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Gardening after the virus 1

I’ve been sick. The covid-19 hit hard, but I refuse to let it fill an entire blog post, media is full of covid-19 content, so I’ll just stick to the plan I had with this blog and focus on the frugality – adding a prepper-like shine to it.

I wanted to have loads of flowers, and though I still do, I must admit, that Ive changed my perspective about it a bit. With the world going into a new depression after the virus and the different farm crisises all over the world, I’m worried about the food situation. Two months ago I grew food for fun, now it’s a matter of living and living well in a few months.

I wanted to focus on lettuce and spinach and other fast crops, but now I’ve exchanged seeds and I’m growing more beets, chard, beans of all sorts, more peas than planned, carrots, pumpkins, kale etc. I wanted to have rabbits for eating, but B said NO and didn’t seem interested in discussing the matter.

I’ve built a greenhouse from old plastic bags and twigs, and so far I only need it to stay whole for a month or so, and then the weather should be good enough.

Yup. It is ugly, but the fleece and the plastic (cut from the bottom of an old kids swimming pool) is there to protect from the cold during the night. It works SO well.

That’s it for now. More will come. Right now I need to go dig another bed and take away the grass and roots. It’s hard work, but I love the rewarding feeling I get when I see a new seed sprout and promise me a bit of food in the future.

Organisation

So… This is the truth; I’m a messy person, and chaos is my middle name. So when I cook… I usually open a new bag of rice or pasta and forget all about it till it falls from my overcrowded kitchen shelves.

B did the laundry today and we finally used up a large bottle of laundry detergent, so I grabbed a knife and cut it up. I know people recycle them using glitter and glue guns, but I don’t have any of those, and… This is a frugal home, right? I also kinda like the white and simple looks of it. Maybe I’ll write “look here for open bags first” on it eventually, but right now I just like how it freed a lot of space.

It’s the white thing on the right.
This holds 2 open bags of open pasta, 1 macaroni, 1 spaghetti 2 bags of rice and one with breadcrumbs.

Winterbreak hell

There is so much I can’t write or say, but I’m so tired I could cry. My son is homeless and in dire need for help, the step kids are home due to winterbreak aaaand we all have caught the flu and are pretty whiney and tough to be around.

I love all my kids to death, but I need sleep or a wall to wall bed with room enough for 4 people a dog and a cat… I mean it. If the kids come into our bed tonight as well, I’ll be enjoying my first night on the couch. I might anyway af B is grunting and talking in his sleep as if he was trying to persuade me into buying the LEGO tree house.

So nope. We are sooo not saving any money this week. Medicine. Gas for transportation for the doctor and helping my kid. Sugary foods and snacks or whatever people have ordered due to their sickness and lack of appetite. Off course as “the mom” I have yet to indulge in my own flu, and are seen as the service provider.

I had an acute case of asking the pharmacy about this:

I stole this meme. I’m sorry I don’t remember where from. But whoever made this… I love you

Luckily the week is over soon, and… I actually DID save some money. Although spending on stupid things….

I lost my key chain pompom a few weeks ago and I have had a hard time finding my keys, so I decided to take up an old trade from when I was in kindergarten and make a new one instead of buying it. I actually made 3…because I was bored.

Appearantly my car is silver grey.

Having a car comes with many expenses, so be sure you only buy “what you need”. When I bought my car, I was single and living with my son. Now I’m engaged to be married next summer, and besides my son T who is turning 19 this December, and not living at home, I’ve become a stepmom of two, so this blended family of 5 has a car with only four seats. But it’s a cheap car, and it has a pretty good mileage and except some weekends we are 2 adults and no kids, so a 5 seat car is really an unnecessary luxury.

Today we washed it, and we didn’t think it was really that much needed, but it was. I wanted to clean the inside due to the mud the kids smeared all around the inside, and so I could make car seat covers and so on, but then it kind of evolved from “just a quick clean up” to a “what the actual fuck”-experience both on the inside and outside.

Frugal Carwash:

You want to use a very soft brush and get some special auto shampoo.

Wet the car with a hose very lightly.

Put a few drops on the brush and begin the quest. Be sure you clean all the dirt off as little rocks and dirt may develop in to rust.

Take on section at a time so it doesn’t dry up.

Rinse and begin a new section. And remember! Never do this when the sun is shining as you will most definitely need too much water and get ugly streaks.

I have a garden hose with different settings. I used the “mist” for the initial wetting, “jet” for stains, and “cone” for rinsing off the soap. I thought I’d use too much water, but honestly I don’t think I had it running more than 5 minutes altogether on the different settings, and since I didn’t shower yesterday…I don’t feel too bad about it.

Oh yeah… and you want to wash it more often than we do. This was embarrassing. But I promised you honesty. So here it is

Our dog loves the car, so he enjoyed the front seat while I washed the car and B “cleaned” it on the inside.
I’m trying not to cry, because the mud won’t come off. But hey…I have some awesome bedsheets and a tarp, so I will do something with it…I just wish I would have done it sooner.

Kitchen curtains – or “I´m tired of smiling at my neighbours when my kitchen is a mess”

This is my kitchen from yesterday – it still looks like this btw. We´re not perfect people in this house at all, and I refuse to pretend that I am in this blog too. Actually people pretending to be perfect in blogs and on youtube and other platforms scares me. I can´t stop thinking what´s hiding beneath the surface, and having a crazy imagination like me does not make pretty stories just because people are pretty and lead pretty cute lives. So when thinking about starting this blog, we had conversations about how honest to be here on the blog, we agreed to go “all in” – but ofcourse with respect to the people around us and each other and our wish to stay together for the rest of our lives.

As you can see in the above picture, my kitchen window is right next to the street in our little cul de sac, and it wouldn´t be a problem if the people around us were about the same age and had lives, so they would not be so busy. But appearantly mostly “elderly” people lives here, and some how they have time for “strolling” while looking through windows all day long, so I have to smile and pretend, that I´m proud of my mess…which I´m not.

We’ve been wanting to put up curtains for a while, but money are an issue so we were quite hesitant because we remembered the drama and the expenses about the livingroom curtains that we felt the need to buy after only living here for a week.

Luckily I went to the goodwill shop last week, and I stumbled across a sheet with broderie anglaise all around the edges, and since it was cheep (15dkr), and I also found a curtain rod for less than that, I had no more excuses than to make those curtains and keep a nice facade…

Here´s a “how to”

Loooook how pwetty this is. And please ignore the coffee stain that neither of us saw before it was too late and we were too lazy to wash it.

I´m pretty satisifed with the curtains. to be honest. I decided to (have B) hang them a bit above the counter, because I know I´m a mess at the sink, so I have to be able to wipe it off without thinking about moving the curtain to avoid the cloth.