It has been an interesting week here in Melbourne. We are now in stage 4 lockdown for the next 6 weeks. We cannot leave home unless we are shopping for essentials like food, medicines, petrol or to go to work if you are an essential worker or care giving. There are lots of fine details to the lockdown but that's the gist of it. We have a nightly curfew from 8pm to 5am. The curfew doesn't bother me at all because I'd much rather be at home enjoying the ducted heating and my comfy recliner chair.
So with the latest lockdown, I cannot continue with my cleaning work for the next 6 weeks. My last day of work was on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to staying home but I will admit the loss of income does hurt a little. I'm not eligible for any government support from what I can gather due to me not being a registered business.
To make up for the lost income I'll continue to make and sell face masks for as long as people ask for them. If you are interested in my 3 layer washable face masks, please contact me via Facebook. They sell for $11 including postage in Australia. I'm also working on male greeting card packs, hanging tea towels, Christmas angel decorations and a few other crafts to sell.
I also have lots of cleaning, baking, cooking, soap making, Spring gardening preparation, weeds to pull and general organisation around the home. I'm sure the next 6 weeks will fly by.
Here's what else I've been up to lately -
* Made and sold lots of washable face masks. I've been getting quite a few orders for NSW residents who have been recommended to wear face masks when they cannot socially distance in public.
* Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Make two bottles of diluted Dynamo laundry liquid. I use this on dark clothes that tend to smell in Winter.
* Made a triple batch of laundry powder. Because I'd spent the time a few months ago blitzing lots of little bars of soap, it was quick and easy to mix the three ingredients together.
* Filled all the soap pumps around the home with diluted shower gel solution.
* Froze lots of leftovers and wrote them into the menu plan for future easy no cook dinners.
* Picked silverbeet from the garden as our greens on our dinner plate.
* Gratefully received 48 small bottles of cream from a community pantry I volunteer at. They had one day left on the use by date so they all went into the freezer for future butter making.
* Closed a few ducted heating vents in rooms that are not being used.
* Ate leftovers for dinner a couple of times during the week.
* Closed the curtains on the colder days when the sun wasn't shining.
* Made butter using the frozen cream.
* Stayed away from the shops for almost two weeks. We have plenty in our pantry, fridge and freezer stockpile so there was no real need to go out.
* Picked lemons from our tree.
* Fed the compost bin with kitchen scraps. The bins are almost full and ready to be used. The compost will be put on our veggie garden beds to top up the soil level.
* Made a two litre bottle of foaming hand wash.