Florida on $1200; Here’s how we did it

I could have also titled this blog post “Young and Stupid” but, I will let you make the judgement call on this after reading. (Photo gallery at the end of the post) In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in vacation planning mode. We have a trip to the Southern US planned for late May, a weekend getaway to…

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It was inevitable…

You know…you live your whole life not having to worry about certain things, and then one day you realize that the time has come. You’re faced with a situation you have never come across and you are forced to deal with it, like it or not. It’s part of life and it’s inevitable. For me, this time came earlier this…

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Nurse, bodyguard, cheerleader and taxi driver

Today is February 18th, which just happens to be my sisters birthday. Although I haven’t likely acknowledged it, she was and has been a very important person in my life. She has never asked for any credit or acknowledgement for what she has done for me and maybe she doesn’t even realize how much of a contribution she’s made to…

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The Farm Chronicles – Part 1

Growing up on a farm was pretty interesting. When I look back on it now, the things that excited me back then seem pretty strange to this “city boy” now. Back in the pre-Internet days, I loved when the Western Ontario Farm newspaper would show up in the mail as well as the other tractor and farm equipment papers. As…

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Tales from the grocery store: Part 1

So…about that time that I bought a grocery store… Yes. I’m serious. I’m not sure how many parts this story could be. This time in my life holds so many great memories and a few bad ones too, so it could be 4 or 5 parts by the time I tell all there is to tell. Almost every day, I’m…

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The “Not a New Years Resolution” resolution

I’m not a fan of the idea of making a New Years Resolution because statistically, they don’t have a great success rate.  There was a stat released about 5 years ago that said that among people who made a new years resolution, only 8% achieved their goal. The reason I’ve never made a real new years resolution is that I know…

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Poor Charlie…

Reader discretion is advised. If you have little ones who love animals, don’t read them this one! When I was about 8 or 9 my parents bought us a baby goose early in the spring. He was so cute; Yellow and furry when we first got him. Charlie stayed in the barn when he was young, and each day we…

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Teaching music to a tone deaf kid…

One aspect of many a child’s formative years is learning to play an instrument or getting involved in music in some way. Generally speaking, I think it’s a great idea to get kids involved in music as a way to exercise different parts of their brain and develop some culture. From about age 6 or 7 to about age 10…

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Bracelets, shirts, flyers, cows & groceries

Ever since I was young I had an entrepreneurial side. I liked to figure out how to make a few dollars doing something…anything…as long as it was legal. 🙂 Jonny the bracelet maker In elementary school, it was friendship bracelets. During that time, everyone else was making braided friendship bracelets out of plastic cord and I thought I could get involved…

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