The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4071839
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
14-Sep-20 - 11:37 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
I have met a few intrepid inventors like that over the years, what with working out in the sticks where you often make something yourself because it's too far for a craftsman to travel. Probably not the case these days, everything can be built elsewhere and delivered. There are probably still folks like that in Alaska and far West Texas with a smattering around the rest of the US (a friend of mine was an electrical engineer at Lockheed so when he quit and he and the wife and cats moved to West Texas he learned welding and such and was off - has been building and tweaking things on his properties for years. It's a great activity and when I visit I love the tour of projects.) I will note that she was an RN and worked several more years at a hospital out there, keeping up their insurance until they were ready for Medicare.

I pronounced the electric string trimmer dead this weekend (I'm not going to try to replace the motor, it would cost more than the trimmer) and have a new one on order. I put it at the curb with the trash this morning and I won't be surprised if it disappears before the trash collectors get it. If someone can use it for parts, more power to them.

I am reminded by Charmion's story of what it was like when we spent summers at the cabin on the edge of a lake in Northwestern Washington. My father inherited it from his father, and since he was a teacher we had summers off, so we headed up for 2 or 3 months every year. But it meant more work, especially for Mom, who had a washer that did the agitating and rinsing but then had to be put through one of those laundry rollers to squeeze out the water before hanging it up to dry. There was the white two-hole trash burner that offered up heat in the cabin that was probably 800sf, and took baths in a tub of water in front of that stove. There was an out house up at the top of the yard. The stove was electric, and there was a fridge, and we had the only phone along that stretch of the lake and there was a key tucked away on top of the porch so if a neighbor had an emergency and needed to call for help they knew how to get in to use it. As mentioned before, we had to help with the firewood (usually alder logs from our own property). I don't remember much of the indoor activity, probably reading or games. We lived in Seattle the rest of the year, but those summers and the time spent outdoors at the lake are my most complete and fondly remembered times of childhood.