What a month July has been. From the nerves leading up to the charity bike run to bringing out the sewing machine it has been a bit of a roller coaster.
Like most other midlife ladies, I am now able to pursue various activities that were out of reach whilst my daughter was younger. As a single parent there were things that had to be done and motorbiking and writing were not on the list.
Now I have some time on my hands and I have found there is so much that I want to do and very often not enough time to do it.
I have started another website called eco friendly Scotland because so many of the tips and advice available at the moment is based on urban dwellers. Living in a rural area is a whole different ballgame when you are trying to reduce your environmental impact.
There is the book I started last year that is probably only one quarter written. I know what I want to do with it, but it seems that I am better at writing my book when I am relaxed and the house is peaceful. That doesn’t seem to happen as often as I thought it would.
I decided it was time to get out the sewing machine when I realised just how big an impact fast fashion and disposable clothing was having on our environment. Thanks to a local organisation, I managed to acquire a basket of household linens that nobody wanted. I decided I would make them into items of clothing with the smaller scraps being used for household items such as cleaning cloths, make up wipes etc.
It seems I am not as fast on the sewing machine as I thought, and I have only just managed to get through one tablecloth and one towel so far. Great pair of comfy trousers for lounging about the house and a number of cleaning cloths later and I still have enough to make some cleansing wipes and cut up the rest for a rag rug.
Well that is the intention, whether I actually manage it or not is another matter. I do however think that we should be reusing fabric whenever possible rather than have it go to landfill. I just need to improve my sewing skills so I can make it happen.
Add all the above to my efforts to ensure I have a decent packed lunch each day rather than buy something plastic wrapped from the shop and it’s been a busy month. Although the upside is I am losing weight from eating better which can’t be a bad thing.
How has your July been, are you organised or bouncing from pillar to post? Let me know in the comments.