Tuesday, June 28, 2016

For Vix - The Goodyear Blimp

This picture is for Vix - who was wondering about the Goodyear Blimp.  The old models have been retired and this is one of the new 2016 models which we will likely be riding in on Sunday.  Weather forecast is shaky but we have all our fingers and toes crossed we get to go up.  Yes, the Goodyear Blimp is a Zeppelin!  The new ones are nearly the length of a football field. Have a great weekend - to those in Canada Happy July 1 - Canada Day and those in the USA - Happy July 4th!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Food Freebies!

Hubby got back from his business trip late last night (or should I say 130am this morning due to a flight delay) and brought home these food freebies.  We have the best clients - this one is a food wholesaler who sells to chefs and restaurants across Canada.  Lousy pictures but I was in a rush and wanted to get everything put away so used my 4s iphone camera (still plugging along after 4 years of daily use).  That is five bags of specialty rice including red rice and black Italian rice and quinoa.  The little packets of goodness are liquid boullion in chicken, beef, vegetable and seafood.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Money from Garbage

So I am pretty addicted to monitoring my 24 hour Facebook bidding site and due to a posting by another member yesterday I was inspired to list a 9 year old HP laptop with a dead battery that quit working properly about 6 years ago. It turns on, but something is broken in it so that certain things are not functioning correctly. At the time it broke it was not worth the money to pay someone else to fix it. It had a DVD player so we kept it. It has sat wholly unused for 3 years. I spotted a non-working laptop on the site that had a starting bid of Free (you can do that and people bid it up in .50 cent increments or if they are really serious they take the bidding up in several dollar increments). It ended up at $35. For a non-working laptop!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Laugh

I rarely post funny things here but this is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time - enjoy!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Good News Friday

Not a scare crow but a scare-sea lion so they don't come on the dock, Ucluelet, BC
Sharing a few more pictures of our trip to Ucluelet and Tofino and some great news this week:

1.  Mom's CT scan came back negative - no issues there so we are not quite sure why she had vertigo but with the help of some medication it appears to have passed after a few days.  The Dr is hopeful it will be 100% a non-issue within the month.  In the mean time she has started driving again but has no long trips planned.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ucluelet and Tofino Weekend Away

Last weekend we had an absolutely fabulous weekend in Ucluelet and Tofino.  After a 3 hour drive on an extremely curvy highway (curviest I've seen in Canada with 18% grades and 30km per hour switchbacks) we arrived to our tiny little one room cabin on the waterfront in Ucluelet.  It was everything we had hoped for with a small bathroom, mini-kitchen, balcony and a place to launch our kayaks down below directly into the water.  It was raining so we just unpacked and settled in and relaxed with cocktails on the balcony.  Even in bad weather it was beautiful.  We instantly saw California sea lions swimming right out front and many fishing boats going by.   On Friday (hubby's birthday) we had a leisurely breakfast and waited for the weather to break - soon the rain stopped and the clouds lightened.  Our first adventure was to walk a 3 km portion of the the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet. There is a huge stretch of coastline with hiking right next to the ocean with many viewpoints and benches for resting and taking pictures.  We chose to do a 3km loop that included the lighthouse as Buddy can't go for much more than that due to his short little poodle legs.  It was gloriously beautiful, as these pictures show.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

First World Problems

Cool Spanish Flowerpot spotted at Cordoba
So today I am running around madly trying to pack everything for our weekend trip to Ucluelet and Tofino which we leave for tomorrow.

We got some rather bad news this morning.  Our beautiful new floors that we had put in last August and paid $8000 to have installed in our hallway, front entry, kitchen, dining room and living room are faulty.  They creak really loudly.  Initially we had thought they were just settling but it is getting worse.  We called the flooring company as there is a warranty on it.  They thought it might have been improperly installed (they installed it) as unless you leave a bit of room for expansion and contraction between the boards and the wall (under baseboards) it has no room to move and may creak.  A little creaking is standard, a lot is another matter.  A salesman was here last week, he agreed with us it is creaking a lot.  Not just one place and not a normal amount.  An installer was here today with the company owner who removed the baseboards in one area and double checked their work.  It is a definitely a product issue, not an installation issue.  Now they have to go back to the manufacturer and see what they say.  Needless to say what this likely means is that all of it will have to be bloody ripped up and redone.  In the mean time we wait.  Did I mention that we installed it before we had our new appliances put in?  Crikey.  It will mean a larger job than it was the first time because of more furniture in each room. Not great news and not something I wanted to blog about until I knew the outcome but I have a sneaking suspicion this will drag on for a while.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Living the Good Life

All of the container potatoes are growing!
The kids bought me some amazon gift certificates for Mothers Day.  I have been wanting a fit bit since buying hubby one for hubby for Christmas.  I bought the flex as have no need to monitor my heart rate (the kids and I bought the Charge HR for hubby).  It also monitors your sleeping patterns.  After wearing it for a week it definitely indicates what I have always known, that I sleep on average 4-5 hours per night and am restless between 20-30 times with complete wake-ups 1-5 times a night.  Yes, I have difficulty sleeping and always have.  The second thing I realized is that when working from home it is extremely difficult to be active.  This week I worked a couple of short shifts at my old company helping them out so was more active and yet it is still very difficult to break 10,000 steps a day.  The best bet for me is a 1/2 hr treadmill workout (we own one, bought used) a day plus a long walk with the dog.  I have also been inputting all my food trying to stay on track calorie-wise.  I hope to lose 10 pounds - we shall see how long this takes.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Week Catch-up

Neat planter seen in Cordoba, Spain (click for larger picture to see detail)

What a busy week.  I helped out at the company where I used to work three mornings this week after they asked me if I would be willing to assist temporarily a little over May, June, and July after a long-term employee moved away.  I enjoy seeing the people I used to work with and this is an easy way to help add more to our travel fund so agreed.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

March and April Grocery Tallies and Christmas Fund 2016

I am recapping both March and April grocery results as did not report due to our holiday.  Our normal monthly grocery budget which includes all groceries/cleaning supplies/toiletries/over the counter meds is $550 Canadian for two adults.  Due to overages in prior months being deducted in order to stay on annual budget, the budget for March was $524.44.  I went a couple bucks over that but so close I consider it a win.  Although we were gone for 11 days in April I still left the regular  budget in place as had to stock up after the trip to fill the fridge back up and hit upon several good meat sales so the freezer is full.