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Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016

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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 17 - 03:50 AM

There's a new thread for 2017.


Link repaired.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Dec 16 - 05:10 PM

Beaver:
Looking at a post from last January, I see progress! Snow removal (more today!) and bringing in wood are still ongoing. No wood shed yet but the heavy cover is wonderful.. The snow is holding it down VERY well! The eaves trough without heat cable were an error and the house one has fallen down from the weight of snow and ice. Next year. Sorting through archives has progressed but still has some to go. No potting wheel in the BR; I took it to Montreal to use when there. Sewing machine is on a TV table, repaired!!!! And ready to use. The kiln room is better organized but not optimum yet. **New thought: that new cabinet (below) might work better in there than what is there now. On a warm day, I can pursue this possibility.

The BR, now that the new wall is in and painted!!, has been re-organized with the bookcase across the foot of the bed raised on 12 inch concrete blocks so things can be stored under the bottom shelf and books on 3 shelves – bed width. The bottom shelf is about level with the surface of the bed; there is just enough space to tuck things down there – about 8 cf of storage! The bookcase will prevent the mattress shifting – sort of a footboard! A tall 28 inch wide antique cabinet is next to that and still leaves good room to see out the window. I will finish loading it today and this will clear most of the BR clutter so I can re-organize the other cabinet and HOPE this will complete de-cluttering of BR.

We now have an empty wall space where the ladder to go to the loft. No furniture planned for there until that job is complete. Book shelves may ensue.   

The studio is in torpor. There is about 2 feet of snow on the roof.. I will use it on warm enough days, use the M one when there and the one at the mill when it is warm enough. I am getting quite taken by the concept: "I'm retired, I don't HAVE to do anything!"

.An article in Bancroft This Week gives hope that the Town might find a better space for the library. Might be time to get folks organized, after this holiday, to work with those "in charge" with the aim of supporting a library for the people. New librarian seems positive addition. Maybe we could take him to lunch for a consult.

Auction this am: one $5 cabinet that can go in shed for better organizing OR I can give it to the friend who was also there and transported it for us; it occurred to me too late that she may have wanted it but she "went to the washroom,,," Otherwise, R bought some things for elsewhere. and we netted a nice hand painted wood loon for here.

R is, "as we speak" putting in new light fixtures in the LR so I can use nice light covers which have moved across the country with me. This de-clutters them from storage to useful.

Just agreed: insulate roof next year.

Speaking of which - MAy everyone hae the best possible New Year!!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Dec 16 - 09:10 PM

Beaver:
Big news! R spent hours on my sewing machine, found a sneaky wire that was shorting in an obscure spot; ALL WELL! Ready to use

but today was another spate of freezing rain until afternoon. Did a load of laundry; one yesterday also; hanging them in the BR so one load at a time fills the line. Then we went foraging. Groceries and the hardware store and home for salad and the veg soup I started before we left. Did a pot of stewed apples as well.

R de-cluttered the roof edge of LOTS of SNOW and the back deck is mostly clear. Light snow again this aft and eve.

The weather is not conducive to anything. Inching the house back to a semblance of order. And enjoying the new wall very much.

Hot bath and now for bed.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Dec 16 - 05:39 PM

I went out today -- that was my major accomplishment. I've been down with a bug since Saturday. Today was the first time I left the house since I came home from The Press Room session Friday night. I went out to get more garlic tabs because that's my treatment of choice for whatever this is that I've got, but I only went as far as the Walgreen's at Lee Circle rather than the CVS at Stratham that has the tabs I prefer.

Yesterday after a shower and hairwash I DID get the sheets on the bed changed and a load of laundry done. I haven't had the energy, though, to dry and fold the sheets. Read down a pile of magazines to deaccession.

I THINK I'm feeling better...but I said that yesterday before the headache came back. And the iffy tum.

I'd LIKE to say since I have no appetite and a mildly upset stomach that I'm probably losing a couple pounds, but, alas, I've also been searching for the magic food that will make me feel better. And some of what I've been craving (and indulging in) has been sweets.

Finished a book yesterday. Should be finishing another this evening. Need to go brew a cup of tea and retire to my book.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Dec 16 - 09:57 PM

Beaver:
As Maggie posts about mowing grass, R is out trying to scrape the almost frozen ice off the deck!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 16 - 12:07 AM

Excellent, Tami!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: ranger1
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 10:27 PM

Due to a hectic work schedule the last couple of days, I didn't get out running until this AM. The new shoes and the spikes worked well, I just need to lace the right shoe a little tighter next time.

The cottage looks like a bomb went off, I will need to do some serious organization so that I can find needed things in the next couple of days But the good news is that for once, I took more out of the house than I brought back for Christmas! The other good bit of news was that when I weighed myself at Jason's parents' house after dinner (I don't own a scale and have no place to keep one), I was done another three pounds. So fifteen down, fifteen to go! Yippee!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 09:23 PM

The lawn was dormant after a hard freeze last week, so I mowed the dead grass tops and mulched in most of the leaves. I noticed one of the dogs trying to poke her head through a gap in the fence so I repaired that and I've rearranged some of the patio furniture. This is all to make the place look better for guests.

The guest room and the craft room will both be used when they're here so I need to rearrange my sewing and other craft stuff, move everything off of the bed, and see how many of the projects awaiting attention in there can actually be finished and put away.

I'm making a few things ahead for the visit and at the same time trying to clear kitchen counters. A time-lapse view of my kitchen would tend to show a breathing effect as things pile up then dissipate, each time leaving a little more open space. In order for six adults to participate in the meal we're planning to cook, all counters need clearing and the dogs will be confined to the yard for the time being to avoid the tripping hazard.

Now to work on the batch of spritz.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Dec 16 - 11:51 AM

So many things to work on - I'll be staging some of these things together. I'm still converting VHS tapes to digital files on films that I can't find in any other way (other than too-expensive offerings because of their rarity). I have to file papers so, like ranger1, I can find some of the table and desktops. If I file in the room where the VHS is running (real time conversion) then I can catch it as it concludes and don't have to edit out anything extra (easier said than done).

The entire family, plus two, will be here for a late holiday this year (you do what you must to get them together at the same time). Most of the preparation is food-related.

No way I would try to wrap gifts within reach of these dogs - even as elder representatives of their species, any time I'm on the floor working on something they assume it is an invitation to offer kisses and nuzzles. My dining table has boxes of ornaments, the ones I want will be spread around then the boxes stashed in the office closet until the new year. There are also other projects out that need completion so I can set that table.

Recycling today, and a drop-off at Goodwill with a few things from the laundry room bin. I have to move some things from the fridge to the compost bin at the bottom of the back yard.

That back yard needs to be mowed; the arctic snap passed through, so I can finish the job I started last week (mowing the front). If in my shopping run I find some onion sets I need to plant those, along with some potatoes I've saved for now.

eBay always looms, and will be taken care of as time allows. The more things I list the more space I'll clear on the large table in my sunroom.

For fitness, I've set up some exercise videos on a thumbdrive plugged into my BluRay/DVD player so I can exercise in the space I've cleared for this activity. Now to make myself do it. I've also walked the dogs - these old pooches still love to tour the neighborhood, (there is a signal I give them: if I wiggle my foot at the pitbull when I'm putting on a shoe and she is instantly excited and runs to get the others) so we'll do that on nice days.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: ranger1
Date: 21 Dec 16 - 08:31 PM

I found the table briefly yesterday and then lost it again. But I'll have to find it again soon, because Beau is not likely to allow me to wrap presents on the floor without attempting to "help".

On the fitness end, haven't run in a week due to weather - first there were the sub-zero to single digit temps, and then there was snow, followed by rain that turned everything to ice. And I was loathe to try out the spikes I bought to screw into the soles of my running shoes on my $160 pair of trail runners. Bought a cheaper pair today, installing the spikes tonight, and will try them tomorrow AM. Wish me luck!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Dec 16 - 05:33 PM

Montreal:

I DID get that drape hemmed at each end before I left! It felt so good to finally get it done!! The dear old featherweight, circa 1954, runs like a top but the foot pedal only worked by hand! I pressed with thumb while moving fabric with other hand. Even after I took it apart and tried to "fix" it. That used to work. Maybe R can look at it when he is up next, hopefully Christmas. In any case, having the drape back on the kitchen door to keep heat in LR - and not having threads hanging down...!!!!

Word from Dan: 15 inches of snow; I phoned "snowplow Mike" and gave Dan his number as it is to do it again! SNOW! Work on wall is progressing. That will be such a treat! He is filling in every possible line of entrance for critters as he goes and putting in four new convenience outlets. Not that I will be plugging in lots of things but will be able to do so without ext cords! It will be wonderful to get the place into its new order!

And Dan will make sure drive is plowed the best way so we can get in when we get there at the end of this week.

I have determined that R really "needs" me here more so am working on being here more. I need a bit more civilization in this crummy house; today he turned on heat in upstairs so I have the option of doing some pottery. The frozen pipes are more of a problem so the alternative is finding a semi rural laundromat - on the way to the mill. My job.

R is so overwhelmed with what he needs to be doing that I hate to ask for anything but PLEASE even out that pile of papers! HE is now having a long nap, much needed! First "day off" in over a week. Yesterday he fell asleep in McD's about 3 pm! Not a first.

With the cold weather, I have only managed one glaze firing and did not even unload it. Tuesday I shall go at it again as it is to warm considerably. I'll do what I can before going to Beaver for Christmas.

As for de-cluttering here? Not my stuff - he put a coule pieces of paper in the recycling.... His brain is too tired or too taken up with necessary thoughts... I need to get more creative...

Google laundromat, Mercier QC!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 12:09 PM

Patty - I also have been working my way through media, converting the analog VHS tapes that are unique (stuff not likely to turn up on DVD or NetFlix that I want to keep). Family videos I'm keeping, but others are going in the e-waste recycle bin at work.

I have a stack of papers that need attention, in particular an account closed once that didn't seem to stay closed, etc. I checked my free credit report and the closed account that isn't closed seems to be undetected by the agencies I looked at. Decluttering accounts that I don't use that are still active is a goal for this month.

I must make myself get back to eBay - the work area is clear and efficient, but it is work and I need to get into the pace of it. I have a few things just just haven't sold - and will have to decide what to do with those. I have a bunch of cardboard book mailers I picked up years ago when they had way too many at the library (they were in the recycle bin). You might ask at your local library about how they mail those materials and if there is any overage that they might share with you.

I have materials for beading and jewelry that I want to get into, I have several projects in mind. But I need to designate a work space and I fear in the next few weeks those spaces will be in demand for a higher calling (the dining table for people to eat at, etc.)   

No snow here, but I need more exercise. You're an inspiration, ranger1!

My Goodwill bin is filling up, time to take the contents over to donate pretty soon. And a bag of recycling needs to be dumped in the bins behind city hall.

It seems time again soon to rearrange furniture. Do I want to put up a tree? If I do, I'll get it very close to xmas and it will be down before New Year's. I find the trees harvested for holiday use make me sneeze a lot, despite having grown up around and having worked in them for many years. The smell is great, the needles not so much. But I'm not to the point of buying an artificial tree, I'd have to store it in the attic and it gets awfully hot up there, probably not good for the man-made tree.

Good luck with the oral surgery, Linn. Once that clears up I'm sure you'll have a lot more energy.

mg, every little bit helps, doesn't it?


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: mg
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 01:47 AM

I took a leaky air mattress and put it in the dumpster after trying and trying to find it a new home. The space now is wonderful.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: ranger1
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 11:41 PM

Well that was an exhausting and brutal workout! Trails were maybe less packed on the snowmobile trail than they are behind the cottage.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: pattyClink
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 03:49 PM

Hi guys, glad you are all making progress on the declutter. This time of the year it's hard to make that the focus, but I did get some listings up on Ebay, and am learning more about the finer points. Turns out you can ship stereo components, using FedEx ground, less costly than USPS for big/heavy stuff and a substantial discount. I'm fresh out of big ungainly boxes though, will have to round up some new ones.

Have been ripping lots of albums whilst doing paperwork. A few handfuls of the choicer ones will need to be listed for sale, and it will be another adventure learning the drill of packing those to avoid crushed corners etc. It's a daunting stack of stuff to deal with. But I've been enjoying listening to my sweetie's albums, some stuff I'd never heard. Kind of like the olden days when we teenagers would sit around and listen to each other's records.

Today I've had to work on an inventory of the many boxes/batches of 'stuff' I need to deal with, only way I can get a grip is to have a plan for each box or batch.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: ranger1
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 12:50 PM

Handed off several articles of clothing to a young friend yesterday, as well as a necklace that I've never worn. I still need to get the bag out the door and to Good Will.

In the fitness department, week for of Couch to 5K saw both my fastest mile, and my distance increase to 1.5 miles. I'm managing running five minutes at a stretch with little stress. Today's run will see neither speed nor distance, as there is now six inches of snow on the trails and I'll be running in snowshoes. I'm going to take a break from my own trails and go run on the snowmobile trails today, they'll be harder packed. Running in snowshoes is much harder than running in just running shoes and I don't want to set myself up for failure at this point.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 05:47 PM

Wrapped some presents. Then pulled some handmade leather belts with brass buckles signed by the artist out of my closet with the intention of taking them along with some vintage jewelry to The Press Room to sell to friends.

Found the artist's name (which I had forgotten) -- Carl Tasha -- and looked up his stuff on eBay. Hmmm. Between $150 and $250 for buckle only. My "Leaping Unicorn" is numbered 82/1000 -- circa 1974 or 1975. Think I'll save them to sell on eBay. I also have a lovely Steve Burr signed buckle.

Pulled some other items out of closet and drawer, but let sloth overtake me -- I started a book instead.

Not sure why I was thinking my root canal is tomorrow morning. It's not -- it's Thursday morning.

Will turn that drawer out tomorrow morning and see what's to be found.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 16 - 02:22 PM

So where is everybody?

I need to go back upstairs and attack what I sort of started this morning (when I didn't have any time) -- clean out the top drawer of my dresser. Found a lightweight pair of leather gloves that will be very useful in the car (not in the drawer). I really don't like to wear gloves when I drive, but I can deal with these when the temperature goes way down.

Found more stuff for the Goodwill pile, and a few more things to take along with other jewelry to the Press Room this Friday to sell. Oue regular waitress asked me about that a few weeks ago -- last time I brought in jewelry to sell was, I think, about a year before Tom died.

Luck went my way this morning and a pinhole leak in my car's exhaust system turned out to involve just a new clamp -- got out of it for less than $70. All the better in light of tomorrow's major dental expense.

Thing is, I have the energy of a dead haddock. I'd really like to take a nap. Maybe if I throw myself into a couple projects in the bedroom where I can see what I've accomplished, I can beat that.

Oh, and I should wrap a couple Christmas presents. Maybe that will help get me in the spirit. (I wore a red and green sweater today and Christmas earrings, but I don't think it helped.)

Ach! My root canal appointment is so early tomorrow that I have to set my alarm -- first time in ages. (I usually wake up between 5 and 6:30 -- but 6:30 will be too late.)

Linn


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Dec 16 - 08:51 PM

I cleared up the kitchen to fix lunch for a few friends who came over today, and all of the dishes from the meal have been through the dishwasher. Some small throw-rugs went through the wash, and I need to next dust the house, sweep, mop - the usual getting cleared up ready for company at the end of the month.

Some things always seem to require a few steps. I had a lace table cloth on the dining table still, but need to start wrapping gifts there. Today I brought in the needle and thread to mend a couple of rips (it's a very old tablecloth) before I gently soak it to clean and put away.

I have a buildup of eBay items, and need to start listing them with the option to gift wrap. The sunroom is still in excellent shape, and I working on my plants last week, removed a couple, trimmed several, and repotted a christmas cactus. Not the best time to do it, right before it blooms, but it seems to have survived and is putting out buds. I have two of them and I'll leave the second one to repot after it finishes blooming.

The craft room will be used as a bedroom this month, so there's a lot of work to do in there. I started on it last week with a bunch of mending (my clothes closet says "thank you!") and I also have some frames and matte material in there that maybe I should just work with and hang art instead of finding a new place to stash it.

Outside, we've had a couple of hard freezes. I need to haul a lot of garden stuff into the back to the compost, and it's time to plant onions, potatoes, and broccoli. That may not happen until the long holiday break from work. And before then I should probably string a few lights out front for a little holiday spirit.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: ranger1
Date: 10 Dec 16 - 08:29 PM

Dumped a bunch of stuff in a bag for Good Will, but haven't gotten it out the door yet. So far, that's the extent of my decluttering. I'm only working two days next week, so hopefully I'll get something accomplished on that front between now and Thursday. But I'm not going to stress about it.

On the fitness end of things, I am finishing week four of the Couch to 5K running program tomorrow. I'm up to 1.4 miles in 21 1/2 minutes now. Five more weeks to go after that, and then my first snowshoe race of the season the following week. Beau's been really good for keeping me on track and on target. I may not want to go out running or walking, but he needs me to. And if I don't make sure the puppy gets exercised, there is no rest for me, and the cat tends to get annoyed when he tries to play with her.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Dec 16 - 06:00 PM

Oh! Almost forgot the GOOD news!

Had a routine check-in with my doctor this past week (and got a flu shot) and found I've lost 11 pounds since my last check-in in July.

At least I know for sure that the steps I've been taking are working, so if I kick them up a notch, I should lose more weight a little faster. Getting together with my brother (5 years younger than me) and my sister (ten years younger than me and a LOT unhealthier) has really made me aware that I'm the skinny one of the family (at way more poundage than I'd like to be carrying). I've returned from Milwaukee with firm resolution to lose weight and get more fit.

A few months ago I finally got my hips and lower back formally diagnosed -- my hips are fine, but I've got a lot of arthritic deterioration in my lower back. Doctor prescribed physical therapy and it was wildly successful, so that's a start. I can't get back into a walking routine if I'm in pain and I now know how to go about getting into better shape without doing any damage.

I don't want to give the impression I'm totally down in the dumps. Major progress has been made on many fronts this year, although it seems as if each step was a struggle and an expensive one at that. But I don't seem to have time -- mental or physical -- for Christmas.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Dec 16 - 05:58 PM

Beaver:
So, the energy came back and some things got done. The house is almost ready for me to leave tomorrow - before it snows again. Ready for Dan to work on, that is. And plants and freezables in bathroom which will be only heated area, though I expect Dan will put a fire in the stove while he works. Very chilly here!

Adjusted the kiln and did the bisque firing which is now cooling. I will need to package the pots to take with me for glazing. TRying to balance work needing to be done with wish to leave early enough to go to Quaker Meeting 2 hours en route. Maybe.

I am exhausted from the emotional aspect of getting ready for the art show opening last night and, of course, the actual event. It was a huge success as folks came out to celebrate a local artist of over 40 years. I'll post some of his pics on FB. The biggest stressor was: will the 3 of us actually make it to this evening? Bob's health issues - he died last year and will be in recovery the rest of his life. Then, would the roads be clear???? I was so relieved and happy and elated and ...So I am exhausted. I am hoping to be inspired to finish that drape to put it back up tonight. If the sewing machine behaves and I find a bobbin....!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Dec 16 - 05:47 PM

Ach!

It's been a year of one damned thing (mostly expensive) after another with no time in between to recover. And, while I intended to be HERE more often, it just didn't happen. Seems like I was dancing as fast as I could and Facebook won out. Not enough time for FB and this thread, too. Missed you all.

And it's not over yet. My sister is still in hospital or rehab (currently rehab) for antibiotic therapy for osteomyelitis (serious infection of bone and bone marrow) and learning how to walk again and is looking at being under care for at least another three months, according to her doctor (with whom I wasn't able to speak until I returned to NH). I was able (thanks to my cousin needing to drive to Colby, WI) to hitch a ride to Milwaukee and get to visit her and assess the situation close at hand, meet my brother there for a few hours (he's five hours in the other direction -- first time the three of us sibs were in the same room since my mother's funeral), and get in a good visit with my 96-year-old great aunt.

My current One. More. Thing. is needing a root canal. Right after I returned from Milwaukee, I had an appointment for a crown. The tooth needed to be built up first, so the dentist put in a pin...which poked through into the canal and got sucked in. So...I get 60% off from the community health place I go, but I'll have to pay full rate ($1250) on the root canal at another facility. At first I had no pain or discomfort. Then it started sporadically aching last Saturday. By day before yesterday the pain was in full blast. I called to make sure I was on the list in case of a cancellation and got the original appointment rescheduled for this Thursday at 8 a.m. The pain calmed down...but now it's getting achy again.

So... I had no Thanksgiving to speak of and right now I have absolutely no Christmas spirit. December is just another month in a train of months, all of which were complicated. Maybe I'll feel a little more in the mood when I wrap a few gifts. I've received a couple cards, but feeling really blah about that. (Or maybe a bit guilty because I have no desire to send any.) Sang one seasonal song last week at the Press Room session. (Couldn't go last night because of pain and pain meds.) Didn't make much of a difference. Maybe next week's shanty sing will help -- and the following week's Voicearound.

Right now Christmas is taking up less than 1% of my thoughts...and I'm okay with that. I just have no interest this year and no desire to be interested. And I don't know if that should bother me or not.

Yeah, it's probably a bit of depression -- caused by too many things just hanging right now. Things that I can't do anything about anyway. And Trump, of course. Looming over everything.

I'd like to think things will change for the better once this year is over, but I'm not as optimistic as I usually am.

Ach!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Dec 16 - 08:36 PM

Beaver:
Reality: no energy. Finished finishing the mugs today - finally! Need to fire them but did not want to carry them from studio to kiln shed in snow. Hopefully tomorrow! Need to bisque fire them to take with me to Quebec to glaze fire - easier there and they are less breakable when bisqued.
Not much else done - laundry and some little things. Watching weather to see when I can safely travel to Quebec - after the party at Place for the Arts on Saturday.

Hope everyone saw the amazing video of traffic in Montreal which had 2o million hits. About 6 were mine, trying to figure out where it was and phoning R to tell him about it and to stay off the streets!

As soon as I clear the deck, it snows again!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Dec 16 - 10:14 PM

Beaver:
Ever since I "upgraded" my computer, I have had difficulties. Cookies disappear. Things do not go the way they used to....

have a spot for sewing; have machine out; have drape ready to hem....

Threw a bunch of mugs a couple days ago; trimmed and handled them and threw some more today and a few small pitchers; worked 4 hours today; then wrapped the remainder in plastic for tomorrow; totally pooped; had a good brunch/supper; that is the only meal happening today; I was very late up; realized a short time ago that I had been so intent on getting into the studio - noonish - that I never even washed face, never mind BF!

Sorted through a box of papers and put a couple inches in fire, the rest into appropriate places; one empty box! Starting to get house ready for Dan to finish wall and reinforce ceiling while I am away. Hopefully this is the last work in house, other than minor stuff like nicer lighting. Many surfaces must be cleared, room made for him to work!

spoke with Gallery pres yesterday about the opening for my friend's show (Friday!) I requested chance to speakat the reception, very briefly - she was totally OK with it! I am sponsoring the show for this friend of 40+ years. SO EXCITED! So are he and his wife! I am SO happy as it was my idea that he have a show and I kind of pushed it, starting 2 and a half years ago when I was visiting and saw the walls covered with wonderful art! In the meantime, he started painting more, had a heart attack, died, recovered and has been painting and making the most wonderful ceramic/multi-media fish to hang. So, yeah, not exactly de-cluttering but I am SO excited!   

Today was sunny and cold but at least it was sunny! Already down to 20F; heat on in studio, for sure. Hope to get more done tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Rumncoke
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 12:40 PM

Well - I thought it was old age, but no - I have diabetes.
Ah well, at least it hasn't arrived before now, and it concentrates the mind wonderfully.

The front room is being redecorated, it will have carpet tiles put down and then get a going over for Christmas. There are a couple of curtains to hang, two in place already, after being washed. The walls are a nice fresh green, and there is more space after we disposed of one of the armchairs.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: ranger1
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 11:36 AM

Decluttering isn't moving along very well, but fitness is happening. Since getting Beau, the new dog, on Sept 29th (still very much a puppy at a year old), I've lost twelve pounds and an inch off my waist as of Thanksgiving afternoon. That's just with daily walks and playing. I just started running again last week, so hoping to see more results in the near future.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Nov 16 - 01:19 PM

Packing sweet potatoes huge and small in a bin of peat moss; they'll keep in there for quite a while. Five lasagnas total now in the freezer, four of them made last night. Good thing there is a DVD/BluRay player under the kitchen television - Jane Austen flicks were good company while I worked.

My home office desk is a sea of papers. I need to sort, shred, or file these. I'd like to see the faux wood desktop.

Last week I stopped by a thrift store on my way through town in an area I rarely travel - and found a newer model of West Bend food chopper than the one I own. These are small capacity high-speed choppers and mine has a faulty switch; I rigged it with a piece of twist tie through a gap so I could turn it on and off, but I always struggle to remove the lid. The new one has everything except the chopping blade, and the blade seat is different than my chopper. BUT - my chopper cup and blade fit perfectly on this newer gadget, so I "married" the two and have put the motor of my old device into the trash. No point in sending a broken motor to the thrift store I donate to.

Other than tossing that motor, I have placed several things I never use into the donate bin, and it's almost time to make a trip over again to empty it.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 16 - 11:37 PM

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so I've worked to process garden produce and have it out of the way. Tonight I cooked all of the store-bought sweet potatoes for two casseroles - one for my house tomorrow, and one to take to a friend the next day.

The turkey will go into brine before I go to bed. We do dinner at normal dinner time, so I'll have most of the day for baking rolls, getting the veggies set to roast, etc. With all of the concurrent baking needs, I may get the roaster oven out of the pantry (it does a great turkey, but it's quite fast, so I have to pay attention).

I'm ready to assemble another lasagna tomorrow morning; the kitchen is clean and I don't feel like cleaning it again before I go to bed. That will go into the freezer, and some more tomatoes will go into another batch of relish. And I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with all of the sweet potatoes I expect to dig out of the garden this weekend. Turns out I had a bumper crop. I'll send some leftovers home with each person who comes to dinner tomorrow.

After the holiday activities I'll work on the usual mix of seasonal and declutter projects. Also, on various sites I've read about lots of people getting back to their sewing and knitting and such - my craft room is ready to go, now I need to plant my butt in the chair at the sewing machine and get to work.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Nov 16 - 08:58 PM

Beaver:

Load of laundry, roasted cauliflower, still trying to motivate sewing. Consult with Dan today re finishing wall between LR and BR. He suggested building shelves into the wall! Great idea! In order for him to do this, I shall have to clear a lot of space before next trip - 11 December. He has to put in a beam to better support ceiling, a stained glass window and hang two doors. Then the interior will be complete! (except for trimmings.) Oh, and access to the loft. Robin will have to consider that next trip (Christmas, she ways hopefully).

Anyway, I have a great deal of organizing to get ready.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Nov 16 - 10:59 PM

Many jars of green tomato relish processed today, though these tomatoes came out of the garden yesterday (it finally froze overnight - excellent timing!). Tomorrow some lasagna casseroles will be assembled and go into the freezer. And the turkey into the fridge, and will finish thawing in cold water the day before the night it gets brined, to road on Thanksgiving day.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Nov 16 - 09:27 PM

Beaver:
Clearing floor space seems a good goal!
I am back after about 12 days in Quebec. The big 50th anniversary of the Yellow Door Coffee House de-cluttered a great deal of energy but the entire three day weekend was an incredible treat. three generations of musicians and us fringe folk - the young musicians are dynamic. And the first gen gave the third a lot to think about! There were 3 youngsters sitting on stage with mouths agape as Chris Rawlings did Pearl River Turnaround! What a treat Many of us still conversing/processing via FB.

I went to the mill for a few days and managed two glaze firings, threw a few pots, trimmed them and left to dry. There will be a bisque load when I go back in a couple weeks and at least one more glaze load.

Not much organizing - too tired and then the cold.... Left laundry and other stuff in the city as I had planned to go back but energy level said NO! When I saw expected snow for today, I quickly left yesterday - pots trimmed, dishes washed - what more needs to be done?

Arrived about 5 pm, unloaded car, found freezer in fridge non-functional; the fridg working, and today the freezer also??? Put food outside where it is COLD and will cook that which thawed - tomorrow. Today was a day of rest other than trying to get the cover back on the fire wood. Partly successful. did not want 8 inches of snow on it! Some stuff put away, some not. Tomorrow I will wake with energy - she says hopefully.

So glad I brought in lots of wood before leaving!!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: pattyClink
Date: 16 Nov 16 - 09:01 AM

Greetings, Vashta, are you a new poster or a new 'nom de plume'?

Slow but substantial progress around this place. Several trash bags of debris and some junky furniture gone from the shop building. Six boxes of books sorted, and most donated, a few keepers, a few sellers. Many stereo components cleaned and tested and ready for photos and listing. Hired help hauled off lots of heavy 'stuff' from garage, a wall now visible for the first time in many years.

All this talk about freezers makes me wonder if it's time to decommission the old chest freezer in the garage. I've been slowly emptying it and replacing the space with frozen water jugs, and maybe it's about time to cut the cord before the next haul-off round. It's addictive trying to clear some open floor space whenever I can.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 15 Nov 16 - 01:34 PM

Houseplants in one large bay window are now tamed after much unraveling of vines. One viney thing was evicted (ants had made themselves at home; they're gone now, but the plant is outside) and though the space is still filled with plants, it looks much better. Vines from the haircut each got are in the compost - there is no need for more of those plants, as easy as they are to propagate.

One xmas cactus was repotted - a dicey operation since it will bloom in a month or so. The other was left alone and will be repotted after the bloom (and so I get at least one plant to give a lovely seasonal show!) There are several pots filled with a potting soil mix, in the hopes that some more African violets will find their way to my house.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Nov 16 - 04:02 PM

Beaver:

"sweat equity as I put down the flooring myself." I am still laughing, with tears, remembering my putting down a small sheet of vinyl flooring - UNDER the bathtub! - with no help at all but ingenuity. Tiles might have been easier was what made me laugh. I was a lot younger then.

More laundry today, catching up with stuff that had gotten wet and a bit mildewed. But today is sunny and "warmish". Losing an hour of sun at the end of the day is a nuisance! But tomorrow is predicted to be sunny so anything that does not dry today can just stay out there. In putting something "away", I found the extra clothes pegs which eluded me on Friday! Sheets will soon be dry so I can remake the bed.

Also roasted cauliflower and sunflower seeds this am. Since this is the only place I have an oven, I will be taking some with me - back to Quebec on Tuesday in prep for the Yellow Door Coffee House 50th anniversary. Anyone who doubts the effort they put into a folk venue can take heart from my son's comment: Troy Chapman Where did I spend most of the '70s? At The Yellow Door Coffeehouse. Why do I play guitar? Yellow Door. What was my address? The Yellow Door. It was literally my home address for years. I hope you get to hang out someplace that cool someday!

This comes under the heading of "things mothers find out years later".


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 16 - 10:45 AM

Before I do anything in the freezer, I have several square feet of adhesive to scrape off of the bathroom floor. I'm timing it so this bulky stuff (the Linoleum and the scraped up adhesive) can go out in the trash tomorrow morning. I'll buy enough tile so that I have extra to put down if I decide to take out the cabinets and replace them with smaller footprint sinks and storage. I've hated this flooring for ages, and after having a recent visit I decided that rather than cringe at what this looks like to guests, I need to just fix it. The tile will probably cost less than $100, the project gains value via sweat equity as I put down the flooring myself.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 16 - 10:14 AM

I need the job to be done fast - I can't visualize how a steamer would work. This is an old freezer that isn't "frost free."


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: mg
Date: 06 Nov 16 - 03:19 AM

Easy as pie to defrost with small steamer. Ice just disappears into vapor. Do not need to move or unplug anything..no mess..no water anywhere.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Nov 16 - 07:11 PM

Beaver:
A better energy day today. No rain but cool and I managed my entire list of errands, including a 45 minute jaunt to my fav village where I found a friend at the craft show to sell some of the calendars and had a bowl of chili for breakfast, stopped into my fav "general store" - It has changed with the times and caters to cottagers with all sorts of interesting clothes and bric a brac; I almost left with nothing but a nifty door mat caught my eye - LIVE LOVE LAUGH it declared. I bought it and then, in a flash of insight, gave it to a friend as a house warming gift for her son and his wife (the egg folks).

IT's November and I still have quite a lot of calendars left; have not sold enough to pay the printer! Well, pay me as the printer is paid. Dropped off empty boxes for my friends who sell on ebay from their antique shop, egg cartons for friend who will deliver more fresh eggs tomorrow, groceries and picked up more small boxes, library for a couple books in hope that one will be OK. It is so far. More calendars to the bookstore which seems to be the best place. (up to $700 of the $2000!) And a few things to thrift shops.

Negotiated with book store about selling some pottery. Need to send him pics but I have none right now. Will have to drag out boxes and make a picture display. I did manage to spend a little time in the studio in prep for HOPEFULLY getting in there tomorrow - a warmer day with sunshine - solar gain! predicted! Pictures, load stuff in kiln and make more ---HOPE!

Then I came home and ATE..... Hoping not to eat much more today! Emails are deleted and one more thing to check on FB.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 16 - 02:00 PM

Warm still, but overcast and rain overnight. Autumn is inevitable, but it is a long slow descent this year.

Finishing a freelance editing project and then I can declutter my desktop of a whole bunch of papers. I also have a freelance video editing project - takes up less desk surface, but will clear a little more when the disk is filed away. Filing papers from changing banks (Yay!) will also clear up some wood desktop. I have a stack of videos to convert to digital, but when these are cleared away there are more to take their place.

Time to defrost the big freezer pretty soon, as things are disappearing that I know should be in there somewhere. This involves bringing in several coolers, stuffing some things into the side-by-side freezer, and giving the upright freezer a quick defrost with a hairdryer and some buckets and towels.

The front room has a bunch of things that need to go on eBay; I need to make room for them in the eBay room and think about rearranging some of the front room's furniture.

Lots of projects for cooler and rainy days. If they'll only get here!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Nov 16 - 03:25 PM

Beaver:
That was a long two weeks. Very little more accomplished in the de-clutter category. Arrived back from the Mill on Tuesday eve after a hectic couple days and am still sorting and finding homes for things. A on of laundry - at least! on Weds and then the weather turned damp and I had to bring most of it inside to dry. And sort - Montreal, Mill and here. Here is put away and the rest in shopping bags to leave with me on Tues!

Dan did the work while I was away do there is less heat loss through the bathroom ceiling! Looks better, too. Had a consult today, with him, re further strengthening the ceiling and then finishing the wall between the LR and BR. The BR doors are cluttering the LR but cannot be put in place until the other work is done - a domino effect? To be further considered when we can both be there. (Doing my Art Gallery day)

That work will help with a sense of completion - walls for pics, and a knowing of the available space. Must collect the stained glass piece for the wall from the fellow who repaired it for me.

Frosty morning. We are to have some sun the next few days and I may be able to get some studio work done. Before I leave again, I must clear the studio of anything that will freeze so I do not greatly de-clutter my wallet - small electric heater is keeping it above freezing for now. The thing that de-clutters fastest is my energy!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Nov 16 - 07:24 PM

Still quite warm this week, the garden is happily producing.

Houseguest arriving for a couple of days so a lot of stuff was put away (or stacked neatly). Sweeping, vacuuming dog hair. Mowed the front. That's about as prepared as I ever am around here.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 16 - 03:29 PM

Found the DVD, right in front of me after all.

The yard and garden have encroached on the driveway this summer, so today I'm pruning and dragging limbs and trimmings into the back yard compost pile. It's good to have this activity as I coast on fumes into the next month. It doesn't cost anything to clean up the yard. Halloween sometimes adds an expense, but there's no predicting how busy (or not) the night will be, so I keep the dogs in and turn the lights off and remove all doubt.

Still practicing the swap-out routine - when a new item enters the house an old one leaves. I found what looks like a good splatter screen for over skillets, so an old one that was only marginally effective is now in the donation bin.

Back to the yard. It's still warm around here so this was a brief cool-down in an afternoon's activity.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Oct 16 - 10:45 PM

I've misplaced a NetFlix DVD, so I'll be filing paper and sorting out stuff on the tabletops and counters until I come across it. In the process I've found a few papers I need to follow-up on, so I'm starting down the path of respond, recycle the papers, respond, recycle the papers, search some more.

Paperwork came today formally announcing the pay-off of the old vehicle, traded in for the current SUV. Part of the kind of paper trail I have files for.

The end of the first game in the 2016 World Series is on. I don't generally watch sports, but I'll keep an eye on these - both teams have such a long long wait for this time that it is bound to be interesting whoever one roots for. Between these games and the upcoming elections, the next couple of weeks may be a wash due to distractions.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Oct 16 - 07:57 PM

Montreal
Drove from Beaver to the Mill on Friday, in time to get to the library, warm up the living space and go to the Cafe. The Steam Fitters were terrific. R made it down. Quiet eve, long sleep and quiet BF before he dashed away to work again - after repairing the electric to the studio heater! But I still got nothing done and came along to city in time to have a bite to eat and wait in vain for him to get home. Too tired to do anything, I went to bed.

Sunday, we tried to attend Quaker meeting in the Laurentians. We found the address but no one deigned to let us know it was elsewhere. It was beautiful but cold; not a great day for a walk in the woods. After an hour on the phone trying to find out where everyone was, we gave up and drove back to the city, had lunch at Falafel, went to library; R stayed and I walked home as the library air was stuffy. Nice walk! Still got nothing done but computering and reading. R went to bed at 7:30 and I at 10 and morning arrived about 9. Not tired?

So, a better day. R went to work and I phoned a friend in need. Then wrote her a long email, trying to be helpful (it helped me!), made a pot of green tea and sorted out the K and laundry room!!! Partly, looking for onions. NO onions so I phoned R to see if there were any possibility of him picking them up; at this time of day I did not want to lose my parking space! He laughed and said, "finally someone is asking me to do something I CAN do!"

He came home with onions and I made a nice, not great, Chicken Korma and we had supper in my sorted K. Made some choc coated ginger, R went back to work and I am back to computering. Managed a few useful things. Resting is also useful.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Oct 16 - 10:47 AM

It is possible to have virtual clutter and project clutter that is as distracting as tripping over things around the house. I'm working on finishing several freelance and volunteer assignments this weekend.

There is a small but growing stack of parcels that need to be mailed soon, some of it items that have been around the house for ages, others have arrived recently and will leave soon. I have to sell a few more eBay items to build up the PayPal balance - I decided a long time ago that PayPal is my postage slush fund.

Lovely fall-like weather here, so if I finish the paper work I'll get into the yard and prune some limbs, use the weed whacker to trim some tall grass, and I need to weed tall grass out of the tomatoes so I can find the lovely orbs as they appear. I fried some breaded eggplant and delivered it across the street this week - she loves that, but doesn't cook much any more. I also assembled a couple of eggplant Parmesans for myself in single serving Pyrex containers. Yum!


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 16 - 11:09 AM

I had good results with my modest plumbing job over the weekend; both toilet tank mechanisms are now silent, they only flush and offer no more dribbles. This should bring the water bill down in the next full cycle. It also encourages me to move forward with my "things to do" list. There are loose squares of Linoleum tiles in the laundry room, and that would be a good place to put down ceramic tiles, abutting the kitchen tile. It's a very small room and will take a couple of stages, but only need probably two boxes of tile.

This is the continuation of the "if I decided I want to sell the house, is it ready to list?" thinking. It is not. I can't think of a reason to sell it, but prices are finally increasing again (meaning a replacement would cost more also . . . ) And if any of you have ever watched any of those programs that prepare homes to put on the market, every so often someone decides they like the results so well that they stay in the house. That is my goal - to make the house look so good it is all the more inviting to stay.

I ordered a Hillary ⇒ tote bag yesterday.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Oct 16 - 09:41 PM

Beaver:

Now, Maggie! REI or no REI....
As for our pack rat syndrome: If one has the space and can keep it organized... A friend and I bought a new pick up truck 0n 1973. Thanks to my backing into a tree and then a telephone pole, the tailgate fell off. It was not needed due to our plywood camper - which was why I backed into things! So Tom put it in his workshop where it sat for YEARS! Contrary to usual behaviour, he finally put it in the trash; the truck was long gone. A week later, I kid you not, Jerry came by and wondered if he could have it for a truck he just bought. SO, being a pack rat....

After getting that good lot of pots done on Saturday,   I seem to have come to a screeching halt. Lack of space, lack of energy, surfeit of rain. The pots are now in the kiln room, still drying an now the temp is dropping and I am going to spend the night hoping the space stays above freezing; I put the outdoor part of thermometer in there.

That special outlet only works, it says, with that special receptacle (GFI) and there is only one in the Bathroom. We need to upgrade the electric a great deal. Maybe next summer...

Anyhow, I have not gotten much done and go to Quebec tomorrow for a few days. My brain needs to work out logistics re pottery. It's tired too.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 16 - 01:54 PM

Dorothy, I use one of the temperature plugs in my greenhouse, I used to have one in the garage as well but the dogs sleep in the house at night now, so it isn't needed. (For readers who may have missed the earlier discussions, the Thermo cube plug senses the temperature and turns on the power at ~35o and off at ~45o. It's great for well houses, green houses, places in your house that might freeze without having extra heat. I use the cube with one of the sealed oil radiant heaters.)

My daughter borrowed a large folding cot for an upcoming camping trip, and it dawned on me that a huge non-woven cloth bag that Amazon gift-wrappers used to "wrap" a vacuum cleaner box that was shipped here a couple of years ago would be a good cover. Amazingly, it fit, but she'll have to add velcro or straps or a zipper to the top edge to keep it closed. I know, that packrat in me has me keep things like that, but at least I remembered it was in the hall cupboard so now it has a use.

I've cleared the papers off of most of my office desk (after losing my phone in them a couple of times). I still have a lot of filing to do. And recycling, and I have to get the last few pieces of hardware to put the hall bathroom commode back into commission. The flush mechanism was changed out, but I also need to redo the connector from the wall outlet pipe to the new guts. The old one cracked and leaks. I know how to do this, I've done it before. It is one of those "several trips to the hardware store" kinds of projects.

I've learned that there is a finally an REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) store in town. That place is as seductive as a good kitchen gadget store - too many things that are really useful (but that I don't really need). Hats, mittens, jackets, socks, camping gear . . . but now I have a vehicle I can actually use to GO camping. Hmmm.


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Subject: RE: Yet More Clutter's Last Stand - 2016
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Oct 16 - 09:24 PM

Beaver:

"I'm starting to see tomatoes emerge and the eggplants are looking happy." And I am having frosty nights! Tomatoes long gone! Geez, when I saw that, I looked to see if I were in the right place/time! I am gradually putting the house into winter mode as I prepare to go to Quebec for 10 days. Everything needs to be freeze-proofed - moved into the bathroom, basically, as it is the only place I heat when away. And that with the magic outlet, thanks to Maggie!

So, with some wonderful energy the last couple days, I am trying to use as much clay as I can so there is less to keep warm. Yesterday, I threw 44 pounds - one box - and about 7 boxes to go. If the energy holds, I have a fair chance of using 3 more boxes. I will, hopefully, bisque fire before leaving and take the ware to Quebec to glaze fire.

As the weather gets colder, I am not going to stand on my head to try to make pots in a cold studio and have to deal with the cost of heating. I can do some when in Quebec if the weather is not too cold. The studio is larger and easier in some ways though I am gradually whipping this one into shape. Need more shelving for freshly thrown pots; yesterday's throwing filled all available space.

A coat in the car is a great idea as I tend to forget to take one. Also need to take a warm one to Quebec! Time to make a list!   

Found a book at the library: The life changing magic of tidying up, translated from Japanese. An interesting read.


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