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Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012

Stilly River Sage 01 Dec 12 - 02:09 PM
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Subject: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 12 - 02:09 PM

The year has flown by. I've been very busy at work and had less time to work on things at the house, making the time I have to work at the house more precious.

It's time to liberate the dining room table from all of the playbills stacked there, and it is time to finish some of the other projects that will not only add to comfort, they will make zones in the house look more interesting.

Maryanne asked in the November thread about my greenhouse. I have a smallish plastic (PVC) portable building I dismantled and brought to my yard when my friend Dean was foreclosed upon and lost his house. It's about 8 x 12 and is very cute. I need to stabilize the corners because it is set on a dirt and gravel area and not concrete (the preferred setup).

I have a long break at the end of the month, but I want to have some things out of the way before that break, not save everything up to try to do then. I've been adding more exercise and eating healthier and need to keep moving in that direction to become more fit and to lose weight. I don't want to leave this as a New Year's resolution - this is something I'm seriously working on now.

What about everyone else?

November 2012 thread.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 01 Dec 12 - 02:18 PM

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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: MAG
Date: 01 Dec 12 - 05:06 PM

I inherited a greenhouse kit that was left in my new (to me) garage -- there is really no place to put it, tho' I'd love to have it set up -- my nackyard is the one thing I miss about where I used to live --


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 12 - 05:34 PM

What is going on in your front yard, or along the sides? Is there a place to put it there?

I have a batch of beans simmering, early stages yet. Cooked 2 minutes, let soak for an hour, then refilled with water and it has simmered for an hour so far. I didn't have a ham hock so I used some bacon and it smells pretty good.

Decluttering bank account to pay monthly bills, running errands, walking dogs. Those are on my evening list of things to do. Laundry is partly finished, and I could hang it on the line today it is so warm out there.

My $2 ticket didn't win that big lottery this week so I must continue to live frugally. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: GUEST,Wysiguest
Date: 02 Dec 12 - 10:51 AM

Can you put a link here to the surgery thread, Maggie?

~S~

Here it is.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Dec 12 - 10:54 AM

Last night Moonglow and her dad came by - they had gone out to a stage performance and she parked at my house so should wouldn't have to drive all the way to his. And when they returned my pot of beans was just about ready so at 11pm I ended up setting up the rice cooker and giving them beans and rice. Not the evening of decluttering I had planned, but a nice visit!

I grilled eggplant on the gas grill last night - it's fast and easy - and mashed it before adding lemon juice and then put it in the freezer. Breakfast this morning is pita and baba ghanouj - and fruit. Very nice!

I'll play catch-up this morning.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Dec 12 - 09:24 PM

The leaves that were piled up against the curb in front of the house have been scooped (using an over-sized dust pan) and piled in many heaps in my vegetable garden area. During that exercise I picked up leaves but tried to leave the acorns on the road, so I could go back and sweep what was left into a different bin and take it to the compost.

Laundry is finished, and the kitchen is clean. I'm going to work on the buffet for a bit, watch a program, then call it a night. I'm trying to stop the late nights and favor getting work done early in the morning.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Dec 12 - 09:35 PM

The tablets are kicking in and I am doing better...enough so that i dusted the hall and LR, scrubbed the bathroom and did some laundry. My main goal, though, is to get back to work on editing my books.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Dec 12 - 09:03 AM

Started this morning by de-cluttering a small brandy snifter. Slipped out of my (rather full) hands while aiming towards the radio to turn it on for Tom -- I have a whole dance routine I go through when I come downstairs to turn the house on for Tom), fell on the floor and, of course, smashed. Fortunately, I have two more. I like the small size as it of necessity keeps my nightcaps small.

Actually, I'd already been filing letters from the '90s and making notations to put on the calendars in my archives.

Yesterday was more or less unproductive. I again woke up way too early. Finished a book, then declared the day to be a pajama day. Did get a nap later that gave me a little bit of energy for a long phone conversation later comparing notes and giving encouragement to a friend juggling work and being caregiver for her husband. Then got a surprise email from a total stranger wanting to know if some of her ancestors are related to some of mine. Gave her some info off the top of my head and now I have to find the mimeographed "buch" I've actually had in my hands within the past month but is now totally lost in the piles of papers, notebooks, etc. covering the bedroom floor (which I HAVE to do something with REAL SOON to make the bedroom safe for Tom to come back up before we get a Christmas tree.

Arghhh!!!

Saturday I goofed off and visited with a friend in Portsmouth and drank wine and petted her totally floozy dog who doesn't like most women, but loves me and floozes with his head in my lap so I can rub his belly. But I DID get rid of two bags of Christmas stuff I've been trying to find homes for.

Now if I can just find someone who wants a 5-foot tall inflatable bottle of Lauder's Scotch...

Enough... I've got work to do!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 12 - 09:28 AM

Put it on eBay, Linn. You'll be amazed when you search on advertising ephemera what people will purchase.

I need to organize and donate the collection and get it off my table soon. No waiting till the last minute (like December isn't already the last minute in the tax year?)

Big meeting coming up on Friday. All eyes are on that this week.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Dec 12 - 06:52 PM

I did check, Stilly. Similar items bring maybe 10 bucks.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Dec 12 - 09:42 PM

December already? Wasn't it just Halloween?

I have rearranged the living room to accommodate the 7.5 foot Christmas tree. The lights are on but it is not decorated just yet. Jeremiah loves the lights. :) I also did some rearranging in the bathroom so that my very large drying rack fits as it's getting too cold to hang laundry outside. It was gorgeous today and will be tomorrow too and I'd love to hang things out, however it is hunting season and the sound of gunshot is too close for comfort.

I cleaned off the table and today I did 2 loads of dishes...still have another to go. I cleaned out some cupboards and had lots of plastic ware that really needed a good cleaning...so that's what I did.

Yesterday I made a Christmas tree skirt or possibly a table cloth for the kitchen table. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. :)

That's it for now. Jeremiah is getting so he likes to help Mommy...especially with putting silverware away (after Mommy puts all the knives up and away). We are working on having all the toys picked up from the living room floor before he goes to bed at night. He likes to organize so we have saved these really big jugs that animal crackers come in (from BJ's Wholesale) and he puts his small cars in one and legos in another. :) All big toys go in the toy box and books in another box.

He's growing so fast and talking up a storm....life is going on at full speed and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Love to all,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 12 - 11:01 PM

When will he start school, Michelle?

Very busy day today, one that battered the spirit a bit. Lots of good things were done, but one favor went awry (why, if you tell someone that you'll see if a date and time are available for an event in one of your event rooms does the person assume it is and tell everyone else? The room turns out not to be available because an event already scheduled there will last longer than I thought.) By quitting time today all I could offer to the last person who brought it up was that "no good deed goes unpunished." Her answer was "especially if it wasn't your deed." But I wasn't doing anyone else's job, I had been asked a question by someone from campus, I simply asked a couple of questions and forwarded the information over to the person who does the job. Sheesh. This co-worker is dying a slow death of inoperable cancer, punctuated by bouts of chemo to prolong her life. She has been very busy and I tried to give her all of the information to make her decision on the room a little easier. Events intruded, and I don't need the others sniping about it, my co-worker and I cleared it up.

It's only Monday of what looks like a VERY LONG WEEK.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Dec 12 - 11:28 PM

{{{{{{{HUGS-SRS}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 12 - 09:47 AM

Thanks. I decided to work at the house today and stay out of the line of fire. I'll be over there all of the rest of the week.

It's cooling off a bit today, it should feel more like December by the end of the week. If I'm really organized I'll get out the lights and put them on a tree out front before it gets really cold.

There seem to be no flat surfaces in my office not covered with paper, so my decluttering today is clear: organize, file, recycle.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 04 Dec 12 - 05:00 PM

Jeremiah goes to *school* 2 days a week for 4 hours or so....it gives him time to play with other children, do some crafts, etc. He is only 2 1/2 so regular school is a few years away. :)

Today I learned how to put a binding on a quilt and later had lunch with an old friend I haven't seen in awhile. Both things went very well and I enjoyed myself.

I didn't do any chores yet. I'm dreading making dinner because I'm not hungry and don't feel like cooking. Also, I didn't get anything out to unthaw. It might be a soup and bread kind of dinner tonight. :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 12 - 06:55 PM

When that kind of evening approaches, I find that making breakfast for dinner is very satisfying, and a pleasant surprise for the kids.

The thing I like about blanket binding is that you can take an old blanket that looks ready to retire but add a crisp strip of binding to each end it suddenly has many more years of service ahead of it. And the older blankets are the ones that feel so good on the bed or as a throw on the couch or lounger.

I spent the afternoon watching training videos we have available through work. I should be greedy and watch as many of these as I can since it doesn't cost us anything since there is a site contract. It is a pleasure to finish one of them and realize I now can do a better job of using software that until now has been under-utilized.

Now to turn my attention to activity for tomorrow. Baking another batch of those cranberry bars, and digging out holiday ornaments. Even if the weather isn't cooperating, the calendar says it is time to act like xmas is near. While I'm at it, digging through ornaments, I need to set aside those that are truly retired and either donate (if they work) or toss (if they don't). Old electrical devices, in particular.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Dec 12 - 08:53 PM

Tomorrow my #1 son is 53. Oh, the things I remember like it was yesterday. But I can still remember yesterday - if I work at it!

Made our veggie chili yesterday and it is almost gone already. Now black beans in slow cooker for soup/dip or I just put it on a bowl of broccoli - yum! I'll start another batch of chili tomorrow. It is so easy when R comes home at unusual times. Also did a big pot of stewed apples, another staple. I throw some, and some cranberries, in porridge or pancakes or on French toast or just plain apples.

I also de-cluttered by bank account - paying the bills.

Today I had to go renew my driver's license - new photo. Accidentally took two numbers so when an acquaintance came along, I gave him one. And arranged to go to his shop tomorrow to get the money he owes me for pots! While I had been waiting for my turn, I walked down the street - trash day - and found a gold coloured table cloth for the thrift shop, a loose leaf photo album with Renoir on front (needed) and two short wooden stands which can be used on table of pottery booth to hang the ornaments I have not yet made. And later, a clothes hamper - round metal frame could be an interesting stand for a vine sort of plant - like bougainvilla.

Then to the Market for a few things - large basket of "natural" apples - not certified organic but working on it, some cheeses, veggies and two of those wonderful choc/cranberry loaves - one into freezer. Did a tour of the market to see what else is there as I had not done that for a while. No surprises.

Arranged for a cord of stove wood for the cabin to be delivered Thursday. Planted 15 daffodil bulbs in this thaw. Today was "warm" and sunny! A couple above freezing days were nice but it is dropping again tomorrow. R came home for a quick supper and then rushed down to the sawmill to do a task needful before the freeze. Hope he gets home safely - over two hours driving plus however long the task should take. He came close to putting his eye out today, walked into a pipe, broke his glasses.

This FB stuff is taking too long and is like a drug. Maybe if I had more energy I would stop and do else. Still not quite right since last week's food episode.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 05 Dec 12 - 11:35 AM

I'm in the middle of one of those "it's complicated" de-clutterings. Tom wants to use the bedroom upstairs before we get a Christmas tree in about a week and a half.

Since he's been sleeping downstairs, his side of the bed is covered with telephone, notebooks, calendar, books, magazines, unsorted papers. The floor is covered with piles of books, piles of notebooks, boxes of papers, boxes of photographs, more piles of books (because I had to repair the built-in bookcase), two big bags of cowboy boots and shoes he wants to keep (the bags of cowboy boots I need to sell are downstairs), and other miscellaneous ephemera in varying degrees of organization.

Okay, I just started in the logical place -- the bookcase just outside the bedroom door. In taking the stuff off that's piled on top so I can fill the top shelf (I've de-accessioned a bunch of stuff), I had to clean out between the bookcase and the built-in bookcase on the wall. (The little bookcase backs up to the solid side of the stair railing.) That's opened up a bookshelf I haven't seen in years -- so I have to do something about that.

See what I mean?

After that's done, I'll pull everything out of the Christmas boxes which are temporarily in the bedroom (taking up even more floor space). Since I've recently de-accessioned decorations, I think I can consolidate what's left into two boxes instead of four.

Then I HAVE to do some errands -- pick up my meds, check that grocery store for items I couldn't get at my primary store, stop at the post office and mail a package to my sister and, if I'm really organized, one to my secret santee (I just have to find a box and finish the letter; I just ran out the label), if not, then tomorrow. And go to my preferred grocery store for a couple necessary items.

I'd like to think that by the time I get home, I'll do some more organizing in the bedroom, but what is a LOT more likely is that I'll finish the last 40 pages in one of the books I'm reading and then read a bit in one of the others.

Gotta go put shoes over these socks so I can go down cellar and find a box and bring up a couple things to take up to the FREE sign.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 05 Dec 12 - 08:09 PM

Well. Found and labelled the box to send stuff to my sister, got my meds picked up and some stuff found that I couldn't get at my regular grocery store (plus packaging tape so I can mail that package), paid the mortgage, stopped at the hardware store so THEY could get the battery compartment open on the flashlight that needed batteries so I got new batteries (and bought another flashlight just like it for the car -- don't tell Curmudgeon), got the few groceries I needed, and went to the post office to mail the package to my sister.

But when I got home I had to go back upstairs and attack the bookcase in front of the bedroom door. I had left piles of books blocking the bedroom door, more piles on the bed, and had a really interesting time getting into the bedroom with almost no floorspace in the hall in front of the door.

It wasn't easy and I'm going to ache tomorrow, but it's now not only better organized (shelves on BOTH bookcases), but there's now only one tall pile of smallish books tucked into the corner on the floor. When Tom comes upstairs, it shouldn't prove an obstacle or danger.

Also found stuff (from seminars on typography and page layout that I've given and newsletters I've written) to file in my yearly ephemera files.

Made Italian sausage, onion and pepper with provolone and lots of mayo sandwiches for supper with enough sautéed peppers and onions left over for the pizza Tom wants to make tomorrow night.

And did some research and also dug out a magnifying glass to be able to send the information on my circa 1957 Noblet/Normandy clarinet to a friend who may be able to find a buyer for me.

Now I'm grabbing a wee dram and going upstairs to finish the last 40 pages of a book...after I move some more stuff off the bed. Sigh.

It's like those little games we had as kids, the little flat ones with the numbered squares and the one empty square. And you were supposed to move them all around to put them in order. Organizing my house is like that. The problem is...I don't have an empty square.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 12 - 11:20 AM

That's an analogy I've used frequently, Linn. The stuff and papers on all flat surfaces problem.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: MAG
Date: 06 Dec 12 - 12:41 PM

I remember a photo I snaooed once: taped it to my desk w/ the note:

clean spot on mary ann's desk; and the date


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 12 - 01:14 AM

Kind of beating up on yourself with that photo you describe!

Tomorrow is the largest meeting of the year of a group that meets in our library. It'll be a busy hectic day but hopefully when it is over I can enjoy the weekend - and that includes a trip to the airport to pick up my son. :)

The house is a shambles. I'll have to do something about that.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 07 Dec 12 - 09:10 AM

My primary theory of housekeeping is that if you have a lot of really interesting stuff, nobody notices the house is a freaking mess.

Worked the other day. Last year Community Action weatherized our house. We got a new furnace, a few windows, the cellar was insulated and the whole place was sealed and tightened. That was over a year ago. All of a sudden somebody figured the inspector for the town should take a look at the cellar insulation. (And it's a good thing, I guess, I've been doing some major decluttering in the cellar.) So the guy shows up right on time, Tom invites him in and he immediately glommed on to the vintage globe in a wooden cradle in the entry passage (which is more like an L off the main living area). The globe is circa 1940s -- India before Partition, etc. Then he spotted the 16th century bill hook and the boar spear and a few other polearms and spears we have kicking around. (The 16th c. main gauche that we used to cut our wedding cake hangs on a post right around the corner from a 13th century poignard.)

And he went down cellar and pronounced it good. (Which it is.) Came upstairs for a bit more conversation about Life...the Universe...Everything...with Tom and was gone in about 15 minutes.

The rest of my theory on housekeeping can be summed up in one word -- tarps.

Today I have to try to accomplish what didn't get done yesterday (step two in making the bedroom floor safe for Tom) -- consolidating (and finding storage space for) the boxes of Christmas stuff.

And portable display for some vintage jewelry I'll be taking along to The Press Room to sell.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Dec 12 - 02:16 PM

291.

This is W-Y-S-I-W-Y-G


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Dec 12 - 02:15 PM

I picked up Susie this morning and we drove down to a nut vending company (called Nut Vending, of all things!) to get materials for her gingerbread houses. I picked up a few things for the house and gifts. My house hasn't gotten any neater in the last few days.

I need to apply myself to cleaning the house this evening. I won't be distracted by my favorite PBS programs because we're in a pledge period.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Dec 12 - 03:06 PM

As we reach towards the shortest day, THIS LR NEEDS MORE LIGHT! No sun today so it has been DARK ALL DAY. I bought some more plants yesterday but I can barely see them. I wanted to buy an LED rope yesterday but they are all made in China.

Right now, I am going to the Sally Ann to see what they have in lights.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: MAG
Date: 09 Dec 12 - 06:31 AM

took me all morning to get my kitchen clean and organized to the point where I could make a somewhat elaborate dish for a potluck --

another one on Sunday needing the same dishes, so I HAVE to do them first thing.

small but very well laid out kitchen -- after 20 yrs w/ a galley kitchen, it's bliss.

made it to the gym once this past week; shoulders hurt like hell and I didn't even do anything shoulder heavy.   sigh. a couple more pounds off -- but,after that potluck, who can say??


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 12 - 11:05 AM

I sometimes forget who is who, even though I see the names regularly. I think I have notes - MAG are you still in the same town in the same state as a few years ago when I sent you a t-shirt? And are you on facebook? (I probably ask that every few months - sorry!)

Paperwork today, but I do need to pull out some lights and set up one tree in the front yard as my token contribution to neighborhood lights. It's supposed to get cold overnight, so I also need to set up the heater in the greenhouse. The system I use is to have a plug with an internal switch that only opens the circuit if the temperature gets below 40 degrees. (These are made primarily for well houses to keep the well from freezing, but are also good for greenhouses.) I have an oil radiator out there that will be plugged into that sensor plug and will keep the seedlings and basil warm enough to thrive on the few cold days we have this winter.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 12 - 05:39 PM

A friend called and it looks like the big holiday get-together of our families is at my house this year. Great motivation for clearing up around here!

Winter is arriving this evening, according to the weather folks. I walked the dogs (two walks - I've decided that they all way better if I take the catahoula on her own and the other two together. The catahoula pulls because she's always in competition with the other dogs, but one-on-one with a person she's perfect.) I may walk one morning, the other two evening, etc, to spread it out - and it's good for me to get the extra exercise.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Dec 12 - 09:13 PM

SRS! that plug sounds magical! I'll have to ask R about one for the studio. That would be fantastic.

We may get snow tonight. Snow tires are not mandatory until 15 December which is pretty silly as we often have snow before then. I did mine two weeks ago or so, just to be safe.

Never got those Christmas decorations made. Today was last craft show I'm doing this year. Sold enough to be worthwhile and it was a rather fun day. Drove down to the country from Montreal; after the show I stopped by the cabin to put out food for the animals, check the temp in the studio, drop off stuff that belongs there.

Back to city and had a nice supper with R. Crisis is gradually getting resolved He worked all weekend and hopes to be finished moving stuff by end of week. Then the legal issues .... could take months or years....

A trip away would be nice, she says wistfully.

I got some very cheap lights and three, not as cheap, grow light bulbs, for the plants. A great improvement!! And a nice cushion for this wooden platform rocker - also an improvement!



Need to focus on making new glazes and small test pots and planning instead of just playing around. Today someone wanted a sugar bowl to match... Someone else broke the lid to the butter dish they bought in the summer... I need to be more meticulous about sizing things so lids and bottoms fit interchangeably. Currently have a number of bottoms and a whole bunch of tops, for butter dishes! Some day I hope I get some to fit each other!

So, tomorrow is the day I -again - hope to have the energy to make more pots. After I make more chili - after I go to the store for more onions and bell peppers! If it snows, I will do without the latter. I do not clutter my life with trying to deal with driving in snow if it is not essential. Too many people out there who don't know how.

It just occurred to me that one of those hospital tables - adjustable height that fit over a bed - would be useful so I could work on computer or read while using the exer-cycle. Watching TV is not enough because I currently read during commercials and/or use the computer throughout most of the programming.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 12 - 10:23 PM

Dorothy,

I agree, they are a very clever idea. I have one for the garage and one for the greenhouse. Here are the two I picked up to try out:

Farm INnovators Thermo Cube Thermostatically Controlled Outlet

Easy Heat EH-38 Freeze Thermostatically Controlled Valve and Pipe Heating System. They have a whole bunch of related products, I just got the plug.

Since I have a lot to do before the holiday I figured I'd better start out by taming the kitchen. I scrubbed the corner of the counter where my compost bowl sits (got the bits off the back splash) and cleared out things in the fridge that are too old. It's all in the compost with the usual upper layer of dog droppings policed from the back yard. Once the kitchen is looking good I'll just force myself to keep it that way and work my way into the rest of the house. Since the sink is clear, for example, I can now take the various pieces of crystal off of the mantle and wash each before putting them back in the china cupboard. I'll figure out what I want the holiday decor to look like once it is completely clear. And then there are all of the cardboard boxes in the sun room . . . lots to do around here, but with the pressure on, that makes it easier to get motivated.

Got two dog walks today and I'm back to larger meals in the morning and midday, small in the evening. Despite a season filled with calories, now that I can't eat chocolate I may actually be able to lose some weight this season. That is definitely a mixed blessing!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Dec 12 - 09:16 AM

I'm not sure I did anything constructive yesterday except strip a chicken carcass and prep to make stock today. Oh, I did file a couple things in the morning and make a lovely breakfast for Tom.

Then I ran away from home for a couple hours. Went to the Nottingham Winter Farmers' Market where some friends were playing and did a couple songs with them.

Then I went to a new Irish pub in Dover where a couple other friends have just started a "session" -- sort of an odd session. More like they are the featured musicians, a couple "regular" instrumentalists on the stage, microphones and all for the singers. I was "called up" several times to sing and then the featured performers (with whom I've sung for years) instead of joining me on choruses and accompaniment (which they knew and which they'd promised to do) wandered over to the bar to, I think, eat. Just...odd. Not what I think of as a session. Definitely not like the Press Room sessions.

It was also very strange for me to be performing without Tom.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Dec 12 - 10:14 AM

Even if it was different I hope a good therapeutic day nonetheless, Linn!

The kitchen was a lovely sight this morning, and out the window I was greeted by a little extra white. It froze last night and there were a few flurries to leave a little snow on leaves and surfaces above ground level.

I roasted the last three big eggplants and mashed and froze them. Lots of baba ghannouj this winter and next spring! I cut up some green bell peppers and thought a couple of the red ones were red bells, but they were something hot and my fingers smarted for a while because I wasn't wearing gloves when I cut them. I didn't get all of the peppers cut before some started to mold (darn! I hate it when that happens!) so there is more to go in the compost today.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Dec 12 - 02:06 PM

Feeling a bit stretched already today...

Thanks to the weather (overcast, drippy), I actually slept until 7:45 this morning. Got up and did early morning stuff -- get Tom his coffee, email, contests, check here and Facebook... Took a cup of tea upstairs to read my way into the day (and probably pet a cat or two). Body wanted to stay put but my brain was all over the place, so started putting ephemera already page protected and sorted by year into my binders. And pulled everything out of the cubby in the bathroom (piled the plastic drawers temporarily onto the shower stool in the tub) and checked the cold water shutoff -- it's still frozen. Sprayed more WD-40 on it. Shutting off the water to the house is the option for when a friend can fix the drizzle in the tub faucet.) By then it was going on noon and I figured I'd better actually get dressed and do some of the stuff on my list.

Retrieved from the deck the shelf braces that a friend cut and dropped off for me yesterday while I was out. As soon as I get them installed, I can get all the multiple piles of books in the bedroom off the floor and reshelved. (Which will give me enough maneuvering space on the floor to find places for the rest of the clutter and make the bedroom safe for Tom to walk into.)

Meanwhile I got a chicken carcass, a bunch of veggies, etc. into a pot and started brewing stock (for the freezer), troubleshooted a website vs. computer problem for a friend, made lunch, got the dishes out of the dishwasher and more put in, got a few more Christmas cards ready to mail, and shooed the cat (Rufus, who else) off the windowsill (where there is absolutely NO room for him at all) about 37 times, put some stuff away...I dunno. Feel as if I've done more. Oh, getting the seeds out of two pomegranates without getting juice on the table, anything ON the table or me.

Yes, I took my St. John's wort...

Now to call my friend and tell him it's his computer, not the website (and find out if, perhaps, it might be better to visit his wife tomorrow when I'm not quite as...whatever it is I'm feeling).

Oh, it's only two o'clock...

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Dec 12 - 07:15 PM

Glorious batch of chicken stock in the freezer in 2-cup bags. The rest is strained and in the fridge -- I'll deal with it tomorrow (including freezing it as cubes).

Got errands done this afternoon and came home and actually was able to goof off for about an hour (reading).

Came downstairs and reheated yesterday's fried rice for supper (after adding some more water chestnuts).

Did some piddly computer "housekeeping" and I think now it's time for cake...

G'night! Was a pretty productive day even if I didn't get the books reshelved in the bedroom bookcase.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Dec 12 - 08:39 PM

THANK YOU, SRS! I will take a good look, with R, to see if I can triage stuff or just have to keep the whole space above freezing. R uses heat wires in a building, just on water pipes but no gadget to turn them off when not needed. These look very useful.

Huge batch of veggie chili made and now need to make space in freezer and frig!

Rearranged some of the K today for more counter space. Roasted some sunflower seeds for healthier snacking. Washed bed clothes; will put them back on shortly. Bottom sheet was dead so will make non-paper towels out of it. Handy for small clean ups and washable; saves on paper towels.

Snow/rain/mess today. Better part of valor - stay home! Again frivoled too much of the afternoon on the internet - pottery, animal concerns and a bit of other.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Dec 12 - 10:41 AM

Yesterday I plugged in the yellow Easy Heat cube. Last night I looked out the back door and through the greenhouse window could see the glow of the cube letting me know the heater was on. Just the way it's supposed to work. It got down to the teens last night. What a turnaround - we were in the 80s last week. I haven't set up the garage heater yet so the dogs stayed in. (They love it - but they are outside dogs and a generally acclimated to the weather.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: MAG
Date: 11 Dec 12 - 04:43 PM

sitting here feeling grumpy 'cause I'm waiting on the Maytag repairman.

machine has never performed as advertised, and I finally got someone to concede I'm right, and then went through another menu to get a repairman out, blocking out the entire afternoon.

Now there will be another fight if they do not want to honor the 10 year warranty on parts.

and hoping the repairman will document that a part has never worked.


grr.

have a sugar hangover since Sunday; a reminder I really can't eat the stuff for so many reasons.

at least I'm getting more indoor chores done.

MA


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Dec 12 - 07:13 PM

Last year, thanks to a very generous friend, we were able to replace the dishwasher that died about eight years ago or so (maybe longer -- it was before the year where the refrigerator died in February, the clothes washer in April, the hot water heater in July and then we had to put a new roof on the house in December).

We bought the least expensive Kenmore from Sears. According to Consumer Reports, it was better in every way than the more expensive machines by other manufacturers (and, for the money, better than the more expensive Kenmores).

And we have been exceptionally pleased with it right from the get-go. Energy efficient, cleans exceptionally well, is designed well, and I just can't believe how QUIET it is.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Dec 12 - 08:17 PM

We just found out our new hot water heater has been saving us about $40 per month on utility bills!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Dec 12 - 08:50 AM

Each appliance has made a major contribution towards cutting the electric bill. And switching to compact fluorescents from incandescent bulbs has also made a noticeable difference.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Dec 12 - 10:52 AM

I've been working in our kitchen quite a bit. It seems that it never really left CANNING mode from this summer. I put away extra tables that initially had been set up to hold all the jars of food while they cooled and then turned into the I'll put that away later table. It sure is good to have that all picked up and put away!

Today I am making a turkey...we stocked up a little bit while they were on sale so that we could have turkey once a month or so. :) We never stuff our turkey so it's really not too much extra work and we get SO many meals out of it.....and bonus, I can make my turkey soup!!! YAY.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Dec 12 - 03:08 PM

Got an important package in the mail today. Decluttered something from my "to do" list.

Out in the greenhouse I'd forgotten to put the pieces of plywood over the vent holes so my big basil in the pot froze, but there are lots of seedlings in that same that are still happy in the pot. Now the boards are in place and the plug is set up (I put the two-outlet plug in the greenhouse and I plugged the heater and the string of overhead LED lights, so I can see the lights on in the evening when the heat is on. It's very pretty!)

This afternoon I'll figure out how I want to set up heat for the dogs. They spent that last couple of nights inside, but this isn't how we'll do it all of the time, it was kind of an "occasion," with our first really hard freezes.

It's sunny and warm this afternoon. Typical Texas.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 09:31 AM

The dog heater is set up on the heat sensor in the garage, so this winter I don't need to worry about the heater being on when the day warms up or nights when it isn't needed.

Clearing paper lately - must spend the evening filing and/or shredding.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 12:33 PM

It doesn't LOOK like I did anything, but I got some papers (already in page protectors or, if not, put them in) sorted into years in the file box. They all came out of the same box, so it doesn't clear another pile on the floor or anything, but, trust me, it was major.

Some of the information uncovered I can now use to update yearly files stored here in the computer. And most of THOSE pieces of paper can then be thrown away.

Gave Tom a sponge bath, made lunch, trimmed and cleaned his hair, and trimmed his beard.

Now I've got about a half hour to update some historical files here at the computer before I have to take Tom to Portsmouth to have his defibrillator read.

While in Portsmouth, there are three "fancy" grocery stores where I can check for Knorr's or McCormick's Hunter Sauce mix (for Christmas dinner) and Medaglia d'Oro instant espresso (Christmas present to ourselves -- not so much to drink as to use in stuff). Oh, and decent canned or frozen stir fry veggie mix. I HATE LaChoy's...

Then, alas, I can clean up the kitchen and start loading the dishwasher. I just got it unloaded this morning. Never done...

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 01:43 PM

Interesting how our interiors and exteriors of both homes and persons can change but the initial core sense of being remains the same. For some this is beneficial...for others, not so much.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 05:01 PM

Well...I actually found frozen "stir fry vegetables"...alas, they didn't include water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, mini corn, or anything else that one would expect in Chinese stir-fry vegetables. The only vegetables included were those I normally have on hand frozen or prefer to buy fresh. And NONE of the fancy grocery stores had any canned oriental products other than LaChoy. Sigh.

I DID get the Medaglia d'Oro instant espresso. And one of the stores even had an optional brand. No hunter's sauce or sauce chasseur or demi-glace (even the expensive concentrated "gourmet" brands). And, while a couple had a reasonable decent selection of Knorr products, none had the bouillabaise base, either.

Oh, well. I got the instant espresso.

We'll make the hunter sauce -- got plenty of my really rich chicken stock in the freezer to use as a base.

But, boy, am I glad to be home!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 05:58 PM

A current OT/discharge goal is standing time in the shower-- at least 15 minutes without sitting.

Yesterday's top: 3 minutes
Today's: 4 minutes

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Dec 12 - 03:35 PM

Dress code being formulated at work. I have been upgrading slowly (have discussed it before) but now it is official - soon there will be a list of what we should and shouldn't wear, so I'll go ahead and finish filling in a wardrobe with enough "casual academic" garments to fill the bill.

It probably also means I'll get rid of a lot of stuff. I've been meaning to anyway, and the closet will look better. I have been moving sweaters to a new hanging storage system but haven't addressed some things yet that need to be moved or moved out. Looking forward to a more usable closet!

SRS


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