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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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Project Completed and Overdue Campfire.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Once we had the trailer all warmed up last night after having to fill two empty Propane Tanks it took us a while to feel warm again. Under the covers we both managed to sleep soundly through the entire night and only woke when the sun began peeking along the edge of the blinds. Since there was no cloud covering last night the temperature was reading 34 F (1 C) when I got up. Looking outside there was no sign of the frost that had been forecasted for our area. 
Brighter this morning but cooler.
We discussed what we wanted to accomplish in preparation of our departure at breakfast. Kathy had more research of things we would be doing and places we might visit as we traveled. Even though I had finished welding yesterday I wanted to complete the Bicycle Carrier and get it painted today. With the outside temperatures being so cool after doing my morning reading on the computer I manage to complete a couple of minor tasks inside before heading out. 

The outside temperature was 45 F (7 C) at 10:00 this morning but there was no breeze to be felt. Having dressed as I’d needed to yesterday it would only be minutes before I had to remove a layer. In my haste to weld the brackets yesterday afternoon I had put two of the pieces upside down. It wasn’t a big issue because I simply drilled new holes where they should have been and where the incorrect hole was had to be trimmed off so in the end I’m the only one who knew about the mistake. 

I was in the process of making square holes in the brackets when Kathy called me for lunch at 12:30. She actually had me come in so I could relax a bit before eating so I wouldn’t be rushed. She is trying to use up as much of our food stocks from the freezer before we leave next week so we don’t have issues crossing the border. We had Perogies for lunch and they were more than enough to fill us up. 

Carrier Mounting Brackets freshly painted.
As mentioned above I needed to make four square holes in the two brackets where the Carriage Bolts will fasten them to the rear bumper. Since I have no vise to use I simply clamped it to the plywood that I have used as a welding table then using hand files created the square holes. Looking at the Bicycle Carrier I’m concerned it may stick past the bumper more than it should so after drilling two pieces of material I welded those on the carrier so that taillights can be added as a safety precaution at a later date. 
Bicycle Carrier nicely painted.
You don’t worry about the time when you’re not wearing a Watch so you just make use of every minute you have. I thought the sun was about to set when the sky started to darken so I laid the plastic tarp on the grass and started painting the brackets and the carrier itself. The next thing I knew everything was painted and the sun popped out from behind a bunch of clouds. 
Since I had offered the use of our Air Compressor to our neighbour last week when they were leaving to go back to Sarnia the other day they gifted us with some Firewood and since the paint needs more time to cure when it’s 52 F (11 C) than when it’s warmer so I thought we could enjoy a fire tonight. Kathy had cooked up Spare Ribs and Butter Nut Squash for supper and it all tasted so good. When I mentioned about having a Campfire she was all for it. 
Having gathered any small twigs that had fallen from our trees I put them in our Firepit & only needed to add a sheet of newspaper to get it all burning very quickly. It was then just a matter of adding the right amount of wood at the right time. Kathy brought out the Marshmallows for me to toast as we enjoyed only our third fire since we pulled onto our site back in April. Two of our neighbours stopped by to briefly talk but by 8:00 the temperature had dropped to 45 F (7 C) and we were both starting to feel chilled. 
Since the weather is looking to be very damp tomorrow we’ll get things done while trying to stay dry. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home. 

Australian Aboriginal proverb

Monday, October 24, 2016

Completing Projects in Preparation For Going South and Cold Surprise.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

After having a productive day yesterday and a small nightcap in celebration when it came time to go to bed last night the furthest thing on my mind was another restless night. As soon as I’d lay staring at the ceiling for a half hour I became desperate for some quality sleep. Using a flashlight that was nearly dead I found the bottle of Night-All sleep aid in the medicine cabinet. Going back to bed I only remember turning over once to see sunlight leaking around the window shade and the clock that said it was nearly 8:00 in the morning. Minutes later the blinds were up and breakfast was being made. As soon as the Water Kettle clicked Kathy was up and on her way to the kitchen. 
With that cold North Wind it's nicer to stay inside.
Being the outside temperature was at a cool 43 F (6 C) I took the time to do my morning reading before going out at 9:30. The first thing I needed to do was bring the trash to the Park Trash and Recycle Area. Along the way I ran into our friend Rob from Sun Parlour Trailer who was there to move an old travel trailer that had been at this location for the last twenty years. We only spoke briefly because the cold north wind was chilling us to the bone. As I walked further I noticed Rick one of Rob’s employees busy winterizing other units in the park. 

Back at the trailer I found Kathy making phone calls in order to get things wrapped up before next week. I proceeded to find my coveralls along with a heavy sweater in an attempt to avoid freezing while working outside.  
Using the picnic table as a workbench to assemble the
Bicycle Carrier. The little red box is a DC Welding Machine.
My first intention was to trouble shoot the problem with the controls to the Inverters that we’d recently installed in the basement but with the strong cold wind I thought that working on something else that would not cause heat loss in the trailer might be a better option. That’s when I realized that today would be perfect for building the Bicycle Carrier for the rear of the trailer. I’d drilled all the holes the other day so it was time to put it together. 
Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Sandwich, Hot Chocolate
and Home Made Chunky Apple Sauce for lunch.
I’d gotten the arm-supports fabricated and cleaned then clamped to the wheel troughs by 12:30 when Kathy called me for lunch. Kathy had completed a few of the things she needed but was still researching other variables. Normally she gives family members an Itinerary of our travels including a time-line. This trip will be different in the sense that she can give them our locations but the time-line will change according to how the weather affects our travels and how long we’ll remain at each location. 
Kathy cleaning our lunch dishes.
I would spend the remainder of the afternoon assembling the Bicycle Carrier as well as the Mounting Brackets that will fasten it to the rear bumper. Kathy came out just after 5:30 to ask when I wanted supper. With only a bit to finish the welding I suggested another hour. I surprised myself by finishing much quicker. 
About to weld the arm supports to the wheel troughs.
finished product will be a Bicycle Carrier.
Then came a surprise we weren’t expecting. When Kathy went to turn on the stove to cook supper there was no propane. I switched the control valve over but still nothing. After closing up shop I went in just on time to hear the weather guesser saying we were going to get frost tonight. 
Doing a little grinding on the grass.
Less marks on the table and cement.
It didn’t take long to get the tanks out of their tray and put in the back of the truck. Since we didn’t know where we could get these tanks filled this late in the evening we headed for Windsor. Many places we saw that had signs for propane were the Twenty-Pound exchange only. Remembering the Pioneer station on Walker Road used to have a Propane Pump we headed there. Since they recently rebuilt the station they removed their Propane Pump 

The Pioneer station on Jefferson had a Propane Pump the last time we were there but when we arrived the place was also closed for reconstruction so again no Propane. Driving just a bit further to the east end Canadian Tire store on Tecumseh Road they have a Propane Pump. First you have to go inside and pay for it at any of the Cashiers who give you a card for each tank you need filled. You then go outside and ring a bell for a mechanic in the service department to come out to fill your tanks. He takes the cards that show you already paid for the service. Mitchel drew the short straw. 

It was now past 8:00 and we hadn’t had supper so a quick stop at Wendy’s netted us our meal off the Value Menu. We were so tired and hungry that that little bit really filled us up. 

Back Home Kathy found a flashlight so that I could see what I was doing in the dark. Even after installing the now full Propane Tanks the furnace wouldn’t come on and it was getting colder in the trailer. I reverted to turning on our Electric Fireplace to take some of the chill out of the air. We tried increasing the temperature on the Thermostat but it still wouldn’t turn on. We finally shut the system down for a couple of minutes and when we turned it back on we had heat. The trailer is really toasty warm now. 

Even with the cooler temperatures there is still plenty of things we need to get ready before we hit the road next week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.


A fine line by Mark Twain 

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.