Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In The Air

Looking towards the mainland of BC-Whistler in background

Just a quick post to share these shots Hubby sent me  of his flight this morning from Vancouver Island to Vancouver. Yes, that is what the huge city of Vancouver looks like on a nice crisp (-3 degrees celcius) day.  We have had a lot of cold days lately but with that comes the sunshine and I am ok with that!  He is now on a flight to Montreal and from there flies to Fredericton, New Brunswick.  It basically takes the same amount of time to fly across Canada as it does to Europe!  And nearly costs as much as well.  My Stepson is very happy he is coming though so worth it all in the end.


Monday, November 23, 2015

The Forbidden Fruit

Another one of the things I enjoy about this time of year is the tasty pomegranate.  I just finished one off this afternoon - after it made a few appearances in some delicious baby spinach and mushroom salads with asian dresssing.

Monday, November 16, 2015


This cute little hairy creature turns one this week.  It is hard to believe Buddy has been in our life for almost 10 months now - I can't imagine life without him.  He spends his days following us around the house and is definitely very attached to both of us.  He has figured out what the gas fireplace is for now that we have it on occasionally since the weather has gotten colder.  These first two shots were taken after we took advantage of a sunny day last week (after days and days of miserable rain) and took him on a 1.5 km walk then hubby played ball with him in the back yard for another hour. Totally exhausted he climbed up on the sofa on top of a fuzzy blanket and made himself comfortable.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bargains Galore!

All these vintage balls - $5

This week has been a bargain hunting bonanza that started with a gigantic used charity book sale (think 40,000 used books, fiction alphabetized by author and the rest categorized by genre).  Needless to say there are now 10 new-to-me books sitting in the closet waiting to be read.  Today Mom and I spent the morning thrifting as the day after Remembrance Day is the day the Christmas goodies go into the thrift stores.  I scored major vintage goodness - all for $17.  Let me just say we braved a major coastal storm to be at the store on opening and were soaked to the gills after all our shopping.

Friday, November 6, 2015

October Food Budget and Extra Money for Christmas

My rhododendrons are in partial bloom for the second time this year, the last being in April.  I am not sure what that is about as this has not happened before.  Perhaps it was due to the summer drought then lots and lots of rain.  Not a great picture, but I wanted to document this for future reference that I actually had flowers blooming in the yard in November - amazing!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Looking towards November

November is one of my favorite months of the year.  I light tons of candles, the Christmas tree goes up the end of the month and some early Christmas baking happens.  I know November is way early to be putting the three up but I love the lights and it's my house so I can do as I want.  The thrift stores put out their Christmas stuff on November 12th here, so that is a special thrift store day based on my love of antique and vintage ornaments.  I don't buy much but every year I find a few nice things for just a couple of dollars.  The slow cooker gets used a lot with yummy winter stews.  Just a nice cozy time of year.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Right Numbers

On Monday night I got called in to count special ballots for six hours on Election night which will add a bit more to the Spain wine and beer fund plus I got to see the actual counting process for the first time which was interesting. In Canada everything to do with the election is manual and triple checked therefore very difficult for anyone to sway election results one way or the other.  At some point in future that may change though as this is the digital age and we are behind the times in the process.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Plumping The Travel Fund

I survived my four day stint as an advance Canadian Election poll worker - and if you wish to complain about the long line you had to wait in vote please complain elsewhere as I have heard enough of that already.  Apparently Canadian voters are coming out in force and the crush of advance voters overwhelmed most locations which only had one polling station *(the actual election day of October 19th has many more so no lineups are expected but don't hold me to that).  Anyway, I managed to come away from that experience with just over $500 to fatten up the Spain travel fund.  I also lost 2 pounds as was constantly on my feet with almost no breaks due to crowds.  A win win on both counts!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A New-To-Us Piece!

Meet our new display cabinet for $595 - not your grannies hutch!  We have been looking for something to fill a space in our dining room bump-out for three and a half years. I was thinking a small buffet would work.  I prefer buying used furniture but unfortunately Vancouver Island has a quite tight resale market where it is difficult to find used pieces in good condition at a price we can live with.  Out of frustration when we moved here we ended up purchasing a table, six chairs and a bedroom suite new because there was just nothing on the used market that we liked.  Moving our old set was not an option, why pay thousands more to move old furniture way past its prime? Two of the six new chairs are now falling to pieces - this after only 3 years of light use (our furniture always looks like brand new because we take extremely good care of it).  Just last weekend we went and looked at a new dining room set including matching buffet.  Let's just say the buffet alone was twice as much as the purchase price of this cabinet.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

End of Harvest and Squirreling for Winter

What a week - so much has been happening:

-We celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday with a Greek meal at our favorite restaurant.  We don't go out to dinner very often so when we do we try and frequent places that we know are consistently great.  We received the best service that we have had in a restaurant in the last 10 years from a waitress who was holding down a busy restaurant all by herself.  She was so calm and professional - we left her a very good tip as she definitely deserved it.  The food was amazing as always.