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

Stilly River Sage 26 Jan 19 - 11:07 PM
wysiwyg 26 Jan 19 - 06:19 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Jan 19 - 09:41 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jan 19 - 08:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jan 19 - 05:04 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jan 19 - 02:11 PM
Charmion 25 Jan 19 - 12:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jan 19 - 11:59 AM
wysiwyg 25 Jan 19 - 07:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jan 19 - 01:20 AM
Dorothy Parshall 24 Jan 19 - 07:47 PM
wysiwyg 24 Jan 19 - 12:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jan 19 - 11:05 AM
wysiwyg 23 Jan 19 - 08:22 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Jan 19 - 05:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jan 19 - 02:57 PM
wysiwyg 23 Jan 19 - 11:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Jan 19 - 11:30 AM
wysiwyg 22 Jan 19 - 05:50 PM
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Stilly River Sage 22 Jan 19 - 11:35 AM
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Dorothy Parshall 21 Jan 19 - 01:49 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 19 - 11:07 PM

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


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

Corrected/amended post:


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

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

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

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

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

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

This new fone has a really slow-learning autocorrect!


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

Beaver:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

~S~


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

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

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


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

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

Great news this aftn:

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

~S~


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

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

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


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

Beaver:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

~S~


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

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

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

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


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

YAY, Dorothy!

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

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

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

~S~


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

Beaver:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

DP: Great reiteration of your strong position!

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

~S~


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

X = done

(---) = not, maybe next week

With me:

X Water the garaged peony

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

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

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

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

X Mats out of van to Library for cold feet

(Plywood?) Bother day when snow melts

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

Check paints n spackle n 5/1 tool

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

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

(In patio, tilt lattice panel more)

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

With Greg,

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

Confirm circuit labels and add any missed

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


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

Note to self:

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

I'll call Girl Power!

~S~


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

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

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

-S~


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

~S~


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

Beaver:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

I'm ready to make some changes.

Michelle


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

~S~


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

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

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

Omg!


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Otherwise, I am still in semi-hibernation.

Eclipse any minute now??


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

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

Almost know who I am again.

~S~


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Night All!

Michelle


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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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

Round two ADL remediation:

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

Round three soon: putting away Thursday's groceries.


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

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

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

Done this AM:

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

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

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

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

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

Then we can dig out from Snowmageddon II.

~S~


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

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

~S~


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

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

Lots of things put away today.

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

~Susan


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

SRS, yes, the horse version is very similar.

~S~


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Arabic spices wanted, found.

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

~S~


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

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

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

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

~Susan


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

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

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

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


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

Go DP!!!

~S~


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

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

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

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


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

Beaver:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

I never made it to Macy's.


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

Re: Yano

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

Yet Another New One.

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

I'm past remembering every name by now.

~S~


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

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

Michelle


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