Life gets in the way. I fail and backslide into my spendy ways but I always come back to this. This blog and this way of life. Since I am a homeschooling Mom right now and not working outside the home, I have some time to address this again. I worked for the government for three years and it was difficult to work 9 or 10 hour days and then come home and do all the things that needed to be done to keep us on track. I understanad that it is doable by other people, but I wasn’t one of them. I would succumb to the lure of the quick and easy.
I understand how important greena nd thrify are. Really I do. I also understand that not everyone is in a position to do it all the way. Making soap and cleaning green and hanging laundry all take time. Precious time. Sometimes these things lose out to spending time with the family. I get it. But, I’m bacck with some time on my hands, so I am going to give it a try. Again.
So, I started by wanting a garden this past Spring. My dear husband built me a raised bed garden. And by raised I mean 3 1/2 feet off the ground so I wouldn’t have to bend over. 8 feet by 3 feet because, “you have short arms and I didn’t want you to have to reach too far.” Is he a sweetie or what? So, I grew my little gardena and it failed. Caterpillars got all of my broccoli, it got too hot too fast and killed most of my plants. My squash never really took off and my peas withered. But, I am hopeful for next year. It’s already too late to plant for the fall. I lost track of time in trying to prep homeschool lessons. Oops.
I found a stash of soap I made last year. So, we have wonderful smelling soap for the next several months. Or, because of the scents, I might have soap for the next year. That’s cool. I like the way it smells. I have the boxes of borax and washing soda to make laundry detergent when we run out of the spendy stuff. If I can find the recipe again. I’ll have to search my archives for the one I used before.
I have some reading to do. I need to refresh myelf on some of the strategies I’ve used int he past to make this work. Now that we are back to one income, I need to start being more aware of how we spend and how I keep track of it. I have the time and the books. Not a problem. This time I have some knowledge of what works for our family and what doesn’t and I am out for new ideas as well. This should be fun.