It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. 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" to follow our dreams.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We Switched, Ran Errands and Teaching New RVers.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy and I switched last night. A couple of nights ago I was the one who woke up then couldn’t stop thinking which meant I couldn’t fall asleep for a few hours. Last night Kathy had the same problem only difference was that she never fell asleep until after 3:30 in the morning and was awake by 8:30. After having Breakfast and briefly sitting at the Computers as soon as our inside chores were completed we were on our way to Windsor shortly after 10:00.

We had 11:00 appointments for our Haircuts at Fantastic Sam’s. When we arrived, Jenna had a last-minute Hair Repair she was doing trying to salvage what someone did to their own hair at home. With only a fifteen-minute delay we were still done soon after 11:30. She also gave Kathy ways of better describing how she wants her hair cut to the Stylists when we travel south for the winter. 

We decided to get lunch right next door at a little Mom and Pop Restaurant rather then driving to one of the Fast Food places. Kathy had a Chicken Wrap while I had the Chicken Kabobs with Fries that we shared. We sat talking about what else we needed to do today while our order was made fresh. Everything tasted wonderful including the Homemade Fries with just a lite seasoning for added flavour. We’ll definitely be going back there for another tasty meal.

We drove over to Guardian Storage where we collected our Mail. Carol was in the office advising me to stay cool because of the High Humidex.

Our next stop was Home Depot to pick up additional supplies we’ll need to finish making this new site into our Home. I dropped Kathy at the front door with the instruction to stay inside the Air-Conditioned Store at least until I got there. After parking the truck, I changed from wearing Sandals to putting on my Safety Shoes. Once I found a low cart and headed in she finally joined me outside in the Garden Center. We want to slightly expand the Patio with Stones of the same size that have already been used. This meant getting Six 24”x30” Patio Stones that weighed 97 Pounds apiece. I had brought my back-support belt with me because there was nobody around to help us. Kathy held the cart still while I loaded it. We then found the Ten Decorative Edging Bricks we need before going to get the Decorative Marble Stone we also need to complete our Tree Garden at the back of the Patio. Now we had a problem. We needed Six bags of the Marble Stone and they only had Two. One of the Associates went on the computer and verified that I had the last two bags at their store but there were over Three Hundred bags showing at the east-end location. 
The last 97.3 lb. Stone being loaded in our truck.
After pushing the Seven Hundred Pound Handcart out to the truck it took little time to get loaded but were we ever soaking wet. We still had water to drink but we were sweating so badly it looked like we had just poured the bottles on ourselves rather then having drank it. The heat was getting to Kathy so she stayed in the Air-Conditioned Truck while I went in the east-end Home Depot for the Four bags on Decorative Marble Stone.

We stopped at the Zehrs grocery store to pick up much needed groceries but we also enjoyed the Air-Conditioned store that help us cool down a bit more.

Since we were out of water to drink by that time we stopped at McDonalds where we each had an Ice Cream Cone to help cool down. Still being warm after eating them we ordered Smoothies to go. 
Threatening Sky just before 4:00.
With nearly 900 pounds of weight sitting behind the axle the ride Home was very smooth and the Smoothies finally helped us to cool down. 
Humidex 109 F
Once all the groceries were put away I grilled a Hawaiian Pizza on our Weber. As it was cooking I checked The Weather Network to see how warm it actually was outside. The temperature was 90 F (32 C) but with the humidity the Humidex was 109 F (43 C). The pizza turned out perfect and tasted great. While we were inside eating the rain started coming down for a short while. 


We have neighbours behind us that were leaving their Hot Water Heater running all the time so the other day I explained to Angela that wasn’t necessary and they were just wasting their Propane so she turned it off. 
This evening after the 6 o’clock News was over Stan came over saying they couldn’t get any Hot Water and would I take a look at it. I checked their switches in the Control Center, then the Water Heater outside and could find nothing wrong. Then I looked down and could see a steady stream of water running out the bottom of their trailer. Looking inside their basement there was a puddle of standing water on the floor. I couldn’t see a valve behind the Water Heater and if the Leak is after the Heater itself the continual water flowing through is not allowing it to warm any water. Their trailer is a 2017 they’ll be calling their RV Dealer in the morning. 
Here is the 1/2" Stainless Steel Bolt I snapped yesterday
with Hand Wrenches.
As I was explaining the problem they were having to them they informed me that this trailer is their first ever RV. They went to Florida and stayed in one park with it last winter which would make them Freshman RVers. I was explaining the functions of their trailer to them and they would say that sounded like what the Salesman told them at their Orientation. Before I knew it was after 10:00. Once they get their repairs finished they want to ask more questions.

Kathy was wondering where I had disappeared to when I got back Home. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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What goes up must come down.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Slow Chores On A Humid Day and A Surprise Visit.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

I’m hoping that the Commenters who asked the questions that I reviewed in last night’s Blog understood what I was trying to say. There are other questions that will be answered at another time.

We must have worn ourselves out yesterday just by exposing ourselves to the moderately warm outside temperatures. Once our heads hit the pillows last night the only thing we remembered was when we got up this morning. I was up before 7:00 and had everything ready to make breakfast as well as my morning reading finished before Kathy finally woke up. As we were eating our breakfast she commented that even though she had slept soundly if she would have laid back down she would have fallen back to sleep.

After completing my inside chores, I headed out to try tiding things up on our patio. I mentioned a few days ago that the Clay from the holes where we planted the trees on our site was still on a tarp awaiting disposal. In the spring there is a spot designated for Clay Disposal here at the Park but not at this time of year. We have to wait until there is a spot on the Golf Course that is being modified before we can get rid of the Clay. It has to be chopped into pieces no bigger then an inch and has to be free of stones, roots and branches. 
Even our Hostas are Blooming.
By opening the tarp slightly larger I was able to spread that Clay and chop it using the shovel. When it wouldn’t breakdown any further I just let the Sun dry it for a while. After doing another outdoor chore I could then chop it fine enough to put in containers to carry it. Through the course of the day I had to repeat the process for the three containers that had already been filled. The weight difference between the damp Clay containers and the dried Clay containers was easily ten pounds.
 
Our Blooming Citronelle Plant.
There wasn’t just the Clay that was loosing liquid, by the time I reset the Brick Edging on our front Flowerbed that someone had driven over my shirt was entirely soaked. When I finally went in for lunch I had to lay my Gloves and Hat on the tailgate to let the sun dry them just like the Clay
Half a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Bacon Grilled Home Fries
and a Tomato.

Kathy had made a Grilled Cheese Sandwich that we shared along with Bacon Grilled Cheesy Home Fries and a Tomato. It was more then enough to eat but just being in the Air-Conditioned Trailer was even more refreshing to me.

Back outside I was able to refill the second bucket with finely chopped Clay before starting the process with the final pail. While it dried I worked at removing the Bicycle Carrier that I made last fall from the rear of the trailer. When our Home goes in for the warranty work it has to be off. In the process of installing the bolts last fall one decided to jam at 7:30 the night before we were to head south I simply left it in place. This afternoon I found the proper Hand tools to do the job and the ½” Stainless Steel Bolt finally just Snapped
Kathy came out to visit but the high Humidex sent her back inside.
Kathy came out to keep me company but the 97 F (36 C) Humidex was just too much for her and she was soon heading back inside. I finished removing the Bumper Brackets before putting those tools away.

I was in the process of cleaning up the last of the dry Clay from the tarp when our granddaughter Emma came walking up the street with her cousin she was visiting with at her Aunt’s RV at the other end on Fourth Street. I showed them the trees we’ve added and explained that is where the Clay came from. Emma remembered the bird problem we had at our old site. Kathy came out and invited the girls inside for a visit. That gave me a chance to finish cleaning and closing that up for the day. I joined everyone inside for the few minutes more that they stayed.

While Kathy was busy making a small batch of Spaghetti inside I grilled a couple of Angus Burgers on the Weber Q outside. Even though I wasn’t physically working while the burgers cooked on the grill I still went through a full bottle of water. We listen to the 6 o’clock News while we ate our supper.

Just that short a time inside while having supper had me revitalized. Kathy had collected the Trash so I walked it down to the Park Trash and Recycle Area before coming back and cutting our grass. Even though I only did it a few days ago we have had so much rain lately that it looked like the grass hadn’t been mowed in some time.

I went inside and started writing the Blog until after the Sun set before going and spreading the Clay on the new “Tee Box” at the end of our street. When I finished it doesn’t look any different then it did days ago.

After having a nice warm shower, I feel like a new person. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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