Luckily the things I do everyday are exciting for her and she enjoys them all. Harper took over the feeding of Buddy...
Speaking of Buddy.... he is very energetic but if I hold him and stroke his face he is asleep in under a minute. It is so funny that it is irresistible to do. He will wriggle then he calms down then I hear his breathing goes slow and his body goes limp. Then he has a little snore. It is so funny. Andy watches with amazement and he took a couple of photos...
If I dare take my hand off his head he wakes up instantly! Anyway this cracks me up! Harper could hear his little snore and she thought it was so cute.
Of course we visited all the animals (with biscuits) and we took these pictures for Harper to take to Kindy.
We made cup cakes to take home and I left the icing to Harper after lining up things she could use to decorate them. She was happy working on this for ages.
She was so proud of them. Certain colours and combinations were for certain people. Scarlett likes yellow so you can spot hers!
Another good part of the week was I got to go op shopping! After months of no op shops (thrift stores) one was open! I found Harper a perfect winter Frozen themed dress. I washed it up and gave it to her. Well, best $3 I ever spent!
It has a skirt that swirls. All important.
Some of the ways I built up my pantry, saved and got ahead...
My "no mans land" area in the pantry was behind the door which was an empty space where I hid anything I didn't know what to do with. I found some shelves that were only 4 inches deep and totally tidied this area up. Now it holds some of my spare bottles and jars. I love it! And I ordered similar shallow shelves to go on the back of the pantry door for more storage. My pantry is getting better every week! Each time storage is better I gain more space.
Looking around I realise that these days there is a storage solution for every odd sized gap, space, door... which is wonderful really and can really help. If you have a similar "no mans land" area get onto Pinterst and find some ideas.
I almost have my box raised garden bed full. I also added a bucket of ash from the fire when I cleaned it out this week. All the ash now gets used for one thing or another. Chickens also love ash.
I made my pumpkins into a big bach of soup. It is delicious and I have some to share.
Lucy gave me a coffee table for the cottage.
I work each day on mulching ... now each fruit tree is mulched and most of the flower garden.
Mum had given me some venison. I cooked some up and it was beautiful.
I made yoghurt then coated chicken pieces in it and then dipped them in gluten free bread crumbs. Baked until golden this is the easiest and yummies crumbed chicken ever.
I found beautiful old window. I am thinking I will use it as a picture frame.
Andy is working on the raised garden beds. I will have pictures next week. They are going to look so nice. We need to go back and collect those baths too. I have been studying up how to turn an old bath tub into a worm farm... so this might be why I use one for. If you have a worm farm let me know how it helps your garden?
I have a baking day today as we are going to see the girls tomorrow. And a change is coming. Each day was beautiful, sunny and perfect. The nights were cold. Now a change is coming in. That is ok, we want the rain! But I will change from so much outdoor work back to maybe some sewing. I go by the weather. If the weather is nice I try to get as much done as I can outside. I want my garden beds ready to plant in spring.
Last week we joked about how 2020 is too unbelievable to be a movie plot. In the week since I have seen that, nope, things did not quieten down. Now these seems to be complete anarchy across many nations, tearing down historical statues, attacking police buildings, talk of defending the police departments, the modern version of book burning... removing classic books and movies from libraries and online. Many many Bluebirds have written to me they have not felt safe at home with protestors and or rioters close to their house. Many letters on the subject of food availability and some shocking prices. Also the madness of things like you can only have 10 people at a funeral but you can have 10,000 if you call it a protest... as corona virus apparently spreads worse at funerals and not at mass gatherings. .. And so 2020 hasn't exactly settled down.
I get my own opinions and sometimes strong feelings on things. But my confirmation will come from the ladies that I trust and respect and look to. They are all building their pantries and planting their gardens like there is no tomorrow. When you feel to do something I consider most times that is a whisper from God. Trust and do.
How did you keep your home a haven, build up your pantry or garden this week? I hope many opportunities came your way. Now opportunities are a funny thing. Many people will not notice them and pass them by. Pray to have your eyes open to opportunities.
I want to mention one more thing. Do not be discouraged. As things go downhill in the world there will be plenty of people who want to tear you down. Nothing upsets some people like a woman happy at home. They can't stand it. Ok nothing except a woman at home who is canning and preserving and enjoying it. Yes this really upsets some and they don't mind telling you. Well, don't take any notice! A wise woman builds her home! You will find sisters that will come along side you and encourage you! These are the ones you can share with, trade with, learn from!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx