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

Stilly River Sage 12 May 20 - 04:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 May 20 - 12:27 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 May 20 - 06:06 PM
Charmion 06 May 20 - 07:12 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 May 20 - 12:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 May 20 - 10:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 May 20 - 05:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Apr 20 - 02:48 PM
LilyFestre 29 Apr 20 - 09:46 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 20 - 07:18 PM
Charmion's brother Andrew 29 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM
Charmion 29 Apr 20 - 02:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Apr 20 - 12:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 20 - 09:36 AM
Charmion 28 Apr 20 - 09:18 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 20 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Apr 20 - 02:59 PM
Charmion 26 Apr 20 - 09:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Apr 20 - 02:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Apr 20 - 11:33 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Apr 20 - 11:03 AM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Apr 20 - 04:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Apr 20 - 11:14 AM
Charmion 20 Apr 20 - 09:02 PM
Donuel 20 Apr 20 - 07:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Apr 20 - 04:55 PM
mg 20 Apr 20 - 03:23 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 20 - 04:10 PM

Heading to the post office soon with envelopes of masks for friends. These are the more fitted ones with a wire across the nose (replaceable with a plastic-coated twist tie) and loops for the the ears that are adjustable (but not elastic). I'm still making the accordion ones also, but I cut out a bunch of the denim at one time so I'm finishing those before I go back to the accordion style.

I'm slowly picking up around the house after cycling through having more stuff than need-be spread out on horizontal surfaces. This whole process of considering re-arranging the contents of rooms will make that worse before it gets better, but if I do it, it will keep me busy. I'm also working on plant starts by seed for the garden, though once the pots are filled and seeds in, it'll be a wait of several weeks before I do anything more.

Health-wise, I am taking myself off of a sugar habit that restarted a couple of weeks ago after I picked up some bulk peanut m&ms at my favorite discount grocery. I regulate myself well with dark chocolate bars, those sweet chocolate and peanut nuggets do me in. Time to nip this in the bud.

I've started restoration work on the next sewing machine. These are charming projects, though I does involve having to shift them around (the cast iron ones are really heavy) and bring in really good task lighting.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 May 20 - 12:27 PM

I'm thinking it's time for a foray into a room I rarely use, mostly because of the way it's set up and because the dogs have claimed it as a place to sleep (three black or dark brown dogs in a dark room on a dark carpet are the classic recipe for tripping hazard!)

My piano gets little attention but I still do enjoy playing, despite it's out-of-tune status and one high C hammer having fallen off. It is from about 1885 and has been in the family since it was new. I'd love someday to restore it when I have such a thing as disposable cash.

There are several trunks, book cases, and a wall of books that could use dusting, and there is stuff in there I intend to sell on eBay that is out of sight so not organized or listed. There is a large reclining lounger chair that needs the seat cushion restored with an upholstery cover (the leather one ripped). I have the materials, so there isn't anything keeping me from working on that now that I have the sewing machine set up (and it is a machine designed for use with thick layers of fabric.) Perhaps a special Mother's Day project since there isn't any chance I'll see the kids this year. A gift for myself.

That said, I'll be careful with the lifting; I pulled a muscle yesterday hefting a large bag of dog food.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 May 20 - 06:06 PM

Dupont:

I manage to get bits accomplished: one upper inside window that was really yucky for some reason - washed, two bathroom sinks scrubbed, a few weeds pulled for a few minutes a couple times a day - all the bending over I can do. My hope for today was to mow at least a part of the back yard BEFORE the dandelions get big enough to be cut. By the time I figured out where I might plug in the mower, I ran out of energy.

LONG phone call with youngish musician friend who is trying to feel where her life is going. But she is putting last touches on a new CD and people are buying on line!!

Mudcat solved a puzzle for me: Who wrote Go Down Dancing. It was really bugging me. Then I could look on line - but no youtube. Next trip to the mill, maybe I will find my LPs.

Our dryer also MUST be closed properly! And I am glad to not have cat or dog hairs - except then I would HAVE to clean the floors better! The rads were warm this am for the first time in a while - OR maybe we gave up noticing! R: but I wanted it NOT working for someone to come see!!! It is warm enough now that it was no longer a problem. If I found it too cool, fire in stove!

R finally removed a useless, large "piece of furniture", so the den looks better - room for the brass wood holder and box of kindling
and the double doors can open properly. He also cleaned up back yard and started sorting junk left behind in garage.

My dinosaur grave/front yard is nicely sprinkled with flowers and more to come. Monday it may be safe to plant the tomato, pepper and squash plants. I hope to have the guts to look at Botanix for seeds and a few veggie plants. I have gotten good at obtaining groceries by delivery!! I would like to wear an astronaut suit when I go out there.

Not wanting to purchase any old maple syrup at the grocery, I emailed a friend who has an orchard in southern Quebec and a home in Toronto.
Was he going back and forth?; could he drop off syrup in Chateauguay? Return email: Tomorrow! So I met him at a gas station where he could get off and back on the highway. We exchanged a few sentences but NO hug! I cried driving home. But glad that he and wife are being super careful, like us.

After spending a lot of time at home for a few weeks, R has started going to work - 12 hour days. But no contact with people except bro and Dan - both hyper careful. He no longer complains about washing!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 May 20 - 07:12 PM

Weíre eating the last jar of the chutney I made in 2018. Geez, I hope Iíll be able to get all the ingredients for another batch, come the fall ó that recipe takes five kinds of fruit.

But itís SO FRICKINí GOOD!

The house is grubby but fairly neat, and both of us are getting fat ó me faster than Himself. I washed the ground-floor windows the other day, and thatís enough Advanced Class house-keeping for this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 20 - 12:06 PM

Ironing the form-fitting masks is difficult on a regular ironing board and the craft stores are closed, so I made a small stuffed "ham" out of a bit of jeans leg denim and stuffed with scraps of fabric. Much easier and the price was right. Must be careful to keep it off the floor or the dogs will discover and demolish it. I think I prefer making the rectangular pleated masks, but I cut out a few of these for a change and to see if I can streamline the process. Figuring out what pieces to sew in what order makes a difference in finishing time.

Elsewhere around the property, I'm to the last post needing removal in the back yard; a couple of nights ago I dragged the hose over and soaked each hole and did more digging yesterday. We're due some rain so I'll leave the last excavation till when the digging is easier.

I made my first batch of jelly this year yesterday, though the juice came from the freezer. Had the landowner across the street left the grape-covered tree alone I would be harvesting in June or July, but I think they chopped the grapes and left the poison ivy. Idiots! I'll pick up more Sure-Jell and make a couple of more batches soon. I have a lot of frozen juice from the last three years.

The last of the ordered sewing machine bits arrived yesterday and I pronounce my $10 White Rotary from Goodwill a total success. I'm keeping this and using it now as my main machine. (It was $35 but I had a big discount based on redeemed shopping points). I have a couple of other machines here, really old cast iron bound for eBay, that I need to start working on. It's a rather pleasant activity, and a lot less messy than rebuilding automobile engines or restoring old tractors. ;-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 20 - 10:03 PM

All of this mask making had me thinking about other sewing tasks around here, so this afternoon I pulled a pile of mending from the craft room and reassembled four canvas grocery bags that the puppy destroyed handles on and several other garments needing holes zigzagged together. It clears a spot on that table and gave me a little break from mask making.

I've cut out some form-fitting masks in a light denim; I'll zigzag around the edges before making masks to keep them from ravelling.

I finished a cat-sitting project after a week of a friend being away (and we were careful - I wore a mask in the house for three days after she left, then I wore a mask in the house for the three days before she arrived back home. No one else has been in her house for the last month or more.) It really comes down to close-friends and trust for this to happen; her parents are elderly (she's my age, and my parents both died more than 20 years ago) and have been isolated for a couple of months now.

I'll check my post office box tomorrow; I saw in "Informed Delivery" that there is a letter from Pennsylvania. Looking forward to that!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 May 20 - 05:42 PM

I have remembered what I did about the fence post footers. I dug them out on one side then took the 2-pound hammer and a concrete chisel and knocked off enough of the base until I could lift it out of the hole. Two down, two to do. I started digging around them this afternoon but it was getting hot, so I changed course and got the battery-operated reciprocating saw and trimmed some of the privet that needs to be removed from the back of the yard. I stashed it on the creek-side of the fence until next month when we get another bulky waste pickup.

A friend in the next state over wrote and asked if I would sell her face masks, since her sewing machine isn't working. I talked her through how to clean the bobbin case and shuttle and then to go ahead and clean and lubricate the machine and see if it will work again. I'll send her masks if she still needs them, but I think she'll enjoy the victory of reconditioning the sewing machine herself and starting to make her own masks. I expect to hear soon if it worked or not.

Reheated Mexican restaurant take-out this evening. It took a couple of tries to figure out the system (order online, wait in one of the numbered parking spaces, call and let them know you're out there.) Usually someone is standing in the parking lot and just goes and gets your order. Whatever works.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 02:48 PM

I have a friend who, with her husband, thinks they had COVID-19, but she hasn't been able to schedule the antibody test until June 1. They stayed at home and I hope that's the end of it. She was pretty sick for several weeks, but didn't go to the hospital. That said, I hope no one else in your building has caught it, but please, if you feel bad go to the hospital if you feel you need to and don't wait till the last minute.

I'm working on the old fence posts again; last year I think I set up a pulley to help pull them out but I can't remember what I did now. There's no driving back there to pull it up with the SUV and a rope. I'll have to keep working on a ramp-like hole and eventually pull and roll it out.

Right now it's a good temperature. I wish our summers would stay this way. (It's more like summer in Seattle right now). Summer in Texas is nothing to pine for.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 09:46 PM

Update: Someone in my building at work has tested positive for COVID 19. The agency has closed all three locations and we are not allowed back into the building until at least May 11, 2020. We have been told to work from home the best we can.....

I am feeling a lot of nothing.....

Very strange.

Carry on.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 07:18 PM

I have to admit that yesterday, given the opportunity to pick up a year's worth of pork, I bought a half-dozen pork tenderloins that had just appeared in the freezer of my local gourmet/discount/bulk grocer. They hadn't frozen yet and I imagine most of them were snagged before they had time to freeze in the store. Unrelated, a sausage-making meat-packing company in the next county over closed this week after two of their employees died of COVID-19. It's happening everywhere, and it's going to have a huge impact on feed lots and farmers, if they can't move their livestock through the regular production channels.

Stay healthy out there, everyone!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM

Going into some stores of late has reminded me of intelligence briefings we used to get about life in the Soviet Union: desolate grocery stores with little of anything that anybody wants, but without babushkas queuing to buy what they do not want.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 02:01 PM

We are seeing the same trend here, Stilly. Himself went to town today to recover our espresso machine, which went in for routine maintenance just before the lockdown, and came home with rather too many packets of biscuits (cookies to you) from a shopkeeper who caters to British ex-pats. Maybe our greed will keep him afloat for just a little while longer.

I made a vat of minestrone yesterday, so there are lunches for another week. I hope to snaffle a ham hock on the weekend ... Oh, the things I used to take for granted!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 12:24 PM

It turns out that a few of my favorite places need help, so I'll be ordering or buying (prudently) as time allows. Tonight I'll pickup an order from my favorite Mexican restaurant, and next time I'm in the next town over to the east I'll visit a couple of the International markets. With my mask and gloves, and knowing that I can move around in the areas with lots of space.

I had a teleconference appointment today, and I realized that this and the fridge repair were the only appointments all month that could be kept. Knee doctor, hairdresser, volunteering, everything else is pushed way into the future. Next week my dog goes to the vet. Whoo hoo! I'll hand him over and wait outside in the fresh air. (I trimmed my bangs again because they were in my eyes - and even as long as I tried to make them they still came out a little short. Oh, well. They're not in my eyes now.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:36 AM

The old freezer was 50 years old, but it was a beautiful avocado green and the insides gleamed, so it was like removing a work of art from the kitchen. :-)

Turns out the repair guy is the one who lives a block up from me on the other side of the street (Sears doesn't usually have repair people work their own neighborhoods). His wife is a friend who helped me refinance the house the last time. And he was wearing a dark blue cloth mask made from a piece of fabric that had the company logo printed on it; he'd made it by hand after the company sent the pattern and cloth. When he saw my mask he asked if I sewed, and explained that he had hand-stitched it because he doesn't know how to use a sewing machine. Would I make another one? - he has a friend who liked his and said she'd send him the cloth. Certainly! He said "charge me!" - it would be nominal if I charged a neighbor anything, but it does give me the idea that they would like more. He said he has a box of the N95 masks in his truck but when he has used it during the day and it gets dirty it makes customers nervous. So they would like the dark blue masks that they can line with a filter or wear over the N95. And it has the company name in a bright orange print. I haven't sewn any of that pattern yet but I have it here and have been meaning to try it. My seamstress friend in Hawaii makes a lot of them this shape, but they take longer. (He needs more than one and it needs to be more than one layer of cloth or it is not really an effective mask.)

I sent my bias tie masks to my New York friend only to discover that his frozen shoulder means they're difficult to tie behind his head. I've suggested tying a loop on one side, loop it over his ear, then figure out how big a loop he needs on the other side and tie it or fasten it with a rubber band. Elastic is worth it's weight in gold right now. You can't get into craft stores (though some should open on Friday - I could try curbside pickup?) They'll be cleaned out within 5 minutes of opening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:18 AM

I am quite terrified at the very idea of rolling out the fridge to vacuum in its space.

I think we all have at least one housekeeping fail to confess. For months, I could not figure out why the dryer was so temperamental. I would load it, close the door and push all the right buttons, but quick as a flash nothing would happen. Or the thing would start, and conk out five minutes later for no discernible reason. Randomly.

I spent $150 on a visit by A+ Appliance Repair, only to learn that (a) it worked just fine for the technician and (b) he could not explain its erratic behaviour either.

Roll the calendar forward an embarrassingly long time, and I notice that the door does not always latch quite right. Lo and behold, when I give the door an extra-hard shove, it starts up reliably every time.

A few weeks later, when the beer fridge came down with cancer of the thermostat, the same technician visited to perform the transplant. "Didn't you have trouble with your dryer?" he asked (small town). I confessed to the door latch issue, and he commiserated politely. "At least you figured it out before it cost you the price of a new dryer."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 06:47 PM

Housekeeping Fail: The problem with the fridge was the compressor underneath was clogged with dog hair. Who knows, maybe that was the only problem with the old freezer last fall? I can't remember the last time I thought to vacuum under there. (It still is reassuring to have the newer appliance). The fridge is cooling now so I haven't put everything back yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 02:59 PM

Papers and dry-erase boards on the fridge front have been removed, perishable contents left in there (with several large tubs of ice) have been removed to a cooler. The darned thing is like the pet you take to the vet, now acting just fine, though sick as a dog last night. :-( I'll ask the repair person to check the thermostat and replace the fan.

Today I flattened a dozen or more boxes that had stacked up near the side door in my sunroom. The way mail gets checked now, nothing is opened immediately; envelopes, magazines, and boxes just sit for a while before opening, and then boxes just sit out of the way.

Over the weekend I planted more of my garden and got out some seeds to start plants for transplanting later in the season. I still have beds to work on, but the first basic one is in. The "kitchen garden," right under the kitchen window.

My thrift store donation bin is gradually filling up; no thrift stores open right now. I imagine there will be a pent up supply when they do, and I imagine people needing things will descend on them as soon as they do open. That's a busy part of the economy that could probably have been categorized as "essential," considering the number of people who shop there for clothes, to repair or replace dead appliances, etc.

I have confirmation of delivery of a care package to a friend in NYC; more of the gloves like I sent to Michelle, and a couple of masks, and a variety of other things. My sister also received her masks. I also sent a packet of needles to another friend; when poking through Mom's sewing stash I found a gazillion sewing machine needles and had the size she needed.

Just had a call from the Sears service tech - Umberrrrto - he rolls his r's. He's working in the area and expects to be here in a couple of hours. Looking forward to having that fixed soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Apr 20 - 09:25 PM

All well here in Stratford. Itís still a bit cold and wet, but looking up.

We put the porch chairs out on Saturday and had a cocktail outside for the first time this year, along with a natter with Jane across the street who was sunning herself on her driveway. Weíre all starved for conversation, but following The Rules.

Iím really impressed with our neighbours. Everybody is trying really hard to do the right thing, and the low rate of reported infection in Perth County shows itís working.

Himself is writing a ďcase commentĒ ó thatís a short paper lawyers write about current issues ó and learning how to do Zoom conferencing. Me, Iím still struggling through the war in Afghanistan. Weíre both sincerely grateful to have useful work to do and comfortable quarters in which to do it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Apr 20 - 02:33 PM

Dupont:

The fear of fetching groceries got me way down. So, Sat am at 6:30 R and I set out for the produce store after a mostly sleepless night. He stayed in the car and I was the second customer shopping! Forgot a couple things but managed a large order of staple fruits and veggies, loaded into boxes (they no longer allow reusables) which they helped me load onto the cart and I took it outside and got R to bring car around and load it. WOW! What a relief! R went back to bed!

I finally got the growing pile of dishes washed. And cleaned the first floor. Thought I did the second also but missed a lot. Maybe today. R's B-day yesterday and, with the weight lifted, I cooked him a nice meal and pulled a very special frozen cake out for desert.

Spent an incredible amount of time over the last few days trying to order food on line. The one store's mode entailed hours of searching. I almost had an order ready but decided to try a dif store; much easier to navigate and I can pick it up on Tuesday - they put it in the car and no charge! Three desired items that I know they carry were not on line... I shall suffer without my fav cookies. But we found a couple interesting items - pumpkin seed butter and pumpkin crackers!

I feel so much lighter believing food is forthcoming without risk. We are enjoying our feathered and furry neighbours - a flicker this morning! R has placed binoculars by the back door so we can observe through that window without disturbing them.

My project of clearing the grass from around the stones on what is turning out to be a lovely path, proceeds as the back permits. Then the robins feed on what surfaced! Crocuses are blooming and the new front garden is being a delight - of expectation. Most of last fall's purchases are coming up anew; I talk to them and encourage!

The wood fire keeps us warm. And the weather is improving...slowly. R has been cheered by moving forward on a few of his business affairs; there was a month of feeling nothing would ever happen but a few machines have been sold and transported! And some small chores being accomplished around the house. I have requested clearing junk from along the garage wall to be ready for the clematis I found there last summer!

A drive down along the river a few days ago lifted our spirits as we saw hundreds of Canada Geese enjoying the sun and two each of Great Blue Herons and lovely white egrets - prob the same two we saw in that spot last year. I consider those thousands in this time who do not have these advantages. A friend in NS posted an article on why people snap - a pro pos of the poor man who killed 22 people in NS last week. That event plus the Covid and the grocery problem and my friend who lost his adult son - I do understand that people can and will snap. It gives more meaning to "Stay safe".


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 20 - 11:33 AM

The refrigerator fan (between the freezer and the cooler) that keeps the non-frozen food cool has died. It happened before, maybe a dozen years ago, so I recognize the signs. I've turned it into an "ice box" with lots of containers of ice (some manufactured for the occasion in the new big freezer) and this morning it's at a "normal" fridge temperature, but nothing is in there now much that I'm using. I crammed most of the fridge stuff into a small bar fridge which is now probably freezing a lot of the contents.

Monday afternoon the Sears repair guy will appear. I filled out the form online saying I haven't been around COVID-19 and I'm feeling good, but then I need to let a stranger into the house to work on the fridge. [sigh]

The fridge is 18 years old, and it might be more prudent to replace it, but THAT is a nightmare in this day and age and delivery is only to the door and would take weeks. And the repair should cost less than a new fridge, but you never know. If I decline the repair it will cost me the $99 service call.

Still making masks; it goes faster now that I've put my mother's previously purchased but never used good rotary cutter to use, and that the process of making bias tape is completely understood and goes pretty quickly. I can make enough now for about four masks at a time. I distributed a bunch of masks this week and now have a few more. I'll poke around and see who in the neighborhood needs them.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 20 - 11:03 AM

I buy my dogs' heartworm medicine from the UK because it costs about 1/3 as much as if I buy it from the local vet. I still go to the vet for other stuff, but it's expensive. So now my UK supplier isn't taking orders because they can't guarantee delivery—there aren't enough flights to take the mail. The vet is holding my toes to the fire; since the dogs were in and had their heartworm tests a few months ago they haven't had medication from the clinic so I have to get them tested again before they'll sell me the very expensive medication. $$$ It used to be that if you had a continuous monthly dose and the dog came down with heartworm they would treat the dog for heartworm (free). I haven't gone with that plan for years because I have used a different method (slow-kill) of treating heartworm and because I save so much buying overseas. But they go with the fiction that we're still doing the monthly treatment with them. Oh, well. I'm stuck now.

A care package is ready to go in the mail, and masks are ready to be delivered. I have a sewing operation going in my den and I think that's the next room that gets the super cleaning treatment. I'm enjoying my dust- and clutter-free bedroom from the last concerted cleaning effort. I have to take two of the dogs for heartworm tests this morning. My plate is full.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Apr 20 - 04:23 PM

Dupont:

Mostly all I want to do is go back to bed -- but I don't. Two afternoon TV programs, then the 6pm news, TV if anything suits - rarely! 10 or 11 pm news and late to bed. Might feel like getting up by 9, sometimes 8. Depends largely on R; he sometime stays in bed longer and I make BF and eat, saving his until... He is overwhelmed by things that came to a screeching halt and then, when something needs to be done, he might do it or have a panic attack. Up and down like a yo-yo. This am I could not get moving so, seeing no BF forthcoming, he cooked a decent one for both of us.

The murders in Nova Scotia flattened me - like being run over by a Mac truck. There were only 9 Covid deaths---then 20 people murdered. This does not happen in NS, nor even in Canada. Stan Rogers music has been in mind.

Then he moved in a bunch of stuff he picked up at the, still unsold, Montreal house yesterday. This am, after trying for the 2nd or 3rd time to encourage the heat to re-start, he was putting stuff somewhere. I care but do not have the energy to look. He seemed happy; that is a plus! I did a load of laundry and watched my two programs, then, when I thought it was clearing, it started snowing!

I do have an outdoor project. Too early to plant anything but I take a walk around each morning to see what plants are progressing. Then spend 10-15 minutes a couple times a day, recovering what was once a nice stone pathway from backdoor to garage. A funny old, pointy at two ends and the edge, hoe, picks at the grass in between and on top - just shy of archeology! WOW! wider than I thought! Then the birds get the worms! I do it until back protests. Then back to FB and conversations there until I feel I can go at it again. (GEEZ!!! Now the sun is out!) The project is rewarding as it looks so much nicer!

Bit by bit, I am forming a comprehensive grocery list - for soon. I cannot do that again - go to stores! And R is not volunteering either. He is very careful not to get near any dubious place or person.

Not coping.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

A friend in NYC perhaps thought he was doing me a favor by telling a friend of his about my making masks - but he needs to be doing it himself. I don't work very fast with the other things I'm doing around here during the day (I still have a job that I have always done from home). Two or three a day is typical. So I'll determine if he has a stash to work with and figure out how to get more 100% cotton to him and get him started sewing. Amazon sells fabric though I don't know how fast they are these days. Most orders of other things seem to come within a week.

I have a growing list of people I'm mailing them to; my sister, a former co-worker, a fellow-Mudcatter I've been in touch with, and a couple of friends in the next town over. There will be more who need them but as I identify them I'll figure out if I can deliver to door step or send through mail.

Today is baking and mowing, then sewing. On the restoring older machine front, I've set up the newest of the old White machines and determined that the motor is sound and runs very nicely and I think the replacement presser foot is set to arrive tomorrow. I have several cans of sewing machine oil and need to go over all of them while I'm thinking of it. I'm doing this a few minutes at a time; as interesting as the project is I do have other things to do during the day.


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

Today I dropped some refundable booze bottles with a nice guy from church and damn near talked his ears off. When this is over, weíll all have a massive pent-up demand for the company of people who donít live with us 24/7.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 07:28 PM

Maybe I could mount new tires at the dealership tommorrow but it seems like a risk since getting the winter tires in the backseat is quite a manuver if the guys are infected.

I washed the car and filled the spa with new water today.


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

Today in the front yard I discovered a blooming poppy that I'm pretty certain came from a packet of seeds sent several years ago by a British Secret Santa. MyGuruAlwaysSaid or Sarah the Flute, I think. One part was showing a lopped off part so it must have been sprouting first time I went over the area with the mower; now I'll weed around it and let it drop a few seeds in the spot.

My vehicle inspection for the year was today; the dealer isn't doing a great job of keeping unmasked shop guys away from customers, and they drive the vehicles so are in your personal space long enough to possibly pass along virus. I wore a mask once I entered their driveway and since the only social distancing was the seating in the waiting room I left my mask on during my drive home and washed and sanitized when I got to the house.

I transplanted some plants today and am packing up a couple of face masks I made to take, with the plants, to a friend. We'll sit on opposite ends of her front porch and visit. I have to make similar deliveries to a couple of other friends later this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 03:23 PM

i hope that as they ease up here and there that shops will be able to do drive by pickup. It seems there would be far less contamination risk from paint or fabric than from food from restaurants. I want things to be phased in as safe, but i think letting people get household goods is very important, especially now that many have time for projects and the weather is very good in general. What I want to see is dutch doors in many businesses...keep people out, let in fresh air, which is oh so important. Perhaps only cashless transactions for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 09:46 AM

I'm waiting for the daytime high to struggle above 15 degrees Celsius before getting out the sponge and squeegee to tackle the windows. As you say, Donuel, I'm looking through them so much more attentively these days. After a winter's worth of drizzle, the patio doors are so grubby I could barely make out last night's rabbit on the lawn for his evening nibble.

Today, I have sworn off work because the sun is shining and I haven't been out the door in more than a week. Himself grumbled that the kitchen floor is filthy again; well, he can damn well wash it if it bothers him that much. He has taken to doing the dishes after breakfast, too. And wiping down the stove.

Strange.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Apr 20 - 07:01 AM

Since I'm looking through them more lately I washed the downstairs windows yesterday inside and out includimg the inside louvered shutters. Mowed the big lawn. Today I start sorting presorted bins for phase 2 decluttering.

I'm making a bold bouquet of Lilacs and Azalea for the front bay window.

Due to climate change the blueberry bushes and pear tree have no pollinators yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 20 - 02:46 PM

I mailed three boxes of the sturdy vinyl gloves (100/box) to Michelle yesterday. The restaurant supply place also has the paper-thin type (500/box) but those are also skimpy and don't seem quite up to the job. They limit it to 3 boxes per customer at $3.90 a box, the usual price. The limit came when they realized a guy who bought a couple of cases then stood at the freeway off-ramp outside their building and sold them to passers-by for $20 a box. They aren't gouging, and they're a family-run business and he said they're doing everything they can to protect their employees, who are like family. PM if you need me to send you boxes.

I also mailed two 3/4 sized masks to my hairdresser, who has a 3-year-old daughter. I heard from them this morning, tiny Valerie is very happy with the masks that fit (the adult ones they tried to put on her were met with revulsion). Of course, now she wants to go to the store with mama to pick up groceries. They'll have to find outdoors places she can go and wear her mask that don't put her in the store with other people.

These are tough times, you can't just go to Michaels and buy what you need for sewing. I did get lucky with my small rotary cutter when I found spare blades for it, plus an unopened Olfa cutter in my Mom's stash. Earlier I described going through some of Mom's fabric my sister mailed to me years ago, this dive through the bins produced the even more helpful sharp objects. I've ordered spare blades for the larger cutter and they should arrive in early May, though Amazon does seem to be faster than the current listings suggest.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM

Charmion,

I spoke with a friend the other day about the same thing - it seems that as retirees from robust businesses or government entities, pensioners are going to the be the most stable part of the population for a while. Not the highest paid, but able to withstand what comes. I do think my spending is going to change considerably, trying to support my small local businesses.

This morning the mail carrier delivered my replacement bobbin while I was out pulling weeds and we spoke for a minute; he said he'd used the hand washing station on the porch after a "handoff" on the route - I told him that it's there to be used so if he needs to wash his hands he's welcome to swing by at any point when he's in the neighborhood.

I'm making masks for friends and family still - it's going faster with each one as I figure out a routine. The bias tape is the slowest part. Too bad Virginia Tam is so far away - she finds making bias tape a restful task, a way to keep her hands busy, and has amassed quite an output from over the last couple of weeks (as seen on Facebook). I've never made so much bias tape in my life.

I mentioned ordering tote bags from my seamstress friend in Hawaii. I held onto the package until an online chat with my daughter and opened it (one is a gift for her) - they are magnificent. Gorgeous fabric, and very sturdily made. My friend lines them with the clear plastic or vinyl that I have typically used for table covers and window coverings. Hard to sew on that but the bags are durable this way.

The new bobbin is here; time to see if it fits, then get out the screwdrivers, the machine oil, and some rags to use for cleaning up the old machine and see if it works. If it does and it takes the old White attachments, my bias tape problem just reduced by half (I won't have to iron each piece in two or three passes).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Apr 20 - 09:37 AM

Himself is washing the kitchen floor. He could not stand it one more minute.

Now, this is a man who, for more than 20 years, has maintained a level of blindness to muddle and mess that I could only marvel at. So colour me impressed at what boredom will do. He has also finished and submitted a massive scholarly paper on military law (conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline), and he's working on a case for Innocence Canada that just might be a wrongful conviction.

I'm polishing off another chapter of the Afghanistan book for submission, and considering a nice long walk as the sun is shining today. Also, laundry -- running out of socks. And thinking up something different to do for supper with the leftovers from Easter -- cold roast lamb. Yesterday I served grits for the first time in more than fifty years of cookery; kinda like polenta, but coarser.

As we head into our second month of "social distance", I spend a little time each day assessing our situation. We have two government pensions and my editing job, so money is not a problem. Our house is comfortable and well-organized for two desk-jockeys to work at home. It is also stuffed with books and electronic gadgets for when work palls. The cats are always ready to help us sit around and read. We like each other's company. Food and household supplies are available in plenty at reasonable prices. We believe that the bureaucrats and politicians of the various levels of government that affect us most closely are doing their duty to the best of their ability.

We are not angry or scared. We are blessed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 20 - 10:08 PM

Yard work this afternoon, house work this evening. I've moved a couple of televisions around the house (one was finally put back in the craft room for when I can work in there again) and upgraded the setup in my office. I had a "free" Amazon Fire stick for paying for the first two months of Sling TV, and that is in the front room. As soon as I set it up I realized it was light years ahead of the little old Fire stick working in my office. So I ordered another and that is now in my office. The old one is fine in the craft room.

This afternoon I did some research for a friend with a small business that is in danger of going out of business because the landlord insists on the rent, no giving a break because of the shut down. However, the county isn't processing eviction notices now and when they begin there will be so many that I think (hope!) things will be able to sort themselves out.

My routine has settled on various things during the day and sewing in the evening. I'm about to turn to that now for a couple of hours.

I am going to share something here that Lilyfestre posted on her Facebook page. If you're not friends on FB, it's easy enough to contact her through here. This assistance can include homemade face masks.

Calling on all friends and family...

As an essential employee, our office is still open providing mental health services (individual psychotherapy), medication management, injections, health monitoring, case management, home health care, and crisis services. Some services are offered via telehealth, while others must be offered face to face (for various reasons). Our agency (along with many other agencies) are in desperate need of the below listed items to keep our staff and the clients we support safe/reduce risk of COVID. We have been trying very hard to purchase these items but have not had much luck and we are running out of supplies!!!

I'm reaching out to see if anyone has any of the following that they would be willing to make/donate to our agency or if you have found any of these items in stock, please let me know; face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, clorox wipes, lysol, and "no touch/no contact" thermometers.

Any help is appreciated!!!!


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

Dupont:

A week ago Sunday, I decided a flush toilet is a priority so I drove back to Chateauguay. Quebec had police at the border with NO masks. I stopped and was asked to roll down my window so I put on my mask and did so and explained why I was going to Chateauguay. To see mon homme and get car serviced. Of course, I cannot get car serviced nor am I going anywhere. An excursion to obtain groceries last week was a two hour ordeal. It was all easy and well organized, It was only when I was safely home that the stress hit me - for two days. I am planning to have them delivered next time - in a couple weeks or so.

I have only left the house to walk around the yard - when it has not been cold or raining. R worked two days in the city but not near any humans. I am not sure which of us is more stressed by this. I have only managed bare essentials: meals, dishes, laundry. AND watering the 70 house plants! It is nice to see the bulbs, planted last fall, coming up! And other things poking through.

Just talked to my son in PA. Does not seem to be getting things done. Put him on calendar for Thurs to check in. Yeah, he is 57 but these are tough times!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:07 PM

I have a couple of parcels next to the front door and a box in the SUV that arrived or were picked up recently - they're just sitting. And when I finally open them they'll get a wipe-down with a household cleaner. When I again check my post office mailbox (sometime this week) it'll sit on the workbench in the garage to air out for a few days. As I read about disinfecting protocols it seems that household cleaners are considered pretty good for the job; last year I bought a large bottle of Formula 409 to refill my spray bottle, which is used for a lot of this work.

I examined my old White rotary sewing machine this weekend; the side-loading bobbin case isn't attaching properly in the bobbin shuttle, so I'll have to take it apart at some point and see what's up. And one of the vintage machines I picked up to sell on eBay, turns out it's missing the bobbin case altogether. eBay is still up and running and after a little research it looks like these front-loading bobbins are pretty standardized. I've ordered one to see what happens. So all of my mask sewing is on my regular sewing machine and I'm making the bias tape a bit wider to make it easier to work with now that I've worked out the pattern and process for the masks I'm making for friends and family. (Three layers, with a gap left on the inside layer on one side in case the user wants to slide in a folded coffee filter for extra protection.)

The oldest sewing machine has the bias tape attachment, and if the newer White machine had a bobbin right now in theory the old attachment will fit on the new machine. I think the new bobbin will arrive mid-week and that's one package I won't let sit awhile before opening.

Spring cleaning today, meaning vacuuming, dusting, rearranging and where there is too much stuff, storing donations until they can again be dropped off. Quilt and delicate bedding are in the washer on the gentlest cycle available.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:42 AM

found my mailbox key..spare one. was worried i lost my key very close to mailbox, so anyone who found it could just easily get into the box. talk of bread reminds me i was going to have my cream cheese an ritz crackers. yummy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 10:05 PM

A day later and the dog-proof compost enclosure has not been breached by a dog. I dug another wheelbarrow full of weeds and deposited them inside, and then was able to put in a few plants in the part of the garden I've managed to clear. They're reinforced with a plastic pot or a straw (split lengthwise) around the stem hoping to defeat cutworms that were such a problem last year.

I delivered 3/4 of a batch of dinner rolls to my ex this afternoon, in exchange for some groceries he picked up. I also shared some of my supply of yeast. I kept just enough for a few small sandwiches for myself.

Back to the sewing machine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 05:42 PM

I took a lot of leftover chicken wire and metal fence posts and old vinyl clothesline and assembled a covered compost pile. I'm sure the three dogs will figure out how to dig in soon, but I'll have to defeat them after that and then I can use this for the five-gallon decomposed kitchen waste that slowly fills beside the kitchen door (where the dogs don't go). I made a hole in the middle of the lawn clippings, poured the slop in from one bucket, and topped it with a wheelbarrow full of weeds pulled yesterday in the new garden plot. That bucket is rinsed back in service, the second one will go into the compost next week. I usually don't let them both fill like this, but with the surgery I wasn't going to be lugging them to the back yard for composting.

Until I assembled this thing I wasn't going to try to put in the new garden beds, because I start a new compost pile every year and I didn't have one yet. I have three or four mounds back in that part of the yard that were previous compost piles so I can dig and move them for more topsoil where I need it. As "finished" compost there is no point in piling raw stuff on top of them.

Checking the mail. I use a pair of tongs and place the pieces on a shelf next to the door, leaving it for a couple of days. I checked the post office and put it in a cloth bag, then when I got home used paint stir sticks like chop sticks and pulled the mail out while I was in the garage. It sat on my workbench for several days. Today I have a parcel a friend mailed(the tote bags I mentioned a few days ago) and I'll use a disinfectant to clean the outside of the package. I figure the fabric items inside won't have any COVID19 virus after several days (and because the friend is high risk as a recent cancer patient and will have been in her house for weeks now.)

So far the dogs are enjoying the new dog beds I've made. Knock wood they're still in place and not shredded.

I'm tired of my own cooking, but I'll still have dinner here today. I'll plan to pick up something tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 03:59 PM

Here in Texas it goes from cold to hot like the flip of a switch, and today is hot, in the high-80s. As will tomorrow be, so I'll finish my mowing in the morning. Today I tackled a part of the yard where my garden usually resides; I took down some short green metal fence posts and my next job will be to shift the soil along the line and push it into specific raised beds instead of having all of that soil spread where it was part of a much larger garden (it was up against some 2x12 planks for several years; now I'm planning to confine the garden to smaller but better weeded areas).

Some years ago my sister mailed me boxes of fabric that constituted part of my mother's stash - most of it had been used the the next-to-last house she lived in, the one where I spent about half of my school years. We sewed a lot back then. Mom smoked a lot and that house was built into a moist hillside so it was always musty. I left it in the boxes for a long time, but finally took it out, and decades later that stash was still smoky/musty. It has been through several washes and finally is "normal." The oxyclean seems to have tipped the scale; anyway, this will be part of the mask operation.

Last night I took the large outside fluffy cloth case that had held some kind of fiber for an expired dog bed and folded it in half and sewed it into now double-layer case. The original fiber came to pieces in the dryer; for this half-size bed I had some of the padded fabric from the previous dog-resistant couch cover that was folded several times and inserted; I sewed it closed (no zippers, this is a rough job and who knows how long before Cookie drags it out the dog door and destroys it—though I did spray it with that Yuck! stuff to discourage her.) This will go in the closet doorway in my office where Pepper hunkers down during thunder storms.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:12 AM

Himself beat me to the field-expedient mask project and whomped up his own out of a red bandanna. He found it too hot and it steamed up his spectacles, so today he's experimenting with a Buff, a neck-gaiter-ish garment made of technical athletic fabric.

It's not dense enough to be much more than a sneeze-catcher, but it has Welsh dragons on it, so, bonus.

Jobs today are laundry for me, and bread-making for Himself. Plus editing. He's chopping at his jeezly big paper to get it down to publishable length, and I, of course, have the Afghanistan book. I'm on Chapter 7, and it's 2010 in Kandahar Province, where bad things are happening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 05:26 PM

Here's a hospital video showing how people can construct masks for hospitals (and the hospitals will put in the final pieces).

There is a PDF pattern with it linked from the YouTube page.

My days are split between daytime/outdoors activities and evening sewing, web content work, etc. I don't think it's people just hanging out in their pajamas at home any more.

Dinner rolls are in the bread machine for baking and distribution in a little while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 10:57 AM

My sister-in-law is making masks for us, and for now I am making field-expedient ones out of Himself's worn-out tee shirts and elastic bands.

There's a nice video on YouTube of the U.S. Surgeon General demonstrating how to make an improvised mask


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 12:38 AM

Yes - for a while the world will revolve on the homemade bias tape holding on face masks. I have made wide tape for big projects; making it narrower means you get more length for the amount of fabric that is used for it, but I totally agree, it is time-consuming. I don't have any of those bias tape tool things that you pull it through and iron it, but I have an antique sewing machine with a bias tape foot that will serve me well. (Any sewing related stuff on Amazon is all sold out until May; we have to be resourceful and use skills learned a very long time ago.) And what is so remarkable, all of a sudden that stash is not being laughed about as the frivolous hoarding of home-sewers.

We've lived under a literal cloud since early last week, and while the next couple of days are supposed to be warmer they're still overcast, then we get more rain end of the week. I do wish it would pace itself. Now that I'm more active I'd like to walk the dogs, but not when it's cold and blustery.

Baking again tomorrow; it seems the dinner rolls are a real hit, so the proposed cinnamon rolls will wait for another day. I've taken them hot out of the oven with tongs, used gloves and bags out of the box to hold them then delivered next door and across the street. I wouldn't try it with anything that wasn't just cooked and delivered immediately. Next door offered chicken salad, but there is too much chance that could pick up something if they've been exposed. What a life we live these days.

Stay healthy everyone. And Dorothy, I hope R is being careful if he's going about any of his regular business.

Susan, if you're reading along, I hope you're in a safe place. We're still thinking of you.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM

I've been making masks too. Yesterday I started making masks with a tie as faces are so varied by size. I don't have any bias tape on hand so I am making my own...not hard but time consuming.

Pennsylvania has been asked to wear a mask whenever we go out....this family will do just that IF we go out.

I spent 3 hours today going through a box that I have been tossing mail in....organized a lot, threw out even more and paid most of our bills. I am proud of us in that we have saved enough money to pay our property taxes early enough to qualify for a 10% discount. YAY US!

We have a bear at our house. We've lived here for over 20 years and have only one other bear that I know of and he was only in the field at the end of our very long driveway. This new bear is on the smaller side but he was on our porch last night!!!!

Working 2 days a week at home has proved to be more difficult than I thought but only because I am so easily distracted. Maybe it just takes time to get used to it.

For those of you who don't live in the US, what kinds of restrictions are you facing due to the COVID-19 virus?

Stay safe and healthy out there!
Much love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:49 PM

I've laundered two sets of fabric, one light, one dark, from my stash, and today I cleared off a lot of clutter on the table where I sew. I have several requests for masks so I need to start making them. I've identified four different types of patterns and ideas about how to assemble them. Once I have a few prototypes I'll post photos for those who made requests to tell me which they want.

I actually have a job for several hours a week so that happens a little bit every day. I worked at home before, so nothing has changed, except that now there is an urgency to getting the content out there for people who are looking for our kind of information, so I'm throwing in a couple of hours a week I'm not reporting.

I haven't completely shrugged off the bursitis. I use an ice pack and alternating heat on the adjacent muscles, but I also am doing a hot soak in the tub each day, at least as long as the weather stays this cool.

Today I bought a couple of tote bags from a friend who sews for a living; they're gorgeous, and one will be a gift for my daughter. She will mail them and the package can be disinfected then the bags ironed to kill any virus. Or washed then ironed. Mostly I wanted to offer some income since my friend is mostly sewing masks these days, giving some away, selling the rest (as requested by local doctors and hospitals). My stash isn't as huge as hers, but I have a lot of of other fabric here that could be used, garments not being worn, etc. Give them a wash with bleach or an oxygen cleaner, iron them, and they will be good to go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:08 PM

Beaver:

Warmish and not raining, I put all the throw rugs out on the deck vacuumed, shook the rugs and put them back in place. Also swept the front door step. It will look nice for a few days. Weeded around the sorrel and ate one fresh, and tasty, leaf! Cut back the oregano and saved some of the seeds.

It was too warm to work in the studio (solar gain) but I did a few small things to be ready for next time.

Drove to town (6 min) to meet friends for whom I save boxes; this bunch had been in and out of my car a few times since October so I was happy to finally have them gone. I had not touched the boxes in two weeks so I let them remove the lot to their vehicle, and a pile of egg cartons for the DIL who has chickens. It was nice to see these folks for a few minutes. And nice to have that out of my car. Next, some things for the thrift shop - they are all closed so I will put that stuff into the outside cabinet, in a construction grade plastic bag.

Cooked a pot of split peas; mixing them with the celery stew and some cheese.

A big chunk of each day is spent going through 100, more or less, emails and signing petitions. Sometimes I manage to "unsubscribe" from a few but I am not sure it lasts! And, of course on FB and info seeking.

The lovely day went grey and heavy so mostly just read. Even forgot to bring in wood but there is enough. I think it was up to 50 today so I pretty well let the fire go out and restarted it about 6pm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:33 PM

Well, I cleaned the bathroom. Enough of that nonsense. Maybe tomorrow I'll take the vacuum cleaner out for a spin.

But today I get to go to the supermarket -- whee! I just hope I can find something tasty and different for supper; I'm ringing the changes on our routine menu, but running out of ideas.

It is also to be hoped that the price of oranges is at least a little less frightening than it was a week ago.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 08:11 PM

We're back to cold weather for a couple of days—it was a slight drizzle so I didn't go mow the front. These days instead of mulching onto the ground I'm using the bag to catch some of the grass to put into the compost, and then once that's cooking I'll move the plastic barrier and start a new pile for the year.

No six-week post-op appointment next week; instead the nurse called and asked how I'm doing and since I'm fine, we pushed the appointment out eight weeks. Many appointments have been pushed way back.

Time to get moving - the dog hair has piled up in drifts, telling me it's time to sweep, mop, and then once the house is looking better, I need to start brushing the dogs. Spring is here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 10:49 AM

Beaver:
(Being written Thursday night but, due to wifi, will not go out until tomorrow.)

I think chocolate is essential. It seems to be the only thing that gets my eyes open in the am and I needed another bunch a couple hours ago to get going again. It just generally gets me feeling alive! This is a recent development OR maybe I should have tried it sooner!

The thaw is taking its time this year. I watch bits of the world re-appearing. My sorrel plant, close to the south wall has leaves that should soon be edible! The comfrey and rhubarb are peeking through. Raised beds still covered with frozen snow - but less each day. The 2 foot wide brook is about 20 feet wide but only a bit more than half way up the culvert.

R went back to Quebec to water the 70 house plants. He could not fix the septic until the ground thaws. He may not be back soon.

The front yard there is clear and I want to go see my plants appear - those I planted so happily last fall! Montreal is seriously impacted but Chateauguay could be OK; I would not leave the house. And it is large enough to keep our social distance. I fancy a nice hot bath! And my car needs servicing at the dealer.

However, I shall try to hang in until the weather is a bit more settled. I could go one day and come back the next. R can send me pics of the yard. At my age each spring is precious! Watching things sprout and grow is one of my greatest pleasures. And nurturing them!

The LR rug is still damp and rolled up in the woodshed; I cannot move it otherwise I could have put it out these dry sunny days. All the rag rugs need laundering but ... no septic. I wash dishes and undies in large bowls and dump the water outside! It helps melt some snow. I washed and cut my hair today. And scrubbed the top of the frig! Had to use the 3 step ladder but had plenty to hold on to - in case. Got some cobwebs while I was up there! Little improvements happen as the spirit moves me. Like: "Oh, that does not need to be there!"

Maybe tomorrow I can eat some choc and trim the pots I threw last week! Even wedge some clay. Even throw a few more. Maybe.

The moon is so bright tonight, I cannot look at it directly! The decreased pollution even affects us in the boonies!

Well, it is still morning (10:30). I have been to a small store for frozen organic boneless skinless chicken breasts; I asked if it were ok to take two bags; it was. And a 5pound brick of medium cheddar - orange, which I detest but they would not have the one year white for a couple weeks. Staff (all two of them)were well prepared with plastic face shields, and stir sticks to use on the credit card machine as it was over $100. The stick "is yours" and I put it in my pocket in case... Wore my pollution mask. First time out in near two weeks.

The fire is going, had a healthy BF: pureed black beans mixed with the celery stew and some orange cheese. Made a batch of anti-inflam tea; no lemon so I will use apple cider vinegar.

1 April was the 5th anniversary of buying this property. We were looking around, when R was here, exclaiming on the improvements we have made - with much help. We both love it. It was also my 2nd son's 57th b-day. He works from home, in his condo. May be out of a job in 2 weeks. The wife he is trying to divorce works for a major pharma; she will not be out of a job. She refuses to accept the idea of divorce; I fear she will become nasty when she does. I fear I have raised a son who is too nice for his own good. He needs his (big) brother.

Drizzly day. 40F.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 02:13 AM

i hope that those who need money can earn a bit by sewing these and gowns.   i think i said my simple trick..a hair elastic..big kind like a headband. Secure a paper napkin in and done. I keep getting extra napkins given to me at mcdonald's..i never liberate them. I also tried a long t shirt for those who don't have many options..just pull it over your head, up over your nose and tie the sleeves in back. Tuck in excess. It does look foolish but which is more important..looking sophisticated or saving lives. And I truly believe that our failure to insist on wearing face coverings from day one has cost us many lives, as well as terrible economic devastation. Wear them please whether required or not. Lives depend on this.


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