Monday, August 31, 2015

Stretching The Budget

Last month was the most expensive grocery month in the last couple of years ending up at $715.67, quite a bit over the budget of $550.  I saved $11.56 in coupon use.  My 23 year old very high metabolism working out every day Stepson visited for 8 days which was most of the overage.  We also were restricted as to what groceries we could buy for 3 weeks as were waiting on delivery of our full size fridge and living out of a minifridge.  I admit we bought a few prepared grocery dinners as without use of a stove cooking at home was complicated.  Hubby wanted to purchase a fresh half salmon off the local fishermen and that added $40 in expense.  On the upside we kept our eating out to a minimum and really only ate out more than normal twice when my Stepson was visiting which came from a special sealed pot fund.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Let It Rain!

This is the boat we bought Salmon off of at the Comox Marina last week.  We are looking at much different weather this weekend - 7 days of rain.  It couldn't be more welcome except to the late summer tourists that are trying to enjoy the outdoors.  You see, we have only had about 3 short sprinkles of rain since May.  Our Valley is in a level 3 water restriction and has been since early July which means no one has been allowed to use a sprinkler system or sprinkler to water anything, nor refill hot tubs nor wash vehicles (except at commercial washing places) in their yard.  Our lawn is a dust bowl, with the only green bits being near the trees which we are still allowed to hand-water as losing those would mean a financial hit to anyone who owns a home.  The fire level has been extremely high all summer and lots of hiking areas had to be closed due to such high fire risk they could not allow potential smokers/ATVers in the area.  The poor salmon are having difficulty with their annual trips to spawn as the streams and rivers are so low.  The blackberry harvest was yucky so I didn't bother to pick any.  They love sunshine but need some rain to plump them up.  Mom tried picking and she said they were like little pebbles - not worth picking.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Elk Falls, Campbell River
 I have been MIA this week as my Stepson flew into town for a 9 day stay.  We only found out a few weeks ago he could get leave from the Armed Forces before his Tank driver training starts in September so we shuffled some business appointments and tried to do a few tourist things during his visit.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Reno Reveal and The Answer To Where We are Traveling!

Yes, we will be replacing the microwave to match :)
Just a quick post to share our new floors - and look at that!  A new fridge and stove!  I missed my stove the most - broke it in Friday night by cooking up homemade pizza, even before I had finished unpacking the fridge (they put about a mile worth of tape and wrapping on these to keep all the bits in place in transit).  Unfortunately the installers ran into a snag about halfway through, several boxes of laminate had broken interlocking bits so they could not finish the project.  Fortunately, they managed all of the kitchen, most of the living room and the entrance.  All they have left is a small bit in the livingroom and the hallway.  They are coming back Friday to finish the job which should only take about two hours then all the trim can be replaced and we can start touching up the baseboards.  That likely will be slated for a couple of weeks down the road though, since my eldest stepson flew in from the Armed Forces yesterday.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Sneak Peek!

Sorry for the crappy photos but I just wanted to share what the flooring company dropped off yesterday - 50 boxes of this wide-plank Armstrong flooring.  It is supposed to have a 50 year residential and 10 year commercial warranty which basically is one of the strongest most durable laminates you can buy.  We paid more for it but hopefully it will be worth it in the long run.  The guys arrive tomorrow, Wednesday to start ripping out the carpet and start installing.  We have to remove every single piece of furniture in 50 percent of our home later today.  The only thing we can leave in the living room is the sofa and love seat which they said instead of hauling it out to the garage (which we paid for to have them assist us - it weighs a ton) they will just pick it up and move it to where it needs to sit out of the road until they complete that section.  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Whatcha Doing?

I spent most of this week couped up at home - I caught a major case of the flu last weekend and only felt better on Wednesday.  Buddy did a lot of snuggling and naps with me to make me feel better.  He is a little attention hog - this photo was taken just a few minutes ago as I was preparing this blog.  "Whatcha Doing?"

Saturday, August 1, 2015

3 Month Grocery Results

I used to do a post about my end of the month grocery figures every single month.  It became boring so I decided to limit it to once every couple of months.  My grocery budget is $550 per month including all over the counter medications and cleaning supplies.  This does not include dog food however as Buddy has his own category in our budget.

Here is how the last 3 months shook out:

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Invincible Chicken

I've not been that busy but not had much to blog about this week.  This afternoon starts a couple of Staycation type holiday days for us.  Unfortunately, we get to do things like clean the oven that we are selling and install a new oven fan.  Oh well, those are part of the master renovation plan.  I really want to spend a fair amount of time at the beach this week so hopefully those tasks will go by quickly.  I don't see why self cleaning ovens do such a crappy job around the doors.  Why should you have to go back and clean them after it has completed its cycle?  Can you tell how much I love cleaning my oven?  It is right up there with ironing, my second most hated housework chore.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Bounty Begins

The tomato plants I purchased this Spring are producing like crazy and the smaller roma size tomatoes are ripening already.  These were purchased at 1/2 of a foot high because I had missed the boat on planting seeds in time.  I am so glad I did - they are going absolutely crazy with our hot dry weather and regular waterings.  The left larger tomato is beefsteak  -  I had to remove five green ones as they were crowding each other out.  I gave four to Mom to ripen on her own and there are at least 30 more on the plant.  I wish I would have kept the plastic stick for the other kind - some kind of zebra plum tomato (*update - they are zebra plum tomatoes lol - I apparently have a memory afterall)- anyone know what kind it is? Hubby absolutely loves barely ripe tomatoes with cottage cheese so I picked these 3 for his snacking purposes.  Apparently they ripen from the inside out.  We both ate one and they are scrumptious.  After supplying both my and Mom's household with tomatoes this summer if we still have too many I will can some.  All this from two  plants!  My one jalapeno plant is also producing like crazy.  This is the third jalapeno harvested and there is another one that will be ready in a few days.  These plants definitely are paying for themselves.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dollars and Sense Update

Our fridge for the next four weeks
 - Renovations:  Our renovation plans went full speed ahead this week as July is the slowest month of the year for our business.  On Monday we cleaned out our master bedroom closet, took down half of our closet organizer and painted two coats.  Tuesday we put the closet organizer back and made sure to sort through all of our clothing before it got put back.  Three bags full (approximately 40 items) were deposited at Sally Ann.  This closet was previously pink - the colour the bedrooms used to be.  Three years ago when we moved in we painted the bedrooms but needed a place to unpack and store all our stuff so the closet was left and we have been meaning to paint it ever since.