Friday! I really like our little "stock takes" at the end of the week! Thank you to everyone who joins in too. When there is joy in the ordinary things, of getting stuff done, meals on the table, a little bit extra done here or there... all these little things, we are bound to be happy.
And I am happy with my week. I got lots done and am counting my blessings. Andy started his new job and went really well and loves it. Plus he got extra work last weekend and extra this weekend. It is also a blessing that he just takes it despite no days off for the time being. It is a big thing to me that he doesn't complain about long hours or no day off. He is a good guy.
We had rain and the garden is watered.
We had a storm and we were ok and didn't lose power when many homes did.
Lucy has about six days to go until the baby is due!
On that note... I plan and hope to post as usual. And I have worked ahead on posts so that some are almost ready and lovely Helen is posting for me also. But it is possible when this baby arrives that I will forget I even have a blog for a little bit!
This is like years ago we went to LA and went to Disneyland. On the flight home Chloe must have started to think about home again. She said "I forgot I had a dog!" and it was as if we all were having so much fun we forgot everything else. Well, it could be like that!
This week I saved money and feathered our nest by:
I made broccoli soup. At the end I add cheese and it is yum.
I also made bargain zucchini into a big crock pot of soup. I packaged this into small containers for the freezer.
Another night I made butter chicken and gave the expecting couple a dinner with all the trimmings, rice, salad, raita, bread etc.
I made my raita with mint from Mum's garden. All I do is get a thick creamy yoghurt. I like one that is naturally quite sweet. I pick and wash a couple of huge handfuls of mint leaves and blend this with my stick blender into the yoghurt plus add half a teaspoon of Cumin. I try to do it a few hours, at least, before the meal as I think the flavors improve. This is so nice with any warm/hot dish as it is so cooling and yummy. So easy and nice. I am not much a curry or spicy cook but I can do this!
Mum came and brought me a box of really huge coffee jars. Her friend saves them and has boxes of them if I want more. Yes please! I can make up my mixes! These are giant sized jars, I could even do double cornbread or muffin mixes in them.
Mum made me a scarf. She made me one a couple of weeks ago which I have lived in so she made me another one. (excuse the selfie)
I downloaded quite a few free really good e books. I have mentioned before that I thought I wanted a Kindle and asked for one as a present. The girls told me it wasn't a present as I could download the Kindle app for free to my i pad. Oh. I didn't know that! So in minutes I had a Kindle on my i pad. Now I add free books almost weekly. If you follow Money Saving Mom each week she posts a newsletter. Many of these newsletters have a list of free e books. I just choose what looks good to me and download them. I have a wonderful library of 100% free books. These include cooking, pantry, preparedness, classics, organization and all kinds of wonderful books. What happens is authors now and then put their books free for a day. It helps them get reviews and exposure. So even the expensive books are sometimes free for a day. You just have to be quick as it is usually for a very limited time.
Mum helped me sew in the ends on my blanket... it is almost finished. Maybe another week? Mum has a bad shoulder and is semi out of action but she can still sew and crochet! However Mum's "out of action" is most peoples "flat out busy."
I packaged up lots of freezer meals. The place looks like a take away shop. I did lots for baby week with no washing up using containers I had. I know I will be glad of these.
Mum also gave me an English Country Decorating magazine that is perfect for lots of card making.
I built up my home by adding to my pantry and my supplies in case the power goes out, batteries, matches, candles and torches.
Today I am just cleaning and tidying up. Being at home and catching up are my favourite days.
How was your week and how did you build up your nest and save money? As the season changes there are different things to do. The US girls are planting their spring gardens and getting their produce in. You have to be watchful of the seasons and make the most of the opportunities! Many things have a window of time. For me our season means it is dark very early. It is almost dark at 5 o'clock. So everything outside has to be done. It means I get more crafts made and crochet done as in the evening we are inside. This is the time of the year that I get lots made toward my Christmas presents.
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx