This has been a big week! Lots has been achieved! This is good as I felt I had a lot of hold ups with weather and my painting was a bit behind overall. But not any more!
First of all some of the ways I saved money and feathered my nest include:
I made two lots of snacks that are made from dried fruits, nuts etc. I noticed the health food shop sells these for $1 each. And a local cafe started selling them for even more. Lucy loves them! So I took notice of the ingredients and just copied one. Ingredients are listed in descending order of quantity so that's near enough to a recipe.
I substituted a couple of things.
Anyway, the first lot were good.
But the second lot were beautiful! I wrote the ingredients for Lucy so this is kind of the recipe...
They are so yum. Anyway Lucy was highly impressed. I will try some other variations too.
I made a heap of mini quiches for Harper.
Andy fixed a window that had a crack in the frame and I sanded and repainted it. This is in the lounge room and now that whole room is finished. I am very happy as it looks so bright and fresh!
That is another job ticked off the list!
I added to my preparedness with an electric frypan that the generator will run. So now I have the gas BBQ plus this as options. Andy got another gas bottle plus replaced fuel we had used in the storm.
Yesterday I started washing my lounge covers. I have soaked and bleached them and hung them in the sun. Yes we have sun now! I have about four more loads of these to go!
I cleaned the vacuum cleaner and hand help vac... filters etc all washed and dried.
The people installing the new doors cancelled due to a mistake made so that is yet to be rescheduled.
The best thing of the week.... my niece Allie offered to help me with painting. She is nineteen and she teaches rock climbing and adventure sports so she is not afraid of heights... so the two chimneys were the first target!
She has helped me for a day and a half so far and is coming back a bit later... I can tell you this, every hour has been wonderful. The sun has shone. I have painted up to where I can reach which is about 8 or 9 feet and she has painted above that. We have chatted the entire time and the time has gone really fast. I am exhausted honestly! BUT oh my goodness the house is transformed!
By the end of today I think the front of the house will be finished except for the front door! And I am so excited about that front door! But I can certainly manage that over the weekend.
You can see the difference in colour from the first photo to the second photo but next week I will post what it all looks like!
This help caught me up and made a world of difference. What an encouragement this was!
Last night Andy stood out the front for a good ten minutes looking at the house. It looks like a different place! It looks beautiful!
So the nest has actually had a huge makeover!
My 100 Day Challenge has also made up for the days I lost during the storm. Overall it has worked out. I won't list each day as I have already mentioned most things. But it included painting and a lot of spring cleaning. I am so happy to have got so much done and be back on track!
I hope you have had a very good week. How did you build up your nest and save?
It is on my mind that our storm is going to look like a stroll in the park compared to Hurricane Matthew and Patsy is bracing for an impact from that. We are sure getting a lot of reminders to be prepared.
Have a lovely weekend. I know I am going to be really tired but a good tired! xxx
The little birds...
If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.
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