Ms Betterhome


Anyway project for September
August 30, 2011, 11:13 am
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And it’s time to review August, & set goals for September. Again, I’ll bold anything we completed in August, then revise or add new goal.

Domestic Infrastructure:   I did a pretty good job of getting the bedroom tidied up (if not exactly organised). And the dining room & back room are gorgeous.This moth it’s time to declutter the boxes in the study, & do a good Spring clean.

Household Economy: Our offset account is back in credit, and the next goal is to get saving. And we’re doing ok there. We also started Christmas shopping & gift prep to minimise the trauma in December. This month the goal is to keep building up our next lump sum to the point that we can move another 10k over to the actual mortgage account in October. 

Resource Consumption:    We  were planning to go to a friend’s farm for firewood. Instead, MrB spotted some local fencers with a huge trailer full of old hardwood fences. We unloaded the whole trailerload into our garage, & there’s no storage space left. We’re still being careful re using minimal electricity in ‘peak’ hours ie 2pm-8pm weekdays. We’re also using the microwave or toaster oven to heat things like pies & taco shells.  We ‘re looking at getting another rainwater tank for the back garden, but aren’t convinced yet that we want to spend the extra money. So right now, the main goal is just keep up the good work.

Cottage Industry and Subsistence I now have a Permaculture Design Certificate. We also started some rosemary & lavender cuttings  & tomato seedlings in the mini-greenhouse , and I bottled the limoncello  for Xmas gifts, and did some weeding, feeding & planting in the front garden. This month I’ll bottle the Christmas Pudding Vodka, clear out the front garden beds, and start some spring planting.

Family and Community: We hosted lunch for my sis & her family, had a big weekend of socialising with MrB’s family, and sourced & planted a free baby banana tree for a friend. This month we’ll have more family visits & a bit of gentle socialising with friends – no grand plans.

Outside Work: I started my coaching through work, and started my short coaching course. This month I need to do my homework (for my coach, and my homework with my mentee). I’m hoping to get 2 final project reports signed off, and get a new contract signed, and I’ll be running some training for another organisation. It should be busy, but very rewarding.

Time and Happiness:   I continued to walk the pup a lot, make time for massages & general girlie maintenance. I’ve been getting adequate protein for breakfast, and making sure I stay off sweets as much as possible during the day. I didn’t get to the Factory Outlet Store to get a new juicer, so that’s a goal for this month. I’m also doing the Spring Fitness challenge through the Black Dog Institute – a 30 minute workout everyday for 30 days, with a mood diary entry to map the way exercise effects my mood. It should be good for my health, & my mind.

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