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Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter

wysiwyg 07 Feb 12 - 01:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Feb 12 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,999 07 Feb 12 - 07:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Feb 12 - 12:55 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Feb 12 - 10:47 AM
LilyFestre 08 Feb 12 - 02:11 PM
katlaughing 08 Feb 12 - 08:17 PM
wysiwyg 08 Feb 12 - 10:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Feb 12 - 11:09 AM
Penny S. 09 Feb 12 - 11:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Feb 12 - 12:11 PM
katlaughing 09 Feb 12 - 12:16 PM
LilyFestre 09 Feb 12 - 01:19 PM
katlaughing 09 Feb 12 - 01:30 PM
katlaughing 09 Feb 12 - 05:35 PM
wysiwyg 09 Feb 12 - 08:12 PM
LilyFestre 09 Feb 12 - 09:10 PM
katlaughing 09 Feb 12 - 09:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Feb 12 - 02:02 AM
Penny S. 10 Feb 12 - 02:53 AM
katlaughing 10 Feb 12 - 11:22 AM
wysiwyg 10 Feb 12 - 12:20 PM
GUEST,leeneia 10 Feb 12 - 12:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Feb 12 - 04:07 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Feb 12 - 04:48 PM
Penny S. 10 Feb 12 - 04:59 PM
wysiwyg 10 Feb 12 - 08:41 PM
ragdall 11 Feb 12 - 01:01 AM
wysiwyg 11 Feb 12 - 07:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Feb 12 - 12:23 PM
wysiwyg 11 Feb 12 - 05:27 PM
LilyFestre 11 Feb 12 - 09:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 01:51 PM

[bleep]

Lost post-- but that DOES look like my Y!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 05:41 PM

Writing from the country! where, thanks to our good neighbour (and Bell), I now have internet. SO, having driven into the city with R this am, I turned around and came back because it is a beautiful day and so much nicer here with the big east facing windows looking into the trees. Lots of solar gain and good insulation makes this place very easy to heat and to keep warm.

I spent most of last week researching the effects of wind turbines: human health, environment, bats and birds, migrating birds, hydrogeology.... On the weekend, R and I talked with our neighbour - we are in cahoots -- visited area people, postered about the council meeting on Monday night ...

Went to the city Monday am and came back for the mtng, with a notebook of info and two page hand out. What a meeting! People were really ticked! Many were there because they had seen the posters or been called by friends who had, or visited by us. "We knew nothing..." " How come the council can send out a letter telling us how we must place our recycling bins but cannot tell us about a proposed wind farm!" Two hours of comments in French and/or English.

The only person in the audience (out of close to 40) who seemed to be in favour (said not a word!) was the one who owns a large part of the ecologically sensitive, and one of 20 in the world, sandstone pavement barren - an amazing ecological feature. R spoke about it and almost wept as he talked. As a geologist, he addressed the hydrogeology of the area and possible effect on the aquifer of 4-5 wind turbines being constructed there. He also noted the interesting - you would not allow 16 houses to be built on this land, zoned agriculture but are considering wind turbines?

At least 3 of these monsters are shown on the plan as being less than a km of us, two of them in the east where I watch the sun rise.

We had tea and snacks with our neighbour after the meeting to debrief and agreed to write letters to editor - his in French, mine in English. He had alerted the local paper and there was a reporter. YAY!

We went back to city this morning to R could get to work. I made up the bed there (washed sheets on Friday) and was back about noon. Have done the email thing, and written to a friend and had a hot bath. Will go back about 6:30. A lovely day.

Yesterday's push to get info ready - I ate junk. Today, broke two week choc fast - big time- and I feel blick! Back to veggie's and good stuff. Had broccoli and black bean sauce for lunch with sprinkle of grated cheese. Good start and yummie.

My brain is full of more info than I ever wanted to know!

We also went to an art show on Sunday - and picked up an old baby walker, I think it is, for the raccoon friends. They LOVE kids toys! They have the mentality of 2-3 year old human kids.

Speaking of libraries: I have to visit at least every two weeks, go through at least 4 novels and whatever other interesting books I can find in English. What would I do without?


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 07:03 PM

Good for you and R, Dorothy. I'm presently looking into fracking in this area. When I find out anything, I'll keep you in the loop.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 12:55 AM

We are gonners here in Texas. They've been putting up windmills and have been fracking for a while now.

Made a big pot of beans, the kind of meal that makes me think back and thank my past self for saving all of the great ingredients. Tomatoes, poblano peppers, herbs, all came from the garden. Venison sausage came from my next door neighbor.

The sink has been cleared out, I'll run the dishwasher tomorrow. Paper still piling up in my office.

I washed Zeke this evening - he doesn't really like baths, for all that he's a Labrador retriever. He prefers open water, pools, wading pools, not bathtubs and shower heads on a hose. We both got a bath in the process.

For exercise got a couple of dog walks in today. For other good intentions, I handed an eBay box over to the postal carrier today.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 10:47 AM

Looks like everyone is moving forward, I'm looking forward to a few facebook photos when you have the time, Claire and Maryanne. Andrea, do you have any more progress to report or are you waiting till spring to do yard and garden stuff? Isn't there something more to be built out there?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 02:11 PM

If making the bed, straitening the blankets on my chair, picking up gobs of used Kleenex off the floor every hour or so, putting the lid on the Vick's after every use and covering my mouth when I cough count towards leaping over clutter, I'm all over it today!!!

OK...some laundry done as well. Three trips of stuff went up into my office/in the works playroom and toys have been picked up too. I got the vacuum out, used it. I took it apart as much as I could to see what was keeping it from working, put it back together only to find I made it worse.

And now, I shall sit in my jammies and watch the snow come down. A shower is in the works in a little bit. I am sick. I am exhausted. I am taking a break!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 08:17 PM

meditation yesterday and this morning

Spent about two hours working with my brother on his business FB page and Soundclick VIP page...tedious and a pain in the whiplash, but felt good to get it done

Made a big pot of veggie soup from the first soup recipe I got from jointhereboot.com.

It's been busy around here. I am working almost eight hours a day on my stuff, my brother's stuff, and answering emails, etc. plus Morgan's been over almost every morn before school, so breakfast with him and reading with him every evening for about thirty minutes. He's so special. Always wants me to end each night with two lullabies, our thanks giving and the "positive" word for the next day. It's like balm to my heart, sharing such with him.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 10:24 PM

Big Day on personal program today-- new bus driver. Scrip from doc for Y after PT discharge. Weird emergency pastoral matter today via cellfone.

Sister back in hospital, this time 'way out in Californy. :~| Found out son plans a trip out there (I knew that part), by TRAIN so he can PREVIEW it for me accessibilty-wise!!!!!!!! (Who raised that one? I have no idea.)

Decluttered.... oh yes, some files off the old Gateway (it worked today!!!) at a too-early hour so I can email them via the working modem to the requestor.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 11:09 AM

I may have mentioned the train. My mother loved traveling by train, she also got sick as a dog on one trip from food poisoning in the dining car. After that she was very careful and also carried along a number of non-perishable foods for just in case.

I shared this on facebook, but for those who don't use that application, here is a TED talk about the food supply that everyone should listen to. With no distractions. It's really important, and though many of us have known there are problems, that processed food isn't healthy, this looks into the science of what is going into the processed foods - and that Europe has managed to reject these modifications. So why hasn't the US? It's way past time to have a healthy food supply. Chalk this up to "accountability" in choosing healthy foods for your weight loss goals, or in the "declutter" compartment when trying to get this junk out of our diets and bodies. Either way, it's helpful.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 11:43 AM

I have, finally, sorted through the last paperwork from the flats I've left, put it into neat folders and files, copied computer files to a CD, and put the whole lot, with my forms removing me from the bank signatories and Companies House records as director and secretary, in a box to deliver this evening to someone there to take it over, so I am completely finished.

Rather naughtily, I left in the note I printed out and never distributed telling the rogue director roughly what I thought of his behaviour. I did not include the version, still unwritten, which might have been channelling 'Spaw. That remains until I have, possibly, visited Companies House some time when I go to Wales to my niece's, to find out if they have something from him on file about me.

I can't celebrate properly, though. My weight plateau is turning upwards for no apparent reason. So no icecream, no chocolate, no cake.

And then, when I have got rid of the box, I have a new committee meeting this evening, at the new place. Glutton for punishment, me.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 12:11 PM

I think over the months you've referred to this, but I forget how it started, Penny? Sounds like you've wrapped up an aggravation, at any rate.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 12:16 PM

meditation and qi gong thi morning


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 01:19 PM

I did some absolutely necessary shopping this morning. Cold meds, Vick's Vapor Rub, cough drops, seriously wonderful tissue for my vaseline smeared red, chapped nose, an easy breezy supper which requires nothing more from me than throwing it in the oven.

The house is quiet. The babe is being taken care of. I am loaded up with cold meds, a comfy chair in the sunshine, a cat sleeping beside me, lots of water within reach and I am about to take a very long, much needed nap.

Oh yeah. It is time to do some serious ass kicking of this cold.

Sweet afternoon dreams everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 01:30 PM

Sweet dreams, Michelle.

I wrote to the pulmonologist-friend-doc who moved to the eastern slope of CO telling him about the juicing I am doing as a result of watching the docu, Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. He is pleased and also highly recommends any and all who are interested in good health watch another one, available at Netflix, too, called Forks Over Knives. I see there is also a follow-up The Engine 3 Kitchen Rescue.

Forks and Knives starts out with quick bits of depressing and frightening stats, etc. on the rapid growth (no pun intended) of Americans and all of the medical problems which result. Hang in there, though, because it gets lots better with some great info, etc. A lot of stuff we all know, but, like FS&ND, it offers practical ways to change things around.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 05:35 PM

Did it! Just finished the final edit of Prairie Child - A Novel Memoir. I will submit it for creation as an e-book, first, by the weekend. It usually takes about a month or so for them to crank it out and distribute it. Now on to the next one, On Garfield Creek - Touchstones of Our Past.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 08:12 PM

Brutal day. Decluttered a fellow band member's mind of a boatload of grief. I was not in the best shape to receive it.... for me, it was like downshifting a Ferrari in a too-tight, fast turn while double clutching to avoid sliding downhill.

Second Y visit today with another take on their trainer dude. Looking better and better. Plan forming. Fit into more of their machines than I anticipated, so great.

Sis has had labs, PET and CT scans on the overnighter plan. Important results may be tomorrow, lot of peeps to coord info for/with. Very busy.

Picked up cinder blocks to make FRONT steps as accessible as the back porch steps. Lot of yard walking this AM.

Have not slept well for several days now, strokebrain all FUBAR. New supplement-- DHA. Pharmacy only had prenatal version so I guess I am having someone's baby now. Bedtime meds shortly!!!


Nightio,

~Susan
(BIIIIIIIte me)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 09:10 PM

Well, no nap happened here. I ended up on the phone with our state representative and a few other agencies regarding policies and guidelines for the Family Caregivers Support Act, HS 210 to see what kinds of programs my nana will qualify for when discharged from the nursing home. I got a lot of information after wading through some people who really have no idea what their job is. Next step is to see what results come in from neurology and such.

It's a process that my mom and aunt had no idea even existed. It feels really good to have the *You did good* stamp of approval from them both. YAY.

I thought the baby was on the track to being well but he is uber clingy tonight, won't eat...not even ice cream. He did drink a bottle but that's not his usual MO. His temperature has gone up as well so now I will be a slave to the video monitor all night watching for seizures.

I am sick myself. This will pass. It will all pass.

In the meantime, if any of you have a cold with a constantly running nose, I'd like to share that Kleenex brand tissue has a pop up box of tissues called Cool Touch...a little pricey but ohhhhh myyyy...it's like a silky kiss on my very raw, red nose. Well worth the extra cash.

I have also joined the Y but will not start there officially until my cold is gone. Kinda hard to get your body rockin' when you can't breathe fully....plus, I don't want anyone else to catch my bug.

Michelle


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

Michelle, the Simply Saline spray really helps with running nose. I get the kind that's in a pressurised can which keeps it sterile.

Boy! We're watching Forks Over Knives. Some very important info on scientific studies on the correlation between food and most illnesses which kill us, esp. cardiac problems and cancer. Really glad my doc recommended it.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 02:02 AM

I did a little today, but I'm bushed. Tomorrow is Friday, so I'll either have something to report, or something to look forward to on the weekend!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 02:53 AM

I'm not going to revisit the neighbour trouble. I think they genuinely believed that I was extinguishing their rights, and that any means (short of actually paying for legal advice and solicitor's letter) was justified in getting them. Living in a solipsist universe.

After handing over all the paperwork, I had a mysterious text from the person I handed them to, completely meaningless to me, apart from crying out for me to notify the other neighbour, who also doesn't want to be involved in running the place, of something. Not My Problem!

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 11:22 AM

Meditation and qi gong this morning.

We've also taken all of the trash out...it's collection day. Next to last hand therapy today, plus coumadin clinic and a few errands. We're also going to strip the bedclothes and remake it with fresh, clean sheets. By tomorrow, I hope to have all of our clean clothes put away.

kat


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

We're preventively decluttering our annual vacation plan, with a bunch of new activities-to-consider/research pushing out the less-active, boring stuff to which I am no longer relegated!

#1 son sent me a neat blog entry he found online, that's purty hilarious, so enjoy: http://jangosteve.com/post/380926251/no-one-knows-what-theyre-doing

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 12:38 PM

Hi, LilyFestre. I hope you and the baby get well soon.

Did y'all happen to notice a recent link which showed - 5 beautiful people 5 - playing the same guitar? It was cute, but what I noticed was how deadly earnest they are. Not a smile, not even a twinkle of the eye for as long as I could stand to watch. Then a couple of attractive, healthy, well-nourished white males squinched up their faces and sang about how miserable their lives are. (not that I can understand the words, but we can tell.)

They took turns, of course, because being 25, they don't know how to sing together.

Man, I'm tired of earnestness. Everything is so damn earnest today. Music, home decor, TV shows, sports...

So I'm learning "The Blue Skirt Waltz" and "The Band Played On." If you go to YouTube and enter "Blue Skirt Waltz" you can actually see old TV shows with people singing, dancing and having fun. When was that last on TV?


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 04:07 PM

Getting ready for the weekend, trying to finish various chores so they don't carry over.

Penny, sounds like that is the kind of paperwork you want to hand over then brush off your hands. Hopefully that is the end of it.

Michelle, are you feeling any better today? If I have a raw nose like that I use a stick of chapstick on the skin around and even into the nose a bit - it really helps. Vaseline also works, a very light coating.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 04:48 PM

Off to the country soon. First pick up a TV found on Craigslist Free and only ten minutes away. The guy won't be home until 5:30. Then whip down to cafe in hopes of getting a seat because this group is SO terrific.

Did not do much all week. Seriously processing this wind turbine problem. And doing more research. Wrote and sent letter to newspaper. Did not even grocery shop until this morning. The first day I've felt like bothering. I did walk to the library this week.

Find putting green tea back in has settled blood sugar. HAd one day when I went beserk with choc and too many cookies but back to being very low on choc and almost no cookies. Finding a sort of digestive satisfies me with less sugar and only two or three are usually plenty.

Hear there is a petition at the post office about the wind farm. Check it out sign it, see who started it and how we can get the most possible signatures.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 04:59 PM

Today I decided to start the solar panel plan. I couldn't raise anyone at the roofing firm, because someone is in hospital - and it wasn't clear whether the son mentioned wasa child or the man-, and some sort of garbled conversation at the electrical number that kept breaking up. No-one called back. I'll have to try again. I have to get in a pitch to the village association for permission by Wednesday, or it will be too late because of the government changes in fitting the things.

Problems.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 08:41 PM

The cinderblock step improvements out front are DONE, and I love the new size blocks I used. I will no longer have to be on the phone with someone when I'm home alone to be sure I am safe on these awful steps we've ignored since 1994-- hmmmm.... $20 bucks worth of joy and safety vs. $100+ for a metal ramp, and TBTG and PT I can STEP UP and STEP DOWN with the right height steps to check the mail and take out my own trash. I unloaded and placed most of them before I crapped out and Hardi finished it off. A nice detail by the front door-- the square pattern I laid them in left a 6" sq. hole in the middle-- dangerous. I had wood scrap from the Mennonites' porch repairs right there, including a 6" cube left they'd sawed off a 20' post. It fit like a glove!!!

I plan to fill some huge pots we got via FC with concrete, and sink posts in them for a handrail, with flowers on top. Front and back steps, for all 3 entries.


We picked up fabric trim to make the desk skirt PRETTY-- 3 yards/a buck!!! The pattern evokes a favorite wallpaper in another house I once rented.

~S~


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

In April, Mr. rags and I will have survived 30 years together. Looking forward to that occasion has made me realize that 30 years of accumulated everything, tucked here and there is at least 20 years too much stuff. I began shredding old financial documents.

Strangely, the oldest in the only box I found date back to 2001. Somewhere there are 19 more years of files. My search took me up to the dreaded roof space where they may be tucked away behind piles of more recent items. The shredding was abandoned. I'm now in "empty the attic" mode. It was hard, but I flattened a large portion of my "dandy little boxes that will be perfect for something someday" collection. This morning I put them into a skip at a neighbourhood recycling collection site. Tonight's task is to look through a box of exceptionally beautiful calendar pictures and either commit them to the recycling track, or find someone who will appreciate them. -- surely my son's classroom walls would look much better with some of these photos hanging there?-- The remainder of the box contents are files which I'm hoping I will no longer care about.

Disposing of the paper items will be my easiest challenge. After that is completed, there are boxes of dishes, glassware, decorative items, biscuit tins, and camping supplies which I will have to lug down a ladder before I can bid them farewell. I'm afraid that the memories that live in each object will make it difficult for me to want to give any of it up.

A peek around the roof space last evening: http://flickr.com/gp/diffuse/p44246/
My goal is to shift as much of it as possible elsewhere before April. A wonderful 30th anniversary present to myself would be a house with as little in it as there was 30 years ago.   

rags


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 07:12 AM

Well, rags, you have a LOT of open space there to work in-- so I KNOW you can do it!

===

I think I forgot to post that the doc-appt of Wednesday included a whole new calorie regimen for the next 3 weeks, and it's... brutal, with a whole new set of flashbacks to process. I'd have preferred not to add it to the stress of current fam health crises, but apparently PT progress has brought me to this opportunity to avoid my own next health crisis-- with this painful but healing strategy we decided was next up. Good thoughts and prayers will be appreciated, 'nuff said.

~S~


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

It was hard, but I flattened a large portion of my "dandy little boxes that will be perfect for something someday" collection.

Oh, dear. I'm not alone. I have that disease also. They're the boxes in my eBay area of the sun room and spilled onto the couch in my son's bedroom. rags, that's a good looking attic. Mine is built with trusses instead of joists, so while it can support some stuff like empty boxes, it isn't meant for flooring and major storage. One of these days I plan to get some of this stuff to put up there. It would make wiring and such much easier.

The wifi system in the house is acting up - my phone keeps going into the locked mode (I have a app that lets the phone stay unlocked as long as I'm in my "home" network - if I buy the app then I could add other networks, but for now, this is fine. As long as my wifi works.) Looks like I need to do a little troubleshooting. Could be the phone, could be the router. Darn.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 05:27 PM

Oh, dear. I'm not alone. I have that disease also. They're the boxes....

Good news! Unlike lombosis, this disease is never fatal and has a one-day quick-cure. You just need to picture them as flat files to file by size, and keep a few not-too-deep boxes intact to be their file holders. I cured my outbreak exactly that way, plus all the padded mailers Mudcatters keep sending all those CDs in. (If you prefer you can string them overhead as giant mobiles-- but that's a different craft.)

You need to first calculate how many of these boxes, empty file folders, empty mailers, colorful post-its with cute cartoons, pretty gift boxes...... see I really did have this one too-- how many you actually used last year. No pencil needed-- a quick ballpark estimate will probably be pretty accurate.

RECYCLE the rest (scan the cartoons of you must)-- and store the ones you KNOW you will use....

Not the ones you HOPE you will use.


It's a much bigger problem: "preferring the hope to the reality." It cuts across all behaviors, not just clutter.


If desperate, simply arrange Skype support. I'm about to do that for workout buddies myself. OH yeah. I can auction off 50 pounds of prime fat right now, via Skype. Say "Whaaaaaaat??????" FB friends will know what I mean because I will roll it out quite soon now. Probably the next time someone pisses me off on a Friday. Haven't chosen the auction's beneficiary yet.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 09:26 PM

Well, the babe and I are both still sick. He has a temp of 101.1 and mine isn't far behind. Deep icky coughs, sore throats, raw noses, very thirsty. My abdomen muscles and ribs are sore from so much coughing...wakes me up during the night too. He also has a double ear infection. So...my end table and kitchen counter look like something that belongs to an elderly woman. Tissues. Used tissues (gets cleared each time I get up), saline nose sprays...one for each of us, a nebulizer with two meds, a honey elixor, Infant Advil (for fever and reduction of inflammation of incoming rear teeth), chapstick, vaseline, vick's vapor rub. Pete made us some wonderful homemade chicken vegetable soup and has just brought a steaming cup of lemon tea over to me. I am snuggled up in one of my most favorite blankets while Daddy shares monster truck videos with Jeremiah who is hacking away. Nebulizer time comes soon. I hate to do it. He hates it despite being able to play a bit with the mask, tubing and power switch. However, it DOES help him so I just have to hug him tight, sing softly and reassure him that he's ok.

As far as doing anything here. Forget it. I took a shower this morning and was absolutely drained.

We had family plans to attend the annual Winter Bluegrass Festival tonight but between the baby and I and the icky roads (first real winter day of the year I think)....we all stayed in. I napped with the baby in my arms late this afternoon...that was good for both of us.

I really don't have any other news. I have 2 days of back to back check ups next week with endocrinology people, a mammogram, port stuff and a check up with my oncologist. If I'm still sick, I'm gonna tell him to please put me in the hospital so I can get better...I'm tired of this already. And today is the first real day that I've done nothing. No cooking. No laundry. No sweeping. No managing the fire in the woodstove, no diaper changing (Daddy did all of that)....nothing. I just sit here and cough. And cough. And cough.

I have high hopes of getting to the YMCA next week...even if it's just to walk a bit. I've signed up for classes and a trainer but those require clear lungs...which I currently do not have.

Blah. Blah. Blah.   It's just a cold. A freaking miserable, suck the energy out of you, wake you up coughing kind of cold.

Michelle who is almost out of the good kind of Kleenex..NOOOO!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 10:19 PM

And to add to the fun, my mom just called me to inform me that my nana, who lives in a nearby nursing home as of recently....was unresponsive for a nurse so she has been taken to the ER via ambulance. Nana is alert now but with obvious issues...stroke? TIA? We don't know yet. My mom is with her and I am about 30 miles away...comtemplating going to be with her so she's not alone. The roads, however, are currently in poor shape and she has told me to stay home.

Jeremiah and I both did an albuterol treatment and I am now wired. No worry about falling asleep on the way over.....

Also, 4 years ago (on the 12th), my grandfather passed away. I'm sure this is weighing heavily on Nana and my mom's mind. Coincidence? I don't know. Given the chance to leave this world and be with Pappy, I know she would let go easily. She misses him terribly and I can't say that I blame her.

Goodnight all.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 11:18 PM

Sixes and sevens this weekend, apparently. Busy afternoon and evening. And I've started some new stuff on eBay.

SRS


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

Michelle, sorry to hear about your nana, but I agree with your mom about staying put. It doesn't sound as though you are in any kind of condition to go anywhere and you have to take care of yourself (I know you know this:-) before you can take care of others. Sounds as though your body is trying to get you to slow down a bit, in any way that it can, besides just it being the season for such nasty colds to be passed around. It's good to hear you did nothing today except the treatments and napping with your babe in arms. That's good medicine!

luvyakat

It's been busy, here. We did a lot of errands, yesterday, and did get clean sheets on the bed last night. Had Morgan over for about five hours, today. We played Uno and Canasta and we also went to the branch library. He checked out several books, then we came home for lunch and more card games. It was a blast. he wants to do it again, tomorrow, and has even offered to help clean.

I did get my qi gong done, today and a couple of loads of laundry.


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

Drat this cold weather - makes it harder to approach the garden work. It looks like mid-week should be more comfortable again. I have a huge bale of hay to get started with the mulch approach, but I have to get rid of initial weeds first.

I have another item ready to list on eBay. One of those sets I don't want to keep is an 1870s- 80s set of china. Semi-vitreous means they can absorb moisture and with a crazed surface they do. I figure collectors trying to complete sets might be interested. I put myself on the registry of one of the places that sells replacement pieces and they'll contact me if they develop a number of folks wanting the Mercer Waldorf pattern. Yesterday I listed a small serving platter and today I have a small tureen ready to go.

Laundry is in, doing a couple of delicate loads first, things that will hang or lay flat to dry. I need to sweep and vacuum. Dogs in the house more this winter has generated a few windrows of dog hair in the halls and living room.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 11:51 AM

Think I have the calorie plan finally coming into view, that might actually WORK for this crazy clergy schedule. Duh, it felt like I was 2 people, and I am and will eat accordingly. I AM eating for 2, but they are both in one body/24 hour time period and each gets a shift to eat for. If I were diabetic, I'd have gotten all this via nurse ed. I'm not.

Have added preferred calorie count to fone alarms so I can do what I told myself to do.

Liking that DHA!

Was out of one BP med so took the bad one in a higher dose for a few days, but am now back on the right mix and the bad one is clearing quickly.

===

I've been setting up eldercare planning for my mom the same way Hardi and I do with parishioners' families. We found that missing third party coordinator among extended family members-- the Californy fam who is caring for Mom now has no clergypeeps/social svcs peeps involved. We have equipped all parties now with the best text available on levels of care/fam decision-making etc.... . They will all have had it to read/reference by the time my adult son arrives to proxy for me when the fam mtg for my mom happens in March.

That "third" person-- not pt., not fam, not profit-minded facility rep-- is really important for the elderperson to get the best care. TBTG we have great ones here in the local Area Agency on Aging! They know to raise the important questions not being covered, as we've seen with our band's founder... it's tricky networking-in the Californy counterparts from this coast!

~S~
PS
http://www.amazon.com/Stages-Senior-Care-Step-Step/dp/0071621091


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 03:24 PM

Decluttering photos from the camera this afternoon and finished that second china listing. I put it in two categories to see if that brings more eyes. A search by itself on the name would make one category enough, but for someone browsing types and not names, this should be better.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 07:53 PM

Good luck with that, SRS.

Morgan came over and did help to clean. He swept and ran the vacuum a little bit, then drew pictures and played with the dog. I got all of the laundry folded and put away, save three loads which will be finished by tomorrow morning. Rog finished the vacuuming and mopped, at least the high spots. I went around after and got the to-me-obvious-spots he missed.:-)

I also cleared off my desk and organised all of the mail which has been getting stuffed into a pull-out basket on a rolling rack I have by my desk.

Got my new office chair on Friday - a saddle chair. It does keep me from slumping and I think will be good for my back and hips, etc. but it will take some getting used to it. I'm a bit sore today from sitting in it for too long last night. Morgan loves it.:-)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 12:25 AM

It's 12:13am and I am sitting in my nana's hospital room while she FINALLY is resting peacefully. The diagnostics today are far worse than what they had initially thought last night.

My mom and I are here for the night...not sure what's going to happen.

Today I drove about 130 miles between back and forth, getting this and that, going to the hospital, going home, back to the hospital, etc.

I did some gathering of medical paperwork for my Nana. I also did some stepping in for my nana this evening. There was a nurse who was handling her MUCH too roughly and shouting at her. My nana is 89 years old, her body doesn't move freely on a good day. I asked the nurse to please more gentle and she snarled at me.

Oh Really? Miss Michelle doesn't back down like she used to and I stood my ground (with 4 other medical people standing just watching and my mom also watching). If looks could have killed, I'd be on the floor and in the ground already but fortunately for me...they don't kill and they don't phase me either. Another nurse stepped in and GENTLY finished what was going on. I had immediate words with the supervisor and later her doctor. That particular nurse will NOT be *taking care* of my Nana. She shouldn't be taking care of anyone as far as I'm concerned.    I want compassionate care for my nana, it's what ever single person in any medical facility deserves and I'll be damned if I'm going to stand by and watch anything less than compassionate go on.

Regarding the local area agency on aging....yes...there are some superb people there that are well equipped to help with making far away plans for a loved one. There are others there who really shouldn't be. Sounds like you got a good one. I did too...after making a call to the local state representative office and hen the supervisor at the agency. :)

Gotta do what you gotta do to see that the ones you love and who can't really tend to themselves (on different levels) get proper care.

*sipping my coffee, looking over at my Nana who is connected to all kinds of machinery and knowing that I did the right thing*

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: ragdall
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 04:54 AM

Michelle,
I'm sorry to hear about your Nana. With you watching over her, I'm sure that she is now getting the best care possible. It must be a great comfort to your mom, having you there.

SRS,
That flooring system looks very handy. The "floor" in my roof space is pieced together from the good parts of the plywood that I salvaged when I removed and replaced the surface of my sun deck.

Susan,
I know that you're right. I used nothing last year because I did nothing. Therefore all boxes should go. I need to let go gradually, I'm afraid. This round, I targeted boxes that held computer peripherals and those that part of my doll collection came in. It was hard to let the doll boxes go after keeping them for 30+ years as "collectors items". For the time being, I will keep the boxes for one brand.

I recycled all my nature calendars with the bird paintings by prominent artists and the gorgeous photos of birds and wildflowers, (sigh), followed by correspondence I was keeping from family members and friends -- lots of memories as I glanced through those.

All my notes and mailings from my time as an Ecological Reserve Warden, and field notes from bird nest record studies are gone forever now too. I'm a little sad that there will be no record of the things that I've done and the small contributions I've made to natural history here over the years.

My 8 foot high ladder is outside in the rain. I'll have to wait for it to dry before bringing it in to climb up into the roof-cave for another load. My university notes and assignments are 15 years old already so I guess they should go to the top of the hit list for the next round?

rags


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 07:31 AM

rags, yes, of course, you will need to move at your own pace. This might help when you are ready: a set of .jpeg's of your treasures makes a GREAT screensaver in Windows. Example: when I set up my Super Closet, I took an afternoon or so and did a photo-shoot of the outfits the contents comprised. (Nice pix as for Ebay, but for ME.)

That made it a lot easier, later, to purge the actual items as they wore out. The last to go were scraps cut from them during alterations, and when I pawed thru the scrap bag-- no room for the size it had assumed-- I kept a small fraction and am donating the rest to a quilter. I think of this process like a funnel-- which gets narrower as it points to the receptacle it will fill?

This decluttering for me, has evolved to where I can jump in the van on 10 minutes' notice and rush off to opportunities as they arise, including clothes for an overnighter for long-distance consulting spots. Thinks midwife-type readiness, except add in a full suite of comfy digs to camp in overnight.

As always, YMMV and we all learn from one another here.

A new ministry contact BTW is a priest and home organizer, who has made not only a biz out of declut consulting but also a ministry to hoarders in her area, after a housefire where she lost house and barn (no critters/hoomins TBTG).

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 01:11 PM

meditation and qi gong this morning, plus packaging up six books in three packages to be sent out, one of them with a just made CD. Plus, three CDs of my Aunt Helen's oral history, stuffed in envelopes, with a sympathy letter to each of her children. I've been meaning to do that for ages. She passed away last month. So, there's a stack of mail to go to the post office when Rog comes home for lunch.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 02:46 PM

I put a couple of pieces of the Mercer Waldorf china on eBay, unusual pieces as bait to draw attention to the type. The small tureen has bids now, and the small platter has watchers, so that has done the trick. I'll try to keep a steady trickle of these up and hopefully move them out of the dining room cupboard.

rags, that flooring system would make my attic a lot better looking and not just tidy. I'll probably buy segments a few at a time and build outward from the attic entrance. It's light enough that it wouldn't affect the rest of the house (putting a whole floor on trusses would cause structural problems because of the weight, but these lightweight panels don't present the same problem as heavy planks.)

Michelle, you have to be the advocate for your Nana, so more power to you. Kat, sounds like you're getting back up to speed in spending time with Morgan - I tend to take that as a measure of your health and comfort, vs times when you had to limit your activities because you didn't have the energy. This Morgan Scale looks like a sound one!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 04:02 PM

Made a new non-church friend in the pool today-- Purple Pat. Similar public school leadership experiences, yay! Spirituality a good fit too. We are two of the 6-7 women coaching an employee there on Life After Abuse, and found ourselves coming from he same page so much that we just had to get acquainted.

My Californy fam is now into the routine of my calling my mom each week, ending a long estrangement caused by toxicity. We talked today about the exercise videos #1 son is bringing to do with her, so she can do assigned exercises in her preferred environment. It was extra fun that sis connected us while I was towel-wrapped after 2 hours of pooltime, in the locker room, which lent a little more credibility to the videos I was describing to mom! And she was able to recall a silly play-exercise we used to do with our fingers, to understand how really BASIC the videos are. She wants her strength back and I have the tools right here.

It so neat to be able to put to her service the tools I learned from helping to care for Hardi's dad as well as our older parishioners.


More hospital testing for sis tomorrow-- prayers welcome.

~Susan/BiIIIIIIte Me


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 05:27 PM

Thanks, SRS. Yes, it does have to do with my energy levels and abilities, but also that his (step)dad, who is a cement finisher, has had steady work throughout the winter, which is unusual, mostly due to weather, so we get him early mornings before school which is a very nice way to start our day, all three of us, as Roger drives him to school.

It also has to do with my getting a full face mask for the BiPap machine as I seem to be a mouth breather and was not getting the full benefit of the machine, at night. I've been sleeping longer, more deeply, and more comfortably since using the mask. I am, though, going to try going back to the nasal "pillow" I was using and adding a chin strap. It would be more comfortable. The mask is okay, but I cannot scratch my nose (outside!)or clear my throat from allergy phlegm without taking the whole mask off, then having to strap it back on and it is not the easiest to get situated with no leaks. The real "miracle" I've noticed since using the mask is waking up with virtually no pain in my muscles and tendons. THAT had been going on for so long, I now wonder what if we had known years ago about sleep apnea and treated? But, here we are now and I am gratefull for what has been done. I don't feel decrepit and arthritic(none has been shown in xrays, but it sure felt like it and was misdiagnosed years ago) any more!

I like the "Morgan Meter!":-)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 05:45 PM

Oh, that TV. Arghhhh! It is HUGE and HEAVY and the young lad lived on the second floor with a worse than typical Montreal outside stairs - so steep it was almost like a ladder. The reason he was giving it away was so h did not have to carry it down and put it on the sidewalk. I looked at it and the stairs and announced they were terrifying. Don't know that I have ever said that before. This very slight man and his even tinier girl friend started down - one step and YAY! a man came along who had some substance and the three of them carried it down to my car - where it remains. I drove straight out to Ormstown for the wonderful music. R came later in his truck but on time as he loves this group. Even bought another CD.

Sat was cold with snow showers. R read and I read and computered all day. I fetched in more stove wood. HE did not set a foot outside. Sunday we met with next neighbour and plotted more strategy re wind farm. Then we went to local eatery for brekkie - saw two folks we know. Nice to start feeling part of a community. R went to city to work and I came home to do more research. Bridge was closed to city after two pm so I stayed over.

Finally found some info based in Quebec. I got so into research, I lived all day on cookies. Could hardly get out of bed this am DIZZY and blick!! Managed some water with apple cider vinegar while reading in bed. After the second cup, I felt I would live and had a good brekkie. Toast with black bean salsa and then a cup of black bean soup.   Lovely day today. Roof dripping, just above freezing. Unknown neighbour dropped in to talk about wind farm and we exchanged info. EXC!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 08:29 PM

Spent the day at the hospital.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 04:28 AM

Well. I'm still sick. I woke up early this morning (maybe 2am) with raging pain....second only to waking up after my hysterectomy. I drove myself to the ER (Pete needed to stay home with the baby and I was NOT going to wake the little one up to go out in the middle of the night), got a fine shot of Toradol in the ass, some antibiotics and a handful of Percocet until I can get the script filled sometime tomorrow.

That's what I get for trying to take care of everybody...none of it well, I might add...and ignoring myself knowing full well that I was sick. What's a body to do when their child is sick? Immediate family in the hospital...fully thought she was going to die last night....and trying to help my mom who was watching her mother just crumble.

Apparently it's my turn to fall apart. I'm staying home today. Someone else is going to have to do the the running.

Oh Toradol and Percocet...do your magic please....pretty please????

Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs, clutter bugs and people with a bug up their ass bug ya!   :)

XXOXOXOXOXO

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 09:08 AM

LF,

Someone else is going to have to do the the running.

Someone else IS doing some of it. (Did you see him at the hospital yesterday in that funny white collar?) Rest... assured that support is there and working well.

I can do some too: I have a stop in the Boro this afternoon if you need anything. If you have his cell you sort of have mine, but 3311 (I have his old fone).

~S~


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