Wednesday, September 16, 2015

She's Got Legs...and She Knows How to Use Them!


This past Saturday low-tide coincided with midday and some late summer warm weather of 24 degrees Celcius so we took Buddy for a long walk on Goose Spit Park.  We spotted this little crab, which I believe is called a Tanner crab (type of spider crab) in about a foot of water.  He was only a couple of inches wide but they grow up to several pounds and are common in the Pacific Northwest although it was the first time we have seen one here.  The rest of the little sand crabs are already buried under the sand readying themselves for fall and winter.  This is the first real creature I have been able to capture on film since I received my underwater camera for my birthday.  




I think all dogs love the beach, and Buddy is no exception.  He likes the sand portion the most but will agree to wade if the right opportunity for sniffing something in the water comes along.  We still haven't convinced him to swim yet but I think that will come with time.


The beach was pretty deserted, just a few people with their kids and dogs and what appeared to be one car load of German tourists (or local German speaking nice people).  

 I never tire of where we live, am so grateful we found a way to live here while we are still young and can get out and enjoy it.
I believe that Saturday was likely the last warm day as the weather has turned cold and rainy, but I have to say after the long hot summer we had the rain is still welcome.  They are finally lifting our watering restrictions this Friday - after not being able to use sprinklers at all this summer. That means our river is higher with recent rains and our reservoir is not in jeopardy of running dry.

As for renovations Hubby finished touching up the baseboards and we hung two brand new exterior lights on our garage as our old ones were rusted out/pitted and ugly after only being up for 7 years.  Hopefully these will last longer.  I will take a picture on a sunny day once hubby is finished touching up the plates behind them.  We only have two things left - fixing a crack in our ceiling which includes having someone re-texture an area.  If he can match the colour we won't have to paint it (fingers crossed).  If not we will be repainting the ceiling.  Not sure if our backs are up to that job considering they are 10 foot ceilings.  That might have to wait until Spring at this point.  The final piece of the reno puzzle is new countertops which we waited until last to ensure there was enough money in the reno fund for them and it appears we do.  We will be getting quotes on those in the next two weeks.

I scored a great grocery deal this week, chicken legs for $1.49 a pound which is extremely low for around here. I bought 10.5 lbs worth - which works out to 7 dinners for two for $2.87 meat cost per dinner. Yes, I continue to buy chicken parts way cheaper than I can buy a whole chicken, including skinless boneless chicken breast.  We had some for dinner last night and the rest went into the freezer in meal size packages.  Not everyone loves chicken legs(I decided not to take a picture of them for my vegetarian friends :)) but we do and this is one way we continue to stay on our grocery budget.

In an effort to boost our Spain travel fund(April 2016) I have signed up to work Elections Canada Federal Election advance polling in October which gives me 4 days of employment (8 hr days) plus a half day of training.  They usually only hire people who have worked elections in the past for advance polls but if you live in Canada and are legally allowed to work the election (they have a list) and want to work October 19th (12 -14 hr day) plus a half day training session sign up here.  Almost everyone who applies gets called, especially in smaller centres :)  I signed up just a couple of weeks ago and have already been hired.  No resume required - just your name and contact info.  Fortunately this will not interfere with our regular company business as I can just move my work around those days.

And that's what has been shaking on my little piece of Vancouver Island.  How about you?

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  1. Oooh! The crab photo came out great with all the light reflections. The water looks so clean and clear. Someday I'd like to get new countertops for our kitchen. I don't want anything fancy, just something that doesn't show every tiny crumb. Our counter is solid almond colored and everything shows up on it, I wipe it down constantly.

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    1. The crab was totally unimpressed I was chasing him around like a crazy woman with a camera. We are getting quartz which has a long life, no maintenance required and it has several colours in it so won't show the dirt - I completely understand what you mean by that as our last house had that kind of counter.

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  2. You're a busy lady! Getting programs set up at my centre for the fall, finishing up the last little bit of unpacking here and then we'll do some renos at our old home to get it ready for renting out. Cold and rainy but warm weather is on it's way. It has helped me get the new house looking very fall like!

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    1. Moving/unpacking/renovating is such work - I feel for you!

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  3. You certainly live in a gorgeous part of the world, that beach is stunning.
    Is your weather so predictable that you really do know that the warm days are over? This week we've had torrential rain, thunder, hail and today is short sleeve weather with a sunny warm weekend forecast. xxx

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    1. Our weather in September is usually pretty warm and sunny but it looks like Fall has hit a bit early. You do have a wild round of weather where you live - you have to dress for all climates every time you walk out the door.

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  4. Such a beautiful place to live. And that crab photo makes me want to run out and get an under-water camera!

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    1. It is a pretty place - I am so glad we moved!

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  5. Your pictures are lovely! I'm just surviving this week. :) New nanny is getting trained, work is getting done, lots of soccer, & prepping for my trip to London on Monday.

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    1. I hope your plan works out - plus knowing you have a plan will make all the months before then go by easier

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  6. Glad you got to use your new camera. First pictures are exciting. Our german shepherd never learned how to swim. She loved the water but never went further than the top of her legs and just waded. When other dogs swam past her she would stare at them but never attempt to copy them. I so agree about being lucky to live here!

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    1. The only thing that made Buddy want to run into the water was when he saw another dog chasing a ball. Maybe we will have to bring a ball to the beach next summer :)

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  7. The pictures are beautiful. I envy people who live close enough to the water to go whenever they want.

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    1. Thanks - the water definitely is my happy place.

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  8. I bet that the salt air has an effect on those outdoor lights. I have worked in the past as a poll clerk. A nice chuck of change for those extras. Good for you. The actual day of the election is a very long day indeed.

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    1. I am kind of glad I am not working the actual election day - way more stressful I think

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  9. I'm so happy for you that your redo is almost done. It seems that we always find something to do around here. We have literally redone every single thing in this house except for the windows and they need to be done desperately. Well we haven't redone the trim but it has been painted so I'll count that as as being redone. ;p

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    1. I know there are jobs we will still have to do next year but hopefully the bulk of everything will be over within 30 days - finally!

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