Well I’m back! I have been really sick with a nasty bout of Mastitis, but after a course of anti-biotics I think I’m on the mend. However I’ve come to the traumatic (well for me anyway) decision to wean my baby off breast and switch to bottle. I’ve had several blocked milk ducts this time around and this time a full blown infection resulted. I’ve exclusively fed my baby for 6 1/2 months now, so an introduction to solids is now due, but I don’t think it will harm him to have a bottle for a little while.
So anyway on to my update!

Not much has been done due to illness, in fact, in some areas we seem to have gone backwards 🙁

In the Garden
Nothing new planted.
The very last tomatoes have been picked.
This week I feel a little discouraged as it seems I don’t harvest nearly as a much as I sow. Not even close. If it’s not the slugs/snails it’s the slaters. If it’s not the unrelenting heat then it’s a bout of frost. Or I forget to put the bore on, or one of the kids leaves the gate open and the dog tramples through. Know what I mean?
But it is all a learning experience and I have had some success (tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes). So I guess I’m learning what really works and what doesn’t.

Planning for the Future
Prior to getting sick I set up several direct deposits with my bank to make fortnightly contribution to my utilities, land/water rates and some other regular bills. The idea is that when bills come in they are either paid or almost paid, resulting in better family finances. This is the good news. The bad news is that while I was sick, nothing else got done and my husband did the shopping. (Can you hear my kids whoop with joy over this?). In other words lots of junkfood, heaps of junkfood was bought. The kids were happy. And whats more, much of the ‘frozen dinners’ and stores I have been saving up, have been used up. Oh well, I guess thats what it’s there for.
So this week, it’s get back on top of the budget week.

Working for the Future
I ended up enrolling in that Business course at Tafe. It’s 6 months full time (I’ll be part-time), and will build up and recognise my computing skills. I started last Thursday.

Building Community
Myself and another girl guide leader are helping our guide unit organise a massive garage sale to raise funds for the Victorian bushfire survivors.
I have also rung to make an appointment to give blood.

New Skill
none to report.