SURPRISE it’s YOUR Birthday!

Every one of us until the end of time will have an annual day where we get to “celebrate” the day we were born. There are literally hundreds of thousands of ways to spend your time on this special day. Some people choose to take the day off work, others wait to have quality time…

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…

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…

How Do You Make Money Blogging?

This is the BIG question isn’t it. How will we make money blogging? Can our blog idea become BIG enough enough where it begins earning a bit of coin? Is there anything we can proactively do to ensure our blog is growing, bring in traffic, and organic views? All of these questions have been pondered…

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…

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…

Affiliate Marketing; Round Two, a Man with a Plan!

I know a few of you are like “Wait What?!” didn’t this guy try reinventing the wheel last year? And I suppose you are correct. I totally went in with my blinders on and high hopes of understanding the content and sub-context that surrounds the mysterious achievement called “Affiliate Marketing.” This post is one-quarter lessons…

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…

A Review of Aspirations in Twenty Twenty-One

SUPER GREAT IDEAS Three hundred and sixty-one days ago I wrote an article about why Goals are Important; That’s Why You Should Set Them Annually, and today I’ve been reviewing this article as well as the 10-goals which were penned inside the light blue notebook with the gold embossed lettering: SUPER GREAT IDEAS. This afternoon…

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…

Reminiscing About Breaking Into Adulthood

There was seven of us hanging out in the backyard of a close friend’s girlfriend’s parents house the month after we had graduated from high school. Corey the quiet one in his grey long sleeved shirt with the Levi’s logo across his chest in pair of ripped 501’s sitting alone contemplating his weekly preparations before…

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…

Thirty-Eight Minutes of Fireworks

For most of my life, I have always been in AWE of fireworks when they explode overhead. The brilliant colours and array of streaming lights in the sky. Once way back when I was a kid my father used to drive north into another state and purchase a plethora of fireworks in late June every…

Pfizer-BioNTech; Are There Really Side Effects?

On Monday June 7th after receiving my first dose of protection from humanity in the form a vaccination shot into the upper left arm of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 happiness, I was one of the lucky people who received an additional 30-minutes in the room to sit and make sure I didn’t have an allergic reaction to…

Round One with Pfizer-BioNTech; Did You Get Your Shot?

Here in Alberta we reached 69.4% of all Albertans over the age of 12 having their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination. What’s more amazing than that is in the whole of Albertan we have 4.4 million residents. As most of you will already know there are a variety of different vaccines and combinations of vaccines…

What’s Your Stance on COVID-19 Vaccinations?

For several weeks now James and I, have been discussing the philosophical debate that I am 100% certain every human being this world over has been discussing since December 2020 when the vaccinations started rolling out all over the globe. Why or Why not, to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine? As any good debater knows the…

Do You Love History? Coronavirus It Will Surprise You!

For the month of June, we have been dedicating our entire blogging segments to the world at large and specifically about the Coronavirus. We felt that we had touched on the subject here and there throughout these very interesting times but wanted to share a bit of additional knowledge that we had found during our…