Sunday, September 28, 2008
I'm not even going to talk about work because I don't want to waste any of the positive energy I have today on that place. Pretty well sums up the kind of week I had.
Yesterday we did the annual food drive for my Better half's work place. We collected a huge amount of food which is then donated to the Salvation Army's food bank. It was nice, once again, to see the generosity of the community here in the Witch's Island's little city. The food banks have really been suffering this year as more and more people are being forced to rely on them. You just never know when you may be in that position.
I also made time for a few flea markets and really scored big on a few items. That really made my day. Did a little grocery shopping so I can meal plan for the week. We're having pot roast today with all the root veggies I can cram in. YUMMY!!!!
Later, I'll do some house cleaning, laundry and maybe I'll have time for a quick walk, then I might make some cupcakes. I have been craving them for some reason.I can hardly wait for Thanksgiving. My pie crusts are all made and just waiting to be filled with my pumpkin pie filling. Grocery shopping will take a big hit next month. Turkeys have really gone up in price, but really, what hasn't? And at $12.00 for a bag of flour, which I also need, and all the baking I do, its going to be an expensive holiday.
The outside of our house is all decorated with Pumpkins and I just love the way it looks. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, Pumpkins make me happy. In the next week I'll start decorating for Halloween "WITCH" is my favorite day of the year. I'm not a Christmas person, though I really love decorating our tree and all the good food that goes with the holiday. The present thing is frustrating, though. I only have a small family and my Mom would be so disappointed if I didn't do the exchange that it is not worth the aggravation to stop I guess. Oh, what you do for family.
Well I guess I better get my ass in gear if I'm going to get out for a walk later on before the high winds and hurricane Kyle arrive.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Anyway, the rest of my day was GREAT. I found the perfect pumpkins in our garden to decorate our house for Fall. Our sunflowers have done fantastic and I'll post some pictures soon. The weather is really getting cool in the evenings, and I know that frosty nights won't be too far away. Better Half is cutting the lawn right now and then we are going to make a Chicken stir fry with veggies from the garden and left-overs of the fried rice I made earlier in the week. YUM!!! It will likely be a hot dish as we both like spicy food and we planted a lest 12 hot pepper plants. They have started to turn very red so we have strung them up and are letting them dry for later use. This works very well, we are still using up last year's chilli peppers.
Tomorrow I'm going shopping, I haven't been outside of the house for 5 days. You certainly don't spend money this way. Actually, we have managed to still save money while I have been off, which is hard to believe, but it just shows us that we can survive on less than we think.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Then went for a scenic drive around and then stopped at Cows Ice Cream one last time before they close up for the winter. Their chocolate ice cream is to die for, it tastes like fudgicles. Yum. Better half had a smoothie which was also quite yummy. Their stuff is pricey, ($8.60) but what the heck we only go twice a year.
Time to do some housecleaning and warm up the left over pot roast from yesterday. It was a nice relaxing day. Hope yours was as well.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Today will be just a relaxing day as I try to plan my food menu for next week and just start to mentally gear up to returning back to work (Sept 22). Then I will be able to concentrate more on our budget . Right now the money has only been 60 percent of my regular pay so it hasn't been easy. I really believe in having an emergency fund set up for this, so I will have to get busy and start building that up again. With such a short time period to the end of this year a lot of my goals will probably have to be adjusted. Such is life, you never know what's around the turn.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We also received a call last night from another of one of our old neighbours who now lives in Nova Scotia. She wanted us to visit her at the cottage she still has in Mill River. So, today, away we went went with goodies in hand (jam and veggies from the garden). We had a great visit with her and her son and she made us a delicious corn chowder for lunch. We are both greatly blessed to have great long time friends.
This week has just been flying by. Vacation will be over soon. Don't you just hate the thoughts of that!!!!!! We have been making crafts for a benefit auction this week and I'm really hoping they bring in a whopping amount of dough when they go under the hammer. We'll post the pictures of our handy work sometime soon.
Better Half is cutting the lawn right now and I'm going to go and make the salad for supper. It's going to be made with mesculin lettuce, feta cheese and watermelon served with a basalmic vinegar and oil dressing. The rest of the meal will be baked P.E.I. potatoes and BBQ chicken wings. Not really a dieter's supper I guess but, what the heck, we are on vacation and it doesn't look like we will be traveling this time around. Maybe in October, which is my favorite month anyway. I'm a real Halloween person who goes all out carving Pumpkins and decorating. I just wish Martha Stewart would find me.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I’m not a accountant, I’m a engineer who is currently employed in a different trade. I have never taken any economic courses but I’m trying to become a self taught financial guru. I enjoy trying to improve my budget every month so that I can keep our financial situation strong. Hopefully by blogging daily I can keep my goals in perspective and see how I doing. My goals and reasons for starting this blog are to:
- Keep my spending on track.
- Pay off our only debt right now, which is the mortgage.
- Build up my RRSP savings.
- Build up my emergency fund.
- Cut down on grocery spending.
- Make menu planning a must do.
- Make daily exercise a must do.
- Allow for some quality reading time.
- And, the most and important right now, is to plan for our retirement at freedom 55!!!!!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
My better half did most of the chopping, which was really a big help. He loves the smell of it all cooking in the house.
Our garden is the best ever and we have been really benefiting from it this year along with all our friends and co-workers who have been receiving all the overflow. We had some friends over on Friday and we cooked a great meal for them. Honey Garlic Pork Roast and Fried Rice with Peach and Blueberry Crisp for dessert. No one went away hungry.
It is pouring down rain right now and my better half is a little pissed because the satellite dish is out again, as always, when his Formula 1 racing is scheduled... urg!
In a couple of weeks I go back to work after being off for 4 months due to medical issues and I wondering what it will be like as I was not enjoying the area I was working in for the last 5 years.
I have asked to be moved to other areas of the plant but no such luck. Not when you're good at what you do. Maybe after being off they will change their minds ( ya and pigs fly, right?) The company itself is really a fantastic place and has so many interesting areas through out that you go all goggle eyed trying to take it all in.