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, October 19, 2021

Getting Threaded, No Tirade and Q-Pass.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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By waking before the alarm went off this morning meant that I also got to the Plant earlier. I was surprised to see the door was already open so I didn’t have to wait to get set up but Paul already had a dilemma for me to look into. The Forklift that he always uses didn’t want to start. After connecting the Large Battery Charger within Five Minutes it started without any problems but that didn’t mean the Battery was charged enough. Paul had me set it to Trickle Charge for the remainder of the day. Forklifts are sometimes only used for a few minutes here and there draining the Battery more then charging it.

During my Morning Inspection a leaky valve was added to the List for repairs. What made this one so notable was that it was attached to a loose Hose which was creating a fair sized puddle in the work area. Strange how pointing something so mediocre to Paul he suddenly became concerned about a number of minor drips that I’ve pointed out to him over the last few months.

After it appeared that there were no Carriers to work on I focused on remeasuring the Compressed Air Dryer Unit. If you recall my mentioning yesterday that the Parts that were ordered on Friday did not all come as specified. When working with Metal Piping there are Two styles of Reducers and the one specified was not what they sent which meant some of the lengths would have to be recalculated.

Back at the Maintenance Compound I got the last pieces cut before starting the threading process. Having to manually twist the Cutter around repeatedly was bad enough but when it came to doing the same with the Threader it turned into a labour intensive job. Most companies would have a Motorized Pipe Machine that has a Cutter that folds down, along with a Reamer for removing the cutting burr, a Pump to feed the Cutting Fluid as the Pipe is run through the Threading Dyes. All the Pipes that took me nearly Two Days to produce would have been completed in less then a Half Hour. You can also make Shorter Pipe Nipples with greater ease.

As I was returning from the Mezzanine around noon having just tried one of the assemblies Kharen spotted me. Since this was Tuesday I expected him to start chewing me out for something. When he asked I told him what I was doing but he needed to be certain I was using the proper Pipe Dope. (That is a compound that makes certain there are no Leaks in the joint.) Showing him the container he wasn’t sure if it was the right stuff but when I mentioned that it was Paul who purchased it he approved its use. Most of the Piping is on the Mezzanine just waiting to be connected when the Compressor is shut down on the weekend.

We had Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls on a bed of Vegetable Rice for supper along with Date Squares for dessert. As soon as I finished my shower we were on our way out the door.

Under the New Coronavirus Rules here in Ontario we need to be able to prove we have been Vaccinated when dining in Restaurants, going to Gyms and for Travelling by plane as well as when our International Border opens to Non-Essential Travel. We had made an appointment at Staples to get our Proof Of Vaccine made in Wallet Size as well Maria helped us set up our Cell Phones with the Q-Pass. Total cost for the both of us was only $3.35.

We missed the 6 o’clock Local News and will be asleep by 11:00 so we won’t talk about the Coronavirus Cases for the Windsor/Essex Region today.

The Weather Network showed our high temperature today felt like 73 F (23 C).

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

What’s the tallest building?


The library because it has so many stories.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pleasant Interaction and Cutting It Close.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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Getting back into a routine after a weekend or even just a day off can sometimes be tricky but because I set my alarm yesterday it was an easy transition. Paul didn’t unlock the door until 6:30 this morning which made it a bit of a challenge to get set up on time. With lower temperatures today most of the Doors and all of the Windows were kept shut.

While doing my Morning Walk Around I noticed from my Soapstone Markings that it was time to grease the Motors and Pumps. First I went about checking as many of the Carriers at a glance to be certain they would do what they were supposed to and so the Supervisor could not complain.

In answer to a Comment the Carriers are designed to carry Auto Parts that go through the Wash, Paint, (sometimes get Powder Coated) then Dried. The Parts are brought in from Stamping Plants then sent to the Auto Assembly Plants to become part of a new vehicle.

I was half way through greasing along the Washer when Kharen came along. Asking what I was working on I responded my Monthly Greasing Duty. Surprisingly he was cordial but said he had something else for me to do after.

It took about an Hour before I finished. I had to go check out an Exhaust Fan that was not functioning. Paul had told me that it was not being used but now Kharen is saying that it is. The Motor and Fan rotated freely so other then adjusting the tension on the Belt I just closed it up. We checked the Main Panel that showed Power going out so now we’ll have to check the Motor again.

Not being able to see Kharen around I started hauling the Pipe, Fittings and Tools upstairs on the Mezzanine to plumb the Compressor. The set-up and clean-up took longer then the job itself. Having spent extra time measuring then making the Pipes exact everything went together perfectly. That is strange that you can be more exact on Metal Piping then on Plastic Piping.

I sat at the outside Picnic Table for lunch and was surprised how Cool it felt. Talking to Kathy she had to wear her Jacket while out running errands before heading to Amherstburg for a Dental Appointment.

The Parts that Paul and I ordered on Friday finally came in this afternoon. After checking and finding a few mistakes that will have to be rectified tomorrow when Paul returns I started cutting the Pipes so they can be threaded in the morning.

When it came time to punch out I had to be on time. I had to get a Blood Test done for an upcoming Doctor’s Appointment. The fact that I was driving in Rush-Hour Traffic only added Five Minutes to my drive. With Fifteen Minutes to spare before they closed for the day I got my test taken.

It was 4:30 by the time I walked into the Apartment. According to Kathy she had just gotten in Five Minutes before. She also had traffic delays due to Trains.

Wanting a quick meal we had a Store Bought Thin Crust Vegetarian Pizza for supper.

The 6 o’clock Local News reported the Coronavirus Cases for the last Three Days without breaking them down for the Windsor/Essex Region.

The Weather Network showed our high temperature today felt like 64 F (18 C). Tomorrow could be the last comfortable day we’ll see until Spring and it’s also Tuesday.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You watch "The Dukes Of Hazard" and have to find someone to explain it to you.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Whirlwind Of Chores and Errands On My Day Off.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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I’ve noted that changing my sleep patterns on the weekends tends to cause more problems then it’s worth. The idea is to catch up on lost sleep but instead we are trying to reprogram our Biological Internal Clocks. Being retired anyone can do just that without any ill affects but if you have to be at work every day of the week it is not good. Even adjusting my sleep by an Hour for the Saturday shift had a few setbacks but by doing it Two Days in a row the body seems to except it as part of a routine.

As a way of testing that theory I set the Alarm last night for my Saturday shift in an attempt at accomplishing things here. Every Two Weeks I do up the Laundry so before going to bed I moved the Hamper to the living room so Kathy could sleep undisturbed. After a Banana for a snack I sorted and treated the clothing that so needed it.

After getting things going in the Washers I headed back to the Apartment to enjoy an English Muffin with Kathy for breakfast. It also allowed for me to clean out the Bathtub of the residue caused from prewashing my Coveralls in a Pail before taking them to the Laundry Room.

Getting back in time to move the Clothes to the Dryers I was upset to find One Washer had only put a Cup of water in before shutting down and Another kept filling the tub with rinse water. With Two loads in the Dryers and Two loads being rewashed I headed back upstairs again.

I used this time to indulge in an Epson Salts Foot Bath. There is just something about that which takes all the pain from your feet.

After playing Musical Chairs with the Laundry I finally had it all folded and put away by 11:00. If I had started closer to 9:00 chances are great that there would have been others to share the room with.

We had Italian Wedding Soup for lunch along with the Leftover Cantaloupe, some Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and a Rice Crispy Square for dessert.

With our Shopping List in hand we were soon heading out the door. Our first stop was our Climate Controlled Storage Unit at Guardian Storage. Kathy needed some boxes and containers moved so that she won’t injure herself trying to do it. I also gathered a few more Tools that are only collecting dust while they would be handy at work. It suddenly dawned on me that One particular Tool that I was looking to find was in my Toolboxes that were stolen in an Earlier Break-In to the Plant.

Next we headed to Dollarama where they again had the Carbonated Juice (Fake Wine) that for months none of the local outlets carried. The fact that it taste so much like the Alcoholic Blend satisfies our craving while not breaking the bank and does not work against Kathy’s Medications. We are slowly rebuilding our stockpile so that when they again hit a dry spell we won’t suffer.

At Zehr’s grocery store we got the Produce, Meat, Dairy and Frozen Foods we needed.

Since I have been needing that particular Tool that was stolen we then headed to Canadian Tire. I was in for a Sticker Shock when the Brand Name of those Pliers was more then Double the Price of the Store Brand. It’s not like they are used a lot so I save the money and went with the Store Brand which has a Lifetime Warranty.

Luckily there were Shopping Carts downstairs when we arrived at our building to haul our purchases up. We finished putting everything away just on time for the 6 o’clock Local News. They never reported any Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region.

The Weather Network showed our high temperature today felt like 59 F (15 C).

It was nearly 7:00 when we sat down for a very lite supper. We shared a small Tourtiere that took all of Three Minutes to cook in the Microwave. This was a new brand to us but will go on the List of Quick Meals we could have in the Freezer. We also had an Orange Juice and Date Square to top off our meal.

Tomorrow we both have a busy afternoon.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

What’s He Up To and A Traitor.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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Those that have been following for some time know that I’ve gone back to work for the time being and the way things are looking we won’t be heading South for at least the next Two Winters. There are just too many things to consider and by having to rent an Apartment adds to the cash drain as one of those. Once those things are resolved we’ll be some of the first Snowbirds to migrate south for the Winter again.

Being that this was Saturday I was able to get an extra hour of sleep because our starting time is also backed up by an hour. Even though the Workers are able to change their timing by that hour doesn’t mean that Paul the Owner wakes up early enough to let us in by that time. All he could do was apologize for his tardiness when he finally opened up.

As he watched me hauling my belongings in he said he was still patrolling the building at 4:00 this morning. That happens every time there is a Break-In. He also said “You know what you need to do more then me so have a good day”. He then disappeared back into the Office.

Ivan only comes in on Saturdays to give me assistance because I’m teaching him things he’s never experienced and we work well together. As soon as I started welding the needed Brackets inside the Washer Avry needed his help. After he returned I had him adding the Unistrut Clamps to hold them to the Manifolds.

While I was setting up for the Drip Pan modification again he was taken away to simply move some stock with the Forklift while both the Cleaning Crew were more then qualified. We finally got the Frame welded in place but before the Panels could be attached he was again taken away. When he saw that they could have done it themselves he told them so and came back to our job.

We headed back to the Mezzanine where I needed to make a slight adjustment to the Roof Hatch Latch. Putting something together and making it work on a Workbench is easy but try doing it by yourself while standing an a Vertical Access Ladder without falling. Things don’t always line up exactly like that so you just make adjustments.

As I was talking to Kathy on the phone at lunch Kharen the Supervisor went walking by and waved to Ivan and I saying “Have a good Day”. After he passed we both said to one another “What’s he up to”?

If you recall I had to straighten an Electrical Panel Face Plate the other day. Today with Ivan on the Forklift we straightened the Mounting Brackets on Four of those Panels.

Using a borrowed Chain Saw we attempted to cut a Tree that started as a seed directly next to the building that we suspect was used as a ladder to access the Roof. The Chain however was so dull it could barely cut the Bark. We’ll get a new Chain on Monday to help secure the building. The funny part was it belonged to Ivan and he couldn’t get it to start. I’ve had Chain Saws before so when I started it on the first pull of the rope he called the Saw a traitor.

Cloudy with Showers kind of day.

There was more we could have done but since each could be an all day job we decided to save them for the next couple of weeks. Ivan notified Paul that he is only coming in on Saturdays to work with me or he’ll be going home. We punched out at 4:30.

Kathy was happy to see me at 4:45 and was serving supper within minutes. We had Baked Chicken and Mashed Sweet Potatoes along with Carbonated Juice (Fake Wine) for a drink as well as Fresh Cut Cantaloupe for dessert.

The 6 o’clock Local News reported the Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region so early in their broadcast that I totally missed them.

The Weather Network showed our high temperature today felt like 55 F (13 C).

I’ve already given my Coveralls a second wash in the Pail in the Bathtub. Tomorrow they’ll get their final washing in the Laundry Room.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino, Writer.

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Hatch Is Latched and MIG Replaced.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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There was a lite Rain falling when I headed to work this morning and it stayed that way until after the start of the shift. The first thing I did was to start hauling Tools up to the Mezzanine where I intended to install the Roof Hatch Latch in order to eliminate another source of Unguarded Entry into the Plant. It was a little trickier then expected as there was no way of setting up a Step Ladder so the entire job had to be done while standing on the Vertical Access Ladder.

Once the Anchor Plate had been installed to the Framing the next step was to weld the Latches to the Lid itself which meant Overhead Welding was involved. There came a point where to reach the back of the Latch Plates opening the Lid itself was necessary even though it was still Raining. That took about Five Minutes to accomplish but the job was complete. After hauling the Tools back to the Maintenance Compound I had to roll down my Coveralls in an attempt to dry off.

Kharen never said a word to me the entire day but kept giving me a cold stare. Paul was happy with the increased security so much he had me moving Furniture around so I wasn’t available to senseless whims. More cold stares from Kharen. Around 10:00 Paul the Owner told me to get my Parts List and to come with him.

Our first stop was Praxair the only remaining welding supply company left in the Windsor area. Being an industrialized city there used to be Four such distributors. We picked up the New Portable MIG Welder along with a few other welding supplies. Paul wanted me to order what we needed and watched me as I carefully did not overstep the privilege. As we left for our next destination we discussed a secure room to store this machine away from the Compound.

From there we headed to Windsor Factory Supply arriving at noon. With lots of their personal going on lunch the best we could do was guide the clerk through our Parts List and correcting them when they didn’t understand what was described in plain English. We only left with a few items that will get us through the weekend but the rest will be delivered next week.

We arrived back at the Plant by 12:30. I had the New MIG Welder operational before going to lunch at 1:00.

Surprisingly the Rain had just stopped so I sat outside at the Picnic Table and was able to talk with Kathy with less background noise.

You can see the wet pavement.

I managed a few small jobs until it was time to close up. The New MIG Welding Machine was stored in the proposed lock up away from the Compound. Luckily I brought my Raincoat because it was coming down quite hard and I had to load my Tools in the Truck. It finally slowed down as I was leaving the Motor City Community Credit Union before heading home.

We had Salmon Fillets, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and a Caesars Salad for supper topped off with a Rosette Carbonated Juice (Fake Wine).

The 6 o’clock Local News reported 43 New Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region bringing the total Active Cases to 261.

The Weather Network showed our high temperature today felt like 57 F (14 C) mostly due to all the Rain we experienced with more to come tomorrow.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

What did the wall say to the ceiling?


Meet you at the corner.”

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Answer, Repairs and 131st Donation.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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When I walked into the Plant this morning Paul was already walking around and there was a New Padlock on the Maintenance Compound. When I headed to the Office to get the Key he stopped me to pass on a theory he’d had last night. What if the Security Cameras didn’t pick up the Culprit breaking in because he didn’t come through the doors or windows. Answer to that was he came from the side of the building with no Cameras got on the roof and entered through the Roof Hatch that was not secured and could easily be opened. That made sense and gave me another project to do today.

I had just completed my Morning Walk Around and repaired a single Carrier when one of the Forklift Operators informed me of a Damaged Electrical Panel. With the forecast of Rain in the next few days it had to be repaired because it seems to be the place where the roof is still leaking. Gathering what Tools I needed I was in the process of removing the Face Panel when Paul came along. I thought for certain he’d be furious but then he admitted to stacking Racks too close and casing the damage himself. I simply assured him it could be fixed and went about doing just that. Kharen stuck his head in the Compound but saw what I was doing and left without saying a word. The Panel looks like it did Forty Years ago but the Mounting Brackets will have to be straightened on the weekend.

I then headed up to the Mezzanine and to the Roof Hatch. Someone had tied it shut using a Rope to the Ladder just to give it some security. Taking what measurements I could while standing on that vertical Ladder and using a Flashlight left room for error.

I started gathering materials to make a Latching System when Kharen returned. Since I didn’t finish all the Carriers yesterday because of the Fence Repair he wanted them done before anything else. When I mentioned making the Roof Hatch Latch he repeated before anything else. That took another Hour of which brought me to my lunch.

When I spoke to Kathy she was having a good day reorganizing her side of the Bedroom Closet again.

I finished making the Latch on the Workbench but will have to weld parts to the Hatch as well bolting the rest to the Frame where the Ladder is fastened in the morning.

When I got home the first thing I did was go directly to the shower. It’s amazing how I smell the chemicals from the Plant on my Clothes as well as my person before I get cleaned up. We were out the door before 4:30.

Having just made my Blood Donation.

Our destination was the Canadian Blood Services (Former Red Cross) building on Grand Marais. Since the start of Coronavirus Lock-Downs they have only taken Blood Donations by appointment making the process extremely quick. From the time I walked in filled in the Questionnaire had my Interview and made my 131st Donation I was back at the Car in less then a Half Hour.

We went to Wendy’s Drive-Thru where we ordered their Chicken Wraps, Small Chocolate Frosties and Seniors Soft Drinks for our supper.

We missed the beginning of the 6 o’clock Local News where they normally report on the Coronavirus Cases in the Windsor/Essex Region.

The Weather Network showed our Humidex felt like 93 F (34 C) early this afternoon.

We just made it back to the Apartment on time when it started Raining. It should continue throughout the day tomorrow.

Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment unless it personally attacks someone for their opinion or is Spam.

Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Motel 6 turns off the lights when they see you coming.