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BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember

Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 08 - 10:22 PM
katlaughing 31 Dec 08 - 08:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 08 - 02:52 PM
katlaughing 31 Dec 08 - 02:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 08 - 01:17 PM
GUEST,MAG at work 31 Dec 08 - 01:02 PM
Liz the Squeak 31 Dec 08 - 04:18 AM
LilyFestre 31 Dec 08 - 03:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 08 - 02:17 AM
katlaughing 31 Dec 08 - 12:34 AM
freda underhill 30 Dec 08 - 08:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Dec 08 - 02:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Dec 08 - 01:59 PM
maeve 30 Dec 08 - 01:56 PM
GUEST,MAG at work 30 Dec 08 - 01:50 PM
maeve 30 Dec 08 - 11:33 AM
Stilly River Sage 30 Dec 08 - 11:18 AM
freda underhill 30 Dec 08 - 09:52 AM
maeve 30 Dec 08 - 07:54 AM
freda underhill 30 Dec 08 - 05:39 AM
Liz the Squeak 30 Dec 08 - 05:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 08 - 06:45 PM
MAG 29 Dec 08 - 03:56 PM
maire-aine 29 Dec 08 - 02:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 08 - 12:05 PM
katlaughing 29 Dec 08 - 11:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 08 - 01:05 AM
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maire-aine 28 Dec 08 - 07:38 PM
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katlaughing 28 Dec 08 - 03:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Dec 08 - 03:21 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 10:22 PM

Loan me Morgan, will you? I'll have him work with my son. :)

Off to start a new thread. Here it is.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 08:16 PM

Whoo-Hoo! We are back, I think! So far, it's working and the guy even came to the house and did some stuff outside with my Rog, the Broadcast Engineer, watching over his shoulder.:-)I think I'll be okay for the accountability thread, Maggie, but if you have thought up a clever list or whatever to start it, please feel free. I assume you will start the new de Clutterina thread? (That's my new name, like it?)**BG**

Morgan came over with his new floor puzzle of the solar system. He took a look at my floor and said he thought he should vacuum it for me before we did his puzzle! Kid did a great job. I kept telling him he could quit we'd done enough (also put away Christmas stuff) but he said he "wanted to do something nice for you guys." He is a doll!


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 02:52 PM

I've been planning activities today that will put me in good standing for that list if I need to temporarily step in.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 02:47 PM

I have internet for a few minutes at least, so will post! My Rog is home today and has done a major decluttering of his office area in the kitchen! He surprised me doing it while MOrgan and I were at the store. Now, Morgan is vacuuming! (He loves to do it!) I did dishes this morning and Rog swept. In a minute I am going to go take down Christmas stuff and we will put the tree outside. IT is still very fresh with no needles falling off. My new phone is supposed to be delivered today and the cable company called once to tell us they were working on things.

Maggie, thanks, if I can get on I will do the accountability thread.

You gals and guys are a great bunch of friends!

Happy new Year,

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 01:17 PM

I have a bin I use for kitchen veggie trimmings, and it is full, so I'm going to get a second. It hasn't broken down enough to put in the regular compost (and be uninteresting to the dogs and rats and such). I have been experimenting, this bin is about 20 gallons. It took me a couple of months to fill it (it has been breaking down, compressing itself over time). Now it needs to sit and finish the job, while I fill another.

The bird feeder is out and a little stubby-tailed squirrel has been trying to raid it already.

My computer is still a mess, it keeps updating stuff and then resetting things I'm working on. When the new drive arrives (probably Friday) I'll start all of this over again. From scratch. Ugg.

The payment came through from eBay and I used PayPal to order my new computer stuff. Very nice, being able to do that. Today I'm going to run a hose over to the new vegetable garden location and soak the sod so I can start digging the area. This is the best time to get started, so I can put down soil and soil amendments and compost and let it all work together for a while before I start planting in a couple of months.

This morning I've been emptying trash and washing sinks and toilets as I go through rooms, kind of setting the scene for a tidy new year. I'll do another load of laundry (still have to call the plumber to roto-root the sewer line, so I'll monitor the cycles and open the lid to let the water drain out slowly). The holiday decorations are coming down and being packed away, and I need to work on that hall closet some more, because I'm going to locate my router in there, along with my revamped phone line.

MAG, I got your email, I just haven't had a chance to sit down and ask the questions to help you with your computer upgrade. But take a little time and look around where you have your computer now. Is that where you want to keep using it? Is there someplace you'd prefer to work? How is the space there, how are the plugs (do you have enough for all of the equipment you'd like to run on the computer?) Maybe later today I'll get to that. It's a gorgeous day, I've spent too many gorgeous days this week indoors, so I'm going outside. And I'm also going to mechanically fasten the gate from the dog's pen into the garage because the catahoula has decided she likes getting through it and into the truck area (I had it blocked with a couple of garden tools but she has figured that out and now pushes the gate open just to prove she can.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 01:02 PM

My inside kitty is really pissed off; this morning he took a dump in the bathtub. Admittedly the 2 catboxes dirty quickly right now. I'll be happy when everybody goes outside again, but only in good weather :).

I'm feeling a lot better physically these days, in spite of no sleep, so the house is slowly righting. Pretty soon I'll be able to have someone in to help me with setting up a new computer :).

My boss from hell is treating me a little better right now, because she needs me desperately.

I got a ticket to a Tom Paxton concert in Portland 1/18/09, so that is something to look forward to.

Also Singtime Frolics with Portland F M S in March which is always a tremendous life.


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 04:18 AM

No composting facilities - I already have a spare bag of horse poop and the stuff that needs to be removed is far too woody and thick. I cut down some ivy in the summer and it's lain there ever since, not even starting to break down, so it's going. Eventually. I could be out there doing some now... but it's flippin' freezing!

Besides, the amount of cats I have using my garden as a bathroom, most of my topsoil is beyond redemption. Anything I scrape into a compost bin would be at least a third cat poop. The ivies are brown and scabby to a height of about 2ft - or about level with a tom cat's arse - but otherwise they're doing their job of covering the fence. It was planted with church flower arrangements in mind - as was most of my garden as greenery is the hardest thing to get hold of and the thing needed most. Trouble is, after a haitus at church, I've not been going so much and we've lost our florist to another parish. Consequently, the regular trimming and annual Christmas cull of the evergreens didn't happen for about 5 years. It's all got a bit out of hand, so de-cluttering the garden is way overdue.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 03:49 AM

My plan for the day is to finish cleaning out the kitchen and all closests in the kitchen....LOOKOUT dust bunnies...it's wabbit season............

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 02:17 AM

I'm ready to place my computer peripherals order after lots of comparisons, and I'll do some email and Mudcat tomorrow, but I'll also do some wiring in the attic. My holiday has been largely spent bailing out this blankety-blank computer!

I can start an accountability thread, but I'm a lapsed participant. I put some of the remaining holiday cookies in the freezer this evening and still have a couple of tins to freeze soon or give away.

That is very good news that the cat came back. My younger cat has not been well, probably a pancreatitis thing (she got into some greasy chicken bones in the trash and I think that set this off). We're nursing her along, but extreme measures aren't possible and would probably only make us feel better, not her, if she was deathly sick. Sounds like your little kitty did just fine wherever she ended up!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 12:34 AM

You go, gyrls!! I love these threads!! Can you believe we've being doing them almost a year, now?

SO GLAD the kitty came back!! Whoo-Hoo!!!!!!!!

love yew all,

kat

P.S. Maggie, you going to start the new thread tomorrow? And, maybe the accountability, one, too, if they don't fix our cable by tomorrow night? It has been dodgy all day and evening. They say they are coming out tomorrow and have identified a problem, somewhere on our street, apparently! Thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 08:27 PM

Maeve, i was wondering about those cactus spines! :-)

SRS, you are on the ball. My youngest daughter and her family have gone back to Austria, leaving good vibes and my living room is still cluttered with baby equipment borrowed from my oldest daughter - high chair, pram, collapsable cot, mobile phone, + 2 bags of toys and sheets.

So while it's potentially moving towards a zen space of peace and comfort, I need an excavator.

However, three piles of books cleared last night!!

And yesterday I bought a flexible curve - a flexible "ruler" to help me create the abstract drawings I seem to be moving into. This is what creating a clear space is all about - making room for good things to happen!!


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 02:00 PM

Oops! 202!


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 01:59 PM

I've managed to reach my files, but what a mess this computer is! Stuff scattered all over the place, little of it in the registry. :-/

I'm about to get into Microsoft Money Plus and access my last update so I can see how much money I have. I still can't get into all of my email easily, though I made a lovely discovery about Thunderbird. It serves several accounts very tidily!

I'm waiting on PayPal and a bank account for the bottle sale (most of us don't have that much floating around in our PayPal accounts, I understand that very well!) but it will help with some bills this year. I'll declutter my bank account later today some also when I get a few wall plates and installation thingies to work on my phone and cable lines.

Oh--200.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: maeve
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 01:56 PM

Thanks for the Dr. Scholls recommendation. Alas, I will have to make do with what I have.

THE CAT CAME BACK! Sorry for the shout; that's great news.

My bantams would clean up all the styrofoam peanuts for you. I have to be sure to keep any styrofoam well out of their reach. They are mad for it! I can't understand it, though I've found other chicken owners who report the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 01:50 PM

Maeve, the thing that worked best for me with plantar fascia was/is Dr. Scholl's wooden clog shoes. The very old ones are better but the new ones still have that little knob which exercises the bottom of your foot/feet.

It's the damndest thing; the missing kitty showed up last night about 9:30 meowing to be let in. She is not noticeably thinner but was ravenously hungry. Inside cat upset all over again, and a sleepless night, but on the whole worth it. She is a sweet cat.

Did I mention that the cats found a box of styrofoam peanuts I use in the bottom of large planters, knocked them over, and had a wild time knocking them all over the house?

My vac quit Sunday; the place I usually take it to for repairs has gone out of business; I finally found another one which charges twice as much.

Strong winds yesterday knocked stuff all over from my patio and carport. 1/1/09 will be a day to pick it all up.


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: maeve
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 11:33 AM

I'm ok, thanks. There are two stories. At the moment I'm feeling rather frustrated but This Too Shall Pass. The cactus spines were a short-term impediment resolved by peeling off the thick glue I spread over the whole side of my arm and hand.

As for my feet, I overdid it during the "fall harvest-raccoon patrolling- putting food by" stage of the veggie garden. So I'm paying for it with plantar fascia pain. Stretching and sensible behavior should take care of it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fascia

I don't have time for being sensible! LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 11:18 AM

freda, good to hear from you again. I remember when you pronounced your living room finished several months back. I hope that made this de-clutter easier, because it was already in good shape when family moved out again.

maeve, I hope you're well--and does the staying off your feet have something to do with the cactus spines, or are those two separate stories?

Liz, think "compost" for some of that garden waste. I need to go round up the latest batch of leaves that have blown into my yard and either dump them on my compost (then water them in so they stay) or run the mower one more time and mulch them into the turf.

And I need to keep working on the computer, then also work on redoing some phone lines and put in a new outlet plug in the living room.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 09:52 AM

Thanks Maeve - and may you all have a happy and peaceful, clear and creative space for the New year too! best wishes to all

freda

31.12.08 (Sydney)


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: maeve
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 07:54 AM

That sounds lovely, Freda; peaceful, which is my goal for our home cleanout.

I have to stay off my feet for a little while, so the decluttering has slowed down. I am decluttering cactus spines from my arm while typing this, with a layer of wood glue doing the work as it dries.

A surprise gift from a faraway friend included some special teas to sip, so that's my inspiration for printing out unfinished poems to complete before the New Year takes hold. That's the best kind of decluttering in my view!

Stilly has me thinking of perfume bottles now. My father once gave me a pretty bottle of red rose perfume he bought in England. The neck was damaged long ago and the remaining perfume leaked out. Wish I could find a replacement complete with contents.

I wish you all a joyful New Year and tranquil houses filled with light and air and only true treasures, no cultch.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 05:39 AM

I've had family staying for 6 weeks, they left yesterday. So to assist in decluttering my heart, I've been sorting through old clothes (all bright pink items recycled) and books - Val McDermid, you're off to the second hand bookshop.

The clutter I've had next to my computer is going into a wooden box (with a lid) under the computer and out of sight. The large wicker basket in the living area has been moved to my bedroom, and looks beautiful under the window.

It leaves more space in a much simpler living area.

aaaahhh..


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 05:30 AM

Pile of packaging waiting to go to the tip... some old DVD's and CDRoms will go with it - everyone wants Wii stuff now so it's practically obselete. Nearly finished another cushion cover, only 2 more to do... but I need more thread so I may have to go to the craft shop again... tragedy!

Now I just need to declutter my ass off the sofa and into some trousers for garden scraping. That'll be another bag of crap to the tip.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 06:45 PM

It sounds like everyone I know is de-cluttering computers, phone service, Internet providers. Oy! We're going out with a whimper, but will have great systems in place for the new year.



SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: MAG
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 03:56 PM

I got my bedroom tidied yesterday, so I could set up the C-PAP machine properly. (It didn't help last night.) In the process I found a lot of 1X clothes I had forgotten about, so that's all to the good.

I am putting 2X and 3X clothes on a rack in the den in prep for some kind of yard/house sale when the rest of the house doesn't embarrass me to have strangers see. :)

I actually got the spare room tidier than it was so I could put some gardening stuff in there which clutters up the dining room. Found more stuff to throw away. I'm such a packrat; that's the main problem. I'm told I get it from my mother. It used to drive Dad crazy, but he learned not to say anything.

I need broadband and a flat screen monitor and it is going to be my belated holiday gift to myself.

Kitty hasn't turned up, but at least I did not find her corpse under the snow so there is hope she made it to somewhere. (It has been raining since Friday night, which is melting the several feet of snow.I'm glad right now I do not have a basement.:))


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: maire-aine
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 02:26 PM

Took my car in to have the brakes inspected-- all is good, and no repairs needed. Almost all of the snow is gone, for now.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 12:05 PM

I have plenty of those things tied directly to my parents. This was a great aunt, one I met, and who was very generous when she died, but who I don't have all of those visual cues with. I met her in my mid-20s, and she told me some of the history of the family, many of whom had lived in that house.

Ordering computer parts today, then trying to get a few things done rather than fuss about the lack of computing ability right now. I need to finish the tile floors, dig a garden for next year, de-clutter the living room, list more eBay items, so much to do in this week.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 11:02 AM

That is amazing..it being that one time only and the buyer never even seeing one before this. She must be ecstatic. You have a good way of looking at it. So many of my things are so personal...emotional links to my parents, etc. I know there's a lot in storage out back which I can part with...it's something I don't know if I'll get to until Rog is actually able to retire or actually take a real vacation. (He was supposed to take this week off between Christmas and New Years, but of course, some high mucky-muck had to come to town today through tomorrow, so there he is, in the office!)


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 01:05 AM

The thing about that bottle, it is interesting, but it has no context at my house, being the only one. The woman who bought it said she'd never actually seen one, only heard about them. The idea that I can move along something that is so unique, to give it context with someone who has studied and collected these--that is a pretty nice feeling! Think about her pleasure when the box gets there, when she opens it up. It was only made for one issue, Easter of 1940. Almost sixty-nine years ago. It should by most rights be deep in a landfill somewhere.

I did take a page from my own book, so to speak, I got out some of the glass that I have kept as a collection and I washed it in all of it's pressed-glass facets and put it on the mantle in front of some polished silver. I found more pieces to put up since I sent the photo. These pieces may or may not be worth the same as that little bottle, but they are more likely to be used and enjoyed. This de-cluttering is a complex process.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 08:36 PM

Holyeffingcow, Maggie!! Congratulations!! That is terrific!!

Makes me wonder about some mini-bottles with perfume intact I have in a small case which my uncle brought back to my mom from Paris in the 60s. I gave one away, stupidly, to a friend who collected miniature perfume bottles, and I don't know if I could bring myself to sell them, but still it would be interesting to get an idea. I am really happy for you.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 07:49 PM

I hit a snag in reinstalling my Adobe suite. It wants to go back exactly where it was before, but right now that place is unreachable.

Kat, take a look at my eBay listings, today's sale. Blew me away! Talk about a little decluttering going a long way. (At least it will cover my computer repairs!)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: maire-aine
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 07:38 PM

I was putting away clean laundry and had to re-org the sock drawer. Then I turned my attention to the underwear drawer-- may never need to buy anything ever again. Counted 28 pair, plus 2 6-packs that I haven't opened yet. It used to be my New Years Day ritual to go to the mall (only football on TV) and buy new undies. Won't need to do that for a few years.

Brought up a few bags of old papers from the basement and went thru them. Many of my mother's vacation pictures (of folks I don't know) and menus/receipts/maps & stuff. Some things (maps & guidebooks) will go to the library for their used book sale, and the rest goes to the recycling bag.

Good to hear that you're getting reconnected, Maggie. And Michelle, you are a super-star. Congrats.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 05:07 PM

Yesterday I cleaned out the fridge, COMPLETELY. I took shelves out, drawers out, scrubbed everything and then threw out 80% of what was in there. Just how many jars of pickles does one household need open at one time, anyway? How about hot sauce? Salad dressings? Mustards? Really! SHEESH. I took before and after shots....no wonder I was reaching for whatever was handy for food...the healthy stuff had all been pushed to the back or was a pain in the ass to find. Today I went grocery shopping and my fridge is now stocked with all kinds of good for us foods. THANK GOODNESS! And there is room to spare!!!
    Then, this afternoon I attacked the upper kitchen cupboards, emptying them out, tossing stuff I no longer use, scrubbing each cupboard and rearranging. Ah yes. Much better. Currently though, I am suffering from a bleach high/dizziness...time for a break!!
    DH is busy in the bathroom building me a closet with floor to ceiling shelves...I've been wanting this for a long time and can't wait until it's finished! I plan to get rid of the shelf that stands over the toilet and the free standing white chipboard cupboard that was purchased on clearance to make due until the closet was built. That was years ago. It certainly earned it's keep!
    Tomorrow I'll hit the lower cupboards in the kitchen but they won't take nearly as long as the upper ones did. After that, there are 2 kitchen closets that are going to get emptied out...one being made into a coat closet and the other will be enclosed and hold games, larger appliances that aren't used everyday and whatever else I feel like putting in there. I've been looking forward to this free time to take care of the house and am enjoying myself quite a bit!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 03:28 PM

Seems to me you could have a good side job going there, Maggie! "Maggie's Home Connect - she'll get you runnin'!"

I forgot to say I also decluttered and rearranged the dishes and glasses cupboards, yesterday!


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 03:21 PM

I flatten them and stick them up in the attic, and forget about them. That way, I have boxes going back several generations for devices that are no long in the house. :-/

Computer is weird, but interesting right now. I have to go get a gateway router and run some phone lines.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Penny S.
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 02:42 PM

Last week my cousins rang to ask if they could drop next day and i had to do a rapid declutter of my living room and kitchen, and the entrance stairs. This meant a rapid removal of paperwork awaiting dealing with to the spare room, which consequently looks once more like a store room with a bed in it.
This morning I spent some time in there and managed to shift a binbag of rubbish and a bag of recycling out of the house, including some boxes in which various gadgets arrived some time back. (This will be when my hard drive and external cd drive crash, and I need the boxes for returning.) It is now possible to walk through the room again.

Penny


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 01:17 PM

Mag, there are so many choices. You need to know what connection options are available (DSL, cable, phone company via fiber-optics), you can consider how you'll use your computer (what peripherals do you want to attach, like a scanner, backup drive, cameras, etc.) you can consider how much space you have for placing it (laptop versus desk top) and if you'll want to expand (extra hard drives, video cards, tv receiver, etc.). Do you have older software programs that contain data you want to continue to use in that proprietary domain (then don't get VISTA--it doesn't work with old software, but I would tell you not to get VISTA anyway. Stick with XP-Pro).

Send a PM with your email and I can line out a few of those things. 10 years old is way too old to do much of anything, let alone trying to keep data secure. That's the really scary part of using such an old machine. The abilities of that hard drive and the restrictions of that OS mean you can't do much of the new stuff with it. New computers are very affordable, but you can buy them on time if you want (Dell does that) or probably even on layaway (I think Sears and K-Mart do that now).

Meanwhile, I've done a lot of high-tech housekeeping and will still probably go ahead and get a new hard drive. I've also been consulting with the recipient of olddude's generosity. Alas, he has been down with the flu for a few days so is only now getting caught up on his work around the house. Tomorrow is computer setup day. It should be interesting!

I seem to have established a trend here, haven't I?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: MAG
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 11:23 AM

I'm really sick of my 10 year old 'puter which is still on dial up; I think it's time I upgraded; I can't even get any folk shows anymore.

What does anybody recommend?

Can I get a laptop from a box store 200 miles away and use it at home? What is the best (cheapest) way to get broadband in my home? How easy it it to shift everything into a new machine?

Or can I haul the whole thing to a (good) shop and get them to do it for me?


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 12:47 AM

I seem to have even lost my cookie. :-/

I'm going to have to do what we did with my son's computer a couple of years ago. Put in a new hard drive, larger, and place the original drive in a box or slave position. I'll explore to find the gazillion photos that I don't seem to have backed up. I was sure I had backed it all up this summer, but I'm not finding the files I thought I had. My monitors are screwed up, the fonts look odd, I'm out of sorts. Best to stop while I'm ahead!

Research time: I'll either get locally or order the new drive, and I will also get a second external drive, much larger for a full system backup and I'll do incremental backups from now on. Memory is cheap, a day like this is a bitch!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 12:37 AM

Oh, no, SRS! Sorry to hear that! Good luck on getting it sorted.

I was further inspired and cleaned out the rolling cart in the kitchen and cleaned off the top of it, too. Then I folded down some boxes to go out when Rog took out the trash. Also did three loads of wash, folded some, and swept everywhere but the living room. Morgan came over this evening and we are having a blast with his new drum...he's been imitating the taiko drummers. Now, we are drawing pictures and he is cutting them out, there goes the neatened office!**bg**


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 11:54 PM

I had a horrible computer day today. Last night I realized that a proxy server to connect to my workplace wasn't playing nicely with the new cable modem, so I uninstalled it. Big mistake! Everything crashed and burned. I'll have to get a new hard drive to rescue what is on the old one.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 05:34 PM

Decluttered my wallet some more today... ordered the fence panels for the back fence, they'll be delivered in 2 weeks which gives me a little time to declutter the shrubbery and prune the bay tree.. and warn the neighbours! It's been a long while since I did some proper work in the garden... maybe this year I'll have a few more flowers.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 01:37 PM

I got inspired this morning, and disgusted, and clean out our silverware drawer and put in a new liner. It hadn't been done, really well, in almost seven years! That felt good and tidy!


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 12:25 PM

The rain today will help declutter the snow, and qalso back up all the drains. Two people at work today have flooded basements.

I have saved pill botttles for ever as a potential craft; today I have a CS (Community Service) kid who gets to peel the labels all off so they are out of my house.

MAG, whose home computer has locked up.


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: maire-aine
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 11:21 AM

I de-cluttered the house of cookies, by taking them to some of my neighbors. That'll clean up the kitchen and my diet. I plan to leave the tree & decorations up until Epiphany, but that's not clutter.

Here in SE Michigan, we're all in a fog. Really. Last week, we had 9 inches of snow (plus another 3" after that) and temps in the single digits. Yesterday we got rain, and the snow started to melt. Today it was 45F when I took the trash out at 6am, and it may reach 60F by the end of the day. All the warm air resting on top of the snow pack, and you've got fog so thick you can't see across the street.

I went out and bought my big "Christmas present" to myself-- got a good deal on a printer/scanner/copier. That completes the upgrades to my personal technology.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 12:17 AM

Cleaned up side 1

Cleaned up side 2

They're all really tiny--5/8 inch across, and quite thin.

I figure they're damaged enough because of holes in them that polishing isn't going to do any more damage.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 11:57 PM

I took a shower after I posted that--you know how great ideas can come in the shower?--anyway, I think maybe if I polish a few of those with the silver polish cloth I could make them into elements of necklaces or into earrings. What about a little silver disk and a nice garnet bead on a French wire? :)

One of those coins is 1834. Staggering, isn't it? Let me see what I can do.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 10:15 PM

Yikes! That's a shame they've been pierced. I've seen some like that amongst out family's old coins. You'd think coins that old, over here, would be worth more, but one source says only about $14-16 for the 1857 dimes, as long as it still has rims on both sides and, I am sure, no holes.:-) There's some interesting pix, etc. HERE. The only coins we have that have had anything done to them is a gold piece my granddad had a pin attached to so my grandma could wear it and I have pennies in which my dad shot dead center holes when showing off his skills at target practice with his "six-shooter."


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 09:51 PM

My router is the culprit in pages not loading properly. I'll work on resolving that problem over the weekend.

Kat, I got out those coins with holes and scanned front and back so you can see what they are. I suspect coins like this were pierced to use on costumes or uniforms or as jewelry. I suspect family members found them and set them aside for the novelty of their age.

Side one

Side two

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 04:58 PM

Our setup has always been a little dodgy; I think it's because I'm fairly close to the hot water heater. I'm looking at getting longer cords and putting the router up much higher, as well as elevating his wireless card, and see if that works. I was reading through the information at the Netgear web site about general positioning of these things. Water and metal objects are a problem.

I'm negotiating my Earthlink email now that I've switched to Charter. I could really do myself a favor by dropping a few email addresses. It has been too tempting to try out new accounts here and there, and then I have to keep track of them. I won't be setting up any at Charter. They're just the onramp to that Internet super highway. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 03:51 PM

Maggie, we have a wireless router in my office, no line of sight available for Rog's laptop in the kitchen, yet it works quite well. Maybe I am not understanding your set-up? Regardless, good to know you've gone for cable; it IS fast!:-)

Our house is always going to look like crap until we get some new flooring put down in the kitchen and dining room and a new window in the living room and a chair or two reupholstered. I've just about given up on anything but "shabby" with a little bit of "chic" and that goes for the yard, too. I am working on visualising more beauty, though.

Paid bills this morning and have determined we have to get some stuff up on ebay to see if we can close the gap a bit more this next year.

I do have a goal for January. That I get my novel from two years ago put into pdf format for Amazon's printing specs AND that I begin editing the new novel AND that I go through my four drawer file cabinet and straighten things out in it, plus get rid of a bunch! I'll probably repost these goals in the new thread for Jan.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: De-Cluttering De-Cember
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 03:33 PM

It's time to clean my office. I was able to take the phone jack that was used for DSL and reassign it to an actual phone, but I don't have a place in that corner to put a phone except on the floor, where the cats will no doubt knock it off the hook. So to make room for the phone I have to work on my bookshelf beside my computer desk. And while I'm at it, I need to figure a way to get this fast signal through the router to my son's computer, so I'll go for a better line of sight between the antennas. So I need to rearrange the office.

It's that Chinese tile puzzle all over again, move one tile into the hole so you can put something else in the one that you've opened up.

I wonder if I can finish this project over the break and still get anything else finished?

SRS


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