Well one didn’t predict the lockdown and not being able to do anything much when I shortened my 101 things to finish in January.
Here’s what I was going to do and what my results are…..
- new jumpers for me DONE
- a set of oracle cards DONE
- buy a Linkin Park t-shirt (I regret never getting one in my 20s) NOT YET
- get our wedding scrapbook finished UM NO
- Keep up to date with my ALP KIND OF
- Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes (at least get them cut) CUT UP
- Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts (as above) CUT UP
- create a spiritual journal/workbook NOPE
- celebrate the sabbats DONE
- aim for a weekly walk NOPE
- create a recipe book STARTED
- Have a BBQ (when we get the gazebo up!) NOPE
- complete one of my udemy courses HAVE ONE UNIT LEFT
- learn to crochet NOT YET
- Take the kids to Tazmazia NOPE
- Visit the tessellated pavement DONE
- Cradle Mountain NOPE
- answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind DONE (read it here)
- write my name in wet cement NOPE
- give my personal blog a makeover DONE
- sort our movie library STARTED
- Watch sunrise & sunset in the same day DONE
- Get that damn gazebo up NOPE
- take the kids 10 pin bowling NOPE
- make a brand new 101 in 1001 list! DONE Will be up on 1st May
Me? Well it’s interesting. Schooling the kids from has been ok. First week was great, full of enthusiasm. Second week, not so much. School holidays have descended into chaos HAHAHA
We ‘go back’ to Term 2 at the end of the month. The kids will be learning online. Can’t wait to see how it goes.
Mentally. Coping. Just. Missing mum terribly but so glad she’s not trying to survive through this. Just wish she was here so I could talk things through with her or just give her a hug.
I’m trying to keep myself busy. Crafting. Baking. Working from home. Hanging out with crafters and planners virtually. Playing D&D online with our friends who live in the same town. Man that is really strange.
Sleeping in. Playing with our 3 kitties (we’ve adopted 2 of our fosters) and our current foster. Enjoying the days of sunshine. Loving the colder days and curling up like a cat in front of the fire.
Meet Logan & Luna. Our new fur babies. Cola hates them. Actually Cola hates all the fosters so far. She’s old so I’ll forgive her. She just sleeps most of the day now and hides from the kittens.
How are you all going? Coping with lockdown/isolation? What are you doing to stay sane/entertained?
Much love to you all xx
One of the great things about staying home is we’re getting to try out a heap of new recipes and are introducing the kids to some basic recipes.
This week we’ve made
- our own butter (in the Thermomix),
- Apple cider using the abundance of apples of our tree
- Milo brownies
- fruit leather and dried apple slices
- banana cake
- chocolate cupcakes
Next week is going to be Easter themed baking in our house. Looking forward to it. Hot cross buns and Easter biscuits *yum*
So, Covid-19. What a time we are living in! Countries in lockdown. People panic buying (why the toilet paper people???). Physical distancing. Self isolation. Schools closing down or recommending students stay home.
We start our temp home schooling on Monday. School holidays officially start at Easter so we have 2 weeks.
Not sure If I will blog every day but we’ll see how it goes.
In the mean time – Stay Safe. STAY HOME (unless you are an essential worker – in which case THANK YOU!!!!!) Don’t do anything stupid. Be kind to one another.
Here’s a few memes to hopefully brighten your day and I’ll hopefully see you all on the other side.
(oops forgot to post this last month)
February was lots of recipes that are family favourites and nothing really new. I love a good tuna pasta bake, especially if it has crumbled plain chips on top (Smiths crinkle cut salted are best). I couldn’t find my usual recipe so I googled and came across one at Taste. It’s pretty close to the one I usually make and I just chucked a heap of crushed up chips on top and sprinkled with a handful of grated cheese before I whacked it in the oven
You can grab there recipe here. Don’t forget to add the crushed chips on top. You’ll thank me.
One of the things I’ve had on my list of 100 things for the last few year has been make a new recipe each month and blog it. Going to give it a go.
January’s recipe is Ham Mashed Potato Cakes from The Recipe Critic.
It’s a great way to use up leftover ham for Christmas and leftover mashed potato. It’s not unusual for me to have left over mash as I ALWAYS make extra so I can make Scottish potato scones the next day.
These are super cheesy and rather yum. One thing I will do different next time is make my mash with less liquid as our potato cakes fell apart a bit. Kids weren’t overly keen but hubby & I enjoyed them.
Grab the recipe here.
I’ve gone through my list (which you can check out here) and thought I’d list what is left. Then I thought about it some more and a few of those items aren’t on my radar any more, aren’t of interest or not doable by April.
SO here’s what I still have left to do by April……
- new jumpers for me
- a set of oracle cards
- buy a Linkin Park t-shirt (I regret never getting one in my 20s)
- get our wedding scrapbook finished
- Keep up to date with my ALP
- Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes (at least get them cut)
- Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts (as above)
- create a spiritual journal/workbook
- celebrate the sabbats
- aim for a weekly walk
- create a recipe book
- Have a BBQ (when we get the gazebo up!)
- complete one of my udemy courses
- learn to crochet
- Take the kids to Tazmazia
- Visit the tessellated pavement
- Cradle Mountain
- answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
- write my name in wet cement
- give my personal blog a makeover
- sort our movie library
- Watch sunrise & sunset in the same day
- Get that damn gazebo up
- take the kids 10 pin bowling
- make a brand new 101 in 1001 list!
25 actionable things to do by the 28th of April. I can do this
After 3 years in a bound book type bullet journal I’ve decided to change things up a bit for 2020. I’m going Traveller’s Notebook!
To be honest I was bitten by the bug last year but didn’t want to dive in fully so I did a frankenplanner for the last few months of 2019. My bound book bullet journal in an A5 ring binder converted to a stringed Traveller’s Notebook. I blogged about my DIY in 2017, tried it out a bit, wasn’t sold. Tried it again in 2018 for a bit and still not sold. Finally subbed to Planners Anonymous and then I tried their B6 sized inserts (without a TN cover) and loved the more portable size. So I made myself a laminated TN cover and ran 2 planners for the remainder of 2019.
Towards the end of the year, Sami released the gorgeous Planner Babe B6 TN and I decided I really wanted to buy it. I’m not a pink girl but Planner Babe is one of my favourite kits so far. (I’m excited that there might be a Northern Lights TN coming soon, after all a girl needs to swap out her TNs with the seasons right? Right!)
So that’s what we’re in for 2020. My inserts so far are:
- 2020 Single Page Monthly + Tracker Printable Insert from Annie Plans Printables
- Luxe subscriber undated insert from Planners Anonymous. This is my weekly insert. It changes each month depending what the PA kit is. January is Northern Lights. February is most likely going to be Books & Botanicals.
- Planners Anonymous Dot Grid Insert for collections. Currently using the Northern Lights one. May add the Books & Botanicals one as a way of tracking the books I read this year.
- Custom made B6 blank page insert. I’m using this to create my 2020 vision boards. A Vision journal if you will
- The vegan leather envelope that came with the Planner Babe kit. Currently empty. Not sure if I will keep it there or add another insert.
Is it? When our country is burning? And some of our pollies don’t seem to give a damn.
This is where the fires are currently…..
(image source: www.thesun.co.uk)
To put it into perspective, when the Amazon was on fire it was an area of approx. 2,2400,000 acres. Currently in Australia – approx. 11,300,000. I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Fortunately where we are, there are currently no fires and we are not near enough the bush to worry but thousands aren’t so lucky. Thousands have lost everything. We’ve lost so much of our native wildlife and native flora. And they are saying the worst is yet to come with extreme fire conditions predicted for the weekend.
Our PM went on holiday to Hawaii during the fires and only can back when there was such an outcry from the public. Since then there have been meagre offers of help from those in power and lots of ‘thoughts and prayers’. Sorry thoughts and prayers don’t do squat when everything you own is gone.
What can we do to help?
Donate direct to either the NSW or Victorian Fire brigades.
Donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here
Donate to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital here
To donate to the Salvation Army disaster appeal, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate at any Woolworths checkout, or donate online here.
The Australian Red Cross launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC (Australian Broadcast Commission) to support communities affected by fires, so far raising over $2 million. You can donate here.
St Vincent De Paul Society are also running a disaster appeal. You can donate here or in person at any Vinnies store.
Here’s hoping for a cool change and some much needed rain.