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Subject: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 18 - 01:31 PM

Getting a jump on the New Year by starting this a little early. The other thread ran for two years, and most people probably know about clicking on the little 100d next to the numbers of posts, but for those reading on tablets or phones, shorter threads are more accessible. So we'll start out with a space easy for lurkers and regulars to read on any device.

The past thread can be read in it's entirety here. There are other threads that can be located by searching the forum for "De-clutter" or "Declutter." There have been a few spin off threads, the most remarkable being the one several years ago in which LilyFestre received a cancer diagnosis and the discussion was moved to a thread that allowed everyone to focus on that topic. (She recovered and is doing great!)

Katlaughing started these, our late Mudcat moderator and writer, crafter, and grandmother of Morgan. We all became Mudcat aunties to Morgan as we learned of his adventures.

Most of the time we just keep tabs on progress here, sometimes it is used as a place to posts lists and goals that can be easily found (versus writing a note to oneself and losing it in the house or office clutter.) Lurkers drop in, and it's my observation that most of them are less chatty and more efficient in the tasks they decide to take on than some of us who putter along pushing the extra stuff slowly out the door. Those lurkers are often heard from only a couple of times, at the beginning and end of the personal episode they are reporting on.

We all have a music connection but this is less about music and more about achieving harmony with the stuff in our houses.

If you're in a hurry to get to the task, there is the practice of döstädning, which translates to “death cleaning.”


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Dec 18 - 03:59 PM

PA:

For those new to this group, I'm close to finishing a 4-year downsize and move from 5000+ (two stories) sq ft in PA to our 1000 sq ft (one story) SE Ohio retirement home. I've gone back and forth delivering furniture, etc with open cargo trailers, vans, and a rented truck.

I'm close to the end of a month in PA to enjoy our last Christmas here and NOT to pack ANYTHING, for a change, until we throw a few essential items into our van when Greg retires January 1. We'll come back for a quick March trip to empty the house of last furniture pieces and boxes.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 10:55 AM

As you say, Stilly, some of us lurk more than others.

The move from Ottawa successfully decluttered us of a great deal of clag, and I am pleased to note that I don't miss it one bit. What's more, I'm pretty sure Himself doesn't miss it, either.

We still have far too many books, but they are here to stay; if I were to launch any kind of library purge, let alone a major sweep, I would get fierce push-back. Instead, I focus on switching to ebooks as much as possible. Pulp novels work just as well on screen as on paper -- maybe better, as ebooks don't collect dust.

I confess to being a dust denier. I also have a great talent for ignoring spider webs. One of these days I'll get me one of those long-handled wool things for taking down spider webs from ceilings, but on the whole I'm not in any hurry.

And now that we have a kitchen range with a self-cleaning oven, life is seriously good. I recommend the self-cleaning oven to anyone out there who is still messing with caustic soda, or putting off cleaning the stove because caustic soda is scary stuff. Yes, a new stove with a self-cleaning oven is expensive, but so worth it. Stay out of Starbucks for the foreseeable future and put your latte money in a Mason jar; in a year, you can get yourself a new stove with a self-cleaning oven. Just do it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 11:00 AM

Charmion, agreed about the oven. Mine is the lowest end stove that includes a self-cleaning feature, and I used it last week.

It's time for a xmas eve run past the recycle bin before people fill it up with the annual glut of corrugated cardboard from gift giving. And to pick up a few remaining ingredients for dinner tonight.

I've cleaned up the kitchen and finally this morning took the glass full of xmas cactus pieces and planted them in a dozen small terracotta pots that are now stored in my sunroom window and hopefully some will sprout and be nice gifts next year. The kitchen window sill is much clearer since several other things went into the donate or the e-waste bin. I have a box of the "still good but I can't use" stuff that my ex and the kids can pick over before it goes to Goodwill.

Cookie distribution to a few close-by neighbors will begin a little later today.

Have a good holiday season, whatever you celebrate. We don't practice a religion so we celebrate family and the opportunity to get together and laugh (and bicker) over the preparation of a meal that is at least partly composed of family recipes from my ex's mother. The kids grew up with my cooking, that's not a mystery, but we want them to know how to make a few of the dishes their father grew up with in Puerto Rico. We take a risk every year because chances are that more than once during the cooking he's going to say "that's NOT how you're supposed to do it" or "you forgot the X ingredient." We are saving our gift giving until later in the week when the fourth of our family group will arrive.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 06:16 PM

We celebrate Christmas in this house. Our Christmas tree has been up for about 2 weeks and as of last night, all the presents are wrapped and Christmas cards are done, waiting to be sent. We spent some time working together to tidy up the house today and then have been just enjoying the day as we please.

Tomorrow we will celebrate in our traditional fashion and then I return to work the following day. It's a difficult time of year for many of my clients so off to work I go. The full moon on top of the holiday will be interesting to be sure. My decorations are still up at work and will need to come down. I have a lovely windowsill in my cubby and will need to decide what to do with it once all the holiday decorations are done. Currently I have a cute little nativity set lining the window, a winter bird and a framed photo of my family that is winter themed with the word JOY on it. I also have a small tree decorated in maroon, browns and antiqued gold ornaments, some beads and teeny tiny white lights. I've really enjoyed that and maybe will keep the tree until New Year's.

As for normal household work, I tidied up in the kitchen and bathroom today. Pete has almost 2 weeks off and will be redoing the bathroom floor while I'm at work. The current flooring is now over 20 years old and past it's prime. On Friday, we picked out a few different flooring samples to bring home and try out....I think we have settled on a mottled gray floor....it's much darker than what we currently have but we are both up for a change. While we were at the store, we also looked into glass tiles for a backsplash in the kitchen. It's much more affordable than I thought it would be and looks fairly simple to install....we shall see.

I'm off to make tacos....Jeremiah's request for this Christmas Eve dinner.

Merry Christmas and Love to all!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 08:28 AM

PA:

The game's afoot.

(What often looks like planning, here, has sometimes actually been the result of going to bed or waking up wits the semi-conscious thoughy: "HOW the EFF am I going to EVER get outta here!" And then my semiconscious auto-pilot creates a scope and sequence to fit.)

So that inner sense woke up this AM screaming, and we're discussing how that's MY process these last 4 years, not Greg's. (HIS process is more like how we always get going on vacation.) So we're laughing about the eggs I thought I'd make this AM that were just thrown out, and smoothly adjusting to mesh!

But it's beginning-- that afooting game -- and it's exciting!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 04:53 PM

I have just signed up to the "What do you promise to do in 2019?" thread and that is, to massively de-clutter this house and double garage we've had for 32 years! Yes, it's that "don't leave it to your kids" thing, with us both being over 70, albeit both having had long surviving parents (all went to late 80s or first half of 90s, despite 3 out of 4 having been smokers!) Haven't been able to put either car in the garage for at least 15, if not 20, years, because of all the assorted bits of wood, stuff from our parents' houses, stuff that might possibly be mendable (NOT, but himself thinks it is!)
And heaven knows what's up in the loft! And "summerhouse" woth various unridden for years bikes, etc. And glasshouse, and shed.....
We are both retired so the job bit doesn't come into it, tho' the life bit does: "don't know how I ever had time to go to work" - then there's music (me), rugby, gardening (him), culture in a city renowned for it, minding the grandchildren (both) .......


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 05:47 PM

Something has messed up my main computer and restore isn't working. If I refresh the software I lose my installed apps and some of them I don't have disks for.

Logging on via my laptop just to see that one computer is working. The Microsoft update may have caused the cascade of failure in my security software.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 08:12 PM

Best of luck, Tattie Bogle!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 01:00 AM

I think the problem is the security software (Kaspersky) not the Windows. It used to be more highly rated; I don't know if it merely got pushed aside with this current administration wrangling over Russia (Kaspersky was taken out of US govt computers) or something else. After several attempts to fix the Windows, and being unwilling to lose all of the software already installed, I will use the security software from my Internet provider (the price is right, and it's Norton - I think I can run thirty devices using that software if I want. I have three.) This afternoon was quiet after the comraderie this morning; friends went out to movies and if the computer hadn't seemed to be a pressing problem, I would have gone. Maybe tomorrow.

I have a handful of things for Goodwill, and yesterday dropped off recycling. The bins were completely empty, in preparation for the recyclables generated today. I sold and shipped two eBay items and have identified a few more things to list soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 08:51 AM

PA:

Departure fever will, this time, result in gathering up loose trash and goodwill as we check each room.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 09:40 AM

Three weeks into this bout of bronchitis, having completed the course of antibiotics and faithfully huffed all the doses from all the puffers, I am still coughing. If not quite as violently convulsive as it was at its peak, it’s loud, phlegmy, and definitely not the kind of thing you want to hear in the grocery store. Or, indeed, anywhere else. So Christmas was a bit isolated: just Himself, the cats and me — and the cough.

I was sick enough that no decorating was done, and fancy cooking was limited to a roast duck. Fortunately, there was a Christmas pudding in the freezer from last year, when I made a whole flock of them.

Tomorrow we take the road to Windsor, to see Himself’s sisters and to get our festive ticket punched with the extended kin-group. Alas, the cough is coming with us ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 12:12 PM

As far as illness near the holiday goes, I got lucky with the type that visited, a virus that was unpleasant for a couple of days and led to careful food choices for a couple more, but didn't cancel the holiday or cooking. This bug seems to be making the rounds, but since it isn't transmitted by a cough or sneeze as far as I know, it's really sneaky.

My decorating is modest by modern standards, I think, and I've put most of it off, but the whole family will be here over the weekend so I'll put some garland on the mantle and a couple of other favorite ornaments around. Our delayed holiday could, in theory, give us the opportunity to do deeply discounted gift shopping but no one is such a glutton for punishment. Stores are not to be approached this time of year.

There is a lot to do around the house for the next few days so decluttering isn't a huge focus, but since things are being pulled out that are seasonal, I can choose to thin collections of things on the fly.

The dogs and I went for a two-part walk today; the exercise around a large block, then the excursion into the woods across the road. We haven't gone often because it was bad for ticks this year, and it's warm now, so I still need to check everyone over. Next time we head over I'll take my clippers because there were a lot of greenbriar across the path. Fitness for all of us, and an attitude adjustment for the newest dog who has gotten progressively rowdy lately and needed a reminder of who is the pack leader. When we go for the walk it is the dogs' job, ala Cesar Milan, and I am in charge. And after the walk, breakfast. They had a lovely morning of it!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 12:11 AM

I have quite a stash of beads, fake rhinestones, glitter, seed beads, etc. and tonight I worked on embellishing a felt stocking that was quickly assembled last year at this time, when on spur of the moment I pulled out the felt, handed my childhood felt stocking to my daughter as the model, and along with some gold bric-a-brac and a contrasting color felt, she made two quick stockings for two visiting-durable-partners-who-aren't-yet-spouses. I promised myself they'd be tarted up for this year. Only one of them will be in use this year, and that one has more contrasting felt characters (reindeer and sleigh), and various sequins and beads attached. And a bit more to come. What else are these little packs of sparkly things going to be used for? If I need more in the future I know where to get them.

Tomorrow I start working on a man's plaid flannel shirt. Better to get the smaller stocking task out of the way first. My goal is to have the shirt on a hanger in plain view on our gift-giving day (probably Sunday). Technically it's last year's gift, but the shopping for fabric and pattern and such was so close to xmas last year that the shirt wasn't made. And it was put off, but now I have time and a clear dining room table and I really love the magic of assembling a garment. It goes from being yardage to something someone you love will wear for many years to come. This is probably an 8-10 hour project so I should get some good movie viewing in (background noise/accompaniment) in the next couple of days. I listened and glanced up at the Kennedy Center Honors while I worked on the stocking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 11:32 AM

I am not a crafty person, and I read the accounts of those who are with a degree of bemusement. It's quite clear to me how crafters are even more vulnerable to the clutter bug than most people. When you can credibly whip up cute novelties out of this 'n' that, how could you bear to throw anything out?

My artisanal skills are limited to food, so I have a freezer full of chicken carcasses because, you know, soup ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 02:10 PM

I love the idea of quilting so whenever i get the urge i buy material i like and send to quilters at rosebud reservation in sd. Some support their families this way. If you have extra cloth. Thread, batting etc. They might like it but check first. I donot have a good address now


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 18 - 01:03 PM

Mary, do they make a quilt for you, or is sending the fabric more along the lines of "wait a few moments and the urge will pass"?

Tweaking eBay listings to see what will budge some of them. One is offered regular price and shipping is extra. Another price is raised by the shipping costs and offered "free shipping." Seriously, people don't do the math, at least, some people don't.

The last few days were unseasonably warm, but now we're back to clear and very cold weather. I did some yard work in the warm weather and walked the dogs and emptied one of the compost buckets beside driveway door (it breaks down more there before I take it to the heap in the back yard). Yesterday the trash wasn't picked up, staggered a day due to the holiday (no one got that memo - trash was out up and down the street), so this morning when it was all still at the curb a red sedan pulled up at the end of my driveway and sat for a bit. Then someone got out and picked up the discarded hose piled on top of the trash bag. Fine. I gave them a little privacy with the hose, but the idiot was blocking view of the trash when the trash collection truck went by so everyone else's trash was picked up - except mine. Minus one hose. I've carried the bag back up to the bin next to the garage.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Dec 18 - 06:38 PM

Beaver:

Robin arrived before Christmas and has de-cluttered tremendous quantities of ice and snow from strategic areas. And moved items from house to van that were too heavy for me. And made the back sheds more accessible. I have cooked - and de-cluttered frig and freezer!

Today was above freezing (+3C) and much ice was eradicated!!

He has yet to install shelf in utility room and remove, and replace, moldy, icky looking caulk around bath tub. My big requests.

We attended two wonderful Community Christmas dinners and met a new interesting human, explored further north, visited Madonna House on the beautiful Madawaska River and intend to go back tomorrow for a tour - to view the Russian style chapel in the woods - and a visit to a ---Arghhh! --- used book store of considerable interest. Have managed not to acquire more stuff but ... Oh, an antique and very interesting electric waffle iron; we have not ascertained if it works. It looks older than the one we had when I was a child but not as old as the one I have that is designed to sit on a gas or wood stove.

R arrived with a copy of the very interesting, and appropriate, book The Organized Mind by David J. Levitin.

At the moment he is snoring while waiting to go to the 7-11 Cafe, hosted by my dear musician friend of 40 years. Wakey, wakey!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Dec 18 - 11:49 AM

PA:

Wakey, wakie indeed. Last wknd of parochial ministry here is off with a bang-- tiny wedding today (shortly), last Sat svc tonight, 3 liturgies tmrw including two YUGE ones. Decks are cleared to fully be present at all and record several.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 18 - 10:33 PM

Cutting out a pattern for a shirt this evening I realize that they've changed a lot over the years. I thought the tissue paper was as thin as it would ever be, but it's gossimer now. And they save ink by not printing on various things like seam allowances. And along the edge I see that it isn't 5/8th of an inch in all instances, they seem to expect me to be using a serger. I'll check with my daughter tomorrow since she has used these more recently than I have. Ironic that just last week I found the right sized box to store all of my old patterns in, the ones I've bought in the past and never made or made, but that have more heft and information.

This time of year in cold weather and right after the holidays is generally a pretty good time of year to sell things on eBay, so I'll be busy with that as soon as the various holiday activities subside. A family event tomorrow and friends over for lunch on New Year's Day and then I'll get that stuff listed. I've photographed several items already.

I don't have any resolutions to declare or act on, I have the usual things I'm trying to accomplish year round to keep me busy. But every so often an idea of how to do something in a new way will be presented or will pops into my head, and it probably happens with each of you also. So here's wishing you luck finding those good ideas or helpful goals as you move through the new year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: KarenH
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 04:20 AM

When working in the kitchen, take a dishcloth and place it under your right foot, being careful not to lose it when moving about. This ensures that if any crumbs are dropped in the kitchen they are not trodden into the carpets when you move around the house. Just one tip I picked up this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 11:03 AM

That's fine if you live alone, but I have dogs! No crumb on the floor goes undetected for long. On the other hand, my dogs might tear up or eat a towel on the floor. One of them drags all sorts of things out into the yard via the dog door. :)

Family is coming over today so the dogs got an early walk. When we started out Pepper was all alert and twitching around on her shared lead with the lab (a double or split lead clips onto the leash), but after a couple of blocks she settled into the pace with the other two. That helps reduce her excitement a little for the day ahead and gives us all some necessary exercise.

Sounds like today is going to be a big/sad/happy/emotional one in a particular part of Pennsylvania. I hope you have a great time, Susan!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 07:42 PM

PA:

Omg


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Hrothgar
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 07:56 PM

Charmion, there is nothing wrong in being a dust denier.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 08:45 PM

Beaver:

Uh,oh! Trip to the bookstore netted two boxes of books (his) and three books for me. Very interesting: The Healing Trees by Robbie Anderman is an excellent resource on using tree leaves, bark, twigs, etc, for healing - very specific and clearly laid out - for the Northeastern woodlands.

No shelf yet as there are too many books to read! However, after R cleared the doors to the cabinet in front of the house (beside the front door) - designed for pottery storage - which has migrated to the screen house - I realized there are two folding tables in there, one of which might be used to lay out fabric for cutting purposes and then returned to the cabinet; I could sew something! I also use the cabinet to store trash until making a dump run, which we did today - about 6 weeks netted one small bag of recycling and two of trash. All paper goes into the wood stove.

The 3 current boxes of pots, soon to be 4 or 5, will go to Quebec next trip as Mary informs she has money for me, meaning she has sold a number of pots. YAY! I must keep her shop "cluttered" with pots!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 12:00 AM

We had several cooking things on the agenda for our family holiday and while it all turned out, I think it's safe to say that we wore out everyone by overdoing it. While the kids were still here I pulled out my phone calendar, navigated to Dec. 25, 2019, and entered "grill steaks or chicken or get takeout" for that holiday as a reminder.

As people cooked I cleaned as I could and the dishwasher is running a second load right now. Having a clean kitchen at the end of a long day like this is a gift to me tomorrow.

One of the dogs must have swallowed something after I let them into the house; I didn't want any tripping or problems while we cooked or opened gifts so they were in the yard for several hours. He might have eaten dirt in the yard, or might have grabbed who knows what - paper? plastic? a washcloth? Whatever it was, he's drooling all over the place now. I'll see how he is in the morning and we may have a vet visit in our very near future. That will declutter the wallet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 08:04 PM

The pooch seems to have recovered from whatever ailed him. And I'm about recovered from that full day of cooking - I didn't cook a thing today except warm leftovers. Tomorrow I have more cooking to do and that's plenty soon enough.

eBay has been picking up since it's cold out and more people are poking around on the computer during the holidays. I have to keep puttering with those listings.

My daughter asked for an organizing book on her xmas list this year, the one by Marie Kondo; the reviews of this book lead me to believe the content is rather esoteric so I gave her partner my favorite organizing book, Don Aslet's Clutter's Last Stand. He has a straightforward approach and discusses the psychology of why we keep and fail to discard so many things. The kids know that if there are old things around here that they no longer want and they are found to sell on eBay that I'll add ours into play and send it out the door.

Finishing paperwork and doing some filing as a year-end activity, and keeping the dogs in when the neighborhood fireworks start. And as I flip over to Antiques Roadshow their first items this evening are fine art found in thrift stores by the woman who brought them in. Oh, my.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 09:42 PM

Beaver:

No fireworks out here in the swamp!!! No precipitation for the next couple days so R can go back to Montreal safely! Shelf installed! Bathtub job in progress. Several books read! A fun week generally. No work in studio at all. After he leaves I shall try to get back on track, however, Mary informs she is having to move the shop so may not have a lot of space. But there are a few things that folks have requested, so I shall do what I can and take it to Quebec when I go - whenever that will be. Did a laundry today so he can wear the clothes in which he arrived and keep "here" clothes here for next time.

Ahh! the tub is done with sparkling clean white caulk! Super YAY!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 11:29 AM

I agree with you, Stilly, on the superiority of Aslett over Kondo with respect to clutter theory. Aslett does not get into the joy potential of stuff; he's all about the utility. The older I get, the more I agree with him.

Should I find myself on my own again (God forbid), I would send the whole houseful of stuff to auction and move to a bed-sit within tottering distance of the public library.

Marie Kondo's approach is too emotional, in my opinion, and no check on the true hoarder. My mother could have quite honestly said that she derived joy from every single plate, cup, Royal Doulton figurine, stack of newspapers, box of doorknobs, shelf of books, pile of books on the floor, bag of old letters, etc., etc., packed into her very large house.

I'm still a bit coughy and shaky, but determined to launch the new year as I hope to continue, with a productive visit to the gym and a nice supper of mushroom omelette. There's enough bread in the freezer to last us a couple of weeks yet, so baking is not on the agenda. I must, however, attack the messy basement TV room with the full force of vacuum cleaner and duster; even I cannot deny that the pattern of the Bokhara rug is disappearing under the accumulation of cat hair.

To infinity and beyond! Or at least to the gym. That's infinity enough for me right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 11:40 AM

Not a resolution, just a realization over the last couple of weeks that I've moved forward from the recovery stage after retirement and now I need to subscribe myself to enough activities and a part-time job to fill the general human social requirements that going to the job in the past fulfilled. Doing this without the toxic stew of bad management should be beneficial. I must have dreamt about getting a job last night because I remember thinking I'd been so tired from the first day at work that I overslept and was late on the second. Not sure where that job was. This is a cognate to the forgot-to-drop-the-college-class-and-now-it's-finals dream.

Late in the afternoon on Monday someone bought the antique tea pot I'd had listed forever on eBay. I had dropped it to within a dollar of what I paid for it (Goodwill) and was ready to pull it next month and take it back to Goodwill. Lesson learned - if it isn't a regular item on eBay that you can see routinely sells, leave it at the thrift store. It's time of year to do a few clearance listings since I seem to have a glut of some items I routinely pick up every time I see them.

And as a parting observation this morning, I turned on (and muted) the Rose Parade. The Rose Queen and court are on the screen now - and amazingly, the Rose Queen is wearing her glasses! You never see a beauty queen wearing glasses.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 05:23 PM

The ornaments are all off the tree and the tree is out of the house and will soon be put to good use. Pete and I selected the flooring for the bathroom and although we had hoped to get it all down during the break, it just didn't happen. Some other repairs around the house took precedence and I am completely happy with at least having made a decision.

In just a few minutes, I'll be doing some picking up of other decorations and rearranging the living room back to normal. The floors have been swept and mopped already so that's all done.

I worked yesterday and then hit 4 grocery stores, gassed up the Subaru and picked up a pizza for our New Year's Eve get together. We spent the evening at my Mom's playing cards....Uno Spin to be exact. It was a fun evening for everyone!

Happy New Year Everybody!
All My Best,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM

PA:

Departure prep gently began today with prepping containers for upstairs, to go up with us at bedtime-- a 55 gal trash bin lined with a bag that size and a recycle bin to use as a catcher to bag up goodwill items.

The first attack is the master BR closet, because off season items are stored there in zipped garment bags (the wide ones for portable closets, etc. Greg brought home the next segment of his vestments collection-- the antique set is presently hanging unprotected in the dusty laundry room, so two of these zip bags are coming down to shield those pending March truck-packing.

That BR in general is full of depressing litter to sort/wash/purge, and I figure tidying our room will hopefully motivate the next steps. Before we can start packing the van, we need to unload some of what we brought home from our church work spaces... and make final decisions on what to take and which day to hit the road. Neither of us has that vision quite yet.

~S~


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

I forgot to add that Jeremiah and I have added some dance activity to our daily schedule....about 20 minutes worth or so...great fun!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 07:33 PM

Beaver:

The montreal house

I may or may not have done the "blue clicky"... Thought you might enjoy seeing the house in its new incarnation - after R spent a month, almost full time, clearing it of excess stuff. Amazing what a pro photographer can do. Looks beautiful if you do not know the K is barely usable and the travail of living in a house while it is being shown - so one cannot really LIVE in it.

Life here is cosy. Snow is under control. Wood pile is accessible. R worked hard and even took a long walk in the woods on this beautiful day. I hemmed a pair of his pants and am waiting for him to try them before doing two more pairs. The clothes he came with are clean and ready to wear back to Montreal. The frig and freezer are nicely de-cluttered, as R plans to leave tomorrow. I shall endeavour to get back to Keto. I have no idea when I will leave for Montreal. The "new" house is still in limbo.

Could not open the van due to freezing so stuff that would have been stored is still clutter in house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 09:10 PM

This afternoon I finished making a favorite dish that is the annual gift for my ex; the other evening we made a different dish for dinner and he took home the extra. It makes sense to give him consumable gifts since he usually tends to buy himself whatever he needs during the year. He'll put it in the freezer in single portions and use them up over the next few months. The house is going to smell like oil for a couple of days but at least the kitchen is cleaned up again. There isn't a dollar amount to attach to this kind of gift, but it is one that is exactly what he wants and my pocketbook is happy at the low cost. The value-added is in the preparation and cooking.

The dogs and I are going to watch a movie in the living room this evening - the dog cover on the sofa can be covered with a towel for me and if they want to hop up and join me we'll have a good scratch-and-tickle time. It'll be a treat after the noise last night that the youngest dog found to be quite frightening. The neighbors apparently set off artillery shells in their yards on the other side of our creek. Shotguns? Firecrackers? M-80s?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 09:28 AM

PA:

Recruiting help today. Closet tasks done before my back quit.

We hope to set departure date today.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 11:43 AM

Day two of the year dawned with sleet coating all of the tree branches and tiling the patio cover. It's now raining but travelling out is not advised, so it was good thing I caught the mail carrier at the porch and handed over the eBay box that ships today. She's out there in layers: rain pants and jacket, rubber galoshes and a rain-proof safari hat. I put the barky blue heeler into my office so she wouldn't bark at the door but the lab insisted on pushing through the door to greet her (no barking, just wags). We have to work on door etiquette with the youngest one.

Time to start a new expanding 12-slot file for bills for the year. I started this system a long time ago and for the occasions when I have to go back to find a receipt or prove I paid a bill it is an invaluable resource. I have two that I use, meaning that I'll take the contents of the file from 2017 and bundle them all together into a large manila envelope and reuse that file because the most recent past year is probably the only place I have to search. After a few years I shred or burn the contents of the old folders after giving contents a cursory glance.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 03:59 PM

PA: Departure set for Sunday AM-- that'll be different. Help recruitment is underway. Departure tasks have been identified and allocated. We're making a point of doing fun along with work, along with watching the weather to avoid doing things in ice or mud better done in sunshine. Hockey game Friday!

But omg!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM

Beaver:

WOW! susan is almost on her way! It has been a long and difficult journey to get to this point. May the change be everything you have hoped it would be. Bon voyage to this new phase of life.

De-cluttered of R! It was wonderful having him here for almost 12 days. As I worried about him leaving early enough to get to Montreal at a reasonable time: 10 passed, then 11, then we had to go to the Thrift Warehouse before he left... a cabinet that would fit in a specific space and improve the situation, so we came back for the pick-up and went back for the solid wood cabinet---Oops! too tall when we got it into house! I need to find someone to cut off about 8 inches and re-do it in a civilized manner. Then it will do the job and two other cabinets will go elsewhere and the china show case will finally have a home base. Maybe Dan can do it... It would have been perfect but for the ladder to the upstairs.

In the meantime, R left about 2 and phoned from Renfrew at 4 to let me know he was now going to be on civilized roads for the rest of the trip. After he stops at places of interest - thrift shops...

He really is recognizing that he has too much stuff and seriously looking at a future of divesting. Another dozen or so books today. Reading The Organized Mind was helpful in many ways. Also an intro to Thich Nhat Hanh via a little calendar I bought for my grandson. I was stunned that R had never heard of this amazing human; he loved the quotes in the calendar.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 08:44 PM

Thx DP. Tdy we especially focused on FUN, which we two intense and cerebral ppl don't come to easily. We're way too good at crises, so we simplified the packlist in favor of couple-health!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 11:28 PM

I figured out how to download the monthly free e-book from the University of Chicago Press (BatGoddess originally told me about these books) into my Fire tablet. Each month Chicago offers a free eBook, but I didn't want to have to sit at the computer to read it. I figured out that downloading the $2.99 "Aldiko" app and "side-loading" - moving the downloaded book from the computer via cable to the Amazon Fire - will let me read the books on the more reader-friendly tablet. Books on the tablet don't take up any space.

On the culinary front, I added some of the odds and ends in my fridge to a batch of beans, and after a bowl for dinner I saved a bowl's-worth for this week and the rest is frozen in jars for later.

Unreleated to clutter, is anyone else struggling to remember what day of the week it is this first week of the year?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 06:58 AM

Free audiobooks? Librivox.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Kim C
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 09:28 AM

I collected two big bags of clothes for donation, which made room for me to hang up things I actually do wear.

One piece at a time, I reckon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 12:44 PM

Ah. Corrected to read "e-book." I have audiobooks covered as far as listening. I'll look into Librivox as another source.

Yes, Kim, absolutely one piece at a time! It doesn't take much to notice that a chair in the bedroom no longer has clothing draped on it or that your dresser top has been organized. I did a big purge in the closet last summer and still enjoy the benefits of actually looking at clothes I can wear and not having a bunch of too-small garments hogging the space. Some of the removed clothes are in a bin on the shelf because I do expect to eventually fit back into them, but a lot were either put in eBay or sent to Goodwill.

I've decided to do a month of the "no spend" exercise I did a couple of years ago, in particular to make myself draw down even more the fridge and freezer. I'll use my favorite deeply-discounted grocery outlet for the fresh stuff I need (I use yogurt as a major source of dairy and they also have a lot of produce.) The local museums have free attendance days that I'll start taking more advantage of. I made it through several months the last time before a whole bunch of bills kind of blew it out of the water, but the previous months did put me in a better position to deal with those bills.

Here's a starting point, an article from 2015 that doesn't seem to be promoting products along the way. And here's a frugal living article. They offer a link to how to stockpile groceries and frequently used goods, though I suspect anyone who has been following along these threads has that down pat. Trying to get rid of the extra stockpile is part of our effort, but smart shopping never hurts. A recent Lifehacker article.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 05:13 PM

PA:

That reacher-grabber reduced an overwhelming BR mess to manageable chaos (order) this aftn while Greg briefly napped. We're both making great progreys on the long task list we made ydy.

It's frustrating that this time there are so many tasks that can only actually be done at the last minute-- the morning we depart. We never left the PA house empty for vacation either in winter or for 60-90 days. But essentially they're just the sorts of things we've done for every vacay here the last 25 years. (It just feels crazy but actually isn't.) And we're having trouble meshing our schedules/body rhythms-- it will settle into place better once we're in Ohio.

The number of things we can't do today though DOES "force" us to have a little more fun. It's all good. I just don't like this little part!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 07:37 PM

PA:

Departure plan:

Tentative plan as of Thursday eve:
Tonight - puttering thru DR prep and other in-house stuff till early bedtime w benadryl

Friday - latish wakies to omelets and earlywarm aftn van rearrange/preloading; oil change & probable last Elmira hockey evening.

Saturday - rainy day, prep of hitch load and prep of house closing/food and misc containerizing; preload what can be and stage the rest on back porch; poss landlady house tour

Sunday - early AM complete loading and leave by noon for projected dry route w poss Sunday arrival by 10pm; option for crash and burn overnight if/where needed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 08:30 PM

This thread will prove invaluable as 2019 will become a recession year.

Meanwhile on odd days I have to throw stuff/somthing out, even days I have to recycle and the first and last days of the month are vacations.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 02:57 PM

PA:

Preload done with no casualties. Lots of typical pre-vacay stuff done. Lvg soon for oil change and hockey. Think I'll dress up this time!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 05:52 PM

Working on a task list for the month and for the quarter, involving things I can work on with materials already here (the no-spend project).

Today was a free entrance to one of the museums in town but because the exhibit required low light and no flash, and the printed the information cards with white text on black cards, I spent my entire time leaning in trying to read cards without getting in everyone's way. If I'd had my office glasses with me it would have been much easier. And this afternoon I've made my appointment for a checkup. So much for my no-spend month, I've hit a couple of co-pays already, but those appointments must be made.

It has warmed up for a few days so the dogs get a walk in the fitness portion of my day, and it helps the youngest one remember I am the pack leader. Our last walk was a few days ago and after about a block she calmed down and got with the program.

One of my larger eBay boxes shipped this week and leaves space to rearrange what is left and list a few more items.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 11:09 PM

PA:

Lovely closet surprise! Wanting to tart up for the hockey game, and knowing my hockey jersey is in Ohio, I pulled a red fleece vest I normally have reserved for choir parties-- SO not my color. What to wear under it, I wondered as I headed for a shower. Maybe nothing plus scarf and jacket OVER it. Gee it's awful heavy on that hanger-- oooo, an oversized cotton red v-neck sweater!!! BRAND NEW AND NEVER WORN, neatly folded over the hanger's trouser rod. I foreswore the vest. I added a striped scarf in BOLD Me icon colors including a bit of red. WOW!!! I have zero memory of buying that sweater. With that scarf-- million bucks and a great barrier between the red and my face.

Thank you, Closet!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 10:15 AM

PA:

What seemed impossible (Sunday departure) now seems potentially doable ttoday (Saturday departure).

Because retired ppl rock! "Plans" can be tossed out the window-- no one is controlling us now.

Omg.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 11:42 AM

Susan, congratulations on your long-awaited liberation from career shackles, both yours and Hardi's. It will take you a while to get accustomed to being in control of your own lives.

My sister-in-law and brother recently retired, both on the same day (30 November), and are going through the same detox process. SIL worked in the federal government as a speechwriter, a sometimes miserable job in which everybody in her chain of command imposed ridiculous expectations that constantly impinged on her personal life and eventually robbed her every speck of free time; for example, she was expected not only to carry a BlackBerry that was always turned on, but also to check it repeatedly every day, even Sunday, so she could "maintain situational awareness" and "respond appropriately" to "emergencies". Not surprisingly, she had nightmares about getting fired for missing a midnight email and not being able to pay the mortgage and then losing the house.

She told me yesterday that, for the first time in at least five years, she slept through the night and suffered no night terrors.

I quit my last government job on 1 February 2013, nearly six years ago, and HAVEN'T MISSED IT ONE G-D BIT. I confess to missing the money a bit, but not enough to regret having quit. We sleep better, we eat better, and all around, in general, we live better.

Himself is a bit bored, now that he is not travelling all over the country doing courts-martial, but he's finding ways to fix that. He's even talking about doing a Ph.D. in law (the University of Western Ontario is just down the road). Me, I don't know how to be bored. There's always lots to do, and if I don't want to do any of it, there's always a book I haven't read yet, or dinner to make.

Life is so good on the other side of the Great Barrier of retirement, even if the pennies need a bit more pinching than one might have imagined.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 12:47 PM

I'm also thinking about going back to school; as you get older here in Texas it is possible to do coursework for very little expense or for free.

I pulled out the 2002 five-disk sampler The Mudcat Cafe Blue Plate Special. We're losing so many people lately I think a day of listening to their voices is a good celebration of the lives of those now passed.

eBay and sewing this weekend. Walking the dogs when it gets warmer out and while the sun is bright - that light on the forehead is good for combating the winter blues (SAD).

As the seasons change, so do the re-run offerings on the various television channels. Last week I was up late each evening watching the early programs of a favorite series, but it was just too late. Last night I checked to see if it still streams on Amazon Prime - yes - so I went to bed earlier. I'll watch it on my own schedule.

Gotta clear off my office desk again after paying bills and an annual ritual - choosing an electric company. I renewed my contract for two years with the same company this time; I'm thinking I probably should have done it for just a year since the rate (everywhere) went up a couple of cents a kWh and will be about 25% higher for the next contract. If I'd gone for only a year it might be lower next winter - or not. The gas prices are coming down because of the oil industry, but the electric power grid doesn't run on gasoline. My crystal ball is cloudy on this topic. The company is a good one, transparent billing, easy to understand statements. And as it is, some companies weren't on the list because they didn't have Spanish language materials and were kicked off of the Power To Choose site. I should probably have checked a couple of the old places I've used before. I have three business days to change my mind, so I should spend time hunting down a couple of other companies. It's possible to easily outsmart yourself doing this.
[sigh]


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 03:55 PM

Charmion-- bingo! Again. In so many respects not to enumerate here.

PA:

Our 65 year old bodies got 95% done on what our 40 year old "autopilots" thought might just send us down the road today, but we're opting now for 1 more night with TV and dinner by personal chef.

Sorry for any yptos but good techance is packed and loaded.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 04:10 PM

Having a nice, quiet weekend at home. We are all puttering at will, doing a little bit of this and that. I am working on cleaning out some cupboards and doing a bit of re-organizing in the kitchen, specifically the Lazy Susan. It's really the first weekend in awhile that we haven't been busy/on the go with something and I am quite enjoying it.

Tomorrow is church with the family and then more of the same.

Life is good.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 07:39 AM

PA:

Of course on vacation Greg has sometimes slept in on a Sunday, but I'm still thrilled for him that he's slept past "Unlock the Church" mental alarm, beside me, this first Sunday of his retirement.

We weren't sure how recliner sleeping s time would go--the mattresses are already loaded-- but we'd prepped for possibly sleeping separately, with Greg potentially going up to use the bed we'd prepped for Leo. (We usually share a dbl recliner when we visit my son and DIL, but....)

So we expect to get going about noon.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 12:39 PM

Have a safe and interesting drive to Ohio. Is this the last trip, or will you return for more furniture and such again in the spring?

This morning I reset the daily steps I want to achieve in my fitness tracker and I reinstalled Google Fit on my phone. The last time I tried Fit it didn't seem to register very accurately, but I was in a building that had sometimes spotty WiFi.

Last night I let the Labrador retriever sleep on the bed but he puts out way too much heat and wants to lean up against me. I woke up a couple of times because I was too hot, so I don't think I'll conduct that experiment again.

I'm heading into the yard today since it is supposed to reach almost 70o. Raking leaves from the gutter into the yard and I'll run the mower to mulch them into the turf.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 07:36 PM

Beaver:

Susan well on her way to Ohio! May she have an uneventful trip!

Me - did manage to get some sorting and organizing done today on a day that was sunny ---oops! snowing!! oh, gee, sunny again! And it has cooled - from freezing to -10C now. I did bring in as much wood as space allowed, sensing the impending drop in temp after a couple mild days - mild means hovering around zero Celsius. Thankful for the work R did to clear ice and snow from around the wood pile.

Dan came by yesterday and we gave consideration to a structure for next year so I do not have to struggle with the tarp. I would like something moderately interesting, only on the part of the deck that is necessary to hold the winter's wood as it must not block any windows.

Checked out Bob's Greenhouse Poly for prices, as a possibility.

Also something on the other deck, connected to the studio; kind of dependent on how much pottery I will be making in the future. I did manage to glaze in the studio last month but now need to clear that out so I can start throwing pots again. Challenge is to find room for everything - just like in the house.

Little Red had a busy day; she found a bag of blue organic nacho chips that I put outside - slightly off but more a temptation for me. I sat at the window, on computer, also watching her, or him, fetching a chip and running across the road into the woods, then back for another one?? OR just sitting out on the snow nibbling. At least she can no longer come in and sit on sofa!

Almost had inclination to work in studio; "almost"... Almost had inclination to do sewing; almost... Now it is 7:30 pm. Am I really just going to read until bedtime?? Maybe clear some more papers? Maybe...

Contents of 6 of 8 drawers in bureau that is leaving are now well cleared. Need clearness on how to arrange storage for papers that need to be available - as if in file drawers. And all those odds and sods of officey type stuffs, to access easily....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 09:35 PM

Finishing the holiday cleanup, lights boxed up, live boughs that may have contributed to recent sneezing are out the door, and I did some cleanup in the front yard this afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

I've reset some of the goals in my fitness tracker, added another phone app that may do a better job of identifying activities, and have decided to try to track hydration better this time of year when I don't feel very thirsty. I have a 2-quart jar that I filled this morning and when I walked through the kitchen made a point of filling a glass. Let's see how long I will remember to do that.

An eBay box is ready to ship tomorrow. Every little bit out the door helps!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 08:41 AM

OH:

Reached 2/3 twds destination and stopped. We're adventuring. Home tonight.

SRS, in March we go back to PA to close the house. I've been posting about that but it's just gotten more interesting.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 11:37 AM

I thought you said you'd be back to PA, but the recent posts were sounding final.

Supposed to be up to 80o today so I will get out the mower and mulch in leaves and finish knocking down stuff left in the garden after the first frost (some tomato vines were tangled on a tomato cage and I didn't bother to pull it all apart.)

Busy week. Happily this morning I found the movie gift card my daughter passed along recently - after the Golden Globes last night there are a couple of films I'd like to see, if they're still in the mainstream theaters. I also have a duplicated gift I need to exchange before we're out of the easy exchange season. I spoke with the next door neighbor about my work on extending the new fence he put up and mentioned that I'd done the work with the sole bit that came with the new power driver, so drill bits were on my holiday wish list. And I told him I'm going to use some of his old fence to build raised beds; I should do that today and tomorrow while it's warm and because it's time to plant potatoes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 12:59 PM

Final ministry fishbowl . Final driving alone. Never final beloved county. Final set of huge house decisions for that house. Bittersweet, all.

One cool new thing is that habing a landlord/lady that's a hoarder plays well with ACOA tenants worried about how the house looks. Another cool thing is that we both shot fine video to guide paid help costs and landlord repairs, which also facilitates knowing what work we need to do on our end to leave the house the way they want it. This is good because I only tracked down the paid crew chief for March the night before we left. I'd begun prepping my head for handling all 5000 sq feet by myself. Labor in those parts can be hard to track down except by face encounter.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 02:44 PM

OH:

HOME.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

Welcome home!

My son and his dad were here for dinner and then I took him to the airport; the gifts that won't fit into the luggage are going into a box I'll mail this week.

Amazing interview today (not declutter or anything else, just very interesting) to do with precision medicine. It is an interview with the author of this National Geographic article.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 01:28 PM

Still drawing down the freezer today; made a batch of banana bread (with frozen fruit) that I baked in small pans. These will be given away, they won't go back into the freezer. Chicken tenders and a jar of turkey stock are thawing to make a batch of chicken and rice (in the rice cooker, using basmati). Finally, I have frozen broccoli and a box of gluten-free cornbread mix, to make my friend's recipe that calls for chopped onions sauteed in a lot of butter (I'll do half-and-half butter and olive oil) and then submerge the florets in the batter before baking. That will be for me to have with meals this week (when I'm not eating the rice.) I have frozen jars of my Puerto Rican red beans that can be two servings; I make enough rice to eat for several days, so later in the week I may defrost one of those jars because those beans are best served over rice.

I like having the USPS "Informed Delivery" in place for my post office box, it saves me driving over especially when I'm waiting for a couple of freelance jobs to finally send their payments. No trip to the post office today or yesterday, there's just junk mail there now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 01:39 PM

Beaver:
Congratulations, Susan! No place like home!!

My home was invaded by noise ALL Morning. By noon I was ready to scream. It would have been better if I had gone elsewhere but with four large trucks parked along the road, engines running, I was doubtful about getting out AND where would I go? It started just as I was thinking about the lack of traffic on this road - the red truck, the blue truck, the white truck, the black car, the white car, the grey car and the snow plow/sander are the sum total of what I might see in a day. THEN: a sort of snowplow with HUGE tires, a truck with flat bed trailer, a truck with a crane - in front of house - and another truck down the road a couple hundred feet. The crane lifted huge chains off the flat bed and arranged them on the road and 3-4 men wrestled them onto the huge tires with the help of the crane truck and some noisy machine. They have left a short while ago and I am exhausted from the noise. NOW I need to go to the library. Then come back and re-collapse. I did clear the snow off the porch and car - about 4 inches and the weather - from minus 14C last night to plus 4 and drippy wet out there. Warm enough to work in studio but shoulder aches from snow removal. Not a very good day! I shall cancel it after trip to library - books are due.

The plow might not have made it up the hill without the chains.

Oh yeah! SRS! up to 80? plant potatoes!! HAH! and ho ho ho!! Pulling covers over head! Eating chocolate! Maybe stop in at Community Trust for a pep talk? I did write an article for Jane this am, and edited hers on home sharing, just a tiny bit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 04:50 PM

OH:

And NO free senior svcs I do NOT have to wake up hubby OR ME to train one of THREE Yano's you said might come at 9AM our first day waking up in our house! To clean a house what's clean! We go back to BED after calling to cancel!

;-)

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 12:51 PM

An "active rest day" in the fitness world isn't couch potato-ing. We're having one today as trip recovery.

OH:

By noon, freezing, and without tramadol, I:

. Treated infected ears
. Had early brekky (snack sz)
. Took AM meds
. Purged accumulated email
. Set up puder and peripherals
Installed next audiobook
- Re-ordered misc items passed as I circulated to various rooms
. Considered where to stow silver
. Welcomed waking late-sleeping husband to the day
. Managed dog out
. Made half of my 2nd brekky
. Sorted and purged mail
. Paid 2 bills
. Found and activated insurance card and set it up as paperless
. Had and gave session
. Assessed closet resources to offer Greg
. Put on swimsuit for later
. Suggested higher daytime heat setting while the concrete pad reaches heated winter temp after the 30 day "empty house" setting
Stowed heavy silver chest by removing several heavy components and reassembling in the designated space-- more walking and less lifting.
. Reassembled one purse, and a spare I'd also used is almost empty.
. Found and stowed house tramadol supply.

Next, warm pool and haircut.

Greg's closet if second wind after supper.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 02:25 PM

Beaver:

Well, managed to get car stuck in the drive again last night. Phooey! Left that for morning. After some BF - no way! Body said not a good job for me. Thought about who could help bu called my 92 year old Friend in PA (69 days to the equinox!) and after a long chat, and more food, my body DID it - some shoveling, some work with the ice breaker and some gravel. YAY! Then I cleared as much of the ice and snow as possible. Thinking about how to put something at the corners to indicate the safe way to back in. Maybe a pole on each side, with a flag on it...

Laundry done anyway and drying in BR. Now to bring in wood while the sun -SUN!!!!! - is on that side.

I did not need to go anywhere but my body is reaching the stage where I wonder who would I phone to take me to the hospital if the car is stuck. Considering the state of my health, that is fairly silly but perhaps better to be prepared than not. I hear, "call an ambulance!" but I would have to be in very bad shape... Like when I injured my back in PA. I never mess with a back injury!

20 years ago, I drove myself 18 miles with excruciating pain - pneumonia. An xray - which I would usually refuse - and 3 different antibiotics - to the shock of my doctor! - then I was fine. Doubt I missed any work; figure the cause was doing blown in insulation without a respirator.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 03:36 PM

DP, it's never too early to make a plan.

OH-- it's all OH now until the March clear-out.

New fones late last night. Both temporarily working-- ydy's long list of premature chores is on the other one so will post separately.

Today is fone configuring and such. Greg is out now replacing the awkward and failing PA TV with a lightweight OH one-- when we started to plan padding the other we looked at prices for new and elected to donate it to the parish yard sale with the rest of what was long planned to leave. Arrangements were made before his last day, for all that.

I've almost found my kitchen. It's that superb space surrounding the just- done pork roast. Mister is doing the sides.

Cello concert this evening after I fix my new haircut.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 04:16 PM

Beaver:
DID the wood. Then sat back and watched the snow dancing down and thought about Snowflake Bentley. This is a good time for that wonderful story. Maybe Michelle...? I googled and there is a lot:
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the children's book I have and I sat and read it again. Cannot give it up!

It intrigue's me that I can sit here: "I don't feel like... I'm too tired... Maybe it can wait..." But once I force myself to get started on bringing in the wood it becomes like the Sorcerer's Apprentice! "Where else can I put some?" So there is plenty of wood for a couple days and the tarp is not going to get frozen to anything AND the snow on top of the tarp will keep it from blowing off! I am safe and warm. And the sun has come out again, in time to go behind the hill. And snowflakes are still dancing!? Almost down to 5F, it is going to be a very cold night. The reason I back in to the drive is in case the car has trouble starting; I also have a booster pack, charged and handy. I DO plan, sometimes. Probably most of the time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 06:23 PM

By noon, freezing, and without tramadol, I:

Treated infected ears
Had early brekky (snack sz)
Took AM meds
Purged month of accumulated email
Set up puder and peripherals
Installed next audiobook
Reordered misc items passed
Considered where to stow silver
Welcomed waking late-sleeping husband to the day
Managed dog out
Made half of my 2nd brekky
Sorted mail
Paid 2 bills
Found and activated insurance card and set up account as paperless
Had and gave session
Assessed closet resources to offer G
Put on swimsuit for later
Suggested higher daytime heat setting while the concrete pad reaches heated winter temp
Stowed heavy silver chest by removing several heavy components and reassembling in the designated space-- more walking and less lifting
Reassembled one purse and a spare I'd also used is almost empty.
Found and stowed house tramadol supply
Got free Y membership sorted--Free Bennie
45 minutes pool workout
Reconnected with new friend Cathy
Got haircut
Collapsed


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 06:26 PM

I see now that some of that is duplicate, but in any event it grew.

Most trips back I'm still moribund this soon after arrival. A real dinner is usually weeks into thst arrival. Now here we are stepping out after a home cooked dinner.

Planet Weird. To Cello Springs!

~S~


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

Over lunch today I met with an office manager of a web site about contract work to be done on the site, for 10-15 hours a week. In the next few weeks I will be training with the local webhost company on their content management system, prioritizing tasks, etc.

Boxes need to be packed and put in the mail tomorrow, to several recipients.

This week I set up a couple of new apps for fitness tracking, and I found that my phone app for Weather Underground (I pay $2 a year to have it ad free) has a feature to choose activities and set the conditions that are preferred and/or acceptable so it is tied with the forecast. For walking, for example, I would like it to be from 50 to 75o, wind 10mph or lower, humidity at 50% or lower, and the acceptable range is larger, from 45 to 85o, wind up to 20mph, humidity up to 75%. Both them them are set to daylight hours only. The representation for the day shows each hour with the optimal conditions with a long blue line rising from the time, each hour with acceptable conditions has a blue dot at the time. I can look at the next few days and see that there will be good conditions for going out to walk (with the dogs, primarily).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Jan 19 - 12:25 PM

Beaver:
Maggie: WOW! the things you/one can do on tech stuff boggles my mind. Well, I often remember to check the 7 day forecast but mostly I just look at the window and the thermometer - 0 F at 8:30 this am!

Last night the propane froze in the middle of trying to cook. I tried using the microwave and it quit! Cooked in toaster oven. This morning the microwave works!? (I went to the back shed for the "spare" and did not find it.) Poured a bucket of hot water on the propane tank and cooked! It took a second bucket of encouragement. But most of all---- the car started - without any aid from the booster pack! Managed to remove ice at door to studio and water the plants. Went to library for a stack of books. I will not be doing much more than bringing in wood and staying warm for a few days. Beautiful day. I hope little red and friends are in safe places.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Jan 19 - 03:08 PM

I cannot believe how hard it is to acclimate to this new fone. Greg got a great deal on two Cadillacs. He had been using a later-gen fone than mine, so it's not such a huge change for him, but mine was a circa-2009 fone, so..... Oy!

Besides fone learning, I've only gotten a few clothes stowed try and made rice, but they were the important ones-- we're going to see a Friday night rock band, to check out a new-to-us pub that also hosts weekly blues jams.

Also stowed was the really good, all-purpose dressy outfit-- I added, into the garment bag protecting my long black dress skirt, the new silk kimono my PA dressmaker had created from a bed jacket design I've loved as casual wear over jeans. My son sent us the silk from his Navy stop years ago in Thailand, so my dressmaker spec'd out lining fabric I picked up cheap, and she made it while I was in OH. She has one more project of mine to finish-- copying a fabulous dress coat which is like a flowy trench coat. I love the way she fits things to my body.

https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=153649&messages=38#3971161

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Jan 19 - 10:24 PM

I spent about 4 hours reorganizing the kitchen today. I didn't really plan it that way but one thing led to another and another and another....LOL. I'm happy with the way things have turned out. I cleaned, organized, boxed up about 2 boxes of stuff that I never use and our pig, Elwood, is having himself a feast tonight of goodies I was going to toss. He's one happy pig!!! In addition, the dishes are done, the table is cleared, pills are sorted for the next 2 weeks, the hutch is cleaned off and dusted, I roasted a chicken, some squash and potatoes for dinner as well as made a large pot of homemade chili for tomorrow and weekday lunches. I'll make some cornbread to go with it tomorrow.

I've been seeing a new endocrinologist and his changes have proven to be very beneficial. I had blood work done yesterday and the results are all in...everything is in normal range with the exception of my triglycerides which are lower than last time so I'll take it! My blood sugars, which were averaging in the mid 250s are resting comfortably in the 120 range for the first time in a LONG time. I have 3 different insulins going and a sensor attached to my arm at all times for really tight tracking but it's working!!! I am most happy about that! Getting to the point where a "normal" blood sugar doesn't feel like a diabetic low took some patience and trust on my part but it's all good now!

It felt really good to get a substantial amount of work around the house done today. I'm hoping to do more again tomorrow.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jan 19 - 11:58 PM

I spent this evening editing a resume and a couple of cover letters for jobs for a friend who has been unemployed for a while. Fresh eyes on the documents can help.

My fitness tracker is unhappy, it has been a sedentary day, but my weather app just sent a notification that tomorrow afternoon after 3pm will be perfect for walking.

A friend and I are comparing notes on tomatoes we want to grow this year and will be sharing seeds. His local library has a seed bank, where he found a variety intended for our southern climate, and I have organic seeds from my Mudcat Secret Santa - we're going to grow both in our gardens and compare results. I may grow some in pots this year. I haven't started the raised beds yet, but that will come soon, and in the meantime will start seeds in the house or the greenhouse. There's a lot of winter left that can hit the greenhouse, so I'll only use it if I can get it weather-proofed first. I didn't do much this fall as far as covering the louvered vents, leveling the doors so they close tightly, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Jan 19 - 03:37 PM

We've puttered our way thru a number of minor furniture arrangement tweaks, partly thanks to the 8-10 inches of snow were mired in while we await the driveway plow. My favorite was the one that ended with Greg's bass and being set up and played.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 01:07 PM

Beaver:

Down to minus 20C again last night and the day started out bright and sunny - and COLD. But the clouds gathered and it is warming - up to minus 6C! I really almost hibernated during the cold snap! Today I may actually get some things done.

The studio door had - well something , anyway it would not close and I am heating it! So last night, realizing the impact on finances - I thought about it - unfroze brain briefly - and took a hammer out into the COLD and banged the offending piece into place so the door closed. Today I will find something to put over the much-too-wide crack at the top, rather than heat the great out of doors. Not snowing!

The other day, I opened a new cargo trolley and took it out to the wood pile and loaded it, as much as I could without stuff falling back off. I was able to bring it in the house to dry and warm up, as well as filling the usual space. Today I can off load it into the now almost empty spaces and re-fill it, and them. Preparing for the next cold snap!

R phoned on 11th and informed me that there is money for the new house; re selling the M house, he needs a realtor that will bother putting up a sign; and two business bugaboos were sorted last week. All of which de-cluttered his mind - for a while. I told him I will come back to M after there is some furniture in the new house. A bed and kitchen ware would suffice. As long as the BR is painted.

Today I have managed an excellent BF and washed the week's dishes. Hoping to get myself on track to do more than read novels. Need to keep my feet off the COLD floor. It affects the whole brain and body!

Will do wood when the temp reaches a probable high point - somewhere closer to the freezing point; it will not go above freezing in the next couple weeks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 02:14 PM

The friend I was helping with the letter-writing has a phone interview this week! Whether my assistance made a difference or it was simply moral support to get him moving forward, this was wonderful news this morning. (He considered apologizing for applying past the deadline when he saw it had passed, but the link still worked. I told him that once the letters and resumes were printed in a stack no one would know his was late unless he apologized, so just don't do it. He backdated his letter to the due date.)

This morning I made a list of things I keep thinking I need to get done but always end up forgetting about during the course of each day. Things that need to be done before other things on the larger list can be started. It's always something.

Every year I try to get started on my taxes as soon as possible, because it's too easy these days for identity thieves to claim your refund if any of your important numbers were compromised (like seems to happen monthly with many important sites with online presences). Get the forms in as early as possible to head off the crooks. But due to the government shutdown the IRS is mostly closed and I use the Free File Fillable Forms (not affiliated with any tax preparation company, just the tax forms online that can be filled out and turned in). They usually open up in late January, but all bets are off this year. I decluttered my files this year so all of my documents are in one file drawer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 05:07 PM

Another Yano tmrw followed by a care mgr visit to detemine continuing needs and eligibility. If we're continuing I want to get back to afternoons.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jan 19 - 11:57 AM

Today's Yano is chatty Ms. Billie. I've lost count who else has been here.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jan 19 - 04:06 PM

Big job finished - the huge cardboard boxes that were flattened and stored between trusses in the attic have been removed. The folding steps to the attic and the hole they're mounted in is a narrow area but I managed to get all but one of the boxes down after turning or folding them to fit the best edge through first. I took the box-cutter up to dismantle one that refused to fit and I wasn't going to try to remember how I got it up there in the first place. All of these were stacked in the SUV on a tarp, then slid through the big door in the recycle bin. One of them wouldn't fit so I had to cut one side and fold it up on itself. I found three invoices on the boxes that can go in a file that I keep for insurance purposes. This clear out is in advance of some work that I need to have done up there.

The top item on the this week's task list is now crossed out and a couple of more added. It's meant to be a list for just this week, and weather is nice until the weekend when wintry weather and extreme cold (for us) arrives. I'm cat sitting for a friend on the weekend so I will have to get out in it, here's hoping it's just cold and not icy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 09:01 AM

Huge day ydy ending with our surprisingly cooperative assembly of what I think is Camp Ridgebury bed 4.0.

Our mtg with the county care mgrd portends change I'll summarize later, none of it bad.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 02:25 PM

So... ydy was a long day of household biz, working alongside and supervidising an awful Yano 9am - 1pm and wonderful Brandon 2:40-4:30pm, with a county care mgr mtg sandwiched between (with very short breaks). By the end of all that, which included a Goodwill trip for me, I was whipped and brainfogged and grateful that Greg suggested dining out. Arepas! Then another hour of physical work after supper, assembling our very complicated bed. Ow!!!

The wonderful results of that hard day:

Two recliners set at the curb
A heavy analog TV (and small obsolete flat screen TV loaded in the car for recycling)
A small box of clothes and sneakers to Goodwill
Two recliners allocated to different rooms
Much more open space in Greg's sewing/music room.
Our normal bed height, and no more pitted foam camping mattresses requiring re-stuffing every six weeks
Clean bedding
Improved settings on the new lightweight smart TV Greg found on sale
Assurance that the two file cabinets (needed to free up floor space in the TV section of the library) will indeed fit in the closet formerly occupied by the heavy analog TV
Discussion w Brandon about keeping Tues aftns open for us and confirmed he's moving those file cabinets next Tuesday
Discussions w Brandon re how to work best here w two bosses w very different working styles, and a raise
More space in garage (one recliner had been there) for Greg's workout equipment
A better garage locay for my walker/chair (replacing that recliner)-- SO useful for grocery unloading and/or waiting for a ride
Reallocation of warm fleeces for each chair
An improved TV area for us to share
Rug runners to cross painfully cold but necessarily bare tile floor to TV chairs
A warmer sleeping space for Greg-- his side was so much colder than mine and it took awhile to understand why
A new step for my side
A better Arepa recipe (3 kinds)
More music and sewing furniture for Greg

Care mgr Daejanna affirmed my frustrations w clnrs and turnover. It emerged that her notes indicating personal care needs were wrong, so straight clng companies the county contracts with have not been an option before. All three of us agreed that taking a break from weekly services makes sense while she reassesses our eligibility/copay rates now that there are two seniors here, and a change in income and costs. Can we state now what help we actually need? No. Do we know now our exact income? No. Do we know now our new medical copay rates, annualized? No. Do we know our annual anticipated Rx costs? No.

She affirms that Retiring Is Like That, and that there's a lot more stress involved than we'd anticipated. Says we're doing really well and its normal that it doesn't feel that way! ;-)

She'll drop off a new financial form later this aftn.

Today:

Progress re-pillowing newly re-allotted chairs from ydy work day and removing my items from (his) sewing room. This led to a discussion during my rest from an hour of working hard in the house, re orthopedic pillows and the level of concern with blocking my chairs. Everyone does it, and it has to stop immediately. I'm going to dress each medically necessary chair in an old but vividly pink t-shirt or top!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 02:50 PM

I get the gist of the job they come to do but have no idea what "Yano" stands for.

Fitness today - starting the NY Times challenge for January (once you join they start you from the beginning with an email every day.) It started with a six-minute small workout, and I followed it with a mile or so walk with the dogs. My Weather Underground phone app alerted me to a good chunk of time today to plan on and it was spot-on.

The fridge clearing process is moving along, and I'm being frugal with purchases (the "no-spend" month) but I did treat myself to a sandwich out yesterday after that big dusty attic episode and two trips to the recycle bins. This afternoon I'm preparing to do some audio work, receiver to computer stuff (setting up the cables now). This first job is for my daughter, and once that is taken care of, then I need to start work on my Dad's musical collection. I received some stuff in the mail this week from Deckman (Bob Nelson) who led the way for several folks to donate their collections to the Pacific NW collection folks at the University of Washington. It's now officially my turn to work on this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 07:44 PM

I had a visit with my endocrinologist today. My blood pressure was beautiful, my thyroid is at a functioning level and my A1C dropped from 9.7 to 7.2!!!!   He was most happy with me and so am I!!!!   Finally someone has gotten it figured out!!!!   The A1C is still a little high but it's on the way down and that's a significant drop in 3 months time!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 09:17 PM

Re: Yano

It was after about the 8th "Surprise! No warning!" worker landed on my lap before coffee or breakfast (as I've posted about) that I created a generic term to term to refer to them-- (even the agency gets their actual names wrong):

Yet Another New One.

We're up to at leastr 10 and maybe 12 such women to whom I have had to explain intensely private toileting details. And I am not even a 'personal care' client.

I'm past remembering every name by now.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 09:55 PM

So much for my frugal month - sometimes you have to set aside those intentions if a great opportunity presents itself.

I have a Macy's gift card that needs to be used, so I headed to the mall and parked at the Sears end, intending to walk the length of the mall for exercise. But I was only a few steps in the door when I encountered Joe Boxer fleece pajama pants on a really good sale. So while I checked out I chatted with the clerk. Was Sears going to close this store? No, but they were discontinuing the Land's End part of the business and everything down there is 90% off, including mannequins. Mannequins? They are so expensive as dress forms (what these are - jersey-covered fiberglass torsos on sturdy brushed aluminum stands) and these were $40 each. I caught my daughter before she left town and she came down and we put a large male torso on a sturdy short aluminum stand from one of the child-sized torsos (all had the same interchangeable bases, just different length rods). This way she can use it on a table in a closed space. I picked up the smallest adult male torso (probably "medium" size) on the tall stand. I can use this for eBay sales and my own sewing.

I never made it to Macy's.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Jan 19 - 03:50 PM

Beaver:

Oh Susan! LOVE the Yano term! R's Mom used to comment on the amount of energy it took for her to take care of he "caregivers". She too would have enjoyed your "Yano" term.

Now that the house is a done deal, we are both in that stage of anticipation and trepidation! It is BIG. It will take a lot of heat! and a lot of care! But, I remind Mr Stressed-out, once the other house is sold, there will be funds and one less property to care for. And two others are probably getting sorted out in the next couple months. And if "you would just stop stressing and actually DO something about things..." I am hoping for early to mid February to get started on making the house a home.

In the meantime, cold weather and snow will keep me moving - bringing in wood. I have to watch for a break in the weather to pack up plants,etc and move them to QC. And winterize everything here for the time I am gone. At least a month.

Even though this house is warm enough, the cold seems to weigh me down. It is moderately tidy but the vacuum would be helpful. Cannot do that and be here - due to dust. So I am living with it. Too cold to even shake out the throw rugs!

Car refused to start this am and I could not use the booster pack due to inability to open hood - failure to attend to this when R was here and we knew it took two to do the job. Later it started; I had missed the meeting I wanted to attend, but I drove out for gas and then kept an eye out for someone who could be part of the team. Did not find a helper so I came home. It was very cold to co-opt a volunteer! Maybe tomorrow if I go anywhere. I will, however, start the car a couple times a day in this cold snap as that might help. I did not do that yesterday. It was minus 22C this am at 9 am. Below zero F.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jan 19 - 04:21 PM

Congratulations on the house, Dorothy! And great news that there will be fewer properties to manage.

I crossed everything off my list for this week except one - to groom the dogs. Big Job. Mainly just brushing and looking for anything that needs the vet; it's not likely they'll get baths this time of year. Their annual exams come up soon.

The greenhouse needed sorting and I spent time adding line to the replacement cartridges for my string trimmer, clearing out stuff on the workbench, putting tools away, and I decided the mice need thinning. I didn't have luck with the "walk the plank" mousetrap in the garage because I got it after cleaning and getting rid of hiding places there didn't seem to be any left to take the bait. The greenhouse is a different story. It's about time to start seeds and get the raised beds into shape.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Jan 19 - 06:35 PM

Go DP!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 19 - 11:29 AM

Last night I pulled out the various brushing and hair-removal appliances and brushed the dogs (the strangest device is a serrated edged blade with plastic handles - draw it across the coat and it does the best job on the older blue heeler with all of her fluffy undercoat). The old tick collars came off (put on last summer, supposed to work for three months - time to visit the vet for more).

I set up a bucket of water with baited mousetrap on the rim for the mice and wood rats that have been in and out of the greenhouse - the photo I put up on Facebook brought protests from a lot of my urban friends, who want them caught and released or perhaps repelled with oils. Oils? Really? They're a real problem in the garden, I don't put up the bird feeders any more because of them, and I would like them gone. Poppy used to be a good ratter but she's very old now. I haven't seen Pepper catch any yet, but she's fast enough to catch birds, so perhaps she'll take on the job.

A short additional list for this week includes mowing the back yard today. I'll have to get out there before the rain predicted this afternoon. It's gorgeous out right now but there's heavy dew on the lawn at the moment. (I know - Dorothy is trying to force a path through the ice to her wood pile - I'm not complaining about the conditions here!) I set up Google Fit on my phone and am interested to see that it track my walks with the dogs, and I think it'll show the back and forth of the mower in the long narrow yard. My fitness tracker supposedly does the GPS thing also, but I haven't figured out all of the phone settings (it does this via bluetooth connections to the phone.) I'm curious to compare Nokia and Google results side-by-side.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jan 19 - 11:56 AM

SRS, shedding blade for horses? (How do you get the dog to hold still?)

We spent our AM coffee planning-chat thinking thru some upcoming garage rearrangement with a view to making space for the March truckload as well as long-term layout after the March load is unpacked.

Next we're off for what Friday's have been for our last 25+ years... Greg may have seven days off a week now instead of the occasional one, but this should be a good piece of getting our rhythms on the same track. Something relatively normal will be a relief!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jan 19 - 05:21 PM

Incredible mouth pain in 4 soft tissue spots and several cold-sensitive teeth, all on the left side of center-- same areas that had responded so differently to novocaine for recent major periodontal work.

Old glasses (needed for wearing while new lenses are made next week for current frames) dropped off for repair and new insurance info registered. Confirmed I'm still covered for EyeMed.

Confirmed my PCP and on-site Urgent Care are "in network" w new insurance, and that no copay is charged-- Process: Medicare pays, then supplemental insurance pays, and then patient is billed for anything remaining. Made appt w PCP for Feb. 1 to test system/costs.

Urgently needed hygiene items found. Shower rod sleeves found. Oriental market w ear picks found. Potential Korean restaurant found.

Arabic spices wanted, found.

We survived 4.5 hours away from home with no meltdowns (but I was close until I took Tylenol).

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 19 - 12:34 PM

The Retriever shedding blade works well on all of the dogs but the oldest one who is mostly blue heeler likes it best.

I did mow the yard and the short Bermuda, native grasses, and weeds look so nice! This was followed by a concerted amount of scooping and adding dog droppings to the compost (it might make sense to scoop before mowing, but the weeds make that job difficult.) No mice in the bucket but I'll leave it there for a couple of weeks at least. It didn't work in the garage, but it might work in the greenhouse. The final place to deploy it is in the attic. After clearing out all of those flat cardboard boxes it will be easier to place at some point in the future. In cold weather it is most likely there are uninvited inhabitants up there now.

Overnight the wind arrived and things tipped over and blew around all night and will continue until this evening, apparently. I expect to find yard furniture, trash cans, and more out in the street later. One of my metal chairs rattled around in the gusts so it wasn't a good night's sleep.

Several months ago the earwire of one of my favorite pairs of sterling silver earrings vanished, and I didn't really want to buy a new pair. It finally dawned on me to replace the wire, so a dozen new wires arrived from Hong Kong (!) and I replaced both wires since the new ones didn't match the remaining old one. They're actually nicer, and give me ideas about making more earrings. It's time to start using a lot of the beads I discussed over the years with Katlaughing and a few other Mudcat crafters.


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

SRS, yes, the horse version is very similar.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Jan 19 - 07:58 PM

As we did a zillion other things today waiting for Snowgeddon II, we made a big crockpot of soup together. Faboo supper.

Lots of things put away today.

Most of soup now in freezer and other frozen soups found. We'll cream and/or thicken the part I didn't have freezer containers for, for variety.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 09:53 AM

ALL my ADL tasks are off kilter and way behind functionality levels now that Yano structure is on hold. On Maslow's hierarchy were stuck at shelter, food, water. So try we focus on getting me caught up. We've been focusing almost exclusively on tech transitions and getting Greg settled. Necessary but cost me. Back to back wknd winter storms our first two weeks here ain't helped.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 01:01 PM

Typos in prev post.... Try = tdy. New fone autocorrect is a slow learner.

We are agreed that Yano services (with a new company) should resume on 2hrs/wk, even if we have to pay 100%-- as soon as Daejanna can start us with the non-personal care provider she now realizes was needed all along. I've emailed her.

Done this AM:

Coffee chat re finances and transfer of all bill paying to Greg for now, so he can consolidate his internal budgeting senses, with all info managed via our shared office space and frequent communication. Ohio bills I've paid via various means will now go thru his paperless system. For now my monthly SS will go to groceries, haircuts, dog costs, and savings. He plans to visit the local SS ofc to check on increasing mine and other tax related Q's. (There will be another system agreed for the start of the 2nd quarter.)

We are agreed that until the PA utility expenses and moving costs are done in March, we will undertake no increase in cable, other monthly bills, or other large expenditures.

We are agreed to find a 2019 tax preparer ASAP to determine Ohio State taxes, and that we will keep 2019 receipts for possible itemization, should our final choice of tax preparer advise itemizing as they become more familiar with the insane new Trump tax code.

My ADL stuff:
. Week's synthroid pill sorter set back to Sunday or Monday weekly setup.
. Newbie meds ditto.
. Last wk's pee bucket emptied and soaking.
. This wk's fresh pee bucket moved outside BR door into my dressing alcove w privacy curtain. Wiping materials there also, incl new reacher made today. We are agreed the house needs this camping potty, pending adding the second toilet near the kitchen. Now there's a toidy at each end of the hallway.
. Bathroom reacher and wiping cloths added to bathroom. As my UTI's become Lee frequent I can get back to the real loo at night.
. Clean laundry all put away including those cloth wipes in both locations.
. Next laundry running.
. BR hamper for dirty laundry is empty and back in the BR.
. Large hamper for emptying dryer is empty and back on top of the dryer.
. The LR bench that had held all clothes imported from PA is once again empty except for one linens dept. item of unascertained destination, and ready for Newbie napping or laundry folding (or a guest to sit).
. Sewing items have been discussed for either Greg to do or the pricey local tailor, and set aside where they can be seen and either used as is or sent to house or tailor sewing dept.
. The clothes drying rack taking up the sewing room space is put away in its spot.
. I missed brekky but had early lunch.
. Dinner items are set, on hand or to be made.

Another round of ADL remediation is planned for the afternoon, after Greg hems his jeans he hoped to hem today.

Then we can dig out from Snowmageddon II.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 01:49 PM

Round two ADL remediation:

. DW loaded and running.
. Chairside water refills started.
. Kitchen trash pulled and relined.
. Snowblowers instructed.
. Candy put away.
. Samsung fone found n charging-- stored GF restaurant docs there. Fone is now camera, memo, Wi-Fi only. Maybe navigation.
. Water station towel set out

Round three soon: putting away Thursday's groceries.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 02:16 PM

We did not get as much snow as was predicted but I'd say we got about 14 inches here on the mountain top. The frigid temperatures, however, are steadily dropping and I won't be a bit surprised it we hit the -20F that is being called for.

I am thankful that the 3 of us have Monday off where we can stay in and keep the house warm. I am also thankful to say that all my clients currently are housed, something I would not have been able to say a month ago. There are shelters in place in the area where I work however they are small, with the largest being able to hold 14 people. However, they are also putting people up in hotels.

Jeremiah has been playing in the snow, Pete plowed the driveway and I made a nice hot lunch to warm everybody up. I have several stacks of paperwork that I hope to get through today and to pay bills. Yee Haw. Such fun. It needs to be done and it's a nice quiet day to do it. I also scrubbed the toilet and folded some laundry. It's nice to have this day be leisurely as I normally would be getting things around for work.

We have steaks to BBQ, a Lawrence Family tradition for blizzard weather and a ham to go in the crockpot tomorrow. I have some things I want to get ready for the work week, including hanging my clothes out for the week....I've not been so good with that lately and it really does slow me down in the morning. I could get up earlier to make things go more smoothly but I know myself and that just isn't going to happen.

Perhaps I'll get some sewing in...we shall see.

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 06:04 PM

The paperwork mountain is no more (why, for the love that all is holy, do I keep all of that stuff when 97% of it is JUNK MAIL)!!! Hooray! The monthly bills have been paid, signed up for our Flex card which is used for all prescriptions and deductibles. It used to be that we'd have to pay for the meds, co-pays, etc., then turn in the receipt and wait a few weeks to be reimbursed. Now we have a debit card that can be used for medical purposes only...but how cool that there is no more scanning, pay out or wait time for the cash to be returned!!! YAY!!!!

I also sent in another payment for our vacation for this year....it's a few months off and I already can't wait!!! :)

The first winter grilling event is about to happen...steaks on the grill (first steaks for us in well over a year), sauteed mushrooms, baked potatoes and a salad. It's good being snowed in!!!! ;)

Night All!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 07:12 PM

The card sounds excellent - years ago I did the Flex thing for child care and it was nerve-wracking to have all of the documents and get everything filed at the right time. And the steaks sound like a great push-back against the weather.

I found broccoli on a great sale last week and bought far more than I can eat fresh myself. Some to give to friends in a few days, some to blanch and freeze, and last night I made broccoli beef after thawing a NY strip steak I got in another great sale at the same store. Good leftovers for a couple of days.

eBay sales are moving along so it's time to organize and list some more. The sunroom is a bit stacked up with boxes left over from the holidays (the boxes I recycled last week were from the attic). I'll see how many of them can be used for shipping items and flatten the rest.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 08:28 PM

The ADL remediation has continued all day and Greg has finally begun to see this house (and my running of it) in everyday normal mode-- it's been so good to attack all the backlogged tasks, and with help at the ready each time I called out for a lift or a 2nd pair of hands. One last load is in the dryer to fold and sort for destinations in the house, during hockey internissions.

Almost know who I am again.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 08:42 PM

Beaver:
"Get some sewing in"! Maybe someday I will.

Told a friend about "yano". Her mom has round the clock caregivers but they are all Phillipino and they always make sure there is someone to replace anyone leaving, and train the newbies! A tight community.

Only about 4 inches of light fluffy snow last night! YAY! But I managed to get car stuck in driveway on Saturday so I finally called on a neighbour for help. He shoveled the snow and extricated the car; his shovels looked more effective - a trip to Home Hardware. His muscles are much more effective - OH well. He came back after the snowplow and cleared what it had done!

COLD, windy. Only down to minus 20 C so far tonight. Last night I turned the cube heater in the studio all the way up and it was only 38F in there this am. If it gets colder, there are no options. Hope!

The house is OK and I brought in more wood today after clearing a good path. Find the dolly very effective as it saves me carrying and the wheels are adequate to go though the bit of snow and even over the throw rugs. It takes up room in the LR but all things considered, that is a minor detail. When one of the usual (2) spaces become empty, I can wheel it over and offload so it is ready for the next load. And I only have to open the door once, a bit longer, to bring in the equivalent of 6 armloads! This was a great idea!

Otherwise, I am still in semi-hibernation.

Eclipse any minute now??


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jan 19 - 08:57 PM

Aaaand.... the last load of laundry has now been put away. This led to clearing out two plastic drawers for Greg's stuff, that I hadn't had time to clear for him before I went back to PA in December, now he has room for his stuff pending March dresser delivery.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jan 19 - 07:43 AM

With a surprising but welcome early waking, I restored the last personal schedule here with only very slight updates. I'm in sync finally.

I've been showering at the Y. Tdy was my first shower here in 6 weeks.

Omg!


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

DP, the last agency promised they'd train newbies... but after 3 w/o keeping that promise, I put it all into a Word doc they read upon arrival.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 19 - 12:42 PM

I forgot about the eclipse and when I did get out there I had to return to the house a couple of times (tripod, flashlight) and hoped to get lucky with speed alone but the aperture setting needed adjustment (not auto) and my shots were all overexposed. I have good shots from previous years.

Another eBay item has sold, nickle and diming my PayPal account back to a robust state. I estimate about $100 a month in sales, enough to pay a bill or two and I use PayPal for all of my USPS mailing. It's easier that way.

Daffodil stalks are tall and there are a couple of buds swelling on those nearest the front of the house where they get protection from the wind and some radiant heat bounced from the stone wall.

I think the pledge drive is about finished on my local NPR station. I'm a sustaining member so I don't need to call in, and when you participate it sometimes makes the pledge drive less onerous, but this year it palls. Good thing I can stream other stations; Washington, D.C. and Boston are on a different pledge drive schedule.

eBay and editing today. It's still too cold outside for yard work. My no-spend January has lurched along so I'll extend it into February. When weather is cold it's easier to stay in and not spend locally, but we had nice weather last week and I discovered a couple of great sales. Nothing frivolous, but not entirely essential either. #GoodIntentions


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 21 Jan 19 - 01:44 PM

Daffodils!!!!   On this arctic day, I had forgotten all about them...thanks for the reminder and something to look forward to in a few months!

Our water was frozen this morning. Pete spent about 4 hours getting it all thawed out. We have water for the toilet and kitchen sink but the drain in the tub is frozen (at least for now). It is reported to be minus 30+ degrees in the town nearest us. Schools are closed for either Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or due to the temperatures.

I have a ham in the crock pot, all the dishes are done, the fridge has been cleaned out and soon I'll be folding laundry and preparing for my work week. We were going to play some cards this afternoon and maybe we still will but at the moment, Pete is sacked out in front of the fire with Oatie snuggling right up with him. He works hard and I'm going to let him nap...he certainly deserves to!

I am toying with the idea of starting a new blog to track my weight loss progress but also for tracking my health and things that I find to be of motivation. I'm not sure just yet...but it surely did help the last time I had any real success. I'll let you know if and when I decide to do that as you are welcome to tag along. :)

I'm ready to make some changes.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Jan 19 - 01:49 PM

Beaver:

"Daffodil stalks are tall and there are a couple of buds swelling on those nearest the front of the house where they get protection from the wind and some radiant heat bounced from the stone wall." Now you have really done it, Maggie! Last year there was so much snow on top of the daffies, one never did grow - I saw it, a bit of green leaves but... Trying to be careful that the snow does not get piled on there this year. Did not get the protection around that special bed that I had sort of planned. Darn, I see there is already too much! Well, about the end of April, I might see them. Maybe.

The studio was at 33F this am so I bought a new heater, suspecting the old one of wearing out. Does not appear the anything actually froze but it is a warning. The next round of work in there will be to organize so things that might freeze are up higher. Tonight will tell me if the new heater is the answer. Maybe some tall sticks and burlap around it...? So more snow does not get thrown there.

Also bought a new wider shovel with a metal edge so I can move snow more efficiently. Found two very nice boxes at the grocery that I can use as file boxes to use in the new cabinet - after Dan cuts it down to size.

Our friendly neighbourhood ermine was just outside the back window yesterday, long enough for me to see she had supper (a mouse I think) that she took up to the sleeping loft, clearly making herself at home. I heard the patter of tiny feet up there. I thought she might come down for a visit but, happily, she did not. We actually delight in her presence. As cold as it has been I was wanting to invite all the wildlings in to our warm place! She is so flat, I cannot imagine being able to exclude her. We shall see what she has done come spring. Most of what is up there is in plastic bins. I would offer some old sweaters but do not want to open the trap door and let any of the precious heat out!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jan 19 - 05:58 PM

I saved big daffs and an iris to force, from the big sewer dig last fall. Just need gravel.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 19 - 10:44 PM

I sent some of my daffodils to Janie in North Carolina last fall, and perhaps she'll be greeting them when spring arrives in her neck of the woods. I also gave some irises to a friend here in North Texas and expect she'll be seeing them bloom by March or early April.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jan 19 - 11:35 AM

I cat sat for several days and used the dish soap there to wash out the cat bowls and trays that are placed under bowl to food to keep crumbs off of the floor. It's what the cats are used to so I went with it. Anyway, her brand of dish soap is Palmolive, and now my hands are broken out because that variety of detergent has a coconut ingredient. I always buy Dawn because it doesn't cause this problem.

The little cracks that have formed on my fingertips (at the corner of the nails) is a common winter-time affliction if one is in water a lot, but these days I'm generally not. Every so often something comes along that reminds me that a particular product is a problem, and this episode was it.
Contact dermatitis to coconut is more common than food allergy
Coconut-derived products (such as coconut diethanolamide, cocamide sulphate, cocamide DEA, CDEA) can cause contact allergic dermatitis, present in cosmetics including some hair shampoos, moisturisers, soaps, cleansers and hand washing liquids. As with any contact dermatitis, an itchy blistering rash may arise a day or two after contact with the allergen, and take several days to resolve. If contact dermatitis to coconut products is suspected, then patch testing is an appropriate method for diagnosis. From here.

I am my own living "patch test." The list of coconut-derived products is really long, and there are dozens of different named chemicals that cause this problem (the biggest being sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Jan 19 - 01:07 PM

Spent some time this AM planning a new shelving configuration to maximize the media side of the Liberation Library's double closet.

Brandon is coming this aftn to stow two file cabinets in the other side-- which will substantially clear walk-space in that now-frustratingly-crowded room. Then I can map more shelving around them, and Brandon can put all these in for us next week during his Tool Time with Greg.

-S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Jan 19 - 03:48 PM

Note to self:

When 2 men measure, the woman who knows how to make it fit loses her whole project.

I'll call Girl Power!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Jan 19 - 05:50 PM

A hard day here. Brandon mismeasured last week for today's most important job, leaving me to invent yet another creative workaround.

X = done

(---) = not, maybe next week

With me:

X Water the garaged peony

X Make and tape/staple garage signs up high to guide upcoig rearrangements of garage items:
L for Library - 1 in corner and one over big door
G for Garden- 1 on L side and 1 on R-- GL and GR
H for Hardware
A for Artwork and Decor
F for Furniture
W for Wood and Lumber

X Corner desk shelf?
Cut and mocked up to raise printer and increase corner desktop laptop or writing space.

X -1 File cabs to Library closet
Only 1 fit. The other is now a temporary side table for my chair, which makes me hate it all but eases walk space a wee bit (not enough) in Library.

X Ramp out of van and stored in now-emptier L corner

X Mats out of van to Library for cold feet

(Plywood?) Bother day when snow melts

(Cut green/gold rug in garage for patio door area of kitchen)

Check paints n spackle n 5/1 tool

(Raise dog fence if we haz zip ties (lost) )

(Can't bcuz cabinet protrudes: Add rod sleeve to library closet rod)

(In patio, tilt lattice panel more)

(Reassess if ext cords needed for sliding libraary) desk-- it ran over cords which got trapped

With Greg,

Find double tap and see if kitchen outlet can safely be reactivated at appliance counter

Confirm circuit labels and add any missed

Dbl tap if retained may better be done on BR circuits-- lowert load there than prev occupants who originated the dbl tap


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Jan 19 - 11:30 AM

Beaver:
Waiting for the snow to stop so I can shovel! Lots of snow and, I am told, freezing rain later. Warmer today - just below freezing at the moment. Studio is toasty! but I don't want to wade through the snow until I shovel most of it. And still the snow comes down - 8-10 inches, I estimate.

In the meantime, I am planning what needs to be done in case the hydro/electric goes off. Need to find the propane tank under the snow! for the propane heater in studio. The house is no problem the wood stove is keeping it cosy. Store up some water, just in case. So far, in the cold snaps, the water has not frozen!!! It did in Montreal because R did not leave it running enough.

Also waiting for R to phone and tell me the papers are signed. He commented that this house, too, could be an albatross but I exclaimed that it will be cared for; "I will not live like this anymore!" (that was in caps!) I am saving up my pittance just in case he refuses to do what I believe in necessary WHEN it is necessary.

Laundry in machine; will hang it inside. Every time, I think the snow has stopped, it starts again. I may have to get to it and get wet; the old work coat will dry.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jan 19 - 11:52 AM

DP: Great reiteration of your strong position!

All the people who helped screw up my closet project ydy woke up smarter today. Film at 11.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jan 19 - 02:57 PM

I'm suffering due to a disconnect between my phone's weather app and what is actually happening outside. I was ready for it to warm up more today (my phone said it would be lovely by now). But today it says "Today is forecast to be MUCH COOLER than yesterday." And my brain just hasn't caught up.

Today's to-do list included a couple of phone calls that have been made. On my fridge I have a printout of a form Michelle shared back in December with a schedule for cleaning in preparation for the holidays. I did a few days of it then forgot, but yesterday I decided to pick another activity and in this instance, it said clean bathrooms. I did just one, the hall bathroom, and I'll do the master bath today. This is the deeper-level dusting all of the wood edges on drawers, doors, and trim, getting out the glass cleaner, and scrubbing porcelain with cleanser. (Usually it's sweep, give the bowl a quick scrub, and empty the trash.)

A local radio talk show this afternoon was discussing Millennials and their habits, needs, interests, etc. And said again what I have observed with my own millennial children - where my mother saved family antiques for us, the family antiques I've saved for my children may hold little interest. They don't now, anyway. I'll keep decluttering and as it gets to the bigger pieces of furniture that I don't need I'll give them an opportunity to express interest before I list them somewhere.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Jan 19 - 05:36 PM

Beaver:

IT is done!!! R met the former owner and they got on well and he is terrifically excited about our new house which we will soon be making into a home! There were those moments, you know. But it has come to pass... Now we have to deal with the reality of it. Lots of good news and the former owner is supportive and delighted that we will respect the integrity of this beautiful listed Heritage house (1902). First I've heard about that! Means we must have permission to make changes.

Snow is shoveled, freezing rain started about 4:00 so I rushed out and finished the entrance to drive while it was still OK. Wood is in. All is well at Beaver. In Montreal, the roads are a nightmare and R is on to the next crisis - trucks coming to pick up machinery tomorrow and freezing rain and dreadful snow and ...

Laundry dry. And I have worked hard enough today to take a break for the evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jan 19 - 08:22 PM

YAY, Dorothy!

Spontaneous coffee planning is now a regular thing. Today it started with new thoughts on the closet project, and a consensus on poss approaches. Then the weather caused us to plan a getaway while roads are good.

We went to a huge Amish bulk food grocery about an hour away, where we picked up special goodies and ordered bulk peanuts. I was able to gather pricing info on other staples we've been getting at a much smaller PA Mennonite bulk food store-- won't need to juggle THAT with our March moving trip!

We had some good talks about how it's been going since formal retirement, cleared up a sticky item from ydy, and explored a state park Judy and I found which Greg agrees we will love for day trips. Finished w affordable supper at the little restaurant Judy and I had found. A good day.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 19 - 11:05 AM

I mentioned deep cleaning one time yesterday, in this thread, and now on Amazon I'm seeing an ad for Amazon services to have someone come in and do a deep cleaning in my home.

Congratulations on consolidating the household and property to a smaller footprint, Dorothy! Will the location of the new house give you the same feeling of retreat from town as the Beaver location? I think your photos or map posted ages ago on Facebook showed in adjacent to a large park? (Perhaps Amazon will start offering you links to moving companies!)

I'm restoring blog pages to their old illustrated selves with the photos I downloaded from Photobucket (they stopped allowing third-party hosting unless you paid a high annual fee) and am loading them onto the Wordpress site. I could have put them there before but I was using the free site and it didn't offer much space. Now I'm paying for space there and won't pay Photobucket. I also recently pretty much demolished my old Flickr account because they also sold and are imposing new restrictions. #TooGoodToLast


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jan 19 - 12:40 PM

Brandon's closet and file cabinet measurements... plus my idea to simply remove 3 pieces of molding... plus Greg's rethinking and great tools on hand = YAY, and Brandon's not having to wear a dust mask to remove closet wallboard Tuesday! And, the carpentry/garage rearrangement work for his upcoming Tuesday will be a LOT more fun--for all!

It MAY also be possible to end the cord maze in the library which is making several of us NUTS.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Jan 19 - 07:47 PM

Beaver:

We are not giving up Beaver; we are moving from the Montreal house to the Chateauguay house for the sake of having a decent home that has heat! and off the street parking! and a bit more room around the house for a garden and the trees behind that are not ours but go all the way to the next highway and provides an area for walks, and a house large enough to have company, even overnight company! And R can have his very own office that bro cannot take over. And it is a solid brick house in good condition with beautiful original woodwork. I would have settled happily for something smaller but the fact is that we need ROOM/SPACE! POTTING SPACE, WOODWORKING SPACE, entertainment space. We could even have house concerts! And R has enough Victorian furniture to fill the whole place. The former owner is delighted that we are on the same page and will be caring for his home of 22 years much as he has.

Right now I am trying to work out the logistics of getting back there to be part of making it into OUR home. The weather is not cooperating and I miss Robin and also want to see our new house and get on with the next phase of my life! IF it is not warm enough to take plants in the car, I have to come back in a couple weeks to water them OR ask my kind neighbour to do so... No moving truck will be used; R and his chosen ones will do the job. And it will take time! I will deal with small stuff.

Those who are coffee addicts could help me out by suggesting ways to make coffee for occasional guests who MUST have their coffee. I have never had a cup in my life and would like to be able to offer it so people do not have to go out to a cafe...!! Not that single serving stuff but can I keep coffee in the freezer and prepare it easily. The last cup I made someone (instant, 30 years ago) was poured out on the ground!

After all the shoveling yesterday, I took a hot bath but still did not sleep well, with heating pad on back. I did not get much done today but more snow clearing. It hovered around freezing all day and I still had no get up... Now the temp is going down again for a while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 01:20 AM

Dorothy, I never drink coffee, but I have a coffee maker, filters, and a good grind of coffee in the freezer. And I get out these and let coffee drinkers make their own. I also have a French press if they don't want to go to all of the trouble. My usual offer is "I'm not a coffee drinker, but if you'd like me to make you a cup, I will." Funny how quickly they step up to make their own brew! :)

Sounds like it will be interesting, filling that house with Victorian furniture!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 07:16 AM

DP, YES on a French press and freezing the coffee. If you REALLY want to impress, but a cheap grinder for you or your guest's use and freeze the beans whole. You grind, guests smell the addictive aroma and jump to use the French press.

We use one of our grinders to grind cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. They take up hardly any counter space. Invest in a good press, but the cheap grinders are great.

Another impressive but cheap coffee workhorse is the stove top espresso thingie with two parts that screw together, found at big box kitchen stores or sometimes where coffee is sold. You'll want the larger size for that or the French press.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 11:59 AM

Yesterday was the first of three weekly gel injections in my knee; the time has come to go through these steps in order to keep stepping. I'm not ready for replacement parts yet. Just in time for gardening season, since I need to prepare beds for onions and potatoes. I won't get the full effect of the shots for a few weeks, but at least it won't get worse than it was.

Last night I waded past the clutter of boxes in the sunroom to show a friend my setup for eBay (the shipping boxes from the holidays haven't been flattened yet). She makes jewelry and is wanting to display necklaces without having the house or table or wherever she is working in view. I use a photo cube and a mannequin torso, the torso is covered with black jersey and I put a black knit top over that to give an attractive neckline look for things I photograph (last month I listed three leather handbags so I put the form into the photo cube and draped the long shoulder strap over the mannequin for photos that give a good idea of scale and are in a neutral space.) I really do need to tackle that area.


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

It's snowing in Stratford, with a wind stiff enough to drive the flakes at an acute angle to the ground. So I'm staying in, and cleaning the house.

I have this thing about bathrooms. I like the surface around the sink to be clear of clutter -- nothing on it at all. But modern bathroom decor tends to not include cabinets where one can stow all the clag that people keep in bathrooms; in fact, our present abode is quite innocent even of a medicine cabinet. How did that happen? This inquiring mind wants to know. (It's a good thing Himself and I do not share a bathroom, because we would have come to blows by now over the way he leaves heaps of clutter around the bathroom sink.)

So today I hung a little metal shelf thingy on the wall to hold the clag that I use every day, leaving only the soapdish on the counter top.

Apart from that, the agenda is vacuuming and dusting, or dusting and vacuuming. It's January, and the alternatives are worse.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 02:11 PM

Charmion-- how this happened is: countertop baskets and vanity drawers. And transient relationships with overnight bags.

Great news this aftn:

We're now eligible for a 60% copay on County Council on Aging services for the next 3 months and are agreed that we can afford their 9$/Hr YANO (minus 40%) for two hours a week for the rest of the first quarter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 05:04 PM

I had the same issue in both of my bathrooms, Charmion. Back when I was building a large shelf unit for my daughter's room I decided to use some of the remnants to make some smaller things I needed. I created a small open double-shelf unit that is 18" wide, 16" high, and the top shelf is 10" above the lower one. There isn't a top to this thing, but this way there are a few inches of wood that keep things on the top shelf from pitching off of the sides. It's only about 3.5" deep, and it was made to fit into the space beside the sink, between the door and the wall where the very large mirror covers the wall over the sinks. It's enough to hold bottles of alcohol, witch hazel, a few lotions, sore throat spray, etc.

The shelf is a good quality birch plywood and I used iron-on oak trim on all of the edges before sanding and staining it a golden oak that matches the cabinets.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 08:42 PM

I got to the warm pool just early enough to be in time for a quiet and hard mixed hour of ai chi, backhab, aquajogging, and PT exercises. Afterwards I called my ex-PT, hoping for a printout of my last aquatic program with her.

I think I hurt every muscle just enough, ground off arthritic knees just enough, and stretched problematic tendons just enough. TBTG I perfectly recall that PT's pain monitoring/effort eval system. I went to bed knowing she'd laugh WITH me in the morning.

(She did.) Not only is she sending the names of the exercises-- many of which I've been recalling--the whole program in pictures is on its way.... along with several new exercises I can do in the warm pool's unique setup. Such generosity!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Jan 19 - 09:41 PM

Beaver:

Finally woke up today with a sense of energy to get things done. Did home in house things and ate carefully lest that rob my energy, waited for studio to be warm enough and the sun was shining- but not much coming in. And I glazed a load and filled the kiln and ...YAY! With any luck I will have mugs - if they turn out- for Carole in Quebec. Now I need to get them to her in the first week of Feb.

Then I still felt good so I brought in two dolly loads of wood. Then I was tired and achey so I sat on bed with heating pad on back for a while. I was elated to get the kiln loaded and find it a helpful learning that only doing the wood is the cause of aches. Not potting or glazing!

Still working on logistics of trip to Quebec re plants that cannot be moved in cold, studio that must be kept above freezing,... and waiting for word from R that there is a bed in place, for starters! In time to get mugs to Carole and to hear a fav group on 1 Feb.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Jan 19 - 06:19 PM

Corrected/amended post:


Service dog Newbie was excluded from a planned family event today, so I sent Greg with the food I'd made and am re-ordering the Library now that the storage-dedicated file cabinet is indoors; I also labeled our shared home office corner in that room, to catch the home administrivia we're generating.

It's very new, for Greg for things to be so organized without a secretary... so we check in with other about it often, as the orderliness possible here makes itself obvious.

With a home 1/5 the size of the PA house-- and a home office about 1/5 the size of his recent Rector's Office-- this new opportunity to play house is often hilarious. The press of blending families and searching out a new parish during our newlywed year didn't really allow us to do this before with any intentionality. Thank God for all the Tiny House shows we watched the last few years for ideas, or we'd both be nuts by now!

As the day went on, a bunch of cluttery containers disappeared from various spots in the house, their contents swallowed up into the file cabinets. The larger recliner swapped in last week was swiveled to its Library Is Open position, and viola! There was that spacious room again!

So I spent some time with my camera, planning the next work with Brandon on Tuesday, to add even more storage shelving.

I also reorganized a long counter in the kitchen that recently had its outlet restored to function-- back to the pre-Tyler Appliance Counter configuration. That's part of a long process of making the L-shaped cooking area a real two-cooks' kitchen.

This new fone has a really slow-learning autocorrect!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 19 - 11:07 PM

It was a lovely day, almost the entire time away from social media (including Mudcat). I did read the paper online this morning and forwarded a couple of articles, but most of the day I was preparing for and visiting with friends here for a long afternoon visit. Now to record meals on My Fitness Pal and see how much calcium I need to take to reach 100%, and it's off the computer again. I have a book of essays to read before it's due at the library.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 12:16 PM

Making a short list of things to work on (and hopefully finish) today. Right now, I have a fresh cup of tea at my elbow, so while I enjoy that tea I'll work on an eBay listing. I have other stuff to do, it won't be eBay all day, but if I had done a cup-of-tea's worth of eBay every day I'd have a robust set of offerings by now. Today is the first in that proposed daily exercise.

It may seem torturous to our more northerly participants in this thread, but I must get my onion sets into the ground and prepare the area for my red lasoda potatoes. If the soil isn't fully turned over and a large area loosened up few potatoes are produced. There are daffodils blooming up the street so I know I'm already getting a late start.

There are other items on the list, it isn't my intention to enumerate all tasks here. But over the last couple of weeks I've had a running list, adding new items to the bottom for each day and crossing off what I finished. It's working.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 12:52 PM

The wind here has been ferocious today. It woke me up around 4am this morning, I got up to check that both fires were ok and went back to bed, snuggling deep into my little nest. We decided to forgo church this morning as it has been snowing quite a bit and for a long stretch of time, sometimes with whiteout conditions.

I spent some time this morning putting clothes away, clearing the table, getting meds ready for the next two weeks. Laundry is going at the moment too.

We celebrated Christmas with Pete's family last night. It was a nice evening for all. With that being said, I have some gifts that need to be unpackaged and put away. They stayed in the car all night as it was dark when we got home and our yard is a sheet of ice. Pete brought the boxes down to the house awhile ago and I am waiting for them to come up to room temperature before putting those away.

I am taking tomorrow off from work as my mom is having some medical tests done at a non-local hospital and I am going to go with her. I'm packing some overnight items just in case they are needed.

I am envisioning an afternoon with popcorn and Netflix. I'm hoping to read for a bit and also some time to search for a new quilt pattern. That might be sorting through some in my sewing room or maybe finding something altogether new online. I have a retreat coming up and it's time to plan! Speaking of planning, I also need to make a list for Pete of the items I would like to incorporate into this year's garden. He likes to play the layout at this time of year. I have taken a real liking to Thai Eggplant which uses Japanese Eggplant. Have any of you ever grown Japanese eggplant and might be able to suggest a certain variety?

Stay warm!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 01:37 PM

Beaver:

I see a French press in my future! Thank you!

Trip to Quebec is further in the future than I had hoped. After tedious repeated perusal of 14 day forecasts for here and there, it appears that next monday or tues can be suitable temperature wise and possibly free of snow falling.

R does not have the slightest understanding of my wanting to get into the new house! "You can stay here." Trying to explain without totally losing it that I would be happy to never see that place again! And NO, I cannot move plants in sub-zero weather! I am fuming!

So I shall go clear the fresh 4-5 inches of snow off the back deck and bring in wood. Then use the heating pad and more GS and MSM for the aching shoulder. I did manage to get the mirror over the K sink almost clean before I ran out of that energy spurt.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 04:00 PM

After our first two Sundays here were snow-closure Sundays at church, it was great to be able to go this AM and reconnect with old friends-- and actually get to sit in a pew with my husband. On the way home we stopped for brunch at a restaurant a friend had introduced me to-- and yay! Our church's later service time got us there after the Sunday rush!

It's a day off house projects today.

Tomorrow is forecast to be warm and rainy-- perfect day (45°) to finish the last of the fall file purge.

Tuesday Brandon will cart in all those banker's boxes to the LL and I can purge their contents further in coming weeks, picking pages for a program guide I'm writing and recycling the duplicates.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 06:58 PM

For light entertainment this evening, we toured the nearby Indian Ripple/Dorothy Lane corridor to a Dorothy Lane Market, and then explored that (think Kroger's natural section or Wegman's, on steroids). There are three DLM's in the area, one of which hosts a Meetup I want to use to find new friends.

Along the way back we noted (and entered into our GPS) a number of places we know or want to know. I was pleased that my mental map is filling in.

Every city should have a set of key corridors to explore first. I'm grateful a friend told me about this one.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 07:42 PM

Beaver:

Paths on deck, wood in, kiln unloaded - some new interesting glazes/ combos, car cleared and drive about half cleared. Below zeroF already! (7:30) Fire perking, Shoulder aching. Bed/book/heating pad and more MSM and GS.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 19 - 12:15 PM

We're closing in on a month into the new year - I wonder how many lurkers have simply put on their work boots and gloves and scruffy clothes, gotten out the donate boxes and trash bags, and taken care of the clutter they've been meaning to clear out? Please drop in and share your progress with us!

This morning I finished the second part of my attic cardboard box removal. There was still Styrofoam in in the garage from several of the boxes, so this morning it was broken up to fit in the trash bag and left at the curb. It's rare to find a recycle program that will take it, and when you do, how much gas will it take to drive a few pieces there?

While up in the attic I found two boxes that will work to ship bread machines I've found at thrift stores to sell on eBay. My bread machine doesn't need a box, it lives on a shelf.

Yesterday I made the mistake of buying a caffeinated soft drink in the late afternoon and it kept me awake till later than I usually head to bed. That messes up the next day. I need to find an acceptable caffeine free cola that doesn't have the toxic sweeteners (and I don't drink sugary drinks). I decluttered most of the pop out of my diet years ago but these occasional soft drinks are meant to be a reward for myself when I've run an errand, etc. Are there any soft drinks out there sweetened with Stevia that any of you have tried and like?


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

Today so far has been the dreary-now but eventually-rewarding scutwork of massaging garaged items thru the Purge Funnel and into the house. This is to make room in the garage for the balance of PA items which we'll bring in March.

Today it was reacquainting myself with a garage archive-sorting project from the fall, left then very close to completion. So I got it finished-- which is now a pile of banker's boxes for B to bring in tmrw. Still need to prep library closet space for the non-FPH batch of these boxes, and allocate space in there to sort/purge/organize the FPH batch that will become that program guide I'm writing.

In the garage-- where folks have been tossing crap right on top of that on-hold project-- I saved several of my Anti-Racism workshop items before they'd been irretrievably damaged, and set them to bring in tmrw too. My bad-- just before leaving for PA I'd unloaded these from a borrowed car and failed to bring them in then.

Most of the crap was empty boxes to recycle, so I set those near the recycle bin (It's full already). Other stuff was trash and tbtg it fit into the trash bin.

When I came in--

. Found drill bits for my cordless drill/driver, and bagged them after using the cordless to repair the dash mount for my GPS.
. Cleaned out the "misc hardware" kitchen drawer and recycled a few odd items found in there. Sorted others to where they actually belong. (The garage area B will clear of my banker's boxes tmrw has been blocking hardware shelves we can resume using to keep this drawer clear.)
. Found and brought in next empty Goodwill catch box. Requested current GW box to go tdy if possible.
. Left garage set up to resume tmrw.

I also eyeballs another area ppl have been crapping up, which is the area the next Yano gets to help me clear out--Artwork for Greg and I to hang.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 11:07 AM

The annual fye-out of the closet and chest of drawers is under way. I find that I wear only two kind of socks these days: the padded white kind made for summer walking, and the wool kind made for not freezing the toes in Ontario winters. Consequently, all other types of socks are excess to requirements. But who wants second-hand (sorry) socks, even if they are perfectly sound? Likewise underpants?

Tax time is approaching, so I am also turning out the top drawer of the filing cabinet to assemble last year's expenses and bank statements. Everything older than seven years goes into the fire. That's because There Can Be Only One filing cabinet.

Apart from that, things are quiet on the home front in Stratford. The weather is complicated -- a veritable tempest of snow over the last few days, and now the thermometer is tumbling toward minus lots and lots -- so I don't feel like going anywhere much. Himself toddles off to court and the gym, but otherwise logs most of his time at his desk grinding out legal stuff, or in front of the goggle-box, where he makes the cat happy by remaining quite still for long periods.

It's winter, otherwise known as television season.

Come spring, we have to get busy on landscaping. We have a large deck that looks pleasant in fine weather but unfortunately covers two basement windows and rather too much of the foundation; consequently, it must go, to be replaced with a stone patio. Oddly, none of the basement windows of this house have proper window-wells, so it's a good thing we have not had any long periods of torrential rain lately -- the result would be water pouring in over the basement window-sills. So we need the services of guys with shovels, rakes, and other implements of destruction to shift dirt, lay gravel, and fit paving stones. Every time I look at the deck, I wonder what multitude of maintenance sins of omission it might be hiding.

That will cost money. Sigh.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 11:35 AM

Charmion, I see socks all the time at Goodwill. Also they make great dog toys for shelters.

Here, we're working thru a good test of the 2-cooks kitchen shaping up-- it's a cooking morning bcuz Yano doesn't start this week:

. Sweet taters are boiling on the stovetop for tater salad, for a guest poss joining us for a casual supper tmrw eve
. Orange rice is going on the appliance counter, in my venerable rice cooker, for the house and the guest supper
. Flat crockpot next to the stove is going for pork/chix liver in 2x chix stock
. Half butternut squash is roasting in the oven for the house (or as a tater salad replacement if skins on taters aren't edible)

Brandon is coming at 2:30, and we planned that work during Coffee Chat.

This is the 1st Xmas we've packed up in 20 years....

Now I have an empty picture window to decorate for the next season or neighborhood meeting, yay!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 02:36 PM

Beaver:

Socks: needed for street people yes, and even used underwear.

Boxes: reminds me that I need to get some.

After I went out to shovel the drive of a huge amount of snow and saw the folks down the road were getting plowed out YAY!!!!! Yes, he did mine also with his wonderful machine and agreed to keep it clear while I am in Quebec.

Then I went off to the library and Home Hardware - found my wallet was not with me! Came home without fuses (but did not blow mine). wallet in work coat from paying the man. That drive was getting me down. I feel de-cluttered!! Went out back and cleared path to the wood pile. THAT I could manage!

Need boxes. Another trip to town - with wallet. Look at French presses and buy fuses for kiln.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 03:38 PM

Decently cleaned used undies = women's shelter gratitude.


Brandon bailed on work I've been prepping for a week and, today, intensely-- which left the house non-functional. Greg bailed out the day by volunteering for the most important task, which resulted in clearing out a nasty garage area.

That area had been designated for hardware and small tools-- which Tyler and friends had crapped up, and which others kept crapping up more. Now it only contains my scooter, and open shelves waiting to be used.

My missing gardening handtools also turned up, which can go to another already-prepared area.

A bag of trash and recycling also left the garage. Yay!

Thank you, Greg Hinton??!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 08:49 PM

Also my program guide box is now in the house, and so are a bunch of other banker's boxes, with the not-immediately-needed but freshly-labeled boxes stowed at a height I can reach-- behind a curtain, atop file cabinets in library closet. (Resume box next after guide box.) For about 10 minutes (until we started another project off the Brandon list), I could see my library again. Which made me burst into happy tears. So many delays....

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 11:16 PM

This morning I shared some seeds with a friend and we plan to compare notes on how the tomatoes grow and produce in each yard. These were from my Secret Santa in 2018. From there I saw some other friends at the library where I worked, and then did a lot of driving to meet folks at a different library location I'd never been to before in a town that used to be small and isn't any more. The drive home was leisurely, a "back road" that took me on a cook's tour of the county, from the prosperous little town that is all new construction through the northeast part of my town that is much older. Interesting to look at the demographics and businesses that are in each place.

I've added a couple of books to my Amazon wish list but I'll see if I can get either of them at a local library before I make the purchase. I should go add them to the "want to read" category in GoodReads.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 08:21 AM

Does anyone else wake up with storage solutions needed for solving a previous day's project?

It's too complicated to explain all the permutations, but I awoke with one of these "global solves" for the home office corner, involving electrical outlet placement---making several things possible to solve a month-long problem.... without unloading heavy bookcases to move them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 01:45 PM

That's referred to as "sleeping on it" for a reason. In graduate school I discovered the usefulness of a "power nap." If I was struggling with some aspect of a paper or such, and felt an overwhelming need to take a nap, I stopped resisting it. Set a timer for 15-20 minutes, and invariably when I woke an answer presented itself. My brain just needed the down time to sort it out.

We are lucky in Texas to not be in the deep freeze that so many are, but I have to say that I have this feeling of general cold in just thinking about that polar vortex splitting and descending from the north pole. I have a pot of beans simmering on the stove; I imagine it is beef stew or chicken pot pie weather in the north. Stay warm, everyone.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 02:23 PM

A pressing task is my bed/livingroom light which I’ve been without for the last 2 days. I’m using a LED camping lantern, powered by a small sealed lead acid battery that gives some light but not as much as I’d like and things are a bit dim. All the same, that btw turned out a good purchase a few years back. When not in use, I charge it once a month and it’s helped us through a few power cuts (not that common an occurrence but they do happen). If (not often these days) mum and I do get out for say an evening of music, I always leave this one in easy reach for dad in case of a power cut (and there is also a mains plug in night light by the living room door that would come on) so he’d be left in darkness or be tempted to try a risky walk while waiting for us (he’d call us if there was a problem) to get home.

I’m hoping the problem does turn out to be the switch (I’ve not checked power is getting to it and that would need an electrician).   The part came today but to late for me to fit. It’s a Z Wave module and my memory says that “auto calibrate” does not work with the led panel it drives so (as the controller won’t allow me to view current settings for a device it claims no longer exits), it will be a slow trial and error job to set the min/max dimming levels. I don’t know, I can get drawn into tech but can also find myself cursing it at times.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 03:41 PM

Beaver:

Slept too well last night and woke to a BR at 59F. Minus 26C outside. Too cold to get up but if I don't it will get colder. So I did, fed fire, and went back to bed. Eventually it got warm enough to get up.

I did get boxes yesterday - some for me and some for friends who sell on amazon. Today, met them at Timmy's and gave them boxes. Came home and did NOT feel like doing wood. BUT it is still COLD outside and the pile was dwindling so I brought in two loads, cleared snow to the studio and watered plants. Considering one more load but want feet to get warmer. Sunny this am but cloudy now and feels/looks like more snow. So much easier here than in Montreal!

Trip to Chateauguay with plants may be put off to Tuesday - weather! So much easier to face the inevitable snow when there is off street parking AND someone clearing the drive!

The house had warmed again after the door openings to bring in wood. Another load is doable.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 06:39 PM

In the wee hours last night a smoke detector started chirping (low battery). I listened for a few minutes to figure out it was the one in the hall outside the bedrooms, then struggled for several minutes to get the replacement battery into the little compartment and for it to line up with the contacts. It's the 9V type that is typically plugged into one of those caps for the positive and negative terminals, but this one you slide into the plastic case and it rests against the connections. I need to change the others so they're all in sync instead of playing the "where is the chirp coming from" game throughout the year.

A batch of beans is finished and stored in jars in the freezer, with a bowl for dinner tonight, served over rice. I have just a couple of more purchases to make tomorrow, then am entering a "no spend" month challenge for myself. I'm inspired by a friend who has taken his bullet journalling to a level I've never seen, but he's keeping good track of the bills as he pays off credit accounts. I think adding a couple of dedicated bill-pay pages to mine will do the same thing without all of the arts and crafts he put into play.

I have a package I prepared to list on eBay, but when I got ready to write up the listing realized I need to take another photo of the item so have to unpack it and set it back into the photo cube. Then repack it. Bummer


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 06:48 PM

I changed ours last year, SRS. They were individual battery ones but we now have linked ones, still battery but fixed and supposed to last 10 years. It can make quite a racket when put on "test".

It can be quite fun trying to trace a beep can't it. There seem to be quite a few things here that can emit a warning beep...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 07:31 PM

These are linked, and were put in back in 2011. Each has it's own battery backup so when I replaced the battery in the one and pressed the test button they all went off. And yes, quite a racket!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Jan 19 - 08:52 PM

I'm so proud of our amazing kitchen, which just performed beautifully for a relaxed, casual supper with a guest. The counter space allocated for appliances and the 2nd cook just swallowed up each courses's dishes; I cleared them from my swivel chair just by placing them behind me. The sink and other food prep area are totally unaffected-- it can all sit til the morning with no brekky impediment.

Good job, Camp Ridgebury Kitchen!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 19 - 12:38 PM

Comparing packing tape on Amazon (reading reviews) today. Right now I'm using Scotch, and it's so heavy duty as to be overkill. I've used others that were too light, and there were some that were a good weight but not the name brand of Scotch so were cheaper. Reading reviews it seems like the smell of the tape is an issue. Hmmm. I remember smelling tape before but not being particularly affected by it. Put this in the category of occasionally revisiting decisions about products that are regularly in use.

Another product review that I'm acting on is to finally purchase a small bottle of gear oil for lubricating the paper shredders here. I have one to list on eBay and as I did research on this particular brand I found a reviewer making sense - don't buy a household shredder and complain when you can't use it all day long every day. And lubricate it.

This morning I made a pass through the front yard to pick up litter that has drifted down the street and lodged in the shrubs. I need to make an effort to improve the look of the stretch of garden along the curb (where the trash collects). And I still need to re-contour parts of the lawn where the new sewer line went in the the piled up dirt wasn't completely leveled.

The gardening friend who I swapped seeds with said he's planning to start his tomatoes in pots next week. I made the case that they can get awfully leggy that way by the time the weather is right for planting. He said he always puts them way-deep in the ground and swears by how well the roots get established (the stem will root when in contact with soil) so I'll give that a try. Over the next few days I'll see if I can weatherproof the greenhouse enough to put the pots out there, otherwise they'll be in my very crowded sunroom windows. I could start them in tiny pots and repot them for the greenhouse later, on the way to planting in the garden.

I know some of you are shoveling snow and dragging firewood. I'm seeing Instagram posts of friends dressed in jackets indoors because they've been asked to keep the thermostat low to use less energy. Stay safe and warm - your spring will be all the sweeter and dramatic after such a rugged winter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 31 Jan 19 - 01:41 PM

I don't know about smell but some tape on the UK market is awful. We got a roll of brown packing tape for some Christmas things. It split no matter how careful you tried to be. The bit you pulled would get thinner, break off and then you would fight to get the tape restarted and it was at least very good at sticking to itself. It did the jobs in the end but I don't think I could have imagined a simple matter of using a roll of tape could be so frustrating.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Jan 19 - 03:00 PM

Post-guest dishes whipped, even the good silverware we used.

The table to sort that FPH box into a program guide is now set outside the Library door, ready to go to work Monday.

The Anti-Racism gig is prepped except for getting a mic out of Greg's closet.

Off to Joann's for elastic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Jan 19 - 07:00 PM

Jeremiah did not have school today due to the very cold temperatures so I stayed home with him and kept the wood fire going all day and the house at a reasonable temperature. It was a luxury to be here all day!!!   I made homemade spaghetti sauce out of the summer tomatoes we canned the summer before last and have it simmering in the crock pot. The dishes are all done, the pile of socks that have been waiting to be matched up are all paired up and put away, two boxes of Christmas presents received last weekend have been sorted and put away. The rest of the day has been spent relaxing and keeping the house warm with a beautiful fire.

There is a 2 hour delay for tomorrow as well due to the bitter temperatures.

Hope all of you are warm tonight.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Jan 19 - 07:03 PM

Beaver:

Oh, Jon, I have had tape like that! SO aggravating!

SRS: your friend is using an accepted way to do tomatoes, a good idea. IF I can get to that point of organization, I shall try to start some - in March! Planting them deeply when the time comes does give them a better root system. The daffodils are now under about 3 feet of snow. I may try to remove some in late February, if I can get near.

My friends might be selling on Ebay rather than Amazon. It is all Greek to me. But I went for more boxes today, for them and for my traveling plants and pots.

Did another load yesterday and one load today. Below zero at 7:30. The wood stove is working! The cold continues to weigh me down. Supposed to go up to freezing on Sunday!!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Feb 19 - 10:50 AM

Friend Judy was admitted via ER to the local hospital ydy, the next day after our supper with her where she'd mentioned how much she's been tablet-addicted and hibernating. When we stopped at the hospital for keys to feed her cat, the reality, she warned us, would be bad.

And indeed it was-- a kitchen full to bursting with science experiments and both sinks full. Zero counter space to unpile the sinks.... I opened the oven and used the racks.

, . After I figured out where the single sink stopper was and sorted everything by shape for nesting to soak, and Greg emptied the very inconveniently located dishwasher, I was able to whip it all and get the first sinkful of Corelle into the dishwasher. Three hours after arrival, we had trash from several piled up areas bagged, and left the worst still soaking for grand dau Emma-- a young nurse Judy adores, who lives an hour away. She arrives today to take charge of discharge planning. Emma wants to pick up where I left off, to get the apartment ready for the home health care Judy is now able to indicate she will accept after a nursing home week.

I was so grateful that I'd left my own kitchen whipped, and could spare the energy/ legs/back! Ended the night very sore but bounced back already.

Greg ran her fone charger back to the hospital and gassed up her van, which we'd picked up from the store where she'd fallen. It was good having the pastoral care skills to initiate good conversations with Judy's circle to fulfill what she'd asked of me when we met as two older women who were both living alone, just blocks apart.

Emma will see just enough of the science experiments to see how her Grammy has actually been doing, but not more than Judy's dignity can stand. All the helpers Judy has praised in the past are on standby, and connected to Emma.

~S~


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

I visited an estate sale that was on my route through town yesterday and made the mental note to sell a lot of the stuff the is just on storage or in cases and never used. The house in question was full of that kind of item. I picked up one long mirror that I'll use to replace the cloudy one on my dressing room door.

Warmer weather ahead, with a chance of rain. Good for gardening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 11:43 AM

Apparently I did too much the day Judy fell... We'd designated that as an Errands With Walker day (no scooters), and it was after completing that successful challenge when we got Judy's news... and I suspect it was that last time I got up after resting, to do one more round at Judy's, that was the "too much" thing, because my house is out of joint again and I have to choose between Y pool and house. I chose house, because or other standing plans. And I came down with a new cold ydy.

Not the muscle thing this time-- the stamina thing. But a great doc visit ydy, and I'm spontaneously losing the PA pounds again.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 11:53 AM

One of my eBay listings is a used crosscut paper shredder, and as I researched the brand I found a review for it in which a guy making a good case for using a light oil lubricant for the blades every couple of times you empty the bin. I never have used such a thing, but the Fellowes brand is inexpensive so a couple of days ago I ordered some to give it a try. It should arrive on the porch this afternoon.

My daughter told me about a website where she orders her glasses, and they look good. I have been paying through the nose at my optometrist's office (for example - those with insurance, they charge full price so you end up paying about $150 for your frames. For people without insurance, they give them a 50% discount, so they, too, end up paying $150 for their frames. They make twice as much from those of us with insurance because the actual cost of frames is about $20.) I went along with it for the usual inertia reasons; I was there, could try them on, and if your glasses break within a year they replace them free. But you already paid for them, and in all of these years I've only had one pair break. The site is https://www.zennioptical.com. She has been paying $30-$40 a pair, with a heavy-duty Rx.

I am aiming at a no-spend month, primarily to do with groceries and household stuff. When I need something I must go look in the garage, in the greenhouse, in the pantry first and see if I already have it, or something that will work just as well. I have a couple of gift cards in place and as usual the freezer is stocked. I may go ahead and order the glasses because I'd already have a pair for megabucks more if I'd gotten them when I was at the optometrist a couple of weeks ago. My regular vision is the same but the bifocal measurement has changed and will make a difference (it's stronger, no surprise.) But I'll put off any extra pairs (another set of office glasses) till after this month is past.

The other possible purchase is a new computer. I'll do the research and hem and haw and can easily put it off for a while. Knock wood this one keeps running (it has a few bugs that appear more often now - it is nine years old.)

Oooooh - pissed at Amazon this morning. I ordered a set of Scotch shipping tape intending to get the large rolls for my dispenser and it was instead those dinky little rolls on their own cheap plastic dispensers. And if I try to return them they'll keep their shipping out of it and return less than half. I'm stuck keeping them.

Susan, I'm sorry you're not feeling good today, but you certainly must feel great for having helped your friend so substantially the day before!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 12:58 PM

I poked around a few of my usual places and think the best price for the 3" roll of Scotch shipping tape is at Home Depot for about $3 a roll. I've made a note to myself for when I finish all of these dinky little rolls.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 03:59 PM

Yes thanks SRS I do. It's important to sort out whether it's bone, muscle, or stamina... I knew I stressed the first two but thought I was farther along on stamina. So today we feed and play with her cat-- but don't visit. My walking today is to go into a new music lounge we want to try. Other nearby friends are wearing her out w visits, so we will wait till their urgency wears off-- IMNSHO nursing home visiting requires an invitation, knowing how the PT and daily round there will wear her out.

Something "normal" today: it's warm here today, and the path is presently open and nonskid-- so I got up to get my down slippers out of the van in the garage, to make and insert thicker insoles with items bought ydy which fit perfectly-- both layers of extra-insulating insoles. Warm toesies at the tavern we found, after I kick off horrible boots (or shoes) w soles too thick for my best knee angle. All by myself.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 04:14 PM

SRS,

    I order from Zenni optical often for clients with Medicaid who have lost or broken their glasses and won't be approved for another pair for a year or more. I've been able to get frames and single lens glasses for under $20.00 (of course this will depend on the prescription as well). They seem to be of decent quality.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 05:57 PM

Good to get a second opinion! My daughter said there are lots of options and their instructions for measuring the distance between the pupils is straightforward. My bifocals will probably cost more, but proportionately lower than the optometrist.

Friends came over this afternoon to meet Pepper the blue heeler and she's always thrilled to meet people. The weather has been nice so I cleared out stuff and moved some furniture from the back patio. One old chair is now down at the curb, probably to be broken up on Monday morning and planks put in the bin for pickup. Who knows - someone might decide they can do something with it and cart it off.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 12:38 PM

Then next few days are the ones that, if I was still driving to the office every day, I would be so sorry to miss as a gardener. Looking forward to spring-like weather to make a big push out there.

Revised a few eBay items that used to sell regularly but not as often now. Mulling over which items in my china cabinet should get listed - after recently visiting an estate sale with all of that similar stuff sitting out, I am reminded that I need to move it so the kids don't have to.

Changing out the rest of the house smoke detector batteries. One chirped during the night a few days ago (up on the stepladder at zero-dark-thirty to change the thing), and they can stand to be synced up with new batteries.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 01:59 PM

My shoulder is really bad today but I got a soup batch going, and made text contact w moving help. Sent Greg to see Judy and try to wheel her to some warm sunshine.

We discussed next steps w garage work to get more space cleared, which Brandon is booked to help with tomorrow and Tuesday.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 02:41 PM

A friend told me about her uncle's estate that she recently had to work on with her mother. He was unhealthy and gave up caring and they were confronted with an abomination of an apartment. He had generally untreated diabetes and no will to live. And apparently never took out the trash.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 07:28 PM

SRS, yes, we see this all the time in ministry.

Today-- the new batch of soup is done. I made contact with moving helpers on the PA end.

We mapped out the post-move garage layout with some smart shared xecisions.

I tended Judy's cat and we got a spare key made for her house. Greg enjoyed the Simpsons on her TV while I played with the cat.

Newbie got about 10 minutes of scootering, it's that warm here.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Feb 19 - 11:39 AM

Yesterday I filled three large trashbags with mulch at the city parks free compost site and have them ready to use in the garden on top of layers of newspaper or cardboard to mark the paths. Last year's paths are still clear of weeds after the same treatment. I prefer cardboard, though not as heavy as the stuff I recycled a couple of weeks ago. I have a few small boxes here and I can usually pull more out of the village recycle bins. Small boxes that are unfolded and laid out under mulch are perfect.

This morning I broke apart the pallet-board Adirondack-style chair that had crumbling planks so it's now in a tall trashcan at the curb. I dragged it out on Saturday and a couple of times I heard people slow or stop to look at it, but they moved on (this is a good way to discard workable things). And now it's down to it's elemental planks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Feb 19 - 01:14 PM

The next Yano may start tmrw. If not, next week.

Brandon will work further miracles here with me today and with Greg tmrw.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Feb 19 - 05:53 PM

We did work further miracles, including sending a lotta stuff from the garage to Goodwill, and a lotta stuff to trash and recycling bins.

Yano resumes next Tuesday at 10:30am.

Judy is checking herself out of hospital several days early. Greg went to (literally) pick her up. I'll go sit with her when he gets back.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Feb 19 - 11:05 AM

Two large boxes carried into LR from garage ydy-- totally unpacked, stowed, labeled. As one box empties it becomes the next Goodwill box, and so far no hard decisions there. Also no "Gee, wish I'd donated it in PA!" items. Also a lot of what is unpacked replaces worn-out items here; some favorite nightgowns are being trashed, for example.

The items still IN PA will be more harshly sorted in March, as I see storage spaces here a bit differently with Greg's input (which has not been possible until now).

Two boxes/day is my current limit, even with help. Need to raise limit to three. :-( Stamina.


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

There's a deep discount grocery store I visit that has lots of gourmet items, has foods from all sorts of ethnic markets, and from regular grocery wholesalers who didn't sell items before they would soon reach the sell-by date (apologies if I've already mentioned it a dozen times). Any meat they buy like that is always frozen in time to be still in excellent shape. A few weeks ago I bought a 3.5 pound frozen package of organic chicken thighs, skinless and boneless (because that's what they had) that was half-price from the original marked on it (signaled by being crossed through the price with a red marker). And if you bought two, the second was one cent. Seven pounds of organic chicken for $5. I thawed and made one of those packages into chicken teriyaki this evening and it was marvelous. I have lots of leftovers. (The recipe is in the "What Are We Eating" thread.)

The front yard was mowed, but oh does my knee smart from it! The last of three gel shots is later this week and that should remedy the problem - it is kind of lopsided right now, having been injected once on each side. The third shot will be on the problem side again and should give me more cushion. But after mowing it was too much to also walk the dogs. My lab just mopes along sometimes and a friend suggested that he needs more time in the rough to get to investigate his surroundings. But to do that, my knee needs to feel better.

My list on the kitchen counter is different than I've made before, but it's working. I've remembered to put small stuff down as well so I can actually see my progress through the day. Laundry washed, dried, and folded along with finally changing a porch light bulb, doing various errands that need doing, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Feb 19 - 12:00 PM

A gardening friend spoke recently about switching out from using some short little cedar boards to edge his garden - "I'm too old for all of this!" - so I am taking him several used, but in good shape, steel edging strips. They've been leaning up against a garden edge for a while, and more were added to it in 2017 when I took apart a couple of beds in preparation for the work on the sewer line. I won't put those back and if I plan to create more beds I still have a few. This will clear up one small obstacle in the front when I mow.

After I discarded the dilapidated chair I hosed off the layer of mud that was over much of the patio (dog feet track a lot of mud!). I didn't get all of it, but the seating and table are rearranged and the space is easier to navigate. The freeze returns this weekend so the hoses are stowed away again and the faucet cover is in place.

Later in the month I'm going to start taking down some of the heavy outer limbs on the vitex in the front yard. It's a multi-stem tree that has gotten so huge there isn't enough light for some things I want to grow. (Ironic - when I moved in there was NO shade out there and I was desperate to create some.) I also have one vitex limb in the back yard that wants to grow into the power and cable lines. I'll time this work so I can stack the limbs and branches at the curb for my street's bulky waste quarterly pickup (second week in March.)

The running to-do list on the kitchen counter, with a few small items added for the current or next day, is working out well. Sometimes something sits there for a couple of days before being attended to, but most of them are giving me a way to organize the day and plan when to stay here and work or head out to run errands. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and lets me pace myself so I get out with people regularly. The dogs are good company, but not the same as having humans to talk to.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Feb 19 - 08:04 PM

Slept late enuf to rush wakies time, but got 2 lg flats of chix sink-thawed, in time to start the large crockpot with thawed stock; also a small oven batch that wouldn't fit in the crock. The daily coffee chat with Greg: we planned fetching 25 lbs of bulk peanuts later in the day.

While Greg was at the Y, I spelunked an old travel-pillow bag in the garage for road pillows, which replace some ortho supports I'd loaned to Judy ydy; these brace my knees straight in the van to minimize soft tissue strain and pain. I set that huge rolling bag to bring in/unpack later, and brought in several pillowcases from it, to wash. I found a power tool Greg or Brandon had left on my scooter seat ydy (NEVER block a disabled person's only place to sit OR their mobility aid), and stowed it on the tool shelf Brandon and I had cleared the day before-- FOR TOOLS-- behind the scooter.

Had lunch then did rough draft of notes for our PA landlord-- these will accompany fone videos we'd shot to remind me of info they will want re repairs needed and how to live in that crazy house (what/how to winterize, etc.).

Done in time to go fetch order of bulk peanuts-- the nice long trip in the country Judy can't do as we'd planned.

We ate the supper I'd pre-made.

Bulk peanuts are now divided and stowed.

Bulk tater flakes are also refilled.

A sugar bottle for the counter is refilled.

Most of the crockpotted chicken is cooked and cooling. The balance is finishing cooking in time to cool the chix and broth, and add the broth to a waiting saucepan in the fridge. Chix to be boned tmrw and 2/3 of it frozen. A third for the fridge for lunches.

I miss my 2nd fridge, my freezer, and my manifold food storage containers SO MUCH-- my motivation to keep clearing garage space before March, which can't come too soon!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Feb 19 - 10:57 PM

So you'll bring the second fridge and the freezer and the storage containers from PA and put them in the garage in Ohio?

I wish I could put my freezer in the garage, but it gets way too hot out there. I'm afraid it would work way too hard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 09:25 AM

Yep. And all my plastic food storage stuff in my kitchen.

Feeding two out of the small fridge here, economically, is creating more work than we're up to. The extra refrigeration isn't "extra" for us.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:15 AM

.,.. we had a hilarious giggle about needing a Chefty Retirement Village more than an Old Folkies Home....

Brekkys and premature day planning followed by coffee chat win/win/win plan made and executed. I'm off to pool to check out early warm pool usage feasibility, while Greg works on his desired task of wall prep to paint the sewing room. When I get back, he goes to Y for my session time. After session time, we'll UNbox most of A-corner/garage, for Tuesday Yano un-filth ingredients with will leave a box of clean, framed art we can start pulling from to get pix up... and another box of decor for Yano next week. We're packing excelsior to reuse in PA but recycling a lot of cardboard and packing pillows.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 07:15 PM

Montreal:

Tuesday: 2 hours packing car and a 5 hour drive. Arrived at the "new house" at 3 pm and offloaded plants into house in just above freezing temp - VERY carefully as the yard and steps were ICY! My first trip to house now that it really is ours! I did not spend much time as needed to cross the bridge before rush hour. Only 25 min to Montreal house - at that time of day. We went out to dinner that was a day!

Weds: drove to southern Q to deliver mugs to Carole, then back toward M, via picking up money from Serenplicity! Stop at thrift shop for "saucers" for plants as many were left behind due to space and time. Then grocery, then house and did some watering and arranging, then back to city. Later equals longer! But still only about 30 minutes to R's office.

Today! I hate flyers! But the ones I picked up in Chateauguay were looked at - new locale, what can I learn? Linen Chest having major sales so I went early to the closest one, looking for a non-toxic mattress - $700. nice young woman suggested the outlet store on the other side of major bridge. I thought of waiting for R to drive us there but after drinking some water and a couple squares of choc, decided that 1 pm was a good time to cross. "I can do this!" "Same" mattress for $400 plus 10% off on anything else I bought, so I walked up and down every aisle and filled the cart - towels, sheets, a French press, and an Australian wool topper for mattress. Really major SALE! I had fun spending/saving money. Really needed towels for guests and even for us. Have not bought any in at least 15 years, other than at thrift shops.

The woman who helped me is designated an honorary granddaughter! We had such a good chat about all sorts of common interests! I asked her to email me and come visit. She assisted me throughout shopping expedition and cash, and loaded the numerous bags into car! I drove home in freezing rain! But the roads were still ok. That did the day and since, I have been in recuperation!

R popped home to charge phone and reminded me of his wool allergy! I can put a cotton coverlet over it if need be.

Another good reminder from SRS: Re compost, I wonder if Chateauguay has compost for residents to use. Likely.

And, btw, I love the house and we are both excited about what is going to go where and what room used for what and what repairs need to be done first... Now waiting for BR to be painted, bed to be delivered, weather to be OK for moving things. The back porch has two feet of snow on it! So I stood inside and tried to visualize where to put the 3 cherry trees - if they survive the Ontario winter. Lots of great windows for plants. And radiators. It was nice and warm in the house!!!!!

The Montreal house is a test of endurance and the fact that so much is packed away that I feel crippled in the K. I bought hot pads, dish cloths and one dish towel at a dollar store; there were none here. I have not yet found the guts to clear out the frig. Maybe tomorrow...

On Saturday, hoping to get to the mill and gather some things for the house so I can start getting the K organized and get internet in and have a chair to sit in a warm space during the day until we get the bed and a few pieces of furniture, frig, washing machine - for clothing, K table and chairs.... Requires R and truck and a day free of precipitation.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:03 PM

Dorothy, it's great to hear you so fired up! You go girl!

The garage is looking so empty, suddenly. So much was accomplished this week that we're awarding ourselves a day off tomorrow to preview a hockey rink with Valentine's tickets in mind.

With scooter!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:39 PM

Temperatures took a nose-dive here so the next week will feature mostly indoor activities. I did mail another eBay box today and had an interesting conversation with a young man who sells make-up and things like eyelashes through his business; what caught my eye were the reflective mylar wrappers of the padded envelopes that were at the counter when he dropped them off. I first noticed them earlier in the week, and today he was there in the building so I asked him. I will research the costs - he is convinced that having an attractive parcel arrive for his customers helps his business. Not that I would use this trick often, but there are times it would be perfect.

My office is awash in paper, something I need to remedy during these cold days spent indoors.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 07:24 AM

.... WHERE... To put... The large pile of boxed decor.... For Yano to unbox and clean... And then where will decor items go until the furniture to display them in a month....? NOT IN THE HOUSE....,

(Sleeeeep.....)

Oh. Of course. In the garage pantry I emptied yesterday! In plastic bags to keep them clean and ready to display. Because I can't use the pantry for food items till my food storage glass and plastic and metal arrive, too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 11:58 PM

It's too cold out now to go outside for any activities that will test my knee with the full dose of gel that has been injected. It should last six or more months, so I'll have an easier time planting and tending a spring garden.

Today I started doing some contract web work, I'm doing some pet sitting, and starting up volunteer work in an area park next week. A friend wrote with details about a book club she participates in; I ordered the book they'll discuss on the second Monday in March. In other terms, I'm working on recluttering my life with people and activity.

This evening I made a batch of my zucchini casserole with onion, green pepper, Italian sausage, pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, egg noodles, some wine, and I cleared out some partial things in the fridge and freezer. A couple of peppers I needed to dice and freeze, some went in the skillet, a small container of frozen diced tomato, the rest of a jar of fancy roasted red peppers and feta cheese (by Peloponnese) from lunch a couple of weeks ago. That last ingredient made this dish amazing. I guess I should share this in the "what are we eating" thread also, but it started out as a way to use up a bunch of little containers of things. Dual-purpose decluttering!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 10:00 AM

Go Stilly! Re-cluttering-- yes.

Here, I think the closet shelves Brandon measured for are going up while I see a film at the local Black history center, go to Y, and get groceries.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 04:08 PM

We're going on week 4 of being down to 1 car....it sure makes life interesting especially with the commutes we have! Hopefully next week will be the end of all this!

Grocery shopping was completed this morning along with 2 trips to the drug store. One of the prescriptions contains codeine so it had to be hand delivered. I hate waiting around so that's when I completed my grocery shopping along with a trip to the local butcher shop and back to the drug store. Pete, while sick, opted to drop Jeremiah and I off to grocery shop while he went to Tractor Supply. We are now all home, have had a wonderful lunch of chicken pot pie, dishes are done, floors are somewhat decent (can you say MUD season?), Pete has meds in his system and we are calling it an early day.

Work has been crazy busy and interesting this week.....that's about all I can say on that front! :)

I am feeling pretty cooped up these days and am planning a mini adventure. Of course, this will wait until Pete is feeling better but I can't wait to just get out of here for a little break. In addition to that, our summer vacation is just about paid for....can't wait for then either!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 05:02 PM

Greg had indeed gotten the shelves up by the time I returned from the film. We discussed the height for the next shelf to go in, which will hold the TV at our perfect viewing height, and then headed off for lumber.

Got back, and on my way into the house I shimmed the pesky armoire so it's door no longer hangs itself open. Then I reorganized items he and Brandon had set on top of the armoire so the space will hold more, and stowed a "Yano Clean" box there. When it's empty, it will become a drawer under the armoire. All the "Yano Clean" boxes are now cleared out of space needed for March deliveries.

Now I can list the gas stove for a quick sale and removal. That leaves a bit of garden supply clutter to neaten up and stow-- some alongside the garage in a resin trashcan "garage" out there.

We have one small box of framed (unboxed) art for Yano cleaning Tuesday, and that, plus the above, will about finish the huge, monthlong job of making space out there. There's a nicely consolidated pile of packing peanuts, etc. to take to PA with us, sitting in place of all the stuff we've been unpacking.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 09:52 PM

Custom shelves added to media closet in the Liberation Library:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2103281436417808&id=100002079158985&set=a.489955677750400&source=48

~S~


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

Those shelves have the look of some of the Scandia wood shelves. Looks good!

My fitness tracker has lost it's mind - it still does some bluetooth connected features, but the most important ones (tracking steps, tracking sleep, and reporting those details to the phone app are no longer working.) Disappointing because I've had it for only about 15 months this time. The first one of this model had a condensation problem so they replaced it (under warranty at the time) with this newer model. No more condensation, but in a device that looks like a regular wrist watch and costs this much I'd expect it to last longer. I'll send a note with the serial number and the folks at the company can tell me what part of the watch has failed and if it is fixable (with an update or refresh of some sort).

I ordered glasses online from Zenni - this will be my first pair of the photo-sensitive ones that turn dark in the sunshine. And they came in under $80. They usually come out many hundreds at the optometrist's glasses store side of her business. It looks pretty easy to come up with a far less costly pair of glasses on that site. Thanks for the endorsement, Michelle!

And it was Michelle's description of her chicken pot pie that got me thinking about the possible things to bake today. I have a brunch for myself of a "Dutch baby" - a large sort of turnover with equal parts milk and flour, an egg, and baking in a puddle of butter. Later I'll make either muffins or my Mom's recipe for a baking powder biscuit that is roll out thin, cut in 12 or 16 (depending on your muffin tin) and then a filling of raisins, walnuts, melted butter with cinnamon and brown sugar is spooned onto them. Four corners pinched together and placed that way into the ungreased tin. I guarantee that if I post of photo of these on Facebook my daughter will post a remark or hearts or tell me she's making some for herself and her roommates. (You want your children's attention? Make their favorite foods!) The best compliment at a meal is when everyone sits eats for a while before talking because they're so happy with the food. My Mom remarked on that when I was a kid, and I've seen it with my own on occasion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 04:02 PM

Thanks, Stilly.

The topmost shelf holds boxed items to rip to MP3 and then donate. The lower shelves will hold items to watch/hear and either hold to enjoy again or graduate to the donate shelf.

The shelf just above the TV will hold small instruments, my storytelling kit, and a boombox that still plays both cassette tapes and MP3 discs plus CD and FM radio.

The space between the cabinet and closet wall is for the folding rocker that needs to be out of the way, whenever the Library is open and we're not glued to hockey.

The whole shebang disappears behind a curtain.

On the left side of the closet (not shown): the two file cabinets the men had to admit would actually fit, with archived files stacked on top-- also disappearable behind the curtain.

The file cabinets protrude a few inches into the room, but I just need a different curtain rod to make the curtain hang straight.

At the moment, the closet looks a bit preggers. ;-)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 10:06 AM

Montreal:

Progress is slow. Our whole world is a huge skating rink! Then there are the "side dishes". Started out Sat with a car full of stuff to go to "Dupont" (for lack of more creative name). We got a decent start and offloaded towels and pottery. Stopped at a thrift shop and found a wonderful recliner, almost new, $15! Got it into back of car but had to leave gate open; even though it was a bitterly cold day, as long as we kept moving we did not get cold. Which was good as we did not get to offload it until about 9 pm! And the gate supports are ruined and will need to be replaced.

Next stop was the blues music of two local musicians (southern QC) - incredible! Then a call from a new friend took us down a country road and a LONG driveway/ice rink to a lovely renovated old home and a pleasant aft in the sun room. As the sun started to set ---Hey, we had sun! --- we took our leave and went down to the mill - surrounded by about a foot of ice crusted snow. And bitterly cold. R went in to try to find two snow tires - of course he could not - and distiller or distilled water. I was not clear enough and he struggled back to car with two large water bottles; fortunately one was distilled. When I treated us to a great meal at Bo-Thai and we managed to get the chair into "D" without killing ourselves. It is light in weight, forest green in colour and looks great in the den AND is comfortable. Our first piece of furniture.

Sunday we went there to get things done. R was going to paint the BR - he has been going to do that for almost two weeks but I thought it would happen... I managed to de-ice the steps and part of the walkway!! Sorted towels and looked around at what need to be done. R found we needed light bulbs and one trip did not suffice; he went out again - after HWare stores were closed, and by the time he came back and we conferred some more, we came back to the city, had a good meal - Indian, then "home" and a bit of tv and bed!

We are both excited about the house but weather, time, and energy are being difficult. I would like frig and washing machine from the mill; this requires him taking a truck and helper -2 hours each way. We did finally realize we can bring things out the one entrance that is not snow bound. Bed arrives on thurs! This am at BF, I suggested Thomas could do the painting and I need to hire someone to clean cabinets as my right arm aches, just from ice removal. I believe he is willing to have Thomas do both tasks, she says hopefully! Most rooms need painting and we have agreed to the cream colour he used here in M. The BR will be pale yellow, the colour my father did my BR when I was four.

At the moment R is loading boxes that I can carry, from storage into my car so I can take a load down on this last non-snowy, for a while, day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM

Dorothy, will you call the new house something other than The New House? The Final House? The [neighborhood name] house? Will you be able to stop using the mill?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 10:46 PM

The late afternoon nap helped all this happen:

Urgent pre-brekky trip to house-sit at Judy's for poss lift chair delivery-- medically necessary
. WA940 racial justice doc converted (re use of deadly force), and studied at Judy's and pastoral visit with her there
. Full spectrum lamp sent to Judy
. Box of misc. caused to leave K table
. Last of ydy groceries stowed
. Numerous items stowed on ADL catchup perambulations thru house (active rest exercise day)
. Sewing Room boxes, etc, removed and stowed
. Laundry from Sewing Room going
. Plan for further clearing of Guest Room items from Sewing Room made-- TV hockey intermission action
. Benadryl pillboxes set up for car
. Plans for Yano and Brandon made for tmrw
. KPH billing resolved w Medicare
. Insights doc sent to counselor
. WA940 questions doc started and non-Q version sent to Sabrina
. Valentine plan made w Judy for movie/Yaffa Grill dinner Thursday evening

Kitchen whipped or soaking, with Yano Clean areas more obvious.

Benadryl pill cases to car, YAY!

Water bottles refilled before sinks filled, YAY.

Key items in Sewing Room uncovered and stowed, YAY.

Good discussion and decisions on March parameters and processes, YAY.

More hockey. One or two cooperative jobs left for next intermission.

2nd DVR remote found today YAY.

More Guest Room items removed from Sewing Room, a few left to police tmrw.

More items designated for Goodwill. No hard decisions. Yet. Linen closet very full....

Superb teamwork thruout the day!

Space for framed clergy certificates from the church office found, pending planned BR installation, in BR closet. Future resources for that closet discussed.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM

It's a snow day here in the northern tier of Pennsylvania....currently snowing pretty hard...can't see the mountains across the way...with predicted ice to follow. Schools are closed and my place of business is closing down early. I called off earlier today.

Pete has been sick for the last week and is slowly getting better. I am thankful for that. My mom had some pretty scary medical tests going on over the last few weeks but thankfully, she is doing well....I have to say that I am beyond thankful, really.

Work is work. Busy, busy, busy.

However, like I said, today I am home. At the moment I am sitting by the fire with my slippers on and an old, well loved wrap around my shoulders that was given to me by my college roommate.

I was thinking about doing some sewing today but I'm learning more towards doing some cooking. I think I'm going to make beef stew and cornbread and an upside down pineapple cake. The cake has been calling to me for a few months....truly...LOL..today might be the day!

Maggie, I'll be anxious to hear how the glasses work out...hoping they are just what you are looking for!!!

I'm off to turn on some music and cook for a bit.

Stay warm y'all!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 11:29 AM

This is cooking and baking weather, to be sure! On the weekend I posted photos on Facebook of a Dutch Baby and it got quite a few remarks and the request for a recipe. I'm drawing down the freezer this month, and tonight I'll thaw a piece of fish. then head for the cupboard for lentils and and onion for a batch of soup. Catching up with my sister last night she mentioned baking cookies, though she will give away 3/4 of them - Seattle is snowed in right now and the baking was a simple reflexive response. Enjoy your stew - the warm smell all afternoon and the eating and reheating for leftovers.

I did my income taxes. The initial form may be shorter, but it isn't any less work once you start hunting down the schedules and filling out worksheets. Now I wait to see if the IRS rejects it because I missed some checkbox or other.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 02:31 PM

New Yano tdy who did a few house things (arrived late), and then we walked thru the process of unpacking and clng decor or art in the garage and only bringing CLEAN items in. Buh-bye farm road grunge. Next week it'll be framed art, but tdy's box was the last one on the garage floor-- everything else is neatly stowed for methodical attention.

Brandon due shortly to help massage the remaining gardening items over to their planned spot, organizing as we go, and spare pieces of upholstery foam up into the rafters.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 04:32 PM

Done:

Garage blowout
Garden dept moved
Overdoor storage of upholstery foam
Ext cord relocated for scooter
Gathered up trailer strapping
Sorted out former travel pillow bag
Pitched old cell phones
Created mucho recycling/trash
Created two misc boxes I'll have to sort
Rescued icons
Consolidated drop hose parts

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 09:54 PM

Yesterday the village code enforcement officer left a hang-tag on my mailbox to say that my trees out front need trimming. I purposely planted within a few feet of the curb, but in doing so, I know that to achieve the "street tree" look I need to keep them from growing too low over the street. I want branches that reach out toward those across the street, but they need to be up high. I pruned the lower plants a few weeks ago, the things growing out of beds and draping over the curb into the street. This evening I went out at sunset with the long lopper and took down the offending limbs on a pine; tomorrow I'll attend to the baldcypress. There is a Silverado sage that probably needs attention (it also blocks my view a bit as I back out of the driveway, so I try to keep it under control).

Several items were crossed off of my kitchen counter list today; it grows, but as long as the tasks are broken into steps I can keep up. I'm getting closer and closer to The Big Task - processing my father's music collection. Toward that, and other work I'm doing, I'm comparing computers, to update from this nine-year-old workhorse. It seems there are President's Day sales coming up (and I have an account with Dell in long-standing).

I'm looking forward to more news of Dorothy's house, a report on Michelle's baking, and though she hasn't posted here in a while, on Linn's travels. It's a difficult time of year to travel across the northern tier, but she will make a trip early next week. Safe travels, Batgoddess.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 05:12 AM

BBC - Hancock's Half Hour
The Junk Man
Series 5 - Episode 16 of 20

Griselda's plan to clear out the lad's house backfires spectacularly.

Starring Tony Hancock. With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.
Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008f307 


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 10:28 AM

Before going back to PA:

(Omg)

Glasses
Pap
Manmo
FPH rough sort
Artwork up on walls
Boxed decor cleaned and
boxed in plastic
Garage ready and labeled
Plan for Deere and blower
Chairs out
Patio cleaned up, pots out
Dog fence raised
Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
Meds refilled
Soups waiting
Brandon set to weed beds
Car player loaded
Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
Bread waiting
Painting done
Rug cut and stowed/pitched
Mike or Dave ready
Stove gone
Camryn and Brandon confirmed
Van cleaned out
Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR curtains tied and pinned
Foam mattress ready for us w pillows

~omg


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 05:22 PM

One dog to vet tomorrow afternoon. Guaranteed to declutter the wallet.

Second plant trimmed out front, now the largest one will get attention later this afternoon (after the village public works guys are off the clock and stop cruising the street. I don't want to give them the satisfaction of actually seeing me out there trimming the trees. There is a bit of an adversarial tension in the village regarding these guys.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 06:54 PM

Montreal:

Load of boxes made it into house; included pots for plants, a few of which were helpful already. Bro sent photo of dining set at thrift shop that R likes. We went in truck to pick up a sofa I loved and took it out to "Dupont", for lack of more creative name. Went a long way round so R had to get to work and I went to look at DR set, purchased it and R will pick up before Tuesday. Tomorrow mattress will arrive - roads willing! I phoned Geri and got phone number of a friend who lives near Dupont (the street name). This friend told us a friend of hers lives across the street. So, I will phone her tonight to see if the cross-the-street-neighbour could receive the mattress for us if the roads are terrible! They already clear the snow for us! R has met them but I have not.

I "cancelled today" and have done only computer and TV. We were asked to stay home/off the streets if at all possible. R cleared our front steps and vehicles and went off to work.

This storm is being compared to the one in 1971 but I was here for that. Two of us made it to class; I walked and the other skied over the mountain; the prof did not show. Snowmobiles were taking people to emergencies... Not the same!! Yet.

One of my frustrations is that I cannot stay awake much after 9 pm; most music starts at 9 or later so I was delighted to find today that the Wheel Club is having a jam on Saturday night starting at 7!! It is under new supervision so maybe I have hopes of more. I only found out because an unknown (I think) person asked to "Friend" me and I found him to be a Wheel Club person with good info posted, and two mutuals. I always check!

Once the frig is moved from the mill - I would be happy not to have to go there ever again! - I will be pushing for full time living at Dupont. There may be nights when R stays in city due to working too late or bad roads; I hope those will be few and will diminish as he gets the idea of dealing with being 30 minutes away instead of 20. As in, "No, I cannot dash over to fix/talk to/..." He is recognizing his diminishing energy levels.

We still need to fetch snow tires from mill so they can installed when I go next week for rear brakes. I found the distiller tucked in a cabinet (I did it) here, so able to replenish supply. (After R searched in vain.)

Between car repairs and house, my wallet is undergoing much de-cluttering!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 19 - 08:28 AM

Apparently until ydy I was on autopilot plus blissful ignorance regarding the coordination of the last moving process. Tbtg for the autopilot though because it woke me up with time to spare and my head on straight.

I worked on the list during my AM peer counseling session, and my counselor took notes as I added room by room details (Ohio rooms).

That now-longer list was quite overwhelming to see so I instinctively asked myself "Why", and a sensible goal immediately emerged. I put that down as a header, and in two minutes had sorted the list by subhead. Now it's print and do.

And feels doable. That's the denial again! ;-)

-Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 19 - 08:56 PM

Trip to the vet with the oldest dog; she is okay, though her occasional whimpering may be because of low-grade pain from arthritis. She's on a mild painkiller to test if that makes a difference. He also offered a veterinary supplement for older dogs, but it was $60 for a large jar of the powder that had to be measured over their food. It contains glucosamine chondroitin as the main ingredient. She has eaten a regular wheat-free food (I get because Zeke needs that). She and Zeke were on a senior food for a while but she was kind of fussy about the larger bites. That said, she and Zeke are now back on the senior food because it has less protein, more fiber, and it has glucosamine chondroitin. She does need to lose weight, so she'll be on reduced rations for a while. I'll do the math on the amount of glucosamine per serving in the food, and I can compare with the dose in the vet powder and can supplement with a human version if the food doesn't make enough of a difference. I'm willing to bet that the OTC people type at Costco is going to cost a lot less than a vet Rx (as long as it's only glucosamine, no additives). I also see several OTC brands meant for dogs.


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

Warm weather means that today is the day to repair the gas trimmer and to go ahead and mow the lawn. And I need to start planting potatoes and onion sets. I'll do a low-calorie day (in the alternate day fasting routine that works better in warmer weather). My fitness tracker is back up and running after a factory reset so perhaps I'll exceed my steps goal.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM

It took about an hour to change out the gas and uptake lines on the trimmer, but then I took a spin around the yard and made progress against some tall weeds coming up in the gap between the fences at the bottom of the back yard.

I also got out a couple of saws and a long lopper and took out the final offending limb that extended out over the curb and street too low for the happiness of the code enforcement folks. There's a stack of branches in the yard that will be wrangled to the curb for trash pickup the next warm day. And the smallest of them can be run through my electric chipper.

Today is cold and back to winter, so I'll work in the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 08:24 PM

I think I forgot to share this tip earlier, but for anyone downsizing, moving, and/or purging--

Leaf bags. They hold a ton with a small footprint; one each: Keep, Donate, Recycle, Trash.

Recyclable/biodegradable, themselves.

And easily labeled.

When I pack up the balance of our clothes, linens, pillows, small rugs-- leaf bags that can cushion furniture I don't want chafing on other furniture. Crevice fillers. They'll keep stuff in them clean, and I'll use them, after I unpack them, for lasagna gardening.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 08:28 PM

Montreal:
R had rented a box truck for business so yesterday we used it to fetch the DR set and also purchased a number of other items while at this furniture thrift shop. Then drove to Dupont and offloaded easily with the ramp from truck to front door! I suspect there is another rental in the future as it was SO much easier!

Now: DR set (round table with 3 leaves); Oak pedestal table for K, matches the wainscoting; two unique old oak chairs - K; Comfy swivel rocker for TV room; Lovely old book or curio cabinet with glass door; and two modern (IKEA) benches, that could be used for many things, destination undetermined as they do not suit the house but may be useful in case of house concert.

Today I woke with pain which we finally established as major gas pain; went off Keto and ate some "junk" this week, esp last night. Apple cider vinegar in water all day - first reduced it appreciably and then has kept it down.

R took us to home depot today as we were both mindful of the orchid needing a real pot - tired of it tipping and spilling! As it continues to survive and is growing another new leaf, it deserves a proper container. Planting medium needs to be soaked for 24 hours so pot is sitting in the new orchid pot until tomorrow. The rest of the plants are happy in their new home. The tomato and pepper plants continue to thrive and are producing new, small, crops. It intrigues me that they continue to get new growth and fruits more than a year after they were started. I always though they would just quit and die...

We also bought a large tile to top a kind of interesting wood table we found for $10. And a short trip to a library so I could spend rest of day resting.

Cooked us a nice supper. R will have his when he gets home... Parking improves as snow is SLOWLY removed! Walking is daunting as snow turns to mush, then freezes. Also freezing rain late last night.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 09:13 PM

Go Dorothy! You sound happy.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 09:13 PM

I spent a few hours in my sewing room today...mostly organizing. I am going on a quilting retreat soon and while I ALWAYS love going to the fabric shop about an hour and a half from here, the truth is, I have enough started projects and other projects bagged and labeled with the pattern inside (I SO love that I bagged up both the fabric WITH the pattern...YAY ME) to keep me busy for months! However, some of those projects, while already pieced to completion, need either a backing or binding or both. My mom really is wanting to go to the fabric shop so I have picked a few items to take along to match with with an appropriate binding or backing. Not very exciting but it will allow me to finish up some pieces. I also have decided to give away several baby quilts that are finished and waiting for homes. A woman I work with is expecting a baby girl so I will set those aside for her. I'm sure I can find someone with baby boys to take the others. I also have a toddler sized Cars quilt that will go to a new home as soon as I get the binding put on. And there there are 4 little pre-school nap quilts that are all set to go too. I have a friend that runs a pre-school and think she will make good use of them. It's amazing to me how much space is used up by nicely folded quilts....LOL...can't wait to share them and get them out of my space!!! I am also ready to sew as I haven't done it since the completion of the very large, oversized Survivor's quilt that is currently hanging at Knapper Clinic (chemo clinic) at Geisinger Medical Center. I have decided that I'm not going to do any more BIG projects like that for a long time, nor will I do another quilt to donate that has a timeline. I'll still make quilts to donate but will do them as the mood strikes and then share them with organizations.

I did the dishes today and did some errands which included taking Pete to get his car which is FINALLY fixed! It's been about a month since he's had his car....I'm happy that it's back to normal but sure will miss his company on my commute to and from work! :)

I'm not sure if I have shared this before or not but my sewing room is at least twice as large as Jeremiah's bedroom. The goal is to eventually switch rooms so that he has more space and I've downsized. So while the organizing in the sewing room felt good and helped me make some decisions regarding the retreat project/s, the end result will be to clean out enough stuff that we can switch rooms. Pete and I had agreed that when he was 9 or 10 we'd make the switch....and well....Jeremiah will be 9 years old next month! I can hardly believe it.....he's getting so tall and reading like the wind!!! He's made honor roll for each school quarter this year.

Happy President's Day Weekend!

Michelle


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