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, August 24, 2016

Chores and A Tornado.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Since the fresh air didn’t tire us out enough for a good night’s sleep on Monday all the running around we did after dropping our grandson Tyler off yesterday surely worked. Kathy and I were both in bed early and other than rolling over a few times basically slept soundly until past 8:30 this morning. 

After having our breakfast and finishing the normal morning reading it didn’t take long to change course in order to beat the expected afternoon 102 F (39 C) Humidex. With the last few days of near normal temperatures we really didn’t want to face any more sweltering days. So after turning the Air Conditioner back on Kathy had a pile of expense entrees to make on our spreadsheet that we use to track our spending. Since the last time I did the laundry was Friday the twelfth before our move it was now past due. Having been delayed by errands and the issues with the truck it all seemed to get in the way but isn’t that called life. 

I finally made it to the Park Laundry Room shortly after 11:00 and as washing machines became available I filled them up. I lucked out when it came to the driers because a few of those people chose to bring their wash home to dry on their clothes lines. That gave me the chance to have all the laundry in the dryers and get back Home to have lunch with Kathy shortly after noon.  

Kathy had more filing to do after lunch which worked well for the time it took me to return to the laundry room to fold our clothes. Finally, back Home after 2:00 it didn’t take us long to get things put away.  

With our need to do some personal upgrades to Our New Home Kathy had asked me to research some prices of what things would cost. After researching the value of something here, a little thing there and few other things all around it didn’t take any time for those costs to climb. Glad we’re not rushing to do it all right away. 

We had enjoyable Homemade Corned-Beef on Rye Sandwiches for supper this evening and they tasted great as well as being a fraction of the costs if we had gone out to have them at a restaurant. We had the dishes all washed and put away before the 6 o’clock News came on. The weather forecast gave us a heads up as to the possibility of a severe thunderstorm for this evening. 

Once the news was over Kathy returned to the dining room table to work on reorganizing all the business cards we’ve collected through the years while I tried seeing if there was anything to watch on the television. Within minutes we heard the sound of distant thunder and both said the weatherman finally got it right. It would be another forty-five minutes later before we’d find out how wrong that statement was. There was no rain in the park so we just figured the rain had passed us by. 

Our daughter Karen called minutes after 8:00 to see if we were all right. When Kathy responded why shouldn’t we she suddenly had a weird look on her face. As soon as she hung up we tried the local television channels to no avail but the local radio station was filling the airwaves with reports coming in from private citizens. 

The LaSalle area had been hit with a tornado that did severe damage to many homes on three blocks of Liberty Street. Minutes later the same tornado cell would hit Riberty Road near Foster in Windsor again damaging more homes before jumping to Walker Road and destroying a number of businesses there. This storm was hitting and hopping. It then jumped the E.C. Rowe Expressway where a number of businesses were damaged. It finally made one more touchdown on Banwell Road in Tecumseh where it damaged new homes under construction. The good part was that nobody suffered anything more than a few scratches throughout this ordeal. Though there is plenty of property damage it can all be replaced. 

We have errands to run tomorrow and because we have to drive through many of the affected areas we might be able to see the damage first hand. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It’s Complicated But Lots Accomplished.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

You would figure that with all the fresh air we all breathed yesterday we wouldn’t have any problems sleeping last night. Let me tell you how wrong you’d have been. Kathy had moments where she started thinking of changes that she might make to her now organized cupboards and cabinets. Tyler kept mulling over his game of golf and all the things he should have done differently. I kept waking on and off thinking of the work I needed to get done on the truck and trailer before we head south this fall in less than seventy days.  
Tyler is rolled up somewhere in those blankets.
None of us felt like greeting the morning sunshine this morning but knowing how much we needed to accomplish today we didn’t dawdle much after having breakfast. While I made the upstairs bed and got dressed Kathy and Tyler closed up his bed in the living room. He said the bed was much more comfortable by placing the large cushions as a headboard so that the pillows wouldn’t fall behind the couch. 

It was shortly after 10:00 that we loaded Tyler’s golf clubs in the trunk of the car and started our trek to Windsor where our first stop was Windsor Gas and Diesel to drop off the other chipped keys for the truck. When setting up the processor it’s wise to do it with all the chipped keys at once. 

Heading back to the E.C. Rowe Expressway we were soon exiting in Tecumseh so that we could drop Tyler off at home. He had things he needed to get done as part of his daily chores and we had a lot of running to do as well. After hugs and Thanks all round we were on our way. 

The next stop was Canadian Tire where we had a few things to return plus Kathy wanted to look for another small basket to use for additional organizing in the kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, she didn’t find what she was looking for. 

As we were leaving there we looked across at the Tecumseh Mall and noticed a sign over the door to the now closed Zellers store. Since we were a little ahead time so we stopped to look. This is one of those stores that opens every year for about two and a half months only selling things for Halloween. They were still setting up so we were their first potential customers walking through the door. For a number of years our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa put on Halloween parties for family, friends along with the children and everyone enjoys dressing up in costumes. Kathy and I have been attending those parties since we sold our home and had already figured out what we wanted to go as this year but after walking through this store all that could change. We walked out empty handed but we’ll be back. 

What’s a shopping trip without a stop at Walmart. Again we struck out on the small basket and we noticed it was past lunch time so we went to the instore McDonalds where we had lunch. The cold pop really seemed to refresh us. 
Next stop was the Credit Union where we needed to pick up a roll of Loonies ($1.00 Canadian Coins) so that I can do our laundry. 
Heading towards the storage yard when I remembered we needed some components at Electrozad. Since all the Solar components went with the Avalanche I now have to start from scratch on this trailer which includes running the cables from the roof to the batteries. Now to connect the solar panels to the cables and then from the cables to the charge controller you need two Power Distribution Blocks. This was my lucky day because they had exactly two left. 
Each Power Distribution Block has a positive and a negative side.
With the blocks side by side, and end for end you can see the connect the smaller
wires from the solar panels and charge controller to the larger transfer cables.
We finally arrived at Guardian Storage where after checking our mail we headed back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Today we were exchanging things we brought from the trailer for like things we had used when living in our apartment. Since our new trailer is more like a small Home rather than a cottage we need things to fill that void. 
It was after 2:00 by the time we got back to Windsor Gas and Diesel to pick up the truck. Everything was ready, it had been road tested and it sounded good to hear it running so smoothly. Even though this foul up with the processor was not Jim’s fault he didn’t charge us any labour for fixing it. I drove around the block before we left making certain everything was up to snuff. 

We had more stops to make and the next was Home Depot where we had to return the toilet seat we purchased the other day because it was white and didn’t match the bone colour of our toilet. We went to the back to verify that they did not have the product in that colour. When we went walking towards the truck and car I used the remote starter button to start the truck but by the time I helped Kathy into the car it hadn’t started. When I put the key in the ignition to turn it on the truck would not start. You read that right, it would not start. The truck got a new name that will not be repeated in public and Kathy even had a different name for it, not as critical as mine. 
When I called Jim at Windsor Gas and Diesel I assured him it was no joke but his reaction was to find out where I was and that he was sending Brian his computer tech down. Little did we know that in the short time we had left his shop that there would be two major accidents on Walker Road which made a ten-minute drive into a fifty-minute drive for Brian. As soon as he hooked up his computer the truck started right up. As soon as he tried the remote starts the truck would shut down and you couldn’t start it. Brian got the truck going and we now know what the new problem is but it will take a day or two before they know how to reprogram the remote starts so the truck recognizes them. Cars and trucks were so easy to work on before everything became computerized. 

We stopped at Staples for some needed office supplies. Then we drove to Lowes hoping to find our new toilet seat there but struck out. Finally, we stopped at the Zehrs Super Store for some groceries. Anyone who has a teenage boy in their home will understand why.  
We finally made it Home just as the 6 o’clock News was starting. As I hauled things in Kathy put most away except the Half Rack of Ribs and Wedge Potatoes we bought at the grocery store deli. It was more than enough to feed the both of us and for only eight dollars. 

Kathy and I have chores to do but we plan on finding a way to thank Jim for his dedicated customer service. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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