Wednesday, September 30, 2015
What a week - so much has been happening:
-We celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday with a Greek meal at our favorite restaurant. We don't go out to dinner very often so when we do we try and frequent places that we know are consistently great. We received the best service that we have had in a restaurant in the last 10 years from a waitress who was holding down a busy restaurant all by herself. She was so calm and professional - we left her a very good tip as she definitely deserved it. The food was amazing as always.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
|Rainy day lazy puppy Buddy - 10 months|
If you live outside Canada you may not know that Canada is currently in a recession. Low oil prices have decimated the oil industry in the prairie Provinces and that has had a relay effect on the economies of all the other Provinces as well. I don't talk too much about our business but we essentially help other businesses make more money - via sales training and consulting, mainly to companies who deal with the oil industry. A lot of the companies we deal with have been reporting back 30-40 percent drops in sales this year. That means some have laid off staff or effected cost cutting measures to stay afloat. Is this effecting our business? Yes. We are also having a tougher year as our clients have less money to spend with us or in some cases are having to delay signing contracts until things get better. Fortunately, there are only two salaries to pull out of our company and if things get tight we can simply lower our salaries - not something you can easily do if you have outside staff. We don't have high overhead as work from home - high overhead is often a business killer when times are tough.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
This past Saturday low-tide coincided with midday and some late summer warm weather of 24 degrees Celcius so we took Buddy for a long walk on Goose Spit Park. We spotted this little crab, which I believe is called a Tanner crab (type of spider crab) in about a foot of water. He was only a couple of inches wide but they grow up to several pounds and are common in the Pacific Northwest although it was the first time we have seen one here. The rest of the little sand crabs are already buried under the sand readying themselves for fall and winter. This is the first real creature I have been able to capture on film since I received my underwater camera for my birthday.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
I got my first crown today - at least the temporary one and will get the permanent one in two weeks once they make it from my tooth impressions. I feel like crap after two hours with my mouth open and two needles and what seemed like hours of the drill. Supposedly, dental costs less in BC than Alberta. If I had gotten this crown in Alberta it would have cost around $1500 versus the $1000 that it will cost when done. I guess it is a good thing I lived with a cracked tooth for the last three years putting it off as long as possible. It still sucks to have to shell out that much money for dental work. We self-insure as have figured out with all of our excluded preexisting medical conditions that paying for insurance might be more expensive than paying as we go. This year I estimate our medical/dental/visioncare costs will end up at around $4000. Isn't that craptastic? I just convinced hubby to hand over his chocolate bar to make me feel better (good husband!). Mmm mint Aero bar! Don't worry, no cavities for me!
Monday, September 7, 2015
Yesterday I stocked up on Thai jasmine rice which is our favorite. This bag should last us up to two years. Why would I even consider buying an 18.1 kg (40 lbs) for two adults? It all comes down to dollars and cents and trying to keep our grocery budget on target. If I buy little bags of jasmine rice for $7 per shot which is the going rate here for this normally expensive rice I would easily surpass the entire cost of this bag within a couple of months.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
|Elk Falls, Campbell River|
Monday, August 17, 2015
|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.