Which brings me to my recent addiction, which is reading up on Dutch blogs on saving money. It is no suprise that the Dutch have raised saving money to an artform, ranging on full blown crazy sometimes. Like the guy who sounds totally reasonable with blogposts on mortgage, taxes, his vegetable garden... and his insect farm, as he is vegetarian and against eating meat but he has no qualms about eating insects. Riiiiiiight. I'm not going there.
Suprisingly, a lot of the blogs about saving money are from people with a relative high income. Subjects range from 'how to dissovle your mortgage ás fast as possible so you can stop working (if you like)', to 'buying vegetables and fruit in season'. My favorite is Teunie, a mother of ten children (the oldest ia married and has a family, the youngest is 6 or 7). Despite her obvious religious beliefs, her blogs are very sensible and fun to read and are mostly about managing such a big household. It comes down to getting up at 5 AM and having all the kids do their household chores. I'm not going to get up at 5 am, but it'll probably be 6.30-7 am once we have kids and we do plan on giving the children small chores like putting away toys, decking the table and taking the organic garbage out to the compost heap. I can relate to her, plus she is super practical and an upbeat person.
There is ofcourse more stuff to be done around the house, like decluttering, giving items a place where they belong and can be put away. My craft room is the biggest warzone right now, let's see if I can tackle it this week and bring some order into the room. E. has taken Noushka to the shooting range, to see if he can calm her nerves aorund loud noises. If she is at ease, he will enroll in the winter hunting training for dogs meaning he 'll be eight saturdays doing the course. I was feeling kind of negative about it, as I have very little planned up until March when I get back to work. It irritates me that he makes plans like nothing is going to change, and not taking into account the strain it will put on me. I am a bit daunted because every outing that I plan has to be more meticiously planned and take into account breastpumping and such. The third reason is that due to maternity leave, I'll be sort of isolated in the house and alone with our daughter all day. It feels like I'll be in social isolation and not being able to have much adult company or conversation for the next five months. Except when E. is home, if he is not working or playing the trumpet or teaching horn.
Instead of sitting around moping, I decided that if he plans stuff, I'd better get on cracking and plan some for myself too! I have a bellydance hafla at the end on January, at the start of april and some festival stuff going on inbetween that is in need of planned practice with my friends. I want to get back in shape (maybe go for a weekly swim?), prepare my classes (start in february) and have some more fun with my sewing machine (workshops, courses?). All that and an adorable baby girl :-) I feel so lucky to be where I am now, with our dog and E and a nice place to live.