Some of the ways I saved this week included:
I made three and a half dozen little banana cakes in muffin trays and another dozen giant sized ones. I gave both the girls a tray of these and we all froze a supply.
Andy cleaned the gutters around the house plus the shed which was almost a whole days work.
I made trays of mornay, two were gifts of help.
My herb stacks needed an end of winter refresh. I pulled lots of things that were past it out and added soil. Now they look bare...
I retained a few things. And planted seeds. First I put in radishes, sage and chives.
The radishes are up first...
Our weather has been quite spring like although we have a few days of winter left. So it has been warm enough to plant.
I got some Turkish Bread for 90c marked down from about $5. They went into the freezer.
Also Andy made a new window as a window frame had damaged wood. I did the undercoat and top coats ready for it to go back in.
And I painted, sanded, cleaned and washed all week!
I have started a 100 day challenge! The aim is to get the front of the house, bedroom, lounge room, the woodwork around our bay windows out the back and a mile of latticework inside out back fence painted. This will take me to the beginning of summer and December. I don't want to be painting in December... it is a busy time already.
Along with painting you have to clean and wash surfaces etc so it fits in with spring cleaning very well. So it is my Painting and Spring Cleaning Challenge!
Each day I have to do something towards both. I am up to day 5!
I started on the front of the house and now there is enough paint to really see how it is going to look. This house has lovely wrought iron lace work and plaster mouldings. But they were a cacky colour and didn't stand out. Now as I paint them white they do stand out! It is so pretty!
To add to the challenge I figure that going up and down a ladder hundreds of times over the next months won't do my legs any harm so I might as well count it as a fitness and health challenge as well! So I am on a mission there too!
I can't wait to see what I can achieve in 100 days! In this time there are other big things going on... hopefully our bathroom is being pulled out and we are getting our solar installed.
There are going to be times it is a big mess and disaster. But these are all things I have wanted for so long and I am so excited about! Today is day five... and it is quite a nice day so I will be painting a bit more out the front this afternoon....
I got ahead by adding easy things to the freezer. (plus all the little cakes)
My pantry grew mainly in the first aid section and hygiene. Each week I add something.
Chickie got the hang of laying eggs in an appropriate place!
How did you build up your home this week? A lot of us are in that end of the season time and this changes what we are working on and need to do.
Little bits really do add up! I felt I have some really daunting tasks but dividing into little steps makes it look possible.
Looking back over this year and last year I can see that by working at things week by week you really make so much progress! Be encouraged that all the small steps or small savings really add up to something staggering!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx