He’s kindof cute, don’t ya think? He’s here visiting all the way from Argentina so I’ve been kindof busy here with all the kid wrangling and dog wrangling going on. Now, seeing as how Junior here is a: just over one year old and b: he speaks spanish - we have a bit of a language barrier. But, we don’t need no stinking travel dictionary to speak to each other because we speak the international language every kiddo speaks:
Ever since I introduced ‘ol brown eyes up there to my secret stash, we’ve been BFF. Also, this little guy stays up late and parties like no other. It’s a good thing I bought the Jumbo cookie tin. That boy can knock ‘em back. ?
We don’t have kiddos over much and you forget just how un-kid friendly your house is until you introduce a toddler to the mix. Not only is he at perfect licking height for the dog, he’s also perfect height to make a b-line for my stereo. I wasn’t home when it happened, but apparently my little friend went straight to the stereo and turned it off! I’m still recovering of course because holy smokes somebody touched my stereo ! I’m breaking out in hives just thinking about it. ?
But, now we’ve got the ‘dont’ touch’ thing figured we’re all good and speaking to each other eating cookies together again.
He’s been keeping us on our toes, that’s for sure.
He’s also a really good help with watering the garden..
and speaking of which:
LOOK WHAT WE MADE!
Yes sir, those are straight from our very own garden. Now, I only found one each so far, so we have a bit of a wait until we have a meal - or a bean salad even, but hey it’s a start. Our garden project actually produced real live vegetables ! We’re thrilled ?
A lot going on today here at fuzzy dog HQ, but I’ve been told not to blog about things just yet so…what to write about? While I decide, here’s a pic of my sandwich I had for lunch:
Looks pretty good eh? I didn’t almost have this, because it caught on fire. I had tossed it into the toaster oven and then turned my back on it and then B pops around the corner and says “Jim, your sandwich is on fire”. So, a few hectic moments but we saved said sandwich and it was delicious.
About the Income
Last month I had shared my income with you guys, but I don’t think I’ll continue because a: who cares? and b it’s not much.
I have the most fun with this site and others I have because I do indeed make money with websites just like these. Heck, even with the very few visitors I get here I made a whopping 4 bucks last month. The month prior I made five dollars. What does this mean?** It means I broke even!** The domain name cost me ten dollars so I’m now running at a profit from here on in. Call me Mr. Moneybags:)
One of the coolest parts I like about what I do for a living is that I advertise stuff from Amazon and then folks like you click a link like this and if you buy anything from Amazon after you visit one of my links I get a commission. Usually, it’s for computer stuff which is no surprise - but because Amazon sells everything from doritos to lawn tractors I get some commissions on some pretty neat weird stuff I didn’t know even existed. So, with that in mind, I present to you:
Stuff I sold on Amazon While You Weren’t Looking
Up first we have socks. Here, they disappear faster than you can say “venus transfer” and if you’re like us we seem to go through lots of socks, and these Carhartt Men’s Work Wear Flat Knit socks in a 3 pack look a whole lot nicer than anything I’ve got in the drawer here, that’s for sure.
Of course if you’re ready to buy new socks you’d better buy new underwear too because, well - you just should.
Men’s Cologne. Remember That? Yeah. I don’t know if it’s just because we have different priorities or what but Cologne has been off our radar for so long. But I’m not the market and I bet some young whippersnipper bought the Thallium By Jacques Evard For Men to impress the ladies or kills the flies in their apartment.
Holy Smokes! Over a hundred bucks for a book! I’m so used to paying about ten bucks on Amazon for a Kindle book and I never got to get a higher education that required books this pricey and I think I’m thankful for that as it would be a drag to cough up that for a book. But…the person who bought this book on calculus probably has a fantastic career ahead of them. Good Luck (just go light on the cologne).
We got our first flyer in the mail today for back to school already so I guess it’s time to start thinking about back to school notebooks and this 15 inch Acer notebook is one of the best notebooks you can buy today under $400.00. With a 15 inch screen, 4GB of RAM and a 500gb hard drive it’s got more than enough power to send your kid off to surf facebook school.
These are a really good deal on frypans from a brand name kitchen manufacturer and at a really good price too. I’m not sure what math books, frypans and socks and even a big box of doritos go together but this is just a taste of the stuff I sold online this month that has absolutely nothing to do with the electronics but I not only get a small commission on these sales, It’s also a hoot to start my day and see you bought an elvis painting.
I get paid very little for most of these items.. usually pennies or a dollar or so but because it’s Amazon and they sell everything there’s a good chance that you’ll need something from there once I send you there. I do this with little pressure - take the frypans for example - I just highlight the fact this product is a really good deal for name brand pans that won’t stick and maybe, just maybe, you’ll click and buy’em. If not, I tried.
Thankfully, a good percentage of you do buy something.
Last month, the 230+ items I sold through Amazon almost paid our mortgage. And that’s all we’re trying to do - keep moving forward so we can buy more groceries and live indoors another month., one day at a time.
I must say I’m looking forward to my first Independence day parade the day after tomorrow and I hope to be able some great photos. We also have family coming too and that will be great too Be sure to come back later in the week to see all the fun I’m having here ?
Everybody who’s been quoted in the New York Times put their hand up!
I know my hand didn’t go up that’s for sure, unless they’ve really loosened their editorial standards:
**"In the news tonight: Canadian drinks 100 cups of coffee while sitting in his underwear blogging"**
(my apologies for the mental image)
But there’s one in the family who did earn that honor and that would go to (no, not the dog - that really would make headlines) my beautiful wife.
You see, she’s a bit of an expert, and I don’t mean around the house - any guy that’s been married for more than twenty minutes knows that it is she who is always right.
But out in the real world, where real stuff happens like, outside - my beautiful wife has built her name up as knowing a thing or two about a thing or two about a very specific topic, so when the shit hit the fan in an area of the world that she knows a whole lot about, the phone rings and it’s the New York Timeson the other end of the line.
Truth be told, I didn’t pay much attention when the phone rang - she’s a busy woman - her phone rings. And then a few minutes later she walks in and say “I just got interviewed by the New York Times!”. Soo.. of course we visit the website throughout the day and find that they spelled her name right and the quote was a goodie too. All good. Happy Happy Happy.
The next day, I suggest we go out and grab a couple copies for clips and so we hit the local grocery strore and sure enough she made the Times print edition too
It’s been busy this week, but I just wanted to let the whole world know how proud I am of my wife.
Somehow, hell froze over when I wasn’t paying attention.
Earlier this week, my wife’s crappy Dell was starting to act up needing reboot after reboot after reboot. Sat a.m. was the last straw for B when the thing just hung there. So, she needs a new PC.
I happen to have a six month old notebook with a fast processor, solid state hard drive and the best part:** It’s paid for!** I have it currently running Ubuntu because I’m not a windows fan and this is a free operating system . My suggestion was to take the notebook I hardly use, toss a fresh copy of Windows on it and ta-da! For about $100 we’ve got a new notebook for her.
And then she said the things I thought I would never hear in my entire married life: ” You can buy more speakers”” I want to Buy a Mac”.
This is coming from the woman who** swore up and down that there’s no way she’d buy a Mac** as they’re more expensive and PC’s are perfectly fine yada yada yada. We’ve all fought the Mac/PC war at some point dear readers, so I don’t want to get into a big discussion on what is better, but I thought for sure I never thought those words come out of her mouth.
She wanted to buzz right over to the Apple Store and buy a Mac Mini. But I had a few problems with this idea:
It’s Saturday afternoon
On a Canadian Long weekend (Happy Canada Day!) ?
At the Apple Store
In the area’s biggest mall.
Oh, the throngs of people, the parking, the waiting all so we can buy a box. I was not thrilled with the idea.
So what to do? We went to Best Buy instead. Not only did we just have to drive over to the suburbs which are much closer, they had the Mac Mini in stock and on sale. We got the Mac Mini for about $30.00 less than what the Apple Store charges for the same thing. (Hey, maybe there’s hope for me yet - I am kindof smart. Cheap, if nothing else)
Now we have a new Mac user in the household. There’s a bit of a learning curve for sure, and I installed more RAM as she was not pleased with the performance out of the box and we all know - happy wife, so luckily I had some larger memory modules kicking around here in a drawer. I think she’s getting to like her brand new Mac Mini.
We already had 2 extra monitors, all the cables and keyboard ready so this was the entire cost for a brand new Mac and it’s the cheapest Mac you can buy. (How we’re paying for this I have no idea, but the purchasing dept tells me we can do this, so I go with the flow.)
The Takeaway: Just when you think you’ve got this married stuff all figured out - they throw you a curveball.
To all my Canadian readers (Hi Dad!), I want to wish everybody a happy Canada Day weekend. Hope you have a good one.
Tonight, when it came time to call it a day when it comes to our workday, we fired up the grill..
Had some fun, while waiting. ?
Listened to the NPR
Had Burgers for Dinner
Plain ones too!
Then we watered our plants and then buzzed over to the neighbours house to water theirs while they’re on holidays. And, along the way we wondered why the house across the street didn’t sell. It’s cheap.
When we arrived, we watered purple flowers
Well, OK. B watered the flowers - I documented the event.
You know, the older smarter I get, the less stuff I need. Sure, B would love to move to Paris in a heartbeat, but I’d like to think we’re quite happy here on our little corner of the world . I mean, if nothing else - we eat well:
Every night B saunters over to me and whispers in my ear those two words every man wants to hear: “Dinner’s Ready!”.
(actually, in reality it’s more like “Jim!, set the table!”, but that didn’t really flow with my story, so I exercised a bit of creative license here in the telling)
And you know, we may not agree on buying a car or what size water heater, but I have to tell you it’s true what they say about the way to a man’s heart. I’ve come a long way from plain pasta and toast (still not fond of the eggplant though)
We have an arrangement, B and I. I help her get her day started with coffee and she does the dinner and I do the cleanup.(The blog is called tidy husband for a reason) This isn’t a rule set in stone and there’s been days I cooked. (cheerios) and she’s cleaned but we’ve worked it out that this works better if she does the cookin’ and I do the cleanin’.
And, did I mention that I eat well? And, no eggplant tonight, thank goodness ?
Houston, We Have Flowers
For the past six weeks, every night we go out to inspect the garden and every night B complains and goes “ awwwwwww… I don’t have any flowers yet, my neighbors have flowers - how come I don’t have flowers?”
And like clockwork I remind her that it’s only been a month and these things take time and patience, patience..
Well, as you can see from the photo above we now have a flower in the front yard. The fun part is we have no idea what this thing is other than well, orange. So if any of you can help identify this thing, we’re curious.
Some days it’s just a day where you work hard and look up and it’s dinnertime and today was one of those days: You eat a lovely meal, inspect the garden,play with the dog a bit, come in and blog for an hour (yes, it takes me that long to bang this thing out) and then for me anyway,that’s about the day.
One reason I started this blog was to document the every day. Because the time goes fast and I want to remember that even a day where the most exciting thing that happened was that we had chicken - is still pretty cool. No trips to Paris needed.