It is easy to focus on everything we have to do and that needs doing. We really need to be pleased with what we have done and how far we have come!
Some of the ways I feathered the nest were:
I washed the windows. We have a lot of glass in french doors and big windows that look over our garden. The storms had made them a mess. So I washed them and it made so much difference!
I pruned our rose arbor which is a fairly big job and mostly up a ladder to reach the top so I am rally happy to have that done. My gardening gloves were torn to shreds though!
Also I pruned a Mop Top tree (which grows as a ball of green) and that was also a ladder job and that is finished too.
I cleaned my chandelier. And replaced globes. I love this chandelier but it is a big job to clean. And another up a ladder job!
Now I realise why I have sore legs.
The outside jobs were on several sunny days we had. Apart from getting all this done I soaked up some sunshine which is so good in winter and good for me. I slept well those nights!
Some of the ways I saved money were:
Making the most of the lemons I was given. I made a big batch of lemon butter.
This is so easy to make. The recipe is here Jars of Sunshine. It is good for when you have both lemons and eggs.
So this became my deserts and treats for the week. I filled a pie dish and it looked pretty (but don't give me too much credit as I just bought the base.)
Also I made mini pavlovas.
I still have so many lemons but this was beautiful and luxurious and I have jars of lemon butter to give as gifts also.
One night we had fridge pizza and used up lots of left overs both from the fridge and frozen. I made mini ones for spares. They were lunches as well.
I made three dozen sausage rolls. The last ones just disappeared. I share these around the family and the freezer.
My Coles points turned into a $30 voucher. I went in an spent this on things to stock my pantry. I only bought really good buys and specials.
So these were my free groceries!
I embroidered tops for Harper, made several dozen hankies, worked a frill around little socks and worked on a crochet rug.
In the mail I got vouchers to help me earn points for more free groceries. I cut them out and stick them in my diary so I remember them. They come so that you have one a week and specific weeks. So I carefully organise them.
I built up my pantry and added canned chick peas, flour, sugar, dried fruit and tinned tomatoes. From following A Working Pantry Facebook group I realised I didn't have a very long supply of shampoo and conditioner so I added several of each to my supplies.
I got ahead by adding food to the freezer, gifts to the gift cupboard and also with what I added to the pantry.
This week Mum has been in Adelaide and she loves to have Harper over. While they have a good fun time I said to Lucy to use this time to get things done that she has been wanting to do, rest and make the most of the breaks. So this has been fantastic for everyone. This is Harper and Great Grandma (Pat)
Apart from that I did the usual things, cooked the meals, line dried the washing, made the lunches etc.
It has added up to be a pretty good week.
How did you get ahead, build up your nest and save this week? I hope it was a good week for you.
On one hand the weeks fly by but on the other hand it is amazing how far you can come in a week!
Planning what I want to do seems to help me do a bit more. So does sharing my list here. I love Fridays for this reason! xxx