NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve.
Only the Christmas sauces have been made. I made a batch of herb and garlic tomato sauce to go with the smoky BBQ tomato sauce I have already made for Chrissy pressies for work mates, neighbours and the like!
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade products.
Lots of eggs still coming out of the chooks. My Aracana's are showing a lot of interest in the nesting boxes and seem to be "playing house" in there. Hopefully that means my green shelled eggs are on their way!
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
My Husbands a big birthday coming up in January so I have had fun going to town on the invites for his shindig. Its only a fortnight or so after Christmas, so I will have to get the invites out in the next few days before I get swamped with students over the festive season - we will have three of them!
DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
I'm into cook books at the moment. Reading a Jamie Oliver cookbook for the first time. I never quite got into him the way the rest of the world did but my first foray into his world (cooking from his garden by the seasons) is going down well with me. I cant remember why I chose not to look into his books before... Got a Kylie Kwong in the wings as well.
On an overnight trip to Albany, Western Australia, a few weeks ago I managed to knock over a Jodie Picoult (Plain Truth) and a Monica McIrney (House of Memories). One each way on the six hour flight to Perth. Pity I didn't think to get a talking book for the five hour drive each way from Perth to Albany! I went to Albany to appear in court for one of my ex foster children who is intellectually disabled and had managed to wind up imprisoned. It took me two weeks to track him down and another month or two to convince the authorities across two states that he shouldn't be there. And so the magistrate decided that if I put my money where my mouth was and made the appearance in her courtroom she would commute his sentence to a community one. So after an exhausting trip across the country (damn this is a big place to live) he is back with us and doing ok - so far.
ENHANCE: community: The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold.
Other than my recent experience with the court system and goodness knows how many different Government departments I don't feel much like I had much to do with my community this month! I quit one of my jobs which reduced a huge amount of stress (along with my bank balance, but you cant always have your cake and eat it too!) and that gave me back my Mondays at the neighbours doing craft and a chance to go to Yoga more! I also started walking in the evenings with one of the neighbours too!
Oh Blimey - boy did I so NOT manage this challenge this month!!! I was supposed to be doing my meditation/guided imagery thing or going to Yoga at least twice a week this month. Neither of those things barely happened. I may have managed Yoga four times for the month and the meditation... Once... I think! I kept missing the yoga while on the phone to WA and then didn't even remember to do the lie down and relax while being taken to a wonderfully peaceful place later in the day.
For December, I think I shall try Just going with the flow for Christmas this year. We aren't hosting any celebrations at our place this year and so I will be a guest at various relatives and friends gatherings. I shall be a wonderful guest and just enjoy what comes my way. Normally I host some part of Christmas at our place and go all out which I enjoy and really get a kick out of,so this time, I will just turn up and let it all happen to me!