Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Taking life easy...

So - a couple of weeks into the new year and I am not a millionaire as yet with the frugality, and although I really can't tell a difference on my bank statements so far, I do believe I am feeling a load better in my soul!
I have not used my dryer once - I even managed to get a load of sheets pegged out and dried one day! - everything else is on grandma's trusty maiden.
The message is getting through to the rest of the household regarding switching off lights, not leaving the TV on standby etc
Yesterday I followed 'martins money tips' and purchased myself 10 low energy light bulbs for the grand TOTAL of 80p! how virtuous am I? ;~)
Not 1 single loaf of bread bought in 2009 - I am getting quite good at making a decent loaf now, and I am onto my 5th pair of socks - all knit from my stash.
I have decided not to moan about my job for the foreseeable future, and be glad it is there to pay the bills for now - and have decided that no longer shall I work to keep up a lifestyle I can never quite attain, but to get real pleasure from what I can do myself.
The door off our multi fuel fire is being mended, and SSB and I have been wood scavenging for free fires! (I can't believe I have spent a fortune in the past on bags of pre-cut kindling when nature blows the darn stuff off the tree's for me, all I have to do is bend down and pick it up!
Early potatoes planted into big pots in the pollytunnel, rhubarb patch on it's way to a new lease of life...phew!

So - to end, a quick photo from warmer days last summer, sitting by the river one Sunday morning with the latest WIP!


AnnieB said...

what a positive post - brilliant - well done on the friugality so far

I am going to join you on the not moaning about my job front (I'm a demon for it and what good does it do really?!)

ok, now I want to make my own bread and socks too - I've been inspired

wonderwoman said...

wow, you have been busy ! its amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it - i love making my own bread and pizzas, for a start you know what goes in it and it definitely tastes better!


ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Busy, busy, busy but you do sound more chilled. Acceptance is a great thing.
Have you tried local joinery companies and shopfitters to see if they have any offcuts you could have? Just thinking out loud... my baby bro works for a company that make wood-panelled farm buildings and they use tons of timber. He is allowed to help himself to bags of offcuts for their woodburner.
hee hee I spy pink Crocs. Another member of the gang!!


Glad you are feeling better, and more possitive! Frugality can be Fun! - or so I keep telling myself!
Can't believe I am saying this, but I do miss work - I use to do Childrens Facepainting and Craft workshops, but since my accidentmy hands and arms dont work properly - so 'sharp pointy paint brushes and childrens faces/eyes - dont mix!
Nice to hear you call a Clothes horse a Maiden - just as I do,a real Lancastrian term. I just said today, we need to find one - a nice old wooden one.

Take care x Vicky x

twiggypeasticks said...

Good for you, it's great when you feel in control of your destiny. We are going through frugal times and I got more excited about the lovely bits I bought from a charity shop today for £3 than I would have done about a big splurge!! Here's to simple pleasures.
Twiggy x