Sunday, August 21, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Lots of action this week in the living rich household. We traded in hubby's sportscar (found at a garage sale, paid for in cash) and sold my car (also paid in cash) and upgraded to a 2012 model (cash from both vehicles paid for car plus a bit extra). We are now a 2 car family again. Maybe one day we will be a one car family but for now this works. Our truck is for lifestyle, hauling things like kayaks, bottles, furniture and going to spots with buddy. The car will be shared. We rarely have to be two different places at one time but it happens. The car is a four seater so will work to haul family around when they visit or when we go places with Mom. Probable savings? About $1200 per year in insurance and maintenance and less polishing and washing for hubby who is in charge of that in our household.
|Test subject buddy was the first picture taken with new iphone SE|
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
If we had to do it over again I would not have ordered GE appliances. It is too hard for repairmen to get parts in Canada. If any of them die we will choose another brand.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
One pot worth of baby potatoes. We planted our container potatoes back in early May. They have now died off, all except one pot. I think we put them in a too hot area and the siding scalded them so they died off a bit early. I know potatoes normally die off when ready but the one that was on our back patio that gets a bit more shade still has green leaves. It was a great experiment and I will grow them again, only next year we will put them in a shadier spot. The tiniest ones are the size of a quarter. The bigger ones could be called fingerlings. This batch will be getting this treatment tonight on the BBQ, perfect for tiny tiny potatoes and a rosemary bush that thinks it is a fir tree:
Teeny tiny potatoes with rosemary from Skinnytaste.com
I am not going to dig up the rest until we are ready to eat them so from here on out we will have tiny potatoes that you pay big money for at the grocery store until mid-September.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
|New to me bookshelf|
Saturday, July 23, 2016
I hate to say the C word so early but you all know that every December the C word comes around (if you celebrate) and costs most households a fortune. I like to plan ahead for the most expensive month of the year by saving points and socking away money bit by bit throughout the year. If you have read this blog for any length of time you understand I am a saver of both cash and points.
Friday, July 15, 2016
|Buddy age 1.5 - discovering apples in the yard|
Tis the season for free food. The neighbors to the back that we share a fence with have an apple tree which keeps dropping fruit in the yard. I have a helper to gather it. Buddy doesn't eat it, just likes to pick them up and pretend we are playing ball (with me chasing him around trying to get the fruit away). They are not crab apples but some kind of regular eating apple and are definitely not beautiful so perfect for either crock pot applesauce to freeze or an apple crumble which I hope to prepare some time this weekend.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
When I last blogged our Goodyear Blimp ride had been delayed due to weather as the Blimp got caught along the Oregon coast and can only fly in non-rainy conditions with very little wind. The weather has frankly not been great and our ride was in jeopardy of being cancelled altogether. We were supposed to go up on Friday but late Wednesday morning they called me and advised the pilots had looked at the weather forecast and it was a no go. They rescheduled again for Saturday. We decided that there was an extremely small chance of this trip actually happening for us so made a fast plan. If we were going to all the expense of taking the ferry over to the mainland and the ride was cancelled our trip would be a total loss. Instead, we shuffled our hotel after a bit of begging and pleading (nonchangeable reservation with an extremely nice hotel staff who after the story was told changed our reservation) and called Mom to see if she could watch Buddy, our dog, for an extra day. We then drove to Bellingham, Washington Thursday afternoon for a day of shopping on Friday. The distance is a short 45 minute drive between Bellingham Washington and Abbotsford, BC so very doable on a short timeframe (good thing our passports are up to date). We had a wonderful couple of days. We bought a bunch of over the counter medications at half the price (even with our poor exchange rate), groceries and some clothing. In order to have any kind of duty free allowance you have to be gone from Canada at least 24 hours and we timed it so we met the requirement. Unfortunately you have to be out longer to bring back alcohol which is a fraction of the price in the USA versus at home - but our mission was accomplished.
Friday, July 1, 2016
|Surfer at Tofino - Chesterman Beach|
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Hubby got back from his business trip late last night (or should I say 130am this morning due to a flight delay) and brought home these food freebies. We have the best clients - this one is a food wholesaler who sells to chefs and restaurants across Canada. Lousy pictures but I was in a rush and wanted to get everything put away so used my 4s iphone camera (still plugging along after 4 years of daily use). That is five bags of specialty rice including red rice and black Italian rice and quinoa. The little packets of goodness are liquid boullion in chicken, beef, vegetable and seafood.