Living this summer on a budget I have learned that being outdoors & walking are key ingredients to finding plenty of free or really cheap entertainment. I’ve walked to & around a lot of places this summer just to get out & occupy my mind.
Embracing the life change that came this year, my summer of 2016 bucket list consists of things that don’t require me to spend any money, or very little money. Truth time – having to fill my time to avoid the monotony of the job search has made me get creative in ways I never bothered to in the past. Patio drinks & shopping every weekend are just not an option for me.
So when a friend invited me to join her at on a trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market a few weeks ago, I naturally said yes. It is on my summer bucket list!
I have read the blogs of Furniture DIY Queens with amazement & a slight sense of envy at these women. They seem to be constantly refurbishing furniture they found on the street or pimping out Ikea furniture ,& the result is flawless & unique decor on a budget.
I admit I have always wanted to be one of these DIY Queens. I have some basic carpentry skills, expensive taste but a Value Village budget so there has always been an appeal to “making my own furniture”. Time seems to be the only thing that was standing in my way.
This July I decided to take my first plunge into Furniture DIY & refurbish a cabinet I bought this past fall at a vintage shop. I’m proud of the final result but, it was not as easy as I thought! The experience did however inspire me to write my own DIY blog post in the popular format, with a twist of “real talk”.
On Thursday July 20th, 2016 I watched my first Republican National Convention. I had to witness Donald Trump’s, probably, historic speech. I am not sure what I expected, but not what I saw. I have never witnessed such a euphoric response to a fear-mongering, hate filled speech. It was shocking to hear the contents of the speech .. but more shocking to see the response. It is hard to believe that anything really, really bad will happen IF .. but I’m probably not the first person to say that in the history of humanity.
Having said that, I do have some questions after consuming some of the other speeches from the convention in recent days. Some are serious, others are in jest. I can’t help but try to find the humour in such situations so read & answer in the comment section.
As of this Monday there have been more than 20 collisions involving a pedestrian or a cyclist in Toronto. Yet, John Tory has stayed silent.
At this point of John Tory’s mayorship I don’t expect him to represent or push through the agenda of Toronto Cyclists. He is the mayor who decreased the breadth of the cities proposed 10 year cycle plan, who expects Vision Zero to be implemented with Zero Budget, & yet has approved a $1 billion + budget to expand the Gardiner Expressway east of the city. But, at the very least I would have expected the Major to acknowledged what happened & express some sentiment of regret.
This morning Klara & I both realized that Canada Day snuck up on us this year. We knew it was coming .. but didn’t think it would come as fast as it did, or be on a Friday? I don’t know which it is, but this morning we realized we didn’t really plan for this day.
We didn’t stock up for a BBQ, plan a party or even get any decorations.
I know, how could we?? Right? Continue reading
If I can share one piece of life wisdom with you today it is this:
Spend your time & money on experiences that you love.
It doesn’t matter how much money you make (well it does obviously, but stay with me), what is the point of making money if you can never enjoy it? So if you can do one thing with your budget this summer – pick one experience you REALLY want & spend it on that.
I have never regretted the time & money I spent on a trip or a concert. I do however regret the time I spent working myself to exhaustion & the money I spent on too many pair of shoes that I don’t wear. Even thought I may have been as poor as a church mouse after my first trip to London I have never regretted the trip.
A summer tradition that Klara & I started accidentally a few years ago, is attending at least one outdoor concert or festival in the Summer. Because, we only get so many months of summer in Toronto & we love music. It started with the Kings of Leon concert we attended in 2014, then continued with Edgefest in 2015 to see Milky Chance & in 2016 we went to Bestival Toronto!