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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The first tomato has been picked and eaten, in this case a cherry tomato shared with hubby.  It was very tasty and I am looking forward to many more to come.  The plants are loaded with green tomatoes so I now don't have to buy any tomatoes until Fall.  With 3 full size and 2 cherry tomato plants we will have plenty and I will share with Mom and the neighbors if I end up with too many.  I am not certain it will be a bumper crop year but it already looks like I will have more than last year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rain, Glorious Rain

We are ever so grateful for receiving rain today - the last time it rained was five weeks ago.  Slowly the grass, shrubs and trees have become tinder dry, especially those that are not being watered.  It is a good solid rain, not just a sprinkle and there is more in the forecast for tomorrow.  Normally in summer I wouldn't be so happy to see it but with drought conditions on the doorstep it is welcome. It appears the areas on fire in the interior of BC are receiving rain today as well so hopefully it will help to bring the forest fires under control.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Lost Week

The 2017 blackberry crop - should be ready for picking in August
Hubby got back yesterday after a 7 night trip to Alberta that was mostly business with a little bit of time to see the kids and his Mom.  I managed to get a huge amount done while he was gone...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Have You Ever Wanted to Live in France?

I follow a blog of two people from Britain who completely renovated a home in France that has not one but two houses on the land and could be used as a BNB with the 2nd home.  They wish to move to Portugal before Brexit goes through and have just reduced the price on the property.

For 92,000 Euro you get a newly renovated home plus revenue property.  That is the equivalent of  81,500 pounds or $105,000 USD or $136,000 CAD.  Just in case any of my followers are interested you should really check it out - and the full renovation was posted on the blog as everything was done correctly and to code.


One can dream, can't they?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Back To Regularly Scheduled Programming

To those who read and commented on my last post, thanks for letting me vent.  One can only take so much idiocy before you have a melt-down and we all have a stake what happens in the world.   It appears many feel exactly the way I do.   Anyway, today I am sharing some additional photos from Greece.  We ate a lot of fruit there, the cherries were especially tasty.  We also had wild plums and nectarines.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Day She Lost It

This is not an uplifting post, nor a politically correct one.  I thought long and hard about posting it but it's my freaking blog so I am going to.