In our part of the world it has rained just about every day and sometimes many times during the day ( and night ) for many weeks, if not months. My trips out to the chicken coop and garden are done with extra caution as the ground under foot is very wet and squishy. Thankfully we live on the high side of the street and almost at the top of a small hill so the water has a chance to drain away somewhat.
With all this rain I've concentrated on indoor jobs to keep me busy ( when I'm not out at my cleaning jobs ). I've been decluttering the contents of boxes we once stored in our roof. I came across my old high school uniform, student diaries, Year 12 assignments and many childhood knick knacks. Such fun to see them again, but time to let most of them go.
Here's what else I've been up to this week -
* Picked another few heads of broccoli from the garden. I've also blanched and frozen them for future meals.
* Made shepherd's pie in bulk and froze 7 serves. It was bulked out with TVP and lots of veggies.
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness. I also baked 2 bread sticks to have with our dinners occasionally.
* Made up a bottle of surface spray with cooled boiled water and kitchen detergent.
* Fed the compost bin with kitchen scraps every couple of days. I've been ripping up any odd bits of paper I find and adding it to the compost bin as well.
* Fed crusts, scraps from dinner plates, weeds and grass to our chickens.
* Dried most of the washing on clothes horses over our ducted heating vents.
* Our 6 year old Dyson vacuum cleaner died last week. We were able to sell the two vacuum heads to a cleaning client who needed them on their vacuum. I'm thinking of putting the rest of the vacuum up for sale as parts. Thankfully we have a handheld cordless vacuum as a back up while we research buying another one.
* Kept unused bedroom and bathroom doors and their ducted heating vents closed.
* Used the thermos every morning to store extra hot water from the kettle.
* Only turned the dishwasher on when it was super full. This worked out to every 1 1/2 days.
* Charged everything we could during daylight hours or on the weekend to make the most of the solar panels and cheaper electricity rates.
* Stuck to our 2 light rule. Many times we only had one light on.
|From our garden|
|Drying clothes for free|