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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Monday, October 3, 2022

Early In and Early Out.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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It was strange how after being able to sleep in on the weekend I instinctively woke Ten Minutes before my Alarm was set to go off this morning. That allowed me to start my day off in a much more relaxed state of mind.

This morning both Jason and I had a chuckle when Mile discovered the Company Log-In Computer would not work. That was what we have been telling them for some time. Even without the Computer we simply wrote down the Job Numbers we worked on throughout the day.

When 8:00 rolled around it was nice to welcome Alec back from his vacation and to wish him a Happy Birthday. I gave him a brief idea of the problems I’d had saying that it was probably something I wasn’t doing right and would get together to learn more when I would have time.

I spent my entire day doing Touch Ups and a couple of Repairs using the TIG Welder. Around 10:30 Alec wandered over to inform me he was experiencing some of the same problems as I had. These were problems he had never seen before. (Must be the Gremlins.)

It felt nice being able to talk with Kathy while on my lunch break. Alec was working through his lunch today.

Since I had started my day an Hour early I also had to leave an Hour early today. I had a Dental Appointment in Amherstburg to try to resolve the discomfort I was experiencing with my Denture. Adam listened to what I said and made the adjustment that seemed to ease the discomfort. Due to the swelling in my mouth we’ll have to wait before taking an impression for a lower plate.

The ride from Amherstburg to the east end of Windsor was quick and easy with no problems until I pulled into the driveway to our building. The Landscaper working around the building had a Bobcat Front-End Loader that had a problem, so they were using a Flat-Bed Towing Service to transport it. Unfortunately, it blocked access to the parking lot for Ten Minutes and the line of traffic behind me made it impossible to back up.

Kathy had just sat down when I walked in the Apartment. We talked for a bit scheduling what we’ll be doing for the rest of the week. (Notice I didn’t say Planned. If I had it will not happen.)

For supper we had Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls with Vegetable Rice along with an Egg Roll topped by freshly made Biscuits.

The Wind still kept things on the cool side today, but we are supposed to see a few warmer days. We’ll take advantage of those.

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It’s about time.


Police officer stops a driver and says, “Your taillights are out and your bumper’s broken. That will be 300 dollars.

The driver says, “Go right ahead. They want twice as much at the garage.”

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Windy Again and Birthday Celebration.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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Even though I managed to sleep in slightly this morning I also made good use of extra time reading Blogs. I know that I haven’t been leaving all the Comments I normally would do but I am still reading the Blogs on our Sidebar. Some of us think we are having a bad day while others like myself are watching the Weather then you have others that were directly in the path of Hurricane Ian. Fortunately, some have heard from their relatives that were only affected by Power Outages while some on our Sidebar were in the direct path of the storm and have not been heard from since Thursday.

Kathy really wore herself out cleaning inside the Trailer yesterday but there was a big advantage to it all. She had the best night’s sleep in over a week. I woke at my usual weekday rising time and had to coax myself to get a bit more sleep.

We had a Muffin for breakfast before taking our Coffee/Tea over to the Computers. Even though we weren’t feeling the North Wind the Trees out by the Trail were being battered as we watched.

Tyler with Girlfriend Jess.

After checking my E-Mails, I was heading out the door to continue working on the Trailer. Kathy had finished what she needed so she stayed home.

(L-R) Friend Sandy with daughter Karen and sil Greg.

Yesterday’s Wind had blown my Paint Tray from the Roof and caused a Crack in the corner. I stopped at Dollarama to get a couple of replacements before returning to Guardian Storage. Climbing the RV Ladder alone was not an issue, but the High Wind was knocking me flat to the roof. It would be impossible to finish what I wanted but I got a close look and feel of what I put on yesterday. It was totally dry and ready for another coat which was unlike the Stay-Kool Product I had used on our Avalanche Fifth Wheel. It was still Tacky a month after applying it. I’ll post more information about this new product later.

Our grands Kylla, Tyler and Ashley.

I called Kathy to let her know I’d be home early and why. Along the way I stopped at the Pioneer gas station to fuel up the Truck.

(L-R) Rose, Ashley, Tyler and girlfriend Jess
talking about when she was their age.
Back at the Apartment Kathy made Sandwiches and Coffee for lunch. We spent a bit more time at the Computers before leaving around 3:30.

Tyler waving out the candles as Kylla watches.

We headed out to our daughter Karen’s home in Tecumseh where we were invited to help our grandson Tyler celebrate his 21st Birthday. Besides Family and Special Friends both Sanford and Nova were there to add to the festivities and get some extra snuggles along the way. As per usual a Banquet was served, and all gifts were well appreciated.

Lasagna, Potato Wedges, Chicken,
Coleslaw and Salad.

All too soon it was time to say our Good-Byes and head off. Kathy and I dropped Rose Greg’s mother off at her apartment since she only lives a few blocks before our place.

My back as I speak with Kevin about his woodworking.

Due to our spending most of the weekend at the Trailer we’ve got some catching up to do early this week.

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It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

You've ever used a weed-eater indoors.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Kathy Cleaning and Windy Day On The Roof.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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It felt good to sleep in this morning. Knowing we were dealing with cool temperatures and a North Wind we thought we’d let it warm up slightly before heading out.

Another thing we were not certain of was how long we’d be gone before having lunch so we had a Veggie Omelette for brunch using up the Leftover Stir-Fry. The word filling was the best way to describe it but it did what it was supposed to.

We arrived at Guardian Storage by 10:30 first stopping at our Storage Unit. Besides the Stepladder we gathered the Broom and Dustpan.

While I was busy working on top, Kathy was busy cleaning things up inside. She did not like seeing the Pink stain in the basins from when it was Winterized the year it was parked.

Wanting to get the Roof totally resealed became a challenge. After cleaning it last weekend it had to be swept of all the debris left behind by birds. Seeds, Twigs and Dried Grass when the nearest tree would have been Five Hundred Feet away. The wind was not cooperating either causing me to keep as low a profile as possible. With a clean Roof to work on the next thing I did was to apply Masking Tape to create a border for neatness.

Imagine getting a Sixty Pound Bucket of Sealer on a RV with no assistance. Thank goodness I had the Stepladder to use. Once I was ready to start I began by removing the Air Conditioner and Vent Covers. Then using a Paintbrush to do all the Edging and Bracketing as well as the Solar Panel Mounts it would take hours on my knees just to do that. By the time I started using the Paint-Roller the Wind was gusting to Thirty MPH. It was actually flinging the small droplets beyond the Masking Tape on to the upper part of the Nose Cap.

We called it a day. Kathy had over worked herself again and my knees were aching. With a few more days of Sunshine I should be able to get it completed before the wet weather returns.

After dropping the Ladder off we at the Storage Unit we went to Harvey’s where we used a Coupon to buy our supper. We actually started feeling better after eating so we probably had worn off the Omelette hours ago.

We made a quick stop at Dollarama before heading for home.

It felt good to sit in our comfortable chairs.

We heard back about Kathie. Her Surgery to repair her broken Hip went well and she could be discharged next week.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Why did the Clydesdale give the Thoroughbred a glass of water?

He was hoarse.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Rushed Start, Worked For An AXXhole and Broken Hip.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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After waking up and realizing that it was a Half Hour later then I’ve been getting up it did not take long to be dressed and out the door. This is where having everything ready the night before helps save time. Breakfast was simply a pastry but it did the trick.

I was surprised at the lack of traffic for that time of the morning but maybe everyone else had slept in as well. To say I was glad there were no Radar set up would be an understatement.

Still managing to have my Coveralls on before 6:00 Mile did not realize that I was scrambling.

Getting the usual touch ups done with time to spare I was able to mount the next Feedscrew that needed rebuilding in the PTA before 7:00. By 8:00 I had already started the welding process and was happy that my calculations are getting more accurate for programming the Computer.

It was close to 9:30 when I could hear commotion on the other side of the Welding Screens that are used to protect others in the plant from that Arc Rays caused by the welding. It was Mile driving the Forklift with a Contracted Electrician in an approved Lifting Basket. They removed all the high power consuming Mercury Lights and replaced them with new LED Shop Lights.

It wasn’t until the Electrician was finished that he said to me “I’m glad to see you got out of that other SXXXhole.” That’s when I recognized Mike who had done jobs for Paul and had even threatened Kharen.

Mile asked why he said that to me. His response was that I had worked for an AXXhole. I responded an Alcoholic. Mile looked at me and said that’s what I said at my interview when I would not say the name of the Company. According to Mike he was there for different jobs this year to see New Welders not even last a couple of Hours.

It took until after 1:00 before I finished the rebuild and had it buried in the Sandbox. The rest of the afternoon was more touch ups and being shown which jobs I need to start on Monday.

When I got home Kathy informed me that our good friend Kathie had fallen today and broke her hip. That will take time for her to heal.

The weather had been perfect for Kathy to have the Window and Door open today. Our entire weekend should be like that giving me the chance to finish sealing the Trailer Roof.

For supper I made a Stir-Fry that we enjoyed as Veggie Wraps along with a piece of Chocolate Cake for dessert.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Words of Inspiration

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or experience that reveals the human spirit.

E.E. Cummings, American painter and author

Thursday, September 29, 2022

No Sense, Delivering A Birthday Gift and Hurricane Horrors.


Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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Even though I started at 6:00 it would be after 8:00 before I started welding a Left-Handed Feedscrew on the Plasma Transfer Arc this morning. With no Blueprint to get the measurements to enter on the Computer I used the information that was right in front of me the Feedscrew.

Alec had taught me that by using my Tape Measure I could find the different spacings between the Flights. When that happens it creates another Zone so this job had Two Zones. Then using the spacing between the Flights and the Diameter of the Screw you end up with numbers that will get you started. Once the welding begins you can adjust those numbers until you will only have to make minor adjustments on the controls.

Everyone in the Plant is waiting to get their hands on this Job but they all have to wait for me. Each pass deposits roughly Sixty-Five Thousands of an Inch of material so it took Three Passes and Seven Hours to accomplish this task.

When I was returning the Micrometer to the Cabinet I noticed another job in the OD Grinder. Kaliv said Mile told him that he had to grind it down so I could add more material. That made no sense whatsoever. He told me then you talk to Mile.

When I did he thought by grinding it down would be easier for me. When I explained he was wasting time, material and giving me a bigger job then necessary he listened closely. Instead of welding a single pass it would take three. Now Kaliv doesn’t have to grind the job that I’ll be welding tomorrow.

The sky started to clear after I left work.

I talked with Kathy before heading to Motor City Community Credit Union to do some banking.

Today's high temperature.

Earlier Kathy had gone to Walmart to exchange the Birthday Gift that was too small for Maryam. She then drove over to deliver it to Maryam herself. She wasn’t interested in the clothes but the added gift that Kathy brought never left her hands.

We had Banana Pancakes for supper for the same reasons as last night.

We’ve watched the News in horror at the destruction in Florida from the Deadly Hurricane. We have been to all the towns that were severely hit and have lots of Friends that live in those areas.

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It’s about time.


You know you’re getting old when you no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Getting Things Done.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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I’m certain that many are getting tired of me talking about Work. That is something many of us got away from so we could follow our dreams of travelling round bringing our portable homes with us and never worrying about the furnishings we’d have for the next night. Unfortunately life sometimes throws a speed bump our way so we do what is needed to get back on track.

This morning when I went in early the Ten Inch Diameter Feedscrew was already on the Inspection Bench located next to the TIG Welder. There were approximately a dozen Pin Holes that needed filling. It took Five Minutes to set up. Five Minutes to do the job and another Four Minutes to put everything away.

After delivering Two of the Feedscrews that had cooled down in the Sandbox to the Finishing Area it was time to go back to the job that had turned into a Nightmare for me yesterday. I was already adding more weld to the unit when the 7:00 buzzer went off. Knowing that I was still having problems with the Rotary Stepover process Mile again wanted me to call Ted in Indiana for advice. Luckily things were working well when he looked in so he forgot about that idea. Besides Alec will be back next Monday so he’ll straighten me out.

The Unit still needed a second layer of metal to bring it up to the size required for Machining. Instead of adding more small passes I increased the Amperage, added less Powder and increased the width of the Dwell and Stepover. The effect was a Wash. Most Welders have used this practice a few times throughout their careers. That brought down the high spots and filled in the low making everything look uniform. I finished just on time for Jovoh to say “Nice Job”.

I’ve been having a lot of discomfort from my new Denture so the first thing I did on my lunch break was to book an appointment for Monday. Then I briefly spoke with Kathy. The Water had been shut off in our building so she was out walking around Walmart for exercise.

There were more Touch-Ups to finish off the afternoon. The Machinists wanted me to work on a number of different Feedscrews but Paul the Controller pointed to one that is “Past Due”. Guess which one will be in the PTA tomorrow morning.

Today's High.

I was out the door by 3:32 and part of the Rush Hour traffic. Being a weekday there were a number of stops due to School Buses bring the children home from School.

We had more Bananas needing to be used and with my Teeth bothering me Banana Pancakes made for a perfect supper.

Looks like we are forecasted for a dry weekend which means I can finish resealing the Roof on the Trailer. Better safe than sorry.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

You had to remove a toothpick for wedding pictures.