The month of May was a tough one for me. I felt very time poor and it got me down. I'm a bit stubborn sometimes and refuse to take shortcuts even when life gets tough. So needless to say I'm a bit burnt out and hope I am at home more in June, because when I'm home a lot I enjoy the challenges and achievements instead of becoming bogged down by them.
Nourish - There were a lot of warm meals sent to school in thermoses last month. Home made baked beans and soup. And for myself, I became addicted to some local goats cheese which I ate far too much of! I bought some wonderful spicy plum sauce at our local farmer's market so I was spreading the sauce and cheese on my sour dough and hoeing in. Yum! I also tried my hand at barley water which the kids loved.
Prepare - I've been gathering this month. I have bought some fleece and some knitting needles for future projects. I've also bought some needles for Belle and her friend in preparation for knitting in a group with my friend and her daughter. We found some great easy kids patterns and I can't wait to organise the day!
Reduce - There has been plenty of op shopping happening around here. I also gave away a ball of wool and a set of four double pointed needles. One set is enough! And I'm glad to say, the recipient was delighted!
Green - I bought home made soap from the Black Market (swap market) and tried soap nuts for the first time. The clothes come out clean enough and unscented (which I like). And of course all the things we always do. Oh, and I received an electrity bill. We are now $450.73 in credit! Not only is this fantastic on the financial side of things, but that's a lot of green energy going back into the grid for others to use. Now, I'm going to show off a bit here........ We don't have a whizz bang system, it's only a 2 Kilowatt system. We are very careful to not use too much power. Our average daily usage was 6.9 kWh per day. Not bad hey!
|The girls enjoying some fresh hay - soon to be compost for the garden!|
Create - Well I knitted my first beanie and I've been madly knitting headbands for Belle and some of her friends at school. Now I'm working on a dress for Belle. I'm scared I've bitten off more than I can chew! It's going to take a bit longer than my previous projects.
Discover - I have discovered that if I don't get my Slow Living Diary post out quick smart, the month flies by and I don't get around to it! So this is the quickest and smartest that I could manage. I also discovered, by mistake, that beetroot and silverbeet will cross if they go to seed at the same time.
Enhance - May saw lots of school events such as helping at cross county, reading with the kids, fund raising events and excursions. There was also a gathering of many spinning and patchwork groups from central and north central Victoria hosted by our spinning group. There was some great news from a friend to whom I gave some sour dough starter. She has been successfully making her own sour dough since and is loving it!
Enjoy - May brought me two Mother's Day celebrations because the kids couldn't all be here on the same day. I loved being spoilt by my kids young and old. My eldest bought me some very 'green' presents and the youngest kids showered me in homemade gifts. There were so many that even into the afternoon they would remember yet another gift or card they had squirreled away and then present it with pride!
Have a happy June everyone!!! I look forward to hearing what you've been up to!