Never Ending Home Projects

It seems that no matter the age of your home (unless it is brand spanking new) there is always something that needs to be repaired, fixed or upgraded.  As our home was build in the 1890’s and has not been owner occupied in decades there is a never ending list of things that need to be done.

We recently had two projects that needed attention.  First was the fence on the south side of our property (the north fence is owned by our neighbors).  We replaced 4 of the fence posts a couple of years ago but the rest of the posts and fence panels need to be replaced.  A few of the panels have fallen over and are a hazard and the others are badly damaged from the invasive vines that grow up them.  Mr. SFF already confirmed with our neighbor that it was OK to replace the fence and Continue reading “Never Ending Home Projects”

A Night Out With Friends

Weekday evening are usually pretty chill around the SFF household and most evenings are spent in.  But some good friends who spent the summer in town are heading out next week and invited us celebrate their 15th anniversary with them.  The plan was to meet up at the local minor league baseball park for some of America’s favorite pastime, baseball.

The baseball field is about 2.5 miles away so Mr. SFF and I rode our bikes.  The temps were high but it was a nice ride and was much better than that hassle of trying to find a place to park.  Tickets are pretty cheap which makes this particular park great.  Last night was particularly wonderful though as it was 25¢ hot dog night (woohoo, thank you McKenzie’s)!

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Mont Ste Marie Spartan Race

Usually my Spartan blog posts are very upbeat but unfortunately today’s is not.  Last weekend we went up to Canada for the Ottawa Spartan Beast race which was held at Mont Ste Marie.  My Spartan buddy and I signed up for the race at the beginning of the year and have been training for 7 months for this race.  I have done Spartan races before but the Beast is the hardest distance and often includes lots of vertical gain.  This race was 14.9 miles, had 33 obstacles, and had a total of 4617 ft of elevation gain.

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Although I am currently in the best shape of my life, a combination of the high temp and humidity and not drinking enough water just before and Continue reading “Mont Ste Marie Spartan Race”

Monthly Savings Update – July

Summer is in full swing, and apparently so is my spending.  OK, to be fair I had one really large expense that threw everything off plus we had a vacation in there but I was unfortunately not able to meet my 40% savings goal (again) this month.

The large expense I had was one of my life insurance policies annual premium was due.  As this is an annual premium I have yet to figure out how to budget for it and account for it here.  I ended up moving some money over from my savings to help cover the cost of it but I did not log this transfer on my budget spreadsheet.  So I am actually showing a negative net number on my balance sheet Continue reading “Monthly Savings Update – July”