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

Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Aug 19 - 09:53 PM
Dorothy Parshall 31 Aug 19 - 08:48 PM
wysiwyg 31 Aug 19 - 12:15 PM
LilyFestre 31 Aug 19 - 11:39 AM
wysiwyg 31 Aug 19 - 10:24 AM
LilyFestre 30 Aug 19 - 06:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Aug 19 - 05:47 PM
Dorothy Parshall 30 Aug 19 - 05:39 PM
wysiwyg 30 Aug 19 - 05:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Aug 19 - 01:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 19 - 10:51 PM
LilyFestre 29 Aug 19 - 10:17 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Aug 19 - 06:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM
wysiwyg 29 Aug 19 - 06:51 AM
Charmion 28 Aug 19 - 07:41 PM
wysiwyg 28 Aug 19 - 03:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Aug 19 - 11:11 AM
Charmion 28 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM
wysiwyg 28 Aug 19 - 05:35 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 10:57 PM
wysiwyg 27 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Aug 19 - 08:49 PM
wysiwyg 27 Aug 19 - 03:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM
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LilyFestre 25 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 11:14 AM

Turning the calendar page to September gives my brain a break after the really miserable and odd hot summer we've had here in Texas. I can visualize fall. The weather has been more humid than usual so the heat is more penetrating and harder to work in. But we're in September and that means this heat is now officially temporary. It might be another six weeks before we feel that first perfect crisp fall day down here, but it will slowly advance and one day appear. Yes, it's actually only one day later than August, but still, it makes a difference.

September is my bulky waste collection month in our quarterly calendar, and I have some limbs and trees to prepare for the curbside collection. One I can do by myself, one I'll have to pay my friend to remove. On the one I do myself I'll leave the stump for him to remove with the chainsaw, I don't have a hand-saw or reciprocating saw that can handle it. I'm going to start dragging stuff out front and leaving it where the code enforcement folks won't complain (you're not supposed to move stuff too soon). On the big tree my friend will take down I need to move some of the iris that are growing around the base. I like having a tree there, but it needs to be a better-adapted one; this was planted years ago when it was considered a good xeriscape tree, but it turns out that Elderica Pine (also called Afghan Pine) is a true desert species and it suffers with the amount of rainfall we get. I'm taking it down before it falls down. On the house.

P.S. Susan, my glasses and dishes are SO MUCH happier after repeated trips through the dishwasher with vinegar added. Successive washes have made them clearer each time and they're not back to their old crystal clear selves. The Limestone scale wasn't a problem until recently; I'm not sure what has changed as far as our water source or management. It tastes the same but is hard on glass in particular.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 09:53 PM

I mowed the front yard that had gotten way too tall over the last few weeks. It was dormant for a while so it was tall and dry, but after several rains this week it was tall and lush. And then I went shopping and pulled my stomach muscles picking up the big bag of dogfood wrong. I didn't brace properly and was leaning; as a junior high school gymnast I initially pulled these muscles tumbling or on the trampoline, and it is something I've had to be careful about ever since. It was a good workout but requires Ibuprofen at the end of the day.

Dorothy, do you can (hot pack) your applesauce? It's one of nature's perfect foods when it comes to canning. You don't have to add anything, just seal it and hot bath for however long your jar size dictates.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 08:48 PM

Dupont:

MAnaged to plant two more yesterday; none today! But I got the apples out of the car onto the back deck for now. About 120 more apples 4 batches of applesauce - about two qts each. I'll see how the apples keep and if they start to be unhappy, I shall have to make and freeze applesauce.

Really had no energy and made it worse by eating badly. Had a nice visit with Magda and Steve. They christened the French press! And pronounced the coffee "good!" Arrived after midnight last night so did not get up early. After consideration of the options, they went off to explore Montreal. Expect they will be late back as they have a couple music venue options.

Pulled some weeds. Raked up some. Took a nap when too tired to read. Would feel better if I had done more...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 12:15 PM

Van pillowing and props for passenger time, version 1.0, DONE! We'll try this out on a long ride for an errand that usually kills my spine after the first 5 minutes. Bricks to raise my feet plus bolsters under my thighs put me in a pelvic tilt that lets me float on top of the vehicle's wave motion instead of constant micro-whiplashes. Yay! Spine physics, yay!

We had virtually stopped going for rides through the country, a major component of our married life. Now that long trip to the Amish store next week for a bulk buy looks doable, and just in time-- it's time for the next big tub of peanut buttet!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 11:39 AM

Up early today. Laundry is done. Dishes are done. A nice breakfast was made. Animals tended to. Shopping done. Headed out to a BBQ and one of our favorite Mom & Pop shops as well as a stop at Robert Sides Music Center, a family favorite. I begin piano lessons next week with an instructor who will meet me where I am. YAY.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 10:24 AM

The next challenge here is a planned trip to visit MIL. The stuff going on with my spine will pose difficulties, most of which we'll work out this week by decluttering the van of our summer concert-attending crap and recluttering it with trip crap I'll need, including a folding camping recliner. In the meantime, the garage floor now clear of laundry will hold Newbie's crate because she'll be left here, boarding, and I don't need her crate to ferry her to the kennel.

So the whole week will have trip prep crap to coordinate and execute in the most efficient order.

The driving issues are best solved by my taking the wheel for most of it, because there's actually less damage to my spine from there. Greg will take the middle section of driving because it involves stoplights, cutting across from one interstate to another, and anything I can't do in cruise control SUCKS for my knees.

My theory is that I did all those 10-12 hour PA drives, and this should be 6-8, so caffeine oughter do it.

Hopefully by next year she's in assisted living, here, and this is our last long, bad drive to her place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 06:47 PM

Pete did very well and now we wait.

We both have a 3 day weekend so we are looking forward to our time together. :)

Not sure what we are doing yet, it will depend on how he feels.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:47 PM

Dorothy, does this entire large multi-floored house have only ONE bathroom? Whoa. You're a brave woman to take on that challenge!

Michelle, I hope everything went well for Pete.

Turkey soup simmering on the stovetop; we had another thunderstorm blow through so I thought I'd treat it like a fall day, even though it's still about 90o out there now. It's a dark day with the heavy overcast.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:39 PM

Dupont:

Euonymous is wonderful in Quebec! So is September! Gorgeous Day!

Yesterday, the new double mattress arrived; it is made up and the bed looks beautiful. New towels for two on bed as---- this morning a text from Magda indicates she and Stevie may arrive tonight!! What luck! The room is pretty good except for broken roll top which takes up TOO much room and is ugly. and no surface to put things so I put a chair in there. Maybe Steve and R can bring a bureau in that is not being used upstairs. Room in the closet. The guest rooms are on first floor in the addition, which also contains the only bath room - until we get the one on second floor - if I live that long.

I picked up two lovely Roxanne and a red tender Hibiscus this am - $10! Really marked down! Repotted the H in a nice 15 inch pot and will put it in a south window on second floor. One Roxanne planted, behind the BIG rocks and draped over, and one blue chip juniper, in front of rocks - ouchy! Soil is moderately malleable, using pick and spade, and the "weed barrier" is not so bad; I cleared a space for the euonymous; R offered to dig some holes!! This plant will take both of us to get it from pot to hole! Still have 3 blue chip. 3 day lily, a tiny mock orange and ? to plant. Might manage two more today. The hosta I want to move have started to bloom - Oh well! And I need to do something about the @#$%^trumpet vines. Will try to make a couple standards and murder the rest --- YEAH, I know it cannot be murdered, just re-cut back every year - forever!

Laundry done, our bed re-made. Moved A/c from BR to back closet -lovely to have closets!- and put low cabinet back in front of window, with a sheet of glass on top - for the hibiscus! R needs to carry it upstairs.

Picked up a heavy, lined drape at thrift shop for the north hall window - to keep the heat in!

And transporting these plants in my beautiful clean new car --- not so clean now! But the house is pretty good- not for a picky middle class home maker but for us.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 05:26 PM

Laundry GONE, system taught, supply kit given.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 01:16 PM

I'm going through recorded programs from the old computer and finding some interesting health lectures (from PBS pledge drives on the local channel). These will be added to the external hard drive connected to the television in the front room where I sometimes sit still and watch television.

I pulled out the Mylar covers for book dust jackets and now those books are back on the office shelves. (Grow up with a librarian and that's what you do for your hard-bound books.) There's a little more room on the kitchen table, and I'll continue that clearing between trips outside to do some can't-wait-any-longer yard work. Yard work must be done in short spells since the high today, while not as bad as recently, is still supposed to be about 97o.

September has been a long time coming - inevitably the temperatures will cool, and our first hint of comfortable weather will come in a few weeks. I await the burst of energy that comes with that first crisp fall day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:51 PM

Oh, dear. Michelle, that's one of those "good news, not-so-good news" posts. I hope the biopsy shows nothing serious.

Dorothy, you couldn't pay me to plant euonymous! I think they're stressed too much in this hotter climate, they're usually bothered by lots of insects.

Susan, all of those bags will be picked up Friday? Good!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:17 PM

Down 3.2 pounds this week.

Pete is having a biopsy in the morning.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 06:15 PM

Dupont:

Went back yesterday for 5 evergreen shrubs- four low growing for in front of the rocks that line the "flower beds" - One still has that heavy duty sort of a tarp to suppress weeds. R managed to extricate the other with GREAT difficulty and the perennials I put in there last spring are looking healthy! The other side.... Well, I am not putting him through that again so will look at the situation some more. A machete would help though this one might be lighter weight.

I pulled a bunch of weeds and that was all the body would do. I need to extricate a clump of orange day lilies planted amongst river rock in order to plant a very nice euonymous. R could barely lift it! So it will need a big hole!! I'll try again tomorrow. I am hoping the rain will help with the clay soil. I also want to extricate a 3 foot diameter clump of way too crowded hosta and put it elsewhere, leaving that space free for other perennials. The elsewhere may be long term project: a 3 foot wide swath, she hopes, across the middle front for herbs, bulbs, etc. Maybe some of it before the snow flies?

This am I noted a lovely purple clematis using the neighbours wonderful 10 foot or so high cedar hedge! Along the drive near the front. In the back yard, there were several light blue bell shaped clematis. Such a treat.

A trip to the produce store for apples and lettuce netted a huge box (banana size!) of fresh Quebec Macs for a reduced price. I begged. They are so good there! The mixed greens are terrific and keep well.

I took a basket to car and brought in 20, which are now applesauce. R may be able to bring the rest into the cellar. Need a safe cool place for them. If I can find enough containers, I will put 30 in each; 30 will fit in the large pot to make sauce.

I may be able to do a bit more tonight - before mosquitoes! Maybe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM

Charmion, you got lucky, being able to schedule that A/C replacement!

We've had a remarkable amount of rain in the last week and the lawn is heavy with dew in the mornings now, so I filled a "puffer" bottle with AgriLawn Crabgrass Killer (it's an organic mix of cinnamon and turmeric and I think baking soda) to distribute around the wet grass in a couple of areas of the front lawn. This is supposed to be an effective treatment for several of the weeds in the turf, but leaves the Bermuda alone (though I'd really love to nuke all of the Bermuda, front and back, and put in Buffalo grass). Decluttering weeds is a big deal; if this works I'll be out there a lot more with this stuff. I don't care what grows out there, I mow it and it looks like turf, but the neighbors always seem to be struggling with weeds the are seeded from what is in my yard. The bottle originally came with diatomaceous earth, and I'll have to find another one because I don't want to forget and spray this on the counter tops - AgriLawn has turmeric, meaning everything will turn bright yellow upon contact with moisture, so I don't want to accidentally spritz the kitchen next time ants come in.

I was going to mow this morning, but instead I'll let that powder work and I'll mow tomorrow.

I'm set with eBay stuff to start today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 06:51 AM

As hoped, I do now have just the house loads to finish, today, which are one dried load to fold and one small wet load to dry and fold.

Then they'll be placed into the open contractor's bags awaiting them in the garage, which will be added to the other tagged bags to await Friday pickup.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 07:41 PM

Stilly, when the air-conditioner was moved to allow construction of a window well, we were warned that moving it could kill it. Much to everyone’s surprise, the damnable thing just kept ticking and ticking.

But it’s still 31 years old and way beyond the end of the normal service life of such a machine, and its coolant is now illegal in Canada. So its days are numbered, and I’d rather schedule its demise than be surprised.

The basement windows are now clearly visible and visibly decrepit — almost certainly original to the house. Yet another capital project!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 03:14 PM

One hour of helper time vanquished the big laundry pile on the garage floor, but half was damp enough to be re-bagged for Kiana's 4pm arrival. There's one bag of stuff to check that I was told is all dry stuff, then she'll take the damp items to the laundromat and bring them back dried, to fold and pack.

That will just leave me a few more small loads in the house, which I'll finish in the morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 11:11 AM

I thought the AC repositioning was going to involve replacement? You just moved it now and will replace it this fall? How is that basement window that was part of this operation?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 09:43 AM

The new patio is finished and we are thrilled. It's both a technical win, achieving good drainage, and a major aesthetic improvement.

The last phase, adding a border of ledge rock at the point where the patio meets the new garden bed, added an extra thousand bucks to the project but was critical to correct an unexpected drainage issue. Unknown to us until the deck was removed and the patio laid, the bit of land that became the new garden bed has a distinct upward slope, caused by the roots of the very large silver maple growing on the property line and the still disintegrating wreckage of a tree that was probably removed to put in the deck. So the topsoil in the garden bed washed out with every rain, and the edge of the patio required daily sweeping. Thanks to money, we'll have no more of that.

It absolutely bucketed down yesterday, and I watched with a critical eye as the rainwater streamed gently away from the house and off the patio, leaving it high and, eventually, dry.

The new front path meets the driveway at the point where everybody used to cut across the grass. It is to be hoped that people will not, therefore, choose to veer off the driveway just a little farther out, out of natural cussedness.

Our savings being now completely drained, capital spending must cease for a while. Fortunately, I have a new book contract starting at the end of September -- army operations in Afghanistan again -- so we can replace our antique and ecologically hostile air-conditioner before the snow flies.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 05:35 AM

SRS, I only washed three loads. Most of this we only DRIED.

Years ago, though, I triple washed a chain-smoking hoarder's clothing which was being donated. TBTG, for that project there was no deadline! No help on that one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:57 PM

I've moved my accumulated eBay sales items from around the table in the sunroom (on the floor) to the dining table in the den. There's quite an array, and I'd forgotten about some of it. I'm still aiming at meeting the goal to restart my listings this month.

That sounds like a huge job, laundering and drying all of those collected clothes. And Dorothy, I really like that idea of stopping someplace you don't usually stop, just for the novelty of it. I'll give that a try myself!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM

Laundromat work DONE and unloaded into pickup row in the garage. Kiana is THE BOMB, and is coming tmrw to rock out the garage pile. Another volunteer is coming tmrw aftn also.

On track for Friday pickup of what had seemed impossible for about a half hour this morning. To.orrow we make the tags for the bags.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 08:49 PM

Dupont:

Susan! Fab project! Those heavy bags are terrific!

SRS: Movie project canceled due to rain. I may never know the answers! R often has movie projects in one or another of his buildings - inside or out in the yard full of my idea of junk. Film-ers love this! But our street is fairly prosaic. Our home is the oldest (1902) and R did speak with someone but I only found out what I needed to know.
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Recovered some energy today. Went to group lunch (local Anglophones) at a eatery right on the River/Lac St. Francoise. Great day for it and all those negative ions help me a lot. Stopped at Mill and picked up flower pots and some K stuff, a quilt for Beaver and a nice basket for the laundry room - for R's really dirty clothes so they are not sitting on the floor. Then a visit with Geri and drove home determined to stop some place I do not usually stop - just for fun. Ended up being a plant nursery with good clearance going on. I picked up two perennials but not room for anything else. May go back tomorrow for some shrubs - evergreen. Now that I have a pick!

Have not yet homed everything but know pretty well where it will go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 03:17 PM

I'm decluttering a friend's porch of clothes that got caught in the rain when a tarp blew off.

This is a huge charity emergency project. Yesterday my friend loaded up my van, and Yano Becky, loaded it into my garage this AM. We separated it-- dry, wet, filthy, trash. We started a load in my dryer. We brought in three loads to wash. Greg loaded the wet items in the van to go to the laundromat's dryers-about 5 heavy contractor's bags.

Lawn dude Brandon and GF ate meeting us at the laundromat to unload and help fold. In the meantime, I'm washing and folding here, to package up in reasonable condition for a Saturday giveaway event in Dayton.

These donated clothes got caught in the rain where they were waiting for that giveaway. These are for tornado recipients and others who have nothing, so I offered to try to help salvage what I can.

There's another aftn planned for tmrw with Brandon's girlfriend, just folding what's in the garage. We'll rough fold, and bag, two categories-- adults and kids piles.

Left from our move is a whole roll of these heavy contractors' bags, which I'll use to keep my friend's porch organized as next month's donated clothing comes in. He'll never have this wet mess again. I'll volunteer a day a month getting the clothes ready for that month's giveaway, and once he sees my simple setup I'm sure he'll leave items in a way I can organize... I have a couple of old plastic trash bins to donate to his porch, also.

I'll just use the same process I used to transport our fabrics on the open cargo trailer-- double wrapping, with lightweight, small plastic bags inside larger, heavier contractor's bags.

I have some old crafting twill tape to tie up the the c-bags, and I'll make re-usable plastic label tags to hang on these ties, from old yogurt lids, to identify clothing categories.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM

Do you know anything about the type of production that will be filming? Only outdoors, or do they also have a location for interior shots? Does this happen often? Will they park horses with carriages or antique automobiles on your street? Will you be able to watch? (Some of these projects are often slow moving like watching paint dry)

I am sad to report that most of the horizontal surfaces in the house have reached the point where they're cluttered with stuff that now needs to be organized, put away, or discarded. We have a rainy indoors day today so I'm moving things around and trying to compress some of it and pack way the rest. And yes, things are being added to the Goodwill bin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Aug 19 - 04:06 PM

Dupont:
We seem to be into fall weather. Nice that it is comfortable; not sure I am mentally ready for winter -- but the choice is not mine! I am still waiting for the pick to make it here and now the weather is conducive to using it - to dig some more flower bed area and move the poor rhubarb that is somewhere in a mess of weeds tight up against the garage wall. It needs room to grow! Of course, it will need much manure and care and will not produce for a few seasons but we have a monster one at Beaver. And it is not producing now; barely hanging on!

This morning I potted a few geraniums and stuck a couple more cuttings in the sand bowl. I have a work area on the back deck but can only work in shade so all projects must be planned according to the movement of the sun. Thankful for the mature trees! My 3 agave babes are finally starting to grow!

All the boxes of pottery are now on back deck, covered with heavy plastic. We need to consider where to put them long term: some on display? Where? When and how to plan an open house in Nov/Dec. On the weekend I only unpacked about half the boxes- onto 3 card tables and a small shelf unit. A newish glaze was popular; when I get more pots made, I shall use it some more. A woman bought a cylinder/vase, 6-8 inches tall, to drink out of? OK! An interesting concept and easy to make a few more. The infinite shapes and sizes plus the infinite glaze combos...!!! Never ending. And challenging to know what to do, so I basically just do what I feel like, with some guidance from the public.

A film company has requested we remove anything from front yards that is modern as they are filming on the street on Weds re early 1900s. I have one pile of mulch to move this eve - before mosquitoes! and two large objects on front steps that R needs to wrestle out of sight. And put my car in back yard on Weds.

The weekend was slightly profitable but a great deal of enjoyment. More a social event than the business of pottery! I gave away a couple and sold a dozen or so. One of the joys of this event was the man (I slightly recognized) coming along "for my annual butter dish"! He uses one, keeps a spare in case, and gives them away to someone he thinks needs one! Sunday supper for Geri, R and me at the Thai resto took about a third of the take! Good meal though! Ah, the joy of finally getting G to eat there rather than the boring place!!!

Laundry today and a pot of soup to use the various "excess" veggies - when my next bit of energy surfaces. The weekend effectively de-clutttered my energy.

The useless bed R dragged home, left this am, thanks to the film company! But the futon frame is not back together so the sewing room is still not usable. (too much CLUTTER!) But he had a restful day yesterday, de-cluttering some of his exhaustion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 01:41 PM

A major test of the new office is if I can use the computers in the way I planned, and the setup seems to be working. The old HP is set up on a desk adjacent to the new computer desk, and they're each processing programs that could only be viewed in the software they were recorded in. They're being converted to mp4 so they'll play virtually anywhere. I started a thread to post remarks on how to use and where to find some of the software.

I have several friends headed out of town who need mail taken in, plants watered, animals fed, and more, so the rest of August and much of September have lots of calendar entries for those jobs. And I'm still aiming at starting listing again on eBay this month; I'm almost there (as I've probably said several times before).

Heavy rain, over two inches, last night has given the lawn a new lease on life so I'm going to have to go out and mow this week, but I can also declutter my garden of some of the weeds and transplant a few things.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM

Stilly,

   There were 19 bags in total, one is going to a friend and all the other will be donated to a thrift shop. :)

    The temperatures have dropped here. This morning was in the mid 40s. The air is crisp and I am loving it. We likely will return to the more summer temperatures but for now, this is wonderful. My co-worker and I have made a plan to go for daily walks on our lunch break once the temperatures are 70 or below. I'm looking forward to it. In the meantime, Jeremiah and I are dancing to a playlist/videos that I put on the big screen. I also have a very large bright orange yoga ball that I am doing some floor work with. I was down .2 this week which I will gladly take. Last week I lost 7 pounds and normally that means the follow week the scale will go up a little bit as my body tries to readjust.

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 11:45 PM

It does feel good to clear out like that, Michelle. Did it all go to a thrift store or other donation? And Susan, you remind me that I need to go join the gym that I selected before it too, closes, like the first one I selected but never joined did. :-/

Small consignment jobs from various friends will keep me coming and going this week and next, with jury duty at least one day next week. It's probably just as well, I've stayed cooped up here too much this month. It was so hot I didn't feel like going out but the heat broke yesterday with a scant rain and today with a deluge.

I spent the rainy afternoon polishing the silver flatware my mother gave me when I got married; I've put it back into the silver-cloth-lined cabinet and will give it to whichever child of mine ties the knot first. It's still in pretty good condition, all things considered, and I'm using a new modern but less expensive stainless now.

Progress in the office, slowly but steadily.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 09:23 PM

My exercise program has unexpectedly dropped me back in my teenage years-- chair dancing so hard it hurts, and pool dancing so long that I freeze.

I like it. These hips haven't moved this
since.... Way too long.

I don't even care what it looks like.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM

I spent half this day working in our closet clearing out 18 thirteen gallon bags. I wish I could say that I'm done, but I am not. Sure feels good though to get it out!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 19 - 10:42 PM

A couple of programs were added into the new computer that I'd had installed in the old one to increase functionality. I'm researching how to reduce the size of some of the video files I have, from media center recordings to mp4. It's always something to figure out with these various program.

I'm still organizing the shelves and have located projects that were buried in with other stuff. And still finding occasional clumps of insulation. I seem to have a lot of plastic baskets, probably purchase at a $1 store years ago. I've tossed more paper from publishing projects into recycling.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM

Writers used to keep extra copies of their published works in order to send tear sheets in as examples of their work when pitching articles to editors. Now with scanners and PDFs they can be shared digitally. Over time some of mine are dated so this week I did a major thinning of those documents and sent at least a linear foot of magazines and brochures to the recycle bin. The contractor's bag was bulging, mostly with paper and cardboard, collected around the house this week. I've compressed my published stuff down to a single shelf.

The yard is dry as tinder now, it needs to be mowed, but since it isn't growing it won't get any worse. I'll get around to it one of these days. There's a possibility of rain over the weekend, but the ten-day outlook is more promising, with a projected high of 87o on the 31st. One of these days I have to thin the iris beds and I have a list of people who would like some. That has to wait until cooler weather and after a good soaking rain. I did a one-off cat feeding chore for a friend tonight and stopped for some ceviche on the way home so no cooking was required for dinner. It's too hot to cook.

Dorothy, you have been productive. I had to delay my planned fence work due to the ceiling, but at least these projects are all on one property, not scattered all over the Province.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 03:10 PM

Dupont:

Did a quick look at the posts for the last 8 days. Seemed longer! So many ideas and reminders! I went to Beaver for 5 days and the resident scale informed I have gained back the tediously lost 15 pounds. DARN! I went to four movies - a fest at a near-by lake that was incredibly fun. But the trip - all day on that Thurs, from here, and then a movie and 40 min home, then errands on Friday, then movie - again 40 min each way, and two on Sat plus going north to the Garlic Fest. I was plumb wore out and rested until it was time to drive back on Tuesday.

Well, I did manage to collect 3 more boxes of pottery and a table for this weekend's sale. Sat in the screen house all one aft and relaxed; it was cooler out there on the swamp's edge. And found a fellow to whom I owed for last winter's snow removal; I wanted to be sure he would do it this winter! And left money for the fellow who is bringing this year's fire wood. Remember: where I live it is OK to come home ans find a note on the K counter, and then say, "You know that box on the counter? I'll put the money in there in case I am not here." I do love this way of life.

So on Tuesday, Drove the 5 hours back to here. Not much else other than meal preps and minimal shopping. Again today; internet and no energy; lovely breezy day with all windows open so I have even skipped the usual opening and closing of windows and drapes.

Yesterday, I did go to the monthly lunch for our area group. I had instigated it being held at a nearby community oriented bistro. The org had added on musicians - Nancy White whom I have always avoided as I do not usually care for female voices. Well, Nancy White has a marvellous voice!!! And she played such a variety of music, from Joanie Mitchell to blues, jazz... And a local elec bass player accompanied her. The women enjoyed her tremendously! She may get more gigs and the bistro may get some repeat business. Don't we love when we manage something like this!

R worked the whole time I was away; not even time to put the futon back together so the TV/sewing room is still unusable for me; he has watched the news but that is all one can do after a ten hour work day.

I am flat broke as the month ends; but all the bills are paid. Hoping to sell some pottery this weekend at the Chateauguay Valley Antique Association event, A very fun event and R is definitely on board to help me get stuff there tomorrow! Geri will help on the weekend and packing up And I shall be exhausted next week. This could be the last time for this relatively easy event. Lots of local music - all day - mostly country.

And R will be going to the Sat auction (at the CVAA) BUT is making good noises about not buying too much this time!!! only minimal clutter has gotten into the house. The single guest room is ready (without wall pieces yet) and the double awaits the mattress; once again I am furious with Linen Chest as I was told it would arrive yesterday, when I received phone call that it would come on Sat. NO, we will not be here on Sat! Then, I was told Thurs. How do you argue with stupid? So, I am stuck with next Thurs. Was planning to go back to Beaver - well not on Thursday. Also waiting to hear if a friend who needs a bed for that weekend is actually going to take us up on it.

I have been concerned all summer that my son (and two grandsons) (PA) would surprise me but finally got him on phone yesterday; waiting weeks for passport renewal because ...????? It is supposed to take 2 weeks and it has been six. I can only wonder if it is his complexion. So there went the summer and no visit. The positive is that the van broke down and are we ever glad it did not happen on the way to Canada! My gentle, honest, Quakerly son (56) is not a terrorist! The world just gets crazier by the day, and in Canada also.

Oh, one movie was The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. Monumental Canadian documentary with Giraffes, and historic women's issues over the last 60 years. Ended with views of the Women's March on W as the credits rolled. I understand it is available on I Tunes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 11:57 AM

I buy replacement bags on Amazon for much less than the name brand, but still sturdy enough plastic to do the job. I tend to use the smaller bags (cut your own) more, so I tend to alternate my purchases: These rolls of the 8" bags last quite a while and I alternate that purchase with this two-pack of large and small. I read a lot of reviews before settling on these two products; they aren't all as heavy duty to stand up to the melting and shuffling around they can get in the freezer.

I was at Goodwill one day and spotted a holder and cutter for the rolls of bags but it's not big enough to hold the entire roll. I make my own roll and put it in there because it is a handy way to cut new bags. I found it for $2, I wouldn't spend $34 for it. (Expect to have to experiment on size and waste some plastic along the way.) I'm also looking at parts like gaskets and teflon strips as my aging sealer begins to need some TLC to get the bags to seal.

Sharpie on the bag wherever is good enough to let you know what's in it, no need for that white spot to write on.

As a Mountaineer member (in Western Washington State) in high school and college, who took the basic climbing course then taught in it for several years (including map and compass), I will never completely give up my paper map, and I find GPS to be terribly annoying. I "drive ahead" in my mind, having looked at the map and sometimes, if it's a complex route, made a few notes of cross streets, turns, landmarks, and can quickly glance at that. I use the phone map for the big picture for progress (the blue spot that shows me where I am does help) but it is as much distraction as it is a tool.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM

I stopped accumulating maps when we bought a GPS for the car. Now we travel with a road atlas and the GPS -- the GPS to provide turn-by-turn guidance, and the road atlas for route-planning. In Canada, where we have relatively inexpensive phone service (relative to the cost of roaming charges in the States, that is), we dispense with the road atlas in favour of an iPad and Google Maps. We haven't been lost, or even late, in years, and we have almost stopped arguing about turns and directions.

Ditching the maps was a painful process. I am a map geek; I love maps. But two file boxes of maps dating back to Germany in 1978 is way too hoard-y for me; they went into the recycling box without a backward glance. Outdated road atlases are a bit more of a challenge, so I let them ripen for a couple of years before I set 'em loose.

Stilly, you mentioned your Food Saver yesterday -- how coincidental. I just bought one; I can't think why it took me so long. I look forward to a significant reduction in the amount of food-wrapping material we need to keep, and better freezer results.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 08:07 PM

This afternoon I thawed two pieces of Food Saver sealed cod from 2014 that were as good as the day I froze them. I'm out of store-bought tartar sauce so I used an online recipe and mixed up some ingredients in the fridge (capers seems to be the secret ingredient) to have with it and was pleased with the results. I thawed a much more recent whole-grain baguette that I cut into slices cross-wise and toasted to use with hummus that I need to thaw.

Maps. I'm a hoarder, to be sure, but I decided again to act as if my kids were going through the box and tossed about 3/4 of them. I kept a few of places I might actually drive to, and as out-of-date documents they are placeholders until I get a newer one at each state welcome station. Sometimes I had to figure out who was governor (the old Texas map with Rick Perry, for example, is gone). I have a small cloth bag of maps now in the new SUV; I had a bag of more current maps in the old SUV but I think I left it unlocked in the driveway one day and someone grabbed it, perhaps thinking it was a purse? This looking at stuff through my children's eyes seems to be a good exercise.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 01:22 PM

Our smoke detectors are linked too and it’s quite a racket if they go off if you test them. Still, we worried about people not hearing stand alone ones going off. Ours have sealed batteries with a supposed 10 year life.

The closest I’d come to your last question are:

My mother sometimes thinks of writing about life in a very rural borders part of Shropshire (England) from her birth in 1935. There are some sheets of A4 around somewhere and her efforts are probably saved on her PC but that’s as far as it goes.

My father (who has lent one or two cards to one or two others for books) has sometimes considered doing something with his collection of North Norfolk (Mostly West Runton and again England) post cards. That one has never got off the ground. I have expressed willingness to scan for him but would not understand what he wants to achieve. On the other hand, I suspect his ability to plan a proper project like that went a fair while ago. There is one relic from the last attempt, a digital “Dictaphone” that we got him as we felt it might help get ideas down but I don’t think it was used and there is no paperwork.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 12:41 PM

Has anyone else noticed that there is such verisimilitude in modern radio and television HD broadcasts that the beeps used as background noise seem like they might actually be in your house instead? And driving - how often do I need to turn off the radio to be sure the siren or odd noise isn't in the car or an approaching fire truck?

The smoke detectors are wired together, so if one goes off in my office (for example), those in all of the bedrooms and the hall go off also. That's good for a fire at night. But when the batteries need changing these buggers are difficult, the 9v batteries don't want to fit back into the pocket, etc.

This morning I evicted some old mystery meat (probably trimmed turkey) from the big deep freeze, and pulled some Food Saver sealed packages to use for soup (three-years old turkey legs and thighs). Trash day tomorrow, so I'll put a bag in the big plastic can instead of leaving the bag itself on the ground. The likelyhood of coyotes, raccoons, and foxes is lower since the landowner across the road "cleaned up" that area by tearing out the trees and underbrush (but leaving trash), but there are still occasional stray dogs and cats.

Does anyone else harbor visions of someday writing about those great old jobs years ago (in parks and forests, for me) and have these bits of paper and notebooks and such that float around as part of that project? I finally decided to give one shelf in the newly revived office to my publications and a box where journals and all of those odd bits and pieces can be accumulated from around the house and stashed. But I'm also being ruthless in throwing out the paper that, while it says something to me, will be meaningless to my children and they would toss it when the time comes. So I'm doing it now. Since I can't burn the papers right now I have a growing file for after a good rain, and the rest will go in the trash with the old turkey.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 11:22 AM

My parents’ previous house in North Wales could be one for strange noises, some of which were probably due to the place being fairly exposed. I don’t know if you’ve ever walked a lonely path and had that eerie feeling you are being followed but I suppose this place was similar in a sense. The sense being that once in a while, if alone in there, you could get the feeling you were not alone. It was a (flawed but…) lovely property though.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 09:27 AM

That entire episode belongs in the Aw Fuck It file, Jon Freeman. My life is full of crap like that, from rustling noises in the walls to mysterious pinging generated by any (or all) of our expensive digital devices. You and your Mum have my sympathy.

I have one of those little electric travel alarms, too. If you pick it up the wrong way or knock it over, or even look at it crooked, you activate the alarm function and find yourself chasing pings under the bed at zero dark thirty. Okay, it's not as irritating as looking in the dark (because your spouse is still asleep, you hope) for the spot where the cat just horked, but it's close.

Speaking of rustling in the walls, our house almost certainly harbours at least one nest of mice, but the rodents seem to be keeping prudently away from spaces occupied by the cats -- i.e., the entire interior of the house. No one has seen any sign of mice, neither droppings in the cutlery drawer nor gnawed pasta packets in the pantry nor tiny corpses on the carpet, but Watson and Isobel (the resident cats) spend long periods sitting patiently on the basement floor with all their senses tightly focussed on a particular stretch of skirting board.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 04:24 AM

I guess this one can go here… Today’s poor attempt at troubleshooting.

Mum asks me “what’s this beeping?” As there was a warning light on the burglar alarm remote and the sound initially seemed clearest above the entry to the attic where the main panel is located, I assumed these were related.

Anyway, replace battery reported as low by the system and clear errors on remote. System OK but still a bleep. I restart my own program that connects the alarm to the HA. System OK on HA too but still this beep. I curse and get the step ladder out to go up to the attic. I open the access to the attic and, strange, the sound is no louder…

Another walk around and I find the offending item. It was a small travel alarm mum keeps by her bedside. Apparently, she even knew she’d dropped the damn thing this morning…

I’m starting too see a funny side to it but at first, I wasn’t sure whether the biggest quite angry “GRRR” should go to mum for not realising what she’d done or to me for hastily jumping to the wrong cause.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 11:26 AM

I haven't continued to participate in the summer diet thing my insurance company pushed, but the first episode did have some interesting tidbits. They talked about levels of hunger - when you're not hungry at all, when you're looking for something to nibble on but nothing much looks good, when anything in the fridge as leftovers looks edible, and when your blood sugar is all bonkers and you end up eating way too much too fast.

They suggest you plan to eat when you get to the "leftovers look good" stage. And I can go back and follow-up on those weekly episodes. It just happened that that program started when the ceiling fell in and I had other things on my mind.

The shelving stuff is in the garage now and I had an overnight eBay sale (something listed for a very long time, since I haven't put up anything new since probably May). Good timing as I'm preparing to start listing again this week. With the shelving out of the hall I can transit more easily with boxes I need to take to the dining table for photographing, describing, and packing. My sunroom is too crowded right now for the activity that usually happens in there. It's the last casualty of the move out of the office and I'm slowly making inroads there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM

The fur-bearing carpet in the sitting room must be vacuumed TODAY. And after that bit of light resistance training, I shall go to the gym.

I have completed my first week of intermittent fasting with a loss of five pounds. Now, that was almost certainly bloat, but I'm glad to see the back of it.

It's interesting how conditioned we are to fear even the slightest pang of hunger. Himself still expresses concern that I don't eat breakfast, although I have repeatedly told him that I am not hungry until mid-morning at the earliest. But I am reluctant to set about any task more demanding than loading the washing machine on an empty stomach *for fear that I will be hungry*! I am learning to wait for an actual hunger pang before eating, and it really does slow me down.

On the other hand, I have noticed that I feel weak and unwilling when I am thirsty. Half-way downtown, after only about three-quarters of a mile, I am pushing my legs to pick up my feet -- unless I have brought a water bottle. A couple of swigs and I'm ready to go again.

Both obvious, and weird. Weird that at my advanced age I'm finally noticing. Duh.


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

I dropped off the shelving and storage units and didn't go into the store itself. And then on the way home instead of stopping somewhere to buy a sandwich I thought about what I could make at home that would be equally appealing so when I got back here I cut a chicken breast into pieces and made breaded chicken strips. That mid-afternoon treat was my big meal for the evening so I'll have just a salad later.

The cranberry bars were frozen overnight are now repacked in airtight containers. I have some sweet potatoes in the oven that have been here for a few days and need to be used. Most of the papers are filed or shredded, with only a few needing attention still.

The shelving that wasn't re-installed in the office (brackets and boards) needs to be moved into the garage lumber area. This will clear out the hall next to the office, and from there, I can start moving eBay stuff into the dining room and set up on the now-emptied table.

Buried under the papers on the table was a DVD I picked up a couple of months ago, one of Jane Fonda's low-impact exercise videos. It's time to start with that and see if my knee will tolerate the moves.

#Progress #FrugalAugust


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Aug 19 - 07:03 AM

SRS, be good at Goodwill! No buying until your space is restored and pretty!

Heading off to an adventure-- I love visiting new pools!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM

The ukulele festival sounds like a lot of fun!

This afternoon I pulled a box yellow cake from the freezer and used some leftover cranberry pulp from making cranberry juice for a rich pan of cranberry bars (I posted a link to the recipe on Facebook, though my account is acting up and I can't see much of what I posted). Their fabulous smell gave a lift to the afternoon. They're cut and spaced out a bit and are (all but two) in the freezer (and I had to test a couple!)

Since so many books left the house in June it meant that I put up one less bookshelf in the restored office, and the remaining shelves have plenty of space for things that used to live in other smaller compartments and shelf units. This evening I've put several small pieces into the SUV to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have another box of books filling up as I move them back (or not).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 02:29 PM

It's another much needed and wanted day at home for us today. I have more laundry going and today I cleared off my Nana's hutch which had become a very dusty catch all spot. Jeremiah brought down 2 bags of things from his room to take to Goodwill and I have another 2 or 3 bags sitting on top of the freezer.

Pete had a HUGE haul from the garden this morning...patty pan squash, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, yellow wax beans and rattlesnake beans (which are new to me and I can't wait to try). Pete made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch while I made a cucumber, tomato and fresh basil salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar....can't get much better than that! Well, at least in my book!

As far as the school year goes, it is somewhat more organized but considering Jeremiah took part in a regular summer program, there isn't too much change. It actually will be a little bit easier as he will be able to take the bus home which will save me about 30 extra miles per day (and it will save Pete that much mileage as well....60 miles a day to transport to and from). I am looking forward to a little less running although soccer season will be starting before long.....

There is an upcoming festival I am thinking about attending called the Funky Frets Ukulele Festival....I think it sounds like fun! We shall see!

I'm off to do some blogging. You guys have a great week!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 08:44 AM

My home Y took 7 months to grant what another nearby Y just granted with 3 emails in one day, so I do have a pool for next week. Unfortunately, ALL the Y's pools here are closing for at least a week's maintenance, but I have whittled the downtime to just a week lacking cardio, because I added more PT during the Y closure for strength work.

On land, I've graduated to chair dancing, which I overdid a tad last night when we found the second GREAT band here, but what a great problem to have!


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