Friday, February 17, 2017

Yippee! The Snow Is Gone Edition

So roughly a week and a half since our epic 3 foot snow adventure's all melted!  The wonderful thing about living near the coast is when it warms up it rains and combined with warmer temperatures melted all that snow!  I'm happy, the dog is happy, the birds are singing their brains out, life is good.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dollars and Cents Update & Travel Planning

Flowering Aloe Vera Plant - Spain 2016

I have no new photos - the snow is now melting but the skies are still grey so I am sharing a few pictures from our trip to Spain last Spring.  The temperature has risen above freezing and the slow melt has begun, not fast enough for those who still can't move their vehicles due to large blocks of snow preventing from leaving their driveways.  We shoveled each day so are not facing that and now the roads are slushy but safe to drive on.  I am hoping the last snowfall is behind us as my back still hurts from all the shoveling.

Waterwheel - Cordoba, Spain, 2016

I managed to piece most of our tax information together to realize that this year I could no longer use the free version of Turbotax, and will have to pay to use the $70 version but that is still way cheaper than having someone else do our taxes.  I am just waiting on our final investment slips to file.  Today I am going to tackle our Corporate year end as need to take over the office and Sunday is just about the only day hubby is not in there.  I do the day to day book keeping and compile the paperwork and then we take it to the accountant as we are a Canadian Corporation and the paperwork is overly complicated so we pay them to deal with it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cabin Fever - The Worst Winter Ever Edition

Not to keep blathering on about the crappy weather...but...we now have over 3 feet of snow.  This is our back yard this morning.  Every bit of that snow has come down since last Friday as there is green grass and buds on my flowers under that snow.  Every night I bring in the hummingbird feeder and every morning I put it back out, brushing snow off it every few hours.  The hummingbirds are still coming every day to feed so I am sure they appreciate it.

We have a lighter work week thank goodness as we have spent a huge amount of time shoveling this week.  Two hours this morning which included help from another neighbor.  We then brushed off our trees to attempt to prevent damage to the cedars and trees at the front of the house due to the high water content in the snow.  It is so heavy it broke a snow plow's blade in town this morning.  We also unplugged all the neighborhood drains (that took 4 neighbors trying to figure out where they were as hidden under the snow).  It is ice raining right now.  I fully expect to lose power today but it appears BC Hydro crews are busting their butts to keep power/get power back on all over the island and surrounding islands with many outages. They even shut down our Airforce base CFB Comox to all but essential services  No garbage pickup today and police are asking people to stay home.  All schools on the island are closed and many businesses have shut their doors today to prevent their employees from having to come in.

Monday, February 6, 2017

My Feathered Friend

This is one of the little hummingbirds that hangs out in my backyard.  I took this picture this morning between storms.  We woke up to no snow on the ground but it started snowing about two hours ago so before the day is out I shall whip up a new batch of hummingbird juice and once again be shoveling.  Tough little buggers.  I wish they would fly south for the winter but there are always a few who stick around for our normally warmer winters.  I put away my feeder in August to encourage them to migrate but put it out again in November when I realized they were sticking around all winter.  There are three that show up and buzz Buddy in the back yard on a regular basis. I am not sure but believe this is a female.  The boys usually are a bit more colorful.  To get a closer view click on the photo.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Foot and A Half - The Test

It has snowed a foot and a half since 7 AM Friday morning.  This picture was taken out our front door on Saturday morning.  It is Sunday and has snowed another half foot since that picture was taken.  We are sore and tired from shoveling.  Buddy got stuck on the side of the house this morning and I had to rescue him as the snow is over his head in many places and he refuses to do his business on the snow so he was trying to find a green patch on the side of the house and couldn't get back.  We shoveled him a path for that but he prefers grass.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Damage Tally - The Bills Are In

So the grand total for our water damage issues are in:

Water heater (died coincidentally at the same time, not part of water damage but still expense) $997
Plumber - $110 - who determined leak was not a plumbing leak but a roof leak
Roofer - $100 including a new vent
Supplies: putty, drywall tape, new heater/fan $80
Hubby:  4 hours fixing drywall, sanding and painting (paint and sandpaper we had)
Flooring $1005

= $2292

Our water damage deductible was $2000 if we had gone through insurance.  They would have only covered the repair to drywall, drying out floor and new flooring so it would have been way under deductible.  They do not cover the actual repair to the item that caused the damage.  They would have not covered the Hot Water Tank.  Therefore even if we went through insurance there would be zero payout.

Friday, January 27, 2017


What a long week this was!  Between work and our water damage issues we are both exhausted.  So last I left off we had pulled up part of the kitchen floor and determined that the cupboards and wall weren't damaged, only some flooring.  Next up was for the plumber who installed the hot water tank to come back and try and help us find the source of the leak and fix it.

The only spot where water was found, back of stove area

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Water Damage Can of Worms

As you can see, it has been that kind of week.  You know, the ones that make you break your "dry" January and head straight for the liquor store.  And stop for cookies along the way.  Seriously.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tis The Season To Declutter

Ever since I discovered my 24 hour Facebook bidding site just over a year ago I've had an almost constant flow of items leaving the house.  42 household items were sold or lots of items (like DVDs), most of which were ear-marked for our next garage sale, and I bought and resold 20 items on my "money on the side" venture.  Only 2 items I bought for resale have not sold and I only have $3.50 money in them so will try 1 more time then donate them to one of my favorite thrift stores.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Win - Great Way to Start 2017

I received a call on Tuesday from my local Co-op (I am a member there) that I won a $50 gas card for a contest I entered.  This is the only place we get gas unless we are not at home.  I never get tired of receiving these calls or emails, it tends to make my week :)

If you have read this blog for any length of time you will know that one of my hobbies is entering contests.  I only enter when I have time, try to stick with single entry contests(even playing field) and only participate in contests for companies I know and like.  This protects me from a lot of the scam-riff raff and that way if I win something I can actually use it!  I only spend 5-10 minutes a day on this.  Some people craft, I contest.  In 2015 I took a break and as you can see won nothing.  I used to think I was not a lucky person, you know, that person who never wins at cards and puts money in slot machines at Vegas (not very much just so you know) and never gets anything back.  Then I started contesting and I realized that with contests persistence pays off.  In case you are interested about previous wins here is a list, some things I blogged about and some I didn't: