Friday, 8 November 2013

Food Waste - 1 Year Anniversary

The food waste front is in great peril. Though I haven't had to toss anything yet I bought salad makings last Saturday and they haven't been touched since. My solution is to make a big salad this weekend and eat it for the rest of the week. (Because making a salad every night just for me is a lot of effort and as a result it simply doesn't get done.

On a slightly happier note it is the eighth of November today! For those of you who are confused about the significance of this it means that I have been the owner my first house for precisely one year. As a result at some point over the next 24 hours a little button called "Pay Principal Only" will appear on my online banking page. This means that the I can pay 10% of my mortgage amount off in one fell swoop. This of course will be followed by a happy dance and an excited call or e-mail to my parents so that they can join in the celebrations too. Until then let me list the things that I've come to realize about owning my own home:

  • There is a lot of fun and excitement to be had running around fixing stuff up. 
  • The best places in my house are out in the garden in the summer and down by my wood stove in the winter. 
  • Little by little the bird makes his (or her) nest. (Take the time and effort to make double-up payments each month. By themselves they look small but when added together they make a significant sum.) 
  • There is something really nice about coming home from a long vacation to house that you own. Because it is yours and (once all paid off) no one can take it from you unless you decide to sell. 
  • You get to have guests and be proud that the home you are showing them is something that you worked hard for. 
Do you want a list of cons? I didn't think so. (Plus I'm having a lot of trouble thinking of one.) Maybe that the house is kind of big when it's just you there. But I have a cat now, so it's all good.


  1. Congratulations on the one year anniversary of home ownership. I like the positive attitude you have about it. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the expense and hassle of home maintenance, but I have four cats, so it's all good. :)

    1. Cats make things so much better. While buying my home probably had a bit more emotion in it then it should have I've never regretted it.