The last week has been easy housework, garden and work-wise.
Wayne and AJ went to Sydney on Boxing Day to spend some time with Grandad and to visit Granny.
Hannah and I went to the Boxing Day sales, leaving home at 7am (and I'm so grateful we left early). Big W opened at 7am and it was so quiet and peaceful in there. Then we went to Kmart for 8am, where it was so much more crowded. And from Kmart we went to Target, where I bumped into a lovely lady I met at the Boxing Day sales last year. We spent a good 20 minutes catching up and eyeing off each other's bargains. By then I'd had enough and it was home via Knox City where I dropped Hannah off and took my life in my hands trying to get out of the car park. Boy was it busy!
The week between Christmas and New Year is my spring cleaning week so cupboards were emptied, wiped out and tidied. Walls were washed. Curtains were washed. Carpets were cleaned. Lots of donations were made to our local op shop. I have no idea where all these things come from, I do this at least twice a year. I guess our needs and wants change and as they do the things we use change too.
I cleaned my car - really detailed it, inside and out. Now it's all clean and shiny and nice. The plan is to get back into the habit of weekly cleaning. I used to clean the cars every Friday without fail but for some reason this past year I didn't bother and it was showing.
Finally picked cucumbers from the garden. Of course now they've started there are lots.
Picked eggplant from the garden and diced, packaged and froze it to make moussaka in winter.
Picked the last of the beans, sliced and froze them. Planted more beans to replace them.
Picked more zucchini. Diced some, sliced some. Bagged and into the freezer they went.
Picked lettuce from the garden for our meals. Planted more to replace the ones that have been picked.
The catnip is in flower so I dug out my bug repellent recipe and am ready to make a batch. And I hope to be able to catch some seeds from the catnip to share.
Used some of my new card making tools to make a wedding card, a birthday card and two general cards.
Bought some hand towels from Spotlight, $4.19. Two are to replace dowdy towels in the main bathroom, two are to make gifts.
Bought some pretty patterned hand towels and face washers from a local $2 shop to make into gifts.
Didn't buy crochet cotton from Spotlight or Lincraft - the colours are ugly and at $6.95 a ball it is far too expensive. I'll keep an eye out at the op shop or $2 shops.
Packed away most of the Christmas decorations. Still have the wreath on the door and the tree up and they will get packed away on the 6th.
Was so very glad to have Wayne and AJ home safely on New Year's Eve.
Gratefully accepted a wonderful gift from my darling father-in-law. He sent home my mother-in-law's preserving kit - complete with boiler, jars, lids, springs - even the thermometer. It must be at least 60 years old, if not older. It's just gorgeous and I can't wait to use it.