Monday, November 19, 2018

The House Wine

Our wine has been bottled (and a couple bottles drunk) - it tastes much better than I remember homemade wine to taste, perhaps because the wine kits have come a long way from 20 years ago when I last made wine and the fact that I didn't actually make it, I paid a store to do all the work and just added yeast and bottled it.  I shared this wine kit with my best friend, she took 10 and I took 20 bottles.  Including having to purchase the bottles but having the makers fee waived as was our first time the bottles come to just less than $4 a piece - all that AND IT TASTES GOOD!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Fishing Fund

This is not a blog about Christmas decorations - I will have one of those the end of November.  This post is about reselling things to help with our fishing fund.  Back in May Mom and I went to a sale that a local club was having.  All purchases were by donation.  I gathered up a box of goodies and donated $20.  This resin truck with light up Christmas tree was in that box.  Not surprisingly due to being Spring, most of their Christmas items were barely looked at by others but since I am constantly on the lookout for vintage Christmas for my personal collection I always check out the Christmas section.  When I got home I realized that these are pretty popular and kind of difficult and expensive to find.  

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Preparing for Zombies

The garage window is decorated with scary creatures (see previous years post here, we tend to do the same from year to year) and the bowl is filled with chocolate goodies.  Yes, tonight we hand out treats to every zombie and princess that comes to our door, much to Buddy's distress.   We also hook up scary sounds to a speaker and project that throughout the neighborhood.  

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