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!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

In Pictures

I am finding it difficult to post here for a variety of reasons.  One, life is busy. Two, I find it difficult to temper my current rage at what is happening in the world, in particular the country next door.  When you commit crimes against humanity and then you or your minions quote the bible to justify your actions there is literally no hope for you or your followers.   That had to be said.  It is bloody obvious I am Anti-Trump but I still love the USA and most of the people, heck, I was born there.  I do know many Republicans who voted for him initially because he was anti-abortion are being tested right now, many wishing they had voted differently or that their party had chosen a better/different leader.

 I am also hopping on the buy Canadian bandwagon because he seems to have declared war on Canada along with a bunch of other countries and is embracing Dictators.  I am not just buying Canadian though, will buy Mexico wherever possible as well.  I am more than happy to spend my dollars in Mexico this winter versus the USA and although I have many relatives in the United States will not step foot inside until the tyrant is gone.  There - I am done - and if you read this blog and are still pro Trump then don't bother commenting.  Rant over.  I don't really want this to be a political blog but one can only contain it so long.

Now I will share my week in pictures.  Also, I tend to post more pictures on instagram.  If you do instagram you will find me at @livingrichislandgirl.
Buddy's happy beach dog look

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Strawberry Dreams Forever

Out of last month's grocery bill $50 of it went towards buying food bearing plants and seeds for my minigarden.  I really don't want to take out a big patch of grass to have a larger garden, nor do I have the energy or time to maintain one so for now there are two long growing boxes and several pots.  I planted 10 strawberry plants and they seem to be doing well as I have already harvested 3 medium to large strawberries with many more buds and baby strawberries on the way.  Total investment in the strawberry plants was $20 so at this early point in the season each strawberry has cost me $6.66.  I am keeping track to see if it is worth it as have never grown strawberries before.  I only planted 3 tomato plants this year as they always seem to do really well and we get quite a good yield with just a couple of plants.  They are already filled with flowers.  I also planted 2 pepper plants, a pot of cilantro and one cucumber plant.  The cucumber plant is an experiment as well as I am not sure if they grow well in containers. The strawberry was very tasty by the way.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Back to Regular Life!

Although life has resumed at it's pre-vacation break neck speed we always try and walk Buddy and on our walk the other day we saw that the baby ducks had hatched while we were gone at the pond on our regular route.  So bloody cute - there were about 20 of them from various Mother ducks there zipping about like crazy on the water.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Paris - Europe Trip Part 4

Italian dog we tried to make friends with

Work is out of control so it has been difficult to get the last post of our epic European adventure up - but here it is.  We decided last minute to book a cab back to the Naples airport which is a 45 minute journey from Salerno.  When researching things in advance several transfer companies had quoted stupid money - 180 Euros (270 CAD) for the four of us.  Every other day but Sunday there is a shuttle bus that is very reasonable that leaves from the train station going to the airport.  We were leaving on a Sunday which I wish I would have known about this before making all our hotel arrangements.  Anyway, I refused to pay that much so our plan was to take a short cab to the Salerno train station, local metro train to Naples, grab a SITA bus to the Naples airport all taking 2-3 hours depending on if the train was on time.  That would have still cost us about 80 Euros.  After our cancelled train episode taking the local train to Pompeii I decided we were going to take a cab to the airport instead.  I texted my AirBNB guy to see what kind of arrangement he could make.  And just like that for 120 Euros (still expensive but doable at $180 CAD) we were picked up by a local taxi.  By this time in the trip my foot was swollen and hurting, after doing 105,000 steps in one week in Italy.  I didn't think I could make it the cheaper route so we paid up and got whisked to Naples in a nice clean safe cab with a very nice taxi driver.  By the way, I strongly recommend anyone with a smart phone download the google translate app which works even offline.  Halfway to Naples one of our party needed to use a restroom and so we typed up the request and the taxi driver read it and quickly exited the freeway.  It certainly saved our bacon as he was very smiley but only spoke 3 words of English and combined with our 3 words of Italian we would have had a hard time communicating this.  Anyway, we gave him an extra tip for that.