Life is quietly busy in the EllaDee-G.O. household, and follows a sleep-work-eat sequence 6 days a week. While the G.O. works I spend Saturdays covering off Domestic Goddess Duties. At the moment the G.O. has plantar fasciitis aka very sore feet, so Sundays have mostly been a day of rest.
We don’t live a DINK* typical city lifestyle according to one of my country living friends… we don’t take near enough advantage of the shopping, eating and nightlife opportunities.
That could be why sometimes it feels like life is moving slowly and the lifestyle the G.O. & I are chasing is not getting any closer, like one of those weird dreams where the object you’re reaching for doesn’t move further away but is not any closer either.
We’re looking forward to a lifestyle where we have less money, more space and more time. And to get a little practice in and pave the way we set ourselves 3 main goals in the interim.
1. Spend our earnings wisely.
2. Consume efficiently and responsibly.
3. Make the most of the life we’re living now.
How are we going?
Thanks to a suggestion from Meeka, I made a couple of simple changes to the timing of appliance use and checked with our energy providers that we are on the best plans. We don’t use the air-conditioner much but the cooktop and oven a lot. The dishwasher & washing machine go on daily – a tiny kitchen, sink and balcony clothes rack make their daily use a necessity. We manage without a clothes dryer thanks to a relatively spacious undercover balcony. The tweaking made a dollar difference to our energy bills but more importantly I feel empowered.
I’ve noticed a marked difference in our groceries from a few years ago. Less comes in the door but more local-free range-organic-biodynamic-eco-earth choice**. We compromise with a balance of individual preferences, old standbys & favourites. Some of my innovations are not so popular with the G.O. but he’s acclimatized to the recycled toilet paper, paper towel and tissues. We shop as much as possible from farmers markets and have become informed, deliberate consumers. I calculate what we need and rarely throw any thing out. The produce in our crisper is eaten each week. If we run out I buy more. Leftovers are taken for work lunches or go into the freezer.
There is not much difference to our grocery spend but we’re opting for solution vis–à–vis Celi from thekitchensgarden “… either we choose to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution”. And with Clouds view on “Genetic engineering. It’s a bit like nuclear power, pesticides, feeding cows on sheeps brains. You either think it’s a great idea, don’t care either way because it doesn’t affect you, or you think it is an extremely bad idea.” Yup… extremely bad idea.
The G.O. took food ingenuity to a new level when making a Sunday afternoon movie snack. With his go-to container of Jatz, he emerged from the fridge with remnants of previous meals: Manchego cheese, thin sliced roast beef, bread & butter cucumber pickles, butter and winter strawberries.
The G.O. also included but didn’t consume, a standby packet of salt & vinegar chips (crisps). He assures me he’s not pregnant, and if he was we’d be rich.
*DINK: Double Income No Kids