Thursday, October 18, 2018

Keeping On

Nature's littering
Another week goes by and life is speeding by again.  After our accident on October 6 there was talk of cancelling our Mom-Daughter weekend away to Victoria which was last weekend.  By Wednesday we both decided that no matter what it was important for us to go rather than postpone it and potentially end up with crappy weather.  Life is too short and needs to be seized, even if we weren't both back to full health.  I am glad we did.  The primary purpose of our weekend in Victoria was to see the Royal BC Museum's Egypt exhibit with many real ancient artifacts.  It didn't disappoint!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


You know you had a crappy day prior when you wake up with one of these stuck to you

I have been missing from the blog as fully intended to post this weekend but was in a traffic accident on Saturday which has filled much of my time since.  Mom and I went to the farmers market in preparation to buy flowers for my friend whom was cooking us Thanksgiving supper on Sunday.  On our way back we were rearended.  Fortunately I was driving our truck (yeah, the one purchased 2 months ago) and apparently the Toyota Tacoma is highly rated for safety.  We have minimal damage to our vehicle, we need a new bumper and the tow package got all messed up. There might be more damage but that can't be assessed until the bumper is removed.   It is still very drivable though and did zero damage to our paint job.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Adding It Up

Well, what a summer that was.  It is now officially fall and the grocery tally year to date is $5341 - that means I am over YTD by $171.14.  September grocery budget (includes all OTC meds, nonfood items like cleaners/toilet paper/makeup/hair products) was $575 - I ended up just about $10 lower.  I need to do even better in October if I am going to makeup the overage.  Yesterday I ended up spending over $100 of that budget on OTCs but I timed it with a points event so will end up with at least $10 in free groceries to spend down in October.  The fridge is full/freezer is full to bursting and the cupboards are definitely not bare.  Time to rein in the grocery spending to try and stay on budget for the year.
Buddy enjoying the last rays of summer on the patio (ignore half dead plant in background, bugs got it)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Anniversary Weekend

Our 13th Wedding Anniversary was on the 24th of September - we decided back in August that based on the business we had in September that we could actually go away for a short weekend break  so last Friday we drove through a "rain event" to Ucluelet (near Tofino) which is about a 2.5 hr drive from our home to a little cabin by the ocean that we've rented before.  Buddy was along for the ride as well.  The drive was interesting as there was so much rain coming down that waterfalls were literally dropping off the mountain on to the road, a road that has been washed out as recently as last fall and is still under construction to try and repair it.  By the time we got to Ucluelet we were a little worried about whether we would be stuck there but fortunately by our drive back on Sunday the waterfalls had stopped.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

And Then The Lights Went Out

Mom and I were grocery shopping on Friday at a major grocery store (Loblaws/Superstore) and the power went out.  That's never happened to me before.  It looks deserted but isn't, was full of people shopping for the busy weekend.  Most of them went immediately to the tills.  Mom and I decided to continue shopping and by the time we got to the tills they had 3 of the 15 tills on auxiliary power.  They could take cash only at first, then realized they could take cc - only those with chips (no idea why).  It only set us back an extra half hour and I really did not want to go to a different store or come back the next day so we waited.  Kudos to the staff who kept the crowd organized and calm.  A few people left without paying immediately, what a  mess to put back those carts of groceries.  It turns out 3000 people were without power as I got home and we had none - it came on within minutes though.  Apparently a bird and a transformer had a bang up.  It was a bit surreal though, think zombie apocalypse.  In the end it reminded me that I always need to carry at least $100 cash at all times.  Usually I have between $20-60 cash but will ensure I have more from here on out.  And in the end I used my credit card.  I felt sorry for all those people trying to get into the store that had walked there or gotten rides there as it was raining and they wouldn't let any new people in until the power was restored.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A Full Summer

We had a really good summer!  Once again we went on a fishing charter in mid-August with our favorite guide.  It was a very stormy day and we weren't sure if our fishing trip was still a go but our guide knows the Ocean better than land so we trust him - and he was so right.  We had our charter with him last year with another company but this year he has purchased his own boat and we were happy to be one of his first year customers.  While there was wind, rain and thunderstorms on the land we went fishing about a 45 minute boat ride from Comox and the sky opened up, it was sunny and after being initally a bit rough the water calmed right down.  The fish were biting our hook like crazy.  We caught 14 fish in total, only could keep 5 (there is a limit of one per person plus I caught a hatchery fish so that doesn't count in your limit).  We were actually tired of reeling them in so had our guide catch one of the last ones for his family.  The rest were too small or species we couldn't keep.  Our guide filleted and gutted them for us and we ended up going home with 28 lbs of salmon!  I really wanted to catch a ling cod but no such luck - there is always next year.  Now I won't worry if the forecast is for lousy weather, often conditions are completely different out on the water. By the way, I do know how to gut a fish as did so many times as a kid but we would have been there all day if we did it including the filleting part, he is such a pro it only took him about 10 minutes.

Hubby, our guide, me and Mom 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Midsummer Check-in

- Buddy finally learned how to swim at age 3.  Previous to this he loved walking on the beach, even wading but was scared to try swimming.  We were at the beach one day and he was wading in higher than normal water and I gave a little tug on the leash and all of a sudden he was swimming!  We practiced several more times by walking out to deep water and letting him swim in and he did great! He is still not keen on big waves, neither am I for that matter so we will only try swimming with him in calm water but I am so proud of him.  It is so funny though to see hubby pick him up and hold him over the water, his feet automatically start doing the dog paddle like a little wind up toy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

At The Beach!

Since I am having trouble posting on my blog due to various issues - lack of time, work, the want to play outside in the sand and drink tropical drinks, kayaking, walking the dog, reading etc I am taking a short break from blogging = length yet to be determined.  I will definitely be back but in the mean time I intend to keep reading yours.  Cheers and have a great summer!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Stages of Life

We just found out Mom is no longer supposed to drive.  She has been waiting for cateract surgery which has gotten delayed several times as her surgeon was going through "issues".  Now she has a different surgeon and is likely to get surgery on both eyes (a few weeks apart) in September.  On the upside she won't have to wear glasses after that.  Also, thanks to our healthcare system in Canada she won't have to pay for it.  Both major wins.  On the downside she found out on Friday that she shouldn't be driving any longer as her vision has deteriorated again.  Prior to this her vision was sufficient that they asked her not to night drive but she should be fine for daytime driving.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Raccoon DooDoo

I picked 4 more strawberries off the 10 plants I bought for $20 - total strawberries are 24 which means each strawberry only costs 83 cents.  Soon I will be at break even level!  And the rat/mouse has left them alone since I scattered bay leaf around them.  The raccoon has been back - this time eating our neighbors cherries as I found a "deposit" in my yard full of cherry pits.  I bet the little bugger had a belly ache.  Now I not only have to pick up Buddy doodoo but I have to pick up Mr Raccoon doodoo too!