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

The Saturday Weekly Review

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 nuts doing it in the process. It does get tedious hauling plants in and out but if you really want to keep them healthy it’s worth the time and effort to keep them safe.

I noticed one of our neighbours yesterday putting bags over his plants as well as potato sacks and turning blue recycle bins upside down. You don’t want to smother the plant, rather protect it from the elements over night and I thought that was a brilliant idea. If it happens again I may just pull out our extra bins and make good use of them.

For our planter boxes I just drilled some screws quickly around the box and attached garbage bags to the screws to hold the bag in place. It worked like a charm although the fig tree is a bit more demanding. I may look into getting it a frost jacket for next year. Don’t ask me what the heck a frost jacket is either, I just made that up but it sounds catchy. Maybe I can start a new business venture in plant jackets.. any takers out there?

Here are a few photos from the garden… at the end of May 2013. I will share more as they start to come out.

End Of May Garden 2013 part 2

Rhododendron White

Not Just A Dog, Our Dog

If you follow me on Facebook you know our dog has been ill and that is why I’ve been quiet on the blogosphere this past week or so. We took him to the vets this week and he had some minor surgery done but enough that he needed some good drugs. I had a chuckle after because the vet said, “oh he loved the drugs, he was so relaxed” because my poor dog has never been to the vets for anything other than shots and meds. He is very active and always on the go so maybe taking a bit of a relaxer wasn’t so bad after all. When he came out he was stumbling all over the vets and the cat that lives at the vet come up to him again, nose to nose.

He would normally move right in on the cat (a female)  but he just looked at the cat and turned away. It was the cats chance to say, what’s a matter big boy, can’t face the pussy cat can ya now! Our dog was tormenting the cat when we first arrived but the cat was taking it, hissing then hiding behind a door in a doctors room. I can only assume the cat knew that all in good time the evil dog would come out like he was drunk and the cat was going to have a go at him. Sure enough, the cat did and I wish I had my camera with me.

I try to see humour in moments like this because I know one day there may be a visit where there will only be memories. I’ll be sharing more on the topic of the death of a dog and what to do when your dog dies this week. It’s not a topic many want to deal with but it’s reality and it costs money so like responsible owners we will take care of our dog the best way we can. I hope and pray he has many more healthful, happy years with us.

The $600 was worth every penny and why it’s important that we budget for potential pet expenses each month as a projected expense. Now I just have to put him to work to pay us back, maybe he can help dig holes in the garden for me, lol. The costs of  owning a pet can be very expensive and another reason why asking yourself if you can really afford one is important.

Blog Update

Well, I finally have my hosting sorted out which means CBB will soon be self-hosted. Sadly though all my WordPress subscribers will stay here at WordPress unless you actually subscribe to the blog so I encourage you to do that today. You subscribe on the home page of the blog. I can’t link to it here and that’s just another reason I want to move so I have more control over the blog to make your experience easier.  Who knew that writing a blog would be so much work but it’s great fun. As a hobby I enjoy learning and sharing with all of you.

My designer has jumped in now after working hard with me for the past couple of months to create a new site and now the mock-up is completed. He is working behind the scenes to get the blog ready for me to do my thing. I don’t know when it will all be said and done but I’ve learned patience is a virtue and when you try to rush you don’t get the results you want. I’ll keep you posted.

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Before I ramble on I’d like to first say a big thank you to Mr.CBB for inviting me on Canadian Budget Binder today and for giving Money Bulldog so much support since we first kicked off just over 12 months ago.

When I first decided to start Money Bulldog I had just – well I say just, it had actually been a couple of years- taken a step back from working in the finance sector. I had worked as a whole of market mortgage broker for just over 6 months, after which I took the very difficult decision to leave my job because of all the dodgy practices I’d seen go on in the industry.

As I was only an employee of the company I was being pressured to sell mortgages to people who didn’t need them, at rates that weren’t right for them, and to cross sell unnecessary insurance products in the process. Well, after months of resistance to pressure I finally decided to call it a day and rebuild my business, which I had run for several years previous.

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It’s funny because even today those posts that I wrote back in the early days of Money Bulldog are still some of the most popular for people coming through to my site from Google, so it’s nice to know that people still find them useful.

As time has gone on, I’ve slowly been drawn into the world of personal finance blogging and have found many other things to write about. We now try to combine personal finance with personal opinion and occasionally a little bit of fun.

The most important goal of Money Bulldog however is still to make a difference. I still want to do whatever I can to help people get a grip on the vast world of personal finance and succeed with their financial goals.

I hope you’ll pay us a visit sometime and chip in your 2 cents, after all if there’s one thing we love over at Money Bulldog it’s another persons opinion and voice, come and have your say. Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. Even if your plans have not gone as you hoped which sounds like our garden life every year your garden looks amazing! We had spinach from our garden today but the heat came on so fast I cleaned out the rest of the bed and its kind of bitter but I told everyone to eat up and their livers would thank them 🙂 By the way have you ever posted a pic of your dog? If not please email me a pic of your dog I would love to meet him you know what a dog lover I am I have spent a fortune on my pets I do hunt around for the best price……I enjoy you sharing this I will post a blog post soon on my black lab Shadow she was with me for 13 years she was totally MY dog even though she was a family dog that dog adored the ground I walked on and now we have River and I love him to pieces but he is totally my husbands dog first although he is much more a pack dog so he includes me and the kids in the pack 🙂 I loved this post!

    1. Hi Karen,
      I’ll be posting a blog post tomorrow about what to do when a pet passes away. I thought it was best we find out more information while we were at the vets as we really didn’t know what the process and cost was. Loved your apple enchiladas… they look so good.

  2. I lost my very senior dog almost a month ago and I had to cut the grass around the backyard grave we dug for her yesterday. Still makes me cry after a month.

    If you don’t think that dogs are a part of the family and you aren’t prepared to have a line for dog health care in your budget then don’t get one.

    1. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. I agree.. if there is no line in the budget for a dog with a realistic amount to be budgeted, then you can’t afford one. It’s not fair to the pet if you can’t take care of him/her.

  3. How is the pup doing today??? It is hard to lose a pet, over the years we have lost one dog(Tiffany) we got as an abused half grown pup…. we think the previous owners used a broom on her as every time I went to sweep the floor she would cower in her corner. I got to the point where I would put her outside on the leash, sweep the floor and then bring her back in. That worked for her just fine…. We have also had a number of cats over the years, most lived a good long life but all lived a good life with us and were loved and still missed. Bulldog(16), Whiskey(4), Francis(17), Mooch(8), Gunky(20),we still miss that big boy terribly, Sapphire(19), our siamese princess, Cookie(13), and our sweet little Suzie(4 months)….Still have fat Stuart(7)…. and there have been the usual hamsters, a dwarf rabbit(Bunnicula) and a hooded rat(Rosebud)……Needless to say we have always had pets leaving paw prints on our hearts and they do that to us don’t they…
    I look forward to the pictures of the garden and all your work!! I’ve been hauling our plants in and out all spring….if the overnight is going to single digits in they came….The perennials in the garden are doing very well so far this year…looks like a bumper crop of lilies… I started a few years ago with 3 bulbs, looks like close to 20 stems right now!! And my day lilies…..are doing well, nice big clumps now.. I have a mystery plant coming up….. it almost looks like a small corn stalk but I think it came from across the street in the little garden over there. If it’s what I think it is I’ll be looking at some yellow flowers and a seed head that looks like a giant dandelion!!!! I’ll keep you posted…..
    I’m not sure if I’m on the blog site or not… I get the daily emails…. if not how do I sign up????I don’t want to miss anything good!!!!!
    I see I have some interesting blogs to check out from the list…..will check out Money Bulldog….
    The search lists…. what can I say there??? How on earth do you find these things?????!!!!!!

    1. Hey Christine!
      I don’t find the searches they find me. This year has been a bummer so far for the garden so I hope it picks up. You are subscribed to the blog so you will be ok. I have WordPress blog owners that follow my blog and I don’t know how that will work once I move to self hosted. I guess we will wait and see. My mate Adam is a good guy, check him out. He also started a new site and will be guest posting here soon with it.

  4. Thanks for the update Mr. CBB, I look forward to seeing your new site design. I’ve been thinking about changing my site design because I want to move to a more responsive design that will work great for mobile devices and desktops.

      1. I think most of the problems I’m had was being able to reading the content so people don’t have to continuously adjust their screens when reading my content. With a non responsive theme the words can look very small. With a responsive theme things will automatically adjust according to the device which will make it easier and result in a stronger connection with my readers.

          1. Good question. The easiest way to know is by making the screen smaller with your mouse. If the theme doesn’t adjust automatically it’s not responsive. Here is nice responsive theme I’ve been looking at lately you can check it out here.

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