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Plans for 2011

I guess I’d better start with HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Here’s to a great 2011, a healthy, happy, balanced year.

Resolutions? I got a couple, they include the Buy Nothing New For (at least) A Year challenge, and to Balance my health. That word, balance, has been shouting out at me a few times over the past few days and all in the same context – balance your life, your health, your mind. It’s something I need to take control of in my life. I’ve been very lazy the past few months I feel and desperately need to get some zing back, a spring in my step, stop my bones and mind from atrophying. With a toddler it is very difficult to become truly lazy as there’s always plenty to do for and with them but it’s not enough.

Anyway, I’ve got plans too, regular day-to-day stuff but I guess it all comes into the whole balance thing. I’ll probably add to these as time goes on, and here’s the list – feel free to fast-forward through this…

  • Build up the hall wall again – we put it up three years ago, pulled it down and now realised it should have stayed!
  • Build raised veggie bed in garden – make safe from chooks!
  • Get 2-3 more chooks
  • Finish decorating bathroom
  • Get Jasper running properly
  • Finish circles blanket (more on that soon!)
  • Finish scarf (pref. before next Autumn!)
  • Learn how to knit…
  • … and then knit a sweater for Munchkin (again before next Autumn!)
  • Clear out attic for once and for all
  • Make quilt out of Munchkin’s old clothes
  • Make seat covers for Jasper
  • Get Jasper in good condition (more on this below…)

There’s so many things! And I’m sure I’ve forgotten some!

Yesterday we went for a drive in Jasper. He’s pretty much fixed now, J can’t think of any other way to make him run better without having to replace the entire engine.
We drove past a house where there were two Beetle’s and a camper park up. They were all done out beautifully, nice shiny spray jobs, shiny, shiny, shiny.
Jasper was so embarrassed about his rust and frayed and falling off bits I’m sure he went from bright orange to bright red. So now one of my goals is to get him in such good shape that he’ll feel proud when he sees other type 1’s and won’t want to hide under a scrap pile.

Ok, that’s enough for now – I’ve got a pile of different colour cords in front of me waiting to be made in to a funky car seat cover!

Want a giggle? Here’s Loki, one our RSPCA rescued cats. He’s very fat, despite being fed exactly the same as all the others but he is one of the most loveable in the house. He’s a complete flirt, will put a paw on each of your shoulders and lick your nose until you remove him! He is also very placid, as you can see below. Now I’m not one for dressing animals up but if cats wore clothes then Loki would HAVE to wear a vampire cloak ALL THE TIME!


A bit of early prep

I know we have a few weeks before the new year but I like to prepare early!

Nothing New For AT LEAST A Year


  • Food for us
  • Food for the cats, dog, goldfish, chooks and garden birds and vet bills
  • Medicines – painkillers and stuff like calpol for the Munchkin
  • Car/motorbike/bicycle parts and petrol (although I’ll be using my car very little and J hopes to pedal to work most days or use his motorbike)
  • Undies
  • Maybe yarn/fabric/sewing supplies if I run out but will try my hardest to buy 2nd hand
  • Nappies. Thankfully Munchkin only uses them at night now.
  • Birthday gifts for Munchkin and family. J and I haven’t bought for each in years!
  • Shoes for Munchkin and clothes that are desperately needed that can’t be found in 2nd hand shops or made
  • Compost to go in the raised bed I’m making in the garden and bricks to make the actual bed!
  • Cleaning products – washing powders, washing up liquid, bleach and all in one cleaners.

That’s the most that I can think of, it actually looks like a lot now I’ve written it down!

I’ll update once a week starting on 1st of January 2011.

Will post soon on things that I normally buy new that I will attempt to change 🙂