The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4023961
Posted By: Dorothy Parshall
15-Dec-19 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six more days!