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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Friday, November 25, 2022

Good Things Happening.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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By starting my shift early used to mean that I was getting some overtime pay while Kathy was still asleep. Unfortunately twice this week I have done what I never did before retirement or since. I forgot to shut my Back-Up Alarm off which meant that Kathy was awake around the time I reached the Plant. Like myself once she was awake she desperately tried staying awake throughout the day so she would sleep tonight but found that she Blinked a few times.

Mile never even asked what I would be working on today when he walked out on the Plant Floor before 6:00 and could hear the Gas Burner already roaring to heat the Feedscrew mounted on the PTA. In case you think that I’d be welding that fast, it was nearly an Hour before the Bearing Area would be warm enough (800 F) to hit the magic button.

With the research a few of us did, we found that using the 410 Stainless Steel as a base coat should help eliminate the Pinholes in the Bearings. As I ran that first layer of metal you would have had a hard time to convince me that this was going to work. There were Pinholes all over the weld. I used the Hand Grinder to remove most of them. I then ran a non-oscillating pass to fill in the grooves.

I still wasn’t convinced but then it was time to change the Powder. It took nearly an Hour to drain the Bin of the Stainless Steel and replace it with the Stellite 6. That allowed me time to reheat the Screw and do a quick TIG repair. I had to laugh because the Machinist had a hard time finding the repair because it blended in so well. He didn’t need to sand it but simply buff it out.

With the Bin still draining I spoke with Kathy at lunch. Since her Cell Phone also happens to be our Home Phone I caught her at the Check-Out at the grocery store. Knowing the job I was doing was not a quick one I let her know I could be late.

There has been a lot of Round Stock being delivered this week for new Feedscrews. Unfortunately they are Four and Six Inch in diameter. That’s the size the PTA will not follow the Flight Pattern for the moment.

When I started applying the Stellite 6 it seemed magical. The powder was going on smooth as silk filling any leftover Pinholes and uneven welds. There is still another layer to apply before the bearing is up to size. It was 4:45 by the time it was buried in the Sandbox, and I punched out for the weekend.

We were both tired by the time I got home so we had a Store-Bought Thin Crust Medium Spinach Pizza for supper along with a slice of Triple Chocolate Cake and some Mixed Berries for dessert.

As a reminder that I shut my Alarm off, Kathy made a Sign that she posted on my side of the bed to remind me. With a change in the weather coming we’ll try to get things accomplished at the Trailer and Storage Unit tomorrow while it’s decent. Notice I didn’t say Plan.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


I like to hold hands at the movies which always seems to startle strangers.


  1. Woops about the alarm.
    I'll bet you would have traded your pizza for a Silly Als pizza yesterday! Get down here so you can enjoy them again. 😉

  2. I am thinking you are happier and better suited at this place of employment than at the last one.