Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Goals

 The final frontier - part of a very unloved garden at the new house - currently last on a very long list of renovating projects

As the year draws too a close, I sit here munching leftover cake from Little B's birthday this week, and reflect on the year that has been. It's been so much better than the year before, and really how could it not be. We've faced the challenges thrown at us, we've grown closer as family. We've sold a house, bought a house, embarked on a renovation.  Did I mention I'm in love with my new house and we're not even living there yet :-)

And so I reflect on last years goals. We only expanded our vegie beds by one (yummy asparagus) but we did put in 3 new fruit trees (cherry, plum and almond). I've focused more on preserving the foods that we could (but not as much as I've liked) and amazingly improved my health ten fold. I'm still not where I'd like to be but I'm sure intent on getting there.

So here is my list for 2012:
* start and expand the vegetable garden at the new house
* to keep our electricity usage at the new house to a minimum (it has a smart meter but solar will go in asap)
* to spend more time crafting and gaining more skills in this area
* to find alternatives to the products we currently still buy at stupidmarkets and shop more often at farmers markets
My word for this year is "Embrace"...

* I'm going to embrace my last year as a stay at home mum
* I'm going to embrace the opportunity to start a new veggie garden from almost scratch
* I'm going to embrace being a renovation queen for quite a long time to come (we think)
* I'm going to embrace what life brings my way

I've decided that again this year I am going to be kinder to myself and generate less internal stress, enjoy more simple pleasures, I want to find more time to craft, to garden, to live sustainably and enjoyably.
I like the look of Tricia's skipping supermarkets challenge and will watching this with avid interest. We're investigating as many opportunities as we can to use viable technology alternatives to run a mainstream type of house. 
Bring on 2012!!


  1. Embrace is a great word. I like the idea of embracing challenges as opportunities and then all of a sudden the 'challenge' is gone.

    I'm glad tyour interested in following my skipping the supermarket challange. Perhaps you'll join me for a week or more?

    Happy New Year Mrs B :-)

  2. Hi Tricia,

    I'm very tempted to join you for a week or two. Just need to figure out where to buy some of key things Little B needs.

    Happy New Year to you too :-)