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

Donuel 06 Sep 20 - 12:51 PM
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Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 20 - 12:11 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Sep 20 - 12:51 PM

This morning I got my shots. The mystery flu shot was without sensation but the Shingles vaccine was a real middle school punch in the arm.
Its only as sore as from extreme exercise. Two shots to go.
It was good getting out of the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Sep 20 - 07:52 AM

Debbie was saying she got a root canal yesterday and was glad to get out of the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Sep 20 - 12:11 PM

I can no longer put off mowing the lawn. The heat wave has broken and we had a fair amount of rain to give the turf a boost.

Puttering this morning as I attack more things in the stack of papers that need some kind of attention (product warranties - worthwhile, or simply a future source of annoying email?)

I think it's time to brush the dogs and give each of them a bath. The weather is good for it, the water coming out of the hose isn't cold (for any of our comfort - I get pretty wet during the process) and they're overdue. It doesn't really remove the amount of hair in the house, sometimes I think grooming lets more loose for a while (even though I discard copious amounts during the brushing).

The weather is also good for transplanting, so the redbud that I dug out of a bed beside the back gate and potted a while ago will be planted in a place of honor in the front yard near where the Elderica pine stood until last year. It was going to eventually fall, and most likely on the house, so I took it out. The other pines in the front yard are a much better adapted variety for this area and are a little farther from the house. This redbud will be fine in the open or just as happy in the understory when the remaining pines grow out the broad umbrella tops (it takes about 40 years before they start producing cones with the wonderful pine nuts, so I probably won't be here for that.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Sep 20 - 06:56 PM

My annual flu shot was the first stop on a fairly convoluted trip this morning, resulting in a couple of bags of groceries (including a lot of Envy apples, a variety I buy for my ex when I find them and pick up a few for myself). The rest of the trip was to drop off masks to various friends. We don't get to talk for long, and it's on the front porch or in the carport, but every visit like that is precious.

There were over-ripe bananas needing attention so despite the high humidity today I turned on the oven and made a double batch that went into four small pans to distribute to friends (I got a text a few minutes ago from next door saying hot banana bread goes really well with Blue Bell ice cream). Spreading goodwill, one loaf at a time. The loaves are small enough that no one needs to feel guilty if it disappears quickly.

With this extended quarantine activity the upcoming holiday weekend is going to be a dud. Not that I go shopping for mattresses or new cars or whatever the item that is pushed heavily on this September occasion, but for so many people it will just be another day at home, not an occasion to go shopping. As people plan for Halloween and xmas the question will arise - will anyone be able to come into the house to see a tree or fancy mantle, or to join a big meal? I predict the energy will be spent decorating house exteriors.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Sep 20 - 12:39 PM

I have weeded out most of my halogen lamps also, but I have a favorite kind of banker's lamp that I keep going. They make LCD replacement bulbs for halogen fixtures but they don't have the clout in lumens of the bug-burning scorched-dust smelling halogen. And they're very expensive. My dusk-to-dawn motion-sensor porch light uses them and I bought some online recently that are crap. The porcelain bases on each end crumble after little use. I won't buy those again and I wrote a scathing review on Amazon. (And this is why I always read the bad reviews first.)

Last night I decided to remedy problem of sluggish sewing machines with an hour spent with a small brush (originally the stiff nylon bristles of an old typewriter eraser pencil) and the sewing machine oil bottle. It has been six months since the last tune up; they're like a hot knife through butter now. It's rewarding how good maintenance can keep a machine running. ;-) There was quite a buildup of lint inside the bobbin casing areas after six months of mask making.

Now to make the appointment for the Nissan update. I discussed this with my daughter and concur with her approach to car maintenance: she had her oil changed last week and the shop owner didn't wear a mask (county ordinance says we all should). So when she got back in the car she disinfected the steering wheel, starter button, etc., and then, while still wearing her mask drove for several miles with the windows open to blow out any remaining germs in the air.

We had a heavy rain overnight and several days more are in the forecast. The heat wave appears to have broken. I must start mowing the lawn again. And now the air conditioner is running to pull the moisture, not the heat out of the air.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Sep 20 - 10:16 AM

The laser printer went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore yesterday with four -- count 'em, four! -- halogen lamps, a steam iron, and a bunch of other excess electric and electronic gadgets.

I loathe halogen lamps. They generate a great deal of heat, and the bulbs are a nuisance -- they come in several types that are sometimes hard to find, and they are fiddly to handle. When a lamp takes bulbs that may or may not be available for purchase within half an hour's drive of the front door, and replacing said bulb means taking the lamp apart with a screwdriver and may entail burning one's fingers, that lamp is a Problem, and that's Problem with a P that rhymes with T that stands for Trash.

So now we are both (wirelessly) using an office-type ink-jet printer that has not given a lick of trouble in three years, and the Glory Hole has a bit more swing space.

Which is a good thing, as Himself came back from the market on Sunday with a huge plastic keg of maple syrup that will keep us going till next Easter, if not beyond. It needs about a square foot of shelf space, fortunately not in the refrigerator until the seal is cracked. That will be a while, as we're still working on the last keg Himself brought home from the market ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 06:55 PM

Finally, after several dives into the dark corners and upper shelves of the closet, I found the pairs of Capri-length trousers I was looking for. They were where I thought they should be, just further back and really well hidden. I could have used them all summer, but at least I know now that I wasn't losing my mind, that they were here.

How is work going in the Futility Room, Don? I periodically need to tackle my laundry room (or Utility Room) and it's about that time again. Too many boxes and parts of old projects on the dryer, not put away in the cupboard above or carried out to storage in the garage. And the Goodwill bin has stuff sitting on top because the inside is full.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 12:52 PM

I'm sad to not be shipping via USPS, it's my go-to service, but it's broken right now and anything for eBay has to be able to arrive quickly to keep buyers from going ballistic. Everything else can go into the mail and take it's chances. I have another eBay parcel to go today; I have to drive over to the nearest Office Depot store to drop off FedEx boxes.

Finally some rain and cooler (90s) temperatures this week. I'll be able to get into the yard more in the mornings. I have stuff to load up and take over to Goodwill; I'd love to browse their offerings right now, but I'll stick to t-shirts, I need a few more colors for my mask t-shirt yarn. I am finally producing enough to sell, if anyone needs a small order. 3D, fitted, or pleated, various sizes depending on type. $10/mask and $1/per mask shipping up to a certain number when it's moot and they can go priority envelope (8).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Aug 20 - 02:27 PM

We have decluttered a laser printer that eats expensive toner cartridges at a ridiculous rate, and now Himself can actually open his office window without performing a complex balletic stretch.

Well, he could, if only it had a fly screen.

Gotta do something about missing fly screens, but probably not this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Aug 20 - 12:59 PM

September, even as warm as it is in Texas, is around the corner, so in my prickly-heated brain a break from summer misery is on the way. Autumn is brief here (if we get a week that feels like that season, we're lucky) is on it's way. It goes from hot to cold like someone flipped a switch.

The wheelbarrow is out and I'm going to be making some deliveries to the compost pile today. And doing some digging to start transplanting a few things that have waited for the worst of the heat to pass.

Inside, the house is in much better shape than it was a year ago, or even six months ago. It's time to start shopping my own cupboards and see what I want to move around to make it feel more like the holidays are approaching. And it's time to start listing the holiday stuff on eBay.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 20 - 07:54 PM

This weekend the PBS secondary station "Create" has been playing several hours of The Best of Sewing With Nancy, and one of them made me go looking at the web page. She spent the half hour demonstrating how various of the attachments and presser feet for sewing machines worked. Seeing these in action makes it so clear and worth trying out. Best of SWN: Untimate Fancy Footwork Part 1. There are three parts of this, and I'll watch the other two that I haven't seen later. You should be able to poke around from this link (scroll down) to find the other two and many good topical programs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 20 - 12:19 PM

Dorothy, I found a nice online place for sewing machine equipment and they have reasonable shipping prices. Sewing Parts Online. I bought a bobbin case and and couple of presser foot parts from them when restoring the Goodwill White "Jeans Machine."

My daughter showed me the test for thread to see if it's too old to use (at least on the sewing machine and for garments you want to move around in and not break the seams) - giving a length of it a quick yank quickly decides it. It breaks, it's too brittle. I had to discard so many spools (mentioned before as something listed now on eBay for crafters who don't care if it's old) and it resulted in the dismal discovery that these spools of thread for regular sewing machines aren't offered in every color under the sun any more. You're lucky to find the basic ROYGBIV colors plus black and white. Joann's has lots of coupons to untangle but I recently discovered that the sewing parts place also sells thread and fabric.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Aug 20 - 11:40 AM

Dupont:

First: this week's chuckle: You will laugh at my utter delight in sewing two buttons onto an old flannel shirt. But it was not the sewing on of the buttons but the finding of buttons from having sorted through both BR and back/back shed at Beaver. Then re-finding the bottle of buttons, sorting them by size AND, rather than just putting them back into the bottle, realizing I had a plastic container with cubicles just for this need! All of which also entailed sorting of next sewing tasks, and of fabrics and getting everything re-homed much better than before, leaving the sewing room in much better shape! Then I mended the pocket of a pair of slacks - chewed by mouse to get whatever was in there! Months these have been waiting - for the right configuration of the planets/weather/ mindset/ physical energy... All to remind me that I still do not have the extra bobbins for the machine...

Lawn is getting mowed bit by bit. Today - rain - no mow. Cool weather. R notes that he sneezes when he goes down to the book room/basement. I say "mold". He says "not". ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Aug 20 - 07:39 PM

The state is still slow on testing for COVID-19 but the county I live in is trying to have lots of people get tested, so I set up an appointment. I don't think I've been exposed or had it, but they need as many as possible tested and are reaching out to a group of 45,000 to start with. I responded to a rather complicated message in my voice mail to call in and learn about this. Since I went through a period of recovery from surgery in the spring if I'd had a virus that didn't have overt symptoms I wouldn't know and I was feeling bad enough already to have missed any.

It's tremendously hot here this week, so most of my work has been indoors. I transported a large box to the FedEx drop-off for an eBay sale (finally!) - shipping is more complicated now when the USPS is so messed up by Trump's postmaster general. Bashing sorting machines mean it takes over a week for a first class parcel to travel 20 miles. Anyway, that was a couple of cubic feet of bulk cleared out of the front room.

I'm reading two books, one due in a week (audiobook) and one I just want to finish (Kindle). Completing both of those won't affect any space in the house. There is a cartoon of a huge set of bookshelves in a grand home library and they're empty, except for a Kindle propped on the bottom shelf in one corner. I'll never get to that point, but my Fire tablet is slowly filling with volumes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Aug 20 - 11:37 AM

Dupont:

Pics of the storm were horrendous on CBC last night!

Took a load of mind this am by sending off two cards with notes, months overdue. Why am I so loathe to write to folks - so I have lost people who moved without bothering to tell me because they never heard from me. Because, I write too much and it makes me loathe to do another! I hate the manual exercise of writing - since grade school! So off went these two notes to "kids" I have not seen in over ten years. The mom, who quit phoning me years ago, and I quit phoning her because I only ever got the father, a nice man but...

But she sent me an invitation to the older daughter's grad - on Whidbey, in 2019! It was months late when I received it due to old address about which I had forgotten. And more months for me to "get around to it". But now they are done - one to each "child" as I could not leave the younger one out. And a change of address not and donation to The Catholic Worker; I only read bits but it has been part of my life all my life, so I could not just send a donation and "please stop...". Now to find a safe post office.

Now, beautiful day. I will try the yard for mosquitoes; they were vicious yesterday but today is dryer... I am mowing bit by bit. Was trying to finish before going back to Beaver but maybe not. Tomorrow we can go fetch "patio furniture someone is giving R. There is enough mowed area for it in the side yard! Maybe Monday to B.   

R has been leaving earlier and coming home earlier. Really does not like driving in dark; has not made eye appointment...

Broke diet badly yesterday and again this am. Start again from where I am... I ate enough choc - from a fancy gift box - to feel sick already. May cure me? Doubt it. MUST write in book right after BF!! But I was focused on that other writing task.

OK, plug in Lawn mower and see how much I can get done!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 20 - 10:00 AM

I opened the patio door to let the cats enjoy the great outside and turned away to do something else. "Did you mean to let Watson out?" said Himself -- and, sure enough, I had completely missed the fact that the sliding screen was wide open. Fortunately, I was able to seize Watson by the tail and recover him without too much struggle.

But it's obvious my eyesight is not what it once was. Actually, it never was much cop, and now it's even less cop than ever.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Aug 20 - 05:28 PM

No symptoms but my wife was tested at NIH anyway. A bad Uber ride would make the swab test moot. Quarantine remains the smart choice.
The pool is covered and the hot tub cleaned. An abundance of caution has worked so far at home but not for the nation which is nuttier than squirrel poop
.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 20 - 04:52 PM

I'm hearing a storm surge was "unsurvivable" but we haven't heard the size or range of that parsed yet. Lots of news coverage and drone images of flooding, trees down, roofs ripped off. Louisiana took the brunt of it.

The new fabric is washed, dried, ironed, edge threads trimmed. Life continues as usual, such as COVID-19 allows here, and this atheist recognizes that "there but for the grace of god . . . " we could be in that mess. I got a call about going in for COVID testing, I don't think I've been exposed but I guess they are calling people because they want a range of testing done. A spit test.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 27 Aug 20 - 04:11 PM

storm looks like it has really declined in force. some terrible leaks and fires. read up on cajun navy being prepared to rescue but it sounds like good luck for once.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Aug 20 - 01:25 PM

Dupont:

SRS: When I make a big pot of stew or soup, those are not "leftovers", those are "planned overs"! I endeavour to leave R some when I am leaving for a few days. This time, staying longer than I thought, I was going to give him something else last night but he came home too late so - more planned over stew.

Staying longer because I have a goal to cut the "grass" before I leave. Dis a fair chunk yesterday but, this am, I fooled with other tasks and ---DARN! it is dripping out there. So I went to the Telus/Koodo kiosk to try to find out why I could not send pics to computer. Nice lad decided it was the computer so I need to call Apple Help again! He did readjust the weather feature. When I first got this new phone, I was delighted that it told me the weather wherever I was. But after my son messed with it - being helpful he thought - I only get it for here. Does not help at all when I am there (Beaver). So, next trip I shall see if we won.

Piles of laundry completed, most to go back to Beaver. Curio cabinet has dried and is in its new home. Need R to order new shelves as the originals died a sudden death in a storage unit on Whidbey when a friend moved the wrong thing - holding them in place - a resounding crash! "Oh dear" said my friend. Or maybe that was me. It was done. Oh well. I won't try to order them as I cannot be trusted with numbers. But, more because he is in the city where thing like this can be ordered.

The sudden change in the weather has changed the daily "exercise"! No more opening windows and drapes at night to let the cool in! Now all windows are closed, and make sure drapes are open to enable solar gain. Time to pull out the air cleaner. The best part is that my energy level is MUCH better; excess heat is seriously debilitating. But the tomato plants are not happy.

Maybe I can even get some sewing done... I brought back some vintage drapery fabric in hopes of heavy drapes for LR/DR that will help keep warmth inside.

The fellow who was going to cut the high "grass" at Beaver, did so! Well, most of it, so I could walk around without something wrapping around my feet to trip me. The frogs and friends may not be happy but there is plenty of area for them. Steve said they were "everywhere!" I am encountering the same here. And a 3-4 foot snake that escaped into a flower bed.

At Beaver, I walked into the LR as a 2-3 foot snake went onto the hearth and behind the cradle we use for kindling. "ROBIN!" He calmly found it was still behind cradle, opened the back doors and gently encouraged its departure, onto the back deck where it went down between the floor boards - at a spot where I had disturbed it's sunbathing earlier in the week. It prob came in under the screen door during the night when the inside door was open.

Hope everyone is safe from teh impending storm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Aug 20 - 10:43 PM

I think eBay is still the best place. And check first to see if there is too much lead in them, that makes them harder to sell.

Cleared out some leftovers in the fridge, made a new set of leftovers for meals for the next few days.

I've drawn down a fair amount of fabric from my stash and was needing to look into the seasonal stuff and more flannel and denim for the filter layer. I also picked up some fat quarters to experiment with color and design-wise for more masks. At my doctor's visit today I handed over a handful of the "ADA masks" I am making (they don't need to be tied after the first time the t-shirt yarn is adjusted to the right length.) The doctor said last visit that he has a big nose and the disposable masks don't work well; he tried on the Adult size of the 3-D mask and it fits but he really could use the next size up. It really helps to see people try these on when they have specific fit issues.

Wind is picking up and it is high humidity now, as the storms begin to push ashore. It probably won't do much up here, but we're in the proximity for this part of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Aug 20 - 03:40 PM

I'm closing the pool early to avoid storms and leaf problems. So far I emptied 4 ft of water for the next step.

Is anything better than Ebay for selling die cast vintage toys & stuff nowadays??


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Aug 20 - 02:16 PM

In person trips this week were the vet on Monday and today the knee doctor (mostly to discuss my bursitis). Still having some bladder capacity after that visit, I made the executive decision to stop in at Joann for fabric. You just can't get what you want very easily online. I'm set for those seasonal requests now and have backed up the supply of flannel and denim for the filter layer of the masks I make. My stash is somewhat restored - I doubt I'll ever manage to draw it all down at this point, but I'm finally working with new stuff.

Hurricanes headed for the Gulf Coast this evening, so mandatory evacuation traffic is headed to various inland population centers. The next few days are good ones to stay home and stay safe. Sew and listen to audiobooks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Aug 20 - 03:04 PM

Always look at the journal label when the renewal documents start coming around. I couldn't remember if it was The New Yorker or Smithsonian, but last year I remember getting an offer for my renewal and two free gifts when I'd rather renew for three years. I finally called the subscription office and they found an offer that gave me 33 months for 33 dollars. Backtracking I see the same offer is coming now but I pulled out the receipt and have two more years on my subscription. I think they'd save a lot of money if they weren't mailing out all of these renewal forms unnecessarily. And these things sit around gathering dust until I finally get around to doing something with them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 20 - 05:38 PM

On the kitchen counter there was a pile of papers that required some sort of attention, such as the "get a $5 gift card for writing an Amazon review," and a photocopied page from a book I've been meaning to pick up next time I'm at the university library, except right now only enrolled students and faculty can get in there. I finally got smart and looked on Bookfinder.com, a used book store has a good clean copy for $6 that includes shipping, so it is ordered (the round trip would cost me that much in gas, under the old higher-gas prices). And with each of these items checked off the sheet is put in the circular file, recycle edition. Those examples are representative, I've tackled a half-dozen or more now, written, ordered, filed, tracked down. I can't say how long this slowly growing stack has been moved from one counter to another. I have to go through the files and cull old bills and such, but with as hot and dry as it has been, the burning barrel won't come out until after a good soaking rain.

This is a sub-set of the "clear off kitchen horizontal surfaces" project. The small kitchen table now has a fresh table cloth and I'm working on the tall table in the middle of the kitchen proper. The kitchen queen tall cabinet has quite a few things piled on that counter, and if I can clear it also the kitchen will really look good. The house is looking much better than "normal," and as I'm said many times over the last few months, it would be wonderful if friends and family could come in to enjoy the changes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Aug 20 - 11:12 AM

Dupont:

About 10 days ago: it was a Friday morning at BF, R decided that, the current crisis being well resolved (!!!), he could go to Beaver. I left after BF and he, eventually, arrived Sat aft. Back to Dupont yesterday aft (me) and late last night (him, by way of a couple more garage sales... and a visit to a friend). I was here by 5:30 after driving straight through from my stop at the bakery for goodies. About 4 hours, flat out. Unloaded part of car - cooler, laundry - lots! We left Beaver is good working order: septic system repaired and hole re-filled - not with soil but with layers of styro-foam topped with plywood, some soil, and a row of pressure-treated 4x4s to protect it all! BR back together, a new element in water heater, and a bunch of smaller things checked off the list! We left that home in good shape, including clean bedding and the electric blanket back in place, ready for the cooler weather to come. Clean chimney and fire laid in stove, ready for a match.

R's trip to Beaver was slightly eventful: brakes sprung a leak about 70 miles away and the friend he had visited took him to find brake fluid. Because he was so late - by the time he called me - I rushed down to the bakery (an hour) to pick up an order before closing. He arrived and I followed him to Beaver. He was all over the road - terrifying! - as he was on the left coming up to the crest of a hill, repeatedly; I stayed well behind! Not knowing if it were the vehicle or him falling asleep, I kept blowing my horn; he never heard it. Sunday, we took the truck to my mechanic of almost 40 years and got it back on Friday! (R said "Pete needs a sign!" Me: "He has more business than he can handle, why bother with a sign!" Truck was well repaired and his trip back to Dupont was fine - except for too many yard sales and a visit so he did not get home until about 10pm, by which time I was asleep.

Having carefully checked the weather and noted only 10% chance of
rain, we did not cover my cherished "curio cabinet" being brought here on back of truck, on top of a mattress. Add to that several bags of books acquired en route! I woke at 6:15 am and heard rain --- RAIN! Threw on clothes, grabbed a handy (serendipitous!!), very large piece of heavy plastic and rushed out to cover the already wet back of truck. R is currently down in his library drying out books. It rained almost an inch.

The fertilizer I put on the tomatoes and a few other plants seemed to have made a difference; they seem much healthier than 2 weeks ago. It rained enough to keep them and the geraniums alive. Watered houseplants - in sore need- and trimmed some. (I am really still asleep!)

I have put aside a couple items - to leave - replaced by more useful yard sale purchases. Washed the pottery I brought back last trip and had a bite to eat - trying to get back on track as I had too many "little" treats the last few days.

While R did his fix-it jobs- and read and rested - I pulled more weeds until my body refused to do any more. Got stung by one of those underground bees and read while my hand throbbed and R suggested an antihistamine, which helped. There are still more seeds and the soil from the septic hole can be transferred to the nearby raised bed with a helping of wood ash.

His friend gave him a couple unique tomatoes and we saved the seeds: black Russian and a zebra sort. I am already thinking next spring and am saving cuttings from this year's plantings and will start the seeds and see how I make out with them through the winter in the spare room. Also brought back a planting shelf unit with lights that can go in that room - a Plant Room! (It will get to be a bath room someday, hope.) The pepper plants are producing. I will feed them in thanks.
And start doing laundry...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 20 - 01:25 AM

Who are "they?" What is happening, something you're seeing?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 22 Aug 20 - 07:18 PM

well, the steamer was left outside and was gone within the hour so I hope someone is able to fix it.

and if anyone is thinking of coming to Portland...be very aware. It is a dangerous city..yeah, right, just a few blocks. Wrong...they are now making house calls.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 20 - 05:55 PM

Mary, there isn't a tinkerer of your acquaintance who could take a look at it? It is disappointing - I'm still not completely convinced that the 50-year-old freezer was dying, now that I know the fridge suffered the assault of brown and black fluff (similar to but denser than Charmion's current task). The freezer is gone now and the new one is on a warranty and is Energy Star, etc. But I understand the dismay. It always is a good idea to go online and find the owner's manual and see what it says about problem solving. If you can't find the paper that came with it, just google the brand and model and it should appear. They all do nowadays.

Jon, that shed looks great, lots of usable counter space, room to walk around easily, and the long planks stored up above out of the way. I find that once everything is clear and in view I'm much more likely to do some work that I'd have otherwise put off. An organized shed or garage is inspiring.

Today I used some small scraps of xmas holiday fabric and made a few masks in advance of that season. I started because I was thinking about how to cheer up a friend; her husband is declining from a neurological condition that has dementia-like symptoms, and he is no longer able to carry on much of a conversation. She loves the holidays and does a lot of decorating, and she expressed an interest in holiday-themed face masks since we'll likely still be wearing them then. The masks are a small thing, but are a reminder that a friend is thinking about her. We all need those little touchstones at times.

There are projects that I would like some new materials for, but I can do them with things I have here, they just won't look the same. This COVID-19 era means that delaying the purchase of something isn't procrastinating, it is prudently putting it off going out for as long as possible and maybe it will be safer next week or the week after. And making do in the meantime.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 22 Aug 20 - 04:38 PM

i am setting out a beautiful polti vaparetto steam cleaner for free. it breaks my heart. it just quit working. i tried customer rep. i am dismal at fixing things but i suspect it only has a minor glitch. hopefully someone can fix and use it. of course i said it was not working. it had all these little brushes etc. that i never even got to use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Aug 20 - 03:23 PM

Thatís a Cadillac shed, Jon Freeman ó itís even got windows! And electricity, if Iím not mistaken. You could sit out the Apocalypse in that, if you brought a fat enough book.

I have spent most of the day (so far) cleaning, and Iím here to tell you that two cats can shed an ASTOUNDING amount of grey fluff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 Aug 20 - 11:16 AM

Well thatís stage one of my shed done. The next step is to find someone to fix the doors so they open and close easily. Iíve still got some storage boxes of bits (,eg. plumbing fittings and some other oddments) to sort out as well as my work bench dray but these can be done later.

This is the shed now. Iím not sure that it looks like much but Iím quite pleased with my efforts especially considering the sate Iíd let the shed and some of the tools get into before I started.

That and Iíve improved a couple of things and even after moving some stuff out from my room in the house, Iíve still got some shelf and storage box space over.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 20 - 10:10 AM

Though I did read the online newspapers this morning, I am attempting a news-free day as far as radio and television. The last week has been particularly rough. Next week will be horrid.

I'm reading a very old book - Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here. It's like he went on a acid trip in 1935 and landed in the summer of 2020 long enough to look around and report back. But of course he was looking at the rise of Fascism in Europe, the book was written when Mussolini and Hitler were still alive and prior to the opening volleys of WWII. Even a few years after it was published it must have felt remarkable. Particularly interesting is that there is a main character with the surname of Jessup. :) I'm only to page 70, no spoilers, please.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Aug 20 - 05:04 PM

An Uber ride seems riskier.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Aug 20 - 05:01 PM

Under the heading of life and possibly fitness, mid week flying coast to coast in a time of pandemic is much like the most cheesy low budget pandemic movie you have seen on late nite TV. Empty airports, planes that seat 200 with only 20 passengers and few venues for food. You can walk directly to the check in counter since you are always first in line. In a twillight zone twist I expected to hear "there's room for one more dear".   
The eerie quiet is most disquieting as well as no temperature or contact data taking. There are mandatory mask wearing rules. At the airport hotel you have the pick of any room on any floor. The TV is always tuned to Telemundo for the cleaning staff. It gave the feeling there were maybe 20 people in the whole place. Little 'SANITIZED' signs were everywhere but gave little confidence.

The chosen route was DC to Columbus then on to Portland. Other rejected routes involved hot spots in the southwest. Mask wearing is easy but gloves have to come off after an hour or two. Changing clothes is not reccomended in the bathrooms so 'creativity' is key.
Social distancing is not an issue and you probably won't see any Walking Dead.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Aug 20 - 01:29 PM

My birthday is imminent, and I recently told my brother that I neither need nor want anything, so NO SHOPPING. He seemed a bit non-plussed, but I don't travel or do anything new and different, and I can get any book I want (pretty near) on the Kobo (e-reader) with the added advantage that it won't gather dust, so ... !

I think I would like a Roomba (robot vacuum cleaner), however; cleaning is a chore that needs mechanical assistance if ever there was one. When I said as much to Himself, he griped that I could buy it whenever I want and it's hardly a birthday thing. We have different ideas of what birthday thing might constitute.

As for the U.S. post office, I am full of sympathy and more than a little exasperation. I ordered some underwear from an American company back in May and I'm still waiting; first, they were busy making masks, and that was okay, but at least two weeks ago they sent me an email to say that my parcel was in the mail and ... crickets. Good thing I;m not going anywhere near the gym yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 20 - 12:40 PM

I'm going to have to rethink some of my eBay packages for a while. As inconvenient as it is to have to take parcels elsewhere, Mr. DeJoy has so tangled the post office right now that parcels aren't arriving at the speed people expect. I'll continue to mail personal parcels that aren't perishable through the post office.

I'm drawing down some of the stuff in the freezer, and back in April and May I had managed to fill it pretty well because of the preparations for no shopping for a long time. I still don't shop often, but I can get what I need now, so the surplus is going into use. The thing that takes me out is needing produce, salads, etc. I have frozen vegetables, but fresh is nicer when I can get it.

Now everyone in the family has had a birthday (or will soon) during the COVID-19 period. We do what we can to celebrate, but mostly activities are deferred. We've jokingly speculated about a family Zoom meeting for Thanksgiving and Xmas. That doesn't seem so outlandish any more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 20 - 01:57 PM

The smartphone doesn't weigh any more with all of the apps installed, but it certainly is more a complicated little computer with everything in place. I am disassembling the built-up software on my old phone, and it's a slow process. I could do the quick "factory reset" but I want to be sure the things I need are out and in the new phone before giving the contents the deep six. #VirtualDecluttering


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 20 - 10:27 AM

I need to watch This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop more often to find the examples that would work as starter learning projects. There is a television program just about routers also, but I haven't seen it in ages.

I owe the next door neighbors a lawn mowing, they've trimmed the side of my yard so often. But when everyone is home all of the time now it's hard to do it as a surprise when they're away for an afternoon or a day if they're not going for any of those outings now. I'm thinking I did some kind of mental reset regarding heat after the surgery this spring; I just don't tolerate it as well as in the past, but I expect this will cycle away by next year. I'll do the lawns the next cool day we have.

Back to the pants topic - Kohl's has "Senior shopping" for exactly one hour, from 9-10am on Wednesday. I see a handful of types of Cropped/Capri style pants in the website, so I suppose tomorrow is the day to try a visit. Maybe a new bra while I'm at it. I love shopping thrift stores but the factor of taking time to browse works against them these days. I feel like I'm leaving a lot of treasures on the rack, but it would be foolhardy to spend much time in there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Aug 20 - 07:02 AM

Re-reading SRSÖ I think Iíve more dived on things I could love to have a play with in my previous post.

Looking at things a different way, My mini lathe (bought to do one particular task but I canít remember what and figuring I might find other uses for it) would be my most likely candidate as a tool. I think one way I might have got into learning more on that would have been to try a Stirling engine project which could have led on to steam and might have got me started on learning a few techniques.

Things counting against me is that I think material (at least brass) costs are high for one thing and for another, Iím very poor at settling down just to learn thingsÖ

It doesnít happen often (much less than once a year now) but what suits me is thinking of something that I figure I can do at least mostly with the tools and knowledge I have (maybe adding little bits of both) and seeing what I can can come up with out of my head.

My (modified/second build of) ďwindmillĒ is probably my best example. There are attempts at metal work, stepper motor control and other bits of programming (eg. you can get direction and speed of rotation and start/stop it using an Android app) in there.

Back to you router and it being unused, maybe you have a slight touch of me there? I mean maybe you need some idea to come along first and then think ďIíve got a router and thatís just what I would need for thatĒ?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 20 - 11:19 PM

It took me a while to edit and crop and edit some more, but I finished a short set of information and tips for caring for these homemade face masks I've been making. I decided it was time because I kept finding myself having to explain these things about care and adjustment of the mask ties every time I handed one over. I can fit six of these statements on a single sheet of printer paper. They'll be tucked into the bag with the mask(s).

I've cleared a fair amount of sewing stuff off of the dining table (again). And have made a number of prototypes of the 3D mask; it won't be the main one I make, but it is a viable style to offer, in particular to people who feel their noses are large enough that masks won't ride well on their faces.

Back to regular clearing up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 20 - 10:50 AM

Iím not going to be doing that in the foreseeable future SRS but the idea is a good one and actually quite topical for me recently in another way.

Brother in Queensland took an interest in 3D printing. He had one which I think he bought fully assembled and heís just gone on to putting his own delta type together. We had some email exchanges on the subject and his progress while he was doing this as well as some talk on more general tools, his possible workshop (as well as my tidying up here), etc.

Iíd think thereís a fair amount one could look at if circumstances were right. Cnc lathes, mills and routers come to mind as do laser cutters and engravers


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 20 - 10:17 AM

I rely on the dogs for their noise; enough of my neighbors have guns that if the need presents itself, I'll let them know and try to stay out of the line of fire. You're out there in the open, so good luck with that, Michelle.

I suppose if I look at particular manufacturers whose sizes I know fit, that is a starting point, but there is a recent meme out there pointing out all of the different pants that are all labeled "size 12" (I hover between 12 and 14 at this point) that it might take a couple of tries. (See if this Instagram link works. I just added it for this topic.) I've always bought a couple of colors in tops I like, but I suppose now I can expand that practice and buy several. All of my somewhat dressier "work clothes" are sitting there unused right now because I'm not even dressing to go volunteer at the museums with the COVID-19 activity going full-tilt in Texas.

Jon, if you're like me, you have some "aspirational" tools in that workroom of yours. I found one on sale when the Sears near me closed and moved back in 2002 - a router that I've never really learned to use. Still in its box. I suppose I should make that the top of my list and start finding projects just so I can practice. Anyone else have tools they want to learn to use?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 16 Aug 20 - 11:35 PM

I'm pretty basic when it comes to clothes. I tend to find a few things that I love and buy them in multiple colors. Black slacks for work and a short sleeved ribbed mock turtleneck keeps me going all fall and winter. Spring is off white or khaki capris and a cotton top...easy care, lots of colors. I order my clothes from online...keeps it simple.

School will be starting soon here which means I will be working at home more than I will be in the office. Typically I enjoy being in the office but there seems to be a lot of drama there lately so I'm just as happy to work from home.

Pete begins his 6 month testing for his thyroid cancer. It's quite the process and will take place over several days. I am thankful for FMLA so I can take these days off to be with him.

I have taken up target shooting. We had an unwelcome visitor at the house that thankfully our dog scared away but it was a wake up call for me. I am getting very familiar and good with my 9mm and I added a Glock 44 22LR (pistol) to the mix this weekend.

Jeremiah continues to grow at an incredible rate.....I am going to be in trouble as soon as he decides he likes the girls!! He's a handsome young man if I do say so myself!

I hope all is well with everyone and that you are staying healthy and safe!

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 20 - 04:19 PM

Jon, I suspect that once the room is in shape you'll be drawn into it and think of things you want to work on there.

Charmion, the garden transformation sounds amazing. Right now keeping things alive in the extreme dry heat is a big challenge. One tree lost some leaves after getting to dry, but this is what they do and I think it will recover (it's in a pot, awaiting transplant in the fall). I've been spraying aphids off of the okra and today I took some metal fence posts, a roll of chicken wire, and a piece of wire edge fencing and built a kind of support for the various cucumber plants that are just now putting out the climbing tendrils and starting to grow flowers. Those are the plants I'm holding out hopes for this autumn.

I'm finishing up some of the fitted design masks; I saw a video this morning that is the first one that I found to be a bad example of construction and technique. I looked at the remarks and am pretty sure that any critical remarks have been removed; no experienced person doing this much sewing would use some of her techniques. (No iron, for starters). I didn't leave remarks to test my theory, but know that there are a lot of crappy two-layer poor-fabric-choice masks out there thanks to this woman. Too bad.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 16 Aug 20 - 12:30 PM

Iíve been glad of the rain (in North Norfolk, UK) today too. We had several hours of very heavy rain and I think we could do with more of the same. Itís mostly been hot and dry here for months and when we have had the cooler days with rain forecast, the rain hasnít really amounted to much Ė a few light showers when Iíve felt the ground needs a good soaking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Aug 20 - 11:45 AM

It is raining in Stratford, praise be to whoever.

Helena the Garden Goddess ó tall, robust, tanned and Dutch ó descended on us on Thursday with two cubic metres of mulch, a truckload of Tri-Mix soil amendment, and a crew of well-trained high-school girls, each with her own pick and shovel, who almost literally whipped the property into shape in three hours flat. They double-dug and raked, weeded and planted, and then laid a thick coat of mulch over the whole achievement. We now have a low hedge of box, rather a lot of hydrangeas, three Roses of Sharon, a flowering dogwood and something called a weeping pine, plus at least a dozen heucherae and three dwarf cypresses, where before was wreckage and bald dirt.

Now all I have to do is keep it all hydrated until the autumnal rains set in. Since the Garden Nymphs drove off in a cloud of sweat and diesel exhaust, I have been hauling hoses and lawn sprinklers about, and I badly need a day off.

I hope it rains all week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 16 Aug 20 - 11:22 AM

We were shopping entirely online before the lockdown. The difficulty we experienced came largely as a result of an increase in people doing their grocery shopping online. We struggled and often failed to manage to book on line delivery slots for the first 2 Ė 3 months but neighbours helped us out. This situation has not returned to normal but has eased somewhat and I expect to be able to book a slot from one or other of two supermarkets each week.

As for clothing, Iím simple. For the main items, I have 6 fleece jackets (for cooler weather than it has been for most of the past few months), 8 t shirts and 6 pairs of trousers. All of each item is the same make and style but the colours vary. 2 of each item are kept back for ďbest wearĒ and the rest is ďgeneral wearĒ. I think I need to replace 2 pairs of trousers (same again will do) fairly soon but everything else on that list should be good for at least another 12 months.

Back to my shed. I noticed the board my tool chest stands on was badly warped and has to be replaced. I used the same cheap industrial shelving units for the lathe and the tool chest and I see all the boards/shelves have warped to some degree but the others can stay as they are. They are not as badly distorted and donít carry the same sort of weight (my mini lathe would be 90+ lbs and the tool chest around 70lbs before adding tools) . I think the 18mm water resistant mdf board Iíve used/have on order should do better that what was there before for the tops.

There have been a few unplanned expenses in this project although the others I hope are just improvements. Iím adding 4 shelves (should be with me Monday). Iíve done some electrical work Ė I still need to use an extension cable to get power out there but I can now just plug in at a central point and the lighting is better. And Iíve replaced some of the crates which allowed smaller things to fall through with storage boxes Ė I initially ordered 5 but figured I could double that and hope that doing so may help towards relieving some clutter in my bed/living room. There are things that could go out / perhaps even belong there if I can make the space.

All this for an 8x10 workspace which I donít anticipate getting an awful lot of useÖ but I think/hope it will be worth it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 05:01 PM

As hot as it is, I have been tired of having just two pair of Capri-length or knee-length pants, and finally dove into the closet looking for the pair of Gloria Vanderbilt capri pants I've worn for several summers. Nowhere in sight, but I did find a dressier pair that I had for wearing to work. Well, now they're summer around-the-house pants. Summer pants inventory just increased by 50%. Though I really do wonder where I put that other pair? I looked in another closet, in the linen cupboard, in case I might have decided to store clothes in there. It will turn up eventually (probably November) and then I'll hang them in the closet with the rest of my trousers.

I don't order clothes online, I usually poke around the thrift store, to start, but I haven't been out to those places for ages. I like Academy for this kind of thing, and Kohl's has some nice discounted stuff, but I haven't been into Kohl's often (just a couple of times to return Amazon packages, since they have some kind of arrangement). The goal is to keep these clothes going until it gets to be safer to shop. My being tired of two pairs of pants really doesn't matter since it isn't like I'm going to the office in the same clothes every day. I have enough fabric, I suppose I could use one of these pair as a pattern to make more.

How are all of you handling the reduced access to shopping?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 10:26 AM

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

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


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