Sunday, 29 May 2016

Becoming Self Sufficient

A SIMPLER LIFE   



  Learn to cook at home
·         Learn to grow vegetables
·         Learn about green cleaners and rid your home of harmful chemicals
·         Learn to recycle, reuse and make do
·         Learn to change your own oil
·         Mow your own grass
·         Learn to do basic home maintenance
·         Learn to iron your own laundry
·         Learn how to sew
·         Learn how to give a basic haircut
·         Learn how to do basic gardening 
·         Turn off technology for the weekend

Living a simpler life by becoming more self-sufficient isn’t hard it just takes a desire to take back control of your life and do for yourself.

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sunday Walk

Pt Noarlunga Jetty. Lots of fishermen trying their luck.
Had a lovely walk along the beach this Sunday with my sister Madi. We were going to look at the sand sculptures at Pt Noarlunga but they moved the location. 
They put it in an out the way spot where only the locals would find it and then roped it off saying no dogs. Oh well we and the dogs had a great time on the beach and along the river.



View of the beach from the sand dunes

Port Noarlunga Bridge crossing the River as it goes to meet the sea

Onkaparinga River
 Have a great week
Jan

Welcome to My New Grandson


Well it's been a very busy four weeks. On 26/4/16 we welcomed into the world another beautiful little boy. There were a few tense moments but all is well now and Mum, Dad, Big brother and baby are all settling into a new routine at home. I'm over the moon as I now have two beautiful little boys to spoil.

Now it's back to the grindstone for me lol. Getting back into the swing isn't easy after having time off but I'm getting there and I've even been able to do a few goals along the way.

12 Goals for 2016
  • Set up an Emergency fund account. Aim for a years worth of pay over 6 years
    • Goal Achieved - 1 week
    • One of the benefits of being home the last month was I didn't need to spend as much money on incidentals, bonus
  • Set up a xmas account. Direct debit $20 mth. Aim $1000 for Xmas
  • Use day off each fortnight to catch up with friends
    • Went to the movies with my sister Tania and a couple of friends. Saw Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Not usually my cup of tea but it was lovely to have the night out.
  • Walk along the beach each Sunday morning
    • Didn't walk this month due to everything else going on. 
  • Finish last years projects
    • Spent the time looking at what needed doing and breaking it down to small bite sized pieces that can fit around working.
  • Have a Nanna day with Ollie
    • Spent a lot of time with Ollie, playing and laughing. Will be adding Bohdi's name to this as well. Just got to wait for him to get a couple months older to stay awake long enough.
  • Learn a new skill
  • Replace packaging, paper and plastic products
    • Haven't replaced anything just yet but I have managed to reduce my waste going to curbside. My rubbish bin is only going out twice a month now and my recycle only once a month so I'm happy with my progress.
  • Have a daughter day with Fiona
    • Spent some lovely hours with Fiona and Brian as they got settled in with the new baby. Looking forward to many more.
  • Start making things from scratch
  • Join a group and make new friends
  • Makeover my back garden
Have a great week

Jan

Monday, 28 March 2016

The Stork is Coming


I am getting so excited. My daughter will be having her baby in two days time, she's having a cesarean due to big baby.

Have been packing and sorting what I'll take with me as I'll be staying at her place with my grandson while she's in hospital.

Needless to say I haven't started on any of my projects that 
need finishing as I've been a bit sidetracked but I am getting there with the financial ones. 


12 Goals for 2016


  • Set up an Emergency fund account. Aim for a years worth of pay over 6 years
    • Halfway to 1st weeks pay.

  • Set up a xmas account. Direct debit $20 mth. Aim $1000 for Xmas
  • Use day off each fortnight to catch up with friends
    • Will start this after the baby is born
  • Walk along the beach each Sunday morning
    • Went for my walk today. Must remember to take camera.
  • Finish last years projects
    • Spent the time looking at what needed doing and breaking it down to small bite sized pieces that can fit around working.
  • Have a Nanna day with Ollie
    • Had a lovely Easter playing.
  • Learn a new skill
  • Replace packaging, paper and plastic products
  • Have a daughter day with Fiona
    • Enjoyed a lovely Easter with the family.
  • Start making things from scratch
  • Join a group and make new friends
  • Makeover my back garden
Well I'm going to leave it here. I need to finish getting organised. I can hear the stork coming. Not long now

Monday, 14 March 2016

An Ever Changing Room

One of my projects on my to do list last year was changing the spare bedroom into a nursery which I had finished. I was really pleased with how it turned out.

From this




To This













With Grandchild number 2 due in the next couple of weeks I'll start to move some things around because of course  I need to add a single bed as Ollie is now in a BIG BOYS BED. lol 

Back to the drawing board.

My Week That Was

Wow what a busy week. With a public holiday this Monday it was pretty full on at work but I did manage to do a few things around the home.

Daylight savings will end here in Australia at the end of the month and I'm working through getting my house ready for winter.

I don't know about you but I like to change my decor colours to match my time of year. Blues and greens that are cool for summer then change over to reds and oranges for warmth in winter.

Retro LED Lantern

This year I need to get a manual alarm clock for when the power goes out and some lanterns. Saw this one at Kmart and like the look of it.





Spent Saturday with my Daughter and Grandson then had the whole family up for tea on Sunday. A big thankyou to Brian for setting up my BBQ for me. It was so humid and he still insisted on doing it. 




I also went for my walk this weekend. It was so beautiful down the beach. I must remember to start taking my camera out with me so that I can share our beautiful area with you. 

Here's how I'm going with my Goals for 2016. 

Have a great week and keep on smiling.


12 Goals for 2016


  • Set up an Emergency fund account. Aim for a years worth of pay over 6 years
    • Halfway to 1st weeks pay.

  • Set up a xmas account. Direct debit $20 mth. Aim $1000 for Xmas
  • Use day off each fortnight to catch up with friends
  • Walk along the beach each Sunday morning
    • Went for my walk today. Must remember to take camera.
  • Finish last years projects
    • Spent the time looking at what needed doing and breaking it down to small bite sized pieces that can fit around working.
  • Have a Nanna day with Ollie
    • Combined with Daughter day just hanging around.
  • Learn a new skill
  • Replace packaging, paper and plastic products
  • Have a daughter day with Fiona
    • Combined with Nanna day just hanging around.
  • Start making things from scratch
  • Join a group and make new friends
  • Makeover my back garden

Monday, 7 March 2016

Starting a New Year with Little steps

I think I've finally worked out why I crashed with every thing last year.
NO SET GOALS.

It seems kinda of funny as I'm the sort of person that likes to have things to aim for and when I have no clear goals I come to a stop and nothing gets done.


Yes I was suffering burn out. I was exhausted from long hours at work but that has never bothered me before.


So time to get back into the game. This year I'm going to concentrate on finishing projects I'd started so next year I can move forward and a few "me times" that I want to make a habit.

12 goals for 12 months. Take little steps each month to complete or set up. 

I know..it's March so I'm two months behind but I'm not really as there are already 2 items on my list that I've already started or have put into place. So here it is in no particular order.


12 Goals for 2016


  • Set up an Emergency fund account. Aim for a years worth of pay over 6 years

  • Set up a xmas account. Direct debit $20 mth. Aim $1000 for Xmas
  • Use day off each fortnight to catch up with friends
  • Walk along the beach each Sunday morning
  • Finish last years projects
  • Have a Nanna day with Ollie
  • Learn a new skill
  • Replace packaging, paper and plastic products
  • Have a daughter day with Fiona
  • Start making things from scratch
  • Join a group and make new friends
  • Makeover my back garden
So there it is. Some of these will be ongoing for a while but that's okay. Four are for me personally and two will take care of themselves so I really only have six items to work my way through for the year.  I'll keep you posted.

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