Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Starting To Draw Down Water

So, as is usual this time of year I count down to saying goodbye to fresh water in Wanda’s Pipes. 

I do this because every year the RV Dealership that I bought Wanda from has a special which is a drive through Winterizing.

This means that I pull up, they take Wanda in the back and properly make sure she is ready for winter. 

They do this by draining all fresh water from her tanks and water lines and filling those pipes with special antifreeze that is designed for this job. 

I could do this myself, but so far it is cheaper to have them do it than to go to a campground for the weekend and do this myself. . .  so far.

What this means for me in the two weeks I have left before that happens (on the 29th) is that I need to draw down on the water that is in Wanda’s fresh water tanks. 

I am doing this by first of all not pouring a gallon of water each workday into her fresh water tanks that I have been. 

This has been great in keeping her fresh water tanks filled and I will keep this going next spring.

I am also splurging by having an actual shower each and every Monday morning. 

As in having a shower with hot water from Wanda’s hot water tank . . . ooooo the sinful luxury of it all.

This means that I am bringing home less water now as I just fill the two litre bottle that I drain. I still have my 5 gallon jug of water filled and ready to use.

It is a transition and one that I must get used to, as time does move on and the cooler weather is approaching.

One constant theme in my life is looking at the temps and weather and ask. “What can I get away with today?” 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday, 17 September 2018

You Light Up My Life

Yes, yes you do, you know who you are, my new little friend . . . my headlamp. Yep, I bought one, one of those flashlights you wear on your head.
   

Why did I do this? Well, here is my life without it . . . 
   

Here it is with the lamp turned on . . . 
   

Big difference and with the added bonus of it shining a light where I am looking it leaves my hands free to work on what I am working on.

The other nice thing is the fact that it is another way to light my life without having to use Wanda’s main batteries. 

This will be especially useful this winter when it dips so low that I just disconnect the batteries. (Cause south of -20C lead acid batteries are useless.)

Anyways, this was a great help this morning as I got ready for work and with it only taking 3 AAA batteries it is simple to make work. 

I will likely have to have this under the covers at night to keep it warm (the batteries rather) and I will take it to work with me to also keep it warm.

Those are a few of the odd quirks of my life that I have to adjust as the temperature gets ever colder.

It is that time of year again when the weather starts to dip. So, any little advantage that will help me manage in the dark and cold is welcome.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday, 14 September 2018

It Snowed(ish) . . . I Went to Bed.

So, this week has been a bit hectic at work with one person off on vacation. So I have been busy doing . . . you know . . . work stuff . . . just more of it.

This is good as I always say “Being Bored in Business is Bad.” 

This is also true for employees because of business is slow, then so too is revenue, and revenue is the lifeblood of any business and nothing can bleed for too long and not die.

(Nope, not going to drop “that” joke in here.) 

Anywhoose, so all that extra work caught up with me, and so I crashed early. This morning, when I woke up, I ended up staying in bed until I absolutely had to wake up.

What did I see as I was walking to work? Snow(ish). 

I mean it was kinda snow, it had sorta tried to snow, but all it did was end up covering the top of the grass with frozen, icy snow patches. 
  
You could see the grass clearly and there was no snow on the pavements or streets. So, barely worthy of note out here on the prairies, but it would certainly shut down Vancouver.

Here . . . see for yourself . . . 
   

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Chilly Hand of Fall

So, it apparently got down to -2C last night. This morning I actually turned the furnace on for a bit, just to take the chill out of the place.

Don’t worry, I don’t see it going down below zero again, or if it does it won’t stay there long. 

Things are getting a bit chilly though, and so Fall has come, even though the calendar may differ. 

So, such is life, as it stands I haven’t changed what I am doing much, but that will slowly change over the next while.

In about two weeks (on the 29th) I will winterize Wanda and loose my fresh water plumbing till spring.

I still don’t know which way winter is going to go, either come in early and stay till June, or be mild as a kitty and only come for January and February.

Again, I don’t know, but I do know this: no matter what comes my way, I will adapt what I am doing in order to deal with it and not only survive, but thrive.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Not Completely Hideous

Okay, so I have three working days (including today) left on the payperiod that is for the Sept 22 paycheque.

I started this week with a number of “charge backs” . . . not good. 

Anyone who has worked in sales will know that when a sale is returned, you must give back the commission you earned on that sale. 

I had a few large sales come back all on Monday and that wiped out any of the commissions I earned on Monday and even put me in the hole. 

Meaning that I actually lost money on sales that on Monday . . . as in I and my paycheque was worse off (other than my hourly rate) than I was when I started . . . joy.

Yesterday was my saving grace and I had a few good sales. 

So, it looks like my paycheque, while it will still fall very short of Budgetary Minimum, I will still make a bit more than disastrous. 

As in, I will actually have some sort of a commission bonus that may even approach triple digits (you know, before taxes, of course).

Again, I just keep reminding myself to just trudge forward and take things one payperiod at a time. 

All I can do is just do the best that I can with the funds I have in my hand. That’s it. So, I will keep trudging forward and keep building my savings. 

And in so doing, build my dreams. (Be it a Fantastic or Hideous Paycheque.)

As always: Keep your head up, keep your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Measure of Their Resolve

So, I did go to my Western Home and test the waters of parking (and shopping) there for the weekend. 

On that front things went well, as I saw the usual regulars as well as a few new ones, both: RV and vehicles. 

As I walked around the place in order to get a bit of exercise, I saw something that made me chuckle.
    

This is the parking lot of the big box retail store that closed last winter. 

This is the parking lot that I and everyone who usually stayed in Western Home, moved over to when they freaked out. 

As you can see in that picture all four entrances to the parking lot are blocked with those large concrete barriers. 

There barricades are three along the front, near me and the store itself, with the last one being in the back right. Right in front of me is a thick chain with two large and solid padlocks on either end of it.

Again, this is their private property and they can do what they want with it (as long as it is within the law, of course).

Yet, to do this tells me and everyone that you really do not see you renting this space anytime soon. 

I mean really, if you were just about to put a tenant in there for, say selling Halloween decorations, would you bother putting these blockades up?

Then again, this would not really stop a spontaneous tent city, would it?

I just found it funny is all. 

I am simply glad that I was able to spend the weekend in my Western Home (blockades and all).

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Grand Savings Project Update!

Okay, so here we are, the next blog entry after my Payday! So this means I get to be annoying and let you know how much I have increased my savings by.

So, the question is, what percent of my savings goal am do I have in my savings now? 
   

Just for review, this is what it was from last week . . .
   

So, this is what it is this payday . . .
   

So, the pattern seems to be holding that each digit went up by one. So it went from 6.7% (of target saved) to 7.8% (of target saved)!

So, sure I have a ways to go, but again, I am working on keeping myself motivated and upbeat.

I know that the next couple of paydays will be lower than expected, but as long as I move that savings needle by 1% I will be happy with that. 

As long as I get to cross off a number (on that savings chart) then I will call it a win and move on. 

In fact, any amount of cash put into savings is a win, no matter how small. For that cash, the cash in savings is Doubly-Earned!

Why do I say that? Why is the cash in savings Doubly-Earned? Because I have earned it twice! 

Once when it was on my paycheque, and again when I was able to conserve enough in my budget so as to be able to put it into savings.

That is why savings is extra special to me, in this day and age, in this economy, I am still able to put cash into savings (I just don’t live all that glamorously). 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!