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, October 31, 2018

More Errands, Clarifying Things and Getting Hooked Up.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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After trying for days to sleep in this morning we finally did but the problem was we didn’t want to this morning. Waking just before 8:00 to the sound of Rain tapping on the roof it was understandable as to why we slept so soundly. We had breakfast and even started drinking our Coffee/Tea at the table in order to save Time.

I was in the process of straightening up the Bed when we had a knock on our door. It was Bill from across the street just wanting to drop off a Thank You Card for my getting rid of the Yard Waste while he was away because Liz didn’t know where the Composting Bin was located. Bill and Liz purchased Hugh’s Fifth Wheel and had never RVed before. They have not towed it anywhere and are basically using it as a Summer Cottage.
We barely had a chance to check The Weather Network before we headed out the door at 10:00. We stopped at the Park Office to clarify something. Because we have no choice but to leave tomorrow we are stopping at Leisure Trailer for a bit but we needed someplace to stay for a couple of days until we attend the Living Wake for our terminally ill friend. Val actually thought that I just wanted to park the Truck and Trailer there not stay in it. I see Camp Walmart being our resting places.

We had our List with us as to where we were going as well as what we needed to look for. It rained all the way to Windsor and the Big Semis were really throwing up the Road Spray. Can’t tell I cleaned the Car this week.

We arrived at Fantastic Sam’s a bit early so we had to wait for Jenna to finish with her previous customer. With today being Halloween all the girls were dressed in costumes that still allowed them to do their work. Even though Jenna had only cut our hair at the beginning of the month this would be the last time we see her until spring. At that point she’ll have the chore of fixing up the haircuts we get while we are away.
Our next stop was Guardian Storage where we picked up our Mail and reminded Carol that they’ll probably have to collect our Mail that won’t fit in our Box while we are away. We also made a quick stop at our Storage Unit to drop off a few things until next spring.

Leaving there we noticed a lot of Traffic backing up on the west bound E. C. Rowe Expressway. We would later learn that it was someone that had lost control in the Rain and rolled their car in the median. We just barely made it over the Railroad Crossing when the Gates came down.
Another Spin-out.
We stopped at Green Shield to submit the Claim Form for Kathy’s foot treatment from Mary yesterday. When we headed north over the Expressway we could see the line of traffic getting longer.

We headed to Wendy’s where we had lunch off the Value Menu. When we finished eating Kathy stayed to watch the News on the television while I walked across to the Service Ontario to hand in my Driver’s Medical Form. After being in line for Fifteen Minutes they apologized and told me I had to go across town to submit it at the Driver’s Testing Center. When I told Kathy she was as impressed as I was.
We went back to the new Giant Tiger store at the Tecumseh Mall. Last week when we were there with our friend Kathie we found Slippers for Kathy and Socks for me that actually keep my feet warm despite my Raynaud’s Disease. Kathy wanted another pair of Slippers and also a Hoodie. I wasn’t so lucky on my Socks but found some Winter-Weight Pajama Bottoms. Better then the cotton ones I presently have. The manager checked the Computer to find they were out but the other store in town had them in stock.

Our next stop was the other Giant Tiger where I managed to get Two more pair of those wonderful Socks that will keep my feet warm.

Kathy stayed in the Car when we arrived at the Driver’s Testing Center. This wait was only Ten Minutes after signing in at the Kiosk. I was informed that even more changes to the licensing were coming for next year. Since I need a Commercial License to tow our Trailer I might as well upgrade it in the spring.
We planned to go grocery shopping but as we were heading up Dougall traffic was at a standstill. I turned at the first intersection where we could see what the problem was. A Car had smashed into the rear of a Dump Truck. The pavement was still wet but my guess someone was looking at their phone rather then the road.

After getting the few things we needed at the Zehr's Super Store we decided to eat at Burger King. We had Two Original Chicken Sandwiches along with Two Senior’s Soft Drinks for only $7.19. Filling and Cheap.
Hooked up and ready to roll.
As soon as we got Home we turned on our Water Heater. Kathy put the groceries away and emptied the Trash Containers while I went out to prep the Truck for Towing. After giving Kathy a warning I was able to hookup to the Trailer this evening because the Forecast is for Rain in the morning.

We got our Showers done early so I could go back outside to dump and flush our Waste Tanks in order to carry less weight. I also disconnect our Sewer and Water Hoses and stowed them away. All this Preparation will save us Time in the morning.
Colours are changing and leaves are falling.
After packing away other things inside I finally sat down at my Computer. We had a few Comments that appeared to be Spam so they were moved. Another comment suggested that I was a doctor because of Kathy’s diagnoses. No it was the Doctor that said what her problem was. The explanation Kathy found by Googling it. I simply copied it as a way of explaining her problem on the Blog.

Another comment was about the size of the Font on our Blog. Since having the Hard-Drive on my Computer replaced the Blog just doesn’t look the same as it once did, so I tried to adjust it this evening. Everything got scrambled, the Font got even smaller. It took some doing just to make it look decent again.
Our Sunset.
Google does occasionally change the size of the Font on Blogs that I read to below 100% so I have to reset it. When on anyone’s Blog in the upper right had corner there are Three Dots stacked. They will customize how you see the Blog and one of those controls changes the size of the Font.

We still have lots to close up inside before we roll out in the morning. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

The only time you buy vegetables is Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Last Minute Medical Appointments, Frustrations and Some Surprises

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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By the time I posted our Blog last night I ended up taking a very early morning shower before going to bed. That meant I would sleep like a rock. It didn’t happen, instead every hour I was rolling over and praying to fall back to sleep ASAP. Finally at 6:45 I just got up and started my Computer Reading. When the Sun finally made an appearance it was noticeable that this would be second morning this week there was a lite layer of Frost on the Greens.

After finishing our breakfast because Kathy’s hand was still Painfully Swollen she settled in to do some reading on her Computer while I made the bed and set out the case we keep our Medications and Vitamins stored in. When Kathy went to change I did the Dishes and then quickly straightened up our Living Area for our first appointment of the day.

We had discussed things that we had forgotten to tell Mike yesterday when we helped him move their Mobile Suite Fifth Wheel over to their new site. When we heard noise next door Kathy suggested I go pass that information along. He was busy cleaning out all his remaining Food Stocks so there would be no Dinner Bell calling any unwanted guests. I also mentioned propping the Fridge/Freezer Doors open to avoid any Mold/Mildew build up during the winter. He also had questions about whether he should leave his Utilities connected though the winter. Not a good way to keep those unwanted guests out.

Mike then did something that we didn’t expect, a Thank You Card with a token for helping to relocate their trailer and for the Crash Course of Information Overload that we tried to share with him. It wasn’t necessary but we will appreciate it.

Just then Mary from Healthy Heals arrived to take care of Kathy’s Feet. Due to Kathy having Diabetes this home service is covered under our Health Care Provider. We’ve gotten to know her well over the years and she has tutored me how to take her place when we travel south. She has also gotten comfortable enough to ask Kathy about more Life Like Issues. (Dear Ann Landers). She wished us Safe Travels and is looking forward to seeing us in the spring.

It was only a matter of minutes before we were heading out the door headed for Windsor. I had a 1:15 appointment but we needed to eat first. We stopped at Wendy’s where we ate from their Value Menu.

Kathy went shopping at the nearby Shoppers Drug Mart while I went to my appointment. After checking the results of recent Blood Tests my Specialists was happy with the very low numbers and I’m good for another year. Kathy had picked up additional Systane Eyedrops for both of us to use while we are away.
You can see how Swollen Kathy's Left Hand is.
There was still an Hour until my next appointment so we just took our time getting there. Kathy wanted to have her hand checked by my Doctor because lately her’s seems to be focused on things other then her patient’s health. George was very concerned about what he referred was Acute Rheumatoid Arthritis(Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are involved, with the same joints typically involved on both sides of the body. It sometimes starts on only one side.)

Kathy described how it just flared up which made him order some Blood Tests to find out the cause. He could easily just treat the symptom but the problem would keep recurring. Kathy’s Doctor just told her to take a Tylenol. George had suggested we go to the new Dyna-Care Blood Lab on Dougall Avenue because we would have the results back in Two Days as well as prescribing some Medication. Since we will still be in the area he wants to see Kathy back on Thursday to check the results of the Tests and Medication. After checking my Vitals and filling in my form for the MOT we were soon on our way.

We were very surprised how Clean and Organized Dyna-Care was. In less then Ten Minutes we were on our way out.

I had planned on taking the Expressway to save Time but it was blocked off by the Police. Thinking I could still make Time by taking Dougall we got blocked in and had to wait for Two Freight Trains to pass. Getting on Tecumseh Road West construction had us at a crawl.

We finally made it to the Windsor Rehabilitation Center to visit with our friend Vera. Kathy went ahead while I called our Pharmacy to say “We’ll be cutting it close but we need these pills tonight.” Vera was all smiles when I got there. She couldn’t believe how busy we were. Knowing that we only had a Half Hour to visit she had a Surprise for us. Another friend had visited the day after her Birthday and brought another Cake so she saved us each a piece. With hugs we were soon on our way to Amherstburg.

We arrived at Pharma Choice drug store with only Ten Minutes before they closed. Because I had called ahead and explained what the Medication was for Steve didn’t close until we had our Medications at 6:20.

That piece of Cake helped tide us over but we needed more food so Kathy could take those Medications. We went to Soup and Salad for supper. They are gaining in popularity and by the time we got there they had sold the last of their Homemade Soups so we settled for a Greek Chicken Wrap with the Oil Based Salad Dressing. We have learned to share one because they are that filling.

It was dark by the time we got Home. We have lots to do tomorrow getting ready to leave the next day. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

The World's Great Proverbs

Every man is an architect of his own fortune.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Moving Day, Setting Things Up, Getting Supplies and Giving Hope.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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Knowing that we didn’t have to rush this morning we had planned on sleeping more to our normal time. Instead Kathy managed to be downstairs by 8:00 and I was working on the Computer before 7:00. We had offered to help Mike to move his Mobile Suite Fifth Wheel from Third Street over to its new location behind us on Fourth Street so our bodies seemed to be reacting like it was a Travel Day

A few years ago Mike and Pat had heard that people were actually living in their RVs with no Sticks and Bricks holding them down. Their kids were grown and moved out west plus they had always dreamed of traveling. Then they found some RV Blogs On-line to read about people doing exactly what they had heard. After lots of planning, lots of downsizing and finally selling their house they had another challenge, they needed to find an RV.

Even though this would be there first RV they decided on a Fifth Wheel. Looking On-line the found a fairly new Mobile Suite at an unbelievably low price. The couple had purchased it but before they could hit the road the Wife had passed away. Upset the Husband just wanted to get rid of the Trailer so just wanted what was still owing on it. A friend would pick it up and deliver it to the Park for them.

They had ordered a Brand New Dually only to have it delivered Damaged. Even after it was repaired it was still noticeable so they wanted a New Truck. It took Eight Months for it to show up and it still needed the Hitch installed.

Since they are not going away this winter and are returning to the Park next season they can store it on their lot at no charge. When they applied to move to this new site I was one of the people that advised them to do it now not when the ground is soft in the spring. But without a Hitch how could that happen.
We finished breakfast and sat back at the Computers to finish our Coffee/Tea. We got the important things done first like checking the Weather Forecasts. (Can’t tell we’re Canadians can you?) It was already at 39 F (4 C) and was supposed to reach 50 F (10 C) by suppertime. We could hear noises coming from outside so a quick peak showed Mike was already busy closing things up on his Trailer.

Kathy and I work as a team which has saved us hardships. When others had said they would help while we maneuvered our Trailer it always cost us in Repairs. So even though I would be driving Kathy would be my Guide.

While I dealt with a Toilet that was stuck running Kathy went to talk to Mike. He was getting the Outside ready for the move by crawling under the slides but still had all kinds of things sitting on counters and the table Inside. (Like I said these guys had never traveled in an RV before.) Pat unfortunately was not here so Kathy will have to teach her in the spring what it takes to travel with an RV. By the time I had set our Truck up for towing Mike under Kathy’s guidance had already secured the inside for travel.
Once the Trailer was Safely and Securely attached to our Truck and Kathy verified the Lights were properly working I invited Mike to come for the ride so I could give him some Pointers. A few times he thought that I was passing the Street but I showed him that the Street Sign would have ripped the side out of the Trailer if I had turned shorter.

Back at their new Site Mike was surprised to see how much the Trailer was sinking in the freshly laid gravel. He complimented the both of us on how easily we got it in such a tight turn. We told him with some practice he’ll be able to do the same thing. At this point Mike has only ever towed a little Utility Trailer.

It was nearly lunch when we headed Home where we started making Sandwiches. That’s when the phone rang. Vera needed some information from Kathy.
Still some Golfers out.
Remember we had problems the other day with the new On-line Service for our Credit Card, it happened again today but that’s a good thing. Because Kathy does our On-line Banking when we go south we also had to set up one of our TracFones as a Security Number. It only took 70 and a Half Minutes to get it fixed.
There was some Plywood here that we needed to bring to our son Kevin’s so we headed off to Amherstburg with the Truck. It was after 3:00 when we arrived and found Melissa had book a day off and was helping to clean up the Garage from Saturday’s Party. Kevin has to get his Street Rod back inside before the bad weather strikes.
These are not the Pharmacists.
We continued over to Pharma Choice to see if our Prescription Medications were ready. They were working on them so Thirty Minutes later they had our Supplies ready to go.
A quick stop at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar we put just enough Fuel in the Truck to hopefully make it to the US and Cheaper Prices.
Always someone looking for a free ride.
It was past 4:30 and we needed to eat so we stopped at McDonalds. Wanting to try something different we chose Grilled Chicken Sandwiches that would have been easier to eat with a Fork and Knife. We went through a lot of Napkins.
It was past 5:00 by the time we got Home. We needed to take our evening Meds and we needed the Car.
We arrived at our daughter-in-law Jen’s house just before 6:00. We brought Jen one of those Documents that we had trouble printing last week. This will also help her through some trying times. While enjoying a hot cup of Tea we had a chance to catch up on more things happening in their lives. After lots of hugs to Jen, Connor and Haigan we headed for Home.

If you think we were busy today, wait until you see what we do tomorrow. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

The soap in your shower was there when you moved in.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cleaning Up and Bad Choice.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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After having an enjoyable time at Kevin and Melissa’s Halloween Party last night we both decided just to sleep in this morning. Something like that is easy to say but sometimes hard to do. After waking at 7:00 I figured if I just laid there I would doze off again. It was also toasty under the blankets but eventually my back told me it was time to get up. What happen to my Eye’s Blinking and Time flying by when you want?
Opening the Window Shades it was still overcast with a slow steady breeze. As we were having breakfast the Greens Crew were going around using Gas-Powered Blowers to dry off the Greens of any standing water from yesterday’s Rain.

While doing our morning reading we reviewed what we had to do before our departure and when we would have time to do them. That was when we noticed that we were getting low on certain personal articles of clothing. Just as I was suggesting that it could wait it started raining harder then it did all day yesterday.
Omelet, Toast and Fruit Cup for desert.
For lunch I chopped Bacon and Onions for Kathy to make an Omelet that we would share. It hit the spot and not only gave us the energy we would need but it helped us finish off the remaining Eggs that we would not be able to cross the International Border with.

Today there was nobody else in the Park Laundry Room so I had my choice of Washers and Dryers. Since we were also cleaning our Bed Sheets along with our Clothes I solved some Cryptograms while keeping a close eye on the Dryers.

Our neighbour Mike came over to talk to me for a bit but I just kept folding our clothes as we spoke. We’ll be doing him a favour tomorrow,

It was after 6:00 when I got back Home. Kathy had done some Housecleaning and Bookkeeping, even with her Arthritic Hand, while I was gone and hadn’t taken anything out for supper.

We were both tired enough that we didn’t feel like cooking so we headed towards Essex. A quick review of what they had to offer we chose to eat at A-1 Chinese Food. When we walked in we had a choice of ordering from a Menu and waiting for our food or we could eat from the Buffet. Bad Choice! The Buffet allowed us to eat earlier, but we Overate. Nothing compared to a couple of years ago but since we’ve been watching our intake we ate sensibly but it was still too much.

It was after 8:00 when we got back Home. I still had too finish making the bed and putting away the Laundry. Tomorrow we’ll take care of other things before we leave. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Words of Inspiration

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A. Edison, American Inventor

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Building A Haunted House and Enjoying The Party.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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We chose to sleep in a bit knowing that tonight we might be up late. I was up by 8:00 this morning and when I started opening the Window Shades had a bit of difficulty seeing outside because of the Rain Splattered Windows. I also got an early start to my On-Line reading so I was well ahead of the game when Kathy got up at 8:30.
This isn't the party we went to.
The Rain was off and on all day along with the gusting Wind but the Clouds and Low Forties Temperatures also hung in there. While I set the bed up as if we were crawling back in Kathy busied herself transforming the Leftovers from the last couple of days into a very tasty Stew. It all tasted wonderful but she did such a good job of cleaning things up we’ll have to start fresh tomorrow.
Witches all over the place.
As mentioned in last Friday’s Blog we had found something that would be the perfect thing to bring to Party. Since tonight we’ll be attending our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s yearly Halloween Party we had to get busy.
We started to have a rodent problem
Then they called the Exterminator.
The Kit was for a Chocolate Cookie Haunted House quite similar to Gingerbread Houses around Christmas. Kathy opened the Cellophane Packages the Cookie House was wrapped in so that I could finish cutting the pieces for the Roof. There were no instructions of how to build it but bit by bit using the Icing Sugar that was supplied we started the assembly. If we ever do another one we know a few things we’ll do different to make it easier like using proper Icing Bags and Tips.
Mother Nature arrived and was brighter then the Weather.
Someone needed milk for their coffee.
Young and Old enjoying themselves.
Figuring that we might have a few snacks this evening we had a very lite supper of Macaroni and Cheese to tied us over. After cleaning up the kitchen we spent a few minutes doing some reading before getting ready to leave at 5:30. We were heading for Amherstburg but it was raining so if we were wearing our Raincoats to keep dry how was the Haunted House going to stay dry? With It’s Own Raincoat that’s how. With Kathy already buckled into the Car I carried the Haunted House covered under a Clear Plastic Bag and handed it off to her. Kathy’s arms got quite a workout supporting it until we got to Kevin and Melissa’s. It arrived nice and dry.
Howard Stern brought his own.
Woopie Cushion
Things started steaming up.
It was just Dr. Feelgood arriving.
More then Two Ninja Turtles
We always like to arrive early so if they need help we’ll pitch in. This also gave us time to talk since we missed our Weekly Visit on Wednesday.
This Butterfly was looking for Nectar at the sweets table.
The strangest people get together.
Dr. Feelgood and a Kermuffin.
Slowly others started coming in and bringing food to share. Even though we had eaten lightly for supper we sampled way too many delights. Melissa was really watching out for me, not only had she made the Chicken Chili with a bite but she sent Cameron to give me the bottle of Hot Sauce so I could really kick it up a notch. Even with the constant drizzle outside everyone was having fun inside. After other couples started heading for home at 10:00 we bade everyone a good night leaving the Party for the younger generations.
Howard Stern and Mother Nature.
Jason showed up.
Everyone enjoying themselves.
See, everyone is smiling.
We made our way back to the Park by 10:30. Tomorrow we’ll see what we can do to get even closer to our departure. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Q: What's the motto of the ghoul's convention?

A: The morgue the merrier.