We had a really busy and good week. It was hectic as we had to do a quick trip to Adelaide. I fitted in as much as possible. Trying to avoid going very often I even did a dental check up. I figure living a long way away I would rather be preventive than have an emergency. I wish I could have done more but we both had medical appointments, dentist, I did a huge stock up at Aldi, went to the discount pharmacy, an op shop near by and then headed back. I was just so keen to come home. By then the rain had started and I was getting text messages from Chloe like "now there are puddles!'
Here are some ways I got ahead, feathered my nest, saved etc. this week:
I was working on Harper's birthday present. She is crazy on Cinderella. I made a little bag and pillowcase to match to go with a doll I ordered on line...
I also made another shopping bag from some fabric I just loved:
I started on the fabric I found in the "dog blankets" section of our op shop. First I made three king sized kitchen towels. They are so thick and absorbent and look so coutnry style. I love them!
(The quilted fabric underneath is the bed spread for $5)
Andy needed new jeans taken up so I took up two pairs for him.
Dad came by with a huge leg of venison. It was so big I could never have fitted it in the oven or slow cooker so Andy sawed it up into manageable pieces. It is many meals worth. Plus we had cups of tea and cake at Dad's table...
(Which has a new tablecloth because I found this at the op shop for $3...)
When we returned home we were just looking at the driveway and paddocks and how much water there was. Next I jumped out of the car and went to see Scooter. He was so excited he leaped a mile in the air. I gave him a bottle. Chloe had been his baby sitter! Next Scooter and I went to see the chickens. I fed them a big bag of greens I had brought back from the city. I had 15 eggs to collect and someone put in an extra effort look at this egg...
I am betting that is a double yolker! This would be the first. Now I have eggs to take to Lucy, eggs for Mum and eggs for a big bake up. Chloe and Luke have their own chooks.
It took me many hours to unpack all the groceries and put them away. Some things like sausages needed dividing up and freezing in portions. It all takes time but my pantry is so well stocked up and this saved a fortune. I did have some great bargains and deals in the city. One of them was a tray of 12 king sized croissants for $7.80. I filled them with ham and cheese slices. Luke and Andy both ate one then the rest I froze for Andy's lunches or when feeding people. They were a bargain.
My friend was taking off around Australia and emptying out her place. She sent me home with a Homeopathic medicine kit for my medical cabinet! It is fantastic! Also essential oils, a King sized white linen quilt cover, white pillowcases, a vase and much more.
The medical kit is something I have wanted and it a great addition to my collection.
Yesterday I lit out fireplace for the first time in this house. We have made wood piles, we have the wood box next to the back door full of nice dry wood and finally it was time. It is amazing. It creates so much atmosphere and warmth. I have the kettle simmering.
Today I was getting ready as tomorrow I am going to see the girls. I made up some chocolate cup cakes in lilac wrappers with lilac sprinkles.
I have lots of warm bedding to take down for Kelly and her nine puppies!
Tonight I used up a big tray of ground beef from Aldi to make a huge pot of spaghetti sauce. I simmered it for two hours. It is delicious. This will make many meals and I am portioning it out to freeze plus making a couple of ready to go pasta bakes.
The week was full of opportunities to get ahead. Lots of meat added to the freezer, food added to the pantry, medical items added to the medical cabinet, gifts added to the present cupboard... and rain added to our paddocks.
I love a week like this. It takes a lot of energy to make the most of it all but so worth it! Lots of little things really add up!
How was your week? How did you build up your home? I hope good things came your way also. xxx