Friday, 1 February 2013

February 1 ST GIVE AWAY

My day started again at 3:00 am.  This is three days in a row, no wonder I feel so tired and my eyes are blurry.  Once I had a coffee part way into me, I had to do up a "Crabby Cabbie" invoice so Rob could be out the door before 6:30 am.  He was out the door with me following shortly after with giving each of the "Checkerboard Aussies" their first out and about to start the day.

The remainder of my morning was spend getting a few things prepped and ready for ..... The "Crabby Cabbie" Facebook page, as well as a couple other Facebook media resources.

"The "Crabby Cabbie" Taxi will be servicing Wiarton & Area for the Wiarton Willie Festival from 6 pm Friday Feb 1 until Sunday Feb 3 at 6 pm. Business Number to call for South Bruce Peninsula is 519-477-5950. See you out there in Willie Country!"

Many thanks to Karen Lancaster of Karen's Creations & Scrapbooking for setting up a template for The "Crabby Cabbie" Wiarton Business Cards.  A huge thank you to Holly Morrow of The "Cluttered Cupboard" for making us up a QR Code, linking it it to  The "Crabby Cabbie" Facebook page.  Another big thank you to Koreen Ryan of RAM Trophies and Sportswear for issuing Rob's "Crabby Cabby" logo on his shirts, hats and jacket.  I can't say enough how much I admire the talent these three wonderful ladies possess.

Pssst .... got a minute?  *Click* on the above business names and give them a BIG old "LIKE" on their Facebook Page, and tell them I sent you around (this will be a surprise to them, believe you, me ... *smile*).

Another huge thank you goes out to the Explore the Bruce Team for posting the above SHOUT OUT on their Facebook page, as that was a big help to get the word out at the last minute for us.

Nice to know there is such "awesome" teamwork and support within our Community.

Actions like these are why I LOVE supporting the Communities and the Small Businesses who Support them and Each Other !  HOORAY !!!!

Speaking of talent, some of you will remember not too long ago I won an original drawing from local Bruce Peninsula Artist, Michelle Hogan Equine & Fine Art.

"This is the drawing, "Carefree".  Read all about it over HERE."

When Michelle had been down my way to drop off my "Carefree" to me, she had also dropped around a beautiful package of her Gift Cards, you can read more about that HERE.

"Today is the day I am offering theses same Michelle Hogan Equine & Fine Art Gift Cards in a Give Away."

Rules to Qualify for this February 1st, Give Away:

1)  You must be a FOLLOWER of my Blog, by a) Joining As a Follower, b) Through Subscribing Via Email   Both these options are available at the sidebar of my blog;

2)  You must leave me a comment that you do follow my Blog and how you follow it, either in the Comment section below, or via Email at

3)  Go to Michelle Hogan's Facebook Page HERE,  to "LIKE" it, leaving me a comment you have done so.  Should you not have a Facebook Account, go to her website HERE and leave a comment for me here, or via email on which one of the three photos on Michelle's Contact page you liked the most.  (I expect full honesty on the Facebook Acct, please).

A winner will randomly be drawn one week from now on the 8th of February, 2013.

Please note I do not receive any remuneration from any of these businesses I have mentioned in my post.  I believe we support each other, as I LOVE doing so,wishing many more would think this way. or as people in general should as well.

Okay now for the January No/Low Spend and Declutter Challenge update I had entered in over at the lovely Carla's at My 1/2 Dozen Daily.

The following is what I am going to try and attempt to do, when and if I am able:

Declutter Challenge:

1)  Declutter and clean the whole portion of the basement where the dogs reside; DONE
2)  Declutter and clean the downstairs bathroom;
3)  Declutter and clean the bottom stair area; DONE
4)  Declutter and clean the kitchen cupboards.

Trust me there is more to do, but I have to begin somewhere, and this is enough at the moment.

The Declutter Challenge I think I did amazingly well considering I had a lot of other personal things going on in the Month of January.  I had also decluttered the Bathroom Linen Closet, cleaned the Fridge from top to bottom, and decluttered some more from our Bedroom Closet.  

Low/No Spend Challenge:

1)  Spend absolutely no money at the grocery store, making an exception for milk and bread;
2)  Having 6 out of 7 "no spend" days per week; 
3)  No eating out for the month, with the one exception outlined below (good thing we had King's Buffet today, is it not?);  DONE


Groceries:     $  104..56  (went beyond the milk & bread);

Misc:               $    63.50  

Canada Post:  $   16.78  (this was part of the "giving" to someone else, making me happy too)

Even with the pre-planned trip to Costco, my total spending this month was only $378.16.  

Not sure about what Carla will think, but I am thinking I might not get an A+ this Challenge, but I most certainly should get a big E+ for the Effort !

Now for the 5 week "Check In" on the 52 Week Money Challenge, Toni, Judy, Stacey, Michelle, Diane, Ellen, Debby, Cathy, Jean, Karen, Elsie, Gill, Darlene, Vicki, Abby, Marg, Janet, Farmgirl Files, Christy, Alice, Monica & Kathy.  

Hoping everyone is still "on board"?  realizing, of course, everyone is doing the Challenge what their own budget allows with the end result being the same.   I will do another update with this Challenge in another month's time.

My Rob would LOVE to extend a really big Thank You for all the Birthday Wishes you all sent his way.  It sure put another *smile* on his face, other then the one when he was going to dig into his piece of Carrot Cake of course.

Psst ... check out the amazing recommendation my "Checkerboard Aussies" got yesterday by *clicking* HERE.  I am so proud !!!

That was a really big day !  Would you believe me if I told you I was tired? of course you would, friends always believe each other.  I am signing off and heading into my evening here, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".


  1. I am still working ahead in the 52 week challenge.
    Enjoy your big weekend up there. Hope you don't get snowed in!

  2. Glad to hear you have all you Crabby Cabby logos and web pages set up ! I don't use face book but I am glad to hear you have had lots of wonderful helpers to get you on the go ! Good luck with it all and have a a good Willie weekend !

  3. I am sure anyone near the town of Wiarton will be in for a busy weekend! let's hope for decent weather

  4. I think you pretty much rocked it, Cindy!! I didn't get all my stuff done either... congratulations on a job well done!! :)

  5. I've updated my 52 Week Savings page to include week #5 savings. I don't know how I'll keep up with all the changes but I'm still going to give it the old college try.

    1. Good job; even if you miss a couple you can make up for them later.

  6. Congrats on you Low/No spend challenge and the decluttering. I am waiting for my banks web site to get back up so I can do my totals for the month :( I am still in on the 52 week challenge I'm up to $179.00 as I am working on the larger deposits for now. The end of the year is a bugger for us when it comes to $$$$

  7. I think you've done awesome on your goals!! Now go get some good night sleep :) You deserved it!!

  8. I agree with Lena get some rest..of course its 415am and I am up but at work so it doesnt count

  9. Sandra Bates Adams2 February 2013 at 13:07

    Hi Cindy I follow your blog every night & love it.

  10. Sandra Bates Adams2 February 2013 at 13:15

    I love the lighthouse note pads that Michelle Hogan sketched. They remind of the lighthouse at Southampton. I like her facebook page.

  11. I just finished week 14 - have a great day

  12. Hi Cindy, found your blog through Explore the Bruce on fb. I grew up "north of the checkerboard" and was immediately drawn to read on. Thanks for the chance to win some lovely cards. (Might have to look for the horse ones. A friend of mine runs a riding stable west of Clavering and would love them!)

  13. I am still on board with the 52 week challenge. So nice of everyone to help you with everything.


  14. Thanks for the shout-out here Cindy! And it was my pleasure to be able to help YOU!! :) :)

  15. Cindy, it would be a much better world if more people were like you. It is no wonder that others support you, since you are so generous with your time and support!
    If there is ever any way that I can help you, please let me know.

  16. You had an awesome January! WTG!!!

    I have now made my complete deposit for January and February. It feels great. If I find some extra money, I may make March's as well. I am so motivated to do this that I want to ride that wave!

  17. Michelle's very talented! Thanks for pointing her out!


How nice of you to drop around to have a wee visit with me to see what I have been up to from time to time. I look forward to your comments as they add much brightness to my each and every day to know there are such wonderful people out there.

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