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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Monday, September 26, 2016

Really Wet Weather, Still Accomplishing Things and A Real Pain.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Having spent most of the afternoon outside yesterday I felt that it would be difficult staying awake and that was exactly what was happening while I was composing the blog. Not wanting to take any chances I even excepted the offer of having a cup of Sleepy-Time Tea to guarantee a sleep filled night. After going to bed I would spend most of the early morning hours tossing and turning and struggling to get any sleep what-so-ever. Having watched the clock from 5:00 in the morning when it was within moments of 6:00 it seemed the perfect time to start my day. 
Rain coming down at 8:00 this morning.
Knowing that I was up long before the sun was expected to make its appearance didn’t stop me from my morning routine of opening the curtains and making the initial preparations for breakfast. The Weather Guessers were right on the money when they said to expect Severe Thunderstorms around 7:00 this morning accompanied by high winds out of the west. The wind was strong enough that it rocked the trailer and the rain sounded like a drum on the roof but luckily Kathy slept through the worst of it. I would complete all my morning reading and even played a few games on the computer by the time Kathy finally got up. 
Chocolate Pecan pie
With the rotten weather forecast there wasn’t much I could work on outside so after completing my morning chores Kathy suggested that I finish working on our special project that we are creating while she made a wonderful Chocolate Pecan pie. Kathy was impressed the way the Watermark helped to enhance the words but we won’t be showing you the finished results until after its presentation in the next month because the recipient is a follower of our post.
It was still damp enough inside to have Hot Soup to go with our Salads for lunch along with Mandarin Oranges and the last of her Homemade Energy Bars for dessert. Once we’d finished washing the lunch dishes we both worked together at getting things chopped and cooking in our Crock Pot for supper 
We have a number of things like waiting for the Heat Shield, being hampered by the weather or having errands and appointments to run that have interfered with me finishing some of my projects. At 3:00 we were on our way to Amherstburg where Kathy had an appointment with our dentist. Shortly after our latest checkups she developed a sensitivity in one of her teeth. After the tooth was Re-examined and X-rayed the problem was deemed the tooth to be Extra Sensitive and the only thing they could do was apply a Topical Sealer to the tooth to make it less sensitive. That meant she couldn’t eat anything until after 6:00. 

In order to waste bit of time we had a few other stops to make such as at Dollarama and Dollar Tree looking for storage containers for the front closet. The car was getting low on gas so after fueling up at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar we finally went to Walmart where Kathy did some grocery shopping while I picked up another SD Card for the camera. 
Coming out of Walmart we were greeted by a strange sight.
As we were leaving to head back Home there was a bright light that suddenly appeared in the sky. Since it was the first time we’d seen it all day it was well appreciated. Supper was done to perfection when we got back to the trailer and we hadn’t slaved over a hot stove all day. 
Crock Pot Supper, Pork Roast, Carrots, Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce.
Tomorrow we’ll try to get a lot more things checked off our to-do list. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

You Might Be a Redneck If 

There's always a bucket catching drips under your kitchen sink.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Why We Were Freezing and Still Making Progress.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

There was no alarm set last night for us to wake up by this morning. It was probably the cool 50 F (10 C) temperature that woke us both shortly after 7:00 making it too cold for Kathy to enjoy her breakfast. The only thing we could do was to try how efficient our new furnace worked. We had planned on trying it soon but didn’t think it would be this early. We allowed it to cycle a few times before turning it off and found that even with the sun starting to shine outside we weren’t warming up inside. With breakfast over Kathy had to bundle up to sit at her computer while I went to make the bed and get dressed. It was at that point that I opened the Hall and Bedroom blinds to find that both those windows had been left open the entire night. By simply closing them the trailer started warming up from our body-heat alone. 

We watched as everyone that was outside walked or rode by wearing long pants and heavier jackets then what they were wearing yesterday. Some were actually wearing layers of clothing in an effort to feel warm. We continued getting things organized inside as well as completing work on the computers until it was time to have lunch. The decision to have Chicken Noodle Soup with a cup of Hot Tea was an easy choice to make.  

We’d finished lunch by noon so while Kathy washed the dishes I went outside to continue working on a few projects. After drilling the holes for a pull handle into the Skylight Panel that I cut yesterday I discovered the paint that I needed was not in the shed and more than likely back at our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. I then managed to cut out two small shelf panels that I’ll be adding inside our electronics storage cabinet.  

Kathy had returned to the bedroom to continue the reorganizing of our in house storage. She is very particular about having everything used for one purpose stored together and she had found lots of things where they shouldn’t be. 
Trees already changing colour.
If you recall on our Avalanche trailer I had created a panel to stop the birds from making a nest in our Pinbox and I’d made another for one of the Weekend Seasonal Campers across the street. The other day Kathy noted the birds were trying to get past the Sheet Metal Panel that I’d installed on our neighbour’s trailer. It got to the point it was comical because they just wouldn’t give up and continued to bang into the dark panel. That prompted me to temporarily install a piece of cardboard into the pinbox of our new trailer. I had stored the remaining metal inside our garden shed so this afternoon after measuring the metal I cut it into pieces that can easily be made into Pinbox Panels for keeping birds out. I was surprised how sore my hands became after taking nearly two hours, using tinsnips to cut the six panels. 
Caught as I had just finished cutting the stack of panels
on the seat of the picnic table.
It was past 4:00 by that point and our early mostly liquid lunch was long gone. Kathy has been diligently trying to use up our frozen foods so we won’t have as much to worry about if the fridge has to be replaced and it also makes crossing the border a lot less stressful. (We have crossed at other locations and never been put through the strict searches of our fridge as at the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit.) She had me grill up some Honey-Garlic Sausages on the Weber while she sautéed a delicious blend of vegetables that melted in our mouths. To say it was delicious would be an understatement and there’s enough for another meal. 
Honey-Garlic Sausage and Sauteed Vegetables.
Stew AKA the Furry Gnome identified the bird in last night’s post as a Downy Woodpecker. With that information Kathy was able to confirm that it was in fact the Female Downy Woodpecker that we had seen. Thank You Stew without you pointing us in the right direction we wouldn’t have known its name. One question though “Why is it always the male of the bird species that have the brighter plumage?” 
Female Downy Woodpecker.
Tomorrow’s weather is not looking too promising but we’ll find something to do that will get us another step closer to heading south in another five weeks. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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