Mudcat Café message #3994201 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #3994201
Posted By: Dorothy Parshall
27-May-19 - 01:00 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Dupont:

Clutter at this point is caused by things needing to be moved to other places: books to basement and furniture upstairs. Robin needs a helper and does not seem to be able to "Go to the gas station and ask the nice man if h knows anyone who needs a couple hours work". If I were strong enough... but I no longer am. It is becoming a stressor for both of us.

Found someone taking out a white picket fence about two blocks away. R asked about it and was told to take ALL of it. As soon as he has time, we will have a surfeit of white picket fence! Will use metal posts to install it. Not fencing in, or out, anything, just for pretty but may grow clematis on some - need stronger supports for those sections. Mostly the front yard is shady. A great place for spring bulbs and other shade lovers.

R de-cluttered trees in back of grape vines. I had a fit as he removed habitat and critter food; that is SO suburban; this is not suburban, this is country! Intransigent, he said he would buy the critters grapes! "Yeah, poisoned ones from Chile!" (pesticides) Although I do throw bits into the yard that could/should go into compost, I generally do NOT feed wildlings lest they develop dependency. The good side was that it made it easier for him to remove trash that had been thrown behind the garage over the years. He happily decluttered; I, furiously, declared him NOT environmental. I am also insisting the brush be piled behind the row of lovely sugar maples (not burned) so the critters can use it for habitat as it returns to the earth.

White and lilac Lilacs are in full bloom - maybe 20 feet tall! I will cut some back after bloom but the screen between us and east neighbour is nice. The front and back "lawns" are dandelions and violets, with some grass!

Pile of stuff ready to go to thrift shop next trip.