Thank you for all the Christmas wishes! I truly hope everyone was as lucky as me this year and had many blessings.
The weather was hot. Andy came home and have me two extra days at the farm. He watered the garden and looked after the animals. This was a real gift as I got extra time with my family and time to think and plan.
I did true Vicky style "revisiting" the whole year and made a lot of plans and changes.
The new year presents this opportunity for such a review. Being away from home and some quiet time really helped me to do that.
I started my new planner and wrote in all the big things of 2015 and things I have to be grateful for. Then I start my plans for the new year. I have big and small things. Focus on my health is one. Paint the house is another!
Some of the ways I saved money since last Friday post are:
We had days of amazing food Mum made and ate too much. This was Mum's beautiful Christmas pudding...
Mum makes many of these and uses some as gifts. They keep a long time too. Next year I should make a tutorial on these.
Mum gave me honey from the farm. It is beautiful.
A local fisherman gave Dad a crayfish. He shared this with Andy who loves it. Plus gave Andy some to bring home for that night. He ate a ton of it I think. Then I found out it had been $118 a kilo! This crayfish must have weight well over that maybe two kilos so I told Andy had just ate a hundred dollars worth lol.
There were a lot of us on Christmas Day. I was the only one wanting to collect the left over paper and ribbons etc. You should see how much ribbon I got! Some of it was gorgeous glitter ribbon and metres of it. Plus some lovely paper suitable to re use or use on cards etc.
I painted and decorated the big jar my Aunt gave me to add to my collection.
We continued to pick about a cup of cherry tomatoes a day. I was able to give away some too.
Some of the ways we feathered our nest since last post are:
A beautiful Christmas all together.
Andy pressure cleaned the whole yard front and back.
I packed away the Christmas decorations and tree etc as I always do before Jan 1 and had a big clean.
Then I started on re organizing the lounge room, having a re arrange and re painting the coffee table. Its amazing how a re arrange freshens things up. (except I haven't finished this yet!)
Some ways I got ahead are:
All the jars my aunt gave me have got me ahead with jar supplies for preserves.
From all my hand made gifts and also bargain gifts I ended up with left overs. I now have several birthday presents already organized for January and February. I love being ahead with gifts.
From collecting ribbons, cards I made and wrap Mimi made me I am way ahead on gift giving supplies.
This year I am going to talk more about ways to get ahead as little by little this is a big help.
This is Mum serving the Christmas pudding with her assistant, Georga.
I am excited about the year. New goals and aims and things to look forward to. Many families are facing big challenges. I already know of quite a few who know they have significant income loss or large increases in costs. Or both. It seems a common theme. If this is you I can tell you there are several ladies who comment here regularly who we all feel are friends and the first to help anyone. They are also going through this. You are not alone. I hope to create a lot of support and friendship that I hope helps in some small way.
Next week I am starting two challenges to get things going. There will be a few posts to set the scene for the year.
What are your goals and dreams for 2016? Last year my main one was to fill my cellar and shelves with supplies and I did it! Now this year I will keep on that but I have many new projects.
How did you save money and build up your nest?
See you on Monday! If you can use the weekend to think over what you really need to work on this year we can hit the ground running on Monday starting the Vicky Challenge. If you feel you want to do this challenge you will amaze yourself! If not hopefully you will still notice just how much your work saves your family and feel very proud of it!
Wednesday we will start the Christmas Challenge. I am making a Christmas present a week (or so) from next week. As I go along I hope to provide motivation to get making things all year and save a fortune. Also provide ideas, how to use materials you have on hand or available to you for free and how to choose suitable gifts, present them well etc. At the end of each month we will have a show and tell to share what we have been doing.
Have a wonderful New Year and weekend! It is really nice to be back!
Tealady if you are reading I have been thinking of you and praying. xxx