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BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability

Stilly River Sage 14 Oct 10 - 05:54 PM
LilyFestre 14 Oct 10 - 05:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Oct 10 - 10:57 AM
mouldy 14 Oct 10 - 09:57 AM
SINSULL 14 Oct 10 - 08:06 AM
mouldy 14 Oct 10 - 03:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 10 - 07:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 10 - 03:51 PM
GUEST 13 Oct 10 - 01:27 PM
SINSULL 13 Oct 10 - 09:10 AM
LilyFestre 13 Oct 10 - 08:11 AM
katlaughing 13 Oct 10 - 01:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 10 - 12:46 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 10 - 12:43 AM
katlaughing 13 Oct 10 - 12:42 AM
LilyFestre 12 Oct 10 - 06:43 PM
maire-aine 12 Oct 10 - 06:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Oct 10 - 05:08 PM
katlaughing 12 Oct 10 - 03:40 PM
LilyFestre 12 Oct 10 - 03:02 PM
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wysiwyg 12 Oct 10 - 01:24 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 05:54 PM

I'm getting ready to go hear a lecture by Rick Bayless. I'll drop some okra off for a friend on the way. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 05:14 PM

You know how when you walk in your house after you've cleaned and it SMELLS clean? Well, I mistakenly bought the wrong kind of Windex....the colors are close but the one I bought is called Crystal Rain or something. It cleans just fine but I don't like the smell. Then I thought I'd try the Orange Pledge. Hmmm. Nope. Don't like the smell of that either. So...today I went to the store and got my old stand-bys. After a little dusting and wiping down of the counters and stove as well as (after sweeping) mopping the downstairs hallway and living room....ah yes....those are the smells I like!!!!

Making manicotti for dinner...was planning on it earlier this week but ran out of steam. I love when my husband is excited about what I'm making for dinner!!!   :)

Dishes done, laundry going...blah, blah, ditty blah blah blah! :)

Just kidding....love taking care of my family and home!

Michelle :)


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 10:57 AM

Andrea, here in Texas I've seen properties where the renters want satellite but aren't apparently able to attach the dish. The compromise has been to mix a 5 gallon bucket full of concrete and plant a post in it. That weighs enough that when the bucket is placed so the dish on the post is exposed to the southern sky it is stable. Perhaps a bucket like this can be placed on the property and a cable run to the house.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mouldy
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 09:57 AM

removed all spray cans from everywhere and also bagged up the contents of the dry goods cupboards, the herb drawer, and the random cake baking-wooden skewer-silly bits of stuff drawer. I also cannot believe how many teatowels I have. I don't use them often, cos I have a dishwasher for most stuff.
There are drawers and doors hanging open, and bags of stuff on the floor. I put all the cat treats into a bag with his worm tablets etc, and I can just now hear the him trying to raid the bag! I think he might be hungry!

The charity "Scope" (for people with cerebral palsy) dropped a bag off today to be collected on Monday. Oh good!

Still no completion date for my purchase, but things seem to be going ok for completion on this place at the end of next week. It's going to be interesting to see how this quart fits into my new pint pot! The new place is around half the size of this!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 08:06 AM

Found a yodelling pickle in my vegetable drawer. I thought tiny nuns were bad. How can I empty this place if people keep hiding stuff in odd places?
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mouldy
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 03:44 AM

Cookie reset yet AGAIN.
Might (somehow) be due to me using my new notebook since the weekend.

Woken up to a very stiff back, but I am about to wade into the pile of loft stuff so that Ruth can get into her bedroom tomorrow!

New bit of clutter has arrived...Bill brought the banjo with him when he came to the session last night. So there's now an old Gretch propped up against the sofa. Seeing as it looks like I may be a long time without satellite tv, due to the house being listed and in a conservation area, it's another thing to keep me going during the winter. If the conservation officer finds a suitable site for the dish, I then have to apply for planning permission, which would take several weeks at least to come through.

Onward!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 07:17 PM

Mindless work today, processing photos from a couple of shoots. So I had the television on for once (usually I listen to radio, but I'm so tired of all of the political stories that I'm listening to less radio news lately, even NPR). Dr. Oz was talking about germs and immune stuff, that can scare the bejeezus out of you! To balance that they are introducing healthy eating plans that seem pretty do-able, but I'll stick with the diet I'm on for now. And I like the stuff that Dr. Weil has written (holistic, not just diet).

28 miners out, the 29th just about to head up the tube. What a fascinating story, and at the same time, it teaches such patience. Not just hours or days or weeks but literally MONTHS to dig them out, and then these slow one at a time rescues. And so respectful of families, bringing them to the site individually as their loved ones emerge. The woman waiting now is clearly overwhelmed, and they have someone (social worker? medical person?) there helping through the wait. I only wish our own Mudcat family could have been so lucky. (Huge hug, Andrea!)

This evening I decided to take a look at the files in the living room so I sorted and arranged all of the paper that has built up in a couple of places. All is looking good now, and I have a smallish stack of papers that I brought to the office because there are things I need to look up, then these papers can go also.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 03:51 PM

My scale isn't showing and difference yet, but I am eating healthier. I think it will drop, but I need to make a point of getting longer, more vigorous walks with the dogs, for starters. I forget to leave early enough with the shorter days. Maybe I need to set a timer.

The next door neighbor is having her house brick repointed and some other work. It isn't hard, it's just tedious and time consuming. The kind of thing a homeowner could do if they did nothing else for several weeks (in my neighbor's case, it looks like 3 or 4 men are spending 2 1/2 days doing it). And this company does good brick work in the house also. If I win the lottery I'll redo my mantle and hearth area.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 01:27 PM

Not really an unnamed Guest. Mouldy's misplaced her cookie in all the packing!
el joe clone

I can't wait till Freya is old enough to really help out. I remember years ago, when I used to bring another child home from school with mine, until her parents got back from work, I used to regularly have little baking sessions to keep them all busy.

Peter came up trumps today and my old kitchen table, spare bed and old freezer are now at the tip. He has taken the chair left by the YMCA to use in their garage den. He also helped me bring down all the loft contents. They are now stacked in Ruth's room and I will go through them tomorrow. All flammable paint and sprays have to come out of my craft boxes, as they are not allowed in storage. I then need to do yet another pruning out and repacking of the boxes so that I will find it easier to store them when I eventually get moved in.

I also got some more stuff to the charity shops in Selby this afternoon.

It feels like an uphill slog, but I am starting to get somewhere...I think.

Weighed myself this morning, and I'd dropped about 3lbs. Might have been a fluke, because I'm not exactly eating sensibly right now!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 09:10 AM

I loved helping Nana with the Thanksgiving dinner. Saw to it that my son knew his way around the kitchen and the laundry room - in a way that he too enjoyed it and the self sufficiency it provided.

I do enjoy sharing in Morgan's adventures.
Decluttered the bills last night which means I get to sleep tonight.               
Auntie SINS aka Marigold


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:11 AM

Kat,

   I'm glad you have Morgan in your life too!!!!   Your post brought memories of my nana and helping her cook in the kitchen....I remember being so proud and excited for everyone to sit down to dinner too. Sweet.

Thanks for sharing that!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 01:25 AM

Thanks! I loved helping my mom, too, and that's where I learned that stuff about cleaning up after one's cooking. She was a brave woman...turned my friend and I loose in her kitchen to make a pizza from a Chef-boyardee mix for two "boys" we'd asked over when we all of 12 or 13. We could NOT get that dough to roll out the way I'd seen her do it., but by golly, we did clean up our mess.:-)

He's so good for me, too. I am thankfull he is in my life.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 12:46 AM

Kat, you're so good for Morgan! He's getting good instruction in he kitchen and self-affirmation skills along the way. I loved cooking with my mother when I was little (before it became a regular chore!) And congratulations on Soloing the Safeway. :-)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 12:43 AM

Dinner sounds great, Michelle!

I finished my frugal diet meal and then sat in front of the television with a heaping box of booklets and warranty cards and product instructions and what-not. As I went through I was able to discard several pounds of paper and cardboard (for stuff I don't have now and duplicates), then sorted the rest into several logical stacks and put them in manila file folders in that are labeled to reflect either house appliances (attached or installed), lighting, small electronics, kitchen appliances, etc. And there is a rather large file of undifferentiated stuff.

Happily, I finally put together all of the pieces of a puzzle I've been working on for a couple of years. There is supposed to be a lifetime warranty on my kitchen faucet, and I called the company to get the replacement guts to the faucet, and the number I gave her (from inside the handle) wasn't what she wanted. I finally found the instructions with the model numbers, and nearby in a small envelope I found the Home Depot receipt. So later this week I'll order my new faucet cartridge.

And now a nice end to the evening - they're beginning to pull those Chilean miners out through the rescue tube.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 12:42 AM

I went to the grocery store on my own for the first time in ages, it seems. Then picked up Morgan at school. He was thrilled when I asked him if he'd like to help make cornbread and brownies. Just the simple Jiffy mixes. He cracked the eggs all by himself and nary a shell in either. We had a lot of fun and I taught him that a good cook cleans up as they go along. By the time Rog got home, he could hardly contain his excitement..couldn't wait to eat. Loved it all and had seconds. We also did his homework.

So, accountability included the walk with O2 at the grocery store, about 20 minutes all told and I kept it as brisk as my feet will allow; then a few things around the house. Yesterday's included playing ball with Morgan; that kid can throw!

I will be out and about tomorrow, then early release day for school, so will have Morgan here for a good part of the afternoon/evening...I'll check in at some point.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 06:43 PM

Dinner here: Grilled salmon, broccoli, tossed salad and rice pilaf.

I had two hours of sleep last night (just couldn't sleep)...really could care less about dinner and would just like to sleep. Not yet.....soon though.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: maire-aine
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 06:11 PM

Even with just the primer coat on the wall & woodwork, the kitchen looks better/brighter. Won't be able to finish until Thursday-- I expect to be out most of tomorrow.

My kitchen cupboard was a mess-- when I bring home groceries, I just shove everything in wherever there is room. So today I took everything out of my food pantry, re-organized it, and re-loaded the shelves. Made myself some extra room at the same time. At least this time, nothing was out of date.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 05:08 PM

Michelle, you could use regular cornmeal mixed with flour, and add some seasoning. The Zatarain's is ground a little finer, but for cornmeal mixed with flour it won't be a big deal. I just looked up the product at the Zatarain's home page, here is the list. Not bad, actually, considering most of the stuff you read in ingredients takes a chemistry book to decipher:

ENRICHED CORN FLOUR (NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN AND FOLIC ACID), SALT, CAYENNE PEPPER, CITRIC ACID, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, GARLIC, LEMON JUICE (MALTODEXTRIN, LEMON, CITRIC ACID, SUGAR), BLACK PEPPER, ONION.

In the kitchen I've been smelling a slight fishy smell in the corner near the dish washer that was getting stronger. I did smoke a salmon last week, but I couldn't find the source. I've run the dishwasher with vinegar and washed down the cabinet and walls and behind the faucet and such. Scrubbed the bowl that catches compost scraps, moved everything. Hopefully that got it.

Tonight's meal is supposed to be hamburger, and I don't buy ground meat so I've pulled out a pound of the chuck roast and I'll run that through the grinder once it has thawed to that perfect softer but still frozen stage. I wish I had my own ripe tomatoes to add to the meal. I have some green ones out there now, maybe there will be something before Thanksgiving. That's one good thing about this long growing season. Late veggies. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 03:40 PM

Despite some familial and other distractions, I managed to get two pieces of jewellery listed on Etsy this morning: a simple Y necklace and a pair of funky, fun, simple earrings.

Morgan will be staying for supper tonight, so I have a pot of lima beans on the stove and I think he and I will go get some corn meal and make cornbread. I hope Rog doesn't drop over from shock when he realises I've actually cooked!:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 03:02 PM

OH! SRS,

   Thank you for the okra information!!!!   I'll have to get some Zantarans breading and give it a try!!! I LOVE fried okra...haven't had it since I lived in Atlanta...about 20+ years ago at a place called Po' Folks (I wonder if that place still exists...it was a chain, kinda like Friendly's)! Mmmmmm Mmmmm GOOD!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 02:59 PM

Busy morning running to the Dr., the bank and pharmacy. Jeremiah is napping and I've had a chance to empty the car from yesterday (dry grocery goods, some things for Jeremiah (the last of it for awhile I hope......baptism outfit, snowsuit, shoes, slippers) and all the stuff he didn't need on yesterday's trip). Everything is away, dishes from yesterday and the canning adventures on Sunday are washed. Pete made an apple pie (way) early this morning so I had some dishes to take care of from that too. The second load of wash is going, new appointments added to my datebook and soon meds to sort out for the week (new addition today).

Our pellet stove is wonderful, but last night we had a HUGE thunderstorm (lightening and BIG thunder for over 3 hours) and I kep smelling something ashy and wet. It happened once before, earlier in the spring. I'm sure it's coming from the pellet stove and as my chair is closest to it, I smell it alot....bothers my throat. Pete doesn't seem to smell it even when sitting in my chair. Anybody have any ideas? Maybe water got in exhast fan and dripped in? I don't know but ick. It's a lovely day here so I have the windows open downstairs as well as the doors to let in some fresh air. I had a fan pointed outside to draw that weird smell out for an hour or so and now I have it aimed in, drawing in fresh air. Hopefully it will help because ICK.

I'm also working on an address list as we have decided to have a Welcome Party for Jeremiah!!! Wish many of you lived closer and could come!!!!

OK....gotta finish sorting meds before the wee one wakes up.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 01:24 PM

I was finally able to get back to my home office today now that Hardi fixed a printer cable. A huge stack of projects has piled up-- incoming mail with items to administrate, events to get rolling, correspondence, parish website backlog.... but the first thing I did was work on a funding application-- for an MRI the doc is sure I need, and/or to replace the scooter that died over vacay. However it still looks like I will have to choose between the MRI and the scooter. :~(

But I "found" most of the stuff I needed my office to have, and that sending all the work stuff up here was (and still is) a great strategy; last night the weight of the backlog led to quite a meltdown, as I added the Clonidine weeks to the sick weeks, and anticipated the travel weeks ahead. I'm still way behind but I feel re-anchored with tools to get it done, at least.

Shortly I get to go back downstairs and the mountain of laundry I left sorted and waiting. At least I always know how to do laundry and will have clean stuff for the trip Weds.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 01:19 PM

Michelle,

Okra is one of those interesting veggies. If you boil it I hear it is total slime, but if you cut a few pieces and drop them in a soup they help thicken it like a little bit of cornstarch. Adds what a friend of mine calls good "mouth feel." Kind of like adding your out of date canning pectin to things like homemade salad dressing. I wear gloves when I pick it and use vinyl restaurant gloves when I handle it raw, it can make your hands itch.

If you cut it into slices (I cut on the diagonal) about 3/8 inch thick, get it just a little moist, then drop it in a baggie with 1/3 flour and 2/3 cornmeal (I use the Zatarain's fish fry for this) and place it into shallow oil (put about 1/4 inch of a good canola oil to keep it healthy) and cook it on medium high, turning when the breading is brown, I guarantee that you will have a wonderful crisp nugget, the slick feel is gone. (I take pieces out of the baggie and put them on a little plate to let the extra flour fall off so the oil doesn't get too full of flour, and extra flour goes back in the bag that I keep in the fridge.) Place the finished nuggets on a paper towel to catch some oil, and if you make the mistake of tasting one to try it before you finish cooking, I am sure you'll have polished off half the batch before the rest is done cooking. They're fairly dry and crisp, and yeah, it's that good!

Okra is one of the veggies that is a good way to get your daily dose of crunchy breading. :) Try it - you'll love it. Okra freezes easily, and I know you can buy it already breaded, but I'd wait and do it when you're going to cook it. Pick them when they're 2 - 3 inches for optimum ripeness, but they can get to 4 and 5 inches and still be good. It's the grocery store vs home garden conundrum.

A woman stopped at the curb on Sunday to thank me for some okra I gave her a couple of weeks ago. On that occasion, I'd just picked it and crossed the street to talk to the opposite neighbor, who was at the curb talking to this woman in her jeep. We discussed our gardens this year and I commented that the okra in my bucket, much of it 4 and 5 inches long, had gotten away from me. She said garden okra is still fine that long if it is still soft, but in the grocery stores it is hard if they don't have shorter pieces. I don't know why, but I cooked a couple of the longer ones last night and they were great. I asked if she'd like some okra, and she happily pulled a dish towel off of something else on the seat and I poured my bucket, about a pound, into it. When she stopped by she said it had been wonderful.

Other than offering okra cooking instructions, I'm emptying email this morning. I tend to let it ride when I should just read and delete. I load my gmail into Thunderbird on my computer, so I work with it there. But on occasion I log onto the online version of my gmail and dump the junk and no-longer-needed posts. Thunderbird is great, it lets you sort by date, subject, sender, etc. Gmail online doesn't, that I can find.

My little home repair this morning happened when I brewed my last cup of tea. Some time back I bought a kit with 4 pieces of drawer and window hardware and used two of them to replace the rollers at the back of a couple of my kitchen drawers. The two remaining are opposites, the wheel is on the other side of the hardware because it's meant to be used in a mirror way, at the top and bottom of a door or window. How to use this on my drawer when the wheel can't drop into the groove from the wrong side? I figured that if I put it on backward and added a cardboard shim at the bottom side (because it wasn't going to mount flush) then it would work. And it did. Probably hard to visualize, but it saved me several dollars and I'm not wasting this hardware. This roller is on the drawer I'm now using for dish towels.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 12:31 PM

Most of us call it slime, Lily. Nasty stuff, okra.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 12:13 PM

I took Jeremiah for a walk this morning, it's a beautiful fall day!

SRS....we grew okra for the first time this year and this is the first year I've ever cooked with it. Do you find that when you cut the okra into pieces, it makes your hands feel like they were covered in a strange waxy substance? We don't spray our veggies so I'm not sure what that weirdness is about!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 08:52 AM

Decluttered my huge cackling witch in a globe to a friend at work who takes Halloween very seriously - grows 1200# pumpkins for the occasion. Her husband does work around my house. He went down the basement and was totally distracted by the witch. Knew where it had to go.
Inch by inch and pound by pound...


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 11:48 PM

SRS, we just finished what they have available of the series on netflix. I think it went through Season Two. Micca says it is in its seventh season, so I hope we get to see more of it, soon. We loved it!

PLayed in the yard with Morgan, today. Worked on the PC on photos for etsy.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 11:06 PM

Ever since I discovered how delicious breaded fried okra is, I've made it a couple of times a week. When I picked the okra tonight I decided to "modify" my Scarsdale meal a little. Instead of my fish and veggies and salad and slice of bread or toast, I substituted breading for bread. I know, the oil probably blew the day's work out of the water. But I breaded a handful of okra slices, I breaded a piece of catfish (both times it was Zatarain's fish fry, which is primarily cornmeal and seasoning), and had a modest salad on the side. Lemon on the fish. Mmmmmm!

Accountability-wise, the dogs and I were out for a 30-minute walk this evening, up the steeper hills in this side of the neighborhood.

When I log off here I'll sit down to file those warranties in front of the TV with my latest NetFlix DVD (the first disk in the first season of the British mystery New Tricks. If you haven't seen it, this is a smart and funny program with great character development throughout. There are always a couple of laugh-out-loud moments during the program, and I find this feels so good, along with following and solving a mystery.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 07:18 PM

I've located a plastic file box that I'll use for the warranties and instruction pamphlets from the kitchen. In that file box I found maps I'd forgotten I had, that could have gone in my donation last year to the library. I may amend that donation with the rest of this material. National Park Service mini folders from parks, maps from travels through various states and visits to recreation areas.

So, this evening, after my walk (to start as soon as I hit "send") and dinner, I'll sort and file those pamphlets. A lot of them will probably go in the recycle bin. I need to make a run over to the recycle depot with a bunch of stuff this week.

It's a week for clearing out and donating. I'll need to lay out and photograph all of the blouses I cleared out last weekend, give them a minimal value, and drop them off at Goodwill, along with some outgrown clothes my son culled from his closet before heading to college.

I priced lumber and cinder blocks this morning. Home Depot has the best prices on the concrete blocks, and I found an interesting laminate board to consider using. It is very long - 20', meant for architectural purposes other than bricks and boards, no doubt, but the layers look good and if it isn't treated I might use it. It was a different color than other plywood, but that might be stain. I'd cut it in four equal pieces and sand it. (I would make the cuts there at the store and bring it home in pieces.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 03:01 PM

GOGOGO Andrea!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mouldy
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 02:31 PM

Cookie reset!
Thanks folks for the heads up - I never notice!

Well the sideboard has gone, but they had to come out specially as the paperwork for my "gift aid" (claimed off my income tax payments) hadn't been processed (computer went down) and they'd left the paperwork for the pick-up by the computer. They came this evening, took the sideboard and the chair out of the house but, having got the sideboard into the van, drove off without the chair, leaving it on the drive!

Luckily, because I found out they weren't coming in the afternoon, I managed to get into Snaith and sort out the fireguard.

Now I'm off to drop the freezer food into next door's spare freezer.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 11:57 AM

I didn't realise he'd survived. I thought the one in hospital was the person who tried to douse the flames. Thanks for posting that, Sins.

I was sidetracked by a book this morning. Had to finish the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Could not put it down; made me cry and feel all fired up about my own books.

I hoe to get clean laundry put away, today, as well as list more in etsy.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: maeve
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 10:10 AM

Thank you, Mary.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 09:55 AM

I feel as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. This appeared in Saturday's paper. Such a relief to know that Dave is surrounded by loving families and friends. Thank you again to those of you who understood.

Maine Voices: Father of man who set himself on fire tells family's story
Some reactions to the event made assumptions that were both cruel and far off the mark.
By DAVID J. PARKER Special to the Press Herald



PORTLAND - As the father of the young man who set himself on fire at Longfellow Square, I am writing to thank all the people who rushed to his aid.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David J. Parker
is a resident of Portland.




Although I can't do it right now, I hope to thank each of you in person some day.

I also thank God that nobody else was seriously hurt. I am hoping that what I have to say will help those people who were witnesses to this horrific event.

I read the blog postings that followed Bill Nemitz's column.

There I saw comments like, "Where was this man's family?" and "That's what happens when you cut spending on mental health" and "If only he had found Jesus."

So I have to ask, do you honestly think that a loving family can prevent mental illness?

Do you think that an increase in state funding would have forced my son to take medication?

Do you think that Christians never get sick?

I want people to know that with regard to kinship, Dave was surrounded by a loving immediate and extended family that knew he was troubled and was working constantly to get him help.

With regard to social services, he was receiving psychiatric care from the good people at The Help Center at Spurwink.

Finally, with regard to Jesus, our Lord said that He was here to minister to the sick -- not the healthy.

The people at Stroudwater Baptist Church lived those very words by welcoming Dave into their family and embracing him despite his problems.

There are some who think that Dave was a poor soul who was kicked out of his home and lived alone.

Please know that the apartment that he was in was carefully chosen with input from his psychiatrist and set up to be as stress-free as possible.

It was not just any building, but one that was owned by his cousin who lives just upstairs and was watching out for him. And in the building next door there lives another cousin who was also keeping an eye on him.

Imagine this: You are having lunch at Longfellow Square and across the street, a man explodes into a ball of flames and you rush to join others in an attempt to put out the fire.

When it is finally extinguished, you are able to see that the face of the man is miraculously untouched, but you know at a glance it is your own cousin.

That was reality for our cousin Andrew Doukas. So when someone asks, "Where was the family?" we can proudly say that our family was there when the flames burned the hottest. And when someone asks, "Why don't people care?" we can point to the many people who put their own well-being at risk to help a complete stranger.

When something like this happens, people want to find someone or something to blame. They typically blame the family.

If they can't blame the family, they point to society.

If they can't fault society, they try to blame God.

Well, I am a Christian and I will not pretend that I know God's will.

But this I believe.

I believe that God placed Dave into our family because He knew that we would love him no matter what throughout the difficult times leading up to this tragedy.

He knows we are by his side now during this time of excruciating pain. And if Dave lives, He knows we will be there for the many years of rehabilitation that lie ahead.

As the head of that family, I am proud to be entrusted with this charge.

If my mission in life is to love and care for someone who is deeply troubled, then it is the greatest blessing I could ask for.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 09:43 AM

Sinsull, the "good" news here, when I stepped on the scale this morning, is that I'm not actually at my highest pregnancy weight, I'm seven pounds under. But still, that's about 30 pounds to lose to reach the weight at which I got pregnant, and that was 10 pounds over my "typical" weight.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: maeve
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 09:13 AM

GUEST in the last entry before this is mouldy, who has apparently packed her MC cookie. Please don't delete it, as it would add to her frustration.

Maeve

Thanks, maeve.
el joe clone


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 09:01 AM

Not really a GUEST, just "mouldy" sans cookie.
el joe clone

Well I am still waiting for the man from the YMCA to come and pick up the sideboard and chair. I have bagged a lot of the freezer contents into an insulated carrier. Plan A was to cart it all round next door while freya had a nap. It's been over an hour,and she's still awake. Unfortunately she has discovered the hobby horse propped up in her little room, and has decided to learn to ride it...

I am also under orders from the Rector to go into Snaith and choose my fireguard TODAY in case the shopkeeper has to order one. They need it for Friday. I can't go till the YMCA man has been.

I think frustration is the word for today! And the estate agent has sent their bill now that contracts have been exchanged!

Andrea

- virtually back to square one on the weight too. I'll start again when I have moved - I promise!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: maeve
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 08:42 AM

You'll succeed, Sins. There are lots of people all around who love you and will cheer you on!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 08:29 AM

I am so amazed at your progree, kat. It has been so long.

As for me - this morning, I turned down the usual brakfast sandwich and ate a pear with an apple in the wings. My goal is the next ten pounds. Wish me luck.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 08:01 AM

Decluttering of the computer room is moving onwards. Removed a computer table that had a broken slide (for the keyboard) and shifted a few shelves around. I now have a sensible space and I can reach the window to open/close in the summer. About a mile of unused computer/phone cables has gone to the trash, there's a couple of crates of useless (to me anyway) computer books/disks/CDRoms for Manitas to look through and salvage/throw which will free up another shelf. Fabric has been put into huge Really Useful Boxes for the loft - they're see-through so I can see the contents without having to rummage round, plus I have divided them into 'scraps', 'whole pieces' and 'everything else'. Once everything is back on its proper shelf, I'll have space for the camp bed for visitors!


Accountability has failed again, various illnesses have taken their toll and I'm in no frame of mind to start wearing myself out again. I want to get a bit healthier before I try for fitter!
LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 02:42 AM

got a lot of catch up reading to do on this tread.... been in strat - u - avon for TheSilentOne's 60th birthday.

I can add this......been getting a lot of exercise





My body aches








from playing with his








new Wii.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 01:51 AM

I made it to the cupboard in the laundry room. I had a little 16-drawer plastic unit in there that I emptied into a larger cabinet with a lot of little drawers but also some graduated larger ones. A couple are missing, I think they're in the garage and I'll dig them out of a toy box out there later. :-)

Interesting the duplicates I've been finding in all of these little items. Picture hanging hooks, wires, bars, hardware for hanging curtains, putting shelves together, tidbits I don't have a clue what they came with but I can see what they're supposed to do. The useful ones filed in little drawers, the odd ball ones tossed. The smaller storage thing is on my sewing table now. I may use it, or my daughter might, for all of her sewing stuff. I have one in my craft cupboard full of embroidery thread, for example. Might be excellent for notions.

I didn't do all that I planned this weekend, but I did get some things done, and my laundry room and kitchen drawers are more efficient.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 08:52 PM

I was going to work on the keyhole garden, but I discovered a lot of activity from tomato hornworms. Buggers even took a big chunk out of the one decent sized tomato I have out there. I've ignored the tomatoes for a while because there was simply no fruit this summer, but it looks like I'm going to get a small fall crop. I spent time going through and checking the entire garden. The damage was broad spread and mostly cosmetic (the plants are so large that a few leaves gone here and there isn't a problem). Despite my trained eye I didn't spot one worm, so they may all have gone larval by now. But if not, they're nuked, because I sprayed with BT (added some compost tea and veggie wash for good measure).

The laundry is off the line and folded. Ran to the store for items listed on my diet (modestly priced - good thing!) and a steak that my ex brought over yesterday is defrosting. I guess he isn't eating red meat now, these were left from when my son was still here and going back and forth between houses. I'm sure both of our diets have changed now that we don't have a voracious growing teen underfoot. :-D

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 07:29 PM

The shelves sound like a neat idea, SRS. I don't think my kitchen will ever reach that point without a complete re-do and banning my Rog...Morgan was teasing me last night about being stuck between two "slobs"...him and "Papa.":-)

mg, thanks for the tip.

Sins, good for you and thanks. Let me surprise you even more: we just finished watching Avatar, the almost 3hr long movie. I told Rog I had to move...couldn't sit any longer, and that was with about a half hour intermission when I caught a nap. I asked him to walk all the way to Morgan's house and back with me to drop off a book and some tomatoes. He did and I did...without having to stop once, except when we got there. (All this time,3-4 years, it's been my feet which have stopped me, then the low BP. Breath has been fine!)There for just a couple of minutes and then back we went, again without pause. THEN, he turned on the hose for me and I watered my perennials, butterfly bush, sweetpeas, and redbud tree which all of a sudden has started turning the most beautiful colour of gold. It's been a great day despite a couple of work-related phone calls for Rog.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mg
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 07:09 PM

Not me. I feel about the same either way. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 05:53 PM

I was looking at the latest Martha Stewart Living and had a little brainstorm - there is a duplex in Austin, TX that was converted back to a single-family home, and in one small photo looking into the dining room there is a cinder block and boards set of shelves. And the ah-ha moment was that if you used thick boards, say five feet by 14 inches by 2 inches thick, then it would look so much different than the standard set I used to see in college - a 1 inch board sags where the 2 inch thick (actually 1 3/4 after sanding, but anyway) would look good. Sand the boards, give the exposed edges a smooth feel, and end up with an industrial-looking element in the room. And maybe make the boards cedar? Wheels are turning.

Don't you feel virtuous when the kitchen is completely clean and uncluttered? When the beautiful appliances you use are sitting there, sculpture-like in their elegant lines and efficient demeanor, and everything else organized? One day I will accomplish that. My two drawers are a little progress, and there is much more to do. By cleaning that drawer and rearranging the laundry room shelf, and if it get to it this evening, one cabinet, I can clear off the counter on the right side of the sink and make it so much easier for washing dishes or staging recipes that take a lot of room to prepare.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mg
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 05:51 PM

I think I have read of you oput a square of that nylon netting in dryer, it will pick up lint etc. from laundry. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 05:36 PM

My goal for the coming week is to sort and put away the two boxes worth of stuff I had taken out of the kitchen. (We'll be away for two days, midweek, which makes any other projects unlikely.) Tomorrow I will run some ad-paper ads.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 03:57 PM

The junk drawer is sorted; the screw drivers, scissors, pliers, etc. are back in their tray and I placed several round plastic take-out soup containers in the drawer to sort the keys, key rings, watch batteries, lanyards, etc.

I took a multi-drawer little organizer cabinet out of my son's closet - he hadn't used it since he was 5 - and am going to also organize the stuff that is sitting in the bottom of the cupboard over my dryer. An offshoot of the junk drawer. Since I moved the towels and wash cloths to the drawer, I now have a shelf over the washer for larger tools and equipment. It'll do for organizing household tools (versus garage tools - and I have duplicates in both places, like hammers and levels and wrenches and screw drivers).

The dogs need baths, and then I'll run a load of laundry and hang it to dry. It's a great day for bed linens on the line.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 03:23 PM

Early 90s, not 80s.


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