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

Jon Freeman 03 Dec 20 - 04:22 PM
Donuel 03 Dec 20 - 03:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 20 - 02:38 PM
Charmion 03 Dec 20 - 12:50 PM
Charmion 03 Dec 20 - 09:51 AM
Donuel 03 Dec 20 - 08:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 20 - 12:38 AM
Charmion 02 Dec 20 - 07:35 PM
Donuel 02 Dec 20 - 07:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 02 Dec 20 - 07:08 PM
Charmion 02 Dec 20 - 04:51 PM
Dorothy Parshall 02 Dec 20 - 10:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Dec 20 - 10:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Dec 20 - 10:07 AM
Charmion 30 Nov 20 - 10:13 AM
Stilly River Sage 30 Nov 20 - 10:11 AM
Charmion's brother Andrew 30 Nov 20 - 10:06 AM
Charmion 30 Nov 20 - 09:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Nov 20 - 09:24 PM
JennieG 29 Nov 20 - 08:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Nov 20 - 05:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Nov 20 - 10:26 AM
Dorothy Parshall 27 Nov 20 - 06:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Nov 20 - 12:34 PM
Charmion 27 Nov 20 - 11:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Nov 20 - 08:36 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Nov 20 - 04:41 PM
Charmion 26 Nov 20 - 02:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Nov 20 - 01:38 PM
Donuel 26 Nov 20 - 07:44 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Nov 20 - 06:31 AM
Donuel 26 Nov 20 - 06:23 AM
Donuel 26 Nov 20 - 04:52 AM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Nov 20 - 10:36 PM
Donuel 25 Nov 20 - 08:57 PM
LilyFestre 25 Nov 20 - 05:21 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Nov 20 - 11:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Nov 20 - 12:37 PM
Charmion 24 Nov 20 - 07:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Nov 20 - 06:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Nov 20 - 12:01 PM
Dorothy Parshall 22 Nov 20 - 09:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Nov 20 - 10:29 AM
Charmion 22 Nov 20 - 08:10 AM
Stilly River Sage 21 Nov 20 - 10:25 PM
Dorothy Parshall 21 Nov 20 - 06:03 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 04:22 PM

Our living room is sort of repurposed at the moment. It always has been divided into two areas with one half with the settee, comfortable chairs and the tv. The other half has become my living/sleeping area and accommodates a hospital bed.

As things stand, I think we will look to restoring things early in the new year. The bed was particularly useful to me as I found raising it helped me get out and lowering back in without assistance but I donít need that now. I also think itís been good for the community nurses changing my dressings but Iím healing up quite well and there is only a little left to be dressed.

The change back will involve a fair bit of organisation as my room has become a ďdumping groundĒ. Iíll also have a bed and mattress to deal with. Not the hospital one. That is a NHS loan and someone should collect when I no longer need it. But in between mum and I discussing how we would organise my return and agreeing my room wasnít the best situation and the hospital OTs deciding the best plan was to organise the hospital bed, I had ordered a new bed and mattress.

Iíll keep the new mattress and the council will dispose of my own mattress for a reasonable fee (which covers up to 4 items so we can get rid of a couple of other items too with that) but Iíll keep my old bed to which I fitted casters to raise the height and store more underneath a few years ago. Iíll treat it to new slats though (and see them on sale at Amazon) as a couple of them are warped.

That will leave me with a brand new (self assembly) single bed in its box in my shed. Iíll try to find out if anyone wants it on a free but collect basis.

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Thinking tables btw. I love the old one in the living room. It's a simple country/rural made oak job that I think saw service with my mum's grandmother.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 03:10 PM

Timetodownsize the dining table. I'll just take a leaf out. Then I will Oxy the carpet stairs and hall with the scrubbing shampooer.

Today I canceled the air duct cleaning crew tommorrow for another season when we are not at a peak infection rate. Its at 13 now.
I'll wait until its 3 or less.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 02:38 PM

Visualizing how things in the living room could be moved or repurposed has been an interesting thought exercise this morning, after reading about all of this shifting of shelves for storage. I think it generated a few endorphins with the anticipation of change.

I took a look in the freezer, organized some of the meats in the baskets on the bottom couple of shelves, but didn't tackle the whole thing. In the fridge there is stock for making chicken soup, or I could freeze it and make lentil soup now (I prefer that with water, not stock). The oven is pre-heating for a collection of things to go in; acorn squash, halved, a lone Russet potato, a piece of chicken and a piece of halibut. Fish is for lunch today, with the potato, and the others are for later meals. But cooking them all at once is more efficient (only the chicken or fish would be good candidates for the toaster oven).

Time to make a list.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 12:50 PM

And the bookcase is in its new, much better spot, the chest of drawers has gone to its new home, and my sitting room is back to rights. Ronnie and Timmy, the muscly gents, were wonderfully efficient, and they charged me only $250 for the entire evolution. Nothing damaged, nobody hurt ó money well spent.

The sitting room rug is still with the cleaners, so the space looks a bit austere. The cats donít care, but I do; a sitting room without a rug isnít cosy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 09:51 AM

ďStandardĒ transmission ainít standard any more, so I prefer to call it ďmanualĒ.

In fact, I still drive a Volkswagen even after the cheatiní diesel affair (which affected us) because they are the only builders of semi-affordable cars that put manual transmissions in their top-of-the-line models. I refuse to pony up for an Audi, a Beemer or a Merc, or anything built (and priced) as a sports car, so that leaves the Golf. Fortunately, itís well designed for what I want a car for, and does not attract the wrong kind of attention.

Back in the 90s, I drove a 1986 ďclassicĒ diesel Golf. It was white, and I kept it in pretty good nick, and I habitually drove it anywhere between 10 and 20 kph above the speed limit. I had an interesting conversation one day with a highway cop (Ontario Provincial Police) who told me that, in that car, I could probably bomb down the 401 at Mach 3 and get away with it. ďHmm. Volks diesel, middle-aged lady driver. Nothiní doiní there.Ē

The movers are on their way. Hurrah!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 08:19 AM

I've only driven all the VW's.
Standard trans once got me off RR tracks and is good for roll starts.

I showed the cheapest possible murals and curtains earlier but you get what you pay for.
The pricey Nat. Geo collection of wall murals captured my attention for 2 hours. The resolution is photographic and the scenes are as you might expect, anyplace in the world.
https://www.magicmurals.com/the-trevi-fountain.html

https://www.magicmurals.com/autumn-birch.html
https://www.magicmurals.com/notre-dame-cathedral.html


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 12:38 AM

I envy you the standard transmission. It hasn't been available the last few vehicles I've bought (used - I tried the few standard transmissions on the lot and was underwhelmed.) Do you have to mash the clutch all the way to the floor now to shift? I've run into that a couple of times - weird, or broken.

I finally realized that the popular YouTube yoga program a couple of friends have been doing is free, so I've "subscribed" and am going to do the beginner basics and see how I like it. I used to go to a class at the dance studio but that hasn't been viable for a long time now.

I have a stack of stuff to do tomorrow. It's probably stuff I was going to do yesterday and put off to today; I think I need to start making a list again to keep track of what I'm doing to get that sense of accomplishment when something is crossed off. And to be sure I'm moving forward.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Dec 20 - 07:35 PM

The Sportwagen can corner at 30 mph, but it swings wide and feels sluggish. Iím glad you like yours, and just as glad Iím rid of mine.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Dec 20 - 07:25 PM

I love the golf sports wagon. It can corner at 30 mph. If you want more there is always the GTI.

I made 4 foot tall outdoor ornaments out of prism board that rainbows in the sun. Bell, tree, globe, star. They did well in the rain and wind. The sun colors are intense. I got them in bulk years ago.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Dec 20 - 07:08 PM

Dupont:

Well not as exciting as Charmion's news but I did re-organize and large lower cupboard and part of an upper one, resulting in a bag full of recycling! And room for better organization - like that box of glass bottles that were on the DR floor! I am so pleased - and pleased to have the energy today!

Still working on the shed situation: the man who offered to come build one this weekend also offered 10% off. But Robin has not been paying attention and was to go look at the second hand one today but had no time. And did not know where I was planning to place it - I did show him... The man is waiting word, as am I.

But the cupboards are sorted!! The laundry put away, the den is warm and supper is ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Dec 20 - 04:51 PM

I now own only one car, and my relationship with the insurance broker has stabilized. What a relief.

The new ride is a blue 2021 VW Golf with most of the available bells and whistles, the notable exception being an automatic transmission. Instead, it has a nippy six-speed manual gearbox that I like much better, not least because car thieves hate them. Unlike the 2017 Golf Sportwagen I traded in, which cornered like a chesterfield, it handles like a sports car.

I have also leapt through the last estate hurdle at the bank, and now have access to what remains of Edmundís practice funds. That means I can pay his HST and income tax, and I might get a coffee with whateverís left.

This afternoon, the chiropodist finally gave up on treating my wonky foot with a laser device (snake oil, in my opinion), and started injecting cortisone into the inflamed spot where the plantar plate ligament attaches to the bone. It feels better already.

Tomorrow at ten, two large muscly gents are coming to move the big, awkward Victorian bookcase downstairs, and haul a substantial tallboy chest of drawers to my brother-in-lawís house. Thatís the last transfer of furniture.

To crown the week, the last four rugs will come back from the cleaners on Friday. Hoop-dee-doo, I can hardly wait.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Dec 20 - 10:59 AM

Dupont:

WOW! I just re-organized the hall closet and made space! Don't really need two halves of a banana box at all, never mind taking up two spaces! I found a couple things and feel well rewarded for the few minutes work.

R went to look at a shed, second hand, today; it looks nice but the question is whether it can be moved as a whole piece or must be de-constructed. If the latter, it may not be worth the effort. It is not insulated but is wired with convenience outlets. Otherwise I am preparing to convert a spare room into a studio, at least until spring; a place to throw then package up and take to Beaver to fire and glaze and fire.

I did a chat with a man who builds on site and was on the cusp of commitment when it dawned on me that I was preparing to spend about 25% of my annual income on a shed that was really not what I wanted. Felt badly telling him I was not going ahead. That is when the distancing of chatting on computer is a bonus. I will get over it.

Have done 3 loads of laundry, which finally got folded this morning and piled and placed in the direction of destination. Asked R to clear the non-stairwell area of books do I can get to the Christmas box - sitting there since last year! Everything piled in front, NOT by me.

Tried another batch of muffins from internet - to use sour milk. Certainly not doing that again. Looked for another one and saving it for next try. Even full of blueberries, these are barely "OK".

Brought in a good batch of firewood Monday and called a place for more - NONE! Left message at another; no response. Will try one more. Every phone call is a stressor for me, even if I am sure they speak English, I may not be able to understand. The guy Monday insisted I speak French and I managed the two necessary sentences. And recognized the concept that there is none.

The feeble looking parsley plant in the front window produces enough that I can put a sprig on R's plate when I remember. I cut a couple ahead and have them in a jar on the back of the stove - even then I forget! Maybe I could bring in another plant; they are still doing ok outside. Maybe not after the next few days.

I am already taking cuttings off the tomato plants I - idiotically- started in the early fall. Have planted a couple in large pots. Continue to prune cuttings off the old plants. Some of them and some of the pepper plants I brought in, have died but there are still peppers coming along on others and a couple tiny yellow tomatoes. I just like growing things! A cutting from overgrown aloe vera is taking off, so I shall start a few more. Excess can go to the Shop. The young spider plants I took there are adding a bit of life to the array of goods.

Two cabinets in the pantry may get attention today. The clutter on the pantry counter is at the point of "AGHHH!". Energy is recovering from trip here. What else can I manage????

Re throwing away letters: I regret the book I could have written, had I not tossed letters from my mother in '77. I recently found a couple that missed the dustbin; they mention my son Taun fondly so, the next time they surface, I will send them to him.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 10:40 PM

I did a lot of running around today, but most of it was outside connections on doorsteps or walkways, in two instances delivering face masks. I did curbside pickup for my dog food and only went into two businesses where I need to do my own shopping. That's pretty much it for the week. The dog food store doesn't do a good job of making people wear masks, so I did curbside pickup. A couple of people in the grocery store needed reminding about masks, and one guy needed shaming. Maybe people will decide just to wear the masks correctly instead of having people fuss at them.

When I was at the discount grocery I loaded up with various essentials; pasta, bag of flour, several bags of rolls, condiments, canned items. I drove those by the community fridge that I have started participating in. This photo has a few items in view that I donated, so must have been taken pretty soon after I left. Food goes very quickly here (it's a screen grab from the Funkytown Fridge Instagram account).

This month I don't need an advent calendar because I'm not counting down till xmas, though I'll be careful to mail family boxes early. I'm counting down till January 20. That's when xmas and thanksgiving and a new year all converge, when we ultimately declutter the White House.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 10:07 AM

This may be the day for me to follow Charmion's lead and get out the burning barrel, that I left in easy reach when I cleaned the greenhouse last weekend.

I had to scramble to find a few flat rate Priority mailing envelopes (I had to swap Express envelopes for some I had my mask patterns stored in) and will order more. The post office doesn't charge for Priority boxes and envelopes, but they will take a few days to arrive. I have a couple of small flat rate boxes that will also do the trick.

Today I'll try the curbside pickup for my dog food at Tractor Supply. They have too many customers who simply don't wear masks or who do it improperly, and I'm tired of arguing with their willful stupidity. I called to inquire about the process, they say it takes about an hour. I do go into Joann's to get fabric because it's too difficult to order online.

There was a hard frost this morning that got all the way up to the house. Now is the time to consider any work that trees need, and bulky waste pickup is in about 10 days, so I'll take the battery-operated reciprocating saw out and trim a few limbs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 10:13 AM

Okay. I'll take that as permission granted; let the conflagrations begin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 10:11 AM

Oh dear. The "old letters" question. I'm horrible about keeping them also, there are several bins around, though in recent years I have gotten better at tossing the cards with little or no message once I'm sure I have the address.

As a writer, I keep thinking that one day some of those letters will serve as reminders of things I want to flesh out. Most likely fiction that is loosely based upon events lived through. I should probably go through those bins and start tossing also.

I use a 20 gallon Behrens "composter" that was made as a burning barrel but is labeled composter because not all communities allow burning. I wait until after a rain (such as we had this weekend) then I put a couple of bricks in the bottom to support the paper placed in a vertical position and propped on each side (bookends) with more bricks. It burns better this way. And there is a water bucket and shovel sitting next to it. Always burn with the lid on. The resulting ash is tossed into the compost heap and I don't have to clean the fireplace.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 10:06 AM

Dear Sister: that is why there is such a thing as a "fireside." The papers sound as if they would be useful as tinder.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 09:06 AM

Opinions, please, fellow Clutter-Busters:

Last night, I celebrated the first Sunday in Advent with a bonfire of "classified waste" -- by which I mean documents I don't need any more that contain information I don't want blowing down the street on garbage day. It occurred to me that I should be burning the folders full of old family letters as well.

I'm 66 years old, after all, and not a figure of international fame, so my personal papers are hardly the stuff of history as yet unwritten. And Edmund had/has no more profile than I do.

Edmund tossed every postcard and personal letter he ever received into an ancient valise, and now they're sitting in the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet waiting for SOMEBODY to make a decision. I could foist them onto his siblings, but that would be very unfair. Likewise, I don't like the idea that whoever settles my estate will have to paw through four drawers of folders before he or she considers that duty done.

So: I think I should spend some time this winter burning old letters. Agreed?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 20 - 09:24 PM

Absolutely fill up at half a tank down. Not only do you avoid "running on fumes," you actually get better mileage because there is less space in the tank for fumes. That seems to make a difference (I listened to Car Talk on National Public Radio for years. When to fill up and when to get an oil change were pieces of advice frequently discussed.)

I have one meal left from the Thanksgiving leftovers; I'm trying to not have so many things going at once in the fridge so I can avoid throwing out food. Especially since I've started participating in stocking the Community Fridge. That spot is drawn down quickly. Peppers I put in this morning were gone this evening when I stopped by to add a few more. I have some that I need to cut up and freeze that I won't leave there (they aren't perfect, but they're perfectly good to slice and freeze, cutting off the spots something nibbled on in the garden).

In this time of COVID - having a modest steady income is good as long as something doesn't rock the boat. Illness. A large repair. Accident of some sort. So many people are in such a difficult position, not just trying to stay afloat, and as good as the rice and lentils are in that community food exchange point, having protein, having extra ingredients also helps. Spices. Salsa. Flour for baking. I'm thinking that next trip up I'll leave a few printed recipes in the dry goods side also. To help those who don't know how to cook but who can follow simple instructions; maybe even put a QR code to the videos I made for my kids, teaching them cooking basics while they were away at college. Whatever can help. Coming up isn't a Winter of Discontent. It is a Winter of Desolation. I suspect we haven't seen anything yet.

Because of that, self-care is all the more important. I have bread rising, almost ready to put in the oven, not only fresh bread but the smell of fresh bread will help lift spirits here. Put up those xmas lights and decorations if they make you feel good because we need every ounce of inspiration we can find right now.

Take care.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: JennieG
Date: 29 Nov 20 - 08:25 PM

'Black Friday' concept has spread across the Pacific Ocean to Oz, also. We are not happy.

Still......I suppose after a year in which many businesses were closed for months and some will never re-open, those left are taking the chance to separate fools and their money at every opportunity.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Nov 20 - 05:13 PM

Dupont:

Arrived about 2:30 and have unloaded car and put most things away. And started supper, though it will wait until R gets home...Whenever. He was home by 7:30 last night, when I phoned, thinking I might be home; assured me he would not be so early tonight. I may fall asleep. There are only a few dishes in the sink. Watered a bunch of almost too dry plants, and snipped another geranium cutting.

Saturday aft, I took the new pots to the shop, including some polka dot - cookie cutter - ceramic bunnies with gold cords for hanging on tree? or wherever. They look cute!

Left Beaver in good order with sheets changed and dishes washed. Pottery stuff everywhere but that's OK.

I need to make a check list for by the front door lest I forget an essential in the getting-ready-to-leave mode. I was afraid
I had missed "close bathroom door" last time and texted neighbour to check as she passed by. She kindly did and it was fine but my brain is no longer "sharp as a tack".

Today, I gravely miscalculated gas consumption and need for washroom - both! Got off highway, thinking I would not make it to next service centre, and miscalculated where I was re civilization - read that GAS Station! As both became desperate, I stopped where there were a lot of houses and parked cars - nobody home anywhere! But across the street, I saw a dog - loose! As I crossed over toward it, it stayed inside its "fence"! and appeared to have a human. Very kind human let me use washroom and looked at my dash info and assured me I could manage the few km to the promised gas station. He did not have any -hoped for- gas for lawnmower as he had put it in his car! I made it and then life looked better. Note to self: Fill up the tank! (Remembering a former mudcatter who admonished me, as I set off across CA, "Always refill when it is only half empty!") I just hate stopping!

Now, relaxing with fire in stove!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 20 - 10:26 AM

We're to the time of year when the programming of the thermostat kicks in and the house has cooled enough overnight that it warms up at about the time I used to get up when I was going to work. I never reprogrammed it, and now it has been helpful for these few mornings when I'm getting up early to go feed a friend's cats. I find the covers too much and wake up kicking them off and get up. (BTW: my friend lives alone and is careful about self-isolating because she leaves to visit her elderly parents. I wear the mask the entire time I'm in her house, to protect both of us.) Since the heat is now coming on it also reminds me that it's time to get out another blanket. I have a thermal blanket and a quilt on the bed now, with a knit lap throw over the bottom half of the bed. I can go with these layers except that they slide around. Better to put on another blanket. If it gets really cold, then I swap out for the down comforter.

Last night I cleaned up the kitchen and ran the dishwasher at bedtime. I am reminded of my next door neighbor, who moved a couple of years ago. I would visit (as in drop in, sometimes unannounced) and the house was always spotless. It occurs to me that it is probably just as easy to keep a house clean by putting things away as you use them as it is to let stuff pile up and clean every so often. Discuss.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Nov 20 - 06:34 PM

Beaver:

After a full week here, today I managed to glaze and load the kiln, now firing, as I meant to do last Saturday! Energy came in fits and starts and snuck up on me when not expecting it. Worked in the studio with changing to studio clothes - not two messy, used a damp clothe to clean off bits and put it in laundry.

Needed a meal of mainly veggies and the food stores were too busy so I went to M&M and bought a chicken stir fry kit. Too much meat and not enough veggies; I ate all the veggies and saved much of the chicken for tomorrow. Maybe I will try a grocery later this eve. In the meantime, I had the meal I needed. - at a price! But I really needed it.

I find the Canadian use of "Black Friday" contemptible. It has nothing to do with us - just another marketing ploy - and people fall for it.

Charmion: Rest and relax and new activities will come to you!

I am off to the Thrift Warehouse tomorrow to get another light for the studio here. The lack of adequate lighting stymied me when I thought I might go do something in the eve - or maybe just an excuse. Maybe just a clip on; something I can do alone. I have done quite a bit in the LR but felt a bit of throwing energy a couple evenings. I seem to be needing more light these days. My eyes are OK...

The death affected me far more than I expected; it is complicated - the web of people affected/involved. Unique; I doubt I shall have this sort again. HOPE!

I will go back to Dupont on Sunday - a non-snow day! None of our favs at the Bakery so no need to plan to get there on Sat. Will take new pots to the shop tomorrow and load the car. And a bag to Thrift shop!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Nov 20 - 12:34 PM

If it wasn't a COVID-19 climate around the world I'd suggest visiting your local parks or museums to volunteer, or explore the tutoring programs for K-12 kids. I did both of those up until early this year, when it all came to a crashing halt. Now I'm looking at volunteering in an outdoor situation in the botanical garden. Last year I hobbled painfully on those tasks, but the new knee is ready to go for some leaf-raking or tulip-planting activities.

Today my backyard greenhouse needs to be put into order, the vents covered, and potted plants moved in because our first freeze is expected over the weekend. This is as late as I ever remember a first freeze. We usually can plan on early to mid-November, and last year's mid-October hit was a true disappointment, but this has been remarkable. How do you plant your winter crops when the summer crops are still happily producing?

The faucets need to have the freeze covers put on, and I need to change the washer in the back faucet, it has had a slow leak forever (drips only, but they add up.)

Shopping - I am one who never goes to a store on "Black Friday" ever if I can possibly avoid it. (I need dogfood soon, but think I can wait till next week's "senior shopping" hour at Tractor Supply.) There are movements that celebrate small business days and homemade crafts days and such, I don't pay attention to any of them. I did most of my small item shopping in October and my closet is stashed with bags to wrap and pack and ship soon. It's all small stuff this year, there isn't really anything big most people need.

Thanksgiving dog story: those roasted vegetables I made last night were probably my favorite part of the meal. I have enough for another meal or two for me, and since it was a holiday I decided to give the dogs a treat. They usually get some kind of cut up, often cooked, vegetable on top of their dry food for the extra moisture and fiber, so each got a chunk of roasted carrot. The dog food bins live in an antique trunk, so I fill the bowls on top of the bins, collect them, close the trunk, and set the bowls on top of the trunk while dogs bark or dance around behind me. Since the two big dogs have been getting an antihistamine because they were itching so much this fall, I stuffed the Benadryl into Zeke's and Pepper's carrots, dropped them on top of the bowls, then proceeded with our meal ritual.

Zeke first, he sits and shakes hands, then I put his food down. I put down Pepper's bowl and she gives me a kiss on the cheek, then I put down Cookie's bowl and she gives me a nose boop on the cheek. They are to wait until I tell them "eat" and they dive into their bowls, and beforehand they leave each other's food alone, though Cookie always checks out Zeke's bowl to see what's for dinner before moving away. This time she went in for the kill and I wasn't fast enough to block her before she snatched and swallowed-whole that cooked carrot off of the top of his dish! She doesn't seem the worse for the dose, though she did take a long evening nap. Clearly these carrots are irresistible and will become something they get for special occasions - though I will distribute differently!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Nov 20 - 11:14 AM

Bugs in late November. Grim.

The Black Friday phenomenon has invaded Canada to the extent that both my email and real mail boxes are jammed with advertising for things I could never imagine buying under any circumstances, let alone now. Are Americans really shopping till they drop?

For the first time in months, perhaps years, I have no obligations and no deadlines. I hardly know what to do with myself.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 08:36 PM

Our movable feast was good; the chicken came out of the oven just before my ex arrived with the pie (he somehow managed to scoop out half of the pumpkin pie and replace it with half of an apple pie because we always have one of each every year since the kids have different favorites.) I've kept a few black-bottomed restaurant takeout containers for this kind of occasion, and had a rotisserie chicken box from Costco, so I cut the chicken down the middle and boxed half. The vegetables were cut up and roasted in olive oil and black pepper with sprigs of rosemary, this was in lieu of several other side dishes. Veggies went into another takeout container, and my offering finished with a brown paper bag of hot dinner rolls. It was warm enough today that we could have eaten here outside but at dusk the mosquitoes and gnats would have been uninvited guests.

The kitchen is cleaned up, and that's about as much as will be accomplished this evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 04:41 PM

Beaver:

Still doing more thinking than doing. Snow is melting today but still LOTS.

Donuel! Snowy day in July before I paint trees! Someone nearby has had an amazing scene hanging on a garage for at least 20 years; I am amazed that it is still there and still vibrant; I look forward to seeing the HUGE flowers, clearly an super enlarged pic, professionally printed on something super durable! I sometimes think of stopping to see if they remember where they got it. More than 20 Ontario winters and facing mostly south???!!! However, an already printed shower curtain is a fine idea. Beaver has a rainbow painted on the north wall, by friends using scaffolding.

Charmion! What a wonderful sense of completion!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 02:55 PM

Big news: I shipped off the Afghanistan book to the client today. The feeling of release has yet to set in, as neither the author nor the publisher have provided any feedback.

I can now move on to my next self-appointed task: sorting Edmundís work files. The highest priority there is identifying all material related to his last project for Innocence Canada, and sending it to their office in Toronto. The rest are mostly if not all Legal Aid cases, and my responsibility there is just to stash them somewhere clean, dry and secure for a year (I think). The Glory Hole will be perfectly adequate for that.

The Stratford Christmas dinner will take place at my house because I have the least portable elements of the feast, to wit: the goose, the pudding, and the custard. The Elizabeth Street contingent may bring a ham (!) as well as the veg and the wine. I foresee a general digestion alert in the aftermath of all that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 01:38 PM

Aren't you guys talented! Don, I never thought about looking for a printed curtain like that but soon I'll have a couple of those on my xmas lists! It is possible to become the maven of fancy shower curtains with so many to choose from! And the 3D printing is an established art form now, Jon, I'm not surprised it caught your attention. I'm glad you're recovering from the surgery. I have a standing desk that I need to remember to occasionally put in the up position just because. I got it when I had not yet been diagnosed with PMR and thought it might help. Right now I'm sewing lots of masks, making them high-end as far as fabric, design, top-stitching, etc. I'll post photos later (that is the next step in a blog I'm reviving). And Dorothy has been making her amazing pots in front of us for years so sometimes we forget about all of her artistry!

I came into the computer to check the television guide, but I'll probably just put a movie in to play as I spend the next few hours in the kitchen. Chicken this year, a turkey is too big for just two of us trading off food, and dinner rolls. I'll roast some vegetables, and he's making pies to bring over to share. Last summer I made a couple of pints of pickled okra and this afternoon I took one jar and some of my recently made cucumber relish to my next door neighbor. They live a bit dangerously - they're going to her son's house for dinner with his family. I think they're trying to maintain a "bubble," but with teenaged grandkids, that may not really be happening. I hope they stay safe.

All of you stay safe also, and to those in the U.S., have a great Thanksgiving!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 07:44 AM

Jon I'm just 2D xmas
snow
snow path
background painting"
go to Amazon for shower curtains /snow or / anything for about 16 dollars. This how matt painters must make a living when movie sets aren't hiring fantasy


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 06:31 AM

I look in for the first time in a while and see my name mentioned.

I had quite substantial surgery on the tumour on my back near the end of September and spent 7 weeks in hospital, having a further op for skin grafts towards the end of my stay. My mobility is not great and I think it will still be a long haul before Iím up for things like mowing the grass.

I had a fair bit of catching up and sorting out to do when I came home. Both parents had computer problems during my absence and some other things needed doing but I soon caught up with that.

Re the computers, dadís laptop trouble was just his mouse switched off! Mumís situation was more complicated and she called a repair guy in and (in agreement with me in hospital as I didnít know when Iíd get her back running) had a second hand Windows 10 machine installed. He left her without email set up and without the programs she is used to, eg. Firefox and Thunderbird. Annoyingly, there was no fault with the Linux box (probably something as stupid as dadís moust though I canít suggest wrong and a guy who didnít know what he was doing with Linux and wroly suggesting her system was very old) and Iíd like to switch her back to that one. I canít get down to do the cables yet though.

Staying with computers, I have also repaired and upgraded the software on my laptop which had been languishing for the past couple of years. The fault was that the screen would either flash or go blank when running on battery. I took the £70 with postage gamble (well I did read up but wasnít certain) that a replacement screen would cure the problem (the laptop is a few years old but an Intel I7 with a SSD I fitted and worth a bit of spending on) and it paid off.

I wanted it in action because, with the help of dad, I got a 3d printer a few days ago. I need a PC for the slicing software but am not yet allowed to sit down (I alternate between being on my feet and lying in bed) so I prefer using the laptop from my bed to standing to use my desktop.

Iím having mixed results with the printer and only have 8 objects (but printing does take time) Iíve kept so far and the green bowl is damaged but I gather that is fairly common when starting out with 3d printing and one just has to persevere and try to learn from the mishaps. Iím not really sure why I got the printer though Ė I think it was a bit of a whim but Iíll see how and where it goes.

At the moment Iím just downloading from thingiverse and printing and perhaps Iíll be able to use that for a couple of Chrstmas presents but maybe one day Iíll try to get my head round a CAD program (Iíd start with FreeCad) which would open up the possibilities of making my own bits and pieces.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 06:23 AM

Naturally I painted only for half an hour to knit 2 polyester panels together for outdoor use. They are cheap and impressive. There are hundreds of scenes to choose from. Indoor versions are pricey.
I'm tired of silly holiday lights. (and lazy)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 20 - 04:52 AM

With acrylics they take 3 days. Take 2 white shower curtains and paint a very faint back ground of blurry trees with very watered down paint on wet curtains from middle to top. The leaves are pinkish and trunks barely visible to invisible.
Let dry and paint bold trees from bottom to top in fading color at top with lots of thin branchs and leaves in grey and dark grey. Dry and paint red leaves on the grey leaves and new ones as well from the middle red to red pink at the top then in strong burgandy to bright red (sunny spots) do the forest floor. The only brush technique involved is to create a quick tiny leaf in one stroke. Leave some shadowed branchs and leaves in grey. This could take hours.

Heh heh drying takes 2 hours tops with acrylics. Like Bob Ross anyone can do it.

Or you can just buy a printed
shower curtain :^/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Nov 20 - 10:36 PM

Beaver:

Michelle! good to hear from you!

Donuel: Your Christmas decor sounds amazing!

As for myself: I have finally gotten energy back. More shoveling today and the neighbour de-cluttered the driveway wonderfully while I went out and replenished (edible) nut supply, and purchased a better thermostat for Dupont. I have done some organizing and figured out part of why things were not progressing, made a list of things to throw (pottery) tomorrow. Warmer day (7 degrees above freezing!) so it will feel easier to move around outside and my hope is to glaze and load kiln, then throw, then... As energy permits! Life seems brighter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Nov 20 - 08:57 PM

Decorating for Christmas outside this year I have put up a 10 foot wide   7 ft tall mural 0f a Japanese red maple forest with fog and a carpet of red leaves on the forest floor dappled with sunlight. The beauty part is a real Japanese red maple 25 feet in front of the mural. The mural can be drawn back like curtains.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 25 Nov 20 - 05:21 PM

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to check in to say hello. COVID is rocking Tioga and Chemung Counties....one is where I live and the other is where I work. I swing between, I'm ok....I'm following masking, social distancing and handwashing guidelines, I use hand sanitizer and have been known to double mask up when I see clients at work. Thankfully, the majority of my work can be done remotely.....but then I swing the other way. I think it's probably pretty normal....but I hate that feeling.

I am well. Jeremiah is well and doing school 100% remotely. It has proved to be a parenting challenge in regards the day to day care but again, thankfully my employer is very flexible. He can come to work with me sometimes and other days I can work at home while he does his schooling.

Pete begins a new job soon as his job, which was a grant funded position that was renewed annually, came to an end. We are most thankful that he found a position that sounds very promising. This will change our schedule yet again but we are flexible and doing things the best we can.

I haven't done much decluttering......just bits here and there. I have changed the way we eat as Pete and I are doing KETO and have been doing so since July. He is down 25 pounds and I'm down 18....it's slow going for me but it's better than going the other way. I recently had blood work completed and while the weight loss isn't going nearly as fast as I would like, my blood chemistry...including my A1C is all in range! My triglycerides, LDL and HDL are all in range for the first time in just about FOREVER. Even my thyroid is happy! So....the weight loss will come but the other is just stellar news!

I hope you are all well and would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Love to All,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Nov 20 - 11:02 AM

Beaver:

The snow shoveling is getting to be too much. I can shovel snow or I can work in the pottery. I do not seem to be able to do both. A discouraging conundrum. If I stay here, not getting the "work done" - just the shoveling? Or stay at Dupont while the snow builds up here, and ice, until I cannot get in the house or from house to studio...??

Yesterday I wrote a long email to my friend whose dad died. It helped me feel less sad, but brought to the surface other issues.

My main declutters these days are snow and my mind - while more snow falls, and more thoughts arise.

I do have a few more things to take to the Shop. I also have the wood ash problem - how to dispose of without polluting the stream.

Go to town and get more nuts and a thermostat for Dupont, and wait for the muddy waters to clear.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Nov 20 - 12:37 PM

Monitoring your intake is important and is good that it's visible to you, Charmion. And for frozen meals check out the Lean Cuisine Marketplace gourmet type offerings (I just looked - that particular variety doesn't show up any more, but they do have some "Favorites" that are a bit more adventurous). I didn't buy them for diet reasons early this year, I bought them because they looked good and I wasn't going to be up on my feet a lot cooking while my new knee healed. There are also some really nice bags of frozen ravioli that might appeal to you.

I did a marathon sewing session last night to get a dozen masks off of my sewing table. I'm trying to reduce the number of sewing fabrics I have sitting around - this wrapped up two of the early patterns I was using.

The whole furniture moving thing really has become something I'm working out in my head right now - the question being how drastic do I want the changes to be? And if I move the whole entertainment set of stuff it means running a lot of new wires. I have both sides of the room set up for wired Internet so the devices will still stream at the fastest rate. It's just configuring things (and deciding what needs to be retired.) And what about moving the new freezer? It really would be helpful if I didn't have this 1970s step-down den thing going on.

Any lurkers out there want to emerge and share their fall activities? How are the sheds and the garden, Jon? Has Patty Clink settled down for the winter? What is Donuel working on this autumn? Anyone else?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Nov 20 - 07:11 AM

Over the last six weeks, I have moved every book and bookcase in the house, some of them twice. I canít honestly say it had to be done, except of course the part where the books and their shelves got dusted and cleaned, but the work burned off a fuckton of stress that manifested itself in an inability to sit still. And now the house is substantially reoriented, and more logically configured for life on my own.

I am now deep into the last appendix to the Afghanistan book, and one more day with no interruptions will see it done.

Iím still not cooking, however. At best, I heat stuff up and slice fruit and veg into pieces that I can eat with my fingers while reading. So yesterday I hit the frozen food section at Sobeyís for a pile of microwaveable ďcivvy MREsĒ, and last night I supped on a nuked lasagne-for-one with a glass of actual red wine.

One glass was quite enough, for which much thanks The possibility that I might dive headfirst into the bottle has been drifting about my mind a lot lately, but so far Iím finding that a beer, or one small snort, and now one glass of vino, is all I want. But I can feel my on-board, built-in, personal watchdog paying very close attention.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 20 - 06:36 PM

On Instagram Martha Stewart posted photos of rearranging the furniture in whatever house (Katonah?) she's residing in right now. It's a nice big room and she's putting down a sisal carpet. Not a good option here with all of the muddy dog feet. That kind of reorganization is energizing (as we've all experienced vicariously via Charmion's efforts for the last several weeks). It's kind of inspiring. Maybe in time for the holiday? Just using existing stuff, nothing added. Dorothy is doing a lot of moving stuff also. Hmmmm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 20 - 12:01 PM

I think our beautiful odd warm fall has ended, this week is cooler with rain forecast throughout. It's a holiday week so everything ends up a needing more attention since there are liable to be more people out. I went to Costco for Senior Shopping (from 9-10am Monday through Friday). As I left just before 10 I was a gauntlet of people with their carts lined up around the store ready to load up for the holidays. My treat to myself is several cases of sparkling water. I should have gotten sugar and butter but forgot, so maybe tomorrow morning at the 24-hour Winco near me, they're usually quiet around 6am and they have beautiful produce. Everything is super-sized at Costco - part of the haul was a 3.5 pound bag of squash (yellow and zucchini) so I'll plan to make some zucchini bread for the holidays. The small citrus clementines come in a 5 pound bag so I'm going to give half to my ex; I have trouble working my way through a 3 pound bag because they don't keep very long. I really need to load up on frozen vegetables or blanch and freeze what I bring home and just not go out for several weeks. This COVID-19 is racing through the county.

A friend texted to ask about getting family photos somewhere outside, but I think the overcast days won't help, so maybe some interesting backdrop (the exterior of a museum, a library, etc.). It's been a rough year for documenting special events - last year she said she hoped that this spring I could take photos of her daughter before her senior year prom, and that never happened. If I can help them with the family photo I'm happy to do it.

My next door neighbor is smart, I see his holiday lights are up already while it was warm. I'll put up some strings of the little LED lights in the juniper this afternoon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Nov 20 - 09:50 PM

Beaver:

Planned power outage 7 am to noon today. Woke to CO monitor beeping. Unplugged it and went back to bed for a while. Made toast on wood stove and warmed water to add to left over Green tea. Looked at forecasts and wondered WHEN the snow would start. Finally decided I really need to go see friends but by the low route. Had a good visit with the mother , then the son came down from the cottage and the 3 of us had a visit with - gasp! hugs as I was leaving. Five minutes after I left the snow started gently wafting down.

Lunch and reading and trying to get myself to DO something - to no avail but I did think about it! Neighbour Larry stopped for a visit, informs we are getting 4-6 inches. Yep. I cleared an inch or two from back deck and now there is another 3-4 inches. Maybe I'll clear that before bed. Easier to do in smaller quantities.

That was a smart move! Lotta snow! Beautiful light fluffy stuff but heavy anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Nov 20 - 10:29 AM

Odd morning. I had the alarm set to wake me in time for a program I listen to, but I fell back asleep without intending to and dreamed I was up and around the house getting ready for the radio show. Twenty minutes passed and I finally got up. :-)

Two mornings ago I called the dogs for their breakfast and Cookie didn't come right away. I looked out in the backyard and the scamp was wiggling her way through the layers of my carefully constructed chicken wire compost enclosure, like a Hootchie Kootchie contortionist. A quick search shows that my local big box hardware stores carry 4' tall wire in modest length rolls. And then this morning I read a Freecycle offer - someone giving away various widths of chicken wire, some of it in rolls. It's not expensive, but if they have some to be got rid of, I'll help them out first if I don't have to drive into the next county to pick it up.

My running is very limited this week, and I think some of it I can do as curbside pickup instead of entering the businesses involved. Dog heartworm Rx at the vet need to be refilled and they will probably take pertinent info over the phone and hand parcel out the door. I may drive to drop off prepared food, not go in anywhere. They really do need to do a lockdown again in this area but this is a GOP state, pay no mind to the face that my city's mayor just tested positive for COVID-19.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Nov 20 - 08:10 AM

COVID-19 infections are rising in Huron and Perth counties as well, despite our thin rural population and general obedience to public health guidelines. The epicentre in Stratford is a privately operated long-term care home where 43 residents and 19 staff have caught the disease and nine residents have died. Two recent outbreaks in rural townships suggest that community spread might be starting here.

The public health people are very diplomatic about the source of the spread, but I would bet serious money on long-term care staff, especially personal support workers. They are not supposed to work in more than one institution, but they are paid crap wages for unpredictable shifts, and can't really make a living without grabbing all the hours they can get. All the long-term care homes are chronically understaffed but it's even worse now, so the temptation to break the exposure protocols must be irresistible for at least some of these folks.

The small percentage of the community who are given to griping are getting loudly vocal about mask rules, which rather surprises me; for most of us, checking for a mask in our pocket is now almost as firm a habit as ensuring that we have our keys and spectacles when leaving the house. At the bank the other day, I saw a man swan in with no mask, past the big sign with the rules in big letters, past the hand-wash station and the barrier rope, and none of the snugly masked bank staff said boo. But that's still an exception; yesterday I went to the supermarket but never bothered to get out of the car because people were lined up outside in the cutting wind. I don't need anything that can't wait till senior citizens' shopping hour on Monday.

Except maybe lemons. Late November is prime toddy season.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Nov 20 - 10:25 PM

This is always a difficult time of the year, but 2020 brings a unique set of complications, doesn't it? I was at an outdoor "event" today, sparsely attended, but when I briefly walked indoors was astounded to see about eight adults standing around talking at close proximity and none wearing masks. I was out of there again in a couple of minutes.

This NPR story gives a grim account of daily infections, deaths, and risks, and I sent it to the friend I was speaking with at this event who doesn't seem to quite understand how serious it all is. 1878 people died. On FRIDAY. 1878 of COVID-19. That's like four or five jumbo jet disasters in one day. I handed masks to the two friends who were running the event, and I sincerely hope they use them.

When you're living alone it's necessary to dig deep into the activities that bring satisfaction, to pull out the favorite music recordings, videos, or books that bring joy, and to absolutely make the phone calls or in-person distant and outdoor visits one can to stay sane. In 2020, paying attention to your surroundings is vital.

Today's event brought a boost for me that will help through the next week, and I'll be talking to my kids and probably sharing food with my ex. (There was an interesting story on the Moth Radio Hour this week - a couple who realized they weren't destined to be married to each other, they were destined to be best friends. That's us.)

Now to brew my cuppa decaff spice tea and head back to my sewing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Nov 20 - 06:03 PM

Beaver:

"I initially got one to put next to the dog stall in the garage and I wanted something that didn't have any exposed elements, that would turn off if it was tipped over, and was warm, not hot enough to burn oneself on. I later put one in the greenhouse. I use that one with a plug that detects the temperature outside and when it gets to a certain low it powers on until it reaches a particular high temperature. The range is on at 35o and off at 45o. Anyway, look up "heat cube" or "thermo cube" for those. (I think I remember Dorothy getting some of those years ago, we talked about this before.)"

This also comes in a higher range (45-55 I think). But must have that special outlet, as in bathrooms. I could only find it on Amazon. It is terrific for the need here.

Thank you for the mask offer, Maggie. I found mine - designed for environmental sensitivity - the same day C found the will! In the SAFE place - the plastic envelope containing important papers (like passport) with which I travel back and forth. Maybe I need to make a list, keep a log book of where things are... I have made a comprehensive PW list and made two copies to put in safe places where
I hopefully will find at least one. And made more business cards for the Shop while the printer was working. The one at Dupont is having a problem.

So got home to Beaver yesterday and, after pit stop, went up to the Shop and chatted with Pat, the ring leader, remembered to leave half dozen spider plants! and came home to start recuperation. At least I had brought supper with me! This am, started out with a couple errands - thrift shop for books, "Pop Shoppe" to order large chunk of 2 year old WHITE cheese, Home Hardware - nope we never carried that (terrific velcro strips that really stick and hold) and then to Shop with the box of new stuff, bought somewhere, sometime in the past for some long forgotten reason.

There were too many people there! I felt as though I'd walked into a hornet nest! Left the box and asked Pat to please price things for me. She is far better at it than I, and happy to do so.

Then sat in car and phoned my long time - over 85 year old - friend whose husband died on 12th. This is one of those where he never told her anything! Fortunately, her, almost 60, son and 3 grandkids, and ex DIL are being incredible. Hard phone call. I had been going to visit, but the road to her place is long, winding and steep for about 30 min; I consider it life threatening in July; with rain threatening and freezing weather... I will try to make the burial on Monday. Tomorrow is a snow day. Monday might not be good either, but son will be there 'til Friday. It might stop precipitating!

When safely home, call from son, very close friend whom I pulled through a rough stretch about 35 years ago. He admitted to alcohol problem, as I had heard from Mother and ex wife; I suspect he was already under influence and I admonished him sharply -gently sharply as he is far more rocked by dad's death than he expected. The fact that Mom NEEDS him, can make it better or worse. His daughter is a nurse and very solid and has offered, a gratefully accepted, grannie flat in her home until mom can get into a retirement apt. Mom will be well cared for.

Having performed what the family considers a "miracle intervention" 35 years ago, it weighs heavily on me that they really are hoping for another one. I only found out about his alcohol problem in the last year. Parents never told me during any of my faithful visits with them. I gave him "what for" and "your mom needs you", and your children - what about Neil (the youngest who is clearly on the path). Well, I can only do what I can do. Oh dear!!!!! I am going to go read about octopuses. Apparently "octopi" is incorrect!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Nov 20 - 03:09 PM

The bursitis is subsiding, and Ibuprofen is what I usually use. I have an ointment that is supposed to be a good topical treatment, but it's like Tylenol, apparently, in that there can be kidney damage if you drink. The package places a higher drink limit per day than I ever drink, but still, the idea that alcohol and this don't mix well is something to consider. I think after January 20 the drink in the evening will be less necessary. :-/

I have a list of things to do in the yard - a gardener friend stopped by after an event in town and give a cursory glance at the various projects I have going on here. The patio cover is falling apart and I hadn't thought about how sloppy that looks until company arrived - seeing through someone else's eyes is always revealing!

The eBay stuff seems to have stalled, but I have more things to list for this season, as much to clear out the front room as the boost sales. Some of the prepared boxes (ready to ship) are on the dining table and need to be moved back to the front room. I have a couple of projects in mind that take up the entire table (layout of sewing patterns on the cutting board, and possibly moving a sewing machine in there for the duration of a large project).

This week is the US Thanksgiving. Such a weird year in so many ways, but I think having to skip the family Thanksgiving really brings it home to a lot of people. I was at an event this morning where I was the only mask wearer (it was outside, but people did walk indoors near the end). I wonder how many of these people will survive to xmas if they are determined to crowd maskless indoors this month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Nov 20 - 11:11 AM

The last pieces of furniture that can be moved by amateurs are now in their new spots, and Kathleen the housecleaning cat-minder is attacking the kitchen. Edmund was a frying fool, and the stovetop has looked like the wrath of God since about twenty minutes after it was installed three years ago. Kathleen is more committed to the art and craft of scrubbing than I, and I hope she can reduce the evidence of too many bacon-and-egg breakfasts to a negligible level.

How's your bursitis, Stilly? The only effective home remedy I know of for that ailment is Advil, which folks our age should probably consider a food supplement. I have heard of people who are allergic to the stuff, and I wonder how they manage.

The inflamed ligament in my right foot is still inflamed, in fact not much improved at all, after six weeks of laser therapy. It still feels like a rock in my shoe, and I can't walk even a mile without resorting to a heavy limp. At yesterday's visit to the chiropodist, I learned that the next level of intervention is cortisone shots, and I'm close to convinced that the sooner we start doing that, the better.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 20 Nov 20 - 11:54 AM

So glad your persistence has paid off, Charmion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Nov 20 - 03:04 PM

Today, I found the original of Edmund's will. What a relief.

It was in one of a series of higgledy-piggledy files containing some fifty years' worth of family letters, a mother lode of old playbills, and far too many Certificates Suitable for Framing, in a tape-sealed brown envelope that had been stuffed into a folder of faxes and Xeroxes from the Canadian Forces Release Centre. I'm surprised/not surprised that it took me so long to find it, but of course it was beautifully camouflaged, in the filing cabinet along with all its buddies.

The lawyer was very happy -- nay! thrilled to bits -- to see it. Suddenly, the task of getting Edmund's estate through probate is a whole lot easier.


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