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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Getting The Wax Out, Finding A Deal, Meeting A Former Coworker and Feeling Good Before Getting More Bad News.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

When I first heard the alarm going off this morning I thought that the battery was dying but as soon as I sat up and the volume increased I knew what it was. By the time I walked across the room to shut it down I could feel the pressure in my ear building. Before we even walked down to the Lobby Breakfast Area I was already telling Kathy about a change in our plans. As soon as we finished our Coffee/Tea while reading on our Computers we were headed out the door. Taking all the backroads that I’d driven for many years we were soon at my Family Doctor’s Office who I’ve been a patient of for over Thirty Years.

Walking in the office without an appointment as soon as Lisa saw me she knows I need help. As soon as everyone else that had been there before me were seen I was called in before those with later appointments. When George finally came in the room we had a little friendly banter before he set about giving me relief. Because of my occupation as a Maintenance/Construction Welder working in a very noisy environment in order to protect my hearing I needed to wear Ear Plugs whenever I was in the plant. The Ear Plugs would remove any Wax lining the canal thus causing my ears to produce even more. Since my retirement I seldom have any reason to wear Ear Plugs but the Wax continues to over build. Even though the effect was only being felt in one ear both were cleaned out and I can now hear everything that Kathy says to me if she is speaking in my direction. She has a habit of talking to me in a low tone while walking away.

It was past 11:50 when I came out so we drove over to the nearest Wendy’s for lunch. We shared a Chicken Sandwich but Kathy wasn’t able to finish her half, something to do with the Jalapeno Peppers that were in the toppings.

After yesterday’s news that we weren’t picking up the trailer until later this week we needed to kill some time so we went walking around the west-end Canadian Tire store. We were about to leave when we found a medium sized Tool Chest on sale for 55% Off that would replace at least two of the Toolboxes that we now carry. When I asked the Sales Rep for assistance he looked at me strangely then asked if I had worked at Essex Aluminium Plant. That’s when I recognized Ron who I haven’t seen since I retired. He was a victim of corporate downsizing when the market collapsed so it will be another few more years before he’ll get the chance to retire.

As we were leaving Kathy suggested going to Guardian Storage to pick up our Mail even though we were just there yesterday. She has been waiting for a document to arrive and it still wasn’t there today.

Being so close we drove over to Leisure Trailer Sales to talk with Stephanie. She brought us out to the building where the trailer was and reviewed everything that has been done. It was nice to see things working the way they are supposed to. We even talked to Jeff who has corrected everything on the list but one thing. Our shower door has been shearing the lower seals off and I thought it could be fixed by simply leveling the door. NOT! Our shower stall isn’t square so that is going to have to be replaced before we head south this fall. Now that was encouraging almost making the extra time worth the wait. There was one repair that requires some Fiberglass Repair and if we are lucky we’ll have the trailer by Friday but if we’re not we might not get our Home back until Monday. Talk about bursting our bubble.

When we got back to the Hotel we had to go let them know that our stay could be longer then what we thought even last night. They had to see what they could do by moving new guests around but called us later to say it was doable. Even though all these repairs are covered under warranty our Lodging Expenses are not. 

After watching the local 6 o’clock News we drove over to the nearby Swiss Chalet where we had supper. Kathy had luckily brought along all our Gift Cards so that really helped keep our expenses down. It was nearly 9:00 by the time we got back to our room. 
What we saw on our way back to the Hotel.
Can't tell this was taken in the city with all the wires.

We’ll have to see what we can do to use up some of this extra time we have on our hands. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

A fine line by Mark Twain:

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Looking Around and Not What We Wanted To Hear.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we had set the alarm for 8:00 this morning but we were dressed and heading to the Front Lobby Breakfast Area by that time. There were only a few other couples when we arrived but as we sat eating the place suddenly filled up.

Back at our room we took our morning meds before getting comfortable in front of the Computers. Between reading and making plans for the day we were on our way out the door by 10:00.

Our first stop was at Guardian Storage to pick up our Mail.

We next stopped at Motor City Credit Union to do some banking.

Heading across the street to Walmart we ordered a ¼ Slab Cake as a way of marking a small celebration we’ll be attending on Saturday. We also walked around looking for disposable Plates, Napkins and Forks to make it easier to share but chose a different option. We only walked out with a case of Bottled Drinking Water.

We drove over to the nearby Dollarama where we got the Plates, Napkins and Forks at a much lower cost.

It was only 11:30 by this time and since we haven’t been to Value Village in quite some time we went to look around. Kathy managed to get Five Murder Mystery Books for the cost she would have paid for a single book at Walmart.

By now we were starting to feel slightly hungry so we went to Arby’s to have lunch. We both enjoyed one of their Roast Beef Sandwiches and were very satisfied.

It was slightly after 1:00 when we got back to the Hotel. Since it was starting to warm up I got Kathy back to our room before bringing in our purchases. Checking the phone for messages we had a message from Stephanie at Leisure Trailer. We were hoping that she was calling to say the trailer was ready for pick up so when I called her back and she was busy I immediately requested leaving her a Voice Message.

Stephanie called back by 1:30 and needed to double check what some of the issues were. Then she dropped the Bomb. Even with the crew she’s had working on our trailer for the last week it won’t be ready until the Weekend. We both felt like we had just been hit with a Baseball Bat.

After getting off the phone we had to go to the Registration Desk to see if we would be able to extend our stay. So far we are good until Friday as long as there’s no more Bombs. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Louis Hector Berlioz, French Composer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lost Camera and Helping A Dear Friend.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

We once again slept in until nearly 9:00 this morning and we couldn’t blame it on the rain making us sleep. It was the Sunshine seeping below the Window Curtain that actually woke us up but being that it is the weekend we had an extra hour to get to the Lobby Breakfast Area for our Continental Breakfast. At least today nobody asked about our Coffee Mugs even though there were a few gestures made in our direction and the mouthed words to spouses that we had Coffee Mugs.

Back in our room we got caught up on our reading before heading out the door around 11:30. We needed to take the truck today but before driving too far I had to transfer my Toolbox and other Tools from the trunk of the car.

Last night we couldn’t locate our Canon Powershot-D30 which we always bring to the Computers at night. We had intended to take pictures of our get-together with our friend Pauline yesterday but suddenly not being able to locate the camera we just let it pass. After gathering the Tools from the trunk, I did a quick check of the car from the passenger side but couldn’t find the camera so we left without it.

Our first stop was our Climate Controlled Storage Unit at Guardian Storage where we first left some Christmas Gifts that had been left behind in our closet. When we were emptying it out for service we found them so today they were put with the rest of the pile. Before we head south last winter we stored anything that could freeze in our Climate Controlled Unit. Since I planned to do some wood repair this afternoon we needed our wood glue.

Our next stop was Taco Bell where we shared a Crunch Wrap Slider Combo. Since it comes with two Sliders we ordered a Beef Slider for Kathy and a Spicy Chicken for me. The only thing we needed to do was to buy a second Soft Drink. We were more then satisfied by simply sharing the French Fries.

Our next stop was at our friend Kathie’s apartment. I first met Kathie and Ross over forty years ago. Our kids called them Aunty and Uncle as their kids did to us. Ross passed away last year and Kathy and I have tried coaching Kathie through the grieving process and to help her with little projects. This past winter while we were away Kathie tried rearranging the furniture in her bedroom by herself. Dragging modern furniture on a carpeted floor does and did lead to a disaster. When Kathie had moved her dresser, she snapped off one of the rear legs.

We had only been there a short while when Christine who got married last fall arrived. Her mom had told her we’d be here today so she wanted to come and visit as well. While those three were visiting I was busy in the bedroom removing Kathie’s dresser drawers, taking the mirror off and flipping it over. It took nearly two hours to make the repair but when it was finished there was barely a mark where it had been fixed and it was stronger then when it was first made. Thankfully I carry an assortment of fastening devices in organizers in a cabinet in the truck bed that we jokingly refer to as my Hardware Store.

I barely had a chance to say Hello to Christine when she was leaving to go home. Kathie insisted that we stay for supper. We had Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Carrots for a side. She also had some Ice Cream for dessert. We continued visiting until it was nearly 7:00. We’ll be having Kathie out for a visit when we get back in our Home out at Wildwood Golf and RV Park.

Since the camera had been in my pocket last evening when we left to go have supper with Pauline we stopped at the restaurant to see if had been found. Nothing had been turned in. Getting back to the Hotel Parking Lot we checked the car again this time from the driver’s side. Nothing from the front seat but when I opened the back door there was the tip of the Wrist-Strap sticking out from under the seat.

Tomorrow we hope to have a few more things to talk about and pictures as well. 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

You regularly sleep in a bathtub.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lots Of Rain, Supper With A Dear Friend and Meeting Other Coworkers.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

It truly is a good thing that the dining room where they serve the Continental Breakfast here at the Hotel is open and extra hour on the weekends because it was nearly 9:00 this morning when we woke up. Even before I opened the Window Curtains Kathy was telling me she was certain that she had heard it raining last night. Looking outside the sky was filled with clouds the cars and pavement were dripping wet with water. 
This picture was taken days ago but resembled today's sky.
When we arrived here on Monday to settle in we realized just how inconvenient drinking from disposable cups really was. So before towing the trailer to Leisure Trailers for all the Warranty Work on Tuesday I expropriated two of our Ceramic Coffee Mugs from our Cupboard. When we walked into have breakfast this morning several people asked where we got them at. They must have thought I was being a smart aleck when I responded Arizona.

Back at our room the first thing I did was to dial the phone and stick it near Kathy’s ear. We had a voice message waiting for us yesterday from our friend Pauline. Kathy called her back last night and played Phone Tag by also leaving a message. She wasn’t about to make another call but when Pauline’s voice answered the phone she was glad she did. By the end of the conversation arrangements had been made to get together for supper.

We spent the rest of the day just reading and playing puzzles along with watching the Rain occasionally washing the pavement. It was just after 4:30 when we headed out the door to drive over to the Hi-Ho (the former Michigan Diner) on Howard Avenue to meet Pauline for supper. We were only there about five minutes when she arrived. The conversation never stopped the entire time we were eating and long after as we sat there. Pauline insisted it was her treat as we paid the last time so Thank You very much for supper Pauline.

Before we could leave Linda and Terry our former neighbours on third street came in and stopped to say Hello.  Terry and I used to work together in the old Ford Foundry before it was torn down. As I left their table I said Hello to Carlos who I also worked with before the Aluminium Plant was closed. I got a few feet closer to the door when Randy waved from across the room. A small world.

Since we weren’t totally caught up we invited Pauline to follow us back to our Hotel room where we still had more to talk about. It was past 8:00 when Pauline said she had to stop at Walmart before heading home.

Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be clear making it a busier day for me. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

The better the day, the better the deed.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Getting Mail, People Watching, Two Movies, and A Tornado Warning.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we are sleeping most of the night this getting down to the Lobby early every morning is wearing us down. There were different people having breakfast again today that we didn’t recognize. After having Bagels for breakfast today we headed back to our room to have our morning Coffee while reading at the Computers.

The Hotel Management once again insisted they needed to clean our room. We tried figuring out what we could do so they could clean and we wouldn’t be in their way.  Looking outside at the On/Off Rain we changed our minds about heading back to our site in McGregor to work at relaying the Flagstones that were scattered behind where the trailer gets parked. Kathy remembered that we still had some Movie Gift Cards to use and there were a couple of movies that we wanted to see. Checking the times at two of the local theaters we made plans to go to the Silver City Cinema-Plex.

We planned to pick up our mail at Guardian Storage first so were on our way to E.C. Rowe Expressway for a quick trip across town. Getting off at the Central Avenue cut-off we were at our first location in less then ten minutes.

With the three pieces of mail we were soon headed back towards the Devonshire Mall but we cheated. We passed through our old neighbourhood and drove past the house we used to own. We both agreed that we didn’t miss the work that was involved in keeping it clean and neat looking. That was another time and place in our lives. 

We managed to walk around the Devonshire Mall checking out lots of shops we had just walked by the other day. When it was nearing lunch we stopped at the Food Court where we had Chinese Food for lunch. We must be doing something right because we didn’t have a large meal but felt quite sated. We even sat around People-Watching for a while after finishing our meal. 

As we were leaving the Mall around 1:00 there was evidence that it had rained while we had been inside the Mall. We drove the few miles down the road to Silver City Cinema-Plex where we planned to see the movies we’d chosen. The first show was in the I-Max Theater and they said the chairs were recliners. That was a poor description of those chairs. As soon as you sat in them you were fighting with them not to be in a fully reclined position looking up at the ceiling. Since we had to chose specific seats I checked others around us to find they were all the same. Since we were early enough I returned to the Ticket Desk and exchanged the tickets for those in the back row against the wall. They still reclined slightly but not as bad as the others. 

The first movie was “Dunkirk.” If you are a history buff this is an event that happen during the Second World War when the Nazi Army was trying to drive the Allied Troops into the sea. The movie focuses on the valiant attempt to evacuate as many of those troops as possible mostly by privately owned vessels back to England. The accuracy of the movie is overshadowed by the effects of Hollywood. We both gave it two thumbs up. 

As soon as that movie was over I headed to the Ticket Desk and got our tickets to see the movie “Detroit.” This movie focuses around the July 1967 Riots. Now both Kathy and I remember them slightly different because she was a young mother visiting family just outside of Detroit on that day. I was still in my final year of high-school and was in downtown Windsor at a Classic Car Show by the river where the smoke from the buildings that had been set on fire was easily seen. There was one thing that we both remembered almost two years later there were some white police officers that went on trial for the murder of three young black men and part of this movie focused on that and the effects it had on everyone that had been traumatized in that event.  We again gave this movie two thumbs up. 

It was past 7:00 when we left Silver City and there was evidence that it had again been raining while we had been inside the theaters. We drove over to Boston Pizza where we ordered a Medium Thin Crust Tuscan Pizza for supper. To us Boston Pizza makes Gourmet Pizzas that you can not get at your normal pizza shops whether it be Another Chain Outlet or a Mom and Pop. We like Hawaiian Pizzas but when we want something really special we get the Tuscan. We both love it and it didn’t overly fill us up. It rained again while we ate supper. 

It was after 8:00 when we finally got back to the Hotel. After dealing with a phone message it was time to start writing the Blog. Just before hitting the Publish button the Weather Guessers talked about the Tornado Warning that had been issued earlier in the day for our area. 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

Your wedding shirt had "Aikman" across the back.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Doing Laundry While Getting Things Straightened Around and Another Great Place To Eat.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

After heading back towards Wildwood Golf and RV Park last night after our visit with Kevin and Melissa only shows that our trip had become so routine that we didn’t even think about it. You could compare that to some people we know that it would take a couple of weeks after they had moved to a new home that they stopped heading to their old house. 

As mentioned in yesterday’s Blog we have gotten in the habit of enjoying not only our breakfast but having our Coffee/Tea while reading at the Computers while in our PJs in our Home. It’s nothing Kinky it’s just our way of relaxing before buckling down to do whatever we can accomplish on those days. Now in order to take advantage of having a Free Continental Breakfast we have to totally change our routine around.

The people we saw having breakfast yesterday are not the same ones we saw today. Like when we are Home we are starting to remember what is available to eat so that we are not spending more time then necessary. 

Back in our room it was just about 8:30 when I called Leisure Trailers to speak with Stephanie about the Poor or Lack of Insulation in the Cap. She was already outside with another customer again so instead of patching me in to her Voice Mail the Receptionist said she would give our name and number to her.

I then tried to call the Insurance Company after 9:00 only to have the phone continue to ring. Not even the answering machine would pick up after five minutes of ringing. 

With everything we had been doing at our site lately our laundry had been building. Fortunately for us this Hotel has a Washer and Dryer for the guests to use. Notice that I did say “A” as in one of each but there was one special thing that made this a good place to do the laundry, the Price. The cost was only a Dollar and a Half a load for both the Washers and Dryers making it way cheaper then at our park. Getting everything sorted I started with the Whites and while they were in the wash I treated the Dark Clothes. When I put the Whites to dry I also started the Dark Clothes to wash. Back at our room I finished treating our Cottons for the last load.

It was then 10:30 so I called Leisure Trailer again and this time Stephanie was available. When I told her that I had called two hours before and the Receptionist was supposed to give her the message, she said she didn’t get it and that the next time I have to call when she is not available to insist on leaving a Voice Message. That way she will get back to us in a much shorter time. 

I expressed my concerns about the lack of Quality Insulation in the Nose Cap from what I saw in the pictures. She said the Tech said there was no space available to add any more and if he did the cap would not fit. He’d also finished installing the new Cap yesterday afternoon. I bit my tongue but I wasn’t happy. That is a Tech that I would not want working for me because I have worked with Insulation before and he just pulled the Wool Over Her Eyes.

Heading to the Laundry Room with the last of the clothes I put the wet clothes on top of the Dryer, the dirty clothes in the Washer and the dry clothes in our Hamper before putting the wet clothes inside the Dryer. Once everything was running again I went back to the room and started folding those clothes. 

It was time for lunch and since the Lunch Meat from the fridge was still partly frozen we decided on having Kentucky Fried Chicken. While Kathy got things ready I walked next door to the local outlet and was back in ten minutes with lunch. It has been a long time since we’ve eaten there but we had a taste for Fried Chicken. I just finished eating, washed my hands and had to go switch the second load of clothes out of and start the last load of clothes in the Dryer.

At this point I called the Insurance Company only to find out that the person I needed had just left for lunch. I said I would call back and I did after folding the rest of the dried clothes. They claimed not to have gotten information that we sent to them. When I gave the address that it had been mailed to with a few clicks of their Keyboard there it was already entered on our file. They also tried saying we would have to pay more then our records showed I challenged that. I had kept the original correspondence on my Computer and forwarded it back to them. That left them humming and hawing. They later Replied to my Forward that they would get back to me next week. 

We were both starting to get Cabin Fever and were about to go out for supper when I suggested we try the South Side Bar and Grill in the building, Kathy had a Mixed Salad topped with Grilled Chicken while I had a Steak Wrap with Fries. Both meals were just the right size, very tasty, reasonably priced and we just had to walk down the hall back to our room.

This was another day we could have done something else but were held Prisoners in our room waiting to talk to someone on the phone just because they couldn’t read what was already on their Computers. That’s not what we are doing tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Today's pictures
are from file.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Then quit.

There's no point in being a damn fool about it.

W. C. Fields, American Actor

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting For Phone Calls, Fun Visit and Heading Home.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we didn’t have to go anywhere first thing this morning when we saw the clock showing just before 8:00 we knew that we had to get up. This is something we never had to think of while living in our RV the need to get dressed before breakfast. Now we had to get dressed before going down to the Hotel Lobby for our Free Continental Breakfast. Not being in the rush we were yesterday we were able to relax, make our Toast while we had our Juice and then we filled our Coffee cups before heading back to our room.

Back in our room we took our morning meds before getting down to business. My first order was to recall the people who had left messages while we were out yesterday afternoon. I tried calling Stephanie at Leisure Trailer but she was outside with another customer so I left a message for her to call me back. The next was a call to our Insurance. I would attempt to leave four messages through the course of the day.

Around 10:00 as we were getting caught up on our morning reading on the Computers we received a call from the Front Desk informing us that we needed to let the cleaning staff in to clean our room. The excuse was they needed to clean the Shower because a week of build up was too hard to clean off. We may be temporarily living in a Brick Building but we are still functioning as RVers. We make our own bed, we use our bath towels more then once and we know how to wipe down our own shower. Maybe they think we are emptying the room of its STUFF that we don’t want or need.

Shortly after that Stephanie called us back. One of the things on our list was we felt there was No Insulation in the Cap because when opening the closet in the winter it was cold and opening it in the summer it was hot. When they removed the Nose Cap they found all kinds of Insulation and the tech said if there was anymore he wouldn’t be able to get the Cap back on. Stephanie took pictures and said she would E-mail them to me later.

When we arrived here on Monday when we went to put our food in the small Fridge it was turned off. Not wanting anything frozen to defrost I turned the control all the way up. When Kathy went to make lunch today she found Frozen Meat, Eggs and Fruit. I forgot to turn the Fridge down a bit. Needless to say, everything but the frozen Meat found itself in a garbage bag that would later be put in the bin. We had Peanut Butter and Jam sandwiches for lunch today. 

The only reason we were staying in our room most of the day was waiting for the Insurance to call us back. At 3:00 I made a final call where I spoke with the Receptionist telling her we had a life and that I will call back tomorrow because we were leaving for the day.

We drove over to the nearby Walmart where we walked around for exercise, found a new pair of walking shoes for Kathy as well as a couple of snacks. Since it was now after 4:00 and this was Wednesday we went to Burger King where we ordered a couple of Whopper Combos for our supper. 
Our site looks bare without our RV there.
Our next stop was back at Wildwood Golf and RV Park. Returning to our site really felt weird with it being so empty. I needed to pick up my Toolbox as well as my Electric Drill and Jigsaw. I’ll be doing a furniture repair for our friend Kathie sometime this weekend. After watering our plants and grass Kathy and I went over to say hello to our old neighbour Ted. When we arrived at Ted’s trailer Larry was there visiting him for Happy Hour. The site we are presently on used to be Larry and Nichols old site. We visited for nearly a half hour answering their questions about the repairs that are being done to our Home.

It was past 5:30 when we left the park and headed to visit our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa in Amherstburg. Even though we arrived slightly later than normal we still had a fun filled visit. I even mentioned how heading back to the Hotel this evening was going to be like when we lived in our House and then the Apartment taking the Front Road through LaSalle then taking the Expressway

It was nearly 8:30 when we said our Good Nights and headed for Home. (Did you catch that?) Just as we were entering the town of McGregor that I realized I was headed to our empty site at Wildwood Park. That probably added about fifteen minutes to our trip back to the Hotel
Cheap Insulation on the front but none on the side.
Checking the phone for messages when we got in someone from the Insurance Company called trying to answer a question that I asked over two weeks ago. I’ll definitely be calling them in the morning. 
Cheap Insulation on the front but none on the side.
You can see the open spaces between wood panels.
When I checked my E-mail this evening I found the pictures that Stephanie sent. If the new Cap has already been installed I’m going to Scream. The front of the closet is insulated with cheap insulation, but looking at the sides of the closet and cabinet there is No Insulation. I’ll be calling Stephanie again in the morning. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trailer Dropped Off, Walking The Mall and Seeing A Movie.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

By the time we’d showered and gone to bed last night we were both totally exhausted but sleeping on a strange mattress was not a thing of comfort. Even using our own pillows something just didn’t feel right. Could it have been that we were hearing the sounds of Emergency Sirens blaring through the night or the sound of the Rattling Air Conditioner Fan because the windows would not open to let any fresh air in. When the Alarm went off at 6:30 we were both up knowing we had an early appointment to meet. That was when I noticed that Kathy had mistakenly put our pillows in the incorrect sequence. I would later correct that problem to guarantee a better night’s sleep.

As soon as we were dressed we headed down the hall towards the Lobby. There was a small dining area used for serving Continental Breakfasts. With a small assortment of Cereals, Muffins, Bagels and Breads along with Yogurt, Fruit, Juice and Coffee it made for a lite but satisfying start to our day.

Back at the room while Kathy finished getting herself ready to leave I went outside to prep the truck for traveling.  Fastening the Tonneau Cover back I completed my Circle Check before going inside the trailer. After emptying the Fridge/Freezer yesterday I had left the doors open to defrost the unit. The result was a considerable amount of water that needed to be bailed out before we got underway. As I was closing up there was Kathy walking towards the truck.

We were on our way by 7:20 pulling onto Dougal Avenue and driving the one block north to the eastbound E.C. Rowe Expressway ramp. I had concerns because I knew that there were at least two Construction Zones that we’d be going through and putting up with the Working World Traffic. The first was only a slowdown while the other was stop and go due to its location at the Signal Controlled Intersection at Manning Road.

Not certain the gate at Leisure Trailer would be open I drove over to the Service Road where if need be we could delay our arrival. With luck on our side we could easily see the gate open so after waiting for the onslaught of traffic from both directions to clear we made the final dash to our destination.

After swinging the trailer around in their yard and parking we walked in the Employee Entrance at 7:55 and went straight to Stephanie’s desk. We reviewed the list that I had E-mailed and then I brought up additional concerns that had been noted but never written up. Kathy thought I was knit picking but Stephanie assured her that it was called Warranty Service to be certain everything was working properly in our RV.

Stephanie came outside where we quickly reviewed the list pointing out what we were referring to. She noticed our Step Covers were already wearing and recommended a newer type that should last much longer than a year. While Kathy went with her to look them up I busied myself unhooking. I moved the truck over and finished putting the Wind Deflector down, locking the Hitch and pulling the Tonneau Cover back in place.

With Kathy still inside I went to check what was happening. As I opened the door she was just on her way out. In those few moments when I turned around the Trailer was gone and I hadn’t even heard the Tractor pulling it away. You could barely see the Nose Cap inside the building used specially for Major Repairs and the crew was waiting to get started on it. Now it’s a waiting game and we’ll be certain to have our list with us to check when we pick it up.

Heading back up the Expressway we stopped at our daughter Karen’s home in Tecumseh where we added our Luggage Set filled with our clothes from the back seat to the pile of Boxes already stored there. With this being a work day the only one home was Sanford.

Kathy wanted to walk around the stores for awhile so I suggested going to the Devonshire Mall. The shortest way was the Expressway but being that it was nearly 9:00 the traffic just crawled along. Traveling two miles took nearly twenty minutes. We parked at the far end of the Mall and stopped for a nature break before continuing our walk down to Sears. They are presently in Receivership here in Canada. Walking through the clothing area everything was in disarray looking more like you were walking through a Goodwill Store but their prices were sky high. No wonder they’re in financial trouble.

We decided to see a movie today but chose to have lunch in the Food Court first. We tried New York Fries where we had two Connie Island Hot Dogs, two Soft Drinks and one Large French Fry to share. They tasted great and we weren’t hungry when we headed to the movies.

We had seen a local review so we thought we’d see Atomic Blonde. Based on a story before the fall of the Iron Curtain there were only a few pauses in the action. There were plenty of twists and turns that really kept you guessing as well. Lots of Violence and some brief Nudity. We both gave it four out of five.

The Air Conditioning in the Theater had us shivering by the time we left. To warm up we drove over to the nearby JYSK to walk around to warm up. We also walked around Dollar Tree where we did manage to find a Sticker we wanted. It was now past 4:30 and we were starting to feel hungry so we drove to the nearby Michigan Diner where we had the Seniors Fish and Chips.

We arrived back at our Hotel room by 5:30 to find some messages waiting for us. We’ll definitely be sleeping soundly tonight. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Because things are the way they are,

things will not stay the way they are.

Bertolt Brecht, German Playwright and Poet

Monday, August 7, 2017

All Packed Up and Settled In Our Temporary Home.

Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we stayed up late last night and slept in until nearly 8:30 this morning we felt well rested and ready for what lay ahead. We took the time we needed to have our morning Coffee while reading everything we could before settling down to business. We intended to be settled in our Hotel Room today so that we would not be overwhelmed with the move and bringing the trailer to the dealership all at once. That meant not just packing up the trailer for travel but to set things aside that would be coming to the Hotel with us.

While Kathy headed upstairs to get dressed I started packing up the Computers and Printer then piling them by the door. Kathy also busied herself upstairs getting the last of the toiletries from the Shower and the Bathroom Sink stored to bring with us.

When I went upstairs I started packing away our CPAP Machines and then put them with the Computers by the door. Since there could be a considerable amount of dust when work is being done to the Nose Cap our Bedcover was packaged and stored under the bed. Our Pillows were bagged and put with the rest of the To-Go items that were beginning to create quite a pile by the door. Once the rest of the Bedsheets were straightened and the bed made I installed and tucked in the 8’ x 12’ Plastic Paint-Sheet that will hopefully keep enough dust off our linens that we can wait a couple of days before washing them again.

Once we were nearly ready I moved the car to our neighbour’s empty Site while I backed the truck to within inches of being hooked up. The car was then backed in to our Site as close to the patio as possible where the loading began. The temperature was mild today so we had all the windows and outside door open which helped. Even though I was doing the exertion because it was already past noon Kathy’s Blood Sugar was dropping and she was getting disoriented. She even forgot we’d grilled extra Hamburgers last night for today’s lunch. It didn’t take long to Micro-Wave our lunch and it was only minutes later that Kathy started feeling better.

With lunch and the loading over I went outside to dump and flush our Black Tank but not the way I usually do it. I actually used the Flush Connection to clean as much of the waste as possible. I busied myself releasing the Strong-Arm Stabilizers, Cable Coaxial and Power Cord while that was happening. After shutting the Flush off I closed the Twist-On Gate Valve and first backfilled the Black Tank with the Grey Water Tank for the shower. Shutting that valve I then opened the kitchen Grey Water Tank. Since it is located higher it would raise the water level in the Black Tank. When it stopped increasing the Black Tank Valve was shut and I opened all the other Gate Valves leaving it go down the drain. Inside the bathroom I dropped a packet of a Black Tank Cleaner called Gladiator that is supposed to help clean out the debris in the tank as well as the Sensors just by having that water splashing around while we go down the road.

Kathy was ready to bring the Slides in so starting with the Main Slide she pushed the button while I pushed on the outside of the Slide. The other two went in unassisted. We worked together to get hooked up and everything else put away. Looking at the sky there was nothing but Black Clouds in every direction. As soon as Kathy moved the car I was able to pull out with no issues.

After leaving the Park there were small drops of rain on the windshield. By the time we got through McGregor the rain was really coming down and it continued that way until we were arriving at the west-end Walmart in Windsor. We parked the truck and trailer and headed to our Hotel that was just up the road. 
Our room is half way down this hall.
Not as appealing as the mountains.
Our only picture today.
Getting signed in was easy but with no Luggage Cart everything had to be hauled by hand and there were only two doors at either end of the hall and our room was right in the middle. Each load I had to use the Room Key to open the outside door. As I brought it in the room Kathy would put it where it belonged. It wasn’t until nearly the last load that I noticed just how large the parking lot was here. As soon as everything was inside our room I got permission from the clerk to bring the truck and trailer over and park in the back lot.

By 5:00 Kathy was feeling wore out and hungry so we drove over to the nearby Taco Bell where we shared a Box Meal that we found satisfying and tasty. From there we drove back to Walmart and had no problem bringing the truck and trailer over to the Hotel.

With our only needing to walk out the back door we should have no problem being at Leisure Trailer in Lakeshore by 8:00 tomorrow morning. 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

Someone has to translate for you, and you speak English.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tickets Purchased, Ice Cream Social, Trip To Tecumseh and Nearly All Packed

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Sleeping with the windows open at night listening to the crickets serenading you to sleep, just how can you not sleep soundly. When I got up shortly after 8:00 the temperature was comfortable but there was hardly any breeze and the humidity was high.  Getting things ready for breakfast has once again become a challenge due to the fact that most of the Silverware has been packed away along with the containers that hold our Coffee and Tea

After eating breakfast, getting our morning reading on the Computers completed along with the morning chores it was then time for the packing once again so we got started. By the time noon hour arrived the last three boxes we had on hand had been filled, sealed and loaded in the backseat of the truck. Lunch was Toasted Raisin Bread keeping it lite. 

As soon as we were finished eating we gathered the books that Kathy had to exchange and headed to the Park Book Exchange Library. This has really been a good source of reading material for Kathy. Once she had the same amount of books as what she brought in to exchange she went and sat in the Air-Conditioned Hall while I brought her selection out to the car. 



 I then went and stood in line by the front door waiting for the doors to open. Even though the notice had said doors open at 1:00 after the line got to ten they opened them early. They were selling tickets for a Steak Dinner with all the trimmings and entertainment for only $15.00 each. We attended last year and it was great. It is however only open to Seasonal Park Residents only, not even their families.

Before leaving the Hall we walked to the other end where the volunteers were running the Ice Cream Social. For $2.00 each you get two scoops of Ice Cream and at the end of the season all profits are donated to local charities. Since this is a long weekend in Canada there were a lot of the Weekend Campers coming in to share this event. 

Back Home we packed a few more things from our closet as well as food from the Fridge and Freezer into our insulated shopping bags to load into the truck. It was shortly after 1:00 when we were heading out the gate for our daughter Karen’s in Tecumseh. She had offered us a bit of space to store what we had to remove from the trailer including food products. 

It wasn’t until we got to County Road 42 that we were reminded that Manning Road was closed off at the E.C. Rowe Expressway so we had a detour. As soon as we turned on Lesperance Road I could see a Freight Train stopped across the road. As we got closer most of the cars closer to the tracks were turning around to find another way. Before reaching the tracks we went around a block in the subdivision and went back to County Road 42 where we had to drive all the way to Lauzon Parkway so we could cross those tracks using the Overpass.

After we arrived at our daughter Karen’s house Kathy went in to see Karen but couldn’t find anyone in the house to talk to. Greg was sleeping on the couch and she didn’t want to disturb him.  Being as we have our own key and know the garage door code we unloaded everything including things that went in the Fridge and Freezer and were back on the road in less then Ten Minutes. We guess we will have to visit another day! 

We stopped at Taco Bell where a potty call was answered. It was after 4:00 by this time so we shared a Value Meal which is two Tacos, an order of French Fries and a Soft Drink. It wasn’t filling but just enough to ease the cravings.

The train tracks in Windsor were still blocked so we drove to Central Avenue where we were able to cross the Tracks and the Expressway by using its overpasses. Our destination was Guardian Storage where we went to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. We had to move our Wheeled Clothing Racks so we could reach our Luggage Set along the rear wall. We also left a few things that came from the trailer. The way we have things set up we were only there about five minutes. 

Back Home we started with the largest piece of Luggage and started packing the clothes from the closet. The reason we are emptying the closet is because there is a problem with the Cap of the trailer so it is being replaced. We’ll be glad when we will be back in our Home. It was past 9:00 this evening when we finally called it a day. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Today's pictures
taken by Kathy.
Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We Have Light, Getting Cleaned Up and Big Detour.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

By the time we went to bed last night the Temperature had dropped all the way down to 90 F (32 C) so we just left the A.C. turned on. When we got up this morning the temperature had dropped down to 59 F (15 C) and even though we could hear the heat of the Sun making the trailer expand we were able to shut the A.C. off and open all the windows before having breakfast.

By the time we were enjoying our morning Coffee at the Computers the cool west wind was blowing through the trailer and it felt so comfortable. Once our morning reading was finished we both had chores to do before I started emptying the Upper Shelf in our Bedroom Cabinet. The reason for doing this was so I could install the new LED Interior Light we bought at Princess Auto so Kathy would be able to see her clothes. It was strange that Jayco mounted Two Lamps inside the Front Closet but never thought to install one in the Cabinet.

After temporarily mounting the New Light it was removed so I could see where to cut a hole in the ceiling panel. I then dropped the nearest Lamp in the Closet. Using my Fiberglass Wire Fish I was able to run the new wires over to the old fixture. I did need Kathy for a minute to pull it back partly while I felt through the one-inch diameter hole to line it up for extraction. Once the new wires were pulled through it only took a few minutes to have them all connected and the lights remounted. Kathy loves the amount of light she now gets from her new LED Light

For lunch Kathy used some of the Hardboiled Eggs she made yesterday and made Egg Sandwiches with an Apple, Clementine Oranges and Dates for dessert. We discussed what we needed to accomplish this afternoon. Kathy wanted to go to Walmart in Amherstburg for some needed supplies but I needed to get the Basement cleaned out and get my Tools put back in their proper boxes and I knew it was going to take time. Kathy does have a valid Drivers License so she drove herself to Amherstburg.

I gathered all the Wood Material and Hardware from inside the trailer and put them on the Picnic Table. In the process of gathering my Tools I realized I hadn’t had the chance to replace the Burnt-Out Indicator Switch so with the Tools and Switch being right there it took less then Ten Minutes to have it all fixed.

The reason for removing a lot of things out of the Basement is there are Warranty Issues that have to be addressed at the Dealership and they are located behind the Rear Basement Wall. I had about ¾ of the basement cleaned out and ½ the Tools put where they belonged when Kathy finally got back. We had totally forgotten that there was something special going on this weekend in Amherstburg and she ended up in Bumper-to-Bumper Traffic that got Detoured. When she finally got to Walmart she had hard time finding a parking spot but there were hardly any customers in the store. She lucked out and managed to get everything she needed before heading Home.

After Kathy put away her purchases she came outside and started trimming the now Drying Flower Stems on our Hostas while I started cutting our grass. Even though Lawn Service is provided her at Wildwood they tend to overcut it and we like Green Grass instead of Brown Ground

For supper tonight we kept it lite and simple, while I grilled some Hotdogs on the Weber Kathy served up some Cole Slaw and Potato Salad along with getting the Buns garnished. After watching the 6 o’clock News we found a movie on television to watch. More moderate weather for us tomorrow. 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

You've had a half-hour conversation while seated in a restroom stall.