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

Dorothy Parshall 15 Mar 20 - 08:43 PM
LilyFestre 14 Mar 20 - 07:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Mar 20 - 07:29 PM
mg 14 Mar 20 - 05:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Mar 20 - 11:29 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Mar 20 - 12:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Mar 20 - 07:03 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Mar 20 - 06:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Mar 20 - 11:17 PM
Charmion 09 Mar 20 - 10:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Mar 20 - 10:02 AM
Stilly River Sage 07 Mar 20 - 11:28 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Mar 20 - 12:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Mar 20 - 09:32 PM
Senoufou 04 Mar 20 - 06:42 PM
Charmion 04 Mar 20 - 12:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Mar 20 - 01:47 PM
Donuel 03 Mar 20 - 12:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Mar 20 - 12:24 PM
Charmion 02 Mar 20 - 10:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Mar 20 - 03:36 PM
LilyFestre 29 Feb 20 - 08:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Feb 20 - 12:56 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Feb 20 - 01:45 PM
Charmion 27 Feb 20 - 10:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM
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Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 20 - 10:28 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 08:43 PM

Beaver!!!

At BF on Thurs, I announced leaving for Beaver. and left. Boom. Forgot a few things but shall survive. Everything in Quebec and most of Ontario is closed down. The Farmers MArket up here cancelled on Fri and the one in Quebec also. Nothing to do and nowhere to go! Long walks on the dirt road would be good - I might. Could make pots if I could get into the studio but a couple feet of frozen snow is beyond me! MAybe in a few more days. It is just about freezing - a little above in the days, a little below at night. Good for the maple syrup production but not melting enough snow.

Water: Melting frozen snow for washing. HAve distilled for drinking and cooking. I can strain the melted ice and distill it. And the 3 rain barrels will provide fairly clean water for washing and, filtered, for distilling.

NEighbour Larry stopped by and we plugged in the pump briefly to find source. Frozen pipe split. Water flew everywhere! We cleaned up and considered the situation. The plumbers left the Bath door ajar rather than shutting it as I requested. That caused the heat to be insufficient. Sent them an email. YEsterday a very knowledgeable friend - "oh no! You didn't use them!" etc. House may dry out by August. I looked out the BR window yesterday and there was a small pond out there. The water had gone down through the cracks in the
floor and created the pond.I have no idea how long the pump was spewing befor4e I got home last Friday! A LOT of water!! (no basement. House is very close to the ground.)

Spring will come eventually. In the meantime: I lived without running water for almost 15 years so...

Gave R instructions on watering plants, AND taking supplements, and eating the food I left in frig.

Son phoned from Whidbey today. They are near Seattle and being VERY careful. We agreed I am safer here than in Quebec - where R continues to go into the city daily. The Province has asked those over 70 to stay home. No TV here and the internet connection is expensive (per each piece I look at)... I have several books. Hundreds actually but not many I really want to read! I may reread a few good ones.

I get to bring in wood and feed the fire. And, with any luck, I will be inspired to get rid of, or at least sort out and organize. Beautiful sunny days are terrific. No tinge of green on the poplars yet. Down near the LAke, there was a tinge on the willows. There was also bare ground!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:50 PM

Hi All,

    To answer Maggie's question, my agency is still up and running in New York State. At this time, our requirements of required face to face contact with our clients still stands. Our agency complies with the New York State Department of Health. As of Friday morning, there was talk of a waiver of the face to face contact with clients who are children. No word for adults. However...that was on Friday. Since that time, all Pennsylvania schools are closed for a minimum of two weeks (this came out late Friday afternoon) and as of today, all schools in the city where I work are officially closed for 3 weeks. So far, no reported cases in the county in which I live or work however, there are reported outbreaks in the county in which Pete works.

    I'm not sure what to make of all of this. I went shopping on Thursday and picked up enough items to get through a couple of weeks if need be. We went to Walmart late this afternoon to pick up a few non-food items (and no, not TP). I had Jeremiah with me and he was able to see first hand how there is no bread, pasta is just about all gone, the meat case was looking empty, no paper products in sight. I took him on purpose as he was teasing me about the groceries I had already purchased and then wanting to go to the store today. Now he knows and I hope he feels secure. The store itself was crazy and has always been a 24 hour store until today...they are now closed from midnight to 6am. I presume this is to allow time to safely stock the shelves although I could be wrong.

Pete's lab is still up and running although the university has now closed for students and no more classes will be happening in a live situation, it will all be online. Given the Pete's lab is mostly Iranians and Chinese students, I'm not sure how much longer they will stay open. He may be able to work from home more often than not...time will tell. That may be true for me too....who knows. Our agency requires a Face to Face appointment at least once a month but the state requires a F2F only once every 3 months. I suppose a lot of work could be conducted by phone from home if need be.

I don't mean to ramble, everything is so up in the air at this point.

I hope the rest of you are well and that you are coming along with your healing Maggie.

Please share if you hear anything about Susan. I have been thinking about her too and am hoping she is ok and maybe even at home.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:29 PM

We have a week of stormy weather ahead, probably exacerbating the cabin fever here in North Texas, but I agree, fresh air out of doors away from people is good for us. Send me a message and let me know your Twitter handle. I seem mostly to post photos of dogs and flowers myself (via Instagram). Twitter is my most political outlet.

I wish I felt better - the knee takes a while to heal and the aggravation of the secondary things one has to deal with when on pain pills and antibiotics haven't helped. I have some stock thawing and will make a batch of chicken soup this evening, that should help a lot. I did too much on Thursday, and it takes a while to get the energy back. #LiveAndLearn

I haven't heard much from Canada about this (other than Trudeau's wife testing positive). I haven't looked into it but I think yesterday Mexico closed the borders to Americans to keep the coronavirus out. Isn't that ironic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 05:06 PM

here is my free and clutterless hobby.. i .live by the ocean..just on my little cell phone and post pictures on twitter. usually flowers, clouds etc. nothing special but some have turned out quite nicely. unless you are living in a crowded city, i see no reason not to go outdoors and not get close to people. fresh air, sunshine, vitamin d. and we can have social contacts from ten feet away..i'm irish..it's normal. any closer would be some sort of sin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 11:29 AM

So, two days later that particular library is still open, but many others (city library, museums, etc.) have closed for at least two weeks. I'm not sure if they're more stubborn or stupid.

I have many things I want to do here, with this period of isolation, but I think I should prioritize and set some goals. I'm still doing PT exercises and elevating the leg, but between those activities I can do most things, at least in moderation.

The house is on it's own routine during this time, and yesterday the rubber flapper in the master bathroom loo broke loose on one side so I do need to make a trip out to find a new one. I had spares here at one time but I think I donated them to Goodwill. Silly me.

Most of us are older, some are limited in our activities. Not all are reporting in on this Mudcat thread to share their stories, but it's sufficient to say that we all need to take good care of ourselves and if finding a creative or decluttering activity will help give a pleasant activity during the next couple of weeks, please report in on your progress.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 12:41 PM

I am about 25 days out from the knee replacement and last night was my first better night's sleep in all of that time. My fitness tracker shows I have been waking an average of 11 times each night (typically I wake 1 to 3 times) because I struggle with a way to get comfortable. Last night it was only 6 times, and I can feel the difference. When my timer went off to take my nighttime dose of pain meds I went back to sleep and didn't wake up for the next nearly six hours. I think the knee is finally to the point where I can position it so the bursitis doesn't flare up. #BabySteps

For the last 3+ weeks I've been stuck at home in recovery mode, and since I have a recent surgical injury still mending it's all the more important to spend the next 2-4 weeks at home in dodge-the-coronavirus mode. I need to give myself a big task to do (that I can put down when I get tired) so I feel like I'm not in limbo for two months this year. Are any of the rest of you making a similar decision, and are you working on a goal at home to make the time productive for you? Michelle, I worry about you the most with a job in a public-facing agency that absolutely needs to be there to help clients. Are you able to help some of your clientele over the phone or do they have to appear in person?

I started a bit of a contretemps with a former co-worker when I suggested that the library not let students congregate in the library if they can't go to classes. The whole point of not having classes is to keep them socially separated for their health but they also have to have a care for the state employees (who may want to stay home as well). My coworker thought I would kick out the student employees without paying them, making it harder for them to eat. I'm hoping the emergency legislation that is underway now will allow students to be paid their regular hours - they shouldn't have to risk their lives to have food to eat. Same with so many minimum and low wage jobs (and those without paid sick leave). This is something unlike we've ever seen before, the paradigm has to shift radically and let people and businesses alike come out alive at the end of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 07:03 PM

Oh, Dorothy! It sounds like Beaver is going to be a challenge when the weather finally warms. From previous reports I'm guessing you have to get past the freezing and then mud parts of the year before you can do much there.

Physical Therapist here today worked with me to figure out a combination of pillows so I should be able to sleep comfortably on my side, at least for a longer period of time than I have been.

I sent a query out into the ether on Facebook to see if anyone has a report on WYSIWYG. Hoping for the best, but after such a long time, fearing the worst.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 06:32 PM

Dupont:

Let's see, now: Last Friday I drove to Beaver, and back - ten hour trip. The front door was iced shut due to my negligence in not removing screen door in the fall, I had to clamber around to the back door through 2 feet or more of snow and the back deck had over 2 feet. I turned on the electric blanket, and started a fire in the stove, having discovered water spraying out of the plumbing. Pulled the plug on the pump and ... Went to neighbour to pick up mail she had gotten for me - She was so sick, she threw it to me out of the second floor window (in a briefcase! Went back to the house, battened down the hatches, turned off the blanket and got back in the car and drove back.

Today, I finally got the mental energy to connect my new printer to the wifi. Had to phone Epson for help and the third person sent me an email with good instructions - too bad they were not in the box. The push was so I could vote on line - When I went to do that..... The emailed ones needed to be in by 2nd. If it were not such a waste of energy, I might have wept.

I have finally kind of figured out the apple add on to the TV that my son gave me for Christmas and watched two wonderful programs yesterday.

And reading through the current posts, I was reminded to wash the sheets today! Other, than that, I am recovering from trip and almost ready to try again. House is in its usual moderately clean condition. OH, but the heat has gone off today so I need to keep a fire in the stove!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 20 - 11:17 PM

The pillow thing works sometimes, but the trouble was that after a couple of days a hip abduction exercise brought on an excruciating case of bursitis in that hip, and the painkillers for the surgery did squat for it. I stopped that exercise and asked about it and do a mix of ice on the hip and heat on the thigh muscle or behind my hip in back and under the thigh, so when those muscles relax the bursa settles down. But if I lie on my side it pushes the muscle down onto the bursa and it starts hurting again. It's too close to the surgery to get a steroid shot in it. Ice, heat, and a couple of specific exercises have helped and I can sleep with the pillow a little bit now. Motrin isn't allowed now, and it is those anti-inflammatory meds that make a big difference.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Mar 20 - 10:19 AM

Garbage is out and the sun is shining. Off to a good start.

We had the neighbours in to dinner last night, which forced me to vacuum the sitting room and wash the dining room floor, and Himself to clean the ground floor loo. Sure enough, when i went in there to pee before bed, the sink was lovely and shining, a fine contrast with the squeeze bottle of Vim standing proudly beside the soapdish.

Sigh.

Housework is truly the macho bullshit of women.

Stilly, if you're thrashing around that much, are you sure you're taking enough dope at night? I remember that phase of recovery, and it was a bitch -- do too much and you writhe in pain today, do too little and you writhe in pain the day after tomorrow. I learned to sleep on my side with the affected leg resting on a pillow between my knees, without rolling over, but that was 30 years ago; I doubt I could do that now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 20 - 10:02 AM

I've just cleaned out some of the male posts on that oddball "buzz flies" thread - I'm not interested in joining it, but unhappy that some of the guys feel the need to pile on, not understanding at all why that is inappropriate. #DoneAndDusted - for now.

So yesterday I tried half a day with just Tylenol and it was a fairly miserable 12 hours. The tramodol (I just took at night yesterday) is making things more comfortable, so I'll try 6 hours without it today and extend the periods between taking them. The knee is much better, the flexibility is increasing, but every morning after thrashing around in bed all night the swelling is back and I have to work to decrease it. And today I have to go to court to tell them about the accident I witnessed a few months ago - the woman who was at fault is contesting the ticket. I have some loose black trousers that will give the knee room to move and should be businesslike enough for that environment. No pajama pants or gray sweatpants for court.

With all of my deliberate steps around here, walking heel-toe to use the knee properly and train myself not to limp, the laundry is getting done and the dishes are washed. I took my trash to the curb. My neighbor mowed the front lawn the other day and that kept me from thinking I might try it, or calling a friend who has a fancy mower (and charges a hefty fee). The back yard will be a jungle when I next get to it, making a grassy pesto under the deck of the mower that I have to regularly tip so I can scrape off the green paste.

This is getting old; I'm to three weeks and it's much better than it was, but I have a lot of ground to cover before I'm up to my old energy level. International Women's Day was celebrated yesterday, I enjoyed listening to reports about it on the news this morning. By next January I'll be back to my old self and be able to put on my pink knit cap and march in celebration (or protest, whichever it happens to be).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 20 - 11:28 AM

Field trip to the grocery store, via a ride from a friend. I'm down to half a day without the heavy-duty painkiller. Trouble is, when I sleep I thrash around and my knee is sore in the morning. They forbid sleeping in a recliner, so it's a tussle with moving a pillow around the knee. My fitness tracker shows I wake up between 8 and 11 times a night over the last couple of weeks.

Back to the stretches, exercises, and elevation. . .


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 20 - 12:26 PM

Next week outpatient therapy begins, and I picked a place that is easy to drive to, though I may not be driving the first time I go there. Google maps was helpful (some of these places are tucked into hard-to-reach neighborhoods); the place I chose I've heard good things about and I can reach via surface roads instead of the freeway. When I'm not in therapy, just on my own, I need to walk upright, shift weight from one leg to the other without a sway or limp, etc. I've started moving furniture back to it's original places.

The kitchen is clean, the dining table is in good shape, I've kept up with laundry and bed linens, etc, and I should start doing the eBay stuff again soon. I've finally figured out when the mail carrier tends to come by and can hand things over to her instead of driving to the post office. My old routine can pretty much pick up where it left off not quite three weeks ago. I'm not sure when the activity of dog walking will be added back; I'll probably have to walk them each one at a time for a little while.

On a separate note, it sounds like there is some important decluttering happening at my old employer. The state chancellor has forced out the university president (who was recently sued for bullying women employees) - he announced that he leaves end of August. And at that time there will be no more protection for the wretched human being who has been the library dean since 2012. If they get rid of those two I can see people considering returning to work there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Mar 20 - 09:32 PM

A friend is having her kitchen remodeled, and spent a couple of days opening all cupboards and drawers, astonished at the redundant items and the things she never uses. Much of it will be donated, and I suspect most of us could do something like that.

Bandage came off, stepping down on the painkillers, still in PT and exercising, no driving yet. A field trip to the grocery store after the doctor was nice, I picked up my first chocolate in over 2 weeks. I already had some nice mixed nuts, no peanuts, just the good stuff, brought in last week by a friend as an item on my shopping list. I always buy dark chocolate chips to mix in with them but didn't want to make him look for too many things; I thought I'd be fine with the nuts, but they just weren't quite right. At the store today in the point-of-purchase area I grabbed a bag of peanut M&Ms to mix with them. It'll work - and it's the little things that make all the difference sometimes!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Senoufou
Date: 04 Mar 20 - 06:42 PM

We only noticed yesterday that a new poster had been attached to a telegraph pole near our house, declaring that our village is having another huge Yard Sale on March 29th. We hurried down to the village shop and registered our address, so when they print the maps, our house will be marked as 'selling'.
Now I'm having a lovely time scurrying round opening cupboards and drawers to find things to sell.
The last one, during the autumn, had to be deferred twice due to bad weather. Hope this one will go ahead as planned.
I thought I'd more or less got rid of any stuff we no longer needed, but I'm finding still more to put out for the customers to grab!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Mar 20 - 12:01 PM

Himself has a Barbour jacket that has finally met its end with the ignominious parting of one side of the zipper from the front panel of the garment. Barbour jackets are sinfully expensive, but this one owes us nothing; it was purchased in 2003 and has been resealed and repaired several times, but it is now so worn that the canvas shell looks as if Himself might have gone turkey-hunting with Dick Cheney.

So the mail-order crap shoot begins. The best hope is something called the Upland Shooting Coat from LL Bean, and Himself spent the morning in correspondence with a Freeport minion over the precise measurements across the back at shoulder level and from the back collar seam to the hem. The great virtue of the Barbour was that it went on comfortably over a Harris tweed jacket dating from the long-skirted 1970s (no bum-freezers for us), so the replacement must do the same.

The Barbour will end its life in the Stratford landfill, though I think it deserves a Viking funeral.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Mar 20 - 01:47 PM

This month is my quarterly bulky waste curbside pickup and I'm not dragging anything to the curb. I haven't dismantled any fences, furniture, or trees to need to discard. But come June, I may have something to contribute!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Mar 20 - 12:36 PM

Let April arrive unmolested by impatience.

Our kitchen has never been so clean and organized.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Mar 20 - 12:24 PM

I still have to do elevation and exercises but thankfully those annoying (but necessary) compression cuffs are off of my legs as of today. Shuffling around the house with that weird hum and buzz of them working, walking up tethered to the charging cord - ack.

I'm sorely tempted to mow the back yard - in small stages. I know, I know, give it time. But still, it's going to be a real bitch to mow after the rain coming tomorrow.

I am managing to maintain a relatively clean kitchen, running the dishwasher every day or two and emptying doesn't take long. Doing laundry. And I vacuumed a whole bunch of dog hair the other day. Then I rested. The PT says no pool for at least another month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Mar 20 - 10:53 AM

Both Himself and I are writing these days. He's on his first paper for his doctoral program, and I, of course, am editing the dreaded Afghanistan book. (Think of the lovely money, Charmion.) So it was a minor miracle that the laundry got done yesterday and some much-needed cooking, but the house remains a mess. But it's March, so the world's a mess; after a week of snow, high winds and intense cold (for Stratford), today we have rain and it's disgusting.

I laid off pool class last week while it was so cold, and the red rash on my face cleared up. So that's definite; it's eczema from the pool chemicals. Phooey. I guess that means I have a choice: smear my face with Vaseline on pool days, or go around looking like a teeenager with acne.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Mar 20 - 03:36 PM

I have a few photos of my leg from the last almost-two weeks, and have had conclude that Stan Boreson's Song I Just Don't Look Good Naked Anymore is timely. Maybe if I finally lose the 30 pounds from the polymyalgia and then the grinding of the arthritic knee I can revise this status.

Around the house I am managing to keep the dishes washed and the laundry done. I've swept up dog hair a couple of times and yesterday tackled the carpet in the front room with the vacuum. I'm walking well enough that I can take the trash bags to the curb tomorrow morning.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Feb 20 - 08:41 PM

Hey Maggie,

   So glad to see you are home and it sounds like you are doing well!!!!   My mom had her knee done a few years ago and ended up having to do rehab at a local nursing home for a few weeks as an inpatient. Give yourself some time....that surgery takes a bit of time to really heal up. I'm super glad your pre-surgery exercises have paid off! I'm also glad to hear that the glasses from Zenni worked out well for you! I order glasses from there for clients who have Medicaid and are only allowed one new script every year or two and haven't had a complaint yet!

Things here are ok. It was a work week from you know where....the weather isn't helping.

I can't wait for full on spring days with longer amounts of daylight and no worries about icy roads.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Feb 20 - 12:56 PM

Dupont:

I continue to muddle along with a moderately clean house, dishes washed when necessary and an energy level that goes up and down like a roller coaster. Each morning I wonder what it will be today. R has been getting up earlier and dashing away, sometimes before BF. He seems to have hit a high energy spell. Good for him. When he leaves early, I can go out and do things - if there is no snow/ice and it's not bitterly cold.

Today I went out to clear the car of ice and gave up. I park facing the sun but it had not had time and I ran the engine to warm the windshield and found it cost as much gas as driving to the store. Turned it off, not yet cleared, and came back inside. With the Prius, I have become more hypersensitive to fuel consumption - it tells me. I would have gone to the Ile but maybe I will walk down to the river; it is up to minus 9C whatever that is -COLD.

All morning on the computer: FB, finances, emails. Keeping the fire going in the den last couple days. Nice little stove; good wood. Heater went off, again, a couple days ago. Started the fire, R did what he does - "I have no idea"! It did not get too cold as there is supplementary heat in the basement, and the wood! He tried again in the am and the house was warming by bedtime. Hot water heat: it takes a while for the water to get warm! Professional - HAH! maybe a visitor will have an idea - but not so far. Anyway, it will be spring in a few weeks!

Sun gone; lunchtime.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Feb 20 - 01:45 PM

There are good days and bad days with the knee. At least the PT explains what the thing is that is feeling bad when I point out some painful exercise or massage move. Counting down the days to when I can stop wearing these compression things on my calves. The two months of workouts ahead of surgery are making a big difference.

This afternoon I checked the mail then spent 20 minutes in the sun on the new glider out there, reading the latest David Sedaris essay in The New Yorker. There could be worst stuff going on right now. Later on I'll have a friend help me by changing the florescent bulbs in my bathroom fixture; all four went out at once (probably the circuit will be restored if only two bulbs are replaced.) Simple stuff for now.

Moose tracks is too good to sequester north of the border. Thankfully things like recipes can be safely reproduced by other companies. Good luck assuaging that author. With the repetitions you describe it isn't simply an example of "kill your darlings" to make it read better. It has to read better before you can kill any of it off. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 10:01 AM

And here I was thinking that Moose Tracks ice cream was peculiar to Canada! The creamery that produces it around here is called Kawartha Lakes in Peterborough, Ontario, where moose are most definitely a thing.

I hope the post-op pain is beginning to ebb, Stilly. I hated having to dope myself up to get through the day with busted bones because the drugs made me too weak to get around, especially in and out of the bathroom. That was genuinely grim, and rather frightening.

Work on the book is going better. The client -- not the author -- likes the first chapter, and I'm deep into the second (of five). Author isn't under contract yet for this phase of the project, so I'm not allowed to talk to him about it. He's not going to cheer when he sees how much military jargon I have tossed. It's the kind of book in which soldiers don't fight, they "engage". Not on my watch, they don't.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, so we are now in Lent, the season of fasting and repentence. I'm not very good at the repentence part, but it's my favourite time of the year for getting my shit together: cooking healthy meals, squaring away the taxes, turning out closets and washing grubby corners. I also go on the wagon in Lent; six weeks without booze is a favour I like to do for my liver. Let's see if I make it all the way to Easter this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 20 - 01:03 PM

The endorsement entry today. :)

My new glasses from Zenni arrived this morning - I think it was Michelle who gave them a ringing endorsement when I was considering going to mail order. They look good, and this time I did let them add a couple of the coatings I usually refuse because online they don't add hundreds to the bill.

Good Rx is continuing to be my new best friend. With all of the running that has to happen after surgery I've decided to change pharmacies to the one that does save us a lot, and adding on Good Rx makes it much more affordable.

I called the grocery store pharmacy to talk about how to pay for the Rx without having someone make an extra trip for my payment card and I'll update the app I already had to take care of that. While on the phone I shared with the pharmacist the name of the product that has me back at the store regularly: Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream. This is the mid-range of three Moose Tracks ice cream they carry - the most hard core one is too much for me (Denali Extreme Maximum Fudge Moose Tracks is so over the top it's overkill for me).

Those are my endorsements and I'm sticking to them. (I'm not buying the ice cream now because I'm avoiding sugar since I don't think it would be helpful with this healing process.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM

I have realized over the last week that the hip abduction exercise, moving your leg from straight over to the side and back ("windshield wiper" my PT calls it) has given me a raging case of bursitis in that hip, and it doesn't respond to the narcotic pain relievers. Ibuprofen is perfect for it, but I can't take it now. So I'll stop doing that exercise several times a day and see if this clears up. Today the rest of the leg is incredibly tender after the massage workover it got; she texted to see how I'm feeling and said we can skip that next time. Yes, please!

Declutter isn't high on my list right now, though I did manage to take that silicone broom/squeegee thing and round up the worst of the dog hair accumulated over a week. (Charmion, have you received one to try yet? What do you think?)

There is a rather demented sounding songbird that seems to come in around 90 decibels right at dawn outside my bedroom window. I notice it because it's usually about time to get up to take medications and the first time I heard it I was astonished at the noise. It perches in a tree about 10' from the house and blasts out this greeting to the world. I suppose the really odd thing is that it is only this one bird. It seems that dawn thunder used to mean lots and lots of birds that time of day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Feb 20 - 01:31 PM

March comes in like a wounded giant auroch and April comes in like a kitten.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 20 - 01:20 PM

I'll spare the blow-by-blow account of this knee, except to say that the bruising on the back of my leg is spectacular and the ice pack comes in handy on various parts of the leg during the day. I'm using the walker to rattle at the dogs to get them to back off, I don't really need it to walk, haven't since the weekend. I'm working on walking upright, heel-toe, heel-toe, and we'll see what the physical therapist says.

Voting is coming up and I have plans to attempt early voting this week at a near by location; my request for absentee was rejected by the county and though they sent a new application it had to be received the next day. If they couldn't receive the last paper in four days, one day would be impossible. This is my only thing on the "to do" list for now.

Susan, if you can vote, I hope you do. Every vote counts this year!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 23 Feb 20 - 03:16 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYNS_piIwiI

one day at a time


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 22 Feb 20 - 04:17 AM

Just as you said that the song one day at a time popped into my head...been singing it a lot lately. It


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 20 - 10:28 PM

My circle of friends and family seem to have hit a low point; I'm limping around with a walker (and keeping the foot up more after overdoing it a bit too much today); a friend had surgery (carpel tunnel, a disabled friend whose husband has an advancing form of dementia - "I never thought I'd be the sound one of the two of us"), a friend with a case of the flu who has a parent on life-support (who she was going to go say goodbye to this week). We'll all just take it one day at a time for now.


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

I nodded off on the sofa for a while with a small black and white puppy snuggled up beside my other leg, and it was nice to have that little bit of heat. Back when I had cats I found that they have a great sense of the best place to hang out and purr, or sometimes to purr and massage.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Feb 20 - 06:01 PM

I hope you're not too uncomfortable, Stilly.

Now, there's one way cats are better than dogs; they don't have wagging tails that knock your walker over. Also, depending on which part of you has been surgically insulted, they can be great company during convalescence.

I have pleasant memories of waking up from a drug-hazed doze to find Black Maria, a half-Siamese cat of great wit and sagacity, watching me from a perch on my fresh plaster cast, which was propped on a stack of pillows. Her eyes glowing in the dark made her look like an imp of Hell, but any fool could tell from the purring that she was working on an agenda from The Other Place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 20 - 08:34 PM

I had a day and a half off, and am now back with a new titanium knee, and a number of bottles of pills to tend to the various aches and swelling. Just checking in before heading to prop the leg again. I have a squirt bottle with me to keep the dogs away from the walker.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Feb 20 - 03:13 PM

... or no day is a holiday. Same for freelancers -- you never have a day off because you're always either working or looking for work.

Today I'm editing with seven kilos of purring, claw-flexing tomcat on my lap. It's not going well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 20 - 12:02 PM

My good deed for the week was to take a new trash bag across the street and gather up the trash that was evidently put out last night and dragged apart by raccoons or dogs or whatever. They're both elderly and it was an easy thing to do for them.

I decided to upgrade my Fire tablet to the newer version since I've read that it can use apps from Google Play Store and not just the wonky stuff in the Amazon Appstore, but like any moderately geeky buyer knows, you have to hack your device to get it to do this. It's not perfect, but I have a few of my apps in that I couldn't get otherwise. I've also realized I could have done it on the older reader, but this one does have a longer battery and various upgrades to be expected.

The trip to the mobile vet at my favorite feed store wasn't a total success this weekend. Two of the three dogs got their nails clipped; the old lab was pretty mellow, the little boxer/pit mix struggled a lot and kind of lathered a little bit. The blue heeler was having none of it and even managed to struggle out of the muzzle I told them they probably needed. I was taking the lab back to the SUV and bringing in the pup when the vet tech met me at the front door with the blue heeler, and she described what happened. "She went berserk when you walked away." It reminds me that while dogs are pretty good survivors, a grown dog you brought home from the shelter has some baggage. She was at the shelter for about four months and someone took her there, handed her over and walked away. It breaks my heart a little. :-( We came home and she stuck real close to me, but by bedtime she was back to her old self.

Monday is laundry day even though it is a US holiday. When you're retired I guess every day is a holiday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 05:28 PM

Hi Everybody!

   Things are very, very slowly working their way back to normal. Pete was able to go to work for 4 days this week. I was able to get in my full 40 hours and Jeremiah's schedule really hasn't changed at all...we did our best to keep things *normal* for him.
    Today I got my bangs trimmed and did a little shopping on my own. Alone time! Last weekend, after church, I did a ton of grocery shopping and then had a little time out with some friends to do a craft project. I think it's the first time since October that I've been able to do that...it felt good but strange.
    I've been putting in a lot of hours at work, so much so that I had to go in late and leave early on Friday. I clocked out but spent some time going through old paperwork, getting rid of a lot of outdated Department of Health notices and did some organizing and filing of other things. I also got rid of 3 amaryllis and potted 3 more bulbs to place in the office hallway at my end of the building where the sunshine is almost magical. I know you can keep the bulbs to replant and have done that before without luck...so we voted to just ditch them...it's not like our cubbies/cubicles are big enough to store a lot of items. Anyway...then I went through with the Clorox wipes...lots of flu in our building and my goal is to stay free of all of that.
    I wish I could say that my home is as organized and as neat as my work space but alas, I don't think that will ever be the case. Right now, I am content to get the daily tasks completed. I am often tired and so is Pete. I am hoping that I feel a little more energized when it's warmer out and we have longer hours of daylight.
    Maggie, when is your surgery scheduled for?

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM

Still at Dupont!

A neighbour at Beaver kindly took key to post box and let me know what was there, ascertained nothing needs attention until April. But I would like to get there!

Actually started feeling alive again last Sunday! WOW! I was beginning to wonder. And I am really trying to maintain. With cold weather, I managed a 30 minute walk once this week and a trip to the library and grocery. I begged R to bring the snow shovel back so I could work on clearing the back deck; he brought it, and before I knew he was here, he did the clearing I wanted to do - for exercise! What part of.... There is still the rest of the deck but I am not going to waste energy clearing that which will get another foot or more before spring finally appears. It is so difficult for me to do something unnecessary even when I need the exercise. I go up and down the stairs often, happy to have the energy to do so.

Today, he put in an absolutely needed new outlet in the TV/etc room with two power cords. Now I can gather my brain to install new printer - hope.So far it is out of the box. Next wave of energy, I will try next move. The weather is getting heavy; this affects my ability to think clearly.

I am still drinking/sipping the anti-inflammation tea much of the time; it really does make me feel better.

I did the floors and the dishes and laundry are caught up. The pepper seedlings are surviving; bruggie and hibbie are getting new growth. The big schefflera each have new growth. I cut some more tomato shoots and put them in vases to root. There is still about 18 inches of snow on yard. - on top of our daffies!

With bitter weather, I have started using the wood stove - after getting a cord of nice wood. It does make the den cosy. Does not save any money on heat since I keep the doors closed and the thermostat is across the hall in the LR.

I suppose we could turn the thermostat down a bit but we are afraid to touch it. We thought we had convinced the furnace to stay on but it quit again last week, after a month of flawless behaviour! R did fiddling once or twice and it started again. He has no idea what works. My son and Dil also tried when they were here but - it does what it does! I thought my son the engineer... but... Hence - I am happy to have wood for the stove! And some heat in cellar and addition so things won't freeze... hope! A professional? Not in the books! I guess we both believe a "pro" would have no more luck and would be $$$$!

I have confidence that spring will come again...! Some sun is wonderful!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM

Sunshine and cool air today, but it should warm to about 70 for the next couple of days, so I must turn my attention to the clutter of tangled hoses and weeds that thrive even in cold weather and low light and gush into growth as the days get longer. It's also time to take bags of stuff to Goodwill and the recycle bins. I dropped 12 pounds of lead acid batteries (two from my updated UPS) at a local battery store.

Dog stuff needs attention. It's time to launder the sofa cover and add a couple of more lengths of denim to the backside of it that can then be tucked under the seat cushions to keep it in place. It works much better than elastic bands. Maybe I've invented the next big thing that can be sold on Amazon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 20 - 12:03 PM

A huge load of dog-related laundry is in right now, and there will be bags of shredded dog stuff at the curb on Monday morning as I thin out some of this stuff.

I found another vintage White sewing machine in a table at Goodwill yesterday - cleaned up and with most if its attachments these things sell for good money on eBay (though they're cast iron and weigh a ton as far as shipping - a random check show that some of these cost more to ship than to purchase). The attachments alone would sell for more than I paid for this. Something to work on next month.

In the realm of the totally mundane, I've settled on a citrus scent PineSol product for mopping because it doesn't give me a sinus headache every time I get a whiff of it. This doesn't just apply to a scrubbing product; I know I'm not as sensitive to stuff as Dorothy is, but I'm careful about my laundry detergent, I never use dryer sheets (yuck!) and soaps and shampoos need to be mildly scented or I can't stand to have them around. It seems over time and is a good thing the magazines have stopped shipping with perfume strips (I always had to meet those at the door, rip them out while I was outside, and toss them straight into the trash can).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 03:35 PM

There is something in Washington State called the People's Memorial Association. My parents there both were signed up and they prepaid their cremation and all of the stuff ahead of time. I think we were out of pocket only a couple hundred dollars for some of the legal documents involved. They offered to write the obituary - I worked for a newspaper writing obituaries, and have seen the crap ones funeral homes write. You'd think they'd be better at it. Anyway, I don't think they do out-of-state folks (never did) but if I end up back up there, I'll sign up. Plan prices for members. This doesn't cover a funeral, and no one in our family has wanted or had a funeral in decades. We rent the local hall in a park nearby and do a huge friends and family potluck "celebration of life" with time for people to speak. It works for us. (When dad died it was all of that plus a song circle.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 11:46 AM

Change of subject.

Today, we are dealing with a true late-life issue: signing the contract and organizing the payment for our interment arrangements. Who knew that getting ourselves buried would cost ten thousand frickin' dollars? I sincerely hope that includes the cremation.

As veterans, we are entitled to be planted in the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. No, it's not our version of Arlington; Canada doesn't roll that way. Almost all our war dead lie overseas, as it is the British tradition (which we share) to bury fallen soldiers where they died. Cheaper. (You think I'm kidding? I'm not.)

It's also way beyond time I finished typing out our wills and power-of-attorney documents. We hired a lawyer in Ottawa, but he (or his assistant) made an insultingly bad job of it and, when I complained, fired us as clients. So I have their draft, with its crap language and weirdly old-fashioned provisions -- who nowadays cuts a relative out of the will because their parents were not married? Half Quebec would be in probate court on that rule alone.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, I am learning to type with gloves on. They are special open-fingertip gloves made of magic fabric for people with Raynaud's Syndrome, and I'm desperately hoping they work because productivity on the book project is currently crap. It's hard enough to copy-edit a great thumping book about the war in Afghanistan that seems to be written entirely in the passive voice; doing it with numb fingers is just Too Flipping Much.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 10:55 AM

No worry, I did some of that for you. I'm working my way through the house this week to clean and dust and discard things that should have been tossed a while ago. I've used a combination of mopping and a scrub brush to release debris from the embossed pattern on the tile, and I'm thinking maybe one of those Swiffer spray thingies kept near the door to regularly go over dog footprints? It'll be a test, at any rate. I tried a new cleaner I see around a lot (a Mexican one called Fabulosa) that I really dislike the smell of. Not many places sell my old favorite Spic and Span, so I'll find some citrus scented PineSol. The pine scent gives me a horrible headache, and the Fabulosa may be a contributor to sinus stuff this morning. #FirstWorldProblems

Last night I finally plugged in and installed and tested a printer from my son's college days; time to list it on eBay. I've since uninstalled and moved it out of the way. I'm thinking anything I pack and prepare to list this month will be scheduled to start on March 1 so I'm more back to my old mobility to get any outgoing parcels to the front door to hand to the postal carrier when they come by.

Michelle, are you in the middle of winter-time activities there or is it soon time to start bringing home the chicks, calves, and piglets? Will Pete take on some of the same tasks this year, do you think? I hope he continues to feel better all of the time!


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

Himself is returning from his research trip today, and I have not washed the kitchen floor. I swept up the loose matter (enough cat hair to start a new cat), but the splots remain. My bad.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 10:54 AM

More mowing today, and if I'm smart, I'll pick up all of the hoses that are around the edge of the house in the front yard - I manage to miss them with the height set on my mower, but I'll have a friend mow a couple of times later this month and he has a riding mower that seems to cut shorter. I'd rather not declutter my pocketbook buying new hoses for summer.

It's time to assemble a new compost bin/enclosure that is dog-proof. Easier said than done. On Pinterest I see one assembled with pallets, and over the years I've had a few pallets, but finding four that are roughly the same size that aren't contaminated by something that soaked into them - I'll keep my eye on the trash this week. Pallet compost bin would go up quickly and I could build a chicken wire top to keep the pup out of it. The other thing I could have used is old fence panels cut to size, but I got rid of those and don't anticipate taking apart more fence until spring. I suppose I could build my own cut-down fence panels. Treated lumber cross-members and cedar pickets. Hmmm. That might be a more reliable way to do it than wait for pallets.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 10:20 AM

I may need to arm the walker with spikes to keep the dogs at bay! ;-)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 07:30 AM

Enjoy the things you can on your 'joint' vacation.
With all your prep you have assured you do no harm to yourself immediately afterwards. There is such a thing as "too soon".

Unsinkable, indefatiguable, undefeatable as you are, use the brace as needed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 20 - 11:53 PM

I went in for a pneumonia vaccination a couple of days ago and that knocked me a bit off my game; the arm is stiff and I was moving slow, but I've perked up this evening.

An expansion card for the computer (more USB 3 ports) arrived so I need to again rearrange the stuff in my office so I can reach the back panel of the computer to install the card. It takes up two of the SATA slots for power so I may not be able to add much more (it will be connecting to external devices instead). More clutter on the desktop. :-/

Next week I'll see about taking unusable devices to the ewaste bin on campus; I have a bunch of batteries and old disks also. Today I was talking to a friend who is converting old computer disks and commented they needed access to a Commodore to do some of that work. I still have my father's old computer, but it hasn't been turned on in 23 years. Perhaps it's time to find someone who would like it and in return have them convert all of the disks into something usable on a modern machine. I happen to know such a geek. . . it would be nice to have it out of the house. And the huge CRT monitor that goes with it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Feb 20 - 03:19 PM

Thanks for that link, Stilly. The same tool is for sale on the Canadian site, and I'm a-gonna get me one -- or maybe two. Our kitchen broom is a disgrace, and the one in the basement is worse.


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