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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Monday, May 9, 2016

Making Progress, A Medical Visit and A Necessary Change.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

This Fulltime Lifestyle has more than one addictive trait. When you are on the road you want to see it all and savor every second of it. When you are sitting still you want to make that spot your little piece of heaven and you want it to be perfect. The one thing they both have in common is fresh air and what you are doing when you are exposed to it will determine how you react to it. If you are exercising and enjoying yourself, you wake up early and can’t wait to try something new. When you are busy working to achieve something crucial you tend to wake through the middle of the night working out details in your mind. When you finally fall back to sleep it is a deeper sleep that you have a hard time to wake up from when you should be doing something more than just lying around. Isn’t that what being a retired Fulltimer is all about getting more of the Fresh Air we didn’t have time to get in our former lives.
What our picnic table looked like after its first wash.
After having our breakfast and a quick stop-over to read on the computers Kathy started cleaning inside the trailer before going into one of her cooking modes. She wouldn’t allow me to help saying I had plenty to do outside, so as she busied herself chopping vegetables into what would become our lunch I busied myself getting our picnic table onto a plastic tarp in preparation to stain it.
Staining our picnic table close to the colours on the shed.
No drips on the patio with the tarp in place.
When we first arrived at the park we had to ask for a picnic table to be delivered. The following Monday when we got back from emptying the apartment we had received one that looked like it had spent the winter under a compost pile. Borrowing the pressure washer from our son Kevin last week I managed to make it look fresh and almost new. To preserve that Kathy thought it would look good if it was stained a dark brown colour close to the colour on the shed. So that was my first chore.

After feasting on Kathy’s pepper steak for lunch there was only a small amount of stain remaining and a lot more wood to seal. The phone rang around 1:30 and Mary from Healthy Heals was calling to tell Kathy she was on her way and she was early. Due to Kathy having foot issues brought on by her diabetes and the Health Care Coverage I had through my former employer Mary makes certain there are no problems by coming to our home to treat Kathy’s feet. This however was her first time coming out to our new Home location. She was surprised how nice the area was and the amount of space in our trailer. Kathy’s feet felt much better after Mary left.
More Magic Mushrooms.
We were reminded today that we are not supposed to have anything set up on the grass that could interfere with the mowing process. The problem was Kathy’s small Fairy Village that she had set in the roots of the tree. After thinking about it Kathy came up with “Plan B”.
Kathy's Fairy Village is breaking the rules.
We headed to Amherstburg where our first stop was Home Hardware Building Center so that I could pick up more stain. While at the location Kathy noted they had umbrellas for patio furniture thinking that would go well with the picnic table. They just didn’t have one that was the right colour.
Now an empty space.
Then we went to Walmart where we found a different style of planter and a number of small perennial flowers along with another Mushroom to go with the Fairy she found yesterday. We looked at the umbrellas they had in stock and nothing caught our eye.
Kathy's new park compliant Fairy Village.
Next we went over to the Dollar Store where Kathy bought some plastic grass that would help her “Plan B”.

Our picnic table is a near match to the shed colour and Umbrella ready.
Still interested in an Umbrella for the picnic table we went to Canadian Tire where we looked at their displays before locating what we needed on the shelf. Our choice was a Mocha Brown umbrella with a cast base that held it down.
Trust, Peace and Imagine stones found new homes.
As we were about to leave the store Kathy realized she’d forgotten to get some bread while we were at Walmart. It was already past 5:00 by then so I dropped her off and went next door to Little Caesar’s pizza where I ordered a Medium Hawaiian for our supper. We didn’t even leave the parking lot to have our meal.
With the purchase of the Umbrella there was a problem. There was no hole in the picnic table to accommodate the pole. Another unscheduled stop was made at our son Kevin’s home where I borrowed his hole saw kit. As we were leaving we got to say hello to Melissa who was just getting home from work.
It was nearly time for the 6 o’clock News when we got Home but Kathy was on a mission to relocate her Fairy Village. After I filled the Flower Pot with potting soil she went to work recreating her centerpiece while I modified the picnic table. Now we are fully compliant with the park rules and are happy with the results. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


A fine line by Oscar Wilde 

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.


  1. Fresh air and exercise is the key to healthy living.

  2. Kathy's Fairy Village looked great in the tree roots, but fits the portable planter just as nicely. You folks have a talent for decorating and making the place home.

  3. Beautiful. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  4. Boy what a beautiful place you two have made. You will get a ton of use out of that picnic table. Enjoy!