Where Does a Seven Hour Drive East Take You to in Saskatchewan?

This morning my eyes POPPED OPEN at an unknown hour until I reached out for the phone turning it over to reveal 6:49am. Too soon for this vacation head to move from the comfortable bed. Rolling over face back into pillow I feel asleep for another forty-five minutes. Around seven-thirty, I rolled out of the…

Living the Dream is Not Having Financial Freedom

Here in North America there is this lingering theme of “living the dream” and “having financial freedom” but what’s interesting about these ideas is most people are not taught how-to be successful at these things when they are young. The people whom we are taught and mentored by never seem to talk about business, financials…

What Did You Love About Cuba? A Dolphin Named Nina!

We met Nina on a trip to Cuba back in 2017. We stood in line like the rest of the tourists to hang out inside a giant concrete pool in the middle of the ocean. It was both super random and pretty fun. At first we felt kind of bad for these dolphins locked up….

Where Did Your Investment Knowledge Begin?

For myself the idea of investing money in the stock market began whilst I was selling cellular phones at a small shop in Bellevue, Washington in the late 1990’s when a colleague of mine who was 15-years older began talking to me about investing in my future. We would talk for hours about investment strategies…

Year Two Cost of Ownership; Its a Taco Anniversary!

Damn! Its been another 365-days which have blown past without any elongated road trips to talk about! This pandemic really needs to end, then we’ll pack up Franken-Taco for a long legged road trip out to Manitoba to stretch his proverbial legs and wrack-up some good kilometres driven. If it’s not evident, I’m still a…

Run This Scenario in Your Head; Before You Buy Your Next Vehicle

Okay look… as you might have guessed by now, I’m a total FANATIC about the Toyota Tacoma and well trucks in general. I mean there is this HUGE Vehicle revolution coming out around the corner… well one might say the revolution is upon us. But there are some diehard gas heads and diesel heads whom…

What is Your Retirement Plans?

This is really the BIG question around here isn’t it. Recently, I brought up the idea of retiring early with a couple of colleagues over breakfast as both of them have a few years on me. What I found most interesting is one of them is currently planning on working beyond his retirement age of…

It’s Officially Official Day; DNA is Alive!

Hello Friends of the Internet, Today we are proud to announce on Canadian Family Day we ripped off the bandaid here at jacksoncrabb.wordpress.com by purchasing a NEW flashy domain name… Distracted in Alberta James and myself (Aaron) have been working on getting our proverbial stuff together over the past couple of years to bring Distracted…

A Simple Calculation to Rebalance Your Portfolio?

For many people they pay a financial advisor to assist them with rebalancing their portfolio and for some rebalancing a portfolio may sound like a complex number of calculations. However I am here to show you a simple calculation that I use when rebalancing my portfolio every year. If you don’t know what rebalancing a…

South Facing Windows Are a Blessing for Heating a House

The week went by in a flash and before we knew it we were sitting in the Tacoma driving East along Whitemud headed towards the northeast corner of the city. Idly we chatted about how fast the week flew by then we sat in silence enjoying the sounds of Colin James, 40 Light Years. On…

An Eruption of Laughter and the Sweet Surrender of Serendipity

Whilst the hostess set down the menus and silverware wraps we tugged on our zippers pulling apart the sides of our jacket, Shauna drew her arms out then snuggled up inside the jacket while I tossed the jacket, toque and gloves into the awaiting seat next to mine then sat down. Neither of us spoke…

An Unexpected Discovery; Kirkness Place Townhomes

She popped out of the truck face mask over her ears and smiled with her eyes. “This place doesn’t look too bad from the outside. What do you think the inside looks like?” I shook my head in wonderment. “Well, let’s go check this out.” Upon entering into the show home the women at the…

Driving Into the Unknown; Viewing Property in Northeast Edmonton

Sitting back in the oversized micro-leather black chair it facing our back patio door and a wide bay window overlooking the sparse trees along the fence. My face twisting into and out of perplexing contours and configurations when my wife interrupted my thoughts with, “hey what has you perplexed this morning?” This unexpected interruption pulling…

An Unexpected Stop in Glenridding

Right blinker on, I pulled the steering wheel turning south and drove 500m to the parking lot yanked another right and headed for a parking space. There they stood five stylish townhomes standing side-by-side all assembled in their brightly painted facades. Locking the truck, I nearly sprinted across the lot to the front door. Hand…

Living with Your Decisions

Have you ever made a decision you were one-hundred percent sure of at the time then several months after living with said decision you realized maybe that was not exactly what you had in mind? This is that story. Back in January 2012 we returned from teaching English in South Korea. We found a modest…

A Family’s Medical Journey; Do You Know Yours?

There is a history sitting before us prior to our own existence which tells a tale like no other. Its the journey of our ancestors. You’ve probably read about our ancestors in history books or online or through genealogy websites or passed down from generations of stories amongst your relatives. Then there is the journey…

Finding a Quality Piece of Wood

Last year, maybe even the one before that my father-in-law used to talk nonstop about pieces of wood. The grains, each pattern, each ring, the weight of a piece of wood, where it came from, its literal origins and oh so much more. Enough to give a guy an ulcer. One afternoon on a warm…

An Update After 12-Weeks of Using a Lathe

As you may recall back on April 25th we had our very first introduction to the wood shop out in the countryside. “To Lathe or not to Lathe; That is the Question?” was the title of my first posting about how-to use a lathe. If you missed that article you may want to jump back…

A Saturday Night Success; Chasing Aurora Borealis

Late Saturday night my phone notification alert went off at 10:48pm informing there was a 12% chance the Northern Lights being visible in the sky tonight. Opening up the Aurora app, I checked the map to see what the predicted location of the Aurora would be? According to the prediction map the Aurora was splitting…

Practicing a Skill; One Bead after Another

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been driving out to the country side to learn a new skill its something I should have learnt back in High School when all that free knowledge was being provided but as a young man I did what some of us tend to do and just followed my…

A Beginner’s Lathe Tool Kit

For a couple of weekends now, I have been traveling outside of the city to learn how-to operate a lathe and several other tools inside my father-in-law’s wood shop. The first thing you need to understand is this is all very new to me. I am a total newb. And everything I am writing comes…

Lesson # 2; An Introduction to Beads, Shoulders and Curves

Bags already packed I poured coffee into both a travel mug and a 40-ounce thermos then headed into the garage for the forty-something minute drive out to Grandpa’s Wood shop for my second lathe lesson. “Well… at least you are on time for this morning’s lesson,” said Grandpa followed by, “you look like a bag…

Lesson #1; An Introduction to Operating a Lathe

Prior to setting up the cylinder onto the lathe he wandered across the wood shop in search of yet another tool that was required in the preparation of the lathe. Inside my mind I kept thinking respect the tools, followed by respect the process to understand the proper lathe methodologies. In this hand was a…