Saturday, February 6, 2016

Planning Adventures

Wide sandy beaches of Tofino


I am so excited that our 10 night trip to sunny Spain is less than two months away .  Final preparations have begun with train tickets now booked and Euros in hand.

Even though we have this great trip planned it doesn't mean I don't have other adventures planned.  In May my stepdaughter is flying out for a long weekend and in June we finally going to travel to Tofino for 3 nights for hubby's birthday, something that has been on our wishlist for a few years.  I am even thinking ahead as to options where we should travel next year.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

January Grocery Budget Results - A Tough Month!

I am done grocery shopping for the month so am reporting our January Grocery Results now:

Budget $550 - Actual spend $570.90.

Over by $20.90 which comes off the $550 next months budget so only $529.10 will be spent in the shorter month of February.  Only $2 in coupons were used this month.  It was tough staying anywhere near budget this month, but I did manage a few bargains, primarily on $1.49 day at my family-owned grocery store.  I spent $30 and came home with about $80 worth of groceries that day.  It appears they will be continuing with this sale day once per month usually right at the end of the month so I will have to keep my eyes out for the next one as they only advertise it a few days ahead.  The freezer is still half-full and there are some vegetables in the fridge but I do need to get some more fruit.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What The House Looks Like Post Reno and another Thrift Find!

I promised some pictures now that the reno is done with only a few tiny things left to do.  Here we go - beautiful new quartz countertops, subway grey tile back-splash, and all new stainless steel appliances.  You can't see the dishwasher as it is on the other side of the breakfast bar.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Thrift Store Finds

Tall Bamboo vase $10 (twigs not included)
So the last contractor has left the building and with the exception of us having to do some repair work on walls and painting the house reno is officially complete.  I will be compiling a post this week showing some of the before's and afters but overall we are really happy with the final product. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Locked In The Office

Buddy and I are currently locked up in the office as there is a contractor in my kitchen installing tile backsplash.  It takes quite a lot of time as we were warned by the gentleman who recommended this contractor that he is very precise and does great work but prefers to do it slowly.  He doesn't cost any more for the time it takes him so we are good with that.  Hubby is away on business so I have locked us away to try and get most of our Corporate year end paperwork done. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Grocery Budget Results and My New Bad Boy

I have caught up just slightly with company business and managed to remove all the Christmas decorations from the inside of the house so without further wait here are the 2015 Grocery Budget tally results:

Budget: $6700 for the year which was $650 for January when my stepdaughter was still staying with us and $550 per month for the rest of the year.  My grocery budget includes all food and nonfood including beauty products - yes, even including makeup and hairspray.  It also includes a large amount of over the counter medications which we use to keep our non-life threatening diseases and conditions at bay.  

The results?  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Keeping Head Above Water

Christmas Eve Dog Walk
I am completely swamped with work right now preparing to on-board a very large client the second week of January so just a short post to say that we had a wonderful holiday and Monday morning bright and early we were back at it.  2016 is looking to be a better year for our Company which is a nice way to start the year off.  Life is not always about work, but when you are self-employed it is nice when there is no worry on how you are going to write the paychecks.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Buddy loves the fact that Santa brought him snow - he loves scooping it up and eating it.  I just have to teach him the concept of "don't eat yellow snow".  It will likely be all gone in a couple of days but for now I am letting him outside as much as he wants to enjoy it in the back yard.

Today is Christmas Eve and I am still in my robe at 10:35am.  Just about to put a batch of homemade french onion soup in the slow cooker and whip up some spinach dip.  We are having a no-meat Christmas Eve dinner tonight with Mom and will open our presents afterwards as hubby has always done so on Christmas Eve.  Christmas day we will eat our turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and salad and we will watch a movie or two.

I hope everyone has a nice relaxing enjoyable holiday.  Merry Christmas from hubby, Buddy and myself!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Every Country In The World

Buddy and a sighting of the Elusive Cheapchick!
Although it is Christmas my mind has been elsewhere.  Thinking of future possibilities!  I have been following a young Irish blogger over at although in order to see photos and the true story he has to be followed on his facebook page.  His goal is to travel to every country in the world.  This journey began in 2006 and if successful he will have completed it by the end of 2016.  Thanks to for recommending the blog back in July.  I find Johnny's travels fascinating, particularly when he travels to some of the scariest and most beautiful countries in the world, some of which are the same!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Back to Relax and a New Treasure!

Buddy finally posing in front of the tree
I am back from the whirl wind trip to Alberta and had a really good time seeing the kids and my Mother-in-law.  Besides some very slippery roads the trip went off without any hitches, incredible based on the detailed planning and logistics that  it took to come together.  We had dinner Saturday night with the kids in our favorite Vietnamese restaurant - mmmmm green onion cakes in sweet chili sauce!  Fortunately I had made late reservations which turned out to be the right thing to do as our plane was a half an hour late.  We also had an interesting time leaving town as a major windstorm/rainstorm hit Comox and there were 70 km winds slamming into our little airport.  The power failed but backup generators came on and everything just went on as normal.  The planes at our small airport pull up right beside the main terminal then everyone walks out and up the stairs to get on - this in gale force sideways rain and wind.  We were absolutely soaked getting on but we made it.  Takeoff was interesting with the wind but as we are both seasoned travelers we didn't worry about it.