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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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Errand Run, Solar Power Working And Fun Visit.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy was suffering from an overactive mind and congestion problem last night and by 3:00 this morning the only thing she could do was try sitting in the recliner in the living room until she finally drifted off to sleep. Naturally when you don’t sleep at night you sleep later in the morning. At 8:00 this morning there was something strange looking in the sky that we haven’t seen in a while the sun. 
Kathy caught me carrying our STUFF to the donation center. 
We were just in the process of getting ready to run a few errands at 10:00 when the electric power was shut off to the building. This had been scheduled but we had just forgotten about it. Since it could be off for up to six hours we were going to make use of the time getting errands taken care of. As soon as we stepped out of the building the first thing we saw was the sun once again hidden behind a thick bank of clouds. 
The Power Distribution Block.
Our first stop this morning was to Value Village where we donated the keepsakes that Kathy had purged from the Curio Cabinet yesterday. The box was well marked as fragile and I verbally mentioned the delicately of the contents to the person taking them but whether they make it to the store shelf in one piece is anyone’s guess. 
Here I'm installing the controller near the batteries.
Our second stop was Fantastic Sam’s hair stylist for our haircuts. I watched from my seat when Kathy told Jenna our stylist that we weren’t going south this winter and our plans to go fulltime. She had the deer in the headlights look of disbelief. She kept asking questions about Fulltiming the entire time she cut her hair and then had even more questions when she started cutting mine. Even when we were leaving she still appeared to be in shock. 
Power Distribution Block connecting heavy cables to lighter wires.
Temporary Charge Controller mounted below. 
It was now nearly lunch time and since there was no power back at our apartment we used another coupon to have lunch at Arby’s. As we were leaving the sun was attempting to break through a few weak spots in the clouds. 

Our next stop was at Guardian Storage where I hoped to work on the trailer. The weather guessers were forecasting late afternoon showers for our area. After changing my clothes inside the trailer I got busy connecting our solar panels to the Charge Controller but  would have to be drill holes first to mount the Power Distribution Block. Using our inverter we use for our CPAPs it didn’t take long to get everything mounted. We are temporarily using an inexpensive charge controller until we can get one of the size needed for our system. When I made the last negative connection and the indicator showed the batteries were charging I felt a sense of relief knowing our batteries would be well tended to during this coming winter. I also managed to stow the toolboxes normally carried in the basement before changing again. The entire time we were at the trailer the sun never showed itself and the wind increased but it didn’t rain. 

We made a quick stop at Sears where Kathy found herself a pair of dress pants. Not knowing if the power had been restore back at the apartment we stopped at McDonalds for supper. As we were leaving the sun made another appearance as it began to set. We stopped back at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 so I could pick up my new membership card. 

It was still early enough when we arrived in Amherstburg that we looked around at the River Lights display. What that is are Christmas light displays that fill the town of Amherstburg’s parks and each one is sponsored and paid for by different businesses and organizations. Since the parks are on the river’s edge we didn’t stay long because our coats were not warm enough for the cold breeze. 

Since this was Wednesday evening we had our weekly visit with our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa. As usual we talked about a host of different things and had an enjoyable visit. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Thought For The Day

Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled.

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