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.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

This and That

Yes, I survived my dental appointment.  In the end it only cost $200 for a checkup with xrays and a cleaning.  I absolutely hate it though, hubby thinks it might be my fibromyagia but it is like they are scraping away at every single raw nerve in my body when they are polishing and cleaning.  I really don't know how I lasted through the root canal last year but maybe that was because I was in major pain already and just wanted it to go away.  I have no fear, just alot of sensitivity and agony in the chair.  At least it is sorted for another year. I take good care of my teeth so luckily no new issues to deal with.

Monday, September 18, 2017


I took a little unexpected blogging break there but everything is fine here.  I have just spent the last 10 days trying to improve my mental health and not get so involved in total world chaos via the media. 

I bought two gigantic pots of mums for either side of our garage ($12 per pot at Costco) which immediately increased the happiness factor. Mums are so hardy and they look absolutely beautiful.  These will likely last until November as we don't usually get any frosts until then. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017


It was 33 degrees on Sunday so we headed to the beach.  Buddy is a wader, still not a swimmer but he still loves the beach.  We didn't last long as it was too bloody hot with very little breeze so we decided home with the AC was the better choice. I realize many people survive really well without AC but as we have it we use it, especially when hubby is working as his office heats up with the lights we use for video conferencing.  We save money other ways.  I will be really happy though in a few weeks to shut the AC off and just enjoy the naturally cool temperatures.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Found on road free = FORF.  I noticed a free box on the sidewalk in my neighborhood this week as I was driving by but couldn't stop at that time so made sure to walk by later in the day with the dog and a bag to carry things home in.  The nice large IKEA storage jar on the left was in the box.  I already own the smaller IKEA jar on the right so knew exactly what it was along with another 2 that I store grains in.  I had just bought a large amount of rotini and had no free storage jars so this was good timing.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Grocery Wars - In The Trenches

This summer has been a bit of a fight to stay on budget in the grocery department - prices just seem to be going up and up.  I recently commented on another blog how I try to keep our suppers at $5 total for two adults.  Some are higher, some are lower.  Our monthly grocery  bill including all over the counter medicines, personal products and household cleaners comes to $550.  It has been tougher recently to stay on that budget but I am trying.  How do I do that?