September always feels like a second ‘New Year’ to me as my year has revolved around school term times since I was 4, and as a student and then a teacher (and now a parent) it’s a real month for reflection and resolutions. As a supply teacher, it’s normally a quiet month and gives me a chance to catch up with household chores that can’t be done easily with the children around, and just have a few days of peace and quiet. Unfortunately for my house (but fortunately for my bank account) I’ve been extremely busy, working most of my available days in the last 2 weeks. It’s also a month that I love, because of the changing seasons. I’m not so keen on the darker evenings, but I do like to get the cosy clothes out and go and collect conkers and indulge in a little bit of leaf kicking! Anyway, let’s see how my goals went.
17 cupboards/drawers/storage areas sorted (17)
Three months of the year left to go and I’ve achieved this goal, without even touching the cupboard in the children’s room. I really must tackle that, one day… I achieved the final 0.5 area by tidying my worktop in the conservatory, getting Mr C to put up another little shelf to store the gardening gloves and seeds on, and selling the cloth nappies that had been sitting in bags under the table. I like my worktop area much better now, and it has more space for me to use for cardmaking and other crafty stuff (like applying sock stop to slippers). I’m not going to stop sorting now though, it has really made me aware of just how much junk it is possible to accumulate without even realising it. I’ve found that this is especially true since having children, as what is useful one month can no longer be required the next, and then it gets dumped somewhere, and other stuff gets put on top of it and before you know it you’ve created a potential avalanche of no longer needed items.
16 new recipes tried (13)
15 minutes per day on household admin
This was ok until I started working more days, and I lost track a bit. So much so that I forgot to send my son to school with money to buy a cake at the Macmillan coffee morning, I felt awful but apparently he got a cake anyway. I really do need to make sure I’m more organised, especially with his school things. The school have stopped sending paper letters and rely on an app now, which is better for the environment. Unfortunately I didn’t get the notification for the letter with the coffee morning details on, but now I know to just keep checking it.
14 blog posts per month
I wrote 12 posts in September. I’m not going to beat myself up, as I worked a lot, started up a small business and was ill for 2 weeks.
13 tutorial posts in the year (8)
I’m counting my beetroot chutney recipe as a tutorial, so that adds one more!
12 frugal things
September was another test of budgeting skills as I didn’t get paid much in the early part of the month. We did some careful food shops, trying not to buy things we didn’t need. Mr C also built a new workshop, using materials sourced mainly very cheaply or free. The main frame is made from pallets, the back sides are made of plywood from pallets and the front and right hand side are covered in ship lap from a summer house our neighbour was getting rid of. I was despairing slightly about the sheer amount of wood outside the house until it all got put together though! On one of my non working days I was recruited as an apprentice and learned to use the sliding mitre saw (apparently that’s it’s name, it was noisy and felt a bit scary to use). I cut all of the ship lap boards to length and quite enjoyed it once I got used to using the saw.
Another tiny change we’ve made is to buy tinned mushrooms as we were throwing away so many fresh ones to the chickens as they went slimy in the fridge. I’m not sure it’s necessarily saved money, but it has wasted less. Also I have been buying frozen sweetcorn for my salads as I don’t use it every day and I ended up wasting half of a tin of sweetcorn because I was dubious about it’s freshness. I just put a handful of the frozen stuff in my lunch box and it’s perfect to eat at lunch time. (I know these aren’t really exciting but my aim is to waste less. As much as the chickens enjoy feasting on various things, it is still a waste of money to buy things and just throw them away.)
11 photos of the whole family (2)
No, nothing in September. October should include a family day out or two so we will try and get a photo then.
10 comments/likes/both on other blog posts per day
There’s been no middle ground with this, I’ve either done it and read loads, or not at all. My aim is to work my way back through my followed blog list and make sure I’ve not missed too much.
9 crochet projects completed (19)
I’ve made a lot this month, 2 pairs of slippers and 8 snowmen! Since my little business is mainly crochet orientated, I think there will be a lot more before the end of the year.
8 times more spent setting up photos than takng them
I’ve been a bit rubbish at this too, my photos have all been very ‘samey’ with white backgrounds etc. Now it’s getting darker, I may have to get the light cube out again.
7 patterns written (2)
No progress here, I’ve been too busy making! I have adapted a pattern though, which has done my skills some good with ensuring stitch count plus multiples needed for various still all worked together.
6 new places visited (9)
We went to Mablethorpe! Not a super duper exciting place, but we had a brilliant family seaside day, with a picnic, ball games, a walk on the beach and a trip to the arcades. My son was like an excitable puppy, dashing around on the beach and ‘digging’ with his hands.
5 outings with friends organised (5)
Another with no more progress, mainly because I can’t commit to week days as I have had to just accept every work day I’ve been offered, often taking a call in the morning to work that day. Maybe half term will include some catch ups.
4 cards made per month
Only one card made, but it did have a unicorn on it! I didn’t get a photo, I just posted it to Mrs Cobs (of Cobweborium Emporium fame).
3 seasons of harvesting on the allotment
Well we’ve had summer harvesting and begun Autumn things (like these 7 pumpkins), as well as keeping the carrot and parsnip bed slug pelleted so we should have some vegetables at Christmas. The heaviest pumpkin is 4.6kg, which my son was impressed to discover is heavier than his sister was when she was born! (My photo has also been used for the Facebook cover picture of an allotment group that I’m in; if I’d know 26k people could see it I might have chosen a cleaner bit of fence to take the photo in front of-see target above about setting up photos!)
2 workouts per week
I managed 2 a week until I hurt my shoulder and arm, and then got a cold. Not bad, I have just been wiped out in the last 2 weeks. I’m planning to get back on it now I’m feeling better (though the cough and sore throat are hanging on so I might have to go steady).
1 Slimming World Target certificate
I’ve been much more focused and lost 5 lb. The last week has been hard as my cold was accompanied by mouth ulcers and a cold sore so I’ve struggled to eat much. I have been using my journal, which I bought at Slimming World group, and it has been really useful for planning and staying on track. I’m a bit off plan right now, but I know what to do.
0 unnecessary craft purchases
I have bought a lot of yarn this month so that I could work on various projects, but at least the money to pay for it has come from selling things on eBay as part of my first target! I’m finding it tricky to estimate how much of anything to order, particularly for my amigurimi baubles (the eyes come in pack of 8, so I ordered 4 packs and I’ve sold a lot, so I’ve had to reorder!)
September wasn’t too bad, but it does prove that I can’t focus on every goal at once! How are your goals going? The end of the year is (scarily) in sight now.