I usually like to have my Christmas gifts sorted - not necessarily purchased and wrapped, but purchased or ready to be purchased - by the end of October.
I'm heading off on a family holiday, and am going to minimise my use of tech and screens while away. So things will be quiet around here for the next few weeks.
When butter is a reasonably cheap household staple, why bother to make your own? If you're like me and find cooking from scratch hugely satisfying, you'll understand why. There's nothing like topping a slice of homemade bread with a generous curl of homemade butter.
I wonder what it is about a task as simple as polishing shoes that makes me feel so calm? Is it the feeling of caretaking for an item that works so hard to carry me safely through the world?
Confronting aspects of my past is taking an emotional and physical toll. While I've laughed out loud at some things, painful feelings have arisen, too. I've shed tears over friends lost, youth not appreciated, dark times, bad decisions.
Saved chicken bones and vegetable scraps can make easy, packaging-free, low-waste chicken stock (aka bone broth) in the slow cooker.
We reduced our loads from an average of three per week to one load in two and a half weeks. By only washing the things that absolutely need it, I am reminded again of the benefits of NOT washing everything out of habit.