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

wysiwyg 24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM
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Stilly River Sage 24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM

OH

Bedroom is put back together, a day early, thanks to Brandon. Bed is all dressed.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 01:21 PM

OH

Rug fun.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM

Huge noisy thunderstorms clanging around outside for at least three hours overnight (starting around midnight) drove away any pretense of sleep last night. Ugg. The yard looks intact, but I'll poke around after it stops drizzling to see if my trash cans are still out there or if someone else's have blown into the yard.

I'm working on computer stuff this week and right now have been trying to undo the anti-virus system that has glommed onto my default browser. It's a pain in the butt. I ran a System Restore to get rid of a piece of malware that kept coming back as soon as Malwarebytes quarantined it. That was the origination of the rest of the computer work.

More rain today so I had best turn my attention to indoor pursuits. There is a lot to choose from here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 10:26 PM

OH

Dressers are out and, happily, only the smaller one is in the LR, reserving that space for a delightful visit as we discussed various approaches to the big work of tomorrow.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 08:47 PM

I should have walked the dogs this afternoon, by 5pm it was rumbling out there; we usually walk around 7pm. Though the chance of rain is high tomorrow, it doesn't usually rain all day long, so we'll probably have a chance to get out.

The oldest dog is on medications that I have to disguise; she managed to spit out a couple of them yesterday (found on the kitchen floor today). I'm going to steam clean the rugs this week and hope for the best.

This afternoon I did some virtual declutter, trying to get some malware to go away; system restore finally took care of it. I have resolved to leave my ad blockers in place; those sites that insist you can't read them unless you turn off the ad blockers are contributing to the reason malware is spreading; it enters through adware these days. I just won't read it if I have to turn off the add blocker. I have trusted sites, but the rest of them, nope.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 05:52 PM

OH

The bedroom switcheroo is in progress....


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM

Dupont:

Had to walk down to local garage for someone to start car this morning; R left key in ignition overnight (Sat)and left for city before jumping it with his truck. He owes me $20!

Went foraging re food, etc. Found a small, solid wooden (fairly nice) shelf unit for the microwave. Cleaned and in use. Two empty shelves until I decide best use. Side table that had served temporarily has a new useful spot next to a chair in den. Dropped off stuff at the Thrift shop prior to acquiring shelf.

Good lunch at an Indian restaurant with Literacy group. Great folks. Happy to find a good restaurant; lunch is reasonable; dinners not so!

Bought 3 pots of lovely daffies on sale. Will plant in yard later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

I'm debating about removing old books from a "lawyer's bookcase," one of those glass-front ones that has stacking levels. They're books I'll never read, or use for reference. They're just old.

Company coming this weekend, so it's time to clear up the clutter on tabletops, make sure the guest room is ready, and clean up general public areas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 PM

Dupont:
A trip to the mill yesterday netted two smallish Victorian desks; both need work and are in "store room"; one bookcase - site undecided; and some boxes of books and stuff. Boxes of books are long term storage - until R has time to get them organized; I might live that long! But they are not in the way. "New" dishes, bought for here and stored at mill, were unwrapped and homed, and the recently purchased ones packed to leave, along with a bunch of other stuff!

Doing fairly well at holding the line on clutter; only one spare room being used to gather things until they have repairs or someone to help carry them upstairs. Arranged neat piles of my clothes on floor of BR; still waiting for bureau; requires a second person for moving. NOT me!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 04:40 PM

OH

SRS, yes, there's the rub. We've camped out here for four years without "the good stuff." What it means is that as we unpack, the make-do items go to Goodwill, where many of them came from. In a few cases I liked the Goodwill items better than the corresponding PA items, so the PA one went into the parish pile.

Several huge boxes in front of the sideboard dividing LR and kitchen were unpacked today to make room for a dresser tomorrow, because I have a dishwasher and all PA kitchen items need to be washed before I can think where to put them away!

As we unpack, one empty box is labeled Goodwill. One box for them for every three-four unpacked is about right.

Greg's making lots of new friends at the city recycling center, with all these vanloads of cardboard. Most of the boxes aren't suitable for someone else's next move-- worn out and crazy oddc sizes.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 AM

If you have everything you need WITHOUT opening boxes, perhaps that's a clue about what to do with the box contents!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM

OH

In recent days I've done dishes, laundry, and groceries (once). Made dinner once. Other than that, zip. Greg's really taken up the slack. I have zero desire to open boxes.

~Susan

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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Apr 19 - 07:52 PM

OH

The parish we attend here had a lovely Easter Vigil last night, meaning Greg could sleep in today and skip the morning service.

Then we lunched at a Palestinan restaurant here that we love, and spent almost two hours at WalMart restocking groceries.

The meat prices were great, so we took the crumpled paper stuffing out of the spare fridge we brought, to hold some. Yano Becky will wipe out its glass shelves Tuesday, so we left items in their bags. Just could not wait to use!

~S`


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Apr 19 - 12:39 PM

I need to wait till tomorrow to declutter myself of a rental car that was part of a process that resulted in a new vehicle. The old one was damaged and totaled (unibody construction is very safe, but hard to repair - and everyone involved is fine). And I've arranged file folders to keep all of this organized and not piled on my desk. The airport has staff to dispatch and receive vehicles 24/7, but the neighborhood locations have much shorter hours.

It's gorgeous today, so I imagine there are egg hunts proceeding across the region. Since I don't practice a religion or have small children to hunt eggs and candy, I will step into the garden and transplant a few iris that popped up where they weren't expected. Cut the flower for a vase and move the plant seems the best plan.

I'm reminded of how well my parents hid eggs (when I was a kid it was the pastel hard coated candy eggs and they didn't come individually wrapped back then). Mom would occasionally find them in the kitchen cupboards or the pull out drawer in the stove, many weeks later and somewhat melted with time. :)

The friend I was cat sitting for had one that was feeling bad, but she couldn't tell which of the three it was (someone threw up in the kitchen, but there was no identification as to source). I was able to narrow it down to the youngest cat who didn't finish his dinner last night--diagnostic services no extra charge! Here at my house I'm decluttering dog hair and such, and will I'll make the push to steam clean my two carpets and wash all of the dog bedding. The vet says the incontinence pills work after 3-4 days, so I'll be ready!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 10:30 PM

I was up early to feed a friend's cats before turning around with my oldest dog and heading to the vet's office in time for Saturday half-day hours as a walk-in; she has been coughing (may have picked up something from the dog visiting last week?) and is incontinent part of the time (usually overnight). So she has cough tablets and treatments for the rest. At least the big pills can go in her dish with the rest of her food. The cough tablets will be in peanut butter till they're gone and the other dogs will also get peanut butter, because you can't not share the peanut butter! More running around, another trip for cat feeding, and finally back home. I took the dogs for a walk (it's perfect right now - I wish it would stay this way for summer!) as a stress reliever at the end of the day. It was funny - my level-headed lab was watching a red squirrel running along the curb ahead of us and he got so excited - if he hadn't been on a leash, that squirrel would have been history. He was beside himself with joy at seeing that critter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 05:46 PM

I've been busy cooking. Pete isn't really eating much but at least it's there and ready for when Jeremiah and I are hungry. I didn't cook much last week while Pete was inpatient....I wasn't really very interested in eating and it was just easier to pick up a pizza or subs.

I did some rearranging in the kitchen this afternoon, putting away some bowls and water bottles/metal reusable types/getting them off the counter. Our hens are laying copious amounts of eggs and we keep them in bowls on the counter until we are ready to wash and use them....hence the need for the extra counter space.

Today it's breezy but really nice out...finally a break from the rain. We have the windows and doors all open.....hooray for fresh air!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 09:17 AM

OH

The bedroom redo is Tuesday-Thursday next week. I had the dates wrong.

Almost every night I'm dreaming I'm back at the PA house trying to finish leaving. Very unpleasant. Hope it stops soon!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Apr 19 - 06:12 PM

Dupont:

Most animals like their family members to be together! Glad Pete is home for Easter.

This am looked hopeful - R was asking what things needed work and started on Bathroom faucet... Phone call! and he was gone about 9:30, with me harboring hope of an early return. Not so! I spent most of this cold drismal day on internet: arranged hospitality for June wedding, new dates for Magda to pot, updates to a couple friends... Did laundry, washed dishes, read. Nothing else to do unless I went out into the rain; what a silly idea! Hope R gets home in time for tonight's music. Hoping Monday, Earth Day, will be non-rainy and we can fetch useful things from the mill. And attend This Changes Everything at the Little Green Library.

Maybe tomorrow...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM

Things have suddenly become very busy here, and it's a half-day holiday for some companies and not for others, so I can't get everything I'd like to do this instant taken care of right now. I will instead turn my attention to things I can do: I have all of the fence panel parts, and that's scheduled for early next week once I get all of the pickets painted on the edges and both sides with the wood preservative (an in-the-garage task). I took the chipper out and demolished a stack of slim sticks into two bags of mulch.

I'm cat sitting for a friend for a couple of days so I'll push the dog walk earlier in the afternoon. I have more limbs to trim and put at the curb, and others to chip. Mow mow mow the lawn these days sometimes twice a week it grows so fast in the spring.

It's good to read that Pete is back home and that R. is helping move stuff into the house. I imagine Everyone is moving stuff at Susan's house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 05:28 PM

SRS,

   I wasn't scaring myself but rather how I was noticing how the absence felt. I was just thinking that if that's how it felt to me after being together for less than half the years of my grandparents, I couldn't help but think about my Nana.

   Pete was able to come home today!!!! There are still ongoing concerns that I won't go into here so he is on watch but at least he is HOME. We are most happy about that! <3 Thank you for the good thoughts. <3

    We got home around noon and I slept until about 4:30. I have tomorrow off and I'm pretty sure we will all sleep in for a very long time! <3


Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 04:29 PM

Dupont:

The weather changed and so did my energy level - a good dose of negative ions from the spring winds. I went to town and fetched back a few more boxes of stuff. R showed up just as I was pondering the possibility of carrying the microwave out to the car! Everything else is in the house now, and put away! We still do not have a real place to put it but shall need to improvise - so he can have warm food!

Nice chat with cross the street neighbour as she was putting out the trash bin; her English is well up to a good converse! And she is a reader! Having a rough time dealing with her husband's Alzheimer's; she does not feel like reading. I suggested it as a good escape. As the weather improves - surely it will! - we can connect more, maybe even have a cup of tea. She has help 3 times a week so she can do errands and such.

I need to find out why, all of a sudden, since moving here, my hands are DRY! And there are water spots on "clean" pots; everything needs to be wiped dry to prevent spotting. City water... Sophia does not seem to have a problem: maybe she has always wiped things dry. And had dry skin??? I am finding it, esp the skin, a nuisance. Using olive oil on hands and face.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM

Dupont:

We will be terrifically mindful of heat leaks -there are tons!!! - before winter arrives in Quebec! First - the fireplace chimney; we plan to put in an insert/wood stove and close off that major heat leak. The 1902 windows: even with "modern" storm windows, the breezes are amazing. Lots to do.

Today is chilly and drismal. Wrote a couple emails and need to do a few more, then decide what energy level I have for what needful things. Oddly, I don't want to go to the city on such a yucky day even though it makes more sense than going on a gorgeous day. This am at BF, we felt a real need for the, as yet unmoved, microwave which I did not feel up to carrying yesterday. I have often wondered if there are heated plates/bowls for adults like the ones we used to have for little kids. R eats so slowly, he often reheats things twice during a meal.   

R did not get home until 11 pm. I am concerned that the trip (30 min) may become odious for him, so I asked. No nasty headlights on the quiet, traffic-free trip through the Reserve, a time to decompress and glad to get home to a parking space and trees around him. And I had food ready, then the local paper to read and a comfie bed to crawl into.

I do miss him when I am away, and he misses me. Thinking of you, Michelle!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Apr 19 - 12:10 AM

Don't scare yourself, Michelle! I can see how stressful his prolonged recovery is, and patience is all I can counsel, but it is the best thing right now. You like the medical team, this is their job, and they'll send him home to you soon.

I understand how your teamwork is vital - even though my children's father and I divorced nearly 20 years ago, we're still a team when it comes to supporting the kids and helping each other. I think it's because of the friendship that transcends everything else. Your friend is ill and you miss him.

The old saying "when it rains, it pours" seems to be in effect - the hospital, the car, the washer. (When my washer starts doing the old "tilt" of uneven loads, after I've washed some large off-balanced thing, I do several small well-distributed loads and that seems to re-calibrate it's little computer brain.)

Good luck, and take naps when you can, even at the hospital.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 09:00 PM

Pete continues to be in the hospital. I worked half a day, spent time at the hospital, took care of things at home for Jeremiah and just finished taking out the trash, doing some light dusting and just general picking up.

I think tomorrow I will run the Spin Wave as we've had more rain which means muddy floors. It's a never ending battle.

There are things happening at home that are adding to the stress of Pete being sick including my main source of heat isn't working (the house is not freezing but it's damp and chilly), the washing machine decided it's not wanting to do a proper spin cycle and my car feels like something is wrong. Pete would be able to fix the heat and the washing machine. I will have to wait it out. I do have a place to go if it gets too cold and also a place to do laundry if need be. I will tinker with the washing machine tomorrow and see what I can do. We are such a team in this household that it's been an eye opener to see just how much he does and how much I do that he should be aware of. We'll be working on getting that information down on paper when he gets home. I also managed to screw up the television...don't ask me how as I'm not sure but I can't seem to get the satellite back to where it needs to be. I'm ok with that...I can read, fuss online or watch Netflix on the computer if I really need to watch something.

I am taking tomorrow off to be with Pete, run errands (need more animal feed), tend to the house and maybe try to get some rest...maybe not so much on the rest end...I know I should but it seems to be a struggle at the moment.

I keep thinking about my Nana who was married for over 60 years when she lost her husband. I can't imagine what it took for her to get through every day. Pete has been inpatient for almost a week and I can physically feel his absence. It's the first time in 28 years that he hasn't been here with me. I have traveled away for overnights but he has ALWAYS been at home with me. It's a very strange feeling for me....not one I want to get used to.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 07:35 PM

One more dive into the office closet this afternoon, to recycle boxes from various current and old technology items. Nothing is within warranty to still need its original packaging. And more paper! Old tax forms back to 2007 (everything before 2012 can go), and I filed some stray donation receipts into the envelopes for the years they were made. I haven't been able to itemize these for several years so I no longer ask for tax receipts or document donations (I found a pack of photos in one of the older tax packages.) My main file box now has just the 2018 tax forms, and I'll use those to give me clues as to how to do them for 2019. The older ones live in a case in the office closet shelving. This is the box that if I should ever need to leave quickly, would go with me, for all of the current information.

I also have some sturdy tote bags that people have given me from various interesting places (Library of Congress, etc.) and I have moved them to a row of hooks in the hall so I might actually use them more often. These are printed or woven and smaller and better fabric than all of the cloth bags that live in the back seat of the car for taking into grocery stores.

Dorothy, a drive that allows you to avoid traffic sounds wonderful! And it's nice to live somewhere that you don't need to put up full curtains (though you may find that winter heat stays in better if windows are covered.)

I got my flower photos this afternoon, and for now it's sunny outside, so I'll walk the dogs soon. The storms are looming, but not here yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 06:49 PM

Dupont:

Three nights in our comfortable bed in our nice house! Still need to find more needful items that are packed away somewhere: an iron to press beautiful valances for window toppers; no need for major coverings. We are comfortable. R goes off to work in the city and comes home for supper - not too late, and no complaints about the added distance! The trip may help him de-compress as the road wends through the reserve.

I collected my good work gloves from the mill but could not find them today, a gorgeous day; may have to purchase a new pair.

So nice to be able to drive along the river to some places and miss the traffic --- not missing it at all! Went to city yesterday and emptied frig there and fitted it in here. The city freezer section must wait a while. It took just over an hour, return! What a difference that distance makes! Trees and fresh air, less noise!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 04:48 PM

None of these is large enough to be significant as far as clothes and other belongings, but point taken.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 03:40 PM

when children are removed from unsuitable home situations, they often carry their possessions in garbage sacks..and often there is a stated need for backpacks, luggage, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 11:42 AM

Heavy weather predicted here this afternoon and overnight. I think before that hits I'll get the close-up photos of my yard iris collection that is at it's peak now, and won't be after a rain storm. Too bad it is drizzling now; when it's sunny and the lawn is freshly mown they look fabulous.

This week I've made forays into one particular shelf in the office closet, but there is so much more in there to address. Christmas ornaments that haven't been used in years, boxes full of slides and prints and packages of archival housing for slides and negatives that haven't been used yet. Soft backpacks, tote bags, some camping stuff. Personal items that used to live at my university office and now are boxed here. Part of Spring Cleaning seems to be riding that impulse to get rid of a lot of the redundant unused but otherwise functional stuff. And eBay. There is a lot that needs to be photographed, measured, described, packed, and listed.

One thing about being retired - there are probably 6 to 12 times a year in the working-person's life around here when the weather is such that one has to wait out the storm at work or leave early and still have a really difficult drive. I don't miss pulling onto the shoulder of a highway and watching the rainwater fill in the adjacent ditch, hoping the deluge stops before I have to move out of the way of the rising water and back into slow-moving traffic on the highway. It's still possible to have to drive in nasty weather, but not as often.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 01:48 PM

OH

Well, Yano Becky saw the huge pile of garaged boxes awaiting her in future weeks, and did not run away screaming....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM

Fire destroyed a big chunk of Notre Dame yesterday, but it's a valuable tool helping me discard paper documents.

I'm going to make a push to finish the fence on the south side where I worked last fall, then turn to working on the other side of the house. I have wood preservative so after I bring home pickets they'll be laid out on a plastic tarp in the garage to be treated. It looks like another bout of rain coming this week, so they'll be ready to go once it's dry again. I have a lot of mounting hardware from the fence portions I disassembled, saving ~ $9 per panel).

It comes in at about $90 a section (three cross members, ~ 17 pickets, and screws) so I can pace myself and do the rest of the fence on my own as time and cash allow. I get satisfaction from this kind of work so there is entertainment/workmanship value in the job.

In other work, back to that office closet, I looked through some of the notebooks and papers from graduate school and find some that still interest me enough from a writer's standpoint that they can stay. They are the roots of articles I wanted to pursue outside of class. The stack is shorter by about two inches by getting rid of really old class notes and photocopied reading assignments. Slow progress. This paper goes to the recycle bin.

I have journal boxes with a bunch of pages of the newspaper I used to write for, and I should take those over to the university and use one of the overhead scanners to save the entire pages in digital form. Once you start focusing on stuff like this it all jumps out for attention.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 09:06 AM

SRS, no, we requalified at his arrival here in January, and went from zero copay to 50%. We're economizing elsewhere to keep the service.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 10:01 PM

I was able to burn most of the pages, but the last bundle I opted to shred and spread into the compost. I was tired of poking the barrel to keep it burning and not smoldering. Heading to the shower soon and everything I'm wearing goes into the laundry.

The floor in the office closet is now clear of boxes and obstacles, and on that same shelf I've been clearing I found a couple of obsolete computer software manuals to recycle. Back in the day you had to keep the earlier book to use the less expensive upgrade for a program already on your computer. Now you're lucky if you can find a book.

Susan, do you have to requalify for the "Yano" help you have coming to the house, now that Greg has retired and is there? It sounds like you're getting a lot of good use out of the program.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 07:39 PM

OH

A friend's family loaded us.

Family crew 1 got us unloaded, and that custom cabinet fitted. It creates a closet next to the stacking washer/dryer.

Family crew 2 comes for a few days a week from tomorrow, to help us totally re-set up our bedroom. It's complicated:

Day 1
Remove two dressers' drawers to LR
Remove dressers to LR
Purchase frame supports
Put up kitchen decor plates, load DJ boxes into their bus

Day 2
Disassemble bed
Re-lay existing or gray rugs, cutting 1 around door/closet
Lay oriental rug, with fold at head/register, centered on the bed
Pin curtain by head like other curtains in room
Assemble and remake bed, adding headboards and a nighstand without remanufacturing them. (They'll slip out easily for work later)

Day 3
Reassemble dressers
Jaclyn help me with door arrows
Dave help Greg with workshop area, poss restack of boxes


In between, Yano Becky resumes tomorrow to clean furniture we added (this week),and unboxed items (next week and for several months of slow unpacking).

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 07:28 PM

Dorothy, I'm so glad to read that it's a comfortable bed in a house in a quiet neighborhood. And roosters! And Susan, good to have turned the truck in, and now to proceed with the distribution phase.

My examination of the closet shelves for a place to store a box of cards resulted in identifying another stack of about 8" of papers that need to be destroyed; too much for the shredder so the burn barrel is set up. And after setting those papers to burn I found another 6" stack, but I can't add it now or the barrel will be too full. Between this newly-cleared shelf and file drawers, I need to start looking at other storage furniture and see if some of their contents can be moved into the closet. The object of moving and organizing is to put things in logical places where they can be easily located later. That's a really good trick when you do it correctly!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM

Dupont:

It worked!!! or maybe the time was right for R. Saturday: the bed was completed, and other things happened in the house; a not so great discussion about where a couple OK pieces of furniture can go; unsettled. Sunday; lots of small things including a bruhaw(?)that started: ME - you aren't bringing that piece of garbage in this house are you? Responding to me stated need for furniture in which I can put stuff away - two of the ugliest pieces of junk and a nice chest of drawers needing substantial repairs. Totally insulted that I rejected these priceless antiques, R took the two bits of junk into the garage and the needy piece into what has - UH, OH! - become a store room by default. This will take my usual "diplomacy": "Get this stuff out of here!"

Then we went to the Farmers' Market and socialized, then, finally to the Mill for the frig!!!! I did take time to visit with Geri, getting to the Mill at same time as R who had taken time to... Giving him full credit: he moved the frig out and onto the truck, drove very slowly with me behind with flashers (about 30 miles on the hghwy) and then moved it into the house from the truck!!!! THEN, he helped me clean it, inside and out and put it into its slot. I refilled it with the food I had taken out- not thawed! I also had brought some other items of use from the mill, which I sorted and placed in new homes.

Then we had a simple supper. AND - much later - went to bed in our lovely comfortable bed in our wonderful new house!!!!! Dark drapes kept street lights out and it was a quiet neighbourhood. YAY! R heard the neighbour's rooster this am. We think the neighbours two down have the chickens. Such a wonderful treat to not wake up sliding off the lousy, bed in the city.

With fairness to R, he did comment this am: "We are cluttering our beautiful house."

Happy this am to make BF and talk about which chair in the den would be whose; resolved amicably. Then R went off to the city to work. I spent the rest of am recovering from unhappy gut, then went foraging in Chateauguay rather than drive to the city for needful stuff. Checked in wih Koodo about problem: resolved!

And off to St. I to talk with friends at the bistro - trying to see if there is a way I could help; I have been concerned of L. After she went elsewhere, I checked with her helper (whose name I should know after 8 years...). L is getting tired. She is basically running a sort of social service, encouraging the community without adequate help. Better PR??? They do a beautiful job of PR but perhaps not reaching enough, or the right folks. I continue to seek possible helpful ideas.

Now that the ice and snow is gone, the weather has turned cold and DAMP. I can only think about what I can do in the yard - in better weather. Maybe Weds.

Now to make a yummy supper that might not get et until 9 or 10 pm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 04:34 PM

Today has been spent at the hospital. We've had some twists and turns so I am staying here, maybe for the night. While Pete sleeps, I have been able to do some charting and things for work. It keeps me quiet and occupied so he can rest and I can still be here with him. I just want to be with him....sleeping or awake.

Funny...I find myself tidying up the room. I fold blankets, I have his magazines, papers and book stacked nicely and even his snack bucket looks good. He has a very large 3 pain window that looks out over a field and the mountains in the background. There are 6 smallish trees outside with while Christmas lights still on and turned on....it's very peaceful. Today there was an older gentleman that sat in the hallway with his amplifier and guitar and he played for about an hour...nothing too loud or busy....it was really relaxing and enjoyable. Bonus: The staff here are really nice too....that makes a rough situation just a little bit easier.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 04:09 PM

OH

Truck returned. Custom cabinet fitted, and is ready for new shelves to be added. Got groceries this AM. Greg is unloading the Deere and snowblower from the trailer, and parking the trailer off the street.


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 03:50 PM

New business cards have arrived with my retiree contact information, no longer tied to the university, the source of my cards for a couple of decades. A small ornamental wire and glass box that I was considering donating is now suddenly perfect to hold cards.

However, this box (the size of a box of checks) leads to the whole question of where to store the box so I don't lose it when I need to fill the card container. I'll tape one onto the outside to catch my eye, and consider what shelf it will live on. And looking inside the storage closet where the shelves are, realizing I have more stuff to organize and discard. You never know when some new thing will trigger the impulse to clear out. Always take advantage of that wave of enthusiasm when possible!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 10:40 PM

Jeremiah and I spent most of the day at the hospital with Pete. I am tired today but managed to cook 2 of the 3 meals (lunch was out on the town), the dishes are done, animals are all fed and watered, plants are watered and load 2 of the laundry is in the dryer. I decided to take tomorrow off from work and to do only half days the rest of the week. It's going to make for a very busy next week but family comes first...no question about it and I am lucky enough to have a supervisor that is on board with that.

We're having tornado watches and warnings at the moment...lots of gusting wind...feels like someone is slapping our house!

Goodnight All.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 08:08 PM

Too wet to mow or do much digging today, so I played pick-up-sticks and cleared out limbs that were piled up under a pine in the back. Now the yard art pieces (an old push mower and a falling-apart wheelbarrow) are in view. The electric chipper dispatched a bunch of it, resulting in two bags of wood chip mulch. There are two trash cans at the curb, filled with stuff that was too large for the chipper. I think I got a sunburn on the back of my neck.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 03:51 PM

OH

Some clean travel clothes put away, but half are blocked by furniture that can't move out of the way until next weekend. :-(

Hard decisions coming on clothes in leaf bags... Some can hang in the upper section of my closet but a lot of what's here probably has to go. But those bags ain't coming in until after next wknd, when our room gets straightened out.

~S~



Ditto linens. But those bags ain't coming in until after next wknd, and our room is straightened out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 11:38 AM

Lots of catching up to do now that friends have come and gone, one of the dogs lost her expensive Invisible Fence collar overnight, and the car needs to go into the shop. It'll be searching for one and planning how to live without the other (I'll drive a loaner and I'm sure it will be smaller than can carry gardening supplies, fence pickets, etc.).

But that all said, the weekend awful weather seems to have cleared and it's gorgeous out. The decluttering I'll work on this afternoon is to cut up and load branches into a tall trash can. I kept a bunch of long baldcypress limbs, thinking I could make a trellis, but I never have and the time has come to clear them out. Big ones to the trash, smaller ones to the chipper. And who knows, maybe the collar will turn up. She might have ploughed through those branches and snagged it in there. This morning I did one tiny gardening chore; I transplanted three cannas from where they had sprouted in the yard to back inside the steel edging of the canna bed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 10:36 AM

OH

True to usual trip form, I mostly sat and yawned ydy after meds-inducing sleep, post-drive-caff. (I unpacked two boxes while the men unloaded the truck.) Grateful not to have to go to the store, yet, after sleeping in and a good brekky from items left ready for same. No desire to unpack, whatever, except for deciding where the plastic drawers of toiletries can move to, out of the temporarily too-crowded bathroom.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 07:35 AM

It's incredible how much cleaning I get done when I'm worried.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

I hope Pete recovers and leaves the hospital soon!

It's a bit upside down here, also, but not due to anyone's health. Just the need to put the SUV in the shop and figuring out how I'm going to do some of the running around I was planning on in what will probably be a smaller rental car for a few days.

Heavy rain today and tomorrow won't be much improved. I hope the weather is better for all of the moving and unloading.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 07:47 PM

OH

The truck is unloaded, a day early. We're taking tmrw off but Jim and Brandon return Monday to organize things a bit and custom fit a cabinet.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 07:42 PM

Well. Things here are turned upside down.

Pete is in the hospital and will be for a few days. This is the first time EVER that I have been at home without him. Jeremiah and I are doing our best to keep things in order and staying on top of Pete's farm chores.

I'm a bundle of I don't know what...sometimes ok, sometimes not, sometimes overly busy, sometimes crashing.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 11:05 AM

Unloading is underway.

SRS, all furniture but one piece is coming right into its spot, and several are already in. All boxes except those labeled "1" are letter-coded for a letter-coded, floor-chalked section of the garage.

The three killer-heavy pieces are coming off the truck last, when the strongest helper is here, straight to a garage spot for two and a house spot, prepped, for one.

None of the non-1 boxes are urgent, and can sit in the garage "warehouse" until fall. But each section out there corresponds to a room in here, and boxes are labeled with their contents so I can find wanted items, unpack that box right in the garage, clean the items, and bring them in to put away.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 19 - 10:00 AM

Susan, when the unloading happens will everything go exactly where you planned and measured, or is there a staging area in the garage for the time being? It is always nice if the largest pieces can go exactly where they're supposed to while you have strong backs there to help move it.


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