I wrote about Trusted Housesitters in a previous post, but that was before we'd actually tried it. Now that we've completed four pet sits - three in England over a 5-week period and a 9-week sit in France - we've picked up a few tips. Last spring, a Hollywood casting agent named Amberlee got in touch … Continue reading Pet Sitting Tips
My 'lessons learned in retirement' post got a mention earlier this week in a piece by Rob Carrick, the Globe & Mail's personal finance columnist. Rob's columns provide basic financial advice for the average DIY investor. I've been reading his stuff for years. If you're curious, this is what happens to your page views when your … Continue reading Live for today or save for tomorrow?
When the forecast includes a 'heavy snowfall' warning followed immediately by an 'extreme cold' warning, it's hard to justify not being somewhere...else. I'm getting tired of sitting by the wood stove watching Ray clear snow day after day. So, in alignment with my last post on retirement, we're revisiting our options, specifically the "sell the … Continue reading Or maybe I’m just lazy…
When I finished work, I wrote a post on the lessons I'd learned from my years in the workforce. For those interested, below are some lessons I've learned in retirement (I know I'm only a couple of years in, but it's not like I can write a post after I finish being retired). Retirement is … Continue reading Lessons I’ve Learned in Retirement
When I reflect on the past decade, it's the jagged edges that stick out most sharply - the deaths of my parents, my father-in-law and my sister-in-law; Nick's cancer diagnosis and treatments - but a decade is a long time and it also included adventure, travel, accomplishments, and good times with friends and family. Most … Continue reading 2020 Vision
Wouldn't it be nice if the excesses of the holiday season could be spread out a bit more evenly throughout the year? So much food...so much sugar...so much socializing. I was under the weather for most of our visit to Georgetown, so it was pretty much eat, socialize, sleep, eat, socialize, sleep. After ten get-togethers with … Continue reading Home for the Holidays
Just back from a rather pricy 'sister weekend'. We ventured a bit farther from home this time and flew to Calgary for a few days (environmentally irresponsible, I know, but...family). Karen was going on business so I tagged along and wandered around the downtown core while she presented to a bunch of suits, then we … Continue reading Sisters Go West