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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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Helpful Neighbour.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Long after sunset last night the extreme record setting heat hung in the air. Due in part to Kathy’s allergies along with her other medical conditions we left the Air Conditioner set on 75 F (24 C) until we went to bed. Shutting it down at that time with the cooler air trapped inside the trailer felt like having the windows ajar in early spring. That was enough for the both of us to sleep undisturbed until this morning.  Waking at 8:00 the outside thermometer still read 79 F (26 C) far higher than what today’s high was supposed to be. After having breakfast and completing our morning reading the outside temperature had dropped to 73 F (23 C) in less than two hours. Kathy had some things she needed to do inside as I had things to do on the outside.  
I barely got the scrub brush along with the pail and hose on the roof of the trailer when Kathy called me for lunch. It was more of a meal but she said it was all leftovers. It was the leftover Chicken Noodle Soup that she made earlier last week. It was leftover ham she took from the freezer, fried up, added it to leftover cheese on toasted bread. It all tasted great and gave me the energy I’d need for the afternoon. 
Tasty leftover soup and ham & cheeses sandwich.
The afternoon high was forecasted to only reach 75 F (24 C) so that allowed us to keep only the flip open windows ajar while I gave the roof of the trailer its first cleaning of the year. With the cooler temps it was a perfect day to get the roof cleaned. Having done this chore a number of times it seems the only way to clean it is on your hands and knees using a scrub brush and sometimes having to repeat the process before the roof actually gets white again. 
Larry and I on the roof. Kathy asked if we were having a party?
Our neighbour Larry hires himself out to clean trailers for some of the other park residents. He has been asking me some very technical questions concerning his trailer so I explain, sometimes draw the answer so as to teach him. When Larry saw me on our roof he offered the use of a different brush and a different cleaner. The cleaner was called 30 Seconds which he uses on all the trailers he cleans and it is sold at Home Hardware in Canada. He even climbed up on our roof and said our dirty roof was cleaner than most he sees. That’s what you get when you hand scrub them but you also get a very sore back. After Larry left I managed to complete the rest of the roof from the standing position in a half hour.  
After completing the roof, we wanted to go for a ride so I returned the cleaner and brush to our neighbour. Last year I’d wanted to apply a sealer to the roof that John Hollinger had used on their rig but I could only purchase it from Home Depot in southern Florida. When I mentioned that to Larry he suggested a product called Sta-Kool that was guaranteed for 7 years and once applied only needed water to keep clean. He also suggested double coating would make it look better and last longer. 
The first place we went to was Canadian Tire in Amherstburg in search of Sta-Kool for our roof. The only problem we had when we found it was figuring out how much of it we needed because it gave figures in Metric. Even the salespeople couldn’t figure out what it would equate to in Standard measurement. Kathy busied herself looking around the store for more Gift Ideas while I sat quietly running the figures through my head. We took the last three gallons on the shelf and we were about to leave when we ran into our friend Gerry in the store. His wife Sandy had stayed home so it remained a short visit. 
Our next stop was at Walmart where Kathy went to the bedding department to see if they had a particular bedspread. The bedcover we had purchased in the apartment is great for really cold weather but too bulky in the trailer because of the slide. We spotted the perfect design and weight of bedspread yesterday but they didn’t have it in the size we needed. By the time I parked the car I met Kathy pushing her cart with the same bedspread in the size we needed. It was the last one on the shelf so it must have been waiting for us. We also picked up a few more groceries before heading Home.
Hungarian Houlka on toast with Asparagus.
For supper I grilled the last of our Hungarian Houlka and Asparagus on our Weber Q. By 8:00 this evening we had to close the windows in the trailer because of the cold North wind. It looks like our to-do list keeps getting longer instead of shorter. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time. 
Pictures taken
by Kathy.


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  1. Paul is getting to wear he does not like to go up on the roof. He would hire that part out if he could.

  2. Rick you sure know how to punish me. My computer screen is all wet from me trying to get a taste of the Hungarian Houlka.