I used to not like Sundays, but I believe I'm starting to become a fan. This Sunday was quietly spent at home. Simon had a party to go to, but before he went we played a board game together. Despite some frustration and tears (from Simon) we had fun.
Amber had a lot of homework to do and needed some help.
Even though it was wet and freezing outside I was determined to turn our compost heap. Bravely, I went outside and got to work until I spotted a mouse running off... I needed manly protection after that ;)
The time passed pleasantly and it was nearly time to start cooking. However, there was a nagging thing still on the to do-list. We have a vintage antique old iPod nano, that has been recalled by Apple for some fault that it may have. All you have to do is send your old iPod to Apple and you'll get a new sparkly one in return. We have known about this for weeks, but no matter how hard we looked that silly iPod was nowhere to be found! Very frustrating. Anyway, in the spare half hour before I started dinner I had a look in my sewing room and after digging through a few boxes I found it! I must say that the relief and satisfaction of locating it was almost enough for me. For good measures we did register it :)
I made veggie burgers for dinner that were very nice. I may post a recipe tomorrow. Now I'll have a glass of red and then I'll be off to bed. I caught up on a lot of sleep this weekend and I must say that I like this (new to me) feeling of not being exhausted :)
I started off the new year by making my own liquid detergent. Yes, you read that right. Lately, I've really been into homemaking and making detergent was on my list.
I haven't tried washing with it yet, but I like it already.
Also, I put away everything Christmas-y today. What a great feeling. I would have a Christmas tree just to experience that relieved feeling after it's gone! The room instantly looks bigger and lighter.
We've been experiencing a really mild winter so far and it was a joyful moment when I spotted lots of snowdrops yesterday. There is life in the garden! Spring may still be far off, but it's on its way already.
We got quite a bit done this weekend, almost without noticing it... I like that!
I even managed to catch up on some sleep, so I truly feel recharged and ready to tackle another week now.
I spent quite some time in the kitchen, making soup (for Tuesday), cake (approved by everyone in the family) and hummous (not in love) among things. There was no rush, which was lovely.
And we not only got a Christmas tree, but decorated it as well. On the 11th of December! A very rare happening. I will post photos tomorrow, it looks a bit like a carnival -in the drunken hours of the night :)
There is so much beauty to be found in the thriftstore. I honestly don't think I will ever able to buy new accessories for my house from a regular shop again. It's not just a question of money. The thrill of the search and the fact that precious bits of other people's past come together in our home cannot be beat by anything else.
Life has become increasingly more busy for us over the past weeks. Amber started musical classes, Simon does judo, Michel has drawing lessons and I have my sewing class. Michel's job has become more demanding as well, I work and volunteer at school. It's all good, but I did feel that more structure and organisation was needed in order to keep things running smoothy around here.
People that know me well will not label me as an organised or structured person; I'm sure that chaotic and impulsive are words that in general are more applicable to me. Nonetheless, I've been doing pretty well if may I say so :)
First of all I sorted out our finances. I created an online cashbook that gave me insight in how much we spend and what we spend it on. This wasn't a particularly uplifting job, but I did feel good about taking matters into my own hands. For the first time I saw just how much I was sponsoring our local supermarket. Of course, I did know I was spending a lot of money on groceries. I went shopping several times a week, often without a proper list. I was buying things I didn't really need and I made too many unhealthy choices too. But no more!
I cleared out our pantry and freezer, chucked out the things that needed chucking and put everything back in an organised (!) way. Then I started planning our meals, so that I could do weekly shopping. This is a big change for me! Now I need to think ahead, while mostly I just live by the day. This also created the urgent need of a proper diary, so I ordered a family planner.
I put together a basic shopping list as well, so that each week I can simply check whether I still have enough of something. I didn't do all this on the same day, mind you... I'm trying to take it bit by bit in order not to feel overwhelmed. Anyway, not only has all this planning resulted in spending a lot less money on groceries, but it has also been motivating me to prepare healthier meals. I'm actually enjoying cooking again and I find myself making more from scratch. Not having to worry about WHAT to cook is providing me with more time to spend on the actual cooking itself. So: I have MORE time, MORE money and I'm MORE healthy (ok, healthier...), I'd say... win, win and win!
In the house I'm slowly ploughing through all our stuff, trying to get rid of things we don't use. I cleared out the kid's wardrobes, I still need to do ours. I sell things online and the rest I take to the recycling store. I'm trying to stay on top of the laundry. It's an ongoing struggle, but since we are again in the possession of a dryer, it's become a lot easier.
All in all, I'm optimistic about these changes. These things can be a slow process sometimes for me, but I really think that I'm on the right path here. At least for now it makes me feel good to be in control.
Ok, to finish off this post a look at my freshly cut t-shirt yarn... happy weekend all (it promises to be a good one)!
I had some fun today exhibiting my blue dotty Polish pottery. The vase is yesterday's thriftstore find. At 70 cents it was impossible to leave behind (truth is I would have paid more. How much more I don't know and I needn't wrack my brain over it since it was just 70 cents ;)).
This calm setup in blue, white and purple tones is so unlike me and yet I love it. It's so clean and calming... it makes a nice change from my usual carnival of colour. I found the sweet flowery fabric today (50 cents). Again, not my style, but somehow it spoke to me.
I've been collecting the Polish pottery for a while. I have quite a bit more. Every time I spot a piece in the thriftstore my heart skips a beat. It's my feel good drug and for 70 cents every few weeks I'd say quite an inexpensive one too!