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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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Tossing, Seeing The Sun, Last Minute Errands and Happy New Year.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Going to bed before midnight again last night I thought I was on a roll. Instead I was on a toss and turn. Not wanting to take anything that might cause me to oversleep I finally had to go sit at the Computer around 2:00. I got caught up on my On-Line Reading for the next couple of Hours before my eyes started closing.

Kathy was surprised that I’d only been up Fifteen Minutes when she joined me for breakfast. We had barely sat at our Computers when the Sun miraculously broke through the heavy Cloud cover. Just like the other day the Splotches on the Balcony Door blurred the picture.

Again this morning I applied for another job but as soon as you submitted it they wanted you to take an Aptitude Test. The first part was about Safety in the Workplace. The next section they wanted you to find a square that was different then the others. They all contained a Ten Digit Number but as soon as you clicked on the square the entire quiz disappeared. I redid the test from the start only to have the same problem happen. I’ll let them fix their problem.

We had Chicken Noodle Soup for lunch along with Orange Slices, Shortbread Cookies and Yogurt Cups for dessert.

I had Planned (that word) on exercising but we needed a few groceries. Knowing that the stores would probably be closing early today I double checked On-line. After a quick review of the Fridge I was soon heading out the door. With the Multiple Stains of Coronavirus now circulating out there Kathy stayed home so she could remain Safe.

When I arrived at Guardian Storage the Office was still empty. With the Lock-Down the ladies are working from home. Using our Code I was able to retrieve our Mail. It felt good having to wear Sunglasses again.

It was a Ten Minute wait outside before I got in the Dollarama Store. It only took Five Minutes until I was ready to check out.

When I arrived at the Zehr’s grocery store to get a few more things the outside line extended around the corner of the building. Within Twenty Minutes I was inside getting everything on my List. Adding a $2.99 Pizza to the cart I was out of there in Ten Minutes.

Kathy was surprised when I walked in the Apartment at 3:30. As soon as I got back to my Computer was to add today’s purchases to our Expenditure Spreadsheet so that I could close the book on our 2020 Spending.

Vera called and wished us a Happy New Year.

Around 5:30 I cooked up the Medium Thin Crust Store Bought Pizza for supper.

The 6 o’clock Local News only lasted Thirty Minutes tonight. Our total losses in the Windsor/Essex area to the Virus this year is now up to 137. They will be missed by their families and friends.

Again Kathy and I would like to wish everyone a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year.

We’ll toast in the New Year with our Fake Wine.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

You can give a summary of all the "Dukes of Hazard" episodes.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

White, Green, Sad Notices, Talking To My Aunt, Pedicure and Happy New Year.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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For the second night in a row I slept unassisted and woke up feeling refreshed.

Dark enough the Street Lights were on at 8:30.

When I opened the Balcony Blinds this morning even though the ground was White the Heavy Clouds made it appear like it was time to go to bed.

I had the chance to accomplish a lot of my morning reading before Kathy got up. While reading the digital version of the Windsor Star I saw the Ontario Government again was advertising for people not to gather as a way of keeping us safe from the Virus. It made me think of the Hundred People Plus from our community that are no longer with us had thought that way before they became infected.

I then checked the Obituaries the same as I do every morning. Having worked in an Industry where a lot of Carcinogens I often see the names of many coworkers. This morning I noticed the names of a Man and Woman with the same last name. When I investigated further I learned that She died of Coronavirus on December 22nd at Metropolitan Hospital. The husband died of Coronavirus on December 24th at Hotel Dieu Hospital. They had been married for Fifty-Three Years. That was sobering. Imagine how their family is handling the Holidays now.

For those of you who think this is all a Joke or Fake News don’t fool yourselves it’s real. Hospitals all over the world are being overwhelmed and it is only going to get worse before it gets better.

Around 11:00 my Aunt Anna called just to talk. The Nursing Home she’s in still allows the residents on the Main Floor to have their meals in the dining room by shifts. The rest of the time they now have to spend in their rooms because the Second Floor has Five Residents who tested Positive. She’s looking forward to the Vaccine.

Taken Two Hours after the first picture
the Rain turned things Green again.

Having looked outside less then Two Hours earlier the landscape had changed from White to mostly Green.

We kept lunch lite by having Italian Wedding Soup and the Leftover Cherry Pie that Kathy topped with Cool Whip.

Kathy went back to her Computer while I gathered the tools that I only use on her Feet. You might recall that Mary from Healthy Heals who normally takes care of Kathy’s feet had to cancel her appointment due to our area going into Lock-Down. Years ago she showed me what she did so that I could keep Kathy’s feet healthy while we travelled. Going to a Pedicure Business was not advisable because the Sterility of their tools is not regulated.

After Kathy soaked her feet in the Lavender Epson Salts Bath it took over an Hour to get everything cleaned up. The only way to trim one of her Toenails is using a Pencil Grinder because of the way it grows. That means wearing a Dust Mask and Magnifying Goggles. I then clean the dead skin on her heals and massage in Skin Cream to help Blood Circulation. Kathy said it felt wonderful.

Using my own tools I even took the time to do my own feet. I just didn’t get the full treatment like Kathy did.

Kathy gave me an extra Egg.

For supper we again cleaned our Fridge. We had Bacon and Eggs served on Toasted Hamburger Buns with Ginger Snap Cookies and Yogurt Cups for dessert.

We watched the 6 o’clock Local News. There were more Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in our area today. There appears to be a delay in the shipment of the Vaccines. Our Weather will be continuing to ride a Roller Coaster up and down, green and white, windy and calm.

Even though we are a day ahead Kathy and I would like to wish all our Readers, Followers, Family and Friends a Safe, Healthy, Happy New Year. If you celebrate with anyone and Drink please don’t Drive. Let’s pray that 2021 will be much better then this year.

Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.

Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


I stand corrected,” said the man in the orthopedic shoes.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

We Slept, Seeing The Sun, Baking, Exercising and Local News.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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How it happen I don’t know but sure hope it happens again. I went to bed without taking anything to sleep and only woke once through the entire night. I felt refreshed when I got up this morning.

When I got up there was another surprise waiting when I opened the Balcony Blinds the Sun was shining so bright it was nearly blinding. I even took a picture just to prove it actually happened but the Splotch Marks on the window from the recent Rain ruined the picture. Don’t get too excited the Clouds moved in after lunch.

When Kathy joined me she even commented that she slept like a rock. We spent the morning getting our chores and reading completed. During part of my time at the Computer I applied on a couple more jobs that I recalled dropping Resumes at their Offices. As I was told back then most businesses only hold on to Resumes for Six Months then toss them.

We kept lunch lite by simply having Chicken Noodle Soup with a Yogurt Cup for dessert.

After we let our lunch settle Kathy busied herself baking a Cherry Pie. Once it was in the oven she used the Leftover Dough and made what she calls Rolly-Pollies which are miniature Cinnamon Rolls. No Waste and another Snack.

While Kathy did that I spent nearly an Hour exercising. I have to get back on track with this and get back into a routine that’s gone to the wayside. No more Aches or Pains.

We weren’t really too hungry and thought we’d found a package of Lou’s Kitchen Brisket for supper. The reason we didn’t know for sure was it takes less space in the Freezer if you remove the Box Wrappers. After warming the package up in the Microwave we had Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls on Hamburger Buns with a slice of Homemade Cherry Pie for dessert.

We were so happy to see our 6 o’clock Local News tonight. The Coronavirus Case Numbers really jumped over the Holiday Week-end. Talk about when we may see our Vaccines was discussed. They also talked how a young woman in British Columbia who’s life was saved by the Virus. When they did a Chest X-Ray they found a Large Tumour pressing against her Heart and Lungs. The Local Health Unit begged that we not get together for New Year’s Eve. They recommended just Calling or meeting On-Line. Our weather will be Freezing, turning White then Melting so it can repeat itself next week.

We finished the evening by watching “A Yard Sale Mystery”. Different then the Hallmark Movies but nice. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.

Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Words of Inspiration

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.

Jesse Jackson Civil Rights Activist, Baptist Minister

Monday, December 28, 2020

Better Sleep, Using Up Leftovers and Pre-Empted Times Two.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Other then the Mask Liner moving Two Minutes after I went to bed the rest of the night was spent catching up on badly needed sleep.

Looking out the Balcony Door this morning the only tell tale sign of our White Christmas was along the edges of people’s driveways where a ridge remained after it was shovelled there. There were a couple of ridges in our parking lot where the Plow had pushed it.

The Sun remained elusive hiding behind the thick Cloud Cover. Even with the above Freezing Temperature and lite Wind it appeared there would be no further melting today.

For lunch we had the Leftover Recreated Turkey Pasta Salad that Kathy made yesterday along with the Turkey Wings we brought home on Christmas. Kathy also served Sliced Pears for dessert.

When I cleaned off our Vehicles yesterday I wanted to preset the Defrost System so if I needed to it could be started using the Fob from upstairs. Since we haven’t been going too far I’ve not been starting the Truck as a way of saving Fuel. Yesterday the Truck would not start. This afternoon I used the Car to give it that little boost it needed to get going. Leaving it run on by using the Remote Starting System in reverse should have charged it enough to start again this week.

By the time I got back up to the Apartment the temperature had dropped to the Freezing Mark and will go well below that tonight.

For supper Kathy again used up nearly all the Leftovers. We had Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, sliced Carrots, Dressing and Multi Bean Salad. We now have plenty of space in our Fridge.

Our 6 o’clock Local News was again Pre-empted by a special showing how by using a retired Passenger Jet to launch a missile that carries Weather Satellites into space. It cost less then traditional Rockets, saves fuel and it means the Launch is not so weather sensitive. We only watched it for Ten Minutes.

We did watch a Hallmark Christmas Movie for our evening entertainment.

Our 11 o’clock Local News was also Pre-empted by Football. I’m hoping this won’t happen for the rest of the week. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.

Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


To err is human.

To blame it on someone else shows management potential.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

More Mask Woes, Enjoying Leftovers, Tragedy In Former Workplace.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Most guys who wear a New Belt will recall how it seems tight when you first put it on then minutes later it’s loose. That’s exactly what happened to the Harness on my CPAP Mask last night. This was a brand new Harness that I used and it was not as pliable as the old one had been. When it wrapped around the Buckles it had a wide radius. Minutes after I fell asleep there was Air occasionally blowing in my Eye. At first I ignored it as a fluke but after the fourth or fifth time it was too much.

While still attached to the CPAP Machine and laying down I tried numerous times to tighten things up. Continuing to lose sleep I finally sat on the edge of the Bed disconnected the Machine and worked on the Harness until I was certain it would not leak. I slept like a rock for the next Three Hours.

Cloudy but Sunny.

It was nice to look out the Balcony Door this morning and see the Sun reflecting off the roofs of nearby homes. The strangest part was that the sky was filled with Clouds.

We spent most of the morning on the Computers checking the Weather, Local News, E-Mails and Blogs. I’ve mentioned lately that I have been job hunting On-Line so I’ve been getting notifications on my Computer. Imagine Kathy’s surprise when those same notifications started showing up on her Computer this morning and she hasn’t been looking.

For our late lunch Kathy recreated the Leftovers we brought home from our Christmas Day Celebration at our Daughter’s house. She chopped the Turkey added Peas and Spiral Noodles with Mayonnaise. It tasted great and there’s enough for another meal. We also share a Pear and Cookies for dessert.

Looking out we could see water dripping down from the Balconies above. Checking The Weather Network showed it was only 28 F (-2 C) but just the little bit of sunlight we were having was causing melting to occur.

Hours later still Cloudy with Sunshine.

I headed outside to clean off both the Car and the Truck. With a forecast for Freezing Ice Pellets later I didn’t want a base that would make it hard to clean.

We were actually able to watch the 6 o’clock Local News this evening. More rising Coronavirus Case Numbers are affecting the Local Area.

I’ve mentioned how I worked in a Casting Plant until they closed the doors in 2009. A Trucking Company has rented the Building as a Warehouse. Last week there was surprisingly a Fire in the office section of that Plant that caused considerable damage. This week a young worker that was trying to fix that damage was Fatally Injured. All the years I worked there nothing close to that ever happened.

For supper we had Macaroni and Cheese along with Orange Slices, Cookies as well as a Yogurt Cup for dessert.

We later watched a Hallmark Christmas Movie titled “The Christmas House”. 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

You think that Roe vs. Wade is a decision you make when crossing the creek.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Mask Malfunction, Filling Meal and News Pre-Empted Again.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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After having a wonderful visit and Christmas Celebration with Family we felt at Peace when we arrived home. Kathy was in bed by 10:30 and I was not far behind. Wanting to be certain that I would get another good night’s sleep I took a couple of Melatonin Tablets while I was still writing the Blog. Knowing that it didn’t work very fast I Planned it that way. Notice that word that I have to stop using. I shouldn’t have used it last night.

Kathy was asleep as I sat on the bed put my CPAP Mask on and lay down. It was at that very moment that the Velcro Fastening on the Headgear ripped off. There I was with the air from the CPAP forcing the Mask off my face. With our spare CPAP Supplies somewhere in the storage room and not wanting to wake Kathy I knotted the strap to make it work.

It actually got colder.

Even though the strap was now holding the Mask on I could not get it tight enough to make a perfect seal. Every time I would fall asleep the pressure building in the Mask would belch out waking me up because it generally blew right into my Eyes.

What Sun?

After Kathy joined me for breakfast she said she felt tired. I only felt like I had been run through a cheese grater. Thank goodness for Coffee. I then set up my new replacement CPAP Mask.

When we decided to have our late lunch Kathy served the Chicken Breasts she cooked the other day along with the Leftover Spinach Salad from yesterday’s Christmas celebration. That alone had us feeling quite satisfied. Now the Leftovers that Karen also shared with us from yesterday can be tomorrow’s meal.

Yesterday’s Flurries finally stopped around 2:00 in the morning but the High Winds did not stop until around 2:00 this afternoon.

We intended to watch the 6 o’clock Local News and it was listed on the Guide but instead it was pre-empted by a Comedy. We watched the Detroit FOX News so we could get a look at their Weather Forecast. Since we are so close their Forecast is fairly accurate for us.

Neither of us were hungry because of lunch so we each had a couple of Ginger Snap Cookies for our supper.

We later watched a Hallmark Christmas Movie that had a twist to it that I could relate to having been in the same position the male Character was in.

We then intended to watch the 11 o’clock Local News. They were replaying the same Comedy as earlier. I guess we can agree with the adage that “No News is Good News”. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.

Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You know your getting older when you and your teeth don't sleep together.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry White Christmas.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Kathy and I hope that everyone of our Readers, Family, Friends and Followers had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever you call this Special Day. Even though little ones dream of Santa bringing gifts adults know the true meaning of this day. Having listened to the News over the last few days I believe many of those little ones might have learned a lesson in reality of their hero due to the Stimulus Bill not being signed. Sad.

Trying not to make my body dependent on medication to sleep I chose to only take a Melatonin last night. My night was filled with tossing and turning but at least I slept.

Kathy was surprised when I greeted her by saying Merry Christmas. With no set routine lately and spending most of our days under Government Lock-Down we have all started loosing track of time.

There was no doubt that we were having a White Christmas by simply looking outside. It was very picturesque but I was just glad that I didn’t have to shovel it. According to the Radar and The Weather Network it will have lasted over Twenty-Eight Hours when it finally ends. We are lucky that it will most likely melt away before the New Year.

We only took the time for a single cup of Coffee/Tea at the Computers this morning. We worked together creating a Spinach Salad recipe that Kathy found On-Line. She also was busy creating a Multi-Bean Salad that she found On-Line.

Knowing there was a good chance we might over-eat later we simply had Chicken and Rice Soup for lunch along with a Yogurt Cup for dessert. As soon as we finished eating the Kitchen and all the Dishes were cleaned and put away.

Saying Good Night to our Daughter.

While Kathy went for her shower I took the time to get a Workout in. It felt good to get rid of those Aches and Pains. Shortly after Kathy appeared nice and fresh it was my turn to get cleaned up.

Sanford with his Christmas Tree.

After bundling up we headed out the door around 3:45. Remember I said I was glad not to have to shovel the White Stuff. I spent Ten Minutes cleaning off the Car that was parked right next to our Truck. Glad we weren’t taking the Truck.

We arrived at our daughter Karen’s home in Tecumseh just past 4:15. The first one to meet us at the door was Sanford showing off one of his new Christmas Toys. As usual Karen was busy cooking up a storm. After we set up our Salads on the Sidebar Karen soon enlisted our help on a few things While I was busy mashing the Potatoes Kathy helped put food into serving bowls.

A multitude of desserts.

Greg added the Salad Dressing and Feta Cheese to the Salad we brought while Kylla, Kathy and Karen finished bring the rest of the food to the table. Tyler served up the Flavoured Carbonated Water. It’s been since Thanksgiving since we’ve gotten together and we all missed the interaction. Even with my See-Food Addiction I managed not to overeat at the meal. Then Karen brought out desserts. We both will suffer for it afterwards.

Kathy and Kylla

Tyler left to visit his Sweetie Jess and their pet Nova who at Six Months Old is now bigger and heavier then Eight Year Old Sanford. We continued visiting until nearly 8:00 before getting Hugs and saying our Good-Byes. Another Ten Minutes was spent cleaning the Car before we headed home. Don’t you love this weather.

Sanford looking sad as we get ready to leave.

Back at the Apartment the Wind started picking up and it now sounds like a Drummer on our Balcony Railing. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.

Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Words of Inspiration

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Activist and Baptist Minister.