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BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011

mouldy 21 Feb 11 - 07:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 11 - 06:32 PM
wysiwyg 21 Feb 11 - 04:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 11 - 03:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Feb 11 - 03:21 PM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Feb 11 - 01:45 PM
wysiwyg 21 Feb 11 - 01:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 11 - 11:42 AM
maire-aine 21 Feb 11 - 10:34 AM
mouldy 21 Feb 11 - 03:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 11 - 12:36 AM
LilyFestre 20 Feb 11 - 07:23 PM
katlaughing 20 Feb 11 - 06:55 PM
LilyFestre 20 Feb 11 - 06:35 PM
maire-aine 20 Feb 11 - 03:55 PM
Catherine Jayne 20 Feb 11 - 03:26 PM
LilyFestre 20 Feb 11 - 01:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Feb 11 - 11:31 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Feb 11 - 11:27 AM
wysiwyg 20 Feb 11 - 09:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Feb 11 - 12:17 AM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Feb 11 - 11:43 PM
LilyFestre 19 Feb 11 - 07:17 PM
GUEST,mg 19 Feb 11 - 04:48 PM
wysiwyg 19 Feb 11 - 04:39 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Feb 11 - 01:03 PM
katlaughing 19 Feb 11 - 12:37 PM
LilyFestre 19 Feb 11 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Feb 11 - 10:21 AM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Feb 11 - 05:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Feb 11 - 05:12 PM
Liz the Squeak 18 Feb 11 - 02:57 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: mouldy
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 07:20 PM

My daughter says my scales don't read properly because I am using them on a carpeted floor.... that means getting naked in either the hallway or the kitchen!
I'll give a harder floor a try. I didn't go out and get new ones today because I got stuck into making a rag jacket for my morris kit. The living room is now buried under strips of cloth. Should be clear in a couple of days, if I crack on with the jacket.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 06:32 PM

I'm still looking for the owner's manual that I know is around here somewhere. I've seen it, but I can't find the file it might be in. Or the shelf. I've found a lot of other stuff, things that needed sorting or filing or shredding. So while I'm still aiming at boxing the copier today, I have not assembled everything I know can go with it. The more stuff, the better, especially when it includes instructions. The box is history, but I've found one that will work.

I came across a ton of papers that were carefully gathered while I was working on my master's thesis, and I always thought I might do more with them later. But as an independent scholar (occasionally now) I find I'm not interested in keeping up or following through with that material. I specialized in American Indian literature in English, as a way to get a look at environmental attitudes from outside the dominant culture. And I did that. But I find that the infighting in the field of AI lit is so fraught with politics and bad feelings that I have lost interest. I do like the environmental direction, so I am going to go through and sort the items I might use and make a huge stack of those I won't. I suppose I could donate them to the English Dept, but in these day and age many of these things are available in a PDF version. (I helped in the conversion of putting some scarce essays from an early American Indian lit journal online- it was a useful thing to do and I don't regret it.)

I suppose we all hit these points where we realize that something we spent a lot of time on was useful at the time, taught us lessons we use now, but the bulk of the material is no longer useful.

I'm still looking for that copier brochure, but it was in the same closet with a lot of grad school stuff. That's how I ended up on this detour. Another thing I did this afternoon is set up a conspicuous file in my computer documents for collecting information that is on pieces of paper that I'd like to discard. I can either scan the papers or write down the address or phone number in question.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 04:09 PM

DP, if large doses of B5 (pantothenic acid) are not in the supp list, we need to talk. How large? More than B-complex for stress gives, and more than can be gotten in food.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 03:51 PM

Finished listing a bunch of stuff online that needed attention, and now I'm going to work on the eBay stuff.

Nate Berkus has segments about various things, and today they had someone from a program I've never watched (from the Biggest Loser franchise) talk about portions. And this was useful, using household items to compare/judge portion size, because I'm aware that while I eat healthy, I'm still getting too much. It's difficult when I'm still learning to cook smaller quantities, so too often I end up with too much on my plate. That will be my next part of the healthy eating routine - making sure there are smaller entree portions and more fruit and veggies. Want to know how large the piece of chicken on your plate should be? Make it the size of a normal coaster (I remember The Zone books talking about the size of the palm of your hand - same idea). The amount of dry cereal to eat? A teacup, not a bowl. A glass of juice has as much calorie-wise as six oranges. Eat an orange instead and you'll get the fiber along with the right amount of calories. Good points.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 03:21 PM

I had a blue funk day yesterday. Hearing that my sweet raccoon is doing great was nice but I went into grief mode. No, it would not be fair to him to visit. He would expect Mom to take him home; I would be abandoning him all over again. Raccoons apparently never forget. So I weathered the grief thinking of how much worse it is for those who have lost children - at any age.

It did not help that it was a dreadful grey day, cold and heavy. And that I wonder if we will ever get this place together. Once again - dependence on. "It would be a good idea to paint upstairs first..." Then he tells me about other concerns and maybe we should gut the BR.... So, Andrea is getting ready to do all this nasty sort of stuff and I suggested we just buy a place in the country.

The Danish say "ten moves equal one fire".

I'm going out to replenish our supplements. This is all I can cope with right now. But, I'm OK, just need to let the muddy water settle so I can see the fish. At least the sun is shining!

OOPS! came back and found this still here. Well, now it is lunch and wath Little Mosque... But I did some clean up in the K, and started a new grocer list to ensure potluck chili for Sunday - with not as much of the HOT!! chili powder.

After lunch, go on line to find supplements I really want and hae them sent to friend in USA to avoid extra shipping charge.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 01:45 PM

I had a blue funk day yesterday. Hearing that my sweet raccoon is doing great was nice but I went into grief mode. No, it would not be fair to him to visit. He would expect Mom to take him home; I would be abandoning him all over again. Raccoons apparently never forget. So I weathered the grief thinking of how much worse it is for those who have lost children - at any age.

It did not help that it was a dreadful grey day, cold and heavy. And that I wonder if we will ever get this place together. Once again - dependence on. "It would be a good idea to paint upstairs first..." Then he tells me about other concerns and maybe we should gut the BR.... So, Andrea is getting ready to do all this nasty sort of stuff and I suggested we just buy a place in the country.

The Danish say "ten moves equal one fire".

I'm going out to replenish our supplements. This is all I can cope with right now. But, I'm OK, just need to let the muddy water settle so I can see the fish. At least the sun is shining!


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 01:33 PM

Dontcha just love taking a frozen brick out of the freezer, thawing it while remembering the great meal you knew you'd someday make from it when you froze it so carefully, and (10 minutes later) sitting down with a cold, snowy man to eat it up hot?

Curried lentils (round one) and hammy lentils (round two later) for Mr. Snowplow. So much fell overnight that our little Deere could not shove it, so we're both glad we it the bullet a few years back and invested in the snowblower. (The Deere will neaten up the edges and the upcoming further snowfall.)

It's great when the snow-surprise cancels Mud Season, but we know it will only make Mud Season that much muddier when it all melts... Still, a few more days of clean dog-paws-- always good news!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 11:42 AM

Andrea, I bought a new scale right after a doctor's visit a couple of years ago. I was weighed at the office with my shoes and jacket off but in my street clothes, so I headed over to Walmart and, with my shoes and jacket off, stood on various scales in the store until I found one that agreed with the doctor's scale.

I have a photocopier here that came from my father's house. I used it when I did his estate and probably ran four reams of paper through it in the couple of years it took for that. It is a work horse, but it is starting to skip a cog when the cover moves. I can sell this on eBay as an item to "repair or use for parts." And it has a cartridge, which is expensive.

I think moving this large item out of the house would be a good start on spring eBay decluttering. Must find a box that will fit, and find a few things to place inside to keep it from jostling. I used to have the box, maybe it is in the garage attic. I'll probably have to use my bathroom scale to weigh this. :-/

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: maire-aine
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 10:34 AM

De-cluttered the driveway and sidewalk of 10 inches of snow that fell yesterday & overnight. That's as much as I'm going to do today. Still too much snow on our sidestreet to get out of the neighborhood, and I don't expect the city plow until overnight. Then another round of digging to clear the driveway. I've had enough of winter!

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: mouldy
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 03:49 AM

Haven't been on here for a bit...
Kat, I think it's a very good idea to have a friend help you de-clutter. A third party sees things in a different light, and will not want to cling onto stuff "just in case" or because it still has some life in it.
Weight loss has stalled (and reversed, I think) and when friends visited this weekend we came to the conclusion that my (digital) scales are anything up to a stone out, and that I am closer to the horror story of those at the doctor's. I missed a zumba class because I had Freya over, and then it was cancelled last week (guess who actually went?) and there isn't one this week because the school it's held in is on holiday.

However, the house doesn't look too bad at the moment. I am bearing in mind that in the not too distant future the work may be starting (I have one price in, and another due anytime) so I need to pull kitchen and toilet facilities (porta-potti) into the main body of the house. Washing will be on an ad-hoc basis!
The work could take about 4 months, according to builder #1. I will see what the other guy says. At least the cost they have given so far is within my price limit.
The guy who was going to enlarge the loft hatch and insulate the roof space says he can get the stuff up there with the hole as it is. He also said that the rafters are very uneven, which would make it difficult to board over. So I am just going for the insulation, and will see what they can give me when I get my new bit of roof. I have unpacked another couple of big boxes in the "annexe" and if I could just get the old beds out of there it would be much more spacious.

Anyway, well done all of you! I am going to go get a good quality set of scales and then start to take a serious look at the weight again. My left leg's aching just below the knee after my last morris practice....it isn't used to being thumped about by such a lump! Didn't help that I slightly ricked my left ankle crossing the road to the hall, either!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 12:36 AM

Good walk with the dogs this evening, and a visit with a neighbor up the street. Sometimes I wonder if there is a business in all of the assistance that can be offered. But how on earth would you figure reasonable charges? Computers, gardening, de-cluttering (yup, that was what today's neighbor spoke of - I suggested she look for Clutter's Last Stand - easy to remember, and helpful.

Anyway, I finished my laundry AND folded it. ;) No overflow on the drain as long as it is only a medium load. I picked up 10 bags of topsoil and some soil amendments, to do the next stages in the garden. The kitchen is looking good, though I have to wash off the shelves in the fridges. I've spilled in there a couple of times.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 07:23 PM

Kat!!!

   There you are!!! Feel like coming over to fold my laundry? I only have a load or so. Better yet, how about I fold and you put it away?? ;)
    Glad to hear you are up and about and that Morgan comes to visit! You should post some of his artwork here sometime, I'd love to see it!!!

Been missing you!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 06:55 PM

Thanks, SRS, no worries there. I have to monitor my pulse oximetry and keep my O2 levels at a certain level. If I get into too much of rush, that drops and I have to stop and breath better. That and a small crack in my ankle and subsequent "boot" keep me slow.:-)

I did get Rog to bring me all of the clean clothes which had not been folded in a couple of months, just washed, dried, and toss in basket. I folded all of them and it felt good.

I was also able to have Morgan over, essentially for the first time in about 2-3 weeks. He stayed for about 30 minutes, until I tired. He showed me, step-by-step, how he sketches out his artwork now with pencil, then goes over it, erasing the pencil as the final touch. It was really fun and he was great. Love those hugs and it looks as though he's grown a foot. He is becoming so mature. It's so wonderful to watch and listen to how he progresses.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 06:35 PM

Catherine,

WOW!! That is OUTSTANDING!!! You go girl!!!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: maire-aine
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 03:55 PM

All but 2 little patches of snow had disappeared from my front yard, but now it's snowing like crazy again. They're also forecasting sleet & freezing rain, so I'm staying home today. Did a little bit of grocery shopping this morning. Also did two loads of laundry.

Spending the afternoon trying to de-clutter my computer/music room. I make a little progress, and then it piles up again.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 03:26 PM

I got up early this morning and walked 13.7 miles in 2 hours and 58 minutes! it would have been slightly quicker but I had to navigate round 2 rather large round-a-bouts!. I'm in serious training mode at the moment as I am doing the London Moonwalk which is a full marathon in May and the London Sunwalk which is a half marathon in July (both are powerwalked) to raise money for the Walk the Walk Charity to raise money for breast cancer charities and to raise awareness.I am hoping to complete the full marathon in 6 hours, just got to keep up the training.

I've dropped down to a uk size 12, not been this slim since I was 18 years old and it feels fantastic! Still keeping up with my step aerobics, body combat, body pump and spinning classes inbetween training walks. I've got a friend whos a fitness instructor who gives me good pointers. Paul has been losing weight too and says he feels better for it as well.

The house extension is coming along nicely but had to be put on hold due to the bad weather in December and January. I'm starting to sort out my veggie patches in the garden and need toget the bits together for the mini greenhouses to start planting seeds next month.

On the whole I think 2011 is going to be a really good year!


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 01:49 PM

Going to visit a housebound friend with some of my girlfriends tomorrow. Since the kids don't have school, we are taking 2 vans, provided the weather is decent. If not, we'll go another day. Anyway, my housebound friend is making sloppy joes, someone else is making salad, another is taking desert and I made 2 pounds of macaroni and cheese this morning. I also made pancakes, sausage and a crockpot of chili!
   Our house has shifted a little bit this winter and the toilet has become unbalanced. Today the seal gave way and we had a small flood in the bathroom. It's all cleaned up and has a temporary fix...will get parts to do it right tomorrow.
    I also weighed out and packaged meat for the freezer, complete with labels. For meat the won't be used within the next month, I use a FoodSaver as it keeps things fresh MUCH longer than just the freezer bags (which I use for food I know we will use soon). I still have some lean ground beef and chicken to pack up and freeze. And some center cut pork loins as well.
    The laundry is done but my kitchen is in the I'm BUSY mode. Will do those up later today after I make some cornbread and salad to go with the chili.

SRS, I'm envious of you being out in the garden. Ordering seeds is on my Ta-Da list for today. I'm also ordering a pressure canner so we can can meat (we will have a LOT of beef as our steer will be going to the butcher). I'd like to be out playing in the dirt today too!!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 11:31 AM

Kat, I forgot to mention, I hope you're not over-doing as you begin to feel better. Set yourself very small tasks, keep to baby steps until you've had enough good nights of sleep and lost that retained water so that you don't notice when you're doing more.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 11:27 AM

I picked up some plastic food storage containers the come in various sizes that do a good job of keeping produce fresh. They're from the Container Store and are made in Australia. I don't have a name, but the plastic has these tiny little raised spots on the inside. I don't use the crisper drawer in the fridge for produce any more, I keep all of my bottles set down in there, snug enough that they don't tip over. The plastic bins are stacked on the fridge shelves.

Heavy overcast day, but a nice temperature out. I'm researching the habit of the bay shrub, to find the best place to plant it. It is evergreen and can get fairly large when it is happy, so I want to put it where it can grow as large as it wants, not be stunted by walls or fences.

Today I need a little list.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 09:16 AM

I'm thinking of using the whole second fridge for fresh, perishable produce-- not the root veg that fit so well in the plastic bins in the larger fridge-- but wetter stuff that all needs the same humidity. The shelves adjust to a good tray or shallow bin height, and they pull out (with a lip at the back to keep stuff from falling down the back). That would free up a huge section of the main fridge where one large bin holds all that stuff and there is not enough room in that bin for all the veg we are eating nowadays.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 12:17 AM

I've stopped nuking most of my vegetables. I use the saucepan and the steamer basket with a little water in the covered pan. I like it much better than what the microwave does to the veggies.

I didn't describe my freezing process, but I use waxed paper on the pan and when I have frozen the breasts I usually peel the paper and breasts off of the pan and tear the paper so it wraps at least part of the individually frozen breasts that are put in the heavy duty freezer gallon zip lock bags. I freeze most meat that way, on waxed paper or already wrapped individually in plastic wrap.

I felt like steak tonight and found a discounted NY strip steak when I was out shopping (Albertson's w/ a coupon.) So, a $6 steak and about $.15 of potatoes were cooked up this evening.

I came close to finishing the newsletters, but I spent enough time on them for today - that isn't a little script speaking, that is the voice that says Saturday has come and gone and those things are looking good, and can be proof-read one more time in the morning, then sent.

Some laundry done, some linens changed and ready to go in the washer. I need to wash the dishes in the sink. But the house hasn't gotten too messy this week. Into the garden tomorrow.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 11:43 PM

As the cooked chicken and pork sausages have been cooked and frozen individually and will not be stored lon term, I simply put them in a plastic bag sucking out as much air as possible. Tonight, finding myself solitary, I put a few baby carrots and a sliced up stalk of broccoli in a ceramic bowl, put in microwave for 8 min, added a frozen chicken breast for last two minutes and gave it two more. Added some salsa for flavour and had a healthy one dish meal in less than 15 minutes.

Most of the day was spent on the computer. Gathered, edited and sent off info on discernment, membership and more to Quaker group. Pursued other info. A few brief e-mails. Long phone conversation giving support to friend on west coast.

Long conversation about raccoons with woman in Quebec who transitions orphans through their first winter. David Suzuki and The Nature of Things were unknown to my friend in NW. On CBC.ca, this is a marvellous weekly program about the environment and animals. The next two weeks are on the Raccoon Nation, raccoons in Toronto. Then I will finish my writing on raccoons and share it with reporter. Also want to connect him with rescue organization so public will have correct info on how to/what to do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: LilyFestre
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 07:17 PM

Regarding the chicken, I had never thought of putting them on a cookie sheet and freezing them individually. I buy the larger packs and separate them into freezer bags which have been marked with the cut of meat, the amount of meat (eiher by piece or weight depending on what it is) and date I froze it. :)

I went grocery shopping yesterday and stocked up on things we nornally have on hand, had new strings put on my violin, got a practice mute (baby doesn't like the high, loud sounds of the violin), and did some major rearranging of food storage. I'm not done with that but I'm getting closer! I had trouble sleeping last night so that's what I decided to do at around 2:30am).

Today I met with friends to play my fiddle, made lunch (lean burgers on the grill, egg noodles with olive oil drizzled over the noodles, salt, pepper, garlic and fresh parsley) and a tossed salad. Dinner is going to be something small....most likely soup. The wind here is crazy...loud and cold....tree bending.....blowing the bird feeders off the trees, etc. Yesterday we lost power for 3 hours so today I've been working on laundry and other things that require power so if it goes off, I won't be looking at piles of stuff that I should have done!

We used to have a second fridge but found that we rarely used it so we gave it away. It was nice to have extra water always cold in the summer time and sometimes for an overflow of fresh produce but we have streamlined our produce preparation to the point that that's no longer needed during the harvest season. We do have multiple freezers, some in use and some in use but not in the traditional fashion.

I also found our kitchen table-top this morning. It seems to be a catch all for mail and other paperwork. So everything has been sorted there and taken care of. At the moment, it is covered with cookbooks that were in one of the jelly cupboards that I am now using for food storage. I'll have to find somewhere else to go with those. I think I'll sort through them and get rid of some of them that I just don't use. I collect cookbooks and am particularly fond of the older cookbooks. We'll see.

I swear that Jeremiah is growing visibly each day. He can reach higher and higher so I am finding that I need to move multitudes of things. He is busy and curious, both very good things!!! :)

I'm hoping to play my violin some more today. I'm enjoying it more and more like I used to. It's wonderful to play with people who get together to play for the fun of it, who enjoy each other's company, no matter your skill level...something that I've never experienced before. I haven't had my violin out or the desire to play for some time (it's just been this past month that I've started to play again), I've missed it.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 04:48 PM

I never defrost meat..just cook in a convection oven I have..one of the round ones like you see on infomercials. Works great. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 04:39 PM

We found the perfect small fridge yesterday, on sale, and it's in the van. (http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_04695882000P?prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=L6)

No freezer-- all fridge shelves and a produce bin-- with exactly the cubic footage we actually USED in the older, bigger one. Good door storage as well.

The issue is that the kitchen has a cabinet overhead in the only place a fridge can logically go, and so when we bought it we could not buy as many cubic feet as we needed. So after the last grocery shopping, we caculated what we needed and found it. It's bigger than a bar fridge and much, MUCH shorter than a kitcehn fridge-- about the height and footprint of a small chst freezer. It will come in and sit oin a pallet soon, and next Adrian will build a storage surround. Because it is short it will sit on top of a shelf to raise it to eye height and give us starge above and below and alongside it.

We resisted the urge to buy another apt/fullsize fridge with freezer, which is what had been there. This will hold exactly what we need it to hold and not allow for piling up crap.

But we were bad yesterday-- also getting a Cuisinart 9-cup food processor to replace the 70's-era one that dies last week. It matches the fridge we took out and they will be interred together!

===

Regarding the chicken discussion just previous-- we freeze boneless breast, both cooked and raw. Tips about all that are in another thread already but we use wax paper to wrap each piece and then group the pieces in labeled freezer Ziplocs. I sometimes also shred (fine-slice ion bite size pieces) for stirfy, and bag those in dinner-for-two portions.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 01:03 PM

For myself, I find it nice to take a cooked breast out of the freezer, warm it in microwave and cut it up for a salad or with the veggies du jour. The legs are for a quick snack for Rob. Some meats I prefer to be cooked totally at the time, and fish -on today's menu. I am going to make up about three pounds of turkey meatballs; hope they are as tasty as the bought ones. I will broil them before freezing so I can take out a few and throw them in with stir fried veggies.

I never know when or if Robin will be home for a lunch or supper. I try to have something substantial ready between 6 and...... So it has to keep OK - even though the veggies might get overcooked. No warning, he lives with it, with no complaints. Before 6, it is usually soup or chili. I eat when I need to; would get very hungry waiting for him, as I used to do! We are still talking a frig-top freezer here. So no really large amounts. The chicken was two cookie sheets full under the broiler. The turkey balls, another one. Time and energy efficient, I think.

Upstairs still not cleaned; Rob has been using the vac elsewhere. There is a good spot for a closet in the BR - at one end - no window and a chimney makes a good line of demarcation! (NO closets up stairs - two by three does NOT count!). I will "What would you think about...." See if I can get it in the air! I need a place to HANG clothes. I might even wear a skirt or dress if I could SEE them.


This morning, writing a comment on a CBC site about raccoons, I actually realized how long it takes me to write that many words. Now I feel less badly about the time I spend on the computer but more concerned about finding the time to write those things which I WANT to get written. The Nature of Things is having a two part series on Raccoons. After I see those, I need to finish raccoon article and send it to the reporter, whom I also apprised of the TV programs. NOW, discernment from a Quaker viewpoint...


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 12:37 PM

After a good night's sleep, I have managed to declutter my desk which included going through tons more mail which took too much mental capacity just a couple of days ago, so it sat. I am getting back up to speed, mind-wise. I also filed some things, went through all of the little things which accrue during a hospital stay. Rog put them away for me.

B., the housecleaner who has become a friend, did fantastic deep cleaning of the kitchen, including the floor and cupboards. She did get a bit more done on the house, but will come back next week for a couple hours to do some she just ran out of time for, even staying over an extra half hour. This house was in terrible shape! As I look around now, I can see two depressed/stressed/tired/overburdened people have been living here just doing what had to be done to exist. It is good to know we are on the upswing. Rog having Fridays off is going to be really helpful.

Oh, and I may hire B. to help me with the physical part of decluttering. She's willing. I figure I can get Rog to get out piles, bins, or whatever, have them ready, then have her over to help sort through and take it away,etc. That will relieve him from all of the small stuff that he has no interest in so is no help on deciding what to do with it and give me some nice company to boot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: LilyFestre
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 10:27 AM

SRS,

   Thanks for the idea about the chicken! I buy it on sale in the big packs too but never thought to do that. I don't know why because I do it with blueberries all the time!!! Thanks!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 10:21 AM

Dorothy,

I buy and freeze chicken when I find it on sale, and when it is breasts, I freeze them on a cookie sheet so I can separate them, then bag the lot in a heavy freezer bag to remove individually. Rather than cook ahead, I arrange the amount for a couple of portions that don't take long to thaw (chicken breasts are so large now you can use them for a couple of meals).

I have a short list, three items for today. It's on the dry erase board on my fridge, along with a couple of "if there is time" items. I'll see how well I get through it. It is my weekend so I do need to give myself time for puttering wherever.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 05:45 PM

The February thaw has been wonderful. A little sun today and over 40F. Going back to winter temps tonight and flurries.

It felt so good! I did groceries out in the burbs and realized driving back, thinking about this thread: there is a similar store in the city and it was on the way to my next stop. So I checked it out and it was good for lots of the bargains for which I had been driving 20 miles. Well, I had started going out to the burbs for a no longer valid reason and it had become a habit. So I have found a new route.

Anyway, I came home with lots of stuff, sorted it out, broiled a bunch of chicken legs and breasts prior to freezing most of it for quick meals later. I find it more efficient to do this. So, it was a busy morning and afternoon but i finished in time for Little Mosque and time to read with lunch and then check email, face book and mudcat. Soon leave for cafe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 05:12 PM

This week I've found the old pattern of distraction returning, but in the Procrastination book last night I went over a section that should help, because it modifies something I do all of the time.

She says to make a list each week of the things you want to accomplish, but only put five things on it, and if they're big things that might not get finished, then put only three things.

Don't make the list so long that it serves as a distraction or that it reminds you of all of the things you didn't finish. I had a couple of things I wanted to do today, one is an appointment I'll get to on time, but the other was more general, and I kept getting side tracked. The distraction was something to do with work, but something that didn't necessarily need to be fiddled with right now. When I come in this evening, I may sit down and finish the first thing because it shouldn't take that long* and it will mean I can cross it off of the list I wrote this afternoon.

You can do a list every day, keeping it very short, but a weekly list may give more of a feeling of organization in the workplace. The Monday list, and if you finish things, cross them off and add another, if you want, but even if you don't add more, by Friday you should feel good about finishing what you planned.

Now, to finish dressing and head out the door to get to my photo shoot on time.

*'Shouldn't take that long' is one of those "scripts" that she warns us about, that sometimes it is true but often it isn't. So if I don't finish, I won't beat myself up, but I'll get as far as I can within an hour or so, and then I'll resume the work tomorrow. It is something I want finished and in everyone's mail boxes by Monday.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 02:57 AM

Off for a weekend of drunken debauchery (with any luck), and singing so all bets are off til Tuesday!

Enjoy the weekend chaps!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 09:41 PM

Every day this week the dogs and I have been out for a walk in the evening before I feed them. I used to do this all of the time, but I've had to slow down in winter with the cold air making my eyes water. I still didn't buy the aviator goggles, but I will for next year. And maybe for this spring because we're bound to have some more cold days.

Dogs had their baths and were treated with their heartworm prevention stuff. I know the vet would prefer I use the current product he writes a Rx for, but I'm using the product he used to write an Rx for that is now available for about 1/2 the price of the Rx stuff. I get it from Canada, and it is a UK version. But it works.

Tomorrow I'll dress up and go photograph a reception in the evening. That should be nice.

This evening I am working to remember some of my resolutions as far as procrastination and getting things finished. When I have a kind of slow day I sometimes have an extra glass of wine after dinner, but I realized as I read that that is a "self-medicated" way to avoid making myself feel guilty about not finishing everything I planned to. So it's herbal tea this evening and I'll finish the project and be ready for tomorrow. And I'll be on time to the event. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 06:29 PM

Thank you Bruce! I know you are a good teacher! It is really annoying not to be able to figure this out.

I, too have had no trouble with FB. While recovering from detox, I managed to friend S, sign up at a blog site, check FB and Mudcat, have lunch and read for a while.

Then, I cleared the roof of the shed - climbing around in snow up to THERE to rake the snow off! I used the back of the rack lest I put more holes in the cover. The snow,I was shocked to find, was 12-15 inches deep in places. No wonder the poor frame gave out. Then I propped up the interior frame where possible. And put duck tape over some small holes in the skin. Here's hoping it will keep the rain out. It is now raining and up to 34F.

Then I came in just in time to watch Little Mosque on the Prairie, have a second lunch, read for a while, heat up chili for Rob and, after he went back to work, went to library. I sure did get some exercise today.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 12:54 PM

It's a stay at home and putter day for me. I have a cold. BLAH. I'm not sure how it happens that my kitchen goes from being all clean and things put away to a disaster area in a day but it has. I'm also doing some rearranging of jelly cupboards for storage purposes.

Regarding Facebook, I have my privacy measures about as tight as possible and only accept friendships from people I know, want to talk to and trust. I don't feel bad for an inkling of a second for not accepting people's invites who don't fit that criteria! :)

Ok. Back to work for me. I went to a High Tea yesterday at a victorian inn (for a celebration) and the tea hit the spot for me. It was cinnamon plum tea.....Mmmm Mmmmm GOOD! I think I'll be making it much more often!

Later Gators!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 12:38 PM

I think I made an illustration of how to do the hyperlinks. I'll poke around my photo files this afternoon. It can serve as a reminder after Bruce's lesson.

Got the dog her exam and rabies shot. I take them to a village shot clinic every May and they offer the usual shots and rabies is extra, for a very affordable price. But the rabies certificate is only dated for 1 year, even though the actual serum is rated for three years. So I went to my regular vet last fall when the pit bull needed her toe looked at and we added the free rabies shot with her heart worm bloodtest and her toe surgery. I hadn't taken the other dog yet, but I figured I'd be proactive in this. She got her exam, etc today, and both dogs now have certificates that show the shots are good 3 years. I need to take the shot records down to get the village dog licenses.

There's another thing to report; I've speculated about in these threads, and I did one last "sugar" test over the weekend. I picked up a gourmet package of some toffee (like Heath bars on steroids) that I had here when my guest was visiting. Eat those over a couple of days and the skin and cracked skin really flares up. I think I can conclude the research and simply make a point of avoiding concentrated sugar when possible.

Kat, glad to see you're back home and losing the retained water. That is such a slow and clunky feeling. And good for you that your friend will come in to clean. You'll feel so much better about the place, and you'll also feel good that you're providing employment for the friend.

Susan, facebook is interesting, but it can be a toxic place also. Several Mudcatters have had problems with false identities set up by others that make them look like utter fools. The problematic sport of some malcontents.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: GUEST,999
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 11:59 AM

Dorothy, I will show you how to make a blue clicky on Friday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 11:56 AM

Kat: Good stuff! Glad you are feeling some better.


I am fed up with not being able to make a blue clicky. I have tried and tried. So here is a url for an article on microwaving food. This website in general seems good. I also found a good article on nightshade foods - posted on arthritis.

http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=227

I am recovering from this mornings detox bath. Must have been a good one as it wiped me right out. But I am almost ready to get lunch, which may help.

The bad new is that, while upstairs, I looked out the window and the roof of the strong shed has bent in from the snow. I did not realize how much had fallen and had not checked it recently. It is not that visible from downstairs window. I came down and went out and checked it prior to bath. It is frozen. Ribs are bent.

So: it is supposed to go above freezing today and then rain. Big job this afternoon - at peek temp - will be to figure out how to clear the frozen snow and find props for the ridge pole before the rain makes it even worse. Good thing I took that bath! Well, I keep saying I need more exercise.

Hah! And I thought the biggest thing I wanted to do today was compose e-mail to bro.

SRS: you are a strong woman! I had such bad experiences with that township in PA.... A letter sent to EACH counselor received NO response. Head guy said to my face, "Sure..." And that was the last response I ever got! I was so glad to leave. I am looking forward to following this saga.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 10:50 AM

Roger and I are treating ourselves. My girlfriend, who makes her living cleaning houses, is coming over for four hours today to clean, clean, clean! While I was gone, Rog was amid chaos at work and with me, trying to do too much in all directions. The place looks like a zoo, but bless his heart, he did wash the sheets the day I came home.:-) And, he fed the cats their fishie every day. Of course, they wouldn't let him forget.

Not easily, but as a sort of symbolic step to recovery, I have put in one load of wash this morning. Whoo-hoo!

I won't be in here much, but I may read along when I get more energy going.

Oh, one more note: Since Saturday when I came home, I have lost almost 6 pounds of mostly water weight, but my diet has changed esp. in how I eat, so it's all good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 09:45 AM

I'm having to run a couple of errands this week since I launched a salvo against the park-encroacher. I commented in my letter that the decisions of how park property is used shouldn't be left to one disinterested city employee. He's the one who sends his guys out to do the code enforcement work, and he posts his flourescent colored warnings on my front door any time he thinks he can get away with it. I suspect he's going to pay even more attention (though I will make a point of insisting that he look at the entire block, not just my house - that is SOP in most code enforcement situations around here.)

Last night I looked through my underlines and notes to myself in the Procrastination book and could see that I did some backsliding. It looks like getting over some of these things is a series of reminders of what to leave behind, and gradually they will be.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 09:23 AM

I believe I have now found all the people on FB I hoped to find (my eyeballs are reeling). I believe I have got the setting dialed down to what I want them to be. Now my pore ole brain can spend a week or so integrating all the things I observed about it, and come up with how to use it the way that will suit me.

===

I got the backlog of sewing projects done. Two of them I may re-do, but they are OK for now and a certain shelf in my lingerie closet is now as full as I wanted it to be, with things I know will fit just right. It turned out to be MUCH better to do them by hand-- the one we tried on the machine, well, it motivated me to do the rest (and partially re-do that one too) by hand.

===

A work project is finally moving. Much of what I do depends on my mind/spirit integrating a lot of complex stakeholders' interests and knowing when the time is right to "move." I get impatient with myself sometimes, accusing myself of procrastinating, when I am actually waiting on someone else's timing, and it is really important that I remain respectful and sensitive to others' timing in that regard. But one that has been on hold is finally moving, and next month I will attend a conference in TN that will be very helpful to moving it to completion.

===

A big website task got done this week-- I had a little formatting help but got an important calendar updated with many of the relevant dates and, now that it's been reformatted, I can tap in the rest of the dates.

===

TIP

The new air cleaner seems to be doing quite well on keeping the dust down. How I can tell is the TIP: I cleaned a surface that has usually re-filthed very quickly, and am watching that spot to see if it STAYS clean. The filter we chose is cleanable, and I bought two-- and the weather is warming to where I should be able to wash the filters when they need it.

===

I am surrounded again by piles of clean laundry to fold and store. I got some new x-wide hangers so that when I put all the clean stuff away I can do the spring closet sorting and start replacing the old nasty hangers that have been letting my clothes land on the floor in there.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 12:24 AM

The dogs and I went for another lovely walk this evening. This nice weather has been such a balm after the last two weeks of horrid stuff. The exercise is good, but the walks are also calming for the dogs. They don't chew on things when they can get out of the yard every day.

On the computer front, I'm returning to more of my blog writing. I let that slide over the last few months, and have a backlog of nearly finished or some completely finished (but the photos not cropped) essays. I'll put those up, and go from there.

I've been "shopping" my freezer this month instead of running to the store, and am enjoying all of the various things I'm coming up with. This is good for eating healthy and saving money. One step at a time as I work toward a couple of important financial goals.

I hope Kat is back feeling better soon, to give us a glimpse of things at her house. And I hope Morgan is over his virus so he can stop by for a visit that she can share with us. I miss reading about the little guy!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 07:01 PM

Wrote, let rest, proofed, then sent a letter to my city council asking that they deal with a case of a homeowner encroaching on one of our city parks. I spelled out the issues, addressed the possible remedies, and spoke to a couple of council people and park people to try to avoid the nose-out-of-joint problems. They know what I did and I paid them the courtesy of letting them know. The level of activity on boards here is shockingly low, and I know I'm going to shake things up. I figure since I am not raising teenagers now, I can get back to some of my community work. People already know me from my work with planning and zoning when a new development was proposed. It took two of them going away (I was one to give them a big push) before a third finally decided to toe the line and do what the village wanted.

I finished several promotional things for work, and an preparing to close down shop and take the girls for a walk. Three days in a row - this is so nice after the horrid weather for the first half of the month. I need the exercise.

I am going to be busy here this spring, since I launched what will, to some, feel like an assault upon their way of life here in the village. I need to be extra careful to keep my own nose clean. People will be just waiting to pounce if I let a blade of grass grow too tall. I think it's time to finish landscaping the lump of dirt in my front yard. I'll make sure the grass doesn't creep into the street, growing as tendrils or as lawn clippings escaping the mower. Either one of those can get a warning or a ticket. And I'd better go down and get the dog licenses.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 04:24 PM

At my own computer, in the room that has a way to go but actually has room for a spare put-you-up bed in it now (much appreciated by a cat by the state of it) and not lounging on the sofa...

Life is speeding up, Tai-chi was great last week, so have signed up for the new course starting next month, have bought a DVD to encourage the child in the meantime (who appears to be anaemic, to judge by what the phlebotomist said at her blood test last week). Sypmptoms seem to fit and she is working on improving bits of her lifestyle.

In the meantime, I am up to my eyeballs in paperwork concerning various child protection laws, risk assessments and various Acts for a potential job application. I thought I would try to improve my knowledge of certain areas of legislation before applying. It's something to do and it's useful. Had a long chat with a probation officer today... that's an option I looked at but haven't decided upon yet.

So... sewing has been on standby but will commence again shortly. The black and white quilt is mostly done, a little more quilting and the border will see it finished. Another one is in progress and I started to cut the third this week. The 4th child's quilt needs to be started soon, the baby is due in May!

Been playing on the WiiFit again, yesterday I was 37. I'm impressed, especially as Limpit came out as 29. She'll be 15 in a few weeks, but she has been ill. And she's a klutz.

Enjoy your weekends all, be careful on the ice. Michelle - give yourself a break - you too Dorothy!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 03:16 PM

SRS, whenever I look in here and you have not posted lately, I figger yer out there getting stuff doone and send up a cheer fer ya.

===

Here the main things to declut are the sewing basket and the driveway ice. Nature is helping with the latter and I'm slogging thru the former.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 01:06 PM

By making myself stop the procrastination (or at least, work on it) I find I'm not dropping in here as often. But overall I think that is a good thing. There are a lot of other things I should have been doing over this time and probably spent too much time playing at the 'cat.

This has been a good week. It's only half over, but I wanted to observe that by the simple act of arriving in time or a little early for meetings, I put myself on my solid footing. I feel more a viable part of the discussion, not on the edge of an apology for being late. It is empowering.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 05:24 PM

I sent out a tip last week for setting your default so those who don't post often on facebook will show up in your feed. facebook changed the settings recently. Here's what I sent to a friend this afternoon (who doesn't use facebook often but did get the message I sent her):

HERE'S THE FIX: Scroll down to the bottom of the newsfeed on the homepage and click on "Edit Options", click on "Show Posts ...From" and change the setting to "All Of Your Friends and Pages"

The problem is that the default now only lets you see people you've heard from in the last couple of weeks. So someone you want to read any time they post, if they don't post often, you won't see it. Setting it to show all of your friends and pages goes back to the way it was before.


I went to the village park board meeting today, and I addressed a problem of one new neighbor encroaching on the undeveloped park by putting in his own trees and shrubs, even put his patio chair out there. I want all of that out of there - if they wanted a larger yard, they should buy one. They can't co-opt part of the public park. I'm about to make a stink about it because the park board didn't have a clue what I was talking about, and the city employee who told the folks it was okay had no authority to do so.

Should be an interesting spring here in the neighborhood.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 04:24 PM

Nature abhors a vacuum and people seem to love filling empty spaces. Except those of us who like open space - and the open times during a conference or other heavily scheduled gathering, ----and life. Maintaining clear spaces seem to be like the never ending story - but worth the effort and whatever strategies work.

FB: I refuse, graciously, to friend anyone with whom I do not WANT to be in touch, accepting only people I actually know face to face or through mudcat, that sort of thing. I ignore games, etc. (I will try the strategy suggested herein.) I find about 6 friends post regularly and I find most of those very interesting; I often share their posts with others. I

t is the only way I find out things about family members: grandson broke his wrist, son went to Arizona, granddaughter got married! Little things like that! We love each other. We are not good communicators amongst each other. That is how I found the link to my son's interview, even though we visited in November. I really appreciate FB!! It connects people worldwide and is helping build a global community.

Rob and I both recovered from our mini-malaise by last evening - rest, extra C and extra Pau d'Arco - or we just got over it? I tried out a recipe for baked cauliflower which was quite nice.   I had done two loads of laundry, including the bedding and remade the bed. I find that one set is enough - off, wash, on. Cuts down on space needed; we have so little.

Today I passed up a flannel sheet set at the thrift shop, enough! Bought three small glass bowls to replace the three which broke last week. I keep them by the stove I use them so often. And a 2nd cookie sheet as it is good to have two if I actually get it together to cook that sort of thing. I always half the sugar in the recipe. I fancied some dishes but did not have $10 in my pocket. I realized driving home that I really only wanted the rimmed bowls and the rest would have been extraneous!

I also did groceries and stopped at the bank to pay bill and get some case - having saved $10! But decided not to drive an extra distance for two more items; get them at the nearby market. Time for a run to the supplement store. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer. So that trip, which entails a walk, and working on the second floor are on the agenda.

About 9 pm on Valentine's Day. Rob attended at a pharmacy; In the much depleted greeting card section, he found the perfect, for us, card: Picture: water with a head, nose just above water, eyes wide; Words: "No matter how crazy my life gets, I know you'll be there, and when it is your turn to lose it... you can count on me." (inside) "We're so screwed if it happens at the same time." He added: "Happy Valentines, Love, (signature)"   and near the bottom: "But there's always chocolate....." How I laughed! How true it is!

I cannot believe Carleton Cards came up with that!

Now to find a good solution to the bro situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: maire-aine
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 02:50 PM

Like Michelle & Maggie, I have blocked all of the "Farmville" & "Mafia Wars", etc. I take my time sending & accepting friend requests, and limit to folks I really want to be in contact with. That said, I really like it. Most of my friends are either musicians (so I can keep up with who's playing where), folks who share my political opinions (altho there are a few conservatives too), some family members & some folks I went to high school with.

Maryanne Dunmire


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Subject: RE: BS: Declutter, Exercise, Diet, February 2011
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 02:01 PM

On facebook, when you see one of those reports for a game (farmville, for example), when you see that someone just bought a cow, if you mouse over the top right corner and see the "x" appear, clicking it once will give you several choices. You can block that application only so that you only see the non-automated stuff from that person and any others when they're not playing that game. Horoscopes, contests, there are lots of things out there that I don't want cluttering my news/wall.

I had a good visit with the friend who came through, and now she's on the way to her next stop while she's in town.

SRS


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