Friday, November 17, 2017

Vintage Christmas Bonanza

I haven't blogged in over a week but I have been out hunting - for Christmas vintage that is.  One week a year our local thrift stores save all their Christmas goods and put it out this week, just after November 11th which is Remembrance day in Canada.  In order to actually get the really old good stuff you actually line up before the store opens, in our case about 1/2 an hour.  On both Monday and Wednesday morning Mom and I scouted for the best stuff.  Here are the results:

Box of Indents $3

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I Get My Thrills On The Cheap!

The title of todays post is based on how little I can spend and the thrift store and bring home the best goods (what were you thinking!).  I was tempted to name this post Blue Balls but thought better of it ha ha (see below).   First the picture above is of my two purple celosia plants which used to live on the patio.  Last week when it suddenly snowed I brought them inside.....after several bug and slug patrols I have decided they will live inside until they die as they are annuals so not meant to be forever plants.  They are so pretty and when I spotted them for $5 each at the end of August I had to buy them as my other patio plants had mostly been killed due to a long way too hot summer.  We still have snow on the ground, in fact it snowed again on Saturday night - which did not prevent us from going over to our friends for a night of cards.  It is now warmer and above zero but the snow likely will only melt once it rains which should be tomorrow according to the forecast.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Blizzard Edition

So we are currently experiencing a blizzard.  It has snowed about 4 inches since 10am, just 5 hours ago.  I've already shoveled the driveway and walks once as the snow here is like cement and sets up if left, not like the fluffy dry snow of the prairies.  They had called for rain with possibility of some flakes then back to rain.  Just a little bit wrong.   We are prepared for winter, yesterday we had our cedars trimmed so they withstand the snow a little better.  I had left my pots out but the snow won't hurt them.  I took out the tomato plants midweek as we had our first frost on Oct 30th.  I still have tomatoes ripening on the windowsill.  We put winter tires on our vehicles the beginning of October, early but we got a great deal on an almost new set of winter tires for the truck and already had a set for the car.  We rarely get snow here but the higher elevations on the island do and we sometimes have to travel over them and snow tires are required.  In the five years we have lived here I have only seen one or two snowflakes in the month of November.  If and when we get snow it is usually limited to December and early January.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Taste of Italy

Last week was a super rainy week on Vancouver Island, including high winds.  It was a stay inside and drink tea kind of week.  Saturday we had to work all day to play catch up so Sunday was finally a day off and the sun came out! I cleaned the entire house and then we took a long walk with Buddy.  So many beautiful leaves here this time of year.  The picture above is a maple tree, we have the largest maple leaves in the world according to Guinness Book of Records.  Any time that record gets broken it is usually from somewhere else on Vancouver Island.

After our walk it was finally time to try out our new pasta making machine that we had bought for ourselves for our 12th Anniversary last month.  Hubby happened to be very sick that weekend so I made something else and we have been too busy since to set aside the time to use it.  It really doesn't take that long but since it was our first time there was a learning curve involved.  Suddenly after a few minutes of learning the machine hubby remembered doing the same with his mom, she apparently used a pasta machine to make perogie dough which we will also do at some later point, that is part of the reason why we bought it.  The other reason is we need to immerse ourselves all things Italy based on our travels there next Spring!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Verdict

OK so here is the verdict on the new glasses from for a grand total of $52.50 less rebate of $4.07 (actual rebate from was a tiny bit smaller than I thought) = $48.43 Canadian.  They were ordered on Monday and arrived two days later.  In the mean time I received an official receipt to submit to benefits if I had any (I don't) and an email advising they had been shipped.  Today I received a third email reminding me if I was not 100% happy with them to ship them back at their expense.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Specs

So I've handed over my credit card for new glasses through, an online glasses seller which hubby has been buying his contacts from for a year.  They have excellent customer service and speedy delivery.  The picture above is the exact pair I ordered.  I first signed into my account (referral link if you wish to join, $5 automatic rebate with first purchase) so I will also get an 8% rebate.  The cost?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What's Shaking

I finally took the tomatoes off the vine, I have been blessed with dozens and dozens of cherry tomatoes this year.  My plants are still blooming if you can believe it.  This is the latest I've been able to keep them on the vine but temperatures at night are getting low and I didn't want to lose any of them.  I am hoping to stall them getting ripe and expect to be able to take them into November.  The beefsteaks didn't do quite as well but still produced ok.  I have had to freeze a lot of them as couldn't give them away (friends all have their own) and there are only so many we can eat fresh.  After this picture was taken last Friday I pulled off 4 more as had to leave anything that was smaller than a quarter on the vine.  There are still at least 20 tiny tomatoes on the vine, I will leave them until the vines die off now although they don't show signs of wanting to do that.  

The title of this blog refers to an earthquake recorded yesterday off of Tofino on the other side of the island.  It was 2am so very few felt it but as always we are ever aware that the big one could be right around the corner.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


How ironic my last post was.  I woke up Monday morning to see what happened in Las Vegas.  It just brought our situation into perspective.  The biggest thing for us is that as my stepson is in the Military and eventually wants to be a cop those are both situations that we expect him to be put in dangerous situations.  What we don't expect is for those kind of situations to happen to him while attending a football game in his home town.  Today though, I am just grateful for our family who is all safe and sound and all we have here on the island including friends, our dog Buddy and our business.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Very Sad Day

I wasn't quite sure how to write this post, but it truly comes from the heart.  Last night an evil act of terrorism directly affected my family and this is how I feel about it.  My oldest stepson is 25 and in the military.  Last night an act of terrorism happened in Edmonton at a football game.  My stepson was at that game.  Why?  Because it was military appreciation night. So my stepson, who is not a football fan at all was there in full uniform - a bit of a target of you will.  Was it fate or was it planned that way?  Unfortunately, an innocent RCMP officer and some happy go lucky people out for a Saturday night were the recipients of an evil insane act of terrorism. The part that most of the media left out was that it was Military Appreciation night....I wonder why that part was missing from almost every news story.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sunshine and Lollipops

With all that is going on in the world I decided that I needed to do a short happy post.  Buddy makes me happy so I am sharing him today.  One of our business clients is a chain of pet stores.  Hubby has to speak at a conference with them next week and we wanted a picture of him with one of their toys for our presentation.  Buddy was happy to oblige.  He is a toy killer so we usually let him play for a while and then before he destroys it chase him around the yard to get it back so he can play with it another day.  I think he particularly loves the chasing around the yard part.