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

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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:35 PM

Fascinating! And just enough information to offer some fine brush strokes in there to create what these look like (and smell like) in my mind's eye.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM

Smokey Barney’s is the Church of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr, in the Anglican diocese of Ottawa. It is a “high” parish, with the full range of censing, aspersions and sound effects. For 15 years, I sang in the choir (a small and ambitious aggregation), Himself and I were married there, and we were active members until Himself left the Army and we moved to Stratford.

Anglican parishes in Canada come in three basic types, and most diocese have at least one of each kind. At the most Protestant, in fact nearly Methodist, end of the spectrum are the “low” or “pine and pain” churches, many founded in the early to mid-1800s by settlers from Ireland and Scotland. Low parishes are most common in the country. The majority of Anglicans, especially in urban areas, belong to churches of the “brass and class” type, which are usually nicely appointed, with plenty of stained glass and polished metal, and moderate in liturgy — they use Rite III in the Book of Alternative Services (“and also with you” instead of “and with thy spirit”), but they have Stations of the Cross in Lent. At the fully Catholic, but never Roman, end of the range are the “high” or “bells and smells” parishes, which have the most elaborate liturgy and usually the best music — and lots of both. Elderly RCs are sometimes spotted in the pews, come to inhale the incense, hark to the Sanctus bells, and hear mass settings that their own church pitched after Vatican II. High churches are typically urban, often found in working-class neighbourhoods; most were founded by the London Missionary Society.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot more about Anglicans than you wanted to know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:58 AM

Charmion!!
I have GOT to ask:

what kind of name for a Roman Catholic parish is
'Smokey Barney's'   ?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:24 AM

Charmion, our temperatures have been in the 70s, forecasters are telling us this is about 15o above normal. We had an early hard freeze, because the weather can play dirty tricks on gardeners, but since then it has been fairly warm most of the time. I have to mow the lawn again because the weeds have grown tall.

Somehow I'm not motivated this year to throw myself into the flurry of holidays. Family is arriving this week and we'll do our delayed event a few days from now, so I need to make a couple of types of cookies to give a somewhat normal appearance to the festivities. I smoked salmon for the kids, a thing that has become an annual tradition (though their dad has bought a high-quality farmed fish that is okay smoked, it isn't as rich and as lean as the wild-caught fish) and I need to find the stockings and put them out of harm's way from the 30-pounds of destructive puppy teeth I have living here now.

I learned yesterday that I have had to declutter my address book of the names of some old dear friends this year, a weight that also affects the holiday season. I had a conversation with the youngest son of two of these friends and it was a trip down memory lane even while he has pointed out that now we are the oldest generation in our families. I was aware of that many years ago; my parents died in their 70s, his in their 90s. (They died within six weeks of each other, one three weeks before Thanksgiving and the other on Christmas Eve). Those holidays are going to involve some heavy emotional lifting for their large family for a few years to come.

Time to get moving around here - I'm going to test my theory that the steam cleaner I use on the carpets *might* work to scrub the tile floor in the den, though I'll pick up a couple of more mats to use inside and outside before I test that theory.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 09:42 AM

If I were on my own, I could live as Mary does, but I think I would miss having at least enough furniture and crockery to entertain one other person to tea or supper. Living with Himself, however, means that I am surrounded by stuff and spend a surprising amount of time riding herd on it so the gangways are clear and none of the windows is blocked.

Today, I am having an asthma flare and, consequently, doing not much. Laundry maybe, but not necessarily. Cooking dinner, perhaps. Until then, strictly reading.

We spent Christmas in Ottawa with Elder Brother and SIL in their big old house, which is not only crowded with books, furniture and potted plants but also very dusty. We also went to Midnight Mass at Smokey Barney's, the church with the most elaborate liturgy I have ever experienced, and got thoroughly doused with incense. Plus, it was cold. So now I am paying for my adventure with wheezing, chest pain, lots of coughing, and the jitters brought on by the bronchodilator drugs.

At home, the sacrifice of my Christmas cactus with its coating of white mould has made breathing considerably easier. I'd hate to think what state I'd be in if it was still tossing spores around my living space.

We are not having a normal winter in Perth County. Every speck of snow is gone and the temperature is hovering above freezing. The forecast today calls for rain, with more rain tomorrow. At this rate, the whole damned world will be covered with mould.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 28 Dec 19 - 12:37 AM

in washington at the beach in a little cottage. Three rooms actually. One has an air mattress and a folding tv tray and exercise ball. One has two folding tables for desk and printer. It also has three clothing racks, with one for clothes and nightwear to be worn again, with another rack for jackets in a hallway. Two others are for solid color clothes..one in my main neutrals of navy, white and tan, and other for other colors. A few prints, plaids etc. in closet, where i have some bins for papers, cds etc. an exercise machine. rolling drawers. kitchen has three rolling carts and one baker's cart. i have full stove but use a hotplate and little convection oven. more room than i need.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 10:06 PM

Mary, you've given away so much stuff I visualize you living in a single room with a hot plate, a backpack of clothes and a shopping bag with a few books to read. I hope you're enjoying retirement: are you still somewhere in Washington?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 04:34 PM

I am waiting for dial a ride to take me to the thrift store with two heaters, a great pair of shoes that kill my feet, and a very large suitcase. My decluttering or cluttering mantra is i will need it some day when the tsunami/civil war comes. It is warm enough here that I will survive without the spare heaters and someone could use them right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 19 - 03:01 PM

I started a "Bullet Journal" in March of 2017, and as I start a new page for January 2020 and add a few more "future log" boxes for things that don't yet have calendar pages, I'm finding it has been very handy and more efficient than the straightforward one book a year diaries I used to keep. I could skip through those old volumes and find many blank pages when there was little going on, but in this it is so compressed that pages aren't wasted. I typically use facing pages; calendar (numbered from top down on the left side) on the left page and the Task List on the right page. Tasks are bulleted with a dot or other reference point to show it's a task, an event note or a "signifier" (I haven't used that one, but it's there anyway). The third page is a Record of Activity that usually takes only one page, so can leave a fourth facing page blank. When that happens it gets used for something specific like to document a conversation or meeting, and that page number and a note ("surgery plan", etc.) is added to the contents list in the front.

You can be obsessive about it and buy just the right blank book, the recommended pen type, and (as one friend did) can practice with a book to see how you want it to look and then follow that design you work out for yourself. Me, I used a freebie bound book they handed out at work a few years ago, use whatever black ink pen is handy, keep it to notes, no colors, etc. As I get close to the last few months of pages left in this book I have another free one, also from work, that a friend gave me because she isn't going to use it (that one is a nice quality Moleskine with not as many pages and purchased commercially would cost over $30—I'll use it because I have it but I'd never spend that kind of money for one).

I have a shelf full of the old diaries, and this will go on that shelf when it is full and I'm in the next journal. For those following along in the adventures of decluttering, this is an efficient use of paper and keeps several years worth of notes in one place.




Participation in the thread has dropped as we lose friends to the hearafter, to attrition, or to ill health. It was important to the late great Katlaughing, so I've kept it going. As long as these longer threads are allowed to run here at Mudcat I'll let this one go into 2020 and change the thread title.

Thoughts? Share them here, or send a PM.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 19 - 04:43 PM

The knee replacement date is set and now a long list of things (approvals and pre-op stuff) must be put in place for the surgery, and if I'm smart, I'll plan enough ahead to make things comfortable here so it's easy when I come home to hobble around for a couple of weeks. As loath as I am to voluntarily submit to surgery, the outcome should be a back-to-normal ability to walk, dance, and much more, so I need to go ahead and get this taken care of, not waste more time fussing about it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Dec 19 - 07:10 AM

Sorry for preaching to the choir. Bad habit.

I did the baking soda thing. Didn’t work. The hydrogen peroxide technique is new to me, and I’ll keep it in mind for next time.

In this old house, I’m sure there will be a next time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 19 - 12:56 AM

Thanks for the exercise tip, Charmion. Squats do seem to be in order for knee strength. Too bad you didn't ask first about the cactus - there are organic ways to kill the mold without killing the plant. Baking soda in water is one way to kill it. Spraying straight hydrogen peroxide (from the grocery store - 3% strength).

The back yard was mowed today (yes, I know - but this is Texas); I did it to mulch in a lot of leaves and cut down weeds that don't go dormant in winter. I also scooped a lot of dog droppings; the main reason for the mowing was to make it easier to find the droppings. Into the compost they go.

The house has lots of dust and dog hair, but our family holiday is postponed a week so I have time to remedy the dust problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 02:44 PM

Squats, Stilly. As many as you can manage, and then some more.

The locker room at the Y before and after pool class should be a work assignment for students of orthopaedic surgery and physiotherapy, for it’s where the old crocks meet. At least two thirds of the group are dealing with the long-term effects of a major skeletal injury. A couple of the younger ones are living with genetic deformities or birth injuries. Everybody has arthritis.

Last week, I emerged from the showers into a learned discussion of knee problems. Did you know that one of the leading reasons for non-demented people to go into care is that they can’t count on being able to get up off the toilet? The take-away was that I should work hard to maintain the ability to rise from a seated position without launching myself with my hands.

Last week, I had to throw out a Christmas cactus I bought the year we were married. Back in the summer, I noticed that the surface of the growing medium was covered with a white mould and re-potted it into a vermiculite mixture, but no luck; the mould came back even worse. I am allergic to mould, and for several weeks this fall I woke up every day with a sinus headache. The plant went out with the trash on Monday, and the sinus pain disappeared by Wednesday.

I miss the blossoms, though. It flowered reliably twice a year, for Easter and Remembrance Day.


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

Michelle, it's ironic that the current rage in bed gear for sleeping are "weighted" blankets. I also reach a point when the bedding is too heavy and put the down comforter on over the sheet and one thermal blanket that helps keep the comforter from sliding off.

It's remarkable that even with his adjustments to the thyroid medication and naps Pete is still fixing the dryer. And I applaud your making a fell swoop of the paperwork in your office. The output of time and energy next week will mean you can manage your time better when the new year and clients are up to full speed.

I'm going to have to do some work to prepare for the knee surgery, and the more fit and strong that knee is the easier the recovery, so my next couple of months need to be spent getting more exercise and strength training. I imagine gardening is going to be difficult for a while so anything I can lay out ahead of time will be beneficial to allow for spring planting a few weeks after the surgery. I'm told that I'll be walking that day, but it takes about a month to get back to normal walking around. I asked the doctor how long it will take until I can comfortably use that leg to dig with a shovel - not a question he often gets, apparently. I may have to switch feet and dig with the left foot for a while.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Dec 19 - 07:42 AM

It is a beautiful morning. The sun is coming up, Jeremiah is still sleeping, Pete is in the kitchen doing his own thing and I am sitting in my recliner by the fire with only one light on in the corner. The Christmas tree is lit and the sun is coming up, shining a beautiful orange glow on the Christmas tree while Oatie snores in the chair next to me. I have a cuppa weekend coffee and the house is quiet. I SO need this quiet, the non activity.....peace!!!

I have been busy, busy, busy at work trying to catch up with things from the past two months. It's hard to believe I can fall backwards quite so quickly at work but it is the nature of the job and so while I am keeping up with the day to day, I'm busting my rear end with case reviews/client and all providers invited and I get to do a history, discuss goals, progress made and future goals while engaging the other providers (Insurance providers, PCP, Psychiatrist, Therapist, Vision, Dental, Audiologists, Representative Payees, Housing Specialists, Job Coaches, etc).   I enjoy these meetings but there is so much prep and follow up work that I need chunks of time which currently I don't have. So....I set aside a few days next week to hopefully get this all caught up. I will be working on days when others have opted to take them off for the holiday week. The office should be fairly quiet, limited calls from providers and clients is expected which should give me the time to get everything ready for upcoming meetings, etc. I have a few Care Plans to write and some provider contacts to make regarding Comprehensive Assessments. And THEN I have set aside time to do a massive overhaul of my work space. Currently it looks nice and functions well but the Department of Health has changed out some forms, etc. that I want to get out of my filing cabinets. I also have manuals that are outdated so I'm hoping to empty the binders and get new copies made for my personal use and to have close at hand. I can read it all online but I prefer paper and I like to keep the manuals in page protectors. Initially it makes more work for me but in the end, it withstands my reference usage.
    At home, Pete continues to recover from his thyroidectomy completion. He is exhausted just about all day long and continues to take frequent naps. His body has stiffened up terribly and he is having weakness. He is frustrated with all of it. The endocrinologist says that this is because he doesn't have enough meds in his system yet and has made another adjustment. I have a feeling that this is going to be slow going for some time as the med levels are checked at 3 month intervals. Radiation procedures begin in mid-January.
    I wrapped all the Christmas gifts yesterday with the exception of 2 school photos of Jeremiah to share with the grandparents. They do not want frames this year as they simply pop the newest photo into the existing frames that we have given them in years gone by.
    My dryer broke last week but Pete was able to fix it so that is a good thing! I normally do a load or two of laundry every day. Last Sunday I did 8 loads of laundry last weekend because it had all backed up. Today I have a few loads to do but only because I want some things washed separately and I need to wash the bedding. Today is the day I add the electric blanket to our bed. So far I've been adding on the quilts and while I'm warm enough, my hips are sore in the morning from the weight of the blankets...if that makes any sense!
      So...today will be laundry, writing out Christmas cards and bill paying day. And a nap. I can feel it already....I want and need more sleep!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Much Love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Dec 19 - 11:33 AM

I have nothing up in the house, and outside I have one batch of lights on a shrub at the front corner by the driveway. I have another string I'll put up on cup hooks over the front porch, and some things to put on the mantle, but that's all.

Under the category of "It's always something," today the Universal Power Supply failed the self-test; the unit has a five-year warranty but 1) I can't remember exactly when I got it and 2) I filed the information away so thoroughly that I can't find it now. And that warranty probably doesn't cover the batteries for the whole time.

I don't go for the low-end replacement but will happily replace two of the company brand batteries in the correct instead of paying 30% more to have the company's batteries linked in a way that has the same result - two batteries installed in one unit. A comparable brand is available locally but cost $12 more each. If it were an urgent problem then I might, but I can wait a week for them to arrive.

The next fence panel is on the radar; I have cat sitting coming up next week and I use that cash for projects that I am doing incrementally. I'll load the lumber in the garage and paint on the weatherproofing there before taking down the next crumbling panel and putting this up.

Thanks for the compliment Donuel and Charmion - though I must disclose that I'm soon entering the Bionic Woman phase; knee replacement is looming in early 2020. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Dec 19 - 09:16 PM

Agreed, Donuel. I can just about muster the energy required to vacuum the sitting room rug; the very idea of disassembling a fence makes me blench.

I have not put up one single Christmas decoration. And I’m okay with that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Dec 19 - 10:05 AM

That atypically does not sound energy intensive. Most of Sage's projects sound like they require the energy output of someome in their 30's or 40's.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Dec 19 - 09:50 AM

Office organization has advanced with the purchase of two new cables. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the six-foot cable for my camera makes it easier to work on the old computer without setting the camera out of sight behind a monitor (and losing track of it) and the six-foot transfer cable works nicely between the two computers so I can do the work on the old computer, park files in an easy to find folder (or even the same old folder, it's easy enough to navigate) and move files without using thumb drives. This is particularly good for the work on images because they're large files and the old computer has the more advanced software.

There is a paper and dust accumulation in the office that must be addressed, and I have to put out a few ornaments soon. I'm not one to put them up at Thanksgiving and take them down by February. My xmas cactus are blooming beautifully, so I need to move them to central locations to admire.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Dec 19 - 10:07 AM

I have a couple of regular cat-sitting gigs, and I spent the last four days going back and forth to a house that is just under 5,000⏍, on an acre of well-tended land. They manage to not have clutter around and the house isn't overfull of furniture and stuff, yet there are plenty of things on display. They collect rocks and coral, rugs and Southwestern art, but if they have more it is put aside for another time: there isn't too much stuff out.

I have theories. That size house, with two people (now) living in it, plus a guest house across a porch next to the second garage, means they don't have a guest room in the house were stuff gets dumped. They have built in lots of storage. There are multiple bathrooms to hold various products so it isn't all bunched up on one or two rooms. They have a weekly housekeeper and a robotic cat litter box.

All of that said, if they were slobs as large as the house is it would be full of stuff. So there must be some discipline involved there. I'd love to tap into it.

And yes, I was playing with the html symbol for square foot - it doesn't look as good as the written box with a line through from top to bottom.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 07:16 PM

On npr today I heard that green light in a dark room can relieve migrain pain as well as other types of PAIN. Effectiveness is about 65%. I told my wife but she already knew. Sometimes Doctors seem to keep things to themselves.

Whatever the retina thing was about I can see that a tiny bit of residual damage remains. The color and flashing is gone but it is akin to hearing an audio nerve die. I suppose the doctor checked for the big things. The damage is minisule so things are copacetic and easily managed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 11:58 AM

Exciting times, Charmion! That fiddle performance sounds wonderful, the door kicked in, not so much.

Breaking in at night, one wonders what that burglar/robber was thinking? Down here most burglaries happen in the middle of the day, they presume people are at work and approach doors that are somewhat out-of-sight of the street. In 2005 my side door was kicked in, like you describe, and they got quite a bit of electronic stuff before a passing neighbor saw and reported the unknown car backed up in my driveway with the trunk open and three men running in and out of the house. I had a contractor who also came over quickly and replaced that door and I had a iron security door installed over it, installed one on the front door as well, and put decorative iron bars over the new windows on that side of the house to match the bars on all of the rest of the house. It makes my heart race just to read your account; that kind of thing makes you jumpy for a while. And once the work is finished you'll be glad to have the new door.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 10:54 AM

Donuel, I'm glad your retinas are okay. Even with migraine, you're a lucky guy.

We had a major dose of family duties over the weekend, and an attempted break-and-enter that resulted in a smashed panel in the back door.

The Guid Sisters (Himself's siblings) and their husbands were coming for lunch on Friday, and I cleaned and cooked all day Thursday in preparation. On Friday, only Sister Number 2 showed up (with husband) because Himself's elder brother-in-law had slipped and fallen at the car wash the day before and broke his collar-bone. BIL is nearly 80, so the emergency room staff put him through All The Hoops and, consequently, he and Sister Number One spent most of Thursday night at the hospital.

So, crap.

A good visit, followed by cleaning up (dishes, returning dining room table to normal configuration), took the rest of the day and then Himself and I spent the evening in front of Netflix watching
"The Irishman", otherwise known as "I Hear You Paint Houses". It's long, complicated and not exactly up-lifting, but it's truly great drama and more than worth seeing. It's years since I saw a film that engaged my attention so completely.

On Saturday, we went to Toronto to visit with Himself's brother. The weather was truly awful, with heavy rain and fog all day verging into sleet and snow at nightfall, so the drive was even more of a challenge than usual -- clenched-teeth level, just short of white-knuckle. We went out for lunch, hiking in driving rain for blocks and blocks up Roncesvalles Avenue so we arrived at the pub soaking wet from the knees down. Then the good part started: completely unexpected, an afternoon show by one of Canada's greatest fiddlers, Dan MacDonald, playing with an Irish singer-songwriter with such major chops as an accompanist that I could sit through his original songs without too much impatience. (Why do so many singer-songwriters have lousy diction? Just sayin'.)

We went home without incident despite the lousy highway conditions, and turned in early.

Shortly after ten o'clock, I was jolted out of deep sleep by a terrific bang and crack from downstairs and Himself bolting out of bed. Clad only in underpants, he ran toward the racket, flicking on lights and yelling at me to call the police. The noise was somebody kicking in our back door. The house-breaker took off when he saw the lights, and thank God for that; he was only one blow away from driving the dead-bolt right through the jamb.

So, hot and cold running cops for the next couple of hours. They even brought a dog to trail the burglar, but gave up when they found bicycle tracks in the snow.

Back to bed, but not much actual sleep took place. At eight o'clock I left a voice-mail message for Tony the Carpenter (veteran of the 2017 kitchen project), expecting him to get to me on Monday, but he responded immediately with shock and dismay, and arrived by ten-thirty -- on a Sunday morning! -- with a large hunk of three-quarter-inch plywood and a power drill. Then he measured up for a new door.

I never liked our back door, another with the thermal capabilities of newspaper, but I had not planned to replace it any time soon. That'll be another thousand bucks or so, plus Tony's labour. What larks.

Tony took a critical look at the cracked jamb and established that it was severely under-built and would never have stood up to even the most casual application of a wrecking bar. (Good thing our burglar came equipped only with boots.) The replacement door will be pre-hung in a frame that meets today's building code, and thus not entirely burglar-proof but considerably more effective than what we have now.

I spent all of Sunday in a comfy chair, alternately dozing and reading. Didn't even go to church.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Dec 19 - 06:02 PM

I soaked chick peas overnight and made falafel today, and it turned out well. There's labor involved but chick peas, pita bread, and the stuff for tahini aren't very expensive. The labor involved is the value added to the modestly priced ingredients. Though I planned for a healthy meal, we had four different things for dessert. Two I had, one was brought, and one I made when they arrived and I realized the daughter is gluten intolerant so I made a gluten free cake from a box - they all liked it so I sent the last box of that home with them and the warning that if the baked cake is around for more than a couple of days it gets really hard.

This makes for three times in four weeks I've cleaned house ahead of company coming, meaning the house is still looking pretty good, though it still has more furniture than it needs. I'm pondering what is the next large thing to send out of the house. One of the tables? The Victrola? It just collects dust. One of the trunks from the family house back East? Who knows - maybe a trunk will sell on eBay. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Dec 19 - 05:58 PM

Dupont:

The DR table will remain cluttered with pottery; I want the family to choose whatever they want before I pack it away. We put the leaf in the K table and it will be adequate for 6 persons, well behaved. And does not overcrowd the K - too much.

Clutter, declutter, clutter, declutter - an endless process! I went down to the mill and brought back some things I wanted and felt I could home. R brought 3 huge foliage plants from the city house - and I wish they would disappear! So one, about 5 ft tall but skinny, will go upstairs and be repotted with a piece of 3" bamboo to keep it straight. One is a scraggly looking palm in 12 inch pot ---- somewhere... Another is about 7 feet wide but scraggly enough to act as a "room divider" - behind sofa, in front of card tables full of pots. Maybe if I feed them, they will become less like scare crows.

R also brought bed rails for another single brass bed so, with some boards to hold the mattress, we will be prepared bed-wise. Lots of fine-tuning yet to go. R bought parts today for shower rod! And rubber mats for concrete steps and a mat for back deck - all to avoid falls.

I have cleared space in K cabinets for the family's special sorts of foods, whatever they may be. Son is mostly veggie now. Wife "eats anything"; grandsons unstipulated but I know one is picky. I will not be cooking much for them; clearing the K so they have their own space. Clearing frig space ...!

Without a tree, I am making some small efforts to have a Christmasy feel to house. Bought two Cyclamen - red, white and two new Af violets - blue, blue/white. All very cheery And a very nice potted arrangement of 12 inch tree/red poinsettia/white Kalanchoe/variegated ivy/ and a couple other variegated plants in a nice burgundy ceramic bowl. Other Kalanchoe are getting toward blooming, as well as Bruggie. And a few Christmasy decorations will go on another tall green plant, with tiny star-like flowers, that is supported with a copper spiral. I could even put a string of tiny lights on it - battery powered.

I checked the weather report for the trip, up through Vermont from Philly, and there is no sign of heavy snow!!   

Six more days!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Dec 19 - 06:51 PM

Guests are coming over tomorrow so I'll do the "lick and a promise" clean-up that involves things going out of sight, if not all to their proper storage locations.

The fridge is looking tidier; a few things have gone into the freezer, others consumed as I draw down contents. I get carried away with cooking and having leftovers and it's disappointing to have to send things to the compost bin. That said, today I made some very rich mashed potatoes and some of those went into a batch of lefse for tomorrow.

It's time to pull out a few boxes and decide what ornaments can go up, high enough to be away from the destructive puppy. It's also time to start wrapping gifts and get out the sewing machine for a few projects I need to finish before everyone arrives for the big day.

Alternate day fasting is resulting in a couple of days a week very low calorie (~500/fasting day). Decluttering a few pounds would be great for the arthritic knee. :-/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Dec 19 - 01:39 PM

Dining table cleared, dusted, ready for the photo cube. Kitchen table loaded with contents moved off of the dining table - they are moving to the sun room next.

I'm going to remake that sofa cover, the new one has good fabric going for it but that's all. I'll sew on the elastic from the old one and construct long enough tethers to tie the piece that flaps over the top and down the back to the back legs. And it will not get a good Amazon review.

I'll be doing alternate day fasting in the days before the holidays to keep the weight where it is or even lose a little. I fear kneed surgery is in my near future and I might as well do what I can to take excess weight off of that arthritic joint. Decluttering stored calories at the worst time of year for it is a huge challenge, but needs to be done.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Dec 19 - 10:20 AM

Today the spot is 90% smaller and non intrusive. I am only coping with the eye drops from the retinal center.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Dec 19 - 09:43 AM

In the fitness catagory I had my retinas checked and they were fine.
Despite having 4 days of a Xmas colored light display of mandalas and pin point red blue and yellow in both eyes. It was just a remnant of a migraine without the pain. Instead of sensing chaos, the brain turned it into filagreed beauty.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Dec 19 - 04:47 PM

Donuel, that could be a retinal injury. I hope you're on your way to an eye doctor.


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

Go see a neurologist or ophthalmologist and keep us posted. I was recently watching a mosquito flit past the upper part of my monitor and had the thought that it could also be a floater.

The current project: I'm working on reversing the layout of my work areas. The table in the sunroom will be storage for equipment now and I'll set up the photo cube on the dining table. I pulled up a YouTube video to get a reminder of how to collapse this thing (it reduces to the size of one of those spring-loaded windshield sun guards that tucks under the visors). I should finish this transfer today (right now some of it is stacked in the kitchen as I clear the two areas then replace things where I want them.) The outcome means that the things on the dining table will be more easily removed for family meals in there this month and next.

A stop at Costco will land me 2-dozen organic eggs (and a tank of gas) and then I'm set to start holiday baking in earnest. I have a few loaves of banana or pumpkin bread in the freezer and they're nice to pull out and take with me as a gift when attending parties, and soon I'll be taking even smaller loaves to the neighbors (when it is one or two elderly people, I feel that huge loaves go to waste or waist, depending on their view of holiday foods, and can cause guilt about wasting food or gaining weight).

Next time it dries I have to mow the back yard. The forecast suggests that Friday afternoon will be a good possibility for that work.


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

Planted 4 rose bushes since this is the last 55 degree day for a long while. The leaf pile vacuum trucks took the leaves away for the first time in 10 years that they have not been snowed on or frozen to remain all winter.

Since Sunday I have had a variable visual artifact of a dime size area at arms length that might flash pure colors from 6 or 7 stimulated cones like christmas lights or a migrain distortion or nothing at all. Its not like macular degeneration but could be a couple other things not too serious, unless its a brain tumor.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 19 - 12:23 PM

Monday is for evicting stuff from the house: bulky waste and regular trash at the curb, a bag of recycling to the village bin, Goodwill stuff dropped off at the store, and a box sold via eBay dropped at the post office. Chipping slowly at the stuff. My cleaned out lower cabinet in the kitchen continues to be a pleasure to work with, and later today I'll dig out tins for cookies that I need to start baking. The sunroom is nicer to work in now that tall bins have been employed for packing materials and mailing tube of posters and maps. It sill has a puppy barrier at the entrance to the room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Dec 19 - 10:13 PM

That house sounds great, Dorothy! The process of preparing for guests lets you see your house through someone else's eyes and fine-tune your plans for their arrival. Good luck with the beds and the plants!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Dec 19 - 05:32 PM

Dupont:

2 weeks to figure out what to do with pottery! Working on concocting something to hold a shower curtain over the antique tub with stupid shower that one holds in hand and sprays water everywhere. Maybe today we will agree on method; R is out looking for parts! A commercial one runs $400-$600!

The stove is almost installed - the cost broke my bank! R still needs to get the rusted in screws out; will prob have o drill them out. He cleaned it up yesterday and the dust made me feel lousy before I realized what what happening. Then we discovered the new chimney liner, open into the room until stove is installed tried to suck a tissue up - What did I say about our hot air going up the chimney!! Stuck a piece of "paper" from a store bought plant - shaped like a pot - into the hole! Works! Of course I had not thrown it out; never know when something will come in handy! We are looking forward to a first fire, maybe even tonight. I will go elsewhere while he drills!

Brugmansia, "Bruggie", is like having a pet! We check its condition every morning. After all blossoms fell and most leaves, it is burgeoning, with tons of new leaves and more than 20 buds of varying sizes. One blossom opened almost a week ago; I wish I had kept a log of progress. But judging by that, we will have a few new blooms by the time family arrives! I believe this is the most exciting plant I have had. The next time it takes a break, I will need to cut it back about 6-12 inches all the way around, lest it burst the walls! Well... outgrow its space. It has earned its keep, and the $25 I spent!

The hibiscus gets turned a bit each day to maximize its south window. It used up its blooms and is now gathering leaves at tips of each of many branches. I keep an eye on its progress , wondering when... So much pleasure for $5! On the lighter side, I am propagating geraniums and spider plants. I offer spider plants to anyone. If all else fails, I can take them to the horticultural society plant sale. OR give a couple to the Thrift shop from whence I acquired the first two for 25cents each. Currently, there is one to three in each room!

I cut back the tomato plants in the LR and put cuttings in a vase - to see if they will root. The parents are still in good shape and will go outside in May - even if I have to cut them back severely to get them outside. African violets are resting and not proliferating. YAY! Plant care is a daily task I enjoy!

The rest of the house is doing OK. We need to decide where to bed down one grandson. We thought the TV room but realize there are two other options - only requiring a bed be placed and we do have a bed to place. This home will always be in transition! I sit here thinking about what needs we will have with four extra bodies - places to sit and read, computer (everyone will have one!), food...

The three engineers (budding and current) will enjoy visiting R's vast collection of used machinery. And the family will be visiting Taun's old haunts from when he was growing up in Montreal. Doubt we shall need to entertain them. Thankfully!

Friends came last Sunday and took away a few pots. And offered me another piece of furniture - a spool bed couch that I once made a cover for the mattress -40 years ago! And yesterday, we stopped by the local thrift shop, finding naught to buy but, on leaving, the spot where they put things they consider unsalable netted us an antique bureau, just the size we wanted to finish the guest room! Missing one drawer pull - R has a collection - and a piece of bottom for one drawer, easy to fix. WOW!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 01:25 PM

My side door has a two-fixture halogen light (with the 150-watt T3 78mm bulbs.) It requires a glove (to avoid touching the bulb), a screwdriver, and a step-stool for the operation, so I usually wait till they've both blown. Today I am feeling virtuous for having correctly aligned the bulbs in both fixtures without dropping anything in the process.

Bulky waste is next week so I'll cut up a few pieces of fence to stack at the curb and pull up the long planks along my garden that have mostly rotted and I need to reconfigure the space for next year.

I'm wondering how Susan is doing - I hope she has been able to catch up with our various slow-motion declutter operations and plan some more of her own. There is more of a moving target when trying to keep track of Michelle's house, work, garden, and health sagas, but I'm also wishing them well as the holidays approach and the work seems to increase.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 19 - 11:17 AM

I was following your discussion with BatGoddess on Facebook about loving fruitcake - it sounds like a very good recipe! I also like it, but being by myself I would eat it all by myself.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Dec 19 - 11:07 AM

The sun is almost shining in Stratford today and I have installed a pair of my new orthotic insoles in my winter boots, so I shall take a little stroll downtown, perchance for lunch.

I have already logged my morning's fitness requirement with another pool class at the Y. That's quite a workout if you invest a little effort.

No holiday decorating is happening in this house -- hurray! It isn't that I disapprove of Christmas, it's just that we have no room for a tree and I have zero desire to clean up after one. I might really strain a nerve and put a wreath on the front door, but that will be IT.

I finished the second batch of fruitcake yesterday, so we have six wrapped and ready -- five to go and one for us. Himself's siblings have rather half-heartedly accepted fruitcakes in the past, but this year none are going to anyone who does not definitely and enthusiastically want one; they are not easy to make, and just too damned expensive (not to speak of delicious) to waste on anyone with mixed feelings about mixed fruit. My side of the family are very pro-fruitcake, phoning up around the Sunday next before Advent to enquire as to whether I might be making any, and I have an old college buddy in Toronto who rates one. Everyone else can pound sand.

The Sisters (Himself's side) are coming for a pre-Christmas visit next Wednesday, which gives me time to clean the house. The weekend is fully committed to two performances of Handel's "Messiah" and putting up my feet in between.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Dec 19 - 11:01 AM

I was taking Biotin to strengthen my nails and it seemed to work for a while, then not so much, but when the supply ran out and I stopped, they really got soft and flaky. So I'm drinking a cup of bouillon with gelatin once a day until my subscription (Amazon) of a low dose arrives in a couple of weeks. (If you subscribe to five things that arrive on the same day you get 15% off.) I did some research on recommended doses, and the one I had tried was "on sale" in the local pharmacy, but ends up having been way too much biotin and way too expensive for what is recommended. Live and learn.

How are your large plants looking, Dorothy? So far my four in the greenhouse are humming right along; if the forecast is for really cold I'll have to step up the measures to keep them alive. There is a heater out there and a "thermal cube" to turn on the power to the heater once it reaches a low of 39o.

eBay is under way, as is the digitization project, where I was having trouble getting sound until I realized I needed to jostle the conversion box, one plug seemed not to be fully connected. Like Dorothy, I need the [dining] table for meals (and for other projects), so will compress and list items to clear it off.

Any holiday decorating in the house will have to be suspended above the reach of the puppy; she's a destructive force of nature these days. And to do my sofa and my house a favor I ordered another waterproof couch cover; the one on there now is falling apart after three years of use. I'm surprised it lasted this long.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Dec 19 - 08:18 PM

Dupont:

I would be tempted to try the local pool bu it has chlorine, one of my worst sensitivities. Swimming is such a top notch exercise.

Did some clean up to have the house look moderately nice for friend Hannah and her son and his partner. They removed a few pieces of pottery after considerable commentary. Hannah already has enough - a collection going back about 40 years - stacks of them! They enjoyed seeing the house and went to the attic. Hannah remembers me since she was 8 = 52 years! She and my son will each be 60 in the next week and each of their spouses have birthdays on the 10th! She is a keeper of my history. Her son worked for R for a while so we all had a great visit. We are somewhat like an "extended family".

The pottery is becoming a serious conundrum. I need to figure out a place to put it before 21st when other son arrives with family. We need the table for meals! I'm thinking....

Eng. class today had two students. I had forgotten Jacinthe; she was in FL for 5 weeks. It was more fun with two; J was helpful and we both worked on convincing T what she knows more than she thinks - she needs confidence - a word we worked on! Amongst many others! I had brought up on line a couple children's books being read well with closed captions. We watched together and talked about words and the stories and were able to have a semblance of discussion! I also read a couple of my children's books to them. Exhausting but good. I exhorted them to do this on their own at home and write down words so we can look a them next week.

Pro-biotics (50 Billion) have improved my gut health and general well-being - very much. Ginger tea helps also. My energy has improved greatly.

Magda is finished in the studio; pics of her pottery are beautiful! She is doing Christmas shows with that and her other arts. I am happy to have been able to help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 19 - 11:45 AM

The sunshine is piling up in huge drifts here in North Texas, and the problem with this is that we never really acclimate to the season; when it drops to freezing for a stretch of days it's a jolt to the nervous system.

I've entered leftovers season to join the rest of the apres-Thanksgiving US; so far I haven't used much, I made a batch of turkey flautas (shredded, seasoned, and rolled up in corn tortillas and fried; they're reheated in the toaster oven and served with guacamole, lebne, and finely-chopped iceberg lettuce.) Soup looms.

It will be eBay full-tilt this week and a holiday party on Friday evening, as a way to balance out the alone-time at home. The little tiller given me by the neighbor is ready to pick up after a rebuilt carburetor repair, and just in time to start a bed for potatoes (they get planted around January 1 here.) My neighborhood's bulky waste pickup is next week and I have some old fence panels and stuff I intend to pull up that had edged the garden to put at the curb. The back yard leaves need mulching, so the piled up sunshine will come in handy to dry them out for the mower after a wet week.

The last few weeks have been about putting things back into service that are here instead of buying new. It's a good habit to get into. I've cleared out some space in the craft room around my sewing table and mending will come under the "put back in service" goal.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Dec 19 - 12:24 PM

It’s sleeting in Stratford and the world is covered with a layer of ice, so the little bit of grocery shopping I had planned is out of the question. I have zero interest in tidying or cleaning, and I did the wash yesterday. That leaves sitting and reading until it’s time to make dinner.

The GoodLife company threw a large spanner into our works by closing the gym that Himself and I have patronized since August 2017. The space and equipment will be taken over by something called Fit4Less that costs less than Goodlife but — surprise! — offers fewer services and no programming. Consequently, I have been looking around for a fitness place that offers adequate facilities and helpful programs at a price I can afford.

My options were narrowed considerably by the fact that my wonky foot is now grumbling with every step, despite rest and new orthotics. That leaves me with swimming and exercising in water, so now I go to the Y.

The YM/YWCA is terminally uncool and, in daylight hours, full of arthritic fuddy-duddies. I’m going to love it. The swimming pool is kept near blood temperature and the showers have grab handles. Friday was my first day in aqua-fit, with a group of codgers and a trainer who looks about seventeen but definitely knows how to deliver a challenging core workout. Deep-water class is on Wednesday. I’m told it’s a can’t-miss affair.

Best of all: I don’t have to wear a bathing cap, there’s no loud pop music, and my feet don’t hurt after.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 19 - 11:43 AM

Furniture moved and a mirror found and placed in front of the fireplace (to conceal its pink insulation filling). TV, sofa, chair and footstool all moved.

Our family Thanksgiving is today. The date isn't important, it's having the people and the food that makes it the holiday. I hope everything went well with Michelle, Pete, and Jeremiah (and some family and community helpers) and that Susan had visitors and a nice Thanksgiving in her therapy setup.

Tomorrow I'll continue with the furniture moving; studies ages ago now revealed that rearranging furniture is a way to generate endorphins. I'm overdue on this particular exercise so I'll enjoy the effect.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 19 - 10:04 AM

Last night I started working on the cables behind the cabinet where all of the sound equipment sits in the den; I'll be able to run everything through the receiver and to the speakers (the television was absent from that unless I was playing something from the DVD/Bluray player). Getting the correct lengths - I found myself at one point wondering if I would have to buy more RCA cables; I think I found where a couple of the longer ones went and can avoid that purchase in this day of Bluetooth, etc.

I have a friend I worry about, who was fired 3 years ago for what we all understand was no good reason - he was a disabled person working for a know-nothing dean who drove off her best staff in the course of a few years, as they could escape to new jobs or retire, though a few did just quit and walk out the door. He has managed to do temp work since then, but not consistently. The combination of being older and being angry about what happened is dangerous to his health. We didn't do Thanksgiving yesterday, though he is invited to the family one on Sunday; what I did last night was have a couple of people over and we scoured the fridge and freezer for interesting leftovers. He's vegetarian and we ended up with a pretty darned good smelling quesadilla (onions, poblano pepper from the greenhouse, avocado, and cheese) and the others of us ate smoked salmon with our rice, salad, and such. It was a nice evening and both friends left after an evening of good conversation that decuttered the introspection of a holiday spent alone at home.

Today I hope to finish the sound system setup and maybe binge in a couple of favorite movies while I work on eBay stuff in that room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Nov 19 - 04:22 PM

It's an anticlimactic day, though I watched part of the Macy's parade (mostly out of curiosity to see if the balloons would march and if there would be any mishaps; when I turned it off only Ronald McDonald had a deflated left leg the handlers were carrying down Broadway). I have a couple of friends coming over for a "typical" dinner. Our family celebration will be on Sunday.

My decluttering today has been clearing out some extra stuff in the fridge; I have a small (13 lb) fresh turkey in the small fridge that I'll brine over Saturday night, and will need a place to put the roasted carcass remains after dinner. I have an interesting mix of vegetables to roast (I don't make stuffing) and when that is finished it will go into one container.

Now comes a mix of holiday movies - some good ones and a lot of stinkers. Good thing I have DVDs of most of my favorites (and still have a working VHS if the only versions I have are still on tape.) You never know what the kids are going to want to veg out on once we get everyone together. Some of us like A Christmas Story and one always complains about it; everyone likes Muppet Christmas Carol and I finally got a DVD of that (after watching it on VHS in years past). Some other Muppet specials also from when the kids were small are still appealing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Nov 19 - 02:53 PM

A morning spent raking and scooping leaves at the Botanic Garden in the Japanese Garden was a good warm-up and workout for the day. All volunteers were retirees and there was a point in time when aches and pains were compared - I'm getting off fairly lightly with an arthritic knee. This part of the garden is kept very well groomed and maybe it will inspire me to do some tidying in the yard.

Three dogs just descended on my office with a gush of fresh air around them and the scent of baldcypress - they have been wrestling out in the yard. I have to scoop and then run the mower to mulch a whole bunch of leaves out there.

There is a juniper in the corner of the front yard that now has the holiday lights on it and last night I turned it on for a while as a landmark for a friend who was coming over to the house for the first time. The strings that go across the front porch will go up today. Not much involved in these two zones of light, but they add a little festivity to this end of the street.

I've pushed a couple of big tasks off of my desk and now I can resume stuff I need to do around here that has waited for my attention. Back to eBay, for starters, and to do some mending and cooking and . . . when there are warmer days, yard work. The fence needs an extension. There's always something to do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Nov 19 - 10:26 PM

Dupont:

Thoughts of Michelle, Pete and J: Hope you have a good Thanksgiving!

Nice four days away at Beaver. But without running water! Seems a problem with the septic pump may have blown a fuse and turned off the water pump and freezer. Stuff in the freezer was still refreezable. R go buckets of water from the wee stream to flush toilet and I had rainwater and distilled water for dishes and drinking/cooking, respectively. Kept cooking to a minimum and washed dishes before leaving but left a couple pans. Bit of a clutter!

Electric blanket warmed the bed very nicely as wood stove warmed the house. Beautiful weekend with two sunny days.

De-cluttering the studio - helped Magda get a bisque firing going and she wrote down detailed instructions to complete that and a glaze firing or two. R put the boxes of clay on a dolly and brought them into bathroom. Goal: to turn off cube heater for the winter- Magda will do it when she is finished.

R assured the bathroom will stay warm. He did not dig up the septic although Larry visited and, in consulting, said the ground is not very frozen (only a couple inches) and this would be a good time to do it. Robin know what it takes ( did it a couple years ago) and did not have the energy.

Clutter and de-clutter: The amount of stuff I wanted to bring here filled the car - with R's magic packing skills. On Monday, I worked with Magda and we went to see "my" new, never met before, very young doctor. We negotiated: no CT scan of gut, just blood tests.

Went to Service Ontario to replace car registration, stolen from car Friday am. Oh yeah, 5:30 am - knocking on door, police telling R that kids had been breaking into cars, had caught them outside our house, was anything missing? Only on our way did I find the papers gone, along with the very small New Testament I bought in 1977 after we all survived my truck overturning on the prairie.

Then R went to get new fuses to leave - just in case. I went to insurance office and begged a copy of insurance card. And, R not back yet, to a thrift shop where I fancied a set of dishes with a blueberry theme - 39 pieces for $10 and very nice. The volunteers quickly boxed them and we found space in the car for them!

That car load of clutter from Beaver is now finding homes here. with some fiddling but it will work. Love the new dishes! One large bin is Christmas stuff.

Chimney swept tonight - chimney and wallet de-cluttered! Ready for installation of wood stove - which will greatly de-clutter wallet but ease mind - we will have a source of heat in case of outage.

Today, I finally figured out that my student can read English - does not always know what it means but she can read/pronounce the words. (I can read French that way!) But she does understand a lot of words and can respond when she understands what I say. She needs to listen/hear English. So, the daughter and grands, with whom she lives, all speak good Eng BUT at home they only speak Russian because the daughter want her kids to hold their heritage. It is tiring trying to help her but she is very appreciative.

Snow is gone for now and it was like a spring day!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 19 - 09:53 AM

The tiller (lightly used but not touched for a couple of years, given me by my next door neighbor) has been dropped off at the small engine repair shop to be tuned up and lubricated. The weather is warm today but getting cold overnight, so this is the day to mulch in neighbors' leaves that have drifted into my yard and mow the back so the yard looks welcoming for Thanksgiving. I'll prune on shrub out front and put up lights while it's warm. I'll get the tiller back probably next week, and will plan to put in potatoes this year.

I did some decluttering work in the sewing room, organized thread (I put a new rack received at xmas last year up on the wall) and separated all of the mending tasks from the other stuff awaiting attention in there.

There's a list on the cleared-off kitchen counter of the things I need to buy (not very much; just a few vegetables and fruit for brine and a turkey breast and thighs, not the entire bird) for the upcoming holiday. I have a couple of craft projects to do before our family's holiday gathering, this year probably around January 3.


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

I'm now at that wonderful stage where guests have come and gone and I can now enjoy a tidy house right before the holidays.

It seems people in the area are getting a jump on the xmas season, putting up lights ahead of Thanksgiving because the US holiday is so late this year. I shall do the same - the next two days are in the 70s and my holiday is postponed until Sunday (Dec. 1) when we can get the entire family here. Gives me time to set up, even if I don't light them yet.

I have several small loaves of fancy breads in the freezer, both banana and pumpkin/sweet potato types so far, ready to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. If I get my hands on some zucchini I may make some of that also. The distribution will declutter shelves in the new freezer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 19 - 12:41 AM

Today was the finishing touches on cleaning the kitchen and living room, including moving the sofa and washing the dog-proof cover and the dog bedding in the kennel. Other stuff was done earlier in the week so it wasn't too bad today. Tomorrow is some baking in preparation for guests.

My loose SUV bumper (I backed out of a driveway and off of the curb so the bottom of the bumper smacked the curb) was fixed yesterday at no cost - good luck there! The body shop recommended by the dealer said the plastic connections needed to be lined up correctly to push back into place, and he did it. That was a relief. Though it does mean the Nissan is held together by little plastic flaps - not such a relief. :-/


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