Saturday, January 6, 2018


It's that time of year again! Rob and I have done the "52 Week Money Challenge"for the past few years now, and always use it to help pay for some vacation fun.

We had to throw in the towel last year when Rob fell off the roof and was off work for close to two months, but we're gung-ho to start again this year.

We're doing it a little different this time around to make it more in tune with our budget and pay schedules. We're starting with the most expensive week first , and then going to week one. Then it will be week 51, then 2. then 50, then 3, and so on. Doing it this way makes it a little easier on the wallet monthly, but the end result is the same.

At the end of the year we will have $1378.00 to put towards a big vacation we are planning in 2019 when we both turn the BIG 50!

Wishing you all a great 2018!

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Looking forward to a new year.
I'm not going to lie, I am looking forward to the start of  a new year. 2017 wasn't a great year for us, and we're both really looking forward to a fresh start, and hopefully a much better year.

In January, January 26th to be exact, I was knocked down with the worst flu of my life. Unfortunately that was just the beginning of the health woes that seemed to follow us as the year went on.

March 21st I fell on the stairs at home and broke my right foot. I was off work for a month and spent my two week May vacation hobbling around in a boot-cast. July 21st Rob fell off the roof at home while cleaning the eavestroughs. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Two broken ribs and off work for 6 weeks. August 4th was the last time Rob's feathered Pigeon buddy, Pierre, visited the backyard. He had been a staple in our backyard for 5 years. August 12th we woke to discover that Misfit, our budgie of almost 10 years had passed during the night. September 18th I was diagnosed with Shingles. December 1st I had a horrible case of food poisoning. *Sigh* See why I am looking forward to the end of this year? I do realize that a lot of these things could of been a lot worse, especially Rob's fall. I am grateful that all the health woes we went through weren't worse.

It wasn't all bad though, there were some good times through-out the year. Like discovering my friend, Andi, was actually my cousin! I had a great getaway weekend with a friend in September, and Rob and I had a great week off in October and again in November. The best event of the year happened over the Christmas holidays though.

For this first time since 1991, my father, brother and I, all spent Christmas together. And it was the first time EVER that my father, brother, and husband were all in the same room!

On Dec. 22nd, my father flew to Toronto from Nova Scotia. The next day, he, Rob and I all flew to Calgary from Toronto to spend 3 nights with my brother and his family. It was a very special and memorable Christmas. The year definitely ended on a high note.

Christmas 2017 ~ The highlight of the year. 
   To everyone reading this, I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018! Make some great memories!

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Holiday Crackle 
I tried a new recipe today. I had seen Tenderflake's "Holiday Crackle" making the rounds on social media the last couple weeks, and decided to give it a try. I wanted to take something for the department's Christmas lunch tomorrow, and this looked like a good recipe to try.

It's a pretty easy recipe, and makes about 24 good size pieces. It got 2 thumbs up from Rob.

Pic from Tenderflake website.
Click here for recipe. 

Hope the guys enjoy it!