Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Elk Falls, Campbell River
 I have been MIA this week as my Stepson flew into town for a 9 day stay.  We only found out a few weeks ago he could get leave from the Armed Forces before his Tank driver training starts in September so we shuffled some business appointments and tried to do a few tourist things during his visit.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Reno Reveal and The Answer To Where We are Traveling!

Yes, we will be replacing the microwave to match :)
Just a quick post to share our new floors - and look at that!  A new fridge and stove!  I missed my stove the most - broke it in Friday night by cooking up homemade pizza, even before I had finished unpacking the fridge (they put about a mile worth of tape and wrapping on these to keep all the bits in place in transit).  Unfortunately the installers ran into a snag about halfway through, several boxes of laminate had broken interlocking bits so they could not finish the project.  Fortunately, they managed all of the kitchen, most of the living room and the entrance.  All they have left is a small bit in the livingroom and the hallway.  They are coming back Friday to finish the job which should only take about two hours then all the trim can be replaced and we can start touching up the baseboards.  That likely will be slated for a couple of weeks down the road though, since my eldest stepson flew in from the Armed Forces yesterday.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Sneak Peek!

Sorry for the crappy photos but I just wanted to share what the flooring company dropped off yesterday - 50 boxes of this wide-plank Armstrong flooring.  It is supposed to have a 50 year residential and 10 year commercial warranty which basically is one of the strongest most durable laminates you can buy.  We paid more for it but hopefully it will be worth it in the long run.  The guys arrive tomorrow, Wednesday to start ripping out the carpet and start installing.  We have to remove every single piece of furniture in 50 percent of our home later today.  The only thing we can leave in the living room is the sofa and love seat which they said instead of hauling it out to the garage (which we paid for to have them assist us - it weighs a ton) they will just pick it up and move it to where it needs to sit out of the road until they complete that section.  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Whatcha Doing?

I spent most of this week couped up at home - I caught a major case of the flu last weekend and only felt better on Wednesday.  Buddy did a lot of snuggling and naps with me to make me feel better.  He is a little attention hog - this photo was taken just a few minutes ago as I was preparing this blog.  "Whatcha Doing?"

Saturday, August 1, 2015

3 Month Grocery Results

I used to do a post about my end of the month grocery figures every single month.  It became boring so I decided to limit it to once every couple of months.  My grocery budget is $550 per month including all over the counter medications and cleaning supplies.  This does not include dog food however as Buddy has his own category in our budget.

Here is how the last 3 months shook out:

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Invincible Chicken

I've not been that busy but not had much to blog about this week.  This afternoon starts a couple of Staycation type holiday days for us.  Unfortunately, we get to do things like clean the oven that we are selling and install a new oven fan.  Oh well, those are part of the master renovation plan.  I really want to spend a fair amount of time at the beach this week so hopefully those tasks will go by quickly.  I don't see why self cleaning ovens do such a crappy job around the doors.  Why should you have to go back and clean them after it has completed its cycle?  Can you tell how much I love cleaning my oven?  It is right up there with ironing, my second most hated housework chore.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Bounty Begins

The tomato plants I purchased this Spring are producing like crazy and the smaller roma size tomatoes are ripening already.  These were purchased at 1/2 of a foot high because I had missed the boat on planting seeds in time.  I am so glad I did - they are going absolutely crazy with our hot dry weather and regular waterings.  The left larger tomato is beefsteak  -  I had to remove five green ones as they were crowding each other out.  I gave four to Mom to ripen on her own and there are at least 30 more on the plant.  I wish I would have kept the plastic stick for the other kind - some kind of zebra plum tomato (*update - they are zebra plum tomatoes lol - I apparently have a memory afterall)- anyone know what kind it is? Hubby absolutely loves barely ripe tomatoes with cottage cheese so I picked these 3 for his snacking purposes.  Apparently they ripen from the inside out.  We both ate one and they are scrumptious.  After supplying both my and Mom's household with tomatoes this summer if we still have too many I will can some.  All this from two  plants!  My one jalapeno plant is also producing like crazy.  This is the third jalapeno harvested and there is another one that will be ready in a few days.  These plants definitely are paying for themselves.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dollars and Sense Update

Our fridge for the next four weeks
 - Renovations:  Our renovation plans went full speed ahead this week as July is the slowest month of the year for our business.  On Monday we cleaned out our master bedroom closet, took down half of our closet organizer and painted two coats.  Tuesday we put the closet organizer back and made sure to sort through all of our clothing before it got put back.  Three bags full (approximately 40 items) were deposited at Sally Ann.  This closet was previously pink - the colour the bedrooms used to be.  Three years ago when we moved in we painted the bedrooms but needed a place to unpack and store all our stuff so the closet was left and we have been meaning to paint it ever since.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Furry Friday and Life!

A quick post in pictures:

Buddy is back to his usually toy destroying self.  We can't keep up with his puppy teeth and most toys don't last more than a few weeks.  On the upside as long as we keep him in toys he does not destroy anything of ours - tough to get through to dogs.  He has never chewed on our shoes or anything else.  His latest trick is quietly walking into the office, lifting a piece of paper from the trash and quietly chewing it to bits until we find him and it.  Really not that destructive in the big picture but we watch our trash cans around him.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Coba and Swimming with the Turtles of Akumal Bay

Nohoch Mul, Coba, Mexico
This post takes us to our final days of our holiday.  Approximately one hour travel from Playa Del Carmen is the Mayan Ruins of Coba.  In addition to the ruins there is a small town and the Lake of Coba.  In a previous trip I had been to Chichen Itza so we decided to the less touristy Coba. Again, if you want the full history of Coba I would recommend visiting this online history. As it was about 32 degrees celcius and 100% humidity it took some getting used to the conditions. There are 3 ways to see the ruins of Coba.  Walk - approximately 2.5 km round trip and would take a couple of hours based on seeing everything.  Bicycles can be rented.  The third option is a human powered tricycle operated by one of the friendly Mayan men who earn their living by providing transportation around Coba.  We opted for the nice Mayan man for 100 pesos (we tipped him another 50 when we were done, really nice man) - primarily because our feet were in poor shape due to being immersed in water and sandals due to the storm - blisters.  We were quite tired by this point in the tour and as our tour guide had already proved he wasn't the best - we ditched our tour and rode around by ourselves.  This is also the quietest option - at the second area we were the only ones there!  Most of Coba is still buried under the jungle, unlike Chichen Itza which is very fully excavated.  You may also walk to the top of the largest pyramid, Nohoch Mul if you wish.  Based on our timeline and heat, we chose not to.   There are still many treasures to be discovered on future archeology expeditions.