The lovely hubby just went to get the tyres swapped around on the car (apparently this is good practice, as the tyres wear differently front and back, so if you swap them around then you should get more wear out of them-I just smile and nod and leave all things car related to him-he loves it) BUT the tread had gone on the front two and we had to get two NEW tyres… I questioned whether you could get second-hand tyres, and you can get part-worn tyres, but I’m told this is not good in terms of either road safety or value for money as it ends up being a false economy. So, at least this is the practice month, and it is doing what it is supposed to and throwing up any potential problems! The rules may have to be amended to exclude bits for the car(s) should they need fixing. You can get lots of car bits re-conditioned, and we will endeavour to do so, but if safety dictates, then I’m afraid we will have to buy new.
We had a lot of fruit in the bowl, going a bit manky, and looking very sorry for itself so in true thrifty housewife mode, I thought I would whiz it all up into a smoothie!
I chopped it all up, tried to hook out most of the watermelon seeds (I may be making it up, but I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that the seeds can be really bitter when they get whizzed up), added a handful of ice and a slug of lime and lemongrass cordial and blitzed the life out of it in the blender!
Mmmmmmm! The Smalls loved it, and when I eventually got to sample the last little bit left, I had to agree!
I thought it might be quite cool to make some predictions of problems I might encounter, what I think I’ll find hardest, what I won’t miss, etc before I start, and then I can look back on it at the end of the year, and either laugh at my naivety, or marvel at my amazing foresight, depending on how accurate my predictions are!
Things I will miss:
Things I won’t miss:
With a start date in the calendar of 1st September, I have decided that August will be a practice month! This will hopefully give me some feel for problems that might be encountered and will hopefully galvanise me into sorting out anything that needs sorting before my year starts.
So far this month, the biggest challenge has been a birthday party! BigSmall was invited to a 4th birthday party, and as a practice run, I decided to make the birthday boy's present. I have made presents for small people's birthday s before, but in the past I have decorated plain t-shirts that I have bought new, and I won't be able to do this, so I had to think of another plan!
The plan I came up with was beanbags. I thought it would be quick and easy, I have loads of fabric to use up, and all I would need to buy would be some rice to fill them with. I was worng-it wasn't quick and easy-it was a bit fiddly and took far longer than I thought it would, and I'd obviously left it all until the night before the party, meaning I was up until nearly midnight, so was alittle grumpy the following day! But I think they came out ok, and I think the birthday boy liked them.
It also threw up the question of gift wrapping and cards! I made this bag here to serve as gift wrapping, and storage for the beanbags so I came up with drawstring bag to put them in. Here is the link to the tutorial I found.
Big Small and I then made a card together. He did a 'beautiful painting', and I cut a number 4 out of a squareof card and used the empty bit of the 4 (if that makes sense) to glue over the top of the painting. It would be much better if I had a picture to help explain all this but I forgot-sorry! I will try better next time...
The next problem is my parent's Ruby Wedding Anniversary this weekend. Anyone got any speedy thrifty yet amazing homemade anniversary present ideas...??