Posted by Stacey on August 25, 2015 in Life Musings |

While at the swimming pool today with my kids I overheard a woman saying to another woman that, “kids  always get hurt when they are with their fathers and very rarely when they are with their mothers.”

Taking exception to this idea I said, “Perhaps that’s because fathers are less prone to interfering with kids when they are having fun and willing to let them experience life on their own more than mothers do?”

The woman looked at me in a kind of angry way and said, “well that’s kind of a generalization isn’t it?”

Is it anymore of a generalization than she made?

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Farm Wisdom

Posted by Stacey on August 24, 2015 in Life Musings |

When you are on a farm or a ranch and you come across a gate that you need to pass through and it is closed, after you go through it, you close it again! This is one of the most important rules there is to life on a farm or in the country. 

The same rule applies to life in the city. If you come across a gate that is shut, close it again after going through it. Life is more simple if you follow this simple rule. 



Summer Blog Slowdown 

Posted by Stacey on August 22, 2015 in Life Musings |

I swear I have not disappeared or given up on blogging! 

I have been having a great summer and I haven’t been inside long enough to write or post anything. I’ll get back to the keyboard soon! 


MiBelle Horween Leather Wallet Winner 

Posted by Stacey on August 14, 2015 in Giveaways with Comments closed |

I’m out of the house right now but I generated the winning number for the MiBelle Horween Wallet giveaway and it is 57. 



MiBelle Custom Leatherworx Giveaway

Posted by Stacey on August 11, 2015 in Giveaways |

I am pleased to announce that we have another leather wallet GIVEAWAY to do!!

We have been through the giveaway routine before and this time the giveaway is being hosted by MiBelle Custom Leatherworx based in Dartmouth Nova Scotia.

As I said in my previous post, the owner of MiBelle, Wayne Higgins drove from Nova Scotia out here to BC and stopped to visit with me at which time we discussed the leather work he does.

I was very impressed with the quality of the leathers he chooses to work with and I was also very impressed his stitching skills. Wayne is a guy who pays attention to the details!!

I have already sent the kangaroo leather vertical card holder back out east to Maryland, but now I want to find a forever home for the Horween Leather Passport Wallet that Wayne so kindly left me.

To enter my giveaway all you need to do is make a comment on this blog post with a number of your choice from between one (1) and one hundred (100).

On Friday, August 14th 2015 shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app that generates random numbers to draw the winning number. The person with the number closest to the number generated (higher or lower) will be the winner of the MiBelle Custom Leatherworx Horween Leather Passport Wallet.

It is up to you to scan or read the comments before you choose a number to make sure you have not chosen a number that somebody has already chosen ahead of you. If two or more people enter with the same number and that number is the winning number, then the person who entered first will be declared the winner.

I will limit this contest-giveaway to one entry per email address.

This contest will close on Friday August 14th 2015 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time.

After a winner has been decided I will contact the winner through the email address that they have provided me when they commented on this post.

The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question.

The winner will be required to pay for the cost of shipping the prize from the post office near my home to their home.

Disclosure – Wayne did not pay me or provide any incentive for me to write this post and as always, I maintain full editorial control of everything that is posted here on this blog.

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MiBelle Custom Leatherworx

Posted by Stacey on August 4, 2015 in Luxuries |

Wayne Higgins, the very creative owner/operator of MiBelle Custom Leatherworx (based in Dartmouth Nova Scotia!) stopped in to see me while he was on a cross-Canada tour.

After visiting with me for some time he left me with a couple very lovely wallets and a belt. One of the wallets is a 4 slot vertical card wallet – made of kangaroo leather. Kangaroo leather is one of the strongest leathers available to work with and yet the wallet he made is incredibly soft and almost waxy to the touch. Very cool.

Another plus to the kangaroo leather wallet is the very rich leather scent.

The main outside piece of leather is quite thick and the inner leather used for the card slots is a thinner leather making it have a substantial feel to it while keeping a relatively thin profile.

Some have commented on the size of the logo on the outside front of the wallet. It is larger than I like but because it is burned into the leather it is not obtrusive nor too obvious.

Something I really admire about Wayne’s work is the stitching he does. On this wallet I had to search with a magnifying glass to see where he started and finished his stitching. It is, simply put, top quality stitching.

The same things apply to the Horween Leather Passport holder Wayne gave me – perfect stitching, perfect edging, and a wonderfully waxy feeling leather.

Simply put, Wayne Higgins at MiBelle Custom Leatherworx makes wonderful little wallets. And, stay tuned – I will be organizing a giveaway of the Horween Leather Passport wallet very soon!!

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Bexar Goods Porter Satchel Follow Up Video

Posted by Stacey on August 4, 2015 in Luxuries with Comments closed |

After looking back at the video review of the Bexar Goods Porter Satchel that I recently completed, I realized that I had not talked about how much the bag will hold. So I filmed a follow up review to discuss that. Here it is – 

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Bexar Goods Porter Satchel

Posted by Stacey on August 2, 2015 in Luxuries with Comments closed |

I was away at the family cottage for a few days so I filmed a video review of the leather bag that has become my everyday carry – my Bexar Goods Porter Satchel. Have a look –

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Our Little Drought and Water Restrictions

Posted by Stacey on July 26, 2015 in Life Musings with Comments closed |

Metro Vancouver recently moved into stage 3 water restrictions. That means that even though it rained a little this weekend, you are not allowed to water your lawn or wash your car.

If you have a garden or trees in your yard you are allowed to continue to water them by hand. Just don’t put a sprinkler on them.

Our little drought may actually be much more serious than many realize. Nevermind the lack of rain, the fact is that due to climate change, or whatever you want to call it, we are seeing less and less snow on the North Shore Mountains.

It may rain significantly during the spring, fall and winter, however, the fact is that the water reservoir can only contain a limited amount of water that falls from rain.

The secondary source of water that feeds our water reservoirs comes from the snowpack that accumulates during the winter. As the snowpack melts during the spring and summer months feeds into the water reservoirs, supplying us in the city with water all summer long.

The water contained in the reservoir is the primary source of water for the city, but more importantly, the snowpack that usually accumulates in the North Shore mountains over the winter months is the secondary source that continues to feed the reservoir during the long and dry summer months.

Part of the reason we are in a drought-like situation now is that no snowpack accumulated over this past winter in the North Shore Mountains. Further, we cannot assume that there will be a snow back again this winter. It’s probable that there will be a snow pack but based on what happened (or didn’t happen) last winter, a snowpack is not guaranteed.

And then, if there is no snowpack that accumulates this coming winter, these drought-like conditions that we are currently in might start to look like child’s play.

This may require a fundamental shift in the way we live our lives here on the West Coast; no more hosing off driveways and letting sprinklers run for hours on sidewalks and streets. No more lush green lawns. We are used to it being wet and rainy and having unlimited supplies of water. It may be time to change our attitudes around water.

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Marlondo Leather Wallet Giveaway 

Posted by Stacey on July 22, 2015 in Life Musings with Comments closed |

The first winning number in the Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallet giveaway was 65. 

The second winning number was 32.

The winners will be notified by email. Thanks all for playing along! 

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