World Environment Day

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Well, yesterday was World Environment Day.  So, what did you do?  Anything special to mark the occasion?  Make a commitment to change something to make your life a little more sustainable?  Even just stop and pause to reflect on your journey to lower your carbon footprint?

The theme for this year is Think. Eat. Save and the focus is around the enormous (20%) wastage of all food in 1st World countries.  I am planning to encourage people in my workplace to take up the challenge and try not to waste so much food.  There will be more details on that another day.

Challenges – An Update

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We are now more than halfway through the month of October so I thought it was time I posted an update of my progress with my twin challenges of ‘Frocktober’ and ‘Stoptober’.

Frocktober is going well.  I have worn a dress or skirt and top every time I have left the house, apart from a couple of weeks ago when it was quite cool and I wore jeans for our casual Friday.  I have managed the additional challenge of not wearing an identical outfit twice in the month so far.  Hopefully, I can get to through the next 13 days as well.

Stoptober has been less of a stellar success, possibly because I started it on a whim and did not have any great plans.  Mind you, I think it is a bit of a fruitless exercise if you buy up big the month before in order not to spend during a particular time.  We have continued to buy modest amounts of groceries as well as fruit and vegetables.  I have thought carefully about what I needed and bought only the basics.  Our ‘essential’ spending has included a doctor’s appointment for me as well as a trip to the dentist for The Duke.  He has a follow-up appointment for more treatment next week.  On the weekend we bought some wire to fence the vegetable garden, seedlings and more grain for the chickens.  I see these purchases as an investment because the returns will always outweigh the outlay.

Our one real ‘failure’ was a decision to eat out last Friday.  We went to the local pizza restaurant and I tried the gluten-free bases which were very acceptable.  We have taken our packed lunches to work each day and I managed to dodge a couple of lunches at work which has meant that I have saved the money but also have not had to confront the issue of what to eat while maintaining my grain-free, sugar-free eating plan as much as possible.

The mortgage will look a bit healthier with the additional money saved!

Weekly Challenge – Week 17

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It is now less than 7 weeks until we head off to New Zealand on our holiday.  This challenge has certainly helped me get some things done but there is a lot more I want to achieve before we go.

The items in bold are ones that are still not done from previous weeks.  I do need to try to clear some more things off the list.

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

We have almost decided that we can do it ourselves.

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

I have planted 12 of the strongest ones in the garden and will stagger planting of the rest.

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

47. Take glass jars to op shop

I will give them to a specific person who would like them but can’t be done till next month.

51. Add more notes to my Christmas letter draft

54.Search for accommodation for weekend in Sydney next month.

56. Clean and pack away the doll’s house I received through Freecycle (for when the girls are older).

59. Finish sorting out my stash of fabric.

65. Put away the fabric and sewing goodies that have been given to me recently (Thanks Judith and Carol)

66. Wrap Christmas gifts for Miss O and Izz

67. Start making some home-made goodies for Christmas gifts

68. Tidy up the top of the filing cabinet

Til next week. 🙂

Weekly Challenge – Week 16

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Week 1 – I have decided to remove all the tasks that have been completed.  The list now will just be the ones I haven’t done from previous weeks 😦 and the 4 new ones that I have added for the coming week.  They will retain their existing numbering so you will be able to gauge how long I have been procrastinating over some of them.  I have put notes in italics by way of explanation below some items.

What I have done so far.  Scroll to the end of the list to so the new additions for this week.

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

We have almost decided that we can do it ourselves.

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

I have planted 12 of the strongest ones in the garden and will stagger planting of the rest.

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

47. Take glass jars to op shop

I will give them to a specific person who would like them but can’t be done till next month.

51. Add more notes to my Christmas letter draft

54.Search for accommodation for weekend in Sydney next month.

56. Clean and pack away the doll’s house I received through Freecycle (for when the girls are older).

59. Finish sorting out my stash of fabric.

61.Check booking for Mousetrap

62. Pack for trip to Melbourne

63.Plan menu for next week when we get back

64.Finish presentation for work conference

There is nothing too onerous being added to the list this week as I will be away from Wednesday morning until Monday afternoon.  Last week I finally finished the windows at the back of the house so it was great to cross that off the list.  I finished organising my costume but decided against a beret.  I will post photos after the event.

The other thing I did was refashion a pair of jeans I bought from the op shop a couple of weeks ago.  The waist was an excellent fit but they were a little long in the crotch and also much too baggy in the legs so I did some major alterations and am very pleased with the result.  I only have a couple of average photos that I took of the image in the mirror but hopefully you will get the idea.

Front view…….

And the rear…………

Til next week. 🙂

Weekly Challenge – Week 15

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Week 15 – I have decided to remove all the tasks that have been completed.  The list now will just be the ones I haven’t done from previous weeks 😦 and the 4 new ones that I have added for the coming week.  They will retain their existing numbering so you will be able to gauge how long I have been procrastinating over some of them.  I have put notes in italics by way of explanation below some items.

What I have done so far.  Scroll to the end of the list to so the new additions for this week.

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

We have almost decided that we can do it ourselves.

25. Clean windows on southern side of house

I have done more than half of these

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

I have planted 12 of the strongest ones in the garden and will stagger planting of the rest.

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

44. Defrost small freezer

47. Take glass jars to op shop

I will give them to a specific person who would like them but can’t be done till next month.

51. Add more notes to my Christmas letter draft

54.Search for accommodation for weekend in Sydney next month.

56. Clean and pack away the doll’s house I received through Freecycle (for when the girls are older).

57. Create costume for themed dinner at work conference.

58. Hem a pair of trousers for Missy

59. Finish sorting out my stash of fabric.

60. Refashion and hem 2 pairs of jeans/trousers that I bought at the op-shop.

Re 57.  The theme for our table is Woodstock – any tips or suggestions will be gratefully accepted.  I am trying to make it as cost neutral as possible.  It will be interesting given that the original Woodstock festival was in the summer – hence some participants wore VERY little in the way of clothing.  We will be re-creating the event near Ballarat at the end of August -BBBRRRR!!!!  I am thinking of a long skirt – might buy a floral sheet from the op shop, tie-dyed t-shirt and a long over-sized cardigan.  For warmth I will add tights underneath the skirt and perhaps a crocheted beret.  Off I go to search the internet for a pattern and try to refresh my crocheting skills.

Til next week. 🙂

Weekly Challenge – Week 14

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Week 14 – I have decided to remove all the tasks that have been completed.  The list now will just be the ones I haven’t done from previous weeks 😦 and the 4 new ones that I have added for the coming week.  They will retain their existing numbering so you will be able to gauge how long I have been procrastinating over some of them.  I have put notes in italics by way of explanation below some items.

What I have done so far.  Scroll to the end of the list to so the new additions for this week.

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

We have almost decided that we can do it ourselves.

25. Clean windows on southern side of house

I have done more than half of these

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

I have planted 12 of the strongest ones in the garden and wil stagger planting of the rest.

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

44. Defrost small freezer

47. Take glass jars to op shop

I will give them to a specific person who would like them but can’t be done till next month.

51. Add more notes to my Christmas letter draft

53. Book long-term carpark for when we go to Melbourne

54.Search for accommodation for weekend in Sydney next month.

55. Make more re-usable lunch wraps for Miss O and Izz.

56. Clean and pack away the doll’s house I received through Freecycle (for when the girls are older).

I feel as though I could have this all up to date by the time I the new list next Monday.  Come back and see how I go.

Til next week. 🙂

Weekly Challenge – Week 13

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Week 13 – I have decided to remove all the tasks that have been completed.  The list now will just be the ones I haven’t done from previous weeks 😦 and the 4 new ones that I have added for the coming week.  They will retain their existing numbering so you will be able to gauge how long I have been procrastinating over some of them.  I have put notes in italics by way of explanation below some items.

What I have done so far.  Scroll to the end of the list to so the new additions for this week.

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

10. Upload music to my iPod

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

We have almost decided that we can do it ourselves.

25. Clean windows on southern side of house

I have done more than half of these

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

Not quite established enough yet to do

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

36. Buy birthday gift for Izz

I am making an outfit which is almost finished and need to go to the shops to buy a wooden puzzle as well.

37. Sew 5 souvenir badges on a blanket

38.Look at accommodation options for weekend in Melbourne

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

44. Defrost small freezer

47. Take glass jars to op shop

I will give them to a specific person who would like them but can’t be done till next month.

49. Finish painting the chest of drawers and mirror frame

50. Finish reading and re-homing books/magazines

51. Add more notes to my Christmas letter draft

52. Complete the census

Til next week. 🙂

 

Weekly Challenge – Week 12

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Week 12 – I am getting heartily sick of this challenge, or to be more precise, writing about it.  However, since it is a challenge I guess it is not meant to be easy.  So here we go for another week.

What I have done so far.  Scroll to the end of the list to so the new additions for this week.

1. Clean car inside and out -DONE

2. Finish making sandwich wraps for Miss O and Izz – DONE

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

4. Make trackpants for Miss O and Izz – DONE

5. Send emails to book accommodation for New Zealand trip – DONE

6. Buy and plant seedlings for winter vegetables – DONE

7. Email friend to arrange to meet for lunch – DONE

8. Finish knitting dishcloth and sew ends in on first two – DONE

9. Make dressing gown for Miss O – DONE

10. Upload music to my iPod

11. Declutter and clean bathroom cupboard – DONE

12. Plan birthday celebration for Missy – DONE

13. Make an appointment to have our tax done – DONE

14. List 2 items on Freecycle – DONE

15. Clean kitchen windows – DONE

16. Book train trip  for New Zealand holiday – DONE

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

18. Assemble the required paperwork for our tax appointment – DONE

19. Finish pinafore for Izz – DONE

20. Discuss 80th birthday celebration plans with my mother – DONE

21. Clean patio using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

22. Clean back wall of the house using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

24. Plant seeds in seed-raising mix – DONE

25. Clean windows on southern side of house

26. Clean paths using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

27. Trace sewing patterns for my mother – DONE

28. Read 5 outstanding magazines & file or re-home – DONE

29. Clean out bottom drawer in the kitchen – DONE

30.Dust furniture in the front entry – DONE

31. Read  and re-home 5 more magazines – DONE

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

33. Sand and paint window frames in laundry and bathroom – DONE

34. Clean fronts of kitchen cupboards – DONE

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

36. Buy birthday gift for Izz

37. Sew 5 souvenir badges on a blanket

38.Look at accommodation options for weekend in Melbourne

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

40. Read and re-home 5 more magazines/articles/booklets

41. See accountant re tax returns – DONE

42. Book a massage – DONE

43. Make food for shared morning tea – DONE

44. Defrost small freezer

45. Clean all of the screens – TV, computer, laptop, Kindles

46. Try to find a small chest of drawers on Gumtree/Freecycle etc

47. Take glass jars to op shop

48. Take boots to be re-heeled

………..and of course I must keep plugging away with the UFO’s from further up the list.

Tomorrow I will be back with a cautionary tale from my traumatic weekend with the disinfectant.


Weekly Challenge – Week 11

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Week 11 already!  I am almost halfway through the challenge.  I am not exactly failing but I feel as though I am falling behind a bit.  Hopefully I can change that this week.

What I have done so far.  Scroll to the end of the list to so the new additions for this week.

1. Clean car inside and out -DONE

2. Finish making sandwich wraps for Miss O and Izz – DONE

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

4. Make trackpants for Miss O and Izz – DONE

5. Send emails to book accommodation for New Zealand trip – DONE

6. Buy and plant seedlings for winter vegetables – DONE

7. Email friend to arrange to meet for lunch – DONE

8. Finish knitting dishcloth and sew ends in on first two – DONE

9. Make dressing gown for Miss O – DONE

10. Upload music to my iPod

11. Declutter and clean bathroom cupboard – DONE

12. Plan birthday celebration for Missy – DONE

13. Make an appointment to have our tax done – DONE

14. List 2 items on Freecycle – DONE

15. Clean kitchen windows – DONE

16. Book train trip  for New Zealand holiday – DONE

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

18. Assemble the required paperwork for our tax appointment – DONE

19. Finish pinafore for Izz – DONE

20. Discuss 80th birthday celebration plans with my mother – DONE

21. Clean patio using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

22. Clean back wall of the house using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulchws

24. Plant seeds in seed-raising mix – DONE

25. Clean windows on southern side of house

26. Clean paths using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

27. Trace sewing patterns for my mother – DONE

28. Read 5 outstanding magazines & file or re-home – DONE

29. Clean out bottom drawer in the kitchen – DONE

30.Dust furniture in the front entry – DONE

31. Read  and re-home 5 more magazines – DONE

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

33. Sand and paint window frames in laundry and bathroom – DONE

34. Clean fronts of kitchen cupboards

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

36. Buy birthday gift for Izz

37. Sew 5 souvenir badges on a blanket

38.Look at accommodation options for weekend in Melbourne

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

40. Read and re-home 5 more magazines/articles/booklets

41. See accountant re tax returns – DONE

42. Book a massage

43. Make food for shared morning tea

44. Defrost small freezer

Great plans – now let’s see if I can fullfil at least some of them.  Be sure to check next week and see how much progress I have made.


Weekly Challenge – Week 10

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I am now up to Week 10 of my challenge.  It is a way of keeping myself accountable and getting some extra things done over and above going to work and managing to do the routine housework.  You can check out more details here.

Each week I add 4 new things to ‘the list’ and try to cross at least something off each week.  I must say thank you to The Duke for his part in getting No 33 crossed off the list.  I did some of the painting, though.

There are not usually any photos with the challenge but I have decided to add some tonight for a bit of interest.  Scroll to the end of the list for more details and photos.

1. Clean car inside and out -DONE

2. Finish making sandwich wraps for Miss O and Izz – DONE

3. Create a spreadsheet for future holiday packing needs

4. Make trackpants for Miss O and Izz – DONE

5. Send emails to book accommodation for New Zealand trip – DONE

6. Buy and plant seedlings for winter vegetables – DONE

7. Email friend to arrange to meet for lunch – DONE

8. Finish knitting dishcloth and sew ends in on first two – DONE

9. Make dressing gown for Miss O – DONE

10. Upload music to my iPod

11. Declutter and clean bathroom cupboard – DONE

12. Plan birthday celebration for Missy – DONE

13. Make an appointment to have our tax done – DONE

14. List 2 items on Freecycle – DONE

15. Clean kitchen windows – DONE

16. Book train trip  for New Zealand holiday – DONE

17. Follow up what I need to do to change my superannuation

18. Assemble the required paperwork for our tax appointment

19. Finish pinafore for Izz – DONE

20. Discuss 80th birthday celebration plans with my mother – DONE

21. Clean patio using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

22. Clean back wall of the house using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

23. Organise quote to have poinciana tree lopped and mulched

24. Plant seeds in seed-raising mix – DONE

25. Clean windows on southern side of house

26. Clean paths using high-pressure cleaner – DONE

27. Trace sewing patterns for my mother – DONE

28. Read 5 outstanding magazines & file or re-home – DONE

29. Clean out bottom drawer in the kitchen – DONE

30.Dust furniture in the front entry

31. Read  and re-home 5 more magazines – DONE

32. Thin out and re-pot bok choy seedlings

33. Sand and paint window frames in laundry and bathroom – DONE

34. Clean fronts of kitchen cupboards

35. Make a vinyl cover for the newly-created day bed

36. Buy birthday gift for Izz

37. Sew 5 souvenir badges on a blanket

38.Look at accommodation options for weekend in Melbourne

39.Arrange to close a bank account that is no longer required

40. Read and re-home 5 more magazines/articles/booklets

For those of you who have been following the challenge carefully, you will have noticed that reading and re-homing magazines has been a recurring theme for a few weeks now.

Here is the reason.

2011-07-18 01All of these various items of reading matter came from my mother’s place when she down-sized to her unit late last year. I took all of these magazines and books because I wanted to read/look at them before probably passing most of them on.  I am trying hard to find the time and am gradually reducing the piles.

The cabinet came from my parents’ home, also.  It is currently living in our lounge room until one day I organise to have it re-made into a coffee table.  The timber is solid silky oak and it has already been re-fashioned once, over 50 years ago.

37.  is a bit of a blast from the past.  When our daughters were younger we bought them each a grey ‘camp blanket’ and they collected/were given cloth badges of all shapes and styles.  I sewed them all on by hand but as years went by I became a bit slack and the badges piled up but were not sewn on the blankets.  When sorting out the sewing room I found numerous badges.  After discussion with the Belle and Missy it was agreed that the blankets could be passed on to Miss O and Izz.  I am going to add all of the ‘orphan’ badges before the girls are old enough to use the blankets.  Meanwhile, the blankets will live here as Belle has limited storage.

To give you an idea this is one of the blankets with some of the badges already sewn on.

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