The Saturday Weekend Review #27: Garage sailing without money in your pocket

Who said you have to bring money with you when you go to a garage sale. Garage sailing without money in your pocket is just as much fun if not more fun then spending money. Why? Well, you aren’t spending any money, that’s why. I had no intentions of bringing any money with us when we got up this morning to scour our area for ‘stuff’ that people wanted to get rid of for cheap. We didn’t go too far away from where we live but planned our route the day before. Since my wife had her friend come along I was simply the driver, as usual. The garage sale, yard sale, lawn sale whatever you fancy calling it has been a Saturday pastime for us but we don’t go that often these days. The reason is that we don’t need anything. I think if we had kids the need would be much greater because garage sales are littered with items for kids. You simply can’t beat the prices for clothes and toys for kids and the best part is your negotiating power, that is if you use it. This weekend we challenged ourselves to see if we could spend nothing, […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #26- Canada Day around the mulberry tree

A Day To Celebrate Canada  It’s Canada Day on Monday July 1, 2013 which is also a statutory holiday in Canada. We will be celebrating what will be 146 years of beauty in this land we call home on that day. Last year I wrote a blog post about Canada Day where I talked about wanting to explore more of this country but sadly we haven’t had the time. Maybe it’s more about not making the time because we keep letting everything else get in the way. With me finishing up school we thought we could plan a few days away but we’ve only managed to take some day trips to explore surrounding cities. One of my favourite trips so far was a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake. There was something familiar about staring down the main drag down-town at Niagara on the Lake that reminded me of the UK. The small shops, narrow streets and flowers in bloom no matter what direction I would look was a bit nostalgic for me. Niagara Falls was, how shall I say, amazing. I know many of you that grew up in Canada may think, ah it’s only Niagara Falls big […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #25: Watch our garden grow

There Is So Much Beauty In This World A little of this and that is how I describe this post today as so much has been going on in our lives now that the hot weather is here. Starting today, Saturday and through the weekend it’s going to be hot, humid and sticky in Ontario. Even though I still have to run the electrical for my outdoor lights for the landscaping I might just put that on hold. I still need to get on the roof to wash all the windows again inside and out. When I was cutting the concrete for the new path there was so much dust it has made a mess of them again. I managed to clean off the garage door the other day which made a huge difference. Sometimes just the smallest jobs like taking a bucket of water and washing down a door helps the curb appeal of a home. I also want to remove all the window caulking and put  in new caulking that is clean and not cheap builder grade junk. I replaced the garage door track and seal last week so that’s done. The more I tear this house apart […]

The Saturday weekend review #24: Limes are our new money tree

Looking Back Over The Past Week New blog When Saturday rolls around it has to be one of my favourite days for writing a blog post because it’s a time that I just let loose and tell you how great or miserable my week has been. I know that I’m teetering on very busy territory shortly as my new blog design and move to self-hosted is on the horizon. I hope you really do enjoy the new look that’s been created and that I continue to improve upon this site that has been built for you and for me. I must admit that WordPress is one of the best free blogs I’ve ever used. It’s so easy to learn and navigate once you get used to it and support here has been absolutely wonderful to me. Moving to self-hosted has meant that I’ve had to find a hosting provider and I’ve decided to go with Bluehost which came highly recommended to me. You can read all you want online there will always be the good, the bad and the ugly so experimenting is what I plan to do. I’m sure I will do a small bluehost review once I’m settled in […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #23: In-Car Espresso, Home Prices and The Garden

When Saturday rolls around I know it’s my time to reflect back on the week which gives me a moment to check in and see how we’re doing in terms of our goals for the month. So far, so good. Home Prices Not a big shock to read on Yahoo this morning about Canadian home prices and how they are far too high. It’s no surprise and I’m betting there will be a correction to the market, the question is when. Royal Bank has already announced they will be raising their interest rates  from one-tenth to two-tenths of a point depending on the mortgage come Monday according to the Yahoo post affecting mainly the 5 year closed mortgage term. That house I told you about last week in my post  one house, one home, two mortgages and a pool, well it sold. It sold only after they reduced the price further this past week. To be honest I still believe it was overpriced and I hope the new owners have no plans to move any time soon. Good for the sellers, I’m sure they are relieved after 2 price drops that the home sold. They did lose money though having […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #22: Our Neighbours And The Fence Plus Free Stuff

This Saturday weekend review is going to be filled with what I’ve been up to this past week. First off, lets talk about Free Stuff. I don’t know if you remember a while back, maybe a few weeks now where I was complaining about our fence post needing repair. We were convinced the neighbour would hear nothing of it since they didn’t want to participate in preserving the fence a few years back for a mere $50 per neighbour. So, I thought I would just get the post for however much it costs and get it done on my own. I figure if the bloody fence is going to fall over I don’t want it happening on my vegetable garden this summer so it’s something I have to get done. Our Neighbours and The Fence In yesterday’s blog post I talked about how the May 2-4 holiday brought almost everyone outside to clean up their yards mainly because there was nowhere to go. The day was very relaxed and people were having a good time. The most intriguing thing happened though and that was the neighbour coming to talk to me. In my head I thought it was a miracle […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #21- End of May And A Dog and Garden Update

It’s near the end of May so a garden and a dog update is in order even though the weather has been less than cooperative. I was hoping to have all my plants in the ground by now but that’s far from what’s happened.  It’s nice to see all the neighbours outside now though cleaning up their yards and gardens keeping the neighbourhood tidy. With the weather being so unpredictable lately it seemed like every time I wanted to get some landscaping done it would rain. I’m happy to say the worst of the landscaping job is done and I probably saved myself a couple of thousand dollars doing the work myself. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve brought our plants in and out. I was outside last night covering our fig tree and planter boxes in case they were damaged with the expected -5 wind chill.  All the other plants that were movable came inside for the night. I guess that’s one thing about having lots of plants is that you need a back up plan just in case frost does hit. You want to protect your investment but at the same time you don’t want to go […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #20-The Young Cookie Selling Entrepreneur

No Cookie Monster hiding in this post.. just cookie selling and one interesting day. Since it’s the Victoria Day long weekend we decided to get up early and battle the garage sales. I spent 10 minutes last night jotting down the info in our garage sale route list so we knew exactly where we are going. Half of the battle is getting to the garage sales the other half is finding something you need for a great price. As we made our path from sale to sale and picked up a few items that we could certainly put to good use we stumbled upon some other experiences along the way. The first garage sale we stopped at was raising money for cancer research. Each year a garage sale  is organized with a few neighbours who bring all their unwanted luxuries to to sell. We found most of the garage sale items reasonably priced and for good reason, overpriced items end up back in the house. They also had some amazing baked goods up for offer such as monster cookies and brownies. Selling cookies for Cancer research seemed like a great way to help spread awareness in hopes one day they can […]

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