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BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability

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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 10:04 AM

Here's the next thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 08:50 AM

Big insight at post just now in Vizsla thread. Shame on cat people!!! :~) Who have been bringing out (clawing!!!) the DOG in me! :~) ROFLMAO. YMMV!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: maire-aine
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 12:05 AM

Yup, just put it in the back of the fridge for about 3 weeks. I keep the temp at about 38F degrees; too cold would kill the "yeast beasties". It's always been consumed before it went bad. If you "decant" it (pour it into another bottle & rinse out the sludge at the bottom) it'll keep a little longer.

Next year I may get a glass jug with a top that lets the gas escape (when the plastic jug expands, you have to let the air out occassionally). Maybe even a hydrometer to check the alcohol percentage.

M


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 11:56 PM

Is that all you do, put it in the fridge and leave it? And how long does it last (or should I say, how long can you drink it before it is too far gone, or is it always gone before it's bad?)

No trick or treaters at the house, and I felt sorry for the few I saw in the street. I didn't see any houses lit up like they were welcoming the kids. Makes me feel a little guilty. Maybe next year. But there weren't many kids, only two groups that I saw.

I've baked a casserole that I should have started a lot earlier but I didn't get to the store to get the pork I needed until after the yard work. I have leftovers for the week now. Pork, onion, tomatoes, eggplant, served next to a pile of mashed potatoes. I'll let the potatoes serve as my slices of bread once a day and keep the rest of my meals meat, fruit, and veggies only.

Tons to do this week at work. Stuff I put off while a co-worker was away needs to be finished tomorrow. Sigh. It gets so busy this time of year, though it is always busy, so I guess it is by an order of magnitude that makes it different.

Five items ship out in three parcels tomorrow. Nice to have them off of the table, and a few bucks in my pocket.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: maire-aine
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 11:44 PM

Made a pot of soup this morning. Only a few trick-or-treat-ers this evening. About a month ago, I put 2 gallons of unpasturized apple cider in the fridge, and it has "hardened" nicely. Had my first glass this evening. Yum.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 10:57 PM

Thanks, Michelle! I am glad to hear you are getting back to yoga classes!

SRS, congrats on keeping up with ebay and selling stuff, too. That compact is a beautiful colour and design!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 09:12 PM

It's been a busy day here on the mountain.

I rearranged the nursery to accomodate the electric baseboard heat that will be turned on soon. So...I moved the dresser, made space for the rocking chair, cleaned out even MORE clothes that no longer fit and found some clothes that I had tucked away in a plastic tub for cooler weather. I HATE the smell of plastic tubs (bothers my throat, makes my hands itch) so even though the clothes had already been washed, I ran them through the washing machine two more times to get that stink out.

My kitchen has been neglected for the last two days as we have been off and running but this morning I took care of all that and found the tabletop again.

I did some yoga in the kitchen and spent some time reading. Floors have been swept.

Healthy dinner tonight of grilled chicken breasts (all fat trimmed off and then tenderized), fresh butternut squash from our garden and a salad (baby lettuce, tomatoes, raisins, ground walnuts and feta...YUM). Pete baked some chocolate walnut oatmeal bar cookies today but so far, they haven't tempted me. :)

Baby gear packed for tomorrow's day long journey to the doctor for a check up...now to put some of my own laundry away and get my clothes ready for an early morning.

Regular yoga classes will resume for me this week as I found a sitter nearby who is willing to trade off child care. YAY. :) I've missed my yoga in a big way! Yoga at home is just not the same as at the studio...too many things here calling my name needing to be taken care of.

Michelle

PS. Happy birthday Roger!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 04:34 PM

I've done a couple of loads of laundry, picked up and put away odds and ends here and there, put the dishes in to soak, vacuumed and supervised Morgan vacuuming, as well as his taking out the trash and litter which Papa emptied from the boxes. I also decluttered my desk, again, though it still looks cluttered...or maybe more like controlled chaos. LOL.

Also took Morgan to pick out a pumpkin for our house, stopped to get candy to hand out, then came home and supervised his making a jack o'lantern out of it, after I claimed the privilege of cutting out the top. He's a great kid, but I noticed he didn't mind Mama getting her hands in the slime and the goo to clean it out, which I am happy to do. Love this holiday and all that comes with it.

Morgan also moved a couple of plant pots from off the front step for me, I moved a couple more, then hung a wonderful ghost we bought a few years ago complete with upraised arms which the gossamer material hangs from, plus I added a kind of egg-shaped part from an old ghost we had which shakes and says "wooooo-ooooo" when it is touched or the wind blows. It is attached to the "neck" under the material and also lights up. There is a steady breeze right now, so it is turned off. I hope my batteries don't run down too fast, though we probably won't have too many kids. I also hung up purple bat lights in the front window.

As it is Roger's birthday, my brother will be over at 5p to say happy b-day and to help with the little kids. He loves seeing them in costume, etc. Rog is playing on Second Life and seems to be enjoying having nothing to do. He sure gets around fast on the office chair. He stands up, puts his knee on it, then scoots with his other leg and hands.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 03:38 PM

I poked around the back of the kids' computer - I'd plugged the data plug into a non-functioning plug on the computer. I opened it, looked at the cards, and re-positioned it. I've been cluttering that computer this afternoon with all of the free software that I use, once the operating system up completely up and running and updated.

Avast antivirus, Spybot Search and Destroy, Kerio personal firewall, DVD Shrink, Spyware Blaster, WinPatrol, Google Earth, Google Toolbar, Picasa, for starters. It's nice, a fresh start on a computer, it's like moving into a new house or apartment. So much potential as to what you can do with it.

Must mow the lawn, then be sure tripping hazards are out of the way, even though I'm not planning on being at home to trick or treaters tonight. And the girls will be in the house because all of that foot traffic can be rather alarming when you're busy protecting your yard and the neighborhood.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 03:02 PM

New ThreeCycle shaping up, from the last few days' email: Nukerator and CD player being delivered for guests coming here, firewood from a friend going there, probably some sheets coming here too, with wedding dresses due for church fashion show for spring. All this is with a fellow, inveterate barterer who has just turned up, in time to add the nukerator delivery to scheduled errands to my area.... who needs the info I have on adrenal restoration.

Don't ever forget, folks, some of our clutter is someone else's need, easily met. I get to dump a non-working nukerator in this deal. Our guests gets our newer and smaller nukerator where it will fit a tight space, with modern controls/turntable to heat babyfood, etc. (Guests will pick and carry up the nukerator they prefer and bring down the non-working one!)

happyhappy

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 11:25 AM

Misread boneless skinless chicken breasts as HOMELESS, LOL.

I agree on dual focus for thread, and it's not Nov. 1 quite yet. And this one IS titled "October Plus."

===

Part of my exercise is working for the guests in my house, several of whom will arrive late Monday night in time for me to leave town Tuesday. Dog-prep on that short-order basis is complicated and will take me outdoors today. Baby-prep will take me up several different flights of stairs. Couple-prep will take me all over the house and may involve a rearrange of the LR (weight lifting!). Slow and steady, that's my motto-- and I am really almost ready and quite relaxed about it all.

The best news-- she grew up on a farm and is not worried about farmland-type dust, and-- here's the kicker-- they love HOCKEY!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 10:32 AM

Think I'll have to declutter the sinuses with the neti pot today. I have a headache trying to take hold.

My hall looks much better since I decided to sell those t-shirts on eBay. Out of the batch so far I've only sold 4, bringing a grand total of $9, but this will help my feedback, help my hall, and there wasn't much work in those. I figure you have to average out the eBay work to approach this as a declutter method. Some things just won't bring a lot of cash, but they're out, and as the feedback score grows the sales really are a little easier. I look at feedback when I purchase anything. (On sites like Amazon, I typically skip the lowest prices if they have low feedback, because folks just starting out can be real wild cards in the auction venues). If some of the other things I've listed do better on the purchase price then I'm rid of all of it and have a lump sum to enjoy for my effort.

I have a lot of stuff in the freezer - I keep flour, nuts, rice, hatch chiles, plus my frozen garden produce. I have a couple more chickens in there, a bag of shrimp, some 1lb blocks of pot roast, but I use the chicken and fish more than the rest and those were running low, so yesterday I did some of my stocking up shopping.

I found boneless skinless chicken breasts with a good coupon (the last day in the meat market at Albertson's they put a good meat market coupon on the package). I also picked up some fresh catfish fillets. These will keep me going all month. Also for the freezer I had an "aha!" moment on how to cook and freeze some eggplant without breading it (I'll quarter it lengthwise, cook and freeze it, and use it in this wonderful pork/tomato/onion/eggplant casserole I make. It's a recipe from a middle eastern cookbook).

I'll start new threads later today. Before then I need to get some of my accountability stuff (i.e., mowing the front lawn and walking the dogs) and I'll get it in the title. I think for all of us the combination of exercise and de-clutter is still a good one. They're continual things we are all working on. I'm down about 5 pounds since the beginning of the month. Every little bit helps!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 07:17 AM

Don't you be slappin' that girl Maggie around now. We like her.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 12:40 AM

Duh. [slaps forehead]

Yes, that's the most recent Secret Santa thread. It didn't get off the ground this year, I know Liz has been both ill and troubled by computer gremlins. I've got computers out the wazzoo here, so I might as well step up, but we do need to act fast. I may have to pair up those who discover this later as they appear.

Time to visit with Mr. Potter. I'm trying to finish these books before I go see the newest film.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 12:31 AM

Have had several responses already from the Secret Santa folks, and we re-named the thread to try to attract a few eyes to the change.

Is this the SANTA thread you want people to visit?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 12:20 AM

This is the listing that is probably most interesting. An antique powder compact from the 1920s. The enamel strayed onto the chrome in a few places, so this may have been a second of some sort. I suspect a restorer could flick the enamel off of the places where it doesn't belong and polish it nicely.

Same bidder got four shirts, so he'll receive 2 full-to-bursting priority flat rate envelopes. Saves almost $10 doing it this way. Actually, it breaks even with the medium flat rate box, so I could do it that way also. I've already crammed these envelopes though, so I may just leave well-enough alone.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 11:10 PM

Well don't give us a link or anything...

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 10:36 PM

I love terrazzo - we had that kind of floor in parts of the house I grew up in. I suspect that's a very expensive treatment. But the floors we had in that house would look wonderful in this one. Yes, I've seen some wonderful concrete floors over the years.

Have had several responses already from the Secret Santa folks, and we re-named the thread to try to attract a few eyes to the change.

Have sent invoice for a couple of shirts, have another sale pending and then will send an extra invoice. I can cram two shirts into one of those flat rate Priority envelopes and that's cheaper than shipping parcel post. I'll tape them within an inch of their lives to keep the packages intact in the mail. A couple of other eBay items that end soon have potential to go way up. Fingers crossed!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 10:05 PM

SRS,

Yeh, not only can you stain concrete you can STAMP it to make it LOOK like tile, flags, pavers, anything.

Do look into aggregate mixtures further to reduce weight. And also pls consider another old favorite flooring of mine-- terrazzo. I am sure a mix also can include not only the small chipped stones of terrazzo, but also recycled glass chips. (I THINK Terrazzo is poured and not tile.) Look up Silestone counters and then think FLOOR.

Me, I'd go bamboo. Warm look, makes cold fluoro light pretty.

OTOH if you have more hot days than cold, there-- you will want a cold-to-the-feet surface-- 'crete or stone.


You and your friend can EACH try one approach and arm-wrassle for the Smartypants Trophy afterwards.

And as a last gasp for retaining the original underneath-- there's always baseboard instead of--- eeeewww- rugging up the wall a la hotel.

I do not think you are crazy but consider the source. :~)

My sis once had one of those sunken-pit issues. She solved it by moving. :~) Her next apartment had a worse issue-- which she had to solve with sleepers. Thus the background for my startlingly clear info. :~) Plus I had a great happy crying jag and prayer this AM.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 08:22 PM

Susan, great minds think alike! I had also thought about simply putting in a support system of beams and flooring through the room, though that would mean quite a space for critters, dust, and stuff to accumulate underneat. But if I don't do concrete, I may well do this. Seriously. This is a very good idea, thanks for the confirmation of that.

If I put in concrete, it would be permanent. I have this gorgeous wood paneling in that room, but it all stops 6" above the floor, and when there was carpeting in here, it ran up the wall that far. I've tiled around the room to cover that 6" bare concrete. Concrete in here would mean it would be flush with the floor surface and would look perfectly normal. And I'd have them put in a very smooth concrete surface, maybe even one that looks like limestone without having to have tile. They can do great things with decorative concrete staining.

Okay. I'm certifiable. I just stepped into the breech and offered to send out Secret Santa assignments on Monday if everyone who is participating will contact me by late on Sunday. I've set up a table in Word and will simply add everyone on one side, then print it out, cut it up, and rearrange the list to make the assignments. If you were part of that, please send me your particulars. If we have any orphans in the thing and you can send a little something extra, let me know and I may call on you to come to the rescue.

I love the Secret Santa stuff and hate to see it just die this year. So, here I am.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 01:21 PM

SRS, one way it can be done without potentially-extensive demo is to frame a new floor on top of the existing, shimming to level as they go, add a new subfloor underlayment and flooring material over top of that, and re-marry the new floor to the existing walls with basebards.

This means less demo for you and the resale option of the sunken floor, without tearing out material that will be hard to remove if it was installed properly to being with-- and if it was, then you will have quite the mess.

Unless you seek an in-floor heated floor system, I'd frame.

You would want to determine the relative cost of filling that 6" solidly with concrete (they can add fiberglass/other fiber to reduce weight), or with the framed wood.

If you have access to reclaimed wood (I'd do it here with shipping pallets), and bamboo flooring, you're not only ahead on money but on being Green by going with the framing approach. But either can work--

There are new products all the time-- one I saw recently was a glue to bond new concrete to old, so maybe that can work to go on top of your existing tile? It probably depends on the finish of the tile-- gloss or matte.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 12:37 PM

My next door neighbor was in the back part of her yard this morning and the dogs were barking at her. I saw her and walked out, and she said she'd gone out to see what they were barking at before they started barking at her. I think now that the dogs have seen us talking for a while (and I took out some treats) they won't bark at her again.

Our over the fence talk was interesting, and we find we both would love to fill in the "den" that is a 6" step down into one room in our houses. In the 1970s it was trendy to put a sunken den, but it is such a tripping hazard. She's having some concrete work done on the driveway next week, and I mentioned that I'd love to fill it, so she's going to ask her guy, or give me a call when he's there and I'll go ask. Probably can't afford to do it now, and if I have to pull up the tile there's no way I'd do it soon. If they could pour concrete over tile, though it might be worth it. I'd love a level floor (it's not level now, and I didn't level when I put in the tile).

I re-shot the compact photos, this time on a different background in daylight with the camera set in a macro setting so I was farther back from it. This lets the focal plane be a little deeper and the whole thing is in focus.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Alice
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 12:25 PM

Congratulations, Andrea!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 11:26 AM

Emily, hubby, baby, and dog arrive Monday. She is a strong woman who already reminds me of my son's wife, who I like VERY much. A very young, new mom totally in the best tradition of matriarchs.

Faulkner has hosted foster dogs before but not a male-- so his training on THAT is underway. (They'll meet on leashes.)

By the time they arrive, email will have handled most of their wants and all of their needs, just like it has worked for traveling Mudcatters on the way here. Bandmate Ed agreed to help with transition/orientation to take the load off Hardi, who may arrive home after Emily does-- and who does not need to do MY job (landlady) while I am gone next week.

Gee, "I love it when a plan comes together." One more trip up those stairs tomorrow-- and their space is "ready enough" even on the really short notice involved.

[celebrating] MY PLAN WORKED!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 08:30 AM

One box at a time. Keep your vision of how you want the space to be, before yourself as you work, and be kind o yourself. You marched through this process but now you get to work at your own pace. ENJOY the new place.... but the boxes will stay boxed till you open them. :~) Pause frequently to pat yourself on the back. :~) Or as one popular cartoon here puts it-- don't forget to stop and eat the roses.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mouldy
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 04:42 AM

I will be up to my eyeballs in boxes, so I think that a second major de-clutter will have to happen. Just been online and got the mail redirection set up. Can't change the address on my car insurance till Monday, because they are "updating" their system. Can't get through to BT to set up a land-line yet, as there's a queue, and the removals people's office is shut for the weekend; but I've left a message.

Anyway, I am off to get my hair permed in a few minutes, so a lot will have to be left till Monday or Tuesday.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 12:36 AM

I just did that with a butternut a couple of nights ago, SRS. Yummy stuff. I didn't eat squash until I met Rog's mom and she made some for a holiday. I took a little bit to be polite and found out I really LIKE it!:-) I had an acorn the other day, but it went bad before I could cook it...really fast, I'd only had it 2-3 days.

We will try to get back to doing a few things, tomorrow. I took Rog to work about 1130a, today, then went on to Target for a couple of things, then across the road to get cat food, then back to get Rog. Picked Morgan up after school and took him home about 1.5 hours later. He's going to come help with trash and cleaning a bit this weekend. I've been keeping up with the laundry, but that's about it, this week. I told Rog if we wrap him up like a mummy for Halloween/his b-day, I get to wear a chauffeur's outfit!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 12:16 AM

Since I had confirmation that a check I had to send through the county child support office won't be cashed (we both wanted to get these stupid folks at the county off our backs, so I sent a check that they sent to my ex, but he's letting me keep the cash because I used it for gas to take our son to Arizona to school) I was able to go grocery shopping. I hit the produce section pretty hard, and among the veggies and fruits, I picked up a lovely organic acorn squash. I baked it tonight, same as earlier in the week - I don't know exactly what the explanation might be, but these baked squash are like a fast track to my childhood. Mom used to fix a lot of squash when we were kids, and I guess you could say that I'm from a winter squash climate. I didn't have much to do with the bent neck type until I lived here in Texas. (Zucchini is another story - they grow huge in the Pacific Northwest). I can happily scoop the baked squash out of the skin like ice cream out of a pint tub. :)

More activity on eBay. I'll list the compact tomorrow morning. I'm going to take one more shot at a couple of good photos with the best lighting, so I'll take a fabric backing outside in daylight.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 04:33 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, ANDREA!!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 04:30 PM

I just love this house. No other place I have ever lived would let a decrep like me unload four 7-gal containers (56 lbs each) out of my van so easily-- it's backed up against the front steps so it's a drag-and-let-down gently piece of (pant-pant-pant) cake. Hardi will be so surprised to see so much winter water already on hand here without his help to fetch it-- and can drag it inside next week before the Overnight Freezes begin in earnest.

And I net a now-cleared-out van to pack over the weekend for my trip, with room to sleep in it to boot. A little declutz needed in the van, a little reload of bedding, and zoom-zoom. With time to spare.

TBTG! Or YMMV (namaste)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 03:30 PM

Wonderful news, Andrea! This really went so very quickly! Do you think you'll be up to your eyeballs in boxes for a while, or will you have a few comfy corners ready to go for the holidays? Or are you so organized as to move in the furniture, put it in place, and be ready to live in the entire house immediately?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 03:18 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: mouldy
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 02:43 PM

I am now the proud owner of a terraced house in Northumberland!
I have also de-cluttered my credit cards with the sudden influx of funds, so for the moment I am debt free!

I'm picking up the keys on Monday, and plan to spend a few days next week up and down the A1, bending the cards again with diesel refills for the Volvo, and carting the stuff that couldn't go into storage up north - including the cat! I plan to take him up on Friday, and perhaps spend the weekend there. I will have to see if they can deliver my stuff the following week. It will give me chance to maybe sort out any problems before the place fills up.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 12:50 PM

Sorry, Jeri, I have that market cornered AND cluttered. Ya know why? Because I am not yet old enough to start posts off with, BITE ME. I often suspect that I simply need to hang around you more often. :~) Or at least just get older.

Hm, another name change...... naw. Take too long.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 11:36 AM

Jeri...LOL!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 11:30 AM

I was at work until today, and the temperature was in the 70s (F, which is above 21 C to all you Celcioids). Now, I'm home and it's autumn again. I thought I was going to have to change my ancient mercury switch thermostat. After I bought a new battery operated one and read the instructions, I took the cover of the old one to check the wires.

I decided to chance turning it on. It hadn't been shutting off at all unless I screwed around with it for a long time, and even then, I didn't know what I'd done to shut it off. I had the cover off and turned the setting up, which tipped the mercury switch and turned the furnace on. Then I screwed around with a little doohickey in the middle that said "long" and some decimals. The mercury switch tipped back and the furnace shut off. I'm guessing the doohickey adjust something in the bi-metallic norglostat that makes it more or less sensitive. I'm guessing I probably screwed something up originally and accidentally just un-screwed it up, or screwed it down or just unembuggered it.

So although I have gained clutter in the form of a brand new battery operated thermostat, I have diminished clutter in the form of mercury having to be properly disposed of, the other bits of the thermostat and future batteries I will not have to use and dispose of, not to mention what might have happened if I'd gotten around to using the drill. There are cuss words I haven't used, walls I haven't destroyed because of wires that haven't accidentally fallen in, bandages I haven't used, trips to the emergency room I've prevented, along with the car accident and subsequent traffic pile-up that didn't happen because I wasn't trying to drive with a screwdriver sticking out of my hand. In short, I might have prevented the apocalypse.

No need for thanks. Glad to do it.

(It strikes me that decluttering something in my life means I get to clutter the thread big time, but I suppose it's worth it.)


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 11:17 AM

Up early this morning, dishes & daily laundry done (might do extra laundry later...shower curtain, sheets, etc), floors swept, lunch packed for DH, breakfast made, baby fed, repair man here for the pellet stove and am currently catching Jeremiah's montage up to date (time sure does fly).

I was reading this morning and stumbled upon a quote that I really like and maybe thought maybe some of you (who are working on accountibility issues) might like it too!

"I'm not beautiful like you. I'm beautiful like me."
---Joy Drop, "Beautiful"

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 10:23 AM

It was still more like summer than fall here in Texas when the thread started, but today when I got dressed I put a long sleeve shirt on over my t-shirt. First day for that. It's lovely outside and this morning the dogs are sitting in sunny spots in the yard, soaking up the rays. After months of spending time in the shade. The back looks great, and unless we get another really heavy rain and then some warming after, I think the lawn will stay short as it goes dormant soon.

Tons to do today for work. I'll come up for air occasionally.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 10:20 AM

RE: Monday: Get ready for my departure A day extra! Probably a casualty of ministry, too.

In fact it WILL be a well-used day, and sort of a casualty of ministry: a totally unexpected arrival (called ydy during lunch) is due for a month's stay with baby, dog, and hubby. She happened to catch me before I rearranged the attic room for hunters. Good thing Adrian tacked down tose cords Wenesday! I had ALL the info on hand to email her despite my email breaking down-- because I had stashed most of it right here. So when son resets my password I can pick up where i left off. Multiple redundancy works. :~) Some of you are gonna need that when you get a little fuhthah into your own geezerhood, and be sure to remember who told you. :~)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 06:07 AM

(((Mary)))

I can relate!

===

Updates below are set off in italics for son's reading convenience. (He's been calling me nightly to check on me and was not able last night but was able to look here.)

Monday: Landing sitting room part 1; regular upstrs chores
Took large empty box up to use in sorting, ydy. (Brought one large item down that I need elsewhere.) Took before pix this AM. Going back up shortly for chores. AM studies AWESOME with new resources. One load of laundry soaking. A bit left to put away (mostly done).

Tuesday: Sitting room part 2, next pix for attic room, trash-- lunch and POOL in town. Did some on each of these. Landing needs Hardi's step next.

Wednesday: MRI and doc visit; more laundry, clean dnstrs loo Adrian came and did the loo part and much more, TBTG. BP had not really moved much but MRI went well.

Thursday: Vac office, hallway, & sitting room, POTTER COUNTY visit for water/see friend. Thursday's plan was what I have come to call a "casualty of ministry. I am not the casualty, but sometimes my plans are when they are pre-empted. The task not done was my office, but it doesn't really bother anyone but me and I am using dnstrs spaces for many office tasks, this week at least. It's cold up there and not yet so cold I want to run expensive heat. Fine for sleeping. (Not fine for settin' around over books. Too bad, another neat study resource floated into present time.... I brought it down... another arrived in ydy's mail with more on the way out of the *scholarship* bucks that arrived.)

Friday: Clean laundry room Also done by Adrian. I get to clean up after myself dnstrs instead, LOL, and do the dishes or some other faskinatin' wifely thing.

Saturday: Police porches LOL, this will include very little work but much fresh air and unloading water jugs WAY too heavy for me. I bet the Ninja will find his phone msg today and bop over to see what I had called about. Or his dad will see me unloading and stop to lend a hand. It often works like that around here. :~)

Sunday: Pack for my W Va. trip On schedule!!!

Monday: Get ready for my departure A day extra! Probably a casualty of ministry, too.

Friend happens to be coming into town, will spend one afternoon at his place I hope. Done! Ed came along!

The new scooter is in the works. The old scooter which works for very brief periods at a time will probably be donated to the church for use inside it, as was originally going to be one of its many uses. The new one will live at home-- it's a 4-wheel model I can get onto the porch for myself and is able to be left outside in winter. That will happen when Hardi gets back and will further declut and winterize the front porch. LOL, the heated garage we always wanted. We'll need a good bike lock to lock up the snowblower.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 12:57 AM

My screen sat open for a long time before I posted. That kind of decluttering, Mary, can be very complicated. Good luck.


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 12:19 AM

Back from some shopping; had a couple of good coupons (dollars off total purchase, not off of particular items) at a discount store where I get a lot of this stuff already.

Laundry is put away that was folded yesterday, groceries put away. Our little "dog world" is re-stuffed for the cool weather (I put hay back into the dog houses in the stall in the garage). They love that hay.

The heat isn't turned on yet in the house, but that day will come soon.

Found more about enamel and chrome compacts, will list it soon. My page of auctions has the pleasant green entries of a couple of bids.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 10:36 PM

I decluttered my ex-true love Patrick Fantastic. Ran into an old friend from college and had dinner with him and it turns out he and PF go hiking together still. Well, maybe it is more recluttered but I think I can put some old ghosts to rest now. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 09:01 PM

Oh I fergot-- I went to see friend today/fetch water, so what did he do-- filled and loaded all the jugs for me including HIS enormous jugs he lent us till spring. I left here with 10 empty gallons and came home with 30+ gallons of NFU water. He also lent me his personal copy of Gasland-- his DVD recorder is broken so I owe him bigtime for lending us that.

I decluttered a complicated parochial matter today with another friend. A timely intervention.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 08:34 PM

Here's a link to his newsletter talking about peat moss.

I mowed and trimmed the back yard this evening, and that may well be the last time I'll have to. Since I don't water back there unless it is mid-summer and really dry and I want a portion of the grass green for the dogs, I don't water at all.

There was a Thanksgiving about six or seven years ago when the whole gang that gets together was at my house (I'd gotten far enough along in the year and a half since moving in to have people over) and I mowed the back yard right around Halloween. It stayed looking like that for months. I hadn't planted much in that first year; I had moved out an incredible pile of dead trees, limbs, brush, and weeds, so a simple mowed lawn was a luxury. Thanksgiving was one of those wonderful sepia-toned fall days, and once the house was ready, as an afterthought, I put two patio chairs side by side, angled a little toward each other, about 1/3 of the way down the yard (it's quite long). Every so often that afternoon and evening I'd glance out and see a couple of people seated out there visiting. It was a wonderful feeling, to know that space was inviting.

The kitchen counter has been collecting stuff for a few days. I'll clear it this evening.

I got my exercise with the mowing, and today for lunch I had my daily quota of carbs. The books says 2 slices of bread a day; in this case, I stopped by a little Chinese takeout chain at the mall and got fried rice as the side with broccoli beef and kung pao chicken. I'll avoid the orange chicken because of the breading and grease (but I do love it). After reading about what really goes into chicken nuggets (only about 50% of the "meat" is actually chicken) I'll check and see what the ingredient list is before getting it again. I think they use real meat, but I want to be sure. Fish for dinner.

My sinuses aren't happy after that dust and grass, and I think I inhaled a bug. I'll use the neti pot in a few minutes.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 06:28 PM

SRS,

   Thanks for sharing the tip about the peat moss! We have an unheated mud room and we store things in there, often in a closet that is slated to soon have built in shelves for more storage space for potatoes, squash, etc. :)

    Chili is simmering in the crockpot, potatoes are baking, corn bread ingredients assembled (to be made right before dinner), candles are lit and I just finished dusting the living room. It's nice in here!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 06:16 PM

Great image, Susan lobbing eggs at police cars! I will savor that one. :)

:~) Ain't?

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 05:51 PM

I see what I was looking at - the new calendar for January is on the wall behind the current calendar, and it is larger. They're both partially blocked because I haven't relocated the calendar since moving a cabinet, so the TV is partly blocking it. Sunday is Halloween. And that makes payday one day earlier!!! ;-D

I voted today. I'm so very tired of all of the ads and the conversation that I'm simply not turning on the television or radio much. Good time to read a book and revisit my music collection.

Sinuses are registering a weather change; I think it should remain clear, but tonight there will be frost warnings in outlying areas. I brewed a small pot of jasmine tea this afternoon in one of the kitchen gadgets I inherited from Dad, one of those French press things for making coffee. It also works for tea. Soon it will be weather for hot baths and cooking soups and stews. Something to look forward to!

Found a tip on my garden guru's site today. He doesn't recommend using peat moss in the yard, but one good use he has identified is for storing root veggies. Especially if you don't have a root cellar in which to keep them. Dark and dry and in a tub of peat moss is the next best thing for around here, apparently. Works for garlic, and I hope it works for onions also, because that's what I find is hardest to store (I haven't grown potatoes yet an I don't do enough carrots to worry about storing them).

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: Alice
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 04:21 PM

Rocky Horror Picture Show is a big deal on campus here right before Halloween. I've never been to it, but I know a lot of people getting ready to "jump to the left" and go in costume.

I've had a busy week getting things done. Took in the last of the pots/planters that had petunias.

Since Saturday night, uploaded 3 pages of images (50 in all) to the Directory of Illustration. CLICK

Walked my absentee ballot over to the courthouse (only 5 blocks).
Paid the annual city tree trim and street cleaning tax.
Off to the eye doc this afternoon for check up.

Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: October+ fall declutter & accountability
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 03:59 PM

Got a nice email from a friend late this morning wanting to go for an afternoon walk with our babies. :) We did 2 miles in the hilly section of town. Oxygenated cells = death to cancer cells. :) I feel GOOD!

Also...bathroom got scrubbed down earlier this morning, walls included.

Michelle


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