Weekend Ramblings and PF Blog Love Edition: Spring is FINALLY here Edition


I apologize for the late Weekend Ramblings and PF Blog Love! The weather has been too fantastic (basically 18-20 degrees, and sunny for the entire week) to stay home and blog.  I need to get my patio set built so perhaps I can blog from the patio on sunny days like that in the future.  Today in Vancouver we returned to the regular scheduled programming of light rain.  This week has literally been the first sunny week since the beginning of fall.  We were having a miserable spring full of torrential rain, hail, rain, and more rain.

I was able ride my bicycle for the first time this year.  One of my goals is to bike to work (I think I’ll try this once this week) to save money on gas and also to get some exercise and get some stamina going for my epic 7 day wilderness hike his summer.

I have been EPIC FAILING my eating out and gift budget this month, because I have so many friends who have birthdays around this time (most of my friends are Geminis, what does that mean?).  I am going to try afternoon tea today with a friend for her birthday (RB40, I’m going to see what the fuss is all about ;), so I’ll definitely share some pretty pictures of these dainty foods next week with you.

I also FINALLY USED my Groupon I got last year for doggy day care (It was one of the reasons I went on a Groupon ban).  It was actually quite fun- I got a report card from the day care centre (they said he was a bit shy), and I really did feel like a ‘mom’ (albeit a doggy mom).  The report card was quite the novelty- the idea of giving report cards to dogs gave me a good chuckle anyway.  It cost $12 for the entire day, but it usually costs $25.  I don’t know if I would want to do this on a regular basis (I wonder if people DO do this on a regular basis? That would be expensive!), I doubt it though.

PF Blog Love:

There you have it folks, enjoy your long weekend! What are your plans?


Young is a writer and former owner of Young and Thrifty and the main "twitter' behind Young and Thrifty's twitter account. She lives in Vancouver, BC and enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her anxious dog, and finding good deals. If you like what you read, consider signing up for email updates.

17 Responses to Weekend Ramblings and PF Blog Love Edition: Spring is FINALLY here Edition

  1. Thanks for the mention! (You got the link just a bit wrong. The website is retireby40.org. I know it’s a bit confusing with the name…)
    We had a great week too. It’s hard to stay indoor when the weather is so nice! Enjoy high tea!

    • @retirebyforty- oops, thanks- i’ll fix it :) High tea was fun and very extravagant. They even had live piano music. It was nice.

  2. We are still waiting for our nice weather to truely hit. In my area it seems it has rained for 2 weeks straight. I can’t wait to be able to get outside and set my yard up for summer activities and go for walks without having to have an umbrella.
    I think there seems to be a lot of birthdays this time of year. I too experience more friends and family with birthdays between the months of May and August and then it drops dramatically from just 1 or none a month the rest of the year.

    • @Jackie- It’s funny- I think we both will need to start budgeting for these summer birthdays :) Hope the weather perks up for you soon.

  3. Thx for the mention! I have a post coming up this week in response to one of your posts. It got me thinking a lot after you mentioned your ex bf.

    Stay tuned!

    Best, Sam

    Ps just left SF, where it was warm and sunny and landed in Hawaii. More fun to go during winter when one can really see and feel the difference!

    • @Sam- Cool- I’m glad I inspired a blog post! Looking forward to read it. I’m jealous you’re in Hawaii- Are you going to hit up that local Hawaiian food joint again? :)

  4. That put a smile on my face to read that they give a report cards to dogs, and noted that yours was shy :)

    As a parent of an actual (human!) child, I can tell you that we often tend to hang on each word of the teacher in regard to how your kid is doing academically, socially, etc. I suppose that there’s an upscale market for such feedback for pets too, eh? Very clever….I could see how that would make a pet owner feel like a parent!

    • @Squirrelers- haha, glad you liked that- I was pleasantly surprised too (and kind of shocked because it sounded so extreme! Well, in a city full of pet spas, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised). You’re right- I was hanging to every word/ feedback given about my dogs performance in day care! Haha, I guess it could be foreshadowing of what it might be like with a real child.

    • @Kevin @InvestitWisely- Haha, glad to hear from a guy’s perspective that you didn’t mind afternoon tea. I could probably see my boyfriend fidgeting, dropping the food into his lap, spilling tea, etc…. and complaining that he’s still hungry. LOL. were you still hungry after afternoon tea?

  5. Oh my, yes, there are many, many people who use doggy day care on a regular basis. I have dog-owner friends who have both day care and dog walkers. I myself spend about $250 a month on a dog walker; I simply can’t make it home at lunch every day and my puppy is too young to leave alone all day. They also leave report cards, which I love. if nothing else it means my dog was walked, not ill and not in trouble.

    • @Jewel of Toronto- It’s definitely a good business niche- doggy day cares and dog walking services. It would definitely be a fun fun job- one could always try and cultivate their inner dog whisperer while taking the pack of dogs on a walk. :)

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