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

Stilly River Sage 21 Oct 19 - 12:51 PM
Jon Freeman 21 Oct 19 - 11:25 AM
Charmion 21 Oct 19 - 10:32 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Oct 19 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 02:36 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Oct 19 - 11:51 AM
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LilyFestre 18 Oct 19 - 11:46 AM
Donuel 17 Oct 19 - 09:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM
Charmion 17 Oct 19 - 09:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:57 PM
Dorothy Parshall 16 Oct 19 - 10:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:01 AM
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Charmion 15 Oct 19 - 09:48 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 12:51 PM

A couple of lines of heavy thunderstorms passed through the area last night and I'm sure the news coming out of north and east Dallas will continue to give accounts of huge amounts of damage. We got some rain and outflow boundary winds, but not the tornadic activity.

When meteorologists in North Texas told folks near Preston Hollow to get into a tornado-safe spot, about 12 staffers and customers at Fish City Grill ran to the walk-in cooler. It was cold, but it was safe.

A funnel cloud dragged over the Preston-Royal area of Dallas, and the windowless cooler kept Fish City Grillís employees sheltered as the restaurantís walls and ceiling were shredded.

But one customer didnít follow the group. A server pulled him into the kitchen, says Fish City Grill co-founder Bill Bayne, and they flattened themselves on the kitchen floor. That act kept them safe, and no one was hurt at the restaurant despite massive damage.

ďIt looks like bombs went off,Ē Bayne says.

He plans to reopen the restaurant, though thereís no estimated time frame yet. In that same shopping center, Interabang Books was badly damaged as well.

Princi Italia, a restaurant at the northwest corner of Preston-Royal, also used its walk-in cooler as a shelter spot during the tornado. After customers and employees got the all-clear, some found trees smashed into their cars. The restaurant suffered cracked windows, a torn-off air-conditioning unit and damaged trees. Itís closed until further notice.

Shockingly, some restaurants in the hardest-hit areas saw no damage at all. TJís Fresh Seafood, on the northeast corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane ó and a mere 500 feet from Fish City Grill ó saw no damage.

The storm path continued northeast and devastated some businesses north and east of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. MoMo Italian Kitchen, near Forest Lane and Greenville Avenue in Dallas, lost its sign, has no phone and suffered some damage to the building. Still, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m.


Lots of stories like this.

I went through the house to look for any water and have been out into the yard to check trees for fallen limbs and fences that they're still in place. We lucked out - this time. The folded towel is in the corner near my bed for Pepper, who came and went during the night. Cookie was in her kennel until when the storm had completely passed, when she could go into the yard if she needed. She doesn't seem to like cold wet grass at night, so she simply moved out of the kennel and plopped down next to Zeke.

The wind and rain will have blown ragweed pollen out of the area but those plants are still standing and still pumping it out. My sinuses are still suffering.

Editing is on the final pass this week, and I'll have more free time for other stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 11:25 AM

Vacuum cleaners were added to my (managed on Thunderbird but also gives reminders on the Androids) to do list last week. Just 2 G-Techs, one hand held. Both had flat batteries and one was badly clogged when one was needed the other week so itís charge batteries, empty, clean filters if needed every Monday from now on. OK one or other could need a charge or emptying in between but at least we start the week straight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 10:32 AM

If you want to re-live your messier house renovations -- and don't we all? -- just empty the canister of your central vacuum system. Oh, boy. Plaster dust galore, with a thick layer of cat hair on top. My favourite.

Steve the Garden Guy is tidying us up for the winter even as I type, and I'm gathering strength to assault the mess that is the house. The cardboard scratcher that the cats absolutely love (and that saves the furniture) results in little bits of cardboard all over the sitting room rug, and if I leave it too long the house looks unspeakably unkempt. The other major contributor to general scruffiness is the white ceramic tile in the kitchen, which displays every fallen splotch and crumb like a Jumbotron announcement that Slatterns Live Here. So, you know, floors. Vacuum cleaner, scrubber, bucket. Bleah.

I must also go through the house with the spidey brush, a hemisphere of bristles mounted on a long handle for taking down webs from ceilings and other inconvenient places. The spiders are nesting now, so every room has a little clot of tightly-spun web somewhere in the angle at the top of the walls -- and every one shall be evicted! Doing away with the nests will not get rid of the spiders, but it will at least cut down the population, which is currently running a bit high for the comfort of this neatnik.

And that will be quite enough thankless labour for this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM

Blueberries are an understory plant that typically comes up in areas where there have been forest fires that cleared out the trees or slash from logging, then live happily with small trees until they're so shaded out they die off. Commercial blueberries have to have acid soil and they don't like wet feet, but they need lots of water.

I've finished one of four design items to give people something to work with tomorrow when we start loading them into the online publishing software. Now that I have the software working the way I want the rest will be easier.

The kitchen is a mess; the dogs are in with the dog door covered because there is a thunderstorm right now. I have work to do, but don't have to get up and leave in the morning - that's the nice thing about being retired from the job I was doing. I'm busy, but on my own schedule now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 04:52 PM

I like blueberries but our own attempts at growing them were poor. Related is our native billberry which grew abundantly in mumís part of Shropshire. She used to pick them but Iím afraid my own memory (and I left that area about 6 years old) of them is a bit foggy at the moment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 02:36 PM

The fridge is now decluttered of things that were needing using; some fresh organic grape tomatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, and some Italian sausage I'd defrosted. It becomes an Italian seasoning type of dish, and I add a little mozzarella to make a creamy sauce and some wine for the aromatics. I also am baking, Jon, using up some blueberries a friend brought over in a batch of muffins. And a friend coming over for dinner this evening to share this bounty.

I tested one of the two VHS machines I brought home this week and the Toshiba works like a dream (the last one was a nightmare!). I've found the manual and printed it. There isn't a remote control, but since I'm basically using it to transmit the signal from the tape to the computer, I don't need to program, etc. I have another one to test, then I'll compare them with the existing machine (a good brand, but a really stiff odd mechanism).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 11:51 AM

Mum has decided she wants to try doing a bit more baking again and that triggered a small sort out of the baking tins. There were 2 bun trays and 2 loaf tins in very good condition but the round ones I found were in a very poor state. Iíve disposed of them and got her a pair of 8Ē springform deep
tins and a pair of shallower 7Ē loose bottom tins. Hopefully thatís her (and possibly me one day if I decide to join in) set up for a while.

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I got the juicer out of a shed yesterday. I need to find the sterilising powder (should be tucked away in another shed together with plastic bottles) and give it a thorough cleaning. Iím not sure its working right as both speeds seem the same to me but it will have to do for the (home grown and not that brilliant) grapes we want to try.

Apples were the main juicing project here. We had a system going where I had 3 demijohns which Iíd fill with juice from the juicer and syphon off into bottles for the freezer. Mum used to wash and cut the apples as needed, Iíd put the apples through the machine, etc. and the bottling was a combined effort. It was a bit of a chore but we processed up to 3 wheelbarrow loads of apples that way.

We did get an apple press and crusher towards the end of our apple projects but, even though these things seem to do wonders on videos, I never had much joy with it and seemed to get better yields of juice with the machine. That and those particular apples would yield a nice pink juice rather than brown through the machine.

Either way, our old ďjuicing treeĒ no longer gives the yields it used to, neither mum nor I want to get involved in longer projects and we didnít replace the small chest freezer bought for juice and cordials after it packed in.

I've said it a few times at home but we really must get round to finding a home for the press and crusher. Although they were quite expensive, personally Iím not bothered about money for them although Iíd like someone to collect. They wonít be used here again and it seems a shame that they just lie idle in a shed in the field.

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The grass really needs cutting here but Iíve not felt up to it. I think I might get the ďgarden helperĒ mum has once a week to have a go. Then Iíll drain/use up the fuel in the petrol machines (mower, strimmer and a leaf blower) and call it quits for the year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 10:20 AM

Beautiful cool morning, and I have my eye on a seedling redbud tree that I need to transplant to a pot for right now and prepare the area in the front to plant it (I have to mow down some stuff that used to grow around the tree we took out). I'll let the redbud grow a little larger before planting in front so it's big enough to see when I'm working out there.

I missed trash last week but I have a buildup, partly the stuffing that was in a cushion on the patio that has been torn up by the puppy. It is a very old cushion so probably wouldn't have been around much longer anyway, but this makes the decision to discard it immediate. Contract and freelance work has kicked my butt this week, but hopefully will slack off next week and I can get back to the fence I want to replace and start serious fall gardening. I need to thin and transplant a bunch of iris.

I hope everyone who has been ill or injured is healing quickly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 02:43 PM

That clear margin is what you want! Congratulations! And the fun at the concert is a bonus. :)

Written Friday night, before the 'cat crashed for a while:

Reaching Friday evening seemed to have been an uphill battle this week. Contract work is kicking my butt, but one project is getting close to the conclusion; it means work this weekend, but hopefully it can be handed off early next week. My eBay stuff is still calling out for attention, and my digitizing work is so close I can almost taste it. I returned a dead VHS player and picked up a couple of others to test. There was a nice looking one but it had a label indicating it had been the property of a pre-school; I figure that thing was worked to death (!).

I did a little shopping today, picking up some good Basmati rice after an interesting conversation with the guy who was stocking shelves in the Middle Eastern store I frequent. I asked which was his favorite. And across the street to the Asian market to get some good soy sauce (I bought some in a regular grocery store and it's so . . . light and tame.) I also had an interesting conversation with a guy looking for a fish sauce he really likes and we stood in the aisle talking food for about 20 minutes.

And now I'm home and all of the dogs are trying to make the case that the little one should sleep in a regular dog bed, not in the kennel. If I do that, I'll cover the dog door so she doesn't head out in the middle of the night, though I think she isn't fond of the wet grass at night (I've been taking her out at about 3am so she makes it through the night bladder-wise, so I'd still get up for that). Last night I let her out of the kennel and she headed over and curled up on the bed that Pepper had been sleeping on. So sweet! Pepper was jealous at first, but now she's learning what small children learn when a new baby comes home - there is room in your heart for all of them, it just expands with more love. They are a true "pack" now.

Cat sitting this weekend and I was able to reassure this friend that her calico was probably just pouting earlier in the day (hiding instead of letting herself be found after she saw the suitcase being packed). She was there and waiting for dinner with the others when I arrived (and I sent a photo for evidence.)

I dug out the address for Susan, if anyone wants to send a card, PM me for that information. I also dug out the address for Gnu, who is recuperating after a fall.

There will be decluttering this weekend. I'm just not sure what it will be yet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Oct 19 - 11:46 AM

Hi All,

    Pete is home and doing well! He had surgery on 10/15 and was able to come home the same day. He reports little pain but rather more stiffness. If any of you were to actually know Pete, you'd know that when the doctor told him to take it easy for 2 weeks, he laughed. With that being said, I had ordered tickets for the 3 of us to attend a concert to see Buddy Guy at a venue about 60 miles away prior to knowing that Pete even had cancer. The concert was on 10/16. Second row, center tickets....Pete said there was no way he was going to miss it so off we went to dinner and the concert the day after his surgery! He was so happy to be there and I was sure he was going to be in immense pain the following day, but no...he's good! Yesterday we went to see the oncologist and found out that the thyroid cancer was metastatic into some lymph nodes however the pathology/histology shows that there were clear margins which means it did not spread beyond that point. Currently we do not know the plan moving forward. Pete needs another ultrasound to see if he will need radiation.

I am thankful, so thankful for the good news!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 09:35 PM

Even for a 30 year old the ambition and stamina of SRS is remarkable.
Do you sell energy by any chance.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM

It is possible to pile it higher and deeper just here for the cost of books now that the age of seniority has been reached. As long as a class makes and isn't over-full, I could take courses. But could I make myself buckle down to do it? Or stand the commute to the university with the course I prefer?

Puppy world is still turbulent, but the older dogs have successfully made the transition from a two-dog household plus guest to a three-dog household. Meaning they are much more likely to lobby for the early release from the kennel when I stash her for a while so I can work without wondering if the silence bodes destruction. They really are cute - they gush into the office with happy expressions indicating that they want to play with the puppy, please? It's difficult to resist that request.

I was congratulating myself on finding a solid used VHS player at Goodwill to use with the digitization of tapes, only to find that it eats tapes (tested with old one that doesn't matter). It'll go back to Goodwill tomorrow and I'll try again. They used to have one for sale new at Fry's, but now even that electronics store doesn't carry them. I think there is an eBay opportunity ahead - buy them, test them, and sell them if they still work. Return or recycle them if they don't.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 09:21 AM

Himself is agonizing less about legal theory, now that he has written two assignments and feels more competent. For a week at the beginning of the term he wept and moaned over this obligatory course while I reminded him, heartlessly, that this intellectual Sturm und Drang is his own fault, since he apparently feels compelled to pile it higher and deeper. "But I have practised law for THIRTY WHOLE YEARS without the slightest idea of legal positivism!" he howled. Tough, said I, and pointed out that I endured both philosophy of history and historiography -- at the relatively early age of 25! -- and lived to tell the tale.

It's raining in Stratford, and so overcast that every light in the house is blazing or we can barely see each other. Consequently, nothing of consequence will get done outside, and not much inside. We did a light purge of the library over the weekend in aid of the annual town book sale and to ease up the pressure on our crammed shelves, and yesterday I packed up the rejects and delivered them to the old factory where the sale will be held next week. Now all I have to do is keep Himself away from the sale and we're golden! For a few months, anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 11:57 PM

I finished final corrections on documents before they are dropped into my InDesign templates. Tomorrow. The proof is in the putting (play on words) - place the text on the template and see if it goes where it's supposed to and looks the way you want.

Nice weather for walking now, and I took the dogs out before dinner.

I changed the filter in the SUV but can't get the cover back in place. I'll take a pillow out to kneel on and give it another try tomorrow.

The gym near me that I was thinking about joining until it suddenly closed seems to have, months later, reopened again? Maybe they were remodeling or something. I'll call and see if they're running again and see about actually joining this time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 10:33 PM

Dupont:

Back to town for a week. Left Beaver in winter mode as we had heavy frosts while I was there. I still have wood to get in but it rained all day Saturday; I managed to do half of what was left and hope it does not snow before next week. Did some weeding in the raised beds and pulled comfrey leaves that were not good for drying but good to lay as mulch around the blueberry bushes. Did minimal work in studio but ensured it will not freeze.

Left early Tuesday, stopped for muffins and scones at fav bakery, en route, and also brownies and pumpkin brownies! The later are terrific; hope to be able to get more before they are out of season. Arrived back in time for English workshop. Two students, and we worked hard on basics: This is an apple; these are apples; I am, you are, we are; what, when, where, etc. Then one wanted to know the difference between love and like! We worked on that for a while but not sure... Try again next week.

As they gained some confidence, they knew more than first appeared. Today I was looking for youtubes they can watch with closed captions, to listen and learn sounds, pause and read words. This is a fun challenge. I was watching youtubes about Russian authors, thinking of Tatiana but found them very interesting as I was entranced by those guys as a young student. I even took Russian at U for one year; ended up with the highest regard for anyone who learned it, including those who were born there! So much for reading Tolstoy in Russian!

All was well at home. R has kept things in fair order and eaten much of the food I left; added a few small tables which may find good spots. Today: groceries from store and from farm and a trip to library, as well as cooking a simple meal and a batch of broccoli for self to make up for no veggies yesterdays; traveling, I lived on delicious pumpkin brownies and muffins!

R needs to batten down a couple spots where heat is lost when he has time. Work continues on the Project but with less stress now that the presentations are done. Now, is a waiting game and strategy planning. We are warm enough. Enjoying this home.

The ratty looking, potted mini rose bushes that I had bought for last year's Christmas, have finally come up with two buds, one opening to a lovely fragrant white blossom and the other red! The hibiscus needs to be cleaned of black aphids! but is producing a couple blooms a day. The Beast - R counted 23 blooms the other day! I cleaned up its debris today, a lot of compost! I admit to having bought another mini rose just because I love the unique colour - not sure what to call it but it resembles the maple leaves outside the BR window.

Waiting to hear about Pete.

We both got a great chuckle over the German philosophers! Ah, yes!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 11:01 AM

Cookie has been raiding the cornstarch packing peanuts in the garage so for now she's blocked from entering. I have to rearrange that setup because if the dog can find it mice will eventually. The dogs have been fed and it's a lovely fall morning so they're out racing around playing and deciding dominance with rough and tumble games. This puppy has energized my oldest dog; he still played and fetched before she arrived, but he's out there playing a lot more now.

A friend is doing a garage sale next month so I need to pull together a few things and take them over and join her in the sitting in the driveway talking to friends part of the sale. You always meet your neighbors during these sales, and maybe I can off-load a few bulky things.

A large loose Great Pyrenees type dog just ran up the street. I am always sad to see strays - the question is did it get out or was it dumped?

Are you all set for cold weather at your various properties, Dorothy? I will as the same of Susan, and one of these days she'll drop in and let us know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Oct 19 - 11:38 AM

Keeping an eye on this space and FB for news.

Charmion, it sounds like you got a good price for that new A/C system.

I spent time this morning ferreting out the mailing address information for a friend from Canada who is in the hospital and have dug out a greeting card to send. I'm trying to send more postcards and letters these days anyway, in a retro return to civility. Who doesn't like getting an actual letter in the mail? ;-)

Editing today, with a side of laundry. It's warm and very muggy, the forecast says this is leading up to a stormy afternoon or evening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Oct 19 - 09:48 AM

Thanksgiving is over and winter is definitely on its way, although the weather forecast is calling for a warm, wet week. But the wind is biting cold half the time and the sun doesn't scramble above the neighbours' roof until after seven -- and there we are, on the down-slope of the year.

We Canadians don't make the fuss over Thanksgiving that we see among our neighbours to the south. Here, it's about the end of the growing season and the harvest in full swing, and a ham or turkey-centred meal more or less on par with an old-fashioned Sunday dinner is about it for the festivity. The statutory holiday is nice, of course, as it gives folks time to travel and visit, but it's not the four-day extravaganza we see on U.S. television and there's definitely no shopping. We're still recovering from "Back To School!" frenzy.

Himself and I stayed home. He worked on his legal theory course, reading about German philosophers of the 19th century (I could hear his brain bleeding from the kitchen), and I roasted a chicken and made a batch of bread. Ho hum.

The new air-conditioner and humidifier are in place, and the furnace and the water-heater are clean and squared away for the winter. Four thousand dollars well spent ... I guess. I'm certainly glad to be rid of the poisonous antique that previously squatted beside the basement window, and I look forward to a winter without lizard hands, sandpaper shins, and constantly inflamed sinuses. But, in general, such projects are what I call no-fun spending: large sums whacked out to maintain a comfortable status quo. Such is the life of a middle-class householder, constantly striving against the forces of entropy.

Reading Michelle's posts, I am reminded (as if I need to be reminded!) to be grateful that both Himself and I are fit, strong, in robust health, and still happy in each other's company after all these years. I remember sleepless nights with my mind in a squirrel cage of terrifying possibilities, and count freedom from fear among the greatest blessings of my very fortunate life.

The sun is shining and the sky is that ineffable blue Ontario offers just to show that it can. Time to put on my walking shoes and head out to the post office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 14 Oct 19 - 04:20 PM

remember we have brilliant surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, etc. Hoping everything goes well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 11:20 PM

The dark hours are more difficult to get through when something is bothering you, when people are dealing with stress, etc. That's the time when playing the old comedy programs on television, or playing old familiar happy movies in the background can be helpful. Danceable music on the radio. It is important to Pete that you be your strong self, so use the tools available to help all three of you get through this. We are all pulling for you and the family - as are all of your friends and family there.

❤ ❤ ❤


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 10:18 PM

Mom and I had a good day out...spent too much money but surprisingly not at the quilt shop. I had set a budget for the quilt shop and stayed under it with ease. However, then we found a Kmart that is going out of business. I didn't buy anything exciting but did get some great deals....2 packs of undies in Jeremiah's current size, 2 more packs in the next size up (40% off), two packs of socks for me (40% off) and 6 matching cocoa colored bath towels (35% off) for our recliners....animals are welcome on the furniture so I like to keep it covered...all that for $75.00. I wasn't planning on spending that but it's all stuff we will use daily.

Today was church and then Jeremiah's last soccer game of the season. I'm on the 4th load of laundry, the mail has been sorted, bills paid and I have butterflies in my stomach as Pete's surgery is coming up. I am okay most of the time but now it's dark out and my guys and 4 legged babies are all sleeping....it's too quiet even with the TV on. I have lavender going in the diffusers because it's supposed to help ease anxiety....maybe it does....just not so much for me. I wish I could be more like Pete...he's so laid back and not worried at all....at least not that he's talking about.

Ugh. Just ugh.

Doing my best.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 08:00 PM

One busy week down, another begins of two that have more going on than usual. Life continues to have moments of excitement in a house with a puppy. Friends came over for lunch today so I put all dogs in the yard and Cookie found a box to chew on the the garage that is full of those cornstarch packing peanuts. I looked out to see where she was and she popped out of the dog door in the garage with a chunk of cardboard and a peanut in her mouth. I rearranged the dog houses in there to block her from reaching the boxes any more. [sigh] The friends enjoyed meeting her, and saw the chaos that ensues when Zeke and Pepper are fetching and Cookie is let loose in the yard. Everything gets nuts.

The house got an adequate cleaning before today's event, but I still need to take apart my vacuum and clean out all of the filters, or take it over to the local repair place and let him do it. It works, just not as powerfully as it used to.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Oct 19 - 12:32 PM

Your mother is a wise woman!

I've located the shoved-way-up-under-the-glove-box compartment for the SUV air filter, I'll pick it up this afternoon when an errand takes me past the store that carries the right size. I'm not a fan of Febreze in general, but I think that was in play with the current filter when I bought this and it does keep the pooch and lumber smell at bay for all of the hauling around of stuff that I do.

It did cool down yesterday, and it's time to make soup. Turkey to start with because I have some frozen pieces I want to use to start clearing out the freezer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 07:52 PM

Pete's surgery is on Tuesday.

Today was my last day at work until he is able to be home on his own. I tried to wrap everything up, got 90% of this month's work completed and my supervisor told me if I'm not back for this month, she'll wrap it up. I think that's pretty awesome.

I'm feeling anxious about the surgery and Pete being out of commission as he really has been healthy for the last 27 years....it scares me.

So...as a distraction, my mom has scheduled a Mother Daughter Day for tomorrow and we are meeting up with a friend to hit some quilt shops. I'm feeling clingy and not wanting to go anywhere but I know it IS a good thing for me to do.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 12:59 PM

That does sound like a nice surprise, Michelle! Is his surgery coming up soon?

Heavy rain overnight and in the space of 12 hours we flipped from summer to winter. Two days of autumn, tops. Ugg. The fleece jacket isn't warm enough today while the t-shirt was all that was needed yesterday.

Time to declutter the dust in the SUV and change out the cabin air filter. And while I'm working in the garage I'll paint on the wood preservative on the fence pickets so I can clear them out of that space.

I hope Susan is able to read along on her phone if she has it with her at rehab. We're thinking of you!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 04:13 PM

Today is the first day I've been home before dark....it feels wonderful!!!!

I have laundry going and am going to do a little bit of rearranging of furniture that Pete would like to see happen....he would do it but I think it will be a nice surprise for him to come home to. :)

I'm down 2 more pounds this week. I'm not sure how as I am not tracking or exercising much but rather just trying to take it easy. My stress levels are high at the moment and I'm all about comfort food when I'm feeling that way.....just doing my best to make smart choices throughout the day.

Anyway....the dishes are almost done, the laundry is going and Jeremiah is taking care of the sweeping. He's a great helper!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 10:58 AM

I hope that work on the air conditioner goes more quickly than the patio work. I see by my calendar that next Monday is the Canadian Thanksgiving. Will the system be working and the mess be out of the way in time (and are you cooking or having people over?)

We have a last couple of hot and kind of strange days (after the cool mornings earlier this week, these muggy warm mornings at 6am feel surreal). Then it turns cold and rainy - BAM! - from summer to winter with no autumn to speak of.

Cookie is gradually decluttering the house of the older dog beds as she rips off zippers and pulls out stuffing. They've served well but it's time to go because I'm not going to mend them. There are still others around.

Last of the gel shots in the knee, and I'm hoping it will settle into a comfortable few months (they say it takes 2-3 weeks after the final shot to get the full effect.) Ragweed is in full-pollen-mode and it will take until the first hard freeze to wipe it out for the year.

We're pacing the amount of time Cookie spends in her kennel, but I can't leave her out unsupervised. This means I get up every hour or so and go for a walk with her in the yard, and she's out when I'm not in my office.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Oct 19 - 05:29 PM

Dupont:

I have 3 rain barrels at Beaver, each with its own configuration of down spouts. Must remember to let them drain this weekend!

That Cookie is a force to be reckoned with! May she soon get with the program!

Turning off the exhaust fan was an error. On Tuesday aft, I realized I was smelling chlorine and went outdoors a couple times, thinking that would help. Poor R came home early- about 7 - and said something to me which should have been innocuous. I went ballistic and went to bed- with window open and door shut. I could not even read, just pulled the covers up and mewed pitifully. An hour or so later, I ventured out and asked that he put the fan back on. I knew I was hypersensitive to chlorine but - WOW!

His Monday had gone well with the presentation. He is hoping for continued progress and, even, someday, a successful culmination. A lower stress level is a wonderful thing. Perhaps one of the best de-clutters available!

Meanwhile, I putter along, remembering to tend to plants that need to come indoors. Three lovely red blooms on the tender hibiscus in our BR window this morning! The Beast, in the hall, continues to bloom amazingly.

Had two students yesterday with virtually NO knowledge of English! Winnie the Pooh helped me through! "Cup" "teapot" "table" BASIC! Searching on line today elicited nothing helpful. Tomorrow, the library to check out I Spy books and whatever else might be available at that level.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 03:58 PM

Sheets and some laundry are hanging on the clothesline in the back yard; I'll take the puppy out of her kennel when I go out to retrieve it, and I'll have a squirt bottle of water with me if I need to start the job of persuading her to leave the laundry alone. #BabySteps

I've finished several loads of laundry in the last couple of days as I prepare to put some things away and get other things out because autumn will eventually get here. I have a lot of yard work to catch up on also. And editing and other contract work. I have managed to completely fill my days as a retiree - with the pleasure of not having (usually) to get up on Monday morning to go to the office. :)

The kitchen is cleaned up, dishwasher emptied. I'm considering how I want to leave a reminder for myself that the dishes are clean or not - there is absolutely nothing magnetic on the front of the dishwasher for a magnet with the clean/dirty message will stick to. One Pinterest post had a canning lid glued onto the spot where the magnet was to go, and that's a possibility. Or simply think of something with the messages that sits on the counter above, because dogs might notice something attached to the dishwasher and munch it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 11:48 AM

Charmion, I've seen some innovative downspouts that travel laterally to deliver rainwater to barrels when they can't be placed directly underneath the best spot on the roof line.

We did a critical dog-training test this morning; the next door neighbors came to the fence with dog treats and Cookie was so excited she tried to charge up to the fence a couple of times but got zapped and backed off. She's not happy with this, but she now understands about that zap along the fence, and the neighbors will toss her treat to her. She's enjoyed ear scratches at the fence for a couple of weeks, but now we'll have to stop by on our walks out of the yard for that attention.


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

Rodney the HVAC Guy is wreaking havoc in the garden. Nothing strikes trepidation into my heart like the sound of a Sawzall at work on my property.

The concept of operations and operational plan died on contact with reality, as so often happens. We had planned to move the air-conditioner to a vacant spot along the foundation, beside the other basement window on the west side of the house. Not happening. When Rodney and his henchman opened the bulkhead running along the basement ceiling, they found, instead of the skirting board they expected, the concrete beam and steel joists that support the fireplace. So now the air-conditioner has to stay in its original spot, at the corner of the house where gas line, the internet cable and a drainpipe from the eavestrough are also located.

So now I must rethink the installation of a rain-barrel that Himself has been harping on for two years by my watch. I'm thinking flexible tubing ...

Crap.

At least it's not raining, and Rodney will also clean the furnace and install a humidifier.

And did I mention it's not raining?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 11:55 PM

Today I learned of the death of an old friend from during my time in New York City. We both worked at two places together, and it seems that the extra time he spent working on one big project (in a park I won't name now) resulted in excessive exposure to asbestos. He apparently died of a related cancer. We were all offered checkups at a specialized hospital but I don't know who took them up on it (we were young and foolish and immortal in the 1970s.)

I've had some contract work keeping me busy today; the only accomplishment around the house was washing some dog bedding and running the dishwasher. AND - I've always used cleansers that didn't scratch up things, and then cleanser got hard to find for a while so I broke down and bought Ajax (and it says it doesn't scratch now.) I was astonished that Ajax easily removed what I thought was a permanent discolored area in the sink.

Dorothy, another dog anecdote: Cookie has been unmoved by the puppy-strength settings on the Invisible Fence collar, though she seemed to understand the beep it made meant something. So I went back to the dealer and she increased the collar to pitbull strength, since the pit part of the pup seems to be at play here. And when I took her out into the yard this time she not only heard the beep she felt the little shock (it's like strong static electricity) and jumped away from the boundary. This happened several times in different parts of the yard, and now she's staying a bit back from those areas. As time passes she'll figure out how close she can get; most dogs experience some "shrinkage" in the yard until they fine tune their understanding of the collar. Pepper does fine and I'm sure Cookie will figure out that where the other dogs go, she can go.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM

Dupont:

Not good news about Susan; may she have some recovery soon! And glad to hear Pete is scheduled! Sooner is better.

Mags dogs are a lark. I am still happy with our stuffy on the hearth! Or especially so when I read her posts!

Friday was a big day! R's long dreaded presentation was accomplished with great assist from Eph. It was very well received and people wanted more info - history of the "old port" area of Montreal which is now slated for redevelopment. A step forward for the Project.

On Friday, I had gone to the mill and in my trekking picked up a choc pie (YUM!) and, as I was passing Bo Thai, picked up a take out of his fav General Tao. Txted him that I had a special meal for him so he excused himself from the "gang" and was home by 6 for his special celebratory meal; he was high on success! And relief! And in bed by 7:30 for 13 hour sleep.

Sat am, we started out with the needful things in house but he had to go to city to show that house. An afternoon nap ensued. Then a major blowup resulting from the stress of the last couple months. We realized that I had been under as much stress as he and sorted ourselves out: that was a major de-clutter.

Sunday, windows were closed, the ceiling of basement cleaned of black mold, clutter removed from hallway, agreed to move guest room upstairs and his gonna be office downstairs (this had been weighing on him), sorted furniture in TV/sewing room so it is now usable. More, of course, to be done but it de-cluttered our beings to make decisions and changes and be "normal" again. A load of laundry concluded the work day as he had worked in his good pants and needed them for today!

Today, he turned off the fans in basement that were pulling -heated!- air out of house! I had closed off the heated part as much as possible but we need a door between main house and the addition (he measured for this and hopes he has one). In the meantime, a foam mattress is serving! Then we can heat the bathroom only. It is a BIG house and expensive to heat so we need to look at better ways.

Off he went today, after a good BF, in clean clothes to attend the presentation by the architect of the Project. R will be able to help field questions knowing his concepts have been well received!

Life feels so much better today. I had actually reached a low point where it did not matter if food was rotting in the frig. So, here we are, a rainy day and cool but R planted the remaining plants and we re-potted the Brugmansia and put it in place in the upstairs hall, access to a double, south facing window, branches stretching from wall to wall! I will have much stretching and bending exercise picking up the leaves and blooms as they fall. And watering and feeding "The Beast". On a sunny day, I shall photo it and post on FB. We are thrilled with it and happy to have a space for this unique "house" plant.

Tomorrow the weekly English classes resume. We are, or I am, going to Beaver for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! The fall colours are going to peak.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 12:17 PM

Finally a cool morning! It was around 60o and perfect for a walk with a long-sleeved work shirt over the usual t-shirt and jeans for the walk. I was just going to mention just the blue work shirt, but knowing Mudcatters, feared someone would ask if I was wearing anything under it. :-/

My daughter has a friend with dogs who will take those toys confiscated from my hoarding blue heeler, but one still in the wrapper returns to the store. I have to stop by a business that will adjust the dog collar stronger, to the pitbull part of the dog. My heartworm meds site in the UK is finally up again (I was going to have to shop locally to buy 3 ampules of Zeke's medicine for the same price as 12 of them from the UK, but the UK site was finally restored after many weeks of no payment option.)

Time to clear a back yard pile of brush that seems to be inhabited by mice that can magically teleport out of any live trap I place back there.

Fall isn't completely here, it's supposed to get hot again for most of the week, but we've had a taste of it and can soon move forward doing outside work in comfortable weather.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 09:27 PM

Milk delivery disappeared from Ontario by 1967. The threat to milk on the doorstep was raccoons or crows. Or neighbours.

I dread the day when I can't shop for myself any more. Food delivery is a niche service in Canada; you can get it in big cities like Toronto and Ottawa, but in rural areas or small towns like Stratford -- forget it! And even if the supermarket offers delivery, you have to haul your bones out to the mall to do the shopping yourself, and pay the delivery charge.

I'm not at all sure I would ever trust anyone else to choose my apples anyway. Certainly not at the price they go for these days.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 01:46 PM

Blue Tits were always a problem there SRS as they would peck through the tops ;-) More seriously, Iím under the (perhaps wrong but) impression that the milk rounds are gaining a little in parts of the UK but I donít know of one round here.

Sure, it should be easy enough to pick a time slot for groceries. We pick a cheapest mid afternoon slot but there are still, IMO quite reasonable Ė at least if you consider the alternative as taking car to supermarket and trudging round Ė evening slots too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 01:21 PM

Years ago people had milk boxes on their porches that the milk delivery people placed the fresh bottles and containers (butter, cream, cottage cheese, etc.) into. And people expected to check early and bring things in so they weren't out too long. What goes around comes around. Amazon is cutting corners by not using refrigerator trucks to deliver the food. And if time of day is a problem, people should schedule morning or evening, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 12:29 PM

Not looked in here in a few days....

Firstly, kind thoughts to both those who are unwell and to those carrying related worries.

On the home food delivery topic. We have our weekly grocery shop that way but Tesco deliver in open plastic crates (from vans with onboard refrigeration). These are unpacked (usually a combined effort of driver and one of us here) at the time of delivery and the crates go back on the van. I think there was a time when you could have the contents of the crates in one use carrier bags with a small charge/refund on return system but I think that option stopped and most things are just packed loose now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 12:00 AM

I put a new rubber roof on the car port. Doing it solo with 2 ladders and ropes took some thought without any trauma whatsoever. Now the roof and 2 sides are sealed for winter. Then I put a big happy face crop circle in the yard with a lawn mower and ate fried chicken.
Some days go better than others.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 10:13 PM

I'm sorry to hear about Susan and am sending good thoughts for a complete recovery!!!

Life here seems to be moving at warp speed. We now have a surgery date for Pete and so the countdown begins. We met with the surgeon and both of us are feeling very comfortable with him. Now that I know more about what is going on and the Bethesda staging, my anxiety has just about all dissipated. I'm running at full speed at work so that I will be able to have a week or two off to stay with Pete as he recovers and not lose any billing. They are being very supportive which is helpful.

Today we all went for a ride around the area, stopped for lunch at a quirky fun spot, then stopped at a new antique/crafty store and then onward to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon at Colton Point. It was a chilly but gorgeous fall day. The leaves are beginning to change in some areas but not by much.

As far as decluttering goes....I am running laundry tonight...does that count? I made the bed this morning and wiped down the countertop. It's not much but honestly...these 10 hour work days are leaving me with my butt dragging a bit. Tomorrow is church and then the second to the last soccer game. Is it bad if I am praying for rain? ;) Not really....maybe.....

I am planning a mother daughter day soon and will also meet up with a long time friend that we haven't seen in probably year...so I'm looking forward to that. A beloved quilt shop is having a big sale and I am looking at quilt patterns so I have a reason to pick up a good deal...LOL. I am hoping to have some time to sew while I am home with Pete.

Hope the rest of you are doing well.

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 09:11 AM

I found a Facebook note from September 25, posted by Susan's husband Greg, that she has been ill and will be away from Facebook (and the computer, apparently) for a while.

It sounds like she is in a hospital right now and will go to rehab on Oct. 11. From the brief update her friend posted, it sounds like a stroke.

Best wishes, Susan, and hoping you're up and around soon, and online when you're ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 07:02 PM

It's me again, after an efficient afternoon. I got the second of three gel shots in my knee, and on my way home, I took a route through town that had me near a grocery store that sometimes has deeply discounted large bags of ripe bananas. So the bananas lured me in, but then I realized they had a pharmacy and I was able to get my annual flu shot. Right knee, left arm.

This morning I looked around the house at all of the things I have to keep away from the new puppy, much of it that is just here, isn't needed. I suppose I should make my next declutter goal to clear stuff out before I have to throw it out after a puppy mangles it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 10:24 AM

The dog toys were all taken up because it wasn't enough to have toys for everyone, Pepper wanted to hoard all of them and became a monster in the process. When they're out of sight she's her old lovable self and she and the puppy had a terrific rough-and-tumble run around the back yard; the point at which I opened the sliding door Cookie was on top appearing to chew Pepper's head off (with her compliance, of course.) Whew!

Another high of 96o predicted today, but rain is in the forecase tomorrow iwth a high at 89o, then back up for a couple of days before it FINALLY seems to settle into fall-like temperatures. This is one heckuva hard-fought seasonal shift.

This week I started reading a new environmental email newsletter called HEATED (https://heated.world/about?utm_source=menu-dropdown). The topic they discussed this week is those insulated delivery packages Amazon has developed that are totally unrecyclable, though their various components do recycle (when not combined.) It is something I consider - I don't have groceries delivered so I haven't received those, but I've seen people still try to drop them in the village recycle bins. I reuse much of the packaging that comes to the house (as padding in boxes I send out.) It makes for a stack of this stuff I have to thin out every so often. The days of wood shavings (excelsior) and padded paper envelopes seem to be gone. I wonder if you can even buy them any more?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 05:24 PM

I'm going to share this here also, it sounds so good: From Martha Stewart's magazine last year (it appeared on Facebook today).
https://www.marthastewart.com/1524910/turmeric-ginger-chicken-soup

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

1 thinly sliced garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cups Basic Chicken Stock or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth
3 ounces angel-hair pasta, broken in half
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Microgreens and thinly sliced scallions, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, saute garlic, turmeric, and ginger in oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add stock; bring to a simmer. Add pasta; cook 1 minute less than per package instructions. Add chicken; heat through, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with microgreens and scallions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 05:35 PM

Poor Pepper has been so envious of that squeaky Kong Wubba toy of Cookie's that she walks around the kennel trying to figure out how to get it for herself. I figure if the puppy has to spend time in the kennel she should have a toy, which is why I've put it in with her. So today I took Pepper with me to the same feed store and we bought out their supply of extra-large squeaker Kong toys. One is camouflage, another is purple like the first, and one is red. I gave Pepper hers in the car and when she got into the house she grabbed it and squeaked and ran. And I gave one to Zeke, and they they proceeded to run around taking them from each other. I have a spare, but I'm hoping having several around will help. Pepper and Cookie get along well now, so we needed to take the pressure off toy-wise.

I've been exchanging mouse catching stories with a friend who lives in New York City and had a huge problem with them a couple of years ago. His record string of catches is 25 mice. I told him about my three and he wrote this today:

    Speaking of rodents: I decided to clean the cutlery drawer under my butcher block. I took out all the stuff and washed the plastic holder and then reached in to take out anything left behind. Suddenly I was holding mouse corpse in my hand. Well, you would think I had grasped all of the Bubonic Plague. I threw it into the trash and ran to the bathroom and scrubbed my hand as if I were Lady Macbeth. It was So Gross!


I was laughing so hard from this image that the dogs all came running in to see what the noise was about and Cookie jumped up into my lap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 10:52 AM

Two toads and three mice so far; toads released, mice not so fortunate. I should probably put one of these traps in the attic.

A new month in some ways feels like a small new beginning. An infusion of cash to take care of business and hopefully have money left at the end of the month. There are job openings for part-time work, and I'm thinking about it for the holiday season.

The village has been doing some paving work (painting a sealant over the existing asphaltic concrete) so I haven't been able to drive up to the recycle bins. I need to make that trip soon.

This week I'll start the dog training to the Invisible Fence, now that she's getting a sense of this household. She sits until I tell her to eat (though if I don't put her on a leash she'll try to dive into one of the other bowls, so we're not perfect yet) and she's walking calmly. She's wearing the Gentle Leader head collar. I figure one thing at a time gives her little brain time to adjust.

I'm starting my holiday shopping, making practical but interesting choices, and spreading the expense out over the next three months. And I need to push more eBay items out there for people online shopping for the same reason.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 03:22 PM

Dupont:

YEP! Definitely FALL in Southern Ontario. I asked R two weeks ago to close the windows (storms and all) and do something about that fan in the basement- pulling any warm air out of house! (nope!) As I sat here this morning getting colder and colder, something had to be done before the brain froze! I fetched a foam mattress from upstairs - where it should not have been anyway!- put it over the doorway to the addition and turned on some heat in the main house. Went to get groceries, to get warm, and now the house is tolerable. The rads are warm! Sun gain is helping and the distiller in the K. It will be expensive but I cannot expect him to do anything serious until after the presentation.

Yesterday, R kind of took day off; he planted the tiny oak (8 inches!) - moving it from front where it would have no room, to the back which will be just fine. He also did emergency repair on toilet. I planted the juniper. Still have 3 plants to go. Digging holes in clay is no fun!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 11:29 AM

Lucky you, Charmion! And Alice (if she's still reading along) has snow her first week of autumn (in Montana). Here, it's dry and humid at the same time - no rain forecast until maybe 10 days from now.

Two mice went into the drink yesterday, the entire trap fits into a tall water-filled bucket I picked up along the curb years ago and have used around the garden. I think it originally held pool chemicals. This way I can release toads selectively and slowly get rid of rodents. I toss the carcasses across the back fence toward the creek where something will pick them up for a meal.

Editing again today, it's a messy process on a paper they want to publish but it was poorly constructed and sending it back to the graduate student author wouldn't help. It has a second writing credit, but that's mostly just to give the first author a chance to get published - the politics of academic publishing and sponsorship stuff.

My ear needed decluttering this morning; after a couple of sessions of the Debrox ear drops it's better, but not perfect. I don't wash my hair daily any more, so shampoo and soap don't get into the ear to clear it out. But if this is the worst of my health complaints for now I'm okay with it. The knee has improved with the first gel shot, the bone spurs aren't as pronounced this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 09:29 AM

Today, we woke to a chilly house and no appreciable warming in the forecast. I turned on the furnace.

Summer is over in Perth County, Ontario.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Sep 19 - 10:39 AM

I just finished a 10-day stint of pet and house sitting; the off-the-books income is nice, but it does mean I have to reschedule some of my activities around the preferred times for pet feeding. Sunday morning feeding is early enough that the stores I need to visit aren't open yet when I'm making the run (they are now) - dog food is on sale (buy one get one half-price) and a couple of other stops.

I'm still waiting for fall weather to turn up. We're in the 90s for another week or so. Ugg. The yard is crispy. I'll be hand watering the okra and pots of vegetables later this morning.

Yesterday I set up the two new Hav-a-heart traps and it was as I expected - one of them was sprung by a toad. I let that little guy out and reset the trap. This way my toads and lizards won't be offed by deadly traps.


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