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De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020

Stilly River Sage 14 Aug 20 - 10:26 AM
Charmion 14 Aug 20 - 09:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Aug 20 - 09:15 AM
Donuel 13 Aug 20 - 06:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 20 - 05:04 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Aug 20 - 03:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 20 - 02:53 PM
Donuel 13 Aug 20 - 05:18 AM
Jon Freeman 12 Aug 20 - 06:52 PM
Charmion 12 Aug 20 - 12:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Aug 20 - 09:51 AM
Jon Freeman 12 Aug 20 - 05:45 AM
mg 12 Aug 20 - 02:57 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Aug 20 - 12:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Aug 20 - 08:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Aug 20 - 07:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Aug 20 - 03:38 PM
Charmion 05 Aug 20 - 07:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Aug 20 - 07:16 PM
Charmion 05 Aug 20 - 09:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 20 - 08:09 PM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Aug 20 - 07:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Aug 20 - 04:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Aug 20 - 01:05 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Aug 20 - 12:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jul 20 - 10:28 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jul 20 - 04:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jul 20 - 10:07 AM
Dorothy Parshall 24 Jul 20 - 12:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jul 20 - 09:28 PM
Charmion 23 Jul 20 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 Jul 20 - 12:33 PM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Jul 20 - 12:44 PM
Charmion 21 Jul 20 - 09:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jul 20 - 11:21 AM
Jon Freeman 20 Jul 20 - 10:08 AM
Charmion 20 Jul 20 - 09:40 AM
Jon Freeman 20 Jul 20 - 07:29 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 20 - 07:28 PM
Jeri 19 Jul 20 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 20 - 12:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jul 20 - 03:46 PM
LilyFestre 18 Jul 20 - 03:18 PM
Charmion 18 Jul 20 - 09:49 AM
Donuel 17 Jul 20 - 02:27 PM
Charmion 17 Jul 20 - 10:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 20 - 11:10 PM
Donuel 16 Jul 20 - 10:30 PM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Jul 20 - 09:15 PM
mg 16 Jul 20 - 04:15 PM
Jon Freeman 16 Jul 20 - 02:44 PM
Donuel 16 Jul 20 - 12:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 20 - 11:36 AM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Jul 20 - 10:50 AM
Jon Freeman 16 Jul 20 - 07:25 AM
Donuel 16 Jul 20 - 05:37 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 20 - 12:00 AM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Jul 20 - 09:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jul 20 - 10:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jul 20 - 11:35 AM
Charmion 14 Jul 20 - 10:31 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jul 20 - 10:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jul 20 - 12:50 PM
Charmion 13 Jul 20 - 09:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jul 20 - 12:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jul 20 - 07:10 PM
Donuel 11 Jul 20 - 04:02 PM
Charmion 11 Jul 20 - 11:27 AM
Charmion 10 Jul 20 - 02:18 PM
Donuel 10 Jul 20 - 01:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jul 20 - 12:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Jul 20 - 09:15 PM
Donuel 09 Jul 20 - 12:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 20 - 11:03 AM
Charmion 09 Jul 20 - 10:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jul 20 - 11:01 AM
Charmion 06 Jul 20 - 09:55 AM
mg 06 Jul 20 - 03:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 20 - 11:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jul 20 - 03:56 PM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Jul 20 - 08:49 PM
Charmion 02 Jul 20 - 04:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jul 20 - 04:00 PM
Charmion 01 Jul 20 - 12:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jul 20 - 12:04 PM
Jon Freeman 01 Jul 20 - 06:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jun 20 - 11:20 PM
Charmion 30 Jun 20 - 09:58 AM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Jun 20 - 09:55 AM
Jon Freeman 30 Jun 20 - 08:19 AM
Charmion 29 Jun 20 - 12:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jun 20 - 11:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jun 20 - 04:24 PM
Charmion 27 Jun 20 - 08:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jun 20 - 09:23 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Jun 20 - 06:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jun 20 - 11:30 AM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Jun 20 - 09:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jun 20 - 03:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Jun 20 - 09:20 PM
Charmion 22 Jun 20 - 10:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Jun 20 - 08:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jun 20 - 11:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jun 20 - 12:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 20 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jun 20 - 05:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jun 20 - 07:13 PM
Charmion's brother Andrew 11 Jun 20 - 12:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jun 20 - 11:54 AM
Charmion 11 Jun 20 - 11:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jun 20 - 05:47 PM
Charmion 08 Jun 20 - 10:18 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jun 20 - 07:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jun 20 - 03:36 PM
Charmion 06 Jun 20 - 11:45 AM
Donuel 06 Jun 20 - 11:04 AM
Charmion's brother Andrew 06 Jun 20 - 10:51 AM
Charmion 05 Jun 20 - 09:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jun 20 - 05:04 PM
Donuel 05 Jun 20 - 04:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jun 20 - 03:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jun 20 - 01:32 AM
Charmion 01 Jun 20 - 08:26 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 May 20 - 11:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 May 20 - 11:31 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 May 20 - 10:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 20 - 12:20 AM
LilyFestre 26 May 20 - 08:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 May 20 - 12:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 May 20 - 12:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 20 - 02:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 May 20 - 11:50 AM
Jon Freeman 21 May 20 - 06:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 May 20 - 12:36 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 May 20 - 09:55 PM
Jon Freeman 19 May 20 - 01:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 May 20 - 08:55 PM
Charmion 17 May 20 - 10:28 AM
Donuel 16 May 20 - 01:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 May 20 - 01:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 May 20 - 12:09 PM
Charmion 15 May 20 - 10:32 AM
Jon Freeman 15 May 20 - 08:04 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 May 20 - 11:47 PM
Dorothy Parshall 14 May 20 - 04:02 PM
Jon Freeman 14 May 20 - 07:14 AM
Donuel 13 May 20 - 08:44 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 May 20 - 08:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 May 20 - 12:44 PM
Charmion 13 May 20 - 12:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 May 20 - 04:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 May 20 - 12:27 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 May 20 - 06:06 PM
Charmion 06 May 20 - 07:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 20 - 12:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 May 20 - 10:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 May 20 - 05:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Apr 20 - 02:48 PM
LilyFestre 29 Apr 20 - 09:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 20 - 07:18 PM
Charmion's brother Andrew 29 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM
Charmion 29 Apr 20 - 02:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 20 - 12:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 20 - 09:36 AM
Charmion 28 Apr 20 - 09:18 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 20 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 20 - 02:59 PM
Charmion 26 Apr 20 - 09:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Apr 20 - 02:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Apr 20 - 11:33 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Apr 20 - 11:03 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Apr 20 - 04:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Apr 20 - 11:14 AM
Charmion 20 Apr 20 - 09:02 PM
Donuel 20 Apr 20 - 07:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Apr 20 - 04:55 PM
mg 20 Apr 20 - 03:23 PM
Charmion 20 Apr 20 - 09:46 AM
Donuel 20 Apr 20 - 07:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 20 - 02:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM
Charmion 16 Apr 20 - 09:37 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Apr 20 - 10:08 PM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Apr 20 - 08:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Apr 20 - 12:07 PM
mg 13 Apr 20 - 12:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 10 Apr 20 - 10:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Apr 20 - 05:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Apr 20 - 03:59 PM
Charmion 07 Apr 20 - 10:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Apr 20 - 05:26 PM
Charmion 06 Apr 20 - 10:57 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Apr 20 - 12:38 AM
LilyFestre 05 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Apr 20 - 08:49 PM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Apr 20 - 08:08 PM
Charmion 04 Apr 20 - 01:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Apr 20 - 08:11 PM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Apr 20 - 10:49 AM
mg 03 Apr 20 - 02:13 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Apr 20 - 01:24 AM
Charmion 02 Apr 20 - 09:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Apr 20 - 11:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Mar 20 - 11:14 AM
Charmion 31 Mar 20 - 09:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Mar 20 - 12:00 AM
Charmion 30 Mar 20 - 02:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Mar 20 - 11:15 AM
Charmion 29 Mar 20 - 09:08 PM
LilyFestre 29 Mar 20 - 01:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Mar 20 - 12:49 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Mar 20 - 12:15 PM
Donuel 29 Mar 20 - 11:56 AM
LilyFestre 29 Mar 20 - 11:49 AM
Charmion 28 Mar 20 - 11:34 AM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Mar 20 - 03:35 PM
Charmion 27 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Mar 20 - 11:10 AM
mg 27 Mar 20 - 12:49 AM
Charmion's brother Andrew 26 Mar 20 - 10:45 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Mar 20 - 01:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 24 Mar 20 - 03:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Mar 20 - 11:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Mar 20 - 01:30 PM
Charmion 23 Mar 20 - 01:06 PM
LilyFestre 23 Mar 20 - 12:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Mar 20 - 11:30 AM
Charmion 21 Mar 20 - 12:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Mar 20 - 05:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Mar 20 - 03:59 PM
Donuel 20 Mar 20 - 03:54 PM
Charmion 20 Mar 20 - 03:03 PM
Dorothy Parshall 20 Mar 20 - 01:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Mar 20 - 07:42 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Mar 20 - 06:27 PM
Charmion 17 Mar 20 - 09:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Mar 20 - 11:56 PM
Charmion 16 Mar 20 - 08:35 AM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Mar 20 - 08:43 PM
LilyFestre 14 Mar 20 - 07:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Mar 20 - 07:29 PM
mg 14 Mar 20 - 05:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Mar 20 - 11:29 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Mar 20 - 12:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Mar 20 - 07:03 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Mar 20 - 06:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Mar 20 - 11:17 PM
Charmion 09 Mar 20 - 10:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Mar 20 - 10:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Mar 20 - 11:28 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Mar 20 - 12:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Mar 20 - 09:32 PM
Senoufou 04 Mar 20 - 06:42 PM
Charmion 04 Mar 20 - 12:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Mar 20 - 01:47 PM
Donuel 03 Mar 20 - 12:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Mar 20 - 12:24 PM
Charmion 02 Mar 20 - 10:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Mar 20 - 03:36 PM
LilyFestre 29 Feb 20 - 08:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Feb 20 - 12:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Feb 20 - 01:45 PM
Charmion 27 Feb 20 - 10:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM
Donuel 24 Feb 20 - 01:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Feb 20 - 01:20 PM
mg 23 Feb 20 - 03:16 AM
mg 22 Feb 20 - 04:17 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 20 - 10:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Feb 20 - 10:30 PM
Charmion 20 Feb 20 - 06:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Feb 20 - 08:34 PM
Charmion 18 Feb 20 - 03:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Feb 20 - 12:02 PM
LilyFestre 15 Feb 20 - 05:28 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Feb 20 - 12:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Feb 20 - 03:35 PM
Charmion 11 Feb 20 - 11:46 AM
Stilly River Sage 10 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM
Charmion 10 Feb 20 - 10:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Feb 20 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Feb 20 - 10:20 AM
Donuel 08 Feb 20 - 07:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Feb 20 - 11:53 PM
Charmion 05 Feb 20 - 03:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM
Charmion 04 Feb 20 - 10:11 AM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Feb 20 - 07:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Feb 20 - 06:23 PM
LilyFestre 03 Feb 20 - 01:30 PM
Charmion 03 Feb 20 - 07:32 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Feb 20 - 04:33 PM
LilyFestre 02 Feb 20 - 03:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 20 - 07:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jan 20 - 10:27 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Jan 20 - 07:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jan 20 - 12:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jan 20 - 04:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jan 20 - 09:24 PM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Jan 20 - 04:50 PM
Charmion 28 Jan 20 - 03:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jan 20 - 09:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Jan 20 - 12:12 PM
Charmion 22 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jan 20 - 09:40 PM
Charmion 21 Jan 20 - 08:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jan 20 - 04:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM
Dorothy Parshall 20 Jan 20 - 07:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jan 20 - 11:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jan 20 - 04:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Jan 20 - 02:10 PM
Charmion 18 Jan 20 - 01:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jan 20 - 12:38 PM
Charmion 18 Jan 20 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Jan 20 - 08:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jan 20 - 02:13 PM
Charmion 13 Jan 20 - 03:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jan 20 - 11:19 AM
LilyFestre 11 Jan 20 - 06:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jan 20 - 09:25 AM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Jan 20 - 08:33 PM
Charmion 08 Jan 20 - 01:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jan 20 - 12:22 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Jan 20 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jan 20 - 11:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jan 20 - 12:06 AM
Charmion 02 Jan 20 - 09:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jan 20 - 09:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 19 - 10:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Dec 19 - 08:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Dec 19 - 03:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 19 - 12:35 PM
Charmion 29 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM
keberoxu 29 Dec 19 - 10:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 19 - 10:24 AM
Charmion 29 Dec 19 - 09:42 AM
mg 28 Dec 19 - 12:37 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Dec 19 - 10:06 PM
mg 27 Dec 19 - 04:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Dec 19 - 03:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Dec 19 - 04:43 PM
Charmion 23 Dec 19 - 07:10 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Dec 19 - 12:56 AM
Charmion 22 Dec 19 - 02:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Dec 19 - 10:10 AM
LilyFestre 22 Dec 19 - 07:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Dec 19 - 11:33 AM
Charmion 18 Dec 19 - 09:16 PM
Donuel 18 Dec 19 - 10:05 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Dec 19 - 09:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Dec 19 - 10:07 AM
Donuel 16 Dec 19 - 07:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Dec 19 - 11:58 AM
Charmion 16 Dec 19 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Dec 19 - 06:02 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Dec 19 - 05:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Dec 19 - 06:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Dec 19 - 01:39 PM
Donuel 12 Dec 19 - 10:20 AM
Donuel 12 Dec 19 - 09:43 AM
Charmion 11 Dec 19 - 04:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Dec 19 - 10:19 AM
Donuel 10 Dec 19 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Dec 19 - 12:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Dec 19 - 10:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Dec 19 - 05:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Dec 19 - 01:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Dec 19 - 11:17 AM
Charmion 06 Dec 19 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Dec 19 - 11:01 AM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Dec 19 - 08:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 19 - 11:45 AM
Charmion 01 Dec 19 - 12:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Dec 19 - 11:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Nov 19 - 10:04 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Nov 19 - 04:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Nov 19 - 02:53 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Nov 19 - 10:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Nov 19 - 09:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Nov 19 - 12:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Nov 19 - 12:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Nov 19 - 08:00 PM
LilyFestre 21 Nov 19 - 07:38 PM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Nov 19 - 05:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Nov 19 - 12:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Nov 19 - 05:31 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Nov 19 - 04:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Nov 19 - 01:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Nov 19 - 11:32 PM
mg 16 Nov 19 - 02:46 PM
LilyFestre 16 Nov 19 - 02:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Nov 19 - 11:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Nov 19 - 04:40 PM
Charmion 15 Nov 19 - 11:31 AM
Donuel 15 Nov 19 - 11:23 AM
Charmion 15 Nov 19 - 08:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 19 - 11:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Nov 19 - 05:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 19 - 10:01 AM
Charmion 14 Nov 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Nov 19 - 03:45 PM
Charmion 13 Nov 19 - 10:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Nov 19 - 11:39 AM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Nov 19 - 06:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Nov 19 - 01:46 AM
Charmion 09 Nov 19 - 10:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Nov 19 - 07:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Nov 19 - 12:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Nov 19 - 07:18 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Nov 19 - 07:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Nov 19 - 05:16 PM
Donuel 06 Nov 19 - 06:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Nov 19 - 12:15 PM
Charmion 04 Nov 19 - 08:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Nov 19 - 09:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Nov 19 - 08:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Nov 19 - 03:43 PM
LilyFestre 03 Nov 19 - 02:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Nov 19 - 01:09 PM
LilyFestre 02 Nov 19 - 11:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Nov 19 - 05:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Oct 19 - 04:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Oct 19 - 11:10 AM
mg 30 Oct 19 - 07:12 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Oct 19 - 06:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Oct 19 - 08:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Oct 19 - 10:43 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Oct 19 - 05:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Oct 19 - 05:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Oct 19 - 12:37 PM
Charmion 28 Oct 19 - 09:10 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Oct 19 - 11:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Oct 19 - 01:09 AM
mg 26 Oct 19 - 08:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Oct 19 - 04:22 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Oct 19 - 11:31 AM
Charmion 26 Oct 19 - 11:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Oct 19 - 11:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Oct 19 - 07:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Oct 19 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 Oct 19 - 11:24 AM
Donuel 22 Oct 19 - 08:53 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Oct 19 - 07:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Oct 19 - 12:51 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Oct 19 - 11:25 AM
Charmion 21 Oct 19 - 10:32 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Oct 19 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 02:36 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Oct 19 - 11:51 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 10:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Oct 19 - 02:43 PM
LilyFestre 18 Oct 19 - 11:46 AM
Donuel 17 Oct 19 - 09:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM
Charmion 17 Oct 19 - 09:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:57 PM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Oct 19 - 10:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Oct 19 - 11:38 AM
Charmion 15 Oct 19 - 09:48 AM
mg 14 Oct 19 - 04:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 19 - 11:20 PM
LilyFestre 13 Oct 19 - 10:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 19 - 08:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Oct 19 - 12:32 PM
LilyFestre 11 Oct 19 - 07:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Oct 19 - 12:59 PM
LilyFestre 10 Oct 19 - 04:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Oct 19 - 10:58 AM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Oct 19 - 05:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Oct 19 - 03:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Oct 19 - 11:48 AM
Charmion 08 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Oct 19 - 11:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Oct 19 - 12:17 PM
Charmion 06 Oct 19 - 09:27 PM
Jon Freeman 06 Oct 19 - 01:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Oct 19 - 01:21 PM
Jon Freeman 06 Oct 19 - 12:29 PM
Donuel 06 Oct 19 - 12:00 AM
LilyFestre 05 Oct 19 - 10:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Oct 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Oct 19 - 07:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 19 - 05:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Oct 19 - 05:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Oct 19 - 10:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Sep 19 - 03:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM
Charmion 30 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Sep 19 - 10:39 AM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Sep 19 - 09:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Sep 19 - 05:00 PM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Sep 19 - 02:33 PM
Charmion 28 Sep 19 - 10:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Sep 19 - 09:46 AM
LilyFestre 28 Sep 19 - 08:05 AM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Sep 19 - 05:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Sep 19 - 11:44 AM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Sep 19 - 06:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Sep 19 - 09:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Sep 19 - 10:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Sep 19 - 11:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Sep 19 - 04:33 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Sep 19 - 03:07 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Sep 19 - 01:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Sep 19 - 10:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Sep 19 - 08:52 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Sep 19 - 02:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Sep 19 - 11:01 AM
Charmion 21 Sep 19 - 10:36 AM
Jon Freeman 21 Sep 19 - 09:09 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Sep 19 - 01:14 AM
LilyFestre 20 Sep 19 - 11:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Sep 19 - 10:18 PM
mg 20 Sep 19 - 08:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Sep 19 - 05:49 PM
Charmion 20 Sep 19 - 09:30 AM
mg 20 Sep 19 - 12:03 AM
mg 20 Sep 19 - 12:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Sep 19 - 10:56 AM
Charmion 17 Sep 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Sep 19 - 01:33 PM
Jon Freeman 15 Sep 19 - 04:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Sep 19 - 10:43 AM
Jon Freeman 15 Sep 19 - 07:59 AM
LilyFestre 15 Sep 19 - 07:53 AM
Charmion 15 Sep 19 - 07:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Sep 19 - 11:26 PM
LilyFestre 14 Sep 19 - 03:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Sep 19 - 11:05 PM
Charmion 13 Sep 19 - 12:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Sep 19 - 11:35 AM
Jon Freeman 13 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 12 Sep 19 - 08:18 PM
wysiwyg 12 Sep 19 - 07:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Sep 19 - 12:18 PM
wysiwyg 12 Sep 19 - 10:46 AM
Charmion 12 Sep 19 - 10:18 AM
Jon Freeman 12 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM
Jon Freeman 12 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Sep 19 - 11:33 PM
Jon Freeman 11 Sep 19 - 04:10 PM
wysiwyg 11 Sep 19 - 01:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Sep 19 - 11:52 PM
wysiwyg 10 Sep 19 - 10:43 PM
wysiwyg 10 Sep 19 - 03:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Sep 19 - 10:20 AM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Sep 19 - 05:36 PM
wysiwyg 09 Sep 19 - 04:42 PM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Sep 19 - 12:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Sep 19 - 11:58 AM
Charmion 09 Sep 19 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 11:31 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Sep 19 - 07:24 PM
LilyFestre 08 Sep 19 - 06:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 02:47 PM
wysiwyg 08 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 11:15 AM
wysiwyg 07 Sep 19 - 08:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Sep 19 - 10:22 AM
wysiwyg 07 Sep 19 - 06:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Sep 19 - 12:18 AM
Dorothy Parshall 06 Sep 19 - 10:00 PM
wysiwyg 06 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM
LilyFestre 05 Sep 19 - 09:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 05 Sep 19 - 08:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 19 - 04:56 PM
wysiwyg 05 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Sep 19 - 10:55 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Sep 19 - 09:59 PM
Charmion 03 Sep 19 - 10:26 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Sep 19 - 10:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Sep 19 - 10:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Sep 19 - 09:51 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 11:59 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Sep 19 - 04:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Aug 19 - 09:53 PM
Dorothy Parshall 31 Aug 19 - 08:48 PM
wysiwyg 31 Aug 19 - 12:15 PM
LilyFestre 31 Aug 19 - 11:39 AM
wysiwyg 31 Aug 19 - 10:24 AM
LilyFestre 30 Aug 19 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Aug 19 - 05:47 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Aug 19 - 05:39 PM
wysiwyg 30 Aug 19 - 05:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Aug 19 - 01:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 19 - 10:51 PM
LilyFestre 29 Aug 19 - 10:17 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Aug 19 - 06:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM
wysiwyg 29 Aug 19 - 06:51 AM
Charmion 28 Aug 19 - 07:41 PM
wysiwyg 28 Aug 19 - 03:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Aug 19 - 11:11 AM
Charmion 28 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM
wysiwyg 28 Aug 19 - 05:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 10:57 PM
wysiwyg 27 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Aug 19 - 08:49 PM
wysiwyg 27 Aug 19 - 03:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Aug 19 - 04:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Aug 19 - 01:41 PM
LilyFestre 25 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Aug 19 - 11:45 PM
wysiwyg 24 Aug 19 - 09:23 PM
LilyFestre 24 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Aug 19 - 10:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 22 Aug 19 - 03:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Aug 19 - 11:57 AM
Charmion 22 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Aug 19 - 08:07 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Aug 19 - 01:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Aug 19 - 12:41 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Aug 19 - 11:22 AM
Charmion 21 Aug 19 - 09:27 AM
Jon Freeman 21 Aug 19 - 04:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Aug 19 - 11:26 AM
Charmion 20 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Aug 19 - 05:48 PM
wysiwyg 19 Aug 19 - 07:03 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM
LilyFestre 18 Aug 19 - 02:29 PM
wysiwyg 18 Aug 19 - 08:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 10:04 PM
LilyFestre 17 Aug 19 - 08:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 04:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Aug 19 - 10:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Aug 19 - 09:36 AM
Charmion 16 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Aug 19 - 02:46 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Aug 19 - 08:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 19 - 08:37 PM
wysiwyg 13 Aug 19 - 08:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 19 - 01:40 PM
wysiwyg 12 Aug 19 - 03:33 PM
Jon Freeman 12 Aug 19 - 10:51 AM
Charmion 12 Aug 19 - 10:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Aug 19 - 10:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Aug 19 - 10:20 PM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Aug 19 - 05:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Aug 19 - 10:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Aug 19 - 09:54 AM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Aug 19 - 07:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Aug 19 - 03:23 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Aug 19 - 11:19 AM
wysiwyg 08 Aug 19 - 11:18 AM
wysiwyg 07 Aug 19 - 08:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Aug 19 - 09:46 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Aug 19 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 19 - 10:25 PM
LilyFestre 04 Aug 19 - 10:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 19 - 10:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Aug 19 - 09:46 PM
wysiwyg 03 Aug 19 - 02:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Aug 19 - 10:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Aug 19 - 10:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Aug 19 - 02:19 PM
mg 01 Aug 19 - 04:59 PM
wysiwyg 01 Aug 19 - 11:45 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM
wysiwyg 01 Aug 19 - 09:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jul 19 - 02:41 PM
Charmion 31 Jul 19 - 12:59 PM
wysiwyg 31 Jul 19 - 11:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jul 19 - 11:05 AM
wysiwyg 30 Jul 19 - 10:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jul 19 - 04:04 PM
wysiwyg 29 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jul 19 - 05:29 PM
wysiwyg 28 Jul 19 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jul 19 - 04:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM
Charmion 26 Jul 19 - 08:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jul 19 - 01:13 PM
wysiwyg 26 Jul 19 - 11:58 AM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 19 - 06:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jul 19 - 06:14 PM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 19 - 12:30 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jul 19 - 11:38 AM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 19 - 11:21 AM
Charmion 25 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 19 - 07:26 PM
wysiwyg 24 Jul 19 - 04:55 PM
wysiwyg 24 Jul 19 - 03:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 19 - 01:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 19 - 09:14 AM
wysiwyg 23 Jul 19 - 04:39 PM
wysiwyg 23 Jul 19 - 12:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jul 19 - 12:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jul 19 - 10:46 AM
wysiwyg 23 Jul 19 - 10:18 AM
Charmion 23 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 Jul 19 - 01:42 PM
Charmion 22 Jul 19 - 09:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Jul 19 - 10:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jul 19 - 12:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jul 19 - 07:50 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jul 19 - 06:49 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jul 19 - 02:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM
wysiwyg 19 Jul 19 - 09:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 09:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 10:34 AM
Charmion 19 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM
wysiwyg 18 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jul 19 - 03:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jul 19 - 10:59 AM
wysiwyg 16 Jul 19 - 02:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 19 - 11:26 AM
wysiwyg 16 Jul 19 - 11:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 19 - 08:52 AM
wysiwyg 16 Jul 19 - 08:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jul 19 - 01:43 PM
wysiwyg 15 Jul 19 - 01:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM
Charmion 15 Jul 19 - 10:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 19 - 12:42 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 19 - 08:45 AM
Charmion 13 Jul 19 - 02:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jul 19 - 12:23 PM
Charmion 12 Jul 19 - 10:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM
wysiwyg 12 Jul 19 - 02:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jul 19 - 09:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jul 19 - 11:03 AM
wysiwyg 10 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jul 19 - 09:32 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Jul 19 - 07:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jul 19 - 11:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 08:57 PM
wysiwyg 09 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 06:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 03:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 11:37 AM
wysiwyg 09 Jul 19 - 10:48 AM
Jon Freeman 09 Jul 19 - 09:05 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 08:33 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 11:31 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Jul 19 - 10:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 09:34 PM
mg 08 Jul 19 - 08:43 PM
mg 08 Jul 19 - 08:41 PM
Charmion 08 Jul 19 - 08:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 06:18 PM
wysiwyg 08 Jul 19 - 06:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 02:36 PM
wysiwyg 08 Jul 19 - 01:48 PM
Charmion 08 Jul 19 - 10:53 AM
wysiwyg 08 Jul 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jul 19 - 12:48 PM
Charmion 07 Jul 19 - 12:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jul 19 - 10:05 AM
wysiwyg 06 Jul 19 - 08:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jul 19 - 06:02 PM
wysiwyg 06 Jul 19 - 01:23 PM
Dorothy Parshall 06 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jul 19 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 19 - 04:45 PM
wysiwyg 05 Jul 19 - 02:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 19 - 11:57 AM
Charmion 05 Jul 19 - 08:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Jul 19 - 08:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jul 19 - 12:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jul 19 - 11:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jul 19 - 10:30 AM
Charmion 03 Jul 19 - 09:47 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jul 19 - 09:44 PM
wysiwyg 02 Jul 19 - 07:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jul 19 - 10:25 AM
Charmion 02 Jul 19 - 09:29 AM
wysiwyg 02 Jul 19 - 09:13 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jul 19 - 07:24 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Jun 19 - 07:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jun 19 - 07:26 PM
wysiwyg 29 Jun 19 - 02:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Jun 19 - 11:47 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jun 19 - 10:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jun 19 - 06:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jun 19 - 11:01 AM
Charmion 26 Jun 19 - 10:40 AM
wysiwyg 26 Jun 19 - 10:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jun 19 - 10:33 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jun 19 - 10:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jun 19 - 03:15 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Jun 19 - 02:51 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jun 19 - 01:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jun 19 - 01:09 PM
Charmion 24 Jun 19 - 12:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jun 19 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jun 19 - 10:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jun 19 - 12:57 AM
wysiwyg 22 Jun 19 - 09:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jun 19 - 11:20 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jun 19 - 03:10 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jun 19 - 02:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jun 19 - 11:54 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jun 19 - 10:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Jun 19 - 01:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jun 19 - 07:51 PM
wysiwyg 18 Jun 19 - 05:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jun 19 - 10:48 PM
wysiwyg 17 Jun 19 - 08:30 PM
Dorothy Parshall 17 Jun 19 - 08:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jun 19 - 01:21 AM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Jun 19 - 05:35 PM
LilyFestre 16 Jun 19 - 04:21 PM
wysiwyg 16 Jun 19 - 02:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jun 19 - 11:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 19 - 11:03 AM
wysiwyg 15 Jun 19 - 08:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 19 - 12:05 AM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Jun 19 - 10:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jun 19 - 11:29 AM
Charmion 14 Jun 19 - 09:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jun 19 - 06:29 PM
Charmion 13 Jun 19 - 12:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jun 19 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM
Charmion 12 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Jun 19 - 04:36 PM
wysiwyg 11 Jun 19 - 02:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jun 19 - 09:11 AM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Jun 19 - 09:10 PM
wysiwyg 10 Jun 19 - 02:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jun 19 - 12:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jun 19 - 10:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jun 19 - 01:19 PM
Charmion 08 Jun 19 - 09:34 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jun 19 - 07:02 PM
wysiwyg 07 Jun 19 - 09:12 AM
Dorothy Parshall 06 Jun 19 - 10:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jun 19 - 07:47 PM
wysiwyg 06 Jun 19 - 12:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jun 19 - 12:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jun 19 - 09:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jun 19 - 06:58 PM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Jun 19 - 06:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jun 19 - 11:35 AM
wysiwyg 04 Jun 19 - 07:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jun 19 - 03:06 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 19 - 02:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jun 19 - 01:50 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 19 - 01:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jun 19 - 12:35 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 19 - 04:44 AM
mg 03 Jun 19 - 03:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jun 19 - 03:59 PM
wysiwyg 01 Jun 19 - 01:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jun 19 - 10:23 AM
wysiwyg 01 Jun 19 - 10:13 AM
wysiwyg 31 May 19 - 05:56 PM
wysiwyg 31 May 19 - 05:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 May 19 - 10:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 May 19 - 05:31 PM
wysiwyg 30 May 19 - 02:10 PM
wysiwyg 30 May 19 - 09:51 AM
LilyFestre 29 May 19 - 09:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 May 19 - 09:07 PM
LilyFestre 29 May 19 - 08:53 PM
wysiwyg 29 May 19 - 07:52 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 May 19 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 May 19 - 11:24 AM
wysiwyg 28 May 19 - 05:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 May 19 - 02:49 PM
wysiwyg 28 May 19 - 12:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 19 - 11:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 19 - 03:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 27 May 19 - 01:00 PM
wysiwyg 27 May 19 - 12:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 19 - 11:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 May 19 - 05:57 PM
LilyFestre 26 May 19 - 03:52 PM
wysiwyg 26 May 19 - 01:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 May 19 - 01:05 PM
wysiwyg 26 May 19 - 12:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 May 19 - 07:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 May 19 - 10:52 AM
wysiwyg 25 May 19 - 07:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 May 19 - 09:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 May 19 - 11:41 AM
wysiwyg 24 May 19 - 11:34 AM
Charmion 24 May 19 - 09:46 AM
wysiwyg 23 May 19 - 07:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 May 19 - 04:43 PM
Donuel 23 May 19 - 09:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 19 - 08:08 PM
Dorothy Parshall 22 May 19 - 07:55 PM
wysiwyg 22 May 19 - 07:31 PM
wysiwyg 22 May 19 - 05:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 19 - 04:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 19 - 01:42 AM
wysiwyg 21 May 19 - 04:29 PM
Charmion 21 May 19 - 09:29 AM
mg 20 May 19 - 03:01 PM
wysiwyg 20 May 19 - 10:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 May 19 - 02:29 AM
Charmion 19 May 19 - 08:18 PM
LilyFestre 19 May 19 - 06:52 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 May 19 - 04:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 May 19 - 12:42 PM
Charmion 18 May 19 - 09:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 May 19 - 07:23 PM
wysiwyg 18 May 19 - 02:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 May 19 - 10:42 PM
wysiwyg 17 May 19 - 09:05 PM
Charmion 17 May 19 - 11:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 May 19 - 10:37 AM
wysiwyg 15 May 19 - 03:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 May 19 - 02:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 May 19 - 06:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 May 19 - 11:30 AM
wysiwyg 14 May 19 - 07:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 May 19 - 10:46 PM
wysiwyg 13 May 19 - 05:36 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 May 19 - 03:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 May 19 - 01:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 May 19 - 09:37 PM
wysiwyg 12 May 19 - 09:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 May 19 - 12:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 May 19 - 01:25 PM
wysiwyg 10 May 19 - 06:42 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 May 19 - 01:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 May 19 - 12:35 PM
wysiwyg 10 May 19 - 07:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 10 May 19 - 01:29 AM
wysiwyg 09 May 19 - 04:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 May 19 - 11:40 PM
wysiwyg 08 May 19 - 06:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 May 19 - 11:27 AM
Dorothy Parshall 08 May 19 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 May 19 - 10:28 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 19 - 05:56 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 19 - 05:33 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 19 - 01:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 May 19 - 10:57 AM
Donuel 07 May 19 - 10:50 AM
Charmion 07 May 19 - 09:54 AM
Donuel 07 May 19 - 09:02 AM
wysiwyg 06 May 19 - 10:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 May 19 - 08:38 PM
Dorothy Parshall 06 May 19 - 07:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 May 19 - 05:58 PM
Dorothy Parshall 06 May 19 - 10:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 19 - 09:07 PM
wysiwyg 05 May 19 - 06:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 19 - 04:32 PM
wysiwyg 05 May 19 - 02:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 19 - 11:31 AM
wysiwyg 05 May 19 - 06:54 AM
Donuel 04 May 19 - 08:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 19 - 08:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 04 May 19 - 07:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 19 - 02:36 PM
wysiwyg 04 May 19 - 01:04 PM
LilyFestre 04 May 19 - 12:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 19 - 11:00 AM
wysiwyg 03 May 19 - 04:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 May 19 - 02:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 May 19 - 11:11 AM
LilyFestre 02 May 19 - 06:58 PM
wysiwyg 02 May 19 - 04:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 May 19 - 12:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 May 19 - 11:30 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 May 19 - 07:53 PM
Charmion 01 May 19 - 03:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 May 19 - 12:18 PM
wysiwyg 30 Apr 19 - 08:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Apr 19 - 02:48 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Apr 19 - 01:02 PM
wysiwyg 30 Apr 19 - 12:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Apr 19 - 12:13 PM
Charmion 30 Apr 19 - 10:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 19 - 10:50 PM
wysiwyg 29 Apr 19 - 09:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 19 - 02:52 PM
wysiwyg 29 Apr 19 - 11:25 AM
wysiwyg 28 Apr 19 - 10:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM
LilyFestre 28 Apr 19 - 09:17 PM
wysiwyg 28 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 19 - 01:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 19 - 11:12 AM
LilyFestre 27 Apr 19 - 10:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 19 - 07:09 PM
LilyFestre 27 Apr 19 - 05:20 PM
LilyFestre 27 Apr 19 - 04:33 PM
Jon Freeman 27 Apr 19 - 04:06 PM
wysiwyg 27 Apr 19 - 02:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 19 - 01:52 PM
Jon Freeman 27 Apr 19 - 12:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 19 - 11:26 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Apr 19 - 07:15 PM
Jon Freeman 26 Apr 19 - 07:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Apr 19 - 01:34 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Apr 19 - 11:27 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Apr 19 - 09:45 AM
wysiwyg 26 Apr 19 - 08:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Apr 19 - 12:55 AM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Apr 19 - 09:43 PM
wysiwyg 25 Apr 19 - 04:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Apr 19 - 12:04 AM
wysiwyg 24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM
wysiwyg 24 Apr 19 - 01:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM
wysiwyg 23 Apr 19 - 10:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Apr 19 - 08:47 PM
wysiwyg 23 Apr 19 - 05:52 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Apr 19 - 11:41 AM
Dorothy Parshall 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 PM
wysiwyg 22 Apr 19 - 04:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 AM
wysiwyg 22 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM
wysiwyg 21 Apr 19 - 07:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Apr 19 - 12:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Apr 19 - 10:30 PM
LilyFestre 20 Apr 19 - 05:46 PM
wysiwyg 20 Apr 19 - 09:17 AM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Apr 19 - 06:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM
LilyFestre 18 Apr 19 - 05:28 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Apr 19 - 04:29 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Apr 19 - 12:10 AM
LilyFestre 17 Apr 19 - 09:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 19 - 07:35 PM
Dorothy Parshall 17 Apr 19 - 06:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 19 - 04:48 PM
mg 17 Apr 19 - 03:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 19 - 11:42 AM
wysiwyg 16 Apr 19 - 01:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM
wysiwyg 16 Apr 19 - 09:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Apr 19 - 10:01 PM
wysiwyg 15 Apr 19 - 07:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Apr 19 - 07:28 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM
LilyFestre 15 Apr 19 - 04:34 PM
wysiwyg 15 Apr 19 - 04:09 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 10:26 AM

My dad's estate required a 30-yard dumpster to organize. I knew why he kept a lot of things, but it never dawned on him that it wasn't necessary. Some things, like boxes to electronic equipment in the house (including the packing materials) ended up being handy, but a lot of it wasn't and into the dumpster it went.

Pepper just shot through the house, taking a corner too close to the case of Topo Chico and sent a bottle breaking across the dining room floor. As much as I've mopped, swept, and peered into corners with a flashlight, there will be shards remaining. Another box is now on top of the bottles. Also regarding Pepper, her training collar must be charged every other day. It wasn't working this morning when it really should have, to keep her from incessantly barking for treats at the neighbor early in the morning. It is getting better, but isn't resolved yet. We'd hate to have to go cold turkey on any treats for any of the dogs, they do enjoy the once a day encounter over the back fence.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 09:43 AM

I don't put any paper on my desk unless I have to do something with it -- pay a bill, for example. Otherwise, it goes into the trash or the filing cabinet. Addresses and phone numbers are added to the contacts list on the phone, which works because I share an Apple account (and its cloud storage) with Himself. We stopped losing contact information in 2014, when the iPhone came into our lives.

Himself occasionally dumps paper on my desk, usually because he can't be arsed to file it. I have decided that this behaviour is tolerable because it could be worse: at least he's not tossing tax bills.

Donuel's futility room sounds familiar, from the yellow paint on cinder block to the dog-poop brown linoleum and the lighting by Jerry Rig Inc. My Dad's basement was like that, including the clutter; his included 30 years' worth of LPs in mildewed cardboard boxes and a stash of bayonets under the workbench. I ended up hiring a dumpster and clearing it like a disaster zone, starting at the stairs in front and ruthlessly plowing to the coal-hole door at the back. That was a formative experience.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 09:15 AM

You sound like a candidate for the "one thing at a time" approach, even if it is just one thing a day. Pick it up and do whatever needs done. Trash, donate, repair, or put away somewhere else.

I find paper has encroached on my office desktop again so it is all in a stack and when I leave the room I'll take it with me and put it were it belongs, whether shredded, filed, or into the recycle bin. Some things need first to be noted in the spiral notebook that lives under the printer (like new addresses).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 06:54 PM

Futility: a definition - What chu gonna do about it. You can't stop this clutter ^uck. You couldn't stop me with Muller, you can't stop me with impeachment, you couldn't stop me in the courts, I still keep spic kids behind barb wire, I still haven't given you my tax returns- you ain't gonna get those either, I released my criminal pals from jail, I won't allow the post office to deliver voting by mail, so whATCHU GONNA DO ABOUT IT?

The futility room has a water heater, tub sink, exposed ducts and sewer pipe, folding long table and two closets. Besides art supplies there are the things no one is to see. Racist electric skeletons singing dixie, Halloween stand up Trump, fire suit with helmet and visor, stuff that stopped working and piled on the table 3 feet high ranging from rock slicers to violin varnish. Blocking entry to the closet of infamous flammables is an electric folding bike. The floor bears evidence of a previous flood on dog poop brown colored linoleum and the walls are a canary yellow painted cinder block.
The flouresent lighting was engineered by Jerry Rig with extension cords. The futility begins with the question of where to start.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 05:04 PM

Whew! I need a nap after reading all of that, Dorothy!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 03:01 PM

Dupont:

Went alone to Beaver due to crisis #2345673456... Left on Thurs and picked up goodies at the Hidden Gold Mine Bakery. Had a nice few days of good clean air - it is qualitatively different - delicious! Had social distance visits with two - separate- neighbours! And visited one of the art galleries. Sorted papers and trashed some, organized a lot. Went through fabrics and picked a pile to bring back. Found things! WEEDED the raised beds until I could do no more. Cleared around the raspberries, blueberries and Good King Henry. The strawberry beds need to be cleaned out and re-started; they ARE that bad and one has a wasp nest in it so...!!! Stopped at the farm store and bought some fertilizer for the potted plants here; the tomats are looking forlorn, worn out from producing fruit!

Texted the fellow who kept the drive open last winter, "I really want to pay you!" He came by and was duly paid, and contracted to cut the field around the house; some of the greenery is taller than I! I had trouble walking around for fear of being caught and tripped! Hopefully when I go back it will be walkable. I had wanted to collect comfrey to feed the plants. Sue, next door, was excited about Steve cutting the field; she wants the green stuff for her compost. She will rake it up - at least some of it! I will make sure she gets comfrey when I get back. It is prolific!

Left on Monday; Brought home frozen muffins (peach/cinnamon) and scones in cooler; added a frozen chicken and 2 liter jug of apple cider. Put the cooler on the floor in the front to get max cool air. When I unloaded everything was still frozen! Put the cider back in freezer, and the goodies, and thawed the chicken which I roasted last evening, with carrots and potatoes. - to be ready when R came home; He phoned about 11 to tell me he was not coming home and might not tonight either. I was so fed up, I watched episodes of Heartland until 3 am - and ate chips and humus.

Considered going back to beaver and just staying. SO tired of these crises. But - I am a maid to all these house plants! R gets tired of being janitor when I am at Beaver. And the garden here is producing - not much, but some. One nice zuke went into the latest stew. The long drought really kept progress from being made.   

Woke up feeling like.... Day 52 and I messed up "diet". Very late BF of toast/tahini and a poached egg, on top, did not help. Now it is mid aft and a salad is on my mind. Went to the produce store last night just before closing; almost no one in the place so I refilled the fridge. And there is a lovely pepper on the plant on back deck. Lots of small ones on the seedlings. And a fair number of tomatoes on the six pots of patio tomatoes - Italian or "peach". R is enjoying them.

Going to the store, there was a nice round patio table and four chairs on the curb. I hoped for R to come home with the truck... Oh well. I could have collected the chairs but not the table. We have no such and it would have been nice. People really are de-cluttering. They may have upgraded...

The heat is not as bad and I have managed a few small tasks and feel hopeful of getting more accomplished with the sewing stuffs I brought back. Super negative side, I seem to have left my list of passwords at Beaver! ALL of them, except for the Apple TV, which is in a notebook. I thought the list was in there also and cannot visualize where I might have left it - at Beaver for sure - but have not totally ransacked the car yet. I need to think of it before the sun hits that area. Two small boxes of pottery in there also, dif from any I had here. Need to bring it in and wash it as it sat in the screen house for a year!

Fall is on the way and while many mourn the end of summer, fall is my fav time of year.

No new sign of bedbugs!!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 02:53 PM

Please! Tell us about the "futility room."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 05:18 AM

The family media room is done except for some wiring and hanging a 10 mirror.
That leaves the futility room, basement and spare office to go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Aug 20 - 06:52 PM

Thanks SRS. I think I'll start enjoying it when I start to see things taking shape.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Aug 20 - 12:21 PM

While tidying the Glory Hole (basement storage area) yesterday, I saw that we have been accumulating not nearly useful enough kitchen gadgets again.

Some items are the result of an on-line order I made with a company that I thought -- from the name and address -- was Quebecois, but turned out to be Chinese, and not quite clear on the concept of shipping precisely what was ordered, no more and no less. Consequently, I ended up with nineteen (count 'em -- 19!) pairs of silicone-tipped tongs that slightly less than six inches long -- probably designed for serving from a buffet, but utterly useless for cooking. Deluded into believing that the tongs were 15 inches long, I had ordered two pairs, plus a few other items that I doubt that I will ever see.

But -- 19 pairs of useless tongs. Plus a plastic egg separator I have never used, a balloon whisk (gift of a relative) that won't fit into the drawer that already accommodates the whisk I have been using since 1995, three oyster knives (flat-end screwdriver works better), several novelty tea infusers, many water-bottles and take-away coffee cups, and a cutlery organizer that does not fit any drawer in this house.

Geez. It never ends.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 20 - 09:51 AM

Jon, yes! Organizing what you have so you can use it when you need to is rewarding and is a good reason for self-congratulation. I hope you enjoy the process! I occasionally have to rearrange the stuff on my garage workbench for the same reason.

Mary, I have a stack of soap slivers on a soap dish in the bathroom and I occasionally stick them to each other to form one larger more usable chunk. And sometimes I give up and toss them all. Good for you for actually using them!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Aug 20 - 05:45 AM

My attention has turned to my shed which has been a mess for a few years. I’ve made sure the mini lathe, bench drill and bench grinder are all working and cleaned up a few rusty items. I’ve also changed the board the lathe rests on on the bench as the old one had warped quite badly.

I’ve got 4 shelves on order which I can fit 2 by the work bench and drill and 2 by the lathe and will hold tools and other bits relevant to these machines/areas and should make more space for the main shelving to hold the rest – I think items to store have increased since the shed was last tidied up.

I’m also waiting for 2 led light panels which should improve things in there. I think I’ll leave the main clearing up and sorting until these other 2 bits are done.

I did consider trying to fit a small vertical mill in there, something which (I could get one in) would involve a complete revision of the left side of the small amount of space I have to play with but I decided I can’t justify or afford that and that it would be going far beyond the scope of the project.

The shed is unlikely to get much use but I’d like it fit for use as/if required. It used to be that I could quickly lay my hands on anything kept in there and the shed was pretty much “ready to go” if anything cropped up. As it stands about the only things I’d find easily are fasteners and even that involved wading over junk on the floor. And say using the vice or drill would involve moving one pile of things to another spot….


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 12 Aug 20 - 02:57 AM

I am using up my extensive sliver of soap collection. Using them to wash out clothes in the sink mainly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Aug 20 - 12:02 PM

The once every six weeks or so Costco run is (apparently) for the heaviest objects I could find in the grocery section of the store. Cases of sparkling water, bags of flour and baking soda, and I needed mayo so ended up with a larger-than-life jar of Hellmann's. I can't go to the gym, I might as well go to Costco. Senior shopping is until 10am.

I've been reading about lots of people decluttering. It's ironic that our houses are looking better than ever and we can't have anyone over to enjoy the improved space. People can look through the doorway to see the sunroom, but that's about it. How is everyone else doing in this endeavor? Have you made any big changes to what room things are arranged in, etc? Taken up any old hobbies and pulled out those materials, or put away any current projects as not necessary at this time?

Any lurkers out there want to check in? We'd love to hear from you!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 20 - 08:17 PM

I spent the afternoon aligning four sheets of pages printed from a PDF into two parts of a 3-D mask, and it comes with concentric lines for seven different sizes. I selected four of the sizes so far and taped and cut out pieces then made cardboard templates from each of them. This is the next phase of mask making, for people who have a larger nose and dislike the way standard masks fit. I'll make one in my size this evening, step by step with the video from the woman who designed the mask. She doesn't have print instructions, and while the general routine is understood, there are still steps that can't be neglected, so I'll follow along and write them out myself.

She has a great tip about using "pony beads," plastic or acrylic children's beads with a large hole to allow adjustable ear pieces and. Lots of good stuff in this video. The masks are evolving as people figure out ways to make them easier to wear and in some instances, easier to sew.

Trash day tomorrow so time to round up everything. Also to put more recycling stuff in the car to drop off. I'm trying to not let there be spillover from the front room and I don't need to save any more packing materials so when boxes or padded envelopes come now they are filed in trash or recycling. Small stuff, but it adds up quickly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Aug 20 - 07:24 PM

I pulled up some of the photos I have of things to list on eBay, but I haven't found where I stacked all of those things (now somewhere in the front room). So I'll shoot some new photos for the things that are near the top and go from there. I have new eBay listings and am aiming at one a day this month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Aug 20 - 03:38 PM

One step forward, two steps back this week.

I got the replacement bulbs for the bathroom fixture, then realized that while I did want to switch to LED, I needed T8 not T12. Back to the store where people aren't good about wearing their masks. I'll go early this time.

Dogs. One seems to have a sting on her nose, I'm watching that spot, and one may have anal gland issues. Which to the vet first? I need more heartworm meds. I'll take care of that stuff next week.

I ordered groceries to be delivered to save one trip into a store, but there's always something you can't get that requires a trip or a different order (and to meet a minimum purchase). This staying home isn't always an easy process. And it's a lot more expensive. Since I'm headed to a grocery store pharmacy next week for my singles shot, I'll pick up the missing items then. When I'm there early during senior shopping.

The groceries arrive this afternoon and I'll put the dogs in the yard before that happens. The scrum at the door isn't pretty when things are delivered.

In the garden this morning I decluttered the okra of a whole bunch of aphids under the leaves. They've been growing way slower than normal, and I finally realized why. I headed out with a plastic container with soapy water and a paper towel and gave the big leaves a once-under and with each pass it came back green and buggy. I'll use the soapy spray every three days and see if that helps now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Aug 20 - 07:32 PM

After the move, I became quite savage about accumulation, and that attitude is our new normal. Muddle is not allowed, and everything must have a home. The comparative lack of storage here is a feature, not a bug.

Except for books. We still accumulate books — but none of them are stacked on the floor. That’s forbidden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Aug 20 - 07:16 PM

From the Washington Post

The great decluttering of 2020: The pandemic has inspired a cleanout of American homes

“People are feeling their spaces right now,” says Gretchen Rubin, author of nine books, including “Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness.” “Some people feel like nesting and just want to paint everything. Others feel claustrophobic. Many have figured out they need more elbow room. Some are thinking, ‘I don’t want to waste something I’m not using. I want to put it back out in the world.’?”

“Think of how many people created home offices out of a room they had used for storage,” says Michael Frohm, chief operating officer for Goodwill of Greater Washington, which saw donations rise by 20 percent over last year and rented three temporary warehouses to store them. “They didn’t want all that stuff in back of them during a Zoom call. They were forced to clear it out.”

And this, from the same article: The temptation continues, because "On a recent Saturday at Goodwill’s Glebe Road location in Arlington, there were 600 drop-offs from overflowing cars and trucks. For thrift shoppers, Frohm says, it’s a gold mine: “The quality of stuff right now is amazing.”"


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Aug 20 - 09:41 AM

I am plugging through the copy-edit of the rewritten chapters of the Afghanbistan book, which I am now shipping off to Author. Consequently, the house is dusty and cat-hairy, and I don't care.

We have had a couple of days of torrential rain, so the garden looks perkier. But next year I really must plant something -- besides the mint and the oregano -- that blooms in mid- to late summer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 20 - 08:09 PM

This afternoon I settled down in the newly-cleared sunroom for a power nap in the recliner. The classical station was playing Resphigi's Airs and Dances and I woke 20 minutes later to one of Brahms' Hungarian Dances. I think I've found a good reason to leave that current setup in place. It's also lovely to tend the plants with no difficulty in reaching them (lots of boxes and furniture used to be in the way of that wide deep window).

The struggle these days is in the garden, to keep the aphids and ants off of the okra and other crops. I've sprayed with soap and orange oil a couple of times, which helped a lot, but now I'm down to using Diatomaceous Earth and a veggie wash product (they sell it to use in the house to wash vegetables before cooking or eating, but it also does the trick on bugs in the garden and is very gentle on the plants).

I'm ready for the next stage of mask making, with a new set of fabric and to work out larger and smaller versions of the standard ones I've been making so far. The dining table is clear.

Still working on clearing other tables and kitchen counters. I spent time dusting shelves and realize that this house is going to continue to be a box of dust that gets rearranged unless I do something serious like vacuum up a lot and control the dog hair. Get it out, don't just dust a little here and there with a rag.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Aug 20 - 07:48 PM

Dupont:

Never made it to a nap because when I went upstairs there was no bedding! Oops, it was in the washer. So I moved it to the dryer and perked up as I got a bunch of little things done.

The woman who bought the pottery, emailed that her daughter is coming with a friend who wants some so it will stay where it is a while longer. I can also give dghtr the excess cash Mom had given me - this darn slimy money sticks together. This morning, my brain was good enough to figure out the finances! And a couple other things. Wonderful, as I could not do it last week.

R and I have agreed that I will go to Beaver on Thursday and he will drive part way on Friday and the short part on Saturday so he can finish the septic. Here's hoping!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Aug 20 - 04:13 PM

The first eBay box contents are photographed and ready to go. I have to go between the two computers to use the newer version of Bridge and Photoshop to process photos. I did find some photos I'd forgotten about in the camera. Nice bonus.

Ants seem to be the plague of the garden right now, I've been out spritzing diatomaceous earth on my pepper plants. I'll go out later with vinyl gloves and give the plants a good once over to rub off some of the aphids or other pest eggs that are turning up on the leaves. It doesn't help that we're only allowed to water two days a week and I have to be sneaky to water on the days I actually want to water. Too much or too little is hard on the plants.

I hope you're enjoying your pool, Don. I was reading about the heat wave on the east coast. I hope Jeri got her air conditioner finally (a Facebook conversation brought over here).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Aug 20 - 01:05 PM

Wow, Dorothy! Computer nightmares there. And that's funny that R thought it was Saturday - his brain perhaps unconsciously telling him to take it easy for a little while. He can rest up; anesthesia takes time to get over and out of your system.

August is here, this is usually when the "dog days of summer" set in, but this year we got an early start on them. It isn't the hottest year, but it has been long and muggy and we're all stuck at home.

I am restarting the eBay activity, and the first things to list are simply what comes to hand as I clear off my dining table. One of the 30-gallon plastic self-lidded bins that I emptied in the old sun room is now organized with mask-making fabrics that were spread over the table. Boxes my sister sent are broken down and the items are either ready to be donated or sold. None of it was stuff I wanted to keep.

I managed to clear the pile-up on the kitchen table (instead of eating in one little clear spot I can now spread out). Battling the tyranny of horizontal surfaces - logical but not organized landing pads for stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Aug 20 - 12:49 PM

Dupont:

R was a long time getting over the effects of epidural but Doug brought him home about 5or 6 pm and we had supper together. Then, as soon as Doug left, bed!

Yesterday/Friday, I was waiting for R to leave for work. After two hours on phone with Tech support I went and found him watching TV??? He thought it was Saturday!

Most of this week was spent working on the problems deriving from a major computer hack. A major nightmare! 12 hours with Ephraim on Weds as he worked on computer and, talked to Whidbey tech support and then a trip to Apple Genius about 30 minutes away - lucky to get an appointment at 6 pm! Only one available in the area. The nice "Genius" worked on it for an hour trying to get rid of anything unnecessary and/or offensive. Then back here and E continued to consult with techies and work on computer, leaving about 11:30; R took him back to the Metro.

Thurs: spent hours trying to come to terms with what had been changed. while getting rid of the accumulation of emails. A couple more calls to tech. I could receive but not send. Tues eve there had been no new emails, my first call to tech!

Friday, having found that I had to put in the new - rocket science - password every time I left the computer for a few minutes...techie Jodie spent almost two hours helping me reset up email so I could understand it and find and click a box so I did not need to re-do every 10 minutes! Imagine, I go to stir the stew and come back and... ARGHHH! Someone also helped me change the password to access email to something more human.

Sent an email of thanks to Whidbey Telecom re Blaise, Adam, Thomas, Jodie ... Eph was also impressed by them.

Exhaustion from Weds precluded me going to Beaver on Thurs. Also the need to get bank accounts revived, trip to get new access card (complicated by my ID being Ontario and this is Quebec and a long wait due to social distancing which they were doing quite well), phone calls...

Now, I seem to have lost all previous emails, the important ones that were in "smart mailboxes" so they could be easily accessed and that have info I would like to or need to access. I do not have the energy left for another call to Techs. Maybe tomorrow.

Weds, I ate almost nothing. I have been good about not "making up for it" and on Day 40... I am still exhausted but there is a fresh pot of stew ready for a good meal, or four! Now, at 12:30, I am ready to go back to bed. A lovely, Hot, day. The lawn is still not mowed. R is still not 100%. Ephraim has moved into the city house from his tiny apt, a good thing not to have it empty. Also more convenient to the office. (He works with/for R and bro. He is worth more than his weight in gold, even if he gave me passwords worthy of Fort Knox!)


Prior to the hacking: On Tues, a mother and daughter came and chose 37 pots from the display in DR! Terrific De-clutter!!! We are trying to decide where to move them so they are still accessible but not taking up the entire DR! The first floor actually got vacuumed before they arrived! No more sign of bedbugs!! We've had rain so I don't need to water outdoor plants and those in the ground are starting to grow!

I still have a bureau in the back of my car, from Beaver to undecided so it just stays! I can hardly hold my head up. TV or bed...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jul 20 - 10:28 AM

I went to Walmart today at 6:30am and found the aisles as empty as my neighbor described. I loaded up on their store-brand cold and cough medications since what is in my cupboard is incredibly out of date. Happily I have avoided colds for a while, but when the need arrives, it's nice to have the basics on hand. The old stuff will go into the trash or to the Rx recycling receptacle at the Walgreens down the street. So this isn't so much decluttering as simply updating.

While I'm thinking about medical stuff I need to find out about getting my shingles vaccine and when to get this fall's flu shot. These need to be spaced out.

Tuesdays the city hall recycle bins are emptied so this evening I have a run to make with more cardboard and various kitchen things to contribute. I'm trying to corral the cardboard. Some of the books my sister sent have no sentimental value or commercial value so they'll also go in that bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jul 20 - 04:25 PM

After yesterday's post I mowed the front lawn and trimmed the area beside the garage where I hide the trash cans from the street. The humidity make the work exhausting and I seem to have gotten enough dust and grass up my nose to cause a sinus headache today.

The two front yard bird baths got a quick scrub with a tough nylon brush and clean water added, and there is now a small solar fountain thing floating in the birdbath close to the office window. It splashes enough water out of the birdbath that I have a gallon of water on the ground next to it to fill it during the day. This isn't a sustainable plan, so the little solar thing will come in for periods of time (it isn't supposed to be allowed to run for long if the water dries up). It really needs a deeper basin of water to be left untended, but if I tried (for example) to float it in the trough the dog water is in the puppy would fish it out and destroy it. This was a gift from a friend.

We aren't getting hurricane weather, but walk outside for a few minutes and you're dripping with sweat. Take a look at Windy and you see the storm clobbering Monterrey, Mexico and the humidity gushing across all of Texas. There were boxes of books in the garage I brought in and emptied and the flattened boxes are now ready for the recycle bin. I don't like storing books in the garage or attic here, because of the humidity.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jul 20 - 10:07 AM

Sudafed - I can take one and have an effective antihistamine effect; take two and I'm climbing the walls.

This morning I sat up straight in bed thinking it was Sunday and I'd forgotten a regular Saturday night post I always put up for a site I work on. As I scrambled to turn on the computer and bring up the software a little time passed and I realized it was Saturday morning, not Sunday. I can't say that happens very often any more, since retirement.

I hope R's kidney stone procedure went well. My next door neighbor had three different attempts to get a particularly large stone last year, and he's much more comfortable now.

It's overcast today, but the not-quite-tropical-storm that was headed for the coast hasn't reached this area with it's bands of storm clouds. I suspect this cloud cover is the result of the regular SE directional weather stalling in the face of that front pushing to the NW. It is hurricane season, though it usually means rain here at the most, not the heavy weather since we're several hundred miles NW of the Gulf of Mexico. We're in that time of year when just keeping the garden alive is the goal, it won't be producing much until fall. Keeping a patch of turf green in the back yard for the dogs, and occasionally watering out front to keep the encroaching St. Augustine grass alive (because it's better than the weeds I did have growing here). The cucumbers are seedlings now, the okra are perking up and growing larger. The tomatoes are almost completely dormant and I think I pushed back the encroaching leaffooted bug nymphs that will suck plants and crops dry if not treated. I'm hoping for homemade pickles this fall, cucumber and okra.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Jul 20 - 12:41 PM

Dupont:

I went with R this am as he drove my car to hospital for his kidney stone op. His cousin will bring him home - soon, I hope. We were at the hospital before 7 and I turned around and came home for a pit stop and headed to the produce store where I was the only customer at 7:45! The staff all had masks and were busy stocking everything on this lovely Friday.

I stocked up on fruits and veggies, and eggs and frozen chick and a pork tenderloin. I wish they had a roast of pork as we enjoyed the one I cooked last week - in the frying pan on stove top, with veggies. I only buy this local protein from southern QC. It is so much better than the usual. The roast, from a Bancroft store ("free From" brand), had been in freezer at Beaver and I used it as "ice" in the cooler on the way back here.

Getting home from the store at the time we usually get up, I have managed to do a number of useful small things and some weeding, froze 4 pints of Quebec blueberries. Feeling happy to have this renewed energy, esp with the cooler weather. Doing stuff made me hungry before my appointed lunchtime so I ate some blueberries and a piece of cheddar. Two pints of blueberries and two of QC raspberries still available for munching.

This is Day 32 of my "diet". As I write it in the book each day, I am encouraged to hang in. four very small treats in 32 days is very good. Feeling healthier is also encouraging.

Yesterday, R helped me move the tomato plants to a better spot on the back deck, where, if a fruit falls, it can be seen rather than lost in the profusion of plants below the railing. I will bring in the best three pots in the fall to start new ones for next. Learning the ways of tomato plants and how they grow is interesting.

Charmion: I too cannot take anything related to ephedrine. For antihistamine I have been using, for about 25 years, chlorpheniramine maleate, recommended to me by the wonderful pharmacist in Bancroft, who now has her own pharmacy. My bro also uses it and finds it works as well as the Benadryl he had been taking. It comes in a small bottle in a small box- about one inch by one inch by about 4 inches tall. I always have to ask for it but it is 100 in a bottle so I only need to find them every few years. Under $10 last time.

The bug bites are almost gone and no new ones! We are hoping we have won this round but are prepared. That old couch, the cause, was very heavy and R needed someone to help move it. I am assured it is now gone. In the 2-3 years since Linda got bit, I have asked him a few times and "What! It's still there!!" He has a lot on his mind. I have also asked him, for 10 years, "Take your work clothes off when you get home..." Now he does. He also drinks water, now that he is aware the lack thereof could have caused the stones. I begged... He also takes his supplements - whatever I give him. And it only took 10 years!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jul 20 - 09:28 PM

Over the years my sister has sent boxes of books from my mom's house. This it was week three boxes of books, and I recently relocated one box lost for ages in the sunroom that was full of stuff from travel to Japan decades ago. The books are WWII era, and I'm thinking that I have a set of stuff (videos and books) that may do well as donations to my former university's special collections to their veterans materials. Mom was in the Women's Army Corps stationed in Japan. Anyway, my daughter and I had a social distance lunch today and I took an assortment of boxes for her to poke through. (There we were in the parking garage with boxes on the ground behind my SUV.) #ChristmasInJuly

It looks like one of my long-term eBay sales items was finally purchased. My new phone didn't make the lovely "ca-ching" sound of a cash register that alerts me to a sale, so I'll have to figure out how to set it up. And list some more stuff.

I took out a couple of NY strip steaks to thaw and use on Saturday. With COVID-19 the way it is in Texas no one is coming into the house, but this time of year I can set up the little terracotta grill beside the patio and have a friend over for dinner in the driveway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Jul 20 - 09:48 AM

I know darn well that I have no contagious diseases, COVID-19 or anything else, but from the beginning of the pandemic I have always worn a mask when out of the house because the frequent coughing that goes with asthma is so unnerving to other people. I had a hacking attack in the park one day back in April, and it quite hurt my feelings to see a woman veer widely off the path and around a tree to avoid me, her eyes (above her mask) wide with what really looked like fear.

I just wish I could use Sudafed, or anything that resembles it, but the pseudo-epinephrin that is its active ingredient interacts badly with the bronchodilators that keep asthma under close arrest. Sudafed and its clones are still the most effective of the non-drowsy antihistamines.

Meanwhile, in culinary news, Himself has decided to try cooking a whole chicken in a Dutch oven in the fire-pit. Not sure how this will turn out ... If we come down with ptomaine, I'll know why.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jul 20 - 12:33 PM

The back yard is finally tamed and I played fetch with the dogs last night since their toys weren't disappearing in tall grass. Next for the front and digging up the keyhole garden beside the driveway to plant some late sweet potatoes. I have cucumbers coming up from seed and the okra finally got transplanted from pots to the ground last week (and I ate a couple of fried okra with dinner last night, the first two of the season). Tomatoes have stopped for now but I may put in new plants for fall soon. I got 1 1/3 cases of tomatoes canned so far this year.

The big news down here is that on Tuesday mornings at 6am the Walmart stores are open for seniors and my next door neighbor said that this week the closest store was quite empty. I didn't know they had these hours still, and I have a couple of things that take me to Walmart maybe twice a year, so next week I'll get up early and head over. Our COVID-19 numbers are increasing in Texas so taking advantage of special hours when the stores actually relatively free of people is a good thing. Next to Sam's Club, Walmart has the cheapest Sudafed knockoff in town. This year I've been more careful about taking it before I go out to keep my allergy sneezes under control. YMMV in your state or province, but it's worth checking out.

Dog baths this week. Once a year whether they need it or not. The water is so warm coming out of the hose that I use a lead to keep each one in place and hose and shampoo then rinse. It doesn't mean there will be less dog hair, it will just be cleaner dog hair. :-/

Good luck with the heat applications, Dorothy. That's what I've heard is pretty effective. Shame on R for being so lazy about that sofa at work!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Jul 20 - 12:44 PM

Dupont:

!!!! First: Wonderful to hear news from Michelle - GOOD news! I do hope you find way to keep J home from school! You are resourceful!

Today, I actually put on clothes for the first time in a week. I was down to undies and one of R's dress shirts (lots of old ones here). How often I realize the joy of large windows but not where anyone can look in without an effort. Over 50 bites last week took a terrific toll, plus the heat; majorly stressed x4, with covid and R's kidney stones - which have not bothered him but also have not left so we are looking toward a op on Friday. Today is cooler and I went out front to water and deadhead the geraniums and pulled weeds on the "dragon grave" where things are finally growing. thanks to some rain. There will be green peppers from the dozen seedlings, squash from the bought plants, lettuce from seed and the 'sturtiums are finally starting to bloom. Flowers are blooming, prize of which is a hybrid daylily in shades of pale yellow; may it increase greatly! I had to come back inside due to mosquitoes - now a couple dif bites! Earlier, I watered the potted tomato plants, and one pepper, on the back deck railing while it was still shady. Lots of tomatoes coming along and 3 healthy peppers on the one plant, mother of those in the front garden.

AS for the bedbugs: R has them in the city house a couple years ago, while I was, thankfully, at Beaver. We knew from a friend who stayed in one of his loft spaces (a dif building) that a sofa had bugs, but he sat on it. OH WELL! I suggested vehemently that the sofa should go. And NOW it has. But, I am sure, and he admits, that is where this new crop originated. He comes home from work, sits on futon to watch TV THEN stretches out and falls asleep. I calmly noted how many years I have been asking him to take work clothes off when he gets home...

So, he came home with DE and put each leg of futon frame and bed in a plastic container with DE. I washed everything washable, including the futon cover, in HOT water. Since, I have been putting things in the dryer daily,including our day's clothes, on HOT. AND put things on the porch rail in the very HOT sun (Donuel!). No bites in a couple days. IF we experience another hatch, he will cover things with heavy plastic and use a special "safe" heater to cook the critters - 130 degrees does it. We are so fortunate that the original instruction booklets came with the beautiful washer and dryer set we bought at auction. Otherwise we could not figure out how to get HOT (degrees stipulated). We may not be totally out of the woods but we are not currently being bitten. Some of my bites still itch but not to the whimpering stage.

In the heat and all, I only managed a good veggie stew and a roast pork with veggies, done in frying pan on stove top to avoid excess heat. Yummie. And kept on top of dishes. R did some vacuuming in TV room and "his" chair in Den re bugs. Now, the vacuum is sitting here looking at me... Maybe I can do the LR...

Day 29 of my "diet". I have done pretty well with only a couple small treats (1/3 of a raspberry/oat square) in the time. Feeling better and more able bodied. The other day I tried to do a leg lift while lying on bed. Could not manage an inch! I was lying there, "I think I should be able to do this??" This morning, several inches twice! Yes, I am supposed to be able to do this! I'll try more later. Made R blueberry buckwheat cakes for BF; did not eat any, only my usual 2 eggs scrambled. Routine helps. I am planning a bw cake for lunch, with almond butter.

Thanks for all the ideas about the bedbugs. I did find an excellent website that covered every question one might have quite well. And R's prior exp. And a scientist friend is examining the little critters I found on the futon for positive ID.

May we all avoid the covid, and practice stress reduction!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Jul 20 - 09:16 AM

I have spent several days at my desk, grinding through the chapters I have finished editing to ensure they're ready to go to the author. If I do say so myself, I have actually made the book readable; when I got the manuscript, it was incomprehensible.

Author says he thinks at some point it was fed through some kind of text-management software and then revised by a French-speaking person who knew nothing about the Canadian Army. Knowing what I do about some government employees and their regard for the quality of written English, I think he may well be right. He's not even looking at the version I was given to work from but just reading my rewrite and adjusting for what he knows that I don't.

I'm beginning to wonder if I should be looking for more than a production credit on this job.

Himself went back to the gym for the first time since the lockdowns began in March. Users have to book their time, so the place does not get crowded, and the showers and saunas are closed, but at least the weights and cardio equipment are available. I think I should follow his example; the pool at the Y remains closed with no forecast for re-opening, and I'm getting fat and even creakier than previously. The stationary bike is less than ideal, but at least it will not add to the embuggeration of my poor feet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jul 20 - 11:21 AM

The grape vines that covered the hackberry tree across the road (that I've harvested every July for more than a dozen years) were struck a near-fatal blow last fall when the property owner "cleared" the land and the little man who came in after to pick up trash cut all of the vines around the tree base that the bulldozer missed. I haven't walked over to look because anything in the tree is too high to reach; we can only hope that benign neglect creeps into their maintenance plan and the grape vines again droop down from above. I'll walk over with the loppers and cut any poison ivy vines that try to commingle with the grapes as they did in the past.

For the third week in a row I took my large trash can to the juniper adjacent to the driveway and continued my project of trimming off the long sprigs growing out from it. Once I have a can full of branches I drop my bag of weekly trash on top and drag it all to the curb. I nearly cut the entire evergreen shrub down two years ago, but at the last minute saw an interesting shape it the central part that hadn't been removed, so left it. Since it is a mature root system it can grow quickly so I have routinely trim it back. I don't want that thing reaching the size of a motorhome again, encroaching on the driveway and the yard. Right now it's about the size of a small Prius.

The dog training collar arrived and I'm reading the booklet before embarking on a no-barking plan for my blue heeler. There are particular times of day when she isn't doing her normal alert on the mail truck or the trash truck, but barks at the neighbors hoping for a treat.

Stay cool, everyone. A friend of mine from New York City has an overnight trip planned out to Fire Island during this heat advisory. I hope it isn't so hot that he can't get out and enjoy the sea breeze. Maybe it's time for me to plan a drive out to an area lake just to get out of the house. The dogs would enjoy a walk on the beach.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Jul 20 - 10:08 AM

Yes, that's the one (or apparently family), Charmion. It's known by both "rowan" and "mountain ash" in the UK.

This is ours which set itself in one of the pigsty bays. I'm not sure if it was there when mum and a brother did the initial sorting of the land or whether it appeared in her time here but it's grown a bit in the say 20 years I've known it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Jul 20 - 09:40 AM

John Freeman, what you call a rowan tree -- does it look like this? Around here (southern Ontario), that tree is often called a mountain ash. Hardier souls than I make jelly from its berries, but I have always left them for the birds; by February, the non-migrating species are glad to get them.

I used to live in a house with a Montmorency cherry tree of considerable size and beauty, and I don't think I ever got enough fruit off it for more than one pie and one batch of jam. As the cherries ripened in summer, the birds flocking to it in the morning made enough noise to rouse me from a sound sleep.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Jul 20 - 07:29 AM

Well I had a look at our blackcurrants yesterday afternoon and something (probably a blackbird) has beaten me to them. I don’t think there is a quantiy that would be worth making a jam with now.

Staying with berries, the rowan tree round the back is looking really good, particularly in the early evening sunlight. The berries are orange at the moment but will turn to red and of course will be welcomed by the birds later in the year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 20 - 07:28 PM

That's what I've been thinking about the sunroom. I'd have to put my yoga mat up every time or the puppy will destroy it, but with the sunshine and plants it's a welcoming room for that. Is that your new TV you put in there? Is it on the wall or on a cabinet of some sort?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Jul 20 - 04:52 PM

I've been making some progress organizing/shoveling out the house. Got one room emptied out enough to do yoga in it, then stuck a TV in. I think there's still room for yoga, but it's too hot to move.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 20 - 12:38 PM

Tending the garden now in hopes of a fall crop of okra and cucumbers. I'll prune back the dried tomato branches and see if the roots grow a new set of branches. Bush beans are in a big pot and I see a few, but I may have to race against bugs to get any. I've had to start the organic pesticides and glue traps to try to get rid of a batch of stink bugs that are tormenting the eggplant.

This is a no-spend month, though as usually happens, the struggle is in trying to keep it to a low-spend month. I've had to do a couple of repairs or replacement of existing items around the house, but am resisting buying new stuff; I'll stick with the research for future projects without buying materials.

I'm looking through my almost-full Bullet Journal book. It has been an incredibly useful exercise (started in March 2017). I have the next book to use when this is full, and this will stay by my desk as a valuable reference. I taped a little list in the front of it, probably something that turned up in a Pinterest post, and I'll print another copy and tape it into the next one also. It's something I need to look at more often:

Start by doing 1 push up.
Start by drinking 1 cup of water.
Start by paying toward 1 debt.
Start by reading 1 page.
Start by making 1 sale.
Start by deleting 1 old contact.
Start by walking 1 lap.
Start by attending 1 event.
Start by writing 1 paragraph.
Start today. Repeat tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 20 - 03:46 PM

Michelle, I think you're correct - the latest series of stories hitting the top of the Twitter feed have to do with over-worked and under-supplied janitorial staff in many industries and locations. If they are relying on an almost invisible staff (working nights or weekends when no one else is there) who have to struggle to meet or exceed standards with inadequate staffing or supplies - it's tough.

That's great about your tumor markers, and good wishes to Pete for his upcoming checkup.

Dorothy, short of burning down the house, have you and R managed to work out a plan to eliminate the active and hidden bedbugs? They're one of those things that happen without warning and you just have to grit your teeth and work hard to get past it. I have a friend in NY City who had had a couple of brushes with them, but they have an app for city bedbug outbreaks that at least helps a little bit to steer clear of them.

I've moved more furniture around today and am nearly finished reorganizing the two rooms where I swapped contents, and have what is now a very tidy and functional craft room. I still sometimes set things on the bed until I find a place for them but it isn't like the bed is piled with a mishmash of stuff any more.

Under normal circumstances a social outing wouldn't be anything to report, but I enjoyed visiting with two friends last night. We sat about 10 feet apart in a triangle under a friend's breezy carport. These kinds of locations are precious now; I'm going to trim a few lower branches on a pine in my front yard where I have a suitably spaced conversation area - years ago I built a stone wall facing the street and on each end is a capstone that is perfect seating for a couple of people visiting under the trees.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Jul 20 - 03:18 PM

Hello from North Central Pennsylvania,

    I took the day off yesterday and Jeremiah and I started in one corner of the kitchen and started going through cupboards, wiping things down, getting rid of expired items and reorganizing. It felt wonderful!!! I suppose I could spend a good solid week doing as such before it would be complete but we did make a noticeable difference! Today I am focusing on the counter top I use most and putting away appliances that we aren't using much right now like the bread maker and Panini maker. Those tend to get used more when the temperatures are cooler. Right now, the counter is often filled with bowls of fresh eggs and produce from the garden. :)

    We also had use of a large dumpster for 3 weeks and made good use of it! It was a a little pricey but worth it in my opinion to be able to throw things in and let someone else haul it all away!

    Life here is going as well as can be expected. I continue to work full time and Pete is now back at work full time too since the university has partially opened. I had a tumor marker check done this week and am thrilled to share that my numbers are the lowest they have been in years. Pete heads to the doctor next week for his 6 month check up which is pretty involved.

Day 1: Ultrasound and bloodwork
Day 2: Injection
Day 3   Injection
Day 4: Small dosage of radiation
Day 6: Hour long body scan

    Jeremiah is growing like crazy, it won't be too much longer and he will be taller than I am. Right now, he is one shoe size smaller than me!!! He loves to read, ride his bike, swim, play basketball, garden, play with the animals, build with Legos and of course, play on his computer (which is extremely limited in our house....he is lucky if he plays for an hour 3 times a week). There is a plan for school in our district where the children in his grade will go to school 2 days a week and have 3 days of remote learning, however, the Governor is already alluding to possible complete closures given the rate of COVID's second time through. It's challenging for households like ours, with two working parents to figure things out when there is no set plan. Pete has NO flexibility in his schedule so I have worked out 4 viable options for me to continue working full time and managing homeschooling/remote learning, as needed. Truth be told, I'm leaning towards keeping him home despite the school schedule as I'm not feeling confident about the plan the school has in place. I'm lucky to have a job where I have a lot of flexibility and a supervisor who is willing to work with me and explore various options so they can keep me on staff. What a crazy world we are living in.

So...that's my update for now. I hope you are all well and staying safe.

Much love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jul 20 - 09:49 AM

Donuel, I find the climate of northwest Europe quite comfortable, especially near the coast. Not too hot, not too cold, not too much snow in winter. Guess where my ancestors came from?

I don’t live there because said ancestors had very good reasons to leave (revolutions, cholera, financial collapse) and fixable physical discomfort is not a good enough reason to go back. Canada has its drawbacks, God knows — too hot, too cold, too much snow in winter—but here the neo-Nazis are still the frazzled edge of the lunatic fringe and fatal diseases don’t usually leave families bankrupt as well as bereft.

The summer heat of Ontario doesn’t last long by American standards, but it’s quite stunning. My Dad, who spent much of the war in east African waters, said the only place he found hotter than Ottawa in July was Aden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Jul 20 - 02:27 PM

Charmion, there must be some place and time on Earth where the climate, flora and unique conditions were ideal for you. Unless Earth is the wrong planet. :^]


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Jul 20 - 10:43 AM

Dorothy, I am so sorry for your trouble. I had a bad flea infestation once, and that was awful enough -- the job included smoke-bombing the house (by a professional exterminator) and insecticidal baths for four cats -- but fleas do not go dormant and hide like bedbugs.

Himself encountered bedbugs in a Ramada Inn when he went to Petawawa years ago to do a court-martial. The deeply apologetic manager had all his clothes (including a very expensive dress uniform) steam-cleaned, and his suitcase went into the dumpster behind the hotel. In more than 20 years of travelling all over the country and overseas, often lodged in semi-crappy motels, that was his only brush with the little bastards -- amazing.

The hydro bill came in yesterday, a sum that fairly made my head spin. Of course, now we have an air-conditioner that actually works, and a thermostat ditto, and the weather has been hot like the hinges of Hell, so that should not have been a surprise. At least I'm not mopping my brow while seated at my desk; I hate paying for hours and hours of air-conditioning at peak rates when the upstairs stays hot and stuffy.

I really, really love air-conditioning. In the olden days, by this stage of summer, I would have heat rash all over the back of my neck and in several less mentionable places. The price of electricity may be unnerving, but I pay the bill without (much) complaint.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 11:10 PM

Maybe. But in the meantime, everything in the room (at least) will have to be bagged in plastic bags and set aside and you may have to have a company come in and use heat to kill them in all of the seams and places where they will have crawled to. If you know what piece of furniture brought them in, get rid of it. Out, and don't try to bring it back. You may have to keep your mattress (the next new one) in a vinyl zipper sack to keep any stragglers from finding their way to it.

Which house is this at, or have you been bit at both houses? You're going to have to bag your luggage, wash all of your clothes, it's a long list of things to do. Think about cleaning out the upholstery in the car. It might be time to call in professionals.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 10:30 PM

Sunshine is a simple way to kill bedbugs


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 09:15 PM

Dupont:

R's friend has studied bedbugs and informs us these are immature bed bugs. R will endeavour to redeem himself bring them home by also bringing home the needful things to eradicate them...eventually eradicate. Meanwhile, two baths today with epsom and baking soda helped me maintain moderate sanity. My brain is only somewhat functional. R says when he had 6 bites it affected his ability to think. Well, he managed to get rid of them that time... Meanwhile, I am sitting here killing the tiny critters as they appear on the muslin cover and on the fresh sheet they somehow manage to find their way on to. They seem to be smarter than some people. That might seem to include me as why am I sitting here? I might itch all over but I am comfortable. another bath before bed and I hope to sleep.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 04:15 PM

could it be scabies? hope not. https://dengarden.com/pest-control/invisible-bugs#:~:text=Invisible%20Bugs%20That%20Bite%20and%20Cause%20Itching&text=Contrary%20to%20popular%20belief%2C%20scabies,Burning%2C%20nonstop%20irritation

https://dengarden.com/pest-control/invisible-bugs#:~:text=Invisible%20Bugs%20That%20Bite%20and%20Cause%20Itching&text=Contrary%2


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 02:44 PM

Yes, SRS. I suppose gage is a subgroup of plums. They are usually smaller than say a Victoria Plum and green or yellow in colour. They are often very sweet and some will have it that the green gages are the best tasting of all the plums. I’m not sure they are the easiest to grow though and our green gage tree is not very reliable. That said, the oullins gage we have is supposed to offer a similar taste with better reliability but that one has rarely cropped here either.

We would be making a jam with them. The stones come away as the jam cooks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 12:57 PM

I remember the process of painting with epoxy paint and rollers. When I tried to walk up the steep incline to the shallow end I kept sliding back down with my slick wet epoxy sneakers. The reflected heat at the bottom rivaled Death Valley. I had to take off the shoes and walk backwards in socks touching up with the roller as I went.
Today my most important water device is assembling and installing a toilet. Its already prepared by a pro plumber so the yucky underfloor pipes and wax rings are already done. I'll be using it year round compared to the pool. Expensive toilets weigh over 100 pounds but this one is a modest 67 lbs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 11:36 AM

That sounds wretched, Dorothy. Find the source of that soon! And Donuel, I'mma comin' over to your house. That pool sounds fabulous! I have a water feature, a creek, and it's lovely to stand above and watch fish and turtles and snakes swim, and birds wade, but it isn't really welcoming for humans.

Jon, I had to look up your "gage" fruit. They sound like some kind of a plum? "The stone is semi-clinging" - it means some work, but not as bad as some peaches. So do you cut the fruit off and can it in slices, or make a jam out of it?

It's difficult sleeping weather now, trying to keep the A/C from blowing on me during the night and making my feet or my hips ache; optimum conditions include just a sheet and the ceiling fan moving the air a little. But it's too humid for that to work. Plus in the middle of the night the dogs chased a possum onto the fence next to my bedroom window so I had to go out with the hose and chase it out of sight. That wakes you up at 3am!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 10:50 AM

Dupont:

Pool sounds great, Donuel! You deserve to brag!

I neglected to mention my good news. I weighed myself at Beaver and am down 5 pounds from April. I am sure I gained some before I started this "diet" so I am much pleased. And pleased with how much better I am feeling. Today is Day 24. Keeping just this reminder in the log really helps me when the going gets tough. "You've done it for..days, you can keep it up!" Cheese makes me COUGH. Now I find that cashews do too.

Woke in agony of itch this am. Whimpering, I drew a bath again which did not help as much as yesterday. R is now on the case - about 45 bites. And no idea what the culprit is. Not bed bugs. No pic of it on google where there are dozens of "house bugs that bite". Put tea tree oil on most of them this am. R did my back which is covered with them. He is the house scientist and a stubborn Scot; he will persevere. I can barely think straight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 07:25 AM

I think our blackcurrants will be around the use or loose point about this weekend. If we do use them I think we’d get about 5 of the pound jars of jam from them. That would be our lot in terms of soft fruit.

Later in the year, if some horrible wormy thing doesn’t ruin them, we will have Victoria plums that could be turned to jam – some of them anyway, the tree seems fairly well laden. I also think that this year between a green gage and an oullins gage, we could do a gage jam if we want. We also have a damson but I’ve not seen many fruit.

We will have to see what happens.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 05:37 AM

Just in time for the hottest week of the year the pool is back to crystal clear. I painted a 55 foot black whale and her calf on the sun side and bottom of the pool for extra solar heating by day.
It is heated by night by natural gas. I still have to adjust the lights I put in the trees to illuminte the pool.
Yeah I'm bragging and not complaining for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 12:00 AM

Oy. I hope those aren't bedbugs, Dorothy. Look them up.

Benadryl is my friend when it comes to summertime bug bites. I usually just take it at bedtime.

I spent about 45 minutes in the garden after 6pm and came in before getting sick from the heat. I went out a while later but it wasn't the right time to see the comet in the NW sky. I'll try again tomorrow. And tomorrow I'll be able to finish planting and mulching the rest of the garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Jul 20 - 09:40 PM

Dupont:

We managed to get to Beaver!! Left Sat am about 9 and I drove so we made good time. Got to the bakery and picked up some goodies and were at Beaver by 4. I started weeding and did lots until teh bugs were too bad and then in stints all day Sunday. I "found the blueberry bushes - no blueberries - and cleared most of one strawberry bed (4x8) and about half the raspberry beds. And around Good King Henry- and time ran out. Next door neighbour stopped as we were ready to get in car; gave her some GKH seeds.

I picked up the mail, went to the Credit Union, shopped at the natural food store - gave her my list and she packaged all the bulk food stuffs for me. modus operandi for now.

R did not manage to finish digging the septic - it was TOO HOT! He also did not write an important letter, but read books and managed to pick up another bagful at a thrift shop. I hope he relaxed some! He also managed to wrestle a too large cabinet out of the house and stored it in the outhouse, where it fits nicely and could be useful for storage. We also wrestled a bureau out and into my car to bring back here - "here" being somewhere in a Montreal building. Made lots of nice apace at Beaver! Feels breathable again!

No septic means no water can go down the drain. I bought 2 dishpans at the dollar store making it easier to wash dishes, so got the kitchen cleared nicely. I was hoping to go back alone this week but it took Tues to recover and today as well. I drove back; the idea being that R would not be so tired when he had to go back to work.

Hot all weekend but not so bad as here; the nights were cool. I sorted the BR some, putting away winter stuff - but not too far away as it will soon be cooling again.

OH, HELP: I am all over bug bites - very itchy ones. It started a couple weeks ago with a couple and I did not think much of it. Then at Beaver a couple more. Now... Watching TV yesterday, the itching was so bad I took a bath with baking soda and Epsom salt and that helped. Today, it started again and I realized it might be some kind of bug where I was sitting.

I took all the pillows outside, removed covers, washed everything! Put a clean cotton sheet, folded double on the futon and when I got up saw several tiny bugs on the sheet! barely visible Almost transparent and about 1/4 inch long - like a tiny bit of thread/fish line. Cannot find on Google. Some of the bites have become welts an inch or more in diameter. A dozen at least. They take turns itching. I stripped the bed and washed everything... And R has none! But he must have brought them home from somewhere. I have not sat down anywhere out of the house. Put a shower curtain and another clean sheet on the futon so I could sit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 20 - 10:21 AM

There is a five-foot-wide cabinet that was against the wall but I turned it perpendicular and a few feet into the room from the corner. A wooden bench is up against the back of it now and it doesn't look too odd. I'll get used to it. This creates a view into that room from the doorway, and in that room so far are the original large (and very heavy) maple mid-century table that is completely folded and compressed now, but has two sides that drop down and two leaves that extend it (at its full size it's huge). The recliner with the newly re-covered seat cushion (using samples of upholstery fabric) is in there, and I had three ceramic fish in a box that I hung on the wall just to get them out of the way. They're arranged in a group of one in front of the other two, they are above and below. I live near a creek, I guess fish on the wall are fine until I take them to Goodwill or somewhere.

Now to figure out where to move some of the other errant pieces from the hall and the den where they were parked when evicted from the front room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jul 20 - 11:35 AM

You nailed it, Charmion. I did have the sunroom designated as the room for eBay, but alas, it is also the room people walked into when entering the house, right past the piles of what looked like clutter.

We usually don't bother with the front door, it's always the driveway side we enter. So there was my stash. Yes, the room is almost empty now, so the things that will move in need to set the scene for a small parlor, or since I call it the sun room and have a lot of plants in there, perhaps the glider from the front porch and a few small tables and such for more plants. But that would have me moving something else large into the house.

The front room is next to the front door, essentially a second "living room" and the den, further back in the house, is a step down into that room and it's the larger "living room." These Texans, always putting in two living rooms. The front room is several feet wider than the sun room and is where I hope to organize the eBay stuff a bit better. And despite being next to the front door, its placement means most people won't even notice it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Jul 20 - 10:31 AM

Stilly, I think you have to choose a specific function for your room if Roger's technique is to succeed. Then you bring in the stuff required for that selected function and put everything else somewhere else. I infer from your previous remarks on this task that, until now, your sunroom has been stash space, and you're trying to change that. If you want to hang out in there yourself, or invite people into it (when you can), then probably most of the stuff currently in it has to leave in order to provide not only the space but also the mood required for sitting and reading or watching telly or just nattering.

Me, I can't relax in a room full of stuff-in-process (such as all that packing material and goods for sale you have mentioned) because I feel guilty for not working on whatever process the stuff was accumulated for. That one characteristic might be what made me a neatnik.

Could you designate the sunroom as work space? Then you could consolidate eBay stuff and sewing stuff in there. But then you would have to find new places for everything that is not related to work ... Crap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jul 20 - 10:08 AM

You know how some of those "sell this house" programs from 10-15 years ago are still playing on the B-list over-the-air television channels? And how Roger always manages to bring a few pieces from around the house to the now-empty room to make it a welcoming space? That's the thing I'm trying to figure out how to do now. And not manage to jam that room full in the process.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 20 - 12:50 PM

I know that "use them now or they're gone forever" stage of fruits and vegetables. And there is a feeling of great accomplishment after rescuing them at their peak because the jelly or jam will be delicious. Congratulations! My sister grows raspberries and makes jam that she shares with our brother (who until last year lived at the beach and brought her fresh Dungeness crab or salmon). She sends me a jar every now and then, and I send her my mustang grape jelly. I sent them pickled okra last year but not everyone jumped for joy at that.

The trash was picked up, now to make a run to the recycle bin and see if there is room for all of this stuff. It is emptied on Tuesdays and Fridays, so I may be out of luck until Wednesday.

Now to stage that sunroom to be a usable and welcoming space. I still have too much large furniture in the house, but if I move the right combination in here, maybe it will be less conspicuously over-crowded. And I should tile the floor, or at least paint it. Since it is nearly empty now, painting isn't a bad move, but a quick search shows me that I need to clean, possibly etch, prime, then paint. It's a job to keep me busy.

As far as I know my friend will have had her surgery this morning, then spend a couple of nights in the hospital. At this point hospitals are still open in most Texas counties for elective surgery, but I suspect my friend has gotten in just under the wire before that changes again. COVID-19 cases are growing exponentially.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jul 20 - 09:40 AM

At half-past nine in the morning I feel as if I have already done a day's work -- I put out the garbage and the recycling, including heaps of cardboard boxes, and washed the garbage bin.

Jam season struck yesterday with three (count 'em, three!) batches of raspberry amounting to six litres altogether. Himself came home from the market on Saturday with a large flat of dead-ripe berries, so it was use 'em or compost 'em. The canner was going all afternoon, and supper was take-out pizza because I could not face another half hour at the stove.

I think that's about two years' supply of jam for us and the Brother-in-Law, especially since the church bazaar is most unlikely this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 20 - 12:44 AM

Trash at the curb tonight contains a lot of used padded mailing envelopes. They work well as free packing material inside packages being sent for eBay, but I have a selection and tossed about 3/4 of what was here. The contractor-size plastic bag for recycling is full with a lot of the cardboard stuff oddball shapes in there that would be handy for mailing but I don't really need. A stack of flattened cardboard boxes is out waiting to be dropped off at the recycle bins.

The sunroom bay window with the plants received much-needed attention, the old dropped flowers vacuumed, dust washed off the counter top and lots of things trimmed and watered. The pup got her butt swatted with a broom after she pulled the trimmed contents out of a trashcan and spread them through the hall and out into the yard. It took about 30 minutes to trim all of that stuff, 15 seconds to drag it out.

The table in that room is ready to be moved and then it's pretty well finished. The front room is somewhat organized and the next step is to organize it a lot more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jul 20 - 07:10 PM

Flattening boxes and moving piles of books today, as I continue to empty the contents of a small room into a larger one. The front room bookshelves had empty spaces so this stuff isn't ending up on the floor like it was in the other room (though the shelves could be the front room equivalent of a black hole). Things are being placed in logical groupings, something the other room lacked. A lot of unneeded packing materials are going to go into the recycle bin or the trash.

I may be close enough to finished that I can complete the moving of stuff tonight. One thing to figure out is swapping out eBay items currently stored in a shallow cupboard in the sun room. If I move those things I'll leave a fair amount of space (I'll forget about them if I don't move them). I'll need to think about what else might be satisfactorily stored in there. That cupboard is about 14" deep and runs the width of the room, with mirrored closet doors that slide open over the opening. The mirrors make the room look a lot larger. Now to make the room a welcoming space when people walk in that side door.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Jul 20 - 04:02 PM

Ahh the green is gone. I hope to use kid power to brush the giant 50 ft bathtub clean. Were not pressure washing an empty pool this year for such a short season.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Jul 20 - 11:27 AM

Seventy dollars (Canadian, to be sure) for a flat of raspberries! Himself is out shopping.

That feraminous price probably comes from lack of pickers in the fields, due to You Know What. The most stubborn outbreaks in Ontario are on farms that employ migrant workers, which means pretty well all fruit and veg producers.

I guess I had better not burn the jam, or let it boil over. No pressure!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Jul 20 - 02:18 PM

Today, I finally get a haircut.

With masks all round and waiting outside until the previous client leaves, it will be remarkably like a visit to the minor surgery clinic, but at least I will be free of hair in my face and stuck to the back of my neck. Hip hooray, and a tiger.

I must also visit the supermarket. No use wasting an excursion on a single errand.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jul 20 - 01:26 PM

Well I don't need a new pump. It just had indigestion because I fed it too much mud. The heater needs a thermister though and no one does that so it is a DIY project. Its like changing a light bulb with screw drivers and wrench.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jul 20 - 12:29 AM

Good work on the shopping, Dorothy! I ordered online today, deciding that as COVID-19 spreads so quickly here I need to leave the selection of a bag of potatoes, onions, or a carton of milk to a younger, healthy person who is part of the gig economy.

Charmion, that link isn't behaving, partly because of my ad blockers, but possibly because it wasn't durable. I'll try searching on Cordero's name on that newspaper later.

I saw an interesting video this evening to do with restaurants putting their menus online and simply presenting a QR code for customers. Scan it with your phone or tablet and the full menu appears. If you don't have a QR scanner in your phone, this would be a good time to find one in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Point the scanner at the square block and it instantly brings up the item it's linked to.

Also, Dorothy, good job on the old house. I hope it sells eventually—I saw your link to houses in the area and it does have great potential for someone to renovate.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 09:15 PM

Dupont:

Donuel! Green water sounds gross!

All of southern Quebec has been having that heat wave though we did have a good rain Tuesday.It did not cool for mare than an hour! Grass not mowed has a better chance of survival, she says hopefully. Only the part next to the neighbour was mowed, by R, on the weekend. Oh, I did a little more but knee high grass and a small mower... My back ached two days later, predictably.

The AC in the BR has gotten the room down to 78, from 82 earlier. Seems the best it can do. I use the large fan in the TV room to survive. Today, even the first floor is too warm. Up to now, it was OK. Guess the heat is in the brick wall now.

On day 17 of "diet". Have no idea if I lost any weight but I do feel noticeably better. I am used to feeling "hungry"; I doubt it is actually hunger but just a desire to eat. So, I told R Weds that on Friday, I or both of us will be going to Beaver. This depends on whether or not he comes home tonight and can or cannot go tomorrow. I made a large pot of veggie stew today in prep and things earmarked to go are in the car.

I also did a shopping trip today. Watching the charts on line that tell how busy the stores are at a given time - live and changing with the time. Refresh and AH! I dashed out just after 6 to the produce store which was virtually empty; it closes at 7. Then to the grocery for a number of things. Also empty. YAY! The frig is full again.

The previous Sunday, we went to the still unsold city house. The neighbour has been insisting the Manitoba Maple is how raccoons get in his house. Of course we know a raccoon does not need a tree; it can go up the brick wall with ease. So, I read and he cleaned out the shed enough to see a row of concrete blocks missing from the side of the house next door. He texted the neighbour and he and the landlord came and saw and Agreed that was the entrance and agreed to put up a new wall after R clears away his board wall - which he now has! Landlord also agreed to help pay for removal of the "maple"!!!! Although everyone likes it, it is a nuisance, growing so fast, R has to keep removing branches that are on various neighbours roofs! This past Sunday, we went again and I read while R cut branches. A huge pile! I also found stuff in frig which I packed up and brought here. I never realized that R had not moved that stuff, and cabinets full of food! All re-homed now. This was a MAJOR accomplishment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 12:27 PM

I was cleaning the pool and the water pump died after 20 years.
It's the last part of the system to be replaced. The weak link are the impeller blades. So tommorow the repairman comes since I'm not messing with electricity and water. Meanwhile the water is green.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 11:03 AM

If ever I spend a ton of money on plumbing work one thing on my wish list is an outdoor spigot on the driveway side of the house. There is one front and one back, but most of the watering happens on the side, so it means lots of hose-dragging.

A friend is scheduled for "elective" surgery (not really - it's a partial colectomy, meaning she has felt bad for a long time and really needs this now) and we have our fingers crossed that she doesn't test positive for coronavirus (she goes for the test today) and they haven't closed down elective procedures by Monday. Every day now the local record from the day before is broken; in Texas there are 9,600+ hospitalized and on Wednesday 98 people died. Just Wednesday.

I cleared the packed eBay boxes off of the bench in the sunroom, but I tossed a lot of flattened boxes into the room behind it so at this point the sunroom contents are simply achieving a lower level but the floor is still covered. As I get things arranged in the front room I'll either move more sunroom contents or take them (boxes) to the recycle bin or garage. It's a deadly move to store flat boxes in the garage because they multiply when left alone in the dark.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 10:30 AM

Nick Cordero may be claimed by New York, but he was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, and got his start in the Toronto theatre scene, where he is sincerely mourned. Here's a story about him in our local rag, the Stratford Beacon-Herald.

The case of Nick Cordero demonstrates how very little we know about COVID-19, even yet. He was a strong, fit, healthy man in the prime of life, not a frail senior stuck in a nursing home until some opportunistic affliction gets around to carrying her off.

Speaking of frail seniors, our neighbour Neil's mother died the other day of one of those opportunistic afflictions, probably pneumonia. She was 96. Her husband, Neil's father, predeceased her at the age of 99. Neil himself is about 70 and looks 60, except when he's chucking garden rubbish into his flat-bed trailer, when he looks more like 40. I get the impression that he knows he still has a fair few years ahead of him and keeps fit accordingly.

It's blistering hot here for the nth day in a row -- forecast high of 35C (95F), and the ground under the frizzled grass feels like brick. We now have soaker hoses rigged for watering the garden beds, and I get a bit of exercise hauling out and reeling back the 100-foot feeder hose, which is hitched to our only external tap at the back of the house. It's a great way to ensure that I sit down to supper with my hair drenched in sweat.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jul 20 - 11:01 AM

I've built a few minefields around my house. My front hall, case in point, now has a small serpentine front desk and a Victrola pushed against one side. And screens for the security door on the other. It is a bit of a dog obstacle course these days—they have their own steeplechase.

Bt and compost tea in a bottle sprayed on the tomatoes and other crops because caterpillars have started to appear. I'm canning soon, and ran a case of pint jars through the dishwasher yesterday.

Last night was remarkably quiet compared to July 5 on previous years. I think the explosives amateurs blew the entire box of fireworks overnight on the fourth.

There is almost enough stuff in the donation bin in the laundry room to make another run over to Goodwill. If I see the guy who gave me the black elastic I'll offer him one of my cloth masks as a "thank you." Not going in anywhere right now, the horror stories we heard from New York City last spring are beginning to emerge here in Texas and other southern tier states. And New York isn't finished; the story of the 41-year-old theater actor Nick Cordero who died after 90+ days in the hospital and after the amputation of one leg should be a cautionary tale for all of us. (They had recently moved from NY to LA, but New York still claims him.)

I'll keep working around the house and I've continued to make masks. I have enough now to offer a few at a time to local friends who are needing them (until now I've kept family and close friends and neighbors supplied). You can't really get by with just one or even two; if you wash the mask after using it then that is out of circulation until it's dry (and ironed, if needed). Three minimum. I have one by the front door in case I need to speak to someone there, a couple in the kitchen waiting to be washed or hanging dry, and a couple in my handbag.

Maybe I'll finish moving things to the front room and restage the sun room today. We had a surprise thunderstorm in the wee hours today so there won't be yard work until it dries out a bit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Jul 20 - 09:55 AM

No more recreational explosions on this side of the border, which is still closed to non-essential travel. We hope it will stay that way for a good while yet.

Southwestern Ontario is in the shank of a major heatwave, and our thermostat just died. Rodney the HVAC Guy promised to visit this afternoon, but right now the mugginess is mounting throughout the house. I don't think I have opened the bedroom curtains since sometime last week; otherwise, the heat in there would be intolerable.

Before Rodney arrives, I must do something about the domestic obstacle course in front of the breaker panel in the laundry room. A boot tray with Himself's hiking boots, work boots and Wellingtons (marry a soldier and you get his footwear fetish), sacks of water-softener salt, a rack of mops and brooms -- I can pick my way through it, but it's my minefield. I might have to rescue Rodney.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 06 Jul 20 - 03:25 AM

I wish they would issue tickets. Fine them. Reasonable Amount first offense. Get some revenue.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 20 - 11:42 PM

Last night was wretched, clearly no one was enforcing the "no fireworks" laws in the county or municipalities. What they choose to enforce or ignore; in some instances it's a matter of "choose your battles." Here is a county with several million population and all of these scofflaws would have been too much to ticket, even if they were causing fires, yet George Floyd died because he had the bad luck to have a bogus $20 in his pocket when he went to buy cigarettes. Police officers chose not to ignore that, tell him to take it to the bank tomorrow. So much of what we experience these days must be viewed through the COVID-19 and George Floyd lenses.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jul 20 - 03:56 PM

I have since learned the details of that sad estate: hoarder and spendthrift. Loans taken out, recent new car purchase, I fear the kids have their work cut out for them. And the spouse of one jumped the gun, was there with his pickup backed up to the house before the body had cooled. I'll leave anything else to your imagination. So sad.

Hot work now, but a lot less humid. The trimmer and I have toured the front yard so far, and I'm in for a few minutes to cool down. I had a nice conversation with an old friend this morning and we tested our various video call options. I have a little hood I put over the top of the web cam when not in use, and will need to remember to replace it each time. I found photos in a file in the last computer with me in my bathrobe, something the computer captured when I wasn't aware.

Those of you in the states, I hope you have a safe and explosion free evening. Last night it sounded like artillery being fired across the creek. I kept the dogs from exiting the dog door as I will again tonight. A story on the news today said the firework stands have done a booming business (pardon the pun), with many people planning to fire off their own stuff instead of going to firework displays. Keep the fire department on call tonight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Jul 20 - 08:49 PM

Dupont,

A murmur indicted we would go to Beaver today but the murmur was withdrawn by the end of Weds. I took it a bit hard. SRS comment about neighbour is scary. How long until we know whether he is out of the woods. Dr next Thurs. I thought to go alone to Beaver but not wanting to leave him in case. When I just do not feel/care about doing anything, that smacks of mild depression; I have just given up. But I shall recover. In the meantime, and with the heat, why would anyone lift a finger! Meals happen. R has taken to cooking some or all of his own BF. Doing very well! I asked if I have been depriving him all these years but he is ok with it. I now only eat 2 scrambled eggs with a bit of cheese for BF. Today is Day 11. Keeping track does string me along.

We have mice much of the time in this old house. We just deal with it. No cat. The little raccoon might have been handy. but I am still finding places to clean up from him. Mice are easier. We have had rain and things are growing. Some plants that were supposed to be perennials succumbed through the winter. Makes me doubt the nursery.

Someday I will vacuum. And mow some more lawn. The back is a field of lovely white yarrow. NOT cutting it!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 04:12 PM

Clearing up after a hoarder is definitely an eye-opening experience. That family has my sympathy.

Canada Day in Stratford was very quiet, both literally and socially. In previous years, we have heard many minor fireworks explosions around the neighbourhood as well as the cacaphony of the municipal display, mounted more for the tourists than for us townies in my opinion. This year, the town celebration was a live-streamed concert; if we wanted more than that, we were on our own.

We invited the still-unpacking BIL and SIL to dinner and drew the line at that, but some of our neighbours broke out the firecrackers. Desultory detonations marred the suburban peace until about eleven o'clock, when everybody just gave up and went to bed.

The cats paid no attention, focussing instead on the antics of the back-yard robins.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 04:00 PM

I learned today that a family friend, the ex-husband of another family friend, died suddenly last Friday. And apparently while no one was looking he turned into a hoarder. Their kids are the ages of my kids, and are grown and married. They will work it out, but it's a shame that happened because it makes getting over the loss of a loved one so much more complicated.

Tomorrow is the bank holiday and Saturday is July 4, so I'm expecting lots of fireworks noise. I'll have to keep the dogs in at night; one is very unhappy about the noise and the newest one feels the need to bark a challenge at the back fence at every explosion. The oldest dog is deaf so is blissfully unaware of it now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Jul 20 - 12:14 PM

We have mice, too, Jon. Cute little brown critters, probably field mice since our surburban house is close to cropland. Watson, our tomcat, has slain at least six over the last year. I don't know how they're getting in, but I suspect our rickety basement windows might be implicated. That's our next capital project, for when we have more capital.

We have found mouse signs only in one kitchen drawer and in the cupboard under the sink, but the cats have killed mice in the bedroom upstairs and in the basement, as well as in the kitchen and dining room. One poor little soul had taken refuge at the top of the dining-room curtains, and Watson had him in a nanosecond after I shook him out of the folds.

No rats here, but we definitely have raccoons -- when we first moved in, Himself put a hunk of mouldy bread in our brand-new composter, and the very next morning it was uprooted and overturned, and bits of bread were all over the garden. Raccoons are very intelligent, for a small animal, and strongly attracted to high-calorie edibles such as bacon grease, bread, fish and meat trimmings, and bones with even a trace of meat on them. I'm sure they also monitor the composter, because they'll have the lid off if we put eggshells or gnawed corn cobs in there.

Our current unpleasaunce is a small triangular space between the toolshed and the seven-foot cedar hedge that encloses the east end of our property. It is full of deadfall branches from our four huge maple trees (sadly, none of them is a sugar maple), bits of old drainpipe, and a stack of cast-cement pavers left over from the last year's major capital project, the construction of our patio and front path. The pavers are too potentially valuable to dispose of -- sure enough, we needed some this year when we installed two rain barrels -- and there isn't enough drainpipe to justify a trip to the dump, so ... there it stays!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jul 20 - 12:04 PM

I've stopped putting out birdseed to reduce the number of rodents on the property, and it seems to have helped. Now keeping the bird baths filled with water is the main attraction for birds.

There is a single panel of fence in place where there once was an expanse of fence that was removed when the garage and driveway were built in the back yard. That remnant at the side of the driveway has served as the place to stash the trash cans, to leave the mower when I want to hide it but am not ready to put it back in the garage. Everyone needs a place like that.

Our heatwave alert runs through Thursday evening so I might get the tall grass mowed on Friday morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 Jul 20 - 06:06 AM

I’ll try to remember that word, Charmion. I don’t think ours have ever been treated to more than being referred to as “the dump”. Like you, I think the patch “no-one ever goes to” that develops into a tip is quite common.

We have had lots of problems with (brown) rats in the roof here over the years but that area of ground has never been implicated, in fact I think the only outside thing that was has been bird feeders. We are hoping that the last round of trying to have things cleaned up and rat proofed has been successful. This took place sometime last year and so far so good…

We have had problems with field mice instead. These have been seen on the kitchen floor but not on the worktops. I think they have been getting in via a gap around a kitchen or bathroom waste pipe but we’ve not wanted tradesman in doing work with the virus worries.

That said, I’ve not seen a mouse in over a fortnight although we are setting a peanut butter baited humane trap in the kitchen every night.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jun 20 - 11:20 PM

Much of last year was a series of kidney stone episodes and I think three surgeries for my next door neighbor. I'm happy to report that he's feeling much better now, his diet is somewhat restricted, but it's worth it to avoid building the stones again.

Horrible heat and humidity here this week; I see most lawns in the neighborhood need mowing but few people have bothered to step out into the steam room to mow.

July and August are pretty awful in Texas, and this year of #COVID19 makes it all the worse. I'm going to be staying home most of the time and will order what I need via the delivery services. I made a big push to get somethings today that I didn't trust someone else to select for me; now it will be fresh fruit and vegetables and occasionally beer or wine.

Some friends and families have been trying to expand their quarantine to other family members of neighbors, with the understanding they won't go anywhere else so there won't be extra risk. But the numbers in Texas are climbing so fast that has to be put on hold.

I'm moving stuff between rooms and preparing to put surplus packing supplies in the trash and donate items I'm not interested in selling on eBay to Goodwill. At this point everything is in flux but I hope by the end of the week to make the rooms functional and have the sunroom a welcoming space for the time when anyone is able to enter my house again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Jun 20 - 09:58 AM

Jon Freeman, that space behind your pigsties is what I would call an "unpleasaunce". Every property has one: the spot where stuff gets put because no one goes there and it's out of sight most of the time and, therefore, out of mind.

The development of an unpleasaunce is close to inevitable, but they can harbour hazards. Before I married Himself, I lived in an old house in downtown Ottawa with a large garage in the back yard. The back wall of the garage was very close to the property line, as was legal back in the days when Ottawa city blocks were bisected by lanes to allow the polite passage of the night-soil man. But by the late 20th century backhouse latrines and cesspits were bit distant memories and the lanes had been absorbed into the house lots, creating the perfect space for an unpleasaunce.

Mine was occupied by a family of raccoons and, at one point, some brown rats.

I came to terms with the raccoons, who did not bother me if I kept the garbage under close arrest, but the rats were a different story. One of my cats, a small black fellow named Cecil, killed at least two -- he brought me the corpses -- and they did not invade the house, but they were a major threat to the wiring of the garage and anything stored in it.

Ah, city life.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Jun 20 - 09:55 AM

Dupont:

R is still in kidney stone mode; until that finishes there will be no - ever so longed for - trip to Beaver.

The cross the street neighbours took out the 8-10 foot high hedge between the two drives. The view from my usual chair in the Den is vastly deteriorated; instead of the lovely old cedar hedge - 3 or more vehicles, a camping trailer, a not too bad small building and the back porch and side of house - not terrible. But now there is a 24/7 light on the bloomin' trailer. I am trying to adjust plants on the sill to block the view without losing the nice breeze --- now that the weather is blissfully cooler. I realize they did it to gain space; we sure miss that hedge!

We have also had wonderful rain a couple times. I lost a tiny hydrangea to the dry - it looked as though it was getting ready to bloom and then it looked totally dried out - lack of attention. The squash flowers all gave up - no water, no squash. They can try again; the plants are still healthy. But everything is showing its happiness to have water! - lettuce, beans et al.

The stores here, at least those I use, have online sites with a chart showing how busy they are throughout the day. So, needing stuff, I checked several times yesterday and went off to the produce store at 6pm. Bought groceries in an almost empty store and went to check the plants adjacent - already end of season sale! but nothing suitable. I want to use some very large clay pots filled part way with styrofoam and then 6-8 inches of soil for potted geraniums (keeping them in 5" pots). I wanted to infill with something droopy and flowering. May try a nursery today if it is empty of people.

That does it! I have to put a sheer curtain across that window, just the bottom 15 inches! Too ugly looking at all that.

Today is day 8 of being hyper careful of eating. NO choc -let it run out; no cookies - R put them where I don't see them. I actually feel better. I also feel hungry a good part of each day but am managing pretty well so far.

Thanks for the spelling, SRS! I always wonder but close enough... In any case, my hummus has been a treat on a big bowl of lettuce with a dollop of salsa mixed in.

Now, a curtain!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 30 Jun 20 - 08:19 AM

I’ve bought two tools in fairly recent times to deal with a couple of things I found in the garden. Aviation snips to cut up an old rusty incinerator and bolt cutters for the springs from an old mattress (not sure where that came from…). In both cases, I was able to get things down to reasonable sized bits for easier disposal.

I’ve been dotting about between a few outdoor things and one other thing I’ve been doing is trying to reclaim the area behind the pigsties. I remember strimming there when I first moved here around 20 years ago but it got forgotten about at some point and it’s surprising how quickly nature can take over…

Between ivy, brambles and elder, most of that patch was impassible a few weeks ago and, apart from clearing up stuff I’ve cut, it’s probably about at a point I’d settle for now. The main things to me anyway are having access again to the back of the pigsties and to the blue pipe which carries water from the 12 butts at the back of the house down to join 4 more by a shed and all used for watering round the back. I think we need to fix the fence by the back of the house.

Another thing I’ve done bits of and need to do more of is bits of garden timber. The bit that has my attention at the moment is the table outside the “BBQ shed”. It’s looking a little weather worn but I think it’s it’s a nice piece of quite solid, simple furniture. I’ve not tried this before with anything but I’m going to try sanding, a little bit of wood filler and teak oil with this one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Jun 20 - 12:16 PM

"Now if I can just keep track of the day of the week."

Oh, yes. I'm ashamed to admit that I check the phone or the computer to remind me, and then I forget again, especially in the grey space between Tuesday and Friday. After Garbage Day has passed, my only firm guide is the amount of effort I have to put into the New York Times crossword puzzle.

BIL and SIL are still in a welter of paper and boxes, with days if not weeks of sorting and shifting ahead of them. Their new house is much bigger than the little rowhouse they left behind in Toronto, and was rather ruthlessly renovated about ten years ago to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. It has two large bathrooms that, oddly, have no doors; oddest of all is the man-cave attic, with a massive Jacuzzi whirlpool tub right spung in the middle of the space. Whoever installed that would have needed a building permit and an engineer's report, followed by the agony of hanging double joists to take the weight -- and why? Likewise, the largest bedroom has a huge en-suite bathroom with no enclosure to block the view even of the toilet.

However, it's their house. I just thank my lucky stars that it wasn't the only house in our price range when we hit town three years ago.

Speaking of houses, ours is as dusty as the Sahara right now, and it can damn well stay that way for a couple more days; I have zero interest in housework right now. I will probably get over that soon, as the weather is hot and muggy enough to make any expedition unpleasant. Of course, there's nowhere fun to go.

Himself chivvied me out yesterday morning for breakfast downtown, our favourite after-church spot having reopened for take-out service. It was okay, but frankly I would rather have eaten at home; perching at a picnic table in the market square to eat out of compostable boxes is just as unlike restaurant dining as it sounds. Plus, no church, although the bells were ringing. The Anglican Church of Canada has hoisted in that group singing is actually one of the most dangerous things to do when COVID-19 is around, so ... no church. And when church is finally back, it will be said Matins and Evening Prayer. No singing, no eucharist. Bleah.

I have put on ten completely unwanted pounds over the last six months, so I have to pay much closer attention to what I eat and when. Since recovering from my last bout of diverticulitis, I have been eating only small meals a day, fasting from eight o'clock in the evening to noon the next day, and that is beginning to turn the tide. Trotting up and down stairs and around town is about the only exercise I get since the gyms are still closed, but today it's just too damned hot.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jun 20 - 11:00 AM

Weird windy weather today, and I think we still have Sahara dust swirling in the air also. I was going to set up the burn barrel and clear out some old files and add some of the extra paper packing material, but not with the wind. I think the village has stopped emptying the recycle bins, so either I have to lug mine over to my ex's house (if he has room in his bin) or simply put it out at the curb. Now that would be depressing, though in this market I don't think much recycling is going anywhere. Many marketplaces have shut down.

And since Texas is having a surge in novel coronavirus infections, I have to cancel my plans to make a trip to the grocery store. The law says everyone has to wear a mask, but there are scofflaws who have them on and suspended under their chins - the letter if not the spirit of the law.

Mowing awaits my mood shifting. It's so muggy that it's like pushing the mower into a steam room. The only steam room available these days since my gym (pre knee surgery) never re-opened.

I've made progress moving things from the sun room to the front room, and need to keep that going. I need to establish an area for setting up my photo cube (a nylon tent-like tabletop setup that works for diffusing light from the sides and getting good photos for eBay, etc. The goal of organizing this stuff is to resume full-time eBay activity.

Now if I can just keep track of the day of the week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jun 20 - 04:24 PM

Charmion, that is excellent news about family moving to the area!

Texas is rolling up the sidewalks again now that the governor has finally seen the light. I was planning a trip to the grocery store on Monday during senior hours, but I'll see how busy the parking lot is before deciding to go in. Costco has large aisles, that's their saving grace; I've saved up on things I usually buy there and have a rather long list. Going through a shopping service means I'm bound to miss things I forgot to put on my list but still need and will spot in the store. What I really crave right now is some sharp cheddar. I've been out for ages.

Today I've begun emptying stuff from the sunroom into the newly cleaned and emptied front room, though I've stopped for the time being to give the dust a chance to settle and to think about the next step - how much packing material can I discard to reduce the volume in there. Over time it's too easy to stash stuff, and when you see it all at one time in several containers and realize there is way more than needed, it's time to cull. A lot of it isn't recyclable, so I expect a large bag at the curb on Monday.

The craft room has gained a fresh ironing board cover; the old one was probably 25 years old. I left the old pad under the new one so it's the Cadillac of ironing board covers now. I've assembled a bunch of fabric for the next set of face masks, I mailed a bunch last week, and I have a few new orders.

What I'd like, when I finish this rearranging, is a more efficient house and something that will entertain and interest the family next time they walk in and see it so different. And decluttered.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Jun 20 - 08:58 AM

Himself's brother and his wife moved from the Big Smoke to our corner of Paradise yesterday, after months of stressful preparation, and their arrival represents the beginning of a new phase of our life here. Up till now, we have been much on our own, as any family visit required somebody to saddle up and drive half across our very large province.

We hosted their elderly cat for the day while tumult and shouting prevailed at their new place, and gave them dinner. They were the first guests to cross our doorstep since the 13th of March. (The plumber and the HVAC guy don't count.)

Perth County is now in Stage 2 of opening, with hair-cutting establishments back in business (with shields and masks) and restaurants setting up out-door patios. Much to their credit, the town council voted to give up large expanses of street-side parking to allow the use of curb lanes for umbrella tables; squint hard, and you could be in France. Alas, it's raining today, so we won't be patronizing even our favourite joints quite yet; if I have to get wet while eating outside, I want army food and a Field Service Allowance.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jun 20 - 09:23 PM

Pedant alert: it's Hummus. Not Humous. That sounds like a medical condition or the gardening by-product. :-/

Piano shifted across the room next to the doorway to the hall, and may be moving to a different part of the house later. Trunks moved.

The two torchiere lamps have been refurbished with LED bulbs, $9 each and saving me having to buy new lamps.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Jun 20 - 06:40 PM

Dupont:

Made humous and a pan of stew yesterday, deadheaded a bunch of perennials, considered mowing and rejected it but cut down a bunch of burdock that were getting ready to bloom. The tomato plant saucers were full of water from the wonderful rain Weds night! Changed the bed, did a load of laundry. Enjoyed the cooler weather and stuck to a diet free of choc and cookies.

Today I re-found the lovely daybook that only made it to 4 January, just so I can write in it the number of days, to encourage myself to stick to it. Today, Day 4 is being difficult. My 5pm meal (veggie stew) is not sufficing. Going back for lettuce/humous. Now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jun 20 - 11:30 AM

Following two days to let the second half of the carpet dry in the front room I now need to start moving furniture in earnest. It's a good workout. And when I finish that, there is some heavy lifting in the garden to do.

My county is, as of 6pm today, under a mandatory mask-wearing order for anyone entering a business. It will run until early August. Yesterday I mailed a half-dozen facemasks to family members and last night I pinned a few together while I waited to see if I could successfully launder the heat-resistant cover of my ironing board. Yes and no; it's back on the board for now but the next time I make a run to the Dollar Store I'll look for another one. It's getting a lot of use right now but has been in place for many years, so it's time to replace it.

The garden is producing tomatoes and peppers. I need to plant the small okra, that's part of the heavy lifting coming up. Shaping those beds.

Stay healthy, everyone!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Jun 20 - 09:35 PM

Dupont:

We GOT RAIN!!! Maybe half inch and slightly less humid and a bit cooler. Supposed to go down to 16C tonight!

The spider has gone to someone who will care for it. Yesterday they gave it a pork bone to clean up. Who would have thought? It enjoyed it.

Other than that, I just open and close windows and drapes. Started soaking chick peas to cook tomorrow for humous and made a lentil stew. No choc or cookies for two days. Tonight is hard but I will manage.

If the grass dries, I can cut some tomorrow. And deadhead some iris and day lilies when they are in the shade. Did the peonies yesterday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jun 20 - 03:45 PM

I disturbed a lot of dust this morning as I moved trunks and furniture from one side of the front room to the other. The two remaining items are a three-level glass front lawyer's bookcase (full of books) and a half-ton upright grand. I'll move those two items then steam clean the rest of the carpet in that room (started over the weekend). I took down some curtains that have never been moved since I moved into the house; they'll go to Goodwill. If I'm going to do all of this work I might as well come up with the room looking different and being more useful. I'm thinking that one side of the room can hold a bunch of the antique trunks, stacked two-deep and it can act like a counter-top for the eBay stuff that I'll move in there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jun 20 - 09:20 PM

You have had your hands full, Dorothy! Good luck getting the grill in place, Charmion. And I've used live-traps so I can distinguish between pests (rats and mice) and the good guys (toads and lizards). Some are released, some aren't.

I've figured out how to restore two torchiere lamps that I haven't used in ages because they were made for the the blazing-hot halogen bulbs that occasionally fricassee a passing moth and stinks of burned wings and disturbed dust. I used to have more but donated or broke them down, depending on their condition. These last two solid examples will receive dimmer but much better LED replacement bulbs later in the week. Amazon says they will arrive on Wednesday. Sometimes you have to stop what you're doing and poke around to see if what you need has been invented yet. These bulbs exist, and while there are brighter bulbs that would be perfect replacement of 300 to 500 watt halogen bulbs, they cost over $60 a piece, so I will get along fine with the $9 100 Watt equivalent replacements. I usually never turned them up full strength anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Jun 20 - 10:52 AM

Our fire-pit has been installed, so we marked the solstice with supper outside and a nice fire to dispose of rather a lot of deadfall branches from our many maple trees. Now I'm just waiting on a local metal-worker who's making us a cooking grill long enough to reach across the 32-inch diameter.

We definitely have a mouse problem. Watson (large black tomcat) is enthusiastically efficient at catching them when they venture into the main spaces of the house, but I'd rather they avoided us entirely. Besides, Watson makes a lot of noise when he's on the hunt at zero dark thirty, thumping about and meowing on the other side of the bedroom. I know the mice roaming around in the kitchen cabinets under and on either side of the sink and dishwasher because I have found spoor, as it were, but they don't seem to have discovered the pantry, for which much thanks.

More than 40 years ago, when I was posted in Germany, I lived in a house that dated from the end of the 30 Years' War. The floor was stone with linoleum laid on it, and I could see daylight around the casement windows, so it was about as airtight as a lace curtain. That house was alive with mice and beetles, especially in the fall when the famers reaped the fields and the weather turned cold, and I very quickly learned to keep all foodstuffs in gnaw-proof containers. I still do that, thank God.

When we moved here, the packers complained bitterly about how much "kitchen stuff" we had. A lot of that kitchen stuff was then, and is now, my museum-quality collection of Mason jars, canisters and hard plastic bins and boxes, and I don't plan to dispose of a single damn one any time soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Jun 20 - 08:14 PM

Dupont: STILL!

R has not had time to go back to Beaver to fix the septic. I have pretty well missed June in a blue funk. I mentioned my distress at being in Quebec - highest covid in Canada - on another forum and a fellow pmed me; for some reason his two brief emails triggered something and I decided it was time to rejoin the living.

I have managed to get plants and seeds into the ground and things are growing in spite of NO rain for ages! Putting all the geraniums outside had de-cluttered the window sills. There is a great need for window covers on west and south windows, which plants make more difficult. Of course, I now have to water the outdoor house plants almost daily.

Out back, the numerous tomato cuttings are potted - 3 to a 12 inch pot and are on the railing of the deck, with a few small peppers and tomatoes coming along. MORE watering! The seedlings in front flower bed have sprouted and will live or die; will not be watered! Many flowers on the four zuke plants but without rain... Most of the bulbs and plants I planted on the bought pile of soil - I call it a dinosaur grave - are being very successful with a nice succession of colour. The peony clump has not lasted a week; I wonder if the lack of moisture?

The garage project is on hold. 2 weeks ago R found himself with a kidney stone and I waited on him for one whole week as he suffered great pain. Then one day the pain was gone but he shows no sign of getting back to work. An op is scheduled for Friday and last Friday we went to hospital for pre-op tests. He reads and sleeps - a lot! Fixed a couple leaks in plumbing - a great help to the damp basement.

The K faucet leaked but I had no idea what it was doing until I saw dampness in the cabinet! Expecting it to be dry, I had stored a large bag of oat flakes - original bag perhaps 50#! When I pulled it out the bottom disintegrated and R gets 10 gold stars for rescuing what could be - 15 large yogurt containers and taking the rest out to the woods. He LOVES cleaning up messes!! Oh, JOY!

The house is moderately clean; we are eating very little that needs much cooking; I still use the distiller as we need the water but now put it on the stove next to the vent with a fan to pull hot air out of the house! I never knew there was such a thing but it is great!! Cooking odours and heat ...GONE!

Oh, Big thing was we hosted a young raccoon for 3 weeks while searching for a rehabber. bottle feedings to solid food and PHEW! A wonderful woman took him to a new home for us just as R was hitting the worst pain. He was wonderful but too much. "moderately clean" includes paw prints in various places, some of which, "I washed that twice already!" I miss him; it was quite enchanting to see his brain working, problem solving. I hope he has the best possible raccoon life! He needed a peer group and wanted to be outdoors; he could smell it.

Now our only pet is a huge brown/black spider that R found in the cellar. It looks like one someone called an Inspector Spider years ago. R wants to show it to someone then let it go. I hope back in the cellar.

I took a bath a couple days ago and got an unusually good look at the state of my body. R agrees it is horrible. I have asked him to put all the cookies where I will not find them. I have gained much weight in the last two months and it was bad before. Crisis time. Maybe I can go back to the only diet that ever worked for me. One day at a time.

R installed a portable AC in BR today and found the large fan which we can use in the TV room. Right now I am trying to get it to bring the cooler air up from downstairs, which would bring cooler air up from the cellar. Hot air can go into the attic and out the "hot air chimney" up there - an early 1900 tactic built into the house!   There is another AC for his office, in which some progress has been made - y'all know - papers everywhere!
I cannot breathe if the temp is over 73 so any improvement helps. I spend time opening and closing windows and drapes. The "cool night air" is currently around 71 but it does help.

As for SRS and her DIY projects: Sure is hard to find someone who does it the way we want and as well as we can!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jun 20 - 11:59 AM

After a stormy night it's a morning indoors of clearing up dishes and pans I should have done last night before bedtime. And soaking the tea cups with water and bleach to clean out tea stains.

I think it's time for another frugal month, so I'll aim at keeping July as low-or-no-spend as possible.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jun 20 - 12:49 PM

I just can't make myself go out and mow the lawn in this heat, but when it's this hot the lawn doesn't grow fast so it looks a bit ragged but it isn't out of control.

This COVID-19 environment is getting more charged with political anxiety as a belligerent segment of the population has decided they don't need to be careful of others with masks and social distancing. If you say anything you get a snide response that has nothing to do with the science of the crisis and there is no logic behind this behavior, it's simply following the model of political figures in their particular party. It is becoming more and more isolating for a large part of the population who choose to avoid those thoughtless individuals.

I keep notes of where and when I have gone so if contact tracing becomes necessary in the future I can point at places (and via receipts, times of day) I've been. We could really benefit from adults in charge right now. And while we're staying home, here is a virtual exhibit of Pandemic Objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Pandemic Objects is an editorial project that compiles and reflects on objects that have taken on new meaning and purpose during the coronavirus outbreak. During times of pandemic, a host of everyday often-overlooked ‘objects’ (in the widest possible sense of the term) are suddenly charged with new urgency. Toilet paper becomes a symbol of public panic, a forehead thermometer a tool for social control, convention centres become hospitals, while parks become contested public commodities. By compiling these objects and reflecting on their changing purpose and meaning, this space aims to paint a unique picture of the pandemic and the pivotal role objects play within it.


We're all in a position to set up our own home-based exhibits. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jun 20 - 11:07 AM

I watched a couple of movies yesterday while I worked on turning several large t-shirts into rolls of t-shirt yarn to use for mask ties or other things. There are two self-healing cutting boards on the table and with the new larger one this work goes quickly, I don't have to keep stopping and shifting my work to stay on top of the mat.

We're to the season of lots of fresh fruit available and I have to be careful how much I purchase at a time. Last night's dinner included guacamole since I bought a half-dozen avocados the other day (most of it is now frozen), and today I think it will be peaches with every meal. The difficulty in shopping for fruit in this year of COVID-19 is that if I pick up a peach to sniff it to see if it's ripe, I can't smell it through the mask, and the realization that once I've touched it I'm pretty much obligated to keep it. So buy only a few at a time and hope when they arrive home that they will perform as expected.

I'm still finding things around the house to repurpose now that the original function is moot. Boxes, baskets, tools, art supplies, interesting jars, emptied-out plastic storage bins, etc. It is gradually clearing out a bit and I'm still planning the big rearrangement. The linchpin in this operation is steam-cleaning the front room carpet so it's ready to receive the items I plan to move in there. And I need to move stuff off of that carpet before I clean it. In the end, those repurposed items will probably find themselves in that front room where my eBay stuff will be organized. It's the kind of plan that, since it doesn't involve people coming in to do work, has no fixed schedule.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jun 20 - 05:12 PM

Mudcatter and pot-maker extraordinaire Guy Wolff posted on Facebook this morning photos of the face masks his wife Erica is making, and it added a couple of helpful ideas to the constantly changing features of the masks I make and send to people. I shared tips for ties that I hope help her.

I've had the new phone for just under a month and have had time to look at the online account and realize it wasn't calling and getting data via WiFi. A series of emails between me and a help tech has it set to rights, and yesterday I also connected my Google Voice account to the phone. The tech tells me that will reduce my bill (already low) a lot because phone or WiFi through my Ting number show up on my bill. Google Voice doesn't. This is in the "don't-declutter-the-pocketbook-as-fast" category.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jun 20 - 07:13 PM

The COVID-19 rates of infection are shooting up fast in North Texas, so it looks like I'm continuing to stay home. Not that I expect to go out much, but since the stores are full of people NOT wearing masks, I'll return to ordering online. Kroger today was full of people who were either clueless or didn't give a damn because they don't believe in it. Local and national politics are part of the problem. Was I taking my life in my hands to buy waxed paper? Aldi doesn't carry it or I'd have gotten it there; the smaller stores seem to have a more conscientious customer base.

I've done the math on the postal requirements for mailing these homemade masks. I found some 4" x 6" cardboard flat mailers that will compress the cloth masks easily and go as first class letters of an odd size. $1.00 or $1.20, depending on whether it's 2 or 3 ounces. Padded envelopes go at $4.05, so it's a nice savings (the new mailers came at about .40 each).

In the Increased Efficiency At Home Department, I have refined how I make ties for masks - this YouTube video was the most helpful lately, it shows how to make "t-shirt yarn," more efficient than tearing on the bias or just doing individual loops across a shirt. There's much less waste when you have one continuous strand. I'm enjoying learning these new things. Now that I'm expert at making bias tape I'm not having to make as much, but I do have a comforter I need to make some for to finish it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 11 Jun 20 - 12:16 PM

A bucket of wet sand, Charmion, just damp enough so that it will glom onto whatever should not be burning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jun 20 - 11:54 AM

You pegged it, Charmion - it's the nuts and raisins I've been concerned about. I make sure if I send banana bread with nuts that they're all on top to be picked off if need be, or no raisins in the cinnamon rolls she receives, etc.

Michelle, how is your workplace now? Is everyone healthy and able to work the staggered schedule? My daughter has two days a week she goes to her museum office; they had a lot of shared offices so now it's one person at a time, staggered days. They haven't built a volunteer schedule up yet, but they'll probably move us from small offices to wide open spaces with our gear on carts to be moved in and out. I'm not in a rush to expose myself, I'm just waiting to see how they work it out. Volunteering in the open air at the Botanic Garden is more likely to open up for me sooner.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Jun 20 - 11:12 AM

My guts have settled down at last, thanks for asking, Stilly. Your neighbour must really have it bad if she has to avoid baked goods; I can usually eat white bread as soon as I get off clear fluids, and the only bready things I must avoid are those containing nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

Our place is looking good, if not particularly clean. Monday is recycle day, so I am looking forward to clearing the garage of a great heap of cardboard boxes, and a trip to the dump is in order to dispose of a shredded cat tree and some broken screens. Fortunately, the city fathers have re-opened the dump to the public, probably to ensure that the fly-tippers have no excuse (not that those assholes need any).

We have a fire-pit now, but we will have to be very careful about what we burn in it; nothing that will flare up and scare the neighbours, and nothing that will stink. I must purchase a fire-extinguisher ... although a bucket of water kept handy might do.

The last outside project is a small shed for storing firewood so we can get it off the front porch. Dunno if I can get that done before the snow flies.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jun 20 - 05:47 PM

How are you feeling, Charmion? I think about my across-the-street neighbor's gut issues each time I take over baked goods, hoping none of it will make her worse (because she might eat things even if she shouldn't if it smells good).

We're to the time of year when outside work is best performed morning or evening, and since I'm not much of a morning person I usually head into the yard around 5pm. The next stage of the veggie garden is going in as seed starts are progressing and ready to plant. I'll be digging out the worst of the big roots then tilling in amendments and see about tilling paths to keep the weeds down.

The next big declutter project is to pull out some of the stuff that has accumulated along the sides of the garage and either fix them (the grill needs work), use them (there are planks for raised beds that actually need to be made into raised beds) or put them away in a better place (the wheelbarrow is in there now, filled with a home-mix of potting soil to keep it out of the weather). There is still room for the SUV, but not as much as there was the last time I cleared it out. Time to push back on the encroachment of stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jun 20 - 10:18 AM

Thanks for wondering Stilly. I'm fine, without so much as a pulled muscle. I'm not the genius of body mechanics I was thirty years ago, when I could easily move a massive bookcase taller than myself, but I can still handle any piece of furniture I can get leverage on.

And as I said above, I won't take that particular risk again -- at least not when I'm alone in the house.

Our sitting room and dining room are ankle-deep in cat hair again, but I'm not quite desperate enough to haul the central vac hose upstairs and tackle it. Himself has taken to washing the kitchen floor, but the vacuum cleaner remains beyond his chosen arc of influence; he claims not to know quite how it works. I believe him; thousands wouldn't.

We were pleasantly busy this weekend, mostly in the garden. The composter is in a new spot that was vacated by last year's patio project, and we stabilized one of the rain barrels by resetting it on a large square paver the patio guys found under the demolished deck.

But most of last week I spent recovering from a flare-up of diverticulitis, which is that thing that typically happens to the lower guts of North Americans who live long enough. In me, it manifests itself as stabbing pain about three inches north of the pubic bone, accompanied by just enough nausea to make me wonder if it really is appendicitis this time. I sent Himself out to purchase ginger beer in tins and a clinical thermometer, which we have not got, and apparently clinical thermometers are sold out in Stratford. Not ginger beer, fortunately.

After a couple of days on a diet of ginger beer and bananas, I recovered enough to start eating normally, then promptly had a relapse -- leftover barbecued ribs. Back to ginger beer and bananas for another day, and now easing back much more carefully. Pasta with plain tomato sauce, shrimp, cooked veg.

Today, I might try something raw that is not a banana. Perhaps a ripe tomato.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jun 20 - 07:14 PM

After several searches through the garage I finally thought to look in some of the boxes (that were moved around when the puppy arrived and started chewing on them). I found my 50/50 tarp for shading the back patio, took my much safer step ladder out (after discarding the two-step wobbly one last year) and put it in place in about five minutes. The patio got cooler as I worked.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 03:36 PM

Sweeping, vacuuming, moping a few rooms today, those that get traffic. No point in doing anything in the guest room, it's closed and rarely entered. The craft room was swept recently. This means about 1/3 of the house has had the floors cleaned, and it was humid enough to stop at that point. In the summer one has to pace oneself with these moisture-generating chores. Now to hang some laundry on the clotheslines recently freed of tree branches.

As I read Charmion's table-moving post I was wondering how it came out and thinking "at least if she can write about it she didn't die from it." Good thing you didn't hurt yourself.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 11:45 AM

Yes, okay, Donuel, but I’m pretty sure most of us would rather do for ourselves what we can, if only to get the job done before the ice-worms nest again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 11:04 AM

There is a limit as to what one can do themselves based on resources, budget, age and need. What ever one's opinion is of; designers, architects, engineers, contractors or other professionals there are things others may do better than the most dedicated DIY enthusiast.
Then there are the disaster stories or on the other hand lifelong back injuries. But I suppose all that goes without saying.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 10:51 AM

Just as you would when working with heavy weights at a gym, this sort of awkward work should be done with a spotter, if not someone also engaged in the lifting, sister dear.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jun 20 - 09:10 PM

Today I moved some furniture around. The old wingback armchair is not as comfortable as it used to be, and that matters more as my back gets older. So it migrated upstairs (thanks to Himself, as it weighs a ton) along with the handsome tilt-top table that has always been too large for our sitting room.

A small rocking chair, a rather battered wicker armchair and a tea table have settled into the vacated space, which has ideal reading light from the big front window. I have ordered new cushions for the wicker armchair from Amazon, as the current ones date from a visit to IKEA circa 1992 and are lightly spattered with paint. (I hear that shabby chic is a style, but not that shabby.) The cats have decided the change is okay.

I carried the tilt-top table upstairs by myself, which would have been a bad mistake if my core muscles were even a little bit weaker. It's a pedestal table with a round top 40 inches in diameter, made of solid mahogany some time in the late 18th century. I unlatched the top so it hung vertical and picked the whole thing up, with my left hand under the pedestal between the feet, the pedestal leaning against my chest caber-style, and my right hand controlling the top.

The table and arrived upstairs without incident. Right at the top of the stairs, as I turned to start sidling into the enormous room over the garage (much more in scale with the table), I took my right hand off the tabletop for some reason, and it started to tip toward the horizontal. I felt my back take the strain as the weight swung over my shoulder, and my body rocked back on my heels (still at the top of the stairs, remember). I then gently put my right hand back where it should have been all along and returned the tabletop to its vertical position.

In a very undignified shuffle, I made it to the new spot by a row of bookcases and put the damnable table down safely. I then unkinked my back and resolved NEVER TO DO THAT AGAIN. At least not when I'm alone in the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jun 20 - 05:04 PM

I'm not sure who that was aimed at or what exactly it was about. The nature of these threads is to discuss things we're doing ourselves. Where do you envision professionals who would see something we would miss?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Jun 20 - 04:59 PM

If you're changing things up why not consider a total makeover with professional help who might know things you could not.
You might save time and $. One can get lost in the little things and miss the big picture.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jun 20 - 03:44 PM

Today's declutter is dog hair. I got tired of the crunchy feel of hair and dirt and yard detritus they've dragged in, so got that spiffy new silicon floor sweeper and dislodged a lot of it. I'll mop next, and then proceed to the other side of the house. A wad about the size of a soccer ball was tipped into the trash can from that first pass through.

It was 96o (36C) the last time I looked at the thermometer, so I'll work inside until evening, when I will be able to do some puttering in the yard. At last count I have nine masks finished or almost ready to go, and several others in pieces ready to assemble. I'll be doing another mailing soon, since this hot weather is a great excuse to work on those.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 01:32 AM

I found a couple of interesting fat quarters tucked into the sewing room stash that are now in the dryer, along with a 90" wide large piece of muslin. I think I bought it on sale from the remainder table, I didn't buy it because I was making a quilt. So I'll trim off a piece and use it in the masks that are still underway. Most recent request came from one of our former student assistants at the library; we're friends on Facebook and she has seen the masks. Since she wears a headscarf I sent a photo of one I thought would work best and she agreed. It'll go over the whole scarf, not behind her ears (having to adjust the scarf every time she shifts the mask).

My craft room table has two sewing machines set up; the oldest one has no zigzag but it sews over anything and is fast—I'd forgotten how powerful this old rotary machine is. The newer machine has a different color thread and is the one that does zigzag and is a better motor than my original machine. I'll probably sell that one on eBay.

The garden is progressing and soon it's time to use the little tiller to put in the next beds for plants that were started from seed a few weeks ago.

There is protesting and damage and arrests here in Fort Worth; my village doesn't have any restrictions but Fort Worth has a 7pm curfew through at least tonight, so there has been no evening driving around unless you're headed to work, or doing something essential. We are staying home and out of everyone's way, but in past years I've attended rallies (the local Women's marches and other political responses). This one, in the time of COVID-19, is more than I'm willing to take on right now. I fear the result of all of this unmasked commingling for the last week will undo all of the quarantine of the last three months. I'd better keep making masks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Jun 20 - 08:26 AM

That’s an interesting essay, Stilly, and more or less summarizes my far less organized thinking on the subject.

I never wore make-up (hate the constant twiddling, and the sticky sensation on my face) and the only thing I ever do with my hair (beyond brushing it ) is a haircut ever six weeks or so. I stopped needing “professional” clothes in 2013, when I quit my last job. But the urge to blow money on personal things somehow never goes away.

Moving house is a great excuse to throw discretion to the winds, and it’s very difficult to draw the line and say, Enough. There always seems to be a project that requires substantial purchases of stuff — we spent $600 on rain barrels, hose and hose-management equipment in May — and when a project is finished the urge to acquire does not subside, but must be suppressed.

The big difference wrought by the virus is that I’m not pushing a huge cart casually through Canadian Tire or Sobey’s on any given day, and I don’t stroll down the main drag gazing into artfully arranged shop windows, so the lust for novelty does not get much spark. I don’t watch commercial television, either, and I am training myself to scroll briskly past the algorithm-cued advertising on the Internet.

But we still have a credit-card bill fit to choke a Clydesdale every month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 May 20 - 11:44 PM

Today I dismantled part of a cotton-blend red Hawaiian shirt to use for brightly colored masks. I sent a photo to my 5'10" daughter who wore that when she was several inches shorter and probably didn't have a bosom - "Awww! That's my Hawaiian shirt - and I want a mask from it!" Good compromise. She admits that she could probably fit only one boob in that blouse at this point. :) (And you'd think "bosom" would have two S's - took me a while to get it right).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 20 - 11:31 AM

From BuzzFeed:

I Don't Feel Like Buying Stuff Anymore

Our economy is built on Americans of all class levels buying things. What happens when the ability — and desire — to do so goes away?

I didn’t even realize I’d lost my desire to shop until one day, about six weeks into isolation, I absentmindedly clicked on a Madewell email offering an additional sale on a sale. I don’t even have anywhere to wear the jumpsuits I already own, let alone one that would require heels. Every work trip, every speaking gig, every quick vacation had already been canceled, even as my calendar still had reminders of the life I had planned in advance, on a different timeline, for myself. But in a matter of weeks, those, too, would be gone. I feel very lucky to spend my days walking my dog on the same loop I always take. But that walk, for the foreseeable future, requires no new purchases.

I don’t need new makeup, because I’ve stopped wearing it. I have Zoom calls with my friends after they’ve put their kids to bed, and everyone’s hair is just as wild, their faces just as makeup-less, as mine. I’m still lucky enough to be working. Others have been furloughed or laid off. Those changes may shape the tenor of our shared but separate isolation, but not its fundamental character. The aperture of my world feels very small, its rhythms incredibly repetitive. Sometimes, it’s almost calming. Other times, it’s incredibly claustrophobic. Either way, there are only so many pairs of leggings I need to navigate this new life.

Not wanting to buy things feels as bizarre as not wanting to sleep or not wanting to eat. It’s been ingrained in us, as Americans, as an unspoken component of residency. Before the coronavirus pandemic, I’d find myself clicking on the emails that overflowed the Promotions tab in Gmail, seemingly from every store I’d ever patronized. I’d online shop while I was traveling for work, while stressed, while avoiding a seemingly insurmountable number of other emails in my inbox. Buying things, especially things on sale, provided a momentary sense of comfort: I was fixing some problem, completing some task, simply by clicking “Buy Now.”

We’re trained to buy often, buy cheap, and buy a lot. And I’m not just talking about food, which everyone has to acquire in some capacity, or clothes. I mean all the other small purchases of daily life: a new face lotion, a houseplant holder, a wine glass name trinket, an office supply organizer, a vegetable spiralizer, a cute set of hand towels, a pair of nicer sunglasses, a pair of sports sunglasses, a pair of throwaway sunglasses. The stuff, in other words, that you don’t even know that you want until it somehow finds its way to your cart at Target or T.J. Maxx.

In post–World War II America, the vast majority of things we buy are often not what we actually need. But they’re indisputably things we want: manifestations of personal and collective abundance. We buy because we’re bored, or because planned obsolescence forces us to replace items we can’t fix. We buy to accumulate objects meant to communicate our class and what sort of person we are. We buy because we want to feel something or change something, and purchasing something is the quickest way to do so. When that doesn’t work, we buy “an experience,” whether it’s a night at Color Me Mine or a weekend bachelorette trip to Nashville. We buy because, from the Great Depression onward, how we consume has become deeply intertwined with how we think of ourselves as citizens.

The US didn’t become a nation of consumers because everyone has ample amounts of discretionary cash. Before the pandemic, income inequality had reached its highest levels since the Depression. Most Americans’ wages, when adjusted for inflation and purchasing power, have barely risen in four decades. In 2018, with the economy at its most robust in years, 61% of Americans said they could not cover a surprise expense of $400. In 2019, a study by the AARP found that 53% of American households did not have an emergency savings account — including a quarter of those who earn more than $150,000 a year.

So how do Americans buy so much when we have so little discretionary money? Massive amounts of credit. Payday loans, credit cards, quick and easy car loans, and the newly common “Afterpay” function in online checkouts incentivize spending beyond our means. The average American has a startling $6,194 in credit card debt, with an average interest rate of 16.88%. Over the last decade, auto debt has gone up 40%, and the average auto loan for a new car is a whopping $32,199. In April 2019, Americans reported borrowing $88 billion over the previous year just to cover medical costs. The middle class is going deeper and deeper into debt to maintain the expenditures of middle-class identity. The working class has done the same — borrowing for cars, for tuition, for everyday expenditures — only often at much higher interest rates.

And yet we keep spending: As of 2018, the average household expenditure was $61,224. That's rent and groceries, but also nonessential items: entertainment, vacation, clothes, plus all that other random stuff that ends up in your shopping cart.


It's a long read, so this is just the beginning of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 May 20 - 10:35 PM

Garlic was harvested the other day and today I trimmed off the stalks, knocked off dirt, and collected the corms to use for later or to give away. There are always a few that fall off when I dig it so I usually don't have to put any more corms into the ground for next year.

Cleanup today was setting the scene for putting in more garden beds. There are seedlings that will soon be ready to go in the ground.

Since I've been clearing out the guest/craft room I got rid of a lot of my childhood craft things that were still floating around—I never use them and they're not suitable to donate. I visualize my children discovering this stuff as part of my estate and realizing they can't use it and feeling bad about throwing it out because I had scratched or scribbled my name on them. Time for a little spring Swedish death cleaning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 May 20 - 12:20 AM

When I had a 30-yard dumpster across the road from my dad's house during the estate work every so often there would be a knock at the door.

"I have a toilet that I'd like to get rid of - can I put it in the dumpster?"

"I have some screen doors I need to get rid of . . . "

The answer was always yes, because they asked. It's nice to be able to do people a favor.

What are you deconstructing before you construct, Michelle? Will you take before and after photos?

The sewing room is much improved; I'm testing using my now-main sewing machine in the classic sewing machine table it came in. I'll probably just put it on the big table where my other sewing machine is so I can position the ironing board closer to where I'm working. My dining table in the den is now cleared.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 May 20 - 08:38 PM

Hi Everybody,

   Today I ordered a dumpster to be delivered....getting rid of LOTS of STUFF and construction debris.

    Hope all is well with everyone!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 May 20 - 12:54 PM

Me again. I have two bags and a box ready to go to Goodwill after my first pass through the old garments (daughter's outgrown teen-years shirts, mostly) and school supplies in the craft room (was her bedroom). I think I have my sewing machine working - was it *really* so simple as turning the wheel the backwards way to pull the bobbin thread through the plate? I also found a long straight edge in there, intended to be used with the Olfa rotary cutter. A final gift from my Mom's stash?

I have a hair appointment on Friday, but upon looking up the COVID-19 test results and number of cases in this area, the numbers are still going up, so I shall pass, and try again next month. It's one thing to go to a doctor's office, it's another thing to go into a narrow rabbit-warren of a salon building, clear to the very back, and hope that every person who is in or who was in that building within the last few hours hasn't been breathing novel coronavirus particles into the air.

On a personal note: my new office glasses arrived, and I realized I picked the exact same frames for these that I have for my everyday glasses. I'll never be able to tell them apart, so I dabbed on a little nail polish on the inside of the bridge. Now to get the pads to the right point and then adjusted (since one ear is a little higher than the other).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 May 20 - 12:58 AM

I finished piecing together three similar samples of upholstery tapestry to cover the seat cushion, all of it except that last seam on the sewing machine. The last bit was by hand and went pretty quickly. Anything new that appears becomes a target of opportunity for the destructive puppy, so the pillow will slowly make it's way down to the seat level on that chair. Now comes the dusting and vacuuming.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 May 20 - 02:27 PM

I've begun the repair of a seat cushion that goes on the big reclining lounger. The leather is old, I didn't do anything to keep it in good shape, and when the puppy arrived she decided a small tear was an invitation to raid the stuffing. I put it up quickly and today dusted it off and started a rudimentary stitching to pull the gap together. I'll probably use a glue and fabric to reinforce this, then I'll make an upholstery cover to put over the entire seat cushion. I'll find something that looks good with the rest of the leather. I want to put this back into service for me.

This is the first of the things I need to do as far as moving around room contents from the sun room to the front room. This will go in the den and I don't want to move stuff in there that can't be used, hence the repair. It's so large that once it's out of the way I'll get started moving other large objects (trunks, but also a desk, a book case, and a Victrola) and empty the room for carpet cleaning.

I'm watching one of the old "Sell This House" programs on the little HD local stations with really cheap old programming - the homeowner has two of the heavy old CRT TVs in the house being renovated for sale, and Roger tells her "You only need one television." I hate to think of how many duplicate televisions and various players are around this house. The light weight and low cost has made a huge difference in how television viewing happens in this house.

Onto the chair. . .


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 May 20 - 11:50 AM

That link landed on a Google shopping search but was probably tied to my account somehow. The term is "Fiskars Pruning Stik Tree Pruner, 1.25"" Not sure what the 1.25 is, maybe the length of the blade?

I am pleased with myself this morning that the trash went to the curb on time; the trash guys shifted to their earlier schedule (they do every spring when it gets hot out) and I missed them two times in a row. It's not like there's a lot, but there are some fish wrappers in there.

I put a new battery in the collar that I've had the lab Zeke wearing for a couple of days. I was trying to get him to stay back from the fence, but this morning I kept hearing something while I was scooping droppings for the compost - and realize the deaf old dog was prowling the fence line looking for tender grass. He can't hear the beep and his coat is thick enough I guess he wasn't feeling the static shock. The puppy's collar has a bigger clout but won't fit on him, so for now I simply put a new battery in the one he was wearing. I need to get a couple of collars and drench them with the "Yuck" stuff and have them available for swapping out those collar units on the different dogs. The two younger dogs usually wear them all of the time.

The puppy recently noticed the window blind was up in my office and was on her hind legs looking out at the yard. I need to discourage that; it's a nice insulating blind and I don't need a dog destroying it. Since the office is at the front of the house I don't want a view into the room with computer equipment. When I had cats they were really hard on the mini-blinds. As it is she's really hard on dog stuff (I stitched together a hole in a dog bed that she keeps revisiting in order to pull through the comforter inside to pull out the stuffing. Same hole, not tearing a new one. Odd.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 May 20 - 06:39 AM

That link doesn’t work, SRS but I’ve tried to look it up. I don’t think we’d have a use for one of those but I like your use.

We do have some of our own grapes in one of the pigsty bays that we call the vinery. I suppose it looks nice but there’s never a crop of grapes you can do much with.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 May 20 - 12:36 PM

Today is incredibly humid, so while it is a good temperature for mowing the front yard, it will be a sweaty job by end. It's time to get out the little gas tiller the neighbor gave me and I had tuned up; seeds are sprouting and I need to work over the area where I'll put in a raised bed (trying to kill off some of the stuff that is on the spot before I put down the edges and fill in with some soil from the surrounding garden area).

Later this afternoon looks like a good time to work indoors. Pushing myself to start one of these large projects is what I need to do.

Jon, I have a 6' long Fiskar's pruning "stik" that is great for reaching over my head to trim trees, though I originally bought it to pick grapes in the tree across the road. Lay down a plastic tarp then drop the small bunches on plastic so they can be found again; extra points if they land directly in the bucket. I don't think there will be any grapes this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 May 20 - 09:55 PM

Dupont:

Very little by very little, I am getting seeds and plants into the soil. Bending over is uncomfortable so I pull a few weeds and move on a few steps before bending over again.

WE went down to the mill on Saturday and I collected a couple small boxes of kitchenie stuffs which have been re-homed here. Moved R's collection of jams and jellies to a less accessible cabinet since they are rarely used; there are 2 or 3 in the frig... I have no interest in them.

R is making progress on garage project. The back yard is a clutter of stuff left from previous owner but a good bit is being trashed! He is being good about minding the bricks protecting the blue/white violets
which I am trying to move to a circle in the front, around the peonies where I am also putting a few roots of dwarf purple iris and creeping Jennie - from the mill. There is tons more but there was no shovel so I need to remember to take one the next time. He picked up four bags of soil for a bare spot in the back yard. I planted wax beans and will fill the remainder with lettuce. The rooted tomato slips are in Dahlia soil in 10 inch pots - 3 to a pot. The 4 tomatoes (2 yellow cherry; 2 red pear shaped) produced in the house were pronounced delicious so I hope they do well outdoors in good soil. And egg shells and mag sulfate. (Dahlia soil: bought a bale of it a few years ago not realizing how much it was! I will be using it for quite a few years! Although I bought it from a dahlia grower, I guess it is not exclusive.)

The house is in moderate state of clean. Meals get cooked and dishes washed at fair intervals. The rain was good but no more in sight for a while. I have marked out the clematis already coming up and R found some items for them to climb.

My energy level is in get out and push mode.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 May 20 - 01:19 AM

I bought a pair of telescopic shears the other day. Their only purpose is to keep the likes of Clematis from obscuring the 2 outside cameras and they have achieved what I wanted, ie. I only need to go up a couple of steps on the step ladder now and no stretching that I don’t think I’d manage safely.

As for me and a previous post on health. I got as far as a pre-op med. That was OK until the results of blood tests came back. I wasn’t just the mildly anaemic we knew about, this time I was at a point where they wanted to give me blood transfusions and I had to attend the “Acute Medical Unit” clinic a couple of times.

Then they had to put a camera down both ends of me, the results of which were reported to be OK. Then they wanted to rerun the big end, then they wanted a stools test to justify the re run, and they want to do some fibrescan (liver) test. Then, along comes Corona Virus and everything is on hold.

Whatever, I’m actually feeling a fair bit better in myself than I was a month or so back. I’m wanting to try to do things and, at my plodding pace, I’m achieving bits outside. Here’s a bit of the farm track – looks like potatoes in the field this year - I like to keep down. A lot of growth was over 1ft but strimmed then a rough mow on Sunday. I can’t eg. weed or other things at ground level but some things don’t trouble me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 May 20 - 08:55 PM

This afternoon I finished pulling out the last fence post and chipping off the last concrete footer. The holes have all been filled and the posts stacked neatly next to the garage. I dumped the extra blocks of concrete down by the back fence and will probably eventually spread them around on the other side. It only took 14 months to finish that project.

I think I've managed to mute most of the notifications that everything on the new phone would like to send. A battery wouldn't stand a chance, let along peace of mind, with the blinking and racket of nonsense notifications.

The old phone is not going to be terribly functional as a telephone after the end of the year, but it still is a good camera, all of the Internet stuff works via WiFi, and I have it paired with a pair of Bluetooth headphones for listening to audiobooks. The new phone will do all of these things also, but if the old one isn't easy to sell on eBay, then I could probably give it a dedicated task around the house. No point in tossing it into the eWaste bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:28 AM

Yesterday we went to the garden centre to buy perennials, and today we are digging holes.

Or, more to the point, Himself is digging holes. He rather enjoys making large messes, but after the adventure of the cubic yard of clay he dug out of the side border a couple of years ago, he will be more restrained this time.

The objective is to plant a rosebush, two Monarda (bee balm), two foxgloves and three hellebores. Let us hope we do not end up with a heap of spoil on the lawn and a hole to China.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 16 May 20 - 01:38 PM

Just cuttin bamboo


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 May 20 - 01:10 PM

Thinking big: I'm in the house by myself. Is everything in the best place it can be, or have I simply left things where they are because I'm accustomed to it? It's time to engineer a room reorganization, starting with the deep cleaning of the only carpet in the house, in the front room. That room has a wall of books, a wall with a huge upright grand piano, and a lot of trunks. The wall of books will stay, all else is negotiable. There is an antique lawyer's bookcase (glass front) and a small secretary (serpentine front faux-Chippendale desk). It reminds me again of how much extra stuff there is in the house. BUT - if I move everything out of the sunroom and move the dining table and chairs from the den and a row of trunks to along the wall in the sunroom, I could put other stuff in the den as a conversation/TV media area that is better than where it is now kind of in the middle of the room.

Wheels are turning. And I think the COVID-19 quarantine episode has reached another stage - reimagining my space. Moving furniture is always a great way to generate endorphins, in case anyone is wondering why despite the hard work it feels so good to move stuff around like this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 May 20 - 12:09 PM

Jon, I understand the difficulty in pricing things. I sell on eBay all of the time and look to see what others are charging for the same or similar items, and it's more or less the law of averages (and if you know you have something in demand and rare you can ask a bit more.) But in the neighborhood - well, you could look at neighborhood websites and see if others are for sale.

Out walking the dogs this morning I spoke with a neighbor who lives a block up the street—we've visited in passing over the years and when I had extra okra I'd take some up to her. We spoke from opposite sides of the street. Now she's using disposable masks, and would like some washable ones, so I'll make a few and drop them off. "How much are you charging?" - that's the question but I haven't sold any yet, I've spent evenings watching TV and sewing and when I had a few I sent them to friends or family who need them. I suppose I put in crimp in the market of those selling masks for a living. I suppose I could list a few on eBay or Etsy. Right now I'm thinking about making a very fancy little princess mask for my hairdresser's daughter; one intended for play, not for going out (one that would be harder to sterilize because it will have some bling on it.) It's nice to get creative at times to create joy for four-year-old girls.

I heard a little radio essay on the BBC News Hour (this episode from May 13, morning) and if you push to about 50 minutes into the program they talk about a virtual exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum. The director talked about how as COVID-19 started everyone was getting out 3D printers to make respirator parts, but then attention turned to PPE and old technology - the sewing machine (that has been around for about 150 years) was dusted off. "Thousands, or hundreds of thousands" started making masks, gowns, and other surgical garments. And how the sewing machine will be a part of the story of COVID. It makes me think that would be a great photo subject for a Instagram series.

There's always something to do around here if you set your mind to finding it!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 15 May 20 - 10:32 AM

Work on the Afghanistan book has slowed to a crawl. It's dense and depressing. But the money's good! And the project manager likes my work, which is a relief. Author hasn't seen it yet, however.

Himself is heading out to the fancy organic food shop for peanut butter and flour, for which they charge twice as much as the supermarket so they still have some. I can hear him rummaging for a mask. The big grocery chains in Ontario are leaning toward requiring all shoppers to wear masks -- although I note their staff don't.

Ontario is taking its first tottery steps toward what everyone is now calling "opening up the economy". This weekend, I shall go to the garden centre and try to buy some perennials -- Monarda is what Himself wants -- and a rosebush, and some herbs. Well, parsley. We also want a rain barrel, but that might be more difficult. I'm not sure whether Canadian Tire is quite ready for that kind of business yet. I foresee a great deal of dodging and weaving in our attempts to get what we want without invading others' personal space.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 May 20 - 08:04 AM

I’ve revised my ideas with strimmers and want to get rid of 2.

I couldn’t see myself starting a petrol strimmer, at least for a long while so I bought a better battery one. I got a Ryobi one, which uses the same batteries as a mower, my drills, a garden sprayer… and wish I’d have done that in the first instance. It will still enable me to cut up to the chicken wire for example without damage (somethings I can’t manage with the petrol one but gardening brother says you do develop a touch…) , it can cope with a fair amount that would have had to be the petrol strimmer before and I have longer runtimes.

As for the 25cc Husqvarna strimmer, I’ve found I can start that easily if I say put it on a garden bench rather than try from ground level and I might yet try to get further up the field back under control this year so that remains a keeper.

But it’s really time I made an effort to get rid of the 52cc Stiga that gets in the way in one of the sheds. It was another mistake of mine – I probably should had hired a tool… I had a very heavy patch to clear 2-3 years ago and felt I needed something stronger but as long as things are kept reasonably clear, I don’t see myself wanting to use it again and that’s assuming I’d even be able to handle it…

So that’s 2 to give away if anyone wants to just take them away.

If it does still run (I’m pretty sure it will), the Stiga might be a good one for someone else. It’s had under 15 hours use. Mum reckons I should ask for something for it but I hate that.

And I’m not even sure that is me being charitable. I really struggle with setting prices and don’t cope either way with haggling,.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 May 20 - 11:47 PM

I dropped off recycling at the city hall dumpsters; I had ripe bananas so made a double batch of banana bread, baked in small pans that I distributed to neighbors and my ex. And I went by the city compost site and picked up a contractor's bag full of prime mulch.

Yesterday I started clearing out the garden around the garlic that I will soon harvest and then I can plant that area. The mulch will go in that area to start with. And, I drove by a friend's house and delivered some homemade masks. The one she bought from a neighbor was too tight on her ears. This whole exchange of stuff between friends is still complicated. I sat about 8 feet away on her front porch while we visited, and held up the different styles and fabrics of masks from a box I took with me, then put three in a plastic bag on the table, weighed down with a pair of pruning sheers sitting there. And when I left she took the bag and masks to drop in the sink and give everything a good soapy wash.

I've been watching television with an eye to backgrounds (rooms at home where journalists set up their computers, tablets, phones, or cameras) and looking to see how their hair is doing. There are several who don't look changed at all, maybe they have access to network makeup and hair staff. Right now there's a reporter with a long rather interesting gelled hair style that I think means he really needs a hair cut–it's quite a flowing mane. I trimmed my own bangs, but the rest of it continues to grow and as long as I can braid it, I'm fine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 May 20 - 04:02 PM

Dupont:

Tired but managed a bit of planting and weeding this am. Try more later. But getting less supple as the day wears on. Well, need to get things in the ground so they can be rained in tomorrow!

The garage project is clearing up from previous owner - stuff! And 20 years of neglect? So,repairing the garage door, then maybe jacking it up to level and strengthen it, then maybe a paint job! R seems motivated.

The rest of the mowing will have to wait til the next dry spell. And the myriad tomato cuttings too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 14 May 20 - 07:14 AM

Today I didn't get up till nearly nine -- I haven't done that since I can't remember when.

I don’t usually plan on getting up much before 10am. That’s the time I see dad go from his bedroom to the bathroom. He walks with his zimmer but has had supervision after 3 falls in 3 months starting at the tail end of last year. I’d like to think he could go back to being independent with this but he can walk well for a few days and then we’ll have an outing where he just doesn’t seem safe…

It’s a nice gentle start for me. I get the papers in, and do a couple of other bits and then see dad to the living room. I then do a few puzzles and try to work out what I might want to achieve (by plodding) during the day.

Yesterday I did a bit of mowing and strimming and spent a few hours in the field round the back with mum. She is really struggling with mobility at the moment but managed this trip with the help of the wheeled walker. She even got into the pig sty we call the BBQ shed and we made a cup of tea on the stove in there.

It might lead to another little job for me. A few well placed grab rails outside on the house and/or pig sty walls might make some access easier. I’ve ordered a couple and mum (who was a physiotherapist who worked a lot in elderly rehab and care) should be able to advise me as to the best places to fit them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 13 May 20 - 08:44 PM

It was a quick small thing to do but I replaced 2 shower heads which has turned showers into a 5 star spa experience. The ergonomics are engineering perfection.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 May 20 - 08:22 PM

Dupont:

At last, some fine weather. R has completely cleaned out the garage which meant a very messy yard but only for one day as the grass still needed mowing. He also found an outdoor electric outlet under the deck! and fitted it with a cord that comes out into the yard. With the super long one connected I can mow almost anywhere and today I did most of the back and side, carefully missing dandelions and violets. Braved a local hardware store for some seeds and veg plants. Today I mowed, tomorrow I plant - if I can move! Found and marked the clematis on edge of woods. And have designated a strip on east side of garage for planting. I believe it also has some clematis. I need to create a climbing place for them - climbing places!

A neighbour walking dog - big black one!- greeted me yesterday and we exchanged names. I have seen them walking often. My first Anglophone neighbour. He admired the front garden! The flowers have come beautifully and only one seems dead. The ones in the front of the house are also peaking through - a couple not seeming to make it.

Managing pretty well with groceries delivered but I still want to get produce at the produce store - at 6:30 am... We rarely get up before 8 because we stay up to 11 or 12. We have heavy drapes to keep out the street lights. I would love to see the morning arrive.

A couple dozen seagulls gave us an incredible show the other day! Suddenly they were swooping and swirling over the yard next door - down to the ground and up and around and around. We were watching from the second floor window. It was amazing. I never before appreciated those clumsy birds. In the air they were magical! I realized how da Vinci must have watched, and designed flying machines.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 May 20 - 12:44 PM

I'm back to finally sleeping through the night; it only took about 10 weeks to reach that point after the knee surgery.

Since I was retired at the time the COVID-19 #StayHome suggestions came into play, I already had a fairly robust routine of stuff. I am not going to volunteer at the museum 8 hours a week, and I miss that, but I still have a lot of other stuff keeping me occupied. I took another run at my old White machine, and even discovered that an even older one I found at Goodwill (before the surgery) uses the same bobbin case. I didn't need to buy a new one to find out that it isn't the bobbin, it's something in the shuttle that isn't working. More to study, I want to get this working. (The Goodwill machine has the most amazing old non-directional plug, but it works!)

Mailing more masks to a friend today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 13 May 20 - 12:19 PM

Himself has taken to washing the kitchen floor after he finishes the breakfast dishes. This is a side of him I have never seen before.

Anyone out there sleeping more? Today I didn't get up till nearly nine -- I haven't done that since I can't remember when.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 20 - 04:10 PM

Heading to the post office soon with envelopes of masks for friends. These are the more fitted ones with a wire across the nose (replaceable with a plastic-coated twist tie) and loops for the the ears that are adjustable (but not elastic). I'm still making the accordion ones also, but I cut out a bunch of the denim at one time so I'm finishing those before I go back to the accordion style.

I'm slowly picking up around the house after cycling through having more stuff than need-be spread out on horizontal surfaces. This whole process of considering re-arranging the contents of rooms will make that worse before it gets better, but if I do it, it will keep me busy. I'm also working on plant starts by seed for the garden, though once the pots are filled and seeds in, it'll be a wait of several weeks before I do anything more.

Health-wise, I am taking myself off of a sugar habit that restarted a couple of weeks ago after I picked up some bulk peanut m&ms at my favorite discount grocery. I regulate myself well with dark chocolate bars, those sweet chocolate and peanut nuggets do me in. Time to nip this in the bud.

I've started restoration work on the next sewing machine. These are charming projects, though I does involve having to shift them around (the cast iron ones are really heavy) and bring in really good task lighting.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 May 20 - 12:27 PM

I'm thinking it's time for a foray into a room I rarely use, mostly because of the way it's set up and because the dogs have claimed it as a place to sleep (three black or dark brown dogs in a dark room on a dark carpet are the classic recipe for tripping hazard!)

My piano gets little attention but I still do enjoy playing, despite it's out-of-tune status and one high C hammer having fallen off. It is from about 1885 and has been in the family since it was new. I'd love someday to restore it when I have such a thing as disposable cash.

There are several trunks, book cases, and a wall of books that could use dusting, and there is stuff in there I intend to sell on eBay that is out of sight so not organized or listed. There is a large reclining lounger chair that needs the seat cushion restored with an upholstery cover (the leather one ripped). I have the materials, so there isn't anything keeping me from working on that now that I have the sewing machine set up (and it is a machine designed for use with thick layers of fabric.) Perhaps a special Mother's Day project since there isn't any chance I'll see the kids this year. A gift for myself.

That said, I'll be careful with the lifting; I pulled a muscle yesterday hefting a large bag of dog food.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 May 20 - 06:06 PM

Dupont:

I manage to get bits accomplished: one upper inside window that was really yucky for some reason - washed, two bathroom sinks scrubbed, a few weeds pulled for a few minutes a couple times a day - all the bending over I can do. My hope for today was to mow at least a part of the back yard BEFORE the dandelions get big enough to be cut. By the time I figured out where I might plug in the mower, I ran out of energy.

LONG phone call with youngish musician friend who is trying to feel where her life is going. But she is putting last touches on a new CD and people are buying on line!!

Mudcat solved a puzzle for me: Who wrote Go Down Dancing. It was really bugging me. Then I could look on line - but no youtube. Next trip to the mill, maybe I will find my LPs.

Our dryer also MUST be closed properly! And I am glad to not have cat or dog hairs - except then I would HAVE to clean the floors better! The rads were warm this am for the first time in a while - OR maybe we gave up noticing! R: but I wanted it NOT working for someone to come see!!! It is warm enough now that it was no longer a problem. If I found it too cool, fire in stove!

R finally removed a useless, large "piece of furniture", so the den looks better - room for the brass wood holder and box of kindling
and the double doors can open properly. He also cleaned up back yard and started sorting junk left behind in garage.

My dinosaur grave/front yard is nicely sprinkled with flowers and more to come. Monday it may be safe to plant the tomato, pepper and squash plants. I hope to have the guts to look at Botanix for seeds and a few veggie plants. I have gotten good at obtaining groceries by delivery!! I would like to wear an astronaut suit when I go out there.

Not wanting to purchase any old maple syrup at the grocery, I emailed a friend who has an orchard in southern Quebec and a home in Toronto.
Was he going back and forth?; could he drop off syrup in Chateauguay? Return email: Tomorrow! So I met him at a gas station where he could get off and back on the highway. We exchanged a few sentences but NO hug! I cried driving home. But glad that he and wife are being super careful, like us.

After spending a lot of time at home for a few weeks, R has started going to work - 12 hour days. But no contact with people except bro and Dan - both hyper careful. He no longer complains about washing!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 May 20 - 07:12 PM

We’re eating the last jar of the chutney I made in 2018. Geez, I hope I’ll be able to get all the ingredients for another batch, come the fall — that recipe takes five kinds of fruit.

But it’s SO FRICKIN’ GOOD!

The house is grubby but fairly neat, and both of us are getting fat — me faster than Himself. I washed the ground-floor windows the other day, and that’s enough Advanced Class house-keeping for this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 20 - 12:06 PM

Ironing the form-fitting masks is difficult on a regular ironing board and the craft stores are closed, so I made a small stuffed "ham" out of a bit of jeans leg denim and stuffed with scraps of fabric. Much easier and the price was right. Must be careful to keep it off the floor or the dogs will discover and demolish it. I think I prefer making the rectangular pleated masks, but I cut out a few of these for a change and to see if I can streamline the process. Figuring out what pieces to sew in what order makes a difference in finishing time.

Elsewhere around the property, I'm to the last post needing removal in the back yard; a couple of nights ago I dragged the hose over and soaked each hole and did more digging yesterday. We're due some rain so I'll leave the last excavation till when the digging is easier.

I made my first batch of jelly this year yesterday, though the juice came from the freezer. Had the landowner across the street left the grape-covered tree alone I would be harvesting in June or July, but I think they chopped the grapes and left the poison ivy. Idiots! I'll pick up more Sure-Jell and make a couple of more batches soon. I have a lot of frozen juice from the last three years.

The last of the ordered sewing machine bits arrived yesterday and I pronounce my $10 White Rotary from Goodwill a total success. I'm keeping this and using it now as my main machine. (It was $35 but I had a big discount based on redeemed shopping points). I have a couple of other machines here, really old cast iron bound for eBay, that I need to start working on. It's a rather pleasant activity, and a lot less messy than rebuilding automobile engines or restoring old tractors. ;-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 20 - 10:03 PM

All of this mask making had me thinking about other sewing tasks around here, so this afternoon I pulled a pile of mending from the craft room and reassembled four canvas grocery bags that the puppy destroyed handles on and several other garments needing holes zigzagged together. It clears a spot on that table and gave me a little break from mask making.

I've cut out some form-fitting masks in a light denim; I'll zigzag around the edges before making masks to keep them from ravelling.

I finished a cat-sitting project after a week of a friend being away (and we were careful - I wore a mask in the house for three days after she left, then I wore a mask in the house for the three days before she arrived back home. No one else has been in her house for the last month or more.) It really comes down to close-friends and trust for this to happen; her parents are elderly (she's my age, and my parents both died more than 20 years ago) and have been isolated for a couple of months now.

I'll check my post office box tomorrow; I saw in "Informed Delivery" that there is a letter from Pennsylvania. Looking forward to that!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 May 20 - 05:42 PM

I have remembered what I did about the fence post footers. I dug them out on one side then took the 2-pound hammer and a concrete chisel and knocked off enough of the base until I could lift it out of the hole. Two down, two to do. I started digging around them this afternoon but it was getting hot, so I changed course and got the battery-operated reciprocating saw and trimmed some of the privet that needs to be removed from the back of the yard. I stashed it on the creek-side of the fence until next month when we get another bulky waste pickup.

A friend in the next state over wrote and asked if I would sell her face masks, since her sewing machine isn't working. I talked her through how to clean the bobbin case and shuttle and then to go ahead and clean and lubricate the machine and see if it will work again. I'll send her masks if she still needs them, but I think she'll enjoy the victory of reconditioning the sewing machine herself and starting to make her own masks. I expect to hear soon if it worked or not.

Reheated Mexican restaurant take-out this evening. It took a couple of tries to figure out the system (order online, wait in one of the numbered parking spaces, call and let them know you're out there.) Usually someone is standing in the parking lot and just goes and gets your order. Whatever works.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 02:48 PM

I have a friend who, with her husband, thinks they had COVID-19, but she hasn't been able to schedule the antibody test until June 1. They stayed at home and I hope that's the end of it. She was pretty sick for several weeks, but didn't go to the hospital. That said, I hope no one else in your building has caught it, but please, if you feel bad go to the hospital if you feel you need to and don't wait till the last minute.

I'm working on the old fence posts again; last year I think I set up a pulley to help pull them out but I can't remember what I did now. There's no driving back there to pull it up with the SUV and a rope. I'll have to keep working on a ramp-like hole and eventually pull and roll it out.

Right now it's a good temperature. I wish our summers would stay this way. (It's more like summer in Seattle right now). Summer in Texas is nothing to pine for.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 09:46 PM

Update: Someone in my building at work has tested positive for COVID 19. The agency has closed all three locations and we are not allowed back into the building until at least May 11, 2020. We have been told to work from home the best we can.....

I am feeling a lot of nothing.....

Very strange.

Carry on.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 07:18 PM

I have to admit that yesterday, given the opportunity to pick up a year's worth of pork, I bought a half-dozen pork tenderloins that had just appeared in the freezer of my local gourmet/discount/bulk grocer. They hadn't frozen yet and I imagine most of them were snagged before they had time to freeze in the store. Unrelated, a sausage-making meat-packing company in the next county over closed this week after two of their employees died of COVID-19. It's happening everywhere, and it's going to have a huge impact on feed lots and farmers, if they can't move their livestock through the regular production channels.

Stay healthy out there, everyone!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM

Going into some stores of late has reminded me of intelligence briefings we used to get about life in the Soviet Union: desolate grocery stores with little of anything that anybody wants, but without babushkas queuing to buy what they do not want.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 02:01 PM

We are seeing the same trend here, Stilly. Himself went to town today to recover our espresso machine, which went in for routine maintenance just before the lockdown, and came home with rather too many packets of biscuits (cookies to you) from a shopkeeper who caters to British ex-pats. Maybe our greed will keep him afloat for just a little while longer.

I made a vat of minestrone yesterday, so there are lunches for another week. I hope to snaffle a ham hock on the weekend ... Oh, the things I used to take for granted!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 12:24 PM

It turns out that a few of my favorite places need help, so I'll be ordering or buying (prudently) as time allows. Tonight I'll pickup an order from my favorite Mexican restaurant, and next time I'm in the next town over to the east I'll visit a couple of the International markets. With my mask and gloves, and knowing that I can move around in the areas with lots of space.

I had a teleconference appointment today, and I realized that this and the fridge repair were the only appointments all month that could be kept. Knee doctor, hairdresser, volunteering, everything else is pushed way into the future. Next week my dog goes to the vet. Whoo hoo! I'll hand him over and wait outside in the fresh air. (I trimmed my bangs again because they were in my eyes - and even as long as I tried to make them they still came out a little short. Oh, well. They're not in my eyes now.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:36 AM

The old freezer was 50 years old, but it was a beautiful avocado green and the insides gleamed, so it was like removing a work of art from the kitchen. :-)

Turns out the repair guy is the one who lives a block up from me on the other side of the street (Sears doesn't usually have repair people work their own neighborhoods). His wife is a friend who helped me refinance the house the last time. And he was wearing a dark blue cloth mask made from a piece of fabric that had the company logo printed on it; he'd made it by hand after the company sent the pattern and cloth. When he saw my mask he asked if I sewed, and explained that he had hand-stitched it because he doesn't know how to use a sewing machine. Would I make another one? - he has a friend who liked his and said she'd send him the cloth. Certainly! He said "charge me!" - it would be nominal if I charged a neighbor anything, but it does give me the idea that they would like more. He said he has a box of the N95 masks in his truck but when he has used it during the day and it gets dirty it makes customers nervous. So they would like the dark blue masks that they can line with a filter or wear over the N95. And it has the company name in a bright orange print. I haven't sewn any of that pattern yet but I have it here and have been meaning to try it. My seamstress friend in Hawaii makes a lot of them this shape, but they take longer. (He needs more than one and it needs to be more than one layer of cloth or it is not really an effective mask.)

I sent my bias tie masks to my New York friend only to discover that his frozen shoulder means they're difficult to tie behind his head. I've suggested tying a loop on one side, loop it over his ear, then figure out how big a loop he needs on the other side and tie it or fasten it with a rubber band. Elastic is worth it's weight in gold right now. You can't get into craft stores (though some should open on Friday - I could try curbside pickup?) They'll be cleaned out within 5 minutes of opening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:18 AM

I am quite terrified at the very idea of rolling out the fridge to vacuum in its space.

I think we all have at least one housekeeping fail to confess. For months, I could not figure out why the dryer was so temperamental. I would load it, close the door and push all the right buttons, but quick as a flash nothing would happen. Or the thing would start, and conk out five minutes later for no discernible reason. Randomly.

I spent $150 on a visit by A+ Appliance Repair, only to learn that (a) it worked just fine for the technician and (b) he could not explain its erratic behaviour either.

Roll the calendar forward an embarrassingly long time, and I notice that the door does not always latch quite right. Lo and behold, when I give the door an extra-hard shove, it starts up reliably every time.

A few weeks later, when the beer fridge came down with cancer of the thermostat, the same technician visited to perform the transplant. "Didn't you have trouble with your dryer?" he asked (small town). I confessed to the door latch issue, and he commiserated politely. "At least you figured it out before it cost you the price of a new dryer."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 06:47 PM

Housekeeping Fail: The problem with the fridge was the compressor underneath was clogged with dog hair. Who knows, maybe that was the only problem with the old freezer last fall? I can't remember the last time I thought to vacuum under there. (It still is reassuring to have the newer appliance). The fridge is cooling now so I haven't put everything back yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 02:59 PM

Papers and dry-erase boards on the fridge front have been removed, perishable contents left in there (with several large tubs of ice) have been removed to a cooler. The darned thing is like the pet you take to the vet, now acting just fine, though sick as a dog last night. :-( I'll ask the repair person to check the thermostat and replace the fan.

Today I flattened a dozen or more boxes that had stacked up near the side door in my sunroom. The way mail gets checked now, nothing is opened immediately; envelopes, magazines, and boxes just sit for a while before opening, and then boxes just sit out of the way.

Over the weekend I planted more of my garden and got out some seeds to start plants for transplanting later in the season. I still have beds to work on, but the first basic one is in. The "kitchen garden," right under the kitchen window.

My thrift store donation bin is gradually filling up; no thrift stores open right now. I imagine there will be a pent up supply when they do, and I imagine people needing things will descend on them as soon as they do open. That's a busy part of the economy that could probably have been categorized as "essential," considering the number of people who shop there for clothes, to repair or replace dead appliances, etc.

I have confirmation of delivery of a care package to a friend in NYC; more of the gloves like I sent to Michelle, and a couple of masks, and a variety of other things. My sister also received her masks. I also sent a packet of needles to another friend; when poking through Mom's sewing stash I found a gazillion sewing machine needles and had the size she needed.

Just had a call from the Sears service tech - Umberrrrto - he rolls his r's. He's working in the area and expects to be here in a couple of hours. Looking forward to having that fixed soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Apr 20 - 09:25 PM

All well here in Stratford. It’s still a bit cold and wet, but looking up.

We put the porch chairs out on Saturday and had a cocktail outside for the first time this year, along with a natter with Jane across the street who was sunning herself on her driveway. We’re all starved for conversation, but following The Rules.

I’m really impressed with our neighbours. Everybody is trying really hard to do the right thing, and the low rate of reported infection in Perth County shows it’s working.

Himself is writing a “case comment” — that’s a short paper lawyers write about current issues — and learning how to do Zoom conferencing. Me, I’m still struggling through the war in Afghanistan. We’re both sincerely grateful to have useful work to do and comfortable quarters in which to do it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Apr 20 - 02:33 PM

Dupont:

The fear of fetching groceries got me way down. So, Sat am at 6:30 R and I set out for the produce store after a mostly sleepless night. He stayed in the car and I was the second customer shopping! Forgot a couple things but managed a large order of staple fruits and veggies, loaded into boxes (they no longer allow reusables) which they helped me load onto the cart and I took it outside and got R to bring car around and load it. WOW! What a relief! R went back to bed!

I finally got the growing pile of dishes washed. And cleaned the first floor. Thought I did the second also but missed a lot. Maybe today. R's B-day yesterday and, with the weight lifted, I cooked him a nice meal and pulled a very special frozen cake out for desert.

Spent an incredible amount of time over the last few days trying to order food on line. The one store's mode entailed hours of searching. I almost had an order ready but decided to try a dif store; much easier to navigate and I can pick it up on Tuesday - they put it in the car and no charge! Three desired items that I know they carry were not on line... I shall suffer without my fav cookies. But we found a couple interesting items - pumpkin seed butter and pumpkin crackers!

I feel so much lighter believing food is forthcoming without risk. We are enjoying our feathered and furry neighbours - a flicker this morning! R has placed binoculars by the back door so we can observe through that window without disturbing them.

My project of clearing the grass from around the stones on what is turning out to be a lovely path, proceeds as the back permits. Then the robins feed on what surfaced! Crocuses are blooming and the new front garden is being a delight - of expectation. Most of last fall's purchases are coming up anew; I talk to them and encourage!

The wood fire keeps us warm. And the weather is improving...slowly. R has been cheered by moving forward on a few of his business affairs; there was a month of feeling nothing would ever happen but a few machines have been sold and transported! And some small chores being accomplished around the house. I have requested clearing junk from along the garage wall to be ready for the clematis I found there last summer!

A drive down along the river a few days ago lifted our spirits as we saw hundreds of Canada Geese enjoying the sun and two each of Great Blue Herons and lovely white egrets - prob the same two we saw in that spot last year. I consider those thousands in this time who do not have these advantages. A friend in NS posted an article on why people snap - a pro pos of the poor man who killed 22 people in NS last week. That event plus the Covid and the grocery problem and my friend who lost his adult son - I do understand that people can and will snap. It gives more meaning to "Stay safe".


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 20 - 11:33 AM

The refrigerator fan (between the freezer and the cooler) that keeps the non-frozen food cool has died. It happened before, maybe a dozen years ago, so I recognize the signs. I've turned it into an "ice box" with lots of containers of ice (some manufactured for the occasion in the new big freezer) and this morning it's at a "normal" fridge temperature, but nothing is in there now much that I'm using. I crammed most of the fridge stuff into a small bar fridge which is now probably freezing a lot of the contents.

Monday afternoon the Sears repair guy will appear. I filled out the form online saying I haven't been around COVID-19 and I'm feeling good, but then I need to let a stranger into the house to work on the fridge. [sigh]

The fridge is 18 years old, and it might be more prudent to replace it, but THAT is a nightmare in this day and age and delivery is only to the door and would take weeks. And the repair should cost less than a new fridge, but you never know. If I decline the repair it will cost me the $99 service call.

Still making masks; it goes faster now that I've put my mother's previously purchased but never used good rotary cutter to use, and that the process of making bias tape is completely understood and goes pretty quickly. I can make enough now for about four masks at a time. I distributed a bunch of masks this week and now have a few more. I'll poke around and see who in the neighborhood needs them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 20 - 11:03 AM

I buy my dogs' heartworm medicine from the UK because it costs about 1/3 as much as if I buy it from the local vet. I still go to the vet for other stuff, but it's expensive. So now my UK supplier isn't taking orders because they can't guarantee delivery—there aren't enough flights to take the mail. The vet is holding my toes to the fire; since the dogs were in and had their heartworm tests a few months ago they haven't had medication from the clinic so I have to get them tested again before they'll sell me the very expensive medication. $$$ It used to be that if you had a continuous monthly dose and the dog came down with heartworm they would treat the dog for heartworm (free). I haven't gone with that plan for years because I have used a different method (slow-kill) of treating heartworm and because I save so much buying overseas. But they go with the fiction that we're still doing the monthly treatment with them. Oh, well. I'm stuck now.

A care package is ready to go in the mail, and masks are ready to be delivered. I have a sewing operation going in my den and I think that's the next room that gets the super cleaning treatment. I'm enjoying my dust- and clutter-free bedroom from the last concerted cleaning effort. I have to take two of the dogs for heartworm tests this morning. My plate is full.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Apr 20 - 04:23 PM

Dupont:

Mostly all I want to do is go back to bed -- but I don't. Two afternoon TV programs, then the 6pm news, TV if anything suits - rarely! 10 or 11 pm news and late to bed. Might feel like getting up by 9, sometimes 8. Depends largely on R; he sometime stays in bed longer and I make BF and eat, saving his until... He is overwhelmed by things that came to a screeching halt and then, when something needs to be done, he might do it or have a panic attack. Up and down like a yo-yo. This am I could not get moving so, seeing no BF forthcoming, he cooked a decent one for both of us.

The murders in Nova Scotia flattened me - like being run over by a Mac truck. There were only 9 Covid deaths---then 20 people murdered. This does not happen in NS, nor even in Canada. Stan Rogers music has been in mind.

Then he moved in a bunch of stuff he picked up at the, still unsold, Montreal house yesterday. This am, after trying for the 2nd or 3rd time to encourage the heat to re-start, he was putting stuff somewhere. I care but do not have the energy to look. He seemed happy; that is a plus! I did a load of laundry and watched my two programs, then, when I thought it was clearing, it started snowing!

I do have an outdoor project. Too early to plant anything but I take a walk around each morning to see what plants are progressing. Then spend 10-15 minutes a couple times a day, recovering what was once a nice stone pathway from backdoor to garage. A funny old, pointy at two ends and the edge, hoe, picks at the grass in between and on top - just shy of archeology! WOW! wider than I thought! Then the birds get the worms! I do it until back protests. Then back to FB and conversations there until I feel I can go at it again. (GEEZ!!! Now the sun is out!) The project is rewarding as it looks so much nicer!

Bit by bit, I am forming a comprehensive grocery list - for soon. I cannot do that again - go to stores! And R is not volunteering either. He is very careful not to get near any dubious place or person.

Not coping.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

A friend in NYC perhaps thought he was doing me a favor by telling a friend of his about my making masks - but he needs to be doing it himself. I don't work very fast with the other things I'm doing around here during the day (I still have a job that I have always done from home). Two or three a day is typical. So I'll determine if he has a stash to work with and figure out how to get more 100% cotton to him and get him started sewing. Amazon sells fabric though I don't know how fast they are these days. Most orders of other things seem to come within a week.

I have a growing list of people I'm mailing them to; my sister, a former co-worker, a fellow-Mudcatter I've been in touch with, and a couple of friends in the next town over. There will be more who need them but as I identify them I'll figure out if I can deliver to door step or send through mail.

Today is baking and mowing, then sewing. On the restoring older machine front, I've set up the newest of the old White machines and determined that the motor is sound and runs very nicely and I think the replacement presser foot is set to arrive tomorrow. I have several cans of sewing machine oil and need to go over all of them while I'm thinking of it. I'm doing this a few minutes at a time; as interesting as the project is I do have other things to do during the day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 09:02 PM

Today I dropped some refundable booze bottles with a nice guy from church and damn near talked his ears off. When this is over, we’ll all have a massive pent-up demand for the company of people who don’t live with us 24/7.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 07:28 PM

Maybe I could mount new tires at the dealership tommorrow but it seems like a risk since getting the winter tires in the backseat is quite a manuver if the guys are infected.

I washed the car and filled the spa with new water today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 04:55 PM

Today in the front yard I discovered a blooming poppy that I'm pretty certain came from a packet of seeds sent several years ago by a British Secret Santa. MyGuruAlwaysSaid or Sarah the Flute, I think. One part was showing a lopped off part so it must have been sprouting first time I went over the area with the mower; now I'll weed around it and let it drop a few seeds in the spot.

My vehicle inspection for the year was today; the dealer isn't doing a great job of keeping unmasked shop guys away from customers, and they drive the vehicles so are in your personal space long enough to possibly pass along virus. I wore a mask once I entered their driveway and since the only social distancing was the seating in the waiting room I left my mask on during my drive home and washed and sanitized when I got to the house.

I transplanted some plants today and am packing up a couple of face masks I made to take, with the plants, to a friend. We'll sit on opposite ends of her front porch and visit. I have to make similar deliveries to a couple of other friends later this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 03:23 PM

i hope that as they ease up here and there that shops will be able to do drive by pickup. It seems there would be far less contamination risk from paint or fabric than from food from restaurants. I want things to be phased in as safe, but i think letting people get household goods is very important, especially now that many have time for projects and the weather is very good in general. What I want to see is dutch doors in many businesses...keep people out, let in fresh air, which is oh so important. Perhaps only cashless transactions for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 09:46 AM

I'm waiting for the daytime high to struggle above 15 degrees Celsius before getting out the sponge and squeegee to tackle the windows. As you say, Donuel, I'm looking through them so much more attentively these days. After a winter's worth of drizzle, the patio doors are so grubby I could barely make out last night's rabbit on the lawn for his evening nibble.

Today, I have sworn off work because the sun is shining and I haven't been out the door in more than a week. Himself grumbled that the kitchen floor is filthy again; well, he can damn well wash it if it bothers him that much. He has taken to doing the dishes after breakfast, too. And wiping down the stove.

Strange.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 07:01 AM

Since I'm looking through them more lately I washed the downstairs windows yesterday inside and out includimg the inside louvered shutters. Mowed the big lawn. Today I start sorting presorted bins for phase 2 decluttering.

I'm making a bold bouquet of Lilacs and Azalea for the front bay window.

Due to climate change the blueberry bushes and pear tree have no pollinators yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 20 - 02:46 PM

I mailed three boxes of the sturdy vinyl gloves (100/box) to Michelle yesterday. The restaurant supply place also has the paper-thin type (500/box) but those are also skimpy and don't seem quite up to the job. They limit it to 3 boxes per customer at $3.90 a box, the usual price. The limit came when they realized a guy who bought a couple of cases then stood at the freeway off-ramp outside their building and sold them to passers-by for $20 a box. They aren't gouging, and they're a family-run business and he said they're doing everything they can to protect their employees, who are like family. PM if you need me to send you boxes.

I also mailed two 3/4 sized masks to my hairdresser, who has a 3-year-old daughter. I heard from them this morning, tiny Valerie is very happy with the masks that fit (the adult ones they tried to put on her were met with revulsion). Of course, now she wants to go to the store with mama to pick up groceries. They'll have to find outdoors places she can go and wear her mask that don't put her in the store with other people.

These are tough times, you can't just go to Michaels and buy what you need for sewing. I did get lucky with my small rotary cutter when I found spare blades for it, plus an unopened Olfa cutter in my Mom's stash. Earlier I described going through some of Mom's fabric my sister mailed to me years ago, this dive through the bins produced the even more helpful sharp objects. I've ordered spare blades for the larger cutter and they should arrive in early May, though Amazon does seem to be faster than the current listings suggest.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM

Charmion,

I spoke with a friend the other day about the same thing - it seems that as retirees from robust businesses or government entities, pensioners are going to the be the most stable part of the population for a while. Not the highest paid, but able to withstand what comes. I do think my spending is going to change considerably, trying to support my small local businesses.

This morning the mail carrier delivered my replacement bobbin while I was out pulling weeds and we spoke for a minute; he said he'd used the hand washing station on the porch after a "handoff" on the route - I told him that it's there to be used so if he needs to wash his hands he's welcome to swing by at any point when he's in the neighborhood.

I'm making masks for friends and family still - it's going faster with each one as I figure out a routine. The bias tape is the slowest part. Too bad Virginia Tam is so far away - she finds making bias tape a restful task, a way to keep her hands busy, and has amassed quite an output from over the last couple of weeks (as seen on Facebook). I've never made so much bias tape in my life.

I mentioned ordering tote bags from my seamstress friend in Hawaii. I held onto the package until an online chat with my daughter and opened it (one is a gift for her) - they are magnificent. Gorgeous fabric, and very sturdily made. My friend lines them with the clear plastic or vinyl that I have typically used for table covers and window coverings. Hard to sew on that but the bags are durable this way.

The new bobbin is here; time to see if it fits, then get out the screwdrivers, the machine oil, and some rags to use for cleaning up the old machine and see if it works. If it does and it takes the old White attachments, my bias tape problem just reduced by half (I won't have to iron each piece in two or three passes).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Apr 20 - 09:37 AM

Himself is washing the kitchen floor. He could not stand it one more minute.

Now, this is a man who, for more than 20 years, has maintained a level of blindness to muddle and mess that I could only marvel at. So colour me impressed at what boredom will do. He has also finished and submitted a massive scholarly paper on military law (conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline), and he's working on a case for Innocence Canada that just might be a wrongful conviction.

I'm polishing off another chapter of the Afghanistan book for submission, and considering a nice long walk as the sun is shining today. Also, laundry -- running out of socks. And thinking up something different to do for supper with the leftovers from Easter -- cold roast lamb. Yesterday I served grits for the first time in more than fifty years of cookery; kinda like polenta, but coarser.

As we head into our second month of "social distance", I spend a little time each day assessing our situation. We have two government pensions and my editing job, so money is not a problem. Our house is comfortable and well-organized for two desk-jockeys to work at home. It is also stuffed with books and electronic gadgets for when work palls. The cats are always ready to help us sit around and read. We like each other's company. Food and household supplies are available in plenty at reasonable prices. We believe that the bureaucrats and politicians of the various levels of government that affect us most closely are doing their duty to the best of their ability.

We are not angry or scared. We are blessed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 20 - 10:08 PM

Yard work this afternoon, house work this evening. I've moved a couple of televisions around the house (one was finally put back in the craft room for when I can work in there again) and upgraded the setup in my office. I had a "free" Amazon Fire stick for paying for the first two months of Sling TV, and that is in the front room. As soon as I set it up I realized it was light years ahead of the little old Fire stick working in my office. So I ordered another and that is now in my office. The old one is fine in the craft room.

This afternoon I did some research for a friend with a small business that is in danger of going out of business because the landlord insists on the rent, no giving a break because of the shut down. However, the county isn't processing eviction notices now and when they begin there will be so many that I think (hope!) things will be able to sort themselves out.

My routine has settled on various things during the day and sewing in the evening. I'm about to turn to that now for a couple of hours.

I am going to share something here that Lilyfestre posted on her Facebook page. If you're not friends on FB, it's easy enough to contact her through here. This assistance can include homemade face masks.

Calling on all friends and family...

As an essential employee, our office is still open providing mental health services (individual psychotherapy), medication management, injections, health monitoring, case management, home health care, and crisis services. Some services are offered via telehealth, while others must be offered face to face (for various reasons). Our agency (along with many other agencies) are in desperate need of the below listed items to keep our staff and the clients we support safe/reduce risk of COVID. We have been trying very hard to purchase these items but have not had much luck and we are running out of supplies!!!

I'm reaching out to see if anyone has any of the following that they would be willing to make/donate to our agency or if you have found any of these items in stock, please let me know; face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, clorox wipes, lysol, and "no touch/no contact" thermometers.

Any help is appreciated!!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Apr 20 - 08:08 PM

Dupont:

A week ago Sunday, I decided a flush toilet is a priority so I drove back to Chateauguay. Quebec had police at the border with NO masks. I stopped and was asked to roll down my window so I put on my mask and did so and explained why I was going to Chateauguay. To see mon homme and get car serviced. Of course, I cannot get car serviced nor am I going anywhere. An excursion to obtain groceries last week was a two hour ordeal. It was all easy and well organized, It was only when I was safely home that the stress hit me - for two days. I am planning to have them delivered next time - in a couple weeks or so.

I have only left the house to walk around the yard - when it has not been cold or raining. R worked two days in the city but not near any humans. I am not sure which of us is more stressed by this. I have only managed bare essentials: meals, dishes, laundry. AND watering the 70 house plants! It is nice to see the bulbs, planted last fall, coming up! And other things poking through.

Just talked to my son in PA. Does not seem to be getting things done. Put him on calendar for Thurs to check in. Yeah, he is 57 but these are tough times!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:07 PM

I have a couple of parcels next to the front door and a box in the SUV that arrived or were picked up recently - they're just sitting. And when I finally open them they'll get a wipe-down with a household cleaner. When I again check my post office mailbox (sometime this week) it'll sit on the workbench in the garage to air out for a few days. As I read about disinfecting protocols it seems that household cleaners are considered pretty good for the job; last year I bought a large bottle of Formula 409 to refill my spray bottle, which is used for a lot of this work.

I examined my old White rotary sewing machine this weekend; the side-loading bobbin case isn't attaching properly in the bobbin shuttle, so I'll have to take it apart at some point and see what's up. And one of the vintage machines I picked up to sell on eBay, turns out it's missing the bobbin case altogether. eBay is still up and running and after a little research it looks like these front-loading bobbins are pretty standardized. I've ordered one to see what happens. So all of my mask sewing is on my regular sewing machine and I'm making the bias tape a bit wider to make it easier to work with now that I've worked out the pattern and process for the masks I'm making for friends and family. (Three layers, with a gap left on the inside layer on one side in case the user wants to slide in a folded coffee filter for extra protection.)

The oldest sewing machine has the bias tape attachment, and if the newer White machine had a bobbin right now in theory the old attachment will fit on the new machine. I think the new bobbin will arrive mid-week and that's one package I won't let sit awhile before opening.

Spring cleaning today, meaning vacuuming, dusting, rearranging and where there is too much stuff, storing donations until they can again be dropped off. Quilt and delicate bedding are in the washer on the gentlest cycle available.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:42 AM

found my mailbox key..spare one. was worried i lost my key very close to mailbox, so anyone who found it could just easily get into the box. talk of bread reminds me i was going to have my cream cheese an ritz crackers. yummy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 10:05 PM

A day later and the dog-proof compost enclosure has not been breached by a dog. I dug another wheelbarrow full of weeds and deposited them inside, and then was able to put in a few plants in the part of the garden I've managed to clear. They're reinforced with a plastic pot or a straw (split lengthwise) around the stem hoping to defeat cutworms that were such a problem last year.

I delivered 3/4 of a batch of dinner rolls to my ex this afternoon, in exchange for some groceries he picked up. I also shared some of my supply of yeast. I kept just enough for a few small sandwiches for myself.

Back to the sewing machine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 05:42 PM

I took a lot of leftover chicken wire and metal fence posts and old vinyl clothesline and assembled a covered compost pile. I'm sure the three dogs will figure out how to dig in soon, but I'll have to defeat them after that and then I can use this for the five-gallon decomposed kitchen waste that slowly fills beside the kitchen door (where the dogs don't go). I made a hole in the middle of the lawn clippings, poured the slop in from one bucket, and topped it with a wheelbarrow full of weeds pulled yesterday in the new garden plot. That bucket is rinsed back in service, the second one will go into the compost next week. I usually don't let them both fill like this, but with the surgery I wasn't going to be lugging them to the back yard for composting.

Until I assembled this thing I wasn't going to try to put in the new garden beds, because I start a new compost pile every year and I didn't have one yet. I have three or four mounds back in that part of the yard that were previous compost piles so I can dig and move them for more topsoil where I need it. As "finished" compost there is no point in piling raw stuff on top of them.

Checking the mail. I use a pair of tongs and place the pieces on a shelf next to the door, leaving it for a couple of days. I checked the post office and put it in a cloth bag, then when I got home used paint stir sticks like chop sticks and pulled the mail out while I was in the garage. It sat on my workbench for several days. Today I have a parcel a friend mailed(the tote bags I mentioned a few days ago) and I'll use a disinfectant to clean the outside of the package. I figure the fabric items inside won't have any COVID19 virus after several days (and because the friend is high risk as a recent cancer patient and will have been in her house for weeks now.)

So far the dogs are enjoying the new dog beds I've made. Knock wood they're still in place and not shredded.

I'm tired of my own cooking, but I'll still have dinner here today. I'll plan to pick up something tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 03:59 PM

Here in Texas it goes from cold to hot like the flip of a switch, and today is hot, in the high-80s. As will tomorrow be, so I'll finish my mowing in the morning. Today I tackled a part of the yard where my garden usually resides; I took down some short green metal fence posts and my next job will be to shift the soil along the line and push it into specific raised beds instead of having all of that soil spread where it was part of a much larger garden (it was up against some 2x12 planks for several years; now I'm planning to confine the garden to smaller but better weeded areas).

Some years ago my sister mailed me boxes of fabric that constituted part of my mother's stash - most of it had been used the the next-to-last house she lived in, the one where I spent about half of my school years. We sewed a lot back then. Mom smoked a lot and that house was built into a moist hillside so it was always musty. I left it in the boxes for a long time, but finally took it out, and decades later that stash was still smoky/musty. It has been through several washes and finally is "normal." The oxyclean seems to have tipped the scale; anyway, this will be part of the mask operation.

Last night I took the large outside fluffy cloth case that had held some kind of fiber for an expired dog bed and folded it in half and sewed it into now double-layer case. The original fiber came to pieces in the dryer; for this half-size bed I had some of the padded fabric from the previous dog-resistant couch cover that was folded several times and inserted; I sewed it closed (no zippers, this is a rough job and who knows how long before Cookie drags it out the dog door and destroys it—though I did spray it with that Yuck! stuff to discourage her.) This will go in the closet doorway in my office where Pepper hunkers down during thunder storms.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:12 AM

Himself beat me to the field-expedient mask project and whomped up his own out of a red bandanna. He found it too hot and it steamed up his spectacles, so today he's experimenting with a Buff, a neck-gaiter-ish garment made of technical athletic fabric.

It's not dense enough to be much more than a sneeze-catcher, but it has Welsh dragons on it, so, bonus.

Jobs today are laundry for me, and bread-making for Himself. Plus editing. He's chopping at his jeezly big paper to get it down to publishable length, and I, of course, have the Afghanistan book. I'm on Chapter 7, and it's 2010 in Kandahar Province, where bad things are happening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 05:26 PM

Here's a hospital video showing how people can construct masks for hospitals (and the hospitals will put in the final pieces).

There is a PDF pattern with it linked from the YouTube page.

My days are split between daytime/outdoors activities and evening sewing, web content work, etc. I don't think it's people just hanging out in their pajamas at home any more.

Dinner rolls are in the bread machine for baking and distribution in a little while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 10:57 AM

My sister-in-law is making masks for us, and for now I am making field-expedient ones out of Himself's worn-out tee shirts and elastic bands.

There's a nice video on YouTube of the U.S. Surgeon General demonstrating how to make an improvised mask


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 12:38 AM

Yes - for a while the world will revolve on the homemade bias tape holding on face masks. I have made wide tape for big projects; making it narrower means you get more length for the amount of fabric that is used for it, but I totally agree, it is time-consuming. I don't have any of those bias tape tool things that you pull it through and iron it, but I have an antique sewing machine with a bias tape foot that will serve me well. (Any sewing related stuff on Amazon is all sold out until May; we have to be resourceful and use skills learned a very long time ago.) And what is so remarkable, all of a sudden that stash is not being laughed about as the frivolous hoarding of home-sewers.

We've lived under a literal cloud since early last week, and while the next couple of days are supposed to be warmer they're still overcast, then we get more rain end of the week. I do wish it would pace itself. Now that I'm more active I'd like to walk the dogs, but not when it's cold and blustery.

Baking again tomorrow; it seems the dinner rolls are a real hit, so the proposed cinnamon rolls will wait for another day. I've taken them hot out of the oven with tongs, used gloves and bags out of the box to hold them then delivered next door and across the street. I wouldn't try it with anything that wasn't just cooked and delivered immediately. Next door offered chicken salad, but there is too much chance that could pick up something if they've been exposed. What a life we live these days.

Stay healthy everyone. And Dorothy, I hope R is being careful if he's going about any of his regular business.

Susan, if you're reading along, I hope you're in a safe place. We're still thinking of you.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM

I've been making masks too. Yesterday I started making masks with a tie as faces are so varied by size. I don't have any bias tape on hand so I am making my own...not hard but time consuming.

Pennsylvania has been asked to wear a mask whenever we go out....this family will do just that IF we go out.

I spent 3 hours today going through a box that I have been tossing mail in....organized a lot, threw out even more and paid most of our bills. I am proud of us in that we have saved enough money to pay our property taxes early enough to qualify for a 10% discount. YAY US!

We have a bear at our house. We've lived here for over 20 years and have only one other bear that I know of and he was only in the field at the end of our very long driveway. This new bear is on the smaller side but he was on our porch last night!!!!

Working 2 days a week at home has proved to be more difficult than I thought but only because I am so easily distracted. Maybe it just takes time to get used to it.

For those of you who don't live in the US, what kinds of restrictions are you facing due to the COVID-19 virus?

Stay safe and healthy out there!
Much love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:49 PM

I've laundered two sets of fabric, one light, one dark, from my stash, and today I cleared off a lot of clutter on the table where I sew. I have several requests for masks so I need to start making them. I've identified four different types of patterns and ideas about how to assemble them. Once I have a few prototypes I'll post photos for those who made requests to tell me which they want.

I actually have a job for several hours a week so that happens a little bit every day. I worked at home before, so nothing has changed, except that now there is an urgency to getting the content out there for people who are looking for our kind of information, so I'm throwing in a couple of hours a week I'm not reporting.

I haven't completely shrugged off the bursitis. I use an ice pack and alternating heat on the adjacent muscles, but I also am doing a hot soak in the tub each day, at least as long as the weather stays this cool.

Today I bought a couple of tote bags from a friend who sews for a living; they're gorgeous, and one will be a gift for my daughter. She will mail them and the package can be disinfected then the bags ironed to kill any virus. Or washed then ironed. Mostly I wanted to offer some income since my friend is mostly sewing masks these days, giving some away, selling the rest (as requested by local doctors and hospitals). My stash isn't as huge as hers, but I have a lot of of other fabric here that could be used, garments not being worn, etc. Give them a wash with bleach or an oxygen cleaner, iron them, and they will be good to go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:08 PM

Beaver:

Warmish and not raining, I put all the throw rugs out on the deck vacuumed, shook the rugs and put them back in place. Also swept the front door step. It will look nice for a few days. Weeded around the sorrel and ate one fresh, and tasty, leaf! Cut back the oregano and saved some of the seeds.

It was too warm to work in the studio (solar gain) but I did a few small things to be ready for next time.

Drove to town (6 min) to meet friends for whom I save boxes; this bunch had been in and out of my car a few times since October so I was happy to finally have them gone. I had not touched the boxes in two weeks so I let them remove the lot to their vehicle, and a pile of egg cartons for the DIL who has chickens. It was nice to see these folks for a few minutes. And nice to have that out of my car. Next, some things for the thrift shop - they are all closed so I will put that stuff into the outside cabinet, in a construction grade plastic bag.

Cooked a pot of split peas; mixing them with the celery stew and some cheese.

A big chunk of each day is spent going through 100, more or less, emails and signing petitions. Sometimes I manage to "unsubscribe" from a few but I am not sure it lasts! And, of course on FB and info seeking.

The lovely day went grey and heavy so mostly just read. Even forgot to bring in wood but there is enough. I think it was up to 50 today so I pretty well let the fire go out and restarted it about 6pm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:33 PM

Well, I cleaned the bathroom. Enough of that nonsense. Maybe tomorrow I'll take the vacuum cleaner out for a spin.

But today I get to go to the supermarket -- whee! I just hope I can find something tasty and different for supper; I'm ringing the changes on our routine menu, but running out of ideas.

It is also to be hoped that the price of oranges is at least a little less frightening than it was a week ago.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 08:11 PM

We're back to cold weather for a couple of days—it was a slight drizzle so I didn't go mow the front. These days instead of mulching onto the ground I'm using the bag to catch some of the grass to put into the compost, and then once that's cooking I'll move the plastic barrier and start a new pile for the year.

No six-week post-op appointment next week; instead the nurse called and asked how I'm doing and since I'm fine, we pushed the appointment out eight weeks. Many appointments have been pushed way back.

Time to get moving - the dog hair has piled up in drifts, telling me it's time to sweep, mop, and then once the house is looking better, I need to start brushing the dogs. Spring is here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 10:49 AM

Beaver:
(Being written Thursday night but, due to wifi, will not go out until tomorrow.)

I think chocolate is essential. It seems to be the only thing that gets my eyes open in the am and I needed another bunch a couple hours ago to get going again. It just generally gets me feeling alive! This is a recent development OR maybe I should have tried it sooner!

The thaw is taking its time this year. I watch bits of the world re-appearing. My sorrel plant, close to the south wall has leaves that should soon be edible! The comfrey and rhubarb are peeking through. Raised beds still covered with frozen snow - but less each day. The 2 foot wide brook is about 20 feet wide but only a bit more than half way up the culvert.

R went back to Quebec to water the 70 house plants. He could not fix the septic until the ground thaws. He may not be back soon.

The front yard there is clear and I want to go see my plants appear - those I planted so happily last fall! Montreal is seriously impacted but Chateauguay could be OK; I would not leave the house. And it is large enough to keep our social distance. I fancy a nice hot bath! And my car needs servicing at the dealer.

However, I shall try to hang in until the weather is a bit more settled. I could go one day and come back the next. R can send me pics of the yard. At my age each spring is precious! Watching things sprout and grow is one of my greatest pleasures. And nurturing them!

The LR rug is still damp and rolled up in the woodshed; I cannot move it otherwise I could have put it out these dry sunny days. All the rag rugs need laundering but ... no septic. I wash dishes and undies in large bowls and dump the water outside! It helps melt some snow. I washed and cut my hair today. And scrubbed the top of the frig! Had to use the 3 step ladder but had plenty to hold on to - in case. Got some cobwebs while I was up there! Little improvements happen as the spirit moves me. Like: "Oh, that does not need to be there!"

Maybe tomorrow I can eat some choc and trim the pots I threw last week! Even wedge some clay. Even throw a few more. Maybe.

The moon is so bright tonight, I cannot look at it directly! The decreased pollution even affects us in the boonies!

Well, it is still morning (10:30). I have been to a small store for frozen organic boneless skinless chicken breasts; I asked if it were ok to take two bags; it was. And a 5pound brick of medium cheddar - orange, which I detest but they would not have the one year white for a couple weeks. Staff (all two of them)were well prepared with plastic face shields, and stir sticks to use on the credit card machine as it was over $100. The stick "is yours" and I put it in my pocket in case... Wore my pollution mask. First time out in near two weeks.

The fire is going, had a healthy BF: pureed black beans mixed with the celery stew and some orange cheese. Made a batch of anti-inflam tea; no lemon so I will use apple cider vinegar.

1 April was the 5th anniversary of buying this property. We were looking around, when R was here, exclaiming on the improvements we have made - with much help. We both love it. It was also my 2nd son's 57th b-day. He works from home, in his condo. May be out of a job in 2 weeks. The wife he is trying to divorce works for a major pharma; she will not be out of a job. She refuses to accept the idea of divorce; I fear she will become nasty when she does. I fear I have raised a son who is too nice for his own good. He needs his (big) brother.

Drizzly day. 40F.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 02:13 AM

i hope that those who need money can earn a bit by sewing these and gowns.   i think i said my simple trick..a hair elastic..big kind like a headband. Secure a paper napkin in and done. I keep getting extra napkins given to me at mcdonald's..i never liberate them. I also tried a long t shirt for those who don't have many options..just pull it over your head, up over your nose and tie the sleeves in back. Tuck in excess. It does look foolish but which is more important..looking sophisticated or saving lives. And I truly believe that our failure to insist on wearing face coverings from day one has cost us many lives, as well as terrible economic devastation. Wear them please whether required or not. Lives depend on this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 01:24 AM

It's good to know how it went at your doctor's office. I think my appointment for Monday may be on after all, but from your description I'll make a point of carrying my wallet in my pocket and leave everything else home or hidden in the car. I think the office will take temperatures at the door, make everyone wear a mask, don't bring anyone with you if you don't need to, and checkout is probably paperless.

I have three different patterns to try out for the masks that may be required soon in parts of the US. I'll make a few this weekend and have them on hand at my doctor's office and see which the nurses and physician's assistant prefer. (I'll iron some and store them in plastic zip bags, and have one of each model out to look at.) Might as well ask the pros, then go from there. I'm mainly going to make them for friends and family, I think. Though I have a friend who is seeing orders go through the roof from area doctors and hospitals (she's a seamstress).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Apr 20 - 09:43 PM

If anyone ever sees me broadcasting from my desk, they can damned well take me as I am, with my hair on end and Watson the cat climbing onto my shoulder. He’s the worst editorial assistant ever.

Today I went to Kitchener for my monthly allergy needle. The doctor’s waiting room was stripped of its comfy chairs and magazines, and the nursing staff had the place set up for isolation technique — one patient at a time, halt at the door, bring nothing in with you, lots of questions, mask and hand washing, don’t touch anything. When I took my sweater off, the nurse told me to hold it so it did not touch anything in the room; she shot me, and then let me out by another door after washing my hands again. It was like 45 years ago in the infected wounds ward at Stadacona Hospital.

Instead of the recreational shopping I usually indulge in when I go to town, I came straight home and made a large batch of soup.

I notice that we’re saving money. Lunches out and fancy coffees cost a lot; who knew?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 20 - 11:22 AM

I'm testing the delivery system set up by Aldi and have ordered a few luxury (to me) items - chocolate and beer and some snack foods. I'm doing very well at pacing myself and not wiping out snacks in a hurry, but I'm out and it isn't worth a trip to the store to buy beer and chocolate and chips.

I've rearranged the books behind my office chair and am ready to take the hood off of my web cam. I don't use if often so I keep it covered to avoid unexpected photos of myself in my bathrobe. I'm enjoying seeing all of the places commentators and reporters are setting up to broadcast, whether in a home office (usually with books or art in the background) or in hallways or basements with various architectural features balanced by a television displaying the company logo on one side and balanced with some light fixture on the other side.

Sun today, rain tomorrow and the next several days, so I must take myself out into the yard. And I took the dogs for a lovely walk last night, and they'll benefit from another one today. The titanium knee feels much better than the old one. Now if the swelling will finally dissipate. I still have the ice pack handy after a busy day of walking, but I am doing pretty much the normal amount of walking now. I'm shifting my exercises to exclude the last one that seems to keep the bursitis a little bit flared. That will be a big relief (and since my doctor isn't seeing patients right now unless they've hurt themselves somehow, I don't think I'll be able to get that steroid shot that promises some instant relief).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 11:14 AM

My next door neighbor made a run to Costco this morning in support of her son who is an essential worker and can't manage to get there. He needed toilet paper, and while shopping, she found the #20 of flour I buy there. Bless her! I will live without chocolate (I can make something, I have some cocoa mix) but it's time we all just stopped going to the store a couple of times a week. Though Aldi has the chocolate just inside the front door, and I could pick it up then step over to the register and be in and out quickly. I can mail order it from Amazon. Chocolate is doable.

I'm finally off of Tramadol. It took four extra days of weaning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 09:59 AM

Oh, Stilly. If you lived with Himself, you would never forget the chocolate.

The air is alive with the racket of chainsaws and woodchipper as the Lott family of Tim's Tree Service take down our rotten poplar tree before it can fall on the neighbours' roof. Then they will move on to three scraggly white cedars, also threatening the neighbours' roof, and the oversized yew bushes in front of the house that give our verandah the air of an Irish churchyard -- not conducive to an evening beer.

Steve the Garden Guy has given up his freelance business in favour of full-time employment, so I need to find another jobbing gardener. Quickly. When Tim & Co finish logging out the property, the front of the house will look very bald.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 12:00 AM

I haven't been able to buy flour. I fear I'm going to have to go to Costco and buy a big honker #40 bag and decant it into gallon bags that will live in the freezer until I need them. I did a grocery run for my ex, who did several grocery runs for me after surgery (and a couple of taxi-service runs that no one would do now.) I found everything on his list and mine, except the flour. I put the bags on the kitchen counter and emptied things into new containers and tossed the bags and boxes. Eggs into tray in fridge, toss the boxes. Washed the fruit, and washed the outer sealed plastic bags that some things came in.

Oh - two things. I forgot to look for chocolate.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:42 PM

We get Lake Effect weather that whips storm cells (also called line squalls) across the landscape to engulf an area in torrential rain and then pass on. On one of my first trips to the allergy doc in Kitchener, I drove through no fewer than four such storm cells on my way home, each more blinding than the last. Just at the town boundary, I saw a SUV hydroplane off the road and into the ditch, sending up a tsunami that flooded the road even more and damn near sent me into the ditch, too. Fortunately, I was pooting along in third gear at rather less than 50 kph, so my wheels remained in contact with the pavement; any faster, and I would have shared the SUV driver's fate.

Today, it's just grey and chilly. Very Monday. We're working. Nothing else to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:15 AM

Someone has finally convinced Trump that Easter isn't a go for people being out and about; in China, where they dealt with this several months ago they're still having difficulty convincing people they need to come out and return to work. The population is leery of the conditions and knows that the export market has dropped out of sight in the rest of the world.

Much of the human world has lived a charmed life until now; and only now, and still from positions of relative privilege, are we glimpsing the problems that have come up in other places with other types of outbreaks. And those other places where standards of living are so much lower and people are so much more crowded, people will simply die.

The great leveler around here is the weather. Tornadoes. We're into the dynamic spring weather pattern, and all it will take is a super cell or two and we're in a similarly desperate situation. Everyone, keep your heads down and pay attention to your neighbor's needs as well as your own. It's the only way we're going to get out of this alive.

Cassandra


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 09:08 PM

More rain today. Himself went out for a walk on the Avon Trail this afternoon, but was hardly out of town when he found himself facing a flood on the path. It ‘s been pitching down since Friday — or was it Thursday?

I’m struggling to the end of a chapter, and Himself has just finished a big, fat paper on military law that he wants me to read. I have plenty to do, God knows, but right now this minute I don’t wanna.

Maybe I’ll be more public-spirited in the morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 01:05 PM

Hey Broome County! I work in Chemung County...you aren't far away at all.

Hope you are safe and sound up in your neck of the woods....I see on the daily news of the climbing number of diagnoses and death. :(


Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands (to the tune of Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast) ;)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 12:49 PM

Michelle, I understand your sadness and frustration and not seeing your Mom. I talk to my daughter several times a week (she lives in the county north of me) but if we were to meet we'd have to stay several feet apart and no hugs. :-( I also think you need to stay at home to protect yourself and your family - if they lose you they will be lost; you're a rock for them. So stay healthy.

I've found myself at the drug store a couple of times a week, usually because of some or other health thing following the surgery (the yeast infection that won't quit - but any more would be TMI). I understand Pete's frustration with the pain; I'm stepping down on medication strengths, but am being careful to always eat something as I alternate Rx Ibuprofen and slow-release Acetaminophen so I don't tear up my stomach. And while I thought getting off of the oxycodone after two weeks was pretty good, I switched to Tramadol (codeine) that is in some ways more insidious. It's difficult to stop taking it and switch to something non-narcotic; after 3-4 weeks you can't just stop it or it makes you feel really bad overall, and this different pain is on top of whatever you're regularly treating. I'm tapering now as I cut the pills and try to stretch it out to longer and longer between the smaller doses.

There are many cases of COVID19 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but few seem to be tested. It's anecdotal until people are sick enough to go to the hospital for testing and admission. Texas is doing little regarding building extra capacity and ventilators, that falls on the cities and counties. People may want to use this site https://covidnearyou.org/#!/ recommended by Mrrzy in another thread. Report every day and be part of the data. I take my temperature every day now that I have the new thermometer (I bought it when I was recovering from the surgery so I could detect an elevated temperature due to infection; who knew this would come along at the same time.)

In my declutter activity (there is still some!) I took the sturdy part part of a large dog bed that got torn up by the puppy and folded in half and sewed it into a pouch that I closed on one end with strips of velcro. I folded a torn-up-but-washed-one-more-time comforter from the kennel and put it in the casing. And I sprayed it the the bitter yuck stuff to keep the puppy from tearing it up. The kennel was bare for a few days and no one used it, but now that the new padded thing is in there, it is once again a place the dogs voluntarily go to sleep. I rarely close the door on it (unless Cookie is in time out - she's getting a little better about some of the puppy nonsense).

Charmion, I was in the driveway yesterday watching a mockingbird go through an elaborate display on the next door neighbor's rooftop TV aerial. And the sounds - I'm not sure where all of them came from. I have in the past heard them mimic car alarms, but we don't hear those alarms so often any more so the birds have moved onto other electronic noises to perform.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 12:15 PM

Beaver:

Well, mostly I prefer living in the boonies, septic, wood stove, peace and quiet... The other morning we woke to the top of the west hill RED!! Then it wasn't. This morning we awoke to Charmion's RAIN! Weather does move from west to east in this part of the world!

R cleared paths to the outhouse; he used it but today we make do. Also cleared to the Library and most of the back deck is clear. --WOW!!! I is pouring. This should get us past the thaw! Glad I emptied the night bucket a bit ago!

So he went shopping for something for the plumbing and some food stuffs and to avoid going stir crazy. I am fearfully tired this am. And a tich concerned. R believes we are both fine. Time will tell. I wash my hands about every five minutes! Or so it seems.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 11:56 AM

Hello Tioga Co, I'm from Broome Co.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 11:49 AM

Hello Friends,

    Tioga County Pennsylvania has now joined the ranks of most other counties in the state as having identified someone with COVID-19. The county in which I work is now over 10 cases I believe...up from just 1 a week ago. Statistically, I know things are looking good for us in this area however, I am finding myself maybe a bit over anxious about it all. My job is moving everyone to 2 days at the office and 2 days working at home. Either way, we are speaking with clients and providers telephonically. I had once poor soul come to the office last week and while standing at least 8 feet away, I sent her home after explaining the why of it all. Our agency still remains open for face to face visits if a client is in crisis or extreme need. Tomorrow I will approach my supervisor and share that due to being in a high risk category (diabetic), I will no longer see clients face to face. I am on the verge of requesting to just work from home. According the American's With Disability Act, I am legally able to do this....will my agency approve? I'm not sure. Honestly I would prefer to work at the office...distractions are far fewer and the overall business of myself and those around me is quite enjoyable.

I haven't seen my mom in a week now. I know maybe that sounds silly to some of you but my mom and I are very close and used to seeing each other maybe 3 times a week. I do talk to her daily, sometimes a few times a day but I'm missing her. She is missing me also...both of us to the point of tears already. If today wasn't so cold and rainy, I'd go sit with her on the deck....6 feet apart, probably more like 8 to be safe....and just visit. I worry about me taking any germs to her as she is also diabetic but also has age and a respiratory issue that puts her at even greater risk.

Ok. Enough of this. Thanks for letting me vent.

I did some sewing yesterday and today I will putter in my sewing room to make space for my necessary work gear for next week. I'm planning on roasting a chicken and some vegetables later and also a large crock pot full of spaghetti sauce with fresh veggies and meat. That should hold us for a few days anyway.

Pete is home full time with Jeremiah. Schools here are closed until at least April 9th although I have a feeling that will be extended. Pete is not doing well. He has continued pain in his shoulder and right arm. He has had a scan that shows no sign of a blood clot. He is disappointed about that because he said that if it was a blood clot, they would be able to break it up and he could move on without any pain. So far he has had 3 heavy duty pain medications, none of which do a thing to help. He has a video appointment with his PCP tomorrow..hopefully they will have something helpful for him. In addition, he fell out by one of the chicken houses and hurt his right hip. He did say that that is feeling better. Why am I sharing all this? Maybe to justify the ridiculous amount of food I am trying to make ahead so he won't have to do much I suppose. Also, I like to cook and it helps to settle my nerves which I seem to have an overabundance of.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:34 AM

Once again, Dorothy reminds me to be grateful we live in town and don't have to nurse a septic tank. Thanks for that.

First shoots in the garden; bulbs planted in front of the house in one of our few full-sun spots, and the primrose in full yellow blossom.

The Robinovitch family has returned; I hear them in the morning and I saw Papa pulling something delicious out of the lawn the other day. Few things amuse me quite so much as the sight of robins running; they look like old ladies hustling to catch the bus.

I read "Journal of the Plague Year" in university, some 40 years ago. I don't need to read it again; I remember it all too well, especially in my least-favourite dreams. Likewise "La peste". Somehow epidemic disease is still worse in French, even if it's an allegory for fascism. Or maybe because.

It's raining in Stratford. Bleah.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 03:35 PM

Beaver:

So R got here yesterday and has cleared paths to important places - like his library. I threw 3 pots yesterday and a bit more work - wedging/reclaiming clay. Also some snow removal. Then was totally exhausted and had big pain in back. Heating pad and rest the rest of the day! Except refrigerating what he brought and organizing the rest, including nice pile of books!

He slept on sofa and I in bed, just in case. He sleeps well on sofas. Today, 3 more pots and some more clay prep and then back... heating pad... Nice to have company. Realizing this is a long term project. There will be trips back and forth every few days to water the plants! I suspect R will decide he needs to do some office work (that is safe).

There is now water in the rain barrel I can access most easily so I washed dishes this am. Need to empty the water outside as the septic still needs work; it is still covered with about 18 inches of frozen snow, then frozen earth. R is anxious to get it sorted. Cannot rush Nature!

Life goes on at a very low level.I hope my body will get used to doing clay work again. And another couple weeks may see some clear space in the yard. Hoping to see the sorrel soon - green stuff to add to salad; comfrey is sprouting and I should be able to clear the old growth in a couple more days, also rhubarb and... The raised beds still have 10 or more inches of snow cover! But the thaw is progressing daily!!

Thankful that it is spring coming and not winter! Sunshine and a flawless blue sky does help.

Breaking news: R cleared the snow from the septic. Now the sun can get at the soil.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM

mg, I was under the impression that indulgences -- plenary and otherwise -- were done away with sometime in the 17th century!? Please correct me if I'm wrong; as an Anglican, I have a less than reliable education in such matters.

The plumber just paid us a visit, to attend to a leaking connection in the laundry room, and I confess to having put on a clean shirt for the occasion. Our social circle is now entirely notional; all contacts with humans with whom we do not share a domicile are either electronically mediated or strictly business.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 11:10 AM

I tried looking that up, but it's pretty confusing. Good luck to those who want to try for such a blessing.

This is the most grim thing I think I've ever read in my entire life. This is Journal of the Plague Year and The Painted Veil.

Staying home, and now that I've watched this video on how to bring home groceries I have cleared the peninsula counter in my kitchen and will work my way through the house removing things that are in the way that would be touched unnecessarily. And wondering how in hell we are going to survive this crisis with a self-dealing self-absorbed sociopath and his grubbing friends in the White House. Hillary warned about this during her campaign. Hillary=Cassandra.

Home, in the dumps, but safe. Stay well, everyone. (I read about your brother mg - flu is bad enough, but I'm glad he didn't have coronavirus.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 12:49 AM

for catholics, if you watch the pope tomorrow at 1 pm eastern time you can get a plenary indulgence, which is really great. but i can't say where it will be broadcast.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 26 Mar 20 - 10:45 AM

Charmion wrote, "It's still Lent, so getting drunk is not an option."

Charmion's brother: "I would say, 'hold my beer,' but that'd be counter-productive.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 20 - 01:55 PM

Weather changes so quickly here - it went from cold and wet to warm, so warm that it's difficult to work out there; after surgery I am finding it still is a bit difficult to deal with temperature changes. But I'm doing my exercises and that helps things work better when I do venture outside. I've loaded a plant from the greenhouse into my kids' old Radio Flyer wagon, and once I've cleared a space for it, it will move into the potted garden area beside the house. They all need to be sprayed with dish soap in water to knock off some red mites that got started.

Last week I subscribed to Sling TV in order to see some of the cable news networks. I didn't want to have to turn it on every time I wanted to see what was playing, so I have programmed my TV Guide account and starred just the channels that I get locally. They have a page of Sling offerings and I was blown away by the world of channels they carry. They advertise to narrow markets, so I get channels in English that carry American networks and cable, but they have the world covered. I can't view those other channels (and I wouldn't understand them) but it's interesting to see that they're there. It took me about 30 minutes of slowly scrolling through the list to "star" the channels I actually get, before then setting it to just show my favorites. The other online channel guide I use, set to over-the-air in this market, is Zap2it. This is the Mother of all broadcast listings, feeding out to the rest of them. And it's set for the channels I have set as favorites on my HD TV at home. The other not-quite-online tool I use is a homemade home page. Years ago I created my own home page that lives as a file on my computer desktop, and every so often I add new links to it (so when I got Sling I added a link). Google used to have customizable home pages and I was so sorry to see it go that I created my own. Simpler, but effective.

The news right now is saying that Mardi Gras in Louisiana is probably when many of their Coronavirus cases spread. They look like the next hot spot, but are barely a blip in the news. But next door to Texas, there is bound to be some germ synergy between the two. I will continue to stay at home. And curse those people who suggest that all of this is "overblown" or a hoax and ignore stay-at-home recommendations. This said, I am having to meter my time watching and listening to the news. It can make your heart race after a while.

Stay healthy, everyone.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 03:40 PM

Beaver:


Larry just finished clearing the studio door! No excuses; he wants to see some pots freshly made! Maybe tomorrow am I can do that. I turned the cube heater on although it was 48F in there with the sun - sporadic today. It will be warm in the am and if the sun does not shine, there are lights. Still waiting for full sun and lots of rain to clear the snow. Yesterdays 3 or so inches is starting to melt...

I feel like - "is it still Tuesday?" I went for groceries at 7:15 for the special Seniors time. The place was near empty but there was adequate food. and TP!; I went to the pricier store as there were so many cars at No Frills, and people waiting outside. Since I don't usually get up until at least 8, this makes a longer day but it was a nice change. Larry made a nice break also; we kept our distance. Later today he will be doing maple syrup; he already gave me a nice bottle!

I washed hair this am with melted snow (WARMED!). Found another bucket in the studio and now I can go fill two with snow to melt for next chore. Maybe wash some dishes, etc. And I keep a container of water in the bathroom for washing hands. Life is becoming routine but I need to fill the long empty times. If only something would inspire me to write something! instead of just looking at FB, which, BTW, seems to have become boring. Very little meat, a lot of covid, complaints about that man, and cutsey pics. Without unlimited internet, it is expensive to look at youtubes, programs, or anything of that sort.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 11:52 AM

Yesterday was still overcast but the blueberry muffins brightened things in the late afternoon. Today is a vast improvement, sunny and clear. Now to tend to the seasonal allergies as pollen arises. Here is a CDC/Merck/U of Michigan chart to help you sort out symptoms of cold, flu, norovirus (the one that USUALLY takes out passengers on cruise ships), and COVID19.

We are in a county in which the mayors and county court at law judge have done what the state's governor SHOULD have done, and imposed a lock down and closing businesses, and people should stay at home except for the essentials of picking up groceries, food (restaurants are trying to stay busy with take-out only, handed over at curbside), medical appointments, etc. So a meeting of my small groups of ex-library friends can't get together at my house (even if we sat separately in my driveway and all brought our own food). I think we'll be trying a group meeting on Facebook or download Zoom and see how that works. I worry about a couple of them and without eye contact it's hard to gauge how they're doing.

The good news, decluttering on a different scale than this list usually covers, is that it has finally come to the state's attention that the corrupt man who served as university president since 2013 is in fact corrupt. He was going to step down on Aug. 31 of this year and was in the running to be president at a university in Florida. Insiders must have finally caught the attention of the local newspapers because they ran satisfyingly thorough accounts of his misdeeds and finally the faculty members got their say in public about him. He withdrew from the Florida application (I'm sure people sent all of this dirt to Florida) and last week he was forced to step down abruptly. Now his yes-man milquetoast Provost is acting president, but I suspect he won't last long. In the end, I hope this trickles down to the awful dean in the library (who was somehow ignored by the president, money-wise, yet allowed to retain her position despite all of the investigations and complaints lodged against her). A lot of us got out when we could, a lot of people are still suffering because of her targeting older and disabled employees to give inappropriate jobs to or outright fire. Heads are rolling and I hope my university is able to weather this storm and resume the good work it has done for over a century. Those people are why my little group is together now, and I'm sure everyone there knows how to spell Schadenfreude backwards and forwards by now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 01:30 PM

No alcohol while I have the heavy-duty Rx for the knee on hand, and I've lost a few pounds so I'm not likely to add it back into my diet soon.

Yes, Michelle. It's a perverse version of Groundhog Day, a double dose for those of us who still haven't gotten over the 2016 election. The press conferences are an exercise for real health professionals in suppressing the nonsense once it comes out of his mouth.

My neighbors called from the store asking if I needed any thing, and when the bag arrived I put it in the sink and washed everything and the bag in the holding area to let possible germs die and then washed my hands.

I put a hand washing station on my front porch, assembled with household stuff. A small tub for washing in, a gallon of water, a bar of soap, a roll of paper towels hanging from the mailbox and a small trash can. A note on the wall with a QR code to Alton Brown's video on the science behind soap and water for killing the virus, et al. It's there if someone who delivers stuff needs it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 01:06 PM

Yes, Michelle, I do.

Every morning now, when I wake up, I remind myself that it's really happening and it won't be over any time soon. I'm afraid that I or my husband will catch the disease, and that other people, including our governments, will do dumb things out of ignorance, fear and/or venality.

My work does not reassure me because it's a book about the war in Afghanistan. Himself's work is about crime, so that's no help either.

It's still Lent, so getting drunk is not an option.

Today, I have to change the bed linen and the towels in the bathroom. The kitchen floor needs sweeping; as usual, it's a disgrace. We will make a really good supper. I will not look at any news source for the rest of the day.

That's the best I can do for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 12:34 PM

I took today off. I'm feeling anxious at the current world situation. I know I'm not alone but at times I feel overwhelmed. Anyone else here feeling this way?

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Mar 20 - 11:30 AM

I went through the garden center (an outdoor business) and picked up a flat of bedding plants. I was going to pick out some seeds but there was someone over coughing in that part of the store.

Now if it would stop raining every day I could do something with these.

I installed a Wireless Access Point in the other end of the house to accommodate all of the wireless devices that are springing up lately, and to let the neighbor log on if she needs; her service is slow and sometimes unusable for her work from home. It took a few tries but I hope it's set correctly now.

This week's baked goods to share with neighbors is blueberry muffins. The rolls were a hit last week. I bake them and then remove with tongs, bag carefully in bags from a box of bags (untouched by human hands) and wear gloves to carry them next door and across the street.

I am still working from home, only a few hours a week. So far so good.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Mar 20 - 12:35 PM

No, Donuel, things have no changed all that radically for us, but then we are seniors who work at home anyway. But our town is very different.

This morning we went shopping with the wrinklies at the crack of dawn, when the carts were still relatively clean and the cabbages had not be handled by half the county. Only the pop and candy aisles were fully stocked; stuff we (and le tout Stratford) need was in limited supply or not there at all. Fruit and veg prices are through the roof ($2.49 a pound is the new 99 cents), while fuel prices have dropped to levels not seen in 25 years.

The theatre festival (a very big deal) has cancelled all rehearsals and performances until June, and laid off the actors and musicians. That is unprecedented. Unlike similar festivals in Europe (such as Glyndbourne and Bayreuth), which are almost entirely government-funded, the Stratford Festival gets about 60 percent of its revenue from the box office, and of course ticket sales have tanked. God alone knows how we'll fix that.

Stilly, you asked about my fancy gloves. I should have bought the ones that cover the fingertips; the open-tip style help, but not nearly enough -- my right index finger is gun-metal grey right now this minute. Book productivity is better but not as good as it could and should be. I'm generally too twitchy to concentrate for long, and I spend too much time on the Internet checking for news updates.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 05:43 PM

Thanks for asking, Don. The knee is at 125o when bent (pretty close to the other non-surgical knee now) and at 2o (almost flat when I flex it). I'm almost completely off of the heavy duty Rx, just at night to give myself a shot at getting a good night's sleep, and sometimes after PT, because it hurts.

I concur with your declutter plan - I am starting on the kitchen this afternoon, not just sweeping floors and cleaning counters, but trying to put many of the things that typically sit out away where they actually should go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 03:59 PM

I made my last trip to physical therapy for at least two weeks; I told her it just seems too dicey, so she gave me a list of exercises I can do on my own, and my next appointment, if things are normal enough to make it happen, is right before my next post-op visit and will assess my progress.

My stops on the way home were at Aldi where they had almost everything I needed (but they're down to spinach, fresh and frozen) - good thing I really like spinach. I also stopped at the restaurant supply and picked up more gloves (I gave boxes to family members this week) and I found frozen broccoli florets and carrot sticks. Those will do me as a form of vegetable for the time being.

Now if it will clear up so I can work in the yard I can start some lettuce and other small greens. The week has been one of overnight rain storms and flood warnings. Trouble is, once the rain is gone, the pollen will be up all of our noses.

Charmion, how are those special gloves working for you for typing? Have you been able to pick up the pace?

Michelle, how is Jeremiah holding up - is he at home all day now? I imagine that as bright as he is he has lots of things to keep him busy. And there is an interesting array of kid-centric stuff turning up online.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 03:54 PM

In DC the TV stations are discouraging people from seeing the cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Tidal Basin. I'm not complaining but its 79 degrees outside today under complete cloud cover.
I'm down to 3 1/2 rooms to declutter.
No expectations for the NIH to reopen until May. There is no expectation for Federal assistance for months. Lightning speed for Congress was 2 weeks with 5 days off. But the supplies are good and people are empathetically insular *will not speak or make eye contact* Only the deniers are outspoken in public. This week the infections are predicted to rise by 1000%.

Its the teenagers and atheletes who ignore self isolation and social distance between themselves. There is more talk about managing stress. But I feel great until I wake up in the morning :^/

SRS are you half healed up? Have things radically changed for you Charmion?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 03:03 PM

We are adjusting to the go-nowhere rules, made easier by the blustery weather. This morning, we saw our first Lake Effect storm of the season, with line squalls blowing through town and monsoon-like rain.

Our neighbours who went to Mexico last week are supposed to come home today but might not make it. According to their dog-sitter, one member of the family party of 10 is running a fever. Oh, shit.

The Stratford Festival has now cancelled performances to the end of May and promised refunds, probably a result of the big federal relief program announced yesterday. I'm glad the festival will almost certainly survive, but this crisis will certainly winnow Stratford's many hospitality businesses.

Meanwhile, we are planning a supermarket dash at 0700 tomorrow morning. Here's hoping they have broccoli and cauliflower at Zeyr's.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 01:33 PM

Beaver:
YAY! Spring thaw, phase one! 55F today and we had some rain. Now the sun is appearing. Larry came down to make sure I have things in order - as well as possible. He broke up some ice and threw it down hill and I poured hot water in a spot that was impeding flow. And put extra snow in a low spot, hoping it will freeze tonight to block water coming down drive from road. Temp dropping again tonight and several cold nights ahead. I could safely go back to Dupont for a few days - to my unlimited internet --- and R! And running water!

Got a bucket of water from rain barrel! Ice/snow slid off 2/3 of east roof this am, waiting impatiently for the other end to leave; then I can turn off heat cables. The ice is overhanging about 18 inches and dripping like mad!

Larry considered clearing the studio door so I could pot but it still badly blocked and he has enough of his own to do. I can live without potting a while longer.

Not using much wood but there is room for a bit more so I can do that while it is not raining.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Mar 20 - 07:42 PM

I skipped my ophthalmologist appointment today; it's an annual check and it's just too close for comfort right now. My physical therapy appointment in the morning is still on - we wipe things as we go and there are very few people in there now. The students (interns) were recalled and the oldest higher-risk clients have decided to stay home. Tomorrow I'm going to ask for a set of exercises to do on my own at home and skip the next few sessions; there is an assessment on April 3 that, depending on circumstances, might be useful. The last post-op appointment is in the following week.

This whole surgical experience, timing-wise, was a case of defacto self-isolation. I only got out a few times during the entire month, and none of them to crowded venues. Texas is way behind other places in enacting measures to keep people home; rules governing public events and public businesses has fallen to the city and county governments. I was planning to pick up my usual outside activities, but have had to back out (and those museums and parks in turn announced today that they are closed to the public until further notice). My attention will turn pretty exclusively to the yard and garden (baby steps out there) and it's time to turn over the contents of the craft room and decide on something to work on.

Stay healthy, everyone. Stay sane. And be kind to yourselves and your neighbors. (Most of you know that this week I gave out hot homemade rolls to a few neighbors; next week, by request, blueberry muffins.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Mar 20 - 06:27 PM

Beaver:

House is drying - on the surface anyway. Food stores open. Nice to have a couple minutes of conversation. Bringing in wood - not a lot as the weather is "mild", hovering below freezing at night, a little above during the day. Hoping for close to 60F tomorrow and rain. That would greatly help the melt. Then going down again so I can go back to Chateauguay for a few days - until it warms again.

R is ready for me to do some cooking! I left him much but... He is tired of watering the plants - all 70 of them! Darest I tell him I need to start a few more veggie seeds, to be ready in May.

GREY day! and getting very humid. Pau d'Arco tea has been making me feel much better. Prob go back on Sat.It has been nice to see a couple people, talk to a few on phone, check family for their status. I have been profligate with the use of internet here; it is not unlimited and already up to almost $50 so I am saving lots of things to read and listen to when I get back to the unlimited! But the company of FB friends has been helpful. Doing OK with the water - very stingy!

Looking forward to tomorrow's melt, then trip back to R. I slept for hours and hours after the trip here. Two days to recover. Hope it does not take that long again. Weather is a factor. WOW! a bunch of birds in nearby tree. They must feel spring also. It does give me a sense of something good is happening! The raised beds still have almost a foot of snow on them.

Stay well!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 09:40 AM

For the first time in history, Canada's sea and air ports are closed to foreign travellers; you can come here only if you live here. Travel from the States is still allowed, but barely; my guess is, if you're not a homeward-bound snowbird, you'd better be driving a truck loaded with fruit and veg.

Closer to home, the Ministry of Health has ordered restaurants, bars and coffee shops to close except for take-out orders. No one is allowed to sit down in Tim's or Starbuck's even to gulp their coffee, let alone hang around for hours on their laptop. The YMCA is closed for the duration, so exercise will be trotting up and downstairs, and walking around the neighbourhood. No hugging the neighbours, though patting their dogs is probably okay.

So today, we are doing what we did yesterday: writing and editing, with a little light housework in the mix. Himself is not going to court. I am not popping out for a few things at Sobey's.

The weather is chilly and wet, so this is what we would do anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 11:56 PM

I have added a way to stream a few of the cable channels without the local cable company running an extra set of equipment to the house. Sling TV (Blue) for $30 a month gives me several I will watch, once I figure out how to get it set up on each device. The smart TVs will be easy enough, I thought it would go through my Sony BluRay player, but apparently not. It goes through many other devices, though. And with so much time being spent at home, now is the time to add it.

I'm not hoarding toilet paper, but I bought ahead on the dog food today, since I was in that part of town after PT. Wednesday is the 1 month anniversary after surgery; I have PT for two more weeks. The time has crept in six-hour increments (it was 4-hour increments when I was on the oxycodone). Now I'm mostly on extra-strength Tylenol and I can do a lot of "normal" stuff, albeit carefully. I guess I've had an extra quarantine period because of the surgery.

I've checked on neighbors, and will run errands for the couple across the street since it's hard for them to get out (three adults and one car).

Bizarre times. Desperate times. So many of the actions being taken are by established businesses and people with jobs or places to live. As all of this shuts down it will reveal all of the people who bin-dive for food or other needs; it will lock them out of the public spaces where they sought shelter and were able to wash and change clothes. So many marginal jobs will vanish and there is no recourse for those students and working poor.

I keep some $5 bills in a stash in the SUV; every so often I've passed by panhandlers at traffic intersections or in store parking lots, and I've tried to take a more kind-hearted view of their lives. I hand out bottles of water in hot weather, and lately have handed over a $5. Usually it seems that is enough to do something with; invariably I'll see them turn and head over to the store they're outside of to get the gas they need or the sandwich they wanted. It's satisfying that they don't have to keep waiting to collect change and small bills to add up to enough to eat.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 08:35 AM

Spring is springing in Stratford, which is great because going to the gym or the Y is a bad idea at present. For the next three weeks, most of southern Ontario has retreated into their hole and pulled it in after them.

I went out for a nice long walk yesterday (sun was shining, temperature above freezing) and le tout Stratford was also out to celebrate the return of strolling weather. We politely waved and smiled at each other, keeping our distance as the Medical Officer of Health has directed. Churches throughout the province are closed until Palm Sunday, so — no church. Some restaurants are still open, but business is lousy at our normal Sunday breakfast spot. The farmers’ market held its last session “for a while” on Saturday, and the butchers’ counters were absolutely rammed; a visitor from outer space could be forgiven for thinking that meat was going out of style.

We bought a lot more than we usually do, and I spent half the afternoon cutting up a blade roast into stew chunks and vacuum-sealing a pork roast, four enormous kaessler (a kind of smoked pork loin chop), two pounds of bacon and the stew meat. The freezer is now full to the top. The Instant Pot has been in production since Saturday, and we now have five litres of duck stock and five litres of chicken stock.

The supermarkets have been stripped of the things people can’t bear the thought of doing without, most notably toilet paper, but also bleach, bread, potatoes and canned tomatoes. Himself was inclined at first to throw himself into the frenzy, but I slammed on his brakes; we don’t have space to store any more than we have already, and we’re not hoarders.

The Stratford Festival has cancelled all performances in April, so that’s our Hamlet tickets up in smoke. My choir has cancelled its next concert, scheduled for 30 March, and all rehearsals until 6 April, and the executive (which includes me) will meet on 7 April to re-assess.

Himself and I are not going to France; we were supposed to leave on 30 April. The government has told us not to fly anywhere if we can possibly avoid it, and people who are out of the country must come home RIGHT NOW while they still can.

So far, “community transmission” of the disease has not begun in Stratford, and we have only one confirmed case — a man who tested positive after flying home from a holiday in Mexico. Our neighbours went to Mexico with their grandchildren on Friday, much to our dismay, and I imagine they will face a quarantine order when they get back.

We are practising “social distancing”.

Himself just went to court for a meeting in which the criminal lawyers (Crown and defence) will hash out what to do with their most urgent cases. (God alone knows what they will do in big centres with beaucoup crime, like Toronto.) Jury trials are cancelled, and all other kinds of appearances have been postponed for 10 weeks. Himself says A LOT of people will have to be let out of jail to relieve crowding.

As for us, we have plenty to do and the wide world to stretch our legs in — as long as we avoid other people. Cross the street, smile and wave.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 08:43 PM

Beaver!!!

At BF on Thurs, I announced leaving for Beaver. and left. Boom. Forgot a few things but shall survive. Everything in Quebec and most of Ontario is closed down. The Farmers MArket up here cancelled on Fri and the one in Quebec also. Nothing to do and nowhere to go! Long walks on the dirt road would be good - I might. Could make pots if I could get into the studio but a couple feet of frozen snow is beyond me! MAybe in a few more days. It is just about freezing - a little above in the days, a little below at night. Good for the maple syrup production but not melting enough snow.

Water: Melting frozen snow for washing. HAve distilled for drinking and cooking. I can strain the melted ice and distill it. And the 3 rain barrels will provide fairly clean water for washing and, filtered, for distilling.

NEighbour Larry stopped by and we plugged in the pump briefly to find source. Frozen pipe split. Water flew everywhere! We cleaned up and considered the situation. The plumbers left the Bath door ajar rather than shutting it as I requested. That caused the heat to be insufficient. Sent them an email. YEsterday a very knowledgeable friend - "oh no! You didn't use them!" etc. House may dry out by August. I looked out the BR window yesterday and there was a small pond out there. The water had gone down through the cracks in the
floor and created the pond.I have no idea how long the pump was spewing befor4e I got home last Friday! A LOT of water!! (no basement. House is very close to the ground.)

Spring will come eventually. In the meantime: I lived without running water for almost 15 years so...

Gave R instructions on watering plants, AND taking supplements, and eating the food I left in frig.

Son phoned from Whidbey today. They are near Seattle and being VERY careful. We agreed I am safer here than in Quebec - where R continues to go into the city daily. The Province has asked those over 70 to stay home. No TV here and the internet connection is expensive (per each piece I look at)... I have several books. Hundreds actually but not many I really want to read! I may reread a few good ones.

I get to bring in wood and feed the fire. And, with any luck, I will be inspired to get rid of, or at least sort out and organize. Beautiful sunny days are terrific. No tinge of green on the poplars yet. Down near the LAke, there was a tinge on the willows. There was also bare ground!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:50 PM

Hi All,

    To answer Maggie's question, my agency is still up and running in New York State. At this time, our requirements of required face to face contact with our clients still stands. Our agency complies with the New York State Department of Health. As of Friday morning, there was talk of a waiver of the face to face contact with clients who are children. No word for adults. However...that was on Friday. Since that time, all Pennsylvania schools are closed for a minimum of two weeks (this came out late Friday afternoon) and as of today, all schools in the city where I work are officially closed for 3 weeks. So far, no reported cases in the county in which I live or work however, there are reported outbreaks in the county in which Pete works.

    I'm not sure what to make of all of this. I went shopping on Thursday and picked up enough items to get through a couple of weeks if need be. We went to Walmart late this afternoon to pick up a few non-food items (and no, not TP). I had Jeremiah with me and he was able to see first hand how there is no bread, pasta is just about all gone, the meat case was looking empty, no paper products in sight. I took him on purpose as he was teasing me about the groceries I had already purchased and then wanting to go to the store today. Now he knows and I hope he feels secure. The store itself was crazy and has always been a 24 hour store until today...they are now closed from midnight to 6am. I presume this is to allow time to safely stock the shelves although I could be wrong.

Pete's lab is still up and running although the university has now closed for students and no more classes will be happening in a live situation, it will all be online. Given the Pete's lab is mostly Iranians and Chinese students, I'm not sure how much longer they will stay open. He may be able to work from home more often than not...time will tell. That may be true for me too....who knows. Our agency requires a Face to Face appointment at least once a month but the state requires a F2F only once every 3 months. I suppose a lot of work could be conducted by phone from home if need be.

I don't mean to ramble, everything is so up in the air at this point.

I hope the rest of you are well and that you are coming along with your healing Maggie.

Please share if you hear anything about Susan. I have been thinking about her too and am hoping she is ok and maybe even at home.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:29 PM

We have a week of stormy weather ahead, probably exacerbating the cabin fever here in North Texas, but I agree, fresh air out of doors away from people is good for us. Send me a message and let me know your Twitter handle. I seem mostly to post photos of dogs and flowers myself (via Instagram). Twitter is my most political outlet.

I wish I felt better - the knee takes a while to heal and the aggravation of the secondary things one has to deal with when on pain pills and antibiotics haven't helped. I have some stock thawing and will make a batch of chicken soup this evening, that should help a lot. I did too much on Thursday, and it takes a while to get the energy back. #LiveAndLearn

I haven't heard much from Canada about this (other than Trudeau's wife testing positive). I haven't looked into it but I think yesterday Mexico closed the borders to Americans to keep the coronavirus out. Isn't that ironic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 05:06 PM

here is my free and clutterless hobby.. i .live by the ocean..just on my little cell phone and post pictures on twitter. usually flowers, clouds etc. nothing special but some have turned out quite nicely. unless you are living in a crowded city, i see no reason not to go outdoors and not get close to people. fresh air, sunshine, vitamin d. and we can have social contacts from ten feet away..i'm irish..it's normal. any closer would be some sort of sin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 11:29 AM

So, two days later that particular library is still open, but many others (city library, museums, etc.) have closed for at least two weeks. I'm not sure if they're more stubborn or stupid.

I have many things I want to do here, with this period of isolation, but I think I should prioritize and set some goals. I'm still doing PT exercises and elevating the leg, but between those activities I can do most things, at least in moderation.

The house is on it's own routine during this time, and yesterday the rubber flapper in the master bathroom loo broke loose on one side so I do need to make a trip out to find a new one. I had spares here at one time but I think I donated them to Goodwill. Silly me.

Most of us are older, some are limited in our activities. Not all are reporting in on this Mudcat thread to share their stories, but it's sufficient to say that we all need to take good care of ourselves and if finding a creative or decluttering activity will help give a pleasant activity during the next couple of weeks, please report in on your progress.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 12:41 PM

I am about 25 days out from the knee replacement and last night was my first better night's sleep in all of that time. My fitness tracker shows I have been waking an average of 11 times each night (typically I wake 1 to 3 times) because I struggle with a way to get comfortable. Last night it was only 6 times, and I can feel the difference. When my timer went off to take my nighttime dose of pain meds I went back to sleep and didn't wake up for the next nearly six hours. I think the knee is finally to the point where I can position it so the bursitis doesn't flare up. #BabySteps

For the last 3+ weeks I've been stuck at home in recovery mode, and since I have a recent surgical injury still mending it's all the more important to spend the next 2-4 weeks at home in dodge-the-coronavirus mode. I need to give myself a big task to do (that I can put down when I get tired) so I feel like I'm not in limbo for two months this year. Are any of the rest of you making a similar decision, and are you working on a goal at home to make the time productive for you? Michelle, I worry about you the most with a job in a public-facing agency that absolutely needs to be there to help clients. Are you able to help some of your clientele over the phone or do they have to appear in person?

I started a bit of a contretemps with a former co-worker when I suggested that the library not let students congregate in the library if they can't go to classes. The whole point of not having classes is to keep them socially separated for their health but they also have to have a care for the state employees (who may want to stay home as well). My coworker thought I would kick out the student employees without paying them, making it harder for them to eat. I'm hoping the emergency legislation that is underway now will allow students to be paid their regular hours - they shouldn't have to risk their lives to have food to eat. Same with so many minimum and low wage jobs (and those without paid sick leave). This is something unlike we've ever seen before, the paradigm has to shift radically and let people and businesses alike come out alive at the end of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 07:03 PM

Oh, Dorothy! It sounds like Beaver is going to be a challenge when the weather finally warms. From previous reports I'm guessing you have to get past the freezing and then mud parts of the year before you can do much there.

Physical Therapist here today worked with me to figure out a combination of pillows so I should be able to sleep comfortably on my side, at least for a longer period of time than I have been.

I sent a query out into the ether on Facebook to see if anyone has a report on WYSIWYG. Hoping for the best, but after such a long time, fearing the worst.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 06:32 PM

Dupont:

Let's see, now: Last Friday I drove to Beaver, and back - ten hour trip. The front door was iced shut due to my negligence in not removing screen door in the fall, I had to clamber around to the back door through 2 feet or more of snow and the back deck had over 2 feet. I turned on the electric blanket, and started a fire in the stove, having discovered water spraying out of the plumbing. Pulled the plug on the pump and ... Went to neighbour to pick up mail she had gotten for me - She was so sick, she threw it to me out of the second floor window (in a briefcase! Went back to the house, battened down the hatches, turned off the blanket and got back in the car and drove back.

Today, I finally got the mental energy to connect my new printer to the wifi. Had to phone Epson for help and the third person sent me an email with good instructions - too bad they were not in the box. The push was so I could vote on line - When I went to do that..... The emailed ones needed to be in by 2nd. If it were not such a waste of energy, I might have wept.

I have finally kind of figured out the apple add on to the TV that my son gave me for Christmas and watched two wonderful programs yesterday.

And reading through the current posts, I was reminded to wash the sheets today! Other, than that, I am recovering from trip and almost ready to try again. House is in its usual moderately clean condition. OH, but the heat has gone off today so I need to keep a fire in the stove!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 20 - 11:17 PM

The pillow thing works sometimes, but the trouble was that after a couple of days a hip abduction exercise brought on an excruciating case of bursitis in that hip, and the painkillers for the surgery did squat for it. I stopped that exercise and asked about it and do a mix of ice on the hip and heat on the thigh muscle or behind my hip in back and under the thigh, so when those muscles relax the bursa settles down. But if I lie on my side it pushes the muscle down onto the bursa and it starts hurting again. It's too close to the surgery to get a steroid shot in it. Ice, heat, and a couple of specific exercises have helped and I can sleep with the pillow a little bit now. Motrin isn't allowed now, and it is those anti-inflammatory meds that make a big difference.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Mar 20 - 10:19 AM

Garbage is out and the sun is shining. Off to a good start.

We had the neighbours in to dinner last night, which forced me to vacuum the sitting room and wash the dining room floor, and Himself to clean the ground floor loo. Sure enough, when i went in there to pee before bed, the sink was lovely and shining, a fine contrast with the squeeze bottle of Vim standing proudly beside the soapdish.

Sigh.

Housework is truly the macho bullshit of women.

Stilly, if you're thrashing around that much, are you sure you're taking enough dope at night? I remember that phase of recovery, and it was a bitch -- do too much and you writhe in pain today, do too little and you writhe in pain the day after tomorrow. I learned to sleep on my side with the affected leg resting on a pillow between my knees, without rolling over, but that was 30 years ago; I doubt I could do that now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 20 - 10:02 AM

I've just cleaned out some of the male posts on that oddball "buzz flies" thread - I'm not interested in joining it, but unhappy that some of the guys feel the need to pile on, not understanding at all why that is inappropriate. #DoneAndDusted - for now.

So yesterday I tried half a day with just Tylenol and it was a fairly miserable 12 hours. The tramodol (I just took at night yesterday) is making things more comfortable, so I'll try 6 hours without it today and extend the periods between taking them. The knee is much better, the flexibility is increasing, but every morning after thrashing around in bed all night the swelling is back and I have to work to decrease it. And today I have to go to court to tell them about the accident I witnessed a few months ago - the woman who was at fault is contesting the ticket. I have some loose black trousers that will give the knee room to move and should be businesslike enough for that environment. No pajama pants or gray sweatpants for court.

With all of my deliberate steps around here, walking heel-toe to use the knee properly and train myself not to limp, the laundry is getting done and the dishes are washed. I took my trash to the curb. My neighbor mowed the front lawn the other day and that kept me from thinking I might try it, or calling a friend who has a fancy mower (and charges a hefty fee). The back yard will be a jungle when I next get to it, making a grassy pesto under the deck of the mower that I have to regularly tip so I can scrape off the green paste.

This is getting old; I'm to three weeks and it's much better than it was, but I have a lot of ground to cover before I'm up to my old energy level. International Women's Day was celebrated yesterday, I enjoyed listening to reports about it on the news this morning. By next January I'll be back to my old self and be able to put on my pink knit cap and march in celebration (or protest, whichever it happens to be).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 20 - 11:28 AM

Field trip to the grocery store, via a ride from a friend. I'm down to half a day without the heavy-duty painkiller. Trouble is, when I sleep I thrash around and my knee is sore in the morning. They forbid sleeping in a recliner, so it's a tussle with moving a pillow around the knee. My fitness tracker shows I wake up between 8 and 11 times a night over the last couple of weeks.

Back to the stretches, exercises, and elevation. . .


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 20 - 12:26 PM

Next week outpatient therapy begins, and I picked a place that is easy to drive to, though I may not be driving the first time I go there. Google maps was helpful (some of these places are tucked into hard-to-reach neighborhoods); the place I chose I've heard good things about and I can reach via surface roads instead of the freeway. When I'm not in therapy, just on my own, I need to walk upright, shift weight from one leg to the other without a sway or limp, etc. I've started moving furniture back to it's original places.

The kitchen is clean, the dining table is in good shape, I've kept up with laundry and bed linens, etc, and I should start doing the eBay stuff again soon. I've finally figured out when the mail carrier tends to come by and can hand things over to her instead of driving to the post office. My old routine can pretty much pick up where it left off not quite three weeks ago. I'm not sure when the activity of dog walking will be added back; I'll probably have to walk them each one at a time for a little while.

On a separate note, it sounds like there is some important decluttering happening at my old employer. The state chancellor has forced out the university president (who was recently sued for bullying women employees) - he announced that he leaves end of August. And at that time there will be no more protection for the wretched human being who has been the library dean since 2012. If they get rid of those two I can see people considering returning to work there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Mar 20 - 09:32 PM

A friend is having her kitchen remodeled, and spent a couple of days opening all cupboards and drawers, astonished at the redundant items and the things she never uses. Much of it will be donated, and I suspect most of us could do something like that.

Bandage came off, stepping down on the painkillers, still in PT and exercising, no driving yet. A field trip to the grocery store after the doctor was nice, I picked up my first chocolate in over 2 weeks. I already had some nice mixed nuts, no peanuts, just the good stuff, brought in last week by a friend as an item on my shopping list. I always buy dark chocolate chips to mix in with them but didn't want to make him look for too many things; I thought I'd be fine with the nuts, but they just weren't quite right. At the store today in the point-of-purchase area I grabbed a bag of peanut M&Ms to mix with them. It'll work - and it's the little things that make all the difference sometimes!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Senoufou
Date: 04 Mar 20 - 06:42 PM

We only noticed yesterday that a new poster had been attached to a telegraph pole near our house, declaring that our village is having another huge Yard Sale on March 29th. We hurried down to the village shop and registered our address, so when they print the maps, our house will be marked as 'selling'.
Now I'm having a lovely time scurrying round opening cupboards and drawers to find things to sell.
The last one, during the autumn, had to be deferred twice due to bad weather. Hope this one will go ahead as planned.
I thought I'd more or less got rid of any stuff we no longer needed, but I'm finding still more to put out for the customers to grab!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Mar 20 - 12:01 PM

Himself has a Barbour jacket that has finally met its end with the ignominious parting of one side of the zipper from the front panel of the garment. Barbour jackets are sinfully expensive, but this one owes us nothing; it was purchased in 2003 and has been resealed and repaired several times, but it is now so worn that the canvas shell looks as if Himself might have gone turkey-hunting with Dick Cheney.

So the mail-order crap shoot begins. The best hope is something called the Upland Shooting Coat from LL Bean, and Himself spent the morning in correspondence with a Freeport minion over the precise measurements across the back at shoulder level and from the back collar seam to the hem. The great virtue of the Barbour was that it went on comfortably over a Harris tweed jacket dating from the long-skirted 1970s (no bum-freezers for us), so the replacement must do the same.

The Barbour will end its life in the Stratford landfill, though I think it deserves a Viking funeral.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Mar 20 - 01:47 PM

This month is my quarterly bulky waste curbside pickup and I'm not dragging anything to the curb. I haven't dismantled any fences, furniture, or trees to need to discard. But come June, I may have something to contribute!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Mar 20 - 12:36 PM

Let April arrive unmolested by impatience.

Our kitchen has never been so clean and organized.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Mar 20 - 12:24 PM

I still have to do elevation and exercises but thankfully those annoying (but necessary) compression cuffs are off of my legs as of today. Shuffling around the house with that weird hum and buzz of them working, walking up tethered to the charging cord - ack.

I'm sorely tempted to mow the back yard - in small stages. I know, I know, give it time. But still, it's going to be a real bitch to mow after the rain coming tomorrow.

I am managing to maintain a relatively clean kitchen, running the dishwasher every day or two and emptying doesn't take long. Doing laundry. And I vacuumed a whole bunch of dog hair the other day. Then I rested. The PT says no pool for at least another month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Mar 20 - 10:53 AM

Both Himself and I are writing these days. He's on his first paper for his doctoral program, and I, of course, am editing the dreaded Afghanistan book. (Think of the lovely money, Charmion.) So it was a minor miracle that the laundry got done yesterday and some much-needed cooking, but the house remains a mess. But it's March, so the world's a mess; after a week of snow, high winds and intense cold (for Stratford), today we have rain and it's disgusting.

I laid off pool class last week while it was so cold, and the red rash on my face cleared up. So that's definite; it's eczema from the pool chemicals. Phooey. I guess that means I have a choice: smear my face with Vaseline on pool days, or go around looking like a teeenager with acne.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Mar 20 - 03:36 PM

I have a few photos of my leg from the last almost-two weeks, and have had conclude that Stan Boreson's Song I Just Don't Look Good Naked Anymore is timely. Maybe if I finally lose the 30 pounds from the polymyalgia and then the grinding of the arthritic knee I can revise this status.

Around the house I am managing to keep the dishes washed and the laundry done. I've swept up dog hair a couple of times and yesterday tackled the carpet in the front room with the vacuum. I'm walking well enough that I can take the trash bags to the curb tomorrow morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Feb 20 - 08:41 PM

Hey Maggie,

   So glad to see you are home and it sounds like you are doing well!!!!   My mom had her knee done a few years ago and ended up having to do rehab at a local nursing home for a few weeks as an inpatient. Give yourself some time....that surgery takes a bit of time to really heal up. I'm super glad your pre-surgery exercises have paid off! I'm also glad to hear that the glasses from Zenni worked out well for you! I order glasses from there for clients who have Medicaid and are only allowed one new script every year or two and haven't had a complaint yet!

Things here are ok. It was a work week from you know where....the weather isn't helping.

I can't wait for full on spring days with longer amounts of daylight and no worries about icy roads.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Feb 20 - 12:56 PM

Dupont:

I continue to muddle along with a moderately clean house, dishes washed when necessary and an energy level that goes up and down like a roller coaster. Each morning I wonder what it will be today. R has been getting up earlier and dashing away, sometimes before BF. He seems to have hit a high energy spell. Good for him. When he leaves early, I can go out and do things - if there is no snow/ice and it's not bitterly cold.

Today I went out to clear the car of ice and gave up. I park facing the sun but it had not had time and I ran the engine to warm the windshield and found it cost as much gas as driving to the store. Turned it off, not yet cleared, and came back inside. With the Prius, I have become more hypersensitive to fuel consumption - it tells me. I would have gone to the Ile but maybe I will walk down to the river; it is up to minus 9C whatever that is -COLD.

All morning on the computer: FB, finances, emails. Keeping the fire going in the den last couple days. Nice little stove; good wood. Heater went off, again, a couple days ago. Started the fire, R did what he does - "I have no idea"! It did not get too cold as there is supplementary heat in the basement, and the wood! He tried again in the am and the house was warming by bedtime. Hot water heat: it takes a while for the water to get warm! Professional - HAH! maybe a visitor will have an idea - but not so far. Anyway, it will be spring in a few weeks!

Sun gone; lunchtime.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Feb 20 - 01:45 PM

There are good days and bad days with the knee. At least the PT explains what the thing is that is feeling bad when I point out some painful exercise or massage move. Counting down the days to when I can stop wearing these compression things on my calves. The two months of workouts ahead of surgery are making a big difference.

This afternoon I checked the mail then spent 20 minutes in the sun on the new glider out there, reading the latest David Sedaris essay in The New Yorker. There could be worst stuff going on right now. Later on I'll have a friend help me by changing the florescent bulbs in my bathroom fixture; all four went out at once (probably the circuit will be restored if only two bulbs are replaced.) Simple stuff for now.

Moose tracks is too good to sequester north of the border. Thankfully things like recipes can be safely reproduced by other companies. Good luck assuaging that author. With the repetitions you describe it isn't simply an example of "kill your darlings" to make it read better. It has to read better before you can kill any of it off. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 10:01 AM

And here I was thinking that Moose Tracks ice cream was peculiar to Canada! The creamery that produces it around here is called Kawartha Lakes in Peterborough, Ontario, where moose are most definitely a thing.

I hope the post-op pain is beginning to ebb, Stilly. I hated having to dope myself up to get through the day with busted bones because the drugs made me too weak to get around, especially in and out of the bathroom. That was genuinely grim, and rather frightening.

Work on the book is going better. The client -- not the author -- likes the first chapter, and I'm deep into the second (of five). Author isn't under contract yet for this phase of the project, so I'm not allowed to talk to him about it. He's not going to cheer when he sees how much military jargon I have tossed. It's the kind of book in which soldiers don't fight, they "engage". Not on my watch, they don't.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, so we are now in Lent, the season of fasting and repentence. I'm not very good at the repentence part, but it's my favourite time of the year for getting my shit together: cooking healthy meals, squaring away the taxes, turning out closets and washing grubby corners. I also go on the wagon in Lent; six weeks without booze is a favour I like to do for my liver. Let's see if I make it all the way to Easter this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM

The endorsement entry today. :)

My new glasses from Zenni arrived this morning - I think it was Michelle who gave them a ringing endorsement when I was considering going to mail order. They look good, and this time I did let them add a couple of the coatings I usually refuse because online they don't add hundreds to the bill.

Good Rx is continuing to be my new best friend. With all of the running that has to happen after surgery I've decided to change pharmacies to the one that does save us a lot, and adding on Good Rx makes it much more affordable.

I called the grocery store pharmacy to talk about how to pay for the Rx without having someone make an extra trip for my payment card and I'll update the app I already had to take care of that. While on the phone I shared with the pharmacist the name of the product that has me back at the store regularly: Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream. This is the mid-range of three Moose Tracks ice cream they carry - the most hard core one is too much for me (Denali Extreme Maximum Fudge Moose Tracks is so over the top it's overkill for me).

Those are my endorsements and I'm sticking to them. (I'm not buying the ice cream now because I'm avoiding sugar since I don't think it would be helpful with this healing process.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM

I have realized over the last week that the hip abduction exercise, moving your leg from straight over to the side and back ("windshield wiper" my PT calls it) has given me a raging case of bursitis in that hip, and it doesn't respond to the narcotic pain relievers. Ibuprofen is perfect for it, but I can't take it now. So I'll stop doing that exercise several times a day and see if this clears up. Today the rest of the leg is incredibly tender after the massage workover it got; she texted to see how I'm feeling and said we can skip that next time. Yes, please!

Declutter isn't high on my list right now, though I did manage to take that silicone broom/squeegee thing and round up the worst of the dog hair accumulated over a week. (Charmion, have you received one to try yet? What do you think?)

There is a rather demented sounding songbird that seems to come in around 90 decibels right at dawn outside my bedroom window. I notice it because it's usually about time to get up to take medications and the first time I heard it I was astonished at the noise. It perches in a tree about 10' from the house and blasts out this greeting to the world. I suppose the really odd thing is that it is only this one bird. It seems that dawn thunder used to mean lots and lots of birds that time of day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Feb 20 - 01:31 PM

March comes in like a wounded giant auroch and April comes in like a kitten.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 20 - 01:20 PM

I'll spare the blow-by-blow account of this knee, except to say that the bruising on the back of my leg is spectacular and the ice pack comes in handy on various parts of the leg during the day. I'm using the walker to rattle at the dogs to get them to back off, I don't really need it to walk, haven't since the weekend. I'm working on walking upright, heel-toe, heel-toe, and we'll see what the physical therapist says.

Voting is coming up and I have plans to attempt early voting this week at a near by location; my request for absentee was rejected by the county and though they sent a new application it had to be received the next day. If they couldn't receive the last paper in four days, one day would be impossible. This is my only thing on the "to do" list for now.

Susan, if you can vote, I hope you do. Every vote counts this year!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 23 Feb 20 - 03:16 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYNS_piIwiI

one day at a time


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 22 Feb 20 - 04:17 AM

Just as you said that the song one day at a time popped into my head...been singing it a lot lately. It


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 20 - 10:28 PM

My circle of friends and family seem to have hit a low point; I'm limping around with a walker (and keeping the foot up more after overdoing it a bit too much today); a friend had surgery (carpel tunnel, a disabled friend whose husband has an advancing form of dementia - "I never thought I'd be the sound one of the two of us"), a friend with a case of the flu who has a parent on life-support (who she was going to go say goodbye to this week). We'll all just take it one day at a time for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 20 - 10:30 PM

I nodded off on the sofa for a while with a small black and white puppy snuggled up beside my other leg, and it was nice to have that little bit of heat. Back when I had cats I found that they have a great sense of the best place to hang out and purr, or sometimes to purr and massage.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Feb 20 - 06:01 PM

I hope you're not too uncomfortable, Stilly.

Now, there's one way cats are better than dogs; they don't have wagging tails that knock your walker over. Also, depending on which part of you has been surgically insulted, they can be great company during convalescence.

I have pleasant memories of waking up from a drug-hazed doze to find Black Maria, a half-Siamese cat of great wit and sagacity, watching me from a perch on my fresh plaster cast, which was propped on a stack of pillows. Her eyes glowing in the dark made her look like an imp of Hell, but any fool could tell from the purring that she was working on an agenda from The Other Place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 20 - 08:34 PM

I had a day and a half off, and am now back with a new titanium knee, and a number of bottles of pills to tend to the various aches and swelling. Just checking in before heading to prop the leg again. I have a squirt bottle with me to keep the dogs away from the walker.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Feb 20 - 03:13 PM

... or no day is a holiday. Same for freelancers -- you never have a day off because you're always either working or looking for work.

Today I'm editing with seven kilos of purring, claw-flexing tomcat on my lap. It's not going well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 20 - 12:02 PM

My good deed for the week was to take a new trash bag across the street and gather up the trash that was evidently put out last night and dragged apart by raccoons or dogs or whatever. They're both elderly and it was an easy thing to do for them.

I decided to upgrade my Fire tablet to the newer version since I've read that it can use apps from Google Play Store and not just the wonky stuff in the Amazon Appstore, but like any moderately geeky buyer knows, you have to hack your device to get it to do this. It's not perfect, but I have a few of my apps in that I couldn't get otherwise. I've also realized I could have done it on the older reader, but this one does have a longer battery and various upgrades to be expected.

The trip to the mobile vet at my favorite feed store wasn't a total success this weekend. Two of the three dogs got their nails clipped; the old lab was pretty mellow, the little boxer/pit mix struggled a lot and kind of lathered a little bit. The blue heeler was having none of it and even managed to struggle out of the muzzle I told them they probably needed. I was taking the lab back to the SUV and bringing in the pup when the vet tech met me at the front door with the blue heeler, and she described what happened. "She went berserk when you walked away." It reminds me that while dogs are pretty good survivors, a grown dog you brought home from the shelter has some baggage. She was at the shelter for about four months and someone took her there, handed her over and walked away. It breaks my heart a little. :-( We came home and she stuck real close to me, but by bedtime she was back to her old self.

Monday is laundry day even though it is a US holiday. When you're retired I guess every day is a holiday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 05:28 PM

Hi Everybody!

   Things are very, very slowly working their way back to normal. Pete was able to go to work for 4 days this week. I was able to get in my full 40 hours and Jeremiah's schedule really hasn't changed at all...we did our best to keep things *normal* for him.
    Today I got my bangs trimmed and did a little shopping on my own. Alone time! Last weekend, after church, I did a ton of grocery shopping and then had a little time out with some friends to do a craft project. I think it's the first time since October that I've been able to do that...it felt good but strange.
    I've been putting in a lot of hours at work, so much so that I had to go in late and leave early on Friday. I clocked out but spent some time going through old paperwork, getting rid of a lot of outdated Department of Health notices and did some organizing and filing of other things. I also got rid of 3 amaryllis and potted 3 more bulbs to place in the office hallway at my end of the building where the sunshine is almost magical. I know you can keep the bulbs to replant and have done that before without luck...so we voted to just ditch them...it's not like our cubbies/cubicles are big enough to store a lot of items. Anyway...then I went through with the Clorox wipes...lots of flu in our building and my goal is to stay free of all of that.
    I wish I could say that my home is as organized and as neat as my work space but alas, I don't think that will ever be the case. Right now, I am content to get the daily tasks completed. I am often tired and so is Pete. I am hoping that I feel a little more energized when it's warmer out and we have longer hours of daylight.
    Maggie, when is your surgery scheduled for?

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM

Still at Dupont!

A neighbour at Beaver kindly took key to post box and let me know what was there, ascertained nothing needs attention until April. But I would like to get there!

Actually started feeling alive again last Sunday! WOW! I was beginning to wonder. And I am really trying to maintain. With cold weather, I managed a 30 minute walk once this week and a trip to the library and grocery. I begged R to bring the snow shovel back so I could work on clearing the back deck; he brought it, and before I knew he was here, he did the clearing I wanted to do - for exercise! What part of.... There is still the rest of the deck but I am not going to waste energy clearing that which will get another foot or more before spring finally appears. It is so difficult for me to do something unnecessary even when I need the exercise. I go up and down the stairs often, happy to have the energy to do so.

Today, he put in an absolutely needed new outlet in the TV/etc room with two power cords. Now I can gather my brain to install new printer - hope.So far it is out of the box. Next wave of energy, I will try next move. The weather is getting heavy; this affects my ability to think clearly.

I am still drinking/sipping the anti-inflammation tea much of the time; it really does make me feel better.

I did the floors and the dishes and laundry are caught up. The pepper seedlings are surviving; bruggie and hibbie are getting new growth. The big schefflera each have new growth. I cut some more tomato shoots and put them in vases to root. There is still about 18 inches of snow on yard. - on top of our daffies!

With bitter weather, I have started using the wood stove - after getting a cord of nice wood. It does make the den cosy. Does not save any money on heat since I keep the doors closed and the thermostat is across the hall in the LR.

I suppose we could turn the thermostat down a bit but we are afraid to touch it. We thought we had convinced the furnace to stay on but it quit again last week, after a month of flawless behaviour! R did fiddling once or twice and it started again. He has no idea what works. My son and Dil also tried when they were here but - it does what it does! I thought my son the engineer... but... Hence - I am happy to have wood for the stove! And some heat in cellar and addition so things won't freeze... hope! A professional? Not in the books! I guess we both believe a "pro" would have no more luck and would be $$$$!

I have confidence that spring will come again...! Some sun is wonderful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM

Sunshine and cool air today, but it should warm to about 70 for the next couple of days, so I must turn my attention to the clutter of tangled hoses and weeds that thrive even in cold weather and low light and gush into growth as the days get longer. It's also time to take bags of stuff to Goodwill and the recycle bins. I dropped 12 pounds of lead acid batteries (two from my updated UPS) at a local battery store.

Dog stuff needs attention. It's time to launder the sofa cover and add a couple of more lengths of denim to the backside of it that can then be tucked under the seat cushions to keep it in place. It works much better than elastic bands. Maybe I've invented the next big thing that can be sold on Amazon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 20 - 12:03 PM

A huge load of dog-related laundry is in right now, and there will be bags of shredded dog stuff at the curb on Monday morning as I thin out some of this stuff.

I found another vintage White sewing machine in a table at Goodwill yesterday - cleaned up and with most if its attachments these things sell for good money on eBay (though they're cast iron and weigh a ton as far as shipping - a random check show that some of these cost more to ship than to purchase). The attachments alone would sell for more than I paid for this. Something to work on next month.

In the realm of the totally mundane, I've settled on a citrus scent PineSol product for mopping because it doesn't give me a sinus headache every time I get a whiff of it. This doesn't just apply to a scrubbing product; I know I'm not as sensitive to stuff as Dorothy is, but I'm careful about my laundry detergent, I never use dryer sheets (yuck!) and soaps and shampoos need to be mildly scented or I can't stand to have them around. It seems over time and is a good thing the magazines have stopped shipping with perfume strips (I always had to meet those at the door, rip them out while I was outside, and toss them straight into the trash can).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 03:35 PM

There is something in Washington State called the People's Memorial Association. My parents there both were signed up and they prepaid their cremation and all of the stuff ahead of time. I think we were out of pocket only a couple hundred dollars for some of the legal documents involved. They offered to write the obituary - I worked for a newspaper writing obituaries, and have seen the crap ones funeral homes write. You'd think they'd be better at it. Anyway, I don't think they do out-of-state folks (never did) but if I end up back up there, I'll sign up. Plan prices for members. This doesn't cover a funeral, and no one in our family has wanted or had a funeral in decades. We rent the local hall in a park nearby and do a huge friends and family potluck "celebration of life" with time for people to speak. It works for us. (When dad died it was all of that plus a song circle.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 11:46 AM

Change of subject.

Today, we are dealing with a true late-life issue: signing the contract and organizing the payment for our interment arrangements. Who knew that getting ourselves buried would cost ten thousand frickin' dollars? I sincerely hope that includes the cremation.

As veterans, we are entitled to be planted in the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. No, it's not our version of Arlington; Canada doesn't roll that way. Almost all our war dead lie overseas, as it is the British tradition (which we share) to bury fallen soldiers where they died. Cheaper. (You think I'm kidding? I'm not.)

It's also way beyond time I finished typing out our wills and power-of-attorney documents. We hired a lawyer in Ottawa, but he (or his assistant) made an insultingly bad job of it and, when I complained, fired us as clients. So I have their draft, with its crap language and weirdly old-fashioned provisions -- who nowadays cuts a relative out of the will because their parents were not married? Half Quebec would be in probate court on that rule alone.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, I am learning to type with gloves on. They are special open-fingertip gloves made of magic fabric for people with Raynaud's Syndrome, and I'm desperately hoping they work because productivity on the book project is currently crap. It's hard enough to copy-edit a great thumping book about the war in Afghanistan that seems to be written entirely in the passive voice; doing it with numb fingers is just Too Flipping Much.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM

No worry, I did some of that for you. I'm working my way through the house this week to clean and dust and discard things that should have been tossed a while ago. I've used a combination of mopping and a scrub brush to release debris from the embossed pattern on the tile, and I'm thinking maybe one of those Swiffer spray thingies kept near the door to regularly go over dog footprints? It'll be a test, at any rate. I tried a new cleaner I see around a lot (a Mexican one called Fabulosa) that I really dislike the smell of. Not many places sell my old favorite Spic and Span, so I'll find some citrus scented PineSol. The pine scent gives me a horrible headache, and the Fabulosa may be a contributor to sinus stuff this morning. #FirstWorldProblems

Last night I finally plugged in and installed and tested a printer from my son's college days; time to list it on eBay. I've since uninstalled and moved it out of the way. I'm thinking anything I pack and prepare to list this month will be scheduled to start on March 1 so I'm more back to my old mobility to get any outgoing parcels to the front door to hand to the postal carrier when they come by.

Michelle, are you in the middle of winter-time activities there or is it soon time to start bringing home the chicks, calves, and piglets? Will Pete take on some of the same tasks this year, do you think? I hope he continues to feel better all of the time!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 10:22 AM

Himself is returning from his research trip today, and I have not washed the kitchen floor. I swept up the loose matter (enough cat hair to start a new cat), but the splots remain. My bad.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 10:54 AM

More mowing today, and if I'm smart, I'll pick up all of the hoses that are around the edge of the house in the front yard - I manage to miss them with the height set on my mower, but I'll have a friend mow a couple of times later this month and he has a riding mower that seems to cut shorter. I'd rather not declutter my pocketbook buying new hoses for summer.

It's time to assemble a new compost bin/enclosure that is dog-proof. Easier said than done. On Pinterest I see one assembled with pallets, and over the years I've had a few pallets, but finding four that are roughly the same size that aren't contaminated by something that soaked into them - I'll keep my eye on the trash this week. Pallet compost bin would go up quickly and I could build a chicken wire top to keep the pup out of it. The other thing I could have used is old fence panels cut to size, but I got rid of those and don't anticipate taking apart more fence until spring. I suppose I could build my own cut-down fence panels. Treated lumber cross-members and cedar pickets. Hmmm. That might be a more reliable way to do it than wait for pallets.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 10:20 AM

I may need to arm the walker with spikes to keep the dogs at bay! ;-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 07:30 AM

Enjoy the things you can on your 'joint' vacation.
With all your prep you have assured you do no harm to yourself immediately afterwards. There is such a thing as "too soon".

Unsinkable, indefatiguable, undefeatable as you are, use the brace as needed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 20 - 11:53 PM

I went in for a pneumonia vaccination a couple of days ago and that knocked me a bit off my game; the arm is stiff and I was moving slow, but I've perked up this evening.

An expansion card for the computer (more USB 3 ports) arrived so I need to again rearrange the stuff in my office so I can reach the back panel of the computer to install the card. It takes up two of the SATA slots for power so I may not be able to add much more (it will be connecting to external devices instead). More clutter on the desktop. :-/

Next week I'll see about taking unusable devices to the ewaste bin on campus; I have a bunch of batteries and old disks also. Today I was talking to a friend who is converting old computer disks and commented they needed access to a Commodore to do some of that work. I still have my father's old computer, but it hasn't been turned on in 23 years. Perhaps it's time to find someone who would like it and in return have them convert all of the disks into something usable on a modern machine. I happen to know such a geek. . . it would be nice to have it out of the house. And the huge CRT monitor that goes with it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Feb 20 - 03:19 PM

Thanks for that link, Stilly. The same tool is for sale on the Canadian site, and I'm a-gonna get me one -- or maybe two. Our kitchen broom is a disgrace, and the one in the basement is worse.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM

Making a checklist of things to do daily and at various frequencies once I'm home again after surgery. And after reading through the list of exercises involved in PT, I can see that I'll need to arrange some sets of chairs for stretches and leg extensions, depending on where I am in the house when the time is right. And instead of Swedish "death cleaning" I'll undertake surgical "health cleaning." It involves clothes, bedding, and towels right before I go in, and having things that are easy to wear after. A shopping I will go (for sweatpants)!

Too bad Susan hasn't been able to participate for a while, because I'm also entertaining entering one of her favorite therapy zones: the swimming pool. I worked through a chart that suggests the size I need and I'll go over to the local Academy Sports and Outdoors and try one on. Better to have it ahead of time than have to go get one later. WYSISYG has quite an apparatus setup, I think, that goes in the van or car and with her to the gym. I'll have to go look at some of her older posts and see what she settled on.

Charmion, I also need to mop the floor. We're in another rainy session so it'll only work for so long. I also am testing a silicone broom thing that was recommended by friends to more thoroughly pick up pet hair and grit when sweeping. This one. With silicone "bristles" it does seem to keep hair from going airborne.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Feb 20 - 10:11 AM

Himself set out on the train today for Ottawa, where he intends to do some legal research at the Mother House of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces. He won't be back until Sunday, so I have the house to myself for a few days.

But my main concern is the book.

It is *so* not a good book, but the best I can do with it is make it a little less bad. The author has spent his adult life writing about war and armies, especially the Canadian Army but he's not picky. He's prolific, with some 14 works in print right now, but he obviously went native at some early point so every paragraph is larded with staff-speak and soldiers' jargon. After only a week of working with this book again, I'm already heartily sick of troops "engaging" insurgents with mortar fire, enemy forces being "attrited" by air strikes, and fighters "exfiltrating" the area of operations. His primary sources are the Daily Situation Reports in which every manoeuvre unit records the minutiae of life in their grid square, and they are overwhelmingly written in the passive voice. So the author does the same, to the great detriment of the story; when everything is passive, it's a tad difficult to tell who does what and with which and to whom. Which, as we all know, is the very essence of Story.

But, as my dear old sergeant used to say, it's clean work and I don't have to do it at night if I don't want to.

Speaking of clean work, with Himself out of the house, I guess I can wash the kitchen floor any old time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 07:21 PM

Dupont:

Good news re Pete!

A better day today but still far from energetic! R went to work for part of Sat, and today he is not home yet. This has been a real nasty bug. The AI tea has been great. We both drink it in sips all day. Clears the head pretty well and makes me feel a bit better generally. R has been taking vit C. Today, I have eaten more food than any day in a couple weeks. I want to try not to get back to eating "too much".

Had to throw out 2 qts of once good soup today, found in back of frig.

Weather at freezing point - only! - and longer days are cheering.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 06:23 PM

Whew! I'm glad to read that, Michelle, on all accounts (Pete's health and your workload!)

We're going to wing it on the dogs - I think they'll spend more time in the yard and garage stall (with a heater, if it gets cool); I'll have my neighbor come wrangle the dogs before PT if I need help. I'll have someone spend the night for the first couple of nights home, people stopping by on their way home from work, and a couple of friends I'll schedule for rides to appointments. One thing about being retired with retired friends, our time is more fluid.

There is stuff to do beforehand, and today's "joint camp" offered insight on what to plan for at the house and what to expect as far as the surgery. Keeping the dogs out from underfoot is going to be critical because they're tripping hazards under the best conditions. I think I'll be moving the SUV to the far side of the garage to leave plenty of space next to the stall and gate, and have it set up so whoever is feeding them doesn't have to fool with them coming into the house via the back door or dog door.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 01:30 PM

Pete got great news at the doctor today! The scan shows that there are still malignant spots but we were assured that this is normal and that the radiation will continue to kill off any cancerous cells. Pete will be safe for us to be around although the radiation activity continues for about 3 months...it is still a powerful tool against remaining cancer cells. He will have scans, bloodwork and medication adjustments in the months ahead. For now, we get to breathe and hopefully get some peaceful rest.

Also, I mis-typed in my last post. I got 4 weeks worth of work crammed into 3 weeks, NOT ONE...Oh my...that just isn't possible!

Maggie...my mom had her knee replaced a few years ago....the more you prepare yourself with exercise now, the better. Who will take care of your dogs while you recover?

Thanks for all the good wishes, prayers and crossed fingers for Pete!!!

XOXOOXOX

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 07:32 AM

Garbage day in Stratford, the weekly feast of municipal neatness. You never appreciate garbage service until you live somewhere without it, or a place where they charge you up front and in cash what it really costs.

The book project is going okay, but I’m still working on the not-shirking-fitness piece. It’s too easy to sit down in front of the computer at 0815 and return to reality just in time to realize that I should have left for the Y fifteen minutes ago. Bugger.

Fingers crossed for Pete.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 20 - 04:33 PM

Careful, Michelle - they'll start thinking you can work like that all of the time and quadruple your case load (not entirely jokingly - this is an issue in many social service agencies.) But good for you and your fortunate clients! Our best to you all as far as the results tomorrow! Will you be making another quilt one of these days for Pete's health care center?

Anxiety and medical stuff do go hand-in-hand, and it's building now that I'm ~2 weeks away from a knee replacement. I'm pushing past the anxiety on the stationary bike at the gym, and though it's a bit of a struggle, I mowed the back yard yesterday and the front today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Feb 20 - 03:36 PM

Hello Friends!

    Today I am full of anxious energy. Pete will get the results from his full body scan and CT scan tomorrow morning. I've finished up 3 loads of laundry, made a batch of homemade Cheeseburger Soup, balanced the checkbook cleaned out the fridge and have had a shower. I'm looking at my piano which is covered with all kinds of stuff and am thinking about taking care of that surface next. My closet still needs MAJOR assistance but I'm not sure I have enough energy left for that mess!
    I am doing well aside from this miserable anxiety. I have Xanax and another anti-anxiety medication but I think cleaning/cooking works equally well for me so I'm trying that route first. Work is going well. I had to take a week off to assist Pete with medical things but I saw all of my clients and everyone is all up to date which means I crammed 4 weeks worth of work into one!
    I had a lovely Mother-Daughter day yesterday with my mom. We went to lunch at a new Thai place and did some grocery shopping together...doesn't sound like much but I was so happy to have some girl time..it didn't matter what we were doing.
    I haven't been keeping up with Mudcat lately but know that I think of you all often and hope all is well with each of you.

Much love always,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 20 - 07:19 PM

I've had trouble getting going lately, partly due to ongoing allergy symptoms (headache and runny nose) but today I made myself get out and mow the back yard. All of that walking seems to have put my brain in gear and I'm feeling warmer and more energetic. Tomorrow I'll mow the front yard. I've had to tip the mower on it's side periodically and use a screwdriver to scrape all of the pasted on grassy goop from under the mower case. It's so wet out there none of the mulched grass is landing on the yard.

I've cleared a few horizontal surfaces in the kitchen and when I go out in a few minutes I'll take some recycling and Goodwill donations to drop off. And I need to look for a special pet hair broom a friend told me about, one that has short dense bristles and seems to dislodge a lot more from the floor than standard brooms. My whole house needs a going over at this point!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 20 - 10:27 PM

I try to make myself do some chores like emptying the dishwasher while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning tea. It takes about the same amount of time. And if I make an evening cuppa I'll load the sink full of dishes to wash tonight or tomorrow.

All of the horizontal surfaces are once again covered with stuff. This weekend I'll take a shot at putting stuff away or discarding it. Earlier this week I stopped at a Goodwill and found the right size sewing machine table to fit my main sewing machine, so I can move that machine off of the table I use in the craft room. I'd like to eventually be able to use that table for laying out stuff instead of having to use the dining table (that has it's own story as far as projects set up right now.) That sewing table had a machine in it, I haven't tested it. The funny thing is, it's apparently meant for sewing jeans. My oldest machine is an original White from the 1940s or 50s, my newest machine is a knock-off White that doesn't use any of the same attachments; this is an actual White from before the Chinese company bought the company but it's much newer and uses cams. And when I mentioned this to my daughter at lunch today I saw her pupils dilate and she was interested that I had a heavy duty machine for denim. Usually I send her a photo and ask if she's interested in machines when I find good ones, and I didn't this time - she would have said yes, I think.

So, I have three sewing machines here now, but I also have several bins of denim from de-constructed jeans for projects I want to work on. So it may be a good fit (but it means I have to decide which machine stays in the sewing table . . . )

Three steps forward, two steps back.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Jan 20 - 07:49 PM

Dupont:

Dishes achieved yesterday! WE almost hit bottom. I really thought today would be shopping but energy quickly gone. R stayed home again - because he could. Plants got well watered. That's all.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jan 20 - 12:04 PM

A day to myself when I don't need to go anywhere (though I will probably go to the gym later) - so, round up stuff that needs to be redistributed into the recycle stream or the donation stream (Goodwill) and head out. It's cold this week and I didn't feel like lugging a dead CD player and some huge batteries to my eWaste bin on campus so I'll leave them in the garage and load them before the next trip over.

I have probably mentioned that I need to construct a dog-proof compost bin and get started using it soon; the other one has enough stuff in it now that it should just sit and compost for a while. Pinterest, here I come. One of the few things I use that site for is figuring out how other people already solved this kind of problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 20 - 04:41 PM

I finally found an inexpensive sewing machine table that will fit my current main machine. It needs to be re-glued and some screws put in to stabilize it, but it will do the trick. Then I can rearrange my craft room and consider what to do with the large table that is in there now. I still need space to spread out stuff, but it will be easier without a sewing machine in the middle of that space. That said, this table has a sewing machine in it, but I don't know if it works. I could probably recycle or donate that machine if I don't need it.

I also found a nice steam iron that only needed the face plate cleaned up, and I've put it in the spot in the laundry room where I've kept an old Black and Decker iron forever. That B&D iron has been used to heat strips of veneer to work on projects around the house, it's pretty dinged up and not used for ironing clothes any more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 09:24 PM

eBay is trying to compete with Amazon and Zappos and all of those cheap, free shipping, free returns companies, but many sellers don't handle those kinds of products. You have to spell out that you don't do it eBay's way if you're a small vendor selling vintage stuff, etc. I don't do much international shipping any more because there are so many hoops to jump through. I've bought things from just north of the border that were probably mailed on this side.

Time to order new glasses, and this year I'm not even considering going to the optometrist's shop in town, they are way too expensive. It actually costs the same with insurance as without; people without insurance are given a 1/2 price offer. With insurance it is "full price" and the insurance brings it down to about the same amount out of my pocket as those without, so what is the point of insurance? I'm surprised they haven't been busted - they just make a lot more money out of every insurance holder.

Related to nothing in particular, this evening I plugged in my lava lamp (my mother always called them "Oobleck lamps" - did anyone else love that Dr. Seuss book as a child?) It's quite a nice mesmerizing thing to have at my computer desk, to fixate on as I'm thinking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 04:50 PM

Dupont:

Charmion:
Applehelp is wonderful. And generally answer quickly. I called twice the first few days. One sent me bunch sites for explanations.

I tried shoveling snow last Thursday, almost one hour. Seems like a month ago. Exhaustion, aching, hot baths on Fri and Sat and Mon. By Monday, it became apparent that I ached, hurt, - I could feel aches in muscles that shovel - and was sick with some sort of a bug- the first time in years. R got it too. He may have brought it home as I have not been anywhere other than the grocery store, briefly on Weds or Thurs. My life has stood still since then, mostly in bed not caring about anything, and periodically coughing my guts out.

R comments on the pile of dishes but he doesn't feel like doing them either! We have plenty more!

Today I got back to watering plants.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 03:48 PM

I just spent an hour of my life that I'll never get back on the phone with eBay customer service. The poor "team member" who picked up my call had the sketchiest command of English I have ever heard in a call-centre employee, and the script she was obviously working from was of zero help to her as it did not cover the thing I wanted to talk about; i.e., refunding the sum I was charged for shipping an item through eBay's Global Shipping Program because the seller sent it direct by US Mail.

What I really wanted was to get eBay to use some of the money to pay the seller his postage and give me the rest, but that was way too complicated. In the end, I "escalated" the issue (as they say these days) to talk to a manager, who promised to give me my money back. I wrote to the seller and asked him for his PayPal address so I can pay him myself.

Sometimes I quite dislike the 21st Century.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, we have just learned that all kinds of materials that we were used to putting in the recycle box are not, actually, recyclable at all. So parsing the garbage just got more complicated.

The new manuscript has landed and I am hard at work, except when I'm reading the Mudcat. It's the same book I was working on almost two years ago; it's been in production limbo while the part of the Department of National Defence that was supposed to publish it collapsed and apparently died. Army Headquarters is still struggling to get something for its money, so I'm back on the job.

As Flanders and Swann once sang, "It all makes work for the working man to do."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM

I just received the book Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale I'd stashed on my Amazon Wish List last fall. It arrived with an order of good-fitting yoga pants for wearing to the gym. (With the way Amazon delivery people seem to be stressed I try to be more efficient and not place single-item orders.) The book is a look at the business of thrift stores and how castoffs from the US travel around the world. There need to be more people speaking up about how to recycle effectively, and I plan to start here in my village. The crap people throw into the recycle stream via bins down at city hall is a starting place. And the stuff that goes to Goodwill that should instead be put in the eWaste or fibre stream.

The turf weeds are growing tall so some of my fitness activity this week will be mowing. The gardens are taking shape by themselves sprouting new growth and daffodils have buds already. There is a lot of digging to do out there, and in the back of the back yard there are several piles of finished compost to move to the beds out front.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 20 - 09:39 PM

A group of former co-workers gathers here for lunch every few weeks to catch up on life and news, and yesterday I threw out a few possible dates for the next one (and probably last until after the knee stuff). They concluded that the one date that works best is Sunday, so tomorrow I will be giving the house a good going-over in preparation. This is primarily because one of those friends is allergic to dogs.

There are several boxes of things to go to Goodwill and the eWaste bin. I'll stash them out in the SUV so I don't have to remember to take them out later.

Soon I need to build another enclosure for compost, one that must be dog-proof from the very beginning. I should probably peruse Pinterest or someplace to see what has already been invented. It's time to start putting in beds for spring, and I need to do it before the surgery, so the weeds need to have someplace to go. My daffodils haven't opened yet, but I've seen some around the neighborhood. Spring is just around the corner.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 12:12 PM

My 2010 HP is still running fine, though I would have to refresh the operating system to get it back online (and lose the software I've installed).

I have a printout of the 12-days-of-cleaning thing that LilyFestre shared back in ~ 2018 (it was meant to prepare for the holiday season). It serves as a nice way to break up the number of tasks that need to be finished by a set time - and is what I'll use as I get the house ready for the comings and goings of family and physical therapists after the knee thing. I need to pamper myself ahead of time with a clean house and prepared meals.

I have 11 days of cat sitting coming up, something that is good because it forces me to get to bed earlier so I can rise early to head out to feed kitties at their normal times. I should be getting to bed earlier anyway, with the days still dark early it's easy to loose track of what time it is when most of the light in my day comes from artificial sources.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM

I bought a Mac because I do not want to have to replace it any time soon. If all goes well, this computer will last as long as I do -- or, at least, as long as my eyesight and wits do.

The problems I'm having now arise from ignorance -- I do Windows things because I don't know what the Mac thing is, or don't know that a Mac-specific thing even exists. A bit of Googling last night led me to a forum where I learned that Duplicate is the Mac version of Save As. More Googling will reveal the Mac equivalents of the keyboard shortcuts I have become so accustomed to in Windows programming.

Relearning is painful in one's mid-60s, but unfortunately necessary. Not to speak of good practice.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 09:40 PM

Why did you buy a Mac if you're so proficient on the Windows machines?

I'm sorry about the asthma attack; here we have a miasma attack of politics (Trump's impeachment "trial" as conducted by the Trump toady McConnell). Hold your nose.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 08:21 PM

Thanks for the tea recipe, Dorothy. I’ve been wheezy lately, so I’ll give it a whirl.

I think I have pretty well figured out the Mac, except for one thing: downloading and saving documents. If there’s a Mac version of the Windows “save as” command, I have yet to find it, and I get a “failed to save” message with dreary frequency. Any hints that might be floating around would be more than welcome.

I also miss the Windows “right click” capability, which I now realize saved me a great deal of twiddling and faffing about.

In other news, I finally cleaned up after Tony the Carpenter, and gave myself an asthma attack as a reward. Boo, hiss.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 04:55 PM

I completed my first morning volunteering at a local museum, doing some of the work I did at the university library. This will be six hours a week, giving me a nice destination for an outing a couple of days a week. It may put me in contact with more germs, I want to avoid germy school children (who frequently tour the museum) and such. That is one problem associated with getting out around people.

Harbor Freight is a chain hardware and tool store that is probably around the US. I stopped by to pick up batteries (at 20% off - coupon) and pick up the ubiquitous LED battery (free with coupon and a purchase). I keep them around the house in case of power outages, also to help see what I'm doing on various tasks in tight places around the house. Old eyes. I now buy the replacement batteries for my free flashlights at Harbor Freight. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM

Batteries are replaced in the UPS and the old ones will be recycled later this week. Replacing them costs about 1/3 the amount of replacing the whole unit (and no point in replacing it when it otherwise works perfectly well). I see a lot of these at the thrift store, probably when people don't know about replacing batteries.

Since I had to move equipment around to do this I rearranged before plugging it all in again. The printer is now where I can reach it to use the sheet feeder and easier to fill the paper drawer. And it makes the old computer and that equipment easier to work with. Having a well-running office with this much stuff is a work-in-progress.

The glider on the front porch makes the space seem smaller than before, but it's nicely placed to view the yard and street and I dozed off for a few minutes in the sun this afternoon. There is a small tarp with two corner grommets tied to the back legs of the glider (good use of old sneaker shoelaces from the junk drawer) to flip over the top and front when not in use.

I need to transplant one batch of asparagus and transplant a redbud seedling to a pot for a little while before putting it in the front where the huge pine was removed. Redbud is a smaller understory tree with lovely heart-shaped leaves and is one of the earliest bloomers in the spring.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 07:19 PM

Dupont:

Posted the anti-inflamation tea twice today:
* a couple of teaspoons of termeric (preferably organic)

* a nub of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

* juice of a whole lemon

* a few shakes of cayenne pepper

* hot water

You can mess with the ingredients to your taste.

It also occurred to me afterward that cinnamon would also be a great addition health wise as it's also an anti-inflammatory. It's just whether you like the taste...

I need to use it too! I have been doing pretty well with my handful of supplements. Two sessions of Clearing the Car of Snow added to my exercise regime! An hour today and then a trip to store. Streets were icy but the parking lot was OK. Watering plants takes about an hour a day. cooking BF half an hour... I wish I could get inspired to write a book, or anything.

R made it home last night.

Post on ride/share elicited suggestion from a friend that I stop in a hotel if I get tired. Better idea: start early, stop for a lunch en route and finish trip before dark. Maybe Weds. I am so fed up I don't care if the food rots in the frig or the plants die from lack of water. I need to get there and breathe the air, see the friends,clear the back deck, fire up the wood stove... HOPE the water is still functional. I have always found it less icy there so feel safer walking around.

Pepper plants are growing. Bruggie is getting new leaves after complete loss. The days are truly getting longer!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 20 - 11:11 PM

This evening I evicted non-working electronic equipment to the SUV to drop off in the e-waste bin on campus this week (the remote control still works so it will go on eBay). Sometimes these things are valuable enough they can be sold for repair or parts, but that doesn't seem to be the case. A couple of boxes with replacement batteries for my UPS have been sitting here waiting for attention, I need to finally install them and the old batteries will go to the bin.

I've started working through the stretches in a book a friend gave me (Bob Anderson: Stretching, it has been around for decades) and it feels pretty good after working through the leg set. I'll start a yoga class after the knee surgery; right now I have to choose moves that don't make the inflammation worse, awkward during a class. I found a PDF of the book (saves me scanning pages of mine to print to carry with me to the gym, I can load the PDF into my phone). Exercise to warm up then use the bicycle, treadmill, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 04:13 PM

As Dorothy perfects her Squirrel Barometer [Pat. Pending] and she and Charmion and I all work out our new computers, it sounds like there is still dust and clutter in the background to keep us busy later. I still haven't set up the backup drive, but it is time to put new batteries in the UPS and then figure out how to connect the many-terabyte HDD to it for regular backups, keeping the backup drive out of the way. The place where it will live is probably dusty right now.

I have an interior door serving as an exterior door on the garage and it is crumbling. Time to measure and replace, probably find a handyman to do that. And install a new dog door once it's up. It's also time to file and create a folder for tax documents. Indoors or out, I have plenty to keep me busy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 02:10 PM

Dupont:
You guys cheer me up and cheer me on!

Plants to outside: I have tiny sweet pepper seedlings (from the pepper that grew this winter in Bathroom) on the rad in den south window; the tomato cuttings are doing very well in a west window; one has a tiny tomato! and the plants themselves are still in the west LR window. Doesn't everyone...? Less than two months to the equinox so along about April I might do more cutting back and rooting. There will be plenty of cherry tomato plants to put outside in late May. In Toronto, nothing tender is planted before Victoria Day.

I have discovered that Cyclamen need cool semi shade so they are now in the pantry north window, the coolest spot other than the unheated bedrooms and there are no plants in them as it may get very cold. minus 16 C outside today. Both schefflera look like they are getting used to new home.

I too am still getting used to new computer, after two calls to applehelp and one short training by phone; she sent me some emails to help out; I will look at them when I have the mental energy. Finder is a mess!

I really need to get to Beaver but no energy and R cannot take time off. I will put a notice on the Bancroft area ride board to see if there is anyone in Montreal wanting a ride to Bancroft. Slim chance.

Managed to eat less junk yesterday. Stairs and watering plants are my exercise! Even if the outdoors were safely lacking in ice, I cannot see myself going to a so-called health club sort of thing. I shall keep an eye out for someplace convenient, then check it for toxins in the air... OR go up and down stairs a LOT! Until it is safe to walk around.

Concerned about coming storm; no real firewood yet and R has been in the city for two nights due to vehicle non-function. I suggested time for a newer pick up; "I like driving this one"; I did not shout, "But it is not drive-able!" GEEZZZZ! He might rent a car today but that precludes picking up wood. The weather does not wait on his convenience!

In the meantime, I am staying safely in the house, where I might get up the inclination to do more than watch TV/read. The squirrels did not come out today. I have started making observations about their hours in yard and not in yard. Weather seems to have an effect and if I work it out, I could read their predictions.??


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 01:24 PM

No new computer smell, alas. Far less clunkiness than the old Windows machine, and no more snake's nest of wiring behind it and on the floor, but I'm not loving the painful process of learning all over again how to do all the basic stuff -- receive mail and save attachments, file documents, do the fucking household bookkeeping.

The house is filthy after the double door transplant effected by Tony the Carpenter on Wednesday and Thursday. Part of a modern pre-hung door is a metal threshold that must be secured to the sill of the doorframe, typically a two-by-six plank. In this house, however, the doorsills are cast concrete with a slight lip on the inboard edge intended to butt against the weatherstripping on the bottom of the door. These lips had to go, so Tony went to Canadian Tire and purchased a grinder attachment that mates to the hose of his Shop Vac. Thus equipped, he ground both doorsills flat, generating great clouds of dust that MOSTLY ended up in the Shop Vac. Guess where the rest of it is.

The new doors are great. No more fighting with the old exterior storm doors with their hyper-strong return springs, and the whole house is more comfortable now the winter wind stays outside.

The agenda for this afternoon is an exciting roundabout of vacuuming, dusting, and laundry, as Himself has achieved bingo status with respect to clean underpants. It's a great life if you don't weaken.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 12:38 PM

Congratulations, Charmion. Does it have a "new computer smell" like a new car has a distinct scent? My new one (a few months ago) was silent running until I put in an extra HDD, and now it has a low vibrating hum every so often.

I put the last of the xmas ornaments away this morning, and it's still only January! Yay to me!

The rain and heavy overcast of the last few days has lifted and now it's a lovely sunny incredibly soggy day - inviting to enjoy until you put a foot on the lawn and feel the sucking squish of mud under the turf. Looks like another day of indoor productivity, with a possible dog walk (where we will stay on the pavement).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 09:48 AM

It's snowing in Stratford, the beginning of a weekend storm that Environment Canada is making out to be Snowmageddon -- just silly in comparison to what's happening in Newfoundland. Now, that's a storm.

The new computer has landed, and I'm getting used to it. Slowly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM

Dorothy, I still have a few plants in the greenhouse and (so far) have kept them watered, and added one light close overhead to stay on to help a little. They're alive and the fruit that had formed is still growing. It's an experiment, to see if I can move these out in the spring and hit the ground running with tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.

I've discovered some of the "club" aspect of going to the gym; they have banks of television screens in the rooms and if I go at the right time I can do the stationary bike and plug my earbuds into the machine, tune in MSNBC and listen to Rachel Maddow. They have WiFi so I could also stream her on SiriusXM. (She's on fire this week with some interviews relating to the impeachment.) The rest of the time I listen to my murder mystery audiobook. I haven't been there enough to keep running into the same people, and for now I'm trying out different times to see how the traffic is to find the times and days that work best.

Today is a totally sloppy rainy day I'm focused on indoor chores. Last week I mowed both the front and the back so they're looking okay, but this rain and the continued warmth means I'll be mowing again next week. I know that in the north there is a special viscosity to the mud that comes after ice and snow, but here we have regular mud that dog feet churn after the rain and it's tracked in. I have notes on my shopping list to find large mats to help with the problem, I just haven't gotten to the Big Box stores to see what AstroTurf or extra-large door mats they have in stock.

Time to pick up papers and magazine renewals and such and shred or file everything. Why do they start begging for renewal 9 months before your subscription expires? What a waste of printing and postage. I need to keep a list somewhere of my subscriptions because I think a couple of them have been renewed too early and they move the goal post so the new subscription doesn't include the remainder of the last one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jan 20 - 08:41 PM

Dupont:

There are things I could part with--- but not yet. There is room for everything so far and this home is in constant transition. Still, I do get rid a a few definites each month. My son helped by - NO mother, that is of no value any longer!!

Brainstorm today: R likes drumsticks; I never buy them because I do not like them. Duh! So I bought a packet of two from the good meat store, used already cooked rice and ? in oiled pan, added sage and celery, laid the sticks on top, covered with aluminum foil and baked in toaster oven, then broiled to brown them. Voila! Chicken with stuffing! Cooked efficiently. Two meals for R. with salad. I will have salad also.

I seem to have become dreadfully addicted to cookies and other stuff. Sure I have gained weight but scale is at Beaver. I did not manage to get there. Before I had driven an hour, I felt that four more was untenable. Turned around and came back. Comfortably.

I am giving serious thought to what I can do to exercise - that will not stress ankle that still gives nasty twinges. Going up and down the stairs is not enough! Maybe I will check to see how good up and down stairs is... I still park a bit of a distance from the doors of stores as long as there is no ice.

70 degrees, Stilly! HAH! Huge piles of chunks of 8-10 inch thick ice up on the bank of the river today from the tons of rain and the winds. And more on the river.

Went to a resto on Sunday for supper; on way in, R noted ice; on way out, I went first and ascertained that my hip bone is still not too fragile! Scared R, and me. But I took time to assess condition before sliding to a step so I could get up - with help of R and the owner. DUMB! But not even a bruise!!! Winter coat helped.

Friend visited today and praised R's shower curtain rod. He will be pleased. She brought a home made choc/whipped cream pie - THAT bakery, down near her home, is closed most of January so she made it herself. Very sweet of her. She offered to help me pack up pottery but I have not yet decided to do that. It is mainly out of sight.

The two Schefflera R brought from Montreal house: one looks really bad; the other is losing leaves like mad in part but also getting new leaves on other parts. Checking info, could be change in temp. It would be OK if the one leaves us. The one that is growing is a lovely "room divider" behind sofa in LR, ie, between LR and DR which are only defined by type of furniture.

I do have a surfeit of plants. Bruggie has lost all leaves after putting on a good show for the family. I have cut it back and await the next round in a month or so. Hibiscus is getting ready to start again with one bud getting there. Cyclamen have quit - time to check on info.

Getting used to new computer. On line training tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jan 20 - 02:13 PM

Charmion, time to pack up the cats in the kennels and get out the heavy sweaters!

A friend is coming over this afternoon and bringing a couple of things I can borrow for post-surgery; I don't want to have to buy stuff that then collects dust. Better to borrow items that can go home later.

This is January in Texas and it's up to 70o today so I need to mow the back yard. When I head to the gym each day I try to have another stop as well (I dislike one-off trips out, they're a waste of gas) and I think Goodwill is today's other stop. Lots of things pulled out of the tech cupboard that can be recycled (though there is some non-functioning stuff in a bag to go to the eWaste bin on campus next week.)

I pulled up some videos of tiny houses to share on Leeneia's kitchen remodel thread. They are rather addictive to watch, but I can't help thinking that these folks must have off-site storage for some of their projects.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jan 20 - 03:08 PM

Seven to 10 business days from last Monday, Stilly. So sometime between Wednesday and next Tuesday. The speakers are the only part of the dead computer that I have not scheduled for disposal, and I’m waiting to try the Mac’s built-in speakers before deciding whether to keep them or not.

Yesterday, I invested a couple of hours in sorting out our bulging collection of printed music, and about a third of it should be re-homed as soon as possible. I tossed a huge stack of photocopies this morning, and the main thing stopping me from tossing a lot more is the tedium of removing hundreds of pages from plastic page-protectors.

But Operation Portal began this afternoon with the delivery of the new front and back doors. I imagine that Tony the Carpenter will be installing them later this week when the weather is as foul as possible. Life’s like that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM

Charmion, do you have an ETA on your new computer? These days the tracking can be so precise you can see a delivery van crawling through the neighborhood. I've been trying out different old computer speakers I have around here to use with my current computer and am going to toss the ones that don't seem to be working. No point in giving them to Goodwill and make someone else test them and return them. These will go to the e-waste bin on campus next time I'm over there.

This weekend I was at an estate sale a couple of blocks from my house, the home of an elderly man I frequently stopped and talked with when out walking my dogs. He was a gardener and a putterer and his house was in pretty good shape all things considered. I found a small glider that I brought home and put on my porch, and a robust sprinkler that I'll have to figure out how it works (it is one of those cast metal tractors that follows it's own hose, I think.) He was a man after my own heart with nice audio equipment and speakers and such.

As I walked through the house I envisioned my house in the future in a similar circumstance (going to estate sales is a great way to remind oneself of one's mortality) and have started going through the hall linen cupboard. There's so much stuff in there I don't use and have kept for "just in case." I have a bag for donations, I'll put the vintage pieces that can go on eBay in the den at my photo station, and once I've emptied the cupboard I'll put some of the sleeping bags and sleep pads in there. Like they don't need to go also? As to other stuff, my children will laugh at the number of radios I have all around the house, garage, and even one in the greenhouse. I guess I should do a sweep of the equipment around here and thin out some of it.

I went to the gym last night to start an exercise and stretching routine to get my knee in better shape. I've also started an audiobook loaded into my phone that I can listen to as I walk or pedal. I'm now working through the decision if I prefer earbuds or headphones.

Susan, I hope you're making progress with your therapy. I'll post on the other thread as well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 11:19 AM

You have your hands more than full, Michelle. Thanks for finding a few minutes to let us know how all of you are doing. When my mom was undergoing radiation I found recommendations of aloe vera gel to rub on the skin. It's also good as a general hand lotion. Mederma (an onion-based gel) is designed to help with scars and might also be useful.   

I received the booklet and papers to do with the knee replacement and see that I need to start ahead with stretching, exercise, and strengthening, and also plan a major re-arrangement of the furniture around here. I talked to a friend about mowing the lawn for a month or two. Helpers will be on call for trips out, and the biggest challenge will be The Dogs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 06:25 PM

Happy New Year!!!

    Not much to report here. I've been working and helping Pete the best I can. He is struggling with some nasty, nasty muscle pain that has left him so weak he can't throw wood on the fire at times. Last night he couldn't close his fingers enough to take meds out of my hand. The endocrinologist says this is partly due to the fact that his meds are not yet regulated. It take some time to slowly bump the meds up to where they will need to be. Tumor markers are very high but doctor says not to worry and will explain at the next appointment. Radiation begins next week.

    I am doing ok and will be having my own tumor marker checked next Friday. Work is going well. Jeremiah is doing well.

I am slowly...oh so slowly getting rid of things we don't use. Most of the time I'm just trying to keep up with daily chores and family care alongside work.

Hoping everyone here is doing well!

Much Love to All,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 09:25 AM

It looks like moving into a tiny house like this would certainly require decluttering. They didn't show the size of her dog (and she should have the treadmill downstairs so she and the dog could take turns getting exercise).

I'm going to have to rearrange furniture in order to accommodate recuperation materials for knee surgery. And thinking ahead, I'll have to cook and shop and clean house right before so I'm set for a couple of weeks "in" until I'm up to driving. A guy I spoke with at the gym yesterday had both knees replaced and said he was driving earlier, and part of the reason is because he didn't take the hydrocodone after the first couple of days. They presume you're on the heavy meds and don't want you driving when they say wait two weeks. He did it the way I typically do; the first day or two are the only time I use that stuff.

We had a huge amount of rain overnight and the tornado sirens ran for about 30 minutes in my area, so my activity will be indoors for a few days. Once it dries enough I can go do a bit of transplanting I've had in mind (while the soil is still moist, not wet clay, but also not the hard clay like when it's dry around here.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:33 PM

Dupont:

Not communicating very well lately. I did eat a salad yesterday! I did get the plumber to check out Beaver and there is water and all is well - but it is going to minus 25 tonight so I hope that does not freeze the water somewhere under the house. I hope to go Friday. I tried to ask the plumber to add in a heater from the studio but he did not appear to be comprehending me so I decided not to confuse him.

I did get hold of the fellow who said he would clear the Beaver drive and yes he will check on it and keep it clear. I did get the Christmas turkey boiled up and de-boned and added veggies so there is a meal ready. A couple days ago I tried a lovely Indian meal but the sauce - from a jar - was way too hot. I can manage it but not R.

AND - drumroll!!!! Today I trekked to the Apple store to pick up new lap top. Not near as expensive as my new car! But still, with that and the chimney installation for the woodstove and a donation toward scholarships for a wildlife rehab course this weekend - I am overly extended for the next couple months - and the plumbe which I hope will not be a great amount! I will juggle.

In the meantime, my hours at the Apple Store were toxic and exhausting and inconclusive. Had to phone Applehelp to get help with emails - very nice fellow magically helped with a couple issues. I am now happily FBing and more, with my tiny new airbook. May even try using the TV option son provided.

I will let R play with the old one. Ephraim calls it a "classsic"! The guys at Apple referred to it as "heritage"! From 2007, my son is amused that it lasted this long. The new one seems tiny and lightweight! And will be wonderful once I learn more. I have a training session booked next week.

The best part was getting home before rush hour!!! I got lost on the way there and had a tour of a nice residential area... I may knuckle under and try to deal with a GPS. Understanding the verbal is a problem for me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 01:43 PM

This week is a massive financial bust, and it’s only Wednesday.

On Monday, I paid the geeks for our new desktop computer, which will be a Mac with an extra-large screen. Still numb from that transaction, which (from the dollar amount) should have provided me with something new to drive away in, I took a phone call from the vet who was relieving Cat 2, the redoubtable Isobel, of a rotten tooth. “A” rotten tooth? Why, no. Three rotten teeth. And, by the way, her liver enzymes were askew. So think of a number — not a small one — and triple it.

There are no flies on Isobel, so any vet visit presents a major challenge. Combine that with medication, and brace for an athletic couple of hours. At 0615 we had to dose her with a pre-operative sedative, and I guess she sussed my intentions from the moment my feet hit the floor because the chase was on. Himself finally ran her to earth in the Harry Potter cupboard under the cellar stairs, after we had pursued her through every room in the house and out from under or behind every piece of furniture. Not a great way to start the day. On the bright side, she did not piss on either of us.

The vet prescribed three post-op doses of an oral antibiotic-analgesic drug, saying cheerfully, “Just mix it into her food.” No way that would work; each dose is a full-dress hunt-and-snatch job. But today she is much better, and has forgiven me to the extent that she’s snoozing in my lap even as I type. Only one more dose to go.

As for the computer, the new one will take two weeks to arrive as it’s a custom job that has to come all the way from China. With luck, it will arrive maybe two days before the new book job lands.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 12:22 PM

Dorothy, homesick for Beaver? Or is your new-to-you house needing sudden plumbing repair and snow removal?

I've removed the few outside holiday lights today. The electrical cord on the lawn meant I wasn't going to mow, but next door neighbor mowed yesterday, making my lush weeds look all the more robust by comparison. Yes, we mow year-round in Texas, and I'll do it this afternoon.

I am trying to do a no-spend month, so I need to turn my attention to mending. I noticed quite a stack of stuff when I did a quick mend on the handle of a canvas shopping bag I plan to keep my gym equipment in. Yesterday I signed up at the gym and I packed the bag with the clothes and towel, etc, that I'll use. It's in the car and ready for an appointment on Friday with a trainer to go through the facility and plan my pre-surgery knee strengthening routine. (I stooped in the hall yesterday to put a new faceplate over an electrical plug and my knee creaked and ground around like a parcel of broken crockery). At some point I'll also work on an après-surgery routine. This is me picking up the money on the table - as a state retiree they pay for the gym membership through a program called "Sliver Sneakers." This isn't the closest to the house, but it's only about four miles from here. I chose a gym that has a lot of classes, and I'll focus on yoga to get some flexibility back along with the leg-strengthening exercises. They also have a pool and a sauna.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Jan 20 - 04:52 PM

Dupont:

"I wanna go home..." So emailed neighbour for phone number of the plumber she uses and mentioned problem getting hold of guy to plow drive. Quickly received both and phoned both. Plumber will send someone tomorrow to see if anything - not too expensive- can be done and will phone me. Steve will care for drive. I am desperately homesick but cannot deal with no water by myself. R can fetch buckets from stream. I may try to go for a couple days between snowstorms or beg R for a four day weekend.

Not doing anything. Nothing pressing needs doing. Need to eat a salad - right now!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 20 - 11:15 PM

We had our delayed family holiday today and as a result a couple of elderly appliances were replaced with new ones; the elderly items are going to Goodwill this week, with manuals and all parts included. They work, but are too small or too slow to do the job I need done.

The house is clean after the "lick and a promise" before company arrived; tomorrow I have to mow the yard since it's warm and the weeds are prolific. It's warm enough to do some gardening. I asked in the feed store if they have onion sets or potatoes yet but they say two weeks more. So if I'm smart I'll start turning over the garden areas where I want those plants to go in, and not bring them home and let them dry out before I dig to plant them. I have that new-to-me tiller that will help.

I have a long list of items on my task list for January, and some have moved through the bullet journal for many months. I'll make a point of trying to finish them and add new projects to the list next month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 12:06 AM

Good work on the speaker wires, Charmion! I'm fighting that battle myself these days in several areas around the house as I rearrange radios and other output devices.

This week has been a series of repairs around the house. I've also cleared out some computer files and rearranged some stuff in the office (it isn't completely organized since moving in a few months ago. It may never be completely organized).

The puppy has gained weight; I finally got on a scale with her, then put her down and subtracted the difference. She is up to 35 pounds from 26 when I brought her home. She's still slim and muscular, but not so skinny with ribs showing as much as before. I'm guessing she's about 10 months old now (I've had her a little over 3 months). The vet guessed that this would probably be her adult weight. Now to order the veterinary heartworm meds—thirty pounds is a cutoff from one dosage to the next—also to work out the kilograms since I order from a place in the UK. (Geez - after Brexit, will that will work the same?)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 09:27 AM

Happy New Year, fellow de-clutterers, and good health to all.

While snow squalls swirled through town, I spent the first day of 2020 turning out the filing cabinet and working on Himself's billing records. Now the waste-paper basket is brimming with instruction leaflets that came with long-dead electric doohickeys and documents from the owners' association we belonged to (not by choice) in Ottawa, and we are ready to face another Law Society audit with confidence.

I also figured out why the DVD player was not delivering an audio signal to the television, and corrected the wiring connections. Boy, did that make me feel competent or what.

The house is not clean, thanks to the cats and their shedding habits, but it is tidy. That's enough for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 20 - 09:03 PM

This afternoon I took apart a thing in the corner of the den near the sliding glass door; years ago a neighbor cut down the crape myrtle tree next door and this limb fell over the fence. I decided it looked interestingly sculptural and set it in a huge clay pot on a rolling plant stand with a couple of hundred pounds of coarse gravel holding it up. I wrapped several strings of xmas LED lights around the limbs and use it as a source of light in that part the room, but it is quite bulky. One of the strings of lights couldn't be repaired so it's in the e-waste bag and I've reassembled it.

I could take the whole thing apart and free up that space, moving the adjacent dog stuff further into the corner (these are a small set of shelves and an antique trunk the tubs of dog food is stored in). It's a classic situation where getting rid of it would make more room, but I use it every day. It's an awkward space to try to put another light, unless I hang something from the nearby beam that has an old plant hook. Decisions, decisions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 19 - 10:52 AM

It's a sunny day here, with none of the smoke in Australia or the snow or cold rain of regions to the north. By rights I should be out working in the garden to plant this winter's potatoes. I do expect I'll get them planted in January, I need to do a lot of that before mid-February when my knee will be out of commission for a few weeks, at least.

I have been making passes through the house to clear up clutter, though I haven't discarded much, just organized it better. The village recycle bins are emptied on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I'll plan to take a large bag of stuff over this afternoon once the xmas boxes and stuff has been picked up today.

I baked banana bread yesterday and I need to make a few of their favorite cookies for our family event on Sunday. Maybe I should start with the most labor intensive ones, krumkaka, and work backwards to spritz and snickerdoodles.

I don't make resolutions, but I have things I must do this upcoming year anticipate needs for moving around the house in the immediate weeks after returning home with the bandaged knee.

Time to change out calendars, the annual expandable file (bills and receipts), and probably other stuff. Laundry is in and the dishwasher has been emptied.

See you all next year! Best wishes to Michelle and her family and Susan and hers, here's hoping health issues are resolved during the early months of the new year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 08:42 PM

Dupont:

Computer/modem malfunctioned and I copied previous post then turned off computer. Now I am back on line but lost what I copied. Oh well.

We all survived the family visit. They took one large box of pottery which barely made a dent. ... They left yesterday by way of a bagel factory near Montreal where they obtained a supply to take home to PA. They arrived home safely and texted me that they were cutting the bagels (in half for freezer) and had been home 20 minutes! I had that much energy 25 years ago.

Now R and I are returning to our solitary life, dealing with furnace that keeps quitting; son says new relays - not simple. So R goes to cellar and fiddles until it goes on again. ... He has just gone to work for first time in a week as he has been recovering from CO poisoning from driving fork lift with faulty exhaust. This bout has impressed him sufficiently (2nd time in a month) that he will NOT do that again. Researching it is impressive; it can cause problems down the road - big ones. He will be going for those test the Dr suggested a while back. Blood test re iron level to see if he can take Floradix to improve health - without getting iron poisoning!

I have a refurbished Apple laptop on order (Jan 6) and son bought me pieces to connect laptop to TV as well as get a bunch of programs - I wrote down instructions and suspect I might figure it out eventually.

The boys watched some while they were here. Of course, they each had a laptop and a smart phone... There was an octopus of charging cables in the LR! Family spent a lot of time in Montreal and a lot of time on devices. DIL read quietly wherever she could find a spot. The house served well for 6 individuals - room to be alone or with others. K worked as they ate what they ate and we ... No overlap except C dinner and a last dinner at a local very nice Indian Rest.

I enjoyed them being here other than the stress of DIL (she behaved fine but I was never sure).

Brugmansia bloomed for them - they were not impressed! But R and I are. It has a dozen or more in various stages of opening. A delight - last thing at night and first in the am.

Thinking of Michelle, Pete and Jeremiah and the stress of their life. Hoping the new year brings them healing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 03:37 PM

I have drawn down containers of mashed bananas from the freezer and emptied the bowl of overripe bananas on the counter and the house is now filled with the scent of banana nut bread. Company's a comin' and this is the first volley to make them feel welcome.

Trash pickup on Thursday last week was real slow, they didn't get to my block till after dark because there was so much holiday trash to collect. Trouble is, most of that stuff was entirely recyclable. And the things they discarded, electronic devices and equipment, that could have been donated or should be recycled through an e-waste collector. This is one of the most depressing times of the year when one thinks about the stuff sent to the landfill. I haven't put trash out for almost two weeks because I didn't have enough to fill a small bag. The recycle bin is ready to be emptied and the compost is chugging along. /rant off


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:35 PM

Fascinating! And just enough information to offer some fine brush strokes in there to create what these look like (and smell like) in my mind's eye.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM

Smokey Barney’s is the Church of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr, in the Anglican diocese of Ottawa. It is a “high” parish, with the full range of censing, aspersions and sound effects. For 15 years, I sang in the choir (a small and ambitious aggregation), Himself and I were married there, and we were active members until Himself left the Army and we moved to Stratford.

Anglican parishes in Canada come in three basic types, and most diocese have at least one of each kind. At the most Protestant, in fact nearly Methodist, end of the spectrum are the “low” or “pine and pain” churches, many founded in the early to mid-1800s by settlers from Ireland and Scotland. Low parishes are most common in the country. The majority of Anglicans, especially in urban areas, belong to churches of the “brass and class” type, which are usually nicely appointed, with plenty of stained glass and polished metal, and moderate in liturgy — they use Rite III in the Book of Alternative Services (“and also with you” instead of “and with thy spirit”), but they have Stations of the Cross in Lent. At the fully Catholic, but never Roman, end of the range are the “high” or “bells and smells” parishes, which have the most elaborate liturgy and usually the best music — and lots of both. Elderly RCs are sometimes spotted in the pews, come to inhale the incense, hark to the Sanctus bells, and hear mass settings that their own church pitched after Vatican II. High churches are typically urban, often found in working-class neighbourhoods; most were founded by the London Missionary Society.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot more about Anglicans than you wanted to know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:58 AM

Charmion!!
I have GOT to ask:

what kind of name for a Roman Catholic parish is
'Smokey Barney's'   ?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:24 AM

Charmion, our temperatures have been in the 70s, forecasters are telling us this is about 15o above normal. We had an early hard freeze, because the weather can play dirty tricks on gardeners, but since then it has been fairly warm most of the time. I have to mow the lawn again because the weeds have grown tall.

Somehow I'm not motivated this year to throw myself into the flurry of holidays. Family is arriving this week and we'll do our delayed event a few days from now, so I need to make a couple of types of cookies to give a somewhat normal appearance to the festivities. I smoked salmon for the kids, a thing that has become an annual tradition (though their dad has bought a high-quality farmed fish that is okay smoked, it isn't as rich and as lean as the wild-caught fish) and I need to find the stockings and put them out of harm's way from the 30-pounds of destructive puppy teeth I have living here now.

I learned yesterday that I have had to declutter my address book of the names of some old dear friends this year, a weight that also affects the holiday season. I had a conversation with the youngest son of two of these friends and it was a trip down memory lane even while he has pointed out that now we are the oldest generation in our families. I was aware of that many years ago; my parents died in their 70s, his in their 90s. (They died within six weeks of each other, one three weeks before Thanksgiving and the other on Christmas Eve). Those holidays are going to involve some heavy emotional lifting for their large family for a few years to come.

Time to get moving around here - I'm going to test my theory that the steam cleaner I use on the carpets *might* work to scrub the tile floor in the den, though I'll pick up a couple of more mats to use inside and outside before I test that theory.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 09:42 AM

If I were on my own, I could live as Mary does, but I think I would miss having at least enough furniture and crockery to entertain one other person to tea or supper. Living with Himself, however, means that I am surrounded by stuff and spend a surprising amount of time riding herd on it so the gangways are clear and none of the windows is blocked.

Today, I am having an asthma flare and, consequently, doing not much. Laundry maybe, but not necessarily. Cooking dinner, perhaps. Until then, strictly reading.

We spent Christmas in Ottawa with Elder Brother and SIL in their big old house, which is not only crowded with books, furniture and potted plants but also very dusty. We also went to Midnight Mass at Smokey Barney's, the church with the most elaborate liturgy I have ever experienced, and got thoroughly doused with incense. Plus, it was cold. So now I am paying for my adventure with wheezing, chest pain, lots of coughing, and the jitters brought on by the bronchodilator drugs.

At home, the sacrifice of my Christmas cactus with its coating of white mould has made breathing considerably easier. I'd hate to think what state I'd be in if it was still tossing spores around my living space.

We are not having a normal winter in Perth County. Every speck of snow is gone and the temperature is hovering above freezing. The forecast today calls for rain, with more rain tomorrow. At this rate, the whole damned world will be covered with mould.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 28 Dec 19 - 12:37 AM

in washington at the beach in a little cottage. Three rooms actually. One has an air mattress and a folding tv tray and exercise ball. One has two folding tables for desk and printer. It also has three clothing racks, with one for clothes and nightwear to be worn again, with another rack for jackets in a hallway. Two others are for solid color clothes..one in my main neutrals of navy, white and tan, and other for other colors. A few prints, plaids etc. in closet, where i have some bins for papers, cds etc. an exercise machine. rolling drawers. kitchen has three rolling carts and one baker's cart. i have full stove but use a hotplate and little convection oven. more room than i need.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 10:06 PM

Mary, you've given away so much stuff I visualize you living in a single room with a hot plate, a backpack of clothes and a shopping bag with a few books to read. I hope you're enjoying retirement: are you still somewhere in Washington?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 04:34 PM

I am waiting for dial a ride to take me to the thrift store with two heaters, a great pair of shoes that kill my feet, and a very large suitcase. My decluttering or cluttering mantra is i will need it some day when the tsunami/civil war comes. It is warm enough here that I will survive without the spare heaters and someone could use them right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 03:01 PM

I started a "Bullet Journal" in March of 2017, and as I start a new page for January 2020 and add a few more "future log" boxes for things that don't yet have calendar pages, I'm finding it has been very handy and more efficient than the straightforward one book a year diaries I used to keep. I could skip through those old volumes and find many blank pages when there was little going on, but in this it is so compressed that pages aren't wasted. I typically use facing pages; calendar (numbered from top down on the left side) on the left page and the Task List on the right page. Tasks are bulleted with a dot or other reference point to show it's a task, an event note or a "signifier" (I haven't used that one, but it's there anyway). The third page is a Record of Activity that usually takes only one page, so can leave a fourth facing page blank. When that happens it gets used for something specific like to document a conversation or meeting, and that page number and a note ("surgery plan", etc.) is added to the contents list in the front.

You can be obsessive about it and buy just the right blank book, the recommended pen type, and (as one friend did) can practice with a book to see how you want it to look and then follow that design you work out for yourself. Me, I used a freebie bound book they handed out at work a few years ago, use whatever black ink pen is handy, keep it to notes, no colors, etc. As I get close to the last few months of pages left in this book I have another free one, also from work, that a friend gave me because she isn't going to use it (that one is a nice quality Moleskine with not as many pages and purchased commercially would cost over $30—I'll use it because I have it but I'd never spend that kind of money for one).

I have a shelf full of the old diaries, and this will go on that shelf when it is full and I'm in the next journal. For those following along in the adventures of decluttering, this is an efficient use of paper and keeps several years worth of notes in one place.




Participation in the thread has dropped as we lose friends to the hearafter, to attrition, or to ill health. It was important to the late great Katlaughing, so I've kept it going. As long as these longer threads are allowed to run here at Mudcat I'll let this one go into 2020 and change the thread title.

Thoughts? Share them here, or send a PM.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 19 - 04:43 PM

The knee replacement date is set and now a long list of things (approvals and pre-op stuff) must be put in place for the surgery, and if I'm smart, I'll plan enough ahead to make things comfortable here so it's easy when I come home to hobble around for a couple of weeks. As loath as I am to voluntarily submit to surgery, the outcome should be a back-to-normal ability to walk, dance, and much more, so I need to go ahead and get this taken care of, not waste more time fussing about it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Dec 19 - 07:10 AM

Sorry for preaching to the choir. Bad habit.

I did the baking soda thing. Didn’t work. The hydrogen peroxide technique is new to me, and I’ll keep it in mind for next time.

In this old house, I’m sure there will be a next time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 19 - 12:56 AM

Thanks for the exercise tip, Charmion. Squats do seem to be in order for knee strength. Too bad you didn't ask first about the cactus - there are organic ways to kill the mold without killing the plant. Baking soda in water is one way to kill it. Spraying straight hydrogen peroxide (from the grocery store - 3% strength).

The back yard was mowed today (yes, I know - but this is Texas); I did it to mulch in a lot of leaves and cut down weeds that don't go dormant in winter. I also scooped a lot of dog droppings; the main reason for the mowing was to make it easier to find the droppings. Into the compost they go.

The house has lots of dust and dog hair, but our family holiday is postponed a week so I have time to remedy the dust problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 02:44 PM

Squats, Stilly. As many as you can manage, and then some more.

The locker room at the Y before and after pool class should be a work assignment for students of orthopaedic surgery and physiotherapy, for it’s where the old crocks meet. At least two thirds of the group are dealing with the long-term effects of a major skeletal injury. A couple of the younger ones are living with genetic deformities or birth injuries. Everybody has arthritis.

Last week, I emerged from the showers into a learned discussion of knee problems. Did you know that one of the leading reasons for non-demented people to go into care is that they can’t count on being able to get up off the toilet? The take-away was that I should work hard to maintain the ability to rise from a seated position without launching myself with my hands.

Last week, I had to throw out a Christmas cactus I bought the year we were married. Back in the summer, I noticed that the surface of the growing medium was covered with a white mould and re-potted it into a vermiculite mixture, but no luck; the mould came back even worse. I am allergic to mould, and for several weeks this fall I woke up every day with a sinus headache. The plant went out with the trash on Monday, and the sinus pain disappeared by Wednesday.

I miss the blossoms, though. It flowered reliably twice a year, for Easter and Remembrance Day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 10:10 AM

Michelle, it's ironic that the current rage in bed gear for sleeping are "weighted" blankets. I also reach a point when the bedding is too heavy and put the down comforter on over the sheet and one thermal blanket that helps keep the comforter from sliding off.

It's remarkable that even with his adjustments to the thyroid medication and naps Pete is still fixing the dryer. And I applaud your making a fell swoop of the paperwork in your office. The output of time and energy next week will mean you can manage your time better when the new year and clients are up to full speed.

I'm going to have to do some work to prepare for the knee surgery, and the more fit and strong that knee is the easier the recovery, so my next couple of months need to be spent getting more exercise and strength training. I imagine gardening is going to be difficult for a while so anything I can lay out ahead of time will be beneficial to allow for spring planting a few weeks after the surgery. I'm told that I'll be walking that day, but it takes about a month to get back to normal walking around. I asked the doctor how long it will take until I can comfortably use that leg to dig with a shovel - not a question he often gets, apparently. I may have to switch feet and dig with t