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

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
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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 Iíd 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 isnít 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. Itís all quite narrow (I can get a wheelbarrow round but thatís 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 Iím 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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