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

wysiwyg 10 Apr 19 - 10:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Apr 19 - 09:47 PM
LilyFestre 10 Apr 19 - 06:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM
wysiwyg 10 Apr 19 - 04:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Apr 19 - 10:58 AM
Jon Freeman 09 Apr 19 - 04:46 PM
wysiwyg 09 Apr 19 - 04:04 PM
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Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Apr 19 - 08:57 PM
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wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 06:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 05:45 PM
Tattie Bogle 08 Apr 19 - 05:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 04:13 PM
wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 02:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 01:28 PM
wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 06:58 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 10:00 PM

PA

What a great crew!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 09:47 PM

I finished mowing the back yard as the last light of the day was fading; this used to happen a lot when I was working and mowed after I got home from work. Today it was simply a matter of putting it off and deciding to do it now because my friend will finally arrive tomorrow and we can enjoy the pretty yard and not wade through my weeds. With the evening mow and a morning walk with the dogs my fitness tracker and Google Fit are both happy.

We have a day of rain coming again on Saturday, so I hope on Friday to get more done in the garden and let the rain soak it all in and make it happy. Tomorrow is a visit, Friday is work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 06:55 PM

I took today off from work to celebrate my birthday! Presents were kept to a minimum and are all things I can use or plant! My mom is taking me on a quilting retreat....I am SO looking forward to it and also very happy that we are not adding addition THINGS. :) Also, friends and family raised over $200.00 for an organization that I support...HOORAY!

Pete and I spent the day toodling around the woods, taking photos, enjoying the spring air and enjoying the beauty of this area....it was perfection!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM

Dupont:

SRS: I consider myself terrifically inept re tech stuff and was amazed when I managed to get the computer to provide me with a serviceable card for our folk dance group because I was desperately trying to improve the PR so enough folks would come. That and the posters I managed and adding an email list for reminders - and the group is still muddling happily on without me. I still get the emails and hope to return for dancing after the regime changes.

The English "class" went well and my one student is a kindred spirit; I can hardly wait for next week. She needs to improve her English; we can converse and seek better words, grammar, and pronunciation.

The tomato plants suffered severely by my absence; one may not recover. But all else is well.

R came to the house with two very nice wingback chairs for the LR and a lovely small table for somewhere. Four pics have been hung, prob not in permanent places but off the floor at least! We now have plenty of places to sit but no frig or bed. I am becoming militant/pushy; "Saturday is going to be warm and dry. If you plan..."

Yesterday was a dreadfully wet day of snow and rain and ice on the trees and shrubs but, thankfully, not on the roads. Today is like spring!!!

I offloaded the car today. Still need to take stuff upstairs. No snow or rain! Lovely sun! Walked to the volunteer centre, about 3 blocks away along the river. They were having an open house so I copped a yummy brownie and an interview re volunteering. In a few minutes, she asked, "Did you used to have a booth at the Huntingdon Farmer's Market?" This lovely Scot had bought a number of my pots, and took several to Scotland for gifts! I suspect she will find me some more places to volunteer and I shall be seeing her more. I did not even recognize this good customer!

I am being somewhat encouraged to set up a studio here and give lessons. I never "make money" doing this but it is fun, more of a community service. R would encourage it; another Scot, he seems to be ok with my lack of business acumen.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 04:23 PM

Thx SRS. The longer truck is also taller-- 1200 cubic feet vs 800.

We'll have 2 box springs and two recliners to load in the AM, and final instructions for Mary to supervise after we go, so she and spouse (my friend) are bringing her son Jason up in the AM, and after goodbyes, we go.

One overnight stop planned, and we'll be in our snug Ohio home Friday night, with unloading help from Greg's brother Jim the next morning.

Luckily we're leaving a porch fridge, so we emptied the kitchen fridge into it and will have brekky stuff handy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 10:58 AM

I dug around in the closet for a lumbar pack (big waist strap, no shoulder straps, it's meant for things like biking) to put in a water bottle and my large camera; my goal is a walk with the dogs through the flowers in the small park up the hill from the house. Of all of the duplicated things around the house, backpacks are something that stick around, only a few flimsy ones have been sent to Goodwill.

My week of guests has thinned a bit, one who meant to arrive on Tuesday probably won't arrive till this evening. The guest room is ready, and happily, she's leaving her little dog at her daughter's house. Sweet as she is, Maisy has been known to poop in the corner of the dining room carpet on each visit, despite knowing how to use the dog door.

3/4 of a case of canning jars are sitting waiting attention after they were brought in by a friend a couple of weeks ago. I need to run them through the dishwasher and have them ready for use later in the season, and it will clear one tripping hazard from the sun room floor. But there's so much more to do in there!

Good luck with the final push out of the old house to Susan, and soon to Dorothy. I hope all of the measuring will pay off!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 09 Apr 19 - 04:46 PM

On the ďineptitudeĒ bit, we vary. Iíd claim that for art work and I canít freehand draw anything. A very simple lay out (which sometimes can be OK) is my lot. Iíd not claim expertise on the other side but getting a printer to play is likely to be the lesser challenge.

Shredders: Ours (probably sold for home/small office target) will handle CDs, credit cards and staples left in paper. Itís not built for high volume/continuous use though.

I should have some twin slot shelving stuff tomorrow. Part of that will go to squeezing another shelf above my bed. It should take my Yamaha guitar (in its case) and I may just squeeze the lighter of the tenor banjos on there too. I want to get them off the floor in my bed/living room. Iíve also got one one Multi draw cabinet to wall mount in there and may add one more which would end available wall space. Some bits to chuck out but overall, I keep expanding in a limited area.

The rest of the shelving bits (I bought in packs of 10 ) will go towards a project that might happen later this year. The shelves in our smallest (6x8) shed (fitted rather hastily by mum and another brother over 20 years ago) are warped and collapsing and it really needs starting from scratch with new shelving.


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

PA

We're substantially done packing-- one last junk box the day we leave, probably, with drawer trays, a few pieces of silverware, and the coffee pot. All but the boxes requiring a dolly to move them are out front now.

William is due shortly to carry down nightstands from our bedsides, and add their lamps with a few other items to the Goodwill room upstairs. He'll help Greg disassemble the big outdoor griddle for transit, roll up a few area rugs, and vacuum.

Then we'll discuss truck loading plans for tomorrow evening, and what each crew member will do under William's direction. The crew will be Greg, William and a friend, and Jason. Well spend the AM prepping the fridge and taking a last bag of food trash to the dump.

Mary and Jason already took home most of the freezer's contents after their afternoon help, and William will take the rest tonight.

We did the paperwork today to sell Greg's car to William, which we opted to leave instead of towing behind the longer truck we're renting. We gave him a very good deal, as part of his bonus; that deal will also, coincidentally, just about cover the truck rental fee.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Apr 19 - 01:05 PM

PA

The morning began with packing a few more fragiles, and especially a complicated, multi-part antique, formal oil lamp (converted to electric) from Louise Brown.

Kitchen packing and purging continues.

The backlog of packed boxes has gone out to the porch staging area.

I have my data backups off the old hard drives.

The LR is much emptier now and mugs are drying to pack. A box for the standing mixer has been found.

I closed and labeled a number of boxes originally packed last spring, so they too can go out, now.

Laundry is going.

I have enough packing paper left to stuff the fridge's glass shelves for transit.

Greg is ferrying another load to the dump and recycling center, bringing the trash batch for this month to just under 2000 pounds.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM

Why would we presume "ineptitude?" Perhaps in getting the printer to cooperate, but not in the art or design aspects.

Front yard mowed after moving the flowers. Dogs walked. I'm bushed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 08:57 PM

Montreal:

Had planned to go directly to Dupont to offload stuff from Beaver, however, freezing rain about 90 minutes out and I decided not to go over two bridges in freezing rain. Slowed down and got here. Ate salad - and cookies. Watched TV and computered, R came for a visit and went back to work, supper is on the stove for when he gets back. I may not wait that long.

SRS: in spite of my ineptitude otherwise, I have designed several business cards that I can print out as needed. Not fantastic but quite respectable.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 07:12 PM

PA

PS, I finally hit the wall. It's too much today on top of the weekend of travel, and my guts are now in full rebellion. The good news-- I made up that slop day I'd lost and lots of help coming tmrw.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 06:53 PM

PA

Dishes and mugs packed

Pyrex packed

Food storage prepacked

Metal mixing bowls prepacked

A few fragiles set aside for tmrw packing

Giant mugs soaking and box for them found

Giant box of re-used shredded paper empty!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 05:45 PM

Tattie, many of the heavy-duty paper shredders will also shred credit cards, CDs, old floppy disks, etc. Maybe your local library or a shipping and office supply place (in the US, UPS Stores, Office Depot, FedEx, etc.)

I've had a stomach ache much of the day, the result of reaching to pickup an item and twisting as I stood up last night, so I took it easy today. There are some grape hyacinth in the turf that I transplanted to a shaded flower bed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 05:02 PM

Cleared every last box out of that "spare room": cleaned the room, dusted the boxes......then put them all back in again tho' they do look neater now! To be fair, some of them were boxes full of boxes, which had originally contained new electronic items, and were kept in case said items malfunctioned and had to be returned (although not a legal requirement in the UK to "return item in original packaging" if it should be faulty!) Recycling bin now full of cardboard.
Now all I have to do is go through all of the remaining boxes, one by one and keep on throwing out, shredding, etc. Probably enough to shred for a commercial shredding company!
What to do with a whole load of floppy disks that contain sensitive info? Smash them with a hammer? Who can still run floppy disks anyway?
Even found my husband's old hard disk that was replaced: comfortably cocooned in spongy stuff that the new one came in! Another hammer job?
Wardrobes and chests of drawers have to be done sometime. Not worn it for last 10 years? OUT then! (Or more like, can't fit into it any more, nor ever likely to again!)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 04:13 PM

I was using some of my old business cards from the university, crossing off much of the information, and adding my cell phone. Today I bit the bullet and ordered new cards for myself, reflecting my freelance/contract work, my gardening, and contact information. The design looks kind of like Truffula Trees. Four-color, one sided. Not too bad, but I'd have preferred to pick them up at the store and save the hefty postage charge. This is good - moving on.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 02:50 PM

PA

The kitchen is largely purged of Goodwill items. The whole stale spice department is trashed. Plastic to recycle is next, after I match tops and bottoms and discover topless or bottomless pieces.

We've discussed which pots and pans are coming with us and found many of the countertop appliances' original boxes. So.... Serious kitchen packing starts soon, to run tonight and tomorrow with William tonight and Jason tomorrow, probably with Mary's help tmrw.

I made a plastic shoebox and a half of GF tuna pasta for the crew, to go with that last bag of Red Delicious apples (almost everyone voted for tuna), and a smaller batch of chicken salad for Greg (not a tuna fan). Two boxes of rotini may not seem like a lot, but add a bulk can of tuna and an almost equal amount of sliced veggies.... and that is a LOT of tuna pasta!

~Susan


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

A friend came to dinner last night and asked if I could pack and ship a painting for her. As she followed me into my sun room I stopped, turned her around, and told her to wait in the doorway. "I don't want you getting lost or injured in here."

I found a box that should work and she'll give me back the box and picture tomorrow and I'll pad it and ship it for her. And I do need to keep working on taming the mess in the sun room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 06:58 AM

PA

Gathered upstairs clng supplies and brought down 2 fragiles to pack; gathered 2 more from dnstrs bathroom to fill my packing table.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 04:08 AM

Petrol mower is running now. It just needed the old fuel drained off and the carburettor cleaning but Iíve treated it to a new spark plug, air filter change and general look over for the season.

Iíve done a few odds and ends including fixing a couple of outside leaks (just drips) and setting the front micro irrigation up for the season.

Tomatoes are doing well in the propogator.

I had a rethink about my idea for the solar pump and decided to see if I could do something that might (or might notÖ) work inline and without the Arduino. A bit of searching and some trial and error led me to this. Iíve stuck the bits on a bit of strip board and it looks OK with a meter. I want to get a box to put it in and a couple of jack sockets before trying it and finding out whether it actually works in practice.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 12:01 AM

"diabolical and Trumpian" - gah! It's an organic approach to keeping the dogs out of the compost. My organic guru talks about using a "tea" made of putting dog droppings into a bucket and adding water. Let it sit for a little while then pour it over the area you want the dogs to leave alone. They're usually averse to eating or digging anywhere that they can smell their own poop. So that's what I did around the compost.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 07:37 PM

Beaver:

Still not able to get into the studio; everything is packed to go to QC that can be; And it was not yet noon. So I thought of leaving for QC today; picked up a bag of clothes; middle finger on left hand closed and refused to open. Noonish, I started thinking it too late to leave, not able to load car and wondered about driving with finger in that position... Decided to finish library book and leave tomorrow early. Decided to leave tires until next time. Better part of valour as I already fell once.

Finger unfolded, finished novel, finished packing car, went looking for a specific product at supermarket, not found. Returned book.

Stopped at Magda's cafe and she negotiated studio time next time I am here. Surely the snow will be gone in another ten days??? Was over 50F today! I have two Tuesdays without Eng. classes. Could stay here most of that time.

Call from R this am: no frig or bed yet. Oh well. His big project not progressing as hoped. Guess he needs a break.

Freed a few more pieces of wood from ice. There is now enough inside for tonight and for the night the next time I come. By then I hope it will be easier to access!

Ate a salad. Computering. Soon I shall go to bed with an in-house book. Ate too much choc again. Ate badly the last couple weeks but did not gain any weight - or lose any. Hoping for more exercise when the ice and snow leave.

SRS: I am not interested in an adversarial relationship with google which is what I find when I try! It is not worth the frustration. And certainly do not want more anythings. Even if Ephraim, or you, were sitting next to me! I will, if necessary, phone Whidbey tech support and they can help me find the white list and the black list. When I am back to Dupont and the unlimited internet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 07:32 PM

PA

After brunch w Susan near Philly and driving home, we've completed the planned evening task:

X Sunday 7th Arrive PA by 4 rest and clear/pack DR, LR drawers/shelves


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Apr 19 - 06:28 PM

a wall/berm of poop? That's practically diabolical and Trumpian.


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

Michelle you have been busy! And the training/mentoring job is very important - I hope it all passes to the next person smoothly.

Newest frisky whippersnapper of a dog dug her way under the hard plastic siding around the composting food waste, ate a bunch of really gross decomposed stuff (had been in 5-gallon buckets for weeks before being moved to the compost) then threw up and was revisiting it when I discovered this situation. I had to poke around that compost bin to find where she got in; the day before I'd shoveled out most of the finished compost from the bottom and added a lot of fresh stuff into which I dropped the buckets of kitchen waste. (There are two lidded buckets by the side door for kitchen stuff that is periodically toted back to the big piles and supposedly "dog proof.")

My solution (I hope) was to go around the yard and scoop dog droppings and leave a berm of poop around that corner. And last night before bed I pulled the bricks out of the cool burning barrel and scattered all of those ashes over the top so there is a white powder on and around the new pile and container—so far it shows no sign of disturbance. However, the dog continues her antics: this morning she dove headfirst into Zeke's bowl after finishing her own! She was chased off and has spent the last couple of hours groveling. I'd think with all of the team-building walks we're taking she'd mellow some, but not so far.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 11:02 PM

Summer child care secured.
Long overdue package sent.
Taxes complete.
Dinner out with my guys to celebrate our promotions.
Prescriptions picked up.
Grocery shopping complete and put away.
Bills paid.
Relaxation Time.

This week I am passing on the title of Champion Trainer (YAY!!!) so tomorrow I have a little bit of prep work so I can train the Trainer in the online environment which is a pseudo set up of the program we use (during training, all trainees are given a pretend client and then we work our way through the program from intake to discharge). Given the increase of my caseload, I am thankful to pass this responsibility on.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 11:13 AM

I made some progress on the house yesterday, but not enough. I'll leave on a couple of radios or televisions and work back and forth between rooms, with the programming keeping me more interested and on task - background entertainment that I don't need to pay strict attention to.

After two weeks of waiting we now have a heavy-duty rainstorm going on. It means that next week I'll be able to put in the garden; the soil is too wet for a couple of days, then it's perfect to work for as much as a week, and then it is rock hard till the next rain.

The effect of a heavy thunderstorm means I have two dogs who want to stay right by my side. I'll be careful not to trip over them today while I'm coming and going getting ready for multiple (and overlapping) house guests this week.

Looks like a good day to wash winter bedding that can go back in the closet, and then I also have some dog bedding to wash.

It's just as well it's as rainy as it is because I need this indoor time for stuff that just doesn't interest me as much as the yard during the nice weather. A childhood of being told "go outside and play" has imprinted on me the love of puttering in the yard.

The rain has lifted and it looks like several dry hours, so I set up the burning barrel and this time have placed several years' worth of receipts ablaze. I keep records in a 12-month expanding folder and the register receipts go into an envelope for the month. At the end of the year I package the large pages and bills in a large manila envelope and put the envelopes of receipts in a basket. I just realized they go back to 2006.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 11:46 PM

Set up another account with a different name. I have six of them, serving different purposes. One of them is my main account, but they're linked together as backup accounts and such, so Google knows they're all mine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 06:58 PM

Beaver:

3 degrees above freezing and snowing! Brought in some wood this am. Grateful for mild weather. Visit from Dan to consider prophylactic measures re water intruding - under door and through roof!   and a wood shed. I still cannot get into studio or tool shed. Still hoping I can get in by Sunday afternoon. I see the tarp has blown over the small wood pile! Thank you, breeze!

Sorting things to go to Dupont; time for some summer clothes - soon??? Well, less wintry ones, anyway! Supposed to be much warmer tomorrow - 12 degrees above freezing!

Had hoped to change to summer tires but cannot even get to them. Maybe Sunday but then I will have to take up cargo space - or keep using winter ones until May - wasteful.

Community Lunch (free!) today. I wish more people had attended to get to know one another. Connected with some rarely seen folks, some often seen and some I did not even get to talk with. And one man with whom I had a serious mis-communication a few years ago, came to me and explained very nicely that he had been going through a rough time. WOW! Right there in the middle of the crowded room - which may have made it easier for both of us. Now I can see him in a very different light, having been apprehensive about going anywhere near him.   

SRS: Google hates me; I have a g-mail account, apparently, but it refuses to let me in and there are no apparent come backs. And, I cannot get a new one because "there is already an account under that name." I gave up years ago; I do not need it. I just have the one email and that is sufficient. I never wanted gmail but the art gallery used it for a volunteer calendar and I was a volunteer so I tried. It was a nuisance. I am better off with the phone which is always with me (except when I forget it). I am very happy with its calendar.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 02:34 PM

PS, one of my favorite tricks this move has been running my wardrobe out of a laundry hamper as I purge and pack other clothes. It's so much simpler than living out of a suitcase, and as it's the last item to load before locking the truck, I'll easily remember: folded = clean to wear, and the rest will need to be washed!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM

PA

William pack trucks for a living and has, himself, moved quite often. So we were very reassured by his quick and cheerful reply last night, when we asked if he thought we're on track to get done in time.

Other good news last night was the landlady formally OKing the plan for William and fam to finish house clearing, after we take off. Further good news this AM was Greg's brother Jim volunteering for additional UN-loading days-- I'm having trouble confirming the Ohio personnel. (It's hard when your day laborers land full time jobs-- you're happy for them, but OY!)

One of yesterday's BEST surprises was from my very young and still new Ohio doc. Through text messaging alone, I got two badly needed prescriptions here, that he'd have really had to stretch policy to authorize. These two Rx's will make it possible for me to continue in SuperGeezerette mode AND get home safely.

His message indicating that he believed me and would trust me on the two requests-- well, tears of relief burst out of me, and all day, I wept the good tears possible when something wonderful hits you like.... a ton of fuzzy bricks!

We depart soon forc2 nights in Philly. Before going, Greg helped gathermost of my 1st priority items, which I boxed and labeled:

X Silverware
V Leg pillow
Food storage-- many gone, some in freezer, some lids missing --wait till fridge cleared
X Boudoir lamp
X Spatulas
Cousin Art -- pack Monday
Ninja-- pack Monday
X Kitchen scale
X Stainless measures
Instant pot-- pack Monday
X SAS shoes
X Cloth napkins
X White trash cans
Cookbooks, Dave's? Yet to box but are bagged in LR


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 11:22 AM

Big house cleaning and lawn mowing push today, as guest could possibly arrive tomorrow (sez she's staying with family, but sometimes that doesn't happen so she comes over here).

Down a few pounds in the attempt to take pressure off of my bad knee. And I need to keep up the progress for many more pounds.

Laundry is in, dishwasher is loaded. An hour or two of contract work, then back to tidying.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 09:22 PM

PA

AM-- Our AM coffee chat confirmed what my gut was warning me about-- that today is the crunch day that will determine whether we can actually stay over a 2nd night in Lansdale for Dick's memorial, or whether we'll need to drive back late after dinner Saturday night. There's an awful lot to plow thru today, and I'm very sore and concerned.

Later-- A lot got done tdy but I'm still not sure. Every time I check a "cleared" area, it's not cleared. Whichever of us has cleared it.

A lot of personnel issues for loading and unloading were juggled today. Not entirely successfully.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 03:32 PM

Putzed around the house this morning and didn't put anything out at the curb for pickup, but I have two bins now stuffed with limbs that were on top of the old compost pile. Those will go to the curb on Monday. Now to get out the safety googles and use the string trimmer to take out the tall grass that grew up around the compost, before I start trying to move it all into one large pile. Much of the oldest of them will go by the wheelbarrow-full out to the garden.

It's over 80o right now, still rather warm for this time of year, and cooling off tomorrow some. I've had to come in to get my big tankard of water and ice that I keep nearby during yard work on hot days.

Dorothy, I use a Google calendar (tied to one of my gmail accounts) and it feeds into my phone, so I can enter things while I'm working at the computer or when I'm somewhere and need to make a quick reminder on the phone. I tend to find it easier to add things using the phone.

I agree with you about "giving back" to the neighborhood. I get out and visit with people in their yards to catch up, and the ones closest around me I take over garden produce or food. They're always good about letting me know if the garage door was left open or something forgotten in the yard. This is a big favor!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 01:12 PM

Beaver!

Arrived on Weds about 3 pm to a pile of mail that included 3 items to be dealt with "yesterday". Wish I could find second key to mailbox! Two have been adequately managed with some fury involved at incomprehensible voice messages. Went in car to Service Ontario this am and one of the wonderful staff dealt with one quickly and efficiently, "You made my day!" (have to take class to renew driving license 15 May; I can manage that.) One required lengthy time on phone; two separate businesses. Wonderful tech support finally figured out problem and solved! (I hope.) then, this am, I rec'd text from the business involved so - THEY ARE NOT supposed to send text! Later...

Maybe I need to put these sorts of things into a log book for future info. Maybe I will, and maybe I will not misplace the book! If it were not for this thread, I would not know where I was, when!

Weather not bad, sun shining, snow and ice melting - but still LOTS! Parked on road - safe as there are perhaps a dozen vehicles a day! I can access enough wood for now and today is above freezing and supposed to continue for a few days! Wood stove and solar gain are doing good job. Still over a foot of snow on yard and raised beds. Cannot get into tool shed or studio as the snow is frozen; trip to back sheds... Not until some thaw happens! Hope that it progresses before I leave on Monday so I can take a bunch of stuff for Dupont. Remember I put stuff into the VW van for storage? Snow is still piled halfway up the doors! No way!

So cleaning up after work that was done in K, bringing in wood, had a good meal, went to women's group last eve and a good visit from great neighbour Larry this am. Larry admonished me for not phoning him last month - when I just turned around and drove back to Montreal. I explained that I need to give back to the community to feel I deserve to ask for help. He tells me he is now ready to start potting! So I assured him he is entitled to the half of the studio with the beige clay; "make it feel like it is your space!" (Then I will feel as though I am giving him something back!)

We discussed the important issue of where I want/need to be living; Robin vs home/here. He helps me de-clutter my thinking. I explained the ways in which I am making Dupont feel like it too can feel like home - the Eng class, dancing, perhaps more after I meet with volunteer coordinator next week. But I am renewing my license in Ontario.

Maybe next month R can come too.

With my new phone and its very helpful calendar feature, I can keep track of what is happening where and discern where I want/need to be, when.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM

I have a couple of low-priced items on eBay that didn't sell despite repeated listings, so this morning they came out of their packaging and are in the Goodwill bin.

That rain chance seems to be shrinking so I may have to break out the hoses and sprinklers to get going on the garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 09:08 PM

PA

William's estimate has resulted in a truck upsizing, because otherwise we must: pack less, ship some, or drive back for items. None of those are simplifying. We choose simple.

A huge plywood cabinet which our first helper built us for a mini-fridge and storage-- that is both too tall to remove and too tall for rented trucks-- is now disassembled, after Greg and William numbered all the parts for reassembly.

Ninety percent of the back porch's contents are now in the trailer for the dump.

My sorting area is full of the other 10%, and half is for Goodwill. A spare bathing suit I really can use was buried in one container, apparently not of interest to nesting mice. Finding it was worth freezing as the men did my bidding in record time.

I have arrived at a way to define the difference between being a hoarder and being a saver. A Hoarder goes back through Goodwill bags and trash bins after the work is done, and takes stuff back out. A Saver takes a moment to clean up an item of value, tosses it into a Goodwill bin, and enjoys knowing it will be appreciated as a treasure. It's not about the amount of stuff.

Tomorrow we will set up the last staging area here-- a downstairs Goodwill space like the one upstairs. It's not fun to tote it anymore, and it's time to start packing the van for our trip to Philly for Dick's memorial, so we will leave that pile's delivery for William to complete after we depart for Ohio.

A small job remains-- my closet-- and I only want about 6 pieces out of it. Greg's closet, ditto. The larger and last area we have to tackle is the kitchen, and I've already started the Goodwill pile from there.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 06:18 PM

Running errands today after an appointment and stopped in only one thrift store (I have a couple of items on my regular list to look for - primarily, matching plates to the incomplete set I'm using now). No luck there, but a couple of other small useful items showed up.

My garden is standing there still full of weeds, and I see the sunflowers starting to sprout, but I haven't had rain in over a week and I need everything to get a good soaking before I start the next stage of digging and planting. The ten day forecast shows rain over the weekend.

An old friend (literally - she is 82!) is coming to town for a few days and asked if we can do a pot luck dinner at my house on Sunday, so I'm going to have to hurry and get some of my cleaning (dog related - including shampooing a carpet) out of the way soon. I'm not sure if she'll stay here for any of the days she's in town, but the guest room is ready if needed. Her family is spread all over the area but not all of them have guest accommodations.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 04:03 PM

PA

We're so far ahead of expected progress that we ran away for a movie and pizza afternoon, leaving William to measure cargo and advise if the reserved truck needs to be upgraded or other plans made, such as shipping lightweight boxes of decor.

We'll meet up with him soon to whip thru back porch clearing in "night shift,"

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 10:35 PM

The papers smoldered and burned most of the evening and at bedtime it was still warm, but that warmth kept dew from forming on the can overnight. I try to put it away before it gets wet because it can rust if it's left out.

Last night I wasn't feeling 100% so I didn't walk the dogs, but today we took an extra-long walk to make it up. I wear a fitness tracker and carry my phone, so I get the number of steps from the tracker and the phone tracks the route and tells me how far we walked. They don't always agree with each other, but success-breeds-success, when you see that you've been walking every day and meeting goals that were programmed into each device.

I went to lunch with my daughter today; she texted and said she had a hankering for a seafood cob salad. Pappadeaux's has one on the menu that used to be offered as medium or large, then they went to just large, which is humongous. Way too much for a normal person to eat, so when we go over now we split one salad, the shrimp and crab meat version, and both leave there completely stuffed. If I get it and am not sharing I ask them to box half and only bring me half to the table. Restaurants are culprits when it comes to enabling people who really need to cut back and lose weight.

On my way back I stopped a couple of places, including the thrift store where I usually buy jeans, and found two pair. They went into the wash when I got home, and just now were hung in the closet, where the pair that needed replacing was removed and dropped onto the stack of jeans material for craft projects. I also found one of the Romertopf clay bakers, never used, that I sell on eBay. I have one myself that I use several times a year and chickens come out so moist and tender and falling off the bone. Anyway, two pairs of jeans and the clay baker and I think it all cost about $10. I'll sell the baker for probably $30 on eBay.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 07:29 PM

PA

BR and lower bath cleared. Emotional, dunno why. A good friend was here to help as a surprise, that was so nice!

More Goodwill of course. Also a box of dry goods packed and out w cargo, a bag for my friend's kitchen and a bag for her foid pantry.

6-7 LR catch boxes topped off, taped, and out to porch.

Large framed art crated. Some fragile decor packed, and all this is off to their staging areas.

Box of cast iron for my son crated up.

Tired!

Tomorrow: clear back porch and measure all staging areas' cargo vs truck cubic footage, to consider options.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 03:06 PM

Dupont:

Time to put a few things in car to go to Beaver tomorrow. Looking forward to renewed connections in my home community. Four events this week, that I know of so far.

English class this am was a bore but I have my own one on one student next week. Connected with one of the other teachers in a terrific way.

Text from son offering to phone this eve! Hope his life is moving in good ways!

So nice to have clutter out of house! And a bit more leaving in a few minutes. River is de-cluttering too! and the yard!! Iris, day lilies and ?? sprouting through the clutter of river rocks along front of house.

International Folk Dancing for an hour last night was wonderful, great exercise and good for my mental health. Knees are not happy but I think I can fix that with MSM/GS. Now!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 08:22 PM

PA

The staging area for Van cargo was cleared and put to immediate use today.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 07:02 PM

PA

The day started with short sleep, but great peace and quiet. (The family that is helping us has various openly-shared brain chemistry issues, so we need those islands of solitude and peace to stay focused and gracious.)

I stripped chairs that are going to the dump and made a slight rearrangement in the packing corner, making more space for carry-downs and paper shredding. The shredder.Mary will start with is in place.

Greg took down DR and stairwell framed family pix that are about to get blocked in with furniture, and we set these with their room-labeled boxes to wrap later.

With an early, prescient call from the ordained member of the helping family, the day's personnel and food is settled, and we've coordinated who is working with whom. She's also sending some brief tips on working with the member William has been disparaging, who I've never met, so her insight will be very helpful. We're planning a successful day, with BS preventively disentagled.

Newbie has had a bit of extra meds to stay happily out of the fray. My challenge will be staying mobile, and not getting stuck anywhere in chatter.

Later....

The upstairs hallway and Monica's room are all but cleared. Mary had agreed to superintend final removals of Goodwill and trash, and to facilitate St. Paul's pickup of their items. Rooms are labeled with these destinations, and I have another 20 boxes now to purge and sort.

William is due shortly but we're watching Deadpool because we're too tired to think up his jobs. (That will change when he gets here, hopefully!)


Still later....

William degoofed the DR with me and helped crate a jackalope and a set of antlers.

Greg degoofed the front porch.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 05:54 PM

I found a bunch of training certificates, lists of courses I took for various tasks I was doing at the university. I suppose I can make a list of those in my CV. I found some things misfiled that will go in my CV (conferences I attended but couldn't remember all of the particulars). Lots of forms with social security numbers on them. Old phone bills, insurance bills, documents going back 15 years and more. I was sure I'd purged the files of the old stuff the last time or two I went through them, but apparently not. So there's another six-inch stack of papers in the burn barrel and I have that tell-tale smokey smell on my clothing and hair.

I have three two-drawer file cabinets and I'm getting close to having one empty drawer now. There is room to possibly reorganize all of them and make them more user-friendly; some of those drawers are full all of the way to the back, making it difficult to reach everything.

This isn't what I thought I'd be doing today, but it's still progress.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 02:19 PM

This morning I dug through files looking for the paperwork for the current desktop computer; I keep that material religiously but it is not showing itself in any files or usual storage places. As I searched I found a number of old files that need destruction, too many for the shredder, so it's time for the burning barrel again. This burning ritual takes place only 2-3 times a year, helpful because this much paper was never intended to go through a home personal shredder. Every time I go through this burning ritual I'm sure I've tackled all of the old stuff, only to have more turn up.

I'm going to have to review my Photoshop stuff; a couple of images I've worked with lately (contract work) haven't had the features they want. On one, it's outlining the art and pasting it onto a transparent background, on the other, it's outlining the text so it shows up against an image.

I'm watching the requests on the Freecycle listings, with the goal of filling a request one of these days. I'm also looking at some of the really old books that came from a family estate - why am I keeping them? I'll see about Amazon or eBay for listing some of them, but I suspect they'll go to the used book store where they sell old books by the foot for interior designer to stage rooms. Just because it's old doesn't mean it has any value, and I haven't opened any of these in 35 years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 01:38 PM

Dupont:

Birthday of my second son; I begged him, "NOT on April Fool's Day!" but he insisted. When he was old enough, I suggested, "if anyone teases you about an April Fool birthday, just tell them: YES! I was born on April Fool's Day. Mother was the fool!!" So he did. I heard him.

Sunny, below freezing day. Ice is slowly heading down to the sea but still huge chunks on the river banks.

ALL the thrift shop stuff has left and some things for other places, including the cellar! So nice to clear the hall and more.

Trip to Beaver put off as my wonderful "handyman" suggested it would be better not to break the "snow dam" that is keeping water from house. ---still thinking about the sense of that. Maybe I could park without wrecking it? Three events I wanted to attend this week...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 10:19 PM

They're late, but my homemade potting soil is finished and terracotta pots are filled, ready for seeds tomorrow. I'll start some outside and some in the greenhouse. The rest of the day and weekend was general housekeeping.

There is a weight-loss program offered through the retiree/employee health benefits that starts tomorrow, though I haven't seen their first email. They sent a box with a measuring tape, some kind of rubber wristband, a package of peanuts and a package of Pringles (chips). I'm not fond of Pringles. I don't usually participate in these, but I'll see what it's about and decide if I want to stay with the alternate fasting or try this for eight weeks. Or a bit of both.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM

PA

Only two boxes ready because the rest still have room for more items-- so,much got trashed/donated that they'll wait until our BR/bathroom sort are done in the next few days.

Card table done, and boxes arrayed better.

Maybe:

. BR sort/tag tmrw, pack DR decor and frames

. Blue bathroom sorting Tuesday or Monday evening w William

. Back porch Weds bcuz warmest this week, and recliner there I'll sit in to sort goes to dump at end of day

Thursday:

Friday: depart for Philly

Hockey time--we're winning!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 03:02 PM

PA

Very close to finishing my pile... It took quite awhile to set up all the catch-boxes. I filled one GW bag doing it, so Greg took it (and yesterday's full van load to drop off, while my overdue AM meds kicked in. Then we both had lunch and I made him stop for a chair break while HIS overdue meds kick in.

By evening I'll have that stack of boxes ready to take and send out.

A brief break for fresh air later will be ice cream, on the way back from Wal-Mart for yet more tape.

Newbie got out loose for a few hours this AM, but TBTG stayed near the house and came looking for me at the same moment I went out to look for her. Close call-- we're right on the road-- so, several doors CLOSED.

~Susan


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