Even though I haven't been able to "craft" much recently due to my uncooperative body, I have still been working on simplifying our lives. I want to make less of an impact in everything I do...whether it is less of a financial impact on our monetary status or less of an impact on the earth with our reusables vs. disposables challenge. SLOWLY I am turning away from disposables and stocking my home with reusables.
From a savings standpoint I have not done too well. I stole $120 from my envelopes in order to pay the painter a down-payment when I signed the contract. Had I planned better, I would have asked dear hubby to take money out of our savings account for the down-payment in addition to the final payment. But, the man was here and I was ready to sign the contract and get started. I didn't want to waste the time mailing him the paperwork and check. So now I am $120 short in my envelopes and two weeks behind on my deposits! Not good. BUT, saving anything is a step in the right direction and paying cash for the painting, or any home improvement, is rare for us! So I guess it is "all good".
As far as the expansion of my sewing room...it is coming along. Thanks to the help of my dear folks and hubby we have made progress. We have gotten the ceiling light replaced (thanks, Dad). Dear hubby found this light online at Lowes. It uses three 100 watt bulbs. The light generated by this fixture is just WONDERFUL! I wish my whole house was this bright!
We have moved in a chair and table. We are going to buy a more comfy chair, but the table will stay.
With some help I have gotten one side of the armoir filled with my crochet/knitting supplies, all sorted and put away nicely. I do not have enough drawers to load up the other side with material yet. That will come as we have money to buy the drawers and/or shelves.
We did move all of the big totes (mostly batting, but some tapestry pieces also) from my closet into the expansion room closet. I don't go to them except maybe once per project, so they don't need to take up space in my main room. I also moved into the expansion room closet my two piece sewing machine carrier, a free duffel bag that I will use to transport material and/or supplies to classes or on vacation and a new free rolling suitcase that will also be used to transport material and/or supplies. The hard cover for my "Ellie" has found a new home too! We added one extra shelf (so far) on which to store my miscellaneous quilts.
The black shelf on top of the cabinet will hold our TV, cable box and DVD player. Right now it is holding a briefcase filled with page separators and another binder to finish consolidating my medical records. Someday I will get to it, but right now I am just burned out. Punching holes in the pages gives me pain and I am just sick and tired of looking at records that document how "sick and tired" I really am! For a little while at least I would like to play "ostrich" and stick my head in the sand, pretending I am just a "normal" housewife. The pretense doesn't last long though...
Off to rest in my rocker and maybe read a magazine...