The Christmas season is upon us and the last couple of weeks have been super busy. I finished Christmas shopping a few weeks ago and the presents are all wrapped up and cards written and sent.
On Tuesday Darren's work situation changed drastically ( feel free to read between the lines ). As a result our budget now consists of essential spending only ( food, petrol and bills ). We are grateful for full freezers, a very healthy stockpile and a veggie garden that is producing. Although the timing was poor, we know God is in control and we will weather this storm.
We have a short holiday coming up soon which was booked and paid for early this year. We will use this time to rest and when we get back we will regroup and plan our future going forward.
Here's how we saved time, money and energy over the last two weeks.
* I picked beans, silverbeet, strawberries and raspberries from our garden.
* Sold a dozen eggs to a friend.
* Made mixed berry jam from berries I found in the freezer. They were odds and sods of strawberries and raspberries. I forgot to weigh the berries when cooking them so I had to estimate how much sugar to add. It ended up being some of the tastiest jam I've ever made.
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness. I used recycled bread bags to store the bread in the freezer.
* Our grandsons came over for a swim in our toddler pool. We saved the pool water and used it over several days to water our garden.
* Baked choc chip biscuits for our afternoon teas.
* Sold a few apron greeting cards.
* Gratefully received a handmade apron from one auntie and a bunch of flowers from another auntie's garden when we held a family gathering out our home.
* Picked more mandarins from Megan's tree.
* Gratefully received quite a few packets of lamb chops from a friend. Our friend was moving house and we were there to do a vacate clean for her. She allowed us to pick bunches of beautiful hydrangea flowers and to take cuttings. Darren has planted the cuttings and we are eagerly waiting to see if they strike.
* Sold lots of dish cloths, face scrubbies, jam and hanging hand towels to a cleaning client. She is adding all these goodies to her Christmas gifts for her family.
* Fed silverbeet, weeds, bread crusts and snails to the chickens.
* I planted cucumber, zucchini and more bean seeds in our garden.
* Used cut up old socks as garden ties in the veggie garden.
* Saved shower warm up water and washing machine rinse water and reused it around our home and garden.
* Gratefully received 8 mangoes from a new cleaning client ( who is also a regular blog reader ).
* I made hooded towels for Luka and Bryson as Christmas presents. I'll be sure to take photos on Christmas Day and share them with you next year. The towels were $4 each and I needed 3 to make them. I was also able to make one hand towel and two face washers from the towel I cut the hoods from. Not a scrap was wasted.
* Took up a couple of pairs of jeans for a friend who paid me.
Here are some photos of the lovely hydrangeas we picked at our friend's place -
|The gifted mangoes|
|Mixed berry jam|