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

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

Your mother is a wise woman!

I've located the shoved-way-up-under-the-glove-box compartment for the SUV air filter, I'll pick it up this afternoon when an errand takes me past the store that carries the right size. I'm not a fan of Febreze in general, but I think that was in play with the current filter when I bought this and it does keep the pooch and lumber smell at bay for all of the hauling around of stuff that I do.

It did cool down yesterday, and it's time to make soup. Turkey to start with because I have some frozen pieces I want to use to start clearing out the freezer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 07:52 PM

Pete's surgery is on Tuesday.

Today was my last day at work until he is able to be home on his own. I tried to wrap everything up, got 90% of this month's work completed and my supervisor told me if I'm not back for this month, she'll wrap it up. I think that's pretty awesome.

I'm feeling anxious about the surgery and Pete being out of commission as he really has been healthy for the last 27 years....it scares me.

So...as a distraction, my mom has scheduled a Mother Daughter Day for tomorrow and we are meeting up with a friend to hit some quilt shops. I'm feeling clingy and not wanting to go anywhere but I know it IS a good thing for me to do.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 12:59 PM

That does sound like a nice surprise, Michelle! Is his surgery coming up soon?

Heavy rain overnight and in the space of 12 hours we flipped from summer to winter. Two days of autumn, tops. Ugg. The fleece jacket isn't warm enough today while the t-shirt was all that was needed yesterday.

Time to declutter the dust in the SUV and change out the cabin air filter. And while I'm working in the garage I'll paint on the wood preservative on the fence pickets so I can clear them out of that space.

I hope Susan is able to read along on her phone if she has it with her at rehab. We're thinking of you!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 04:13 PM

Today is the first day I've been home before dark....it feels wonderful!!!!

I have laundry going and am going to do a little bit of rearranging of furniture that Pete would like to see happen....he would do it but I think it will be a nice surprise for him to come home to. :)

I'm down 2 more pounds this week. I'm not sure how as I am not tracking or exercising much but rather just trying to take it easy. My stress levels are high at the moment and I'm all about comfort food when I'm feeling that way.....just doing my best to make smart choices throughout the day.

Anyway....the dishes are almost done, the laundry is going and Jeremiah is taking care of the sweeping. He's a great helper!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 10:58 AM

I hope that work on the air conditioner goes more quickly than the patio work. I see by my calendar that next Monday is the Canadian Thanksgiving. Will the system be working and the mess be out of the way in time (and are you cooking or having people over?)

We have a last couple of hot and kind of strange days (after the cool mornings earlier this week, these muggy warm mornings at 6am feel surreal). Then it turns cold and rainy - BAM! - from summer to winter with no autumn to speak of.

Cookie is gradually decluttering the house of the older dog beds as she rips off zippers and pulls out stuffing. They've served well but it's time to go because I'm not going to mend them. There are still others around.

Last of the gel shots in the knee, and I'm hoping it will settle into a comfortable few months (they say it takes 2-3 weeks after the final shot to get the full effect.) Ragweed is in full-pollen-mode and it will take until the first hard freeze to wipe it out for the year.

We're pacing the amount of time Cookie spends in her kennel, but I can't leave her out unsupervised. This means I get up every hour or so and go for a walk with her in the yard, and she's out when I'm not in my office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Oct 19 - 05:29 PM

Dupont:

I have 3 rain barrels at Beaver, each with its own configuration of down spouts. Must remember to let them drain this weekend!

That Cookie is a force to be reckoned with! May she soon get with the program!

Turning off the exhaust fan was an error. On Tuesday aft, I realized I was smelling chlorine and went outdoors a couple times, thinking that would help. Poor R came home early- about 7 - and said something to me which should have been innocuous. I went ballistic and went to bed- with window open and door shut. I could not even read, just pulled the covers up and mewed pitifully. An hour or so later, I ventured out and asked that he put the fan back on. I knew I was hypersensitive to chlorine but - WOW!

His Monday had gone well with the presentation. He is hoping for continued progress and, even, someday, a successful culmination. A lower stress level is a wonderful thing. Perhaps one of the best de-clutters available!

Meanwhile, I putter along, remembering to tend to plants that need to come indoors. Three lovely red blooms on the tender hibiscus in our BR window this morning! The Beast, in the hall, continues to bloom amazingly.

Had two students yesterday with virtually NO knowledge of English! Winnie the Pooh helped me through! "Cup" "teapot" "table" BASIC! Searching on line today elicited nothing helpful. Tomorrow, the library to check out I Spy books and whatever else might be available at that level.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 03:58 PM

Sheets and some laundry are hanging on the clothesline in the back yard; I'll take the puppy out of her kennel when I go out to retrieve it, and I'll have a squirt bottle of water with me if I need to start the job of persuading her to leave the laundry alone. #BabySteps

I've finished several loads of laundry in the last couple of days as I prepare to put some things away and get other things out because autumn will eventually get here. I have a lot of yard work to catch up on also. And editing and other contract work. I have managed to completely fill my days as a retiree - with the pleasure of not having (usually) to get up on Monday morning to go to the office. :)

The kitchen is cleaned up, dishwasher emptied. I'm considering how I want to leave a reminder for myself that the dishes are clean or not - there is absolutely nothing magnetic on the front of the dishwasher for a magnet with the clean/dirty message will stick to. One Pinterest post had a canning lid glued onto the spot where the magnet was to go, and that's a possibility. Or simply think of something with the messages that sits on the counter above, because dogs might notice something attached to the dishwasher and munch it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 11:48 AM

Charmion, I've seen some innovative downspouts that travel laterally to deliver rainwater to barrels when they can't be placed directly underneath the best spot on the roof line.

We did a critical dog-training test this morning; the next door neighbors came to the fence with dog treats and Cookie was so excited she tried to charge up to the fence a couple of times but got zapped and backed off. She's not happy with this, but she now understands about that zap along the fence, and the neighbors will toss her treat to her. She's enjoyed ear scratches at the fence for a couple of weeks, but now we'll have to stop by on our walks out of the yard for that attention.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM

Rodney the HVAC Guy is wreaking havoc in the garden. Nothing strikes trepidation into my heart like the sound of a Sawzall at work on my property.

The concept of operations and operational plan died on contact with reality, as so often happens. We had planned to move the air-conditioner to a vacant spot along the foundation, beside the other basement window on the west side of the house. Not happening. When Rodney and his henchman opened the bulkhead running along the basement ceiling, they found, instead of the skirting board they expected, the concrete beam and steel joists that support the fireplace. So now the air-conditioner has to stay in its original spot, at the corner of the house where gas line, the internet cable and a drainpipe from the eavestrough are also located.

So now I must rethink the installation of a rain-barrel that Himself has been harping on for two years by my watch. I'm thinking flexible tubing ...

Crap.

At least it's not raining, and Rodney will also clean the furnace and install a humidifier.

And did I mention it's not raining?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 11:55 PM

Today I learned of the death of an old friend from during my time in New York City. We both worked at two places together, and it seems that the extra time he spent working on one big project (in a park I won't name now) resulted in excessive exposure to asbestos. He apparently died of a related cancer. We were all offered checkups at a specialized hospital but I don't know who took them up on it (we were young and foolish and immortal in the 1970s.)

I've had some contract work keeping me busy today; the only accomplishment around the house was washing some dog bedding and running the dishwasher. AND - I've always used cleansers that didn't scratch up things, and then cleanser got hard to find for a while so I broke down and bought Ajax (and it says it doesn't scratch now.) I was astonished that Ajax easily removed what I thought was a permanent discolored area in the sink.

Dorothy, another dog anecdote: Cookie has been unmoved by the puppy-strength settings on the Invisible Fence collar, though she seemed to understand the beep it made meant something. So I went back to the dealer and she increased the collar to pitbull strength, since the pit part of the pup seems to be at play here. And when I took her out into the yard this time she not only heard the beep she felt the little shock (it's like strong static electricity) and jumped away from the boundary. This happened several times in different parts of the yard, and now she's staying a bit back from those areas. As time passes she'll figure out how close she can get; most dogs experience some "shrinkage" in the yard until they fine tune their understanding of the collar. Pepper does fine and I'm sure Cookie will figure out that where the other dogs go, she can go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM

Dupont:

Not good news about Susan; may she have some recovery soon! And glad to hear Pete is scheduled! Sooner is better.

Mags dogs are a lark. I am still happy with our stuffy on the hearth! Or especially so when I read her posts!

Friday was a big day! R's long dreaded presentation was accomplished with great assist from Eph. It was very well received and people wanted more info - history of the "old port" area of Montreal which is now slated for redevelopment. A step forward for the Project.

On Friday, I had gone to the mill and in my trekking picked up a choc pie (YUM!) and, as I was passing Bo Thai, picked up a take out of his fav General Tao. Txted him that I had a special meal for him so he excused himself from the "gang" and was home by 6 for his special celebratory meal; he was high on success! And relief! And in bed by 7:30 for 13 hour sleep.

Sat am, we started out with the needful things in house but he had to go to city to show that house. An afternoon nap ensued. Then a major blowup resulting from the stress of the last couple months. We realized that I had been under as much stress as he and sorted ourselves out: that was a major de-clutter.

Sunday, windows were closed, the ceiling of basement cleaned of black mold, clutter removed from hallway, agreed to move guest room upstairs and his gonna be office downstairs (this had been weighing on him), sorted furniture in TV/sewing room so it is now usable. More, of course, to be done but it de-cluttered our beings to make decisions and changes and be "normal" again. A load of laundry concluded the work day as he had worked in his good pants and needed them for today!

Today, he turned off the fans in basement that were pulling -heated!- air out of house! I had closed off the heated part as much as possible but we need a door between main house and the addition (he measured for this and hopes he has one). In the meantime, a foam mattress is serving! Then we can heat the bathroom only. It is a BIG house and expensive to heat so we need to look at better ways.

Off he went today, after a good BF, in clean clothes to attend the presentation by the architect of the Project. R will be able to help field questions knowing his concepts have been well received!

Life feels so much better today. I had actually reached a low point where it did not matter if food was rotting in the frig. So, here we are, a rainy day and cool but R planted the remaining plants and we re-potted the Brugmansia and put it in place in the upstairs hall, access to a double, south facing window, branches stretching from wall to wall! I will have much stretching and bending exercise picking up the leaves and blooms as they fall. And watering and feeding "The Beast". On a sunny day, I shall photo it and post on FB. We are thrilled with it and happy to have a space for this unique "house" plant.

Tomorrow the weekly English classes resume. We are, or I am, going to Beaver for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! The fall colours are going to peak.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 12:17 PM

Finally a cool morning! It was around 60o and perfect for a walk with a long-sleeved work shirt over the usual t-shirt and jeans for the walk. I was just going to mention just the blue work shirt, but knowing Mudcatters, feared someone would ask if I was wearing anything under it. :-/

My daughter has a friend with dogs who will take those toys confiscated from my hoarding blue heeler, but one still in the wrapper returns to the store. I have to stop by a business that will adjust the dog collar stronger, to the pitbull part of the dog. My heartworm meds site in the UK is finally up again (I was going to have to shop locally to buy 3 ampules of Zeke's medicine for the same price as 12 of them from the UK, but the UK site was finally restored after many weeks of no payment option.)

Time to clear a back yard pile of brush that seems to be inhabited by mice that can magically teleport out of any live trap I place back there.

Fall isn't completely here, it's supposed to get hot again for most of the week, but we've had a taste of it and can soon move forward doing outside work in comfortable weather.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 09:27 PM

Milk delivery disappeared from Ontario by 1967. The threat to milk on the doorstep was raccoons or crows. Or neighbours.

I dread the day when I can't shop for myself any more. Food delivery is a niche service in Canada; you can get it in big cities like Toronto and Ottawa, but in rural areas or small towns like Stratford -- forget it! And even if the supermarket offers delivery, you have to haul your bones out to the mall to do the shopping yourself, and pay the delivery charge.

I'm not at all sure I would ever trust anyone else to choose my apples anyway. Certainly not at the price they go for these days.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 01:46 PM

Blue Tits were always a problem there SRS as they would peck through the tops ;-) More seriously, I’m under the (perhaps wrong but) impression that the milk rounds are gaining a little in parts of the UK but I don’t know of one round here.

Sure, it should be easy enough to pick a time slot for groceries. We pick a cheapest mid afternoon slot but there are still, IMO quite reasonable – at least if you consider the alternative as taking car to supermarket and trudging round – evening slots too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 01:21 PM

Years ago people had milk boxes on their porches that the milk delivery people placed the fresh bottles and containers (butter, cream, cottage cheese, etc.) into. And people expected to check early and bring things in so they weren't out too long. What goes around comes around. Amazon is cutting corners by not using refrigerator trucks to deliver the food. And if time of day is a problem, people should schedule morning or evening, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 12:29 PM

Not looked in here in a few days....

Firstly, kind thoughts to both those who are unwell and to those carrying related worries.

On the home food delivery topic. We have our weekly grocery shop that way but Tesco deliver in open plastic crates (from vans with onboard refrigeration). These are unpacked (usually a combined effort of driver and one of us here) at the time of delivery and the crates go back on the van. I think there was a time when you could have the contents of the crates in one use carrier bags with a small charge/refund on return system but I think that option stopped and most things are just packed loose now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 12:00 AM

I put a new rubber roof on the car port. Doing it solo with 2 ladders and ropes took some thought without any trauma whatsoever. Now the roof and 2 sides are sealed for winter. Then I put a big happy face crop circle in the yard with a lawn mower and ate fried chicken.
Some days go better than others.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 10:13 PM

I'm sorry to hear about Susan and am sending good thoughts for a complete recovery!!!

Life here seems to be moving at warp speed. We now have a surgery date for Pete and so the countdown begins. We met with the surgeon and both of us are feeling very comfortable with him. Now that I know more about what is going on and the Bethesda staging, my anxiety has just about all dissipated. I'm running at full speed at work so that I will be able to have a week or two off to stay with Pete as he recovers and not lose any billing. They are being very supportive which is helpful.

Today we all went for a ride around the area, stopped for lunch at a quirky fun spot, then stopped at a new antique/crafty store and then onward to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon at Colton Point. It was a chilly but gorgeous fall day. The leaves are beginning to change in some areas but not by much.

As far as decluttering goes....I am running laundry tonight...does that count? I made the bed this morning and wiped down the countertop. It's not much but honestly...these 10 hour work days are leaving me with my butt dragging a bit. Tomorrow is church and then the second to the last soccer game. Is it bad if I am praying for rain? ;) Not really....maybe.....

I am planning a mother daughter day soon and will also meet up with a long time friend that we haven't seen in probably year...so I'm looking forward to that. A beloved quilt shop is having a big sale and I am looking at quilt patterns so I have a reason to pick up a good deal...LOL. I am hoping to have some time to sew while I am home with Pete.

Hope the rest of you are doing well.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 09:11 AM

I found a Facebook note from September 25, posted by Susan's husband Greg, that she has been ill and will be away from Facebook (and the computer, apparently) for a while.

It sounds like she is in a hospital right now and will go to rehab on Oct. 11. From the brief update her friend posted, it sounds like a stroke.

Best wishes, Susan, and hoping you're up and around soon, and online when you're ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 07:02 PM

It's me again, after an efficient afternoon. I got the second of three gel shots in my knee, and on my way home, I took a route through town that had me near a grocery store that sometimes has deeply discounted large bags of ripe bananas. So the bananas lured me in, but then I realized they had a pharmacy and I was able to get my annual flu shot. Right knee, left arm.

This morning I looked around the house at all of the things I have to keep away from the new puppy, much of it that is just here, isn't needed. I suppose I should make my next declutter goal to clear stuff out before I have to throw it out after a puppy mangles it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM

The dog toys were all taken up because it wasn't enough to have toys for everyone, Pepper wanted to hoard all of them and became a monster in the process. When they're out of sight she's her old lovable self and she and the puppy had a terrific rough-and-tumble run around the back yard; the point at which I opened the sliding door Cookie was on top appearing to chew Pepper's head off (with her compliance, of course.) Whew!

Another high of 96o predicted today, but rain is in the forecase tomorrow iwth a high at 89o, then back up for a couple of days before it FINALLY seems to settle into fall-like temperatures. This is one heckuva hard-fought seasonal shift.

This week I started reading a new environmental email newsletter called HEATED (https://heated.world/about?utm_source=menu-dropdown). The topic they discussed this week is those insulated delivery packages Amazon has developed that are totally unrecyclable, though their various components do recycle (when not combined.) It is something I consider - I don't have groceries delivered so I haven't received those, but I've seen people still try to drop them in the village recycle bins. I reuse much of the packaging that comes to the house (as padding in boxes I send out.) It makes for a stack of this stuff I have to thin out every so often. The days of wood shavings (excelsior) and padded paper envelopes seem to be gone. I wonder if you can even buy them any more?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 05:24 PM

I'm going to share this here also, it sounds so good: From Martha Stewart's magazine last year (it appeared on Facebook today).
https://www.marthastewart.com/1524910/turmeric-ginger-chicken-soup

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

1 thinly sliced garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cups Basic Chicken Stock or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth
3 ounces angel-hair pasta, broken in half
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Microgreens and thinly sliced scallions, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, saute garlic, turmeric, and ginger in oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add stock; bring to a simmer. Add pasta; cook 1 minute less than per package instructions. Add chicken; heat through, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with microgreens and scallions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 05:35 PM

Poor Pepper has been so envious of that squeaky Kong Wubba toy of Cookie's that she walks around the kennel trying to figure out how to get it for herself. I figure if the puppy has to spend time in the kennel she should have a toy, which is why I've put it in with her. So today I took Pepper with me to the same feed store and we bought out their supply of extra-large squeaker Kong toys. One is camouflage, another is purple like the first, and one is red. I gave Pepper hers in the car and when she got into the house she grabbed it and squeaked and ran. And I gave one to Zeke, and they they proceeded to run around taking them from each other. I have a spare, but I'm hoping having several around will help. Pepper and Cookie get along well now, so we needed to take the pressure off toy-wise.

I've been exchanging mouse catching stories with a friend who lives in New York City and had a huge problem with them a couple of years ago. His record string of catches is 25 mice. I told him about my three and he wrote this today:

    Speaking of rodents: I decided to clean the cutlery drawer under my butcher block. I took out all the stuff and washed the plastic holder and then reached in to take out anything left behind. Suddenly I was holding mouse corpse in my hand. Well, you would think I had grasped all of the Bubonic Plague. I threw it into the trash and ran to the bathroom and scrubbed my hand as if I were Lady Macbeth. It was So Gross!


I was laughing so hard from this image that the dogs all came running in to see what the noise was about and Cookie jumped up into my lap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 10:52 AM

Two toads and three mice so far; toads released, mice not so fortunate. I should probably put one of these traps in the attic.

A new month in some ways feels like a small new beginning. An infusion of cash to take care of business and hopefully have money left at the end of the month. There are job openings for part-time work, and I'm thinking about it for the holiday season.

The village has been doing some paving work (painting a sealant over the existing asphaltic concrete) so I haven't been able to drive up to the recycle bins. I need to make that trip soon.

This week I'll start the dog training to the Invisible Fence, now that she's getting a sense of this household. She sits until I tell her to eat (though if I don't put her on a leash she'll try to dive into one of the other bowls, so we're not perfect yet) and she's walking calmly. She's wearing the Gentle Leader head collar. I figure one thing at a time gives her little brain time to adjust.

I'm starting my holiday shopping, making practical but interesting choices, and spreading the expense out over the next three months. And I need to push more eBay items out there for people online shopping for the same reason.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 03:22 PM

Dupont:

YEP! Definitely FALL in Southern Ontario. I asked R two weeks ago to close the windows (storms and all) and do something about that fan in the basement- pulling any warm air out of house! (nope!) As I sat here this morning getting colder and colder, something had to be done before the brain froze! I fetched a foam mattress from upstairs - where it should not have been anyway!- put it over the doorway to the addition and turned on some heat in the main house. Went to get groceries, to get warm, and now the house is tolerable. The rads are warm! Sun gain is helping and the distiller in the K. It will be expensive but I cannot expect him to do anything serious until after the presentation.

Yesterday, R kind of took day off; he planted the tiny oak (8 inches!) - moving it from front where it would have no room, to the back which will be just fine. He also did emergency repair on toilet. I planted the juniper. Still have 3 plants to go. Digging holes in clay is no fun!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM

Lucky you, Charmion! And Alice (if she's still reading along) has snow her first week of autumn (in Montana). Here, it's dry and humid at the same time - no rain forecast until maybe 10 days from now.

Two mice went into the drink yesterday, the entire trap fits into a tall water-filled bucket I picked up along the curb years ago and have used around the garden. I think it originally held pool chemicals. This way I can release toads selectively and slowly get rid of rodents. I toss the carcasses across the back fence toward the creek where something will pick them up for a meal.

Editing again today, it's a messy process on a paper they want to publish but it was poorly constructed and sending it back to the graduate student author wouldn't help. It has a second writing credit, but that's mostly just to give the first author a chance to get published - the politics of academic publishing and sponsorship stuff.

My ear needed decluttering this morning; after a couple of sessions of the Debrox ear drops it's better, but not perfect. I don't wash my hair daily any more, so shampoo and soap don't get into the ear to clear it out. But if this is the worst of my health complaints for now I'm okay with it. The knee has improved with the first gel shot, the bone spurs aren't as pronounced this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM

Today, we woke to a chilly house and no appreciable warming in the forecast. I turned on the furnace.

Summer is over in Perth County, Ontario.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Sep 19 - 10:39 AM

I just finished a 10-day stint of pet and house sitting; the off-the-books income is nice, but it does mean I have to reschedule some of my activities around the preferred times for pet feeding. Sunday morning feeding is early enough that the stores I need to visit aren't open yet when I'm making the run (they are now) - dog food is on sale (buy one get one half-price) and a couple of other stops.

I'm still waiting for fall weather to turn up. We're in the 90s for another week or so. Ugg. The yard is crispy. I'll be hand watering the okra and pots of vegetables later this morning.

Yesterday I set up the two new Hav-a-heart traps and it was as I expected - one of them was sprung by a toad. I let that little guy out and reset the trap. This way my toads and lizards won't be offed by deadly traps.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 09:22 PM

Dupont:

The cabbage/carrot soup was a big success with one small hot pepper and some fresh basil - about a gallon! Some in freezer, one container in frig; we do not mind eating the same thing for 3 or 4 days. Dishes washed and plants watered but apple sauce did not happen - the apples are out on deck and it was really raining! But tomorrow as we used up the last tonight. Feeling somewhat recovered; R home at 8 again! Fed and feeling less stressed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 05:00 PM

Charmion, good job on figuring out that con job on the tour! I hope another chorus comes along that lets you jump ship on this if you decide that would be best. It seems like that director is perilously close to a place where a public shaming could happen rather anonymously and let that cat finally out of that bag.

Editing myself this weekend. Rewriting, more like. The main editor and I worked on this yesterday and I have the notes directing the repairs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 02:33 PM

Dupont:

Charmion: Good job it happened sooner... !

Michelle: Just when you think your plate is full, it becomes more so! And not with the good stuff! You have said what you need, so surely you will keep that in mind, in addition to the needs of Pete and Jeremiah. Just remember that you cannot take care of others unless you take care of yourself. Hans Selye referred to this as altruistic self-centredness.

So after a decent day yesterday, this rainy day finds me more than half asleep. 3 hours on the internet to keep from falling asleep - after making us a nice BF and R going off for more of the same. At least he came home early (8) last night and went straight to bed - for 12 hours!

Green tea has not helped get my eyes open. I am thinking nap. Then: dishes, water plants, do some K re-organizing, finish making the soup, maybe make applesauce as the apples await me on the deck. Maybe I do not have enough energy for trips to Mill to pot two days in a row. Pots will be OK for another day or so, I hope. If they get too dry it is extra work. I did cover them with plastic.

R's share of clutter is being ignored until after he does that stress-producing presentation on 4th or 7th or?? I may be deluding myself to think there will be space before the next major stressor. Hope!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 10:21 AM

My book contract has been put off yet again. I am beyond irritated, but this is such an old problem -- civil service administrative constipation -- that my only reaction is a cynical snort. At this rate, I'll get started for Christmas.

This cloud has its silver lining, however; the delay gives me a good excuse to wriggle out of a half-commitment that, on learning more about it, I realize I do not want to accept.

I am now in my third season with a community choir that does Messiah at Christmas and a repertoire of concert masses and other traditional European-style classical choral works. The standard of performance is pretty good and the conductor is excellent. However -- and this is a big however -- the group has a clique problem centred on semi-annual overseas trips to sing at Anglican (Church of England) cathedrals. The conductor and his wife (the choir's perennial soprano soloist) organize these trips and recruit participants from the ranks of our choir and others with which they are involved.

I turned down two invitations to take part last year on grounds of expense, but the book contract gave me enough economic slack to agree to go to Kingston, Jamaica, in January 2020. I had believed that my financial commitment would be limited to air fare, lodging and meals, all at discounted rates, but the cost structure finally revealed to me this week also included a $550 "registration" fee for something described as a "choral course". Hmmm. I picked up the phone and called the woman who sits next to me at rehearsal, who joined at the same time I did and took part last year in a trip to Canterbury.

It seems that what I had understood to be simply a series of performances is actually a not very entertaining tour package organized by the conductor (and wife), and a nice little earner for them; the $550 "registration" fee goes into their pockets. By pitching the trip as a "course" -- I don't know what I would be learning, as the repertoire is well known to me, and learning was never my motivation for going -- they put the charge in a comparatively flattering light. But the fact that I found out about the $550 only after agreeing to go, and after several wheedling conversations with the conductor that resemble grooming more than somewhat, suggests that they know the whole deal has more than a taint of bait-and-switch about it.

In short, I don't have $550 to spend on anything that I feel ambivalent about, especially not on top of air fare, lodging and meals in a tourist destination at high season. And the delay in the book contract gives me a socially unassailable excuse to back out.

Why don't I just tell the conductor what I think? Good question. I won't do that because I want to continue singing in the choir -- the only such group in this area -- and telling the conductor what I think of him in words of one and two syllables would make that impossible. But I have to move him to the "a bit of a sleazeball" category of acquaintance, and in future I will take the long-spoon approach to personal dealings with him (and wife).

Sigh. It's always disappointing to find out that a person in one's life sees others primarily as potential sources of revenue, but it's good to know.

So this week I was decluttered of an illusion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 09:46 AM

I've heard that the hardest part of dealing with thyroid like this is the emotional roller coaster. I hope you're able to work out some ground rules between yourselves that allow for time out if it gets too much one way or the other.

I accidentally stepped in some floor finish at a friend's house and as I walked away from the spot my shoes were sticking to the existing floor before I took my shoes off. I tried to catch the floor guys (I had to go outside and around the house) but they'd left; this is going to be a strange note to write. There is a warning sign at the back door, but the dining room I walked through had no such sign and the doors were wide open. Still, now that I've stumbled into this I'll go back with some blue painter's tape and leave a spot on each of my footprints (you can see them from an angle in the light). It is like the new stuff on my shoes pulled up the shine on the non-refinished floor. Maybe they can polish it away? I'm going to write a "Mea Culpa" note and hope the remedy isn't too much work. Here we were concerned all week that the cat not get into this.

The 10-day weather forecast has us in the mid-nineties through next week, and on days 9 and 10 in the high-80s. It's almost effing October and we're still baking. It's usually nice this time of year, but not this hot.

There's a tree seedling beside the driveway that I want to transplant, but I'll flag it and wait till the first frost before I dig it up to move.

Mostly this weekend is editing, catching up stiff I didn't finish last week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 08:05 AM

Update on Pete: The CT scans indicate no spread of the follicular thyroid cancer however a very small nodule was found in Pete's lungs. The recommendation at this point is just to monitor it. The surgical consultation has been changed for the 4th time and we are hopeful it is the last time as they have an opening for him on Monday.

Two staff people left the agency this week which means the rest of us have to pick up the slack so I have some new clients. New additions to our staff our starting this week but it takes a solid two weeks to get through signing up for various programs/getting clearances to use said websites, required webinars and then of course the actual training. I tell all our new staff that they are newbies for the first 6 to 12 months, there just is so much involved. In any case...despite being told I won't have any more additions for a bit, that just isn't the case. I will do what I can.

Today we get Pete's truck back from the auto shop. We also have a friend who ordered chicks which you have to order with a minimum number of chicks. She does not want all of them and has offered them to us, so we will be picking them up today. There is also a community picnic but I'm not sure Pete is interested in going and I'm currently following his lead.

I am feeling kind of alone despite all the well wishes. It's not that I really am alone but at night, when Pete just isn't his normal self and I am trying my best to be what he needs (or doesn't need), I am struggling. I think I need to give him some more space and I think I need to do some self care for myself as well. With that being said....I'd like to work either in the bedroom on the laundry situation (I'm great about doing laundry but putting it away is another story) or I'd like to spend time in my sewing room organizing or sewing.

Jeremiah is going with the flow and does not seem overly worried. His biggest concern is if he will get to go to soccer practice and games. He also wants to go spend the day at Barnes and Noble....he's quite the reading machine and that makes me most happy!

I'm hanging in there and hope you all are too.

Love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Sep 19 - 05:35 PM

Dupont:

Managed the laundry in spite of a trip to music venue for an hour - plus half an hour getting lost getting there! R was very late home - midnight - so the sheets dried and were back on the bed before we got to it. And a light super ready for the nutcase.

Dragged myself out of bed - R is running on "have to get things done"and E pushing him. Soon he will sleep for a full day or more but not until after the fourth when he has to make a presentation - in French - re the Project. WE both know this is not healthy but it is the only way he knows to operate.

So, I dragged myself out this am, back to the Mill to pot, do some sorting and cleaning up in studio, brought a box of K stuff home, including a blender - for the carrot soup that is in my head for tonight's supper. And maybe a couple more days. With cabbage and tomato, onion, and some finely chopped hot pepper - OH, but it will All go through the blender! A few more pots thrown, and all well wrapped as yesterday's were not ready to trim. I'll see about tomorrow, tomorrow.

Drove 24 extra Km to pick up some more blueberry muffins from the orchard - Arghhh! Only one half dozen available. More tomorrow! And that behind someone going 15 km under the limit on a road where passing was difficult to impossible. The transport breathing down my neck managed to pass both of us! They can see further.

No planting today; plumb wore out! Maybe a nap...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Sep 19 - 11:44 AM

I've gotten very little accomplished this week, but it's my own damn fault. The puppy and a couple of other distractions have stood in the way of concentrating on the editing I need to do, so this weekend will be dedicated to that task.

It is the seventh day of a new dog in the house and the others realize she's here to stay. It was so sweet this morning when the big old lab went (again!) into the kennel to get the tough Kong cloth/ball/squeaker toy and wave it around enough to catch Cookie's eye. She pounced on the toy in Zeke's mouth and he pulled and gently shook then let it go so she could take it from him. This is a dog who can pull a full-grown human over in a game of tug-o-war. And when I'm not in the picture Pepper lets Cookie jump all over her.

The adoption packed from the shelter included a sheet with a gift package offer from one of the local pet stores, so I'll see what I need to take along and go pickup whatever is free or incredibly cheap. I think a bag of food, a couple of toys, whatever. They won't go to waste.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Sep 19 - 06:41 PM

Dupont:

OK: drove two hours, potted two hours, threw 6-7small pots while chatting with a visitor. Did not go great but OK and at the end of the day, I feel much better for having gotten something done, some clay prep also. Visitor would like to learn so I told her I would spend time showing her how, then she can practice as much as she wants - she has a key to building. Had another visitor who took up time, so what with all of that, I can be happy I accomplished as much as I did. With any luck, I can do it again tomorrow.

A little shopping on way home - more plants: some small indoor succulents are now nicely potted and a campanula is in the ground and one other that was needing. Still a few to go. But it is sure getting dark earlier!

Had supper and now remember I was going to do laundry. Guess I will go do that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Sep 19 - 09:38 AM

Dupont:

I believe I have recovered sufficiently from getting here to do the return trip - just. (Sat to Thurs) Four day recovery - not too bad. Part of me wants to GO! Another part sees the stress of R might need alleviation - good meals and supportive attitude. ...

Only managed to plant one more - we had rain! About 6 to go but the weather is holding. Realized yesterday that it might be an idea to plant those daffies in the flower beds - and get them in the ground where I can, rather than wish I could clear another area! I have a small "hole-maker" and put that on my to-do list.

Feeling the need to pot so am going to try going down to the mill - an hour drive - and hope I still have the energy/inclination when I get there. Raining lightly.

Not much done here but bare essentials - dishes up to date and laundry coming due. Some re-potting - geraniums; some starting to bloom. My conserving nature may end up with some to spare and spirder plants to spare as well; they are so easy to increase!

Yes, better get gooing lest I sit on computer all day then feel lousy at having done only that for another day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Sep 19 - 10:09 PM

Sept. 25 and the thermometer hit 100 again today. I'm so tired of this, I'm just staying indoors until it rains.

Cookie visited Dr. Bob at his veterinary clinic, and he's always glad to see a new rescue come through the door. He's seen all of my dogs for the last 15 years and all of my cats before that. Turns out Cookie has her adult teeth and is about seven months old. That said, the growth projections are reduced - she'll probably end up about 40 pounds when she's full grown, pretty close to Pepper's size. I'll start training her to the Invisible Fence as soon as I get the holes drilled in a collar to mount the electronic unit, and I picked up a bundle of wire flags at Home Depot to put around the radio signal boundary at the edge of the yard.

I visit the knee and hip center tomorrow and finally get the first of three weekly gel shots. This is overdue, and will be a big help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 19 - 11:21 PM

Checking things off of the longer-than-usual list of things to do this month in my bullet journal. Muggier than usual this last couple of days and still warm, so I'm really really ready for those fall colors some of you have noted on your facebook pages. Dishwasher is running, and I have run the washer and dryer, but never got things put away so have pulled fresh underwear out of the laundry basket on the seat next to the bed. I'm waiting for that burst of energy that comes once it cools off here and a lot of this will be finished.

I haven't done much with my blog for a while, but I'm thinking it's time to revive it. I have an essay in mind. I've made a note so I don't forget it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 19 - 04:33 PM

The tree-thinning impulse is running through the neighborhood, though in our yards it is a very modest attempt at reducing shade or protecting structures. My next door neighbor took out a crape myrtle today because he has a lovely weeping yaupon near the house that was being shaded out. I knew one or the other of those would eventually have to go, and I was rooting for the yaupon to stay (since I planted it for the neighbor who was living there before.) Elsewhere, there are the two parts to that property across the road from me, with a creek down the middle. Last month they destroyed the understory of the property on my side of the creek. Now the other side of that wild property is being scalped and left as trees on bare soil. It looks larger when you can see through without brush, but the wildlife! The habitat! What a waste for no good reason.

I knew a new dog would be work, but a new puppy is exponential on the work. We're seeing the glimmerings of her personality shining through the general puppy antics, but right now she is 22 pounds of toothy toothsomeness. When she first arrived, and through yesterday, it was the two big dogs and Cookie. They were aware of and treating her as a visitor. But this morning I've noticed that they're much more a unit and she is much more in unison with the big dogs. She also has picked up on Pepper's affectionate/not-exactly-submissive habit of giving Zeke lots of kisses on his face. Cookie does that to both Zeke and Pepper. I'll borrow an old term from Susan - Cookie has discovered "Dog World" out in the garage, the stall with dog houses and bedding (one of them was still full of a big comforter because sometimes Poppy would hang out there.) This was from the days when dogs lived outside all of the time unless they were indoors in the garage.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Sep 19 - 03:07 PM

Dupont:

That Brugmansia is not a Datura and it is fine, at the moment, on the front porch of the second entry - a mini deck with rail all the way around. (The one I went out on last spring and the door closed and locked and I had to get a neighbor to come in and let me out.)It dropped a lot of flowers while I was away and gobbled up most of a bucket of water! So, lots of dead flowers to pick up - good bending over exercise. I think they, like the hibiscus in our BR, only last a day. The H needs lots of feeding before it will have many flowers; it was in sorry shape when I got it for $5! Having listened to the entire 58 min youtube and looked at a couple more, I feel prepared to deal with the beast - about 4 feet high and five wide.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Sep 19 - 01:51 PM

Dupont:

Long time gone! Was at Beaver, back Saturday, catching up! No signal and no inclination while there.Wore myself out with a horrendous trip - truckers were bumper to bumper in two of three lanes, most of trip. Very unusual - maybe worst trip on 401 for me ever. No more Monday trips! I hope it was because it was Monday.

All well at Beaver and I got up Tuesday am and started a day of moving firewood and resting. Did well until 4 pm when the body said quit. It seems I used up the weeks energy as very little wood was moved and not much else done but it was a lovely week and I left on Sat with things fairly in order, including a tarp over the wood that still needs to be moved. Doubt there will be snow in the next few weeks, though November has seen it in the past. I hope to get back in a week or so and continue to store wood and enjoy the country and friends. Maybe even find enough energy to pot. Almost did this time and did do a bit of organizing in studio. A lot of weeding and a handful of blueberries left for me by birds!

No rain all week and came back to do some watering! One of my new plants was quite limp and I dumped a half bucket on it before running out of energy. A hose connection on front of house would be helpful but not likely to happen. Happily, it rained last night enough to perk things up.

Although I had fair success making muffins, I stopped at fav bakery - The Hidden Goldmine, in Madoc - for a pre-ordered dozen muffins and half dozen scones. (I was much less successful making scones!) So, what we have not already eaten is safely stowed in freezer. They freeze and warm beautifully. And I saved the bags for next trip, in that spot where I put "things to go to Beaver".

Trip back was just fine. I off-loaded and, eventually R came home - very tired - and we had planned overs for supper. And a scone for him!

Late morning and light bf on Sunday and off to country for R to photograph an antique machine and then meet with the architect of the Project. I now realize this is a long term Project! Serendipitously,he phoned as we reached the driveway of the country home. By the time we got into the house and met wife, daughter, her husband and son, it was proclaimed that we were staying for late lunch that was already in the making. Wonderful meal! Karina used the term, "in my country" a couple times. I asked; she is Armenian from Russia and the meal was unique, simple, eminently eatable, and I shall have to replicate a couple of the dishes. R remembers what was in them. Clearly, they were not expecting us but the country home is well equipped and they dipped into the freezer for meat. The rest must have been ready. The daughter, Marena, and I found much in common and were oblivious to the rest. R and V were talking business. The 8 year old was somewhere and his dad was doing yard work. All in their lovely Kitchen/sunroom on a lovely day. A most pleasant afternoon. I went to bed about 7:30!

So, the lovely rain spritzes sporadically. R has gone to work and I have been catching up on computer. Looked into de-humidifiers and found what I think we need - one available on kijiji, in Ottawa; will keep looking for one closer. Shocked that SRS has adopted yet another dog! WOW!! We are happy with our stuffy; a live dog would be overload. Understand the need we have to hold on to long term fav clothing. I even have a few left from before I was born. We let go of things when we are ready.

Now to go to library


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Sep 19 - 10:35 AM

Having seen this pup's profile a few times when she slowed down enough, I think she's as much or more boxer than pit. The lower jaw has an underbite that pit's don't usually have.

So - when you adopt an older dog (like Pepper, who was ~ 3) and you leave them in the bathroom overnight they drink water and sleep. Puppies tear up the paper off of the holder and spill their water on all of it.*

We went for our first walk this morning, around the block. We had to turn around on the first block and go the other direction because there were two small dogs out loose. I met a neighbor out walking her two larger dogs (labs) and warned her, but those two came barreling around the corner and caused a bit of a tangle. With my own three I had to keep going the other way, I couldn't help. The pup has a collar but I walk these guys with the Gentle Leader head collar. We compromised this trip - she wore the head collar but I clipped the leash to her regular collar. She has to get used to this thing on her face. It took a couple of blocks before she settled down a bit and I'm hoping she learns from the other dogs that the walk is meant to travel and spend time together, not jump all over me and grab her own leash. :) We haven't been at this for 24 hours yet, so there is lots of time to work this out.

Adopting this younger dog now is strategic. There is no such thing as a free dog, the no-adoption-fee program over the weekend just gives you a little financial head start on the lifetime expense of owning dogs. Zeke is a 70-pound Chocolate Lab who will be 13 in November. They can live to 15, and we want to have him as long as we can, healthy and happy. I think eventually I'll be back to two dogs and will keep it that way when the day comes. These two girls will be in the 40-50 pound range.

*Note to self - childproof all of the cupboards.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 08:52 PM

The grown dog I went in search of seemed to have been adopted, and the other grown dogs had coats that would shed (I've got enough of that already) so I ended up with a very persuasive 4 month old pitbull pup. She was a green dot dog - that meant she was so good with other dogs that she got to go outside with a playgroup in the kennel yards. They have red dot dogs - people aggressive - that I've always thought they should simply put down. Not everyone is Cesar Millan, even if they think they are, and those dogs can mean trouble. The orange dot dogs means they don't do well with other dogs. The green dot is a sign to look for.

As soon as we got home she got a bath, then the others did. She met the neighbors, and I think my daughter has named her because her brother says he agrees that the name she suggested, "Biscuit," is pretty good. I told them I was aiming at a food name (after Cinnamon, Poppy [seed], and Pepper. I didn't name Zeke.)

I set up the kennel I'd bought to use for Poppy (but Poppy died before I tried it) - this pup backs up a couple of steps and jumps right out, so it'll be nights in the bathroom and my absences in the bathroom until I get her set with the Invisible Fence collar.

She's pretty needy right now, wanting to jump in my lap. Everyone will relax after a couple of days and the novelty wears off. She learned the dog door very quickly and I have a leash dragging behind her. I need to trim her sharp little nails, we'll see how that goes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 02:42 PM

Good luck with the dog.

Back at home, mum is wanting another cat. I’m not sure I see the sanity with ages (parent’s in their 80s), general infirmaries and me “unreliable” but of course, after saying that before, we did take on (sadly killed by a car accident) Furball the stray last year and would agree with her thoughts along the lines of the house being kind of empty and a pet sometimes providing some needed alternative focus or company. We’ll have to see there but an older rescue beast has been discussed again a few times lately…


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 11:01 AM

Well, since we're discussing health, you can mark me down as crazy today: I'm going to go over to the city animal shelter and look at the dogs (which means I will come home with a dog). There is a rather unattractive older Lab/Chesepeake lady who has been there for a couple of months who I think would be a good fit with our middle-aged and older pack; if she's gone, more power to her, and I have printouts for several other dogs over there. Most of them are the pitbull mixes, and those are lovely dogs who get a bad rap. There are so many, I think the spay-neuter news hasn't reached the community of home dog breeders. Most of these dogs are females about three years old and all appear to have had at least one littler of dogs. Those former owners discard the mother once they've got some money from selling her pups. #Heartbreaking

Okay, Charmion, what about the pig? And Jon, good luck getting the physicians to work with you now rather than waiting, which isn't a good thing at this point in time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 10:36 AM

Oh, Jon Freeman. Best of British and every other kind of luck to you, and for the love of God do your best to hurry those medical people along. You're correct; you have zero choice if you wish to remain on this side of the grass, let alone functional.

Michelle, that losing a wheel thing with Pete's truck is one of the nightmare scenarios of modern road travel, and I'm so glad it ended with no injuries. Pete must have great self-control and top-notch driving skills; kudos to him.

Today, I am dealing with a dose of gut misery, a mild flare-up of diverticulosis. It's not frequent, but it happens often enough to be a factor in household routines such as travel. When my insides are in a state of rebellion, I have to stay out of restaurants and avoid fibrous foods until relative calm is restored. Boring, but there it is; all part of living this long. On the one hand, you acquire wisdom and a wide repertoire of genuinely funny jokes; on the other, you pay with gut misery, or arthritis, or both!

Did I ever tell you the one about the pig with the wooden leg?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 09:09 AM

I may well regret this post but as others are talking health...

I’ve had a sore on my back for years which has turned quite troublesome in more recent times. I finally decided to see a consultant earlier this year. What we know from history, biopsy, CT and MRI scans is that it’s a very slow growing (and apparently “not usually troublesome”) cancer that has remained purely in the skin. I gather the next step is to talk to the plastic surgery team about cutting out and a skin graft (it’s far too big for a LA surgery job at the local hospital).

As someone who hates/fears most things medical, I don’t want to do this but, if they can do it, I don’t see there is much choice if I'm to be of use to anyone. At the moment, I’m avoiding tasks like changing the under sink water filter because of bending down and, lack of sleep (up to 4 nights in a row) has been a problem – at times turning me into little more than a zombie. The Oromorph (morphine sulphate solution) they’ve given me does help a bit with the sleeping but is not guaranteed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 01:14 AM

You're doing a great job keeping all of those irons from the fire juggled, Michelle. I wish we didn't all live so far away at times like this. Hug hugs to all of you and a special scratch under the chin for Ms Mabel - she'll get over it.

Use the weekend well, but take care of yourself while you're taking care of everyone else.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 11:00 PM

Hi All,

   Leonard is growing like crazy and is feeling better as witnessed by his playful antics. He gets along with all our other 4 legged babies although my Miss Mabel, previously the baby of the house, has her nose out of joint. She continues to growl at Leonard who just looks at her.

    I am having some kind of reaction to the little puncture points from his claws. I am so very itchy even with Cortizone 10 ointment on. I'm thinking I'll take some Benedryl before bed.

    We are working very hard to keep Jeremiah's schedule rolling as normal but there have been some bumps in the road. Pete had 2 medical appointments this week, one of which was a CT scan of his throat and chest....looking to pinpoint more information about the cancer and hopefully a lack of spread to the lungs. When we met with the oncologist last week, he asked about all the symptoms Pete was having...one of which is a small cough. However, it is ragweed season and we are surrounded by it where we live...we are thinking the cough is allergy related but they wanted to be sure which I know is a good thing.....nerve wracking as we wait for results, but good. We will know more next Thursday and then a surgical consultation the following week if they don't change the appointment again.

    Another appointment for him determined that he needs surgery on his wrist but that is on the back burner for now.

    Today I got a call from Pete while I was at work saying that the back tire of his truck fell off while he was driving (almost to Ithaca). If you are on FB, you can see the photos. Thankfully he was able to get the truck off the road and no one was hurt.

    We are both spending our days off working around the house and trying to get as much in order as we possibly can. I think being busy is useful to both of us in regards to managing stress. He is busy cutting wood for the winter even though we discussed buying a couple of cords of wood that has already been cut and split. This weekend is to bring summer temperatures and he will continue to work outside while I work inside. I have been doing extra laundry every day and keeping the dishes caught up. Jeremiah tends to the floors and feeds/waters the inside critters. He helps with other things as asked and I think he understands our flurry of activity. Pete is sleeping much more often these days and I am sure it is related to his thyroid. I let him sleep even though he grumbles about sleeping so much....he clearly needs it.

    I am thankful for a job that has such flexibility and for a supervisor who is over the top supportive. She wants me to keep her up to date regarding Pete and continues to ask me what I need. I have no idea what I need. I did ask her to hold off on assigning more clients to me. I currently have the highest caseload on staff but I am distracted and won't be able to handle any more for a few weeks. She was great about it.

    I suppose that is way more than anyone wants to know but that's my life at the moment. There is more but it borders on being ridiculous.....things are going wrong all around me and I'm trying to manage and put out as many fires as I can.....trouble is, most of the swirling activity about me is out of my control...I can't do anything but pray which I am doing tons of.

   Here's to looking forward to a nice uneventful weekend at home.

I hope all is well with you fine folks.

Love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 10:18 PM

But Mary, I love it when I periodically come across the sweater or robe as I'm doing something else in the closet. It's like a hug from the past.

I bought pickets and cross-members for the next section of fence this evening and this weekend I'll apply wood preservative to the cedar pickets and will soon be able to take down the old section and put this up. And while I was looking at some of the materials on the website I work on, I noticed a landscaping tip about using a type of black paint on a roller and it is applied to the wire of a cyclone/chain link fence and makes it basically disappear. I'm looking at putting up some chain link along with the new fence panel and I'll plan to do that also.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 08:26 PM

next decision before tomorrow when bags of clothes might go...ugly beige twin set. but it is a twin set..i never had one before. but it is a very ugly color and i have one really pretty newish red one and new cream and navy ones. lands end has them on sale all the time. OK. I will wear the red one if I even have occasion to wear one until it wears out and keep the others for the anchorwoman job. I will go right now and put the beige does not spark joy ones in the donation bags.

best to not keep sentimental items or wrong size items in closet. can be put into storage elsewhere. i love vacuum bags. going to vacuum bags right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 05:49 PM

I'll third your and Mary's sentiments, Charmion. There are garments in the closet that are there some because I made them and they were a lot of work, others because they would still be great to wear if I lose 25 pounds. I have a cute kimono from when I was a child, and later I had an adult one (that I wore out) with the same print. And I have a knitted sweater my mother made for me when I was in the sixth grade. Some of those things you just can't discard.

A long span of cat-sitting appointments are starting this evening. It's a modest amount of pocket change and it makes me get out, and because I don't like to make trips for just one task I usually pace myself and add in shopping or a visit or something to get more bang for the driving buck. Tonight I need to run by a Big Box hardware store on my way back.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 09:30 AM

Hi, Stilly — The book project has been postponed for at least a month, giving rise to a big, fat, potential cash-flow problem. I am irked beyond belief, but not at the publisher; this delay arises from the famously constipated HR processes of our federal government. This manuscript is cursed; the author must have kicked a black cat at some point in his life. Or maybe it’s just the Afghanistan effect.

Rodney the HVAC guy has acknowledged receipt of my assent to his cost proposal, but we have no start date. So yes, I could find myself toiling away on the book while large men make new holes in the foundation right under the study window. If so, it won’t be the first time; I once copy-edited the entire Annual Report to Parliament of the Department of National Defence at a desk separated by a beaverboard wall from a server room under vigorous renovation.

Further to Mary’s comments about once-in-a-lifetime garments: I feel that pain. Like many people with poverty in their past, I have great difficulty letting go of clothes that symbolize (to me) status and wealth, even though I know it is highly unlikely that I will ever wear them again. So I still have a mid-90s interview suit in the closet, and yes, it both burdens and embarrasses me but I can’t dispose of it. Yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 12:03 AM

or i paid perfectly good money for it. it is not worth what we paid for it. it is worth what it would go for at a garage sale, which is probably not even ten cents on the dollar.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 12:02 AM

i passed on a beautiful pendleton wool blazer and matching silk blouse. i kept thinking i would have to interview for an anchorwoman job or something but honestly..not going to happen. someone was going to meet me and pick them up plus a couple of more things just in case..but she cancelled so i am just going to give them to someone who collects clothes for homeless...not sure this is what they need but i also included sweatshirts and cords etc...they can always donate elsewhere. this is a REALLY NICE BLAZER. a once in a lifetime blazer. i have poverty consciousness so i am after things that i subconsciously think i will never be able to replace, although i probably could go to a nice goodwill and replace for $5. i think it is very important to know why we are prone to cluttering..mine is oh i think the civil war will come back and i will need to tear these old sheets into bandages. others like pretty shiny things, status things, sentimental family items etc. if we know why we can help move things on to someone who needs them more.


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

Dorothy, did you get the datura/jimson weed? I shudder to ask, but have you had snow yet?

Michelle, how is Leonard, and how is your routine shaping up now that school is back in session?

Susan, are you back in the pool at the Y?

Charmion, will you be working on your book at home with AC work going on outside? How long will the prescribed work take?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM

More computer cleanup and identifying the contents of various external hard drives that have accumulated around here. The air quality was orange or red ozone for several days so I stayed inside to continue this kind of work; today is better air but it's still in the mid-90s and I'm just completely tired of trying to do anything in the heat. Rain is expected tomorrow thanks to a tropical depression named Imelda, and after that I think regular weekly yard work can resume.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Sep 19 - 10:56 AM

Those lists can suck the cash out of the bank account for years to come, can't they?

The aforementioned poster is now on the wall, though I first brought in a paintbrush to touch up the paint because that "orange peel" texture is difficult to paint and all sorts of tiny white dots were still showing through. And I touched up a few places where I nicked the paint while moving furniture. I think this is a placeholder and I'll put up something else large here (probably a framed piece of colorful fabric, like I have in the den). The stool, hammer, picture hooks and small brads are still in here so I'll put up a few more things today (including my MA diploma - what a lot of work that was and it is an attractive piece.) There is a fair amount of kid art that I put up also, things that still speak to me all of these years later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Sep 19 - 10:24 AM

Roger is a great name for a cat, especially a sex-crazed tom or a bird-fancier who spends his waking hours chittering at visitors to the back fence.

I, too, would like to know how Leonard is faring.

Rodney the HVAC guy came to estimate our air-conditioning needs yesterday and ended up with a laundry list of upgrades and maintenance issues that should keep us broke till Christmas. I would like a whole-house humidifier mounted on the furnace, but the furnace and the cellar drain are separated by twenty feet of finished basement, and what would we do if the humidifier malfunctioned and its water supply ended up on the floor? I pointed out that a daily check of the humidifier would be less of a nuisance than cracking skin and nosebleeds in February, and got a shrug and "If you say so" in reply. The water heater -- the tankless kind that is supposed to save money and provide instant hot water and doesn't do either -- needs descaling to protect its fragile flow sensors from the liquid limestone we call water in these parts. Alas, I did not know (although I should have guessed), but now I do. Another item on the lengthening menu of tasks essential to a comfortable life in this house and this climate. As for the furnace itself, I earned a brownie point for my obsessive care of its air-filtration requirements and barely restrained an urge to preen with pride. But it needs cleaning each year before the beginning of the heating season ... ? Yep, add that to the quote.

My new book contract should start next week. Good thing, as Rodney's recommendations will probably eat about half of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 19 - 01:33 PM

We still have ozone action weather going on here, but later in the week rain is in the forecast and that goes a long way to clear out the hydrocarbons baking in our atmosphere.

My weekend accomplishment was to not reclutter the counter and table that were cleared mid-week last week to have guests over for dinner. Laundry is in, dishwasher is loaded (vinegar added to each wash has my glasses back looking good again, and works over time to clear them more each wash.)

I have more eBay items listed and will keep going. The PayPal account seems to be giving false reports of attempts to log on, so I've changed the password, added questions, etc. eBay now requires more steps to take payments or add payments to PayPal so keeping it up to date is necessary. I once had an old PayPal email listed in an eBay auction and it was a royal pain in the ass to get that straightened out.

Freelance work is coming up again, editing this time. The new semester has started so everyone is in place to work on this academic journal.

I found a framed piece of art (poster) that used to lean against my office shelves at work that I brought home with me because I feared it would simply be surplussed. It goes well against the new paint here, so will probably be put up later today. It was tucked out of harm's way in the sunroom during the reconstruction of the office. It's time to finish moving around and organizing in there.

Michelle, how is Leonard feeling this week? I just love that name. (I have a new house/cat sitting client now, and her cat's name is Roger. Also a nice name for a cat.)

Susan, are you rested up from the trip and back to activities as usual?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 04:47 PM

On routes, SRS, I really don’t know that many roads round here but having been driven to/fro the city hospital a couple of times I lately became aware of an interesting one.

The “natural” routes from here would head south right into the city (with me north of the county) with some minor variations from there.

These, looking from that way, will turn west some way before the city, cut across various roads cross country and, wind up for the last little bit on a dual carriageway approaching the hospital from the south!.

I’m not sure it’s any quicker (although regular drivers do tend to know their routes and day time city traffic can, I think, be unpredictable as well as "stop/start" at lights) but it certainly is more scenic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM

Sacred datura is an American desert plant, also called Jimson Weed - it's a hallucinogenic and the seeds and plant material can be toxic to animals. It's used as part of the Native American Church ceremony array. I think Cinnamon munched a little seedling one time and was a bit loopy that afternoon; after that I made a point of pulling any more I saw and I never put the plant parts or seeds from the plant in the front yard into the compost in back, I bag it and send it to the trash. Last year I had some small mourning or white winged doves gorging themselves on the seeds and I think they were blasted out of their little pigeon minds.

If you're concerned about having toxic plants in the house, best not to get this one, however, the flowers are pollinated at night by moths or bats so if it's in the house it won't get pollinated (one hopes!) so maybe there will be no seeds? The seed pods are really sharp, sometimes I've seen them referred to as "thorn apples."

On the heels of Dorothy's driving adventures, I can report that I found a new interesting way to get over to the museum district where my daughter works. I previously always took the North/South freeway north to downtown then go the over the big ramp onto I-30, the East/West freeway, and exit near the museum. There are several merge and weave lanes that require timing and attention. Yesterday I headed west on I-20 to a nearby boulevard and from there went onto the toll road that drops you off just a few blocks from the museum; it's about 90 cents each way and is money well-spent. They've made a point of putting up landscaping and sculptural landmarks along the way so it's a pleasant drive.

Yesterday I picked up and re-keyed a new Schlag doorknob and replaced it this morning. And there will be a squirt bottle of water next to the door if I need to discourage Ms. Pepper from jumping on the door as I leave!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM

Dupont:
OOPS! Research needs to come first! Datura is not the same as Brugmansia, which is what I have bought. The parts can be lethal if ingested but not if touched. So, after I finish watching the comprehensive youtube from Richters Herb Farm, I will be prepared to receive and care for this spectacular plant....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 10:43 AM

Dupont:

Enjoyed reading to catch up while having a quick BF before getting on to planting ???? before leaving for Beaver. How many shall I manage today - focus on the ones going into diggable spots! Oh! forgot to mention I stopped by the nursery again on Friday and .... I am an addictive personality! But I got 3 planted then and hope for another 3 or 4 today, then gone!

R went up to the Laurentians yesterday - gave a ride to a friend and stayed over. Doubt he will be back before I leave - BIG doubt!! However, I am leaving him with the job of picking up a huge Datura which would not fit in my car but will fit in the second floor south hallway niche... if he can get it there. I am having serious second thoughts since a friend told me the seeds are deadly for animals and she was not sure about the sap. I will check next. No point in dragging it home if it is going to be a hazard - I will forfeit the $25 if so.

Your animal tales are wonderful, as are most animals. They DO remember every kindness or ill treatment - forever! They are ever so much more than most humans realize - empathetic, also.

Wood: too bad it did not get picked up by those who need it to stay warm.It would be good if the dump would have a way to offer it to needful folks. Bancroft has a wood-share program, picking up unneeded wood, splitting and, even, delivering. All volunteers. As for Charmion's trees: I had a couple removed on Whidbey that were threatening the house ---OUCH! $$$$ I tried to find someone who needed them but the removal was too hazardous.

My attempt to go folk dancing was - driving to the city, detours (an extra 30 minutes because there was an event in a park!), construction, too late for the best part by the time I was close, and no place to park anyway - and driving home again too worn out to care anymore. It was an excursion of over 3 hours to go about 35 km each way - not including detours. I was just glad to get home! Another detour coming home had me realizing why our visitors the other week got home so late - wondered that they found their way at all! Montreal is no place for the intrepid driver.

A learning experience: look at a way to get there by parking somewhere and taking one bus. Going by several buses would be too much to deal with. This is the downside of living off Island (of Montreal). I was about 4 blocks from a friend where I might have been able to park but by that time it was past their - very early - bedtime.

Hoping for some good news re Pete or, at least, not too bad news.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 07:59 AM

Yes, Charmion, I think it depends on age and experience. A kitten that’s had some nice handling before being dumped will probably be easy. The other extreme is probably the cat that has grown through to adulthood without experiencing human kindness. They can develop strong fears of us and (like PussPuss who used to come here for food) may never become “pettable”.

Of the 6 (I think) we did take in here. Experiences varied from one kitten who instantly decided we were HER new home and providers to a month or so before the “new home” choice has been established.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 07:53 AM

Stilly and Charmion,

I love your stories!!!!! <3   

This morning Leonard is perky, his eyes are full of light and he is more active. He's eating and drinking well, used the litter box and is interested in some exploring. We currently have him in a large wire kennel as the vet suggested keeping him separate from the other animals until he is well. Leonard comes out to play and snuggle but we aren't allowing much exploration right now. He is the cutest little thing!!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 07:38 AM

Congratulations on little Leonard, Michelle. I’m impressed with Pete’s roadside spotting skills.

Every cat I’ve ever had came to me through some kind of happy accident that was preceded by tragedy and trial for the cat. For a couple, their landing on my doorstep came almost too late; their bodies and personalities were permanently harmed by their time on the street. But Leonard is so young that he should adapt well.

A terrible old tomcat called Bill lived with us for 13 years. He was on the street for months, all through an Ottawa winter, and turned up at our door filthy, wounded, starving and sick. Himself opened the door ... and he was our cat.

After the emergency vet visit and the antibiotic injection and the flea bath — mob-handed, and a jolly good thing Himself was wearing a cowhide motorcycle jacket — we brought Bill into the kitchen to meet the old lady cats and start learning the lay of the land. He took one look around and made a bee-line for the litter box, where he delivered a resounding shit with what had to be a sigh of relief. Then he had a thorough wash. Finally, he took another survey of the room, noted Himself in the comfy chair, and leapt into his lap, where he stayed for several hours purring like a lawn mower the whole time.

We never had any doubt that Bill had been a housecat with a proper home from which he had been somehow separated. As he was a full-grown tom who had not been neutered, I suspect that he had been dumped by people too stingy too spend fifty bucks at the vet. Like most free cats, he cost us bundles of dough over the years, but that lawn-mower purr was worth every nickel.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 11:26 PM

Animals that are rescued in this way and dropped into a warm and loving household are often the best pets. I don't know that they remember the rescue, or weigh the pros and cons of living in different places, but it seems like that moment of meeting, when you both decide to adopt each other, the magic happens.

I know that was the case with my pitbull Cinnamon; she had (I learned later) been chased off for weeks by various neighbors up the street because of her breed. She lived in the prairie and probably off of trash, and was at one point hit a glancing blow by a car. When she limped up my driveway I walked out and called her over. I patted her head, she licked my hand, and it wasn't until later I realized that was our contract.

Leonard will be the cat in your house with the great origin story, and when he gets big and fat and sassy, you'll always know how close he was to having none of this, and how lucky you are with that roadside rescue.

Congratulations to all of you!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 03:28 PM

First appointment with oncology for Pete happened this week. Jeremiah is sick. Testing for my mom took place (and all results are GREAT) and my MIL is in the hospital. It's been a week of trying to take care of everyone and still getting my hours in at work.

Other than the basic chores...laundry, dishes, floors, cooking and groceries....nothing else was taken care of. I am spending this weekend focusing on the downstairs as I know people will be stopping by.

We added a new member to our family yesterday...a little orange tabby kitten that someone dropped off on the side of the road. Pete spotted him while waiting to pick up Jeremiah from the bus. His eyes were gunky and he has a little cough....he is so very thin and it took a few hours for the pads of his feet to warm up. We took him to the vet right away and have antibiotics and dewormer on board. He was very snuggly and full of purrs last night. Today he is still snuggly and a little bit more active. He's eating and drinking....we're hoping he makes it...he's a real cutie pie. We've named him Leonard. <3

Hope all is well for everyone.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 11:05 PM

Both trees were picked up midday by a solitary man driving a large truck; he parked and stabilized it then climbed into the controller seat and worked with a half-dozen levers to move the arm and scoop up the otherwise too-heavy chunks of wood and thumped them down into the truck. I spoke with him for a couple of minutes when I stepped down to roll a couple of pieces into position for the last scoop - then he used that big scoop to daintily pick up the last of the branch litter and headed on up the street.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 12:44 PM

In Stratford, Stilly, a load like your felled pine would go to a special part of the town landfill that is strictly for garden waste, and the dumper would not have to pay for the privilege. But the town takes no part in moving such loads to the dump, which is a real problem if one does not own a pick-up truck or a suitable trailer. Consequently, hauling away the carcass is an important part of the contract when doing business with an arborist around here.

I have done nothing about the dying birch that looms over our neighbour's house, and of course I now realize that it has friends -- two cedars and a pine -- that are just as moribund and even more likely to land on Judith's roof. Another call to Tim's Tree Service is in order, but this job will be far more expensive than his last visit because he will have to bring his hoist and a crew. After the air-conditioner ... !


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 11:35 AM

I'm continuing to protect that injured digit with a bandaid, the slice was deep enough that it needs a little time to heal, but not a stitch.

My Dropbox account has added up to a jumble of files over time, so I've spent time clearing out and organizing this morning. Some things were in there so I could reach them from work when I was working away from home, but are no longer called for, and others are out-of-date. The lion's share of the account is involved with uploaded phone photos (a backup) but I have a couple of accounts that do that and really should eliminate one or the other.

My neighbor is home from her cruise and we spent time last night moving the branches from the second tree over to the curb at the edge of our adjacent properties. The stack of pine at the curb on the other corner of my yard was large enough that on Saturday we knew we couldn't put both trees in one place (too much stuff for them to be willing to pick up). It was stacked near the garage and was going to be put it out for gradually each week, but the neighbor suggested putting it on her yard so they pick it up now. Nice!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM

"Jon Freeman, your sharp knife is your safe knife, as I'm sure you know. My grandmother used to scare me blue with her horrible kitchen knife, which skittered sideways over anything that presented more resistance than a summer squash."

On knives wandering and drifting a bit off topic here and probably mentioned in relation to other topics including musical ones on instrument playing is that I’m a sort of adapted left hander.

I eat (and try to play fretted stringed instruments) right handed but preparing food and slicing bread are left handed tasks. That said, I really struggled with and scrapped a left handed serrated knife I got thinking it might help me cut better. It seems that over many years, I developed a way of resisting the bias that some tools have for right handers and I was all over the place with the left handed special.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 08:18 PM

Dupont:

Never made it to leave for Beaver. Maybe Monday. R notes a need for some time alone. And I am getting desperate for time at Beaver. The wood needs stacking and I need to see friends. Hope to stay a couple weeks. Get things ready for cold weather - set up heaters in Bath and Studio. Pay Dan. Batten down the hatches.

Getting things in order here so there will be no food to spoil as R will forget to eat it. He may spend a couple nights on the couch at the office ... It seems too much for him to have someone at home cooking a meal and expecting him home... Seems glad to have me back after a break.

So laundry is in order and house could use a bit of organizing but that is up to R and a helper. I planted two more plants today still some left for tomorrow. Then I will feel comfortable leaving him to ... whatever.

Last batch of muffins were whole wheat - R prefers not, so bought unbleached flour and will make him a batch and freeze some, lest he forgets to eat...

International Folk Dance party on Sat, rest on Sunday, or leave depending whether or not we want to do something together.

in the cutlery dept: I bought a beautiful set at a yard sale and we do not like the heft of it so it will go to a thrift shop. Nice set at Beaver that I will bring here. Mostly we have odds and sods, some of which could leave when I collect more --- bet there is still a bunch at the mill! Next time I get there. I bring some things each trip but only what I believe I can home. So far, so good!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 07:56 PM

She and Greg snuck cargo into the van! :-(

Brandon comes tmrw 1pm to unload the van. Until then, we sleep!


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

Jon, my new stainless steel set is Dansk and it's even more substantial than I expected. Definitely not flimsy, as I feared when ordering online based upon reviews but not actually getting my hands on a set first.

I have a set of Cutco that seems to stay sharp forever (one of their bragging points - you can send it in for sharpening if it needs it.) I bought that in college when I considered the possibility of sales as a way to pay my way through school, and quickly realized it was a dodgy process. In today's world of celebrity chefs, there is probably a workable angle one could use.

I may go ahead and pull the silver (plate) out for holidays, depending on how many are here (if I don't have enough settings then I use my father's inexpensive stainless steel that he had a couple of dozens of everything for his Song Circle potluck hosting.)

I slept late and missed the ideal time for walking the dogs this morning, but tomorrow I'll be up early and will walk them when I return home from a cat sitting gig. I realized this week that I'm leaving a substantial benefit on the table if I don't get myself to the gym and take advantage of the Silver Sneakers program through my retirement benefits. Fitness type exercise is sporadic when the weather is so hot.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 10:46 AM

Fam farewells last night after supper, followed by a long, fast aquajog at the motel pool, in my bra, a little debriefing, and bed.

Slept great. Room packed and van 90% loaded. Home by bedtime via back roads due to observed eastbound Indiana construction when we came here, westbound. Hard on my spine, we'll see how well we work togdther after Return to Dysfunction. Usually takes a few days to get our heads back out of our asses. But we never saw Andrew after that one weird greeting. He hid.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 10:18 AM

Ah, cutlery.

I possess a full canteen of sterling silver cutlery -- service for eight! -- that lives in a special fitted box lined with baize. Most of our "family silver" -- yes, we had family silver -- was stolen in a 1983 burglary, but I inherited the remains (including a Georgian soup ladle heavy enough to inflict significant injury), and then filled out the set with pieces I swapped and haggled for. The box survived the burglary, which I have always been grateful for as it was made by my grandfather for my parents as a wedding present.

Sterling silver cutlery is such a class marker! It doesn't actually work as well as stainless steel, but of course its social cachet dates from before the invention of stainless steel so its functionality is not the point. In my family, owning and using silver -- which must be polished and protected from careless handling -- was a way to distinguish ourselves from the lumpen proletariat from which our forebears had dragged themselves with huge effort.

I still trot it out for guests and on high days and holy days -- God forbid that we should eat Christmas dinner with the kitchen cutlery! With the Wedgwood and the Waterford. I'm such a snob. Which makes no sense since we eat in the kitchen -- another thing my mother never permitted.

Jon Freeman, your sharp knife is your safe knife, as I'm sure you know. My grandmother used to scare me blue with her horrible kitchen knife, which skittered sideways over anything that presented more resistance than a summer squash.

That reminds me: our chef's knives need professional attention. Fortunately, the shoe-mender guy downtown sharpens knives really well. Not for cheap, mind you ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM

(There is a second set of cutlery here btw. A posher stainless set nicely presented in a box with soup spoons and a couple of serving spoons but mum's alway wanted to keep that a bit "special" so it only comes out at Christmas or other family occasions)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM

That crossed my mind too, SRS… One thing at the doctor’s was she wanted to weigh me and the scales were a type with a big dial at the base. I effectively presented my feet with shoes on at that point.

On cutlery, I replaced the jumble we had with this set early last year. It’s been pretty good and the serrated knife cuts what we need without being too sharp. They felt a bit funny to hold at first with the exposed metal on the handles but we soon got used to that and I like the feel.

On other knives, mum now allows me to keep a small (10cm) sharp cooks knife, protected by a sheath, in the bread bin. This is handy as it’s a great tomato slicer. I also have my similarly protected bread knife in there. The old “bread knife” remains my main knife – pretty good for eg. chopping carrots or cutting a sandwich in half but you can’t slice a fresh loaf with it – something I do after a loaf has come out of the bread maker and cooled – mum’s joined the one time (he doesn’t cut bread now) dad in cutting diagonal doorsteps… My larger chef’s knife has to remain safely tucked away in my room but it’s not often I want it. Perhaps it would come out if I was to do the potato and leek gratin where I want things thinly sliced but most of my limited repertoire is even cruder than that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 11:33 PM

That is so funny! You're lucky they didn't send out over for a couple of extra tests just because of that! :)

My kitchen has been cleaned twice this evening, once before guests and then everything in the dishwasher after we ate. Only one mishap—I did cut myself on my new cutlery - that knife has an edge far sharper than necessary for flatware! Something I wasn't aware of till now. A bandaid and pressure is dealing with it, but ouch!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 04:10 PM

Maybe a bit of light relief sort of on the well being side…

I had a doctor’s appointment today (taxi there and back). I saw the GP who decided I should have a blood test and gave me a piece of paper to take to the hospital. The (local, limited facilities but it runs several clinics, minor casualty, and other bits that can spare people in my area the say 30 mile trip to the main one) hospital is about 400yds from the surgery and they have a drop in system – pick up a ticket and wait until its number is displayed – for blood tests so I walked across, had the sample taken and came back to wait for the taxi.

Not long after getting home, the big toe on my right foot started to hurt. I took the shoe off that foot and I realised the shoe in my hand was the left one! I’d just visited my GP and the hospital with shoes on the wrong feet!

The shoes are lightweight, fairly flexible trainers with Velcro fasteners and I don’t always look down to fasten them so maybe that partly explains how I managed it in the first instance but I’m still amazed I didn’t notice the mistake for so long.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 01:11 PM

SHE will have three local alternatives (one quite excellent) to the other excellent Ohio alternative where the least dysfunctional sons and their family members would like to be able to see her-- almost as often as she would like.

It's on her own survival instinct to know what will be best. From here on, we can support (not persuade) by phone.

Greg is at one facility now, with her, and we three will visit the last of her top three this afternoon.

An early movie evening, then outta here (and back to our own retirement adjustment).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 11:52 PM

You'll be able to make a recommendation/decision after you visit all three?

Drive safe and comfortably!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 10:43 PM

Second facility, hilariously excellent. One more tomorrow.

We're extending our stay a few hours to rest up before driving back. We're OLD!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 03:48 PM

OMG this is HARD!

One facility down, two to go.


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

Figuring out the replacement fuel line for my string trimmer, using leftover tubing from the kit I used once already. Last time I replaced the lines the starter rope handle broke off and wrapped inside the machine; by the time I took it in to be fixed the lines were deteriorating again (they need replacing every year or two). So I'm cleaning the filter (a sponge under a removable cover) and preparing to pull more line into the fuel tank. I admit that I've procrastinated in doing this because I have to do the work outside or in the garage where it was too hot to work. I also have an electric trimmer, so it's either keep the gas one running with the fuel line stuff or drag a long electric cord around behind me. It's finally going to cool enough to make yard work pleasant.

Coming close to having the table and counter top ready for guests. This is one of those opportunities when you can see your house through someone else's eyes - and it's an eyeful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM

Dupont:

SRS: Being a scientist, R read and re-read the explicit directions that, amazingly, came attached to the euonymous. Then, lifting the monster into the hole, found it too deep, lifted it back out and added good stuff to bring it up to ground level, with an inch of saucer to help hold water, as directed. What a project! Even R could barely lift the beast. Then - it does not look that big. Rather a disappointment after all that. But it is supposed to get 3 feet tall and wide; will help hide the concrete foundation of the entrance to addition. Or, draw attention to it.

Wonderful that the old tree is getting new life!

R dashed off this am without BF so I made a batch of muffins with new baking powder. They did not rise any better than the last ones but - it was the scones that were a disappointment, not the muffins. These look good. And I found out that the oven turned itself off and announced "Fin" at the end of the entered cooking time. It did not beep loudly enough to be heard. I am a bit buffaloed by a stove that talks back - in French. They did get browner than the last batch. I'll take a couple with me, to the walk this am - in the Ile. Hope someone comes this week but I can still have a walk by the Rivers. Cool morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 05:36 PM

Careful not to plant trees and woody shrubs too deep - their root flares should be above the ground, and often plants from nurseries have extra dirt on top of the roots in the pot so you may not see the problem. Make the hole shallow and wide, soak a plant in water and compost tea for an hour if you have to, then straighten roots out from the center and put the soil back carefully. And yes, I try to never buy anything larger than a gallon because if you plant things correctly it doesn't take long for that small plant to catch up to the size of the more expensive one. Wrong. Correct.

A second claim on some of the pine out front: a man whose daughter is an artist likes to cut through rounds of wood to create bases for stands for her glass art. He took several pieces of limb that were 8" to 10" through. Excellent! I love the idea that this tree is going to be around doing interesting things in this neighborhood.

The method for reinforcing the hall ceiling is to go over with the stud finder, put a small piece of painter's tape there, then go back with a long thin brad and pound it in just enough to confirm a stud is there. Pull it out and use the same hole for the screw. So far everything is fine, the crack at the tape line hasn't caused the sheet rock to loosen from the ceiling joists.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 04:42 PM

Andrew:

How was the drive, Greg?
G: Not too bad...
A: Good!

Susan, how you doin?
S: Decrepitated.
A: Good!

Oh boy....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 12:46 PM

Dupont:

Charmion's weather! Lovely here also.

Was hoping to go to Beaver, today to Friday, but cannot bear to leave the yard work undone. I wanted to get away from sitting here all week, doing nothing but reading, but realized, by the broad light of day, there is work to be done.

The Euonymous finally was well planted this morning and a promise never to purchase any plant larger than a gallon pot! Poor R dug halfway to China!   He had to cut the pot off with a coping saw - seemed a waste. Two buckets of "dahlia potting mix" as we had no peat here and several buckets of water- 2 before and one after. Then R went off to work, at noon, with some metal scrap in the truck! Well done!

I cleared more of that weed preventing Fabric to make room for my plantings. I still have three daylilies and something else to plant and lots of daffie bulbs from the spring pots - they are starting to show life, Need to get them underground! I have a "bulb planter - might work. Also a lavender and something else... And the back deck: house plants, extra pots, garden tools that need to be homed, and boxes of pottery - where to put it???? Very undecided. Can also organize TV/sewing room...

And a book to read... And I do need to rest!

The hibiscus in the BR has promising looking buds! The one and only orchid is getting its 3 weeks of cool nights, in a protected spot on the deck.

I wish I had a Dan here to help out - moving furniture, two person pieces - planting, etc. Viewing possibility of a ramp to make house accessible. R does not think it important; for me it is a matter of principle. Concerned about in-house air quality when windows are closed and the basement stairs are an opening to that air. Air cleaners can only do so much. Miss the clean air of Beaver!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 11:58 AM

I have resolved that today is the day to reinforce the ceilings I'm concerned about. Better to have them with a few extra screw heads in view (though can be dabbed with paint) than to have them crumble as the house shifts. And I can save to restore the foundation faster if I'm not continually repairing stuff that the foundation is messing up. Finding the studs is always the issue.

I envy those of you who are entering the autumn weather now. We're forecast to have mid-90s all week, but this morning as I carried trash to the curb there was an enticing cool breeze that promised there will eventually be cooler days ahead.

There's an informal dinner party here this week so I've been clearing the areas where we congregate. The dogs need a good brushout and I need to sweep and vacuum the dog hair that has already escaped from their coats.

On the health front I have a stretching book that a friend sent that I'm starting to work through, and I'm going to move the furniture in one area to give myself room to exercise in front of the television where I have some stretching, some yoga, and some low-impact video workouts ready to view. Especially until my knee treatments start and take effect, this is the way to keep moving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 11:07 AM

Summer is definitely over, even if we still have a few warm days left before the equinox. The temperature dropped to 9 degrees Celsius last night, and this morning the bedroom was chilly enough that I actually opened both layers of all the curtains. A bit of solar gain feels more like a good idea than the invitation to sauna conditions that is typical of July.

I'm waiting on payment of Himself's July invoice to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada before calling Rodney the HVAC guy to give us a formal quote and schedule air-conditioner surgery. Note to file: if you like prompt payment for services rendered, don't be a lawyer, and don't work for any department of the Canadian federal government.

Although PPSC is sluggish, God knows, the record for snail-like payment is still held by the National Archives of Canada, which arrogated to itself the right to take 90 days to pay contractors' invoices back in the late 1980s. Great way to drive their contingency workers into the arms of any potential employer or client with a habit of paying on receipt of timesheet or invoice.

The garden looks good, the house is adequately clean, and Himself's laundry basket is not stuffed to the brim. That leaves me free to sit around and read until I'm ready to go out for a nice long walk.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:31 PM

I stepped into the yard this evening to water a few potted plants and a kind of scruffy man greeted me from the street, his skateboard on the ground beside him. He asked if it was my pine that was cut up and piled at the curb, and could he have a piece? I asked what he planned (because burning that kind of wood would be horrid for the chimney) - he said he's a blacksmith and needs a chunk of wood like that to use beside his anvil. And he would roll it up the hill on his skateboard (two blocks up to his house!) It seemed to work; there is a larger piece of the base I told him he's welcome to also, but he couldn't have managed it with his skateboard. He has a dolly at the house, and if he came back I didn't hear anything (the wood is all right at the curb). Who knew? Such a great gift for a total stranger.

Recycling dropped off at the village bin and where a whole bunch of bubble wrap was stuffed into a box that I rescued to use in my shipping. I took a small box of books to the used bookstore and scored a zero. I have a new volumes of some reference books so the old ones weren't needed. And they have a lot also, but they have a donation program. I inquired about how they handle really old books, as that's my next book project. These are the ones that look interesting but are taking up space and no one here has any desire to read.

Michelle, that many bags to the thrift store is a herculean effort! I think I'm up to one bag now, and it'll probably make the trip this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 07:24 PM

Dupont:

Managed a "yard sale weekend" without spending too much and without acquiring anything useless. A "new" fender for fireplace is terrific and the one that was there is gone to somewhere - out of this house! The treasure hunt is fun and most of the people were rather fun. There is a dozen small, wood once-were-drawers that need to find homes - they are so nicely made!... Some year we will have a yard sale.

Towels racks in powder room! Need two more, for potential guests, but at least we two have our spots. And R moved a chair to give me access to stuff in closet - of course the chair is now in the upstairs hall on its way to ? And the too large cabinet is still in the TV/sewing room and the better one is still in downstairs hall. We need a handy helper...

I had hopes of more progress: part of the hole for large shrub was dug by R, and more weeds cleared by both of us, AND, our neighbour who offered the other day to mow the front yard (and we said not to bother), did it while we were in the house today! I went back out and... It looked different! OK! I guess he felt it was past due! Happily, I had put a tomato cage over the tiny oak tree so it did not get mowed! Keep this in mind for next year! We prefer not to offend our neighbours.

It was chilly and gloomy today and I could not get energy for much; just pecked away at yard work. My hopes that the moldy walls in the basement would be cleaned, by R---- R had a 2 pm appointment to show a rental space; at 4 he phoned that they had not yet appeared but had sent 3 texts. No word since. How incredibly rude people are. This means we cannot turn off the fan which is pulling moldy air out of the house. It is getting chilly. Instead of closing drapes to keep the sun out, I am opening them to obtain solar gain!

I had hoped to go to Beaver yesterday but R took time off to be at home, a rarity these last months, And I realize I have much to do here so I shall put it off for another week. There, I only need to stack firewood before snow which I hope does not come before October! Prefer November!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 06:50 PM

We took 18 garbage bags full of clothes and shoes to a local thrift shop. Buh bye. :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 02:47 PM

Beginning the ceiling reinforcement in a couple of places where I can see the foundation shift is pulling tape off drywall; the screws I picked up turn out to be flat black and I was looking for a more subtle gray like the contractors used, so it's a trip to the big box store. While I'm out I have a few groceries to pick up. I've put this off, but I need to start now while everything is in place, not when sagging happens like before. My old house is really pitching around on the foundation this summer.

The moving-the-bench operation revealed a box of books for the used book store and an item for sale on eBay that should be stored elsewhere. There is now room to sit and change shoes, the intended use of this bench. It was purchased at a local hardware store that sold lots of solidly attractive Mexican furniture; that store is gone so this is probably my last piece of Mexican pine furniture (I have several others that have worked perfectly for the task I bought them for).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM

We arrived at the motel last night despite many road challenges, and the footrest Greg had cobbled up was nearly perfect-- we're discussing its next round of design. My back had zero pain and my knees were... Stressed.

I walked off the drive after we checked in, setting up camp in our room, and with sleep aids I got eight full hours of deep rest. My ankle, usually basketball size till the third day, are almost normal already-- that footrest for brief breaks from driving.

This AM, he's off to church with Mom while I continue room setup-- swapping some pillows around, adding a chair from the handy, included patio, stowing a few items better, hanging up re-wearables, and rinsing out lingerie.

Later, while she has her afternoon nap, he'll come back and we'll check out the pool. It's pretty far from the room and I can't take sitting breaks on the way because the seat will carry my step block, leg weights, and gear bag. So for this first pool visit I need a second pair of hands, and we can plan how subsequent scheduling will need to work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:15 AM

Yesterday's Ozone day seems to have put me out of sorts. That or the chocolate birthday cake I ate for breakfast and the sugar messed me up. :-/

Another 100o day today, then into the 90s the rest of the week are in the forecast. Air quality is good today and I don't see a problem in tomorrow's forecast, so I'll mow in the morning. One of these days I'd love to move back to a climate that isn't as extreme in it's seasons.

Rearranging furniture in the sun room, primarily moving the bench beside to door to be perpendicular to the wall, and clear the stuff off of that seat. It's time to take back the function of that bench (seating, not storage) and make more donations to Goodwill and the big contractor bag of plastic, glass, cardboard, and paper over to the village recycling bins.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 08:32 PM

SRS, yes. The last bully who tried to get over on me had a domestic assault record that made him instantly responsive when I said, "One.more.word, and I dial 911." I suspect this one's well known to local police,too. I know a bit of his history.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 10:22 AM

Stay safe, Susan. The dependent son sees you ripping apart his life. Until now he has had no reason to clean up his act.

Two hours of hard work this morning dispatched the large pine in the front yard and the poorly-placed vitex in the back. The front tree was liable to fall on the house, given a hefty wind storm; the vitex was encroaching on the power and cable lines to the house and nearly reaching the right of way where the neighborhood power line runs. Untrimmed, it would have grown into all of them. Who knew that tree would get that large? So today's work is distributed around the lot; one of them is piled at the curb for bulky waste next week and the other one is piled beside the driveway and I'll do my weekly bundles to the curb to slowly send it away. They both looked good where they were, but had too many issues. Now I'll figure out how to use the space for lawn or garden.

The next door neighbors have been away for a month on an extended European cruise; they are in Quebec this weekend instead of Boston because the prudent cruise ship captain wanted nothing to do with Hurricane Dorian. So even here thousands of miles away we are aware of the reach of that storm.

It is an Ozone Red day today so I need to spend the rest of the day indoors. There's plenty to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 06:21 AM

Somehow, amazingly, I'm packed. (The van isn't, but I am.) Even a few pesky kitchen chores FINALLY got done.

This will be my last driving trip back to Chicagoland. It's just too disruptive.

Last month, we joined MIL and two of Greg's three brothers to tour a likely assisted living facility-- about 90 minutes from us, and ten minutes from her middle-school-aged grandchildren, with whom she's had a close relationship since they were born.

The 4th son, an active alcobolic, lives with her (on her money), and in the last year she has often acknowledged that he can no longer be considered even a potential caregiver.

She's a sharp but fragile 84. The atmosphere there will be tense as I support her in breaking free or making other, safety-oriented choices. He already hates me and has lashed out at me in less stressful times. Fortunately my PT requires us to stay at a nearby motel (for their pool). I will call 911 if necessary.

The drive there should be interesting!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 12:18 AM

I dug the iris out from around the Afghan pine in the front yard, in preparation for a friend who will take the tree down tomorrow. EXCEPT that we have an ozone action day and though he said they'll be find, I told him I reserve the right to tell everyone to go home and come back when the air is nicer. I only saw the notice on my way home this evening (on a highway bulletin sign.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Sep 19 - 10:00 PM

Dupont:
1. read my last post- went to turn on lights for R!

2. What a kicker, Michelle. I'll be thinking of you.

3. More clearing of invaders/unwelcome plants. Piles of stuff on lawn! Was planning to go to Beaver tomorrow but exhausted! And more yet to do. Still 5 things to be planted plus daffy bulbs. Much digging required!

Made scones today. Very nice but not like the ones from the bakery - just not as high. Maybe I need to make them thicker to start out. However, they are quite acceptably fluffy.

Bread is not worth bothering with. We don't even eat one slice a day! Keep it in the freezer.

10 pm and R still not home. He phoned at 8 - to let me know he would be late! I will leave a bowl of food on table for him to nuke, and scones and peaches.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM

My week--

Monday-- AM laundry, Scootered for groceries, baked pork steaks for this busy week's suppers.
Evening, cleared out van and look for middibh jackets, stowed camper items.
Late eve, folded laundry.

Tuesday-- AM PT and Yano Becky, put away laundry, clean washer/dryer area, degoof kitchen and LR,.
Aftn, shopped for jeans for trip w Judy.
Eve pack trip meds and went to Hank's for a blues set.

Weds AM, aerobic pool workout plus pool dancing, and retrieved items needed for trip.
Aftn, refined the van's leg blocks to be able to ride in spine/recline mode, then test blocks by long trip to JR bulk foods for PB.
Eve, kitchen chores.

Thursday, stowed groceries, started to pack clothes, wash new jeans and found jackets. Aftn, two consults re local BLM/SURJ kerfuffle.

Friday pack clothes, etc., medicate and board dog, poss music later at Hank's to test leg blocks during long ride there.

Sat AM depart.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM

I've been watching this space for your news, Michelle. You and Pete are strong together, and all things considered, you had the worst of it cancer-wise, I think, and came out like a champ. Thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable ones. Beyond that you know the drill: if you want any documents from the university medical databases send me keywords and I can send you what I find. In this day and age, though, NIH and Mayo are probably equally good and are in lay-person terms. Later you and Pete may be going in together to get your tumor marker readings.

Dorothy, congratulations on taking up baking again. I wonder why you stopped baking 10 years ago? I agree about the great baking pans you can find in thrift stores; over the last few years I've accumulated a number of sizes of baking pans. Sometimes I'll make a big loaf (full size bread) if I know a lot of people will be eating it; more often now I make the smaller loaves depending on if there are only a couple of people in the household, so it is eaten soon while it's still good and they don't end up with old leftovers (or feel guilty for eating all of it.) Some of these pans are so small that I can make five or six miniature loaves with the same amount of batter that would go into the one large loaf.

The big pine in the front yard is coming out this weekend. My foundation is pitching and shifting and that's bad enough, and I can't afford to fix that right now, but I figure I can afford to remove the pine before it falls on the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 09:55 PM

Well. We found out today that Pete has follicular thyroid cancer.

Surgical consults and oncology appointments will be happening soon and then surgery to remove the thyroid. There are 4 nodules and it is believed to be contained, all lymph nodes are looking in good shape. The largest of the nodules is 3cm x 4cm x5cm. Radiation may be in the future.

We had a family conversation about this tonight over dinner. We did our best to keep it real but kid friendly at the same time....tough discussion. Jeremiah did well.

I am in cleaning mode.....I suppose it's because that's all I can do to disperse the anxiety I am feeling.

Pete is calm about it all....can't ask for much more.

Me? Considering I have no hormones in my body anymore....I've cried buckets, slept some and am okay too (at least for the moment)...I think I just need to get it OUT of my system so I can move forward and be as much help as I possibly can.

I was not able to contain myself at his doctor's appointment....so much so that the doctor looked at me and gave me a hug. I apologized saying that the crying is embarrassing. He said, "It's not embarrassing. You love him."

Exactly.

He walked away and while we were waiting at the reception desk for a consult appointment to be made, he came back out and cracked a smart ass joke...which was exactly what we both needed. :)

I am preparing for the days ahead as best as I can.

Much love to you all.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 08:53 PM

Dupont:

Turned on Lights so R could come home to a cheery house, and started cooking chicken breast - PHONE rang - another hour and he is going to the Legion to pick up a steak which he will bring home. Oh well. could have told me sooner... Never going to happen.

Re canning, etc: One year I made a quantity of apple/grape with no sugar, cooked it down like apple butter. It was great in place of sugary jams. I "canned" it without processing. It is generally OK to do that with high acid foods. Green beans were 3 hours in the canner! I did them over an outdoor camp fire! Our instructions were from a book given us by a country woman who owned a general store in eastern Quebec. I probably still have it - somewhere!

Bathroom: We have a very nice full bathroom on first floor and a nice powder room on second floor. There is a "plan" to turn the room next to the powder room into a BATH room. I am hoping to live that long. I need to get more pushy - that fine line between getting something done and creating a crisis of ...

Big thing this week was deciding to make muffins. That may not seem big to others but I have not baked anything in over 10 years. 1. No baking stuff has made it here yet. 2. found a recipe in a cook book - a new edition of the one I got for a wedding present in 1959! OK. 3. Need muffin tin. Thrift shop- beautiful heavy duty super one for $3! 4.Back to grocery for those paper cups and frozen berries. 5. Successful batch of muffins!!!!

Now I am considering scones. 1. Found recipe on line. 2. have ingredients. 3.No baking sheet. ... Thrift shop tomorrow... (These are the things we love from fav bakery. The muffins pass muster!)

Trip to thrift shop also netted a smaller cabinet for sewing/TV room; it matches the preferred one and will de-clutter the room nicely after the extra is removed - with some difficulty - to the basement. The new one is pine but well built and also weighs a ton! Hopefully, this will happen and the love seat will also go elsewhere and I will be able to access the nicer cover for the futon and the sheets for the laundry ... which R put in the closet with chair in front of door...

De-cluttered considerable weed stuffs -vines, etc- from two areas of yard!!! Still much to do but ran out of steam. Found a baby clematis and marked it for removal to a better spot, also a tiny oak tree. WOW! those areas look so much better!

Otherwise laundry, dishes are up to snuff and work has been done on house plants on back deck. Read that the orchid would profit from 3 weeks of 50 degree nights so thinking of how to put it outside for 3 weeks - protected! Have not yet found the right "equipment". We are due for that 3 weeks of night temps. NOW.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 04:56 PM

Pepper is now heartworm negative! The vet does two tests, a rapid one and a serum one looking through the microscope, and both show that she has no more heartworms. Lucky little dog! (Not so little, actually, she's 44 pounds, but it took four people to hold her still to give her her shots and she had to wear the office muzzle to keep her from snapping at them.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM

I canned one year but it was too much for my spine. Soon the boys we'd blended were using them to make home brew with my yeast, but that's another story.


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

My office is a bit tidier; papers organized and small gadgets rounded up. Dishes loaded in the dishwasher, dog water refilled outside (Pepper will splash it all out in the morning.

The task I've worked on this week is teaching Pepper to catch food when I toss it. She's getting better, and is an enthusiastic student. I'm using roasted unsalted peanuts and toss one to Zeke who usually catches it, then I make Pepper stay put so I can back up a little (because her instinct is to launch herself and catch the food millimeters from my fingers.) I do it periodically during the day, one or two peanuts per dog, giving her brain time to process the task. She won't learn it in one session.

I'm a year out from retirement now and am keeping busy and continuing the forward momentum, while acknowledging that having the contract work basically pays for my various misadventures and work on the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Sep 19 - 10:55 AM

Hanging around this morning hoping the friend who will take out the Elderica pine in the front yard comes by before I have to leave for an appointment. We're still in the hot 100o degree weather through the weekend, then back into the mid-90s. Summer is struggling to keep a hold on the season. It'll be hot work to take out that tree before it's time to put the pieces at the curb.

He arrived as I was typing. We've worked out the plan and will do it over Friday afternoon and Saturday morning when his wife will help (it's a two-person job). The work over the weekend means the city code enforcement folks won't bitch about stuff being put at the curb before Sunday night (because they're strictly Monday - Friday kinds of guys).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 09:59 PM

I have a small clay baker (Rombertopf) that is perfect for a chicken, and I use it several times a year in cold weather. When I remember it's there. I also have a graniteware pan with a lid that holds about the same volume and that's also good for chicken. And sometimes I put the chicken in the glass convection oven and roast it in there. Since I seem to eat more chicken than about anything else I can vary the cooking methods.

I sold a huge clay baker that was turkey-sized that I found for $9 at a Goodwill store and it appeared to have never been used. It sold on eBay for $40 plus shipping, and the woman who bought it sent a note to ask that I pack it very carefully because the first one she tried to buy broke in shipping. I assured her that I was set - I have a bunch of large boxes stacked in the garage from when my ex bought a dozen cases of bathroom tiles that had to be shipped from California. Each separate case of tile (somewhat larger than your standard shoe box) was cocooned in a box 15" x 15" x 20", filled with those cornstarch peanuts. The turkey roaster got there just fine and she paid less than buying it new from a store.

I've adopted a fix or replace policy as far as household cooking utensils and in that way have replaced parts of things that I used but were now broken or not working. I have a little high-speed chopper but the switch inside the case was broken and I had a twist tie rigged to it to use it. I found the same little chopper with the blade missing, and was able to put my perfectly good cup, blade, and lid on the new base that has a good switch. The old base was recycled via e-waste. The repair cost about $5, with the goal of not paying full price for things I use infrequently. This grinder is particularly good for things like grinding cardamom seeds and making special spice mixes, a seasonal activity.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 10:26 AM

I used to do lots of canning, and I made litres of jam every summer. I cut way back after both my brothers developed diabetes, and have almost stopped since we moved to Stratford. Last year I made marmalade and chutney, neither of which I can buy (to my satisfaction) in the shops; this year, I made no marmalade as we have yet to eat all of last year's, and the jury's out on the chutney.

This morning I was down in the Glory Hole surveying the collection of kitchen equipment that I either don't use any more or use so rarely that it does not deserve stowage space upstairs. If I were more realistic, almost all that stuff would go to the Goodwill, but doing so would bring howls of dismay from Himself. The huge clay-baker, big enough for a turkey, for example; Hell will freeze over before I ever again roast a whole turkey, but every three months or so we repeat our performance of "What about a turkey? No, I don't want to eat turkey for two weeks. Okay, if you say so." Likewise the collection of spring-form pans, suitable for making cheesecake. Neither of us should eat cheesecake ever again, but if I rehomed that stack of cake pans the emotional crisis would shake the house.

Alas, there it is. People are irrational.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 10:12 AM

This morning I'm down 10 pounds since I started actually trying to lose weight earlier this summer. Whoo hoo! Only 25 more pounds to go . . .


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Sep 19 - 10:16 PM

Oh my, it was one of those evenings. Computer stuff, in particular, syncing the Windows Edge browser between two computers, neither of which I ever intend to sign onto with Windows credentials. It has been an evening of back and forth between rooms where the computers are sitting (I could have moved the laptop in here, but there are already two computers in here and that seems plenty.)

Tomorrow I'll find out if it worked as I hoped.

On a related note, I *think* I've figured out why the new computer turns itself off randomly sometimes. It was set to turn off after installing updates, and wasn't telling me it was going to happen. I hope I've remedied that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Sep 19 - 09:51 AM

During my Frugal August I did a pretty good job of drawing down the freezer contents, of eating most of the fresh produce before it was ready to compost, and not spending as much in general. I'll work on letting the frugal practices move into September. I used ingredients from the freezer and enjoyed the results - in particular the cranberry bars I made from the fruit pulp after I steam juiced cranberries to make some Cranapple juice. Yesterday overripe bananas went into two small loaves of banana bread yesterday; one is in the freezer and one is bagged and being used for breakfast for the next couple of days.

We've had several ozone action days so I'm limiting my time outside and not driving much and not mowing in the morning, etc. I could smell woodsmoke this morning as someone prepares a Labor Day barbecue; that smoke isn't helpful to our in this weather, but is probably offset by fewer people driving to and from work today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 11:59 PM

I did some digging and put in a portion of the fall garden - okra that has become quite root bound in small terracotta pots. They already have a few blooms. It won't be so big and robust as if it had been planted three months ago, but I have six plants and will end up with a tidy amount in the next 2 1/2 months till our first frost.

I wouldn't try sealing the jars without processing them, Dorothy. The Ball Blue Book says to pour the boiling hot applesauce into pint or quart jars, give them a 1/2" head space, and process for 20 minutes. If you can't do the safe processing, then go ahead and freeze it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 04:59 PM

DUPONT:
It has probably been 45 years since I canned anything! Long since disposed of that equipment and that's that. Actually, with apple sauce, I could probably put it hot into canning jars and see if it seals itself. I have a few that tomato sauce came in.

Planted another shrub today but no more energy today. Well, maybe one more a little later. R planning to put futon together today- finally! Then I can get the room in order. And think about sewing projects that are lining up. Tomorrow we will try to go to the Ile with Magda and Steve, early while there is still parking. (Hope!) Fresh Quebec corn for supper tonight. Not organic. Oh, well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM

Turning the calendar page to September gives my brain a break after the really miserable and odd hot summer we've had here in Texas. I can visualize fall. The weather has been more humid than usual so the heat is more penetrating and harder to work in. But we're in September and that means this heat is now officially temporary. It might be another six weeks before we feel that first perfect crisp fall day down here, but it will slowly advance and one day appear. Yes, it's actually only one day later than August, but still, it makes a difference.

September is my bulky waste collection month in our quarterly calendar, and I have some limbs and trees to prepare for the curbside collection. One I can do by myself, one I'll have to pay my friend to remove. On the one I do myself I'll leave the stump for him to remove with the chainsaw, I don't have a hand-saw or reciprocating saw that can handle it. I'm going to start dragging stuff out front and leaving it where the code enforcement folks won't complain (you're not supposed to move stuff too soon). On the big tree my friend will take down I need to move some of the iris that are growing around the base. I like having a tree there, but it needs to be a better-adapted one; this was planted years ago when it was considered a good xeriscape tree, but it turns out that Elderica Pine (also called Afghan Pine) is a true desert species and it suffers with the amount of rainfall we get. I'm taking it down before it falls down. On the house.

P.S. Susan, my glasses and dishes are SO MUCH happier after repeated trips through the dishwasher with vinegar added. Successive washes have made them clearer each time and they're not back to their old crystal clear selves. The Limestone scale wasn't a problem until recently; I'm not sure what has changed as far as our water source or management. It tastes the same but is hard on glass in particular.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 09:53 PM

I mowed the front yard that had gotten way too tall over the last few weeks. It was dormant for a while so it was tall and dry, but after several rains this week it was tall and lush. And then I went shopping and pulled my stomach muscles picking up the big bag of dogfood wrong. I didn't brace properly and was leaning; as a junior high school gymnast I initially pulled these muscles tumbling or on the trampoline, and it is something I've had to be careful about ever since. It was a good workout but requires Ibuprofen at the end of the day.

Dorothy, do you can (hot pack) your applesauce? It's one of nature's perfect foods when it comes to canning. You don't have to add anything, just seal it and hot bath for however long your jar size dictates.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 08:48 PM

Dupont:

MAnaged to plant two more yesterday; none today! But I got the apples out of the car onto the back deck for now. About 120 more apples 4 batches of applesauce - about two qts each. I'll see how the apples keep and if they start to be unhappy, I shall have to make and freeze applesauce.

Really had no energy and made it worse by eating badly. Had a nice visit with Magda and Steve. They christened the French press! And pronounced the coffee "good!" Arrived after midnight last night so did not get up early. After consideration of the options, they went off to explore Montreal. Expect they will be late back as they have a couple music venue options.

Pulled some weeds. Raked up some. Took a nap when too tired to read. Would feel better if I had done more...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 12:15 PM

Van pillowing and props for passenger time, version 1.0, DONE! We'll try this out on a long ride for an errand that usually kills my spine after the first 5 minutes. Bricks to raise my feet plus bolsters under my thighs put me in a pelvic tilt that lets me float on top of the vehicle's wave motion instead of constant micro-whiplashes. Yay! Spine physics, yay!

We had virtually stopped going for rides through the country, a major component of our married life. Now that long trip to the Amish store next week for a bulk buy looks doable, and just in time-- it's time for the next big tub of peanut buttet!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 11:39 AM

Up early today. Laundry is done. Dishes are done. A nice breakfast was made. Animals tended to. Shopping done. Headed out to a BBQ and one of our favorite Mom & Pop shops as well as a stop at Robert Sides Music Center, a family favorite. I begin piano lessons next week with an instructor who will meet me where I am. YAY.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 10:24 AM

The next challenge here is a planned trip to visit MIL. The stuff going on with my spine will pose difficulties, most of which we'll work out this week by decluttering the van of our summer concert-attending crap and recluttering it with trip crap I'll need, including a folding camping recliner. In the meantime, the garage floor now clear of laundry will hold Newbie's crate because she'll be left here, boarding, and I don't need her crate to ferry her to the kennel.

So the whole week will have trip prep crap to coordinate and execute in the most efficient order.

The driving issues are best solved by my taking the wheel for most of it, because there's actually less damage to my spine from there. Greg will take the middle section of driving because it involves stoplights, cutting across from one interstate to another, and anything I can't do in cruise control SUCKS for my knees.

My theory is that I did all those 10-12 hour PA drives, and this should be 6-8, so caffeine oughter do it.

Hopefully by next year she's in assisted living, here, and this is our last long, bad drive to her place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 06:47 PM

Pete did very well and now we wait.

We both have a 3 day weekend so we are looking forward to our time together. :)

Not sure what we are doing yet, it will depend on how he feels.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:47 PM

Dorothy, does this entire large multi-floored house have only ONE bathroom? Whoa. You're a brave woman to take on that challenge!

Michelle, I hope everything went well for Pete.

Turkey soup simmering on the stovetop; we had another thunderstorm blow through so I thought I'd treat it like a fall day, even though it's still about 90o out there now. It's a dark day with the heavy overcast.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:39 PM

Dupont:

Euonymous is wonderful in Quebec! So is September! Gorgeous Day!

Yesterday, the new double mattress arrived; it is made up and the bed looks beautiful. New towels for two on bed as---- this morning a text from Magda indicates she and Stevie may arrive tonight!! What luck! The room is pretty good except for broken roll top which takes up TOO much room and is ugly. and no surface to put things so I put a chair in there. Maybe Steve and R can bring a bureau in that is not being used upstairs. Room in the closet. The guest rooms are on first floor in the addition, which also contains the only bath room - until we get the one on second floor - if I live that long.

I picked up two lovely Roxanne and a red tender Hibiscus this am - $10! Really marked down! Repotted the H in a nice 15 inch pot and will put it in a south window on second floor. One Roxanne planted, behind the BIG rocks and draped over, and one blue chip juniper, in front of rocks - ouchy! Soil is moderately malleable, using pick and spade, and the "weed barrier" is not so bad; I cleared a space for the euonymous; R offered to dig some holes!! This plant will take both of us to get it from pot to hole! Still have 3 blue chip. 3 day lily, a tiny mock orange and ? to plant. Might manage two more today. The hosta I want to move have started to bloom - Oh well! And I need to do something about the @#$%^trumpet vines. Will try to make a couple standards and murder the rest --- YEAH, I know it cannot be murdered, just re-cut back every year - forever!

Laundry done, our bed re-made. Moved A/c from BR to back closet -lovely to have closets!- and put low cabinet back in front of window, with a sheet of glass on top - for the hibiscus! R needs to carry it upstairs.

Picked up a heavy, lined drape at thrift shop for the north hall window - to keep the heat in!

And transporting these plants in my beautiful clean new car --- not so clean now! But the house is pretty good- not for a picky middle class home maker but for us.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:26 PM

Laundry GONE, system taught, supply kit given.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 01:16 PM

I'm going through recorded programs from the old computer and finding some interesting health lectures (from PBS pledge drives on the local channel). These will be added to the external hard drive connected to the television in the front room where I sometimes sit still and watch television.

I pulled out the Mylar covers for book dust jackets and now those books are back on the office shelves. (Grow up with a librarian and that's what you do for your hard-bound books.) There's a little more room on the kitchen table, and I'll continue that clearing between trips outside to do some can't-wait-any-longer yard work. Yard work must be done in short spells since the high today, while not as bad as recently, is still supposed to be about 97o.

September has been a long time coming - inevitably the temperatures will cool, and our first hint of comfortable weather will come in a few weeks. I await the burst of energy that comes with that first crisp fall day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:51 PM

Oh, dear. Michelle, that's one of those "good news, not-so-good news" posts. I hope the biopsy shows nothing serious.

Dorothy, you couldn't pay me to plant euonymous! I think they're stressed too much in this hotter climate, they're usually bothered by lots of insects.

Susan, all of those bags will be picked up Friday? Good!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:17 PM

Down 3.2 pounds this week.

Pete is having a biopsy in the morning.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 06:15 PM

Dupont:

Went back yesterday for 5 evergreen shrubs- four low growing for in front of the rocks that line the "flower beds" - One still has that heavy duty sort of a tarp to suppress weeds. R managed to extricate the other with GREAT difficulty and the perennials I put in there last spring are looking healthy! The other side.... Well, I am not putting him through that again so will look at the situation some more. A machete would help though this one might be lighter weight.

I pulled a bunch of weeds and that was all the body would do. I need to extricate a clump of orange day lilies planted amongst river rock in order to plant a very nice euonymous. R could barely lift it! So it will need a big hole!! I'll try again tomorrow. I am hoping the rain will help with the clay soil. I also want to extricate a 3 foot diameter clump of way too crowded hosta and put it elsewhere, leaving that space free for other perennials. The elsewhere may be long term project: a 3 foot wide swath, she hopes, across the middle front for herbs, bulbs, etc. Maybe some of it before the snow flies?

This am I noted a lovely purple clematis using the neighbours wonderful 10 foot or so high cedar hedge! Along the drive near the front. In the back yard, there were several light blue bell shaped clematis. Such a treat.

A trip to the produce store for apples and lettuce netted a huge box (banana size!) of fresh Quebec Macs for a reduced price. I begged. They are so good there! The mixed greens are terrific and keep well.

I took a basket to car and brought in 20, which are now applesauce. R may be able to bring the rest into the cellar. Need a safe cool place for them. If I can find enough containers, I will put 30 in each; 30 will fit in the large pot to make sauce.

I may be able to do a bit more tonight - before mosquitoes! Maybe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM

Charmion, you got lucky, being able to schedule that A/C replacement!

We've had a remarkable amount of rain in the last week and the lawn is heavy with dew in the mornings now, so I filled a "puffer" bottle with AgriLawn Crabgrass Killer (it's an organic mix of cinnamon and turmeric and I think baking soda) to distribute around the wet grass in a couple of areas of the front lawn. This is supposed to be an effective treatment for several of the weeds in the turf, but leaves the Bermuda alone (though I'd really love to nuke all of the Bermuda, front and back, and put in Buffalo grass). Decluttering weeds is a big deal; if this works I'll be out there a lot more with this stuff. I don't care what grows out there, I mow it and it looks like turf, but the neighbors always seem to be struggling with weeds the are seeded from what is in my yard. The bottle originally came with diatomaceous earth, and I'll have to find another one because I don't want to forget and spray this on the counter tops - AgriLawn has turmeric, meaning everything will turn bright yellow upon contact with moisture, so I don't want to accidentally spritz the kitchen next time ants come in.

I was going to mow this morning, but instead I'll let that powder work and I'll mow tomorrow.

I'm set with eBay stuff to start today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 06:51 AM

As hoped, I do now have just the house loads to finish, today, which are one dried load to fold and one small wet load to dry and fold.

Then they'll be placed into the open contractor's bags awaiting them in the garage, which will be added to the other tagged bags to await Friday pickup.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 07:41 PM

Stilly, when the air-conditioner was moved to allow construction of a window well, we were warned that moving it could kill it. Much to everyone’s surprise, the damnable thing just kept ticking and ticking.

But it’s still 31 years old and way beyond the end of the normal service life of such a machine, and its coolant is now illegal in Canada. So its days are numbered, and I’d rather schedule its demise than be surprised.

The basement windows are now clearly visible and visibly decrepit — almost certainly original to the house. Yet another capital project!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 03:14 PM

One hour of helper time vanquished the big laundry pile on the garage floor, but half was damp enough to be re-bagged for Kiana's 4pm arrival. There's one bag of stuff to check that I was told is all dry stuff, then she'll take the damp items to the laundromat and bring them back dried, to fold and pack.

That will just leave me a few more small loads in the house, which I'll finish in the morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 11:11 AM

I thought the AC repositioning was going to involve replacement? You just moved it now and will replace it this fall? How is that basement window that was part of this operation?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM

The new patio is finished and we are thrilled. It's both a technical win, achieving good drainage, and a major aesthetic improvement.

The last phase, adding a border of ledge rock at the point where the patio meets the new garden bed, added an extra thousand bucks to the project but was critical to correct an unexpected drainage issue. Unknown to us until the deck was removed and the patio laid, the bit of land that became the new garden bed has a distinct upward slope, caused by the roots of the very large silver maple growing on the property line and the still disintegrating wreckage of a tree that was probably removed to put in the deck. So the topsoil in the garden bed washed out with every rain, and the edge of the patio required daily sweeping. Thanks to money, we'll have no more of that.

It absolutely bucketed down yesterday, and I watched with a critical eye as the rainwater streamed gently away from the house and off the patio, leaving it high and, eventually, dry.

The new front path meets the driveway at the point where everybody used to cut across the grass. It is to be hoped that people will not, therefore, choose to veer off the driveway just a little farther out, out of natural cussedness.

Our savings being now completely drained, capital spending must cease for a while. Fortunately, I have a new book contract starting at the end of September -- army operations in Afghanistan again -- so we can replace our antique and ecologically hostile air-conditioner before the snow flies.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 05:35 AM

SRS, I only washed three loads. Most of this we only DRIED.

Years ago, though, I triple washed a chain-smoking hoarder's clothing which was being donated. TBTG, for that project there was no deadline! No help on that one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:57 PM

I've moved my accumulated eBay sales items from around the table in the sunroom (on the floor) to the dining table in the den. There's quite an array, and I'd forgotten about some of it. I'm still aiming at meeting the goal to restart my listings this month.

That sounds like a huge job, laundering and drying all of those collected clothes. And Dorothy, I really like that idea of stopping someplace you don't usually stop, just for the novelty of it. I'll give that a try myself!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM

Laundromat work DONE and unloaded into pickup row in the garage. Kiana is THE BOMB, and is coming tmrw to rock out the garage pile. Another volunteer is coming tmrw aftn also.

On track for Friday pickup of what had seemed impossible for about a half hour this morning. To.orrow we make the tags for the bags.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 08:49 PM

Dupont:

Susan! Fab project! Those heavy bags are terrific!

SRS: Movie project canceled due to rain. I may never know the answers! R often has movie projects in one or another of his buildings - inside or out in the yard full of my idea of junk. Film-ers love this! But our street is fairly prosaic. Our home is the oldest (1902) and R did speak with someone but I only found out what I needed to know.
-
Recovered some energy today. Went to group lunch (local Anglophones) at a eatery right on the River/Lac St. Francoise. Great day for it and all those negative ions help me a lot. Stopped at Mill and picked up flower pots and some K stuff, a quilt for Beaver and a nice basket for the laundry room - for R's really dirty clothes so they are not sitting on the floor. Then a visit with Geri and drove home determined to stop some place I do not usually stop - just for fun. Ended up being a plant nursery with good clearance going on. I picked up two perennials but not room for anything else. May go back tomorrow for some shrubs - evergreen. Now that I have a pick!

Have not yet homed everything but know pretty well where it will go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 03:17 PM

I'm decluttering a friend's porch of clothes that got caught in the rain when a tarp blew off.

This is a huge charity emergency project. Yesterday my friend loaded up my van, and Yano Becky, loaded it into my garage this AM. We separated it-- dry, wet, filthy, trash. We started a load in my dryer. We brought in three loads to wash. Greg loaded the wet items in the van to go to the laundromat's dryers-about 5 heavy contractor's bags.

Lawn dude Brandon and GF ate meeting us at the laundromat to unload and help fold. In the meantime, I'm washing and folding here, to package up in reasonable condition for a Saturday giveaway event in Dayton.

These donated clothes got caught in the rain where they were waiting for that giveaway. These are for tornado recipients and others who have nothing, so I offered to try to help salvage what I can.

There's another aftn planned for tmrw with Brandon's girlfriend, just folding what's in the garage. We'll rough fold, and bag, two categories-- adults and kids piles.

Left from our move is a whole roll of these heavy contractors' bags, which I'll use to keep my friend's porch organized as next month's donated clothing comes in. He'll never have this wet mess again. I'll volunteer a day a month getting the clothes ready for that month's giveaway, and once he sees my simple setup I'm sure he'll leave items in a way I can organize... I have a couple of old plastic trash bins to donate to his porch, also.

I'll just use the same process I used to transport our fabrics on the open cargo trailer-- double wrapping, with lightweight, small plastic bags inside larger, heavier contractor's bags.

I have some old crafting twill tape to tie up the the c-bags, and I'll make re-usable plastic label tags to hang on these ties, from old yogurt lids, to identify clothing categories.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM

Do you know anything about the type of production that will be filming? Only outdoors, or do they also have a location for interior shots? Does this happen often? Will they park horses with carriages or antique automobiles on your street? Will you be able to watch? (Some of these projects are often slow moving like watching paint dry)

I am sad to report that most of the horizontal surfaces in the house have reached the point where they're cluttered with stuff that now needs to be organized, put away, or discarded. We have a rainy indoors day today so I'm moving things around and trying to compress some of it and pack way the rest. And yes, things are being added to the Goodwill bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Aug 19 - 04:06 PM

Dupont:
We seem to be into fall weather. Nice that it is comfortable; not sure I am mentally ready for winter -- but the choice is not mine! I am still waiting for the pick to make it here and now the weather is conducive to using it - to dig some more flower bed area and move the poor rhubarb that is somewhere in a mess of weeds tight up against the garage wall. It needs room to grow! Of course, it will need much manure and care and will not produce for a few seasons but we have a monster one at Beaver. And it is not producing now; barely hanging on!

This morning I potted a few geraniums and stuck a couple more cuttings in the sand bowl. I have a work area on the back deck but can only work in shade so all projects must be planned according to the movement of the sun. Thankful for the mature trees! My 3 agave babes are finally starting to grow!

All the boxes of pottery are now on back deck, covered with heavy plastic. We need to consider where to put them long term: some on display? Where? When and how to plan an open house in Nov/Dec. On the weekend I only unpacked about half the boxes- onto 3 card tables and a small shelf unit. A newish glaze was popular; when I get more pots made, I shall use it some more. A woman bought a cylinder/vase, 6-8 inches tall, to drink out of? OK! An interesting concept and easy to make a few more. The infinite shapes and sizes plus the infinite glaze combos...!!! Never ending. And challenging to know what to do, so I basically just do what I feel like, with some guidance from the public.

A film company has requested we remove anything from front yards that is modern as they are filming on the street on Weds re early 1900s. I have one pile of mulch to move this eve - before mosquitoes! and two large objects on front steps that R needs to wrestle out of sight. And put my car in back yard on Weds.

The weekend was slightly profitable but a great deal of enjoyment. More a social event than the business of pottery! I gave away a couple and sold a dozen or so. One of the joys of this event was the man (I slightly recognized) coming along "for my annual butter dish"! He uses one, keeps a spare in case, and gives them away to someone he thinks needs one! Sunday supper for Geri, R and me at the Thai resto took about a third of the take! Good meal though! Ah, the joy of finally getting G to eat there rather than the boring place!!!

Laundry today and a pot of soup to use the various "excess" veggies - when my next bit of energy surfaces. The weekend effectively de-clutttered my energy.

The useless bed R dragged home, left this am, thanks to the film company! But the futon frame is not back together so the sewing room is still not usable. (too much CLUTTER!) But he had a restful day yesterday, de-cluttering some of his exhaustion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 01:41 PM

A major test of the new office is if I can use the computers in the way I planned, and the setup seems to be working. The old HP is set up on a desk adjacent to the new computer desk, and they're each processing programs that could only be viewed in the software they were recorded in. They're being converted to mp4 so they'll play virtually anywhere. I started a thread to post remarks on how to use and where to find some of the software.

I have several friends headed out of town who need mail taken in, plants watered, animals fed, and more, so the rest of August and much of September have lots of calendar entries for those jobs. And I'm still aiming at starting listing again on eBay this month; I'm almost there (as I've probably said several times before).

Heavy rain, over two inches, last night has given the lawn a new lease on life so I'm going to have to go out and mow this week, but I can also declutter my garden of some of the weeds and transplant a few things.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM

Stilly,

   There were 19 bags in total, one is going to a friend and all the other will be donated to a thrift shop. :)

    The temperatures have dropped here. This morning was in the mid 40s. The air is crisp and I am loving it. We likely will return to the more summer temperatures but for now, this is wonderful. My co-worker and I have made a plan to go for daily walks on our lunch break once the temperatures are 70 or below. I'm looking forward to it. In the meantime, Jeremiah and I are dancing to a playlist/videos that I put on the big screen. I also have a very large bright orange yoga ball that I am doing some floor work with. I was down .2 this week which I will gladly take. Last week I lost 7 pounds and normally that means the follow week the scale will go up a little bit as my body tries to readjust.

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 11:45 PM

It does feel good to clear out like that, Michelle. Did it all go to a thrift store or other donation? And Susan, you remind me that I need to go join the gym that I selected before it too, closes, like the first one I selected but never joined did. :-/

Small consignment jobs from various friends will keep me coming and going this week and next, with jury duty at least one day next week. It's probably just as well, I've stayed cooped up here too much this month. It was so hot I didn't feel like going out but the heat broke yesterday with a scant rain and today with a deluge.

I spent the rainy afternoon polishing the silver flatware my mother gave me when I got married; I've put it back into the silver-cloth-lined cabinet and will give it to whichever child of mine ties the knot first. It's still in pretty good condition, all things considered, and I'm using a new modern but less expensive stainless now.

Progress in the office, slowly but steadily.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 09:23 PM

My exercise program has unexpectedly dropped me back in my teenage years-- chair dancing so hard it hurts, and pool dancing so long that I freeze.

I like it. These hips haven't moved this
since.... Way too long.

I don't even care what it looks like.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM

I spent half this day working in our closet clearing out 18 thirteen gallon bags. I wish I could say that I'm done, but I am not. Sure feels good though to get it out!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 19 - 10:42 PM

A couple of programs were added into the new computer that I'd had installed in the old one to increase functionality. I'm researching how to reduce the size of some of the video files I have, from media center recordings to mp4. It's always something to figure out with these various program.

I'm still organizing the shelves and have located projects that were buried in with other stuff. And still finding occasional clumps of insulation. I seem to have a lot of plastic baskets, probably purchase at a $1 store years ago. I've tossed more paper from publishing projects into recycling.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM

Writers used to keep extra copies of their published works in order to send tear sheets in as examples of their work when pitching articles to editors. Now with scanners and PDFs they can be shared digitally. Over time some of mine are dated so this week I did a major thinning of those documents and sent at least a linear foot of magazines and brochures to the recycle bin. The contractor's bag was bulging, mostly with paper and cardboard, collected around the house this week. I've compressed my published stuff down to a single shelf.

The yard is dry as tinder now, it needs to be mowed, but since it isn't growing it won't get any worse. I'll get around to it one of these days. There's a possibility of rain over the weekend, but the ten-day outlook is more promising, with a projected high of 87o on the 31st. One of these days I have to thin the iris beds and I have a list of people who would like some. That has to wait until cooler weather and after a good soaking rain. I did a one-off cat feeding chore for a friend tonight and stopped for some ceviche on the way home so no cooking was required for dinner. It's too hot to cook.

Dorothy, you have been productive. I had to delay my planned fence work due to the ceiling, but at least these projects are all on one property, not scattered all over the Province.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 03:10 PM

Dupont:

Did a quick look at the posts for the last 8 days. Seemed longer! So many ideas and reminders! I went to Beaver for 5 days and the resident scale informed I have gained back the tediously lost 15 pounds. DARN! I went to four movies - a fest at a near-by lake that was incredibly fun. But the trip - all day on that Thurs, from here, and then a movie and 40 min home, then errands on Friday, then movie - again 40 min each way, and two on Sat plus going north to the Garlic Fest. I was plumb wore out and rested until it was time to drive back on Tuesday.

Well, I did manage to collect 3 more boxes of pottery and a table for this weekend's sale. Sat in the screen house all one aft and relaxed; it was cooler out there on the swamp's edge. And found a fellow to whom I owed for last winter's snow removal; I wanted to be sure he would do it this winter! And left money for the fellow who is bringing this year's fire wood. Remember: where I live it is OK to come home ans find a note on the K counter, and then say, "You know that box on the counter? I'll put the money in there in case I am not here." I do love this way of life.

So on Tuesday, Drove the 5 hours back to here. Not much else other than meal preps and minimal shopping. Again today; internet and no energy; lovely breezy day with all windows open so I have even skipped the usual opening and closing of windows and drapes.

Yesterday, I did go to the monthly lunch for our area group. I had instigated it being held at a nearby community oriented bistro. The org had added on musicians - Nancy White whom I have always avoided as I do not usually care for female voices. Well, Nancy White has a marvellous voice!!! And she played such a variety of music, from Joanie Mitchell to blues, jazz... And a local elec bass player accompanied her. The women enjoyed her tremendously! She may get more gigs and the bistro may get some repeat business. Don't we love when we manage something like this!

R worked the whole time I was away; not even time to put the futon back together so the TV/sewing room is still unusable for me; he has watched the news but that is all one can do after a ten hour work day.

I am flat broke as the month ends; but all the bills are paid. Hoping to sell some pottery this weekend at the Chateauguay Valley Antique Association event, A very fun event and R is definitely on board to help me get stuff there tomorrow! Geri will help on the weekend and packing up And I shall be exhausted next week. This could be the last time for this relatively easy event. Lots of local music - all day - mostly country.

And R will be going to the Sat auction (at the CVAA) BUT is making good noises about not buying too much this time!!! only minimal clutter has gotten into the house. The single guest room is ready (without wall pieces yet) and the double awaits the mattress; once again I am furious with Linen Chest as I was told it would arrive yesterday, when I received phone call that it would come on Sat. NO, we will not be here on Sat! Then, I was told Thurs. How do you argue with stupid? So, I am stuck with next Thurs. Was planning to go back to Beaver - well not on Thursday. Also waiting to hear if a friend who needs a bed for that weekend is actually going to take us up on it.

I have been concerned all summer that my son (and two grandsons) (PA) would surprise me but finally got him on phone yesterday; waiting weeks for passport renewal because ...????? It is supposed to take 2 weeks and it has been six. I can only wonder if it is his complexion. So there went the summer and no visit. The positive is that the van broke down and are we ever glad it did not happen on the way to Canada! My gentle, honest, Quakerly son (56) is not a terrorist! The world just gets crazier by the day, and in Canada also.

Oh, one movie was The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. Monumental Canadian documentary with Giraffes, and historic women's issues over the last 60 years. Ended with views of the Women's March on W as the credits rolled. I understand it is available on I Tunes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 11:57 AM

I buy replacement bags on Amazon for much less than the name brand, but still sturdy enough plastic to do the job. I tend to use the smaller bags (cut your own) more, so I tend to alternate my purchases: These rolls of the 8" bags last quite a while and I alternate that purchase with this two-pack of large and small. I read a lot of reviews before settling on these two products; they aren't all as heavy duty to stand up to the melting and shuffling around they can get in the freezer.

I was at Goodwill one day and spotted a holder and cutter for the rolls of bags but it's not big enough to hold the entire roll. I make my own roll and put it in there because it is a handy way to cut new bags. I found it for $2, I wouldn't spend $34 for it. (Expect to have to experiment on size and waste some plastic along the way.) I'm also looking at parts like gaskets and teflon strips as my aging sealer begins to need some TLC to get the bags to seal.

Sharpie on the bag wherever is good enough to let you know what's in it, no need for that white spot to write on.

As a Mountaineer member (in Western Washington State) in high school and college, who took the basic climbing course then taught in it for several years (including map and compass), I will never completely give up my paper map, and I find GPS to be terribly annoying. I "drive ahead" in my mind, having looked at the map and sometimes, if it's a complex route, made a few notes of cross streets, turns, landmarks, and can quickly glance at that. I use the phone map for the big picture for progress (the blue spot that shows me where I am does help) but it is as much distraction as it is a tool.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM

I stopped accumulating maps when we bought a GPS for the car. Now we travel with a road atlas and the GPS -- the GPS to provide turn-by-turn guidance, and the road atlas for route-planning. In Canada, where we have relatively inexpensive phone service (relative to the cost of roaming charges in the States, that is), we dispense with the road atlas in favour of an iPad and Google Maps. We haven't been lost, or even late, in years, and we have almost stopped arguing about turns and directions.

Ditching the maps was a painful process. I am a map geek; I love maps. But two file boxes of maps dating back to Germany in 1978 is way too hoard-y for me; they went into the recycling box without a backward glance. Outdated road atlases are a bit more of a challenge, so I let them ripen for a couple of years before I set 'em loose.

Stilly, you mentioned your Food Saver yesterday -- how coincidental. I just bought one; I can't think why it took me so long. I look forward to a significant reduction in the amount of food-wrapping material we need to keep, and better freezer results.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 08:07 PM

This afternoon I thawed two pieces of Food Saver sealed cod from 2014 that were as good as the day I froze them. I'm out of store-bought tartar sauce so I used an online recipe and mixed up some ingredients in the fridge (capers seems to be the secret ingredient) to have with it and was pleased with the results. I thawed a much more recent whole-grain baguette that I cut into slices cross-wise and toasted to use with hummus that I need to thaw.

Maps. I'm a hoarder, to be sure, but I decided again to act as if my kids were going through the box and tossed about 3/4 of them. I kept a few of places I might actually drive to, and as out-of-date documents they are placeholders until I get a newer one at each state welcome station. Sometimes I had to figure out who was governor (the old Texas map with Rick Perry, for example, is gone). I have a small cloth bag of maps now in the new SUV; I had a bag of more current maps in the old SUV but I think I left it unlocked in the driveway one day and someone grabbed it, perhaps thinking it was a purse? This looking at stuff through my children's eyes seems to be a good exercise.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 01:22 PM

Our smoke detectors are linked too and it’s quite a racket if they go off if you test them. Still, we worried about people not hearing stand alone ones going off. Ours have sealed batteries with a supposed 10 year life.

The closest I’d come to your last question are:

My mother sometimes thinks of writing about life in a very rural borders part of Shropshire (England) from her birth in 1935. There are some sheets of A4 around somewhere and her efforts are probably saved on her PC but that’s as far as it goes.

My father (who has lent one or two cards to one or two others for books) has sometimes considered doing something with his collection of North Norfolk (Mostly West Runton and again England) post cards. That one has never got off the ground. I have expressed willingness to scan for him but would not understand what he wants to achieve. On the other hand, I suspect his ability to plan a proper project like that went a fair while ago. There is one relic from the last attempt, a digital “Dictaphone” that we got him as we felt it might help get ideas down but I don’t think it was used and there is no paperwork.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 12:41 PM

Has anyone else noticed that there is such verisimilitude in modern radio and television HD broadcasts that the beeps used as background noise seem like they might actually be in your house instead? And driving - how often do I need to turn off the radio to be sure the siren or odd noise isn't in the car or an approaching fire truck?

The smoke detectors are wired together, so if one goes off in my office (for example), those in all of the bedrooms and the hall go off also. That's good for a fire at night. But when the batteries need changing these buggers are difficult, the 9v batteries don't want to fit back into the pocket, etc.

This morning I evicted some old mystery meat (probably trimmed turkey) from the big deep freeze, and pulled some Food Saver sealed packages to use for soup (three-years old turkey legs and thighs). Trash day tomorrow, so I'll put a bag in the big plastic can instead of leaving the bag itself on the ground. The likelyhood of coyotes, raccoons, and foxes is lower since the landowner across the road "cleaned up" that area by tearing out the trees and underbrush (but leaving trash), but there are still occasional stray dogs and cats.

Does anyone else harbor visions of someday writing about those great old jobs years ago (in parks and forests, for me) and have these bits of paper and notebooks and such that float around as part of that project? I finally decided to give one shelf in the newly revived office to my publications and a box where journals and all of those odd bits and pieces can be accumulated from around the house and stashed. But I'm also being ruthless in throwing out the paper that, while it says something to me, will be meaningless to my children and they would toss it when the time comes. So I'm doing it now. Since I can't burn the papers right now I have a growing file for after a good rain, and the rest will go in the trash with the old turkey.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 11:22 AM

My parents’ previous house in North Wales could be one for strange noises, some of which were probably due to the place being fairly exposed. I don’t know if you’ve ever walked a lonely path and had that eerie feeling you are being followed but I suppose this place was similar in a sense. The sense being that once in a while, if alone in there, you could get the feeling you were not alone. It was a (flawed but…) lovely property though.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 09:27 AM

That entire episode belongs in the Aw Fuck It file, Jon Freeman. My life is full of crap like that, from rustling noises in the walls to mysterious pinging generated by any (or all) of our expensive digital devices. You and your Mum have my sympathy.

I have one of those little electric travel alarms, too. If you pick it up the wrong way or knock it over, or even look at it crooked, you activate the alarm function and find yourself chasing pings under the bed at zero dark thirty. Okay, it's not as irritating as looking in the dark (because your spouse is still asleep, you hope) for the spot where the cat just horked, but it's close.

Speaking of rustling in the walls, our house almost certainly harbours at least one nest of mice, but the rodents seem to be keeping prudently away from spaces occupied by the cats -- i.e., the entire interior of the house. No one has seen any sign of mice, neither droppings in the cutlery drawer nor gnawed pasta packets in the pantry nor tiny corpses on the carpet, but Watson and Isobel (the resident cats) spend long periods sitting patiently on the basement floor with all their senses tightly focussed on a particular stretch of skirting board.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 04:24 AM

I guess this one can go here… Today’s poor attempt at troubleshooting.

Mum asks me “what’s this beeping?” As there was a warning light on the burglar alarm remote and the sound initially seemed clearest above the entry to the attic where the main panel is located, I assumed these were related.

Anyway, replace battery reported as low by the system and clear errors on remote. System OK but still a bleep. I restart my own program that connects the alarm to the HA. System OK on HA too but still this beep. I curse and get the step ladder out to go up to the attic. I open the access to the attic and, strange, the sound is no louder…

Another walk around and I find the offending item. It was a small travel alarm mum keeps by her bedside. Apparently, she even knew she’d dropped the damn thing this morning…

I’m starting too see a funny side to it but at first, I wasn’t sure whether the biggest quite angry “GRRR” should go to mum for not realising what she’d done or to me for hastily jumping to the wrong cause.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 11:26 AM

I haven't continued to participate in the summer diet thing my insurance company pushed, but the first episode did have some interesting tidbits. They talked about levels of hunger - when you're not hungry at all, when you're looking for something to nibble on but nothing much looks good, when anything in the fridge as leftovers looks edible, and when your blood sugar is all bonkers and you end up eating way too much too fast.

They suggest you plan to eat when you get to the "leftovers look good" stage. And I can go back and follow-up on those weekly episodes. It just happened that that program started when the ceiling fell in and I had other things on my mind.

The shelving stuff is in the garage now and I had an overnight eBay sale (something listed for a very long time, since I haven't put up anything new since probably May). Good timing as I'm preparing to start listing again this week. With the shelving out of the hall I can transit more easily with boxes I need to take to the dining table for photographing, describing, and packing. My sunroom is too crowded right now for the activity that usually happens in there. It's the last casualty of the move out of the office and I'm slowly making inroads there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM

The fur-bearing carpet in the sitting room must be vacuumed TODAY. And after that bit of light resistance training, I shall go to the gym.

I have completed my first week of intermittent fasting with a loss of five pounds. Now, that was almost certainly bloat, but I'm glad to see the back of it.

It's interesting how conditioned we are to fear even the slightest pang of hunger. Himself still expresses concern that I don't eat breakfast, although I have repeatedly told him that I am not hungry until mid-morning at the earliest. But I am reluctant to set about any task more demanding than loading the washing machine on an empty stomach *for fear that I will be hungry*! I am learning to wait for an actual hunger pang before eating, and it really does slow me down.

On the other hand, I have noticed that I feel weak and unwilling when I am thirsty. Half-way downtown, after only about three-quarters of a mile, I am pushing my legs to pick up my feet -- unless I have brought a water bottle. A couple of swigs and I'm ready to go again.

Both obvious, and weird. Weird that at my advanced age I'm finally noticing. Duh.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 19 - 05:48 PM

I dropped off the shelving and storage units and didn't go into the store itself. And then on the way home instead of stopping somewhere to buy a sandwich I thought about what I could make at home that would be equally appealing so when I got back here I cut a chicken breast into pieces and made breaded chicken strips. That mid-afternoon treat was my big meal for the evening so I'll have just a salad later.

The cranberry bars were frozen overnight are now repacked in airtight containers. I have some sweet potatoes in the oven that have been here for a few days and need to be used. Most of the papers are filed or shredded, with only a few needing attention still.

The shelving that wasn't re-installed in the office (brackets and boards) needs to be moved into the garage lumber area. This will clear out the hall next to the office, and from there, I can start moving eBay stuff into the dining room and set up on the now-emptied table.

Buried under the papers on the table was a DVD I picked up a couple of months ago, one of Jane Fonda's low-impact exercise videos. It's time to start with that and see if my knee will tolerate the moves.

#Progress #FrugalAugust


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Aug 19 - 07:03 AM

SRS, be good at Goodwill! No buying until your space is restored and pretty!

Heading off to an adventure-- I love visiting new pools!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM

The ukulele festival sounds like a lot of fun!

This afternoon I pulled a box yellow cake from the freezer and used some leftover cranberry pulp from making cranberry juice for a rich pan of cranberry bars (I posted a link to the recipe on Facebook, though my account is acting up and I can't see much of what I posted). Their fabulous smell gave a lift to the afternoon. They're cut and spaced out a bit and are (all but two) in the freezer (and I had to test a couple!)

Since so many books left the house in June it meant that I put up one less bookshelf in the restored office, and the remaining shelves have plenty of space for things that used to live in other smaller compartments and shelf units. This evening I've put several small pieces into the SUV to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have another box of books filling up as I move them back (or not).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 02:29 PM

It's another much needed and wanted day at home for us today. I have more laundry going and today I cleared off my Nana's hutch which had become a very dusty catch all spot. Jeremiah brought down 2 bags of things from his room to take to Goodwill and I have another 2 or 3 bags sitting on top of the freezer.

Pete had a HUGE haul from the garden this morning...patty pan squash, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, yellow wax beans and rattlesnake beans (which are new to me and I can't wait to try). Pete made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch while I made a cucumber, tomato and fresh basil salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar....can't get much better than that! Well, at least in my book!

As far as the school year goes, it is somewhat more organized but considering Jeremiah took part in a regular summer program, there isn't too much change. It actually will be a little bit easier as he will be able to take the bus home which will save me about 30 extra miles per day (and it will save Pete that much mileage as well....60 miles a day to transport to and from). I am looking forward to a little less running although soccer season will be starting before long.....

There is an upcoming festival I am thinking about attending called the Funky Frets Ukulele Festival....I think it sounds like fun! We shall see!

I'm off to do some blogging. You guys have a great week!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 08:44 AM

My home Y took 7 months to grant what another nearby Y just granted with 3 emails in one day, so I do have a pool for next week. Unfortunately, ALL the Y's pools here are closing for at least a week's maintenance, but I have whittled the downtime to just a week lacking cardio, because I added more PT during the Y closure for strength work.

On land, I've graduated to chair dancing, which I overdid a tad last night when we found the second GREAT band here, but what a great problem to have!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 10:04 PM

Michelle, I found the school district to an 800-pound gorilla you have to tolerate at times, but having them back in school helps make the weekdays more organized. That sounds like a great dinner - I always love cooking with stuff from my garden, though this year the output has been sparce.

More boxes have been emptied and some has gone to the trash or the Goodwill bin and I'll make another trip to the recycle bin soon. Leftovers for lunch and dinner this weekend.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 08:25 PM

I had the entire day to myself today. I cleaned out one of the cupboards, reorganized, cleaned out the fridge, did up the dishes, did some laundry, organized lunch materials as Jeremiah is starting the 4th grade this week (how did THAT happen?) and made ham, homemade mashed potatoes and green beans...from the garden...for dinner.

I had not been doing such a great job with weight loss due to vacation, etc. and last week I finally got my head on straight and am back at it...tracking everything that I eat and when I weighed in, I was down 7 pounds. YAY. Now if I can keep that momentum going.....

Besides work, that's about all that's been going on around here. Work, sleep, work sleep, etc.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 04:00 PM

Office: emptying boxes of contents that are either going on a shelf designated for them or into the "figure it out later" box in the kitchen (that is for cassette tapes that don't have labels but appear to have been used.) There is a stack of paper on the dining table that all needs sorting and filing, it's mostly mail that arrived during the last two months and waited for easy access to file cabinets.

Clumps of insulation still turn up in boxes that were hit by collapsing ceiling and moved into the front room without unpacking to remove all of the debris.

Many of the books on my shelves in here are those I've wanted to read that were stacked wherever. Now they're in sight, and the one closest to hand is A. H. Jessup's Beyond The Cascade. I wish I'd read it in his lifetime.

Frugal August isn't as frugal as I'd hoped, as I continue the reconstruction of my office, but food-wise I've made progress drawing down the freezer contents. My shopping for fruit and vegetables has been for things I mean to eat, not process or freeze. This includes two cases (one a week) of largish mangoes (9 to the box) for $5.99 a case. They're incredibly sweet and juicy and a fresh mango each morning for breakfast has been marvelous (and I shared these with a friend, no way I could eat 18 mangoes in two weeks!)

I have had to take decongestants when working with some of these dusty boxes, but otherwise, there is a good health factor in the picking up and moving lots of boxes, a sort of impromptu weight training.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM

I've moved one of the two desktops into an "L" position and so far it looks like none of the cables pulled out. I then went through the tech packaging that was stored flat in the closet and discarded almost all of it. This dated from when the way to save money on the new version of a security or other software was to show that you'd previously purchased the program by sending a part of the box or cover of the manual in for a rebate. I haven't done that for a while so I think that business model has gone by the wayside, and those packages all went into the recycle bag.

Stuff that I regularly use that doesn't need to be on the desktop needs to be within reach or in sight, something I'm going to be fiddling with for a while.

I put a shade up over the single-glazed window in the office and am really impressed with how well it insulates. I've mentioned it before, this one is a linen color that filters out at least 60% of the light. Lowe's Allen + Roth Light FIltering Cordless Cellular Shade. Highly recommended, though with the provision that I no longer own cats. I'm sure they would tangle with this kind of window covering, and in the past the blinds usually lost.


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Subject: RE: wysiwyg update
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 10:00 AM

I heard from Susan (wysiwyg) via Facebook messenger yesterday; the site has been up and down so often that she couldn't get through and wanted to share the following:

The Mudcat won't take my post today, but pls share for me there:

We won at the Y meeting today.... but since they are closing the pools for maintenance, Saturday, for two weeks.... And then when they reopen Sept 2 we're MIL-bound.... I'll be in the water tomorrow.... But then doing I don't know what, until about Sept. 10.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 09:36 AM

Charmion, Linn has joined us in that modified fasting; she is reporting a general trend downward also. Eat Fast and Live Longer is a British program kind of like the PBS science shows we get here (and I saw it first when PBS broadcast it one summer). The method I adopt starts about 38 minutes into the program, the alternating days and when the calories are low on the alternate days (or, as people sometimes choose, just two days a week). I think Linn is able to do periods, like from noon to 7pm for her eating, and the long period of time (from 7pm to noon) is helping her. It seem to have lost the knack of waiting until noon to eat, I think it had to do with the Prednisone I was on for 18 months that had to be taken in the morning with food. I'm almost a year out from that but still really feel it if I don't eat something early.

I tend to eat very small meals, or have one modest meal and then fruit or veggies later in the day. I need protein for this to work.

My ceiling reconstruction was pretty radical, but nowhere as involved or expensive as your patio. Other than enjoying new paint, my office is restored and there isn't any new space or feature (other than pretty paint) it's the same ol' house. I am also saving again for the thing that I originally intended to work on this summer - replacing more fence around the yard. The south side looks good (I am still pulling out fence posts inside the yard along the path of the old fence) but the north side is falling down.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM

Good luck with Facebook, Stilly. I do not understand how it works, and never have; I know that its primary purpose is to shove advertising under my nose, and that helps me endure its vagueries.

We had ceiling fans in our Ottawa house and I loved them. I wish we had them here and maybe we will, once the bank account recovers from all the masonry that has been taking place over the summer. Cleaning them was a major production involving stepladders, buckets of soapy water and rather a lot of swearing.

Speaking of the bank account, we are currently deep in the red, and I have to write two more cheques that will put us completely out to sea. Legal Aid and the Public Prosecution Service owe us money -- oh, how they owe us money! -- and we will just have to tread water until the ship comes in. When it does, Rodney the HVAC Guy gets the next lump of out-going capital. So no ceiling fans this summer, and the bedroom is still painted purple. I've been hating that purple paint for two years now, but I fear I'm getting used to it.

Last week, we went to Goderich for a week of diddly tunes and restaurant food; consequently, my fingers blistered and my feet swelled up like rugby balls. After five days at home, the feet are back to normal and have actually stopped hurting, and the fingers have new calluses. So, progress.

Remembering Stilly's occasional references to "intermittent fasting", I did some googling and reading of scholarly-ish articles on the subject. Since we moved to Stratford, I have put on about fifteen very unwanted pounds that just won't go away and, rather than buy new trousers, I decided on Monday to give this intermittent fasting thing a whirl. This morning, I weigh four and a half pounds less than I did on Tuesday -- the result, I'm sure, of eating far less salt than I was getting in Goderich, and the disappearance of the bloat in my feet. Fast days are all about vegetables and tea, and no fun at all. Himself, fortunately, does not make waves about what I eat or don't, except that he still doesn't get it that I no longer want to eat bacon first thing in the morning.

I despair of my vanity with respect to ankles and the apparent thickness thereof. I used to have the kind of feet that looked good in cute shoes, but injuries and arthritis have put cute shoes firmly into the rear-view mirror. Sneakers with orthotic insoles are now an everyday reality, but the vanity persists. I believe Mr Ecclesiastes had something to say on that subject, and it wasn't kind. I can't say I wasn't warned.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Aug 19 - 02:46 PM

Facebook is still broken so my screen is decluttered of most conversations; I'm reporting it to them every day, trying a different kind of report each time to see if something finally works.

Rearranging shelves today for the placement of stuff in my Dad's collection. I was going to put the books down low, but that makes too many things I use more often that are in baskets and bins are up out of sight.

The old computer and it's monitor and equipment have been moved into the restored office, the rest will follow later tonight. I have backup drives all over that I have to sort out and use one to backup the new machine.

I have to dust the blades of the fan in the living room; I realized it's turning the wrong direction for this time of year so I'll reverse it. I had the bedroom fan pushing air up also and when I turned it to pushing air down I couldn't sleep for the breeze on my feet and hips making them ache. I just want a faint amount of air movement when I'm trying to sleep (and I prefer this in a warm room - I absolutely can't sleep with the cold air from the air conditioner blowing on my feet or legs. It causes a sort of "restless leg" situation.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 08:55 PM

Dupont:

Cleared most of the largish hall closet of boxes, pottery and wrapping materials and put it all in car to go to mill and then to the sale next weekend - the CVAA event which I love and usually manage to peddle some pots. Leftovers will come back here to be displayed in the closet which has a small window and adequate light. Wrapping materials: some can be eliminated, some saved in a different closet for future sales.

Twin bed is dressed and ready with a lovely quilt for the soon cool nights. The room lacks wall pieces and I will consult with R. The bedding sets a pale yellow palette. I am delighted to be able to use an antique spread that I never could bear to get rid of! It looks as good as new. I have no idea when/where/how it joined my household!

Put two plain white drapes on two doors and pinned them to length until decide if they will stay there. They are only to keep the sun out so may take them down in cooler winter when I want all the solar gain I can get!

Must bring a few bed pillows from Mill tomorrow when I drop off pottery, etc.

R did not even notice the freezer was in the Kitchen - behind the table, sort off. So we are content and I am starting to fill it with fall produce.

Had a lovely walk, and social time today on Ile St. Bernard, with a walking group. We walked awhile, sat by the River a while then had lunch up by the Cafe. Getting to know a fine bunch of local women. I have never done this sort of thing before. I was either too busy or did not find a group, or even a few. Actually on Whidbey, I walked the dogs on Useless Bay off leash beach and chatted with other dog folks I met on the beach, but that was sporadic. With this I may even build some relationships.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 08:37 PM

I have a huge stack of empty boxes ready to flatten. I was able to push a few into the bins today but they were chock full; they should be empty by now so I could make a trip this evening before dark.

There are a gazillion old cassettes around here and an equal number of 3.5" floppy disks. I'm set for converting the cassettes I'm keeping, but for the floppies I have no drives to read them. I may have to get a small USB-connected drive for examining at those. The office is slowly looking like a space I can work in, but there is still a lot of stuff to get rid of instead of putting back.

Facebook is broken for now, not letting me follow up on all of my own posts and things I shared, which is particularly annoying. I've reported it with a couple of screenshots.

Rain in the forecast overnight, which will be wonderful if we actually get some. Meanwhile it's so hot right now that the region broke a power usage record again today so I'll load my washer and program it to run at about 4am, and won't run the dishwasher until bedtime, to spread out the usage. I also have to turn off all of the computer equipment and get it moved into my office, once I'm satisfied the desks are in the best positions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 08:09 PM

I'm very excited to report that I found a fabulous orthopedic professor's teaching videos late last night on exactly what ails me, that my local intake doc was totally unprepared to explain to me last week. (This prof also works clinically, and is near my son in Toledo in case I don't love local care options.)

I screenshotted all relevant slides and included two very powerful ones in my Y presentation. These slides illustrate exactly how I got hurt, and the physics behind the precise way I need to use the Y,

Yano Becky learned how my clean laundry is stowed, today, and focused on kitchen and general prep for my son and DIL who arrive tmrw night for Thursday's meeting.

Greg and I reduced four boxes to two and he took out the empties.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM

Pulling books from the front room shelves now, only the ones I want in my office. I'll think about what to do about the gaps - there are other things that can stay on those shelves. There is no order to speak of, just broad categories of how I'm storing them. I'm fussing with two storage units right now that have been handy but are in the way and may go to Goodwill. Or live somewhere behind my desk or under the window. Maybe plants could sit on top of them.

This is work done in spurts because I need to think about what belongs and what doesn't, and what will be the most ergonomic work space for my standing/sitting desk.

I do have too much stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 01:40 PM

I've emptied lots of boxes as I dig my way through the stuff in the front room that was piled in there after the ceiling collapse. Something new is a dedicated bookcase for all of the cassettes (it's 6' x 4' and it's going to be packed full; the cassettes are stacked in the most efficient way to fill the shelves top to bottom).

I haven't started moving the computer stuff in yet, I want a little more time to look at the possible setup of the desk surfaces and their relationship to electrical outlets.

I'm going to have to get one of those vinyl floor mats to put over the tile area where I repaired two tiles; it is prime real estate in there, that's why the broken ones took such a battering. Hopefully a chair mat over the top will help keep it all in place and avoid dips the chair wheels always get stuck in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 03:33 PM

SRS, I'm not quiet, I just can't open the damn thread most days at times when I can post. Back, appts galore past and future, ouch. YMCA, meeting Thursday and fam is attending for support. My file ready for lawyers. My rehab not possible without Y as the home exercises, but weekly PT and walking continue, ouch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:51 AM

No progress here. I’ve had problems with the sore on my back…

I did sort a problem with the HomeSeer (which largely replaced my own stuff in April) set up the other day. The Raspberry Pi locked up and I was forced to unplug/replug. I think that step led to the corrupt SD card. Hours of troubleshooting and trying to fix disk before concluding my only way out was a clean install on the Pi and a hope I could restore from backups. At least that bit went very smoothly.

I’m not sure we have anything completely dependent on HA and a number of lights are usually operated via remote control but the study light was interesting. That uses an RGBW (chosen as we wanted both daylight for reading and warm for white for tv on the computer from the central light) and has a momentary mains switch for override. I couldn’t remember/work out its operation and, rather than searching for instructions online, wound up leaving the room lit up in pink from late evening to the following late afternoon when I finally restored things.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:39 AM

Himself and I have just returned from a holiday up the highway in Goderich, where the Celtic Roots Festival and its associated music school are held. We left in a flurry last Monday morning shortly after dawn and invested a week and rather a lot of money in learning diddly tunes (me) and hanging out till all hours singing in the pub (him).

I am very glad to be back at home with the cats and the garden. My wretched feet, which swelled almost beyond recognition as soon as we left home, have returned to their normal dimensions, and my digestion has almost settled down after wrestling with too much restaurant food.

The cats have almost finished re-establishing dominion over my lap, but Watson still feels the need to interrupt whatever I happen to be doing to rub his head all over me (bonk, bonk) and purr in my ear while digging his claws into my upper back. And here he comes now ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:11 AM

Susan, you've been quiet lately. How is your back and is your exercise routine moving forward?

Are there any lurkers who have progress to report?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 10:20 PM

I've turned a corner as far as restoring my office; there are two tall bookcase cabinets in place and today I finished installing brackets for boards on the other side of the room. I'm not arranging it the same way for various reasons, and so far this is only a sketch. There is a lot of dusty stuff in the front room and in the den that was boxed or just stacked as it was rescued from the office before the rest of ceiling demolition. There is still a lot of work ahead. I just finished moving that bookshelf built to hold paperbacks into the office and it will hold the cassette tapes that were in cardboard flats before.

A box for Goodwill was buried under some other items in the sun room; I'll add more then take it over and make a run to the recycle bin at the same time.

Tomorrow is supposed to hit 105o so I'll get up early to get some exercise with the dogs. We're all getting cabin fever from these wretchedly hot days, with several weeks more to come.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 05:13 PM

Dupont:

Once this house is set up, I would love to have you visit. "Set up" will never quite reach some of the high middle class standards of the dedicated homemaker!

Saturday, I asked for ONE HOUR to go to the lumberyard and get the wood needed to hold mattresses on the now arranged bed frames. I have no idea why it took four hours to get to the - get in the truck and go - point. We did get the wood and each bed is now ready for a mattress. The twin has a mattress which will look much better with a mattress cover - which it will have.

This Sunday am, I set out for the Linen Chest with better directions and much determination. And a list. Started with a look at returned mattresses and saw two possibles, asked the clerk in charge for a salesclerk and a very nice man came and sold me a good double mattress!

Then, thinking I could find the rest on my list, I set off without him. Had to ask the clerk to get him back (they are on commission) but he was already helping someone else so she got me a nice woman who was very helpful. A fizzy water machine (R drinks gallons), two australian lamb's wool mattress covers ( one each), A lovely down filled pillow for the sofa. I remind myself that the lamb's wool cushions are less harmful to the animals! But it was SO hugable!

Two small concrete planters with a wonderful rabbit face on each. Big enough for 4 inch pots. And a riverstone door mat - some sort of fiber backing with river stones well glued to it, to clean dirt off feet at the back door. Call it an experiment! It seems a good idea - if the stones stick. And it is a distinct improvement over the old rubber one which is wet on top as well as keeping the decking wet! Not a good idea. I moved it to the foot of the steps - on stones and grass/weeds.

Stopped for groceries on the way home and threw the frozen meat into new freezer! Then moved the freezer into the kitchen, sadly, as that is not where we want it but it is where there is space. It did not fit in the closet. R wishes I had bought a smaller one. Maybe I do too. I shall have to fill it very well. I covered it with a beautiful red Guatamalan weaving. The new carbonation thingy sits on the microwave next to the water jug.

This has been my month to spend a fortune.

This week was rainy and cooler, delicious nights for sleeping. Lots of negative ions with the wind blowing the trees almost constantly. I finally feel alive again. If I had a pick I might even be able to get some more flower/herb bed space. Maybe tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Aug 19 - 10:55 PM

I've used bits of blue painter's tape to mark each spot where I am getting what looks like a response to a stud (the plaster is thick enough there are many false positives) and when I step back and look at the wall there are three distinct lines of tape in the spots on the wall. I'll still have to test with a fine nail to see if wood is where I think it is. Tomorrow I'll see about putting up the supports.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Aug 19 - 09:54 AM

The new stud-finder is no more accurate than that old one or the one I returned during the week. I'm going to have to figure out where studs are the old fashioned way - start from a known point (a junction box on the wall attached to a stud) and measure, then test by pounding in a slim nail to see if I hit wood.

Dorothy, once that house is set up we'll all have to come visit and test those guest bedrooms!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Aug 19 - 07:07 PM

Dupont:

Freezer arrived this afternoon. It rained lots!!!! Nice breezy day! On phone with Hannah 2 hours! How to kill an afternoon! Killed the am on internet. Still need a pick to increase garden and I am loathe to buy another one; keep hoping R will bring one from city house.

Firm words this am re need for guest space got the futon frame out of the front yard into the TV room but in two pieces. Maybe tomorrow. I helped get it upstairs but cannot put it together. Now for two more beds in designated guest rooms. Maybe tomorrow? Summer is almost over and no guests in sight - yet, but son said he might surprise me.

Spent all my energy last week at Beaver; not recovered yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 19 - 03:23 PM

Dorothy, you put us all to shame with your industriousness!

I spent the last hour in the shady part of the yard (it's about 100 today, so that's the only place to work) pruning out ligustrum or privet, an invasive shrub in this area. It seems to have really taken off lately, and there are a couple of varieties. The larger one (glossy privet) looks like a beneficial native (evergreen sumac), so I'll double-check to be sure I really want to take it out. I used pruning sheers today, tomorrow I'll take the battery-operated reciprocating saw and cut off all of the plant bases (that are now tripping hazards). I also cut down what I think is a Chinaberry; attractive but invasive, and a pain in the ass as far as all of the berries it drops.

I also hooked up my battery-operated irrigation management thing on the back of the house. I use it to connect to series of hoses to run sprinklers in two parts of the yard, running before dawn so it isn't conspicuous. The area under the faucet was full of tough grass and lemon balm, and I carried the weeds (I like lemon balm but only need so much) to the patch of ground above the creek and spread it around, hoping some of it will seed back there. I also moved some bricks, though one had a toad under it so I carefully replaced it.

My stud finder is supposedly on the way, so maybe tonight or tomorrow I can start putting the office back together.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM

Dupont:

Wow! Long time missing! I had nothing to say and then I went to Beaver for a week and could not find the stick (for internet); remembered the obvious place where it was (here) after I got there, of course. So I went to the library and that did not work and Timmy's- same. Finally, on Sunday I went to The Muse Cafe. By now, I could not even collect email so phoned provider on Whidbey and nice Thomas helped me get a new password and explained a couple things, including "close your browser and reopen it". YAY!!!! But the 500+ emails took all the energy available. The stick is back in the computer case!

Came back on Tuesday and have been regaining a sense of order. I was delighted when arrived at Beaver to find that the folks who stayed there left no trace of their presence - other than a lovely note of thanks!!! I realized how little space there was for additional people but they managed, and enjoyed themselves. Bobby agreed to do a gig at The Muse in the fall.

The new "woodshed" is a beautifully built - ten by ten - structure - a roof with a sheet of plexiglass in the centre for light, on the deck, not blocking the view from the BR window. When we no longer heat with wood, it will be a nice shady area, when no bugs. Dan had to clear the deck of the remaining firewood to work on it so my job for the week was throwing about 2 face cord of wood back onto the deck and stacking it. Then I stretched out the large, heavy - once was a Tempo cover - out and cut in in half, folded each half and stacked on deck; I could not lift the whole thing. Brought the entrance section of said Tempo over and put it in the tool shed until next trip. That section has two heavy zippers so it will be the "front door" where I go in and bring wood to the house. I will roll it up enough that it does not freeze to the deck. Using grommets and heavy hooks to put it in place and also the other three sides - cut out of those other two pieces. The hope is that I shall be able to access the wood when I arrive after snow/rain and freeze-up!

I phoned to order 4 more cord and was asked to phone back 23 August. I am hoping my history will ensure that I DO get the wood. It is late to be ordering but I had to see how much I needed.

I also did some organizing in back-back shed and in house, mowed some of the foot high (or more) grass in front, weeded the raised beds, and left it in better shape than when I arrived. There were a few raspberries and blueberries (not ripe) on the bushes planted last year. Packed up pottery and loaded it into car, thankful for a dolly to get it the distance. A couple hundred feet from screened house on edge of swamp to the car. Mowed a path first!

Spent one early evening in the screen house, with book but mostly just felt the peace of the place, the quiet time of day, a few flying critters.

Dan agreed to bring a weed-eater to do the really tall areas - a lot!! I will ask him to leave the pink flowers - About 3x100 feet - for the flying critters and some daisies and brown-eyed Susan. The deer had feasted on the strawberry plants; they may profit from their new start. I hope.

Back to Dupont, R had done a decent job of keeping it all together. OF course the sheets needed laundering do that was first task. Still no beds in the two guestrooms and the futon frame is still in the front yard. "What if Taun texts that they are coming?" I can only hope the weekend will bring some forward motion!

I went out and purchased a 7cf freezer yesterday, to be delivered Friday. The amount of food from the Farm (Jardin de la Resistance) is overwhelming and I MUST freeze most of this week's. Good thing I only signed up for every other week. I have pretty well missed the local strawberry season. But may freeze some blueberries.

R managed to keep the house and yard plants alive - except one baby mock orange which may not survive. There may be one at the mill and maybe even a couple in the city; I am loathe to go there in this heat. We finally had much needed rain last night.

I did not go back and read earlier posts. I would love to see what folks have been up to but I have sneezles and wheezles, a stuffy head, runny nose, and my eyes are affected. Cannot remember the last time, or if ever, I have had these symptoms. Sniffing Eucalyptus clears head. Chlorpheniramine maleate has had no effect, so not allergies. It started at Beaver so it is not this house. Today is a rest day.


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

I missed seeing Lilyfestre's remarks until this morning—I feel like I've been on a tiny vacation just reading it! That sounds like a wonderful week away. In a month that included deer, turkey, and wheel bearings you still came out on top!

I'm maintaining the frugal stance this month, though I did some opportunistic shopping yesterday. I had an appointment in the next town over so I stopped in the Halal grocery for a package of their freshly made Iraqi bread and a couple of things for a friend (a standing order for when I'm over there and I'm paid back). I freeze the large loaves (12" or more across) and they'll go into a dozen meals over the next few weeks.

The new stud finder arrived; it has a "deep scan" feature I wanted to use on the newly-textured wall but it seems similarly challenged as the old one. I may have to return this and try the higher-price device I've read about in reviews. I finished painting hall trim and scrubbed that tile floor and have removed the plastic blocking that route through the house. The dogs were giddy at being able to go in there again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 11:18 AM

Electricians!!! LR outlets restored!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Aug 19 - 08:04 PM

Yesterday's Yano day was moved to today for mutually acceptable reasons and I used the time today for a Dig Me Out restorations of order-- some decluttering and some junking. This little house can get dysfunctional when I don't stay on top of it, and I've been unable of late.

I had a very non-informative Spine Center appt yesterday, that has left me with a lot of conflicting advice to process, a lot of unanswered questions, and more questions.

Also ydy I ordered a new Rollator. We paid $300+ retail for my present one and Medicare is buying this one, so one can stay with the van and one with the house. I'll be swapping some features to have the best seat for concerts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Aug 19 - 09:46 AM

A glitch in the plans - the old stud finder can't find studs through this second layer of texture because it was put on over the top of the previous texture layer. The walls are all about 1/4" thicker after this latest architectural transaction. I hunted around, read reviews, and ordered a new Zircon that includes a "deep scan" setting. Arrives tomorrow.

To stay on track I mulled over the project and realize I'm still blocking the hall-to-den doorway because I need to finish painting trim in the hall. The tape is already down on the floor so can finish this pretty quickly then liberate the hall and let the dogs through all of the house. We will all be happier that way. I dressed in my paint clothes (saggy paint-daubed jeans I hold up with a belt and saggy paint-daubed old library t-shirt) instead of wearing the new t-shirt that arrived yesterday. It's message is "I was normal three dogs ago." I saw a photo of a friend wearing the same message and knew it was perfect for me (since I'm on my fourth dog here in this house, with a two-dog overlap).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Aug 19 - 09:48 AM

Monday when you're retired is still Monday. Appointments happen during the week, and there are a couple this week and next, taking me past favorite thrift stores. Yes, I am being frugal - there is one item I need to replace, and I'll look for one that suits. My toaster oven has failed; the bottom element works but the broiler and fan have stopped and I don't see a way to give it a thump or replace something to repair it. This originally cost $13 at a thrift store and has been in service for about five years. One of my appointments takes me past my favorite Goodwill store that has high-end donations, so I'll start the replacement search there. I have no plans to pay full retail price for a new oven.

High of only 94o today seems mild by comparison to typical August days. Some of my outdoor work includes swapping out a kitchen waste compost bucket; one of the current two in use is showing signs of crumbling from sun exposure so I'll retire it before something untoward happens with it's stinky contents.

More work in the office also, starting with the first set of shelves being attached to the wall. They won't be centered this time, but to one side, and my desk arrangement will be nearby. That's how I visualize it, anyway. I'm trying to leave myself a space by the window for a chair for reading or watching the bird bath outside.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 19 - 10:25 PM

I replaced my lightweight step ladder with a modestly priced 4' "A-frame" fiberglass ladder. It has solid rubber feet and is much sturdier for all of the climbing I'm going to have to keep doing in the office. I stood looking at the blank wall where shelves will go and decided now is the time. I have to put up the support for the brackets, the boards are the easy part, and then put stuff back up there. The old step ladder goes to Goodwill; it still works, but I need something more reliable. I've had my eye on getting one of these since the contractors were here to work on the office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 04 Aug 19 - 10:15 PM

I'm pretty sure the month of July has wings...can't believe it's August already!

Just a little bit of catch up: I got my car back in beautiful shape after the turkey flew into the passenger side causing about $3000.00 worth of damage. Shortly after that, a deer ran into the driver's side of Pete's truck while all 3 of us were in the truck along with our dog and Miss Mable. Thankfully no one was hurt. However, our body shop of choice was closed until we would be on vacation so the truck has been parked for awhile. We went on vacation during the second week of July....Pete, Jeremiah, my mom and I. We rented a cabin on a lake in upstate NY and had a gloriously relaxing vacation. We enjoyed early morning coffee along the water as the sun came up, Jeremiah made a new friend (how precious it was to watch that friendship develop), we took a 2 nation cruise, ate out twice, did some shopping at a local Amish farm where I got 3 baskets and a strawberry rhubarb pie, played games, went fishing, had long conversations and enjoyed each other's company.

Of course, in the line of work I do, that meant getting as many clients in before the vacation and having treatment plans all up to date and then had to hit the ground running to be sure I got all clients in for the month....and I did it too...all but one that was due to him not engaging! August feels much more laid back already! I'm off for another week of vacation in September so it will happen all over again..LOL..doing my best to be sure all things are in order so September rolls a little bit more smoothly.

Anyway....got home and the furniture that we had ordered earlier this summer had arrived. We went to pick it up last weekend and got about 3 miles from the house when there was some strange sound happening with the truck...much like the sound of a flat tire. We made it home just fine and the tire was in good shape. Pete took the next day off to tear the truck apart to see what the problem was....ball bearing. Ugh. Another trip the garage. We picked up the truck yesterday and are hoping that that is the end of the vehicle problems!

The new furniture looks good in the living room and we are hoping to paint in September when it's a bit cooler and not so humid. The walls are currently a dark pumpkin color. The new furniture is mostly brown so I want to lighten it up a bit. I found a very soft yellow that compliments the fabric nicely....just waiting on the temperatures to drop!

Last week I made ceramic Christmas trees with my mom and we will pick them up this week and add some snow before bringing them home. Friday I traveled downstate to have my port flushed and then did some major grocery shopping on the way home. Yesterday we went to Women in the Wilds which is an all day event at my favorite state park....we had a great time but I've been dragging all day. That means today was a day of rest....unless you count cooking and 4 loads of laundry.

Jeremiah is growing fast right now so we have more things to go to Sally's. The old furniture has been burned...it was well worn and way past it's prime....not in good enough shape to pass along.

We also got new chicks this week...they are Cornish X Rocks/meat birds. The gardens are looking great but I can't take any credit for that...it's all on Pete. We currently are enjoying fresh tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, green beans, raspberries and loads of blueberries.

Hope all is well with everyone.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 19 - 10:20 AM

Well, shit. Two shootings this weekend, Texas and Ohio. Somehow rational people need to make the case to the gun-rights-zealots who think they should be able to own high-power semi-or-automatic high-capacity military-style rifles that their way (of keeping all of these available so "the good guys can take out the bad guys") isn't working. In fact in El Paso, the police were having trouble telling who the bad guy was because anyone with a gun is suspect into it's all sorted out.

Susan, you're nearby the Ohio one. Do what you can for those you can help. Stay safe yourself.

On the home front, I've looked at the bookshelves and I can see a distinct slant in the office - that front of the house has tipped enough that the bubble in the I-beam level is all the way to the top of the horizontal vial. I actually shimmed one case on the end closest to the window. No wonder the ceiling fell. This is something that will only get worse until I manage to have the foundation work done.

Today is when more stuff moves into the office and on the shelves. I've put power strips and three-pronged extension cords in place behind the big book cases (used only for small things like lamps, not for heavy duty applications). They're ready to be reassembled and put into use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Aug 19 - 09:46 PM

The two largest cabinet book cases are moved into the room in a new spot; I'm thinking about if I like them there or not. I have dust rags and the vacuum cleaner handy because there are bits of insulation that lodged on boxes and and in baskets as I move things out of the front room. The shelves for the cases are in the closet and a lot of things need to be reassembled, wherever I place them. I have the Goodwill bin nearby for the things that were moved out in a hurry but don't need to return to the office.

When this first started I had offered a six-foot by 40" by six inches deep bookcase to my daughter, but we didn't have a chance to take it to her house and she has rethought it, as have I. I may use it to organize the boxes and boxes of cassette tapes from my father's collection. I'll be digitizing them once I get moved back into the office. I won't be putting up as many bookshelves as I had before because I thinned them out so much. I'll have room for this in the office (it used to live in the hall where that ceiling was also replaced.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Aug 19 - 02:17 PM

SRS, that's great. Now you can focus the detective skills on why your water's hardness or pH vary, or soap brand...

This is why I add vinegar t9 shampoo and body wash. As I've posted before, I now have zero soap scum on the walls or in my hair. I can also use less product to get clean me, and dishes.

I've never seen any DW damage either. I no longer buy thousands of tiny rise aid product, either.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Aug 19 - 10:22 AM

We have a gentle drizzle underway right now, and those two dopey dogs are out playing in it. The house smells like wet dog. It's a very welcome rain, though it doesn't seem to be adding more than a trace in the rain gauge (or in this case, a dog dish sitting on the patio that I look at after a rain.)

Time to grout those two tiles I set last night before bed. I'll be careful not to step on them, but it's time to start moving furniture back into that room.

Susan, the vinegar seems to have done the trick!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Aug 19 - 10:12 PM

The tile is out, new tiles ready to place, now to let a little tub of the thinset thicken a bit.

Using up food here in the house, I've made a couple of small portions of pizza with some tandoori bread I had in the freezer and cheese that I've had almost too long. Some almost mealy apples are now in a very small pie.

Laundry set to go, and the dishwasher, this evening (I don't run appliances during the day because of the higher power consumption of running air conditioners.)

I did some work on the potted plants, rearranging and making sure if we do get rain one of these days the rain coming off the roof doesn't hit any directly.


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

There are so many things we thought we could/would do once we were retired! I'm plenty busy, but not any more efficient.

I read about the strategy of really small bites; I have mixed feelings about it, but think it is a good way to approach desserts and foods that are less good for you, so you don't eat as much of them (or have seconds).

Interesting conversation with a neighbor about his foundation problems - his foundation guy told him to put up rain gutters, that with all of the rain we had this year, especially in June, more water got under the house because it wasn't guided away by gutters. That could be an answer here. I haven't had gutters since I put on a new roof about 10 years ago. Time for the research.

Finishing the floor tile replacement chore today, fingers crossed. It has gone very slowly because I have only so much patience with hammering all of that tile off of the concrete.

I'm going to try Susan's recommendation of vinegar in the dishwasher this evening. Fingers crossed there also!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 04:59 PM

I think meal delivery is great. One thing I read about people with diabetes or hypoglycemia (a step on the way to diabetes) is try to have someone else cook your meals. I know I can go from fine to staggering around in a matter of minutes. They suggest perhaps a Chinese restaurant and making sure your food is done correctly for you. I personally when I was working went to McDonald's every morning for breakfast..I need a lot of protein and fat and their scrambled eggs and a sausage patty (ok and a diet coke) got me started for the day. Otherwise I would just sleep till the last minute. I thought once I retired I would spring out of bed and cook my own breakfast. gave up on that idea quickly. It gives me a time i have to get out bed (and left to my own devices I could sleep all day), gets a chunk of protein in me, I see my neighbors...could be cheaper but it is not too bad.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 11:45 AM

Lunch Retraining Time!

Years ago at my peak salary, I was briefly able to afford Jenny Craig. It had its points, good and bad. Later, I couldn't afford to try Nutrisystem, but how I longed to! I knew instinctively how it would have served my chosen but unpredictable, clergy-household lifestyle.

Now, though, I'm old enough to qualify for reduced-cost senior services.

For about $50/month, weekday meals are delivered every Thursday morning. This is not your typical Meals on Wheels, as pix here demonstrate. I LOVE IT, despite its weak points, because it's proven to be a huge Missing Link.

It's giving me the opportunity to completely remediate my food program: the weekly delivery of gluten-free, low calorie but filling lunches, once I add romaine lettuce. While physical therapy is making meal prep painfully difficult, I can actually remember to grab and nuke the simple meal elements, and then actually sit at a table and cut up every element to create the tiny bites necessary to eat veerrrrry sloooooowly. With the addition of table condiments, the bland elements actually aren't bad.

I regret the amount of plastic this program generates, so I look forward to applying the new habits this program supports-- going off the weekly deliveries and incoporating lunch shopping/prep -- as soon as I'm able. But for now, I like knowing that I have gluten-free lunch bins in the fridge and freezer to use up each week. I finally get to learn what Mom never taught me and which I never built a day's habits around. Until now. Now I have all the pieces to out together to thrive, I think.

My other meal habits were pretty good, but this Missing Link is the keystone holding up the arch I stand upon.

Here's today's lunch. (Two veg pouches today because I was out of romaine.)

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2391564320922850&id=100002079158985&refid=17&__tn__=-R


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM

The holes aren't to support free-standing shelves, they are for the tracks that brackets fit into that support six-foot long board shelves. Furniture feet at the front of freestanding shelves work as the shim you mention, and I have two of those. I've measured various places to consider where to put these. I'm thinking about rearranging from the past setup.

August is here. Time to clear up paperwork as I pay bills and start clearing my dining room table of computer stuff as I set up my office in the office again.


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

SRS, if you shim under the front edge of the shelves, they won't tip. (Just the skinny third or half of the shim will be enough.)

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 02:41 PM

Any time the power goes out I have to consider how much I really want to get the vehicle out of the garage. The door weighs a ton unless it is released, and there is a release cord that I finally extended so I can reach and release it. It used to have a plastic handle but I cut that off when I realized it used as part of a trick used by burglars (who pushed the door just enough to create a gap then hooked the cord handle and released it). An insurance guy told me about that. I can reach the cord but it wouldn't be as easy to snag.

I think I've about had it with painting trim. There are a couple of doorways left, and then it's onto finishing the replacement tiles and scrubbing the floor before the move in. The question I have asked myself now: I had lots of the shelves with the brace screwed to the wall and the brackets that attach to support boards. The walls look so good - do I want to drill holes? I will put them up again, but I'm not going to put them as high as before.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 12:59 PM

Aaaaand ... the garage door opener died. Another five hundred bucks down the maintenance hole.

On the other hand, futilely re-prodding buttons in the diminishing hope of results when we're already late for church is presumably now a thing of the past.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 11:50 AM

SRS, it changes the pH so that all of the detergent plus any minerals dissolve fully and thus the dishes rinse clean. I just use it every time as the rinsing aid.


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

Thanks, I'll give that a try. I ran the dishwasher empty with a couple of cups of vinegar a while back, it didn't seem to help in general, but maybe in contact with the dishes in particular?

This morning I have started putting things where they belong. The burnished Oaxacan figures are back on display in the hall niche outside my office, the rest of the Attic Dek planks are in the attic for later (clearing floor space in the sun room), as I assess what I need to do to get back to selling on eBay and putting my office back together. I'll use things on hand for tasks already under way and make August a No Spend Month. Fresh fruit and vegetables and staples (gas, dog food) are okay, but the rest can wait or something else can be used. It's an energizing process, considering how to move forward with more ingenuity and fewer material purchases.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Jul 19 - 10:57 PM

SRS, try 1/4c vinegar, in with the detergent.

Black eyed Susans went in the ground today, with Brandon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jul 19 - 04:04 PM

When it's over 100o I don't spend much time outdoors, but I took a few minutes to move the mix of potting soil that had been in the garage in my wheelbarrow. Now the pots near the side door are planted with squash and eggplant for a fall crop. The garden seems to be snakebit this year, so I'll try pots.

Something is going on with my dishwasher and the local water; all of the glasses and silver are cloudy. I've started washing by hand and it seems to help. I refilled the rinsing agent but it doesn't make a difference. Perhaps it's a seasonal water thing? I'm getting ready to start polishing the silver and putting it into the case and use just stainless steel flatware (though I didn't get the new flatware because of the water.)

A week of cat sitting at a friend's house begins today and I always feed them around 7am and 7pm, so after the morning run I have a couple of hours when it isn't baking hot out there yet. Good for attic work, yard work, and maybe even walking the dogs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM

Y sitch heating up.

Half of peat pellets set outdoors for light-- fluoro too heavy to move, so more watering.

Yano tmrw-- unpacking the jackalope out of the shredded paper tangled in its dusty fur, so we can put it up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jul 19 - 05:29 PM

I'm not very patient when it comes to painting the trim and I keep bumping into the other color. It'll be a process of smaller and smaller brushes until I call it quits.

Today is a combination of around-the-house maintenance (laundry, dishes, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms) and a push to finish the rooms. I mowed the lawn this morning and I've added water to the birdbath outside the office window (where several birds visited while I was watching).

More cut up branches in the trash, and the yard is looking much better since those built up piles are getting cleared out from under the trees where I dropped them.

It's time for round two with the chipper in the front yard to bag more mulch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Jul 19 - 10:54 AM

Sprouts are starting up!

The Y meeting has become a writing exercise to use if necessary for a lawyoo.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jul 19 - 04:51 PM

I keep intending to go outside to work on things and I keep finding things inside to distract myself. I painted the windowsill in the office, but the trim is a mess. It's lumpy from over the years and having two different coats of texture over time. I'm going to have to touch-up the touch-up before I'm finished.

Maybe I can mow near sunset, before the mosquitoes are out full-strength. The lightning bugs are still around but they come out too late for mowing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM

Up early enough to walk the dogs and while out there we met several other people, some with dogs, to chat with. My two are now panting up a storm while sprawled on the cool tile floor, but they look happy.

It's still morning so I'll take another swing at projects in the yard before moving indoors. If I find the missing knee pads I'll paint trim, but otherwise, it waits a while longer or is done in very short spurts to avoid further bruising.

I have eBay things I will start listing as soon as the computer stuff is moved off of the dining table (I have a fabric photo cube and lights I'll set up there for photographing what I'm going to list.) I need to start with "back to school" stuff (I have some children's jeans, etc.) and holiday listings (there are people who plan way ahead). It reminds me that LilyFestre is probably doing the on-the-ground back-to-school planning even as I type. I've seen a few things show up in grocery stores, as they assemble aisles with the supplies listed by area schools, by grade. Packs, tablets, folders, pencils, crayons, paints, glue—I do believe it's possible to get a contact high from handling the boxes of crayons! That smell has been magical since I first got to use them as a child and never faded. I haven't smelled the old sweet school glue for decades (but it tasted good!) but even the pads of paper, the boxes of pens, they have such great evocative smells. I was typical, not looking forward to going back to school, but dying to get my hands on those fresh supplies! As we grow there are other things we respond to that way - walking into an office supply store and looking at the pens, the tablets, the erasers! (Anyone else love those squidgy gray ones that were like silly putty and smelled so nice?)

Last week my daughter illustrated a similar passion for supplies, this time sewing, when she asked "can I look through your buttons?" I pulled opened that drawer in the craft room and she dove in, to find old packets that were 25¢ and 50¢ a card back in the day (many were from my mother's collection). I suspect she'll dream up projects just to use those buttons.

Okay. Back to decluttering.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM

That beef will be great for leftovers, Charmion! More power to you, Susan!

My work in the attic resulted in knees that are still very tender, so kneeling to paint around the room trim is not easy. I put painter's tape on the tile along the baseboard and did a test section to see how the paint looks when dry. I wasn't using the brush meant for trim, instead trying a technique I saw on YouTube. I think I'll go back to the trim brush.

I have a few more plants to put in the garden once the potatoes are dug up (if there's anything to dig!) and rework the tomato area. And I'll finally set up the sprinkler on the programmable timer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Jul 19 - 08:15 PM

Beautiful day today in Stratford, and we planted some anemones. Then I barbecued an enormous rib steak, of which we managed to eat about half.

Urp.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jul 19 - 01:13 PM

It seems I was sloppy when I went around the edge of the room with grout to finish the tile, because as I cleaned the baseboard I found sticky surfaces extending out from the wall. This was done a long time ago and I've found information about fixing the problem, but it requires time and scrubbing with a wooden stick and water or vinegar water or sugar water. It's always something!

I've been achy after the attic episode so I'm taking it easy for a couple of days to give the muscles and joints time to heal. My knees are also bruised, so again, a few days to get over this.

There is plenty else to keep me busy. Most of it is indoors; this part of Texas isn't as hot as Paris, but we're still seasonably hot.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Jul 19 - 11:58 AM

A disability accommodation issue I've been negotiating nicely since January comes to a head today. I decluttered my spine of 30 pounds of prescribed rehab gear I've been re-injuring my spine with at every Y rehab visit. It's all finally in a padlocked case to leave at the Y. If they refuse, I have a lawyoo in my corner, and financial damages to document.

~Not Playing Around with My Spine


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Jul 19 - 06:48 PM

Interesting SRS and I’d not heard of 66 block. Or lived anywhere with multiple wired phones. There was one extension here but the ADSL works better without it, and we moved to using wireless dect phones.

Appearance isn’t much of an issue with my cabling, just in surface mounted white trunking against white walls. The top bit in my picture is the path to the field and the left (which btw also has 8 blue mango chutney water butts along the wall) and bottom to the end of the living room completes a path round the house. It’s all quite narrow (I can get a wheelbarrow round but that’s about it) and not as if someone could stand back and take a look.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jul 19 - 06:14 PM

Jon, when I get the second internal drive installed in my expansion slot I'll transfer most of my files from the old computer. Included in there are some CAD images of the house and I can show you my pattern. A friend was my mentor in this; he's an electrical engineer and provided some of the early equipment (I move in here when it was still typical to have a wired phone in the house and in several rooms of the house. For a while I was using a 66 block and I set up the phone and coaxial for cable and later the data ports using a "star" shape versus the old "home run" setup that was here and is kind of what you described. That linked from one room to the next to the next, all around the house. My Internet and TV antenna come in at the back through a hard-to reach part into the attic so I pulled each cable to a place at the top of the attic steps where they are connected to one of the trusses. I run a cable from there to the modem and router (in a central location in the house) and that is where the coaxial antenna cables run from also. My house is masonry with siding on each end of the house and the dormers above the first floor brick, but I don't think running wiring around there would look good.

I can move around in my attic fairly easily and fish wires down into walls to junction boxes, and with the Internet and antenna terminating at an easy to reach spot, I can address each room individually without having to find where they are in a sequence.

Lots of sore muscles today after yesterday's insulation gymnastics. Charmion, it's pure stubbornness and poverty that have me doing as much of this work as I can. I pay the ones who really need to be here doing the work. There's still plenty of "fresh debt" with this project. I did the demolition and am doing the painting, and replacing the insulation (and oh, my aching arms and bruised knees!) The rest I left to the professionals.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Jul 19 - 12:30 PM

Charmion, foxglove just sets where it pleases here and mum usually leaves them alone.

Thinking another thing that "just grows" here. Mum likes a little boundary which I keep higher and say 30cm wide between where I mow fora path between the veg plot and the farm worked field. Not much but a few field poppies have come up there. A nice bit of colour as you look over towards an (also attractive) currently ripening field of barley.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jul 19 - 11:38 AM

Charmion, I hope Steve/TGT explained (or you knew) that most established potted perennials can go into the ground as late as weeks before the first frost. They may not fully flower that year, but the real magic of the plant happens underground, and the roots will reward you the following year.

I planted Coral Bells that way several years ago, and have based my whole gardening plan on fall planting. Just keep the roots as watered as each plant calls for no matter how unlike their future selves they look, and attack weeds with your usual pluck. You'll see those mature beauties soon enough (starting next spring and summer). Potted annuals-- set right on top of bare spots between the perennials-- can give good cheer this season.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Jul 19 - 11:21 AM

Think we talked about networks on another thread not so long back, SRS. I took an easy (although I’m not sure how recommended) route for our bungalow and wired outside.

Just as in idle curiosity item, this is a rough sketch (which I think should have said 5E or 6) of what I wound up with a few years ago. It gives a redundant (or double speed if both lines are up) gigabit line where the static equipment is located and at least gives good wi-fi where it is wanted most.

Getting above the living room is impossible btw. The rest of the building (I believe a converted grain store) has a conventional ceiling and attic above but the living room is a later (60s?) extension with a roof more like a barn and with a couple of sky lights.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 25 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM

SRS, your energy and resourcefulness astound me. In your situation, I would be completely dependent on a contractor and up to my neck in fresh debt. I salute you.

Today, I am off to Kitchener to be needled at the allergist's office, but after that I shall visit the garden centre for some perennials. In particular, I'm looking for bee balm (Monarda didyma), which smells good, attracts bees, and looks like something from Mars so Himself likes it, and foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), which I think is interesting and should grow well in the bald spot where we used to have a scrubby-looking cedar.

I thought it was a bit late in the season to be planting, but Steve the Garden Guy gave me that pitying look I'm getting used to and said, "Why, no, not at all."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jul 19 - 07:26 PM

The insulation is in place, though I have an extra bag and one corner I couldn't reach, so maybe a job for a cooler day. I'll go over the baseboard with a scrub brush to knock off grit before I paint it, and once the trim is done and the touch-ups complete it will be time for furniture.

The Attic Dek planks are meant for the ceiling joists being 24" on center, but the builders were a bit sloppy and while it worked in one area, the second place where I wanted to install them is more like 25" on center, and the decking wouldn't install securely at that spacing. I had 30" planks up there from the past when I was running cable through the attic, and they were what I used this time. I'll use the rest of the dek planks in other places where I need to pass through more easily.

A bag full of now-empty contractor bags is in the garage to be re-used as needed. They're good for hauling around compost and occasionally filling with trash (though I rarely have that much and usually put it in cans that are emptied at the curb.)

It's nice to finally be able to set the air conditioners at their usual levels. I look forward to being able to fully enjoy the house again soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jul 19 - 04:55 PM

... And this caused me to declutter the sideboard here planned to be my summer Germination Station, where up to 125 peat pellets can sit under grow lights-- I don't garden in hot hot hot summer except watering plants, or indoors.

Adjoining the sideboard is the Germination Kit (box) I'd packed in PA for just that purpose. Tomorrow AM, the grow lights come out and I can plug those puppies in. From there it will be daily rotation of trays for even light from the grow lights and adjoining window, until any surviving plants go in the ground Oct. 1 (sooner if necessary).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jul 19 - 03:30 PM

An electrician finally showed up to give an estimate and plan a quick work date for what's been "urgent" since 2014.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jul 19 - 01:00 PM

About 1/3 of the space is now re-filled with insulation. I had to take up cardboard to kneel on because those Attic Dek planks are strong, but awful on the knees. I'm taking a break for a quick lunch and long drink of water.

Back up to finish the job, and I also end up with good surfaces for the few large empty boxes stored up there to sit on. I'll get some more of this Attic Dek another time and put pathways to a couple of areas where I have to navigate to work on occasion (pulling Internet cable, etc.) I suppose in the future everything will be WiFi, but I still get the best streaming results when I have data ports in each room, and I still have a couple of rooms I didn't run cable to when I made the big push to do the whole house. And the point where the phone line and Internet line come into the house - difficult to reach but a path to it on these would be perfect.

The next stage, after insulation and painting trim are finished, is to dust and restore each piece of furniture into the room, and to reinstall the wall shelves. This is a point where more stuff may go into the Goodwill bin. I'm probably a couple of days out from that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jul 19 - 09:14 AM

It looks like today is the Attic Day. Gear and materials are ready. Cooler than average, and it's morning. Now I need to set up a radio so I can listen to the Mueller testimony while I work. However, based upon the squirrely, fast-talking congressman from Georgia, and the twit from Texas Ratcliff now, half of it is going to be agonizing to listen to as they try to wriggle off of the conspiracy hook. Hyperbole.

Goggles, mask, long sleeves, screwdriver and drill. Decking materials that will give me platforms to work from.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jul 19 - 04:39 PM

Brandon built my first ramp! It works!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jul 19 - 12:31 PM

Yano Becky returned today and we emptied 10 boxes of fragiles of their packing materials, which I will upcycle. This reduced the boxes to four medium sized boxes of items to clean next week. We set the four boxes in the little red wagon for ease of shifting, and I broke down all the empties to recycle.


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

Somewhere in my office stuff (not yet back in my office) is a tape of my father singing, among other things "The World Turned Upside Down." I can find different words and tunes on YouTube, I can find the tune with the words in print below, but I can't find the song and the words performed together. So I guess I'll have to make a video with Dad's song and add some kind of topical illustration. This is one of the frustrating things about my office being tumbled hurriedly into boxes and stuffed in another room. I'm going to have to organize it. Again.

Back to my regular grousing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jul 19 - 10:46 AM

I bought a handful of plants a couple of weeks ago, and this week I put the salvia out in a front bed. I'd separated and nursed along some squash and okra, and this morning I found all three squash plants bitten off at the base. They aren't in the ground, they're in pots, so whatever did this traveled across the pots to do the damage. I haven't figured out who or what the culprit is and my garden is a mess because so many plants have been bitten off or girdled.

This is the time of year when I hit the hot-weather funk; it feels like there is so much to do and it's just too darned hot outside to do most of it. I live for that first cool day of fall.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jul 19 - 10:18 AM

At Lowe's early this AM for a little seed starter to dust over the thyme I began sowing onto peat pellets yesterday, I SCORED. Black Eyed Susan's I needed to replace, end of annuals sale but they're perennials-- $5 each x 4 1/2gal pots!!! To center the bed I'll seed-tape.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM

Steve the Garden Guy is on the new patio right now, planting hydrangeas, foxgloves and jeezly great daisies -- echinacea and rudbeckia -- in our new garden bed. It's a beautiful day in Perth County, now that the heatwave is over (for now), and I must get out and stretch my legs.


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

Good job with the water management project, Charmion!

It won't cool down here until October, and every day I have to decide what all I want to do outside depending on air quality, how hot, heat index, and general level of lethargy because it's the middle of summer.

I slept late enough that it's too hot to work much outside, so I'll paint trim. I may go out for a few minutes at a time, but not for an extended named task like "mow the back yard" (takes at least an hour), etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Jul 19 - 09:52 AM

On Saturday, Himself and I spent a rather frantic hour adjusting drainpipes to conduct the off-fall of water from the roof into the middle of the yard. The weather report ominously warned of a ferocious storm system bound directly for Stratford, and I did not want a repeat of last Monday's near wash-out around the air-conditioner.

So now we have six feet of drainpipe attached to the end of the down-spout and propped up at the proximal end on a stack of patio stones. At the distal end, a plastic accordion extension reaches out into the bald patch where we used to have lawn, before the landscaper's Bobcat entered our lives. It looks like hell and it's definitely a tripping hazard, but it puts the water where it won't do any harm and might actually do some good. And it's temporary -- only until the new air-conditioner goes in ELSEWHERE and we can put a rain barrel in that spot. Or maybe two.

On Saturday afternoon, we drove to Chatham (two hours down the 401) for a family gathering


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Jul 19 - 10:46 PM

Dupont:

house in city: Still for sale; the best furniture is still there for showings.

We went to Mill yesterday and picked up futon with frame - frame is still in yard; going to be tricky to get upstairs!, bureau- now in BR, air conditioner - now, gratefully in BR. Hospital bed set up and looks dreadful - will probably disappear. Pew is now in hall and looks great.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM

One corner of the front flower bed is weeded and some salvia I bought a couple of weeks ago are planted. Mulch applied all around it. This was my "lick and a promise" to the yard since it has been so neglected over the four weeks since the ceiling mess began. I also mixed some of my organic foliar feeding mix of compost tea, Hasta grow, Murphy Oil Soap and a healthy dollop of spinosad and treated a few plants that are laboring under the assault of pests. There are more to plant soon, in part of the bed soon to be abandoned by the potatoes.

This evening I finished pulling up the last of the plastic - on further consideration, it doesn't make sense to try to leave it on the floor till last because I have to paint all of that baseboard area it covers. It's all in a huge heavy duty contractor's bag at the curb for trash pickup tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM

Clearing up some email issues and sending information to a friend for whom a Flickr account was set up years ago but he lost the info. Now he wants an account and maybe he can get in and start from there.

My to-do list is too long and so much stuff needs to go out of here that I'll call this a free-for-all day and just keep moving and see what happens by the time I come to rest this evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM

SRS, here's the late Mary Giacomini, if you could linkify her into my last post... Misty eyes/mind, so only though of it after I submitted.

https://mudcat.org/photos/photo_page.cfm?file_name_sent=giac


Linked. And goodness, I thought all of these were lost forever.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jul 19 - 12:44 PM

I was able to find my sowing date for the groundcover mentioned upthread-- peat pellets arrive any day, then BOOM. I also found two low-impact items to give good color in the spring, in that bed and a front bed, using seed tape along the siding and seed mat fitted around foundation plants.

The spine thing sure threw me for a loop, but I WILL have "them flars" as dear Giac used to call them, dammit!

I hope that back rehab allows me to get back to starting my own perennials for these beds, next year, if Brandon is still gardening for us.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jul 19 - 07:50 PM

I climbed into the attic and retrieved the bag closest to the stairs and redistributed the insulation into the nearest repaired area (near the stairs) so I could use the bag for trash. I have most of the plastic pulled carefully from around all of the doors, windows, and the pony wall and much of it is crusted with the plaster texture slurry they sprayed.

I'm not ready to push further into the space yet (using the decking material) but I am ready to open things up more in the rest of the house. The tile floor is still covered with plastic so I'm not letting the dogs in yet but air circulates now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jul 19 - 06:49 PM

Anyone know how early I should sow creeping thyme for Oct. 1 planting?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jul 19 - 02:03 PM

It's an Active Rest Day here-- indoor, AC edition for the heat warning.

Greg just ran an extension cord for a lamp we unpacked this week, for a dimmer overnight LR light. I stowed clean laundry, amid other chores, and ran a hot wash of new red undies with formerly-white undies that will come out pale peach.

Four large K boxes reduced to 1 to sort/purge later. (Some of the items need space cleared/sorted first.) A big batch of silverware, etc to run thru the DW. A few items for Yano to clean.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM

I'm starting to peel off the plastic layers in places—this requires using a sharp knife to score the edge of the paint on the tape and slowly pull it away. I still have touch-up in both rooms, but then, if you're seeking perfection no paint job would ever be completely finished. Once this area is open I have to put the insulation back in place or both air conditioners will be working overtime. My electric bill is half-again higher than usual for last month. Getting the units tuned up last week will help with that.

It's time to start picking grapes. They're very late this year, over two full weeks past the average ripe date.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Jul 19 - 09:20 PM

Yes, SRS, it is the trick, and the previous owners here saved every drop of every color that had ever been used here including colors from 4 layers of paint under the coat here when we moved in. Subtle hint-- don't stockpile that stuff!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 19 - 09:04 PM

The second paint coat in the office still didn't get all of the little white spots showing through so I went over with a brush and kind of stippled and swirled to get it into the recesses. The hall had only one full-height long wall (and that has two doors), doors at each end, and the other side is a half-wall. I painted the whole space with a brush because there was so much prep going around the edges it seemed I was almost done when I finished outlining all of the corners and edges. It took some hunting around but I located the can of enamel that I'll use on the baseboard trim around both spaces. I also found some more rollers and handles I'd completely forgotten about. I could have used some of the primer from before and bought one less gallon. Now how to store everything so it's organized and I remember to go find it when I decide to do more painting. That's the trick, isn't it?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 19 - 10:34 AM

Charmion, hopefully you can find something off the shelf that can be put on and will dissuade any burglars. The houses in my neighborhood (this one included) were built with decorative iron or aluminum bars. After I had a burglary here in 2005 I completed the set but putting up new ones fabricated to match the existing bars; these went up over the three-across bay window (part of new construction). I also put up decorative security doors into the house. If it's a standard-sized window, the prefab pieces are remarkably affordable.

It's shocking how much all of these purchases add up to at the end of a month-long period of repair. But you will enjoy that new deck, and I will enjoy my restored office. At least it all adds up to something you can use and be aware of.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM

We need a Spend Nothing month, too. The patio project cleaned out our ready-use capital reserves, and I'm not touching the tax-free savings or Himself's business savings, which is where we sock away money to pay the taxes. I don't ever want to find myself out of pocket at tax time, having lived through that low-grade but unremitting misery long ago.

That said, the patio needed doing. It probably could have waited, but the old deck had that unmistakable whiff of active rot AND there were those basement windows and their drainage issues.

But, of course, one completed capital project leads (as the night followeth the day) to the next. The basement windows, no longer hidden by the deck or half-submerged under rampant foliage, are about as energy-efficient as wet Kleenex and an invitation to burglars.

Also, the air-conditioner. Maybe that can wait till next spring, but ... probably not.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM

Sounds like you're "ramping up," Susan!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM

Been in lost/fone purdah.

Brandon is measuring for my first ramp here. It should facilitate coming out of the garage and 5" down into the patio, and back up.

From that I can ferry things I should not be lifting, and sit to tend pots. When he works the bugs out using up scrap wood, he'll build another out the front door.

Both of these doorways have interim step platforms I created to reduce the 7" steps to 4", but it's time to ramp. These step platforms consist of decorative block laid in a pattern, under a doormat, pulled 1.5" away from the siding to provide space for a drip hose or outdoor extension cord. In all these situations, the ramp will butt up to these block platforms, not cover them.

When THOSE bugs are worked out, the third ramp can be planned, going out the back door and along the front gate towards the woodstove garden anchoring one end of the patio. That one has some complicated angles.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jul 19 - 03:33 PM

Aha! The electrician was able to come over today, and though he may not be able to finish, the first things being worked on are the light fixtures in the office and hall, so my work will be easier tonight. I put off painting when I heard they had time this afternoon. If he can get the circuit breaker (ground fault) problem fixed that will be wonderful - the old wiring was such that any plugs around water all went into a ground fault breaker in the box (they hadn't developed the individual breaker plugs). My bathrooms now have the modern test buttons, but since the box on the wall by the patio has failed, none of them work and I can't use any plugs in my bathrooms or dressing room. The electrician said they used to be able wire up to eight different plugs at a time into those old circuit breakers, so the wires running to it are from all over the house.

While out getting paint I made a very small declutter but swinging by my optometrist's office and dropping off an old pair of glasses and some empty glasses cases. I don't have enough in the box yet to take over to Goodwill. I picked up the hall paint color at the same time I got the extra quart of sage. I resisted stopping for a Diet Pepsi on the way home - even though the fountain drinks don't have aspartame, they probably still aren't good for you. I have some canned lemonade I made up (it has sugar, yes, but this is pretty darned tart lemonade!) I've been reading Dr. Amen's latest book, and he says many snack foods aren't good for the brain.

I'm aiming at having August be a "Spend Nothing" month. I can use the time to finish up all of the projects planned and paid for and that still need work. I also still have LilyFestre's "Twelve Days of Cleaning" thing I printed last year on my fridge, and after the explosion of dust that hit this house in the last three weeks, I need to work my way through and wash or dust or clean everything.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jul 19 - 10:59 AM

The paint roller nap wasn't robust enough to cover the texture in the office so I'll get another quart to add to my remaining paint in the gallon can and get a heavier nap to use on the second coat in there, and hopefully I'll only have to use one coat in the hall.

Fish is smoking all day today, batches for several people.

I feel so ready to toss out lots of stuff as that office goes back together. #MaximumDeclutter


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jul 19 - 02:54 PM

Thrilled that the generally-toxic local FB group apparently has at least has a few ppl interested enough in the planet to take our used bubble wrap off our hands, and empty boxes, too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 19 - 11:26 AM

Too bad about your helper, but it sounds like nothing was going to stop those boxes from being processed!

This week there has been a lot of discussion about the "Amazon Prime Day" (that lasts about 2 days because it's around the world) and other stores are joining in to serve those customers who want to avoid Amazon. Macy's is one, and today I impulsively did bought the flatware set I've been mulling over for a couple of years. My mother's silver plate Oneida has served long and well, but looks pretty battered by now. Amazon limited purchase to five place settings but Macy's let me buy eight and competes with free standard shipping. So it gets here a few days from now instead of tomorrow, but no problem. I'll keep the nice pieces from Mom's set and see if Replacements.com wants any of the others, or else it's Goodwill. The nice remaining pieces will serve as a reminder, and that's enough. I got it for about half the list price (it's Dansk five piece Classic Fjord II, one that didn't have creases or crevices, very clean lines).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jul 19 - 11:01 AM

Yes, SRS, enjoy your mile in my shoes!

To top it off, Becky informed us-- too late for a sub-- that she can't come today. Fortunately, as you indicate, I had already started on the smaller boxes Brandon had set onto the big, targeted boxes, and dispatched most of their contents.

And before she called, I had converted the LR to Sort Mode, which means trash and recycle baskets all over the floor. But I have already made that LR front door open-able.

So Greg will have a few of "his" treasured items to de-grunge and set in their destined spots, and I'm running many smaller items through the DW. And I'll knock off when my back starts talking trash at me, which is easy because there was room left for one of those big boxes which is now a catch-all for kitchen minutiae that don't go in the DW.

I find that by the time I've seen an item three times, I know exactly what to do with it, which is occasionally Goodwill.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 19 - 08:52 AM

Susan, I have learned over the last three weeks that sometimes work is thrust upon you! Because of the accident of misunderstanding you'll probably dispatch those boxes sooner than planned and will 1) discover missing treasure and 2) have more space wherever they came from.

I'm kind of to the point you reached when you started integrating the PA stuff into the OH house: I have stuff from here moved out of it's location and now I have the gift of an empty room to figure out where I want it to go this time. And this unavoidable project arrived suddenly.

Good luck with that!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jul 19 - 08:48 AM

Last week, instead of bringing in the TWO boxes I'd requested, Brandon misunderstood and carried in.... EIGHT, which are taking up so much space that the front door won't fully open. So today Yano Becky will help unpack the two biggies blocking that door.

Yuck!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 01:43 PM

Dorothy, I am astonished at all of the moving and sorting you're doing in conjunction with all of these properties. Is the old house in town (that had so many problems) completely gone at this point, nothing more to move out, etc.?

Charmion, I agree: as annoying as it is to have this project grow exponentially to include a new air conditioner, it's better to do it now instead of once it dies. And I think you'll find that the replacement of a 30+ year old unit will provide you with an energy efficient and more versatile system.

Here, the attic duct is sound and the louvered vent that serves the office is back in place (and the newly painted ceiling now has a few dirty finger prints on it.) While they were at it they checked both heat pumps and added Freon to one and replaced a capacitor in the other (a capacitor went out last summer in the smaller unit, so this was dumb luck to catch it before it completely died). I went up to take a measurement between the roof trusses and ordered the 24" decking panels. They should arrive Saturday, and I can begin restoring the attic insulation and have an area for safely storing a few lightweight things that seem to be most logically stored in the attic. Flattened boxes, the xmas tree stand, etc.

I had a conversation with a friend about how she is being priced out of her apartment because the property taxes keep forcing up rent. We talked about housing for single women of a certain age and concluded that sharing houses makes sense. I certainly have space, and while we didn't discuss it as something we would actually do, it is a thought exercise in how to divide and share. Clear enough stuff out of the garage so two vehicles can fit, set up another office space, etc. It's worth considering at some point, and I've known that particular friend for a long time. She'd love having a huge yard to get her hands on, for one, and the creek and the (now somewhat damaged by being bulldozed) woods across the road. And she likes dogs. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 01:01 PM

Be strong, DP!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM

Dupont:

some progress: A bizarre piece of ??? - formerly a Chopard display piece with revolving platform inside glass or plexiglass box set on a beautiful, four foot tall, wood cabinet??? Google Chopard (I had no idea!) watches from $1000 upwards of $65,000! No wonder this is beautiful - but is there any use for it?? Now tucked into the den at one end of fireplace until R decides ... The den looks fine. It is a conversation piece. He may put a mineral on display. Hearth, free of boxes, is home to large aloe vera and a couple garden books for Bowser's front paws. Also a large glass cylinder (foot tall,8inch D.) for an as yet undetermined plant. White stones in bottom for starters.

However, moving it to that spot freed a nice spot for the lovely mahogany cabinet with glass door - for special books in guest "wing". Also tucked in - a space at end of stairs to basement about 2 feet wide and 6 feet deep - a dead space unless used creatively - We have. Another dead space, between stairs and wall can hold a bookshelf I saw yesterday at one of R's buildings. Books can be reached from the steps.

At said building, we acquired a single mattress and -useless- boxspring, an interesting cabinet (from Pier One!) that looks antique and perfectly fits a space in den. Also a tall wood pedestal suitable only for holding a, preferably unbreakable, item on display. Maybe a large plant. Placement as yet undecided.

Also a short pew that can fit in hallway - place to sit to put on boots - after the hospital bed - NO! but he cannot move it out without help- "But you got it in!". Why don't I want it in guest room instead of the nice brass bed??? Then we had discussion of my FEAR of STUFF and wanting the house to maintain beautiful character!

As I wrote that: what if we need a hospital bed downstairs sometime in the future? Maybe I need to re-capitulate? But I like this brass bed...

On the subject of stuff: I caught him measuring the attic door this am and he announced that two, specific, pieces of furniture would fit up there. WHY?????? Nature abhors a vacuum - and so does R, apparently.

All boxes of books are downstairs but now we are dealing with humidity down there. Or, rather, what to do about it. It built up when the electric went off overnight and sump pumps... Water on floor absorbed by concrete... Will we have a generator before the next time???? All I can do is remind - but not too often. (There are four at the "shop"; one is functional and was needed elsewhere. MAYBE another could be repaired...)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 10:39 AM

The lads are at work again on the patio, and today we will have back steps.

As is so often the case in projects like this, one damn thing leads to another. The original problem was a basement window with no window-well outside and unmistakable signs of water damage on the wall inside, and digging out window-wells is part of the patio project. The problematic window is -- of course-- the one where all the utility cables and the air-conditioner ducts enter the house, and the air-conditioner is in exactly the wrong place, much too close to the window. So the air-conditioner must be moved.

Enter the HVAC contractor, for the landscaping crew are not licensed to so much as touch the air-conditioner.

Dating from 1988, our machine has soldiered on some five to ten years beyond the normal service life for such equipment. In fact, it takes a kind of refrigerant that is now banned in new installations and costs a bomb, so no HVAC company around here stocks it. Rodney the HVAC Guy says he and the landscapers can move our dinosaur, but they might not be able to avoid damaging its elderly copper tubing. Consequently, we have decided to add "replace air-conditioner" to the patio project. What's another three thousand dollars to plutocrats like us?

Besides, I'd rather do it with a plan than have the thing die in the middle of a heat wave when we're out of town for a week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM

The ceiling and walls in the office have a coat of primer now, and it used the entire gallon. The hall comes next, after a cool down, and should require approximately a half-gallon. The part so far is the roller, the brush work to fill in crevices and corners comes next, after the walls are dry.

I'll paint the ceilings later today, and be ready for the A/C vent to be reinstalled in the office. I have a box in the sunroom for things that I come across still that will go to Goodwill. The leaded glass light cover from the hall, a couple of things pulled out of the pantry, it's slowly filling. The recycling bag (that lives in the sunroom) was emptied a couple of days ago. Some of the "normal" sunroom items are lined along the cabinets in the kitchen. This causes a tripping hazard in there, but makes the sunroom more navigable during the construction process.

Charmion, I should have realized it was the "down" position of the desk that was the problem. I also find mine just a little taller than I like, and my chair doesn't raise enough to compensate. I've thought about putting an under-desk tray in for the keyboard, but the steel supports of the desk itself are in the way.

My afternoon yesterday was taken up attending a funeral service, after which an old friend followed me home to poke around in the yard, so I didn't get back to the chipping project. Today is a painting day, so probably tomorrow morning I'll do more trimming and get started with the chipper.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 12:42 PM

I chose a purple-toned thyme for the ground cover, to go with yellow flowers along the white siding that backs the bed. We'll germinate the plants in a huge tray we recently acquired via curb find, for which there is a patio table.

By the time they're ready to go in the ground, I can get that bed filled for them, and I've chosen a partial sun place for that tray near plants I water daily-- I do like watching sprouts do their thing-- I think full sun might burn them at this time of year. The seed company I used to start perennials last time has about an 88% germination rate according to my records. Peat pellets on hand will likely be involved as well.

NEXT summer I plan to germinate fall perennials indoors, but we need an electrician visit first for the designated area.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 08:45 AM

Brandon has now entirely cleaned up a pesky garden bed I'd had to let run wild this season, so now it can be replenished with soil and shredded paper, and replanted.

It can be fed by a drip hose, so I'm thinking to seed it asap with hardy perennials that will root now and come up bigtime next year. I wonder what groundcover I'll choose to start with?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 02:02 PM

SRS, the desk was too high at its lowest height; it was a standing desk, not a sit-to-stand desk. With my office chair set at the correct height for typing all day (back flat, feet flat on the floor), my hands were at least six inches too high for work. With my arthritic feet and lower back, standing all day is not an option.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 12:23 PM

Good work with the desk, Charmion. I'm having time visualizing why you needed to cut off legs, though. Can't you just elevate it to the point you want and leave it there?

My hands smell wonderful after pulling out dead and dying limbs from the huge rosemary shrub growing at the street edge of the front yard. I'll run those through the chipper later. This is the first of several areas needing a good clear out of branches. Turning it into useful mulch always makes it worth doing.

The new fan blade arms have arrived. They look like a better quality of metal than the originals. I'll repair this and purchase a new fixture for the hall and I'm ready for the electrician to arrive. He said late next week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 10:07 PM

I finally have a desk with a keyboard shelf at the correct height. It has taken only about seven years, plus an intervention by a friendly neighbourhood ironworker.

I bought a two-part desk from the Best Buy website, very impressed by the carefully detailed photographs of the gas-assisted riser desktop. The bottom was a very standard-looking rack stand: two legs, flat feet, brackets to bolt the top onto.

So it came by Purolator and I put it together. Imagine my disgust when I realized that the sit-to-stand desk definitely would not accommodate half of its declared function, as only a candidate for the National Basketball Association could possibly type on it.

I thought about it for a couple of days. Then I put a notice on the local Connect Facebook page asking for anybody with metalwork experience and equipment who would cut six inches out of the legs. A guy called Mike pinged me back. He builds structural steel for a living. He thought he could handle it, and indeed he did.

Mike's services were not cheap, as he had to pay his buddy a hundred bucks for use of the buddy's machine shop for an hour, but for the first time since I quit the government I have a computer desk that I can type on without hitching my shoulders up around my ears.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the patio project. Today we had laying of stone, and indeed it looks very, very nice. The garden around it looks like a dustbowl, but the patio looks very, very nice. And our chequing account is a great deal thinner than it was on Monday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM

Sad, that. Mmario seemed like an all-round good guy, someone with such a good heart that he should have had an equally strong heart.

I mowed the front yard before it got too hot, but it still needs a lot of work. I paused in my mowing to trim a bunch of recently sprouted branches out of my way, but I have to do a lot more trimming and picking up. Since cash has been drained off by house projects and computer projects, I think this would be a good chore to put on the top of my "No Spend" list. And maybe it's time for another no-spend month. It would give me a big bang for the work, and I have a chipper to use for a lot of the branches to make mulch for the yard.

The logging and "clean up" operation across the road from me apparently will be finished with the contractor chipping up the wood. I'll watch to see what goes into the chipper and may well take the wheelbarrow over and bring back a lot of loads of wood chips.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 02:18 PM

I forgot to report on a super-happy data thing here that was set in motion around the time of our move. I gave our miracle-working PA tech all my hardware then, except the notebook puder in active use, and he kindly fetched ALL the lurking data off of them. Two tower PCs, two old externals, and a corrupted backup of the laptop hard drive our former housemate took out of my laptop, which the next housemate, Tyler, stole.

(About 25 years of work product and family stuff, total!)

That tech was kind enough to discount his fee as our goodbye gift.

And then we moved and we're still unpacking. So the resulting external device lurked, unused, at my desk here until last week, when I wanted to update an aquatic fitness handout. I FOUND it despite not being sure which place to look, updated it, and saved it to the notebook, BOOM.

ALL my music files are also present, including all the gospel and spirituals out dear brother Mmario had agreed to curate upon my demise. We sure never thought about him going first!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 09:44 AM

Dragging and dropping the contents of drives on the old computer onto a new expansion drive to use for moving it all over to the new computer. A new internal drive will go into the expansion SATA slot this evening (it's on the mail somewhere right now). That expansion drive will then be used as the backup drive.

I have a comparison program for getting rid of duplicate files and I ran it on the old computer a while back; it's time to run that on the contents of this expansion drive so I'm not dropping all sorts of extra junk into the new drive.

Meanwhile, it's mowing this morning, then it's time to apply primer, though I need to pick up a few extras I forgot yesterday.

An important declutter move yesterday was to take apart the clump of things on my SUV key. I received the electronic key and a black dongle that had four buttons that the salesman tested on the lot and we determined it was a remote control for the tailgate. And I added a TILE device that is connected to my phone to help me keep track of the keys. The trouble with that black dongle is that if I nudge it in my office the tailgate rises, so sometimes I go out to the garage and find it up; perhaps I leaned on it last night when I was doing dishes. The last straw was when it popped up at the gas station as I (probably) fastened my seatbelt. I looked back and there it was, wide open. The dongle is now attached to a small carabiner on my handbag strap.

Finally, there are tomatoes simmering on the stove to make sauce. They got a little wrinkly over time but will still cook up just fine. Better to sauce them than toss them!


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

The yard is too wet to work in right now and it's too soon to start painting on the primer, so today is dedicated to emptying the sunroom and replacing things in an organized manner. This has needed doing for a long time.

I'll also double-check the measurements for the Attic Dek panels and order a set so I can get started on the insulation restoration over the office and hall.

And my final consideration - what kind of rodent control to add to the attic sometime soon. There was ample evidence of their presence, and including running around behind the books in the front room shelves.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM

I splurged on Brandon time today. My spine issues have complicated the repotting of huge baskets into huger pots, and I'm just not up to the amount of watering those root-bound baskets required. Neither is Greg.

They weren't bought to hang-- I had set them atop huge pots, for instant gratification. And I'd repotted so many of them into the pots when it was cooler.
But weather usually here in August arrived mid-May, and we lost several gorgeous and expensive baskets when I ran out of gas to water them.

So we did ALL the remaining potting today, and then some. And after a week recovering, they should bust out in flars all over again, in pots with enough soil and moisture-retaining material in each pot-- that on the worst days, daily watering will more than suffice, and when the heat breaks for a day or two we can actually skip a day now and then.

I want my %\\=/ flowers, dammit, and I shall have them.

We trashed the tomato plant no one likes, too! And put its soil to good use. He also pinched off a lot of dead stuff, all around, and added petunias on hand to fill in void spaces.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 09:32 PM

I enjoy reading of your progress in the house, Dorothy. Will you eventually clear out everything at the mill and let that place go? Do you still have kiln-type stuff there? Will you set up a potting room at the new house?

I tried Home Depot for fan repair parts and found a clerk who was helpful. The generic sets of fan blade arms are about $20, but they are proportioned wrong. He said Hunter sells the replacements online, and though it took a little while to figure out how that search system works, I think I ordered a set for about $35.

I picked up two gallons of primer on sale and this evening poked around the in the garage for my various painting materials. I need rollers and pan liners. I should have picked up paint chips for the wall colors. Next time.

There was an unexpected gully-washer of a rain storm this evening, lasting for more than an hour. The humidity is probably slowing the drying of my textured walls and ceilings, but I should be able to start painting by Friday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 07:47 PM

Dupont:

Beginning to wonder WHEN I will get back to Beaver. I miss being there but things are progressing - slowly - here.

Sorry to hear about the spine, Susan! Just one more thing!

I may have forgotten to mention the attic. R took a notion to put up a ladder that was underfoot in his "office", tied it so it would not slide and went up and opened trap door to attic! Large, well kept with a real floor, the old water cistern - tin with wood surround - and a "chimney" to let heat go out!!! He has left it open and the house cools better at night! We are planning to have Dan make us a stairs like the one at Beaver, that can be raised and hooked to the ceiling. Young guests will love the attic - another sleeping space!

Picked up some things from the Mill yesterday - quilts, food stuffs, clothes. Cleared a bureau we will bring on the truck for our BR. Lovely antique in light wood to coordinate. Lunch with Geri, books from library and checked out two thrift shops. Foraging for bedside tables now! Stopping at local shop daily!

Went to Linen Chest today, big sale, to try to get two mattresses but the prices were twice what I paid a few months ago. Bought some very nice sheets for guests and a marvelous huge huggable pillow filled with Australian wool; on sale for $35 (from $75, it was the only one). I view it as a terrific bargain because it is a total delight. Not a bed pillow - the size of four of those! A comfort pillow for cuddling, to sink into! Almost as good as a Bernese Mountain dog!

We plan to bring the futon with nice wood frame from the mill for the TV room, and guests - VERY comfie!

I also bought a weighted "blanket", with removable, washable cover. Expensive but might be good for R ; He likes heavy covers, I can't stand them, but this might work; I can get out from under if it is too much. Helpful for some folks with symptoms of autism. I'll ask him first; ($140!) If it increases serotonin and reduces his stress, it is worth it.

A couple small sofa pillows, good for the small of the back, in off- white with removable covers, were $5 each. An expensive day. And Dan is working on our wood shed at Beaver and fixing the roof!

Still 31C here and I have feet in pan of water. Helps.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 11:35 AM

The house is just as awkward with plastic up keeping dogs out of the work area while the mud and texture dries, but it's a relief to be near the point of starting the next stage. Primer is on sale at a local hardware store and I'll need at least two gallons. I deferred my jury duty that was to start Friday (moved ahead by six weeks) so I can start painting on Friday and work over the weekend. This will allow the next two contractors (electric and A/C) to come in and make their repairs early next week.

I've also found replacement blades for the fan, so should be able to repair the one I have instead of replacing it. I dismantled the fan to the point that I could remove a blade and arm and I'll take them with me to the store. For a change I think I'll turn the blades over and let the lighter wood color show for a while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 08:57 PM

He works on a handshake, gives a quote, negotiates when to come, the crew of five was here for about seven hours, and they earned their fee. He doesn't have a business card or a website, he uses his phone number for all contact and works via reference and word-of-mouth. When I described my neighbor, he didn't remember, but when I told him my neighbor's name is Cecil and he probably doesn't know too many of those, then he remembered and described where that job was.

I'll keep that number handy!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM

SRS, sounds like you got a great crew!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 06:16 PM

The house is mine again, with the warning "Don't touch the walls!" for the next day or two. The access to that part of the house is barricaded to keep dogs and dog hair out.

Since the dogs were relegated to the back yard for the day I waited until the hottest part of the afternoon and gave them each a bath with a hose and my veterinary shampoo from a plastic condiment bottle. Pepper first, and while she wasn't thrilled during, when I let her off of the leash she did that classic tear around the yard in large concentric circles like she was attached to a string. She chased and jumped around Zeke and was ecstatic with how cool she felt! Zeke is an old hand at these backyard baths; he trotted around a bit but spent more time rolling on the grass trying to undo the bath.

Now I need a shower. It's almost to the point where the water in the system is warm enough to do one of my outdoor patio showers, but I'll use the tub for now. And throw everything in the laundry. Between wall texturing and dog washing I can hardly stand myself. :-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 03:42 PM

So I've figured out a schedule - the question "do you want paint" wasn't did I want them to paint, but do I want the walls fixed for new paint (after the damage of sheet rock work). So, once I decide on the color, I'll paint. It takes a couple of days for the texture to dry enough to paint. They'll leave the plastic down on the floor so I can paint without worrying about dripping. I'm still lining up my electrician and AC guy for their part of this job.

I will be able to take down MY plastic sheeting for passage through the hall and air circulation, will get a package of Attic Dek panels, and start the work of putting insulation back in the attic over this area. These are concurrent activities, basically arranged so any attic work is in the early morning when it's cooler. I may get the insulation into place before I finish the painting. Being a hot climate and all.

I hear a compressor running out in the driveway, so I think the texture is being applied.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 11:37 AM

I'm popping my head in regularly to see how it goes, but I can hear their progress through the entire house. The dogs are better outside, they wouldn't enjoy this racket (though I'm sure they can hear a fair amount through the glass door - they're sitting there looking into the house.)

I'm sorry about the spine status, Susan. I hope you can keep doing what you have been able to and maintain a level of mobility.

Flies coming in because the door is propped open. I could go in and offer cold water, whatever, but I think I'd just be underfoot. This is a family operation, the father and his two sons plus his two nephews. They're working here today because the mud they put up in a house yesterday is still drying and the 7,000sf house they'll put texture in is on hold while the owners decide what type they want. I got lucky that this job could fall between those cracks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 10:48 AM

Very bad spine image seen today with doc. Not going to improve.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 09:05 AM

Good luck with all this, SRS. We only had one small ceiling go here (my fault, slipped with a spanner doing some plumbing and foot went through kitchen ceiling) and that was messy enough, although there was a bit of water involved too.

The new ceiling was an improvement though. The old one had some marks presumably caused by past problems. And we no longer felt constrained by the holes for downlighters (I think fitted for mum when she first moved in but never a good solution). We changed to one central fitting with 6 (LED for a few years) spots which provide a much better spread of lighting where you want it in that particular work area.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 08:33 AM

Up early to get to the ATM for cash to pay contractor (yes, after the job), and park in my across-the-street neighbor's driveway to be out of the way of contractors in case I need to come and go. I told them to park in the driveway since it's closest to the door they'll use.

Still have a couple of bags of insulation to haul up to the attic to clear the hall, then I'll try out Dorothy's wet-towel-and-hot-iron trick on the last of the wallpaper.

One of the dogs woke me early this morning with some vigorous scratching while leaning up against a door in the hall. It was like a crisp knock on the door, and tells me that today is the day the dogs are getting a bath. I'll be nearby but I won't be participating in the sheet rock work, so I should have time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 11:31 PM

Now you tell me about the towel and iron! I have the worst of it, narrow and high areas finished, but that might help speed the rest tomorrow morning. Thanks!

I should have a mineral room also. A lot of the items sitting on the edges of shelves are various rocks and crystals I've picked up over the years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:45 PM

Dupont:
When Connie and I removed the wallpaper in PA, a hot iron and a wet towel did it in no time!

One guest room is furnished except for the mattress which is still in hall. Will look good. Two glass cabinets will hold mineral samples and pertinent books. Designated "Mineral room". When I go to order a double mattress for the other room, I will purchase sheets for each as I have no plain cotton sheets, only flannel ones! Do not seem to be any such in the local thrift shops.

Today's stop in TS netted a beautiful glass water container with faucet - about 3 gallons! Found it a spot on top of a ceramic tile on top of microwave; will free up space on counter next to fridge and rid me of plastic water container. (This is for the distilled water, used for cooking and drinking.)

R brought me a plastic outdoor cabinet for garden tools and pots! In a niche that is shady and near the back deck. This will clear a bunch of stuff off deck and in the house! On a cooler day.

Progress is wonderful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 09:34 PM

Nothing else needs to be painted right now, just the walls that are in the rooms that will get the new ceilings. I do need to give both dogs a bath, though. Tonight I'll see how far I can get removing this wallpaper. It's a struggle with every square inch, but I'm working on the most difficult surfaces first.

A friend of mine was doing some welding projects and had a base he built to support a file cabinet, though it's regular width, not legal. I find it very handy that it moves that way. They make inserts for file cabinets for using hanging files - could you insert a hanging support in such a way that you could hang legal files length-wise in a standard cabinet? I rarely shop at Walmart, but they have a 2-drawer legal cabinet for $39. Free pickup only.

Legal size inserts - the sides that the files hang on are usually notched ever half inch or so, meant to be snapped off with a heavy pliers and a vise grip or something comparable. You could put it in the cabinet sideways and break off the extra-long parts. It wouldn't be a drawer full, but it would be a standard cabinet holding your legal files.

The contractor texted, he'll be here tomorrow, 9am. I will be ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 08:43 PM

srs if you are twiddling thumbs i suggest painting a small room far from the mess. it should dry fast, give yourself a boost of freshness.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 08:41 PM

i hate cardboard more than anything. fine for moving stuff from place to place, but it rots, gets rodents, spiders, can't carry it once it gets soft. For long-term storage I would use plastic, recycled if possible. Of course, keep less and store less and use less plastic if possible.

I finally am getting rid of extra rubbermaid lids that i thought forever would match up. also spare socks..no place to give them though. I have gotten rid of two pillows, a little stool, recycled paper and cardboard, bathroom scales, a shelf thing in the last week or so and it is like how could i be so slow....i am pretty much post clutter but those last bits.

i need a rolling open top legal file cart under 40 dollars including shipping. one on amazon is fine but is not legal. if anyone enjoys treasure hunts and finds anything online, please let me know. my files are mostly legal or i would buy the little cabinet at thrift store..


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 08:29 PM

The other reason for plastic is that they’re waterproof.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 06:18 PM

There are plastic bins for sale regularly at Goodwill, so I wouldn't be driving the production of new plastic. The reason for plastic is to see through them to the contents. I have plenty of banker-type boxes already, but those hold files.

Wallpaper progressing, but slowly. No word from the contractor, so I have texted him this evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 06:05 PM

SRS, please don't buy plastic! Cheap Wal-Mart bankers boxes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 02:36 PM

Perhaps I need plastic bins that I can label by the decade. Mementos from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, etc. I have a bad habit of too many things sitting out on edges of shelves, making it difficult to dust, and I know that "less is more" - fewer objects out mean they are more noticeable, not lost in the clutter. If I started with boxes to determine how large of a bin is needed?

This is for things like notes I want to keep from previous jobs, documents, signs, photos, etc. Touchstones for projects I still intend to get around to.

I seem to be drifting this week; I think it's the waiting for the contractor bit. I can't be as productive because I don't want to open up projects just to pack it all up to move in a few days.

I did start working on a patch in the office (a spot next to a junction box where I needed to reach inside to move wires) and I'll finish the wallpaper today. Otherwise, I feel like I'm twiddling my thumbs.

Time to read a book.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 01:48 PM

Yes, and it's been great to have it all out of sight for awhile, too. It takes time to massage every unpacked thing into the household, which often involves letting go of loved but worn out items already inside and in use.

I am saving a few categories for winter unpacking (books mostly), because after music season ends there will be icy days spent indoors to occupy, but the decor and household stuff needs to get moving.

So tmrw Yano Becky and I will unpack a plastic bin of misc that's been sitting, and Wedneday Brandon brings I, that next big kitchen box and we count/restack boxes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:53 AM

Susan, isn't it great when you start to see clearance and gain function in a new abode! People talk about their new kitchen, or the family room with the fireplace, or the beautiful bathroom, but for me it was the day when I unpacked the last box in the garage and realized that we could finally park both cars under cover.

Of course, if we had stayed in Ottawa we would not have needed two cars, but hey.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:24 AM

It's getting to be time to calculate how much we should unpack weekly of the Garaged items, if we want the space back for parking. I know there's one big kitchen box left out there, and we'll probably unpack that this week. I'll book an hour of Brandon's time to get that into the house, and plan next steps with him.

The GREAT thing is how cool and breezy it is in there on hot days!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 12:48 PM

Charmion, congratulations on the contract! I have a movable up/down standing desk (that I'll be using more once it's set up again). I got an "Anti-fatigue standing mat" that helps with standing more comfortably. (It's tucked away in my office closet now while my desk is in the front room, behind a wall of plastic.) When I put the office back together I'll try to be more scientific about it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 12:14 PM

I seem to have converted to a stand-up desk.

It was supposed to be a sit-to-stand desk with a gas-assisted adjustable riser, but at the lowest position it is too high for typing. Consequently, it's a stand-up desk.

This is what happens when you buy furniture from a website.

I have accepted another book contract from Army Headquarters -- two volumes on Afghanistan, lots of typing -- and I was hoping for something that would allow me to sit and type comfortably for hour after hour. It has occurred to me that a person who is nearly 65 years old should probably not be sitting down for hours and hours, especially not typing.

And I can set the keyboard at the perfect height for typing if I stand up to do it. So, maybe a win overall.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 10:05 AM

Wallpaper removal today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 08:09 PM

Yeah Ceviche is VERY cool.

The second zip bag of winter bedding and spare down pillows is packed and in place under the bed, yay!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 06:02 PM

The ceviche was a winner—and at $5 a pound, also a bargain. Fish tacos also came out fabulous. The house was muggy but the fan helped keep the air moving and felt cooler that it really was.

Next comes the wallpaper.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 01:23 PM

Today we vacuum and then load up the second underbed zip bag, and stow that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM

Dupont:

Warning to Charmion: a friend in VA hired a landscape company to do some work, They were not home on the day and returned to find 25 year old hollies with all the lower branches lopped off- the ones that hid the neighbours unappealing yard, heritage plants pulled out.... Sick at the devastation of a once beautiful yard/garden.

Heat: 35C is way beyond what I can deal with. Today is 26 and I am totally ... I do five minute indoor tasks. R went to install a window A/C this am but no easy way. He will bring home a portable later today. 117 year old houses were not constructed for... We slept with fan on last night and it was tolerable but never cooled off and today is going up - until a storm this aft - HOPE! Actually, it has already rained once this am - just more humid.

Yesterday he brought the "Dickens" desk for his office and a nice pine cabinet (counter-height) for TV/sewing room), a good "match for the one already in there. We found in the trash, a block from the Montreal house a few years ago. Very nice! Today, at the thrift shop, divested us of 3 left behind pieces and picked up a nice set of drapes for the office, and a terrific, needed, small cooking pot ($3).

Goal for today: eat lightly and breathe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 11:24 AM

Sheet rock delivered to the drop station; we left here before 9am and there was a line of pickups and vans crawling up to and into the facility. It didn't take more than about 20 minutes, though. People are generally pretty efficient in there.

I stopped by the Supermercado Monterrey on the way home and picked up hot corn tortillas and some ceviche (impulse buy - to try) and guacamole, avocados, and some pico de gallo to go with the fish tacos for friends at lunch today.

The house is muggy because the outside is muggy. I think I need to get my fan stand and set it up in here. I wonder where I put it last?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 04:45 PM

Not much. Until this project is over the house is hot, everything is sitting everywhere and in any old which-way, and the dogs are confined to half of the house (and not allowed in the room where they prefer to sleep). I've put it off long enough, there is less work today, but I need to finish it. After the work is completed I'll have the luxury of deciding where things go in the office this time around. I've put in calls to the electrician and the A/C tech so they can come over next week and replace the vent and smoke detector (and I have something else that has been needing done for a while for each of them to do.)

Some friends are coming for lunch tomorrow, despite the chaos—I can still make the kitchen and dining area look respectable—so that will be my dose of relaxation.

Darn, the trash wasn't picked up today—I was sure our regular Thursday pickup wouldn't happen since it was a holiday. I've pulled the cans and the bag up away from the curb and will put it back on Monday. Tomorrow morning I'll put just the broken-up wallboard into the back of the SUV and drive over to the local trash dropoff. It saves keeping it around for the next couple of week's worth of trash pickup.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 02:07 PM

SRS, you're balancing so many aspects of the work! I'm sure you know what you're doing, and are working well with great people-- but what's the relaxing downtime activity? Is there time each day or week to get completely away from this enormous project?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 11:57 AM

It has been relatively cool here this week, in the mid-90s [35 C today] when typically it's often over 100 [38+] by now. With no ceiling on one room, and about the remove the ceiling from the hall that connects into this room, that's a good thing. I have two AC units in the house and the one in the hall outside my office serves that area, but my thin film of plastic isn't of much help to keep the warm air out of the rest of the house.

I have seven bags of insulation that I'm going to drag up into the attic and line up on the walkway area that runs through the center of the space. No floors up there, though I do plan to put in some Plastic attic decking to enable me to walk around in areas where now I have to carefully step from beam to beam. No joists up there to support a floor, but this would make it a walkable space for work without weighing too much moving between the trusses. (This is one of many items I keep stashed in my Amazon "Wish List" so I can find the name or product description for searching later when I'm ready to act and make a purchase.)

I have to call the electrician and the AC guys in conjunction with this work. The cash goes in that direction now, not in to attic plastic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 08:29 AM

SRS, I see that you have learned the lessons of friction and weight. Over the years, I have accumulated several small mats that would be hazards to navigation if used as their manufacturers intended but are perfect for sliding large pieces of furniture across a hard-surface floor.

It is stonking hot in Stratford and, like Dorothy, I am hiding in the house with the curtains drawn except to go to the gym and the grocery store. I'm okay with that, if a bit bored.

Today I left a sharp voicemail for the landscaper who was supposed to start work on our patio this week and hasn't. On Friday, he texted to say that he was going to Sarnia to spend Canada Day with his mother, but offered no date of return. Nothing more has been heard from that quarter. It is to be hoped that he is not lying in hospital after a misadventure with patriotic fireworks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 08:25 PM

Dupont:

Daniel Amen is a great fav of mine: terrific work on ADHD and went on to major good ideas for everyone.

SRS is a very moving person! I used to do those sorts of moving things before I got to 75 and started feeling "old". The WILL is the trick!

Today, Super YAY! I came home from shopping: exhaust fan for upstairs, magnetic curtain rod for metal door with BIG window facing south, bigger, nicer mailbox, and exploration of a store to which I had not been before - the fan was $5 cheaper than local store but the trip cost about $2 in gas. An adventure.

At home, I found Robin and Lorenzo and a riding mower: the lawn is well mowed (part of the back left in field, producing grass seed!) and all the books and excess furniture is out of the addition, into basement - ready for the two rooms to be become guest rooms! Time to go for another mattress. We have a single brass bed, with mattress, for the smaller room and waiting for a double brass bed for the other. Still need room for one more in case son and two grandsons arrive!

The "mitten cabinet" is now on 2nd floor in to-be-bathroom, it's intended home. We think. We now refer to rooms as what they are or are going to be: "R's office" still needs furniture and computer. TV/sewing/reading room is pretty good, 2nd floor t-b-bath is bare other than the mitten cabinet! That is a long term project!

The heat has me indoors and very still. 33C at 6 pm. Once in a while, I do a few very small things. New set of white drapes (thrift shop $12) will go in front guest room, rods in place. A lacy curtain from there will go on door. I am using any piece of fabric I have that can work to keep the sun outside! For winter, I may be looking for heavier drapes to keep the heat in!

Dishes need washing - later. I can usually think about supper around 8 pm. Wash dishes while cooking.

LOVE new car! So glad the old one died before the trip to Connecticut!! The cruise control was great - NOT breaking down somewhere in New England was even greater!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 12:17 PM

The ceiling is down in the office. It took about four hours of steady work. The room that needs a new ceiling is part of the Old garage area, so it wasn't built with a ceiling being put in just that room at the same time as the walls. I had to carefully cut the sheets right along where they meet the wall so as not to radiate a break through to the next room where the sheet extends. That was a wall against the sunroom, a wall against the hall, and two sides of the closet in the corner of the office.

I'll finish the hall ceiling tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 11:51 PM

The office is emptied, plastic sheets are up to contain dust and insulation. Tomorrow is going to be a day of hard work, not a holiday, but it's what will put me close to ready to have the work done.

Thank goodness Amazon ships really large heavy things in gigantic boxes. I found one of those folded in on itself in the recycle bin behind city hall. It might have held something like an oversized footlocker dimension-wise, and when I pulled apart the glued seam it stretched out to more than a dozen feet long, perfect to place across the hallway for sliding both book cases out of the office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 10:30 AM

Charmion, I put these here 17 years ago, and I am aware of the passage of time! The thing you learn about moving stuff by yourself or with just one other small person is that just about everything moves easier if you slide it on cardboard and if you take all of the shelves or drawers or removable parts off first, it's easier to move. In this instance, the two shelves are turned then tipped to rest length-wise on their sides, then slid out of the room. Before I slide these cases out of the room I'll put down a long layer of cardboard into the destination room. Once the place is looking good I'll probably have someone come help me arrange and put the heaviest pieces back.

It has been interesting getting an up-close look at the collection again. I'll be working on it after all of this construction finishes so I'll put things back in a way I can see what is there and stage the work.

Thank goodness for the village recycle bins. I've been down several times to retrieve large boxes to use for all of this, and I'll be by again today (they should have been emptied yesterday, so anything in there now is visible and probably reachable.) I've tossed in lots of old volumes of magazines I saved but never looked at again.

Did I mention in this thread that I've started reading an interesting new book by Daniel Amen, MD? I don't usually pay much attention to the lectures during the PBS pledge drives, but I got sucked in by this one, and think the promise of offering relaxation exercises was timely. All my life I've just dropped off to sleep when my head hits the pillow, but with some of these construction concerns my mind races. His deep breathing exercises and biofeedback tricks really do help. He also offers some matter-of-fact brain health reasons for getting off of sugar and alcohol and eating healthier. It suits my current goals.

Plastic over doorways begins this morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 09:47 AM

SRS, are you doing all this moving of large furniture by yourself? I know you have plenty of experience, and you obviously know how to do it safely, but shit happens even to the experienced and the careful.

Just sayin'.

Of course, I move bookcases on my own, too, much to Himself's dismay. I know I shouldn't and I do it anyway because I hate asking him because then I would have to explain not only what I want to do but also why I want to do it, and then convince him that it's a good idea, all of which is a lot of rhetorical work. (Note: none of our ceilings has collapsed.) It feels easier just to do it myself and take the risk. But I'm not as strong as I used to be, and one of these days I'll go down under a bookcase if I persist.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 09:44 PM

There have been frequent breaks in this room emptying process, but I'm to the point where I slowly tipped over and turned the first of two huge double bookcases (that I bought at a nude furniture store and moved here back when I still owned a pickup truck). They are too big to take out of the office upright.

Books from my dad's collection are now being packed and all boxes will be either put in the front room ahead of sliding in the big book cabinet, or stacked in the office closet. Much of the electronic stuff is in the closet. A lot of his collection (cassette tapes, primarily) is still in boxes on the shelves and can simply be relocated for a few days.

Yesterday after dinner I decided to go ahead and unload the two antique armchairs. They need work, but the "bones" are sound. Goodwill looked at them askance, then said "okay." They'll be an upholstery project for some enterprising soul, perhaps to be sold later at a garage sale. I'm not the only one who buys things at Goodwill to fix and sell. Those chairs were both in the garage so they didn't make the house any less crowded, but I figured it would be a good time to do it anyway.

Susan, the end of my sunroom has a double closet door (hanging from the top, and overlapping) that are mirrored. They make the room look a lot larger, and conceal a shallow shelved cupboard where I keep glass and crystal.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 07:00 PM

There's a hot tip buried in the following report on the day.

Today the focus with Yano Becky was the BR. We gathered dirty laundry and sorted pillows brought in from the garage, and changed a bunch of pillowcases. Three old, nasty pillows were allocated to the kennel closet, a few to the camper, a few to the travel pillow bag, and a few to the bed (including one that had gone missing way back in MudDorm days), which happened to end up in the pillow case it was wearing when I first acquired it-- a sentimental item from a dearly loved elder.

We also augmented mattress padding in a key area that has caused my lumbar back issues to flare up recently. I can't be doing back PT in the daytime and then undoing it all night because of poor sleep posture; I can't expect PT-pushed muscles to heal with deep sleep-- if night pain is precluding deep sleep.

I also remade two orthopedic pillows a few nights ago, and redid one this AM for even better support.

We cleared the 2' tall pile of once-worn clothes off the top of my dresser, and I put away a hamper full of other clean laundry. *Later, Greg?? put up some closet hooks for my everyday cotton seersucker or poplin shirts, which will hopefully prevent that buildup from restarting. In the space where those-- and huge towels-- accumulate, I set a large object Greg had left out as floor clutter, to take up the dressers open space so I break that habit.

I had a fresh lumbar spine x-ray today, and already have the report... much worse than I thought, making the PT even more essential.

The images were done without the continuous pelvic tilt I'm conditioning towards, so I know that the alignment when I walk with that tilt is better than when I don't, but it is a sobering report.

* The hot tip-- Instead of closet doors, we have floor to ceiling drapes. They are situated where the closet doors were, now, but there is room to move them forward, making the closet much deeper. Right now the new hooks (and the items on them) are outside those drapes, but soon the drapes will cover them. One of the former housemates showed me the trick of putting a hook right on the molding that trimmed these closets' sliders, but adding depth by moving the drapes is all mine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 10:25 AM

I'm in good company then! Yes, it's difficult to let go, partly because these are story fragments. Something I need to write down and flesh out, and as Susan suggests, photograph.

The big push begins today. I've run my sturdiest jeans through the laundry every night to start fresh with this very sweaty, dusty work each day. The room needs to be emptied, plastic needs to go up, and I need to start pulling down the remaining ceiling and insulation. Ugg. I think I'll put a tarp over the top of this table where all of the electronic equipment is sitting for now. On the plus side: with all of this hard work I've dropped a few pounds.

See you at the other end.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 09:29 AM

SRS, I am embarrassed with several boxes of such "little objects", all carefully packed, that have survived several moves. The most embarrassing box, labelled "Ancestral Doohickeys" contains little objects that came from my paternal grandparents' house, which was sold in 1968. So far, I have not been able to let them go.

Besides, who wants a jar that once -- i.e., well over a hundred years ago -- contained bear-grease hair-dressing? I'm sure it was kept because it is very precisely fitted into a wooden sleeve, making it suitable for use by a gentleman who travels, but ... sheesh!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 09:13 AM

SRS, this would be a great time to photograph that curio collection, so it will be easier to let them go later.

Here, back issues and bed pillowing are on the docket, again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jul 19 - 07:24 PM

Two sets of large office bookshelves emptied, through the convoluted process of emptying a lot of unneeded books in office and the adjacent room and then compressing them into that adjacent room. Now I have the music stuff on another two large bookshelves. As a single step that should go faster as it'll go into boxes and be restored to the office after the reconstruction. ETA on the ceiling work is Friday.

I finished mowing the lawn this morning, since I have to keep up with the regular stuff during this period of extra work in the house. It looks like rain this evening, I can hear thunder now. I haven't set up the sprinkler system yet and it's already July. Often by now the lawn is turning brown except for an area near the house I keep watered for the dogs. #WeirdWeather

Over the years I've accumulated a lot of little objects that have been sitting on the edges of my bookshelves—crystals, carved wood, objects picked up along the way. I'm now accumulating them into boxes. Maybe I need to assign just one shelf for all of this stuff (though I have shelves in my bedroom with this kind of stuff - maybe I should move it in there?)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Jun 19 - 07:52 PM

Dupont:
The house is still moderately clean and tidy - by my low standards. Robin slept and read ALL day yesterday. He needed it.

Today, we partly cleared the east wall (brick) of Wisteria - I think - leaving it about 3-4 feet below the roof. There are a couple of plants coming up in the yard which I will try to coax into standards. I trimmed a bunch more lilac and other stuff. The transplanted trees seem to be happy. Amongst places that are not so great are a variety of maple trees, and others. I am pecking away at this to free a low spreading evergreen and a beautiful Weigela. Plan to leave one sugar Maple that is in a good spot, maybe.   

R was going to take all the debris, and the pile of stuff in the middle of the back yard into the woods, however, the bugs are dreadful. It rained 3 times today. During one we went foraging: groceries, a really good Dollar store, hardware store, and -uh oh - thrift shop. More books, some really good ones! And a useful garden tool ($4) that I have been wanting (edger).

Robin opened some windows I could not budge, replaced a couple screens: better air flow! Added a couple drapes to reduce solar gain. I have moved the distiller into a guest room in the addition so I can keep the heat it generates out of the main house.

We have been so enjoying the fresh basil from the Farm in our omelettes that I purchased a plant; need re-potting - tomorrow when the bugs are less?

Not as much as I had hoped but R really needs to rest. The books have to go down a VERY steep stairs; I refuse to use it at all. And we do not have a board long enough to slide them down.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jun 19 - 07:26 PM

Dusty weekend, but there is light at the end of this crumbling tunnel. A contractor came by today and concurred with the first guy, the ceilings need to be replaced. He has a crew of five (himself included) and they can do it in a day. The catch - he wants me to take down the ceilings and clear out the insulation. I'll save a lot of money on the job by doing that part, so I have heavier air filters and goggles to wear doing the work. Extra heavy duty bags for collecting the insulation, and painter tape and plastic sheeting to put up around the surrounding rooms to keep the dust limited to the work areas. He'll even paint the rooms when he finishes. The hall has wallpaper, so it might be a challenge to take that down in time. Anyone have good tips about taking off wallpaper?

I'm going to have to call the air conditioning guy to replace a vent and the electrician to replace the fan and wired smoke detector.

One more trip this evening to the used book store, then I need to assemble enough boxes to hold the books I'm still going to keep that I haven't moved into the shelves in the front room.

In all of this I've identified a few things that will go on eBay, but they're noted and filed away out of the way for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jun 19 - 02:41 PM

DP, kicking ASS!

.........

What is an Active Rest Day at this point in my recovery?

Last night, I slept well. I went out in the cool morning and watered a dozen plants spread around the patio, and did many of them while sitting. I sat at the table for brek instead of power bar in recliner. I sat at the desk to create a poolside laminate from pix of a deteriorated laminate taken ydy.

Then it was time to stretch my back in the lift recliner, which is in the office/tv room/library, so I started sifting thru movies on our new Netflix plan, and started one.

Got up to get own lunch, and watched a movie with Greg.

Initiated a Netflix break and folded the partner-needed king sheet alone, and then stowed the filled laundry hamper of linens.

(I DID purge enough in PA!!! They're all put away!)

Set up a system for keeping BR door open all day for cold air flow.

Made coffee and tea for us since Greg got off track making them for our Netflix afternoon.

Many of these are things I don't do every day on my own, especially PT days in the pool, or on alternated days or with walker. Today I must be active enough (out of the chair) not to stiffen up, but not so active I exacerbate bone and muscle stress during preceding (alternating) days' land or water workout days. My guide is my pain level: aiming to max out effort within OTC pain meds, because tramadol, while nice if the pain gets on top of me, blurs my thinking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Jun 19 - 11:47 AM

Dupont:

Holy moly, SRS!!! Of all the happenings in my life, I have not had a ceiling fall! Guess you just needed something else to keep you busy! Aren't you glad to be "retired"!

Today was designated to get boxes and boxes of books down to the basement/library-to-be (from hallway) and the pile of debris out of the back yard... Some of this might happen after R takes a nap; he got up about 6 am, read until BF...

A brass bed and new mattress of single guest room is in hall - after the excess furniture is removed... That might happen this weekend or...

I took a hot bath before making BF and am feeling better, mostly recovered from the trip. Wanted to go to Beaver for the weekend but, clearly, we are too tired.

The house is moderately clean and tidy and - oops! a load of laundry needs to be moved to dryer.

That article looks to be interesting.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jun 19 - 10:01 PM

Thinning books in the front room (not affected by the ceiling incident) in order to move some of the office books into there. I told my daughter about this at lunch today - if there is something in particular she wants, speak up. It won't end up like the cartoon of the empty bookcase and a Kindle propped against one side on the bottom shelf, but I will never read or have no interest in looking at these, and if I change my mind, I know where to find another copy.

There are now four insulation-filled contractor-grade plastic bags up in the attic awaiting the new ceiling, when it will be spread out again.

If I'm going to have to redo this room I might as well give it a lot of thought and this is going to be the largest concentration of decluttering activity here in a long time. My work has been gradual, now it's a big push. I offered my daughter a bookcase I built many years ago and she'll take that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jun 19 - 06:18 PM

This afternoon I worked on the vegetable garden, reworking the areas where plants were chewed around the cambium and died (snails? cutworms?) I've put more Sluggo out and planted two more tomatoes and two more peppers. I've also put a "bat faced torpedo" Cuphea in a pot. I've never grown that before but it sounds interesting. I also scalped around edges of the garden and raised bed. This was an hour or so, enough in the heat. It's strangely overcast today again, because there is a huge load of dust in the upper atmosphere that has apparently blown across from the Sahara. The light is lightly brown or yellow even though it's a sunny afternoon. This should clear out by the end of the week.

I'm spending evenings working on rearranging furniture so I can move the furnishings out of the office. I've packed a few shelves of books, and have many more to go. I'm thinking about what to do with a couple of chairs in the garage and one in my room - they need reupholstering (versus tossing out at the curb or putting on freecycle). As expensive as it is to reupholster, I think I would go with the best one first, and discard the others. Something else on my list - if I'm going to keep pieces, they should be usable and look good.

Another panel of ceiling came down. I have to scoop up the insulation then cart the sheetrock outside. And keep emptying all of the furniture. Clearly the whole thing needs to be replaced.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jun 19 - 11:01 AM

Solving large and small puzzles today. Last night the keyboard starting reversing itself (like caps lock was on) but I couldn't get it to respond to a change. This morning I tried searching and noticed the mouse was out of sorts also. I finally realized that my favorite keyboard (I have two attached at the moment) had the shift key stuck in the depressed position. Probably damaged by ceiling-falling damage, but it's back in position now and the computer isn't acting insanely any more. I like the "Unicomp" sturdy keyboard that uses the IBM Selectric key spacing and technology, but that old keyboard doesn't have the "Windows" button on it. So the flimsy Dell keyboard is there in case I need to push the Windows button. Next time I order a new Unicomp I'll get the one with the Windows button (it just did it again - I think the buckle under the key is broken).

Well, that didn't take long: the shift key is sticking again. New Unicomp keyboard ordered. Chalk another expense up to the ceiling.

Two bags of collected insulation are now up in the attic where it can be redistributed once the patch is in place (if a new ceiling is required there will be a lot more bags of insulation joining them. I don't want to switch to fibreglass.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Jun 19 - 10:40 AM

Now that we're past the Solstice, it's getting hot in Stratford. Dominion Day -- oops, Canada Day -- is Monday, and Tuesday will bring the landscapers for Day One of the deck removal & patio construction project. I already feel the drain on our bank account.

SRS, I'm sorry for your ceiling troubles. Something like that happened to me back in the early 90s, leading me to believe that the collapse of a ceiling is one of very few non-criminal events to which the rational response is a robust scream.

Except for the choir trip and the rehearsals to prepare for it, I have been very idle for the last two weeks. I like to think that I was recovering from bronchitis, but that was only part of what was going on; mostly I was just sitting around reading. Today, I feel compelled to get off my ass and leave the house.

After the laundry is folded and stowed, of course.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Jun 19 - 10:30 AM

SRS-- kudos on this:

I'm going to be emptying that room for the work so I might as well sort now so I won't be putting back anything I don't think I'll actually use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 10:33 PM

Here, Susan, You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything from the New York Times.

Yes, the timing of the ceiling isn't lost on me. There was dust everywhere and my favorite older keyboard is still a little wonky.

Two boxes of books to Half Price Books, a couple of things to Goodwill, and the recycling dropped off. I'm going to be emptying that room for the work so I might as well sort now so I won't be putting back anything I don't think I'll actually use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 10:13 PM

SRS, just after you got your office setup resolved.....?

It's become clear that my current stamina is so low that a deep nap follows an effective workout. I'm not suppressing these naps!

Working with Becky today was one of these. Happily, after that nap I was able to scooter out for groceries and even bring a few of the items in, myself.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 03:15 PM

I remember a friend from work who had something similar happen at her house a couple of years ago, and she sent me a link on Angie's List for the painter who does drywall, plaster, etc. He's coming by tomorrow. Thank goodness to finally talk to a human being and not a phone answering machine. I left several messages, we'll see if any of the NextDoor folks return my calls. Only one of them is listed as actually doing drywall. I suspect Nextdoor doesn't hold a candle to Angie's list as far as sound recommendations.

Meanwhile, I've moved stuff from the center of the room into the dining room and I need to move a lot more out. I'm sure to work in there it will raise a dust and knock into things. The hall also needs the same work done (before it also collapses) so I guess putting the rest of my office stuff in the room next to the hall wouldn't be helpful. It has a "pony wall" that would let a lot of dust in there.

I think I may have to set up an office in one of the kid's bedrooms for the time being. The dining table works for now, but I need to store a lot of other equipment out of dust's way. I have a couple of tarps in the garage I'll bring in to have ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 02:51 PM

Dupont:

Left Friday am for Connecticut and arrived home last night after a leisurely trip through beautiful rural Vermont. R and I snarled a each other all day - physically and emotionally exhausted. "I thought weddings were supposed to be joyous." Some of it was, and some was very strange to us - a BIG wedding with all the trimmings! As foreign to us as the multi-million dollar estate at which it was held.

But the emotional impact of relating to very dear folks - known for up to 50 years but rarely seen and catching up on some of the contretemps of their lives and re-calling the contretemps of the last 50 years... I am trembling with exhaustion; had to firmly broach with R the FACT that he, too, is suffering.

It was also fun to meet new and interesting people of the sailing community - the bride is a licensed Captain for up to 200 ton ships! People had arrived from most parts of the world!

The best part was my 2nd son drove up from Philly to see us and Jeff, his friend from grade 7 with whom we stayed. Jeff has turned out to be terrific!

Taun also went to the wedding site in his own vehicle in hopes of seeing friend Tom (father of the groom) who was important to him from age 6 to 16 or so. Tom embarrassed Taun by taking him around and introducing him as "my first son" and was insisting he sit at the "family table". Dear Broome who "sees all" rescued Taun and I went around explaining what had happened to each of the close family. Knowing Tom was drinking too much and anyway they like Taun too, it was OK - I think. Taun said, "This is Logan's day!"

Taun has promised to visit this summer with the boys! A real push for R to bring a couple more beds to the house and clear guest rooms.

We did not buy any antiques even though R almost grew roots in one shop! There was a net gain of 4 books (R) and a wonderful wood earring holder (I have been looking for this sort of thing for years!) and pair of wood earrings. And two choc bars (on sale).

But still, the house is moderately tidy, laundry up to date, stuff from trip put away, dishes will get done as I prepare supper, after R&R and maybe an actual nap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 01:21 PM

Ugg indeed! I once caught a bed-ful of wet ceiling in a neglected apartment that was "promptly" deemed uninhabitable-- the LL had to give me a break on a better apartment. Warn't fun, in between.

Here, one huge contractor bag was unpacked with Yano Becky. That zip case is now full of the bulkier items, and I have a few sheets to wash and add to the sheet bin under my dresser.

I also put away clean laundry so I could use the hamper those folded items had occupied, for the dirty sheets out of that bag plus the ones left from changing the bed. Did I mention how huge a project THAT is. With all the orthopedic pillows we both use now, that bed change is a minimum of 45 minutes for two cooperating people!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 01:09 PM

I knew I needed to get attention to a panel of sheetrock on the ceiling that was sagging, but I didn't act soon enough; it collapsed into my office overnight with a gush of dusty insulation. I've collected two contractor bags of insulation, tossed the sheet rock out, moved my computer station (the main part - everything else is pushed against the walls) into the dining room and now I'm waiting for someone to call back (I tried two local contractors recommended on NextDoor). And a request for recommendations on Facebook. There's another piece sagging, and a chunk from the end of the one that came down. And the hall. This is due to shifting from the foundation that needs work.

Ugg. And last night was the worst night's sleep ever, though I didn't hear anything. I think I had too much caffeine yesterday. I did the math - I use a huge mug and usually have two cups of tea - it comes to a quart, or the equivalent of drinking a full pot. This morning I compared the measurements of a few mugs and instead of the 16 ounce mug I used a 10 ounce teacup. And no more caffeine after noon.


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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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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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