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Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House

Stilly River Sage 31 Jul 18 - 11:36 PM
pattyClink 30 Jul 18 - 12:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jul 18 - 09:52 PM
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LilyFestre 29 Jul 18 - 06:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jul 18 - 11:36 PM

I've added another specialist to the doctors on my contacts list - this one for knees, and my right knee now has had an injection of a white fluid that replaces some of the missing fluid from the joint. Arthritis. Cycling through this the first time, the shot is the least of the process, its a few hours later when the local anesthetic wears off that the knee feels like it has been adjusted with a baseball bat. That was yesterday, today it is already feeling much better. Anyway, I didn't get anything done but take a nap when I got home then went to bed early.

Today I'm puttering pretty much as usual. This evening I picked okra like I'll do every day this week as I prepare to make some pickled okra. This is what the pantry shelves are for, storing garden produce. Next it'll be time to make jelly. I'm not as fond of pickled okra as my daughter and my next door neighbor are, and they are so absolutely thrilled when I give it to them so mostly this is for a gift.

Looking forward to August.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: pattyClink
Date: 30 Jul 18 - 12:07 AM

Greetings from the road, where one learns to be grateful not to be in the path of the forest fires, yikes what people are going through.

For cleaning products my best discovery has been "Fabuloso", it's a concentrated mild cleaner sold in the dollar stores, comes in a couple scents including apple. No sudsing, rinsing, no residue, excellent for wiping down walls, appliances, counters, glass, etc., even easy on the hands, learned about it from some pro cleaners.   They also like to use the trick of folding a cloth into 4ths, using each side til grubby, fling in a 'used' pile, get a fresh one. Then launder them all. Faster and better than wringing things out in an increasingly filthy bucket. I like to use microfiber cloths, but I wish they didn't need separate laundering from regular fabrics to stay effective.

And yes, washing out the bathroom sink with a detergent or shampoo, and a scrubby sponge, works as well and no nasty chemicals or sprays or 'etching' of surface. And the towel/shower kept my shower stall pristine til trade-in time, which was great.   

As far as the clutter, well, it's embarrassing how much crap I am carrying around, which i discovered when I had to move into the new RV coach. Took 5 hours in the blazing sun to move stuff over, and many things still not 're-homed'. Will be scratching my head and culling some things in the next few days.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jul 18 - 09:52 PM

Michelle, I have a few basic products under the sink. Formula 409 is good for the stove, counters, lots of other things around the house. I use Spic'N Span for the floor (I get one of the citrus smells - we realized many years ago that every time my husband used the pine scented stuff to clean the floors, his job on the weekend, I was laid low with a sinus headache. For the bathroom I buy products at the local Dollar General Store, their toilet bowl rinse.

I haven't had to use a spray on the shower tile for several years, since I started keeping an extra towel on the rack to wipe down the tiles right after I finish my shower. The soap scum never accumulates. To wash the tub, I buy whatever cheap shampoo is around (Suave usually) and I use a Scotchbrite type scrubber and a big dollop of shampoo and give the tub a bubbly scrub. The theory being that what you're washing off the tub is soap and what washed off of you, so why not simply use shampoo to clear it out? Nothing with bleach or ammonia involved.

Because there is some limestone in the water here I used to give things a soak in Limeaway, but for several years now I get the same effect with white vinegar.

When I do laundry I use one of the Arm and Hammer liquid detergents, usually a mix of scented and unscented so the smell isn't very strong, and with every load of laundry I put a tablespoon of baking soda in with the detergent.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Jul 18 - 07:08 PM

Beaver:

Cleaned out most of the tool shed and moved many items out to back shed. Prepared some clay for throwing and did organizing in the studio. The last of the old firewood is stacked and covered. Now I can order new wood for this winter. Harvested more comfrey and sage, drying in house. Started re-organizing some BR areas. No energy left for today.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Jul 18 - 06:50 PM

We, as a family, spent all day yesterday cleaning in the kitchen. The old microwave is gone, an old vacuum cleaner that we no longer use is gone, old shoes are bagged and ready for goodwill, some expired things have been disposed of, all appliances moved and cleaned behind, the fridge got cleaned out....doesn't look like much on paper but it's made a HUGE difference. Surfaces were cleared, old magazines and such were tossed, the ledge over my sink was cleared and polished, cabinet doors were wiped down....I found a new cleaner too that I like the smell of for kitchen counters and appliance wipe downs. It's one of the Method cleaners found at Target, Honey Crisp is the name of it I believe. It does a great job but the smell is pleasant and not all chemicals. I know I can do the make it myself cleaners but they smell so strong of vinegar or depending what mix I've made, ammonia.

What do you all use?

I had been using Windex, Lysol All Purpose Cleaner and had picked up a spray bottle of Clorox Clean Up but I can't stand the smell of it. I like Comet Spray for in the bathroom.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jul 18 - 10:35 AM

This morning when I entered my office I realized that after yesterday's sorting and filing, what remained on the desk were papers needing attention, so today I will finish that paperwork. I was going to walk the dogs this morning, it seemed cool out, but five minutes on the patio when I fed the dogs and I was dripping sweat from the high humidity. Nix the walk.

We're almost to August, and June was so hot that by the time Summer officially arrived we were already fatigued with the idea of summer. July has been a record-breaker; here's hoping August is atypical and gives us a moist break from the heat. It has happened in the past. Perhaps the humidity is the start of something.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jul 18 - 10:23 PM

I finished an audiobook while sorting and filing papers in my office at home and stopped by the library to pick up a handful more to rip and add to my phone. They don't take up space (and I have a large SD card in my phone).

The garden got some attention as I moved around the sprinklers that are on fence stakes. The squash and corn are now finished so I moved the watering so that hopefully I'll get some sweet potatoes in the fall; they've survived the heat but haven't thrived. I expect a lot more growth from them after August.

No trips to Goodwill lately, dropoff or shopping, but I'll continue to add to the laundry room's donation bin and once the weather cools I'll be energized to do more.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jul 18 - 10:58 PM

Today I looked through files at work and decided it was time to toss some really old ones and bring a few home, so now there's even more paper here to sort and file. I suspect our work location will be designated for another use soon and we'll be moved to new office space, so might as well get rid of excess baggage now.

The story line in my current audiobook has stepped up and all hell as broken loose (as we knew it would) - and I can't work on the computer and listen to it at the same time because writing and listening to a story don't work. I'll have to save it for when I'm cooking or filing or some such thing over the weekend. Most of my listening is twice a day during my daily commute but when it gets near the end I often finish it off in the house.

The garden is really scorched after the last few weeks, and the squash have all just about died off so I'll move the posts the sprinkler heads are fastened to and maybe stop drowning the eggplant.

Nothing much more to report. The weekend awaits.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Jul 18 - 01:45 PM

Ohio:

US Indigenous and Latinx/La Raza Topic Kits catalogued; started Weds. with cleaner Brittney helping, and finished editing/posting today.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Jul 18 - 08:49 AM

Beaver:

Trip to Toronto was worth while, But not glitch-free. Michael old me there would be no charge for the ancient (their brand) kiln BUT I would need to get a new plug. One: when he used the "you've been a customer for 40 years..." I lamented: "And I have done the SAME stuff for 40 years!"

The other one, he would keep and ship it to me at no charge. I was reeling! I figured it was because they did not want to hear from me any more as I had emailed and phoned for two weeks trying to get a handle on what to do.

So, as they finished up in the back, I looked around the show room and decided to buy 3 unique, and expensive, commercial glazes, knowing I would have to make different pots to show them off. I felt better that I had bought something AND that I had a new idea.

However, stopping at CT on the way home (Uxbridge), they had no plug; i was out of stock/on order,said the helpful clerk. AT Home Hardware, they asserted that they thought it against the law to sell just the plug; I needed the whole (dryer) cable, they said. But that would mean opening the control box and installing a new cable and I REALLY did not want to do that. CT and HH in Bancroft looked hard on their computers; no such item.

I was ready to go back to Toronto in despair. But while falling asleep after my long day, I wondered if it could be hard wired into the receptacle. I'll ask Larry.

Up at the crack of dawn, way too early to phone anyone, I threw the wood that was on pallets off the end of the deck up to the deck and stacked most of another face cord - until body complained. Did two loads of laundry and hung them, texted Larry. Had BF break by 7:15, and made posts for one bed. Went to Larry at 10:30 and he said that could be done, he would come over when he had time. (He works from home.)

Did many little things - It is amazing how many little things make up our lives! A couple hours visiting (here) with a newish, 40ish friend about the state of his life as he goes through separation... Good visit.

Larry came about 4pm and we did the deed - I held the panel steady while HE worked. I was stunned by all new wires and connectors, a totally new kiln sitter piece and new switches! Only the bricks and stainless steel coat are old but they are in fine shape! So glad I bought those glazes so I feel like I contributed a pittance.

Anyway, it was done and Larry says the worst that can happen would be if it blew a fuse. ?? The tech guy did say it had to be the same configuration but it is now the same as the other kiln. Today I will email Michael, informing him that it is not possible to purchase just a plug. (The guy in Uxbridge was wrong; I phoned and someone went and looked at the display and the place where he had thought there was a plug was for something totally different!)

So I need to inform and apologize to the local folks. If we have a dry period, I shall plug it in and see what happens. Right now it is misty enough not to see the west hill and very, very wet. Great storm last night; just as Larry was finishing, the weather informed and we quickly cleared up tools,etc. It hit at 5 pm and lasted about two hours, off and on. lots of rain and noise. Dan installed the first rain barrel yesterday so we have water!! I hear noises up the road so it may have washed out part of the hill again!

I removed the lovely moss from where the rain barrel stand was going and put it on one ramp to bridge. Took the clothes off the line just before Larry arrived! But forgot to cover the unstacked wood so now I have to wait for it to dry before I can finish. Needs to be done before I order more wood! And this non-rainy, cool morning would have been a great time to finish. Bed is re-made, clothes put away, dishes washed, BF eaten. Maybe I will make pots - experiment with something new. Maybe.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jul 18 - 10:34 AM

This declutterer will be removing some favorite foods from the diet for a while - the conclusion of a few days of not feeling good is IBS. I've made an appointment to get checked out and confirm, but with horrible stress at work and an unfortunate choice of rich foods, I think I've strained the gut's goodwill. Rice, oatmeal, modest amounts of milk (I need some calcium) and a selection of fruits and vegetables. Better lay off the really cheesy eggplant Parmesan I made for lunches this week. Into the freezer it goes.

Other than that, life moves on. One more eBay sale and eBay itself has been given the case of the mysterious glasses to sort out.

The piles of paper are almost alive, they're so carefully stacked in so many places, representing various projects in different stages. #1 on my list of things to do.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jul 18 - 09:54 PM

The paper is still here, there's actually more now. And I slept most of the day. I think I caught a bug, it isn't just dehydration.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jul 18 - 09:11 AM

Ohio:

Hardi arrived ydy aftn. Today: we'll put up remaining window and door sensors for the alarm system, put up blackout fabric, and bring in dining table.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jul 18 - 10:14 PM

No matter how much water you drink when it is this hot, it seems it isn't enough. I'm pretty sure the reason I'm so tired and cranky now is that I've been under-hydrated for a few days and it caught up with me this evening.

I have a buyer on eBay who I think is trying to pull a switcheroo on a recent purchase. I sent a set of 3 lovely glasses (found at the thrift store, but they were perfect and I almost kept them myself) and she wrote telling me they're so scratched and water stained that she can't use them. I posted excellent photos so told her to send a photo of her one glass and my three all together. I sell as-is and only do returns if the wrong item is sent, so technically don't have to do a thing, though eBay is trying to force all sellers to pay return postage if someone wants to return for a full refund. That costs me a lot and if she is trying to switch out glasses, she's also stealing. I'll report her - eBay can look at all of the messages exchanged. In the last one I suggested she is trying to pull a fast one, to see if she backs down. Either that or goes off half-cocked and they kick her out.

Tons of paper has built up around here lately and it's time to create a few file folders before I lose track of something important.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Jul 18 - 07:18 PM

Beaver:
fourth element did not fit; at this point, I realized brain was not functioning well enough to deal with connecting which wire to which wire. Neighbour Larry stopped by and we loaded both kilns into car - tight fit!

Today - hot!, and exhausted, managed to purchase netting for all raised beds and cut the 14x45 foot piece into five strips about 10x 14 and placed it but without the corner posts - they will come later! Also picked up a wheel for the one dollie - one that turns. Got home and realized I meant to buy two! what brain? Tomorrow...

De-cluttered the freezer of one rhubarb pie to take to pot luck at Horticultural society pot luck. Ate a tasty burger, cheese, lettuce and two small brownies. Came home to finish preparing to leave at 6 am for Toronto to get kilns repaired.

Now, prepare food for trip and go to bed, perhaps to sleep! Alarm is set.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jul 18 - 06:38 PM

Ohio:

I've been enjoying our little house so thoroughly that I got myself all worried that I hadn't left room for Hardi as I enjoyed making all the spaces work for me. Silly! He arrives tomorrow, and all I've needed to prep is moving a couple of items over an inch or two and viola! Room for two!

I think I may have had someone's hidden mental loop running, about being happy having to pinch someone else's happiness. Nope! Room for two happinesses!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Jul 18 - 01:04 PM

Beaver:
re bridge: My belief is that there was a bridge there already so we merely replaced it; it should be "grandfathered in". It is s lovely bridge and does not impede any critters or water flow. Maybe a beaver will come visit!

re family visits: Did I mention that our take on that last wonderful visit was, "Family is exhausting!" dil agreed! But we parted with love.

I finally started the kiln this am. Put in first element (of 4) was a lat more difficult than I expected and it was about 4 inches too long so I will have to try again. Also requested wiring diagram as a couple wires had disconnected and I need to be sure of where they go. "Harder" may be because the kiln is on a dollie and, hence, higher anad harder to bend over to bottom. Next ones will be easier... I took a welcome break due to sudden rain. HIGH humidity requires frequent short breaks inside, even when it is not precipitating.

Dan stopped by for his hard earned payment and we discussed rain barrels; he checked out supplies and went off with promise of "next few days!" That will pretty well deplete the bank account for this month!

I cut some of my hair today and now it is stick out in all directions! I'll do more later.

Otherwise, I have not done a great deal. Nothing is pressing but a number of things would be nice to get done... I am definitely feeling the on-coming fall! The need to get new firewood is a pressure, before it is all sold, so moving the remainder of last year's is necessary; needs cool dry weather!!!!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 23 Jul 18 - 10:06 AM

Charmion, the worst case of Groundhog Day, that SSDD stuff has been going on here for the last year and a half. It makes hunkering down at home with the news off all the more important for good mental health. Especially living in a border state where it is ground zero for a lot of this nonsense.

This weekend I found some discounted steaks at the grocery store and they're all Seal-a-Mealed into the freezer for a dozen or so meals. It's the only way I can afford to buy beef, but ironically, the "aged" beef is at its most tender, as a friend who used to work in a butcher shop once told me.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Jul 18 - 09:18 AM

I have finally recovered from a week of house guests. They're nice people -- in fact, family! -- but I'm more than a bit of an introvert and home is the only place where I can indulge that part of my personality, so any intrusion in that space, however welcome, is kinda disturbing. The weekend was largely about reading, interspersed with grocery shopping and cooking, while Perth County enjoyed some welcome rain.

Today I return to normal programming, with a gym workout and several loads of laundry, plus work on the Afghanistan book. I have almost reached the end of the main text, with only the Epilogue to go before I hit the appendices, which are mostly lists of jargon and abbreviations. I am eager to finish this project, as it reminds me too vividly of the tension that pervaded the operational headquarters where I worked throughout Canada's involvement in the Afghan insurgency. Sometimes I regret having read so much about the United States in Viet Nam; I rather resent the "same shit, different day" feeling I had while our task forces were deployed in Afghanistan, and I am having all over again as I work on this book.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jul 18 - 09:56 PM

Dog house and litter box are gone, as anticipated. Two bags of trash at the curb - I rarely have more than one, and that only every couple of weeks, but I cleaned out the fridge and emptied paper shredders and such. Didn't make it to Goodwill; in fact I did very little that involved going out. I did cook this evening because I had garden produce I wanted to use; the eggplants are now breaded and fried and in both the freezer and in a pan baked and ready for the week. I made individual portions for the freezer. I also cooked up three of the zucchini and yellow squash in a casserole I usually make. I really hate it when I wait too long and end up tossing the garden produce. Tomorrow I'll seed and slice jalapenos to freeze, though as small as they are, sometimes I simply wash them and freeze them whole and seed and slice them later when I need them.

It's day to day here to see if the garden survives this heat. Some of my potted plants I have no idea about - if they're too hot or too wet trying to keep them alive.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Jul 18 - 03:47 PM

Ohio:

Thoroughly enjoyed taking a weekend off from decluttering and research. During my break a volunteer came forward to help with the last batch.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Jul 18 - 03:04 PM

Not much to post here. This was the first week back to work after our vacation. I'm happy to say that it went much smoother than anticipated.

I went to yoga this week. It's the first time in a long time and I felt it for 2 days after....it was a good kind of pain though....it let's me know I was working some dormant muscles.

On the declutter front, the kitchen microwave has been tossed. It's needed to go for some time. I have a new to me microwave in storage in the mudroom. It will have to be wiped down but should work beautifully. It belonged to my grandparents. It belonged to my grandparents and was given to me when the house was sold.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jul 18 - 10:57 AM

This morning I decided I was tired of looking at the small plastic dog house and a large plastic covered cat litter pan beside the garage, so they're both down at the curb. Trash day is tomorrow, but I predict these will be gone before noon. If not, I'll tuck them into the SUV and take them to Goodwill before the trash pickup.

I'm on my way to accumulating items for that Container Store shopping bag. I'd love to make a run this afternoon and drop it off while I'm working on a couple of other things.

Cooking this morning, to get a jump on meals for the week. And darn, but I had to toss a couple of pounds of chicken that thawed on the counter but were left out hours longer by mistake. No point in risking cooking it now. I have another one in the freezer and I'll be more careful defrosting this time. I have bread and milk that need using, so bread pudding is on the menu, and squash and eggplant that need cooking, so my squash casserole and breaded fried eggplant for Parmesan. The patties freeze beautifully and I can assemble Parmesan later, but I also assemble a few in Pyrex single-serving containers and freeze those.

Laundry is ready to hang on the line. I need to use what energy I have now, because when it hits 109o again this afternoon, I'll stick to the shadows and barely move.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 18 - 11:16 PM

Illegal bridge building! Dorothy! What will you be up to next?

I had my first okra from the garden this evening, rolled in fishfry and fried in shallow oil. Mmmm! I sprayed soap on the plants last week and it got rid of a major part of the aphid problem so the flowers are blooming and producing finally; there's one plant that needs more attention. And I think the garden is too wet, the eggplant are suffering from it so I'm going to relocate the sprinkler heads. I already reduced the frequency on watering from every two days to three.

There are five quarts of grape juice tucked away in the door of the fridge, and maybe next weekend I'll start the jelly making. I have a lot left from last summer so I may take up a friend's suggestion and sell some of it on eBay (there is a "cottage law" here so you can sell foods prepared in a home kitchen, as long as they meet certain categories.) Market it as the year of 2017 jelly (since the 2018 crop isn't officially in yet).

I didn't mention earlier that there is a problem with both ants and ticks, so after picking I went straight to the back yard and used my patio shower, undressing and showering back there, then putting all of the clothes into the washer. They'll wash overnight when there is less power demand. Any bugs will die in the laundry.

The fan is tucked behind the kitchen queen with the stool and a few other items. The kitchen is clean - the juicing process takes a lot of large pots.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Jul 18 - 08:04 PM

Beaver:
Still working up to repairing the kiln! I think I have gathered the necessary tools but still need the energy at a time of day that it is in the shade!

Very little accomplished here this week. At the moment, I am giving serious consideration to de-cluttering my head of a great deal of hair - back to very short. I used to do it myself all the time. -? I think it was the pain in shoulder that stopped me. Maybe tonight.... ???? It won't matter if I get half way through and need to finish tomorrow.

Dan finished the bridge today. It looks great! my wallet? not so great! I almost called it off but really wanted it. Now I wonder why and what use I will get of it. Hope R appreciates it. It is built to last! No pic going on FB as I am not sure it is legal. No one can see it from the road; Have to be out back to get a view!

No name yet for new house. Maybe when we are actually able to move in.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Jul 18 - 06:54 PM

Ohio:

The after-brekey desktime habit tried loudly to call me, but I'm determined not to resume cataloguing until Wednesday and Thursday during cleaner-time-- and the only other thing waitin in there is sorting some small boxes of misx stuff.... Nope! Call again tomorrow! :-)

~s~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 18 - 03:13 PM

Of course it's probably the hottest day of the summer, but it was time to start picking grapes on the vines in the tree across the road from my house. I spent about 90 minutes out there, drank a couple of quart tankards of water, and came back with about 15 pounds of grapes to run through the steam juicer (in progress) for making grape jelly.

I keep a stash of a rarely-used items in a corner behind the Hoosier kitchen/kitchen queen in the far end of my kitchen, and when it's time for the juicing I pull a stool out of there that is the perfect height to support the gallon jar I decant the hot juice into. I hunted around the house for my other juicing season device, an oscillating fan on a stand that keeps the kitchen comfortable. I think this time I'll see if it will also fit behind the kitchen queen. (This fan was a garage sale find for $3, and I had to do a little repair, but it's a champ at this task.)

At work I found a good archival box in the recycling bin and also a large Container Store bag. I brought them home, not sure what the box will be used for yet, but the goal with the Container Store bag is to fill it soon and take it to the Goodwill. I usually take things in bags, but was out of the large ones.

Must go check on the juice.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jul 18 - 07:41 PM

The second part of setting up the phone with the new phone company is to adjust the APN (access point name) settings to the new company. The phone and text worked, but not the Internet. Now it's up and running. Whew!

I'm looking at stacks of paperwork needing attention this weekend, and anything outdoors that needs attention I'll go out very early to take care of. Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest of this streak.

Two eBay items sold this week. They're small, but it all adds up. The best of the two sales was three aqua colored Luminarc 500ml glasses that I bought for .89 each. The box went for $23 plus priority shipping. And when I compared Priority services, I was able to use the Zone A box and save $2 out of the shipping she paid. So - I sold about $3 of glasses for $25. But they're collectible, it's not like she was hit with a high price, I was lucky to spot and grab them at Goodwill, and my sale came in a little under what some of the others were selling per-piece. This doesn't happen often, but it's what I aim for.

Now to feed dogs then get to the paperwork.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jul 18 - 05:05 PM

PS "nonversation" is not a typo.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jul 18 - 03:26 PM

Ohio:

The 22 cases to research were done ydy, and I'm taking a break before diving into either older cases (which are harder and more frustrating), a small group of unidentified victims (I lack the connections for now for the necessary nonversations), or other cities' longer lists (awaiting a faster loaner laptop).

But giving that project my after-brekky time each day has formed a great new habit-- morning time is now firmly desktime. So bill-paying which has been chaotically unpredictable was the natural activity today, this first day without cases to research.

I'll use desktime for financial time, and cataloguing time, but not every day during vacay-- Hardi arrives Monday or Tuesday for FUN-time. I have to be here mid-day for the cleaner Wednesdays and Thursdays, so I'll finish off the unfinished cataloguing then!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 18 - 08:22 PM

Scuttling from one spot of shade to another, parasol in hand to stay a little cooler; right now there is very little movement as we go one hot day to the next. We broke at record today at 108o. A bowl of potato chips, a glass of wine is dinner. Not much alcohol because of the dehydrating effect.

My washer has a delay setting so it ran during the early hours, and I wish I'd had time to hang the clothes on the line because they would dry quickly, but they went into the box of hot air in my laundry room. At least it was still early.

Dorothy, once you're out of the house you're selling and moved into the house you're buying, will you have a special name for that venue, or will it simply be another house in town?


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Jul 18 - 04:40 PM

Beaver:
Managed to put up canopy on back deck on Tues, so I have shade to work on kiln. Took about two hours and was a lot of exercise! Now I need to screw the legs down. Then, Change kiln elements and check it out.

Weds was a day of talking with a couple friends on phone to sort out life-things, unclutter the brain, sort wheat from chaff. And reading mindless novels helps too!

Today:
Fetched the Michael Dumas racoon print from out on Baptiste Lake, read newspaper and flyers; Checked with a few people re internet service; found out it is not so great yet! Realized it was a busy Thurs and went shopping before it got worse on Friday. Bought a rain barrel on sale for north downspout; have one - not installed - for south one; Thinking another one for east would be good; the eavestroughs for east are in the shed if Dan has time to install them. This would make easy watering for each of the raised beds! Might get more done in the cool of the evening. Beautiful breezy day!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Jul 18 - 11:30 AM

The same storm system that watered Dorothy's garden hit us in Stratford, in three squall lines spaced over the afternoon and evening on Monday. It was GREAT! Knocked back the stifling humidity, and we've had lovely cool evenings this week.

My elder brother and his wife are visiting us this week, taking in the local sights (such as they are) and the Stratford Festival, which is (of course) all about The Theatah and Culture with a capital C. I'm having a hard time keeping my tidying impulses under control as they strew newspapers and novels around the sitting room and leave damp towels where damp towels should never be left.

I might be on the brink of curmudgeon-dom. God forbid.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 18 - 11:00 PM

Susan, it's beginning to sound like you found another Winchester House in Ohio.

Paperwork after the phone work. And general hanging out. There are two dogs asleep on the cool tile floor in my office, and I'll bet money that the third is in her favorite spot on the tile in the hall nearby. There's not much else to do when the outside temperature is still over 100.

A portable high-capacity hard drive arrived so I can do some backup work that needs doing.

I need to go pick stuff in the garden in the morning before it gets too warm. Most of my garden work needs to happen now, because the next week is still super hot out there.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jul 18 - 10:49 PM

Ohio:

My cleaning plan worked beautifully and prepared the way to unpack two items to adorn my big, wide dresser-- a prayer shawl from my 2012 surgical complications which has our bedroom's colors in it, and a big treasure chest Hardi gave me years ago.

÷S÷


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 18 - 10:01 PM

Ported the number from AT&T and lost WiFi calling in the process; apparently only T-Mobile branded phones can use that feature. I don't use it often, but I'll set up Skype or something like that to take the place.

Right now it's so hot that everything is done slowly and deliberately. Today it hit 107, Saturday is supposed to hit 109. I'm carrying a parasol-like umbrella around with me and that helps. Going to work early avoids some of the hot travel but it puts us outside travelling home during the worst heat of the day. Ugg. Keeping an eye on the garden and making sure the dogs have plenty of water (they can come in and out through the dog door, which I purchased a couple of years ago for use during really hot weather - the dogs insist it needs to stay in place year-round.)


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Jul 18 - 05:32 PM

Ohio:

My 12-pack of magazine files just arrived and have been put into use-- sure enough, I only have two left! :-)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Jul 18 - 09:03 AM

Beaver:

Wonderful storm yesterday! Watered the gardens!! Bit cooler today and predicted more so for the next few. Continue to get many small things done in short spurts. They add up!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 11:10 PM

Ohio:

My big whup today was taking a chair out of the guest room closet and putting two huge (stacked) bins IN the closet. I also put away the clean laundry in the two laundry hampers that had languished on the guest room floor.

Since the whole room is a mere 9×9 feet with a bed and a big recliner in it, I'd gotten used to zero walk space in there. It feels and looks quite spacious now-- but more importantly, it's finally clear enough for a good vacuuming job. This is the room Tyler had trashed the worst, and it will finally get its turn for a good cleaning, Wednesday!!!

+S+


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 09:31 AM

Decluttering my work computer by moving a backup copy of projects I worked on (mostly just to have a record of the photos I took) via a portable hard drive. Once it finishes loading into the home computer I'll take it back for the rest of the data. I do this every so often. I also need to move around the various home videos I've converted to AVI and then to VOB and mp4. Digital heavy lifting.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Jul 18 - 09:21 PM

Beaver:

In the cool of last eve, I managed to place screening over the gardens! The critters have been well fed! Today was too hot for anything but Larry came and checked out kiln2 (in the shade!) I have better info to ask about tomorrow. Tonight I started moving the old wood pile to make room for this year's wood. This will take a while! I judge at least a full bush cord to be moved. Some weeding done and some watering by the 3/4 bucketful! Hoping for a bit of rain tomorrow. Otherwise, I kept cool by reading most of day.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jul 18 - 01:27 PM

Ohio:

Wanting to go from 2 hours of weekly cleaning to 3 to facilitate unpacking-mess help, it turns out that to keep my same schedule and cleaner, the only option for now is to go to 4 hours, not 3, because the agency schedules everyone for 2 hour slots plus 1/2 hour travel.

The Area Agency on Aging happily authorized that at no cost to us!

To keep that trash-day schedule and cleaner; Brittney's 2nd slot for me means adding a second day. Here's how I hope it will shake put (I used to manage a clng svc):

Tuesday: (me)
Prep bath, make grocery list, choose garage project

Wednesday: (Brittney, prep for Thursday)
Trash gathered and out
Dust/cln woodwork of fingermarks - rotate 1 rm moving stuff and/or bed change help
Bathroom incl wall, woodwork
Garage - carry unpacked stuff in to dust and place on K table
(I go get groceries)


Thurs (Brittney, prep for company)
Recycling 3 bags (K, LL), bring back trash can
Vacuum - rotate 1 rm moving stuff or help bring in larger garage items
Kitchen incl put away groceries if requested
Patio trash
(I do errands/wash & replace dog linens)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 18 - 10:30 AM

Early morning chores are the only way to at least stay even with the yard work in hot weather; I didn't get ahead by taking the trimmer out on that cord plugged into the garage (there is more that still needs doing), but I cleared out tall grass and weeds that were threatening to encroach on the chard and basil, so I'll continue to have a crop. And the windshield washer fluid is filled (though I think there is a leak in the lines and that's on my list of things to check next trip to the service department.)

eBay continues to have watchers but no recent sales to those folks. It goes in cycles, so perhaps after the first of the month there will be some movement. During nice weather, unless it's super hot like down here, there are many pleasanter things to be doing than playing on the computer.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jul 18 - 10:42 PM

I enjoyed seeing the photos on facebook, Michelle! It looked like a good length of time to be gone, so you weren't tired of the travel (well, maybe the last few miles home?) Vacations are refreshing, and they help you see your world through new eyes for a little while when you get home.

Today was mostly online work and filing, despite the slightly cooler temperatures and a few things that need doing outside. The rest of the week is supposed to be awful.

Truth be told, I have to do the kind of office work Susan has been doing, but the focus is to organize my father's music collection. Getting rid of extra stuff that won't contribute to the project has been part of my eBay activity - things I've listed include vintage equipment and materials I won't need. But I'm not to the actual sorting yet.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Jul 18 - 08:54 PM

We are home from vacation.....we had such a wonderful time!

My car is decluttered of almost all vacation items (which have been put away and second load of laundry is in the washer).

My mom joined us for a few days which was particularly nice! She left some items behind...some intentional, some not so much...and those will stay in the car until tomorrow.

I did NOT bring home another coffee mug....I wanted to....but did not. I collect tack pins so I have 2 more to add to my travelling hat and 2 magnets...and one t-shirt for Jeremiah. I am all proud of myself as we visited several souvenir shops on one of our days being out and about....I love tacky vacation stuff...it's just FUN (none of it is necessary I know...LOL) but I didn't bring home anything more than the 2 pins and 2 magnets as a remembrance of our trip. I took lots of photos, all of which can be seen on Facebook if anyone has any interest.

I'm glad to be home and tomorrow I will be even more happy as all my fur babies will be home too.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jul 18 - 07:48 PM

Beaver:

RE heat: I DO get the distinction. For me anything over 75 is TOO HOT!

Neighbour stopped in for visit on Fri and is coming tomorrow with some sort of device to determine how the electric is or is not flowing in Kiln2! I am prepared - mentally - to work on Kiln1 when parts arrive!

Today I went to yard sales, farm market, visit with long time but rarely seen friends, and an interment at a local cemetery of friend long not seen. Best part was seeing her wonderful ex who was such a joy when they were neighbours; He has not aged a day in 20 years! He just does not have as much energy - must be at least 90! What a role model!

Yard sale: 4 very nice bed pillows! One garden canopy for $20! And a Michael Dumas Owl print. Since I cannot find the fabric for the poles I have, this seemed a real de-clutter. I hope to put it up over the kiln area on back deck for shade. Maybe early tomorrow morning.

Strangely, today it did not seem super hot anywhere until I got out of the car at home and -WHEW! In spite of breeze all day, I melted; put a wet wash cloth on my head and read. About 6 pm went out and did some weeding. Worried about lack of rain but tiny beets and carrots seem to be fine. Lots of animal depredation - woodchuck? rabbits? It was on today's agenda to build covers for beds but the heat defeated that. I have a plan but will have to wait for Monday to get supplies. EARLY!

Cooler now but the bugs are vicious and I don't want to bring any more inside!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jul 18 - 10:54 AM

Decluttering AT&T of the profit that comes from my having a cell phone account with them. My son is my guinea pig, in that he switched to TING last summer, and I researched it, then asked him again how he likes it. I've ordered their SIM card and will cut my phone bill by about $40 a month. This works because the last phone I bought, while it came with the usual AT&T bloatware, was purchased over Amazon and was unlocked. If I had a standard AT&T issue phone I'd have to go through several steps to unlock it first.

The kitchen table is cleared off. The counters are on their way to being cleared. I have a bag of stuff to take to recycling bins, and I brought home a box from work to use to package an eBay item. Once that is prepared for listing, there will be a little bit of clear space in the sunroom.

I'm debating about participation in that "passing books along" thread, but it might not be economically rational, since I'd be paying to send extra books to people who requested them and probably not getting very many books back in return. There are many places locally I can take the books I don't want and sell or donate them. I'll save that site for special books.

Good luck with the kiln repairs, Dorothy. Today I'm in the process of keeping my computer's HP printer in service by replacing the toner cartridge - it seems the HP-branded cartridges are now "clearance priced" ($206 down from $270) but I always spend about $60 for a knockoff. That electronic store isn't carrying those now, so I'm researching knockoff cartridges online. Why should I stop using my perfectly good old printer because they want to sell new printers?

It's a hot week coming up. Any hose dragging or running the trimmer needs to happen today before the worst of it hits (it's never cool here in the summer, but sometimes it is less hot, if you can understand that distinction.)


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Jul 18 - 12:19 PM

Go DP!!! (Girl power!)

Ohio:

Awaiting lawn crew for special instructions, so have to stay home. :-( Bummed: urgent and very brief errand downtown.

Very full chix crockpot going.

LL photo shoot prep and LL ofc hsehold mgmt progress:

Furniture/dogbed/etc. tweaked for easy bookcase access.

Misc bills (due and paid) moved to designated LL ofc cubbies.

Other misc LL 'to-sort' stacks and boxes assigned cubbies. Two project cubbies plus one personal health mgmt cubby assigned and filled.

Stray workstation cords/cables re-run, in prep for tying cables. (Not yet-- photo shoot will require moving desk slightly.)

Art planning in LL. Chair doze listening for mowers-- none.

SURJ mentor updated.

Several OFUA files saved off email.

LL trash cans lined and locations settled.
.


Kitchen cleared of groceris to stow; reusable bags assigned to scooter and car, and stowed for next shoppings.

? ?
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..S..


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Jul 18 - 11:06 AM

Beaver:

Talking with staff at the pottery supply yesterday renewed my guts; I opened the control panels on each recalcitrant kiln this am and ordered parts - to replace elements and connectors on one and help for kiln sitter on other. Conferred on reason two elements not working on kiln2 and sent pics of corroded connections. Awaiting further info.

Yay for me! And yay for Thomas support! I feel so much better. About that bit of life anyway! All this before BF! 11am already! And dreadfully hot - must be the humidity as it is allegedly only 23C, about 75F. Already up to 71 inside but does not seem so hot as it is not humid - yet! Not doing much outside today.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Jul 18 - 01:29 AM

Ohio:

God help me: I just turned my LL recliner to face outward towards the bookcases and door, and suddenly I've got the full view of this Liberation Library monster I've been creating, really for the first time. It needs more magazine files. Any idiot could see that.

So of course I just ordered another 12-pack because they're cheaper per unit that way than a 6-pack now and another one next week.

I had 3 lightweight plastic ones that are brittle and breaking, that I'll retire into my personal files space, and four very heavy plastic but ugly ones, ditto. And several Topic Kits where a few loose journals are better corralled, with books or videos to fill out the magazine file snugly. They stand with more stability when they're full.

It won't be long before I have to order the much wider (matching cardboard) magazine files to contain each Kit's books and films. I know I'm moving in that direction.... God help me!

+S+


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