Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Farm Market



On Saturday as hubby was still out of town Mom and I decided to have a day out of thrifting and we went to the Farm market which is only open for another month.  The market is situated right on one of their farms and their pumpkin field is full of huge pumpkins ready to be sold.  It would have been stunning on a sunny day but it was overcast.  Canadian Thanksgiving is in a week and a half and Halloween is right around the corner so the market only stays open just past Halloween and then shuts until May.  They sell 90% of their own produce and also sell a few other local farm produce such as peppers from Campbell river.  At this point in the year they had all sorts of ornamental squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, farm eggs, tomatoes, broccoli, hot peppers, leeks, carrots and lettuce.  Earlier in the Spring when they don't have all of their produce ready they also sell fruit from the Okanagan.  All 100% grown in British Columbia.  On this day I didn't need much but wanted to stock up on their carrots which are the tastiest in the world, second only to baby carrots fresh out of your own garden if you have one.  They also last several months in the fridge without losing their taste unlike many of the store bought carrots.  I also bought some green onions which are absolutely huge.  My grand total for a large bag of carrots and the onions was $3.80.  Yes, you can buy cheaper carrots by just a smidge but the quality and taste is simply no match.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Souvlaki Please

Santorini Caldera View
So if you haven't guessed from the title I happened upon a seat sale to Greece in May/June 2017 and guess what?  I pulled the trigger!  Greece is one of the most beautiful friendliest places on the planet and has amazing food and scenery.  I was fortunate to go approximately 20 years ago back when I was a travel agent and I distinctly remember loving it so much I wanted to take my husband there one day.  At the time I had no husband, no even prospects!  One of the prettiest places on the planet is the very expensive Island of Santorini which is pictured above- yes, we are going to splurge and go there too.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Soft food week


Another tough week here at the Island pad which involved both hubby and I being out of commission due to unexpected mouth surgeries.  I ended up having a partial root canal on Tuesday after having extreme mouth pain all weekend on the tooth that was crowned last September.  It turns out the tooth is now dead so they drilled a hole in the top (without removing the crown or damaging it) and did as best they could until my next appointment in 3 weeks time where they will finish it.  It takes about 2.5 hours from start to finish if you do it all in one sitting and they are so busy they removed the infection and temporarily filled it with cotton stuffing and cement until my mid-October appointment.  $750 out the window.  Hubby has had some ongoing mouth issues and had unexpected surgery yesterday - another $670 out the window.  He received 10 stitches in his mouth yesterday morning under IV sedation and still managed to have a 45 minute conversation 2 hours later with a potential client who we are trying to get to sign a contract.  He took 2 Tylenol 3 immediately after that and stopped working.  The things you do in self-employment!  

Monday, September 5, 2016

That kind of week

So usually we hear from our family once a week by texting or talking to them.  This week has been a flurry of calls and texts as all of this happened:

1.  Stepdaughter broke up (finally yay!) with boyfriend of 3 years.  We could all see it coming but she finally pulled the plug.  She is sad and misses us but is otherwise fine.  Hubby and I tried to temper our excitement when speaking with her.  She has created a whole new life for herself including supporting herself (September 1 payments stopped to her from us) and needed to break that last tie as her boyfriend didn't work and had basically sponged off her for the last year as she was working a part-time job while finishing highschool.

Friday, September 2, 2016

August was Expensive - Time to tighten the belt

Well, it is September.  It is like someone threw a switch on our weather.  We went from really hot and muggy 30 degree sunny days to 15 degree windy wet fall days.  It rained most of the week obliterating the fire risk due to the previous six weeks of hot dry weather.  It is welcome but strange to wear proper shoes and socks again instead of sandals and I admit to putting on my jacket for the first time since May.  Finally this week I was able to bake some things in the oven like lasagna, meatballs and chicken.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Another Mini-adventure Planned

Gabriola Island sandstone (image borrowed from http://gulfislandstourism.com/gabriola-island/)
We just finished our first online course and are launching the marketing of it next week.  Needless to say we have put in many long hours including weekends this summer trying to get it finished and ready to launch for September while at the same time balancing our regular clients.  Hubby pleaded with me this week to find a weekend getaway of some sort so we can recharge.  When you live and work at home you sometimes have to leave to relax.  Our normal recharge type holidays are not going out to restaurants, shopping or being in crowds.  They are spent holed up in an oceanside cabin with our dog Buddy, reading, hiking, taking long walks on the beach and drinking wine on the deck while looking at the water.  I found just the ticket - in mid-October we will spend a 3 day weekend on Gabriola Island which is part of the Gulf Islands and somewhere we haven't been to.  It is only a 90 minute drive plus a 20 minute ferry ride away from home so easy to do with 3 nights/4 days.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hot Summer Days

Comox Estuary
We broke record temperatures here on Friday at 32 degrees celcius.  This area is known for it's moderate temperatures,one of the most moderate in the world with not much variation between high and low yearly temperatures.  The picture above is the estuary where we kayak.  This picture was taken where we sometimes walk the dog, a water side loop around a small airfield.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Just Odds N Ends

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

In The Berries

I have resurfaced after another extremely busy week here at the little island pad. After thinking our flooring ordeal was finally over our dishwasher went on error the very first time we used it after being reinstalled.  The original plumber then went MIA and refused to answer the flooring company's pages.  It took another week for a serviceman from another firm here in town (this one highly reputable and one I have used before) to fit us in.  He had to reinstall the dishwasher as the plumber had kinked the line so water could not drain.  This is a temporary fix as a new hose has to be put on and due to the difficulty in getting simple parts from GE it may be weeks before it has its permanent fix.  Not on our dime but yet again, a huge inconvenience.  We were without our dishwasher for the whole of my stepson's five day visit including a couple of family dinners with Mom.  PAIN IN THE BUTT!
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

Summer Living on Vancouver Island


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.