The project I started yesterday was finished today with some annual plants, replanted from the planters that stood in front of my house before. Of course, Iโ€™ve watered and fertilized them ๐ŸŒบ ๐ŸŒฑ ๐Ÿ 

Micro garden filled with flowering plants.

I donโ€™t have a front garden, so I made one. I call it a micro garden. My cat Maahir seems to enjoy it ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ 

cat behind window checks the new micro garden with plants temporarily on the sidewalk

After having boiled water in a kettle on a gas stove for over 60 years, I finally was able to afford an electric kettle at half price. Instead of minutes it now takes seconds to boil water for a cuppa tea. Obviously better for the environment and my monthly budget, a win-win โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ 

Philips Electric Kettle


Photo. Building something from wood I had lying around from a project that was never realized in my former home. ๐Ÿชต๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ 

rickety frame of wood laying on concrete tiles

It looks like spring in winter.

In other newsโ€ฆ We had a storm yesterday, Eunice. My little house creaked and moaned, but it survived. Little damage to my belongings, since I donโ€™t have much. ๐Ÿ 


And my dresser is assembled, in around three hours. Very pleased with myself, and the result, of course ๐Ÿ˜ Again, such a good find last Monday, after almost giving up the furniture hunt. ๐Ÿ 


32 pages for assembling a dresser seems daunting to me, having little experience with turning flatpacks into furniture. However, I’m low on funds, so paying someone else to do it must wait a month. Alternatively, I do it myself, todayโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ That didn’t go well the previous time ๐Ÿ˜” ๐Ÿ 


Went hunting for a dresser with my sister, and I found a bargain which appealed to me. Only problem, it came as two flat packs, and Maahir ๐Ÿฑ eats cardboard โ€œfor breakfast.โ€ So I had to roll them into a blanket for now, until I can pay someone to put them together into a dresser. ๐Ÿ 


Another โ€œhome invasion.โ€ This time by carpenters, to repair the damage done by the roof workers. ๐Ÿ 


I did my longest RWR ๐Ÿƒ since a long time, and part of it on new (to me) terrain. Of course, I got lost, a bit, so the expected 16 km became 17 km, and I’m dealing with itches from brambles and nettles I encountered on a rarely used path. ๐Ÿ€ it started to ๐ŸŒง after I was back ๐Ÿ 


My house has been invaded by two groups of workers at the same time. ๐Ÿ 


And hereโ€™s my 24 x 24 pixel art IRL (6 cm x 6 cm, 4 mmยฒ per pixel mosaic brick). ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽจ


Here’s a concept of how a piece of pixel art could brighten up a boring bathroom door. The materials for creating said art have yet to arrive, and the door still needs a layer of paint. Well, one can dream of the result, can’t one? ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽจ


Couldn’t find a 32 x 32 baseplate for pixel art with beads, but I did find a 24 x 24 baseplate. So I adjusted my design for the bathroom door. ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽจ


Wanted a decoration for my bathroom door, but the only things I could find was either from a sketchy company (possibly a swindler on Amazon.nl) or from far away (high shipping costs). So I guess I’ll have to craft my own, from beads. ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ 


Iโ€™m happy with my tiny town garden. When I came here, the previous renter had left it in a poor state. I think itโ€™s quite an improvement. They used it as a rubbish dump, for burying larger items of trash. I dug up 240 liters or so, replaced it with garden soil. ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒธ


๐Ÿ  Someone had painted the wooden door frame of my bathroom with wall paint ๐Ÿคช So it needs two layers of paint primer. I couldnโ€™t sand off the wall paint, since I donโ€™t know how remove the door, and, more importantly, how to properly put it back into the frame.


Went shopping for ๐Ÿ  improvement. Some paint and primer, degreaser, lacquer roller and brush, tape, system to catch the mail from mashing cat teeth. Not much, still 160 euros ๐Ÿ˜ฃ


The roof workers are done for today. They left a mess from removing the cantilever window. Theyโ€™ll clean up as soon as theyโ€™re done, which can be in a few days. So I cleaned it up a bit, so my cats wonโ€™t hurt themselves on sharp wood nor rusty nails, or roll in the dirt. ๐Ÿ 


Renovation ๐Ÿ  Tiles on back roof removed, including the cantilever window. Itโ€™s a mess inside, so itโ€™s good the workers protected my carpet with plastic canvas.


Day one of my home ๐Ÿ  improvement project started with a visit per Dutch city bike ๐Ÿšฒ to a local home improvement store, called Praxis. I only bought what I needed, and still I spent more ๐Ÿ’ฐ than on weekly grocery shopping for one person.

PS more and even more on my other blog.


Question to the communityโ€ฆ

A responsible and accountable person doesn’t measure their wealth in Snickers bars. So what budgeting solutions do you recommend for someone who has no clue about (nor experience with) double-entry bookkeeping? ๐Ÿ 


It snowed last nightโ€ฆ It will be molten in a few hours, since itโ€™s above freezing. ๐Ÿ 

winter garden