It's been a while since I've been able to post on my blog. We've had so much sickness go through our family over the last 4 - 5 weeks. I was sick for 3 weeks with a sore throat that turned into a chest infection and sinus infection. A week into my sickness, Megan and both her babies got gastro. Megan ended up in hospital and Darren and I looked after the boys at different times as needed. This was over the weekend Megan was meant to have the boys combined birthday party. It was postponed for a month.
Then Darren got a touch of gastro but recovered quickly. Just as I was starting to feel a little better Jessica took me away for a weekend to Daylesford. We had a wonderful time away and enjoyed the beautiful countryside, good food and fresh air.
Five days after our weekend away, Jessica was admitted to hospital with appendicitis. She spent most of Easter in hospital after having her appendix removed then the next five days recovering at our place ( back in her old bedroom ). Then we had the boys birthday party last weekend.
Throughout this challenging time we've tried to stay as frugal as possible. There were a few times when we bought Subway for lunches on the run when we physically couldn't be at home to eat. We've also stayed away from the shops.. I've been quite content to stay at home and sit in front of the tv.
Here are some of the frugal tasks we've completed lately ( that I can remember ) -
* Collected the free flower and veggie seeds from the Woolworths promotion. Darren has made plans to plant them out..
* Picked flowers from the garden to brighten our day. When we were preparing Jessica's room for her stay, Darren picked a bouquet of flowers from our garden for her to enjoy.
* Made a couple of batches of chunky chicken soup from scratch. We enjoyed this over many meals and it was just what we needed.
* We have been trying to eat smaller serves at dinnertime each night. My homemade meat pie usually serves 4 - 5 people. The last one I made gave us six serves. Two eaten that night and four went into the freezer.
* Went to Hindustan Imports on the way home from a cleaning job and purchased herbs, spices and baking ingredients in bulk at cheap prices.
* I continue to pick raspberries almost every day. We've also picked tomatoes, zucchinis, strawberries, lettuce, silverbeet, pears, lemons and beans from the garden. Shortly we'll be digging up the last of our potatoes before Winter.
* Used recycled bread bags as bin liners in the bathrooms.
* Made up bottles of diluted dishwashing detergent to clean things around our home.
* Took snacks with us to Daylesford to save a little money.
* Bought chocolate Easter bunnies at half price after Easter. They have been put away for next Easter.
* Took cuttings from a few plants in our garden. Hopefully they'll take and we can plant them out next Spring.
* Made a big batch of pita chips for munching on.
* Continued to cook meals for 4 - 6 people like I've always done. All leftovers are carefully portioned out and frozen for future no fuss nights.
|Freshly picked beans|
|From the garden|
|Jessica holding a large pear from our tree.|
|Flowers Darren and Luka picked for me.|