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

wysiwyg 31 Mar 19 - 11:15 AM
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LilyFestre 30 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM
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Dorothy Parshall 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 11:15 AM

PA

New rule: brekky is to be OUT on work days minus helpers, no matter how much fud is on hand (still not put away).


Today's plan:

Our focus now is capturing those items we must take ourselves, and continuing to load the trailer with items we must take, ourselves, to the dump, before that day comes when we must start loading the trailer with OUR cargo.

This focus may leave larger donation-items tagged and left in place, for post-departure helpers to carry to the parish donation area (and other items to Goodwill). But we need helpers to focus this week on moving OUR stuff-- so we can get out on time.

It's all downstairs work today.

Me: I have about a cubic yard and a half of items to sort, to clear workspace for an intense day tmrw full of helpers. My goal with that batch is further purging of this batch down to no more than 1 book box per Ohio room plus 2 distinct storage cases in the garage, and a stack of labeled boxes for tmrw's helpers to carry out front (or to the Goodwill train).

Greg will work on de-goofing the DR by carrying out items William cluttered it with ydy by mistake, so we can designate a distinct, labeled staging area for Van Cargo. We have notified William to clear out the car we've lent him to get here, so we can start loading its back end with its cargo-- we're towing it behind the truck.

Together: Another focus today will be Instant-Potting army food groups on hand, so one of tmrw's helpers can make army food to feed the army on the days she's not here. Before I pack the food storage containers and huge mixing bowl. That will involve me organizing the kitchen a bit today and Greg running the Pot.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 31 Mar 19 - 10:19 AM

Greetings from Carcassonne france. Amazing medieval walled city. Might spend few days in rural england.


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

Great day out and about with my Mom. We checked out the newest location for one of our favorite stores and then hit BJ's where she joined as a member and added me as an associate. It's been awhile since I've been grocery shopping so I did some damage there. I didn't get everything we need (after all, who needs THAT many avocados all at once!?!?!) so I will stop at Wegmans during the week..hate to do it but staples are getting low.

It was just really nice to spend some time with my mom. She's the best! We have a quilting retreat coming up soon too...3 days of quilting with some good friends...I can't wait!

The boys are visiting Pete's mom this afternoon and I am home alone....a rarity for sure. The quiet feels good to me for this little bit.

Work is super busy lately, I think my client list is nearing it's limits. I will be interviewing 2 people on Tuesday and have another beginning next week so hopefully, in a month or so, things will settle down a bit. Whew. I like to be busy but not so busy that I forget to eat. I had taken my insulin around 7:45am and then had a full on client load until about 11:30.....started feeling funky and then I remembered....insulin in but no food. Whoopsie. I have juice and frosting in one of my filing cabinets so all was well. I also treated one of the guys to lunch on Friday....he does our intakes, gets all the basic consents signed, etc and he's been ridiculously busy too and he was most appreciative of my appreciating him..LOL!

Jeremiah had a church event this week. The youth program put on an interactive puppet/singing program and then dinner for all the kids and their families. He had fun sitting at the kids table while we got to chat with some of the church women that I have been seeing for some time now but we never seem have time to chat. We were there for probably an hour and a half...new friends made....felt wonderful. <3 There are two sisters who play the piano and organ and have asked me to play with them on Sundays....still thinking about it but it's likely I will sometime soon.

Tomorrow brings church and a relaxing day at home before it all starts again!

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM

PA

The sewing room, a large bedroom, and the large linen closet in the landing are cleared. The van is full of Goodwill again, and the trailer has two 55-gal bags of trash awaiting a recliner to load Monday. Several more boxes have been loaded out to the staging area porch.

The room for parish donation is getting full. (They'll pick up after we leave.)

An enormous box (it originally shipped a grandfather clock) has been designated out on the back porch for paper recyclables, which accumulate quickly as I sort. A plastic trash bin has been set to catch plastic recycling, which also piles up in my sorting area.

No helpers tomorrow-- peace, quiet, and sorting about 20 boxes William set in my packing area, into boxes labeled for the rooms where they'll go.

A pair of heavy cast iron griddles and a similarly sized crockpot for my son are ready to pack.

Tonight I hope to finish putting away groceries bought Wednesday, get a long shower, and go to bed early.

We have a backup plan for fellow clergy spouse Mary to supervise William (her son) to finish anything we can't, and we wiill discuss this with her Monday.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM

Montreal:

Came back to city due to ice on banister on front steps at Dupont, also ice on every twig on the way to bridge. No ice in city!

Clutter: Every morning my brain works on which route today? I tried the "usual"; 35 minutes later, having gone E, N, S, W and a few more, I found myself detoured back onto the road I had left; ten minutes drive would have gotten me there in the first place. Arghhhh! No guarantee that tomorrow will be the same.

There is no key for any doors at Dupont but I did figure out how to unlock that door! It shall stay that way. Also plan to take out the railings and be able to use that separate entrance- more direct route to washroom if working outdoors. There is also one in basement - after the snow leaves! MAybe next week???


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 11:49 PM

Possibly. The yard is very large and the arrangement of things described have changed.

Today I took the old mower over to the repair shop, and told him I had an offer. I knew he had people who came in asking to buy mowers, and he agreed - I'd seen one last time I was there. "And you probably have people come in who can't afford much but really need a mower - single moms with no money and a lawn to mow, looking for something used that works (or some variant on that theme)? "Yes." He nodded, he sees those also, and knows the difference between the two groups.

"I'd like to give you this mower—it has issues, but it runs, and whether you want to do any work on it or not, give or sell it low when the customer-in-need comes by." He was pleased and noted a couple of those issues he could address. I suspect, knowing this guy in passing for several years now, that he has an idea of what the used mower is worth, and will add about that much in parts or upgrade, and give or sell it very low.

And in other news, this week I exceeded my daily step quota on my fitness tracker three times this week. The dog walk each evening helps push me over the top.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 06:52 PM

SRS, you just told us how to get into your house.

PA

Progress continues per plan.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 05:17 PM

I one time locked myself out and had to walk down to the street, around my next door neighbor's house, around the back of their fence to my back fence to the point where I knew I could climb over, into my back yard. And then I had to slide open the glass door but the wrought iron gate wouldn't let me through—I was able to reach the key on the mantle next to the door to unlock the security gate. Now I have spare house keys in a fake sprinkler head in the garden near one of the doors. You might need to hide a key out there to play it safe.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 03:01 PM

Dupont:

This internet thing is too time consuming. Especially when one finally stops and goes to look at doing something. Like: go out on the mini deck to enjoy the sun not realizing the door would lock behind me! No way off without doing serious damage to the railing. I waved at each car - at least 4! Phoned the volunteer agency 2 streets away - the only local number I had; left message. Finally, the cross-the-street neighbour whom I had not met came out and recognized I had a problem! YAY, Sophie. She came in the front door and opened the other front door and let me in! So, we got acquainted; she gave me her phone number! Fortunately it was not too cold and not raining, or snowing! I see no way of unlocking that door completely!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 01:34 PM

Dupont:

Crisis of the day - so far - no pen within reach. I need more pens! I need one within reach no matter where, in which home, or car, I am sitting!

Life would be far less cluttered if the road construction was not so all pervasive. As soon as I leave the house, my mind is totally concerned with "how to get there today". Which routes will be closed. I have taken to using one which, so far, has no barriers, I do not get lost - the other night I was in and out of dark alleys trying to find the way home! - and it takes a bit longer but is less stressful.

Spent extra time on internet giving info on wildlife rehab at this birthing season. And still neglected to post about the turtles crossing the road - soon! Time enough when Kelly does it and I can share.

Other than watering plants and shopping, not much is getting done here. Looking at the time, I could still look at starting a sewing project....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 11:06 AM

PA

Good AM coffee chat planning the morning.

Greg is dropping Goodwill load and bringing back trash bags.

Here, all but one Wayback box in LR purged; the rest are to box or consult w Greg on.

Not bad for an hour's work!

Another Goodwill box filled. Several boxes needed for packing these items are empty now.

~Susan


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Subject: Garage Codes
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 09:29 AM

PA

Greg is picking up labels and I'm printing 11x17 posters for Garage codes:

T trash
SP donate to St P or Gift
R recycle
Or use below key to pack



¤ S, on top of Sideboard in kitchen- stacked first-open boxes


¤ Z, far back center - open armoire
BR items not in van
Hallway items not in van
LL items not in van
Sewing Room items not in vang

¤ X, front center right inside door
Kitchen boxes


¤ F, back corner bowman hse
Box springs
Camp chairs


¤ W, fmr lumber corner
Fridge
Freezer
Boxed foods in pantry


¤ L, front corner Bowman hse
Giant cabinet


¤ A, front corner Ridgebury side
Book boxes


¤ GR mid side, Bowman, and twds center of garage:
Workshop boxes
Shop vac


¤ GL mid side, Ridgebury and shelves
Garden supply
Long handled tools
Hardware


¤ TR, TRAILER
Deere
Weight bench and weights
Sm garage tools
Weed whacker
Leaf blower
Fuel cans
Compressor


¤ V Van
BR
Hallway


¤ C Cruiser
Bike
Skis
Snowshoes
Vestments?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 12:21 PM

PA

Thanks, SRS. These neighbors, with whom we have 25 years of multiple relationships, are in no way professional landlords. They're farmfolk who own houses on farm properties the family bought out over the last 100 years. This is one they like to rent out separate from the farmland itself because the farmland adjoins their cattle herd pasture, and they themselves use the barn here.
I spent a number of years in tenant's rights, and have rented all my life, so I am well aware of what should be happening, none of which applies here to the interlocking blessings that have historically flowed between our families.

We've lived here longer than anyone since they acquired this property, and thus her ideas about renovation suddenly changed when I shared the house's realities with her, last night. Such as, when we toured the former MudDorm presently storing boxes for our packing: "No, actually that stain in the attic ceiling is not water damage. The contractor who repaired the housefire damage, in 2001, miscalculated ventilation, and this annual mold is from condensation. This one window, left cracked, is too small, and this non-opening window here needs to be replaced with one that opens for cross-ventilation. The standing seam roof was replaced then, and this whole addition is dry." And "No, this brand-new-looking dishwasher did not wear out. A rat run goes under it, as we reported when one day it suddenly was dead, to your fiancee three years ago, just before you met him and became the family's property manager."

So while I was nuts when she left, she apparently appreciated the money I had saved them.

Suffice to say that when we countered on her request first thing this AM, the request was withdrawn and I can just about get on track again.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 12:06 PM

Dupont:

Poor Dan replaced the flooring at Beaver and put on coat of varthane, went off to let it dry and when he came back --- the roof in K had leaked on new area! "Hell of a day" he texted. We will look at prevention plans when I get there. Two separate issues: 1. Water running down the hill and under the front door - need to trench the water away from house, maybe lower the area in vicinity of Front door, make room for a moat to form? 2. the valley in the roof between two sections builds up ice and snow where the sun never shines. It leaked the first year but not the next ones, so I bought that wiring for melting roof ice but we never installed it. I am sure Dan will have some ideas, in addition to words he does not generally use!

Tomato question: Each "patio" plant in LR has one tomato. Each have been there for several weeks - looking ripe. But R wanted to wait and they seem to be perfectly happy to stay on plant with no change, whatsoever, in appearance!???? (Some kids never leave home!)

I am starting to have some routine around this house - places to shop, things to do, discovering/experimenting with dif routes. Above freezing today. Patches of clear ground are gradually expanding! Ice is still cluttering the river, with wide open spaces and many mallards!

Today, for the first time, I am cooking a lentil/cabbage stew! I have been snacking on cheese and choc when here. The stove burner works; that one anyway. OF course, I expect something to not work or go wrong; R bought with no guarantees; he prefers a low price and do-it-yourself repairs. He loves fixing and cleaning up dirt/messes. So I let him, with delighted relief!

Picked up a wood shelf unit for the studio at Beaver this am. I have a spot for it. USEFUL!

Stew time!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 11:26 AM

What did she request? Usually when a long-term tenant leaves a dwelling the landlord does the carpets, painting, etc. It's part of the cost of being the landlord. Maybe you need to come up with a counter offer to her request. (A shot in the dark since you didn't tell us what her request was. But it's a shame to see a big crimp in your plans.)

My dog-corral arrived yesterday, so one day soon I will move furniture out of the front room and shampoo that carpet, then block it off completely to all of the dogs. Then I'll set up the corral, and fill it with dog bedding. The younger dogs will be able to get in and out (the height is 32"), but the oldest won't, and she's the one I want overnight on tile on washable dog bedding with access to the dog door into the yard. I still have to decide what to do with the carpet under the dining table. Shampoo it once more just for the heck of it, and see what evolves.

My ex told me about an Iraqi guy he visits every so often who specializes in cleaning Persian carpets. It occurs to me that this old dog sometimes comes into my room during thunderstorms and may have dribbled on that carpet. Time to take it over for the first cleaning it has probably had in 100 years.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 05:15 AM

PA

The landlady dropped in unannounced last night requesting a major accommodation, which ate up my whole evening and will majorly f*%k up the next few precious days as well.

It also took up time I should have been eating the supper-- late due to a blown fuse earliersr-- which I could smell while she "visited".

Blown--evening laundry, packing, and break time. Potential impact on my limited physical wellbeing.... Profound and an increased pain level. Oddly, life has shown me I can figure this out. But there goes one "slop" day I'd built into the sked in case of travel vagaries getting to and from Dick's memorial service.

Clearly I'm going to need more help to getting this done, so I hope the landlady has people up her sleeve.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM

Having energy to parcel out is a wonderful thing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM

PA Purge Prep, first full day

Brekky out
Short Mansfield tour
Wally provisioning and Lisa, Tom "word"
Bank, errands

Codes agreed for Chaos Prevention (my job), Bull/China Shop Prevention ("dear, do you need to breathe?"), Outing Needed code, KFH/Public Incursion ("bouncy bouncy...")

Weight room items marked with garage letter codes off fone to consolidate for room tmrw-- prep for setting up a Donations staging area by the treadmill

1st wayback room set to heat, to work on later as breaks from tv hockey (and tmrw AM), to again mark items to keep, give, trash, recycle

I'm looking for the better post its (found)

Groceries were brought in and putting-away begun

Chair break: I Married an Angel, TCM

Outing: bike dropoff for spring inspection, and then a sunny, hilly explore from Covington, remembering cemeteries frequented and actually finding one we'd never "planted" at

Parthemers no longer appear to reside in fmr rental

Laundry w ammonia started (gross stuff), used up ammonia gallon and laundry soap bottle; may have more ammonia; did buy detergent

Dinner chix is thawing now for evening Instant-Pot supper and salt-free bedtime snack; we'll make a batch of chix salad tmrw and taters will also be potting later for tater salad tmrw

I almost know what to do with 3pm help tmrw.

~Susan

Recycling just loaded for transit tmrw


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM

Parceling out my energy and hours today: the next of the fence posts to be removed confirmed what I suspected—the rest of them are just as long as the first difficult one, but since they sit higher they aren't buried as deep. In a few minutes I've dug around the next one enough that it already wobbles. One a week will have them all gone before summer is here.

Tomorrow is trash pickup so I have to prune out one more of the large limbs, this time in front, and this time I have a longer pruning blade to use on the reciprocating saw. I cut it into 4' lengths and push all of the pieces into a tall black and decrepit Rubbermaid trash bin. One of these days that bin will have to go with the trash, but I'm still getting some service from it now. If I do a couple of these limbs a week I'll also have this job finished by summer, and by then I look forward to planting some things that need more sun.

The garden also needs attention, so what's left of the day will go to weeding and shaping more beds. And I have to fill the pots with my mix of compost and soil and get a bunch of seeds started. I should have done it weeks ago.

I've had a good start to the alternate-day fasting, and will do the fasting (modified - around 500 calories) at least twice a week. I can be done alternately, but that is a more difficult schedule to stick to.

Rest period over.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 09:41 PM

I worked at a steady pace today, weeding in the front yard (around the asparagus, and around the daffodils). I haven't finished either bed, but I weeded enough so that I could spread a wheelbarrow full of mulch over the finished area. It didn't rain enough the other night to soak the soil as much as I hoped, so I may have to hose down the rest before I work on it.

I mowed the back yard, and even though the new mower is an inch or two narrower than the old mower, it's easier to maneuver and I was able to finish more quickly. In my effort to help Poppy tighten those muscles I took the dogs out again for a half-mile walk (we'll try to do that every day for now on - they have a huge yard so it doesn't always seem necessary, but Poppy doesn't run around all day any more). My Nokia tracker and Google Fit are also happy at the number of steps, duration, and distance covered.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 05:24 PM

PA

Essentials unloaded from van.

Dog fed/watered.

People fed/watered.

"Bed" "manufactured"-- "make me down a pallet on your..." box springs.

Tech hooked up and working. Frozen essential items
thawed.

Bed pallet successfully passed pressure point tests, and appears set until final loading morning. Soiled linens found in the process on their way to laundry room.

The first packing plan decision has been made-- a staging area is needed for lamos/furniture/misc bagged items to donate. A nearly empty room has been chosen to empty first with helper William, Thursday, if anything is too heavy for Greg to shift tomorrow.

Next, SLEEP.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 04:30 PM

Step 1 isolate pets, vacuum, assemble plastic bin towel and gloves
Step 2 make oxi clean solution, soak towel and lay on carpet
Step 3 walk on towel and repeat for entire carpet
Step 4 wait 20 minutes and rinse with water with shampooer and extract

or
fill water compartment on shampooer, wash with oxiclean solution and rinse after 20 minutes
The shampooer will overflow with foam but so what

parole pets

hard to clean or shag carpets will look great with little effort.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 02:46 PM

Good job on the safe arrival! Now for the huge task of the final distribution of stuff and move out.

I'm making a push to finish the front garden bed on the southwest side of the house and put back the steel edging. It's laying out of the way but can still be a tripping hazard (this was pulled for the sewer line work in 2017, so I haven't exactly rushed to finish this part of the job.)

It's nice to have the house still looking pretty good after lunch guests on the weekend. I need to keep it this way, and consider if any pieces of furniture need to be moved or removed. I'll have to move some to steam clean the carpet, hence the consideration at this time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 12:52 PM

PA

Here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM

How do you Oxyclean a carpet, Don? With a shampooer?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Mar 19 - 09:17 AM

Oxi cleaning carpets gives much better results than shampooing


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 07:03 PM

I hope the new mower gives you years of good service, SRS. And yes, on a different subject, I think one could spend a fortune on tools and equipment. I know I could…

I did some mowing yesterday and “our patch” round the back looks better for it. I didn’t intend using it but tried to start the Toro – no joy and I suspect the problem is stale petrol – I’d intended one last cut last year, that didn’t happen and running the fuel off got forgotten... I did get the trimmer started but I’m a touch concerned that the throttle assembly handle feels a bit loose. There are rubber anti vibration dampers in there and I’ve a suspicion that, even though the machine is fairly new, they might need replacing.

I’ve got the propogator in the porch and am waiting for a delivery of a bag of compost which should come on Thu. We’ve got a few bags of general purpose compost around but I use a potting on compost both for starting the seeds off and for growing on in pots before planting in the greenhouse in May.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 05:44 PM

Dorothy, was the reason for the leak an ice dam? I've never seen one but I've read about them often enough (mostly from Mudcat members who live in the north).

Picked up the Honda mower. It's set up, oil has been added (they ship without oil). Now the directions booklet is on the kitchen table and I'm reading (got an email about a website correction that needed making, so I'm going to get back to reading in a few minutes.) While at the tool store I also found some longer pruning blades for my Ryobi reciprocating saw. Northern Tool is the high end of tool stores, the low end being Harbor Freight. And I still will take coupons over to HF, but what a lovely trip to see all of the name-brand tools I'd love to own or learn to use.

Yesterday I repositioned the cedar chest that used to live at the foot of my bed, it's now against the wall, far enough along so the door won't hit it. I've only tripped on it once in the dark so far. I pulled out a bunch of dust puppies after moving it, and no, I STILL haven't found my vacuum cleaner wand. I'm convinced it is hiding in plain sight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 03:18 PM

Dupont:

Every community needs a wonderful person like a neighbour who just collected and repaired junk mowers and sold them for $30 to those of us who needed them. Worked fine and if it didn't, he helped. There must still be sweet men like that in the world - or women!

Still doing laundry! Threw that coat in without emptying the pockets - he gave it to me to wash, I thought. Well, there was not a pocket full of nuts and bolts, as he feared! But a couple newspaper articles are history. Enough left that he can find them again, if necessary. The coat looks great! There are a few more yet to go. Today the current bedding went through the laundry! And the drapes for the BR. AND a huge object - I guess king size and thick! is drying over the banister around the basement stairs, under the addition.

These stairs are open with a glass and wood surround at the top and a "stairs" that resembles a ladder. I refuse to use them and avoid the top opening carefully. R is considering an elevator. There is a separate stairs (original to the house) to the cellar part under the main house. These are negotiable only with an improved banister - or sliding board? I greatly resist any opportunities for injury!

R installed an under-cabinet light yesterday (the "filthy one I complained about) and it really is fine; and investigated the bed; now he really does have a pocket of nuts and washers! (There were not enough.)

Dan called and told me about damage, from melting snow running amok, at Beaver - fairly minimal compared to what could have been! The plywood underneath was preserved by the heavy gray paint I used before the "underlay" was placed. The underlay was a mess - buckled! Dan has it under control, has a fan going, and will also clean chimney and fire up wood stove to help dry out K floor so he can replace "underlay". I am SO lucky! And I get to sit here and look out at the woods in back of house.

As I put that drapery fabric up on a shelf until a rod is available, I realized it is marvelously heavy,with the pattern woven in!, and lined! Four panels for $16!

Left wheel bearings and an alignment today, then grocery shopping and back to city to cook a good supper. A frig was talked about but still in future. Inch by inch...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 02:52 PM

I went through my list again - there is a lower-end Honda for $399, and the Toro I was looking at is $369. Brings them into the same range. The lower-end Honda doesn't have the nexite deck (makes mowing a lot quieter) - the lowest one with that feature is $599.

Now I ask myself - I have an elderly mower that works and has "issues." Would I mow more often with a newer mower? Yes, undoubtedly. Will I feel buyer's remorse for getting a new mower? I might if I bought the more expensive one. I've identified a shop about 3 miles from the house that has the Hondas, and a shop about 7 miles from the house that has the Toros. Right now, before heading over to the Northern Equipment that sells the Hondas, I'm predicting I'll end up with the lower end Honda. Anything is going to be new to me and wonderful compared to the struggle I have now with the old mower. There were a couple of "sturdiness" points the repair guy made, when he wiggled the handle (or not) depending on how well it was reinforced. I have to tighten a screw on the handle of my current mower because it vibrates loose, and the original screw with the molded head that fit the handle perfectly so I could tighten easily dropped off. Now I have to hold onto the head of a carriage bolt to twist the nut head - so I've had a lot of time with a wobbly handle and would like to leave that behind.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 02:03 PM

(Also, wimp or otherwise, I think 22" is as large as I'd want to handle here)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM

And ours. The Toro we got was right on our limit, perhaps a fraction over. Besides that, I'd not get anything bigger in the shed. In inches, our Toro has a 21.7" cut and the Honda as a comparison, 20.9".


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 01:32 PM

I'm looking at 21" or 22" inch blade - there are wider double-blade mowers but they're way out of my budget.

Wonderful thunderstorm overnight and we got the rain part (other portions of the region got the tennis-ball-sized hail). In a couple of days the garden will be just dry enough to work on.

I need to make a run to Goodwill, and before that I'll take one more tour of my sweater cabinet. I'm feeling ruthless about removing sweaters I rarely wear, even if they are the right size.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 12:12 AM

I guess that markets vary a fair bit. Looking around UK wise now, Honda do offer a straightforward 16” cut push model. Fwiw, we have the Toro 20958 which, at current prices, I can find for £560. I think the closest in Honda would be the Honda 536 VY which I can find for £720.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 09:27 PM

Last night I compared the mowers and prices reviewed by Consumer Reports – Honda gets the highest rating, Toro ranked second. Toro costs less than half of the Honda, because it doesn't have some of the fancy features but is still robust construction. The thing about Honda is that they don't seem to produce any lower-end models, so I can't really compare the companies. I may decide on that pretty soon.

I took a vitex limb out in the back yard today, it's the one that was growing into the power and cable lines in my back yard. It was just enough to completely fill a large trashcan when cut up. I have several more, but if I do them like this I don't have to fool with a pile of brush sitting around.

There is dog bedding drying now (I didn't do as much laundry as Dorothy, but it was critical!) and I tossed a large bed. I hadn't thought when I bought it but they all need to be washed sometime and that one wouldn't even have fit a commercial washer. I'll keep the outer case and put rag-type dog bedding I used to use in the garage in it. All of that can come out for laundry.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 07:59 PM

Thanks, DP!

Our plan is to get home to Ohio with furniture and boxes, April 13. I'll be posting on slow Wi-Fi while we're in PA packing.

Our first helper, William, will come Thursday afternoon and I've never worked with him. I expect brawn and humor, but don't know yet how he is on nonverbal partnering. I anticipate making a tentative plan of attack Wednesday and revising it after working with him Thursday.

A lot will depend how my back holds uo and how well we sleep on a makeshift bed.

But the real challenge of it hit us today: we've developed a wonderful rhythm here of working hard every other day and doing fun, silly stuff on the days between. And there's just not the fun there that is so plentiful here. Add to that the reality of being public figures again, and we've yet to figure out how to make space for US apart from the project of moving. My physical limitations complicate that. But we'll talk more about it in the van tomorrow.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 06:26 PM

Dupont:

Laundry continues; washer and dryer running and I have lost count - 4 of each maybe, and more to go. R even fetched a different jacket so I could wash the incredibly filthy one! Picked up another swivel rocker for the TV room today (T.S.). R repaired the cabinet door he, inadvertently, broke yesterday. He has been exploring the cellar to see what useful pieces have been left behind while I wash stuff left behind and put some in trash and some in T.S. bags. We picked up a nice set of drapes (T.S.) for across the laundry area. Perfect for the current colours of the room. Can be used elsewhere if it changes. Good heavy fabric with ferny print in shades of green only. Might even work to "black out" BR.

Great Laundry area and equipment - after one reads the directions!

Email from neighbour Larry that Beaver is getting wet indoors. He has done what he could and I asked him to consult with Dan if any more needs to be done; L is better at texting than I and Dan prefers texts. When we have someone as wonderful as Dan, it is important to keep him happy! I owe Larry big time. Great neighbour!

Good neighbour here kept drive cleared all winter and when R drives in with Truck and stuff, M comes running to help, if home.

Bed construct will be along any day now! Frig to follow when weather cooperates. Yesterday, R dug out enough of the back deck that we could open the back door and appreciate the woods. I am happier to have a front door AND a back door.

Guess I shall not complain about R enjoying his explorations.

Safe travels, Susan!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM

Kitchen cleaned
DW loaded to run overnight
Laundry going
Towels changed

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 03:11 PM

SRS, we leave tomorrow morning!

Privacy curtains are up. Food bags are loaded.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 12:25 PM

Susan – your next trip to Pennsylvania is a week away? And this is the final trip as far as emptying that house and moving contents? Big job!

Michelle, for the first 16 years I worked in the library I was in an upper floor with north facing windows and I didn't keep plants, but co-workers kept their plants in my window. As long as the fruit flies (or fungus gnats) were kept under control we were all fine. It was nice to have a smallish-jungle in the cubicle.

I'm washing dog beds this weekend; Poppy may be over the bladder infection but the incontinence is back and I'm going to have to address that this week. It isn't enough to take her out at bedtime any more. I'm going to have to set up a place on the tile floor where she sleeps on beds in an enclosure so she doesn't leave spots of piddle. I'll be steam-cleaning carpets this week. Most of the house is tile floors, but there are a couple of carpets. This project bumps a few others down the list.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 12:19 PM

Tech/meds box full and loading as the innocuous BANKERS BOX (the only one onboard).

Found two neutral beige curtains when we took apart doggie dust sheets, to replace current see-thru hallway privacy curtains, to hang later or tmrw.

Ydy, I got my mother's pretty antique dresser sorted and restored to a pretty, welcome-home state-- the overflowing top drawer's scarves hung on display hooks to grab as needed, and messy top shelf items stowed in the nearly empty drawer. Adding the full length curtain to replace the half-curtain will make for a real dressing space. I'll post pix when the pretty PA boudoir lamp is added and the candelabra sconces get their tapers.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Mar 19 - 10:51 AM

Like during vacay time, a retired priest gets to skip an occasional Sunday morning church service. I'm so glad we both went back to sleep this morning!

It's forecast to be warm enough overnight to load the tech/meds box TODAY, and it's ready to top off with meds.


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 06:04 PM

Work: I planted some Marigold seeds and put them in the window outside my office. I also trimmed and dead-headed the plants that needed it. I changed out all the winter decor from my own office and window sill, added a plant and a hand carved Robin that I love. I now have two monitors on my desk, the CPU (not sure what else to call it) is about the size of a box of butter and that is new to my desk top space as well. I also have a new internet phone which is a bit more bulky than the last one. Given that I need to be home some afternoons for Jeremiah, working with children poses a problem as many of them need to be seen after school hours so I have requested that my caseload on children be reduced and the adult caseload increased. In that light, I have also requested that the responsibility of being the trainer for the Children's Program be passed on to someone else. I've been doing it for 2 years and it's time for someone else to lead that horse. My caseload is larger than it's ever been and last week I received a 5% raise. YAY ME!

Home: My yard continue to be MUD. MUD. And MORE MUD. Ugh. I am looking forward to the day when the ground firms up, there is grass to mow, temperatures are warmer and leaves on the trees! Daily chores are being kept up with...dishes, laundry, clear table, someone decent floors (I'm allowing slack on this because it's MUD season plus we heat with wood and pellets...both are creators of dust. Jeremiah is in charge of sweeping almost daily and does a decent job. I'm thankful for the help. I cleaned out the fridge last night and emptied all the various Rubbermaid containers, washed them all by hand (they don't come out clean from the dishwasher) and today I had some family time and some me time. We all got haircuts this morning, I got some highlights and then went on to get my nails done. I don't do that often but I sure do love having them painted an all pretty! We went to the bookstore and then out to a place we've been wanting to try for a long time for our lunch....It's called Curly's Chicken House. It's a down home, straight forward family restaurant...a bit run down but the food was great! I had friend chicken which I don't think I've had in years...surely I will be paying for it later tonight...it was worth it! While we were there a woman came over and started hugging me...I didn't know who it was until she took a few steps back....turns out it was a friend that I used to work with in the 1990s....she's retired now...sure was great to see her though!

I have a huge undertaking that I'm hoping to get at least halfway done tomorrow. I have made the decision that I am going to get rid of 95% of the clothes that I don't wear or that don't fit. I'm keeping a few special pieces but the other stuff...all 8 sizes of it all is going to be GONE. I'm feeling ruthless and tomorrow is the day!   I might start tonight...we shall see.

I am headed to a college reunion in May and recently purchased some new clothes that I feel good in...including SHOES!!! Normally, I might get one or two pairs of new shoes per year and sometimes not even that. I recently picked up FOUR pairs...one new set of cute kick abouts, sandals and two pairs of Espadrille sandals, one black and the others are a sassy hot pink....*GRIN*....love it!

Oh...also taking my car into the shop for a tune up so I have no worries on my drive to Vermont for the reunion.   I have rented a cottage for myself a very close girlfriend who actually is the reason that I met Pete....I can't wait to see her...it's been *GASP* over 25 years!!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 05:51 PM

While waiting for lunch guests to arrive I did a load of laundry (dog beds) and went into my zippered plastic sweater storage compartment that hangs from two hangers. A handful that I bought years ago but rarely wear are now in a bag in the donation bin. I need to be ruthless and remove a few more, but this was a start.

We had a leisurely lunch and spent the afternoon visiting, and thunderstorms threaten this evening. Looks like an eBay evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 04:51 PM

Dupont:

Load one is washing!! YAY!!! Dryer is ready,too!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 04:14 PM

Dupont:
When I say dithering, I mean fooling around with objects that have nothing to do with anything useful in the house - a light that was here and which I asked to be removed - OUT! But he had to take it apart and wash the filthy thing instead of doing the necessary job. I could have done two loads of laundry by now. Oh well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 04:10 PM

Dupont:

R arrived! So far, he has dithered around about other things, and I had to strongly refuse two wall pieces. We did agree on the several boxes and bags to go to TShops. The cabinet will not go upstairs until someone stronger comes to help; it appears to be fastened to the floor! The drawers have gone up. WE agreed for a spot, in the pantry, for a tool box but currently have only a changeable screwdriver and a wrench. The screwdriver lives in my car, generally; the only reason it is available. Two hours later, still dithering...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 03:03 PM

Well, I can't walk now.

Busy day here....

AM coffee and dayplan

Joint booking of Clarion motel for drive to PA

Joint folding of clean king bedding

Greg off errranding while I fold laundry mountain and sort out items to take

Top alcove drawer cleared of scarves and pretty scarves hung on alcove hooks and scarf hangers

Swim bag loaded for return use

Swim player set w packing items to use while away

Brief fone conference w Mary Kerr re checking PA house, and email re heat/water sent to landlord GF Teresa

Put away clean laundry

Whipped dishes

Chose travel toiletries and neatened up Library chairside area

Set up and distributed chairside water bottles

Sent neighbor texts re departure

Sent William confirmation for packing help to begin Thursday-- Greg to start Weds w trash trips from shed while I recover and plan.
Movie for tonight arrived with the mail. Van preloading done except for our stuff, fud, electronics.

Scootered the block w dog but battery dies now long before block is circled.


Saturday Pre-Packing:

Pack exercise player (evening)
Pack easy dry suit in pool bag (evening)
Pack puders, clothes, meds (evening)

X Load black foam mattress
X Fold and secure walker
X Load folding stool
X Pre-load tools
X Rural King: Roundup, sm dog fud
X Folding laundry
X Detrash van
X Post office hold mail
X Notify neighbors
X Confirm PA helpers
X Level parrot cage (tomato plant house)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 01:11 PM

We had a Honda over 20 years ago. It was always an easy starter and quiet runner compared to the more common Briggs and Stratton engines of that era (although current mower has a B&S engine and I think they’ve moved on). It coped well with the aprox ½ acre and in places quite sloping terrain it had to deal with. Mum gave it away when she moved here.

I don’t believe there was any requirement for mowing here then. I gather (I didn’t live here then) there was a little grass (and the Honda would have been too big) at the front but she had other plans for that area and renting a patch behind the house hadn’t even been thought of then. That only came about later when she was looking for an allotment and a conversation with the landowner for the field made a nice offer – sort of “if you want to clear this overgrown area we can’t use and maintain it, you can have the use of it for a nominal rent”. Things change...

It can be nice to have people like your mower man. I’d be less sure about the local place mum used to use. It strikes me as more of a place for new sales (including those big John Deere garden tractors) and service contracts than repairing older and cheaper equipment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 12:36 PM

Dupont:

Waiting, sort of, with some hope, for R to arrive and connect the washer so I can wash clothes. Hoping he can also ensure dryer is correctly installed. There must be 6 or more loads awaiting. It is a BIG machine, too big probably for our needs, but it sure is nice. I am assuming it will work because the home from which it came was highly organized in every way.

Picked up a good bit of a strong wall paper at a T.S. the other day. That is the best for lining shelves, I believe, so I was happy to get it. A piece of furniture for powder room arrived - more Louis Quatorze than Victorian! I asked for storage; this is suitable for against the back of a sofa - 3 tiny drawers and a large empty space for tall vases or some such. Looks good but only takes up space. Oh well! It can be replaced. Nice love seat for TV room also arrived.

Last night's snow amounted to nothing so there is hope that we can get frig et al from the mill this week.

R suggested we might also get the "sewing cabinet" upstairs (it is big!) and set up the TV on it. With the little bookcase to put things on, I could move computer to TV room and de-clutter the LR for its next incarnation. Ephraim is going to find me a cord to connect computer to TV as a larger monitor.

I enjoyed being part of the English conversation class this week and have it on calendar weekly. Thinking of going to Beaver on 2 April for 6 days to live that life and bring back a carload of stuff.

Slowly learning to use new phone. Now that there is no ice, I park further from stores to get some walking in. Today might be warm enough to walk down to the river - which is getting high. I heard, and saw, lots of Canada Geese Thursday! Wonderful!! Hmm, I'll try that walk now, while the SUN! is high.


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