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
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
We are back home and back to work but our trip to Ucluelet and Tofino was very relaxing and fun. We mostly spent our times outdoors, hiking and walking on Tofino beaches. We hiked all parts of the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, one of my absolute favorite areas where these ocean shots were taken. Buddy was right along with us, never tiring. For a short dog he sure can hike, one day we did 8km and he still wanted to play at the end of the day. Quite amazing that this trail is 100% funded by donations and kept by volunteers, not part of Parks Canada - so always free to visit! We intend to make a donation towards its upkeep, so beautiful.
Friday, August 18, 2017
|One of the many great views from the Wild Pacific Trail|
So I am blogging from Ucluelet today, listening to the rain on our tiny 260 sq foot rented cabin roof and watching the occasional fishing boat go by out front. We knew it would rain at least once this trip and according to the forecast it should clear up in an hour or two. This side of Vancouver Island tends to get more moisture, I wish we had a bit more of this rain back home. For now, we are just enjoying sleeping in (hubby more than me, Buddy is right there with him), a very large cup of tea made in one of my big mugs brought from home and am looking forward to a yummy brunch of fruit, bagels and eggs.
Friday, August 11, 2017
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know I am a saver. I have two accounts, a chequing and a savings. Every single month on payday (we only pay ourselves once per month) I put a big chunk of money into the savings account. I record what the fund is made of on a single piece of paper - no complicated effort to be made. Right now there is a travel portion for our trip to Italy Spring of 2018, Christmas, big bill fund which is for house and car insurance and house taxes, a house repair/furniture/appliance fund, and medical fund for big ticket items like glasses as we self-insure for medical and dental. If I have one-off items I want to save for I create a new column.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
|Taken on our fishing trip before the smoke set in|
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Our fishing trip was fantastic. On Friday afternoon at 2pm we headed out on a five hour charter in the nearby Salish Sea that runs between Comox and the mainland. It was an absolutely beautiful day for fishing. 25 degrees celsius, a very light wind and very calm seas. This trip had been saved for and planned months ahead and was part of our "experiences not stuff" Mother's day gift, Father's day gift, Hubby's Birthday and my Birthday gift. We packed a picnic lunch and set out to hopefully catch some fish. We had a fantastic guide from Cliff's Chinook Charters named Raiden. He is 29 and has been guiding for many years along the Pacific Coast.