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

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
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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 Arenít 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 donít 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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