Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Getting organised

A few weeks ago I was wandering around one of those $2 shops - you know the kind that stocks just about anything, and hardly anything is actually $2?

I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but realised it had the perfect 'equipment' to help me get organised in the kitchen. So I spent about $50 on various containers and baskets to get my pantry under control.

To get warmed up, I started with my second kitchen drawer - you know the one that has all the random utensils: scissors, measuring cups and measuring spoons, spatulas, can opener etc. It took about 5 minutes to organise and every time I open that drawer I feel happy.


Yes - nothing to be proud of - but you know what they say: the worse the before picture, the better the after picture is! Ok I just made that up, but it's true, don't you think? And please keep your jealousy of my stunning yellow linoleum kitchen floor to yourself - I know it's super stylish, it's the highlight of my kitchen - really! :P

Now for the after...drum roll please! The two blue plastic containers cost less that $1 each, and were perfect for the job:

I've done the pantry too, but only remember to take after photos at night - I'll aim to get some on Saturday when I'm home during daylight hours!

Hopefully this is step one in a big journey of decluttering, sorting, organising and generally turning my home into the kind of place that makes me feel calm, cool and collected rather than tripping over stuff on the floor, searching all over because I can't find things, and generally feeling like it's all too messy to deal with.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Monthly solar stats: 19 Jan - 19 February 2012

Month two of having my solar panels producing electricity. Things are still looking good although production is a little lower that month 1.

Stats for month 2 (32 days: 19 January - 19 February):

Month 2 export: 238.7kWh
Month 2 operational hours: 392 hours
Month 2 average daily export: 7.46kWh

Cumulative total (since installation on 16 December 2011):
Total export: 489.9kWh
Total operational hours: 807 hours
Average daily export: 7.65kW

Currently still waiting for the bi-directional meter to be installed so that I can start receiving the Transitional Feed in Tariff for excess electricity produced. My quarterly electricity bill should arrive any day now, so it will be interesting to see the results!

If you'd like to read more about my journey with solar:
Monthly solar stats: 16 December 2011 - 18 January 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Goodbye Oliver

Yesterday I had some sad news - our family cat Oliver was found dead by our neighbours, presumably hit by a car. I hope he didn't suffer.

We got Oliver from the RSPCA, and he was a feisty little kitten. Actually I'd describe him as quite crazy - he never stopped moving and playing even when all the other kittens were asleep. We got him in 2006 - here's a rare moment when he actually stopped for a minute! (The green ear is from the ear tattoo to indicate the animal has been desexed.

Ollie was a big cat, all male. He walked like a lion and his nose scrinched up when you tickled him under the chin. He had super soft ears speckled with individual white hairs, and hated having his stomach touched - if you went near it his back legs would come up ready to disembowel you at any moment!

Oliver playing with Tilly through the window

When he was younger he was absolutely obsessed with getting into containers - empty boxes, shopping bags, the laundry basket. Put a container down and he'd be in it before you could blink. Here he's taken up residence in the Trivial Pursuit box - not that he would have fitted into it once he was fully grown!

Love this picture sent to my by my mom - Oliver and Tilly hanging out on the bed. Too cute.

When Oliver was only a few months old he went missing for two nights. We eventually discovered him at the top of a tree in our neighbour's back garden, 20 feet up. He'd been up there for three days and two nights, and couldn't get down. The fire brigade said their ladders weren't long enough, so I called the SES and left a message without much hope. I was at work and living out of home but got a text from my mom saying the SES had arrived with a long ladder and had rescued Ollie. We're not sure who was more relieved - us or him!

 Oliver Hoare, 2006-2012

You will be sorely missed and I hope you're in kitty nirvana, where you can stay out all night, eat as much food as you like whenever you want it, and get scratched under your chin whenever you need some love.