Shawn and I have been off all week and a good thing too. Sickness has run through our house like it’s training for a marathon and after last week, we were all tired. We planned a stay-cation and for those who may think that it’s the frugal option, think again. I had to replace two tires on my car. On our first sunny, non sick day we turned on the pool filter only to find the motor was full of leaks and, as the repair cost was slightly south of $500, we decided it made better sense to replace it. Which also means hiring an electrician to come wire it back up again. Everything always happens at once.
On Canada day we drove to Nova Scotia to pick up a canoe from my parents who are moving back to Ontario. We stayed for lunch and a four hour visit and then drove home again. Long day.
Last night we were happily in our living room just after supper when my phone rang. I answered and it was the fraud department from our bank. We had been robbed. Cyber robbed. Thieves had hacked my card, transferred ALL the money from our savings account into our chequing account and e-transferred the lot out. Needless to say we were floored, angry and more than a little upset. I spent an hour on the phone with the bank sorting it all out and then we called the police to file an official report. Thankfully, the bank was able to stop the transfer and we will get our money back in a few days but, our peace of mind has taken a beating.
I dealt with my frustrations today by literally baking all the flour I had left in the house into Apple rhubarb cake, lemon poppyseed cake and four loaves of bread.
Tomorrow Shawn and I both head back to work and then to the bank branch later to tie up loose ends.
On an unrelated note, my oldest daughter Keisha actually is in Toronto right now at pride. Thanks to generous friends of my brother for putting her up and, despite her earlier reservations, she is having the much deserved time of her life.
Life is short, my friends and nothing is truly guaranteed, not even the money in your bank account. So get out there, meet Austrailians, hug strangers, bake carb-y goodness and drive through provinces with a canoe on your roof and the shouted laughter of fond memories pouring out.
Live life. And love it.