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

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

We have a similarly problematic tree, Maggie, and it will be expensive. A moribund birch that stands well above two storeys high threatens our neighbour's house and is therefore getting urgent. She must worry about her roof whenever she looks at it, because she remarks on it whenever she sees me. It will be a job for professionals, for sure. When Tim (of Tim's Tree Service fame) brings his bucket-hoist cherry-picker to deal with the birch, he can also remove the scruffy cedars that grow right beside it. They aren't beautiful, they also loom over Judith's roof, and their absence might allow a ray or two of sunlight to reach the western end of our house.

I spent last weekend in Kingston (Ontario, not Jamaica or upon Thames) on tour with the Stratford Concert Choir. We sang at St. George's Cathedral, a sort of half-sized colonial copy of St. Paul's in London. We did a good job and the audience really liked us. Pity there weren't more of them; the nave of the church was about half full -- but, on the other hand, more people would have mucked up the gorgeous acoustic. If you're going to wear yourself out singing Anglican liturgical music, for Heaven's sake do it in a good-sounding church.

My very gradually ebbing bronchitis continued through the whole trip, with barrages of coughing that shook the bus and rattled through the rehearsal space. I could see the conductor's face tighten whenever my elbow rose to cover my face. By the end of the second performance, I needed a large dose of Ventolin followed by a cold beer and about an hour of total quiet. Fortunately, there's an excellent pub across the street from the cathedral where I had a pie and chips with a pint and a match from the Women's World Cup. I kept my mouth firmly shut for the rest of the day, went to bed before nine and got up this morning blessedly free of chest discomfort for the first time in quite a while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jun 19 - 11:24 AM

We survived the windstorm, but at one point last night when I was darting out into the rain to rescue newly-potted flowers on the front porch patio, I saw bags of trash floating down the overflowing gutter. Today is trash day and someone put it out the night before. #BigMistake

It's time to seriously consider cutting down at least two of the trees in this yard. One has to be removed by a crew authorized to work next to power lines. Last night that tree near the lines could have taken out the power and my garage had it fallen. That will be a major hit on the pocketbook.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jun 19 - 10:12 PM

I opened the old computer to look at the Hauppauge TV receiver card, and in the end closed it up again. Too many things I might want to use are tied into that card - it has easy to reach audio ports on the front, it has ports on the back, and it used to have a setup for an infrared sensor for the remote control. I got rid of that part of it a long time ago, but I will leave well-enough alone for now. I can scan channels (FCC has mandated several be changed lately to better use the frequencies) and can watch on that set, even record, it just won't record any metadata with the program (I'd have to enter it).

I moved it to the stand below the second desk, giving me some open desktop to work on. The little monitor hooked up to it is painfully tiny so I've ordered a larger one (Costco). I'll swap the current smaller monitor I have on the new computer to the old computer because it has speakers, and use the new one beside my older large monitor (that also has speakers). The little monitor goes back into the closet for emergency use. I can also put away the speakers that are hooked to the old computer.

We have a huge windstorm blowing through right now, and the rain will follow soon. It seems a prudent time to turn off the electronic equipment and read a book. Another Sunday night in June, another heavy thunderstorm. [sigh]


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jun 19 - 12:57 AM

The gym I've put off joining seems to have closed, so I'll have to find another one to vacillate about joining.

Big bag of clothes dropped off at Goodwill today. And at the hardward store I picked up a handful of rubber washers to fix the things for the yard that need new washers. Yesterday I stopped at a local nursery to look at their watering cans (before coming home and reordering the watering can I want - from Walmart - my annual purchase from that troubling operation) - I'll be taking a new watering wand back to the nursery, it seems to be redundant now that I've figured out what was actually wrong with the others.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Jun 19 - 09:01 AM

SUMMER?

Well, the music I just posted about, and gardening, and we're hoping family skeds work out to see them July 5 for picnic in our patio plus First Friday stuff here, incl fireworks.

For me, it's going to be a time of putting my wellness first, even above Anti-Racism work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jun 19 - 11:20 PM

There is progress in the office, and I hooked up one of the external hard drives that didn't always work correctly on the other machine, but now I can see my archive from many years of work at the university. I still pull photos out of there (usually for obituaries these days). I have a scan running on it right now.

Laundry is set to run overnight and in the morning I'll dry sheets on the line and the thermal blanket in the dryer, then put away for a few months. We're to ceiling fan, sheet, and a very light cotton blanket for occasional use season.

What are all of you doing to celebrate summer? I'm still fussing with my garden watering; I picked up a wand for watering, then realized I have one (so that will be returned) and I ordered the same watering can, but from Walmart. It still needs to be shipped, but if it leaks I can take it back to the store, maybe get an exchange through the store. What are the odds they all leak at the spout?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jun 19 - 03:10 PM

SRS, goodonya re wand!

PS to the above, another fun thing this summer will be the half dozen new GW hats, for which I have ordered hooky-clippy thingies to hang them on a rod. I saw those thingies at the non-GW store where I got a few of the hats. As I finish adding bands, etc. to each hat, I'll hang them up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jun 19 - 02:59 PM

My fabulous doc approved my PT-oriented exercise plan today, which may be helpful in decisions my Y will make about letting me leave necessary equipment there.

One of the really cool things about the plan is the way the active, diverse, and abundant music scene here will require using my Rollator quite a bit over the summer.
This is good, since I suspect its my last chance to get my independence back. Between concerts and planned garden/museum tours with Judy, it should be a strength-building summer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 11:54 PM

I zipped some winter blankets and lap robes into an under-bed plastic case today also. And - the best news - I finally found the wand for my vacuum cleaner! It was, as I predicted, in plain sight, discovered on a stack of plastic zipper bags that sit on top of a trunk.

My galvanized watering can arrived, and it's going back tomorrow. They soldered the rose onto the spout so it can't be screwed and it leaks. When I shopped I looked at this close up and could see threads, but soldering is something new, apparently, according to the reviews I found today. There's no way to unscrew it and line it with Teflon tape or anything comparable. I'll get a refund and I'll look around locally. I may have to order the same one but ship it to a local store, so if another one is a dud, it's easier to return locally.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 10:05 PM

We had a chat today planning the next rounds of stuff to unpack from the garage, and decided to set a few other boxes in a Yano section for those weeks when there aren't big jobs needed inside the house.

The next item is a big bag of heavy winter bedding, most of which will store under our bed in a zippered case I described earlier, and Greg cleaned out that case today and put it under the bed, ready to go.

I resumed aquatic rehab today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM

I stopped by the thrift store and thirty dollars later had three pair of capri pants and a half-dozen t-shirts. I didn't find the ones I hoped for, the unisex large t-shirts with no message, I think I need to stop by Michael's for those (they sell good shirts for silk screeners). A modest stack of shirts and pants is waiting to head back to the thrift store, this time for their rag bin.

It has taken a long time for the Texas weather to feel like summer, and now we have it on high - a heat advisory today and probably again tomorrow. This is largely due to the humidity still in the air after so much rain. The actual temperature is mid-high 90s, the heat index is at least 10 degrees higher.

I've purchased several heavy-duty plastic watering cans over the last few years, and there is always a weak point the fails. If the "rose" cracks, I can simply poor out of the spout, but on the can I bought last year, I picked it up full of water and the whole top of it cracked around 3/4 of the rim. I could still use the lower handle, but that's not as convenient. I researched these and ordered one of the Behren's 2.5 gallon galvanized cans. Home Depot has a 2 gallon can the same price as the 2.5 one on Amazon, so Amazon it is. I try to use local vendors, but Home Depot as a Big Box store isn't really "local." I will visit the nearby nursery and check out the watering hose wands. The two I have here right now leave me as wet as the plants I'm watering.

Making progress organizing office shelves, with a lot of work still to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Jun 19 - 01:11 PM

Dupont:

Managed almost 30 minutes with the monster shears - on lilac, volunteer trees, clearing around an almost hidden wiegelia (sp), and pulled the bittersweet off the back deck railing, swept the debris - and discovered rotten boards!

I DID it!

Will try for another session later, when the sun is elsewhere.

Friend who spent a couple days at Beaver, brought the mail back to Montreal! New driver's license and insurance bill for new car. Nice to have before crossing border. She says they had a great time, mosquitoes not included!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 07:51 PM

Those jars were picked up at 6pm by the brother of the woman who claimed them; this way there weren't any extra trips back and forth. I have a couple of extra empty square feet in the pantry to rearrange. I'm not to the point where I can move everything off of the cart that slides into the former-closet (shelves at the back and on one side, and this tall set of steel wire shelves stores in the pantry, pulled out when I need something.) And by the end of the day, I was no longer in that group. I joined when I was driving past there every day, but yesterday with my offer they saw my location and booted me. The trouble is, the group set up last year to "serve" this area is "retired." I'll try to find the next closest group, but so far, no luck. Google "Buy Nothing Project" for more information.

I've also decided to discard quite a few of the various branded shirts from my past employer, plus event shirts, and replace them with some good-condition thrift store shirts. This will upgrade my admittedly-casual everyday wardrobe. The shirts from work are ready for the rag bag. The thrift store I like has many rows of t-shirts, and some really great stuff for reasonable prices. I'll replace them with a interesting messages or blank shirts. Usually we read about clothing discards and shopping from LilyFestre, clearing her closet, but mostly moving out clothes that Jeremiah has outgrown. I don't do enough of it here.

I think I read on Facebook that Michelle was going to play her fiddle with a local group. How did that go? And is Jeremiah to the point yet where he plays publicly?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 05:15 PM

Legacy of Emma.....


I was sore enough on waking-- evidence of good pool work ydy while awaiting the %\\%=%/ PT-- to limit activities tdy to Active Rest. My back's reaction to putting away the hard end of the clean laundry just now agrees, after active work earlier w Yano Becky. We work as a team-- I don't just 'decree and watch.' Today it was the trash barrel full of pots and pans, which have just finished drying in the dishwasher. (Ew, PA dirty!!!)

I hope weather cooperates with Y resumption on Thursday. The research on aquatic application of exercises found online is about to pay off to replicate yesterday's workout (and then some.) I need to print and laminate a few to introduce, from the many harvested, to add to my waterproof poolside binder.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 10:48 PM

I'm sorry about that, Susan. Dorothy, it's good to get to know your neighbors! I met a young woman in the next block who has moved in with her mother. I used to speak to her father regularly when I first moved here because he was a dog walker like me, but he passed away in 2002. The introduction was easy:

"Is that Emma?"
"Yes!"
"I remember when your father used to walk her."

Instant joy in meeting someone who knew her father.

I rearranged some shelves in the office, but am not satisfied I've used the space as well as can be. I'm preparing to start taking things off of the old computer to add to the new one, so I'll need some counter space in here, that's why the rearranging first. Also the installation of software that I'll need once I make the move. And I'm still researching some of the moving/sharing possibilities with software.

Two cases (out of four I was originally given) of quart canning jars and lids are now listed on a Facebook "Buy Nothing" group dedicated to not buying things if they can be offered up by group members. I have used a few, and I'll keep an extra case but I'm thinning the supply by half. And the items culled last week that no one wanted over the weekend are headed to Goodwill. I had an early taker on the jars, a group member who describes herself as a stay-home mom working on crafting projects for sale in her area. Whatever works!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 08:30 PM

PT blew me off today. Too angry to describe. Did get some good out if it anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 08:29 PM

Dupont:

Managed to remove weeds from between pavers in front walk - mostly. And swept walk and steps to reduce amount coming into house. De-cluttered some of lilac but it is hard work holding two foot long heavy clippers! Try some more tomorrow. Mosquitoes not helpful! Sorted piles of books and decided we need a special place for animal books - lots of them!

Neighbour came over and showed me around her BIG yard. Lots of grape vines, pear tree, cherry tree and two huge Linden - good herbal tea. She used to have bees and showed me her honey house, but it became too much work. Still has big veg garden. We managed with her English augmented with a little French.

Very low energy today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 01:21 AM

More rain today and some of the invitees to our afternoon picnic (turned into cooking hot dogs in a skillet on the stove due to dangerous thunderstorms) was shy several people; it was fun but we didn't stick around long.

I'll be working on scrubbing that den floor this week, and tackling more of the vegetable garden after that rain.

Michelle, we're all hoping that this time is the charm with the cellulitis! And a lazy day of reading sounds perfect.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 16 Jun 19 - 05:35 PM

Dupont:

Major de-clutter today as R mowed the lawn!! He left clumps of daisies! Then went out to cut 4 inch in diameter lilac that fell over. The lilacs need major work but not today!

TUB ART: the pic is on canvas - photo reproduced on canvas. Looks pretty durable.

Yesterday afternoon at Memorial for friend: I realize I am the oldest, longest term close friend of family. R also but not as close. I left with the sense that I am important to the progeny for my very long connection to the parents (51 years), now both gone. Had good chats with 2 grandsons, elucidating one on some of Opa's influence on the community. I am carrying knowledge of some of their heritage for them. WOW! The great grand son was present - 7 months old. Oma got to meet him before she died. The daughter Hannah remembers meeting me when she was 8! She has an amazing memory. This is not clutter or de-clutter, just life. Or, maybe, sorting it in my mind.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 16 Jun 19 - 04:21 PM

Pete has been home from the hospital for about two weeks now and is doing well. He has almost finished his at home medications and then we wait. Last time it took about 2 1/2 weeks for the cellulitis to reappear. We are hopeful that this time it will stay away. If not, he will have to go to a larger regional hospital that has an infectious unit as the doctors are unable to pinpoint where this is coming from.

Pete purchased a new to us truck last weekend and it has come in most handy as trucks often do. However, a few weeks back, a turkey flew into my car and it was in the shop all last week so Pete chauffeured me to and from work as well as running Jeremiah and well as his own travelling to and from work....it's been a long tiring week but Team Lawrence pulled together and got it done!

I spent yesterday morning at the annual Laurel Festival with my Mom, walking around The Green/park in the center of town looking at arts and crafts. We both got a henna tattoo which was fun and I found a painting that I fell in love with at first sight. It came home with me. :) I'm pretty picking anymore about what kinds of things come home because honestly, we already have more than enough and secondly, I'm a tightwad...if it doesn't speak to me without hesitation, I will admire the item and move on.

I DID see one other piece of art that was absolutely stunning but with an $800.00 price tag, I simply couldn't justify it.

Afterwards, my mom joined us for a picnic at one of our local state parks for a picnic. She and I visited, did a little reading and watched Pete and Jeremiah do some fishing.

We had plans to attend the Billtown Blues Fest today for the Gospel Blues event but it rained hard all night and has been raining all day. It is an outside event, rain or shine. If the rain was just off and on, we'd go but that isn't the way it worked out. We decided that it was a perfect day to stay in for a lazy day at home. I've been reading for hours, laundry is going, a large chunk of the piled up laundry in our bedroom has been put away and one 33 gallon garbage bag has been filled with clothes for either Sally's or Goodwill...wherever I drive by first, dishes are done, a pot roast is in the crock pot...perfect for this cool day, we've all dozed a bit, had some popcorn and have just been enjoying each other.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jun 19 - 02:09 PM

My loop to explore is a health loop with pesky symptoms. I really love that my doc uses a messaging system... I can observe symptoms, play with variables, and report. He responds by ordering lab work without an office visit. Then if results indicate an office visit, it's worth the copay to go in, because he will collaborate on a treatment plan. Everyone wins.

We've started dividing some of the patio plants to dress up other areas. Don't tell Greg, but he's becoming a gardener. ;-)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jun 19 - 11:25 AM

Slow progress on cleaning the floor tiles in the den, but what has been scrubbed looks much better.

They say you should have your home's entrance staged to look welcoming, but most people come in the side door through my sun room, that is out of control. Before guests arrive this afternoon I'll organize the boxes (I took a bunch out to use in the garden but I don't think I've tucked newer ones back into those slots).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 11:03 AM

I've used enzymes on the rugs before, and I could have this time, but since it seemed to be a never-ending supply of dirt, I decided to get rid of this and I'll start over. That's a good idea, having a roll of carpet and using some at a time.

Potato salad will be finished this morning (the potatoes were boiled and cubed and the vinegar and sugar sprinkled yesterday). We all agree that potato salad that was made ahead a day or two is the best. This is for tomorrow's family picnic, and while we all like it, oldest child adores this, so it's an extra mom-pheromone sent out to lure a child home for a visit.

The rice cooker - I hadn't thought of that. When it finishes it stays on a warm setting so if the oats aren't completely done I could let them sit for a while. Steel-cut oats are a lot more solid than the rolled oats that cook anywhere anyhow.

Cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes to prepare for tomorrow. The list is growing - not just mop floor and mow lawns but clear out fridge and dig up the garlic so I can mow that part of the garden. And making it a fasting day (the exercise today will pay off on a fasting day).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 08:19 AM

OATS. A rice cooker also works for other grains, and its inner bowl is easily soaked and washed.

DOG RUGS. Boy, howdy! We hold one at a time in reserve to whack off fresh dog pieces as needed, because ewwww. Febreze can extend their life. So can enzymes. Then BYE.

TUB ART. You might want to seal that art to prolong its life, via decoupaging it to a foamcore base, and/or using Mortite to seal the frame's crevices.

HERE, I'm stuck in a bit of a loop to explore my way out of.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 12:05 AM

That reminds me, Dorothy, that I have some of the acrylic frames that work for postcards and some for larger images - in the past I've used those in the bathroom and occasionally exchanged the images. I should pull some out and see what I can fill them with. My hall bathroom could use some bright spots of color.

I'm enjoying the descriptions of your move into the new house!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 10:56 PM

Dupont:

I really do not mind walking across the hall for clean clothes. We so love this new home that we are happy to wait for the right piece of furniture. Meanwhile, I am making do quite successfully.

Getting rid of the dog rug was a terrific de-clutter! We do sometimes expend time and energy trying to resurrect a dead... rug!

First tank of gas today: it seems to have cost about $5/100km(60 miles) this week, at the price of gas in Canada. If I am doing the math correctly, there is a noteworthy saving but I will wait for further info to determine the extent.

After no TV since we started getting into new home, tonight R is at it, watching the news. We seemed to be managing so well without.

Boxes are getting emptied and appropriate furniture comes along. Today R hung a huge (about 4x6) sort of photo on the bathroom wall. I had a fit when he brought it home and it stayed in the back room (I meant it to be gotten rid of) until I realized it would nicely break up, and coordinate with the blank green wall over the bath tub. Looks great! A swinging pedestrian bridge over an abyss with hazy trees, softly green. So much nicer than that GREEN wall. It should survive a good while and, at $10, no loss when it dies - but we might miss it! Little by little...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 11:29 AM

I made the executive decision this morning to discard the area rug I've spent so much time cleaning. Last night I washed again, then rinsed, and every single time I emptied the collection bucket it was as full of dirt as the previous time, after three washes the rinse still looked that way. My dogs love it, but I don't. I'll get them a smaller rug to loll around on.

The rug rolled up into a narrow roll but leaving it at the curb on top of the fence it wouldn't stay that way, some idiot would drive by and want to take a look and unroll it. So I tiled it shut and I used a Sharpie to write "NO you don't want this dog rug" on the side exposed to the street. If I was driving by I'd stop and take a photo and post it to Instagram. (I already posted it myself.) As I shifted it into position on the trash pile it gave off a gentle whiff of dog pee.

That rug was also a source of dust, so maybe cleaning will be a little easier.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 09:44 AM

After two weeks of illness, the house is filthy. I DO NOT CARE.

The sun is shining, it's deliciously cool and fresh, and I'm going out for a walk. Twice around the wide spot in the river we call a lake -- about 8 km (five miles in the old money).

See y'all later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 06:29 PM

After about 45 minutes they were good but not completely creamy. It works, but my crock pot does the best job overnight (start with boiling water) and I don't have to keep stepping over to see if the water boiled away.

The fence on the SW side of the house is finished. It took about four hours this afternoon and I got a bit of sun in the process, but it looks good. I cut the old panel into several pieces and they're on the shrinking stack at the curb. I guess the village will send the trash truck around tomorrow; it's after 5pm now.

I have a lot more fence to replace on the other side of the house, but doing it a section (8 foot panel) at a time comes in under $100 so I can pace the work.

Getting ready to have people over, so I'd better turn my energy to some indoor work now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 12:25 PM

Double boiler is the best method for steel-cut oats if you don’t have either an AGA cooker (not likely!) or an Instant Pot. Be prepared to wait at least half an hour, or even an hour if you like them really creamy. Soaking overnight reduces the time requirement and improves the texture.

Microwaved steel-cut oats is a waste of good food, in my admittedly arrogant opinion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 10:27 AM

It's one of those days with a multi-pronged dirt and clutter offensive underway.

I have that large area rug upside down now because I cleaned the back side earlier in the week. When I pulled it half up over itself (so it's half-folded long-ways wrong-sides together) there was a whole bunch more fine dirt on the floor underneath that had dropped out of the rug as I worked on it upside down.

That has been swept up, furniture nearby moved and swept and mopped under, then the area where the rug usually lays has been mopped. Next I'll pull it out flat wrong-side down again and pull the other half up over the top and do the same thing, sweep up the dirt then mop the floor. Then I'll turn the whole thing right-side-up and shampoo it and rise it one more time. Whew!

Not for the squeamish: I can tell from the smell of the mop water that there had been some puddled dog piddle on the floor under the rug.

Meanwhile, when I went to empty the dishwasher this morning everything was cloudy. I suppose one of those fancy rinses would help, but for now I'm running the dishwasher with a hefty dollop of white vinegar poured in for both wash cycles.

Meanwhile, I'm running a test in the kitchen to see if I can make a batch of steel-cut oats in a double boiler. The goal is to have the cooked oats without half of them stuck to the pan. It looks like it'll work, but it isn't a quick process. I suppose the microwave would work, but so many things turn out rubbery when cooked in there. I usually make oatmeal overnight in a small crock pot, it's wonderful and creamy, but I forgot to set it up last night.

Once I finish this fiddling, it's out to put up the fence panel before noon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM

Charmion, that last essay is declutter poetry at its best! I'm just sorry you have to drive so far for the minor emergency clinic. My father always loved the way his voice sounded in that last stage of recovery from a cold or bronchitis - not the coughing part, but the rich and somewhat deeper sound that resonated for a little while before returning to normal.

Dorothy, I hope you get to move your clothing into your room soon; I think I'd be living out of laundry baskets to make it clear to the partner that more clothing storage needs to arrive soon.

Good work marrying the best parts of the vacuum cleaner, Susan. That's a goal of mine when I visit thrift stores these days, making things I have at home work better (though sometimes a newer version in good working order turns up for a few dollars, at which time I trade it out.)

I'm reading Mary Garvey posts around Mudcat: our decluttered and retired mg is now out travelling. The World! France and Spain, then recently the Mystic, CT, Seaport for the music festival. You go girl! I saw that our occasional visitor pattyClink was also in Connecticut. Another declutter success story!

I had help to move a heavy table from the back patio (thanks to his reminder that if I took off the top that just sets in place it is much lighter) to beside the side door, and moved the potting bench to under the windows. There isn't seating out there now, so there is a work space. And the back patio is airy now, so I lugged a redwood coffee table thing from the front porch to the back patio where it can serve the seating that is still there.

I've lugged the 2x4 crossmembers for the final fence panel to where I'll put them up on the SW side of the house. I'll replace hardware in place the posts with some I like better from rest of the fence when it came down, and I'll move the pickets over there and have the drill and screws ready for this afternoon. The bulky waste stack is still at the curb (shrinking - people have taken some away to use elsewhere) so I'll carry the latest batch of cut-up fencing over and add to the stack.

This is one of my two sanctioned watering days (using an automated system - one can water by hand whenever one wants) and I may go ahead and set up my electronic watering thing on the tap and program it to water the small (so far) vegetable garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM

Emerging from the latest bout of bronchitis, I am finally energetic enough to Get Stuff Done. Yesterday, I finally added the accumulation of new CDs to our iTunes library, the better to play them on our space-age stereo that talks to the computer by Wifi. I also finally sorted out the Glory Hole in order to move the accumulation of excess art away from the window, where old water streaks on the concrete wall tell a story of damp due to drainage issues.

But most important was the expedition to the Kitchener-Waterloo Urgent Care Clinic to see a doctor. It's a round trip of more than 80 kilometres, with a guaranteed wait of hours, plural, in a room crowded with people just as sick as I, if not sicker, and contagious at that. If I go alone, I have to be strong enough to drive all the way there and back -- no minor consideration. Himself is eager to be chauffeur, but his time is not all his own; KW is most efficient first thing in the morning, exactly when bail court kicks off.

I was slowly recovering on my own, without antibiotics or Prednisone, but on Sunday I got an email from the choir director asking me to join the party going to Kingston next week to sing at St. George's Cathedral -- not enough capable altos had volunteered. I was coughing up hockey pucks at the time and sleeping badly if at all, but I'm a sucker for a flat-up appeal so I had to get rid of the plague faster than Mother Nature could manage without chemical assistance. Hence, a visit to Civilian Sick Parade was in order.

I made the trip successfully, got the dope (lots of dope), and attended rehearsal despite the continuing coughing fits and chest discomfort. Much to my surprise, I could actually sing, and quite well if a bit weakly. The acoustic in the old Presbyterian church where we were practising made the cough sound like the corps guns at Vimy, but I felt better after than I had in a couple of weeks.

The sun is shining in Perth County today and the air is like wine -- one of those June days that makes poets wax poetic. The magnolias are finished blooming, but the lilacs are still in full flush and the aroma wafts bewitchingly about. Best of all, the wind is blowing the agricultural effluvia away from Stratford for once, so our noses are avoiding that fact of life today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 04:36 PM

Dupont:

Last English class until fall! It was exhausting trying to help a Congolese man add some vocabulary to his repertoire! I must remember in future to write down the words with which we struggle so he can remember them better. De-cluttered energy! I was too tired to go foraging but we shan't go hungry!

Tripped to Mill yesterday and picked up a few useful things; I am loathe to put anything in my new car! I shall get over this in a year or two! Will put some construction grade plastic bags in the boot for emergencies. Returned books to library down there.

R sorted excess T-shirts - some to trash! (Rags) All his clothes are put away! Today I will finish mine, although "my" bureau is still in his office. The BR has his bureau and the blonde oak roll top - I put some clothes in the drawers of that. May put the rest into the big bureau in the sewing room. It seems more efficient to keep his in the BR so he will know where they are and be more amenable to changing appropriately. And I can put things back in and close the drawers he left open!

Spent 35 min on phone sorting out why I do not get e-bills from CT. I hope! Had a nice customer service man who listened and agreed with my comments about the paucity of communication! "How on earth does anyone...???" Sometimes IT people are not the best communicators; clearly their brains are not the same as us mere mortals.

Black bean soup made. R had to fend for himself last night as I was out like a light by 10 pm and he was home "before midnight". The soup would have been better than... I have no idea what he ate! Goal: always have soup in frig!

Red Flag: A man who was working on a friend's home called "too tired to come today". At 9 am, he had the wit to phone for ambulance and by 11 am he had a stent installed - 100% blockage... plus a couple others around 60%. Makes me think/wonder/be aware.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 02:27 PM

I'm VERY pleased to report that the "closet-busting" pile of PA linens is now stowed, after several weeks of looming at me from a LR easy chair! Only a few very-worn, stained, or odd-colored items were rejected to trash, GW, or Becky-will (her term). In the weeks this pile awaited my administrative genius, Greg and I had a number of creative-space-planning sessions.

Also during this waiting time, Newbie bonded with her floor pillow and learned that that chair that still smells like hers-- isn't.

In other Yano action, we put our plastic-less trash system in place today. No more plastic tall kitchen liners-- dry trash emptied from dry trashcan and the 8 chairside wastebaskets into a leaf bag, with recyclables taken out of baskets as found.

By prearrangement, friend Judy returned the surplus lightweight vacuum she'd tried (before signing herself up for her own Yano after a bad fall and injury). The vacs were twins, so I combined the two vacs' best parts/cords to result in one to keep. The rest went home, also by prearrangement, with Yano Becky, including some compatible attachments off another, long-gone vac-- after a tutorial on periodically cleaning the internal filter she's been leaving filthy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 09:11 AM

Dorothy, I'm finding that my five-years-newer Pathfinder gets better mileage than the older one, but I have also realized that the body skin is almost completely made of plastic! It weighs less. I'm not sure if this is a good thing.

I bought a new mower earlier this year and with the back and the middle row of seats down I was able to fit the huge box in (well, the guy who works at Northern Tool and a nice man from the parking lot muscled it into the SUV. I can't say I participated in that one.) When I got it home I pulled the box open while it was in the SUV and pulled things out one at a time, the removed the box. Today my ex needs my assistance because he bought an electric mower that comes in a huge box and it won't fit in his Corolla, so we'll meet early this afternoon at the store and I'll transport it home for him.

The large area rug in the dining part of my den was flipped over and last night I used the rug shampooer on the canvas back of it. I'll have to re-glue some of the edging that was knocked loose (it's probably glued on anyway - I have fabric glue here) and let it dry for a couple of more days. I didn't do a "rinse" pass over that side and I'm still considering it. Once it's turned over I'll shampoo the nap side again and rinse that. I think it has more life in it.

There is a growing stack of donation items from the kitchen, things I look at every day but never use. I'll run that over to Goodwill later this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 09:10 PM

Dupont:

Major furniture moving Friday! Changed position of bed and find the room "bigger" and still need another small piece of furniture- which will, no doubt, appear. R is on a mission to get house into more organized condition. TV/sewing room is midway in transformation; also needs another piece.

Meanwhile, totally exhausted in every aspect, I have managed to move piles of clothes into bureaus, boxes of dishes in antique glass front cupboard, and more. R even brought home an electric lawn mower to de-clutter the foot high grass! When he has time!

I slowly get "used to" my precious new car. The gas saving might be equal to the difference in payments between the Yaris that I did not buy and the beautiful vanilla Prius, she says hopefully!

It is wonderful to see boxes empty and piles of clothes and fabrics, and more, disappear into drawers and cupboards!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 02:15 PM

The wknd here centered on the training I co-lead after Friday's meeting to plan it's specifics this time around. These usually knock out several more days to prep and recover-- more each year. Yesterday was pretty nap-oroented, but I made a good dent in laundry and I'll do more tonight.

Today, after brekky and planning the day, I set the accumulated dishes to soak and then reviewed the AiChi video and to articulate it with my AC class segment plan. The Sova version, of course, is faithful to muscle groups, in contrast with the Konno version I'd been using off YouTube. I need my aquatic PT book back from Christine at the Y to see more about my own hip and glute program, before my aquatic PT appt next week.

Then I finished whipping dishes and set 2 pans of taters to roast.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 12:50 PM

The paywall may make reading this impossible (I have a Chrome extension called "JustRead" that sometimes gets around paywalls) but here's what passed over yesterday; we seem to have received a glancing blow compared to what hit Dallas County. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/06/09/strong-storms-dallas-fort-worth-sunday-could-produce-hail-damaging-winds
Although the cause of the collapse has not been confirmed, powerful wind gusts up to about 70 mph were reported in the city and caused significant damage throughout the area. Close to 280,000 customers were without power in Dallas County alone, about a quarter of the Oncor customers there. About 46,000 customers had been without power in Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties in the evening.

Oncor estimated some customers could be without power for several days and had requested aid from other parts of the country to help restore service.


That shared, today is amazing, clear, much cooler, not humid. I need to go mow the back yard while it feels like this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jun 19 - 10:47 PM

Last weekend the power was off for a prolonged period, and we had a repeat this weekend. I have the new computer talking to the battery backup now so it knows when to turn it off next time this happens.

Since the house was muggy I spent the afternoon working out in the yard and I managed to carry all of the cut-up fence panels down to the curb for this week's bulky waste pickup. One of the dogs had been running into the space behind the panels where they were lined up against the side of the garage. She created quite a muddy little path, but it'll fill up with grass and weeds again soon enough.

While the power was off I headed over to McDonald's and had dinner and worked on their wifi. This was something I try to get done by Sunday evenings (contract work), and my neighbor called to tell me the power was finally back on so I could come home again. :)

What a difference a week makes. From last Sunday's crash, equipment is replaced and the computer is gradually being built up with the materials I need. Not everything is installed yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 01:19 PM

Charmion, I have a recliner for the times when coughing at night is a problem and stacked up pillows don't work (they end up pushed aside and then I wake up again coughing). This is the chair my Labrador retriever has claimed as his own, so I have to be pretty miserable to evict him to use it myself.

If you want to use the cloud with your PC you can sign up for a OneDrive account. Windows would be happy to help you set it up, and if you're using a more recent (like, from the last dozen years) version of MS Office, it probably tried to set you up with such an account when it was installed on your computer.

This morning, armed with a cup of strong tea, I sat down at the new device and addressed the new router and set up the house network the way I wanted. Almost. Still can't change the admin name from admin, but everything else is set up using more secure settings than the default that was achieved through the phone app. And now, if a service person or guest-who-isn't-like-family comes by and needs online, I can open that guest account with the phone and broadcast the name so they can logon. I've shared my logon information with the next door neighbor, she sometimes has trouble with their system and from her kitchen table she can pick up my system.

I am glad to say that the newer Dell computers have set up with a much quieter power supply fan. When my kids had their computer here at the house during their school years that was a problem - noise, and on occasion they had to be replaced.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 09:34 AM

The recent revelation that Apple will soon abandon iTunes has me thinking about replacing our seven-year-old desktop computer, a Windows model with massive hard-disk capacity made largely redundant by cloud storage services. I have always admired Apple design — yes, I know they are expensive, but so is replacing our hardware every few years — and I am tempted, finally, to buy an iMac and leave Windows behind. While decluttering the bank account of too much money, I would also lose that clunky tower and its tangle of dust-trapping cables.

I have been sick for a week — bronchitis again — and am now in the olfactory shutdown phase of respiratory hell. Himself, always a bad sleeper, is even more disturbed than I am by the loud bouts of coughing that punctuate my night. Decamping to the guest room does not help, as he can be rousted from sleep by a sparrow stamping on the eavestrough.

In this state, I fall asleep randomly and have the attention span of a gnat; consequently, no housework has been done since last Sunday. Outside is a different story; Steve the Garden Guy appeared the other day and wrought wondrous things in a few hours of frenetic work with spade and clippers.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 07:02 PM

It hasn't been a full week since the computer/equipment crash, but today the new Dell is set up and I'm slowly modifying how things look, taking out bloat-ware they factory installed, and adding software for the basic things like my Mozilla Thunderbird (email) and Quicken. I put the Canon camera software in just now, and later I'll install the scanner. Some of the software from these devices is a form of Adobe-light.

I spoke to a library computer friend yesterday about moving files, she says a SATA cable is the fastest - I have a cable but looked them up online (I've used both SATA and eSATA over the years) and then dug around in my basket labeled "Cables / All Types" and it was there. There's too much stuff in the other computer to load into the new one as it stands, but I will be adding another internal drive; the question is, do I want to move the existing drive (several years old but working well) into the new computer and go through the struggle of "claiming" all of the files to use in the new domain. The thing I need to research next is changing the registration in the Adobe software, that would be very helpful.

Anyway, I'll look at how to open the hood on the new computer -- the SATA cable works by plugging into the mother board of each computer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 09:12 AM

DP, I'm prepping for using my house for a meeting today, on that same "still moving in" premise. It's never failed me in the 4+ years of getting all the way here. What ppl seem to remember is the warm conversations here. That was also true of MudGathers we hosted.
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The result of yesterday's lifting wasn't muscle pain, so that amount of time and work was within limits. My vertebrae, however, were showing first-wakies signs of stress-- more likely from the several scootering times than the careful lifts.

Today I have things to do without the distraction of pain, and no driving, etc to do, so I took anti-inflammatories early, plus a tramadol.

So far, I moved the LL chairs out of TV position to restore Library mode for my 11am meeting here. DR table and kitchen sink are neatened up for same. A few LR pickups are still needed, and a beverage run later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 10:08 PM

Dupont:

It takes a great deal of energy to buy a new car. The "budget" is going to be very tight for the next 6 years - but car maintenance costs should be low for at least the next 3 (warranty), and gas costs somewhat lowered. A vanilla Prius (hybrid) will be my ride, and I hope THIS car lasts me the rest of my life; I thought the Scion would but only almost 15 years and the engine can cease at any time. I really loved this car.

It is a major de-clutter: 1) to have the security of a reliable vehicle; 2) to give the Scion to Robin et al on the premise that they have the skills and knowledge to keep it running, even change the engine and, in the city, it is ok if it quits - not when I am 20 miles from anywhere Ontario!; 3) feeling slightly less guilty about my long trips back and forth with a more fuel efficient vehicle.

Next week I start picking up food box from the farm, every two weeks, so we will have produce and I will figure out how to use it whether or not they are my preferred. Paid in advance; slightly reduced food costs and reduced gasoline...

Now to figure out how to peddle the pottery, effectively - that is, with least energy output (mine) and max reduction of inventory.

R still working on, and stressed by, that project. Furniture still not moved upstairs. The house is moderately tidy; i.e., I would not mind showing someone the house on the premise "we are still moving in". It is moderately/tolerable clean. Or, I have gotten used to it? NAH! I want it better organized!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 07:47 PM

Second desktop is cleared and dusted, though the contents are stuffed in various nooks and crannies. All of the attached equipment is going to be moved from the current location and the second desk pushed into that area (the equipment is sitting on stands now). A broom is on hand to excavate the various dust puppies rolling around the room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 12:48 PM

Best of luck, SRS.

After two days of wrestling w PT admin and insurance, I booked two aquatic PT appointments for a tuneup of my pool routine, and for setting current limits.

Today I spent an hour moving 250 pounds of hardscape via scooter, neatening up sewer dig pieces in prep for Lawndude work later today in that area. It was about 20 lifts of varying degrees of weight (5-60lbs) and how situated. I used PT directionality prescribed Tuesday for all lifts, and rested in between. Counts as 1/2 hour PT. One chunk of sharp-edged concrete scraped/cut my leg, but the only one I dropped on my toes was about 20 pounds... and it landed just right. (I was wearing my panic button in case I tipped the scooter, etc.)

A cotton shoelace can lift at least 60 pounds.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 12:42 PM

It's moving day - rearranging the office furniture and supplies in order to have a computer setup that allows me to use the old computer, the new computer, and the many peripherals that will be wired to it. The new computer has WiFi, but the devices don't, so far.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 09:15 PM

Filing, recycling, shredding, and donating this afternoon. That is all.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 06:58 PM

The fence pickets are finished being treated with wood preservative and are now laying on a plastic tarp in the garage, but it looks like rain is on the way so this afternoon isn't the time to start the job. Once I take down the old panel I must finish the job quickly (with the dogs locked in the house during the work). The wood preservative is probably the most tedious part, but it makes sense to paint every plank now on all sides instead of putting it up and then being able to paint only the exposed parts.

Other than the fence, it feels like a waiting game right now. The practical thing to do would be to clear out the office and redo everything for when the new computer arrives, but I need to do that when I slowly take the external drives and devices off of the old computer to add them onto the new one. I suppose this is the time to do it if I want to reorganize the room, or move my office to a new room. Or just clean up my office!

Dell has sent me the delivery date, giving urgency to make a plan and act on it. For the moment, though, I have other things to do as well. I dug at the base of the next fencepost in the back yard, this is number six of 10. It tips, but it's heavy, so I'll probably have to use the sledge hammer and chisel and knock off a few pounds of concrete before I can pull it out of the hole. I weeded some of the vegetable garden, and added mulch to an area I'd missed. Muggy as Hell out there and it certainly doesn't feel like summer in Texas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 06:39 PM

Dupont:

Back to this home on Saturday, hoping for folk dancing on Sunday - Rain! Cancelled! Phooey! Left Beaver in good shape. R had not been here since I left - working LATE and sleeping at City house. Plants survived neglect. Have been mostly resting up from the drive. Texting instructions to Magda re pottery - why have I done "this" the same way for 40 years? She wondered about doing it differently and, on second thought - sure you can! Also texting to find out where Bobby will be in near future: Yeah! Got it ...finally! I think it is this next Sunday! We can do that!

English class today was exhausting. Four students including a young man with little affect - could not tell if he understood anything. The 3 women would give him hints in French!I did not "hear that". Next week is last class until September; I shall welcome the summer hiatus to be able to spend a bit more time at Beaver. Any year now, R will get someone to help carry the heavy furniture upstairs and I can put things away and get better organized. He slept 11 hours Saturday night,having not arrived home until about 9:30.

So, dishes done, two loads of laundry complete, and put away as well as possible, including washing a couple pillows, one more to go. The feather or down ones were washed in a feather proof case and I have only one. House needs to be vacuumed but that takes planning: do it with mask on and then air out house while going somewhere else until dust settles.

Maybe tomorrow as I need to take car in for mysterious loss of oil - 3 qts in last month does not bode well. Never before; I bought it new in 2005. I would love a new car; will not buy a used one unless push comes to shove as I have spent way too much on them in my life. I have not saved enough for a down payment and I doubt this car is worth even $1000! Worst of all: A beautiful new car would soon look just as bad; they do not wear well when used as trucks! Well, let's hope it is not too serious!

Kitchen is pretty well organized but I will be re-organizing as I get used to the flow. Not all the space is full and not totally well utilized. Some things might yet leave. There is a constant outward flow of "I don't need..." I take some things to a thrift shop and bring a few - hopefully less and more useful - home.

Cool and windy, rainy. Not good for outdoor work so I have not yet planted the things I brought back from Beaver. But they are getting watered.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 11:35 AM

Yesterday in a Goodwill store I found a large non-stick skillet in excellent condition, $9. I have a smaller one that I tried using for crepes last year and they came out a bit too small. This is perfect. I don't use non-stick very often, so I think my older pan will go to Goodwill. And while I was at it, I looked around for things I have never-or-rarely-used, that now collect dust or crowd cupboards. I pulled out a large griddle, meant for use on a large gas stove (mine is electric) or on an outdoor grill (part of a lefse cooking experiment, but the new non-stick pan will work for that also). And a lovely bamboo steamer, never used once. Etc. These things will be available for family to take if they wish, otherwise the rest goes to Goodwill. I need to look in the pantry also, there is stuff out of sight/mind in there I could probably thin out.

Over the last couple of years I've found working versions of things I have here that needed some help, most often "marrying" the parts to have one working device. Or I've found better versions of things I've used—and I need to donate the older ones that were supplanted.

I have cups and other pottery items from my Dad's estate that never get used. They'll head to eBay, where I see some traffic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 07:58 AM

The writing assignment (and some complicated politics that needed wise navigation afterwards) led to a larger role in the volunteer thing here, that I'm very pleased about. A big part of what's good about it is that the space to track the projects that will follow is already organized. It's also a great use of my skills. Tbtg I set clear boundaries around it when I was approached to be spokeswoman for a coalition of orgs I'm so passsionate about. The leaders I'll liaise with are the BOMB.

On the health and fitness front, today is a fresh start w PT. It will be good to have their guidance for a change. Apparently if you don't kill yourself with self-directed rehab work-- every PT I've had tells me "DO LESS, SLOW DOWN"-- Medicare has your back. No copay? REALLY? Come weekly as long as it takes?

On the home front, Yano Becky will work miracles today. Now if Brandon is over whatever kept him home sick, we can get the grounds in order too.

I'm behind on watering the patio garden, so off to do that.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 03:06 PM

I like Anker products, I have a number of their devices here. And if the computer would talk to the rest of the world, that would be an excellent option.

In for a cool-down after applying the rest of the can of wood preservative to my fence pickets. I'm a little over half-way through this task and will pick up more preservative next trip out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 02:00 PM

Oh... I guess a USB wi-fi dongle could be an alternative but I think you prefer this one hard wired.

Oh and, I've just a search and found these


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 01:50 PM

Jon, if you google "Diagnostics Policy Service is not running" you'll find instructions to go to the command prompt and type in a directory to take you to the long list of functions in the computer that start right away, are delayed start, are automatic or manually started, etc. I've had to reset that a couple of times, and it refuses to even see my request to refresh the setting or approach it as an administrator.

And as far as space inside—this computer has just about every slot or port filled with some card or drive or other. Three or four years ago I bought a 256g SSD and cloned the C: drive onto it and plugged it into the motherboard. To put it inside the computer so full of stuff I literally pushed the card into the middle of the wires and anchored it in place with the zip tie. There isn't any extra space in this box of air. There is a lot of redundancy in there and I think there is a deceased large-capacity drive in there also.

And I have to figure out which of these external drives hold what files; they've been in place for ages and are all covered with dust and old post-it notes stuck on suggesting the letter drive it might be.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 01:06 PM

Hi SRS. I’ll start off by saying I’m making the possibly incorrect assumption that it’s just the network port on you motherboard gone. And it’s just something I might try. I can not advise on the Widow diagnostics or absence of.

If you did want to fit one, the first thing you would need to do is confirm what slots you have free on the motherboard. They might be PCI or PCI Express. Then you want a network card (PCI-e type shown)

Fitting should be easy.

Unplug the power and open the case. Touch yourself on something metal to discharge any static in you. The holes in the case for the slots will be covered by blanking plates and there will be some sort of screws or clamping mechanism but you will figure that out. Fit the new card that’s it inside.

You will want to move the network cable to this new socket and might like to try to disable the onboard network slot by looking around in the BIOS so you only show the one network card.

Configuration varies from system to system and I don’t know Win 10 well enough but if you are using DHCP (assign IP address automatically, commonly by the router), things might “just work”.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 12:35 PM

Jon, how do you use the network card? Right now this computer is a self-contained, non-communicating machine. I'm not sure if there is a way to get around the absence of the "Diagnostic policy" error.

Mary, the computer at my house has done a lot of heavy lifting and even in retirement will continue to do so as it has numerous devices attached. External hard drives for music, photography, videos, and work files (I kept copies of everything I worked on, though most of them are now donated to Special Collections at work). I have a printer, a scanner, a Canopus for the VHS, a two-monitor desktop setup, and cables for all sorts of things are on a USB hub—such as cameras, phone, tablet, and the charger for my fitness tracker. And lots of software that operates best in a multi-core environment (any Adobe products, for example, are real processor hogs). I didn't dismiss laptops outright—I thought about a powerful laptop on a docking station that would give me the ability to attach all of the USB stuff and monitors, but I have things I want to add to the computer (that I can find on sale and do for myself cheaper than Dell can add them in now). And possibly a couple of things out of the old computer into this one (the Hauppauge receiver, for example, because I use my computer like a DVR; the old computer can't download the program to update the channel list so there would be no metadata with anything I record on there from here out.) In the end, laptops are more expensive and harder to work on, so it's another desktop.

It was a weekend of pleasure, visiting with old friends at lunch, and work, doing all of the computer stuff. And more work ahead. This morning a bright spot was the return letter from the tax appraisal office; they've been racing to raise our property values (and taxes) before the state puts a cap on all of that. My market value last year went up more than $20,000, and this year it went up a whopping $37,000. Lasts year I filed an online protest and because those hearings are nerve-wracking and I was still working, when they dropped $3000 from the market value (an automated response) I accepted it. This year the automated response cut the increase in half, but I have the time and energy so sent in the paperwork and was prepared to go to a hearing in a couple of weeks. This morning a letter arrive agreeing to leave the market value at last year's price (I asked they do that, or use the square foot rate of a house nearby that makes it even lower). The good thing about this is that this year my tax rate will be frozen, and at the lower level.

Last night I realized I'd forgotten to take my allergy stuff for a couple of days (as I lay in bed with a stuffy nose). I took the medication and spent time making my brain wind down until it kicked in and I could breathe (all of this computer and financial stuff can keep one awake) visualizing how today I would finally work on my new fence pickets (paint on the wood preservative) and cut up the old fence for bulky waste (it must be at the curb by next Monday so town officials can drive through and decide what size and type of truck to request to pick it all up). This is my task for the day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 04:44 AM

SRS, How were the network cables connected to the devices? ie. Does the incoming line go through a surge protector,perhaps on the UPS?

(I don't do that here btw because I get a noticeable speed drop on a slowish ADSL line if I go through the UPS in my room but network parts would be vulnerable if something happened to the phone line)

As for the PC. I know it's due replacement but would it be worth fitting a network card? Under£10 UK prices.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 03:42 AM

i am pretty happy with a lower end lenovo from amazon. ideapad 320


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 03:59 PM

The time has come to replace the nine-year-old computer. Last night we had thunder and lightning, the power was off for hours, but flickered as it went out (I was asleep at 2am when it was apparently restored so I don't know if there was flickering then also) Not too many lights left on but oddly, a television and radio in one room turned on by themselves.

The router also seems to have melted down to a primordial unaddressable URL, completely losing it's program and no longer responding to wired and wireless attempts to reach it. They were both plugged into power supply batteries that should have protected them.

One trip to Fry's and the new router connects to the phone and the laptop but the big HP will have nothing to do with it. I've hit the final "Diagnostics Policy Service is not running" message and I can't fix it. In the past I could.

So, scrambling all day, tripping over the smaller dog (whose anniversary it is today so I really should be making much of her, not saying "I'm going to trip over you if you keep doing that" she settles in beside wherever I'm standing or sitting.)

I really really dislike having to set up a new computer. For all of the novelty of the new device, everything that I use is stored in the other one. That is now effectively offline. I suppose I can use a cable to drag stuff over when a new one arrives.

It's humid and soggy and not really like the late Spring in Texas this year. We really do need to get things in gear and clean up our collective acts asap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 01:59 PM

Laundry folded. Two rolls of select-size paper towels distributed (and large-sheet towels stowed w cleaning supplies).

Hemi walker modified as chair assist. Will allocate to patio because then, one wooden walking stick can be added to scooter until I snag a folding GW cane.

Next, tried to find cleaners' bag to hang up my Xmas vest, in Newbieland. May add garment bag, also, and use its hook in the closet differently, (like for belts or trousers).

No clnrs bags found, but other used-twice bag found. I left the red vest color peeking thru and used my birthday clothespole to boost it up. That pole can live there by that kennel closet.

The wet items from the bathroom vanity leak are sorted, trash discarded, washables in washer, other items set to dry, and Chore bucket soaking in vinegar.

I note again how much more work is actually done-- "small stuff" assumed to be "women's work"-- than the planned work laid out this AM.....

Next we drilled a ceramic planter so its plants will actually drain, without removing them to drill. So first I emptied a PA basket of its stuff (sorted some), bcuz if that planter were to crack it would need the basket's plastic liner to sit into.

Planter drilled, no cracks, and set in place outside the front door in front of the raised impatiens planter.

A work in progress.

All these front door plants will come back inside, when it gets cold enough... Around Oct. 1, maybe. The plastic tray is set to receive the drilled planter, and there's a wicker kitchen plant stand with aluminum cups to catch the impatiens, and perhaps an amaryllis.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 10:23 AM

Yesterday my local NPR station played a program called Brains and Losses that looked at the specific problem of what older people are or aren't thinking when they fall victim to financial scams. Part of it seems to be brain development. So as I thought about my ability and that of friends and family to avoid that kind of thing, I remembered a relative who did fall for a pitch (from an insurance company that "manages investments" but takes a cut every time they touch the money - that couple lost a substantial percentage of their retirement savings before another relative stepped in to put it back someplace safe.) And realized that as long as I pay hefty monthly interest on credit cards I've also set myself up for a different sort of fleecing.

That considered, I picked up a handful of documents and headed down to my credit union and consolidated that card debt. When the loan officer asked what brought me in, I told her about the radio program she noted where to find it. She said they see that kind of scam too often. I may also refinance the new vehicle, I would save only $10 or so a month, but over the course of five years, that adds up.

Cleaning this morning in preparation for friends coming over for lunch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 10:13 AM

Today's plan is to set up the next Goodwill box to catch items, finish putting away the folded laundry, and start dealing with items left lying around during that quick writing assignment.

An important visitor is coming Friday for her first tour of the Library, and theres a lot of remedial work to do in there around our TV chairs in there, too. There is also an OCR scanner to find a place for, in there.

Greg gets the real fun today, hoping to avoid another plumbers' visit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 May 19 - 05:56 PM

AM wakies in the Patio resulted in a fone call to sked an appt, which led to setting up my voicemail finally, which I managed on my own. Then after brekky we practiced VM, and I discovered that the app Greg uses hides messages if you save them there, so you can no longer access them via regular VM. I didn't try the obverse, yet.

Over coffee, we discussed the day and a question brewing in my mind about the church abuse incident, and then I went to finish the letter portion of my writing assignment. Towards the end of the planned hour, a sense of urgency and clarity came, so I easily knocked out the other 10 pages of the project.

Somewhere in there I got and answered an email from the disability rights lawyoo advising us on the church thingie.

As I was about to distribute that and take a legs-up break, Larry the Grab Bar guy arrived to add the one I'd requested to make the recently installed bedside steps safer. Greg worked with him on placement. Larry and I joked as usual but it left a bad taste-- sexist stuff. Microagressions on top of K.

Next I whipped dishes and used,my new hangers to put away a basket of hangables which, tbtg did fit in the closet. The new grab bar and its placement were perfect for the tight working space. I ran a podcast w Sally Yates, which I moved to the LR to finish, where I folded clean items there-- tbtg no more hangables except one!

That one is going to be a test hanging (sounds grim!). It's going to go inside a clear bag, into overflow space where the unused hanger supply lives, in the kennel closet, because the winter stuff is in the back of that, and it's a Christmas vest. I may also hang a slim farmer bag in there, if I find that the best isn't disturbed, in my way, or dirtied up over the dog bed.

Tonight, blues bar!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 May 19 - 05:00 PM

SRS, given the vision and device issues I'm dealing with, I don't foresee being able to try that method anytime soon. Other ideas? I know that a lot of the pasted links' characters are unnecessary, but I'm not sure where to chop them off.

I suppose one option if I have new pix to reference would be just to say so and paste the shortened album link again.

Other ideas?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 19 - 10:20 PM

Michelle, how is Pete doing after another day at the hospital? Are they any closer to identifying why this has recurred? Is it a physical contact thing (bumping into something that has the germs on it) or idiopathic (no known cause)?

MaryG, after France and thereabouts, what will your next trip be? Are you going to be one of those retirees who is always on the move?

Charmion, did you take all of your toxic materials to the dump's special collection day? I fall through the cracks in my town - they don't participate in the county collection site and I'm not a citizen of the nearest large city that has a site. I have to borrow my ex's water bill to take things to the collection center (and that city had the nerve to give the site we can't use the name of our village!)

I made a couple of stops today that needed doing after lunch with a friend from work, then at Goodwill I was on my way to the register and noticed a lovely cotton print 3/4 sleeve blouse that will work nicely over the top of pastel knit tops. That is a summer look that works well here - air conditioning is cranked so low that you need that extra layer to be comfortable when you go to public buildings this time of year. It's a print with large flowers and enough colors that will go with all of my knit tops. I thinned out the hangers in the closet and laundry room recently, and there may be something I can pull for donation when I add this to the closet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 19 - 05:31 PM

Reducing link size is something anyone can do. I have a couple of websites I use - Bitly and TinyURL. And if you post with a site like Hootsuite they have a link-shortener called Ow.ly.

You can set up a free account at Bitly and keep track of everything you've shortened (useful if you want to go back and find something later) or on TinyURL, just drop it into the text box and it produces both the link itself and a preview link if (I think) someone wants to mouse over it and see what the link is to. I haven't used the preview.


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Subject: Bitly Mudelf
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 May 19 - 02:10 PM

I have no idea how to do that, pls PM lesson if possible and I will try.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 May 19 - 09:51 AM

(Parrot Cage) PLANT STAND

My original thought, when I saw this at the curb, was "there's my free greenhouse". That would need more plastic than I care to generate, so now it's a garden feature, plant stand, and more.

Foto and plan:

http://bit.ly/2HKEg8o

Those really long links force the page to the edge of the monitor, meaning readers have to scroll sideways to read page content. Hence the bitly link. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 May 19 - 09:35 PM

While the bulk of my job can be completed online from just about anywhere, they like us in the office and do not often approve hours for work done elsewhere. However, in circumstances like I currently have, it is sometimes is approved. Frankly, whether I get paid for it or not, I have such a huge caseload that I will likely get some work done while Pete sleeps. It gives me something to do, takes my mind off the immediate while being close enough to offer love, support, a second set of ears and a sharp mind to take in details that he may miss due to medication fog.

Jeremiah is being a super duper helper while Pete is away and is handling this unplanned situation quite well. He is one incredible kid. <3

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 May 19 - 09:07 PM

In this day and age telecommuting is a reasonable and practical way to take care of a lot of what we do for work. Seeing clients, working a service desk or other hands-on jobs, no, but other parts of the day, it is nice to work from home. I work about 10 hours a week, all from home, as a contractor for a regional website. I've never been to their office in the next county.

I hope you can figure out the source of the cellulitis; congratulations on your continued good health as a cancer survivor!

Susan, I look forward the photos of this very large-sounding parrot cage. I suspect you're describing something like is in use by birds down at my neighborhood garden center. They have several large birds in the store.

We were under a tornado warning today, the bulk of the storm passed to the north of me, but I heard from a former co-worker at the university that they had to head to the interior halls for shelter.

I put several potted flowers into one bed that gets a full half-day of sun, after moving a birdbath that had achieved quite a drunken tilt while standing in that bed. It now resides beside that garden on a concrete square that might help keep it level. I can return to the garden center and use the rest of the gift card because I've identified the rest of the things I need and can plant now. More veggies and some flowers. Others will start from seed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 May 19 - 08:53 PM

Crazy two days here.

I had my annual cancer check up along with the bi-annual tumor marker check and am thrilled to share that all is well!

Did some grocery shopping on the way home and got Jeremiah home just in time for us to get all the groceries inside and the dog out before the thunder started to roll along with warnings of hail and tornadoes. There was a touchdown in Ulster, PA...not too far from here...blew down a few buildings.

Today I got to work and Pete called saying he thought the cellulitis was back so I drove home and off to the ER we went (after calling the doctor). He has been admitted to the hospital...white blood cell count is rising and lactic acid is rising at a very fast rate. He's got lots of saline running and 2 antibiotics by IV. The smallish red spot from this morning now takes up most of his lower leg...lots of swelling...looking and feeling like plastic. They aren't sure of the cause. We won't know much more until 24 hours passes. He has a temperature, the chills and exhaustion.

Then the weather...tornado warnings in the area. The schools held the children until the threat passed. One touched down along Rte. 660 between Mansfield and Wellsboro, PA knocked down a shed where 8 people were taking shelter.

I have a must attend event tomorrow morning and then I'm headed to the hospital for the day. I'm thankful for laptops so I can work while Pete sleeps. I'd stay at the office but I can't concentrate knowing that Pete is in the hospital AND my supervisor is great about it all.

Goodnight.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 May 19 - 07:52 PM

SRS, the tornadoes missed us but the area was hit pretty hard.

I spent a lovely afternoon today rambling with Judy. We toured only briefly through the edge of affected area.

Greg and I put the parrot cage back up when I got back. Leveling risers for it became simple once I spotted the cage's pullout droppings tray, which we used to adjust the risers to approximate level. The mulch, etc. under the cage worked well to "disappear" the ground irregularities, and I was pleased to see that the height is still ok relative to the neighbor's fence. The light wasn't right for pix, so I'll post a pic of the cage on risers later, in the patio album, where I'll describe the project more fully.

Church abuse correspondence today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 May 19 - 06:47 PM

Beaver!
So nice to be here on a - finally! - lovely day!

Dropped off stuff at thrift shop; visited library and changed read for unread; groceries; two separate visits with friends; weeding and thinking; finally got tires changed! And another unexpected visit with friend as I waited. Bills paid. Daffies blooming beautifully in Astri memorial garden and lovely freckled violets. Assessing what survived: many raspberry of one type but only a few of the other; blueberries burgeoning; tons of parsley, lettuce has sprouted from last year! Beans planted last trip? No sign but some seeds above ground - re-buried. Bisque firing for Magda cooling; we started it this am. Sat in the screen house reading for a while!

Now to cook some good food.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 May 19 - 11:24 AM

It is interesting how, if you give them consideration, lots of things can be repurposed. There were a number of items left behind at this house by the previous owners that I've integrated into my activity areas—the two cast iron firewood stands are a case in point. Both have had cedar planks added and been turned into outdoors tables, one used as a potting bench.

This morning as as humid as physically possibly without it actually raining. The dogs and I enjoyed a visit with a neighbor up the street—we were both out doing things ahead of the thunderstorms headed this way. Susan, did you get hit by the complex that went through Ohio and Pennsylvania? I have a friend who was originally from Xenia, where a huge tornado famously destroyed much of the town. She told me that as a high school student working on a school play in the auditorium they all sought cover and were safe, but she foolishly crawled back through the stage area debris later to retrieve her purse. She's lucky she got out alive.

I have some yard work to do, like that neighbor, ahead of the rain. Better get to it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 May 19 - 05:21 PM

"Secateurs" appeared in a book I read as a lil yoot. I grew up thinking everyone called them that. It's funny when Lawndude Brandon doesn't know that word and tries to teach me his word. ;-)

Post-Yano, the first of two loads of unpacked dishes ran in the DW and the 2nd is running now. We each have up a glass pan that just doesn't work here, to the GW box.

We spent an hour reviewing costs and options for mulching out the big tree ring that I once mulched out by myself with no helpers. Two.5 yards, 35 bags minimum. Shore is purty when it's fresh.

Then we spelunked the garage boxes for aquatic items, many of which I brought from PA to donate to my Y. A few went into my keep sack. The rest came in, after being ferried, to wash and donate... They're in the washer. Also ferried was a wash tub full of toiletries, after I'd removed and recycled broken items.

Two Coleman zip closets were investigated. These are about 30 x 40 and meant to stand in a van or truck's back end, camping. One was full of wet and moldy ruined items which were ruthlessly discarded. That zip bag was set to bake under the camper as a potential underbed closet. The other, empty, was set in the patio to wash, for same.

Then we worked together to set four old, round bed risers (that I'd saved after their prior use pre-move), under my nightstand. This replaced a cardboard box that never quite worked to make the nightstand high enough, and freed up the draw sheet covering the box. It needs further work (one riser's base hangs up with the concrete pier acting as a bed riser).

Also freed up, in this stint of creating garage space-- an old schoolteachers' metal wastebasket which a late friend had painted out in giant ladybugs on a green background. I've used it for 4 years, upside down, behind the mailbox, for packages to stay off wet soil. But now our big PA mailbox has been set there instead. So I allocated it, right side up, to the Camp Kitchen. Greg will probably drill it for drainage, and when I find a more rainproof trash can at Goodwill, it will be repurposed again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 May 19 - 02:49 PM

Good job, Susan! I had to look up secateurs - one of my most-often used tools, as it happens, and I have several around here. My gardening apron is one of the .99 cent nail aprons from Home Depot, and I keep gloves and the pruners in one side and my phone goes in the other.

Cleared out some stuff today since a friend was coming over to use the computer (with web cam, for a job interview). Sent him home with some extra goodies from the freezer. Looks like a thunderstorm is headed this way so good thing he finished before the interference of weather OR the barking of Pepper, who does not like thunderstorms.

Also cleared out some particularly noxious spam here (above the line) lately. Maybe the trolls are starting summer vacation by posting more crap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 May 19 - 12:54 PM

W Yano Becky

Cleaned ballot box and plastic drawers, set to dry in sun.

Unpacked two large boxes. Kitchen items brought in. Shred boxed for mulch. Misc #1 box sorted for house or garage. Its big empty box retained.

Garage items set w hardware in garage. Paper folded for lasagna. Packing peanuts added to bag of same for future gardening. New secateurs found, yay, and set in gardeners drawer.

Coat rack de-goumed. That completes the storage items for the winter boits/jackets going into the back of the kennel closet.

In my closet, the upper rod now has my heavier dress wear-- and half of the PA lightweight 3-season business-wear is hanging on the lower rod. There is room for all the rest-- just need more of the extra wide, non-slip hangers.

I DID estimate right on how much clothing to keep! I DID plan enough storage space for it!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 May 19 - 11:57 PM

I finished digging the next veggie bed at dusk and planted the various types of peppers. This gardening is hot work, but it is going in late . There's lots of mulch in place to hopefully keep these plants happy. Spinosad in the watering water tomorrow, as I attempt to stamp out the stinkbug infestation I had for the last two years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 May 19 - 03:13 PM

The fifth of ten metal fence posts is down, the concrete footer from the fourth one is knocked off, broken, and stuffed into the newest hole then filled with the original soil. I'm not leaving any holes standing there waiting for someone or something to trip into. Now I'm waiting for another rainstorm to soak the area to dig the next one. I have a stack of metal posts next to the cut up fence that I'm going to mostly discard in two weeks during bulky waste, but some will be used for edging in the garden.

Dorothy, do your neighbors have any recommendations for a local handyman to help move stuff? I have a friend here who is on speed dial of probably every house on both sides of my street. If something needs doing - "maybe Antonio could do it." Everyone needs an Antonio in the neighborhood. He makes a living this way, through referrals only.

It's hot and very humid, so my outdoor tasks are brief, then I come back in to cool. I saw a canopy that is 25% off today (via coupon) at Harbor Freight - tempting to pick one up and put it up over the garden so I can work on it longer at a time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 May 19 - 01:00 PM

Dupont:

Clutter at this point is caused by things needing to be moved to other places: books to basement and furniture upstairs. Robin needs a helper and does not seem to be able to "Go to the gas station and ask the nice man if h knows anyone who needs a couple hours work". If I were strong enough... but I no longer am. It is becoming a stressor for both of us.

Found someone taking out a white picket fence about two blocks away. R asked about it and was told to take ALL of it. As soon as he has time, we will have a surfeit of white picket fence! Will use metal posts to install it. Not fencing in, or out, anything, just for pretty but may grow clematis on some - need stronger supports for those sections. Mostly the front yard is shady. A great place for spring bulbs and other shade lovers.

R de-cluttered trees in back of grape vines. I had a fit as he removed habitat and critter food; that is SO suburban; this is not suburban, this is country! Intransigent, he said he would buy the critters grapes! "Yeah, poisoned ones from Chile!" (pesticides) Although I do throw bits into the yard that could/should go into compost, I generally do NOT feed wildlings lest they develop dependency. The good side was that it made it easier for him to remove trash that had been thrown behind the garage over the years. He happily decluttered; I, furiously, declared him NOT environmental. I am also insisting the brush be piled behind the row of lovely sugar maples (not burned) so the critters can use it for habitat as it returns to the earth.

White and lilac Lilacs are in full bloom - maybe 20 feet tall! I will cut some back after bloom but the screen between us and east neighbour is nice. The front and back "lawns" are dandelions and violets, with some grass!

Pile of stuff ready to go to thrift shop next trip.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 May 19 - 12:29 PM

SRS, we used to have a garage area for dog use but took it down when we started parking in there. Ours was made of ag panel sections, attached to screw eyes, about 5' square. I miss it. Maybe someday there will be room for a dog door entry, but that awaits replacing that door (it's rotting and patched to last 2 more years).

To ventilated the garage in light of neighborhood security and weather patterns, two solutions look feasible-- adding either a louvered vent above the garage door (bye bye basketball hoop), or an awning over the window by the appliances. The awning is preferable but pricey. We'll probably discuss a home-made, rigid wooden one made like an indoor valence box. After I sit and contemplate that window's existing curb appeal.

We're also exploring a worm bin for composting to reduce plastic trash bag use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 May 19 - 11:40 AM

The last run up to a friend's house to feed her cats included swinging past the free compost bunker maintained by the city. It's lower than usual, but still has plenty for what I needed. I've brought in 14 contractor-sized bags so far, each filled about 2/3 full. Each contractor bag contains as much as probably 2 of the commercial bags sold at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. ($2.79/bag).

Today the peppers get planted, and hopefully room made for some flowers I want to add to the permanent landscaping area in the front yard. I picked up things that should reseed themselves. It's also time to finish removing another fence post in the back yard. I'm not sure what I'll do with all of them once they're out, possibly offer to a friend who builds fences, or put them on Freecycle.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 May 19 - 05:57 PM

Michelle: Also, I had a turkey fly into my car last week which did substantial damage

I'd love to read the insurance report on that one! Did the bird die, and was any of it edible, or are they out of season right now?

Susan, I think there is a collection of those kinds of tags in the tool and oddball stuff drawer in the kitchen.

My tomatoes are nearly ready to be planted, and I've taken a lot of cardboard and mulch to the surrounding portions of the garden. I had the 4" pots soaking in water with compost tea to give them an extra boost. The potatoes that were planted late are sprouting. Herbs everywhere, and some need harvesting before roots get either dug out or transplanted. Once they're planted and mulched I'll mow the back, and finish in time to go feed my friend's cats again. Kicking back this evening to watch a movie, after I pull something out of the freezer for tomorrow to grill outside for a holiday dinner.

Michelle, I sent you three PDF files via Messenger, they are the most recent publications from Consumer Reports to do with buying used vehicles. You may already have them, but since I was thinking about it I sent them along. I found a vehicle that, while not on the "best buy" list, isn't on the "avoid" list, and generally has a good reputation. Good luck with the search.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 May 19 - 03:52 PM

Just a brief update....

I'm down 16.8 pounds now.
Five bags of Jeremiah's clothes have been washed, bagged and are in the car to be delivered to their new family on Wednesday.

The living room has been cleaned and dusted. The pellet stove has been cleaned out and is ready for next season. The top has been washed down and now houses 8 battery powered candles that are flickering nicely in that dark corner.

We, as a family, went furniture shopping yesterday. We have narrowed down our choices to 2 sofas. We were initially thinking a couch, a love seat, 2 ottomans and a straight back upholstered chair but after much measuring and day dreaming, I think I would prefer a couch and 2 recliners. It is not the style that I wanted but so far, we haven't found that style in something that is uber comfy which is what we want....so....I may have to compromise on this point as I'd much rather be comfortable than pretty which is SO obvious if you were ever to meet me in person.

In addition, Pete is looking at a new to him truck.

Also, I had a turkey fly into my car last week which did substantial damage...all fixable in the days ahead.

On the same day the turkey flew into my car, we had to take Jeremiah to the Emergency Department. He had been playing outside in his dirt pile of trucks and such when the wind kicked up dirt and debris into his eye. Although I flushed it several times, it didn't appear as it was helping and he was in pain. At the hospital, they numbed his eye, used a q-tip to look up under his eyelid after applying special eye drops and using a light that would clearly show scratches or foreign objects. They also flushed his eye. Thankfully, everything is ok. We don't know what was in his eye and the ED doctor stated that it's likely it came out when I was flushing water in his eye...we'll never know. No scratching or permanent damage.

I went on a bus trip to Rochester last weekend for the Lilac Festival with my mom...we always have a good time together and I completely enjoyed the day!

We are planning a Mother Daughter trip in September...it is my late birthday and early Christmas gift combined. We are headed to the ocean, somewhere I've been wanting to go now for years but Pete hasn't had the desire to go...I can't wait! I SO much prefer our together adventures than gifts! We are also currently signed up to make ceramic Christmas trees and another class to make a basket.

On Tuesday I go for my annual cancer check up. I have the tumor markers drawn twice a year and the big exam once a year at this point. I wish I could say it isn't nerve wracking anymore but I'm just not quite there yet.

I have tomorrow off which I will most likely spend either puttering or sitting at the car dealership with Pete to purchase his truck (if they are open).

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

Michelle

PS. Plans are in the works to get the kayaks out on the water now that Jeremiah can swim...I imagine it won't be long until he has a yak of his own!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 May 19 - 01:59 PM

Thanks SRS, I'll take a look!

I just unpacked another small PA stash and got this little partial timeline of critters:
PET and SVC DOG PA LICENSE/VAC RECORDS

Liver Dalmation RUBY was 7 on 1-27-05
Shep mix svc dog FAULKNER was 1.5, on 1-27-05
Ruby, 2006
Faulkner, 2006
Faulkner, 3, 6-21-07
Yellow lab/dane Sadie was 2 on 4 -24 -09
Sadie, 2011
Faulkner, 2011
Marcellus cat, 2012
Faulkner, 2012
Faulkner, feb 2013
Faulkner July 2013
Svc dog Newbie, 2, 12 28 -16

We saved all those tags-- jewelry project! Recycling the envelopes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 May 19 - 01:05 PM

Every year I have to improve garage ventilation also. The dogs don't spend time out there now, though the fenced-off kennel/stall is still there (maybe the diagram will hold it's shape and give a simple diagram of the garage)

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          front

The stall is built to surround that back door of the garage, and there are still two large plastic dog houses in there, one will bedding in case one of them decides to seek shelter there (on the occasion they are accidentally locked out of the house, for example). I also have a couple of stacks of large boxes in there since the dogs don't need the space.

The rest of the garage is for the vehicle and around the sides, storage, mower, work bench, etc. When I open the window over the workbench (squiggles at top) and the garage door is opened about 2", the garage stays much cooler. And I work out there sometimes in the summer, so it isn't just for the dogs. That side door has a dog flap, so there is always some flow there also. The corral is put together with two pre-fab fence panels. One was cut in half and attached to a stud on the unfinished wall, and the full-length one is attached and reinforced at a 90o angle so it is parallel to the garage wall and ends at the step up at the back of the garage. There is a 2x4" piece of lumber half-way down this that supports the fence (it's screwed into the top cross-member of the panel and is about 3' high - when I clean in there I have to work around it.) There are two hinges attached to the end of the long fence panel and the remaining 1/2 panel has been reinforced with two 2x4' pieces and has two castors screwed onto the base. There is a gate latch on it, and I've built a frame out from the window wall beside the workbench to let the gate latch onto. It isn't solid wood, it's like a big slot and a folded (four-sided) kennel is tucked down into that slot. It keeps the dogs in the kennel if I need them to stay. Before I built that last bit that the gate latches to I just kept boxes stacked there to block them from entering the garage. Poppy used to push over the boxes to go chase mice. Ah, the good old days! She usually pushed over my smoker in the process, but it still works.

The girls observed the unspoken rule of "we won't dash out of the kennel when the garage door opens," but for a period of time after the Labrador retriever Zeke arrived I was mostly parking the truck on the driveway, and if I opened the garage door he would race around the gate and out to meet me. Our routine became me stopping, opening a door to let him hop in and ride into the garage, then I would close the door and let him out of the pickup. I finally built the final solid part of the kennel to prevent him from doing that. I know this sounds confusing, but if any part of that construction story is helpful to Susan, that's why I shared it.

It's somewhat overcast today, so more garden work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 May 19 - 12:13 PM

AM plan (was a bit bumpy in commubication):

House Project Priorities--

1. Fit out back end of kennel closet w existing, removable storage for easy plumbing/electrical access, for winter boots, coats etc. For this, spelunk coat tree, ballot box, plastic drawer unit. Preclean for what Yano will clean further on Tuesday. Set items in place as cleaned.

2. Cut bedboard from old twin base plywood, leaving enough plywood for a planned kitchen cabinet customization. The board will improve support on my side of our bed (similar to what we had in PA).

3. Leaving the cabinet project plywood in its current place (pending a Brandon day) between fridge and freezer will facilitate freezer access, now that the freezer's running.

3. Improve garage ventilation around appliances, by cracking a window and aiming a fan for draft. Spelunk fan and run cord to overhead outlet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 May 19 - 07:59 PM

Dupont:
For short times, I am working at removing grass and other weeds from between the stones in the - someday - lovely walking path in back yard. A sharp, pointed hoe edge is working well.

Today de-cluttered bank account as we toured the yard sales in Chateauguay. R bought tools... I wonder at the incredible variety he manages to find and, "don't you already have ten of those?" "Maybe." We did pick up a few useful things, including a very nice new faucet for the bathroom sink ($7!) and two old fashioned stand lamps which will replace the more modern ones in TV room ($5 each!).

Arrived home, out of money and needing food! As R unpacked a woman saw the old clock on the front steps and stopped to see if we were having a yard sale! (Maybe next time! Only permitted on three specified weekends a year.) Such lovely energy she had, we invited her in and had a great visit - mutual friends, exchanged info...

The only clutter is still those things needing to be moved to their home spots. Maybe this week???

Driving around, I saw more than one front yard that was mostly plantings/mulch, stones - my goal for here! A dump truck load of mulch would be a good start!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 May 19 - 10:52 AM

As I prepare to plant my belated garden the freezer needs more drawing down. Except for fresh greens, milk, and eggs, I'll be eating almost exclusively out of the freezer for a few weeks. And though it doesn't look like much yet, the garden is taking shape.

The steam cleaning is imminent in the front room; as I was vacuuming the carpet I stopped to do some filter cleaning in that vacuum. I'll finish vacuuming today (the foam rubber filter is almost dry) then steam clean this evening. Vacuuming is a MUST - no point in running all of that dirt through the steam cleaner.

Heading out to walk the dogs. We have to do it early in the day now, it's too warm in the evenings, especially for the old lab. He comes home and pants for hours otherwise.

P.S. I picked up a small electronic scale (countertop, for food) at Goodwill yesterday. It needed batteries, but once installed, it only works briefly. You have to reinstall the batteries to turn it on each time. This will go back to Goodwill soon. I have a little plastic imprecise spring scale I was trying to replace, but it doesn't need batteries, so it's still in business.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 May 19 - 07:20 AM

We picked up plant material ydy for the disappearing of the ugly patio gate-- sales are underway. Next year I'll probably wait until Memorial Day for even better prices.

We also picked up seeds to fill the patio's cracks, to deprive those areas' habitual weedbeds of light for their jungle growth.

I'm pleased that after so many summer visits here-- random months apparently adding up to two complete seasonal cycles-- my body seems to know this sometimes-Floridian climate.

A bunch of garaged PA stuff probably comes in this week, and Greg found an outlet for the PA garage freezer. So the grocery budget will resume bulk meat buys next month. I've already stocked it with Costco bread. Time to start stocking the GF bread there also.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 May 19 - 09:52 PM

I've finished scalping most of the long garden area beside the driveway and have emptied the three bags of mulch onto a large piece of cardboard. Friday night isn't the time to head to the park alone to get more mulch, so I'll retrieve two batches tomorrow. And I picked up bedding plants and some flowers today with my gift certificate.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 May 19 - 11:41 AM

I've created a set of beds in my front yard that over time I've simplified for the sake of mowing. And I realize that if/when I ever sell this house or my estate sells it the next owners will probably go back to one large lawn with a few trees (assuming at least my trees would stay. It was a bare stretch of Bermuda grass and a few straggly shrubs against the house when I moved in). That's up to them. For now, I like my park-like layout, but I am keeping in mind how to mow around anything I change.

It's the time of year when ants try to move in with me, so I'll be spritzing Diatomaceous earth around the edges of counters. I peeled a banana this morning, and it seems that slight crack in the skin was enough to invite in a dozen or more ants. Weirdest thing I've ever seen. The dogs don't mind ants, so they got that one.

The door-prize Vinca on the front porch doesn't like to be ignored, and I expect to be at the plant nursery today later and I'll find a replacement. Or pick up a pack of Portulaca seeds and put them in that pot. They do just fine getting watered only occasionally.

Two dog beds are once again in the washer, some of Poppy's favorites. They are probably okay but since I'm planning to tuck them away for a while I want them clean. The carpet in the dining area is about to be vacuumed, then folded back each way and dirt swept out from under, then shampooed. Big job for this evening. I want to leave the dogs in the yard while I do it and late evening and after dark it will be cooler for them. I may donate a couple to Goodwill (after they've been washed).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 May 19 - 11:34 AM

Charmin has a Garden Guy, we have a Lawndude, lol.

The AM here:

Bumpy AM coffee chat, but included great shared vision of:
. ballot box by china cabinet for overflow dog food, rice bag
. coat tree in kennel closet for quick-grab winter and rain gear
. ballot box in kennel closet for quick-grab winter boots
. underbed coat storage space planned is reallocated for linen storage such as space-bagged winter comforter to add when needed for a few months.

Then my round of room-circulating to better utilize PA items brought:

. Swapped 2 chairside baskets and changed locay of some items in them
. Found orajel and caused its containing cabinet to be better ordered
. Assessed how our home storage/unpacking is coming along, in light of coffee chat decisions about garage items that can come in.

Here's our 5-minutes-to-tidy bedroom.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 24 May 19 - 09:46 AM

I wrote a discursive post yesterday on everything under my particular sun, and then Stratford was hit by a line squall that -- among other things -- knocked out the hydro. That dropped my clever musings straight down the memory hole where they probably belonged.

Steve the Garden Guy showed up the other day to talk about tidying up our flower beds and pruning our trees. Talking to Steve is a bit tiring because he is a non-stop bundle of energetic nerve, but it's good to know he's on our case. God knows, we are the world's worst weeders, really not to be trusted with any task more complex than mowing the lawn.

Steve was recommended to me by Soprano Ruth, a recent widow with wicked arthritis. Ruth lives in a large ramshackle house surrounded by what looks like forty acres of garden and, without Steve, she would be trapped in a jungle. I look forward to a neater summer than we had last year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 May 19 - 07:44 PM

SRS, our week... Yucky fam thing going on, but gardening = sanity.

The parrot cage was a curb find, the summer before last, and until this year I wasn't sure exactly where it should live. (It's in the photo album, shown in its semipermanent spot. It's temporarily not in that spot, as we Lasagna the square of lousy soil it occupies.)

Next year it will house annuals, but this year its shape just softens the boxy lines of the rest of the patio.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 May 19 - 04:43 PM

Day two, and second run made for mulch. They'd moved it around so I couldn't fill my bags with the cedar-rich mix I found yesterday, but it will still work. With so much wet weather this is full of fungus (mycorrhizae).

I looked into Don's recommended "5 second fix" - it seems to have mixed reviews:
Does 5 Second Fix Belong in Your Toolbox?
Chopping to the point: Liquid plastic resin pens seem to be all the rage in DIY circles nowadays, and 5 Second Fix appears to be a new addition. However, this popularity means you have lots of options from which to choose, which almost certainly includes local options that are easier to buy—and return if you’re dissatisfied.

Compared to many of these other options though, 5 Second Fix appears to provide 2 unique advantages:

The company claims it can be sanded and painted for the cleanest possible repairs, and
Comes with free S&H.
As such, although we almost always recommend purchasing these types of products locally, 5 Second Fix appears to be a solid option if you’re only interested in buying online.


The reviews seem to land generally at 2.5 stars out of five on the various sites. This sounds like the same stuff the dentist uses to stick new half crowns onto the tooth.

That new desk sounds like a nice substitute for the old ugly one, Dorothy. Good luck in evicting all of the ugly furniture!

How has your week gone, Susan? And what is this "parrot cage" you keep referring to? Do you or did you ever have a parrot, or is it simply an ornamental piece?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 23 May 19 - 09:59 AM

I found the ideal adhesive to repair large specialty hot tub umbrellas is '5 Second Fix' tm

Its better than super glue or gorilla glue.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 May 19 - 08:08 PM

I nearly burned out the little electric weed wacker this afternoon as I attacked the perimeter of the largest garden, then got rid of the grass growing out of cracks in the driveway. All three bags of mulch have been used or stacked up, so tomorrow I'll make that trip again (and I'm glad you have that steady supply, Dorothy. My city park supply is resupplied regularly and should be getting some more soon since it's pretty low). My gas trimmer is difficult to start, I may have to take it in for more work, or redo the fuel lines.

There are some US Post Office boxes that I've had for a long time that aren't usable now (some of the Zone B boxes; zone A is still in use and I use them a lot, but these others didn't work out so well and were discontinued.) I've flattened them completely, laid them in a line, and covered them with mulch. I also used some long pieces of cardboard I'd kept from the box the mower came in and other boxes that were the right shape for this application. It'll make room in my sun room box storage area.

I've walked past the same dead bug or dirt chunk on the floor for the last couple of days - it's time to attack the dust and specks and vacuum the living room carpet. And since Poppy's passing, I think the time has come to steam clean the carpets.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 May 19 - 07:55 PM

Dupont:

The "new"/old cabinet which is now ours is quite nice even though painted. We are at the point of a big need for a strong body to help R carry things upstairs .... Beautiful "new" blonde oak chest of drawers and elegant roll top desk and the heavy pine piece for the Sewing/TV room... All cluttering the first floor! Would love them in place and in use! In this lifetime!

The only new-from-a-store piece of furniture is the mattress. I am hoping for another bed frame soon so I can get another mattress so I can have overnight guests! (Big music fest on the canal in mid June!) R says he has several "wow" bed frames... The beautiful blond desk is to replace the dark oak, needing repair roll-top desk about which I commented mildly, "That is a really ugly desk." We are fortunate to be surrounded with good thrift shops! The big question is when will R divest us of the not-going-to-be-used pieces.

Went to a "seniors' lunch" today - first ever. Met a couple interesting women and am hoping one might join our English tutoring group - another yankee who has lived in Canada since '81. It was a marvellous mix of skin colours; only one male. Lively group and the noise, of 25 people talking, wore me out; the afternoon has been no energy at all.

The 3 baby cherry trees are well planted; I put a tomato cage and netting around each lest there be nibblers. They are leafing out nicely!

Hope to go down to Mill tomorrow to fetch more mulch (sorry SRS!), visit Geri and do some clean up in studio. Still need someone with a rototiller to make me more garden beds before I can bring more perennials. Last week's plantings look very healthy; the deep purple iris are in full bloom.

My indoor tomato plants have numerous new fruit!

Want to go to Beaver but R cannot and seems to want me to stay here. I need to get back to help Magda with pottery but, even though this is a weekend of events up there, it really is too soon to spend that much energy again. Maybe next week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 May 19 - 07:31 PM

Response sent to MCOT.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 May 19 - 05:08 PM

We started a fun project today to discourage the dog from straining herself right through a fence in order to eat cats, while out in stinking heat and humidity.

I came back into the roaring AC and wrote about it here, including the plan to fix what is, until fixed, the obverse of curb appeal. It's also a declut. Let me know what you think:

http://bit.ly/2HKwvOA


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 May 19 - 04:34 PM

After rain yesterday morning the mulch at the free compost site was almost steaming and heavier than usual to lug back to the SUV, but I have 3 heavy-duty trash bags full, and one garden area where I've started pulling weeds along the edge to put down a lasagna layer of cardboard and mulch. I think a 3-bag batch of mulch a day for a week or two is what is needed; whether I'll manage to keep up with that schedule is something else.

I poked through bathroom and dressing room drawers and cupboards this morning and pulled out a few things to discard or recycle; it's that time of year when occasional cool-down sessions are necessary, and I should save dresser drawers and closets to sort through when I need time in the A/C. And the pantry shelves, they're all a jumble again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 May 19 - 01:42 AM

I have concluded that several trips to pick up free mulch have to be part of my garden plan for this year. Weed whack the area I want to cover (scalp to soil) then put down cardboard and mulch on top. The local free mulch is actually robust wood chips. The garden will also have mulch, but less of it. And there won't be much garden, so perhaps I can control the stink bugs that wiped it out the last two years.

We had another thunderstorm overnight, but not as much inch-wise as the previous storms. Tomorrow should be good for working on the yard. And tomorrow I should work on another batch of yard limb trimmings to put in the trash for Thursday.

There are mugs and cups in the kitchen cupboard that I never use, and if I thought about it, there are other things in those cupboards that I never use. I think emptying the spice cabinet the other day has me thinking about what else is hidden in there that should be tossed or donated.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 May 19 - 04:29 PM

PATIO LASAGNA PATCH

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/

This started TODAY (thanks DH) when six (paper) leaf bags to immediately upcycle as the bottom layer.... were emptied in today's unpacking of most of the clothes and linens we'd brought from PA.

The plan is to border the left side and the front with block-- maybe the back also to hold moisture away from the neighbor's fence. This will connect a small square concrete pad on the left to a raised pad on the right, which provides its own wall and thus needs no block.

The parrot cage that lives there (currently off to the side) will go back there, but on risers to keep its feet dry, angled as before. Lasagna layers will continue to be added around the cage, making a propagation bed in the patio.

Brandon will help add the layers of soil, mulch, and compost to fill the bed, over the summer. He'll also suggest ways to use what HAS been a square of weeds choking off a poor little euonymus. (Not veggies due to persistent Roundup use in previous years.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 May 19 - 09:29 AM

One of the nicest aspects of having formally departed the job market is being able to sleep when I want, and as long as I want -- that is, unless and until the cat wants me to get up. It's hard to argue with fifteen pounds of claws and determination when it's standing on your sternum.

Himself is on his way to bail court, so I shall make a solo appearance at the dump today. Fortunately, the sun is shining mightily in Perth County, so I will get to see the vultures soaring against a bright blue sky.

We went out for supper last night, on foot so we could have beer. (When your're a criminal lawyer, or married to one, you take the drunk-driving law *very* seriously.) On the way, I counted four magnolia trees in less than a mile, all of them in full bloom. I'm always surprised by magnolias in Ontario, but they grow even as far north as Ottawa if they are planted in a sunny, sheltered spot. In Stratford, they don't seem to need any help, and they sure add pizzazz to our lovely little town.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 May 19 - 03:01 PM

what I do in retirement took a trip to france and spain. going to mystic in june. volunteering at a children's camp and would like to add more. i take pictures of flowers and post them on twitter. i go to macdonald's and read my email etc and watch a bit of their cooking videos they have up now. i sleep abnormal amounts in the day and am awake much of the night. i occasionally go across the river to swim.
well..that about covers it. hopefully i will be up and at em soon. Oh. sometimes I stretch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 May 19 - 10:41 AM

(See the link upthread to find the Patio Garden pix)

There is full shade between the garage and the row of handicap accessible tubs until about 9:30AM. A good time to plant, dead-head, etc.

This AM I potted up two more tubs, and Greg set one to complete the screening off of the griddle's gas bottle for curb appeal.

I also slid several rain-heavied tubs and a big bin of mulch around to accommodate the new garden feature-- the weathering iron armature of a faux wicker chair, the seat of which remains for a Newbie seat or her shade canopy. (That chair will be angled to balance the parrot cage, and get covered in pruned vines.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 May 19 - 02:29 AM

Aww, Michelle, the "lost a pet in May" club seems to be expanding. I'm sorry—when they're failing you end up making lots of accommodations for them. I did a lot of laundry there near the end also; enjoy the new sofa when it arrives. I have stuff here now that I was going to use to keep Poppy comfortable, but in her own area at night due to incontinence. There is a folding (8 panel - no top to it, just sides) kennel that will stay in it's box for the time being. Our garden soil is also really wet from weekly heavy rains. I know people have had their gardens in for a couple of months (raised beds, mostly), but mine is going to be late this year.

Like Himself, I've also thought about going back to school. Once you reach the retirement age in this state you can go very inexpensively or free, though the classes have to make with enough paying students and if they're full you can't be added.

The chore that needed doing, once I discovered it this afternoon, was pulling out some really old stuff out of the spice cupboard. Things in baggies that I no longer remember what they are, bulk items purchased but not used in ages, a couple of jars way past the sell-by date. To complement the cupboard clean-out, I cooked a couple of things for this week, to occupy the fridge. A batch of rice, some burritos, and overnight a crock pot of oatmeal with chopped dates is slow-cooking.

The last of the batch of limbs are at the curb, though I did cut down one more small limb after I put the can out for trash. Shredding some of the paper I mentioned earlier, and dishwasher is running. The washer is set on the timer to run in the morning—since it's a mixed batch of light and dark I have it running at a time when I'll be getting up and can dry everything before any color from the darks inadvertently bleeds into the lights. It isn't likely, but why tempt fate by turning it on now right before heading to bed then leaving a batch of wet clothes in the washer overnight.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 19 May 19 - 08:18 PM

Hurrah, the garage is clean and tidy. On the other hand, I have seven large bags of garbage, a substantial stack of flattened cardboard boxes, and a miscellany of dead household items — four Venetian blinds, a broken patio umbrella, a suitcase with a busted zipper, and one of those plastic sheet things meant to protect a hardwood floor from the wheels of an office chair, which (the plastic thing) is irretrievably warped. So Tuesday will feature a trip to the dump.

Everyone should visit the local dump at least once a year. A feature of the Stratford dump that I particularly enjoy is the colony of vultures that haunts the area. Very interesting creatures, vultures.

I will return to the dump on Saturday, when the city is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Day. That’s my cue to lighten our load of dead batteries, paint cans, fluorescent light bulbs, and anything else that looks dangerous, such as empty camping fuel cans.

LilyFestre says she likes reading about what some people are doing in retirement, and I realized that we are supposed to be retired but we’re not, really. Himself has just accepted a new job and enrolled in a doctoral program. I don’t have a paying gig at present, but I seem to be working as hard as I ever did, if not as much.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 19 May 19 - 06:52 PM

I'm sorry to read about so many four legged family members crossing that rainbow bridge earlier this month. We lost our beloved Murph on the Friday before Mother's Day. We knew it was coming and likely it was the best possible thing for him but there is still that empty space.....

Work has me running at full tilt lately, my caseload is higher than it has ever been. While I appreciate the vote of confidence that those kinds of numbers bring....WOOF!!!!

I took my Mom away for a 3 day weekend for Mother's Day. We went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania....did some shopping, stayed overnight, did some exploring and then made our way for a short visit with my aunt who we haven't seen since last fall. It was a whirlwind weekend but we sure did have a good time! Then yesterday Mom and I went on a bus trip to the Lilac Festival in Rochester...the weather was perfect and we had another great day!

Today I haven't done anything except make lunch! I am needing some rest and as you know, Monday is coming up shortly! :)

I continue to work on losing this weight but truthfully, trying to keep myself on track while travelling is somewhat difficult but not altogether impossible. I am now down 15. 6 pounds. It's a healthy start that I am pleased with.

We are behind in gardening at the time, as is the rest of the area due to the RIDICULOUS amount of rain. Some of the garden is dry enough to work but much of it is not. The ground is beyond saturated at this point! We did get some new turkey chicks this week.

I have a lovely window in my office that is perfect for growing things so I am getting my growing fix there...at least for now.

We are starting to begin the new furniture adventure. We currently have a second hand couch and chair that are about as old as Jeremiah. We have been waiting as Murph had difficulty holding his bowels.....we have had the furniture covered, of course and the blankets were interchanged and washed daily but we didn't want to invest in new furniture until we no longer needed to keep it covered.

We can't decide if we want another couch and two chairs or a sectional or what.....I'm sure we will be doing some looking over Memorial Day Weekend....great time for sales and all.

I am enjoying reading about what everyone is doing in their retirement or what they have been enjoying. Pete is looking at retirement in less than 5 years now. I haven't thought much about when I will retire as far as a timeline goes....I don't anticipate it anytime soon.

I hope everyone is well.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 May 19 - 04:02 PM

Dupont:

Waiting for R to return from picking up a cabinet at a friend's home in the city---- WE don't live in the city anymore!!! This wood cabinet: Friend Tom and I bought it, for $10, circa 1974 when some houses were being demolished; we could not get it into my 3rd floor flat due to the twist in the stairway (too tall) so after pondering the situation we said, "Maybe the Balks would like it" and drove across the river to the lovely suburb where our friends had a lovely home and asked if they would like it. Pat (who died two weeks ago) said it would make a nice mitten cupboard! On Friday, as I drove back from Beaver, phone call from Hannah: Would I like the cabinet back... ... OH? The mitten cabinet?... So forty years later... We Will find a spot for it! It is repaired and beautifully painted - I forget what colours. Wow! It has been used for many things in several homes, probably even mittens though I thought - "That's a LOT of mittens!" Now we get to use it for ???

Trip to Beaver: Left after English class on Tuesday, attended Driving Class (over 80 years old) on Weds, visited with various friends, helped Magda with pottery project, got Larry to come and try - and he threw 3 largish pots and WOW! Wants to do more. So studio is re-organized to accommodate two potters - at dif times- and I am SO happy that it is being used when I am not there much. Drove back on Friday and went folk dancing, after a nap. Great visit, great dancing.

Car got fussy about 20 minutes from home, and I stopped at Toyota dealer. It was a bout 12:30 and the nice service manager politely informed me that they might not have time to look at it; closing at 2:30 (holiday weekend). A spark plug had broken off, or something like that, and a piece had fallen into a cylinder and they used a magnet to get it out, they hoped. Anyway, I was out of there before 2:00 and it is working fine!! A mere $140! (Four new spark plugs)

Good rain here for the newly planted trees and perennials. Yard sales yesterday (no rain): nice bureau for BR - already washed and loaded! Fewer clothes on floor now! It had beautiful liner paper in drawers! Plant stand for a couple dollars is looking nice next to front door with a plant on lower shelf (front doors have large windows) and an ornamental plate on top of hand woven placemat on top - a place to put small things when coming in the door. Nice side table for LR and three good lamp shades, two have homes on previously acquired lamps. Need to find a harp for the 3rd - maybe at Beaver.

Some plants are moving outside! Plastic bin on back deck for fancy pots not in use. Planted green and wax beans at Beaver, pulled some weeds and cleaned sand off front doorstep - about 3 large buckets full!

Laundry and dishes caught up. House is taking shape - better and better. K is functioning effectively.

Exciting news, Charmion: "Himself" is not ready to be retired and your are in a great area for university! He will be busy and not underfoot! Hope you used a good mask for that garage cleaning!!

Still no R!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 May 19 - 12:42 PM

Sunshine and humidity following a day of heavy storms means it's tempting to head outside, but it's an all-day sauna if I actually try it. That said, I have some outdoor furniture to move around and I'm hoping a friend will come by and help me move them. I can do it by myself, but dragging this stuff is noisy and leaves marks on the pavement.

There are two ~ 8" diameter limbs that I need to finish cutting off the vitex tree in the front yard, each is around 5' long (the remainder of much longer limbs). One is partially sawed through using the bow saw and I go out and work on it a few minutes at a time. Once I get through the first one it'll be easier to reach the second one. That will declutter the front yard of a troublesome bit of tree that I used to either duck in time or hit my head on when mowing and wearing a ballcap (blocking view of it). With the additional sun I can put some lambs ear out there, and it happens a bunch of it has escaped and is growing behind my nextdoor neighbor's back fence, so I'll rescue it from regular mowing and put in the exposed bed. I have other flowers to put out there also. Two lantanas there need to be chopped out (I trimmed down to the roots and they keep trying to come back now. Lantana is tempting, but it is usually a mistake.)

I have more pots ready to move to the front porch patio, and who knows, maybe I'll decide to rearrange the stone wall at the side of the house (free of mortar, just stacked limestone slabs). I built it to provide some shade for the pots out there, but it could stand to be moved a few inches closer to the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 18 May 19 - 09:22 PM

The weather was beautiful today, but I spent the entire day running around the house with my toolbox, putting up framed things that should have been put up a year ago and fixing things from which I have averted my eyes for months.

I also cleaned Himself’s office. Left to his own devices, that man would smother in dust and those little round bits of paper spewed out by a three-hole punch.

Tomorrow — the garage.

Our garden shredder has died, apparently of a broken on-off switch. We have had it repaired once, but I perceive zero appetite to try again when I discussed its future with Himself. On the whole, I think he would rather just burn the heaps of sticks and other non-compostable vegetable waste that comes out of our garden— and then cook something over the coals.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 May 19 - 07:23 PM

The heavy rain this afternoon let up early enough that I was able to return items to the library (the last day of the last renewal was today). These heavy rains have delayed the return flight of the owner of the cats I've been feeding, so I may be going up again tomorrow morning.

The tedious thing today was resetting all of the digital televisions (two are easiest to set back to factory settings and wipe the extra non-working channels). When the local broadcaster reset their system, some of the televisions move them to display on different numbers when you rescan. There are just about as many televisions around here as radios, making viewing between rooms while I work easy. I've never been fond of sitting in one place to watch a program, and televisions are incredibly inexpensive these days. My channels are under control—now if I could declutter all of the commercials. (Many things are available on streaming services, but it adds up to many dollars. You get what you pay for.)

Tomorrow the last batch of limbs get cut up for the trash, and I need to poke around and see if there is anything else I can toss. I see papers waiting to be shredded, so that'll probably be part of the Monday pickup.

I attended a volunteer reception this week and in their raffle won a local nursery gift certificate, so after this latest bout of heavy rain drains off of the landscape I'll go pick up something to plant.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 May 19 - 02:19 PM

Wakies were unpleasantly early due to my fone's old clock app's going off when more sleep was on the cusp.

The waking wisdom today was to notify my son that Greg and I had discussed memory issues I've been worrying about since the move. One example would be that I had planned to go to the Y this AM and told him that... But had never gotten my suit and specialized towel out of the washer, to dry. Never set up the pool bag. (Also had taken too much Benadryl last night to scooter to the Y or drive, safely.) Despite passing the washing machine multiple times daily since the last workout. Hm... Transient stress? Or organic change in memory status? I've been noticing these little "ooopsies" a lot.

The AM was off to a slow and confusing start, due to our day's separate wakies time and my double Benadryl. Today it's only 1 caff serving, so the fog is likely to persist. My caff was in the patio in full sun, but not yet scorching-- delightful. It's going to be a hot one, so I opted for an indoor daytime.

We planned supper from frozen resources, and decided on a joint grocery trip around supper time so as to snag a Wally scooter.... And buy van-type items too bulky for my own scooter.

I folded clean laundry.

I repotted a bounding Xmas cactus, and Greg came home midway, so he helped. We propagated two leaves from it, into the succulent dish.

He's out biking, and I'm dozing over TV to get that hour I missed with the early alarm off my old app. He thrives in Sun (he's a coleus), and I in shade (impatiens).

I emailed CA MCOT Patty via what I believe is her base clinic.

The process is underway for opening and sorting leaf bags of clothing and linens with Yano Becky, Tuesday.

Later it's groceries and a poss trip out to live music. Tomorrow, a new church. Bummer-- starts earlier.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 May 19 - 10:42 PM

Tomorrow is my last day of cat feeding for a friend; the schedule that she prefers has me getting up earlier than I have been (though even that isn't particularly early compared to when I had to drive to work). It's good to be up earlier, it kind of resets the whole day.

I mowed the back yard today, just in time for more rain overnight and this weekend. [sigh] The dogs got a good workout with their retriever bumpers and I need to keep it short because the oldest dog has allergies that probably include grass seed. Keeping it short prevents seed heads from forming.

Lunch today with a friend, and a tour of her home, a 1960 house with several interesting modifications. And a room for her collection of Barbie dolls.

"Are your children interested in them?"

"No. They're my interest, and everyone needs a hobby."

Fair enough. It's an impressive collection.

She was unfairly dismissed from the same institution that I got out of by the skin of my teeth last fall. A lot of the memorabilia is in the garage to go in a garage sale or for donation. As we spoke about how to deal with this, I pulled my bound embossed cover book (an employee gift) and showed her my bullet journal. Some of these workplace perks are useful.

"They gave me one of those at a retreat, it's out in the garage sale stuff, would you like it?"

"Yes!"

I am working on the last half of the current book, and find this an effective way to keep track of things. As I left she poked around and pulled out the plastic-wrapped book from her department—and it turns out to be much nicer than what the library gave out. It's a Moleskine notebook, and I looked at some at Barnes and Noble last week. $30 to $40. I passed on the purchase, but this is even better, it's a gift from an old friend.

If it rains tomorrow that's just as well, it's time to deal with the usual stuff—laundry, dishwasher, vacuuming, etc. And I need to put more stuff in the Goodwill donation bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 May 19 - 09:05 PM

Charmion, Greg adds his love... It's so strange that now we live in a house you and Edmund never visited and aren't likely to visit. Pls feel free to FB your way over.

Hm... I sure hope Greg stays retired longer than Himself! I don't think I'd be as accepting of a return to battle as you seem to be!

Love,

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 19 - 11:16 AM

On Tuesday, we returned from a jaunt to Connecticut that featured torrential rain all the way there, all the way back, and through two of the three days of our stay. The minute we cleared the Canadian border, the clouds started to roll away and, by the time we crossed the county line, the sky was blue from horizon to horizon. Pathetic fallacy or what?

Himself is now up to his neck in work, entirely of his own choosing. The local agent (lawyer acting for another lawyer) for the federal Department of Justice is retiring, and Himself has taken the gig. This decision brings him to the end of about 25 years of defence work, as he will now be responsible for prosecuting drug offences in Provincial Court. Perth County has a small but nasty meth problem, so it's no sinecure.

The money will be nice, to be sure. But he also decided to enrol in a doctoral program at the Western University law school, so that makes two almost-full-time jobs he will be doing from Labour Day on.

It's a good thing I have never expected -- or, indeed, wanted -- Himself to do anything like half the housework around here, as from henceforth he will hardly have time to sleep, let alone drive the vacuum cleaner.

Last week, I turned out the tool shed and cleaned it thoroughly, and over the coming long weekend (Victoria Day this side of the border) I intend to clean out the garage. As a result, I expect to be making a trip to the dump (ta da dump, ta da dump dump dump -- Sing it with me, now!) on Tuesday next.

The garage was the site of much sawing of drywall, plywood and chipboard during the kitchen renovation, so every cranny in there is choked with fine dust. I think I'll buy me a construction dust mask at Canadian Tire today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 May 19 - 10:37 AM

You're making progress in the yard, Susan! I like the cleared spots on either side of the front path for the garden chairs. Very inviting.

My elderly Nike "yard shoes" are about to fall apart on my feet, having worn through most of both soles. The typical shoe-route to the garden is by virtue of being an older pair that I've forgotten I was wearing when I went out into the yard enough times that they finally take on that scruffy look and should no longer be worn to work. With the declutter work I've been good about getting rid of shoes that I no longer wear so all of my current sneakers are in good shape and not ready for that end stage.

DSW has the clearance section and I aim at shoes at least 40% off (rarely do you find anything 60% off that is wearable, but it has happened). I came home with a brand unknown to me but that has the qualities of the old pair—it's a mesh fabric so it breathes well, it has good support, and can be worn with socks.

I stopped by a neighbor's garage sale this morning and saw nothing that appealed. She collects vintage and antique stuff and puts that out on her garage sales. I have more than enough of that stuff here already!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 May 19 - 03:34 PM

SRS, Yano helped dig us out yesterday, after a very bad weekend of church misdoings upon us and a CA family emergency. Gardening got me through these and here are some of the most recent pix:

May 15, 2019 daily tour. Captions with most.

Yano unpacked a cube-bench of its song/story circle books and maracas, into the better cabinet we'd brought from PA. We used an old heirloom wicker laundry basket from Greg's side of the family-- easy to gently haul out to the Celebration Circle which I just photographed. (The pic includes Greg.)

Patio garden pix are in another public album linked upthread. Changes daily if you want to watch the vision of 4 years unfold.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 May 19 - 02:32 PM

When it rains, it pours. Lots of contract work coming my way in the next couple of weeks. But that's good, it gives me a better excuse for not mowing or getting things listed on eBay. (Actually, it's lovely this afternoon so after a quick look-in here, I am going to mow the lawn.)

How is your unpacking going, Susan? Did your "Yano" helper arrive today? And Dorothy, what else have you discovered in the garden? Michelle is probably looking ahead to the summer break and planning for camp and other Jeremiah activities. As they get older it is a fascinating process of finding both fun and growth opportunities.

Meanwhile, I'm finding that "Elderly Electrical Appliances" thread way too interesting. There is so much around here that fits that description!

Summer is nearly upon us. Enjoy the spring and keep moving forward with your decluttering!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 May 19 - 06:53 PM

Protest filed with a whole day to spare.

Now to catch up with other things I planned to do today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 May 19 - 11:30 AM

It's another Ozone Action Day here, so I must postpone my mowing until afternoon (the morning hours are when the worst air environmental damage is done running gasoline engines). I have another trash can I can fill with limbs (that's a human energy, no hydrocarbons involved) and I can keep working on my pots to plant, but the trip to the nursery will wait till after lunch. And I can dig in preparation for planting in the now-grassy bed (where the weeds are too tall for "no-till" - I need to work on that ground cover).

I have a paper from the tax authority in the county that says my property value has a value change since 2014 (up 93%!!) and is going to go up a huge chunk this year. The tax protest is due tomorrow, so I need to do that this afternoon, pull up the comparable values and pull out the foundation work appraisal and send all of this in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 May 19 - 07:44 AM

My scheduled AM workout at the Y was abrogated by late news from CA and the necessary emergency response, on top of a badly pulled calf muscle not safe for that workout today. I did wake up on time and will do the errands run part if what was scheduled, before the cleaner's 10:30 arrival, which is enough on my poor leg (plus garden tasks while she cleans) to meet the day's fitness requirement.

The whole house is disarrayed as a result of Sunday's church abuse incident, which presents another opportunity to walk on the recovering leg today, meandering thru endless ordering of the disorder before and with Yano Becky.

My grocery run may include a Lowe's stop to spend my Mothers Day gift card on garden items.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 May 19 - 10:46 PM

I also worked on yard stuff today. The house next door has been undergoing remodeling for ages, and one thing was to add a window (through the brick!) out to that side from the master bedroom's dressing room. That side of my house has a bed of cannas that have been ignored almost since I dug it and put them there (relocated from the front of the house). The last year or two they were puny, but some years they've been glorious, and I figure that now someone can actually look at that bed (also in brief view of everyone driving down the street) I'll give them a boost. And I have some of that gardening fabric in place, but only in a couple of spots around the bed where I don't want weeds getting in between the bed and the air conditioner/heater outdoor unit. In the past I've weeded away from the house and put down mulch, and who knows, this may be the year to do it again. Too bad I don't live near Dorothy's mill!

I walked down into my backyard creek today and looked around for fossils; lots of oysters and coral, and a big one that looks like fossilized bone. I brought them up in a bucket and they're on the wall beside the driveway. The creek itself is in constant need of cleanup, being an urban creek and it looks like every grocery store bag that ever escaped is strung up on roots and branches. I've threatened to get a kayak to patrol the beaches and pick that up.

I mixed up a wheelbarrow full of compost (from my heap in the back yard), commercial landscaper mix (lots of woodchips in it) and some other soil, to fill a few pots to finally get them planted. And I filled a watering can with 2 gallons of water and a dose of Spinosad (an organic insecticide) and poured it over the potato patch and another area. I will get a garden planted, but this year it's really really late.

More limbs are cut up from the front yard, with just one batch to be cut up after pickup on Thursday. I'll mow tomorrow (everyone else mowed yesterday or today, so mine really looks like it needs it.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 May 19 - 05:36 PM

DP,

Hope the "dears" make it. I have heard that the amount of top left in place should about equal the root mass extracted. Does that apply to your dears?

~Jealous in Ohio


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 May 19 - 03:18 PM

Dupont:

Busy Sunday as R dug three large holes first. Then we went, in two vehicles to the mill to extricate 3 cedars that were, in lieu of being able to plant them in the river rock laden ground, dug into a huge pile of wood chips, pots and all - a few years ago. The poor dears had made themselves at home and were challenging to extricate and also to replant. R had to cut the large pots off with a swede saw. They are now in their new homes along one side of the new property, well watered and with much of their "home" wood chips in the hole and as mulch. We have hope for their acclimation to their new venue, that they will now be able to live up to their full potential. The soil here is clay but I am told they like that.

I gathered four bags of the wood chips for mulching perennials I removed from the garden at the mill and today managed to get them planted and mulched in front of the house. This had presented another difficult task for R as the former owner, a non-gardener had put an indestructible fabric down to prevent weeds and covered it with red mulch. R managed to extricate most of it with great difficulty. I managed a tich more to squeeze in a few more things along one edge. The bed on the other side of the front door awaits another day! The new bed looks quite nice! There are lots more plants at the mill, yet to be moved.

Next trip to the mill, I shall collect more bags of mulch.It looks quite nice and is very well seasoned after many years outdoors. From when the mill was a hockey stick factory, there is probably enough to cover our entire yard about 2 feet deep! What a thought! I detest mowing grass! It is ever so useless. And it would make it so easy to plant all manner of veggies, herbs and perennials next spring!! When I lived in Edmonton, Alberta, many people planted potatoes on a new property, to break up the soil and prepare it for grass seeding.

We also brought back a small pine cabinet that will be useful inside the back door for indoor gardening soil and tools and more. I bought the dear little thing about 30 years ago at "Monroe's Trading Post" ($10) which was around the corner from Beaver - which was built by Monroe earlier on. His widow closed the Post but still lives there (was delighted when I told her I still had the wee cabinet!) and son is our good next door neighbour!

Now I am resting and waiting hopefully for the coming rain to finish watering in the new plantings. The river, however, is a few inches from coming over the road, from the last rains. It is fascinating to live in such proximity to this beautiful river - as long as we are high enough!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 May 19 - 01:56 PM

The new trashcan was picked up at the curb and the remaining limbs on the ground in the front yard can now be cut up and stashed for the Thursday pickup. There's a lot more sun now that a big chunk of the tree that had gotten too large has been removed. I need to take off a couple of large limbs that were too big in diameter for most of my hand saws (they will make for very long sessions with the bow saw).

Neighbors all around are mowing, attempting to keep ahead of the fast-growing lawns in this particularly rainy spring. I'll do the same this afternoon, after some more work in the house. I know, waiting till it's warmer out counters the logical way to do yard work, but it seems to be the way that works best for me. I think mostly because by afternoon the grass is driest and easier to push a mower through.

I've added a few items to the Goodwill bin in the laundry room, but it's not full yet. I should scout around the shelves in the garage—there is a lot of forgotten and never-to-be-used-again stuff out there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 19 - 09:37 PM

A few years ago I mixed up a sack of Quickrete in a 5-gallon Home Depot orange bucket and sunk a Bib hose rack in it, and it was stationed at the corner of the house facing the driveway and gardens there. A hose from the front of the house ran to it, and the hoses on it were used to drag around the driveway to water gardens on both sides. Today I cut the bucket off, dug a hole, and sunk the base into the ground down several inches. The bucket used to be about 4 inches deeper than the concrete, so water accumulated after rain. That problem is gone, and mosquito dunks were broken up and put in various planter trays and such out there today. I checked around my planting table to be sure it doesn't have anything set for catching water.

I have various landscaping things to do in the front yard that require digging, chopping, and transplanting, so this was just the start. It's sunny today (but so humid there isn't much point in trying to hang laundry to dry). I did prune more limbs for the trash

Sweeping up dog hair and deciding how many of various things need to be out (we have lots of dog beds, for example, but I think half of them can be washed, dried, and bagged until next year.) It feels like weather for spring cleaning, when you want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 May 19 - 09:52 AM

Having some trouble getting a link-- can you pls try this--

The rest of the gardening for this summer:

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/?refid=13&__tn__=%2Cg


Try this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 19 - 12:14 AM

I was able to use the steel rake and pull a bunch of the weed cover out of one of the gardens this afternoon, and get some of the branches trimmed that need to go in Monday's trash, but mostly it's soggy and buggy out there right now. I've done some online updating accounts. The weather that passed through here overnight is headed east, doing some damage. Here's hoping there isn't too much clean-up required.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 May 19 - 01:25 PM

The weather was stormy all night and the yard is sodden, so all of my work today and probably tomorrow will be indoors. Carpets still need steam cleaning, but not in this humidity and with the dogs in and out with muddy feet. I have some editing to finish and then I think eBay listings and sewing are my options for the time being.

I'm sorry to read about your friend, Dorothy. There is always unfinished business in friendships.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 May 19 - 06:42 PM

Patio coming along:

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 May 19 - 01:47 PM

Dupont:

A dear friend finally died on Tues after years of worsening Parkinson's. Intriguing how we can hope for a person to be out of misery, and feel really sad when they are gone. Fifty years... I feel bereft - of all the times I did not take the initiative to visit because I did not want to intrude. I realized too late that it would not have been intrusive for her.

We are getting the RAIN and the river is rising again. The sump pumps working and R wondering about installing a generator, and me agreeing it would be a good idea. I can only hope he will get to it before it is necessary to majorly de-clutter water from the cellar! I was in the midst of that in PA when I phoned my brother for help; At 10 pm I was sucking water into the shop vac, lifting it into the laundry sink... Good brother came with sump pump picked up from friendly plumbers at that late hour... I was sold the house with sumps but no pumps and never realized... This house has 3! And we are on the top of the hill. Water has its own ways.

Lasted about 20 minutes at Zumba this am. I was not tired this time; I was bored. It is NOT folk dancing! MY body is very gradually re-gaining strength and flexibility.

Tripped to the Mill yesterday, picking up items along the way: a fine, comfie chair with foot stool at thrift shop ($65, it was newly upholstered with a business card attached!), a big chunk (3 kg) of Emmenthal - to save packaging, some groceries, coffee for the French press and a chat with Mary, sorting of stuff to bring from mill to here, careful that I have homes for what I bring! Forgot a few things - next time. Visit with Gerry, picked up 6 books at Little Green Library and returned - into traffic at 4:30 just at the edge of Chateauguay. New learning! It took an extra 15 minutes to get home! Did a small stint of yard work before the rain.   

After laundering, the new drapes will be better in the laundry room and the heavier, lined ones in rooms where we need to cut the light penetration. Light pollution is such a bother.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 May 19 - 12:35 PM

Even as a retiree it's possible to have a backlog of paper stuff in the house to do, so that's what I'll tackle today. Especially since there is a chilly breeze passing over the yard today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 May 19 - 07:38 AM

SRS, ours is in our Dog World, where she knows not to trip He Who Drops Food.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 May 19 - 01:29 AM

Today had scheduled events that were satisfying, and it was too wet to try to do anything around the yard anyway so that was fine. Tomorrow and Saturday have a chance of rain (increasing on Saturday) but in general they look like a good opportunity to do some stuff outside. Cut up limbs for the trash, mow - again - after all of the rain the lawn will again be a slog for the mower.

Susan's outdoor cooking space sounds nice. I should formalize an area where I can cook (without the interference of canine "helpers.") Meaning moving a table to the side of the house where there aren't dogs. I will consider this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 May 19 - 04:37 PM

She Who Will Be Obeyed (Mmario's name for me) got her patio back today. Despite disability issues, gender issues, past housemate issues, and a few thunderstorm lines passing through-- the patio's cooking area is in place, the tarps are off and aren't coming back, the worst parts of the jungle are whacked, and the several gallons of soil and loose wannabe mulch are all sorted and ready for use in planting jobs for Brandon tomorrow. He'll have a few woody items to junk that were too heavy for us, and then I'll post a link to pix despite having a lot of decorating yet to do.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 May 19 - 11:40 PM

The yard is once again sodden; the creek rose over the bridge today so the village fire truck pulled up outside the house to prevent traffic from driving into it. They will have parked the ambulance on the other side of the bridge doing the same thing. It subsided quickly, but left a "high tide" mark of debris on the street and yard next door.

Volunteering tomorrow again, and expecting the park where I'll be working to be a muggy mess. No need to urge people to stay on the paths!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 May 19 - 06:11 PM

Tonight the patio weed-blocking nylon tarpage comes up, loses its accumulated doggie doo, and goes back down for its last season. It's two 8' x 20' pieces.

The hanging baskets will be set as is, atop the pots awaiting them, to "call" me out for a planting a day over the next week.

The declared-dead potted peony that is trying to bloom goes into the ground Friday, courtesy Brandon. Its pot, once empty, will be set in the row with the rest of the pots, to blend in the cherry tomato bush I got.,.. I'll line it with plastic to make it hold water around the existing pot which I was assured I can leave it in while it doubles in size. I'll put some bricks under it so it doesn't have to have wet feet all the time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 May 19 - 11:27 AM

The new house may be a haven, but it sounds like you're still plenty busy!

The storms burst on the scene at about 6am, and became more robust, so by 8am it was the full symphony of percussion and light. If they move out of the area this afternoon it is possible to get a walk in before dinner. All of this noted, there is plenty that needs doing in the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 May 19 - 10:27 AM

Dupont:

What a difference a home makes! We are both more relaxed as we love our new home, mostly free of clutter and two of us determined it not get that way.

This am, after BF an hour earlier than usual, R was cheerfully heading for the city; He paused to wonder over the tulips. I realized that he has not seen them open; will take pic. He is also delighting in the other upcoming perennials. We each look forward to what the blooms will be.

A viewing for the other house tonight. The big project is still in process with big meetings almost daily; very challenging. But he still wants to get back to writing a "rebuttal" regarding the erroneous info being promulgated by someone regarding the proposed gravel pits near Beaver.

Then there are trees to be planted and the yard still cluttered with the aftermath of the cellar cleaning which is not quite completed. These are the things that give R pleasure and relaxation and a sense of accomplishment; not struggling with realtors doing a poor job and looking for the big commission.

This new home gives him a place to unwind his addled brain, enjoy the few hours he is here; instead of staying in bed as long as possible as he did before, he is getting up and enjoying the trees, yard, house. the chickens next door, and getting in his vehicle and driving along the beautiful river and through the Reserve before hitting the chaos of his work life in the city. Balm for the brain.

This am we talked about divesting ourselves of the non-functional dish washer - which I would not use anyway - and making the space useful. The pantry and cupboards we have are not full and I am running a nicely functional K, as I learn the vagaries of the Jennair stove, and occasionally move something to a more efficient spot.

I looked up from computer, still in LR, and realized we have no "coffee table". A work in progress!

Yesterday, the nearby thrift shop yielded a "garden sheet"(for collected debris) for $1 and a set of heavy, light grey/white drapes for one of the spare rooms $8. I asked the nice young man at the produce store to give me a large quantity of fiddle heads in a bag rather than buy 8 styrofoam packages. He agreed nicely with my wish to reduce the use. R took about half to bro at the office.

This is a great move. I still need to sort myself out re wanting to be with friends at Beaver and the life I have there and not wanting to make the 5 hour trip, leaving R to fend for self. It is important that we are doing this house together, enjoying making it into our home. The city house was too awful to ever feel like a home.

I see a future with fewer trips... to a time when I can longer do that. Letting go... Drawing in... Building a new sort of life. I have made a stab at it in several places over the years but Beaver/the area has been most like home. I will go back next Tuesday after English class (tutoring one student) for a few days - tend the gardens, consult with Dan re a wood shed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 19 - 10:28 PM

Progress in the back yard, with one more fence post down, the cement footers knocked off of two of them, one older hole finished filling and a new hole completely filled. I push the pieces of concrete in and mix them down deep with soil, and soil on the top few inches so I hopefully won't encounter this concrete again. Four posts are down, six more to go.

It's very muggy here today, and thunderstorms are predicted overnight. Again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 19 - 05:56 PM

(And cheaper).

Pix:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2239170596162224&id=100002079158985&set=p.2239170596162224&source=47


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 19 - 05:33 PM

So Judy's wise counsel was that hanging baskets replanted into my waiting pots would give me the look I showed her I was going for. Pictures soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 19 - 01:26 PM

Aquatic therapy resumed today. Ow!

In a bit, it's Buy Annuals Day. Judy's picking me up after an appointment.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 19 - 10:57 AM

Lawn aeration is a topic of discussion on the organic site I referenced earlier in the week. Their expert lawn guy swears by the floculating effects of using a sprayer (backpack is fine, but even just a 2-gallon with a hose and wand is sufficient) with water and a bit of shampoo mixed in. And surprisingly little shampoo. I just looked up the moderator's advice in the forum:

I'm going to suggest you do not go to the trouble of aerating. Instead, use shampoo to soften your soil. Healthy soil is like a sponge. When it is dry it is very hard. When the first drop of moisture hits, it does not soak right in. It takes a few seconds before it soaks in. Once it soaks in, the soil becomes very soft. Shampoo can help create this process.

Use cheap, generic, shampoo. Apply from a hose end sprayer at a rate of 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet. Apply right before you irrigate (1 inch). Next month spray it again. That should be all you need for the rest of the season. Then sit back and wonder at the amazing soil as it softens during rain and after irrigation and hardens up again a few days later. But when watering, do not go by the soil. Go by the grass. Grass can grow very nicely in hard soil.


Scroll down on that forum page and he gives a scientific explanation of how that works, last post on the page.

I have so many yard chores to do right now it's difficult to predict which one will strike my fancy when I walk out the door in a few minutes. I'll report back later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 19 - 10:50 AM

Hard clay soils really do benefit from aeration. You would still want to add something to help break down the clay. What is it? Um maybe its gypsum but organic soil/manure is a better choice than most, even better is crushed carbonized wood chips (never self lighting charcol).
If you end up with earthworms you have done as good as possible.

Those dog poop shaped cores are normal and good.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 07 May 19 - 09:54 AM

Yesterday, I turned out and cleaned the tool shed. It took all afternoon, and all my energy.

The trouble with a tool shed is that, when you move in, it’s a great spot to park stuff until you’re ready to find permanent lodging for it. But the typical tool shed is small, so this attitude has to change quickly or you won’t have a tool shed that does what a tool shed should do. Himself is impervious to such problems, and I let winter take over (as it does) without buckling down to deal with it. So there I was, about a year late, with work gloves and construction-grade garbage bags, finally making Lebensraum for the lawn mower and the garden shredder.

I was almost finished when a frazzle-haired youth with an odd machine appeared in the driveway offering to “aerate” the lawn. Now, lawn care on that level is fairly theoretical to us; we’re still coming to grips with the whole gestalt of mowing and raking. Weakened by the sweat dripping into my eyes, I agreed to a price of $60, and he embarked on an energetic assault on the property. The odd machine looked like the bastard child of a lawn mower and a piece of de-mining equipment, with a large spiked roller driven by a stinking gasoline engine. It left the lawn covered, not only with holes, but also with clods of earth the exact size and colour of dog turds.

It took me a while — maybe thirty seconds — to recognize the clods as such, making me something of a stand-out among the frazzle-haired youth’s first-time customers, according to him. I decided to take that as a compliment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 19 - 09:02 AM

Yesterday I put a new reflective roof on a gazebo I use to shelter the car. It took 7 hours.

The guys we hired to remove and put up a new 400 ft.fence arrived ths morning.
This I can not do. Well I suppose if I took 2 years to do it...

I do plan on putting branches up against the new fence and spraying linseed oil. That way the untreated leaf themed pattern will turn into a shadow like grey while the rest of the fence will look realtively new. After several years a respray will fix the organic look into place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 May 19 - 10:04 PM

SRS, it's enough that she knew but also stayed with you as long as she could. YOU DID GOOD. I'm so sorry it hurts so much.

I wish I'd known her.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 May 19 - 08:38 PM

I hope you post some photos of those flowers on Facebook, Dorothy! It sounds like that yard has exploded with life after the snow cleared!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 May 19 - 07:50 PM

Dupont:

The death of a dog friend can throw a monkey wrench into one's life. Mowing the lawn = good therapy.

I managed to clear some of the old plant debris, after thinking about needing an old sheet on which to gather it, I finally settled on a plastic bin for now. A sheet is so much easier than the wheel barrow - which I can hardly move. But I sorted a bunch of stuff in the search for sheet. So, two chores done! The tulips finally blooming are gorgeous - red w yellow and yellow w red. Many violets scattered in yard! Tons of hosta, day lilies, and two huge clumps of peonies to be awaited! And green leaves finally showing their stuff! The river is still full to the brim but no more ice or snow! Two boaters were out on Sunday. Hope they used life vests.

We delight in our new home, indoors and out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 May 19 - 05:58 PM

I can't remember what I had planned for the day, it all slipped into the background when I realized my oldest dog had died in her sleep overnight. I called the vet then took her over so they can send her to the communal crematory (I don't get ashes back). I'll take the other two dogs for a walk this evening. I should have known this was coming soon when she had to be pulled along a couple of times on our last walk (we don't have sidewalks so I pulled her to the edge of the street as traffic came by.) Ironic how you feel guilty for the little things like not knowing they're dying, and completely overlook the great life she had here for 14 years. She went her way - she was at home with her pack, sleeping in her favorite spot (that let her see both the front and back doors and hear me if I moved around down the hall in my room).

She kept up right until the last couple of weeks, and my next door neighbor said she happily gobbled down the daily dog treat he gives the dogs over the back fence every day. She was eating treats (raw egg, ham slices, dog treats), just not regular dog food. Other than the event noted, that last walk was a good one, when we went up to the park and they put their noses to the ground to snuffle along in the grass. I like to think of this as their "wild dog" stance, checking out the local environment.

The other dogs knew; I could tell the way they always sniffed at her. Tests would have shown what my home "Lab" (retriever) work already told us. At 14, I wasn't about to torture her with tests or anything but the most basic treatments.

Enough wallowing. I need to finish mowing the back yard. The exercise will be good for me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 May 19 - 10:53 AM

Dupont:

No clothesline - will be a while! I used to have gloves and pruners everywhere, including under the driver's seat of car so I could grab them and get to it wherever! My extra gloves seem to have disappeared into the mists of chaos, along with my box of Marie Corelli books - they did not appear when R moved the boxes I though had been piled on top.

Boxes of books came from mill and went into basement where the plan now is to set up the (auction) ping pong table for sorting. I hope this will include culling! Apparently the basement will be the library - a nice room that could be a studio apt - or a library. Even has a washroom with shower.

We used my car yesterday and driving home with it full of moldy books... Not Too moldy but I could smell it and had windows open. Also brought a few pieces of hanging art - my Georgia O'Keeffe print is now on Den wall! A large round stained glass piece will go ... undecided.

The recycling bin was emptied today! Now I can start re-filling it for next week. Those darn flyers...! And R took some metal from the basement to go to a scrap metal yard. ("$5.00") But h may add to it when he gets to the city.

I have lots of clearing around plants but I ache from Saturday. Yesterday we went to a craft show on the reserve and talked to people; R had to buy a very small jar of jelly. Oy vey! And to the Farm Market near the Mill: had lunch, purchased nothing else, found out a friend had a brain op so after we picked up stuff at Mill, we went to see if Jesse were up to visitors. Had a great visit and were so happy to see her recovering just fine. The best I could understand: something was leaking in her brain and would build up pressure so she could not play music and other sorts of things. They opened a flap and removed the small mass. Not a tumour or cancer. She expects to be fine. She and Joe are homeschooling their 7 year old; he is learning Mandarin from a woman a few miles away. Of course, already fluent in French and English, as are both parents. I realized this morning that I was able to understand the auditory aspects of our lively conversation. That was a special de-clutter sort of thing as my brain often understands nothing and R has to tell me what was said, afterwards.   

Thusly, continues the moving into Dupont!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 19 - 09:07 PM

It's the same dunks and granules sold locally as sold at Amazon. Dirt Doctor "Library" information on Mosquito Dunks.

I also repel them with granulated garlic—sprinkled around the house (from the wall and out about 10 feet all around). You'll find more ideas in this list of suggestions. There used to be video linked on the site but the local television station took it down. Take the large (up to a gallon-size) warehouse club type of granulated garlic (Tones, etc.) and DON'T take off the sealed paper over the jar. Instead, use a sharp pencil or ballpoint pen and poke a bunch of large holes in that styro-paper top, turning it into an oversize garlic shaker. You can use that to sprinkle the garlic. You don't need to sprinkle it heavily; a gallon like this lasts me a couple of years worth of mosquito seasons around here. The yard will smell like an Italian restaurant for a couple of weeks, but even after you can't smell it, it's still repelling the bugs.

I managed to pull weeds and grass away from the new fence and used poultry fencing staples to tack my Invisible Fence wire to the bottom of the new fence, about 6-8 inches above the ground. Part of it is also buried, and I still have the last 10 feet or so to work on once I figure out how to move the chain link fence at the far end of the yard. But FINALLY! I can mow and trim down there. I knocked off two more concrete footers on dug-out fence posts, and started digging another one.

Laundry is off the line, I need to run the dishwasher, and I need to give myself a good scrub after all of this yard work. In the morning I'll cut up the ratty bench at the curb (giving it one more night of possibly being picked up). Moving forward.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 19 - 06:02 PM

Suit yourself, but I'm telling you that the product I got is still dissolving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 19 - 04:32 PM

I buy mosquito dunks in the 36-pack at local feed stores to be sure they're fresh, though I have bought this size from Amazon. I get the dunks because they have the highest percentage of Bti per volume in the pack (versus loose granules sold in bottles). These break into pieces easily and one dunk can go in several trays under pots. And they need to be refreshed every 30 days to be effective. Lots of mosquito-borne stuff down here in this part of Texas, and another reason for being organic is so the native predators of mosquitoes (birds, bats, dragonflies, toads, lizards, whatever sees them eats them) is around to eat them.

I have tackled the wire in the back yard, buried a portion and I'm going to staple part of it to the new fence the neighbor put in. It'll wrap on this side of the fence posts, so I'll have to be careful with the weed trimmer (I'll staple high enough up that it's generally out of harm's way). I'll use a screwdriver to hold the coated wire in place, staple over it, then remove the screwdriver, leaving a gap for the wire to make sure the staple doesn't cut through it. While I was working around the wire I also filled in one of the fence post holes and knocked another concrete footer off of a dug-up post. I've started digging up the next post.

Laundry is hanging on the line and another load is finished and ready to go out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 19 - 02:48 PM

SRS, Amazon carries dunks as granules. Mine lasted all summer without renewed application. Broadcast like seed, and DONE. Not a bite all summer. Worth the shipping cost.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 19 - 11:31 AM

Last night as I was dropping off to sleep I did a mental inventory of the places where water stands (and mosquitoes breed). This morning is dedicated to either removing the catchment or adding mosquito dunks to kill the little buggers.

Tomorrow is trash day, so this afternoon's sunshine (!) hours will see me move bundles of limbs to the curb, cutting up the decrepit bench (it is in a three-legged drunken sprawl, tilting back down there at the curb) and getting rid of the broken trash can.

I've moved a tall bucket to the back yard area near the fence posts I'm pulling out. There is leftover soil from earlier holes that I'll keep in the bucket so I can level the spots and go ahead and start burying my Invisible Fence wire. I started to do that yesterday then realized I was going through a mound of soil that needs scooping out of there to level the spot. The weeds are robust along that strip so I have to get control of the space. Once the line is buried so I can push the mower back there or use the weed-eater.

Yesterday's run to the recycle bins got rid of my stuff but also scored me some newspapers that were within reach. I use them in layers in the garden.

The old dog has trained me well; I've discovered that small (about a tablespoon each) dabs of the canned dog food, spaced out on an old tin pie plate, are just what she wants. Dog hors d'oeuvres. She isn't eating a lot, but she's eating. And I can give her this more often to get the volume of food up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 19 - 06:54 AM

DP, it sounds like the anti-clutter party may have added a new devotee-- yay!

My antique woodstove holds my gardening necessities, behind the oven door. Perhaps you might create a pretty clay item for yours?

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My garden task this week is peeling up the weed-blocking nylon tarp in the patio (to better arrange the outdoor kitchen on the pavers it covers), after Greg and I discuss weed control out there. He's taken over the lawn service's tasks-- and he has a good weed-whacker. Then friend Judy and I will choose plants to start planting the containers I left ready to go, before we went to PA to close that house.

I need a mixed flat for the top of the woodstove to discourage the dog from getting up there to notice that she could step over the fence to catch a cat.... Another for the granny cart plantings.... Another for the pots and windowbox.... One for the parrot cage....

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 04 May 19 - 08:03 PM

I painted the upper two levels and cleaned 2o years of dirt.
I still need to do some woodwork in semigloss but its primed.
The living room is Dali sky and Dali grey. Woof it takes alot of tape. Only half the furnishings remain.
It only cost a torn calf muscle and sore back but hydrotherapy is enough of a relief.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 19 - 08:01 PM

Dorothy, I'm thoroughly enjoying the moving process into this new house! And one answer to the lost gardening gloves is to have them in several locations. I buy a ten-pack of nitrile coated gloves ($10/10 pair at Home Depot) and a pair are tucked into my garden apron, some are in the garage, in the greenhouse, in the area where dog stuff is kept, and the rest are stored over the dryer.

The mower gas can was refilled today and the back yard really needs attention. And this week I will finish the fence panel on the side where the new fence went in. I should take along the stiff-tonged rake and when I get to lumpy parts of the yard, give it a going-over to see if it's sticks or rocks or cones or whatever. Marking up the ground that way will make it easier to find the spots later if topsoil needs adding. There are tons of holes dug by dogs, those I can't seem to prevent, but these are around the perimeter and make mowing more difficult than it needs to be.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 May 19 - 07:01 PM

Dupont:

wow! R actually noted concern for the "clutter" that has built up. He needs a second person to help, so maybe next week. He spent today de-cluttering the cellar - lots of stuff left behind included a huge amount of clean clothes for small persons - off to the thrift shop with that and more! It is wonderful that he loves cleaning up dirty places! I hate it!

He did tell the previous owner not to worry about what he left behind!

R noted that the house was still not in having-company-for-dinner condition! Oh, YAY! Hope for the future. It is OK for inviting a couple people in for tea. I almost bought coffee on Thurs but Mary did not have any. Maybe tomorrow. The coffee press awaits its first voyage. We could have folks for supper but not a house viewing - still need bureaus to put things away. And considerable fine tuning would be nice.

I cooked and looked for gardening gloves; by the time I thought it might be necessary to go buy some, it was too late. Then I found them carefully put away... Finding the correct homes for things is a chronic challenge! A waterproof spot on the back deck would be great for gardening stuffs: to be found. Less than an hour of yard work and I was way too tired and concerned for aches tomorrow. I will build up to it gradually. Hope!

I may ask R for help to pull out the heavy duty weed block fabric; it is well knitted in with couch grass. Although there are some impressive clumps of day lilies, iris, peonies(!) and ???, I have lots more to move from the mill to here. Need three big holes for the cherry trees! Also three cedars that we bought several years ago and never planted at the mill, have been surviving with pots buried in a deep pile of wood chips! Maybe tomorrow they can be transported to a new home!! The wood chips - very old - might make decent mulch; there is a huge amount down at the mill - it really was a wood mill! They made hockey sticks.

R was notably happy to get home before dark last night (8pm)! Me too! Dinner before 10 pm is a big bonus! I hope this idea will help him cut loose and come home sooner, more often!

Th plants I brought here from Beaver are burgeoning; I will take a few back for the garden club plant sale at the end of May.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 19 - 02:36 PM

After all of the wind and rain it's a cleanup day in the yard. Trimming limbs in the way (I know, fall is better, but this is when it's happening), dragging an old bench to the curb (if no one wants it I'll cut it up for the trash on Sunday night) and general sorting out how the area is arranged beside the driveway door. You don't have to be indoors to rearrange the furniture!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 May 19 - 01:04 PM

I began to come out of the fog last night, but not enough to remember to refill my synthroid pill stick, so I'm up early to take one out of the fridge, refill the stick, refill the Rx, install the Rx app..... Eat brekky... Sends ked to John.... Take stock... And start to regain my independence. Again. :-)

It will be interesting to check dates and see how many days this last flip-flop (between PA/OH) ate up,.... Calendar: Mid-March thru May 4.... 7 weeks x 7 days, 49 days.

Later... Cooperative ham slicing followed by cooperative redo of dog corner. I did the nastiest and heaviest bits.... After writing to doc for more Tramadol, since I've found all on hand (not much).

Goal-- cleanish floor in there plus fresh carpet remnant on her raised sleeping plank-- cut to a lesser depth for easier human access and more doggeh floor space for food, water, and dog poop.

Return to Y is Monday. Via scooter. No idea where they'll let me park that! (Wrote Y contact). Tmrw we scooter-race to Y, to see if the smaller scooter will do it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 04 May 19 - 12:06 PM

Jeremiah had his guitar recital last night. He played his guitar while singing and I think he did a fantastic job! Video is on FB if anyone wants to see him. :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 19 - 11:00 AM

Funny that I mentioned brick work here in Mudcat (on my logged in Chrome browser) and my phone's Instagram account has just started scrolling an ad for local brick masons.

There are a couple of clear days ahead and my list is long.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 May 19 - 04:21 PM

Kitchen whipped and purses boxed, under the bed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 19 - 02:17 PM

It took querying Google to get the complete answer, but I finally programmed the remote control device housed in the rear view mirror of my SUV to operate the garage door opener. I tried it with the last vehicle so equipped, but didn't realize there was another step - I had to push a button inside the lens of the garage ceiling opener motor to essentially tell it to pay attention to this signal. My garage door opener is quite old, but apparently even this old dog can learn a new trick.

Box mailed at my post office that has (again) a part of the building blocked off. Last month a car jumped the curb and hit the brick and concrete pillar out front. This month one jumped a different curb and hit the building itself. I met the brick guy looking at the damage as I left the post office, and asked for his card. He did a very good job on the first repair. He said he was really surprised to get another call about the same building. It has been here for about 20 years now and this never happened before. I need someone to look at the brick on my house, and I suppose this is as good a way as any to discover a tradesman.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 19 - 11:11 AM

I have little excuse for all of the things I haven't gotten to or finished lately. I do have distractions. And as has been the pattern over the last two weeks, it is supposed to be stormy again today.

Good timing for this (via Huffington Post on Facebook).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 May 19 - 06:58 PM

I had a visit to the endocrinologist yesterday for a 3 month check up. I am down 10 pounds, the A1C has dropped some, cholesterol is in range and so is my blood pressure! I have to remember to cut one of my pills in half on Sunday as my levels are slightly high but not high enough to cut the dosage to the next level down...never had a doctor do that before.

I had an increase in one of my insulins too. I use a Freestyle Libre which is a 14 day continuous glucose monitor. They download the info at the doctor's office and share the printout with me....very interesting to see the patterns. I am riding slightly above the level where they would like me...hence the increase in insulin. I'm seeing the results today...worked like a charm!

I purposefully arranged my client schedule so I would have almost client free days for the first few days of the month. This has given me some time to catch up on that missed paperwork and jump ahead to prepare for things that will be due later this month. So I spent today fussing with spreadsheets and treatment plans....they are complete but I was unable to do any printing or scanning as the copier is having issues. It should be fixed tomorrow so I can get it all printed out first thing in the morning.

I have also blocked out some time one day a week so that I can return to Weight Watchers. My supervisor is good with it, I'm still getting all my hours in and YAY for being able to do something good for ME!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 May 19 - 04:42 PM

OH

We replaced my scooter batteries, so trips on it to the grocery store, with Newbie, are back on.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 May 19 - 12:53 PM

Still at a standoff with the dog, though she shows interest in the dogfood gravy. Grrrrr. She pooped out pretty quickly on a short walk yesterday, but I think shorter more frequent walks may compensate for the one long one that we usually do.

Thunderstorms overnight—again—means the yard and garden are quite squishy, even though the day itself is lovely. Maybe I can work on potted plants in the driveway.

Waiting on information and things to come in the mail this week, to do with the new vehicle. For example, the toll tag is connected with just one vehicle, so when you exchange vehicles, you need to take the old one off by calling the office during regular office hours, but everything else can be done online. So, waiting on the toll tag, waiting on new license plates, waiting on paperwork, and information on which bills to pay and how much.

I stopped by my discount grocery yesterday and found pints of blueberries on sale, so I've frozen them, two pints at a time, on a large baking sheet, then rolled the hard blue marbles into a gallon freezer bag. I use these often and am glad to have 2+ gallons for $10. One more tray to go and those are finished.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 May 19 - 11:30 PM

I'm thinking that my old dog who is refusing food simply doesn't want chunks because she thinks they might be pills. I gave her canned food tonight and she still avoided the larger chunks. I'll put the rest in a grinder and add some rice tomorrow. I think I can bring her back around, but she is certainly being a picky customer.

Heavy weather predicted for the next two days. Ugg.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 May 19 - 07:53 PM

Dupont:

Starting to unpack the "new" stuff, I wondered why I had bought that! Put a bag full aside for thrift shop and the next box is iffy. But went to thrift shop and found four salad plates that match a fav glass bowl. That's all!

Much foraging today, mostly for food stuffs but also checking out towel racks for bath and powder room. The later we will use for most washing up as it is on 2nd floor. Towel racks are expensive - by my thinking - so I looked for ideas. Still under consideration. I don't want them to look cheap but to BE cheap!

Trying a new ploy, I have all veggies chopped for stir fry but waiting 'til later to start cooking so the veggies are not quite so over cooked by the time R gets home. 10:30 last night! But I need to eat sooner so I will aim for 9 pm and eat if he is no home. I get too fussy if I wait too late. "My baby, she's a country girl. When she gets hungry, she gets mean and she gets evil. But she can't help it none, cuz she's a country girl." Major de-clutter is to eat sooner!

Even better would be to stop eating cookies!

WOW! R just phoned to say he would be leaving "soon"! I can start supper!! "Soon" means - "after I unload..." But soon!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 01 May 19 - 03:51 PM

I find that I’m doing most of my clothes shopping on eBay these days. I have to do it on line anyway, as Stratford is innocent of shops that sell what I want to wear, so why not do it where the prices are usually lower and the choice much less predictable?

I just bought a green cashmere sweater for fifty bucks. Now I must go through the chest of drawers to make room for it — a good opportunity to shed the acrylic sweater I got for Christmas and never wear because it’s so loosely knit that the cats would ruin it immediately.

SRS, versions of that property scam flourish around here, too — and for similar reasons. Driving back from London the other day, I spotted signs along Highway 7 announcing “Jonny Buys Houses — Cash!” Yeah, said I to Himself, for ten cents on the dollar with immediate intent to flip. Wait till Jonny finds out that Perth County farmers are probably the sharpest wheeler-dealers this side of Wall Street.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 May 19 - 12:18 PM

With property values soaring lately there is an industry around trying to buy people's homes for a song and then sell it for a fortune, or turn it into income-producing rental property. I had a call this morning and was very rude when she told me what she wanted. It turned up a moment later as scam on my Hiya app, if I'd let it ring a time or two more. I suggested she declutter her list of my name.

I've been watching various thrift stores for a pattern of plates that I'd like to have a few more of. I bought them thinking they turned up every so often, but they in fact don't. I have seven, and would like at least a couple more. Five of them are a tan color, two are a dark muted green. Same lunch-size stoneware plate pattern, Oneida by Seiko, China - and they aren't tied to Oneida or Seiko. There is always something here to eat on, and there are old Corelle plates around - I was aiming at these as being my "grown up" plates.

Shipped an eBay box this morning, now I really do need to list more items, I'm down to four that haven't had much interest to this point.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 08:51 PM

OH

I'm starting to think about spelunking the garaged boxes for the dinner plates I packed. That will sure test my organizing system! If I can easily find them, yay. If not.... Who needs plates, really.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 02:48 PM

Too many updates on this computer (operating systems) has led to a Windows Firewall that won't deploy. I installed the ZoneAlarm firewall to see if that makes Windows happier.

Good luck with the redisposition of sand and gravel, Dorothy. Keep what you can use and see if the county wants the rest back? You may need to put in an edge along your yard to keep that from happening.

Income taxes were taken care of ages ago, but the tax problem for this month is the property tax rate. They're going up fast around here, and I need to protest it this time. That's a pain-in-the-ass.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 01:02 PM

Dupont:

I, too, just completed the income tax! and went on line to make payment and popped in for a moment before going to post office to mail the incomprehensible papers. I live in faith that the persons who slave over these papers will, as usual, tell me I done wrong and send me back an overpayment or ask for more - the later would be surprising. One advantage of a very low income!

Trip to Beaver told me that I have way too many dishes and bowls and next trip I shall cull the herd! R slept and read. Then drove home after about an hour packing the car, mainly with stuff for here. We have not yet reached the culling need.

Glad to be back. Happy that I left Magda happily potting in my studio and gaining confidence and competence. I love that the studio is being used. And I can trust her to keep things tidy. I hope warmer weather will encourage me to get some work done also.

The snow was mostly gone. BUT! the road up the hill had washed out and I have a few inches of sand and gravel across most of the front yard. Wondering what the Township will be doing to prevent a recurrence and how much of this I shall need to have removed. A sand path along the raised beds is not a bad idea! The raised beds saved the strawberries, blueberries, parsley/lettuce patch. And my three sweet cherry trees are now in the back of the car (in pots) happily budding out and ready to be planted in our sunny, drier, back yard. They survived the winter in BIG pots, nested in leaves up to their necks!

I did not use the computer since Friday. Some time I shall try to find out what to do about foxfire's new aberation. It used to let me copy and paste. Ephraim: please fix!

Some putting away yet to do but first to post office to mail the stupid tax forms. They could use major de-clutttering!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 12:33 PM

OH

With Yano Becky, several more #1 boxes unpacked. Dog corner per blankets discarded.

We also sorted out the food storage cabinet, recycling a number of items and adding items brought from PA.

Then we investigated remaining #1 boxes. One was supposed to go home with son, and will be stowed for him in the garage. One is all dry goods to unpack into the pantry-- no spoilage noted.

All the boxes and bags preventing us from walking all the way around the table are squared away, and the table's produce baskets are refilled, including a pretty new one from PA.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 12:13 PM

Charmion, that deck removal and subsequent paver installation should provide material for a few remarks this summer! Over on the Mother of All BS thread, probably 10 years ago or more, are descriptions of the Idaho house that Mike (Rapparee) moved into that had a deck, under which two large chest freezers (lift the lid and everything is in there somewhere type) were buried. It sounded like something that belongs on the Saturday night network real-life-mysteries program, but in the end no one was inside either one.

It's drizzling this morning, but yesterday my neighbors on each side mowed their front lawns, so I am determined I should mow mine today. I hope the cloud cover lightens so I can get to this soon. There is a lot of other stuff to do around here if I can't mow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 10:50 AM

I haven't posted here in a while, not because I don't love you all but because I'm not decluttering much any more. I have shed the stuff that really must go, and the clag that remains is dear to Himself, who would weep salt tears and raise holy Hell if I re-homed his collection of G.H. Henty novels.

I return to this thread today to report that the 2018 income taxes are paid, and Himself just headed downtown to the bank to cough up to Revenue Canada the Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax he collected in 2018. In consequence, all the money currently in our bank accounts belongs to us -- except, of course, for the HST owing on 2019 billings, and the 20 percent of untaxed net income the sensible person sets aside against next year's impositions.

In a way, I rather enjoy tax season. By government fiat, I am compelled to ransack the filing cabinet and sort out our obligations, and then carry through and pay what we owe. When we finish, we feel washed throughly, as the Reverend Dr. Isaac Watts would put it, and ready to face the profligacies of summer.

To celebrate, we're having the large, rickety deck removed from our back yard and replaced with a paved patio, the better to see what's going on with the foundation on that side of the house. God alone knows what's under that deck; not only a warren of rabbits, whose tracks we see all winter, but also random hosepipes and wiring for long-forgotten lighting arrangements. The deck also covers two basement windows, each lacking a proper window-well so it's a good thing we are on high ground here. The landscaping contractor is coming tomorrow with his buddy the carpenter to figure out a concept of operations.

Meanwhile, despite the really weird weather (it snowed yesterday in Perth County), I have plans to get the barbecue back into commission this weekend. I just hope I don't have to shake ice off the cover first.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 10:50 PM

You know that meal you fix when you have family together for one of those (rarer and rarer) dinners when everyone can be there? I roasted a chicken with carrots and potatoes in the clay baker (so the meat is moist and falling off of the bones and nothing is under-cooked) and made an apple cobbler for dessert, and once the chicken was out of the oven I put in the baking sheet of baking powder biscuits. Lots of food stories, and I noticed my son paying attention when I spoke about my flour choice in making the biscuits—I usually add some whole wheat flour to give it a little richer flavor, but that can them more solid, and sometimes they don't rise as well. I wanted these to be spectacular so I used just white flour. He'll probably make biscuits himself and experiment.

The dishwasher is loaded and the cooking surfaces and table are cleaned.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 09:55 PM

I'm just reminding myself I'm here, since part of my brain appears to still be in PA. Twenty-five years.... Still feels like I'm not done leaving the only home I ever knew.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 02:52 PM

Are there actually going to be any more "PA" entries? Or you're just distinguishing the stuff that has been in OH for a while versus the stuff that came from PA recently?

Picked up a new outside large trash can today, but have had no luck so far determining what my next small kitchen trash can (that lives on top of the dryer) will look like. I can't put it on the floor, because no matter what kind of security is involved, the dogs will figure it out or chew their way in, so it has to be small so it can be accessed easily in it's higher position.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 11:25 AM

OH

Unpacked two more "1" boxes from sideboard: much needed food storage containers (now in DW), a basket for the table, a countertop appliance to store on the new custom cabinet shelves, bookends for the Library.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 10:37 PM

OH

Also GW'd in recent days-- loose headbands anod a hated pair of snow boots FINALLY replaced by the PA pair I LOVE.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM

More fridge and cupboard organization this afternoon; the little Tupperware container of olive oil that I last used when I took it to work last summer is now rancid and disposed of (the Tupperware cleaned and ready for use). Same with a jar of oil that was used once for frying, a long long time ago, etc.. The compost bowl has been emptied twice this afternoon. I have a number of redundant items to send to Goodwill, though I'll leave them in the kitchen in a box for family to poke through tomorrow when they'll be here for dinner.

Poppy is still not feeling like eating, but is perkier, so maybe by tomorrow her appetite will begin to return. She was on the pills for a week, so it may take several days for the effects to dissipate. I'm not taking her for a walk for a couple of more days because she had trouble keeping up the last time. Based upon the last week, I can't recommend Prion for dog incontinence.

Tomorrow I'll join Susan in the closet and dresser purge, including the coat closet in the hall. There is stuff in there that no one ever wears.

And yes, eight is young to be doing much cooking, but I think we all had particular tasks about that age. I mixed the pancake batter on the weekend, and I made the baking powder biscuits that went with dinner. My siblings had different foods to prepare. I was 11 when we moved from that first house and I'd been doing that for quite a while by the time we moved. (And when it was summer and Mom was canning, it was all hands on deck to peel blanched fruit, etc.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 09:17 PM

We spent this afternoon helping other members of our church and community pack 20,000 meals to be shipped around the world. It was a great collaborative effort with many jobs and many hands.

It was Jeremiah's first time working at such a large community event and he did GREAT!!!!! He loved it and I hope this fosters an interest in doing much more in the future.

Maggie, he is learning to do some cooking, not a whole lot as of yet but that will come. :)

I thought I'd be dragging after all the work from this afternoon but I am surprisingly fully energized. I truly had a great time!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM

OH

The rolling purge is on with my closet. Images of four (garaged) bulging leaf bags full of clothing and linens are looming in my mind.

This means that as I fold laundry, I'm pitching worn out items too threadbare for Goodwill. It also means periodic forays into the hanging space, for items to send to GW.

Net gone today is about a large dresser drawer-sized batch.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 01:43 PM

My outdoor trash can, a tall black Rubbermaid 55-gallon one, has finally split completely down one side. I'll tape a piece of printer paper on the side telling the trash guys to take the can this time. There were two here when I moved in. I have a couple of sellers identified from online searches, but one that I need to visit tomorrow to take a look doesn't have a very good web page. Rule of thumb, these come out roughly a dollar per gallon, so 44-gallon cans cost around that much. I'm hoping to find another 55-gallon. Do I want a can with wheels? When the wheels fail, I'll still be able to lug it to the curb.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 11:12 AM

We had a rather unexpected thunderstorm around midnight and my informal rain gauge shows over 2" accumulation. So my gardening is delayed, though I think I'll see about transplanting some iris today while I can still tell what color some of them were.

My daughter is at a Society for Creative Anachronism campout this weekend and sent a photo of the pancakes she is making for her tentmates. She grew up eating pancakes (both regular and buttermilk) I made from a 1970s Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, with my own modification of thinning the batter (more like Swedish pancakes). A couple of years ago she texted, asking for the recipe, then proceeded to make a mound of pancakes for dinner for her housemates (and of course, posted it on Instagram). It's a much requested dish, apparently. And when you're camping out they taste even better. I hope, Michelle, that you're having Jeremiah start learning to cook the foods that he really likes to eat. That's a great starting point for his future adult life.

I took Poppy off of the medication she was on, the last dose yesterday morning, and she's still not eating, but she's perkier. I gave her more broccoli this morning to tempt her to eat something. She is a about 10 pounds overweight, so it won't hurt her to have a few days with broccoli and water, but I'm hoping once it wears off she'll be back to her normal crotchety self (eating her favorite food and ignoring the senior food.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 10:02 PM

Oh hey, I cleaned out the fridge too. I used bits of leftovers to make my famous WhatTheHeckIsIt Stew. It's always a surprise, never the same and Jeremiah loves it every single time...LOL.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 07:09 PM

I was doing some cooking and mama lizard was quicker than I expected, so when I went out the last time she was resting on her laurels, the mulch was spread back over the ground. But I have some interesting photos.

I made a batch of my taco/nacho/burrito mix to use this week, and I've cleaned out a lot of stuff in the fridge revealing an inordinate number of apples, so I think I'll make a cobbler.

The soil is perfect in the garden this weekend so I'll be finished beds for planting and I'll get the bedding plants once the soil is ready - it's too easy to let plants die or get too pot-bound if I buy them ahead of time. It's late, but with a long growing season, that's not really a problem. Last year's pests are a problem, they were here the year before also (a form of stink bug that sucks the tomatoes dry),so I will be spreading mulch before I plant anything and drench the beds with spinosad (an organic bug killer) to hopefully take out the soil/larval stage of those bugs. And I always try to not plant too close together, so I can monitor bug activity. Maybe this year I'll manage it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 05:20 PM

This week has been super busy for me at work. We have monthly deadlines set by the Department of Health and since I missed almost a full work week while Pete was in the hospital, I have been working to get caught up. WHEW...I'm almost there!!!

On another work related note, I gave up my title and position of Champion Trainer this week for the Children's Program as I have elected to work exclusively with the adult population. To be honest, it's a relief and one less responsibility...I'm thankful to have passed that torch on!

Bare minimum was done at home this week. Dishes are done, laundry is caught up (thank you Pete). Jeremiah's size 8 clothing have been bagged up and have a home waiting for them. YAY.

We had sunshine, rainy, high winds and blue skies this week and this morning we had some snow...we are back to blue skies at the moment....loving all the additional sunshine!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 04:33 PM

Looking forward to seeing those photos Maggie! :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 04:06 PM

Aw. I don't think I've seen a lizard since I've lived here. I used to occasionally see the common lizard when I lived in N Wales and once in a while one would get into the porch and would need to be put somewhere safe but that's it. Brother in oz who keeps his door open has a I forget which of the larger pink or blue tongued lizards as a fairly regular visitor. I gather it likes cat food.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 02:06 PM

Greg is adding shelves inside our custom cabinet, and I have a box of silverware and spatulas from PA soaking away their PA filth.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 01:52 PM

Honda ships new without oil, and after six hours you're supposed to change it, to remove any shards left from assembly.

I was weeding a raised bed when I realized I had company, a native Texas Spiny lizard was preparing to lay eggs. She didn't completely move away, so I left the vicinity and will sneak back with my camera to see if I can get photos; I have before, but it was a much smaller camera. And I can assume that there are lizard eggs laid in the asparagus bed since I've seen them lay there before and it was weeded a few weeks ago. The mulch layer will be pushed away, she will lay eggs, bury them with the soil she moved, then put every bit of mulch back the way it was before so it will look like nothing has disturbed it.

I've been out with the camera, and put the long lens on for a closeup of each stage. And it's a good excuse to stop weeding for a while. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 12:29 PM

Oil change already? But, still it's best to follow what Honda says.

Briggs and Stratton make what seems to me the extraordinary claim that their engines (or at least some series including the type our mower uses) never need an oil change. I think that in practice, I will change the oil every second or more likely third mowing season.

I'm forever adjusting height with our petrol mower. Full height is needed to get it in or out of the shed and minimum is needed if I want to park it neatly with the body going under a shelving unit. I also use two different heights for mowing, cutting "our patch" at a lower setting than I do for the rougher other bits.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 11:26 AM

The medication the old dog is taking has affected her appetite and she's lethargic, could hardly keep up on our (shortened) evening walk. I'm considering the executive decision to take her off of these pills and wait a few days and go back and ask about the other medication. If she isn't enjoying her favorite activities then the medication is not very helpful. I made some steamed broccoli and she gobbled that down, so she has food in her tummy, but not much in the way of calories. She can stand to lose weight, but this isn't the preferred method.

Lovely weekend weather coming up. The new mower needs an oil change and then I need to consider setting the height it is mowing at. I think it could take the turf and weeds a little shorter.

eBay listings have languished for ages, as have a couple of other projects. Events a couple of weeks ago intruded on the routine, but I think we're back to our everyday activities now.

I look forward to hearing more about Dorothy's house and the Beaver location now that the snow is (hopefully) melting.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 07:15 PM

"Fine summer days" - just realised we are still only in Spring...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 07:11 PM

I’m glad I’m not the only one who can be entertained by rotating gears, SRS.

Btw, the light switch for the pond pump worked. It can’t make up for the combination of the kit’s small size panel and battery and the great British weather, etc. but I can now have the pump running sort of sunrise through to sunset on fine summer days.

If, and it’s a big if, I try a larger, more tech project this year, I think it could be setting up a larger solar panel system at the front. I think one 12V 100W panel would do the job (with allowances for our poor winter sunlight hours and not wanting to run things in darkness) and, while not strictly needed, it might be rather nice to have the bits at the front (including windmill but not the main security lights) off grid/stand alone. Well I call it stand alone but I could link it to indoors via wi-fi.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 01:34 PM

Dorothy, the different browsers have strengths and weaknesses, but select/copy/paste is pretty universal. I hope your method isn't too time consuming for you!

Jon, your clock was a thought-exercise, and it was a good decision to work out the design then decide it was a solution in search of a problem and stop there. That gear site is entertaining!

Time to start treating the fence pickets with wood preservative so I can put up that section of fence next week, and then time to plan to work on the fence on the other side of the house.

The ground is still pretty soggy from all of our rain, I think tomorrow will be about perfect for digging and weeding. Today I can work on clearing out stuff, a run to the recycle bin, move furniture in the front room in preparation for cleaning that rug. I'm tired of tripping over dogs in the den, now that the oldest one is on a medication that should have taken care of her leakiness, I'll open up that space to them. All of the portable dog beds were washed again yesterday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 11:27 AM

Dupont:

Yes, SRS, your suggestions did, definitely, help but Firefox refusing to let me copy and paste stalled me. Then, phooey on this! Try a different route!

Wonderful to have your mind back, Susan!

Going back over history can be fraught with hazard also - some "Why on earth did I?" as well as "wow! progress!" Things I thought would happen or that I would do - never, never land! And reminders, as I often find here - big and small.

That was not R; he was another hour later. Sitting in the company office, on computer, doing some good stuff but in a toxic space at a desk piled with stuff, so basically un-useable! So we talked about the importance of focusing on getting his office here, with a good computer and room to move and NO bro. In the end, however, the straw that got him to leave was bro coming to ask him - one more thing...

And yes he can go with me but we have to come back late on Monday as he has a court date on Tues - as well as the major "deal" they have been working on for.... Five hours each way... But he will be away from it ALL! But not turn off his phone... Wonder of wonders, Ephraim took him out yesterday (I asked him to) and bought him an ear-fitted hands-free and set it up for him!! Now we will not have to stop the car if he is driving. A great de-clutter. We are all happy!

Big OOPS! Resident wasp was on computer and when I tried to wisk it away with piece of paper, it disappeared .... Took off sweat shirt and searched all around... One or more? live in house and are generally no trouble. Did not want to injure it. But now it is somewhere else. Maybe next time I will endeavour to put it outside; it is warm enough now.

Time to get ready to leave, to pick up R in city. Rainy weekend; he may sleep through the whole thing but not if we stay here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 09:45 AM

Small projects...I was trying to think of something to do with an Arduino board the other night but that one got out of hand. The idea was a mechanical clock, with a motor to pulse every second. I thought I’d be in with a half a chance using timing belts and pulleys. So I look up and pick a range of pulleys and a motor, managed to work out the ratios. By this point, the project had expanded to a clock probably with a 2 foot dial and a wild guess of £200-£300 for belts and pulleys alone!

That really ended the notion but I was still curious to see if I could do it (unlikely) and started trying to sketch things and looking for software that might help (deciding that it would take me ages to even get started with FreeCad…). One thing I did find though was one site where, by coincidence, the owner had at one time hit on a very similar clock idea, down to the same range of pulleys and abandoned for similar reasons to me.

That at least led me to a site that kept me amused for a few hours while I couldn’t sleep and may perhaps have some practical use one day. That gear arrangement btw is some form of approximation (with a couple of gears added and this doesn’t take what would be the hands to a common central point) of what I’d have needed with the belts and pulleys. I’d have liked to have speeded it up so the final (hour) gears showed a ratio of 1RPM rather than the minute stage but the program wont run that fast.

Oh well back to more sensible things like getting the green houses ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 08:19 AM

My mind is back! Spontaneous ideas of SMALL projects requiring minimal or no help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 12:55 AM

So did the suggestions about using the Printer Friendly setting and saving the file work for you, Dorothy? I was hoping you could figure it out, and it sounds like you have!

I spent a delightful evening as a volunteer at a long-running (March through mid-May) series of fundraising events in the local Botanic Garden. Last time I was down there I was handing out maps and putting wrist bands on; this time I was in the garden talking to people and quite often taking group photos for them with their own cameras.

The house and yard need attention tomorrow. I've wound down a little bit and now it's off to bed. It should be a lovely day and I hope to do some major weeding in the garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 09:43 PM

Dupont:

Spent a good chunk of today recovering old posts- so far have managed Jan thru April 2011! It is interesting to see my history. And some of the rest as well. Lots of memories, thing I had forgotten. Finally we have made it to actually having this lovely home! Slow getting it all together but such a relief after much of the history. The cabin in the woods was nice as long as we were there and Beaver continues to be a delight; the 5 hour drive is starting to be a bit much. I shall be going off tomorrow, with or without R, though I am waiting/hoping he will be able to manage a few days away.

The copying and pasteing is tedious and I could not get started until I realized that I could not copy and paste on Firefox - my usual - and had to go back to Safari. I think I used to be able to do such on Firefox but rather than argue I tried an end run. Computers do what they do.

I am at standstill in organizing the house until I get more furniture! I could go to the mill and pot - if it were warmer! Maybe next week. Supper is ready and naught else to do. Ah! R just pulled in!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 04:55 PM

OH

As of today, I have no life-sized projects to coordinate!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 12:04 AM

Driving through a new-to-me terminal at the regional airport, following a shuttle bus, I had to pause when they did, and apparently was astride a crosswalk. No one was in it when I crossed over, but a British fellow decided I needed to be made an example of, and advanced into the road and pounded on the back of my vehicle. So now I'm in the crosswalk, not because of the vehicle ahead of me, but because I dare not move that something might be wrong, and this lunatic is shouting something.

I rolled down my window and asked what was his problem? He was indignant that I was in the crosswalk. Well, that was due entirely to him. If I'd simply told him to "sod off, asshole," would that be rude enough for the occasion? He needs to take his Manchester United behavior back to the UK, it isn't welcome in Texas.

Paperwork today, with all of the rain preventing much else. The dogs tracked in mud and I just found a strange dry mud spot in the closet of my office - Pepper doesn't like the thunder so probably came in muddy and huddled in there. I cleared out the closet of boxes and papers and have instead made room for a dog cave.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM

OH

Bedroom is put back together, a day early, thanks to Brandon. Bed is all dressed.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 01:21 PM

OH

Rug fun.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM

Huge noisy thunderstorms clanging around outside for at least three hours overnight (starting around midnight) drove away any pretense of sleep last night. Ugg. The yard looks intact, but I'll poke around after it stops drizzling to see if my trash cans are still out there or if someone else's have blown into the yard.

I'm working on computer stuff this week and right now have been trying to undo the anti-virus system that has glommed onto my default browser. It's a pain in the butt. I ran a System Restore to get rid of a piece of malware that kept coming back as soon as Malwarebytes quarantined it. That was the origination of the rest of the computer work.

More rain today so I had best turn my attention to indoor pursuits. There is a lot to choose from here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 10:26 PM

OH

Dressers are out and, happily, only the smaller one is in the LR, reserving that space for a delightful visit as we discussed various approaches to the big work of tomorrow.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 08:47 PM

I should have walked the dogs this afternoon, by 5pm it was rumbling out there; we usually walk around 7pm. Though the chance of rain is high tomorrow, it doesn't usually rain all day long, so we'll probably have a chance to get out.

The oldest dog is on medications that I have to disguise; she managed to spit out a couple of them yesterday (found on the kitchen floor today). I'm going to steam clean the rugs this week and hope for the best.

This afternoon I did some virtual declutter, trying to get some malware to go away; system restore finally took care of it. I have resolved to leave my ad blockers in place; those sites that insist you can't read them unless you turn off the ad blockers are contributing to the reason malware is spreading; it enters through adware these days. I just won't read it if I have to turn off the add blocker. I have trusted sites, but the rest of them, nope.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 05:52 PM

OH

The bedroom switcheroo is in progress....


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM

Dupont:

Had to walk down to local garage for someone to start car this morning; R left key in ignition overnight (Sat)and left for city before jumping it with his truck. He owes me $20!

Went foraging re food, etc. Found a small, solid wooden (fairly nice) shelf unit for the microwave. Cleaned and in use. Two empty shelves until I decide best use. Side table that had served temporarily has a new useful spot next to a chair in den. Dropped off stuff at the Thrift shop prior to acquiring shelf.

Good lunch at an Indian restaurant with Literacy group. Great folks. Happy to find a good restaurant; lunch is reasonable; dinners not so!

Bought 3 pots of lovely daffies on sale. Will plant in yard later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

I'm debating about removing old books from a "lawyer's bookcase," one of those glass-front ones that has stacking levels. They're books I'll never read, or use for reference. They're just old.

Company coming this weekend, so it's time to clear up the clutter on tabletops, make sure the guest room is ready, and clean up general public areas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 PM

Dupont:
A trip to the mill yesterday netted two smallish Victorian desks; both need work and are in "store room"; one bookcase - site undecided; and some boxes of books and stuff. Boxes of books are long term storage - until R has time to get them organized; I might live that long! But they are not in the way. "New" dishes, bought for here and stored at mill, were unwrapped and homed, and the recently purchased ones packed to leave, along with a bunch of other stuff!

Doing fairly well at holding the line on clutter; only one spare room being used to gather things until they have repairs or someone to help carry them upstairs. Arranged neat piles of my clothes on floor of BR; still waiting for bureau; requires a second person for moving. NOT me!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 04:40 PM

OH

SRS, yes, there's the rub. We've camped out here for four years without "the good stuff." What it means is that as we unpack, the make-do items go to Goodwill, where many of them came from. In a few cases I liked the Goodwill items better than the corresponding PA items, so the PA one went into the parish pile.

Several huge boxes in front of the sideboard dividing LR and kitchen were unpacked today to make room for a dresser tomorrow, because I have a dishwasher and all PA kitchen items need to be washed before I can think where to put them away!

As we unpack, one empty box is labeled Goodwill. One box for them for every three-four unpacked is about right.

Greg's making lots of new friends at the city recycling center, with all these vanloads of cardboard. Most of the boxes aren't suitable for someone else's next move-- worn out and crazy oddc sizes.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 AM

If you have everything you need WITHOUT opening boxes, perhaps that's a clue about what to do with the box contents!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM

OH

In recent days I've done dishes, laundry, and groceries (once). Made dinner once. Other than that, zip. Greg's really taken up the slack. I have zero desire to open boxes.

~Susan

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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Apr 19 - 07:52 PM

OH

The parish we attend here had a lovely Easter Vigil last night, meaning Greg could sleep in today and skip the morning service.

Then we lunched at a Palestinan restaurant here that we love, and spent almost two hours at WalMart restocking groceries.

The meat prices were great, so we took the crumpled paper stuffing out of the spare fridge we brought, to hold some. Yano Becky will wipe out its glass shelves Tuesday, so we left items in their bags. Just could not wait to use!

~S`


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Apr 19 - 12:39 PM

I need to wait till tomorrow to declutter myself of a rental car that was part of a process that resulted in a new vehicle. The old one was damaged and totaled (unibody construction is very safe, but hard to repair - and everyone involved is fine). And I've arranged file folders to keep all of this organized and not piled on my desk. The airport has staff to dispatch and receive vehicles 24/7, but the neighborhood locations have much shorter hours.

It's gorgeous today, so I imagine there are egg hunts proceeding across the region. Since I don't practice a religion or have small children to hunt eggs and candy, I will step into the garden and transplant a few iris that popped up where they weren't expected. Cut the flower for a vase and move the plant seems the best plan.

I'm reminded of how well my parents hid eggs (when I was a kid it was the pastel hard coated candy eggs and they didn't come individually wrapped back then). Mom would occasionally find them in the kitchen cupboards or the pull out drawer in the stove, many weeks later and somewhat melted with time. :)

The friend I was cat sitting for had one that was feeling bad, but she couldn't tell which of the three it was (someone threw up in the kitchen, but there was no identification as to source). I was able to narrow it down to the youngest cat who didn't finish his dinner last night--diagnostic services no extra charge! Here at my house I'm decluttering dog hair and such, and will I'll make the push to steam clean my two carpets and wash all of the dog bedding. The vet says the incontinence pills work after 3-4 days, so I'll be ready!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 10:30 PM

I was up early to feed a friend's cats before turning around with my oldest dog and heading to the vet's office in time for Saturday half-day hours as a walk-in; she has been coughing (may have picked up something from the dog visiting last week?) and is incontinent part of the time (usually overnight). So she has cough tablets and treatments for the rest. At least the big pills can go in her dish with the rest of her food. The cough tablets will be in peanut butter till they're gone and the other dogs will also get peanut butter, because you can't not share the peanut butter! More running around, another trip for cat feeding, and finally back home. I took the dogs for a walk (it's perfect right now - I wish it would stay this way for summer!) as a stress reliever at the end of the day. It was funny - my level-headed lab was watching a red squirrel running along the curb ahead of us and he got so excited - if he hadn't been on a leash, that squirrel would have been history. He was beside himself with joy at seeing that critter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 05:46 PM

I've been busy cooking. Pete isn't really eating much but at least it's there and ready for when Jeremiah and I are hungry. I didn't cook much last week while Pete was inpatient....I wasn't really very interested in eating and it was just easier to pick up a pizza or subs.

I did some rearranging in the kitchen this afternoon, putting away some bowls and water bottles/metal reusable types/getting them off the counter. Our hens are laying copious amounts of eggs and we keep them in bowls on the counter until we are ready to wash and use them....hence the need for the extra counter space.

Today it's breezy but really nice out...finally a break from the rain. We have the windows and doors all open.....hooray for fresh air!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 09:17 AM

OH

The bedroom redo is Tuesday-Thursday next week. I had the dates wrong.

Almost every night I'm dreaming I'm back at the PA house trying to finish leaving. Very unpleasant. Hope it stops soon!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Apr 19 - 06:12 PM

Dupont:

Most animals like their family members to be together! Glad Pete is home for Easter.

This am looked hopeful - R was asking what things needed work and started on Bathroom faucet... Phone call! and he was gone about 9:30, with me harboring hope of an early return. Not so! I spent most of this cold drismal day on internet: arranged hospitality for June wedding, new dates for Magda to pot, updates to a couple friends... Did laundry, washed dishes, read. Nothing else to do unless I went out into the rain; what a silly idea! Hope R gets home in time for tonight's music. Hoping Monday, Earth Day, will be non-rainy and we can fetch useful things from the mill. And attend This Changes Everything at the Little Green Library.

Maybe tomorrow...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM

Things have suddenly become very busy here, and it's a half-day holiday for some companies and not for others, so I can't get everything I'd like to do this instant taken care of right now. I will instead turn my attention to things I can do: I have all of the fence panel parts, and that's scheduled for early next week once I get all of the pickets painted on the edges and both sides with the wood preservative (an in-the-garage task). I took the chipper out and demolished a stack of slim sticks into two bags of mulch.

I'm cat sitting for a friend for a couple of days so I'll push the dog walk earlier in the afternoon. I have more limbs to trim and put at the curb, and others to chip. Mow mow mow the lawn these days sometimes twice a week it grows so fast in the spring.

It's good to read that Pete is back home and that R. is helping move stuff into the house. I imagine Everyone is moving stuff at Susan's house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 05:28 PM

SRS,

   I wasn't scaring myself but rather how I was noticing how the absence felt. I was just thinking that if that's how it felt to me after being together for less than half the years of my grandparents, I couldn't help but think about my Nana.

   Pete was able to come home today!!!! There are still ongoing concerns that I won't go into here so he is on watch but at least he is HOME. We are most happy about that! <3 Thank you for the good thoughts. <3

    We got home around noon and I slept until about 4:30. I have tomorrow off and I'm pretty sure we will all sleep in for a very long time! <3


Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 04:29 PM

Dupont:

The weather changed and so did my energy level - a good dose of negative ions from the spring winds. I went to town and fetched back a few more boxes of stuff. R showed up just as I was pondering the possibility of carrying the microwave out to the car! Everything else is in the house now, and put away! We still do not have a real place to put it but shall need to improvise - so he can have warm food!

Nice chat with cross the street neighbour as she was putting out the trash bin; her English is well up to a good converse! And she is a reader! Having a rough time dealing with her husband's Alzheimer's; she does not feel like reading. I suggested it as a good escape. As the weather improves - surely it will! - we can connect more, maybe even have a cup of tea. She has help 3 times a week so she can do errands and such.

I need to find out why, all of a sudden, since moving here, my hands are DRY! And there are water spots on "clean" pots; everything needs to be wiped dry to prevent spotting. City water... Sophia does not seem to have a problem: maybe she has always wiped things dry. And had dry skin??? I am finding it, esp the skin, a nuisance. Using olive oil on hands and face.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM

Dupont:

We will be terrifically mindful of heat leaks -there are tons!!! - before winter arrives in Quebec! First - the fireplace chimney; we plan to put in an insert/wood stove and close off that major heat leak. The 1902 windows: even with "modern" storm windows, the breezes are amazing. Lots to do.

Today is chilly and drismal. Wrote a couple emails and need to do a few more, then decide what energy level I have for what needful things. Oddly, I don't want to go to the city on such a yucky day even though it makes more sense than going on a gorgeous day. This am at BF, we felt a real need for the, as yet unmoved, microwave which I did not feel up to carrying yesterday. I have often wondered if there are heated plates/bowls for adults like the ones we used to have for little kids. R eats so slowly, he often reheats things twice during a meal.   

R did not get home until 11 pm. I am concerned that the trip (30 min) may become odious for him, so I asked. No nasty headlights on the quiet, traffic-free trip through the Reserve, a time to decompress and glad to get home to a parking space and trees around him. And I had food ready, then the local paper to read and a comfie bed to crawl into.

I do miss him when I am away, and he misses me. Thinking of you, Michelle!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 12:10 AM

Don't scare yourself, Michelle! I can see how stressful his prolonged recovery is, and patience is all I can counsel, but it is the best thing right now. You like the medical team, this is their job, and they'll send him home to you soon.

I understand how your teamwork is vital - even though my children's father and I divorced nearly 20 years ago, we're still a team when it comes to supporting the kids and helping each other. I think it's because of the friendship that transcends everything else. Your friend is ill and you miss him.

The old saying "when it rains, it pours" seems to be in effect - the hospital, the car, the washer. (When my washer starts doing the old "tilt" of uneven loads, after I've washed some large off-balanced thing, I do several small well-distributed loads and that seems to re-calibrate it's little computer brain.)

Good luck, and take naps when you can, even at the hospital.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 09:00 PM

Pete continues to be in the hospital. I worked half a day, spent time at the hospital, took care of things at home for Jeremiah and just finished taking out the trash, doing some light dusting and just general picking up.

I think tomorrow I will run the Spin Wave as we've had more rain which means muddy floors. It's a never ending battle.

There are things happening at home that are adding to the stress of Pete being sick including my main source of heat isn't working (the house is not freezing but it's damp and chilly), the washing machine decided it's not wanting to do a proper spin cycle and my car feels like something is wrong. Pete would be able to fix the heat and the washing machine. I will have to wait it out. I do have a place to go if it gets too cold and also a place to do laundry if need be. I will tinker with the washing machine tomorrow and see what I can do. We are such a team in this household that it's been an eye opener to see just how much he does and how much I do that he should be aware of. We'll be working on getting that information down on paper when he gets home. I also managed to screw up the television...don't ask me how as I'm not sure but I can't seem to get the satellite back to where it needs to be. I'm ok with that...I can read, fuss online or watch Netflix on the computer if I really need to watch something.

I am taking tomorrow off to be with Pete, run errands (need more animal feed), tend to the house and maybe try to get some rest...maybe not so much on the rest end...I know I should but it seems to be a struggle at the moment.

I keep thinking about my Nana who was married for over 60 years when she lost her husband. I can't imagine what it took for her to get through every day. Pete has been inpatient for almost a week and I can physically feel his absence. It's the first time in 28 years that he hasn't been here with me. I have traveled away for overnights but he has ALWAYS been at home with me. It's a very strange feeling for me....not one I want to get used to.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 07:35 PM

One more dive into the office closet this afternoon, to recycle boxes from various current and old technology items. Nothing is within warranty to still need its original packaging. And more paper! Old tax forms back to 2007 (everything before 2012 can go), and I filed some stray donation receipts into the envelopes for the years they were made. I haven't been able to itemize these for several years so I no longer ask for tax receipts or document donations (I found a pack of photos in one of the older tax packages.) My main file box now has just the 2018 tax forms, and I'll use those to give me clues as to how to do them for 2019. The older ones live in a case in the office closet shelving. This is the box that if I should ever need to leave quickly, would go with me, for all of the current information.

I also have some sturdy tote bags that people have given me from various interesting places (Library of Congress, etc.) and I have moved them to a row of hooks in the hall so I might actually use them more often. These are printed or woven and smaller and better fabric than all of the cloth bags that live in the back seat of the car for taking into grocery stores.

Dorothy, a drive that allows you to avoid traffic sounds wonderful! And it's nice to live somewhere that you don't need to put up full curtains (though you may find that winter heat stays in better if windows are covered.)

I got my flower photos this afternoon, and for now it's sunny outside, so I'll walk the dogs soon. The storms are looming, but not here yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 06:49 PM

Dupont:

Three nights in our comfortable bed in our nice house! Still need to find more needful items that are packed away somewhere: an iron to press beautiful valances for window toppers; no need for major coverings. We are comfortable. R goes off to work in the city and comes home for supper - not too late, and no complaints about the added distance! The trip may help him de-compress as the road wends through the reserve.

I collected my good work gloves from the mill but could not find them today, a gorgeous day; may have to purchase a new pair.

So nice to be able to drive along the river to some places and miss the traffic --- not missing it at all! Went to city yesterday and emptied frig there and fitted it in here. The city freezer section must wait a while. It took just over an hour, return! What a difference that distance makes! Trees and fresh air, less noise!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 04:48 PM

None of these is large enough to be significant as far as clothes and other belongings, but point taken.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 03:40 PM

when children are removed from unsuitable home situations, they often carry their possessions in garbage sacks..and often there is a stated need for backpacks, luggage, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 11:42 AM

Heavy weather predicted here this afternoon and overnight. I think before that hits I'll get the close-up photos of my yard iris collection that is at it's peak now, and won't be after a rain storm. Too bad it is drizzling now; when it's sunny and the lawn is freshly mown they look fabulous.

This week I've made forays into one particular shelf in the office closet, but there is so much more in there to address. Christmas ornaments that haven't been used in years, boxes full of slides and prints and packages of archival housing for slides and negatives that haven't been used yet. Soft backpacks, tote bags, some camping stuff. Personal items that used to live at my university office and now are boxed here. Part of Spring Cleaning seems to be riding that impulse to get rid of a lot of the redundant unused but otherwise functional stuff. And eBay. There is a lot that needs to be photographed, measured, described, packed, and listed.

One thing about being retired - there are probably 6 to 12 times a year in the working-person's life around here when the weather is such that one has to wait out the storm at work or leave early and still have a really difficult drive. I don't miss pulling onto the shoulder of a highway and watching the rainwater fill in the adjacent ditch, hoping the deluge stops before I have to move out of the way of the rising water and back into slow-moving traffic on the highway. It's still possible to have to drive in nasty weather, but not as often.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 01:48 PM

OH

Well, Yano Becky saw the huge pile of garaged boxes awaiting her in future weeks, and did not run away screaming....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM

Fire destroyed a big chunk of Notre Dame yesterday, but it's a valuable tool helping me discard paper documents.

I'm going to make a push to finish the fence on the south side where I worked last fall, then turn to working on the other side of the house. I have wood preservative so after I bring home pickets they'll be laid out on a plastic tarp in the garage to be treated. It looks like another bout of rain coming this week, so they'll be ready to go once it's dry again. I have a lot of mounting hardware from the fence portions I disassembled, saving ~ $9 per panel).

It comes in at about $90 a section (three cross members, ~ 17 pickets, and screws) so I can pace myself and do the rest of the fence on my own as time and cash allow. I get satisfaction from this kind of work so there is entertainment/workmanship value in the job.

In other work, back to that office closet, I looked through some of the notebooks and papers from graduate school and find some that still interest me enough from a writer's standpoint that they can stay. They are the roots of articles I wanted to pursue outside of class. The stack is shorter by about two inches by getting rid of really old class notes and photocopied reading assignments. Slow progress. This paper goes to the recycle bin.

I have journal boxes with a bunch of pages of the newspaper I used to write for, and I should take those over to the university and use one of the overhead scanners to save the entire pages in digital form. Once you start focusing on stuff like this it all jumps out for attention.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 09:06 AM

SRS, no, we requalified at his arrival here in January, and went from zero copay to 50%. We're economizing elsewhere to keep the service.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 10:01 PM

I was able to burn most of the pages, but the last bundle I opted to shred and spread into the compost. I was tired of poking the barrel to keep it burning and not smoldering. Heading to the shower soon and everything I'm wearing goes into the laundry.

The floor in the office closet is now clear of boxes and obstacles, and on that same shelf I've been clearing I found a couple of obsolete computer software manuals to recycle. Back in the day you had to keep the earlier book to use the less expensive upgrade for a program already on your computer. Now you're lucky if you can find a book.

Susan, do you have to requalify for the "Yano" help you have coming to the house, now that Greg has retired and is there? It sounds like you're getting a lot of good use out of the program.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 07:39 PM

OH

A friend's family loaded us.

Family crew 1 got us unloaded, and that custom cabinet fitted. It creates a closet next to the stacking washer/dryer.

Family crew 2 comes for a few days a week from tomorrow, to help us totally re-set up our bedroom. It's complicated:

Day 1
Remove two dressers' drawers to LR
Remove dressers to LR
Purchase frame supports
Put up kitchen decor plates, load DJ boxes into their bus

Day 2
Disassemble bed
Re-lay existing or gray rugs, cutting 1 around door/closet
Lay oriental rug, with fold at head/register, centered on the bed
Pin curtain by head like other curtains in room
Assemble and remake bed, adding headboards and a nighstand without remanufacturing them. (They'll slip out easily for work later)

Day 3
Reassemble dressers
Jaclyn help me with door arrows
Dave help Greg with workshop area, poss restack of boxes


In between, Yano Becky resumes tomorrow to clean furniture we added (this week),and unboxed items (next week and for several months of slow unpacking).

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 07:28 PM

Dorothy, I'm so glad to read that it's a comfortable bed in a house in a quiet neighborhood. And roosters! And Susan, good to have turned the truck in, and now to proceed with the distribution phase.

My examination of the closet shelves for a place to store a box of cards resulted in identifying another stack of about 8" of papers that need to be destroyed; too much for the shredder so the burn barrel is set up. And after setting those papers to burn I found another 6" stack, but I can't add it now or the barrel will be too full. Between this newly-cleared shelf and file drawers, I need to start looking at other storage furniture and see if some of their contents can be moved into the closet. The object of moving and organizing is to put things in logical places where they can be easily located later. That's a really good trick when you do it correctly!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM

Dupont:

It worked!!! or maybe the time was right for R. Saturday: the bed was completed, and other things happened in the house; a not so great discussion about where a couple OK pieces of furniture can go; unsettled. Sunday; lots of small things including a bruhaw(?)that started: ME - you aren't bringing that piece of garbage in this house are you? Responding to me stated need for furniture in which I can put stuff away - two of the ugliest pieces of junk and a nice chest of drawers needing substantial repairs. Totally insulted that I rejected these priceless antiques, R took the two bits of junk into the garage and the needy piece into what has - UH, OH! - become a store room by default. This will take my usual "diplomacy": "Get this stuff out of here!"

Then we went to the Farmers' Market and socialized, then, finally to the Mill for the frig!!!! I did take time to visit with Geri, getting to the Mill at same time as R who had taken time to... Giving him full credit: he moved the frig out and onto the truck, drove very slowly with me behind with flashers (about 30 miles on the hghwy) and then moved it into the house from the truck!!!! THEN, he helped me clean it, inside and out and put it into its slot. I refilled it with the food I had taken out- not thawed! I also had brought some other items of use from the mill, which I sorted and placed in new homes.

Then we had a simple supper. AND - much later - went to bed in our lovely comfortable bed in our wonderful new house!!!!! Dark drapes kept street lights out and it was a quiet neighbourhood. YAY! R heard the neighbour's rooster this am. We think the neighbours two down have the chickens. Such a wonderful treat to not wake up sliding off the lousy, bed in the city.

With fairness to R, he did comment this am: "We are cluttering our beautiful house."

Happy this am to make BF and talk about which chair in the den would be whose; resolved amicably. Then R went off to the city to work. I spent the rest of am recovering from unhappy gut, then went foraging in Chateauguay rather than drive to the city for needful stuff. Checked in wih Koodo about problem: resolved!

And off to St. I to talk with friends at the bistro - trying to see if there is a way I could help; I have been concerned of L. After she went elsewhere, I checked with her helper (whose name I should know after 8 years...). L is getting tired. She is basically running a sort of social service, encouraging the community without adequate help. Better PR??? They do a beautiful job of PR but perhaps not reaching enough, or the right folks. I continue to seek possible helpful ideas.

Now that the ice and snow is gone, the weather has turned cold and DAMP. I can only think about what I can do in the yard - in better weather. Maybe Weds.

Now to make a yummy supper that might not get et until 9 or 10 pm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 04:34 PM

Today has been spent at the hospital. We've had some twists and turns so I am staying here, maybe for the night. While Pete sleeps, I have been able to do some charting and things for work. It keeps me quiet and occupied so he can rest and I can still be here with him. I just want to be with him....sleeping or awake.

Funny...I find myself tidying up the room. I fold blankets, I have his magazines, papers and book stacked nicely and even his snack bucket looks good. He has a very large 3 pain window that looks out over a field and the mountains in the background. There are 6 smallish trees outside with while Christmas lights still on and turned on....it's very peaceful. Today there was an older gentleman that sat in the hallway with his amplifier and guitar and he played for about an hour...nothing too loud or busy....it was really relaxing and enjoyable. Bonus: The staff here are really nice too....that makes a rough situation just a little bit easier.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 04:09 PM

OH

Truck returned. Custom cabinet fitted, and is ready for new shelves to be added. Got groceries this AM. Greg is unloading the Deere and snowblower from the trailer, and parking the trailer off the street.


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 03:50 PM

New business cards have arrived with my retiree contact information, no longer tied to the university, the source of my cards for a couple of decades. A small ornamental wire and glass box that I was considering donating is now suddenly perfect to hold cards.

However, this box (the size of a box of checks) leads to the whole question of where to store the box so I don't lose it when I need to fill the card container. I'll tape one onto the outside to catch my eye, and consider what shelf it will live on. And looking inside the storage closet where the shelves are, realizing I have more stuff to organize and discard. You never know when some new thing will trigger the impulse to clear out. Always take advantage of that wave of enthusiasm when possible!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 10:40 PM

Jeremiah and I spent most of the day at the hospital with Pete. I am tired today but managed to cook 2 of the 3 meals (lunch was out on the town), the dishes are done, animals are all fed and watered, plants are watered and load 2 of the laundry is in the dryer. I decided to take tomorrow off from work and to do only half days the rest of the week. It's going to make for a very busy next week but family comes first...no question about it and I am lucky enough to have a supervisor that is on board with that.

We're having tornado watches and warnings at the moment...lots of gusting wind...feels like someone is slapping our house!

Goodnight All.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 08:08 PM

Too wet to mow or do much digging today, so I played pick-up-sticks and cleared out limbs that were piled up under a pine in the back. Now the yard art pieces (an old push mower and a falling-apart wheelbarrow) are in view. The electric chipper dispatched a bunch of it, resulting in two bags of wood chip mulch. There are two trash cans at the curb, filled with stuff that was too large for the chipper. I think I got a sunburn on the back of my neck.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 03:51 PM

OH

Some clean travel clothes put away, but half are blocked by furniture that can't move out of the way until next weekend. :-(

Hard decisions coming on clothes in leaf bags... Some can hang in the upper section of my closet but a lot of what's here probably has to go. But those bags ain't coming in until after next wknd, when our room gets straightened out.

~S~



Ditto linens. But those bags ain't coming in until after next wknd, and our room is straightened out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 11:38 AM

Lots of catching up to do now that friends have come and gone, one of the dogs lost her expensive Invisible Fence collar overnight, and the car needs to go into the shop. It'll be searching for one and planning how to live without the other (I'll drive a loaner and I'm sure it will be smaller than can carry gardening supplies, fence pickets, etc.).

But that all said, the weekend awful weather seems to have cleared and it's gorgeous out. The decluttering I'll work on this afternoon is to cut up and load branches into a tall trash can. I kept a bunch of long baldcypress limbs, thinking I could make a trellis, but I never have and the time has come to clear them out. Big ones to the trash, smaller ones to the chipper. And who knows, maybe the collar will turn up. She might have ploughed through those branches and snagged it in there. This morning I did one tiny gardening chore; I transplanted three cannas from where they had sprouted in the yard to back inside the steel edging of the canna bed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 10:36 AM

OH

True to usual trip form, I mostly sat and yawned ydy after meds-inducing sleep, post-drive-caff. (I unpacked two boxes while the men unloaded the truck.) Grateful not to have to go to the store, yet, after sleeping in and a good brekky from items left ready for same. No desire to unpack, whatever, except for deciding where the plastic drawers of toiletries can move to, out of the temporarily too-crowded bathroom.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 07:35 AM

It's incredible how much cleaning I get done when I'm worried.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

I hope Pete recovers and leaves the hospital soon!

It's a bit upside down here, also, but not due to anyone's health. Just the need to put the SUV in the shop and figuring out how I'm going to do some of the running around I was planning on in what will probably be a smaller rental car for a few days.

Heavy rain today and tomorrow won't be much improved. I hope the weather is better for all of the moving and unloading.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 07:47 PM

OH

The truck is unloaded, a day early. We're taking tmrw off but Jim and Brandon return Monday to organize things a bit and custom fit a cabinet.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 07:42 PM

Well. Things here are turned upside down.

Pete is in the hospital and will be for a few days. This is the first time EVER that I have been at home without him. Jeremiah and I are doing our best to keep things in order and staying on top of Pete's farm chores.

I'm a bundle of I don't know what...sometimes ok, sometimes not, sometimes overly busy, sometimes crashing.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 11:05 AM

Unloading is underway.

SRS, all furniture but one piece is coming right into its spot, and several are already in. All boxes except those labeled "1" are letter-coded for a letter-coded, floor-chalked section of the garage.

The three killer-heavy pieces are coming off the truck last, when the strongest helper is here, straight to a garage spot for two and a house spot, prepped, for one.

None of the non-1 boxes are urgent, and can sit in the garage "warehouse" until fall. But each section out there corresponds to a room in here, and boxes are labeled with their contents so I can find wanted items, unpack that box right in the garage, clean the items, and bring them in to put away.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 10:00 AM

Susan, when the unloading happens will everything go exactly where you planned and measured, or is there a staging area in the garage for the time being? It is always nice if the largest pieces can go exactly where they're supposed to while you have strong backs there to help move it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Apr 19 - 05:26 PM

Houseguests this week, and the second one arrived later in the week than expected. Here till Saturday, so little will get accomplished outside of old-home-week drives and such. It's also too much to try to maintain a fasting or diet schedule. One thing I will insist upon is that my friend take her purse into her bedroom tonight and her phone on her side table. I was awakened by 5 minutes of a phone alarm way-too-early this morning because her phone in the kitchen was clangoring the whole house awake and she in her room without her hearing aid didn't hear a peep. It apparently goes off every day at the same time.

I mailed a parcel for the first friend who was here; it was a painting that needed a box large enough and packing to protect it. My home's eBay packing station was more than able to accommodate it. No mailing for this other friend, but this morning we worked on my laptop to log into her gmail account and empty out most of the seven-plus years worth of mail in there (so full she couldn't find anything). I think when I cleared out a bunch of updates things she meant to keep went also - I don't like the way mail ends up in more than one folder in Gmail. But her contacts should be intact.

Rain due tomorrow. I haven't gotten as much walking in this week, so I'll walk the dogs tonight by myself before the rain, my friend isn't up to the longer route we take. The dogs have all gotten along pretty well - my three and her little King Charles Cavalier (is that shortened to KCC?) spaniel. My two older dogs know this one, and Cinnamon used to get down on the floor and roll around with her when she was a pup. Pepper did okay after the first few exciting minutes, and since the other dogs were fine, so was she.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM

OH

I've arrived and Greg is due w truck shortly.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 12 Apr 19 - 12:57 PM

Dupont:

Did song and dance routine for R last night: "frig and bed, frig and bed, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!" etc. Maybe tomorrow? Maybe I can find some pom poms for a reprise?

Bought a pot of daffodils this am. Yay, daffodils! So cheerful! I can plant them later. Funny: red kalanchoe, pink af violets, fire engine red geraniums I have but the daffodils are IT! on DR table in a large blue bowl.

Tried a Zumba class this am, also. Lasted about five minutes; hated the music - thump, thump... exercise need not be torture! Nice venue and people, and I joined a local "network"; will receive email newsletter and may find other volunteer opps. Another few pieces of info re our new community. Also learned that the arm movements were not appreciated by either shoulder. Trying to think of activities we might do where arms are raised above shoulders... Only if I lift things above shoulder height; putting clothes on hangers in closet...

Need to find exercise to strengthen shoulder muscles without hurting them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 08:29 PM

Arrived at overnight stop without incident.

Nightio!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 06:13 PM

Dupont:

Started de-clutter of flower bed at mill and a bit of the one here. Lots of good stuff coming up! Gorgeous day. Most of snow is gone here and most of ice off rivers!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 12:40 PM

PA

The truck is fully loaded and the van is 95% loaded, except for both of our computer bags. We're out for a bite, and to drop off cable TV equipment,. After lunch, we'll take a last look thru the house while my laundry dries, load the dog, and go.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 11:20 AM

Decluttered some virtual surplus - about 2 gigabytes of photos that are duplicated in my Dropbox account.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 10:00 PM

PA

What a great crew!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 09:47 PM

I finished mowing the back yard as the last light of the day was fading; this used to happen a lot when I was working and mowed after I got home from work. Today it was simply a matter of putting it off and deciding to do it now because my friend will finally arrive tomorrow and we can enjoy the pretty yard and not wade through my weeds. With the evening mow and a morning walk with the dogs my fitness tracker and Google Fit are both happy.

We have a day of rain coming again on Saturday, so I hope on Friday to get more done in the garden and let the rain soak it all in and make it happy. Tomorrow is a visit, Friday is work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 06:55 PM

I took today off from work to celebrate my birthday! Presents were kept to a minimum and are all things I can use or plant! My mom is taking me on a quilting retreat....I am SO looking forward to it and also very happy that we are not adding addition THINGS. :) Also, friends and family raised over $200.00 for an organization that I support...HOORAY!

Pete and I spent the day toodling around the woods, taking photos, enjoying the spring air and enjoying the beauty of this area....it was perfection!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM

Dupont:

SRS: I consider myself terrifically inept re tech stuff and was amazed when I managed to get the computer to provide me with a serviceable card for our folk dance group because I was desperately trying to improve the PR so enough folks would come. That and the posters I managed and adding an email list for reminders - and the group is still muddling happily on without me. I still get the emails and hope to return for dancing after the regime changes.

The English "class" went well and my one student is a kindred spirit; I can hardly wait for next week. She needs to improve her English; we can converse and seek better words, grammar, and pronunciation.

The tomato plants suffered severely by my absence; one may not recover. But all else is well.

R came to the house with two very nice wingback chairs for the LR and a lovely small table for somewhere. Four pics have been hung, prob not in permanent places but off the floor at least! We now have plenty of places to sit but no frig or bed. I am becoming militant/pushy; "Saturday is going to be warm and dry. If you plan..."

Yesterday was a dreadfully wet day of snow and rain and ice on the trees and shrubs but, thankfully, not on the roads. Today is like spring!!!

I offloaded the car today. Still need to take stuff upstairs. No snow or rain! Lovely sun! Walked to the volunteer centre, about 3 blocks away along the river. They were having an open house so I copped a yummy brownie and an interview re volunteering. In a few minutes, she asked, "Did you used to have a booth at the Huntingdon Farmer's Market?" This lovely Scot had bought a number of my pots, and took several to Scotland for gifts! I suspect she will find me some more places to volunteer and I shall be seeing her more. I did not even recognize this good customer!

I am being somewhat encouraged to set up a studio here and give lessons. I never "make money" doing this but it is fun, more of a community service. R would encourage it; another Scot, he seems to be ok with my lack of business acumen.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 04:23 PM

Thx SRS. The longer truck is also taller-- 1200 cubic feet vs 800.

We'll have 2 box springs and two recliners to load in the AM, and final instructions for Mary to supervise after we go, so she and spouse (my friend) are bringing her son Jason up in the AM, and after goodbyes, we go.

One overnight stop planned, and we'll be in our snug Ohio home Friday night, with unloading help from Greg's brother Jim the next morning.

Luckily we're leaving a porch fridge, so we emptied the kitchen fridge into it and will have brekky stuff handy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 10:58 AM

I dug around in the closet for a lumbar pack (big waist strap, no shoulder straps, it's meant for things like biking) to put in a water bottle and my large camera; my goal is a walk with the dogs through the flowers in the small park up the hill from the house. Of all of the duplicated things around the house, backpacks are something that stick around, only a few flimsy ones have been sent to Goodwill.

My week of guests has thinned a bit, one who meant to arrive on Tuesday probably won't arrive till this evening. The guest room is ready, and happily, she's leaving her little dog at her daughter's house. Sweet as she is, Maisy has been known to poop in the corner of the dining room carpet on each visit, despite knowing how to use the dog door.

3/4 of a case of canning jars are sitting waiting attention after they were brought in by a friend a couple of weeks ago. I need to run them through the dishwasher and have them ready for use later in the season, and it will clear one tripping hazard from the sun room floor. But there's so much more to do in there!

Good luck with the final push out of the old house to Susan, and soon to Dorothy. I hope all of the measuring will pay off!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 09 Apr 19 - 04:46 PM

On the “ineptitude” bit, we vary. I’d claim that for art work and I can’t freehand draw anything. A very simple lay out (which sometimes can be OK) is my lot. I’d not claim expertise on the other side but getting a printer to play is likely to be the lesser challenge.

Shredders: Ours (probably sold for home/small office target) will handle CDs, credit cards and staples left in paper. It’s not built for high volume/continuous use though.

I should have some twin slot shelving stuff tomorrow. Part of that will go to squeezing another shelf above my bed. It should take my Yamaha guitar (in its case) and I may just squeeze the lighter of the tenor banjos on there too. I want to get them off the floor in my bed/living room. I’ve also got one one Multi draw cabinet to wall mount in there and may add one more which would end available wall space. Some bits to chuck out but overall, I keep expanding in a limited area.

The rest of the shelving bits (I bought in packs of 10 ) will go towards a project that might happen later this year. The shelves in our smallest (6x8) shed (fitted rather hastily by mum and another brother over 20 years ago) are warped and collapsing and it really needs starting from scratch with new shelving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Apr 19 - 04:04 PM

PA

We're substantially done packing-- one last junk box the day we leave, probably, with drawer trays, a few pieces of silverware, and the coffee pot. All but the boxes requiring a dolly to move them are out front now.

William is due shortly to carry down nightstands from our bedsides, and add their lamps with a few other items to the Goodwill room upstairs. He'll help Greg disassemble the big outdoor griddle for transit, roll up a few area rugs, and vacuum.

Then we'll discuss truck loading plans for tomorrow evening, and what each crew member will do under William's direction. The crew will be Greg, William and a friend, and Jason. Well spend the AM prepping the fridge and taking a last bag of food trash to the dump.

Mary and Jason already took home most of the freezer's contents after their afternoon help, and William will take the rest tonight.

We did the paperwork today to sell Greg's car to William, which we opted to leave instead of towing behind the longer truck we're renting. We gave him a very good deal, as part of his bonus; that deal will also, coincidentally, just about cover the truck rental fee.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Apr 19 - 01:05 PM

PA

The morning began with packing a few more fragiles, and especially a complicated, multi-part antique, formal oil lamp (converted to electric) from Louise Brown.

Kitchen packing and purging continues.

The backlog of packed boxes has gone out to the porch staging area.

I have my data backups off the old hard drives.

The LR is much emptier now and mugs are drying to pack. A box for the standing mixer has been found.

I closed and labeled a number of boxes originally packed last spring, so they too can go out, now.

Laundry is going.

I have enough packing paper left to stuff the fridge's glass shelves for transit.

Greg is ferrying another load to the dump and recycling center, bringing the trash batch for this month to just under 2000 pounds.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM

Why would we presume "ineptitude?" Perhaps in getting the printer to cooperate, but not in the art or design aspects.

Front yard mowed after moving the flowers. Dogs walked. I'm bushed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 08:57 PM

Montreal:

Had planned to go directly to Dupont to offload stuff from Beaver, however, freezing rain about 90 minutes out and I decided not to go over two bridges in freezing rain. Slowed down and got here. Ate salad - and cookies. Watched TV and computered, R came for a visit and went back to work, supper is on the stove for when he gets back. I may not wait that long.

SRS: in spite of my ineptitude otherwise, I have designed several business cards that I can print out as needed. Not fantastic but quite respectable.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 07:12 PM

PA

PS, I finally hit the wall. It's too much today on top of the weekend of travel, and my guts are now in full rebellion. The good news-- I made up that slop day I'd lost and lots of help coming tmrw.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 06:53 PM

PA

Dishes and mugs packed

Pyrex packed

Food storage prepacked

Metal mixing bowls prepacked

A few fragiles set aside for tmrw packing

Giant mugs soaking and box for them found

Giant box of re-used shredded paper empty!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 05:45 PM

Tattie, many of the heavy-duty paper shredders will also shred credit cards, CDs, old floppy disks, etc. Maybe your local library or a shipping and office supply place (in the US, UPS Stores, Office Depot, FedEx, etc.)

I've had a stomach ache much of the day, the result of reaching to pickup an item and twisting as I stood up last night, so I took it easy today. There are some grape hyacinth in the turf that I transplanted to a shaded flower bed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 05:02 PM

Cleared every last box out of that "spare room": cleaned the room, dusted the boxes......then put them all back in again tho' they do look neater now! To be fair, some of them were boxes full of boxes, which had originally contained new electronic items, and were kept in case said items malfunctioned and had to be returned (although not a legal requirement in the UK to "return item in original packaging" if it should be faulty!) Recycling bin now full of cardboard.
Now all I have to do is go through all of the remaining boxes, one by one and keep on throwing out, shredding, etc. Probably enough to shred for a commercial shredding company!
What to do with a whole load of floppy disks that contain sensitive info? Smash them with a hammer? Who can still run floppy disks anyway?
Even found my husband's old hard disk that was replaced: comfortably cocooned in spongy stuff that the new one came in! Another hammer job?
Wardrobes and chests of drawers have to be done sometime. Not worn it for last 10 years? OUT then! (Or more like, can't fit into it any more, nor ever likely to again!)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 04:13 PM

I was using some of my old business cards from the university, crossing off much of the information, and adding my cell phone. Today I bit the bullet and ordered new cards for myself, reflecting my freelance/contract work, my gardening, and contact information. The design looks kind of like Truffula Trees. Four-color, one sided. Not too bad, but I'd have preferred to pick them up at the store and save the hefty postage charge. This is good - moving on.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 02:50 PM

PA

The kitchen is largely purged of Goodwill items. The whole stale spice department is trashed. Plastic to recycle is next, after I match tops and bottoms and discover topless or bottomless pieces.

We've discussed which pots and pans are coming with us and found many of the countertop appliances' original boxes. So.... Serious kitchen packing starts soon, to run tonight and tomorrow with William tonight and Jason tomorrow, probably with Mary's help tmrw.

I made a plastic shoebox and a half of GF tuna pasta for the crew, to go with that last bag of Red Delicious apples (almost everyone voted for tuna), and a smaller batch of chicken salad for Greg (not a tuna fan). Two boxes of rotini may not seem like a lot, but add a bulk can of tuna and an almost equal amount of sliced veggies.... and that is a LOT of tuna pasta!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 01:28 PM

A friend came to dinner last night and asked if I could pack and ship a painting for her. As she followed me into my sun room I stopped, turned her around, and told her to wait in the doorway. "I don't want you getting lost or injured in here."

I found a box that should work and she'll give me back the box and picture tomorrow and I'll pad it and ship it for her. And I do need to keep working on taming the mess in the sun room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 06:58 AM

PA

Gathered upstairs clng supplies and brought down 2 fragiles to pack; gathered 2 more from dnstrs bathroom to fill my packing table.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 04:08 AM

Petrol mower is running now. It just needed the old fuel drained off and the carburettor cleaning but I’ve treated it to a new spark plug, air filter change and general look over for the season.

I’ve done a few odds and ends including fixing a couple of outside leaks (just drips) and setting the front micro irrigation up for the season.

Tomatoes are doing well in the propogator.

I had a rethink about my idea for the solar pump and decided to see if I could do something that might (or might not…) work inline and without the Arduino. A bit of searching and some trial and error led me to this. I’ve stuck the bits on a bit of strip board and it looks OK with a meter. I want to get a box to put it in and a couple of jack sockets before trying it and finding out whether it actually works in practice.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 12:01 AM

"diabolical and Trumpian" - gah! It's an organic approach to keeping the dogs out of the compost. My organic guru talks about using a "tea" made of putting dog droppings into a bucket and adding water. Let it sit for a little while then pour it over the area you want the dogs to leave alone. They're usually averse to eating or digging anywhere that they can smell their own poop. So that's what I did around the compost.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 07:37 PM

Beaver:

Still not able to get into the studio; everything is packed to go to QC that can be; And it was not yet noon. So I thought of leaving for QC today; picked up a bag of clothes; middle finger on left hand closed and refused to open. Noonish, I started thinking it too late to leave, not able to load car and wondered about driving with finger in that position... Decided to finish library book and leave tomorrow early. Decided to leave tires until next time. Better part of valour as I already fell once.

Finger unfolded, finished novel, finished packing car, went looking for a specific product at supermarket, not found. Returned book.

Stopped at Magda's cafe and she negotiated studio time next time I am here. Surely the snow will be gone in another ten days??? Was over 50F today! I have two Tuesdays without Eng. classes. Could stay here most of that time.

Call from R this am: no frig or bed yet. Oh well. His big project not progressing as hoped. Guess he needs a break.

Freed a few more pieces of wood from ice. There is now enough inside for tonight and for the night the next time I come. By then I hope it will be easier to access!

Ate a salad. Computering. Soon I shall go to bed with an in-house book. Ate too much choc again. Ate badly the last couple weeks but did not gain any weight - or lose any. Hoping for more exercise when the ice and snow leave.

SRS: I am not interested in an adversarial relationship with google which is what I find when I try! It is not worth the frustration. And certainly do not want more anythings. Even if Ephraim, or you, were sitting next to me! I will, if necessary, phone Whidbey tech support and they can help me find the white list and the black list. When I am back to Dupont and the unlimited internet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 07:32 PM

PA

After brunch w Susan near Philly and driving home, we've completed the planned evening task:

X Sunday 7th Arrive PA by 4 rest and clear/pack DR, LR drawers/shelves


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 06:28 PM

a wall/berm of poop? That's practically diabolical and Trumpian.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 12:19 PM

Michelle you have been busy! And the training/mentoring job is very important - I hope it all passes to the next person smoothly.

Newest frisky whippersnapper of a dog dug her way under the hard plastic siding around the composting food waste, ate a bunch of really gross decomposed stuff (had been in 5-gallon buckets for weeks before being moved to the compost) then threw up and was revisiting it when I discovered this situation. I had to poke around that compost bin to find where she got in; the day before I'd shoveled out most of the finished compost from the bottom and added a lot of fresh stuff into which I dropped the buckets of kitchen waste. (There are two lidded buckets by the side door for kitchen stuff that is periodically toted back to the big piles and supposedly "dog proof.")

My solution (I hope) was to go around the yard and scoop dog droppings and leave a berm of poop around that corner. And last night before bed I pulled the bricks out of the cool burning barrel and scattered all of those ashes over the top so there is a white powder on and around the new pile and container—so far it shows no sign of disturbance. However, the dog continues her antics: this morning she dove headfirst into Zeke's bowl after finishing her own! She was chased off and has spent the last couple of hours groveling. I'd think with all of the team-building walks we're taking she'd mellow some, but not so far.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 11:02 PM

Summer child care secured.
Long overdue package sent.
Taxes complete.
Dinner out with my guys to celebrate our promotions.
Prescriptions picked up.
Grocery shopping complete and put away.
Bills paid.
Relaxation Time.

This week I am passing on the title of Champion Trainer (YAY!!!) so tomorrow I have a little bit of prep work so I can train the Trainer in the online environment which is a pseudo set up of the program we use (during training, all trainees are given a pretend client and then we work our way through the program from intake to discharge). Given the increase of my caseload, I am thankful to pass this responsibility on.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 11:13 AM

I made some progress on the house yesterday, but not enough. I'll leave on a couple of radios or televisions and work back and forth between rooms, with the programming keeping me more interested and on task - background entertainment that I don't need to pay strict attention to.

After two weeks of waiting we now have a heavy-duty rainstorm going on. It means that next week I'll be able to put in the garden; the soil is too wet for a couple of days, then it's perfect to work for as much as a week, and then it is rock hard till the next rain.

The effect of a heavy thunderstorm means I have two dogs who want to stay right by my side. I'll be careful not to trip over them today while I'm coming and going getting ready for multiple (and overlapping) house guests this week.

Looks like a good day to wash winter bedding that can go back in the closet, and then I also have some dog bedding to wash.

It's just as well it's as rainy as it is because I need this indoor time for stuff that just doesn't interest me as much as the yard during the nice weather. A childhood of being told "go outside and play" has imprinted on me the love of puttering in the yard.

The rain has lifted and it looks like several dry hours, so I set up the burning barrel and this time have placed several years' worth of receipts ablaze. I keep records in a 12-month expanding folder and the register receipts go into an envelope for the month. At the end of the year I package the large pages and bills in a large manila envelope and put the envelopes of receipts in a basket. I just realized they go back to 2006.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 11:46 PM

Set up another account with a different name. I have six of them, serving different purposes. One of them is my main account, but they're linked together as backup accounts and such, so Google knows they're all mine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 06:58 PM

Beaver:

3 degrees above freezing and snowing! Brought in some wood this am. Grateful for mild weather. Visit from Dan to consider prophylactic measures re water intruding - under door and through roof!   and a wood shed. I still cannot get into studio or tool shed. Still hoping I can get in by Sunday afternoon. I see the tarp has blown over the small wood pile! Thank you, breeze!

Sorting things to go to Dupont; time for some summer clothes - soon??? Well, less wintry ones, anyway! Supposed to be much warmer tomorrow - 12 degrees above freezing!

Had hoped to change to summer tires but cannot even get to them. Maybe Sunday but then I will have to take up cargo space - or keep using winter ones until May - wasteful.

Community Lunch (free!) today. I wish more people had attended to get to know one another. Connected with some rarely seen folks, some often seen and some I did not even get to talk with. And one man with whom I had a serious mis-communication a few years ago, came to me and explained very nicely that he had been going through a rough time. WOW! Right there in the middle of the crowded room - which may have made it easier for both of us. Now I can see him in a very different light, having been apprehensive about going anywhere near him.   

SRS: Google hates me; I have a g-mail account, apparently, but it refuses to let me in and there are no apparent come backs. And, I cannot get a new one because "there is already an account under that name." I gave up years ago; I do not need it. I just have the one email and that is sufficient. I never wanted gmail but the art gallery used it for a volunteer calendar and I was a volunteer so I tried. It was a nuisance. I am better off with the phone which is always with me (except when I forget it). I am very happy with its calendar.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 02:34 PM

PS, one of my favorite tricks this move has been running my wardrobe out of a laundry hamper as I purge and pack other clothes. It's so much simpler than living out of a suitcase, and as it's the last item to load before locking the truck, I'll easily remember: folded = clean to wear, and the rest will need to be washed!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM

PA

William pack trucks for a living and has, himself, moved quite often. So we were very reassured by his quick and cheerful reply last night, when we asked if he thought we're on track to get done in time.

Other good news last night was the landlady formally OKing the plan for William and fam to finish house clearing, after we take off. Further good news this AM was Greg's brother Jim volunteering for additional UN-loading days-- I'm having trouble confirming the Ohio personnel. (It's hard when your day laborers land full time jobs-- you're happy for them, but OY!)

One of yesterday's BEST surprises was from my very young and still new Ohio doc. Through text messaging alone, I got two badly needed prescriptions here, that he'd have really had to stretch policy to authorize. These two Rx's will make it possible for me to continue in SuperGeezerette mode AND get home safely.

His message indicating that he believed me and would trust me on the two requests-- well, tears of relief burst out of me, and all day, I wept the good tears possible when something wonderful hits you like.... a ton of fuzzy bricks!

We depart soon forc2 nights in Philly. Before going, Greg helped gathermost of my 1st priority items, which I boxed and labeled:

X Silverware
V Leg pillow
Food storage-- many gone, some in freezer, some lids missing --wait till fridge cleared
X Boudoir lamp
X Spatulas
Cousin Art -- pack Monday
Ninja-- pack Monday
X Kitchen scale
X Stainless measures
Instant pot-- pack Monday
X SAS shoes
X Cloth napkins
X White trash cans
Cookbooks, Dave's? Yet to box but are bagged in LR


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 11:22 AM

Big house cleaning and lawn mowing push today, as guest could possibly arrive tomorrow (sez she's staying with family, but sometimes that doesn't happen so she comes over here).

Down a few pounds in the attempt to take pressure off of my bad knee. And I need to keep up the progress for many more pounds.

Laundry is in, dishwasher is loaded. An hour or two of contract work, then back to tidying.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 09:22 PM

PA

AM-- Our AM coffee chat confirmed what my gut was warning me about-- that today is the crunch day that will determine whether we can actually stay over a 2nd night in Lansdale for Dick's memorial, or whether we'll need to drive back late after dinner Saturday night. There's an awful lot to plow thru today, and I'm very sore and concerned.

Later-- A lot got done tdy but I'm still not sure. Every time I check a "cleared" area, it's not cleared. Whichever of us has cleared it.

A lot of personnel issues for loading and unloading were juggled today. Not entirely successfully.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 03:32 PM

Putzed around the house this morning and didn't put anything out at the curb for pickup, but I have two bins now stuffed with limbs that were on top of the old compost pile. Those will go to the curb on Monday. Now to get out the safety googles and use the string trimmer to take out the tall grass that grew up around the compost, before I start trying to move it all into one large pile. Much of the oldest of them will go by the wheelbarrow-full out to the garden.

It's over 80o right now, still rather warm for this time of year, and cooling off tomorrow some. I've had to come in to get my big tankard of water and ice that I keep nearby during yard work on hot days.

Dorothy, I use a Google calendar (tied to one of my gmail accounts) and it feeds into my phone, so I can enter things while I'm working at the computer or when I'm somewhere and need to make a quick reminder on the phone. I tend to find it easier to add things using the phone.

I agree with you about "giving back" to the neighborhood. I get out and visit with people in their yards to catch up, and the ones closest around me I take over garden produce or food. They're always good about letting me know if the garage door was left open or something forgotten in the yard. This is a big favor!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 01:12 PM

Beaver!

Arrived on Weds about 3 pm to a pile of mail that included 3 items to be dealt with "yesterday". Wish I could find second key to mailbox! Two have been adequately managed with some fury involved at incomprehensible voice messages. Went in car to Service Ontario this am and one of the wonderful staff dealt with one quickly and efficiently, "You made my day!" (have to take class to renew driving license 15 May; I can manage that.) One required lengthy time on phone; two separate businesses. Wonderful tech support finally figured out problem and solved! (I hope.) then, this am, I rec'd text from the business involved so - THEY ARE NOT supposed to send text! Later...

Maybe I need to put these sorts of things into a log book for future info. Maybe I will, and maybe I will not misplace the book! If it were not for this thread, I would not know where I was, when!

Weather not bad, sun shining, snow and ice melting - but still LOTS! Parked on road - safe as there are perhaps a dozen vehicles a day! I can access enough wood for now and today is above freezing and supposed to continue for a few days! Wood stove and solar gain are doing good job. Still over a foot of snow on yard and raised beds. Cannot get into tool shed or studio as the snow is frozen; trip to back sheds... Not until some thaw happens! Hope that it progresses before I leave on Monday so I can take a bunch of stuff for Dupont. Remember I put stuff into the VW van for storage? Snow is still piled halfway up the doors! No way!

So cleaning up after work that was done in K, bringing in wood, had a good meal, went to women's group last eve and a good visit from great neighbour Larry this am. Larry admonished me for not phoning him last month - when I just turned around and drove back to Montreal. I explained that I need to give back to the community to feel I deserve to ask for help. He tells me he is now ready to start potting! So I assured him he is entitled to the half of the studio with the beige clay; "make it feel like it is your space!" (Then I will feel as though I am giving him something back!)

We discussed the important issue of where I want/need to be living; Robin vs home/here. He helps me de-clutter my thinking. I explained the ways in which I am making Dupont feel like it too can feel like home - the Eng class, dancing, perhaps more after I meet with volunteer coordinator next week. But I am renewing my license in Ontario.

Maybe next month R can come too.

With my new phone and its very helpful calendar feature, I can keep track of what is happening where and discern where I want/need to be, when.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM

I have a couple of low-priced items on eBay that didn't sell despite repeated listings, so this morning they came out of their packaging and are in the Goodwill bin.

That rain chance seems to be shrinking so I may have to break out the hoses and sprinklers to get going on the garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 09:08 PM

PA

William's estimate has resulted in a truck upsizing, because otherwise we must: pack less, ship some, or drive back for items. None of those are simplifying. We choose simple.

A huge plywood cabinet which our first helper built us for a mini-fridge and storage-- that is both too tall to remove and too tall for rented trucks-- is now disassembled, after Greg and William numbered all the parts for reassembly.

Ninety percent of the back porch's contents are now in the trailer for the dump.

My sorting area is full of the other 10%, and half is for Goodwill. A spare bathing suit I really can use was buried in one container, apparently not of interest to nesting mice. Finding it was worth freezing as the men did my bidding in record time.

I have arrived at a way to define the difference between being a hoarder and being a saver. A Hoarder goes back through Goodwill bags and trash bins after the work is done, and takes stuff back out. A Saver takes a moment to clean up an item of value, tosses it into a Goodwill bin, and enjoys knowing it will be appreciated as a treasure. It's not about the amount of stuff.

Tomorrow we will set up the last staging area here-- a downstairs Goodwill space like the one upstairs. It's not fun to tote it anymore, and it's time to start packing the van for our trip to Philly for Dick's memorial, so we will leave that pile's delivery for William to complete after we depart for Ohio.

A small job remains-- my closet-- and I only want about 6 pieces out of it. Greg's closet, ditto. The larger and last area we have to tackle is the kitchen, and I've already started the Goodwill pile from there.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 06:18 PM

Running errands today after an appointment and stopped in only one thrift store (I have a couple of items on my regular list to look for - primarily, matching plates to the incomplete set I'm using now). No luck there, but a couple of other small useful items showed up.

My garden is standing there still full of weeds, and I see the sunflowers starting to sprout, but I haven't had rain in over a week and I need everything to get a good soaking before I start the next stage of digging and planting. The ten day forecast shows rain over the weekend.

An old friend (literally - she is 82!) is coming to town for a few days and asked if we can do a pot luck dinner at my house on Sunday, so I'm going to have to hurry and get some of my cleaning (dog related - including shampooing a carpet) out of the way soon. I'm not sure if she'll stay here for any of the days she's in town, but the guest room is ready if needed. Her family is spread all over the area but not all of them have guest accommodations.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 04:03 PM

PA

We're so far ahead of expected progress that we ran away for a movie and pizza afternoon, leaving William to measure cargo and advise if the reserved truck needs to be upgraded or other plans made, such as shipping lightweight boxes of decor.

We'll meet up with him soon to whip thru back porch clearing in "night shift,"

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 10:35 PM

The papers smoldered and burned most of the evening and at bedtime it was still warm, but that warmth kept dew from forming on the can overnight. I try to put it away before it gets wet because it can rust if it's left out.

Last night I wasn't feeling 100% so I didn't walk the dogs, but today we took an extra-long walk to make it up. I wear a fitness tracker and carry my phone, so I get the number of steps from the tracker and the phone tracks the route and tells me how far we walked. They don't always agree with each other, but success-breeds-success, when you see that you've been walking every day and meeting goals that were programmed into each device.

I went to lunch with my daughter today; she texted and said she had a hankering for a seafood cob salad. Pappadeaux's has one on the menu that used to be offered as medium or large, then they went to just large, which is humongous. Way too much for a normal person to eat, so when we go over now we split one salad, the shrimp and crab meat version, and both leave there completely stuffed. If I get it and am not sharing I ask them to box half and only bring me half to the table. Restaurants are culprits when it comes to enabling people who really need to cut back and lose weight.

On my way back I stopped a couple of places, including the thrift store where I usually buy jeans, and found two pair. They went into the wash when I got home, and just now were hung in the closet, where the pair that needed replacing was removed and dropped onto the stack of jeans material for craft projects. I also found one of the Romertopf clay bakers, never used, that I sell on eBay. I have one myself that I use several times a year and chickens come out so moist and tender and falling off the bone. Anyway, two pairs of jeans and the clay baker and I think it all cost about $10. I'll sell the baker for probably $30 on eBay.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 07:29 PM

PA

BR and lower bath cleared. Emotional, dunno why. A good friend was here to help as a surprise, that was so nice!

More Goodwill of course. Also a box of dry goods packed and out w cargo, a bag for my friend's kitchen and a bag for her foid pantry.

6-7 LR catch boxes topped off, taped, and out to porch.

Large framed art crated. Some fragile decor packed, and all this is off to their staging areas.

Box of cast iron for my son crated up.

Tired!

Tomorrow: clear back porch and measure all staging areas' cargo vs truck cubic footage, to consider options.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 03:06 PM

Dupont:

Time to put a few things in car to go to Beaver tomorrow. Looking forward to renewed connections in my home community. Four events this week, that I know of so far.

English class this am was a bore but I have my own one on one student next week. Connected with one of the other teachers in a terrific way.

Text from son offering to phone this eve! Hope his life is moving in good ways!

So nice to have clutter out of house! And a bit more leaving in a few minutes. River is de-cluttering too! and the yard!! Iris, day lilies and ?? sprouting through the clutter of river rocks along front of house.

International Folk Dancing for an hour last night was wonderful, great exercise and good for my mental health. Knees are not happy but I think I can fix that with MSM/GS. Now!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 08:22 PM

PA

The staging area for Van cargo was cleared and put to immediate use today.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 07:02 PM

PA

The day started with short sleep, but great peace and quiet. (The family that is helping us has various openly-shared brain chemistry issues, so we need those islands of solitude and peace to stay focused and gracious.)

I stripped chairs that are going to the dump and made a slight rearrangement in the packing corner, making more space for carry-downs and paper shredding. The shredder.Mary will start with is in place.

Greg took down DR and stairwell framed family pix that are about to get blocked in with furniture, and we set these with their room-labeled boxes to wrap later.

With an early, prescient call from the ordained member of the helping family, the day's personnel and food is settled, and we've coordinated who is working with whom. She's also sending some brief tips on working with the member William has been disparaging, who I've never met, so her insight will be very helpful. We're planning a successful day, with BS preventively disentagled.

Newbie has had a bit of extra meds to stay happily out of the fray. My challenge will be staying mobile, and not getting stuck anywhere in chatter.

Later....

The upstairs hallway and Monica's room are all but cleared. Mary had agreed to superintend final removals of Goodwill and trash, and to facilitate St. Paul's pickup of their items. Rooms are labeled with these destinations, and I have another 20 boxes now to purge and sort.

William is due shortly but we're watching Deadpool because we're too tired to think up his jobs. (That will change when he gets here, hopefully!)


Still later....

William degoofed the DR with me and helped crate a jackalope and a set of antlers.

Greg degoofed the front porch.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 05:54 PM

I found a bunch of training certificates, lists of courses I took for various tasks I was doing at the university. I suppose I can make a list of those in my CV. I found some things misfiled that will go in my CV (conferences I attended but couldn't remember all of the particulars). Lots of forms with social security numbers on them. Old phone bills, insurance bills, documents going back 15 years and more. I was sure I'd purged the files of the old stuff the last time or two I went through them, but apparently not. So there's another six-inch stack of papers in the burn barrel and I have that tell-tale smokey smell on my clothing and hair.

I have three two-drawer file cabinets and I'm getting close to having one empty drawer now. There is room to possibly reorganize all of them and make them more user-friendly; some of those drawers are full all of the way to the back, making it difficult to reach everything.

This isn't what I thought I'd be doing today, but it's still progress.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 02:19 PM

This morning I dug through files looking for the paperwork for the current desktop computer; I keep that material religiously but it is not showing itself in any files or usual storage places. As I searched I found a number of old files that need destruction, too many for the shredder, so it's time for the burning barrel again. This burning ritual takes place only 2-3 times a year, helpful because this much paper was never intended to go through a home personal shredder. Every time I go through this burning ritual I'm sure I've tackled all of the old stuff, only to have more turn up.

I'm going to have to review my Photoshop stuff; a couple of images I've worked with lately (contract work) haven't had the features they want. On one, it's outlining the art and pasting it onto a transparent background, on the other, it's outlining the text so it shows up against an image.

I'm watching the requests on the Freecycle listings, with the goal of filling a request one of these days. I'm also looking at some of the really old books that came from a family estate - why am I keeping them? I'll see about Amazon or eBay for listing some of them, but I suspect they'll go to the used book store where they sell old books by the foot for interior designer to stage rooms. Just because it's old doesn't mean it has any value, and I haven't opened any of these in 35 years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 01:38 PM

Dupont:

Birthday of my second son; I begged him, "NOT on April Fool's Day!" but he insisted. When he was old enough, I suggested, "if anyone teases you about an April Fool birthday, just tell them: YES! I was born on April Fool's Day. Mother was the fool!!" So he did. I heard him.

Sunny, below freezing day. Ice is slowly heading down to the sea but still huge chunks on the river banks.

ALL the thrift shop stuff has left and some things for other places, including the cellar! So nice to clear the hall and more.

Trip to Beaver put off as my wonderful "handyman" suggested it would be better not to break the "snow dam" that is keeping water from house. ---still thinking about the sense of that. Maybe I could park without wrecking it? Three events I wanted to attend this week...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 10:19 PM

They're late, but my homemade potting soil is finished and terracotta pots are filled, ready for seeds tomorrow. I'll start some outside and some in the greenhouse. The rest of the day and weekend was general housekeeping.

There is a weight-loss program offered through the retiree/employee health benefits that starts tomorrow, though I haven't seen their first email. They sent a box with a measuring tape, some kind of rubber wristband, a package of peanuts and a package of Pringles (chips). I'm not fond of Pringles. I don't usually participate in these, but I'll see what it's about and decide if I want to stay with the alternate fasting or try this for eight weeks. Or a bit of both.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM

PA

Only two boxes ready because the rest still have room for more items-- so,much got trashed/donated that they'll wait until our BR/bathroom sort are done in the next few days.

Card table done, and boxes arrayed better.

Maybe:

. BR sort/tag tmrw, pack DR decor and frames

. Blue bathroom sorting Tuesday or Monday evening w William

. Back porch Weds bcuz warmest this week, and recliner there I'll sit in to sort goes to dump at end of day

Thursday:

Friday: depart for Philly

Hockey time--we're winning!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 03:02 PM

PA

Very close to finishing my pile... It took quite awhile to set up all the catch-boxes. I filled one GW bag doing it, so Greg took it (and yesterday's full van load to drop off, while my overdue AM meds kicked in. Then we both had lunch and I made him stop for a chair break while HIS overdue meds kick in.

By evening I'll have that stack of boxes ready to take and send out.

A brief break for fresh air later will be ice cream, on the way back from Wal-Mart for yet more tape.

Newbie got out loose for a few hours this AM, but TBTG stayed near the house and came looking for me at the same moment I went out to look for her. Close call-- we're right on the road-- so, several doors CLOSED.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 11:15 AM

PA

New rule: brekky is to be OUT on work days minus helpers, no matter how much fud is on hand (still not put away).


Today's plan:

Our focus now is capturing those items we must take ourselves, and continuing to load the trailer with items we must take, ourselves, to the dump, before that day comes when we must start loading the trailer with OUR cargo.

This focus may leave larger donation-items tagged and left in place, for post-departure helpers to carry to the parish donation area (and other items to Goodwill). But we need helpers to focus this week on moving OUR stuff-- so we can get out on time.

It's all downstairs work today.

Me: I have about a cubic yard and a half of items to sort, to clear workspace for an intense day tmrw full of helpers. My goal with that batch is further purging of this batch down to no more than 1 book box per Ohio room plus 2 distinct storage cases in the garage, and a stack of labeled boxes for tmrw's helpers to carry out front (or to the Goodwill train).

Greg will work on de-goofing the DR by carrying out items William cluttered it with ydy by mistake, so we can designate a distinct, labeled staging area for Van Cargo. We have notified William to clear out the car we've lent him to get here, so we can start loading its back end with its cargo-- we're towing it behind the truck.

Together: Another focus today will be Instant-Potting army food groups on hand, so one of tmrw's helpers can make army food to feed the army on the days she's not here. Before I pack the food storage containers and huge mixing bowl. That will involve me organizing the kitchen a bit today and Greg running the Pot.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 10:19 AM

Greetings from Carcassonne france. Amazing medieval walled city. Might spend few days in rural england.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 30 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM

Great day out and about with my Mom. We checked out the newest location for one of our favorite stores and then hit BJ's where she joined as a member and added me as an associate. It's been awhile since I've been grocery shopping so I did some damage there. I didn't get everything we need (after all, who needs THAT many avocados all at once!?!?!) so I will stop at Wegmans during the week..hate to do it but staples are getting low.

It was just really nice to spend some time with my mom. She's the best! We have a quilting retreat coming up soon too...3 days of quilting with some good friends...I can't wait!

The boys are visiting Pete's mom this afternoon and I am home alone....a rarity for sure. The quiet feels good to me for this little bit.

Work is super busy lately, I think my client list is nearing it's limits. I will be interviewing 2 people on Tuesday and have another beginning next week so hopefully, in a month or so, things will settle down a bit. Whew. I like to be busy but not so busy that I forget to eat. I had taken my insulin around 7:45am and then had a full on client load until about 11:30.....started feeling funky and then I remembered....insulin in but no food. Whoopsie. I have juice and frosting in one of my filing cabinets so all was well. I also treated one of the guys to lunch on Friday....he does our intakes, gets all the basic consents signed, etc and he's been ridiculously busy too and he was most appreciative of my appreciating him..LOL!

Jeremiah had a church event this week. The youth program put on an interactive puppet/singing program and then dinner for all the kids and their families. He had fun sitting at the kids table while we got to chat with some of the church women that I have been seeing for some time now but we never seem have time to chat. We were there for probably an hour and a half...new friends made....felt wonderful. <3 There are two sisters who play the piano and organ and have asked me to play with them on Sundays....still thinking about it but it's likely I will sometime soon.

Tomorrow brings church and a relaxing day at home before it all starts again!

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM

PA

The sewing room, a large bedroom, and the large linen closet in the landing are cleared. The van is full of Goodwill again, and the trailer has two 55-gal bags of trash awaiting a recliner to load Monday. Several more boxes have been loaded out to the staging area porch.

The room for parish donation is getting full. (They'll pick up after we leave.)

An enormous box (it originally shipped a grandfather clock) has been designated out on the back porch for paper recyclables, which accumulate quickly as I sort. A plastic trash bin has been set to catch plastic recycling, which also piles up in my sorting area.

No helpers tomorrow-- peace, quiet, and sorting about 20 boxes William set in my packing area, into boxes labeled for the rooms where they'll go.

A pair of heavy cast iron griddles and a similarly sized crockpot for my son are ready to pack.

Tonight I hope to finish putting away groceries bought Wednesday, get a long shower, and go to bed early.

We have a backup plan for fellow clergy spouse Mary to supervise William (her son) to finish anything we can't, and we wiill discuss this with her Monday.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM

Montreal:

Came back to city due to ice on banister on front steps at Dupont, also ice on every twig on the way to bridge. No ice in city!

Clutter: Every morning my brain works on which route today? I tried the "usual"; 35 minutes later, having gone E, N, S, W and a few more, I found myself detoured back onto the road I had left; ten minutes drive would have gotten me there in the first place. Arghhhh! No guarantee that tomorrow will be the same.

There is no key for any doors at Dupont but I did figure out how to unlock that door! It shall stay that way. Also plan to take out the railings and be able to use that separate entrance- more direct route to washroom if working outdoors. There is also one in basement - after the snow leaves! MAybe next week???


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 11:49 PM

Possibly. The yard is very large and the arrangement of things described have changed.

Today I took the old mower over to the repair shop, and told him I had an offer. I knew he had people who came in asking to buy mowers, and he agreed - I'd seen one last time I was there. "And you probably have people come in who can't afford much but really need a mower - single moms with no money and a lawn to mow, looking for something used that works (or some variant on that theme)? "Yes." He nodded, he sees those also, and knows the difference between the two groups.

"I'd like to give you this mower—it has issues, but it runs, and whether you want to do any work on it or not, give or sell it low when the customer-in-need comes by." He was pleased and noted a couple of those issues he could address. I suspect, knowing this guy in passing for several years now, that he has an idea of what the used mower is worth, and will add about that much in parts or upgrade, and give or sell it very low.

And in other news, this week I exceeded my daily step quota on my fitness tracker three times this week. The dog walk each evening helps push me over the top.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 06:52 PM

SRS, you just told us how to get into your house.

PA

Progress continues per plan.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 05:17 PM

I one time locked myself out and had to walk down to the street, around my next door neighbor's house, around the back of their fence to my back fence to the point where I knew I could climb over, into my back yard. And then I had to slide open the glass door but the wrought iron gate wouldn't let me through—I was able to reach the key on the mantle next to the door to unlock the security gate. Now I have spare house keys in a fake sprinkler head in the garden near one of the doors. You might need to hide a key out there to play it safe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 03:01 PM

Dupont:

This internet thing is too time consuming. Especially when one finally stops and goes to look at doing something. Like: go out on the mini deck to enjoy the sun not realizing the door would lock behind me! No way off without doing serious damage to the railing. I waved at each car - at least 4! Phoned the volunteer agency 2 streets away - the only local number I had; left message. Finally, the cross-the-street neighbour whom I had not met came out and recognized I had a problem! YAY, Sophie. She came in the front door and opened the other front door and let me in! So, we got acquainted; she gave me her phone number! Fortunately it was not too cold and not raining, or snowing! I see no way of unlocking that door completely!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 01:34 PM

Dupont:

Crisis of the day - so far - no pen within reach. I need more pens! I need one within reach no matter where, in which home, or car, I am sitting!

Life would be far less cluttered if the road construction was not so all pervasive. As soon as I leave the house, my mind is totally concerned with "how to get there today". Which routes will be closed. I have taken to using one which, so far, has no barriers, I do not get lost - the other night I was in and out of dark alleys trying to find the way home! - and it takes a bit longer but is less stressful.

Spent extra time on internet giving info on wildlife rehab at this birthing season. And still neglected to post about the turtles crossing the road - soon! Time enough when Kelly does it and I can share.

Other than watering plants and shopping, not much is getting done here. Looking at the time, I could still look at starting a sewing project....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 11:06 AM

PA

Good AM coffee chat planning the morning.

Greg is dropping Goodwill load and bringing back trash bags.

Here, all but one Wayback box in LR purged; the rest are to box or consult w Greg on.

Not bad for an hour's work!

Another Goodwill box filled. Several boxes needed for packing these items are empty now.

~Susan


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Subject: Garage Codes
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 09:29 AM

PA

Greg is picking up labels and I'm printing 11x17 posters for Garage codes:

T trash
SP donate to St P or Gift
R recycle
Or use below key to pack



¤ S, on top of Sideboard in kitchen- stacked first-open boxes


¤ Z, far back center - open armoire
BR items not in van
Hallway items not in van
LL items not in van
Sewing Room items not in vang

¤ X, front center right inside door
Kitchen boxes


¤ F, back corner bowman hse
Box springs
Camp chairs


¤ W, fmr lumber corner
Fridge
Freezer
Boxed foods in pantry


¤ L, front corner Bowman hse
Giant cabinet


¤ A, front corner Ridgebury side
Book boxes


¤ GR mid side, Bowman, and twds center of garage:
Workshop boxes
Shop vac


¤ GL mid side, Ridgebury and shelves
Garden supply
Long handled tools
Hardware


¤ TR, TRAILER
Deere
Weight bench and weights
Sm garage tools
Weed whacker
Leaf blower
Fuel cans
Compressor


¤ V Van
BR
Hallway


¤ C Cruiser
Bike
Skis
Snowshoes
Vestments?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 12:21 PM

PA

Thanks, SRS. These neighbors, with whom we have 25 years of multiple relationships, are in no way professional landlords. They're farmfolk who own houses on farm properties the family bought out over the last 100 years. This is one they like to rent out separate from the farmland itself because the farmland adjoins their cattle herd pasture, and they themselves use the barn here.
I spent a number of years in tenant's rights, and have rented all my life, so I am well aware of what should be happening, none of which applies here to the interlocking blessings that have historically flowed between our families.

We've lived here longer than anyone since they acquired this property, and thus her ideas about renovation suddenly changed when I shared the house's realities with her, last night. Such as, when we toured the former MudDorm presently storing boxes for our packing: "No, actually that stain in the attic ceiling is not water damage. The contractor who repaired the housefire damage, in 2001, miscalculated ventilation, and this annual mold is from condensation. This one window, left cracked, is too small, and this non-opening window here needs to be replaced with one that opens for cross-ventilation. The standing seam roof was replaced then, and this whole addition is dry." And "No, this brand-new-looking dishwasher did not wear out. A rat run goes under it, as we reported when one day it suddenly was dead, to your fiancee three years ago, just before you met him and became the family's property manager."

So while I was nuts when she left, she apparently appreciated the money I had saved them.

Suffice to say that when we countered on her request first thing this AM, the request was withdrawn and I can just about get on track again.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 12:06 PM

Dupont:

Poor Dan replaced the flooring at Beaver and put on coat of varthane, went off to let it dry and when he came back --- the roof in K had leaked on new area! "Hell of a day" he texted. We will look at prevention plans when I get there. Two separate issues: 1. Water running down the hill and under the front door - need to trench the water away from house, maybe lower the area in vicinity of Front door, make room for a moat to form? 2. the valley in the roof between two sections builds up ice and snow where the sun never shines. It leaked the first year but not the next ones, so I bought that wiring for melting roof ice but we never installed it. I am sure Dan will have some ideas, in addition to words he does not generally use!

Tomato question: Each "patio" plant in LR has one tomato. Each have been there for several weeks - looking ripe. But R wanted to wait and they seem to be perfectly happy to stay on plant with no change, whatsoever, in appearance!???? (Some kids never leave home!)

I am starting to have some routine around this house - places to shop, things to do, discovering/experimenting with dif routes. Above freezing today. Patches of clear ground are gradually expanding! Ice is still cluttering the river, with wide open spaces and many mallards!

Today, for the first time, I am cooking a lentil/cabbage stew! I have been snacking on cheese and choc when here. The stove burner works; that one anyway. OF course, I expect something to not work or go wrong; R bought with no guarantees; he prefers a low price and do-it-yourself repairs. He loves fixing and cleaning up dirt/messes. So I let him, with delighted relief!

Picked up a wood shelf unit for the studio at Beaver this am. I have a spot for it. USEFUL!

Stew time!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 11:26 AM

What did she request? Usually when a long-term tenant leaves a dwelling the landlord does the carpets, painting, etc. It's part of the cost of being the landlord. Maybe you need to come up with a counter offer to her request. (A shot in the dark since you didn't tell us what her request was. But it's a shame to see a big crimp in your plans.)

My dog-corral arrived yesterday, so one day soon I will move furniture out of the front room and shampoo that carpet, then block it off completely to all of the dogs. Then I'll set up the corral, and fill it with dog bedding. The younger dogs will be able to get in and out (the height is 32"), but the oldest won't, and she's the one I want overnight on tile on washable dog bedding with access to the dog door into the yard. I still have to decide what to do with the carpet under the dining table. Shampoo it once more just for the heck of it, and see what evolves.

My ex told me about an Iraqi guy he visits every so often who specializes in cleaning Persian carpets. It occurs to me that this old dog sometimes comes into my room during thunderstorms and may have dribbled on that carpet. Time to take it over for the first cleaning it has probably had in 100 years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 05:15 AM

PA

The landlady dropped in unannounced last night requesting a major accommodation, which ate up my whole evening and will majorly f*%k up the next few precious days as well.

It also took up time I should have been eating the supper-- late due to a blown fuse earliersr-- which I could smell while she "visited".

Blown--evening laundry, packing, and break time. Potential impact on my limited physical wellbeing.... Profound and an increased pain level. Oddly, life has shown me I can figure this out. But there goes one "slop" day I'd built into the sked in case of travel vagaries getting to and from Dick's memorial service.

Clearly I'm going to need more help to getting this done, so I hope the landlady has people up her sleeve.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM

Having energy to parcel out is a wonderful thing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM

PA Purge Prep, first full day

Brekky out
Short Mansfield tour
Wally provisioning and Lisa, Tom "word"
Bank, errands

Codes agreed for Chaos Prevention (my job), Bull/China Shop Prevention ("dear, do you need to breathe?"), Outing Needed code, KFH/Public Incursion ("bouncy bouncy...")

Weight room items marked with garage letter codes off fone to consolidate for room tmrw-- prep for setting up a Donations staging area by the treadmill

1st wayback room set to heat, to work on later as breaks from tv hockey (and tmrw AM), to again mark items to keep, give, trash, recycle

I'm looking for the better post its (found)

Groceries were brought in and putting-away begun

Chair break: I Married an Angel, TCM

Outing: bike dropoff for spring inspection, and then a sunny, hilly explore from Covington, remembering cemeteries frequented and actually finding one we'd never "planted" at

Parthemers no longer appear to reside in fmr rental

Laundry w ammonia started (gross stuff), used up ammonia gallon and laundry soap bottle; may have more ammonia; did buy detergent

Dinner chix is thawing now for evening Instant-Pot supper and salt-free bedtime snack; we'll make a batch of chix salad tmrw and taters will also be potting later for tater salad tmrw

I almost know what to do with 3pm help tmrw.

~Susan

Recycling just loaded for transit tmrw


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM

Parceling out my energy and hours today: the next of the fence posts to be removed confirmed what I suspected—the rest of them are just as long as the first difficult one, but since they sit higher they aren't buried as deep. In a few minutes I've dug around the next one enough that it already wobbles. One a week will have them all gone before summer is here.

Tomorrow is trash pickup so I have to prune out one more of the large limbs, this time in front, and this time I have a longer pruning blade to use on the reciprocating saw. I cut it into 4' lengths and push all of the pieces into a tall black and decrepit Rubbermaid trash bin. One of these days that bin will have to go with the trash, but I'm still getting some service from it now. If I do a couple of these limbs a week I'll also have this job finished by summer, and by then I look forward to planting some things that need more sun.

The garden also needs attention, so what's left of the day will go to weeding and shaping more beds. And I have to fill the pots with my mix of compost and soil and get a bunch of seeds started. I should have done it weeks ago.

I've had a good start to the alternate-day fasting, and will do the fasting (modified - around 500 calories) at least twice a week. I can be done alternately, but that is a more difficult schedule to stick to.

Rest period over.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 09:41 PM

I worked at a steady pace today, weeding in the front yard (around the asparagus, and around the daffodils). I haven't finished either bed, but I weeded enough so that I could spread a wheelbarrow full of mulch over the finished area. It didn't rain enough the other night to soak the soil as much as I hoped, so I may have to hose down the rest before I work on it.

I mowed the back yard, and even though the new mower is an inch or two narrower than the old mower, it's easier to maneuver and I was able to finish more quickly. In my effort to help Poppy tighten those muscles I took the dogs out again for a half-mile walk (we'll try to do that every day for now on - they have a huge yard so it doesn't always seem necessary, but Poppy doesn't run around all day any more). My Nokia tracker and Google Fit are also happy at the number of steps, duration, and distance covered.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 05:24 PM

PA

Essentials unloaded from van.

Dog fed/watered.

People fed/watered.

"Bed" "manufactured"-- "make me down a pallet on your..." box springs.

Tech hooked up and working. Frozen essential items
thawed.

Bed pallet successfully passed pressure point tests, and appears set until final loading morning. Soiled linens found in the process on their way to laundry room.

The first packing plan decision has been made-- a staging area is needed for lamos/furniture/misc bagged items to donate. A nearly empty room has been chosen to empty first with helper William, Thursday, if anything is too heavy for Greg to shift tomorrow.

Next, SLEEP.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 04:30 PM

Step 1 isolate pets, vacuum, assemble plastic bin towel and gloves
Step 2 make oxi clean solution, soak towel and lay on carpet
Step 3 walk on towel and repeat for entire carpet
Step 4 wait 20 minutes and rinse with water with shampooer and extract

or
fill water compartment on shampooer, wash with oxiclean solution and rinse after 20 minutes
The shampooer will overflow with foam but so what

parole pets

hard to clean or shag carpets will look great with little effort.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 02:46 PM

Good job on the safe arrival! Now for the huge task of the final distribution of stuff and move out.

I'm making a push to finish the front garden bed on the southwest side of the house and put back the steel edging. It's laying out of the way but can still be a tripping hazard (this was pulled for the sewer line work in 2017, so I haven't exactly rushed to finish this part of the job.)

It's nice to have the house still looking pretty good after lunch guests on the weekend. I need to keep it this way, and consider if any pieces of furniture need to be moved or removed. I'll have to move some to steam clean the carpet, hence the consideration at this time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 12:52 PM

PA

Here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM

How do you Oxyclean a carpet, Don? With a shampooer?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 09:17 AM

Oxi cleaning carpets gives much better results than shampooing


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 07:03 PM

I hope the new mower gives you years of good service, SRS. And yes, on a different subject, I think one could spend a fortune on tools and equipment. I know I could…

I did some mowing yesterday and “our patch” round the back looks better for it. I didn’t intend using it but tried to start the Toro – no joy and I suspect the problem is stale petrol – I’d intended one last cut last year, that didn’t happen and running the fuel off got forgotten... I did get the trimmer started but I’m a touch concerned that the throttle assembly handle feels a bit loose. There are rubber anti vibration dampers in there and I’ve a suspicion that, even though the machine is fairly new, they might need replacing.

I’ve got the propogator in the porch and am waiting for a delivery of a bag of compost which should come on Thu. We’ve got a few bags of general purpose compost around but I use a potting on compost both for starting the seeds off and for growing on in pots before planting in the greenhouse in May.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 05:44 PM

Dorothy, was the reason for the leak an ice dam? I've never seen one but I've read about them often enough (mostly from Mudcat members who live in the north).

Picked up the Honda mower. It's set up, oil has been added (they ship without oil). Now the directions booklet is on the kitchen table and I'm reading (got an email about a website correction that needed making, so I'm going to get back to reading in a few minutes.) While at the tool store I also found some longer pruning blades for my Ryobi reciprocating saw. Northern Tool is the high end of tool stores, the low end being Harbor Freight. And I still will take coupons over to HF, but what a lovely trip to see all of the name-brand tools I'd love to own or learn to use.

Yesterday I repositioned the cedar chest that used to live at the foot of my bed, it's now against the wall, far enough along so the door won't hit it. I've only tripped on it once in the dark so far. I pulled out a bunch of dust puppies after moving it, and no, I STILL haven't found my vacuum cleaner wand. I'm convinced it is hiding in plain sight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 03:18 PM

Dupont:

Every community needs a wonderful person like a neighbour who just collected and repaired junk mowers and sold them for $30 to those of us who needed them. Worked fine and if it didn't, he helped. There must still be sweet men like that in the world - or women!

Still doing laundry! Threw that coat in without emptying the pockets - he gave it to me to wash, I thought. Well, there was not a pocket full of nuts and bolts, as he feared! But a couple newspaper articles are history. Enough left that he can find them again, if necessary. The coat looks great! There are a few more yet to go. Today the current bedding went through the laundry! And the drapes for the BR. AND a huge object - I guess king size and thick! is drying over the banister around the basement stairs, under the addition.

These stairs are open with a glass and wood surround at the top and a "stairs" that resembles a ladder. I refuse to use them and avoid the top opening carefully. R is considering an elevator. There is a separate stairs (original to the house) to the cellar part under the main house. These are negotiable only with an improved banister - or sliding board? I greatly resist any opportunities for injury!

R installed an under-cabinet light yesterday (the "filthy one I complained about) and it really is fine; and investigated the bed; now he really does have a pocket of nuts and washers! (There were not enough.)

Dan called and told me about damage, from melting snow running amok, at Beaver - fairly minimal compared to what could have been! The plywood underneath was preserved by the heavy gray paint I used before the "underlay" was placed. The underlay was a mess - buckled! Dan has it under control, has a fan going, and will also clean chimney and fire up wood stove to help dry out K floor so he can replace "underlay". I am SO lucky! And I get to sit here and look out at the woods in back of house.

As I put that drapery fabric up on a shelf until a rod is available, I realized it is marvelously heavy,with the pattern woven in!, and lined! Four panels for $16!

Left wheel bearings and an alignment today, then grocery shopping and back to city to cook a good supper. A frig was talked about but still in future. Inch by inch...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 02:52 PM

I went through my list again - there is a lower-end Honda for $399, and the Toro I was looking at is $369. Brings them into the same range. The lower-end Honda doesn't have the nexite deck (makes mowing a lot quieter) - the lowest one with that feature is $599.

Now I ask myself - I have an elderly mower that works and has "issues." Would I mow more often with a newer mower? Yes, undoubtedly. Will I feel buyer's remorse for getting a new mower? I might if I bought the more expensive one. I've identified a shop about 3 miles from the house that has the Hondas, and a shop about 7 miles from the house that has the Toros. Right now, before heading over to the Northern Equipment that sells the Hondas, I'm predicting I'll end up with the lower end Honda. Anything is going to be new to me and wonderful compared to the struggle I have now with the old mower. There were a couple of "sturdiness" points the repair guy made, when he wiggled the handle (or not) depending on how well it was reinforced. I have to tighten a screw on the handle of my current mower because it vibrates loose, and the original screw with the molded head that fit the handle perfectly so I could tighten easily dropped off. Now I have to hold onto the head of a carriage bolt to twist the nut head - so I've had a lot of time with a wobbly handle and would like to leave that behind.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 02:03 PM

(Also, wimp or otherwise, I think 22" is as large as I'd want to handle here)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM

And ours. The Toro we got was right on our limit, perhaps a fraction over. Besides that, I'd not get anything bigger in the shed. In inches, our Toro has a 21.7" cut and the Honda as a comparison, 20.9".


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 01:32 PM

I'm looking at 21" or 22" inch blade - there are wider double-blade mowers but they're way out of my budget.

Wonderful thunderstorm overnight and we got the rain part (other portions of the region got the tennis-ball-sized hail). In a couple of days the garden will be just dry enough to work on.

I need to make a run to Goodwill, and before that I'll take one more tour of my sweater cabinet. I'm feeling ruthless about removing sweaters I rarely wear, even if they are the right size.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 12:12 AM

I guess that markets vary a fair bit. Looking around UK wise now, Honda do offer a straightforward 16” cut push model. Fwiw, we have the Toro 20958 which, at current prices, I can find for £560. I think the closest in Honda would be the Honda 536 VY which I can find for £720.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 09:27 PM

Last night I compared the mowers and prices reviewed by Consumer Reports – Honda gets the highest rating, Toro ranked second. Toro costs less than half of the Honda, because it doesn't have some of the fancy features but is still robust construction. The thing about Honda is that they don't seem to produce any lower-end models, so I can't really compare the companies. I may decide on that pretty soon.

I took a vitex limb out in the back yard today, it's the one that was growing into the power and cable lines in my back yard. It was just enough to completely fill a large trashcan when cut up. I have several more, but if I do them like this I don't have to fool with a pile of brush sitting around.

There is dog bedding drying now (I didn't do as much laundry as Dorothy, but it was critical!) and I tossed a large bed. I hadn't thought when I bought it but they all need to be washed sometime and that one wouldn't even have fit a commercial washer. I'll keep the outer case and put rag-type dog bedding I used to use in the garage in it. All of that can come out for laundry.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 07:59 PM

Thanks, DP!

Our plan is to get home to Ohio with furniture and boxes, April 13. I'll be posting on slow Wi-Fi while we're in PA packing.

Our first helper, William, will come Thursday afternoon and I've never worked with him. I expect brawn and humor, but don't know yet how he is on nonverbal partnering. I anticipate making a tentative plan of attack Wednesday and revising it after working with him Thursday.

A lot will depend how my back holds uo and how well we sleep on a makeshift bed.

But the real challenge of it hit us today: we've developed a wonderful rhythm here of working hard every other day and doing fun, silly stuff on the days between. And there's just not the fun there that is so plentiful here. Add to that the reality of being public figures again, and we've yet to figure out how to make space for US apart from the project of moving. My physical limitations complicate that. But we'll talk more about it in the van tomorrow.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 06:26 PM

Dupont:

Laundry continues; washer and dryer running and I have lost count - 4 of each maybe, and more to go. R even fetched a different jacket so I could wash the incredibly filthy one! Picked up another swivel rocker for the TV room today (T.S.). R repaired the cabinet door he, inadvertently, broke yesterday. He has been exploring the cellar to see what useful pieces have been left behind while I wash stuff left behind and put some in trash and some in T.S. bags. We picked up a nice set of drapes (T.S.) for across the laundry area. Perfect for the current colours of the room. Can be used elsewhere if it changes. Good heavy fabric with ferny print in shades of green only. Might even work to "black out" BR.

Great Laundry area and equipment - after one reads the directions!

Email from neighbour Larry that Beaver is getting wet indoors. He has done what he could and I asked him to consult with Dan if any more needs to be done; L is better at texting than I and Dan prefers texts. When we have someone as wonderful as Dan, it is important to keep him happy! I owe Larry big time. Great neighbour!

Good neighbour here kept drive cleared all winter and when R drives in with Truck and stuff, M comes running to help, if home.

Bed construct will be along any day now! Frig to follow when weather cooperates. Yesterday, R dug out enough of the back deck that we could open the back door and appreciate the woods. I am happier to have a front door AND a back door.

Guess I shall not complain about R enjoying his explorations.

Safe travels, Susan!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM

Kitchen cleaned
DW loaded to run overnight
Laundry going
Towels changed

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 03:11 PM

SRS, we leave tomorrow morning!

Privacy curtains are up. Food bags are loaded.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 12:25 PM

Susan – your next trip to Pennsylvania is a week away? And this is the final trip as far as emptying that house and moving contents? Big job!

Michelle, for the first 16 years I worked in the library I was in an upper floor with north facing windows and I didn't keep plants, but co-workers kept their plants in my window. As long as the fruit flies (or fungus gnats) were kept under control we were all fine. It was nice to have a smallish-jungle in the cubicle.

I'm washing dog beds this weekend; Poppy may be over the bladder infection but the incontinence is back and I'm going to have to address that this week. It isn't enough to take her out at bedtime any more. I'm going to have to set up a place on the tile floor where she sleeps on beds in an enclosure so she doesn't leave spots of piddle. I'll be steam-cleaning carpets this week. Most of the house is tile floors, but there are a couple of carpets. This project bumps a few others down the list.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 12:19 PM

Tech/meds box full and loading as the innocuous BANKERS BOX (the only one onboard).

Found two neutral beige curtains when we took apart doggie dust sheets, to replace current see-thru hallway privacy curtains, to hang later or tmrw.

Ydy, I got my mother's pretty antique dresser sorted and restored to a pretty, welcome-home state-- the overflowing top drawer's scarves hung on display hooks to grab as needed, and messy top shelf items stowed in the nearly empty drawer. Adding the full length curtain to replace the half-curtain will make for a real dressing space. I'll post pix when the pretty PA boudoir lamp is added and the candelabra sconces get their tapers.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 10:51 AM

Like during vacay time, a retired priest gets to skip an occasional Sunday morning church service. I'm so glad we both went back to sleep this morning!

It's forecast to be warm enough overnight to load the tech/meds box TODAY, and it's ready to top off with meds.


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 06:04 PM

Work: I planted some Marigold seeds and put them in the window outside my office. I also trimmed and dead-headed the plants that needed it. I changed out all the winter decor from my own office and window sill, added a plant and a hand carved Robin that I love. I now have two monitors on my desk, the CPU (not sure what else to call it) is about the size of a box of butter and that is new to my desk top space as well. I also have a new internet phone which is a bit more bulky than the last one. Given that I need to be home some afternoons for Jeremiah, working with children poses a problem as many of them need to be seen after school hours so I have requested that my caseload on children be reduced and the adult caseload increased. In that light, I have also requested that the responsibility of being the trainer for the Children's Program be passed on to someone else. I've been doing it for 2 years and it's time for someone else to lead that horse. My caseload is larger than it's ever been and last week I received a 5% raise. YAY ME!

Home: My yard continue to be MUD. MUD. And MORE MUD. Ugh. I am looking forward to the day when the ground firms up, there is grass to mow, temperatures are warmer and leaves on the trees! Daily chores are being kept up with...dishes, laundry, clear table, someone decent floors (I'm allowing slack on this because it's MUD season plus we heat with wood and pellets...both are creators of dust. Jeremiah is in charge of sweeping almost daily and does a decent job. I'm thankful for the help. I cleaned out the fridge last night and emptied all the various Rubbermaid containers, washed them all by hand (they don't come out clean from the dishwasher) and today I had some family time and some me time. We all got haircuts this morning, I got some highlights and then went on to get my nails done. I don't do that often but I sure do love having them painted an all pretty! We went to the bookstore and then out to a place we've been wanting to try for a long time for our lunch....It's called Curly's Chicken House. It's a down home, straight forward family restaurant...a bit run down but the food was great! I had friend chicken which I don't think I've had in years...surely I will be paying for it later tonight...it was worth it! While we were there a woman came over and started hugging me...I didn't know who it was until she took a few steps back....turns out it was a friend that I used to work with in the 1990s....she's retired now...sure was great to see her though!

I have a huge undertaking that I'm hoping to get at least halfway done tomorrow. I have made the decision that I am going to get rid of 95% of the clothes that I don't wear or that don't fit. I'm keeping a few special pieces but the other stuff...all 8 sizes of it all is going to be GONE. I'm feeling ruthless and tomorrow is the day!   I might start tonight...we shall see.

I am headed to a college reunion in May and recently purchased some new clothes that I feel good in...including SHOES!!! Normally, I might get one or two pairs of new shoes per year and sometimes not even that. I recently picked up FOUR pairs...one new set of cute kick abouts, sandals and two pairs of Espadrille sandals, one black and the others are a sassy hot pink....*GRIN*....love it!

Oh...also taking my car into the shop for a tune up so I have no worries on my drive to Vermont for the reunion.   I have rented a cottage for myself a very close girlfriend who actually is the reason that I met Pete....I can't wait to see her...it's been *GASP* over 25 years!!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 05:51 PM

While waiting for lunch guests to arrive I did a load of laundry (dog beds) and went into my zippered plastic sweater storage compartment that hangs from two hangers. A handful that I bought years ago but rarely wear are now in a bag in the donation bin. I need to be ruthless and remove a few more, but this was a start.

We had a leisurely lunch and spent the afternoon visiting, and thunderstorms threaten this evening. Looks like an eBay evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 04:51 PM

Dupont:

Load one is washing!! YAY!!! Dryer is ready,too!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 04:14 PM

Dupont:
When I say dithering, I mean fooling around with objects that have nothing to do with anything useful in the house - a light that was here and which I asked to be removed - OUT! But he had to take it apart and wash the filthy thing instead of doing the necessary job. I could have done two loads of laundry by now. Oh well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 04:10 PM

Dupont:

R arrived! So far, he has dithered around about other things, and I had to strongly refuse two wall pieces. We did agree on the several boxes and bags to go to TShops. The cabinet will not go upstairs until someone stronger comes to help; it appears to be fastened to the floor! The drawers have gone up. WE agreed for a spot, in the pantry, for a tool box but currently have only a changeable screwdriver and a wrench. The screwdriver lives in my car, generally; the only reason it is available. Two hours later, still dithering...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 03:03 PM

Well, I can't walk now.

Busy day here....

AM coffee and dayplan

Joint booking of Clarion motel for drive to PA

Joint folding of clean king bedding

Greg off errranding while I fold laundry mountain and sort out items to take

Top alcove drawer cleared of scarves and pretty scarves hung on alcove hooks and scarf hangers

Swim bag loaded for return use

Swim player set w packing items to use while away

Brief fone conference w Mary Kerr re checking PA house, and email re heat/water sent to landlord GF Teresa

Put away clean laundry

Whipped dishes

Chose travel toiletries and neatened up Library chairside area

Set up and distributed chairside water bottles

Sent neighbor texts re departure

Sent William confirmation for packing help to begin Thursday-- Greg to start Weds w trash trips from shed while I recover and plan.
Movie for tonight arrived with the mail. Van preloading done except for our stuff, fud, electronics.

Scootered the block w dog but battery dies now long before block is circled.


Saturday Pre-Packing:

Pack exercise player (evening)
Pack easy dry suit in pool bag (evening)
Pack puders, clothes, meds (evening)

X Load black foam mattress
X Fold and secure walker
X Load folding stool
X Pre-load tools
X Rural King: Roundup, sm dog fud
X Folding laundry
X Detrash van
X Post office hold mail
X Notify neighbors
X Confirm PA helpers
X Level parrot cage (tomato plant house)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 01:11 PM

We had a Honda over 20 years ago. It was always an easy starter and quiet runner compared to the more common Briggs and Stratton engines of that era (although current mower has a B&S engine and I think they’ve moved on). It coped well with the aprox ½ acre and in places quite sloping terrain it had to deal with. Mum gave it away when she moved here.

I don’t believe there was any requirement for mowing here then. I gather (I didn’t live here then) there was a little grass (and the Honda would have been too big) at the front but she had other plans for that area and renting a patch behind the house hadn’t even been thought of then. That only came about later when she was looking for an allotment and a conversation with the landowner for the field made a nice offer – sort of “if you want to clear this overgrown area we can’t use and maintain it, you can have the use of it for a nominal rent”. Things change...

It can be nice to have people like your mower man. I’d be less sure about the local place mum used to use. It strikes me as more of a place for new sales (including those big John Deere garden tractors) and service contracts than repairing older and cheaper equipment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 12:36 PM

Dupont:

Waiting, sort of, with some hope, for R to arrive and connect the washer so I can wash clothes. Hoping he can also ensure dryer is correctly installed. There must be 6 or more loads awaiting. It is a BIG machine, too big probably for our needs, but it sure is nice. I am assuming it will work because the home from which it came was highly organized in every way.

Picked up a good bit of a strong wall paper at a T.S. the other day. That is the best for lining shelves, I believe, so I was happy to get it. A piece of furniture for powder room arrived - more Louis Quatorze than Victorian! I asked for storage; this is suitable for against the back of a sofa - 3 tiny drawers and a large empty space for tall vases or some such. Looks good but only takes up space. Oh well! It can be replaced. Nice love seat for TV room also arrived.

Last night's snow amounted to nothing so there is hope that we can get frig et al from the mill this week.

R suggested we might also get the "sewing cabinet" upstairs (it is big!) and set up the TV on it. With the little bookcase to put things on, I could move computer to TV room and de-clutter the LR for its next incarnation. Ephraim is going to find me a cord to connect computer to TV as a larger monitor.

I enjoyed being part of the English conversation class this week and have it on calendar weekly. Thinking of going to Beaver on 2 April for 6 days to live that life and bring back a carload of stuff.

Slowly learning to use new phone. Now that there is no ice, I park further from stores to get some walking in. Today might be warm enough to walk down to the river - which is getting high. I heard, and saw, lots of Canada Geese Thursday! Wonderful!! Hmm, I'll try that walk now, while the SUN! is high.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 10:35 AM

Lots of running yesterday afternoon, including the trip over to the little converted ancient gas station (you know the look - the small concrete building with bay doors, a covered portico where the pumps once stood, situated on a convenient corner) where my guy who repairs mowers, trimmers, and probably other small engines has his business. I had printouts with me, and asked if he could tell me what were the manufacturers he liked best, when he sees them come through his shop. He was pleased to answer questions and see the consumer reviews - when you ask someone about the thing they do and the work they love, it isn't an imposition. He had a couple of customers come in while we were talking and I stepped aside and announced "you have a real customer" so the newcomer wouldn't feel like they had to wait for me to finish. It was very helpful, and he walked me out to the shop where various models are stored and showed me things he things one should look for (does the handle part attached to the mower and platform part wobble when you try to lift one side and then the other? Front wheel vs rear wheel drive (he likes rear wheel drive better)? Steel or plastic platform? Surprisingly, the Honda plastic is very durable (more than 20 years) and makes less noise than a steel casing.)

Good to know!

I think, when I do finally get the new mower, that I'll take the old mower over to him. I'm willing to bet he occasionally has moms come in looking for a mower they can afford - he sells used machines, he sold one while I was talking to him. He's one of those christian folks who isn't obnoxious about it but seems to have a charitable streak a mile wide that he ties to his religious beliefs. So if he has a mower that works and he will tune up and offer for a small amount for that kind of customer, he'll do it. I'm willing to support that kind of enterprise. If I take it to Goodwill it might be a problem because of the fumes if it's indoors.

Kitchen cleaned last night, a load of laundry done, and a bonus (discovered when the laundry was put into the dryer - "clonk!" "Clonk!") my pocketknife got washed. It's now drying completely on my dresser top.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Mar 19 - 04:56 PM

I couldn't find the sidewalk chalk I'd bought to mark out the garage sections, but when I bemoaned that fact Brandon said he'd actually found some in a recent garage cleanout here, so viola!

DONE:
X Flashing Repair
X Move green recliner to Library
X Hang rocker and 1 director chair
X Sweep garage
X Mark scooter path and lettered sections
X Gather items to fill and mulch out patio pots while we're gone
X Move parrot cage planter to patio
X Modify folding chairs w foam, pack and hang up church pillow duffel
X Mount two outlet strips, ofc
X Set out and discuss mosquito dunks to stay ahead of mosquito breeding

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Mar 19 - 01:01 PM

DP, now that you know what bearing noise sounds like, next time you will be able to schedule that routine item in non-emergency mode.

As female friends and I have discussed so often, women's work (Proverbs 31) is seldom discussed or credited in the patriarchy, as WORK. So I'm making an effort to list it ALL during this period of no-Y, house-"work"outs:

. Jeans button re-replaced and jeans now fit comfortably, so now have a pair to wear and a pair to pack for moving time-- VERY few duds are left in PA...
. Old, beloved sewing box found at last, recently, sorted out; newer crap box ditto. Result: a good box I like of loved tools for the house, and a small zippered case of travel tools to add to car when we get back w furniture.
. Everlasting laundry going to fold later
. Twist pins for deferred April project set with project
. LR items stowed to make room for furniture coming
. April worklist started w names of best ppl to partner with on each
. LR table slowly clearing
. K table slowly clearing
. Caulking job decided and streamlined
. Two hygiene brushes encased in custom cases created today
. Untaken giveaway items tossed

~Susan

All while on standby to pick up the paid male helper sked for later in the day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Mar 19 - 12:22 PM

Dupont:

Yesterday: fetched some tween season clothes from the mill; stopped at a garage to have noise in car checked, "no noise"; lunch with Geri and back here - noise disturbing me more and more but sporadic; went to great music and to city to sleep - "Be nice when we can sleep here.." There was still considerable ice and snow around the mill; slightly challenging to walk from where I had to park to the door so one trip was all.

Today: good bf; drove to Toyota dealer and requested "check on noise"; wheel bearings in both front wheels, "very dangerous". I got a ride home while they replace right(worst) one; will have parts Monday for the other. I am beginning to feel as though I am rebuilding this car piece by piece but in between times, it runs beautifully. A large de-clutter of finances. Looked at the prices of new ones!!!!! HO, HO and HO!

Killing time while waiting for diagnosis, I went across the road to shop selling bath and kitchen fixtures- ugly bathtubs! No back slope; what is the point of a bathtub that is not comfortable?? The prices were educational!

So I sit here computering, having put clothes in closet, and happy to have worn, not a sweat shirt but a nice T and a silk shirt last night.

I can see grass around the edges of house and yard and some hosta peeking out.   Expecting snow tonight!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Mar 19 - 10:46 AM

MG, can't you detour to Ohio to help us move?

Horrible and pain-making foam layer now deleted from bed in clever trick-- I've scheduled my excellent DIL Jaclyn to help us repeat this in their April visit.

Problem: Remove, in replace-able form, eight layers of mattress padding to work on mattresses, box springs, frame.

Trick: We rolled them all up in one swell foop from the foot end of the king bed formed of 2 twins, left it rolled at the head, and (from the foot end) pulled out the king camping foam mattress causing the back problems. When we do this in April we will tie that roll at each end so the men can carefully carry it to the LR.

They will take apart the bed and lay the Oriental rug, place the headboards, nightstands, and lamps. They will add the box springs and mattresses to the raised frames and bring back the roll of mattress padding. Greg and I will remake the bed. Jaclyn and I will work on curtains while the men play with the heavy stuff, and add the pretty pillows at the end.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 Mar 19 - 09:26 AM

Sure, I think corded mowers are a pain in the arse, even on smaller areas. At one time before I took over and dad was more mobile, the pair of them would do the mowing together, really – dad just keeping the cable out of the way. I’ve also had to repair the cable in the past… Our little battery mower avoids all that hassle and, conveniently, uses the same battery as I use in my 2 (one hammer and one drill/driver) drills and a garden sprayer but it wouldn’t come close to meeting your needs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 22 Mar 19 - 03:08 AM

My to do list... Find lunch spot in paris.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 08:25 PM

Jon, I have a half-acre pie-shaped lot and a nine-month mowing season, so it needs to stand up to a lot of work - mowing most of the year and mulching leaves several times during the fall and winter. I've used an electric one when nothing else was available - dragging a cord over that much yard is a pain in the backside. My old mower is still working, but it's showing its age.

Lots of running today and I didn't finish everything, but I'm satisfied with a good start on my to-do list.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 08:24 PM

We started the day reviewing tasks yet to complete before Monday's departure, and sorting them into the remaining days. Brandon has a full worklist for tmrw aftn, including a re-fix of the bed we just fixed-- it's killing my back.

So the day's work focused on a few areas:


Picking up needed items at Lowe's and a dog Rx plus last groceries (eggs, yogurt). Then a long country drive with ice cream and a discovered church. Then back to the house to work.


BEDROOM
X BR curtains pinned and tieback plan made
Mattress ready for us w pillows (Friday)
X Dowel Rods for curtains


SEWING ROOM
X Kitchen curtains fit in here? Yes, perhaps set wider than desk.
X Window casing = 53" tall x 41.5
X Curtains = 79"
Clear walls and install ext cords (Saturday)
X Measure bookcase wall = 10'4"


HALLWAY
X Linen closet knobs
X Hallway hooks for hats


KITCHEN
X Stands for plates - inventory. Michael's in Bvrcreek carries these. Dave will put up the plates in late April. Decided-- display all. Plates set in empty K cabinet.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 12:39 PM

SRS, firstly #I'll just make the comment a previous post of your had me looking up how to do pulleys. I can be practical on some things and less so on others...

On mowers, we have 2 now. One is a fairly heavy self propelled (Toro which I believe is a popular American make). It's a bit of a pain to get in and out of the shed as I need full height to clear a step and go to lowest to park it but otherwise is pretty good. The task now is to keep what is really a farm track (but includes that bit of "lawn" on the land we rent) clear. A few hundred yards but not that great a width. I do it in stages but am pretty well unaware of the weight of the machine (which responds to how fast you walk/ press on the bar) going in a straight line and overall, with a 55cm cut,I'd think gets the job done with minimal passes. It also mulches the grass pretty well.

The other is a (Ryobi) battery one, for some places where the big one is just too wide and bulky. It has its limitations in that it does not like wet grass or the grass being too long so you want to keep on to of things when possible but I'd say it's as good as the old mains electric machine we used to have, without the hassle of a cable and would meet all our needs if we now didn't feel it a good idea to keep the (off our patch) rest of the path clear for log delivery and access to a septic tank. This around 12" cut thing is feather light.

I guess much would depend on the size of your garden and the terrain (and I don't think I could provide you with reasonable pointers) but I wonder have you looked into the battery ones?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 11:56 AM

Mowed the back yard and walked the dogs yesterday and my scale still shows me gaining incrementally. It's time to seriously adopt the alternate day fasting routine. No point in doing it much in cold weather, your brain works against you then, but now it's nice out most days and getting much warmer for the next six months before it cools off again.

I picked up my office glasses, having the new lenses (covered by insurance) replace the existing lenses in frames I used several years ago. I looked at insurance premiums; there's no point in dropping this, it's pretty low and it covers my annual vision exam. But I won't be buying many new pairs of glasses through my optometrist with insurance - they gouge horribly. I'll simply replace lenses in existing frames.

This afternoon is one of my shopping and reference runs. My current lawnmower is 17 years old (built to last about 10) and has a couple of problems that make it mechanically difficult to use. I need to check with my mower repair guy to find out which brands being made today are the ones he would consider buying himself. I printed out the last two-years mower articles in the Consumer Reports Buying Guide for reference. My next-door neighbor has a self-propelled mower I've borrowed once when mine was in the shop and it weighs a ton. I don't need all of that extra hardware and I see by the ratings that self-propelled comes in various flavors, so I'll ask about that. Or if my mower guy could replace or restore the part of the mower frame that is so dented from long use, I wouldn't need to shop for a new one at all.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Mar 19 - 05:07 PM

Dupont:

this am helped R find clean clothes for important meeting. "I can't find my good red shirt..." "It's probably in the laundry." He put on a too tight shirt which E bought him ($90.00!!! for a too tight denim dress shirt) when they were going to a meeting last week and R had on a dirty shirt - the collar was... E had insisted they could not go to the meeting like that! YAY, Ephraim! Maybe this week - washing machine?

As for R reading: I do not generally complain as I realize it is important but there are times when something really needs to be done. In the last two weeks we have gone to one movie and met the couple from NB with whom we conversed rather than go to a movie, been to the cafes for music four times and had a couple meals out. But no washing machine.

Now that snow is leaving-!!!!!- perhaps we can get to the mill for the frig and other stuff. Perhaps even move some furniture - that which is not vital to the showing of the house. He is in no hurry to sell; it is more important to get the price he wants. I want the new house furnished with THAT furniture. Not going to happen. Spring is house selling time: "please sell, House!"

All I want is to be living in one place. So today I did a bit more exploring of shops. I did try on the things I saw the other day - felt like a blimp. Oh well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 08:05 PM

Wonder Boy did indeed show up, and miracles were wrought. Judy came too, and so did Camryn from next door. Weather being perfect, everyone kicked butt including me with new superpowers thanks to recent rehab work. And then after supper Greg and I reassembled the bed.

The LR wicker loveseat I will miss was set in a perfect garage spot I'll see each time I enter the garage, and is handy for lawn parties.

Camryn has to say goodbye for 9 months due to a family situation, at which sobering news several of us cried.

Brandon has a last day before we go (Friday), and is set for weekly weeding. Son and DIL confirmed, amidst all this work today, that they are on board to help-- not on truck unloading day but 10 days later to unpack BOXES and help Greg set up his woodshop.

The updated list below has only a few easy items to finish Friday w Brandon. Tmrw we reward ourselves w a Cincy hockey game.


Sat. April 13 - 17 unloading days

Where is the fun for arrival day? Bike, scooter, stretch, or pool?

X Jim, Camryn and Brandon confirmed
X Brandon confirmed to check garage
X Judy confirmed to water plants

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard. DON'T BLOCK SCOOTER PATH.


BEDROOM
X Bed delay
X Greg's cube to library
X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
BR pinned and tieback plan made
X Mattress ready for us w pillows
Swap existing rugs re cutout
X My vestment space
Dowel Rods for curtains
X Cleaners bags hung


SEWING ROOM
X Painted & ready for furniture & boxes
X Painting done
X Brown curtain up
Kitchen curtains fit here?
X Repair outlet
X Add flat-plug extension cords on wallsadj BR
X Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! 
X Finish service dog vest
X Discuss vestment space
Clear walls
Measure bookcase wall


HALLWAY
X Art under shelf? Kids' 3 portraits
Linen closet knobs


LIBRARY
X Room screen to garage for now
Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone
X Extension cord for desk power
Mount desk strips
X Hang corner shelf
X FPH rough sort
Soundproof door with arrows
X Shelf base plan made
Add green recliner
Folding rocker to garage F corner, hung up


BATHROOM
X New toilet seat from garage
X Pockets on door?
X Fix art on door
Fix shower curtain rings
Caulk cabinet
Caulk tub
X Caulk tub overflow


LAUNDRY AREA
Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room
X Measure for cabinet depth/height
X Relocate alarm panel
X Fill and put away laundry soap
X Fix pull rod again


LIVING ROOM
X Hart art up/designed
X Purge wicker coffee table,
X Purge wicker love seat
X Move lamp table
X Move wicker love seat
X Clear sideboard top
X Artwork up on walls
Clear table and remove vinyl cloth (repair, make clear cover, roll both)
Polish table
X Clear boxes around table
X Remove chair covers
Remove green recliner to library
Relocate autoharp and stand? May go by jelly cabinet or inside TV cabinet
Collapse tension rod for windowsill
X Boxes by sideboard


KITCHEN
Essential unpack-first boxes will go to sideboard (room divider of boxes up to ceiling if necessary)
X Clear out window box w Becky
Stands for plates


DOCTOR VISITS:
X Glasses
X Dentist
Pap - busy w Y, do later
Mammo - busy w Y, do later
Greg Doc appt


SHOPPING
Meds refilled - inventory
X Newbie meds
X Soups waiting
X Contractors’ bags
X Power bars waiting
X Burgers waiting
X Bread waiting
X Meal waiting


GARAGE
X Corners marked
X Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
X Garage ready and labeled
X Plan for Deere and blower - DON'T BLOCK SCOOTER PATH
X Chairs out into patio
X Decide about picking stools
X Mike or Dave ready
X Stove gone
Lock up kayak
X Box spring gone
X Judy bins temp out


PATIO
X Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
X Dog fence raised
Xx Get rock and soil, cover w mulch/plastic


YARDS
X Sewer dig neatened up
X Wicker stowed
X Brandon set to weed beds
X Move camper and reblock? Maybe later, and use black tarp then to retard weeds.
X Plan for fences and gates
X Board for weed gap


TRAVEL
X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


PA SHOPLIST
Surplus City foam and tarps

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 04:50 PM

A rope and pulley system works to lift weight, but there was way too much drag with that concrete footer so it didn't budge. I'm out $9.98 for a nice piece of rope that will work for other things, and I had everything else. A winch would have done it, but that's too much expense for this one task.

The post was at the corner and may have been anchored extra deep for that reason. The next one over is the one that will decide if I take the rest out on my own or have someone come do it. The others are taller, meaning they probably aren't sunk as deep.

I ended up using the chisel and hammer and knocking off the top 1/4 of the concrete footer while it was still in the hole, then bringing out a gardening weeding tool (looks like a big screwdriver with a wide pronged tip) to dig out the final part of the post. The bottom narrow end of the hole was filled with small bits of concrete and the larger cavity was filled with the large chunks and smaller pieces filling between them, and the top three inches is just soil. This got rid of all of the concrete chipped off so far.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 03:22 PM

Dupont:

Went to my first English class as a volunteer. Not sure what I was meant to do as the teacher ran the whole show. Five women - russian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Quebecoise, Morrocan, and one man - unknown. The acoustics were so bad I understood little and wonder how much it helped the students but they seemed able to converse fairly effectively. They were proficient and highly intelligent generally. Word I have never heard or seen: "lapidated". I'll look it up shortly.

Then looked for Vit E oil; All the junk in pharmacies but not pure vitamin E oil. Will order on line. With last effort - one more pharmacy, I discovered a shopping mall; I have driven by many many times and had no idea it was there. Rather tatty looking but some decent stores behind the tatty facade! I actually found one that had a few items I may go back and try on in the morning- when I am not so tired. Most of my shopping is done in thrift shops but I have not been finding anything in a while and have a hankering for something a little different. Still not set up for sewing.

Beautiful day, just above freezing. The snow in back yard is down to about 12 inches! I am eyeing the yard for where to plant the 3 cherry trees, if they survived their winter in pots under a couple feet of snow!

R received a wedding invite from godson. Guess we will be going to a June wedding in or near Mystic, Connecticut. So much for my vow not to cross the border until ... The RSVP requests knowledge of "camping on family property?", "coming in van?" and "song request?" Logan was ship's carpenter on the Picton Castle for a few years and studied art in Halifax after that. Should be an interesting bunch of folks! Need to plan our end.

Otherwise doing nothing - but computer - nothing else to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 12:12 PM

Many pre-departure tasks done w Yano Becky's help; sad to be saying goodbye to my pretty wicker for now, but good to prep spaces for next-envisioned items coming all too soon.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 12:08 PM

Jon, you remind me that I have a vent on one corner of the house that is sagging from the soffit. I'll use a combination of adhesive and a new screw to stick it into place. The boards used under there are some kind of stranded fiber (but not so heavy as MDF) and don't respond well to simply having the old screw hole filled with a wood filler and re-drilled.

No report on the system to pull out the post, I haven't started that setup but will later today. This morning I've emptied all of the 4" pots that didn't grow anything last year when I started seeds - that soil will commingle with this year's homemade potting mix to start seeds now.

My to-do list is a full page with seasonal tasks now so I need to get moving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 10:26 AM

New living room PC build has run a while. A bit of a niggle with sat tuner card (random crashes that seem to happen on “idle” but change of setting to keep the card on rather than having it released by the recording program when not needed may have fixed that) but otherwise OK. Still got Samba (share with Windows work groups) to set up some time. I'll try to keep to regular software updates with it this time as well as hope that like the last one it largely keeps running 24/7 without hassle.

I’ve got some bits including a small (say 1 ½ x 3/4”) Arduino board that should enable me to try to modify the solar pond pump, I think… Perhaps an electronics person could do it rather more simply but if I can program something to switch in response to an input (light level – light dependent resistor and a voltage divider is within my limits) change, I’m in with a chance. I’ll try it some day…

Junk has been one of the main things here. We’ve had someone in whose taken away a lot of stuff that had accumulated in a corner outside over several years. We’ve still got some plastic and electronic bits they couldn’t take to dispose of but things are much better.

Rats have been a bigger problem here than I realised. I’ve known for some time that the roof space hasn’t been particularly nice. A plumber did some work up there last year for the new boiler and the “rat man” has visited but somehow, the extent of the problem got missed. The “odd job” company (same as did the junk disposal) had to go up there for some reason and they took some photos from some parts. This triggered getting all the roof insulation stripped out and replaced. Fortunately, they said they saw no evidence of damage to the mains electric cables. We also think that all points of entry are sealed now but we’ve been there before...

The grass is growing faster than I want it to and the first cut of the season is overdue. Weather and a couple of other things have got got in the way of cutting but I’d like to think I can do some mowing later in the week. Gardening wise, I aslo want to get the propagator out and start some aubergine and tomato seeds growing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 08:53 PM

We put a post IN. Because all of the stockade fencing butts up to neighbors', and we've all agreed to tie into each others' on the next round of replacements, for now we're just reinforcing, on the cheap.

So we used a 36" post spike to sister in a pressure treated 4x4 we already had, where the idiot sellers used a mere landscape timber instead of good, pressure-treated 4x4 posts in concrete. The wind snaps these off from time to time, where the base is rotted, so one got sistered in, today with spike and lag screws.

Also we put up the corner shelf in the Library.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 06:59 PM

Fingers crossed that you're out by April 1, Dorothy. No fooling around with that move!

The post I started digging today is shorter than the others by about two feet and is really deep - so deep that it isn't rocking out of the hole and too short to get as much leverage as the last one. I'm not going to try a dead lift out so I ran over to Home Depot and picked up a bagged length of about 1/2" dock line to use with a pulley. I'll wrap one end around the post I'm pulling out and the other end through a pulley attached to the next post over. I could use a carabiner and make a second pass on the first post in a block-and-tackle setup that would reduce even more the force needed to pull it out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM

DP, April 1, go go go!

We're in Last Week chaos here. Helper Brandon took a day job and SAYS he'll be able to squeeze in those last projects to prep for our return, but... can't say when, due to work sked..... This has been happening with four years worth of young helpers, and while I always salute their gainful employment.... Oh Crap.

So this time is different because GREG IS HERE, so we sat down and made a plan. A great plan. And Judy is coming tmrw aftn to help play with dirt, prepping containers awaiting my return and taking four big bins of hers temporarily out of the garage, plus planning to water our house plants....

It always feels better to get up and DO stuff when this phase hits, so I refilled a bunch of kitchen canisters and filled a freezer container with stock/veggies to eat when we get back.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 04:29 PM

Dupont:

YAY for getting the post out of the way!

Back to the laundry: So I "sit all day doing nothing". Well... IF I thought I had made any progress... Lorna phoned and had a crisis; R fixed her crisis and I did nothing all day. This am my line was: "I want to be out of this neighbourhood by the first of April! I am sick of worrying about what side of the street my vehicle is on!" That seems to R to be a good idea... Stay tuned!

Today: decided the bed frame needs no more attention - other than being together - a two person job; used some cleaner on K cabinets and they look somewhat better. Went for Vit E oil. Two separate staff could not find it. Went to pharmacy dept and asked. She found it and informed two staff of its existence and location. Picked up a few groceries. Found a box that was meant to stay at Beaver. Walked around and found naught else I could accomplish. Here I sit. Still below freezing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 03:53 PM

Chipping away with the chisel gave me a surface area where I could finally just whale away at the thing with the 2-pound sledge and dislodge large chunks until it all dropped off. The post is now moved out of the way and I've almost finished excavating the base of the next post. I came in to get the camera to get photos around the yard and of this project, so am bothering to update in the middle of the project.

With each of these digging exercises I am moving the Invisible Fence wire out of the way to avoid tripping or cutting with a shovel. Soon I'll be able to make the shallow cut and poke it 3-4 inches underground. And be able to mow right up to the new fence. And once I finish replacing the last old fence panel I'm going to landscape that corner with something shade-loving. A fellow retiree from the library is a fabulous gardener (in both ways - a fabulous person with a fabulous garden!) recommends Hellebores, but I looked them up, they're toxic to dogs. So those would have to go in the shady part of the front yard. I could probably get some transplants from him, they seem to self-propagate nicely.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Mar 19 - 07:43 PM

Greg and I just mentally tiptoed thru the PA house's contents (by my visual memory tho I do have videos we'll check tmrw), and the garage, here, with sections lalbeled to receive cargo. A great and sobering exercise in What to Donate, as well as a teambuilding exercise. This will SO guide my packing! And minimize chaos on return to Ohio.


LOADING/UNLOADING PLAN

Unless otherwise specified for Van, Cruiser, or Trailer, items will be onboard the truck.


¤ Z far back center - open armoire
BR items not in van
Hallway items not in van


¤ X front center right inside door
Kitchen boxes


¤ F back corner bowman hse
Box springs
Camp chairs


¤ W
Fridge
Freezer
Maybe kitchen items if small in pantry


¤ L front corner Bowman hse
Giant cabinet


¤ A front corner Ridgebury side
Book boxes


¤ GR mid side, Bowman, and twds center of garage:
Workshop boxes
Shop vac


¤ Gl mid side, Ridgebury
Garden supply
Long handled tools
Hardware


¤ TRAILER
Deere
Weight bench and weights
Sm garage tools
Weed whacker
Leaf blower
Fuel cans
Compressor


¤ Van
BR
Hallway


¤ Cruiser (towed behind truck, on trailer)
Bike
Skis
Snowshoes
Vestments?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Mar 19 - 03:43 PM

Down time is important when one is working on a series of tasks, so I hope R is simply recharging his batteries with the reading (though you could tactfully point out that clean laundry leads to less itching!) Good luck with being able to wash laundry at home soon. It is a luxury!

This afternoon I completed an online training on Sexual Abuse Awareness Training that is required before doing many of the public activities at a place where I will be volunteering. It took me ages to get around to it, but thankfully the link was still good so they now know I took the course. It took about 2 hours and is very well developed. Depressing in the numbers they're talking about, but the message was clear and easy to understand.

It's 70o out there this afternoon - I need to go work in the yard!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Mar 19 - 02:31 PM

Dupont:

The sumps are in "New" house; as snow melts, water goes into basement - from below, I think. Even though we are high and would not expect this. I suspect there is not adequate something or other on the outside of this 120 year old house. But the sumps work adequately. I had a similar problem in PA. The house was on the side of a hill and water would come into the basement on its way down to the stream below - a stream that would expand from a few feet wide to about 30-40 feet wide in the spring. The first time it happened, there was a place for a pump but no pump! At 10 pm, I was using a shop vac to suck up water, then lifting it up and pouring the water into the utility sink. I phoned my bro and he went out and got a pump from his plumber friends, brought it over and installed it. A VERY GOOD brother!

Here all is working as expected. No problem as long as the electric is working! And it is. Hearing the pumps going off and on is comforting! Something is working!

First thing this am, I came up, out loud, with "The Unfinished Life" as a possible title for a book. The fact that R Almost installed the washer and Almost installed the dryer was the topic that followed my comment. I suggested that this is frustrating because the bathtub is full of laundry so.... And his filthy jacket could be washed so I could stop telling him to put it on the floor - not on anything fabric what would then also be filthy...

Then I rec'd dissertation - already heard at least once - on why they were not finished. I did not shout... However, when I went upstairs later to see what he was doing - reading an article on people who itch!!!!!!!!!! which noted it would take 29 minutes reading time.... I may have shouted. There were noises of possible movement on this subject - meaningless. I have been making excuses for him because he is busy... The spring thaw has created all manner of problems, such as roof leaks , and there is machinery to be found and moved and shipped.... But if he has time to read ... Last night he read the Sat paper AND we went to a movie. Good! Now I want to be able to wash the clothes - before I run out!

So, here I am on the computer, again. A little of the time is useful stuff and the rest is filler. I have arranged to go on Tuesday to see if I can volunteer to help with English classes for adults. My need to do something useful!

Moving has come to a dead halt. And the people never showed on Friday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Mar 19 - 11:50 AM

Don, last autumn I used something like this Olympic wood sealer on my fence pickets. On my brother's advice I stacked the pickets on a tarp in the garage and with a paint brush I painted each side of the stack, along with the bottom and top, then spread them out on that tarp and painted the top side. After a day of drying I turned them over and painted the other side. This way the sealant is on all sides and edges before they're put up. If you wait till the fence is up you'll never get between the slats or the bottom or top.

I did two panels (8' lengths between the posts) and have one more to do on that side of the house. Then I'll start working on the other side, where I have a street-facing panel to replace and five or six facing the other neighbor. They help with the cost of replacing the fence the first time I did it, but the next time I'll pay for it and do it in stages. (Though once they see me working I won't be surprised if they offer again, they're very nice people. On the other side, that neighbor paid for all of the fence between us, though I had offered to share.) I'm very lucky with my neighbors.

My to-do list is getting longer, I must do something today to cross off a few chores. Not just to finish the chores, but to feel good about accomplishing something today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Mar 19 - 11:25 AM

I already tried the shoring up method for fencing. Its time for new wood fencing but this time the outside will be painted with linseed oil and WD 40. A spray system will make it an easy job. with a mask of course.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Mar 19 - 11:16 AM

Old decaying projects and new projects I will never do along with carving wood slabs in the backyard was removed yesterday by two gents from Zimbabwe. It only took two heaping dump truck loads!
The only thing I'll miss was a church display sign with a door to keep the lettering crisp that I repurposed for the celebration of diversity with humorous differently named tree leaves. The apparent age of the sign said more about the fading respect for diversity than the subject itself.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Mar 19 - 06:35 PM

We spent some time out in the warm sun/freezing wind today shoring up fencing battered by the winter winds.... One year, a whole panel blew right off and this year another almost went airborne before Greg caught it with a tarp strap.

There's also a gap between two panels that has been encouraging a weed tree who's parent plant I spent 3 years eradicating. Sunshine streams through the gap and the tree suckers respond by reaching back through the gap to wave at traffic. So I determined that we would add a board to cover the gap.

Of course as soon as we started reinforcing panels with lag screws, we spotted every shortcut the sellers had taken when they installed it, and more spots to patch up.

Soon we had spotted several other gaps to cover, and that led to a really pretty effect: when we covered a corner gap with two boards butted tight, viola! A pretty corner "post" effect of new wood on top of dark gray weathered wood.

Now, the gaps between panels, covered, make a "look, they renovated" effect; we're adding one board for looks at each end, as well. They'll all weather together, or we may paint each new board white to coordinate with the house and garage's white siding.

Above each new board I'll add a plant hanger. Much prettier than a finial, and those puppies are pricey! If I have to spend money, better it should flower. And now that well be here full time to water things, it's time for hanging baskets under the eaves, in front.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Mar 19 - 11:43 AM

Several years ago I created a tally-sheet document for myself in self-defense - to be able to show the exact number of widgets I processed in a metadata way, and today I modified it. It had five columns because that was the number of days I worked at that job, but for the contract work I'm doing now it can happen in small amounts any day of the week, and I realized the other day that if my notes overlap from one sheet to the next I'm liable to short-change myself hours (or work too many and have to move them around to the next week). So, this is now a seven-column landscape document with a couple fewer rows. In the end it's just a piece of paper with a table on it, but it helps me keep track.

Several days ago a cable arrived so that I can run it from my AIWA receiver to the back of my computer to start digitizing things. I did a vinyl album for my daughter with a short cable and equipment moved to accommodate it, but now I can leave things where they belong and do it. And I need to start reaching into the box of cassette tapes from my father's house for digitizing them and transcribing contents. This means a spreadsheet, a naming and numbering protocol. I could do a new Word document for each tape, but I want this to be a conversation between the discrete disks (and external hard drive) that will come out of it, I want to know how many versions of a particular song and who sang them and on what date. Searchable. Ugg. But this needs to be done by me, not left to my children to mess with. Time up pull up the Lynda training software and figure out how I want to use Access.

The week is gradually warming so I'll be able to do some work in the yard, but no predicting right now which thing out there will capture my attention. Who knows what it is that tells me that in order to mow the back yard I must finish digging out a fence post first? Or to weed the garden I need to start by getting the string trimmer in working order to take the tender tops off of weeds? It seems to make sense at the time. Perhaps the compost piles will get the attention they richly deserve - they need to be combined.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 07:19 PM

Hopefully the sump pumps are in the OLD house!

Windows Explorer is a small program with an ico that looks like a manila file folder and the text under says "File Explorer." That is on my Windows 7 emulation desktop, and if you're using Windows. You're on your own if you're a Mac user. (The newer Win 8 and 10 icon is a stylized folder image).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 12:23 PM

Dupont:

Inch by inch: finding places to put things, learning a new neighbourhood...

Another showing for house today; no action yet.

I did take another walk down to the river yesterday; no ice on river! (It, at least, is decluttered!) Ice in drive is melting; still about 2 feet of snow on yard and back deck. I have seen soil in some places; hope for spring. Today is 8C - feels like spring! But going below freezing again in a couple days. Try for another walk this aft while not raining. There is a folk dance event on 1 April; I would like to build up strength to do a few dances.

Learning curve for phone: I did manage to find and download photos to computer, and send one to R. I can sometimes manage texts without hitting the "emoji" button. I can manage the very useful calendar feature. And R can use it to find movies and other things; I will try that when I feel the need. I have no idea where to find Explorer but thank you SRS for trying. I will try looking on line for more help with phone.

Two sump pumps in cellar are very busy de-cluttering water trying to get in!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 12:00 PM

I had two lists wandering front and back of different sheets of paper, so yesterday I compiled one list and it's mostly big stuff. Those tend to be the things that wait a little longer to get attention.

I have Poppy on some big antibiotics to be taken at mealtime to prevent nausea, and the vet said if she vomited to give her half - she's been on them for a week but only overnight did I find evidence that she might have an upset stomach. I'm not sure who "cleaned up" after her, but this morning I gave her a half dose (a vet suggestion) so at least today we'll do the half pill dosage.

Yesterday I finished mowing the back yard, though after three days the part I started mowing earlier needs mowing again. I trimmed all of the vitex limbs on the ground from last month's street-side pruning and stuffed them into a trash bin. I left the baldcypress limbs because they're straight and relatively free of twigs, making them easy to run through my electric wood chipper for mulch. I didn't cut the limbs I planned to remove from various trees around the yard (to place at the curb for bulky waste this week) because last week's weather didn't cooperate and one the one warm sunny day we had I mowed and thought I could trim the next day. But it again turned chilly. I'll do my incremental trimming that I've mentioned in the past—one big limb at a time cuts down into enough pieces that the fit in the big plastic trash can for trash day. Do that twice a week for a few weeks and the trees are trimmed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Mar 19 - 08:11 PM

Jeremiah is not on spring break, that all happened over the weekend. I had Friday off for some medical stuff.

Michelle

PS. Ice last weekend and today, on Thursday, it was 65. Crazy weather!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM

This AM we added to our Do Before PA list and checked off a bunch of completed items. X = done and Y = do with Yano help.

Sat. April 13 - 17 unloading days


ARRIVE TO UNPACK April 1?

Where is the fun for arrival day? Bike, scooter, stretch, or pool?

X Jim, Camryn and Brandon confirmed
Brandon confirmed to check gatage
Judy confirmed to water plants

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard. DON'T BLOCK SCOOTER PATH.


BEDROOM

Bed delay? Alterrnative Ramada sleep?
Prep for rug to go down
Greg's cube to library
X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR pinned and tieback plan made.
Mattress ready for us w pillows
Swap existing rugs re cutout
My vestment space
Dowel Rods for curtains
Cleaners bags hung


SEWING ROOM

X Painted & ready for furniture & boxes
X Painting done
X Brown curtain up
Kitchen curtains fit here?
X Repair outlet
X Add flat-plug extension cords on wallsadj BR
X Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! Other pieces for around rolling chair in sewing room
X Finish service dog vest
Discuss vestment space
Clear walls
Measure bookcase wall


HALLWAY
Art under shelf? Some kids pix?
Linen closet knobs


LIBRARY

Room screen to garage for now
Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone
X Extension cord for desk power
Mount desk strips
Hang corner shelf
X FPH rough sort
Soundproof door with arrows
X Shelf base plan made
Add green recliner
Folding rocker to garage F corner, hung up


BATHROOM

X New toilet seat from garage
X Pockets on door?
X Fix art on door
Fix curtain rings
Caulk cabinet
Caulk tub


LAUNDRY AREA

Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room
X Measure for cabinet depth/height
X Relocate alarm panel
Fill and put away laundry soap
Fix pull rod again


LIVING ROOM

X Hart art up/designed
X Purge wicker coffee table,
Y. Purge wicker love seat
Move lamp table
Move wicker love seat
Y. Clear sideboard top
X Artwork up on walls
Clear table and remove vinyl cloth (repair, make clear cover, roll both)
Polish table
Clear boxes around table
Remove chair covers and re-dress relocated wing chair
Remove green recliner to library
Relocate autoharp and stand? May go by jelly or inside TV cabinet
Collapse tension rod for windowsill
Boxes by sideboard


KITCHEN

Essential unpack-first boxes will go to sideboard (room divider of boxes up to ceiling if necessary)
Clear out windowing w Becky
Stands for plates


DOCTOR VISITS:

X Glasses
X Dentist
Pap
Mammo


SHOPPING

Meds refilled - inventory
X Soups waiting
X Contractors’ bags
X Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
X Bread waiting
Meal waiting


GARAGE

X Corners marked
X Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
X Garage ready and labeled
X Plan for Deere and blower- DONT BLOCK SCOOTER PATH
X Chairs out into patio
X Decide about picking stools
X Mike or Dave ready
X Stove gone
Lock up kayak
Box spring gone
Judy bins temp out


PATIO

Y. Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
X Dog fence raised
Get rock and soil, cover w plastic


YARDS

X Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
X Brandon set to weed beds
Move camper and reblock? Maybe later, and use black tarp then to retard weeds.
Plan for fences and gates
Board for weed gap


TRAVEL

X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Mar 19 - 12:17 PM

Dorothy, depending on your phone, you'll probably use a cable and it often times has to be the cable that came with the phone to work properly. Open your computer's Explorer folder and look for the phone as if it's a new drive. You'll have to look for the file (DMCI) that houses photos. I have a couple of storage sites on my phone and I just looked - they're going into my Microsoft OneDrive account (I'd forgotten about that) and my free Dropbox account, so I have plenty of backups. They were also going into FLickr, but that was sold to a new company and they don't give you more than 1000 photos free now. My phone uploads photos when I'm in WiFi settings.

Yes, I am using goggles for the concrete chipping, though yesterday when I left my glasses on the outside table to wear just goggles, Pepper decided to check them out. I found them on the ground, licked but otherwise intact. Titanium glasses aren't just for hikers and busy moms and such. :) I'll put them up higher again, but she was there when I found them and I scolded her and she knows she's the only one who got on the table. (And I think she'll be like Cinnamon, sometimes wanting to carry around something that is mine. I dropped my phone case in the yard one day and found Cinnamon gingerly carrying it in her powerful jaws. Not a mark on it.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Mar 19 - 11:20 AM

Dupont:

Having "slept on it", I am cancelling appointments and maintaining Ontario for a while longer. Just not ready for this big change.

I am sure SRS will be wearing safety goggles with that chisel! What an odious job!

Stayed up "late" to go to movie Green Book, well worth the loss of sleep. It was, in fact, a great movie, to us. Not forgettable.

This am, arrived at what I have started to refer to as "home", after a side visit to a grocery store - exploratory but fairly quick. A great huge hovercraft was on the river so I walked back down to see what was going on. A number of folks were taking pics, so I did also, I think. I want to be able to show R but not sure I worked the new phone correctly. And no idea how to get them to computer. Oh! It was breaking up the ice on the river so it would flow down stream more easily and not cause a huge build up at that bridge. The craft was at least 50 feet long!

Walking 3 blocks up hill to the theatre - twice this week! - then down again and, today, down to the river only a couple hundred yards and back up the slight hill, shows me how dreadfully out of shape I am. Temp is just at freezing point now and a walk this aft is possible. And a few small household chores as a break from computer!

But, now to see if FB is working today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Mar 19 - 12:25 AM

Michelle, is this Jeremiah's spring break? Were you able to take off the same days, or were you all at home because of the ice?

I did some shopping also today, but no groceries; I picked up a box of T8 4' florescent bulbs (my hall bathroom is down to one in the four-bulb fixture - it's surreal it's so dim in there!) and a 12" concrete chisel. I haven't quite got the whole cement block off of the bottom of the first fence post, but I'm figuring out how to make this work best, and seeing the way the concrete fragments, it will be great for filling in between the larger chunks when it does come off of the post. I don't know that I'm going to knock concrete off of 10 more posts, though.

I've ordered the April book for the AAUW book group I went to on Monday. This week's book was a dense 200 pages; the next one I think is lighter but closer to 500. I've tracked the book package but if it looks like it will take very long I'll pick a copy up at the library and get started (I buy a copy so I can write in it and keep track of things with post-it notes).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Mar 19 - 10:06 PM

I've been busy working and while it's been hectic, it's all good and I enjoy it. I am not crazy about the time change as I just got used to driving to work during daylight and now it's dark again. It is, however, a glorious thing to get home later and have it still be light outside...it won't be too much longer and it will be light out again in the early morning!

I did some major grocery shopping last Friday and did a deep cleaning of the fridge. The rest of the weekend was pretty much just hanging out and enjoying being home and the company of my two boys. Jeremiah turned 9 this weekend and while we had plans of Barnes and Noble, dinner and a hockey game, we ended up staying home as it was icy out. We opted for a Harry Potter Marathon instead. It was perfect timing as he just finished reading the entire series and we had told him he could watch the movies AFTER he had finished the series....so popcorn and a few movies for our family followed by a requested chocolate cake that I made myself. :)

Tonight I did 3 days worth of dishes as I've just been all tuckered out at the end of the day. Today I a package arrived that I've been waiting for. We have laminate floors on the main floor of the house. The mud this year has been RIDICULOUS so my floors, while swept daily, Swiffered every 3 or 4 days....still could use some attention. I ordered myself a Bissel Spin Wave to use on weekends. I think it will be just what I need, fingers crossed!

Hoping to hit the bookstore this weekend as a late something special for Jeremiah's birthday....he has birthday money that is burning a hole in his pocket and who am I to say no to a few new books? :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Mar 19 - 06:37 PM

Poor sleep totaling 5 hours in two segments and two naps.

Scheduled: Aquatic and Office Wednesdays-- 8AM Y; 10:30 am Coco Ceidlen; 2pm TOC ofc and errands.

Actual: Aquatic and Office Wednesdays-- 9:15AM Y; 10:30 am Coco Ceidlen; aftn tv nap plus stowing ydy's Costco buy.

Pleased to get to Y though late, but end at sked time despite no shower. Evening shower and hockey plus holding hands.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Mar 19 - 03:45 PM

Dupont:

"I look forward soon to reading about you doing everything you want in one location" Not a tenth as much as I! Day by day, I hope for a frig, for the washing machine as I run out of clean clothes and R's jacket gains yet another layer of crud! Maybe THIS weekend??? It is +2C this afternoon!!!!! I am almost moved to go for a walk. Almost.

I am chaffing to get back to Beaver for a few days but not until the snow is down to - well, enough that I can get to the firewood! Dear Larry offered to help but he is busy with good works. I am SO tired of asking for/needing help. If there were someone I could pay for this sort of 15 minute job...! I will ask him to watch the snow go down in my yard as he drives by, so I have a clue if it is safe to go home. BUT, I guess it would be best to hang out with R until this major project either comes to pass or - GASP! - does not. Yes, I had best do that. In the meantime, I do not feel terrifically motivated to do much here - in fact: no furniture = no place to put things away! No wonder I sit here on computer all day! And water the plants. And try to get my head around changing my residence to Quebec; the French do love their bureaucracies and I so hate them. I will let it perk until I feel the energy impel/empower me. Maybe tomorrow.

OK, an hour later and the odious calls, and appointments, are made. "All" I need to do now is change my address on something to provide me with a proof of residency. And pay money and more money... And could not get an appointment soon enough to avoid paying insurance in Ontario, most of which I will get back but.... But that is because I have dragged my feet. Another, "Oh well!" Remember, I am doing this for love. It is certainly not the most pragmatic thing I have ever done. Have I ever done anything truly pragmatic? I would need to consider that for a while!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Mar 19 - 11:07 AM

Something about spring this year - every morning this week it seems I have been greeted by a colossal clap of thunder. Spring seems to be fighting its way into existence.

My list in the kitchen is getting long; one thing I started a few days ago was to tip over and drag a fence post away from the new front fence, and now there are another 10 standing a few feet out from the side fence. Last time I had fence posts like this was when my garage was built and several posts were removed from the area where the driveway was extended to the new building. I used a sledge hammer to knock off the concrete footers and reused the posts (clothes line, new parts of the fence, etc.) I am thinking that one way to fill the holes left behind by all of these posts being removed is to push the chunks of concrete chipped off of the base into each hole and fill that over with dirt. This time I'll be smarter about the concrete footer part and get a chisel meant for concrete work. It sometimes only takes a couple of blows to knock these things off. (The friend who offered to bring over the farmer's jack to pull them out has been hard to reach and I don't want to be a pest.) I can probably dig out and knock off most of these fence posts in a day. Then I need something like a step edger (one of those half-rounds on a handle used to trim the lawn next to the curb) to run a shallow cut that I can create enough of a slim space where I can push the Invisible Fence line underground a few inches. I could use a blade like this or a tool like this one


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 08:40 PM

You know what's really wonderful this week? There's no painful sleep-deprivation because of Daylight Savings Time. I've decluttered my life of the need to suffer through the week after the loss of an hour on Sunday night. #Retirement

Dorothy, stay safe in all of that driving back and forth with the snow and ice. I look forward soon to reading about you doing everything you want in one location.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 12:09 PM

With Yano Becky-- this is all team-cleaning, not pointy finger maid supervision, and my end counts as a workout:

Soaked dishes
Folded and sorted laundry on wicker coffee table
Put away linens
Washed and stowed last decor items
Made up ear meds bottle
Cleared wicker coffee table
Wrapped wicker coffee table and stowed in garage
Photographed garage corners
Moved tool bins
Dustpanned spilled garage paper
Carried out and recycled box
Carried out travel foam
Gave away rocker base
Carried out LR trash and changed basket liners
Moved leaf bags to PA pile
Put away clean dishes
Moved patio chairs and pois to patio
Cleaned loo

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 19 - 10:56 PM

I got out to a book club meeting tonight after finishing the book in question this afternoon. This group meets in the next town over, so I'll look around for something closer to home - or I suppose I could get a few like-minded friends together for a new group. It was a nice evening. And now that that reading is out of the way, the week is wide open.

Touching on my earlier discussion of shoes, I have a three level cedar shoe rack I built at least a dozen years ago. I can fit all of my shoes on it except for two pair on the floor in front of it. I'm not going to thin the shoes more, this isn't an oppressive number of shoes, and those on the floor in front of the shelf look good. The donation bag is still in the laundry room - there's room for more in it before I take it to Goodwill.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM

Dupont:

Well, time for R&R? R suggested I come back to the city and we could go to the movies. "I'll be there in 30 minutes." He, however, was not. At 7:30, it was dicey but we agreed to go anyway. Parked, walked up the hill to the theatre, avoiding ice! Looked at what was on offer - none of which had any meaning to either of us. As we tried to figure out what the films were about, I saw another couple about our age who looked to be doing the same thing. The four of us went for "coffee" and had a very pleasant R&R evening! It is necessary to research before "going to the movies!" But if we had been movie focused, we would not have met these wonderful folks.

Big Boo Boo! Breakfast Sunday was French toast; it was delicious with maple syrup and yogurt. My first bread in months. We both slept most of the afternoon. No more wheat in my life! I am still exhausted today. I am hoping to get over this and get a little done here today.

Someone came to see the house and said she is "interested"! Hope! If the house actually sells, R will be motivated to complete this move! We can bring the nice furniture here and get organized. Well, as much as... Hope...

above freezing today (+3C), very windy, some sun, some snow, wet ice on driveway. And the same two feet of snow on yard with icing of 5cm yesterday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Mar 19 - 05:53 AM

Up extra early so used the time to prep a pool laminate. Gym bag ready and off shortly. It's good to catch the time change wave-- and use it to our advantage!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 09:50 PM

New fitness goals, schedule, and infrastructure set today. Begins tomorrow AM, early.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 07:49 PM

The last few days a mildew smell in the kitchen has developed near the sink, but there is nothing behind or under that seems to be the reason. I fear it is the dishwasher, next to the sink, and I'm going to have to pull it to see if there is a leaking line behind it. It works fine, so would be a matter of replacing them; it's well-over 20 years old but I'll keep it working as long as possible.

The day never warmed up enough to make yard work appealing, and we have a few days of rain ahead. I have plenty to do indoors, but am itching for more time in the yard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 09:59 PM

One dog to the vet this morning, three cats fed twice today, and tomorrow morning is the last cat run. The fee for cat feeding was soaked up by the vet visit, but for the most part we think we've figured out this problem and I hope to not pay more than the set fee for the recheck.

The back yard is about 2/3 mowed; I stopped when the sun was setting, and will finish tomorrow, then move onto the limb trimming. Before mowing I decided to get rid of one of the posts that is left from the fence I took down last fall. It is right up against one of the front two panels that face the street, with the concrete footer a bit under the fence. I had to take off three of the new pickets (they were screwed on so it was easy enough with a power tool) and then tip the post and concrete footer over completely, fill in that hole, and put the pickets back up. Now when I finally replace the second old pine pickets with a new panel of cedar, there won't be a random extra post in view or in the way.

Carry on carrying on with all of those houses, Dorothy!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 04:33 PM

Dupont:

Still pecking away at this moving thing. I finally feel as though I am "owning" the K. Today R helped with some chores I could not manage, fixed a leaky faucet and took a hard look at the non-functional dish washer - a Bosch. He was told it leaks so he pulled out the dead gasket and googled about a new one, And cleaned up the interior, then started on the oven!!! I love that he loves cleaning things! It is often too much for my right shoulder.

Meanwhile, Ephraim worked on connecting the wifi and looked at connecting to a TV - need special cable; E will find it. E also extolled the virtues of my new phone, hooked R's up to the wifi and tried to hook it to Bluetooth to no avail. Then we went to lunch and R took E back to the city in his truck. Hope R returns for more progress.

Yesterday, my main task was applying Murphy's Oil Soap to the antique spool bed, not an easy task with all the crannies. It looks SO much nicer! The wood was thirsty! Still need finishing. Took some stuff to thrift shop. Still more to go.

I am still looking forward to the time when - bed assembled and frig in place - we can actually LIVE HERE! Last night R came in his truck and we went to the music in my car and directly back to the city, leaving truck - IT slept here! This am, picked up E in city and came here.

Still hoping for final washer and dryer connections to be made! The bathtub is getting full of washing to be done.

R brought us a large, nice looking, early Canadian looking piece of pine furniture, with six good drawers and a two door cupboard section. We agree on putting it in TV/sewing room for fabrics etc!! WOW! I can empty the plastic bins and sort out the wheat from the chaff! After I bring them down from Beaver in the spring.

And we have another mascot. We talked about getting a dog for the yard but ... A nice black and white stuffie named Bowser has a spot on the hearth. The best sort of dog - for us!

Only -1C and sunny today!! And over two feet of snow on yard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 04:08 PM

(SRS, I have trays too big for my dishpan.)

Brandon is here to finish the linen closet doors. First we cleared more garage space, and hung more section labels in the rafters for a well-organized truck-unloading operation. We also consolidated all the packing materials I'll re-use packing up my kitchen, and loaded them in the van.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 02:49 PM

Yesterday I stopped by DSW (shoe store) and browsed the clearance section for a satchel I've been wanting to use. I found a better design than the one I was using that is modestly priced, and found one pair of loafers that are the type that instantly feel good on your feet. Since I'm not in the near future dressing up to go to the office I have some shoes I no longer need. They either looked better than they fit or had a slick sole. So I brought home one pair and I put one pair of boots and one pair of loafers in the donate bin, another pair of worn-out loafers in the trash, and I still have plenty of shoes, but they're only the most comfortable ones. And the DSW shopping bag is now in the laundry room with the donation stuff loaded in it.

Susan, you can scale up the size of the container for cleaning tarnished silver. I can put the aluminum pan in a large plastic dishpan and fill the whole thing with hot water and Calgon - and then put the silver in. But it doesn't leave it as shiny as the TarnX, it does need a polishing rag still.

Lovely weather today, but we had a hard and fast thunderstorm race through at 7am so the lawn is fairly damp. I may mow in the late afternoon. This is my weekend for taking down limbs for bulky waste, and I have a book to finish for book club on Monday. So I'd better stop playing on the computer!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 01:25 PM

Thanks... Items left are too big but might be handy in future.

I think I have a date with the dreaded TarnX. I prefer leaving grooves antiqued, but....

Today it was the six "Break Em and Die" china plates, which are drying in the dishwasher. They're going into the USE cabinet, not the Display cabinet. I have big white chargers to go under them... The antique pattern is pretty pink and green floral on white. With linen napkins that coordinate. And coordinating sterling flatware.

Also today, a box of madonnas, with more to come.

Because display space is so limited, I'm storing decor items in destination spots, grouped. As more bookshelves arrive, we'll pull from these collections to decorate those-- AND offer individual pieces from the collections to godchildren. The end result will be reasonable, small groupings on small wall shelves and side tables, not case after case of glass curio cabinets to live between. I want all these shapes touchable-- stroke-able!-- and out in actual use.

TBTG for Swiffers and dishwashers.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 06:28 PM

Susan, do you know the quick tarnish remover trick with Calgon and an aluminum pie plate? I think I got the tip from one of Haley's tips (and who knows any more where I saw those? PBS?) and made a note, but here's information from one of those eHow sites. I keep one of the disposable aluminum cake pans to do this in:

Set out an aluminum pie plate. If you don't have one, you can cover another type of pie plate with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

Pour two to three cups of hot water into the plate, enough to cover your silver items.

Add 1 tbsp. of table salt and 1 tbsp. of powdered water softener to the water. Stir to dissolve.

Place the discolored silver onto the aluminum for a few seconds and then remove. Often this is all that's needed to clean off the tarnish.

Rub the silver item with a clean soft cloth after removing it if the silver is badly tarnished.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 05:11 PM

We purchased some anti-tarnish cloth today and got started de-gouming years of tarnish and dust, plus more tarnish from exposure to a damp summer and fall in the garage. The silver polish doesn't seem as good as formerly, but we worked away, got about a third of the way through the decor and trays, and wrapped them up to sit on a dry place until we decide what to display. That cloth was super thin, so I'm glad Greg got too much-- we'll double it.

We also cleared up the table baskets, washed apples, made GF pasta, did laundry, gathered up trash-- ADA remediation.... a million small things let go in the last few weeks. Oh and converted an 8 pound tub of badly separated tahini to well-mixed tahini, and made some dressing with it out of the tahini that had stuck to the mixing bowls.

A bunch of the laundry to put away will have to wait, because Brandon and Greg can't finish the linen closet doors till tomorrow, and I can't get in there today.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 19 - 08:45 PM

Me again. Today I tackled a project that has moved around my office for several weeks, a small Japanese vinyl record my daughter wanted digitized. I've done this kind of thing before, but a long time ago, and I had several software questions and one hardware question to sort out.

I finally dug out a cable with 3.5mm stereo plugs that would fit into the 1/4" adapter for the receiver and would plug into the back of the computer. My several attempts with RCA cables went nowhere - they refuse to connect. I moved the receiver, swapping positions with the turntable, and captured the signal with Audible and then converted the WAV file to mp3 with Nero WaveEditor. As a bonus for her I scanned the cover and I'll add the art to the music in Windows Media Player.

Now that I have figured out the parts, I have many other things to start converting. I've ordered a longer cable so I can put the receiver back where it was.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 09:51 PM

I took an existing pair of glasses to my optometrist's eyeglasses business and am having them replace the lenses with the Rx for my office glasses. Plastic lenses that are covered by the plan (she started to say I'd be out of pocket for the polycarbonate and anti-glare coating - nope. Just because what I handed her glasses with those features, don't assume I want them again.) I always try to use part of the plan since I've paid for it. That's crossed off of my list.

Today wasn't as warm as I mentioned yesterday, it was only in the 50s, but tomorrow is supposed to be a warm one. I'm looking forward to it; this big step backward into winter was a real bummer. Now in addition to repairing the garden I need to start cutting and dragging limbs for next week's bulky waste pickup.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 11:39 AM

This morning is already much warmer than the last three days, and tomorrow's high will be in the low-70's. Looks like the first day to approach the garden injured by the freeze. My bay laurel was looking good, but I'm sure I lost the tallest sprig and this may be the death knell for that shrub in that location. I like having bay, but it needs to be in the front yard where it is more protected from cold weather.

My to-do list has a number of items that are more complicated to complete before crossing them off. They don't necessarily cost any more, they simply take extra planning and execution. Seeing things crossed out regularly gives a remarkable feeling of accomplishment, so other small tasks that will make their way onto the list to balance it out.

Easter is late this year, but now is the time to start many of my garden plants from seed, and they may get transplanted to the garden before late April. The rule of thumb my neighbor uses is "don't plant tomatoes before Easter," but the soil will be warm enough before that date. Maybe I'll get beans and lettuce this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Mar 19 - 12:49 PM

My father's family is from the New England area, and I was one of the heirs of the family home in Connecticut after the youngest of my grandfather's siblings died. One thing I happily had transported home was the piano that my great aunt told me was purchased new in about 1885 and is a big beautiful rosewood-veneered Victorian Weber upright grand. I've played it a lot over the years, but it does need work. It is tuned a whole note low because the strings kept breaking, and the pins holding strings are the old four-sided, not modern hex pins (the tuner mentioned this to me.) It will be several thousands of dollars to restore it, but these particular pianos retain value.

My kids don't play piano, and who knows if grandkids with an interest in playing will come along. But I have a niece who plays, as does her husband's family. So I have offered the piano to my brother, who has time, cash, and interest in this kind of huge and complicated project. I sent him photos and links to more information. We will see how this works out. This piano would be returning to New England. If he takes it I may simply get a keyboard or find a smaller spinet (as long as it has all 88 keys) and go back to playing more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Mar 19 - 11:02 AM

DP, indefatigability isn't a 24 hour cycle.

Yano canceled for today so we're off to go walkering.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Mar 19 - 03:22 PM

Dupont:

Indefatigable I am not. Exhausted, still! Then there is gratefulness for the unlimited internet but not some idiotic websites that offer no help and one not so great that offered a phone number and a lovely helpful person responded helpfully.

After an hour of frustration yesterday, I went into the local Koodo store this am and the nice young man not only sorted out the billing problem but also provided me with a new phone (I had garnered lots of credit!) and a slightly less monthly fee as well as 3gb -and it automatically quits without going over! The learning curve may be long!

For the other, the nice woman at the Turtle Trauma Centre bore with me as I attempted to renew membership on internet while on phone with her so she could clue in to the problems I was having and inform their web master. In the end, she took my info and agreed to get it all straight. It may have helped that I know the "Turtle Lady" and extolled the virtues of the wonderful Centre.

Still one bill to pay on internet if I can manage it. But all else is up to date and I still have some money left!

The move continues to snail pace along. The washer/dryer are nominally attached but...??? Something not yet clear. The bathtub is full of laundry... The spool bed frame is in the BR but... R wants to reformat the putting together aspect. It is partly antique and partly not.

We have now found several possible eateries - ate at a second one last night - for "emergencies"- "when you do not feel like cooking". Still no frig until R gets time/energy/truck/helper to go to mill for a number of items, rather than piece meal. I suspect spring. Maybe it will come in April. In any case, I am not trying to make that long trip again until clement weather. When a neighbour tells me I can access the wood pile!

Sorry about frost in Texas! In my areas, nothing is planted "until 24th May weekend" more or less. Other than those things that can be fall planted. Looking through pics, I see lots of snow at end of April! I would start some seedlings now - if I had not left seeds at Beaver. Oh, well. We may join a CSA this year if I have a decent freezer in the basement. Some friends do one (organic) that delivers to Chateauguay, where Dupont is.

The ugly piece of furniture is gone and replaced with a beautiful antique oak medicine cabinet with mirror, for the 2nd floor powder room. Other detritus from auction is packed and ready for me to have energy to load it in car and take it to thrift shop. Almost a car full!

Agreement that the ends of a single spool bed, from auction, can be made into a bed/sofa for the TV room, with a mattress and lots of big cushions - easy to come by!

R bought four more bags of books at the library Sat. Many book cases may soon appear???

The upside of trip to Beaver was that drive was cleared. Now to google the fellow who did it so I can tell him not to do anymore AND pay him!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Mar 19 - 02:25 PM

Oh no, SRS!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Mar 19 - 02:05 PM

[sigh]

The work I did in the garden stands - the beds that were turned over and ready to be planted - but the onions I put out so far, the sprouting asparagus, the bay tree, and a few potted things that made it over the winter are now toast, burned by the cold last night. Must begin again later in the week when it warms back up to near 80o.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Mar 19 - 11:53 AM

Another area coming along:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2140840172661934&id=100002079158985&ref=bookmarks


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Mar 19 - 11:53 AM

Two of our brother Dharmabum's scrollwork pieces are featured here:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2139327329479885&id=100002079158985

Cooperative hanging job, for the nearly-complete Nature corner. White cutouts shown represent antlers on the way.

The folding chess board just showing against the wall is a family heirloom, also suitable for the brown mini-backgammon set from my pub years, shown with the books.

Enjoy!

~Susan & Greg


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM

Hunkering down for a wave of cold air to arrive tomorrow, and in preparation I'm making a batch of stew. I think also I'll make some soup.

My Frugal February passed and it was indeed a month of few purchases. I do have things I have to buy so today I made a run to the drug store, to Tractor Supply for dog food, and a couple of other stops. When I tried this last time I found that it's difficult to keep up the practice every month, because you tend to set yourself up to fail, but when you've had a frugal month it means you enter the next one with the goal of preserving the savings that you managed previously. Toward that end, my shopping today was primarily in the bulk food section of the neighborhood Winco where I pay with cash, not a card.

I stopped by a friend's house, and the smell of fresh baked bread met me at the door and I immediately resolved to make some of my dinner rolls; I couldn't eat a whole batch while they're fresh but they freeze well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Mar 19 - 12:31 AM

My Zenni optical glasses arrived today, and they're every bit as great as I hoped they'd be. We didn't have any sunshine to test the "transitions" type lenses, and I'll have to see how that works when I'm using the camera.

Dorothy, I've never had an electric blanket, but there's a friend I visit periodically who has one in her guest room, and I admit it's very nice to turn it on ahead of time so the bed is warm; I usually turn it off once I'm in bed, I don't want to be too warm, but not having to shiver for a couple of minutes under cool covers is nice.

Jon, I'd love to have a pond with a fountain, but I fear the dogs would be in it all of the time. As it is I have a great big water feature at the back of the yard beyond the fence - a year round creek that is a tributary to the Trinity River.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 19 - 09:07 PM

Dorothy, you are indefatigable!

My workshop canceled, but led to good things, including bonus time with Greg, and a fee reallocated to good things for the freezer.

And gazing time: I'm seeing a whole decor area in the alcove off our bedroom. Pix when done, with before/after.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Mar 19 - 06:45 PM

Dupont:

It is a wonder I know where I am. Went to Beaver yesterday. Front door was frozen shut. Had to climb through knee high snow around to the back door. Poured hot water from tap through the screening and melted the ice so I could bring things in through the front. Otherwise they would have mostly stayed in car. Getting through that much snow- partly light and partly frozen - is not easy. Sorted myself out, took overdue book to library, picked up mail, noted there was a movie happening so I ate a nice meal I had brought along and went to movie. Won door prize! A start-a-lavender pot, two lovely photo cards by Mary Lou and a candle. M is a photographer and gardener; she arranged for the film showing.

Used "new" electric blanket on bed; put it on about 4 pm, after starting the wood stove, and at 10 the bed was warm!!! And the house was 69F. The movie was a better idea than sitting next to the fire for two hours! However, the back deck had two feet of snow and I was not up for shoveling a path to the wood pile. SO, having used most of the available wood to heat the house for the night...

Today I drove back to Dupont with the stuff I had managed to load into car - after it deigned to start about 9:45 am. Arrived back and off loaded car, ate, went through 255 emails and now I am here. Ready to head out to music tonight. Slightly bleary eyed but awake. Hope the music is good!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Feb 19 - 05:09 PM

In packing to be away at an all-weekend workshop, it was identified that my old bones just can't do that amount of sitting without an ottoman. So I've just finished making one, based on Greg's excellent idea: using the folding stepstool we use between the van seats as an armrest, with pillows on top? For that purpose, we recently discussed that it needed to be taller and firmer. For a footrest, firm also, and wider.

The stepstool itself is tough plastic that locks once it's opened, and holds 300 pounds. It folds to a compact and lightweight 3" wide; I used it for years to access tall Liberation Library shelves, until the Library moved to Ohio. Then it was a handy PA kitchen stepstool. (There were cracks between bookshelves or cabinets, where it could be slipped in until needed.)

Eventually it arrived in Ohio.

So I've cut foam of various densities already on hand, to raise its top and widen it. Greg cut me a plank for a wider (and firm) footrest. Whatever height the chair they give me turns out to be, I'll be able to add enough foam layers to make my knees and hips smile deliciously. I'll top it off with pretty (red) fleece to camouflage its humbler parts.

There have been many times at festivals, etc when I wished I had something like this. It may even work when I sit on my Rollator.

Since all the parts will stack between the van seats and can travel in a backpack, I suspect I'll use this often!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 28 Feb 19 - 08:22 AM

Not done anything in a while but yesterday’s project was a solar pond pump kit for a pebble pond. There had been a low voltage pump in this location for years but it had been abandoned as the pond clogged up with increasing frequency. Anyway an oak tree has since been lopped, the area is clearer and the changes may or may not be enough to make the difference.

The old system was in a mess though and I wasn’t prepared to check the wiring and redo/replace as needed for a “may/ may not be OK now” and said to mum, the only thing I was prepared to try was a solar kit. She bought a cheap one.

That job turned out more complicated than I’d anticipated as having got the kit, it I realised that the very small panel intended to be ground mounted on a spike was not going to get much sunlight. It can get quite bright but the bungalow soon blocks the sun when the sun is low. I decided the best answer was to mount the panel near the top of what remains of the oak tree – say about 12-15 ft.

That probably would have been easy for most but I get nervous even a few feet up (and I only needed to be 3 or 4 steps up to reach) and the step ladder had to be close to the edge of the pebble pond. It might sound odd but it became a case of getting one of the 4 coach screws for the (rather big but the best I could find) bracket in and coming inside and settling down for ½ hour before doing the next one.

Fitted and working it looked quite good late afternoon yesterday. Unfortunately today is very grey, the pump hasn’t started and there’s no chance of seeing how things might work out in more typical days.

There is one change already that I might look into making if things look ok and I can find out how (I can run to soldering, ohms law, playing with PICs, etc. but my electronics are not up to much) though. The pump runs on battery backup until it drops to certain level of charge. That in itself is good but is not all I want. I’m not interested in the pump running in darkness (and it ran till 9pm last night) when no one is around but would like to reserve whatever charge is in the battery for better cover when the weather is just overcast. So maybe some form of switch the pump side using a photo cell in future?



The bits for a new PC (mentioned in another thread) should arrive this evening. I’ve just realised I didn’t order a dvd drive but may well install from USB and forget about that. I’ll probably do the build tomorrow. And am likely spend a bit of time scratching my head – hopefully not for the build but I’ve not yet worked out a plan where I’m sure how I’m going to replace the existing PC with this new build.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 19 - 05:51 PM

It sounds like camping out in the house, Dorothy!

Today was warm when I left to run errands but the temperatures dropped by about 20 degrees in an hour and the wind picked up. Nothing like the cold you're feeling in the house or out, but it means that all of us who left home without a jacket were regretting that decision.

I went through Costco and looked at the various computers they have available, to compare with what I can order online. I'm willing to get under the hood to update when there's room and it saves me money. All part of the process - every time I get ready to buy a new device I have to research current trends and what is the next new thing (that costs a fortune) to consider or avoid. I snapped photos of the particulars listed on each box.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Feb 19 - 04:10 PM

Dupont:

Sometimes I do not push for what I need. I really wanted to go back to Beaver yesterday for a meeting about tree care, and a few days to visit and pick up a load of stuff. As often happens, I did not realize how important the meeting was for me until it was too late to go. The only reason I did not leave was that my car was full of stuff from the auction! So I complained this morning and the car is now empty. I will leave tomorrow early - waiting for the weather to warm up 10 degrees! Come back Sunday, weather permitting.

Auction stuff is sorted and most is ready to leave for thrift shop (a full car load) - next week when I am back. What a waste of time and energy! I did, however, find a beautiful oval tablecloth - white with a special sort of lace work (it has a name), safely ensconced in a heavy plastic bag and now in a drawer in the pantry.

It is possible that the frig will appear while I am gone - maybe... And the bed frame??? Maybe. Then we can live in warm house. One can only hope!

Montreal:
Came back to the city to rest for trip, also avoiding paint fumes which are sometimes sneaky. Alas, it is so cold, even in the BR, under two quilts! If I had hammer! and two nails and a ladder--- I would put the quilt across the doorway to keep the pittance of heat in the BR. But I don't. ... I opened an adjacent closet door across the opening in attempt to keep in some of the heat. ...It may be working; Does not seem as cold! (No, there is not a door on BR.)

R is involved in a very exciting project; Ephraim is leading and researching with him the history of a piece of property (belonging to R & bro) back into the 1800's and earlier, in old Montreal. They found info that led to more info... more and more interesting and exciting and, potentially, profitable. (Why I hesitate to bug R re matters of little significance like being COLD!)

It is predicted to warm by about 10 degrees the next few days. It will be nice to get back to the wood stove!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 19 - 11:00 AM

Weird dream last night, and a lot of this decluttering and yard work were part of it; dreamed I moved to a small apartment yet somehow had everything with me, including the dogs; the apartment patio was fenced with three spread out layers of fence and a hole at the corner where a critter was living. As I woke I was preparing to soak a paper towel in ammonia to toss into the hole and I realized I left behind the patio chairs at the house. Funny.

In the real world I have finished weeding and turning soil in the rock-rimmed raised bed and will begin on the bed for the potatoes next. This is where the old fence slats will come in; I can put the 2-3 picket section against the downhill side and have a deep, well-worked bed for potatoes to grow in.

This week I started a new book so I'm prepared to participate in a book club in a couple of weeks. I'm not sure that this is the group I'll stick with, it's about 25 miles from here and there may be something here in town that works as well, but it's a start, and people at that meeting will probably know about other book clubs to recommend. This one reads fiction, and I was told that there is a related group that reads all nonfiction. Decisions, decisions! They're both affiliated with AAUW (American Association of University Women). Their membership fees each year are hefty, but they are a group involved in providing scholarships to young women in the North Texas region.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Feb 19 - 10:31 AM

Truck reservation confirmed

Helpers lined up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Feb 19 - 06:44 PM

FPH boxes stowed. Plastic hanging m file bin allocated to garage for heavy/long/outdoor extension cords.

Measurements taken for LL closet modification, laundry area cabinet, and LL shelf base. The laundry area cabinet is coming from PA and that measurement will determine whether it comes right in or needs to be disassembled and cut down a tad. It will sit alongside the stacking washer/dryer, with a slot between them. In the slot goes a resin folding table presser into use as needed, plus a curtain on a tension rodabove that which extends bathroom privacy about 30" in front of the bathroom door. The tiny loo gets humid fast, and that extra space is great for getting into a towel without bumping into damp surfaces (or trailing the towel into the potty).

Cinder blocks and bricks needed for bulb bed counted--12 each. Planting site for peony eyeballed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Feb 19 - 04:01 PM

FPH ROUGH SORT DONE, beyond alpha-- by role. Duplicates distributed thru ldrshp roles. More can be created with our printer's copy function.

FPH still occupies two bankers boxes--the two sturdy ones I started with in 1992-- but now sorted into labeled hanging folders. Yano took the better used manila folders,and recycled the rest.

There's much more material than I feared, and much less waste than I'd assumed.

The program could be run, now, from these boxes, tho ill still binderize it in due time. A bonus is that I found several reiterations of the unique model-from grant conception thru the replication phase-- written from various leaders' viewpoints-- all consistent with the original vision.

It replicated itself more deeply than I had realized-- I did a better job of developing new leaders and changing the school climate than I had been able to see at the time.

Time to marinate!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

A new cap for my gas line trimmer arrived; the backup neoprene gasket I made last week will live in the greenhouse as a spare, but the old cap and the new one both have a cork gasket, most resistant to the destructive properties of gasoline. The trimmer probably cost $125/$150, and while it is easiest to simply buy a new one, I prefer to repair and replace parts as long as it will run, keeping the materials out of the trash stream. And if I donate it someone else is simply going to do the same thing.

Years ago I sold a trimmer at a garage sale, I couldn't get it to work for a while. A guy puttered and worked on it and before he left he had it running. I honored the sale, and vowed that I wouldn't do that again. I have a guy who fixes this kind of stuff for a reasonable amount, so I go there first. My mower still runs, but is harder and harder to use, so it *may* get replaced in order to have a machine that I don't have to struggle with so much. Or not. The effect of the slow onset of PMR was that I gained weight, and that has been hard on my knees. Now that I've been off of the steroids for a few months and the stress of an awful employer has subsided, it's spring and I need to pick myself up and lose the weight. When that happens I think my strength will be back to the usual level and the mower might be less of a problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 19 - 09:30 PM

I'm digging the garden beds a few square feet at a time this week, working on it more gradually since I don't have to wait till the weekend to do it all. I've started in the raised bed first. I bought onion sets a while back and kept them alive but they're not looking great; I'm getting those planted this week and should get enough onions to more than break even on the cost. My knee is still tender, so the slow pace is to keep from injuring it.

The dogs enjoyed a walk this evening, and we stopped by a little piece of grassy & wooded city right-of-way property on the way so the dogs could sniff. I guess Pepper's early years didn't give her much opportunity to explore - she seems remarkably incurious about who and what has passed by there before, strolling along behind me while the other two move across the area noses to the ground, paying particular attention to spots where I see nothing remarkable. I know that Zeke learned outdoor stuff from Cinnamon and Poppy - he was a house dog with a small Bermuda grass lawn with a pool, but over time he has learned to be an outside dog. He leads the pack to the back fence at night to bark at coyotes, something he never did when he first got here.

Watching the Antique Roadshow this evening, and understanding that most of these things that are receiving price estimates are largely going to be insurance prices - how would these people actually sell any of these items to realize the prices they're being quoted? They might sell to dealers who would offer much less to get a profit out of it. The program gives me ideas about what to dig out and list, but I have no interest in collecting any of these things. This is a good thing.

Diet-wise, it's almost spring, a time of year when more exercise and weight loss are possible. I've resolved to start by avoiding the empty calories of soft drinks, juice, and wine. I use milk as a source of calcium or I'd avoid it also (and I don't have soft drinks very often so that's the easiest thing to give up.)

Good job curtailing the auction purchases, Dorothy! Keep up the good work as you create this new (old) home.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Feb 19 - 01:22 PM

Dupont:

Weather, paint sensitivity and inertia = no wifi yet. But I happily sit in LR on sofa that is to go upstairs eventually... and use the unlimited. Two days the roads were bad so I stayed in the city and suffered no computer. Sat we went to an auction --- with the usual result! All manner of junk AND a very nice washer dryer set (Maytag in burgundy!)which will eventually make its way here! Prob today!

The auction was #$%^&* otherwise. We went because R wanted to bid on a handcarved wooden eagle! It was an inch taller than our nine foot ceiling! And went for almost $3000! I am SO glad he did not get the eagle!!!!!!! It was an amazing piece but I would not be fond of a vicious looking eagle, even with two eaglets...

The trouble, as usual was the tail of the auction when there was all manner of STUFF left and the auctioneer kept saying, "deux piece (two dollars), Robin?" and "Where's Robin?" And I ended up standing there shouting "NO!" Won a few, lost a lot and now there is a carload of stuff to sort and, mostly, take to thrift shops. But not until is is warm enough/not snowing/raining and the drive is not a sheet of ice... That piece that snuck in last week is still here, also due to weather.

But I am looking forward to washer/dryer and have hopes of a frig in my future - maybe this week? Meanwhile, Thomas is, "as we speak" painting the K and pantry - ceilings white and walls cream. And I picked up paint chips for possible colours for R's office. Thomas is a painting maniac (Very sweet and lovable) and needs to be fed - painting work!! He also does other things so when he calls and says, I can... I can get more done!

The LR has a white ceiling and pale grey walls. The grey is Ok because there are big windows: S, W (2), N! And there is a very attractive trim around the top that would be challenging to paint up to. Once the furniture is in, there will be much walnut and mahogany not be so much grey.

There will be NO "big move". Inch by inch... Some major furniture will stay at the city house until it is sold. I am content with what is here and the promise of a frig soon, maybe this week? In the meantime, I am enjoying a warm, attractive, light-filled house, when weather permits.

I need to go back to Beaver soon and need to watch the weather for a break to go, and then return. This is needful.

As for the vinyl: A good idea but not for me. I already had to leave home due to paint fumes. I use as little plastic stuff as possible.


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Subject: FPH PLAN
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Feb 19 - 05:58 AM

FPH plan, preceding posts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Feb 19 - 05:56 AM

Whoo-hoo!!!

Early wakies drew me to the Library to open a big box I'd labeled "FPH Model, etc-- Dig!"

Expecting it to be mostly FPH paper for the Big Sort, I was thrilled to find that only one manila envelope is actually FPH. The rest easily divided into smaller boxes with actual destinations in the Library.

Under that box was "the pile" of other FPH boxes. Two were empty banker's boxes I'd set there to help sort and store the final product.

That leaves JUST TWO banker's boxes of actual FPH paper, to sort! That is a ONE DAY project I can FINISH TOMORROW, which means cleaning up the LR sorting area this week.

Now I can draft the connecting narrative bits on my notebook, any time, and print them up when we get back from the Big Move, and complete the superintendent's binder before school lets out.

It also means that if I were to be run over by a truck, my 1999 partner could whip that paper as well as I can, to give that program new legs.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, j
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 19 - 04:25 PM

When Greg got home from church we used dry-erase calendars this house came with, to lay out his excellent idea of how to get it all done, over 5 weeks.

FPH project materials are now set and waiting for Tuesday.

Plan: Yano and I will alphabetize pgs into my red accordion folder, one banker's box at a time. (She has confirmed that she can alohabetize.)

As each alpha section fills, I'll sort the pages into hanging files that are labeled by ROLE played in the program.

I think I have enough tabbed hanging files, but I also have re-usable post-it tabs if the flimsy, clear plastic tabs fail and/or new roles emerge. I had to make label inserts and reinforced a fee.

I hope to have enough copies of the model for each role to have a copy. Each role will get a binder with their role, some basic listening skills stuff, the program model, the general goals for their role, and overall goals as set by the implementer cohort. And items for just their

Some narrative will need to be written once the binders are set up.

The program coordinator and maybe the supt. will get that too, but like an EFM coordinator's manual, it will immediately be updated daily and therefore the supt copy will be immediately obsolete.

A better plan in replication will be that at year-end, the coordinator manual is copied for the next coord/supt pair (or coord/principal pair).


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 19 - 03:19 PM

I couldn't wait till Tuesday to take the recycling over; in the bin there were several very large round heavy-duty cardboard containers that used to contain rolls of wire (instead of spooling it). I couldn't think of anything I'd do with them or I'd have brought one or more home. Gardening in them? They'd fall apart. Put them in the ground? The metal rims would be in the ground later. Nope. Someone else may find a use before they're buried in the bins. Not bringing it home to begin with is half the battle.

Starting the new compost pile for the year and digging out the remainder of the compost from a pile a couple of years ago. The piles and large bin need attention, combine it all or pull out the sticks that aren't breaking down and see what's left.

This morning I started weeding the garden bed where I'll put in the onions, and I'll put the potatoes in a separate spot that was dug up late enough last fall it will be easy to work on now. The good thing about starting the garden this year is that I don't need to wait till next weekend to finish what I start today since all week is forecast to be perfect for yard work. I'm doing some contract work but it isn't set hours and it's only 10-15 hours a week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 19 - 12:08 PM

Productive puttering AM bcuz feet too swollen to go to church today:

Spelunked linen closet looking for the backs to complete a listed project.

Rebagged some linen shelf items.

Bagged double bed set for camper, incl coverlet Q sheet.

Rebagged Greg Hinton??'s grandmother-made quilt for protection, set in sewing room for his display.

No tiebacks found for BR drapes, but made plan B not possibile to complete b4 departure, so crossing that off list.

Donated a loved double sheet, but am keeping the matching pillowcsses for memory.

Donated a decor pillow no longer needed, that has high-maintenance embroidery in a color not wanted here.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 19 - 11:13 AM

Very cool article--

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/types-of-clutter-how-to-declutter/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM

Now that the date for Dick's memorial has been set, our next decluttering task is to set our truck rental rate. The landlord has not expressed any concerns about extending the mid-March date due to transition issues, and the early April memorial date is close to the vague early April date I posited.

The rest of the needful household tasks look do-able on that timeframe as well. I can breathe now.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 19 - 10:26 PM

I splashed gasoline onto my jeans when I was refueling the mower, so everything has to go into the laundry tonight. After finishing the lawn I didn't get much else done. It may be time for a new mower, this one requires a lot of muscle to get it around the yard. The self-propelled belt is off (it kept slipping off) and the mower has places where the handle dips low near the platform, because the metal frame slumps from the pressure. I have to push it low to make any turns, or lift the back two wheels off the ground. Neither is good. It is 17 years old. My fitness tracker was happy with the exercise.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 19 - 11:26 AM

Sunshine and a stiff breeze this morning; so far everything underfoot is soggy, but by the afternoon I may be able to set foot in the front yard to start dragging branches and mow.

Before heading out to mow I crossed an annoying and messy task off of my to-do list: finishing the grout in one part of my dressing room. I did most of it ages ago but ran out, and never got around to the rest (probably with the idea that if I grouted something else I'd use the extra in here. But I never grouted anything else.) I also did a few lines in the den where dog nails have dug it out and it is now blocked by furniture to let it dry. I'll give it another sponge-off later today then move the sofa over the top of the area so they can't walk on it and gouge it out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 19 - 11:24 AM

Example of Greg's gallery wall composition:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2126290887450196&id=100002079158985&__tn__=-R

We just emptied the rest of the decor boxes, for Yano to clean Tuesday. Plates to set over the cabinets on easels are in the DW.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM

A day off from most projects, to deliver the space-hogging gas range to a lucky recipient in need. Found a great new runaway town, with several GF restaurants.


Before departure, huge progress was made on decisions re snowblower/tractor storage: Temp storage to be, for both, under tarps, not in garage but under security light outside our BR window. Eventual crate-sized shed for snowblower only, by winter. This planhugely relieves garage storage pressure for the next phase, which means Greg will be able to set up his garage woodworking shop quicker, when we unload the Last Move.

At our found-town we looked at sheds, and then came home to find DIY plans for the odd size we want.

A great audio book on a new cheap player made the driving fun.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Feb 19 - 05:23 PM

Still drawing down the freezer and still surprised at how many meals have been prepared without needing anything from the grocery store.

The yard is soggy and the tile floor in the den is heavily tracked. Maybe if I spread mulch over the muddy area then less will be tracked in; I don't foresee grass growing back in those areas any time soon with as much dog traffic as there is. More rain is predicted during the next week.

Time to take my household recycling over to the bins behind city hall, and I want to retrieve some newspapers and cardboard to use in the garden. I'll take a look at the bins on Tuesday, getting there before the trucks come to empty them - they tend to be quite full and there might be stuff I can use within easy reach. No way I'd ever climb into one of them.

It's also time to pay serious attention to starting plants from seed. Greenhouse, here I come.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 19 - 11:38 PM

Some days just getting the dirty dishes into the dishwasher (after finally emptying the clean ones) feels like an accomplishment. But wait! I also previewed the NetFlix disks I have here, the first two discs from a TV series that started in 2016. The pilot was charming, and I watched part of a couple others, but I the series is calculated to wrench one's emotions around way too much, and I don't feel like that right now. Next.

Since I awoke to dogs pushing open the bedroom door during a thunderstorm it wasn't a day for mowing or gardening, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. My grocery list is relatively short considering how long it has been since I did much shopping. Last night I was setting up to make pumpkin bread (the Joy of Cooking recipe) and though I was almost out of raisins I have lots of dried dates from the Halal market that are even better. I made a double batch and used four small pans, so three loaves are frozen, one for a friend, and one is out for breakfast.

How's the house, Dorothy? Does the WiFi reach every corner of the house and out into the yard? Do you have a date for the big move to begin?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Feb 19 - 05:20 PM

We did in fact plow thru the 3 large and 1 small Misc boxes, using the 5-second rule.

As we consulted, I was surrounded by boxes labeled for each room, plus garbage sack, recycle bag, and the Goodwill leaf bag. Each room's box went there once filled, and no room's items feel overwhelming now or difficult.


The last room's box contained items to operate on, which I did while Greg ferried the others; then that one went.

Then we hung kitchen art, and set four framed items on easels above the kitchen cabinets. Greg has a great eye, and I think making many of these choices is helping him feel more at home-- like a DIY episode of Merge.

Then we went ahead on a few trickier art projects, and added a hook to the back of his sewing room door. (That man has overcoats the way some women have shoes!)

The tricky art was hilarious-- we started with several framed icons that can only go in one narrow spot. I had planned rotating them seasonally... but then last week, in the damp garage, I found the calendar they'd all been taken from-- hidden by Tyler-- with seven more. So we went thru these, noting that the watercolor-type paper they're printed on had resumed its flat shape with water stains only on the edges the matte will cover-- I'd laid the mess flat on the kitchen table, and our HVAC restored them.

So we went thru those, and kept the ones we both liked that will fit the ONE available, large frame. We bagged these in a leftover clear plastic bag, and taped that to the back of the currently-framed icon! This packet disappeared within the back of the frame's profile, stabilized with mortite to prevent sagging. And so we hung it up. One large statement frame.

He liked the 2nd framed icon, and claimed that for the sewing room, so it went there to await a hanger on its back.

A third hangerless (and much smaller) icon went on the same wall, but over the high shelf above the framed icon; it floats above the top shelf, luminescent, because unlike the others, metallic paint was used and the whole base layer is pearly, pale blue (Ukrainian Orthodox style). Other items on the top shelf are spaced around that Ukie St. Cyril as if he were standing on the shelf, but he ethereally floats. (The good friend who gave it to us will love it when we send a photo!) The shelf also includes two Madonnas (more are coming for a suitable odd-number collection).

The ones we didn't personally care for were bagged in a similar leftover bag-- I suspect some appliance had come in these-- and added to the Goodwill bag.

On the LR art wall, space remaining will be dotted with tiny shelves holding decor or statuary Greg will choose as we get into the remaining decor boxes, and he can decide where most of the rest will go for display, once our shelves arrive.

It's so cool to be doing this layer of decorating BEFORE the walls get hard to access because bigger furniture is coming to replace MudDorm items.

It's also cool to see him manifest what I've envisioned in these spaces, and love it, and add all these with his own decorating eye. He composes spaces less symmetrically than I tend to do-- that's a challenge my matchy-matchy upbringing can't quite bridge, but I love it once I see it, and can add items in balance from there.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 19 - 04:19 PM

I went to the Lowe's hardware site online and used their "shopping cart" feature to calculate the price of the materials I need for the last panel of new fence on the south side of the house. 19 cedar pickets, 3 10' 2x4s, and a box of deck screws. I still have about a half gallon of the weather-proof treatment, no need for more yet. It is estimated to be $83.46, and my time and labor. I have the reclaimed hardware from taking down the rest of the fence, so that's a nice savings. I need the 2x4s to be just a little under 9', so if the 10' pieces don't fit in the SUV I'll take along a carpenter's saw and trim off a foot in the parking lot. I'm pretty sure those will fit (everything was 6' and 8' on the other panels I worked on, this is the last piece and it extends just a little longer from the last post to the brick side of the house.)

This is me doing the math, I'm not working on it right now, maybe in a week or two. Right now I need to mow and then head for the garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 19 - 11:23 AM

Good idea, using this for a potting bench. In case this type of vinyl has an off gas that might be a problem, here is an article about the types. It's an article from 2005, but it might help. I never noticed a smell, but Dorothy might be more sensitive.

https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/clear-vinyl-fabric/ gives more general information about thickness and uses (and might be a good use for the small place you're still working on - I've suddenly forgotten what you call it, now that "Dupont" is in my head.)

Beaver! Just before I hit "submit message."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Feb 19 - 10:22 AM

Today's plan: the misc boxes

Newly revised with more to-do's than "done"s:

ARRIVE TO UNPACK April 1?

Camryn and Brandon confirmed

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard.




BEDROOM

Bed delay? Alterrnative Ramada sleep?

Prep for rug to go down

Greg's cube to library

X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR curtains tied and pinned
Foam mattress ready for us w pillows


SEWING ROOM

Painted & ready for furniture & boxes

X Painting done
X Brown curtain up
Kitchen curtains fit here?

X Repair outlet
Add flat-plug extension cords on wallsadj BR

Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! Other pieces for around rolling chair in sewing room—measure, then roll
Finish service dog vest


LIBRARY

Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone

X Extension cord for desk power
Mount desk strips
Hang corner shelf

FPH rough sort


BATHROOM

X New toilet seat from garage
Pockets on door?

 


LAUNDRY AREA

Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room

Measure for cabinet depth/height

X Relocate alarm panel

 

LIVING ROOM

X Hart art up/designed
X Purge wicker coffee table,
Purge wicker love seat & lamp table
X (need contractors’ bags)—
stow under LL window

Clear sideboard top

Artwork up on walls
Clear table and remove vinyl cloth (repair, make clear cover, roll both)
Remove chair covers and re-dress relocated wing chair
Remove green recliner to garage
Relocate autoharp and stand
Collapse tension rod for windowsill


KITCHEN

Kitchen boxes to sideboard (room divider of kitchen boxes)

Doctor visits:

X Glasses
Pap
Manmo



SHOPPING

Meds refilled
Soups waiting

X Contractors’ bags

Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
Bread waiting



GARAGE

Corners marked

Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
Garage ready and labeled
Plan for Deere and blower
Chairs out into patio

X Decide about picking stools
Mike or Dave ready
Stove gone
Lock up kayak
Box spring gone



PATIO

Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
Dog fence raised


YARDS

Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
Brandon set to weed beds


TRAVEL

X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Feb 19 - 07:06 AM

Re plastic sheeting, we had access in PA to one store we will miss a lot-- Surplus City. Far from having anything in common with the Big Lots chain you may be picturing, it's largely plumbing, electrical, automotive, tarps, fabric, and crafts-- housed in an enormous funky, dusty old pole building with a concrete floor.

One of our favorite finds there was the steel prison trays we used at Mudgathers and later gave, in pairs, to admiring friends and fam. (They were $1 each, and I have 8 left. So much fun to use at church potlucks.) Surplus City had hundreds, in stacks. Once. Another great item was the $5 metal ballot boxes; the 14" square by 24" tall size made wonderful dog food bins, and the 8" x 14" model held cinders for the worst ice by the back porch.

You never knew what treasures they'd have, and one day it was 54" rolls of plastic in various gauges, about 1/5 of retail price. I bought a thick-gauge roll to cover the sideboard I'll use in Ohio seasonally as my germination station. Over top of the plastic is a blue prayer shawl I received after my botched surgery.

I also used this plastic to cover our long kitchen table, which seats 6-8 people. In one of Greg's earlier rectories, it was the even longer DR table, and it matches a china cabinet; their finish harmonizes with the vast array of kitchen cabinets, so they ended up in there and the china cabinet now holds arty decor. A beloved vinyl tablecloth was starting to show wear with little rips, and I just won't give it up until I come across another pattern I love, so we covered it. (For state dinners, we'll roll up both layers and set the table with a runner, and enjoy the more formal look of the wood. It's also my everyday food prep table.)
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I have another leaf bag started for Goodwill items. The boxes of "misc" are piling up as I unpack and come across items I'm not sure where to put (since our bookshelves aren't here yet). I'm going to whip thru those this week and donate about half, as we consult briefly on each item. It's so weird to actually have Greg around to consult with him!

Yesterday Yano and I cleared the remaining quarter of the cardboard crate our boxed, framed art had traveled in, in May. All the flat and shredded packing paper was kept to go back with us, to pack up the kitchen and last big framed art we left on the walls. (The crate box too, for the last frames to bring.) I was so impressed with Greg's composition, when he hung all his gold-framed ordination certificates last week, that I asked him to hang all the kitchen art we unpacked in the AM. When I came back from the Y, there it all was, beautifully displayed. Replacing the squiggles of curling ribbon I'd hung on nails the seller had left, to break up an ugly-painted section of kitchen wall. (The framed colors took away the ugly.)

We're unpacking this whole category-- items packed with shredded paper-- in the garage. All the mess never comes into the house (static cling and dust issues). Yano cleans each item of dirt-road-dust and dust bunnies that gathered while I was unable to clean, and none of that filth comes into the house, either. Yet to bring in are the boxed decor awaiting our shelving, but we'll unpack, clean, and rebox those next week. (Right now the boxes occupy the garage pantry we brought, which Brandon will move a few feet to its designated corner next week. I'm looking forward to ejecting some of the canned and dry goods clogging up my kitchen, very soon.)

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 19 - 10:23 PM

Dorothy, I have that thick clear flexible vinyl sheeting that came in 54" wide bolts (with a detached paper backing) at the fabric store and cut it to length for the various work tables (kitchen, tall kitchen work table, and the dining room table). It can be folded up and set aside or table cloths can be spread out over it. I just looked at Joann and find various gauge thicknesses. I probably got 16 or 20, just because it seemed more durable, but I'd have to look in the store to compare for sure. I know, it is reminiscent of crinkly plastic covers our grandparents put over the sofa and armchair back in the 60s, but it's less conspicuous and more practical.

Good luck getting the mirrored piece of furniture monstrosity out of the house quickly!

More bits of paper cleared off of my office work spaces, some filed, some noted on the spiral binder, others simply tossed. Office supplies discovered and organized.

I set up my HDMI monitor to give sound and use my web cam today for a conversation and to share screens (using the app you may have heard of - GoToMeeting - I've figured out how to make it work after a couple of meetings with it.) Since I've set that up again I'm thinking of once again removing the separate speakers on my desk, though I like having the box behind the monitor that offers the base sound. I think I turned off the monitor sound because it wasn't very loud, but there are two adjustments and I think I wasn't addressing both (monitor volume and computer volume). That would give me a little more room on the physical desktop.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Feb 19 - 06:10 PM

Dupont!

Unlimited internet installed today! I feel SO much freer! Tomorrow Ephraim will make it Wifi! Triple YAY!

Thomas is painting up a storm: Yellow BR near done, the black and dark blue room is cream, R's office-to-be is moving toward cream. T will return tomorrow to finish that and the Den (the room with the fireplace). I wonder if I can negotiate a cream K... Would love the hall and L/DR done but that might break the bank.

I could not find "shelf paper" but unpacked four boxes of K stuff. Went to Staples this aft and found "wrapping paper" that I hope will do. Washing shelves is not adequate for me; they are OLD wood and used for 116 years!

It may be another few days before we "move in". Need a frig first. Today R dragged in the first piece of "What are you doing dragging in that piece of trash?????" A section of a piece of "early american" junk with a mirror - "Better than what is in the powder room now" NOT! There will be a discussion tonight and I will get Thomas to help me drag it out tomorrow!

Well, today's reminder is that I can put the leaves in the dining table and use it to cut fabric - if I protect it first. I will finally have space for the sewing machine! Just maybe I will get some sewing done!

This is a wonderful house. We love it and so does everyone else who has seen it. Now, to schlep Thomas back to the city.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 19 - 11:10 AM

Further information on my "purchase" during my frugal month - these cobalt glasses (12 of them, 6 500 size, 6 tall tumblers) were .89 apiece at Goodwill, and a set of six of either size sells for $45-50 on eBay. A good return for a frugal hobby.

Mary, you'll have to tell us more about how the quilting on the rez operation works. You've mentioned it before.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Feb 19 - 0