Monday, April 9, 2018

Still Cold And Wet!

It is still winter here on Vancouver Island. It has rained almost every day with no sign of letting up soon.  The drainage on the bank behind us held up well over the winter although we have been told this is one of the mildest winters we have had in the past few years. It was almost warm enough to have morning coffee on the new porch the other day so we are hoping things will soon improve.

We got a notice in the mail telling us that the shoreline in front of our property would be worked on over the next few years to prepare for rising sea levels. Our house will be OK but it is the seawall and road we are concerned about. Right now in a big storm accompanied with a high tide and south east winds, waves and driftwood can wash onto and even across  the highway to the foot of our driveway. I am very curious to see what work they will be doing. Do they intend to raise the highway?

We lost our lawn mowers, they have moved on to other endeavors. We called around to a few places and found one we are going to give a try. They say they cut 400 lawns a month and I neglected to ask how many crews they had. The cost will be a little higher than last year but I guess that is to be expected. The previous guys wanted to be paid in cash every time they cut but the new outfit will email us an invoice every month with a link to pay them with a credit card.

Our taxes are done for the year, thanks to Turbo Tax. Our total is just over $7,000, some of which has already been paid and I will delay paying until just before the due date at the end of the month. We may as well enjoy the .01% interest rate the bank pays us. LOL.This is probably more than Donald Trump pays.

Anyhow... that is it for the Randle household for now. We are alive and kicking and I hope all of you are as well. We are looking forward to some better weather and maybe hitting the road for some short trips in the motorhome. We strangely miss living in it.




11 comments:

  1. Brr. I don't know how you did it. We're still hanging out in Texas waiting for someone to turn up the temperature up there. We'll wait until the last minute if we have to!

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    1. Luckily it was a mild winter! It has been a while since you have seen snow up close!

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    2. Actually, Christmas 2016 when we flew back to Montreal from Europe for two weeks. It was -23C when we landed. Trust me, that error in judgement will never happen again.

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  2. I'm still sleeping under my larger down sleeping bag, but the days are for wearing sleeveless tops. I'm glad I flew north and up from the valley as it is hot down there.

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    1. It will be better up there in the hills this summer!

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  3. My third day in Houston and miserable like a west coast November day......enjoy your summer travels may get up there to see you end of July best wishes les

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  4. Let's see, Trump paid $38.4 million in federal taxes in 2005 so no, you didn't pay near as much.

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    1. But has he paid anything since? That is the question!

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