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Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter

Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 10:56 AM
LilyFestre 01 Feb 12 - 11:03 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 11:05 AM
katlaughing 01 Feb 12 - 12:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 02:56 PM
LilyFestre 01 Feb 12 - 05:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 05:49 PM
LilyFestre 01 Feb 12 - 06:19 PM
wysiwyg 01 Feb 12 - 07:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 07:59 PM
LilyFestre 01 Feb 12 - 10:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 11:39 PM
wysiwyg 02 Feb 12 - 09:23 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Feb 12 - 11:07 AM
GUEST,leeneia 02 Feb 12 - 11:40 AM
GUEST,leeneia 02 Feb 12 - 11:47 AM
katlaughing 02 Feb 12 - 12:12 PM
wysiwyg 02 Feb 12 - 12:49 PM
Dorothy Parshall 02 Feb 12 - 06:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Feb 12 - 07:40 PM
GUEST,leeneia 03 Feb 12 - 12:01 PM
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Subject: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 10:56 AM

Here's the old thread.

We have a day or two shorter month ahead of us, but a one in four year event. What can we accomplish to make this a memorable Leap Year February?

Last year at this time we were preparing for an Arctic blast like is rarely seen in North Texas, this year I'm still mowing the lawn (after a summer of no mowing because it was a parched brown). I usually do more work in the house, but the weather is tempting me out of doors.

What does it look like where you are? Will you get a range of activities, or will it be mostly indoors? Give yourself a bridge to spring this month - order a seed catalog, start some plants in the window. Maybe you can bag up some of those papers you've been meaning to shred and use them for mulch in the garden come spring.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 11:03 AM

Down 2.8 pounds this week.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 11:05 AM

Kat, you mentioned having to pay a fee to LibraryThing once you had more than 200 books listed. How much do they charge? Do you think the system is amenable to setting up more than one account (I'm thinking of my personal book collection versus the books I consider part of my Dad's collection that may go live somewhere else one of these years). This comes under the heading of rearranging the stuff on the walls - and decluttering may happen along the way if I discover more duplicate volumes.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 12:59 PM

SRS, it was six dollars for a year. I don't remember how much for 2 to 3 years, but lifetime was only $25, which I will probably do sometime this year, or rather when my first year which I paid for expires.

I almost got my exercise by leaping over clutter on Monday. I had been to my girlfriend, the osteopath, where I had a wonderful hour and half session. That evening, I decided to try sitting on my yoga ball at my desk. I was reading to Morgan on the telephone, went down and didn't realize how much air it had lost. Roger was sitting across from me at the kitchen table and watched as the ball went out from under me, I fell back, hit my head on my office chair, and then fell flat on my back. I guess it looked pretty spectacular, it certainly felt like it. I had my Bluetooth on so I told Morgan I'd call him back, tossed it up on my desk and by that time of course Roger was over beside me.

In the past, I have been so weak, I've been unable to get myself up off the floor without more help than what Roger could provide. I thought that might be the case Monday night so called my daughter as I sat on the floor and asked her to send her husband over to help Roger and me. The good news is, by placing one knee on a pillow and one foot on the floor, with Rog lifting under one arm and me pulling up by holding the library table, I was able to get myself up! Up until then I had not cried from the shock or pain, but I did burst into tears of relief that I was finally strong enough to do that. It just showed me the past three weeks of eating right and sticking with my exercise had paid off. No more embarrassing calls to the fire brigade. ( we've only had to do that once when I fell and once when I couldn't make it to the car.)

Fortunately, my girlfriend had an opening on Tuesday, so I went back to her. She did a fantastic treatment on me, said I had a mild concussion and whiplash and advised rest for a couple of days. I did pretty well at doing that yesterday afternoon but didn't get a lot of sleep last night. Anyway, I am feeling better, don't have as many bruises as we'd expected, and am taking it easy.

I am determined to get one of those saddle chairs for my office, though!

Otherwise, we haven't done much around the house since Sunday. Morgan was over for supper on Monday and has been here each day before school. I have received more books in the mail, and have piles of books and other things which need to be packaged up, ready to be sent out to friends and family. I think that's the most decluttering I'll get to this week.

One other thing, we think my fall scared Luna. She huddled against the back door, just behind me after I fell. When I got back up we reassured her, but she would not leave my side. Ever since she's been with us, since last August, she has never wanted to spend the night in our room, no matter what we did to entice her. That night, she came in when I went to bed and wouldn't go out to her bed on the sofa. Roger brought in a scatter rug from the living room that she likes to lie on. She spent the whole night in our room on that night. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep, because no matter what I did, even just turning over in bed or coughing, I would hear the tip-tap of her toenails on the wooden floor and there she would be, right beside the bed checking up on me. I would have to reach out, pat her on the head so she'd know I was okay, then tip-tap back to the rug. She is so sweet.

Seeyasoon,

kat


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 02:56 PM

The dogs Poppy and Zeke hear my alarm go off each morning and stir as soon as it happens.

In order to hear them better during the night I leave my bedroom door open a crack with a laundry basket in front so Cinnamon stays in with me. I'm still keeping her separated from the others at night for a while - if Poppy growls at Zeke for getting rough, he backs off, and that's all that needs to happen. I don't need Cinnamon giving her a quick corrective chomp for telling Zeke he's out of bounds. Until we're able to resume a good daily walk schedule, I'll do this. Anyway, the alarm went off, I heard toenails, but didn't realize how many or how close until Zeke jumped up on top of me. Oooof! He was right back off the bed again, he knows he's not allowed up, but what a wake-up-call!

Anyway, it sounds like Luna is a good girl and is doing what she needs to in order to protect her human. Maybe some non-skid rugs around the bed would mean less toenail chatter.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 05:01 PM

Kat.....so glad you are ok!!!! And HOORAY to you for being able to get up..that's progress!!!!

Jeremiah is still not at 100% but he's been playing in a ray of sunshine for the last hour which is quite a switch from the clinging, weepy, coughing baby of this morning.

I managed to do a few loads of laundry, the dishes are done, toys WERE picked up. My goal for this month is to do a little at a time each day instead of setting large goals. Let's see how that goes.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 05:49 PM

toys WERE picked up

Michelle, have you done the "spoonful of sugar" routine and made putting toys away a game? I don't know if I ever was terribly successful, but when my kids were little we were in a tiny house and there were a lot of toys. When we started putting a bunch away and getting out some "new" again every so often, I think it got easier.

I agree with Michelle and should have said, Kat - congratulations on getting up on your own! Having to call the fire brigade, or thinking of JoyBell's story some years ago of collapse (before her corrective surgery) and the threat that Hildebrand was going to have to go get the wheelbarrow - there are some indignities you want to avoid if possible!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 06:19 PM

Jeremiah does help to put his toys away when asked to put things in his basket. Keep in mind that he is not yet 2 years old! I had put all the toys away earlier today as he had every single basket dumped and spread out between the kitchen and the living room which was crazy. Now he has maybe 1 full basket of stuff out and it's all in the living room...much more manageable.

I thought I was being all smart a month or so ago and stocked up on vacuum cleaner bags which in theory was a great idea. However...I pout the wrong ones. As soon as the baby is feeling better, I'll be taking him out with me to exchange the bags for the proper ones. I never thought I'd be saying this but I can't wait to vacuum! It makes SUCH a difference and right now our carpet is making me twitch.

I'm making salmon, basmati rice and steamed broccoli for dinner...what are the rest of you having? I'd be interested in seeing some other thoughts as I'm getting tired of making the same few things. I do have a collection of recipe books but it's much more interesting to me to see what people are REALLY eating for meals. :)

More laundry is going. I'm tuckered out from a few days of little to no sleep (hyper alert isn't sleep!). Since we know that Jeremiah has febrile seizures...I can't help but worry. I thought they only occurred when the body temperature rose too quickly but yesterday his doctor told me they can happen when the temperature drops too quickly too. I didn't know that.

I'll be paying bills later tonight and cleaning out one or two drawers of my nightstand.

Have a great night everybody!

Michelle

Have a great evening everybody!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 07:45 PM

OK, someone has to say it-- I will.

I leap over clutter every day on my way out the door! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 07:59 PM

I have some on the floor of my office that I step over that needs to be filed, not just elevated.

Michelle, I've been looking around and I have some basic ingredients and I could fix something but since it's payday I think I'll make a brief shopping trip then stop by my corner place and buy a gyro. I have some good yogurt here to use (they use a commercial cucumber sauce that isn't as good as just plain yogurt) and a glass of wine and maybe an apple after?

Probably on the weekend I'll be making some pizza crusts (very small) to partially bake then freeze and I'll make a batch of tortillas. I'm short of some of those things that help me build a meal around (get out a tortilla, fill it with a mix of beans or taco meat or chicken fajita, etc, and it's a quick meal. I can pull out the crusts and spread on olive oil and herbs and a little cheese, cut it into strips and serve focaccia bread as an appetizer or make a personal pizza. I need to pick up some spelt flour and see how well it works for some of these things - the carb hit isn't so bad, apparently, with other grains than it is white white or whole wheat flour.

I also have to pay bills - it's amazing how fast they declutter the bank account! I also have to lay out my paperwork for taxes. Yuck!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 10:06 PM

I've started something new this month. I've been accepted at Penn State and will be training to train others as part of the Master Well Owner Network. Organization absolutely will be stepped up around here and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 11:39 PM

I imagine there is more to it than keeping the well from freezing.

Headed to bed early, ending this by phone. I wouldn't want to use only this. Tedious.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 09:23 AM

Decluttered a trash bag of laundry from bedroom.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 11:07 AM

One thing about keeping a counter-surfer chocolate lab here at the house, I make sure my dishes are washed at the end of the day and the trash can is either up or has been emptied. He's keeping me on my housekeeping toes!

I pulled out some of my climbing hardware (carabiners, figure 8 used in rappelling, break bar, etc,) and am running the dog leashes through, working out how to keep the leashes at a set length but still being adjustable if I need to loosen the leads and re-arrange them. I took knots out of the leashes because the set lengths didn't work when I rearranged the dogs on either side of me. I'm working on getting my two to stop pulling - there is a way, I'm sure, but I haven't accomplished it yet. One thing I will do is get another Gentle Leader head collar for the pit bull - she hates it, but she does walk better with it.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 11:40 AM

Got my exercise yesterday by walking all the way across the parking lot to buy potato chips.

We de-cluttered the dining room table because tonight I am teaching a class on fretted dulcimer. (Four attendees so far.) Pray for me.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 11:47 AM

Somebody asked about the weather. Kansas City is having a beautiful day - sunny and 60 degrees. Tomorrow we expect rain and 45. I'm enjoying the strangely nice weather, but it's a relief to know that soon it will be more normal for February.

Though in Kansas City it's hard to define normal. I have seen winter (Jan - Feb) range from minus 25 to 70.

Yesterday was also nice, and I sprayed the roses to thwart thrips. Nasty little creatures! I'm feeling stuffed with virtue.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 12:12 PM

The fretted dulcimer classes sound interesting. I hope you get a lot more students, though it will be fortunate for the students if there are less...more attention?:-)

Meditation and qi gong this morning. One thing my doc friend and I noticed is my neck seems to have been whacked back into shape by my fall. I'll explain more on my alterkate blog as I mean to be more consistent in posting to it. I've neglected it far too long and I don't want to post so much of that kind of thing on here.

I am off to finish the final copy edit of PC and then submit it for e-book rendition!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 12:49 PM

PT per schedule. 6 weeks to go-- pushing more and more weights each week. Went to 6" step-ups today.

Ouchies! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 06:37 PM

Two weeks of no choc, no cookies and lot of veggies. No weight loss. Next step: cut out cheese.

An article on obesegens from Environmental Health News

A friend's raccoons, in Wisconsin, predicted a long winter. She says they are never wrong. In Canada, there were early spring predictions in Nova Scotia and a long winter in Quebec. Oh well. Today was in the low 20s and SUNNY!!

So off I went on non-icy streets to the market for more apples. The nice man at the apple booth had no seconds today but suggested I come back tomorrow afternoon. After a bit of other shopping, I came home and went upstairs to start a HOT bath and water the plants. There was last week's bag of apples just inside the door where I had left them to keep cold.

I'll do up another pot of stewed apples tonight. And go get more tomorrow because I said I would.

A long phone call with my rehab friend in NYS was a special treat today. We would love to visit again soon - when the weather is cooperative!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 07:40 PM

I was looking forward to a dog walk this afternoon, but it clouded over and drizzled with occasional storms. We'll try tomorrow, with the new leash and splitter (hook to two dogs then hook a leash to the middle ring.)

There is work around the house this evening. Nothing fancy, but stuff that needs doing.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 12:01 PM

Hi, Dorothy. I used to live in Wisconsin. Those raccoons are conducting a scam. Predicting a long winter in Wisconsin is as safe as predicting a hot summer in Florida, so tell your friend not to pay them.

The dulcimer class went pretty well, considering it was my first one. I had four students (good thing there were not more), and then said they appreciated it and had learned, although the amount of material was a little daunting.

I was unprepared for how hard it was to tune up. Most of the dulcimers had been sitting unplayed for a long time, and their strings were all over the map. The tuner couldn't cope, and the needle swung wildly to and fro when a string was plucked. I was getting pretty flustered, but the DH rallied round, analyzing which way to turn the knobs and taking some dulcies away for therapy in a quiet room.

We had fun. I could have done without the woman who said she would be 'a little late' and showed up one hour late for a two-hour class.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 12:25 PM

Gentle warm rain today, a nice lead into the weekend. It looks like tomorrow is my best bet for yard work, and the rain should end by then.

Several eBay items are listed, none exciting a great deal of attention. Time to find something different to put up.

I've been arranging a few things on a small table in the bedroom hallway intersection. A lamp, an interesting stone, a pretty little brass bowl, to create an artful spot. I mentioned last month that I moved a bookcase from that area. I'm thinking that I might actually prefer to mount a shelf in that hall under the mirror. The table is one of the old square top with legs attached near the middle of the top and splayed outward and has a lower shelf. Mine is this type, but smaller, the perfect size to hold a telephone. I also have a plug at about the same level as the one in this photo, and my little LED light shines on the shelf, not on the floor. I don't want someone kicking a leg accidentally and toppling it and I want the light to be more effective.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 01:42 PM

A reminder of why we love libraries (I think I'll start a separate thread for this also, but I'll give it to all of you first):

A friend sent this video made by her cousin for students at George Washington University. Enjoy!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 08:39 PM

Me again.

Yesterday I wore another pair of Clark's clogs (rubber sole, leather upper) and thought they looked pretty good, considering that the other slip-on pair I wore on Friday fell apart as I wore them. So this morning I again slipped on the second pair and they felt so lopsided - I took them off and both of the soles were crumbling! Two pair, probably bought 3 or 4 pairs ago (I usually have between 15-20 pairs of shoes at a time, according to weather, occasion, season, etc. so they don't get worn that often) both self-destructed this winter. Really odd.

The dogs and I went for a truly superior walk tonight. I fitted the pit bull with the new Gentle Leader head collar (yes, she pried it off once before the walk and got one foot hung up in it - so I snugged it up more) but they were so much more responsive to my request that they not pull! My two still aren't completely reformed, but we're working on it.

Tornado warning around here this evening. I'd have known it even if I didn't see it on the weather channel - the warm muggy weather tells me so. We're settled in - I picked more broccoli from the garden and will do a beef and broccoli stir fry. I saw my first daffodil, almost open, this evening in the yard. Spring isn't far away. Amazing how the time flies!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 11:20 PM

After a heated phone discussion with a young nurse who apparently thinks she knows more than the doctor, I took Jeremiah in to the doctor for the second time this week. His cough has gotten much worse and he has developed a wheeze. So...back to the doctors we went where they prescribed a nebulizer. Next fun was dealing with the insurance company. Finally got things straightened out and headed home where the medical supply company arrived 5 minutes later with the nebulizer and they showed me how to use it. There are 2 meds that require a longer treatment....16 minutes to be precise. Needless to say, Jeremiah HATES it (despite the cute fishy mask). He kicked and fussed the entire time and after the treatment was over, he was very snuggly...for about 30 seconds and is now the BING BING BING RICOCHET RABBIT!!! He is off the walls!!! You know what? I don't care as long as he can breathe more easily. :)

It has been a long day but I managed to get the dishes done, the table found, scripts picked up and dinner on the table.

Pete surprised me with some yummies from the store. I had asked him to pick up some water but he came home with water and then some! Grapes. Blueberries. Bagels fresh from the bakery. Cream cheese. Butter. Apples. YUM. YUM. YUM.

I haven't been able to get to the store this week because I don't want to take the baby out and while we have plenty of food, I was missing the fresh stuff!

Dinner here tonight was a teriyaki chicken stir fry. Yum. How about the rest of you...what was for dinner?


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 11:28 PM

Because you are all women I love, I want to share this...I think it is worth watching: What It Is & What It Isn't

Amen.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 11:49 PM

I watched that earlier today - it reminds me of the stages my Mom went through, and some of the things she had to say about what that kind of radical surgery and fear do to you.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 11:58 PM

<---lived it & have a 110% understanding


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 10:55 AM

Unpacked/sorted a large box and a laundry basket where linens had been set aside in our BR when MIL came to visit. Nice bunch of stuff:

<> 6 empty large trash bags buried in a box-- and I always need those up here!
<> Sm. round tablecloth for a small round table in our stairway, so I can take out the square one that is way too big.
<> Flannel to add width to a new king flannel sheet
<> 2 queen flats to rip down to squares
<> An electric bed-warmer to add to the attic dorm/hunters' room. Probably a twin, to add to the one of the twins now making up a daybed. (A heated daybed, yum!) If it's a double, I'll swap it for the electric blankie (a twin) now on the double bed.
<> Two crib sheets for the portacrib we keep here for emerg. visitors
<> Misc blue things that go in another room that is mostly all blues
<> Bedspread and a few sheets to add to the linen closet

Linen closet: Oh, look-- Hardi had added some lengths of sewing fabric. I added more, there is room for MORE.

===

Decluttered a vol. project someone else has screwed up.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 11:04 AM

First load of laundry is in, the sun is out for a nice winter day, and it's another weekend of way too much to do. I think I'll make a list.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 12:38 PM

Slept in. YAY!!!!!

Made breakfast of fresh bagels and fruit with my family.

Gave the baby his nebulizer treatment and rocked him to sleep.

Getting ready to go visit my nana in the nursing home who I haven't been able to see all week.

Going to do some much needed grocery shopping that has also been put on hold this week as I didn't want to take the baby out.

Daddy is staying home with the baby and I am thankful to have a little bit of time to myself.

In case you didn't know...today is WORLD CANCER DAY! Remembering those people who were taken far too early, praying for those currently in treatment and celebrating with other survivors and giving thanks for my life!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 12:38 AM

Lots of bed linens changed, a couple of loads of laundry washed. Wrote an article. I could have done more, but it didn't happen. Maybe tomorrow.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 10:25 AM

I am about to make juice and clean up the kitchen, plus do a couple of loads of laundry. Rog is off getting parts for our furnace which quit last night. Thankfully I noticed before it was too late in the night. He was able to jury-rig it to keep us warm overnight. I will do the dishes, too, since his day will be spent with the furnace and he has to go to work about 4p to be there to make sure there are no glitches in reception of the #@%^&*% Stupid Bowl. It's going to be a long day. I hope he gets a nap in, first.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 11:23 AM

Kat - we're on a roll - I also cleaned the kitchen this morning. I have a long shopping list to pick up today and having the counters clear makes unloading the pickup easier.

No interest in the Stupid Bowl, it's just another Sunday. :)

Decluttered the bank account with some bill paying, then decluttered some disks and files as I move backups around and get ready to save a backup to a DVD. I don't know if Susie's family goes to church so I'll wait till later till call - to see if we can set up a schedule for taking Zeke down to see her. Her son filled out a form so he can even go up to her room. I need to give him a bath, he's getting a little doggy smelling.

Need to do some work in the greenhouse today. I have asparagus coming up and some early daffodils, and I need to get seeds started for a couple of months from now. I have a heater set up in there, and I'll also put in a little fan to move warm air.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 12:17 PM

Afraid I have added to the clutter by purchasing little Italian Maquetry music box jewel table thing. Only 5 quid, but I really have no safe place to put it.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 12:20 PM

Fresh asparagus and daffodils? What could be better???? Pete said he thought he heard a robin singing this morning when he was out cutting wood!!!

A lovely breakfast of blueberries (that actually taste like summer blueberries!) and English muffin bread toasted. YUM. Orange coffee too. Yum. YUM. YUM.

I gave the baby his bath....the first one in over a week (doctors orders). His deep, congestive cough is almost gone and the runny nose is much more manageable. He has found his appetite and vocal cords (oh my). He is irritable and pitching fits today. It's better than weepy, sick cries so I'll take it.

I now have his cold.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 01:26 PM

Nothing like sharing with family members. On a happier note, you remind me of my intention to make blueberry muffins to take with me next time I see Susie.

Time to send something different to eBay, diversify, and maybe pull in more interest. The last batch was kind of a dud - or priced too high.

Muffins are baking so I'll scan a couple of things, post a quick listing, then when the muffins are cool I'll make my rounds. I wish it was warmer out. We're back to a wintery looking day.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 09:20 PM

Got a boatload of laundry done and put away. Got the access to a new online class all set up on the puder (I'm a participant not the teacher), so I will be all set to join them when it starts next Sunday evening.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 12:02 AM

Susie's son wants to pick up Zeke to take him over to stay at his house, and then to see Susie the next day. An overnight stay (his son, Susie's grandson, is also there). I'll make every effort to give them the practice in putting on his collar (this one works so much better than the old one) and practice walking him so they know how to keep him under control. Meanwhile, I got the hospital form that needs to be filled out 24-hours before each visit and I'll do that and take him down myself also, mostly to save her son the drive sometimes. She has another 3+ weeks in there, at least, hardly enough time to do all of the stuff he has to get done to make her house ready for her and take care of her business concerns. So much to do after this, and she still has so far to go.

Got some stuff done this weekend, about 3/4 of the shopping I needed to do, and the kitchen cleaned again. No gardening. This week it is a must.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 09:58 AM

Yesterday I decluttered the end of the road of snow, with some others, and ate very little (did include a few birthday chocs), and put on weight.

A planned meal out to celebrate my birthday last week is on hold - it wasn't much snow, but ice is forecast, and freezing fog, so driving a bit hazardous.

I have given myself a photo scanner and am digitising all my slides, moving on to prints, which is a nice indoorsy job, and involves ultimately storing the source material upstairs out of my study, thus releasing space down there for putting things out of the way so the table is free. I'm trying to save things in dated folders, but the developers did not always date the prints, so it's guesswork.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 09:59 AM

Cold day here today, but not cold like Pennsylvania or Colorado or Michigan. How's everyone doing?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 11:39 AM

It's chilly with a breeze in the 30s this morning.

Meditation and short bit of qi gong - 17 minutes. The whiplash is kicking up when I raise my arms over my head too much. Due for a treatment this afternoon. Can't wait. Low grade headache all week, worse if I "compute" for too long at a stretch.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 01:05 PM

Sick here with a chest cold...very congested...coughing, sneezing, dizzy and exhausted. I did dishes, a load of laundry an made 2 meals anyway as well as taking care of the wee one. He and I are both going to take a nap very soon.

I am absolutely drained and am looking forward to melting into my mattress.

Pete is working from home today so I might even get to do it sooner rather than later (oh please, please, please)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 02:07 PM

Michelle, how is your thyroid? Hope you get plenty fo rest, fluids, and TLC. You deserve it!

Rog was going to take today off. So far he's had to go in twice! The second time because Romney is in town and the news crew forgot how to set up the remote truck, plus his asst. somehow managed to take vacation just before Stupid Bowl. Arrgghhh!

Anyway, I've been finishing up final copy-editing of PC. I am on Chapter 25 and there are 31, so almost done. I hope to finish it by tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 02:59 PM

SRS, it's actually unusually warm here this week. Not warm like Texas, but warm for here. :~) SUNNY today!

I had to miss a pool visit today due to the trots, but am using the "make-legs-ache" rule of thumb to replace the aquatic activity with house chores in this big ole barn.

I've been up to attic dorm twice already today, with so much walking around beds up there that my knees are asking for drugs (nope!). Faulkner helped me put the bedwarmer on the daybed and make that up fresh with sheets and down comforters. I also sorted thru some boxed linens, which are stored up there for other setups the room sometimes has (such as the 3 twins that become 1 daybed and vice-versa). And I swapped out a thick, fragile, vintage item for an airy, synthetic fabric item-- where winter damp would love to breed some mold. Rearranged a few items, and brought down one I needed in my office which is up the OTHER set of stairs....

I DO wish that guests would honor the house rules, and at least pick up after themselves... there is always too much to do, to get it ready for the next guests-- next are a couple who may be here for a formal ministry internship and definitely for an informal one. One of them is the ministry intern and the other is the accompanying support person-- who will (by God and by golly) take a share of "keeping" that room!!! I plan to get it broom clean, and then let them borrow the vacuum cleaner! :~) Hey, they get free room and board on us-- not maid service!

But the last user left me with some damaged items to repair, darn it, beyond normal wear and tear. I'm especially surprised at some sharp broken plastic and discarded razor blades she left on the floor-- she had toddlers up there the last 4-5 weeks she was up there. ???

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: ClaireBear
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 04:24 PM

It seems chilly in northern California today, but I think it's mostly that I'm sick and can't get my feet warm. Martin's home sick in bed, which is where I wish I were -- but hey, someone has to work!

It's supposed to rain later, according to Weather Underground. Here's hoping! The car needs a good wash... and our hills need rain. Oodles of it.

On a happier note, I just sent a letter to my intentional community informing them of the beginning of the restoration phase of my housefire drama. That feels really good, even though the rest of me doesn't.

On the decluttering front, I am pleased to report that I am declaring myself a FORMER thrift-store-holic. I went into two of them this weekend and came away only with two books, both replacements for ones that burned in the fire. Several times in the couple of months since the fire, I've even gone in and come out with NOTHING! Nothing like living in an 11'x11' room to make you reassess whether you really need that extra whatever-it-is.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 10:20 PM

Kat,

   I won't know much about my thyroid for another 4 weeks or so. We did some readjusting and need to wait and see if that fixes the problem. I see the endocrinologist in about 10 days or so, then or a mammogram, port flush, blood work and oncology check up. And then.....my chemo partner and I are going to a day spa to celebrate our 2nd chemoversary!!!   I can't wait.

Manicure. Pedicure. Paraffin wax. Massage. Facial. Might have my eyebrows shaped...something I've never had done before...we'll see. I can't decide exactly what kind of massage I want. A foot massage sounds absolutely heavenly to me and a scalp massage too but then I love back massages.....oh the choices!!! :)

I have decided that from now on, after every single gyn/oncologist check up, I AM going to the day spa for one of the above as a treat! One of the more expensive options....can't go all out that often!!! Well...at least I never have before!!!

And ANNOUNCEMENT: My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer on the same date as my Relay For Life. We have decided to renew our vows at the Relay in the early evening!!   I am sooo excited about this! It's going to be a bit more than reciting vows but I'm not sure just what that something else will be. It's fun to think about and plan though!!! HOORAY!!

That's all for now.

Sweet dreams everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 01:20 AM

How sweet, Michelle! And as far as a massage or day at the spa, I don't care about the mani-pedi stuff or eyebrow shaping (I barely have any now as it is), but the massage I was given as a gift (1 hour from a neighbor whose computer I repaired) was wonderful and the most memorable part was the hot rocks. They are incredible. Ask if they have hot rocks. :)

Claire, I spent several months as a park ranger living in a travel trailer, and though the space was cramped, it was a wonderful experience. I wish I hadn't let my ex talk me into selling it - for casual trips or for using as a guest room, it was nice. A small space does make you decide what is necessary and though you may have some stuff stored in bins in odd corners, even that has to be useful stuff.

Susan, that sharp plastic and razors report is troubling. I hope she was just clearing out stuff she'd kept out of reach of the kiddos during her stay. If one has free rent it SEEMS to me an unspoken rule that one should leave the space either as one found it or in a little better shape, as a way of saying thank-you.

I spent nearly an hour on the phone with my most remote kiddo as he put together a CV (Curriculum Vitae) to use as a resume. I pointed out that he didn't probably have yet the kind of scholarly things a CV asks for, but it's not a bad start (keep it in a file with a list of classes, any papers published, conference attended, etc) and extract from it for a resume. That's what he really needs right now, but starting with the CV format isn't a bad idea. Businesses coming to campus to interview students - and the one tomorrow evening is the biggest of the big. It Gobogles the mind, so to speak. :)

SRS Don't you just love html?


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 09:53 AM

SRS, yes I DO Love HTML!

Susan, that sharp plastic and razors report is troubling. I hope she was just clearing out stuff she'd kept out of reach of the kiddos during her stay. If one has free rent it SEEMS to me an unspoken rule that one should leave the space either as one found it or in a little better shape, as a way of saying thank-you.

Thanks. Sometimes others' craziness seems so NORMAL. But it's NOT! :~)

===

Help Me Rhonda, I think we're gonna join the local Y.

===

None of the following will make any actual sense except to people who actually KNOW ME, and that's who it's posted for.

===

Now, CALORIES. Dagnabbit to heck, the wrong person has been in charge of these and I just woke up to it. New goal: cut them in the daylight hours-- feed the night otter.

===

CHAOS. I was raised in total chaos. Every morning I can get out of bed and even know who I am is a victory.

===

"May she go from strength to strength." And there is a handy PT appt due in an hour to put all that anger, YEEHAW!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 01:27 PM

Last night I set a pot of beans to soak and now they're simmering with a ham hock from the freezer and the first bay leaf I've picked from my own plant in the yard (planted in early 2011). Other freezer items to go in this pot will be peppers, tomatoes, tomato juice, coriander, and some venison sausage I save to use in beans.

SRS


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