|Least night's supper. Fresh fruit, small goods,|
dips, crackers, pate, bread and wine.
There's nothing like indulging in a little harmless gossip. Lean in and I will let you know all the bits and bobs of what's been going on around here lately.
Well, over the years I have been sent on such a 'ride' by motor mechanics that I now deeply mistrust all motor mechanics (totally unfair, I know), so when the old 1988 Mitsubishi Colt (only has 70,000 kms on the clock however) would not start a couple of days ago I decided to give the local mobile mechanic a go. So, $571.00 for a new starter motor and a major service later....and then moving onto the need to fix a pre-existing carburetor problem which will cost me a further $740.00 for rebuilding the carburetor and reinstalling along with all new filters etc. Thank goodness for an emergency fund! In fairness, plenty of this came out of my budgeted car maintenance account that I put into each week. Time will tell if these repairs have been carried out professionally - fingers crossed that I might have found a reliable and honest mechanic.
|Bottles of oils, wines, spirits and sauces lined up on top|
of the kitchen cupboards.
We had a super rainstorm last night with lightening and thunder. The rain fell heavily all night long. Time to let the dove out the window maybe? The place was awash this morning but seems to be draining away now. We have a tin roof.....any wonder I did not sleep last night. I do enjoy the sound of heavy rain on a tin roof....but just not all night long perhaps.
|Time to move the pumpkins|
to their own spot to spread out.
They will take over in no time.
Blackie the hen is becoming slowly more blind and is starting to have trouble finding food. I am going to have to feed her specifically I think. She also seems to be getting increasingly confused....I wonder if chooks get dementia? Yesterday she was stopped in front of the retaining rail that separates the grass from the pathway and could not seem to figure out how to step up and over it. She just sat there and clucked in annoyance. She also gets frightened when she cannot see where the rest of the hens have wandered off to and goes into a mad clucking frenzy. Poor old thing. She is going to need some special love me thinks.
|Hmmmm....time to sort our my|
I am thinking of starting a series of posts on leaning into the discipline of stockpiling....perhaps from the view point of a tentative beginner to stockpiling and not committing much money upfront. I will also continue on and finish the core values series too. On my previous blog I was far more disciplined about pumping out posts - this time around I only write when I have the urge.....when I feel 'moved'.
Consumer debt at our place is being systematically smashed and the light is definitely shining brightly at the end of that tunnel. However, I can feel end-of-race exhaustion creeping in - gotta stay focused. Freedom is just around the next corner.
|The container vegetables|
going great guns
We have had a couple of weeks off and am due back to work on Monday. I had big plans for the last couple of weeks, however we both just spent the entire two weeks in a state of catch-up exhaustion and did absolutely nothing. We were actually surprised just how tired and worn out we both were and on day number two agreed that we probably just needed to scrap our plans and just chill for the two weeks. Both of us underestimated just how much we had 'hit the wall'. I am glad we have done nothing as we can feel some energy starting to come back. Perhaps we should have taken longer - I have so much unused annual leave accrued.....maybe next time.
I'll stop leaning over your side of the fence now and let you get on with your day.
Take care. Stay nice.