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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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cold Nights, Moderate Days, Replaced Our Car’s Brakes and Now another Problem.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Last night the temperature hung just above the freeze mark for our area of Ontario. Lots of people wonder, How can it be so cold in our area while they are getting warmer temperatures? The reason is because Southern Ontario especially Essex County is at the end of a peninsula that is completely surrounded by water. In the summer time we are often times called the Florida of Canada. We tend to be the last spot in Canada to get cold because of warmth retained from all that water. In the same respect we tend to be the last spot in Canada to get warm because of the cold retained from all that water. 

When we got up this morning before 8:00 it was only 41 F (5 C) inside the trailer. We could see our breathes when we exhaled from all the moisture in the air. This was not only an Electric Fireplace Day but we needed to turn the Furnace on for a single cycle just so we could stop shivering uncontrollably long enough to have our breakfast. 

As the Sun started warming everything up slowly we started seeing many of the residents heading to the Links. This is a Golf and RV Park where many of the residents are Golfers. We did our usual reading and chores along with adding a few more for good measure. 

Having emptied our holding tanks last Sunday I took the time to repeat that today. Wearing just my work sweater with the bright sunlight I was more than comfortable. 
Finding where to locare the Jack and support blocks
was the hardest part of the job.
By 1:00 we were on our way to our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s home in Amherstburg. When we got there I didn’t waste too much time to start working on our car. Since the winter of 2012/13 we have been leaving our car with them for security and so Kevin can use it for minor errands to keep it exercised. That’s right exercising our car. There is nothing worse than just leaving a vehicle sit through the winter. When we spoke to them from Arizona this winter, Kevin mentioned that it sounded like the rear brakes needed replacing and he knows what he’s talking about. We keep our vehicles in good shape but I had planned on checking the brakes when we got home even before we left the south west. 
Kneeling on Cement was the second hardest part of the job.
In today’s automobiles there is no turning of rotors which is good because the worn pads had definitely left their mark on them. The hardest part of the job was finding my tools to do the job because many newer cars have half Standard and half Metric fasteners. I learned to do brakes at a very young age when all the brakes were Drum Brakes. With most vehicles having Disc Brakes today it is even easier to do. What appeared to be the problem was corrosion build up on the Caliper Ways which causes the calipers not to retract when the Brake Pedal is released. It took nearly an hour and a half to do the first side but only forty-five minutes for the second side.  
Our son Ken playing with the dogs at his brother's home.
Once everything was cleaned up Kathy and I took the car for a Road Test and were very happy with the results. While we were out we stopped at McDonalds for a Sweet Chili Wrap and drinks for our supper. 

On the way back Home Kathy detected the smell of gasoline in the car. We looked under the hood but couldn’t see anything. Chances are we are going to have to bring it someplace with a hoist to get that fixed. The temperatures are taking another dive tonight hopefully for the last time this spring. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!  

It’s about time. 


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cleaning Up Our Site, Talking With Neighbours and Special Campfire.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

While we were still in Quartzsite, Arizona we had put our Summer Bedsheets on because it started warming up. Then as we started making our way northeast we soon realized we had been premature in our decision. After checking the weather pattern and temperatures while we were in Amarillo, Texas we replaced our Summer Bedsheets with our Winter ones. Some people might think that is strange but when you are living in an RV you don’t have the protection from the elements that you would in a house or an apartment. After being out in the desert and learning to conserve you learn to leave the heat turned off overnight and get comfortable by using Bedding to suit the temperatures.  
Neighbourhood Rabbit eating from our site.
Last night our temperature dipped to 37 F (3 C) so we definitely appreciated our Winter Bedsheets. There is only one thing wrong with them. You feel so cozy under those covers that you don’t want to wake up. When I looked at the clock this morning and read 8:38 I was in shock because I wanted to get things accomplished today. After leaving that warm Cocoon the 45 F (7 C) temperature inside the trailer was not comfortable so it was back to turning on our Electric Fireplace. 

Breakfast was a chore between eating our cereal and hugging our Coffee/Tea Mugs in an attempt to warm our hands but things started to improve. After our morning chores Kathy had sorted the recycle and trash so I decided to walk it over to the Park Trash Recycle area. Having only put my working sweater on I was comfortable outside our trailer but that all changed when I started walking up Wildwood Drive. I was facing a very cold north wind that made me think of turning around to add another layer. By the time I got back to our site I had to go inside to warm up for a few minutes.  But that was perfect timing because Kathy had just finished making our lunch. We shared a Sandwich, had a Salad and Blackberries on Yogurt for dessert but healthy enough to fight some of the weight gained while we were away. 

What our plan was to clean up all the leaves and branches that had found their way to our site while we were away for the winter. Kathy started to unwrap our potted trees while I started trimming the broken branches hanging in our tree. Then we worked together bagging the leaves from around our Firewood Rack that we’ll bring over to the Park Composting Area. 

Around 2:00 we started hearing familiar voices from behind our trailer. Looking over I waved to Nichol who was there to help start opening their trailer for the season. She was quick to wave back and asked about our trip. With a quick reply I headed back to the other side of our shed where Kathy was raking the leaves from along our neighbour Ted and Eileen’s trailer. It was better to remove them rather than have the wind blowing them back where we had just cleaned. Just as we were finishing up Nichol’s husband Larry came over to welcome us back and to ask about our trip. He was amazed at what we were telling him about being “Off the Grid” and our issues with the Slide and our Blow-out. 
Even though we had bagged all the leaves we had collected the branches and twigs and placed them in our Firepit. When we brought the File Cabinet and Document Shredder home the other day the forecast had been for continual rain. After Kathy had gone through our old files there was quite a pile that needed to be shredded but that takes Electricity and we pay for it here. Since the day had turned sunny and the wind had calmed even though it was 57 F (14 C) we decided to have a Campfire 
Due to the dampness in the Firepit it took a little coaxing to get the fire going but it served multiple purposes. The first was it helped us to relax and warm up by the fire while we sat outside rather than being cooped up inside. The second reason was that bit by bit that pile of documents with our personal information that needed to be destroyed slowly disappeared in the Fire. We had gotten well over half completed when we used the fire for the third purpose, I grill some Hotdogs over the fire to go with the Salad that Kathy was making inside. 
Grilling things on our Weber is good but over a wood burning Fire is even better because it leaves that natural smoky flavor in the meat. We went back outside after eating and enjoyed the Campfire until all the documents had been disposed of. With the temperature starting to drop and the fire dying down it was an easy decision to head inside. 
We heard from SX Video just as he was closing for the weekend. Dillon was able to restore my Laptop to its full operating capacity and my files are all intact. 

We’re expecting another near freezing night before temperatures slowly start to warm up. Tomorrow we are going to see about doing repairs to our car that is still at our son’s. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!  

It’s about time. 


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