Thursday, March 17, 2011

On my mind.

On my mind
A few weeks ago Perth was hit by a sudden storm the weight of the heavy down fall bent our back gutter,
Water started flooding the veranda...Luckily the freak storm was short & no water got inside.
If the storm went for a few hours more even all night & did flood my house we would be fine because we have flood insurance......
But do we? ....... Do you?
You may be paying for flood insurance; it may even be on your insurance papers but what type of flood insurance?
My jaw dropped to the floor last night when my husband was telling me about the Queensland flood victims, some may not be covered even with flood insurance due to the insurance company’s “definitions” of the specific Nature of the flood.
I quote: “In the aftermath of the floods, many homeowners discovered their insurance policy covered them in the event of a flash flood or flooding resulting from a storm, but not flooding from a river”
So to say the least I’m ringing my insurance provider today because it will play on my mind till I know exactly what type of insurance I really have.
Do you know what you’re really paying for?

For more on my minds:

secret shame

My Husband had been keeping things from me........

He said he did it for me........

That he meant well.......

It’s the thought that counts.......

He said they taunted him....

Every time he filled up the car with fuel....

His dirty little secret......

His been buying ME chocolate bars on the way home from work.....

(He clams that a melted chocolate bar would not have made anyone happy)

Friday, March 11, 2011

On my mind.

On my mind

Do you hate it when your doona get’s all jumbled up inside your doona cover?
Well it’s a big problem around my house,
So on my mind today is the tedious yet very simple job of sewing a piece of ribbon to all 4 corners of all the doona's in our home & the same to the inside corner of all the doona covers.
So when you put your doona into a clean cover, simply tie the cover to the doona in each corner & the doona will stay flat all night long no matter how much you toss & turn!
Inside out doona cover
Wish me luck

Monday, March 7, 2011

In The Garden

Well I did it!
We picked our first basket of fresh veg from the garden,
Sweet corn (11 ears)
Not bad ;-)

My husband while taking photos of the corn for me captured
me armed with a towel & our son with his first turn of the hose.
You must be nude for this you see!
Now what!
 I’m going to have to think of different ways to cook & store my little crop.
Anyone have any ideas?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

On my mind.

On my Mind
To Clean Green,

I do my best to clean green,
I make my own washing liquid; use an Enjo mop & cloths
I use hot soapy water or Bicarbonate soda & vinegar where possible. But there is always more to learn

A trip to the book shelf for some inspiration.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ever changing world

How ready are you?

Well Monday Afternoon Perth was hit with a thunder storm, tree’s came down onto power lines & homes were flooded... our back gutter bent from the weight of the water & flooded the back patio, thankfully water did not come inside, the storm was short.
But the power went out!
So you say it happens.......I got everyone fed & bathed. The baby has a cold so I got the panadol & thermometer out so I was not hunting in the dark thinking to myself the power will be back on soon.
As it got later and later, I went to get candle holders down from the laundry and hunted for candles. They were covered in dust bunnies resulting in them needing to be washed.... I did have candles but not nearly as many as I thought
One torch worked, the other has a blown globe! “How convenient” I thought
The re-chargeable batteries were in the children’s toys needing charging or in the laundry cupboard NOT CHARDED!
Mmmmmm well my thinking it will not be out long became all night long, it was hot the house was opened for what little breeze there was and mosquitoes.
The baby was up & down all night so I would use the torch to get to his room then lighting a candle to see while I dealt with him, blowing out as I left I thought “how prepared are we!”
A: I can’t leave a candle in his room (fire hazard)
B: I needed to save what candles we had in case this blackout lasted
The food in the fridge ended up being thrown out & I didn’t open the deep freezer out of fear we would lose it all. Thankfully the power was restored to my area midday Tuesday.
Lucky I hadn’t defrosted my deep freeze in a while & that kept everything frozen, but what if it was longer? Why store frozen food if when you need it it’s no good? My vegetable patch will save us if we were in a pinch (maybe)...... but not if it is flooded.... store cupboard food seems to be the way.
My mind went nuts as I sat with a note pad and pencil by candle light I made a list of short & long term things we need to put in place.
I’ve been really observing as different problems come up around Australia of late. Fire, flood, food shortages.... prep for one will do no good in case of another.
So I’m making a few small changes, I was thinking of an easy access container with candles, candle holders, torches, lanterns, fire blanket, can opener etc, easily accessed first aid box, ours was buried in the hallway cupboard under a mound of stuff, (no good in the dark). Less frozen stores more dried foods.
I need to invest in a wind up radio/phone charger.
Well I’m sure I will come up endless changes as I begin changing things, it just made think that I’m not really as prepared as I thought........Are you?