I am on vacation (I laugh to myself here). I announced this to my channel and Patreon and I think I mentioned it here, however, I seem to not have gotten the message myself. I keep working. I seem to be comforted by the idea of being on vacation and not having to do anything. Thus it has made me more productive than ever! The very idea of rest has made me feel more invigorated!
I actually love coming here. This is my quiet, peaceful little get away to write and share mundane things. My blog and I have been together for over five years and it’s not very big, it stays simple. I just need a break from the big social media. From making all that content until I am empty and bored at the sound of my own voice. I need to return to my former world of no media. Just boys, housework, fat books filled with fiction, coloring with the kids, learning something new, watching movies, and being quiet as I go about my days.
The other part of my vacation seems to be about getting my home in order on all levels. I’m really inspired to paint, decorate, plant, garden, scrub and clean, and stock my pantries. I want to get organized, declutter, and downsize a bit. All on a tiny budget or for free.
I’ve been making lists. Lists for me and lists for Bali. Lists for the pantry and lists for all the lists.
Bali has three day weekends right now and we work together. He peels my cupboards of the white paint that didn’t stick, I reorganize my pantries and play Rob Greenfield videos on sustainable gardening. Bali and I love gardening. We are obsessed.
I moved all the goods onto the shelves in the kitchen. It makes more sense and after clearing out and tidying up the pantry off the kitchen we panted it.
My plan is to go to the local, organic farms that have U Picks and do some big canning this year. I will also can from our garden but we started late and I’m feeling like next year will be far more abundant and the need to shop other farms will be less needed. But for this season we will need help stocking up for winter.
I also plan on doing other sorts of stocking up of dried goods and supplies such as laundry soap, vinegar and baking soda, dish soap…all things I make my cleaners from.
I’m also working on decorating on a zero budget. Found a great couch and dresser that looked very clean but the husband wasn’t into it. I could tell by the scolding I received via the phone this morning that he is in no mood to switch out furniture right now, free or not. So, I remembered some tips from ladies on the channel and I tried the outside bench for the dining table. It works great and really utilizes the space. I moved other pieces and washed covers and comforters.
And then there was more laundry and more…
The main living room carpet and hall carpet got a good shampooing since I walked into the house yesterday and did not find our house odor pleasant at all. We don’t wear shoes in the house but the boys run around barefoot outside and track in mud and dirt and we have three furry, shedding dogs, two being very big and hard to bath. My back goes out and I have to make a chiropractic visit each time I bath them. My favorite tactic is tying them to a tree in the summer and lathering them up and hosing them down in the yard. This may sound barbaric but when it’s 110 degrees they thank me…afterward, of course, not at the time of the hillbilly dog bath. The last time I tried bathing them in the tub Clyde and Babu both played dead possum and I had to drag and push them into the bathroom and up and over the tub wall. So, when you feel sorry for them tied to a tree, just know they did it to themselves. Ha!
Now, today I did the rugs and laundry and started painting the boys room. I only have enough paint from the pantry to do a wall. I will wait until Bali gets home, ply him with food and a coffee drink, then ask that he “help” me.
I’m so excited about our dear friend coming from Oregon to be with us for a few days. I know she will love this home and area. The boys are trying on clothes as I type, they want to be dressed up for her. Arjan had a whole ensemble complete with cowboy boots and Irish fishing hat. His father cringes at his outfits, I love them even when they get a bit too eccentric. He’s my little artist. Even dresses the part. Sam dresses like a gentleman and likes to match in colors. I love to see what they will wear. Bali wants to control the wardrobes. I try not to giggle when we go out and I know Bali is totally uncomfortable with his eldest sons fashion statement.
Tomorrow morning Arjan and I will go to the Orthopedic again and see if it’s finally time for a cast.