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

23 Dec 18 - 01:31 PM (#3968045)
Subject: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Getting a jump on the New Year by starting this a little early. The other thread ran for two years, and most people probably know about clicking on the little 100d next to the numbers of posts, but for those reading on tablets or phones, shorter threads are more accessible. So we'll start out with a space easy for lurkers and regulars to read on any device.

The past thread can be read in it's entirety here. There are other threads that can be located by searching the forum for "De-clutter" or "Declutter." There have been a few spin off threads, the most remarkable being the one several years ago in which LilyFestre received a cancer diagnosis and the discussion was moved to a thread that allowed everyone to focus on that topic. (She recovered and is doing great!)

Katlaughing started these, our late Mudcat moderator and writer, crafter, and grandmother of Morgan. We all became Mudcat aunties to Morgan as we learned of his adventures.

Most of the time we just keep tabs on progress here, sometimes it is used as a place to posts lists and goals that can be easily found (versus writing a note to oneself and losing it in the house or office clutter.) Lurkers drop in, and it's my observation that most of them are less chatty and more efficient in the tasks they decide to take on than some of us who putter along pushing the extra stuff slowly out the door. Those lurkers are often heard from only a couple of times, at the beginning and end of the personal episode they are reporting on.

We all have a music connection but this is less about music and more about achieving harmony with the stuff in our houses.

If you're in a hurry to get to the task, there is the practice of döstädning, which translates to “death cleaning.”


23 Dec 18 - 03:59 PM (#3968066)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

For those new to this group, I'm close to finishing a 4-year downsize and move from 5000+ (two stories) sq ft in PA to our 1000 sq ft (one story) SE Ohio retirement home. I've gone back and forth delivering furniture, etc with open cargo trailers, vans, and a rented truck.

I'm close to the end of a month in PA to enjoy our last Christmas here and NOT to pack ANYTHING, for a change, until we throw a few essential items into our van when Greg retires January 1. We'll come back for a quick March trip to empty the house of last furniture pieces and boxes.

~S~


24 Dec 18 - 10:55 AM (#3968154)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

As you say, Stilly, some of us lurk more than others.

The move from Ottawa successfully decluttered us of a great deal of clag, and I am pleased to note that I don't miss it one bit. What's more, I'm pretty sure Himself doesn't miss it, either.

We still have far too many books, but they are here to stay; if I were to launch any kind of library purge, let alone a major sweep, I would get fierce push-back. Instead, I focus on switching to ebooks as much as possible. Pulp novels work just as well on screen as on paper -- maybe better, as ebooks don't collect dust.

I confess to being a dust denier. I also have a great talent for ignoring spider webs. One of these days I'll get me one of those long-handled wool things for taking down spider webs from ceilings, but on the whole I'm not in any hurry.

And now that we have a kitchen range with a self-cleaning oven, life is seriously good. I recommend the self-cleaning oven to anyone out there who is still messing with caustic soda, or putting off cleaning the stove because caustic soda is scary stuff. Yes, a new stove with a self-cleaning oven is expensive, but so worth it. Stay out of Starbucks for the foreseeable future and put your latte money in a Mason jar; in a year, you can get yourself a new stove with a self-cleaning oven. Just do it.


24 Dec 18 - 11:00 AM (#3968158)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, agreed about the oven. Mine is the lowest end stove that includes a self-cleaning feature, and I used it last week.

It's time for a xmas eve run past the recycle bin before people fill it up with the annual glut of corrugated cardboard from gift giving. And to pick up a few remaining ingredients for dinner tonight.

I've cleaned up the kitchen and finally this morning took the glass full of xmas cactus pieces and planted them in a dozen small terracotta pots that are now stored in my sunroom window and hopefully some will sprout and be nice gifts next year. The kitchen window sill is much clearer since several other things went into the donate or the e-waste bin. I have a box of the "still good but I can't use" stuff that my ex and the kids can pick over before it goes to Goodwill.

Cookie distribution to a few close-by neighbors will begin a little later today.

Have a good holiday season, whatever you celebrate. We don't practice a religion so we celebrate family and the opportunity to get together and laugh (and bicker) over the preparation of a meal that is at least partly composed of family recipes from my ex's mother. The kids grew up with my cooking, that's not a mystery, but we want them to know how to make a few of the dishes their father grew up with in Puerto Rico. We take a risk every year because chances are that more than once during the cooking he's going to say "that's NOT how you're supposed to do it" or "you forgot the X ingredient." We are saving our gift giving until later in the week when the fourth of our family group will arrive.


24 Dec 18 - 06:16 PM (#3968228)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

We celebrate Christmas in this house. Our Christmas tree has been up for about 2 weeks and as of last night, all the presents are wrapped and Christmas cards are done, waiting to be sent. We spent some time working together to tidy up the house today and then have been just enjoying the day as we please.

Tomorrow we will celebrate in our traditional fashion and then I return to work the following day. It's a difficult time of year for many of my clients so off to work I go. The full moon on top of the holiday will be interesting to be sure. My decorations are still up at work and will need to come down. I have a lovely windowsill in my cubby and will need to decide what to do with it once all the holiday decorations are done. Currently I have a cute little nativity set lining the window, a winter bird and a framed photo of my family that is winter themed with the word JOY on it. I also have a small tree decorated in maroon, browns and antiqued gold ornaments, some beads and teeny tiny white lights. I've really enjoyed that and maybe will keep the tree until New Year's.

As for normal household work, I tidied up in the kitchen and bathroom today. Pete has almost 2 weeks off and will be redoing the bathroom floor while I'm at work. The current flooring is now over 20 years old and past it's prime. On Friday, we picked out a few different flooring samples to bring home and try out....I think we have settled on a mottled gray floor....it's much darker than what we currently have but we are both up for a change. While we were at the store, we also looked into glass tiles for a backsplash in the kitchen. It's much more affordable than I thought it would be and looks fairly simple to install....we shall see.

I'm off to make tacos....Jeremiah's request for this Christmas Eve dinner.

Merry Christmas and Love to all!!

Michelle


25 Dec 18 - 08:28 AM (#3968266)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

The game's afoot.

(What often looks like planning, here, has sometimes actually been the result of going to bed or waking up wits the semi-conscious thoughy: "HOW the EFF am I going to EVER get outta here!" And then my semiconscious auto-pilot creates a scope and sequence to fit.)

So that inner sense woke up this AM screaming, and we're discussing how that's MY process these last 4 years, not Greg's. (HIS process is more like how we always get going on vacation.) So we're laughing about the eggs I thought I'd make this AM that were just thrown out, and smoothly adjusting to mesh!

But it's beginning-- that afooting game -- and it's exciting!!!

~S~


25 Dec 18 - 04:53 PM (#3968304)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Tattie Bogle

I have just signed up to the "What do you promise to do in 2019?" thread and that is, to massively de-clutter this house and double garage we've had for 32 years! Yes, it's that "don't leave it to your kids" thing, with us both being over 70, albeit both having had long surviving parents (all went to late 80s or first half of 90s, despite 3 out of 4 having been smokers!) Haven't been able to put either car in the garage for at least 15, if not 20, years, because of all the assorted bits of wood, stuff from our parents' houses, stuff that might possibly be mendable (NOT, but himself thinks it is!)
And heaven knows what's up in the loft! And "summerhouse" woth various unridden for years bikes, etc. And glasshouse, and shed.....
We are both retired so the job bit doesn't come into it, tho' the life bit does: "don't know how I ever had time to go to work" - then there's music (me), rugby, gardening (him), culture in a city renowned for it, minding the grandchildren (both) .......


25 Dec 18 - 05:47 PM (#3968310)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Something has messed up my main computer and restore isn't working. If I refresh the software I lose my installed apps and some of them I don't have disks for.

Logging on via my laptop just to see that one computer is working. The Microsoft update may have caused the cascade of failure in my security software.


25 Dec 18 - 08:12 PM (#3968317)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Best of luck, Tattie Bogle!

~S~


26 Dec 18 - 01:00 AM (#3968341)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I think the problem is the security software (Kaspersky) not the Windows. It used to be more highly rated; I don't know if it merely got pushed aside with this current administration wrangling over Russia (Kaspersky was taken out of US govt computers) or something else. After several attempts to fix the Windows, and being unwilling to lose all of the software already installed, I will use the security software from my Internet provider (the price is right, and it's Norton - I think I can run thirty devices using that software if I want. I have three.) This afternoon was quiet after the comraderie this morning; friends went out to movies and if the computer hadn't seemed to be a pressing problem, I would have gone. Maybe tomorrow.

I have a handful of things for Goodwill, and yesterday dropped off recycling. The bins were completely empty, in preparation for the recyclables generated today. I sold and shipped two eBay items and have identified a few more things to list soon.


26 Dec 18 - 08:51 AM (#3968368)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Departure fever will, this time, result in gathering up loose trash and goodwill as we check each room.

~S~


26 Dec 18 - 09:40 AM (#3968371)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Three weeks into this bout of bronchitis, having completed the course of antibiotics and faithfully huffed all the doses from all the puffers, I am still coughing. If not quite as violently convulsive as it was at its peak, it’s loud, phlegmy, and definitely not the kind of thing you want to hear in the grocery store. Or, indeed, anywhere else. So Christmas was a bit isolated: just Himself, the cats and me — and the cough.

I was sick enough that no decorating was done, and fancy cooking was limited to a roast duck. Fortunately, there was a Christmas pudding in the freezer from last year, when I made a whole flock of them.

Tomorrow we take the road to Windsor, to see Himself’s sisters and to get our festive ticket punched with the extended kin-group. Alas, the cough is coming with us ...


26 Dec 18 - 12:12 PM (#3968383)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

As far as illness near the holiday goes, I got lucky with the type that visited, a virus that was unpleasant for a couple of days and led to careful food choices for a couple more, but didn't cancel the holiday or cooking. This bug seems to be making the rounds, but since it isn't transmitted by a cough or sneeze as far as I know, it's really sneaky.

My decorating is modest by modern standards, I think, and I've put most of it off, but the whole family will be here over the weekend so I'll put some garland on the mantle and a couple of other favorite ornaments around. Our delayed holiday could, in theory, give us the opportunity to do deeply discounted gift shopping but no one is such a glutton for punishment. Stores are not to be approached this time of year.

There is a lot to do around the house for the next few days so decluttering isn't a huge focus, but since things are being pulled out that are seasonal, I can choose to thin collections of things on the fly.

The dogs and I went for a two-part walk today; the exercise around a large block, then the excursion into the woods across the road. We haven't gone often because it was bad for ticks this year, and it's warm now, so I still need to check everyone over. Next time we head over I'll take my clippers because there were a lot of greenbriar across the path. Fitness for all of us, and an attitude adjustment for the newest dog who has gotten progressively rowdy lately and needed a reminder of who is the pack leader. When we go for the walk it is the dogs' job, ala Cesar Milan, and I am in charge. And after the walk, breakfast. They had a lovely morning of it!


27 Dec 18 - 12:11 AM (#3968426)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I have quite a stash of beads, fake rhinestones, glitter, seed beads, etc. and tonight I worked on embellishing a felt stocking that was quickly assembled last year at this time, when on spur of the moment I pulled out the felt, handed my childhood felt stocking to my daughter as the model, and along with some gold bric-a-brac and a contrasting color felt, she made two quick stockings for two visiting-durable-partners-who-aren't-yet-spouses. I promised myself they'd be tarted up for this year. Only one of them will be in use this year, and that one has more contrasting felt characters (reindeer and sleigh), and various sequins and beads attached. And a bit more to come. What else are these little packs of sparkly things going to be used for? If I need more in the future I know where to get them.

Tomorrow I start working on a man's plaid flannel shirt. Better to get the smaller stocking task out of the way first. My goal is to have the shirt on a hanger in plain view on our gift-giving day (probably Sunday). Technically it's last year's gift, but the shopping for fabric and pattern and such was so close to xmas last year that the shirt wasn't made. And it was put off, but now I have time and a clear dining room table and I really love the magic of assembling a garment. It goes from being yardage to something someone you love will wear for many years to come. This is probably an 8-10 hour project so I should get some good movie viewing in (background noise/accompaniment) in the next couple of days. I listened and glanced up at the Kennedy Center Honors while I worked on the stocking.


27 Dec 18 - 11:32 AM (#3968469)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I am not a crafty person, and I read the accounts of those who are with a degree of bemusement. It's quite clear to me how crafters are even more vulnerable to the clutter bug than most people. When you can credibly whip up cute novelties out of this 'n' that, how could you bear to throw anything out?

My artisanal skills are limited to food, so I have a freezer full of chicken carcasses because, you know, soup ...


27 Dec 18 - 02:10 PM (#3968485)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

I love the idea of quilting so whenever i get the urge i buy material i like and send to quilters at rosebud reservation in sd. Some support their families this way. If you have extra cloth. Thread, batting etc. They might like it but check first. I donot have a good address now


28 Dec 18 - 01:03 PM (#3968558)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Mary, do they make a quilt for you, or is sending the fabric more along the lines of "wait a few moments and the urge will pass"?

Tweaking eBay listings to see what will budge some of them. One is offered regular price and shipping is extra. Another price is raised by the shipping costs and offered "free shipping." Seriously, people don't do the math, at least, some people don't.

The last few days were unseasonably warm, but now we're back to clear and very cold weather. I did some yard work in the warm weather and walked the dogs and emptied one of the compost buckets beside driveway door (it breaks down more there before I take it to the heap in the back yard). Yesterday the trash wasn't picked up, staggered a day due to the holiday (no one got that memo - trash was out up and down the street), so this morning when it was all still at the curb a red sedan pulled up at the end of my driveway and sat for a bit. Then someone got out and picked up the discarded hose piled on top of the trash bag. Fine. I gave them a little privacy with the hose, but the idiot was blocking view of the trash when the trash collection truck went by so everyone else's trash was picked up - except mine. Minus one hose. I've carried the bag back up to the bin next to the garage.


28 Dec 18 - 06:38 PM (#3968588)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Robin arrived before Christmas and has de-cluttered tremendous quantities of ice and snow from strategic areas. And moved items from house to van that were too heavy for me. And made the back sheds more accessible. I have cooked - and de-cluttered frig and freezer!

Today was above freezing (+3C) and much ice was eradicated!!

He has yet to install shelf in utility room and remove, and replace, moldy, icky looking caulk around bath tub. My big requests.

We attended two wonderful Community Christmas dinners and met a new interesting human, explored further north, visited Madonna House on the beautiful Madawaska River and intend to go back tomorrow for a tour - to view the Russian style chapel in the woods - and a visit to a ---Arghhh! --- used book store of considerable interest. Have managed not to acquire more stuff but ... Oh, an antique and very interesting electric waffle iron; we have not ascertained if it works. It looks older than the one we had when I was a child but not as old as the one I have that is designed to sit on a gas or wood stove.

R arrived with a copy of the very interesting, and appropriate, book The Organized Mind by David J. Levitin.

At the moment he is snoring while waiting to go to the 7-11 Cafe, hosted by my dear musician friend of 40 years. Wakey, wakey!


29 Dec 18 - 11:49 AM (#3968644)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Wakey, wakie indeed. Last wknd of parochial ministry here is off with a bang-- tiny wedding today (shortly), last Sat svc tonight, 3 liturgies tmrw including two YUGE ones. Decks are cleared to fully be present at all and record several.

~S~


29 Dec 18 - 10:33 PM (#3968779)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Cutting out a pattern for a shirt this evening I realize that they've changed a lot over the years. I thought the tissue paper was as thin as it would ever be, but it's gossimer now. And they save ink by not printing on various things like seam allowances. And along the edge I see that it isn't 5/8th of an inch in all instances, they seem to expect me to be using a serger. I'll check with my daughter tomorrow since she has used these more recently than I have. Ironic that just last week I found the right sized box to store all of my old patterns in, the ones I've bought in the past and never made or made, but that have more heft and information.

This time of year in cold weather and right after the holidays is generally a pretty good time of year to sell things on eBay, so I'll be busy with that as soon as the various holiday activities subside. A family event tomorrow and friends over for lunch on New Year's Day and then I'll get that stuff listed. I've photographed several items already.

I don't have any resolutions to declare or act on, I have the usual things I'm trying to accomplish year round to keep me busy. But every so often an idea of how to do something in a new way will be presented or will pops into my head, and it probably happens with each of you also. So here's wishing you luck finding those good ideas or helpful goals as you move through the new year.


30 Dec 18 - 04:20 AM (#3968806)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: KarenH

When working in the kitchen, take a dishcloth and place it under your right foot, being careful not to lose it when moving about. This ensures that if any crumbs are dropped in the kitchen they are not trodden into the carpets when you move around the house. Just one tip I picked up this year.


30 Dec 18 - 11:03 AM (#3968882)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

That's fine if you live alone, but I have dogs! No crumb on the floor goes undetected for long. On the other hand, my dogs might tear up or eat a towel on the floor. One of them drags all sorts of things out into the yard via the dog door. :)

Family is coming over today so the dogs got an early walk. When we started out Pepper was all alert and twitching around on her shared lead with the lab (a double or split lead clips onto the leash), but after a couple of blocks she settled into the pace with the other two. That helps reduce her excitement a little for the day ahead and gives us all some necessary exercise.

Sounds like today is going to be a big/sad/happy/emotional one in a particular part of Pennsylvania. I hope you have a great time, Susan!


30 Dec 18 - 07:42 PM (#3968942)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Omg


30 Dec 18 - 07:56 PM (#3968943)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Hrothgar

Charmion, there is nothing wrong in being a dust denier.


30 Dec 18 - 08:45 PM (#3968949)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Uh,oh! Trip to the bookstore netted two boxes of books (his) and three books for me. Very interesting: The Healing Trees by Robbie Anderman is an excellent resource on using tree leaves, bark, twigs, etc, for healing - very specific and clearly laid out - for the Northeastern woodlands.

No shelf yet as there are too many books to read! However, after R cleared the doors to the cabinet in front of the house (beside the front door) - designed for pottery storage - which has migrated to the screen house - I realized there are two folding tables in there, one of which might be used to lay out fabric for cutting purposes and then returned to the cabinet; I could sew something! I also use the cabinet to store trash until making a dump run, which we did today - about 6 weeks netted one small bag of recycling and two of trash. All paper goes into the wood stove.

The 3 current boxes of pots, soon to be 4 or 5, will go to Quebec next trip as Mary informs she has money for me, meaning she has sold a number of pots. YAY! I must keep her shop "cluttered" with pots!


31 Dec 18 - 12:00 AM (#3968957)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

We had several cooking things on the agenda for our family holiday and while it all turned out, I think it's safe to say that we wore out everyone by overdoing it. While the kids were still here I pulled out my phone calendar, navigated to Dec. 25, 2019, and entered "grill steaks or chicken or get takeout" for that holiday as a reminder.

As people cooked I cleaned as I could and the dishwasher is running a second load right now. Having a clean kitchen at the end of a long day like this is a gift to me tomorrow.

One of the dogs must have swallowed something after I let them into the house; I didn't want any tripping or problems while we cooked or opened gifts so they were in the yard for several hours. He might have eaten dirt in the yard, or might have grabbed who knows what - paper? plastic? a washcloth? Whatever it was, he's drooling all over the place now. I'll see how he is in the morning and we may have a vet visit in our very near future. That will declutter the wallet.


31 Dec 18 - 08:04 PM (#3969164)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The pooch seems to have recovered from whatever ailed him. And I'm about recovered from that full day of cooking - I didn't cook a thing today except warm leftovers. Tomorrow I have more cooking to do and that's plenty soon enough.

eBay has been picking up since it's cold out and more people are poking around on the computer during the holidays. I have to keep puttering with those listings.

My daughter asked for an organizing book on her xmas list this year, the one by Marie Kondo; the reviews of this book lead me to believe the content is rather esoteric so I gave her partner my favorite organizing book, Don Aslet's Clutter's Last Stand. He has a straightforward approach and discusses the psychology of why we keep and fail to discard so many things. The kids know that if there are old things around here that they no longer want and they are found to sell on eBay that I'll add ours into play and send it out the door.

Finishing paperwork and doing some filing as a year-end activity, and keeping the dogs in when the neighborhood fireworks start. And as I flip over to Antiques Roadshow their first items this evening are fine art found in thrift stores by the woman who brought them in. Oh, my.


31 Dec 18 - 09:42 PM (#3969171)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

No fireworks out here in the swamp!!! No precipitation for the next couple days so R can go back to Montreal safely! Shelf installed! Bathtub job in progress. Several books read! A fun week generally. No work in studio at all. After he leaves I shall try to get back on track, however, Mary informs she is having to move the shop so may not have a lot of space. But there are a few things that folks have requested, so I shall do what I can and take it to Quebec when I go - whenever that will be. Did a laundry today so he can wear the clothes in which he arrived and keep "here" clothes here for next time.

Ahh! the tub is done with sparkling clean white caulk! Super YAY!


01 Jan 19 - 11:29 AM (#3969236)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I agree with you, Stilly, on the superiority of Aslett over Kondo with respect to clutter theory. Aslett does not get into the joy potential of stuff; he's all about the utility. The older I get, the more I agree with him.

Should I find myself on my own again (God forbid), I would send the whole houseful of stuff to auction and move to a bed-sit within tottering distance of the public library.

Marie Kondo's approach is too emotional, in my opinion, and no check on the true hoarder. My mother could have quite honestly said that she derived joy from every single plate, cup, Royal Doulton figurine, stack of newspapers, box of doorknobs, shelf of books, pile of books on the floor, bag of old letters, etc., etc., packed into her very large house.

I'm still a bit coughy and shaky, but determined to launch the new year as I hope to continue, with a productive visit to the gym and a nice supper of mushroom omelette. There's enough bread in the freezer to last us a couple of weeks yet, so baking is not on the agenda. I must, however, attack the messy basement TV room with the full force of vacuum cleaner and duster; even I cannot deny that the pattern of the Bokhara rug is disappearing under the accumulation of cat hair.

To infinity and beyond! Or at least to the gym. That's infinity enough for me right now.


01 Jan 19 - 11:40 AM (#3969240)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Not a resolution, just a realization over the last couple of weeks that I've moved forward from the recovery stage after retirement and now I need to subscribe myself to enough activities and a part-time job to fill the general human social requirements that going to the job in the past fulfilled. Doing this without the toxic stew of bad management should be beneficial. I must have dreamt about getting a job last night because I remember thinking I'd been so tired from the first day at work that I overslept and was late on the second. Not sure where that job was. This is a cognate to the forgot-to-drop-the-college-class-and-now-it's-finals dream.

Late in the afternoon on Monday someone bought the antique tea pot I'd had listed forever on eBay. I had dropped it to within a dollar of what I paid for it (Goodwill) and was ready to pull it next month and take it back to Goodwill. Lesson learned - if it isn't a regular item on eBay that you can see routinely sells, leave it at the thrift store. It's time of year to do a few clearance listings since I seem to have a glut of some items I routinely pick up every time I see them.

And as a parting observation this morning, I turned on (and muted) the Rose Parade. The Rose Queen and court are on the screen now - and amazingly, the Rose Queen is wearing her glasses! You never see a beauty queen wearing glasses.


01 Jan 19 - 05:23 PM (#3969286)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

The ornaments are all off the tree and the tree is out of the house and will soon be put to good use. Pete and I selected the flooring for the bathroom and although we had hoped to get it all down during the break, it just didn't happen. Some other repairs around the house took precedence and I am completely happy with at least having made a decision.

In just a few minutes, I'll be doing some picking up of other decorations and rearranging the living room back to normal. The floors have been swept and mopped already so that's all done.

I worked yesterday and then hit 4 grocery stores, gassed up the Subaru and picked up a pizza for our New Year's Eve get together. We spent the evening at my Mom's playing cards....Uno Spin to be exact. It was a fun evening for everyone!

Happy New Year Everybody!
All My Best,

Michelle


01 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM (#3969302)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Departure prep gently began today with prepping containers for upstairs, to go up with us at bedtime-- a 55 gal trash bin lined with a bag that size and a recycle bin to use as a catcher to bag up goodwill items.

The first attack is the master BR closet, because off season items are stored there in zipped garment bags (the wide ones for portable closets, etc. Greg brought home the next segment of his vestments collection-- the antique set is presently hanging unprotected in the dusty laundry room, so two of these zip bags are coming down to shield those pending March truck-packing.

That BR in general is full of depressing litter to sort/wash/purge, and I figure tidying our room will hopefully motivate the next steps. Before we can start packing the van, we need to unload some of what we brought home from our church work spaces... and make final decisions on what to take and which day to hit the road. Neither of us has that vision quite yet.

~S~


01 Jan 19 - 07:04 PM (#3969305)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I forgot to add that Jeremiah and I have added some dance activity to our daily schedule....about 20 minutes worth or so...great fun!

Michelle


01 Jan 19 - 07:33 PM (#3969308)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

The montreal house

I may or may not have done the "blue clicky"... Thought you might enjoy seeing the house in its new incarnation - after R spent a month, almost full time, clearing it of excess stuff. Amazing what a pro photographer can do. Looks beautiful if you do not know the K is barely usable and the travail of living in a house while it is being shown - so one cannot really LIVE in it.

Life here is cosy. Snow is under control. Wood pile is accessible. R worked hard and even took a long walk in the woods on this beautiful day. I hemmed a pair of his pants and am waiting for him to try them before doing two more pairs. The clothes he came with are clean and ready to wear back to Montreal. The frig and freezer are nicely de-cluttered, as R plans to leave tomorrow. I shall endeavour to get back to Keto. I have no idea when I will leave for Montreal. The "new" house is still in limbo.

Could not open the van due to freezing so stuff that would have been stored is still clutter in house.


01 Jan 19 - 09:10 PM (#3969313)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This afternoon I finished making a favorite dish that is the annual gift for my ex; the other evening we made a different dish for dinner and he took home the extra. It makes sense to give him consumable gifts since he usually tends to buy himself whatever he needs during the year. He'll put it in the freezer in single portions and use them up over the next few months. The house is going to smell like oil for a couple of days but at least the kitchen is cleaned up again. There isn't a dollar amount to attach to this kind of gift, but it is one that is exactly what he wants and my pocketbook is happy at the low cost. The value-added is in the preparation and cooking.

The dogs and I are going to watch a movie in the living room this evening - the dog cover on the sofa can be covered with a towel for me and if they want to hop up and join me we'll have a good scratch-and-tickle time. It'll be a treat after the noise last night that the youngest dog found to be quite frightening. The neighbors apparently set off artillery shells in their yards on the other side of our creek. Shotguns? Firecrackers? M-80s?


02 Jan 19 - 09:28 AM (#3969387)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Recruiting help today. Closet tasks done before my back quit.

We hope to set departure date today.

~S~


02 Jan 19 - 11:43 AM (#3969399)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Day two of the year dawned with sleet coating all of the tree branches and tiling the patio cover. It's now raining but travelling out is not advised, so it was good thing I caught the mail carrier at the porch and handed over the eBay box that ships today. She's out there in layers: rain pants and jacket, rubber galoshes and a rain-proof safari hat. I put the barky blue heeler into my office so she wouldn't bark at the door but the lab insisted on pushing through the door to greet her (no barking, just wags). We have to work on door etiquette with the youngest one.

Time to start a new expanding 12-slot file for bills for the year. I started this system a long time ago and for the occasions when I have to go back to find a receipt or prove I paid a bill it is an invaluable resource. I have two that I use, meaning that I'll take the contents of the file from 2017 and bundle them all together into a large manila envelope and reuse that file because the most recent past year is probably the only place I have to search. After a few years I shred or burn the contents of the old folders after giving contents a cursory glance.


02 Jan 19 - 03:59 PM (#3969441)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA: Departure set for Sunday AM-- that'll be different. Help recruitment is underway. Departure tasks have been identified and allocated. We're making a point of doing fun along with work, along with watching the weather to avoid doing things in ice or mud better done in sunshine. Hockey game Friday!

But omg!

~S~


02 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM (#3969473)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

WOW! susan is almost on her way! It has been a long and difficult journey to get to this point. May the change be everything you have hoped it would be. Bon voyage to this new phase of life.

De-cluttered of R! It was wonderful having him here for almost 12 days. As I worried about him leaving early enough to get to Montreal at a reasonable time: 10 passed, then 11, then we had to go to the Thrift Warehouse before he left... a cabinet that would fit in a specific space and improve the situation, so we came back for the pick-up and went back for the solid wood cabinet---Oops! too tall when we got it into house! I need to find someone to cut off about 8 inches and re-do it in a civilized manner. Then it will do the job and two other cabinets will go elsewhere and the china show case will finally have a home base. Maybe Dan can do it... It would have been perfect but for the ladder to the upstairs.

In the meantime, R left about 2 and phoned from Renfrew at 4 to let me know he was now going to be on civilized roads for the rest of the trip. After he stops at places of interest - thrift shops...

He really is recognizing that he has too much stuff and seriously looking at a future of divesting. Another dozen or so books today. Reading The Organized Mind was helpful in many ways. Also an intro to Thich Nhat Hanh via a little calendar I bought for my grandson. I was stunned that R had never heard of this amazing human; he loved the quotes in the calendar.


02 Jan 19 - 08:44 PM (#3969487)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thx DP. Tdy we especially focused on FUN, which we two intense and cerebral ppl don't come to easily. We're way too good at crises, so we simplified the packlist in favor of couple-health!

~S~


02 Jan 19 - 11:28 PM (#3969503)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I figured out how to download the monthly free e-book from the University of Chicago Press (BatGoddess originally told me about these books) into my Fire tablet. Each month Chicago offers a free eBook, but I didn't want to have to sit at the computer to read it. I figured out that downloading the $2.99 "Aldiko" app and "side-loading" - moving the downloaded book from the computer via cable to the Amazon Fire - will let me read the books on the more reader-friendly tablet. Books on the tablet don't take up any space.

On the culinary front, I added some of the odds and ends in my fridge to a batch of beans, and after a bowl for dinner I saved a bowl's-worth for this week and the rest is frozen in jars for later.

Unreleated to clutter, is anyone else struggling to remember what day of the week it is this first week of the year?


03 Jan 19 - 06:58 AM (#3969535)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Free audiobooks? Librivox.

~S~


03 Jan 19 - 09:28 AM (#3969559)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Kim C

I collected two big bags of clothes for donation, which made room for me to hang up things I actually do wear.

One piece at a time, I reckon.


03 Jan 19 - 12:44 PM (#3969607)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Ah. Corrected to read "e-book." I have audiobooks covered as far as listening. I'll look into Librivox as another source.

Yes, Kim, absolutely one piece at a time! It doesn't take much to notice that a chair in the bedroom no longer has clothing draped on it or that your dresser top has been organized. I did a big purge in the closet last summer and still enjoy the benefits of actually looking at clothes I can wear and not having a bunch of too-small garments hogging the space. Some of the removed clothes are in a bin on the shelf because I do expect to eventually fit back into them, but a lot were either put in eBay or sent to Goodwill.

I've decided to do a month of the "no spend" exercise I did a couple of years ago, in particular to make myself draw down even more the fridge and freezer. I'll use my favorite deeply-discounted grocery outlet for the fresh stuff I need (I use yogurt as a major source of dairy and they also have a lot of produce.) The local museums have free attendance days that I'll start taking more advantage of. I made it through several months the last time before a whole bunch of bills kind of blew it out of the water, but the previous months did put me in a better position to deal with those bills.

Here's a starting point, an article from 2015 that doesn't seem to be promoting products along the way. And here's a frugal living article. They offer a link to how to stockpile groceries and frequently used goods, though I suspect anyone who has been following along these threads has that down pat. Trying to get rid of the extra stockpile is part of our effort, but smart shopping never hurts. A recent Lifehacker article.


03 Jan 19 - 05:13 PM (#3969663)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

That reacher-grabber reduced an overwhelming BR mess to manageable chaos (order) this aftn while Greg briefly napped. We're both making great progreys on the long task list we made ydy.

It's frustrating that this time there are so many tasks that can only actually be done at the last minute-- the morning we depart. We never left the PA house empty for vacation either in winter or for 60-90 days. But essentially they're just the sorts of things we've done for every vacay here the last 25 years. (It just feels crazy but actually isn't.) And we're having trouble meshing our schedules/body rhythms-- it will settle into place better once we're in Ohio.

The number of things we can't do today though DOES "force" us to have a little more fun. It's all good. I just don't like this little part!

~S~


03 Jan 19 - 07:37 PM (#3969692)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Departure plan:

Tentative plan as of Thursday eve:
Tonight - puttering thru DR prep and other in-house stuff till early bedtime w benadryl

Friday - latish wakies to omelets and earlywarm aftn van rearrange/preloading; oil change & probable last Elmira hockey evening.

Saturday - rainy day, prep of hitch load and prep of house closing/food and misc containerizing; preload what can be and stage the rest on back porch; poss landlady house tour

Sunday - early AM complete loading and leave by noon for projected dry route w poss Sunday arrival by 10pm; option for crash and burn overnight if/where needed.


03 Jan 19 - 08:30 PM (#3969699)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

This thread will prove invaluable as 2019 will become a recession year.

Meanwhile on odd days I have to throw stuff/somthing out, even days I have to recycle and the first and last days of the month are vacations.


04 Jan 19 - 02:57 PM (#3969846)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Preload done with no casualties. Lots of typical pre-vacay stuff done. Lvg soon for oil change and hockey. Think I'll dress up this time!

~S~


04 Jan 19 - 05:52 PM (#3969868)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Working on a task list for the month and for the quarter, involving things I can work on with materials already here (the no-spend project).

Today was a free entrance to one of the museums in town but because the exhibit required low light and no flash, and the printed the information cards with white text on black cards, I spent my entire time leaning in trying to read cards without getting in everyone's way. If I'd had my office glasses with me it would have been much easier. And this afternoon I've made my appointment for a checkup. So much for my no-spend month, I've hit a couple of co-pays already, but those appointments must be made.

It has warmed up for a few days so the dogs get a walk in the fitness portion of my day, and it helps the youngest one remember I am the pack leader. Our last walk was a few days ago and after about a block she calmed down and got with the program.

One of my larger eBay boxes shipped this week and leaves space to rearrange what is left and list a few more items.


04 Jan 19 - 11:09 PM (#3969881)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Lovely closet surprise! Wanting to tart up for the hockey game, and knowing my hockey jersey is in Ohio, I pulled a red fleece vest I normally have reserved for choir parties-- SO not my color. What to wear under it, I wondered as I headed for a shower. Maybe nothing plus scarf and jacket OVER it. Gee it's awful heavy on that hanger-- oooo, an oversized cotton red v-neck sweater!!! BRAND NEW AND NEVER WORN, neatly folded over the hanger's trouser rod. I foreswore the vest. I added a striped scarf in BOLD Me icon colors including a bit of red. WOW!!! I have zero memory of buying that sweater. With that scarf-- million bucks and a great barrier between the red and my face.

Thank you, Closet!

~S~


05 Jan 19 - 10:15 AM (#3969951)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

What seemed impossible (Sunday departure) now seems potentially doable ttoday (Saturday departure).

Because retired ppl rock! "Plans" can be tossed out the window-- no one is controlling us now.

Omg.

~S~


05 Jan 19 - 11:42 AM (#3969971)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Susan, congratulations on your long-awaited liberation from career shackles, both yours and Hardi's. It will take you a while to get accustomed to being in control of your own lives.

My sister-in-law and brother recently retired, both on the same day (30 November), and are going through the same detox process. SIL worked in the federal government as a speechwriter, a sometimes miserable job in which everybody in her chain of command imposed ridiculous expectations that constantly impinged on her personal life and eventually robbed her every speck of free time; for example, she was expected not only to carry a BlackBerry that was always turned on, but also to check it repeatedly every day, even Sunday, so she could "maintain situational awareness" and "respond appropriately" to "emergencies". Not surprisingly, she had nightmares about getting fired for missing a midnight email and not being able to pay the mortgage and then losing the house.

She told me yesterday that, for the first time in at least five years, she slept through the night and suffered no night terrors.

I quit my last government job on 1 February 2013, nearly six years ago, and HAVEN'T MISSED IT ONE G-D BIT. I confess to missing the money a bit, but not enough to regret having quit. We sleep better, we eat better, and all around, in general, we live better.

Himself is a bit bored, now that he is not travelling all over the country doing courts-martial, but he's finding ways to fix that. He's even talking about doing a Ph.D. in law (the University of Western Ontario is just down the road). Me, I don't know how to be bored. There's always lots to do, and if I don't want to do any of it, there's always a book I haven't read yet, or dinner to make.

Life is so good on the other side of the Great Barrier of retirement, even if the pennies need a bit more pinching than one might have imagined.


05 Jan 19 - 12:47 PM (#3969983)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm also thinking about going back to school; as you get older here in Texas it is possible to do coursework for very little expense or for free.

I pulled out the 2002 five-disk sampler The Mudcat Cafe Blue Plate Special. We're losing so many people lately I think a day of listening to their voices is a good celebration of the lives of those now passed.

eBay and sewing this weekend. Walking the dogs when it gets warmer out and while the sun is bright - that light on the forehead is good for combating the winter blues (SAD).

As the seasons change, so do the re-run offerings on the various television channels. Last week I was up late each evening watching the early programs of a favorite series, but it was just too late. Last night I checked to see if it still streams on Amazon Prime - yes - so I went to bed earlier. I'll watch it on my own schedule.

Gotta clear off my office desk again after paying bills and an annual ritual - choosing an electric company. I renewed my contract for two years with the same company this time; I'm thinking I probably should have done it for just a year since the rate (everywhere) went up a couple of cents a kWh and will be about 25% higher for the next contract. If I'd gone for only a year it might be lower next winter - or not. The gas prices are coming down because of the oil industry, but the electric power grid doesn't run on gasoline. My crystal ball is cloudy on this topic. The company is a good one, transparent billing, easy to understand statements. And as it is, some companies weren't on the list because they didn't have Spanish language materials and were kicked off of the Power To Choose site. I should probably have checked a couple of the old places I've used before. I have three business days to change my mind, so I should spend time hunting down a couple of other companies. It's possible to easily outsmart yourself doing this.
[sigh]


05 Jan 19 - 03:55 PM (#3970005)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Charmion-- bingo! Again. In so many respects not to enumerate here.

PA:

Our 65 year old bodies got 95% done on what our 40 year old "autopilots" thought might just send us down the road today, but we're opting now for 1 more night with TV and dinner by personal chef.

Sorry for any yptos but good techance is packed and loaded.

~S~


05 Jan 19 - 04:10 PM (#3970008)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Having a nice, quiet weekend at home. We are all puttering at will, doing a little bit of this and that. I am working on cleaning out some cupboards and doing a bit of re-organizing in the kitchen, specifically the Lazy Susan. It's really the first weekend in awhile that we haven't been busy/on the go with something and I am quite enjoying it.

Tomorrow is church with the family and then more of the same.

Life is good.

Michelle


06 Jan 19 - 07:39 AM (#3970076)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA:

Of course on vacation Greg has sometimes slept in on a Sunday, but I'm still thrilled for him that he's slept past "Unlock the Church" mental alarm, beside me, this first Sunday of his retirement.

We weren't sure how recliner sleeping s time would go--the mattresses are already loaded-- but we'd prepped for possibly sleeping separately, with Greg potentially going up to use the bed we'd prepped for Leo. (We usually share a dbl recliner when we visit my son and DIL, but....)

So we expect to get going about noon.

~S~


06 Jan 19 - 12:39 PM (#3970112)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Have a safe and interesting drive to Ohio. Is this the last trip, or will you return for more furniture and such again in the spring?

This morning I reset the daily steps I want to achieve in my fitness tracker and I reinstalled Google Fit on my phone. The last time I tried Fit it didn't seem to register very accurately, but I was in a building that had sometimes spotty WiFi.

Last night I let the Labrador retriever sleep on the bed but he puts out way too much heat and wants to lean up against me. I woke up a couple of times because I was too hot, so I don't think I'll conduct that experiment again.

I'm heading into the yard today since it is supposed to reach almost 70o. Raking leaves from the gutter into the yard and I'll run the mower to mulch them into the turf.


06 Jan 19 - 07:36 PM (#3970191)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Susan well on her way to Ohio! May she have an uneventful trip!

Me - did manage to get some sorting and organizing done today on a day that was sunny ---oops! snowing!! oh, gee, sunny again! And it has cooled - from freezing to -10C now. I did bring in as much wood as space allowed, sensing the impending drop in temp after a couple mild days - mild means hovering around zero Celsius. Thankful for the work R did to clear ice and snow from around the wood pile.

Dan came by yesterday and we gave consideration to a structure for next year so I do not have to struggle with the tarp. I would like something moderately interesting, only on the part of the deck that is necessary to hold the winter's wood as it must not block any windows.

Checked out Bob's Greenhouse Poly for prices, as a possibility.

Also something on the other deck, connected to the studio; kind of dependent on how much pottery I will be making in the future. I did manage to glaze in the studio last month but now need to clear that out so I can start throwing pots again. Challenge is to find room for everything - just like in the house.

Little Red had a busy day; she found a bag of blue organic nacho chips that I put outside - slightly off but more a temptation for me. I sat at the window, on computer, also watching her, or him, fetching a chip and running across the road into the woods, then back for another one?? OR just sitting out on the snow nibbling. At least she can no longer come in and sit on sofa!

Almost had inclination to work in studio; "almost"... Almost had inclination to do sewing; almost... Now it is 7:30 pm. Am I really just going to read until bedtime?? Maybe clear some more papers? Maybe...

Contents of 6 of 8 drawers in bureau that is leaving are now well cleared. Need clearness on how to arrange storage for papers that need to be available - as if in file drawers. And all those odds and sods of officey type stuffs, to access easily....


06 Jan 19 - 09:35 PM (#3970213)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Finishing the holiday cleanup, lights boxed up, live boughs that may have contributed to recent sneezing are out the door, and I did some cleanup in the front yard this afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

I've reset some of the goals in my fitness tracker, added another phone app that may do a better job of identifying activities, and have decided to try to track hydration better this time of year when I don't feel very thirsty. I have a 2-quart jar that I filled this morning and when I walked through the kitchen made a point of filling a glass. Let's see how long I will remember to do that.

An eBay box is ready to ship tomorrow. Every little bit out the door helps!


07 Jan 19 - 08:41 AM (#3970317)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH:

Reached 2/3 twds destination and stopped. We're adventuring. Home tonight.

SRS, in March we go back to PA to close the house. I've been posting about that but it's just gotten more interesting.

~S~


07 Jan 19 - 11:37 AM (#3970379)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I thought you said you'd be back to PA, but the recent posts were sounding final.

Supposed to be up to 80o today so I will get out the mower and mulch in leaves and finish knocking down stuff left in the garden after the first frost (some tomato vines were tangled on a tomato cage and I didn't bother to pull it all apart.)

Busy week. Happily this morning I found the movie gift card my daughter passed along recently - after the Golden Globes last night there are a couple of films I'd like to see, if they're still in the mainstream theaters. I also have a duplicated gift I need to exchange before we're out of the easy exchange season. I spoke with the next door neighbor about my work on extending the new fence he put up and mentioned that I'd done the work with the sole bit that came with the new power driver, so drill bits were on my holiday wish list. And I told him I'm going to use some of his old fence to build raised beds; I should do that today and tomorrow while it's warm and because it's time to plant potatoes.


07 Jan 19 - 12:59 PM (#3970391)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Final ministry fishbowl . Final driving alone. Never final beloved county. Final set of huge house decisions for that house. Bittersweet, all.

One cool new thing is that habing a landlord/lady that's a hoarder plays well with ACOA tenants worried about how the house looks. Another cool thing is that we both shot fine video to guide paid help costs and landlord repairs, which also facilitates knowing what work we need to do on our end to leave the house the way they want it. This is good because I only tracked down the paid crew chief for March the night before we left. I'd begun prepping my head for handling all 5000 sq feet by myself. Labor in those parts can be hard to track down except by face encounter.

~S~


07 Jan 19 - 02:44 PM (#3970418)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH:

HOME.

~S~


07 Jan 19 - 10:16 PM (#3970488)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Welcome home!

My son and his dad were here for dinner and then I took him to the airport; the gifts that won't fit into the luggage are going into a box I'll mail this week.

Amazing interview today (not declutter or anything else, just very interesting) to do with precision medicine. It is an interview with the author of this National Geographic article.


08 Jan 19 - 01:28 PM (#3970601)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Still drawing down the freezer today; made a batch of banana bread (with frozen fruit) that I baked in small pans. These will be given away, they won't go back into the freezer. Chicken tenders and a jar of turkey stock are thawing to make a batch of chicken and rice (in the rice cooker, using basmati). Finally, I have frozen broccoli and a box of gluten-free cornbread mix, to make my friend's recipe that calls for chopped onions sauteed in a lot of butter (I'll do half-and-half butter and olive oil) and then submerge the florets in the batter before baking. That will be for me to have with meals this week (when I'm not eating the rice.) I have frozen jars of my Puerto Rican red beans that can be two servings; I make enough rice to eat for several days, so later in the week I may defrost one of those jars because those beans are best served over rice.

I like having the USPS "Informed Delivery" in place for my post office box, it saves me driving over especially when I'm waiting for a couple of freelance jobs to finally send their payments. No trip to the post office today or yesterday, there's just junk mail there now.


08 Jan 19 - 01:39 PM (#3970603)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:
Congratulations, Susan! No place like home!!

My home was invaded by noise ALL Morning. By noon I was ready to scream. It would have been better if I had gone elsewhere but with four large trucks parked along the road, engines running, I was doubtful about getting out AND where would I go? It started just as I was thinking about the lack of traffic on this road - the red truck, the blue truck, the white truck, the black car, the white car, the grey car and the snow plow/sander are the sum total of what I might see in a day. THEN: a sort of snowplow with HUGE tires, a truck with flat bed trailer, a truck with a crane - in front of house - and another truck down the road a couple hundred feet. The crane lifted huge chains off the flat bed and arranged them on the road and 3-4 men wrestled them onto the huge tires with the help of the crane truck and some noisy machine. They have left a short while ago and I am exhausted from the noise. NOW I need to go to the library. Then come back and re-collapse. I did clear the snow off the porch and car - about 4 inches and the weather - from minus 14C last night to plus 4 and drippy wet out there. Warm enough to work in studio but shoulder aches from snow removal. Not a very good day! I shall cancel it after trip to library - books are due.

The plow might not have made it up the hill without the chains.

Oh yeah! SRS! up to 80? plant potatoes!! HAH! and ho ho ho!! Pulling covers over head! Eating chocolate! Maybe stop in at Community Trust for a pep talk? I did write an article for Jane this am, and edited hers on home sharing, just a tiny bit.


08 Jan 19 - 04:50 PM (#3970632)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH:

And NO free senior svcs I do NOT have to wake up hubby OR ME to train one of THREE Yano's you said might come at 9AM our first day waking up in our house! To clean a house what's clean! We go back to BED after calling to cancel!

;-)

~S~


09 Jan 19 - 12:51 PM (#3970796)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

An "active rest day" in the fitness world isn't couch potato-ing. We're having one today as trip recovery.

OH:

By noon, freezing, and without tramadol, I:

. Treated infected ears
. Had early brekky (snack sz)
. Took AM meds
. Purged accumulated email
. Set up puder and peripherals
Installed next audiobook
- Re-ordered misc items passed as I circulated to various rooms
. Considered where to stow silver
. Welcomed waking late-sleeping husband to the day
. Managed dog out
. Made half of my 2nd brekky
. Sorted and purged mail
. Paid 2 bills
. Found and activated insurance card and set it up as paperless
. Had and gave session
. Assessed closet resources to offer Greg
. Put on swimsuit for later
. Suggested higher daytime heat setting while the concrete pad reaches heated winter temp after the 30 day "empty house" setting
Stowed heavy silver chest by removing several heavy components and reassembling in the designated space-- more walking and less lifting.
. Reassembled one purse, and a spare I'd also used is almost empty.
. Found and stowed house tramadol supply.

Next, warm pool and haircut.

Greg's closet if second wind after supper.

~S~


10 Jan 19 - 02:25 PM (#3970933)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Well, managed to get car stuck in the drive again last night. Phooey! Left that for morning. After some BF - no way! Body said not a good job for me. Thought about who could help bu called my 92 year old Friend in PA (69 days to the equinox!) and after a long chat, and more food, my body DID it - some shoveling, some work with the ice breaker and some gravel. YAY! Then I cleared as much of the ice and snow as possible. Thinking about how to put something at the corners to indicate the safe way to back in. Maybe a pole on each side, with a flag on it...

Laundry done anyway and drying in BR. Now to bring in wood while the sun -SUN!!!!! - is on that side.

I did not need to go anywhere but my body is reaching the stage where I wonder who would I phone to take me to the hospital if the car is stuck. Considering the state of my health, that is fairly silly but perhaps better to be prepared than not. I hear, "call an ambulance!" but I would have to be in very bad shape... Like when I injured my back in PA. I never mess with a back injury!

20 years ago, I drove myself 18 miles with excruciating pain - pneumonia. An xray - which I would usually refuse - and 3 different antibiotics - to the shock of my doctor! - then I was fine. Doubt I missed any work; figure the cause was doing blown in insulation without a respirator.


10 Jan 19 - 03:36 PM (#3970945)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, it's never too early to make a plan.

OH-- it's all OH now until the March clear-out.

New fones late last night. Both temporarily working-- ydy's long list of premature chores is on the other one so will post separately.

Today is fone configuring and such. Greg is out now replacing the awkward and failing PA TV with a lightweight OH one-- when we started to plan padding the other we looked at prices for new and elected to donate it to the parish yard sale with the rest of what was long planned to leave. Arrangements were made before his last day, for all that.

I've almost found my kitchen. It's that superb space surrounding the just- done pork roast. Mister is doing the sides.

Cello concert this evening after I fix my new haircut.

~S~


10 Jan 19 - 04:16 PM (#3970952)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:
DID the wood. Then sat back and watched the snow dancing down and thought about Snowflake Bentley. This is a good time for that wonderful story. Maybe Michelle...? I googled and there is a lot:
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the children's book I have and I sat and read it again. Cannot give it up!

It intrigue's me that I can sit here: "I don't feel like... I'm too tired... Maybe it can wait..." But once I force myself to get started on bringing in the wood it becomes like the Sorcerer's Apprentice! "Where else can I put some?" So there is plenty of wood for a couple days and the tarp is not going to get frozen to anything AND the snow on top of the tarp will keep it from blowing off! I am safe and warm. And the sun has come out again, in time to go behind the hill. And snowflakes are still dancing!? Almost down to 5F, it is going to be a very cold night. The reason I back in to the drive is in case the car has trouble starting; I also have a booster pack, charged and handy. I DO plan, sometimes. Probably most of the time.


10 Jan 19 - 06:23 PM (#3970968)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

By noon, freezing, and without tramadol, I:

Treated infected ears
Had early brekky (snack sz)
Took AM meds
Purged month of accumulated email
Set up puder and peripherals
Installed next audiobook
Reordered misc items passed
Considered where to stow silver
Welcomed waking late-sleeping husband to the day
Managed dog out
Made half of my 2nd brekky
Sorted mail
Paid 2 bills
Found and activated insurance card and set up account as paperless
Had and gave session
Assessed closet resources to offer G
Put on swimsuit for later
Suggested higher daytime heat setting while the concrete pad reaches heated winter temp
Stowed heavy silver chest by removing several heavy components and reassembling in the designated space-- more walking and less lifting
Reassembled one purse and a spare I'd also used is almost empty.
Found and stowed house tramadol supply
Got free Y membership sorted--Free Bennie
45 minutes pool workout
Reconnected with new friend Cathy
Got haircut
Collapsed


10 Jan 19 - 06:26 PM (#3970969)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I see now that some of that is duplicate, but in any event it grew.

Most trips back I'm still moribund this soon after arrival. A real dinner is usually weeks into thst arrival. Now here we are stepping out after a home cooked dinner.

Planet Weird. To Cello Springs!

~S~


10 Jan 19 - 10:25 PM (#3970995)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Over lunch today I met with an office manager of a web site about contract work to be done on the site, for 10-15 hours a week. In the next few weeks I will be training with the local webhost company on their content management system, prioritizing tasks, etc.

Boxes need to be packed and put in the mail tomorrow, to several recipients.

This week I set up a couple of new apps for fitness tracking, and I found that my phone app for Weather Underground (I pay $2 a year to have it ad free) has a feature to choose activities and set the conditions that are preferred and/or acceptable so it is tied with the forecast. For walking, for example, I would like it to be from 50 to 75o, wind 10mph or lower, humidity at 50% or lower, and the acceptable range is larger, from 45 to 85o, wind up to 20mph, humidity up to 75%. Both them them are set to daylight hours only. The representation for the day shows each hour with the optimal conditions with a long blue line rising from the time, each hour with acceptable conditions has a blue dot at the time. I can look at the next few days and see that there will be good conditions for going out to walk (with the dogs, primarily).


11 Jan 19 - 12:25 PM (#3971113)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:
Maggie: WOW! the things you/one can do on tech stuff boggles my mind. Well, I often remember to check the 7 day forecast but mostly I just look at the window and the thermometer - 0 F at 8:30 this am!

Last night the propane froze in the middle of trying to cook. I tried using the microwave and it quit! Cooked in toaster oven. This morning the microwave works!? (I went to the back shed for the "spare" and did not find it.) Poured a bucket of hot water on the propane tank and cooked! It took a second bucket of encouragement. But most of all---- the car started - without any aid from the booster pack! Managed to remove ice at door to studio and water the plants. Went to library for a stack of books. I will not be doing much more than bringing in wood and staying warm for a few days. Beautiful day. I hope little red and friends are in safe places.


11 Jan 19 - 03:08 PM (#3971135)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I cannot believe how hard it is to acclimate to this new fone. Greg got a great deal on two Cadillacs. He had been using a later-gen fone than mine, so it's not such a huge change for him, but mine was a circa-2009 fone, so..... Oy!

Besides fone learning, I've only gotten a few clothes stowed try and made rice, but they were the important ones-- we're going to see a Friday night rock band, to check out a new-to-us pub that also hosts weekly blues jams.

Also stowed was the really good, all-purpose dressy outfit-- I added, into the garment bag protecting my long black dress skirt, the new silk kimono my PA dressmaker had created from a bed jacket design I've loved as casual wear over jeans. My son sent us the silk from his Navy stop years ago in Thailand, so my dressmaker spec'd out lining fabric I picked up cheap, and she made it while I was in OH. She has one more project of mine to finish-- copying a fabulous dress coat which is like a flowy trench coat. I love the way she fits things to my body.

https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=153649&messages=38#3971161

~S~


12 Jan 19 - 10:24 PM (#3971262)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I spent about 4 hours reorganizing the kitchen today. I didn't really plan it that way but one thing led to another and another and another....LOL. I'm happy with the way things have turned out. I cleaned, organized, boxed up about 2 boxes of stuff that I never use and our pig, Elwood, is having himself a feast tonight of goodies I was going to toss. He's one happy pig!!! In addition, the dishes are done, the table is cleared, pills are sorted for the next 2 weeks, the hutch is cleaned off and dusted, I roasted a chicken, some squash and potatoes for dinner as well as made a large pot of homemade chili for tomorrow and weekday lunches. I'll make some cornbread to go with it tomorrow.

I've been seeing a new endocrinologist and his changes have proven to be very beneficial. I had blood work done yesterday and the results are all in...everything is in normal range with the exception of my triglycerides which are lower than last time so I'll take it! My blood sugars, which were averaging in the mid 250s are resting comfortably in the 120 range for the first time in a LONG time. I have 3 different insulins going and a sensor attached to my arm at all times for really tight tracking but it's working!!! I am most happy about that! Getting to the point where a "normal" blood sugar doesn't feel like a diabetic low took some patience and trust on my part but it's all good now!

It felt really good to get a substantial amount of work around the house done today. I'm hoping to do more again tomorrow.

Michelle


12 Jan 19 - 11:58 PM (#3971265)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I spent this evening editing a resume and a couple of cover letters for jobs for a friend who has been unemployed for a while. Fresh eyes on the documents can help.

My fitness tracker is unhappy, it has been a sedentary day, but my weather app just sent a notification that tomorrow afternoon after 3pm will be perfect for walking.

A friend and I are comparing notes on tomatoes we want to grow this year and will be sharing seeds. His local library has a seed bank, where he found a variety intended for our southern climate, and I have organic seeds from my Mudcat Secret Santa - we're going to grow both in our gardens and compare results. I may grow some in pots this year. I haven't started the raised beds yet, but that will come soon, and in the meantime will start seeds in the house or the greenhouse. There's a lot of winter left that can hit the greenhouse, so I'll only use it if I can get it weather-proofed first. I didn't do much this fall as far as covering the louvered vents, leveling the doors so they close tightly, etc.


13 Jan 19 - 03:37 PM (#3971313)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We've puttered our way thru a number of minor furniture arrangement tweaks, partly thanks to the 8-10 inches of snow were mired in while we await the driveway plow. My favorite was the one that ended with Greg's bass and being set up and played.

~S~


14 Jan 19 - 01:07 PM (#3971462)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Down to minus 20C again last night and the day started out bright and sunny - and COLD. But the clouds gathered and it is warming - up to minus 6C! I really almost hibernated during the cold snap! Today I may actually get some things done.

The studio door had - well something , anyway it would not close and I am heating it! So last night, realizing the impact on finances - I thought about it - unfroze brain briefly - and took a hammer out into the COLD and banged the offending piece into place so the door closed. Today I will find something to put over the much-too-wide crack at the top, rather than heat the great out of doors. Not snowing!

The other day, I opened a new cargo trolley and took it out to the wood pile and loaded it, as much as I could without stuff falling back off. I was able to bring it in the house to dry and warm up, as well as filling the usual space. Today I can off load it into the now almost empty spaces and re-fill it, and them. Preparing for the next cold snap!

R phoned on 11th and informed me that there is money for the new house; re selling the M house, he needs a realtor that will bother putting up a sign; and two business bugaboos were sorted last week. All of which de-cluttered his mind - for a while. I told him I will come back to M after there is some furniture in the new house. A bed and kitchen ware would suffice. As long as the BR is painted.

Today I have managed an excellent BF and washed the week's dishes. Hoping to get myself on track to do more than read novels. Need to keep my feet off the COLD floor. It affects the whole brain and body!

Will do wood when the temp reaches a probable high point - somewhere closer to the freezing point; it will not go above freezing in the next couple weeks.


14 Jan 19 - 02:14 PM (#3971469)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The friend I was helping with the letter-writing has a phone interview this week! Whether my assistance made a difference or it was simply moral support to get him moving forward, this was wonderful news this morning. (He considered apologizing for applying past the deadline when he saw it had passed, but the link still worked. I told him that once the letters and resumes were printed in a stack no one would know his was late unless he apologized, so just don't do it. He backdated his letter to the due date.)

This morning I made a list of things I keep thinking I need to get done but always end up forgetting about during the course of each day. Things that need to be done before other things on the larger list can be started. It's always something.

Every year I try to get started on my taxes as soon as possible, because it's too easy these days for identity thieves to claim your refund if any of your important numbers were compromised (like seems to happen monthly with many important sites with online presences). Get the forms in as early as possible to head off the crooks. But due to the government shutdown the IRS is mostly closed and I use the Free File Fillable Forms (not affiliated with any tax preparation company, just the tax forms online that can be filled out and turned in). They usually open up in late January, but all bets are off this year. I decluttered my files this year so all of my documents are in one file drawer.


14 Jan 19 - 05:07 PM (#3971483)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Another Yano tmrw followed by a care mgr visit to detemine continuing needs and eligibility. If we're continuing I want to get back to afternoons.

~S~


15 Jan 19 - 11:57 AM (#3971571)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Today's Yano is chatty Ms. Billie. I've lost count who else has been here.

~S~


15 Jan 19 - 04:06 PM (#3971606)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Big job finished - the huge cardboard boxes that were flattened and stored between trusses in the attic have been removed. The folding steps to the attic and the hole they're mounted in is a narrow area but I managed to get all but one of the boxes down after turning or folding them to fit the best edge through first. I took the box-cutter up to dismantle one that refused to fit and I wasn't going to try to remember how I got it up there in the first place. All of these were stacked in the SUV on a tarp, then slid through the big door in the recycle bin. One of them wouldn't fit so I had to cut one side and fold it up on itself. I found three invoices on the boxes that can go in a file that I keep for insurance purposes. This clear out is in advance of some work that I need to have done up there.

The top item on the this week's task list is now crossed out and a couple of more added. It's meant to be a list for just this week, and weather is nice until the weekend when wintry weather and extreme cold (for us) arrives. I'm cat sitting for a friend on the weekend so I will have to get out in it, here's hoping it's just cold and not icy.


16 Jan 19 - 09:01 AM (#3971717)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Huge day ydy ending with our surprisingly cooperative assembly of what I think is Camp Ridgebury bed 4.0.

Our mtg with the county care mgrd portends change I'll summarize later, none of it bad.

~S~


16 Jan 19 - 02:25 PM (#3971772)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

So... ydy was a long day of household biz, working alongside and supervidising an awful Yano 9am - 1pm and wonderful Brandon 2:40-4:30pm, with a county care mgr mtg sandwiched between (with very short breaks). By the end of all that, which included a Goodwill trip for me, I was whipped and brainfogged and grateful that Greg suggested dining out. Arepas! Then another hour of physical work after supper, assembling our very complicated bed. Ow!!!

The wonderful results of that hard day:

Two recliners set at the curb
A heavy analog TV (and small obsolete flat screen TV loaded in the car for recycling)
A small box of clothes and sneakers to Goodwill
Two recliners allocated to different rooms
Much more open space in Greg's sewing/music room.
Our normal bed height, and no more pitted foam camping mattresses requiring re-stuffing every six weeks
Clean bedding
Improved settings on the new lightweight smart TV Greg found on sale
Assurance that the two file cabinets (needed to free up floor space in the TV section of the library) will indeed fit in the closet formerly occupied by the heavy analog TV
Discussion w Brandon about keeping Tues aftns open for us and confirmed he's moving those file cabinets next Tuesday
Discussions w Brandon re how to work best here w two bosses w very different working styles, and a raise
More space in garage (one recliner had been there) for Greg's workout equipment
A better garage locay for my walker/chair (replacing that recliner)-- SO useful for grocery unloading and/or waiting for a ride
Reallocation of warm fleeces for each chair
An improved TV area for us to share
Rug runners to cross painfully cold but necessarily bare tile floor to TV chairs
A warmer sleeping space for Greg-- his side was so much colder than mine and it took awhile to understand why
A new step for my side
A better Arepa recipe (3 kinds)
More music and sewing furniture for Greg

Care mgr Daejanna affirmed my frustrations w clnrs and turnover. It emerged that her notes indicating personal care needs were wrong, so straight clng companies the county contracts with have not been an option before. All three of us agreed that taking a break from weekly services makes sense while she reassesses our eligibility/copay rates now that there are two seniors here, and a change in income and costs. Can we state now what help we actually need? No. Do we know now our exact income? No. Do we know now our new medical copay rates, annualized? No. Do we know our annual anticipated Rx costs? No.

She affirms that Retiring Is Like That, and that there's a lot more stress involved than we'd anticipated. Says we're doing really well and its normal that it doesn't feel that way! ;-)

She'll drop off a new financial form later this aftn.

Today:

Progress re-pillowing newly re-allotted chairs from ydy work day and removing my items from (his) sewing room. This led to a discussion during my rest from an hour of working hard in the house, re orthopedic pillows and the level of concern with blocking my chairs. Everyone does it, and it has to stop immediately. I'm going to dress each medically necessary chair in an old but vividly pink t-shirt or top!

~S~


16 Jan 19 - 02:50 PM (#3971782)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I get the gist of the job they come to do but have no idea what "Yano" stands for.

Fitness today - starting the NY Times challenge for January (once you join they start you from the beginning with an email every day.) It started with a six-minute small workout, and I followed it with a mile or so walk with the dogs. My Weather Underground phone app alerted me to a good chunk of time today to plan on and it was spot-on.

The fridge clearing process is moving along, and I'm being frugal with purchases (the "no-spend" month) but I did treat myself to a sandwich out yesterday after that big dusty attic episode and two trips to the recycle bins. This afternoon I'm preparing to do some audio work, receiver to computer stuff (setting up the cables now). This first job is for my daughter, and once that is taken care of, then I need to start work on my Dad's musical collection. I received some stuff in the mail this week from Deckman (Bob Nelson) who led the way for several folks to donate their collections to the Pacific NW collection folks at the University of Washington. It's now officially my turn to work on this.


16 Jan 19 - 07:44 PM (#3971829)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I had a visit with my endocrinologist today. My blood pressure was beautiful, my thyroid is at a functioning level and my A1C dropped from 9.7 to 7.2!!!!   He was most happy with me and so am I!!!!   Finally someone has gotten it figured out!!!!   The A1C is still a little high but it's on the way down and that's a significant drop in 3 months time!

Michelle


16 Jan 19 - 09:17 PM (#3971834)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Re: Yano

It was after about the 8th "Surprise! No warning!" worker landed on my lap before coffee or breakfast (as I've posted about) that I created a generic term to term to refer to them-- (even the agency gets their actual names wrong):

Yet Another New One.

We're up to at leastr 10 and maybe 12 such women to whom I have had to explain intensely private toileting details. And I am not even a 'personal care' client.

I'm past remembering every name by now.

~S~


16 Jan 19 - 09:55 PM (#3971836)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

So much for my frugal month - sometimes you have to set aside those intentions if a great opportunity presents itself.

I have a Macy's gift card that needs to be used, so I headed to the mall and parked at the Sears end, intending to walk the length of the mall for exercise. But I was only a few steps in the door when I encountered Joe Boxer fleece pajama pants on a really good sale. So while I checked out I chatted with the clerk. Was Sears going to close this store? No, but they were discontinuing the Land's End part of the business and everything down there is 90% off, including mannequins. Mannequins? They are so expensive as dress forms (what these are - jersey-covered fiberglass torsos on sturdy brushed aluminum stands) and these were $40 each. I caught my daughter before she left town and she came down and we put a large male torso on a sturdy short aluminum stand from one of the child-sized torsos (all had the same interchangeable bases, just different length rods). This way she can use it on a table in a closed space. I picked up the smallest adult male torso (probably "medium" size) on the tall stand. I can use this for eBay sales and my own sewing.

I never made it to Macy's.


17 Jan 19 - 03:50 PM (#3971893)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Oh Susan! LOVE the Yano term! R's Mom used to comment on the amount of energy it took for her to take care of he "caregivers". She too would have enjoyed your "Yano" term.

Now that the house is a done deal, we are both in that stage of anticipation and trepidation! It is BIG. It will take a lot of heat! and a lot of care! But, I remind Mr Stressed-out, once the other house is sold, there will be funds and one less property to care for. And two others are probably getting sorted out in the next couple months. And if "you would just stop stressing and actually DO something about things..." I am hoping for early to mid February to get started on making the house a home.

In the meantime, cold weather and snow will keep me moving - bringing in wood. I have to watch for a break in the weather to pack up plants,etc and move them to QC. And winterize everything here for the time I am gone. At least a month.

Even though this house is warm enough, the cold seems to weigh me down. It is moderately tidy but the vacuum would be helpful. Cannot do that and be here - due to dust. So I am living with it. Too cold to even shake out the throw rugs!

Car refused to start this am and I could not use the booster pack due to inability to open hood - failure to attend to this when R was here and we knew it took two to do the job. Later it started; I had missed the meeting I wanted to attend, but I drove out for gas and then kept an eye out for someone who could be part of the team. Did not find a helper so I came home. It was very cold to co-opt a volunteer! Maybe tomorrow if I go anywhere. I will, however, start the car a couple times a day in this cold snap as that might help. I did not do that yesterday. It was minus 22C this am at 9 am. Below zero F.


17 Jan 19 - 04:21 PM (#3971905)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Congratulations on the house, Dorothy! And great news that there will be fewer properties to manage.

I crossed everything off my list for this week except one - to groom the dogs. Big Job. Mainly just brushing and looking for anything that needs the vet; it's not likely they'll get baths this time of year. Their annual exams come up soon.

The greenhouse needed sorting and I spent time adding line to the replacement cartridges for my string trimmer, clearing out stuff on the workbench, putting tools away, and I decided the mice need thinning. I didn't have luck with the "walk the plank" mousetrap in the garage because I got it after cleaning and getting rid of hiding places there didn't seem to be any left to take the bait. The greenhouse is a different story. It's about time to start seeds and get the raised beds into shape.


17 Jan 19 - 06:35 PM (#3971925)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Go DP!!!

~S~


18 Jan 19 - 11:29 AM (#3972020)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Last night I pulled out the various brushing and hair-removal appliances and brushed the dogs (the strangest device is a serrated edged blade with plastic handles - draw it across the coat and it does the best job on the older blue heeler with all of her fluffy undercoat). The old tick collars came off (put on last summer, supposed to work for three months - time to visit the vet for more).

I set up a bucket of water with baited mousetrap on the rim for the mice and wood rats that have been in and out of the greenhouse - the photo I put up on Facebook brought protests from a lot of my urban friends, who want them caught and released or perhaps repelled with oils. Oils? Really? They're a real problem in the garden, I don't put up the bird feeders any more because of them, and I would like them gone. Poppy used to be a good ratter but she's very old now. I haven't seen Pepper catch any yet, but she's fast enough to catch birds, so perhaps she'll take on the job.

A short additional list for this week includes mowing the back yard today. I'll have to get out there before the rain predicted this afternoon. It's gorgeous out right now but there's heavy dew on the lawn at the moment. (I know - Dorothy is trying to force a path through the ice to her wood pile - I'm not complaining about the conditions here!) I set up Google Fit on my phone and am interested to see that it track my walks with the dogs, and I think it'll show the back and forth of the mower in the long narrow yard. My fitness tracker supposedly does the GPS thing also, but I haven't figured out all of the phone settings (it does this via bluetooth connections to the phone.) I'm curious to compare Nokia and Google results side-by-side.


18 Jan 19 - 11:56 AM (#3972026)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, shedding blade for horses? (How do you get the dog to hold still?)

We spent our AM coffee planning-chat thinking thru some upcoming garage rearrangement with a view to making space for the March truckload as well as long-term layout after the March load is unpacked.

Next we're off for what Friday's have been for our last 25+ years... Greg may have seven days off a week now instead of the occasional one, but this should be a good piece of getting our rhythms on the same track. Something relatively normal will be a relief!

~Susan


18 Jan 19 - 05:21 PM (#3972086)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Incredible mouth pain in 4 soft tissue spots and several cold-sensitive teeth, all on the left side of center-- same areas that had responded so differently to novocaine for recent major periodontal work.

Old glasses (needed for wearing while new lenses are made next week for current frames) dropped off for repair and new insurance info registered. Confirmed I'm still covered for EyeMed.

Confirmed my PCP and on-site Urgent Care are "in network" w new insurance, and that no copay is charged-- Process: Medicare pays, then supplemental insurance pays, and then patient is billed for anything remaining. Made appt w PCP for Feb. 1 to test system/costs.

Urgently needed hygiene items found. Shower rod sleeves found. Oriental market w ear picks found. Potential Korean restaurant found.

Arabic spices wanted, found.

We survived 4.5 hours away from home with no meltdowns (but I was close until I took Tylenol).

~S~


19 Jan 19 - 12:34 PM (#3972228)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The Retriever shedding blade works well on all of the dogs but the oldest one who is mostly blue heeler likes it best.

I did mow the yard and the short Bermuda, native grasses, and weeds look so nice! This was followed by a concerted amount of scooping and adding dog droppings to the compost (it might make sense to scoop before mowing, but the weeds make that job difficult.) No mice in the bucket but I'll leave it there for a couple of weeks at least. It didn't work in the garage, but it might work in the greenhouse. The final place to deploy it is in the attic. After clearing out all of those flat cardboard boxes it will be easier to place at some point in the future. In cold weather it is most likely there are uninvited inhabitants up there now.

Overnight the wind arrived and things tipped over and blew around all night and will continue until this evening, apparently. I expect to find yard furniture, trash cans, and more out in the street later. One of my metal chairs rattled around in the gusts so it wasn't a good night's sleep.

Several months ago the earwire of one of my favorite pairs of sterling silver earrings vanished, and I didn't really want to buy a new pair. It finally dawned on me to replace the wire, so a dozen new wires arrived from Hong Kong (!) and I replaced both wires since the new ones didn't match the remaining old one. They're actually nicer, and give me ideas about making more earrings. It's time to start using a lot of the beads I discussed over the years with Katlaughing and a few other Mudcat crafters.


19 Jan 19 - 02:10 PM (#3972241)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, yes, the horse version is very similar.

~S~


19 Jan 19 - 07:58 PM (#3972292)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

As we did a zillion other things today waiting for Snowgeddon II, we made a big crockpot of soup together. Faboo supper.

Lots of things put away today.

Most of soup now in freezer and other frozen soups found. We'll cream and/or thicken the part I didn't have freezer containers for, for variety.

~Susan


20 Jan 19 - 09:53 AM (#3972381)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

ALL my ADL tasks are off kilter and way behind functionality levels now that Yano structure is on hold. On Maslow's hierarchy were stuck at shelter, food, water. So try we focus on getting me caught up. We've been focusing almost exclusively on tech transitions and getting Greg settled. Necessary but cost me. Back to back wknd winter storms our first two weeks here ain't helped.

~S~


20 Jan 19 - 01:01 PM (#3972425)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Typos in prev post.... Try = tdy. New fone autocorrect is a slow learner.

We are agreed that Yano services (with a new company) should resume on 2hrs/wk, even if we have to pay 100%-- as soon as Daejanna can start us with the non-personal care provider she now realizes was needed all along. I've emailed her.

Done this AM:

Coffee chat re finances and transfer of all bill paying to Greg for now, so he can consolidate his internal budgeting senses, with all info managed via our shared office space and frequent communication. Ohio bills I've paid via various means will now go thru his paperless system. For now my monthly SS will go to groceries, haircuts, dog costs, and savings. He plans to visit the local SS ofc to check on increasing mine and other tax related Q's. (There will be another system agreed for the start of the 2nd quarter.)

We are agreed that until the PA utility expenses and moving costs are done in March, we will undertake no increase in cable, other monthly bills, or other large expenditures.

We are agreed to find a 2019 tax preparer ASAP to determine Ohio State taxes, and that we will keep 2019 receipts for possible itemization, should our final choice of tax preparer advise itemizing as they become more familiar with the insane new Trump tax code.

My ADL stuff:
. Week's synthroid pill sorter set back to Sunday or Monday weekly setup.
. Newbie meds ditto.
. Last wk's pee bucket emptied and soaking.
. This wk's fresh pee bucket moved outside BR door into my dressing alcove w privacy curtain. Wiping materials there also, incl new reacher made today. We are agreed the house needs this camping potty, pending adding the second toilet near the kitchen. Now there's a toidy at each end of the hallway.
. Bathroom reacher and wiping cloths added to bathroom. As my UTI's become Lee frequent I can get back to the real loo at night.
. Clean laundry all put away including those cloth wipes in both locations.
. Next laundry running.
. BR hamper for dirty laundry is empty and back in the BR.
. Large hamper for emptying dryer is empty and back on top of the dryer.
. The LR bench that had held all clothes imported from PA is once again empty except for one linens dept. item of unascertained destination, and ready for Newbie napping or laundry folding (or a guest to sit).
. Sewing items have been discussed for either Greg to do or the pricey local tailor, and set aside where they can be seen and either used as is or sent to house or tailor sewing dept.
. The clothes drying rack taking up the sewing room space is put away in its spot.
. I missed brekky but had early lunch.
. Dinner items are set, on hand or to be made.

Another round of ADL remediation is planned for the afternoon, after Greg hems his jeans he hoped to hem today.

Then we can dig out from Snowmageddon II.

~S~


20 Jan 19 - 01:49 PM (#3972442)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Round two ADL remediation:

. DW loaded and running.
. Chairside water refills started.
. Kitchen trash pulled and relined.
. Snowblowers instructed.
. Candy put away.
. Samsung fone found n charging-- stored GF restaurant docs there. Fone is now camera, memo, Wi-Fi only. Maybe navigation.
. Water station towel set out

Round three soon: putting away Thursday's groceries.


20 Jan 19 - 02:16 PM (#3972448)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

We did not get as much snow as was predicted but I'd say we got about 14 inches here on the mountain top. The frigid temperatures, however, are steadily dropping and I won't be a bit surprised it we hit the -20F that is being called for.

I am thankful that the 3 of us have Monday off where we can stay in and keep the house warm. I am also thankful to say that all my clients currently are housed, something I would not have been able to say a month ago. There are shelters in place in the area where I work however they are small, with the largest being able to hold 14 people. However, they are also putting people up in hotels.

Jeremiah has been playing in the snow, Pete plowed the driveway and I made a nice hot lunch to warm everybody up. I have several stacks of paperwork that I hope to get through today and to pay bills. Yee Haw. Such fun. It needs to be done and it's a nice quiet day to do it. I also scrubbed the toilet and folded some laundry. It's nice to have this day be leisurely as I normally would be getting things around for work.

We have steaks to BBQ, a Lawrence Family tradition for blizzard weather and a ham to go in the crockpot tomorrow. I have some things I want to get ready for the work week, including hanging my clothes out for the week....I've not been so good with that lately and it really does slow me down in the morning. I could get up earlier to make things go more smoothly but I know myself and that just isn't going to happen.

Perhaps I'll get some sewing in...we shall see.

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


20 Jan 19 - 06:04 PM (#3972485)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

The paperwork mountain is no more (why, for the love that all is holy, do I keep all of that stuff when 97% of it is JUNK MAIL)!!! Hooray! The monthly bills have been paid, signed up for our Flex card which is used for all prescriptions and deductibles. It used to be that we'd have to pay for the meds, co-pays, etc., then turn in the receipt and wait a few weeks to be reimbursed. Now we have a debit card that can be used for medical purposes only...but how cool that there is no more scanning, pay out or wait time for the cash to be returned!!! YAY!!!!

I also sent in another payment for our vacation for this year....it's a few months off and I already can't wait!!! :)

The first winter grilling event is about to happen...steaks on the grill (first steaks for us in well over a year), sauteed mushrooms, baked potatoes and a salad. It's good being snowed in!!!! ;)

Night All!

Michelle


20 Jan 19 - 07:12 PM (#3972490)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The card sounds excellent - years ago I did the Flex thing for child care and it was nerve-wracking to have all of the documents and get everything filed at the right time. And the steaks sound like a great push-back against the weather.

I found broccoli on a great sale last week and bought far more than I can eat fresh myself. Some to give to friends in a few days, some to blanch and freeze, and last night I made broccoli beef after thawing a NY strip steak I got in another great sale at the same store. Good leftovers for a couple of days.

eBay sales are moving along so it's time to organize and list some more. The sunroom is a bit stacked up with boxes left over from the holidays (the boxes I recycled last week were from the attic). I'll see how many of them can be used for shipping items and flatten the rest.


20 Jan 19 - 08:28 PM (#3972513)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

The ADL remediation has continued all day and Greg has finally begun to see this house (and my running of it) in everyday normal mode-- it's been so good to attack all the backlogged tasks, and with help at the ready each time I called out for a lift or a 2nd pair of hands. One last load is in the dryer to fold and sort for destinations in the house, during hockey internissions.

Almost know who I am again.

~S~


20 Jan 19 - 08:42 PM (#3972515)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:
"Get some sewing in"! Maybe someday I will.

Told a friend about "yano". Her mom has round the clock caregivers but they are all Phillipino and they always make sure there is someone to replace anyone leaving, and train the newbies! A tight community.

Only about 4 inches of light fluffy snow last night! YAY! But I managed to get car stuck in driveway on Saturday so I finally called on a neighbour for help. He shoveled the snow and extricated the car; his shovels looked more effective - a trip to Home Hardware. His muscles are much more effective - OH well. He came back after the snowplow and cleared what it had done!

COLD, windy. Only down to minus 20 C so far tonight. Last night I turned the cube heater in the studio all the way up and it was only 38F in there this am. If it gets colder, there are no options. Hope!

The house is OK and I brought in more wood today after clearing a good path. Find the dolly very effective as it saves me carrying and the wheels are adequate to go though the bit of snow and even over the throw rugs. It takes up room in the LR but all things considered, that is a minor detail. When one of the usual (2) spaces become empty, I can wheel it over and offload so it is ready for the next load. And I only have to open the door once, a bit longer, to bring in the equivalent of 6 armloads! This was a great idea!

Otherwise, I am still in semi-hibernation.

Eclipse any minute now??


20 Jan 19 - 08:57 PM (#3972517)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Aaaand.... the last load of laundry has now been put away. This led to clearing out two plastic drawers for Greg's stuff, that I hadn't had time to clear for him before I went back to PA in December, now he has room for his stuff pending March dresser delivery.


21 Jan 19 - 07:43 AM (#3972604)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

With a surprising but welcome early waking, I restored the last personal schedule here with only very slight updates. I'm in sync finally.

I've been showering at the Y. Tdy was my first shower here in 6 weeks.

Omg!


21 Jan 19 - 09:27 AM (#3972621)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, the last agency promised they'd train newbies... but after 3 w/o keeping that promise, I put it all into a Word doc they read upon arrival.

~S~


21 Jan 19 - 12:42 PM (#3972652)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I forgot about the eclipse and when I did get out there I had to return to the house a couple of times (tripod, flashlight) and hoped to get lucky with speed alone but the aperture setting needed adjustment (not auto) and my shots were all overexposed. I have good shots from previous years.

Another eBay item has sold, nickle and diming my PayPal account back to a robust state. I estimate about $100 a month in sales, enough to pay a bill or two and I use PayPal for all of my USPS mailing. It's easier that way.

Daffodil stalks are tall and there are a couple of buds swelling on those nearest the front of the house where they get protection from the wind and some radiant heat bounced from the stone wall.

I think the pledge drive is about finished on my local NPR station. I'm a sustaining member so I don't need to call in, and when you participate it sometimes makes the pledge drive less onerous, but this year it palls. Good thing I can stream other stations; Washington, D.C. and Boston are on a different pledge drive schedule.

eBay and editing today. It's still too cold outside for yard work. My no-spend January has lurched along so I'll extend it into February. When weather is cold it's easier to stay in and not spend locally, but we had nice weather last week and I discovered a couple of great sales. Nothing frivolous, but not entirely essential either. #GoodIntentions


21 Jan 19 - 01:44 PM (#3972666)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Daffodils!!!!   On this arctic day, I had forgotten all about them...thanks for the reminder and something to look forward to in a few months!

Our water was frozen this morning. Pete spent about 4 hours getting it all thawed out. We have water for the toilet and kitchen sink but the drain in the tub is frozen (at least for now). It is reported to be minus 30+ degrees in the town nearest us. Schools are closed for either Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or due to the temperatures.

I have a ham in the crock pot, all the dishes are done, the fridge has been cleaned out and soon I'll be folding laundry and preparing for my work week. We were going to play some cards this afternoon and maybe we still will but at the moment, Pete is sacked out in front of the fire with Oatie snuggling right up with him. He works hard and I'm going to let him nap...he certainly deserves to!

I am toying with the idea of starting a new blog to track my weight loss progress but also for tracking my health and things that I find to be of motivation. I'm not sure just yet...but it surely did help the last time I had any real success. I'll let you know if and when I decide to do that as you are welcome to tag along. :)

I'm ready to make some changes.

Michelle


21 Jan 19 - 01:49 PM (#3972668)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

"Daffodil stalks are tall and there are a couple of buds swelling on those nearest the front of the house where they get protection from the wind and some radiant heat bounced from the stone wall." Now you have really done it, Maggie! Last year there was so much snow on top of the daffies, one never did grow - I saw it, a bit of green leaves but... Trying to be careful that the snow does not get piled on there this year. Did not get the protection around that special bed that I had sort of planned. Darn, I see there is already too much! Well, about the end of April, I might see them. Maybe.

The studio was at 33F this am so I bought a new heater, suspecting the old one of wearing out. Does not appear the anything actually froze but it is a warning. The next round of work in there will be to organize so things that might freeze are up higher. Tonight will tell me if the new heater is the answer. Maybe some tall sticks and burlap around it...? So more snow does not get thrown there.

Also bought a new wider shovel with a metal edge so I can move snow more efficiently. Found two very nice boxes at the grocery that I can use as file boxes to use in the new cabinet - after Dan cuts it down to size.

Our friendly neighbourhood ermine was just outside the back window yesterday, long enough for me to see she had supper (a mouse I think) that she took up to the sleeping loft, clearly making herself at home. I heard the patter of tiny feet up there. I thought she might come down for a visit but, happily, she did not. We actually delight in her presence. As cold as it has been I was wanting to invite all the wildlings in to our warm place! She is so flat, I cannot imagine being able to exclude her. We shall see what she has done come spring. Most of what is up there is in plastic bins. I would offer some old sweaters but do not want to open the trap door and let any of the precious heat out!


21 Jan 19 - 05:58 PM (#3972718)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I saved big daffs and an iris to force, from the big sewer dig last fall. Just need gravel.

~S~


21 Jan 19 - 10:44 PM (#3972748)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I sent some of my daffodils to Janie in North Carolina last fall, and perhaps she'll be greeting them when spring arrives in her neck of the woods. I also gave some irises to a friend here in North Texas and expect she'll be seeing them bloom by March or early April.


22 Jan 19 - 11:35 AM (#3972887)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I cat sat for several days and used the dish soap there to wash out the cat bowls and trays that are placed under bowl to food to keep crumbs off of the floor. It's what the cats are used to so I went with it. Anyway, her brand of dish soap is Palmolive, and now my hands are broken out because that variety of detergent has a coconut ingredient. I always buy Dawn because it doesn't cause this problem.

The little cracks that have formed on my fingertips (at the corner of the nails) is a common winter-time affliction if one is in water a lot, but these days I'm generally not. Every so often something comes along that reminds me that a particular product is a problem, and this episode was it.
Contact dermatitis to coconut is more common than food allergy
Coconut-derived products (such as coconut diethanolamide, cocamide sulphate, cocamide DEA, CDEA) can cause contact allergic dermatitis, present in cosmetics including some hair shampoos, moisturisers, soaps, cleansers and hand washing liquids. As with any contact dermatitis, an itchy blistering rash may arise a day or two after contact with the allergen, and take several days to resolve. If contact dermatitis to coconut products is suspected, then patch testing is an appropriate method for diagnosis. From here.

I am my own living "patch test." The list of coconut-derived products is really long, and there are dozens of different named chemicals that cause this problem (the biggest being sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate).


22 Jan 19 - 01:07 PM (#3972909)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Spent some time this AM planning a new shelving configuration to maximize the media side of the Liberation Library's double closet.

Brandon is coming this aftn to stow two file cabinets in the other side-- which will substantially clear walk-space in that now-frustratingly-crowded room. Then I can map more shelving around them, and Brandon can put all these in for us next week during his Tool Time with Greg.

-S~


22 Jan 19 - 03:48 PM (#3972946)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Note to self:

When 2 men measure, the woman who knows how to make it fit loses her whole project.

I'll call Girl Power!

~S~


22 Jan 19 - 05:50 PM (#3972966)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

A hard day here. Brandon mismeasured last week for today's most important job, leaving me to invent yet another creative workaround.

X = done

(---) = not, maybe next week

With me:

X Water the garaged peony

X Make and tape/staple garage signs up high to guide upcoig rearrangements of garage items:
L for Library - 1 in corner and one over big door
G for Garden- 1 on L side and 1 on R-- GL and GR
H for Hardware
A for Artwork and Decor
F for Furniture
W for Wood and Lumber

X Corner desk shelf?
Cut and mocked up to raise printer and increase corner desktop laptop or writing space.

X -1 File cabs to Library closet
Only 1 fit. The other is now a temporary side table for my chair, which makes me hate it all but eases walk space a wee bit (not enough) in Library.

X Ramp out of van and stored in now-emptier L corner

X Mats out of van to Library for cold feet

(Plywood?) Bother day when snow melts

(Cut green/gold rug in garage for patio door area of kitchen)

Check paints n spackle n 5/1 tool

(Raise dog fence if we haz zip ties (lost) )

(Can't bcuz cabinet protrudes: Add rod sleeve to library closet rod)

(In patio, tilt lattice panel more)

(Reassess if ext cords needed for sliding libraary) desk-- it ran over cords which got trapped

With Greg,

Find double tap and see if kitchen outlet can safely be reactivated at appliance counter

Confirm circuit labels and add any missed

Dbl tap if retained may better be done on BR circuits-- lowert load there than prev occupants who originated the dbl tap


23 Jan 19 - 11:30 AM (#3973091)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:
Waiting for the snow to stop so I can shovel! Lots of snow and, I am told, freezing rain later. Warmer today - just below freezing at the moment. Studio is toasty! but I don't want to wade through the snow until I shovel most of it. And still the snow comes down - 8-10 inches, I estimate.

In the meantime, I am planning what needs to be done in case the hydro/electric goes off. Need to find the propane tank under the snow! for the propane heater in studio. The house is no problem the wood stove is keeping it cosy. Store up some water, just in case. So far, in the cold snaps, the water has not frozen!!! It did in Montreal because R did not leave it running enough.

Also waiting for R to phone and tell me the papers are signed. He commented that this house, too, could be an albatross but I exclaimed that it will be cared for; "I will not live like this anymore!" (that was in caps!) I am saving up my pittance just in case he refuses to do what I believe in necessary WHEN it is necessary.

Laundry in machine; will hang it inside. Every time, I think the snow has stopped, it starts again. I may have to get to it and get wet; the old work coat will dry.


23 Jan 19 - 11:52 AM (#3973097)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP: Great reiteration of your strong position!

All the people who helped screw up my closet project ydy woke up smarter today. Film at 11.

~S~


23 Jan 19 - 02:57 PM (#3973146)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm suffering due to a disconnect between my phone's weather app and what is actually happening outside. I was ready for it to warm up more today (my phone said it would be lovely by now). But today it says "Today is forecast to be MUCH COOLER than yesterday." And my brain just hasn't caught up.

Today's to-do list included a couple of phone calls that have been made. On my fridge I have a printout of a form Michelle shared back in December with a schedule for cleaning in preparation for the holidays. I did a few days of it then forgot, but yesterday I decided to pick another activity and in this instance, it said clean bathrooms. I did just one, the hall bathroom, and I'll do the master bath today. This is the deeper-level dusting all of the wood edges on drawers, doors, and trim, getting out the glass cleaner, and scrubbing porcelain with cleanser. (Usually it's sweep, give the bowl a quick scrub, and empty the trash.)

A local radio talk show this afternoon was discussing Millennials and their habits, needs, interests, etc. And said again what I have observed with my own millennial children - where my mother saved family antiques for us, the family antiques I've saved for my children may hold little interest. They don't now, anyway. I'll keep decluttering and as it gets to the bigger pieces of furniture that I don't need I'll give them an opportunity to express interest before I list them somewhere.


23 Jan 19 - 05:36 PM (#3973166)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

IT is done!!! R met the former owner and they got on well and he is terrifically excited about our new house which we will soon be making into a home! There were those moments, you know. But it has come to pass... Now we have to deal with the reality of it. Lots of good news and the former owner is supportive and delighted that we will respect the integrity of this beautiful listed Heritage house (1902). First I've heard about that! Means we must have permission to make changes.

Snow is shoveled, freezing rain started about 4:00 so I rushed out and finished the entrance to drive while it was still OK. Wood is in. All is well at Beaver. In Montreal, the roads are a nightmare and R is on to the next crisis - trucks coming to pick up machinery tomorrow and freezing rain and dreadful snow and ...

Laundry dry. And I have worked hard enough today to take a break for the evening.


23 Jan 19 - 08:22 PM (#3973179)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

YAY, Dorothy!

Spontaneous coffee planning is now a regular thing. Today it started with new thoughts on the closet project, and a consensus on poss approaches. Then the weather caused us to plan a getaway while roads are good.

We went to a huge Amish bulk food grocery about an hour away, where we picked up special goodies and ordered bulk peanuts. I was able to gather pricing info on other staples we've been getting at a much smaller PA Mennonite bulk food store-- won't need to juggle THAT with our March moving trip!

We had some good talks about how it's been going since formal retirement, cleared up a sticky item from ydy, and explored a state park Judy and I found which Greg agrees we will love for day trips. Finished w affordable supper at the little restaurant Judy and I had found. A good day.

~S~


24 Jan 19 - 11:05 AM (#3973293)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I mentioned deep cleaning one time yesterday, in this thread, and now on Amazon I'm seeing an ad for Amazon services to have someone come in and do a deep cleaning in my home.

Congratulations on consolidating the household and property to a smaller footprint, Dorothy! Will the location of the new house give you the same feeling of retreat from town as the Beaver location? I think your photos or map posted ages ago on Facebook showed in adjacent to a large park? (Perhaps Amazon will start offering you links to moving companies!)

I'm restoring blog pages to their old illustrated selves with the photos I downloaded from Photobucket (they stopped allowing third-party hosting unless you paid a high annual fee) and am loading them onto the Wordpress site. I could have put them there before but I was using the free site and it didn't offer much space. Now I'm paying for space there and won't pay Photobucket. I also recently pretty much demolished my old Flickr account because they also sold and are imposing new restrictions. #TooGoodToLast


24 Jan 19 - 12:40 PM (#3973318)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Brandon's closet and file cabinet measurements... plus my idea to simply remove 3 pieces of molding... plus Greg's rethinking and great tools on hand = YAY, and Brandon's not having to wear a dust mask to remove closet wallboard Tuesday! And, the carpentry/garage rearrangement work for his upcoming Tuesday will be a LOT more fun--for all!

It MAY also be possible to end the cord maze in the library which is making several of us NUTS.

~S~


24 Jan 19 - 07:47 PM (#3973386)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

We are not giving up Beaver; we are moving from the Montreal house to the Chateauguay house for the sake of having a decent home that has heat! and off the street parking! and a bit more room around the house for a garden and the trees behind that are not ours but go all the way to the next highway and provides an area for walks, and a house large enough to have company, even overnight company! And R can have his very own office that bro cannot take over. And it is a solid brick house in good condition with beautiful original woodwork. I would have settled happily for something smaller but the fact is that we need ROOM/SPACE! POTTING SPACE, WOODWORKING SPACE, entertainment space. We could even have house concerts! And R has enough Victorian furniture to fill the whole place. The former owner is delighted that we are on the same page and will be caring for his home of 22 years much as he has.

Right now I am trying to work out the logistics of getting back there to be part of making it into OUR home. The weather is not cooperating and I miss Robin and also want to see our new house and get on with the next phase of my life! IF it is not warm enough to take plants in the car, I have to come back in a couple weeks to water them OR ask my kind neighbour to do so... No moving truck will be used; R and his chosen ones will do the job. And it will take time! I will deal with small stuff.

Those who are coffee addicts could help me out by suggesting ways to make coffee for occasional guests who MUST have their coffee. I have never had a cup in my life and would like to be able to offer it so people do not have to go out to a cafe...!! Not that single serving stuff but can I keep coffee in the freezer and prepare it easily. The last cup I made someone (instant, 30 years ago) was poured out on the ground!

After all the shoveling yesterday, I took a hot bath but still did not sleep well, with heating pad on back. I did not get much done today but more snow clearing. It hovered around freezing all day and I still had no get up... Now the temp is going down again for a while.


25 Jan 19 - 01:20 AM (#3973402)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, I never drink coffee, but I have a coffee maker, filters, and a good grind of coffee in the freezer. And I get out these and let coffee drinkers make their own. I also have a French press if they don't want to go to all of the trouble. My usual offer is "I'm not a coffee drinker, but if you'd like me to make you a cup, I will." Funny how quickly they step up to make their own brew! :)

Sounds like it will be interesting, filling that house with Victorian furniture!


25 Jan 19 - 07:16 AM (#3973441)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, YES on a French press and freezing the coffee. If you REALLY want to impress, but a cheap grinder for you or your guest's use and freeze the beans whole. You grind, guests smell the addictive aroma and jump to use the French press.

We use one of our grinders to grind cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. They take up hardly any counter space. Invest in a good press, but the cheap grinders are great.

Another impressive but cheap coffee workhorse is the stove top espresso thingie with two parts that screw together, found at big box kitchen stores or sometimes where coffee is sold. You'll want the larger size for that or the French press.

~S~


25 Jan 19 - 11:59 AM (#3973487)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Yesterday was the first of three weekly gel injections in my knee; the time has come to go through these steps in order to keep stepping. I'm not ready for replacement parts yet. Just in time for gardening season, since I need to prepare beds for onions and potatoes. I won't get the full effect of the shots for a few weeks, but at least it won't get worse than it was.

Last night I waded past the clutter of boxes in the sunroom to show a friend my setup for eBay (the shipping boxes from the holidays haven't been flattened yet). She makes jewelry and is wanting to display necklaces without having the house or table or wherever she is working in view. I use a photo cube and a mannequin torso, the torso is covered with black jersey and I put a black knit top over that to give an attractive neckline look for things I photograph (last month I listed three leather handbags so I put the form into the photo cube and draped the long shoulder strap over the mannequin for photos that give a good idea of scale and are in a neutral space.) I really do need to tackle that area.


25 Jan 19 - 12:13 PM (#3973490)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

It's snowing in Stratford, with a wind stiff enough to drive the flakes at an acute angle to the ground. So I'm staying in, and cleaning the house.

I have this thing about bathrooms. I like the surface around the sink to be clear of clutter -- nothing on it at all. But modern bathroom decor tends to not include cabinets where one can stow all the clag that people keep in bathrooms; in fact, our present abode is quite innocent even of a medicine cabinet. How did that happen? This inquiring mind wants to know. (It's a good thing Himself and I do not share a bathroom, because we would have come to blows by now over the way he leaves heaps of clutter around the bathroom sink.)

So today I hung a little metal shelf thingy on the wall to hold the clag that I use every day, leaving only the soapdish on the counter top.

Apart from that, the agenda is vacuuming and dusting, or dusting and vacuuming. It's January, and the alternatives are worse.


25 Jan 19 - 02:11 PM (#3973499)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Charmion-- how this happened is: countertop baskets and vanity drawers. And transient relationships with overnight bags.

Great news this aftn:

We're now eligible for a 60% copay on County Council on Aging services for the next 3 months and are agreed that we can afford their 9$/Hr YANO (minus 40%) for two hours a week for the rest of the first quarter.


25 Jan 19 - 05:04 PM (#3973529)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I had the same issue in both of my bathrooms, Charmion. Back when I was building a large shelf unit for my daughter's room I decided to use some of the remnants to make some smaller things I needed. I created a small open double-shelf unit that is 18" wide, 16" high, and the top shelf is 10" above the lower one. There isn't a top to this thing, but this way there are a few inches of wood that keep things on the top shelf from pitching off of the sides. It's only about 3.5" deep, and it was made to fit into the space beside the sink, between the door and the wall where the very large mirror covers the wall over the sinks. It's enough to hold bottles of alcohol, witch hazel, a few lotions, sore throat spray, etc.

The shelf is a good quality birch plywood and I used iron-on oak trim on all of the edges before sanding and staining it a golden oak that matches the cabinets.


25 Jan 19 - 08:42 PM (#3973549)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I got to the warm pool just early enough to be in time for a quiet and hard mixed hour of ai chi, backhab, aquajogging, and PT exercises. Afterwards I called my ex-PT, hoping for a printout of my last aquatic program with her.

I think I hurt every muscle just enough, ground off arthritic knees just enough, and stretched problematic tendons just enough. TBTG I perfectly recall that PT's pain monitoring/effort eval system. I went to bed knowing she'd laugh WITH me in the morning.

(She did.) Not only is she sending the names of the exercises-- many of which I've been recalling--the whole program in pictures is on its way.... along with several new exercises I can do in the warm pool's unique setup. Such generosity!

~S~


25 Jan 19 - 09:41 PM (#3973551)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Finally woke up today with a sense of energy to get things done. Did home in house things and ate carefully lest that rob my energy, waited for studio to be warm enough and the sun was shining- but not much coming in. And I glazed a load and filled the kiln and ...YAY! With any luck I will have mugs - if they turn out- for Carole in Quebec. Now I need to get them to her in the first week of Feb.

Then I still felt good so I brought in two dolly loads of wood. Then I was tired and achey so I sat on bed with heating pad on back for a while. I was elated to get the kiln loaded and find it a helpful learning that only doing the wood is the cause of aches. Not potting or glazing!

Still working on logistics of trip to Quebec re plants that cannot be moved in cold, studio that must be kept above freezing,... and waiting for word from R that there is a bed in place, for starters! In time to get mugs to Carole and to hear a fav group on 1 Feb.


26 Jan 19 - 06:19 PM (#3973619)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Corrected/amended post:


Service dog Newbie was excluded from a planned family event today, so I sent Greg with the food I'd made and am re-ordering the Library now that the storage-dedicated file cabinet is indoors; I also labeled our shared home office corner in that room, to catch the home administrivia we're generating.

It's very new, for Greg for things to be so organized without a secretary... so we check in with other about it often, as the orderliness possible here makes itself obvious.

With a home 1/5 the size of the PA house-- and a home office about 1/5 the size of his recent Rector's Office-- this new opportunity to play house is often hilarious. The press of blending families and searching out a new parish during our newlywed year didn't really allow us to do this before with any intentionality. Thank God for all the Tiny House shows we watched the last few years for ideas, or we'd both be nuts by now!

As the day went on, a bunch of cluttery containers disappeared from various spots in the house, their contents swallowed up into the file cabinets. The larger recliner swapped in last week was swiveled to its Library Is Open position, and viola! There was that spacious room again!

So I spent some time with my camera, planning the next work with Brandon on Tuesday, to add even more storage shelving.

I also reorganized a long counter in the kitchen that recently had its outlet restored to function-- back to the pre-Tyler Appliance Counter configuration. That's part of a long process of making the L-shaped cooking area a real two-cooks' kitchen.

This new fone has a really slow-learning autocorrect!


26 Jan 19 - 11:07 PM (#3973629)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It was a lovely day, almost the entire time away from social media (including Mudcat). I did read the paper online this morning and forwarded a couple of articles, but most of the day I was preparing for and visiting with friends here for a long afternoon visit. Now to record meals on My Fitness Pal and see how much calcium I need to take to reach 100%, and it's off the computer again. I have a book of essays to read before it's due at the library.


27 Jan 19 - 12:16 PM (#3973714)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Making a short list of things to work on (and hopefully finish) today. Right now, I have a fresh cup of tea at my elbow, so while I enjoy that tea I'll work on an eBay listing. I have other stuff to do, it won't be eBay all day, but if I had done a cup-of-tea's worth of eBay every day I'd have a robust set of offerings by now. Today is the first in that proposed daily exercise.

It may seem torturous to our more northerly participants in this thread, but I must get my onion sets into the ground and prepare the area for my red lasoda potatoes. If the soil isn't fully turned over and a large area loosened up few potatoes are produced. There are daffodils blooming up the street so I know I'm already getting a late start.

There are other items on the list, it isn't my intention to enumerate all tasks here. But over the last couple of weeks I've had a running list, adding new items to the bottom for each day and crossing off what I finished. It's working.


27 Jan 19 - 12:52 PM (#3973720)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

The wind here has been ferocious today. It woke me up around 4am this morning, I got up to check that both fires were ok and went back to bed, snuggling deep into my little nest. We decided to forgo church this morning as it has been snowing quite a bit and for a long stretch of time, sometimes with whiteout conditions.

I spent some time this morning putting clothes away, clearing the table, getting meds ready for the next two weeks. Laundry is going at the moment too.

We celebrated Christmas with Pete's family last night. It was a nice evening for all. With that being said, I have some gifts that need to be unpackaged and put away. They stayed in the car all night as it was dark when we got home and our yard is a sheet of ice. Pete brought the boxes down to the house awhile ago and I am waiting for them to come up to room temperature before putting those away.

I am taking tomorrow off from work as my mom is having some medical tests done at a non-local hospital and I am going to go with her. I'm packing some overnight items just in case they are needed.

I am envisioning an afternoon with popcorn and Netflix. I'm hoping to read for a bit and also some time to search for a new quilt pattern. That might be sorting through some in my sewing room or maybe finding something altogether new online. I have a retreat coming up and it's time to plan! Speaking of planning, I also need to make a list for Pete of the items I would like to incorporate into this year's garden. He likes to play the layout at this time of year. I have taken a real liking to Thai Eggplant which uses Japanese Eggplant. Have any of you ever grown Japanese eggplant and might be able to suggest a certain variety?

Stay warm!

Michelle


27 Jan 19 - 01:37 PM (#3973728)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

I see a French press in my future! Thank you!

Trip to Quebec is further in the future than I had hoped. After tedious repeated perusal of 14 day forecasts for here and there, it appears that next monday or tues can be suitable temperature wise and possibly free of snow falling.

R does not have the slightest understanding of my wanting to get into the new house! "You can stay here." Trying to explain without totally losing it that I would be happy to never see that place again! And NO, I cannot move plants in sub-zero weather! I am fuming!

So I shall go clear the fresh 4-5 inches of snow off the back deck and bring in wood. Then use the heating pad and more GS and MSM for the aching shoulder. I did manage to get the mirror over the K sink almost clean before I ran out of that energy spurt.


27 Jan 19 - 04:00 PM (#3973748)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

After our first two Sundays here were snow-closure Sundays at church, it was great to be able to go this AM and reconnect with old friends-- and actually get to sit in a pew with my husband. On the way home we stopped for brunch at a restaurant a friend had introduced me to-- and yay! Our church's later service time got us there after the Sunday rush!

It's a day off house projects today.

Tomorrow is forecast to be warm and rainy-- perfect day (45°) to finish the last of the fall file purge.

Tuesday Brandon will cart in all those banker's boxes to the LL and I can purge their contents further in coming weeks, picking pages for a program guide I'm writing and recycling the duplicates.

~Susan


27 Jan 19 - 06:58 PM (#3973769)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

For light entertainment this evening, we toured the nearby Indian Ripple/Dorothy Lane corridor to a Dorothy Lane Market, and then explored that (think Kroger's natural section or Wegman's, on steroids). There are three DLM's in the area, one of which hosts a Meetup I want to use to find new friends.

Along the way back we noted (and entered into our GPS) a number of places we know or want to know. I was pleased that my mental map is filling in.

Every city should have a set of key corridors to explore first. I'm grateful a friend told me about this one.

~Susan


27 Jan 19 - 07:42 PM (#3973772)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Paths on deck, wood in, kiln unloaded - some new interesting glazes/ combos, car cleared and drive about half cleared. Below zeroF already! (7:30) Fire perking, Shoulder aching. Bed/book/heating pad and more MSM and GS.


28 Jan 19 - 12:15 PM (#3973847)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

We're closing in on a month into the new year - I wonder how many lurkers have simply put on their work boots and gloves and scruffy clothes, gotten out the donate boxes and trash bags, and taken care of the clutter they've been meaning to clear out? Please drop in and share your progress with us!

This morning I finished the second part of my attic cardboard box removal. There was still Styrofoam in in the garage from several of the boxes, so this morning it was broken up to fit in the trash bag and left at the curb. It's rare to find a recycle program that will take it, and when you do, how much gas will it take to drive a few pieces there?

While up in the attic I found two boxes that will work to ship bread machines I've found at thrift stores to sell on eBay. My bread machine doesn't need a box, it lives on a shelf.

Yesterday I made the mistake of buying a caffeinated soft drink in the late afternoon and it kept me awake till later than I usually head to bed. That messes up the next day. I need to find an acceptable caffeine free cola that doesn't have the toxic sweeteners (and I don't drink sugary drinks). I decluttered most of the pop out of my diet years ago but these occasional soft drinks are meant to be a reward for myself when I've run an errand, etc. Are there any soft drinks out there sweetened with Stevia that any of you have tried and like?


28 Jan 19 - 03:03 PM (#3973870)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Today so far has been the dreary-now but eventually-rewarding scutwork of massaging garaged items thru the Purge Funnel and into the house. This is to make room in the garage for the balance of PA items which we'll bring in March.

Today it was reacquainting myself with a garage archive-sorting project from the fall, left then very close to completion. So I got it finished-- which is now a pile of banker's boxes for B to bring in tmrw. Still need to prep library closet space for the non-FPH batch of these boxes, and allocate space in there to sort/purge/organize the FPH batch that will become that program guide I'm writing.

In the garage-- where folks have been tossing crap right on top of that on-hold project-- I saved several of my Anti-Racism workshop items before they'd been irretrievably damaged, and set them to bring in tmrw too. My bad-- just before leaving for PA I'd unloaded these from a borrowed car and failed to bring them in then.

Most of the crap was empty boxes to recycle, so I set those near the recycle bin (It's full already). Other stuff was trash and tbtg it fit into the trash bin.

When I came in--

. Found drill bits for my cordless drill/driver, and bagged them after using the cordless to repair the dash mount for my GPS.
. Cleaned out the "misc hardware" kitchen drawer and recycled a few odd items found in there. Sorted others to where they actually belong. (The garage area B will clear of my banker's boxes tmrw has been blocking hardware shelves we can resume using to keep this drawer clear.)
. Found and brought in next empty Goodwill catch box. Requested current GW box to go tdy if possible.
. Left garage set up to resume tmrw.

I also eyeballs another area ppl have been crapping up, which is the area the next Yano gets to help me clear out--Artwork for Greg and I to hang.

~S~


29 Jan 19 - 11:07 AM (#3973989)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

The annual fye-out of the closet and chest of drawers is under way. I find that I wear only two kind of socks these days: the padded white kind made for summer walking, and the wool kind made for not freezing the toes in Ontario winters. Consequently, all other types of socks are excess to requirements. But who wants second-hand (sorry) socks, even if they are perfectly sound? Likewise underpants?

Tax time is approaching, so I am also turning out the top drawer of the filing cabinet to assemble last year's expenses and bank statements. Everything older than seven years goes into the fire. That's because There Can Be Only One filing cabinet.

Apart from that, things are quiet on the home front in Stratford. The weather is complicated -- a veritable tempest of snow over the last few days, and now the thermometer is tumbling toward minus lots and lots -- so I don't feel like going anywhere much. Himself toddles off to court and the gym, but otherwise logs most of his time at his desk grinding out legal stuff, or in front of the goggle-box, where he makes the cat happy by remaining quite still for long periods.

It's winter, otherwise known as television season.

Come spring, we have to get busy on landscaping. We have a large deck that looks pleasant in fine weather but unfortunately covers two basement windows and rather too much of the foundation; consequently, it must go, to be replaced with a stone patio. Oddly, none of the basement windows of this house have proper window-wells, so it's a good thing we have not had any long periods of torrential rain lately -- the result would be water pouring in over the basement window-sills. So we need the services of guys with shovels, rakes, and other implements of destruction to shift dirt, lay gravel, and fit paving stones. Every time I look at the deck, I wonder what multitude of maintenance sins of omission it might be hiding.

That will cost money. Sigh.


29 Jan 19 - 11:35 AM (#3973994)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Charmion, I see socks all the time at Goodwill. Also they make great dog toys for shelters.

Here, we're working thru a good test of the 2-cooks kitchen shaping up-- it's a cooking morning bcuz Yano doesn't start this week:

. Sweet taters are boiling on the stovetop for tater salad, for a guest poss joining us for a casual supper tmrw eve
. Orange rice is going on the appliance counter, in my venerable rice cooker, for the house and the guest supper
. Flat crockpot next to the stove is going for pork/chix liver in 2x chix stock
. Half butternut squash is roasting in the oven for the house (or as a tater salad replacement if skins on taters aren't edible)

Brandon is coming at 2:30, and we planned that work during Coffee Chat.

This is the 1st Xmas we've packed up in 20 years....

Now I have an empty picture window to decorate for the next season or neighborhood meeting, yay!

~Susan


29 Jan 19 - 02:36 PM (#3974024)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Socks: needed for street people yes, and even used underwear.

Boxes: reminds me that I need to get some.

After I went out to shovel the drive of a huge amount of snow and saw the folks down the road were getting plowed out YAY!!!!! Yes, he did mine also with his wonderful machine and agreed to keep it clear while I am in Quebec.

Then I went off to the library and Home Hardware - found my wallet was not with me! Came home without fuses (but did not blow mine). wallet in work coat from paying the man. That drive was getting me down. I feel de-cluttered!! Went out back and cleared path to the wood pile. THAT I could manage!

Need boxes. Another trip to town - with wallet. Look at French presses and buy fuses for kiln.


29 Jan 19 - 03:38 PM (#3974026)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Decently cleaned used undies = women's shelter gratitude.


Brandon bailed on work I've been prepping for a week and, today, intensely-- which left the house non-functional. Greg bailed out the day by volunteering for the most important task, which resulted in clearing out a nasty garage area.

That area had been designated for hardware and small tools-- which Tyler and friends had crapped up, and which others kept crapping up more. Now it only contains my scooter, and open shelves waiting to be used.

My missing gardening handtools also turned up, which can go to another already-prepared area.

A bag of trash and recycling also left the garage. Yay!

Thank you, Greg Hinton??!

~Susan


29 Jan 19 - 08:49 PM (#3974068)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Also my program guide box is now in the house, and so are a bunch of other banker's boxes, with the not-immediately-needed but freshly-labeled boxes stowed at a height I can reach-- behind a curtain, atop file cabinets in library closet. (Resume box next after guide box.) For about 10 minutes (until we started another project off the Brandon list), I could see my library again. Which made me burst into happy tears. So many delays....

~Susan


29 Jan 19 - 11:16 PM (#3974076)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This morning I shared some seeds with a friend and we plan to compare notes on how the tomatoes grow and produce in each yard. These were from my Secret Santa in 2018. From there I saw some other friends at the library where I worked, and then did a lot of driving to meet folks at a different library location I'd never been to before in a town that used to be small and isn't any more. The drive home was leisurely, a "back road" that took me on a cook's tour of the county, from the prosperous little town that is all new construction through the northeast part of my town that is much older. Interesting to look at the demographics and businesses that are in each place.

I've added a couple of books to my Amazon wish list but I'll see if I can get either of them at a local library before I make the purchase. I should go add them to the "want to read" category in GoodReads.


30 Jan 19 - 08:21 AM (#3974097)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Does anyone else wake up with storage solutions needed for solving a previous day's project?

It's too complicated to explain all the permutations, but I awoke with one of these "global solves" for the home office corner, involving electrical outlet placement---making several things possible to solve a month-long problem.... without unloading heavy bookcases to move them.


30 Jan 19 - 01:45 PM (#3974146)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

That's referred to as "sleeping on it" for a reason. In graduate school I discovered the usefulness of a "power nap." If I was struggling with some aspect of a paper or such, and felt an overwhelming need to take a nap, I stopped resisting it. Set a timer for 15-20 minutes, and invariably when I woke an answer presented itself. My brain just needed the down time to sort it out.

We are lucky in Texas to not be in the deep freeze that so many are, but I have to say that I have this feeling of general cold in just thinking about that polar vortex splitting and descending from the north pole. I have a pot of beans simmering on the stove; I imagine it is beef stew or chicken pot pie weather in the north. Stay warm, everyone.


30 Jan 19 - 02:23 PM (#3974151)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

A pressing task is my bed/livingroom light which I’ve been without for the last 2 days. I’m using a LED camping lantern, powered by a small sealed lead acid battery that gives some light but not as much as I’d like and things are a bit dim. All the same, that btw turned out a good purchase a few years back. When not in use, I charge it once a month and it’s helped us through a few power cuts (not that common an occurrence but they do happen). If (not often these days) mum and I do get out for say an evening of music, I always leave this one in easy reach for dad in case of a power cut (and there is also a mains plug in night light by the living room door that would come on) so he’d be left in darkness or be tempted to try a risky walk while waiting for us (he’d call us if there was a problem) to get home.

I’m hoping the problem does turn out to be the switch (I’ve not checked power is getting to it and that would need an electrician).   The part came today but to late for me to fit. It’s a Z Wave module and my memory says that “auto calibrate” does not work with the led panel it drives so (as the controller won’t allow me to view current settings for a device it claims no longer exits), it will be a slow trial and error job to set the min/max dimming levels. I don’t know, I can get drawn into tech but can also find myself cursing it at times.


30 Jan 19 - 03:41 PM (#3974164)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Slept too well last night and woke to a BR at 59F. Minus 26C outside. Too cold to get up but if I don't it will get colder. So I did, fed fire, and went back to bed. Eventually it got warm enough to get up.

I did get boxes yesterday - some for me and some for friends who sell on amazon. Today, met them at Timmy's and gave them boxes. Came home and did NOT feel like doing wood. BUT it is still COLD outside and the pile was dwindling so I brought in two loads, cleared snow to the studio and watered plants. Considering one more load but want feet to get warmer. Sunny this am but cloudy now and feels/looks like more snow. So much easier here than in Montreal!

Trip to Chateauguay with plants may be put off to Tuesday - weather! So much easier to face the inevitable snow when there is off street parking AND someone clearing the drive!

The house had warmed again after the door openings to bring in wood. Another load is doable.


30 Jan 19 - 06:39 PM (#3974188)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

In the wee hours last night a smoke detector started chirping (low battery). I listened for a few minutes to figure out it was the one in the hall outside the bedrooms, then struggled for several minutes to get the replacement battery into the little compartment and for it to line up with the contacts. It's the 9V type that is typically plugged into one of those caps for the positive and negative terminals, but this one you slide into the plastic case and it rests against the connections. I need to change the others so they're all in sync instead of playing the "where is the chirp coming from" game throughout the year.

A batch of beans is finished and stored in jars in the freezer, with a bowl for dinner tonight, served over rice. I have just a couple of more purchases to make tomorrow, then am entering a "no spend" month challenge for myself. I'm inspired by a friend who has taken his bullet journalling to a level I've never seen, but he's keeping good track of the bills as he pays off credit accounts. I think adding a couple of dedicated bill-pay pages to mine will do the same thing without all of the arts and crafts he put into play.

I have a package I prepared to list on eBay, but when I got ready to write up the listing realized I need to take another photo of the item so have to unpack it and set it back into the photo cube. Then repack it. Bummer


30 Jan 19 - 06:48 PM (#3974190)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

I changed ours last year, SRS. They were individual battery ones but we now have linked ones, still battery but fixed and supposed to last 10 years. It can make quite a racket when put on "test".

It can be quite fun trying to trace a beep can't it. There seem to be quite a few things here that can emit a warning beep...


30 Jan 19 - 07:31 PM (#3974198)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

These are linked, and were put in back in 2011. Each has it's own battery backup so when I replaced the battery in the one and pressed the test button they all went off. And yes, quite a racket!


30 Jan 19 - 08:52 PM (#3974208)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I'm so proud of our amazing kitchen, which just performed beautifully for a relaxed, casual supper with a guest. The counter space allocated for appliances and the 2nd cook just swallowed up each courses's dishes; I cleared them from my swivel chair just by placing them behind me. The sink and other food prep area are totally unaffected-- it can all sit til the morning with no brekky impediment.

Good job, Camp Ridgebury Kitchen!

~Susan


31 Jan 19 - 12:38 PM (#3974251)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Comparing packing tape on Amazon (reading reviews) today. Right now I'm using Scotch, and it's so heavy duty as to be overkill. I've used others that were too light, and there were some that were a good weight but not the name brand of Scotch so were cheaper. Reading reviews it seems like the smell of the tape is an issue. Hmmm. I remember smelling tape before but not being particularly affected by it. Put this in the category of occasionally revisiting decisions about products that are regularly in use.

Another product review that I'm acting on is to finally purchase a small bottle of gear oil for lubricating the paper shredders here. I have one to list on eBay and as I did research on this particular brand I found a reviewer making sense - don't buy a household shredder and complain when you can't use it all day long every day. And lubricate it.

This morning I made a pass through the front yard to pick up litter that has drifted down the street and lodged in the shrubs. I need to make an effort to improve the look of the stretch of garden along the curb (where the trash collects). And I still need to re-contour parts of the lawn where the new sewer line went in the the piled up dirt wasn't completely leveled.

The gardening friend who I swapped seeds with said he's planning to start his tomatoes in pots next week. I made the case that they can get awfully leggy that way by the time the weather is right for planting. He said he always puts them way-deep in the ground and swears by how well the roots get established (the stem will root when in contact with soil) so I'll give that a try. Over the next few days I'll see if I can weatherproof the greenhouse enough to put the pots out there, otherwise they'll be in my very crowded sunroom windows. I could start them in tiny pots and repot them for the greenhouse later, on the way to planting in the garden.

I know some of you are shoveling snow and dragging firewood. I'm seeing Instagram posts of friends dressed in jackets indoors because they've been asked to keep the thermostat low to use less energy. Stay safe and warm - your spring will be all the sweeter and dramatic after such a rugged winter.


31 Jan 19 - 01:41 PM (#3974260)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

I don't know about smell but some tape on the UK market is awful. We got a roll of brown packing tape for some Christmas things. It split no matter how careful you tried to be. The bit you pulled would get thinner, break off and then you would fight to get the tape restarted and it was at least very good at sticking to itself. It did the jobs in the end but I don't think I could have imagined a simple matter of using a roll of tape could be so frustrating.


31 Jan 19 - 03:00 PM (#3974267)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Post-guest dishes whipped, even the good silverware we used.

The table to sort that FPH box into a program guide is now set outside the Library door, ready to go to work Monday.

The Anti-Racism gig is prepped except for getting a mic out of Greg's closet.

Off to Joann's for elastic.


31 Jan 19 - 07:00 PM (#3974299)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Jeremiah did not have school today due to the very cold temperatures so I stayed home with him and kept the wood fire going all day and the house at a reasonable temperature. It was a luxury to be here all day!!!   I made homemade spaghetti sauce out of the summer tomatoes we canned the summer before last and have it simmering in the crock pot. The dishes are all done, the pile of socks that have been waiting to be matched up are all paired up and put away, two boxes of Christmas presents received last weekend have been sorted and put away. The rest of the day has been spent relaxing and keeping the house warm with a beautiful fire.

There is a 2 hour delay for tomorrow as well due to the bitter temperatures.

Hope all of you are warm tonight.

Michelle


31 Jan 19 - 07:03 PM (#3974300)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Oh, Jon, I have had tape like that! SO aggravating!

SRS: your friend is using an accepted way to do tomatoes, a good idea. IF I can get to that point of organization, I shall try to start some - in March! Planting them deeply when the time comes does give them a better root system. The daffodils are now under about 3 feet of snow. I may try to remove some in late February, if I can get near.

My friends might be selling on Ebay rather than Amazon. It is all Greek to me. But I went for more boxes today, for them and for my traveling plants and pots.

Did another load yesterday and one load today. Below zero at 7:30. The wood stove is working! The cold continues to weigh me down. Supposed to go up to freezing on Sunday!!!!


01 Feb 19 - 10:50 AM (#3974384)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Friend Judy was admitted via ER to the local hospital ydy, the next day after our supper with her where she'd mentioned how much she's been tablet-addicted and hibernating. When we stopped at the hospital for keys to feed her cat, the reality, she warned us, would be bad.

And indeed it was-- a kitchen full to bursting with science experiments and both sinks full. Zero counter space to unpile the sinks.... I opened the oven and used the racks.

, . After I figured out where the single sink stopper was and sorted everything by shape for nesting to soak, and Greg emptied the very inconveniently located dishwasher, I was able to whip it all and get the first sinkful of Corelle into the dishwasher. Three hours after arrival, we had trash from several piled up areas bagged, and left the worst still soaking for grand dau Emma-- a young nurse Judy adores, who lives an hour away. She arrives today to take charge of discharge planning. Emma wants to pick up where I left off, to get the apartment ready for the home health care Judy is now able to indicate she will accept after a nursing home week.

I was so grateful that I'd left my own kitchen whipped, and could spare the energy/ legs/back! Ended the night very sore but bounced back already.

Greg ran her fone charger back to the hospital and gassed up her van, which we'd picked up from the store where she'd fallen. It was good having the pastoral care skills to initiate good conversations with Judy's circle to fulfill what she'd asked of me when we met as two older women who were both living alone, just blocks apart.

Emma will see just enough of the science experiments to see how her Grammy has actually been doing, but not more than Judy's dignity can stand. All the helpers Judy has praised in the past are on standby, and connected to Emma.

~S~


01 Feb 19 - 11:25 AM (#3974392)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I visited an estate sale that was on my route through town yesterday and made the mental note to sell a lot of the stuff the is just on storage or in cases and never used. The house in question was full of that kind of item. I picked up one long mirror that I'll use to replace the cloudy one on my dressing room door.

Warmer weather ahead, with a chance of rain. Good for gardening.


02 Feb 19 - 11:43 AM (#3974559)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Apparently I did too much the day Judy fell... We'd designated that as an Errands With Walker day (no scooters), and it was after completing that successful challenge when we got Judy's news... and I suspect it was that last time I got up after resting, to do one more round at Judy's, that was the "too much" thing, because my house is out of joint again and I have to choose between Y pool and house. I chose house, because or other standing plans. And I came down with a new cold ydy.

Not the muscle thing this time-- the stamina thing. But a great doc visit ydy, and I'm spontaneously losing the PA pounds again.

~Susan


02 Feb 19 - 11:53 AM (#3974561)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

One of my eBay listings is a used crosscut paper shredder, and as I researched the brand I found a review for it in which a guy making a good case for using a light oil lubricant for the blades every couple of times you empty the bin. I never have used such a thing, but the Fellowes brand is inexpensive so a couple of days ago I ordered some to give it a try. It should arrive on the porch this afternoon.

My daughter told me about a website where she orders her glasses, and they look good. I have been paying through the nose at my optometrist's office (for example - those with insurance, they charge full price so you end up paying about $150 for your frames. For people without insurance, they give them a 50% discount, so they, too, end up paying $150 for their frames. They make twice as much from those of us with insurance because the actual cost of frames is about $20.) I went along with it for the usual inertia reasons; I was there, could try them on, and if your glasses break within a year they replace them free. But you already paid for them, and in all of these years I've only had one pair break. The site is https://www.zennioptical.com. She has been paying $30-$40 a pair, with a heavy-duty Rx.

I am aiming at a no-spend month, primarily to do with groceries and household stuff. When I need something I must go look in the garage, in the greenhouse, in the pantry first and see if I already have it, or something that will work just as well. I have a couple of gift cards in place and as usual the freezer is stocked. I may go ahead and order the glasses because I'd already have a pair for megabucks more if I'd gotten them when I was at the optometrist a couple of weeks ago. My regular vision is the same but the bifocal measurement has changed and will make a difference (it's stronger, no surprise.) But I'll put off any extra pairs (another set of office glasses) till after this month is past.

The other possible purchase is a new computer. I'll do the research and hem and haw and can easily put it off for a while. Knock wood this one keeps running (it has a few bugs that appear more often now - it is nine years old.)

Oooooh - pissed at Amazon this morning. I ordered a set of Scotch shipping tape intending to get the large rolls for my dispenser and it was instead those dinky little rolls on their own cheap plastic dispensers. And if I try to return them they'll keep their shipping out of it and return less than half. I'm stuck keeping them.

Susan, I'm sorry you're not feeling good today, but you certainly must feel great for having helped your friend so substantially the day before!


02 Feb 19 - 12:58 PM (#3974573)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I poked around a few of my usual places and think the best price for the 3" roll of Scotch shipping tape is at Home Depot for about $3 a roll. I've made a note to myself for when I finish all of these dinky little rolls.


02 Feb 19 - 03:59 PM (#3974598)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yes thanks SRS I do. It's important to sort out whether it's bone, muscle, or stamina... I knew I stressed the first two but thought I was farther along on stamina. So today we feed and play with her cat-- but don't visit. My walking today is to go into a new music lounge we want to try. Other nearby friends are wearing her out w visits, so we will wait till their urgency wears off-- IMNSHO nursing home visiting requires an invitation, knowing how the PT and daily round there will wear her out.

Something "normal" today: it's warm here today, and the path is presently open and nonskid-- so I got up to get my down slippers out of the van in the garage, to make and insert thicker insoles with items bought ydy which fit perfectly-- both layers of extra-insulating insoles. Warm toesies at the tavern we found, after I kick off horrible boots (or shoes) w soles too thick for my best knee angle. All by myself.

~Susan


02 Feb 19 - 04:14 PM (#3974601)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

SRS,

    I order from Zenni optical often for clients with Medicaid who have lost or broken their glasses and won't be approved for another pair for a year or more. I've been able to get frames and single lens glasses for under $20.00 (of course this will depend on the prescription as well). They seem to be of decent quality.

Michelle


02 Feb 19 - 05:57 PM (#3974609)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Good to get a second opinion! My daughter said there are lots of options and their instructions for measuring the distance between the pupils is straightforward. My bifocals will probably cost more, but proportionately lower than the optometrist.

Friends came over this afternoon to meet Pepper the blue heeler and she's always thrilled to meet people. The weather has been nice so I cleared out stuff and moved some furniture from the back patio. One old chair is now down at the curb, probably to be broken up on Monday morning and planks put in the bin for pickup. Who knows - someone might decide they can do something with it and cart it off.


03 Feb 19 - 12:38 PM (#3974683)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Then next few days are the ones that, if I was still driving to the office every day, I would be so sorry to miss as a gardener. Looking forward to spring-like weather to make a big push out there.

Revised a few eBay items that used to sell regularly but not as often now. Mulling over which items in my china cabinet should get listed - after recently visiting an estate sale with all of that similar stuff sitting out, I am reminded that I need to move it so the kids don't have to.

Changing out the rest of the house smoke detector batteries. One chirped during the night a few days ago (up on the stepladder at zero-dark-thirty to change the thing), and they can stand to be synced up with new batteries.


03 Feb 19 - 01:59 PM (#3974692)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

My shoulder is really bad today but I got a soup batch going, and made text contact w moving help. Sent Greg to see Judy and try to wheel her to some warm sunshine.

We discussed next steps w garage work to get more space cleared, which Brandon is booked to help with tomorrow and Tuesday.

~Susan


03 Feb 19 - 02:41 PM (#3974699)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A friend told me about her uncle's estate that she recently had to work on with her mother. He was unhealthy and gave up caring and they were confronted with an abomination of an apartment. He had generally untreated diabetes and no will to live. And apparently never took out the trash.


03 Feb 19 - 07:28 PM (#3974724)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, yes, we see this all the time in ministry.

Today-- the new batch of soup is done. I made contact with moving helpers on the PA end.

We mapped out the post-move garage layout with some smart shared xecisions.

I tended Judy's cat and we got a spare key made for her house. Greg enjoyed the Simpsons on her TV while I played with the cat.

Newbie got about 10 minutes of scootering, it's that warm here.

~S~


04 Feb 19 - 11:39 AM (#3974828)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Yesterday I filled three large trashbags with mulch at the city parks free compost site and have them ready to use in the garden on top of layers of newspaper or cardboard to mark the paths. Last year's paths are still clear of weeds after the same treatment. I prefer cardboard, though not as heavy as the stuff I recycled a couple of weeks ago. I have a few small boxes here and I can usually pull more out of the village recycle bins. Small boxes that are unfolded and laid out under mulch are perfect.

This morning I broke apart the pallet-board Adirondack-style chair that had crumbling planks so it's now in a tall trashcan at the curb. I dragged it out on Saturday and a couple of times I heard people slow or stop to look at it, but they moved on (this is a good way to discard workable things). And now it's down to it's elemental planks.


04 Feb 19 - 01:14 PM (#3974843)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

The next Yano may start tmrw. If not, next week.

Brandon will work further miracles here with me today and with Greg tmrw.

~Susan


04 Feb 19 - 05:53 PM (#3974876)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We did work further miracles, including sending a lotta stuff from the garage to Goodwill, and a lotta stuff to trash and recycling bins.

Yano resumes next Tuesday at 10:30am.

Judy is checking herself out of hospital several days early. Greg went to (literally) pick her up. I'll go sit with her when he gets back.

~Susan


05 Feb 19 - 11:05 AM (#3974958)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Two large boxes carried into LR from garage ydy-- totally unpacked, stowed, labeled. As one box empties it becomes the next Goodwill box, and so far no hard decisions there. Also no "Gee, wish I'd donated it in PA!" items. Also a lot of what is unpacked replaces worn-out items here; some favorite nightgowns are being trashed, for example.

The items still IN PA will be more harshly sorted in March, as I see storage spaces here a bit differently with Greg's input (which has not been possible until now).

Two boxes/day is my current limit, even with help. Need to raise limit to three. :-( Stamina.


05 Feb 19 - 11:09 PM (#3975051)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

There's a deep discount grocery store I visit that has lots of gourmet items, has foods from all sorts of ethnic markets, and from regular grocery wholesalers who didn't sell items before they would soon reach the sell-by date (apologies if I've already mentioned it a dozen times). Any meat they buy like that is always frozen in time to be still in excellent shape. A few weeks ago I bought a 3.5 pound frozen package of organic chicken thighs, skinless and boneless (because that's what they had) that was half-price from the original marked on it (signaled by being crossed through the price with a red marker). And if you bought two, the second was one cent. Seven pounds of organic chicken for $5. I thawed and made one of those packages into chicken teriyaki this evening and it was marvelous. I have lots of leftovers. (The recipe is in the "What Are We Eating" thread.)

The front yard was mowed, but oh does my knee smart from it! The last of three gel shots is later this week and that should remedy the problem - it is kind of lopsided right now, having been injected once on each side. The third shot will be on the problem side again and should give me more cushion. But after mowing it was too much to also walk the dogs. My lab just mopes along sometimes and a friend suggested that he needs more time in the rough to get to investigate his surroundings. But to do that, my knee needs to feel better.

My list on the kitchen counter is different than I've made before, but it's working. I've remembered to put small stuff down as well so I can actually see my progress through the day. Laundry washed, dried, and folded along with finally changing a porch light bulb, doing various errands that need doing, etc.


06 Feb 19 - 12:00 PM (#3975148)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A gardening friend spoke recently about switching out from using some short little cedar boards to edge his garden - "I'm too old for all of this!" - so I am taking him several used, but in good shape, steel edging strips. They've been leaning up against a garden edge for a while, and more were added to it in 2017 when I took apart a couple of beds in preparation for the work on the sewer line. I won't put those back and if I plan to create more beds I still have a few. This will clear up one small obstacle in the front when I mow.

After I discarded the dilapidated chair I hosed off the layer of mud that was over much of the patio (dog feet track a lot of mud!). I didn't get all of it, but the seating and table are rearranged and the space is easier to navigate. The freeze returns this weekend so the hoses are stowed away again and the faucet cover is in place.

Later in the month I'm going to start taking down some of the heavy outer limbs on the vitex in the front yard. It's a multi-stem tree that has gotten so huge there isn't enough light for some things I want to grow. (Ironic - when I moved in there was NO shade out there and I was desperate to create some.) I also have one vitex limb in the back yard that wants to grow into the power and cable lines. I'll time this work so I can stack the limbs and branches at the curb for my street's bulky waste quarterly pickup (second week in March.)

The running to-do list on the kitchen counter, with a few small items added for the current or next day, is working out well. Sometimes something sits there for a couple of days before being attended to, but most of them are giving me a way to organize the day and plan when to stay here and work or head out to run errands. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and lets me pace myself so I get out with people regularly. The dogs are good company, but not the same as having humans to talk to.


06 Feb 19 - 08:04 PM (#3975209)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Slept late enuf to rush wakies time, but got 2 lg flats of chix sink-thawed, in time to start the large crockpot with thawed stock; also a small oven batch that wouldn't fit in the crock. The daily coffee chat with Greg: we planned fetching 25 lbs of bulk peanuts later in the day.

While Greg was at the Y, I spelunked an old travel-pillow bag in the garage for road pillows, which replace some ortho supports I'd loaned to Judy ydy; these brace my knees straight in the van to minimize soft tissue strain and pain. I set that huge rolling bag to bring in/unpack later, and brought in several pillowcases from it, to wash. I found a power tool Greg or Brandon had left on my scooter seat ydy (NEVER block a disabled person's only place to sit OR their mobility aid), and stowed it on the tool shelf Brandon and I had cleared the day before-- FOR TOOLS-- behind the scooter.

Had lunch then did rough draft of notes for our PA landlord-- these will accompany fone videos we'd shot to remind me of info they will want re repairs needed and how to live in that crazy house (what/how to winterize, etc.).

Done in time to go fetch order of bulk peanuts-- the nice long trip in the country Judy can't do as we'd planned.

We ate the supper I'd pre-made.

Bulk peanuts are now divided and stowed.

Bulk tater flakes are also refilled.

A sugar bottle for the counter is refilled.

Most of the crockpotted chicken is cooked and cooling. The balance is finishing cooking in time to cool the chix and broth, and add the broth to a waiting saucepan in the fridge. Chix to be boned tmrw and 2/3 of it frozen. A third for the fridge for lunches.

I miss my 2nd fridge, my freezer, and my manifold food storage containers SO MUCH-- my motivation to keep clearing garage space before March, which can't come too soon!

~Susan


06 Feb 19 - 10:57 PM (#3975215)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

So you'll bring the second fridge and the freezer and the storage containers from PA and put them in the garage in Ohio?

I wish I could put my freezer in the garage, but it gets way too hot out there. I'm afraid it would work way too hard.


07 Feb 19 - 09:25 AM (#3975290)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yep. And all my plastic food storage stuff in my kitchen.

Feeding two out of the small fridge here, economically, is creating more work than we're up to. The extra refrigeration isn't "extra" for us.

~Susan


07 Feb 19 - 11:15 AM (#3975315)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

.,.. we had a hilarious giggle about needing a Chefty Retirement Village more than an Old Folkies Home....

Brekkys and premature day planning followed by coffee chat win/win/win plan made and executed. I'm off to pool to check out early warm pool usage feasibility, while Greg works on his desired task of wall prep to paint the sewing room. When I get back, he goes to Y for my session time. After session time, we'll UNbox most of A-corner/garage, for Tuesday Yano un-filth ingredients with will leave a box of clean, framed art we can start pulling from to get pix up... and another box of decor for Yano next week. We're packing excelsior to reuse in PA but recycling a lot of cardboard and packing pillows.

~Susan


07 Feb 19 - 07:15 PM (#3975374)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Montreal:

Tuesday: 2 hours packing car and a 5 hour drive. Arrived at the "new house" at 3 pm and offloaded plants into house in just above freezing temp - VERY carefully as the yard and steps were ICY! My first trip to house now that it really is ours! I did not spend much time as needed to cross the bridge before rush hour. Only 25 min to Montreal house - at that time of day. We went out to dinner that was a day!

Weds: drove to southern Q to deliver mugs to Carole, then back toward M, via picking up money from Serenplicity! Stop at thrift shop for "saucers" for plants as many were left behind due to space and time. Then grocery, then house and did some watering and arranging, then back to city. Later equals longer! But still only about 30 minutes to R's office.

Today! I hate flyers! But the ones I picked up in Chateauguay were looked at - new locale, what can I learn? Linen Chest having major sales so I went early to the closest one, looking for a non-toxic mattress - $700. nice young woman suggested the outlet store on the other side of major bridge. I thought of waiting for R to drive us there but after drinking some water and a couple squares of choc, decided that 1 pm was a good time to cross. "I can do this!" "Same" mattress for $400 plus 10% off on anything else I bought, so I walked up and down every aisle and filled the cart - towels, sheets, a French press, and an Australian wool topper for mattress. Really major SALE! I had fun spending/saving money. Really needed towels for guests and even for us. Have not bought any in at least 15 years, other than at thrift shops.

The woman who helped me is designated an honorary granddaughter! We had such a good chat about all sorts of common interests! I asked her to email me and come visit. She assisted me throughout shopping expedition and cash, and loaded the numerous bags into car! I drove home in freezing rain! But the roads were still ok. That did the day and since, I have been in recuperation!

R popped home to charge phone and reminded me of his wool allergy! I can put a cotton coverlet over it if need be.

Another good reminder from SRS: Re compost, I wonder if Chateauguay has compost for residents to use. Likely.

And, btw, I love the house and we are both excited about what is going to go where and what room used for what and what repairs need to be done first... Now waiting for BR to be painted, bed to be delivered, weather to be OK for moving things. The back porch has two feet of snow on it! So I stood inside and tried to visualize where to put the 3 cherry trees - if they survive the Ontario winter. Lots of great windows for plants. And radiators. It was nice and warm in the house!!!!!

The Montreal house is a test of endurance and the fact that so much is packed away that I feel crippled in the K. I bought hot pads, dish cloths and one dish towel at a dollar store; there were none here. I have not yet found the guts to clear out the frig. Maybe tomorrow...

On Saturday, hoping to get to the mill and gather some things for the house so I can start getting the K organized and get internet in and have a chair to sit in a warm space during the day until we get the bed and a few pieces of furniture, frig, washing machine - for clothing, K table and chairs.... Requires R and truck and a day free of precipitation.


07 Feb 19 - 11:03 PM (#3975387)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Dorothy, it's great to hear you so fired up! You go girl!

The garage is looking so empty, suddenly. So much was accomplished this week that we're awarding ourselves a day off tomorrow to preview a hockey rink with Valentine's tickets in mind.

With scooter!

~Susan


07 Feb 19 - 11:39 PM (#3975393)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Temperatures took a nose-dive here so the next week will feature mostly indoor activities. I did mail another eBay box today and had an interesting conversation with a young man who sells make-up and things like eyelashes through his business; what caught my eye were the reflective mylar wrappers of the padded envelopes that were at the counter when he dropped them off. I first noticed them earlier in the week, and today he was there in the building so I asked him. I will research the costs - he is convinced that having an attractive parcel arrive for his customers helps his business. Not that I would use this trick often, but there are times it would be perfect.

My office is awash in paper, something I need to remedy during these cold days spent indoors.


08 Feb 19 - 07:24 AM (#3975470)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

.... WHERE... To put... The large pile of boxed decor.... For Yano to unbox and clean... And then where will decor items go until the furniture to display them in a month....? NOT IN THE HOUSE....,

(Sleeeeep.....)

Oh. Of course. In the garage pantry I emptied yesterday! In plastic bags to keep them clean and ready to display. Because I can't use the pantry for food items till my food storage glass and plastic and metal arrive, too.


08 Feb 19 - 11:58 PM (#3975630)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It's too cold out now to go outside for any activities that will test my knee with the full dose of gel that has been injected. It should last six or more months, so I'll have an easier time planting and tending a spring garden.

Today I started doing some contract web work, I'm doing some pet sitting, and starting up volunteer work in an area park next week. A friend wrote with details about a book club she participates in; I ordered the book they'll discuss on the second Monday in March. In other terms, I'm working on recluttering my life with people and activity.

This evening I made a batch of my zucchini casserole with onion, green pepper, Italian sausage, pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, egg noodles, some wine, and I cleared out some partial things in the fridge and freezer. A couple of peppers I needed to dice and freeze, some went in the skillet, a small container of frozen diced tomato, the rest of a jar of fancy roasted red peppers and feta cheese (by Peloponnese) from lunch a couple of weeks ago. That last ingredient made this dish amazing. I guess I should share this in the "what are we eating" thread also, but it started out as a way to use up a bunch of little containers of things. Dual-purpose decluttering!


09 Feb 19 - 10:00 AM (#3975690)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Go Stilly! Re-cluttering-- yes.

Here, I think the closet shelves Brandon measured for are going up while I see a film at the local Black history center, go to Y, and get groceries.


09 Feb 19 - 04:08 PM (#3975767)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

We're going on week 4 of being down to 1 car....it sure makes life interesting especially with the commutes we have! Hopefully next week will be the end of all this!

Grocery shopping was completed this morning along with 2 trips to the drug store. One of the prescriptions contains codeine so it had to be hand delivered. I hate waiting around so that's when I completed my grocery shopping along with a trip to the local butcher shop and back to the drug store. Pete, while sick, opted to drop Jeremiah and I off to grocery shop while he went to Tractor Supply. We are now all home, have had a wonderful lunch of chicken pot pie, dishes are done, floors are somewhat decent (can you say MUD season?), Pete has meds in his system and we are calling it an early day.

Work has been crazy busy and interesting this week.....that's about all I can say on that front! :)

I am feeling pretty cooped up these days and am planning a mini adventure. Of course, this will wait until Pete is feeling better but I can't wait to just get out of here for a little break. In addition to that, our summer vacation is just about paid for....can't wait for then either!

Michelle


09 Feb 19 - 05:02 PM (#3975776)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Greg had indeed gotten the shelves up by the time I returned from the film. We discussed the height for the next shelf to go in, which will hold the TV at our perfect viewing height, and then headed off for lumber.

Got back, and on my way into the house I shimmed the pesky armoire so it's door no longer hangs itself open. Then I reorganized items he and Brandon had set on top of the armoire so the space will hold more, and stowed a "Yano Clean" box there. When it's empty, it will become a drawer under the armoire. All the "Yano Clean" boxes are now cleared out of space needed for March deliveries.

Now I can list the gas stove for a quick sale and removal. That leaves a bit of garden supply clutter to neaten up and stow-- some alongside the garage in a resin trashcan "garage" out there.

We have one small box of framed (unboxed) art for Yano cleaning Tuesday, and that, plus the above, will about finish the huge, monthlong job of making space out there. There's a nicely consolidated pile of packing peanuts, etc. to take to PA with us, sitting in place of all the stuff we've been unpacking.

~Susan


09 Feb 19 - 09:52 PM (#3975802)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Custom shelves added to media closet in the Liberation Library:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2103281436417808&id=100002079158985&set=a.489955677750400&source=48

~S~


10 Feb 19 - 12:12 PM (#3975927)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Those shelves have the look of some of the Scandia wood shelves. Looks good!

My fitness tracker has lost it's mind - it still does some bluetooth connected features, but the most important ones (tracking steps, tracking sleep, and reporting those details to the phone app are no longer working.) Disappointing because I've had it for only about 15 months this time. The first one of this model had a condensation problem so they replaced it (under warranty at the time) with this newer model. No more condensation, but in a device that looks like a regular wrist watch and costs this much I'd expect it to last longer. I'll send a note with the serial number and the folks at the company can tell me what part of the watch has failed and if it is fixable (with an update or refresh of some sort).

I ordered glasses online from Zenni - this will be my first pair of the photo-sensitive ones that turn dark in the sunshine. And they came in under $80. They usually come out many hundreds at the optometrist's glasses store side of her business. It looks pretty easy to come up with a far less costly pair of glasses on that site. Thanks for the endorsement, Michelle!

And it was Michelle's description of her chicken pot pie that got me thinking about the possible things to bake today. I have a brunch for myself of a "Dutch baby" - a large sort of turnover with equal parts milk and flour, an egg, and baking in a puddle of butter. Later I'll make either muffins or my Mom's recipe for a baking powder biscuit that is roll out thin, cut in 12 or 16 (depending on your muffin tin) and then a filling of raisins, walnuts, melted butter with cinnamon and brown sugar is spooned onto them. Four corners pinched together and placed that way into the ungreased tin. I guarantee that if I post of photo of these on Facebook my daughter will post a remark or hearts or tell me she's making some for herself and her roommates. (You want your children's attention? Make their favorite foods!) The best compliment at a meal is when everyone sits eats for a while before talking because they're so happy with the food. My Mom remarked on that when I was a kid, and I've seen it with my own on occasion.


10 Feb 19 - 04:02 PM (#3975985)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thanks, Stilly.

The topmost shelf holds boxed items to rip to MP3 and then donate. The lower shelves will hold items to watch/hear and either hold to enjoy again or graduate to the donate shelf.

The shelf just above the TV will hold small instruments, my storytelling kit, and a boombox that still plays both cassette tapes and MP3 discs plus CD and FM radio.

The space between the cabinet and closet wall is for the folding rocker that needs to be out of the way, whenever the Library is open and we're not glued to hockey.

The whole shebang disappears behind a curtain.

On the left side of the closet (not shown): the two file cabinets the men had to admit would actually fit, with archived files stacked on top-- also disappearable behind the curtain.

The file cabinets protrude a few inches into the room, but I just need a different curtain rod to make the curtain hang straight.

At the moment, the closet looks a bit preggers. ;-)

~Susan


11 Feb 19 - 10:06 AM (#3976128)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Montreal:

Progress is slow. Our whole world is a huge skating rink! Then there are the "side dishes". Started out Sat with a car full of stuff to go to "Dupont" (for lack of more creative name). We got a decent start and offloaded towels and pottery. Stopped at a thrift shop and found a wonderful recliner, almost new, $15! Got it into back of car but had to leave gate open; even though it was a bitterly cold day, as long as we kept moving we did not get cold. Which was good as we did not get to offload it until about 9 pm! And the gate supports are ruined and will need to be replaced.

Next stop was the blues music of two local musicians (southern QC) - incredible! Then a call from a new friend took us down a country road and a LONG driveway/ice rink to a lovely renovated old home and a pleasant aft in the sun room. As the sun started to set ---Hey, we had sun! --- we took our leave and went down to the mill - surrounded by about a foot of ice crusted snow. And bitterly cold. R went in to try to find two snow tires - of course he could not - and distiller or distilled water. I was not clear enough and he struggled back to car with two large water bottles; fortunately one was distilled. When I treated us to a great meal at Bo-Thai and we managed to get the chair into "D" without killing ourselves. It is light in weight, forest green in colour and looks great in the den AND is comfortable. Our first piece of furniture.

Sunday we went there to get things done. R was going to paint the BR - he has been going to do that for almost two weeks but I thought it would happen... I managed to de-ice the steps and part of the walkway!! Sorted towels and looked around at what need to be done. R found we needed light bulbs and one trip did not suffice; he went out again - after HWare stores were closed, and by the time he came back and we conferred some more, we came back to the city, had a good meal - Indian, then "home" and a bit of tv and bed!

We are both excited about the house but weather, time, and energy are being difficult. I would like frig and washing machine from the mill; this requires him taking a truck and helper -2 hours each way. We did finally realize we can bring things out the one entrance that is not snow bound. Bed arrives on thurs! This am at BF, I suggested Thomas could do the painting and I need to hire someone to clean cabinets as my right arm aches, just from ice removal. I believe he is willing to have Thomas do both tasks, she says hopefully! Most rooms need painting and we have agreed to the cream colour he used here in M. The BR will be pale yellow, the colour my father did my BR when I was four.

At the moment R is loading boxes that I can carry, from storage into my car so I can take a load down on this last non-snowy, for a while, day.


11 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM (#3976242)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, will you call the new house something other than The New House? The Final House? The [neighborhood name] house? Will you be able to stop using the mill?


11 Feb 19 - 10:46 PM (#3976249)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

The late afternoon nap helped all this happen:

Urgent pre-brekky trip to house-sit at Judy's for poss lift chair delivery-- medically necessary
. WA940 racial justice doc converted (re use of deadly force), and studied at Judy's and pastoral visit with her there
. Full spectrum lamp sent to Judy
. Box of misc. caused to leave K table
. Last of ydy groceries stowed
. Numerous items stowed on ADL catchup perambulations thru house (active rest exercise day)
. Sewing Room boxes, etc, removed and stowed
. Laundry from Sewing Room going
. Plan for further clearing of Guest Room items from Sewing Room made-- TV hockey intermission action
. Benadryl pillboxes set up for car
. Plans for Yano and Brandon made for tmrw
. KPH billing resolved w Medicare
. Insights doc sent to counselor
. WA940 questions doc started and non-Q version sent to Sabrina
. Valentine plan made w Judy for movie/Yaffa Grill dinner Thursday evening

Kitchen whipped or soaking, with Yano Clean areas more obvious.

Benadryl pill cases to car, YAY!

Water bottles refilled before sinks filled, YAY.

Key items in Sewing Room uncovered and stowed, YAY.

Good discussion and decisions on March parameters and processes, YAY.

More hockey. One or two cooperative jobs left for next intermission.

2nd DVR remote found today YAY.

More Guest Room items removed from Sewing Room, a few left to police tmrw.

More items designated for Goodwill. No hard decisions. Yet. Linen closet very full....

Superb teamwork thruout the day!

Space for framed clergy certificates from the church office found, pending planned BR installation, in BR closet. Future resources for that closet discussed.

~Susan


12 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM (#3976336)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

It's a snow day here in the northern tier of Pennsylvania....currently snowing pretty hard...can't see the mountains across the way...with predicted ice to follow. Schools are closed and my place of business is closing down early. I called off earlier today.

Pete has been sick for the last week and is slowly getting better. I am thankful for that. My mom had some pretty scary medical tests going on over the last few weeks but thankfully, she is doing well....I have to say that I am beyond thankful, really.

Work is work. Busy, busy, busy.

However, like I said, today I am home. At the moment I am sitting by the fire with my slippers on and an old, well loved wrap around my shoulders that was given to me by my college roommate.

I was thinking about doing some sewing today but I'm learning more towards doing some cooking. I think I'm going to make beef stew and cornbread and an upside down pineapple cake. The cake has been calling to me for a few months....truly...LOL..today might be the day!

Maggie, I'll be anxious to hear how the glasses work out...hoping they are just what you are looking for!!!

I'm off to turn on some music and cook for a bit.

Stay warm y'all!

Michelle


12 Feb 19 - 11:29 AM (#3976352)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This is cooking and baking weather, to be sure! On the weekend I posted photos on Facebook of a Dutch Baby and it got quite a few remarks and the request for a recipe. I'm drawing down the freezer this month, and tonight I'll thaw a piece of fish. then head for the cupboard for lentils and and onion for a batch of soup. Catching up with my sister last night she mentioned baking cookies, though she will give away 3/4 of them - Seattle is snowed in right now and the baking was a simple reflexive response. Enjoy your stew - the warm smell all afternoon and the eating and reheating for leftovers.

I did my income taxes. The initial form may be shorter, but it isn't any less work once you start hunting down the schedules and filling out worksheets. Now I wait to see if the IRS rejects it because I missed some checkbox or other.


12 Feb 19 - 02:31 PM (#3976402)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

New Yano tdy who did a few house things (arrived late), and then we walked thru the process of unpacking and clng decor or art in the garage and only bringing CLEAN items in. Buh-bye farm road grunge. Next week it'll be framed art, but tdy's box was the last one on the garage floor-- everything else is neatly stowed for methodical attention.

Brandon due shortly to help massage the remaining gardening items over to their planned spot, organizing as we go, and spare pieces of upholstery foam up into the rafters.

~S~


12 Feb 19 - 04:32 PM (#3976409)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Done:

Garage blowout
Garden dept moved
Overdoor storage of upholstery foam
Ext cord relocated for scooter
Gathered up trailer strapping
Sorted out former travel pillow bag
Pitched old cell phones
Created mucho recycling/trash
Created two misc boxes I'll have to sort
Rescued icons
Consolidated drop hose parts

~Susan


12 Feb 19 - 09:54 PM (#3976440)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Yesterday the village code enforcement officer left a hang-tag on my mailbox to say that my trees out front need trimming. I purposely planted within a few feet of the curb, but in doing so, I know that to achieve the "street tree" look I need to keep them from growing too low over the street. I want branches that reach out toward those across the street, but they need to be up high. I pruned the lower plants a few weeks ago, the things growing out of beds and draping over the curb into the street. This evening I went out at sunset with the long lopper and took down the offending limbs on a pine; tomorrow I'll attend to the baldcypress. There is a Silverado sage that probably needs attention (it also blocks my view a bit as I back out of the driveway, so I try to keep it under control).

Several items were crossed off of my kitchen counter list today; it grows, but as long as the tasks are broken into steps I can keep up. I'm getting closer and closer to The Big Task - processing my father's music collection. Toward that, and other work I'm doing, I'm comparing computers, to update from this nine-year-old workhorse. It seems there are President's Day sales coming up (and I have an account with Dell in long-standing).

I'm looking forward to more news of Dorothy's house, a report on Michelle's baking, and though she hasn't posted here in a while, on Linn's travels. It's a difficult time of year to travel across the northern tier, but she will make a trip early next week. Safe travels, Batgoddess.


13 Feb 19 - 05:12 AM (#3976475)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: FreddyHeadey

BBC - Hancock's Half Hour
The Junk Man
Series 5 - Episode 16 of 20

Griselda's plan to clear out the lad's house backfires spectacularly.

Starring Tony Hancock. With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.
Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008f307 


13 Feb 19 - 10:28 AM (#3976512)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Before going back to PA:

(Omg)

Glasses
Pap
Manmo
FPH rough sort
Artwork up on walls
Boxed decor cleaned and
boxed in plastic
Garage ready and labeled
Plan for Deere and blower
Chairs out
Patio cleaned up, pots out
Dog fence raised
Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
Meds refilled
Soups waiting
Brandon set to weed beds
Car player loaded
Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
Bread waiting
Painting done
Rug cut and stowed/pitched
Mike or Dave ready
Stove gone
Camryn and Brandon confirmed
Van cleaned out
Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR curtains tied and pinned
Foam mattress ready for us w pillows

~omg


13 Feb 19 - 05:22 PM (#3976567)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

One dog to vet tomorrow afternoon. Guaranteed to declutter the wallet.

Second plant trimmed out front, now the largest one will get attention later this afternoon (after the village public works guys are off the clock and stop cruising the street. I don't want to give them the satisfaction of actually seeing me out there trimming the trees. There is a bit of an adversarial tension in the village regarding these guys.)


13 Feb 19 - 06:54 PM (#3976579)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Montreal:

Load of boxes made it into house; included pots for plants, a few of which were helpful already. Bro sent photo of dining set at thrift shop that R likes. We went in truck to pick up a sofa I loved and took it out to "Dupont", for lack of more creative name. Went a long way round so R had to get to work and I went to look at DR set, purchased it and R will pick up before Tuesday. Tomorrow mattress will arrive - roads willing! I phoned Geri and got phone number of a friend who lives near Dupont (the street name). This friend told us a friend of hers lives across the street. So, I will phone her tonight to see if the cross-the-street-neighbour could receive the mattress for us if the roads are terrible! They already clear the snow for us! R has met them but I have not.

I "cancelled today" and have done only computer and TV. We were asked to stay home/off the streets if at all possible. R cleared our front steps and vehicles and went off to work.

This storm is being compared to the one in 1971 but I was here for that. Two of us made it to class; I walked and the other skied over the mountain; the prof did not show. Snowmobiles were taking people to emergencies... Not the same!! Yet.

One of my frustrations is that I cannot stay awake much after 9 pm; most music starts at 9 or later so I was delighted to find today that the Wheel Club is having a jam on Saturday night starting at 7!! It is under new supervision so maybe I have hopes of more. I only found out because an unknown (I think) person asked to "Friend" me and I found him to be a Wheel Club person with good info posted, and two mutuals. I always check!

Once the frig is moved from the mill - I would be happy not to have to go there ever again! - I will be pushing for full time living at Dupont. There may be nights when R stays in city due to working too late or bad roads; I hope those will be few and will diminish as he gets the idea of dealing with being 30 minutes away instead of 20. As in, "No, I cannot dash over to fix/talk to/..." He is recognizing his diminishing energy levels.

We still need to fetch snow tires from mill so they can installed when I go next week for rear brakes. I found the distiller tucked in a cabinet (I did it) here, so able to replenish supply. (After R searched in vain.)

Between car repairs and house, my wallet is undergoing much de-cluttering!


14 Feb 19 - 08:28 AM (#3976624)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Apparently until ydy I was on autopilot plus blissful ignorance regarding the coordination of the last moving process. Tbtg for the autopilot though because it woke me up with time to spare and my head on straight.

I worked on the list during my AM peer counseling session, and my counselor took notes as I added room by room details (Ohio rooms).

That now-longer list was quite overwhelming to see so I instinctively asked myself "Why", and a sensible goal immediately emerged. I put that down as a header, and in two minutes had sorted the list by subhead. Now it's print and do.

And feels doable. That's the denial again! ;-)

-Susan


14 Feb 19 - 08:56 PM (#3976767)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Trip to the vet with the oldest dog; she is okay, though her occasional whimpering may be because of low-grade pain from arthritis. She's on a mild painkiller to test if that makes a difference. He also offered a veterinary supplement for older dogs, but it was $60 for a large jar of the powder that had to be measured over their food. It contains glucosamine chondroitin as the main ingredient. She has eaten a regular wheat-free food (I get because Zeke needs that). She and Zeke were on a senior food for a while but she was kind of fussy about the larger bites. That said, she and Zeke are now back on the senior food because it has less protein, more fiber, and it has glucosamine chondroitin. She does need to lose weight, so she'll be on reduced rations for a while. I'll do the math on the amount of glucosamine per serving in the food, and I can compare with the dose in the vet powder and can supplement with a human version if the food doesn't make enough of a difference. I'm willing to bet that the OTC people type at Costco is going to cost a lot less than a vet Rx (as long as it's only glucosamine, no additives). I also see several OTC brands meant for dogs.


15 Feb 19 - 11:42 AM (#3976891)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Warm weather means that today is the day to repair the gas trimmer and to go ahead and mow the lawn. And I need to start planting potatoes and onion sets. I'll do a low-calorie day (in the alternate day fasting routine that works better in warmer weather). My fitness tracker is back up and running after a factory reset so perhaps I'll exceed my steps goal.


16 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM (#3977108)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It took about an hour to change out the gas and uptake lines on the trimmer, but then I took a spin around the yard and made progress against some tall weeds coming up in the gap between the fences at the bottom of the back yard.

I also got out a couple of saws and a long lopper and took out the final offending limb that extended out over the curb and street too low for the happiness of the code enforcement folks. There's a stack of branches in the yard that will be wrangled to the curb for trash pickup the next warm day. And the smallest of them can be run through my electric chipper.

Today is cold and back to winter, so I'll work in the house.


16 Feb 19 - 08:24 PM (#3977204)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I think I forgot to share this tip earlier, but for anyone downsizing, moving, and/or purging--

Leaf bags. They hold a ton with a small footprint; one each: Keep, Donate, Recycle, Trash.

Recyclable/biodegradable, themselves.

And easily labeled.

When I pack up the balance of our clothes, linens, pillows, small rugs-- leaf bags that can cushion furniture I don't want chafing on other furniture. Crevice fillers. They'll keep stuff in them clean, and I'll use them, after I unpack them, for lasagna gardening.

~S~


16 Feb 19 - 08:28 PM (#3977206)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Montreal:
R had rented a box truck for business so yesterday we used it to fetch the DR set and also purchased a number of other items while at this furniture thrift shop. Then drove to Dupont and offloaded easily with the ramp from truck to front door! I suspect there is another rental in the future as it was SO much easier!

Now: DR set (round table with 3 leaves); Oak pedestal table for K, matches the wainscoting; two unique old oak chairs - K; Comfy swivel rocker for TV room; Lovely old book or curio cabinet with glass door; and two modern (IKEA) benches, that could be used for many things, destination undetermined as they do not suit the house but may be useful in case of house concert.

Today I woke with pain which we finally established as major gas pain; went off Keto and ate some "junk" this week, esp last night. Apple cider vinegar in water all day - first reduced it appreciably and then has kept it down.

R took us to home depot today as we were both mindful of the orchid needing a real pot - tired of it tipping and spilling! As it continues to survive and is growing another new leaf, it deserves a proper container. Planting medium needs to be soaked for 24 hours so pot is sitting in the new orchid pot until tomorrow. The rest of the plants are happy in their new home. The tomato and pepper plants continue to thrive and are producing new, small, crops. It intrigues me that they continue to get new growth and fruits more than a year after they were started. I always though they would just quit and die...

We also bought a large tile to top a kind of interesting wood table we found for $10. And a short trip to a library so I could spend rest of day resting.

Cooked us a nice supper. R will have his when he gets home... Parking improves as snow is SLOWLY removed! Walking is daunting as snow turns to mush, then freezes. Also freezing rain late last night.


16 Feb 19 - 09:13 PM (#3977207)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Go Dorothy! You sound happy.

~S~


16 Feb 19 - 09:13 PM (#3977208)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I spent a few hours in my sewing room today...mostly organizing. I am going on a quilting retreat soon and while I ALWAYS love going to the fabric shop about an hour and a half from here, the truth is, I have enough started projects and other projects bagged and labeled with the pattern inside (I SO love that I bagged up both the fabric WITH the pattern...YAY ME) to keep me busy for months! However, some of those projects, while already pieced to completion, need either a backing or binding or both. My mom really is wanting to go to the fabric shop so I have picked a few items to take along to match with with an appropriate binding or backing. Not very exciting but it will allow me to finish up some pieces. I also have decided to give away several baby quilts that are finished and waiting for homes. A woman I work with is expecting a baby girl so I will set those aside for her. I'm sure I can find someone with baby boys to take the others. I also have a toddler sized Cars quilt that will go to a new home as soon as I get the binding put on. And there there are 4 little pre-school nap quilts that are all set to go too. I have a friend that runs a pre-school and think she will make good use of them. It's amazing to me how much space is used up by nicely folded quilts....LOL...can't wait to share them and get them out of my space!!! I am also ready to sew as I haven't done it since the completion of the very large, oversized Survivor's quilt that is currently hanging at Knapper Clinic (chemo clinic) at Geisinger Medical Center. I have decided that I'm not going to do any more BIG projects like that for a long time, nor will I do another quilt to donate that has a timeline. I'll still make quilts to donate but will do them as the mood strikes and then share them with organizations.

I did the dishes today and did some errands which included taking Pete to get his car which is FINALLY fixed! It's been about a month since he's had his car....I'm happy that it's back to normal but sure will miss his company on my commute to and from work! :)

I'm not sure if I have shared this before or not but my sewing room is at least twice as large as Jeremiah's bedroom. The goal is to eventually switch rooms so that he has more space and I've downsized. So while the organizing in the sewing room felt good and helped me make some decisions regarding the retreat project/s, the end result will be to clean out enough stuff that we can switch rooms. Pete and I had agreed that when he was 9 or 10 we'd make the switch....and well....Jeremiah will be 9 years old next month! I can hardly believe it.....he's getting so tall and reading like the wind!!! He's made honor roll for each school quarter this year.

Happy President's Day Weekend!

Michelle


17 Feb 19 - 11:37 AM (#3977358)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It seems easier, when facing a move, to load up everything and sort it out when you get there. But that means you took all of the stuff you don't really need and it is commingled with what you intend to actually use. Good luck in taking just what you want to the house and disposing of the rest, Dorothy (and Susan!).

Over-thinking the process of how to replace the 9-year-old computer yet keep access to all of the installed software. And I should run the comparison software to get rid of the duplicates before I move data into a new computer. Virtual or physical, there is clutter.

Added a couple of new tasks to my list this morning - another eBay item will ship on Tuesday and the listings are a bit thin now, so I need to put up more stuff, and I noticed I still haven't finished putting in the grout in one part of the dressing room tile. It won't take more than a cup or two to do the job. This will abut the old Linoleum floor in the bathroom that needs to be replaced.

I have some cooking to do today, more drawing down from the freezer to make stuff for the week, and I have a book to read to participate in a book club meeting next month.


17 Feb 19 - 11:40 AM (#3977360)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I was sick all week, so ADL's are out of whack again.

Personal portion of impossible mountain of laundry stowed-- I'd folded it all somehow one feverish night Hard choices ahead on what to purge, what to hang-- hangers are in PA closet, so stowing in drawers is not fun now.

Clean linens yet to stow-- ditto no fun. A few loved sheets are headed to the camper, but it's not warm enough yet to be safe to pop the vinyl.

This winter has been a hard one on our moving ahead!

~S~


17 Feb 19 - 05:31 PM (#3977446)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Frozen beef, diced onions, peppers, and tomatoes and tomato juice, fresh garlic (it keeps for a long time, this is from the yard), cilantro from the freezer. Black beans I cooked and froze are also going in, and a bunch of spices ground together. There are a few gaps showing in the freezer now. I'll be able to defrost again this spring in preparation for the summer garden harvest.

Cooking doesn't put many steps on the fitness tracker, so I'm going to go walk around the perimeter of the sheltered back yard for a few minutes. The dogs will enjoy the excursion, even in the yard.

I took down the clouded mirror from the dressing room door and put up the new one and used the old one as a template to put in drill holes. The frame had enough space from the mirror to the outer frame edge that drilling through didn't hit the glass. I'll prop the old mirror at the curb the day before trash during the week to see if someone driving past wants it.


18 Feb 19 - 09:22 AM (#3977566)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

This will appear a number of times until we move, with completed items marked X.

This one reflects the weekend's work.

~S~

ARRIVE TO UNPACK April 1?

Camryn and Brandon confirmed

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard.




Bedroom

Bed delay? Alterrnative Ramada sleep?

Prep for rug to go down

Greg's cube to library

X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR curtains tied and pinned
Foam mattress ready for us w pillows


Sewing room - painted & ready for furniture & boxes

X Painting done
Brown curtain up

Repair outlet & add 2 flat-plug extension cords on wall adj BR

Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! Other pieces for around rolling chair in sewing room—measure, then roll
Finish service dog vest


Library

Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone

Extension cord for desk power

FPH rough sort


Bathroom

X New toilet seat from garage

 


Laundry area

Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room

Measure for cabinet depth/height

X Relocate alarm panel

 

Living room

X Purge wicker coffee table,
love seat & lamp table (need contractors’ bags)—stow under LL window

Clear sideboard top

Artwork up on walls


Kitchen

Kitchen boxes to sideboard (room divider of kitchen boxes)

Doctor visits:

X Glasses
Pap
Manmo


Shopping

Meds refilled
Soups waiting

Contractors’ bags

Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
Bread waiting


Garage

Corners marked

Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
Garage ready and labeled
Plan for Deere and blower
Chairs out into patio

Decide about picking stools
Mike or Dave ready
Stove gone
Lock up kayak



Patio

Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
Dog fence raised


Yards

Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
Brandon set to weed beds


Travel Amenities

X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


18 Feb 19 - 05:34 PM (#3977651)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

W Greg--
Replaced outlet
Boosted a mattress up into the rafters
Re-rolled a carpet

with me--
Moved woodpile to GR?
2x6's overhead under white plastic sheeting
LR paneling over white plastic sheeting
Library-- reorganize media shelf contents
Swap out cord
LR curtain rod and box of rods, up on top of sheeting

~S~


18 Feb 19 - 08:02 PM (#3977657)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I would happily discard the background sinus ache this time of year. I was out in the weather for a while this afternoon contributing to the problem.

It's time I get back to the sewing I've had in the works for a while. The dining table is clear and I'll add a couple of leaves to give myself the space. I keep seeing these old sewing machines in tables (with the hinge to fold out a longer work surface) - I'd like one of those for my oldest machine, but I doubt the hole in each table is the same. I'll have to make a template of my machine as it would fit and measure the tables when I see them. I remember when Michelle first started doing all of the quilting, and now she's going great guns. And I turned on Sewing With Nancy yesterday and they were sewing interesting little squares for larger squares - I'm sure I have enough fabric here for dozens of quilts.


18 Feb 19 - 08:30 PM (#3977664)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Oops, lost in paste in previous post-- that's what Brandon wrought today, with us as his helpers/teachers.


18 Feb 19 - 11:40 PM (#3977682)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A glass of Old Vine Zinfandel and a shredder - clearing paper in my office. I haven't managed to do the no-alcohol February, but about once a week is modest consumption, and I'm being frugal, not buying any, only drawing down the existing collection. I'm an sticking closely to the frugal end of things for everything else, though I did find something at Goodwill today to list on eBay. I go in because I have a set of plates that I'd like to fill out, so when I'm near a thrift store I go look at the housewares. Sometimes I stumble on other good stuff. (I sold three PERFECT aqua colored Luminarc glasses on eBay last fall to a woman who tried to claim they were cloudy and hoped to get to keep them and get her money back. She got them for about $8 a glass - I just found the same type today on eBay for over $40 per glass. Darn. The twit who tried the scam clobbered my perfect feedback score, but she never returned the glasses so the sale stood. Maybe she turned $25 into $120.) I'll try again on blue colored drink glasses.

Anyway, going through cards, printouts, and scribbles. I just opened a brown envelope with the last birthday card from my library co-workers: [cover] YOU'RE ONE YEAR OLDER [inside] YOU'RE GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THAT AGE WHERE A LIFE SENTENCE ISN'T REALLY THAT BIG OF A THREAT
They picked good cards. :)

I have a spiral notebook for those oddball notes on scraps of paper that don't file away easily, but I want to keep the information. This notebook lets me write it down or cut out and tape in the note or business card or whatever the fragment is, compressing the information into one more durable collection. Other things that are on whole pages are going into the filing cabinet.

I plan to finish clearing the second desktop in my office before I head for bed. It's a good goal for the evening.


19 Feb 19 - 07:51 AM (#3977754)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

Whenever i get the urge to quilt i buy material and ship to rosebud reservation in sd.. Some support families by quilting...


19 Feb 19 - 07:54 AM (#3977755)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Last week I found what I believe is the last FPH box. Yesterday I picked up post-it tabs to alpha-label the file pockets I'll use to purge out all the duplicate copies of the paper they hold....
For that job I'll just alphabetize pages by whatever the top line reads, and as the portable file gets full I can whip thru to whiz out (recycle bin) the dupes.

That process will re-familiarize me with which sub-group in the program will need each document, in their section of the guide. (Using a zoo as a metaphor, "does this page go into the parrot section or the lion section?")

By then the paper should be down to one binder per group, with narrative to introduce each and a copy of the model and report in each-- NOT purging those duplicates.

So each binder will include: Here's what your group will be supporting as the groups collaborate to create this program (model), and here are the likely results you can surpass (report). End with a template: What are your goals (blank chart per long range goals page).

~S~


19 Feb 19 - 11:10 AM (#3977779)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Further information on my "purchase" during my frugal month - these cobalt glasses (12 of them, 6 500 size, 6 tall tumblers) were .89 apiece at Goodwill, and a set of six of either size sells for $45-50 on eBay. A good return for a frugal hobby.

Mary, you'll have to tell us more about how the quilting on the rez operation works. You've mentioned it before.


19 Feb 19 - 06:10 PM (#3977855)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont!

Unlimited internet installed today! I feel SO much freer! Tomorrow Ephraim will make it Wifi! Triple YAY!

Thomas is painting up a storm: Yellow BR near done, the black and dark blue room is cream, R's office-to-be is moving toward cream. T will return tomorrow to finish that and the Den (the room with the fireplace). I wonder if I can negotiate a cream K... Would love the hall and L/DR done but that might break the bank.

I could not find "shelf paper" but unpacked four boxes of K stuff. Went to Staples this aft and found "wrapping paper" that I hope will do. Washing shelves is not adequate for me; they are OLD wood and used for 116 years!

It may be another few days before we "move in". Need a frig first. Today R dragged in the first piece of "What are you doing dragging in that piece of trash?????" A section of a piece of "early american" junk with a mirror - "Better than what is in the powder room now" NOT! There will be a discussion tonight and I will get Thomas to help me drag it out tomorrow!

Well, today's reminder is that I can put the leaves in the dining table and use it to cut fabric - if I protect it first. I will finally have space for the sewing machine! Just maybe I will get some sewing done!

This is a wonderful house. We love it and so does everyone else who has seen it. Now, to schlep Thomas back to the city.


19 Feb 19 - 10:23 PM (#3977879)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, I have that thick clear flexible vinyl sheeting that came in 54" wide bolts (with a detached paper backing) at the fabric store and cut it to length for the various work tables (kitchen, tall kitchen work table, and the dining room table). It can be folded up and set aside or table cloths can be spread out over it. I just looked at Joann and find various gauge thicknesses. I probably got 16 or 20, just because it seemed more durable, but I'd have to look in the store to compare for sure. I know, it is reminiscent of crinkly plastic covers our grandparents put over the sofa and armchair back in the 60s, but it's less conspicuous and more practical.

Good luck getting the mirrored piece of furniture monstrosity out of the house quickly!

More bits of paper cleared off of my office work spaces, some filed, some noted on the spiral binder, others simply tossed. Office supplies discovered and organized.

I set up my HDMI monitor to give sound and use my web cam today for a conversation and to share screens (using the app you may have heard of - GoToMeeting - I've figured out how to make it work after a couple of meetings with it.) Since I've set that up again I'm thinking of once again removing the separate speakers on my desk, though I like having the box behind the monitor that offers the base sound. I think I turned off the monitor sound because it wasn't very loud, but there are two adjustments and I think I wasn't addressing both (monitor volume and computer volume). That would give me a little more room on the physical desktop.


20 Feb 19 - 07:06 AM (#3977929)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Re plastic sheeting, we had access in PA to one store we will miss a lot-- Surplus City. Far from having anything in common with the Big Lots chain you may be picturing, it's largely plumbing, electrical, automotive, tarps, fabric, and crafts-- housed in an enormous funky, dusty old pole building with a concrete floor.

One of our favorite finds there was the steel prison trays we used at Mudgathers and later gave, in pairs, to admiring friends and fam. (They were $1 each, and I have 8 left. So much fun to use at church potlucks.) Surplus City had hundreds, in stacks. Once. Another great item was the $5 metal ballot boxes; the 14" square by 24" tall size made wonderful dog food bins, and the 8" x 14" model held cinders for the worst ice by the back porch.

You never knew what treasures they'd have, and one day it was 54" rolls of plastic in various gauges, about 1/5 of retail price. I bought a thick-gauge roll to cover the sideboard I'll use in Ohio seasonally as my germination station. Over top of the plastic is a blue prayer shawl I received after my botched surgery.

I also used this plastic to cover our long kitchen table, which seats 6-8 people. In one of Greg's earlier rectories, it was the even longer DR table, and it matches a china cabinet; their finish harmonizes with the vast array of kitchen cabinets, so they ended up in there and the china cabinet now holds arty decor. A beloved vinyl tablecloth was starting to show wear with little rips, and I just won't give it up until I come across another pattern I love, so we covered it. (For state dinners, we'll roll up both layers and set the table with a runner, and enjoy the more formal look of the wood. It's also my everyday food prep table.)
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I have another leaf bag started for Goodwill items. The boxes of "misc" are piling up as I unpack and come across items I'm not sure where to put (since our bookshelves aren't here yet). I'm going to whip thru those this week and donate about half, as we consult briefly on each item. It's so weird to actually have Greg around to consult with him!

Yesterday Yano and I cleared the remaining quarter of the cardboard crate our boxed, framed art had traveled in, in May. All the flat and shredded packing paper was kept to go back with us, to pack up the kitchen and last big framed art we left on the walls. (The crate box too, for the last frames to bring.) I was so impressed with Greg's composition, when he hung all his gold-framed ordination certificates last week, that I asked him to hang all the kitchen art we unpacked in the AM. When I came back from the Y, there it all was, beautifully displayed. Replacing the squiggles of curling ribbon I'd hung on nails the seller had left, to break up an ugly-painted section of kitchen wall. (The framed colors took away the ugly.)

We're unpacking this whole category-- items packed with shredded paper-- in the garage. All the mess never comes into the house (static cling and dust issues). Yano cleans each item of dirt-road-dust and dust bunnies that gathered while I was unable to clean, and none of that filth comes into the house, either. Yet to bring in are the boxed decor awaiting our shelving, but we'll unpack, clean, and rebox those next week. (Right now the boxes occupy the garage pantry we brought, which Brandon will move a few feet to its designated corner next week. I'm looking forward to ejecting some of the canned and dry goods clogging up my kitchen, very soon.)

~S~


20 Feb 19 - 10:22 AM (#3977958)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Today's plan: the misc boxes

Newly revised with more to-do's than "done"s:

ARRIVE TO UNPACK April 1?

Camryn and Brandon confirmed

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard.




BEDROOM

Bed delay? Alterrnative Ramada sleep?

Prep for rug to go down

Greg's cube to library

X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR curtains tied and pinned
Foam mattress ready for us w pillows


SEWING ROOM

Painted & ready for furniture & boxes

X Painting done
X Brown curtain up
Kitchen curtains fit here?

X Repair outlet
Add flat-plug extension cords on wallsadj BR

Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! Other pieces for around rolling chair in sewing room—measure, then roll
Finish service dog vest


LIBRARY

Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone

X Extension cord for desk power
Mount desk strips
Hang corner shelf

FPH rough sort


BATHROOM

X New toilet seat from garage
Pockets on door?

 


LAUNDRY AREA

Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room

Measure for cabinet depth/height

X Relocate alarm panel

 

LIVING ROOM

X Hart art up/designed
X Purge wicker coffee table,
Purge wicker love seat & lamp table
X (need contractors’ bags)—
stow under LL window

Clear sideboard top

Artwork up on walls
Clear table and remove vinyl cloth (repair, make clear cover, roll both)
Remove chair covers and re-dress relocated wing chair
Remove green recliner to garage
Relocate autoharp and stand
Collapse tension rod for windowsill


KITCHEN

Kitchen boxes to sideboard (room divider of kitchen boxes)

Doctor visits:

X Glasses
Pap
Manmo



SHOPPING

Meds refilled
Soups waiting

X Contractors’ bags

Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
Bread waiting



GARAGE

Corners marked

Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
Garage ready and labeled
Plan for Deere and blower
Chairs out into patio

X Decide about picking stools
Mike or Dave ready
Stove gone
Lock up kayak
Box spring gone



PATIO

Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
Dog fence raised


YARDS

Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
Brandon set to weed beds


TRAVEL

X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


20 Feb 19 - 11:23 AM (#3977974)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Good idea, using this for a potting bench. In case this type of vinyl has an off gas that might be a problem, here is an article about the types. It's an article from 2005, but it might help. I never noticed a smell, but Dorothy might be more sensitive.

https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/clear-vinyl-fabric/ gives more general information about thickness and uses (and might be a good use for the small place you're still working on - I've suddenly forgotten what you call it, now that "Dupont" is in my head.)

Beaver! Just before I hit "submit message."


20 Feb 19 - 04:19 PM (#3978011)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I went to the Lowe's hardware site online and used their "shopping cart" feature to calculate the price of the materials I need for the last panel of new fence on the south side of the house. 19 cedar pickets, 3 10' 2x4s, and a box of deck screws. I still have about a half gallon of the weather-proof treatment, no need for more yet. It is estimated to be $83.46, and my time and labor. I have the reclaimed hardware from taking down the rest of the fence, so that's a nice savings. I need the 2x4s to be just a little under 9', so if the 10' pieces don't fit in the SUV I'll take along a carpenter's saw and trim off a foot in the parking lot. I'm pretty sure those will fit (everything was 6' and 8' on the other panels I worked on, this is the last piece and it extends just a little longer from the last post to the brick side of the house.)

This is me doing the math, I'm not working on it right now, maybe in a week or two. Right now I need to mow and then head for the garden.


20 Feb 19 - 05:20 PM (#3978020)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We did in fact plow thru the 3 large and 1 small Misc boxes, using the 5-second rule.

As we consulted, I was surrounded by boxes labeled for each room, plus garbage sack, recycle bag, and the Goodwill leaf bag. Each room's box went there once filled, and no room's items feel overwhelming now or difficult.


The last room's box contained items to operate on, which I did while Greg ferried the others; then that one went.

Then we hung kitchen art, and set four framed items on easels above the kitchen cabinets. Greg has a great eye, and I think making many of these choices is helping him feel more at home-- like a DIY episode of Merge.

Then we went ahead on a few trickier art projects, and added a hook to the back of his sewing room door. (That man has overcoats the way some women have shoes!)

The tricky art was hilarious-- we started with several framed icons that can only go in one narrow spot. I had planned rotating them seasonally... but then last week, in the damp garage, I found the calendar they'd all been taken from-- hidden by Tyler-- with seven more. So we went thru these, noting that the watercolor-type paper they're printed on had resumed its flat shape with water stains only on the edges the matte will cover-- I'd laid the mess flat on the kitchen table, and our HVAC restored them.

So we went thru those, and kept the ones we both liked that will fit the ONE available, large frame. We bagged these in a leftover clear plastic bag, and taped that to the back of the currently-framed icon! This packet disappeared within the back of the frame's profile, stabilized with mortite to prevent sagging. And so we hung it up. One large statement frame.

He liked the 2nd framed icon, and claimed that for the sewing room, so it went there to await a hanger on its back.

A third hangerless (and much smaller) icon went on the same wall, but over the high shelf above the framed icon; it floats above the top shelf, luminescent, because unlike the others, metallic paint was used and the whole base layer is pearly, pale blue (Ukrainian Orthodox style). Other items on the top shelf are spaced around that Ukie St. Cyril as if he were standing on the shelf, but he ethereally floats. (The good friend who gave it to us will love it when we send a photo!) The shelf also includes two Madonnas (more are coming for a suitable odd-number collection).

The ones we didn't personally care for were bagged in a similar leftover bag-- I suspect some appliance had come in these-- and added to the Goodwill bag.

On the LR art wall, space remaining will be dotted with tiny shelves holding decor or statuary Greg will choose as we get into the remaining decor boxes, and he can decide where most of the rest will go for display, once our shelves arrive.

It's so cool to be doing this layer of decorating BEFORE the walls get hard to access because bigger furniture is coming to replace MudDorm items.

It's also cool to see him manifest what I've envisioned in these spaces, and love it, and add all these with his own decorating eye. He composes spaces less symmetrically than I tend to do-- that's a challenge my matchy-matchy upbringing can't quite bridge, but I love it once I see it, and can add items in balance from there.

~Susan


21 Feb 19 - 11:38 PM (#3978276)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Some days just getting the dirty dishes into the dishwasher (after finally emptying the clean ones) feels like an accomplishment. But wait! I also previewed the NetFlix disks I have here, the first two discs from a TV series that started in 2016. The pilot was charming, and I watched part of a couple others, but I the series is calculated to wrench one's emotions around way too much, and I don't feel like that right now. Next.

Since I awoke to dogs pushing open the bedroom door during a thunderstorm it wasn't a day for mowing or gardening, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. My grocery list is relatively short considering how long it has been since I did much shopping. Last night I was setting up to make pumpkin bread (the Joy of Cooking recipe) and though I was almost out of raisins I have lots of dried dates from the Halal market that are even better. I made a double batch and used four small pans, so three loaves are frozen, one for a friend, and one is out for breakfast.

How's the house, Dorothy? Does the WiFi reach every corner of the house and out into the yard? Do you have a date for the big move to begin?


22 Feb 19 - 05:23 PM (#3978437)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Still drawing down the freezer and still surprised at how many meals have been prepared without needing anything from the grocery store.

The yard is soggy and the tile floor in the den is heavily tracked. Maybe if I spread mulch over the muddy area then less will be tracked in; I don't foresee grass growing back in those areas any time soon with as much dog traffic as there is. More rain is predicted during the next week.

Time to take my household recycling over to the bins behind city hall, and I want to retrieve some newspapers and cardboard to use in the garden. I'll take a look at the bins on Tuesday, getting there before the trucks come to empty them - they tend to be quite full and there might be stuff I can use within easy reach. No way I'd ever climb into one of them.

It's also time to pay serious attention to starting plants from seed. Greenhouse, here I come.


22 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM (#3978446)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

A day off from most projects, to deliver the space-hogging gas range to a lucky recipient in need. Found a great new runaway town, with several GF restaurants.


Before departure, huge progress was made on decisions re snowblower/tractor storage: Temp storage to be, for both, under tarps, not in garage but under security light outside our BR window. Eventual crate-sized shed for snowblower only, by winter. This planhugely relieves garage storage pressure for the next phase, which means Greg will be able to set up his garage woodworking shop quicker, when we unload the Last Move.

At our found-town we looked at sheds, and then came home to find DIY plans for the odd size we want.

A great audio book on a new cheap player made the driving fun.

~Susan


23 Feb 19 - 11:24 AM (#3978544)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Example of Greg's gallery wall composition:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2126290887450196&id=100002079158985&__tn__=-R

We just emptied the rest of the decor boxes, for Yano to clean Tuesday. Plates to set over the cabinets on easels are in the DW.

~Susan


23 Feb 19 - 11:26 AM (#3978545)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Sunshine and a stiff breeze this morning; so far everything underfoot is soggy, but by the afternoon I may be able to set foot in the front yard to start dragging branches and mow.

Before heading out to mow I crossed an annoying and messy task off of my to-do list: finishing the grout in one part of my dressing room. I did most of it ages ago but ran out, and never got around to the rest (probably with the idea that if I grouted something else I'd use the extra in here. But I never grouted anything else.) I also did a few lines in the den where dog nails have dug it out and it is now blocked by furniture to let it dry. I'll give it another sponge-off later today then move the sofa over the top of the area so they can't walk on it and gouge it out.


23 Feb 19 - 10:26 PM (#3978642)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I splashed gasoline onto my jeans when I was refueling the mower, so everything has to go into the laundry tonight. After finishing the lawn I didn't get much else done. It may be time for a new mower, this one requires a lot of muscle to get it around the yard. The self-propelled belt is off (it kept slipping off) and the mower has places where the handle dips low near the platform, because the metal frame slumps from the pressure. I have to push it low to make any turns, or lift the back two wheels off the ground. Neither is good. It is 17 years old. My fitness tracker was happy with the exercise.


24 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM (#3978727)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Now that the date for Dick's memorial has been set, our next decluttering task is to set our truck rental rate. The landlord has not expressed any concerns about extending the mid-March date due to transition issues, and the early April memorial date is close to the vague early April date I posited.

The rest of the needful household tasks look do-able on that timeframe as well. I can breathe now.

~Susan


24 Feb 19 - 11:13 AM (#3978737)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Very cool article--

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/types-of-clutter-how-to-declutter/


24 Feb 19 - 12:08 PM (#3978747)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Productive puttering AM bcuz feet too swollen to go to church today:

Spelunked linen closet looking for the backs to complete a listed project.

Rebagged some linen shelf items.

Bagged double bed set for camper, incl coverlet Q sheet.

Rebagged Greg Hinton??'s grandmother-made quilt for protection, set in sewing room for his display.

No tiebacks found for BR drapes, but made plan B not possibile to complete b4 departure, so crossing that off list.

Donated a loved double sheet, but am keeping the matching pillowcsses for memory.

Donated a decor pillow no longer needed, that has high-maintenance embroidery in a color not wanted here.

~Susan


24 Feb 19 - 03:19 PM (#3978792)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I couldn't wait till Tuesday to take the recycling over; in the bin there were several very large round heavy-duty cardboard containers that used to contain rolls of wire (instead of spooling it). I couldn't think of anything I'd do with them or I'd have brought one or more home. Gardening in them? They'd fall apart. Put them in the ground? The metal rims would be in the ground later. Nope. Someone else may find a use before they're buried in the bins. Not bringing it home to begin with is half the battle.

Starting the new compost pile for the year and digging out the remainder of the compost from a pile a couple of years ago. The piles and large bin need attention, combine it all or pull out the sticks that aren't breaking down and see what's left.

This morning I started weeding the garden bed where I'll put in the onions, and I'll put the potatoes in a separate spot that was dug up late enough last fall it will be easy to work on now. The good thing about starting the garden this year is that I don't need to wait till next weekend to finish what I start today since all week is forecast to be perfect for yard work. I'm doing some contract work but it isn't set hours and it's only 10-15 hours a week.


24 Feb 19 - 04:25 PM (#3978805)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, j
From: wysiwyg

When Greg got home from church we used dry-erase calendars this house came with, to lay out his excellent idea of how to get it all done, over 5 weeks.

FPH project materials are now set and waiting for Tuesday.

Plan: Yano and I will alphabetize pgs into my red accordion folder, one banker's box at a time. (She has confirmed that she can alohabetize.)

As each alpha section fills, I'll sort the pages into hanging files that are labeled by ROLE played in the program.

I think I have enough tabbed hanging files, but I also have re-usable post-it tabs if the flimsy, clear plastic tabs fail and/or new roles emerge. I had to make label inserts and reinforced a fee.

I hope to have enough copies of the model for each role to have a copy. Each role will get a binder with their role, some basic listening skills stuff, the program model, the general goals for their role, and overall goals as set by the implementer cohort. And items for just their

Some narrative will need to be written once the binders are set up.

The program coordinator and maybe the supt. will get that too, but like an EFM coordinator's manual, it will immediately be updated daily and therefore the supt copy will be immediately obsolete.

A better plan in replication will be that at year-end, the coordinator manual is copied for the next coord/supt pair (or coord/principal pair).


~Susan


25 Feb 19 - 05:56 AM (#3978896)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Whoo-hoo!!!

Early wakies drew me to the Library to open a big box I'd labeled "FPH Model, etc-- Dig!"

Expecting it to be mostly FPH paper for the Big Sort, I was thrilled to find that only one manila envelope is actually FPH. The rest easily divided into smaller boxes with actual destinations in the Library.

Under that box was "the pile" of other FPH boxes. Two were empty banker's boxes I'd set there to help sort and store the final product.

That leaves JUST TWO banker's boxes of actual FPH paper, to sort! That is a ONE DAY project I can FINISH TOMORROW, which means cleaning up the LR sorting area this week.

Now I can draft the connecting narrative bits on my notebook, any time, and print them up when we get back from the Big Move, and complete the superintendent's binder before school lets out.

It also means that if I were to be run over by a truck, my 1999 partner could whip that paper as well as I can, to give that program new legs.

~Susan


25 Feb 19 - 05:58 AM (#3978897)
Subject: FPH PLAN
From: wysiwyg

FPH plan, preceding posts.


25 Feb 19 - 01:22 PM (#3978988)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Weather, paint sensitivity and inertia = no wifi yet. But I happily sit in LR on sofa that is to go upstairs eventually... and use the unlimited. Two days the roads were bad so I stayed in the city and suffered no computer. Sat we went to an auction --- with the usual result! All manner of junk AND a very nice washer dryer set (Maytag in burgundy!)which will eventually make its way here! Prob today!

The auction was #$%^&* otherwise. We went because R wanted to bid on a handcarved wooden eagle! It was an inch taller than our nine foot ceiling! And went for almost $3000! I am SO glad he did not get the eagle!!!!!!! It was an amazing piece but I would not be fond of a vicious looking eagle, even with two eaglets...

The trouble, as usual was the tail of the auction when there was all manner of STUFF left and the auctioneer kept saying, "deux piece (two dollars), Robin?" and "Where's Robin?" And I ended up standing there shouting "NO!" Won a few, lost a lot and now there is a carload of stuff to sort and, mostly, take to thrift shops. But not until is is warm enough/not snowing/raining and the drive is not a sheet of ice... That piece that snuck in last week is still here, also due to weather.

But I am looking forward to washer/dryer and have hopes of a frig in my future - maybe this week? Meanwhile, Thomas is, "as we speak" painting the K and pantry - ceilings white and walls cream. And I picked up paint chips for possible colours for R's office. Thomas is a painting maniac (Very sweet and lovable) and needs to be fed - painting work!! He also does other things so when he calls and says, I can... I can get more done!

The LR has a white ceiling and pale grey walls. The grey is Ok because there are big windows: S, W (2), N! And there is a very attractive trim around the top that would be challenging to paint up to. Once the furniture is in, there will be much walnut and mahogany not be so much grey.

There will be NO "big move". Inch by inch... Some major furniture will stay at the city house until it is sold. I am content with what is here and the promise of a frig soon, maybe this week? In the meantime, I am enjoying a warm, attractive, light-filled house, when weather permits.

I need to go back to Beaver soon and need to watch the weather for a break to go, and then return. This is needful.

As for the vinyl: A good idea but not for me. I already had to leave home due to paint fumes. I use as little plastic stuff as possible.


25 Feb 19 - 09:30 PM (#3979066)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm digging the garden beds a few square feet at a time this week, working on it more gradually since I don't have to wait till the weekend to do it all. I've started in the raised bed first. I bought onion sets a while back and kept them alive but they're not looking great; I'm getting those planted this week and should get enough onions to more than break even on the cost. My knee is still tender, so the slow pace is to keep from injuring it.

The dogs enjoyed a walk this evening, and we stopped by a little piece of grassy & wooded city right-of-way property on the way so the dogs could sniff. I guess Pepper's early years didn't give her much opportunity to explore - she seems remarkably incurious about who and what has passed by there before, strolling along behind me while the other two move across the area noses to the ground, paying particular attention to spots where I see nothing remarkable. I know that Zeke learned outdoor stuff from Cinnamon and Poppy - he was a house dog with a small Bermuda grass lawn with a pool, but over time he has learned to be an outside dog. He leads the pack to the back fence at night to bark at coyotes, something he never did when he first got here.

Watching the Antique Roadshow this evening, and understanding that most of these things that are receiving price estimates are largely going to be insurance prices - how would these people actually sell any of these items to realize the prices they're being quoted? They might sell to dealers who would offer much less to get a profit out of it. The program gives me ideas about what to dig out and list, but I have no interest in collecting any of these things. This is a good thing.

Diet-wise, it's almost spring, a time of year when more exercise and weight loss are possible. I've resolved to start by avoiding the empty calories of soft drinks, juice, and wine. I use milk as a source of calcium or I'd avoid it also (and I don't have soft drinks very often so that's the easiest thing to give up.)

Good job curtailing the auction purchases, Dorothy! Keep up the good work as you create this new (old) home.


26 Feb 19 - 12:15 PM (#3979183)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A new cap for my gas line trimmer arrived; the backup neoprene gasket I made last week will live in the greenhouse as a spare, but the old cap and the new one both have a cork gasket, most resistant to the destructive properties of gasoline. The trimmer probably cost $125/$150, and while it is easiest to simply buy a new one, I prefer to repair and replace parts as long as it will run, keeping the materials out of the trash stream. And if I donate it someone else is simply going to do the same thing.

Years ago I sold a trimmer at a garage sale, I couldn't get it to work for a while. A guy puttered and worked on it and before he left he had it running. I honored the sale, and vowed that I wouldn't do that again. I have a guy who fixes this kind of stuff for a reasonable amount, so I go there first. My mower still runs, but is harder and harder to use, so it *may* get replaced in order to have a machine that I don't have to struggle with so much. Or not. The effect of the slow onset of PMR was that I gained weight, and that has been hard on my knees. Now that I've been off of the steroids for a few months and the stress of an awful employer has subsided, it's spring and I need to pick myself up and lose the weight. When that happens I think my strength will be back to the usual level and the mower might be less of a problem.


26 Feb 19 - 04:01 PM (#3979239)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

FPH ROUGH SORT DONE, beyond alpha-- by role. Duplicates distributed thru ldrshp roles. More can be created with our printer's copy function.

FPH still occupies two bankers boxes--the two sturdy ones I started with in 1992-- but now sorted into labeled hanging folders. Yano took the better used manila folders,and recycled the rest.

There's much more material than I feared, and much less waste than I'd assumed.

The program could be run, now, from these boxes, tho ill still binderize it in due time. A bonus is that I found several reiterations of the unique model-from grant conception thru the replication phase-- written from various leaders' viewpoints-- all consistent with the original vision.

It replicated itself more deeply than I had realized-- I did a better job of developing new leaders and changing the school climate than I had been able to see at the time.

Time to marinate!

~S~


26 Feb 19 - 06:44 PM (#3979257)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

FPH boxes stowed. Plastic hanging m file bin allocated to garage for heavy/long/outdoor extension cords.

Measurements taken for LL closet modification, laundry area cabinet, and LL shelf base. The laundry area cabinet is coming from PA and that measurement will determine whether it comes right in or needs to be disassembled and cut down a tad. It will sit alongside the stacking washer/dryer, with a slot between them. In the slot goes a resin folding table presser into use as needed, plus a curtain on a tension rodabove that which extends bathroom privacy about 30" in front of the bathroom door. The tiny loo gets humid fast, and that extra space is great for getting into a towel without bumping into damp surfaces (or trailing the towel into the potty).

Cinder blocks and bricks needed for bulb bed counted--12 each. Planting site for peony eyeballed.


27 Feb 19 - 10:31 AM (#3979380)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Truck reservation confirmed

Helpers lined up.


27 Feb 19 - 11:00 AM (#3979384)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Weird dream last night, and a lot of this decluttering and yard work were part of it; dreamed I moved to a small apartment yet somehow had everything with me, including the dogs; the apartment patio was fenced with three spread out layers of fence and a hole at the corner where a critter was living. As I woke I was preparing to soak a paper towel in ammonia to toss into the hole and I realized I left behind the patio chairs at the house. Funny.

In the real world I have finished weeding and turning soil in the rock-rimmed raised bed and will begin on the bed for the potatoes next. This is where the old fence slats will come in; I can put the 2-3 picket section against the downhill side and have a deep, well-worked bed for potatoes to grow in.

This week I started a new book so I'm prepared to participate in a book club in a couple of weeks. I'm not sure that this is the group I'll stick with, it's about 25 miles from here and there may be something here in town that works as well, but it's a start, and people at that meeting will probably know about other book clubs to recommend. This one reads fiction, and I was told that there is a related group that reads all nonfiction. Decisions, decisions! They're both affiliated with AAUW (American Association of University Women). Their membership fees each year are hefty, but they are a group involved in providing scholarships to young women in the North Texas region.


27 Feb 19 - 04:10 PM (#3979450)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Sometimes I do not push for what I need. I really wanted to go back to Beaver yesterday for a meeting about tree care, and a few days to visit and pick up a load of stuff. As often happens, I did not realize how important the meeting was for me until it was too late to go. The only reason I did not leave was that my car was full of stuff from the auction! So I complained this morning and the car is now empty. I will leave tomorrow early - waiting for the weather to warm up 10 degrees! Come back Sunday, weather permitting.

Auction stuff is sorted and most is ready to leave for thrift shop (a full car load) - next week when I am back. What a waste of time and energy! I did, however, find a beautiful oval tablecloth - white with a special sort of lace work (it has a name), safely ensconced in a heavy plastic bag and now in a drawer in the pantry.

It is possible that the frig will appear while I am gone - maybe... And the bed frame??? Maybe. Then we can live in warm house. One can only hope!

Montreal:
Came back to the city to rest for trip, also avoiding paint fumes which are sometimes sneaky. Alas, it is so cold, even in the BR, under two quilts! If I had hammer! and two nails and a ladder--- I would put the quilt across the doorway to keep the pittance of heat in the BR. But I don't. ... I opened an adjacent closet door across the opening in attempt to keep in some of the heat. ...It may be working; Does not seem as cold! (No, there is not a door on BR.)

R is involved in a very exciting project; Ephraim is leading and researching with him the history of a piece of property (belonging to R & bro) back into the 1800's and earlier, in old Montreal. They found info that led to more info... more and more interesting and exciting and, potentially, profitable. (Why I hesitate to bug R re matters of little significance like being COLD!)

It is predicted to warm by about 10 degrees the next few days. It will be nice to get back to the wood stove!


27 Feb 19 - 05:51 PM (#3979469)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It sounds like camping out in the house, Dorothy!

Today was warm when I left to run errands but the temperatures dropped by about 20 degrees in an hour and the wind picked up. Nothing like the cold you're feeling in the house or out, but it means that all of us who left home without a jacket were regretting that decision.

I went through Costco and looked at the various computers they have available, to compare with what I can order online. I'm willing to get under the hood to update when there's room and it saves me money. All part of the process - every time I get ready to buy a new device I have to research current trends and what is the next new thing (that costs a fortune) to consider or avoid. I snapped photos of the particulars listed on each box.


28 Feb 19 - 08:22 AM (#3979557)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Not done anything in a while but yesterday’s project was a solar pond pump kit for a pebble pond. There had been a low voltage pump in this location for years but it had been abandoned as the pond clogged up with increasing frequency. Anyway an oak tree has since been lopped, the area is clearer and the changes may or may not be enough to make the difference.

The old system was in a mess though and I wasn’t prepared to check the wiring and redo/replace as needed for a “may/ may not be OK now” and said to mum, the only thing I was prepared to try was a solar kit. She bought a cheap one.

That job turned out more complicated than I’d anticipated as having got the kit, it I realised that the very small panel intended to be ground mounted on a spike was not going to get much sunlight. It can get quite bright but the bungalow soon blocks the sun when the sun is low. I decided the best answer was to mount the panel near the top of what remains of the oak tree – say about 12-15 ft.

That probably would have been easy for most but I get nervous even a few feet up (and I only needed to be 3 or 4 steps up to reach) and the step ladder had to be close to the edge of the pebble pond. It might sound odd but it became a case of getting one of the 4 coach screws for the (rather big but the best I could find) bracket in and coming inside and settling down for ½ hour before doing the next one.

Fitted and working it looked quite good late afternoon yesterday. Unfortunately today is very grey, the pump hasn’t started and there’s no chance of seeing how things might work out in more typical days.

There is one change already that I might look into making if things look ok and I can find out how (I can run to soldering, ohms law, playing with PICs, etc. but my electronics are not up to much) though. The pump runs on battery backup until it drops to certain level of charge. That in itself is good but is not all I want. I’m not interested in the pump running in darkness (and it ran till 9pm last night) when no one is around but would like to reserve whatever charge is in the battery for better cover when the weather is just overcast. So maybe some form of switch the pump side using a photo cell in future?



The bits for a new PC (mentioned in another thread) should arrive this evening. I’ve just realised I didn’t order a dvd drive but may well install from USB and forget about that. I’ll probably do the build tomorrow. And am likely spend a bit of time scratching my head – hopefully not for the build but I’ve not yet worked out a plan where I’m sure how I’m going to replace the existing PC with this new build.


28 Feb 19 - 05:09 PM (#3979638)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

In packing to be away at an all-weekend workshop, it was identified that my old bones just can't do that amount of sitting without an ottoman. So I've just finished making one, based on Greg's excellent idea: using the folding stepstool we use between the van seats as an armrest, with pillows on top? For that purpose, we recently discussed that it needed to be taller and firmer. For a footrest, firm also, and wider.

The stepstool itself is tough plastic that locks once it's opened, and holds 300 pounds. It folds to a compact and lightweight 3" wide; I used it for years to access tall Liberation Library shelves, until the Library moved to Ohio. Then it was a handy PA kitchen stepstool. (There were cracks between bookshelves or cabinets, where it could be slipped in until needed.)

Eventually it arrived in Ohio.

So I've cut foam of various densities already on hand, to raise its top and widen it. Greg cut me a plank for a wider (and firm) footrest. Whatever height the chair they give me turns out to be, I'll be able to add enough foam layers to make my knees and hips smile deliciously. I'll top it off with pretty (red) fleece to camouflage its humbler parts.

There have been many times at festivals, etc when I wished I had something like this. It may even work when I sit on my Rollator.

Since all the parts will stack between the van seats and can travel in a backpack, I suspect I'll use this often!

~Susan


01 Mar 19 - 06:45 PM (#3979761)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

It is a wonder I know where I am. Went to Beaver yesterday. Front door was frozen shut. Had to climb through knee high snow around to the back door. Poured hot water from tap through the screening and melted the ice so I could bring things in through the front. Otherwise they would have mostly stayed in car. Getting through that much snow- partly light and partly frozen - is not easy. Sorted myself out, took overdue book to library, picked up mail, noted there was a movie happening so I ate a nice meal I had brought along and went to movie. Won door prize! A start-a-lavender pot, two lovely photo cards by Mary Lou and a candle. M is a photographer and gardener; she arranged for the film showing.

Used "new" electric blanket on bed; put it on about 4 pm, after starting the wood stove, and at 10 the bed was warm!!! And the house was 69F. The movie was a better idea than sitting next to the fire for two hours! However, the back deck had two feet of snow and I was not up for shoveling a path to the wood pile. SO, having used most of the available wood to heat the house for the night...

Today I drove back to Dupont with the stuff I had managed to load into car - after it deigned to start about 9:45 am. Arrived back and off loaded car, ate, went through 255 emails and now I am here. Ready to head out to music tonight. Slightly bleary eyed but awake. Hope the music is good!


01 Mar 19 - 09:07 PM (#3979769)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Dorothy, you are indefatigable!

My workshop canceled, but led to good things, including bonus time with Greg, and a fee reallocated to good things for the freezer.

And gazing time: I'm seeing a whole decor area in the alcove off our bedroom. Pix when done, with before/after.

~Susan


02 Mar 19 - 12:31 AM (#3979783)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

My Zenni optical glasses arrived today, and they're every bit as great as I hoped they'd be. We didn't have any sunshine to test the "transitions" type lenses, and I'll have to see how that works when I'm using the camera.

Dorothy, I've never had an electric blanket, but there's a friend I visit periodically who has one in her guest room, and I admit it's very nice to turn it on ahead of time so the bed is warm; I usually turn it off once I'm in bed, I don't want to be too warm, but not having to shiver for a couple of minutes under cool covers is nice.

Jon, I'd love to have a pond with a fountain, but I fear the dogs would be in it all of the time. As it is I have a great big water feature at the back of the yard beyond the fence - a year round creek that is a tributary to the Trinity River.


02 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM (#3979914)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Hunkering down for a wave of cold air to arrive tomorrow, and in preparation I'm making a batch of stew. I think also I'll make some soup.

My Frugal February passed and it was indeed a month of few purchases. I do have things I have to buy so today I made a run to the drug store, to Tractor Supply for dog food, and a couple of other stops. When I tried this last time I found that it's difficult to keep up the practice every month, because you tend to set yourself up to fail, but when you've had a frugal month it means you enter the next one with the goal of preserving the savings that you managed previously. Toward that end, my shopping today was primarily in the bulk food section of the neighborhood Winco where I pay with cash, not a card.

I stopped by a friend's house, and the smell of fresh baked bread met me at the door and I immediately resolved to make some of my dinner rolls; I couldn't eat a whole batch while they're fresh but they freeze well.


03 Mar 19 - 11:53 AM (#3980063)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Two of our brother Dharmabum's scrollwork pieces are featured here:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2139327329479885&id=100002079158985

Cooperative hanging job, for the nearly-complete Nature corner. White cutouts shown represent antlers on the way.

The folding chess board just showing against the wall is a family heirloom, also suitable for the brown mini-backgammon set from my pub years, shown with the books.

Enjoy!

~Susan & Greg


04 Mar 19 - 11:53 AM (#3980163)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Another area coming along:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2140840172661934&id=100002079158985&ref=bookmarks


04 Mar 19 - 02:05 PM (#3980183)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

[sigh]

The work I did in the garden stands - the beds that were turned over and ready to be planted - but the onions I put out so far, the sprouting asparagus, the bay tree, and a few potted things that made it over the winter are now toast, burned by the cold last night. Must begin again later in the week when it warms back up to near 80o.


04 Mar 19 - 02:25 PM (#3980187)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Oh no, SRS!


04 Mar 19 - 03:22 PM (#3980195)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Indefatigable I am not. Exhausted, still! Then there is gratefulness for the unlimited internet but not some idiotic websites that offer no help and one not so great that offered a phone number and a lovely helpful person responded helpfully.

After an hour of frustration yesterday, I went into the local Koodo store this am and the nice young man not only sorted out the billing problem but also provided me with a new phone (I had garnered lots of credit!) and a slightly less monthly fee as well as 3gb -and it automatically quits without going over! The learning curve may be long!

For the other, the nice woman at the Turtle Trauma Centre bore with me as I attempted to renew membership on internet while on phone with her so she could clue in to the problems I was having and inform their web master. In the end, she took my info and agreed to get it all straight. It may have helped that I know the "Turtle Lady" and extolled the virtues of the wonderful Centre.

Still one bill to pay on internet if I can manage it. But all else is up to date and I still have some money left!

The move continues to snail pace along. The washer/dryer are nominally attached but...??? Something not yet clear. The bathtub is full of laundry... The spool bed frame is in the BR but... R wants to reformat the putting together aspect. It is partly antique and partly not.

We have now found several possible eateries - ate at a second one last night - for "emergencies"- "when you do not feel like cooking". Still no frig until R gets time/energy/truck/helper to go to mill for a number of items, rather than piece meal. I suspect spring. Maybe it will come in April. In any case, I am not trying to make that long trip again until clement weather. When a neighbour tells me I can access the wood pile!

Sorry about frost in Texas! In my areas, nothing is planted "until 24th May weekend" more or less. Other than those things that can be fall planted. Looking through pics, I see lots of snow at end of April! I would start some seedlings now - if I had not left seeds at Beaver. Oh, well. We may join a CSA this year if I have a decent freezer in the basement. Some friends do one (organic) that delivers to Chateauguay, where Dupont is.

The ugly piece of furniture is gone and replaced with a beautiful antique oak medicine cabinet with mirror, for the 2nd floor powder room. Other detritus from auction is packed and ready for me to have energy to load it in car and take it to thrift shop. Almost a car full!

Agreement that the ends of a single spool bed, from auction, can be made into a bed/sofa for the TV room, with a mattress and lots of big cushions - easy to come by!

R bought four more bags of books at the library Sat. Many book cases may soon appear???

The upside of trip to Beaver was that drive was cleared. Now to google the fellow who did it so I can tell him not to do anymore AND pay him!


05 Mar 19 - 11:02 AM (#3980333)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, indefatigability isn't a 24 hour cycle.

Yano canceled for today so we're off to go walkering.

~Susan


05 Mar 19 - 12:49 PM (#3980352)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

My father's family is from the New England area, and I was one of the heirs of the family home in Connecticut after the youngest of my grandfather's siblings died. One thing I happily had transported home was the piano that my great aunt told me was purchased new in about 1885 and is a big beautiful rosewood-veneered Victorian Weber upright grand. I've played it a lot over the years, but it does need work. It is tuned a whole note low because the strings kept breaking, and the pins holding strings are the old four-sided, not modern hex pins (the tuner mentioned this to me.) It will be several thousands of dollars to restore it, but these particular pianos retain value.

My kids don't play piano, and who knows if grandkids with an interest in playing will come along. But I have a niece who plays, as does her husband's family. So I have offered the piano to my brother, who has time, cash, and interest in this kind of huge and complicated project. I sent him photos and links to more information. We will see how this works out. This piano would be returning to New England. If he takes it I may simply get a keyboard or find a smaller spinet (as long as it has all 88 keys) and go back to playing more.


06 Mar 19 - 11:39 AM (#3980554)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This morning is already much warmer than the last three days, and tomorrow's high will be in the low-70's. Looks like the first day to approach the garden injured by the freeze. My bay laurel was looking good, but I'm sure I lost the tallest sprig and this may be the death knell for that shrub in that location. I like having bay, but it needs to be in the front yard where it is more protected from cold weather.

My to-do list has a number of items that are more complicated to complete before crossing them off. They don't necessarily cost any more, they simply take extra planning and execution. Seeing things crossed out regularly gives a remarkable feeling of accomplishment, so other small tasks that will make their way onto the list to balance it out.

Easter is late this year, but now is the time to start many of my garden plants from seed, and they may get transplanted to the garden before late April. The rule of thumb my neighbor uses is "don't plant tomatoes before Easter," but the soil will be warm enough before that date. Maybe I'll get beans and lettuce this year.


06 Mar 19 - 09:51 PM (#3980646)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I took an existing pair of glasses to my optometrist's eyeglasses business and am having them replace the lenses with the Rx for my office glasses. Plastic lenses that are covered by the plan (she started to say I'd be out of pocket for the polycarbonate and anti-glare coating - nope. Just because what I handed her glasses with those features, don't assume I want them again.) I always try to use part of the plan since I've paid for it. That's crossed off of my list.

Today wasn't as warm as I mentioned yesterday, it was only in the 50s, but tomorrow is supposed to be a warm one. I'm looking forward to it; this big step backward into winter was a real bummer. Now in addition to repairing the garden I need to start cutting and dragging limbs for next week's bulky waste pickup.


07 Mar 19 - 08:45 PM (#3980840)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Me again. Today I tackled a project that has moved around my office for several weeks, a small Japanese vinyl record my daughter wanted digitized. I've done this kind of thing before, but a long time ago, and I had several software questions and one hardware question to sort out.

I finally dug out a cable with 3.5mm stereo plugs that would fit into the 1/4" adapter for the receiver and would plug into the back of the computer. My several attempts with RCA cables went nowhere - they refuse to connect. I moved the receiver, swapping positions with the turntable, and captured the signal with Audible and then converted the WAV file to mp3 with Nero WaveEditor. As a bonus for her I scanned the cover and I'll add the art to the music in Windows Media Player.

Now that I have figured out the parts, I have many other things to start converting. I've ordered a longer cable so I can put the receiver back where it was.


08 Mar 19 - 05:11 PM (#3980985)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We purchased some anti-tarnish cloth today and got started de-gouming years of tarnish and dust, plus more tarnish from exposure to a damp summer and fall in the garage. The silver polish doesn't seem as good as formerly, but we worked away, got about a third of the way through the decor and trays, and wrapped them up to sit on a dry place until we decide what to display. That cloth was super thin, so I'm glad Greg got too much-- we'll double it.

We also cleared up the table baskets, washed apples, made GF pasta, did laundry, gathered up trash-- ADA remediation.... a million small things let go in the last few weeks. Oh and converted an 8 pound tub of badly separated tahini to well-mixed tahini, and made some dressing with it out of the tahini that had stuck to the mixing bowls.

A bunch of the laundry to put away will have to wait, because Brandon and Greg can't finish the linen closet doors till tomorrow, and I can't get in there today.

~Susan


08 Mar 19 - 06:28 PM (#3980995)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Susan, do you know the quick tarnish remover trick with Calgon and an aluminum pie plate? I think I got the tip from one of Haley's tips (and who knows any more where I saw those? PBS?) and made a note, but here's information from one of those eHow sites. I keep one of the disposable aluminum cake pans to do this in:

Set out an aluminum pie plate. If you don't have one, you can cover another type of pie plate with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

Pour two to three cups of hot water into the plate, enough to cover your silver items.

Add 1 tbsp. of table salt and 1 tbsp. of powdered water softener to the water. Stir to dissolve.

Place the discolored silver onto the aluminum for a few seconds and then remove. Often this is all that's needed to clean off the tarnish.

Rub the silver item with a clean soft cloth after removing it if the silver is badly tarnished.


09 Mar 19 - 01:25 PM (#3981143)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thanks... Items left are too big but might be handy in future.

I think I have a date with the dreaded TarnX. I prefer leaving grooves antiqued, but....

Today it was the six "Break Em and Die" china plates, which are drying in the dishwasher. They're going into the USE cabinet, not the Display cabinet. I have big white chargers to go under them... The antique pattern is pretty pink and green floral on white. With linen napkins that coordinate. And coordinating sterling flatware.

Also today, a box of madonnas, with more to come.

Because display space is so limited, I'm storing decor items in destination spots, grouped. As more bookshelves arrive, we'll pull from these collections to decorate those-- AND offer individual pieces from the collections to godchildren. The end result will be reasonable, small groupings on small wall shelves and side tables, not case after case of glass curio cabinets to live between. I want all these shapes touchable-- stroke-able!-- and out in actual use.

TBTG for Swiffers and dishwashers.

~Susan


09 Mar 19 - 02:49 PM (#3981150)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Yesterday I stopped by DSW (shoe store) and browsed the clearance section for a satchel I've been wanting to use. I found a better design than the one I was using that is modestly priced, and found one pair of loafers that are the type that instantly feel good on your feet. Since I'm not in the near future dressing up to go to the office I have some shoes I no longer need. They either looked better than they fit or had a slick sole. So I brought home one pair and I put one pair of boots and one pair of loafers in the donate bin, another pair of worn-out loafers in the trash, and I still have plenty of shoes, but they're only the most comfortable ones. And the DSW shopping bag is now in the laundry room with the donation stuff loaded in it.

Susan, you can scale up the size of the container for cleaning tarnished silver. I can put the aluminum pan in a large plastic dishpan and fill the whole thing with hot water and Calgon - and then put the silver in. But it doesn't leave it as shiny as the TarnX, it does need a polishing rag still.

Lovely weather today, but we had a hard and fast thunderstorm race through at 7am so the lawn is fairly damp. I may mow in the late afternoon. This is my weekend for taking down limbs for bulky waste, and I have a book to finish for book club on Monday. So I'd better stop playing on the computer!


09 Mar 19 - 04:08 PM (#3981164)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

(SRS, I have trays too big for my dishpan.)

Brandon is here to finish the linen closet doors. First we cleared more garage space, and hung more section labels in the rafters for a well-organized truck-unloading operation. We also consolidated all the packing materials I'll re-use packing up my kitchen, and loaded them in the van.

~Susan


09 Mar 19 - 04:33 PM (#3981168)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Still pecking away at this moving thing. I finally feel as though I am "owning" the K. Today R helped with some chores I could not manage, fixed a leaky faucet and took a hard look at the non-functional dish washer - a Bosch. He was told it leaks so he pulled out the dead gasket and googled about a new one, And cleaned up the interior, then started on the oven!!! I love that he loves cleaning things! It is often too much for my right shoulder.

Meanwhile, Ephraim worked on connecting the wifi and looked at connecting to a TV - need special cable; E will find it. E also extolled the virtues of my new phone, hooked R's up to the wifi and tried to hook it to Bluetooth to no avail. Then we went to lunch and R took E back to the city in his truck. Hope R returns for more progress.

Yesterday, my main task was applying Murphy's Oil Soap to the antique spool bed, not an easy task with all the crannies. It looks SO much nicer! The wood was thirsty! Still need finishing. Took some stuff to thrift shop. Still more to go.

I am still looking forward to the time when - bed assembled and frig in place - we can actually LIVE HERE! Last night R came in his truck and we went to the music in my car and directly back to the city, leaving truck - IT slept here! This am, picked up E in city and came here.

Still hoping for final washer and dryer connections to be made! The bathtub is getting full of washing to be done.

R brought us a large, nice looking, early Canadian looking piece of pine furniture, with six good drawers and a two door cupboard section. We agree on putting it in TV/sewing room for fabrics etc!! WOW! I can empty the plastic bins and sort out the wheat from the chaff! After I bring them down from Beaver in the spring.

And we have another mascot. We talked about getting a dog for the yard but ... A nice black and white stuffie named Bowser has a spot on the hearth. The best sort of dog - for us!

Only -1C and sunny today!! And over two feet of snow on yard.


09 Mar 19 - 09:59 PM (#3981196)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

One dog to the vet this morning, three cats fed twice today, and tomorrow morning is the last cat run. The fee for cat feeding was soaked up by the vet visit, but for the most part we think we've figured out this problem and I hope to not pay more than the set fee for the recheck.

The back yard is about 2/3 mowed; I stopped when the sun was setting, and will finish tomorrow, then move onto the limb trimming. Before mowing I decided to get rid of one of the posts that is left from the fence I took down last fall. It is right up against one of the front two panels that face the street, with the concrete footer a bit under the fence. I had to take off three of the new pickets (they were screwed on so it was easy enough with a power tool) and then tip the post and concrete footer over completely, fill in that hole, and put the pickets back up. Now when I finally replace the second old pine pickets with a new panel of cedar, there won't be a random extra post in view or in the way.

Carry on carrying on with all of those houses, Dorothy!


10 Mar 19 - 07:49 PM (#3981377)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The last few days a mildew smell in the kitchen has developed near the sink, but there is nothing behind or under that seems to be the reason. I fear it is the dishwasher, next to the sink, and I'm going to have to pull it to see if there is a leaking line behind it. It works fine, so would be a matter of replacing them; it's well-over 20 years old but I'll keep it working as long as possible.

The day never warmed up enough to make yard work appealing, and we have a few days of rain ahead. I have plenty to do indoors, but am itching for more time in the yard.


10 Mar 19 - 09:50 PM (#3981387)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

New fitness goals, schedule, and infrastructure set today. Begins tomorrow AM, early.

~Susan


11 Mar 19 - 05:53 AM (#3981424)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Up extra early so used the time to prep a pool laminate. Gym bag ready and off shortly. It's good to catch the time change wave-- and use it to our advantage!

~Susan


11 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM (#3981491)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Well, time for R&R? R suggested I come back to the city and we could go to the movies. "I'll be there in 30 minutes." He, however, was not. At 7:30, it was dicey but we agreed to go anyway. Parked, walked up the hill to the theatre, avoiding ice! Looked at what was on offer - none of which had any meaning to either of us. As we tried to figure out what the films were about, I saw another couple about our age who looked to be doing the same thing. The four of us went for "coffee" and had a very pleasant R&R evening! It is necessary to research before "going to the movies!" But if we had been movie focused, we would not have met these wonderful folks.

Big Boo Boo! Breakfast Sunday was French toast; it was delicious with maple syrup and yogurt. My first bread in months. We both slept most of the afternoon. No more wheat in my life! I am still exhausted today. I am hoping to get over this and get a little done here today.

Someone came to see the house and said she is "interested"! Hope! If the house actually sells, R will be motivated to complete this move! We can bring the nice furniture here and get organized. Well, as much as... Hope...

above freezing today (+3C), very windy, some sun, some snow, wet ice on driveway. And the same two feet of snow on yard with icing of 5cm yesterday.


11 Mar 19 - 10:56 PM (#3981571)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I got out to a book club meeting tonight after finishing the book in question this afternoon. This group meets in the next town over, so I'll look around for something closer to home - or I suppose I could get a few like-minded friends together for a new group. It was a nice evening. And now that that reading is out of the way, the week is wide open.

Touching on my earlier discussion of shoes, I have a three level cedar shoe rack I built at least a dozen years ago. I can fit all of my shoes on it except for two pair on the floor in front of it. I'm not going to thin the shoes more, this isn't an oppressive number of shoes, and those on the floor in front of the shelf look good. The donation bag is still in the laundry room - there's room for more in it before I take it to Goodwill.


12 Mar 19 - 12:09 PM (#3981677)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

With Yano Becky-- this is all team-cleaning, not pointy finger maid supervision, and my end counts as a workout:

Soaked dishes
Folded and sorted laundry on wicker coffee table
Put away linens
Washed and stowed last decor items
Made up ear meds bottle
Cleared wicker coffee table
Wrapped wicker coffee table and stowed in garage
Photographed garage corners
Moved tool bins
Dustpanned spilled garage paper
Carried out and recycled box
Carried out travel foam
Gave away rocker base
Carried out LR trash and changed basket liners
Moved leaf bags to PA pile
Put away clean dishes
Moved patio chairs and pois to patio
Cleaned loo

~Susan


12 Mar 19 - 08:40 PM (#3981763)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

You know what's really wonderful this week? There's no painful sleep-deprivation because of Daylight Savings Time. I've decluttered my life of the need to suffer through the week after the loss of an hour on Sunday night. #Retirement

Dorothy, stay safe in all of that driving back and forth with the snow and ice. I look forward soon to reading about you doing everything you want in one location.


13 Mar 19 - 11:07 AM (#3981802)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Something about spring this year - every morning this week it seems I have been greeted by a colossal clap of thunder. Spring seems to be fighting its way into existence.

My list in the kitchen is getting long; one thing I started a few days ago was to tip over and drag a fence post away from the new front fence, and now there are another 10 standing a few feet out from the side fence. Last time I had fence posts like this was when my garage was built and several posts were removed from the area where the driveway was extended to the new building. I used a sledge hammer to knock off the concrete footers and reused the posts (clothes line, new parts of the fence, etc.) I am thinking that one way to fill the holes left behind by all of these posts being removed is to push the chunks of concrete chipped off of the base into each hole and fill that over with dirt. This time I'll be smarter about the concrete footer part and get a chisel meant for concrete work. It sometimes only takes a couple of blows to knock these things off. (The friend who offered to bring over the farmer's jack to pull them out has been hard to reach and I don't want to be a pest.) I can probably dig out and knock off most of these fence posts in a day. Then I need something like a step edger (one of those half-rounds on a handle used to trim the lawn next to the curb) to run a shallow cut that I can create enough of a slim space where I can push the Invisible Fence line underground a few inches. I could use a blade like this or a tool like this one


13 Mar 19 - 03:45 PM (#3981864)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

"I look forward soon to reading about you doing everything you want in one location" Not a tenth as much as I! Day by day, I hope for a frig, for the washing machine as I run out of clean clothes and R's jacket gains yet another layer of crud! Maybe THIS weekend??? It is +2C this afternoon!!!!! I am almost moved to go for a walk. Almost.

I am chaffing to get back to Beaver for a few days but not until the snow is down to - well, enough that I can get to the firewood! Dear Larry offered to help but he is busy with good works. I am SO tired of asking for/needing help. If there were someone I could pay for this sort of 15 minute job...! I will ask him to watch the snow go down in my yard as he drives by, so I have a clue if it is safe to go home. BUT, I guess it would be best to hang out with R until this major project either comes to pass or - GASP! - does not. Yes, I had best do that. In the meantime, I do not feel terrifically motivated to do much here - in fact: no furniture = no place to put things away! No wonder I sit here on computer all day! And water the plants. And try to get my head around changing my residence to Quebec; the French do love their bureaucracies and I so hate them. I will let it perk until I feel the energy impel/empower me. Maybe tomorrow.

OK, an hour later and the odious calls, and appointments, are made. "All" I need to do now is change my address on something to provide me with a proof of residency. And pay money and more money... And could not get an appointment soon enough to avoid paying insurance in Ontario, most of which I will get back but.... But that is because I have dragged my feet. Another, "Oh well!" Remember, I am doing this for love. It is certainly not the most pragmatic thing I have ever done. Have I ever done anything truly pragmatic? I would need to consider that for a while!


13 Mar 19 - 06:37 PM (#3981887)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Poor sleep totaling 5 hours in two segments and two naps.

Scheduled: Aquatic and Office Wednesdays-- 8AM Y; 10:30 am Coco Ceidlen; 2pm TOC ofc and errands.

Actual: Aquatic and Office Wednesdays-- 9:15AM Y; 10:30 am Coco Ceidlen; aftn tv nap plus stowing ydy's Costco buy.

Pleased to get to Y though late, but end at sked time despite no shower. Evening shower and hockey plus holding hands.


13 Mar 19 - 10:06 PM (#3981910)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I've been busy working and while it's been hectic, it's all good and I enjoy it. I am not crazy about the time change as I just got used to driving to work during daylight and now it's dark again. It is, however, a glorious thing to get home later and have it still be light outside...it won't be too much longer and it will be light out again in the early morning!

I did some major grocery shopping last Friday and did a deep cleaning of the fridge. The rest of the weekend was pretty much just hanging out and enjoying being home and the company of my two boys. Jeremiah turned 9 this weekend and while we had plans of Barnes and Noble, dinner and a hockey game, we ended up staying home as it was icy out. We opted for a Harry Potter Marathon instead. It was perfect timing as he just finished reading the entire series and we had told him he could watch the movies AFTER he had finished the series....so popcorn and a few movies for our family followed by a requested chocolate cake that I made myself. :)

Tonight I did 3 days worth of dishes as I've just been all tuckered out at the end of the day. Today I a package arrived that I've been waiting for. We have laminate floors on the main floor of the house. The mud this year has been RIDICULOUS so my floors, while swept daily, Swiffered every 3 or 4 days....still could use some attention. I ordered myself a Bissel Spin Wave to use on weekends. I think it will be just what I need, fingers crossed!

Hoping to hit the bookstore this weekend as a late something special for Jeremiah's birthday....he has birthday money that is burning a hole in his pocket and who am I to say no to a few new books? :)

Michelle


14 Mar 19 - 12:25 AM (#3981917)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Michelle, is this Jeremiah's spring break? Were you able to take off the same days, or were you all at home because of the ice?

I did some shopping also today, but no groceries; I picked up a box of T8 4' florescent bulbs (my hall bathroom is down to one in the four-bulb fixture - it's surreal it's so dim in there!) and a 12" concrete chisel. I haven't quite got the whole cement block off of the bottom of the first fence post, but I'm figuring out how to make this work best, and seeing the way the concrete fragments, it will be great for filling in between the larger chunks when it does come off of the post. I don't know that I'm going to knock concrete off of 10 more posts, though.

I've ordered the April book for the AAUW book group I went to on Monday. This week's book was a dense 200 pages; the next one I think is lighter but closer to 500. I've tracked the book package but if it looks like it will take very long I'll pick a copy up at the library and get started (I buy a copy so I can write in it and keep track of things with post-it notes).


14 Mar 19 - 11:20 AM (#3982015)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Having "slept on it", I am cancelling appointments and maintaining Ontario for a while longer. Just not ready for this big change.

I am sure SRS will be wearing safety goggles with that chisel! What an odious job!

Stayed up "late" to go to movie Green Book, well worth the loss of sleep. It was, in fact, a great movie, to us. Not forgettable.

This am, arrived at what I have started to refer to as "home", after a side visit to a grocery store - exploratory but fairly quick. A great huge hovercraft was on the river so I walked back down to see what was going on. A number of folks were taking pics, so I did also, I think. I want to be able to show R but not sure I worked the new phone correctly. And no idea how to get them to computer. Oh! It was breaking up the ice on the river so it would flow down stream more easily and not cause a huge build up at that bridge. The craft was at least 50 feet long!

Walking 3 blocks up hill to the theatre - twice this week! - then down again and, today, down to the river only a couple hundred yards and back up the slight hill, shows me how dreadfully out of shape I am. Temp is just at freezing point now and a walk this aft is possible. And a few small household chores as a break from computer!

But, now to see if FB is working today.


14 Mar 19 - 12:17 PM (#3982029)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, depending on your phone, you'll probably use a cable and it often times has to be the cable that came with the phone to work properly. Open your computer's Explorer folder and look for the phone as if it's a new drive. You'll have to look for the file (DMCI) that houses photos. I have a couple of storage sites on my phone and I just looked - they're going into my Microsoft OneDrive account (I'd forgotten about that) and my free Dropbox account, so I have plenty of backups. They were also going into FLickr, but that was sold to a new company and they don't give you more than 1000 photos free now. My phone uploads photos when I'm in WiFi settings.

Yes, I am using goggles for the concrete chipping, though yesterday when I left my glasses on the outside table to wear just goggles, Pepper decided to check them out. I found them on the ground, licked but otherwise intact. Titanium glasses aren't just for hikers and busy moms and such. :) I'll put them up higher again, but she was there when I found them and I scolded her and she knows she's the only one who got on the table. (And I think she'll be like Cinnamon, sometimes wanting to carry around something that is mine. I dropped my phone case in the yard one day and found Cinnamon gingerly carrying it in her powerful jaws. Not a mark on it.)


14 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM (#3982101)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

This AM we added to our Do Before PA list and checked off a bunch of completed items. X = done and Y = do with Yano help.

Sat. April 13 - 17 unloading days


ARRIVE TO UNPACK April 1?

Where is the fun for arrival day? Bike, scooter, stretch, or pool?

X Jim, Camryn and Brandon confirmed
Brandon confirmed to check gatage
Judy confirmed to water plants

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard. DON'T BLOCK SCOOTER PATH.


BEDROOM

Bed delay? Alterrnative Ramada sleep?
Prep for rug to go down
Greg's cube to library
X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR pinned and tieback plan made.
Mattress ready for us w pillows
Swap existing rugs re cutout
My vestment space
Dowel Rods for curtains
Cleaners bags hung


SEWING ROOM

X Painted & ready for furniture & boxes
X Painting done
X Brown curtain up
Kitchen curtains fit here?
X Repair outlet
X Add flat-plug extension cords on wallsadj BR
X Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! Other pieces for around rolling chair in sewing room
X Finish service dog vest
Discuss vestment space
Clear walls
Measure bookcase wall


HALLWAY
Art under shelf? Some kids pix?
Linen closet knobs


LIBRARY

Room screen to garage for now
Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone
X Extension cord for desk power
Mount desk strips
Hang corner shelf
X FPH rough sort
Soundproof door with arrows
X Shelf base plan made
Add green recliner
Folding rocker to garage F corner, hung up


BATHROOM

X New toilet seat from garage
X Pockets on door?
X Fix art on door
Fix curtain rings
Caulk cabinet
Caulk tub


LAUNDRY AREA

Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room
X Measure for cabinet depth/height
X Relocate alarm panel
Fill and put away laundry soap
Fix pull rod again


LIVING ROOM

X Hart art up/designed
X Purge wicker coffee table,
Y. Purge wicker love seat
Move lamp table
Move wicker love seat
Y. Clear sideboard top
X Artwork up on walls
Clear table and remove vinyl cloth (repair, make clear cover, roll both)
Polish table
Clear boxes around table
Remove chair covers and re-dress relocated wing chair
Remove green recliner to library
Relocate autoharp and stand? May go by jelly or inside TV cabinet
Collapse tension rod for windowsill
Boxes by sideboard


KITCHEN

Essential unpack-first boxes will go to sideboard (room divider of boxes up to ceiling if necessary)
Clear out windowing w Becky
Stands for plates


DOCTOR VISITS:

X Glasses
X Dentist
Pap
Mammo


SHOPPING

Meds refilled - inventory
X Soups waiting
X Contractors’ bags
X Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
X Bread waiting
Meal waiting


GARAGE

X Corners marked
X Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
X Garage ready and labeled
X Plan for Deere and blower- DONT BLOCK SCOOTER PATH
X Chairs out into patio
X Decide about picking stools
X Mike or Dave ready
X Stove gone
Lock up kayak
Box spring gone
Judy bins temp out


PATIO

Y. Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
X Dog fence raised
Get rock and soil, cover w plastic


YARDS

X Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
X Brandon set to weed beds
Move camper and reblock? Maybe later, and use black tarp then to retard weeds.
Plan for fences and gates
Board for weed gap


TRAVEL

X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


14 Mar 19 - 08:11 PM (#3982105)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Jeremiah is not on spring break, that all happened over the weekend. I had Friday off for some medical stuff.

Michelle

PS. Ice last weekend and today, on Thursday, it was 65. Crazy weather!


15 Mar 19 - 12:00 PM (#3982286)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I had two lists wandering front and back of different sheets of paper, so yesterday I compiled one list and it's mostly big stuff. Those tend to be the things that wait a little longer to get attention.

I have Poppy on some big antibiotics to be taken at mealtime to prevent nausea, and the vet said if she vomited to give her half - she's been on them for a week but only overnight did I find evidence that she might have an upset stomach. I'm not sure who "cleaned up" after her, but this morning I gave her a half dose (a vet suggestion) so at least today we'll do the half pill dosage.

Yesterday I finished mowing the back yard, though after three days the part I started mowing earlier needs mowing again. I trimmed all of the vitex limbs on the ground from last month's street-side pruning and stuffed them into a trash bin. I left the baldcypress limbs because they're straight and relatively free of twigs, making them easy to run through my electric wood chipper for mulch. I didn't cut the limbs I planned to remove from various trees around the yard (to place at the curb for bulky waste this week) because last week's weather didn't cooperate and one the one warm sunny day we had I mowed and thought I could trim the next day. But it again turned chilly. I'll do my incremental trimming that I've mentioned in the past—one big limb at a time cuts down into enough pieces that the fit in the big plastic trash can for trash day. Do that twice a week for a few weeks and the trees are trimmed.


15 Mar 19 - 12:23 PM (#3982299)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Inch by inch: finding places to put things, learning a new neighbourhood...

Another showing for house today; no action yet.

I did take another walk down to the river yesterday; no ice on river! (It, at least, is decluttered!) Ice in drive is melting; still about 2 feet of snow on yard and back deck. I have seen soil in some places; hope for spring. Today is 8C - feels like spring! But going below freezing again in a couple days. Try for another walk this aft while not raining. There is a folk dance event on 1 April; I would like to build up strength to do a few dances.

Learning curve for phone: I did manage to find and download photos to computer, and send one to R. I can sometimes manage texts without hitting the "emoji" button. I can manage the very useful calendar feature. And R can use it to find movies and other things; I will try that when I feel the need. I have no idea where to find Explorer but thank you SRS for trying. I will try looking on line for more help with phone.

Two sump pumps in cellar are very busy de-cluttering water trying to get in!


15 Mar 19 - 07:19 PM (#3982376)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Hopefully the sump pumps are in the OLD house!

Windows Explorer is a small program with an ico that looks like a manila file folder and the text under says "File Explorer." That is on my Windows 7 emulation desktop, and if you're using Windows. You're on your own if you're a Mac user. (The newer Win 8 and 10 icon is a stylized folder image).


16 Mar 19 - 11:43 AM (#3982504)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Several years ago I created a tally-sheet document for myself in self-defense - to be able to show the exact number of widgets I processed in a metadata way, and today I modified it. It had five columns because that was the number of days I worked at that job, but for the contract work I'm doing now it can happen in small amounts any day of the week, and I realized the other day that if my notes overlap from one sheet to the next I'm liable to short-change myself hours (or work too many and have to move them around to the next week). So, this is now a seven-column landscape document with a couple fewer rows. In the end it's just a piece of paper with a table on it, but it helps me keep track.

Several days ago a cable arrived so that I can run it from my AIWA receiver to the back of my computer to start digitizing things. I did a vinyl album for my daughter with a short cable and equipment moved to accommodate it, but now I can leave things where they belong and do it. And I need to start reaching into the box of cassette tapes from my father's house for digitizing them and transcribing contents. This means a spreadsheet, a naming and numbering protocol. I could do a new Word document for each tape, but I want this to be a conversation between the discrete disks (and external hard drive) that will come out of it, I want to know how many versions of a particular song and who sang them and on what date. Searchable. Ugg. But this needs to be done by me, not left to my children to mess with. Time up pull up the Lynda training software and figure out how I want to use Access.

The week is gradually warming so I'll be able to do some work in the yard, but no predicting right now which thing out there will capture my attention. Who knows what it is that tells me that in order to mow the back yard I must finish digging out a fence post first? Or to weed the garden I need to start by getting the string trimmer in working order to take the tender tops off of weeds? It seems to make sense at the time. Perhaps the compost piles will get the attention they richly deserve - they need to be combined.


16 Mar 19 - 06:35 PM (#3982564)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We spent some time out in the warm sun/freezing wind today shoring up fencing battered by the winter winds.... One year, a whole panel blew right off and this year another almost went airborne before Greg caught it with a tarp strap.

There's also a gap between two panels that has been encouraging a weed tree who's parent plant I spent 3 years eradicating. Sunshine streams through the gap and the tree suckers respond by reaching back through the gap to wave at traffic. So I determined that we would add a board to cover the gap.

Of course as soon as we started reinforcing panels with lag screws, we spotted every shortcut the sellers had taken when they installed it, and more spots to patch up.

Soon we had spotted several other gaps to cover, and that led to a really pretty effect: when we covered a corner gap with two boards butted tight, viola! A pretty corner "post" effect of new wood on top of dark gray weathered wood.

Now, the gaps between panels, covered, make a "look, they renovated" effect; we're adding one board for looks at each end, as well. They'll all weather together, or we may paint each new board white to coordinate with the house and garage's white siding.

Above each new board I'll add a plant hanger. Much prettier than a finial, and those puppies are pricey! If I have to spend money, better it should flower. And now that well be here full time to water things, it's time for hanging baskets under the eaves, in front.

~Susan


17 Mar 19 - 11:16 AM (#3982660)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

Old decaying projects and new projects I will never do along with carving wood slabs in the backyard was removed yesterday by two gents from Zimbabwe. It only took two heaping dump truck loads!
The only thing I'll miss was a church display sign with a door to keep the lettering crisp that I repurposed for the celebration of diversity with humorous differently named tree leaves. The apparent age of the sign said more about the fading respect for diversity than the subject itself.


17 Mar 19 - 11:25 AM (#3982661)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

I already tried the shoring up method for fencing. Its time for new wood fencing but this time the outside will be painted with linseed oil and WD 40. A spray system will make it an easy job. with a mask of course.


17 Mar 19 - 11:50 AM (#3982668)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Don, last autumn I used something like this Olympic wood sealer on my fence pickets. On my brother's advice I stacked the pickets on a tarp in the garage and with a paint brush I painted each side of the stack, along with the bottom and top, then spread them out on that tarp and painted the top side. After a day of drying I turned them over and painted the other side. This way the sealant is on all sides and edges before they're put up. If you wait till the fence is up you'll never get between the slats or the bottom or top.

I did two panels (8' lengths between the posts) and have one more to do on that side of the house. Then I'll start working on the other side, where I have a street-facing panel to replace and five or six facing the other neighbor. They help with the cost of replacing the fence the first time I did it, but the next time I'll pay for it and do it in stages. (Though once they see me working I won't be surprised if they offer again, they're very nice people. On the other side, that neighbor paid for all of the fence between us, though I had offered to share.) I'm very lucky with my neighbors.

My to-do list is getting longer, I must do something today to cross off a few chores. Not just to finish the chores, but to feel good about accomplishing something today.


17 Mar 19 - 02:31 PM (#3982693)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

The sumps are in "New" house; as snow melts, water goes into basement - from below, I think. Even though we are high and would not expect this. I suspect there is not adequate something or other on the outside of this 120 year old house. But the sumps work adequately. I had a similar problem in PA. The house was on the side of a hill and water would come into the basement on its way down to the stream below - a stream that would expand from a few feet wide to about 30-40 feet wide in the spring. The first time it happened, there was a place for a pump but no pump! At 10 pm, I was using a shop vac to suck up water, then lifting it up and pouring the water into the utility sink. I phoned my bro and he went out and got a pump from his plumber friends, brought it over and installed it. A VERY GOOD brother!

Here all is working as expected. No problem as long as the electric is working! And it is. Hearing the pumps going off and on is comforting! Something is working!

First thing this am, I came up, out loud, with "The Unfinished Life" as a possible title for a book. The fact that R Almost installed the washer and Almost installed the dryer was the topic that followed my comment. I suggested that this is frustrating because the bathtub is full of laundry so.... And his filthy jacket could be washed so I could stop telling him to put it on the floor - not on anything fabric what would then also be filthy...

Then I rec'd dissertation - already heard at least once - on why they were not finished. I did not shout... However, when I went upstairs later to see what he was doing - reading an article on people who itch!!!!!!!!!! which noted it would take 29 minutes reading time.... I may have shouted. There were noises of possible movement on this subject - meaningless. I have been making excuses for him because he is busy... The spring thaw has created all manner of problems, such as roof leaks , and there is machinery to be found and moved and shipped.... But if he has time to read ... Last night he read the Sat paper AND we went to a movie. Good! Now I want to be able to wash the clothes - before I run out!

So, here I am on the computer, again. A little of the time is useful stuff and the rest is filler. I have arranged to go on Tuesday to see if I can volunteer to help with English classes for adults. My need to do something useful!

Moving has come to a dead halt. And the people never showed on Friday.


17 Mar 19 - 03:43 PM (#3982705)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Down time is important when one is working on a series of tasks, so I hope R is simply recharging his batteries with the reading (though you could tactfully point out that clean laundry leads to less itching!) Good luck with being able to wash laundry at home soon. It is a luxury!

This afternoon I completed an online training on Sexual Abuse Awareness Training that is required before doing many of the public activities at a place where I will be volunteering. It took me ages to get around to it, but thankfully the link was still good so they now know I took the course. It took about 2 hours and is very well developed. Depressing in the numbers they're talking about, but the message was clear and easy to understand.

It's 70o out there this afternoon - I need to go work in the yard!


17 Mar 19 - 07:43 PM (#3982740)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Greg and I just mentally tiptoed thru the PA house's contents (by my visual memory tho I do have videos we'll check tmrw), and the garage, here, with sections lalbeled to receive cargo. A great and sobering exercise in What to Donate, as well as a teambuilding exercise. This will SO guide my packing! And minimize chaos on return to Ohio.


LOADING/UNLOADING PLAN

Unless otherwise specified for Van, Cruiser, or Trailer, items will be onboard the truck.


¤ Z far back center - open armoire
BR items not in van
Hallway items not in van


¤ X front center right inside door
Kitchen boxes


¤ F back corner bowman hse
Box springs
Camp chairs


¤ W
Fridge
Freezer
Maybe kitchen items if small in pantry


¤ L front corner Bowman hse
Giant cabinet


¤ A front corner Ridgebury side
Book boxes


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


¤ Gl mid side, Ridgebury
Garden supply
Long handled tools
Hardware


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


¤ Van
BR
Hallway


¤ Cruiser (towed behind truck, on trailer)
Bike
Skis
Snowshoes
Vestments?


18 Mar 19 - 03:53 PM (#3982931)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Chipping away with the chisel gave me a surface area where I could finally just whale away at the thing with the 2-pound sledge and dislodge large chunks until it all dropped off. The post is now moved out of the way and I've almost finished excavating the base of the next post. I came in to get the camera to get photos around the yard and of this project, so am bothering to update in the middle of the project.

With each of these digging exercises I am moving the Invisible Fence wire out of the way to avoid tripping or cutting with a shovel. Soon I'll be able to make the shallow cut and poke it 3-4 inches underground. And be able to mow right up to the new fence. And once I finish replacing the last old fence panel I'm going to landscape that corner with something shade-loving. A fellow retiree from the library is a fabulous gardener (in both ways - a fabulous person with a fabulous garden!) recommends Hellebores, but I looked them up, they're toxic to dogs. So those would have to go in the shady part of the front yard. I could probably get some transplants from him, they seem to self-propagate nicely.


18 Mar 19 - 04:29 PM (#3982944)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

YAY for getting the post out of the way!

Back to the laundry: So I "sit all day doing nothing". Well... IF I thought I had made any progress... Lorna phoned and had a crisis; R fixed her crisis and I did nothing all day. This am my line was: "I want to be out of this neighbourhood by the first of April! I am sick of worrying about what side of the street my vehicle is on!" That seems to R to be a good idea... Stay tuned!

Today: decided the bed frame needs no more attention - other than being together - a two person job; used some cleaner on K cabinets and they look somewhat better. Went for Vit E oil. Two separate staff could not find it. Went to pharmacy dept and asked. She found it and informed two staff of its existence and location. Picked up a few groceries. Found a box that was meant to stay at Beaver. Walked around and found naught else I could accomplish. Here I sit. Still below freezing.


18 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM (#3982975)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, April 1, go go go!

We're in Last Week chaos here. Helper Brandon took a day job and SAYS he'll be able to squeeze in those last projects to prep for our return, but... can't say when, due to work sked..... This has been happening with four years worth of young helpers, and while I always salute their gainful employment.... Oh Crap.

So this time is different because GREG IS HERE, so we sat down and made a plan. A great plan. And Judy is coming tmrw aftn to help play with dirt, prepping containers awaiting my return and taking four big bins of hers temporarily out of the garage, plus planning to water our house plants....

It always feels better to get up and DO stuff when this phase hits, so I refilled a bunch of kitchen canisters and filled a freezer container with stock/veggies to eat when we get back.

~Susan


18 Mar 19 - 06:59 PM (#3982984)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Fingers crossed that you're out by April 1, Dorothy. No fooling around with that move!

The post I started digging today is shorter than the others by about two feet and is really deep - so deep that it isn't rocking out of the hole and too short to get as much leverage as the last one. I'm not going to try a dead lift out so I ran over to Home Depot and picked up a bagged length of about 1/2" dock line to use with a pulley. I'll wrap one end around the post I'm pulling out and the other end through a pulley attached to the next post over. I could use a carabiner and make a second pass on the first post in a block-and-tackle setup that would reduce even more the force needed to pull it out.


18 Mar 19 - 08:53 PM (#3983002)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We put a post IN. Because all of the stockade fencing butts up to neighbors', and we've all agreed to tie into each others' on the next round of replacements, for now we're just reinforcing, on the cheap.

So we used a 36" post spike to sister in a pressure treated 4x4 we already had, where the idiot sellers used a mere landscape timber instead of good, pressure-treated 4x4 posts in concrete. The wind snaps these off from time to time, where the base is rotted, so one got sistered in, today with spike and lag screws.

Also we put up the corner shelf in the Library.

~Susan


19 Mar 19 - 10:26 AM (#3983110)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

New living room PC build has run a while. A bit of a niggle with sat tuner card (random crashes that seem to happen on “idle” but change of setting to keep the card on rather than having it released by the recording program when not needed may have fixed that) but otherwise OK. Still got Samba (share with Windows work groups) to set up some time. I'll try to keep to regular software updates with it this time as well as hope that like the last one it largely keeps running 24/7 without hassle.

I’ve got some bits including a small (say 1 ½ x 3/4”) Arduino board that should enable me to try to modify the solar pond pump, I think… Perhaps an electronics person could do it rather more simply but if I can program something to switch in response to an input (light level – light dependent resistor and a voltage divider is within my limits) change, I’m in with a chance. I’ll try it some day…

Junk has been one of the main things here. We’ve had someone in whose taken away a lot of stuff that had accumulated in a corner outside over several years. We’ve still got some plastic and electronic bits they couldn’t take to dispose of but things are much better.

Rats have been a bigger problem here than I realised. I’ve known for some time that the roof space hasn’t been particularly nice. A plumber did some work up there last year for the new boiler and the “rat man” has visited but somehow, the extent of the problem got missed. The “odd job” company (same as did the junk disposal) had to go up there for some reason and they took some photos from some parts. This triggered getting all the roof insulation stripped out and replaced. Fortunately, they said they saw no evidence of damage to the mains electric cables. We also think that all points of entry are sealed now but we’ve been there before...

The grass is growing faster than I want it to and the first cut of the season is overdue. Weather and a couple of other things have got got in the way of cutting but I’d like to think I can do some mowing later in the week. Gardening wise, I aslo want to get the propagator out and start some aubergine and tomato seeds growing.


19 Mar 19 - 12:08 PM (#3983117)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Jon, you remind me that I have a vent on one corner of the house that is sagging from the soffit. I'll use a combination of adhesive and a new screw to stick it into place. The boards used under there are some kind of stranded fiber (but not so heavy as MDF) and don't respond well to simply having the old screw hole filled with a wood filler and re-drilled.

No report on the system to pull out the post, I haven't started that setup but will later today. This morning I've emptied all of the 4" pots that didn't grow anything last year when I started seeds - that soil will commingle with this year's homemade potting mix to start seeds now.

My to-do list is a full page with seasonal tasks now so I need to get moving.


19 Mar 19 - 12:12 PM (#3983118)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Many pre-departure tasks done w Yano Becky's help; sad to be saying goodbye to my pretty wicker for now, but good to prep spaces for next-envisioned items coming all too soon.

~Susan


19 Mar 19 - 03:22 PM (#3983174)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Went to my first English class as a volunteer. Not sure what I was meant to do as the teacher ran the whole show. Five women - russian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Quebecoise, Morrocan, and one man - unknown. The acoustics were so bad I understood little and wonder how much it helped the students but they seemed able to converse fairly effectively. They were proficient and highly intelligent generally. Word I have never heard or seen: "lapidated". I'll look it up shortly.

Then looked for Vit E oil; All the junk in pharmacies but not pure vitamin E oil. Will order on line. With last effort - one more pharmacy, I discovered a shopping mall; I have driven by many many times and had no idea it was there. Rather tatty looking but some decent stores behind the tatty facade! I actually found one that had a few items I may go back and try on in the morning- when I am not so tired. Most of my shopping is done in thrift shops but I have not been finding anything in a while and have a hankering for something a little different. Still not set up for sewing.

Beautiful day, just above freezing. The snow in back yard is down to about 12 inches! I am eyeing the yard for where to plant the 3 cherry trees, if they survived their winter in pots under a couple feet of snow!

R received a wedding invite from godson. Guess we will be going to a June wedding in or near Mystic, Connecticut. So much for my vow not to cross the border until ... The RSVP requests knowledge of "camping on family property?", "coming in van?" and "song request?" Logan was ship's carpenter on the Picton Castle for a few years and studied art in Halifax after that. Should be an interesting bunch of folks! Need to plan our end.

Otherwise doing nothing - but computer - nothing else to do.


19 Mar 19 - 04:50 PM (#3983191)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A rope and pulley system works to lift weight, but there was way too much drag with that concrete footer so it didn't budge. I'm out $9.98 for a nice piece of rope that will work for other things, and I had everything else. A winch would have done it, but that's too much expense for this one task.

The post was at the corner and may have been anchored extra deep for that reason. The next one over is the one that will decide if I take the rest out on my own or have someone come do it. The others are taller, meaning they probably aren't sunk as deep.

I ended up using the chisel and hammer and knocking off the top 1/4 of the concrete footer while it was still in the hole, then bringing out a gardening weeding tool (looks like a big screwdriver with a wide pronged tip) to dig out the final part of the post. The bottom narrow end of the hole was filled with small bits of concrete and the larger cavity was filled with the large chunks and smaller pieces filling between them, and the top three inches is just soil. This got rid of all of the concrete chipped off so far.


19 Mar 19 - 08:05 PM (#3983217)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Wonder Boy did indeed show up, and miracles were wrought. Judy came too, and so did Camryn from next door. Weather being perfect, everyone kicked butt including me with new superpowers thanks to recent rehab work. And then after supper Greg and I reassembled the bed.

The LR wicker loveseat I will miss was set in a perfect garage spot I'll see each time I enter the garage, and is handy for lawn parties.

Camryn has to say goodbye for 9 months due to a family situation, at which sobering news several of us cried.

Brandon has a last day before we go (Friday), and is set for weekly weeding. Son and DIL confirmed, amidst all this work today, that they are on board to help-- not on truck unloading day but 10 days later to unpack BOXES and help Greg set up his woodshop.

The updated list below has only a few easy items to finish Friday w Brandon. Tmrw we reward ourselves w a Cincy hockey game.


Sat. April 13 - 17 unloading days

Where is the fun for arrival day? Bike, scooter, stretch, or pool?

X Jim, Camryn and Brandon confirmed
X Brandon confirmed to check garage
X Judy confirmed to water plants

Arrive home, look around, leave immediately for lunch or Ramada to make plan

GOAL: Most furniture comes in same day unloaded, straight to destination (ideal) or sewing room

BOXES to garage, in letter-designated areas, except for a very few labeled 1st-open, and those can stack on sideboard. DON'T BLOCK SCOOTER PATH.


BEDROOM
X Bed delay
X Greg's cube to library
X Artwork up on walls
X Move drawers to closet
BR pinned and tieback plan made
X Mattress ready for us w pillows
Swap existing rugs re cutout
X My vestment space
Dowel Rods for curtains
X Cleaners bags hung


SEWING ROOM
X Painted & ready for furniture & boxes
X Painting done
X Brown curtain up
Kitchen curtains fit here?
X Repair outlet
X Add flat-plug extension cords on wallsadj BR
X Cut-out stained carpet goes to dog corner!!! 
X Finish service dog vest
X Discuss vestment space
Clear walls
Measure bookcase wall


HALLWAY
X Art under shelf? Kids' 3 portraits
Linen closet knobs


LIBRARY
X Room screen to garage for now
Clear DVR to be able to record hockey games while gone
X Extension cord for desk power
Mount desk strips
X Hang corner shelf
X FPH rough sort
Soundproof door with arrows
X Shelf base plan made
Add green recliner
Folding rocker to garage F corner, hung up


BATHROOM
X New toilet seat from garage
X Pockets on door?
X Fix art on door
Fix shower curtain rings
Caulk cabinet
Caulk tub
X Caulk tub overflow


LAUNDRY AREA
Neaten up laundry supplies; furniture may need to be wheeled to sewing room
X Measure for cabinet depth/height
X Relocate alarm panel
X Fill and put away laundry soap
X Fix pull rod again


LIVING ROOM
X Hart art up/designed
X Purge wicker coffee table,
X Purge wicker love seat
X Move lamp table
X Move wicker love seat
X Clear sideboard top
X Artwork up on walls
Clear table and remove vinyl cloth (repair, make clear cover, roll both)
Polish table
X Clear boxes around table
X Remove chair covers
Remove green recliner to library
Relocate autoharp and stand? May go by jelly cabinet or inside TV cabinet
Collapse tension rod for windowsill
X Boxes by sideboard


KITCHEN
Essential unpack-first boxes will go to sideboard (room divider of boxes up to ceiling if necessary)
X Clear out window box w Becky
Stands for plates


DOCTOR VISITS:
X Glasses
X Dentist
Pap - busy w Y, do later
Mammo - busy w Y, do later
Greg Doc appt


SHOPPING
Meds refilled - inventory
X Newbie meds
X Soups waiting
X Contractors’ bags
X Power bars waiting
X Burgers waiting
X Bread waiting
X Meal waiting


GARAGE
X Corners marked
X Boxed decor in garage cleaned and boxed in plastic
X Garage ready and labeled
X Plan for Deere and blower - DON'T BLOCK SCOOTER PATH
X Chairs out into patio
X Decide about picking stools
X Mike or Dave ready
X Stove gone
Lock up kayak
X Box spring gone
X Judy bins temp out


PATIO
X Patio cleaned up, pots out w rock/soil
X Dog fence raised
Xx Get rock and soil, cover w mulch/plastic


YARDS
X Sewer dig neatened up
X Wicker stowed
X Brandon set to weed beds
X Move camper and reblock? Maybe later, and use black tarp then to retard weeds.
X Plan for fences and gates
X Board for weed gap


TRAVEL
X Car player loaded
Van cleaned out


PA SHOPLIST
Surplus City foam and tarps

~Susan


20 Mar 19 - 05:07 PM (#3983463)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

this am helped R find clean clothes for important meeting. "I can't find my good red shirt..." "It's probably in the laundry." He put on a too tight shirt which E bought him ($90.00!!! for a too tight denim dress shirt) when they were going to a meeting last week and R had on a dirty shirt - the collar was... E had insisted they could not go to the meeting like that! YAY, Ephraim! Maybe this week - washing machine?

As for R reading: I do not generally complain as I realize it is important but there are times when something really needs to be done. In the last two weeks we have gone to one movie and met the couple from NB with whom we conversed rather than go to a movie, been to the cafes for music four times and had a couple meals out. But no washing machine.

Now that snow is leaving-!!!!!- perhaps we can get to the mill for the frig and other stuff. Perhaps even move some furniture - that which is not vital to the showing of the house. He is in no hurry to sell; it is more important to get the price he wants. I want the new house furnished with THAT furniture. Not going to happen. Spring is house selling time: "please sell, House!"

All I want is to be living in one place. So today I did a bit more exploring of shops. I did try on the things I saw the other day - felt like a blimp. Oh well.


21 Mar 19 - 11:56 AM (#3983634)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Mowed the back yard and walked the dogs yesterday and my scale still shows me gaining incrementally. It's time to seriously adopt the alternate day fasting routine. No point in doing it much in cold weather, your brain works against you then, but now it's nice out most days and getting much warmer for the next six months before it cools off again.

I picked up my office glasses, having the new lenses (covered by insurance) replace the existing lenses in frames I used several years ago. I looked at insurance premiums; there's no point in dropping this, it's pretty low and it covers my annual vision exam. But I won't be buying many new pairs of glasses through my optometrist with insurance - they gouge horribly. I'll simply replace lenses in existing frames.

This afternoon is one of my shopping and reference runs. My current lawnmower is 17 years old (built to last about 10) and has a couple of problems that make it mechanically difficult to use. I need to check with my mower repair guy to find out which brands being made today are the ones he would consider buying himself. I printed out the last two-years mower articles in the Consumer Reports Buying Guide for reference. My next-door neighbor has a self-propelled mower I've borrowed once when mine was in the shop and it weighs a ton. I don't need all of that extra hardware and I see by the ratings that self-propelled comes in various flavors, so I'll ask about that. Or if my mower guy could replace or restore the part of the mower frame that is so dented from long use, I wouldn't need to shop for a new one at all.


21 Mar 19 - 12:39 PM (#3983650)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

SRS, firstly #I'll just make the comment a previous post of your had me looking up how to do pulleys. I can be practical on some things and less so on others...

On mowers, we have 2 now. One is a fairly heavy self propelled (Toro which I believe is a popular American make). It's a bit of a pain to get in and out of the shed as I need full height to clear a step and go to lowest to park it but otherwise is pretty good. The task now is to keep what is really a farm track (but includes that bit of "lawn" on the land we rent) clear. A few hundred yards but not that great a width. I do it in stages but am pretty well unaware of the weight of the machine (which responds to how fast you walk/ press on the bar) going in a straight line and overall, with a 55cm cut,I'd think gets the job done with minimal passes. It also mulches the grass pretty well.

The other is a (Ryobi) battery one, for some places where the big one is just too wide and bulky. It has its limitations in that it does not like wet grass or the grass being too long so you want to keep on to of things when possible but I'd say it's as good as the old mains electric machine we used to have, without the hassle of a cable and would meet all our needs if we now didn't feel it a good idea to keep the (off our patch) rest of the path clear for log delivery and access to a septic tank. This around 12" cut thing is feather light.

I guess much would depend on the size of your garden and the terrain (and I don't think I could provide you with reasonable pointers) but I wonder have you looked into the battery ones?


21 Mar 19 - 08:24 PM (#3983737)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We started the day reviewing tasks yet to complete before Monday's departure, and sorting them into the remaining days. Brandon has a full worklist for tmrw aftn, including a re-fix of the bed we just fixed-- it's killing my back.

So the day's work focused on a few areas:


Picking up needed items at Lowe's and a dog Rx plus last groceries (eggs, yogurt). Then a long country drive with ice cream and a discovered church. Then back to the house to work.


BEDROOM
X BR curtains pinned and tieback plan made
Mattress ready for us w pillows (Friday)
X Dowel Rods for curtains


SEWING ROOM
X Kitchen curtains fit in here? Yes, perhaps set wider than desk.
X Window casing = 53" tall x 41.5
X Curtains = 79"
Clear walls and install ext cords (Saturday)
X Measure bookcase wall = 10'4"


HALLWAY
X Linen closet knobs
X Hallway hooks for hats


KITCHEN
X Stands for plates - inventory. Michael's in Bvrcreek carries these. Dave will put up the plates in late April. Decided-- display all. Plates set in empty K cabinet.

~Susan


21 Mar 19 - 08:25 PM (#3983738)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Jon, I have a half-acre pie-shaped lot and a nine-month mowing season, so it needs to stand up to a lot of work - mowing most of the year and mulching leaves several times during the fall and winter. I've used an electric one when nothing else was available - dragging a cord over that much yard is a pain in the backside. My old mower is still working, but it's showing its age.

Lots of running today and I didn't finish everything, but I'm satisfied with a good start on my to-do list.


22 Mar 19 - 03:08 AM (#3983761)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

My to do list... Find lunch spot in paris.


22 Mar 19 - 09:26 AM (#3983845)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Sure, I think corded mowers are a pain in the arse, even on smaller areas. At one time before I took over and dad was more mobile, the pair of them would do the mowing together, really – dad just keeping the cable out of the way. I’ve also had to repair the cable in the past… Our little battery mower avoids all that hassle and, conveniently, uses the same battery as I use in my 2 (one hammer and one drill/driver) drills and a garden sprayer but it wouldn’t come close to meeting your needs.


22 Mar 19 - 10:46 AM (#3983852)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

MG, can't you detour to Ohio to help us move?

Horrible and pain-making foam layer now deleted from bed in clever trick-- I've scheduled my excellent DIL Jaclyn to help us repeat this in their April visit.

Problem: Remove, in replace-able form, eight layers of mattress padding to work on mattresses, box springs, frame.

Trick: We rolled them all up in one swell foop from the foot end of the king bed formed of 2 twins, left it rolled at the head, and (from the foot end) pulled out the king camping foam mattress causing the back problems. When we do this in April we will tie that roll at each end so the men can carefully carry it to the LR.

They will take apart the bed and lay the Oriental rug, place the headboards, nightstands, and lamps. They will add the box springs and mattresses to the raised frames and bring back the roll of mattress padding. Greg and I will remake the bed. Jaclyn and I will work on curtains while the men play with the heavy stuff, and add the pretty pillows at the end.

~Susan


22 Mar 19 - 12:22 PM (#3983888)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Yesterday: fetched some tween season clothes from the mill; stopped at a garage to have noise in car checked, "no noise"; lunch with Geri and back here - noise disturbing me more and more but sporadic; went to great music and to city to sleep - "Be nice when we can sleep here.." There was still considerable ice and snow around the mill; slightly challenging to walk from where I had to park to the door so one trip was all.

Today: good bf; drove to Toyota dealer and requested "check on noise"; wheel bearings in both front wheels, "very dangerous". I got a ride home while they replace right(worst) one; will have parts Monday for the other. I am beginning to feel as though I am rebuilding this car piece by piece but in between times, it runs beautifully. A large de-clutter of finances. Looked at the prices of new ones!!!!! HO, HO and HO!

Killing time while waiting for diagnosis, I went across the road to shop selling bath and kitchen fixtures- ugly bathtubs! No back slope; what is the point of a bathtub that is not comfortable?? The prices were educational!

So I sit here computering, having put clothes in closet, and happy to have worn, not a sweat shirt but a nice T and a silk shirt last night.

I can see grass around the edges of house and yard and some hosta peeking out.   Expecting snow tonight!


22 Mar 19 - 01:01 PM (#3983899)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, now that you know what bearing noise sounds like, next time you will be able to schedule that routine item in non-emergency mode.

As female friends and I have discussed so often, women's work (Proverbs 31) is seldom discussed or credited in the patriarchy, as WORK. So I'm making an effort to list it ALL during this period of no-Y, house-"work"outs:

. Jeans button re-replaced and jeans now fit comfortably, so now have a pair to wear and a pair to pack for moving time-- VERY few duds are left in PA...
. Old, beloved sewing box found at last, recently, sorted out; newer crap box ditto. Result: a good box I like of loved tools for the house, and a small zippered case of travel tools to add to car when we get back w furniture.
. Everlasting laundry going to fold later
. Twist pins for deferred April project set with project
. LR items stowed to make room for furniture coming
. April worklist started w names of best ppl to partner with on each
. LR table slowly clearing
. K table slowly clearing
. Caulking job decided and streamlined
. Two hygiene brushes encased in custom cases created today
. Untaken giveaway items tossed

~Susan

All while on standby to pick up the paid male helper sked for later in the day.


22 Mar 19 - 04:56 PM (#3983964)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I couldn't find the sidewalk chalk I'd bought to mark out the garage sections, but when I bemoaned that fact Brandon said he'd actually found some in a recent garage cleanout here, so viola!

DONE:
X Flashing Repair
X Move green recliner to Library
X Hang rocker and 1 director chair
X Sweep garage
X Mark scooter path and lettered sections
X Gather items to fill and mulch out patio pots while we're gone
X Move parrot cage planter to patio
X Modify folding chairs w foam, pack and hang up church pillow duffel
X Mount two outlet strips, ofc
X Set out and discuss mosquito dunks to stay ahead of mosquito breeding

~Susan


23 Mar 19 - 10:35 AM (#3984123)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Lots of running yesterday afternoon, including the trip over to the little converted ancient gas station (you know the look - the small concrete building with bay doors, a covered portico where the pumps once stood, situated on a convenient corner) where my guy who repairs mowers, trimmers, and probably other small engines has his business. I had printouts with me, and asked if he could tell me what were the manufacturers he liked best, when he sees them come through his shop. He was pleased to answer questions and see the consumer reviews - when you ask someone about the thing they do and the work they love, it isn't an imposition. He had a couple of customers come in while we were talking and I stepped aside and announced "you have a real customer" so the newcomer wouldn't feel like they had to wait for me to finish. It was very helpful, and he walked me out to the shop where various models are stored and showed me things he things one should look for (does the handle part attached to the mower and platform part wobble when you try to lift one side and then the other? Front wheel vs rear wheel drive (he likes rear wheel drive better)? Steel or plastic platform? Surprisingly, the Honda plastic is very durable (more than 20 years) and makes less noise than a steel casing.)

Good to know!

I think, when I do finally get the new mower, that I'll take the old mower over to him. I'm willing to bet he occasionally has moms come in looking for a mower they can afford - he sells used machines, he sold one while I was talking to him. He's one of those christian folks who isn't obnoxious about it but seems to have a charitable streak a mile wide that he ties to his religious beliefs. So if he has a mower that works and he will tune up and offer for a small amount for that kind of customer, he'll do it. I'm willing to support that kind of enterprise. If I take it to Goodwill it might be a problem because of the fumes if it's indoors.

Kitchen cleaned last night, a load of laundry done, and a bonus (discovered when the laundry was put into the dryer - "clonk!" "Clonk!") my pocketknife got washed. It's now drying completely on my dresser top.


23 Mar 19 - 12:36 PM (#3984149)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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

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

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

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

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

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


23 Mar 19 - 01:11 PM (#3984158)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

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

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

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


23 Mar 19 - 03:03 PM (#3984176)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Well, I can't walk now.

Busy day here....

AM coffee and dayplan

Joint booking of Clarion motel for drive to PA

Joint folding of clean king bedding

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

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

Swim bag loaded for return use

Swim player set w packing items to use while away

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

Put away clean laundry

Whipped dishes

Chose travel toiletries and neatened up Library chairside area

Set up and distributed chairside water bottles

Sent neighbor texts re departure

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

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


Saturday Pre-Packing:

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

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

~Susan


23 Mar 19 - 04:10 PM (#3984189)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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


23 Mar 19 - 04:14 PM (#3984190)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

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


23 Mar 19 - 04:51 PM (#3984197)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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


23 Mar 19 - 05:51 PM (#3984201)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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


23 Mar 19 - 06:04 PM (#3984204)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle


24 Mar 19 - 10:51 AM (#3984340)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

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

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


~Susan


24 Mar 19 - 12:19 PM (#3984363)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

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

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

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

~Susan


24 Mar 19 - 12:25 PM (#3984365)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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


24 Mar 19 - 03:11 PM (#3984397)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, we leave tomorrow morning!

Privacy curtains are up. Food bags are loaded.

~Susan


24 Mar 19 - 05:33 PM (#3984420)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Kitchen cleaned
DW loaded to run overnight
Laundry going
Towels changed

~Susan


24 Mar 19 - 06:26 PM (#3984424)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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

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

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

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

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

Guess I shall not complain about R enjoying his explorations.

Safe travels, Susan!


24 Mar 19 - 07:59 PM (#3984436)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thanks, DP!

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

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

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

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

~S~


24 Mar 19 - 09:27 PM (#3984451)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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


25 Mar 19 - 12:12 AM (#3984456)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

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


25 Mar 19 - 01:32 PM (#3984518)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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


25 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM (#3984524)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

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


25 Mar 19 - 02:03 PM (#3984525)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

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


25 Mar 19 - 02:52 PM (#3984528)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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


25 Mar 19 - 03:18 PM (#3984531)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


25 Mar 19 - 05:44 PM (#3984541)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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


25 Mar 19 - 07:03 PM (#3984555)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

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

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

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


26 Mar 19 - 09:17 AM (#3984614)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

Oxi cleaning carpets gives much better results than shampooing


26 Mar 19 - 11:33 AM (#3984637)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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


26 Mar 19 - 12:52 PM (#3984648)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Here.


26 Mar 19 - 02:46 PM (#3984662)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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


26 Mar 19 - 04:30 PM (#3984673)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

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

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

parole pets

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


26 Mar 19 - 05:24 PM (#3984680)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Essentials unloaded from van.

Dog fed/watered.

People fed/watered.

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

Tech hooked up and working. Frozen essential items
thawed.

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

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

Next, SLEEP.

~Susan


26 Mar 19 - 09:41 PM (#3984703)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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


27 Mar 19 - 01:52 PM (#3984803)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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

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

Rest period over.


27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM (#3984823)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA Purge Prep, first full day

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

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

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

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

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

Groceries were brought in and putting-away begun

Chair break: I Married an Angel, TCM

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

Parthemers no longer appear to reside in fmr rental

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

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

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

~Susan

Recycling just loaded for transit tmrw


27 Mar 19 - 05:50 PM (#3984825)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

Having energy to parcel out is a wonderful thing.


28 Mar 19 - 05:15 AM (#3984868)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

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

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

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

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

~Susan


28 Mar 19 - 11:26 AM (#3984918)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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


28 Mar 19 - 12:06 PM (#3984923)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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

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

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

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

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

Stew time!


28 Mar 19 - 12:21 PM (#3984924)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

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

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

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

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

~Susan


29 Mar 19 - 09:29 AM (#3985030)
Subject: Garage Codes
From: wysiwyg

PA

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

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



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


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

¤ X, front center right inside door
Kitchen boxes


¤ F, back corner bowman hse
Box springs
Camp chairs


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


¤ L, front corner Bowman hse
Giant cabinet


¤ A, front corner Ridgebury side
Book boxes


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


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


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


¤ V Van
BR
Hallway


¤ C Cruiser
Bike
Skis
Snowshoes
Vestments?


29 Mar 19 - 11:06 AM (#3985042)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Good AM coffee chat planning the morning.

Greg is dropping Goodwill load and bringing back trash bags.

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

Not bad for an hour's work!

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

~Susan


29 Mar 19 - 01:34 PM (#3985069)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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

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

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

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


29 Mar 19 - 03:01 PM (#3985073)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

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


29 Mar 19 - 05:17 PM (#3985082)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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


29 Mar 19 - 06:52 PM (#3985089)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

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

PA

Progress continues per plan.

~S~


29 Mar 19 - 11:49 PM (#3985106)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

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

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

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

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


30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM (#3985166)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Montreal:

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

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

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


30 Mar 19 - 05:35 PM (#3985167)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Susan


30 Mar 19 - 06:06 PM (#3985176)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


31 Mar 19 - 10:19 AM (#3985244)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

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


31 Mar 19 - 11:15 AM (#3985250)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

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


Today's plan:

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

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

It's all downstairs work today.

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

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

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

~S~


31 Mar 19 - 03:02 PM (#3985263)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Very close to finishing my pile... It took quite awhile to set up all the catch-boxes. I filled one GW bag doing it, so Greg took it (and yesterday's full van load to drop off, while my overdue AM meds kicked in. Then we both had lunch and I made him stop for a chair break while HIS overdue meds kick in.

By evening I'll have that stack of boxes ready to take and send out.

A brief break for fresh air later will be ice cream, on the way back from Wal-Mart for yet more tape.

Newbie got out loose for a few hours this AM, but TBTG stayed near the house and came looking for me at the same moment I went out to look for her. Close call-- we're right on the road-- so, several doors CLOSED.

~Susan


31 Mar 19 - 07:08 PM (#3985277)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Only two boxes ready because the rest still have room for more items-- so,much got trashed/donated that they'll wait until our BR/bathroom sort are done in the next few days.

Card table done, and boxes arrayed better.

Maybe:

. BR sort/tag tmrw, pack DR decor and frames

. Blue bathroom sorting Tuesday or Monday evening w William

. Back porch Weds bcuz warmest this week, and recliner there I'll sit in to sort goes to dump at end of day

Thursday:

Friday: depart for Philly

Hockey time--we're winning!

~S~


31 Mar 19 - 10:19 PM (#3985292)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

They're late, but my homemade potting soil is finished and terracotta pots are filled, ready for seeds tomorrow. I'll start some outside and some in the greenhouse. The rest of the day and weekend was general housekeeping.

There is a weight-loss program offered through the retiree/employee health benefits that starts tomorrow, though I haven't seen their first email. They sent a box with a measuring tape, some kind of rubber wristband, a package of peanuts and a package of Pringles (chips). I'm not fond of Pringles. I don't usually participate in these, but I'll see what it's about and decide if I want to stay with the alternate fasting or try this for eight weeks. Or a bit of both.


01 Apr 19 - 01:38 PM (#3985381)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Birthday of my second son; I begged him, "NOT on April Fool's Day!" but he insisted. When he was old enough, I suggested, "if anyone teases you about an April Fool birthday, just tell them: YES! I was born on April Fool's Day. Mother was the fool!!" So he did. I heard him.

Sunny, below freezing day. Ice is slowly heading down to the sea but still huge chunks on the river banks.

ALL the thrift shop stuff has left and some things for other places, including the cellar! So nice to clear the hall and more.

Trip to Beaver put off as my wonderful "handyman" suggested it would be better not to break the "snow dam" that is keeping water from house. ---still thinking about the sense of that. Maybe I could park without wrecking it? Three events I wanted to attend this week...


01 Apr 19 - 02:19 PM (#3985391)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This morning I dug through files looking for the paperwork for the current desktop computer; I keep that material religiously but it is not showing itself in any files or usual storage places. As I searched I found a number of old files that need destruction, too many for the shredder, so it's time for the burning barrel again. This burning ritual takes place only 2-3 times a year, helpful because this much paper was never intended to go through a home personal shredder. Every time I go through this burning ritual I'm sure I've tackled all of the old stuff, only to have more turn up.

I'm going to have to review my Photoshop stuff; a couple of images I've worked with lately (contract work) haven't had the features they want. On one, it's outlining the art and pasting it onto a transparent background, on the other, it's outlining the text so it shows up against an image.

I'm watching the requests on the Freecycle listings, with the goal of filling a request one of these days. I'm also looking at some of the really old books that came from a family estate - why am I keeping them? I'll see about Amazon or eBay for listing some of them, but I suspect they'll go to the used book store where they sell old books by the foot for interior designer to stage rooms. Just because it's old doesn't mean it has any value, and I haven't opened any of these in 35 years.


01 Apr 19 - 05:54 PM (#3985428)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I found a bunch of training certificates, lists of courses I took for various tasks I was doing at the university. I suppose I can make a list of those in my CV. I found some things misfiled that will go in my CV (conferences I attended but couldn't remember all of the particulars). Lots of forms with social security numbers on them. Old phone bills, insurance bills, documents going back 15 years and more. I was sure I'd purged the files of the old stuff the last time or two I went through them, but apparently not. So there's another six-inch stack of papers in the burn barrel and I have that tell-tale smokey smell on my clothing and hair.

I have three two-drawer file cabinets and I'm getting close to having one empty drawer now. There is room to possibly reorganize all of them and make them more user-friendly; some of those drawers are full all of the way to the back, making it difficult to reach everything.

This isn't what I thought I'd be doing today, but it's still progress.


01 Apr 19 - 07:02 PM (#3985438)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

The day started with short sleep, but great peace and quiet. (The family that is helping us has various openly-shared brain chemistry issues, so we need those islands of solitude and peace to stay focused and gracious.)

I stripped chairs that are going to the dump and made a slight rearrangement in the packing corner, making more space for carry-downs and paper shredding. The shredder.Mary will start with is in place.

Greg took down DR and stairwell framed family pix that are about to get blocked in with furniture, and we set these with their room-labeled boxes to wrap later.

With an early, prescient call from the ordained member of the helping family, the day's personnel and food is settled, and we've coordinated who is working with whom. She's also sending some brief tips on working with the member William has been disparaging, who I've never met, so her insight will be very helpful. We're planning a successful day, with BS preventively disentagled.

Newbie has had a bit of extra meds to stay happily out of the fray. My challenge will be staying mobile, and not getting stuck anywhere in chatter.

Later....

The upstairs hallway and Monica's room are all but cleared. Mary had agreed to superintend final removals of Goodwill and trash, and to facilitate St. Paul's pickup of their items. Rooms are labeled with these destinations, and I have another 20 boxes now to purge and sort.

William is due shortly but we're watching Deadpool because we're too tired to think up his jobs. (That will change when he gets here, hopefully!)


Still later....

William degoofed the DR with me and helped crate a jackalope and a set of antlers.

Greg degoofed the front porch.

~Susan


01 Apr 19 - 08:22 PM (#3985454)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

The staging area for Van cargo was cleared and put to immediate use today.

~Susan


02 Apr 19 - 03:06 PM (#3985572)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Time to put a few things in car to go to Beaver tomorrow. Looking forward to renewed connections in my home community. Four events this week, that I know of so far.

English class this am was a bore but I have my own one on one student next week. Connected with one of the other teachers in a terrific way.

Text from son offering to phone this eve! Hope his life is moving in good ways!

So nice to have clutter out of house! And a bit more leaving in a few minutes. River is de-cluttering too! and the yard!! Iris, day lilies and ?? sprouting through the clutter of river rocks along front of house.

International Folk Dancing for an hour last night was wonderful, great exercise and good for my mental health. Knees are not happy but I think I can fix that with MSM/GS. Now!


02 Apr 19 - 07:29 PM (#3985595)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

BR and lower bath cleared. Emotional, dunno why. A good friend was here to help as a surprise, that was so nice!

More Goodwill of course. Also a box of dry goods packed and out w cargo, a bag for my friend's kitchen and a bag for her foid pantry.

6-7 LR catch boxes topped off, taped, and out to porch.

Large framed art crated. Some fragile decor packed, and all this is off to their staging areas.

Box of cast iron for my son crated up.

Tired!

Tomorrow: clear back porch and measure all staging areas' cargo vs truck cubic footage, to consider options.

~Susan


02 Apr 19 - 10:35 PM (#3985615)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The papers smoldered and burned most of the evening and at bedtime it was still warm, but that warmth kept dew from forming on the can overnight. I try to put it away before it gets wet because it can rust if it's left out.

Last night I wasn't feeling 100% so I didn't walk the dogs, but today we took an extra-long walk to make it up. I wear a fitness tracker and carry my phone, so I get the number of steps from the tracker and the phone tracks the route and tells me how far we walked. They don't always agree with each other, but success-breeds-success, when you see that you've been walking every day and meeting goals that were programmed into each device.

I went to lunch with my daughter today; she texted and said she had a hankering for a seafood cob salad. Pappadeaux's has one on the menu that used to be offered as medium or large, then they went to just large, which is humongous. Way too much for a normal person to eat, so when we go over now we split one salad, the shrimp and crab meat version, and both leave there completely stuffed. If I get it and am not sharing I ask them to box half and only bring me half to the table. Restaurants are culprits when it comes to enabling people who really need to cut back and lose weight.

On my way back I stopped a couple of places, including the thrift store where I usually buy jeans, and found two pair. They went into the wash when I got home, and just now were hung in the closet, where the pair that needed replacing was removed and dropped onto the stack of jeans material for craft projects. I also found one of the Romertopf clay bakers, never used, that I sell on eBay. I have one myself that I use several times a year and chickens come out so moist and tender and falling off the bone. Anyway, two pairs of jeans and the clay baker and I think it all cost about $10. I'll sell the baker for probably $30 on eBay.


03 Apr 19 - 04:03 PM (#3985726)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

We're so far ahead of expected progress that we ran away for a movie and pizza afternoon, leaving William to measure cargo and advise if the reserved truck needs to be upgraded or other plans made, such as shipping lightweight boxes of decor.

We'll meet up with him soon to whip thru back porch clearing in "night shift,"

~Susan


03 Apr 19 - 06:18 PM (#3985740)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Running errands today after an appointment and stopped in only one thrift store (I have a couple of items on my regular list to look for - primarily, matching plates to the incomplete set I'm using now). No luck there, but a couple of other small useful items showed up.

My garden is standing there still full of weeds, and I see the sunflowers starting to sprout, but I haven't had rain in over a week and I need everything to get a good soaking before I start the next stage of digging and planting. The ten day forecast shows rain over the weekend.

An old friend (literally - she is 82!) is coming to town for a few days and asked if we can do a pot luck dinner at my house on Sunday, so I'm going to have to hurry and get some of my cleaning (dog related - including shampooing a carpet) out of the way soon. I'm not sure if she'll stay here for any of the days she's in town, but the guest room is ready if needed. Her family is spread all over the area but not all of them have guest accommodations.


03 Apr 19 - 09:08 PM (#3985759)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

William's estimate has resulted in a truck upsizing, because otherwise we must: pack less, ship some, or drive back for items. None of those are simplifying. We choose simple.

A huge plywood cabinet which our first helper built us for a mini-fridge and storage-- that is both too tall to remove and too tall for rented trucks-- is now disassembled, after Greg and William numbered all the parts for reassembly.

Ninety percent of the back porch's contents are now in the trailer for the dump.

My sorting area is full of the other 10%, and half is for Goodwill. A spare bathing suit I really can use was buried in one container, apparently not of interest to nesting mice. Finding it was worth freezing as the men did my bidding in record time.

I have arrived at a way to define the difference between being a hoarder and being a saver. A Hoarder goes back through Goodwill bags and trash bins after the work is done, and takes stuff back out. A Saver takes a moment to clean up an item of value, tosses it into a Goodwill bin, and enjoys knowing it will be appreciated as a treasure. It's not about the amount of stuff.

Tomorrow we will set up the last staging area here-- a downstairs Goodwill space like the one upstairs. It's not fun to tote it anymore, and it's time to start packing the van for our trip to Philly for Dick's memorial, so we will leave that pile's delivery for William to complete after we depart for Ohio.

A small job remains-- my closet-- and I only want about 6 pieces out of it. Greg's closet, ditto. The larger and last area we have to tackle is the kitchen, and I've already started the Goodwill pile from there.

~Susan


04 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM (#3985867)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I have a couple of low-priced items on eBay that didn't sell despite repeated listings, so this morning they came out of their packaging and are in the Goodwill bin.

That rain chance seems to be shrinking so I may have to break out the hoses and sprinklers to get going on the garden.


04 Apr 19 - 01:12 PM (#3985915)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver!

Arrived on Weds about 3 pm to a pile of mail that included 3 items to be dealt with "yesterday". Wish I could find second key to mailbox! Two have been adequately managed with some fury involved at incomprehensible voice messages. Went in car to Service Ontario this am and one of the wonderful staff dealt with one quickly and efficiently, "You made my day!" (have to take class to renew driving license 15 May; I can manage that.) One required lengthy time on phone; two separate businesses. Wonderful tech support finally figured out problem and solved! (I hope.) then, this am, I rec'd text from the business involved so - THEY ARE NOT supposed to send text! Later...

Maybe I need to put these sorts of things into a log book for future info. Maybe I will, and maybe I will not misplace the book! If it were not for this thread, I would not know where I was, when!

Weather not bad, sun shining, snow and ice melting - but still LOTS! Parked on road - safe as there are perhaps a dozen vehicles a day! I can access enough wood for now and today is above freezing and supposed to continue for a few days! Wood stove and solar gain are doing good job. Still over a foot of snow on yard and raised beds. Cannot get into tool shed or studio as the snow is frozen; trip to back sheds... Not until some thaw happens! Hope that it progresses before I leave on Monday so I can take a bunch of stuff for Dupont. Remember I put stuff into the VW van for storage? Snow is still piled halfway up the doors! No way!

So cleaning up after work that was done in K, bringing in wood, had a good meal, went to women's group last eve and a good visit from great neighbour Larry this am. Larry admonished me for not phoning him last month - when I just turned around and drove back to Montreal. I explained that I need to give back to the community to feel I deserve to ask for help. He tells me he is now ready to start potting! So I assured him he is entitled to the half of the studio with the beige clay; "make it feel like it is your space!" (Then I will feel as though I am giving him something back!)

We discussed the important issue of where I want/need to be living; Robin vs home/here. He helps me de-clutter my thinking. I explained the ways in which I am making Dupont feel like it too can feel like home - the Eng class, dancing, perhaps more after I meet with volunteer coordinator next week. But I am renewing my license in Ontario.

Maybe next month R can come too.

With my new phone and its very helpful calendar feature, I can keep track of what is happening where and discern where I want/need to be, when.


04 Apr 19 - 03:32 PM (#3985940)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Putzed around the house this morning and didn't put anything out at the curb for pickup, but I have two bins now stuffed with limbs that were on top of the old compost pile. Those will go to the curb on Monday. Now to get out the safety googles and use the string trimmer to take out the tall grass that grew up around the compost, before I start trying to move it all into one large pile. Much of the oldest of them will go by the wheelbarrow-full out to the garden.

It's over 80o right now, still rather warm for this time of year, and cooling off tomorrow some. I've had to come in to get my big tankard of water and ice that I keep nearby during yard work on hot days.

Dorothy, I use a Google calendar (tied to one of my gmail accounts) and it feeds into my phone, so I can enter things while I'm working at the computer or when I'm somewhere and need to make a quick reminder on the phone. I tend to find it easier to add things using the phone.

I agree with you about "giving back" to the neighborhood. I get out and visit with people in their yards to catch up, and the ones closest around me I take over garden produce or food. They're always good about letting me know if the garage door was left open or something forgotten in the yard. This is a big favor!


04 Apr 19 - 09:22 PM (#3985960)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

AM-- Our AM coffee chat confirmed what my gut was warning me about-- that today is the crunch day that will determine whether we can actually stay over a 2nd night in Lansdale for Dick's memorial, or whether we'll need to drive back late after dinner Saturday night. There's an awful lot to plow thru today, and I'm very sore and concerned.

Later-- A lot got done tdy but I'm still not sure. Every time I check a "cleared" area, it's not cleared. Whichever of us has cleared it.

A lot of personnel issues for loading and unloading were juggled today. Not entirely successfully.

~Susan


05 Apr 19 - 11:22 AM (#3986024)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Big house cleaning and lawn mowing push today, as guest could possibly arrive tomorrow (sez she's staying with family, but sometimes that doesn't happen so she comes over here).

Down a few pounds in the attempt to take pressure off of my bad knee. And I need to keep up the progress for many more pounds.

Laundry is in, dishwasher is loaded. An hour or two of contract work, then back to tidying.


05 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM (#3986041)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

William pack trucks for a living and has, himself, moved quite often. So we were very reassured by his quick and cheerful reply last night, when we asked if he thought we're on track to get done in time.

Other good news last night was the landlady formally OKing the plan for William and fam to finish house clearing, after we take off. Further good news this AM was Greg's brother Jim volunteering for additional UN-loading days-- I'm having trouble confirming the Ohio personnel. (It's hard when your day laborers land full time jobs-- you're happy for them, but OY!)

One of yesterday's BEST surprises was from my very young and still new Ohio doc. Through text messaging alone, I got two badly needed prescriptions here, that he'd have really had to stretch policy to authorize. These two Rx's will make it possible for me to continue in SuperGeezerette mode AND get home safely.

His message indicating that he believed me and would trust me on the two requests-- well, tears of relief burst out of me, and all day, I wept the good tears possible when something wonderful hits you like.... a ton of fuzzy bricks!

We depart soon forc2 nights in Philly. Before going, Greg helped gathermost of my 1st priority items, which I boxed and labeled:

X Silverware
V Leg pillow
Food storage-- many gone, some in freezer, some lids missing --wait till fridge cleared
X Boudoir lamp
X Spatulas
Cousin Art -- pack Monday
Ninja-- pack Monday
X Kitchen scale
X Stainless measures
Instant pot-- pack Monday
X SAS shoes
X Cloth napkins
X White trash cans
Cookbooks, Dave's? Yet to box but are bagged in LR


05 Apr 19 - 02:34 PM (#3986053)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PS, one of my favorite tricks this move has been running my wardrobe out of a laundry hamper as I purge and pack other clothes. It's so much simpler than living out of a suitcase, and as it's the last item to load before locking the truck, I'll easily remember: folded = clean to wear, and the rest will need to be washed!


05 Apr 19 - 06:58 PM (#3986074)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

3 degrees above freezing and snowing! Brought in some wood this am. Grateful for mild weather. Visit from Dan to consider prophylactic measures re water intruding - under door and through roof!   and a wood shed. I still cannot get into studio or tool shed. Still hoping I can get in by Sunday afternoon. I see the tarp has blown over the small wood pile! Thank you, breeze!

Sorting things to go to Dupont; time for some summer clothes - soon??? Well, less wintry ones, anyway! Supposed to be much warmer tomorrow - 12 degrees above freezing!

Had hoped to change to summer tires but cannot even get to them. Maybe Sunday but then I will have to take up cargo space - or keep using winter ones until May - wasteful.

Community Lunch (free!) today. I wish more people had attended to get to know one another. Connected with some rarely seen folks, some often seen and some I did not even get to talk with. And one man with whom I had a serious mis-communication a few years ago, came to me and explained very nicely that he had been going through a rough time. WOW! Right there in the middle of the crowded room - which may have made it easier for both of us. Now I can see him in a very different light, having been apprehensive about going anywhere near him.   

SRS: Google hates me; I have a g-mail account, apparently, but it refuses to let me in and there are no apparent come backs. And, I cannot get a new one because "there is already an account under that name." I gave up years ago; I do not need it. I just have the one email and that is sufficient. I never wanted gmail but the art gallery used it for a volunteer calendar and I was a volunteer so I tried. It was a nuisance. I am better off with the phone which is always with me (except when I forget it). I am very happy with its calendar.


05 Apr 19 - 11:46 PM (#3986094)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Set up another account with a different name. I have six of them, serving different purposes. One of them is my main account, but they're linked together as backup accounts and such, so Google knows they're all mine.


06 Apr 19 - 11:13 AM (#3986164)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I made some progress on the house yesterday, but not enough. I'll leave on a couple of radios or televisions and work back and forth between rooms, with the programming keeping me more interested and on task - background entertainment that I don't need to pay strict attention to.

After two weeks of waiting we now have a heavy-duty rainstorm going on. It means that next week I'll be able to put in the garden; the soil is too wet for a couple of days, then it's perfect to work for as much as a week, and then it is rock hard till the next rain.

The effect of a heavy thunderstorm means I have two dogs who want to stay right by my side. I'll be careful not to trip over them today while I'm coming and going getting ready for multiple (and overlapping) house guests this week.

Looks like a good day to wash winter bedding that can go back in the closet, and then I also have some dog bedding to wash.

It's just as well it's as rainy as it is because I need this indoor time for stuff that just doesn't interest me as much as the yard during the nice weather. A childhood of being told "go outside and play" has imprinted on me the love of puttering in the yard.

The rain has lifted and it looks like several dry hours, so I set up the burning barrel and this time have placed several years' worth of receipts ablaze. I keep records in a 12-month expanding folder and the register receipts go into an envelope for the month. At the end of the year I package the large pages and bills in a large manila envelope and put the envelopes of receipts in a basket. I just realized they go back to 2006.


06 Apr 19 - 11:02 PM (#3986216)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Summer child care secured.
Long overdue package sent.
Taxes complete.
Dinner out with my guys to celebrate our promotions.
Prescriptions picked up.
Grocery shopping complete and put away.
Bills paid.
Relaxation Time.

This week I am passing on the title of Champion Trainer (YAY!!!) so tomorrow I have a little bit of prep work so I can train the Trainer in the online environment which is a pseudo set up of the program we use (during training, all trainees are given a pretend client and then we work our way through the program from intake to discharge). Given the increase of my caseload, I am thankful to pass this responsibility on.

Michelle


07 Apr 19 - 12:19 PM (#3986290)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Michelle you have been busy! And the training/mentoring job is very important - I hope it all passes to the next person smoothly.

Newest frisky whippersnapper of a dog dug her way under the hard plastic siding around the composting food waste, ate a bunch of really gross decomposed stuff (had been in 5-gallon buckets for weeks before being moved to the compost) then threw up and was revisiting it when I discovered this situation. I had to poke around that compost bin to find where she got in; the day before I'd shoveled out most of the finished compost from the bottom and added a lot of fresh stuff into which I dropped the buckets of kitchen waste. (There are two lidded buckets by the side door for kitchen stuff that is periodically toted back to the big piles and supposedly "dog proof.")

My solution (I hope) was to go around the yard and scoop dog droppings and leave a berm of poop around that corner. And last night before bed I pulled the bricks out of the cool burning barrel and scattered all of those ashes over the top so there is a white powder on and around the new pile and container—so far it shows no sign of disturbance. However, the dog continues her antics: this morning she dove headfirst into Zeke's bowl after finishing her own! She was chased off and has spent the last couple of hours groveling. I'd think with all of the team-building walks we're taking she'd mellow some, but not so far.


07 Apr 19 - 06:28 PM (#3986373)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

a wall/berm of poop? That's practically diabolical and Trumpian.


07 Apr 19 - 07:32 PM (#3986380)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

After brunch w Susan near Philly and driving home, we've completed the planned evening task:

X Sunday 7th Arrive PA by 4 rest and clear/pack DR, LR drawers/shelves


07 Apr 19 - 07:37 PM (#3986381)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver:

Still not able to get into the studio; everything is packed to go to QC that can be; And it was not yet noon. So I thought of leaving for QC today; picked up a bag of clothes; middle finger on left hand closed and refused to open. Noonish, I started thinking it too late to leave, not able to load car and wondered about driving with finger in that position... Decided to finish library book and leave tomorrow early. Decided to leave tires until next time. Better part of valour as I already fell once.

Finger unfolded, finished novel, finished packing car, went looking for a specific product at supermarket, not found. Returned book.

Stopped at Magda's cafe and she negotiated studio time next time I am here. Surely the snow will be gone in another ten days??? Was over 50F today! I have two Tuesdays without Eng. classes. Could stay here most of that time.

Call from R this am: no frig or bed yet. Oh well. His big project not progressing as hoped. Guess he needs a break.

Freed a few more pieces of wood from ice. There is now enough inside for tonight and for the night the next time I come. By then I hope it will be easier to access!

Ate a salad. Computering. Soon I shall go to bed with an in-house book. Ate too much choc again. Ate badly the last couple weeks but did not gain any weight - or lose any. Hoping for more exercise when the ice and snow leave.

SRS: I am not interested in an adversarial relationship with google which is what I find when I try! It is not worth the frustration. And certainly do not want more anythings. Even if Ephraim, or you, were sitting next to me! I will, if necessary, phone Whidbey tech support and they can help me find the white list and the black list. When I am back to Dupont and the unlimited internet.


08 Apr 19 - 12:01 AM (#3986398)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

"diabolical and Trumpian" - gah! It's an organic approach to keeping the dogs out of the compost. My organic guru talks about using a "tea" made of putting dog droppings into a bucket and adding water. Let it sit for a little while then pour it over the area you want the dogs to leave alone. They're usually averse to eating or digging anywhere that they can smell their own poop. So that's what I did around the compost.


08 Apr 19 - 04:08 AM (#3986415)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Petrol mower is running now. It just needed the old fuel drained off and the carburettor cleaning but I’ve treated it to a new spark plug, air filter change and general look over for the season.

I’ve done a few odds and ends including fixing a couple of outside leaks (just drips) and setting the front micro irrigation up for the season.

Tomatoes are doing well in the propogator.

I had a rethink about my idea for the solar pump and decided to see if I could do something that might (or might not…) work inline and without the Arduino. A bit of searching and some trial and error led me to this. I’ve stuck the bits on a bit of strip board and it looks OK with a meter. I want to get a box to put it in and a couple of jack sockets before trying it and finding out whether it actually works in practice.


08 Apr 19 - 06:58 AM (#3986446)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Gathered upstairs clng supplies and brought down 2 fragiles to pack; gathered 2 more from dnstrs bathroom to fill my packing table.


08 Apr 19 - 01:28 PM (#3986499)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A friend came to dinner last night and asked if I could pack and ship a painting for her. As she followed me into my sun room I stopped, turned her around, and told her to wait in the doorway. "I don't want you getting lost or injured in here."

I found a box that should work and she'll give me back the box and picture tomorrow and I'll pad it and ship it for her. And I do need to keep working on taming the mess in the sun room.


08 Apr 19 - 02:50 PM (#3986511)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

The kitchen is largely purged of Goodwill items. The whole stale spice department is trashed. Plastic to recycle is next, after I match tops and bottoms and discover topless or bottomless pieces.

We've discussed which pots and pans are coming with us and found many of the countertop appliances' original boxes. So.... Serious kitchen packing starts soon, to run tonight and tomorrow with William tonight and Jason tomorrow, probably with Mary's help tmrw.

I made a plastic shoebox and a half of GF tuna pasta for the crew, to go with that last bag of Red Delicious apples (almost everyone voted for tuna), and a smaller batch of chicken salad for Greg (not a tuna fan). Two boxes of rotini may not seem like a lot, but add a bulk can of tuna and an almost equal amount of sliced veggies.... and that is a LOT of tuna pasta!

~Susan


08 Apr 19 - 04:13 PM (#3986523)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I was using some of my old business cards from the university, crossing off much of the information, and adding my cell phone. Today I bit the bullet and ordered new cards for myself, reflecting my freelance/contract work, my gardening, and contact information. The design looks kind of like Truffula Trees. Four-color, one sided. Not too bad, but I'd have preferred to pick them up at the store and save the hefty postage charge. This is good - moving on.


08 Apr 19 - 05:02 PM (#3986530)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Tattie Bogle

Cleared every last box out of that "spare room": cleaned the room, dusted the boxes......then put them all back in again tho' they do look neater now! To be fair, some of them were boxes full of boxes, which had originally contained new electronic items, and were kept in case said items malfunctioned and had to be returned (although not a legal requirement in the UK to "return item in original packaging" if it should be faulty!) Recycling bin now full of cardboard.
Now all I have to do is go through all of the remaining boxes, one by one and keep on throwing out, shredding, etc. Probably enough to shred for a commercial shredding company!
What to do with a whole load of floppy disks that contain sensitive info? Smash them with a hammer? Who can still run floppy disks anyway?
Even found my husband's old hard disk that was replaced: comfortably cocooned in spongy stuff that the new one came in! Another hammer job?
Wardrobes and chests of drawers have to be done sometime. Not worn it for last 10 years? OUT then! (Or more like, can't fit into it any more, nor ever likely to again!)


08 Apr 19 - 05:45 PM (#3986544)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Tattie, many of the heavy-duty paper shredders will also shred credit cards, CDs, old floppy disks, etc. Maybe your local library or a shipping and office supply place (in the US, UPS Stores, Office Depot, FedEx, etc.)

I've had a stomach ache much of the day, the result of reaching to pickup an item and twisting as I stood up last night, so I took it easy today. There are some grape hyacinth in the turf that I transplanted to a shaded flower bed.


08 Apr 19 - 06:53 PM (#3986553)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

Dishes and mugs packed

Pyrex packed

Food storage prepacked

Metal mixing bowls prepacked

A few fragiles set aside for tmrw packing

Giant mugs soaking and box for them found

Giant box of re-used shredded paper empty!


08 Apr 19 - 07:12 PM (#3986556)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

PS, I finally hit the wall. It's too much today on top of the weekend of travel, and my guts are now in full rebellion. The good news-- I made up that slop day I'd lost and lots of help coming tmrw.


08 Apr 19 - 08:57 PM (#3986571)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Montreal:

Had planned to go directly to Dupont to offload stuff from Beaver, however, freezing rain about 90 minutes out and I decided not to go over two bridges in freezing rain. Slowed down and got here. Ate salad - and cookies. Watched TV and computered, R came for a visit and went back to work, supper is on the stove for when he gets back. I may not wait that long.

SRS: in spite of my ineptitude otherwise, I have designed several business cards that I can print out as needed. Not fantastic but quite respectable.


08 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM (#3986575)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Why would we presume "ineptitude?" Perhaps in getting the printer to cooperate, but not in the art or design aspects.

Front yard mowed after moving the flowers. Dogs walked. I'm bushed.


09 Apr 19 - 01:05 PM (#3986619)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

The morning began with packing a few more fragiles, and especially a complicated, multi-part antique, formal oil lamp (converted to electric) from Louise Brown.

Kitchen packing and purging continues.

The backlog of packed boxes has gone out to the porch staging area.

I have my data backups off the old hard drives.

The LR is much emptier now and mugs are drying to pack. A box for the standing mixer has been found.

I closed and labeled a number of boxes originally packed last spring, so they too can go out, now.

Laundry is going.

I have enough packing paper left to stuff the fridge's glass shelves for transit.

Greg is ferrying another load to the dump and recycling center, bringing the trash batch for this month to just under 2000 pounds.


09 Apr 19 - 04:04 PM (#3986641)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

We're substantially done packing-- one last junk box the day we leave, probably, with drawer trays, a few pieces of silverware, and the coffee pot. All but the boxes requiring a dolly to move them are out front now.

William is due shortly to carry down nightstands from our bedsides, and add their lamps with a few other items to the Goodwill room upstairs. He'll help Greg disassemble the big outdoor griddle for transit, roll up a few area rugs, and vacuum.

Then we'll discuss truck loading plans for tomorrow evening, and what each crew member will do under William's direction. The crew will be Greg, William and a friend, and Jason. Well spend the AM prepping the fridge and taking a last bag of food trash to the dump.

Mary and Jason already took home most of the freezer's contents after their afternoon help, and William will take the rest tonight.

We did the paperwork today to sell Greg's car to William, which we opted to leave instead of towing behind the longer truck we're renting. We gave him a very good deal, as part of his bonus; that deal will also, coincidentally, just about cover the truck rental fee.

~Susan


09 Apr 19 - 04:46 PM (#3986647)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

On the “ineptitude” bit, we vary. I’d claim that for art work and I can’t freehand draw anything. A very simple lay out (which sometimes can be OK) is my lot. I’d not claim expertise on the other side but getting a printer to play is likely to be the lesser challenge.

Shredders: Ours (probably sold for home/small office target) will handle CDs, credit cards and staples left in paper. It’s not built for high volume/continuous use though.

I should have some twin slot shelving stuff tomorrow. Part of that will go to squeezing another shelf above my bed. It should take my Yamaha guitar (in its case) and I may just squeeze the lighter of the tenor banjos on there too. I want to get them off the floor in my bed/living room. I’ve also got one one Multi draw cabinet to wall mount in there and may add one more which would end available wall space. Some bits to chuck out but overall, I keep expanding in a limited area.

The rest of the shelving bits (I bought in packs of 10 ) will go towards a project that might happen later this year. The shelves in our smallest (6x8) shed (fitted rather hastily by mum and another brother over 20 years ago) are warped and collapsing and it really needs starting from scratch with new shelving.


10 Apr 19 - 10:58 AM (#3986763)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I dug around in the closet for a lumbar pack (big waist strap, no shoulder straps, it's meant for things like biking) to put in a water bottle and my large camera; my goal is a walk with the dogs through the flowers in the small park up the hill from the house. Of all of the duplicated things around the house, backpacks are something that stick around, only a few flimsy ones have been sent to Goodwill.

My week of guests has thinned a bit, one who meant to arrive on Tuesday probably won't arrive till this evening. The guest room is ready, and happily, she's leaving her little dog at her daughter's house. Sweet as she is, Maisy has been known to poop in the corner of the dining room carpet on each visit, despite knowing how to use the dog door.

3/4 of a case of canning jars are sitting waiting attention after they were brought in by a friend a couple of weeks ago. I need to run them through the dishwasher and have them ready for use later in the season, and it will clear one tripping hazard from the sun room floor. But there's so much more to do in there!

Good luck with the final push out of the old house to Susan, and soon to Dorothy. I hope all of the measuring will pay off!


10 Apr 19 - 04:23 PM (#3986798)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thx SRS. The longer truck is also taller-- 1200 cubic feet vs 800.

We'll have 2 box springs and two recliners to load in the AM, and final instructions for Mary to supervise after we go, so she and spouse (my friend) are bringing her son Jason up in the AM, and after goodbyes, we go.

One overnight stop planned, and we'll be in our snug Ohio home Friday night, with unloading help from Greg's brother Jim the next morning.

Luckily we're leaving a porch fridge, so we emptied the kitchen fridge into it and will have brekky stuff handy.

~Susan


10 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM (#3986805)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

SRS: I consider myself terrifically inept re tech stuff and was amazed when I managed to get the computer to provide me with a serviceable card for our folk dance group because I was desperately trying to improve the PR so enough folks would come. That and the posters I managed and adding an email list for reminders - and the group is still muddling happily on without me. I still get the emails and hope to return for dancing after the regime changes.

The English "class" went well and my one student is a kindred spirit; I can hardly wait for next week. She needs to improve her English; we can converse and seek better words, grammar, and pronunciation.

The tomato plants suffered severely by my absence; one may not recover. But all else is well.

R came to the house with two very nice wingback chairs for the LR and a lovely small table for somewhere. Four pics have been hung, prob not in permanent places but off the floor at least! We now have plenty of places to sit but no frig or bed. I am becoming militant/pushy; "Saturday is going to be warm and dry. If you plan..."

Yesterday was a dreadfully wet day of snow and rain and ice on the trees and shrubs but, thankfully, not on the roads. Today is like spring!!!

I offloaded the car today. Still need to take stuff upstairs. No snow or rain! Lovely sun! Walked to the volunteer centre, about 3 blocks away along the river. They were having an open house so I copped a yummy brownie and an interview re volunteering. In a few minutes, she asked, "Did you used to have a booth at the Huntingdon Farmer's Market?" This lovely Scot had bought a number of my pots, and took several to Scotland for gifts! I suspect she will find me some more places to volunteer and I shall be seeing her more. I did not even recognize this good customer!

I am being somewhat encouraged to set up a studio here and give lessons. I never "make money" doing this but it is fun, more of a community service. R would encourage it; another Scot, he seems to be ok with my lack of business acumen.


10 Apr 19 - 06:55 PM (#3986817)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I took today off from work to celebrate my birthday! Presents were kept to a minimum and are all things I can use or plant! My mom is taking me on a quilting retreat....I am SO looking forward to it and also very happy that we are not adding addition THINGS. :) Also, friends and family raised over $200.00 for an organization that I support...HOORAY!

Pete and I spent the day toodling around the woods, taking photos, enjoying the spring air and enjoying the beauty of this area....it was perfection!

Michelle


10 Apr 19 - 09:47 PM (#3986827)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I finished mowing the back yard as the last light of the day was fading; this used to happen a lot when I was working and mowed after I got home from work. Today it was simply a matter of putting it off and deciding to do it now because my friend will finally arrive tomorrow and we can enjoy the pretty yard and not wade through my weeds. With the evening mow and a morning walk with the dogs my fitness tracker and Google Fit are both happy.

We have a day of rain coming again on Saturday, so I hope on Friday to get more done in the garden and let the rain soak it all in and make it happy. Tomorrow is a visit, Friday is work.


10 Apr 19 - 10:00 PM (#3986829)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

What a great crew!


11 Apr 19 - 11:20 AM (#3986905)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Decluttered some virtual surplus - about 2 gigabytes of photos that are duplicated in my Dropbox account.


11 Apr 19 - 12:40 PM (#3986915)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PA

The truck is fully loaded and the van is 95% loaded, except for both of our computer bags. We're out for a bite, and to drop off cable TV equipment,. After lunch, we'll take a last look thru the house while my laundry dries, load the dog, and go.

~Susan


11 Apr 19 - 06:13 PM (#3986961)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Started de-clutter of flower bed at mill and a bit of the one here. Lots of good stuff coming up! Gorgeous day. Most of snow is gone here and most of ice off rivers!


11 Apr 19 - 08:29 PM (#3986974)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Arrived at overnight stop without incident.

Nightio!!!


12 Apr 19 - 12:57 PM (#3987088)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Did song and dance routine for R last night: "frig and bed, frig and bed, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!" etc. Maybe tomorrow? Maybe I can find some pom poms for a reprise?

Bought a pot of daffodils this am. Yay, daffodils! So cheerful! I can plant them later. Funny: red kalanchoe, pink af violets, fire engine red geraniums I have but the daffodils are IT! on DR table in a large blue bowl.

Tried a Zumba class this am, also. Lasted about five minutes; hated the music - thump, thump... exercise need not be torture! Nice venue and people, and I joined a local "network"; will receive email newsletter and may find other volunteer opps. Another few pieces of info re our new community. Also learned that the arm movements were not appreciated by either shoulder. Trying to think of activities we might do where arms are raised above shoulders... Only if I lift things above shoulder height; putting clothes on hangers in closet...

Need to find exercise to strengthen shoulder muscles without hurting them.


12 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM (#3987123)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

I've arrived and Greg is due w truck shortly.

~Susan


12 Apr 19 - 05:26 PM (#3987127)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Houseguests this week, and the second one arrived later in the week than expected. Here till Saturday, so little will get accomplished outside of old-home-week drives and such. It's also too much to try to maintain a fasting or diet schedule. One thing I will insist upon is that my friend take her purse into her bedroom tonight and her phone on her side table. I was awakened by 5 minutes of a phone alarm way-too-early this morning because her phone in the kitchen was clangoring the whole house awake and she in her room without her hearing aid didn't hear a peep. It apparently goes off every day at the same time.

I mailed a parcel for the first friend who was here; it was a painting that needed a box large enough and packing to protect it. My home's eBay packing station was more than able to accommodate it. No mailing for this other friend, but this morning we worked on my laptop to log into her gmail account and empty out most of the seven-plus years worth of mail in there (so full she couldn't find anything). I think when I cleared out a bunch of updates things she meant to keep went also - I don't like the way mail ends up in more than one folder in Gmail. But her contacts should be intact.

Rain due tomorrow. I haven't gotten as much walking in this week, so I'll walk the dogs tonight by myself before the rain, my friend isn't up to the longer route we take. The dogs have all gotten along pretty well - my three and her little King Charles Cavalier (is that shortened to KCC?) spaniel. My two older dogs know this one, and Cinnamon used to get down on the floor and roll around with her when she was a pup. Pepper did okay after the first few exciting minutes, and since the other dogs were fine, so was she.


13 Apr 19 - 10:00 AM (#3987176)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Susan, when the unloading happens will everything go exactly where you planned and measured, or is there a staging area in the garage for the time being? It is always nice if the largest pieces can go exactly where they're supposed to while you have strong backs there to help move it.


13 Apr 19 - 11:05 AM (#3987177)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Unloading is underway.

SRS, all furniture but one piece is coming right into its spot, and several are already in. All boxes except those labeled "1" are letter-coded for a letter-coded, floor-chalked section of the garage.

The three killer-heavy pieces are coming off the truck last, when the strongest helper is here, straight to a garage spot for two and a house spot, prepped, for one.

None of the non-1 boxes are urgent, and can sit in the garage "warehouse" until fall. But each section out there corresponds to a room in here, and boxes are labeled with their contents so I can find wanted items, unpack that box right in the garage, clean the items, and bring them in to put away.

~Susan


13 Apr 19 - 07:42 PM (#3987231)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Well. Things here are turned upside down.

Pete is in the hospital and will be for a few days. This is the first time EVER that I have been at home without him. Jeremiah and I are doing our best to keep things in order and staying on top of Pete's farm chores.

I'm a bundle of I don't know what...sometimes ok, sometimes not, sometimes overly busy, sometimes crashing.

Michelle


13 Apr 19 - 07:47 PM (#3987232)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

The truck is unloaded, a day early. We're taking tmrw off but Jim and Brandon return Monday to organize things a bit and custom fit a cabinet.

~Susan


13 Apr 19 - 10:05 PM (#3987238)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I hope Pete recovers and leaves the hospital soon!

It's a bit upside down here, also, but not due to anyone's health. Just the need to put the SUV in the shop and figuring out how I'm going to do some of the running around I was planning on in what will probably be a smaller rental car for a few days.

Heavy rain today and tomorrow won't be much improved. I hope the weather is better for all of the moving and unloading.


14 Apr 19 - 07:35 AM (#3987297)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

It's incredible how much cleaning I get done when I'm worried.

Michelle


14 Apr 19 - 10:36 AM (#3987322)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

True to usual trip form, I mostly sat and yawned ydy after meds-inducing sleep, post-drive-caff. (I unpacked two boxes while the men unloaded the truck.) Grateful not to have to go to the store, yet, after sleeping in and a good brekky from items left ready for same. No desire to unpack, whatever, except for deciding where the plastic drawers of toiletries can move to, out of the temporarily too-crowded bathroom.

~S~


14 Apr 19 - 11:38 AM (#3987331)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Lots of catching up to do now that friends have come and gone, one of the dogs lost her expensive Invisible Fence collar overnight, and the car needs to go into the shop. It'll be searching for one and planning how to live without the other (I'll drive a loaner and I'm sure it will be smaller than can carry gardening supplies, fence pickets, etc.).

But that all said, the weekend awful weather seems to have cleared and it's gorgeous out. The decluttering I'll work on this afternoon is to cut up and load branches into a tall trash can. I kept a bunch of long baldcypress limbs, thinking I could make a trellis, but I never have and the time has come to clear them out. Big ones to the trash, smaller ones to the chipper. And who knows, maybe the collar will turn up. She might have ploughed through those branches and snagged it in there. This morning I did one tiny gardening chore; I transplanted three cannas from where they had sprouted in the yard to back inside the steel edging of the canna bed.


14 Apr 19 - 03:51 PM (#3987367)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Some clean travel clothes put away, but half are blocked by furniture that can't move out of the way until next weekend. :-(

Hard decisions coming on clothes in leaf bags... Some can hang in the upper section of my closet but a lot of what's here probably has to go. But those bags ain't coming in until after next wknd, when our room gets straightened out.

~S~



Ditto linens. But those bags ain't coming in until after next wknd, and our room is straightened out.


14 Apr 19 - 08:08 PM (#3987403)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Too wet to mow or do much digging today, so I played pick-up-sticks and cleared out limbs that were piled up under a pine in the back. Now the yard art pieces (an old push mower and a falling-apart wheelbarrow) are in view. The electric chipper dispatched a bunch of it, resulting in two bags of wood chip mulch. There are two trash cans at the curb, filled with stuff that was too large for the chipper. I think I got a sunburn on the back of my neck.


14 Apr 19 - 10:40 PM (#3987410)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Jeremiah and I spent most of the day at the hospital with Pete. I am tired today but managed to cook 2 of the 3 meals (lunch was out on the town), the dishes are done, animals are all fed and watered, plants are watered and load 2 of the laundry is in the dryer. I decided to take tomorrow off from work and to do only half days the rest of the week. It's going to make for a very busy next week but family comes first...no question about it and I am lucky enough to have a supervisor that is on board with that.

We're having tornado watches and warnings at the moment...lots of gusting wind...feels like someone is slapping our house!

Goodnight All.

Michelle


15 Apr 19 - 03:50 PM (#3987546)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

New business cards have arrived with my retiree contact information, no longer tied to the university, the source of my cards for a couple of decades. A small ornamental wire and glass box that I was considering donating is now suddenly perfect to hold cards.

However, this box (the size of a box of checks) leads to the whole question of where to store the box so I don't lose it when I need to fill the card container. I'll tape one onto the outside to catch my eye, and consider what shelf it will live on. And looking inside the storage closet where the shelves are, realizing I have more stuff to organize and discard. You never know when some new thing will trigger the impulse to clear out. Always take advantage of that wave of enthusiasm when possible!


15 Apr 19 - 04:09 PM (#3987550)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Truck returned. Custom cabinet fitted, and is ready for new shelves to be added. Got groceries this AM. Greg is unloading the Deere and snowblower from the trailer, and parking the trailer off the street.


~Susan


15 Apr 19 - 04:34 PM (#3987554)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Today has been spent at the hospital. We've had some twists and turns so I am staying here, maybe for the night. While Pete sleeps, I have been able to do some charting and things for work. It keeps me quiet and occupied so he can rest and I can still be here with him. I just want to be with him....sleeping or awake.

Funny...I find myself tidying up the room. I fold blankets, I have his magazines, papers and book stacked nicely and even his snack bucket looks good. He has a very large 3 pain window that looks out over a field and the mountains in the background. There are 6 smallish trees outside with while Christmas lights still on and turned on....it's very peaceful. Today there was an older gentleman that sat in the hallway with his amplifier and guitar and he played for about an hour...nothing too loud or busy....it was really relaxing and enjoyable. Bonus: The staff here are really nice too....that makes a rough situation just a little bit easier.

Michelle


15 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM (#3987559)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

It worked!!! or maybe the time was right for R. Saturday: the bed was completed, and other things happened in the house; a not so great discussion about where a couple OK pieces of furniture can go; unsettled. Sunday; lots of small things including a bruhaw(?)that started: ME - you aren't bringing that piece of garbage in this house are you? Responding to me stated need for furniture in which I can put stuff away - two of the ugliest pieces of junk and a nice chest of drawers needing substantial repairs. Totally insulted that I rejected these priceless antiques, R took the two bits of junk into the garage and the needy piece into what has - UH, OH! - become a store room by default. This will take my usual "diplomacy": "Get this stuff out of here!"

Then we went to the Farmers' Market and socialized, then, finally to the Mill for the frig!!!! I did take time to visit with Geri, getting to the Mill at same time as R who had taken time to... Giving him full credit: he moved the frig out and onto the truck, drove very slowly with me behind with flashers (about 30 miles on the hghwy) and then moved it into the house from the truck!!!! THEN, he helped me clean it, inside and out and put it into its slot. I refilled it with the food I had taken out- not thawed! I also had brought some other items of use from the mill, which I sorted and placed in new homes.

Then we had a simple supper. AND - much later - went to bed in our lovely comfortable bed in our wonderful new house!!!!! Dark drapes kept street lights out and it was a quiet neighbourhood. YAY! R heard the neighbour's rooster this am. We think the neighbours two down have the chickens. Such a wonderful treat to not wake up sliding off the lousy, bed in the city.

With fairness to R, he did comment this am: "We are cluttering our beautiful house."

Happy this am to make BF and talk about which chair in the den would be whose; resolved amicably. Then R went off to the city to work. I spent the rest of am recovering from unhappy gut, then went foraging in Chateauguay rather than drive to the city for needful stuff. Checked in wih Koodo about problem: resolved!

And off to St. I to talk with friends at the bistro - trying to see if there is a way I could help; I have been concerned of L. After she went elsewhere, I checked with her helper (whose name I should know after 8 years...). L is getting tired. She is basically running a sort of social service, encouraging the community without adequate help. Better PR??? They do a beautiful job of PR but perhaps not reaching enough, or the right folks. I continue to seek possible helpful ideas.

Now that the ice and snow is gone, the weather has turned cold and DAMP. I can only think about what I can do in the yard - in better weather. Maybe Weds.

Now to make a yummy supper that might not get et until 9 or 10 pm.


15 Apr 19 - 07:28 PM (#3987567)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, I'm so glad to read that it's a comfortable bed in a house in a quiet neighborhood. And roosters! And Susan, good to have turned the truck in, and now to proceed with the distribution phase.

My examination of the closet shelves for a place to store a box of cards resulted in identifying another stack of about 8" of papers that need to be destroyed; too much for the shredder so the burn barrel is set up. And after setting those papers to burn I found another 6" stack, but I can't add it now or the barrel will be too full. Between this newly-cleared shelf and file drawers, I need to start looking at other storage furniture and see if some of their contents can be moved into the closet. The object of moving and organizing is to put things in logical places where they can be easily located later. That's a really good trick when you do it correctly!


15 Apr 19 - 07:39 PM (#3987569)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

A friend's family loaded us.

Family crew 1 got us unloaded, and that custom cabinet fitted. It creates a closet next to the stacking washer/dryer.

Family crew 2 comes for a few days a week from tomorrow, to help us totally re-set up our bedroom. It's complicated:

Day 1
Remove two dressers' drawers to LR
Remove dressers to LR
Purchase frame supports
Put up kitchen decor plates, load DJ boxes into their bus

Day 2
Disassemble bed
Re-lay existing or gray rugs, cutting 1 around door/closet
Lay oriental rug, with fold at head/register, centered on the bed
Pin curtain by head like other curtains in room
Assemble and remake bed, adding headboards and a nighstand without remanufacturing them. (They'll slip out easily for work later)

Day 3
Reassemble dressers
Jaclyn help me with door arrows
Dave help Greg with workshop area, poss restack of boxes


In between, Yano Becky resumes tomorrow to clean furniture we added (this week),and unboxed items (next week and for several months of slow unpacking).

~Susan


15 Apr 19 - 10:01 PM (#3987585)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I was able to burn most of the pages, but the last bundle I opted to shred and spread into the compost. I was tired of poking the barrel to keep it burning and not smoldering. Heading to the shower soon and everything I'm wearing goes into the laundry.

The floor in the office closet is now clear of boxes and obstacles, and on that same shelf I've been clearing I found a couple of obsolete computer software manuals to recycle. Back in the day you had to keep the earlier book to use the less expensive upgrade for a program already on your computer. Now you're lucky if you can find a book.

Susan, do you have to requalify for the "Yano" help you have coming to the house, now that Greg has retired and is there? It sounds like you're getting a lot of good use out of the program.


16 Apr 19 - 09:06 AM (#3987672)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, no, we requalified at his arrival here in January, and went from zero copay to 50%. We're economizing elsewhere to keep the service.

~Susan


16 Apr 19 - 01:24 PM (#3987713)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Fire destroyed a big chunk of Notre Dame yesterday, but it's a valuable tool helping me discard paper documents.

I'm going to make a push to finish the fence on the south side where I worked last fall, then turn to working on the other side of the house. I have wood preservative so after I bring home pickets they'll be laid out on a plastic tarp in the garage to be treated. It looks like another bout of rain coming this week, so they'll be ready to go once it's dry again. I have a lot of mounting hardware from the fence portions I disassembled, saving ~ $9 per panel).

It comes in at about $90 a section (three cross members, ~ 17 pickets, and screws) so I can pace myself and do the rest of the fence on my own as time and cash allow. I get satisfaction from this kind of work so there is entertainment/workmanship value in the job.

In other work, back to that office closet, I looked through some of the notebooks and papers from graduate school and find some that still interest me enough from a writer's standpoint that they can stay. They are the roots of articles I wanted to pursue outside of class. The stack is shorter by about two inches by getting rid of really old class notes and photocopied reading assignments. Slow progress. This paper goes to the recycle bin.

I have journal boxes with a bunch of pages of the newspaper I used to write for, and I should take those over to the university and use one of the overhead scanners to save the entire pages in digital form. Once you start focusing on stuff like this it all jumps out for attention.


16 Apr 19 - 01:48 PM (#3987720)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Well, Yano Becky saw the huge pile of garaged boxes awaiting her in future weeks, and did not run away screaming....


17 Apr 19 - 11:42 AM (#3987847)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Heavy weather predicted here this afternoon and overnight. I think before that hits I'll get the close-up photos of my yard iris collection that is at it's peak now, and won't be after a rain storm. Too bad it is drizzling now; when it's sunny and the lawn is freshly mown they look fabulous.

This week I've made forays into one particular shelf in the office closet, but there is so much more in there to address. Christmas ornaments that haven't been used in years, boxes full of slides and prints and packages of archival housing for slides and negatives that haven't been used yet. Soft backpacks, tote bags, some camping stuff. Personal items that used to live at my university office and now are boxed here. Part of Spring Cleaning seems to be riding that impulse to get rid of a lot of the redundant unused but otherwise functional stuff. And eBay. There is a lot that needs to be photographed, measured, described, packed, and listed.

One thing about being retired - there are probably 6 to 12 times a year in the working-person's life around here when the weather is such that one has to wait out the storm at work or leave early and still have a really difficult drive. I don't miss pulling onto the shoulder of a highway and watching the rainwater fill in the adjacent ditch, hoping the deluge stops before I have to move out of the way of the rising water and back into slow-moving traffic on the highway. It's still possible to have to drive in nasty weather, but not as often.


17 Apr 19 - 03:40 PM (#3987881)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

when children are removed from unsuitable home situations, they often carry their possessions in garbage sacks..and often there is a stated need for backpacks, luggage, etc.


17 Apr 19 - 04:48 PM (#3987886)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

None of these is large enough to be significant as far as clothes and other belongings, but point taken.


17 Apr 19 - 06:49 PM (#3987900)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Three nights in our comfortable bed in our nice house! Still need to find more needful items that are packed away somewhere: an iron to press beautiful valances for window toppers; no need for major coverings. We are comfortable. R goes off to work in the city and comes home for supper - not too late, and no complaints about the added distance! The trip may help him de-compress as the road wends through the reserve.

I collected my good work gloves from the mill but could not find them today, a gorgeous day; may have to purchase a new pair.

So nice to be able to drive along the river to some places and miss the traffic --- not missing it at all! Went to city yesterday and emptied frig there and fitted it in here. The city freezer section must wait a while. It took just over an hour, return! What a difference that distance makes! Trees and fresh air, less noise!


17 Apr 19 - 07:35 PM (#3987906)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

One more dive into the office closet this afternoon, to recycle boxes from various current and old technology items. Nothing is within warranty to still need its original packaging. And more paper! Old tax forms back to 2007 (everything before 2012 can go), and I filed some stray donation receipts into the envelopes for the years they were made. I haven't been able to itemize these for several years so I no longer ask for tax receipts or document donations (I found a pack of photos in one of the older tax packages.) My main file box now has just the 2018 tax forms, and I'll use those to give me clues as to how to do them for 2019. The older ones live in a case in the office closet shelving. This is the box that if I should ever need to leave quickly, would go with me, for all of the current information.

I also have some sturdy tote bags that people have given me from various interesting places (Library of Congress, etc.) and I have moved them to a row of hooks in the hall so I might actually use them more often. These are printed or woven and smaller and better fabric than all of the cloth bags that live in the back seat of the car for taking into grocery stores.

Dorothy, a drive that allows you to avoid traffic sounds wonderful! And it's nice to live somewhere that you don't need to put up full curtains (though you may find that winter heat stays in better if windows are covered.)

I got my flower photos this afternoon, and for now it's sunny outside, so I'll walk the dogs soon. The storms are looming, but not here yet.


17 Apr 19 - 09:00 PM (#3987915)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Pete continues to be in the hospital. I worked half a day, spent time at the hospital, took care of things at home for Jeremiah and just finished taking out the trash, doing some light dusting and just general picking up.

I think tomorrow I will run the Spin Wave as we've had more rain which means muddy floors. It's a never ending battle.

There are things happening at home that are adding to the stress of Pete being sick including my main source of heat isn't working (the house is not freezing but it's damp and chilly), the washing machine decided it's not wanting to do a proper spin cycle and my car feels like something is wrong. Pete would be able to fix the heat and the washing machine. I will have to wait it out. I do have a place to go if it gets too cold and also a place to do laundry if need be. I will tinker with the washing machine tomorrow and see what I can do. We are such a team in this household that it's been an eye opener to see just how much he does and how much I do that he should be aware of. We'll be working on getting that information down on paper when he gets home. I also managed to screw up the television...don't ask me how as I'm not sure but I can't seem to get the satellite back to where it needs to be. I'm ok with that...I can read, fuss online or watch Netflix on the computer if I really need to watch something.

I am taking tomorrow off to be with Pete, run errands (need more animal feed), tend to the house and maybe try to get some rest...maybe not so much on the rest end...I know I should but it seems to be a struggle at the moment.

I keep thinking about my Nana who was married for over 60 years when she lost her husband. I can't imagine what it took for her to get through every day. Pete has been inpatient for almost a week and I can physically feel his absence. It's the first time in 28 years that he hasn't been here with me. I have traveled away for overnights but he has ALWAYS been at home with me. It's a very strange feeling for me....not one I want to get used to.

Michelle


18 Apr 19 - 12:10 AM (#3987927)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Don't scare yourself, Michelle! I can see how stressful his prolonged recovery is, and patience is all I can counsel, but it is the best thing right now. You like the medical team, this is their job, and they'll send him home to you soon.

I understand how your teamwork is vital - even though my children's father and I divorced nearly 20 years ago, we're still a team when it comes to supporting the kids and helping each other. I think it's because of the friendship that transcends everything else. Your friend is ill and you miss him.

The old saying "when it rains, it pours" seems to be in effect - the hospital, the car, the washer. (When my washer starts doing the old "tilt" of uneven loads, after I've washed some large off-balanced thing, I do several small well-distributed loads and that seems to re-calibrate it's little computer brain.)

Good luck, and take naps when you can, even at the hospital.


18 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM (#3988006)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

We will be terrifically mindful of heat leaks -there are tons!!! - before winter arrives in Quebec! First - the fireplace chimney; we plan to put in an insert/wood stove and close off that major heat leak. The 1902 windows: even with "modern" storm windows, the breezes are amazing. Lots to do.

Today is chilly and drismal. Wrote a couple emails and need to do a few more, then decide what energy level I have for what needful things. Oddly, I don't want to go to the city on such a yucky day even though it makes more sense than going on a gorgeous day. This am at BF, we felt a real need for the, as yet unmoved, microwave which I did not feel up to carrying yesterday. I have often wondered if there are heated plates/bowls for adults like the ones we used to have for little kids. R eats so slowly, he often reheats things twice during a meal.   

R did not get home until 11 pm. I am concerned that the trip (30 min) may become odious for him, so I asked. No nasty headlights on the quiet, traffic-free trip through the Reserve, a time to decompress and glad to get home to a parking space and trees around him. And I had food ready, then the local paper to read and a comfie bed to crawl into.

I do miss him when I am away, and he misses me. Thinking of you, Michelle!


18 Apr 19 - 04:29 PM (#3988077)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

The weather changed and so did my energy level - a good dose of negative ions from the spring winds. I went to town and fetched back a few more boxes of stuff. R showed up just as I was pondering the possibility of carrying the microwave out to the car! Everything else is in the house now, and put away! We still do not have a real place to put it but shall need to improvise - so he can have warm food!

Nice chat with cross the street neighbour as she was putting out the trash bin; her English is well up to a good converse! And she is a reader! Having a rough time dealing with her husband's Alzheimer's; she does not feel like reading. I suggested it as a good escape. As the weather improves - surely it will! - we can connect more, maybe even have a cup of tea. She has help 3 times a week so she can do errands and such.

I need to find out why, all of a sudden, since moving here, my hands are DRY! And there are water spots on "clean" pots; everything needs to be wiped dry to prevent spotting. City water... Sophia does not seem to have a problem: maybe she has always wiped things dry. And had dry skin??? I am finding it, esp the skin, a nuisance. Using olive oil on hands and face.


18 Apr 19 - 05:28 PM (#3988089)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

SRS,

   I wasn't scaring myself but rather how I was noticing how the absence felt. I was just thinking that if that's how it felt to me after being together for less than half the years of my grandparents, I couldn't help but think about my Nana.

   Pete was able to come home today!!!! There are still ongoing concerns that I won't go into here so he is on watch but at least he is HOME. We are most happy about that! <3 Thank you for the good thoughts. <3

    We got home around noon and I slept until about 4:30. I have tomorrow off and I'm pretty sure we will all sleep in for a very long time! <3


Michelle


19 Apr 19 - 04:51 PM (#3988264)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Things have suddenly become very busy here, and it's a half-day holiday for some companies and not for others, so I can't get everything I'd like to do this instant taken care of right now. I will instead turn my attention to things I can do: I have all of the fence panel parts, and that's scheduled for early next week once I get all of the pickets painted on the edges and both sides with the wood preservative (an in-the-garage task). I took the chipper out and demolished a stack of slim sticks into two bags of mulch.

I'm cat sitting for a friend for a couple of days so I'll push the dog walk earlier in the afternoon. I have more limbs to trim and put at the curb, and others to chip. Mow mow mow the lawn these days sometimes twice a week it grows so fast in the spring.

It's good to read that Pete is back home and that R. is helping move stuff into the house. I imagine Everyone is moving stuff at Susan's house.


19 Apr 19 - 06:12 PM (#3988275)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Most animals like their family members to be together! Glad Pete is home for Easter.

This am looked hopeful - R was asking what things needed work and started on Bathroom faucet... Phone call! and he was gone about 9:30, with me harboring hope of an early return. Not so! I spent most of this cold drismal day on internet: arranged hospitality for June wedding, new dates for Magda to pot, updates to a couple friends... Did laundry, washed dishes, read. Nothing else to do unless I went out into the rain; what a silly idea! Hope R gets home in time for tonight's music. Hoping Monday, Earth Day, will be non-rainy and we can fetch useful things from the mill. And attend This Changes Everything at the Little Green Library.

Maybe tomorrow...


20 Apr 19 - 09:17 AM (#3988350)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

The bedroom redo is Tuesday-Thursday next week. I had the dates wrong.

Almost every night I'm dreaming I'm back at the PA house trying to finish leaving. Very unpleasant. Hope it stops soon!

~Susan


20 Apr 19 - 05:46 PM (#3988409)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I've been busy cooking. Pete isn't really eating much but at least it's there and ready for when Jeremiah and I are hungry. I didn't cook much last week while Pete was inpatient....I wasn't really very interested in eating and it was just easier to pick up a pizza or subs.

I did some rearranging in the kitchen this afternoon, putting away some bowls and water bottles/metal reusable types/getting them off the counter. Our hens are laying copious amounts of eggs and we keep them in bowls on the counter until we are ready to wash and use them....hence the need for the extra counter space.

Today it's breezy but really nice out...finally a break from the rain. We have the windows and doors all open.....hooray for fresh air!

Michelle


20 Apr 19 - 10:30 PM (#3988433)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I was up early to feed a friend's cats before turning around with my oldest dog and heading to the vet's office in time for Saturday half-day hours as a walk-in; she has been coughing (may have picked up something from the dog visiting last week?) and is incontinent part of the time (usually overnight). So she has cough tablets and treatments for the rest. At least the big pills can go in her dish with the rest of her food. The cough tablets will be in peanut butter till they're gone and the other dogs will also get peanut butter, because you can't not share the peanut butter! More running around, another trip for cat feeding, and finally back home. I took the dogs for a walk (it's perfect right now - I wish it would stay this way for summer!) as a stress reliever at the end of the day. It was funny - my level-headed lab was watching a red squirrel running along the curb ahead of us and he got so excited - if he hadn't been on a leash, that squirrel would have been history. He was beside himself with joy at seeing that critter.


21 Apr 19 - 12:39 PM (#3988484)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I need to wait till tomorrow to declutter myself of a rental car that was part of a process that resulted in a new vehicle. The old one was damaged and totaled (unibody construction is very safe, but hard to repair - and everyone involved is fine). And I've arranged file folders to keep all of this organized and not piled on my desk. The airport has staff to dispatch and receive vehicles 24/7, but the neighborhood locations have much shorter hours.

It's gorgeous today, so I imagine there are egg hunts proceeding across the region. Since I don't practice a religion or have small children to hunt eggs and candy, I will step into the garden and transplant a few iris that popped up where they weren't expected. Cut the flower for a vase and move the plant seems the best plan.

I'm reminded of how well my parents hid eggs (when I was a kid it was the pastel hard coated candy eggs and they didn't come individually wrapped back then). Mom would occasionally find them in the kitchen cupboards or the pull out drawer in the stove, many weeks later and somewhat melted with time. :)

The friend I was cat sitting for had one that was feeling bad, but she couldn't tell which of the three it was (someone threw up in the kitchen, but there was no identification as to source). I was able to narrow it down to the youngest cat who didn't finish his dinner last night--diagnostic services no extra charge! Here at my house I'm decluttering dog hair and such, and will I'll make the push to steam clean my two carpets and wash all of the dog bedding. The vet says the incontinence pills work after 3-4 days, so I'll be ready!


21 Apr 19 - 07:52 PM (#3988507)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

The parish we attend here had a lovely Easter Vigil last night, meaning Greg could sleep in today and skip the morning service.

Then we lunched at a Palestinan restaurant here that we love, and spent almost two hours at WalMart restocking groceries.

The meat prices were great, so we took the crumpled paper stuffing out of the spare fridge we brought, to hold some. Yano Becky will wipe out its glass shelves Tuesday, so we left items in their bags. Just could not wait to use!

~S`


22 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM (#3988548)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

In recent days I've done dishes, laundry, and groceries (once). Made dinner once. Other than that, zip. Greg's really taken up the slack. I have zero desire to open boxes.

~Susan

,


22 Apr 19 - 11:10 AM (#3988566)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

If you have everything you need WITHOUT opening boxes, perhaps that's a clue about what to do with the box contents!


22 Apr 19 - 04:40 PM (#3988609)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

SRS, yes, there's the rub. We've camped out here for four years without "the good stuff." What it means is that as we unpack, the make-do items go to Goodwill, where many of them came from. In a few cases I liked the Goodwill items better than the corresponding PA items, so the PA one went into the parish pile.

Several huge boxes in front of the sideboard dividing LR and kitchen were unpacked today to make room for a dresser tomorrow, because I have a dishwasher and all PA kitchen items need to be washed before I can think where to put them away!

As we unpack, one empty box is labeled Goodwill. One box for them for every three-four unpacked is about right.

Greg's making lots of new friends at the city recycling center, with all these vanloads of cardboard. Most of the boxes aren't suitable for someone else's next move-- worn out and crazy oddc sizes.

~Susan


22 Apr 19 - 11:10 PM (#3988633)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:
A trip to the mill yesterday netted two smallish Victorian desks; both need work and are in "store room"; one bookcase - site undecided; and some boxes of books and stuff. Boxes of books are long term storage - until R has time to get them organized; I might live that long! But they are not in the way. "New" dishes, bought for here and stored at mill, were unwrapped and homed, and the recently purchased ones packed to leave, along with a bunch of other stuff!

Doing fairly well at holding the line on clutter; only one spare room being used to gather things until they have repairs or someone to help carry them upstairs. Arranged neat piles of my clothes on floor of BR; still waiting for bureau; requires a second person for moving. NOT me!


23 Apr 19 - 11:41 AM (#3988722)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm debating about removing old books from a "lawyer's bookcase," one of those glass-front ones that has stacking levels. They're books I'll never read, or use for reference. They're just old.

Company coming this weekend, so it's time to clear up the clutter on tabletops, make sure the guest room is ready, and clean up general public areas.


23 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM (#3988783)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Had to walk down to local garage for someone to start car this morning; R left key in ignition overnight (Sat)and left for city before jumping it with his truck. He owes me $20!

Went foraging re food, etc. Found a small, solid wooden (fairly nice) shelf unit for the microwave. Cleaned and in use. Two empty shelves until I decide best use. Side table that had served temporarily has a new useful spot next to a chair in den. Dropped off stuff at the Thrift shop prior to acquiring shelf.

Good lunch at an Indian restaurant with Literacy group. Great folks. Happy to find a good restaurant; lunch is reasonable; dinners not so!

Bought 3 pots of lovely daffies on sale. Will plant in yard later.


23 Apr 19 - 05:52 PM (#3988790)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

The bedroom switcheroo is in progress....


~Susan


23 Apr 19 - 08:47 PM (#3988807)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I should have walked the dogs this afternoon, by 5pm it was rumbling out there; we usually walk around 7pm. Though the chance of rain is high tomorrow, it doesn't usually rain all day long, so we'll probably have a chance to get out.

The oldest dog is on medications that I have to disguise; she managed to spit out a couple of them yesterday (found on the kitchen floor today). I'm going to steam clean the rugs this week and hope for the best.

This afternoon I did some virtual declutter, trying to get some malware to go away; system restore finally took care of it. I have resolved to leave my ad blockers in place; those sites that insist you can't read them unless you turn off the ad blockers are contributing to the reason malware is spreading; it enters through adware these days. I just won't read it if I have to turn off the add blocker. I have trusted sites, but the rest of them, nope.


23 Apr 19 - 10:26 PM (#3988824)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Dressers are out and, happily, only the smaller one is in the LR, reserving that space for a delightful visit as we discussed various approaches to the big work of tomorrow.

~Susan


24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM (#3988972)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Huge noisy thunderstorms clanging around outside for at least three hours overnight (starting around midnight) drove away any pretense of sleep last night. Ugg. The yard looks intact, but I'll poke around after it stops drizzling to see if my trash cans are still out there or if someone else's have blown into the yard.

I'm working on computer stuff this week and right now have been trying to undo the anti-virus system that has glommed onto my default browser. It's a pain in the butt. I ran a System Restore to get rid of a piece of malware that kept coming back as soon as Malwarebytes quarantined it. That was the origination of the rest of the computer work.

More rain today so I had best turn my attention to indoor pursuits. There is a lot to choose from here.


24 Apr 19 - 01:21 PM (#3989012)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Rug fun.

~Susan


24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM (#3989062)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Bedroom is put back together, a day early, thanks to Brandon. Bed is all dressed.

~Susan


25 Apr 19 - 12:04 AM (#3989111)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Driving through a new-to-me terminal at the regional airport, following a shuttle bus, I had to pause when they did, and apparently was astride a crosswalk. No one was in it when I crossed over, but a British fellow decided I needed to be made an example of, and advanced into the road and pounded on the back of my vehicle. So now I'm in the crosswalk, not because of the vehicle ahead of me, but because I dare not move that something might be wrong, and this lunatic is shouting something.

I rolled down my window and asked what was his problem? He was indignant that I was in the crosswalk. Well, that was due entirely to him. If I'd simply told him to "sod off, asshole," would that be rude enough for the occasion? He needs to take his Manchester United behavior back to the UK, it isn't welcome in Texas.

Paperwork today, with all of the rain preventing much else. The dogs tracked in mud and I just found a strange dry mud spot in the closet of my office - Pepper doesn't like the thunder so probably came in muddy and huddled in there. I cleared out the closet of boxes and papers and have instead made room for a dog cave.


25 Apr 19 - 04:55 PM (#3989262)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

As of today, I have no life-sized projects to coordinate!

~Susan


25 Apr 19 - 09:43 PM (#3989279)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Spent a good chunk of today recovering old posts- so far have managed Jan thru April 2011! It is interesting to see my history. And some of the rest as well. Lots of memories, thing I had forgotten. Finally we have made it to actually having this lovely home! Slow getting it all together but such a relief after much of the history. The cabin in the woods was nice as long as we were there and Beaver continues to be a delight; the 5 hour drive is starting to be a bit much. I shall be going off tomorrow, with or without R, though I am waiting/hoping he will be able to manage a few days away.

The copying and pasteing is tedious and I could not get started until I realized that I could not copy and paste on Firefox - my usual - and had to go back to Safari. I think I used to be able to do such on Firefox but rather than argue I tried an end run. Computers do what they do.

I am at standstill in organizing the house until I get more furniture! I could go to the mill and pot - if it were warmer! Maybe next week. Supper is ready and naught else to do. Ah! R just pulled in!


26 Apr 19 - 12:55 AM (#3989294)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

So did the suggestions about using the Printer Friendly setting and saving the file work for you, Dorothy? I was hoping you could figure it out, and it sounds like you have!

I spent a delightful evening as a volunteer at a long-running (March through mid-May) series of fundraising events in the local Botanic Garden. Last time I was down there I was handing out maps and putting wrist bands on; this time I was in the garden talking to people and quite often taking group photos for them with their own cameras.

The house and yard need attention tomorrow. I've wound down a little bit and now it's off to bed. It should be a lovely day and I hope to do some major weeding in the garden.


26 Apr 19 - 08:19 AM (#3989338)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

My mind is back! Spontaneous ideas of SMALL projects requiring minimal or no help.


26 Apr 19 - 09:45 AM (#3989348)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Small projects...I was trying to think of something to do with an Arduino board the other night but that one got out of hand. The idea was a mechanical clock, with a motor to pulse every second. I thought I’d be in with a half a chance using timing belts and pulleys. So I look up and pick a range of pulleys and a motor, managed to work out the ratios. By this point, the project had expanded to a clock probably with a 2 foot dial and a wild guess of £200-£300 for belts and pulleys alone!

That really ended the notion but I was still curious to see if I could do it (unlikely) and started trying to sketch things and looking for software that might help (deciding that it would take me ages to even get started with FreeCad…). One thing I did find though was one site where, by coincidence, the owner had at one time hit on a very similar clock idea, down to the same range of pulleys and abandoned for similar reasons to me.

That at least led me to a site that kept me amused for a few hours while I couldn’t sleep and may perhaps have some practical use one day. That gear arrangement btw is some form of approximation (with a couple of gears added and this doesn’t take what would be the hands to a common central point) of what I’d have needed with the belts and pulleys. I’d have liked to have speeded it up so the final (hour) gears showed a ratio of 1RPM rather than the minute stage but the program wont run that fast.

Oh well back to more sensible things like getting the green houses ready.


26 Apr 19 - 11:27 AM (#3989370)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Yes, SRS, your suggestions did, definitely, help but Firefox refusing to let me copy and paste stalled me. Then, phooey on this! Try a different route!

Wonderful to have your mind back, Susan!

Going back over history can be fraught with hazard also - some "Why on earth did I?" as well as "wow! progress!" Things I thought would happen or that I would do - never, never land! And reminders, as I often find here - big and small.

That was not R; he was another hour later. Sitting in the company office, on computer, doing some good stuff but in a toxic space at a desk piled with stuff, so basically un-useable! So we talked about the importance of focusing on getting his office here, with a good computer and room to move and NO bro. In the end, however, the straw that got him to leave was bro coming to ask him - one more thing...

And yes he can go with me but we have to come back late on Monday as he has a court date on Tues - as well as the major "deal" they have been working on for.... Five hours each way... But he will be away from it ALL! But not turn off his phone... Wonder of wonders, Ephraim took him out yesterday (I asked him to) and bought him an ear-fitted hands-free and set it up for him!! Now we will not have to stop the car if he is driving. A great de-clutter. We are all happy!

Big OOPS! Resident wasp was on computer and when I tried to wisk it away with piece of paper, it disappeared .... Took off sweat shirt and searched all around... One or more? live in house and are generally no trouble. Did not want to injure it. But now it is somewhere else. Maybe next time I will endeavour to put it outside; it is warm enough now.

Time to get ready to leave, to pick up R in city. Rainy weekend; he may sleep through the whole thing but not if we stay here.


26 Apr 19 - 01:34 PM (#3989395)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, the different browsers have strengths and weaknesses, but select/copy/paste is pretty universal. I hope your method isn't too time consuming for you!

Jon, your clock was a thought-exercise, and it was a good decision to work out the design then decide it was a solution in search of a problem and stop there. That gear site is entertaining!

Time to start treating the fence pickets with wood preservative so I can put up that section of fence next week, and then time to plan to work on the fence on the other side of the house.

The ground is still pretty soggy from all of our rain, I think tomorrow will be about perfect for digging and weeding. Today I can work on clearing out stuff, a run to the recycle bin, move furniture in the front room in preparation for cleaning that rug. I'm tired of tripping over dogs in the den, now that the oldest one is on a medication that should have taken care of her leakiness, I'll open up that space to them. All of the portable dog beds were washed again yesterday.


26 Apr 19 - 07:11 PM (#3989443)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

I’m glad I’m not the only one who can be entertained by rotating gears, SRS.

Btw, the light switch for the pond pump worked. It can’t make up for the combination of the kit’s small size panel and battery and the great British weather, etc. but I can now have the pump running sort of sunrise through to sunset on fine summer days.

If, and it’s a big if, I try a larger, more tech project this year, I think it could be setting up a larger solar panel system at the front. I think one 12V 100W panel would do the job (with allowances for our poor winter sunlight hours and not wanting to run things in darkness) and, while not strictly needed, it might be rather nice to have the bits at the front (including windmill but not the main security lights) off grid/stand alone. Well I call it stand alone but I could link it to indoors via wi-fi.


26 Apr 19 - 07:15 PM (#3989444)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

"Fine summer days" - just realised we are still only in Spring...


27 Apr 19 - 11:26 AM (#3989552)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The medication the old dog is taking has affected her appetite and she's lethargic, could hardly keep up on our (shortened) evening walk. I'm considering the executive decision to take her off of these pills and wait a few days and go back and ask about the other medication. If she isn't enjoying her favorite activities then the medication is not very helpful. I made some steamed broccoli and she gobbled that down, so she has food in her tummy, but not much in the way of calories. She can stand to lose weight, but this isn't the preferred method.

Lovely weekend weather coming up. The new mower needs an oil change and then I need to consider setting the height it is mowing at. I think it could take the turf and weeds a little shorter.

eBay listings have languished for ages, as have a couple of other projects. Events a couple of weeks ago intruded on the routine, but I think we're back to our everyday activities now.

I look forward to hearing more about Dorothy's house and the Beaver location now that the snow is (hopefully) melting.


27 Apr 19 - 12:29 PM (#3989566)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Oil change already? But, still it's best to follow what Honda says.

Briggs and Stratton make what seems to me the extraordinary claim that their engines (or at least some series including the type our mower uses) never need an oil change. I think that in practice, I will change the oil every second or more likely third mowing season.

I'm forever adjusting height with our petrol mower. Full height is needed to get it in or out of the shed and minimum is needed if I want to park it neatly with the body going under a shelving unit. I also use two different heights for mowing, cutting "our patch" at a lower setting than I do for the rougher other bits.


27 Apr 19 - 01:52 PM (#3989588)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Honda ships new without oil, and after six hours you're supposed to change it, to remove any shards left from assembly.

I was weeding a raised bed when I realized I had company, a native Texas Spiny lizard was preparing to lay eggs. She didn't completely move away, so I left the vicinity and will sneak back with my camera to see if I can get photos; I have before, but it was a much smaller camera. And I can assume that there are lizard eggs laid in the asparagus bed since I've seen them lay there before and it was weeded a few weeks ago. The mulch layer will be pushed away, she will lay eggs, bury them with the soil she moved, then put every bit of mulch back the way it was before so it will look like nothing has disturbed it.

I've been out with the camera, and put the long lens on for a closeup of each stage. And it's a good excuse to stop weeding for a while. :)


27 Apr 19 - 02:06 PM (#3989595)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Greg is adding shelves inside our custom cabinet, and I have a box of silverware and spatulas from PA soaking away their PA filth.

~Susan


27 Apr 19 - 04:06 PM (#3989607)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Aw. I don't think I've seen a lizard since I've lived here. I used to occasionally see the common lizard when I lived in N Wales and once in a while one would get into the porch and would need to be put somewhere safe but that's it. Brother in oz who keeps his door open has a I forget which of the larger pink or blue tongued lizards as a fairly regular visitor. I gather it likes cat food.


27 Apr 19 - 04:33 PM (#3989611)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Looking forward to seeing those photos Maggie! :)

Michelle


27 Apr 19 - 05:20 PM (#3989620)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

This week has been super busy for me at work. We have monthly deadlines set by the Department of Health and since I missed almost a full work week while Pete was in the hospital, I have been working to get caught up. WHEW...I'm almost there!!!

On another work related note, I gave up my title and position of Champion Trainer this week for the Children's Program as I have elected to work exclusively with the adult population. To be honest, it's a relief and one less responsibility...I'm thankful to have passed that torch on!

Bare minimum was done at home this week. Dishes are done, laundry is caught up (thank you Pete). Jeremiah's size 8 clothing have been bagged up and have a home waiting for them. YAY.

We had sunshine, rainy, high winds and blue skies this week and this morning we had some snow...we are back to blue skies at the moment....loving all the additional sunshine!


27 Apr 19 - 07:09 PM (#3989628)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I was doing some cooking and mama lizard was quicker than I expected, so when I went out the last time she was resting on her laurels, the mulch was spread back over the ground. But I have some interesting photos.

I made a batch of my taco/nacho/burrito mix to use this week, and I've cleaned out a lot of stuff in the fridge revealing an inordinate number of apples, so I think I'll make a cobbler.

The soil is perfect in the garden this weekend so I'll be finished beds for planting and I'll get the bedding plants once the soil is ready - it's too easy to let plants die or get too pot-bound if I buy them ahead of time. It's late, but with a long growing season, that's not really a problem. Last year's pests are a problem, they were here the year before also (a form of stink bug that sucks the tomatoes dry),so I will be spreading mulch before I plant anything and drench the beds with spinosad (an organic bug killer) to hopefully take out the soil/larval stage of those bugs. And I always try to not plant too close together, so I can monitor bug activity. Maybe this year I'll manage it.


27 Apr 19 - 10:02 PM (#3989638)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Oh hey, I cleaned out the fridge too. I used bits of leftovers to make my famous WhatTheHeckIsIt Stew. It's always a surprise, never the same and Jeremiah loves it every single time...LOL.

Michelle


28 Apr 19 - 11:12 AM (#3989727)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

We had a rather unexpected thunderstorm around midnight and my informal rain gauge shows over 2" accumulation. So my gardening is delayed, though I think I'll see about transplanting some iris today while I can still tell what color some of them were.

My daughter is at a Society for Creative Anachronism campout this weekend and sent a photo of the pancakes she is making for her tentmates. She grew up eating pancakes (both regular and buttermilk) I made from a 1970s Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, with my own modification of thinning the batter (more like Swedish pancakes). A couple of years ago she texted, asking for the recipe, then proceeded to make a mound of pancakes for dinner for her housemates (and of course, posted it on Instagram). It's a much requested dish, apparently. And when you're camping out they taste even better. I hope, Michelle, that you're having Jeremiah start learning to cook the foods that he really likes to eat. That's a great starting point for his future adult life.

I took Poppy off of the medication she was on, the last dose yesterday morning, and she's still not eating, but she's perkier. I gave her more broccoli this morning to tempt her to eat something. She is a about 10 pounds overweight, so it won't hurt her to have a few days with broccoli and water, but I'm hoping once it wears off she'll be back to her normal crotchety self (eating her favorite food and ignoring the senior food.)


28 Apr 19 - 01:43 PM (#3989743)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

My outdoor trash can, a tall black Rubbermaid 55-gallon one, has finally split completely down one side. I'll tape a piece of printer paper on the side telling the trash guys to take the can this time. There were two here when I moved in. I have a couple of sellers identified from online searches, but one that I need to visit tomorrow to take a look doesn't have a very good web page. Rule of thumb, these come out roughly a dollar per gallon, so 44-gallon cans cost around that much. I'm hoping to find another 55-gallon. Do I want a can with wheels? When the wheels fail, I'll still be able to lug it to the curb.


28 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM (#3989748)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

The rolling purge is on with my closet. Images of four (garaged) bulging leaf bags full of clothing and linens are looming in my mind.

This means that as I fold laundry, I'm pitching worn out items too threadbare for Goodwill. It also means periodic forays into the hanging space, for items to send to GW.

Net gone today is about a large dresser drawer-sized batch.

~Susan


28 Apr 19 - 09:17 PM (#3989786)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

We spent this afternoon helping other members of our church and community pack 20,000 meals to be shipped around the world. It was a great collaborative effort with many jobs and many hands.

It was Jeremiah's first time working at such a large community event and he did GREAT!!!!! He loved it and I hope this fosters an interest in doing much more in the future.

Maggie, he is learning to do some cooking, not a whole lot as of yet but that will come. :)

I thought I'd be dragging after all the work from this afternoon but I am surprisingly fully energized. I truly had a great time!

Michelle


28 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM (#3989788)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

More fridge and cupboard organization this afternoon; the little Tupperware container of olive oil that I last used when I took it to work last summer is now rancid and disposed of (the Tupperware cleaned and ready for use). Same with a jar of oil that was used once for frying, a long long time ago, etc.. The compost bowl has been emptied twice this afternoon. I have a number of redundant items to send to Goodwill, though I'll leave them in the kitchen in a box for family to poke through tomorrow when they'll be here for dinner.

Poppy is still not feeling like eating, but is perkier, so maybe by tomorrow her appetite will begin to return. She was on the pills for a week, so it may take several days for the effects to dissipate. I'm not taking her for a walk for a couple of more days because she had trouble keeping up the last time. Based upon the last week, I can't recommend Prion for dog incontinence.

Tomorrow I'll join Susan in the closet and dresser purge, including the coat closet in the hall. There is stuff in there that no one ever wears.

And yes, eight is young to be doing much cooking, but I think we all had particular tasks about that age. I mixed the pancake batter on the weekend, and I made the baking powder biscuits that went with dinner. My siblings had different foods to prepare. I was 11 when we moved from that first house and I'd been doing that for quite a while by the time we moved. (And when it was summer and Mom was canning, it was all hands on deck to peel blanched fruit, etc.)


28 Apr 19 - 10:37 PM (#3989790)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Also GW'd in recent days-- loose headbands anod a hated pair of snow boots FINALLY replaced by the PA pair I LOVE.

~Susan


29 Apr 19 - 11:25 AM (#3989861)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

Unpacked two more "1" boxes from sideboard: much needed food storage containers (now in DW), a basket for the table, a countertop appliance to store on the new custom cabinet shelves, bookends for the Library.

~Susan


29 Apr 19 - 02:52 PM (#3989913)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Are there actually going to be any more "PA" entries? Or you're just distinguishing the stuff that has been in OH for a while versus the stuff that came from PA recently?

Picked up a new outside large trash can today, but have had no luck so far determining what my next small kitchen trash can (that lives on top of the dryer) will look like. I can't put it on the floor, because no matter what kind of security is involved, the dogs will figure it out or chew their way in, so it has to be small so it can be accessed easily in it's higher position.


29 Apr 19 - 09:55 PM (#3989973)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I'm just reminding myself I'm here, since part of my brain appears to still be in PA. Twenty-five years.... Still feels like I'm not done leaving the only home I ever knew.

~Susan


29 Apr 19 - 10:50 PM (#3989980)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

You know that meal you fix when you have family together for one of those (rarer and rarer) dinners when everyone can be there? I roasted a chicken with carrots and potatoes in the clay baker (so the meat is moist and falling off of the bones and nothing is under-cooked) and made an apple cobbler for dessert, and once the chicken was out of the oven I put in the baking sheet of baking powder biscuits. Lots of food stories, and I noticed my son paying attention when I spoke about my flour choice in making the biscuits—I usually add some whole wheat flour to give it a little richer flavor, but that can them more solid, and sometimes they don't rise as well. I wanted these to be spectacular so I used just white flour. He'll probably make biscuits himself and experiment.

The dishwasher is loaded and the cooking surfaces and table are cleaned.


30 Apr 19 - 10:50 AM (#3990077)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I haven't posted here in a while, not because I don't love you all but because I'm not decluttering much any more. I have shed the stuff that really must go, and the clag that remains is dear to Himself, who would weep salt tears and raise holy Hell if I re-homed his collection of G.H. Henty novels.

I return to this thread today to report that the 2018 income taxes are paid, and Himself just headed downtown to the bank to cough up to Revenue Canada the Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax he collected in 2018. In consequence, all the money currently in our bank accounts belongs to us -- except, of course, for the HST owing on 2019 billings, and the 20 percent of untaxed net income the sensible person sets aside against next year's impositions.

In a way, I rather enjoy tax season. By government fiat, I am compelled to ransack the filing cabinet and sort out our obligations, and then carry through and pay what we owe. When we finish, we feel washed throughly, as the Reverend Dr. Isaac Watts would put it, and ready to face the profligacies of summer.

To celebrate, we're having the large, rickety deck removed from our back yard and replaced with a paved patio, the better to see what's going on with the foundation on that side of the house. God alone knows what's under that deck; not only a warren of rabbits, whose tracks we see all winter, but also random hosepipes and wiring for long-forgotten lighting arrangements. The deck also covers two basement windows, each lacking a proper window-well so it's a good thing we are on high ground here. The landscaping contractor is coming tomorrow with his buddy the carpenter to figure out a concept of operations.

Meanwhile, despite the really weird weather (it snowed yesterday in Perth County), I have plans to get the barbecue back into commission this weekend. I just hope I don't have to shake ice off the cover first.


30 Apr 19 - 12:13 PM (#3990097)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, that deck removal and subsequent paver installation should provide material for a few remarks this summer! Over on the Mother of All BS thread, probably 10 years ago or more, are descriptions of the Idaho house that Mike (Rapparee) moved into that had a deck, under which two large chest freezers (lift the lid and everything is in there somewhere type) were buried. It sounded like something that belongs on the Saturday night network real-life-mysteries program, but in the end no one was inside either one.

It's drizzling this morning, but yesterday my neighbors on each side mowed their front lawns, so I am determined I should mow mine today. I hope the cloud cover lightens so I can get to this soon. There is a lot of other stuff to do around here if I can't mow.


30 Apr 19 - 12:33 PM (#3990102)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

With Yano Becky, several more #1 boxes unpacked. Dog corner per blankets discarded.

We also sorted out the food storage cabinet, recycling a number of items and adding items brought from PA.

Then we investigated remaining #1 boxes. One was supposed to go home with son, and will be stowed for him in the garage. One is all dry goods to unpack into the pantry-- no spoilage noted.

All the boxes and bags preventing us from walking all the way around the table are squared away, and the table's produce baskets are refilled, including a pretty new one from PA.

~Susan


30 Apr 19 - 01:02 PM (#3990109)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

I, too, just completed the income tax! and went on line to make payment and popped in for a moment before going to post office to mail the incomprehensible papers. I live in faith that the persons who slave over these papers will, as usual, tell me I done wrong and send me back an overpayment or ask for more - the later would be surprising. One advantage of a very low income!

Trip to Beaver told me that I have way too many dishes and bowls and next trip I shall cull the herd! R slept and read. Then drove home after about an hour packing the car, mainly with stuff for here. We have not yet reached the culling need.

Glad to be back. Happy that I left Magda happily potting in my studio and gaining confidence and competence. I love that the studio is being used. And I can trust her to keep things tidy. I hope warmer weather will encourage me to get some work done also.

The snow was mostly gone. BUT! the road up the hill had washed out and I have a few inches of sand and gravel across most of the front yard. Wondering what the Township will be doing to prevent a recurrence and how much of this I shall need to have removed. A sand path along the raised beds is not a bad idea! The raised beds saved the strawberries, blueberries, parsley/lettuce patch. And my three sweet cherry trees are now in the back of the car (in pots) happily budding out and ready to be planted in our sunny, drier, back yard. They survived the winter in BIG pots, nested in leaves up to their necks!

I did not use the computer since Friday. Some time I shall try to find out what to do about foxfire's new aberation. It used to let me copy and paste. Ephraim: please fix!

Some putting away yet to do but first to post office to mail the stupid tax forms. They could use major de-clutttering!


30 Apr 19 - 02:48 PM (#3990128)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Too many updates on this computer (operating systems) has led to a Windows Firewall that won't deploy. I installed the ZoneAlarm firewall to see if that makes Windows happier.

Good luck with the redisposition of sand and gravel, Dorothy. Keep what you can use and see if the county wants the rest back? You may need to put in an edge along your yard to keep that from happening.

Income taxes were taken care of ages ago, but the tax problem for this month is the property tax rate. They're going up fast around here, and I need to protest it this time. That's a pain-in-the-ass.


30 Apr 19 - 08:51 PM (#3990183)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

I'm starting to think about spelunking the garaged boxes for the dinner plates I packed. That will sure test my organizing system! If I can easily find them, yay. If not.... Who needs plates, really.

~Susan


01 May 19 - 12:18 PM (#3990223)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

With property values soaring lately there is an industry around trying to buy people's homes for a song and then sell it for a fortune, or turn it into income-producing rental property. I had a call this morning and was very rude when she told me what she wanted. It turned up a moment later as scam on my Hiya app, if I'd let it ring a time or two more. I suggested she declutter her list of my name.

I've been watching various thrift stores for a pattern of plates that I'd like to have a few more of. I bought them thinking they turned up every so often, but they in fact don't. I have seven, and would like at least a couple more. Five of them are a tan color, two are a dark muted green. Same lunch-size stoneware plate pattern, Oneida by Seiko, China - and they aren't tied to Oneida or Seiko. There is always something here to eat on, and there are old Corelle plates around - I was aiming at these as being my "grown up" plates.

Shipped an eBay box this morning, now I really do need to list more items, I'm down to four that haven't had much interest to this point.


01 May 19 - 03:51 PM (#3990253)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I find that I’m doing most of my clothes shopping on eBay these days. I have to do it on line anyway, as Stratford is innocent of shops that sell what I want to wear, so why not do it where the prices are usually lower and the choice much less predictable?

I just bought a green cashmere sweater for fifty bucks. Now I must go through the chest of drawers to make room for it — a good opportunity to shed the acrylic sweater I got for Christmas and never wear because it’s so loosely knit that the cats would ruin it immediately.

SRS, versions of that property scam flourish around here, too — and for similar reasons. Driving back from London the other day, I spotted signs along Highway 7 announcing “Jonny Buys Houses — Cash!” Yeah, said I to Himself, for ten cents on the dollar with immediate intent to flip. Wait till Jonny finds out that Perth County farmers are probably the sharpest wheeler-dealers this side of Wall Street.


01 May 19 - 07:53 PM (#3990302)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Starting to unpack the "new" stuff, I wondered why I had bought that! Put a bag full aside for thrift shop and the next box is iffy. But went to thrift shop and found four salad plates that match a fav glass bowl. That's all!

Much foraging today, mostly for food stuffs but also checking out towel racks for bath and powder room. The later we will use for most washing up as it is on 2nd floor. Towel racks are expensive - by my thinking - so I looked for ideas. Still under consideration. I don't want them to look cheap but to BE cheap!

Trying a new ploy, I have all veggies chopped for stir fry but waiting 'til later to start cooking so the veggies are not quite so over cooked by the time R gets home. 10:30 last night! But I need to eat sooner so I will aim for 9 pm and eat if he is no home. I get too fussy if I wait too late. "My baby, she's a country girl. When she gets hungry, she gets mean and she gets evil. But she can't help it none, cuz she's a country girl." Major de-clutter is to eat sooner!

Even better would be to stop eating cookies!

WOW! R just phoned to say he would be leaving "soon"! I can start supper!! "Soon" means - "after I unload..." But soon!


01 May 19 - 11:30 PM (#3990316)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm thinking that my old dog who is refusing food simply doesn't want chunks because she thinks they might be pills. I gave her canned food tonight and she still avoided the larger chunks. I'll put the rest in a grinder and add some rice tomorrow. I think I can bring her back around, but she is certainly being a picky customer.

Heavy weather predicted for the next two days. Ugg.


02 May 19 - 12:53 PM (#3990378)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Still at a standoff with the dog, though she shows interest in the dogfood gravy. Grrrrr. She pooped out pretty quickly on a short walk yesterday, but I think shorter more frequent walks may compensate for the one long one that we usually do.

Thunderstorms overnight—again—means the yard and garden are quite squishy, even though the day itself is lovely. Maybe I can work on potted plants in the driveway.

Waiting on information and things to come in the mail this week, to do with the new vehicle. For example, the toll tag is connected with just one vehicle, so when you exchange vehicles, you need to take the old one off by calling the office during regular office hours, but everything else can be done online. So, waiting on the toll tag, waiting on new license plates, waiting on paperwork, and information on which bills to pay and how much.

I stopped by my discount grocery yesterday and found pints of blueberries on sale, so I've frozen them, two pints at a time, on a large baking sheet, then rolled the hard blue marbles into a gallon freezer bag. I use these often and am glad to have 2+ gallons for $10. One more tray to go and those are finished.


02 May 19 - 04:42 PM (#3990418)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OH

We replaced my scooter batteries, so trips on it to the grocery store, with Newbie, are back on.

~Susan


02 May 19 - 06:58 PM (#3990443)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I had a visit to the endocrinologist yesterday for a 3 month check up. I am down 10 pounds, the A1C has dropped some, cholesterol is in range and so is my blood pressure! I have to remember to cut one of my pills in half on Sunday as my levels are slightly high but not high enough to cut the dosage to the next level down...never had a doctor do that before.

I had an increase in one of my insulins too. I use a Freestyle Libre which is a 14 day continuous glucose monitor. They download the info at the doctor's office and share the printout with me....very interesting to see the patterns. I am riding slightly above the level where they would like me...hence the increase in insulin. I'm seeing the results today...worked like a charm!

I purposefully arranged my client schedule so I would have almost client free days for the first few days of the month. This has given me some time to catch up on that missed paperwork and jump ahead to prepare for things that will be due later this month. So I spent today fussing with spreadsheets and treatment plans....they are complete but I was unable to do any printing or scanning as the copier is having issues. It should be fixed tomorrow so I can get it all printed out first thing in the morning.

I have also blocked out some time one day a week so that I can return to Weight Watchers. My supervisor is good with it, I'm still getting all my hours in and YAY for being able to do something good for ME!

Michelle


03 May 19 - 11:11 AM (#3990578)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I have little excuse for all of the things I haven't gotten to or finished lately. I do have distractions. And as has been the pattern over the last two weeks, it is supposed to be stormy again today.

Good timing for this (via Huffington Post on Facebook).


03 May 19 - 02:17 PM (#3990620)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It took querying Google to get the complete answer, but I finally programmed the remote control device housed in the rear view mirror of my SUV to operate the garage door opener. I tried it with the last vehicle so equipped, but didn't realize there was another step - I had to push a button inside the lens of the garage ceiling opener motor to essentially tell it to pay attention to this signal. My garage door opener is quite old, but apparently even this old dog can learn a new trick.

Box mailed at my post office that has (again) a part of the building blocked off. Last month a car jumped the curb and hit the brick and concrete pillar out front. This month one jumped a different curb and hit the building itself. I met the brick guy looking at the damage as I left the post office, and asked for his card. He did a very good job on the first repair. He said he was really surprised to get another call about the same building. It has been here for about 20 years now and this never happened before. I need someone to look at the brick on my house, and I suppose this is as good a way as any to discover a tradesman.


03 May 19 - 04:21 PM (#3990646)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Kitchen whipped and purses boxed, under the bed.


04 May 19 - 11:00 AM (#3990694)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Funny that I mentioned brick work here in Mudcat (on my logged in Chrome browser) and my phone's Instagram account has just started scrolling an ad for local brick masons.

There are a couple of clear days ahead and my list is long.


04 May 19 - 12:06 PM (#3990702)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Jeremiah had his guitar recital last night. He played his guitar while singing and I think he did a fantastic job! Video is on FB if anyone wants to see him. :)

Michelle


04 May 19 - 01:04 PM (#3990712)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I began to come out of the fog last night, but not enough to remember to refill my synthroid pill stick, so I'm up early to take one out of the fridge, refill the stick, refill the Rx, install the Rx app..... Eat brekky... Sends ked to John.... Take stock... And start to regain my independence. Again. :-)

It will be interesting to check dates and see how many days this last flip-flop (between PA/OH) ate up,.... Calendar: Mid-March thru May 4.... 7 weeks x 7 days, 49 days.

Later... Cooperative ham slicing followed by cooperative redo of dog corner. I did the nastiest and heaviest bits.... After writing to doc for more Tramadol, since I've found all on hand (not much).

Goal-- cleanish floor in there plus fresh carpet remnant on her raised sleeping plank-- cut to a lesser depth for easier human access and more doggeh floor space for food, water, and dog poop.

Return to Y is Monday. Via scooter. No idea where they'll let me park that! (Wrote Y contact). Tmrw we scooter-race to Y, to see if the smaller scooter will do it.


04 May 19 - 02:36 PM (#3990726)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

After all of the wind and rain it's a cleanup day in the yard. Trimming limbs in the way (I know, fall is better, but this is when it's happening), dragging an old bench to the curb (if no one wants it I'll cut it up for the trash on Sunday night) and general sorting out how the area is arranged beside the driveway door. You don't have to be indoors to rearrange the furniture!


04 May 19 - 07:01 PM (#3990764)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

wow! R actually noted concern for the "clutter" that has built up. He needs a second person to help, so maybe next week. He spent today de-cluttering the cellar - lots of stuff left behind included a huge amount of clean clothes for small persons - off to the thrift shop with that and more! It is wonderful that he loves cleaning up dirty places! I hate it!

He did tell the previous owner not to worry about what he left behind!

R noted that the house was still not in having-company-for-dinner condition! Oh, YAY! Hope for the future. It is OK for inviting a couple people in for tea. I almost bought coffee on Thurs but Mary did not have any. Maybe tomorrow. The coffee press awaits its first voyage. We could have folks for supper but not a house viewing - still need bureaus to put things away. And considerable fine tuning would be nice.

I cooked and looked for gardening gloves; by the time I thought it might be necessary to go buy some, it was too late. Then I found them carefully put away... Finding the correct homes for things is a chronic challenge! A waterproof spot on the back deck would be great for gardening stuffs: to be found. Less than an hour of yard work and I was way too tired and concerned for aches tomorrow. I will build up to it gradually. Hope!

I may ask R for help to pull out the heavy duty weed block fabric; it is well knitted in with couch grass. Although there are some impressive clumps of day lilies, iris, peonies(!) and ???, I have lots more to move from the mill to here. Need three big holes for the cherry trees! Also three cedars that we bought several years ago and never planted at the mill, have been surviving with pots buried in a deep pile of wood chips! Maybe tomorrow they can be transported to a new home!! The wood chips - very old - might make decent mulch; there is a huge amount down at the mill - it really was a wood mill! They made hockey sticks.

R was notably happy to get home before dark last night (8pm)! Me too! Dinner before 10 pm is a big bonus! I hope this idea will help him cut loose and come home sooner, more often!

Th plants I brought here from Beaver are burgeoning; I will take a few back for the garden club plant sale at the end of May.


04 May 19 - 08:01 PM (#3990771)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, I'm thoroughly enjoying the moving process into this new house! And one answer to the lost gardening gloves is to have them in several locations. I buy a ten-pack of nitrile coated gloves ($10/10 pair at Home Depot) and a pair are tucked into my garden apron, some are in the garage, in the greenhouse, in the area where dog stuff is kept, and the rest are stored over the dryer.

The mower gas can was refilled today and the back yard really needs attention. And this week I will finish the fence panel on the side where the new fence went in. I should take along the stiff-tonged rake and when I get to lumpy parts of the yard, give it a going-over to see if it's sticks or rocks or cones or whatever. Marking up the ground that way will make it easier to find the spots later if topsoil needs adding. There are tons of holes dug by dogs, those I can't seem to prevent, but these are around the perimeter and make mowing more difficult than it needs to be.


04 May 19 - 08:03 PM (#3990773)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

I painted the upper two levels and cleaned 2o years of dirt.
I still need to do some woodwork in semigloss but its primed.
The living room is Dali sky and Dali grey. Woof it takes alot of tape. Only half the furnishings remain.
It only cost a torn calf muscle and sore back but hydrotherapy is enough of a relief.


05 May 19 - 06:54 AM (#3990846)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, it sounds like the anti-clutter party may have added a new devotee-- yay!

My antique woodstove holds my gardening necessities, behind the oven door. Perhaps you might create a pretty clay item for yours?

.

My garden task this week is peeling up the weed-blocking nylon tarp in the patio (to better arrange the outdoor kitchen on the pavers it covers), after Greg and I discuss weed control out there. He's taken over the lawn service's tasks-- and he has a good weed-whacker. Then friend Judy and I will choose plants to start planting the containers I left ready to go, before we went to PA to close that house.

I need a mixed flat for the top of the woodstove to discourage the dog from getting up there to notice that she could step over the fence to catch a cat.... Another for the granny cart plantings.... Another for the pots and windowbox.... One for the parrot cage....

~Susan


05 May 19 - 11:31 AM (#3990887)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Last night as I was dropping off to sleep I did a mental inventory of the places where water stands (and mosquitoes breed). This morning is dedicated to either removing the catchment or adding mosquito dunks to kill the little buggers.

Tomorrow is trash day, so this afternoon's sunshine (!) hours will see me move bundles of limbs to the curb, cutting up the decrepit bench (it is in a three-legged drunken sprawl, tilting back down there at the curb) and getting rid of the broken trash can.

I've moved a tall bucket to the back yard area near the fence posts I'm pulling out. There is leftover soil from earlier holes that I'll keep in the bucket so I can level the spots and go ahead and start burying my Invisible Fence wire. I started to do that yesterday then realized I was going through a mound of soil that needs scooping out of there to level the spot. The weeds are robust along that strip so I have to get control of the space. Once the line is buried so I can push the mower back there or use the weed-eater.

Yesterday's run to the recycle bins got rid of my stuff but also scored me some newspapers that were within reach. I use them in layers in the garden.

The old dog has trained me well; I've discovered that small (about a tablespoon each) dabs of the canned dog food, spaced out on an old tin pie plate, are just what she wants. Dog hors d'oeuvres. She isn't eating a lot, but she's eating. And I can give her this more often to get the volume of food up.


05 May 19 - 02:48 PM (#3990925)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, Amazon carries dunks as granules. Mine lasted all summer without renewed application. Broadcast like seed, and DONE. Not a bite all summer. Worth the shipping cost.

~Susan


05 May 19 - 04:32 PM (#3990943)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I buy mosquito dunks in the 36-pack at local feed stores to be sure they're fresh, though I have bought this size from Amazon. I get the dunks because they have the highest percentage of Bti per volume in the pack (versus loose granules sold in bottles). These break into pieces easily and one dunk can go in several trays under pots. And they need to be refreshed every 30 days to be effective. Lots of mosquito-borne stuff down here in this part of Texas, and another reason for being organic is so the native predators of mosquitoes (birds, bats, dragonflies, toads, lizards, whatever sees them eats them) is around to eat them.

I have tackled the wire in the back yard, buried a portion and I'm going to staple part of it to the new fence the neighbor put in. It'll wrap on this side of the fence posts, so I'll have to be careful with the weed trimmer (I'll staple high enough up that it's generally out of harm's way). I'll use a screwdriver to hold the coated wire in place, staple over it, then remove the screwdriver, leaving a gap for the wire to make sure the staple doesn't cut through it. While I was working around the wire I also filled in one of the fence post holes and knocked another concrete footer off of a dug-up post. I've started digging up the next post.

Laundry is hanging on the line and another load is finished and ready to go out.


05 May 19 - 06:02 PM (#3990964)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Suit yourself, but I'm telling you that the product I got is still dissolving.


05 May 19 - 09:07 PM (#3990985)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It's the same dunks and granules sold locally as sold at Amazon. Dirt Doctor "Library" information on Mosquito Dunks.

I also repel them with granulated garlic—sprinkled around the house (from the wall and out about 10 feet all around). You'll find more ideas in this list of suggestions. There used to be video linked on the site but the local television station took it down. Take the large (up to a gallon-size) warehouse club type of granulated garlic (Tones, etc.) and DON'T take off the sealed paper over the jar. Instead, use a sharp pencil or ballpoint pen and poke a bunch of large holes in that styro-paper top, turning it into an oversize garlic shaker. You can use that to sprinkle the garlic. You don't need to sprinkle it heavily; a gallon like this lasts me a couple of years worth of mosquito seasons around here. The yard will smell like an Italian restaurant for a couple of weeks, but even after you can't smell it, it's still repelling the bugs.

I managed to pull weeds and grass away from the new fence and used poultry fencing staples to tack my Invisible Fence wire to the bottom of the new fence, about 6-8 inches above the ground. Part of it is also buried, and I still have the last 10 feet or so to work on once I figure out how to move the chain link fence at the far end of the yard. But FINALLY! I can mow and trim down there. I knocked off two more concrete footers on dug-out fence posts, and started digging another one.

Laundry is off the line, I need to run the dishwasher, and I need to give myself a good scrub after all of this yard work. In the morning I'll cut up the ratty bench at the curb (giving it one more night of possibly being picked up). Moving forward.


06 May 19 - 10:53 AM (#3991104)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

No clothesline - will be a while! I used to have gloves and pruners everywhere, including under the driver's seat of car so I could grab them and get to it wherever! My extra gloves seem to have disappeared into the mists of chaos, along with my box of Marie Corelli books - they did not appear when R moved the boxes I though had been piled on top.

Boxes of books came from mill and went into basement where the plan now is to set up the (auction) ping pong table for sorting. I hope this will include culling! Apparently the basement will be the library - a nice room that could be a studio apt - or a library. Even has a washroom with shower.

We used my car yesterday and driving home with it full of moldy books... Not Too moldy but I could smell it and had windows open. Also brought a few pieces of hanging art - my Georgia O'Keeffe print is now on Den wall! A large round stained glass piece will go ... undecided.

The recycling bin was emptied today! Now I can start re-filling it for next week. Those darn flyers...! And R took some metal from the basement to go to a scrap metal yard. ("$5.00") But h may add to it when he gets to the city.

I have lots of clearing around plants but I ache from Saturday. Yesterday we went to a craft show on the reserve and talked to people; R had to buy a very small jar of jelly. Oy vey! And to the Farm Market near the Mill: had lunch, purchased nothing else, found out a friend had a brain op so after we picked up stuff at Mill, we went to see if Jesse were up to visitors. Had a great visit and were so happy to see her recovering just fine. The best I could understand: something was leaking in her brain and would build up pressure so she could not play music and other sorts of things. They opened a flap and removed the small mass. Not a tumour or cancer. She expects to be fine. She and Joe are homeschooling their 7 year old; he is learning Mandarin from a woman a few miles away. Of course, already fluent in French and English, as are both parents. I realized this morning that I was able to understand the auditory aspects of our lively conversation. That was a special de-clutter sort of thing as my brain often understands nothing and R has to tell me what was said, afterwards.   

Thusly, continues the moving into Dupont!


06 May 19 - 05:58 PM (#3991151)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I can't remember what I had planned for the day, it all slipped into the background when I realized my oldest dog had died in her sleep overnight. I called the vet then took her over so they can send her to the communal crematory (I don't get ashes back). I'll take the other two dogs for a walk this evening. I should have known this was coming soon when she had to be pulled along a couple of times on our last walk (we don't have sidewalks so I pulled her to the edge of the street as traffic came by.) Ironic how you feel guilty for the little things like not knowing they're dying, and completely overlook the great life she had here for 14 years. She went her way - she was at home with her pack, sleeping in her favorite spot (that let her see both the front and back doors and hear me if I moved around down the hall in my room).

She kept up right until the last couple of weeks, and my next door neighbor said she happily gobbled down the daily dog treat he gives the dogs over the back fence every day. She was eating treats (raw egg, ham slices, dog treats), just not regular dog food. Other than the event noted, that last walk was a good one, when we went up to the park and they put their noses to the ground to snuffle along in the grass. I like to think of this as their "wild dog" stance, checking out the local environment.

The other dogs knew; I could tell the way they always sniffed at her. Tests would have shown what my home "Lab" (retriever) work already told us. At 14, I wasn't about to torture her with tests or anything but the most basic treatments.

Enough wallowing. I need to finish mowing the back yard. The exercise will be good for me.


06 May 19 - 07:50 PM (#3991171)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

The death of a dog friend can throw a monkey wrench into one's life. Mowing the lawn = good therapy.

I managed to clear some of the old plant debris, after thinking about needing an old sheet on which to gather it, I finally settled on a plastic bin for now. A sheet is so much easier than the wheel barrow - which I can hardly move. But I sorted a bunch of stuff in the search for sheet. So, two chores done! The tulips finally blooming are gorgeous - red w yellow and yellow w red. Many violets scattered in yard! Tons of hosta, day lilies, and two huge clumps of peonies to be awaited! And green leaves finally showing their stuff! The river is still full to the brim but no more ice or snow! Two boaters were out on Sunday. Hope they used life vests.

We delight in our new home, indoors and out.


06 May 19 - 08:38 PM (#3991177)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I hope you post some photos of those flowers on Facebook, Dorothy! It sounds like that yard has exploded with life after the snow cleared!


06 May 19 - 10:04 PM (#3991182)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, it's enough that she knew but also stayed with you as long as she could. YOU DID GOOD. I'm so sorry it hurts so much.

I wish I'd known her.


07 May 19 - 09:02 AM (#3991257)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

Yesterday I put a new reflective roof on a gazebo I use to shelter the car. It took 7 hours.

The guys we hired to remove and put up a new 400 ft.fence arrived ths morning.
This I can not do. Well I suppose if I took 2 years to do it...

I do plan on putting branches up against the new fence and spraying linseed oil. That way the untreated leaf themed pattern will turn into a shadow like grey while the rest of the fence will look realtively new. After several years a respray will fix the organic look into place.


07 May 19 - 09:54 AM (#3991266)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Yesterday, I turned out and cleaned the tool shed. It took all afternoon, and all my energy.

The trouble with a tool shed is that, when you move in, it’s a great spot to park stuff until you’re ready to find permanent lodging for it. But the typical tool shed is small, so this attitude has to change quickly or you won’t have a tool shed that does what a tool shed should do. Himself is impervious to such problems, and I let winter take over (as it does) without buckling down to deal with it. So there I was, about a year late, with work gloves and construction-grade garbage bags, finally making Lebensraum for the lawn mower and the garden shredder.

I was almost finished when a frazzle-haired youth with an odd machine appeared in the driveway offering to “aerate” the lawn. Now, lawn care on that level is fairly theoretical to us; we’re still coming to grips with the whole gestalt of mowing and raking. Weakened by the sweat dripping into my eyes, I agreed to a price of $60, and he embarked on an energetic assault on the property. The odd machine looked like the bastard child of a lawn mower and a piece of de-mining equipment, with a large spiked roller driven by a stinking gasoline engine. It left the lawn covered, not only with holes, but also with clods of earth the exact size and colour of dog turds.

It took me a while — maybe thirty seconds — to recognize the clods as such, making me something of a stand-out among the frazzle-haired youth’s first-time customers, according to him. I decided to take that as a compliment.


07 May 19 - 10:50 AM (#3991271)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

Hard clay soils really do benefit from aeration. You would still want to add something to help break down the clay. What is it? Um maybe its gypsum but organic soil/manure is a better choice than most, even better is crushed carbonized wood chips (never self lighting charcol).
If you end up with earthworms you have done as good as possible.

Those dog poop shaped cores are normal and good.


07 May 19 - 10:57 AM (#3991273)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Lawn aeration is a topic of discussion on the organic site I referenced earlier in the week. Their expert lawn guy swears by the floculating effects of using a sprayer (backpack is fine, but even just a 2-gallon with a hose and wand is sufficient) with water and a bit of shampoo mixed in. And surprisingly little shampoo. I just looked up the moderator's advice in the forum:

I'm going to suggest you do not go to the trouble of aerating. Instead, use shampoo to soften your soil. Healthy soil is like a sponge. When it is dry it is very hard. When the first drop of moisture hits, it does not soak right in. It takes a few seconds before it soaks in. Once it soaks in, the soil becomes very soft. Shampoo can help create this process.

Use cheap, generic, shampoo. Apply from a hose end sprayer at a rate of 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet. Apply right before you irrigate (1 inch). Next month spray it again. That should be all you need for the rest of the season. Then sit back and wonder at the amazing soil as it softens during rain and after irrigation and hardens up again a few days later. But when watering, do not go by the soil. Go by the grass. Grass can grow very nicely in hard soil.


Scroll down on that forum page and he gives a scientific explanation of how that works, last post on the page.

I have so many yard chores to do right now it's difficult to predict which one will strike my fancy when I walk out the door in a few minutes. I'll report back later.


07 May 19 - 01:26 PM (#3991307)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Aquatic therapy resumed today. Ow!

In a bit, it's Buy Annuals Day. Judy's picking me up after an appointment.

~Susan


07 May 19 - 05:33 PM (#3991343)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

So Judy's wise counsel was that hanging baskets replanted into my waiting pots would give me the look I showed her I was going for. Pictures soon.


07 May 19 - 05:56 PM (#3991346)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

(And cheaper).

Pix:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2239170596162224&id=100002079158985&set=p.2239170596162224&source=47


07 May 19 - 10:28 PM (#3991369)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Progress in the back yard, with one more fence post down, the cement footers knocked off of two of them, one older hole finished filling and a new hole completely filled. I push the pieces of concrete in and mix them down deep with soil, and soil on the top few inches so I hopefully won't encounter this concrete again. Four posts are down, six more to go.

It's very muggy here today, and thunderstorms are predicted overnight. Again.


08 May 19 - 10:27 AM (#3991435)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

What a difference a home makes! We are both more relaxed as we love our new home, mostly free of clutter and two of us determined it not get that way.

This am, after BF an hour earlier than usual, R was cheerfully heading for the city; He paused to wonder over the tulips. I realized that he has not seen them open; will take pic. He is also delighting in the other upcoming perennials. We each look forward to what the blooms will be.

A viewing for the other house tonight. The big project is still in process with big meetings almost daily; very challenging. But he still wants to get back to writing a "rebuttal" regarding the erroneous info being promulgated by someone regarding the proposed gravel pits near Beaver.

Then there are trees to be planted and the yard still cluttered with the aftermath of the cellar cleaning which is not quite completed. These are the things that give R pleasure and relaxation and a sense of accomplishment; not struggling with realtors doing a poor job and looking for the big commission.

This new home gives him a place to unwind his addled brain, enjoy the few hours he is here; instead of staying in bed as long as possible as he did before, he is getting up and enjoying the trees, yard, house. the chickens next door, and getting in his vehicle and driving along the beautiful river and through the Reserve before hitting the chaos of his work life in the city. Balm for the brain.

This am we talked about divesting ourselves of the non-functional dish washer - which I would not use anyway - and making the space useful. The pantry and cupboards we have are not full and I am running a nicely functional K, as I learn the vagaries of the Jennair stove, and occasionally move something to a more efficient spot.

I looked up from computer, still in LR, and realized we have no "coffee table". A work in progress!

Yesterday, the nearby thrift shop yielded a "garden sheet"(for collected debris) for $1 and a set of heavy, light grey/white drapes for one of the spare rooms $8. I asked the nice young man at the produce store to give me a large quantity of fiddle heads in a bag rather than buy 8 styrofoam packages. He agreed nicely with my wish to reduce the use. R took about half to bro at the office.

This is a great move. I still need to sort myself out re wanting to be with friends at Beaver and the life I have there and not wanting to make the 5 hour trip, leaving R to fend for self. It is important that we are doing this house together, enjoying making it into our home. The city house was too awful to ever feel like a home.

I see a future with fewer trips... to a time when I can longer do that. Letting go... Drawing in... Building a new sort of life. I have made a stab at it in several places over the years but Beaver/the area has been most like home. I will go back next Tuesday after English class (tutoring one student) for a few days - tend the gardens, consult with Dan re a wood shed.


08 May 19 - 11:27 AM (#3991447)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The new house may be a haven, but it sounds like you're still plenty busy!

The storms burst on the scene at about 6am, and became more robust, so by 8am it was the full symphony of percussion and light. If they move out of the area this afternoon it is possible to get a walk in before dinner. All of this noted, there is plenty that needs doing in the house.


08 May 19 - 06:11 PM (#3991499)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Tonight the patio weed-blocking nylon tarpage comes up, loses its accumulated doggie doo, and goes back down for its last season. It's two 8' x 20' pieces.

The hanging baskets will be set as is, atop the pots awaiting them, to "call" me out for a planting a day over the next week.

The declared-dead potted peony that is trying to bloom goes into the ground Friday, courtesy Brandon. Its pot, once empty, will be set in the row with the rest of the pots, to blend in the cherry tomato bush I got.,.. I'll line it with plastic to make it hold water around the existing pot which I was assured I can leave it in while it doubles in size. I'll put some bricks under it so it doesn't have to have wet feet all the time.


08 May 19 - 11:40 PM (#3991517)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The yard is once again sodden; the creek rose over the bridge today so the village fire truck pulled up outside the house to prevent traffic from driving into it. They will have parked the ambulance on the other side of the bridge doing the same thing. It subsided quickly, but left a "high tide" mark of debris on the street and yard next door.

Volunteering tomorrow again, and expecting the park where I'll be working to be a muggy mess. No need to urge people to stay on the paths!


09 May 19 - 04:37 PM (#3991566)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

She Who Will Be Obeyed (Mmario's name for me) got her patio back today. Despite disability issues, gender issues, past housemate issues, and a few thunderstorm lines passing through-- the patio's cooking area is in place, the tarps are off and aren't coming back, the worst parts of the jungle are whacked, and the several gallons of soil and loose wannabe mulch are all sorted and ready for use in planting jobs for Brandon tomorrow. He'll have a few woody items to junk that were too heavy for us, and then I'll post a link to pix despite having a lot of decorating yet to do.

~S~


10 May 19 - 01:29 AM (#3991611)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Today had scheduled events that were satisfying, and it was too wet to try to do anything around the yard anyway so that was fine. Tomorrow and Saturday have a chance of rain (increasing on Saturday) but in general they look like a good opportunity to do some stuff outside. Cut up limbs for the trash, mow - again - after all of the rain the lawn will again be a slog for the mower.

Susan's outdoor cooking space sounds nice. I should formalize an area where I can cook (without the interference of canine "helpers.") Meaning moving a table to the side of the house where there aren't dogs. I will consider this.


10 May 19 - 07:38 AM (#3991645)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, ours is in our Dog World, where she knows not to trip He Who Drops Food.

~Susan


10 May 19 - 12:35 PM (#3991695)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Even as a retiree it's possible to have a backlog of paper stuff in the house to do, so that's what I'll tackle today. Especially since there is a chilly breeze passing over the yard today.


10 May 19 - 01:47 PM (#3991702)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

A dear friend finally died on Tues after years of worsening Parkinson's. Intriguing how we can hope for a person to be out of misery, and feel really sad when they are gone. Fifty years... I feel bereft - of all the times I did not take the initiative to visit because I did not want to intrude. I realized too late that it would not have been intrusive for her.

We are getting the RAIN and the river is rising again. The sump pumps working and R wondering about installing a generator, and me agreeing it would be a good idea. I can only hope he will get to it before it is necessary to majorly de-clutter water from the cellar! I was in the midst of that in PA when I phoned my brother for help; At 10 pm I was sucking water into the shop vac, lifting it into the laundry sink... Good brother came with sump pump picked up from friendly plumbers at that late hour... I was sold the house with sumps but no pumps and never realized... This house has 3! And we are on the top of the hill. Water has its own ways.

Lasted about 20 minutes at Zumba this am. I was not tired this time; I was bored. It is NOT folk dancing! MY body is very gradually re-gaining strength and flexibility.

Tripped to the Mill yesterday, picking up items along the way: a fine, comfie chair with foot stool at thrift shop ($65, it was newly upholstered with a business card attached!), a big chunk (3 kg) of Emmenthal - to save packaging, some groceries, coffee for the French press and a chat with Mary, sorting of stuff to bring from mill to here, careful that I have homes for what I bring! Forgot a few things - next time. Visit with Gerry, picked up 6 books at Little Green Library and returned - into traffic at 4:30 just at the edge of Chateauguay. New learning! It took an extra 15 minutes to get home! Did a small stint of yard work before the rain.   

After laundering, the new drapes will be better in the laundry room and the heavier, lined ones in rooms where we need to cut the light penetration. Light pollution is such a bother.


10 May 19 - 06:42 PM (#3991733)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Patio coming along:

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/


11 May 19 - 01:25 PM (#3991833)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The weather was stormy all night and the yard is sodden, so all of my work today and probably tomorrow will be indoors. Carpets still need steam cleaning, but not in this humidity and with the dogs in and out with muddy feet. I have some editing to finish and then I think eBay listings and sewing are my options for the time being.

I'm sorry to read about your friend, Dorothy. There is always unfinished business in friendships.


12 May 19 - 12:14 AM (#3991872)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I was able to use the steel rake and pull a bunch of the weed cover out of one of the gardens this afternoon, and get some of the branches trimmed that need to go in Monday's trash, but mostly it's soggy and buggy out there right now. I've done some online updating accounts. The weather that passed through here overnight is headed east, doing some damage. Here's hoping there isn't too much clean-up required.


12 May 19 - 09:52 AM (#3991935)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Having some trouble getting a link-- can you pls try this--

The rest of the gardening for this summer:

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/?refid=13&__tn__=%2Cg


Try this.


12 May 19 - 09:37 PM (#3992025)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A few years ago I mixed up a sack of Quickrete in a 5-gallon Home Depot orange bucket and sunk a Bib hose rack in it, and it was stationed at the corner of the house facing the driveway and gardens there. A hose from the front of the house ran to it, and the hoses on it were used to drag around the driveway to water gardens on both sides. Today I cut the bucket off, dug a hole, and sunk the base into the ground down several inches. The bucket used to be about 4 inches deeper than the concrete, so water accumulated after rain. That problem is gone, and mosquito dunks were broken up and put in various planter trays and such out there today. I checked around my planting table to be sure it doesn't have anything set for catching water.

I have various landscaping things to do in the front yard that require digging, chopping, and transplanting, so this was just the start. It's sunny today (but so humid there isn't much point in trying to hang laundry to dry). I did prune more limbs for the trash

Sweeping up dog hair and deciding how many of various things need to be out (we have lots of dog beds, for example, but I think half of them can be washed, dried, and bagged until next year.) It feels like weather for spring cleaning, when you want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in.


13 May 19 - 01:56 PM (#3992134)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The new trashcan was picked up at the curb and the remaining limbs on the ground in the front yard can now be cut up and stashed for the Thursday pickup. There's a lot more sun now that a big chunk of the tree that had gotten too large has been removed. I need to take off a couple of large limbs that were too big in diameter for most of my hand saws (they will make for very long sessions with the bow saw).

Neighbors all around are mowing, attempting to keep ahead of the fast-growing lawns in this particularly rainy spring. I'll do the same this afternoon, after some more work in the house. I know, waiting till it's warmer out counters the logical way to do yard work, but it seems to be the way that works best for me. I think mostly because by afternoon the grass is driest and easier to push a mower through.

I've added a few items to the Goodwill bin in the laundry room, but it's not full yet. I should scout around the shelves in the garage—there is a lot of forgotten and never-to-be-used-again stuff out there.


13 May 19 - 03:18 PM (#3992162)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Busy Sunday as R dug three large holes first. Then we went, in two vehicles to the mill to extricate 3 cedars that were, in lieu of being able to plant them in the river rock laden ground, dug into a huge pile of wood chips, pots and all - a few years ago. The poor dears had made themselves at home and were challenging to extricate and also to replant. R had to cut the large pots off with a swede saw. They are now in their new homes along one side of the new property, well watered and with much of their "home" wood chips in the hole and as mulch. We have hope for their acclimation to their new venue, that they will now be able to live up to their full potential. The soil here is clay but I am told they like that.

I gathered four bags of the wood chips for mulching perennials I removed from the garden at the mill and today managed to get them planted and mulched in front of the house. This had presented another difficult task for R as the former owner, a non-gardener had put an indestructible fabric down to prevent weeds and covered it with red mulch. R managed to extricate most of it with great difficulty. I managed a tich more to squeeze in a few more things along one edge. The bed on the other side of the front door awaits another day! The new bed looks quite nice! There are lots more plants at the mill, yet to be moved.

Next trip to the mill, I shall collect more bags of mulch.It looks quite nice and is very well seasoned after many years outdoors. From when the mill was a hockey stick factory, there is probably enough to cover our entire yard about 2 feet deep! What a thought! I detest mowing grass! It is ever so useless. And it would make it so easy to plant all manner of veggies, herbs and perennials next spring!! When I lived in Edmonton, Alberta, many people planted potatoes on a new property, to break up the soil and prepare it for grass seeding.

We also brought back a small pine cabinet that will be useful inside the back door for indoor gardening soil and tools and more. I bought the dear little thing about 30 years ago at "Monroe's Trading Post" ($10) which was around the corner from Beaver - which was built by Monroe earlier on. His widow closed the Post but still lives there (was delighted when I told her I still had the wee cabinet!) and son is our good next door neighbour!

Now I am resting and waiting hopefully for the coming rain to finish watering in the new plantings. The river, however, is a few inches from coming over the road, from the last rains. It is fascinating to live in such proximity to this beautiful river - as long as we are high enough!


13 May 19 - 05:36 PM (#3992197)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP,

Hope the "dears" make it. I have heard that the amount of top left in place should about equal the root mass extracted. Does that apply to your dears?

~Jealous in Ohio


13 May 19 - 10:46 PM (#3992251)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I also worked on yard stuff today. The house next door has been undergoing remodeling for ages, and one thing was to add a window (through the brick!) out to that side from the master bedroom's dressing room. That side of my house has a bed of cannas that have been ignored almost since I dug it and put them there (relocated from the front of the house). The last year or two they were puny, but some years they've been glorious, and I figure that now someone can actually look at that bed (also in brief view of everyone driving down the street) I'll give them a boost. And I have some of that gardening fabric in place, but only in a couple of spots around the bed where I don't want weeds getting in between the bed and the air conditioner/heater outdoor unit. In the past I've weeded away from the house and put down mulch, and who knows, this may be the year to do it again. Too bad I don't live near Dorothy's mill!

I walked down into my backyard creek today and looked around for fossils; lots of oysters and coral, and a big one that looks like fossilized bone. I brought them up in a bucket and they're on the wall beside the driveway. The creek itself is in constant need of cleanup, being an urban creek and it looks like every grocery store bag that ever escaped is strung up on roots and branches. I've threatened to get a kayak to patrol the beaches and pick that up.

I mixed up a wheelbarrow full of compost (from my heap in the back yard), commercial landscaper mix (lots of woodchips in it) and some other soil, to fill a few pots to finally get them planted. And I filled a watering can with 2 gallons of water and a dose of Spinosad (an organic insecticide) and poured it over the potato patch and another area. I will get a garden planted, but this year it's really really late.

More limbs are cut up from the front yard, with just one batch to be cut up after pickup on Thursday. I'll mow tomorrow (everyone else mowed yesterday or today, so mine really looks like it needs it.)


14 May 19 - 07:44 AM (#3992309)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

My scheduled AM workout at the Y was abrogated by late news from CA and the necessary emergency response, on top of a badly pulled calf muscle not safe for that workout today. I did wake up on time and will do the errands run part if what was scheduled, before the cleaner's 10:30 arrival, which is enough on my poor leg (plus garden tasks while she cleans) to meet the day's fitness requirement.

The whole house is disarrayed as a result of Sunday's church abuse incident, which presents another opportunity to walk on the recovering leg today, meandering thru endless ordering of the disorder before and with Yano Becky.

My grocery run may include a Lowe's stop to spend my Mothers Day gift card on garden items.


14 May 19 - 11:30 AM (#3992327)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It's another Ozone Action Day here, so I must postpone my mowing until afternoon (the morning hours are when the worst air environmental damage is done running gasoline engines). I have another trash can I can fill with limbs (that's a human energy, no hydrocarbons involved) and I can keep working on my pots to plant, but the trip to the nursery will wait till after lunch. And I can dig in preparation for planting in the now-grassy bed (where the weeds are too tall for "no-till" - I need to work on that ground cover).

I have a paper from the tax authority in the county that says my property value has a value change since 2014 (up 93%!!) and is going to go up a huge chunk this year. The tax protest is due tomorrow, so I need to do that this afternoon, pull up the comparable values and pull out the foundation work appraisal and send all of this in.


14 May 19 - 06:53 PM (#3992435)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Protest filed with a whole day to spare.

Now to catch up with other things I planned to do today.


15 May 19 - 02:32 PM (#3992534)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

When it rains, it pours. Lots of contract work coming my way in the next couple of weeks. But that's good, it gives me a better excuse for not mowing or getting things listed on eBay. (Actually, it's lovely this afternoon so after a quick look-in here, I am going to mow the lawn.)

How is your unpacking going, Susan? Did your "Yano" helper arrive today? And Dorothy, what else have you discovered in the garden? Michelle is probably looking ahead to the summer break and planning for camp and other Jeremiah activities. As they get older it is a fascinating process of finding both fun and growth opportunities.

Meanwhile, I'm finding that "Elderly Electrical Appliances" thread way too interesting. There is so much around here that fits that description!

Summer is nearly upon us. Enjoy the spring and keep moving forward with your decluttering!


15 May 19 - 03:34 PM (#3992543)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, Yano helped dig us out yesterday, after a very bad weekend of church misdoings upon us and a CA family emergency. Gardening got me through these and here are some of the most recent pix:

May 15, 2019 daily tour. Captions with most.

Yano unpacked a cube-bench of its song/story circle books and maracas, into the better cabinet we'd brought from PA. We used an old heirloom wicker laundry basket from Greg's side of the family-- easy to gently haul out to the Celebration Circle which I just photographed. (The pic includes Greg.)

Patio garden pix are in another public album linked upthread. Changes daily if you want to watch the vision of 4 years unfold.


16 May 19 - 10:37 AM (#3992625)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

You're making progress in the yard, Susan! I like the cleared spots on either side of the front path for the garden chairs. Very inviting.

My elderly Nike "yard shoes" are about to fall apart on my feet, having worn through most of both soles. The typical shoe-route to the garden is by virtue of being an older pair that I've forgotten I was wearing when I went out into the yard enough times that they finally take on that scruffy look and should no longer be worn to work. With the declutter work I've been good about getting rid of shoes that I no longer wear so all of my current sneakers are in good shape and not ready for that end stage.

DSW has the clearance section and I aim at shoes at least 40% off (rarely do you find anything 60% off that is wearable, but it has happened). I came home with a brand unknown to me but that has the qualities of the old pair—it's a mesh fabric so it breathes well, it has good support, and can be worn with socks.

I stopped by a neighbor's garage sale this morning and saw nothing that appealed. She collects vintage and antique stuff and puts that out on her garage sales. I have more than enough of that stuff here already!


17 May 19 - 11:16 AM (#3992779)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

On Tuesday, we returned from a jaunt to Connecticut that featured torrential rain all the way there, all the way back, and through two of the three days of our stay. The minute we cleared the Canadian border, the clouds started to roll away and, by the time we crossed the county line, the sky was blue from horizon to horizon. Pathetic fallacy or what?

Himself is now up to his neck in work, entirely of his own choosing. The local agent (lawyer acting for another lawyer) for the federal Department of Justice is retiring, and Himself has taken the gig. This decision brings him to the end of about 25 years of defence work, as he will now be responsible for prosecuting drug offences in Provincial Court. Perth County has a small but nasty meth problem, so it's no sinecure.

The money will be nice, to be sure. But he also decided to enrol in a doctoral program at the Western University law school, so that makes two almost-full-time jobs he will be doing from Labour Day on.

It's a good thing I have never expected -- or, indeed, wanted -- Himself to do anything like half the housework around here, as from henceforth he will hardly have time to sleep, let alone drive the vacuum cleaner.

Last week, I turned out the tool shed and cleaned it thoroughly, and over the coming long weekend (Victoria Day this side of the border) I intend to clean out the garage. As a result, I expect to be making a trip to the dump (ta da dump, ta da dump dump dump -- Sing it with me, now!) on Tuesday next.

The garage was the site of much sawing of drywall, plywood and chipboard during the kitchen renovation, so every cranny in there is choked with fine dust. I think I'll buy me a construction dust mask at Canadian Tire today.


17 May 19 - 09:05 PM (#3992841)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Charmion, Greg adds his love... It's so strange that now we live in a house you and Edmund never visited and aren't likely to visit. Pls feel free to FB your way over.

Hm... I sure hope Greg stays retired longer than Himself! I don't think I'd be as accepting of a return to battle as you seem to be!

Love,

~Susan


17 May 19 - 10:42 PM (#3992843)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Tomorrow is my last day of cat feeding for a friend; the schedule that she prefers has me getting up earlier than I have been (though even that isn't particularly early compared to when I had to drive to work). It's good to be up earlier, it kind of resets the whole day.

I mowed the back yard today, just in time for more rain overnight and this weekend. [sigh] The dogs got a good workout with their retriever bumpers and I need to keep it short because the oldest dog has allergies that probably include grass seed. Keeping it short prevents seed heads from forming.

Lunch today with a friend, and a tour of her home, a 1960 house with several interesting modifications. And a room for her collection of Barbie dolls.

"Are your children interested in them?"

"No. They're my interest, and everyone needs a hobby."

Fair enough. It's an impressive collection.

She was unfairly dismissed from the same institution that I got out of by the skin of my teeth last fall. A lot of the memorabilia is in the garage to go in a garage sale or for donation. As we spoke about how to deal with this, I pulled my bound embossed cover book (an employee gift) and showed her my bullet journal. Some of these workplace perks are useful.

"They gave me one of those at a retreat, it's out in the garage sale stuff, would you like it?"

"Yes!"

I am working on the last half of the current book, and find this an effective way to keep track of things. As I left she poked around and pulled out the plastic-wrapped book from her department—and it turns out to be much nicer than what the library gave out. It's a Moleskine notebook, and I looked at some at Barnes and Noble last week. $30 to $40. I passed on the purchase, but this is even better, it's a gift from an old friend.

If it rains tomorrow that's just as well, it's time to deal with the usual stuff—laundry, dishwasher, vacuuming, etc. And I need to put more stuff in the Goodwill donation bin.


18 May 19 - 02:19 PM (#3992887)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Wakies were unpleasantly early due to my fone's old clock app's going off when more sleep was on the cusp.

The waking wisdom today was to notify my son that Greg and I had discussed memory issues I've been worrying about since the move. One example would be that I had planned to go to the Y this AM and told him that... But had never gotten my suit and specialized towel out of the washer, to dry. Never set up the pool bag. (Also had taken too much Benadryl last night to scooter to the Y or drive, safely.) Despite passing the washing machine multiple times daily since the last workout. Hm... Transient stress? Or organic change in memory status? I've been noticing these little "ooopsies" a lot.

The AM was off to a slow and confusing start, due to our day's separate wakies time and my double Benadryl. Today it's only 1 caff serving, so the fog is likely to persist. My caff was in the patio in full sun, but not yet scorching-- delightful. It's going to be a hot one, so I opted for an indoor daytime.

We planned supper from frozen resources, and decided on a joint grocery trip around supper time so as to snag a Wally scooter.... And buy van-type items too bulky for my own scooter.

I folded clean laundry.

I repotted a bounding Xmas cactus, and Greg came home midway, so he helped. We propagated two leaves from it, into the succulent dish.

He's out biking, and I'm dozing over TV to get that hour I missed with the early alarm off my old app. He thrives in Sun (he's a coleus), and I in shade (impatiens).

I emailed CA MCOT Patty via what I believe is her base clinic.

The process is underway for opening and sorting leaf bags of clothing and linens with Yano Becky, Tuesday.

Later it's groceries and a poss trip out to live music. Tomorrow, a new church. Bummer-- starts earlier.

~S~


18 May 19 - 07:23 PM (#3992940)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The heavy rain this afternoon let up early enough that I was able to return items to the library (the last day of the last renewal was today). These heavy rains have delayed the return flight of the owner of the cats I've been feeding, so I may be going up again tomorrow morning.

The tedious thing today was resetting all of the digital televisions (two are easiest to set back to factory settings and wipe the extra non-working channels). When the local broadcaster reset their system, some of the televisions move them to display on different numbers when you rescan. There are just about as many televisions around here as radios, making viewing between rooms while I work easy. I've never been fond of sitting in one place to watch a program, and televisions are incredibly inexpensive these days. My channels are under control—now if I could declutter all of the commercials. (Many things are available on streaming services, but it adds up to many dollars. You get what you pay for.)

Tomorrow the last batch of limbs get cut up for the trash, and I need to poke around and see if there is anything else I can toss. I see papers waiting to be shredded, so that'll probably be part of the Monday pickup.

I attended a volunteer reception this week and in their raffle won a local nursery gift certificate, so after this latest bout of heavy rain drains off of the landscape I'll go pick up something to plant.


18 May 19 - 09:22 PM (#3992954)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

The weather was beautiful today, but I spent the entire day running around the house with my toolbox, putting up framed things that should have been put up a year ago and fixing things from which I have averted my eyes for months.

I also cleaned Himself’s office. Left to his own devices, that man would smother in dust and those little round bits of paper spewed out by a three-hole punch.

Tomorrow — the garage.

Our garden shredder has died, apparently of a broken on-off switch. We have had it repaired once, but I perceive zero appetite to try again when I discussed its future with Himself. On the whole, I think he would rather just burn the heaps of sticks and other non-compostable vegetable waste that comes out of our garden— and then cook something over the coals.


19 May 19 - 12:42 PM (#3993052)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Sunshine and humidity following a day of heavy storms means it's tempting to head outside, but it's an all-day sauna if I actually try it. That said, I have some outdoor furniture to move around and I'm hoping a friend will come by and help me move them. I can do it by myself, but dragging this stuff is noisy and leaves marks on the pavement.

There are two ~ 8" diameter limbs that I need to finish cutting off the vitex tree in the front yard, each is around 5' long (the remainder of much longer limbs). One is partially sawed through using the bow saw and I go out and work on it a few minutes at a time. Once I get through the first one it'll be easier to reach the second one. That will declutter the front yard of a troublesome bit of tree that I used to either duck in time or hit my head on when mowing and wearing a ballcap (blocking view of it). With the additional sun I can put some lambs ear out there, and it happens a bunch of it has escaped and is growing behind my nextdoor neighbor's back fence, so I'll rescue it from regular mowing and put in the exposed bed. I have other flowers to put out there also. Two lantanas there need to be chopped out (I trimmed down to the roots and they keep trying to come back now. Lantana is tempting, but it is usually a mistake.)

I have more pots ready to move to the front porch patio, and who knows, maybe I'll decide to rearrange the stone wall at the side of the house (free of mortar, just stacked limestone slabs). I built it to provide some shade for the pots out there, but it could stand to be moved a few inches closer to the house.


19 May 19 - 04:02 PM (#3993079)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Waiting for R to return from picking up a cabinet at a friend's home in the city---- WE don't live in the city anymore!!! This wood cabinet: Friend Tom and I bought it, for $10, circa 1974 when some houses were being demolished; we could not get it into my 3rd floor flat due to the twist in the stairway (too tall) so after pondering the situation we said, "Maybe the Balks would like it" and drove across the river to the lovely suburb where our friends had a lovely home and asked if they would like it. Pat (who died two weeks ago) said it would make a nice mitten cupboard! On Friday, as I drove back from Beaver, phone call from Hannah: Would I like the cabinet back... ... OH? The mitten cabinet?... So forty years later... We Will find a spot for it! It is repaired and beautifully painted - I forget what colours. Wow! It has been used for many things in several homes, probably even mittens though I thought - "That's a LOT of mittens!" Now we get to use it for ???

Trip to Beaver: Left after English class on Tuesday, attended Driving Class (over 80 years old) on Weds, visited with various friends, helped Magda with pottery project, got Larry to come and try - and he threw 3 largish pots and WOW! Wants to do more. So studio is re-organized to accommodate two potters - at dif times- and I am SO happy that it is being used when I am not there much. Drove back on Friday and went folk dancing, after a nap. Great visit, great dancing.

Car got fussy about 20 minutes from home, and I stopped at Toyota dealer. It was a bout 12:30 and the nice service manager politely informed me that they might not have time to look at it; closing at 2:30 (holiday weekend). A spark plug had broken off, or something like that, and a piece had fallen into a cylinder and they used a magnet to get it out, they hoped. Anyway, I was out of there before 2:00 and it is working fine!! A mere $140! (Four new spark plugs)

Good rain here for the newly planted trees and perennials. Yard sales yesterday (no rain): nice bureau for BR - already washed and loaded! Fewer clothes on floor now! It had beautiful liner paper in drawers! Plant stand for a couple dollars is looking nice next to front door with a plant on lower shelf (front doors have large windows) and an ornamental plate on top of hand woven placemat on top - a place to put small things when coming in the door. Nice side table for LR and three good lamp shades, two have homes on previously acquired lamps. Need to find a harp for the 3rd - maybe at Beaver.

Some plants are moving outside! Plastic bin on back deck for fancy pots not in use. Planted green and wax beans at Beaver, pulled some weeds and cleaned sand off front doorstep - about 3 large buckets full!

Laundry and dishes caught up. House is taking shape - better and better. K is functioning effectively.

Exciting news, Charmion: "Himself" is not ready to be retired and your are in a great area for university! He will be busy and not underfoot! Hope you used a good mask for that garage cleaning!!

Still no R!


19 May 19 - 06:52 PM (#3993091)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I'm sorry to read about so many four legged family members crossing that rainbow bridge earlier this month. We lost our beloved Murph on the Friday before Mother's Day. We knew it was coming and likely it was the best possible thing for him but there is still that empty space.....

Work has me running at full tilt lately, my caseload is higher than it has ever been. While I appreciate the vote of confidence that those kinds of numbers bring....WOOF!!!!

I took my Mom away for a 3 day weekend for Mother's Day. We went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania....did some shopping, stayed overnight, did some exploring and then made our way for a short visit with my aunt who we haven't seen since last fall. It was a whirlwind weekend but we sure did have a good time! Then yesterday Mom and I went on a bus trip to the Lilac Festival in Rochester...the weather was perfect and we had another great day!

Today I haven't done anything except make lunch! I am needing some rest and as you know, Monday is coming up shortly! :)

I continue to work on losing this weight but truthfully, trying to keep myself on track while travelling is somewhat difficult but not altogether impossible. I am now down 15. 6 pounds. It's a healthy start that I am pleased with.

We are behind in gardening at the time, as is the rest of the area due to the RIDICULOUS amount of rain. Some of the garden is dry enough to work but much of it is not. The ground is beyond saturated at this point! We did get some new turkey chicks this week.

I have a lovely window in my office that is perfect for growing things so I am getting my growing fix there...at least for now.

We are starting to begin the new furniture adventure. We currently have a second hand couch and chair that are about as old as Jeremiah. We have been waiting as Murph had difficulty holding his bowels.....we have had the furniture covered, of course and the blankets were interchanged and washed daily but we didn't want to invest in new furniture until we no longer needed to keep it covered.

We can't decide if we want another couch and two chairs or a sectional or what.....I'm sure we will be doing some looking over Memorial Day Weekend....great time for sales and all.

I am enjoying reading about what everyone is doing in their retirement or what they have been enjoying. Pete is looking at retirement in less than 5 years now. I haven't thought much about when I will retire as far as a timeline goes....I don't anticipate it anytime soon.

I hope everyone is well.

Michelle


19 May 19 - 08:18 PM (#3993093)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Hurrah, the garage is clean and tidy. On the other hand, I have seven large bags of garbage, a substantial stack of flattened cardboard boxes, and a miscellany of dead household items — four Venetian blinds, a broken patio umbrella, a suitcase with a busted zipper, and one of those plastic sheet things meant to protect a hardwood floor from the wheels of an office chair, which (the plastic thing) is irretrievably warped. So Tuesday will feature a trip to the dump.

Everyone should visit the local dump at least once a year. A feature of the Stratford dump that I particularly enjoy is the colony of vultures that haunts the area. Very interesting creatures, vultures.

I will return to the dump on Saturday, when the city is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Day. That’s my cue to lighten our load of dead batteries, paint cans, fluorescent light bulbs, and anything else that looks dangerous, such as empty camping fuel cans.

LilyFestre says she likes reading about what some people are doing in retirement, and I realized that we are supposed to be retired but we’re not, really. Himself has just accepted a new job and enrolled in a doctoral program. I don’t have a paying gig at present, but I seem to be working as hard as I ever did, if not as much.


20 May 19 - 02:29 AM (#3993100)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Aww, Michelle, the "lost a pet in May" club seems to be expanding. I'm sorry—when they're failing you end up making lots of accommodations for them. I did a lot of laundry there near the end also; enjoy the new sofa when it arrives. I have stuff here now that I was going to use to keep Poppy comfortable, but in her own area at night due to incontinence. There is a folding (8 panel - no top to it, just sides) kennel that will stay in it's box for the time being. Our garden soil is also really wet from weekly heavy rains. I know people have had their gardens in for a couple of months (raised beds, mostly), but mine is going to be late this year.

Like Himself, I've also thought about going back to school. Once you reach the retirement age in this state you can go very inexpensively or free, though the classes have to make with enough paying students and if they're full you can't be added.

The chore that needed doing, once I discovered it this afternoon, was pulling out some really old stuff out of the spice cupboard. Things in baggies that I no longer remember what they are, bulk items purchased but not used in ages, a couple of jars way past the sell-by date. To complement the cupboard clean-out, I cooked a couple of things for this week, to occupy the fridge. A batch of rice, some burritos, and overnight a crock pot of oatmeal with chopped dates is slow-cooking.

The last of the batch of limbs are at the curb, though I did cut down one more small limb after I put the can out for trash. Shredding some of the paper I mentioned earlier, and dishwasher is running. The washer is set on the timer to run in the morning—since it's a mixed batch of light and dark I have it running at a time when I'll be getting up and can dry everything before any color from the darks inadvertently bleeds into the lights. It isn't likely, but why tempt fate by turning it on now right before heading to bed then leaving a batch of wet clothes in the washer overnight.)


20 May 19 - 10:41 AM (#3993117)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

(See the link upthread to find the Patio Garden pix)

There is full shade between the garage and the row of handicap accessible tubs until about 9:30AM. A good time to plant, dead-head, etc.

This AM I potted up two more tubs, and Greg set one to complete the screening off of the griddle's gas bottle for curb appeal.

I also slid several rain-heavied tubs and a big bin of mulch around to accommodate the new garden feature-- the weathering iron armature of a faux wicker chair, the seat of which remains for a Newbie seat or her shade canopy. (That chair will be angled to balance the parrot cage, and get covered in pruned vines.)


20 May 19 - 03:01 PM (#3993164)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

what I do in retirement took a trip to france and spain. going to mystic in june. volunteering at a children's camp and would like to add more. i take pictures of flowers and post them on twitter. i go to macdonald's and read my email etc and watch a bit of their cooking videos they have up now. i sleep abnormal amounts in the day and am awake much of the night. i occasionally go across the river to swim.
well..that about covers it. hopefully i will be up and at em soon. Oh. sometimes I stretch.


21 May 19 - 09:29 AM (#3993255)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

One of the nicest aspects of having formally departed the job market is being able to sleep when I want, and as long as I want -- that is, unless and until the cat wants me to get up. It's hard to argue with fifteen pounds of claws and determination when it's standing on your sternum.

Himself is on his way to bail court, so I shall make a solo appearance at the dump today. Fortunately, the sun is shining mightily in Perth County, so I will get to see the vultures soaring against a bright blue sky.

We went out for supper last night, on foot so we could have beer. (When your're a criminal lawyer, or married to one, you take the drunk-driving law *very* seriously.) On the way, I counted four magnolia trees in less than a mile, all of them in full bloom. I'm always surprised by magnolias in Ontario, but they grow even as far north as Ottawa if they are planted in a sunny, sheltered spot. In Stratford, they don't seem to need any help, and they sure add pizzazz to our lovely little town.


21 May 19 - 04:29 PM (#3993322)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PATIO LASAGNA PATCH

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/

This started TODAY (thanks DH) when six (paper) leaf bags to immediately upcycle as the bottom layer.... were emptied in today's unpacking of most of the clothes and linens we'd brought from PA.

The plan is to border the left side and the front with block-- maybe the back also to hold moisture away from the neighbor's fence. This will connect a small square concrete pad on the left to a raised pad on the right, which provides its own wall and thus needs no block.

The parrot cage that lives there (currently off to the side) will go back there, but on risers to keep its feet dry, angled as before. Lasagna layers will continue to be added around the cage, making a propagation bed in the patio.

Brandon will help add the layers of soil, mulch, and compost to fill the bed, over the summer. He'll also suggest ways to use what HAS been a square of weeds choking off a poor little euonymus. (Not veggies due to persistent Roundup use in previous years.)


22 May 19 - 01:42 AM (#3993346)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I have concluded that several trips to pick up free mulch have to be part of my garden plan for this year. Weed whack the area I want to cover (scalp to soil) then put down cardboard and mulch on top. The local free mulch is actually robust wood chips. The garden will also have mulch, but less of it. And there won't be much garden, so perhaps I can control the stink bugs that wiped it out the last two years.

We had another thunderstorm overnight, but not as much inch-wise as the previous storms. Tomorrow should be good for working on the yard. And tomorrow I should work on another batch of yard limb trimmings to put in the trash for Thursday.

There are mugs and cups in the kitchen cupboard that I never use, and if I thought about it, there are other things in those cupboards that I never use. I think emptying the spice cabinet the other day has me thinking about what else is hidden in there that should be tossed or donated.


22 May 19 - 04:34 PM (#3993475)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

After rain yesterday morning the mulch at the free compost site was almost steaming and heavier than usual to lug back to the SUV, but I have 3 heavy-duty trash bags full, and one garden area where I've started pulling weeds along the edge to put down a lasagna layer of cardboard and mulch. I think a 3-bag batch of mulch a day for a week or two is what is needed; whether I'll manage to keep up with that schedule is something else.

I poked through bathroom and dressing room drawers and cupboards this morning and pulled out a few things to discard or recycle; it's that time of year when occasional cool-down sessions are necessary, and I should save dresser drawers and closets to sort through when I need time in the A/C. And the pantry shelves, they're all a jumble again.


22 May 19 - 05:08 PM (#3993482)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We started a fun project today to discourage the dog from straining herself right through a fence in order to eat cats, while out in stinking heat and humidity.

I came back into the roaring AC and wrote about it here, including the plan to fix what is, until fixed, the obverse of curb appeal. It's also a declut. Let me know what you think:

http://bit.ly/2HKwvOA


22 May 19 - 07:31 PM (#3993502)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Response sent to MCOT.


22 May 19 - 07:55 PM (#3993504)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

The "new"/old cabinet which is now ours is quite nice even though painted. We are at the point of a big need for a strong body to help R carry things upstairs .... Beautiful "new" blonde oak chest of drawers and elegant roll top desk and the heavy pine piece for the Sewing/TV room... All cluttering the first floor! Would love them in place and in use! In this lifetime!

The only new-from-a-store piece of furniture is the mattress. I am hoping for another bed frame soon so I can get another mattress so I can have overnight guests! (Big music fest on the canal in mid June!) R says he has several "wow" bed frames... The beautiful blond desk is to replace the dark oak, needing repair roll-top desk about which I commented mildly, "That is a really ugly desk." We are fortunate to be surrounded with good thrift shops! The big question is when will R divest us of the not-going-to-be-used pieces.

Went to a "seniors' lunch" today - first ever. Met a couple interesting women and am hoping one might join our English tutoring group - another yankee who has lived in Canada since '81. It was a marvellous mix of skin colours; only one male. Lively group and the noise, of 25 people talking, wore me out; the afternoon has been no energy at all.

The 3 baby cherry trees are well planted; I put a tomato cage and netting around each lest there be nibblers. They are leafing out nicely!

Hope to go down to Mill tomorrow to fetch more mulch (sorry SRS!), visit Geri and do some clean up in studio. Still need someone with a rototiller to make me more garden beds before I can bring more perennials. Last week's plantings look very healthy; the deep purple iris are in full bloom.

My indoor tomato plants have numerous new fruit!

Want to go to Beaver but R cannot and seems to want me to stay here. I need to get back to help Magda with pottery but, even though this is a weekend of events up there, it really is too soon to spend that much energy again. Maybe next week.


22 May 19 - 08:08 PM (#3993506)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I nearly burned out the little electric weed wacker this afternoon as I attacked the perimeter of the largest garden, then got rid of the grass growing out of cracks in the driveway. All three bags of mulch have been used or stacked up, so tomorrow I'll make that trip again (and I'm glad you have that steady supply, Dorothy. My city park supply is resupplied regularly and should be getting some more soon since it's pretty low). My gas trimmer is difficult to start, I may have to take it in for more work, or redo the fuel lines.

There are some US Post Office boxes that I've had for a long time that aren't usable now (some of the Zone B boxes; zone A is still in use and I use them a lot, but these others didn't work out so well and were discontinued.) I've flattened them completely, laid them in a line, and covered them with mulch. I also used some long pieces of cardboard I'd kept from the box the mower came in and other boxes that were the right shape for this application. It'll make room in my sun room box storage area.

I've walked past the same dead bug or dirt chunk on the floor for the last couple of days - it's time to attack the dust and specks and vacuum the living room carpet. And since Poppy's passing, I think the time has come to steam clean the carpets.


23 May 19 - 09:59 AM (#3993580)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel

I found the ideal adhesive to repair large specialty hot tub umbrellas is '5 Second Fix' tm

Its better than super glue or gorilla glue.


23 May 19 - 04:43 PM (#3993634)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Day two, and second run made for mulch. They'd moved it around so I couldn't fill my bags with the cedar-rich mix I found yesterday, but it will still work. With so much wet weather this is full of fungus (mycorrhizae).

I looked into Don's recommended "5 second fix" - it seems to have mixed reviews:
Does 5 Second Fix Belong in Your Toolbox?
Chopping to the point: Liquid plastic resin pens seem to be all the rage in DIY circles nowadays, and 5 Second Fix appears to be a new addition. However, this popularity means you have lots of options from which to choose, which almost certainly includes local options that are easier to buy—and return if you’re dissatisfied.

Compared to many of these other options though, 5 Second Fix appears to provide 2 unique advantages:

The company claims it can be sanded and painted for the cleanest possible repairs, and
Comes with free S&H.
As such, although we almost always recommend purchasing these types of products locally, 5 Second Fix appears to be a solid option if you’re only interested in buying online.


The reviews seem to land generally at 2.5 stars out of five on the various sites. This sounds like the same stuff the dentist uses to stick new half crowns onto the tooth.

That new desk sounds like a nice substitute for the old ugly one, Dorothy. Good luck in evicting all of the ugly furniture!

How has your week gone, Susan? And what is this "parrot cage" you keep referring to? Do you or did you ever have a parrot, or is it simply an ornamental piece?


23 May 19 - 07:44 PM (#3993650)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, our week... Yucky fam thing going on, but gardening = sanity.

The parrot cage was a curb find, the summer before last, and until this year I wasn't sure exactly where it should live. (It's in the photo album, shown in its semipermanent spot. It's temporarily not in that spot, as we Lasagna the square of lousy soil it occupies.)

Next year it will house annuals, but this year its shape just softens the boxy lines of the rest of the patio.


24 May 19 - 09:46 AM (#3993728)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I wrote a discursive post yesterday on everything under my particular sun, and then Stratford was hit by a line squall that -- among other things -- knocked out the hydro. That dropped my clever musings straight down the memory hole where they probably belonged.

Steve the Garden Guy showed up the other day to talk about tidying up our flower beds and pruning our trees. Talking to Steve is a bit tiring because he is a non-stop bundle of energetic nerve, but it's good to know he's on our case. God knows, we are the world's worst weeders, really not to be trusted with any task more complex than mowing the lawn.

Steve was recommended to me by Soprano Ruth, a recent widow with wicked arthritis. Ruth lives in a large ramshackle house surrounded by what looks like forty acres of garden and, without Steve, she would be trapped in a jungle. I look forward to a neater summer than we had last year.


24 May 19 - 11:34 AM (#3993742)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Charmin has a Garden Guy, we have a Lawndude, lol.

The AM here:

Bumpy AM coffee chat, but included great shared vision of:
. ballot box by china cabinet for overflow dog food, rice bag
. coat tree in kennel closet for quick-grab winter and rain gear
. ballot box in kennel closet for quick-grab winter boots
. underbed coat storage space planned is reallocated for linen storage such as space-bagged winter comforter to add when needed for a few months.

Then my round of room-circulating to better utilize PA items brought:

. Swapped 2 chairside baskets and changed locay of some items in them
. Found orajel and caused its containing cabinet to be better ordered
. Assessed how our home storage/unpacking is coming along, in light of coffee chat decisions about garage items that can come in.

Here's our 5-minutes-to-tidy bedroom.


24 May 19 - 11:41 AM (#3993744)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've created a set of beds in my front yard that over time I've simplified for the sake of mowing. And I realize that if/when I ever sell this house or my estate sells it the next owners will probably go back to one large lawn with a few trees (assuming at least my trees would stay. It was a bare stretch of Bermuda grass and a few straggly shrubs against the house when I moved in). That's up to them. For now, I like my park-like layout, but I am keeping in mind how to mow around anything I change.

It's the time of year when ants try to move in with me, so I'll be spritzing Diatomaceous earth around the edges of counters. I peeled a banana this morning, and it seems that slight crack in the skin was enough to invite in a dozen or more ants. Weirdest thing I've ever seen. The dogs don't mind ants, so they got that one.

The door-prize Vinca on the front porch doesn't like to be ignored, and I expect to be at the plant nursery today later and I'll find a replacement. Or pick up a pack of Portulaca seeds and put them in that pot. They do just fine getting watered only occasionally.

Two dog beds are once again in the washer, some of Poppy's favorites. They are probably okay but since I'm planning to tuck them away for a while I want them clean. The carpet in the dining area is about to be vacuumed, then folded back each way and dirt swept out from under, then shampooed. Big job for this evening. I want to leave the dogs in the yard while I do it and late evening and after dark it will be cooler for them. I may donate a couple to Goodwill (after they've been washed).


24 May 19 - 09:52 PM (#3993809)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've finished scalping most of the long garden area beside the driveway and have emptied the three bags of mulch onto a large piece of cardboard. Friday night isn't the time to head to the park alone to get more mulch, so I'll retrieve two batches tomorrow. And I picked up bedding plants and some flowers today with my gift certificate.


25 May 19 - 07:20 AM (#3993859)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We picked up plant material ydy for the disappearing of the ugly patio gate-- sales are underway. Next year I'll probably wait until Memorial Day for even better prices.

We also picked up seeds to fill the patio's cracks, to deprive those areas' habitual weedbeds of light for their jungle growth.

I'm pleased that after so many summer visits here-- random months apparently adding up to two complete seasonal cycles-- my body seems to know this sometimes-Floridian climate.

A bunch of garaged PA stuff probably comes in this week, and Greg found an outlet for the PA garage freezer. So the grocery budget will resume bulk meat buys next month. I've already stocked it with Costco bread. Time to start stocking the GF bread there also.


25 May 19 - 10:52 AM (#3993896)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

As I prepare to plant my belated garden the freezer needs more drawing down. Except for fresh greens, milk, and eggs, I'll be eating almost exclusively out of the freezer for a few weeks. And though it doesn't look like much yet, the garden is taking shape.

The steam cleaning is imminent in the front room; as I was vacuuming the carpet I stopped to do some filter cleaning in that vacuum. I'll finish vacuuming today (the foam rubber filter is almost dry) then steam clean this evening. Vacuuming is a MUST - no point in running all of that dirt through the steam cleaner.

Heading out to walk the dogs. We have to do it early in the day now, it's too warm in the evenings, especially for the old lab. He comes home and pants for hours otherwise.

P.S. I picked up a small electronic scale (countertop, for food) at Goodwill yesterday. It needed batteries, but once installed, it only works briefly. You have to reinstall the batteries to turn it on each time. This will go back to Goodwill soon. I have a little plastic imprecise spring scale I was trying to replace, but it doesn't need batteries, so it's still in business.


25 May 19 - 07:59 PM (#3993973)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:
For short times, I am working at removing grass and other weeds from between the stones in the - someday - lovely walking path in back yard. A sharp, pointed hoe edge is working well.

Today de-cluttered bank account as we toured the yard sales in Chateauguay. R bought tools... I wonder at the incredible variety he manages to find and, "don't you already have ten of those?" "Maybe." We did pick up a few useful things, including a very nice new faucet for the bathroom sink ($7!) and two old fashioned stand lamps which will replace the more modern ones in TV room ($5 each!).

Arrived home, out of money and needing food! As R unpacked a woman saw the old clock on the front steps and stopped to see if we were having a yard sale! (Maybe next time! Only permitted on three specified weekends a year.) Such lovely energy she had, we invited her in and had a great visit - mutual friends, exchanged info...

The only clutter is still those things needing to be moved to their home spots. Maybe this week???

Driving around, I saw more than one front yard that was mostly plantings/mulch, stones - my goal for here! A dump truck load of mulch would be a good start!


26 May 19 - 12:13 PM (#3994036)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

AM plan (was a bit bumpy in commubication):

House Project Priorities--

1. Fit out back end of kennel closet w existing, removable storage for easy plumbing/electrical access, for winter boots, coats etc. For this, spelunk coat tree, ballot box, plastic drawer unit. Preclean for what Yano will clean further on Tuesday. Set items in place as cleaned.

2. Cut bedboard from old twin base plywood, leaving enough plywood for a planned kitchen cabinet customization. The board will improve support on my side of our bed (similar to what we had in PA).

3. Leaving the cabinet project plywood in its current place (pending a Brandon day) between fridge and freezer will facilitate freezer access, now that the freezer's running.

3. Improve garage ventilation around appliances, by cracking a window and aiming a fan for draft. Spelunk fan and run cord to overhead outlet.


26 May 19 - 01:05 PM (#3994041)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Every year I have to improve garage ventilation also. The dogs don't spend time out there now, though the fenced-off kennel/stall is still there (maybe the diagram will hold it's shape and give a simple diagram of the garage)

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The stall is built to surround that back door of the garage, and there are still two large plastic dog houses in there, one will bedding in case one of them decides to seek shelter there (on the occasion they are accidentally locked out of the house, for example). I also have a couple of stacks of large boxes in there since the dogs don't need the space.

The rest of the garage is for the vehicle and around the sides, storage, mower, work bench, etc. When I open the window over the workbench (squiggles at top) and the garage door is opened about 2", the garage stays much cooler. And I work out there sometimes in the summer, so it isn't just for the dogs. That side door has a dog flap, so there is always some flow there also. The corral is put together with two pre-fab fence panels. One was cut in half and attached to a stud on the unfinished wall, and the full-length one is attached and reinforced at a 90o angle so it is parallel to the garage wall and ends at the step up at the back of the garage. There is a 2x4" piece of lumber half-way down this that supports the fence (it's screwed into the top cross-member of the panel and is about 3' high - when I clean in there I have to work around it.) There are two hinges attached to the end of the long fence panel and the remaining 1/2 panel has been reinforced with two 2x4' pieces and has two castors screwed onto the base. There is a gate latch on it, and I've built a frame out from the window wall beside the workbench to let the gate latch onto. It isn't solid wood, it's like a big slot and a folded (four-sided) kennel is tucked down into that slot. It keeps the dogs in the kennel if I need them to stay. Before I built that last bit that the gate latches to I just kept boxes stacked there to block them from entering the garage. Poppy used to push over the boxes to go chase mice. Ah, the good old days! She usually pushed over my smoker in the process, but it still works.

The girls observed the unspoken rule of "we won't dash out of the kennel when the garage door opens," but for a period of time after the Labrador retriever Zeke arrived I was mostly parking the truck on the driveway, and if I opened the garage door he would race around the gate and out to meet me. Our routine became me stopping, opening a door to let him hop in and ride into the garage, then I would close the door and let him out of the pickup. I finally built the final solid part of the kennel to prevent him from doing that. I know this sounds confusing, but if any part of that construction story is helpful to Susan, that's why I shared it.

It's somewhat overcast today, so more garden work.


26 May 19 - 01:59 PM (#3994049)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thanks SRS, I'll take a look!

I just unpacked another small PA stash and got this little partial timeline of critters:
PET and SVC DOG PA LICENSE/VAC RECORDS

Liver Dalmation RUBY was 7 on 1-27-05
Shep mix svc dog FAULKNER was 1.5, on 1-27-05
Ruby, 2006
Faulkner, 2006
Faulkner, 3, 6-21-07
Yellow lab/dane Sadie was 2 on 4 -24 -09
Sadie, 2011
Faulkner, 2011
Marcellus cat, 2012
Faulkner, 2012
Faulkner, feb 2013
Faulkner July 2013
Svc dog Newbie, 2, 12 28 -16

We saved all those tags-- jewelry project! Recycling the envelopes.


26 May 19 - 03:52 PM (#3994067)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Just a brief update....

I'm down 16.8 pounds now.
Five bags of Jeremiah's clothes have been washed, bagged and are in the car to be delivered to their new family on Wednesday.

The living room has been cleaned and dusted. The pellet stove has been cleaned out and is ready for next season. The top has been washed down and now houses 8 battery powered candles that are flickering nicely in that dark corner.

We, as a family, went furniture shopping yesterday. We have narrowed down our choices to 2 sofas. We were initially thinking a couch, a love seat, 2 ottomans and a straight back upholstered chair but after much measuring and day dreaming, I think I would prefer a couch and 2 recliners. It is not the style that I wanted but so far, we haven't found that style in something that is uber comfy which is what we want....so....I may have to compromise on this point as I'd much rather be comfortable than pretty which is SO obvious if you were ever to meet me in person.

In addition, Pete is looking at a new to him truck.

Also, I had a turkey fly into my car last week which did substantial damage...all fixable in the days ahead.

On the same day the turkey flew into my car, we had to take Jeremiah to the Emergency Department. He had been playing outside in his dirt pile of trucks and such when the wind kicked up dirt and debris into his eye. Although I flushed it several times, it didn't appear as it was helping and he was in pain. At the hospital, they numbed his eye, used a q-tip to look up under his eyelid after applying special eye drops and using a light that would clearly show scratches or foreign objects. They also flushed his eye. Thankfully, everything is ok. We don't know what was in his eye and the ED doctor stated that it's likely it came out when I was flushing water in his eye...we'll never know. No scratching or permanent damage.

I went on a bus trip to Rochester last weekend for the Lilac Festival with my mom...we always have a good time together and I completely enjoyed the day!

We are planning a Mother Daughter trip in September...it is my late birthday and early Christmas gift combined. We are headed to the ocean, somewhere I've been wanting to go now for years but Pete hasn't had the desire to go...I can't wait! I SO much prefer our together adventures than gifts! We are also currently signed up to make ceramic Christmas trees and another class to make a basket.

On Tuesday I go for my annual cancer check up. I have the tumor markers drawn twice a year and the big exam once a year at this point. I wish I could say it isn't nerve wracking anymore but I'm just not quite there yet.

I have tomorrow off which I will most likely spend either puttering or sitting at the car dealership with Pete to purchase his truck (if they are open).

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

Michelle

PS. Plans are in the works to get the kayaks out on the water now that Jeremiah can swim...I imagine it won't be long until he has a yak of his own!


26 May 19 - 05:57 PM (#3994075)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Michelle: Also, I had a turkey fly into my car last week which did substantial damage

I'd love to read the insurance report on that one! Did the bird die, and was any of it edible, or are they out of season right now?

Susan, I think there is a collection of those kinds of tags in the tool and oddball stuff drawer in the kitchen.

My tomatoes are nearly ready to be planted, and I've taken a lot of cardboard and mulch to the surrounding portions of the garden. I had the 4" pots soaking in water with compost tea to give them an extra boost. The potatoes that were planted late are sprouting. Herbs everywhere, and some need harvesting before roots get either dug out or transplanted. Once they're planted and mulched I'll mow the back, and finish in time to go feed my friend's cats again. Kicking back this evening to watch a movie, after I pull something out of the freezer for tomorrow to grill outside for a holiday dinner.

Michelle, I sent you three PDF files via Messenger, they are the most recent publications from Consumer Reports to do with buying used vehicles. You may already have them, but since I was thinking about it I sent them along. I found a vehicle that, while not on the "best buy" list, isn't on the "avoid" list, and generally has a good reputation. Good luck with the search.


27 May 19 - 11:40 AM (#3994185)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The last run up to a friend's house to feed her cats included swinging past the free compost bunker maintained by the city. It's lower than usual, but still has plenty for what I needed. I've brought in 14 contractor-sized bags so far, each filled about 2/3 full. Each contractor bag contains as much as probably 2 of the commercial bags sold at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. ($2.79/bag).

Today the peppers get planted, and hopefully room made for some flowers I want to add to the permanent landscaping area in the front yard. I picked up things that should reseed themselves. It's also time to finish removing another fence post in the back yard. I'm not sure what I'll do with all of them once they're out, possibly offer to a friend who builds fences, or put them on Freecycle.


27 May 19 - 12:29 PM (#3994197)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, we used to have a garage area for dog use but took it down when we started parking in there. Ours was made of ag panel sections, attached to screw eyes, about 5' square. I miss it. Maybe someday there will be room for a dog door entry, but that awaits replacing that door (it's rotting and patched to last 2 more years).

To ventilated the garage in light of neighborhood security and weather patterns, two solutions look feasible-- adding either a louvered vent above the garage door (bye bye basketball hoop), or an awning over the window by the appliances. The awning is preferable but pricey. We'll probably discuss a home-made, rigid wooden one made like an indoor valence box. After I sit and contemplate that window's existing curb appeal.

We're also exploring a worm bin for composting to reduce plastic trash bag use.


27 May 19 - 01:00 PM (#3994201)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Clutter at this point is caused by things needing to be moved to other places: books to basement and furniture upstairs. Robin needs a helper and does not seem to be able to "Go to the gas station and ask the nice man if h knows anyone who needs a couple hours work". If I were strong enough... but I no longer am. It is becoming a stressor for both of us.

Found someone taking out a white picket fence about two blocks away. R asked about it and was told to take ALL of it. As soon as he has time, we will have a surfeit of white picket fence! Will use metal posts to install it. Not fencing in, or out, anything, just for pretty but may grow clematis on some - need stronger supports for those sections. Mostly the front yard is shady. A great place for spring bulbs and other shade lovers.

R de-cluttered trees in back of grape vines. I had a fit as he removed habitat and critter food; that is SO suburban; this is not suburban, this is country! Intransigent, he said he would buy the critters grapes! "Yeah, poisoned ones from Chile!" (pesticides) Although I do throw bits into the yard that could/should go into compost, I generally do NOT feed wildlings lest they develop dependency. The good side was that it made it easier for him to remove trash that had been thrown behind the garage over the years. He happily decluttered; I, furiously, declared him NOT environmental. I am also insisting the brush be piled behind the row of lovely sugar maples (not burned) so the critters can use it for habitat as it returns to the earth.

White and lilac Lilacs are in full bloom - maybe 20 feet tall! I will cut some back after bloom but the screen between us and east neighbour is nice. The front and back "lawns" are dandelions and violets, with some grass!

Pile of stuff ready to go to thrift shop next trip.


27 May 19 - 03:13 PM (#3994231)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The fifth of ten metal fence posts is down, the concrete footer from the fourth one is knocked off, broken, and stuffed into the newest hole then filled with the original soil. I'm not leaving any holes standing there waiting for someone or something to trip into. Now I'm waiting for another rainstorm to soak the area to dig the next one. I have a stack of metal posts next to the cut up fence that I'm going to mostly discard in two weeks during bulky waste, but some will be used for edging in the garden.

Dorothy, do your neighbors have any recommendations for a local handyman to help move stuff? I have a friend here who is on speed dial of probably every house on both sides of my street. If something needs doing - "maybe Antonio could do it." Everyone needs an Antonio in the neighborhood. He makes a living this way, through referrals only.

It's hot and very humid, so my outdoor tasks are brief, then I come back in to cool. I saw a canopy that is 25% off today (via coupon) at Harbor Freight - tempting to pick one up and put it up over the garden so I can work on it longer at a time.


27 May 19 - 11:57 PM (#3994271)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I finished digging the next veggie bed at dusk and planted the various types of peppers. This gardening is hot work, but it is going in late . There's lots of mulch in place to hopefully keep these plants happy. Spinosad in the watering water tomorrow, as I attempt to stamp out the stinkbug infestation I had for the last two years.


28 May 19 - 12:54 PM (#3994325)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

W Yano Becky

Cleaned ballot box and plastic drawers, set to dry in sun.

Unpacked two large boxes. Kitchen items brought in. Shred boxed for mulch. Misc #1 box sorted for house or garage. Its big empty box retained.

Garage items set w hardware in garage. Paper folded for lasagna. Packing peanuts added to bag of same for future gardening. New secateurs found, yay, and set in gardeners drawer.

Coat rack de-goumed. That completes the storage items for the winter boits/jackets going into the back of the kennel closet.

In my closet, the upper rod now has my heavier dress wear-- and half of the PA lightweight 3-season business-wear is hanging on the lower rod. There is room for all the rest-- just need more of the extra wide, non-slip hangers.

I DID estimate right on how much clothing to keep! I DID plan enough storage space for it!


28 May 19 - 02:49 PM (#3994345)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Good job, Susan! I had to look up secateurs - one of my most-often used tools, as it happens, and I have several around here. My gardening apron is one of the .99 cent nail aprons from Home Depot, and I keep gloves and the pruners in one side and my phone goes in the other.

Cleared out some stuff today since a friend was coming over to use the computer (with web cam, for a job interview). Sent him home with some extra goodies from the freezer. Looks like a thunderstorm is headed this way so good thing he finished before the interference of weather OR the barking of Pepper, who does not like thunderstorms.

Also cleared out some particularly noxious spam here (above the line) lately. Maybe the trolls are starting summer vacation by posting more crap.


28 May 19 - 05:21 PM (#3994365)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

"Secateurs" appeared in a book I read as a lil yoot. I grew up thinking everyone called them that. It's funny when Lawndude Brandon doesn't know that word and tries to teach me his word. ;-)

Post-Yano, the first of two loads of unpacked dishes ran in the DW and the 2nd is running now. We each have up a glass pan that just doesn't work here, to the GW box.

We spent an hour reviewing costs and options for mulching out the big tree ring that I once mulched out by myself with no helpers. Two.5 yards, 35 bags minimum. Shore is purty when it's fresh.

Then we spelunked the garage boxes for aquatic items, many of which I brought from PA to donate to my Y. A few went into my keep sack. The rest came in, after being ferried, to wash and donate... They're in the washer. Also ferried was a wash tub full of toiletries, after I'd removed and recycled broken items.

Two Coleman zip closets were investigated. These are about 30 x 40 and meant to stand in a van or truck's back end, camping. One was full of wet and moldy ruined items which were ruthlessly discarded. That zip bag was set to bake under the camper as a potential underbed closet. The other, empty, was set in the patio to wash, for same.

Then we worked together to set four old, round bed risers (that I'd saved after their prior use pre-move), under my nightstand. This replaced a cardboard box that never quite worked to make the nightstand high enough, and freed up the draw sheet covering the box. It needs further work (one riser's base hangs up with the concrete pier acting as a bed riser).

Also freed up, in this stint of creating garage space-- an old schoolteachers' metal wastebasket which a late friend had painted out in giant ladybugs on a green background. I've used it for 4 years, upside down, behind the mailbox, for packages to stay off wet soil. But now our big PA mailbox has been set there instead. So I allocated it, right side up, to the Camp Kitchen. Greg will probably drill it for drainage, and when I find a more rainproof trash can at Goodwill, it will be repurposed again.


29 May 19 - 11:24 AM (#3994410)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It is interesting how, if you give them consideration, lots of things can be repurposed. There were a number of items left behind at this house by the previous owners that I've integrated into my activity areas—the two cast iron firewood stands are a case in point. Both have had cedar planks added and been turned into outdoors tables, one used as a potting bench.

This morning as as humid as physically possibly without it actually raining. The dogs and I enjoyed a visit with a neighbor up the street—we were both out doing things ahead of the thunderstorms headed this way. Susan, did you get hit by the complex that went through Ohio and Pennsylvania? I have a friend who was originally from Xenia, where a huge tornado famously destroyed much of the town. She told me that as a high school student working on a school play in the auditorium they all sought cover and were safe, but she foolishly crawled back through the stage area debris later to retrieve her purse. She's lucky she got out alive.

I have some yard work to do, like that neighbor, ahead of the rain. Better get to it.


29 May 19 - 06:47 PM (#3994428)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Beaver!
So nice to be here on a - finally! - lovely day!

Dropped off stuff at thrift shop; visited library and changed read for unread; groceries; two separate visits with friends; weeding and thinking; finally got tires changed! And another unexpected visit with friend as I waited. Bills paid. Daffies blooming beautifully in Astri memorial garden and lovely freckled violets. Assessing what survived: many raspberry of one type but only a few of the other; blueberries burgeoning; tons of parsley, lettuce has sprouted from last year! Beans planted last trip? No sign but some seeds above ground - re-buried. Bisque firing for Magda cooling; we started it this am. Sat in the screen house reading for a while!

Now to cook some good food.


29 May 19 - 07:52 PM (#3994431)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, the tornadoes missed us but the area was hit pretty hard.

I spent a lovely afternoon today rambling with Judy. We toured only briefly through the edge of affected area.

Greg and I put the parrot cage back up when I got back. Leveling risers for it became simple once I spotted the cage's pullout droppings tray, which we used to adjust the risers to approximate level. The mulch, etc. under the cage worked well to "disappear" the ground irregularities, and I was pleased to see that the height is still ok relative to the neighbor's fence. The light wasn't right for pix, so I'll post a pic of the cage on risers later, in the patio album, where I'll describe the project more fully.

Church abuse correspondence today.


29 May 19 - 08:53 PM (#3994437)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Crazy two days here.

I had my annual cancer check up along with the bi-annual tumor marker check and am thrilled to share that all is well!

Did some grocery shopping on the way home and got Jeremiah home just in time for us to get all the groceries inside and the dog out before the thunder started to roll along with warnings of hail and tornadoes. There was a touchdown in Ulster, PA...not too far from here...blew down a few buildings.

Today I got to work and Pete called saying he thought the cellulitis was back so I drove home and off to the ER we went (after calling the doctor). He has been admitted to the hospital...white blood cell count is rising and lactic acid is rising at a very fast rate. He's got lots of saline running and 2 antibiotics by IV. The smallish red spot from this morning now takes up most of his lower leg...lots of swelling...looking and feeling like plastic. They aren't sure of the cause. We won't know much more until 24 hours passes. He has a temperature, the chills and exhaustion.

Then the weather...tornado warnings in the area. The schools held the children until the threat passed. One touched down along Rte. 660 between Mansfield and Wellsboro, PA knocked down a shed where 8 people were taking shelter.

I have a must attend event tomorrow morning and then I'm headed to the hospital for the day. I'm thankful for laptops so I can work while Pete sleeps. I'd stay at the office but I can't concentrate knowing that Pete is in the hospital AND my supervisor is great about it all.

Goodnight.

Michelle


29 May 19 - 09:07 PM (#3994439)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

In this day and age telecommuting is a reasonable and practical way to take care of a lot of what we do for work. Seeing clients, working a service desk or other hands-on jobs, no, but other parts of the day, it is nice to work from home. I work about 10 hours a week, all from home, as a contractor for a regional website. I've never been to their office in the next county.

I hope you can figure out the source of the cellulitis; congratulations on your continued good health as a cancer survivor!

Susan, I look forward the photos of this very large-sounding parrot cage. I suspect you're describing something like is in use by birds down at my neighborhood garden center. They have several large birds in the store.

We were under a tornado warning today, the bulk of the storm passed to the north of me, but I heard from a former co-worker at the university that they had to head to the interior halls for shelter.

I put several potted flowers into one bed that gets a full half-day of sun, after moving a birdbath that had achieved quite a drunken tilt while standing in that bed. It now resides beside that garden on a concrete square that might help keep it level. I can return to the garden center and use the rest of the gift card because I've identified the rest of the things I need and can plant now. More veggies and some flowers. Others will start from seed.


29 May 19 - 09:35 PM (#3994441)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

While the bulk of my job can be completed online from just about anywhere, they like us in the office and do not often approve hours for work done elsewhere. However, in circumstances like I currently have, it is sometimes is approved. Frankly, whether I get paid for it or not, I have such a huge caseload that I will likely get some work done while Pete sleeps. It gives me something to do, takes my mind off the immediate while being close enough to offer love, support, a second set of ears and a sharp mind to take in details that he may miss due to medication fog.

Jeremiah is being a super duper helper while Pete is away and is handling this unplanned situation quite well. He is one incredible kid. <3

Michelle


30 May 19 - 09:51 AM (#3994465)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

(Parrot Cage) PLANT STAND

My original thought, when I saw this at the curb, was "there's my free greenhouse". That would need more plastic than I care to generate, so now it's a garden feature, plant stand, and more.

Foto and plan:

http://bit.ly/2HKEg8o

Those really long links force the page to the edge of the monitor, meaning readers have to scroll sideways to read page content. Hence the bitly link. ---mudelf


30 May 19 - 02:10 PM (#3994507)
Subject: Bitly Mudelf
From: wysiwyg

I have no idea how to do that, pls PM lesson if possible and I will try.


30 May 19 - 05:31 PM (#3994544)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Reducing link size is something anyone can do. I have a couple of websites I use - Bitly and TinyURL. And if you post with a site like Hootsuite they have a link-shortener called Ow.ly.

You can set up a free account at Bitly and keep track of everything you've shortened (useful if you want to go back and find something later) or on TinyURL, just drop it into the text box and it produces both the link itself and a preview link if (I think) someone wants to mouse over it and see what the link is to. I haven't used the preview.


30 May 19 - 10:20 PM (#3994584)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Michelle, how is Pete doing after another day at the hospital? Are they any closer to identifying why this has recurred? Is it a physical contact thing (bumping into something that has the germs on it) or idiopathic (no known cause)?

MaryG, after France and thereabouts, what will your next trip be? Are you going to be one of those retirees who is always on the move?

Charmion, did you take all of your toxic materials to the dump's special collection day? I fall through the cracks in my town - they don't participate in the county collection site and I'm not a citizen of the nearest large city that has a site. I have to borrow my ex's water bill to take things to the collection center (and that city had the nerve to give the site we can't use the name of our village!)

I made a couple of stops today that needed doing after lunch with a friend from work, then at Goodwill I was on my way to the register and noticed a lovely cotton print 3/4 sleeve blouse that will work nicely over the top of pastel knit tops. That is a summer look that works well here - air conditioning is cranked so low that you need that extra layer to be comfortable when you go to public buildings this time of year. It's a print with large flowers and enough colors that will go with all of my knit tops. I thinned out the hangers in the closet and laundry room recently, and there may be something I can pull for donation when I add this to the closet.


31 May 19 - 05:00 PM (#3994719)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, given the vision and device issues I'm dealing with, I don't foresee being able to try that method anytime soon. Other ideas? I know that a lot of the pasted links' characters are unnecessary, but I'm not sure where to chop them off.

I suppose one option if I have new pix to reference would be just to say so and paste the shortened album link again.

Other ideas?


31 May 19 - 05:56 PM (#3994722)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

AM wakies in the Patio resulted in a fone call to sked an appt, which led to setting up my voicemail finally, which I managed on my own. Then after brekky we practiced VM, and I discovered that the app Greg uses hides messages if you save them there, so you can no longer access them via regular VM. I didn't try the obverse, yet.

Over coffee, we discussed the day and a question brewing in my mind about the church abuse incident, and then I went to finish the letter portion of my writing assignment. Towards the end of the planned hour, a sense of urgency and clarity came, so I easily knocked out the other 10 pages of the project.

Somewhere in there I got and answered an email from the disability rights lawyoo advising us on the church thingie.

As I was about to distribute that and take a legs-up break, Larry the Grab Bar guy arrived to add the one I'd requested to make the recently installed bedside steps safer. Greg worked with him on placement. Larry and I joked as usual but it left a bad taste-- sexist stuff. Microagressions on top of K.

Next I whipped dishes and used,my new hangers to put away a basket of hangables which, tbtg did fit in the closet. The new grab bar and its placement were perfect for the tight working space. I ran a podcast w Sally Yates, which I moved to the LR to finish, where I folded clean items there-- tbtg no more hangables except one!

That one is going to be a test hanging (sounds grim!). It's going to go inside a clear bag, into overflow space where the unused hanger supply lives, in the kennel closet, because the winter stuff is in the back of that, and it's a Christmas vest. I may also hang a slim farmer bag in there, if I find that the best isn't disturbed, in my way, or dirtied up over the dog bed.

Tonight, blues bar!


01 Jun 19 - 10:13 AM (#3994787)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Today's plan is to set up the next Goodwill box to catch items, finish putting away the folded laundry, and start dealing with items left lying around during that quick writing assignment.

An important visitor is coming Friday for her first tour of the Library, and theres a lot of remedial work to do in there around our TV chairs in there, too. There is also an OCR scanner to find a place for, in there.

Greg gets the real fun today, hoping to avoid another plumbers' visit.


01 Jun 19 - 10:23 AM (#3994788)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Yesterday my local NPR station played a program called Brains and Losses that looked at the specific problem of what older people are or aren't thinking when they fall victim to financial scams. Part of it seems to be brain development. So as I thought about my ability and that of friends and family to avoid that kind of thing, I remembered a relative who did fall for a pitch (from an insurance company that "manages investments" but takes a cut every time they touch the money - that couple lost a substantial percentage of their retirement savings before another relative stepped in to put it back someplace safe.) And realized that as long as I pay hefty monthly interest on credit cards I've also set myself up for a different sort of fleecing.

That considered, I picked up a handful of documents and headed down to my credit union and consolidated that card debt. When the loan officer asked what brought me in, I told her about the radio program she noted where to find it. She said they see that kind of scam too often. I may also refinance the new vehicle, I would save only $10 or so a month, but over the course of five years, that adds up.

Cleaning this morning in preparation for friends coming over for lunch.


01 Jun 19 - 01:59 PM (#3994819)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Laundry folded. Two rolls of select-size paper towels distributed (and large-sheet towels stowed w cleaning supplies).

Hemi walker modified as chair assist. Will allocate to patio because then, one wooden walking stick can be added to scooter until I snag a folding GW cane.

Next, tried to find cleaners' bag to hang up my Xmas vest, in Newbieland. May add garment bag, also, and use its hook in the closet differently, (like for belts or trousers).

No clnrs bags found, but other used-twice bag found. I left the red vest color peeking thru and used my birthday clothespole to boost it up. That pole can live there by that kennel closet.

The wet items from the bathroom vanity leak are sorted, trash discarded, washables in washer, other items set to dry, and Chore bucket soaking in vinegar.

I note again how much more work is actually done-- "small stuff" assumed to be "women's work"-- than the planned work laid out this AM.....

Next we drilled a ceramic planter so its plants will actually drain, without removing them to drill. So first I emptied a PA basket of its stuff (sorted some), bcuz if that planter were to crack it would need the basket's plastic liner to sit into.

Planter drilled, no cracks, and set in place outside the front door in front of the raised impatiens planter.

A work in progress.

All these front door plants will come back inside, when it gets cold enough... Around Oct. 1, maybe. The plastic tray is set to receive the drilled planter, and there's a wicker kitchen plant stand with aluminum cups to catch the impatiens, and perhaps an amaryllis.


02 Jun 19 - 03:59 PM (#3994960)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The time has come to replace the nine-year-old computer. Last night we had thunder and lightning, the power was off for hours, but flickered as it went out (I was asleep at 2am when it was apparently restored so I don't know if there was flickering then also) Not too many lights left on but oddly, a television and radio in one room turned on by themselves.

The router also seems to have melted down to a primordial unaddressable URL, completely losing it's program and no longer responding to wired and wireless attempts to reach it. They were both plugged into power supply batteries that should have protected them.

One trip to Fry's and the new router connects to the phone and the laptop but the big HP will have nothing to do with it. I've hit the final "Diagnostics Policy Service is not running" message and I can't fix it. In the past I could.

So, scrambling all day, tripping over the smaller dog (whose anniversary it is today so I really should be making much of her, not saying "I'm going to trip over you if you keep doing that" she settles in beside wherever I'm standing or sitting.)

I really really dislike having to set up a new computer. For all of the novelty of the new device, everything that I use is stored in the other one. That is now effectively offline. I suppose I can use a cable to drag stuff over when a new one arrives.

It's humid and soggy and not really like the late Spring in Texas this year. We really do need to get things in gear and clean up our collective acts asap.


03 Jun 19 - 03:42 AM (#3995024)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

i am pretty happy with a lower end lenovo from amazon. ideapad 320


03 Jun 19 - 04:44 AM (#3995045)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

SRS, How were the network cables connected to the devices? ie. Does the incoming line go through a surge protector,perhaps on the UPS?

(I don't do that here btw because I get a noticeable speed drop on a slowish ADSL line if I go through the UPS in my room but network parts would be vulnerable if something happened to the phone line)

As for the PC. I know it's due replacement but would it be worth fitting a network card? Under£10 UK prices.


03 Jun 19 - 12:35 PM (#3995113)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Jon, how do you use the network card? Right now this computer is a self-contained, non-communicating machine. I'm not sure if there is a way to get around the absence of the "Diagnostic policy" error.

Mary, the computer at my house has done a lot of heavy lifting and even in retirement will continue to do so as it has numerous devices attached. External hard drives for music, photography, videos, and work files (I kept copies of everything I worked on, though most of them are now donated to Special Collections at work). I have a printer, a scanner, a Canopus for the VHS, a two-monitor desktop setup, and cables for all sorts of things are on a USB hub—such as cameras, phone, tablet, and the charger for my fitness tracker. And lots of software that operates best in a multi-core environment (any Adobe products, for example, are real processor hogs). I didn't dismiss laptops outright—I thought about a powerful laptop on a docking station that would give me the ability to attach all of the USB stuff and monitors, but I have things I want to add to the computer (that I can find on sale and do for myself cheaper than Dell can add them in now). And possibly a couple of things out of the old computer into this one (the Hauppauge receiver, for example, because I use my computer like a DVR; the old computer can't download the program to update the channel list so there would be no metadata with anything I record on there from here out.) In the end, laptops are more expensive and harder to work on, so it's another desktop.

It was a weekend of pleasure, visiting with old friends at lunch, and work, doing all of the computer stuff. And more work ahead. This morning a bright spot was the return letter from the tax appraisal office; they've been racing to raise our property values (and taxes) before the state puts a cap on all of that. My market value last year went up more than $20,000, and this year it went up a whopping $37,000. Lasts year I filed an online protest and because those hearings are nerve-wracking and I was still working, when they dropped $3000 from the market value (an automated response) I accepted it. This year the automated response cut the increase in half, but I have the time and energy so sent in the paperwork and was prepared to go to a hearing in a couple of weeks. This morning a letter arrive agreeing to leave the market value at last year's price (I asked they do that, or use the square foot rate of a house nearby that makes it even lower). The good thing about this is that this year my tax rate will be frozen, and at the lower level.

Last night I realized I'd forgotten to take my allergy stuff for a couple of days (as I lay in bed with a stuffy nose). I took the medication and spent time making my brain wind down until it kicked in and I could breathe (all of this computer and financial stuff can keep one awake) visualizing how today I would finally work on my new fence pickets (paint on the wood preservative) and cut up the old fence for bulky waste (it must be at the curb by next Monday so town officials can drive through and decide what size and type of truck to request to pick it all up). This is my task for the day.


03 Jun 19 - 01:06 PM (#3995120)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Hi SRS. I’ll start off by saying I’m making the possibly incorrect assumption that it’s just the network port on you motherboard gone. And it’s just something I might try. I can not advise on the Widow diagnostics or absence of.

If you did want to fit one, the first thing you would need to do is confirm what slots you have free on the motherboard. They might be PCI or PCI Express. Then you want a network card (PCI-e type shown)

Fitting should be easy.

Unplug the power and open the case. Touch yourself on something metal to discharge any static in you. The holes in the case for the slots will be covered by blanking plates and there will be some sort of screws or clamping mechanism but you will figure that out. Fit the new card that’s it inside.

You will want to move the network cable to this new socket and might like to try to disable the onboard network slot by looking around in the BIOS so you only show the one network card.

Configuration varies from system to system and I don’t know Win 10 well enough but if you are using DHCP (assign IP address automatically, commonly by the router), things might “just work”.


03 Jun 19 - 01:50 PM (#3995126)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Jon, if you google "Diagnostics Policy Service is not running" you'll find instructions to go to the command prompt and type in a directory to take you to the long list of functions in the computer that start right away, are delayed start, are automatic or manually started, etc. I've had to reset that a couple of times, and it refuses to even see my request to refresh the setting or approach it as an administrator.

And as far as space inside—this computer has just about every slot or port filled with some card or drive or other. Three or four years ago I bought a 256g SSD and cloned the C: drive onto it and plugged it into the motherboard. To put it inside the computer so full of stuff I literally pushed the card into the middle of the wires and anchored it in place with the zip tie. There isn't any extra space in this box of air. There is a lot of redundancy in there and I think there is a deceased large-capacity drive in there also.

And I have to figure out which of these external drives hold what files; they've been in place for ages and are all covered with dust and old post-it notes stuck on suggesting the letter drive it might be.


03 Jun 19 - 02:00 PM (#3995130)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Oh... I guess a USB wi-fi dongle could be an alternative but I think you prefer this one hard wired.

Oh and, I've just a search and found these


03 Jun 19 - 03:06 PM (#3995141)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I like Anker products, I have a number of their devices here. And if the computer would talk to the rest of the world, that would be an excellent option.

In for a cool-down after applying the rest of the can of wood preservative to my fence pickets. I'm a little over half-way through this task and will pick up more preservative next trip out.


04 Jun 19 - 07:58 AM (#3995216)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

The writing assignment (and some complicated politics that needed wise navigation afterwards) led to a larger role in the volunteer thing here, that I'm very pleased about. A big part of what's good about it is that the space to track the projects that will follow is already organized. It's also a great use of my skills. Tbtg I set clear boundaries around it when I was approached to be spokeswoman for a coalition of orgs I'm so passsionate about. The leaders I'll liaise with are the BOMB.

On the health and fitness front, today is a fresh start w PT. It will be good to have their guidance for a change. Apparently if you don't kill yourself with self-directed rehab work-- every PT I've had tells me "DO LESS, SLOW DOWN"-- Medicare has your back. No copay? REALLY? Come weekly as long as it takes?

On the home front, Yano Becky will work miracles today. Now if Brandon is over whatever kept him home sick, we can get the grounds in order too.

I'm behind on watering the patio garden, so off to do that.

~S~


04 Jun 19 - 11:35 AM (#3995234)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Yesterday in a Goodwill store I found a large non-stick skillet in excellent condition, $9. I have a smaller one that I tried using for crepes last year and they came out a bit too small. This is perfect. I don't use non-stick very often, so I think my older pan will go to Goodwill. And while I was at it, I looked around for things I have never-or-rarely-used, that now collect dust or crowd cupboards. I pulled out a large griddle, meant for use on a large gas stove (mine is electric) or on an outdoor grill (part of a lefse cooking experiment, but the new non-stick pan will work for that also). And a lovely bamboo steamer, never used once. Etc. These things will be available for family to take if they wish, otherwise the rest goes to Goodwill. I need to look in the pantry also, there is stuff out of sight/mind in there I could probably thin out.

Over the last couple of years I've found working versions of things I have here that needed some help, most often "marrying" the parts to have one working device. Or I've found better versions of things I've used—and I need to donate the older ones that were supplanted.

I have cups and other pottery items from my Dad's estate that never get used. They'll head to eBay, where I see some traffic.


04 Jun 19 - 06:39 PM (#3995260)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Back to this home on Saturday, hoping for folk dancing on Sunday - Rain! Cancelled! Phooey! Left Beaver in good shape. R had not been here since I left - working LATE and sleeping at City house. Plants survived neglect. Have been mostly resting up from the drive. Texting instructions to Magda re pottery - why have I done "this" the same way for 40 years? She wondered about doing it differently and, on second thought - sure you can! Also texting to find out where Bobby will be in near future: Yeah! Got it ...finally! I think it is this next Sunday! We can do that!

English class today was exhausting. Four students including a young man with little affect - could not tell if he understood anything. The 3 women would give him hints in French!I did not "hear that". Next week is last class until September; I shall welcome the summer hiatus to be able to spend a bit more time at Beaver. Any year now, R will get someone to help carry the heavy furniture upstairs and I can put things away and get better organized. He slept 11 hours Saturday night,having not arrived home until about 9:30.

So, dishes done, two loads of laundry complete, and put away as well as possible, including washing a couple pillows, one more to go. The feather or down ones were washed in a feather proof case and I have only one. House needs to be vacuumed but that takes planning: do it with mask on and then air out house while going somewhere else until dust settles.

Maybe tomorrow as I need to take car in for mysterious loss of oil - 3 qts in last month does not bode well. Never before; I bought it new in 2005. I would love a new car; will not buy a used one unless push comes to shove as I have spent way too much on them in my life. I have not saved enough for a down payment and I doubt this car is worth even $1000! Worst of all: A beautiful new car would soon look just as bad; they do not wear well when used as trucks! Well, let's hope it is not too serious!

Kitchen is pretty well organized but I will be re-organizing as I get used to the flow. Not all the space is full and not totally well utilized. Some things might yet leave. There is a constant outward flow of "I don't need..." I take some things to a thrift shop and bring a few - hopefully less and more useful - home.

Cool and windy, rainy. Not good for outdoor work so I have not yet planted the things I brought back from Beaver. But they are getting watered.


04 Jun 19 - 06:58 PM (#3995262)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The fence pickets are finished being treated with wood preservative and are now laying on a plastic tarp in the garage, but it looks like rain is on the way so this afternoon isn't the time to start the job. Once I take down the old panel I must finish the job quickly (with the dogs locked in the house during the work). The wood preservative is probably the most tedious part, but it makes sense to paint every plank now on all sides instead of putting it up and then being able to paint only the exposed parts.

Other than the fence, it feels like a waiting game right now. The practical thing to do would be to clear out the office and redo everything for when the new computer arrives, but I need to do that when I slowly take the external drives and devices off of the old computer to add them onto the new one. I suppose this is the time to do it if I want to reorganize the room, or move my office to a new room. Or just clean up my office!

Dell has sent me the delivery date, giving urgency to make a plan and act on it. For the moment, though, I have other things to do as well. I dug at the base of the next fencepost in the back yard, this is number six of 10. It tips, but it's heavy, so I'll probably have to use the sledge hammer and chisel and knock off a few pounds of concrete before I can pull it out of the hole. I weeded some of the vegetable garden, and added mulch to an area I'd missed. Muggy as Hell out there and it certainly doesn't feel like summer in Texas.


05 Jun 19 - 09:15 PM (#3995380)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Filing, recycling, shredding, and donating this afternoon. That is all.


06 Jun 19 - 12:42 PM (#3995441)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It's moving day - rearranging the office furniture and supplies in order to have a computer setup that allows me to use the old computer, the new computer, and the many peripherals that will be wired to it. The new computer has WiFi, but the devices don't, so far.


06 Jun 19 - 12:48 PM (#3995442)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Best of luck, SRS.

After two days of wrestling w PT admin and insurance, I booked two aquatic PT appointments for a tuneup of my pool routine, and for setting current limits.

Today I spent an hour moving 250 pounds of hardscape via scooter, neatening up sewer dig pieces in prep for Lawndude work later today in that area. It was about 20 lifts of varying degrees of weight (5-60lbs) and how situated. I used PT directionality prescribed Tuesday for all lifts, and rested in between. Counts as 1/2 hour PT. One chunk of sharp-edged concrete scraped/cut my leg, but the only one I dropped on my toes was about 20 pounds... and it landed just right. (I was wearing my panic button in case I tipped the scooter, etc.)

A cotton shoelace can lift at least 60 pounds.


06 Jun 19 - 07:47 PM (#3995460)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Second desktop is cleared and dusted, though the contents are stuffed in various nooks and crannies. All of the attached equipment is going to be moved from the current location and the second desk pushed into that area (the equipment is sitting on stands now). A broom is on hand to excavate the various dust puppies rolling around the room.


06 Jun 19 - 10:08 PM (#3995464)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

It takes a great deal of energy to buy a new car. The "budget" is going to be very tight for the next 6 years - but car maintenance costs should be low for at least the next 3 (warranty), and gas costs somewhat lowered. A vanilla Prius (hybrid) will be my ride, and I hope THIS car lasts me the rest of my life; I thought the Scion would but only almost 15 years and the engine can cease at any time. I really loved this car.

It is a major de-clutter: 1) to have the security of a reliable vehicle; 2) to give the Scion to Robin et al on the premise that they have the skills and knowledge to keep it running, even change the engine and, in the city, it is ok if it quits - not when I am 20 miles from anywhere Ontario!; 3) feeling slightly less guilty about my long trips back and forth with a more fuel efficient vehicle.

Next week I start picking up food box from the farm, every two weeks, so we will have produce and I will figure out how to use it whether or not they are my preferred. Paid in advance; slightly reduced food costs and reduced gasoline...

Now to figure out how to peddle the pottery, effectively - that is, with least energy output (mine) and max reduction of inventory.

R still working on, and stressed by, that project. Furniture still not moved upstairs. The house is moderately tidy; i.e., I would not mind showing someone the house on the premise "we are still moving in". It is moderately/tolerable clean. Or, I have gotten used to it? NAH! I want it better organized!


07 Jun 19 - 09:12 AM (#3995514)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, I'm prepping for using my house for a meeting today, on that same "still moving in" premise. It's never failed me in the 4+ years of getting all the way here. What ppl seem to remember is the warm conversations here. That was also true of MudGathers we hosted.
.

The result of yesterday's lifting wasn't muscle pain, so that amount of time and work was within limits. My vertebrae, however, were showing first-wakies signs of stress-- more likely from the several scootering times than the careful lifts.

Today I have things to do without the distraction of pain, and no driving, etc to do, so I took anti-inflammatories early, plus a tramadol.

So far, I moved the LL chairs out of TV position to restore Library mode for my 11am meeting here. DR table and kitchen sink are neatened up for same. A few LR pickups are still needed, and a beverage run later.


07 Jun 19 - 07:02 PM (#3995584)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It hasn't been a full week since the computer/equipment crash, but today the new Dell is set up and I'm slowly modifying how things look, taking out bloat-ware they factory installed, and adding software for the basic things like my Mozilla Thunderbird (email) and Quicken. I put the Canon camera software in just now, and later I'll install the scanner. Some of the software from these devices is a form of Adobe-light.

I spoke to a library computer friend yesterday about moving files, she says a SATA cable is the fastest - I have a cable but looked them up online (I've used both SATA and eSATA over the years) and then dug around in my basket labeled "Cables / All Types" and it was there. There's too much stuff in the other computer to load into the new one as it stands, but I will be adding another internal drive; the question is, do I want to move the existing drive (several years old but working well) into the new computer and go through the struggle of "claiming" all of the files to use in the new domain. The thing I need to research next is changing the registration in the Adobe software, that would be very helpful.

Anyway, I'll look at how to open the hood on the new computer -- the SATA cable works by plugging into the mother board of each computer.


08 Jun 19 - 09:34 AM (#3995641)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

The recent revelation that Apple will soon abandon iTunes has me thinking about replacing our seven-year-old desktop computer, a Windows model with massive hard-disk capacity made largely redundant by cloud storage services. I have always admired Apple design — yes, I know they are expensive, but so is replacing our hardware every few years — and I am tempted, finally, to buy an iMac and leave Windows behind. While decluttering the bank account of too much money, I would also lose that clunky tower and its tangle of dust-trapping cables.

I have been sick for a week — bronchitis again — and am now in the olfactory shutdown phase of respiratory hell. Himself, always a bad sleeper, is even more disturbed than I am by the loud bouts of coughing that punctuate my night. Decamping to the guest room does not help, as he can be rousted from sleep by a sparrow stamping on the eavestrough.

In this state, I fall asleep randomly and have the attention span of a gnat; consequently, no housework has been done since last Sunday. Outside is a different story; Steve the Garden Guy appeared the other day and wrought wondrous things in a few hours of frenetic work with spade and clippers.


08 Jun 19 - 01:19 PM (#3995666)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, I have a recliner for the times when coughing at night is a problem and stacked up pillows don't work (they end up pushed aside and then I wake up again coughing). This is the chair my Labrador retriever has claimed as his own, so I have to be pretty miserable to evict him to use it myself.

If you want to use the cloud with your PC you can sign up for a OneDrive account. Windows would be happy to help you set it up, and if you're using a more recent (like, from the last dozen years) version of MS Office, it probably tried to set you up with such an account when it was installed on your computer.

This morning, armed with a cup of strong tea, I sat down at the new device and addressed the new router and set up the house network the way I wanted. Almost. Still can't change the admin name from admin, but everything else is set up using more secure settings than the default that was achieved through the phone app. And now, if a service person or guest-who-isn't-like-family comes by and needs online, I can open that guest account with the phone and broadcast the name so they can logon. I've shared my logon information with the next door neighbor, she sometimes has trouble with their system and from her kitchen table she can pick up my system.

I am glad to say that the newer Dell computers have set up with a much quieter power supply fan. When my kids had their computer here at the house during their school years that was a problem - noise, and on occasion they had to be replaced.


09 Jun 19 - 10:47 PM (#3995780)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Last weekend the power was off for a prolonged period, and we had a repeat this weekend. I have the new computer talking to the battery backup now so it knows when to turn it off next time this happens.

Since the house was muggy I spent the afternoon working out in the yard and I managed to carry all of the cut-up fence panels down to the curb for this week's bulky waste pickup. One of the dogs had been running into the space behind the panels where they were lined up against the side of the garage. She created quite a muddy little path, but it'll fill up with grass and weeds again soon enough.

While the power was off I headed over to McDonald's and had dinner and worked on their wifi. This was something I try to get done by Sunday evenings (contract work), and my neighbor called to tell me the power was finally back on so I could come home again. :)

What a difference a week makes. From last Sunday's crash, equipment is replaced and the computer is gradually being built up with the materials I need. Not everything is installed yet.


10 Jun 19 - 12:50 PM (#3995835)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The paywall may make reading this impossible (I have a Chrome extension called "JustRead" that sometimes gets around paywalls) but here's what passed over yesterday; we seem to have received a glancing blow compared to what hit Dallas County. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/06/09/strong-storms-dallas-fort-worth-sunday-could-produce-hail-damaging-winds
Although the cause of the collapse has not been confirmed, powerful wind gusts up to about 70 mph were reported in the city and caused significant damage throughout the area. Close to 280,000 customers were without power in Dallas County alone, about a quarter of the Oncor customers there. About 46,000 customers had been without power in Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties in the evening.

Oncor estimated some customers could be without power for several days and had requested aid from other parts of the country to help restore service.


That shared, today is amazing, clear, much cooler, not humid. I need to go mow the back yard while it feels like this.


10 Jun 19 - 02:15 PM (#3995848)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

The wknd here centered on the training I co-lead after Friday's meeting to plan it's specifics this time around. These usually knock out several more days to prep and recover-- more each year. Yesterday was pretty nap-oroented, but I made a good dent in laundry and I'll do more tonight.

Today, after brekky and planning the day, I set the accumulated dishes to soak and then reviewed the AiChi video and to articulate it with my AC class segment plan. The Sova version, of course, is faithful to muscle groups, in contrast with the Konno version I'd been using off YouTube. I need my aquatic PT book back from Christine at the Y to see more about my own hip and glute program, before my aquatic PT appt next week.

Then I finished whipping dishes and set 2 pans of taters to roast.


10 Jun 19 - 09:10 PM (#3995888)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Major furniture moving Friday! Changed position of bed and find the room "bigger" and still need another small piece of furniture- which will, no doubt, appear. R is on a mission to get house into more organized condition. TV/sewing room is midway in transformation; also needs another piece.

Meanwhile, totally exhausted in every aspect, I have managed to move piles of clothes into bureaus, boxes of dishes in antique glass front cupboard, and more. R even brought home an electric lawn mower to de-clutter the foot high grass! When he has time!

I slowly get "used to" my precious new car. The gas saving might be equal to the difference in payments between the Yaris that I did not buy and the beautiful vanilla Prius, she says hopefully!

It is wonderful to see boxes empty and piles of clothes and fabrics, and more, disappear into drawers and cupboards!


11 Jun 19 - 09:11 AM (#3995958)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, I'm finding that my five-years-newer Pathfinder gets better mileage than the older one, but I have also realized that the body skin is almost completely made of plastic! It weighs less. I'm not sure if this is a good thing.

I bought a new mower earlier this year and with the back and the middle row of seats down I was able to fit the huge box in (well, the guy who works at Northern Tool and a nice man from the parking lot muscled it into the SUV. I can't say I participated in that one.) When I got it home I pulled the box open while it was in the SUV and pulled things out one at a time, the removed the box. Today my ex needs my assistance because he bought an electric mower that comes in a huge box and it won't fit in his Corolla, so we'll meet early this afternoon at the store and I'll transport it home for him.

The large area rug in the dining part of my den was flipped over and last night I used the rug shampooer on the canvas back of it. I'll have to re-glue some of the edging that was knocked loose (it's probably glued on anyway - I have fabric glue here) and let it dry for a couple of more days. I didn't do a "rinse" pass over that side and I'm still considering it. Once it's turned over I'll shampoo the nap side again and rinse that. I think it has more life in it.

There is a growing stack of donation items from the kitchen, things I look at every day but never use. I'll run that over to Goodwill later this week.


11 Jun 19 - 02:27 PM (#3996000)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I'm VERY pleased to report that the "closet-busting" pile of PA linens is now stowed, after several weeks of looming at me from a LR easy chair! Only a few very-worn, stained, or odd-colored items were rejected to trash, GW, or Becky-will (her term). In the weeks this pile awaited my administrative genius, Greg and I had a number of creative-space-planning sessions.

Also during this waiting time, Newbie bonded with her floor pillow and learned that that chair that still smells like hers-- isn't.

In other Yano action, we put our plastic-less trash system in place today. No more plastic tall kitchen liners-- dry trash emptied from dry trashcan and the 8 chairside wastebaskets into a leaf bag, with recyclables taken out of baskets as found.

By prearrangement, friend Judy returned the surplus lightweight vacuum she'd tried (before signing herself up for her own Yano after a bad fall and injury). The vacs were twins, so I combined the two vacs' best parts/cords to result in one to keep. The rest went home, also by prearrangement, with Yano Becky, including some compatible attachments off another, long-gone vac-- after a tutorial on periodically cleaning the internal filter she's been leaving filthy.

~Susan


11 Jun 19 - 04:36 PM (#3996022)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Last English class until fall! It was exhausting trying to help a Congolese man add some vocabulary to his repertoire! I must remember in future to write down the words with which we struggle so he can remember them better. De-cluttered energy! I was too tired to go foraging but we shan't go hungry!

Tripped to Mill yesterday and picked up a few useful things; I am loathe to put anything in my new car! I shall get over this in a year or two! Will put some construction grade plastic bags in the boot for emergencies. Returned books to library down there.

R sorted excess T-shirts - some to trash! (Rags) All his clothes are put away! Today I will finish mine, although "my" bureau is still in his office. The BR has his bureau and the blonde oak roll top - I put some clothes in the drawers of that. May put the rest into the big bureau in the sewing room. It seems more efficient to keep his in the BR so he will know where they are and be more amenable to changing appropriately. And I can put things back in and close the drawers he left open!

Spent 35 min on phone sorting out why I do not get e-bills from CT. I hope! Had a nice customer service man who listened and agreed with my comments about the paucity of communication! "How on earth does anyone...???" Sometimes IT people are not the best communicators; clearly their brains are not the same as us mere mortals.

Black bean soup made. R had to fend for himself last night as I was out like a light by 10 pm and he was home "before midnight". The soup would have been better than... I have no idea what he ate! Goal: always have soup in frig!

Red Flag: A man who was working on a friend's home called "too tired to come today". At 9 am, he had the wit to phone for ambulance and by 11 am he had a stent installed - 100% blockage... plus a couple others around 60%. Makes me think/wonder/be aware.


12 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM (#3996067)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Emerging from the latest bout of bronchitis, I am finally energetic enough to Get Stuff Done. Yesterday, I finally added the accumulation of new CDs to our iTunes library, the better to play them on our space-age stereo that talks to the computer by Wifi. I also finally sorted out the Glory Hole in order to move the accumulation of excess art away from the window, where old water streaks on the concrete wall tell a story of damp due to drainage issues.

But most important was the expedition to the Kitchener-Waterloo Urgent Care Clinic to see a doctor. It's a round trip of more than 80 kilometres, with a guaranteed wait of hours, plural, in a room crowded with people just as sick as I, if not sicker, and contagious at that. If I go alone, I have to be strong enough to drive all the way there and back -- no minor consideration. Himself is eager to be chauffeur, but his time is not all his own; KW is most efficient first thing in the morning, exactly when bail court kicks off.

I was slowly recovering on my own, without antibiotics or Prednisone, but on Sunday I got an email from the choir director asking me to join the party going to Kingston next week to sing at St. George's Cathedral -- not enough capable altos had volunteered. I was coughing up hockey pucks at the time and sleeping badly if at all, but I'm a sucker for a flat-up appeal so I had to get rid of the plague faster than Mother Nature could manage without chemical assistance. Hence, a visit to Civilian Sick Parade was in order.

I made the trip successfully, got the dope (lots of dope), and attended rehearsal despite the continuing coughing fits and chest discomfort. Much to my surprise, I could actually sing, and quite well if a bit weakly. The acoustic in the old Presbyterian church where we were practising made the cough sound like the corps guns at Vimy, but I felt better after than I had in a couple of weeks.

The sun is shining in Perth County today and the air is like wine -- one of those June days that makes poets wax poetic. The magnolias are finished blooming, but the lilacs are still in full flush and the aroma wafts bewitchingly about. Best of all, the wind is blowing the agricultural effluvia away from Stratford for once, so our noses are avoiding that fact of life today.


12 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM (#3996090)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, that last essay is declutter poetry at its best! I'm just sorry you have to drive so far for the minor emergency clinic. My father always loved the way his voice sounded in that last stage of recovery from a cold or bronchitis - not the coughing part, but the rich and somewhat deeper sound that resonated for a little while before returning to normal.

Dorothy, I hope you get to move your clothing into your room soon; I think I'd be living out of laundry baskets to make it clear to the partner that more clothing storage needs to arrive soon.

Good work marrying the best parts of the vacuum cleaner, Susan. That's a goal of mine when I visit thrift stores these days, making things I have at home work better (though sometimes a newer version in good working order turns up for a few dollars, at which time I trade it out.)

I'm reading Mary Garvey posts around Mudcat: our decluttered and retired mg is now out travelling. The World! France and Spain, then recently the Mystic, CT, Seaport for the music festival. You go girl! I saw that our occasional visitor pattyClink was also in Connecticut. Another declutter success story!

I had help to move a heavy table from the back patio (thanks to his reminder that if I took off the top that just sets in place it is much lighter) to beside the side door, and moved the potting bench to under the windows. There isn't seating out there now, so there is a work space. And the back patio is airy now, so I lugged a redwood coffee table thing from the front porch to the back patio where it can serve the seating that is still there.

I've lugged the 2x4 crossmembers for the final fence panel to where I'll put them up on the SW side of the house. I'll replace hardware in place the posts with some I like better from rest of the fence when it came down, and I'll move the pickets over there and have the drill and screws ready for this afternoon. The bulky waste stack is still at the curb (shrinking - people have taken some away to use elsewhere) so I'll carry the latest batch of cut-up fencing over and add to the stack.

This is one of my two sanctioned watering days (using an automated system - one can water by hand whenever one wants) and I may go ahead and set up my electronic watering thing on the tap and program it to water the small (so far) vegetable garden.


13 Jun 19 - 10:27 AM (#3996247)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It's one of those days with a multi-pronged dirt and clutter offensive underway.

I have that large area rug upside down now because I cleaned the back side earlier in the week. When I pulled it half up over itself (so it's half-folded long-ways wrong-sides together) there was a whole bunch more fine dirt on the floor underneath that had dropped out of the rug as I worked on it upside down.

That has been swept up, furniture nearby moved and swept and mopped under, then the area where the rug usually lays has been mopped. Next I'll pull it out flat wrong-side down again and pull the other half up over the top and do the same thing, sweep up the dirt then mop the floor. Then I'll turn the whole thing right-side-up and shampoo it and rise it one more time. Whew!

Not for the squeamish: I can tell from the smell of the mop water that there had been some puddled dog piddle on the floor under the rug.

Meanwhile, when I went to empty the dishwasher this morning everything was cloudy. I suppose one of those fancy rinses would help, but for now I'm running the dishwasher with a hefty dollop of white vinegar poured in for both wash cycles.

Meanwhile, I'm running a test in the kitchen to see if I can make a batch of steel-cut oats in a double boiler. The goal is to have the cooked oats without half of them stuck to the pan. It looks like it'll work, but it isn't a quick process. I suppose the microwave would work, but so many things turn out rubbery when cooked in there. I usually make oatmeal overnight in a small crock pot, it's wonderful and creamy, but I forgot to set it up last night.

Once I finish this fiddling, it's out to put up the fence panel before noon.


13 Jun 19 - 12:25 PM (#3996272)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Double boiler is the best method for steel-cut oats if you don’t have either an AGA cooker (not likely!) or an Instant Pot. Be prepared to wait at least half an hour, or even an hour if you like them really creamy. Soaking overnight reduces the time requirement and improves the texture.

Microwaved steel-cut oats is a waste of good food, in my admittedly arrogant opinion.


13 Jun 19 - 06:29 PM (#3996351)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

After about 45 minutes they were good but not completely creamy. It works, but my crock pot does the best job overnight (start with boiling water) and I don't have to keep stepping over to see if the water boiled away.

The fence on the SW side of the house is finished. It took about four hours this afternoon and I got a bit of sun in the process, but it looks good. I cut the old panel into several pieces and they're on the shrinking stack at the curb. I guess the village will send the trash truck around tomorrow; it's after 5pm now.

I have a lot more fence to replace on the other side of the house, but doing it a section (8 foot panel) at a time comes in under $100 so I can pace the work.

Getting ready to have people over, so I'd better turn my energy to some indoor work now.


14 Jun 19 - 09:44 AM (#3996416)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

After two weeks of illness, the house is filthy. I DO NOT CARE.

The sun is shining, it's deliciously cool and fresh, and I'm going out for a walk. Twice around the wide spot in the river we call a lake -- about 8 km (five miles in the old money).

See y'all later.


14 Jun 19 - 11:29 AM (#3996430)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I made the executive decision this morning to discard the area rug I've spent so much time cleaning. Last night I washed again, then rinsed, and every single time I emptied the collection bucket it was as full of dirt as the previous time, after three washes the rinse still looked that way. My dogs love it, but I don't. I'll get them a smaller rug to loll around on.

The rug rolled up into a narrow roll but leaving it at the curb on top of the fence it wouldn't stay that way, some idiot would drive by and want to take a look and unroll it. So I tiled it shut and I used a Sharpie to write "NO you don't want this dog rug" on the side exposed to the street. If I was driving by I'd stop and take a photo and post it to Instagram. (I already posted it myself.) As I shifted it into position on the trash pile it gave off a gentle whiff of dog pee.

That rug was also a source of dust, so maybe cleaning will be a little easier.


14 Jun 19 - 10:56 PM (#3996493)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

I really do not mind walking across the hall for clean clothes. We so love this new home that we are happy to wait for the right piece of furniture. Meanwhile, I am making do quite successfully.

Getting rid of the dog rug was a terrific de-clutter! We do sometimes expend time and energy trying to resurrect a dead... rug!

First tank of gas today: it seems to have cost about $5/100km(60 miles) this week, at the price of gas in Canada. If I am doing the math correctly, there is a noteworthy saving but I will wait for further info to determine the extent.

After no TV since we started getting into new home, tonight R is at it, watching the news. We seemed to be managing so well without.

Boxes are getting emptied and appropriate furniture comes along. Today R hung a huge (about 4x6) sort of photo on the bathroom wall. I had a fit when he brought it home and it stayed in the back room (I meant it to be gotten rid of) until I realized it would nicely break up, and coordinate with the blank green wall over the bath tub. Looks great! A swinging pedestrian bridge over an abyss with hazy trees, softly green. So much nicer than that GREEN wall. It should survive a good while and, at $10, no loss when it dies - but we might miss it! Little by little...


15 Jun 19 - 12:05 AM (#3996494)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

That reminds me, Dorothy, that I have some of the acrylic frames that work for postcards and some for larger images - in the past I've used those in the bathroom and occasionally exchanged the images. I should pull some out and see what I can fill them with. My hall bathroom could use some bright spots of color.

I'm enjoying the descriptions of your move into the new house!


15 Jun 19 - 08:19 AM (#3996530)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

OATS. A rice cooker also works for other grains, and its inner bowl is easily soaked and washed.

DOG RUGS. Boy, howdy! We hold one at a time in reserve to whack off fresh dog pieces as needed, because ewwww. Febreze can extend their life. So can enzymes. Then BYE.

TUB ART. You might want to seal that art to prolong its life, via decoupaging it to a foamcore base, and/or using Mortite to seal the frame's crevices.

HERE, I'm stuck in a bit of a loop to explore my way out of.


15 Jun 19 - 11:03 AM (#3996538)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've used enzymes on the rugs before, and I could have this time, but since it seemed to be a never-ending supply of dirt, I decided to get rid of this and I'll start over. That's a good idea, having a roll of carpet and using some at a time.

Potato salad will be finished this morning (the potatoes were boiled and cubed and the vinegar and sugar sprinkled yesterday). We all agree that potato salad that was made ahead a day or two is the best. This is for tomorrow's family picnic, and while we all like it, oldest child adores this, so it's an extra mom-pheromone sent out to lure a child home for a visit.

The rice cooker - I hadn't thought of that. When it finishes it stays on a warm setting so if the oats aren't completely done I could let them sit for a while. Steel-cut oats are a lot more solid than the rolled oats that cook anywhere anyhow.

Cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes to prepare for tomorrow. The list is growing - not just mop floor and mow lawns but clear out fridge and dig up the garlic so I can mow that part of the garden. And making it a fasting day (the exercise today will pay off on a fasting day).


16 Jun 19 - 11:25 AM (#3996677)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Slow progress on cleaning the floor tiles in the den, but what has been scrubbed looks much better.

They say you should have your home's entrance staged to look welcoming, but most people come in the side door through my sun room, that is out of control. Before guests arrive this afternoon I'll organize the boxes (I took a bunch out to use in the garden but I don't think I've tucked newer ones back into those slots).


16 Jun 19 - 02:09 PM (#3996701)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

My loop to explore is a health loop with pesky symptoms. I really love that my doc uses a messaging system... I can observe symptoms, play with variables, and report. He responds by ordering lab work without an office visit. Then if results indicate an office visit, it's worth the copay to go in, because he will collaborate on a treatment plan. Everyone wins.

We've started dividing some of the patio plants to dress up other areas. Don't tell Greg, but he's becoming a gardener. ;-)

~Susan


16 Jun 19 - 04:21 PM (#3996721)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

Pete has been home from the hospital for about two weeks now and is doing well. He has almost finished his at home medications and then we wait. Last time it took about 2 1/2 weeks for the cellulitis to reappear. We are hopeful that this time it will stay away. If not, he will have to go to a larger regional hospital that has an infectious unit as the doctors are unable to pinpoint where this is coming from.

Pete purchased a new to us truck last weekend and it has come in most handy as trucks often do. However, a few weeks back, a turkey flew into my car and it was in the shop all last week so Pete chauffeured me to and from work as well as running Jeremiah and well as his own travelling to and from work....it's been a long tiring week but Team Lawrence pulled together and got it done!

I spent yesterday morning at the annual Laurel Festival with my Mom, walking around The Green/park in the center of town looking at arts and crafts. We both got a henna tattoo which was fun and I found a painting that I fell in love with at first sight. It came home with me. :) I'm pretty picking anymore about what kinds of things come home because honestly, we already have more than enough and secondly, I'm a tightwad...if it doesn't speak to me without hesitation, I will admire the item and move on.

I DID see one other piece of art that was absolutely stunning but with an $800.00 price tag, I simply couldn't justify it.

Afterwards, my mom joined us for a picnic at one of our local state parks for a picnic. She and I visited, did a little reading and watched Pete and Jeremiah do some fishing.

We had plans to attend the Billtown Blues Fest today for the Gospel Blues event but it rained hard all night and has been raining all day. It is an outside event, rain or shine. If the rain was just off and on, we'd go but that isn't the way it worked out. We decided that it was a perfect day to stay in for a lazy day at home. I've been reading for hours, laundry is going, a large chunk of the piled up laundry in our bedroom has been put away and one 33 gallon garbage bag has been filled with clothes for either Sally's or Goodwill...wherever I drive by first, dishes are done, a pot roast is in the crock pot...perfect for this cool day, we've all dozed a bit, had some popcorn and have just been enjoying each other.

Michelle


16 Jun 19 - 05:35 PM (#3996725)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Major de-clutter today as R mowed the lawn!! He left clumps of daisies! Then went out to cut 4 inch in diameter lilac that fell over. The lilacs need major work but not today!

TUB ART: the pic is on canvas - photo reproduced on canvas. Looks pretty durable.

Yesterday afternoon at Memorial for friend: I realize I am the oldest, longest term close friend of family. R also but not as close. I left with the sense that I am important to the progeny for my very long connection to the parents (51 years), now both gone. Had good chats with 2 grandsons, elucidating one on some of Opa's influence on the community. I am carrying knowledge of some of their heritage for them. WOW! The great grand son was present - 7 months old. Oma got to meet him before she died. The daughter Hannah remembers meeting me when she was 8! She has an amazing memory. This is not clutter or de-clutter, just life. Or, maybe, sorting it in my mind.


17 Jun 19 - 01:21 AM (#3996746)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

More rain today and some of the invitees to our afternoon picnic (turned into cooking hot dogs in a skillet on the stove due to dangerous thunderstorms) was shy several people; it was fun but we didn't stick around long.

I'll be working on scrubbing that den floor this week, and tackling more of the vegetable garden after that rain.

Michelle, we're all hoping that this time is the charm with the cellulitis! And a lazy day of reading sounds perfect.


17 Jun 19 - 08:29 PM (#3996849)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Managed to remove weeds from between pavers in front walk - mostly. And swept walk and steps to reduce amount coming into house. De-cluttered some of lilac but it is hard work holding two foot long heavy clippers! Try some more tomorrow. Mosquitoes not helpful! Sorted piles of books and decided we need a special place for animal books - lots of them!

Neighbour came over and showed me around her BIG yard. Lots of grape vines, pear tree, cherry tree and two huge Linden - good herbal tea. She used to have bees and showed me her honey house, but it became too much work. Still has big veg garden. We managed with her English augmented with a little French.

Very low energy today.


17 Jun 19 - 08:30 PM (#3996850)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

PT blew me off today. Too angry to describe. Did get some good out if it anyway.


17 Jun 19 - 10:48 PM (#3996864)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm sorry about that, Susan. Dorothy, it's good to get to know your neighbors! I met a young woman in the next block who has moved in with her mother. I used to speak to her father regularly when I first moved here because he was a dog walker like me, but he passed away in 2002. The introduction was easy:

"Is that Emma?"
"Yes!"
"I remember when your father used to walk her."

Instant joy in meeting someone who knew her father.

I rearranged some shelves in the office, but am not satisfied I've used the space as well as can be. I'm preparing to start taking things off of the old computer to add to the new one, so I'll need some counter space in here, that's why the rearranging first. Also the installation of software that I'll need once I make the move. And I'm still researching some of the moving/sharing possibilities with software.

Two cases (out of four I was originally given) of quart canning jars and lids are now listed on a Facebook "Buy Nothing" group dedicated to not buying things if they can be offered up by group members. I have used a few, and I'll keep an extra case but I'm thinning the supply by half. And the items culled last week that no one wanted over the weekend are headed to Goodwill. I had an early taker on the jars, a group member who describes herself as a stay-home mom working on crafting projects for sale in her area. Whatever works!


18 Jun 19 - 05:15 PM (#3996969)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Legacy of Emma.....


I was sore enough on waking-- evidence of good pool work ydy while awaiting the %\\%=%/ PT-- to limit activities tdy to Active Rest. My back's reaction to putting away the hard end of the clean laundry just now agrees, after active work earlier w Yano Becky. We work as a team-- I don't just 'decree and watch.' Today it was the trash barrel full of pots and pans, which have just finished drying in the dishwasher. (Ew, PA dirty!!!)

I hope weather cooperates with Y resumption on Thursday. The research on aquatic application of exercises found online is about to pay off to replicate yesterday's workout (and then some.) I need to print and laminate a few to introduce, from the many harvested, to add to my waterproof poolside binder.


18 Jun 19 - 07:51 PM (#3996990)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Those jars were picked up at 6pm by the brother of the woman who claimed them; this way there weren't any extra trips back and forth. I have a couple of extra empty square feet in the pantry to rearrange. I'm not to the point where I can move everything off of the cart that slides into the former-closet (shelves at the back and on one side, and this tall set of steel wire shelves stores in the pantry, pulled out when I need something.) And by the end of the day, I was no longer in that group. I joined when I was driving past there every day, but yesterday with my offer they saw my location and booted me. The trouble is, the group set up last year to "serve" this area is "retired." I'll try to find the next closest group, but so far, no luck. Google "Buy Nothing Project" for more information.

I've also decided to discard quite a few of the various branded shirts from my past employer, plus event shirts, and replace them with some good-condition thrift store shirts. This will upgrade my admittedly-casual everyday wardrobe. The shirts from work are ready for the rag bag. The thrift store I like has many rows of t-shirts, and some really great stuff for reasonable prices. I'll replace them with a interesting messages or blank shirts. Usually we read about clothing discards and shopping from LilyFestre, clearing her closet, but mostly moving out clothes that Jeremiah has outgrown. I don't do enough of it here.

I think I read on Facebook that Michelle was going to play her fiddle with a local group. How did that go? And is Jeremiah to the point yet where he plays publicly?


19 Jun 19 - 01:11 PM (#3997047)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Managed almost 30 minutes with the monster shears - on lilac, volunteer trees, clearing around an almost hidden wiegelia (sp), and pulled the bittersweet off the back deck railing, swept the debris - and discovered rotten boards!

I DID it!

Will try for another session later, when the sun is elsewhere.

Friend who spent a couple days at Beaver, brought the mail back to Montreal! New driver's license and insurance bill for new car. Nice to have before crossing border. She says they had a great time, mosquitoes not included!


20 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM (#3997135)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I stopped by the thrift store and thirty dollars later had three pair of capri pants and a half-dozen t-shirts. I didn't find the ones I hoped for, the unisex large t-shirts with no message, I think I need to stop by Michael's for those (they sell good shirts for silk screeners). A modest stack of shirts and pants is waiting to head back to the thrift store, this time for their rag bin.

It has taken a long time for the Texas weather to feel like summer, and now we have it on high - a heat advisory today and probably again tomorrow. This is largely due to the humidity still in the air after so much rain. The actual temperature is mid-high 90s, the heat index is at least 10 degrees higher.

I've purchased several heavy-duty plastic watering cans over the last few years, and there is always a weak point the fails. If the "rose" cracks, I can simply poor out of the spout, but on the can I bought last year, I picked it up full of water and the whole top of it cracked around 3/4 of the rim. I could still use the lower handle, but that's not as convenient. I researched these and ordered one of the Behren's 2.5 gallon galvanized cans. Home Depot has a 2 gallon can the same price as the 2.5 one on Amazon, so Amazon it is. I try to use local vendors, but Home Depot as a Big Box store isn't really "local." I will visit the nearby nursery and check out the watering hose wands. The two I have here right now leave me as wet as the plants I'm watering.

Making progress organizing office shelves, with a lot of work still to do.


20 Jun 19 - 10:05 PM (#3997222)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

We had a chat today planning the next rounds of stuff to unpack from the garage, and decided to set a few other boxes in a Yano section for those weeks when there aren't big jobs needed inside the house.

The next item is a big bag of heavy winter bedding, most of which will store under our bed in a zippered case I described earlier, and Greg cleaned out that case today and put it under the bed, ready to go.

I resumed aquatic rehab today.


20 Jun 19 - 11:54 PM (#3997225)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I zipped some winter blankets and lap robes into an under-bed plastic case today also. And - the best news - I finally found the wand for my vacuum cleaner! It was, as I predicted, in plain sight, discovered on a stack of plastic zipper bags that sit on top of a trunk.

My galvanized watering can arrived, and it's going back tomorrow. They soldered the rose onto the spout so it can't be screwed and it leaks. When I shopped I looked at this close up and could see threads, but soldering is something new, apparently, according to the reviews I found today. There's no way to unscrew it and line it with Teflon tape or anything comparable. I'll get a refund and I'll look around locally. I may have to order the same one but ship it to a local store, so if another one is a dud, it's easier to return locally.


21 Jun 19 - 02:59 PM (#3997284)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

My fabulous doc approved my PT-oriented exercise plan today, which may be helpful in decisions my Y will make about letting me leave necessary equipment there.

One of the really cool things about the plan is the way the active, diverse, and abundant music scene here will require using my Rollator quite a bit over the summer.
This is good, since I suspect its my last chance to get my independence back. Between concerts and planned garden/museum tours with Judy, it should be a strength-building summer.


21 Jun 19 - 03:10 PM (#3997288)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, goodonya re wand!

PS to the above, another fun thing this summer will be the half dozen new GW hats, for which I have ordered hooky-clippy thingies to hang them on a rod. I saw those thingies at the non-GW store where I got a few of the hats. As I finish adding bands, etc. to each hat, I'll hang them up.


21 Jun 19 - 11:20 PM (#3997326)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

There is progress in the office, and I hooked up one of the external hard drives that didn't always work correctly on the other machine, but now I can see my archive from many years of work at the university. I still pull photos out of there (usually for obituaries these days). I have a scan running on it right now.

Laundry is set to run overnight and in the morning I'll dry sheets on the line and the thermal blanket in the dryer, then put away for a few months. We're to ceiling fan, sheet, and a very light cotton blanket for occasional use season.

What are all of you doing to celebrate summer? I'm still fussing with my garden watering; I picked up a wand for watering, then realized I have one (so that will be returned) and I ordered the same watering can, but from Walmart. It still needs to be shipped, but if it leaks I can take it back to the store, maybe get an exchange through the store. What are the odds they all leak at the spout?


22 Jun 19 - 09:01 AM (#3997376)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SUMMER?

Well, the music I just posted about, and gardening, and we're hoping family skeds work out to see them July 5 for picnic in our patio plus First Friday stuff here, incl fireworks.

For me, it's going to be a time of putting my wellness first, even above Anti-Racism work.


23 Jun 19 - 12:57 AM (#3997450)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The gym I've put off joining seems to have closed, so I'll have to find another one to vacillate about joining.

Big bag of clothes dropped off at Goodwill today. And at the hardward store I picked up a handful of rubber washers to fix the things for the yard that need new washers. Yesterday I stopped at a local nursery to look at their watering cans (before coming home and reordering the watering can I want - from Walmart - my annual purchase from that troubling operation) - I'll be taking a new watering wand back to the nursery, it seems to be redundant now that I've figured out what was actually wrong with the others.


23 Jun 19 - 10:12 PM (#3997599)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I opened the old computer to look at the Hauppauge TV receiver card, and in the end closed it up again. Too many things I might want to use are tied into that card - it has easy to reach audio ports on the front, it has ports on the back, and it used to have a setup for an infrared sensor for the remote control. I got rid of that part of it a long time ago, but I will leave well-enough alone for now. I can scan channels (FCC has mandated several be changed lately to better use the frequencies) and can watch on that set, even record, it just won't record any metadata with the program (I'd have to enter it).

I moved it to the stand below the second desk, giving me some open desktop to work on. The little monitor hooked up to it is painfully tiny so I've ordered a larger one (Costco). I'll swap the current smaller monitor I have on the new computer to the old computer because it has speakers, and use the new one beside my older large monitor (that also has speakers). The little monitor goes back into the closet for emergency use. I can also put away the speakers that are hooked to the old computer.

We have a huge windstorm blowing through right now, and the rain will follow soon. It seems a prudent time to turn off the electronic equipment and read a book. Another Sunday night in June, another heavy thunderstorm. [sigh]


24 Jun 19 - 11:24 AM (#3997635)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

We survived the windstorm, but at one point last night when I was darting out into the rain to rescue newly-potted flowers on the front porch patio, I saw bags of trash floating down the overflowing gutter. Today is trash day and someone put it out the night before. #BigMistake

It's time to seriously consider cutting down at least two of the trees in this yard. One has to be removed by a crew authorized to work next to power lines. Last night that tree near the lines could have taken out the power and my garage had it fallen. That will be a major hit on the pocketbook.


24 Jun 19 - 12:13 PM (#3997650)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

We have a similarly problematic tree, Maggie, and it will be expensive. A moribund birch that stands well above two storeys high threatens our neighbour's house and is therefore getting urgent. She must worry about her roof whenever she looks at it, because she remarks on it whenever she sees me. It will be a job for professionals, for sure. When Tim (of Tim's Tree Service fame) brings his bucket-hoist cherry-picker to deal with the birch, he can also remove the scruffy cedars that grow right beside it. They aren't beautiful, they also loom over Judith's roof, and their absence might allow a ray or two of sunlight to reach the western end of our house.

I spent last weekend in Kingston (Ontario, not Jamaica or upon Thames) on tour with the Stratford Concert Choir. We sang at St. George's Cathedral, a sort of half-sized colonial copy of St. Paul's in London. We did a good job and the audience really liked us. Pity there weren't more of them; the nave of the church was about half full -- but, on the other hand, more people would have mucked up the gorgeous acoustic. If you're going to wear yourself out singing Anglican liturgical music, for Heaven's sake do it in a good-sounding church.

My very gradually ebbing bronchitis continued through the whole trip, with barrages of coughing that shook the bus and rattled through the rehearsal space. I could see the conductor's face tighten whenever my elbow rose to cover my face. By the end of the second performance, I needed a large dose of Ventolin followed by a cold beer and about an hour of total quiet. Fortunately, there's an excellent pub across the street from the cathedral where I had a pie and chips with a pint and a match from the Women's World Cup. I kept my mouth firmly shut for the rest of the day, went to bed before nine and got up this morning blessedly free of chest discomfort for the first time in quite a while.


25 Jun 19 - 01:09 PM (#3997837)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I knew I needed to get attention to a panel of sheetrock on the ceiling that was sagging, but I didn't act soon enough; it collapsed into my office overnight with a gush of dusty insulation. I've collected two contractor bags of insulation, tossed the sheet rock out, moved my computer station (the main part - everything else is pushed against the walls) into the dining room and now I'm waiting for someone to call back (I tried two local contractors recommended on NextDoor). And a request for recommendations on Facebook. There's another piece sagging, and a chunk from the end of the one that came down. And the hall. This is due to shifting from the foundation that needs work.

Ugg. And last night was the worst night's sleep ever, though I didn't hear anything. I think I had too much caffeine yesterday. I did the math - I use a huge mug and usually have two cups of tea - it comes to a quart, or the equivalent of drinking a full pot. This morning I compared the measurements of a few mugs and instead of the 16 ounce mug I used a 10 ounce teacup. And no more caffeine after noon.


25 Jun 19 - 01:21 PM (#3997840)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Ugg indeed! I once caught a bed-ful of wet ceiling in a neglected apartment that was "promptly" deemed uninhabitable-- the LL had to give me a break on a better apartment. Warn't fun, in between.

Here, one huge contractor bag was unpacked with Yano Becky. That zip case is now full of the bulkier items, and I have a few sheets to wash and add to the sheet bin under my dresser.

I also put away clean laundry so I could use the hamper those folded items had occupied, for the dirty sheets out of that bag plus the ones left from changing the bed. Did I mention how huge a project THAT is. With all the orthopedic pillows we both use now, that bed change is a minimum of 45 minutes for two cooperating people!


25 Jun 19 - 02:51 PM (#3997848)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Left Friday am for Connecticut and arrived home last night after a leisurely trip through beautiful rural Vermont. R and I snarled a each other all day - physically and emotionally exhausted. "I thought weddings were supposed to be joyous." Some of it was, and some was very strange to us - a BIG wedding with all the trimmings! As foreign to us as the multi-million dollar estate at which it was held.

But the emotional impact of relating to very dear folks - known for up to 50 years but rarely seen and catching up on some of the contretemps of their lives and re-calling the contretemps of the last 50 years... I am trembling with exhaustion; had to firmly broach with R the FACT that he, too, is suffering.

It was also fun to meet new and interesting people of the sailing community - the bride is a licensed Captain for up to 200 ton ships! People had arrived from most parts of the world!

The best part was my 2nd son drove up from Philly to see us and Jeff, his friend from grade 7 with whom we stayed. Jeff has turned out to be terrific!

Taun also went to the wedding site in his own vehicle in hopes of seeing friend Tom (father of the groom) who was important to him from age 6 to 16 or so. Tom embarrassed Taun by taking him around and introducing him as "my first son" and was insisting he sit at the "family table". Dear Broome who "sees all" rescued Taun and I went around explaining what had happened to each of the close family. Knowing Tom was drinking too much and anyway they like Taun too, it was OK - I think. Taun said, "This is Logan's day!"

Taun has promised to visit this summer with the boys! A real push for R to bring a couple more beds to the house and clear guest rooms.

We did not buy any antiques even though R almost grew roots in one shop! There was a net gain of 4 books (R) and a wonderful wood earring holder (I have been looking for this sort of thing for years!) and pair of wood earrings. And two choc bars (on sale).

But still, the house is moderately tidy, laundry up to date, stuff from trip put away, dishes will get done as I prepare supper, after R&R and maybe an actual nap.


25 Jun 19 - 03:15 PM (#3997855)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I remember a friend from work who had something similar happen at her house a couple of years ago, and she sent me a link on Angie's List for the painter who does drywall, plaster, etc. He's coming by tomorrow. Thank goodness to finally talk to a human being and not a phone answering machine. I left several messages, we'll see if any of the NextDoor folks return my calls. Only one of them is listed as actually doing drywall. I suspect Nextdoor doesn't hold a candle to Angie's list as far as sound recommendations.

Meanwhile, I've moved stuff from the center of the room into the dining room and I need to move a lot more out. I'm sure to work in there it will raise a dust and knock into things. The hall also needs the same work done (before it also collapses) so I guess putting the rest of my office stuff in the room next to the hall wouldn't be helpful. It has a "pony wall" that would let a lot of dust in there.

I think I may have to set up an office in one of the kid's bedrooms for the time being. The dining table works for now, but I need to store a lot of other equipment out of dust's way. I have a couple of tarps in the garage I'll bring in to have ready.


25 Jun 19 - 10:13 PM (#3997895)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, just after you got your office setup resolved.....?

It's become clear that my current stamina is so low that a deep nap follows an effective workout. I'm not suppressing these naps!

Working with Becky today was one of these. Happily, after that nap I was able to scooter out for groceries and even bring a few of the items in, myself.


25 Jun 19 - 10:33 PM (#3997896)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Here, Susan, You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything from the New York Times.

Yes, the timing of the ceiling isn't lost on me. There was dust everywhere and my favorite older keyboard is still a little wonky.

Two boxes of books to Half Price Books, a couple of things to Goodwill, and the recycling dropped off. I'm going to be emptying that room for the work so I might as well sort now so I won't be putting back anything I don't think I'll actually use.


26 Jun 19 - 10:30 AM (#3997910)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS-- kudos on this:

I'm going to be emptying that room for the work so I might as well sort now so I won't be putting back anything I don't think I'll actually use.


26 Jun 19 - 10:40 AM (#3997911)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Now that we're past the Solstice, it's getting hot in Stratford. Dominion Day -- oops, Canada Day -- is Monday, and Tuesday will bring the landscapers for Day One of the deck removal & patio construction project. I already feel the drain on our bank account.

SRS, I'm sorry for your ceiling troubles. Something like that happened to me back in the early 90s, leading me to believe that the collapse of a ceiling is one of very few non-criminal events to which the rational response is a robust scream.

Except for the choir trip and the rehearsals to prepare for it, I have been very idle for the last two weeks. I like to think that I was recovering from bronchitis, but that was only part of what was going on; mostly I was just sitting around reading. Today, I feel compelled to get off my ass and leave the house.

After the laundry is folded and stowed, of course.


27 Jun 19 - 11:01 AM (#3998034)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Solving large and small puzzles today. Last night the keyboard starting reversing itself (like caps lock was on) but I couldn't get it to respond to a change. This morning I tried searching and noticed the mouse was out of sorts also. I finally realized that my favorite keyboard (I have two attached at the moment) had the shift key stuck in the depressed position. Probably damaged by ceiling-falling damage, but it's back in position now and the computer isn't acting insanely any more. I like the "Unicomp" sturdy keyboard that uses the IBM Selectric key spacing and technology, but that old keyboard doesn't have the "Windows" button on it. So the flimsy Dell keyboard is there in case I need to push the Windows button. Next time I order a new Unicomp I'll get the one with the Windows button (it just did it again - I think the buckle under the key is broken).

Well, that didn't take long: the shift key is sticking again. New Unicomp keyboard ordered. Chalk another expense up to the ceiling.

Two bags of collected insulation are now up in the attic where it can be redistributed once the patch is in place (if a new ceiling is required there will be a lot more bags of insulation joining them. I don't want to switch to fibreglass.)


27 Jun 19 - 06:18 PM (#3998104)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This afternoon I worked on the vegetable garden, reworking the areas where plants were chewed around the cambium and died (snails? cutworms?) I've put more Sluggo out and planted two more tomatoes and two more peppers. I've also put a "bat faced torpedo" Cuphea in a pot. I've never grown that before but it sounds interesting. I also scalped around edges of the garden and raised bed. This was an hour or so, enough in the heat. It's strangely overcast today again, because there is a huge load of dust in the upper atmosphere that has apparently blown across from the Sahara. The light is lightly brown or yellow even though it's a sunny afternoon. This should clear out by the end of the week.

I'm spending evenings working on rearranging furniture so I can move the furnishings out of the office. I've packed a few shelves of books, and have many more to go. I'm thinking about what to do with a couple of chairs in the garage and one in my room - they need reupholstering (versus tossing out at the curb or putting on freecycle). As expensive as it is to reupholster, I think I would go with the best one first, and discard the others. Something else on my list - if I'm going to keep pieces, they should be usable and look good.

Another panel of ceiling came down. I have to scoop up the insulation then cart the sheetrock outside. And keep emptying all of the furniture. Clearly the whole thing needs to be replaced.


28 Jun 19 - 10:01 PM (#3998291)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Thinning books in the front room (not affected by the ceiling incident) in order to move some of the office books into there. I told my daughter about this at lunch today - if there is something in particular she wants, speak up. It won't end up like the cartoon of the empty bookcase and a Kindle propped against one side on the bottom shelf, but I will never read or have no interest in looking at these, and if I change my mind, I know where to find another copy.

There are now four insulation-filled contractor-grade plastic bags up in the attic awaiting the new ceiling, when it will be spread out again.

If I'm going to have to redo this room I might as well give it a lot of thought and this is going to be the largest concentration of decluttering activity here in a long time. My work has been gradual, now it's a big push. I offered my daughter a bookcase I built many years ago and she'll take that.


29 Jun 19 - 11:47 AM (#3998365)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Holy moly, SRS!!! Of all the happenings in my life, I have not had a ceiling fall! Guess you just needed something else to keep you busy! Aren't you glad to be "retired"!

Today was designated to get boxes and boxes of books down to the basement/library-to-be (from hallway) and the pile of debris out of the back yard... Some of this might happen after R takes a nap; he got up about 6 am, read until BF...

A brass bed and new mattress of single guest room is in hall - after the excess furniture is removed... That might happen this weekend or...

I took a hot bath before making BF and am feeling better, mostly recovered from the trip. Wanted to go to Beaver for the weekend but, clearly, we are too tired.

The house is moderately clean and tidy and - oops! a load of laundry needs to be moved to dryer.

That article looks to be interesting.


29 Jun 19 - 02:41 PM (#3998384)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

DP, kicking ASS!

.........

What is an Active Rest Day at this point in my recovery?

Last night, I slept well. I went out in the cool morning and watered a dozen plants spread around the patio, and did many of them while sitting. I sat at the table for brek instead of power bar in recliner. I sat at the desk to create a poolside laminate from pix of a deteriorated laminate taken ydy.

Then it was time to stretch my back in the lift recliner, which is in the office/tv room/library, so I started sifting thru movies on our new Netflix plan, and started one.

Got up to get own lunch, and watched a movie with Greg.

Initiated a Netflix break and folded the partner-needed king sheet alone, and then stowed the filled laundry hamper of linens.

(I DID purge enough in PA!!! They're all put away!)

Set up a system for keeping BR door open all day for cold air flow.

Made coffee and tea for us since Greg got off track making them for our Netflix afternoon.

Many of these are things I don't do every day on my own, especially PT days in the pool, or on alternated days or with walker. Today I must be active enough (out of the chair) not to stiffen up, but not so active I exacerbate bone and muscle stress during preceding (alternating) days' land or water workout days. My guide is my pain level: aiming to max out effort within OTC pain meds, because tramadol, while nice if the pain gets on top of me, blurs my thinking.


30 Jun 19 - 07:26 PM (#3998611)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dusty weekend, but there is light at the end of this crumbling tunnel. A contractor came by today and concurred with the first guy, the ceilings need to be replaced. He has a crew of five (himself included) and they can do it in a day. The catch - he wants me to take down the ceilings and clear out the insulation. I'll save a lot of money on the job by doing that part, so I have heavier air filters and goggles to wear doing the work. Extra heavy duty bags for collecting the insulation, and painter tape and plastic sheeting to put up around the surrounding rooms to keep the dust limited to the work areas. He'll even paint the rooms when he finishes. The hall has wallpaper, so it might be a challenge to take that down in time. Anyone have good tips about taking off wallpaper?

I'm going to have to call the air conditioning guy to replace a vent and the electrician to replace the fan and wired smoke detector.

One more trip this evening to the used book store, then I need to assemble enough boxes to hold the books I'm still going to keep that I haven't moved into the shelves in the front room.

In all of this I've identified a few things that will go on eBay, but they're noted and filed away out of the way for now.


30 Jun 19 - 07:52 PM (#3998614)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:
The house is still moderately clean and tidy - by my low standards. Robin slept and read ALL day yesterday. He needed it.

Today, we partly cleared the east wall (brick) of Wisteria - I think - leaving it about 3-4 feet below the roof. There are a couple of plants coming up in the yard which I will try to coax into standards. I trimmed a bunch more lilac and other stuff. The transplanted trees seem to be happy. Amongst places that are not so great are a variety of maple trees, and others. I am pecking away at this to free a low spreading evergreen and a beautiful Weigela. Plan to leave one sugar Maple that is in a good spot, maybe.   

R was going to take all the debris, and the pile of stuff in the middle of the back yard into the woods, however, the bugs are dreadful. It rained 3 times today. During one we went foraging: groceries, a really good Dollar store, hardware store, and -uh oh - thrift shop. More books, some really good ones! And a useful garden tool ($4) that I have been wanting (edger).

Robin opened some windows I could not budge, replaced a couple screens: better air flow! Added a couple drapes to reduce solar gain. I have moved the distiller into a guest room in the addition so I can keep the heat it generates out of the main house.

We have been so enjoying the fresh basil from the Farm in our omelettes that I purchased a plant; need re-potting - tomorrow when the bugs are less?

Not as much as I had hoped but R really needs to rest. The books have to go down a VERY steep stairs; I refuse to use it at all. And we do not have a board long enough to slide them down.


01 Jul 19 - 07:24 PM (#3998773)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Two sets of large office bookshelves emptied, through the convoluted process of emptying a lot of unneeded books in office and the adjacent room and then compressing them into that adjacent room. Now I have the music stuff on another two large bookshelves. As a single step that should go faster as it'll go into boxes and be restored to the office after the reconstruction. ETA on the ceiling work is Friday.

I finished mowing the lawn this morning, since I have to keep up with the regular stuff during this period of extra work in the house. It looks like rain this evening, I can hear thunder now. I haven't set up the sprinkler system yet and it's already July. Often by now the lawn is turning brown except for an area near the house I keep watered for the dogs. #WeirdWeather

Over the years I've accumulated a lot of little objects that have been sitting on the edges of my bookshelves—crystals, carved wood, objects picked up along the way. I'm now accumulating them into boxes. Maybe I need to assign just one shelf for all of this stuff (though I have shelves in my bedroom with this kind of stuff - maybe I should move it in there?)


02 Jul 19 - 09:13 AM (#3998838)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, this would be a great time to photograph that curio collection, so it will be easier to let them go later.

Here, back issues and bed pillowing are on the docket, again.


02 Jul 19 - 09:29 AM (#3998842)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

SRS, I am embarrassed with several boxes of such "little objects", all carefully packed, that have survived several moves. The most embarrassing box, labelled "Ancestral Doohickeys" contains little objects that came from my paternal grandparents' house, which was sold in 1968. So far, I have not been able to let them go.

Besides, who wants a jar that once -- i.e., well over a hundred years ago -- contained bear-grease hair-dressing? I'm sure it was kept because it is very precisely fitted into a wooden sleeve, making it suitable for use by a gentleman who travels, but ... sheesh!


02 Jul 19 - 10:25 AM (#3998854)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm in good company then! Yes, it's difficult to let go, partly because these are story fragments. Something I need to write down and flesh out, and as Susan suggests, photograph.

The big push begins today. I've run my sturdiest jeans through the laundry every night to start fresh with this very sweaty, dusty work each day. The room needs to be emptied, plastic needs to go up, and I need to start pulling down the remaining ceiling and insulation. Ugg. I think I'll put a tarp over the top of this table where all of the electronic equipment is sitting for now. On the plus side: with all of this hard work I've dropped a few pounds.

See you at the other end.


02 Jul 19 - 07:00 PM (#3998934)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

There's a hot tip buried in the following report on the day.

Today the focus with Yano Becky was the BR. We gathered dirty laundry and sorted pillows brought in from the garage, and changed a bunch of pillowcases. Three old, nasty pillows were allocated to the kennel closet, a few to the camper, a few to the travel pillow bag, and a few to the bed (including one that had gone missing way back in MudDorm days), which happened to end up in the pillow case it was wearing when I first acquired it-- a sentimental item from a dearly loved elder.

We also augmented mattress padding in a key area that has caused my lumbar back issues to flare up recently. I can't be doing back PT in the daytime and then undoing it all night because of poor sleep posture; I can't expect PT-pushed muscles to heal with deep sleep-- if night pain is precluding deep sleep.

I also remade two orthopedic pillows a few nights ago, and redid one this AM for even better support.

We cleared the 2' tall pile of once-worn clothes off the top of my dresser, and I put away a hamper full of other clean laundry. *Later, Greg?? put up some closet hooks for my everyday cotton seersucker or poplin shirts, which will hopefully prevent that buildup from restarting. In the space where those-- and huge towels-- accumulate, I set a large object Greg had left out as floor clutter, to take up the dressers open space so I break that habit.

I had a fresh lumbar spine x-ray today, and already have the report... much worse than I thought, making the PT even more essential.

The images were done without the continuous pelvic tilt I'm conditioning towards, so I know that the alignment when I walk with that tilt is better than when I don't, but it is a sobering report.

* The hot tip-- Instead of closet doors, we have floor to ceiling drapes. They are situated where the closet doors were, now, but there is room to move them forward, making the closet much deeper. Right now the new hooks (and the items on them) are outside those drapes, but soon the drapes will cover them. One of the former housemates showed me the trick of putting a hook right on the molding that trimmed these closets' sliders, but adding depth by moving the drapes is all mine.


02 Jul 19 - 09:44 PM (#3998954)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

There have been frequent breaks in this room emptying process, but I'm to the point where I slowly tipped over and turned the first of two huge double bookcases (that I bought at a nude furniture store and moved here back when I still owned a pickup truck). They are too big to take out of the office upright.

Books from my dad's collection are now being packed and all boxes will be either put in the front room ahead of sliding in the big book cabinet, or stacked in the office closet. Much of the electronic stuff is in the closet. A lot of his collection (cassette tapes, primarily) is still in boxes on the shelves and can simply be relocated for a few days.

Yesterday after dinner I decided to go ahead and unload the two antique armchairs. They need work, but the "bones" are sound. Goodwill looked at them askance, then said "okay." They'll be an upholstery project for some enterprising soul, perhaps to be sold later at a garage sale. I'm not the only one who buys things at Goodwill to fix and sell. Those chairs were both in the garage so they didn't make the house any less crowded, but I figured it would be a good time to do it anyway.

Susan, the end of my sunroom has a double closet door (hanging from the top, and overlapping) that are mirrored. They make the room look a lot larger, and conceal a shallow shelved cupboard where I keep glass and crystal.


03 Jul 19 - 09:47 AM (#3998995)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

SRS, are you doing all this moving of large furniture by yourself? I know you have plenty of experience, and you obviously know how to do it safely, but shit happens even to the experienced and the careful.

Just sayin'.

Of course, I move bookcases on my own, too, much to Himself's dismay. I know I shouldn't and I do it anyway because I hate asking him because then I would have to explain not only what I want to do but also why I want to do it, and then convince him that it's a good idea, all of which is a lot of rhetorical work. (Note: none of our ceilings has collapsed.) It feels easier just to do it myself and take the risk. But I'm not as strong as I used to be, and one of these days I'll go down under a bookcase if I persist.


03 Jul 19 - 10:30 AM (#3999002)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, I put these here 17 years ago, and I am aware of the passage of time! The thing you learn about moving stuff by yourself or with just one other small person is that just about everything moves easier if you slide it on cardboard and if you take all of the shelves or drawers or removable parts off first, it's easier to move. In this instance, the two shelves are turned then tipped to rest length-wise on their sides, then slid out of the room. Before I slide these cases out of the room I'll put down a long layer of cardboard into the destination room. Once the place is looking good I'll probably have someone come help me arrange and put the heaviest pieces back.

It has been interesting getting an up-close look at the collection again. I'll be working on it after all of this construction finishes so I'll put things back in a way I can see what is there and stage the work.

Thank goodness for the village recycle bins. I've been down several times to retrieve large boxes to use for all of this, and I'll be by again today (they should have been emptied yesterday, so anything in there now is visible and probably reachable.) I've tossed in lots of old volumes of magazines I saved but never looked at again.

Did I mention in this thread that I've started reading an interesting new book by Daniel Amen, MD? I don't usually pay much attention to the lectures during the PBS pledge drives, but I got sucked in by this one, and think the promise of offering relaxation exercises was timely. All my life I've just dropped off to sleep when my head hits the pillow, but with some of these construction concerns my mind races. His deep breathing exercises and biofeedback tricks really do help. He also offers some matter-of-fact brain health reasons for getting off of sugar and alcohol and eating healthier. It suits my current goals.

Plastic over doorways begins this morning.


03 Jul 19 - 11:51 PM (#3999116)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The office is emptied, plastic sheets are up to contain dust and insulation. Tomorrow is going to be a day of hard work, not a holiday, but it's what will put me close to ready to have the work done.

Thank goodness Amazon ships really large heavy things in gigantic boxes. I found one of those folded in on itself in the recycle bin behind city hall. It might have held something like an oversized footlocker dimension-wise, and when I pulled apart the glued seam it stretched out to more than a dozen feet long, perfect to place across the hallway for sliding both book cases out of the office.


04 Jul 19 - 12:17 PM (#3999168)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The ceiling is down in the office. It took about four hours of steady work. The room that needs a new ceiling is part of the Old garage area, so it wasn't built with a ceiling being put in just that room at the same time as the walls. I had to carefully cut the sheets right along where they meet the wall so as not to radiate a break through to the next room where the sheet extends. That was a wall against the sunroom, a wall against the hall, and two sides of the closet in the corner of the office.

I'll finish the hall ceiling tomorrow.


04 Jul 19 - 08:25 PM (#3999299)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Daniel Amen is a great fav of mine: terrific work on ADHD and went on to major good ideas for everyone.

SRS is a very moving person! I used to do those sorts of moving things before I got to 75 and started feeling "old". The WILL is the trick!

Today, Super YAY! I came home from shopping: exhaust fan for upstairs, magnetic curtain rod for metal door with BIG window facing south, bigger, nicer mailbox, and exploration of a store to which I had not been before - the fan was $5 cheaper than local store but the trip cost about $2 in gas. An adventure.

At home, I found Robin and Lorenzo and a riding mower: the lawn is well mowed (part of the back left in field, producing grass seed!) and all the books and excess furniture is out of the addition, into basement - ready for the two rooms to be become guest rooms! Time to go for another mattress. We have a single brass bed, with mattress, for the smaller room and waiting for a double brass bed for the other. Still need room for one more in case son and two grandsons arrive!

The "mitten cabinet" is now on 2nd floor in to-be-bathroom, it's intended home. We think. We now refer to rooms as what they are or are going to be: "R's office" still needs furniture and computer. TV/sewing/reading room is pretty good, 2nd floor t-b-bath is bare other than the mitten cabinet! That is a long term project!

The heat has me indoors and very still. 33C at 6 pm. Once in a while, I do a few very small things. New set of white drapes (thrift shop $12) will go in front guest room, rods in place. A lacy curtain from there will go on door. I am using any piece of fabric I have that can work to keep the sun outside! For winter, I may be looking for heavier drapes to keep the heat in!

Dishes need washing - later. I can usually think about supper around 8 pm. Wash dishes while cooking.

LOVE new car! So glad the old one died before the trip to Connecticut!! The cruise control was great - NOT breaking down somewhere in New England was even greater!!


05 Jul 19 - 08:29 AM (#3999356)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

SRS, I see that you have learned the lessons of friction and weight. Over the years, I have accumulated several small mats that would be hazards to navigation if used as their manufacturers intended but are perfect for sliding large pieces of furniture across a hard-surface floor.

It is stonking hot in Stratford and, like Dorothy, I am hiding in the house with the curtains drawn except to go to the gym and the grocery store. I'm okay with that, if a bit bored.

Today I left a sharp voicemail for the landscaper who was supposed to start work on our patio this week and hasn't. On Friday, he texted to say that he was going to Sarnia to spend Canada Day with his mother, but offered no date of return. Nothing more has been heard from that quarter. It is to be hoped that he is not lying in hospital after a misadventure with patriotic fireworks.


05 Jul 19 - 11:57 AM (#3999391)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It has been relatively cool here this week, in the mid-90s [35 C today] when typically it's often over 100 [38+] by now. With no ceiling on one room, and about the remove the ceiling from the hall that connects into this room, that's a good thing. I have two AC units in the house and the one in the hall outside my office serves that area, but my thin film of plastic isn't of much help to keep the warm air out of the rest of the house.

I have seven bags of insulation that I'm going to drag up into the attic and line up on the walkway area that runs through the center of the space. No floors up there, though I do plan to put in some Plastic attic decking to enable me to walk around in areas where now I have to carefully step from beam to beam. No joists up there to support a floor, but this would make it a walkable space for work without weighing too much moving between the trusses. (This is one of many items I keep stashed in my Amazon "Wish List" so I can find the name or product description for searching later when I'm ready to act and make a purchase.)

I have to call the electrician and the AC guys in conjunction with this work. The cash goes in that direction now, not in to attic plastic.


05 Jul 19 - 02:07 PM (#3999417)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, you're balancing so many aspects of the work! I'm sure you know what you're doing, and are working well with great people-- but what's the relaxing downtime activity? Is there time each day or week to get completely away from this enormous project?


05 Jul 19 - 04:45 PM (#3999451)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Not much. Until this project is over the house is hot, everything is sitting everywhere and in any old which-way, and the dogs are confined to half of the house (and not allowed in the room where they prefer to sleep). I've put it off long enough, there is less work today, but I need to finish it. After the work is completed I'll have the luxury of deciding where things go in the office this time around. I've put in calls to the electrician and the A/C tech so they can come over next week and replace the vent and smoke detector (and I have something else that has been needing done for a while for each of them to do.)

Some friends are coming for lunch tomorrow, despite the chaos—I can still make the kitchen and dining area look respectable—so that will be my dose of relaxation.

Darn, the trash wasn't picked up today—I was sure our regular Thursday pickup wouldn't happen since it was a holiday. I've pulled the cans and the bag up away from the curb and will put it back on Monday. Tomorrow morning I'll put just the broken-up wallboard into the back of the SUV and drive over to the local trash dropoff. It saves keeping it around for the next couple of week's worth of trash pickup.


06 Jul 19 - 11:24 AM (#3999505)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Sheet rock delivered to the drop station; we left here before 9am and there was a line of pickups and vans crawling up to and into the facility. It didn't take more than about 20 minutes, though. People are generally pretty efficient in there.

I stopped by the Supermercado Monterrey on the way home and picked up hot corn tortillas and some ceviche (impulse buy - to try) and guacamole, avocados, and some pico de gallo to go with the fish tacos for friends at lunch today.

The house is muggy because the outside is muggy. I think I need to get my fan stand and set it up in here. I wonder where I put it last?


06 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM (#3999529)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Warning to Charmion: a friend in VA hired a landscape company to do some work, They were not home on the day and returned to find 25 year old hollies with all the lower branches lopped off- the ones that hid the neighbours unappealing yard, heritage plants pulled out.... Sick at the devastation of a once beautiful yard/garden.

Heat: 35C is way beyond what I can deal with. Today is 26 and I am totally ... I do five minute indoor tasks. R went to install a window A/C this am but no easy way. He will bring home a portable later today. 117 year old houses were not constructed for... We slept with fan on last night and it was tolerable but never cooled off and today is going up - until a storm this aft - HOPE! Actually, it has already rained once this am - just more humid.

Yesterday he brought the "Dickens" desk for his office and a nice pine cabinet (counter-height) for TV/sewing room), a good "match for the one already in there. We found in the trash, a block from the Montreal house a few years ago. Very nice! Today, at the thrift shop, divested us of 3 left behind pieces and picked up a nice set of drapes for the office, and a terrific, needed, small cooking pot ($3).

Goal for today: eat lightly and breathe.


06 Jul 19 - 01:23 PM (#3999533)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Today we vacuum and then load up the second underbed zip bag, and stow that.


06 Jul 19 - 06:02 PM (#3999599)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The ceviche was a winner—and at $5 a pound, also a bargain. Fish tacos also came out fabulous. The house was muggy but the fan helped keep the air moving and felt cooler that it really was.

Next comes the wallpaper.


06 Jul 19 - 08:09 PM (#3999603)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yeah Ceviche is VERY cool.

The second zip bag of winter bedding and spare down pillows is packed and in place under the bed, yay!


07 Jul 19 - 10:05 AM (#3999675)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Wallpaper removal today.


07 Jul 19 - 12:14 PM (#3999693)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I seem to have converted to a stand-up desk.

It was supposed to be a sit-to-stand desk with a gas-assisted adjustable riser, but at the lowest position it is too high for typing. Consequently, it's a stand-up desk.

This is what happens when you buy furniture from a website.

I have accepted another book contract from Army Headquarters -- two volumes on Afghanistan, lots of typing -- and I was hoping for something that would allow me to sit and type comfortably for hour after hour. It has occurred to me that a person who is nearly 65 years old should probably not be sitting down for hours and hours, especially not typing.

And I can set the keyboard at the perfect height for typing if I stand up to do it. So, maybe a win overall.


07 Jul 19 - 12:48 PM (#3999699)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, congratulations on the contract! I have a movable up/down standing desk (that I'll be using more once it's set up again). I got an "Anti-fatigue standing mat" that helps with standing more comfortably. (It's tucked away in my office closet now while my desk is in the front room, behind a wall of plastic.) When I put the office back together I'll try to be more scientific about it.


08 Jul 19 - 10:24 AM (#3999796)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

It's getting to be time to calculate how much we should unpack weekly of the Garaged items, if we want the space back for parking. I know there's one big kitchen box left out there, and we'll probably unpack that this week. I'll book an hour of Brandon's time to get that into the house, and plan next steps with him.

The GREAT thing is how cool and breezy it is in there on hot days!

~Susan


08 Jul 19 - 10:53 AM (#3999800)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Susan, isn't it great when you start to see clearance and gain function in a new abode! People talk about their new kitchen, or the family room with the fireplace, or the beautiful bathroom, but for me it was the day when I unpacked the last box in the garage and realized that we could finally park both cars under cover.

Of course, if we had stayed in Ottawa we would not have needed two cars, but hey.


08 Jul 19 - 01:48 PM (#3999837)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yes, and it's been great to have it all out of sight for awhile, too. It takes time to massage every unpacked thing into the household, which often involves letting go of loved but worn out items already inside and in use.

I am saving a few categories for winter unpacking (books mostly), because after music season ends there will be icy days spent indoors to occupy, but the decor and household stuff needs to get moving.

So tmrw Yano Becky and I will unpack a plastic bin of misc that's been sitting, and Wedneday Brandon brings I, that next big kitchen box and we count/restack boxes.


08 Jul 19 - 02:36 PM (#3999851)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Perhaps I need plastic bins that I can label by the decade. Mementos from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, etc. I have a bad habit of too many things sitting out on edges of shelves, making it difficult to dust, and I know that "less is more" - fewer objects out mean they are more noticeable, not lost in the clutter. If I started with boxes to determine how large of a bin is needed?

This is for things like notes I want to keep from previous jobs, documents, signs, photos, etc. Touchstones for projects I still intend to get around to.

I seem to be drifting this week; I think it's the waiting for the contractor bit. I can't be as productive because I don't want to open up projects just to pack it all up to move in a few days.

I did start working on a patch in the office (a spot next to a junction box where I needed to reach inside to move wires) and I'll finish the wallpaper today. Otherwise, I feel like I'm twiddling my thumbs.

Time to read a book.


08 Jul 19 - 06:05 PM (#3999894)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, please don't buy plastic! Cheap Wal-Mart bankers boxes.


08 Jul 19 - 06:18 PM (#3999897)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

There are plastic bins for sale regularly at Goodwill, so I wouldn't be driving the production of new plastic. The reason for plastic is to see through them to the contents. I have plenty of banker-type boxes already, but those hold files.

Wallpaper progressing, but slowly. No word from the contractor, so I have texted him this evening.


08 Jul 19 - 08:29 PM (#3999908)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

The other reason for plastic is that they’re waterproof.


08 Jul 19 - 08:41 PM (#3999910)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

i hate cardboard more than anything. fine for moving stuff from place to place, but it rots, gets rodents, spiders, can't carry it once it gets soft. For long-term storage I would use plastic, recycled if possible. Of course, keep less and store less and use less plastic if possible.

I finally am getting rid of extra rubbermaid lids that i thought forever would match up. also spare socks..no place to give them though. I have gotten rid of two pillows, a little stool, recycled paper and cardboard, bathroom scales, a shelf thing in the last week or so and it is like how could i be so slow....i am pretty much post clutter but those last bits.

i need a rolling open top legal file cart under 40 dollars including shipping. one on amazon is fine but is not legal. if anyone enjoys treasure hunts and finds anything online, please let me know. my files are mostly legal or i would buy the little cabinet at thrift store..


08 Jul 19 - 08:43 PM (#3999911)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

srs if you are twiddling thumbs i suggest painting a small room far from the mess. it should dry fast, give yourself a boost of freshness.


08 Jul 19 - 09:34 PM (#3999915)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Nothing else needs to be painted right now, just the walls that are in the rooms that will get the new ceilings. I do need to give both dogs a bath, though. Tonight I'll see how far I can get removing this wallpaper. It's a struggle with every square inch, but I'm working on the most difficult surfaces first.

A friend of mine was doing some welding projects and had a base he built to support a file cabinet, though it's regular width, not legal. I find it very handy that it moves that way. They make inserts for file cabinets for using hanging files - could you insert a hanging support in such a way that you could hang legal files length-wise in a standard cabinet? I rarely shop at Walmart, but they have a 2-drawer legal cabinet for $39. Free pickup only.

Legal size inserts - the sides that the files hang on are usually notched ever half inch or so, meant to be snapped off with a heavy pliers and a vise grip or something comparable. You could put it in the cabinet sideways and break off the extra-long parts. It wouldn't be a drawer full, but it would be a standard cabinet holding your legal files.

The contractor texted, he'll be here tomorrow, 9am. I will be ready.


08 Jul 19 - 10:45 PM (#3999921)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:
When Connie and I removed the wallpaper in PA, a hot iron and a wet towel did it in no time!

One guest room is furnished except for the mattress which is still in hall. Will look good. Two glass cabinets will hold mineral samples and pertinent books. Designated "Mineral room". When I go to order a double mattress for the other room, I will purchase sheets for each as I have no plain cotton sheets, only flannel ones! Do not seem to be any such in the local thrift shops.

Today's stop in TS netted a beautiful glass water container with faucet - about 3 gallons! Found it a spot on top of a ceramic tile on top of microwave; will free up space on counter next to fridge and rid me of plastic water container. (This is for the distilled water, used for cooking and drinking.)

R brought me a plastic outdoor cabinet for garden tools and pots! In a niche that is shady and near the back deck. This will clear a bunch of stuff off deck and in the house! On a cooler day.

Progress is wonderful!


08 Jul 19 - 11:31 PM (#3999927)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Now you tell me about the towel and iron! I have the worst of it, narrow and high areas finished, but that might help speed the rest tomorrow morning. Thanks!

I should have a mineral room also. A lot of the items sitting on the edges of shelves are various rocks and crystals I've picked up over the years.


09 Jul 19 - 08:33 AM (#3999972)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Up early to get to the ATM for cash to pay contractor (yes, after the job), and park in my across-the-street neighbor's driveway to be out of the way of contractors in case I need to come and go. I told them to park in the driveway since it's closest to the door they'll use.

Still have a couple of bags of insulation to haul up to the attic to clear the hall, then I'll try out Dorothy's wet-towel-and-hot-iron trick on the last of the wallpaper.

One of the dogs woke me early this morning with some vigorous scratching while leaning up against a door in the hall. It was like a crisp knock on the door, and tells me that today is the day the dogs are getting a bath. I'll be nearby but I won't be participating in the sheet rock work, so I should have time.


09 Jul 19 - 09:05 AM (#3999980)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Good luck with all this, SRS. We only had one small ceiling go here (my fault, slipped with a spanner doing some plumbing and foot went through kitchen ceiling) and that was messy enough, although there was a bit of water involved too.

The new ceiling was an improvement though. The old one had some marks presumably caused by past problems. And we no longer felt constrained by the holes for downlighters (I think fitted for mum when she first moved in but never a good solution). We changed to one central fitting with 6 (LED for a few years) spots which provide a much better spread of lighting where you want it in that particular work area.


09 Jul 19 - 10:48 AM (#3999999)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Very bad spine image seen today with doc. Not going to improve.


09 Jul 19 - 11:37 AM (#4000014)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm popping my head in regularly to see how it goes, but I can hear their progress through the entire house. The dogs are better outside, they wouldn't enjoy this racket (though I'm sure they can hear a fair amount through the glass door - they're sitting there looking into the house.)

I'm sorry about the spine status, Susan. I hope you can keep doing what you have been able to and maintain a level of mobility.

Flies coming in because the door is propped open. I could go in and offer cold water, whatever, but I think I'd just be underfoot. This is a family operation, the father and his two sons plus his two nephews. They're working here today because the mud they put up in a house yesterday is still drying and the 7,000sf house they'll put texture in is on hold while the owners decide what type they want. I got lucky that this job could fall between those cracks.


09 Jul 19 - 03:42 PM (#4000051)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

So I've figured out a schedule - the question "do you want paint" wasn't did I want them to paint, but do I want the walls fixed for new paint (after the damage of sheet rock work). So, once I decide on the color, I'll paint. It takes a couple of days for the texture to dry enough to paint. They'll leave the plastic down on the floor so I can paint without worrying about dripping. I'm still lining up my electrician and AC guy for their part of this job.

I will be able to take down MY plastic sheeting for passage through the hall and air circulation, will get a package of Attic Dek panels, and start the work of putting insulation back in the attic over this area. These are concurrent activities, basically arranged so any attic work is in the early morning when it's cooler. I may get the insulation into place before I finish the painting. Being a hot climate and all.

I hear a compressor running out in the driveway, so I think the texture is being applied.


09 Jul 19 - 06:16 PM (#4000074)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The house is mine again, with the warning "Don't touch the walls!" for the next day or two. The access to that part of the house is barricaded to keep dogs and dog hair out.

Since the dogs were relegated to the back yard for the day I waited until the hottest part of the afternoon and gave them each a bath with a hose and my veterinary shampoo from a plastic condiment bottle. Pepper first, and while she wasn't thrilled during, when I let her off of the leash she did that classic tear around the yard in large concentric circles like she was attached to a string. She chased and jumped around Zeke and was ecstatic with how cool she felt! Zeke is an old hand at these backyard baths; he trotted around a bit but spent more time rolling on the grass trying to undo the bath.

Now I need a shower. It's almost to the point where the water in the system is warm enough to do one of my outdoor patio showers, but I'll use the tub for now. And throw everything in the laundry. Between wall texturing and dog washing I can hardly stand myself. :-)


09 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM (#4000075)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, sounds like you got a great crew!


09 Jul 19 - 08:57 PM (#4000094)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

He works on a handshake, gives a quote, negotiates when to come, the crew of five was here for about seven hours, and they earned their fee. He doesn't have a business card or a website, he uses his phone number for all contact and works via reference and word-of-mouth. When I described my neighbor, he didn't remember, but when I told him my neighbor's name is Cecil and he probably doesn't know too many of those, then he remembered and described where that job was.

I'll keep that number handy!


10 Jul 19 - 11:35 AM (#4000140)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The house is just as awkward with plastic up keeping dogs out of the work area while the mud and texture dries, but it's a relief to be near the point of starting the next stage. Primer is on sale at a local hardware store and I'll need at least two gallons. I deferred my jury duty that was to start Friday (moved ahead by six weeks) so I can start painting on Friday and work over the weekend. This will allow the next two contractors (electric and A/C) to come in and make their repairs early next week.

I've also found replacement blades for the fan, so should be able to repair the one I have instead of replacing it. I dismantled the fan to the point that I could remove a blade and arm and I'll take them with me to the store. For a change I think I'll turn the blades over and let the lighter wood color show for a while.


10 Jul 19 - 07:47 PM (#4000253)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Beginning to wonder WHEN I will get back to Beaver. I miss being there but things are progressing - slowly - here.

Sorry to hear about the spine, Susan! Just one more thing!

I may have forgotten to mention the attic. R took a notion to put up a ladder that was underfoot in his "office", tied it so it would not slide and went up and opened trap door to attic! Large, well kept with a real floor, the old water cistern - tin with wood surround - and a "chimney" to let heat go out!!! He has left it open and the house cools better at night! We are planning to have Dan make us a stairs like the one at Beaver, that can be raised and hooked to the ceiling. Young guests will love the attic - another sleeping space!

Picked up some things from the Mill yesterday - quilts, food stuffs, clothes. Cleared a bureau we will bring on the truck for our BR. Lovely antique in light wood to coordinate. Lunch with Geri, books from library and checked out two thrift shops. Foraging for bedside tables now! Stopping at local shop daily!

Went to Linen Chest today, big sale, to try to get two mattresses but the prices were twice what I paid a few months ago. Bought some very nice sheets for guests and a marvelous huge huggable pillow filled with Australian wool; on sale for $35 (from $75, it was the only one). I view it as a terrific bargain because it is a total delight. Not a bed pillow - the size of four of those! A comfort pillow for cuddling, to sink into! Almost as good as a Bernese Mountain dog!

We plan to bring the futon with nice wood frame from the mill for the TV room, and guests - VERY comfie!

I also bought a weighted "blanket", with removable, washable cover. Expensive but might be good for R ; He likes heavy covers, I can't stand them, but this might work; I can get out from under if it is too much. Helpful for some folks with symptoms of autism. I'll ask him first; ($140!) If it increases serotonin and reduces his stress, it is worth it.

A couple small sofa pillows, good for the small of the back, in off- white with removable covers, were $5 each. An expensive day. And Dan is working on our wood shed at Beaver and fixing the roof!

Still 31C here and I have feet in pan of water. Helps.


10 Jul 19 - 09:32 PM (#4000262)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I enjoy reading of your progress in the house, Dorothy. Will you eventually clear out everything at the mill and let that place go? Do you still have kiln-type stuff there? Will you set up a potting room at the new house?

I tried Home Depot for fan repair parts and found a clerk who was helpful. The generic sets of fan blade arms are about $20, but they are proportioned wrong. He said Hunter sells the replacements online, and though it took a little while to figure out how that search system works, I think I ordered a set for about $35.

I picked up two gallons of primer on sale and this evening poked around the in the garage for my various painting materials. I need rollers and pan liners. I should have picked up paint chips for the wall colors. Next time.

There was an unexpected gully-washer of a rain storm this evening, lasting for more than an hour. The humidity is probably slowing the drying of my textured walls and ceilings, but I should be able to start painting by Friday.


10 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM (#4000263)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I splurged on Brandon time today. My spine issues have complicated the repotting of huge baskets into huger pots, and I'm just not up to the amount of watering those root-bound baskets required. Neither is Greg.

They weren't bought to hang-- I had set them atop huge pots, for instant gratification. And I'd repotted so many of them into the pots when it was cooler.
But weather usually here in August arrived mid-May, and we lost several gorgeous and expensive baskets when I ran out of gas to water them.

So we did ALL the remaining potting today, and then some. And after a week recovering, they should bust out in flars all over again, in pots with enough soil and moisture-retaining material in each pot-- that on the worst days, daily watering will more than suffice, and when the heat breaks for a day or two we can actually skip a day now and then.

I want my %\\=/ flowers, dammit, and I shall have them.

We trashed the tomato plant no one likes, too! And put its soil to good use. He also pinched off a lot of dead stuff, all around, and added petunias on hand to fill in void spaces.


11 Jul 19 - 11:03 AM (#4000322)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The yard is too wet to work in right now and it's too soon to start painting on the primer, so today is dedicated to emptying the sunroom and replacing things in an organized manner. This has needed doing for a long time.

I'll also double-check the measurements for the Attic Dek panels and order a set so I can get started on the insulation restoration over the office and hall.

And my final consideration - what kind of rodent control to add to the attic sometime soon. There was ample evidence of their presence, and including running around behind the books in the front room shelves.


12 Jul 19 - 09:44 AM (#4000461)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dragging and dropping the contents of drives on the old computer onto a new expansion drive to use for moving it all over to the new computer. A new internal drive will go into the expansion SATA slot this evening (it's on the mail somewhere right now). That expansion drive will then be used as the backup drive.

I have a comparison program for getting rid of duplicate files and I ran it on the old computer a while back; it's time to run that on the contents of this expansion drive so I'm not dropping all sorts of extra junk into the new drive.

Meanwhile, it's mowing this morning, then it's time to apply primer, though I need to pick up a few extras I forgot yesterday.

An important declutter move yesterday was to take apart the clump of things on my SUV key. I received the electronic key and a black dongle that had four buttons that the salesman tested on the lot and we determined it was a remote control for the tailgate. And I added a TILE device that is connected to my phone to help me keep track of the keys. The trouble with that black dongle is that if I nudge it in my office the tailgate rises, so sometimes I go out to the garage and find it up; perhaps I leaned on it last night when I was doing dishes. The last straw was when it popped up at the gas station as I (probably) fastened my seatbelt. I looked back and there it was, wide open. The dongle is now attached to a small carabiner on my handbag strap.

Finally, there are tomatoes simmering on the stove to make sauce. They got a little wrinkly over time but will still cook up just fine. Better to sauce them than toss them!


12 Jul 19 - 02:18 PM (#4000512)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I forgot to report on a super-happy data thing here that was set in motion around the time of our move. I gave our miracle-working PA tech all my hardware then, except the notebook puder in active use, and he kindly fetched ALL the lurking data off of them. Two tower PCs, two old externals, and a corrupted backup of the laptop hard drive our former housemate took out of my laptop, which the next housemate, Tyler, stole.

(About 25 years of work product and family stuff, total!)

That tech was kind enough to discount his fee as our goodbye gift.

And then we moved and we're still unpacking. So the resulting external device lurked, unused, at my desk here until last week, when I wanted to update an aquatic fitness handout. I FOUND it despite not being sure which place to look, updated it, and saved it to the notebook, BOOM.

ALL my music files are also present, including all the gospel and spirituals out dear brother Mmario had agreed to curate upon my demise. We sure never thought about him going first!


12 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM (#4000532)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Sad, that. Mmario seemed like an all-round good guy, someone with such a good heart that he should have had an equally strong heart.

I mowed the front yard before it got too hot, but it still needs a lot of work. I paused in my mowing to trim a bunch of recently sprouted branches out of my way, but I have to do a lot more trimming and picking up. Since cash has been drained off by house projects and computer projects, I think this would be a good chore to put on the top of my "No Spend" list. And maybe it's time for another no-spend month. It would give me a big bang for the work, and I have a chipper to use for a lot of the branches to make mulch for the yard.

The logging and "clean up" operation across the road from me apparently will be finished with the contractor chipping up the wood. I'll watch to see what goes into the chipper and may well take the wheelbarrow over and bring back a lot of loads of wood chips.


12 Jul 19 - 10:07 PM (#4000573)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I finally have a desk with a keyboard shelf at the correct height. It has taken only about seven years, plus an intervention by a friendly neighbourhood ironworker.

I bought a two-part desk from the Best Buy website, very impressed by the carefully detailed photographs of the gas-assisted riser desktop. The bottom was a very standard-looking rack stand: two legs, flat feet, brackets to bolt the top onto.

So it came by Purolator and I put it together. Imagine my disgust when I realized that the sit-to-stand desk definitely would not accommodate half of its declared function, as only a candidate for the National Basketball Association could possibly type on it.

I thought about it for a couple of days. Then I put a notice on the local Connect Facebook page asking for anybody with metalwork experience and equipment who would cut six inches out of the legs. A guy called Mike pinged me back. He builds structural steel for a living. He thought he could handle it, and indeed he did.

Mike's services were not cheap, as he had to pay his buddy a hundred bucks for use of the buddy's machine shop for an hour, but for the first time since I quit the government I have a computer desk that I can type on without hitching my shoulders up around my ears.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the patio project. Today we had laying of stone, and indeed it looks very, very nice. The garden around it looks like a dustbowl, but the patio looks very, very nice. And our chequing account is a great deal thinner than it was on Monday.


13 Jul 19 - 12:23 PM (#4000586)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Good work with the desk, Charmion. I'm having time visualizing why you needed to cut off legs, though. Can't you just elevate it to the point you want and leave it there?

My hands smell wonderful after pulling out dead and dying limbs from the huge rosemary shrub growing at the street edge of the front yard. I'll run those through the chipper later. This is the first of several areas needing a good clear out of branches. Turning it into useful mulch always makes it worth doing.

The new fan blade arms have arrived. They look like a better quality of metal than the originals. I'll repair this and purchase a new fixture for the hall and I'm ready for the electrician to arrive. He said late next week.


13 Jul 19 - 02:02 PM (#4000604)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

SRS, the desk was too high at its lowest height; it was a standing desk, not a sit-to-stand desk. With my office chair set at the correct height for typing all day (back flat, feet flat on the floor), my hands were at least six inches too high for work. With my arthritic feet and lower back, standing all day is not an option.


14 Jul 19 - 08:45 AM (#4000684)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Brandon has now entirely cleaned up a pesky garden bed I'd had to let run wild this season, so now it can be replenished with soil and shredded paper, and replanted.

It can be fed by a drip hose, so I'm thinking to seed it asap with hardy perennials that will root now and come up bigtime next year. I wonder what groundcover I'll choose to start with?


14 Jul 19 - 12:42 PM (#4000702)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I chose a purple-toned thyme for the ground cover, to go with yellow flowers along the white siding that backs the bed. We'll germinate the plants in a huge tray we recently acquired via curb find, for which there is a patio table.

By the time they're ready to go in the ground, I can get that bed filled for them, and I've chosen a partial sun place for that tray near plants I water daily-- I do like watching sprouts do their thing-- I think full sun might burn them at this time of year. The seed company I used to start perennials last time has about an 88% germination rate according to my records. Peat pellets on hand will likely be involved as well.

NEXT summer I plan to germinate fall perennials indoors, but we need an electrician visit first for the designated area.


14 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM (#4000709)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The ceiling and walls in the office have a coat of primer now, and it used the entire gallon. The hall comes next, after a cool down, and should require approximately a half-gallon. The part so far is the roller, the brush work to fill in crevices and corners comes next, after the walls are dry.

I'll paint the ceilings later today, and be ready for the A/C vent to be reinstalled in the office. I have a box in the sunroom for things that I come across still that will go to Goodwill. The leaded glass light cover from the hall, a couple of things pulled out of the pantry, it's slowly filling. The recycling bag (that lives in the sunroom) was emptied a couple of days ago. Some of the "normal" sunroom items are lined along the cabinets in the kitchen. This causes a tripping hazard in there, but makes the sunroom more navigable during the construction process.

Charmion, I should have realized it was the "down" position of the desk that was the problem. I also find mine just a little taller than I like, and my chair doesn't raise enough to compensate. I've thought about putting an under-desk tray in for the keyboard, but the steel supports of the desk itself are in the way.

My afternoon yesterday was taken up attending a funeral service, after which an old friend followed me home to poke around in the yard, so I didn't get back to the chipping project. Today is a painting day, so probably tomorrow morning I'll do more trimming and get started with the chipper.


15 Jul 19 - 10:39 AM (#4000818)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

The lads are at work again on the patio, and today we will have back steps.

As is so often the case in projects like this, one damn thing leads to another. The original problem was a basement window with no window-well outside and unmistakable signs of water damage on the wall inside, and digging out window-wells is part of the patio project. The problematic window is -- of course-- the one where all the utility cables and the air-conditioner ducts enter the house, and the air-conditioner is in exactly the wrong place, much too close to the window. So the air-conditioner must be moved.

Enter the HVAC contractor, for the landscaping crew are not licensed to so much as touch the air-conditioner.

Dating from 1988, our machine has soldiered on some five to ten years beyond the normal service life for such equipment. In fact, it takes a kind of refrigerant that is now banned in new installations and costs a bomb, so no HVAC company around here stocks it. Rodney the HVAC Guy says he and the landscapers can move our dinosaur, but they might not be able to avoid damaging its elderly copper tubing. Consequently, we have decided to add "replace air-conditioner" to the patio project. What's another three thousand dollars to plutocrats like us?

Besides, I'd rather do it with a plan than have the thing die in the middle of a heat wave when we're out of town for a week.


15 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM (#4000822)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

some progress: A bizarre piece of ??? - formerly a Chopard display piece with revolving platform inside glass or plexiglass box set on a beautiful, four foot tall, wood cabinet??? Google Chopard (I had no idea!) watches from $1000 upwards of $65,000! No wonder this is beautiful - but is there any use for it?? Now tucked into the den at one end of fireplace until R decides ... The den looks fine. It is a conversation piece. He may put a mineral on display. Hearth, free of boxes, is home to large aloe vera and a couple garden books for Bowser's front paws. Also a large glass cylinder (foot tall,8inch D.) for an as yet undetermined plant. White stones in bottom for starters.

However, moving it to that spot freed a nice spot for the lovely mahogany cabinet with glass door - for special books in guest "wing". Also tucked in - a space at end of stairs to basement about 2 feet wide and 6 feet deep - a dead space unless used creatively - We have. Another dead space, between stairs and wall can hold a bookshelf I saw yesterday at one of R's buildings. Books can be reached from the steps.

At said building, we acquired a single mattress and -useless- boxspring, an interesting cabinet (from Pier One!) that looks antique and perfectly fits a space in den. Also a tall wood pedestal suitable only for holding a, preferably unbreakable, item on display. Maybe a large plant. Placement as yet undecided.

Also a short pew that can fit in hallway - place to sit to put on boots - after the hospital bed - NO! but he cannot move it out without help- "But you got it in!". Why don't I want it in guest room instead of the nice brass bed??? Then we had discussion of my FEAR of STUFF and wanting the house to maintain beautiful character!

As I wrote that: what if we need a hospital bed downstairs sometime in the future? Maybe I need to re-capitulate? But I like this brass bed...

On the subject of stuff: I caught him measuring the attic door this am and he announced that two, specific, pieces of furniture would fit up there. WHY?????? Nature abhors a vacuum - and so does R, apparently.

All boxes of books are downstairs but now we are dealing with humidity down there. Or, rather, what to do about it. It built up when the electric went off overnight and sump pumps... Water on floor absorbed by concrete... Will we have a generator before the next time???? All I can do is remind - but not too often. (There are four at the "shop"; one is functional and was needed elsewhere. MAYBE another could be repaired...)


15 Jul 19 - 01:01 PM (#4000841)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Be strong, DP!!!


15 Jul 19 - 01:43 PM (#4000848)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, I am astonished at all of the moving and sorting you're doing in conjunction with all of these properties. Is the old house in town (that had so many problems) completely gone at this point, nothing more to move out, etc.?

Charmion, I agree: as annoying as it is to have this project grow exponentially to include a new air conditioner, it's better to do it now instead of once it dies. And I think you'll find that the replacement of a 30+ year old unit will provide you with an energy efficient and more versatile system.

Here, the attic duct is sound and the louvered vent that serves the office is back in place (and the newly painted ceiling now has a few dirty finger prints on it.) While they were at it they checked both heat pumps and added Freon to one and replaced a capacitor in the other (a capacitor went out last summer in the smaller unit, so this was dumb luck to catch it before it completely died). I went up to take a measurement between the roof trusses and ordered the 24" decking panels. They should arrive Saturday, and I can begin restoring the attic insulation and have an area for safely storing a few lightweight things that seem to be most logically stored in the attic. Flattened boxes, the xmas tree stand, etc.

I had a conversation with a friend about how she is being priced out of her apartment because the property taxes keep forcing up rent. We talked about housing for single women of a certain age and concluded that sharing houses makes sense. I certainly have space, and while we didn't discuss it as something we would actually do, it is a thought exercise in how to divide and share. Clear enough stuff out of the garage so two vehicles can fit, set up another office space, etc. It's worth considering at some point, and I've known that particular friend for a long time. She'd love having a huge yard to get her hands on, for one, and the creek and the (now somewhat damaged by being bulldozed) woods across the road. And she likes dogs. :)


16 Jul 19 - 08:48 AM (#4000915)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Last week, instead of bringing in the TWO boxes I'd requested, Brandon misunderstood and carried in.... EIGHT, which are taking up so much space that the front door won't fully open. So today Yano Becky will help unpack the two biggies blocking that door.

Yuck!


16 Jul 19 - 08:52 AM (#4000916)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Susan, I have learned over the last three weeks that sometimes work is thrust upon you! Because of the accident of misunderstanding you'll probably dispatch those boxes sooner than planned and will 1) discover missing treasure and 2) have more space wherever they came from.

I'm kind of to the point you reached when you started integrating the PA stuff into the OH house: I have stuff from here moved out of it's location and now I have the gift of an empty room to figure out where I want it to go this time. And this unavoidable project arrived suddenly.

Good luck with that!


16 Jul 19 - 11:01 AM (#4000928)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yes, SRS, enjoy your mile in my shoes!

To top it off, Becky informed us-- too late for a sub-- that she can't come today. Fortunately, as you indicate, I had already started on the smaller boxes Brandon had set onto the big, targeted boxes, and dispatched most of their contents.

And before she called, I had converted the LR to Sort Mode, which means trash and recycle baskets all over the floor. But I have already made that LR front door open-able.

So Greg will have a few of "his" treasured items to de-grunge and set in their destined spots, and I'm running many smaller items through the DW. And I'll knock off when my back starts talking trash at me, which is easy because there was room left for one of those big boxes which is now a catch-all for kitchen minutiae that don't go in the DW.

I find that by the time I've seen an item three times, I know exactly what to do with it, which is occasionally Goodwill.


16 Jul 19 - 11:26 AM (#4000940)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Too bad about your helper, but it sounds like nothing was going to stop those boxes from being processed!

This week there has been a lot of discussion about the "Amazon Prime Day" (that lasts about 2 days because it's around the world) and other stores are joining in to serve those customers who want to avoid Amazon. Macy's is one, and today I impulsively did bought the flatware set I've been mulling over for a couple of years. My mother's silver plate Oneida has served long and well, but looks pretty battered by now. Amazon limited purchase to five place settings but Macy's let me buy eight and competes with free standard shipping. So it gets here a few days from now instead of tomorrow, but no problem. I'll keep the nice pieces from Mom's set and see if Replacements.com wants any of the others, or else it's Goodwill. The nice remaining pieces will serve as a reminder, and that's enough. I got it for about half the list price (it's Dansk five piece Classic Fjord II, one that didn't have creases or crevices, very clean lines).


16 Jul 19 - 02:54 PM (#4000961)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Thrilled that the generally-toxic local FB group apparently has at least has a few ppl interested enough in the planet to take our used bubble wrap off our hands, and empty boxes, too.


17 Jul 19 - 10:59 AM (#4001017)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The paint roller nap wasn't robust enough to cover the texture in the office so I'll get another quart to add to my remaining paint in the gallon can and get a heavier nap to use on the second coat in there, and hopefully I'll only have to use one coat in the hall.

Fish is smoking all day today, batches for several people.

I feel so ready to toss out lots of stuff as that office goes back together. #MaximumDeclutter


17 Jul 19 - 03:33 PM (#4001055)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Aha! The electrician was able to come over today, and though he may not be able to finish, the first things being worked on are the light fixtures in the office and hall, so my work will be easier tonight. I put off painting when I heard they had time this afternoon. If he can get the circuit breaker (ground fault) problem fixed that will be wonderful - the old wiring was such that any plugs around water all went into a ground fault breaker in the box (they hadn't developed the individual breaker plugs). My bathrooms now have the modern test buttons, but since the box on the wall by the patio has failed, none of them work and I can't use any plugs in my bathrooms or dressing room. The electrician said they used to be able wire up to eight different plugs at a time into those old circuit breakers, so the wires running to it are from all over the house.

While out getting paint I made a very small declutter but swinging by my optometrist's office and dropping off an old pair of glasses and some empty glasses cases. I don't have enough in the box yet to take over to Goodwill. I picked up the hall paint color at the same time I got the extra quart of sage. I resisted stopping for a Diet Pepsi on the way home - even though the fountain drinks don't have aspartame, they probably still aren't good for you. I have some canned lemonade I made up (it has sugar, yes, but this is pretty darned tart lemonade!) I've been reading Dr. Amen's latest book, and he says many snack foods aren't good for the brain.

I'm aiming at having August be a "Spend Nothing" month. I can use the time to finish up all of the projects planned and paid for and that still need work. I also still have LilyFestre's "Twelve Days of Cleaning" thing I printed last year on my fridge, and after the explosion of dust that hit this house in the last three weeks, I need to work my way through and wash or dust or clean everything.


18 Jul 19 - 06:24 PM (#4001148)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Been in lost/fone purdah.

Brandon is measuring for my first ramp here. It should facilitate coming out of the garage and 5" down into the patio, and back up.

From that I can ferry things I should not be lifting, and sit to tend pots. When he works the bugs out using up scrap wood, he'll build another out the front door.

Both of these doorways have interim step platforms I created to reduce the 7" steps to 4", but it's time to ramp. These step platforms consist of decorative block laid in a pattern, under a doormat, pulled 1.5" away from the siding to provide space for a drip hose or outdoor extension cord. In all these situations, the ramp will butt up to these block platforms, not cover them.

When THOSE bugs are worked out, the third ramp can be planned, going out the back door and along the front gate towards the woodstove garden anchoring one end of the patio. That one has some complicated angles.


19 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM (#4001167)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Sounds like you're "ramping up," Susan!


19 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM (#4001177)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

We need a Spend Nothing month, too. The patio project cleaned out our ready-use capital reserves, and I'm not touching the tax-free savings or Himself's business savings, which is where we sock away money to pay the taxes. I don't ever want to find myself out of pocket at tax time, having lived through that low-grade but unremitting misery long ago.

That said, the patio needed doing. It probably could have waited, but the old deck had that unmistakable whiff of active rot AND there were those basement windows and their drainage issues.

But, of course, one completed capital project leads (as the night followeth the day) to the next. The basement windows, no longer hidden by the deck or half-submerged under rampant foliage, are about as energy-efficient as wet Kleenex and an invitation to burglars.

Also, the air-conditioner. Maybe that can wait till next spring, but ... probably not.


19 Jul 19 - 10:34 AM (#4001180)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, hopefully you can find something off the shelf that can be put on and will dissuade any burglars. The houses in my neighborhood (this one included) were built with decorative iron or aluminum bars. After I had a burglary here in 2005 I completed the set but putting up new ones fabricated to match the existing bars; these went up over the three-across bay window (part of new construction). I also put up decorative security doors into the house. If it's a standard-sized window, the prefab pieces are remarkably affordable.

It's shocking how much all of these purchases add up to at the end of a month-long period of repair. But you will enjoy that new deck, and I will enjoy my restored office. At least it all adds up to something you can use and be aware of.


19 Jul 19 - 09:04 PM (#4001234)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The second paint coat in the office still didn't get all of the little white spots showing through so I went over with a brush and kind of stippled and swirled to get it into the recesses. The hall had only one full-height long wall (and that has two doors), doors at each end, and the other side is a half-wall. I painted the whole space with a brush because there was so much prep going around the edges it seemed I was almost done when I finished outlining all of the corners and edges. It took some hunting around but I located the can of enamel that I'll use on the baseboard trim around both spaces. I also found some more rollers and handles I'd completely forgotten about. I could have used some of the primer from before and bought one less gallon. Now how to store everything so it's organized and I remember to go find it when I decide to do more painting. That's the trick, isn't it?


19 Jul 19 - 09:20 PM (#4001235)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yes, SRS, it is the trick, and the previous owners here saved every drop of every color that had ever been used here including colors from 4 layers of paint under the coat here when we moved in. Subtle hint-- don't stockpile that stuff!!!


20 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM (#4001286)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm starting to peel off the plastic layers in places—this requires using a sharp knife to score the edge of the paint on the tape and slowly pull it away. I still have touch-up in both rooms, but then, if you're seeking perfection no paint job would ever be completely finished. Once this area is open I have to put the insulation back in place or both air conditioners will be working overtime. My electric bill is half-again higher than usual for last month. Getting the units tuned up last week will help with that.

It's time to start picking grapes. They're very late this year, over two full weeks past the average ripe date.


20 Jul 19 - 02:03 PM (#4001308)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

It's an Active Rest Day here-- indoor, AC edition for the heat warning.

Greg just ran an extension cord for a lamp we unpacked this week, for a dimmer overnight LR light. I stowed clean laundry, amid other chores, and ran a hot wash of new red undies with formerly-white undies that will come out pale peach.

Four large K boxes reduced to 1 to sort/purge later. (Some of the items need space cleared/sorted first.) A big batch of silverware, etc to run thru the DW. A few items for Yano to clean.


20 Jul 19 - 06:49 PM (#4001313)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Anyone know how early I should sow creeping thyme for Oct. 1 planting?


20 Jul 19 - 07:50 PM (#4001320)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I climbed into the attic and retrieved the bag closest to the stairs and redistributed the insulation into the nearest repaired area (near the stairs) so I could use the bag for trash. I have most of the plastic pulled carefully from around all of the doors, windows, and the pony wall and much of it is crusted with the plaster texture slurry they sprayed.

I'm not ready to push further into the space yet (using the decking material) but I am ready to open things up more in the rest of the house. The tile floor is still covered with plastic so I'm not letting the dogs in yet but air circulates now.


21 Jul 19 - 12:44 PM (#4001435)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I was able to find my sowing date for the groundcover mentioned upthread-- peat pellets arrive any day, then BOOM. I also found two low-impact items to give good color in the spring, in that bed and a front bed, using seed tape along the siding and seed mat fitted around foundation plants.

The spine thing sure threw me for a loop, but I WILL have "them flars" as dear Giac used to call them, dammit!

I hope that back rehab allows me to get back to starting my own perennials for these beds, next year, if Brandon is still gardening for us.


21 Jul 19 - 12:51 PM (#4001437)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, here's the late Mary Giacomini, if you could linkify her into my last post... Misty eyes/mind, so only though of it after I submitted.

https://mudcat.org/photos/photo_page.cfm?file_name_sent=giac


Linked. And goodness, I thought all of these were lost forever.


21 Jul 19 - 01:03 PM (#4001438)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Clearing up some email issues and sending information to a friend for whom a Flickr account was set up years ago but he lost the info. Now he wants an account and maybe he can get in and start from there.

My to-do list is too long and so much stuff needs to go out of here that I'll call this a free-for-all day and just keep moving and see what happens by the time I come to rest this evening.


21 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM (#4001497)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

One corner of the front flower bed is weeded and some salvia I bought a couple of weeks ago are planted. Mulch applied all around it. This was my "lick and a promise" to the yard since it has been so neglected over the four weeks since the ceiling mess began. I also mixed some of my organic foliar feeding mix of compost tea, Hasta grow, Murphy Oil Soap and a healthy dollop of spinosad and treated a few plants that are laboring under the assault of pests. There are more to plant soon, in part of the bed soon to be abandoned by the potatoes.

This evening I finished pulling up the last of the plastic - on further consideration, it doesn't make sense to try to leave it on the floor till last because I have to paint all of that baseboard area it covers. It's all in a huge heavy duty contractor's bag at the curb for trash pickup tomorrow.


21 Jul 19 - 10:46 PM (#4001501)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

house in city: Still for sale; the best furniture is still there for showings.

We went to Mill yesterday and picked up futon with frame - frame is still in yard; going to be tricky to get upstairs!, bureau- now in BR, air conditioner - now, gratefully in BR. Hospital bed set up and looks dreadful - will probably disappear. Pew is now in hall and looks great.


22 Jul 19 - 09:52 AM (#4001556)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

On Saturday, Himself and I spent a rather frantic hour adjusting drainpipes to conduct the off-fall of water from the roof into the middle of the yard. The weather report ominously warned of a ferocious storm system bound directly for Stratford, and I did not want a repeat of last Monday's near wash-out around the air-conditioner.

So now we have six feet of drainpipe attached to the end of the down-spout and propped up at the proximal end on a stack of patio stones. At the distal end, a plastic accordion extension reaches out into the bald patch where we used to have lawn, before the landscaper's Bobcat entered our lives. It looks like hell and it's definitely a tripping hazard, but it puts the water where it won't do any harm and might actually do some good. And it's temporary -- only until the new air-conditioner goes in ELSEWHERE and we can put a rain barrel in that spot. Or maybe two.

On Saturday afternoon, we drove to Chatham (two hours down the 401) for a family gathering


22 Jul 19 - 01:42 PM (#4001592)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Good job with the water management project, Charmion!

It won't cool down here until October, and every day I have to decide what all I want to do outside depending on air quality, how hot, heat index, and general level of lethargy because it's the middle of summer.

I slept late enough that it's too hot to work much outside, so I'll paint trim. I may go out for a few minutes at a time, but not for an extended named task like "mow the back yard" (takes at least an hour), etc.


23 Jul 19 - 10:14 AM (#4001733)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Steve the Garden Guy is on the new patio right now, planting hydrangeas, foxgloves and jeezly great daisies -- echinacea and rudbeckia -- in our new garden bed. It's a beautiful day in Perth County, now that the heatwave is over (for now), and I must get out and stretch my legs.


23 Jul 19 - 10:18 AM (#4001736)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

At Lowe's early this AM for a little seed starter to dust over the thyme I began sowing onto peat pellets yesterday, I SCORED. Black Eyed Susan's I needed to replace, end of annuals sale but they're perennials-- $5 each x 4 1/2gal pots!!! To center the bed I'll seed-tape.


23 Jul 19 - 10:46 AM (#4001747)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I bought a handful of plants a couple of weeks ago, and this week I put the salvia out in a front bed. I'd separated and nursed along some squash and okra, and this morning I found all three squash plants bitten off at the base. They aren't in the ground, they're in pots, so whatever did this traveled across the pots to do the damage. I haven't figured out who or what the culprit is and my garden is a mess because so many plants have been bitten off or girdled.

This is the time of year when I hit the hot-weather funk; it feels like there is so much to do and it's just too darned hot outside to do most of it. I live for that first cool day of fall.


23 Jul 19 - 12:12 PM (#4001776)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Somewhere in my office stuff (not yet back in my office) is a tape of my father singing, among other things "The World Turned Upside Down." I can find different words and tunes on YouTube, I can find the tune with the words in print below, but I can't find the song and the words performed together. So I guess I'll have to make a video with Dad's song and add some kind of topical illustration. This is one of the frustrating things about my office being tumbled hurriedly into boxes and stuffed in another room. I'm going to have to organize it. Again.

Back to my regular grousing.


23 Jul 19 - 12:31 PM (#4001781)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yano Becky returned today and we emptied 10 boxes of fragiles of their packing materials, which I will upcycle. This reduced the boxes to four medium sized boxes of items to clean next week. We set the four boxes in the little red wagon for ease of shifting, and I broke down all the empties to recycle.


23 Jul 19 - 04:39 PM (#4001813)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Brandon built my first ramp! It works!


24 Jul 19 - 09:14 AM (#4001866)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It looks like today is the Attic Day. Gear and materials are ready. Cooler than average, and it's morning. Now I need to set up a radio so I can listen to the Mueller testimony while I work. However, based upon the squirrely, fast-talking congressman from Georgia, and the twit from Texas Ratcliff now, half of it is going to be agonizing to listen to as they try to wriggle off of the conspiracy hook. Hyperbole.

Goggles, mask, long sleeves, screwdriver and drill. Decking materials that will give me platforms to work from.


24 Jul 19 - 01:00 PM (#4001902)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

About 1/3 of the space is now re-filled with insulation. I had to take up cardboard to kneel on because those Attic Dek planks are strong, but awful on the knees. I'm taking a break for a quick lunch and long drink of water.

Back up to finish the job, and I also end up with good surfaces for the few large empty boxes stored up there to sit on. I'll get some more of this Attic Dek another time and put pathways to a couple of areas where I have to navigate to work on occasion (pulling Internet cable, etc.) I suppose in the future everything will be WiFi, but I still get the best streaming results when I have data ports in each room, and I still have a couple of rooms I didn't run cable to when I made the big push to do the whole house. And the point where the phone line and Internet line come into the house - difficult to reach but a path to it on these would be perfect.

The next stage, after insulation and painting trim are finished, is to dust and restore each piece of furniture into the room, and to reinstall the wall shelves. This is a point where more stuff may go into the Goodwill bin. I'm probably a couple of days out from that.


24 Jul 19 - 03:30 PM (#4001925)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

An electrician finally showed up to give an estimate and plan a quick work date for what's been "urgent" since 2014.


24 Jul 19 - 04:55 PM (#4001931)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

... And this caused me to declutter the sideboard here planned to be my summer Germination Station, where up to 125 peat pellets can sit under grow lights-- I don't garden in hot hot hot summer except watering plants, or indoors.

Adjoining the sideboard is the Germination Kit (box) I'd packed in PA for just that purpose. Tomorrow AM, the grow lights come out and I can plug those puppies in. From there it will be daily rotation of trays for even light from the grow lights and adjoining window, until any surviving plants go in the ground Oct. 1 (sooner if necessary).


24 Jul 19 - 07:26 PM (#4001937)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The insulation is in place, though I have an extra bag and one corner I couldn't reach, so maybe a job for a cooler day. I'll go over the baseboard with a scrub brush to knock off grit before I paint it, and once the trim is done and the touch-ups complete it will be time for furniture.

The Attic Dek planks are meant for the ceiling joists being 24" on center, but the builders were a bit sloppy and while it worked in one area, the second place where I wanted to install them is more like 25" on center, and the decking wouldn't install securely at that spacing. I had 30" planks up there from the past when I was running cable through the attic, and they were what I used this time. I'll use the rest of the dek planks in other places where I need to pass through more easily.

A bag full of now-empty contractor bags is in the garage to be re-used as needed. They're good for hauling around compost and occasionally filling with trash (though I rarely have that much and usually put it in cans that are emptied at the curb.)

It's nice to finally be able to set the air conditioners at their usual levels. I look forward to being able to fully enjoy the house again soon.


25 Jul 19 - 09:42 AM (#4002005)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

SRS, your energy and resourcefulness astound me. In your situation, I would be completely dependent on a contractor and up to my neck in fresh debt. I salute you.

Today, I am off to Kitchener to be needled at the allergist's office, but after that I shall visit the garden centre for some perennials. In particular, I'm looking for bee balm (Monarda didyma), which smells good, attracts bees, and looks like something from Mars so Himself likes it, and foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), which I think is interesting and should grow well in the bald spot where we used to have a scrubby-looking cedar.

I thought it was a bit late in the season to be planting, but Steve the Garden Guy gave me that pitying look I'm getting used to and said, "Why, no, not at all."


25 Jul 19 - 11:21 AM (#4002019)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Think we talked about networks on another thread not so long back, SRS. I took an easy (although I’m not sure how recommended) route for our bungalow and wired outside.

Just as in idle curiosity item, this is a rough sketch (which I think should have said 5E or 6) of what I wound up with a few years ago. It gives a redundant (or double speed if both lines are up) gigabit line where the static equipment is located and at least gives good wi-fi where it is wanted most.

Getting above the living room is impossible btw. The rest of the building (I believe a converted grain store) has a conventional ceiling and attic above but the living room is a later (60s?) extension with a roof more like a barn and with a couple of sky lights.


25 Jul 19 - 11:38 AM (#4002023)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Charmion, I hope Steve/TGT explained (or you knew) that most established potted perennials can go into the ground as late as weeks before the first frost. They may not fully flower that year, but the real magic of the plant happens underground, and the roots will reward you the following year.

I planted Coral Bells that way several years ago, and have based my whole gardening plan on fall planting. Just keep the roots as watered as each plant calls for no matter how unlike their future selves they look, and attack weeds with your usual pluck. You'll see those mature beauties soon enough (starting next spring and summer). Potted annuals-- set right on top of bare spots between the perennials-- can give good cheer this season.


25 Jul 19 - 12:30 PM (#4002029)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Charmion, foxglove just sets where it pleases here and mum usually leaves them alone.

Thinking another thing that "just grows" here. Mum likes a little boundary which I keep higher and say 30cm wide between where I mow fora path between the veg plot and the farm worked field. Not much but a few field poppies have come up there. A nice bit of colour as you look over towards an (also attractive) currently ripening field of barley.


25 Jul 19 - 06:14 PM (#4002072)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Jon, when I get the second internal drive installed in my expansion slot I'll transfer most of my files from the old computer. Included in there are some CAD images of the house and I can show you my pattern. A friend was my mentor in this; he's an electrical engineer and provided some of the early equipment (I move in here when it was still typical to have a wired phone in the house and in several rooms of the house. For a while I was using a 66 block and I set up the phone and coaxial for cable and later the data ports using a "star" shape versus the old "home run" setup that was here and is kind of what you described. That linked from one room to the next to the next, all around the house. My Internet and TV antenna come in at the back through a hard-to reach part into the attic so I pulled each cable to a place at the top of the attic steps where they are connected to one of the trusses. I run a cable from there to the modem and router (in a central location in the house) and that is where the coaxial antenna cables run from also. My house is masonry with siding on each end of the house and the dormers above the first floor brick, but I don't think running wiring around there would look good.

I can move around in my attic fairly easily and fish wires down into walls to junction boxes, and with the Internet and antenna terminating at an easy to reach spot, I can address each room individually without having to find where they are in a sequence.

Lots of sore muscles today after yesterday's insulation gymnastics. Charmion, it's pure stubbornness and poverty that have me doing as much of this work as I can. I pay the ones who really need to be here doing the work. There's still plenty of "fresh debt" with this project. I did the demolition and am doing the painting, and replacing the insulation (and oh, my aching arms and bruised knees!) The rest I left to the professionals.


25 Jul 19 - 06:48 PM (#4002075)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Interesting SRS and I’d not heard of 66 block. Or lived anywhere with multiple wired phones. There was one extension here but the ADSL works better without it, and we moved to using wireless dect phones.

Appearance isn’t much of an issue with my cabling, just in surface mounted white trunking against white walls. The top bit in my picture is the path to the field and the left (which btw also has 8 blue mango chutney water butts along the wall) and bottom to the end of the living room completes a path round the house. It’s all quite narrow (I can get a wheelbarrow round but that’s about it) and not as if someone could stand back and take a look.


26 Jul 19 - 11:58 AM (#4002164)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

A disability accommodation issue I've been negotiating nicely since January comes to a head today. I decluttered my spine of 30 pounds of prescribed rehab gear I've been re-injuring my spine with at every Y rehab visit. It's all finally in a padlocked case to leave at the Y. If they refuse, I have a lawyoo in my corner, and financial damages to document.

~Not Playing Around with My Spine


26 Jul 19 - 01:13 PM (#4002173)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

It seems I was sloppy when I went around the edge of the room with grout to finish the tile, because as I cleaned the baseboard I found sticky surfaces extending out from the wall. This was done a long time ago and I've found information about fixing the problem, but it requires time and scrubbing with a wooden stick and water or vinegar water or sugar water. It's always something!

I've been achy after the attic episode so I'm taking it easy for a couple of days to give the muscles and joints time to heal. My knees are also bruised, so again, a few days to get over this.

There is plenty else to keep me busy. Most of it is indoors; this part of Texas isn't as hot as Paris, but we're still seasonably hot.


26 Jul 19 - 08:15 PM (#4002215)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Beautiful day today in Stratford, and we planted some anemones. Then I barbecued an enormous rib steak, of which we managed to eat about half.

Urp.


26 Jul 19 - 09:49 PM (#4002220)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

That beef will be great for leftovers, Charmion! More power to you, Susan!

My work in the attic resulted in knees that are still very tender, so kneeling to paint around the room trim is not easy. I put painter's tape on the tile along the baseboard and did a test section to see how the paint looks when dry. I wasn't using the brush meant for trim, instead trying a technique I saw on YouTube. I think I'll go back to the trim brush.

I have a few more plants to put in the garden once the potatoes are dug up (if there's anything to dig!) and rework the tomato area. And I'll finally set up the sprinkler on the programmable timer.


27 Jul 19 - 11:02 AM (#4002295)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Up early enough to walk the dogs and while out there we met several other people, some with dogs, to chat with. My two are now panting up a storm while sprawled on the cool tile floor, but they look happy.

It's still morning so I'll take another swing at projects in the yard before moving indoors. If I find the missing knee pads I'll paint trim, but otherwise, it waits a while longer or is done in very short spurts to avoid further bruising.

I have eBay things I will start listing as soon as the computer stuff is moved off of the dining table (I have a fabric photo cube and lights I'll set up there for photographing what I'm going to list.) I need to start with "back to school" stuff (I have some children's jeans, etc.) and holiday listings (there are people who plan way ahead). It reminds me that LilyFestre is probably doing the on-the-ground back-to-school planning even as I type. I've seen a few things show up in grocery stores, as they assemble aisles with the supplies listed by area schools, by grade. Packs, tablets, folders, pencils, crayons, paints, glue—I do believe it's possible to get a contact high from handling the boxes of crayons! That smell has been magical since I first got to use them as a child and never faded. I haven't smelled the old sweet school glue for decades (but it tasted good!) but even the pads of paper, the boxes of pens, they have such great evocative smells. I was typical, not looking forward to going back to school, but dying to get my hands on those fresh supplies! As we grow there are other things we respond to that way - walking into an office supply store and looking at the pens, the tablets, the erasers! (Anyone else love those squidgy gray ones that were like silly putty and smelled so nice?)

Last week my daughter illustrated a similar passion for supplies, this time sewing, when she asked "can I look through your buttons?" I pulled opened that drawer in the craft room and she dove in, to find old packets that were 25¢ and 50¢ a card back in the day (many were from my mother's collection). I suspect she'll dream up projects just to use those buttons.

Okay. Back to decluttering.


27 Jul 19 - 04:51 PM (#4002331)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I keep intending to go outside to work on things and I keep finding things inside to distract myself. I painted the windowsill in the office, but the trim is a mess. It's lumpy from over the years and having two different coats of texture over time. I'm going to have to touch-up the touch-up before I'm finished.

Maybe I can mow near sunset, before the mosquitoes are out full-strength. The lightning bugs are still around but they come out too late for mowing.


28 Jul 19 - 10:54 AM (#4002412)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Sprouts are starting up!

The Y meeting has become a writing exercise to use if necessary for a lawyoo.


28 Jul 19 - 05:29 PM (#4002458)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I'm not very patient when it comes to painting the trim and I keep bumping into the other color. It'll be a process of smaller and smaller brushes until I call it quits.

Today is a combination of around-the-house maintenance (laundry, dishes, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms) and a push to finish the rooms. I mowed the lawn this morning and I've added water to the birdbath outside the office window (where several birds visited while I was watching).

More cut up branches in the trash, and the yard is looking much better since those built up piles are getting cleared out from under the trees where I dropped them.

It's time for round two with the chipper in the front yard to bag more mulch.


29 Jul 19 - 04:20 PM (#4002600)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Y sitch heating up.

Half of peat pellets set outdoors for light-- fluoro too heavy to move, so more watering.

Yano tmrw-- unpacking the jackalope out of the shredded paper tangled in its dusty fur, so we can put it up.


30 Jul 19 - 04:04 PM (#4002718)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

When it's over 100o I don't spend much time outdoors, but I took a few minutes to move the mix of potting soil that had been in the garage in my wheelbarrow. Now the pots near the side door are planted with squash and eggplant for a fall crop. The garden seems to be snakebit this year, so I'll try pots.

Something is going on with my dishwasher and the local water; all of the glasses and silver are cloudy. I've started washing by hand and it seems to help. I refilled the rinsing agent but it doesn't make a difference. Perhaps it's a seasonal water thing? I'm getting ready to start polishing the silver and putting it into the case and use just stainless steel flatware (though I didn't get the new flatware because of the water.)

A week of cat sitting at a friend's house begins today and I always feed them around 7am and 7pm, so after the morning run I have a couple of hours when it isn't baking hot out there yet. Good for attic work, yard work, and maybe even walking the dogs.


30 Jul 19 - 10:57 PM (#4002736)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, try 1/4c vinegar, in with the detergent.

Black eyed Susans went in the ground today, with Brandon.


31 Jul 19 - 11:05 AM (#4002770)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Thanks, I'll give that a try. I ran the dishwasher empty with a couple of cups of vinegar a while back, it didn't seem to help in general, but maybe in contact with the dishes in particular?

This morning I have started putting things where they belong. The burnished Oaxacan figures are back on display in the hall niche outside my office, the rest of the Attic Dek planks are in the attic for later (clearing floor space in the sun room), as I assess what I need to do to get back to selling on eBay and putting my office back together. I'll use things on hand for tasks already under way and make August a No Spend Month. Fresh fruit and vegetables and staples (gas, dog food) are okay, but the rest can wait or something else can be used. It's an energizing process, considering how to move forward with more ingenuity and fewer material purchases.


31 Jul 19 - 11:50 AM (#4002775)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, it changes the pH so that all of the detergent plus any minerals dissolve fully and thus the dishes rinse clean. I just use it every time as the rinsing aid.


31 Jul 19 - 12:59 PM (#4002801)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Aaaaand ... the garage door opener died. Another five hundred bucks down the maintenance hole.

On the other hand, futilely re-prodding buttons in the diminishing hope of results when we're already late for church is presumably now a thing of the past.


31 Jul 19 - 02:41 PM (#4002825)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Any time the power goes out I have to consider how much I really want to get the vehicle out of the garage. The door weighs a ton unless it is released, and there is a release cord that I finally extended so I can reach and release it. It used to have a plastic handle but I cut that off when I realized it used as part of a trick used by burglars (who pushed the door just enough to create a gap then hooked the cord handle and released it). An insurance guy told me about that. I can reach the cord but it wouldn't be as easy to snag.

I think I've about had it with painting trim. There are a couple of doorways left, and then it's onto finishing the replacement tiles and scrubbing the floor before the move in. The question I have asked myself now: I had lots of the shelves with the brace screwed to the wall and the brackets that attach to support boards. The walls look so good - do I want to drill holes? I will put them up again, but I'm not going to put them as high as before.


01 Aug 19 - 09:01 AM (#4002950)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, if you shim under the front edge of the shelves, they won't tip. (Just the skinny third or half of the shim will be enough.)

~S~


01 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM (#4002957)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The holes aren't to support free-standing shelves, they are for the tracks that brackets fit into that support six-foot long board shelves. Furniture feet at the front of freestanding shelves work as the shim you mention, and I have two of those. I've measured various places to consider where to put these. I'm thinking about rearranging from the past setup.

August is here. Time to clear up paperwork as I pay bills and start clearing my dining room table of computer stuff as I set up my office in the office again.


01 Aug 19 - 11:45 AM (#4002971)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Lunch Retraining Time!

Years ago at my peak salary, I was briefly able to afford Jenny Craig. It had its points, good and bad. Later, I couldn't afford to try Nutrisystem, but how I longed to! I knew instinctively how it would have served my chosen but unpredictable, clergy-household lifestyle.

Now, though, I'm old enough to qualify for reduced-cost senior services.

For about $50/month, weekday meals are delivered every Thursday morning. This is not your typical Meals on Wheels, as pix here demonstrate. I LOVE IT, despite its weak points, because it's proven to be a huge Missing Link.

It's giving me the opportunity to completely remediate my food program: the weekly delivery of gluten-free, low calorie but filling lunches, once I add romaine lettuce. While physical therapy is making meal prep painfully difficult, I can actually remember to grab and nuke the simple meal elements, and then actually sit at a table and cut up every element to create the tiny bites necessary to eat veerrrrry sloooooowly. With the addition of table condiments, the bland elements actually aren't bad.

I regret the amount of plastic this program generates, so I look forward to applying the new habits this program supports-- going off the weekly deliveries and incoporating lunch shopping/prep -- as soon as I'm able. But for now, I like knowing that I have gluten-free lunch bins in the fridge and freezer to use up each week. I finally get to learn what Mom never taught me and which I never built a day's habits around. Until now. Now I have all the pieces to out together to thrive, I think.

My other meal habits were pretty good, but this Missing Link is the keystone holding up the arch I stand upon.

Here's today's lunch. (Two veg pouches today because I was out of romaine.)

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2391564320922850&id=100002079158985&refid=17&__tn__=-R


01 Aug 19 - 04:59 PM (#4003004)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg

I think meal delivery is great. One thing I read about people with diabetes or hypoglycemia (a step on the way to diabetes) is try to have someone else cook your meals. I know I can go from fine to staggering around in a matter of minutes. They suggest perhaps a Chinese restaurant and making sure your food is done correctly for you. I personally when I was working went to McDonald's every morning for breakfast..I need a lot of protein and fat and their scrambled eggs and a sausage patty (ok and a diet coke) got me started for the day. Otherwise I would just sleep till the last minute. I thought once I retired I would spring out of bed and cook my own breakfast. gave up on that idea quickly. It gives me a time i have to get out bed (and left to my own devices I could sleep all day), gets a chunk of protein in me, I see my neighbors...could be cheaper but it is not too bad.


02 Aug 19 - 02:19 PM (#4003061)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

There are so many things we thought we could/would do once we were retired! I'm plenty busy, but not any more efficient.

I read about the strategy of really small bites; I have mixed feelings about it, but think it is a good way to approach desserts and foods that are less good for you, so you don't eat as much of them (or have seconds).

Interesting conversation with a neighbor about his foundation problems - his foundation guy told him to put up rain gutters, that with all of the rain we had this year, especially in June, more water got under the house because it wasn't guided away by gutters. That could be an answer here. I haven't had gutters since I put on a new roof about 10 years ago. Time for the research.

Finishing the floor tile replacement chore today, fingers crossed. It has gone very slowly because I have only so much patience with hammering all of that tile off of the concrete.

I'm going to try Susan's recommendation of vinegar in the dishwasher this evening. Fingers crossed there also!


02 Aug 19 - 10:12 PM (#4003097)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The tile is out, new tiles ready to place, now to let a little tub of the thinset thicken a bit.

Using up food here in the house, I've made a couple of small portions of pizza with some tandoori bread I had in the freezer and cheese that I've had almost too long. Some almost mealy apples are now in a very small pie.

Laundry set to go, and the dishwasher, this evening (I don't run appliances during the day because of the higher power consumption of running air conditioners.)

I did some work on the potted plants, rearranging and making sure if we do get rain one of these days the rain coming off the roof doesn't hit any directly.


03 Aug 19 - 10:22 AM (#4003126)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

We have a gentle drizzle underway right now, and those two dopey dogs are out playing in it. The house smells like wet dog. It's a very welcome rain, though it doesn't seem to be adding more than a trace in the rain gauge (or in this case, a dog dish sitting on the patio that I look at after a rain.)

Time to grout those two tiles I set last night before bed. I'll be careful not to step on them, but it's time to start moving furniture back into that room.

Susan, the vinegar seems to have done the trick!


03 Aug 19 - 02:17 PM (#4003162)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, that's great. Now you can focus the detective skills on why your water's hardness or pH vary, or soap brand...

This is why I add vinegar t9 shampoo and body wash. As I've posted before, I now have zero soap scum on the walls or in my hair. I can also use less product to get clean me, and dishes.

I've never seen any DW damage either. I no longer buy thousands of tiny rise aid product, either.


03 Aug 19 - 09:46 PM (#4003209)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The two largest cabinet book cases are moved into the room in a new spot; I'm thinking about if I like them there or not. I have dust rags and the vacuum cleaner handy because there are bits of insulation that lodged on boxes and and in baskets as I move things out of the front room. The shelves for the cases are in the closet and a lot of things need to be reassembled, wherever I place them. I have the Goodwill bin nearby for the things that were moved out in a hurry but don't need to return to the office.

When this first started I had offered a six-foot by 40" by six inches deep bookcase to my daughter, but we didn't have a chance to take it to her house and she has rethought it, as have I. I may use it to organize the boxes and boxes of cassette tapes from my father's collection. I'll be digitizing them once I get moved back into the office. I won't be putting up as many bookshelves as I had before because I thinned them out so much. I'll have room for this in the office (it used to live in the hall where that ceiling was also replaced.)


04 Aug 19 - 10:20 AM (#4003287)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Well, shit. Two shootings this weekend, Texas and Ohio. Somehow rational people need to make the case to the gun-rights-zealots who think they should be able to own high-power semi-or-automatic high-capacity military-style rifles that their way (of keeping all of these available so "the good guys can take out the bad guys") isn't working. In fact in El Paso, the police were having trouble telling who the bad guy was because anyone with a gun is suspect into it's all sorted out.

Susan, you're nearby the Ohio one. Do what you can for those you can help. Stay safe yourself.

On the home front, I've looked at the bookshelves and I can see a distinct slant in the office - that front of the house has tipped enough that the bubble in the I-beam level is all the way to the top of the horizontal vial. I actually shimmed one case on the end closest to the window. No wonder the ceiling fell. This is something that will only get worse until I manage to have the foundation work done.

Today is when more stuff moves into the office and on the shelves. I've put power strips and three-pronged extension cords in place behind the big book cases (used only for small things like lamps, not for heavy duty applications). They're ready to be reassembled and put into use.


04 Aug 19 - 10:15 PM (#4003401)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I'm pretty sure the month of July has wings...can't believe it's August already!

Just a little bit of catch up: I got my car back in beautiful shape after the turkey flew into the passenger side causing about $3000.00 worth of damage. Shortly after that, a deer ran into the driver's side of Pete's truck while all 3 of us were in the truck along with our dog and Miss Mable. Thankfully no one was hurt. However, our body shop of choice was closed until we would be on vacation so the truck has been parked for awhile. We went on vacation during the second week of July....Pete, Jeremiah, my mom and I. We rented a cabin on a lake in upstate NY and had a gloriously relaxing vacation. We enjoyed early morning coffee along the water as the sun came up, Jeremiah made a new friend (how precious it was to watch that friendship develop), we took a 2 nation cruise, ate out twice, did some shopping at a local Amish farm where I got 3 baskets and a strawberry rhubarb pie, played games, went fishing, had long conversations and enjoyed each other's company.

Of course, in the line of work I do, that meant getting as many clients in before the vacation and having treatment plans all up to date and then had to hit the ground running to be sure I got all clients in for the month....and I did it too...all but one that was due to him not engaging! August feels much more laid back already! I'm off for another week of vacation in September so it will happen all over again..LOL..doing my best to be sure all things are in order so September rolls a little bit more smoothly.

Anyway....got home and the furniture that we had ordered earlier this summer had arrived. We went to pick it up last weekend and got about 3 miles from the house when there was some strange sound happening with the truck...much like the sound of a flat tire. We made it home just fine and the tire was in good shape. Pete took the next day off to tear the truck apart to see what the problem was....ball bearing. Ugh. Another trip the garage. We picked up the truck yesterday and are hoping that that is the end of the vehicle problems!

The new furniture looks good in the living room and we are hoping to paint in September when it's a bit cooler and not so humid. The walls are currently a dark pumpkin color. The new furniture is mostly brown so I want to lighten it up a bit. I found a very soft yellow that compliments the fabric nicely....just waiting on the temperatures to drop!

Last week I made ceramic Christmas trees with my mom and we will pick them up this week and add some snow before bringing them home. Friday I traveled downstate to have my port flushed and then did some major grocery shopping on the way home. Yesterday we went to Women in the Wilds which is an all day event at my favorite state park....we had a great time but I've been dragging all day. That means today was a day of rest....unless you count cooking and 4 loads of laundry.

Jeremiah is growing fast right now so we have more things to go to Sally's. The old furniture has been burned...it was well worn and way past it's prime....not in good enough shape to pass along.

We also got new chicks this week...they are Cornish X Rocks/meat birds. The gardens are looking great but I can't take any credit for that...it's all on Pete. We currently are enjoying fresh tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, green beans, raspberries and loads of blueberries.

Hope all is well with everyone.


04 Aug 19 - 10:25 PM (#4003404)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I replaced my lightweight step ladder with a modestly priced 4' "A-frame" fiberglass ladder. It has solid rubber feet and is much sturdier for all of the climbing I'm going to have to keep doing in the office. I stood looking at the blank wall where shelves will go and decided now is the time. I have to put up the support for the brackets, the boards are the easy part, and then put stuff back up there. The old step ladder goes to Goodwill; it still works, but I need something more reliable. I've had my eye on getting one of these since the contractors were here to work on the office.


05 Aug 19 - 09:48 AM (#4003449)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Monday when you're retired is still Monday. Appointments happen during the week, and there are a couple this week and next, taking me past favorite thrift stores. Yes, I am being frugal - there is one item I need to replace, and I'll look for one that suits. My toaster oven has failed; the bottom element works but the broiler and fan have stopped and I don't see a way to give it a thump or replace something to repair it. This originally cost $13 at a thrift store and has been in service for about five years. One of my appointments takes me past my favorite Goodwill store that has high-end donations, so I'll start the replacement search there. I have no plans to pay full retail price for a new oven.

High of only 94o today seems mild by comparison to typical August days. Some of my outdoor work includes swapping out a kitchen waste compost bucket; one of the current two in use is showing signs of crumbling from sun exposure so I'll retire it before something untoward happens with it's stinky contents.

More work in the office also, starting with the first set of shelves being attached to the wall. They won't be centered this time, but to one side, and my desk arrangement will be nearby. That's how I visualize it, anyway. I'm trying to leave myself a space by the window for a chair for reading or watching the bird bath outside.


06 Aug 19 - 09:46 AM (#4003547)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

A glitch in the plans - the old stud finder can't find studs through this second layer of texture because it was put on over the top of the previous texture layer. The walls are all about 1/4" thicker after this latest architectural transaction. I hunted around, read reviews, and ordered a new Zircon that includes a "deep scan" setting. Arrives tomorrow.

To stay on track I mulled over the project and realize I'm still blocking the hall-to-den doorway because I need to finish painting trim in the hall. The tape is already down on the floor so can finish this pretty quickly then liberate the hall and let the dogs through all of the house. We will all be happier that way. I dressed in my paint clothes (saggy paint-daubed jeans I hold up with a belt and saggy paint-daubed old library t-shirt) instead of wearing the new t-shirt that arrived yesterday. It's message is "I was normal three dogs ago." I saw a photo of a friend wearing the same message and knew it was perfect for me (since I'm on my fourth dog here in this house, with a two-dog overlap).


07 Aug 19 - 08:04 PM (#4003726)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Yesterday's Yano day was moved to today for mutually acceptable reasons and I used the time today for a Dig Me Out restorations of order-- some decluttering and some junking. This little house can get dysfunctional when I don't stay on top of it, and I've been unable of late.

I had a very non-informative Spine Center appt yesterday, that has left me with a lot of conflicting advice to process, a lot of unanswered questions, and more questions.

Also ydy I ordered a new Rollator. We paid $300+ retail for my present one and Medicare is buying this one, so one can stay with the van and one with the house. I'll be swapping some features to have the best seat for concerts.


08 Aug 19 - 11:18 AM (#4003800)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

Electricians!!! LR outlets restored!


08 Aug 19 - 11:19 AM (#4003802)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I missed seeing Lilyfestre's remarks until this morning—I feel like I've been on a tiny vacation just reading it! That sounds like a wonderful week away. In a month that included deer, turkey, and wheel bearings you still came out on top!

I'm maintaining the frugal stance this month, though I did some opportunistic shopping yesterday. I had an appointment in the next town over so I stopped in the Halal grocery for a package of their freshly made Iraqi bread and a couple of things for a friend (a standing order for when I'm over there and I'm paid back). I freeze the large loaves (12" or more across) and they'll go into a dozen meals over the next few weeks.

The new stud finder arrived; it has a "deep scan" feature I wanted to use on the newly-textured wall but it seems similarly challenged as the old one. I may have to return this and try the higher-price device I've read about in reviews. I finished painting hall trim and scrubbed that tile floor and have removed the plastic blocking that route through the house. The dogs were giddy at being able to go in there again.


08 Aug 19 - 12:54 PM (#4003820)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Wow! Long time missing! I had nothing to say and then I went to Beaver for a week and could not find the stick (for internet); remembered the obvious place where it was (here) after I got there, of course. So I went to the library and that did not work and Timmy's- same. Finally, on Sunday I went to The Muse Cafe. By now, I could not even collect email so phoned provider on Whidbey and nice Thomas helped me get a new password and explained a couple things, including "close your browser and reopen it". YAY!!!! But the 500+ emails took all the energy available. The stick is back in the computer case!

Came back on Tuesday and have been regaining a sense of order. I was delighted when arrived at Beaver to find that the folks who stayed there left no trace of their presence - other than a lovely note of thanks!!! I realized how little space there was for additional people but they managed, and enjoyed themselves. Bobby agreed to do a gig at The Muse in the fall.

The new "woodshed" is a beautifully built - ten by ten - structure - a roof with a sheet of plexiglass in the centre for light, on the deck, not blocking the view from the BR window. When we no longer heat with wood, it will be a nice shady area, when no bugs. Dan had to clear the deck of the remaining firewood to work on it so my job for the week was throwing about 2 face cord of wood back onto the deck and stacking it. Then I stretched out the large, heavy - once was a Tempo cover - out and cut in in half, folded each half and stacked on deck; I could not lift the whole thing. Brought the entrance section of said Tempo over and put it in the tool shed until next trip. That section has two heavy zippers so it will be the "front door" where I go in and bring wood to the house. I will roll it up enough that it does not freeze to the deck. Using grommets and heavy hooks to put it in place and also the other three sides - cut out of those other two pieces. The hope is that I shall be able to access the wood when I arrive after snow/rain and freeze-up!

I phoned to order 4 more cord and was asked to phone back 23 August. I am hoping my history will ensure that I DO get the wood. It is late to be ordering but I had to see how much I needed.

I also did some organizing in back-back shed and in house, mowed some of the foot high (or more) grass in front, weeded the raised beds, and left it in better shape than when I arrived. There were a few raspberries and blueberries (not ripe) on the bushes planted last year. Packed up pottery and loaded it into car, thankful for a dolly to get it the distance. A couple hundred feet from screened house on edge of swamp to the car. Mowed a path first!

Spent one early evening in the screen house, with book but mostly just felt the peace of the place, the quiet time of day, a few flying critters.

Dan agreed to bring a weed-eater to do the really tall areas - a lot!! I will ask him to leave the pink flowers - About 3x100 feet - for the flying critters and some daisies and brown-eyed Susan. The deer had feasted on the strawberry plants; they may profit from their new start. I hope.

Back to Dupont, R had done a decent job of keeping it all together. OF course the sheets needed laundering do that was first task. Still no beds in the two guestrooms and the futon frame is still in the front yard. "What if Taun texts that they are coming?" I can only hope the weekend will bring some forward motion!

I went out and purchased a 7cf freezer yesterday, to be delivered Friday. The amount of food from the Farm (Jardin de la Resistance) is overwhelming and I MUST freeze most of this week's. Good thing I only signed up for every other week. I have pretty well missed the local strawberry season. But may freeze some blueberries.

R managed to keep the house and yard plants alive - except one baby mock orange which may not survive. There may be one at the mill and maybe even a couple in the city; I am loathe to go there in this heat. We finally had much needed rain last night.

I did not go back and read earlier posts. I would love to see what folks have been up to but I have sneezles and wheezles, a stuffy head, runny nose, and my eyes are affected. Cannot remember the last time, or if ever, I have had these symptoms. Sniffing Eucalyptus clears head. Chlorpheniramine maleate has had no effect, so not allergies. It started at Beaver so it is not this house. Today is a rest day.


09 Aug 19 - 03:23 PM (#4003853)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Dorothy, you put us all to shame with your industriousness!

I spent the last hour in the shady part of the yard (it's about 100 today, so that's the only place to work) pruning out ligustrum or privet, an invasive shrub in this area. It seems to have really taken off lately, and there are a couple of varieties. The larger one (glossy privet) looks like a beneficial native (evergreen sumac), so I'll double-check to be sure I really want to take it out. I used pruning sheers today, tomorrow I'll take the battery-operated reciprocating saw and cut off all of the plant bases (that are now tripping hazards). I also cut down what I think is a Chinaberry; attractive but invasive, and a pain in the ass as far as all of the berries it drops.

I also hooked up my battery-operated irrigation management thing on the back of the house. I use it to connect to series of hoses to run sprinklers in two parts of the yard, running before dawn so it isn't conspicuous. The area under the faucet was full of tough grass and lemon balm, and I carried the weeds (I like lemon balm but only need so much) to the patch of ground above the creek and spread it around, hoping some of it will seed back there. I also moved some bricks, though one had a toad under it so I carefully replaced it.

My stud finder is supposedly on the way, so maybe tonight or tomorrow I can start putting the office back together.


09 Aug 19 - 07:07 PM (#4003895)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Freezer arrived this afternoon. It rained lots!!!! Nice breezy day! On phone with Hannah 2 hours! How to kill an afternoon! Killed the am on internet. Still need a pick to increase garden and I am loathe to buy another one; keep hoping R will bring one from city house.

Firm words this am re need for guest space got the futon frame out of the front yard into the TV room but in two pieces. Maybe tomorrow. I helped get it upstairs but cannot put it together. Now for two more beds in designated guest rooms. Maybe tomorrow? Summer is almost over and no guests in sight - yet, but son said he might surprise me.

Spent all my energy last week at Beaver; not recovered yet.


10 Aug 19 - 09:54 AM (#4003983)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The new stud-finder is no more accurate than that old one or the one I returned during the week. I'm going to have to figure out where studs are the old fashioned way - start from a known point (a junction box on the wall attached to a stud) and measure, then test by pounding in a slim nail to see if I hit wood.

Dorothy, once that house is set up we'll all have to come visit and test those guest bedrooms!


10 Aug 19 - 10:55 PM (#4004080)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've used bits of blue painter's tape to mark each spot where I am getting what looks like a response to a stud (the plaster is thick enough there are many false positives) and when I step back and look at the wall there are three distinct lines of tape in the spots on the wall. I'll still have to test with a fine nail to see if wood is where I think it is. Tomorrow I'll see about putting up the supports.


11 Aug 19 - 05:13 PM (#4004179)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Once this house is set up, I would love to have you visit. "Set up" will never quite reach some of the high middle class standards of the dedicated homemaker!

Saturday, I asked for ONE HOUR to go to the lumberyard and get the wood needed to hold mattresses on the now arranged bed frames. I have no idea why it took four hours to get to the - get in the truck and go - point. We did get the wood and each bed is now ready for a mattress. The twin has a mattress which will look much better with a mattress cover - which it will have.

This Sunday am, I set out for the Linen Chest with better directions and much determination. And a list. Started with a look at returned mattresses and saw two possibles, asked the clerk in charge for a salesclerk and a very nice man came and sold me a good double mattress!

Then, thinking I could find the rest on my list, I set off without him. Had to ask the clerk to get him back (they are on commission) but he was already helping someone else so she got me a nice woman who was very helpful. A fizzy water machine (R drinks gallons), two australian lamb's wool mattress covers ( one each), A lovely down filled pillow for the sofa. I remind myself that the lamb's wool cushions are less harmful to the animals! But it was SO hugable!

Two small concrete planters with a wonderful rabbit face on each. Big enough for 4 inch pots. And a riverstone door mat - some sort of fiber backing with river stones well glued to it, to clean dirt off feet at the back door. Call it an experiment! It seems a good idea - if the stones stick. And it is a distinct improvement over the old rubber one which is wet on top as well as keeping the decking wet! Not a good idea. I moved it to the foot of the steps - on stones and grass/weeds.

Stopped for groceries on the way home and threw the frozen meat into new freezer! Then moved the freezer into the kitchen, sadly, as that is not where we want it but it is where there is space. It did not fit in the closet. R wishes I had bought a smaller one. Maybe I do too. I shall have to fill it very well. I covered it with a beautiful red Guatamalan weaving. The new carbonation thingy sits on the microwave next to the water jug.

This has been my month to spend a fortune.

This week was rainy and cooler, delicious nights for sleeping. Lots of negative ions with the wind blowing the trees almost constantly. I finally feel alive again. If I had a pick I might even be able to get some more flower/herb bed space. Maybe tomorrow.


11 Aug 19 - 10:20 PM (#4004201)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've turned a corner as far as restoring my office; there are two tall bookcase cabinets in place and today I finished installing brackets for boards on the other side of the room. I'm not arranging it the same way for various reasons, and so far this is only a sketch. There is a lot of dusty stuff in the front room and in the den that was boxed or just stacked as it was rescued from the office before the rest of ceiling demolition. There is still a lot of work ahead. I just finished moving that bookshelf built to hold paperbacks into the office and it will hold the cassette tapes that were in cardboard flats before.

A box for Goodwill was buried under some other items in the sun room; I'll add more then take it over and make a run to the recycle bin at the same time.

Tomorrow is supposed to hit 105o so I'll get up early to get some exercise with the dogs. We're all getting cabin fever from these wretchedly hot days, with several weeks more to come.


12 Aug 19 - 10:11 AM (#4004249)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Susan, you've been quiet lately. How is your back and is your exercise routine moving forward?

Are there any lurkers who have progress to report?


12 Aug 19 - 10:39 AM (#4004257)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Himself and I have just returned from a holiday up the highway in Goderich, where the Celtic Roots Festival and its associated music school are held. We left in a flurry last Monday morning shortly after dawn and invested a week and rather a lot of money in learning diddly tunes (me) and hanging out till all hours singing in the pub (him).

I am very glad to be back at home with the cats and the garden. My wretched feet, which swelled almost beyond recognition as soon as we left home, have returned to their normal dimensions, and my digestion has almost settled down after wrestling with too much restaurant food.

The cats have almost finished re-establishing dominion over my lap, but Watson still feels the need to interrupt whatever I happen to be doing to rub his head all over me (bonk, bonk) and purr in my ear while digging his claws into my upper back. And here he comes now ...


12 Aug 19 - 10:51 AM (#4004264)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

No progress here. I’ve had problems with the sore on my back…

I did sort a problem with the HomeSeer (which largely replaced my own stuff in April) set up the other day. The Raspberry Pi locked up and I was forced to unplug/replug. I think that step led to the corrupt SD card. Hours of troubleshooting and trying to fix disk before concluding my only way out was a clean install on the Pi and a hope I could restore from backups. At least that bit went very smoothly.

I’m not sure we have anything completely dependent on HA and a number of lights are usually operated via remote control but the study light was interesting. That uses an RGBW (chosen as we wanted both daylight for reading and warm for white for tv on the computer from the central light) and has a momentary mains switch for override. I couldn’t remember/work out its operation and, rather than searching for instructions online, wound up leaving the room lit up in pink from late evening to the following late afternoon when I finally restored things.


12 Aug 19 - 03:33 PM (#4004302)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, I'm not quiet, I just can't open the damn thread most days at times when I can post. Back, appts galore past and future, ouch. YMCA, meeting Thursday and fam is attending for support. My file ready for lawyers. My rehab not possible without Y as the home exercises, but weekly PT and walking continue, ouch.


13 Aug 19 - 01:40 PM (#4004464)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've emptied lots of boxes as I dig my way through the stuff in the front room that was piled in there after the ceiling collapse. Something new is a dedicated bookcase for all of the cassettes (it's 6' x 4' and it's going to be packed full; the cassettes are stacked in the most efficient way to fill the shelves top to bottom).

I haven't started moving the computer stuff in yet, I want a little more time to look at the possible setup of the desk surfaces and their relationship to electrical outlets.

I'm going to have to get one of those vinyl floor mats to put over the tile area where I repaired two tiles; it is prime real estate in there, that's why the broken ones took such a battering. Hopefully a chair mat over the top will help keep it all in place and avoid dips the chair wheels always get stuck in.


13 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM (#4004487)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Pulling books from the front room shelves now, only the ones I want in my office. I'll think about what to do about the gaps - there are other things that can stay on those shelves. There is no order to speak of, just broad categories of how I'm storing them. I'm fussing with two storage units right now that have been handy but are in the way and may go to Goodwill. Or live somewhere behind my desk or under the window. Maybe plants could sit on top of them.

This is work done in spurts because I need to think about what belongs and what doesn't, and what will be the most ergonomic work space for my standing/sitting desk.

I do have too much stuff.


13 Aug 19 - 08:09 PM (#4004501)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

I'm very excited to report that I found a fabulous orthopedic professor's teaching videos late last night on exactly what ails me, that my local intake doc was totally unprepared to explain to me last week. (This prof also works clinically, and is near my son in Toledo in case I don't love local care options.)

I screenshotted all relevant slides and included two very powerful ones in my Y presentation. These slides illustrate exactly how I got hurt, and the physics behind the precise way I need to use the Y,

Yano Becky learned how my clean laundry is stowed, today, and focused on kitchen and general prep for my son and DIL who arrive tmrw night for Thursday's meeting.

Greg and I reduced four boxes to two and he took out the empties.


13 Aug 19 - 08:37 PM (#4004502)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I have a huge stack of empty boxes ready to flatten. I was able to push a few into the bins today but they were chock full; they should be empty by now so I could make a trip this evening before dark.

There are a gazillion old cassettes around here and an equal number of 3.5" floppy disks. I'm set for converting the cassettes I'm keeping, but for the floppies I have no drives to read them. I may have to get a small USB-connected drive for examining at those. The office is slowly looking like a space I can work in, but there is still a lot of stuff to get rid of instead of putting back.

Facebook is broken for now, not letting me follow up on all of my own posts and things I shared, which is particularly annoying. I've reported it with a couple of screenshots.

Rain in the forecast overnight, which will be wonderful if we actually get some. Meanwhile it's so hot right now that the region broke a power usage record again today so I'll load my washer and program it to run at about 4am, and won't run the dishwasher until bedtime, to spread out the usage. I also have to turn off all of the computer equipment and get it moved into my office, once I'm satisfied the desks are in the best positions.


13 Aug 19 - 08:55 PM (#4004503)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall

Dupont:

Cleared most of the largish hall closet of boxes, pottery and wrapping materials and put it all in car to go to mill and then to the sale next weekend - the CVAA event which I love and usually manage to peddle some pots. Leftovers will come back here to be displayed in the closet which has a small window and adequate light. Wrapping materials: some can be eliminated, some saved in a different closet for future sales.

Twin bed is dressed and ready with a lovely quilt for the soon cool nights. The room lacks wall pieces and I will consult with R. The bedding sets a pale yellow palette. I am delighted to be able to use an antique spread that I never could bear to get rid of! It looks as good as new. I have no idea when/where/how it joined my household!

Put two plain white drapes on two doors and pinned them to length until decide if they will stay there. They are only to keep the sun out so may take them down in cooler winter when I want all the solar gain I can get!

Must bring a few bed pillows from Mill tomorrow when I drop off pottery, etc.

R did not even notice the freezer was in the Kitchen - behind the table, sort off. So we are content and I am starting to fill it with fall produce.

Had a lovely walk, and social time today on Ile St. Bernard, with a walking group. We walked awhile, sat by the River a while then had lunch up by the Cafe. Getting to know a fine bunch of local women. I have never done this sort of thing before. I was either too busy or did not find a group, or even a few. Actually on Whidbey, I walked the dogs on Useless Bay off leash beach and chatted with other dog folks I met on the beach, but that was sporadic. With this I may even build some relationships.


15 Aug 19 - 02:46 PM (#4004656)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Facebook is still broken so my screen is decluttered of most conversations; I'm reporting it to them every day, trying a different kind of report each time to see if something finally works.

Rearranging shelves today for the placement of stuff in my Dad's collection. I was going to put the books down low, but that makes too many things I use more often that are in baskets and bins are up out of sight.

The old computer and it's monitor and equipment have been moved into the restored office, the rest will follow later tonight. I have backup drives all over that I have to sort out and use one to backup the new machine.

I have to dust the blades of the fan in the living room; I realized it's turning the wrong direction for this time of year so I'll reverse it. I had the bedroom fan pushing air up also and when I turned it to pushing air down I couldn't sleep for the breeze on my feet and hips making them ache. I just want a faint amount of air movement when I'm trying to sleep (and I prefer this in a warm room - I absolutely can't sleep with the cold air from the air conditioner blowing on my feet or legs. It causes a sort of "restless leg" situation.)


16 Aug 19 - 09:11 AM (#4004707)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

Good luck with Facebook, Stilly. I do not understand how it works, and never have; I know that its primary purpose is to shove advertising under my nose, and that helps me endure its vagueries.

We had ceiling fans in our Ottawa house and I loved them. I wish we had them here and maybe we will, once the bank account recovers from all the masonry that has been taking place over the summer. Cleaning them was a major production involving stepladders, buckets of soapy water and rather a lot of swearing.

Speaking of the bank account, we are currently deep in the red, and I have to write two more cheques that will put us completely out to sea. Legal Aid and the Public Prosecution Service owe us money -- oh, how they owe us money! -- and we will just have to tread water until the ship comes in. When it does, Rodney the HVAC Guy gets the next lump of out-going capital. So no ceiling fans this summer, and the bedroom is still painted purple. I've been hating that purple paint for two years now, but I fear I'm getting used to it.

Last week, we went to Goderich for a week of diddly tunes and restaurant food; consequently, my fingers blistered and my feet swelled up like rugby balls. After five days at home, the feet are back to normal and have actually stopped hurting, and the fingers have new calluses. So, progress.

Remembering Stilly's occasional references to "intermittent fasting", I did some googling and reading of scholarly-ish articles on the subject. Since we moved to Stratford, I have put on about fifteen very unwanted pounds that just won't go away and, rather than buy new trousers, I decided on Monday to give this intermittent fasting thing a whirl. This morning, I weigh four and a half pounds less than I did on Tuesday -- the result, I'm sure, of eating far less salt than I was getting in Goderich, and the disappearance of the bloat in my feet. Fast days are all about vegetables and tea, and no fun at all. Himself, fortunately, does not make waves about what I eat or don't, except that he still doesn't get it that I no longer want to eat bacon first thing in the morning.

I despair of my vanity with respect to ankles and the apparent thickness thereof. I used to have the kind of feet that looked good in cute shoes, but injuries and arthritis have put cute shoes firmly into the rear-view mirror. Sneakers with orthotic insoles are now an everyday reality, but the vanity persists. I believe Mr Ecclesiastes had something to say on that subject, and it wasn't kind. I can't say I wasn't warned.


16 Aug 19 - 09:36 AM (#4004715)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Charmion, Linn has joined us in that modified fasting; she is reporting a general trend downward also. Eat Fast and Live Longer is a British program kind of like the PBS science shows we get here (and I saw it first when PBS broadcast it one summer). The method I adopt starts about 38 minutes into the program, the alternating days and when the calories are low on the alternate days (or, as people sometimes choose, just two days a week). I think Linn is able to do periods, like from noon to 7pm for her eating, and the long period of time (from 7pm to noon) is helping her. It seem to have lost the knack of waiting until noon to eat, I think it had to do with the Prednisone I was on for 18 months that had to be taken in the morning with food. I'm almost a year out from that but still really feel it if I don't eat something early.

I tend to eat very small meals, or have one modest meal and then fruit or veggies later in the day. I need protein for this to work.

My ceiling reconstruction was pretty radical, but nowhere as involved or expensive as your patio. Other than enjoying new paint, my office is restored and there isn't any new space or feature (other than pretty paint) it's the same ol' house. I am also saving again for the thing that I originally intended to work on this summer - replacing more fence around the yard. The south side looks good (I am still pulling out fence posts inside the yard along the path of the old fence) but the north side is falling down.


16 Aug 19 - 10:00 AM (#4004720)
Subject: RE: wysiwyg update
From: Stilly River Sage

I heard from Susan (wysiwyg) via Facebook messenger yesterday; the site has been up and down so often that she couldn't get through and wanted to share the following:

The Mudcat won't take my post today, but pls share for me there:

We won at the Y meeting today.... but since they are closing the pools for maintenance, Saturday, for two weeks.... And then when they reopen Sept 2 we're MIL-bound.... I'll be in the water tomorrow.... But then doing I don't know what, until about Sept. 10.


16 Aug 19 - 05:33 PM (#4004779)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I've moved one of the two desktops into an "L" position and so far it looks like none of the cables pulled out. I then went through the tech packaging that was stored flat in the closet and discarded almost all of it. This dated from when the way to save money on the new version of a security or other software was to show that you'd previously purchased the program by sending a part of the box or cover of the manual in for a rebate. I haven't done that for a while so I think that business model has gone by the wayside, and those packages all went into the recycle bag.

Stuff that I regularly use that doesn't need to be on the desktop needs to be within reach or in sight, something I'm going to be fiddling with for a while.

I put a shade up over the single-glazed window in the office and am really impressed with how well it insulates. I've mentioned it before, this one is a linen color that filters out at least 60% of the light. Lowe's Allen + Roth Light FIltering Cordless Cellular Shade. Highly recommended, though with the provision that I no longer own cats. I'm sure they would tangle with this kind of window covering, and in the past the blinds usually lost.


17 Aug 19 - 04:00 PM (#4004887)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Office: emptying boxes of contents that are either going on a shelf designated for them or into the "figure it out later" box in the kitchen (that is for cassette tapes that don't have labels but appear to have been used.) There is a stack of paper on the dining table that all needs sorting and filing, it's mostly mail that arrived during the last two months and waited for easy access to file cabinets.

Clumps of insulation still turn up in boxes that were hit by collapsing ceiling and moved into the front room without unpacking to remove all of the debris.

Many of the books on my shelves in here are those I've wanted to read that were stacked wherever. Now they're in sight, and the one closest to hand is A. H. Jessup's Beyond The Cascade. I wish I'd read it in his lifetime.

Frugal August isn't as frugal as I'd hoped, as I continue the reconstruction of my office, but food-wise I've made progress drawing down the freezer contents. My shopping for fruit and vegetables has been for things I mean to eat, not process or freeze. This includes two cases (one a week) of largish mangoes (9 to the box) for $5.99 a case. They're incredibly sweet and juicy and a fresh mango each morning for breakfast has been marvelous (and I shared these with a friend, no way I could eat 18 mangoes in two weeks!)

I have had to take decongestants when working with some of these dusty boxes, but otherwise, there is a good health factor in the picking up and moving lots of boxes, a sort of impromptu weight training.


17 Aug 19 - 08:25 PM (#4004906)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

I had the entire day to myself today. I cleaned out one of the cupboards, reorganized, cleaned out the fridge, did up the dishes, did some laundry, organized lunch materials as Jeremiah is starting the 4th grade this week (how did THAT happen?) and made ham, homemade mashed potatoes and green beans...from the garden...for dinner.

I had not been doing such a great job with weight loss due to vacation, etc. and last week I finally got my head on straight and am back at it...tracking everything that I eat and when I weighed in, I was down 7 pounds. YAY. Now if I can keep that momentum going.....

Besides work, that's about all that's been going on around here. Work, sleep, work sleep, etc.

Michelle


17 Aug 19 - 10:04 PM (#4004910)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Michelle, I found the school district to an 800-pound gorilla you have to tolerate at times, but having them back in school helps make the weekdays more organized. That sounds like a great dinner - I always love cooking with stuff from my garden, though this year the output has been sparce.

More boxes have been emptied and some has gone to the trash or the Goodwill bin and I'll make another trip to the recycle bin soon. Leftovers for lunch and dinner this weekend.


18 Aug 19 - 08:44 AM (#4004953)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

My home Y took 7 months to grant what another nearby Y just granted with 3 emails in one day, so I do have a pool for next week. Unfortunately, ALL the Y's pools here are closing for at least a week's maintenance, but I have whittled the downtime to just a week lacking cardio, because I added more PT during the Y closure for strength work.

On land, I've graduated to chair dancing, which I overdid a tad last night when we found the second GREAT band here, but what a great problem to have!


18 Aug 19 - 02:29 PM (#4004989)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre

It's another much needed and wanted day at home for us today. I have more laundry going and today I cleared off my Nana's hutch which had become a very dusty catch all spot. Jeremiah brought down 2 bags of things from his room to take to Goodwill and I have another 2 or 3 bags sitting on top of the freezer.

Pete had a HUGE haul from the garden this morning...patty pan squash, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, yellow wax beans and rattlesnake beans (which are new to me and I can't wait to try). Pete made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch while I made a cucumber, tomato and fresh basil salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar....can't get much better than that! Well, at least in my book!

As far as the school year goes, it is somewhat more organized but considering Jeremiah took part in a regular summer program, there isn't too much change. It actually will be a little bit easier as he will be able to take the bus home which will save me about 30 extra miles per day (and it will save Pete that much mileage as well....60 miles a day to transport to and from). I am looking forward to a little less running although soccer season will be starting before long.....

There is an upcoming festival I am thinking about attending called the Funky Frets Ukulele Festival....I think it sounds like fun! We shall see!

I'm off to do some blogging. You guys have a great week!

Michelle


18 Aug 19 - 10:41 PM (#4005037)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

The ukulele festival sounds like a lot of fun!

This afternoon I pulled a box yellow cake from the freezer and used some leftover cranberry pulp from making cranberry juice for a rich pan of cranberry bars (I posted a link to the recipe on Facebook, though my account is acting up and I can't see much of what I posted). Their fabulous smell gave a lift to the afternoon. They're cut and spaced out a bit and are (all but two) in the freezer (and I had to test a couple!)

Since so many books left the house in June it meant that I put up one less bookshelf in the restored office, and the remaining shelves have plenty of space for things that used to live in other smaller compartments and shelf units. This evening I've put several small pieces into the SUV to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have another box of books filling up as I move them back (or not).


19 Aug 19 - 07:03 AM (#4005080)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg

SRS, be good at Goodwill! No buying until your space is restored and pretty!

Heading off to an adventure-- I love visiting new pools!


19 Aug 19 - 05:48 PM (#4005153)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I dropped off the shelving and storage units and didn't go into the store itself. And then on the way home instead of stopping somewhere to buy a sandwich I thought about what I could make at home that would be equally appealing so when I got back here I cut a chicken breast into pieces and made breaded chicken strips. That mid-afternoon treat was my big meal for the evening so I'll have just a salad later.

The cranberry bars were frozen overnight are now repacked in airtight containers. I have some sweet potatoes in the oven that have been here for a few days and need to be used. Most of the papers are filed or shredded, with only a few needing attention still.

The shelving that wasn't re-installed in the office (brackets and boards) needs to be moved into the garage lumber area. This will clear out the hall next to the office, and from there, I can start moving eBay stuff into the dining room and set up on the now-emptied table.

Buried under the papers on the table was a DVD I picked up a couple of months ago, one of Jane Fonda's low-impact exercise videos. It's time to start with that and see if my knee will tolerate the moves.

#Progress #FrugalAugust


20 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM (#4005227)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

The fur-bearing carpet in the sitting room must be vacuumed TODAY. And after that bit of light resistance training, I shall go to the gym.

I have completed my first week of intermittent fasting with a loss of five pounds. Now, that was almost certainly bloat, but I'm glad to see the back of it.

It's interesting how conditioned we are to fear even the slightest pang of hunger. Himself still expresses concern that I don't eat breakfast, although I have repeatedly told him that I am not hungry until mid-morning at the earliest. But I am reluctant to set about any task more demanding than loading the washing machine on an empty stomach *for fear that I will be hungry*! I am learning to wait for an actual hunger pang before eating, and it really does slow me down.

On the other hand, I have noticed that I feel weak and unwilling when I am thirsty. Half-way downtown, after only about three-quarters of a mile, I am pushing my legs to pick up my feet -- unless I have brought a water bottle. A couple of swigs and I'm ready to go again.

Both obvious, and weird. Weird that at my advanced age I'm finally noticing. Duh.


20 Aug 19 - 11:26 AM (#4005237)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I haven't continued to participate in the summer diet thing my insurance company pushed, but the first episode did have some interesting tidbits. They talked about levels of hunger - when you're not hungry at all, when you're looking for something to nibble on but nothing much looks good, when anything in the fridge as leftovers looks edible, and when your blood sugar is all bonkers and you end up eating way too much too fast.

They suggest you plan to eat when you get to the "leftovers look good" stage. And I can go back and follow-up on those weekly episodes. It just happened that that program started when the ceiling fell in and I had other things on my mind.

The shelving stuff is in the garage now and I had an overnight eBay sale (something listed for a very long time, since I haven't put up anything new since probably May). Good timing as I'm preparing to start listing again this week. With the shelving out of the hall I can transit more easily with boxes I need to take to the dining table for photographing, describing, and packing. My sunroom is too crowded right now for the activity that usually happens in there. It's the last casualty of the move out of the office and I'm slowly making inroads there.


21 Aug 19 - 04:24 AM (#4005328)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

I guess this one can go here… Today’s poor attempt at troubleshooting.

Mum asks me “what’s this beeping?” As there was a warning light on the burglar alarm remote and the sound initially seemed clearest above the entry to the attic where the main panel is located, I assumed these were related.

Anyway, replace battery reported as low by the system and clear errors on remote. System OK but still a bleep. I restart my own program that connects the alarm to the HA. System OK on HA too but still this beep. I curse and get the step ladder out to go up to the attic. I open the access to the attic and, strange, the sound is no louder…

Another walk around and I find the offending item. It was a small travel alarm mum keeps by her bedside. Apparently, she even knew she’d dropped the damn thing this morning…

I’m starting too see a funny side to it but at first, I wasn’t sure whether the biggest quite angry “GRRR” should go to mum for not realising what she’d done or to me for hastily jumping to the wrong cause.


21 Aug 19 - 09:27 AM (#4005364)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

That entire episode belongs in the Aw Fuck It file, Jon Freeman. My life is full of crap like that, from rustling noises in the walls to mysterious pinging generated by any (or all) of our expensive digital devices. You and your Mum have my sympathy.

I have one of those little electric travel alarms, too. If you pick it up the wrong way or knock it over, or even look at it crooked, you activate the alarm function and find yourself chasing pings under the bed at zero dark thirty. Okay, it's not as irritating as looking in the dark (because your spouse is still asleep, you hope) for the spot where the cat just horked, but it's close.

Speaking of rustling in the walls, our house almost certainly harbours at least one nest of mice, but the rodents seem to be keeping prudently away from spaces occupied by the cats -- i.e., the entire interior of the house. No one has seen any sign of mice, neither droppings in the cutlery drawer nor gnawed pasta packets in the pantry nor tiny corpses on the carpet, but Watson and Isobel (the resident cats) spend long periods sitting patiently on the basement floor with all their senses tightly focussed on a particular stretch of skirting board.


21 Aug 19 - 11:22 AM (#4005376)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

My parents’ previous house in North Wales could be one for strange noises, some of which were probably due to the place being fairly exposed. I don’t know if you’ve ever walked a lonely path and had that eerie feeling you are being followed but I suppose this place was similar in a sense. The sense being that once in a while, if alone in there, you could get the feeling you were not alone. It was a (flawed but…) lovely property though.


21 Aug 19 - 12:41 PM (#4005383)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

Has anyone else noticed that there is such verisimilitude in modern radio and television HD broadcasts that the beeps used as background noise seem like they might actually be in your house instead? And driving - how often do I need to turn off the radio to be sure the siren or odd noise isn't in the car or an approaching fire truck?

The smoke detectors are wired together, so if one goes off in my office (for example), those in all of the bedrooms and the hall go off also. That's good for a fire at night. But when the batteries need changing these buggers are difficult, the 9v batteries don't want to fit back into the pocket, etc.

This morning I evicted some old mystery meat (probably trimmed turkey) from the big deep freeze, and pulled some Food Saver sealed packages to use for soup (three-years old turkey legs and thighs). Trash day tomorrow, so I'll put a bag in the big plastic can instead of leaving the bag itself on the ground. The likelyhood of coyotes, raccoons, and foxes is lower since the landowner across the road "cleaned up" that area by tearing out the trees and underbrush (but leaving trash), but there are still occasional stray dogs and cats.

Does anyone else harbor visions of someday writing about those great old jobs years ago (in parks and forests, for me) and have these bits of paper and notebooks and such that float around as part of that project? I finally decided to give one shelf in the newly revived office to my publications and a box where journals and all of those odd bits and pieces can be accumulated from around the house and stashed. But I'm also being ruthless in throwing out the paper that, while it says something to me, will be meaningless to my children and they would toss it when the time comes. So I'm doing it now. Since I can't burn the papers right now I have a growing file for after a good rain, and the rest will go in the trash with the old turkey.


21 Aug 19 - 01:22 PM (#4005389)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman

Our smoke detectors are linked too and it’s quite a racket if they go off if you test them. Still, we worried about people not hearing stand alone ones going off. Ours have sealed batteries with a supposed 10 year life.

The closest I’d come to your last question are:

My mother sometimes thinks of writing about life in a very rural borders part of Shropshire (England) from her birth in 1935. There are some sheets of A4 around somewhere and her efforts are probably saved on her PC but that’s as far as it goes.

My father (who has lent one or two cards to one or two others for books) has sometimes considered doing something with his collection of North Norfolk (Mostly West Runton and again England) post cards. That one has never got off the ground. I have expressed willingness to scan for him but would not understand what he wants to achieve. On the other hand, I suspect his ability to plan a proper project like that went a fair while ago. There is one relic from the last attempt, a digital “Dictaphone” that we got him as we felt it might help get ideas down but I don’t think it was used and there is no paperwork.


21 Aug 19 - 08:07 PM (#4005421)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

This afternoon I thawed two pieces of Food Saver sealed cod from 2014 that were as good as the day I froze them. I'm out of store-bought tartar sauce so I used an online recipe and mixed up some ingredients in the fridge (capers seems to be the secret ingredient) to have with it and was pleased with the results. I thawed a much more recent whole-grain baguette that I cut into slices cross-wise and toasted to use with hummus that I need to thaw.

Maps. I'm a hoarder, to be sure, but I decided again to act as if my kids were going through the box and tossed about 3/4 of them. I kept a few of places I might actually drive to, and as out-of-date documents they are placeholders until I get a newer one at each state welcome station. Sometimes I had to figure out who was governor (the old Texas map with Rick Perry, for example, is gone). I have a small cloth bag of maps now in the new SUV; I had a bag of more current maps in the old SUV but I think I left it unlocked in the driveway one day and someone grabbed it, perhaps thinking it was a purse? This looking at stuff through my children's eyes seems to be a good exercise.


22 Aug 19 - 09:49 AM (#4005495)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion

I stopped accumulating maps when we bought a GPS for the car. Now we travel with a road atlas and the GPS -- the GPS to provide turn-by-turn guidance, and the road atlas for route-planning. In Canada, where we have relatively inexpensive phone service (relative to the cost of roaming charges in the States, that is), we dispense with the road atlas in favour of an iPad and Google Maps. We haven't been lost, or even late, in years, and we have almost stopped arguing about turns and directions.

Ditching the maps was a painful process. I am a map geek; I love maps. But two file boxes of maps dating back to Germany in 1978 is way too hoard-y for me; they went into the recycling box without a backward glance. Outdated road atlases are a bit more of a challenge, so I let them ripen for a couple of years before I set 'em loose.

Stilly, you mentioned your Food Saver yesterday -- how coincidental. I just bought one; I can't think why it took me so long. I look forward to a significant reduction in the amount of food-wrapping material we need to keep, and better freezer results.


22 Aug 19 - 11:57 AM (#4005511)
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage

I buy replacement bags on Amazon for much less than the name brand, but still sturdy enough plastic to do the job. I tend to use the smaller bags (cut your own) more, so I tend to alternate my purchases: These rolls of the 8" bags last quite a while and I alternate that purchase with this two-pack of large and small. I read a lot of reviews before settling on these two products; they aren't all as heavy duty to stand up to the melting and shuffling around they can get in the freezer.

I was at Goodwill one day and spotted a holder and cutter for the rolls of bags but it's not big enough to hold the entire roll. I make my own roll and put it in there because it is a handy way to cut new bags. I found it for $2, I wouldn't spend $34 for it. (Expect to have to experiment on size and waste some plastic along the way.) I'm also looking at parts like gaskets and teflon strips as my aging sealer begins to need some TLC to get the bags to seal.

Sharpie on the bag wherever is good enough to let you know what's in it, no need for that white spot to write on.

As a Mountaineer member (in Western Washington State) in high school and college, who took the basic climb