Friday, May 22, 2015

Blue Skies Ahead

We had a lovely long weekend last weekend -  managed to relax, get our yard work done, had lots of BBQd food, and even tried out our new kayaks!  They are everything we hoped them to be and we had a great 1.5 hour paddle on Monday afternoon.  This week we have had extremely nice warm sunny days and after an extremely tough work day of being couped-up in the house we decided to take a walk with Buddy down at the Marina area last night.  I never get tired of the scenery and still absolutely love where we live.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Furry Friday and Five Things

Rhododendrons in my back yard

I don't have much blogging mojo these days but wanted to let you know what's been happening:

Sunday, May 10, 2015


We have had a very stressful week here getting ready to deliver training to a huge client, many late night work hours and then this morning, just when hubby is to leave town on business we wake up to find our fur baby with a really bad boo boo to his right eye.  Off to the Vet Clinic we go.  Yes, we incurred an after hours Sunday vet bill, think big bucks.  Buddy has swelling of the cornea and he scratched quite a lot of it off overnight. He sleeps in the utility room and we didn't realize he was up most of the night.   Hopefully, with some love, cone and attention including anti inflammatory meds and antibiotics he will get better in a few days and the scratched off part will grow back.  He feels like crap right now though and has mostly been sleeping.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I Screwed Up - the Food Waste Edition

The first incident - On Friday I went and did my regular grocery shop including purchasing 4 litres of milk for $4.59.  On Sunday we discovered that the milk never made it from the trunk of my car to the fridge.  Unfortunately, the garage was not cold as we had several nice days and by the time we figured out where the missing milk was - it had spoiled.  Hard earned cash and milk down the drain.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dollars and Cents

Beach at Goose Spit low tide, Comox Valley
I finished April off with a grocery total of $585.  The budget was $550 so a little over but I took advantage of many meat deals this month and the freezer and fridge are full to bursting.  I do believe I will be well under the budget in May.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Furry Monday - First Day At The Ocean

I seem to have a hard time making a commitment to doing Furry Friday posts - because I like to blog when I am in the mood to.  Therefore, all further Buddy posts will be done whatever day I wish too :) These pictures were taken last weekend.  A sunny day combined with low tide and Buddy bath day all converged into the perfect day to take Buddy to the beach for the first time.  If we let him go off leash, well, we likely would never catch him again therefore he had to enjoy it on leash. He is a grazer, loves eating anything and everything off the ground.  Another reason to have a short leash at the beach as there are things there like jellyfish that could make him pretty sick.  Last week he ate a bunch of rhododendron blossoms and I started to panic as those are supposed to be fairly toxic to dogs.  There were zero noticed side effects from that episode but you can't be too careful.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Amazing Aerial Video of Snowbirds and Our Town

For two weeks very April the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Demonstration Squadron  practice their routines at our Air Force Base (Comox)  for air shows around the world.  It is pretty cool and amazing to see them along with CF-18 Hornet fighter jets doing aerial manoeuvres from your back yard.  Buddy, my puppy is wondering what all that noise is but the rest of us love it.  As I type this I can hear a CF18 speeding overhead.

It seems they shot a video this week on one of our sunny days with amazing shots our town and ocean coastline. The video is only 4.5 minutes long - Enjoy!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Free Windows!

About a week ago we went to a local home show to investigate flooring options for our renovations that we have been planning on.  We stumbled upon something that is giving us between $1000 - $2000 in savings!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Big Banana Dilemma

Yesterday I was able to buy some organic bananas for .47 cents a pound - which is the cheapest I have seen bananas here in 10 years.  The regular lowest price here is usually .77 cents a pound for regular non-organic bananas and organic ones generally go for $1.50 a pound.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

More Thrifty Finds

After months of finding nothing thrifting the last few weeks have been very fruitful.  I needed a new makeup bag as my old one was falling apart. For .50 cents this pretty makeup bag did the trick.  This was obviously a gift with purchase of very expensive cosmetics.  It was brand new as still had plastic over the zipper.  I love the groovy colours.