It's about time.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Trying To Get Things Done and Packing Up For Our Move.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

After both of us having recently had nights with very little sleep we both managed to sleep soundly last night. Knowing it could take days to recover from lost sleep it didn’t surprise us when we both slept until nearly 9:00 this morning. What did surprise us was we slept so soundly with the Air Conditioner running the entire night. 
Not only was this Robin Sunbathing
it was also bathing in the Mulch.
By the time we had breakfast and did our morning reading then our chores it was nearly noon hour. The only thing I managed to accomplish outside was standing the Wood Panels that I stained yesterday out in the Sun to be certain they were dry. We also hoped that would get rid of the smell of the stain as well. I also gathered a few more tools for one of the things I wanted to scratch off our To-Do List

Inside Kathy was gathering things to make our lunch with. After I washed my hands Kathy had me slice the Ham and Swiss Cheese that she put on Weight Watchers Low Cal Bread. For dessert Kathy had me chopping the last of a Pineapple we had before she topped them with a couple of Maraschino Cherries for added flavouring. 

My first chore after lunch was to find out why our Television Set in the living room was no longer able to latch for travel. After returning from the southwest in the spring I remounted our WiFi Cable Router and Modem behind the Television for appearance sake making things look cleaner on the Fireplace Mantel. From what I could see the cable connections behind the Modem were in the way. Instead of working at arms-length to fix this I removed the television and put it on the couch. After moving the Modem, fastening the Wires out of the way and rehanging the Television I was in for a big disappointment. Using a mirror to see behind the Set the wires were no longer in the way but the Modem itself was too thick to mount at that location. We’ll have to come up with some other location. 

The other day when we tried to extend our Electric Awning nothing would happen. We have only used it about a dozen times so that was a surprise. After being unable to fix the Television I started checking the Fuses in the Electrical Panel. Not finding any burnt fuses tells me there is a problem with our Awning Drive Motor.

Kathy wanted to get started packing things from the Cabinets on the Roadside Slide. This is the slide that started giving us problems the day after we headed south last Fall. When the problem was finally properly diagnosed we were told the fix would take at least three days. Since the Slide will have to be completely removed we will not be able to stay in our trailer and we have to empty everything out of the slide including everything in the Fridge/Freezer. After assembling four boxes we purchased for our move from our apartment that had been emptied we started packing. Since we’ll be spending time in a Hotel while all the repairs are being made Kathy also packed a bag of Office Supplies we’ll be bringing with us. There are presently three boxes in the back seat of the truck and another only a third full on our couch. That’ll get filled before we pull the trailer off its site next Monday. 

Kathy thought a Tomato Bacon on Rye Sandwich with a bowl of Chicken and Rice Soup would be good for supper and she was right. After supper we made additions to the list of Warranty Repairs that will be needed. We’ve got a few more hot days heading our way before we get a bit of a cooldown but we’ll continue getting more things accomplished before the weekend. 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

If every man would sweep his own doorstep the city would soon be clean.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Case Of The Lost Blog, The Heat Is Back, Staining Shelves and Birthday Wishes.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Seconds after posting our Blog last night I noticed a spelling mistake had been made under the picture of Kathy working on the Flagstone yesterday. That was an easy fix which only took seconds to do and then I simply hit Update. Viewing the Blog once more I was in shock that the entire entry was blank. Having already cleaned up my draft meant having to start writing the Post from the first stroke of the keys again. Over an hour later I was able to repost the Blog as an Update. The same thing happened the first year we started Blogging. We had set up some safeties so that it wouldn’t do it again but since the onset of Windows 10 that hasn’t been necessary. I think it’s time to do them again. 
This little guy loves eating the grass on our Site.
With going to bed later then the norm it meant that we also slept later this morning. By the time we finished breakfast and started our morning reading on the Computers the Humidity level was really building. Before we finished our morning reading we had to turn on the Air Conditioner. Then I slowly started closing the windows with the lowest ones being the first and then working our way upstairs and finishing with the Roof Vents. By doing that gives the A.C. time to start getting cooled down and the warmth rises out the Roof Vents before they are closed. This made for a quick and easy transition without trapping heat inside the trailer.

I then called my sister Anna in London where I left a message to wish her a Happy Birthday and that I’d call back this evening. 
Chicken Stir Fry.
I went outside and gathered a few tools for the purpose of an inside chore but by the time I returned Kathy had already heated up the Chicken Stir Fry she made for lunch yesterday. It tasted just as good today and the vegetables were still very crisp.

Back outside I got the Plywood Panels I had cut at our son Kevin’s over a month ago out of the basement. They needed to have notches so they’ll properly fit the kitchen cupboards they’ll be installed in. This is where I noticed that somehow when making the list of pieces that were needed for this project I managed to miss two small panels for Kathy’s Bookshelves. We’ll have to wait until September before I can cut those now.

I was even feeling the 93 F (34 C) Humidex so instead of using the Handsaw I decided to use the Jigsaw to save my energy. I then took the Picnic Table Umbrella down and covered the table with a Plastic Tarp in preparation of staining the panels. I needed a short break at that point to cool down in the Air-Conditioned Trailer. Taking just long enough to feel comfortable I didn’t stay in long. It was so hot outside the stain nearly dried on contact so I was able to stain the panels on both sides. 
Future Cupboard Shelving.
By the time I got things put away in an effort to avoid Avian Bombardment. It seems that dark surfaces tend to attract this type of recourse here in the park.

Since we are just over a week away from taking our Home in for Warranty Service Kathy has been carefully using up as many things as possible that we have saved in our Freezer. For our supper this evening she cooked a couple of personal sized Beef Steak Pot Pies in the Microwave to go with the Caesar Salad and Pineapple Slice she had for sides. We think we’ll stick with the Chicken in the future because the meat in tonight’s pies was Extra Chewy

We had just finished watching the 6 o’clock News when My Sister Anna called me. She had been quite busy on the phone today and figured it was easier for her to call instead of our reaching the Answering System again. She’s doing well and continues reading our Blog to know what we are up to. She wished us Luck on our repairs and I wished her a Happy Birthday.

I’m hoping to get a number of things completed this week before we have to bring the trailer in for service. At that point we’ll be out of our Home for at least a week and considering that we are only 94 days away from our Southwest departure there are still a lot of things on our To-Do List yet to accomplish. 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 ever taken a cooler to a hospital waiting room.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Reorganizing, Making The Message Clear and Tasty Meals.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

I don’t know what just happen but after posting our Blog the only thing I found was an Empty Page so here we are writing it for the second time tonight.

Kathy managed to sleep quite soundly last night but it was my turn to Toss and Turn. After only getting a couple hours of sleep when I looked at the clock and read it was already 7:00 in the morning I just got out of bed. If I had stayed there it’s guaranteed I would have slept in and had another of these nights tonight. 

Kathy sensed my absence and joined me downstairs where I had Breakfast Ready, the Window Shades up and had already started reading on my Computer. We took the time to finish our morning Reading and Coffee/Tea before moving on to other chores. 
Our reorganized Linen Closet.
Kathy planned on reorganizing the Linen Closet in the Bathroom. It would take her a number of hours before she would have it just the way she wanted it. 
Working on the Picnic Table made for an easy job.
When we were in Quartzsite this past winter we needed an inexpensive way to add Fresh Water to our trailer without moving it so we purchased a Fifty Gallon Plastic Barrel that served us well. We were also using our Twenty-Five Gallon Blue-Boy to slowly haul our waste to the Dumping Stations. That made for a lot of slow trips to get rid of our waste. As we were heading back to Ontario in April we stopped at Camping World where we bought ourselves a Macerator that will Chop our waste and is capable of Pumping it into a Waste Tank/Barrel in the back of the truck. After getting settled back on our site at Wildwood Golf and RV Park this spring we were able to find a Fifty-Five Gallon Plastic Barrel that I was able to modify to haul our Waste

Not wanting anyone to get confused as to the use of these two Barrels today I planned to label them. Using the Stencils that we cleaned up the other day I was able to create the messages needed to avoid any mistakes. Working off the Picnic Table each Barrel had their use stenciled on both sides and across the end to be certain there’d be no mistake. The high Wind Gusts made the warm temperatures tolerable today.
Homemade Chicken Stir Fry
Kathy had been chopping Vegetables and Chicken to create a Delicious Chicken Stir Fry. She called me in while I was still working on our First Barrel. That really helped reenergize us and the best part is there’s enough for another meal. 

While I was working on the Second Barrel Kathy came outside to make an adjustment to the Flagstones that abutted the Heavy Patio Stones we installed this past week. It was a light-duty chore that allowed me to continue labelling the Barrels while she accomplished the change on her own. 
Kathy adjusting the Flagstone.
Around 5:00 I walked down to the Park Trash and Recycle Area to dispose of our trash that Kathy had gathered earlier. When I returned Home I grilled a couple of Angus Burgers for supper while Kathy made a wonderful Caesars Salad as a side. 

The Weather Guessers on the 6 o’clock News were forecasting more warmer weather heading our way. Hopefully this second Post won’t end up in Cyber Haven like the first one did. Being Overly Tired at this point I’m hoping to sleep solid tonight. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

Aristotle

Friday, July 28, 2017

Foot Treatment, Change Of Plans and Windchill In The Forecast.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

With the return of the High Humidex we had no choice but to turn the Air-Conditioner on yesterday. There is however an unfortunate drawback when trying to sleep with the A.C. running at night and that is that you don’t sleep as well as when you have the windows open and are breathing all that fresh air. Kathy spent most of her night Tossing and Turning along with Staring at the Ceiling. I fortunately only remembered Rolling Over once before waking up this morning just before 8:30.

We were finished eating and sitting at the Computers by 9:00 getting our Morning Reading and Coffee/Tea consumption done at the same time. It didn’t matter if we weren’t finished at 10:00 we had to scramble in preparation for Mary’s visit from Healthy Heals at 11:00. 
What the sky looked like in our area all day.
With the indoor chores finished I went outside first to move our truck over to the Overflow Parking Area over by the Clubhouse which would give Mary a spot to park when she arrived. I was surprised how much cooler it was outside today especially with the North Wind that was gusting up to 30 MPH. Moments later I was in the process of picking a few pieces of trash that had blown on to our site when Mary arrived. After helping her get her equipment inside I returned to doing more outside organizing.

Kathy explained how there is a continued pressure that she feels in the one toe nail even after it’s trimmed as far back as it can go. Mary then put Kathy in contact with a different Pediatrist then the one that Kathy’s dealt with in the past to see if they can come up with a better treatment.

As soon as Mary left Kathy scrambled to make a couple of Ham on Swiss with Pickles Sandwiches with Coleslaw and Clementine Oranges as sides. I busied myself shutting down the A.C. and opening as many windows as possible.  While we were having lunch, we discussed errands that needed to be run today so we made a quick change to our afternoon plans. 

By 1:00 we were on our way to Windsor where our first stop was Cakes ETC to drop off a picture we needed made for a cake our son Kevin will be making next week.

From there we headed over to Guardian Storage to pick up our Mail. While I was busy opening our Mailbox Carol came forward and handed me a package apologizing that our Contact Information was Outdated and she hadn’t been able to reach us. After we made the correction when I got to the car I told Kathy what happened. It wasn’t until we were on our way to our next stop we realized that Wendy who moved to the new location had called us a few times since we’ve been Home this year. So where did she get the number from?

The next stop was Green Shield for Kathy to drop off her Claim Form for the service she just received this morning from Mary of Healthy Heals. We should have the cheque in our mail before next weekend.

The next stop was Princess Auto to pick up some Plastic Wire Loom Covering that is presently On Sale. Our regular readers might recall that there are certain things that I prefer purchasing in Ontario because it is cheaper well this is one of those items. Last winter while connecting the Cables to our Solar Panels to the Junction Box on the roof I ran out of my supply of Wire Loom Covering so I needed to find it in Quartzsite. It could only be located in Five Foot Lengths at a cost of Twelve Dollars each. Today I purchase a Twenty-Five Foot Length of the same sized Wire Loom for Six Dollars. I’m now stocked up.

We then drove to the nearby Dollarama where we were able to find all the things that the Amherstburg location didn’t have on Wednesday Evening.

Driving to the far side of the parking lot we stopped it at the Motor City Credit Union where the big transaction of the day was to get more Coins for when I do the Laundry
People inside Walmart were wearing Sweaters. (In July?)
Driving across the street we stopped in Walmart with the intention of looking for a small Lawn Ornament but after finding their shelves nearly bare ended up walking out with only a few grocery items.

We then stopped in at the East End Canadian Tire store to get some Garbage Bags. We always have trouble finding just the right ones to fit our containers but they have them there. We spent a few more minutes just walking around looking at a few things before leaving.

It was nearly 3:30 at this point and most of the local factories had just had shift change. Trying to avoid some of the tie-ups we took Banwell Road over to County Road 42 then to Manning Road. Within twenty minutes we were heading in the direction of Home at Wildwood Golf and RV Park just past Essex.

Since this was Friday afternoon and we were starting to get hungry we decided to stop at the Michigan Dinner on Victoria Avenue for Fish and Chips. When we walked in I saw a familiar face that I haven’t seen in a few years. After we placed our order I went to say hello to Don whom I worked with in the Casting Plant in Windsor. He finally retired five years ago. Hard to believe I’ve been out for eight years. He was there with his wife and heading to a Classic Car Rally after they ate. Don regularly reads the Blog and mentioned reading about the Patio Extension. Even though we didn’t make it to the Car Rally we are hoping Don and his Wife enjoyed themselves.

We were Home with all our purchases put away before the 6 o’clock News started. The Weather Guessers said we could expect a bit of a cool down. Looking at The Weather Network they showed the actual temperature being a few degrees warmer then what it will feel like. If this were winter time wouldn’t that be called a Windchill? Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Joke of the Day

Q: What color is a belch?

A: Burple.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cleaning Up.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We were both surprised that we slept in until 8:30 this morning. We didn’t work that hard outside yesterday but we did have our windows open all night. Guess we’ll just have to give credit to all the Fresh Air we breathed all night for feeling so refreshed. After eating our normal breakfast we did our usual morning Coffee/ Tea while sitting at our Computers to get our reading in.  At least I did because Kathy’s Computer decided to do an update which was bad enough as we’ve seen some Updates take up to hour. 
Golf Course Hazard Inspector.
When we started our Patio Extension we had to put some of our normal routine chores on hold so today was the day to get caught up. After reading my E-mails and checking the weather I went upstairs to start changing the Bed Linens. They had been there for ten days so it was time to do them along with the rest of our laundry.

While I was making those changes to the bed Kathy was about to use my Computer to check her E-mail when she found out there was no Internet Connection. That meant her Computer couldn’t complete its update until it reconnected with the Server. Cable 1 has been having lots of problems this year but have been busy replacing a lot of their Feeds and Amplifiers.

By 10:00 the Temperature and Humidity were really making things sticky and Kathy was having a hard time to breath so I turned the A.C. on and started closing up the windows. I also took a few minutes to call our Pharmacy in Amherstburg to order our next Ninety Day supply of medication. It is actually a few days early but this gives them the time to send a FAX to Kathy’s Family Doctor, get the response by the weekend then have it filled by the beginning of next week. 

With the laundry sorted and treated I was just about to head over to the Park Laundry Room when Kathy said it was lunch time. Knowing we still needed energy Kathy kept it light with Ham on Weigh-Watchers Bread, with a side of Cole-Slaw and a Bean Salad. She also topped some Yogurt with Pineapple for our dessert.

I was lucky when I arrived at the Laundry Room because nobody else was there. I used as many Washers as I needed and had everything transferred to the Dryers within the hour. While the clothes began drying I walked back Home with the Delicates. After hanging them to dry in the shower I spent a few minutes catching up on reading that I missed this morning. 
Checking out the trees.
I got back to the Laundry Room in time to see the dryers shutting down one by one. Luckily today’s Humidex only reached 95 F (35 C) and there was a slight breeze coming in the windows. I surprised myself by getting everything folded in just over an hour’s time.

Walking back Home with the Laundry in our Shopping Cart I saw Mike and his Wife sitting outside their RV. Having worked with Mike for nearly Twenty Years we got to be good friends. After listening to Kathy and I about going Fulltime last year they finally sold their House and he will be Officially Retired on September 1st. They have a lot of places they want to go to and explore. They also know they can’t do it all at once. We’ll see more of them in September. 

It was after 5:00 when I walked in the door and Kathy had been busy. I was told to get washed up because supper was ready. She had cooked up Spare-Ribs with Garlic Pasta, Brussels Sprouts and a Tomato for sides. Everything was Delicious and Filling.

While we were watching the 6 o’clock News, Mary from Healthy Heals called to verify Kathy’s rescheduled appointment for tomorrow. 
Checking the Quality (Taste) of the Grass.
Even though it seemed like we didn’t do much today we were doing what most would say was Catching Up. Tomorrow we’ll see what we can do to start scratching more things off of our original To-Do List so just maybe we’ll be able to start enjoying some more leisure time. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo, French Novelist

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cleaning The Patio, Enjoyable Visit and Empty Shelves.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Even though we didn’t spend as much time working on the Patio Extension in the High Humidex yesterday like we did last Friday and Sunday we still slept like a couple of rocks. I think the fact that when the temperature dropped on Monday we shut the A.C. off and opened all the windows which meant we were again getting plenty of fresh air as we slept. I slept so well that I was up before 7:30 this morning and Kathy wasn’t too far behind me.

We had Toast with the last of the Rhubarb Sauce for breakfast before finishing our Coffee/Tea at our Computers. I’m quite surprise to see less RV Blogs being posted lately. Probably because a lot of the Bloggers are not as active during the summer months as they are when they travel south for the winter.

I headed outside shortly after 10:00 this morning wanting to finish cleaning up after the Patio Extension but first I needed to bring a load of Recycle to the Park Trash and Recycle Area. The air was fresh but slightly warmer then yesterday. On the return walk to our site I saw the Grounds Crew busy laying the Sod on the “T-Box” Extension where I had been given permission to dispose of the Clay from the holes we made to plant trees at this location. 
It was less then a week since I last mowed the grass,
but it is really keeping the Rabbits well fed.
After mowing our grass with our Black & Decker Mower/Trimmer Kathy and I worked together to move the Picnic Table over to its new spot on the Patio Extension. Thinking ahead to next year we wanted to create an Outdoor Rooms effect so that when we have visitors like our Kids and Grandchildren we can have separate spots for everyone to visit. 

Kathy also started cleaning the Patio and Bistro Tables while I set about reinstalling the Patio Umbrella and Holder before positioning our Solar Powered Patio Lights around the Patio Extension

Kathy told me to fire up our Weber Q at noon to grill a couple of Hotdogs to go with the Salad that she was making. Since we have to empty our Fridge and Freezer in twelve days when we take the trailer in for Warranty Work we are trying to keep our purchases low and use up what we have on hand. We washed the dishes before going back outside.

This time Kathy brought out other cleaning supplies to clean our Fresh Water and Waste Barrels. Kathy likes things clean and scrubbed the dirt and stains completely off those White Barrels.

I modified a small Skid by making it even smaller. This will be used to stop the Barrels from rolling from Side to Side when they are laid down in the Truck-Bed for transporting. With that finished I brought out the Stencils that were to be used for labeling the Barrels as we don’t want anyone mistaking what their use is intended for. As most Stencils that you buy they are normally impressed and you need to finish pushing the Letters out but these actually needed cutting. Not being able to locate my X-acto Knife I needed to use my Pocket Knife to do the job. 

Just as I was getting ready to start taping the Stencils to the First Barrel Kathy informed me it was nearly 5:00 and time for supper. We had the rest of the Hawaiian Pizza that we grilled on the Weber last night. Kathy simply heated it in the Micro-Wave for one minute and it was perfect. It also tasted as good as last night.

As soon as we finished eating we headed out the door. Since we haven’t used the truck since we picked up the Patio Stones and Brick so it needed a run. We headed to our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s house in Amherstburg. This was our first Wednesday night visit since our return from the Southwest because Melissa was attending classes. We were able to sit outside on their Screened in Deck. There was a gentle breeze that kept us all nice and cool.

After having our usual enjoyable visit filled with laughter we said our goodbyes shortly after 8:00 and headed over to Dollarama. Some how we’ve misplaced our Pruning Shears and haven’t bee able to locate them. Thinking we’d just pick some up there we had a big surprise when we found that aisle nearly bare. More people are doing their Landscaping on the cheap.

We went across the street to Walmart where the only thing they had were Hedge Cutters and Pole Trimmers. While I was looking for that Kathy had been getting some Bread and some Vegetables.

With the Weather Guessers forecasting Rain and High Humidexes for tomorrow we might have to find something else to work on. 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 knife is sharper than you are.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Patio Extension Completion and Pizza On The Grill.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We have learned that when we have a strenuous day working in the heat it is wise to have at least a day off to let our bodies recover. Dealing with a Doctor’s Appointment, Grocery Shopping and a Birthday Celebration was not a totally relaxing day but a day off just the same. That didn’t stop us from sleeping like a couple of rocks either last night. Even when we woke around 8:00 this morning it seemed like we were rested but not completely relaxed. 
Adding the third Patio Stone today.
Note three more Patio Stones stacked on the patio behind me.
We spent only a short while on our Computers before heading outside by 10:00 in an attempt to complete the Patio Extension. Today we were fortunate in the fact that the Humidex would not exceed 86 F (30 C) meaning that it was cooler then Friday and Sunday when we had pushed ourselves in above 100 Degree Heat.
The Grounds Crew were busy working at leveling the hill on the Golf Course where I have been spreading the dirt we had from the holes we planted the trees in. I walked over explaining there were two more pails to dump and they showed me where to put it. They also explained they would be laying Sod tomorrow so once they were done leveling I’d have to hold on to any other soil. 
Digging out the Edging Bricks.
Just like Friday the last Stone that had been laid Sunday was Rocking so it had to be reset. That Stone required many tries to get it sitting perfectly. We were in the process of laying the second Patio Stone when we got a Phone Call about Licensing for our truck. Here in Ontario it seems the Ministry of Transport is constantly changing the rules for Privately Owned Vehicles all as a means of another Tax Grab. We’ll have to investigate further what has to be done before we head south this fall in order to stay legal. By the time we stopped for lunch we only had two more of the 120 lb. Patio Stones left to install. 

Kathy once again did a great job of balancing our meal by sharing a Ham and Swiss on Rye Bread Sandwich along with a Salad topped off with another slice of Rye Bread with Rhubarb Sauce for dessert. She realized that we were still burning off plenty of Carbohydrates today and could afford to eat a few more to keep us going. 
Leveling the Edging Bricks by tamping the soil with a hammer.
The routine of set and reset continued until we were about to complete the last Stone. Not having created the Mid-Yard Garden I wasn’t sure how the Bordering had been laid. Taking it apart one Edging Brick at a time I was able to remove additional soil below them enough that the Patio Stone itself went into place without any modifications. With that finally in place some soil was returned for support and the front of the Border looked good. 
Even with shadows the finished result is nice.
Having to sit down to Rehydrate and catch my breathe I pointed out to Kathy that the side Bordering was now out of alignment. Back on my Hands and Knees the Bordering was removed, Tree Roots were trimmed back before more Support Soil was added. By the time the wall was rebuilt it looked fresh and clean. Kathy helped sweep up while I put the tools away. After only lifting nearly Two Tons of weight today we agreed to wait until tomorrow to rearrange things on the Patio

It was after 5:00 when we put a Hawaiian Pizza on our Weber Q to cook up. Using a Pizza Stone to distribute the heat and a Pizza Pan that had No Holes our meal was ready in twenty minutes. Since we’d already had lots of Carbs for lunch we only shared half of our twelve-inch pizza and saved the rest for tomorrow’s supper. 
Delicious and Filling.
It’s a good feeling to accomplish such a time-consuming project that we can be proud of. Tomorrow we’ll see what else we can scratch off of our To-Do List. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Witty Words of Wisdom

You can't have everything

where would you put it?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Giving The Doctor Advice, Money Savings, Charitable Meal and Birthday Wishes.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Like it or not when the alarm went off at 7:30 this morning we had to give up our happy place between the sheets and immediately get ready to head out the door. Our destination was Kathy’s family Doctor’s Office in Windsor which meant not having breakfast before we left. Each time Kathy goes to see Dr. Sherman she has Blood Tests to see how her Diabetes is doing. If Kathy has to fast I won’t eat without her so we both fast, besides it’s not like I can’t wait.

As usual Kathy sees her doctor first before she gets the script to say what tests the blood will be used for. Kathy’s Doctor gets upset that Kathy does things that she feels are too hard for her to do. Kathy’s response is that she is not going to sit around and waste away. She plans on continuing to push herself as long as she can.

These conversations also gives Dr. Sherman the chance to pick Kathy’s brain on things to do when she herself actually takes some time off. Kathy found out that Dr. Sherman actually visited Sedona this last February but they rented a car and drove around. They didn’t take any Jeep Tours or attend any Balloon Festivals as a fact they didn’t even hike or climb any Mountain Ranges like we did. The Doctor thanked Kathy for the information, told her to keep having fun but warned that she had better not try climbing Mount Everest.

It was nearly 10:00 when we sat down to have our breakfast at A&W. They serve Eggs the way you want, Bacon or Sausage or Both, the kind of Toast you like on real Plates with real Silverware at a reasonable price.

Our next stop was Guardian Storage to pick up our Mail and to get a few things from our Climate Controlled Storage Unit.

We stopped at Princess Auto just to walk around and to get the latest Flyer. Many of the supplies that I have used over the years for our trailers have come from there. The other day the Indicator Switch for our CPAP Inverter stopped lighting up. Looking at the Flyer there was the exact replacement Switch for less then $2.00 where I had paid $6.00 for the same switch in Quartzsite. The Welding Cable that I ran from the Charge Controller in the basement to the Junction Box on the roof was purchased there. The Aluminium Angle Material that I paid dearly for in the Southwest is half the cost here when every few months it goes On Sale. Their next Sale starts tomorrow and they will have twenty-five foot lengths of Plastic Wire Loom priced at what I paid for a five foot length in Quartzsite. It costs us less the ten dollars for our purchases today.

We drove back to the Zehrs Super Store on Walker Road where we picked up a few food stocks, then to Staples for a couple of supplies before heading for Home
Let's go play Ball.
It was after 1:00 by the time we had everything put away and even though we weren’t feeling hungry I insisted we have a bowl of Soup for lunch. The last time we had fasted like that we just skipped lunch and we both had pounding headaches by supper time. That bowl of Vegetable Beef Soup was just what we needed. 
Tyler with a new Summer Do.

When we have a day of heavy exertion like we did on Friday and Sunday we have learned we need a down day for our bodies to recover. We used the afternoon to get caught up on this morning’s reading on the Computers that we missed out on as well as doing some research. 
Where did time go.
Just before 5:00 we headed over to the Park Clubhouse where there was a Hamburger Sale taking place. This is run by Seasonal Resident Volunteers. The monies raised cover first the costs of supplies but the profits go to Local Charities. Today the place was packed with lots of Grandchildren in attendance. Another change was you could have the ½ Pound Hamburger or a Foot Long Italian Sausage along with the Potato Salad and Condiments. A good deal at Five Dollars each, you get to eat and support a charity at the same time. 
Kathy and Karen sharing a laugh over a video.
As soon as we finished eating we left without much visiting today because we had another stop to make. We were on our way to our daughter Karen’s home in Tecumseh. We were there to help wish our granddaughter Kylla a Happy Birthday. After having just gotten off her shift from the Assembly Line at the Chrysler Minivan Plant she didn’t feel like having her picture taken. We had an enjoyable visit with everyone there as well as an unbelievably delicious piece of Tuxedo Cake

We managed to get Home just as the Sun was about to set. We’ll see what we accomplish 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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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mystery Solved, More Stones Laid, Questions Answered and Eating Out.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Even though we had spent very little time outside yesterday we both slept like a couple of rocks last night and were wide awake by 8:00 this morning. While having breakfast we discussed our plans for the day which involved getting as much of the Patio Extension completed as possible.
A  different view of our yard.
Since there were still plenty of Clouds in the sky we took the time to have our Coffee/Tea at the Computers. We still managed to have our inside chores finished and heading outside by 10:00. I took the trash down to the Park Trash and Recycle Area before coming back and getting the tools that would be needed. 
This is a picture of the last Patio Stone we laid on Friday.
Upon inspection this morning it had to be reset.
When we were ready to start laying more of the newer Patio Stones I noted the last Stone we laid on Friday was not quite flush with the Patio itself which could have become a Tripping Hazard for anyone walking along. It may have only been a ¼” Difference but that is all it would take. The Stone was reset numerous times until I was comfortable with the joints. We managed to set three Patio Stones by the time we stopped for lunch. 
We shared this for lunch.
Kathy kept it healthy but filling knowing we would be burning those calories off serving us each a Half a Ham Sandwich with Pickles and a tasty Plum for dessert. Kathy also took the time to wash the Dishes before joining me back outside. 
Fine tuning the fit of the second last 97 lb. Patio Stones.
It was close to 1:30 by the time we laid the last of the 97.3 lbs. Patio Stones because we were hand leveling the six Stones they had to be reset an average of ten times each to avoid any Tripping Hazards or Rocking. To reset these Patio Stones meant that they had to be repeatedly lifted out of the way to shave or tamp the ground then lifted back into place to try again. 
Starting to lay the thicker Patio Stones.
At this point our neighbour Stan came over for a quick chat. If you recall they had no Hot Water the other night that turned out to be a broken Fitting on the back of the Water Heater. The night after their Dealer’s Tech repaired the Water Heater their Battery was practically dead and I loaned them my Battery Charger. Today Stan was looking in the basement and found the reason to the second problem. When the RV Tech repaired the Broken Fitting on the Water Heater he noted that everything behind the basement wall was getting sprayed with water and one of those things was the Converter. Not wanting to get himself Electrocuted he unplugged the Converter, replaced the Broken Fitting and left without plugging it back in which resulted in the Battery losing power because it wasn’t being charged. 
Examining what adjustments need to be made.
My hat in the grass was too wet to wear.
After he went back home we started laying the second row of Patio Stones. These were older slightly larger and nearly a ½” Thicker which means these 24” x 30” weighted closer to 120 lbs. each.  Having to shave more ground took much more time on these thicker Patio Stones trying to eliminate the Tripping Hazards and Rocking. It took about fifteen attempts each before they were in their proper spot. 
Skim a bit here, fill a little there.
Notice how wet my shirt is.
Nichol stopped by for brief visit to see the changes we’ve made to their former site. That gave me the chance to ask what size Gazebo they had on the site before. She wasn’t sure and didn’t stay long because we were still working on the Patio Stones. Minutes later she returned with the dimensions of their Gazebo and where the legs had been positioned. 
Another Patio Stone down, repeat process.
The pails are full of dirt shaved for the Stones.
It was only a few minutes after Nichol left the second time that we started getting a light sprinkle from the Dark Clouds. It was already after 4:00, the Humidex was 100 F (38 C) and we both looked like a couple of Wet Rags. Since we moved nearly Five Tons of Patio Stone today, Kathy said we were done. 
Ten down, Four to go. Making certain everything fits tight.
The warm shower felt Wonderful but being in dry clothes even better. Neither of us felt like cooking so we drove to the Michigan Diner in Essex for supper. The place was packed but they were just cleaning an empty table as we got there. Being inside an Air-Conditioned Building and enjoying our meal was Heavenly
Our Mid-Yard Garden.
With four more Patio Stones to lay before the project is finished we are really looking forward to its completion. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes.

Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet and Playwright