Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Doing stuff!

I have been doing stuff. Honest

Budget stuff

  • Re-worked my budget to allow for small pay rise and decreasing other bills, since we don't have so many people in the house most of the time now
  • I have put in a new category. Liz travel budget. I have been on minimal travel for so long and I really miss it so now I am starting slowly but its time.
  • In the budget also is more saving for work on the other house in September/October
Clutter stuff
  • A whole car boot full went last weekend.
  • Quite a bit in the black bin too as its not worth keeping
More and more goes out the door and its like a weight lifting from my shoulders

This year we finished all the work on the house,  Streamline everything. Then spend more time 'doing things' especially travelling

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar - Update

Look! I did this! From a recipe which i posted a few months back when Fahed changed meds and was suffering severe muscle aches. He also found it stopped him coughing and all sorts. He is fit and well now but I am ready when we are needing it again!



How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple ( a mixture of cooking and eating)
Filtered water
100g cup raw honey or organic cane sugar 
Equipment
1 wide mouth gallon glass jar 
Cheesecloth or clean tea towel
Wash and chop up enough apples to slightly over half fill the jar.
Wash the apples and coarsely chop into pieces no smaller than 1 inch.  Cores, stems and seeds may be included.
Top up with filtered room temperature water to with a couple of inches from the top
Dissolve the honey or sugar in a little water and stir that it too.
Secure the tea towel/cheese cloth over the mouth of the jar.
Gently mix or shake once or twice a day for a week. Do not refrigerate. Sugar should start to  ferment (unless your kitchen is really cold) and there should be bubbles starting to form.
After one week strain and move to a clean jar/jars to continue.
Cover the jar mouth with a teatowel (secured - we don't want little friends getting in) & leave around for another month at normal room temperature. By then you can expect a small amount of sediment at the bottom and the beginnings of a mother if vinegar on the top! (exciting).
When it tastes right (longer time=stronger taste) then strain and bottle up. Store the bottled vinegar out of direct sunlight. If another mother of vinegar starts to form then just strain and rebottle from time to time.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Saturday again already

How did that happen?

Today I must do housework. Really, really and no excuses.

Laundry
Dishwasher
Clean kitchen and bathrooms
Vacuum right through (yes, even the car if it stops raining long enough)
Steam clean the hard floors
Bag up rest of the kids junk for them to take home/to their room
Food shopping
Fuel shopping


and a few bits of fun stuff:

Bottle up with my lovely olive oil the 12 half bottles of oil which I am going to give away.

I also started up a hidden facebook page showing off the Greek goodies which I thought I could buy and bring home for people. I will get the Greek economy back on its feet! One tablecloth at a time.

I will add the oil photos to this once I have taken some pics.

I have worked out that even by undercutting the professional by 33% I can afford to pay my neighbour 25% more for his oil than he could get on the open market.


This is the herbalist shop near my house in CRete. Maybe Ii could bring home herbs and teas for people. We shall see

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Two steps forward, one step back

I worked form home today, okay and very useful as peaceful but it took me about 30 minutes to get my logins working. Not brilliant but I suppose I got there.

Jamal is pretty much packed ready to go, just waiting for the call, but the house is still very full of his clutter.

Ahdel came over on Sunday to collect a lot of his stuff and sort through it, and again on Monday and yet again today. Got a bit done but not much.

Between the two of them the place looks worse than before we started!!

But I dont give in and am banging the minimalist drum at every opportunity. I think it starts to make a dent in everyone's subconscious if not their conscious mind!

Tidying up can change your life and I think it really can