As Jelly Bean is finally keen on reading:):) a lot of time this week was devoted to researching book lists for early chapter books, then searching our library’s online catalogue. It appears that books for this age is firmly divided into boy and girl titles, as several book reviewers have commented this is only a new phenomena, certainly in the 70s we all (boys and girls) read the same books.
Joined our local ‘give away’ group on facebook this week and was totally astounded at how fast the school cupboards I was offering went. They were ‘taken’ within 30 minutes! It’s a totally fascinating group, many contributors are very keen to not contribute to the landfill and everything is recycled, fan blades, tin cans, plastic bags, beds, lounges etc etc These folks are taking being green seriously.
Our teens are home and we’ve noticed a huge difference in our internet speed. I was spoilt for those eleven days whilst they were away with faster page loadings, it’s an adjustment going back to slow responses, a lesson in patience.
Made my first beef broth this week, two batches in fact. I’m pretty excited and keen to begin to learn more about fermenting and it’s uses. It’s been awhile since I made my first sourdough bread, planning on getting back into sourdough baking too.
Theresa shared emotions and reactions that resonated with me,
“Right around the kids’ bedtime I got it into my head that I have to organise my recipe box right now….it was organise that box or check myself into a mental institute…. “I’m organising my recipe box because it’s the only thing I have control over in my life!!”
I get this! I really do. Sometimes living with children I feel out of control, children’s misbehaviour escalates and our emotions can escalate too! This morning several children all wanted me at the same time, all, well most, had valid and important, immediate needs too, but I sure felt out of control trying to juggle all those needs at the same time.
Actually my emotions have been chaotic today and a teen child’s has too. I’m thinking the sugar and additives we consumed yesterday at our town’s festival are the culprit, I had headaches last night and this morning. Sadly I wasn’t a gracious mummy last night, nor today either, time to focus on our food choices again.
Whilst in town at the festivities yesterday I popped into our newly opened Spotlight. It has been a long time since I’ve perused fabric rolls and I was frankly shocked at the cost of material. It is cheaper to buy clothes already made than to sew your own. The other option which I’ve dabbled a little is to upcycle clothes from the op-shop, enthused with the creativity this can offer.