Tomorrow’s cruise to Hawaii…Total expenses for Vancouver…Worrying?

Sunset in the Vancouver bay.

The departure checklist begins once again:

  • Do laundry – We found a laundry near the computer store that will do it for us for US $1.83, CAD $2 per pound in two hours.  Today, we’ll drop it off, picking it up later in the day.
  • Fill pill cases for the next two weeks
  • Do manicure and pedicure
  • Pack everything except Tuesday’s clothes and toiletries
  • Notify family that we’re leaving Vancouver – We do this each time we’re on the move
Sunny day skyline.

Gosh, this list is much shorter than in the past. We’ve already printed out cruise tickets.  The hotel checkout is electronic with a copy coming to my email which I’ll save in a folder.  It get easier every time we move.

Colorful sky at sunset.

Our total expenses for Vancouver are estimated at US $2050.86, CAD $2247.35 including hotel, airfare from Boston (one way), taxis, meals, laundry and tips.  At this total, our daily cost was approximately US $341.81, CAD $374.56.  We’re actually pleased it wasn’t more costly than this. 

Lonely looking boxer waiting for his family who were inside the restaurant where we had lunch.

We’ve made every effort to keeps our costs to a minimum during this six day stay and the three days in Boston to offset the WiFi and beverage fees on the upcoming cruise which are typically close to US $900, CAD $986.   We’re actually, $600 under budgets expenses for Vancouver

The South Tower on the Sheraton Wall Centre where we’ve stayed since last Wednesday, with a black bird in photo.

There’s never a day that passes that we aren’t in tune with our expenses.  It is this diligence that allows us to continue on our journey without financial stress. For homeowners and renters worldwide this type of diligence may serve them well in keeping living costs within one’s means.

Dining outdoors on an upper floor in the Sheraton Wall Centre South Tower.

Of course, there’s also the painful reality for those who’ve lost their jobs in this precarious economy or are unable to work due to illness.  Its difficult to commit to budgeting when there’s little to no income. 

On a walk we passed by this Cannabis shop.

At some point in our lives, for some of us, we recall the angst and worry associated with not generating sufficient income to cover one’s living expenses, a dreadful state of being.  For those of our readers in this precarious position we hope and pray that you find resolution.

Distant small marina.

We always hear that good health is the most important aspect of our lives.  And, unquestionably, it is. In our minds, freedom from worry is next in line. Worrying is disastrous for one’s health and sense of well being.  Worrying is a road block to happiness.

Community garden.

That’s not to say that we don’t worry at times. Either of us can awaken during the night wrought with worry that is often exacerbated at night in the dark.  Tom worries about the little things. I tend to worry about the big things.  Together, we’re an “efficient worrying machine.”  That’s teamwork!

Photo from one year ago today, September 22, 2013:

Jeri and Hans, owners of the house in Kenya, invited us for dinner in their yard.  It was a lovely evening with ambiance, great food and conversation.  For details from that date, please click here.


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