Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The latest Simple Savings newsletter was an encouragement that saving is possible! A couple of ideas I liked was how to cut electricity costs and earning money from having short term guests stay on www.crashpadder.com. Though the funny thing is they are not that practical for us at the moment especially the second idea.
Well here's to a new, more frugal budget month!
Monday, June 28, 2010
How great our local toy library is! Every 3 weeks we get to take home a bunch of new toys for the kids to play with and then return them. Hopefully with no missing or broken pieces. They loved having a turn in this toy car. The colour was especially appealing to Kalyani as pink and purple are her "favourite".
Monday, June 21, 2010
Have also been looking at and purchasing some beeswax candles. Someone said somewhere (so don't quote me) that there are a lot of nasties in the candles most people burn at home. So hoping to get something better! Love using candles occasionally at meal times, or when I'm writing in my journal, the very occasional long bath time. Lovely to unwind in the evening to the flickering light of a candle.
Oh yeh. Do you like the colour change? I wonder if it will help me post more often?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We went down to Dwellingup for a friend's birthday on the weekend and got to go kayaking. Even though I was feeling very stressed and tired at the time it was wonderful to be on the water.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
However this time I decided to cut her hair in the lounge room and put on Dora for her to watch. Thanks for the suggestion Holly! Dora rocks! She didn't move a muscle the whole time. And if I do say so myself it looks pretty good. Maybe there's a hairdresser in me after all!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Oh notice the chooks popping their heads up to have a look in both photos which were taken on different days. So curious!
I filled this bed with a base of tree branches, leaves and mulch and then combinations of newspaper, grass clippings, straw that had been in the chook pen for a few months and fresh stuff and of course extra manure. I've planted spinach, silverbeet, pak choy, parsley, chilli, peas and still have garlic to go in. Here's hoping it does well! The funny thing is the old chook pen is a lush green at the moment with tomato seedlings, capisicum and who knows what else. That required no work!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
And seeing the joy that this gorgeous little man has in learning to walk also helps. He loves pushing the car up and down the verandah again and again.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
For anyone that has been wondering why I haven't posted lately I have been struggling with big, hard to answer questions. Like what is my purpose in life? Why am I here? What life work am I to do? What am I good at? How can I contribue to the world beyond my family? The only thing is that my life is a lot more complicated than when I last wrestled with these question in my late teens, early twenty's. I am limited in the time I have to study or work and where and what I'm willing to do and ...
So feeling directionless and not having a view of the big picture of my life beyond the wife and mother I am wanting to be doesn't inspire me to write or share. Does that make sense? Anyone else relate to this searching?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Leave you with a pic of these two cuties dressing up.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
and are we glad about that! Personally, my primary role is still at home too. I've been thinking through ideas about what I will do at the end of my maternity leave and still don't know. Ok its a few months away but I like to be prepared. :)
In the meanwhile I've been keeping busy catching up on sleep, going away for the long weekend and then coming back, lots of washing, cooking, playgroup, MOPS.
Monday, February 22, 2010
And an end of day pic of the three of us!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
* folded two loads of washing and hung out another two loads
* watered the garden, feed the chooks
* cleaned Kalyani's floor rug from her room that had a spillage on it
* dropped her off at daycare
* made some fresh bread rolls to have for lunch
* updated our budget
* used up the basil that is going to seed by making pesto (blended basil and olive oil) to freeze
* listened to a telemarketer on the phone and told them I wasn't interested
* sent the JWs away
and now sat down with a cup of tea and fresh fig (yum!) for morning tea.
I wonder what the rest of the day holds?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This gorgeous boy is almost 7 months old. Wow- time flies! Can't believe it has been that long since he became part of our family and boy, do all of us enjoy having him here. He is such a delight (even though he still wakes up for a feed or two at night). He loves eating and will scream the house down if we don't get the stuff into him quick enough. He's crawling proficiently now which means the cat food, bins etc all need to be moved out of his reach. The other thing is he has started being shy with people other than us. Well at least for the first 10 minutes.
7 months also means over half way through my maternity leave. I am not sure yet what I'll be doing at the end of it. I've actually enjoyed being at home more than I thought I would and so I'm not sure if I want to go back to working 3 days a week. Still praying and thinking about what I'll do and when.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Well I was thinking of writing in here that I'd be taking a break from blogging because I'm not too sure what the purpose of it is for me at the moment. I have had a lot of "what am I doing" questions lately from everything to going back to work, involvement in the community to activites at home. Some of it is because we are in a new year and there's a compulsion to re-examine our lives at the beginning of a new year. And the way I'm wired I also like to know a great deal about what I am going to be doing for the rest of the year. This year I just don't know. 2009 was focused around the arrival of Shaan- preparing for that, adjusting to having a new baby etc. However 2010 and beyond ????
I've tried stressing about it, figuring it out, praying and more praying, brainstorming options, getting opinions from people and I still don't know what career outside of home life I am meant to pursue and the timing of that. Even when there seem like there are several good options I can't decide. So at the moment I'm deciding to not decide anything. I know sometimes we are meant to move forward even though we feel uncertain but I feel like this is a time to wait and continue doing the things I'm already doing. When I think about all the things I fit into 24 hours when will I find time for paid work? Also I want to have a word from God about what I'm to do.
I have been reading 1 Samuel this past week and the contrast between David and Saul. How Saul was more conncerned with what people thought of him rather than God. So there were times when he acted presumptiously rather than wait for God's instructions and God's timing. Here's praying that I'll be able to wait and do so without an anxious heart.
Oh I got given some photos of Kalyani from daycare. Some of them might be at least 12 months old. Shows how much she has grown!
So not sure about my blogging yet...
Friday, January 15, 2010
Things I have been attempting to do are:
* have shorter showers. Ie 3-4 minutes
* fill up the bath for the kids with a lot less water in it
* recycle the kids bath water onto the garden. At the moment it is bucketing it out and so that depends on how my back is feeling.
* make sure taps are turned off properly and are not dripping. Relevant to an older house like ours.
* putting a bowl in the sink to collect water that gets run for things like washing vegetables or waiting for the hot water to come through. Only stuck with that idea for a couple of days though.
* and probably our best improvement so far has been replacing the cistern on the toilet with a dual flush. I reckon we have gone from using over 10L a flush to 3L.
So hopefully its making a difference. The best way I'll be able to gauge it is by our next few water bills. We have been using on average about 535L a day. Though watering over the vegie garden and the new plants I've put in will definately affect our total this summer.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Speaking of chooks- one of my new layers has decided to go broody. No eggs for her this time. I decided it was too much hassle and so I'm trying to shove her off where she's sitting any chance I get. Then I've got two hens mothering one chick. That's all that left. And my other new layer is recovering from a head wound and so has gone off the lay. So no eggs at the moment. I'm in the middle of building them a new pen. I'm converting an area of our lawn for them so hopefully all my effort will be much appreciated and they'll lay me lots of lovely eggs.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I took some scrapbooking with me and was surprised that I actually got 3 layouts finished. I really liked this one.
Loved having dinner out by the water out the back of where we stayed.
Dad and Kalyani kakaying at Rest Point. Sight seeing at Mandalay Beach which was the location of a ship wreck in the late 1800's. From the look of the coastline you can understand why.
Kalyani made it down to the beach. We visited Dinosaur World on our last day. These gorgeous birds were having time out. The red-tailed black cockatoo is actually a threatened species in the south-west. Can't believe it because I grew up seeing these fly overhead whenever we were bushwalking.
Don't let it eat you Hit? There was also an Australian reptile section. But all of us were too chicken or not interested when it came to having a hold of the carpet python and even drapping it over ourselves.Kalyani got to pat and feed the kangaroos.
Having a twirl of her new umbrella.
And last but not least I'll with you a pic of the smiley Shaan.