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Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House

Stilly River Sage 18 Sep 18 - 01:44 PM
wysiwyg 18 Sep 18 - 01:13 PM
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Dorothy Parshall 17 Sep 18 - 01:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Sep 18 - 11:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Sep 18 - 01:44 PM

My next door neighbor was having difficulty pulling some tough grass rhizomes from through the slats in the stockade fence between our yards, and I knew it was because of a long plank I had leaned against my side. The grass tangled everything as it grew, so this morning I attacked that area with the electric weed wacker. I then worked a few feet down the driveway past that area and have called it quits for now; time to cool down. Humidity is high and the temperatures didn't drop this week after all.

A couple of more eBay things have sold, so that's an obvious cool-down activity for a couple of hours. I need to start making lists of the things I want to do rather than just bounce around, that's not very efficient. Just because I'm home every day for a while doesn't mean I'm finishing all sorts of stuff that needs doing.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Sep 18 - 01:13 PM

OH:

Let me tell you, when your age requires that you accept help, it will make sense that I shared about that aspect of decluttering. ;-)

After a host of helps including one errand, we spelunked the clng supplies tower, and re-arranged it for my convenience, since taking out the bar fridge had opened up a whole shelf. In the process we found a TREASURE: the missing framed Renoir print from the bathroom I thought Tyler had taken, and misc stolen items, toys, and a framed LL item squirreled under/in that tower. Dust bunnies were vacuumed and there was a re-vac of LR after Newbie chewed up a wool dryer ball. And suddenly, time was done.

Zero time wasted. Ended with my asking "what could be better next time?" ("Nothing")

We can open next week with what I appreciated, such as boundary focus-- after oatmeal/tea wakies.

There were still kitchen and 3 bedroom cleaning areas (and whole house dusting) that weren't done due to time-- I can actually fill 4 hours with errands included, in this tiny, organized house.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Sep 18 - 11:03 AM

OH:

In prep for tmrw's mtg w care mgr Daejanna, I'm taking notes as the boundary issues arise w Brittney and using a format from Clinical Pastoral Care processes to "verbatim" what is said and how it feels as the client. That said, the help that is necessary now is SO APPRECIATED.

Last night while working on something else, I came across my notes from another astounding failure of basic boundaries with another cleaner with the same agency. Adding their other cleaners' boundary confusions to these two instances, I now can see that it's not my great-attention clergy-spouse/peer counselor eyes 'causing' these issues-- it's an agency training issue, which I'd bet Daejanna will spot all by herself at tmrw's mtg.

A lot has been accomplished since 9! Finishing touches on stuff packed in PA and unloaded here.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Sep 18 - 01:02 PM

Beaver:
Phone calls: Grandson is 21 tomorrow so I phoned him Sunday eve and he appreciated it due to busy week forthcoming. Short (15 min) due to: my concern about his minutes and my inability to discriminate his voice patterns. His Dad (#2 son) (an hour+) is easier to understand; needs counselor/therapist and cannot find info on one that performed miracle a few years ago; call to my bro to find one I worked with about 15 years ago; he could not spell her name but gave me # of someone who could. Called that # this am and sent the spelling to son- OH! she was the one he could not remember! I knew she was good! Hope she is still available to work another miracle. # 1 son phoned, by request, and told me not to worry about mystery email requesting $4000 or else! but change password on whatever had the one the email revealed. Trying to figure out what that might be. Reminded him of nephew's BD and told him of bro's concern. (that's OK; Troy will phone him just to talk...) Only 40 min as T was tired from have done two two hour gigs on Whidbey. Sometimes it would be nice to be there!

In addition, I managed to clear a good portion of BR floor and am thinking of how to better store some stuff. OR, if I am not sewing, do I need a 4 drwer bin full of sewing stuffs? As my energy level sinks, I prefer to make pots when I have any energy.

Today is not as dreadfully hot and humid. A soft breeze! There is still wood to be stacked but it is all covered and there won't be snow for a couple more weeks, at least. When it really cools, I can do that.

Ankle is still iffy at times. So I am VERY careful of each step! Sometimes I think I am being silly but, with C's mis-step, I guess not!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Sep 18 - 11:15 AM

Ouch on that tumble, Charmion! I still have a tender place on my thigh from falling on campus in early June (it left a mark).

This morning I went out before the waste disposal truck came through and hauled a couple of more things to the curb. Pepper's chewed up $6 pool is no more, and I filled it with the chopped up woody limbs from two large dried out native sunflowers. There was a large dog food bag with regular house trash, and then a large Rubbermaid bin with more cut up and aligned sunflower parts (align them and you fit more than stuffing any which way). I'll pick up another wading pool for Pepper next time I'm past a Dollar General Store. I'll be putting various more trimmed bush parts into that Rubbermaid bin for several weeks and dragging it to the curb twice a week.

The stand mixer gets used mostly for the grinding attachment. I buy beef chuck or other pot roast-type cuts and freeze them in 1-pound pieces. When I'm making tacos or want to season something with hamburger I let it thaw (ideally) part way then it's very easy to cut into pieces and run through the grinder. I make carrot salad, I have made other things that involved grinding but I can't remember what right now. In the bowl part I tend to use it for times when I'm cooking for a crowd; mashed potatoes or to break up boiled sweet potatoes to add other ingredients before putting it in a casserole with little marshmallows on top. I make banana or pumpkin or zucchini bread in batches so I mix it there. I most often use the paddle, sometimes the whisk.

Years ago I was given a large durable bread machine (made by Wellbilt, branded to various companies) that I use on the manual setting for bread and rolls. I let it do the kneading and first rise then it's finished and I take out the dough to shape and let rise again before baking. Bread, rolls, pizza dough, etc. Every so often I find one for a song at a garage sale or thrift store and have picked them up almost brand-new for the kids.

My ex had one with the aluminum bowl cracked, and asked if I'd keep my eyes open for another bowl. I found a barely-used machine for $20 - it was as good as new and the bowl was great but the machine was missing the gasket and the paddle. Next time I was at his house I realized he used his gasket and paddle with the new machine and it's bowl and discarded his very old machine. I've tended to do that kind of repair myself lately, marrying parts from new and old to come up with one completely working device. My small Westblend grinder was that way - the switch on the old body had broken and I had to operate with a twist tie and a toothpick. I found a new body with a top that was missing the blade, but my top and blade fit on the new body.

The neighborhood excitement is over - Pepper has been busy listening to noises from next door as the local lumber company came to retrieve the unused planks from the patio decking and new roof project. They will get a credit for the unused wood, but the process of using the little hydraulic loader to put it back on the truck, and the unloading and reloading of the loader - so much for Pepper to keep an eye on! When I realized what she was excited about I opened the front door so she could watch them through the glass of the security door. She takes her job very seriously; when she was adopted she had no idea at first all of the things that would keep her busy around here! (I'll see about replacing her wading pool later today.)


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Sep 18 - 10:03 AM

OH:

I was just notified that I'll be back on Brittney's schedule starting tomorrow at 9am. Upside, she knows the house and most routines. Downside, boundary issues and not a great cleaner. But county care mgr is making a routine visit Weds. She can probably steer Brittney towards the better way.

Another interesting wrinkle is that since I need 3 hours help but they only have 2 or 4 hour slots (so they're giving me 4), that early start time sounds like she'll be making me oatmeal and tea while I wake up enough to be cogent, and she can start in the back of the house until I'm awake enough to convey the week's priorities.

She also knows the service dog well and can move boxes and stuff. Now I just need to redirect her stream of "How Broke I Am." I fought for blue collar folks most of my life. Now I'm the CLIENT. I'll encourage her to spend break time in the Liberation Library!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Sep 18 - 09:17 AM

Perth County is presenting us with the same stonking heat that Dorothy sweated through last week. I just hide out in our lovely (if grubby) air-conditioned house, no apologies. The world would not be improved by me coming out in a heat rash.

Stilly, what do you use your big stand mixer for? You write a fair bit about pickling, but I can't remember you discussing baking. Are you one of those people who brings boxes of cookies to the office, and fills up the freezer with cake?

I am crap at cake and pastry, probably because I so rarely make either. Bread is my thing, and I flatter myself that I can do pretty well anything I want to with yeast. But most modern cake recipes look to me like a chemistry experiment followed by a craft challenge: first, get the thing to rise properly, and then spend ages arranging ganache and butter-cream constructions to make it look like a building by I.M. Pei. (The Great British Bake-Off has a lot to answer for.)

I'm sporting a bunch of new bruises and ugly scrapes on my elbow and hand, the result of an ankle failure that dumped me on my own doorstep the other day. I put my foot down wrong and that was enough. It's embarrassing for me (not to speak of painful) and scares the be-Jesus out of Himself, whose mind immediately conjures up the worst-case scenario -- Oh, God, she's having a stroke! But no, it's just what happens when one's undercarriage should be subject to a product-recall notice from God. It'll be fun at the gym today, where everybody will have something to say about my Technicolour shins. Thank God, they won't see my butt.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 18 - 10:56 PM

I took a whack at the tall grass in the vegetable garden today and cleared a few square yards of garden space before it got too hot out there. I'll resume the work tomorrow, hopefully the dew won't be so intense since it has been a few days since our last heavy rain.

Indoors, I've slowly sifted through old blog posts and deleted dated stuff and pages I don't intend to continue posting to. I'm looking at themes, and figuring out how to put up stuff that doesn't actually link from the blog page. Stuff I think I'll have to try to put up via FTP once I figure out where they'll let me put it.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Sep 18 - 03:01 PM

OH:

Completed spelunking the six banker's boxes that had been labeled for LL. Good thing I didn't wait because id already forgotten some details, so I added more labeling to a few. Moved two to their destination lower shelves pending further work, perhaps after the new lower shelves are built... "Last box" packed was emptied of most of its miscellany, most of which flowed twds various pre-designated house destinations.

One box not spelunked, I left for another time-- it got overwhelming so I stopped.

The LL floor is no longer a tripping hazard, and I could accept a LL visit that's been pending if it goes "live"-- function is now generally restored.

One box contains a number of books etc for LL shelves. The "New Arrivals" box here is overflowing again, which means cataloguing must resume before that box can be addressed. Yuck. Don't love cataloguing... but it would fill out odd, unfilled helper hours! It's not so bad when a second pair of hands brings me a few at a time, and shelves them as I get them entered. I can certainly move to do all those tasks, but not having to keeps my computer focus, uninterruptedly-- with the music going I can stay in "the zone" and it goes quickly-- and almost pleasantly!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Sep 18 - 02:02 PM

OH:

In Xenia, it's "eat when you're hungry; sleep when you're tired". Except for keeping my brain on dayshift by getting up at a fairly consistent time, that's Ohio time. And the sleep is ON-- I yawned off the last hour before a midnight bedtime last night, slept 9 hours, and awoke after brekky and a 2 hour chair sleep. I don't need to know WHY, and that's how retirement can be like vacation. That's one reas on I'm healthier here-- I rest so deeply.

I hope it's like that for Greg. Vacation has been, most years-- that's why clergy get 4 weeks, because the first week is spent restlessly unhooking to GET to that place; the 2nd is spent resting that way; the 3rd is having vacational fun; the 4th is travel/dread/dreaming of retirement and making stress-relief plans you'll never keep.

I MIGHT unpack a box or two in the LL that I'm tripping over.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 18 - 09:43 AM

Most mornings these days start out humid and the grass weighed down with dew. Here's hoping our 40% chance of rain misses us and things dry out enough to make work comfortable and the lawn mowable.

It has occurred to me that as a retiring person I can now visit garage sales early and easily. I must be careful about that!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 09:07 PM

I did a lot of driving today to attend an event that included organic gardening vendors. I participated at a booth, answering questions and selling a few books. I'm looking forward to working more with these folks in the future, but via telecommuting.

The first two weeks of September were packed full of appointments, the next two weeks are wide open and I have plenty of things to keep me busy. Let's see if I can follow through with my intentions to be efficient yield any results. And find another job.

Those neighborhood garage sales are nice - every so often we end up with a pent up supply of things for sale (not sold during a period of hot or wet weather) and everyone ends up holding their garage sales on the same weekend. They're impromptu, not organized, block-wide sales, but still wonderful when they happen.

Charmion, when I moved into this house I had a lot of contractor work done and I paid for materials at every opportunity with one particular credit card to earn points (from my credit union, so they play nicer than some of the big bank cards). When the work was finished I had enough points to order a Kitchenaid stand mixer - they never seem to really go on sale. I have over the years acquired a couple of the attachments. The one I use most often is the grinder, for every time I need ground beef.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 08:36 PM

Beaver:

Yesterday was predicted as HOT so I stayed inside and read. Checked out the weather about 6 pm and found it very fine; I could have trimmed pots. So, today I went off to do things and all but collapsed. Did not stay at event but came home in A/C car and was happy it was cooler in house. Put a wet wash cloth on my head and aimed the air cleaner fan at myself. Tolerable about 7 pm and I was outside long enough to pick the few yummie raspberries and a handful of wax beans and water the cherry trees and the plants in the studio. Oh! The beans are still in my pocket!!

Looking at the west hill after the mist lifted this am, I saw signs of fall and while driving saw a few turning red trees. A beautiful red, yellow and green Maple was the best.

Another do almost nothing day and tomorrow predicted worse. But I ate reasonably and am well recovered. I actually feel as though I am about to die when I am out in that sort of heat. Looked at a couple herb books for heat sensitivity aids... Nada.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 04:47 PM

OH:

Breaking news, young Isaiah has just joined Team Ridgebury in the capacity of pre-hormonal second pair of hands. He stopped by one day last July and offered lawn help, which we didn't need, so I snagged his number and opened communications with his attentive mom.

Just when I despair of any help, another nice youngster with hungry pockets knocks on my door. He starts Wednesday, arriving w his mom, to unhook the trailer and hang one Ag panel to keep Newbie from climbing out to eat cats.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 04:13 PM

OH:

Lazy and pampered day fighting off a cold. The only productive effort today was a mini-request arising out of the summer's research project, which I was able to knock out into a zip file in less than an hour.

Also I happened across uneaten vacay food still quite edible.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 11:22 AM

The Eliza-Senoufou's village-wide yard sale sounds like the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale in Ottawa, which attracts punters from miles around and always seemed to coincide with the day we took the cats to the Glebe Pet Hospital for their annual jabs.

The last time this happened, I and two yowling cats found ourselves in hot competition for the last parking space within spitting distance of Bank Street between the Rideau Canal and the Queensway. In sheer desperation, I beat out two minivans for a wedge of asphalt between a delivery van and a pick-up truck full of fifth-hand (at least) furniture. In retrospect, the mob of bargain-hunters picking over the leavings of prosperous middle-class Canadian life did not make a pretty picture -- but at least the bits and bobs were headed a new life with new people, and not the dump.

Our current abode has rather less storage space than the place we had in Ottawa, where the entire cellar was given over to shelving, plastic bins, Himself's barrack boxes, and the wine.

We still have the wine (well, not the *same* wine, but at least the same clay-pipe storage arrangement), but not nearly so much shelving, so I have to exercise far more discipline with respect to stowing stuff.

Yesterday, I went out to Canadian Tire, that great Horn of Plenty, and purchased a Kitchen-Aid standing mixer, the first such item I have ever owned -- or, indeed, used. (After more than fifty years of cooking, I have taken up sourdough baking, and the recipes I have assume the use of a power mixer.) Before I could embark on this errand, I had to find out precisely how wide and how tall the appliance is, and identify a storage spot for it. Fortunately, it fits on the pantry shelf; half an inch taller, and I would have been (reluctantly) taking it back.

Incidentally, I got a screaming deal; the mixer I bought is baby-blue, a discontinued colour, which brought the price down by Cdn$250.00. The red one cost Cdn$549.00. Riddle me that.

When my parents were young, people made their own bread to save money. As I drove away from Canadian Tire with my $300 bargain, I rationalized like crazy, thinking, "Well, I could be a golf fanatic, blowing the family fortune on membership in the Stratford Country Club!" (As if.) At least we eat the bread.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: KarenH
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 06:40 AM

My problem is how to take books to donate to Oxfam (charity bookshop) without getting tempted to buy more while there to bring home. Really trying to do better than one in, one out, but not very successfully.

Also, one really does need more than one guitar.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 04:17 AM

Next weekend our village is having a mass front-garden sale. Anyone who wants to participate can submit their address to the organiser and it's put on a printed map. These maps are handed out for a small fee (given to a charity) to visiting customers (they come from villages all around) and on the day, from 10.30am until 3pm buyers wander round examining the goods on offer and purchasing them.

We're going to take part. We've done it before in our last village. It's so easy not to have to load up the car and drive off to a car-boot sale.
If it rains, we can open our garage door (garage is empty) and sell from there.

Husband is rooting around in the loft, bringing down chairs, coffee tables, a carpet shampooer, tons of Crimbo decorations, and we're also selling some garden furniture (but not my famous bench!)

I'm looking out ornaments, small mirrors, clothes (we have a portable clothes rack on which to display them) kitchen equipment, linen (table mats, tablecloths, old-but-still-nice curtains etc etc)

It's such an excellent opportunity to clear out the house. Our bungalow is tiny and we can't have clutter.
Also, I love nattering to all the visitors. I might make some cup-cakes/scones to sell with tea or coffee.
It will be like a very enjoyable party, with a bit of money at the end!
I'll pop some of our takings in the charity fund afterwards.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 10:47 PM

This morning my daughter joined me to tour an exhibit ending soon at our local modern art museum, and then we went out for lunch. I can't afford to eat out as much as I have the last couple of weeks, but today we were able to take advantage of Free Friday at the museum. I'm still discovering how different traffic is during the day, that period from 9 to 3 when people are at work and kids are in school. I plan to return to work one of these days, but for now, I'll enjoy this easy shopping and driving time. I'm driving to an organic gardening event tomorrow and expect to be working with the folks there on a contract basis (from home in the future).


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 06:41 PM

OH:

Chix crockpot was a great supper, with enough left in the bowl to supplement a can of chicken enchilada soup. The rest of the first batch is cooling for the freezer, while a second bag of frozen chix is in the stock created. It will be crocking away til morning, and I'll be putting a lot of it in the freezer, to draw from as needed.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 05:51 PM

OH:

I spent the day recovering from the driving by walking back and forth thru the house, doing small tasks and taking one or two items at a time out of open boxes to carry to their planned destination. I now have two small boxes emptie, and my clean and folded vacation laundry put away. Putting things where they belong and re-discovering my innate orderliness has helped in every transition, but I look forward to just BEING here-- without transitions-- starting in January!!!

Groceries are off the list for today. Too hot to scooter and too brain-fuzzy to drive. Theresxactuslly lots of food here, including frozen blueberries I'd left myself!

Later-- items unloaded ydy and dumped on LR floor dispersed: Crate acoustic and minivox amps went aganst a LR wall for winter acoustic picking; Greg's picnic mass kit went to a LR wall by the front door; a box to open and then split its contents between LL and SEwing Room put in SR (LL floor space filled pending unpacking of several banker's boxes into shelves). Left in the LR to address is one large box of misc items to disperse thru the house, and then repurpose the box for Greg's clergy library items sitting in open boxes in the van.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 12:29 PM

Beaver:

House situation is unfathomable. I do not mention it to R much anymore. The sale of Montreal house fell through but R is still looking for a purchaser. He thinks he will pull it all together "at the last minute". I am happy here and really do not much care anymore. That hot spell all but did me in. I was SO happy when it ended - "Oh, I am not at death's door!" So I threw some pots. They are waiting to be trimmed but the heat and humidity have hit again today. I picked up more books at the library and have plenty of food. The house is closed up and still cool enough. Studio is 79F! All the essentials are under control. I am not going to try doing laundry 'cause I ain't goin' out there - to hang it! Did a few little things inside this am, did library, farm market and picked up fenugreek, hot curry powder and cashew pieces at Harvest Moon. May do a few more little indoor things as energy and inspiration arise.

Speaking of inspiration: I got the cashews packaged and stood looking around - "For inspiration" I told the staff. Then along comes Iny with a bag of - "looks like curry - YEAH!" "Hot curry" she said. So I went and packaged a good amount of that and then remembered Fenugreek. Then I no longer felt as though I had forgotten anything!

Now for veggies with hot curry seasoning! Lunchtime in central Ontario.


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Subject: Pennsyltucky PY
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 11:35 AM

OH:

My copy of Greg's retirement announcement was in the overflowing mailbox I purged yesterday. I keep looking at it to be sure it's really going to happen!

Life in Tioga County moves much more slowly than here, near Dayton. I've chafed at the pace here because my long experience has been that change happens in TC at the rate human beings actually can change. So I prefer that pace.

But it occurred to me yesterday that the intensity of the 3 weeks it took to do all I did during my three weeks back "In the County" was just about at that faster Dayton pace. And that as I integrate back into Dayton-pace, perhaps I'll find it less.... maddening. Perhaps more patient with it. Perhaps more effective, in it. It is two very different cultures for sure. I can love both.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 10:05 PM

I've tackled the garden starting along the driveway side of the house, toting a couple of wheelbarrow loads of weeds back to the compost so far and trimming a few shrubs. Now I need to keep making progress and weed around the house before it dries out too much to work easily. I also lopped down all of the large wild sunflowers and the dead corn stalks to get them out of the way. When the garden hasn't grown up much in the spring the sunflowers look cheerful out there, but when they get really big they make a mess and crowd lots of stuff. I didn't get branches at the curb this week for bulky waste pickup so instead I'll put them out in modest amounts as trash every week, cut up and stacked into a tall Rubbermaid trash can.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 09:08 PM

OH:

I'm almost caught up on sleep and getting household fud back on track. Grocery list made for tmrw.

Some of tdy's time went towards resolving a fone issue. Also I got most of one plastic bin unpacked. It included one of Newbie's beds, and I placed that over what the last cleaner had said was a dog-ruined section of white carpet. WRONG! It needs only a minimum of Febreze!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 02:05 PM

OH:

The cleaner not an ideal match... but twice as many boxes, etc. were unloaded than hoped. That means 1.5 boxes/day unpacking is about right. The time it took to label them was SO WORTH the extra minute per box as I packed.

Unlike most of their helpers, the agency confirmed that Amber can't make grocery runs for me. I wonder if she has a record involving money. I feel shitty for being judgey--- but after Tyler...

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 10:32 AM

Maybe it's time for an update on Dorothy's houses, but the last I read was that they wouldn't be able to move to the new house till November because the sale on the Montreal house had a time factor involved of being finalized then. I hope so!

I canned applesauce last night, clearing out space in the fridge that was full of apples. I peeled them because in my research on fiber it seems that while the pulp is considered soluble fiber, the skin is harder on the gut as insoluble fiber. Whatever the case, this applesauce is a light bright color, not the darker look it usually has when I puree the pulp and skin all together after steaming.

Finally a morning without overnight rain and the possibility to mow the lawn before I shower and head out for the afternoon.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 07:57 AM

SRS, yeah! Smh.

The PA house is pretty far north so it's unlikely to get too much Florence, but it depends on the front's track.

Now that Hardi's retirement plans are official, the Ohio house feels very different. Unexpectedly homey. I thought I'd already made that internal transition. Apparently there are deeper layers. All it needs is Hardi here.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: mg
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 02:33 AM

I thought montreal house fell through


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 18 - 12:59 AM

Dorothy, you must be making plans to move to the new house soon? Please tell us what we can expect as you prepare to move stuff from the Montreal house to the new house?

Susan, lucky you survive anything wrapping itself on the axle. Ugg. Are you away from the stormy weather, and is the house in PA going to get some heavy weather from hurricane Florence?

My knee is in good shape after a treatment six weeks ago and follow-up visit today to check on it. There are a variety of things possible in the future arthritis-wise, but this was the easiest so far and it is working. I also stopped by my GP office. There are a number of shots that become available as you get older, and I'm making a point to get them. The pneumonia shot is next, once they get another batch in the office (they ran out this morning and I stopped by in the afternoon. Good thing I could at least get the flu shot.) I'll be able to work on the garden, as long as I don't go too crazy with the spade fork, and may do myself a favor to switch sides as I do the digging work.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 18 - 08:10 PM

Home!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 12 Sep 18 - 05:40 PM

Beaver:
3 heavy weather days/NO energy days seem to be ending with SUN, high humidity and HOT - all in about an hour. I managed to get my Mexican rug back on the wall just now after thinking about it for 3 days. The ladder is not easy but possible for me to put down and then up, which I needed to do to get the rug up.

The ladder, like Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! It is beautiful cedar, finished to a smooth finish and varathaned with satin finish. When down it does not impede the doorway between LR and K and when up it is totally out of the way and beautiful! AND I can navigate it - up and down with no problem! I am SO happy to have this job done - and beautiful. There is room for an oldish trunk of fabrics and the beautiful old straight back chair "for Larry", with carpet so he does not have to de-boot. (This is not a de-boot type house!) The trap door is renovated to look better and hinged to open with ease. One more wonderful Dan job! When it dries outside - maybe tomorrow!he will paint the outhouse and finish high places on the shed that I could not easily reach. That may be it for this season - unless R has him work on the library. I need to save some money before spending more!

Now to plan a way to advertise and get people to beat a path to the door and, hopefully, buy some pottery! Possibly re-instate Keto diet... Have not gained back to lost 5 nor lost any more.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 18 - 01:33 AM

Transit:

Arrived safe at Ohio son/DIL after multiple highway-shoulder stops to fix and finally remove tarps. One tarp strap, fortunately, lost its battle with the axle it wrapped itself around at 80mph.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Sep 18 - 01:48 PM

The rain in Texas is not directly related to the Carolina's coastal weather, though all weather is eventually related if you look at the global picture. :)

Safe driving, Susan! Safe walking, Charmion!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 18 - 10:35 AM

PA:

Trailer ready to go. Confirming last arrival details, which will influence actual departure hour--u and then off we go.

Sun coming out for a cheery drive!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Sep 18 - 10:27 AM

Stilly, are you getting some of the storm that's heading for the Carolina coast? Your area sounds suddenly much wetter than you expect at this time of year.

In Stratford, it is grey, glum and cool. I am not decluttering or clearing out the house today, or even cleaning it; I just don't feel like it right now. And I have decided that that's okay.

I am doing something about fitness, however.

Himself gave me a Fitbit for my birthday, and for a week I have religiously logged my 10,000 steps per day and minded my diet. As a reward, I have shed two kilos and am currently enjoying a high degree of intestinal cooperation -- those of you with IBS or diverticulosis will know whereof I speak.

On Saturday, we took a trip to Kitchener (our closest Big City) to visit the Running Room, our destination of choice when in the market for sneakers, and each purchased new trotting footwear. My right foot is now 1.5 cm wider than my left foot, thanks to a pronating ankle and a growing bunion, so I was very grateful to discover that New Balance makes suitable sneakers that are not neon pink or hospital white. Trotting is now considerably more comfortable than it has been lately. Eight kilometres (five-ish miles) seems to be a do-able daily dose -- at least for now. There's a sore spot on the lateral aspect of my right foot, indicating a wrenched joint -- result of putting my foot in a hole in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn in Utica -- and if it doesn't get better soon I will have to reduce the number of impacts it takes in a day.

I'm beginning to think of Advil as a dietary supplement.

It is now ten-thirty o'clock in the morning, so I shall quit typing and go to the gym. Go, me.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Sep 18 - 09:57 AM

Damn. I woke to rainfall again this morning, though the forecast showed only a slight chance for the rest of the week. No dog walk, no lawn mowing, no trimming limbs that should be put out at the curb for bulky waste pickup this week.

I have stuff to do indoors but am feeling the cabin fever of not being able to dig in and clear out some of the weedier or more overgrown areas around the yard. One section of the yard made a regular appearance inside the house though—there was a trail of ants across the wall above the kitchen sink. I'd think by now the crevices must be so full of diatomaceous earth that they wouldn't be coming through, but they found a crack below the window sill.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Sep 18 - 09:15 PM

Two unrelated chores accomplished: boxes flattened and a handful of dried okra pods (with the year they were harvested marked on the side in Sharpie) delivered next door (they have friends with a small a farm who don't like the variety of okra they're growing right now but notice the ones in my yard are much taller and tender even when they're a little on the large size). Delivering the pods wasn't difficult, finding the plastic bin where I'd stored them took a little while. When you nest boxes of things sometimes you lose track of stuff.

I also made a trip to my favorite thrift store for a light yellow t-shirt. I am going to take a number of my former work knit shirts and turn them into a lap quilt, and was missing a yellow shirt I seem to have discarded. I was visualizing that color as part of the pattern so I spent $1.96 to replace it with one that looks well worn. Perfect. I also found a lovely elbow-length boat-neck yellow knit top that fits beautifully and a pair of bluejeans to replace the ones I'm wearing today for the last time. These need to go into the jean project pile because they're way worn and have seen only garden work for ages now.

A swath of the back yard got mowed, a section at the back of the lot. I worked until a very large mosquito tried to land on me, so I ceded the yard to the insects and will finish the job tomorrow morning. Tonight I dropped mosquito dunks into the bird baths and soon I need to clear out the rain gutters on the greenhouse. It's overcast and the temperatures are in the mid-80s this week, an improvement on most of the summer, but I await that crisp blue sky day that tells me fall is here.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Sep 18 - 09:10 PM

PA:

I decided one Ag panel will suffice and it is ready to load. Last box closed and loaded. Puder packed. Tmrw AM I pack meds and dog, and hit it.

This three weeks has been crammed with three months' living. Getting home in Ohio will be very surreal.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Sep 18 - 04:45 PM

I mowed but it's still too soggy to do much digging work. I have some limbs to take down also, but again, working under that tree right now would mean the soil is squishy. I'll wait till tomorrow to start taking out a mattock and a couple of limb saws to start that work. Since mowing is possible I may pull out the mower and attack the lawn in the back.

A box went into the mail today along with a large priority envelope for an eBay sale. There are lots of now-empty boxes around here from bringing things home from work and my best move is to flatten them for future use. I've rearranged some of the binders in my office, separating accounts for purchases or paying bills from logon information to online accounts and keeping track of freelance work.

The east coast sounds like it's going to take a hard hit. Any of you in that path, stay safe!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Sep 18 - 07:06 AM

PA:

Torrential rains trying to delay our trailer loading but since I couldn't sleep I solved that. The hog panels will have to be loaded, curved. But all that part of the job can be done ON THE FRONT PORCH, while it rains. Then if it does bend just right it can be tied there, thrown on tmrw AM and away I go in the dry weather.

Errands and cleanup today so I come back in December to a well-prepped personal environment.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 18 - 09:40 PM

Interesting story from my nextdoor neighbor: he was in the hospital for a kidney stone last week and this week he'll go in and they'll do a laser treatment. He said they also did bloodwork and told him his thyroid was off and he'd have to take medicine the rest of his life. He went to his doctor and had them run a panel and it shows up perfectly, so no medicine. He was smart to do that; who knows what was going on at the time he was in the hospital.

I used a coupon for a free Lean Cuisine gluten-free meal this week and I fixed it this evening. Very tasty! Something I could fix myself and freeze. I may experiment with that this week.

This evening I was able to get the mower into the front yard and mow without bogging down in wet grass. I need to trim and do a lot of other work, but this helps with the worst of the problems. It's our week for bulky waste so I'll be trimming a few large limbs off of trees in front and leaving them at the curb tomorrow.

Tonight is the first "regular" Sunday night (after the holiday last week) that gives me the wonderful sensation of what retirement can be - I don't have to stop what I'm doing to make lunches, do laundry, and do the other things to get ready to go to work. Instead, I'm doing some research for the contract work I mentioned and will finish it up tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Sep 18 - 06:41 PM

PA:

I actually used to be able to LIKE moving. Not anymore.

Aftn: Loading and cooperating in the rain. After 3 sleepless wknd svcs for both of us-- shocked peeps for him and farewells for me. But we napped in between and have crockpot going. Van now loaded except for day of departure items like puder/meds/dog.

Tmrw we hope to dodge the rain long enough to add a rain resistant bin and some rolled up hog panels to the trailer and cover that hutch with one last layer of cushioning, wind-resistant tarp, and tie up the load. Tmrw night I'll pack the meds and puder bags, and clean up the kitchen.

Tonight we dry off, fold laundry, watch movies and snuggle, dreaming out loud of retirement.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Sep 18 - 03:37 PM

Beaver:

Mowed some of yard in the dry spell and making progress on the wood stacking. Painted the back shed on two sides, including the new doors (there were none); took most of the new gallon! Looks SO much better. Second coat on the 3 tables. Now, to find something to cover at-risk plants as we have a frost warning for tonight! Also have put heater back in studio.

Mowing the grass was wonderful as I could walk around this am without getting soaked! Off-loaded pottery into the screen house, quick while the ground is dryish!; did not try to unpack it. One more non-rainy day to work on the wood stacking if body permits. Might be able to finish tomorrow and cover it with BIG tarp.

Interior in fair shape.

Well, that was yesterday. Today I have been mostly resting and reading. Guess enough is enough! On this last clear day - til when - I did not do any wood but will go out and cover what is stacked for tomorrow bodes rain. Did not actually have frost last night but is was very cold. A fire in stove this am and probably this evening as it is to be a cold night and very cool tomorrow!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Sep 18 - 06:12 AM

PA:

Last night I was able to sort out the Band players' songbooks at church, with annotations in the players' books I'd used (where most of the corrections would be for future photo-copying). That set is set aside to leave for the several folks committed to continuing the Saturday Night Service. The spouse of a former member got the former member's set, to practice thru, with her new uke.

It's so cool to see new-instrument-fevered Saturday Nighters start down the road we know so well, wanting to start out as players on hymns. A committee looks about to form, to plan all the changes around that service.

Ydy, we got the hutch loaded and wrapped to stay reasonably dry over the next 48 hpurs or so till I pull out. In between rain showers, we'll load up the boxes and other cargo.

Off to church for more farewells and to hear Hardi preach this first Sunday after folks have gotten their notification letters. I've missed hearing his Sunday preaching!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 18 - 09:55 PM

Rain rain rain. I was able to run a few short errands and not get too soggy, keeping them in one neighborhood. Good thing about the city library system is that you can return materials to any branch and they're back on time. My vehicle tags are due this month and I always go to a local hispanic grocery to get them (instead of online or via mail). And there's a library across the street. My 2019 sticker is now in place and my DVDs aren't overdue.

This year I dropped AAA roadside assistance and will use comparable assistance from my insurance company. I changed phone companies. Over the next year I'll investigate the quality of the anti-virus provided free by my cable company (apparently it's Norton Antivirus, but you have to decline all of the offers they pack in). I pay for Kaspersky now, and Malwarebytes. I'll keep Malwarebytes and go with the cable offering. All of these changes were a lot to deploy while I was preparing to retire, but these few changes will result in substantial savings. And I suppose I could have done them before, if I'd thought about it.

I have two jobs announcements to respond to and a couple of other offers to consider so soon I think my future work week will be three days on and four off, helping me help keep track of what day it is.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Sep 18 - 01:46 PM

PA:

I hate these transit scrambles. It looks like keeping the hutch for son/DIL as dry in transit as possible puts me lvg a day later. While that also adds PA time I can use, it relies on my using a lot more caffeine than I like for the drive, because I really must arrive by 2pm Weds. It uses up slop time I might have spent napping on the road, AND time to stretch my legs which will blow up like balloons.

But I did find a stash of 'new' music for road tunes. Perhaps more useful, it allows one more really long, deep sleep before driving....

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 18 - 11:01 AM

Pete and repeat - more rain this morning, locally it's heavy enough that I'm hearing people outside of flood zones getting water in the house because it can't drain out of the yard fast enough. I'll be keeping an eye on the creek. This should be the end of it today.

A combination of copy editing and eBay stuff today, I think.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Sep 18 - 10:06 PM

Another heavy rain today and flash flood warnings. This morning I started pulling up small trees sprouting in the garden but the lawn didn't get mowed (too wet) so it still looks pretty awful. After more rain tomorrow it's supposed to dry out. I dug up some daffodils to take to a friend—I thought I was going to dig, at any rate, but turns out they's spread over the concrete from the edge of the garden so I lifted and bagged them for a short trip to another yard.

It's easy to drift when I don't have to be at the office for eight hours a day plus a commute. I have a bullet list, but I'm going to have to make more notes and probably put a list on the fridge also.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Sep 18 - 10:48 AM

When I went back to work the kids' dad changed his schedule so they didn't have to go to daycare for an hour or two after school. They loved that and it helped the budget. It also meant that after the divorce they saw him every day after school and it wasn't like they only saw him every other weekend and on Wednesday evenings.

The largest flat pieces of denim completely fill one of those large plastic storage bins with the flat top that is two flaps that interlock. Now to find a box for the other pairs of unprocessed jeans.

Into the garden this morning.


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