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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Friday, June 23, 2017

Trying to Make Progress.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

The Rain that was forecasted for our area last night actually arrived many times throughout the night. Figuring that we couldn’t do much outside until after it stopped neither of us were too anxious about getting out of bed with the sound of rain still hitting against our roof. We stayed in bed until just past 8:00 this morning before starting the day with breakfast.

Settling in at our Computers we managed to get caught up on some of the reading that had to been put aside for the last couple of days. I even managed to successfully change the Mailing Address on an order we placed with Amazon. When the order was placed we had no idea that we would be moving from one site to another and since we do want the product thought it would be wise to change the delivery location.

We kept lunch lite only having Tomato and Basil Soup with an open-faced Cheese Sandwich. Looking outside it looked like the rain had finally stopped so we chose to try to accomplish what we could outside.

By personalizing the site to our own taste, we started digging in the Clay based ground between our Garden Shed and our Trailer. The plan was to plant the remaining Emerald Cedar Trees to create a privacy barrier. The one issue that caused a problem was that a past tenant of this site had buried a PCV Pipe running from the Power Pole to the rear of the Trailer. The purpose of the pipe was to run the Power Cable, Cable Coaxial and Water Hose through saving it from exposure to the Sun. It also prevented someone from tripping on them and the Lawn Crew from damaging them. Not only was it a problem when it came to digging the trench but the positioning of the trees so they looked evenly spaced. After placing the trees in as balanced a position as possible we had to reposition so that they all fit. Also adding Peat Moss and plenty of Potting Soil we just finished the task just as the rain started again. 
This picture taken yesterday shows the four trees we planted today..
For supper we simply had Macaroni and Cheese that we ate while watching the 6 o’clock News. The Rain finally stopped by 7:30 so we’ll hope to have better luck tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Truck In For Service, More Pieces to the Puzzle and Making Our Site Home.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy managed to only lose two hours of sleep last night but with all the fresh air that was coming through the open windows she managed to wake up by 8:30 this morning feeling better rested. We have two different types of windows in our RV as in most. Fortunately for us that we always make certain the Sliders are closed before going to bed in case it rains while we are sleeping. That was especially wise last night because around 5:00 this morning we were getting hit by a severe Thunderstorm

We completed our morning chores and were headed out the door by 9:30 with a short list of errands we needed to accomplish today. Our first stop was Windsor Gas and Diesel where we dropped the truck off for an Oil Change and to have a few other things checked at the same time. We trust Jim totally with our vehicles and know that he will never try to gouge us.

Not knowing if we would be delayed by any construction we headed over to the Motor City Credit Union where Kathy had an 11:00 appointment with Ashley. Because of her busy schedule even though we were early we had to wait until the appointed time to see her. Kathy’s business was finished within minutes but then Ashley started asking about our trip to the Southwest. We had seen her just before we left last fall and she remembered what we had told her then. After asking many more questions by the time we left she just kept saying “I hope to do that some day”.

It was nearly noon so we walked over to Taco Bell where we enjoyed a lite but satisfying lunch. We then drove over to Princess Auto to check if they had something we needed. 

We then drove down the South Service Drive over to get our mail at Guardian Storage and had a big surprise. They had closed the Jefferson Avenue train crossing and had the road blocked off. We then had to take the North Service Drive all the way to Central Avenue before getting on Rhodes Drive and driving almost back to the train crossing construction site. I was again surprised to see Wendy there as she was moved to Guardian Storage’s second location but was here to give Carol a couple of days off.

We then drove back to Home Depot where we returned the Above Ground Firepit because it was just too big and bulky. We also picked up additional Potting Soil and Peat Moss for the trees we have to plant. Kathy verified there were no smaller Firepits available before we left. 
Busy tucking in the Weed Free Black Cloth before adding decorative stone.
A pile of stone is on the patio next to the tree.
Driving across the road to Canadian Tire we went to their outdoor Garden Center and managed to find the Pea Gravel we wanted for between the existing Flagstone Patio Stones on our site and a nice Perennial Grass to replace the one that died in our Fairy Garden. Going inside we managed to find a number of Firepits that better fit our requirements.

We were Home by 2:00 and even though the Humidex was feeling like 97 F (36 C) there was a steady breeze that made it tolerable. Both Kathy and I worked on different areas of our site to get things accomplished. Even though we had removed the old Fire-Ring at the rear of our site last night I continued digging out lots and lots of stone that had been packed around the Ring. After digging the hole deep enough we then worked together to add Peat Moss before planting the five-foot Golden Cedar Tree we purchased at Walmart last night. Since the ground is mostly Clay a bag of Potting Soil was also added before we put the Weed Free Black Cloth down and covering it with White Stone for effect. 
Acorn Squash, Steak and Peas

It was past 5:00 by the time we finished that so while Kathy was nuking an Acorn Squash and some Peas I was outside grilling a couple of Steaks for our supper. We were listening to the 6 o’clock News while we ate. The food was delicious, satisfying but not overly filling. We barely got the dishes washed when the wind really started picking up and a minute later the rain started pelting the trailer. The news just ended when the Thunder started and that last for close to an hour.

With more Hot, Humid, Wet Weather forecasted overnight and all day tomorrow we’re not sure what we’ll be doing at this point. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wonderful Visit, Digging Out the Old and Finding The New.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

As tired as we were when we went to bed last night Kathy struggled to fall asleep. The problem was an overactive imagination that just would not shut down. She was rearranging our new patio and figuring where we would be planting our new trees for privacy and moving some of the longer established plants to different locations all in her mind. It was after 3:00 by the time she finally managed to get to sleep but as soon as I sat up on the side of the bed at 8:00 she practically ran ahead of me to the kitchen.

Since we were expecting to meet up with my sister Anna for lunch we kept our breakfast extremely lite. There was still plenty of things that could be done before we met that didn’t require getting dirty. Outside I started by watering first our neighbour Ted’s plants and flowers before returning to do our own that still have to be planted and the ones that we had already planted on our old site. When I had removed the cement anchors that were holding our Garden Shed from the pad yesterday, two snapped off at the heads. Fearing that someone walking through the empty site could injure themselves I went back with a pair of locking pliers and was able to remove all forms of danger. I also parked the truck in the overflow parking area so that there would be room for Anna to park after lunch.

We made certain we were at the 19th Hole Restaurant before 11:30 so we could get a table. Being that she lives in London and was unfamiliar with the current Construction Delays in the Windsor area she was only five minutes later then she had expected to arrive. My sister also insisted that since our Wedding Anniversary is coming at the end of the month that today’s meal was her treat in early celebration of the occasion. We had a chance to visit before our meals arrived and long after before we drove back to the trailer so she could see our new location. 
My sister Anna visiting us this afternoon.
We had a chance to show her the site and explained what the Advantages of it were as well as telling her of the changes we want to make. She even had the chance to see the Park Crew in action as they brought in a fresh load of gravel and releveled our old site. We talked of about our travels to the Southwest and she even said she could see a glow in Kathy’s face when she talked about it. Since we haven’t seen one another since last year there was an endless number of things we had to talk about. It was after 4:00 in the afternoon before we knew it and Anna decided it was time to start her two-hour drive to get back home to London. We definitely have to visit more often. Thank You Anna for the wonderful visit and for Lunch. 
Nice meaty ribs. Very Filling.
Our day was far from over. While I went to retrieve the truck from the overflow parking lot Kathy warmed up the leftover Spare Ribs and French Fries we had from last nights supper. It was enough to fill us after a not so strenuous day. 
Removing the old Fire Ring. We'll be planting a tree there.
As soon as we finished eating we went outside to dismantle the old firepit on this site. After loading the heavy Circular Cement Stones in the truck then it was time to dig the Metal Ring out of the ground. Digging was slow because whoever installed the Metal Ring put plenty of gravel all around. I also loaded and tied the Utility Cart, Wheel Barrow along with the Fire-Ring in the back of the truck before going inside.

We decided to watch the local 6 o’clock News before going too far. This gave us a better look at the Weather, News and the Markets.

It was 7:00 by the time we were on our way headed for Amherstburg. Our first stop was our son Kevin’s to return the Utility Cart, Wheel Barrow and Hammer Drill. Thanks again Kevin for loaning us those tools. We also left the Fire-Ring and Circular Cement Stones so that Kevin can make his own Fire-Pit.

Our next stop was Dollarama where we only found a few things that we went looking for. Stopping at Canadian Tire we looked around their Garden Center and didn’t find any trees or plants that would suit our d├ęcor. Driving over to Walmart we could see some five-foot Emerald Cedar Trees outside of their garden center. We found the best one and headed inside where we also found a Burning Bush that we’ll add to our collection. 
The end of our day.
We arrived back Home around 9:00 and had to unload the truck as well as watering all our plants before calling it a night. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.

Henri B. Stendhal, French Writer

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Short Trip To The New Site, Moved But Not Organized.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We must have been tired from yesterdays activities because the moment our heads hit our pillows we fell straight to sleep. Having the windows open and the temperature dropping to 50 F (10 C) did give cause to an early morning scurry to close the windows. Yet by 7:30 this morning I was up and getting things ready for breakfast. Since we were changing sites today I started closing down the Computers and turning our Rocker/Recliners for travel. Kathy suddenly came bolting downstairs having just woke up and realizing today was moving day. Even though it was only a short move for the trailer we also had to move our Garden Shed and all its contents.

Since we still need our Main Slide to be repaired it was just a matter of Kathy operating the Control Button while I pushed from the outside making it go in perfectly.  By 9:30 we had the trailer closed and were pulling it off our old site on 3rd Street for the last time. While Kathy would simply walk the hundred feet to wait for my arrival my trip was a little trickier. Because of the angle of all the streets to the Main Road I had to pull the trailer around the Loop in front of the Park Clubhouse. By the time I was turning down 4th Street Kathy had already spoken to the neighbour across the street about moving his Pickup so we would have room to maneuver. It looked like everyone on the street was out to see this huge trailer being backed in on this tight street. In less then five minutes we had the trailer where we needed. By that time we’d towed the trailer all of .7 Kilometers or .4 Miles.

Since it is just over two months since we returned from the Southwest we both noticed we seemed to be “Out of Sync” as far as setting up camp. We almost had the trailer leveled front to back when we realized we were way off the mark from side to side which should have been the first thing we should have done. We were luckily still hooked up to the truck so that was only a fifteen-minute delay. By 10:30 the trailer was level and the slides were out with Kathy again operating the Control Button while I pushed from the inside making it go out. 
Our Garden Shed yesterday on our old site.
Now the fun was about to begin. Because we have Warranty Work scheduled on the trailer that will require the removal of the rear basement wall most of our gear is being stored in our Garden Shed. With both Kathy and I working together it was nearly noon before we had it empty and I’d lifted the plywood floor. While Kathy went inside to make our lunch I was able to remove all the Anchors that were holding it down.

We had a twenty-minute break for lunch before we headed back to work. Now we only had to move the Shed about fifty-feet but we couldn’t do it alone. I removed the doors to make it easier. With Kathy, Jim and Maynard helping to balance the shed we slid it onto our Utility Cart and then just guided it over to the other cement pad. “Thanks Guys we’ll definitely owe a few favours for your help”
Where our Garden Shed sat yesterday.
Now we needed to fasten the Garden Shed to its new site but I don’t have a Hammer Drill. Kathy was just about to drive to Windsor to rent one when she thought we should ask our son Kevin if he had one we could borrow. A quick call confirmed her thoughts and she was soon headed to Amherstburg to borrow that drill. 
Our old site will have new occupants on Saturday.
Our trailer and shed are on the upper right corner of the picture.
While Kathy was gone I managed to mark where the holes in the cement had to be drilled and then moved the shed slightly so they could be drilled in the cement. I then started hauling the Contents of the Shed over from the Old Site looking at the clouds that were building and praying the rain would hold off.

As soon as Kathy got back with the Hammer Drill it took less then a half an hour to get all those holes drilled. Using as standard drill would have taken at least two hours and a few Drill Bits. Once the Shed was fastened in place and the floor replaced it was time to start putting things away. Kathy had been hauling more of our things over so when we both worked together we had everything off our Old Site by 3:00. Even though the temperature was in the seventies the Sun made it feel much warmer and we couldn’t seem to get enough to drink. We didn’t finish getting everything back in the shed until nearly 5:00 and we were both tired.
Our New Site.

After closing up, washing up and changing our clothes we headed out to the Michigan Dinner in Essex for supper. Ordering their special for the day Spare Ribs. We were both surprised that we just didn’t have the appetite to eat it all so we have leftovers for tomorrow’s supper.

The rain finally arrived in the form of two inches. That’s two inches between each droplet and that was it. I’ll be watering all the plants in the morning. We are both so tired we’ll be in bed early. 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

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Moved Some STUFF, Got More Supplies, Hard Rain and Last Campfire.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

After finding out that we’d be moving to the other site before Friday and that the Park Personnel would be around today to level the driveway we though it would be wise to set the alarm for 7:30 this morning. It was like we both had a pretravel night’s sleep. Toss and Turn take a Nap and Repeat until you just can’t stay in bed any longer in the morning. We were up to start our day by 6:45. We thought that the crew would be around by 8:00 so then we could start moving things over shortly after.
Our new site with the debris in the driveway.

We were both outside by 8:00 when we saw Joe the owner had stopped to investigate the pile of debris we had piled in the driveway. When we told him that we had been cleaning and that pile of rotting wood was from under the gravel he was amazed. We also mentioned that we needed the driveway leveled because we have to move the trailer before the shed. He said he’d get his crew over to pick up the pile of garbage and bring in a load of gravel. He also told us due to changes in Fire Regulations the only type of Firepits allowed would be the ones raised off the ground so the existing one would be removed. 
Our old site with picnic table, flowers, solar lights
 and brick around the firepit.
I then called our son Kevin asking about borrowing the Wheelbarrow and the four wheeled Utility Cart. Kathy had some things to do inside the trailer so I drove out to Amherstburg to pick them up. When I arrived he’d already gotten them ready so I was heading back Home in a matter of minutes.

When I got back to our site Kathy was outside slowly moving flower pots over to our new site. Nobody had shown up to pick up the debris yet so we just kept working at moving our own outdoor STUFF to our new site. The Wheelbarrow and Utility Cart were big time savers as well as carrying the weigh that I would have strained to do. We were very fortunate that there was a lite breeze and the temperatures only hit the Low Seventies today. 
This is our new site but that is our Trailer at the end of the patio.
Kathy called me in for a lite lunch shortly after noon. We talked about things we would need for the new site and how we would like to lay it out. We had just finished writing out a Shopping List of materials needed when the Park Crew showed up to take away the debris.

As we were heading out we stopped at the Park Office where I verified with Val that once the gravel was leveled we’d be able to move the trailer.

We were soon on our way to Home Depot in Windsor. The first thing we picked up were the Patio Stones we use for our Firewood Rack and Barrels. Then we got a fifty-pound bag of Black Dirt for planting a tree since most of the ground at the Park is Clay. We got the Stone we’ll need under our raised Firepit before going inside and purchasing the Firepit itself. Kathy sat in patio chair while I walked to the far end of the store to get Cement Anchors and Pipe Cement. It took a while to get it put in the truck before going back to the Outside Plants Section. There we came away with not one but four Emerald Cedars and another fifty pound bag of Black Dirt.
 
Just the trailer and shed to move.
It was now after 3:00 and the wind had picked up a bit. We had worn off our lite lunch and were starting to feel it so we stopped at McDonalds for their Sweet Chili Wraps and a Smoothie to help us cool down. As we ate our wraps we sat where we could see the truck so nobody would steal our trees. We never saw anyone go by the truck but we saw the sky turning very Black so we knew it was time to leave. 
The truck at our new site loaded with supplies.
We barely got in the truck when the rain started pounding on the roof and it continued for a while after we got Home. When we got back to the Park we went over to our new site on Fourth Street where I backed in on our freshly leveled site. We sat in the truck talking for about five minutes before the rain slowed enough for us to go inside. It was nearly 5:00 before I could go back outside to unload the truck and bring it Home. Since I’d already prepped the truck for towing I backed in just short of hooking up. 
Nearly hooked up.
We’d just finished watching the 6 o’clock News when Kathy looked out the back window and saw two Golf Carts at our new site. They were checking out the site thinking it was available and wondering what all that STUFF was on the patio. They apologized when I explained we were moving there and that even our old site had already been rented.

On my way back to the trailer I noted our firepit was filled with twigs that the wind had continually blown from the tree. I suggested to Kathy we have a final Campfire here because who knows how long it will be before we have another. Since everything was wet from the heavy rain our fire had a smoky start but once it got going it was nice. The breeze however was chilly and Kathy need her jacket for her shoulders. 
Last Campfire on this site.
Tomorrow we will move our Home to our new site then we have to empty the shed before moving it and securing it down. Then we will slowly make our new site our Home. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

We’re Moving, Stormy Afternoon and Family Father’s Day Celebration.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

It almost feels like the later in the evening I get to bed the better I sleep and I also tend to wake up sooner in the mornings. By doing so worked out well this morning when the stove refused to boil the water for our Coffee/Tea. It was minutes after 8:00 and I had to go outside to turn the second Propane Tank on so we could indulge in our addictions. As typical we would end up drinking them while doing our morning reading on the Computers
Windy day.
What was unusual this morning was the phone ringing at exactly 9:00. When I answered it was Val from the Wildwood Park Office. She knew that we had put our names in for a different site but she was apologizing that there were no empty sites. That’s when I mentioned I was looking out our window at a very empty site that we wanted. I then told her the Cyclone Toy Hauler had been sold and was no longer there. When a RV is permanently leaving the Park as a resident you are supposed to notify the office and nobody had. She said she would get back to us.

I went back outside and changed out the empty Propane Tank while doing the weekly chore of emptying our waste tanks. Then I went about watering Ted’s as well as our plants and flowers. I was just about to go inside when Pat came over and introduced herself. She was the other person who had put her name in for that site but that was over a year ago. Since that time she found another site nearby and has developed it to her liking. Larry and Nichol had told her we were also interested so she came over to say if it’s available we can have it. 

Thinking Kathy would like to hear that I was barely inside the door when the phone rang again. Val had located the former owner of the Toyhauler as well as Pat and confirmed that the site was available if we wanted it. As soon as we said yes she explained the Park Crew would be out in the morning to clean it up and relevel the driveway.

Kathy thought having a Pancake with the Strawberries and Blackberries she had just cleaned would make a great Fathers Day Lunch. They were delicious and filling. 
Our granddaughter Ashley.
With the news that we will soon be moving we went over to do a little cleaning on our own which also helped wear down lunch. There had been pieces of wood left in the driveway where the trailers had been parked and thinking our trailer would sit back further I tried to pick them up. They were attached to another board underneath. Using my shovel, I removed the first boards then the second then the Four-By-Fours that were buried in the crushed stone. These things were already starting to rot so getting them out of there was a good thing otherwise our RV might have settled in the night. 
Son-in-law Greg the Grillmaster.
With the forecasted threat of thunderstorms as soon as we hear the sound of distant thunder we started packing up our tools and gloves. We had just gotten inside the trailer when the sound of rain pounding on our roof became deafening. We thought we’d make use of our time and got caught up on the reading we missed this morning. Checking The Weather Network they showed the local Humidex was only at 97 F (36 C) at that time. In that short a time it took to check the forecast the rain stopped but there were plenty of threatening clouds outside.

We had plans to go out this afternoon so we needed to clean up and cool down. I mentioned how I made a spreadsheet listing everything we want to accomplish before we leave for the Southwest this fall. Now that we are moving sites that adds to the number of things that have to be done but once they are done we won’t have to do them again. The number increased by 40%. Even though we are only moving to a different site we have a lot more to get done in even less time 
Poor Sanford. Everyone's leaving and he wants to play.
Shortly after 4:00 we were headed towards our daughter Karen’s home in Tecumseh. She had invited us for a simple Barbecue to celebrate Fathers Day. When we got there everyone was sitting outside under the Gazebo. Our granddaughter Ashley will be taking a job this fall teaching English in schools in Spain. Wow! Grandson Tyler who worked from 7:00 this morning until 1:00 this afternoon at McDonalds was busy inside working on one of his last Homework Assignments for the school year. Granddaughter Kylla and her friend Cody were just enjoying a day off of work. Our son-in-law Greg was busy on his Charcoal Grill cooking the Burgers while Karen was cooking Corn on the Cob in the house. Everything tasted wonderful. As everyone was starting to leave shortly after 7:00 poor Sanford started looking dejected because there was no longer anyone to play with him. 

Hope all the Dads out there had a chance to enjoy their day with their families. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Still Hot, Making Progress, Giving Support, Indoor Soccer and Happy Fathers Day.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

By the time we posted our Blog last night it was already morning by the time we shut the lights. Then we were both up long before 8:00 for no apparent reason. With the bright sunshine filtering through the trees we watched out the dining table window as a near steady stream of Golf Carts headed to the front of the Park with hopes of finishing their games before the Humidex got too high.

After finishing breakfast, I barely took the time to check the local forecast on The Weather Network before heading outside. Seeing that there was a good chance of Severe Thunderstorms later this afternoon and a Humidex of 100 F (38 C) I wanted to get the hard things done early.

The first outside chore was to water all our neighbour Ted’s plants and flowers as well as our own. As easy as that was I drank nearly half my bottle of water. I wanted to make progress on Something/Anything that was on our To-Do List even if it was something minor so I chose to work on our Waste Barrel. Because of the way the top of the barrel was molded I needed to remove one of the threaded openings. With that removed it was then discovered that the fitting that I though would do the job would in fact not work because it needed a flatter area to be mounted. 

Going inside to cool off at 10:00 in the morning I found Kathy had been busy cleaning and rearranging the drawers in our Bedroom Dresser where she found my Name Tag we’ve been missing since we moved into our new Home. The suggestion of going for a ride to the McGregor Home Hardware just to get out had her ready to go in an instance. Because of all her allergies she is nearly a prisoner to Air Conditioned buildings at this time of year.

Arriving at the hardware store Kathy had the chance to just browse everything they had on their shelves while I was being more focused. Combining the ABS plastic fittings that are designed specifically for RV Drains and fittings designed for a house is not always the easiest thing to do but after almost looking at every fitting they had in stock I found just the right one for the job.

As short as our absence from Home had been it felt good to be back. After our friends Larry and Nichol had moved from their site behind us a Cyclone Toy Hauler was parked there with a “For Sale” sign on it. We returned just as the new owner of the trailer was loading their Garden Shed in the garage. Then they disassembled the Metal Gazebo and added that as well as the Patio Furniture inside the Shed for transporting. By noon the entire site was empty. We as well as another person have our names in for that site. We’ll know soon if we will be moving. 

Kathy made some wonderful Chicken Vegetable Wraps for lunch to go with the left-over Cole Slaw and Potato Salad we got the other day.

I went back outside to slowly continue working on the Waste Barrel. Just as I was about to start Ted drove up next door. We sat at the picnic table and talked for a while as he related more details of how the stroke had taken Eileen’s life. After being married for so long it will take a long while for him to totally recover.

I had to us the Jig Saw to open the hole up to a four and a half inch opening in the top of the barrel. Again because of the way the top of the barrel was molded additional filing was needed to make the fitting work perfectly. I was also able to get it closer to the outside edge of the barrel for better drainage. 
A Full-Sized Soccer Field.
After gluing the fitting into the Waste Barrel I needed to go inside cool down in our Air Conditioned Home. It was after 3:30 and I found Kathy recovering from a sugar imbalance. She felt it coming on when she was on our small ladder rearranging our Cupboards. 
Matthew in Gold Coloured Jersey.
We were on our way out the door by 4:00 heading for the west-end of Windsor. Kathy didn’t want me grilling supper in this heat and after her dizzy spell she thought it more practical to just eat out. Twenty minutes later we were ordering our meal at Wendy’s on Huron Church Road. This allowed us to have a balanced meal at a reasonable price. 
Traditional Congratulations at the end of the game.
By 4:30 we headed up Prince Road to the Indoor Sports Complex we went to last Sunday. We were here to watch our grandson Matthew play soccer. This was a specially scheduled Soccer Game amongst the team and their Fathers in celebration of Fathers Day. It was our first time in this building and we were amazed that this was a full-sized playing field. The best part was that it was Air Conditioned but that didn’t stop the Players and Fathers from working up a sweat. The younger players managed to edge out their out-of-shape Fathers in the end but just barely. 
Fathers and Sons who played soccer.
As we were about to leave Melissa asked me to look at her van because something didn’t sound right. When we got to the parking lot she surprised me with a Fathers Day Card from their family. Thanks Kids. I do appreciate it.

Kathy and I would like to wish all our Male readers a “Happy Fathers Day”.

Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, June 16, 2017

Leaky Hot Water Heater and Lots Of Errands.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We were both awake before 8:00 this morning and went through our regular morning routines until we were finished. Then it was time to accomplish what could be done outside. I went about watering not only our flowers but our neighbour Ted’s flowers and plants. It was while I was watering his Tomato Plants that I noticed water dripping from the Hot Water Tank compartment on his neighbour’s trailer. With nobody being home at the time I made a mental not to point it out to them the next time I’d see them. 
More of our Lilies are blooming every day.
After a brief talk with another neighbour Jim about work that he was doing to his Park Model it was time for me to go back inside where Kathy had already made us a very early lunch. She knew that we had a number of places to go to this afternoon so she thought that it would be wise to get an early start. 

We were on our way towards Windsor by 11:10 and our first stop was at Lowes. When we had our cabinet door modified back in November the person used Spring Loaded Struts that don’t hold the door in a raised position. We had looked unsuccessfully at other stores for Gas Struts that would do the job so I didn’t hold much hope of finding them today. After looking on our own we finally asked an associate who immediately knew what we were looking for and put them right in our hands. Being able to finely locate these on our first stop scratched two more possible stops off our list for the day. 

The next stop was Henry’s Camera Shop on Howard Avenue to pick up our Sigma 18-200 mm Lens. Luckily it was Steve who originally sold us the lens and he helped to get it repaired because he knew it was still under warranty that served us today. It felt good just holding it in my hands again.

We stopped at Windsor Gas and Diesel where I set up an appointment to have an Oil Change done on the truck as well as having him inspect the brakes. We trust Jim totally and know that he won’t do any work that is not necessary. 

We then drove over to Guardian Storage where after collecting our Mail we drove back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit to drop some things and look for a few other things. Since the outside Humidex was already feeling like 99 F (37 C) when Kathy stepped inside she nearly didn’t want to leave.

Our next stop was at Green Shield where Kathy dropped off her Claim Form for her treatment yesterday from Mary of Healthy Heals

We made a stop at Staples where we picked up some large sized Sharpies and Stencils that will be used to label our Fresh Water and Waste Barrels

A stop was made at Motor City Credit Union to do some banking and to set up an appointment for next week to sign some additional papers. 
These prices are per Liter.
Driving back to Walker Road we stopped at the Pioneer Gas Station to fill the car. 

All this completed and it wasn’t even 2:00 in the afternoon. Our Early Lunch was long gone and the heat was starting to get to us. We stopped at McDonalds where we each had an Ice Cream Cone which not only helped to nourish us but also helped to cool us down. 

We then headed over to the Zehrs Supper Store to pick up some things we didn’t get at Walmart yesterday because not all of their prices are the lowest in town. We picked up two cases of water today that were a dollar cheaper then that at Walmart. We also did some walking around just for exercise in a cool environment. 

Back at Home we had everything put away by 4:30 and since we were hot and it was Friday we drove out to the Michigan Diner in Essex. We had barely gotten seated when there was suddenly a steady line of people coming in for their meals. We were able to order off the Senior’s Menu which meant we got a reasonable sized serving of Fish and Chips at a much more lower price. When we left we felt Satisfied but not Stuffed
A reasonable sized meal.
We had just finished watching the 6 o’clock News when our neighbour with the leaky Hot Water Heater came home. When I showed them the problem they commented that the water wasn’t hardly coming out warm the last few days.  The outside temperatures have been so warm that we haven’t turn our Hot Water Heater on in over a week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

"Hey, when's Father's Day?" "I don't know, but it's nine-and-a-half months before Labor Day!"

Brandon Craig "Diddy" Jones, Amphigory Almanac

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Somber News, A Tentative Repair Date, Wally Shopping and Comments On Kathy’s Observations.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Around 5:00 this morning our peaceful sleep was interrupted by the drum like sound of rain on our roof. After only a few brief moments the sound of silence returned and so did our sleep. That was enough of an interruption in our sleep to make us sleep past 8:30 this morning which was not what we wanted.

Breakfast went well with the discussion of where we intended to plant the flowers given to us by our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa on Monday. With the high temperatures that we’ve been experiencing the last few days my constant watering of the plants was all that was keeping them alive.

Since we were expecting a visit from Mary this morning there was additional packing required before her arrival as well as other inside choirs. I was outside moving things around so that I could plant our gifted flowers where they would have a better chance of survival.

It was at that time our neighbour Ted whose wife Eileen had suffered a Stroke the other day pulled up in his driveway. As soon as he saw me he began to weep. Eileen passed away around 7:00 this morning at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit from bleeding on the brain. They had spoken about this moment long ago and neither of them wanted a funeral. Even with that he still has lots to take care of in the next few days. I’ll continue watching over their trailer until he returns some time next week. We'll still keep them both in our prayers. 
Planted the Impatients along the bottom of our trees.
Once I had gotten the flowers planted and cleaned up the patio I was just about to move the truck when Mary from Healthy Heals showed up. Since Kathy has Diabetes and has problems with her feet Mary comes to our Home and treats Kathy’s problems and it is covered by our Health Care Provider. As soon as Mary had left we had a late lunch.

As soon as we’d eaten I made a phone call to speak with Stephanie at Leisure Trailer but could only leave a voice message. It took nearly an hour for her to return my call because she had called Jayco to find out what the delay was on our parts. Jayco assured her they had just shipped the last part out yesterday and it should be arriving in the next couple of days. Stephanie explained that coordinating all the repairs at the same time we are probably looking at the first week in August. It’s a good thing we are not planning on going anywhere until it is fixed.

Once we knew that information Kathy said we needed to get some groceries. Since we have been back in Ontario we thought that our repairs would be really soon so we’ve been holding back on buying the food we’ve had in stock. Now knowing when we can expect these repairs tells us we can stock our freezer a little more.

We headed out to Walmart in Amherstburg. We not only stocked our freezer but our pantry and we picked up our supper from the Deli Section of the store. 
Cole slaw, Potato Salad and Chicken for supper.
This evening I placed an order online with Amazon and made certain that the Shipping Address was correct before hitting the final Submit button. Printing out the confirmation Kathy noticed half the address was missing. Try as much as I could to make the correction On-line it would not take. It took some time to finally find a Phone Number for Amazon and when I explained the problem the representative had no problem correcting it and sending me a new confirmation.

We were quite happy to see the comments to “Kathy’s Personal View Points About RVing”. We were even more surprised that there was further mention of it in other Blogs that didn’t leave a comment. Every time Kathy talks to somebody about our Lifestyle she does it with such passion that they can tell how much she loves it and has sparked an interest in our style of traveling amongst Non-RVers
Seven Lilies open in our Window Box.
We hope that the showers we are currently having will help to bring our temperatures back to a more normal range. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

He had a photographic memory that never developed.




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

KATHY’S PERSONAL VIEW POINT ABOUT RVING

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Most everyone who writes a daily Blog knows that followers like to hear of something out of the normal routine once in a while. So instead of writing about my doing the Laundry and we are still experiencing Hot Temperatures we have something different for you.

On Monday afternoon while we were at Sun Parlour Trailers and I was getting different parts for our waste barrel, Kathy was talking with my old Bowling Buddy Al about Fulltime RVing. She was so passionate about it Al said her face just lit up when she spoke about our travels and he’d like her to talk to his wife Annette.

Last night while I was composing our Blog Kathy was composing her own feelings about this wonderful Lifestyle and wants to share it not only with the other RVers but those who might be too scared to give it a try.

KATHY’S PERSONAL VIEW POINT ABOUT RVING

Rick writes our blog “It’s about time” about our everyday lives and where we have been and the things we do. The blog started out talking about when we were campers in tents, casual camping with a trailer, and then Snowbirds with 5th wheels until becoming Fulltimers. We owned a house and then lived in an apartment before deciding to live in our RV Fulltime. I thought I wouldn’t like it but still gave it a try. Guess what? “I LOVE IT! I have been asked if we have any regrets and the answer is only one, “NOT DOING IT EARLIER” 
We swam with the Manatee twice.
We have been to many different parts of Florida from the Panhandle to the Keys and many places in between.  Florida is a beautiful state and we enjoyed every minute of the time we were there.  We attended many rallies, did a lot of sightseeing and swam with the Manatees twice. Disney World was visited about four times without any hesitation.  We visited Key West several times as well and it was truly a beautiful place. Sanibel Island was another place we enjoyed.  Kennedy Space Centre was fascinating. The beaches and markets are also on our list of places to attend. 
Para-Surfers on Key West.
Will we go back?  Probably, but not anytime soon.

Next question is probably, WHY? In our experience Florida and other places are fun, wonderful to explore, great to go if you have never been there but have your wallet ready because they are expensive places to visit $$$$.   
A different view around every bend.
We have decided to sight see in the other states before going to and on our way home from Arizona. I know many Fulltime and Part-Time RV people who don’t like to make plans because they say it is all made in “Jell-O” and can change them at any minute. That is very true but we like to have some sort of idea of what to see along the way we will be heading.  I do make an itinerary but it is subject to alteration if it is necessary. We also give our grandkids our itinerary so they can follow along. 
We never get tired of looking at the mountains.
We have visited other parts of the U.S.A. only staying a week here and week there and that too was wonderful. We decided to try the South West for our winter stay this year and we are very glad we did. We knew that it was a lot farther to drive but a whole lot cheaper to live. Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have L.T.V.A. and B.L.M. lands that you can stay on free or for practically nothing. Let me explain! 
Out Home in the Desert.
In the L.T.V.A. (LONG TERM VISITOR AREA) you can pay $40.00 and stay 2 weeks they will put a sticker on your vehicle and your trailer. At the end of 2 weeks you have to leave or buy another permit or you can pay $180.00 and stay for up to 7 months. The nice part is you don’t have to stay in one place those stickers they put on can be used at any of the L.T.V.A. and B.L.M. in the area if you want to move on. Now that is some pretty good pricing. 
Every night the Sunset is different.
In most B.L.M. (Bureau of Land Management) areas you simply register in the with a Camp-Host and you can stay up to two weeks without paying a cent. You then have to travel at least 25 miles away to another B.L.M. There are some B.L.M. areas that do charge a moderate daily fee but not all.

Most areas in those five states have a multitude of sightseeing you can do and some have special events that are available to you as well.  It is so beautiful to sit outside or in your RV and look at the mountains.

The state of Arizona has the Big Tent Event in January with fireworks and vendors galore in the town of Quartzsite and hundreds of thousands of people attend. Even earlier Lake Havasu has a Hot Air Balloon Festival where you can actually pay to go for a ride.  We like to be in place in Quartzsite in December and love to visit the vendor areas.

Some areas have a place to empty your tanks and take on fresh water and dump your trash on site.  Other areas require that you go to a designated area for those things.  In Quartzsite, Arizona they have a dump-out station, potable water and propane in town for a price. Some other areas mentioned are gas stations where you can dump. Some are free and some require you pay a minimal fee.

There are only THREE things you have to have to be off the grid, a rig that has Solar Panels and/or a Generator and the want to try something new and different. Patience is another thing you need a lot of as well.  Learn all about how your solar works before you go because you will need it.  You might need a waste container with wheels and something to haul water to your RV with.

So, all you need is to pay your fuel, the fees mentioned above, and groceries and you’re on your way. Of course, pocket money is always needed.

We have met many Fulltime RVers some that we knew through their Blogs and others that we didn’t.  It is a very friendly bunch around a campfire or having happy hours. You’re never ever really alone. The southwest is someplace you will never forget and will always be dreaming about.  Give it a try you may find you like it too!

Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Persian Poet-Mystic