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

Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 10:04 PM
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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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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Aug 19 - 10:55 PM

I've used bits of blue painter's tape to mark each spot where I am getting what looks like a response to a stud (the plaster is thick enough there are many false positives) and when I step back and look at the wall there are three distinct lines of tape in the spots on the wall. I'll still have to test with a fine nail to see if wood is where I think it is. Tomorrow I'll see about putting up the supports.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Aug 19 - 09:54 AM

The new stud-finder is no more accurate than that old one or the one I returned during the week. I'm going to have to figure out where studs are the old fashioned way - start from a known point (a junction box on the wall attached to a stud) and measure, then test by pounding in a slim nail to see if I hit wood.

Dorothy, once that house is set up we'll all have to come visit and test those guest bedrooms!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Aug 19 - 07:07 PM

Dupont:

Freezer arrived this afternoon. It rained lots!!!! Nice breezy day! On phone with Hannah 2 hours! How to kill an afternoon! Killed the am on internet. Still need a pick to increase garden and I am loathe to buy another one; keep hoping R will bring one from city house.

Firm words this am re need for guest space got the futon frame out of the front yard into the TV room but in two pieces. Maybe tomorrow. I helped get it upstairs but cannot put it together. Now for two more beds in designated guest rooms. Maybe tomorrow? Summer is almost over and no guests in sight - yet, but son said he might surprise me.

Spent all my energy last week at Beaver; not recovered yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 19 - 03:23 PM

Dorothy, you put us all to shame with your industriousness!

I spent the last hour in the shady part of the yard (it's about 100 today, so that's the only place to work) pruning out ligustrum or privet, an invasive shrub in this area. It seems to have really taken off lately, and there are a couple of varieties. The larger one (glossy privet) looks like a beneficial native (evergreen sumac), so I'll double-check to be sure I really want to take it out. I used pruning sheers today, tomorrow I'll take the battery-operated reciprocating saw and cut off all of the plant bases (that are now tripping hazards). I also cut down what I think is a Chinaberry; attractive but invasive, and a pain in the ass as far as all of the berries it drops.

I also hooked up my battery-operated irrigation management thing on the back of the house. I use it to connect to series of hoses to run sprinklers in two parts of the yard, running before dawn so it isn't conspicuous. The area under the faucet was full of tough grass and lemon balm, and I carried the weeds (I like lemon balm but only need so much) to the patch of ground above the creek and spread it around, hoping some of it will seed back there. I also moved some bricks, though one had a toad under it so I carefully replaced it.

My stud finder is supposedly on the way, so maybe tonight or tomorrow I can start putting the office back together.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM

Dupont:

Wow! Long time missing! I had nothing to say and then I went to Beaver for a week and could not find the stick (for internet); remembered the obvious place where it was (here) after I got there, of course. So I went to the library and that did not work and Timmy's- same. Finally, on Sunday I went to The Muse Cafe. By now, I could not even collect email so phoned provider on Whidbey and nice Thomas helped me get a new password and explained a couple things, including "close your browser and reopen it". YAY!!!! But the 500+ emails took all the energy available. The stick is back in the computer case!

Came back on Tuesday and have been regaining a sense of order. I was delighted when arrived at Beaver to find that the folks who stayed there left no trace of their presence - other than a lovely note of thanks!!! I realized how little space there was for additional people but they managed, and enjoyed themselves. Bobby agreed to do a gig at The Muse in the fall.

The new "woodshed" is a beautifully built - ten by ten - structure - a roof with a sheet of plexiglass in the centre for light, on the deck, not blocking the view from the BR window. When we no longer heat with wood, it will be a nice shady area, when no bugs. Dan had to clear the deck of the remaining firewood to work on it so my job for the week was throwing about 2 face cord of wood back onto the deck and stacking it. Then I stretched out the large, heavy - once was a Tempo cover - out and cut in in half, folded each half and stacked on deck; I could not lift the whole thing. Brought the entrance section of said Tempo over and put it in the tool shed until next trip. That section has two heavy zippers so it will be the "front door" where I go in and bring wood to the house. I will roll it up enough that it does not freeze to the deck. Using grommets and heavy hooks to put it in place and also the other three sides - cut out of those other two pieces. The hope is that I shall be able to access the wood when I arrive after snow/rain and freeze-up!

I phoned to order 4 more cord and was asked to phone back 23 August. I am hoping my history will ensure that I DO get the wood. It is late to be ordering but I had to see how much I needed.

I also did some organizing in back-back shed and in house, mowed some of the foot high (or more) grass in front, weeded the raised beds, and left it in better shape than when I arrived. There were a few raspberries and blueberries (not ripe) on the bushes planted last year. Packed up pottery and loaded it into car, thankful for a dolly to get it the distance. A couple hundred feet from screened house on edge of swamp to the car. Mowed a path first!

Spent one early evening in the screen house, with book but mostly just felt the peace of the place, the quiet time of day, a few flying critters.

Dan agreed to bring a weed-eater to do the really tall areas - a lot!! I will ask him to leave the pink flowers - About 3x100 feet - for the flying critters and some daisies and brown-eyed Susan. The deer had feasted on the strawberry plants; they may profit from their new start. I hope.

Back to Dupont, R had done a decent job of keeping it all together. OF course the sheets needed laundering do that was first task. Still no beds in the two guestrooms and the futon frame is still in the front yard. "What if Taun texts that they are coming?" I can only hope the weekend will bring some forward motion!

I went out and purchased a 7cf freezer yesterday, to be delivered Friday. The amount of food from the Farm (Jardin de la Resistance) is overwhelming and I MUST freeze most of this week's. Good thing I only signed up for every other week. I have pretty well missed the local strawberry season. But may freeze some blueberries.

R managed to keep the house and yard plants alive - except one baby mock orange which may not survive. There may be one at the mill and maybe even a couple in the city; I am loathe to go there in this heat. We finally had much needed rain last night.

I did not go back and read earlier posts. I would love to see what folks have been up to but I have sneezles and wheezles, a stuffy head, runny nose, and my eyes are affected. Cannot remember the last time, or if ever, I have had these symptoms. Sniffing Eucalyptus clears head. Chlorpheniramine maleate has had no effect, so not allergies. It started at Beaver so it is not this house. Today is a rest day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 11:19 AM

I missed seeing Lilyfestre's remarks until this morning—I feel like I've been on a tiny vacation just reading it! That sounds like a wonderful week away. In a month that included deer, turkey, and wheel bearings you still came out on top!

I'm maintaining the frugal stance this month, though I did some opportunistic shopping yesterday. I had an appointment in the next town over so I stopped in the Halal grocery for a package of their freshly made Iraqi bread and a couple of things for a friend (a standing order for when I'm over there and I'm paid back). I freeze the large loaves (12" or more across) and they'll go into a dozen meals over the next few weeks.

The new stud finder arrived; it has a "deep scan" feature I wanted to use on the newly-textured wall but it seems similarly challenged as the old one. I may have to return this and try the higher-price device I've read about in reviews. I finished painting hall trim and scrubbed that tile floor and have removed the plastic blocking that route through the house. The dogs were giddy at being able to go in there again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 11:18 AM

Electricians!!! LR outlets restored!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Aug 19 - 08:04 PM

Yesterday's Yano day was moved to today for mutually acceptable reasons and I used the time today for a Dig Me Out restorations of order-- some decluttering and some junking. This little house can get dysfunctional when I don't stay on top of it, and I've been unable of late.

I had a very non-informative Spine Center appt yesterday, that has left me with a lot of conflicting advice to process, a lot of unanswered questions, and more questions.

Also ydy I ordered a new Rollator. We paid $300+ retail for my present one and Medicare is buying this one, so one can stay with the van and one with the house. I'll be swapping some features to have the best seat for concerts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Aug 19 - 09:46 AM

A glitch in the plans - the old stud finder can't find studs through this second layer of texture because it was put on over the top of the previous texture layer. The walls are all about 1/4" thicker after this latest architectural transaction. I hunted around, read reviews, and ordered a new Zircon that includes a "deep scan" setting. Arrives tomorrow.

To stay on track I mulled over the project and realize I'm still blocking the hall-to-den doorway because I need to finish painting trim in the hall. The tape is already down on the floor so can finish this pretty quickly then liberate the hall and let the dogs through all of the house. We will all be happier that way. I dressed in my paint clothes (saggy paint-daubed jeans I hold up with a belt and saggy paint-daubed old library t-shirt) instead of wearing the new t-shirt that arrived yesterday. It's message is "I was normal three dogs ago." I saw a photo of a friend wearing the same message and knew it was perfect for me (since I'm on my fourth dog here in this house, with a two-dog overlap).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Aug 19 - 09:48 AM

Monday when you're retired is still Monday. Appointments happen during the week, and there are a couple this week and next, taking me past favorite thrift stores. Yes, I am being frugal - there is one item I need to replace, and I'll look for one that suits. My toaster oven has failed; the bottom element works but the broiler and fan have stopped and I don't see a way to give it a thump or replace something to repair it. This originally cost $13 at a thrift store and has been in service for about five years. One of my appointments takes me past my favorite Goodwill store that has high-end donations, so I'll start the replacement search there. I have no plans to pay full retail price for a new oven.

High of only 94o today seems mild by comparison to typical August days. Some of my outdoor work includes swapping out a kitchen waste compost bucket; one of the current two in use is showing signs of crumbling from sun exposure so I'll retire it before something untoward happens with it's stinky contents.

More work in the office also, starting with the first set of shelves being attached to the wall. They won't be centered this time, but to one side, and my desk arrangement will be nearby. That's how I visualize it, anyway. I'm trying to leave myself a space by the window for a chair for reading or watching the bird bath outside.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 19 - 10:25 PM

I replaced my lightweight step ladder with a modestly priced 4' "A-frame" fiberglass ladder. It has solid rubber feet and is much sturdier for all of the climbing I'm going to have to keep doing in the office. I stood looking at the blank wall where shelves will go and decided now is the time. I have to put up the support for the brackets, the boards are the easy part, and then put stuff back up there. The old step ladder goes to Goodwill; it still works, but I need something more reliable. I've had my eye on getting one of these since the contractors were here to work on the office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 04 Aug 19 - 10:15 PM

I'm pretty sure the month of July has wings...can't believe it's August already!

Just a little bit of catch up: I got my car back in beautiful shape after the turkey flew into the passenger side causing about $3000.00 worth of damage. Shortly after that, a deer ran into the driver's side of Pete's truck while all 3 of us were in the truck along with our dog and Miss Mable. Thankfully no one was hurt. However, our body shop of choice was closed until we would be on vacation so the truck has been parked for awhile. We went on vacation during the second week of July....Pete, Jeremiah, my mom and I. We rented a cabin on a lake in upstate NY and had a gloriously relaxing vacation. We enjoyed early morning coffee along the water as the sun came up, Jeremiah made a new friend (how precious it was to watch that friendship develop), we took a 2 nation cruise, ate out twice, did some shopping at a local Amish farm where I got 3 baskets and a strawberry rhubarb pie, played games, went fishing, had long conversations and enjoyed each other's company.

Of course, in the line of work I do, that meant getting as many clients in before the vacation and having treatment plans all up to date and then had to hit the ground running to be sure I got all clients in for the month....and I did it too...all but one that was due to him not engaging! August feels much more laid back already! I'm off for another week of vacation in September so it will happen all over again..LOL..doing my best to be sure all things are in order so September rolls a little bit more smoothly.

Anyway....got home and the furniture that we had ordered earlier this summer had arrived. We went to pick it up last weekend and got about 3 miles from the house when there was some strange sound happening with the truck...much like the sound of a flat tire. We made it home just fine and the tire was in good shape. Pete took the next day off to tear the truck apart to see what the problem was....ball bearing. Ugh. Another trip the garage. We picked up the truck yesterday and are hoping that that is the end of the vehicle problems!

The new furniture looks good in the living room and we are hoping to paint in September when it's a bit cooler and not so humid. The walls are currently a dark pumpkin color. The new furniture is mostly brown so I want to lighten it up a bit. I found a very soft yellow that compliments the fabric nicely....just waiting on the temperatures to drop!

Last week I made ceramic Christmas trees with my mom and we will pick them up this week and add some snow before bringing them home. Friday I traveled downstate to have my port flushed and then did some major grocery shopping on the way home. Yesterday we went to Women in the Wilds which is an all day event at my favorite state park....we had a great time but I've been dragging all day. That means today was a day of rest....unless you count cooking and 4 loads of laundry.

Jeremiah is growing fast right now so we have more things to go to Sally's. The old furniture has been burned...it was well worn and way past it's prime....not in good enough shape to pass along.

We also got new chicks this week...they are Cornish X Rocks/meat birds. The gardens are looking great but I can't take any credit for that...it's all on Pete. We currently are enjoying fresh tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, green beans, raspberries and loads of blueberries.

Hope all is well with everyone.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 19 - 10:20 AM

Well, shit. Two shootings this weekend, Texas and Ohio. Somehow rational people need to make the case to the gun-rights-zealots who think they should be able to own high-power semi-or-automatic high-capacity military-style rifles that their way (of keeping all of these available so "the good guys can take out the bad guys") isn't working. In fact in El Paso, the police were having trouble telling who the bad guy was because anyone with a gun is suspect into it's all sorted out.

Susan, you're nearby the Ohio one. Do what you can for those you can help. Stay safe yourself.

On the home front, I've looked at the bookshelves and I can see a distinct slant in the office - that front of the house has tipped enough that the bubble in the I-beam level is all the way to the top of the horizontal vial. I actually shimmed one case on the end closest to the window. No wonder the ceiling fell. This is something that will only get worse until I manage to have the foundation work done.

Today is when more stuff moves into the office and on the shelves. I've put power strips and three-pronged extension cords in place behind the big book cases (used only for small things like lamps, not for heavy duty applications). They're ready to be reassembled and put into use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Aug 19 - 09:46 PM

The two largest cabinet book cases are moved into the room in a new spot; I'm thinking about if I like them there or not. I have dust rags and the vacuum cleaner handy because there are bits of insulation that lodged on boxes and and in baskets as I move things out of the front room. The shelves for the cases are in the closet and a lot of things need to be reassembled, wherever I place them. I have the Goodwill bin nearby for the things that were moved out in a hurry but don't need to return to the office.

When this first started I had offered a six-foot by 40" by six inches deep bookcase to my daughter, but we didn't have a chance to take it to her house and she has rethought it, as have I. I may use it to organize the boxes and boxes of cassette tapes from my father's collection. I'll be digitizing them once I get moved back into the office. I won't be putting up as many bookshelves as I had before because I thinned them out so much. I'll have room for this in the office (it used to live in the hall where that ceiling was also replaced.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Aug 19 - 02:17 PM

SRS, that's great. Now you can focus the detective skills on why your water's hardness or pH vary, or soap brand...

This is why I add vinegar t9 shampoo and body wash. As I've posted before, I now have zero soap scum on the walls or in my hair. I can also use less product to get clean me, and dishes.

I've never seen any DW damage either. I no longer buy thousands of tiny rise aid product, either.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Aug 19 - 10:22 AM

We have a gentle drizzle underway right now, and those two dopey dogs are out playing in it. The house smells like wet dog. It's a very welcome rain, though it doesn't seem to be adding more than a trace in the rain gauge (or in this case, a dog dish sitting on the patio that I look at after a rain.)

Time to grout those two tiles I set last night before bed. I'll be careful not to step on them, but it's time to start moving furniture back into that room.

Susan, the vinegar seems to have done the trick!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Aug 19 - 10:12 PM

The tile is out, new tiles ready to place, now to let a little tub of the thinset thicken a bit.

Using up food here in the house, I've made a couple of small portions of pizza with some tandoori bread I had in the freezer and cheese that I've had almost too long. Some almost mealy apples are now in a very small pie.

Laundry set to go, and the dishwasher, this evening (I don't run appliances during the day because of the higher power consumption of running air conditioners.)

I did some work on the potted plants, rearranging and making sure if we do get rain one of these days the rain coming off the roof doesn't hit any directly.


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

There are so many things we thought we could/would do once we were retired! I'm plenty busy, but not any more efficient.

I read about the strategy of really small bites; I have mixed feelings about it, but think it is a good way to approach desserts and foods that are less good for you, so you don't eat as much of them (or have seconds).

Interesting conversation with a neighbor about his foundation problems - his foundation guy told him to put up rain gutters, that with all of the rain we had this year, especially in June, more water got under the house because it wasn't guided away by gutters. That could be an answer here. I haven't had gutters since I put on a new roof about 10 years ago. Time for the research.

Finishing the floor tile replacement chore today, fingers crossed. It has gone very slowly because I have only so much patience with hammering all of that tile off of the concrete.

I'm going to try Susan's recommendation of vinegar in the dishwasher this evening. Fingers crossed there also!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 04:59 PM

I think meal delivery is great. One thing I read about people with diabetes or hypoglycemia (a step on the way to diabetes) is try to have someone else cook your meals. I know I can go from fine to staggering around in a matter of minutes. They suggest perhaps a Chinese restaurant and making sure your food is done correctly for you. I personally when I was working went to McDonald's every morning for breakfast..I need a lot of protein and fat and their scrambled eggs and a sausage patty (ok and a diet coke) got me started for the day. Otherwise I would just sleep till the last minute. I thought once I retired I would spring out of bed and cook my own breakfast. gave up on that idea quickly. It gives me a time i have to get out bed (and left to my own devices I could sleep all day), gets a chunk of protein in me, I see my neighbors...could be cheaper but it is not too bad.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 11:45 AM

Lunch Retraining Time!

Years ago at my peak salary, I was briefly able to afford Jenny Craig. It had its points, good and bad. Later, I couldn't afford to try Nutrisystem, but how I longed to! I knew instinctively how it would have served my chosen but unpredictable, clergy-household lifestyle.

Now, though, I'm old enough to qualify for reduced-cost senior services.

For about $50/month, weekday meals are delivered every Thursday morning. This is not your typical Meals on Wheels, as pix here demonstrate. I LOVE IT, despite its weak points, because it's proven to be a huge Missing Link.

It's giving me the opportunity to completely remediate my food program: the weekly delivery of gluten-free, low calorie but filling lunches, once I add romaine lettuce. While physical therapy is making meal prep painfully difficult, I can actually remember to grab and nuke the simple meal elements, and then actually sit at a table and cut up every element to create the tiny bites necessary to eat veerrrrry sloooooowly. With the addition of table condiments, the bland elements actually aren't bad.

I regret the amount of plastic this program generates, so I look forward to applying the new habits this program supports-- going off the weekly deliveries and incoporating lunch shopping/prep -- as soon as I'm able. But for now, I like knowing that I have gluten-free lunch bins in the fridge and freezer to use up each week. I finally get to learn what Mom never taught me and which I never built a day's habits around. Until now. Now I have all the pieces to out together to thrive, I think.

My other meal habits were pretty good, but this Missing Link is the keystone holding up the arch I stand upon.

Here's today's lunch. (Two veg pouches today because I was out of romaine.)

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2391564320922850&id=100002079158985&refid=17&__tn__=-R


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM

The holes aren't to support free-standing shelves, they are for the tracks that brackets fit into that support six-foot long board shelves. Furniture feet at the front of freestanding shelves work as the shim you mention, and I have two of those. I've measured various places to consider where to put these. I'm thinking about rearranging from the past setup.

August is here. Time to clear up paperwork as I pay bills and start clearing my dining room table of computer stuff as I set up my office in the office again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Aug 19 - 09:01 AM

SRS, if you shim under the front edge of the shelves, they won't tip. (Just the skinny third or half of the shim will be enough.)

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 02:41 PM

Any time the power goes out I have to consider how much I really want to get the vehicle out of the garage. The door weighs a ton unless it is released, and there is a release cord that I finally extended so I can reach and release it. It used to have a plastic handle but I cut that off when I realized it used as part of a trick used by burglars (who pushed the door just enough to create a gap then hooked the cord handle and released it). An insurance guy told me about that. I can reach the cord but it wouldn't be as easy to snag.

I think I've about had it with painting trim. There are a couple of doorways left, and then it's onto finishing the replacement tiles and scrubbing the floor before the move in. The question I have asked myself now: I had lots of the shelves with the brace screwed to the wall and the brackets that attach to support boards. The walls look so good - do I want to drill holes? I will put them up again, but I'm not going to put them as high as before.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 12:59 PM

Aaaaand ... the garage door opener died. Another five hundred bucks down the maintenance hole.

On the other hand, futilely re-prodding buttons in the diminishing hope of results when we're already late for church is presumably now a thing of the past.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 11:50 AM

SRS, it changes the pH so that all of the detergent plus any minerals dissolve fully and thus the dishes rinse clean. I just use it every time as the rinsing aid.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jul 19 - 11:05 AM

Thanks, I'll give that a try. I ran the dishwasher empty with a couple of cups of vinegar a while back, it didn't seem to help in general, but maybe in contact with the dishes in particular?

This morning I have started putting things where they belong. The burnished Oaxacan figures are back on display in the hall niche outside my office, the rest of the Attic Dek planks are in the attic for later (clearing floor space in the sun room), as I assess what I need to do to get back to selling on eBay and putting my office back together. I'll use things on hand for tasks already under way and make August a No Spend Month. Fresh fruit and vegetables and staples (gas, dog food) are okay, but the rest can wait or something else can be used. It's an energizing process, considering how to move forward with more ingenuity and fewer material purchases.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Jul 19 - 10:57 PM

SRS, try 1/4c vinegar, in with the detergent.

Black eyed Susans went in the ground today, with Brandon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jul 19 - 04:04 PM

When it's over 100o I don't spend much time outdoors, but I took a few minutes to move the mix of potting soil that had been in the garage in my wheelbarrow. Now the pots near the side door are planted with squash and eggplant for a fall crop. The garden seems to be snakebit this year, so I'll try pots.

Something is going on with my dishwasher and the local water; all of the glasses and silver are cloudy. I've started washing by hand and it seems to help. I refilled the rinsing agent but it doesn't make a difference. Perhaps it's a seasonal water thing? I'm getting ready to start polishing the silver and putting it into the case and use just stainless steel flatware (though I didn't get the new flatware because of the water.)

A week of cat sitting at a friend's house begins today and I always feed them around 7am and 7pm, so after the morning run I have a couple of hours when it isn't baking hot out there yet. Good for attic work, yard work, and maybe even walking the dogs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM

Y sitch heating up.

Half of peat pellets set outdoors for light-- fluoro too heavy to move, so more watering.

Yano tmrw-- unpacking the jackalope out of the shredded paper tangled in its dusty fur, so we can put it up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jul 19 - 05:29 PM

I'm not very patient when it comes to painting the trim and I keep bumping into the other color. It'll be a process of smaller and smaller brushes until I call it quits.

Today is a combination of around-the-house maintenance (laundry, dishes, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms) and a push to finish the rooms. I mowed the lawn this morning and I've added water to the birdbath outside the office window (where several birds visited while I was watching).

More cut up branches in the trash, and the yard is looking much better since those built up piles are getting cleared out from under the trees where I dropped them.

It's time for round two with the chipper in the front yard to bag more mulch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Jul 19 - 10:54 AM

Sprouts are starting up!

The Y meeting has become a writing exercise to use if necessary for a lawyoo.


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