Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I am still here...life has just gotten in the way of posting. Business is brisk with two weeks left until some downtime and our regular life just seems so busy as well. In the past 9 days:
Hubby left yesterday and returns late tonight on business trip #2 this month. He is exhausted but we have no clients booked until afternoon so hopefully we both get to sleep in a little. We have signed 2 more contracts since I last posted! He will leave on the final business trip/family trip of the year one week tomorrow - we still have a couple of large projects to finish before then but we are on track.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
As expected November has been a super crazy month with our business. We have signed a lot of contracts and this year will be a much better year fiscally than last with 2017 looking even better with all the business that we have already secured. Hubby gets back today from a four day business trip and Buddy and I are missing him. We just have to survive the next three weeks then we have two weeks of downtime as we always keep the last two weeks of December clear of appointments for a break and visiting with family. That doesn't mean no business will occur, only that it will occur at a much slower pace.
Friday, November 11, 2016
We are at two weeks today without eating out (except one morning having coffees and bagels out when we had to drop off a vehicle at the mechanic, hubby says that was a date lol, total cost $8.50 at Tim Hortons). I specifically shopped for some things that we don't normally eat. Last weekend I made a gigantic chicken enchilada casserole that fed us for 3 nights. Hubby had it for 2 and I ate the last of it while hubby ate fish which I don't like since we ate far too much of it as a kid. I also gifted Mom a portion as she no longer enjoys cooking. We certainly got our moneys worth out of 3 chicken breasts on that one. It took an hour to prepare and a lot of ingredients but was extremely tasty and in total likely costed about $12 (or less) to make or $2 a portion.
Tomorrow I am going to do a pork roast and invite Mom over, likely that will feed the three of us two full meals as well as I always send Mom home with leftovers. In addition to trying new recipes this month we are batch cooking. I made some stew and we froze the leftovers for an easy dinner down the road. Hubby made some porcupine meatballs which we also froze the leftovers. For the first time in a long time I found whole chickens on sale for a package of two for $5 so we roasted one and the other is in the freezer. I usually only buy chicken parts (breasts/legs/thighs) as can buy them per pound much cheaper than whole chickens. I don't have a lot of freezer room as only have the fridge/freezer and a minifreezer so have to be careful how much I buy or I would have bought more.
I am trying to make it without eating out until hubby goes on a business trip on Wednesday. He will be eating out for four days then (at the client's expense) and I have bought some fast and easy to prepare meals for myself while he is gone. As I said before, we are trying not to eat out due to us always being disappointed when we do and lack of nutrition/ cost associated with it.
Today is remembrance day in Canada and veterans day in the United States and my thoughts go out to everyone who has served in the military, present and past, including my stepson who is currently in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
It has rained now for approximately 35 days straight. Some days, like Halloween, it rains part of the day and then lets up. Right now we are experiencing yet another storm with howling winds and sideways rain. On these days it is tough to convince Buddy that he has to go outside. The picture above was taken on Friday afternoon as hubby and I cut out of work at 4pm and drove down to the ocean for some storm watching. Tough to tell from the picture but the wind was going about 50 km per hour. Today we have gusts up to 65 km per hour. Our house is about 2 km from the ocean and the wind always blows harder by the open ocean but our trees are bent over and the rain keeps getting slammed into the side of the house. There are parts of the island that are flooding, fortunately not in my neighborhood as we are 1000 feet above sea level and away from any creek or river that might overrun its banks. Just to give you an idea what the same beach looks like the photo below was taken there in early September.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Is it just me or do you have a hard time figuring out what to have for supper? I do not meal plan as deciding each morning what we are going to have for supper gives us a little bit of satisfaction and hubby would rebel if I didn't give him some kind of choice. He cooks too but usually the weekends and he always chooses far more elaborate meals than I do. Instead I try and keep a well-stocked pantry so we have ingredients at hand for meal preparation.
We try and eat at home 95% of the time due to a couple of factors:
1. It's cheaper
2. Nutritional value
3. Quality of food
Sunday, October 23, 2016
First, for those who don't enjoy Christmas - this is not a Christmas post! Just a post about making money on the side any way you can. I have one expensive hobby and that is traveling. Even if you travel cheaply (usually we travel moderately but not cheaply due to our time constraints) you still need cash to make it happen. Out of our regular paycheck we do contribute to our travel fund but in order to do the amount of travel we tend to like to do in a year I am on the constant lookout for ways to make money on the side that will not take away from our business and contribute to the travel funds.
|Bought for $2 (missing one, pulled a pink one from my collection to make a set) sold for $8|
Thursday, October 20, 2016
(most amazing tattoo wedding cake). He has a young wife and two kids, his youngest is 8 months old. Fortunately, his wife has a very good job and hopefully they will be fine until his company can get a temporary shop up and running asap.
Monday, October 17, 2016
|Ucluelet June 2016|