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?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ucluelet and Tofino

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

Let Them Eat Ucluelet

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

Saving To Get What You Want

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

Smoked In

Taken on our fishing trip before the smoke set in
It's only been a week since our fishing trip and on Wednesday the smoke moved into the island, six weeks after the forest fires in the interior of BC started.  It is difficult to see the sun, there is an orange glow to everything and you can taste the smoke in your mouth.  Each day is slightly different but other than walking the dog and mowing the lawn I have not been spending much time outside.  To make matters worse the weather is quite hot between 30-35 C each day.  I am so grateful we have air conditioning as wouldn't want to open the windows to the smoke.  I cannot imagine what it must feel like to be living in the fire zones, where if you are in your home you are on alert to leave immediately should the fires come closer.  Many plans have been cancelled and people are prisoners to their properties.  Many businesses are hurting that normally see tourism this year.  This weekend is a long weekend here, apparently the ferries were a madhouse last night with people trying to get away from the smoke for the weekend thinking the island was the answer.  Unfortunately up until this week it was, but now we have it too due to a change in weather pattern.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gone Fishing

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.