I love the quiet and relaxed atmosphere that's January in Australia. Even the folk who are working tend to be more relaxed and casual.
Of course now our kids have all left school we don't have to stick to school holidays, every day could be that way. But they're not, so I still really enjoy the laid-back way our days unfold.
This week I had early appointments, but I didn't have to rush the day's start to get to them on time. It was much more relaxed. And even though Wayne is back at work, our mornings have been calmer and less stressed.
So this week I've started my mornings with coffee and watering. So peaceful in the garden first thing in the morning and they've been cool this week too.
We've all been catching the water while the showers warm up. I've used it in the iron (only a cup but it all counts), and to mop the floors and water the pot plants.
Fed the worm farm with fruit and veg peelings.
Added onion and citrus peelings to the bokashi.
Grated zucchini from the garden and bagged it for the freezer.
Made a batch of pickles using zucchini from the garden.
Picked lettuce, cumbers and tomatoes from the garden for our salads.
Sprayed the pavers with a salt and vinegar mixture to kill the weeds and saved at least $10.
Grated the melted chocolate from Christmas Day (it was HOT) and added it to Lunchbox Cookies with some leftover peanuts I chopped up.
Stuck to the grocery budget and bought 3L milk, a loaf of bread, some salami and a bottle of lemonade - total cost $9.64. Moved $13 to the grocery slush fund.
Used a gift card and some gift money to have Chinese takeaway for my birthday dinner. It was so good, and there were leftovers for tea on Friday.
Saved the containers from takeaway tea to use for single serve freezer meals.
Cut the bottom off a Body Shop strawberry handcream tube to get it all out. This is such nice hand cream, it was a gift last Christmas and I've been eking it out. Should be good for another few days.
Hannah made a black forest cake for dessert on Thursday night instead of buying dessert.
Thawed orange and lemon juice (frozen in October) to make cordial.
Hung the washing outside to dry.
Saved a gift bag and a pretty box to re-use. Saving? Maybe $10, the bag is really pretty and the box is gorgeous. I think I have a plan for it too.
Made caramel coffee syrup to use in flavoured iced coffee - saving at least $3 (the price of coffee syrups at Aldi).
Used some fruit flavoured tea bags to make iced tea - delicious and much cheaper than buying iced tea or even iced tea mixes.
Planted some mini cabbage and mini cauliflower seeds in tubes to start the autumn seedlings. They take a while to get to the planting out stage and by then the weather should be just right. I'll plant some more in three weeks for succession planting.
Chose pharmacy brand medicine over the prescribed brand and saved $38! Now to hope it works :)
Hemmed some old bath mats to use as floor rags.
Made a double batch of Miracle Spray.
Put things aside for donating as I came across them then did an op shop run on Friday. I have no idea where all this stuff comes from - I swear it breeds in the cupboards.
Gave the spending plan a quick once-over to make sure we're on track.