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De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020

Stilly River Sage 17 Feb 20 - 12:02 PM
LilyFestre 15 Feb 20 - 05:28 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Feb 20 - 12:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Feb 20 - 03:35 PM
Charmion 11 Feb 20 - 11:46 AM
Stilly River Sage 10 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM
Charmion 10 Feb 20 - 10:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Feb 20 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Feb 20 - 10:20 AM
Donuel 08 Feb 20 - 07:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Feb 20 - 11:53 PM
Charmion 05 Feb 20 - 03:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM
Charmion 04 Feb 20 - 10:11 AM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Feb 20 - 07:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Feb 20 - 06:23 PM
LilyFestre 03 Feb 20 - 01:30 PM
Charmion 03 Feb 20 - 07:32 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Feb 20 - 04:33 PM
LilyFestre 02 Feb 20 - 03:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 20 - 07:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jan 20 - 10:27 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Jan 20 - 07:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jan 20 - 12:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jan 20 - 04:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jan 20 - 09:24 PM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Jan 20 - 04:50 PM
Charmion 28 Jan 20 - 03:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jan 20 - 09:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Jan 20 - 12:12 PM
Charmion 22 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jan 20 - 09:40 PM
Charmion 21 Jan 20 - 08:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jan 20 - 04:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM
Dorothy Parshall 20 Jan 20 - 07:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jan 20 - 11:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jan 20 - 04:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Jan 20 - 02:10 PM
Charmion 18 Jan 20 - 01:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jan 20 - 12:38 PM
Charmion 18 Jan 20 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Jan 20 - 08:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jan 20 - 02:13 PM
Charmion 13 Jan 20 - 03:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jan 20 - 11:19 AM
LilyFestre 11 Jan 20 - 06:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jan 20 - 09:25 AM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Jan 20 - 08:33 PM
Charmion 08 Jan 20 - 01:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jan 20 - 12:22 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Jan 20 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jan 20 - 11:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jan 20 - 12:06 AM
Charmion 02 Jan 20 - 09:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jan 20 - 09:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 19 - 10:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Dec 19 - 08:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Dec 19 - 03:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 19 - 12:35 PM
Charmion 29 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM
keberoxu 29 Dec 19 - 10:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Dec 19 - 10:24 AM
Charmion 29 Dec 19 - 09:42 AM
mg 28 Dec 19 - 12:37 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Dec 19 - 10:06 PM
mg 27 Dec 19 - 04:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Dec 19 - 03:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Dec 19 - 04:43 PM
Charmion 23 Dec 19 - 07:10 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Dec 19 - 12:56 AM
Charmion 22 Dec 19 - 02:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Dec 19 - 10:10 AM
LilyFestre 22 Dec 19 - 07:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Dec 19 - 11:33 AM
Charmion 18 Dec 19 - 09:16 PM
Donuel 18 Dec 19 - 10:05 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Dec 19 - 09:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Dec 19 - 10:07 AM
Donuel 16 Dec 19 - 07:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Dec 19 - 11:58 AM
Charmion 16 Dec 19 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Dec 19 - 06:02 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Dec 19 - 05:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Dec 19 - 06:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Dec 19 - 01:39 PM
Donuel 12 Dec 19 - 10:20 AM
Donuel 12 Dec 19 - 09:43 AM
Charmion 11 Dec 19 - 04:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Dec 19 - 10:19 AM
Donuel 10 Dec 19 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Dec 19 - 12:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Dec 19 - 10:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Dec 19 - 05:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Dec 19 - 01:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Dec 19 - 11:17 AM
Charmion 06 Dec 19 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Dec 19 - 11:01 AM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Dec 19 - 08:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 19 - 11:45 AM
Charmion 01 Dec 19 - 12:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Dec 19 - 11:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Nov 19 - 10:04 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Nov 19 - 04:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Nov 19 - 02:53 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Nov 19 - 10:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Nov 19 - 09:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Nov 19 - 12:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Nov 19 - 12:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Nov 19 - 08:00 PM
LilyFestre 21 Nov 19 - 07:38 PM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Nov 19 - 05:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Nov 19 - 12:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Nov 19 - 05:31 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Nov 19 - 04:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Nov 19 - 01:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Nov 19 - 11:32 PM
mg 16 Nov 19 - 02:46 PM
LilyFestre 16 Nov 19 - 02:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Nov 19 - 11:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Nov 19 - 04:40 PM
Charmion 15 Nov 19 - 11:31 AM
Donuel 15 Nov 19 - 11:23 AM
Charmion 15 Nov 19 - 08:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 19 - 11:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Nov 19 - 05:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 19 - 10:01 AM
Charmion 14 Nov 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Nov 19 - 03:45 PM
Charmion 13 Nov 19 - 10:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Nov 19 - 11:39 AM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Nov 19 - 06:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Nov 19 - 01:46 AM
Charmion 09 Nov 19 - 10:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Nov 19 - 07:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Nov 19 - 12:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Nov 19 - 07:18 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Nov 19 - 07:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Nov 19 - 05:16 PM
Donuel 06 Nov 19 - 06:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Nov 19 - 12:15 PM
Charmion 04 Nov 19 - 08:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Nov 19 - 09:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Nov 19 - 08:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Nov 19 - 03:43 PM
LilyFestre 03 Nov 19 - 02:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Nov 19 - 01:09 PM
LilyFestre 02 Nov 19 - 11:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Nov 19 - 05:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Oct 19 - 04:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Oct 19 - 11:10 AM
mg 30 Oct 19 - 07:12 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Oct 19 - 06:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Oct 19 - 08:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Oct 19 - 10:43 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Oct 19 - 05:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Oct 19 - 05:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Oct 19 - 12:37 PM
Charmion 28 Oct 19 - 09:10 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Oct 19 - 11:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Oct 19 - 01:09 AM
mg 26 Oct 19 - 08:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Oct 19 - 04:22 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Oct 19 - 11:31 AM
Charmion 26 Oct 19 - 11:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Oct 19 - 11:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Oct 19 - 07:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Oct 19 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 Oct 19 - 11:24 AM
Donuel 22 Oct 19 - 08:53 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Oct 19 - 07:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Oct 19 - 12:51 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Oct 19 - 11:25 AM
Charmion 21 Oct 19 - 10:32 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Oct 19 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 02:36 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Oct 19 - 11:51 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 10:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Oct 19 - 02:43 PM
LilyFestre 18 Oct 19 - 11:46 AM
Donuel 17 Oct 19 - 09:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM
Charmion 17 Oct 19 - 09:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:57 PM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Oct 19 - 10:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Oct 19 - 11:38 AM
Charmion 15 Oct 19 - 09:48 AM
mg 14 Oct 19 - 04:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 19 - 11:20 PM
LilyFestre 13 Oct 19 - 10:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 19 - 08:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Oct 19 - 12:32 PM
LilyFestre 11 Oct 19 - 07:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Oct 19 - 12:59 PM
LilyFestre 10 Oct 19 - 04:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Oct 19 - 10:58 AM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Oct 19 - 05:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Oct 19 - 03:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Oct 19 - 11:48 AM
Charmion 08 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Oct 19 - 11:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Oct 19 - 12:17 PM
Charmion 06 Oct 19 - 09:27 PM
Jon Freeman 06 Oct 19 - 01:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Oct 19 - 01:21 PM
Jon Freeman 06 Oct 19 - 12:29 PM
Donuel 06 Oct 19 - 12:00 AM
LilyFestre 05 Oct 19 - 10:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Oct 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Oct 19 - 07:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 19 - 05:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Oct 19 - 05:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Oct 19 - 10:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Sep 19 - 03:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM
Charmion 30 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Sep 19 - 10:39 AM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Sep 19 - 09:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Sep 19 - 05:00 PM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Sep 19 - 02:33 PM
Charmion 28 Sep 19 - 10:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Sep 19 - 09:46 AM
LilyFestre 28 Sep 19 - 08:05 AM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Sep 19 - 05:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Sep 19 - 11:44 AM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Sep 19 - 06:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Sep 19 - 09:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Sep 19 - 10:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Sep 19 - 11:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Sep 19 - 04:33 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Sep 19 - 03:07 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Sep 19 - 01:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Sep 19 - 10:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Sep 19 - 08:52 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Sep 19 - 02:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Sep 19 - 11:01 AM
Charmion 21 Sep 19 - 10:36 AM
Jon Freeman 21 Sep 19 - 09:09 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Sep 19 - 01:14 AM
LilyFestre 20 Sep 19 - 11:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Sep 19 - 10:18 PM
mg 20 Sep 19 - 08:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Sep 19 - 05:49 PM
Charmion 20 Sep 19 - 09:30 AM
mg 20 Sep 19 - 12:03 AM
mg 20 Sep 19 - 12:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Sep 19 - 10:56 AM
Charmion 17 Sep 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Sep 19 - 01:33 PM
Jon Freeman 15 Sep 19 - 04:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Sep 19 - 10:43 AM
Jon Freeman 15 Sep 19 - 07:59 AM
LilyFestre 15 Sep 19 - 07:53 AM
Charmion 15 Sep 19 - 07:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Sep 19 - 11:26 PM
LilyFestre 14 Sep 19 - 03:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Sep 19 - 11:05 PM
Charmion 13 Sep 19 - 12:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Sep 19 - 11:35 AM
Jon Freeman 13 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 12 Sep 19 - 08:18 PM
wysiwyg 12 Sep 19 - 07:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Sep 19 - 12:18 PM
wysiwyg 12 Sep 19 - 10:46 AM
Charmion 12 Sep 19 - 10:18 AM
Jon Freeman 12 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM
Jon Freeman 12 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Sep 19 - 11:33 PM
Jon Freeman 11 Sep 19 - 04:10 PM
wysiwyg 11 Sep 19 - 01:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Sep 19 - 11:52 PM
wysiwyg 10 Sep 19 - 10:43 PM
wysiwyg 10 Sep 19 - 03:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Sep 19 - 10:20 AM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Sep 19 - 05:36 PM
wysiwyg 09 Sep 19 - 04:42 PM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Sep 19 - 12:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Sep 19 - 11:58 AM
Charmion 09 Sep 19 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 11:31 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Sep 19 - 07:24 PM
LilyFestre 08 Sep 19 - 06:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 02:47 PM
wysiwyg 08 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 11:15 AM
wysiwyg 07 Sep 19 - 08:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Sep 19 - 10:22 AM
wysiwyg 07 Sep 19 - 06:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Sep 19 - 12:18 AM
Dorothy Parshall 06 Sep 19 - 10:00 PM
wysiwyg 06 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM
LilyFestre 05 Sep 19 - 09:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 05 Sep 19 - 08:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 19 - 04:56 PM
wysiwyg 05 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Sep 19 - 10:55 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Sep 19 - 09:59 PM
Charmion 03 Sep 19 - 10:26 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Sep 19 - 10:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Sep 19 - 10:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Sep 19 - 09:51 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 11:59 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Sep 19 - 04:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Aug 19 - 09:53 PM
Dorothy Parshall 31 Aug 19 - 08:48 PM
wysiwyg 31 Aug 19 - 12:15 PM
LilyFestre 31 Aug 19 - 11:39 AM
wysiwyg 31 Aug 19 - 10:24 AM
LilyFestre 30 Aug 19 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Aug 19 - 05:47 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Aug 19 - 05:39 PM
wysiwyg 30 Aug 19 - 05:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Aug 19 - 01:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 19 - 10:51 PM
LilyFestre 29 Aug 19 - 10:17 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Aug 19 - 06:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM
wysiwyg 29 Aug 19 - 06:51 AM
Charmion 28 Aug 19 - 07:41 PM
wysiwyg 28 Aug 19 - 03:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Aug 19 - 11:11 AM
Charmion 28 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM
wysiwyg 28 Aug 19 - 05:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 10:57 PM
wysiwyg 27 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Aug 19 - 08:49 PM
wysiwyg 27 Aug 19 - 03:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Aug 19 - 04:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Aug 19 - 01:41 PM
LilyFestre 25 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Aug 19 - 11:45 PM
wysiwyg 24 Aug 19 - 09:23 PM
LilyFestre 24 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Aug 19 - 10:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 22 Aug 19 - 03:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Aug 19 - 11:57 AM
Charmion 22 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Aug 19 - 08:07 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Aug 19 - 01:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Aug 19 - 12:41 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Aug 19 - 11:22 AM
Charmion 21 Aug 19 - 09:27 AM
Jon Freeman 21 Aug 19 - 04:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Aug 19 - 11:26 AM
Charmion 20 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Aug 19 - 05:48 PM
wysiwyg 19 Aug 19 - 07:03 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM
LilyFestre 18 Aug 19 - 02:29 PM
wysiwyg 18 Aug 19 - 08:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 10:04 PM
LilyFestre 17 Aug 19 - 08:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 04:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Aug 19 - 10:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Aug 19 - 09:36 AM
Charmion 16 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Aug 19 - 02:46 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Aug 19 - 08:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 19 - 08:37 PM
wysiwyg 13 Aug 19 - 08:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 19 - 01:40 PM
wysiwyg 12 Aug 19 - 03:33 PM
Jon Freeman 12 Aug 19 - 10:51 AM
Charmion 12 Aug 19 - 10:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Aug 19 - 10:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Aug 19 - 10:20 PM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Aug 19 - 05:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Aug 19 - 10:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Aug 19 - 09:54 AM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Aug 19 - 07:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Aug 19 - 03:23 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Aug 19 - 11:19 AM
wysiwyg 08 Aug 19 - 11:18 AM
wysiwyg 07 Aug 19 - 08:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Aug 19 - 09:46 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Aug 19 - 09:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 19 - 10:25 PM
LilyFestre 04 Aug 19 - 10:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 19 - 10:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Aug 19 - 09:46 PM
wysiwyg 03 Aug 19 - 02:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Aug 19 - 10:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Aug 19 - 10:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Aug 19 - 02:19 PM
mg 01 Aug 19 - 04:59 PM
wysiwyg 01 Aug 19 - 11:45 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM
wysiwyg 01 Aug 19 - 09:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jul 19 - 02:41 PM
Charmion 31 Jul 19 - 12:59 PM
wysiwyg 31 Jul 19 - 11:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jul 19 - 11:05 AM
wysiwyg 30 Jul 19 - 10:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jul 19 - 04:04 PM
wysiwyg 29 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jul 19 - 05:29 PM
wysiwyg 28 Jul 19 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jul 19 - 04:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM
Charmion 26 Jul 19 - 08:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jul 19 - 01:13 PM
wysiwyg 26 Jul 19 - 11:58 AM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 19 - 06:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jul 19 - 06:14 PM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 19 - 12:30 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jul 19 - 11:38 AM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 19 - 11:21 AM
Charmion 25 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 19 - 07:26 PM
wysiwyg 24 Jul 19 - 04:55 PM
wysiwyg 24 Jul 19 - 03:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 19 - 01:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 19 - 09:14 AM
wysiwyg 23 Jul 19 - 04:39 PM
wysiwyg 23 Jul 19 - 12:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jul 19 - 12:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jul 19 - 10:46 AM
wysiwyg 23 Jul 19 - 10:18 AM
Charmion 23 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 Jul 19 - 01:42 PM
Charmion 22 Jul 19 - 09:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Jul 19 - 10:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jul 19 - 12:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jul 19 - 07:50 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jul 19 - 06:49 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jul 19 - 02:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM
wysiwyg 19 Jul 19 - 09:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 09:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 10:34 AM
Charmion 19 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM
wysiwyg 18 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jul 19 - 03:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jul 19 - 10:59 AM
wysiwyg 16 Jul 19 - 02:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 19 - 11:26 AM
wysiwyg 16 Jul 19 - 11:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 19 - 08:52 AM
wysiwyg 16 Jul 19 - 08:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jul 19 - 01:43 PM
wysiwyg 15 Jul 19 - 01:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM
Charmion 15 Jul 19 - 10:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 19 - 12:42 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 19 - 08:45 AM
Charmion 13 Jul 19 - 02:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jul 19 - 12:23 PM
Charmion 12 Jul 19 - 10:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM
wysiwyg 12 Jul 19 - 02:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jul 19 - 09:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jul 19 - 11:03 AM
wysiwyg 10 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jul 19 - 09:32 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Jul 19 - 07:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jul 19 - 11:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 08:57 PM
wysiwyg 09 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 06:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 03:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 11:37 AM
wysiwyg 09 Jul 19 - 10:48 AM
Jon Freeman 09 Jul 19 - 09:05 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jul 19 - 08:33 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 11:31 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Jul 19 - 10:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 09:34 PM
mg 08 Jul 19 - 08:43 PM
mg 08 Jul 19 - 08:41 PM
Charmion 08 Jul 19 - 08:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 06:18 PM
wysiwyg 08 Jul 19 - 06:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jul 19 - 02:36 PM
wysiwyg 08 Jul 19 - 01:48 PM
Charmion 08 Jul 19 - 10:53 AM
wysiwyg 08 Jul 19 - 10:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jul 19 - 12:48 PM
Charmion 07 Jul 19 - 12:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jul 19 - 10:05 AM
wysiwyg 06 Jul 19 - 08:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jul 19 - 06:02 PM
wysiwyg 06 Jul 19 - 01:23 PM
Dorothy Parshall 06 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jul 19 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 19 - 04:45 PM
wysiwyg 05 Jul 19 - 02:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 19 - 11:57 AM
Charmion 05 Jul 19 - 08:29 AM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Jul 19 - 08:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jul 19 - 12:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jul 19 - 11:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jul 19 - 10:30 AM
Charmion 03 Jul 19 - 09:47 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jul 19 - 09:44 PM
wysiwyg 02 Jul 19 - 07:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jul 19 - 10:25 AM
Charmion 02 Jul 19 - 09:29 AM
wysiwyg 02 Jul 19 - 09:13 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jul 19 - 07:24 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Jun 19 - 07:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Jun 19 - 07:26 PM
wysiwyg 29 Jun 19 - 02:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Jun 19 - 11:47 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jun 19 - 10:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jun 19 - 06:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jun 19 - 11:01 AM
Charmion 26 Jun 19 - 10:40 AM
wysiwyg 26 Jun 19 - 10:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jun 19 - 10:33 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jun 19 - 10:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jun 19 - 03:15 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Jun 19 - 02:51 PM
wysiwyg 25 Jun 19 - 01:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jun 19 - 01:09 PM
Charmion 24 Jun 19 - 12:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jun 19 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jun 19 - 10:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jun 19 - 12:57 AM
wysiwyg 22 Jun 19 - 09:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Jun 19 - 11:20 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jun 19 - 03:10 PM
wysiwyg 21 Jun 19 - 02:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jun 19 - 11:54 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jun 19 - 10:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Jun 19 - 01:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jun 19 - 07:51 PM
wysiwyg 18 Jun 19 - 05:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jun 19 - 10:48 PM
wysiwyg 17 Jun 19 - 08:30 PM
Dorothy Parshall 17 Jun 19 - 08:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Jun 19 - 01:21 AM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Jun 19 - 05:35 PM
LilyFestre 16 Jun 19 - 04:21 PM
wysiwyg 16 Jun 19 - 02:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jun 19 - 11:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 19 - 11:03 AM
wysiwyg 15 Jun 19 - 08:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 19 - 12:05 AM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Jun 19 - 10:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jun 19 - 11:29 AM
Charmion 14 Jun 19 - 09:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jun 19 - 06:29 PM
Charmion 13 Jun 19 - 12:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jun 19 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM
Charmion 12 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Jun 19 - 04:36 PM
wysiwyg 11 Jun 19 - 02:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jun 19 - 09:11 AM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Jun 19 - 09:10 PM
wysiwyg 10 Jun 19 - 02:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jun 19 - 12:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Jun 19 - 10:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Jun 19 - 01:19 PM
Charmion 08 Jun 19 - 09:34 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Jun 19 - 07:02 PM
wysiwyg 07 Jun 19 - 09:12 AM
Dorothy Parshall 06 Jun 19 - 10:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jun 19 - 07:47 PM
wysiwyg 06 Jun 19 - 12:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Jun 19 - 12:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jun 19 - 09:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jun 19 - 06:58 PM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Jun 19 - 06:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jun 19 - 11:35 AM
wysiwyg 04 Jun 19 - 07:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jun 19 - 03:06 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 19 - 02:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jun 19 - 01:50 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 19 - 01:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jun 19 - 12:35 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 19 - 04:44 AM
mg 03 Jun 19 - 03:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jun 19 - 03:59 PM
wysiwyg 01 Jun 19 - 01:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jun 19 - 10:23 AM
wysiwyg 01 Jun 19 - 10:13 AM
wysiwyg 31 May 19 - 05:56 PM
wysiwyg 31 May 19 - 05:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 May 19 - 10:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 May 19 - 05:31 PM
wysiwyg 30 May 19 - 02:10 PM
wysiwyg 30 May 19 - 09:51 AM
LilyFestre 29 May 19 - 09:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 May 19 - 09:07 PM
LilyFestre 29 May 19 - 08:53 PM
wysiwyg 29 May 19 - 07:52 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 May 19 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 May 19 - 11:24 AM
wysiwyg 28 May 19 - 05:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 May 19 - 02:49 PM
wysiwyg 28 May 19 - 12:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 19 - 11:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 19 - 03:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 27 May 19 - 01:00 PM
wysiwyg 27 May 19 - 12:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 19 - 11:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 May 19 - 05:57 PM
LilyFestre 26 May 19 - 03:52 PM
wysiwyg 26 May 19 - 01:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 May 19 - 01:05 PM
wysiwyg 26 May 19 - 12:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 May 19 - 07:59 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 May 19 - 10:52 AM
wysiwyg 25 May 19 - 07:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 May 19 - 09:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 May 19 - 11:41 AM
wysiwyg 24 May 19 - 11:34 AM
Charmion 24 May 19 - 09:46 AM
wysiwyg 23 May 19 - 07:44 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 May 19 - 04:43 PM
Donuel 23 May 19 - 09:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 19 - 08:08 PM
Dorothy Parshall 22 May 19 - 07:55 PM
wysiwyg 22 May 19 - 07:31 PM
wysiwyg 22 May 19 - 05:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 19 - 04:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 May 19 - 01:42 AM
wysiwyg 21 May 19 - 04:29 PM
Charmion 21 May 19 - 09:29 AM
mg 20 May 19 - 03:01 PM
wysiwyg 20 May 19 - 10:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 May 19 - 02:29 AM
Charmion 19 May 19 - 08:18 PM
LilyFestre 19 May 19 - 06:52 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 May 19 - 04:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 May 19 - 12:42 PM
Charmion 18 May 19 - 09:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 May 19 - 07:23 PM
wysiwyg 18 May 19 - 02:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 May 19 - 10:42 PM
wysiwyg 17 May 19 - 09:05 PM
Charmion 17 May 19 - 11:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 May 19 - 10:37 AM
wysiwyg 15 May 19 - 03:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 May 19 - 02:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 May 19 - 06:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 May 19 - 11:30 AM
wysiwyg 14 May 19 - 07:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 May 19 - 10:46 PM
wysiwyg 13 May 19 - 05:36 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 May 19 - 03:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 May 19 - 01:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 May 19 - 09:37 PM
wysiwyg 12 May 19 - 09:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 May 19 - 12:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 May 19 - 01:25 PM
wysiwyg 10 May 19 - 06:42 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 May 19 - 01:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 May 19 - 12:35 PM
wysiwyg 10 May 19 - 07:38 AM
Stilly River Sage 10 May 19 - 01:29 AM
wysiwyg 09 May 19 - 04:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 May 19 - 11:40 PM
wysiwyg 08 May 19 - 06:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 May 19 - 11:27 AM
Dorothy Parshall 08 May 19 - 10:27 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 May 19 - 10:28 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 19 - 05:56 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 19 - 05:33 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 19 - 01:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 May 19 - 10:57 AM
Donuel 07 May 19 - 10:50 AM
Charmion 07 May 19 - 09:54 AM
Donuel 07 May 19 - 09:02 AM
wysiwyg 06 May 19 - 10:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 May 19 - 08:38 PM
Dorothy Parshall 06 May 19 - 07:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 May 19 - 05:58 PM
Dorothy Parshall 06 May 19 - 10:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 19 - 09:07 PM
wysiwyg 05 May 19 - 06:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 19 - 04:32 PM
wysiwyg 05 May 19 - 02:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 19 - 11:31 AM
wysiwyg 05 May 19 - 06:54 AM
Donuel 04 May 19 - 08:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 19 - 08:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 04 May 19 - 07:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 19 - 02:36 PM
wysiwyg 04 May 19 - 01:04 PM
LilyFestre 04 May 19 - 12:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 19 - 11:00 AM
wysiwyg 03 May 19 - 04:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 May 19 - 02:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 May 19 - 11:11 AM
LilyFestre 02 May 19 - 06:58 PM
wysiwyg 02 May 19 - 04:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 May 19 - 12:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 May 19 - 11:30 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 May 19 - 07:53 PM
Charmion 01 May 19 - 03:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 May 19 - 12:18 PM
wysiwyg 30 Apr 19 - 08:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Apr 19 - 02:48 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Apr 19 - 01:02 PM
wysiwyg 30 Apr 19 - 12:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Apr 19 - 12:13 PM
Charmion 30 Apr 19 - 10:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 19 - 10:50 PM
wysiwyg 29 Apr 19 - 09:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 19 - 02:52 PM
wysiwyg 29 Apr 19 - 11:25 AM
wysiwyg 28 Apr 19 - 10:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM
LilyFestre 28 Apr 19 - 09:17 PM
wysiwyg 28 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 19 - 01:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 19 - 11:12 AM
LilyFestre 27 Apr 19 - 10:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 19 - 07:09 PM
LilyFestre 27 Apr 19 - 05:20 PM
LilyFestre 27 Apr 19 - 04:33 PM
Jon Freeman 27 Apr 19 - 04:06 PM
wysiwyg 27 Apr 19 - 02:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 19 - 01:52 PM
Jon Freeman 27 Apr 19 - 12:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 19 - 11:26 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Apr 19 - 07:15 PM
Jon Freeman 26 Apr 19 - 07:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Apr 19 - 01:34 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Apr 19 - 11:27 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Apr 19 - 09:45 AM
wysiwyg 26 Apr 19 - 08:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Apr 19 - 12:55 AM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Apr 19 - 09:43 PM
wysiwyg 25 Apr 19 - 04:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Apr 19 - 12:04 AM
wysiwyg 24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM
wysiwyg 24 Apr 19 - 01:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM
wysiwyg 23 Apr 19 - 10:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Apr 19 - 08:47 PM
wysiwyg 23 Apr 19 - 05:52 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Apr 19 - 11:41 AM
Dorothy Parshall 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 PM
wysiwyg 22 Apr 19 - 04:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 AM
wysiwyg 22 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM
wysiwyg 21 Apr 19 - 07:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Apr 19 - 12:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Apr 19 - 10:30 PM
LilyFestre 20 Apr 19 - 05:46 PM
wysiwyg 20 Apr 19 - 09:17 AM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Apr 19 - 06:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM
LilyFestre 18 Apr 19 - 05:28 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Apr 19 - 04:29 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Apr 19 - 12:10 AM
LilyFestre 17 Apr 19 - 09:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 19 - 07:35 PM
Dorothy Parshall 17 Apr 19 - 06:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 19 - 04:48 PM
mg 17 Apr 19 - 03:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 19 - 11:42 AM
wysiwyg 16 Apr 19 - 01:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM
wysiwyg 16 Apr 19 - 09:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Apr 19 - 10:01 PM
wysiwyg 15 Apr 19 - 07:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Apr 19 - 07:28 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM
LilyFestre 15 Apr 19 - 04:34 PM
wysiwyg 15 Apr 19 - 04:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Apr 19 - 03:50 PM
LilyFestre 14 Apr 19 - 10:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Apr 19 - 08:08 PM
wysiwyg 14 Apr 19 - 03:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Apr 19 - 11:38 AM
wysiwyg 14 Apr 19 - 10:36 AM
LilyFestre 14 Apr 19 - 07:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Apr 19 - 10:05 PM
wysiwyg 13 Apr 19 - 07:47 PM
LilyFestre 13 Apr 19 - 07:42 PM
wysiwyg 13 Apr 19 - 11:05 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Apr 19 - 10:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Apr 19 - 05:26 PM
wysiwyg 12 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 12 Apr 19 - 12:57 PM
wysiwyg 11 Apr 19 - 08:29 PM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Apr 19 - 06:13 PM
wysiwyg 11 Apr 19 - 12:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Apr 19 - 11:20 AM
wysiwyg 10 Apr 19 - 10:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Apr 19 - 09:47 PM
LilyFestre 10 Apr 19 - 06:55 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM
wysiwyg 10 Apr 19 - 04:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Apr 19 - 10:58 AM
Jon Freeman 09 Apr 19 - 04:46 PM
wysiwyg 09 Apr 19 - 04:04 PM
wysiwyg 09 Apr 19 - 01:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM
Dorothy Parshall 08 Apr 19 - 08:57 PM
wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 07:12 PM
wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 06:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 05:45 PM
Tattie Bogle 08 Apr 19 - 05:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 04:13 PM
wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 02:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 01:28 PM
wysiwyg 08 Apr 19 - 06:58 AM
Jon Freeman 08 Apr 19 - 04:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Apr 19 - 12:01 AM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Apr 19 - 07:37 PM
wysiwyg 07 Apr 19 - 07:32 PM
Donuel 07 Apr 19 - 06:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Apr 19 - 12:19 PM
LilyFestre 06 Apr 19 - 11:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Apr 19 - 11:13 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Apr 19 - 11:46 PM
Dorothy Parshall 05 Apr 19 - 06:58 PM
wysiwyg 05 Apr 19 - 02:34 PM
wysiwyg 05 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Apr 19 - 11:22 AM
wysiwyg 04 Apr 19 - 09:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Apr 19 - 03:32 PM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Apr 19 - 01:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM
wysiwyg 03 Apr 19 - 09:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Apr 19 - 06:18 PM
wysiwyg 03 Apr 19 - 04:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Apr 19 - 10:35 PM
wysiwyg 02 Apr 19 - 07:29 PM
Dorothy Parshall 02 Apr 19 - 03:06 PM
wysiwyg 01 Apr 19 - 08:22 PM
wysiwyg 01 Apr 19 - 07:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Apr 19 - 05:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Apr 19 - 02:19 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Apr 19 - 01:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Mar 19 - 10:19 PM
wysiwyg 31 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM
wysiwyg 31 Mar 19 - 03:02 PM
wysiwyg 31 Mar 19 - 11:15 AM
mg 31 Mar 19 - 10:19 AM
LilyFestre 30 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM
wysiwyg 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Mar 19 - 11:49 PM
wysiwyg 29 Mar 19 - 06:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Mar 19 - 05:17 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Mar 19 - 03:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Mar 19 - 01:34 PM
wysiwyg 29 Mar 19 - 11:06 AM
wysiwyg 29 Mar 19 - 09:29 AM
wysiwyg 28 Mar 19 - 12:21 PM
Dorothy Parshall 28 Mar 19 - 12:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Mar 19 - 11:26 AM
wysiwyg 28 Mar 19 - 05:15 AM
Donuel 27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM
wysiwyg 27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Mar 19 - 09:41 PM
wysiwyg 26 Mar 19 - 05:24 PM
Donuel 26 Mar 19 - 04:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Mar 19 - 02:46 PM
wysiwyg 26 Mar 19 - 12:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM
Donuel 26 Mar 19 - 09:17 AM
Jon Freeman 25 Mar 19 - 07:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Mar 19 - 05:44 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Mar 19 - 03:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Mar 19 - 02:52 PM
Jon Freeman 25 Mar 19 - 02:03 PM
Jon Freeman 25 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Mar 19 - 01:32 PM
Jon Freeman 25 Mar 19 - 12:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Mar 19 - 09:27 PM
wysiwyg 24 Mar 19 - 07:59 PM
Dorothy Parshall 24 Mar 19 - 06:26 PM
wysiwyg 24 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM
wysiwyg 24 Mar 19 - 03:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Mar 19 - 12:25 PM
wysiwyg 24 Mar 19 - 12:19 PM
wysiwyg 24 Mar 19 - 10:51 AM
LilyFestre 23 Mar 19 - 06:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Mar 19 - 05:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Mar 19 - 04:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Mar 19 - 04:14 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Mar 19 - 04:10 PM
wysiwyg 23 Mar 19 - 03:03 PM
Jon Freeman 23 Mar 19 - 01:11 PM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Mar 19 - 12:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Mar 19 - 10:35 AM
wysiwyg 22 Mar 19 - 04:56 PM
wysiwyg 22 Mar 19 - 01:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 22 Mar 19 - 12:22 PM
wysiwyg 22 Mar 19 - 10:46 AM
Jon Freeman 22 Mar 19 - 09:26 AM
mg 22 Mar 19 - 03:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Mar 19 - 08:25 PM
wysiwyg 21 Mar 19 - 08:24 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Mar 19 - 12:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Mar 19 - 11:56 AM
Dorothy Parshall 20 Mar 19 - 05:07 PM
wysiwyg 19 Mar 19 - 08:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Mar 19 - 04:50 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Mar 19 - 03:22 PM
wysiwyg 19 Mar 19 - 12:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Mar 19 - 12:08 PM
Jon Freeman 19 Mar 19 - 10:26 AM
wysiwyg 18 Mar 19 - 08:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Mar 19 - 06:59 PM
wysiwyg 18 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM
Dorothy Parshall 18 Mar 19 - 04:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Mar 19 - 03:53 PM
wysiwyg 17 Mar 19 - 07:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Mar 19 - 03:43 PM
Dorothy Parshall 17 Mar 19 - 02:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Mar 19 - 11:50 AM
Donuel 17 Mar 19 - 11:25 AM
Donuel 17 Mar 19 - 11:16 AM
wysiwyg 16 Mar 19 - 06:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Mar 19 - 11:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Mar 19 - 07:19 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Mar 19 - 12:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Mar 19 - 12:00 PM
LilyFestre 14 Mar 19 - 08:11 PM
wysiwyg 14 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Mar 19 - 12:17 PM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Mar 19 - 11:20 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Mar 19 - 12:25 AM
LilyFestre 13 Mar 19 - 10:06 PM
wysiwyg 13 Mar 19 - 06:37 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Mar 19 - 03:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Mar 19 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Mar 19 - 08:40 PM
wysiwyg 12 Mar 19 - 12:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Mar 19 - 10:56 PM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM
wysiwyg 11 Mar 19 - 05:53 AM
wysiwyg 10 Mar 19 - 09:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Mar 19 - 07:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Mar 19 - 09:59 PM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Mar 19 - 04:33 PM
wysiwyg 09 Mar 19 - 04:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Mar 19 - 02:49 PM
wysiwyg 09 Mar 19 - 01:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Mar 19 - 06:28 PM
wysiwyg 08 Mar 19 - 05:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Mar 19 - 08:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Mar 19 - 09:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Mar 19 - 11:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Mar 19 - 12:49 PM
wysiwyg 05 Mar 19 - 11:02 AM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Mar 19 - 03:22 PM
wysiwyg 04 Mar 19 - 02:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Mar 19 - 02:05 PM
wysiwyg 04 Mar 19 - 11:53 AM
wysiwyg 03 Mar 19 - 11:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Mar 19 - 12:31 AM
wysiwyg 01 Mar 19 - 09:07 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Mar 19 - 06:45 PM
wysiwyg 28 Feb 19 - 05:09 PM
Jon Freeman 28 Feb 19 - 08:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Feb 19 - 05:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Feb 19 - 04:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Feb 19 - 11:00 AM
wysiwyg 27 Feb 19 - 10:31 AM
wysiwyg 26 Feb 19 - 06:44 PM
wysiwyg 26 Feb 19 - 04:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Feb 19 - 12:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Feb 19 - 09:30 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Feb 19 - 01:22 PM
wysiwyg 25 Feb 19 - 05:58 AM
wysiwyg 25 Feb 19 - 05:56 AM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 19 - 04:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Feb 19 - 03:19 PM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 19 - 12:08 PM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 19 - 11:13 AM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Feb 19 - 10:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Feb 19 - 11:26 AM
wysiwyg 23 Feb 19 - 11:24 AM
wysiwyg 22 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Feb 19 - 05:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 19 - 11:38 PM
wysiwyg 20 Feb 19 - 05:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Feb 19 - 04:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Feb 19 - 11:23 AM
wysiwyg 20 Feb 19 - 10:22 AM
wysiwyg 20 Feb 19 - 07:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Feb 19 - 10:23 PM
Dorothy Parshall 19 Feb 19 - 06:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Feb 19 - 11:10 AM
wysiwyg 19 Feb 19 - 07:54 AM
mg 19 Feb 19 - 07:51 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Feb 19 - 11:40 PM
wysiwyg 18 Feb 19 - 08:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Feb 19 - 08:02 PM
wysiwyg 18 Feb 19 - 05:34 PM
wysiwyg 18 Feb 19 - 09:22 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Feb 19 - 05:31 PM
wysiwyg 17 Feb 19 - 11:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Feb 19 - 11:37 AM
LilyFestre 16 Feb 19 - 09:13 PM
wysiwyg 16 Feb 19 - 09:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Feb 19 - 08:28 PM
wysiwyg 16 Feb 19 - 08:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Feb 19 - 11:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Feb 19 - 08:56 PM
wysiwyg 14 Feb 19 - 08:28 AM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Feb 19 - 06:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Feb 19 - 05:22 PM
wysiwyg 13 Feb 19 - 10:28 AM
FreddyHeadey 13 Feb 19 - 05:12 AM
Stilly River Sage 12 Feb 19 - 09:54 PM
wysiwyg 12 Feb 19 - 04:32 PM
wysiwyg 12 Feb 19 - 02:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Feb 19 - 11:29 AM
LilyFestre 12 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM
wysiwyg 11 Feb 19 - 10:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Feb 19 - 10:06 AM
wysiwyg 10 Feb 19 - 04:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Feb 19 - 12:12 PM
wysiwyg 09 Feb 19 - 09:52 PM
wysiwyg 09 Feb 19 - 05:02 PM
LilyFestre 09 Feb 19 - 04:08 PM
wysiwyg 09 Feb 19 - 10:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Feb 19 - 11:58 PM
wysiwyg 08 Feb 19 - 07:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Feb 19 - 11:39 PM
wysiwyg 07 Feb 19 - 11:03 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Feb 19 - 07:15 PM
wysiwyg 07 Feb 19 - 11:15 AM
wysiwyg 07 Feb 19 - 09:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Feb 19 - 10:57 PM
wysiwyg 06 Feb 19 - 08:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Feb 19 - 12:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Feb 19 - 11:09 PM
wysiwyg 05 Feb 19 - 11:05 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 20 - 12:02 PM

My good deed for the week was to take a new trash bag across the street and gather up the trash that was evidently put out last night and dragged apart by raccoons or dogs or whatever. They're both elderly and it was an easy thing to do for them.

I decided to upgrade my Fire tablet to the newer version since I've read that it can use apps from Google Play Store and not just the wonky stuff in the Amazon Appstore, but like any moderately geeky buyer knows, you have to hack your device to get it to do this. It's not perfect, but I have a few of my apps in that I couldn't get otherwise. I've also realized I could have done it on the older reader, but this one does have a longer battery and various upgrades to be expected.

The trip to the mobile vet at my favorite feed store wasn't a total success this weekend. Two of the three dogs got their nails clipped; the old lab was pretty mellow, the little boxer/pit mix struggled a lot and kind of lathered a little bit. The blue heeler was having none of it and even managed to struggle out of the muzzle I told them they probably needed. I was taking the lab back to the SUV and bringing in the pup when the vet tech met me at the front door with the blue heeler, and she described what happened. "She went berserk when you walked away." It reminds me that while dogs are pretty good survivors, a grown dog you brought home from the shelter has some baggage. She was at the shelter for about four months and someone took her there, handed her over and walked away. It breaks my heart a little. :-( We came home and she stuck real close to me, but by bedtime she was back to her old self.

Monday is laundry day even though it is a US holiday. When you're retired I guess every day is a holiday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 05:28 PM

Hi Everybody!

   Things are very, very slowly working their way back to normal. Pete was able to go to work for 4 days this week. I was able to get in my full 40 hours and Jeremiah's schedule really hasn't changed at all...we did our best to keep things *normal* for him.
    Today I got my bangs trimmed and did a little shopping on my own. Alone time! Last weekend, after church, I did a ton of grocery shopping and then had a little time out with some friends to do a craft project. I think it's the first time since October that I've been able to do that...it felt good but strange.
    I've been putting in a lot of hours at work, so much so that I had to go in late and leave early on Friday. I clocked out but spent some time going through old paperwork, getting rid of a lot of outdated Department of Health notices and did some organizing and filing of other things. I also got rid of 3 amaryllis and potted 3 more bulbs to place in the office hallway at my end of the building where the sunshine is almost magical. I know you can keep the bulbs to replant and have done that before without luck...so we voted to just ditch them...it's not like our cubbies/cubicles are big enough to store a lot of items. Anyway...then I went through with the Clorox wipes...lots of flu in our building and my goal is to stay free of all of that.
    I wish I could say that my home is as organized and as neat as my work space but alas, I don't think that will ever be the case. Right now, I am content to get the daily tasks completed. I am often tired and so is Pete. I am hoping that I feel a little more energized when it's warmer out and we have longer hours of daylight.
    Maggie, when is your surgery scheduled for?

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM

Still at Dupont!

A neighbour at Beaver kindly took key to post box and let me know what was there, ascertained nothing needs attention until April. But I would like to get there!

Actually started feeling alive again last Sunday! WOW! I was beginning to wonder. And I am really trying to maintain. With cold weather, I managed a 30 minute walk once this week and a trip to the library and grocery. I begged R to bring the snow shovel back so I could work on clearing the back deck; he brought it, and before I knew he was here, he did the clearing I wanted to do - for exercise! What part of.... There is still the rest of the deck but I am not going to waste energy clearing that which will get another foot or more before spring finally appears. It is so difficult for me to do something unnecessary even when I need the exercise. I go up and down the stairs often, happy to have the energy to do so.

Today, he put in an absolutely needed new outlet in the TV/etc room with two power cords. Now I can gather my brain to install new printer - hope.So far it is out of the box. Next wave of energy, I will try next move. The weather is getting heavy; this affects my ability to think clearly.

I am still drinking/sipping the anti-inflammation tea much of the time; it really does make me feel better.

I did the floors and the dishes and laundry are caught up. The pepper seedlings are surviving; bruggie and hibbie are getting new growth. The big schefflera each have new growth. I cut some more tomato shoots and put them in vases to root. There is still about 18 inches of snow on yard. - on top of our daffies!

With bitter weather, I have started using the wood stove - after getting a cord of nice wood. It does make the den cosy. Does not save any money on heat since I keep the doors closed and the thermostat is across the hall in the LR.

I suppose we could turn the thermostat down a bit but we are afraid to touch it. We thought we had convinced the furnace to stay on but it quit again last week, after a month of flawless behaviour! R did fiddling once or twice and it started again. He has no idea what works. My son and Dil also tried when they were here but - it does what it does! I thought my son the engineer... but... Hence - I am happy to have wood for the stove! And some heat in cellar and addition so things won't freeze... hope! A professional? Not in the books! I guess we both believe a "pro" would have no more luck and would be $$$$!

I have confidence that spring will come again...! Some sun is wonderful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM

Sunshine and cool air today, but it should warm to about 70 for the next couple of days, so I must turn my attention to the clutter of tangled hoses and weeds that thrive even in cold weather and low light and gush into growth as the days get longer. It's also time to take bags of stuff to Goodwill and the recycle bins. I dropped 12 pounds of lead acid batteries (two from my updated UPS) at a local battery store.

Dog stuff needs attention. It's time to launder the sofa cover and add a couple of more lengths of denim to the backside of it that can then be tucked under the seat cushions to keep it in place. It works much better than elastic bands. Maybe I've invented the next big thing that can be sold on Amazon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 20 - 12:03 PM

A huge load of dog-related laundry is in right now, and there will be bags of shredded dog stuff at the curb on Monday morning as I thin out some of this stuff.

I found another vintage White sewing machine in a table at Goodwill yesterday - cleaned up and with most if its attachments these things sell for good money on eBay (though they're cast iron and weigh a ton as far as shipping - a random check show that some of these cost more to ship than to purchase). The attachments alone would sell for more than I paid for this. Something to work on next month.

In the realm of the totally mundane, I've settled on a citrus scent PineSol product for mopping because it doesn't give me a sinus headache every time I get a whiff of it. This doesn't just apply to a scrubbing product; I know I'm not as sensitive to stuff as Dorothy is, but I'm careful about my laundry detergent, I never use dryer sheets (yuck!) and soaps and shampoos need to be mildly scented or I can't stand to have them around. It seems over time and is a good thing the magazines have stopped shipping with perfume strips (I always had to meet those at the door, rip them out while I was outside, and toss them straight into the trash can).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 03:35 PM

There is something in Washington State called the People's Memorial Association. My parents there both were signed up and they prepaid their cremation and all of the stuff ahead of time. I think we were out of pocket only a couple hundred dollars for some of the legal documents involved. They offered to write the obituary - I worked for a newspaper writing obituaries, and have seen the crap ones funeral homes write. You'd think they'd be better at it. Anyway, I don't think they do out-of-state folks (never did) but if I end up back up there, I'll sign up. Plan prices for members. This doesn't cover a funeral, and no one in our family has wanted or had a funeral in decades. We rent the local hall in a park nearby and do a huge friends and family potluck "celebration of life" with time for people to speak. It works for us. (When dad died it was all of that plus a song circle.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 11:46 AM

Change of subject.

Today, we are dealing with a true late-life issue: signing the contract and organizing the payment for our interment arrangements. Who knew that getting ourselves buried would cost ten thousand frickin' dollars? I sincerely hope that includes the cremation.

As veterans, we are entitled to be planted in the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. No, it's not our version of Arlington; Canada doesn't roll that way. Almost all our war dead lie overseas, as it is the British tradition (which we share) to bury fallen soldiers where they died. Cheaper. (You think I'm kidding? I'm not.)

It's also way beyond time I finished typing out our wills and power-of-attorney documents. We hired a lawyer in Ottawa, but he (or his assistant) made an insultingly bad job of it and, when I complained, fired us as clients. So I have their draft, with its crap language and weirdly old-fashioned provisions -- who nowadays cuts a relative out of the will because their parents were not married? Half Quebec would be in probate court on that rule alone.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, I am learning to type with gloves on. They are special open-fingertip gloves made of magic fabric for people with Raynaud's Syndrome, and I'm desperately hoping they work because productivity on the book project is currently crap. It's hard enough to copy-edit a great thumping book about the war in Afghanistan that seems to be written entirely in the passive voice; doing it with numb fingers is just Too Flipping Much.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM

No worry, I did some of that for you. I'm working my way through the house this week to clean and dust and discard things that should have been tossed a while ago. I've used a combination of mopping and a scrub brush to release debris from the embossed pattern on the tile, and I'm thinking maybe one of those Swiffer spray thingies kept near the door to regularly go over dog footprints? It'll be a test, at any rate. I tried a new cleaner I see around a lot (a Mexican one called Fabulosa) that I really dislike the smell of. Not many places sell my old favorite Spic and Span, so I'll find some citrus scented PineSol. The pine scent gives me a horrible headache, and the Fabulosa may be a contributor to sinus stuff this morning. #FirstWorldProblems

Last night I finally plugged in and installed and tested a printer from my son's college days; time to list it on eBay. I've since uninstalled and moved it out of the way. I'm thinking anything I pack and prepare to list this month will be scheduled to start on March 1 so I'm more back to my old mobility to get any outgoing parcels to the front door to hand to the postal carrier when they come by.

Michelle, are you in the middle of winter-time activities there or is it soon time to start bringing home the chicks, calves, and piglets? Will Pete take on some of the same tasks this year, do you think? I hope he continues to feel better all of the time!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 10:22 AM

Himself is returning from his research trip today, and I have not washed the kitchen floor. I swept up the loose matter (enough cat hair to start a new cat), but the splots remain. My bad.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 10:54 AM

More mowing today, and if I'm smart, I'll pick up all of the hoses that are around the edge of the house in the front yard - I manage to miss them with the height set on my mower, but I'll have a friend mow a couple of times later this month and he has a riding mower that seems to cut shorter. I'd rather not declutter my pocketbook buying new hoses for summer.

It's time to assemble a new compost bin/enclosure that is dog-proof. Easier said than done. On Pinterest I see one assembled with pallets, and over the years I've had a few pallets, but finding four that are roughly the same size that aren't contaminated by something that soaked into them - I'll keep my eye on the trash this week. Pallet compost bin would go up quickly and I could build a chicken wire top to keep the pup out of it. The other thing I could have used is old fence panels cut to size, but I got rid of those and don't anticipate taking apart more fence until spring. I suppose I could build my own cut-down fence panels. Treated lumber cross-members and cedar pickets. Hmmm. That might be a more reliable way to do it than wait for pallets.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 10:20 AM

I may need to arm the walker with spikes to keep the dogs at bay! ;-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 07:30 AM

Enjoy the things you can on your 'joint' vacation.
With all your prep you have assured you do no harm to yourself immediately afterwards. There is such a thing as "too soon".

Unsinkable, indefatiguable, undefeatable as you are, use the brace as needed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 20 - 11:53 PM

I went in for a pneumonia vaccination a couple of days ago and that knocked me a bit off my game; the arm is stiff and I was moving slow, but I've perked up this evening.

An expansion card for the computer (more USB 3 ports) arrived so I need to again rearrange the stuff in my office so I can reach the back panel of the computer to install the card. It takes up two of the SATA slots for power so I may not be able to add much more (it will be connecting to external devices instead). More clutter on the desktop. :-/

Next week I'll see about taking unusable devices to the ewaste bin on campus; I have a bunch of batteries and old disks also. Today I was talking to a friend who is converting old computer disks and commented they needed access to a Commodore to do some of that work. I still have my father's old computer, but it hasn't been turned on in 23 years. Perhaps it's time to find someone who would like it and in return have them convert all of the disks into something usable on a modern machine. I happen to know such a geek. . . it would be nice to have it out of the house. And the huge CRT monitor that goes with it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Feb 20 - 03:19 PM

Thanks for that link, Stilly. The same tool is for sale on the Canadian site, and I'm a-gonna get me one -- or maybe two. Our kitchen broom is a disgrace, and the one in the basement is worse.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM

Making a checklist of things to do daily and at various frequencies once I'm home again after surgery. And after reading through the list of exercises involved in PT, I can see that I'll need to arrange some sets of chairs for stretches and leg extensions, depending on where I am in the house when the time is right. And instead of Swedish "death cleaning" I'll undertake surgical "health cleaning." It involves clothes, bedding, and towels right before I go in, and having things that are easy to wear after. A shopping I will go (for sweatpants)!

Too bad Susan hasn't been able to participate for a while, because I'm also entertaining entering one of her favorite therapy zones: the swimming pool. I worked through a chart that suggests the size I need and I'll go over to the local Academy Sports and Outdoors and try one on. Better to have it ahead of time than have to go get one later. WYSISYG has quite an apparatus setup, I think, that goes in the van or car and with her to the gym. I'll have to go look at some of her older posts and see what she settled on.

Charmion, I also need to mop the floor. We're in another rainy session so it'll only work for so long. I also am testing a silicone broom thing that was recommended by friends to more thoroughly pick up pet hair and grit when sweeping. This one. With silicone "bristles" it does seem to keep hair from going airborne.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Feb 20 - 10:11 AM

Himself set out on the train today for Ottawa, where he intends to do some legal research at the Mother House of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces. He won't be back until Sunday, so I have the house to myself for a few days.

But my main concern is the book.

It is *so* not a good book, but the best I can do with it is make it a little less bad. The author has spent his adult life writing about war and armies, especially the Canadian Army but he's not picky. He's prolific, with some 14 works in print right now, but he obviously went native at some early point so every paragraph is larded with staff-speak and soldiers' jargon. After only a week of working with this book again, I'm already heartily sick of troops "engaging" insurgents with mortar fire, enemy forces being "attrited" by air strikes, and fighters "exfiltrating" the area of operations. His primary sources are the Daily Situation Reports in which every manoeuvre unit records the minutiae of life in their grid square, and they are overwhelmingly written in the passive voice. So the author does the same, to the great detriment of the story; when everything is passive, it's a tad difficult to tell who does what and with which and to whom. Which, as we all know, is the very essence of Story.

But, as my dear old sergeant used to say, it's clean work and I don't have to do it at night if I don't want to.

Speaking of clean work, with Himself out of the house, I guess I can wash the kitchen floor any old time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 07:21 PM

Dupont:

Good news re Pete!

A better day today but still far from energetic! R went to work for part of Sat, and today he is not home yet. This has been a real nasty bug. The AI tea has been great. We both drink it in sips all day. Clears the head pretty well and makes me feel a bit better generally. R has been taking vit C. Today, I have eaten more food than any day in a couple weeks. I want to try not to get back to eating "too much".

Had to throw out 2 qts of once good soup today, found in back of frig.

Weather at freezing point - only! - and longer days are cheering.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 06:23 PM

Whew! I'm glad to read that, Michelle, on all accounts (Pete's health and your workload!)

We're going to wing it on the dogs - I think they'll spend more time in the yard and garage stall (with a heater, if it gets cool); I'll have my neighbor come wrangle the dogs before PT if I need help. I'll have someone spend the night for the first couple of nights home, people stopping by on their way home from work, and a couple of friends I'll schedule for rides to appointments. One thing about being retired with retired friends, our time is more fluid.

There is stuff to do beforehand, and today's "joint camp" offered insight on what to plan for at the house and what to expect as far as the surgery. Keeping the dogs out from underfoot is going to be critical because they're tripping hazards under the best conditions. I think I'll be moving the SUV to the far side of the garage to leave plenty of space next to the stall and gate, and have it set up so whoever is feeding them doesn't have to fool with them coming into the house via the back door or dog door.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 01:30 PM

Pete got great news at the doctor today! The scan shows that there are still malignant spots but we were assured that this is normal and that the radiation will continue to kill off any cancerous cells. Pete will be safe for us to be around although the radiation activity continues for about 3 months...it is still a powerful tool against remaining cancer cells. He will have scans, bloodwork and medication adjustments in the months ahead. For now, we get to breathe and hopefully get some peaceful rest.

Also, I mis-typed in my last post. I got 4 weeks worth of work crammed into 3 weeks, NOT ONE...Oh my...that just isn't possible!

Maggie...my mom had her knee replaced a few years ago....the more you prepare yourself with exercise now, the better. Who will take care of your dogs while you recover?

Thanks for all the good wishes, prayers and crossed fingers for Pete!!!

XOXOOXOX

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 07:32 AM

Garbage day in Stratford, the weekly feast of municipal neatness. You never appreciate garbage service until you live somewhere without it, or a place where they charge you up front and in cash what it really costs.

The book project is going okay, but I’m still working on the not-shirking-fitness piece. It’s too easy to sit down in front of the computer at 0815 and return to reality just in time to realize that I should have left for the Y fifteen minutes ago. Bugger.

Fingers crossed for Pete.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 20 - 04:33 PM

Careful, Michelle - they'll start thinking you can work like that all of the time and quadruple your case load (not entirely jokingly - this is an issue in many social service agencies.) But good for you and your fortunate clients! Our best to you all as far as the results tomorrow! Will you be making another quilt one of these days for Pete's health care center?

Anxiety and medical stuff do go hand-in-hand, and it's building now that I'm ~2 weeks away from a knee replacement. I'm pushing past the anxiety on the stationary bike at the gym, and though it's a bit of a struggle, I mowed the back yard yesterday and the front today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Feb 20 - 03:36 PM

Hello Friends!

    Today I am full of anxious energy. Pete will get the results from his full body scan and CT scan tomorrow morning. I've finished up 3 loads of laundry, made a batch of homemade Cheeseburger Soup, balanced the checkbook cleaned out the fridge and have had a shower. I'm looking at my piano which is covered with all kinds of stuff and am thinking about taking care of that surface next. My closet still needs MAJOR assistance but I'm not sure I have enough energy left for that mess!
    I am doing well aside from this miserable anxiety. I have Xanax and another anti-anxiety medication but I think cleaning/cooking works equally well for me so I'm trying that route first. Work is going well. I had to take a week off to assist Pete with medical things but I saw all of my clients and everyone is all up to date which means I crammed 4 weeks worth of work into one!
    I had a lovely Mother-Daughter day yesterday with my mom. We went to lunch at a new Thai place and did some grocery shopping together...doesn't sound like much but I was so happy to have some girl time..it didn't matter what we were doing.
    I haven't been keeping up with Mudcat lately but know that I think of you all often and hope all is well with each of you.

Much love always,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 20 - 07:19 PM

I've had trouble getting going lately, partly due to ongoing allergy symptoms (headache and runny nose) but today I made myself get out and mow the back yard. All of that walking seems to have put my brain in gear and I'm feeling warmer and more energetic. Tomorrow I'll mow the front yard. I've had to tip the mower on it's side periodically and use a screwdriver to scrape all of the pasted on grassy goop from under the mower case. It's so wet out there none of the mulched grass is landing on the yard.

I've cleared a few horizontal surfaces in the kitchen and when I go out in a few minutes I'll take some recycling and Goodwill donations to drop off. And I need to look for a special pet hair broom a friend told me about, one that has short dense bristles and seems to dislodge a lot more from the floor than standard brooms. My whole house needs a going over at this point!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 20 - 10:27 PM

I try to make myself do some chores like emptying the dishwasher while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning tea. It takes about the same amount of time. And if I make an evening cuppa I'll load the sink full of dishes to wash tonight or tomorrow.

All of the horizontal surfaces are once again covered with stuff. This weekend I'll take a shot at putting stuff away or discarding it. Earlier this week I stopped at a Goodwill and found the right size sewing machine table to fit my main sewing machine, so I can move that machine off of the table I use in the craft room. I'd like to eventually be able to use that table for laying out stuff instead of having to use the dining table (that has it's own story as far as projects set up right now.) That sewing table had a machine in it, I haven't tested it. The funny thing is, it's apparently meant for sewing jeans. My oldest machine is an original White from the 1940s or 50s, my newest machine is a knock-off White that doesn't use any of the same attachments; this is an actual White from before the Chinese company bought the company but it's much newer and uses cams. And when I mentioned this to my daughter at lunch today I saw her pupils dilate and she was interested that I had a heavy duty machine for denim. Usually I send her a photo and ask if she's interested in machines when I find good ones, and I didn't this time - she would have said yes, I think.

So, I have three sewing machines here now, but I also have several bins of denim from de-constructed jeans for projects I want to work on. So it may be a good fit (but it means I have to decide which machine stays in the sewing table . . . )

Three steps forward, two steps back.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Jan 20 - 07:49 PM

Dupont:

Dishes achieved yesterday! WE almost hit bottom. I really thought today would be shopping but energy quickly gone. R stayed home again - because he could. Plants got well watered. That's all.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jan 20 - 12:04 PM

A day to myself when I don't need to go anywhere (though I will probably go to the gym later) - so, round up stuff that needs to be redistributed into the recycle stream or the donation stream (Goodwill) and head out. It's cold this week and I didn't feel like lugging a dead CD player and some huge batteries to my eWaste bin on campus so I'll leave them in the garage and load them before the next trip over.

I have probably mentioned that I need to construct a dog-proof compost bin and get started using it soon; the other one has enough stuff in it now that it should just sit and compost for a while. Pinterest, here I come. One of the few things I use that site for is figuring out how other people already solved this kind of problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 20 - 04:41 PM

I finally found an inexpensive sewing machine table that will fit my current main machine. It needs to be re-glued and some screws put in to stabilize it, but it will do the trick. Then I can rearrange my craft room and consider what to do with the large table that is in there now. I still need space to spread out stuff, but it will be easier without a sewing machine in the middle of that space. That said, this table has a sewing machine in it, but I don't know if it works. I could probably recycle or donate that machine if I don't need it.

I also found a nice steam iron that only needed the face plate cleaned up, and I've put it in the spot in the laundry room where I've kept an old Black and Decker iron forever. That B&D iron has been used to heat strips of veneer to work on projects around the house, it's pretty dinged up and not used for ironing clothes any more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 09:24 PM

eBay is trying to compete with Amazon and Zappos and all of those cheap, free shipping, free returns companies, but many sellers don't handle those kinds of products. You have to spell out that you don't do it eBay's way if you're a small vendor selling vintage stuff, etc. I don't do much international shipping any more because there are so many hoops to jump through. I've bought things from just north of the border that were probably mailed on this side.

Time to order new glasses, and this year I'm not even considering going to the optometrist's shop in town, they are way too expensive. It actually costs the same with insurance as without; people without insurance are given a 1/2 price offer. With insurance it is "full price" and the insurance brings it down to about the same amount out of my pocket as those without, so what is the point of insurance? I'm surprised they haven't been busted - they just make a lot more money out of every insurance holder.

Related to nothing in particular, this evening I plugged in my lava lamp (my mother always called them "Oobleck lamps" - did anyone else love that Dr. Seuss book as a child?) It's quite a nice mesmerizing thing to have at my computer desk, to fixate on as I'm thinking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 04:50 PM

Dupont:

Charmion:
Applehelp is wonderful. And generally answer quickly. I called twice the first few days. One sent me bunch sites for explanations.

I tried shoveling snow last Thursday, almost one hour. Seems like a month ago. Exhaustion, aching, hot baths on Fri and Sat and Mon. By Monday, it became apparent that I ached, hurt, - I could feel aches in muscles that shovel - and was sick with some sort of a bug- the first time in years. R got it too. He may have brought it home as I have not been anywhere other than the grocery store, briefly on Weds or Thurs. My life has stood still since then, mostly in bed not caring about anything, and periodically coughing my guts out.

R comments on the pile of dishes but he doesn't feel like doing them either! We have plenty more!

Today I got back to watering plants.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 03:48 PM

I just spent an hour of my life that I'll never get back on the phone with eBay customer service. The poor "team member" who picked up my call had the sketchiest command of English I have ever heard in a call-centre employee, and the script she was obviously working from was of zero help to her as it did not cover the thing I wanted to talk about; i.e., refunding the sum I was charged for shipping an item through eBay's Global Shipping Program because the seller sent it direct by US Mail.

What I really wanted was to get eBay to use some of the money to pay the seller his postage and give me the rest, but that was way too complicated. In the end, I "escalated" the issue (as they say these days) to talk to a manager, who promised to give me my money back. I wrote to the seller and asked him for his PayPal address so I can pay him myself.

Sometimes I quite dislike the 21st Century.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, we have just learned that all kinds of materials that we were used to putting in the recycle box are not, actually, recyclable at all. So parsing the garbage just got more complicated.

The new manuscript has landed and I am hard at work, except when I'm reading the Mudcat. It's the same book I was working on almost two years ago; it's been in production limbo while the part of the Department of National Defence that was supposed to publish it collapsed and apparently died. Army Headquarters is still struggling to get something for its money, so I'm back on the job.

As Flanders and Swann once sang, "It all makes work for the working man to do."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM

I just received the book Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale I'd stashed on my Amazon Wish List last fall. It arrived with an order of good-fitting yoga pants for wearing to the gym. (With the way Amazon delivery people seem to be stressed I try to be more efficient and not place single-item orders.) The book is a look at the business of thrift stores and how castoffs from the US travel around the world. There need to be more people speaking up about how to recycle effectively, and I plan to start here in my village. The crap people throw into the recycle stream via bins down at city hall is a starting place. And the stuff that goes to Goodwill that should instead be put in the eWaste or fibre stream.

The turf weeds are growing tall so some of my fitness activity this week will be mowing. The gardens are taking shape by themselves sprouting new growth and daffodils have buds already. There is a lot of digging to do out there, and in the back of the back yard there are several piles of finished compost to move to the beds out front.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 20 - 09:39 PM

A group of former co-workers gathers here for lunch every few weeks to catch up on life and news, and yesterday I threw out a few possible dates for the next one (and probably last until after the knee stuff). They concluded that the one date that works best is Sunday, so tomorrow I will be giving the house a good going-over in preparation. This is primarily because one of those friends is allergic to dogs.

There are several boxes of things to go to Goodwill and the eWaste bin. I'll stash them out in the SUV so I don't have to remember to take them out later.

Soon I need to build another enclosure for compost, one that must be dog-proof from the very beginning. I should probably peruse Pinterest or someplace to see what has already been invented. It's time to start putting in beds for spring, and I need to do it before the surgery, so the weeds need to have someplace to go. My daffodils haven't opened yet, but I've seen some around the neighborhood. Spring is just around the corner.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 12:12 PM

My 2010 HP is still running fine, though I would have to refresh the operating system to get it back online (and lose the software I've installed).

I have a printout of the 12-days-of-cleaning thing that LilyFestre shared back in ~ 2018 (it was meant to prepare for the holiday season). It serves as a nice way to break up the number of tasks that need to be finished by a set time - and is what I'll use as I get the house ready for the comings and goings of family and physical therapists after the knee thing. I need to pamper myself ahead of time with a clean house and prepared meals.

I have 11 days of cat sitting coming up, something that is good because it forces me to get to bed earlier so I can rise early to head out to feed kitties at their normal times. I should be getting to bed earlier anyway, with the days still dark early it's easy to loose track of what time it is when most of the light in my day comes from artificial sources.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM

I bought a Mac because I do not want to have to replace it any time soon. If all goes well, this computer will last as long as I do -- or, at least, as long as my eyesight and wits do.

The problems I'm having now arise from ignorance -- I do Windows things because I don't know what the Mac thing is, or don't know that a Mac-specific thing even exists. A bit of Googling last night led me to a forum where I learned that Duplicate is the Mac version of Save As. More Googling will reveal the Mac equivalents of the keyboard shortcuts I have become so accustomed to in Windows programming.

Relearning is painful in one's mid-60s, but unfortunately necessary. Not to speak of good practice.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 09:40 PM

Why did you buy a Mac if you're so proficient on the Windows machines?

I'm sorry about the asthma attack; here we have a miasma attack of politics (Trump's impeachment "trial" as conducted by the Trump toady McConnell). Hold your nose.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 08:21 PM

Thanks for the tea recipe, Dorothy. I’ve been wheezy lately, so I’ll give it a whirl.

I think I have pretty well figured out the Mac, except for one thing: downloading and saving documents. If there’s a Mac version of the Windows “save as” command, I have yet to find it, and I get a “failed to save” message with dreary frequency. Any hints that might be floating around would be more than welcome.

I also miss the Windows “right click” capability, which I now realize saved me a great deal of twiddling and faffing about.

In other news, I finally cleaned up after Tony the Carpenter, and gave myself an asthma attack as a reward. Boo, hiss.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 04:55 PM

I completed my first morning volunteering at a local museum, doing some of the work I did at the university library. This will be six hours a week, giving me a nice destination for an outing a couple of days a week. It may put me in contact with more germs, I want to avoid germy school children (who frequently tour the museum) and such. That is one problem associated with getting out around people.

Harbor Freight is a chain hardware and tool store that is probably around the US. I stopped by to pick up batteries (at 20% off - coupon) and pick up the ubiquitous LED battery (free with coupon and a purchase). I keep them around the house in case of power outages, also to help see what I'm doing on various tasks in tight places around the house. Old eyes. I now buy the replacement batteries for my free flashlights at Harbor Freight. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM

Batteries are replaced in the UPS and the old ones will be recycled later this week. Replacing them costs about 1/3 the amount of replacing the whole unit (and no point in replacing it when it otherwise works perfectly well). I see a lot of these at the thrift store, probably when people don't know about replacing batteries.

Since I had to move equipment around to do this I rearranged before plugging it all in again. The printer is now where I can reach it to use the sheet feeder and easier to fill the paper drawer. And it makes the old computer and that equipment easier to work with. Having a well-running office with this much stuff is a work-in-progress.

The glider on the front porch makes the space seem smaller than before, but it's nicely placed to view the yard and street and I dozed off for a few minutes in the sun this afternoon. There is a small tarp with two corner grommets tied to the back legs of the glider (good use of old sneaker shoelaces from the junk drawer) to flip over the top and front when not in use.

I need to transplant one batch of asparagus and transplant a redbud seedling to a pot for a little while before putting it in the front where the huge pine was removed. Redbud is a smaller understory tree with lovely heart-shaped leaves and is one of the earliest bloomers in the spring.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 07:19 PM

Dupont:

Posted the anti-inflamation tea twice today:
* a couple of teaspoons of termeric (preferably organic)

* a nub of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

* juice of a whole lemon

* a few shakes of cayenne pepper

* hot water

You can mess with the ingredients to your taste.

It also occurred to me afterward that cinnamon would also be a great addition health wise as it's also an anti-inflammatory. It's just whether you like the taste...

I need to use it too! I have been doing pretty well with my handful of supplements. Two sessions of Clearing the Car of Snow added to my exercise regime! An hour today and then a trip to store. Streets were icy but the parking lot was OK. Watering plants takes about an hour a day. cooking BF half an hour... I wish I could get inspired to write a book, or anything.

R made it home last night.

Post on ride/share elicited suggestion from a friend that I stop in a hotel if I get tired. Better idea: start early, stop for a lunch en route and finish trip before dark. Maybe Weds. I am so fed up I don't care if the food rots in the frig or the plants die from lack of water. I need to get there and breathe the air, see the friends,clear the back deck, fire up the wood stove... HOPE the water is still functional. I have always found it less icy there so feel safer walking around.

Pepper plants are growing. Bruggie is getting new leaves after complete loss. The days are truly getting longer!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 20 - 11:11 PM

This evening I evicted non-working electronic equipment to the SUV to drop off in the e-waste bin on campus this week (the remote control still works so it will go on eBay). Sometimes these things are valuable enough they can be sold for repair or parts, but that doesn't seem to be the case. A couple of boxes with replacement batteries for my UPS have been sitting here waiting for attention, I need to finally install them and the old batteries will go to the bin.

I've started working through the stretches in a book a friend gave me (Bob Anderson: Stretching, it has been around for decades) and it feels pretty good after working through the leg set. I'll start a yoga class after the knee surgery; right now I have to choose moves that don't make the inflammation worse, awkward during a class. I found a PDF of the book (saves me scanning pages of mine to print to carry with me to the gym, I can load the PDF into my phone). Exercise to warm up then use the bicycle, treadmill, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 04:13 PM

As Dorothy perfects her Squirrel Barometer [Pat. Pending] and she and Charmion and I all work out our new computers, it sounds like there is still dust and clutter in the background to keep us busy later. I still haven't set up the backup drive, but it is time to put new batteries in the UPS and then figure out how to connect the many-terabyte HDD to it for regular backups, keeping the backup drive out of the way. The place where it will live is probably dusty right now.

I have an interior door serving as an exterior door on the garage and it is crumbling. Time to measure and replace, probably find a handyman to do that. And install a new dog door once it's up. It's also time to file and create a folder for tax documents. Indoors or out, I have plenty to keep me busy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 02:10 PM

Dupont:
You guys cheer me up and cheer me on!

Plants to outside: I have tiny sweet pepper seedlings (from the pepper that grew this winter in Bathroom) on the rad in den south window; the tomato cuttings are doing very well in a west window; one has a tiny tomato! and the plants themselves are still in the west LR window. Doesn't everyone...? Less than two months to the equinox so along about April I might do more cutting back and rooting. There will be plenty of cherry tomato plants to put outside in late May. In Toronto, nothing tender is planted before Victoria Day.

I have discovered that Cyclamen need cool semi shade so they are now in the pantry north window, the coolest spot other than the unheated bedrooms and there are no plants in them as it may get very cold. minus 16 C outside today. Both schefflera look like they are getting used to new home.

I too am still getting used to new computer, after two calls to applehelp and one short training by phone; she sent me some emails to help out; I will look at them when I have the mental energy. Finder is a mess!

I really need to get to Beaver but no energy and R cannot take time off. I will put a notice on the Bancroft area ride board to see if there is anyone in Montreal wanting a ride to Bancroft. Slim chance.

Managed to eat less junk yesterday. Stairs and watering plants are my exercise! Even if the outdoors were safely lacking in ice, I cannot see myself going to a so-called health club sort of thing. I shall keep an eye out for someplace convenient, then check it for toxins in the air... OR go up and down stairs a LOT! Until it is safe to walk around.

Concerned about coming storm; no real firewood yet and R has been in the city for two nights due to vehicle non-function. I suggested time for a newer pick up; "I like driving this one"; I did not shout, "But it is not drive-able!" GEEZZZZ! He might rent a car today but that precludes picking up wood. The weather does not wait on his convenience!

In the meantime, I am staying safely in the house, where I might get up the inclination to do more than watch TV/read. The squirrels did not come out today. I have started making observations about their hours in yard and not in yard. Weather seems to have an effect and if I work it out, I could read their predictions.??


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 01:24 PM

No new computer smell, alas. Far less clunkiness than the old Windows machine, and no more snake's nest of wiring behind it and on the floor, but I'm not loving the painful process of learning all over again how to do all the basic stuff -- receive mail and save attachments, file documents, do the fucking household bookkeeping.

The house is filthy after the double door transplant effected by Tony the Carpenter on Wednesday and Thursday. Part of a modern pre-hung door is a metal threshold that must be secured to the sill of the doorframe, typically a two-by-six plank. In this house, however, the doorsills are cast concrete with a slight lip on the inboard edge intended to butt against the weatherstripping on the bottom of the door. These lips had to go, so Tony went to Canadian Tire and purchased a grinder attachment that mates to the hose of his Shop Vac. Thus equipped, he ground both doorsills flat, generating great clouds of dust that MOSTLY ended up in the Shop Vac. Guess where the rest of it is.

The new doors are great. No more fighting with the old exterior storm doors with their hyper-strong return springs, and the whole house is more comfortable now the winter wind stays outside.

The agenda for this afternoon is an exciting roundabout of vacuuming, dusting, and laundry, as Himself has achieved bingo status with respect to clean underpants. It's a great life if you don't weaken.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 12:38 PM

Congratulations, Charmion. Does it have a "new computer smell" like a new car has a distinct scent? My new one (a few months ago) was silent running until I put in an extra HDD, and now it has a low vibrating hum every so often.

I put the last of the xmas ornaments away this morning, and it's still only January! Yay to me!

The rain and heavy overcast of the last few days has lifted and now it's a lovely sunny incredibly soggy day - inviting to enjoy until you put a foot on the lawn and feel the sucking squish of mud under the turf. Looks like another day of indoor productivity, with a possible dog walk (where we will stay on the pavement).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 09:48 AM

It's snowing in Stratford, the beginning of a weekend storm that Environment Canada is making out to be Snowmageddon -- just silly in comparison to what's happening in Newfoundland. Now, that's a storm.

The new computer has landed, and I'm getting used to it. Slowly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM

Dorothy, I still have a few plants in the greenhouse and (so far) have kept them watered, and added one light close overhead to stay on to help a little. They're alive and the fruit that had formed is still growing. It's an experiment, to see if I can move these out in the spring and hit the ground running with tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.

I've discovered some of the "club" aspect of going to the gym; they have banks of television screens in the rooms and if I go at the right time I can do the stationary bike and plug my earbuds into the machine, tune in MSNBC and listen to Rachel Maddow. They have WiFi so I could also stream her on SiriusXM. (She's on fire this week with some interviews relating to the impeachment.) The rest of the time I listen to my murder mystery audiobook. I haven't been there enough to keep running into the same people, and for now I'm trying out different times to see how the traffic is to find the times and days that work best.

Today is a totally sloppy rainy day I'm focused on indoor chores. Last week I mowed both the front and the back so they're looking okay, but this rain and the continued warmth means I'll be mowing again next week. I know that in the north there is a special viscosity to the mud that comes after ice and snow, but here we have regular mud that dog feet churn after the rain and it's tracked in. I have notes on my shopping list to find large mats to help with the problem, I just haven't gotten to the Big Box stores to see what AstroTurf or extra-large door mats they have in stock.

Time to pick up papers and magazine renewals and such and shred or file everything. Why do they start begging for renewal 9 months before your subscription expires? What a waste of printing and postage. I need to keep a list somewhere of my subscriptions because I think a couple of them have been renewed too early and they move the goal post so the new subscription doesn't include the remainder of the last one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jan 20 - 08:41 PM

Dupont:

There are things I could part with--- but not yet. There is room for everything so far and this home is in constant transition. Still, I do get rid a a few definites each month. My son helped by - NO mother, that is of no value any longer!!

Brainstorm today: R likes drumsticks; I never buy them because I do not like them. Duh! So I bought a packet of two from the good meat store, used already cooked rice and ? in oiled pan, added sage and celery, laid the sticks on top, covered with aluminum foil and baked in toaster oven, then broiled to brown them. Voila! Chicken with stuffing! Cooked efficiently. Two meals for R. with salad. I will have salad also.

I seem to have become dreadfully addicted to cookies and other stuff. Sure I have gained weight but scale is at Beaver. I did not manage to get there. Before I had driven an hour, I felt that four more was untenable. Turned around and came back. Comfortably.

I am giving serious thought to what I can do to exercise - that will not stress ankle that still gives nasty twinges. Going up and down the stairs is not enough! Maybe I will check to see how good up and down stairs is... I still park a bit of a distance from the doors of stores as long as there is no ice.

70 degrees, Stilly! HAH! Huge piles of chunks of 8-10 inch thick ice up on the bank of the river today from the tons of rain and the winds. And more on the river.

Went to a resto on Sunday for supper; on way in, R noted ice; on way out, I went first and ascertained that my hip bone is still not too fragile! Scared R, and me. But I took time to assess condition before sliding to a step so I could get up - with help of R and the owner. DUMB! But not even a bruise!!! Winter coat helped.

Friend visited today and praised R's shower curtain rod. He will be pleased. She brought a home made choc/whipped cream pie - THAT bakery, down near her home, is closed most of January so she made it herself. Very sweet of her. She offered to help me pack up pottery but I have not yet decided to do that. It is mainly out of sight.

The two Schefflera R brought from Montreal house: one looks really bad; the other is losing leaves like mad in part but also getting new leaves on other parts. Checking info, could be change in temp. It would be OK if the one leaves us. The one that is growing is a lovely "room divider" behind sofa in LR, ie, between LR and DR which are only defined by type of furniture.

I do have a surfeit of plants. Bruggie has lost all leaves after putting on a good show for the family. I have cut it back and await the next round in a month or so. Hibiscus is getting ready to start again with one bud getting there. Cyclamen have quit - time to check on info.

Getting used to new computer. On line training tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jan 20 - 02:13 PM

Charmion, time to pack up the cats in the kennels and get out the heavy sweaters!

A friend is coming over this afternoon and bringing a couple of things I can borrow for post-surgery; I don't want to have to buy stuff that then collects dust. Better to borrow items that can go home later.

This is January in Texas and it's up to 70o today so I need to mow the back yard. When I head to the gym each day I try to have another stop as well (I dislike one-off trips out, they're a waste of gas) and I think Goodwill is today's other stop. Lots of things pulled out of the tech cupboard that can be recycled (though there is some non-functioning stuff in a bag to go to the eWaste bin on campus next week.)

I pulled up some videos of tiny houses to share on Leeneia's kitchen remodel thread. They are rather addictive to watch, but I can't help thinking that these folks must have off-site storage for some of their projects.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jan 20 - 03:08 PM

Seven to 10 business days from last Monday, Stilly. So sometime between Wednesday and next Tuesday. The speakers are the only part of the dead computer that I have not scheduled for disposal, and I’m waiting to try the Mac’s built-in speakers before deciding whether to keep them or not.

Yesterday, I invested a couple of hours in sorting out our bulging collection of printed music, and about a third of it should be re-homed as soon as possible. I tossed a huge stack of photocopies this morning, and the main thing stopping me from tossing a lot more is the tedium of removing hundreds of pages from plastic page-protectors.

But Operation Portal began this afternoon with the delivery of the new front and back doors. I imagine that Tony the Carpenter will be installing them later this week when the weather is as foul as possible. Life’s like that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM

Charmion, do you have an ETA on your new computer? These days the tracking can be so precise you can see a delivery van crawling through the neighborhood. I've been trying out different old computer speakers I have around here to use with my current computer and am going to toss the ones that don't seem to be working. No point in giving them to Goodwill and make someone else test them and return them. These will go to the e-waste bin on campus next time I'm over there.

This weekend I was at an estate sale a couple of blocks from my house, the home of an elderly man I frequently stopped and talked with when out walking my dogs. He was a gardener and a putterer and his house was in pretty good shape all things considered. I found a small glider that I brought home and put on my porch, and a robust sprinkler that I'll have to figure out how it works (it is one of those cast metal tractors that follows it's own hose, I think.) He was a man after my own heart with nice audio equipment and speakers and such.

As I walked through the house I envisioned my house in the future in a similar circumstance (going to estate sales is a great way to remind oneself of one's mortality) and have started going through the hall linen cupboard. There's so much stuff in there I don't use and have kept for "just in case." I have a bag for donations, I'll put the vintage pieces that can go on eBay in the den at my photo station, and once I've emptied the cupboard I'll put some of the sleeping bags and sleep pads in there. Like they don't need to go also? As to other stuff, my children will laugh at the number of radios I have all around the house, garage, and even one in the greenhouse. I guess I should do a sweep of the equipment around here and thin out some of it.

I went to the gym last night to start an exercise and stretching routine to get my knee in better shape. I've also started an audiobook loaded into my phone that I can listen to as I walk or pedal. I'm now working through the decision if I prefer earbuds or headphones.

Susan, I hope you're making progress with your therapy. I'll post on the other thread as well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 11:19 AM

You have your hands more than full, Michelle. Thanks for finding a few minutes to let us know how all of you are doing. When my mom was undergoing radiation I found recommendations of aloe vera gel to rub on the skin. It's also good as a general hand lotion. Mederma (an onion-based gel) is designed to help with scars and might also be useful.   

I received the booklet and papers to do with the knee replacement and see that I need to start ahead with stretching, exercise, and strengthening, and also plan a major re-arrangement of the furniture around here. I talked to a friend about mowing the lawn for a month or two. Helpers will be on call for trips out, and the biggest challenge will be The Dogs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 06:25 PM

Happy New Year!!!

    Not much to report here. I've been working and helping Pete the best I can. He is struggling with some nasty, nasty muscle pain that has left him so weak he can't throw wood on the fire at times. Last night he couldn't close his fingers enough to take meds out of my hand. The endocrinologist says this is partly due to the fact that his meds are not yet regulated. It take some time to slowly bump the meds up to where they will need to be. Tumor markers are very high but doctor says not to worry and will explain at the next appointment. Radiation begins next week.

    I am doing ok and will be having my own tumor marker checked next Friday. Work is going well. Jeremiah is doing well.

I am slowly...oh so slowly getting rid of things we don't use. Most of the time I'm just trying to keep up with daily chores and family care alongside work.

Hoping everyone here is doing well!

Much Love to All,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 09:25 AM

It looks like moving into a tiny house like this would certainly require decluttering. They didn't show the size of her dog (and she should have the treadmill downstairs so she and the dog could take turns getting exercise).

I'm going to have to rearrange furniture in order to accommodate recuperation materials for knee surgery. And thinking ahead, I'll have to cook and shop and clean house right before so I'm set for a couple of weeks "in" until I'm up to driving. A guy I spoke with at the gym yesterday had both knees replaced and said he was driving earlier, and part of the reason is because he didn't take the hydrocodone after the first couple of days. They presume you're on the heavy meds and don't want you driving when they say wait two weeks. He did it the way I typically do; the first day or two are the only time I use that stuff.

We had a huge amount of rain overnight and the tornado sirens ran for about 30 minutes in my area, so my activity will be indoors for a few days. Once it dries enough I can go do a bit of transplanting I've had in mind (while the soil is still moist, not wet clay, but also not the hard clay like when it's dry around here.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:33 PM

Dupont:

Not communicating very well lately. I did eat a salad yesterday! I did get the plumber to check out Beaver and there is water and all is well - but it is going to minus 25 tonight so I hope that does not freeze the water somewhere under the house. I hope to go Friday. I tried to ask the plumber to add in a heater from the studio but he did not appear to be comprehending me so I decided not to confuse him.

I did get hold of the fellow who said he would clear the Beaver drive and yes he will check on it and keep it clear. I did get the Christmas turkey boiled up and de-boned and added veggies so there is a meal ready. A couple days ago I tried a lovely Indian meal but the sauce - from a jar - was way too hot. I can manage it but not R.

AND - drumroll!!!! Today I trekked to the Apple store to pick up new lap top. Not near as expensive as my new car! But still, with that and the chimney installation for the woodstove and a donation toward scholarships for a wildlife rehab course this weekend - I am overly extended for the next couple months - and the plumbe which I hope will not be a great amount! I will juggle.

In the meantime, my hours at the Apple Store were toxic and exhausting and inconclusive. Had to phone Applehelp to get help with emails - very nice fellow magically helped with a couple issues. I am now happily FBing and more, with my tiny new airbook. May even try using the TV option son provided.

I will let R play with the old one. Ephraim calls it a "classsic"! The guys at Apple referred to it as "heritage"! From 2007, my son is amused that it lasted this long. The new one seems tiny and lightweight! And will be wonderful once I learn more. I have a training session booked next week.

The best part was getting home before rush hour!!! I got lost on the way there and had a tour of a nice residential area... I may knuckle under and try to deal with a GPS. Understanding the verbal is a problem for me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 01:43 PM

This week is a massive financial bust, and it’s only Wednesday.

On Monday, I paid the geeks for our new desktop computer, which will be a Mac with an extra-large screen. Still numb from that transaction, which (from the dollar amount) should have provided me with something new to drive away in, I took a phone call from the vet who was relieving Cat 2, the redoubtable Isobel, of a rotten tooth. “A” rotten tooth? Why, no. Three rotten teeth. And, by the way, her liver enzymes were askew. So think of a number — not a small one — and triple it.

There are no flies on Isobel, so any vet visit presents a major challenge. Combine that with medication, and brace for an athletic couple of hours. At 0615 we had to dose her with a pre-operative sedative, and I guess she sussed my intentions from the moment my feet hit the floor because the chase was on. Himself finally ran her to earth in the Harry Potter cupboard under the cellar stairs, after we had pursued her through every room in the house and out from under or behind every piece of furniture. Not a great way to start the day. On the bright side, she did not piss on either of us.

The vet prescribed three post-op doses of an oral antibiotic-analgesic drug, saying cheerfully, “Just mix it into her food.” No way that would work; each dose is a full-dress hunt-and-snatch job. But today she is much better, and has forgiven me to the extent that she’s snoozing in my lap even as I type. Only one more dose to go.

As for the computer, the new one will take two weeks to arrive as it’s a custom job that has to come all the way from China. With luck, it will arrive maybe two days before the new book job lands.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 12:22 PM

Dorothy, homesick for Beaver? Or is your new-to-you house needing sudden plumbing repair and snow removal?

I've removed the few outside holiday lights today. The electrical cord on the lawn meant I wasn't going to mow, but next door neighbor mowed yesterday, making my lush weeds look all the more robust by comparison. Yes, we mow year-round in Texas, and I'll do it this afternoon.

I am trying to do a no-spend month, so I need to turn my attention to mending. I noticed quite a stack of stuff when I did a quick mend on the handle of a canvas shopping bag I plan to keep my gym equipment in. Yesterday I signed up at the gym and I packed the bag with the clothes and towel, etc, that I'll use. It's in the car and ready for an appointment on Friday with a trainer to go through the facility and plan my pre-surgery knee strengthening routine. (I stooped in the hall yesterday to put a new faceplate over an electrical plug and my knee creaked and ground around like a parcel of broken crockery). At some point I'll also work on an après-surgery routine. This is me picking up the money on the table - as a state retiree they pay for the gym membership through a program called "Sliver Sneakers." This isn't the closest to the house, but it's only about four miles from here. I chose a gym that has a lot of classes, and I'll focus on yoga to get some flexibility back along with the leg-strengthening exercises. They also have a pool and a sauna.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Jan 20 - 04:52 PM

Dupont:

"I wanna go home..." So emailed neighbour for phone number of the plumber she uses and mentioned problem getting hold of guy to plow drive. Quickly received both and phoned both. Plumber will send someone tomorrow to see if anything - not too expensive- can be done and will phone me. Steve will care for drive. I am desperately homesick but cannot deal with no water by myself. R can fetch buckets from stream. I may try to go for a couple days between snowstorms or beg R for a four day weekend.

Not doing anything. Nothing pressing needs doing. Need to eat a salad - right now!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 20 - 11:15 PM

We had our delayed family holiday today and as a result a couple of elderly appliances were replaced with new ones; the elderly items are going to Goodwill this week, with manuals and all parts included. They work, but are too small or too slow to do the job I need done.

The house is clean after the "lick and a promise" before company arrived; tomorrow I have to mow the yard since it's warm and the weeds are prolific. It's warm enough to do some gardening. I asked in the feed store if they have onion sets or potatoes yet but they say two weeks more. So if I'm smart I'll start turning over the garden areas where I want those plants to go in, and not bring them home and let them dry out before I dig to plant them. I have that new-to-me tiller that will help.

I have a long list of items on my task list for January, and some have moved through the bullet journal for many months. I'll make a point of trying to finish them and add new projects to the list next month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 12:06 AM

Good work on the speaker wires, Charmion! I'm fighting that battle myself these days in several areas around the house as I rearrange radios and other output devices.

This week has been a series of repairs around the house. I've also cleared out some computer files and rearranged some stuff in the office (it isn't completely organized since moving in a few months ago. It may never be completely organized).

The puppy has gained weight; I finally got on a scale with her, then put her down and subtracted the difference. She is up to 35 pounds from 26 when I brought her home. She's still slim and muscular, but not so skinny with ribs showing as much as before. I'm guessing she's about 10 months old now (I've had her a little over 3 months). The vet guessed that this would probably be her adult weight. Now to order the veterinary heartworm meds—thirty pounds is a cutoff from one dosage to the next—also to work out the kilograms since I order from a place in the UK. (Geez - after Brexit, will that will work the same?)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 09:27 AM

Happy New Year, fellow de-clutterers, and good health to all.

While snow squalls swirled through town, I spent the first day of 2020 turning out the filing cabinet and working on Himself's billing records. Now the waste-paper basket is brimming with instruction leaflets that came with long-dead electric doohickeys and documents from the owners' association we belonged to (not by choice) in Ottawa, and we are ready to face another Law Society audit with confidence.

I also figured out why the DVD player was not delivering an audio signal to the television, and corrected the wiring connections. Boy, did that make me feel competent or what.

The house is not clean, thanks to the cats and their shedding habits, but it is tidy. That's enough for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 20 - 09:03 PM

This afternoon I took apart a thing in the corner of the den near the sliding glass door; years ago a neighbor cut down the crape myrtle tree next door and this limb fell over the fence. I decided it looked interestingly sculptural and set it in a huge clay pot on a rolling plant stand with a couple of hundred pounds of coarse gravel holding it up. I wrapped several strings of xmas LED lights around the limbs and use it as a source of light in that part the room, but it is quite bulky. One of the strings of lights couldn't be repaired so it's in the e-waste bag and I've reassembled it.

I could take the whole thing apart and free up that space, moving the adjacent dog stuff further into the corner (these are a small set of shelves and an antique trunk the tubs of dog food is stored in). It's a classic situation where getting rid of it would make more room, but I use it every day. It's an awkward space to try to put another light, unless I hang something from the nearby beam that has an old plant hook. Decisions, decisions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 19 - 10:52 AM

It's a sunny day here, with none of the smoke in Australia or the snow or cold rain of regions to the north. By rights I should be out working in the garden to plant this winter's potatoes. I do expect I'll get them planted in January, I need to do a lot of that before mid-February when my knee will be out of commission for a few weeks, at least.

I have been making passes through the house to clear up clutter, though I haven't discarded much, just organized it better. The village recycle bins are emptied on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I'll plan to take a large bag of stuff over this afternoon once the xmas boxes and stuff has been picked up today.

I baked banana bread yesterday and I need to make a few of their favorite cookies for our family event on Sunday. Maybe I should start with the most labor intensive ones, krumkaka, and work backwards to spritz and snickerdoodles.

I don't make resolutions, but I have things I must do this upcoming year anticipate needs for moving around the house in the immediate weeks after returning home with the bandaged knee.

Time to change out calendars, the annual expandable file (bills and receipts), and probably other stuff. Laundry is in and the dishwasher has been emptied.

See you all next year! Best wishes to Michelle and her family and Susan and hers, here's hoping health issues are resolved during the early months of the new year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 08:42 PM

Dupont:

Computer/modem malfunctioned and I copied previous post then turned off computer. Now I am back on line but lost what I copied. Oh well.

We all survived the family visit. They took one large box of pottery which barely made a dent. ... They left yesterday by way of a bagel factory near Montreal where they obtained a supply to take home to PA. They arrived home safely and texted me that they were cutting the bagels (in half for freezer) and had been home 20 minutes! I had that much energy 25 years ago.

Now R and I are returning to our solitary life, dealing with furnace that keeps quitting; son says new relays - not simple. So R goes to cellar and fiddles until it goes on again. ... He has just gone to work for first time in a week as he has been recovering from CO poisoning from driving fork lift with faulty exhaust. This bout has impressed him sufficiently (2nd time in a month) that he will NOT do that again. Researching it is impressive; it can cause problems down the road - big ones. He will be going for those test the Dr suggested a while back. Blood test re iron level to see if he can take Floradix to improve health - without getting iron poisoning!

I have a refurbished Apple laptop on order (Jan 6) and son bought me pieces to connect laptop to TV as well as get a bunch of programs - I wrote down instructions and suspect I might figure it out eventually.

The boys watched some while they were here. Of course, they each had a laptop and a smart phone... There was an octopus of charging cables in the LR! Family spent a lot of time in Montreal and a lot of time on devices. DIL read quietly wherever she could find a spot. The house served well for 6 individuals - room to be alone or with others. K worked as they ate what they ate and we ... No overlap except C dinner and a last dinner at a local very nice Indian Rest.

I enjoyed them being here other than the stress of DIL (she behaved fine but I was never sure).

Brugmansia bloomed for them - they were not impressed! But R and I are. It has a dozen or more in various stages of opening. A delight - last thing at night and first in the am.

Thinking of Michelle, Pete and Jeremiah and the stress of their life. Hoping the new year brings them healing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 03:37 PM

I have drawn down containers of mashed bananas from the freezer and emptied the bowl of overripe bananas on the counter and the house is now filled with the scent of banana nut bread. Company's a comin' and this is the first volley to make them feel welcome.

Trash pickup on Thursday last week was real slow, they didn't get to my block till after dark because there was so much holiday trash to collect. Trouble is, most of that stuff was entirely recyclable. And the things they discarded, electronic devices and equipment, that could have been donated or should be recycled through an e-waste collector. This is one of the most depressing times of the year when one thinks about the stuff sent to the landfill. I haven't put trash out for almost two weeks because I didn't have enough to fill a small bag. The recycle bin is ready to be emptied and the compost is chugging along. /rant off


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:35 PM

Fascinating! And just enough information to offer some fine brush strokes in there to create what these look like (and smell like) in my mind's eye.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM

Smokey Barney’s is the Church of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr, in the Anglican diocese of Ottawa. It is a “high” parish, with the full range of censing, aspersions and sound effects. For 15 years, I sang in the choir (a small and ambitious aggregation), Himself and I were married there, and we were active members until Himself left the Army and we moved to Stratford.

Anglican parishes in Canada come in three basic types, and most diocese have at least one of each kind. At the most Protestant, in fact nearly Methodist, end of the spectrum are the “low” or “pine and pain” churches, many founded in the early to mid-1800s by settlers from Ireland and Scotland. Low parishes are most common in the country. The majority of Anglicans, especially in urban areas, belong to churches of the “brass and class” type, which are usually nicely appointed, with plenty of stained glass and polished metal, and moderate in liturgy — they use Rite III in the Book of Alternative Services (“and also with you” instead of “and with thy spirit”), but they have Stations of the Cross in Lent. At the fully Catholic, but never Roman, end of the range are the “high” or “bells and smells” parishes, which have the most elaborate liturgy and usually the best music — and lots of both. Elderly RCs are sometimes spotted in the pews, come to inhale the incense, hark to the Sanctus bells, and hear mass settings that their own church pitched after Vatican II. High churches are typically urban, often found in working-class neighbourhoods; most were founded by the London Missionary Society.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot more about Anglicans than you wanted to know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:58 AM

Charmion!!
I have GOT to ask:

what kind of name for a Roman Catholic parish is
'Smokey Barney's'   ?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:24 AM

Charmion, our temperatures have been in the 70s, forecasters are telling us this is about 15o above normal. We had an early hard freeze, because the weather can play dirty tricks on gardeners, but since then it has been fairly warm most of the time. I have to mow the lawn again because the weeds have grown tall.

Somehow I'm not motivated this year to throw myself into the flurry of holidays. Family is arriving this week and we'll do our delayed event a few days from now, so I need to make a couple of types of cookies to give a somewhat normal appearance to the festivities. I smoked salmon for the kids, a thing that has become an annual tradition (though their dad has bought a high-quality farmed fish that is okay smoked, it isn't as rich and as lean as the wild-caught fish) and I need to find the stockings and put them out of harm's way from the 30-pounds of destructive puppy teeth I have living here now.

I learned yesterday that I have had to declutter my address book of the names of some old dear friends this year, a weight that also affects the holiday season. I had a conversation with the youngest son of two of these friends and it was a trip down memory lane even while he has pointed out that now we are the oldest generation in our families. I was aware of that many years ago; my parents died in their 70s, his in their 90s. (They died within six weeks of each other, one three weeks before Thanksgiving and the other on Christmas Eve). Those holidays are going to involve some heavy emotional lifting for their large family for a few years to come.

Time to get moving around here - I'm going to test my theory that the steam cleaner I use on the carpets *might* work to scrub the tile floor in the den, though I'll pick up a couple of more mats to use inside and outside before I test that theory.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 09:42 AM

If I were on my own, I could live as Mary does, but I think I would miss having at least enough furniture and crockery to entertain one other person to tea or supper. Living with Himself, however, means that I am surrounded by stuff and spend a surprising amount of time riding herd on it so the gangways are clear and none of the windows is blocked.

Today, I am having an asthma flare and, consequently, doing not much. Laundry maybe, but not necessarily. Cooking dinner, perhaps. Until then, strictly reading.

We spent Christmas in Ottawa with Elder Brother and SIL in their big old house, which is not only crowded with books, furniture and potted plants but also very dusty. We also went to Midnight Mass at Smokey Barney's, the church with the most elaborate liturgy I have ever experienced, and got thoroughly doused with incense. Plus, it was cold. So now I am paying for my adventure with wheezing, chest pain, lots of coughing, and the jitters brought on by the bronchodilator drugs.

At home, the sacrifice of my Christmas cactus with its coating of white mould has made breathing considerably easier. I'd hate to think what state I'd be in if it was still tossing spores around my living space.

We are not having a normal winter in Perth County. Every speck of snow is gone and the temperature is hovering above freezing. The forecast today calls for rain, with more rain tomorrow. At this rate, the whole damned world will be covered with mould.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 28 Dec 19 - 12:37 AM

in washington at the beach in a little cottage. Three rooms actually. One has an air mattress and a folding tv tray and exercise ball. One has two folding tables for desk and printer. It also has three clothing racks, with one for clothes and nightwear to be worn again, with another rack for jackets in a hallway. Two others are for solid color clothes..one in my main neutrals of navy, white and tan, and other for other colors. A few prints, plaids etc. in closet, where i have some bins for papers, cds etc. an exercise machine. rolling drawers. kitchen has three rolling carts and one baker's cart. i have full stove but use a hotplate and little convection oven. more room than i need.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 10:06 PM

Mary, you've given away so much stuff I visualize you living in a single room with a hot plate, a backpack of clothes and a shopping bag with a few books to read. I hope you're enjoying retirement: are you still somewhere in Washington?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 04:34 PM

I am waiting for dial a ride to take me to the thrift store with two heaters, a great pair of shoes that kill my feet, and a very large suitcase. My decluttering or cluttering mantra is i will need it some day when the tsunami/civil war comes. It is warm enough here that I will survive without the spare heaters and someone could use them right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 03:01 PM

I started a "Bullet Journal" in March of 2017, and as I start a new page for January 2020 and add a few more "future log" boxes for things that don't yet have calendar pages, I'm finding it has been very handy and more efficient than the straightforward one book a year diaries I used to keep. I could skip through those old volumes and find many blank pages when there was little going on, but in this it is so compressed that pages aren't wasted. I typically use facing pages; calendar (numbered from top down on the left side) on the left page and the Task List on the right page. Tasks are bulleted with a dot or other reference point to show it's a task, an event note or a "signifier" (I haven't used that one, but it's there anyway). The third page is a Record of Activity that usually takes only one page, so can leave a fourth facing page blank. When that happens it gets used for something specific like to document a conversation or meeting, and that page number and a note ("surgery plan", etc.) is added to the contents list in the front.

You can be obsessive about it and buy just the right blank book, the recommended pen type, and (as one friend did) can practice with a book to see how you want it to look and then follow that design you work out for yourself. Me, I used a freebie bound book they handed out at work a few years ago, use whatever black ink pen is handy, keep it to notes, no colors, etc. As I get close to the last few months of pages left in this book I have another free one, also from work, that a friend gave me because she isn't going to use it (that one is a nice quality Moleskine with not as many pages and purchased commercially would cost over $30—I'll use it because I have it but I'd never spend that kind of money for one).

I have a shelf full of the old diaries, and this will go on that shelf when it is full and I'm in the next journal. For those following along in the adventures of decluttering, this is an efficient use of paper and keeps several years worth of notes in one place.




Participation in the thread has dropped as we lose friends to the hearafter, to attrition, or to ill health. It was important to the late great Katlaughing, so I've kept it going. As long as these longer threads are allowed to run here at Mudcat I'll let this one go into 2020 and change the thread title.

Thoughts? Share them here, or send a PM.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 19 - 04:43 PM

The knee replacement date is set and now a long list of things (approvals and pre-op stuff) must be put in place for the surgery, and if I'm smart, I'll plan enough ahead to make things comfortable here so it's easy when I come home to hobble around for a couple of weeks. As loath as I am to voluntarily submit to surgery, the outcome should be a back-to-normal ability to walk, dance, and much more, so I need to go ahead and get this taken care of, not waste more time fussing about it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Dec 19 - 07:10 AM

Sorry for preaching to the choir. Bad habit.

I did the baking soda thing. Didn’t work. The hydrogen peroxide technique is new to me, and I’ll keep it in mind for next time.

In this old house, I’m sure there will be a next time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 19 - 12:56 AM

Thanks for the exercise tip, Charmion. Squats do seem to be in order for knee strength. Too bad you didn't ask first about the cactus - there are organic ways to kill the mold without killing the plant. Baking soda in water is one way to kill it. Spraying straight hydrogen peroxide (from the grocery store - 3% strength).

The back yard was mowed today (yes, I know - but this is Texas); I did it to mulch in a lot of leaves and cut down weeds that don't go dormant in winter. I also scooped a lot of dog droppings; the main reason for the mowing was to make it easier to find the droppings. Into the compost they go.

The house has lots of dust and dog hair, but our family holiday is postponed a week so I have time to remedy the dust problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 02:44 PM

Squats, Stilly. As many as you can manage, and then some more.

The locker room at the Y before and after pool class should be a work assignment for students of orthopaedic surgery and physiotherapy, for it’s where the old crocks meet. At least two thirds of the group are dealing with the long-term effects of a major skeletal injury. A couple of the younger ones are living with genetic deformities or birth injuries. Everybody has arthritis.

Last week, I emerged from the showers into a learned discussion of knee problems. Did you know that one of the leading reasons for non-demented people to go into care is that they can’t count on being able to get up off the toilet? The take-away was that I should work hard to maintain the ability to rise from a seated position without launching myself with my hands.

Last week, I had to throw out a Christmas cactus I bought the year we were married. Back in the summer, I noticed that the surface of the growing medium was covered with a white mould and re-potted it into a vermiculite mixture, but no luck; the mould came back even worse. I am allergic to mould, and for several weeks this fall I woke up every day with a sinus headache. The plant went out with the trash on Monday, and the sinus pain disappeared by Wednesday.

I miss the blossoms, though. It flowered reliably twice a year, for Easter and Remembrance Day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 10:10 AM

Michelle, it's ironic that the current rage in bed gear for sleeping are "weighted" blankets. I also reach a point when the bedding is too heavy and put the down comforter on over the sheet and one thermal blanket that helps keep the comforter from sliding off.

It's remarkable that even with his adjustments to the thyroid medication and naps Pete is still fixing the dryer. And I applaud your making a fell swoop of the paperwork in your office. The output of time and energy next week will mean you can manage your time better when the new year and clients are up to full speed.

I'm going to have to do some work to prepare for the knee surgery, and the more fit and strong that knee is the easier the recovery, so my next couple of months need to be spent getting more exercise and strength training. I imagine gardening is going to be difficult for a while so anything I can lay out ahead of time will be beneficial to allow for spring planting a few weeks after the surgery. I'm told that I'll be walking that day, but it takes about a month to get back to normal walking around. I asked the doctor how long it will take until I can comfortably use that leg to dig with a shovel - not a question he often gets, apparently. I may have to switch feet and dig with the left foot for a while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 07:42 AM

It is a beautiful morning. The sun is coming up, Jeremiah is still sleeping, Pete is in the kitchen doing his own thing and I am sitting in my recliner by the fire with only one light on in the corner. The Christmas tree is lit and the sun is coming up, shining a beautiful orange glow on the Christmas tree while Oatie snores in the chair next to me. I have a cuppa weekend coffee and the house is quiet. I SO need this quiet, the non activity.....peace!!!

I have been busy, busy, busy at work trying to catch up with things from the past two months. It's hard to believe I can fall backwards quite so quickly at work but it is the nature of the job and so while I am keeping up with the day to day, I'm busting my rear end with case reviews/client and all providers invited and I get to do a history, discuss goals, progress made and future goals while engaging the other providers (Insurance providers, PCP, Psychiatrist, Therapist, Vision, Dental, Audiologists, Representative Payees, Housing Specialists, Job Coaches, etc).   I enjoy these meetings but there is so much prep and follow up work that I need chunks of time which currently I don't have. So....I set aside a few days next week to hopefully get this all caught up. I will be working on days when others have opted to take them off for the holiday week. The office should be fairly quiet, limited calls from providers and clients is expected which should give me the time to get everything ready for upcoming meetings, etc. I have a few Care Plans to write and some provider contacts to make regarding Comprehensive Assessments. And THEN I have set aside time to do a massive overhaul of my work space. Currently it looks nice and functions well but the Department of Health has changed out some forms, etc. that I want to get out of my filing cabinets. I also have manuals that are outdated so I'm hoping to empty the binders and get new copies made for my personal use and to have close at hand. I can read it all online but I prefer paper and I like to keep the manuals in page protectors. Initially it makes more work for me but in the end, it withstands my reference usage.
    At home, Pete continues to recover from his thyroidectomy completion. He is exhausted just about all day long and continues to take frequent naps. His body has stiffened up terribly and he is having weakness. He is frustrated with all of it. The endocrinologist says that this is because he doesn't have enough meds in his system yet and has made another adjustment. I have a feeling that this is going to be slow going for some time as the med levels are checked at 3 month intervals. Radiation procedures begin in mid-January.
    I wrapped all the Christmas gifts yesterday with the exception of 2 school photos of Jeremiah to share with the grandparents. They do not want frames this year as they simply pop the newest photo into the existing frames that we have given them in years gone by.
    My dryer broke last week but Pete was able to fix it so that is a good thing! I normally do a load or two of laundry every day. Last Sunday I did 8 loads of laundry last weekend because it had all backed up. Today I have a few loads to do but only because I want some things washed separately and I need to wash the bedding. Today is the day I add the electric blanket to our bed. So far I've been adding on the quilts and while I'm warm enough, my hips are sore in the morning from the weight of the blankets...if that makes any sense!
      So...today will be laundry, writing out Christmas cards and bill paying day. And a nap. I can feel it already....I want and need more sleep!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Much Love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Dec 19 - 11:33 AM

I have nothing up in the house, and outside I have one batch of lights on a shrub at the front corner by the driveway. I have another string I'll put up on cup hooks over the front porch, and some things to put on the mantle, but that's all.

Under the category of "It's always something," today the Universal Power Supply failed the self-test; the unit has a five-year warranty but 1) I can't remember exactly when I got it and 2) I filed the information away so thoroughly that I can't find it now. And that warranty probably doesn't cover the batteries for the whole time.

I don't go for the low-end replacement but will happily replace two of the company brand batteries in the correct instead of paying 30% more to have the company's batteries linked in a way that has the same result - two batteries installed in one unit. A comparable brand is available locally but cost $12 more each. If it were an urgent problem then I might, but I can wait a week for them to arrive.

The next fence panel is on the radar; I have cat sitting coming up next week and I use that cash for projects that I am doing incrementally. I'll load the lumber in the garage and paint on the weatherproofing there before taking down the next crumbling panel and putting this up.

Thanks for the compliment Donuel and Charmion - though I must disclose that I'm soon entering the Bionic Woman phase; knee replacement is looming in early 2020. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Dec 19 - 09:16 PM

Agreed, Donuel. I can just about muster the energy required to vacuum the sitting room rug; the very idea of disassembling a fence makes me blench.

I have not put up one single Christmas decoration. And I’m okay with that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Dec 19 - 10:05 AM

That atypically does not sound energy intensive. Most of Sage's projects sound like they require the energy output of someome in their 30's or 40's.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Dec 19 - 09:50 AM

Office organization has advanced with the purchase of two new cables. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the six-foot cable for my camera makes it easier to work on the old computer without setting the camera out of sight behind a monitor (and losing track of it) and the six-foot transfer cable works nicely between the two computers so I can do the work on the old computer, park files in an easy to find folder (or even the same old folder, it's easy enough to navigate) and move files without using thumb drives. This is particularly good for the work on images because they're large files and the old computer has the more advanced software.

There is a paper and dust accumulation in the office that must be addressed, and I have to put out a few ornaments soon. I'm not one to put them up at Thanksgiving and take them down by February. My xmas cactus are blooming beautifully, so I need to move them to central locations to admire.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Dec 19 - 10:07 AM

I have a couple of regular cat-sitting gigs, and I spent the last four days going back and forth to a house that is just under 5,000⏍, on an acre of well-tended land. They manage to not have clutter around and the house isn't overfull of furniture and stuff, yet there are plenty of things on display. They collect rocks and coral, rugs and Southwestern art, but if they have more it is put aside for another time: there isn't too much stuff out.

I have theories. That size house, with two people (now) living in it, plus a guest house across a porch next to the second garage, means they don't have a guest room in the house were stuff gets dumped. They have built in lots of storage. There are multiple bathrooms to hold various products so it isn't all bunched up on one or two rooms. They have a weekly housekeeper and a robotic cat litter box.

All of that said, if they were slobs as large as the house is it would be full of stuff. So there must be some discipline involved there. I'd love to tap into it.

And yes, I was playing with the html symbol for square foot - it doesn't look as good as the written box with a line through from top to bottom.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 07:16 PM

On npr today I heard that green light in a dark room can relieve migrain pain as well as other types of PAIN. Effectiveness is about 65%. I told my wife but she already knew. Sometimes Doctors seem to keep things to themselves.

Whatever the retina thing was about I can see that a tiny bit of residual damage remains. The color and flashing is gone but it is akin to hearing an audio nerve die. I suppose the doctor checked for the big things. The damage is minisule so things are copacetic and easily managed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 11:58 AM

Exciting times, Charmion! That fiddle performance sounds wonderful, the door kicked in, not so much.

Breaking in at night, one wonders what that burglar/robber was thinking? Down here most burglaries happen in the middle of the day, they presume people are at work and approach doors that are somewhat out-of-sight of the street. In 2005 my side door was kicked in, like you describe, and they got quite a bit of electronic stuff before a passing neighbor saw and reported the unknown car backed up in my driveway with the trunk open and three men running in and out of the house. I had a contractor who also came over quickly and replaced that door and I had a iron security door installed over it, installed one on the front door as well, and put decorative iron bars over the new windows on that side of the house to match the bars on all of the rest of the house. It makes my heart race just to read your account; that kind of thing makes you jumpy for a while. And once the work is finished you'll be glad to have the new door.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 10:54 AM

Donuel, I'm glad your retinas are okay. Even with migraine, you're a lucky guy.

We had a major dose of family duties over the weekend, and an attempted break-and-enter that resulted in a smashed panel in the back door.

The Guid Sisters (Himself's siblings) and their husbands were coming for lunch on Friday, and I cleaned and cooked all day Thursday in preparation. On Friday, only Sister Number 2 showed up (with husband) because Himself's elder brother-in-law had slipped and fallen at the car wash the day before and broke his collar-bone. BIL is nearly 80, so the emergency room staff put him through All The Hoops and, consequently, he and Sister Number One spent most of Thursday night at the hospital.

So, crap.

A good visit, followed by cleaning up (dishes, returning dining room table to normal configuration), took the rest of the day and then Himself and I spent the evening in front of Netflix watching
"The Irishman", otherwise known as "I Hear You Paint Houses". It's long, complicated and not exactly up-lifting, but it's truly great drama and more than worth seeing. It's years since I saw a film that engaged my attention so completely.

On Saturday, we went to Toronto to visit with Himself's brother. The weather was truly awful, with heavy rain and fog all day verging into sleet and snow at nightfall, so the drive was even more of a challenge than usual -- clenched-teeth level, just short of white-knuckle. We went out for lunch, hiking in driving rain for blocks and blocks up Roncesvalles Avenue so we arrived at the pub soaking wet from the knees down. Then the good part started: completely unexpected, an afternoon show by one of Canada's greatest fiddlers, Dan MacDonald, playing with an Irish singer-songwriter with such major chops as an accompanist that I could sit through his original songs without too much impatience. (Why do so many singer-songwriters have lousy diction? Just sayin'.)

We went home without incident despite the lousy highway conditions, and turned in early.

Shortly after ten o'clock, I was jolted out of deep sleep by a terrific bang and crack from downstairs and Himself bolting out of bed. Clad only in underpants, he ran toward the racket, flicking on lights and yelling at me to call the police. The noise was somebody kicking in our back door. The house-breaker took off when he saw the lights, and thank God for that; he was only one blow away from driving the dead-bolt right through the jamb.

So, hot and cold running cops for the next couple of hours. They even brought a dog to trail the burglar, but gave up when they found bicycle tracks in the snow.

Back to bed, but not much actual sleep took place. At eight o'clock I left a voice-mail message for Tony the Carpenter (veteran of the 2017 kitchen project), expecting him to get to me on Monday, but he responded immediately with shock and dismay, and arrived by ten-thirty -- on a Sunday morning! -- with a large hunk of three-quarter-inch plywood and a power drill. Then he measured up for a new door.

I never liked our back door, another with the thermal capabilities of newspaper, but I had not planned to replace it any time soon. That'll be another thousand bucks or so, plus Tony's labour. What larks.

Tony took a critical look at the cracked jamb and established that it was severely under-built and would never have stood up to even the most casual application of a wrecking bar. (Good thing our burglar came equipped only with boots.) The replacement door will be pre-hung in a frame that meets today's building code, and thus not entirely burglar-proof but considerably more effective than what we have now.

I spent all of Sunday in a comfy chair, alternately dozing and reading. Didn't even go to church.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Dec 19 - 06:02 PM

I soaked chick peas overnight and made falafel today, and it turned out well. There's labor involved but chick peas, pita bread, and the stuff for tahini aren't very expensive. The labor involved is the value added to the modestly priced ingredients. Though I planned for a healthy meal, we had four different things for dessert. Two I had, one was brought, and one I made when they arrived and I realized the daughter is gluten intolerant so I made a gluten free cake from a box - they all liked it so I sent the last box of that home with them and the warning that if the baked cake is around for more than a couple of days it gets really hard.

This makes for three times in four weeks I've cleaned house ahead of company coming, meaning the house is still looking pretty good, though it still has more furniture than it needs. I'm pondering what is the next large thing to send out of the house. One of the tables? The Victrola? It just collects dust. One of the trunks from the family house back East? Who knows - maybe a trunk will sell on eBay. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Dec 19 - 05:58 PM

Dupont:

The DR table will remain cluttered with pottery; I want the family to choose whatever they want before I pack it away. We put the leaf in the K table and it will be adequate for 6 persons, well behaved. And does not overcrowd the K - too much.

Clutter, declutter, clutter, declutter - an endless process! I went down to the mill and brought back some things I wanted and felt I could home. R brought 3 huge foliage plants from the city house - and I wish they would disappear! So one, about 5 ft tall but skinny, will go upstairs and be repotted with a piece of 3" bamboo to keep it straight. One is a scraggly looking palm in 12 inch pot ---- somewhere... Another is about 7 feet wide but scraggly enough to act as a "room divider" - behind sofa, in front of card tables full of pots. Maybe if I feed them, they will become less like scare crows.

R also brought bed rails for another single brass bed so, with some boards to hold the mattress, we will be prepared bed-wise. Lots of fine-tuning yet to go. R bought parts today for shower rod! And rubber mats for concrete steps and a mat for back deck - all to avoid falls.

I have cleared space in K cabinets for the family's special sorts of foods, whatever they may be. Son is mostly veggie now. Wife "eats anything"; grandsons unstipulated but I know one is picky. I will not be cooking much for them; clearing the K so they have their own space. Clearing frig space ...!

Without a tree, I am making some small efforts to have a Christmasy feel to house. Bought two Cyclamen - red, white and two new Af violets - blue, blue/white. All very cheery And a very nice potted arrangement of 12 inch tree/red poinsettia/white Kalanchoe/variegated ivy/ and a couple other variegated plants in a nice burgundy ceramic bowl. Other Kalanchoe are getting toward blooming, as well as Bruggie. And a few Christmasy decorations will go on another tall green plant, with tiny star-like flowers, that is supported with a copper spiral. I could even put a string of tiny lights on it - battery powered.

I checked the weather report for the trip, up through Vermont from Philly, and there is no sign of heavy snow!!   

Six more days!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Dec 19 - 06:51 PM

Guests are coming over tomorrow so I'll do the "lick and a promise" clean-up that involves things going out of sight, if not all to their proper storage locations.

The fridge is looking tidier; a few things have gone into the freezer, others consumed as I draw down contents. I get carried away with cooking and having leftovers and it's disappointing to have to send things to the compost bin. That said, today I made some very rich mashed potatoes and some of those went into a batch of lefse for tomorrow.

It's time to pull out a few boxes and decide what ornaments can go up, high enough to be away from the destructive puppy. It's also time to start wrapping gifts and get out the sewing machine for a few projects I need to finish before everyone arrives for the big day.

Alternate day fasting is resulting in a couple of days a week very low calorie (~500/fasting day). Decluttering a few pounds would be great for the arthritic knee. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Dec 19 - 01:39 PM

Dining table cleared, dusted, ready for the photo cube. Kitchen table loaded with contents moved off of the dining table - they are moving to the sun room next.

I'm going to remake that sofa cover, the new one has good fabric going for it but that's all. I'll sew on the elastic from the old one and construct long enough tethers to tie the piece that flaps over the top and down the back to the back legs. And it will not get a good Amazon review.

I'll be doing alternate day fasting in the days before the holidays to keep the weight where it is or even lose a little. I fear kneed surgery is in my near future and I might as well do what I can to take excess weight off of that arthritic joint. Decluttering stored calories at the worst time of year for it is a huge challenge, but needs to be done.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Dec 19 - 10:20 AM

Today the spot is 90% smaller and non intrusive. I am only coping with the eye drops from the retinal center.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Dec 19 - 09:43 AM

In the fitness catagory I had my retinas checked and they were fine.
Despite having 4 days of a Xmas colored light display of mandalas and pin point red blue and yellow in both eyes. It was just a remnant of a migraine without the pain. Instead of sensing chaos, the brain turned it into filagreed beauty.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Dec 19 - 04:47 PM

Donuel, that could be a retinal injury. I hope you're on your way to an eye doctor.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Dec 19 - 10:19 AM

Go see a neurologist or ophthalmologist and keep us posted. I was recently watching a mosquito flit past the upper part of my monitor and had the thought that it could also be a floater.

The current project: I'm working on reversing the layout of my work areas. The table in the sunroom will be storage for equipment now and I'll set up the photo cube on the dining table. I pulled up a YouTube video to get a reminder of how to collapse this thing (it reduces to the size of one of those spring-loaded windshield sun guards that tucks under the visors). I should finish this transfer today (right now some of it is stacked in the kitchen as I clear the two areas then replace things where I want them.) The outcome means that the things on the dining table will be more easily removed for family meals in there this month and next.

A stop at Costco will land me 2-dozen organic eggs (and a tank of gas) and then I'm set to start holiday baking in earnest. I have a few loaves of banana or pumpkin bread in the freezer and they're nice to pull out and take with me as a gift when attending parties, and soon I'll be taking even smaller loaves to the neighbors (when it is one or two elderly people, I feel that huge loaves go to waste or waist, depending on their view of holiday foods, and can cause guilt about wasting food or gaining weight).

Next time it dries I have to mow the back yard. The forecast suggests that Friday afternoon will be a good possibility for that work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Dec 19 - 09:48 AM

Planted 4 rose bushes since this is the last 55 degree day for a long while. The leaf pile vacuum trucks took the leaves away for the first time in 10 years that they have not been snowed on or frozen to remain all winter.

Since Sunday I have had a variable visual artifact of a dime size area at arms length that might flash pure colors from 6 or 7 stimulated cones like christmas lights or a migrain distortion or nothing at all. Its not like macular degeneration but could be a couple other things not too serious, unless its a brain tumor.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 19 - 12:23 PM

Monday is for evicting stuff from the house: bulky waste and regular trash at the curb, a bag of recycling to the village bin, Goodwill stuff dropped off at the store, and a box sold via eBay dropped at the post office. Chipping slowly at the stuff. My cleaned out lower cabinet in the kitchen continues to be a pleasure to work with, and later today I'll dig out tins for cookies that I need to start baking. The sunroom is nicer to work in now that tall bins have been employed for packing materials and mailing tube of posters and maps. It sill has a puppy barrier at the entrance to the room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Dec 19 - 10:13 PM

That house sounds great, Dorothy! The process of preparing for guests lets you see your house through someone else's eyes and fine-tune your plans for their arrival. Good luck with the beds and the plants!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Dec 19 - 05:32 PM

Dupont:

2 weeks to figure out what to do with pottery! Working on concocting something to hold a shower curtain over the antique tub with stupid shower that one holds in hand and sprays water everywhere. Maybe today we will agree on method; R is out looking for parts! A commercial one runs $400-$600!

The stove is almost installed - the cost broke my bank! R still needs to get the rusted in screws out; will prob have o drill them out. He cleaned it up yesterday and the dust made me feel lousy before I realized what what happening. Then we discovered the new chimney liner, open into the room until stove is installed tried to suck a tissue up - What did I say about our hot air going up the chimney!! Stuck a piece of "paper" from a store bought plant - shaped like a pot - into the hole! Works! Of course I had not thrown it out; never know when something will come in handy! We are looking forward to a first fire, maybe even tonight. I will go elsewhere while he drills!

Brugmansia, "Bruggie", is like having a pet! We check its condition every morning. After all blossoms fell and most leaves, it is burgeoning, with tons of new leaves and more than 20 buds of varying sizes. One blossom opened almost a week ago; I wish I had kept a log of progress. But judging by that, we will have a few new blooms by the time family arrives! I believe this is the most exciting plant I have had. The next time it takes a break, I will need to cut it back about 6-12 inches all the way around, lest it burst the walls! Well... outgrow its space. It has earned its keep, and the $25 I spent!

The hibiscus gets turned a bit each day to maximize its south window. It used up its blooms and is now gathering leaves at tips of each of many branches. I keep an eye on its progress , wondering when... So much pleasure for $5! On the lighter side, I am propagating geraniums and spider plants. I offer spider plants to anyone. If all else fails, I can take them to the horticultural society plant sale. OR give a couple to the Thrift shop from whence I acquired the first two for 25cents each. Currently, there is one to three in each room!

I cut back the tomato plants in the LR and put cuttings in a vase - to see if they will root. The parents are still in good shape and will go outside in May - even if I have to cut them back severely to get them outside. African violets are resting and not proliferating. YAY! Plant care is a daily task I enjoy!

The rest of the house is doing OK. We need to decide where to bed down one grandson. We thought the TV room but realize there are two other options - only requiring a bed be placed and we do have a bed to place. This home will always be in transition! I sit here thinking about what needs we will have with four extra bodies - places to sit and read, computer (everyone will have one!), food...

The three engineers (budding and current) will enjoy visiting R's vast collection of used machinery. And the family will be visiting Taun's old haunts from when he was growing up in Montreal. Doubt we shall need to entertain them. Thankfully!

Friends came last Sunday and took away a few pots. And offered me another piece of furniture - a spool bed couch that I once made a cover for the mattress -40 years ago! And yesterday, we stopped by the local thrift shop, finding naught to buy but, on leaving, the spot where they put things they consider unsalable netted us an antique bureau, just the size we wanted to finish the guest room! Missing one drawer pull - R has a collection - and a piece of bottom for one drawer, easy to fix. WOW!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 01:25 PM

My side door has a two-fixture halogen light (with the 150-watt T3 78mm bulbs.) It requires a glove (to avoid touching the bulb), a screwdriver, and a step-stool for the operation, so I usually wait till they've both blown. Today I am feeling virtuous for having correctly aligned the bulbs in both fixtures without dropping anything in the process.

Bulky waste is next week so I'll cut up a few pieces of fence to stack at the curb and pull up the long planks along my garden that have mostly rotted and I need to reconfigure the space for next year.

I'm wondering how Susan is doing - I hope she has been able to catch up with our various slow-motion declutter operations and plan some more of her own. There is more of a moving target when trying to keep track of Michelle's house, work, garden, and health sagas, but I'm also wishing them well as the holidays approach and the work seems to increase.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 19 - 11:17 AM

I was following your discussion with BatGoddess on Facebook about loving fruitcake - it sounds like a very good recipe! I also like it, but being by myself I would eat it all by myself.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Dec 19 - 11:07 AM

The sun is almost shining in Stratford today and I have installed a pair of my new orthotic insoles in my winter boots, so I shall take a little stroll downtown, perchance for lunch.

I have already logged my morning's fitness requirement with another pool class at the Y. That's quite a workout if you invest a little effort.

No holiday decorating is happening in this house -- hurray! It isn't that I disapprove of Christmas, it's just that we have no room for a tree and I have zero desire to clean up after one. I might really strain a nerve and put a wreath on the front door, but that will be IT.

I finished the second batch of fruitcake yesterday, so we have six wrapped and ready -- five to go and one for us. Himself's siblings have rather half-heartedly accepted fruitcakes in the past, but this year none are going to anyone who does not definitely and enthusiastically want one; they are not easy to make, and just too damned expensive (not to speak of delicious) to waste on anyone with mixed feelings about mixed fruit. My side of the family are very pro-fruitcake, phoning up around the Sunday next before Advent to enquire as to whether I might be making any, and I have an old college buddy in Toronto who rates one. Everyone else can pound sand.

The Sisters (Himself's side) are coming for a pre-Christmas visit next Wednesday, which gives me time to clean the house. The weekend is fully committed to two performances of Handel's "Messiah" and putting up my feet in between.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Dec 19 - 11:01 AM

I was taking Biotin to strengthen my nails and it seemed to work for a while, then not so much, but when the supply ran out and I stopped, they really got soft and flaky. So I'm drinking a cup of bouillon with gelatin once a day until my subscription (Amazon) of a low dose arrives in a couple of weeks. (If you subscribe to five things that arrive on the same day you get 15% off.) I did some research on recommended doses, and the one I had tried was "on sale" in the local pharmacy, but ends up having been way too much biotin and way too expensive for what is recommended. Live and learn.

How are your large plants looking, Dorothy? So far my four in the greenhouse are humming right along; if the forecast is for really cold I'll have to step up the measures to keep them alive. There is a heater out there and a "thermal cube" to turn on the power to the heater once it reaches a low of 39o.

eBay is under way, as is the digitization project, where I was having trouble getting sound until I realized I needed to jostle the conversion box, one plug seemed not to be fully connected. Like Dorothy, I need the [dining] table for meals (and for other projects), so will compress and list items to clear it off.

Any holiday decorating in the house will have to be suspended above the reach of the puppy; she's a destructive force of nature these days. And to do my sofa and my house a favor I ordered another waterproof couch cover; the one on there now is falling apart after three years of use. I'm surprised it lasted this long.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Dec 19 - 08:18 PM

Dupont:

I would be tempted to try the local pool bu it has chlorine, one of my worst sensitivities. Swimming is such a top notch exercise.

Did some clean up to have the house look moderately nice for friend Hannah and her son and his partner. They removed a few pieces of pottery after considerable commentary. Hannah already has enough - a collection going back about 40 years - stacks of them! They enjoyed seeing the house and went to the attic. Hannah remembers me since she was 8 = 52 years! She and my son will each be 60 in the next week and each of their spouses have birthdays on the 10th! She is a keeper of my history. Her son worked for R for a while so we all had a great visit. We are somewhat like an "extended family".

The pottery is becoming a serious conundrum. I need to figure out a place to put it before 21st when other son arrives with family. We need the table for meals! I'm thinking....

Eng. class today had two students. I had forgotten Jacinthe; she was in FL for 5 weeks. It was more fun with two; J was helpful and we both worked on convincing T what she knows more than she thinks - she needs confidence - a word we worked on! Amongst many others! I had brought up on line a couple children's books being read well with closed captions. We watched together and talked about words and the stories and were able to have a semblance of discussion! I also read a couple of my children's books to them. Exhausting but good. I exhorted them to do this on their own at home and write down words so we can look a them next week.

Pro-biotics (50 Billion) have improved my gut health and general well-being - very much. Ginger tea helps also. My energy has improved greatly.

Magda is finished in the studio; pics of her pottery are beautiful! She is doing Christmas shows with that and her other arts. I am happy to have been able to help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 19 - 11:45 AM

The sunshine is piling up in huge drifts here in North Texas, and the problem with this is that we never really acclimate to the season; when it drops to freezing for a stretch of days it's a jolt to the nervous system.

I've entered leftovers season to join the rest of the apres-Thanksgiving US; so far I haven't used much, I made a batch of turkey flautas (shredded, seasoned, and rolled up in corn tortillas and fried; they're reheated in the toaster oven and served with guacamole, lebne, and finely-chopped iceberg lettuce.) Soup looms.

It will be eBay full-tilt this week and a holiday party on Friday evening, as a way to balance out the alone-time at home. The little tiller given me by the neighbor is ready to pick up after a rebuilt carburetor repair, and just in time to start a bed for potatoes (they get planted around January 1 here.) My neighborhood's bulky waste pickup is next week and I have some old fence panels and stuff I intend to pull up that had edged the garden to put at the curb. The back yard leaves need mulching, so the piled up sunshine will come in handy to dry them out for the mower after a wet week.

The last few weeks have been about putting things back into service that are here instead of buying new. It's a good habit to get into. I've cleared out some space in the craft room around my sewing table and mending will come under the "put back in service" goal.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Dec 19 - 12:24 PM

It’s sleeting in Stratford and the world is covered with a layer of ice, so the little bit of grocery shopping I had planned is out of the question. I have zero interest in tidying or cleaning, and I did the wash yesterday. That leaves sitting and reading until it’s time to make dinner.

The GoodLife company threw a large spanner into our works by closing the gym that Himself and I have patronized since August 2017. The space and equipment will be taken over by something called Fit4Less that costs less than Goodlife but — surprise! — offers fewer services and no programming. Consequently, I have been looking around for a fitness place that offers adequate facilities and helpful programs at a price I can afford.

My options were narrowed considerably by the fact that my wonky foot is now grumbling with every step, despite rest and new orthotics. That leaves me with swimming and exercising in water, so now I go to the Y.

The YM/YWCA is terminally uncool and, in daylight hours, full of arthritic fuddy-duddies. I’m going to love it. The swimming pool is kept near blood temperature and the showers have grab handles. Friday was my first day in aqua-fit, with a group of codgers and a trainer who looks about seventeen but definitely knows how to deliver a challenging core workout. Deep-water class is on Wednesday. I’m told it’s a can’t-miss affair.

Best of all: I don’t have to wear a bathing cap, there’s no loud pop music, and my feet don’t hurt after.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 19 - 11:43 AM

Furniture moved and a mirror found and placed in front of the fireplace (to conceal its pink insulation filling). TV, sofa, chair and footstool all moved.

Our family Thanksgiving is today. The date isn't important, it's having the people and the food that makes it the holiday. I hope everything went well with Michelle, Pete, and Jeremiah (and some family and community helpers) and that Susan had visitors and a nice Thanksgiving in her therapy setup.

Tomorrow I'll continue with the furniture moving; studies ages ago now revealed that rearranging furniture is a way to generate endorphins. I'm overdue on this particular exercise so I'll enjoy the effect.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 19 - 10:04 AM

Last night I started working on the cables behind the cabinet where all of the sound equipment sits in the den; I'll be able to run everything through the receiver and to the speakers (the television was absent from that unless I was playing something from the DVD/Bluray player). Getting the correct lengths - I found myself at one point wondering if I would have to buy more RCA cables; I think I found where a couple of the longer ones went and can avoid that purchase in this day of Bluetooth, etc.

I have a friend I worry about, who was fired 3 years ago for what we all understand was no good reason - he was a disabled person working for a know-nothing dean who drove off her best staff in the course of a few years, as they could escape to new jobs or retire, though a few did just quit and walk out the door. He has managed to do temp work since then, but not consistently. The combination of being older and being angry about what happened is dangerous to his health. We didn't do Thanksgiving yesterday, though he is invited to the family one on Sunday; what I did last night was have a couple of people over and we scoured the fridge and freezer for interesting leftovers. He's vegetarian and we ended up with a pretty darned good smelling quesadilla (onions, poblano pepper from the greenhouse, avocado, and cheese) and the others of us ate smoked salmon with our rice, salad, and such. It was a nice evening and both friends left after an evening of good conversation that decuttered the introspection of a holiday spent alone at home.

Today I hope to finish the sound system setup and maybe binge in a couple of favorite movies while I work on eBay stuff in that room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Nov 19 - 04:22 PM

It's an anticlimactic day, though I watched part of the Macy's parade (mostly out of curiosity to see if the balloons would march and if there would be any mishaps; when I turned it off only Ronald McDonald had a deflated left leg the handlers were carrying down Broadway). I have a couple of friends coming over for a "typical" dinner. Our family celebration will be on Sunday.

My decluttering today has been clearing out some extra stuff in the fridge; I have a small (13 lb) fresh turkey in the small fridge that I'll brine over Saturday night, and will need a place to put the roasted carcass remains after dinner. I have an interesting mix of vegetables to roast (I don't make stuffing) and when that is finished it will go into one container.

Now comes a mix of holiday movies - some good ones and a lot of stinkers. Good thing I have DVDs of most of my favorites (and still have a working VHS if the only versions I have are still on tape.) You never know what the kids are going to want to veg out on once we get everyone together. Some of us like A Christmas Story and one always complains about it; everyone likes Muppet Christmas Carol and I finally got a DVD of that (after watching it on VHS in years past). Some other Muppet specials also from when the kids were small are still appealing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Nov 19 - 02:53 PM

A morning spent raking and scooping leaves at the Botanic Garden in the Japanese Garden was a good warm-up and workout for the day. All volunteers were retirees and there was a point in time when aches and pains were compared - I'm getting off fairly lightly with an arthritic knee. This part of the garden is kept very well groomed and maybe it will inspire me to do some tidying in the yard.

Three dogs just descended on my office with a gush of fresh air around them and the scent of baldcypress - they have been wrestling out in the yard. I have to scoop and then run the mower to mulch a whole bunch of leaves out there.

There is a juniper in the corner of the front yard that now has the holiday lights on it and last night I turned it on for a while as a landmark for a friend who was coming over to the house for the first time. The strings that go across the front porch will go up today. Not much involved in these two zones of light, but they add a little festivity to this end of the street.

I've pushed a couple of big tasks off of my desk and now I can resume stuff I need to do around here that has waited for my attention. Back to eBay, for starters, and to do some mending and cooking and . . . when there are warmer days, yard work. The fence needs an extension. There's always something to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Nov 19 - 10:26 PM

Dupont:

Thoughts of Michelle, Pete and J: Hope you have a good Thanksgiving!

Nice four days away at Beaver. But without running water! Seems a problem with the septic pump may have blown a fuse and turned off the water pump and freezer. Stuff in the freezer was still refreezable. R go buckets of water from the wee stream to flush toilet and I had rainwater and distilled water for dishes and drinking/cooking, respectively. Kept cooking to a minimum and washed dishes before leaving but left a couple pans. Bit of a clutter!

Electric blanket warmed the bed very nicely as wood stove warmed the house. Beautiful weekend with two sunny days.

De-cluttering the studio - helped Magda get a bisque firing going and she wrote down detailed instructions to complete that and a glaze firing or two. R put the boxes of clay on a dolly and brought them into bathroom. Goal: to turn off cube heater for the winter- Magda will do it when she is finished.

R assured the bathroom will stay warm. He did not dig up the septic although Larry visited and, in consulting, said the ground is not very frozen (only a couple inches) and this would be a good time to do it. Robin know what it takes ( did it a couple years ago) and did not have the energy.

Clutter and de-clutter: The amount of stuff I wanted to bring here filled the car - with R's magic packing skills. On Monday, I worked with Magda and we went to see "my" new, never met before, very young doctor. We negotiated: no CT scan of gut, just blood tests.

Went to Service Ontario to replace car registration, stolen from car Friday am. Oh yeah, 5:30 am - knocking on door, police telling R that kids had been breaking into cars, had caught them outside our house, was anything missing? Only on our way did I find the papers gone, along with the very small New Testament I bought in 1977 after we all survived my truck overturning on the prairie.

Then R went to get new fuses to leave - just in case. I went to insurance office and begged a copy of insurance card. And, R not back yet, to a thrift shop where I fancied a set of dishes with a blueberry theme - 39 pieces for $10 and very nice. The volunteers quickly boxed them and we found space in the car for them!

That car load of clutter from Beaver is now finding homes here. with some fiddling but it will work. Love the new dishes! One large bin is Christmas stuff.

Chimney swept tonight - chimney and wallet de-cluttered! Ready for installation of wood stove - which will greatly de-clutter wallet but ease mind - we will have a source of heat in case of outage.

Today, I finally figured out that my student can read English - does not always know what it means but she can read/pronounce the words. (I can read French that way!) But she does understand a lot of words and can respond when she understands what I say. She needs to listen/hear English. So, the daughter and grands, with whom she lives, all speak good Eng BUT at home they only speak Russian because the daughter want her kids to hold their heritage. It is tiring trying to help her but she is very appreciative.

Snow is gone for now and it was like a spring day!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 19 - 09:53 AM

The tiller (lightly used but not touched for a couple of years, given me by my next door neighbor) has been dropped off at the small engine repair shop to be tuned up and lubricated. The weather is warm today but getting cold overnight, so this is the day to mulch in neighbors' leaves that have drifted into my yard and mow the back so the yard looks welcoming for Thanksgiving. I'll prune on shrub out front and put up lights while it's warm. I'll get the tiller back probably next week, and will plan to put in potatoes this year.

I did some decluttering work in the sewing room, organized thread (I put a new rack received at xmas last year up on the wall) and separated all of the mending tasks from the other stuff awaiting attention in there.

There's a list on the cleared-off kitchen counter of the things I need to buy (not very much; just a few vegetables and fruit for brine and a turkey breast and thighs, not the entire bird) for the upcoming holiday. I have a couple of craft projects to do before our family's holiday gathering, this year probably around January 3.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Nov 19 - 12:19 PM

I'm now at that wonderful stage where guests have come and gone and I can now enjoy a tidy house right before the holidays.

It seems people in the area are getting a jump on the xmas season, putting up lights ahead of Thanksgiving because the US holiday is so late this year. I shall do the same - the next two days are in the 70s and my holiday is postponed until Sunday (Dec. 1) when we can get the entire family here. Gives me time to set up, even if I don't light them yet.

I have several small loaves of fancy breads in the freezer, both banana and pumpkin/sweet potato types so far, ready to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. If I get my hands on some zucchini I may make some of that also. The distribution will declutter shelves in the new freezer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 19 - 12:41 AM

Today was the finishing touches on cleaning the kitchen and living room, including moving the sofa and washing the dog-proof cover and the dog bedding in the kennel. Other stuff was done earlier in the week so it wasn't too bad today. Tomorrow is some baking in preparation for guests.

My loose SUV bumper (I backed out of a driveway and off of the curb so the bottom of the bumper smacked the curb) was fixed yesterday at no cost - good luck there! The body shop recommended by the dealer said the plastic connections needed to be lined up correctly to push back into place, and he did it. That was a relief. Though it does mean the Nissan is held together by little plastic flaps - not such a relief. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Nov 19 - 08:00 PM

Good luck with the log book, Dorothy. And I hope Michelle and Pete will make it to Thanksgiving.

I caught a glimpse of myself in the glass doors on campus yesterday, and while short jeans may be a thing these days, I don't like the way they look on me, and I'm down to just one long-enough pair. My favorite thrift store this afternoon had four pair for under $20; two that are my current size and two that were really good looking that I can't quite fit into - aspirational shopping. :) The short ones will get used doing yard work, painting, etc.

I'm making progress around the house, and finding more things to spritz with bitter apple to keep the puppy from destroying. We're due rain overnight but I'll go ahead and mop a couple of floors and keep a damp mop handy to occasionally clear up what the dogs track in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 21 Nov 19 - 07:38 PM

Hi Everyone,

   Thanks for all the love! Pete had the completion of the thyroidectomy today. The surgeon reports that surgery went well however, after the surgery they had trouble regulating his blood pressure which was sky high. Additionally, they wanted to keep him overnight to monitor the calcium levels to make sure the parathyroid wasn't going to freak out...that can lead to problems with the heart.

He is expected to come home tomorrow to begin the healing process and the radiation bit is to come...I don't know the timeline just yet.

And Thanksgiving....it was going to be a potluck for family and a few friends. We are to take the turkey, squash and my homemade cranberry sauce has been requested. The fact of the matter is, if Pete is not feeling up to it, we won't go but I will still deliver the food. I do not have to return to work until December 2nd. I am very happy to be able to stay home with Pete. :)

Jeremiah is doing fairly well with all of this. We have explained this to him as best we can and I am quite proud of him.

Sweet dreams all.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Nov 19 - 05:57 PM

Dupont:

We have agreed to have Jotul (wood stove) installed in fireplace, for heat if electric goes out, and maybe for a cosy heat on cold days. I have arranged to have chimney swept on Tuesday - after English class. Tomorrow I will arrange for installation, hopefully before family arrives on 21 December.

Going to Beaver Friday; need to arrange to pick up goodies at Goldmine. Hope to do a firing for Magda then close up studio for winter to save electric bill. Dr. appointment Monday noon, then back to QC until next time R can take a break.

My energy is on a roller coaster and I am trying to keep a log book to determine what does and does not help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Nov 19 - 12:36 PM

It's windy out so I decluttered my front yard of cardboard and bags that blew in from someone's trash up the street. Trash day on windy days can be dicey.

Working my way through the laundry room and kitchen this morning, running laundry, doing the usual kind of clearing up after a busy week and ahead of a visit. I've reorganized the various cleaning rags in the laundry room, assigning them a new larger container that lets me also stash the old bath/hand towels that have long since been used for washing cars, catching water at the dog's dish, and more. The original basket I'd used for the cloths was a little on the small side. Now - reassign the basket or donate back to Goodwill? I'm realizing that part of the clutter around here are unused (as of now) containers that were emptied during previous passes through the household papers.

Listening to the hearings last week and this, hoping that some political persons will be prudently discarded after being clearly identified as trash.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Nov 19 - 05:31 PM

The weather today is big gray fluffy clouds, warm breeze, and they're blowing from the southeast, not the southwest. Leaves coming out of the trees big time. I was running around today, discarding the old single-unit stereo system (CD, cassette, receiver; I kept the LP player and speakers) and found a used receiver I can plug a couple of other things into. Goodwill, and now to test it. It's likely the replacement items are going to take up more space than the old one, but at least that space was allocated ahead of time when I put up the shelves.

The next two days are empty of dates, meaning I'll finish a lot of my sweeping of dog hair in preparation of weekend guests. It may also mean another trip to the recycle bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Nov 19 - 04:58 PM

Dupont:

With no energy at all. ... 3 hours later: recovered the energy and filled the soup pot with vegies, watered plants, etc. Mystery to me. I have decided that I no longer have the energy for solo trips to Beaver. R has agreed to go with me for a few days to ensure house is ready for winter, pick up goodies at the Hidden Goldmine, touch base with a few people, maybe go to walk in clinic at health centre. Lengthy conversation with Connie early aft, seemed to energize me but provided no ideas other than de-toxing. I will try a hot bath after R gets home; concerned that I may not be able to get out of tub without help.

Our guest was low maintenance; he, R and bro went off all day Saturday and came home fed and tired. I was low energy all day; visited craft show, bought 3 small succulents, visited new history museum in small town, stopped for groceries and came home tired. Devised a sort of terrarium with the plants in a tall (12inch), wide (8) glass jar; it looks terrific, with white stones showing at the bottom, then dried moss around the sand, then soil, bringing the tops of plants to the top of container.

R did cover the stairwell on Sat am - with a rough but fitted piece of plywood. I threw a throw rug over it. He has a plan for improvement but I am content that air is no longer coming up from basement, the foamie is retired to storage and we feel happy to have the opening to the hall and easier access to main bathroom.

Sunday: BF with cuz before he embarked on long trip home - about 12 hours. 3 folks came to visit, tea and yummies, and they bought a few pots - 5 gone, a zillion yet to go! R went off to fetch a wood stove from the mill that we hope to use in place of fireplace. Man coming Tuesday to assess situation. A fair sized expense if we do it. I am concerned about heat in case of power outages. The generator, still sitting in carton in back yard, will run sumps and maybe frig and freezer.

I am sorry to hear that Pete has more ahead of him. Tough on Michelle and J. Lots of folks rooting for you all, M!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Nov 19 - 01:08 AM

For the last three days it has been trip a day to the recycle bin to get rid of excess eBay packing materials. The sun room is improving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Nov 19 - 11:32 PM

Wow, Michelle. So many decisions to process. The quarantine is to keep everyone else away from the radiation until it dissipates? It does seem that being home but in the office might be difficult to remember and manage for several days. That's an astonishing process you describe, the full-body detection of any cells and the quick move to treatment.

Mary has a good suggestion, and maybe there are a few friends who would like to help with a potluck this year? Thanksgiving can happen on another day also. We rarely have xmas or Thanksgiving on the actual day, we wait until we can get together and do it properly. That feeling you have when everyone is there and the meal is good - can happen when you're ready.

Love to all of you, Michelle.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 16 Nov 19 - 02:46 PM

the main thing is everyone's health and stress reduction. Thanksgiving rituals can be put on hold for a year and you can have a nice quiet pizza, tv dinner, whatever. Whatever your family enjoys and does not wear you out. You could ask friends to save you some leftover stuffing and pie...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 16 Nov 19 - 02:27 PM

As it turns out, Pete needs more surgery and radiation. That will be happening on Thursday. The remainder of his thyroid will be removed, medication will begin after surgery and approximately 2 weeks later, he will receive an injection of radiation and have a nuclear scan from head to toe to pinpoint thyroid cancer cells that have spread in his body, then iodized radiation will be administered. He will need to be quarantined for 4 to 5 days. We have discussed various options but I think he will be staying at a local hotel. Jeremiah and I have the option to go to someone's home but all the animals would need to be boarded....and that's just too much. I hate the idea of us being apart but it's what we are going to have to do one way or the other. We've also discussed him staying in his office at home...he can take his recliner in there and that's where he has all the things he loves to putter with...so I think he'd be fine there but we will wait and see if Nuclear Medicine says he has to be out of the house totally. One doctor told us that as long as no one touches him, we can stay in the same place but I'm not sure I trust that...we shall see.

On a completely different note, we all got hair cuts today. I had 6 inches chopped off and I think I like it....LOL....it always takes me some time to decide if I like a new haircut or not. I was ready for a change and something a little more clean cut/professional.

I am still working on what I need for Thanksgiving and a shopping list in general. I am feeling overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done before Pete goes in for surgery, getting things ready at work for my time off (thank goodness for Paid Family Leave) and then just regular chores around here....I'm to the point of being so overwhelmed that I'm not doing anything....surely I will kick myself for this later.

Work is going well, I've been training someone new who will fill in for me while I'm out. She and I get along very well and I dare say I have a new friend. :)

That's it for now. Hoping the rest of you are doing well.

Much love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Nov 19 - 11:21 AM

Time to declutter myself of the editing job from hell. The design phase is essentially completed and the editors keep finding new corrections - this is the classic illustration of the perfect being the enemy of the good. Today I put my foot down, they're eating up too much time.

There's a stray male pitbull hanging out around the neighborhood; it was below freezing last night so he was out in it somewhere, maybe under the bridge, hunkered down. I think he's probably attracted by my barking dogs who always come in excitedly to get me when he turns up in the front yard or driveway. I've posted photos on the Nextdoor site and have no response. I fear this one will end up at the animal shelter once he crosses the bridge and ends up in Fort Worth proper.

More sun room work today. And yard work. It's a cat sitting weekend so I have to keep an eye on the clock also.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Nov 19 - 04:40 PM

Good trick if you want your data to hang around forever!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Nov 19 - 11:31 AM

Donuel -- HAHAHAHA!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Nov 19 - 11:23 AM

I'm going to label all the old internal and external hard drives 'H.Clinton emails' and let them go


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Nov 19 - 08:25 AM

I have to check the town calendar for any mention of e-waste collection; we have dead gadgets squirrelled all over the house. Thanks for the reminder, Stilly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Nov 19 - 11:01 PM

I actually bought three more bins and have my mailing tubes in one and packing materials in the rest, and made progress on clearing out the sunroom. Tomorrow I'll make a trip to the recycle bins with lots of stuff that was culled.

It's cold enough now that I'm just puttering along working on stuff all day; the heat zapped my energy but now it's back. The greenhouse got some attention, plants moved in, and I took out the burning barrel to get rid of old papers that were too many to shred.

Next week is an e-waste event that will finally let me get rid of old computer hard drives in a secure fashion. It's not the first event on the weekend I heard about (that the city is running) but a few later on campus and I can take my stuff. I have enough hard drives here now to build a hefty doorstop, but I'd rather recycle them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Nov 19 - 05:06 PM

Dupont:

Cuz not coming until Saturday. Still no cover on stairwell - maybe Sat!!

Pottery is all on display; now I need some lookers! A couple groups are sending word out. There is an amazing amount of nice pieces that I forgot I had. That's what comes of "don't unpack too much" at that last show!

Laundry in dryer, dishes minimal. Vacuumed stairwell and mat inside front door!! At least, with the snow, there will be no more leaves walking in. River is de-cluttered of boats and docks (all floating, of necessity!) A skim of ice. Roads not fun and a thaw and freeze will make them nasty.

Picked up a few groceries today and stopped at a shop to check out having a wood stove installed in fireplace. WOW! But I would like to have a source of heat in case of outage. Man will visit on Tuesday to look it over. They give a certificate for insurance co. I wonder if house is insured? R is not keen on insurance for buildings. The Jotul I want installed is, unfortunately, at the mill and I need to get it here by Tues with no help from R, who will be busy on weekend- getting that stairwell covered and whatever else he considers important before cousin arrives. He does not consider the stove important; I do.


"Complained" to bakery that every time we really like something, they stop making it! I just picked up a fruit relish, they carry, that R likes. Next week planning to go to Ontario; will pick up goodies at the Goldmine. They make dynamite scones and muffins. The Quebec one offers croissant sorts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Nov 19 - 10:01 AM

One of the international students who worked in my library department was originally from Iraq and her mother managed to find an oven here in the US so she could make the traditional large round flat Iraqi bread. It involves rolling and stretching it then draping it over a large really, well, you don't want to look too close, pillow-like thing, and reaching into the hollow center of the oven and sticking it to the side. There is a similar setup with the same kind of odd pillow in use at the grocery where I buy it now. The other breads are made in a bakery attached to the store and are mechanically shaped and run on a production line through the long ovens. But you can make pita bread at home with a pizza stone.

We had a heavy wind earlier this week and it seems to have dropped every leaf that was once on my trees. I'll mow over all of it this weekend and let it mulch into the turf. Trees decluttered.

There's a thread about Susan's recuperation going, if anyone missed it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Nov 19 - 09:11 AM

Anything that is usually baked in a special oven -- lookin' at you, pita bread -- I leave to the professionals.

I will never forget the stupendous mess I made when I tried to make pita at home. Flour ended up everywhere, the results were only barely edible, and I was too poor to throw away the failure and move on without regret.

Ya live and ya learn.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Nov 19 - 03:45 PM

I can never seem to get my homemade versions to assume and maintain the shape of the buns I visualized when I started the task. I bake bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, all sorts of yeast and/or baking powder and baking soda quick breads, but I still enjoy buying a hot fresh tandoori or Iraqi flat bread, and Mexican bolillo rolls are pretty special when purchased fresh. All of these I freeze while they're still in their prime. I make pita bread, corn and wheat tortillas, etc, but I also buy them when I know they're made on the premises in the same way I would (ingredients - but someone else is doing the work and the cost is reasonable).

I'm headed over to get another tall bin, this time to put the long mailing tubes into, I have quite a few of them here with maps and posters.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Nov 19 - 10:49 AM

I made three dozen whole-wheat hamburger-type buns yesterday, so we have bread for a while. I profoundly resent it when bread I made with my own fair fingers goes mouldy, so I started making buns that get thawed two or three at a time.

Mind you, making buns is a damned nuisance mitigated only by good tools: a dough scraper for splitting the great mound of yeasty stuff on the worktop, and a digital scale to ensure that all the buns are the same size.

Of course, I could just buy bread. But what would be the fun in that?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Nov 19 - 11:39 AM

While making a fresh produce run at my favorite discount gourmet grocery I found a tall Rubbermaid bin that has a square footprint. This will go to the sun room and I may go get another (they're only $8). This'll allow some of the overflow of packing materials to be corralled and out of puppy reach.

I made a huge push last night to find and apply all of the edits to one of the essays for a journal I'm working on. When the author is making a few small editing changes it isn't fair to the document editor/designer to send a whole new document with the changes unmarked. I'm not going to just drop that document into the InDesign page, I need to know the specific changes to add to the existing InDesign document and I'm sure as hell not going to re-read the two side-by-side all the way through to try to locate them! The amount of work needed to prepare any text to put in the Adobe software is huge. The amount of understanding of these academics to the design process is puny. I finally got her to photograph the pages she wrote on so I could FIND the changes on the new document and type them into the design document. Doh! I've enjoyed the little bit of extra income, but next year I'm going to pass this off to a friend the editor knows and suggest she double the fee.

It's a gorgeous bright morning and the low overnight was down to 24o. It's too cold to do much out there, but everything is lovely to look at. Last night I put a new dog jacket on Cookie to take her walk before bedtime and she fussed for a minute or two then settled down, I think recognizing what it was for. But she would shred it if I left it on her a moment longer than needed. These dogs with a fine one-layer coat do benefit from that reinforcement though she puts out enough heat normally that she'd be okay without. It's a human thing, putting on a jacket in cold weather.

Sweet potatoes simmering; the batch from the freezer didn't survive the thaw last week. I measure them into take-out containers and freeze them for baking later. I have one serving of my hearty tomato vegetable soup left and then I'll make a lentil batch. I love having soup handy for quick meals during the week.

Next Saturday is an e-waste drop-off event at my university and I'm going to have a large box of stuff. I'll start putting it in the back of the SUV now to remove the tripping hazard in a couple of rooms.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Nov 19 - 06:13 PM

Dupont:

YAY for company! R has made the hall and spare room look good! De-cluttered his reading area as well! And said he would bring home wood to close off the stairwell. Each part of addition heats individually (3 rooms and hall) so I turned up the hall some; will turn it up more when stairway is covered and I can take the foam mattress out of the doorway. That was about keeping heat in house but also keeping any spores or whatever from the basement out of Den where I sit and read/computer. Will turn up heat in guest room on Weds - only the cousin is coming due to bad weather, and not til Weds.

So, I started putting out pottery on extended DR table. Three of us can eat in the K. Today, the warmest for a while, I brought all the pottery in from back deck and placed it on church pew in hall. Am gradually moving it out of boxes onto table, which is mostly full already. Will wait 'til cuz leaves to put up card tables for the rest.

I collected most of garden tools to deck and cleared it up as much as possible. Getting ready for impending snow. Glad to have snow tires on; when R went to get flat fixed no one could do it as all the tire places were up to changing folks to winter tires. He and gang did it themselves and it seems to be holding.

Re-potted small ficus which lives in Bathroom. And, finally, planted the new lavender in the new garden, where it can drape over a large rock R brought home. He really likes the new garden and is looking for more rocks to go around it. I never saw a draping lavender before but it is lovely. Frost has done in most everything, but still some colour showing in frosted flowering plants. No obvious signs of squirrel depredation! Inside, Beast has one new flower, hibiscus two, and a number of ratty geraniums are blooming in spite of me. I shall groom them better through the winter,and feed them. The one red mini rose bloom continues to be lovely!

Major shopping yesterday; I overdid it. Have 6 cauliflower - will cook and freeze - mashed for pasta substitute, on a cookie sheet cut into squares of appropriate size, so I can break it up after frozen, and bag it until needed.

My whole being is delighted to be back on real time; it just feels so right. I feel better in every way.

Thinking of Pete and Michelle.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Nov 19 - 01:46 AM

Well, it is unused change in that it tends to be emptied out of the coin purse at intervals and end up in a fancy can, so it's usually out of circulation. I guess I can carry a little baggie of those coins with me and when I'm in a store that has one of those change trays with the self-pay register, I can off-load it.

It took some ingenuity to re-do the brace that was included with the ceiling junction box for that light fixture, but the original wouldn't fit so I finally managed a different one (with leftover stuff from putting up a curtain rod, I think) and drilling a couple of extra support screws through the side into the joist. I had to tie it into the old brace left from the brittle junction box that I removed.

Between the fence construction and the installation of that ceiling fixture, at one point it felt like I had every screw driver I own sitting on various horizontal surfaces around the kitchen and garage (and I have a LOT of screw drivers - my own plus what came from Dad's house).

That light is a thing of beauty after all of that work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Nov 19 - 10:13 PM

Stilly, there is no such thing as “extra” change.

It’s all money. Dosh. Legal tender.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Nov 19 - 07:12 PM

The junction box operation has continued, the brace that was attached to it is too solidly in place to remove so I have to figure out how to attach the new box to it.

The day was nice so I took down the old fence panel and gate and have two of the new crossmembers in place (though I have to take the first one back down and cut a few inches off because I forgot to shorten it to the proper length). I stopped when mosquitoes came out (yes, they're year-round here in Texas). Tomorrow will take another hour or two and it'll be finished. I have more fence to do that attaches to this, but I'm doing the work on a budget, one panel at a time.

This week I'm staging a dirt and dog hair intervention in this house. The vacuum is back in great shape and it's going to get a lot of use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Nov 19 - 12:43 AM

The round fixture junction box replacement was only $2.61. Modest, and paid for mostly with the small change I've wanted to weed out of my coin purse (they have one of those change-counting registers where you drop in the handful, not one at a time.) So, extra change decluttered.

A big batch of stuff is going over to Goodwill this weekend.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Nov 19 - 07:18 PM

The light in the laundry room was too dim so I took back the new bulb and wasn't able to find any to fit it that are brighter, so I picked up another fixture like the new LED light in the front hall (after the ceiling replacement). When I took down the old fixture the junction box under it crumbled; it was in bad shape in 2002 when I had a new one put up there, and the electrician got it to stay in place with really long screws, but since then the bakelite-like fixture became too brittle. Most of it seemed to fall down my neckline when I moved the fixture. Junction boxes are inexpensive, and I'm hoping that $3 replaces easily on a solid surface. I don't want to have to call the electrician.

The vacuum is still not in prime shape, so after running a rope with a rag through to hose to completely empty it again I took it apart. I found a message about losing suction if not routinely cleaning out various filters, so I pulled and washed them and they're now drying (out of reach of any puppies that would destroy them). I have company coming weekend after next (Mudcatters!) so I want to get a jump on this dust and dog hair.

That same visit is inspiring organization of some of the stuff on my dining room table and sunroom.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Nov 19 - 07:12 PM

Dupont:

That is a Super Pup! Too smart!

I see ads about musty houses have hit us. Since last I wrote, I got to the point of thinking I was dying - any minute I would sop breathing. Seriously, I woke up Tues am and was crying because I did not want to leave R with all my stuff to deal with. I broke down and phoned my health consultant who quickly diagnosed mold. I brought out the air cleaner so it is blowing clean air at me and seriously upped the Pau d'Arco intake. Woke up Weds feeling fine. R will give me an argument bu I believe during the mold poisoning at the mill a few years ago and the time on Whidbey about 13 years ago. Fall, close doors and windows, mold takes ownership!

So, de-humidifier in basement -yay!; commitment by R to close off basement and put door between main house and addition. SOON! as his cousin and family arrive on Tues - R will tidy up! My son and family arrive 21 Dec, weather permitting. That was going to be our time at Beaver but R will enjoy showing Taun and 2 sons his various machines; Taun worked for R when he was 20 - figuring out how to repair machines.

I cooked a large pot of cranberries with honey - might need more honey! Now working on doing more apples. They have been neglected as I lost energy over the last week or so.

Left the BF table yesterday when R came back in - truck has flat tire - can I use your car? (Not a chance!) I grabbed coat and drove him to important meeting in the city - and he was on time! As I was already in the city, I considered what I could do usefully. At Market, hot choc mix that R likes (he had bought one the day before but - even if I were a mind reader, I would avoid his complex mind!) Grocery: a couple bags of the cookies he likes since I have not found this prosaic brand near home. Mall: navy blue bath towel and several navy blue wash clothes - preferable to getting annoyed each day when the lighter coloured ones turn black. His work is often VERY dirty - hence, so is his face! There is no way he is going to wash properly and RINSE it! So - stress reduction! Checked out a few shops which had nothing desirable and finally went home. I had texted him twice that I was still in town but E had turned his phone off for the meeting and R forgot to turn it on - as usual.

So, we had snow last night - just enough to be treacherous. I would not go out the door until it melted enough for me to go on back porch for apples and planters.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 19 - 05:16 PM

I shouldn't have said or written anything about a no-spend month; appliances large and small are lining up with issues needing to be addressed.

The puppy comes up with more odd stuff to drag into the yard that I'm going to have to fill a bag of things to take to Goodwill based upon the working plan that I may not be using X now but if the puppy tears it up I'll have to throw it out. So I might as well dispose of it and let someone else use it. She pulled a thing off of the wall this morning while apparently jumping for something else. Maybe a ball and chain would slow her down. :-/

I'm not sharing any of the story, but it looks like Gnu is headed home tomorrow. And very glad of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Nov 19 - 06:38 AM

Did the fallen leaf cleanup duty. woof


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 12:15 PM

I screwed down the door trim that was pulling away from the jamb (due to moisture) on the outside garage door, and trimmed a tree that I always seem to end up with branches in my hair when I mow (it has thorns that often grab my ballcap in passing). Today the job is two part - pick up all of the dog toys spread around the yard and keep them in one place long enough to mow.

My lantern has the correct battery now and is charging. The wrong battery goes back today at the same time I make a run over to Tractor Supply to pick up dog food.

I'm continuing to try to puppy-proof the house. She knows when she's in trouble and simply walks into her kennel when I wave whatever she has destroyed at her. Today she didn't wait for me to discover it; when I walked into the living room there was a destroyed sock and she was already in her kennel. It's really difficult to stay angry at such a sharp little pooch!

I've sent a note to WYSIWYG and Hardy. No news after five weeks is troubling. On the other hand, I've been in regular contact with Gnu who still has a long way to go, but is communicating much better. It's his story to tell, and he says he'll do so when he feels recovered enough. I have both addresses if anyone wants to send a card.

It's difficult to stay in a no-spend mode at Costco. I needed eggs, and they have a good price for 2-dozen organic cage-free eggs, and technically everything I bought I needed - various vitamins. It's the bulk bit that makes it all cost more in a fell-swoop, though it averages out pretty well. I already have pretty much everything else I need to start on some baking for the season (and the breads freeze very well).

I have rearranged some more shelves in my office that had sat fairly empty and were slowly gathering random stuff since I restored the room last summer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Nov 19 - 08:59 AM

In my opinion, the spurtle is the world's least efficient cooking implement, and it survives only because far too many people suffer from Highland romanticism in the wake of reading Walter Scott or talking to their Scots grannie. I favour a narrow silicone not-quite-spatula for oatmeal, as its flexible edge clears the porridge from the sides of the pot on the first swipe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Nov 19 - 09:25 PM

I diagnosed the problem with the vacuum correctly - there was a partial blockage half-way through the hose. I finally settled on using a spirtle to drop through the hose and gradually push out the wad of hair stuck to some kind of plastic clip. I've never used a spirtle to make oatmeal (though I'm making it regularly again now that it's autumn weather). I'm not sure what you'd actually do with it that is more efficient than a wider wooden spoon? It has been rinsed off and is drying before going back into the ornamental pitcher full of other wooden kitchen implements.

I moved four potted plants out onto the driveway in front of the garage; I haven't cleared out space in the greenhouse for them yet. Peppers and tomatoes and eggplants are still forming and growing.

This afternoon I had to reinforce the compost siding (a plastic wrap-around thing meant specifically to be used for compost) because the puppy figured out how to collapse one side and walk right in. That dog does the math - as sweet as the face is there is a little devil inside! After that I hauled all of those now-recycled pasta sauce jars and lids to the village recycle bins. There were two excellent sturdy milk crates in one of them that yes, I grabbed and brought home. I'll clean them up on general principles and probably use them in the greenhouse to prop things on or store tools in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Nov 19 - 08:57 PM

Dupont:

All in pretty good shape here. Quiet weekend with R going to work part of each day and getting small bit done here. I had a weird day yesterday: I was so intent on finishing a novel, I ignored the facts that I was having chills and was repeatedly falling asleep! I wanted to go to the library before 5 but at 4:15, finished the book and went to bed! R fended for himself when he got home and I was fine this am.

The K is well enough organized that R is doing more than he used to, which is rather nice. I concocted another pot of pureed soup today and w had it with some chicken breast. This soup thing is cool! I just put in all the root veggies that I get from the Farm, some seasonings and a dollop of solid chick broth and it comes out yummy!

Brought in the last geranium today. The mini rose I picked up at the grocery is a mess - the buds keep drying out and falling off; I have been careful not to over water but suspect it was maltreated previously.

Hope Pete gets some clear news soon; it is terrible to be unknowing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Nov 19 - 03:43 PM

That does sound like a horrible one-time oncologist visit - and after all of your research and recovery from your own cancer, there's a lot you already understand. And puttering around town while Pete is at work sounds like a nice day for you and Jeremiah. Congratulations on the sewing room; mine is a huge project awaiting my attention, and I continue to make note of project ideas I have for the contents of that room.

At Goodwill I found a silverware organizer with a particularly long footprint to put in one of the kitchen drawers and now the skewers and various long thin things are organized and tongs and such that don't fit are in the rest of the drawer not filled by the tray. A few things never used and long-forgotten have been discarded. The new freezer seems to have inspired a general thinning and organizing of the rest of the kitchen along with the pantry.

Sticks and branches in the back yard are being stuffed into a trashcan for the curb tomorrow. I've had lots of canine help, not all of it useful. I also trimmed some low-hanging limbs I'm tired of snagging in my hair when I mow. There will be one last mow of the season then the dormant lawn will look pretty good until about February.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Nov 19 - 02:52 PM

Pete opted to stay home yesterday so I spent the day in my sewing room/catch all room. Eight bags were loaded into my car for Sally's and several bags of trash went out as well (old paperwork that is no longer needed/tubes of wrapping paper that had gotten crushed, scraps of fabric that are never going to get used, etc). I made a considerable dent. I emptied two of the bookshelves, dusted everything and put things back in a more organized fashion....that part of my sewing room really had become a catch all where things were just thrown to be tended with later.

Regarding the oncologist...he was nice enough but I don't see the need for us to have seen him 3 times. He read the report off the computer, explained what things meant (most of which we both already understood). I would think oncology would make the decision about radiation but not always. Also, I am familiar with firing doctors. I had one oncologist who stepped in once while my regular oncologist was out. I asked him what the symptoms of returning ovarian cancer would be and he said, "You want to know? It will go to your lungs then your brain and then you will die." I told him that was quite enough and I'm glad I wasn't a new cancer patient because that would have removed all hope. I got up off the table and left. I also reported him. F*cker.

Anyway...Jeremiah does not have school tomorrow so I have taken the day off and we will go to work with Pete. He will go to his office and we will putter about the town for the day...probably meeeting up for lunch and then I can drive us all home if he is too tired.

I have my own endocrinology appointment coming up next week. All my bloodwork looks to be in order...A1C is still a bit high but still showing signs of working it's way down.

Happy Sunday!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Nov 19 - 01:09 PM

Sometimes you run into doctors who just don't click - when my daughter was in the hospital for a blood disorder the doctor on call who took her case was so off-putting that when we were given the name of someone else who had looked at the case I called there and asked to follow-up with them. The appointment manager said we needed to stick with the first doctor, and I told her we weren't going to have anything to do with him any more, his bedside manner stunk and he was a jerk. That was enough to get us in with a much more helpful doctor.

Family medical leave is so important - I have a friend who was fired for missing work because at the time a family crisis erupted he didn't have time to fill out all of the paperwork.

I just finished disassembling a lovely CD changer and discovered it isn't repairable - the weak point in the system is the circuit board behind the control panel and the past users pushed one button so hard they cracked the board and the circuits are broken. Too bad. Back to Goodwill it goes. CD changers used to be commonplace but they're not around as much now and those that are new are very expensive. Now to go take apart my vacuum cleaner and remove what is probably a blockage near the bottom of the hose.

To those who lurk, reading the thread but not posting, good luck with your work. You're invited to share, we love to hear about how you're doing, though participation here isn't necessary.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Nov 19 - 11:54 AM

It's a very lazy morning for me today. I slept in until 9:45am...unheard of! I suppose going back to work after 2 weeks off (to tend to Pete) and the end of the month usual rush....I'm just tuckered. I had to take one day off this week to take Pete to the oncologist. Depsite that, I was able to get in my full hours....can you say LONG days?

We found out that Pete is in the intermediate risk category which may qualify him for radiation. We didn't get any answers from oncology but were referred to an endocrinologist who specializes in this area. If he has radiation and IF it is not successful, THEN we go back to medical oncology. I personally think the oncology appointment was not useful or necessary this week or at any other time so far as he simply reads the results to us that we can access at home. While all the other oncologists in this office have a card with a specialty, his card just says oncologist. I think he may be a front line for the triage and then he passes people on. It's just unnerving because we went thinking we would finally have an answer as to if we can be finished with this and move on or if there is more ahead....we simply don't know. I am frustrated but Pete, as his usual self, is quite relaxed and laid back about it all.

Jeremiah dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween this year...cute as a button he was! We only attend the local Trunk or Treating event. Maybe next year we will add the door to door fun. It's unbelievable how much candy he came home with.

Pete wants to go out and about today....I'm really wishing we were having an at home day as I'm pooped. He is supposed to head back to work on Monday...we'll see how that goes. He gets tired so very easily....I'm thinking it will have to be a gradual return to full time hours.

On a good note, my office has Paid Family Leave and I have already received a check for the days I've had off. I get 55% of my normal pay plus I am not at risk for losing my job for the time missed...I think that is outstanding! It was a lot of paperwork but well worth it!

Hoping everyone is well.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Nov 19 - 05:16 PM

After a flurry of month-end activity yesterday and today I'm going to aim at another no-spend November. It's the time to use up what's here and do a few small repairs on things I don't want to replace.

With nice weather predicted over the weekend I think it's time to mow the back, do a thorough policing the grounds (droppings) and at least one dog is going to get a bath. and all of them will get a good brushing.

The pantry got a good clear out today and after organizing canning jars quite a few "good jars" (from pasta sauce) and lids went into the recycle bin. I keep a few for things that go in the freezer, but lately I've just used canning jars for freezing and don't need to keep the old sauce jars. Lots of canned peaches that were in there too long are now in the compost, and I have some on-the-cusp of too old tomatoes I'll use up quickly in the next few weeks. They'd been buried and out of sight or they'd have been used long ago. All of this was to clear space where previously frozen things like rice, beans, flour, and pasta were stored for a while to kill any weevils before they hatch. In a warm climate, this is necessary. The kitchen is still cluttered with stuff that needs to be put away, but it's getting better.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 19 - 04:07 PM

After four hours (suggested time it takes to completely chill) I stuffed the cooler contents into the new freezer. I'll organize them more later. Should have worn mittens!

The bulk of the editing job is over but alas, much of the nice autumn weather has passed during that phase of deadline work, so I'll get out when I can to work on the yard. I took a big bag to the curb for trash today, which is more than I expected to get done this week.

I'm going to look at the greenhouse, see if I can get it closed up enough to put these plants out there (and then remember to water them) for the winter. Tomato, eggplant, peppers, and some flowers.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 19 - 11:10 AM

Huge declutter this morning as I emptied the contents of the 50-year-old upright freezer. There is a contractor bag in the trash can outside and I've tossed some stuff that I won't use or is very old (but was buried in there and would have been discarded anyway at the next normal defrost). Two coolers are stuffed as is the side-by-side freezer on the fridge. I'm not going to defrost this thing, it's going out the door full of ice.

It's freezing again now, but that period of defrost was so big it wasn't just the door left open, the big cold box is failing. So it's time. The delivery of the new one should be anytime in the next couple of hours. I don't think it will be as large as the old one, but I will be able to make due. A lot that came out was just stuff parked in there, flour, rice, baking mixes, that always go in for a while to kill any eggs in the mix. You have to do that down here or have weevils. They can all come out now and go into the pantry shelves.

Dogs will be put into the yard, I think it's warming up enough (though last night we had a hard freeze that knocked out part of the garden - the plants not in pots I could carry into the garage.)

I had a bag of ice cubes of chicken stock in there; they softened enough to kind of melt together, but most are still in cube shapes, so I think most of the stuff will be okay to continue in the freezer.

The house is a shambles, due partly to this, and partly because I have to take apart my vacuum and clean filters and such, or take it to the local repair guy (that I have probably already mused about here.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 07:12 PM

for woman from russia..i would just teach her tangible words for now, and verbs that you can mime..no nuances of grammar etc. OK if she speaks pidgeon English for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 06:48 PM

Dupont:

I generally do dishes while attending to cooking but I guess I was too tired. Did a rack full this morning. Will do more tonight. The others are dry and put away. Did laundry/changed the bed yesterday and all is put away. Today was foraging, hot bath, relaxation, pick up bag of produce from farm. Soaked feet also; my left foot encountered a baseboard heater on Sunday night, in the dark. It hurt! In the morning, I discovered it had opened some skin and foot was swollen badly. I had to unbuckle that strap on Birkie. Still very sore and swollen. Same one that broke almost 3 years ago - so still twinges from that plus swollen. Today I could walk; Mon and Tues, I hobbled.

Supper is half ready: cauliflower cooked; will cook cranberry/maple sausages, add jar of spaghetti sauce and use cauliflower as pasta. will do more dishes while keeping an eye on cooking! Watched two hours of TV; hot bath does take some recovery. It was a lovely day - well, warmish and not raining -yet! But I did not get last plants into ground. Hopefully tomorrow - it is to be warmish but might rain, however, must get it done as the temp is dropping on Thurs!

Need to figure out how to teach English to this poor woman from Russia. She wants so much to learn - she says; but I am not sure how long she remembers what I have said. She is only 68... I am becoming concerned.

Soon November and I have "planned" to have an open house for pottery in November - like SOON! Maybe I can set it up this week, go to Beaver for a week and have it the following week. Tomorrow...

And another pot of soup! R likes the pureed soup because his teeth are bad; I like it because the flavours of all the veggies are blended so I do not get a bite of something I am not fond of.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 08:50 AM

Up early for the freezer but so far no text saying it's on its way and a thunderstorm is raging overhead. The house is a shambles from everything being hastily moved in preparation for the big transfer of stuff and the arrival of the new freezer. I hope it has castors.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 10:43 PM

Dorothy, sometimes the way to pamper yourself is to go to bed when you need to, regardless of the state of the sink. Other times, pampering oneself is to do the dishes the night before.

I've had conversations with Gnu off and on over the last couple of weeks; he is progressing. I predict some decluttering and organizing in his future, but I doubt he'll drop in to discuss it. It's enough to know that he's feeling better every day.

I watched a rerun of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates this evening with two dogs curled up beside me on the sofa. It's one of my favorite episodes - Fred Armisen has the most amazing family history that took twists and turns that made this as good as anything a fiction author could dream up. And puppies always make the evening nicer.

I'll head to bed early because there is a possibility that the freezer could arrive very early. I need to be ready. The current one is fluctuating freezing then not so much - mostly everything is really cold, but some of it may not be salvageable.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 05:55 PM

Dupont:

Well, Got to Beaver to find I had not washed the dishes before I left last time and they are still there as we left this time. Then came home to unwashed dishes here. Darn! Need to do better.

Send R to an auction with no money and he finds a friend to lend him! But not much. We spent most of Sat, Sun and Mon viewing a great deal of southeastern Ontario, decluttering the gas tank and the wallet. And the energy, though R did all the driving. Now, there is a stress factor! Finally arrived here at 11:10 pm. BED! Did manage to declutter some of R's stress. HE went off to work this am in fair shape, and I to my English class, half asleep at 1:30 pm.

The Beast had only one flower left so I guess it has gone into dormancy. Or we have not done something quite right. The friend with whom we stayed Sunday night had a smaller one still full of flowers. I researched but found no specific help.

R checked the new garden for squirrel damage but perceived none! He is taking a keen interest in the indoor and outdoor gardening! The new soil in the front yard is a marvellous addition. Expensive, too. But a joy to both of us, greatly improving the appearance with lots more room for blooming flowers and 3 low growing evergreens. Still need lots of rocks to edge it - about 40 feet!

Happily, there is still soup for supper; I am not up for much else.   

Turning the heat down before we left was good for the plants and the wallet but took some shivering to warm the bed!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 05:39 PM

That player had the same problem my current one has - the CD player doesn't play. Back it goes.

But since then, my upright freezer has died, resulting in the shoving of frozen meat and fish into the side-by-side and I'll be cooking a lot this week with thawed stuff. A new one is being delivered in the morning, at which time I'll empty the chilled but not frozen contents of the old one into coolers and figure out what to do with everything. A lot will go in the compost, other things can go back in the freezer (bread, I've learned, can be re-frozen). Other stuff will be baked or cooked and then frozen.

This bumps everything else further down the list. The fence materials are ready to go up on the next nice day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 12:37 PM

I spent the time while my water was heating and my tea was brewing and then my tea was getting a little cool in clearing up the sinks and filling the dishwasher (after emptying it). I'd gone to bed tempting fate, ants, and possibly mice with all of the dishes and pots needing clearing up. I'm going to shift the rodent-catching focus to the garage for a while, and possibly the attic. I haven't seen anything, but that doesn't mean anything, as crafty as those little buggers are. The four I caught outside the dryer vent gave me a clue as to their comings and goings.

Time for some heavy lifting as things are moved from the car to the kitchen to the office. I found a smaller radio/CD player that can go with existing speakers and record player, but need to clean it up and then test it (and if it doesn't work, take it back.) Goodwill all the way. The old one is in beautiful clean condition but the CD changer turns but doesn't play. The power, when turned on, usually goes to the CD player even though the radio is what I've always had it set to. The cassette players still work, but I think it's time to completely retire this piece and not make it someone else's problem at the thrift store. To the e-waste bin it goes, probably later this week. I'll keep the peripheral record player, remote, and speakers.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 09:10 AM

I'm sorry to read that Susan WYSIWYG is ill. She seemed happy and contented to be settling into their new place, and even with help she will be grounded for quite a while.

MG's remark about being the Commandant made me think. Of course, it was not the Commandant's inspection that really mattered; it was the Sergeant's far more searching penetration of every cubic centimetre of living space, which preceded the Commandant's appearance. Having spent my military time at the bottom of the food chain, I knew only the stress of keeping one step ahead of the Sergeant.

That said, I must also point out that the Sergeant's idea of How To Live was a revelation to me after growing up with my mother the proto-hoarder. The glistening linoleum of the barrack floors and the wonderfully predictable array in the hospital linen closet were restful; they meant regular care by thorough people and a sweet absence of nasty surprises.

So I guess I come by my perfectionism honestly. I just wish I wasn't the only neatnik in the house!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Oct 19 - 11:49 AM

I was up late enough to send off the last proofs of the last two essays. Today is lovely and is my time to mow the yard, get those fence pickets ready to put in place, and walk the dogs. I've packed away all of the paper copies of these articles I've worked on and I'll clear off my desktops and start fresh on other projects next week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Oct 19 - 01:09 AM

I would love to have one of those house beautiful homes, but need to get the place picked up enough (books, papers, etc.) and organized (decluttered!) enough that I could bring in someone a half-day a week to help maintain it. I used to do that years ago, in a different house.

At the last part now of these paper drafts. I should be able to send them out before I head to bed. Then come corrections, proof-readers know they are only to look for typos and odd placement, etc. NO EDITING THE COPY AT THIS POINT! Drives the typesetter nuts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 26 Oct 19 - 08:38 PM

i was the commandant and did the inspections. no perfectionism here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Oct 19 - 04:22 PM

I did a little computer cleanup this afternoon; I went under the hood in the old HP to see if I could move the SATA cables in a way that would let it boot properly. Since I put in the new SSD the boot order is supposed to be okay from the BIOS but it always hung up; I had to turn off then quickly back on and it would remember having seen the boot drive and start. But moving didn't do the trick, it actually put the old HDD back in the boot position so I undid my changes. I'll have to check out the BIOS again one of these days. For now I consider myself lucky I didn't kill it and I'll finish the project I've been working on in that machine. I did stick the vacuum hose in and hoover out some hefty dust piles while I was at it.

It looks like we'll get frost next week so the few things growing in the garden will be harvested soon. It's time to defrost the big upright freezer and see what all I have in there.

WYSIWYG seems to have dropped off of the face of the planet. Someone managing her account has unfriended me so I can't post directly there. I wonder if she has her phone with her, she did a lot of posting with it. Maybe something sent via Messenger? The friend who was supposed to update people hasn't posted in four weeks. #ColorMePerturbed

10-27-2019 update: I found the remarks on Sabrina's page from Sept. 30 to be edited with a tiny bit more information. We knew she would be moved to rehab, now we have information that confirms a stroke:
She is at encompass care at St Elizabeth until 10/11 then to a rehab facility. Right now she has no use in her right leg and arm. Keep Susan in your thoughts and prayers. I'm not one for prayers, but I have been thinking about her.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Oct 19 - 11:31 AM

Beaver:

A good heads up re voting! I am registered on Whidbey and always have trouble with the odd bits. The who is easy but the whats are nebulous.

As for my esteemed energy. I spend large quantities of time resting, esp after the trips. Happily, Robin has been able to join me this trip. He was right up to the brink and sure he would not sleep, would not be able to rest but the country air and distance from chaos - he has slept! And gone off alone to do preferred things, as he is right now at the auction house - with no money! OR rather, he left for auction house, who knows where he actually went. As long as he is back by noon so we can go pick up pumpkin brownies at the gold mine and then make a leisurely exploring trip to an art gallery.

Direct route is an hour and a half. A Robin route - we should be there in time for the Evening of Jazz at our friend's art show - 6:30. I am resting as tomorrow is a marathon trip to west of Toronto for a wildlife animal rehabber's meeting with staff of the Ministry of natural resources and Forest. Supper with a friend in Pefferlaw!

Maybe I will have enough energy to do some wood before R gets back. Frost last night and the wood is COLD! Did some.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Oct 19 - 11:20 AM

I spent the week cleaning the house. It was filthy -- cat hair and dust on everything and, in the basement, a liberal sprinkling of the wheat chaff we use for cat litter.

As I folded laundry this morning, carefully putting the newly washed towels and sheets at the bottom of their respective stacks in the linen closet, it occurred to me that I still aspire to the housekeeping standards drummed into me in recruit school and the navy hospital where I learned my trade. Consequently, I have a perfection problem; if cleaning the kitchen means preparing for the Commandant's inspection, it's easy to remind myself that we're civilians now and the Commandant ain't comin' 'round no more, and do nothing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Oct 19 - 11:00 AM

Today dawned as a typical October day, soggy and cool. And if I can finally finish this editing job I can get into the yard next week and start making a difference.

There is a vote411 site that gives you a look at the actual items on your district ballot so you can read and research the items ahead of time. This week and next are early voting in Texas so I'm ready to vote today after I stop for lunch with moonglow.

Last night I put the water-resistant couch cover over the sofa to allow the dogs up on that piece of furniture, now that it's cold out. They have various places they can sleep, but ever since I got rid of the futon several years ago, they've been found to misbehave and get up on the good sofa. So this is my compromise. I do *kind of* wish I'd kept that futon for the dogs, but it was so huge that room couldn't be used for much of anything else.

I've heard more from Gnu; he's sounding much better, typing better now. Has people to talk to and is getting exercise.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Oct 19 - 07:13 PM

Slogging through computer/paper work today and STILL looking for the missing mouse pads. I have three or four and I remember putting them all in one place. And it was a logical place, but darned if I can figure out where that is now.

I spent some time last night assembling bits of estate sale and Goodwill electronic equipment, even as the unit in my office is slowly dying. The office radio and cassette player work but the CD changer/player is dead. The LP works. I need to swap this out for my work in here eventually. I guess I should shop for myself also.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Oct 19 - 10:27 AM

Word to the wise: don't try to sleep late if there is a puppy loose in the house. I picked up stuff all over the yard this morning, and when I got back into the house I opened the kennel door and said puppy meekly walked in and sat down. We want this to be a welcoming place, but it's definitely a time out place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Oct 19 - 11:24 AM

Don, you're right - Dorothy puts us all to shame with her comings and goings!

It is finally cool enough to make cooking appealing, so yesterday I tried a box mix of a gingerbread cake. It's not too sweet and it made the house smell wonderful. I'm using it for breakfast this week.

I've been hammered by contract work the last couple of weeks, but this should be the final week of one of those projects. Toward more eBay work I have unpacked the sets of colored glasses I intend to list on eBay. I had a gorgeous set last spring and a total crackpot bought them and in the end I think she wanted a full refund and to keep the glasses. I called her bluff because she had already posted inane negative feedback before she started the process. These other glasses show a bit more use but are in fine condition. I'm running everything through the dishwasher a few times to be sure there is no limestone accumulation (using vinegar in the machine - still offering thanks to WYSIWYG for that suggestion) and will start listing them next week.

There's a lot to do around here, and enjoy the feeling that working outside is finally comfortable and we had enough rain to loosen the soil for things like thinning and transplanting iris.

There is more tech work to do; ever since adding a new C: SSD to the old computer I have to turn it on, turn it off, then immediately turn it on because apparently it doesn't see the boot drive on the first pass. I must have reversed the drive positions on the mother board. Now that the old computer is up where I can reach it, I'll make that fix.

All of this doesn't contribute a great deal to the declutter, except that if I can get stuff listed it will be off of my dining room table and I can move onto another project.

I hope you're feeling better, Susan, and I hope Pete is continuing his recuperation and treatment evaluation smoothly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Oct 19 - 08:53 AM

YOU GUYS make your determined efforts and ingenuity sound practically easy. It sounds like 30,000 calorie output a day is your average.
Oh well, somebody built the great pyramid so I won't doubt you.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 07:37 PM

Dupont:
Happiness is:
1. Hearing the news about Pete. Good music surely is healing!

2. Playing in the dirt! I finally got it together to call re a load of soil - 5c.y. were delivered Sat am and I sculpted it, with a garden rake, to the desired shape and planted the few things R and I managed to get at the soon to close for the season Botanix. And the daffie bulbs that I had bought potted last spring -lots! So happy. Next day - SO tired!

R had been dubious about what I was doing to "his yard" but before I waas done, he thought we needed 5 yards more! So today I arranged for that and it was delivered before noon - Great company! I planted a number of bulbs, purchased at Canadian Tire yesterday and saved half for the new load. I am leaving it for R to do his sculpting first. There will be no more plants this season unless I can get him to extricate some of the hosta which are terribly over-crowded. I cannot budge them.

I am ridiculously happy about the improvement to the front yard. The clay is just impossible. R also planted the 8 inch mock orange, another baby from the city yard, off to its own space as it will get BIG!. Instead of a barren stretch of unhealthy grass across the whole front, we will have flowers and small shrubs. We actually have enough hosta to edge the whole thing, if we can extricate it but it is fall blooming - right now! It would be nice to intersperse it with some summer blooming.

I also moved one wheelbarrow load of stones from the back yard for the very edge. Looks great. Hope R will pitch in on that; the wheelbarrow is heavy when empty!

Otherwise, the Beast is slowing down - only 15 blooms today; I am scullery maid to this plant, everyday, sweeping up its debris but it is worth it.

Hibiscus has many blooms yet to come but only one or two a day. The house is getting very full of house plants - we probably will not need a humidifier!

The house is moderately clean and tidy, and under control. I just produced another large quantity of veggie soup. Managed to reject a "new" cutting board, explaining that we already have three and we could give this "found" one to someone else?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 12:51 PM

A couple of lines of heavy thunderstorms passed through the area last night and I'm sure the news coming out of north and east Dallas will continue to give accounts of huge amounts of damage. We got some rain and outflow boundary winds, but not the tornadic activity.

When meteorologists in North Texas told folks near Preston Hollow to get into a tornado-safe spot, about 12 staffers and customers at Fish City Grill ran to the walk-in cooler. It was cold, but it was safe.

A funnel cloud dragged over the Preston-Royal area of Dallas, and the windowless cooler kept Fish City Grill’s employees sheltered as the restaurant’s walls and ceiling were shredded.

But one customer didn’t follow the group. A server pulled him into the kitchen, says Fish City Grill co-founder Bill Bayne, and they flattened themselves on the kitchen floor. That act kept them safe, and no one was hurt at the restaurant despite massive damage.

“It looks like bombs went off,” Bayne says.

He plans to reopen the restaurant, though there’s no estimated time frame yet. In that same shopping center, Interabang Books was badly damaged as well.

Princi Italia, a restaurant at the northwest corner of Preston-Royal, also used its walk-in cooler as a shelter spot during the tornado. After customers and employees got the all-clear, some found trees smashed into their cars. The restaurant suffered cracked windows, a torn-off air-conditioning unit and damaged trees. It’s closed until further notice.

Shockingly, some restaurants in the hardest-hit areas saw no damage at all. TJ’s Fresh Seafood, on the northeast corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane — and a mere 500 feet from Fish City Grill — saw no damage.

The storm path continued northeast and devastated some businesses north and east of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. MoMo Italian Kitchen, near Forest Lane and Greenville Avenue in Dallas, lost its sign, has no phone and suffered some damage to the building. Still, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m.


Lots of stories like this.

I went through the house to look for any water and have been out into the yard to check trees for fallen limbs and fences that they're still in place. We lucked out - this time. The folded towel is in the corner near my bed for Pepper, who came and went during the night. Cookie was in her kennel until when the storm had completely passed, when she could go into the yard if she needed. She doesn't seem to like cold wet grass at night, so she simply moved out of the kennel and plopped down next to Zeke.

The wind and rain will have blown ragweed pollen out of the area but those plants are still standing and still pumping it out. My sinuses are still suffering.

Editing is on the final pass this week, and I'll have more free time for other stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 11:25 AM

Vacuum cleaners were added to my (managed on Thunderbird but also gives reminders on the Androids) to do list last week. Just 2 G-Techs, one hand held. Both had flat batteries and one was badly clogged when one was needed the other week so it’s charge batteries, empty, clean filters if needed every Monday from now on. OK one or other could need a charge or emptying in between but at least we start the week straight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 10:32 AM

If you want to re-live your messier house renovations -- and don't we all? -- just empty the canister of your central vacuum system. Oh, boy. Plaster dust galore, with a thick layer of cat hair on top. My favourite.

Steve the Garden Guy is tidying us up for the winter even as I type, and I'm gathering strength to assault the mess that is the house. The cardboard scratcher that the cats absolutely love (and that saves the furniture) results in little bits of cardboard all over the sitting room rug, and if I leave it too long the house looks unspeakably unkempt. The other major contributor to general scruffiness is the white ceramic tile in the kitchen, which displays every fallen splotch and crumb like a Jumbotron announcement that Slatterns Live Here. So, you know, floors. Vacuum cleaner, scrubber, bucket. Bleah.

I must also go through the house with the spidey brush, a hemisphere of bristles mounted on a long handle for taking down webs from ceilings and other inconvenient places. The spiders are nesting now, so every room has a little clot of tightly-spun web somewhere in the angle at the top of the walls -- and every one shall be evicted! Doing away with the nests will not get rid of the spiders, but it will at least cut down the population, which is currently running a bit high for the comfort of this neatnik.

And that will be quite enough thankless labour for this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM

Blueberries are an understory plant that typically comes up in areas where there have been forest fires that cleared out the trees or slash from logging, then live happily with small trees until they're so shaded out they die off. Commercial blueberries have to have acid soil and they don't like wet feet, but they need lots of water.

I've finished one of four design items to give people something to work with tomorrow when we start loading them into the online publishing software. Now that I have the software working the way I want the rest will be easier.

The kitchen is a mess; the dogs are in with the dog door covered because there is a thunderstorm right now. I have work to do, but don't have to get up and leave in the morning - that's the nice thing about being retired from the job I was doing. I'm busy, but on my own schedule now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 04:52 PM

I like blueberries but our own attempts at growing them were poor. Related is our native billberry which grew abundantly in mum’s part of Shropshire. She used to pick them but I’m afraid my own memory (and I left that area about 6 years old) of them is a bit foggy at the moment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 02:36 PM

The fridge is now decluttered of things that were needing using; some fresh organic grape tomatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, and some Italian sausage I'd defrosted. It becomes an Italian seasoning type of dish, and I add a little mozzarella to make a creamy sauce and some wine for the aromatics. I also am baking, Jon, using up some blueberries a friend brought over in a batch of muffins. And a friend coming over for dinner this evening to share this bounty.

I tested one of the two VHS machines I brought home this week and the Toshiba works like a dream (the last one was a nightmare!). I've found the manual and printed it. There isn't a remote control, but since I'm basically using it to transmit the signal from the tape to the computer, I don't need to program, etc. I have another one to test, then I'll compare them with the existing machine (a good brand, but a really stiff odd mechanism).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 11:51 AM

Mum has decided she wants to try doing a bit more baking again and that triggered a small sort out of the baking tins. There were 2 bun trays and 2 loaf tins in very good condition but the round ones I found were in a very poor state. I’ve disposed of them and got her a pair of 8” springform deep
tins and a pair of shallower 7” loose bottom tins. Hopefully that’s her (and possibly me one day if I decide to join in) set up for a while.


I got the juicer out of a shed yesterday. I need to find the sterilising powder (should be tucked away in another shed together with plastic bottles) and give it a thorough cleaning. I’m not sure its working right as both speeds seem the same to me but it will have to do for the (home grown and not that brilliant) grapes we want to try.

Apples were the main juicing project here. We had a system going where I had 3 demijohns which I’d fill with juice from the juicer and syphon off into bottles for the freezer. Mum used to wash and cut the apples as needed, I’d put the apples through the machine, etc. and the bottling was a combined effort. It was a bit of a chore but we processed up to 3 wheelbarrow loads of apples that way.

We did get an apple press and crusher towards the end of our apple projects but, even though these things seem to do wonders on videos, I never had much joy with it and seemed to get better yields of juice with the machine. That and those particular apples would yield a nice pink juice rather than brown through the machine.

Either way, our old “juicing tree” no longer gives the yields it used to, neither mum nor I want to get involved in longer projects and we didn’t replace the small chest freezer bought for juice and cordials after it packed in.

I've said it a few times at home but we really must get round to finding a home for the press and crusher. Although they were quite expensive, personally I’m not bothered about money for them although I’d like someone to collect. They won’t be used here again and it seems a shame that they just lie idle in a shed in the field.


The grass really needs cutting here but I’ve not felt up to it. I think I might get the “garden helper” mum has once a week to have a go. Then I’ll drain/use up the fuel in the petrol machines (mower, strimmer and a leaf blower) and call it quits for the year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 10:20 AM

Beautiful cool morning, and I have my eye on a seedling redbud tree that I need to transplant to a pot for right now and prepare the area in the front to plant it (I have to mow down some stuff that used to grow around the tree we took out). I'll let the redbud grow a little larger before planting in front so it's big enough to see when I'm working out there.

I missed trash last week but I have a buildup, partly the stuffing that was in a cushion on the patio that has been torn up by the puppy. It is a very old cushion so probably wouldn't have been around much longer anyway, but this makes the decision to discard it immediate. Contract and freelance work has kicked my butt this week, but hopefully will slack off next week and I can get back to the fence I want to replace and start serious fall gardening. I need to thin and transplant a bunch of iris.

I hope everyone who has been ill or injured is healing quickly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 02:43 PM

That clear margin is what you want! Congratulations! And the fun at the concert is a bonus. :)

Written Friday night, before the 'cat crashed for a while:

Reaching Friday evening seemed to have been an uphill battle this week. Contract work is kicking my butt, but one project is getting close to the conclusion; it means work this weekend, but hopefully it can be handed off early next week. My eBay stuff is still calling out for attention, and my digitizing work is so close I can almost taste it. I returned a dead VHS player and picked up a couple of others to test. There was a nice looking one but it had a label indicating it had been the property of a pre-school; I figure that thing was worked to death (!).

I did a little shopping today, picking up some good Basmati rice after an interesting conversation with the guy who was stocking shelves in the Middle Eastern store I frequent. I asked which was his favorite. And across the street to the Asian market to get some good soy sauce (I bought some in a regular grocery store and it's so . . . light and tame.) I also had an interesting conversation with a guy looking for a fish sauce he really likes and we stood in the aisle talking food for about 20 minutes.

And now I'm home and all of the dogs are trying to make the case that the little one should sleep in a regular dog bed, not in the kennel. If I do that, I'll cover the dog door so she doesn't head out in the middle of the night, though I think she isn't fond of the wet grass at night (I've been taking her out at about 3am so she makes it through the night bladder-wise, so I'd still get up for that). Last night I let her out of the kennel and she headed over and curled up on the bed that Pepper had been sleeping on. So sweet! Pepper was jealous at first, but now she's learning what small children learn when a new baby comes home - there is room in your heart for all of them, it just expands with more love. They are a true "pack" now.

Cat sitting this weekend and I was able to reassure this friend that her calico was probably just pouting earlier in the day (hiding instead of letting herself be found after she saw the suitcase being packed). She was there and waiting for dinner with the others when I arrived (and I sent a photo for evidence.)

I dug out the address for Susan, if anyone wants to send a card, PM me for that information. I also dug out the address for Gnu, who is recuperating after a fall.

There will be decluttering this weekend. I'm just not sure what it will be yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Oct 19 - 11:46 AM

Hi All,

    Pete is home and doing well! He had surgery on 10/15 and was able to come home the same day. He reports little pain but rather more stiffness. If any of you were to actually know Pete, you'd know that when the doctor told him to take it easy for 2 weeks, he laughed. With that being said, I had ordered tickets for the 3 of us to attend a concert to see Buddy Guy at a venue about 60 miles away prior to knowing that Pete even had cancer. The concert was on 10/16. Second row, center tickets....Pete said there was no way he was going to miss it so off we went to dinner and the concert the day after his surgery! He was so happy to be there and I was sure he was going to be in immense pain the following day, but no...he's good! Yesterday we went to see the oncologist and found out that the thyroid cancer was metastatic into some lymph nodes however the pathology/histology shows that there were clear margins which means it did not spread beyond that point. Currently we do not know the plan moving forward. Pete needs another ultrasound to see if he will need radiation.

I am thankful, so thankful for the good news!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 09:35 PM

Even for a 30 year old the ambition and stamina of SRS is remarkable.
Do you sell energy by any chance.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM

It is possible to pile it higher and deeper just here for the cost of books now that the age of seniority has been reached. As long as a class makes and isn't over-full, I could take courses. But could I make myself buckle down to do it? Or stand the commute to the university with the course I prefer?

Puppy world is still turbulent, but the older dogs have successfully made the transition from a two-dog household plus guest to a three-dog household. Meaning they are much more likely to lobby for the early release from the kennel when I stash her for a while so I can work without wondering if the silence bodes destruction. They really are cute - they gush into the office with happy expressions indicating that they want to play with the puppy, please? It's difficult to resist that request.

I was congratulating myself on finding a solid used VHS player at Goodwill to use with the digitization of tapes, only to find that it eats tapes (tested with old one that doesn't matter). It'll go back to Goodwill tomorrow and I'll try again. They used to have one for sale new at Fry's, but now even that electronics store doesn't carry them. I think there is an eBay opportunity ahead - buy them, test them, and sell them if they still work. Return or recycle them if they don't.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 09:21 AM

Himself is agonizing less about legal theory, now that he has written two assignments and feels more competent. For a week at the beginning of the term he wept and moaned over this obligatory course while I reminded him, heartlessly, that this intellectual Sturm und Drang is his own fault, since he apparently feels compelled to pile it higher and deeper. "But I have practised law for THIRTY WHOLE YEARS without the slightest idea of legal positivism!" he howled. Tough, said I, and pointed out that I endured both philosophy of history and historiography -- at the relatively early age of 25! -- and lived to tell the tale.

It's raining in Stratford, and so overcast that every light in the house is blazing or we can barely see each other. Consequently, nothing of consequence will get done outside, and not much inside. We did a light purge of the library over the weekend in aid of the annual town book sale and to ease up the pressure on our crammed shelves, and yesterday I packed up the rejects and delivered them to the old factory where the sale will be held next week. Now all I have to do is keep Himself away from the sale and we're golden! For a few months, anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 11:57 PM

I finished final corrections on documents before they are dropped into my InDesign templates. Tomorrow. The proof is in the putting (play on words) - place the text on the template and see if it goes where it's supposed to and looks the way you want.

Nice weather for walking now, and I took the dogs out before dinner.

I changed the filter in the SUV but can't get the cover back in place. I'll take a pillow out to kneel on and give it another try tomorrow.

The gym near me that I was thinking about joining until it suddenly closed seems to have, months later, reopened again? Maybe they were remodeling or something. I'll call and see if they're running again and see about actually joining this time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 10:33 PM

Dupont:

Back to town for a week. Left Beaver in winter mode as we had heavy frosts while I was there. I still have wood to get in but it rained all day Saturday; I managed to do half of what was left and hope it does not snow before next week. Did some weeding in the raised beds and pulled comfrey leaves that were not good for drying but good to lay as mulch around the blueberry bushes. Did minimal work in studio but ensured it will not freeze.

Left early Tuesday, stopped for muffins and scones at fav bakery, en route, and also brownies and pumpkin brownies! The later are terrific; hope to be able to get more before they are out of season. Arrived back in time for English workshop. Two students, and we worked hard on basics: This is an apple; these are apples; I am, you are, we are; what, when, where, etc. Then one wanted to know the difference between love and like! We worked on that for a while but not sure... Try again next week.

As they gained some confidence, they knew more than first appeared. Today I was looking for youtubes they can watch with closed captions, to listen and learn sounds, pause and read words. This is a fun challenge. I was watching youtubes about Russian authors, thinking of Tatiana but found them very interesting as I was entranced by those guys as a young student. I even took Russian at U for one year; ended up with the highest regard for anyone who learned it, including those who were born there! So much for reading Tolstoy in Russian!

All was well at home. R has kept things in fair order and eaten much of the food I left; added a few small tables which may find good spots. Today: groceries from store and from farm and a trip to library, as well as cooking a simple meal and a batch of broccoli for self to make up for no veggies yesterdays; traveling, I lived on delicious pumpkin brownies and muffins!

R needs to batten down a couple spots where heat is lost when he has time. Work continues on the Project but with less stress now that the presentations are done. Now, is a waiting game and strategy planning. We are warm enough. Enjoying this home.

The ratty looking, potted mini rose bushes that I had bought for last year's Christmas, have finally come up with two buds, one opening to a lovely fragrant white blossom and the other red! The hibiscus needs to be cleaned of black aphids! but is producing a couple blooms a day. The Beast - R counted 23 blooms the other day! I cleaned up its debris today, a lot of compost! I admit to having bought another mini rose just because I love the unique colour - not sure what to call it but it resembles the maple leaves outside the BR window.

Waiting to hear about Pete.

We both got a great chuckle over the German philosophers! Ah, yes!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 11:01 AM

Cookie has been raiding the cornstarch packing peanuts in the garage so for now she's blocked from entering. I have to rearrange that setup because if the dog can find it mice will eventually. The dogs have been fed and it's a lovely fall morning so they're out racing around playing and deciding dominance with rough and tumble games. This puppy has energized my oldest dog; he still played and fetched before she arrived, but he's out there playing a lot more now.

A friend is doing a garage sale next month so I need to pull together a few things and take them over and join her in the sitting in the driveway talking to friends part of the sale. You always meet your neighbors during these sales, and maybe I can off-load a few bulky things.

A large loose Great Pyrenees type dog just ran up the street. I am always sad to see strays - the question is did it get out or was it dumped?

Are you all set for cold weather at your various properties, Dorothy? I will as the same of Susan, and one of these days she'll drop in and let us know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Oct 19 - 11:38 AM

Keeping an eye on this space and FB for news.

Charmion, it sounds like you got a good price for that new A/C system.

I spent time this morning ferreting out the mailing address information for a friend from Canada who is in the hospital and have dug out a greeting card to send. I'm trying to send more postcards and letters these days anyway, in a retro return to civility. Who doesn't like getting an actual letter in the mail? ;-)

Editing today, with a side of laundry. It's warm and very muggy, the forecast says this is leading up to a stormy afternoon or evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Oct 19 - 09:48 AM

Thanksgiving is over and winter is definitely on its way, although the weather forecast is calling for a warm, wet week. But the wind is biting cold half the time and the sun doesn't scramble above the neighbours' roof until after seven -- and there we are, on the down-slope of the year.

We Canadians don't make the fuss over Thanksgiving that we see among our neighbours to the south. Here, it's about the end of the growing season and the harvest in full swing, and a ham or turkey-centred meal more or less on par with an old-fashioned Sunday dinner is about it for the festivity. The statutory holiday is nice, of course, as it gives folks time to travel and visit, but it's not the four-day extravaganza we see on U.S. television and there's definitely no shopping. We're still recovering from "Back To School!" frenzy.

Himself and I stayed home. He worked on his legal theory course, reading about German philosophers of the 19th century (I could hear his brain bleeding from the kitchen), and I roasted a chicken and made a batch of bread. Ho hum.

The new air-conditioner and humidifier are in place, and the furnace and the water-heater are clean and squared away for the winter. Four thousand dollars well spent ... I guess. I'm certainly glad to be rid of the poisonous antique that previously squatted beside the basement window, and I look forward to a winter without lizard hands, sandpaper shins, and constantly inflamed sinuses. But, in general, such projects are what I call no-fun spending: large sums whacked out to maintain a comfortable status quo. Such is the life of a middle-class householder, constantly striving against the forces of entropy.

Reading Michelle's posts, I am reminded (as if I need to be reminded!) to be grateful that both Himself and I are fit, strong, in robust health, and still happy in each other's company after all these years. I remember sleepless nights with my mind in a squirrel cage of terrifying possibilities, and count freedom from fear among the greatest blessings of my very fortunate life.

The sun is shining and the sky is that ineffable blue Ontario offers just to show that it can. Time to put on my walking shoes and head out to the post office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 14 Oct 19 - 04:20 PM

remember we have brilliant surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, etc. Hoping everything goes well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 11:20 PM

The dark hours are more difficult to get through when something is bothering you, when people are dealing with stress, etc. That's the time when playing the old comedy programs on television, or playing old familiar happy movies in the background can be helpful. Danceable music on the radio. It is important to Pete that you be your strong self, so use the tools available to help all three of you get through this. We are all pulling for you and the family - as are all of your friends and family there.

❤ ❤ ❤


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 10:18 PM

Mom and I had a good day out...spent too much money but surprisingly not at the quilt shop. I had set a budget for the quilt shop and stayed under it with ease. However, then we found a Kmart that is going out of business. I didn't buy anything exciting but did get some great deals....2 packs of undies in Jeremiah's current size, 2 more packs in the next size up (40% off), two packs of socks for me (40% off) and 6 matching cocoa colored bath towels (35% off) for our recliners....animals are welcome on the furniture so I like to keep it covered...all that for $75.00. I wasn't planning on spending that but it's all stuff we will use daily.

Today was church and then Jeremiah's last soccer game of the season. I'm on the 4th load of laundry, the mail has been sorted, bills paid and I have butterflies in my stomach as Pete's surgery is coming up. I am okay most of the time but now it's dark out and my guys and 4 legged babies are all sleeping....it's too quiet even with the TV on. I have lavender going in the diffusers because it's supposed to help ease anxiety....maybe it does....just not so much for me. I wish I could be more like Pete...he's so laid back and not worried at all....at least not that he's talking about.

Ugh. Just ugh.

Doing my best.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 08:00 PM

One busy week down, another begins of two that have more going on than usual. Life continues to have moments of excitement in a house with a puppy. Friends came over for lunch today so I put all dogs in the yard and Cookie found a box to chew on the the garage that is full of those cornstarch packing peanuts. I looked out to see where she was and she popped out of the dog door in the garage with a chunk of cardboard and a peanut in her mouth. I rearranged the dog houses in there to block her from reaching the boxes any more. [sigh] The friends enjoyed meeting her, and saw the chaos that ensues when Zeke and Pepper are fetching and Cookie is let loose in the yard. Everything gets nuts.

The house got an adequate cleaning before today's event, but I still need to take apart my vacuum and clean out all of the filters, or take it over to the local repair place and let him do it. It works, just not as powerfully as it used to.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Oct 19 - 12:32 PM

Your mother is a wise woman!

I've located the shoved-way-up-under-the-glove-box compartment for the SUV air filter, I'll pick it up this afternoon when an errand takes me past the store that carries the right size. I'm not a fan of Febreze in general, but I think that was in play with the current filter when I bought this and it does keep the pooch and lumber smell at bay for all of the hauling around of stuff that I do.

It did cool down yesterday, and it's time to make soup. Turkey to start with because I have some frozen pieces I want to use to start clearing out the freezer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 07:52 PM

Pete's surgery is on Tuesday.

Today was my last day at work until he is able to be home on his own. I tried to wrap everything up, got 90% of this month's work completed and my supervisor told me if I'm not back for this month, she'll wrap it up. I think that's pretty awesome.

I'm feeling anxious about the surgery and Pete being out of commission as he really has been healthy for the last 27 years....it scares me.

So...as a distraction, my mom has scheduled a Mother Daughter Day for tomorrow and we are meeting up with a friend to hit some quilt shops. I'm feeling clingy and not wanting to go anywhere but I know it IS a good thing for me to do.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 12:59 PM

That does sound like a nice surprise, Michelle! Is his surgery coming up soon?

Heavy rain overnight and in the space of 12 hours we flipped from summer to winter. Two days of autumn, tops. Ugg. The fleece jacket isn't warm enough today while the t-shirt was all that was needed yesterday.

Time to declutter the dust in the SUV and change out the cabin air filter. And while I'm working in the garage I'll paint on the wood preservative on the fence pickets so I can clear them out of that space.

I hope Susan is able to read along on her phone if she has it with her at rehab. We're thinking of you!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 04:13 PM

Today is the first day I've been home before dark....it feels wonderful!!!!

I have laundry going and am going to do a little bit of rearranging of furniture that Pete would like to see happen....he would do it but I think it will be a nice surprise for him to come home to. :)

I'm down 2 more pounds this week. I'm not sure how as I am not tracking or exercising much but rather just trying to take it easy. My stress levels are high at the moment and I'm all about comfort food when I'm feeling that way.....just doing my best to make smart choices throughout the day.

Anyway....the dishes are almost done, the laundry is going and Jeremiah is taking care of the sweeping. He's a great helper!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 10:58 AM

I hope that work on the air conditioner goes more quickly than the patio work. I see by my calendar that next Monday is the Canadian Thanksgiving. Will the system be working and the mess be out of the way in time (and are you cooking or having people over?)

We have a last couple of hot and kind of strange days (after the cool mornings earlier this week, these muggy warm mornings at 6am feel surreal). Then it turns cold and rainy - BAM! - from summer to winter with no autumn to speak of.

Cookie is gradually decluttering the house of the older dog beds as she rips off zippers and pulls out stuffing. They've served well but it's time to go because I'm not going to mend them. There are still others around.

Last of the gel shots in the knee, and I'm hoping it will settle into a comfortable few months (they say it takes 2-3 weeks after the final shot to get the full effect.) Ragweed is in full-pollen-mode and it will take until the first hard freeze to wipe it out for the year.

We're pacing the amount of time Cookie spends in her kennel, but I can't leave her out unsupervised. This means I get up every hour or so and go for a walk with her in the yard, and she's out when I'm not in my office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Oct 19 - 05:29 PM

Dupont:

I have 3 rain barrels at Beaver, each with its own configuration of down spouts. Must remember to let them drain this weekend!

That Cookie is a force to be reckoned with! May she soon get with the program!

Turning off the exhaust fan was an error. On Tuesday aft, I realized I was smelling chlorine and went outdoors a couple times, thinking that would help. Poor R came home early- about 7 - and said something to me which should have been innocuous. I went ballistic and went to bed- with window open and door shut. I could not even read, just pulled the covers up and mewed pitifully. An hour or so later, I ventured out and asked that he put the fan back on. I knew I was hypersensitive to chlorine but - WOW!

His Monday had gone well with the presentation. He is hoping for continued progress and, even, someday, a successful culmination. A lower stress level is a wonderful thing. Perhaps one of the best de-clutters available!

Meanwhile, I putter along, remembering to tend to plants that need to come indoors. Three lovely red blooms on the tender hibiscus in our BR window this morning! The Beast, in the hall, continues to bloom amazingly.

Had two students yesterday with virtually NO knowledge of English! Winnie the Pooh helped me through! "Cup" "teapot" "table" BASIC! Searching on line today elicited nothing helpful. Tomorrow, the library to check out I Spy books and whatever else might be available at that level.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 03:58 PM

Sheets and some laundry are hanging on the clothesline in the back yard; I'll take the puppy out of her kennel when I go out to retrieve it, and I'll have a squirt bottle of water with me if I need to start the job of persuading her to leave the laundry alone. #BabySteps

I've finished several loads of laundry in the last couple of days as I prepare to put some things away and get other things out because autumn will eventually get here. I have a lot of yard work to catch up on also. And editing and other contract work. I have managed to completely fill my days as a retiree - with the pleasure of not having (usually) to get up on Monday morning to go to the office. :)

The kitchen is cleaned up, dishwasher emptied. I'm considering how I want to leave a reminder for myself that the dishes are clean or not - there is absolutely nothing magnetic on the front of the dishwasher for a magnet with the clean/dirty message will stick to. One Pinterest post had a canning lid glued onto the spot where the magnet was to go, and that's a possibility. Or simply think of something with the messages that sits on the counter above, because dogs might notice something attached to the dishwasher and munch it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 11:48 AM

Charmion, I've seen some innovative downspouts that travel laterally to deliver rainwater to barrels when they can't be placed directly underneath the best spot on the roof line.

We did a critical dog-training test this morning; the next door neighbors came to the fence with dog treats and Cookie was so excited she tried to charge up to the fence a couple of times but got zapped and backed off. She's not happy with this, but she now understands about that zap along the fence, and the neighbors will toss her treat to her. She's enjoyed ear scratches at the fence for a couple of weeks, but now we'll have to stop by on our walks out of the yard for that attention.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM

Rodney the HVAC Guy is wreaking havoc in the garden. Nothing strikes trepidation into my heart like the sound of a Sawzall at work on my property.

The concept of operations and operational plan died on contact with reality, as so often happens. We had planned to move the air-conditioner to a vacant spot along the foundation, beside the other basement window on the west side of the house. Not happening. When Rodney and his henchman opened the bulkhead running along the basement ceiling, they found, instead of the skirting board they expected, the concrete beam and steel joists that support the fireplace. So now the air-conditioner has to stay in its original spot, at the corner of the house where gas line, the internet cable and a drainpipe from the eavestrough are also located.

So now I must rethink the installation of a rain-barrel that Himself has been harping on for two years by my watch. I'm thinking flexible tubing ...

Crap.

At least it's not raining, and Rodney will also clean the furnace and install a humidifier.

And did I mention it's not raining?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 11:55 PM

Today I learned of the death of an old friend from during my time in New York City. We both worked at two places together, and it seems that the extra time he spent working on one big project (in a park I won't name now) resulted in excessive exposure to asbestos. He apparently died of a related cancer. We were all offered checkups at a specialized hospital but I don't know who took them up on it (we were young and foolish and immortal in the 1970s.)

I've had some contract work keeping me busy today; the only accomplishment around the house was washing some dog bedding and running the dishwasher. AND - I've always used cleansers that didn't scratch up things, and then cleanser got hard to find for a while so I broke down and bought Ajax (and it says it doesn't scratch now.) I was astonished that Ajax easily removed what I thought was a permanent discolored area in the sink.

Dorothy, another dog anecdote: Cookie has been unmoved by the puppy-strength settings on the Invisible Fence collar, though she seemed to understand the beep it made meant something. So I went back to the dealer and she increased the collar to pitbull strength, since the pit part of the pup seems to be at play here. And when I took her out into the yard this time she not only heard the beep she felt the little shock (it's like strong static electricity) and jumped away from the boundary. This happened several times in different parts of the yard, and now she's staying a bit back from those areas. As time passes she'll figure out how close she can get; most dogs experience some "shrinkage" in the yard until they fine tune their understanding of the collar. Pepper does fine and I'm sure Cookie will figure out that where the other dogs go, she can go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM

Dupont:

Not good news about Susan; may she have some recovery soon! And glad to hear Pete is scheduled! Sooner is better.

Mags dogs are a lark. I am still happy with our stuffy on the hearth! Or especially so when I read her posts!

Friday was a big day! R's long dreaded presentation was accomplished with great assist from Eph. It was very well received and people wanted more info - history of the "old port" area of Montreal which is now slated for redevelopment. A step forward for the Project.

On Friday, I had gone to the mill and in my trekking picked up a choc pie (YUM!) and, as I was passing Bo Thai, picked up a take out of his fav General Tao. Txted him that I had a special meal for him so he excused himself from the "gang" and was home by 6 for his special celebratory meal; he was high on success! And relief! And in bed by 7:30 for 13 hour sleep.

Sat am, we started out with the needful things in house but he had to go to city to show that house. An afternoon nap ensued. Then a major blowup resulting from the stress of the last couple months. We realized that I had been under as much stress as he and sorted ourselves out: that was a major de-clutter.

Sunday, windows were closed, the ceiling of basement cleaned of black mold, clutter removed from hallway, agreed to move guest room upstairs and his gonna be office downstairs (this had been weighing on him), sorted furniture in TV/sewing room so it is now usable. More, of course, to be done but it de-cluttered our beings to make decisions and changes and be "normal" again. A load of laundry concluded the work day as he had worked in his good pants and needed them for today!

Today, he turned off the fans in basement that were pulling -heated!- air out of house! I had closed off the heated part as much as possible but we need a door between main house and the addition (he measured for this and hopes he has one). In the meantime, a foam mattress is serving! Then we can heat the bathroom only. It is a BIG house and expensive to heat so we need to look at better ways.

Off he went today, after a good BF, in clean clothes to attend the presentation by the architect of the Project. R will be able to help field questions knowing his concepts have been well received!

Life feels so much better today. I had actually reached a low point where it did not matter if food was rotting in the frig. So, here we are, a rainy day and cool but R planted the remaining plants and we re-potted the Brugmansia and put it in place in the upstairs hall, access to a double, south facing window, branches stretching from wall to wall! I will have much stretching and bending exercise picking up the leaves and blooms as they fall. And watering and feeding "The Beast". On a sunny day, I shall photo it and post on FB. We are thrilled with it and happy to have a space for this unique "house" plant.

Tomorrow the weekly English classes resume. We are, or I am, going to Beaver for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! The fall colours are going to peak.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 12:17 PM

Finally a cool morning! It was around 60o and perfect for a walk with a long-sleeved work shirt over the usual t-shirt and jeans for the walk. I was just going to mention just the blue work shirt, but knowing Mudcatters, feared someone would ask if I was wearing anything under it. :-/

My daughter has a friend with dogs who will take those toys confiscated from my hoarding blue heeler, but one still in the wrapper returns to the store. I have to stop by a business that will adjust the dog collar stronger, to the pitbull part of the dog. My heartworm meds site in the UK is finally up again (I was going to have to shop locally to buy 3 ampules of Zeke's medicine for the same price as 12 of them from the UK, but the UK site was finally restored after many weeks of no payment option.)

Time to clear a back yard pile of brush that seems to be inhabited by mice that can magically teleport out of any live trap I place back there.

Fall isn't completely here, it's supposed to get hot again for most of the week, but we've had a taste of it and can soon move forward doing outside work in comfortable weather.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 09:27 PM

Milk delivery disappeared from Ontario by 1967. The threat to milk on the doorstep was raccoons or crows. Or neighbours.

I dread the day when I can't shop for myself any more. Food delivery is a niche service in Canada; you can get it in big cities like Toronto and Ottawa, but in rural areas or small towns like Stratford -- forget it! And even if the supermarket offers delivery, you have to haul your bones out to the mall to do the shopping yourself, and pay the delivery charge.

I'm not at all sure I would ever trust anyone else to choose my apples anyway. Certainly not at the price they go for these days.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 01:46 PM

Blue Tits were always a problem there SRS as they would peck through the tops ;-) More seriously, I’m under the (perhaps wrong but) impression that the milk rounds are gaining a little in parts of the UK but I don’t know of one round here.

Sure, it should be easy enough to pick a time slot for groceries. We pick a cheapest mid afternoon slot but there are still, IMO quite reasonable – at least if you consider the alternative as taking car to supermarket and trudging round – evening slots too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 01:21 PM

Years ago people had milk boxes on their porches that the milk delivery people placed the fresh bottles and containers (butter, cream, cottage cheese, etc.) into. And people expected to check early and bring things in so they weren't out too long. What goes around comes around. Amazon is cutting corners by not using refrigerator trucks to deliver the food. And if time of day is a problem, people should schedule morning or evening, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 12:29 PM

Not looked in here in a few days....

Firstly, kind thoughts to both those who are unwell and to those carrying related worries.

On the home food delivery topic. We have our weekly grocery shop that way but Tesco deliver in open plastic crates (from vans with onboard refrigeration). These are unpacked (usually a combined effort of driver and one of us here) at the time of delivery and the crates go back on the van. I think there was a time when you could have the contents of the crates in one use carrier bags with a small charge/refund on return system but I think that option stopped and most things are just packed loose now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 12:00 AM

I put a new rubber roof on the car port. Doing it solo with 2 ladders and ropes took some thought without any trauma whatsoever. Now the roof and 2 sides are sealed for winter. Then I put a big happy face crop circle in the yard with a lawn mower and ate fried chicken.
Some days go better than others.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 10:13 PM

I'm sorry to hear about Susan and am sending good thoughts for a complete recovery!!!

Life here seems to be moving at warp speed. We now have a surgery date for Pete and so the countdown begins. We met with the surgeon and both of us are feeling very comfortable with him. Now that I know more about what is going on and the Bethesda staging, my anxiety has just about all dissipated. I'm running at full speed at work so that I will be able to have a week or two off to stay with Pete as he recovers and not lose any billing. They are being very supportive which is helpful.

Today we all went for a ride around the area, stopped for lunch at a quirky fun spot, then stopped at a new antique/crafty store and then onward to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon at Colton Point. It was a chilly but gorgeous fall day. The leaves are beginning to change in some areas but not by much.

As far as decluttering goes....I am running laundry tonight...does that count? I made the bed this morning and wiped down the countertop. It's not much but honestly...these 10 hour work days are leaving me with my butt dragging a bit. Tomorrow is church and then the second to the last soccer game. Is it bad if I am praying for rain? ;) Not really....maybe.....

I am planning a mother daughter day soon and will also meet up with a long time friend that we haven't seen in probably year...so I'm looking forward to that. A beloved quilt shop is having a big sale and I am looking at quilt patterns so I have a reason to pick up a good deal...LOL. I am hoping to have some time to sew while I am home with Pete.

Hope the rest of you are doing well.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 09:11 AM

I found a Facebook note from September 25, posted by Susan's husband Greg, that she has been ill and will be away from Facebook (and the computer, apparently) for a while.

It sounds like she is in a hospital right now and will go to rehab on Oct. 11. From the brief update her friend posted, it sounds like a stroke.

Best wishes, Susan, and hoping you're up and around soon, and online when you're ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 07:02 PM

It's me again, after an efficient afternoon. I got the second of three gel shots in my knee, and on my way home, I took a route through town that had me near a grocery store that sometimes has deeply discounted large bags of ripe bananas. So the bananas lured me in, but then I realized they had a pharmacy and I was able to get my annual flu shot. Right knee, left arm.

This morning I looked around the house at all of the things I have to keep away from the new puppy, much of it that is just here, isn't needed. I suppose I should make my next declutter goal to clear stuff out before I have to throw it out after a puppy mangles it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM

The dog toys were all taken up because it wasn't enough to have toys for everyone, Pepper wanted to hoard all of them and became a monster in the process. When they're out of sight she's her old lovable self and she and the puppy had a terrific rough-and-tumble run around the back yard; the point at which I opened the sliding door Cookie was on top appearing to chew Pepper's head off (with her compliance, of course.) Whew!

Another high of 96o predicted today, but rain is in the forecase tomorrow iwth a high at 89o, then back up for a couple of days before it FINALLY seems to settle into fall-like temperatures. This is one heckuva hard-fought seasonal shift.

This week I started reading a new environmental email newsletter called HEATED (https://heated.world/about?utm_source=menu-dropdown). The topic they discussed this week is those insulated delivery packages Amazon has developed that are totally unrecyclable, though their various components do recycle (when not combined.) It is something I consider - I don't have groceries delivered so I haven't received those, but I've seen people still try to drop them in the village recycle bins. I reuse much of the packaging that comes to the house (as padding in boxes I send out.) It makes for a stack of this stuff I have to thin out every so often. The days of wood shavings (excelsior) and padded paper envelopes seem to be gone. I wonder if you can even buy them any more?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 05:24 PM

I'm going to share this here also, it sounds so good: From Martha Stewart's magazine last year (it appeared on Facebook today).
https://www.marthastewart.com/1524910/turmeric-ginger-chicken-soup

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

1 thinly sliced garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cups Basic Chicken Stock or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth
3 ounces angel-hair pasta, broken in half
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Microgreens and thinly sliced scallions, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, saute garlic, turmeric, and ginger in oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add stock; bring to a simmer. Add pasta; cook 1 minute less than per package instructions. Add chicken; heat through, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with microgreens and scallions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 05:35 PM

Poor Pepper has been so envious of that squeaky Kong Wubba toy of Cookie's that she walks around the kennel trying to figure out how to get it for herself. I figure if the puppy has to spend time in the kennel she should have a toy, which is why I've put it in with her. So today I took Pepper with me to the same feed store and we bought out their supply of extra-large squeaker Kong toys. One is camouflage, another is purple like the first, and one is red. I gave Pepper hers in the car and when she got into the house she grabbed it and squeaked and ran. And I gave one to Zeke, and they they proceeded to run around taking them from each other. I have a spare, but I'm hoping having several around will help. Pepper and Cookie get along well now, so we needed to take the pressure off toy-wise.

I've been exchanging mouse catching stories with a friend who lives in New York City and had a huge problem with them a couple of years ago. His record string of catches is 25 mice. I told him about my three and he wrote this today:

    Speaking of rodents: I decided to clean the cutlery drawer under my butcher block. I took out all the stuff and washed the plastic holder and then reached in to take out anything left behind. Suddenly I was holding mouse corpse in my hand. Well, you would think I had grasped all of the Bubonic Plague. I threw it into the trash and ran to the bathroom and scrubbed my hand as if I were Lady Macbeth. It was So Gross!


I was laughing so hard from this image that the dogs all came running in to see what the noise was about and Cookie jumped up into my lap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 10:52 AM

Two toads and three mice so far; toads released, mice not so fortunate. I should probably put one of these traps in the attic.

A new month in some ways feels like a small new beginning. An infusion of cash to take care of business and hopefully have money left at the end of the month. There are job openings for part-time work, and I'm thinking about it for the holiday season.

The village has been doing some paving work (painting a sealant over the existing asphaltic concrete) so I haven't been able to drive up to the recycle bins. I need to make that trip soon.

This week I'll start the dog training to the Invisible Fence, now that she's getting a sense of this household. She sits until I tell her to eat (though if I don't put her on a leash she'll try to dive into one of the other bowls, so we're not perfect yet) and she's walking calmly. She's wearing the Gentle Leader head collar. I figure one thing at a time gives her little brain time to adjust.

I'm starting my holiday shopping, making practical but interesting choices, and spreading the expense out over the next three months. And I need to push more eBay items out there for people online shopping for the same reason.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 03:22 PM

Dupont:

YEP! Definitely FALL in Southern Ontario. I asked R two weeks ago to close the windows (storms and all) and do something about that fan in the basement- pulling any warm air out of house! (nope!) As I sat here this morning getting colder and colder, something had to be done before the brain froze! I fetched a foam mattress from upstairs - where it should not have been anyway!- put it over the doorway to the addition and turned on some heat in the main house. Went to get groceries, to get warm, and now the house is tolerable. The rads are warm! Sun gain is helping and the distiller in the K. It will be expensive but I cannot expect him to do anything serious until after the presentation.

Yesterday, R kind of took day off; he planted the tiny oak (8 inches!) - moving it from front where it would have no room, to the back which will be just fine. He also did emergency repair on toilet. I planted the juniper. Still have 3 plants to go. Digging holes in clay is no fun!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM

Lucky you, Charmion! And Alice (if she's still reading along) has snow her first week of autumn (in Montana). Here, it's dry and humid at the same time - no rain forecast until maybe 10 days from now.

Two mice went into the drink yesterday, the entire trap fits into a tall water-filled bucket I picked up along the curb years ago and have used around the garden. I think it originally held pool chemicals. This way I can release toads selectively and slowly get rid of rodents. I toss the carcasses across the back fence toward the creek where something will pick them up for a meal.

Editing again today, it's a messy process on a paper they want to publish but it was poorly constructed and sending it back to the graduate student author wouldn't help. It has a second writing credit, but that's mostly just to give the first author a chance to get published - the politics of academic publishing and sponsorship stuff.

My ear needed decluttering this morning; after a couple of sessions of the Debrox ear drops it's better, but not perfect. I don't wash my hair daily any more, so shampoo and soap don't get into the ear to clear it out. But if this is the worst of my health complaints for now I'm okay with it. The knee has improved with the first gel shot, the bone spurs aren't as pronounced this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM

Today, we woke to a chilly house and no appreciable warming in the forecast. I turned on the furnace.

Summer is over in Perth County, Ontario.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Sep 19 - 10:39 AM

I just finished a 10-day stint of pet and house sitting; the off-the-books income is nice, but it does mean I have to reschedule some of my activities around the preferred times for pet feeding. Sunday morning feeding is early enough that the stores I need to visit aren't open yet when I'm making the run (they are now) - dog food is on sale (buy one get one half-price) and a couple of other stops.

I'm still waiting for fall weather to turn up. We're in the 90s for another week or so. Ugg. The yard is crispy. I'll be hand watering the okra and pots of vegetables later this morning.

Yesterday I set up the two new Hav-a-heart traps and it was as I expected - one of them was sprung by a toad. I let that little guy out and reset the trap. This way my toads and lizards won't be offed by deadly traps.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 09:22 PM

Dupont:

The cabbage/carrot soup was a big success with one small hot pepper and some fresh basil - about a gallon! Some in freezer, one container in frig; we do not mind eating the same thing for 3 or 4 days. Dishes washed and plants watered but apple sauce did not happen - the apples are out on deck and it was really raining! But tomorrow as we used up the last tonight. Feeling somewhat recovered; R home at 8 again! Fed and feeling less stressed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 05:00 PM

Charmion, good job on figuring out that con job on the tour! I hope another chorus comes along that lets you jump ship on this if you decide that would be best. It seems like that director is perilously close to a place where a public shaming could happen rather anonymously and let that cat finally out of that bag.

Editing myself this weekend. Rewriting, more like. The main editor and I worked on this yesterday and I have the notes directing the repairs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 02:33 PM

Dupont:

Charmion: Good job it happened sooner... !

Michelle: Just when you think your plate is full, it becomes more so! And not with the good stuff! You have said what you need, so surely you will keep that in mind, in addition to the needs of Pete and Jeremiah. Just remember that you cannot take care of others unless you take care of yourself. Hans Selye referred to this as altruistic self-centredness.

So after a decent day yesterday, this rainy day finds me more than half asleep. 3 hours on the internet to keep from falling asleep - after making us a nice BF and R going off for more of the same. At least he came home early (8) last night and went straight to bed - for 12 hours!

Green tea has not helped get my eyes open. I am thinking nap. Then: dishes, water plants, do some K re-organizing, finish making the soup, maybe make applesauce as the apples await me on the deck. Maybe I do not have enough energy for trips to Mill to pot two days in a row. Pots will be OK for another day or so, I hope. If they get too dry it is extra work. I did cover them with plastic.

R's share of clutter is being ignored until after he does that stress-producing presentation on 4th or 7th or?? I may be deluding myself to think there will be space before the next major stressor. Hope!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 10:21 AM

My book contract has been put off yet again. I am beyond irritated, but this is such an old problem -- civil service administrative constipation -- that my only reaction is a cynical snort. At this rate, I'll get started for Christmas.

This cloud has its silver lining, however; the delay gives me a good excuse to wriggle out of a half-commitment that, on learning more about it, I realize I do not want to accept.

I am now in my third season with a community choir that does Messiah at Christmas and a repertoire of concert masses and other traditional European-style classical choral works. The standard of performance is pretty good and the conductor is excellent. However -- and this is a big however -- the group has a clique problem centred on semi-annual overseas trips to sing at Anglican (Church of England) cathedrals. The conductor and his wife (the choir's perennial soprano soloist) organize these trips and recruit participants from the ranks of our choir and others with which they are involved.

I turned down two invitations to take part last year on grounds of expense, but the book contract gave me enough economic slack to agree to go to Kingston, Jamaica, in January 2020. I had believed that my financial commitment would be limited to air fare, lodging and meals, all at discounted rates, but the cost structure finally revealed to me this week also included a $550 "registration" fee for something described as a "choral course". Hmmm. I picked up the phone and called the woman who sits next to me at rehearsal, who joined at the same time I did and took part last year in a trip to Canterbury.

It seems that what I had understood to be simply a series of performances is actually a not very entertaining tour package organized by the conductor (and wife), and a nice little earner for them; the $550 "registration" fee goes into their pockets. By pitching the trip as a "course" -- I don't know what I would be learning, as the repertoire is well known to me, and learning was never my motivation for going -- they put the charge in a comparatively flattering light. But the fact that I found out about the $550 only after agreeing to go, and after several wheedling conversations with the conductor that resemble grooming more than somewhat, suggests that they know the whole deal has more than a taint of bait-and-switch about it.

In short, I don't have $550 to spend on anything that I feel ambivalent about, especially not on top of air fare, lodging and meals in a tourist destination at high season. And the delay in the book contract gives me a socially unassailable excuse to back out.

Why don't I just tell the conductor what I think? Good question. I won't do that because I want to continue singing in the choir -- the only such group in this area -- and telling the conductor what I think of him in words of one and two syllables would make that impossible. But I have to move him to the "a bit of a sleazeball" category of acquaintance, and in future I will take the long-spoon approach to personal dealings with him (and wife).

Sigh. It's always disappointing to find out that a person in one's life sees others primarily as potential sources of revenue, but it's good to know.

So this week I was decluttered of an illusion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 09:46 AM

I've heard that the hardest part of dealing with thyroid like this is the emotional roller coaster. I hope you're able to work out some ground rules between yourselves that allow for time out if it gets too much one way or the other.

I accidentally stepped in some floor finish at a friend's house and as I walked away from the spot my shoes were sticking to the existing floor before I took my shoes off. I tried to catch the floor guys (I had to go outside and around the house) but they'd left; this is going to be a strange note to write. There is a warning sign at the back door, but the dining room I walked through had no such sign and the doors were wide open. Still, now that I've stumbled into this I'll go back with some blue painter's tape and leave a spot on each of my footprints (you can see them from an angle in the light). It is like the new stuff on my shoes pulled up the shine on the non-refinished floor. Maybe they can polish it away? I'm going to write a "Mea Culpa" note and hope the remedy isn't too much work. Here we were concerned all week that the cat not get into this.

The 10-day weather forecast has us in the mid-nineties through next week, and on days 9 and 10 in the high-80s. It's almost effing October and we're still baking. It's usually nice this time of year, but not this hot.

There's a tree seedling beside the driveway that I want to transplant, but I'll flag it and wait till the first frost before I dig it up to move.

Mostly this weekend is editing, catching up stiff I didn't finish last week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 08:05 AM

Update on Pete: The CT scans indicate no spread of the follicular thyroid cancer however a very small nodule was found in Pete's lungs. The recommendation at this point is just to monitor it. The surgical consultation has been changed for the 4th time and we are hopeful it is the last time as they have an opening for him on Monday.

Two staff people left the agency this week which means the rest of us have to pick up the slack so I have some new clients. New additions to our staff our starting this week but it takes a solid two weeks to get through signing up for various programs/getting clearances to use said websites, required webinars and then of course the actual training. I tell all our new staff that they are newbies for the first 6 to 12 months, there just is so much involved. In any case...despite being told I won't have any more additions for a bit, that just isn't the case. I will do what I can.

Today we get Pete's truck back from the auto shop. We also have a friend who ordered chicks which you have to order with a minimum number of chicks. She does not want all of them and has offered them to us, so we will be picking them up today. There is also a community picnic but I'm not sure Pete is interested in going and I'm currently following his lead.

I am feeling kind of alone despite all the well wishes. It's not that I really am alone but at night, when Pete just isn't his normal self and I am trying my best to be what he needs (or doesn't need), I am struggling. I think I need to give him some more space and I think I need to do some self care for myself as well. With that being said....I'd like to work either in the bedroom on the laundry situation (I'm great about doing laundry but putting it away is another story) or I'd like to spend time in my sewing room organizing or sewing.

Jeremiah is going with the flow and does not seem overly worried. His biggest concern is if he will get to go to soccer practice and games. He also wants to go spend the day at Barnes and Noble....he's quite the reading machine and that makes me most happy!

I'm hanging in there and hope you all are too.

Love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Sep 19 - 05:35 PM

Dupont:

Managed the laundry in spite of a trip to music venue for an hour - plus half an hour getting lost getting there! R was very late home - midnight - so the sheets dried and were back on the bed before we got to it. And a light super ready for the nutcase.

Dragged myself out of bed - R is running on "have to get things done"and E pushing him. Soon he will sleep for a full day or more but not until after the fourth when he has to make a presentation - in French - re the Project. WE both know this is not healthy but it is the only way he knows to operate.

So, I dragged myself out this am, back to the Mill to pot, do some sorting and cleaning up in studio, brought a box of K stuff home, including a blender - for the carrot soup that is in my head for tonight's supper. And maybe a couple more days. With cabbage and tomato, onion, and some finely chopped hot pepper - OH, but it will All go through the blender! A few more pots thrown, and all well wrapped as yesterday's were not ready to trim. I'll see about tomorrow, tomorrow.

Drove 24 extra Km to pick up some more blueberry muffins from the orchard - Arghhh! Only one half dozen available. More tomorrow! And that behind someone going 15 km under the limit on a road where passing was difficult to impossible. The transport breathing down my neck managed to pass both of us! They can see further.

No planting today; plumb wore out! Maybe a nap...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Sep 19 - 11:44 AM

I've gotten very little accomplished this week, but it's my own damn fault. The puppy and a couple of other distractions have stood in the way of concentrating on the editing I need to do, so this weekend will be dedicated to that task.

It is the seventh day of a new dog in the house and the others realize she's here to stay. It was so sweet this morning when the big old lab went (again!) into the kennel to get the tough Kong cloth/ball/squeaker toy and wave it around enough to catch Cookie's eye. She pounced on the toy in Zeke's mouth and he pulled and gently shook then let it go so she could take it from him. This is a dog who can pull a full-grown human over in a game of tug-o-war. And when I'm not in the picture Pepper lets Cookie jump all over her.

The adoption packed from the shelter included a sheet with a gift package offer from one of the local pet stores, so I'll see what I need to take along and go pickup whatever is free or incredibly cheap. I think a bag of food, a couple of toys, whatever. They won't go to waste.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Sep 19 - 06:41 PM

Dupont:

OK: drove two hours, potted two hours, threw 6-7small pots while chatting with a visitor. Did not go great but OK and at the end of the day, I feel much better for having gotten something done, some clay prep also. Visitor would like to learn so I told her I would spend time showing her how, then she can practice as much as she wants - she has a key to building. Had another visitor who took up time, so what with all of that, I can be happy I accomplished as much as I did. With any luck, I can do it again tomorrow.

A little shopping on way home - more plants: some small indoor succulents are now nicely potted and a campanula is in the ground and one other that was needing. Still a few to go. But it is sure getting dark earlier!

Had supper and now remember I was going to do laundry. Guess I will go do that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Sep 19 - 09:38 AM

Dupont:

I believe I have recovered sufficiently from getting here to do the return trip - just. (Sat to Thurs) Four day recovery - not too bad. Part of me wants to GO! Another part sees the stress of R might need alleviation - good meals and supportive attitude. ...

Only managed to plant one more - we had rain! About 6 to go but the weather is holding. Realized yesterday that it might be an idea to plant those daffies in the flower beds - and get them in the ground where I can, rather than wish I could clear another area! I have a small "hole-maker" and put that on my to-do list.

Feeling the need to pot so am going to try going down to the mill - an hour drive - and hope I still have the energy/inclination when I get there. Raining lightly.

Not much done here but bare essentials - dishes up to date and laundry coming due. Some re-potting - geraniums; some starting to bloom. My conserving nature may end up with some to spare and spirder plants to spare as well; they are so easy to increase!

Yes, better get gooing lest I sit on computer all day then feel lousy at having done only that for another day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Sep 19 - 10:09 PM

Sept. 25 and the thermometer hit 100 again today. I'm so tired of this, I'm just staying indoors until it rains.

Cookie visited Dr. Bob at his veterinary clinic, and he's always glad to see a new rescue come through the door. He's seen all of my dogs for the last 15 years and all of my cats before that. Turns out Cookie has her adult teeth and is about seven months old. That said, the growth projections are reduced - she'll probably end up about 40 pounds when she's full grown, pretty close to Pepper's size. I'll start training her to the Invisible Fence as soon as I get the holes drilled in a collar to mount the electronic unit, and I picked up a bundle of wire flags at Home Depot to put around the radio signal boundary at the edge of the yard.

I visit the knee and hip center tomorrow and finally get the first of three weekly gel shots. This is overdue, and will be a big help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 19 - 11:21 PM

Checking things off of the longer-than-usual list of things to do this month in my bullet journal. Muggier than usual this last couple of days and still warm, so I'm really really ready for those fall colors some of you have noted on your facebook pages. Dishwasher is running, and I have run the washer and dryer, but never got things put away so have pulled fresh underwear out of the laundry basket on the seat next to the bed. I'm waiting for that burst of energy that comes once it cools off here and a lot of this will be finished.

I haven't done much with my blog for a while, but I'm thinking it's time to revive it. I have an essay in mind. I've made a note so I don't forget it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 19 - 04:33 PM

The tree-thinning impulse is running through the neighborhood, though in our yards it is a very modest attempt at reducing shade or protecting structures. My next door neighbor took out a crape myrtle today because he has a lovely weeping yaupon near the house that was being shaded out. I knew one or the other of those would eventually have to go, and I was rooting for the yaupon to stay (since I planted it for the neighbor who was living there before.) Elsewhere, there are the two parts to that property across the road from me, with a creek down the middle. Last month they destroyed the understory of the property on my side of the creek. Now the other side of that wild property is being scalped and left as trees on bare soil. It looks larger when you can see through without brush, but the wildlife! The habitat! What a waste for no good reason.

I knew a new dog would be work, but a new puppy is exponential on the work. We're seeing the glimmerings of her personality shining through the general puppy antics, but right now she is 22 pounds of toothy toothsomeness. When she first arrived, and through yesterday, it was the two big dogs and Cookie. They were aware of and treating her as a visitor. But this morning I've noticed that they're much more a unit and she is much more in unison with the big dogs. She also has picked up on Pepper's affectionate/not-exactly-submissive habit of giving Zeke lots of kisses on his face. Cookie does that to both Zeke and Pepper. I'll borrow an old term from Susan - Cookie has discovered "Dog World" out in the garage, the stall with dog houses and bedding (one of them was still full of a big comforter because sometimes Poppy would hang out there.) This was from the days when dogs lived outside all of the time unless they were indoors in the garage.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Sep 19 - 03:07 PM

Dupont:

That Brugmansia is not a Datura and it is fine, at the moment, on the front porch of the second entry - a mini deck with rail all the way around. (The one I went out on last spring and the door closed and locked and I had to get a neighbor to come in and let me out.)It dropped a lot of flowers while I was away and gobbled up most of a bucket of water! So, lots of dead flowers to pick up - good bending over exercise. I think they, like the hibiscus in our BR, only last a day. The H needs lots of feeding before it will have many flowers; it was in sorry shape when I got it for $5! Having listened to the entire 58 min youtube and looked at a couple more, I feel prepared to deal with the beast - about 4 feet high and five wide.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Sep 19 - 01:51 PM

Dupont:

Long time gone! Was at Beaver, back Saturday, catching up! No signal and no inclination while there.Wore myself out with a horrendous trip - truckers were bumper to bumper in two of three lanes, most of trip. Very unusual - maybe worst trip on 401 for me ever. No more Monday trips! I hope it was because it was Monday.

All well at Beaver and I got up Tuesday am and started a day of moving firewood and resting. Did well until 4 pm when the body said quit. It seems I used up the weeks energy as very little wood was moved and not much else done but it was a lovely week and I left on Sat with things fairly in order, including a tarp over the wood that still needs to be moved. Doubt there will be snow in the next few weeks, though November has seen it in the past. I hope to get back in a week or so and continue to store wood and enjoy the country and friends. Maybe even find enough energy to pot. Almost did this time and did do a bit of organizing in studio. A lot of weeding and a handful of blueberries left for me by birds!

No rain all week and came back to do some watering! One of my new plants was quite limp and I dumped a half bucket on it before running out of energy. A hose connection on front of house would be helpful but not likely to happen. Happily, it rained last night enough to perk things up.

Although I had fair success making muffins, I stopped at fav bakery - The Hidden Goldmine, in Madoc - for a pre-ordered dozen muffins and half dozen scones. (I was much less successful making scones!) So, what we have not already eaten is safely stowed in freezer. They freeze and warm beautifully. And I saved the bags for next trip, in that spot where I put "things to go to Beaver".

Trip back was just fine. I off-loaded and, eventually R came home - very tired - and we had planned overs for supper. And a scone for him!

Late morning and light bf on Sunday and off to country for R to photograph an antique machine and then meet with the architect of the Project. I now realize this is a long term Project! Serendipitously,he phoned as we reached the driveway of the country home. By the time we got into the house and met wife, daughter, her husband and son, it was proclaimed that we were staying for late lunch that was already in the making. Wonderful meal! Karina used the term, "in my country" a couple times. I asked; she is Armenian from Russia and the meal was unique, simple, eminently eatable, and I shall have to replicate a couple of the dishes. R remembers what was in them. Clearly, they were not expecting us but the country home is well equipped and they dipped into the freezer for meat. The rest must have been ready. The daughter, Marena, and I found much in common and were oblivious to the rest. R and V were talking business. The 8 year old was somewhere and his dad was doing yard work. All in their lovely Kitchen/sunroom on a lovely day. A most pleasant afternoon. I went to bed about 7:30!

So, the lovely rain spritzes sporadically. R has gone to work and I have been catching up on computer. Looked into de-humidifiers and found what I think we need - one available on kijiji, in Ottawa; will keep looking for one closer. Shocked that SRS has adopted yet another dog! WOW!! We are happy with our stuffy; a live dog would be overload. Understand the need we have to hold on to long term fav clothing. I even have a few left from before I was born. We let go of things when we are ready.

Now to go to library


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Sep 19 - 10:35 AM

Having seen this pup's profile a few times when she slowed down enough, I think she's as much or more boxer than pit. The lower jaw has an underbite that pit's don't usually have.

So - when you adopt an older dog (like Pepper, who was ~ 3) and you leave them in the bathroom overnight they drink water and sleep. Puppies tear up the paper off of the holder and spill their water on all of it.*

We went for our first walk this morning, around the block. We had to turn around on the first block and go the other direction because there were two small dogs out loose. I met a neighbor out walking her two larger dogs (labs) and warned her, but those two came barreling around the corner and caused a bit of a tangle. With my own three I had to keep going the other way, I couldn't help. The pup has a collar but I walk these guys with the Gentle Leader head collar. We compromised this trip - she wore the head collar but I clipped the leash to her regular collar. She has to get used to this thing on her face. It took a couple of blocks before she settled down a bit and I'm hoping she learns from the other dogs that the walk is meant to travel and spend time together, not jump all over me and grab her own leash. :) We haven't been at this for 24 hours yet, so there is lots of time to work this out.

Adopting this younger dog now is strategic. There is no such thing as a free dog, the no-adoption-fee program over the weekend just gives you a little financial head start on the lifetime expense of owning dogs. Zeke is a 70-pound Chocolate Lab who will be 13 in November. They can live to 15, and we want to have him as long as we can, healthy and happy. I think eventually I'll be back to two dogs and will keep it that way when the day comes. These two girls will be in the 40-50 pound range.

*Note to self - childproof all of the cupboards.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 08:52 PM

The grown dog I went in search of seemed to have been adopted, and the other grown dogs had coats that would shed (I've got enough of that already) so I ended up with a very persuasive 4 month old pitbull pup. She was a green dot dog - that meant she was so good with other dogs that she got to go outside with a playgroup in the kennel yards. They have red dot dogs - people aggressive - that I've always thought they should simply put down. Not everyone is Cesar Millan, even if they think they are, and those dogs can mean trouble. The orange dot dogs means they don't do well with other dogs. The green dot is a sign to look for.

As soon as we got home she got a bath, then the others did. She met the neighbors, and I think my daughter has named her because her brother says he agrees that the name she suggested, "Biscuit," is pretty good. I told them I was aiming at a food name (after Cinnamon, Poppy [seed], and Pepper. I didn't name Zeke.)

I set up the kennel I'd bought to use for Poppy (but Poppy died before I tried it) - this pup backs up a couple of steps and jumps right out, so it'll be nights in the bathroom and my absences in the bathroom until I get her set with the Invisible Fence collar.

She's pretty needy right now, wanting to jump in my lap. Everyone will relax after a couple of days and the novelty wears off. She learned the dog door very quickly and I have a leash dragging behind her. I need to trim her sharp little nails, we'll see how that goes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 02:42 PM

Good luck with the dog.

Back at home, mum is wanting another cat. I’m not sure I see the sanity with ages (parent’s in their 80s), general infirmaries and me “unreliable” but of course, after saying that before, we did take on (sadly killed by a car accident) Furball the stray last year and would agree with her thoughts along the lines of the house being kind of empty and a pet sometimes providing some needed alternative focus or company. We’ll have to see there but an older rescue beast has been discussed again a few times lately…


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 11:01 AM

Well, since we're discussing health, you can mark me down as crazy today: I'm going to go over to the city animal shelter and look at the dogs (which means I will come home with a dog). There is a rather unattractive older Lab/Chesepeake lady who has been there for a couple of months who I think would be a good fit with our middle-aged and older pack; if she's gone, more power to her, and I have printouts for several other dogs over there. Most of them are the pitbull mixes, and those are lovely dogs who get a bad rap. There are so many, I think the spay-neuter news hasn't reached the community of home dog breeders. Most of these dogs are females about three years old and all appear to have had at least one littler of dogs. Those former owners discard the mother once they've got some money from selling her pups. #Heartbreaking

Okay, Charmion, what about the pig? And Jon, good luck getting the physicians to work with you now rather than waiting, which isn't a good thing at this point in time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 10:36 AM

Oh, Jon Freeman. Best of British and every other kind of luck to you, and for the love of God do your best to hurry those medical people along. You're correct; you have zero choice if you wish to remain on this side of the grass, let alone functional.

Michelle, that losing a wheel thing with Pete's truck is one of the nightmare scenarios of modern road travel, and I'm so glad it ended with no injuries. Pete must have great self-control and top-notch driving skills; kudos to him.

Today, I am dealing with a dose of gut misery, a mild flare-up of diverticulosis. It's not frequent, but it happens often enough to be a factor in household routines such as travel. When my insides are in a state of rebellion, I have to stay out of restaurants and avoid fibrous foods until relative calm is restored. Boring, but there it is; all part of living this long. On the one hand, you acquire wisdom and a wide repertoire of genuinely funny jokes; on the other, you pay with gut misery, or arthritis, or both!

Did I ever tell you the one about the pig with the wooden leg?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 09:09 AM

I may well regret this post but as others are talking health...

I’ve had a sore on my back for years which has turned quite troublesome in more recent times. I finally decided to see a consultant earlier this year. What we know from history, biopsy, CT and MRI scans is that it’s a very slow growing (and apparently “not usually troublesome”) cancer that has remained purely in the skin. I gather the next step is to talk to the plastic surgery team about cutting out and a skin graft (it’s far too big for a LA surgery job at the local hospital).

As someone who hates/fears most things medical, I don’t want to do this but, if they can do it, I don’t see there is much choice if I'm to be of use to anyone. At the moment, I’m avoiding tasks like changing the under sink water filter because of bending down and, lack of sleep (up to 4 nights in a row) has been a problem – at times turning me into little more than a zombie. The Oromorph (morphine sulphate solution) they’ve given me does help a bit with the sleeping but is not guaranteed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 01:14 AM

You're doing a great job keeping all of those irons from the fire juggled, Michelle. I wish we didn't all live so far away at times like this. Hug hugs to all of you and a special scratch under the chin for Ms Mabel - she'll get over it.

Use the weekend well, but take care of yourself while you're taking care of everyone else.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 11:00 PM

Hi All,

   Leonard is growing like crazy and is feeling better as witnessed by his playful antics. He gets along with all our other 4 legged babies although my Miss Mabel, previously the baby of the house, has her nose out of joint. She continues to growl at Leonard who just looks at her.

    I am having some kind of reaction to the little puncture points from his claws. I am so very itchy even with Cortizone 10 ointment on. I'm thinking I'll take some Benedryl before bed.

    We are working very hard to keep Jeremiah's schedule rolling as normal but there have been some bumps in the road. Pete had 2 medical appointments this week, one of which was a CT scan of his throat and chest....looking to pinpoint more information about the cancer and hopefully a lack of spread to the lungs. When we met with the oncologist last week, he asked about all the symptoms Pete was having...one of which is a small cough. However, it is ragweed season and we are surrounded by it where we live...we are thinking the cough is allergy related but they wanted to be sure which I know is a good thing.....nerve wracking as we wait for results, but good. We will know more next Thursday and then a surgical consultation the following week if they don't change the appointment again.

    Another appointment for him determined that he needs surgery on his wrist but that is on the back burner for now.

    Today I got a call from Pete while I was at work saying that the back tire of his truck fell off while he was driving (almost to Ithaca). If you are on FB, you can see the photos. Thankfully he was able to get the truck off the road and no one was hurt.

    We are both spending our days off working around the house and trying to get as much in order as we possibly can. I think being busy is useful to both of us in regards to managing stress. He is busy cutting wood for the winter even though we discussed buying a couple of cords of wood that has already been cut and split. This weekend is to bring summer temperatures and he will continue to work outside while I work inside. I have been doing extra laundry every day and keeping the dishes caught up. Jeremiah tends to the floors and feeds/waters the inside critters. He helps with other things as asked and I think he understands our flurry of activity. Pete is sleeping much more often these days and I am sure it is related to his thyroid. I let him sleep even though he grumbles about sleeping so much....he clearly needs it.

    I am thankful for a job that has such flexibility and for a supervisor who is over the top supportive. She wants me to keep her up to date regarding Pete and continues to ask me what I need. I have no idea what I need. I did ask her to hold off on assigning more clients to me. I currently have the highest caseload on staff but I am distracted and won't be able to handle any more for a few weeks. She was great about it.

    I suppose that is way more than anyone wants to know but that's my life at the moment. There is more but it borders on being ridiculous.....things are going wrong all around me and I'm trying to manage and put out as many fires as I can.....trouble is, most of the swirling activity about me is out of my control...I can't do anything but pray which I am doing tons of.

   Here's to looking forward to a nice uneventful weekend at home.

I hope all is well with you fine folks.

Love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 10:18 PM

But Mary, I love it when I periodically come across the sweater or robe as I'm doing something else in the closet. It's like a hug from the past.

I bought pickets and cross-members for the next section of fence this evening and this weekend I'll apply wood preservative to the cedar pickets and will soon be able to take down the old section and put this up. And while I was looking at some of the materials on the website I work on, I noticed a landscaping tip about using a type of black paint on a roller and it is applied to the wire of a cyclone/chain link fence and makes it basically disappear. I'm looking at putting up some chain link along with the new fence panel and I'll plan to do that also.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 08:26 PM

next decision before tomorrow when bags of clothes might go...ugly beige twin set. but it is a twin set..i never had one before. but it is a very ugly color and i have one really pretty newish red one and new cream and navy ones. lands end has them on sale all the time. OK. I will wear the red one if I even have occasion to wear one until it wears out and keep the others for the anchorwoman job. I will go right now and put the beige does not spark joy ones in the donation bags.

best to not keep sentimental items or wrong size items in closet. can be put into storage elsewhere. i love vacuum bags. going to vacuum bags right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 05:49 PM

I'll third your and Mary's sentiments, Charmion. There are garments in the closet that are there some because I made them and they were a lot of work, others because they would still be great to wear if I lose 25 pounds. I have a cute kimono from when I was a child, and later I had an adult one (that I wore out) with the same print. And I have a knitted sweater my mother made for me when I was in the sixth grade. Some of those things you just can't discard.

A long span of cat-sitting appointments are starting this evening. It's a modest amount of pocket change and it makes me get out, and because I don't like to make trips for just one task I usually pace myself and add in shopping or a visit or something to get more bang for the driving buck. Tonight I need to run by a Big Box hardware store on my way back.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 09:30 AM

Hi, Stilly — The book project has been postponed for at least a month, giving rise to a big, fat, potential cash-flow problem. I am irked beyond belief, but not at the publisher; this delay arises from the famously constipated HR processes of our federal government. This manuscript is cursed; the author must have kicked a black cat at some point in his life. Or maybe it’s just the Afghanistan effect.

Rodney the HVAC guy has acknowledged receipt of my assent to his cost proposal, but we have no start date. So yes, I could find myself toiling away on the book while large men make new holes in the foundation right under the study window. If so, it won’t be the first time; I once copy-edited the entire Annual Report to Parliament of the Department of National Defence at a desk separated by a beaverboard wall from a server room under vigorous renovation.

Further to Mary’s comments about once-in-a-lifetime garments: I feel that pain. Like many people with poverty in their past, I have great difficulty letting go of clothes that symbolize (to me) status and wealth, even though I know it is highly unlikely that I will ever wear them again. So I still have a mid-90s interview suit in the closet, and yes, it both burdens and embarrasses me but I can’t dispose of it. Yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 12:03 AM

or i paid perfectly good money for it. it is not worth what we paid for it. it is worth what it would go for at a garage sale, which is probably not even ten cents on the dollar.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 12:02 AM

i passed on a beautiful pendleton wool blazer and matching silk blouse. i kept thinking i would have to interview for an anchorwoman job or something but honestly..not going to happen. someone was going to meet me and pick them up plus a couple of more things just in case..but she cancelled so i am just going to give them to someone who collects clothes for homeless...not sure this is what they need but i also included sweatshirts and cords etc...they can always donate elsewhere. this is a REALLY NICE BLAZER. a once in a lifetime blazer. i have poverty consciousness so i am after things that i subconsciously think i will never be able to replace, although i probably could go to a nice goodwill and replace for $5. i think it is very important to know why we are prone to cluttering..mine is oh i think the civil war will come back and i will need to tear these old sheets into bandages. others like pretty shiny things, status things, sentimental family items etc. if we know why we can help move things on to someone who needs them more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM

Dorothy, did you get the datura/jimson weed? I shudder to ask, but have you had snow yet?

Michelle, how is Leonard, and how is your routine shaping up now that school is back in session?

Susan, are you back in the pool at the Y?

Charmion, will you be working on your book at home with AC work going on outside? How long will the prescribed work take?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM

More computer cleanup and identifying the contents of various external hard drives that have accumulated around here. The air quality was orange or red ozone for several days so I stayed inside to continue this kind of work; today is better air but it's still in the mid-90s and I'm just completely tired of trying to do anything in the heat. Rain is expected tomorrow thanks to a tropical depression named Imelda, and after that I think regular weekly yard work can resume.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Sep 19 - 10:56 AM

Those lists can suck the cash out of the bank account for years to come, can't they?

The aforementioned poster is now on the wall, though I first brought in a paintbrush to touch up the paint because that "orange peel" texture is difficult to paint and all sorts of tiny white dots were still showing through. And I touched up a few places where I nicked the paint while moving furniture. I think this is a placeholder and I'll put up something else large here (probably a framed piece of colorful fabric, like I have in the den). The stool, hammer, picture hooks and small brads are still in here so I'll put up a few more things today (including my MA diploma - what a lot of work that was and it is an attractive piece.) There is a fair amount of kid art that I put up also, things that still speak to me all of these years later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Sep 19 - 10:24 AM

Roger is a great name for a cat, especially a sex-crazed tom or a bird-fancier who spends his waking hours chittering at visitors to the back fence.

I, too, would like to know how Leonard is faring.

Rodney the HVAC guy came to estimate our air-conditioning needs yesterday and ended up with a laundry list of upgrades and maintenance issues that should keep us broke till Christmas. I would like a whole-house humidifier mounted on the furnace, but the furnace and the cellar drain are separated by twenty feet of finished basement, and what would we do if the humidifier malfunctioned and its water supply ended up on the floor? I pointed out that a daily check of the humidifier would be less of a nuisance than cracking skin and nosebleeds in February, and got a shrug and "If you say so" in reply. The water heater -- the tankless kind that is supposed to save money and provide instant hot water and doesn't do either -- needs descaling to protect its fragile flow sensors from the liquid limestone we call water in these parts. Alas, I did not know (although I should have guessed), but now I do. Another item on the lengthening menu of tasks essential to a comfortable life in this house and this climate. As for the furnace itself, I earned a brownie point for my obsessive care of its air-filtration requirements and barely restrained an urge to preen with pride. But it needs cleaning each year before the beginning of the heating season ... ? Yep, add that to the quote.

My new book contract should start next week. Good thing, as Rodney's recommendations will probably eat about half of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 19 - 01:33 PM

We still have ozone action weather going on here, but later in the week rain is in the forecast and that goes a long way to clear out the hydrocarbons baking in our atmosphere.

My weekend accomplishment was to not reclutter the counter and table that were cleared mid-week last week to have guests over for dinner. Laundry is in, dishwasher is loaded (vinegar added to each wash has my glasses back looking good again, and works over time to clear them more each wash.)

I have more eBay items listed and will keep going. The PayPal account seems to be giving false reports of attempts to log on, so I've changed the password, added questions, etc. eBay now requires more steps to take payments or add payments to PayPal so keeping it up to date is necessary. I once had an old PayPal email listed in an eBay auction and it was a royal pain in the ass to get that straightened out.

Freelance work is coming up again, editing this time. The new semester has started so everyone is in place to work on this academic journal.

I found a framed piece of art (poster) that used to lean against my office shelves at work that I brought home with me because I feared it would simply be surplussed. It goes well against the new paint here, so will probably be put up later today. It was tucked out of harm's way in the sunroom during the reconstruction of the office. It's time to finish moving around and organizing in there.

Michelle, how is Leonard feeling this week? I just love that name. (I have a new house/cat sitting client now, and her cat's name is Roger. Also a nice name for a cat.)

Susan, are you rested up from the trip and back to activities as usual?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 04:47 PM

On routes, SRS, I really don’t know that many roads round here but having been driven to/fro the city hospital a couple of times I lately became aware of an interesting one.

The “natural” routes from here would head south right into the city (with me north of the county) with some minor variations from there.

These, looking from that way, will turn west some way before the city, cut across various roads cross country and, wind up for the last little bit on a dual carriageway approaching the hospital from the south!.

I’m not sure it’s any quicker (although regular drivers do tend to know their routes and day time city traffic can, I think, be unpredictable as well as "stop/start" at lights) but it certainly is more scenic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM

Sacred datura is an American desert plant, also called Jimson Weed - it's a hallucinogenic and the seeds and plant material can be toxic to animals. It's used as part of the Native American Church ceremony array. I think Cinnamon munched a little seedling one time and was a bit loopy that afternoon; after that I made a point of pulling any more I saw and I never put the plant parts or seeds from the plant in the front yard into the compost in back, I bag it and send it to the trash. Last year I had some small mourning or white winged doves gorging themselves on the seeds and I think they were blasted out of their little pigeon minds.

If you're concerned about having toxic plants in the house, best not to get this one, however, the flowers are pollinated at night by moths or bats so if it's in the house it won't get pollinated (one hopes!) so maybe there will be no seeds? The seed pods are really sharp, sometimes I've seen them referred to as "thorn apples."

On the heels of Dorothy's driving adventures, I can report that I found a new interesting way to get over to the museum district where my daughter works. I previously always took the North/South freeway north to downtown then go the over the big ramp onto I-30, the East/West freeway, and exit near the museum. There are several merge and weave lanes that require timing and attention. Yesterday I headed west on I-20 to a nearby boulevard and from there went onto the toll road that drops you off just a few blocks from the museum; it's about 90 cents each way and is money well-spent. They've made a point of putting up landscaping and sculptural landmarks along the way so it's a pleasant drive.

Yesterday I picked up and re-keyed a new Schlag doorknob and replaced it this morning. And there will be a squirt bottle of water next to the door if I need to discourage Ms. Pepper from jumping on the door as I leave!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM

Dupont:
OOPS! Research needs to come first! Datura is not the same as Brugmansia, which is what I have bought. The parts can be lethal if ingested but not if touched. So, after I finish watching the comprehensive youtube from Richters Herb Farm, I will be prepared to receive and care for this spectacular plant....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 10:43 AM

Dupont:

Enjoyed reading to catch up while having a quick BF before getting on to planting ???? before leaving for Beaver. How many shall I manage today - focus on the ones going into diggable spots! Oh! forgot to mention I stopped by the nursery again on Friday and .... I am an addictive personality! But I got 3 planted then and hope for another 3 or 4 today, then gone!

R went up to the Laurentians yesterday - gave a ride to a friend and stayed over. Doubt he will be back before I leave - BIG doubt!! However, I am leaving him with the job of picking up a huge Datura which would not fit in my car but will fit in the second floor south hallway niche... if he can get it there. I am having serious second thoughts since a friend told me the seeds are deadly for animals and she was not sure about the sap. I will check next. No point in dragging it home if it is going to be a hazard - I will forfeit the $25 if so.

Your animal tales are wonderful, as are most animals. They DO remember every kindness or ill treatment - forever! They are ever so much more than most humans realize - empathetic, also.

Wood: too bad it did not get picked up by those who need it to stay warm.It would be good if the dump would have a way to offer it to needful folks. Bancroft has a wood-share program, picking up unneeded wood, splitting and, even, delivering. All volunteers. As for Charmion's trees: I had a couple removed on Whidbey that were threatening the house ---OUCH! $$$$ I tried to find someone who needed them but the removal was too hazardous.

My attempt to go folk dancing was - driving to the city, detours (an extra 30 minutes because there was an event in a park!), construction, too late for the best part by the time I was close, and no place to park anyway - and driving home again too worn out to care anymore. It was an excursion of over 3 hours to go about 35 km each way - not including detours. I was just glad to get home! Another detour coming home had me realizing why our visitors the other week got home so late - wondered that they found their way at all! Montreal is no place for the intrepid driver.

A learning experience: look at a way to get there by parking somewhere and taking one bus. Going by several buses would be too much to deal with. This is the downside of living off Island (of Montreal). I was about 4 blocks from a friend where I might have been able to park but by that time it was past their - very early - bedtime.

Hoping for some good news re Pete or, at least, not too bad news.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 07:59 AM

Yes, Charmion, I think it depends on age and experience. A kitten that’s had some nice handling before being dumped will probably be easy. The other extreme is probably the cat that has grown through to adulthood without experiencing human kindness. They can develop strong fears of us and (like PussPuss who used to come here for food) may never become “pettable”.

Of the 6 (I think) we did take in here. Experiences varied from one kitten who instantly decided we were HER new home and providers to a month or so before the “new home” choice has been established.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 07:53 AM

Stilly and Charmion,

I love your stories!!!!! <3   

This morning Leonard is perky, his eyes are full of light and he is more active. He's eating and drinking well, used the litter box and is interested in some exploring. We currently have him in a large wire kennel as the vet suggested keeping him separate from the other animals until he is well. Leonard comes out to play and snuggle but we aren't allowing much exploration right now. He is the cutest little thing!!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 07:38 AM

Congratulations on little Leonard, Michelle. I’m impressed with Pete’s roadside spotting skills.

Every cat I’ve ever had came to me through some kind of happy accident that was preceded by tragedy and trial for the cat. For a couple, their landing on my doorstep came almost too late; their bodies and personalities were permanently harmed by their time on the street. But Leonard is so young that he should adapt well.

A terrible old tomcat called Bill lived with us for 13 years. He was on the street for months, all through an Ottawa winter, and turned up at our door filthy, wounded, starving and sick. Himself opened the door ... and he was our cat.

After the emergency vet visit and the antibiotic injection and the flea bath — mob-handed, and a jolly good thing Himself was wearing a cowhide motorcycle jacket — we brought Bill into the kitchen to meet the old lady cats and start learning the lay of the land. He took one look around and made a bee-line for the litter box, where he delivered a resounding shit with what had to be a sigh of relief. Then he had a thorough wash. Finally, he took another survey of the room, noted Himself in the comfy chair, and leapt into his lap, where he stayed for several hours purring like a lawn mower the whole time.

We never had any doubt that Bill had been a housecat with a proper home from which he had been somehow separated. As he was a full-grown tom who had not been neutered, I suspect that he had been dumped by people too stingy too spend fifty bucks at the vet. Like most free cats, he cost us bundles of dough over the years, but that lawn-mower purr was worth every nickel.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 11:26 PM

Animals that are rescued in this way and dropped into a warm and loving household are often the best pets. I don't know that they remember the rescue, or weigh the pros and cons of living in different places, but it seems like that moment of meeting, when you both decide to adopt each other, the magic happens.

I know that was the case with my pitbull Cinnamon; she had (I learned later) been chased off for weeks by various neighbors up the street because of her breed. She lived in the prairie and probably off of trash, and was at one point hit a glancing blow by a car. When she limped up my driveway I walked out and called her over. I patted her head, she licked my hand, and it wasn't until later I realized that was our contract.

Leonard will be the cat in your house with the great origin story, and when he gets big and fat and sassy, you'll always know how close he was to having none of this, and how lucky you are with that roadside rescue.

Congratulations to all of you!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 03:28 PM

First appointment with oncology for Pete happened this week. Jeremiah is sick. Testing for my mom took place (and all results are GREAT) and my MIL is in the hospital. It's been a week of trying to take care of everyone and still getting my hours in at work.

Other than the basic chores...laundry, dishes, floors, cooking and groceries....nothing else was taken care of. I am spending this weekend focusing on the downstairs as I know people will be stopping by.

We added a new member to our family yesterday...a little orange tabby kitten that someone dropped off on the side of the road. Pete spotted him while waiting to pick up Jeremiah from the bus. His eyes were gunky and he has a little cough....he is so very thin and it took a few hours for the pads of his feet to warm up. We took him to the vet right away and have antibiotics and dewormer on board. He was very snuggly and full of purrs last night. Today he is still snuggly and a little bit more active. He's eating and drinking....we're hoping he makes it...he's a real cutie pie. We've named him Leonard. <3

Hope all is well for everyone.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 11:05 PM

Both trees were picked up midday by a solitary man driving a large truck; he parked and stabilized it then climbed into the controller seat and worked with a half-dozen levers to move the arm and scoop up the otherwise too-heavy chunks of wood and thumped them down into the truck. I spoke with him for a couple of minutes when I stepped down to roll a couple of pieces into position for the last scoop - then he used that big scoop to daintily pick up the last of the branch litter and headed on up the street.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 12:44 PM

In Stratford, Stilly, a load like your felled pine would go to a special part of the town landfill that is strictly for garden waste, and the dumper would not have to pay for the privilege. But the town takes no part in moving such loads to the dump, which is a real problem if one does not own a pick-up truck or a suitable trailer. Consequently, hauling away the carcass is an important part of the contract when doing business with an arborist around here.

I have done nothing about the dying birch that looms over our neighbour's house, and of course I now realize that it has friends -- two cedars and a pine -- that are just as moribund and even more likely to land on Judith's roof. Another call to Tim's Tree Service is in order, but this job will be far more expensive than his last visit because he will have to bring his hoist and a crew. After the air-conditioner ... !


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 11:35 AM

I'm continuing to protect that injured digit with a bandaid, the slice was deep enough that it needs a little time to heal, but not a stitch.

My Dropbox account has added up to a jumble of files over time, so I've spent time clearing out and organizing this morning. Some things were in there so I could reach them from work when I was working away from home, but are no longer called for, and others are out-of-date. The lion's share of the account is involved with uploaded phone photos (a backup) but I have a couple of accounts that do that and really should eliminate one or the other.

My neighbor is home from her cruise and we spent time last night moving the branches from the second tree over to the curb at the edge of our adjacent properties. The stack of pine at the curb on the other corner of my yard was large enough that on Saturday we knew we couldn't put both trees in one place (too much stuff for them to be willing to pick up). It was stacked near the garage and was going to be put it out for gradually each week, but the neighbor suggested putting it on her yard so they pick it up now. Nice!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 13 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM

"Jon Freeman, your sharp knife is your safe knife, as I'm sure you know. My grandmother used to scare me blue with her horrible kitchen knife, which skittered sideways over anything that presented more resistance than a summer squash."

On knives wandering and drifting a bit off topic here and probably mentioned in relation to other topics including musical ones on instrument playing is that I’m a sort of adapted left hander.

I eat (and try to play fretted stringed instruments) right handed but preparing food and slicing bread are left handed tasks. That said, I really struggled with and scrapped a left handed serrated knife I got thinking it might help me cut better. It seems that over many years, I developed a way of resisting the bias that some tools have for right handers and I was all over the place with the left handed special.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 08:18 PM

Dupont:

Never made it to leave for Beaver. Maybe Monday. R notes a need for some time alone. And I am getting desperate for time at Beaver. The wood needs stacking and I need to see friends. Hope to stay a couple weeks. Get things ready for cold weather - set up heaters in Bath and Studio. Pay Dan. Batten down the hatches.

Getting things in order here so there will be no food to spoil as R will forget to eat it. He may spend a couple nights on the couch at the office ... It seems too much for him to have someone at home cooking a meal and expecting him home... Seems glad to have me back after a break.

So laundry is in order and house could use a bit of organizing but that is up to R and a helper. I planted two more plants today still some left for tomorrow. Then I will feel comfortable leaving him to ... whatever.

Last batch of muffins were whole wheat - R prefers not, so bought unbleached flour and will make him a batch and freeze some, lest he forgets to eat...

International Folk Dance party on Sat, rest on Sunday, or leave depending whether or not we want to do something together.

in the cutlery dept: I bought a beautiful set at a yard sale and we do not like the heft of it so it will go to a thrift shop. Nice set at Beaver that I will bring here. Mostly we have odds and sods, some of which could leave when I collect more --- bet there is still a bunch at the mill! Next time I get there. I bring some things each trip but only what I believe I can home. So far, so good!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 07:56 PM

She and Greg snuck cargo into the van! :-(

Brandon comes tmrw 1pm to unload the van. Until then, we sleep!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 12:18 PM

Jon, my new stainless steel set is Dansk and it's even more substantial than I expected. Definitely not flimsy, as I feared when ordering online based upon reviews but not actually getting my hands on a set first.

I have a set of Cutco that seems to stay sharp forever (one of their bragging points - you can send it in for sharpening if it needs it.) I bought that in college when I considered the possibility of sales as a way to pay my way through school, and quickly realized it was a dodgy process. In today's world of celebrity chefs, there is probably a workable angle one could use.

I may go ahead and pull the silver (plate) out for holidays, depending on how many are here (if I don't have enough settings then I use my father's inexpensive stainless steel that he had a couple of dozens of everything for his Song Circle potluck hosting.)

I slept late and missed the ideal time for walking the dogs this morning, but tomorrow I'll be up early and will walk them when I return home from a cat sitting gig. I realized this week that I'm leaving a substantial benefit on the table if I don't get myself to the gym and take advantage of the Silver Sneakers program through my retirement benefits. Fitness type exercise is sporadic when the weather is so hot.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 10:46 AM

Fam farewells last night after supper, followed by a long, fast aquajog at the motel pool, in my bra, a little debriefing, and bed.

Slept great. Room packed and van 90% loaded. Home by bedtime via back roads due to observed eastbound Indiana construction when we came here, westbound. Hard on my spine, we'll see how well we work togdther after Return to Dysfunction. Usually takes a few days to get our heads back out of our asses. But we never saw Andrew after that one weird greeting. He hid.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 10:18 AM

Ah, cutlery.

I possess a full canteen of sterling silver cutlery -- service for eight! -- that lives in a special fitted box lined with baize. Most of our "family silver" -- yes, we had family silver -- was stolen in a 1983 burglary, but I inherited the remains (including a Georgian soup ladle heavy enough to inflict significant injury), and then filled out the set with pieces I swapped and haggled for. The box survived the burglary, which I have always been grateful for as it was made by my grandfather for my parents as a wedding present.

Sterling silver cutlery is such a class marker! It doesn't actually work as well as stainless steel, but of course its social cachet dates from before the invention of stainless steel so its functionality is not the point. In my family, owning and using silver -- which must be polished and protected from careless handling -- was a way to distinguish ourselves from the lumpen proletariat from which our forebears had dragged themselves with huge effort.

I still trot it out for guests and on high days and holy days -- God forbid that we should eat Christmas dinner with the kitchen cutlery! With the Wedgwood and the Waterford. I'm such a snob. Which makes no sense since we eat in the kitchen -- another thing my mother never permitted.

Jon Freeman, your sharp knife is your safe knife, as I'm sure you know. My grandmother used to scare me blue with her horrible kitchen knife, which skittered sideways over anything that presented more resistance than a summer squash.

That reminds me: our chef's knives need professional attention. Fortunately, the shoe-mender guy downtown sharpens knives really well. Not for cheap, mind you ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM

(There is a second set of cutlery here btw. A posher stainless set nicely presented in a box with soup spoons and a couple of serving spoons but mum's alway wanted to keep that a bit "special" so it only comes out at Christmas or other family occasions)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM

That crossed my mind too, SRS… One thing at the doctor’s was she wanted to weigh me and the scales were a type with a big dial at the base. I effectively presented my feet with shoes on at that point.

On cutlery, I replaced the jumble we had with this set early last year. It’s been pretty good and the serrated knife cuts what we need without being too sharp. They felt a bit funny to hold at first with the exposed metal on the handles but we soon got used to that and I like the feel.

On other knives, mum now allows me to keep a small (10cm) sharp cooks knife, protected by a sheath, in the bread bin. This is handy as it’s a great tomato slicer. I also have my similarly protected bread knife in there. The old “bread knife” remains my main knife – pretty good for eg. chopping carrots or cutting a sandwich in half but you can’t slice a fresh loaf with it – something I do after a loaf has come out of the bread maker and cooled – mum’s joined the one time (he doesn’t cut bread now) dad in cutting diagonal doorsteps… My larger chef’s knife has to remain safely tucked away in my room but it’s not often I want it. Perhaps it would come out if I was to do the potato and leek gratin where I want things thinly sliced but most of my limited repertoire is even cruder than that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 11:33 PM

That is so funny! You're lucky they didn't send out over for a couple of extra tests just because of that! :)

My kitchen has been cleaned twice this evening, once before guests and then everything in the dishwasher after we ate. Only one mishap—I did cut myself on my new cutlery - that knife has an edge far sharper than necessary for flatware! Something I wasn't aware of till now. A bandaid and pressure is dealing with it, but ouch!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 04:10 PM

Maybe a bit of light relief sort of on the well being side…

I had a doctor’s appointment today (taxi there and back). I saw the GP who decided I should have a blood test and gave me a piece of paper to take to the hospital. The (local, limited facilities but it runs several clinics, minor casualty, and other bits that can spare people in my area the say 30 mile trip to the main one) hospital is about 400yds from the surgery and they have a drop in system – pick up a ticket and wait until its number is displayed – for blood tests so I walked across, had the sample taken and came back to wait for the taxi.

Not long after getting home, the big toe on my right foot started to hurt. I took the shoe off that foot and I realised the shoe in my hand was the left one! I’d just visited my GP and the hospital with shoes on the wrong feet!

The shoes are lightweight, fairly flexible trainers with Velcro fasteners and I don’t always look down to fasten them so maybe that partly explains how I managed it in the first instance but I’m still amazed I didn’t notice the mistake for so long.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 01:11 PM

SHE will have three local alternatives (one quite excellent) to the other excellent Ohio alternative where the least dysfunctional sons and their family members would like to be able to see her-- almost as often as she would like.

It's on her own survival instinct to know what will be best. From here on, we can support (not persuade) by phone.

Greg is at one facility now, with her, and we three will visit the last of her top three this afternoon.

An early movie evening, then outta here (and back to our own retirement adjustment).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 11:52 PM

You'll be able to make a recommendation/decision after you visit all three?

Drive safe and comfortably!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 10:43 PM

Second facility, hilariously excellent. One more tomorrow.

We're extending our stay a few hours to rest up before driving back. We're OLD!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 03:48 PM

OMG this is HARD!

One facility down, two to go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 10:20 AM

Figuring out the replacement fuel line for my string trimmer, using leftover tubing from the kit I used once already. Last time I replaced the lines the starter rope handle broke off and wrapped inside the machine; by the time I took it in to be fixed the lines were deteriorating again (they need replacing every year or two). So I'm cleaning the filter (a sponge under a removable cover) and preparing to pull more line into the fuel tank. I admit that I've procrastinated in doing this because I have to do the work outside or in the garage where it was too hot to work. I also have an electric trimmer, so it's either keep the gas one running with the fuel line stuff or drag a long electric cord around behind me. It's finally going to cool enough to make yard work pleasant.

Coming close to having the table and counter top ready for guests. This is one of those opportunities when you can see your house through someone else's eyes - and it's an eyeful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 09:44 AM

Dupont:

SRS: Being a scientist, R read and re-read the explicit directions that, amazingly, came attached to the euonymous. Then, lifting the monster into the hole, found it too deep, lifted it back out and added good stuff to bring it up to ground level, with an inch of saucer to help hold water, as directed. What a project! Even R could barely lift the beast. Then - it does not look that big. Rather a disappointment after all that. But it is supposed to get 3 feet tall and wide; will help hide the concrete foundation of the entrance to addition. Or, draw attention to it.

Wonderful that the old tree is getting new life!

R dashed off this am without BF so I made a batch of muffins with new baking powder. They did not rise any better than the last ones but - it was the scones that were a disappointment, not the muffins. These look good. And I found out that the oven turned itself off and announced "Fin" at the end of the entered cooking time. It did not beep loudly enough to be heard. I am a bit buffaloed by a stove that talks back - in French. They did get browner than the last batch. I'll take a couple with me, to the walk this am - in the Ile. Hope someone comes this week but I can still have a walk by the Rivers. Cool morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 05:36 PM

Careful not to plant trees and woody shrubs too deep - their root flares should be above the ground, and often plants from nurseries have extra dirt on top of the roots in the pot so you may not see the problem. Make the hole shallow and wide, soak a plant in water and compost tea for an hour if you have to, then straighten roots out from the center and put the soil back carefully. And yes, I try to never buy anything larger than a gallon because if you plant things correctly it doesn't take long for that small plant to catch up to the size of the more expensive one. Wrong. Correct.

A second claim on some of the pine out front: a man whose daughter is an artist likes to cut through rounds of wood to create bases for stands for her glass art. He took several pieces of limb that were 8" to 10" through. Excellent! I love the idea that this tree is going to be around doing interesting things in this neighborhood.

The method for reinforcing the hall ceiling is to go over with the stud finder, put a small piece of painter's tape there, then go back with a long thin brad and pound it in just enough to confirm a stud is there. Pull it out and use the same hole for the screw. So far everything is fine, the crack at the tape line hasn't caused the sheet rock to loosen from the ceiling joists.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 04:42 PM

Andrew:

How was the drive, Greg?
G: Not too bad...
A: Good!

Susan, how you doin?
S: Decrepitated.
A: Good!

Oh boy....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 12:46 PM

Dupont:

Charmion's weather! Lovely here also.

Was hoping to go to Beaver, today to Friday, but cannot bear to leave the yard work undone. I wanted to get away from sitting here all week, doing nothing but reading, but realized, by the broad light of day, there is work to be done.

The Euonymous finally was well planted this morning and a promise never to purchase any plant larger than a gallon pot! Poor R dug halfway to China!   He had to cut the pot off with a coping saw - seemed a waste. Two buckets of "dahlia potting mix" as we had no peat here and several buckets of water- 2 before and one after. Then R went off to work, at noon, with some metal scrap in the truck! Well done!

I cleared more of that weed preventing Fabric to make room for my plantings. I still have three daylilies and something else to plant and lots of daffie bulbs from the spring pots - they are starting to show life, Need to get them underground! I have a "bulb planter - might work. Also a lavender and something else... And the back deck: house plants, extra pots, garden tools that need to be homed, and boxes of pottery - where to put it???? Very undecided. Can also organize TV/sewing room...

And a book to read... And I do need to rest!

The hibiscus in the BR has promising looking buds! The one and only orchid is getting its 3 weeks of cool nights, in a protected spot on the deck.

I wish I had a Dan here to help out - moving furniture, two person pieces - planting, etc. Viewing possibility of a ramp to make house accessible. R does not think it important; for me it is a matter of principle. Concerned about in-house air quality when windows are closed and the basement stairs are an opening to that air. Air cleaners can only do so much. Miss the clean air of Beaver!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 11:58 AM

I have resolved that today is the day to reinforce the ceilings I'm concerned about. Better to have them with a few extra screw heads in view (though can be dabbed with paint) than to have them crumble as the house shifts. And I can save to restore the foundation faster if I'm not continually repairing stuff that the foundation is messing up. Finding the studs is always the issue.

I envy those of you who are entering the autumn weather now. We're forecast to have mid-90s all week, but this morning as I carried trash to the curb there was an enticing cool breeze that promised there will eventually be cooler days ahead.

There's an informal dinner party here this week so I've been clearing the areas where we congregate. The dogs need a good brushout and I need to sweep and vacuum the dog hair that has already escaped from their coats.

On the health front I have a stretching book that a friend sent that I'm starting to work through, and I'm going to move the furniture in one area to give myself room to exercise in front of the television where I have some stretching, some yoga, and some low-impact video workouts ready to view. Especially until my knee treatments start and take effect, this is the way to keep moving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 11:07 AM

Summer is definitely over, even if we still have a few warm days left before the equinox. The temperature dropped to 9 degrees Celsius last night, and this morning the bedroom was chilly enough that I actually opened both layers of all the curtains. A bit of solar gain feels more like a good idea than the invitation to sauna conditions that is typical of July.

I'm waiting on payment of Himself's July invoice to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada before calling Rodney the HVAC guy to give us a formal quote and schedule air-conditioner surgery. Note to file: if you like prompt payment for services rendered, don't be a lawyer, and don't work for any department of the Canadian federal government.

Although PPSC is sluggish, God knows, the record for snail-like payment is still held by the National Archives of Canada, which arrogated to itself the right to take 90 days to pay contractors' invoices back in the late 1980s. Great way to drive their contingency workers into the arms of any potential employer or client with a habit of paying on receipt of timesheet or invoice.

The garden looks good, the house is adequately clean, and Himself's laundry basket is not stuffed to the brim. That leaves me free to sit around and read until I'm ready to go out for a nice long walk.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:31 PM

I stepped into the yard this evening to water a few potted plants and a kind of scruffy man greeted me from the street, his skateboard on the ground beside him. He asked if it was my pine that was cut up and piled at the curb, and could he have a piece? I asked what he planned (because burning that kind of wood would be horrid for the chimney) - he said he's a blacksmith and needs a chunk of wood like that to use beside his anvil. And he would roll it up the hill on his skateboard (two blocks up to his house!) It seemed to work; there is a larger piece of the base I told him he's welcome to also, but he couldn't have managed it with his skateboard. He has a dolly at the house, and if he came back I didn't hear anything (the wood is all right at the curb). Who knew? Such a great gift for a total stranger.

Recycling dropped off at the village bin and where a whole bunch of bubble wrap was stuffed into a box that I rescued to use in my shipping. I took a small box of books to the used bookstore and scored a zero. I have a new volumes of some reference books so the old ones weren't needed. And they have a lot also, but they have a donation program. I inquired about how they handle really old books, as that's my next book project. These are the ones that look interesting but are taking up space and no one here has any desire to read.

Michelle, that many bags to the thrift store is a herculean effort! I think I'm up to one bag now, and it'll probably make the trip this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 07:24 PM

Dupont:

Managed a "yard sale weekend" without spending too much and without acquiring anything useless. A "new" fender for fireplace is terrific and the one that was there is gone to somewhere - out of this house! The treasure hunt is fun and most of the people were rather fun. There is a dozen small, wood once-were-drawers that need to find homes - they are so nicely made!... Some year we will have a yard sale.

Towels racks in powder room! Need two more, for potential guests, but at least we two have our spots. And R moved a chair to give me access to stuff in closet - of course the chair is now in the upstairs hall on its way to ? And the too large cabinet is still in the TV/sewing room and the better one is still in downstairs hall. We need a handy helper...

I had hopes of more progress: part of the hole for large shrub was dug by R, and more weeds cleared by both of us, AND, our neighbour who offered the other day to mow the front yard (and we said not to bother), did it while we were in the house today! I went back out and... It looked different! OK! I guess he felt it was past due! Happily, I had put a tomato cage over the tiny oak tree so it did not get mowed! Keep this in mind for next year! We prefer not to offend our neighbours.

It was chilly and gloomy today and I could not get energy for much; just pecked away at yard work. My hopes that the moldy walls in the basement would be cleaned, by R---- R had a 2 pm appointment to show a rental space; at 4 he phoned that they had not yet appeared but had sent 3 texts. No word since. How incredibly rude people are. This means we cannot turn off the fan which is pulling moldy air out of the house. It is getting chilly. Instead of closing drapes to keep the sun out, I am opening them to obtain solar gain!

I had hoped to go to Beaver yesterday but R took time off to be at home, a rarity these last months, And I realize I have much to do here so I shall put it off for another week. There, I only need to stack firewood before snow which I hope does not come before October! Prefer November!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 06:50 PM

We took 18 garbage bags full of clothes and shoes to a local thrift shop. Buh bye. :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 02:47 PM

Beginning the ceiling reinforcement in a couple of places where I can see the foundation shift is pulling tape off drywall; the screws I picked up turn out to be flat black and I was looking for a more subtle gray like the contractors used, so it's a trip to the big box store. While I'm out I have a few groceries to pick up. I've put this off, but I need to start now while everything is in place, not when sagging happens like before. My old house is really pitching around on the foundation this summer.

The moving-the-bench operation revealed a box of books for the used book store and an item for sale on eBay that should be stored elsewhere. There is now room to sit and change shoes, the intended use of this bench. It was purchased at a local hardware store that sold lots of solidly attractive Mexican furniture; that store is gone so this is probably my last piece of Mexican pine furniture (I have several others that have worked perfectly for the task I bought them for).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM

We arrived at the motel last night despite many road challenges, and the footrest Greg had cobbled up was nearly perfect-- we're discussing its next round of design. My back had zero pain and my knees were... Stressed.

I walked off the drive after we checked in, setting up camp in our room, and with sleep aids I got eight full hours of deep rest. My ankle, usually basketball size till the third day, are almost normal already-- that footrest for brief breaks from driving.

This AM, he's off to church with Mom while I continue room setup-- swapping some pillows around, adding a chair from the handy, included patio, stowing a few items better, hanging up re-wearables, and rinsing out lingerie.

Later, while she has her afternoon nap, he'll come back and we'll check out the pool. It's pretty far from the room and I can't take sitting breaks on the way because the seat will carry my step block, leg weights, and gear bag. So for this first pool visit I need a second pair of hands, and we can plan how subsequent scheduling will need to work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:15 AM

Yesterday's Ozone day seems to have put me out of sorts. That or the chocolate birthday cake I ate for breakfast and the sugar messed me up. :-/

Another 100o day today, then into the 90s the rest of the week are in the forecast. Air quality is good today and I don't see a problem in tomorrow's forecast, so I'll mow in the morning. One of these days I'd love to move back to a climate that isn't as extreme in it's seasons.

Rearranging furniture in the sun room, primarily moving the bench beside to door to be perpendicular to the wall, and clear the stuff off of that seat. It's time to take back the function of that bench (seating, not storage) and make more donations to Goodwill and the big contractor bag of plastic, glass, cardboard, and paper over to the village recycling bins.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 08:32 PM

SRS, yes. The last bully who tried to get over on me had a domestic assault record that made him instantly responsive when I said, "One.more.word, and I dial 911." I suspect this one's well known to local police,too. I know a bit of his history.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 10:22 AM

Stay safe, Susan. The dependent son sees you ripping apart his life. Until now he has had no reason to clean up his act.

Two hours of hard work this morning dispatched the large pine in the front yard and the poorly-placed vitex in the back. The front tree was liable to fall on the house, given a hefty wind storm; the vitex was encroaching on the power and cable lines to the house and nearly reaching the right of way where the neighborhood power line runs. Untrimmed, it would have grown into all of them. Who knew that tree would get that large? So today's work is distributed around the lot; one of them is piled at the curb for bulky waste next week and the other one is piled beside the driveway and I'll do my weekly bundles to the curb to slowly send it away. They both looked good where they were, but had too many issues. Now I'll figure out how to use the space for lawn or garden.

The next door neighbors have been away for a month on an extended European cruise; they are in Quebec this weekend instead of Boston because the prudent cruise ship captain wanted nothing to do with Hurricane Dorian. So even here thousands of miles away we are aware of the reach of that storm.

It is an Ozone Red day today so I need to spend the rest of the day indoors. There's plenty to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 06:21 AM

Somehow, amazingly, I'm packed. (The van isn't, but I am.) Even a few pesky kitchen chores FINALLY got done.

This will be my last driving trip back to Chicagoland. It's just too disruptive.

Last month, we joined MIL and two of Greg's three brothers to tour a likely assisted living facility-- about 90 minutes from us, and ten minutes from her middle-school-aged grandchildren, with whom she's had a close relationship since they were born.

The 4th son, an active alcobolic, lives with her (on her money), and in the last year she has often acknowledged that he can no longer be considered even a potential caregiver.

She's a sharp but fragile 84. The atmosphere there will be tense as I support her in breaking free or making other, safety-oriented choices. He already hates me and has lashed out at me in less stressful times. Fortunately my PT requires us to stay at a nearby motel (for their pool). I will call 911 if necessary.

The drive there should be interesting!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Sep 19 - 12:18 AM

I dug the iris out from around the Afghan pine in the front yard, in preparation for a friend who will take the tree down tomorrow. EXCEPT that we have an ozone action day and though he said they'll be find, I told him I reserve the right to tell everyone to go home and come back when the air is nicer. I only saw the notice on my way home this evening (on a highway bulletin sign.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Sep 19 - 10:00 PM

Dupont:
1. read my last post- went to turn on lights for R!

2. What a kicker, Michelle. I'll be thinking of you.

3. More clearing of invaders/unwelcome plants. Piles of stuff on lawn! Was planning to go to Beaver tomorrow but exhausted! And more yet to do. Still 5 things to be planted plus daffy bulbs. Much digging required!

Made scones today. Very nice but not like the ones from the bakery - just not as high. Maybe I need to make them thicker to start out. However, they are quite acceptably fluffy.

Bread is not worth bothering with. We don't even eat one slice a day! Keep it in the freezer.

10 pm and R still not home. He phoned at 8 - to let me know he would be late! I will leave a bowl of food on table for him to nuke, and scones and peaches.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Sep 19 - 01:17 PM

My week--

Monday-- AM laundry, Scootered for groceries, baked pork steaks for this busy week's suppers.
Evening, cleared out van and look for middibh jackets, stowed camper items.
Late eve, folded laundry.

Tuesday-- AM PT and Yano Becky, put away laundry, clean washer/dryer area, degoof kitchen and LR,.
Aftn, shopped for jeans for trip w Judy.
Eve pack trip meds and went to Hank's for a blues set.

Weds AM, aerobic pool workout plus pool dancing, and retrieved items needed for trip.
Aftn, refined the van's leg blocks to be able to ride in spine/recline mode, then test blocks by long trip to JR bulk foods for PB.
Eve, kitchen chores.

Thursday, stowed groceries, started to pack clothes, wash new jeans and found jackets. Aftn, two consults re local BLM/SURJ kerfuffle.

Friday pack clothes, etc., medicate and board dog, poss music later at Hank's to test leg blocks during long ride there.

Sat AM depart.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM

I've been watching this space for your news, Michelle. You and Pete are strong together, and all things considered, you had the worst of it cancer-wise, I think, and came out like a champ. Thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable ones. Beyond that you know the drill: if you want any documents from the university medical databases send me keywords and I can send you what I find. In this day and age, though, NIH and Mayo are probably equally good and are in lay-person terms. Later you and Pete may be going in together to get your tumor marker readings.

Dorothy, congratulations on taking up baking again. I wonder why you stopped baking 10 years ago? I agree about the great baking pans you can find in thrift stores; over the last few years I've accumulated a number of sizes of baking pans. Sometimes I'll make a big loaf (full size bread) if I know a lot of people will be eating it; more often now I make the smaller loaves depending on if there are only a couple of people in the household, so it is eaten soon while it's still good and they don't end up with old leftovers (or feel guilty for eating all of it.) Some of these pans are so small that I can make five or six miniature loaves with the same amount of batter that would go into the one large loaf.

The big pine in the front yard is coming out this weekend. My foundation is pitching and shifting and that's bad enough, and I can't afford to fix that right now, but I figure I can afford to remove the pine before it falls on the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 09:55 PM

Well. We found out today that Pete has follicular thyroid cancer.

Surgical consults and oncology appointments will be happening soon and then surgery to remove the thyroid. There are 4 nodules and it is believed to be contained, all lymph nodes are looking in good shape. The largest of the nodules is 3cm x 4cm x5cm. Radiation may be in the future.

We had a family conversation about this tonight over dinner. We did our best to keep it real but kid friendly at the same time....tough discussion. Jeremiah did well.

I am in cleaning mode.....I suppose it's because that's all I can do to disperse the anxiety I am feeling.

Pete is calm about it all....can't ask for much more.

Me? Considering I have no hormones in my body anymore....I've cried buckets, slept some and am okay too (at least for the moment)...I think I just need to get it OUT of my system so I can move forward and be as much help as I possibly can.

I was not able to contain myself at his doctor's appointment....so much so that the doctor looked at me and gave me a hug. I apologized saying that the crying is embarrassing. He said, "It's not embarrassing. You love him."

Exactly.

He walked away and while we were waiting at the reception desk for a consult appointment to be made, he came back out and cracked a smart ass joke...which was exactly what we both needed. :)

I am preparing for the days ahead as best as I can.

Much love to you all.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 08:53 PM

Dupont:

Turned on Lights so R could come home to a cheery house, and started cooking chicken breast - PHONE rang - another hour and he is going to the Legion to pick up a steak which he will bring home. Oh well. could have told me sooner... Never going to happen.

Re canning, etc: One year I made a quantity of apple/grape with no sugar, cooked it down like apple butter. It was great in place of sugary jams. I "canned" it without processing. It is generally OK to do that with high acid foods. Green beans were 3 hours in the canner! I did them over an outdoor camp fire! Our instructions were from a book given us by a country woman who owned a general store in eastern Quebec. I probably still have it - somewhere!

Bathroom: We have a very nice full bathroom on first floor and a nice powder room on second floor. There is a "plan" to turn the room next to the powder room into a BATH room. I am hoping to live that long. I need to get more pushy - that fine line between getting something done and creating a crisis of ...

Big thing this week was deciding to make muffins. That may not seem big to others but I have not baked anything in over 10 years. 1. No baking stuff has made it here yet. 2. found a recipe in a cook book - a new edition of the one I got for a wedding present in 1959! OK. 3. Need muffin tin. Thrift shop- beautiful heavy duty super one for $3! 4.Back to grocery for those paper cups and frozen berries. 5. Successful batch of muffins!!!!

Now I am considering scones. 1. Found recipe on line. 2. have ingredients. 3.No baking sheet. ... Thrift shop tomorrow... (These are the things we love from fav bakery. The muffins pass muster!)

Trip to thrift shop also netted a smaller cabinet for sewing/TV room; it matches the preferred one and will de-clutter the room nicely after the extra is removed - with some difficulty - to the basement. The new one is pine but well built and also weighs a ton! Hopefully, this will happen and the love seat will also go elsewhere and I will be able to access the nicer cover for the futon and the sheets for the laundry ... which R put in the closet with chair in front of door...

De-cluttered considerable weed stuffs -vines, etc- from two areas of yard!!! Still much to do but ran out of steam. Found a baby clematis and marked it for removal to a better spot, also a tiny oak tree. WOW! those areas look so much better!

Otherwise laundry, dishes are up to snuff and work has been done on house plants on back deck. Read that the orchid would profit from 3 weeks of 50 degree nights so thinking of how to put it outside for 3 weeks - protected! Have not yet found the right "equipment". We are due for that 3 weeks of night temps. NOW.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 04:56 PM

Pepper is now heartworm negative! The vet does two tests, a rapid one and a serum one looking through the microscope, and both show that she has no more heartworms. Lucky little dog! (Not so little, actually, she's 44 pounds, but it took four people to hold her still to give her her shots and she had to wear the office muzzle to keep her from snapping at them.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 09:36 AM

I canned one year but it was too much for my spine. Soon the boys we'd blended were using them to make home brew with my yeast, but that's another story.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 12:15 AM

My office is a bit tidier; papers organized and small gadgets rounded up. Dishes loaded in the dishwasher, dog water refilled outside (Pepper will splash it all out in the morning.

The task I've worked on this week is teaching Pepper to catch food when I toss it. She's getting better, and is an enthusiastic student. I'm using roasted unsalted peanuts and toss one to Zeke who usually catches it, then I make Pepper stay put so I can back up a little (because her instinct is to launch herself and catch the food millimeters from my fingers.) I do it periodically during the day, one or two peanuts per dog, giving her brain time to process the task. She won't learn it in one session.

I'm a year out from retirement now and am keeping busy and continuing the forward momentum, while acknowledging that having the contract work basically pays for my various misadventures and work on the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Sep 19 - 10:55 AM

Hanging around this morning hoping the friend who will take out the Elderica pine in the front yard comes by before I have to leave for an appointment. We're still in the hot 100o degree weather through the weekend, then back into the mid-90s. Summer is struggling to keep a hold on the season. It'll be hot work to take out that tree before it's time to put the pieces at the curb.

He arrived as I was typing. We've worked out the plan and will do it over Friday afternoon and Saturday morning when his wife will help (it's a two-person job). The work over the weekend means the city code enforcement folks won't bitch about stuff being put at the curb before Sunday night (because they're strictly Monday - Friday kinds of guys).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 09:59 PM

I have a small clay baker (Rombertopf) that is perfect for a chicken, and I use it several times a year in cold weather. When I remember it's there. I also have a graniteware pan with a lid that holds about the same volume and that's also good for chicken. And sometimes I put the chicken in the glass convection oven and roast it in there. Since I seem to eat more chicken than about anything else I can vary the cooking methods.

I sold a huge clay baker that was turkey-sized that I found for $9 at a Goodwill store and it appeared to have never been used. It sold on eBay for $40 plus shipping, and the woman who bought it sent a note to ask that I pack it very carefully because the first one she tried to buy broke in shipping. I assured her that I was set - I have a bunch of large boxes stacked in the garage from when my ex bought a dozen cases of bathroom tiles that had to be shipped from California. Each separate case of tile (somewhat larger than your standard shoe box) was cocooned in a box 15" x 15" x 20", filled with those cornstarch peanuts. The turkey roaster got there just fine and she paid less than buying it new from a store.

I've adopted a fix or replace policy as far as household cooking utensils and in that way have replaced parts of things that I used but were now broken or not working. I have a little high-speed chopper but the switch inside the case was broken and I had a twist tie rigged to it to use it. I found the same little chopper with the blade missing, and was able to put my perfectly good cup, blade, and lid on the new base that has a good switch. The old base was recycled via e-waste. The repair cost about $5, with the goal of not paying full price for things I use infrequently. This grinder is particularly good for things like grinding cardamom seeds and making special spice mixes, a seasonal activity.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 10:26 AM

I used to do lots of canning, and I made litres of jam every summer. I cut way back after both my brothers developed diabetes, and have almost stopped since we moved to Stratford. Last year I made marmalade and chutney, neither of which I can buy (to my satisfaction) in the shops; this year, I made no marmalade as we have yet to eat all of last year's, and the jury's out on the chutney.

This morning I was down in the Glory Hole surveying the collection of kitchen equipment that I either don't use any more or use so rarely that it does not deserve stowage space upstairs. If I were more realistic, almost all that stuff would go to the Goodwill, but doing so would bring howls of dismay from Himself. The huge clay-baker, big enough for a turkey, for example; Hell will freeze over before I ever again roast a whole turkey, but every three months or so we repeat our performance of "What about a turkey? No, I don't want to eat turkey for two weeks. Okay, if you say so." Likewise the collection of spring-form pans, suitable for making cheesecake. Neither of us should eat cheesecake ever again, but if I rehomed that stack of cake pans the emotional crisis would shake the house.

Alas, there it is. People are irrational.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 10:12 AM

This morning I'm down 10 pounds since I started actually trying to lose weight earlier this summer. Whoo hoo! Only 25 more pounds to go . . .


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Sep 19 - 10:16 PM

Oh my, it was one of those evenings. Computer stuff, in particular, syncing the Windows Edge browser between two computers, neither of which I ever intend to sign onto with Windows credentials. It has been an evening of back and forth between rooms where the computers are sitting (I could have moved the laptop in here, but there are already two computers in here and that seems plenty.)

Tomorrow I'll find out if it worked as I hoped.

On a related note, I *think* I've figured out why the new computer turns itself off randomly sometimes. It was set to turn off after installing updates, and wasn't telling me it was going to happen. I hope I've remedied that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Sep 19 - 09:51 AM

During my Frugal August I did a pretty good job of drawing down the freezer contents, of eating most of the fresh produce before it was ready to compost, and not spending as much in general. I'll work on letting the frugal practices move into September. I used ingredients from the freezer and enjoyed the results - in particular the cranberry bars I made from the fruit pulp after I steam juiced cranberries to make some Cranapple juice. Yesterday overripe bananas went into two small loaves of banana bread yesterday; one is in the freezer and one is bagged and being used for breakfast for the next couple of days.

We've had several ozone action days so I'm limiting my time outside and not driving much and not mowing in the morning, etc. I could smell woodsmoke this morning as someone prepares a Labor Day barbecue; that smoke isn't helpful to our in this weather, but is probably offset by fewer people driving to and from work today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 11:59 PM

I did some digging and put in a portion of the fall garden - okra that has become quite root bound in small terracotta pots. They already have a few blooms. It won't be so big and robust as if it had been planted three months ago, but I have six plants and will end up with a tidy amount in the next 2 1/2 months till our first frost.

I wouldn't try sealing the jars without processing them, Dorothy. The Ball Blue Book says to pour the boiling hot applesauce into pint or quart jars, give them a 1/2" head space, and process for 20 minutes. If you can't do the safe processing, then go ahead and freeze it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 04:59 PM

DUPONT:
It has probably been 45 years since I canned anything! Long since disposed of that equipment and that's that. Actually, with apple sauce, I could probably put it hot into canning jars and see if it seals itself. I have a few that tomato sauce came in.

Planted another shrub today but no more energy today. Well, maybe one more a little later. R planning to put futon together today- finally! Then I can get the room in order. And think about sewing projects that are lining up. Tomorrow we will try to go to the Ile with Magda and Steve, early while there is still parking. (Hope!) Fresh Quebec corn for supper tonight. Not organic. Oh, well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM

Turning the calendar page to September gives my brain a break after the really miserable and odd hot summer we've had here in Texas. I can visualize fall. The weather has been more humid than usual so the heat is more penetrating and harder to work in. But we're in September and that means this heat is now officially temporary. It might be another six weeks before we feel that first perfect crisp fall day down here, but it will slowly advance and one day appear. Yes, it's actually only one day later than August, but still, it makes a difference.

September is my bulky waste collection month in our quarterly calendar, and I have some limbs and trees to prepare for the curbside collection. One I can do by myself, one I'll have to pay my friend to remove. On the one I do myself I'll leave the stump for him to remove with the chainsaw, I don't have a hand-saw or reciprocating saw that can handle it. I'm going to start dragging stuff out front and leaving it where the code enforcement folks won't complain (you're not supposed to move stuff too soon). On the big tree my friend will take down I need to move some of the iris that are growing around the base. I like having a tree there, but it needs to be a better-adapted one; this was planted years ago when it was considered a good xeriscape tree, but it turns out that Elderica Pine (also called Afghan Pine) is a true desert species and it suffers with the amount of rainfall we get. I'm taking it down before it falls down. On the house.

P.S. Susan, my glasses and dishes are SO MUCH happier after repeated trips through the dishwasher with vinegar added. Successive washes have made them clearer each time and they're not back to their old crystal clear selves. The Limestone scale wasn't a problem until recently; I'm not sure what has changed as far as our water source or management. It tastes the same but is hard on glass in particular.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 09:53 PM

I mowed the front yard that had gotten way too tall over the last few weeks. It was dormant for a while so it was tall and dry, but after several rains this week it was tall and lush. And then I went shopping and pulled my stomach muscles picking up the big bag of dogfood wrong. I didn't brace properly and was leaning; as a junior high school gymnast I initially pulled these muscles tumbling or on the trampoline, and it is something I've had to be careful about ever since. It was a good workout but requires Ibuprofen at the end of the day.

Dorothy, do you can (hot pack) your applesauce? It's one of nature's perfect foods when it comes to canning. You don't have to add anything, just seal it and hot bath for however long your jar size dictates.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 08:48 PM

Dupont:

MAnaged to plant two more yesterday; none today! But I got the apples out of the car onto the back deck for now. About 120 more apples 4 batches of applesauce - about two qts each. I'll see how the apples keep and if they start to be unhappy, I shall have to make and freeze applesauce.

Really had no energy and made it worse by eating badly. Had a nice visit with Magda and Steve. They christened the French press! And pronounced the coffee "good!" Arrived after midnight last night so did not get up early. After consideration of the options, they went off to explore Montreal. Expect they will be late back as they have a couple music venue options.

Pulled some weeds. Raked up some. Took a nap when too tired to read. Would feel better if I had done more...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 12:15 PM

Van pillowing and props for passenger time, version 1.0, DONE! We'll try this out on a long ride for an errand that usually kills my spine after the first 5 minutes. Bricks to raise my feet plus bolsters under my thighs put me in a pelvic tilt that lets me float on top of the vehicle's wave motion instead of constant micro-whiplashes. Yay! Spine physics, yay!

We had virtually stopped going for rides through the country, a major component of our married life. Now that long trip to the Amish store next week for a bulk buy looks doable, and just in time-- it's time for the next big tub of peanut buttet!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 11:39 AM

Up early today. Laundry is done. Dishes are done. A nice breakfast was made. Animals tended to. Shopping done. Headed out to a BBQ and one of our favorite Mom & Pop shops as well as a stop at Robert Sides Music Center, a family favorite. I begin piano lessons next week with an instructor who will meet me where I am. YAY.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 10:24 AM

The next challenge here is a planned trip to visit MIL. The stuff going on with my spine will pose difficulties, most of which we'll work out this week by decluttering the van of our summer concert-attending crap and recluttering it with trip crap I'll need, including a folding camping recliner. In the meantime, the garage floor now clear of laundry will hold Newbie's crate because she'll be left here, boarding, and I don't need her crate to ferry her to the kennel.

So the whole week will have trip prep crap to coordinate and execute in the most efficient order.

The driving issues are best solved by my taking the wheel for most of it, because there's actually less damage to my spine from there. Greg will take the middle section of driving because it involves stoplights, cutting across from one interstate to another, and anything I can't do in cruise control SUCKS for my knees.

My theory is that I did all those 10-12 hour PA drives, and this should be 6-8, so caffeine oughter do it.

Hopefully by next year she's in assisted living, here, and this is our last long, bad drive to her place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 06:47 PM

Pete did very well and now we wait.

We both have a 3 day weekend so we are looking forward to our time together. :)

Not sure what we are doing yet, it will depend on how he feels.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:47 PM

Dorothy, does this entire large multi-floored house have only ONE bathroom? Whoa. You're a brave woman to take on that challenge!

Michelle, I hope everything went well for Pete.

Turkey soup simmering on the stovetop; we had another thunderstorm blow through so I thought I'd treat it like a fall day, even though it's still about 90o out there now. It's a dark day with the heavy overcast.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:39 PM

Dupont:

Euonymous is wonderful in Quebec! So is September! Gorgeous Day!

Yesterday, the new double mattress arrived; it is made up and the bed looks beautiful. New towels for two on bed as---- this morning a text from Magda indicates she and Stevie may arrive tonight!! What luck! The room is pretty good except for broken roll top which takes up TOO much room and is ugly. and no surface to put things so I put a chair in there. Maybe Steve and R can bring a bureau in that is not being used upstairs. Room in the closet. The guest rooms are on first floor in the addition, which also contains the only bath room - until we get the one on second floor - if I live that long.

I picked up two lovely Roxanne and a red tender Hibiscus this am - $10! Really marked down! Repotted the H in a nice 15 inch pot and will put it in a south window on second floor. One Roxanne planted, behind the BIG rocks and draped over, and one blue chip juniper, in front of rocks - ouchy! Soil is moderately malleable, using pick and spade, and the "weed barrier" is not so bad; I cleared a space for the euonymous; R offered to dig some holes!! This plant will take both of us to get it from pot to hole! Still have 3 blue chip. 3 day lily, a tiny mock orange and ? to plant. Might manage two more today. The hosta I want to move have started to bloom - Oh well! And I need to do something about the @#$%^trumpet vines. Will try to make a couple standards and murder the rest --- YEAH, I know it cannot be murdered, just re-cut back every year - forever!

Laundry done, our bed re-made. Moved A/c from BR to back closet -lovely to have closets!- and put low cabinet back in front of window, with a sheet of glass on top - for the hibiscus! R needs to carry it upstairs.

Picked up a heavy, lined drape at thrift shop for the north hall window - to keep the heat in!

And transporting these plants in my beautiful clean new car --- not so clean now! But the house is pretty good- not for a picky middle class home maker but for us.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:26 PM

Laundry GONE, system taught, supply kit given.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 01:16 PM

I'm going through recorded programs from the old computer and finding some interesting health lectures (from PBS pledge drives on the local channel). These will be added to the external hard drive connected to the television in the front room where I sometimes sit still and watch television.

I pulled out the Mylar covers for book dust jackets and now those books are back on the office shelves. (Grow up with a librarian and that's what you do for your hard-bound books.) There's a little more room on the kitchen table, and I'll continue that clearing between trips outside to do some can't-wait-any-longer yard work. Yard work must be done in short spells since the high today, while not as bad as recently, is still supposed to be about 97o.

September has been a long time coming - inevitably the temperatures will cool, and our first hint of comfortable weather will come in a few weeks. I await the burst of energy that comes with that first crisp fall day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:51 PM

Oh, dear. Michelle, that's one of those "good news, not-so-good news" posts. I hope the biopsy shows nothing serious.

Dorothy, you couldn't pay me to plant euonymous! I think they're stressed too much in this hotter climate, they're usually bothered by lots of insects.

Susan, all of those bags will be picked up Friday? Good!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:17 PM

Down 3.2 pounds this week.

Pete is having a biopsy in the morning.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 06:15 PM

Dupont:

Went back yesterday for 5 evergreen shrubs- four low growing for in front of the rocks that line the "flower beds" - One still has that heavy duty sort of a tarp to suppress weeds. R managed to extricate the other with GREAT difficulty and the perennials I put in there last spring are looking healthy! The other side.... Well, I am not putting him through that again so will look at the situation some more. A machete would help though this one might be lighter weight.

I pulled a bunch of weeds and that was all the body would do. I need to extricate a clump of orange day lilies planted amongst river rock in order to plant a very nice euonymous. R could barely lift it! So it will need a big hole!! I'll try again tomorrow. I am hoping the rain will help with the clay soil. I also want to extricate a 3 foot diameter clump of way too crowded hosta and put it elsewhere, leaving that space free for other perennials. The elsewhere may be long term project: a 3 foot wide swath, she hopes, across the middle front for herbs, bulbs, etc. Maybe some of it before the snow flies?

This am I noted a lovely purple clematis using the neighbours wonderful 10 foot or so high cedar hedge! Along the drive near the front. In the back yard, there were several light blue bell shaped clematis. Such a treat.

A trip to the produce store for apples and lettuce netted a huge box (banana size!) of fresh Quebec Macs for a reduced price. I begged. They are so good there! The mixed greens are terrific and keep well.

I took a basket to car and brought in 20, which are now applesauce. R may be able to bring the rest into the cellar. Need a safe cool place for them. If I can find enough containers, I will put 30 in each; 30 will fit in the large pot to make sauce.

I may be able to do a bit more tonight - before mosquitoes! Maybe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM

Charmion, you got lucky, being able to schedule that A/C replacement!

We've had a remarkable amount of rain in the last week and the lawn is heavy with dew in the mornings now, so I filled a "puffer" bottle with AgriLawn Crabgrass Killer (it's an organic mix of cinnamon and turmeric and I think baking soda) to distribute around the wet grass in a couple of areas of the front lawn. This is supposed to be an effective treatment for several of the weeds in the turf, but leaves the Bermuda alone (though I'd really love to nuke all of the Bermuda, front and back, and put in Buffalo grass). Decluttering weeds is a big deal; if this works I'll be out there a lot more with this stuff. I don't care what grows out there, I mow it and it looks like turf, but the neighbors always seem to be struggling with weeds the are seeded from what is in my yard. The bottle originally came with diatomaceous earth, and I'll have to find another one because I don't want to forget and spray this on the counter tops - AgriLawn has turmeric, meaning everything will turn bright yellow upon contact with moisture, so I don't want to accidentally spritz the kitchen next time ants come in.

I was going to mow this morning, but instead I'll let that powder work and I'll mow tomorrow.

I'm set with eBay stuff to start today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 06:51 AM

As hoped, I do now have just the house loads to finish, today, which are one dried load to fold and one small wet load to dry and fold.

Then they'll be placed into the open contractor's bags awaiting them in the garage, which will be added to the other tagged bags to await Friday pickup.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 07:41 PM

Stilly, when the air-conditioner was moved to allow construction of a window well, we were warned that moving it could kill it. Much to everyone’s surprise, the damnable thing just kept ticking and ticking.

But it’s still 31 years old and way beyond the end of the normal service life of such a machine, and its coolant is now illegal in Canada. So its days are numbered, and I’d rather schedule its demise than be surprised.

The basement windows are now clearly visible and visibly decrepit — almost certainly original to the house. Yet another capital project!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 03:14 PM

One hour of helper time vanquished the big laundry pile on the garage floor, but half was damp enough to be re-bagged for Kiana's 4pm arrival. There's one bag of stuff to check that I was told is all dry stuff, then she'll take the damp items to the laundromat and bring them back dried, to fold and pack.

That will just leave me a few more small loads in the house, which I'll finish in the morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 11:11 AM

I thought the AC repositioning was going to involve replacement? You just moved it now and will replace it this fall? How is that basement window that was part of this operation?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM

The new patio is finished and we are thrilled. It's both a technical win, achieving good drainage, and a major aesthetic improvement.

The last phase, adding a border of ledge rock at the point where the patio meets the new garden bed, added an extra thousand bucks to the project but was critical to correct an unexpected drainage issue. Unknown to us until the deck was removed and the patio laid, the bit of land that became the new garden bed has a distinct upward slope, caused by the roots of the very large silver maple growing on the property line and the still disintegrating wreckage of a tree that was probably removed to put in the deck. So the topsoil in the garden bed washed out with every rain, and the edge of the patio required daily sweeping. Thanks to money, we'll have no more of that.

It absolutely bucketed down yesterday, and I watched with a critical eye as the rainwater streamed gently away from the house and off the patio, leaving it high and, eventually, dry.

The new front path meets the driveway at the point where everybody used to cut across the grass. It is to be hoped that people will not, therefore, choose to veer off the driveway just a little farther out, out of natural cussedness.

Our savings being now completely drained, capital spending must cease for a while. Fortunately, I have a new book contract starting at the end of September -- army operations in Afghanistan again -- so we can replace our antique and ecologically hostile air-conditioner before the snow flies.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 05:35 AM

SRS, I only washed three loads. Most of this we only DRIED.

Years ago, though, I triple washed a chain-smoking hoarder's clothing which was being donated. TBTG, for that project there was no deadline! No help on that one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:57 PM

I've moved my accumulated eBay sales items from around the table in the sunroom (on the floor) to the dining table in the den. There's quite an array, and I'd forgotten about some of it. I'm still aiming at meeting the goal to restart my listings this month.

That sounds like a huge job, laundering and drying all of those collected clothes. And Dorothy, I really like that idea of stopping someplace you don't usually stop, just for the novelty of it. I'll give that a try myself!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM

Laundromat work DONE and unloaded into pickup row in the garage. Kiana is THE BOMB, and is coming tmrw to rock out the garage pile. Another volunteer is coming tmrw aftn also.

On track for Friday pickup of what had seemed impossible for about a half hour this morning. To.orrow we make the tags for the bags.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 08:49 PM

Dupont:

Susan! Fab project! Those heavy bags are terrific!

SRS: Movie project canceled due to rain. I may never know the answers! R often has movie projects in one or another of his buildings - inside or out in the yard full of my idea of junk. Film-ers love this! But our street is fairly prosaic. Our home is the oldest (1902) and R did speak with someone but I only found out what I needed to know.
-
Recovered some energy today. Went to group lunch (local Anglophones) at a eatery right on the River/Lac St. Francoise. Great day for it and all those negative ions help me a lot. Stopped at Mill and picked up flower pots and some K stuff, a quilt for Beaver and a nice basket for the laundry room - for R's really dirty clothes so they are not sitting on the floor. Then a visit with Geri and drove home determined to stop some place I do not usually stop - just for fun. Ended up being a plant nursery with good clearance going on. I picked up two perennials but not room for anything else. May go back tomorrow for some shrubs - evergreen. Now that I have a pick!

Have not yet homed everything but know pretty well where it will go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 03:17 PM

I'm decluttering a friend's porch of clothes that got caught in the rain when a tarp blew off.

This is a huge charity emergency project. Yesterday my friend loaded up my van, and Yano Becky, loaded it into my garage this AM. We separated it-- dry, wet, filthy, trash. We started a load in my dryer. We brought in three loads to wash. Greg loaded the wet items in the van to go to the laundromat's dryers-about 5 heavy contractor's bags.

Lawn dude Brandon and GF ate meeting us at the laundromat to unload and help fold. In the meantime, I'm washing and folding here, to package up in reasonable condition for a Saturday giveaway event in Dayton.

These donated clothes got caught in the rain where they were waiting for that giveaway. These are for tornado recipients and others who have nothing, so I offered to try to help salvage what I can.

There's another aftn planned for tmrw with Brandon's girlfriend, just folding what's in the garage. We'll rough fold, and bag, two categories-- adults and kids piles.

Left from our move is a whole roll of these heavy contractors' bags, which I'll use to keep my friend's porch organized as next month's donated clothing comes in. He'll never have this wet mess again. I'll volunteer a day a month getting the clothes ready for that month's giveaway, and once he sees my simple setup I'm sure he'll leave items in a way I can organize... I have a couple of old plastic trash bins to donate to his porch, also.

I'll just use the same process I used to transport our fabrics on the open cargo trailer-- double wrapping, with lightweight, small plastic bags inside larger, heavier contractor's bags.

I have some old crafting twill tape to tie up the the c-bags, and I'll make re-usable plastic label tags to hang on these ties, from old yogurt lids, to identify clothing categories.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM

Do you know anything about the type of production that will be filming? Only outdoors, or do they also have a location for interior shots? Does this happen often? Will they park horses with carriages or antique automobiles on your street? Will you be able to watch? (Some of these projects are often slow moving like watching paint dry)

I am sad to report that most of the horizontal surfaces in the house have reached the point where they're cluttered with stuff that now needs to be organized, put away, or discarded. We have a rainy indoors day today so I'm moving things around and trying to compress some of it and pack way the rest. And yes, things are being added to the Goodwill bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Aug 19 - 04:06 PM

Dupont:
We seem to be into fall weather. Nice that it is comfortable; not sure I am mentally ready for winter -- but the choice is not mine! I am still waiting for the pick to make it here and now the weather is conducive to using it - to dig some more flower bed area and move the poor rhubarb that is somewhere in a mess of weeds tight up against the garage wall. It needs room to grow! Of course, it will need much manure and care and will not produce for a few seasons but we have a monster one at Beaver. And it is not producing now; barely hanging on!

This morning I potted a few geraniums and stuck a couple more cuttings in the sand bowl. I have a work area on the back deck but can only work in shade so all projects must be planned according to the movement of the sun. Thankful for the mature trees! My 3 agave babes are finally starting to grow!

All the boxes of pottery are now on back deck, covered with heavy plastic. We need to consider where to put them long term: some on display? Where? When and how to plan an open house in Nov/Dec. On the weekend I only unpacked about half the boxes- onto 3 card tables and a small shelf unit. A newish glaze was popular; when I get more pots made, I shall use it some more. A woman bought a cylinder/vase, 6-8 inches tall, to drink out of? OK! An interesting concept and easy to make a few more. The infinite shapes and sizes plus the infinite glaze combos...!!! Never ending. And challenging to know what to do, so I basically just do what I feel like, with some guidance from the public.

A film company has requested we remove anything from front yards that is modern as they are filming on the street on Weds re early 1900s. I have one pile of mulch to move this eve - before mosquitoes! and two large objects on front steps that R needs to wrestle out of sight. And put my car in back yard on Weds.

The weekend was slightly profitable but a great deal of enjoyment. More a social event than the business of pottery! I gave away a couple and sold a dozen or so. One of the joys of this event was the man (I slightly recognized) coming along "for my annual butter dish"! He uses one, keeps a spare in case, and gives them away to someone he thinks needs one! Sunday supper for Geri, R and me at the Thai resto took about a third of the take! Good meal though! Ah, the joy of finally getting G to eat there rather than the boring place!!!

Laundry today and a pot of soup to use the various "excess" veggies - when my next bit of energy surfaces. The weekend effectively de-clutttered my energy.

The useless bed R dragged home, left this am, thanks to the film company! But the futon frame is not back together so the sewing room is still not usable. (too much CLUTTER!) But he had a restful day yesterday, de-cluttering some of his exhaustion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 01:41 PM

A major test of the new office is if I can use the computers in the way I planned, and the setup seems to be working. The old HP is set up on a desk adjacent to the new computer desk, and they're each processing programs that could only be viewed in the software they were recorded in. They're being converted to mp4 so they'll play virtually anywhere. I started a thread to post remarks on how to use and where to find some of the software.

I have several friends headed out of town who need mail taken in, plants watered, animals fed, and more, so the rest of August and much of September have lots of calendar entries for those jobs. And I'm still aiming at starting listing again on eBay this month; I'm almost there (as I've probably said several times before).

Heavy rain, over two inches, last night has given the lawn a new lease on life so I'm going to have to go out and mow this week, but I can also declutter my garden of some of the weeds and transplant a few things.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM

Stilly,

   There were 19 bags in total, one is going to a friend and all the other will be donated to a thrift shop. :)

    The temperatures have dropped here. This morning was in the mid 40s. The air is crisp and I am loving it. We likely will return to the more summer temperatures but for now, this is wonderful. My co-worker and I have made a plan to go for daily walks on our lunch break once the temperatures are 70 or below. I'm looking forward to it. In the meantime, Jeremiah and I are dancing to a playlist/videos that I put on the big screen. I also have a very large bright orange yoga ball that I am doing some floor work with. I was down .2 this week which I will gladly take. Last week I lost 7 pounds and normally that means the follow week the scale will go up a little bit as my body tries to readjust.

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 11:45 PM

It does feel good to clear out like that, Michelle. Did it all go to a thrift store or other donation? And Susan, you remind me that I need to go join the gym that I selected before it too, closes, like the first one I selected but never joined did. :-/

Small consignment jobs from various friends will keep me coming and going this week and next, with jury duty at least one day next week. It's probably just as well, I've stayed cooped up here too much this month. It was so hot I didn't feel like going out but the heat broke yesterday with a scant rain and today with a deluge.

I spent the rainy afternoon polishing the silver flatware my mother gave me when I got married; I've put it back into the silver-cloth-lined cabinet and will give it to whichever child of mine ties the knot first. It's still in pretty good condition, all things considered, and I'm using a new modern but less expensive stainless now.

Progress in the office, slowly but steadily.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 09:23 PM

My exercise program has unexpectedly dropped me back in my teenage years-- chair dancing so hard it hurts, and pool dancing so long that I freeze.

I like it. These hips haven't moved this
since.... Way too long.

I don't even care what it looks like.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM

I spent half this day working in our closet clearing out 18 thirteen gallon bags. I wish I could say that I'm done, but I am not. Sure feels good though to get it out!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 19 - 10:42 PM

A couple of programs were added into the new computer that I'd had installed in the old one to increase functionality. I'm researching how to reduce the size of some of the video files I have, from media center recordings to mp4. It's always something to figure out with these various program.

I'm still organizing the shelves and have located projects that were buried in with other stuff. And still finding occasional clumps of insulation. I seem to have a lot of plastic baskets, probably purchase at a $1 store years ago. I've tossed more paper from publishing projects into recycling.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM

Writers used to keep extra copies of their published works in order to send tear sheets in as examples of their work when pitching articles to editors. Now with scanners and PDFs they can be shared digitally. Over time some of mine are dated so this week I did a major thinning of those documents and sent at least a linear foot of magazines and brochures to the recycle bin. The contractor's bag was bulging, mostly with paper and cardboard, collected around the house this week. I've compressed my published stuff down to a single shelf.

The yard is dry as tinder now, it needs to be mowed, but since it isn't growing it won't get any worse. I'll get around to it one of these days. There's a possibility of rain over the weekend, but the ten-day outlook is more promising, with a projected high of 87o on the 31st. One of these days I have to thin the iris beds and I have a list of people who would like some. That has to wait until cooler weather and after a good soaking rain. I did a one-off cat feeding chore for a friend tonight and stopped for some ceviche on the way home so no cooking was required for dinner. It's too hot to cook.

Dorothy, you have been productive. I had to delay my planned fence work due to the ceiling, but at least these projects are all on one property, not scattered all over the Province.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 03:10 PM

Dupont:

Did a quick look at the posts for the last 8 days. Seemed longer! So many ideas and reminders! I went to Beaver for 5 days and the resident scale informed I have gained back the tediously lost 15 pounds. DARN! I went to four movies - a fest at a near-by lake that was incredibly fun. But the trip - all day on that Thurs, from here, and then a movie and 40 min home, then errands on Friday, then movie - again 40 min each way, and two on Sat plus going north to the Garlic Fest. I was plumb wore out and rested until it was time to drive back on Tuesday.

Well, I did manage to collect 3 more boxes of pottery and a table for this weekend's sale. Sat in the screen house all one aft and relaxed; it was cooler out there on the swamp's edge. And found a fellow to whom I owed for last winter's snow removal; I wanted to be sure he would do it this winter! And left money for the fellow who is bringing this year's fire wood. Remember: where I live it is OK to come home ans find a note on the K counter, and then say, "You know that box on the counter? I'll put the money in there in case I am not here." I do love this way of life.

So on Tuesday, Drove the 5 hours back to here. Not much else other than meal preps and minimal shopping. Again today; internet and no energy; lovely breezy day with all windows open so I have even skipped the usual opening and closing of windows and drapes.

Yesterday, I did go to the monthly lunch for our area group. I had instigated it being held at a nearby community oriented bistro. The org had added on musicians - Nancy White whom I have always avoided as I do not usually care for female voices. Well, Nancy White has a marvellous voice!!! And she played such a variety of music, from Joanie Mitchell to blues, jazz... And a local elec bass player accompanied her. The women enjoyed her tremendously! She may get more gigs and the bistro may get some repeat business. Don't we love when we manage something like this!

R worked the whole time I was away; not even time to put the futon back together so the TV/sewing room is still unusable for me; he has watched the news but that is all one can do after a ten hour work day.

I am flat broke as the month ends; but all the bills are paid. Hoping to sell some pottery this weekend at the Chateauguay Valley Antique Association event, A very fun event and R is definitely on board to help me get stuff there tomorrow! Geri will help on the weekend and packing up And I shall be exhausted next week. This could be the last time for this relatively easy event. Lots of local music - all day - mostly country.

And R will be going to the Sat auction (at the CVAA) BUT is making good noises about not buying too much this time!!! only minimal clutter has gotten into the house. The single guest room is ready (without wall pieces yet) and the double awaits the mattress; once again I am furious with Linen Chest as I was told it would arrive yesterday, when I received phone call that it would come on Sat. NO, we will not be here on Sat! Then, I was told Thurs. How do you argue with stupid? So, I am stuck with next Thurs. Was planning to go back to Beaver - well not on Thursday. Also waiting to hear if a friend who needs a bed for that weekend is actually going to take us up on it.

I have been concerned all summer that my son (and two grandsons) (PA) would surprise me but finally got him on phone yesterday; waiting weeks for passport renewal because ...????? It is supposed to take 2 weeks and it has been six. I can only wonder if it is his complexion. So there went the summer and no visit. The positive is that the van broke down and are we ever glad it did not happen on the way to Canada! My gentle, honest, Quakerly son (56) is not a terrorist! The world just gets crazier by the day, and in Canada also.

Oh, one movie was The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. Monumental Canadian documentary with Giraffes, and historic women's issues over the last 60 years. Ended with views of the Women's March on W as the credits rolled. I understand it is available on I Tunes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 11:57 AM

I buy replacement bags on Amazon for much less than the name brand, but still sturdy enough plastic to do the job. I tend to use the smaller bags (cut your own) more, so I tend to alternate my purchases: These rolls of the 8" bags last quite a while and I alternate that purchase with this two-pack of large and small. I read a lot of reviews before settling on these two products; they aren't all as heavy duty to stand up to the melting and shuffling around they can get in the freezer.

I was at Goodwill one day and spotted a holder and cutter for the rolls of bags but it's not big enough to hold the entire roll. I make my own roll and put it in there because it is a handy way to cut new bags. I found it for $2, I wouldn't spend $34 for it. (Expect to have to experiment on size and waste some plastic along the way.) I'm also looking at parts like gaskets and teflon strips as my aging sealer begins to need some TLC to get the bags to seal.

Sharpie on the bag wherever is good enough to let you know what's in it, no need for that white spot to write on.

As a Mountaineer member (in Western Washington State) in high school and college, who took the basic climbing course then taught in it for several years (including map and compass), I will never completely give up my paper map, and I find GPS to be terribly annoying. I "drive ahead" in my mind, having looked at the map and sometimes, if it's a complex route, made a few notes of cross streets, turns, landmarks, and can quickly glance at that. I use the phone map for the big picture for progress (the blue spot that shows me where I am does help) but it is as much distraction as it is a tool.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM

I stopped accumulating maps when we bought a GPS for the car. Now we travel with a road atlas and the GPS -- the GPS to provide turn-by-turn guidance, and the road atlas for route-planning. In Canada, where we have relatively inexpensive phone service (relative to the cost of roaming charges in the States, that is), we dispense with the road atlas in favour of an iPad and Google Maps. We haven't been lost, or even late, in years, and we have almost stopped arguing about turns and directions.

Ditching the maps was a painful process. I am a map geek; I love maps. But two file boxes of maps dating back to Germany in 1978 is way too hoard-y for me; they went into the recycling box without a backward glance. Outdated road atlases are a bit more of a challenge, so I let them ripen for a couple of years before I set 'em loose.

Stilly, you mentioned your Food Saver yesterday -- how coincidental. I just bought one; I can't think why it took me so long. I look forward to a significant reduction in the amount of food-wrapping material we need to keep, and better freezer results.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 08:07 PM

This afternoon I thawed two pieces of Food Saver sealed cod from 2014 that were as good as the day I froze them. I'm out of store-bought tartar sauce so I used an online recipe and mixed up some ingredients in the fridge (capers seems to be the secret ingredient) to have with it and was pleased with the results. I thawed a much more recent whole-grain baguette that I cut into slices cross-wise and toasted to use with hummus that I need to thaw.

Maps. I'm a hoarder, to be sure, but I decided again to act as if my kids were going through the box and tossed about 3/4 of them. I kept a few of places I might actually drive to, and as out-of-date documents they are placeholders until I get a newer one at each state welcome station. Sometimes I had to figure out who was governor (the old Texas map with Rick Perry, for example, is gone). I have a small cloth bag of maps now in the new SUV; I had a bag of more current maps in the old SUV but I think I left it unlocked in the driveway one day and someone grabbed it, perhaps thinking it was a purse? This looking at stuff through my children's eyes seems to be a good exercise.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 01:22 PM

Our smoke detectors are linked too and it’s quite a racket if they go off if you test them. Still, we worried about people not hearing stand alone ones going off. Ours have sealed batteries with a supposed 10 year life.

The closest I’d come to your last question are:

My mother sometimes thinks of writing about life in a very rural borders part of Shropshire (England) from her birth in 1935. There are some sheets of A4 around somewhere and her efforts are probably saved on her PC but that’s as far as it goes.

My father (who has lent one or two cards to one or two others for books) has sometimes considered doing something with his collection of North Norfolk (Mostly West Runton and again England) post cards. That one has never got off the ground. I have expressed willingness to scan for him but would not understand what he wants to achieve. On the other hand, I suspect his ability to plan a proper project like that went a fair while ago. There is one relic from the last attempt, a digital “Dictaphone” that we got him as we felt it might help get ideas down but I don’t think it was used and there is no paperwork.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 12:41 PM

Has anyone else noticed that there is such verisimilitude in modern radio and television HD broadcasts that the beeps used as background noise seem like they might actually be in your house instead? And driving - how often do I need to turn off the radio to be sure the siren or odd noise isn't in the car or an approaching fire truck?

The smoke detectors are wired together, so if one goes off in my office (for example), those in all of the bedrooms and the hall go off also. That's good for a fire at night. But when the batteries need changing these buggers are difficult, the 9v batteries don't want to fit back into the pocket, etc.

This morning I evicted some old mystery meat (probably trimmed turkey) from the big deep freeze, and pulled some Food Saver sealed packages to use for soup (three-years old turkey legs and thighs). Trash day tomorrow, so I'll put a bag in the big plastic can instead of leaving the bag itself on the ground. The likelyhood of coyotes, raccoons, and foxes is lower since the landowner across the road "cleaned up" that area by tearing out the trees and underbrush (but leaving trash), but there are still occasional stray dogs and cats.

Does anyone else harbor visions of someday writing about those great old jobs years ago (in parks and forests, for me) and have these bits of paper and notebooks and such that float around as part of that project? I finally decided to give one shelf in the newly revived office to my publications and a box where journals and all of those odd bits and pieces can be accumulated from around the house and stashed. But I'm also being ruthless in throwing out the paper that, while it says something to me, will be meaningless to my children and they would toss it when the time comes. So I'm doing it now. Since I can't burn the papers right now I have a growing file for after a good rain, and the rest will go in the trash with the old turkey.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 11:22 AM

My parents’ previous house in North Wales could be one for strange noises, some of which were probably due to the place being fairly exposed. I don’t know if you’ve ever walked a lonely path and had that eerie feeling you are being followed but I suppose this place was similar in a sense. The sense being that once in a while, if alone in there, you could get the feeling you were not alone. It was a (flawed but…) lovely property though.


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

That entire episode belongs in the Aw Fuck It file, Jon Freeman. My life is full of crap like that, from rustling noises in the walls to mysterious pinging generated by any (or all) of our expensive digital devices. You and your Mum have my sympathy.

I have one of those little electric travel alarms, too. If you pick it up the wrong way or knock it over, or even look at it crooked, you activate the alarm function and find yourself chasing pings under the bed at zero dark thirty. Okay, it's not as irritating as looking in the dark (because your spouse is still asleep, you hope) for the spot where the cat just horked, but it's close.

Speaking of rustling in the walls, our house almost certainly harbours at least one nest of mice, but the rodents seem to be keeping prudently away from spaces occupied by the cats -- i.e., the entire interior of the house. No one has seen any sign of mice, neither droppings in the cutlery drawer nor gnawed pasta packets in the pantry nor tiny corpses on the carpet, but Watson and Isobel (the resident cats) spend long periods sitting patiently on the basement floor with all their senses tightly focussed on a particular stretch of skirting board.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 04:24 AM

I guess this one can go here… Today’s poor attempt at troubleshooting.

Mum asks me “what’s this beeping?” As there was a warning light on the burglar alarm remote and the sound initially seemed clearest above the entry to the attic where the main panel is located, I assumed these were related.

Anyway, replace battery reported as low by the system and clear errors on remote. System OK but still a bleep. I restart my own program that connects the alarm to the HA. System OK on HA too but still this beep. I curse and get the step ladder out to go up to the attic. I open the access to the attic and, strange, the sound is no louder…

Another walk around and I find the offending item. It was a small travel alarm mum keeps by her bedside. Apparently, she even knew she’d dropped the damn thing this morning…

I’m starting too see a funny side to it but at first, I wasn’t sure whether the biggest quite angry “GRRR” should go to mum for not realising what she’d done or to me for hastily jumping to the wrong cause.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 11:26 AM

I haven't continued to participate in the summer diet thing my insurance company pushed, but the first episode did have some interesting tidbits. They talked about levels of hunger - when you're not hungry at all, when you're looking for something to nibble on but nothing much looks good, when anything in the fridge as leftovers looks edible, and when your blood sugar is all bonkers and you end up eating way too much too fast.

They suggest you plan to eat when you get to the "leftovers look good" stage. And I can go back and follow-up on those weekly episodes. It just happened that that program started when the ceiling fell in and I had other things on my mind.

The shelving stuff is in the garage now and I had an overnight eBay sale (something listed for a very long time, since I haven't put up anything new since probably May). Good timing as I'm preparing to start listing again this week. With the shelving out of the hall I can transit more easily with boxes I need to take to the dining table for photographing, describing, and packing. My sunroom is too crowded right now for the activity that usually happens in there. It's the last casualty of the move out of the office and I'm slowly making inroads there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM

The fur-bearing carpet in the sitting room must be vacuumed TODAY. And after that bit of light resistance training, I shall go to the gym.

I have completed my first week of intermittent fasting with a loss of five pounds. Now, that was almost certainly bloat, but I'm glad to see the back of it.

It's interesting how conditioned we are to fear even the slightest pang of hunger. Himself still expresses concern that I don't eat breakfast, although I have repeatedly told him that I am not hungry until mid-morning at the earliest. But I am reluctant to set about any task more demanding than loading the washing machine on an empty stomach *for fear that I will be hungry*! I am learning to wait for an actual hunger pang before eating, and it really does slow me down.

On the other hand, I have noticed that I feel weak and unwilling when I am thirsty. Half-way downtown, after only about three-quarters of a mile, I am pushing my legs to pick up my feet -- unless I have brought a water bottle. A couple of swigs and I'm ready to go again.

Both obvious, and weird. Weird that at my advanced age I'm finally noticing. Duh.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 19 - 05:48 PM

I dropped off the shelving and storage units and didn't go into the store itself. And then on the way home instead of stopping somewhere to buy a sandwich I thought about what I could make at home that would be equally appealing so when I got back here I cut a chicken breast into pieces and made breaded chicken strips. That mid-afternoon treat was my big meal for the evening so I'll have just a salad later.

The cranberry bars were frozen overnight are now repacked in airtight containers. I have some sweet potatoes in the oven that have been here for a few days and need to be used. Most of the papers are filed or shredded, with only a few needing attention still.

The shelving that wasn't re-installed in the office (brackets and boards) needs to be moved into the garage lumber area. This will clear out the hall next to the office, and from there, I can start moving eBay stuff into the dining room and set up on the now-emptied table.

Buried under the papers on the table was a DVD I picked up a couple of months ago, one of Jane Fonda's low-impact exercise videos. It's time to start with that and see if my knee will tolerate the moves.

#Progress #FrugalAugust


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Aug 19 - 07:03 AM

SRS, be good at Goodwill! No buying until your space is restored and pretty!

Heading off to an adventure-- I love visiting new pools!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM

The ukulele festival sounds like a lot of fun!

This afternoon I pulled a box yellow cake from the freezer and used some leftover cranberry pulp from making cranberry juice for a rich pan of cranberry bars (I posted a link to the recipe on Facebook, though my account is acting up and I can't see much of what I posted). Their fabulous smell gave a lift to the afternoon. They're cut and spaced out a bit and are (all but two) in the freezer (and I had to test a couple!)

Since so many books left the house in June it meant that I put up one less bookshelf in the restored office, and the remaining shelves have plenty of space for things that used to live in other smaller compartments and shelf units. This evening I've put several small pieces into the SUV to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have another box of books filling up as I move them back (or not).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 02:29 PM

It's another much needed and wanted day at home for us today. I have more laundry going and today I cleared off my Nana's hutch which had become a very dusty catch all spot. Jeremiah brought down 2 bags of things from his room to take to Goodwill and I have another 2 or 3 bags sitting on top of the freezer.

Pete had a HUGE haul from the garden this morning...patty pan squash, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, yellow wax beans and rattlesnake beans (which are new to me and I can't wait to try). Pete made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch while I made a cucumber, tomato and fresh basil salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar....can't get much better than that! Well, at least in my book!

As far as the school year goes, it is somewhat more organized but considering Jeremiah took part in a regular summer program, there isn't too much change. It actually will be a little bit easier as he will be able to take the bus home which will save me about 30 extra miles per day (and it will save Pete that much mileage as well....60 miles a day to transport to and from). I am looking forward to a little less running although soccer season will be starting before long.....

There is an upcoming festival I am thinking about attending called the Funky Frets Ukulele Festival....I think it sounds like fun! We shall see!

I'm off to do some blogging. You guys have a great week!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 08:44 AM

My home Y took 7 months to grant what another nearby Y just granted with 3 emails in one day, so I do have a pool for next week. Unfortunately, ALL the Y's pools here are closing for at least a week's maintenance, but I have whittled the downtime to just a week lacking cardio, because I added more PT during the Y closure for strength work.

On land, I've graduated to chair dancing, which I overdid a tad last night when we found the second GREAT band here, but what a great problem to have!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 10:04 PM

Michelle, I found the school district to an 800-pound gorilla you have to tolerate at times, but having them back in school helps make the weekdays more organized. That sounds like a great dinner - I always love cooking with stuff from my garden, though this year the output has been sparce.

More boxes have been emptied and some has gone to the trash or the Goodwill bin and I'll make another trip to the recycle bin soon. Leftovers for lunch and dinner this weekend.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 08:25 PM

I had the entire day to myself today. I cleaned out one of the cupboards, reorganized, cleaned out the fridge, did up the dishes, did some laundry, organized lunch materials as Jeremiah is starting the 4th grade this week (how did THAT happen?) and made ham, homemade mashed potatoes and green beans...from the garden...for dinner.

I had not been doing such a great job with weight loss due to vacation, etc. and last week I finally got my head on straight and am back at it...tracking everything that I eat and when I weighed in, I was down 7 pounds. YAY. Now if I can keep that momentum going.....

Besides work, that's about all that's been going on around here. Work, sleep, work sleep, etc.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 04:00 PM

Office: emptying boxes of contents that are either going on a shelf designated for them or into the "figure it out later" box in the kitchen (that is for cassette tapes that don't have labels but appear to have been used.) There is a stack of paper on the dining table that all needs sorting and filing, it's mostly mail that arrived during the last two months and waited for easy access to file cabinets.

Clumps of insulation still turn up in boxes that were hit by collapsing ceiling and moved into the front room without unpacking to remove all of the debris.

Many of the books on my shelves in here are those I've wanted to read that were stacked wherever. Now they're in sight, and the one closest to hand is A. H. Jessup's Beyond The Cascade. I wish I'd read it in his lifetime.

Frugal August isn't as frugal as I'd hoped, as I continue the reconstruction of my office, but food-wise I've made progress drawing down the freezer contents. My shopping for fruit and vegetables has been for things I mean to eat, not process or freeze. This includes two cases (one a week) of largish mangoes (9 to the box) for $5.99 a case. They're incredibly sweet and juicy and a fresh mango each morning for breakfast has been marvelous (and I shared these with a friend, no way I could eat 18 mangoes in two weeks!)

I have had to take decongestants when working with some of these dusty boxes, but otherwise, there is a good health factor in the picking up and moving lots of boxes, a sort of impromptu weight training.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM

I've moved one of the two desktops into an "L" position and so far it looks like none of the cables pulled out. I then went through the tech packaging that was stored flat in the closet and discarded almost all of it. This dated from when the way to save money on the new version of a security or other software was to show that you'd previously purchased the program by sending a part of the box or cover of the manual in for a rebate. I haven't done that for a while so I think that business model has gone by the wayside, and those packages all went into the recycle bag.

Stuff that I regularly use that doesn't need to be on the desktop needs to be within reach or in sight, something I'm going to be fiddling with for a while.

I put a shade up over the single-glazed window in the office and am really impressed with how well it insulates. I've mentioned it before, this one is a linen color that filters out at least 60% of the light. Lowe's Allen + Roth Light FIltering Cordless Cellular Shade. Highly recommended, though with the provision that I no longer own cats. I'm sure they would tangle with this kind of window covering, and in the past the blinds usually lost.


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Subject: RE: wysiwyg update
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 10:00 AM

I heard from Susan (wysiwyg) via Facebook messenger yesterday; the site has been up and down so often that she couldn't get through and wanted to share the following:

The Mudcat won't take my post today, but pls share for me there:

We won at the Y meeting today.... but since they are closing the pools for maintenance, Saturday, for two weeks.... And then when they reopen Sept 2 we're MIL-bound.... I'll be in the water tomorrow.... But then doing I don't know what, until about Sept. 10.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 09:36 AM

Charmion, Linn has joined us in that modified fasting; she is reporting a general trend downward also. Eat Fast and Live Longer is a British program kind of like the PBS science shows we get here (and I saw it first when PBS broadcast it one summer). The method I adopt starts about 38 minutes into the program, the alternating days and when the calories are low on the alternate days (or, as people sometimes choose, just two days a week). I think Linn is able to do periods, like from noon to 7pm for her eating, and the long period of time (from 7pm to noon) is helping her. It seem to have lost the knack of waiting until noon to eat, I think it had to do with the Prednisone I was on for 18 months that had to be taken in the morning with food. I'm almost a year out from that but still really feel it if I don't eat something early.

I tend to eat very small meals, or have one modest meal and then fruit or veggies later in the day. I need protein for this to work.

My ceiling reconstruction was pretty radical, but nowhere as involved or expensive as your patio. Other than enjoying new paint, my office is restored and there isn't any new space or feature (other than pretty paint) it's the same ol' house. I am also saving again for the thing that I originally intended to work on this summer - replacing more fence around the yard. The south side looks good (I am still pulling out fence posts inside the yard along the path of the old fence) but the north side is falling down.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM

Good luck with Facebook, Stilly. I do not understand how it works, and never have; I know that its primary purpose is to shove advertising under my nose, and that helps me endure its vagueries.

We had ceiling fans in our Ottawa house and I loved them. I wish we had them here and maybe we will, once the bank account recovers from all the masonry that has been taking place over the summer. Cleaning them was a major production involving stepladders, buckets of soapy water and rather a lot of swearing.

Speaking of the bank account, we are currently deep in the red, and I have to write two more cheques that will put us completely out to sea. Legal Aid and the Public Prosecution Service owe us money -- oh, how they owe us money! -- and we will just have to tread water until the ship comes in. When it does, Rodney the HVAC Guy gets the next lump of out-going capital. So no ceiling fans this summer, and the bedroom is still painted purple. I've been hating that purple paint for two years now, but I fear I'm getting used to it.

Last week, we went to Goderich for a week of diddly tunes and restaurant food; consequently, my fingers blistered and my feet swelled up like rugby balls. After five days at home, the feet are back to normal and have actually stopped hurting, and the fingers have new calluses. So, progress.

Remembering Stilly's occasional references to "intermittent fasting", I did some googling and reading of scholarly-ish articles on the subject. Since we moved to Stratford, I have put on about fifteen very unwanted pounds that just won't go away and, rather than buy new trousers, I decided on Monday to give this intermittent fasting thing a whirl. This morning, I weigh four and a half pounds less than I did on Tuesday -- the result, I'm sure, of eating far less salt than I was getting in Goderich, and the disappearance of the bloat in my feet. Fast days are all about vegetables and tea, and no fun at all. Himself, fortunately, does not make waves about what I eat or don't, except that he still doesn't get it that I no longer want to eat bacon first thing in the morning.

I despair of my vanity with respect to ankles and the apparent thickness thereof. I used to have the kind of feet that looked good in cute shoes, but injuries and arthritis have put cute shoes firmly into the rear-view mirror. Sneakers with orthotic insoles are now an everyday reality, but the vanity persists. I believe Mr Ecclesiastes had something to say on that subject, and it wasn't kind. I can't say I wasn't warned.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Aug 19 - 02:46 PM

Facebook is still broken so my screen is decluttered of most conversations; I'm reporting it to them every day, trying a different kind of report each time to see if something finally works.

Rearranging shelves today for the placement of stuff in my Dad's collection. I was going to put the books down low, but that makes too many things I use more often that are in baskets and bins are up out of sight.

The old computer and it's monitor and equipment have been moved into the restored office, the rest will follow later tonight. I have backup drives all over that I have to sort out and use one to backup the new machine.

I have to dust the blades of the fan in the living room; I realized it's turning the wrong direction for this time of year so I'll reverse it. I had the bedroom fan pushing air up also and when I turned it to pushing air down I couldn't sleep for the breeze on my feet and hips making them ache. I just want a faint amount of air movement when I'm trying to sleep (and I prefer this in a warm room - I absolutely can't sleep with the cold air from the air conditioner blowing on my feet or legs. It causes a sort of "restless leg" situation.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 08:55 PM

Dupont:

Cleared most of the largish hall closet of boxes, pottery and wrapping materials and put it all in car to go to mill and then to the sale next weekend - the CVAA event which I love and usually manage to peddle some pots. Leftovers will come back here to be displayed in the closet which has a small window and adequate light. Wrapping materials: some can be eliminated, some saved in a different closet for future sales.

Twin bed is dressed and ready with a lovely quilt for the soon cool nights. The room lacks wall pieces and I will consult with R. The bedding sets a pale yellow palette. I am delighted to be able to use an antique spread that I never could bear to get rid of! It looks as good as new. I have no idea when/where/how it joined my household!

Put two plain white drapes on two doors and pinned them to length until decide if they will stay there. They are only to keep the sun out so may take them down in cooler winter when I want all the solar gain I can get!

Must bring a few bed pillows from Mill tomorrow when I drop off pottery, etc.

R did not even notice the freezer was in the Kitchen - behind the table, sort off. So we are content and I am starting to fill it with fall produce.

Had a lovely walk, and social time today on Ile St. Bernard, with a walking group. We walked awhile, sat by the River a while then had lunch up by the Cafe. Getting to know a fine bunch of local women. I have never done this sort of thing before. I was either too busy or did not find a group, or even a few. Actually on Whidbey, I walked the dogs on Useless Bay off leash beach and chatted with other dog folks I met on the beach, but that was sporadic. With this I may even build some relationships.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 08:37 PM

I have a huge stack of empty boxes ready to flatten. I was able to push a few into the bins today but they were chock full; they should be empty by now so I could make a trip this evening before dark.

There are a gazillion old cassettes around here and an equal number of 3.5" floppy disks. I'm set for converting the cassettes I'm keeping, but for the floppies I have no drives to read them. I may have to get a small USB-connected drive for examining at those. The office is slowly looking like a space I can work in, but there is still a lot of stuff to get rid of instead of putting back.

Facebook is broken for now, not letting me follow up on all of my own posts and things I shared, which is particularly annoying. I've reported it with a couple of screenshots.

Rain in the forecast overnight, which will be wonderful if we actually get some. Meanwhile it's so hot right now that the region broke a power usage record again today so I'll load my washer and program it to run at about 4am, and won't run the dishwasher until bedtime, to spread out the usage. I also have to turn off all of the computer equipment and get it moved into my office, once I'm satisfied the desks are in the best positions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 08:09 PM

I'm very excited to report that I found a fabulous orthopedic professor's teaching videos late last night on exactly what ails me, that my local intake doc was totally unprepared to explain to me last week. (This prof also works clinically, and is near my son in Toledo in case I don't love local care options.)

I screenshotted all relevant slides and included two very powerful ones in my Y presentation. These slides illustrate exactly how I got hurt, and the physics behind the precise way I need to use the Y,

Yano Becky learned how my clean laundry is stowed, today, and focused on kitchen and general prep for my son and DIL who arrive tmrw night for Thursday's meeting.

Greg and I reduced four boxes to two and he took out the empties.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM

Pulling books from the front room shelves now, only the ones I want in my office. I'll think about what to do about the gaps - there are other things that can stay on those shelves. There is no order to speak of, just broad categories of how I'm storing them. I'm fussing with two storage units right now that have been handy but are in the way and may go to Goodwill. Or live somewhere behind my desk or under the window. Maybe plants could sit on top of them.

This is work done in spurts because I need to think about what belongs and what doesn't, and what will be the most ergonomic work space for my standing/sitting desk.

I do have too much stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 01:40 PM

I've emptied lots of boxes as I dig my way through the stuff in the front room that was piled in there after the ceiling collapse. Something new is a dedicated bookcase for all of the cassettes (it's 6' x 4' and it's going to be packed full; the cassettes are stacked in the most efficient way to fill the shelves top to bottom).

I haven't started moving the computer stuff in yet, I want a little more time to look at the possible setup of the desk surfaces and their relationship to electrical outlets.

I'm going to have to get one of those vinyl floor mats to put over the tile area where I repaired two tiles; it is prime real estate in there, that's why the broken ones took such a battering. Hopefully a chair mat over the top will help keep it all in place and avoid dips the chair wheels always get stuck in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 03:33 PM

SRS, I'm not quiet, I just can't open the damn thread most days at times when I can post. Back, appts galore past and future, ouch. YMCA, meeting Thursday and fam is attending for support. My file ready for lawyers. My rehab not possible without Y as the home exercises, but weekly PT and walking continue, ouch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:51 AM

No progress here. I’ve had problems with the sore on my back…

I did sort a problem with the HomeSeer (which largely replaced my own stuff in April) set up the other day. The Raspberry Pi locked up and I was forced to unplug/replug. I think that step led to the corrupt SD card. Hours of troubleshooting and trying to fix disk before concluding my only way out was a clean install on the Pi and a hope I could restore from backups. At least that bit went very smoothly.

I’m not sure we have anything completely dependent on HA and a number of lights are usually operated via remote control but the study light was interesting. That uses an RGBW (chosen as we wanted both daylight for reading and warm for white for tv on the computer from the central light) and has a momentary mains switch for override. I couldn’t remember/work out its operation and, rather than searching for instructions online, wound up leaving the room lit up in pink from late evening to the following late afternoon when I finally restored things.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:39 AM

Himself and I have just returned from a holiday up the highway in Goderich, where the Celtic Roots Festival and its associated music school are held. We left in a flurry last Monday morning shortly after dawn and invested a week and rather a lot of money in learning diddly tunes (me) and hanging out till all hours singing in the pub (him).

I am very glad to be back at home with the cats and the garden. My wretched feet, which swelled almost beyond recognition as soon as we left home, have returned to their normal dimensions, and my digestion has almost settled down after wrestling with too much restaurant food.

The cats have almost finished re-establishing dominion over my lap, but Watson still feels the need to interrupt whatever I happen to be doing to rub his head all over me (bonk, bonk) and purr in my ear while digging his claws into my upper back. And here he comes now ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:11 AM

Susan, you've been quiet lately. How is your back and is your exercise routine moving forward?

Are there any lurkers who have progress to report?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 10:20 PM

I've turned a corner as far as restoring my office; there are two tall bookcase cabinets in place and today I finished installing brackets for boards on the other side of the room. I'm not arranging it the same way for various reasons, and so far this is only a sketch. There is a lot of dusty stuff in the front room and in the den that was boxed or just stacked as it was rescued from the office before the rest of ceiling demolition. There is still a lot of work ahead. I just finished moving that bookshelf built to hold paperbacks into the office and it will hold the cassette tapes that were in cardboard flats before.

A box for Goodwill was buried under some other items in the sun room; I'll add more then take it over and make a run to the recycle bin at the same time.

Tomorrow is supposed to hit 105o so I'll get up early to get some exercise with the dogs. We're all getting cabin fever from these wretchedly hot days, with several weeks more to come.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 05:13 PM

Dupont:

Once this house is set up, I would love to have you visit. "Set up" will never quite reach some of the high middle class standards of the dedicated homemaker!

Saturday, I asked for ONE HOUR to go to the lumberyard and get the wood needed to hold mattresses on the now arranged bed frames. I have no idea why it took four hours to get to the - get in the truck and go - point. We did get the wood and each bed is now ready for a mattress. The twin has a mattress which will look much better with a mattress cover - which it will have.

This Sunday am, I set out for the Linen Chest with better directions and much determination. And a list. Started with a look at returned mattresses and saw two possibles, asked the clerk in charge for a salesclerk and a very nice man came and sold me a good double mattress!

Then, thinking I could find the rest on my list, I set off without him. Had to ask the clerk to get him back (they are on commission) but he was already helping someone else so she got me a nice woman who was very helpful. A fizzy water machine (R drinks gallons), two australian lamb's wool mattress covers ( one each), A lovely down filled pillow for the sofa. I remind myself that the lamb's wool cushions are less harmful to the animals! But it was SO hugable!

Two small concrete planters with a wonderful rabbit face on each. Big enough for 4 inch pots. And a riverstone door mat - some sort of fiber backing with river stones well glued to it, to clean dirt off feet at the back door. Call it an experiment! It seems a good idea - if the stones stick. And it is a distinct improvement over the old rubber one which is wet on top as well as keeping the decking wet! Not a good idea. I moved it to the foot of the steps - on stones and grass/weeds.

Stopped for groceries on the way home and threw the frozen meat into new freezer! Then moved the freezer into the kitchen, sadly, as that is not where we want it but it is where there is space. It did not fit in the closet. R wishes I had bought a smaller one. Maybe I do too. I shall have to fill it very well. I covered it with a beautiful red Guatamalan weaving. The new carbonation thingy sits on the microwave next to the water jug.

This has been my month to spend a fortune.

This week was rainy and cooler, delicious nights for sleeping. Lots of negative ions with the wind blowing the trees almost constantly. I finally feel alive again. If I had a pick I might even be able to get some more flower/herb bed space. Maybe tomorrow.


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