I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately on my childhood and some of the wonderful loving charachters in my life that helped shape who I am today. I am a country girl who moved to the city to go to high school. I grew up with my fathers mother being a constant in our lives as she lived in the next country town from us. Nan never went without anything and always seemed to have so much, but looking back now I know that it was because of her frugality and lifestyle and not because she was wealthy.
Like most of our granparents she cooked from scratch, cleaned the old fashioned way with good old elbow grease and mended anything that was broken or torn. She taught me how to play cards, taught me how to cook, taught me how to shop frugally and taught me how to value family and friendship - Gosh I miss her.
I cook from scratch as much as time allows me to - This week I cooked Apple Dumplings which have lasted for 3 nights dessert. I would love to cook more from scratch but with working full time and still being a mum, wife, cleaner and chief bottle washer time does get away from me at times.
I yearn to be self sufficient in a few corners of our lives and be like my grandma and have the time to stop and enjoy life and it's simplicities just a bit more. As each day, week and month passes I can feel me taking my life in that direction just a tiny bit more with every home remedy, every tray of cookies and every bit of home grown produce. We are our own worst enemy as we spend as much as we earn and pack more and more into our lives each day. For me in my life I want that to stop and slowly I have been plugging away at simplifying it a little bit each day.
How about you do you yearn for a simpler life?
In the past 4 - 6 weeks I have shed a few responsibilities and additional roles that I had taken on and it feels good. I feel more in control of my life and have had the time to cook, stitch and sew and enjoy the process.
I have finished 2 quilts in the past 6 weeks and that is amazing for me. Clearly I have made some extra time in my life and that is great...... I want more though and I know that I will get there in time.......
One thing that we do quite a bit of around here in the past few years is to repair and re-use unloved or broken things. My middle daughter found this treasure on "Gumtree" to be given away. She sent me a photo and asked if it was something I would like..... I bet you all know the answer to that.....
Isn't it gorgeous? A little unloved but I just know that it is going to look beautiful with a bit of TLC
My SIL who has a ute collected it for me and delivered it so all we have to do know is start the makeover - Hopefully we can find some time over the weekend to begin.
I have been trying to save money for quite some time now to reduce debt and get off the merry go round - Every $1 saved is a blessing and there are a number of items that we use on a regular basis that I refuse to pay full price for.
They include toilet tissue, cleaning products, dishwashing liquid, pasta etc etc. Every Wednesday I view the local supermarkets on-line catalogues and write a hit list. This week Woolworths have a special on "Morning Fresh" dishwashing liquid at 1/2 the normal price - I bought 4 to replenish my stocks. Do you do that too? That's what Nan used to do too - I am becoming more and more like her every day - Well at least I hope I am !!
Finally I wanted to show you my new gumboots that I received for mothers day - Aren't they devine? They will be put to great use this weekend when I spend some time in my neglected vegie patch.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs - Fee XX