up a storm and even the stain seemed to be steaming as I applied it to the wood. It did seem that the finish was darkening and that the wood was not as absorbent as it was yesterday. 

While I was cooling down after I finished we spent a short time watching Dr. Oz getting health tips that neither of us knew about. Using those tips Kathy put together a very healthy and balanced meal for supper that was topped off by a piece of Apple pie and ice cream. 

We’re still not sure what we will be doing tomorrow but we better get busy because the Weather Channel also showed a dramatic cool down coming our way in another week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

Nobody has ever asked your wife for one of her recipes.