Saturday, 19 April 2008

First Day 'At Home'

Today was another beautiful sunny day. I went for my walk this morning and since there wasn't much traffic on the main road (Prince of Wales Drive AKA Highway 16), I crossed the road and walked down by the river. I found out it's still pretty muddy down there but on the way I did meet the female part of the owner of the other Titanium in the RV park. They arrived yesterday just after we did and she was out walking her two dogs. They're beautiful dogs but I'm not sure what kind they are. They look like some kind of large spaniel.

This is the street I usually walk along in the morning.

This is the road I have to cross to get to the river. On a weekday morning at this time it would be bumper to bumper.

There's an RV sales place just down the road from us. They don't sell Titaniums though.

And here's the Rideau River.

After breakfast I set out to get some groceries as I hadn't gotten much the last few days since we were crossing the border and you never know what they're going to tell you that you can't take across. Traffic was horrendous which made me sorry I didn't stop yesterday when I was already out at the bank but I made short work of it and got back in about 1 1/2 hours only to find out that my watch battery died. Some fulltimers can go without a watch but I'm not one of them so that's something else that will have to be looked after. Gordon broke his watch band a few days ago so we'll have to get that replaced as well.

Yesterday when I was talking to the travel medical claims department I asked them to email me the forms as they hadn't yet arrived at my sister's although they had the correct address and I found out what I needed to send them with the claim. They wanted proof of travel, ie. airline tickets or gas receipts. When I was going through receipts for the border I hadn't been able to find my October receipts so after much searching I finally located them and got all the gas receipts to get us to Tucson and back. So I worked all day with very little to show for it!

I've also worked up a list of things that need to get done over the next few days as well as over the summer. It's becoming daunting. One item is to apply for my Canada Pension Plan which should start in October. Gordon also has to apply for his Social Security so we'll be that much richer anyway! It's nice when it's time for the government to pay you for a change!

A while ago when we were in Tucson I was talking to Ellie of Just Travelin and mentioned Toronto being nicknamed Hogtown but I wasn't sure why. Thanks to Wikipedia I found out that in the 1920s Toronto was known for its vast pork processing plants and even though these are no longer in existence, Toronto's nickname is still Hogtown. There's your little bit of trivia for today!

This afternoon Gordon and I went for a walk around the area. If you go through the parking lot of the plant behind us, you get to the industrial park on the other side of the plant. So I'm thinking that might be an easy place to walk (until they put up a fence, but right now there's no No Trespassing signs). Better than risking life and limb trying to cross Prince of Wales on a weekday morning!

While on our walk, we came across this snow dump. This is one of the places where the dumptrucks bring the excess snow from the streets and sidewalks in the winter. It seems really strange to be out in a t-shirt with that much snow still around!

Just before I left, our neighbours, Pierre and Francine were out raking their site. I had thought about doing that yesterday so I talked to Pierre and he said that the rake belonged to the park so he'd leave it for me when he was done. The Manager will come with some kind of machine that eats up leaves and pick them up later so when we got back from our walk, I did some raking. It's not perfect but better than it was.


  1. Anonymous5:37 pm

    Sherri and I have been walking every morning. We are trying to loose some lbs but I don't know if it is working. I still look like a bull frog and I really do not believe there is any hope for me??
    Oh well I will keep trying so when rally time rolls around everyone will say what good shape Speedy is in LOL.


  2. Sandra,
    Glad to know you made the trip safely. Hope all goes well with the med appointments. Enjoy your time will be time to head south again before you know it.
    Hugs, Karon


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