Monday, March 30, 2015

Thrift Store Finds

After a very long thrift drought I  ended up going to a couple of thrift stores over Thursday and Friday plus one junk sale.  I finally added a few items to my Spring wardrobe:
Pink tunic $4.75
For those who are new readers of my blog - I buy 95% of all clothing at the thrift store, excluding socks, swimsuits and undergarments and have done so for several years now.  I am still extremely picky on what I buy as thrift store dollars are just as hard earned as any other and anything I buy must be in perfect condition or it stays on the rack.  The first two shirts (pink and red) appeared to both be brand new and never even been washed.  They have now been washed and are hanging in my closet.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Actually Cooked Something This Week

I actually cooked something for myself this week in an attempt to use up items in the fridge.  I tried out a great recipe for Ruth's Great Quiche I found on the Travel with Kevin & Ruth blog.  They eat a gluten-free diet and this recipe definitely works for that as involves a corn tortilla crust.  I eat gluten but don't enjoy making pie crusts due to the work involved and the fact that I have only made a couple ever - plus I had some corn tortillas in the freezer needing to be used up(fresh corn tortillas are almost impossible to get here).

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Busy Bee Week

I am just back from dropping hubby off at the airport for a 7 night business trip.  This morning I made a two page list of all the things I would like to accomplish while he is gone.  He asked me why I always work myself to death when he is away getting things done - the answer is easy.  We work full-time from home and I find it difficult to do large projects when he is here.  When he is away I can leave a room half torn apart if I run out of energy one day only to finish it the next.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Furry Friday -The "I Love Tug of War" Edition

Buddy is still entertaining us on a daily basis.  We try and go for walks with him every day except when the weather is really lousy like yesterday and today.  Those days we play indoors to try and get some of his puppy energy out so that we can have a quiet evening with him.  One of his very favorite toys was absolutely free - hubby had long ago cut up an old bathrobe for car wash rags and still had the tie hanging around.  Buddy quickly claimed it.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saving and Splurging

Hotel we will stay at in Playa Del Carmen
Busy this week so just a short quick post :

1.  Thrifty hubby was power washing the house and driveway when something broke in our 8 year old power washer.  These units are not cheap and the one we have was about $400 originally.  Some would say that you don't really need one but here on the West Coast everything is covered in green scum in the Spring after our winter rains so if we didn't own one we probably would have to rent one.  He googled it, watched youtube videos, and found another identical unit on Craigslist for $100 that someone was selling for parts.  Really?  $100 for parts!  Instead of buying that, he found the exact part he needed for $22 but had to drive to Nanaimo 1.5 hours away for it.  Part plus gas equaled about $45 and now the unit is fixed.  We are going to try and nurse several more years out of it.  Yes, it cost him quite a bit of time but sometimes that is what Do It Yourself is all about.  If we had bought the other unit for parts we might be able to get even more time out of it - but have no where to store the parts in the mean time.  Now the house has been all scrubbed - next on the list is yard work.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Tickets Are Booked!

I have been a little travel drunk recently with money burning a hole in the travel fund.  Yesterday was the magic day where our wishes coincided with a seat sale.  In exactly three months from today we are going to...Mexico!  Yes, not a new country to us, in fact one which I have traveled to about 15 times - but we love Mexico and since we had originally wanted to do this trip last December and that got shelved due to my Stepdaughter moving in with us (and then back out again) we decided to go with the original plan.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Furry Friday - The Sun Worshipper

Buddy (age 3.5 months) got his first haircut last Friday. This is the regular poodle cut.  I have to get used to the fact that she shaves his face and feet - but now he kind of looks like he has monkey feet lol.  Poodles have hair not fur so they barely lose any fuzz in your home.  As a result, just like humans they need their hair cut once in a while.  We have cedars in our backyard, no trees, and Buddy loves sticks so we brought the piece of driftwood  in the photo back from the beach for him.  Hubby had to cut it into two so it was Buddy sized lol.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Military Funny

We heard from my eldest Stepson who is in the third week of Canadian Military basic training at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.  He completed and passed the fitness portion and they are now working on first aid training which comes easy to him as he took a course after highschool on first aid when he was contemplating becoming a fireman.  He is starting to get used to days that start at 5:00 am and end at 11:00 pm - difficult since he is not a morning person.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tidbits -The Financial Edition

Yay to the end of February - a very short month and one that is filled with big expenses.  In a nutshell:

1.  We had the highest electricity bill (BC Hydro) of the year.  We only have one government owned option for electricity so have to swallow the rates they give us which went up this year.  They bill us every other month and the bill was $381 for two months useage.  Yikes.  I knew it was going to be high as check our usage regularly online, something that in this electronic age is pretty cool.   That included the month of January when we had three adults living here fulltime so I expect the next bill to be lower. We heat by electric heat pump except for the living room fireplace which is natural gas.  Natural gas also heats our hot water tank which is a relief as natural gas prices have decreased slightly.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunshine and Frugal Things

February 2015 Goose Spit Comox

I hope everyone had a great weekend - we certainly did.  Saturday we spent 3 hours cleaning the garage, spider wrangling (hubby had that job) and making room for our new kayaks.  The good news is everything fits nicely, we got rid of some recycling and made a small pile for our next garage sale.  We have a crawlspace under the entire house so have room to store that kind of stuff.  If I didn't we would have driven it straight to the thrift store.  It was tiring but it is so nice to know exactly where everything is in the garage and that it is tidy and organized - it hasn't looked this great since we moved in almost 3 years ago.