Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful, Living for Today and Tomorrow

Due to a natural gas explosion yesterday morning the Tattoo shop where my cousin worked in Portland Oregon was completely demolished.  There were several injured in the explosion but no one died and no one from their shop was injured.  Needless to say we are extremely thankful today that while they are starting over today with their livelihoods they still have what is most important to them - their lives.  This is the same cousin whom I traveled to his wedding a couple of years ago (most amazing tattoo wedding cake).  He has a young wife and two kids, his youngest is 8 months old. Fortunately, his wife has a very good job and hopefully they will be fine until his company can get a temporary shop up and running asap.

Monday, October 17, 2016

All Clear

Ucluelet June 2016 
Well, we sure had a lot of rain but the wind completely missed us and therefore we did not lose power all weekend.  The dog is freaking sick of it (as are we)  but the storms are over and we are back to our regular weather - sort of.  We are having a particularly rainy cold dreary fall when some years October can be absolutely lovely.  On Saturday there was 2-3 inches of standing water in most of the yard which made it difficult for our short little dog but fortunately the ground has soaked it up.  Our neighbors across the street weren't so lucky.  I haven't spoken to them yet but I saw a pump van there yesterday so likely they had water issues in their basement.  We don't have a basement  -  just a crawlspace but no issues there.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Back to Back Storms Prevents Weekend Away

The purple x is where we are
Due to a series of 3 storms, the last expected to make landfall tomorrow, the tail end of Typhoon Songda on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland (Vancouver area) we made a decision on Wednesday afternoon and canceled our weekend away to Gabriola Island  The first storm was Wednesday night, mostly just really hard rain that doesn't do anything but flooding.  Yesterday and today lots of rain and winds gusting 30-50 km but tomorrow we get hit with up to 100 km an hour winds (63 mph) with driving rain.  Instead of being stuck on a tiny island without power far from home with possible ferry cancellations we would rather be stuck here at home, tucked in warm and cozy with a full fridge, lots of candles and blankets,  our natural gas fireplace, natural gas hot water tank and natural gas BBQ, all of which work fine when the power goes out.  The only thing that might disrupt natural gas would be a big earthquake.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Zombie Hunting

Say hello to my little friend...Zombie head .50 cents

A very fast post to share some thrift store finds - I tend to stop by the thrifts at least 1 to 2 times a week just to see what they have.  I try and both have specific things in mind and also be open to anything.  On this day  I was looking for pants and sweaters.  I did end up buying 1 pair of jeans for $3, a blouse for $3 and a sweater for $4.  My best finds of the week were Mr. Zombie head above for .50 cents as hubby loves Halloween we like decorating on the cheap for it.  We only tend to add one item a year.  Hubby intends to put this zombie head (not a mask, is hard plastic and hollow) on a bamboo stake, which we already own to hold up tomato plants, in the front yard and light it up with lights we already own as well.  

Friday, October 7, 2016

Growing Season Ending

I picked the last of my tomatoes the other night and pulled out some of the geraniums in the flower bed as the weather is cooler and if it wasn't raining would likely be frosting.  I am not complaining since the middle of Canada (Saskatchewan) has seen its first massive snowstorm of the year.  So glad I don't live in a climate like that any longer.  We did have a big rain storm last night and fully expected a power loss, in the end the power did go out but for about 3 minutes in the middle of the night which woke hubby up when it came back on (I was already awake, insomnia).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dollars and Cents

September's food budget was $550 less previous months overages of $71.67 = Budget of $478.33.  Well, let's just say I went over the $478.33 but did manage to reduce the year to date overage a little bit.  I ended the month at $533.45.  I tried.  I even resorted to using $20 worth of PC points in the last week to try and stay under $550 which worked as I needed some items that had to be bought, regardless of what time in the monthly budget it was.  In order to get on track to meet the yearly budget October's grocery budget is $494.88.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Farm Market

On Saturday as hubby was still out of town Mom and I decided to have a day out of thrifting and we went to the Farm market which is only open for another month.  The market is situated right on one of their farms and their pumpkin field is full of huge pumpkins ready to be sold.  It would have been stunning on a sunny day but it was overcast.  Canadian Thanksgiving is in a week and a half and Halloween is right around the corner so the market only stays open just past Halloween and then shuts until May.  They sell 90% of their own produce and also sell a few other local farm produce such as peppers from Campbell river.  At this point in the year they had all sorts of ornamental squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, farm eggs, tomatoes, broccoli, hot peppers, leeks, carrots and lettuce.  Earlier in the Spring when they don't have all of their produce ready they also sell fruit from the Okanagan.  All 100% grown in British Columbia.  On this day I didn't need much but wanted to stock up on their carrots which are the tastiest in the world, second only to baby carrots fresh out of your own garden if you have one.  They also last several months in the fridge without losing their taste unlike many of the store bought carrots.  I also bought some green onions which are absolutely huge.  My grand total for a large bag of carrots and the onions was $3.80.  Yes, you can buy cheaper carrots by just a smidge but the quality and taste is simply no match.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Souvlaki Please

Santorini Caldera View
So if you haven't guessed from the title I happened upon a seat sale to Greece in May/June 2017 and guess what?  I pulled the trigger!  Greece is one of the most beautiful friendliest places on the planet and has amazing food and scenery.  I was fortunate to go approximately 20 years ago back when I was a travel agent and I distinctly remember loving it so much I wanted to take my husband there one day.  At the time I had no husband, no even prospects!  One of the prettiest places on the planet is the very expensive Island of Santorini which is pictured above- yes, we are going to splurge and go there too.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Soft food week

Another tough week here at the Island pad which involved both hubby and I being out of commission due to unexpected mouth surgeries.  I ended up having a partial root canal on Tuesday after having extreme mouth pain all weekend on the tooth that was crowned last September.  It turns out the tooth is now dead so they drilled a hole in the top (without removing the crown or damaging it) and did as best they could until my next appointment in 3 weeks time where they will finish it.  It takes about 2.5 hours from start to finish if you do it all in one sitting and they are so busy they removed the infection and temporarily filled it with cotton stuffing and cement until my mid-October appointment.  $750 out the window.  Hubby has had some ongoing mouth issues and had unexpected surgery yesterday - another $670 out the window.  He received 10 stitches in his mouth yesterday morning under IV sedation and still managed to have a 45 minute conversation 2 hours later with a potential client who we are trying to get to sign a contract.  He took 2 Tylenol 3 immediately after that and stopped working.  The things you do in self-employment!  

Monday, September 5, 2016

That kind of week

So usually we hear from our family once a week by texting or talking to them.  This week has been a flurry of calls and texts as all of this happened:

1.  Stepdaughter broke up (finally yay!) with boyfriend of 3 years.  We could all see it coming but she finally pulled the plug.  She is sad and misses us but is otherwise fine.  Hubby and I tried to temper our excitement when speaking with her.  She has created a whole new life for herself including supporting herself (September 1 payments stopped to her from us) and needed to break that last tie as her boyfriend didn't work and had basically sponged off her for the last year as she was working a part-time job while finishing highschool.