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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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Now I Know Why, Assembling and Warming Up Again.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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There was more traffic on the road this morning since most working people were returning to their jobs today. Watching the Thermometer on the dash I was surprised to see it rise from Chilly when first leaving our Apartment to Comfortable by the time I arrived at the Plant.

There were already Two Carriers waiting for my attention when I arrived but they would wait until I would return from my Morning Walk Around. Within Ten Minutes I was returning them to the Paint Line.

It was at that point I continued making the Parts for the Carriers and making slight adjustments to the Jig. It was close to 8:30 when Paul the Owner checked with me to see if everything was good. (I thought that strange because he had never done that before.) So I mentioned that Kharen the Supervisor had wanted to try the First Carrier before I continue building more. When I pointed out that Carrier and the Products it would hold he was impressed and told me to just keep making them because Kharen was On Vacation for the next Two Weeks. (That’s why I didn’t see him yesterday.)

By my Lunch Break I had tacked all the Clips big and small that would be used on these Carriers and had stood the Jig in the corner out of my way. (That was not how I found the Compound on my First Day with Jigs that made no sense welded to the Workbenches.)

On my break Kathy told me she had just gotten in from our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Even though I had moved things so they would be easier to check through she had moved others on her own and was now feeling it. She had just taken an Extra Strength Tylenol to ease the Pain.

When I got back to the Compound there were Two More Carriers waiting for repair. The One looked like a Pretzel but Thirty Minutes later when I returned them to the Line there was no sign of a problem.

I still managed to mount the Upper Tiers on the Shaft on the remaining Nineteen Carriers before the end of the shift. With no unforeseen problems tomorrow Paul will have the Twenty Carriers he requested.

Neither of us were too hungry so we had a Store Bought Medium Thin Crust Spinach Pizza for supper.

On our 6 o’clock Local News for the Windsor/Essex Region they reported 40 New Coronavirus Cases all of which appear to be Variants of Concern.

Our temperature today only felt like 82 F (28 C) but will slowly start to climb starting tomorrow. By the weekend we’ll be looking at temperatures feeling above the Century Mark again.

I didn’t have the chance to work on our Shopping Cart this evening. Here’s to a better day tomorrow.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

What do you call a belt with a watch on it?


A waist of time.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Relaxed At Work, Kathy Sorting and Pre-Empted Again.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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It was cool enough that I wore my Windbreaker first thing this morning. Once inside the plant it didn’t matter because the building still retained the heat from last week. Since our company has mostly American Customers we do not observe the Canadian Emancipation Holiday that others were observing.

As soon as I had completed my Morning Walk Around I busied myself building the Jig and completing the First of the Twenty New Carriers. Expecting Kharen the Supervisor to come in screaming at any moment I just concentrated on the task at hand. He had specified that I should only build the One so he could check it out before I continued making the rest. When it was finished I planned to continue making the Parts that there would be no argument about so when I needed space to move I set up the Carrier with the Product it would hold in the Vise just outside the Compound. I saw lots of workers along with Paul the Owner give it the once over and smile.

I had made lots of progress but still felt very relaxed when my 1:00 lunchtime arrived because Kharen had yet to come around to see me. When I called Kathy she had just gotten in from working at our Climate Controlled Storage Unit at Guardian Storage and was having her lunch at the same time I was.

There were a couple of other Carriers that needed repairs when I went back inside to the Compound. I immediately took care of them before working on the project again. It wasn’t until around 2:30 that I learned that Kharen was not at work the entire day.

I stopped at both Canadian Tire and The Home Depot on the way home trying to find replacement Wheels for our Folding Shopping Cart. I ended up getting Lawnmower Wheels though I’m not certain they can be used.

I then went to Arby’s Drive-Thru where I picked up Two Greek Gyros for our supper. We were well satisfied by our tasty meal. They actually remind me of the Gyros I used to get over Forty Years ago.

Due to the Holiday our 6 o’clock Local News for the Windsor/Essex Region was pre-empted by a tour of some fancy Yacht in the Red Sea. I’ll be sleeping by the time the 11 o’clock Local News out of London comes on.

According to The Weather Network our temperature today felt like 82 F (28 C) but Kathy was basically working in an Air Conditioned Environment while I was able to work with a Fan blowing on me most of the day.

Since tomorrow is Tuesday I curious how my day will turn out.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You move your refrigerator and the grass underneath it has turned yellow.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Reading, Errands and Rain.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Even though sleeping later this morning would have been nice when I saw it was 7:18 I chose to stay closer to my normal sleep time and got up. That means that there won’t be a big readjustment period to my sleep.

I had barely started getting things ready for breakfast when Kathy having sensed my absence came out to join me. Wanting something different we share Three Scrambled Eggs on Toast. Since we’ve been cutting back on our intakes we found this quite filling. Next time I get the urge we’ll try only Two Eggs.

We spent the morning on the Computers checking Messages, Job Ads and Blogs. There were no Jobs worth looking at today. I’ll make some calls after work this coming week. By lunchtime I had read all but Three Blogs that would get read later.

Lunch was Italian Wedding Soup but dessert was Bing Cherries, Cookies and Yogurt Cups.

We were out the door by 12:30 with a list of places to go and things to do. Our first stop was at Green Shield to drop off Kathy’s Claim Form from the Healthy Heals treatment this past Wednesday. Life just kept getting in the way. Now we should see our Refund by next weekend.

We then drove over to Guardian Storage where we did some reorganizing in our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Kathy wants to start thinning out what we know we’ll never use again but there were heavier Boxes that she could not handle in the way.

From there we were in the shopping mode. Dollarama was our first stop where we saved money on our food purchases. Last week when we were there I noticed that they were already bringing in Halloween Decorations and Treats but forgot to mention it.

The next stop was the Bulk Barn where we again saved money by purchasing our Healthy Snacks at lower prices.

We finally arrived at Zehr’s grocery store where we picked up our Produce, Meats and Frozen Foods. We even managed to get some Vitamins while we were there. As we were leaving the sky had changed from Mostly Sunny to Threats Of Thunderstorms.

We needed to stop at Shoppers Drug Mart to get some Night-Time Tylenol for Body Aches and Pains that the grocery store did not have.

By the time we reached our building the Rain was coming down in waves and someone decided to park their car in front of the Rear Door Ramp. When it slowed we used our Folding Grocery Cart to bring everything to our Apartment. The Rain stopped by the time I parked the Car.

As promised we used the remaining Manwich as Spaghetti Sauce this evening but we used Grated Mozzarella Cheese instead of Parmesan so nothing goes to waste.

Our Sunday 6 o’clock Local News did not mention anything about the Coronavirus in the Windsor/Essex Region for the second day in a row. They did talk about the Olympics and the number of Medals the Canadian Athletes have won. Our temperature today felt like 81 F (27 C) until the Rain cooled things down. We can expect another cool day tomorrow until it slowly starts warning up towards the weekend.

We later watched the Season Finale of “The Good Witch” that we had missed last week.

I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

A man called his family doctor. “Doctor my daughter just took my pen I was writing with and swallowed it. What should I do?”

The doctor said “Until I get there just use another pen.”

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Really Needed It, Blog Reading and Another Weather Change Coming.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Even though I was in bed at a reasonable hour last night I was shocked that I slept past 8:30 this morning. According to my CPAP Machine we were connected minutes shy of Nine Hours. I really must have needed that because I never woke once during the night. Of course I didn’t even make it to the Kitchen when Kathy joined me.

What our weather looked like today.

Wanting something different for breakfast we had Banana Pancakes but not our normal Plate Sized Pancakes. We cooked both our Pancakes in the same frying pan at the same time. That’s a big reduction in the number of Carbs that we were eating.

On the Computer I reviewed Hundreds of Job Ads but nothing in my field. John was supposed to call me but I’m still waiting. I ended up reading more Blogs today then I have been able to in a long time even commenting on many of them.

Lunch was Chicken Noodle Soup with Cheese on Crackers with an Apple for dessert.

There was more reading done this afternoon until we made supper together. We had Leftover Manwich on Hamburger Buns with Leftover Caesars Salad and a Chocolate Pudding Cup for dessert.

Our 6 o’clock Local News didn’t mention anything about the Coronavirus in the Windsor/Essex Region because they were too busy talking about the Olympics. Our temperature today felt like 86 F (30 C) with a good chance of Thunderstorms tonight through tomorrow.

We later watched a Hallmark Movie for some entertainment this evening. Tomorrow should be a busier day.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.

Albert Schweitzer, Doctor

Friday, July 30, 2021

Twice in Two Weeks and A Birthday Call.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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As many of our longtime readers recall when Kathy used to tell me I should make something it would end with me spending sleepless nights because I was basically designing and building it when I should have been sleeping. With the demand for the New Carriers ASAP it would require building an accurate Jig to accomplish that much detail. I kept being awakened by my building the Jig until I finally got up to take an Extra Strength Tylenol. At least I slept like a rock for the next Five Hours.

It felt strange walking into the plant for the second time in Two Weeks that production on the Paint Line would not be working. So the first thing I started working on was building the Jig. I really had a good idea after having designed it repeatedly while I should have been sleeping.

I was making good progress until Paul the Owner walked in around 8:00. Bringing me out to the start of the Paint Line he explained things were being removed and repaired. Two Pumps and their Control Panel were being removed from the Pit that connects to the City Storm Sewer System. When we had the Heavy Rainfall Two Weeks ago it resembled a Geyser flooding the entire plant floor.

Bringing the Torch over it didn’t take long to disconnect the Water Lines and break loose the Panels. When Paul talked of getting the grinder to remove brackets welded to Beams that put a smile on my face. When he returned and saw the brackets cleanly removed he could not believe that could be done with a Torch. That was the type of work I did for most of my Career before I retired.

Once the Pumps were removed we found a piece of Grating to fill the now open void. Using a Forklift Paul brought it to the Compound where I cut it to size. I then had to notch the end of each bar because the Grating was an Inch and a Half Thick where the ledge along the Pit was only One Inch Thick.

It was nearly 1:00 when Paul told me to take my lunch. There wasn’t another person in sight. I spoke briefly to Kathy while eating my Sandwich.

Since this was Friday I didn’t want to have to stay late so I returned as soon as the Half Hour was over. There was still nobody else on the floor so I used a Two Wheel Cart to move the Three Hundred Pound Grating back to the Pit. Using leverage to my advantage it didn’t take long to have it in place. That’s when everyone else showed up only to comment how nice it looked. (Where were they for the hard part?)

After collecting our Mail at Guardian Storage and depositing my Cheque at Motor City Community Credit Union I was walking in the Apartment by 4:20.

I briefly spoke with John and I should hear back from him tomorrow.

Kathy made a Caesars Salad as a side to go with the Spare Ribs we had for supper and a Pecan Tart for dessert.

Our 6 o’clock Local News announced 4 New Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region bringing our Active Cases to 25.

Our temperature today felt like 81 F (27 C) which is a lot cooler then the last week.

As soon as the News was over I actually called my sister Anna to wish her a Happy Birthday. She felt privileged having just read it on last night’s Blog and a Face Book Greeting that Kathy had sent.

My shower felt wonderful. That is the one thing I don’t like about working in that plant is the Chemical Smell on my Clothes and Body.

Thankfully I have the Weekend to do what we need to do.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You know your getting old when your try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Change Of Plans and Cooling Down.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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After completing my Morning Walk Around and noting more problems developing I returned to the Compound to scrounge around for a Screwdriver. Two Weeks tomorrow Paul the Owner removed the Face Plate on an Electrical Panel and never replaced it once he had the Welding Plug working. Knowing the Dangers and more then I let on about Electricity I felt a sense of relief after remounting the Plate.

As soon as I returned to the Compound I brought in one sheet of Aluminium at a time and started laying out which Panels I was going to cut from each one thus eliminating a lot of Waste. By the time I finished doing so there are now One and a Half Sheets that were not needed for this project.

This morning Kharen the Supervisor had finally retrieved the Modified Carrier to try on the Paint Line. Line Workers were saying it was so much easier to use that Paul the Owner came to the Compound and said he wanted Twenty more ASAP. He wanted all new material used so that they would be accurate. Once those take up the slack we’ll look at modifying some of the older Carriers. That also means putting the Powder Coating Booth Panels on hold.

That also meant I had to haul by hand over multiple trips Four Hundred Pounds of Materials over Five Hundred Feet from the rear storage bay to the Compound. That’s when we discovered the Metal Cut-Off Saw was not working. While I worked with the Iron Worker to cut other Materials both Paul and Kharen tried to resurrect that poor piece of trash. When that failed they brought over a Cut-Off Saw designed for Wood. I was told to make it work.

After finding a Cut-Off Wheel with a small enough Arbour Hole and clamping it to a Work Bench I got the Tubing all cut. I finished cutting the last piece at exactly 3:15 which is when I start my break and wash up for the end of my shift.

When I walked in the Apartment the Air Conditioning felt good. Kathy had opened the Balcony Door for about Ten Seconds before closing it again. It took nearly a Half Hour more for my clothes to finish drying.

I called John as arranged yesterday but was only able to reach his Voice Mail. I haven’t heard from him yet.

I received a Comment about dropping talking the Police about yesterday’s discovery. That was actually what I had been thinking of doing all day. Later this evening a Friend from the Force also advised against it. They claim they know all the addresses in the city where they could possible face those kinds of Dangers.

The heat of the day really got the best of us. We had a Store Bought Medium Thin Crust Hawaiian Pizza for supper along with a cup of Hot Cocoa.

Our 6 o’clock Local News announced 1 New Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region bringing our Active Cases to 22.

Our temperature today felt like 102 F (39 C). We can expect overnight and early morning Showers that will bring tomorrow’s temperature to around 75 F (24 C). That will be a welcome change. So looking forward to the weekend.

Knowing my sister Anna will be reading this in the morning we want to wish her a Happy Birthday tomorrow.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Your wife weighs more then your refrigerator.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

It’s A Gun, Another Possible Job and Cops Hanging Up On Me.

 Our Location today is at Windsor, Ontario.

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Since the Break-In happened this past weekend things have gotten crazier at work. There was a different Padlock on the Compound Gate so I headed to the Office. Strangely the Lights were not on in Paul’s Office. I took a few Keys to try but no luck. When I returned to the Office Paul was just getting dressed. He has a Futon Bed in his Office and will occasionally spend the night. When I mentioned the New Lock he knew exactly which Key I needed. As I opened the Compound I thought it strange that he had slept so late. As I hung the Key back in the Office I noticed the Butt of a Long-Gun sticking out from under the covers where he had been sleeping. He had been on Guard Duty most of the night.

After my Morning Walk Around the plant checking the Pumps, Motors and Rollers I returned to the Compound. Even though the Image of what I had seen kept haunting me I managed to finish the Carrier Modification that Kharen had wanted so badly yesterday.

Just as I was finishing up Kharen the Supervisor started looking through the Company Toolbox looking for a Ratchet Wrench. Since I remembered him taking the last one weeks ago I mentioned it and exactly where I remembered him using it at.

Then he remembered me using a Ratchet on the 30 Horse Power Electric Motor that burnt out. “Where are those Toolshe asked.

I simply answered, “They were My Tools that got stolen on the Weekend and I can’t afford to replace them”. He walked out and never came back for the Carrier.

When I spoke to Kathy during my 1:00 lunch she mentioned that Mary from Healthy Heals had just left and her feet felt wonderful.

I returned to attaching the Aluminium Panels to the Steel Frames using Pop-Rivets for the remainder of the day. As I moved those around in the Compound I realized they had hidden the big Commercial Grade Battery Charger that’s on wheels. Otherwise that also might have been stolen.

When I arrived at the Apartment I immediately told Kathy about my observation. I then called John who had been leaving messages for me to call. He did not remember Interviewing me in the beginning of May before I started where I am. When I mentioned the name of his Supervisor and the plant layout he started remembering me and the Truck. (Everybody remembers the Truck.)

Because we were expecting other calls and Kathy had an upset tummy we had Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup along with Cheese on Crackers for supper. We topped it off with a Chocolate Pudding Cup for dessert.

Bell Wireless finally called around 5:15. I’ve mentioned that we have not able to retrieve any Voice Messages to our Home Number since the beginning of the year. Because it is a Hub it uses a Wireless Connection and the Thousands of Bell Customers using that system were all having the same problem. Unfortunately the fix was not the same for everyone but as of this evening it is now working.

Our 6 o’clock Local News announced 5 New Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region bringing our Active Cases to 23. How can they have 0 one day then 23 the next. The Math does not add up.

Our temperature today felt like 95 F (35 C).

Having discussed this with Kathy once the News was over I tried reporting the Long-Gun sighting to the Windsor Police Department without them using my name. I don’t want an Officer responding to a Break-In and getting shot by Paul the Owner. Sitting in the Bedroom so as not to disturb Kathy my Cell Phone kept losing its connection. In the Livingroom it worked just fine. They switched me from one department to another only for me to be disconnected for a 911 Call. I’ll try again tomorrow.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

My hairdresser is never late for an appointment.

She knows all the shortcuts.