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

Charmion 15 Jul 19 - 10:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 19 - 12:42 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 19 - 08:45 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 10:39 AM

The lads are at work again on the patio, and today we will have back steps.

As is so often the case in projects like this, one damn thing leads to another. The original problem was a basement window with no window-well outside and unmistakable signs of water damage on the wall inside, and digging out window-wells is part of the patio project. The problematic window is -- of course-- the one where all the utility cables and the air-conditioner ducts enter the house, and the air-conditioner is in exactly the wrong place, much too close to the window. So the air-conditioner must be moved.

Enter the HVAC contractor, for the landscaping crew are not licensed to so much as touch the air-conditioner.

Dating from 1988, our machine has soldiered on some five to ten years beyond the normal service life for such equipment. In fact, it takes a kind of refrigerant that is now banned in new installations and costs a bomb, so no HVAC company around here stocks it. Rodney the HVAC Guy says he and the landscapers can move our dinosaur, but they might not be able to avoid damaging its elderly copper tubing. Consequently, we have decided to add "replace air-conditioner" to the patio project. What's another three thousand dollars to plutocrats like us?

Besides, I'd rather do it with a plan than have the thing die in the middle of a heat wave when we're out of town for a week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM

The ceiling and walls in the office have a coat of primer now, and it used the entire gallon. The hall comes next, after a cool down, and should require approximately a half-gallon. The part so far is the roller, the brush work to fill in crevices and corners comes next, after the walls are dry.

I'll paint the ceilings later today, and be ready for the A/C vent to be reinstalled in the office. I have a box in the sunroom for things that I come across still that will go to Goodwill. The leaded glass light cover from the hall, a couple of things pulled out of the pantry, it's slowly filling. The recycling bag (that lives in the sunroom) was emptied a couple of days ago. Some of the "normal" sunroom items are lined along the cabinets in the kitchen. This causes a tripping hazard in there, but makes the sunroom more navigable during the construction process.

Charmion, I should have realized it was the "down" position of the desk that was the problem. I also find mine just a little taller than I like, and my chair doesn't raise enough to compensate. I've thought about putting an under-desk tray in for the keyboard, but the steel supports of the desk itself are in the way.

My afternoon yesterday was taken up attending a funeral service, after which an old friend followed me home to poke around in the yard, so I didn't get back to the chipping project. Today is a painting day, so probably tomorrow morning I'll do more trimming and get started with the chipper.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 12:42 PM

I chose a purple-toned thyme for the ground cover, to go with yellow flowers along the white siding that backs the bed. We'll germinate the plants in a huge tray we recently acquired via curb find, for which there is a patio table.

By the time they're ready to go in the ground, I can get that bed filled for them, and I've chosen a partial sun place for that tray near plants I water daily-- I do like watching sprouts do their thing-- I think full sun might burn them at this time of year. The seed company I used to start perennials last time has about an 88% germination rate according to my records. Peat pellets on hand will likely be involved as well.

NEXT summer I plan to germinate fall perennials indoors, but we need an electrician visit first for the designated area.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 08:45 AM

Brandon has now entirely cleaned up a pesky garden bed I'd had to let run wild this season, so now it can be replenished with soil and shredded paper, and replanted.

It can be fed by a drip hose, so I'm thinking to seed it asap with hardy perennials that will root now and come up bigtime next year. I wonder what groundcover I'll choose to start with?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 02:02 PM

SRS, the desk was too high at its lowest height; it was a standing desk, not a sit-to-stand desk. With my office chair set at the correct height for typing all day (back flat, feet flat on the floor), my hands were at least six inches too high for work. With my arthritic feet and lower back, standing all day is not an option.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 12:23 PM

Good work with the desk, Charmion. I'm having time visualizing why you needed to cut off legs, though. Can't you just elevate it to the point you want and leave it there?

My hands smell wonderful after pulling out dead and dying limbs from the huge rosemary shrub growing at the street edge of the front yard. I'll run those through the chipper later. This is the first of several areas needing a good clear out of branches. Turning it into useful mulch always makes it worth doing.

The new fan blade arms have arrived. They look like a better quality of metal than the originals. I'll repair this and purchase a new fixture for the hall and I'm ready for the electrician to arrive. He said late next week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 10:07 PM

I finally have a desk with a keyboard shelf at the correct height. It has taken only about seven years, plus an intervention by a friendly neighbourhood ironworker.

I bought a two-part desk from the Best Buy website, very impressed by the carefully detailed photographs of the gas-assisted riser desktop. The bottom was a very standard-looking rack stand: two legs, flat feet, brackets to bolt the top onto.

So it came by Purolator and I put it together. Imagine my disgust when I realized that the sit-to-stand desk definitely would not accommodate half of its declared function, as only a candidate for the National Basketball Association could possibly type on it.

I thought about it for a couple of days. Then I put a notice on the local Connect Facebook page asking for anybody with metalwork experience and equipment who would cut six inches out of the legs. A guy called Mike pinged me back. He builds structural steel for a living. He thought he could handle it, and indeed he did.

Mike's services were not cheap, as he had to pay his buddy a hundred bucks for use of the buddy's machine shop for an hour, but for the first time since I quit the government I have a computer desk that I can type on without hitching my shoulders up around my ears.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the patio project. Today we had laying of stone, and indeed it looks very, very nice. The garden around it looks like a dustbowl, but the patio looks very, very nice. And our chequing account is a great deal thinner than it was on Monday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM

Sad, that. Mmario seemed like an all-round good guy, someone with such a good heart that he should have had an equally strong heart.

I mowed the front yard before it got too hot, but it still needs a lot of work. I paused in my mowing to trim a bunch of recently sprouted branches out of my way, but I have to do a lot more trimming and picking up. Since cash has been drained off by house projects and computer projects, I think this would be a good chore to put on the top of my "No Spend" list. And maybe it's time for another no-spend month. It would give me a big bang for the work, and I have a chipper to use for a lot of the branches to make mulch for the yard.

The logging and "clean up" operation across the road from me apparently will be finished with the contractor chipping up the wood. I'll watch to see what goes into the chipper and may well take the wheelbarrow over and bring back a lot of loads of wood chips.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 02:18 PM

I forgot to report on a super-happy data thing here that was set in motion around the time of our move. I gave our miracle-working PA tech all my hardware then, except the notebook puder in active use, and he kindly fetched ALL the lurking data off of them. Two tower PCs, two old externals, and a corrupted backup of the laptop hard drive our former housemate took out of my laptop, which the next housemate, Tyler, stole.

(About 25 years of work product and family stuff, total!)

That tech was kind enough to discount his fee as our goodbye gift.

And then we moved and we're still unpacking. So the resulting external device lurked, unused, at my desk here until last week, when I wanted to update an aquatic fitness handout. I FOUND it despite not being sure which place to look, updated it, and saved it to the notebook, BOOM.

ALL my music files are also present, including all the gospel and spirituals out dear brother Mmario had agreed to curate upon my demise. We sure never thought about him going first!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 09:44 AM

Dragging and dropping the contents of drives on the old computer onto a new expansion drive to use for moving it all over to the new computer. A new internal drive will go into the expansion SATA slot this evening (it's on the mail somewhere right now). That expansion drive will then be used as the backup drive.

I have a comparison program for getting rid of duplicate files and I ran it on the old computer a while back; it's time to run that on the contents of this expansion drive so I'm not dropping all sorts of extra junk into the new drive.

Meanwhile, it's mowing this morning, then it's time to apply primer, though I need to pick up a few extras I forgot yesterday.

An important declutter move yesterday was to take apart the clump of things on my SUV key. I received the electronic key and a black dongle that had four buttons that the salesman tested on the lot and we determined it was a remote control for the tailgate. And I added a TILE device that is connected to my phone to help me keep track of the keys. The trouble with that black dongle is that if I nudge it in my office the tailgate rises, so sometimes I go out to the garage and find it up; perhaps I leaned on it last night when I was doing dishes. The last straw was when it popped up at the gas station as I (probably) fastened my seatbelt. I looked back and there it was, wide open. The dongle is now attached to a small carabiner on my handbag strap.

Finally, there are tomatoes simmering on the stove to make sauce. They got a little wrinkly over time but will still cook up just fine. Better to sauce them than toss them!


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

The yard is too wet to work in right now and it's too soon to start painting on the primer, so today is dedicated to emptying the sunroom and replacing things in an organized manner. This has needed doing for a long time.

I'll also double-check the measurements for the Attic Dek panels and order a set so I can get started on the insulation restoration over the office and hall.

And my final consideration - what kind of rodent control to add to the attic sometime soon. There was ample evidence of their presence, and including running around behind the books in the front room shelves.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM

I splurged on Brandon time today. My spine issues have complicated the repotting of huge baskets into huger pots, and I'm just not up to the amount of watering those root-bound baskets required. Neither is Greg.

They weren't bought to hang-- I had set them atop huge pots, for instant gratification. And I'd repotted so many of them into the pots when it was cooler.
But weather usually here in August arrived mid-May, and we lost several gorgeous and expensive baskets when I ran out of gas to water them.

So we did ALL the remaining potting today, and then some. And after a week recovering, they should bust out in flars all over again, in pots with enough soil and moisture-retaining material in each pot-- that on the worst days, daily watering will more than suffice, and when the heat breaks for a day or two we can actually skip a day now and then.

I want my %\\=/ flowers, dammit, and I shall have them.

We trashed the tomato plant no one likes, too! And put its soil to good use. He also pinched off a lot of dead stuff, all around, and added petunias on hand to fill in void spaces.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 09:32 PM

I enjoy reading of your progress in the house, Dorothy. Will you eventually clear out everything at the mill and let that place go? Do you still have kiln-type stuff there? Will you set up a potting room at the new house?

I tried Home Depot for fan repair parts and found a clerk who was helpful. The generic sets of fan blade arms are about $20, but they are proportioned wrong. He said Hunter sells the replacements online, and though it took a little while to figure out how that search system works, I think I ordered a set for about $35.

I picked up two gallons of primer on sale and this evening poked around the in the garage for my various painting materials. I need rollers and pan liners. I should have picked up paint chips for the wall colors. Next time.

There was an unexpected gully-washer of a rain storm this evening, lasting for more than an hour. The humidity is probably slowing the drying of my textured walls and ceilings, but I should be able to start painting by Friday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 07:47 PM

Dupont:

Beginning to wonder WHEN I will get back to Beaver. I miss being there but things are progressing - slowly - here.

Sorry to hear about the spine, Susan! Just one more thing!

I may have forgotten to mention the attic. R took a notion to put up a ladder that was underfoot in his "office", tied it so it would not slide and went up and opened trap door to attic! Large, well kept with a real floor, the old water cistern - tin with wood surround - and a "chimney" to let heat go out!!! He has left it open and the house cools better at night! We are planning to have Dan make us a stairs like the one at Beaver, that can be raised and hooked to the ceiling. Young guests will love the attic - another sleeping space!

Picked up some things from the Mill yesterday - quilts, food stuffs, clothes. Cleared a bureau we will bring on the truck for our BR. Lovely antique in light wood to coordinate. Lunch with Geri, books from library and checked out two thrift shops. Foraging for bedside tables now! Stopping at local shop daily!

Went to Linen Chest today, big sale, to try to get two mattresses but the prices were twice what I paid a few months ago. Bought some very nice sheets for guests and a marvelous huge huggable pillow filled with Australian wool; on sale for $35 (from $75, it was the only one). I view it as a terrific bargain because it is a total delight. Not a bed pillow - the size of four of those! A comfort pillow for cuddling, to sink into! Almost as good as a Bernese Mountain dog!

We plan to bring the futon with nice wood frame from the mill for the TV room, and guests - VERY comfie!

I also bought a weighted "blanket", with removable, washable cover. Expensive but might be good for R ; He likes heavy covers, I can't stand them, but this might work; I can get out from under if it is too much. Helpful for some folks with symptoms of autism. I'll ask him first; ($140!) If it increases serotonin and reduces his stress, it is worth it.

A couple small sofa pillows, good for the small of the back, in off- white with removable covers, were $5 each. An expensive day. And Dan is working on our wood shed at Beaver and fixing the roof!

Still 31C here and I have feet in pan of water. Helps.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 11:35 AM

The house is just as awkward with plastic up keeping dogs out of the work area while the mud and texture dries, but it's a relief to be near the point of starting the next stage. Primer is on sale at a local hardware store and I'll need at least two gallons. I deferred my jury duty that was to start Friday (moved ahead by six weeks) so I can start painting on Friday and work over the weekend. This will allow the next two contractors (electric and A/C) to come in and make their repairs early next week.

I've also found replacement blades for the fan, so should be able to repair the one I have instead of replacing it. I dismantled the fan to the point that I could remove a blade and arm and I'll take them with me to the store. For a change I think I'll turn the blades over and let the lighter wood color show for a while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 08:57 PM

He works on a handshake, gives a quote, negotiates when to come, the crew of five was here for about seven hours, and they earned their fee. He doesn't have a business card or a website, he uses his phone number for all contact and works via reference and word-of-mouth. When I described my neighbor, he didn't remember, but when I told him my neighbor's name is Cecil and he probably doesn't know too many of those, then he remembered and described where that job was.

I'll keep that number handy!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM

SRS, sounds like you got a great crew!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 06:16 PM

The house is mine again, with the warning "Don't touch the walls!" for the next day or two. The access to that part of the house is barricaded to keep dogs and dog hair out.

Since the dogs were relegated to the back yard for the day I waited until the hottest part of the afternoon and gave them each a bath with a hose and my veterinary shampoo from a plastic condiment bottle. Pepper first, and while she wasn't thrilled during, when I let her off of the leash she did that classic tear around the yard in large concentric circles like she was attached to a string. She chased and jumped around Zeke and was ecstatic with how cool she felt! Zeke is an old hand at these backyard baths; he trotted around a bit but spent more time rolling on the grass trying to undo the bath.

Now I need a shower. It's almost to the point where the water in the system is warm enough to do one of my outdoor patio showers, but I'll use the tub for now. And throw everything in the laundry. Between wall texturing and dog washing I can hardly stand myself. :-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 03:42 PM

So I've figured out a schedule - the question "do you want paint" wasn't did I want them to paint, but do I want the walls fixed for new paint (after the damage of sheet rock work). So, once I decide on the color, I'll paint. It takes a couple of days for the texture to dry enough to paint. They'll leave the plastic down on the floor so I can paint without worrying about dripping. I'm still lining up my electrician and AC guy for their part of this job.

I will be able to take down MY plastic sheeting for passage through the hall and air circulation, will get a package of Attic Dek panels, and start the work of putting insulation back in the attic over this area. These are concurrent activities, basically arranged so any attic work is in the early morning when it's cooler. I may get the insulation into place before I finish the painting. Being a hot climate and all.

I hear a compressor running out in the driveway, so I think the texture is being applied.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 11:37 AM

I'm popping my head in regularly to see how it goes, but I can hear their progress through the entire house. The dogs are better outside, they wouldn't enjoy this racket (though I'm sure they can hear a fair amount through the glass door - they're sitting there looking into the house.)

I'm sorry about the spine status, Susan. I hope you can keep doing what you have been able to and maintain a level of mobility.

Flies coming in because the door is propped open. I could go in and offer cold water, whatever, but I think I'd just be underfoot. This is a family operation, the father and his two sons plus his two nephews. They're working here today because the mud they put up in a house yesterday is still drying and the 7,000sf house they'll put texture in is on hold while the owners decide what type they want. I got lucky that this job could fall between those cracks.


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

Very bad spine image seen today with doc. Not going to improve.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 09:05 AM

Good luck with all this, SRS. We only had one small ceiling go here (my fault, slipped with a spanner doing some plumbing and foot went through kitchen ceiling) and that was messy enough, although there was a bit of water involved too.

The new ceiling was an improvement though. The old one had some marks presumably caused by past problems. And we no longer felt constrained by the holes for downlighters (I think fitted for mum when she first moved in but never a good solution). We changed to one central fitting with 6 (LED for a few years) spots which provide a much better spread of lighting where you want it in that particular work area.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 08:33 AM

Up early to get to the ATM for cash to pay contractor (yes, after the job), and park in my across-the-street neighbor's driveway to be out of the way of contractors in case I need to come and go. I told them to park in the driveway since it's closest to the door they'll use.

Still have a couple of bags of insulation to haul up to the attic to clear the hall, then I'll try out Dorothy's wet-towel-and-hot-iron trick on the last of the wallpaper.

One of the dogs woke me early this morning with some vigorous scratching while leaning up against a door in the hall. It was like a crisp knock on the door, and tells me that today is the day the dogs are getting a bath. I'll be nearby but I won't be participating in the sheet rock work, so I should have time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 11:31 PM

Now you tell me about the towel and iron! I have the worst of it, narrow and high areas finished, but that might help speed the rest tomorrow morning. Thanks!

I should have a mineral room also. A lot of the items sitting on the edges of shelves are various rocks and crystals I've picked up over the years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:45 PM

Dupont:
When Connie and I removed the wallpaper in PA, a hot iron and a wet towel did it in no time!

One guest room is furnished except for the mattress which is still in hall. Will look good. Two glass cabinets will hold mineral samples and pertinent books. Designated "Mineral room". When I go to order a double mattress for the other room, I will purchase sheets for each as I have no plain cotton sheets, only flannel ones! Do not seem to be any such in the local thrift shops.

Today's stop in TS netted a beautiful glass water container with faucet - about 3 gallons! Found it a spot on top of a ceramic tile on top of microwave; will free up space on counter next to fridge and rid me of plastic water container. (This is for the distilled water, used for cooking and drinking.)

R brought me a plastic outdoor cabinet for garden tools and pots! In a niche that is shady and near the back deck. This will clear a bunch of stuff off deck and in the house! On a cooler day.

Progress is wonderful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 09:34 PM

Nothing else needs to be painted right now, just the walls that are in the rooms that will get the new ceilings. I do need to give both dogs a bath, though. Tonight I'll see how far I can get removing this wallpaper. It's a struggle with every square inch, but I'm working on the most difficult surfaces first.

A friend of mine was doing some welding projects and had a base he built to support a file cabinet, though it's regular width, not legal. I find it very handy that it moves that way. They make inserts for file cabinets for using hanging files - could you insert a hanging support in such a way that you could hang legal files length-wise in a standard cabinet? I rarely shop at Walmart, but they have a 2-drawer legal cabinet for $39. Free pickup only.

Legal size inserts - the sides that the files hang on are usually notched ever half inch or so, meant to be snapped off with a heavy pliers and a vise grip or something comparable. You could put it in the cabinet sideways and break off the extra-long parts. It wouldn't be a drawer full, but it would be a standard cabinet holding your legal files.

The contractor texted, he'll be here tomorrow, 9am. I will be ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 08:43 PM

srs if you are twiddling thumbs i suggest painting a small room far from the mess. it should dry fast, give yourself a boost of freshness.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 08:41 PM

i hate cardboard more than anything. fine for moving stuff from place to place, but it rots, gets rodents, spiders, can't carry it once it gets soft. For long-term storage I would use plastic, recycled if possible. Of course, keep less and store less and use less plastic if possible.

I finally am getting rid of extra rubbermaid lids that i thought forever would match up. also spare socks..no place to give them though. I have gotten rid of two pillows, a little stool, recycled paper and cardboard, bathroom scales, a shelf thing in the last week or so and it is like how could i be so slow....i am pretty much post clutter but those last bits.

i need a rolling open top legal file cart under 40 dollars including shipping. one on amazon is fine but is not legal. if anyone enjoys treasure hunts and finds anything online, please let me know. my files are mostly legal or i would buy the little cabinet at thrift store..


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 08:29 PM

The other reason for plastic is that they’re waterproof.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 06:18 PM

There are plastic bins for sale regularly at Goodwill, so I wouldn't be driving the production of new plastic. The reason for plastic is to see through them to the contents. I have plenty of banker-type boxes already, but those hold files.

Wallpaper progressing, but slowly. No word from the contractor, so I have texted him this evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 06:05 PM

SRS, please don't buy plastic! Cheap Wal-Mart bankers boxes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 02:36 PM

Perhaps I need plastic bins that I can label by the decade. Mementos from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, etc. I have a bad habit of too many things sitting out on edges of shelves, making it difficult to dust, and I know that "less is more" - fewer objects out mean they are more noticeable, not lost in the clutter. If I started with boxes to determine how large of a bin is needed?

This is for things like notes I want to keep from previous jobs, documents, signs, photos, etc. Touchstones for projects I still intend to get around to.

I seem to be drifting this week; I think it's the waiting for the contractor bit. I can't be as productive because I don't want to open up projects just to pack it all up to move in a few days.

I did start working on a patch in the office (a spot next to a junction box where I needed to reach inside to move wires) and I'll finish the wallpaper today. Otherwise, I feel like I'm twiddling my thumbs.

Time to read a book.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 01:48 PM

Yes, and it's been great to have it all out of sight for awhile, too. It takes time to massage every unpacked thing into the household, which often involves letting go of loved but worn out items already inside and in use.

I am saving a few categories for winter unpacking (books mostly), because after music season ends there will be icy days spent indoors to occupy, but the decor and household stuff needs to get moving.

So tmrw Yano Becky and I will unpack a plastic bin of misc that's been sitting, and Wedneday Brandon brings I, that next big kitchen box and we count/restack boxes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:53 AM

Susan, isn't it great when you start to see clearance and gain function in a new abode! People talk about their new kitchen, or the family room with the fireplace, or the beautiful bathroom, but for me it was the day when I unpacked the last box in the garage and realized that we could finally park both cars under cover.

Of course, if we had stayed in Ottawa we would not have needed two cars, but hey.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:24 AM

It's getting to be time to calculate how much we should unpack weekly of the Garaged items, if we want the space back for parking. I know there's one big kitchen box left out there, and we'll probably unpack that this week. I'll book an hour of Brandon's time to get that into the house, and plan next steps with him.

The GREAT thing is how cool and breezy it is in there on hot days!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 12:48 PM

Charmion, congratulations on the contract! I have a movable up/down standing desk (that I'll be using more once it's set up again). I got an "Anti-fatigue standing mat" that helps with standing more comfortably. (It's tucked away in my office closet now while my desk is in the front room, behind a wall of plastic.) When I put the office back together I'll try to be more scientific about it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 12:14 PM

I seem to have converted to a stand-up desk.

It was supposed to be a sit-to-stand desk with a gas-assisted adjustable riser, but at the lowest position it is too high for typing. Consequently, it's a stand-up desk.

This is what happens when you buy furniture from a website.

I have accepted another book contract from Army Headquarters -- two volumes on Afghanistan, lots of typing -- and I was hoping for something that would allow me to sit and type comfortably for hour after hour. It has occurred to me that a person who is nearly 65 years old should probably not be sitting down for hours and hours, especially not typing.

And I can set the keyboard at the perfect height for typing if I stand up to do it. So, maybe a win overall.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 10:05 AM

Wallpaper removal today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 08:09 PM

Yeah Ceviche is VERY cool.

The second zip bag of winter bedding and spare down pillows is packed and in place under the bed, yay!


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

The ceviche was a winner—and at $5 a pound, also a bargain. Fish tacos also came out fabulous. The house was muggy but the fan helped keep the air moving and felt cooler that it really was.

Next comes the wallpaper.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 01:23 PM

Today we vacuum and then load up the second underbed zip bag, and stow that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM

Dupont:

Warning to Charmion: a friend in VA hired a landscape company to do some work, They were not home on the day and returned to find 25 year old hollies with all the lower branches lopped off- the ones that hid the neighbours unappealing yard, heritage plants pulled out.... Sick at the devastation of a once beautiful yard/garden.

Heat: 35C is way beyond what I can deal with. Today is 26 and I am totally ... I do five minute indoor tasks. R went to install a window A/C this am but no easy way. He will bring home a portable later today. 117 year old houses were not constructed for... We slept with fan on last night and it was tolerable but never cooled off and today is going up - until a storm this aft - HOPE! Actually, it has already rained once this am - just more humid.

Yesterday he brought the "Dickens" desk for his office and a nice pine cabinet (counter-height) for TV/sewing room), a good "match for the one already in there. We found in the trash, a block from the Montreal house a few years ago. Very nice! Today, at the thrift shop, divested us of 3 left behind pieces and picked up a nice set of drapes for the office, and a terrific, needed, small cooking pot ($3).

Goal for today: eat lightly and breathe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 11:24 AM

Sheet rock delivered to the drop station; we left here before 9am and there was a line of pickups and vans crawling up to and into the facility. It didn't take more than about 20 minutes, though. People are generally pretty efficient in there.

I stopped by the Supermercado Monterrey on the way home and picked up hot corn tortillas and some ceviche (impulse buy - to try) and guacamole, avocados, and some pico de gallo to go with the fish tacos for friends at lunch today.

The house is muggy because the outside is muggy. I think I need to get my fan stand and set it up in here. I wonder where I put it last?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 04:45 PM

Not much. Until this project is over the house is hot, everything is sitting everywhere and in any old which-way, and the dogs are confined to half of the house (and not allowed in the room where they prefer to sleep). I've put it off long enough, there is less work today, but I need to finish it. After the work is completed I'll have the luxury of deciding where things go in the office this time around. I've put in calls to the electrician and the A/C tech so they can come over next week and replace the vent and smoke detector (and I have something else that has been needing done for a while for each of them to do.)

Some friends are coming for lunch tomorrow, despite the chaos—I can still make the kitchen and dining area look respectable—so that will be my dose of relaxation.

Darn, the trash wasn't picked up today—I was sure our regular Thursday pickup wouldn't happen since it was a holiday. I've pulled the cans and the bag up away from the curb and will put it back on Monday. Tomorrow morning I'll put just the broken-up wallboard into the back of the SUV and drive over to the local trash dropoff. It saves keeping it around for the next couple of week's worth of trash pickup.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 02:07 PM

SRS, you're balancing so many aspects of the work! I'm sure you know what you're doing, and are working well with great people-- but what's the relaxing downtime activity? Is there time each day or week to get completely away from this enormous project?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 11:57 AM

It has been relatively cool here this week, in the mid-90s [35 C today] when typically it's often over 100 [38+] by now. With no ceiling on one room, and about the remove the ceiling from the hall that connects into this room, that's a good thing. I have two AC units in the house and the one in the hall outside my office serves that area, but my thin film of plastic isn't of much help to keep the warm air out of the rest of the house.

I have seven bags of insulation that I'm going to drag up into the attic and line up on the walkway area that runs through the center of the space. No floors up there, though I do plan to put in some Plastic attic decking to enable me to walk around in areas where now I have to carefully step from beam to beam. No joists up there to support a floor, but this would make it a walkable space for work without weighing too much moving between the trusses. (This is one of many items I keep stashed in my Amazon "Wish List" so I can find the name or product description for searching later when I'm ready to act and make a purchase.)

I have to call the electrician and the AC guys in conjunction with this work. The cash goes in that direction now, not in to attic plastic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 08:29 AM

SRS, I see that you have learned the lessons of friction and weight. Over the years, I have accumulated several small mats that would be hazards to navigation if used as their manufacturers intended but are perfect for sliding large pieces of furniture across a hard-surface floor.

It is stonking hot in Stratford and, like Dorothy, I am hiding in the house with the curtains drawn except to go to the gym and the grocery store. I'm okay with that, if a bit bored.

Today I left a sharp voicemail for the landscaper who was supposed to start work on our patio this week and hasn't. On Friday, he texted to say that he was going to Sarnia to spend Canada Day with his mother, but offered no date of return. Nothing more has been heard from that quarter. It is to be hoped that he is not lying in hospital after a misadventure with patriotic fireworks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 08:25 PM

Dupont:

Daniel Amen is a great fav of mine: terrific work on ADHD and went on to major good ideas for everyone.

SRS is a very moving person! I used to do those sorts of moving things before I got to 75 and started feeling "old". The WILL is the trick!

Today, Super YAY! I came home from shopping: exhaust fan for upstairs, magnetic curtain rod for metal door with BIG window facing south, bigger, nicer mailbox, and exploration of a store to which I had not been before - the fan was $5 cheaper than local store but the trip cost about $2 in gas. An adventure.

At home, I found Robin and Lorenzo and a riding mower: the lawn is well mowed (part of the back left in field, producing grass seed!) and all the books and excess furniture is out of the addition, into basement - ready for the two rooms to be become guest rooms! Time to go for another mattress. We have a single brass bed, with mattress, for the smaller room and waiting for a double brass bed for the other. Still need room for one more in case son and two grandsons arrive!

The "mitten cabinet" is now on 2nd floor in to-be-bathroom, it's intended home. We think. We now refer to rooms as what they are or are going to be: "R's office" still needs furniture and computer. TV/sewing/reading room is pretty good, 2nd floor t-b-bath is bare other than the mitten cabinet! That is a long term project!

The heat has me indoors and very still. 33C at 6 pm. Once in a while, I do a few very small things. New set of white drapes (thrift shop $12) will go in front guest room, rods in place. A lacy curtain from there will go on door. I am using any piece of fabric I have that can work to keep the sun outside! For winter, I may be looking for heavier drapes to keep the heat in!

Dishes need washing - later. I can usually think about supper around 8 pm. Wash dishes while cooking.

LOVE new car! So glad the old one died before the trip to Connecticut!! The cruise control was great - NOT breaking down somewhere in New England was even greater!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 12:17 PM

The ceiling is down in the office. It took about four hours of steady work. The room that needs a new ceiling is part of the Old garage area, so it wasn't built with a ceiling being put in just that room at the same time as the walls. I had to carefully cut the sheets right along where they meet the wall so as not to radiate a break through to the next room where the sheet extends. That was a wall against the sunroom, a wall against the hall, and two sides of the closet in the corner of the office.

I'll finish the hall ceiling tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 11:51 PM

The office is emptied, plastic sheets are up to contain dust and insulation. Tomorrow is going to be a day of hard work, not a holiday, but it's what will put me close to ready to have the work done.

Thank goodness Amazon ships really large heavy things in gigantic boxes. I found one of those folded in on itself in the recycle bin behind city hall. It might have held something like an oversized footlocker dimension-wise, and when I pulled apart the glued seam it stretched out to more than a dozen feet long, perfect to place across the hallway for sliding both book cases out of the office.


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