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Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House

Dorothy Parshall 27 Feb 18 - 10:42 PM
wysiwyg 27 Feb 18 - 04:50 PM
Charmion 27 Feb 18 - 09:18 AM
Acme 26 Feb 18 - 08:18 PM
Charmion 26 Feb 18 - 10:24 AM
wysiwyg 25 Feb 18 - 08:26 PM
Dorothy Parshall 25 Feb 18 - 12:39 PM
LilyFestre 25 Feb 18 - 11:30 AM
Acme 25 Feb 18 - 12:46 AM
Dorothy Parshall 24 Feb 18 - 10:11 PM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 18 - 08:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Feb 18 - 10:42 PM

Beaver:
Energy level kind of hit the wall today. Hope it renews! Two bisque firings complete and two to go ---- I looked in the glaze bucket and OOPS - need more. I have the materials but the scales I have are iffy and I do not have the required sieve. It's at the mill. Considering possible solutions... Trimmed more pots today - threw yesterday - and hope they will dry fast enough to get into the last bisque load. House is de-cluttered of pots!

I did a wonderful job of restraining myself from buying some epiphytes tonight but passed on to the presenter (at the horticultural Soc) my copper tubing plant support idea. Copper kills epiphytes but the dipladenia is doing great in its "cage". I am down to one geranium - about to bloom!, two neophyte spider plants, one af violet and my new rosemary and aloe vera - all doing well. I do tend to be a plant-aholic!

Trying Keto diet again. All lost is regained; I alternately give up and try again. Spring is giving me hope but there is still a lot of snow out there.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Feb 18 - 04:50 PM

Ohio:

It turned out that both helpers planned for today bailed at the last minute, and the weather was too warm and sunny to waste, so I finished the patio door project, as well as I could on my own. I was not able to totally secure the lower edge with bolts, but I was able to screw thru the front plate into the back plate with extra long exterior grade screws which, unfortunately, were a tad long for the width of the door and will have to be nipped off.

Unfortunately they also were to have loaded a chair into my car after first unloading the full hatch area; I need it for a pain-free weekend workshop Friday-Saturday because I did not bring my walker-seat which is perfectly set up for 90° joints.

Since I now can't walk at all after that door project, I'm not excited about attempting the chair move on my own. It may just fit in DIL's open trunk and the workshop is right here in town. If I don't take it, my back will be fried after the first hour. :-(

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Feb 18 - 09:18 AM

Actually, Acme, the move left both of us fatter than we had been in years. After so long in Ottawa, and with all the shenanigans surrounding release from the Army after 30 years of service, we were wined and dined a great deal during the spring and early summer of last year, to the extent that it seemed we were in one fancy restaurant or another pretty well every weekend for about two months. Then the move itself put us in hotels for almost two weeks in high summer, and eating all our meals in restaurants and diners. We both got seriously chubby.

When we finally finished unpacking the books (a job that took ages), Himself looked at me seriously across the dinner table and said, "We have completed the task of Moving To Stratford. It is now time to start Living In Stratford." Within a couple of days, he had entered into a contract with a personal trainer at the gym and joined the local hiking club. Then he downloaded MyNetDiary, a diet-tracking application, onto his phone and started weighing and measuring his food. He said it made counting calories into a video game.

Neither of us is any good at fasting. Himself gets grumpy and impossible to live with when his low-food light is flashing, and I find that I really must eat when my stomach starts rumbling. I don't have to eat much, mind you, and it's important that I wait until I actually feel hunger, but if I don't eat when those signals start arriving I am likely to gorge when I finally let myself eat at all.

With the kitchen renovation project and the redecoration of the rest of the house to manage, I do not really feel that the Moving To Stratford phase is quite finished, at least not for me. In fact, just the other day I found yet another box with movers' tape on it, cracked it open, and decided that its entire contents could go to the Sally Ann. I won't really settle until the bedrooms are patched and painted, and I've put up curtains in the upstairs windows.

It's another unseasonably beautiful day in Perth County, sunny and warm, so I have decided to jettison my original plan for extensive housework in favour of a nice walk downtown to mail my brother's birthday present. Yesterday's workout did not leave me with the stiff legs I suffered on Saturday, so my body has evidently decided to forgive me and get with the program.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 26 Feb 18 - 08:18 PM

Charmion, it sounds like himself also took advantage of the extra work involved in moving. I always lose weight when I pack and move for hours at a time for days at a time. Right now I've gone back to alternate day fasting, managing two or three days a week. I got the idea from Dr. Mosley's Eat, Fast and Live Longer program that originally broadcast on a BBC science series. It comes and goes on the Internet, but it looks like BBC has a YouTube channel now. He tries several different forms of fasting; the one I adopted shows up about 38 minutes into the program. (It's also on a Spanish language Vimeo channel, in English with a less distracting background.)

Thanks for the note, Dorothy. That is an interesting outcome after sitting on that property for a long time.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Feb 18 - 10:24 AM

Not much going on in Stratford, now that the ground floor is just about finished (only the kitchen tile to go, and that is scheduled). My lung complaint is gradually ebbing, currently down to occasional coughing fits that still sound awful but don't leave me reeling with exhaustion as they did two weeks ago.

I went back to the gym on Friday for a full workout, and boy did I feel it on Saturday. Every muscle in my legs, butt and back had criticism to offer, which tells me that I need to do that workout again today, and on Wednesday, and on Friday, too.

Himself is looking particularly fine these days, after almost four months of watching his diet and working out vigorously. He's lost almost 25 pounds and is back into his snazziest suits; the new one he bought last summer now hangs on him like a tent. The gym staff are so impressed with him that they just about offered him a job, on the theory that if the flabby old guys see an fit old guy behind the counter, they might be a little less reluctant to sign up.

I'm looking a bit gaunt, myself, having lost my jowls and a full size in trousers to the pneumonia. I thought I had come to terms with advancing age, but it's still always a bit of a shock to look at myself in the mirror and see the same lines on my face that I remember on my granny.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 08:26 PM

Ohio:

Workday-- 6:30pm ending before dark; started at 11am with a crew of four helpers. (30 man-hours on top of my time to prep, plan, purchase, work, coordinate/teach, and clean up.)

The 2 trickiest jobs on my wishlist were done well, to completion. The rebuilt HVAC-enclosure wall is especially lovely, and involved a lot of thought and tricks-- but looks just like it was always just the way we did it.

Several other jobs were not completed fully, but were started in such fashion that I can finish them with Tyler's help Tuesday. Others I can finish on my own-- in both cases, the helpers did the parts I can't possibly do. And brought me a Coke when I badly needed it.

One of the best parts was teaching my awkward-age nephew how to use a cordless drill/driver, work smart, use a framing square, and lay out a project. He is a certifiable genius-- super-quick processing-- but SO bored and awkward, and also at the age of not wanting to know a thing his ma and pa try to teach him. I finally got to that magic smile with him, that'd vanished of late under too much AP schoolwork, and far too many structured afterschool programs. He got very handy with that little tool, relaxed, and gained confidence-- good for him!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 12:39 PM

R is being held hostage by the buyer? How is that possible? What conditions of sale would require the seller to continue to live there?

R is SO happy to be rid of the albatross and receiving an amazing amount for it, that he would have just said, "How high would you like me to jump?"

Laughing at your mud! I am still under ice and snow! This morning I could not safely walk the 20 feet from back door to studio - on the wood walkway! Now it is over 40F and I am hoping for the energy to go to work - after lunch.

I actually did about 15 minutes on the sewing machine - made a pouch for the comfrey so it doesn't go everywhere while in use! The ankle was being somewhat painful but the poultices the last couple days have cleared it. Comfrey everywhere! This summer I will be drying quantities of leaves AND putting them into a animal proof container.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: LilyFestre
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 11:30 AM

I can relate to the muddy mess. I have to roll my pants up x3 so that when I get to work I don't have it all over my pants from mud that splashes up as I walk. Ick.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 12:46 AM

R is being held hostage by the buyer? How is that possible? What conditions of sale would require the seller to continue to live there?

Last year the Photobucket photo storage site made a huge change, blocking users from third-party hosting of photos unless they pay $700 a year for the privilege. I've finally found a place that I think will work and I'll have to upload then reassemble the photo links into an organic garden site I've contributed to.

The yard is a sodden mess, guests today left with muddy shoes after trying to look at the garden to discover any pending blooms and to admire the asparagus. I have four pairs of my own shoes and boots by the door that I'll have to knock the mud off of once it's completely dry.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 10:11 PM

Beaver:

Great news! R has decluttered our lives of the odious house! It is actually sold but he needs to live there until December; keep it occupied until the buyer is ready to start "renovating". When I go back to Montreal in a couple weeks, we will be able to consider what we can buy for the next phase of our lives. I am still hoping for a house near those nature reserves. He seems to be amenable. Whew! He texted me, "There are squirrels in the attic! They aren't ours! YAY!" What a relief, we are each feeling. After all these years, he no longer has the "house needs to be renovated" hanging over him! The buyer is going to totally gut the interior so nothing matters!

We will still have "Beaver Haven" but I have agreed to spend more time in Quebec. This also is a sort of de-clutter - so we are in the same place if either of us has health problems. Being a prisoner in that dreadful house last winter ...

The studio and house are totally cluttered with drying pottery! That is GOOD clutter! Monday looks like it will be a decent day to deal with loading the kiln for the first bisque firing. I have a fair chance of finishing by 5th or so. Load car and trek to Montreal - on a non-snow day. And hang out until son and wife come up from NYC, where they are visiting third grand daughter (my third greatgd), Ali's first child, to collect his pots - And have a short visit! Troy lived in Montreal in his teens so it will be a bit of a pilgrimage for him - showing Julie the highlights of his youth.

Packing pottery: Double boxing is highly recommended, with the outside one lined with spray foam, or maybe the interior one and the pottery wrapped in bubble wrap, placed in a plastic bag and then into foam lined box which is then filled with more foam. Then the outer box could have foam or some other filler. Strong boxes! I had good success using bagels as filler - instead of foam!

Not much else done but managed the laundry in two loads/two days, drying in house. Warmer days and solar gain in afternoon means less wood needs to be brought in. A week without snow is a nice break for my shoulders. Another day or two and I may be able to get to the car without risk of falling. Using gravel in a large yogurt container to strew in front of me as I make my way - very carefully! I can see small patches of bare ground.grass! But fully expecting more snow before April.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 08:58 PM

Ohio:

Today I picked up all the materials for tomorrow's work day. It was already a full day, so no energy left for the funny story it included. (Story will keep.)

But not only do I exoect 2 energetic adults younger than me, tomorrow-- helper Tyler is looking for Tuesday hours next week, which means he can work with me to finish anything not completed when the family must depart early tmrw evening to get the kiddoes off to bed. So I'll prioritize the list accordingly.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 06:18 PM

The weather in north central PA has been so very strange for this time of the year. Last week it was pushing 70 degrees and then we had a very fast moving storm that dumped enough ice and snow to shut things down for the day.   Now it's all rainy and in the high 30s. My yard is a super highway of MUD. However, with the odd weather, we have seen flocks of geese returning, a friend recently posted a photo of a bear under her feeder and a photo of a robin. Today we noticed some flowers about to bloom in the back yard....small whitish ones...not sure what they are though. I think Mother Nature is going to have a very good laugh about all this sometime in the next month or so. We really haven't had winter to speak of.

Today we decluttered the entire family of excess hair...LOL...we all got haircuts this morning. It's amazing to me how getting a good haircut (taking care of oneself) or decluttering a section of my home make me feel equally fabulous!   :)

My crazy work audits are over but this week had me training a new hire and doing 3 additional intakes so I'm dragging a little bit. I think if I can catch a nap here shortly, I may get some work done tonight. If not, there's always tomorrow but then again, I've been asked to go out for the afternoon with someone. I would like to go out but I'd also like the time at home so we shall see. Decisions! Decisions! ;)

Pete and I are trying to decide how to handle the room switch....my sewing room will soon be Jeremiah's bedroom. He thinks we should let Jeremiah pick the color. I think we should pick out 5 somewhat neutral colors and let him pick that and THEN he can pick out what he wants for his blankets and such. He loves one of the Avenger characters a ton at the moment but as we all know, that will be fleeting. I don't mind changing out linens but I do mind the thought of having to repaint every time he changes his mind about his favorite character/animal.   If we were to paint the walls in a neutral color, those changes in his likes would be MUCH easier to handle and continually look good...at least that's my thought on the matter!   Currently that room is a very soft pink color so it absolutely will be changed for Jeremiah. Jeremiah's room was designed as a nursery with gender neutral colors as we didn't know what gender our child would be. The walls are a soft buttery yellow and there is a soft grass green carpet on the floor. I love the looks of it the way it is and will not need to make any changes to the walls or floor when that becomes my sewing room.

Speaking of sewing, I am ever closer to finishing the House of Care Quilt. Next weekend, I will be joining a group of friends for a day of sewing (interrupted by orchestra practice) and then an evening of theater, I am looking forward to that day with great anticipation! :)

I did declutter the front seat of my car this weekend and left office in stellar shape for the week ahead...I say those things count as they make my life run more smoothly.

Enjoy your week friends!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 01:07 PM

This part of the state has recently decluttered itself of a drought. I thought we'd done that last year, but apparently there were still remnants of dryness. I read an article this morning about how the cold and rain should combine to let the peach trees to my west become totally hydrated and because of the cold the blossoms have been delayed. This should result in a bumper crop. I, on the other hand, have been washing towels that line the back door and will make a point of putting up a rain gutter next month. I don't consider all of these dirty towels a plus.

Company coming so the dogs will spend much of the time in my office. I'll crank my desk into standing position to move the cables out of tail reach - the prospect of a dog tangled in this stuff is why I usually keep the door closed when I'm not in here, to keep them out. (If I put left them in my bedroom unattended they would make themselves completely at home on the bed and with Poppy's trip to the vet this morning and a yeasty-smelling hot spot just treated, it would be hard on the bedding).

Asparagus are sprouting but still no blooms forming on the daffodils. It's already about four weeks later than they've bloomed over the last several years. On the other hand, it's so wet right now it's difficult to step over to the asparagus to pick any so some have gotten too tall to eat so what's out there is under appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 18 - 08:58 PM

Menu for Sunday crew:

Panful of fried cheese grit patties
Crockpot of bbq
Raw sweet peppers
Clementines
Bananas
Vanilla or strawberry yogurt
Cereals
Corn chips
Shredded cheese
Halloween candy and dark chocolate

The bbq is chicken thighs and breasts, plus a pork steak, all slivered and shredded into marmalade bbq sauce, after a reboiling of all the meats.

Dog will be boarded this time-- this combo of ppl always results in an overly revved up service dog, and I'm tired of being ignored on ignoring the svc dog-- she'll love playing with her human friends at the kennel.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 08:54 PM

Tomorrow evening I'll be busy straightening for company on Saturday. The mature approach is to put things away and tidy; the quick way is to stuff everything into the sewing room. I have company for a couple of nights next weekend as well, so there's no putting odd stuff in the guest room.

I've read Susan's discussion of the stuff stored in her garage and considered how to sort and compress what is in mine. I can park one vehicle inside, and I have only one vehicle, but it is technically a two-car garage. I may move some of the storage shelving on one side and see if I can give more floor space. Stack up on shelves but not on wall steel shelves perpendicular to the walls, as it is now.

A new fence is soon going up next door, along the true property line. I'll be able to dismantle the existing fence that is about 18 inches closer to my house and recycle it into a couple of places around the yard where planks are deteriorating. I'll have to dig up the metal fence posts and knock the concrete footers off, then reuse them or more likely offer them up on one of the freecycle services in my area. These are truly signs of spring. It's not here yet, but it's close (my asparagus are beginning to sprout.)


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 02:26 PM

Ohio:

The crew of 2 expected for Sunday has grown to a full crew of 4-- two adults, their tall young son, and their very young artsy daughter. So some curtain-swapping will defintely be added! And more placeholders for the framed art on the way.

A new project will involve patching a door... The sellers apparently had installed an interior-grade door on the patio side of the garage, which (predictably) has been rotting away inside the hollow core.... the 2×2 inside the bottom edge of the core dropped out, and took a ragged 3-4" of outer door skin with it.... so I can't just put a new 2x2 up in there-- nothing left to attach to it.

I have to buy a sheet of plywood for another project we're doing Sunday, of which we'll use less than half. So, since Hardi will want to choose its replacement and probably install it himself, we'll install plywood kick plates from inside the garage and probably outside as well, to discourage squirrel intrusions.

We'll cut and attach these XL plates high enough to connect with good wood; a spray of clear-coat on the exposed edge ought to prevent the ply-peeling from getting too far along before Hardi can see it in August. I'm betting he'll opt to just paint all that and defer replacement until he retires! ;-)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 09:18 AM

The temperature is back to its normal late-February position below freezing today, but it won't last; Environment Canada promises a high of 10C for tomorrow. That's just nuts. Okay, Stratford is not as cold as Ottawa, but it's not supposed to be like central Europe! The last time I lived through a winter like this, I was in Baden-Wurttemburg where the asparagus season started in early March.

It's time to start packing up doohickeys for the church variety sale, which I hope will result in an empty cabinet in the basement ... so I can then declutter the basement of the cabinet! I'm learning to love Kijiji.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 12:38 AM

The carpet cleaner was set on "spill pickup" as I hoovered up the water that puddled around the fireplace and back door from all of our rain. I have to put up a rain gutter to keep it from pouring onto the poorly-grouted bricks of the chimney and working it's way into the house. The roof is good, the masonry, not so much. Add to this that it was a complete turnaround to read about New Hampshire temperatures up to 78o today while in Texas it was 36o and raining.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Feb 18 - 10:59 PM

Ohio:

Going nuts over which curtains get swapped around to which windows when the furniture comes, because it'll be easier to get at the windows first.

Trish came by to pick up the 2 items I'd known she'd take plus the one I'd hoped she'd take, and offered to be on the truck-unloading crew!!! She is about 50, very strong, knows how to turn things to get them to go, is hilarious AND reliable-- and knows that the world runs on #GirlPower. She's worth the whole block full of hormone-assaulted teenagers who won't commit! Whoo-EEE, I got my crew!

This means I do NOT have to unload the dresser she's taking-- the one from PA will come in, she'll swap out my stuff, and out the door will go her new dresser! She wants to buy DIL's car I'm borrowing!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 20 Feb 18 - 09:30 PM

One of the huge boxes I inherited last week has gone to list a lot of binders on eBay; tonight I used another to package a large terracotta clay baker (Romertopf) that needs either a very specialized styrofoam molded form or a lot of packing peanuts to deliver it safely. I have a smaller clay baker I use for roasting chickens - there's something about that method that makes the moist meat fall off the bones.

I decluttered parts of the yard of stands of henbit that are growing rapidly now that the days are longer. The lawn in the back is still dormant (Bermuda) and the henbit is a striking green against the golden brown dead grass; in front I have lots of Rescue grass, like a poor man's Rye grass that is wild and comes up every year. I used the steel rake and pulled through the henbit to dislodge most of it; what remains is easy to pull by hand. I'll be doing this for a couple of more days and adding the weeds to my compost. Hopefully I won't have to do the first mow of the yard for a couple of weeks yet. And that reminds me - I need to get the starter cord replace on my string trimmer. Long story, but a repair (changing out the fuel line) I was doing myself went awry when the plastic handle on the broke upon release and the whole cord wound up inside. I looked at the YouTube video to fix it - what takes that guy 15 minutes would take me ages. I have a guy who does this kind of thing, and if I get it over there now, he won't have a long line of things ahead of mine.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 09:41 AM

Ugh Charmion, that's a rotten job, cleaning the oven or anything to do with the cooker.
Here in UK there are cleaning companies who will come and do that job, dismantling the entire thing and making it shine in every corner. But it costs about £70.
Our cooker is self-cleaning, and the extractor has a paper filter which only needs changing. The hob is a ceramic one, completely smooth, glassy thing, so quite easy to wipe over.

This morning we've just tackled the utility room. This room isn't heated, and so in winter it's running with condensation. We get a lot of black mould on the walls, window frames and even the window panes, so my husband went round with various products and several cloths, plus his trusty mop. It's gleaming now and smells lovely and fresh.
The poor man then got into his uniform and set off for seven hours' cleaning at the school where he works. He really is a treasure!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 08:29 AM

Cleaning inside the range hood is one of my least favourite jobs, right up there with cleaning the oven. Both require me to assume an uncomfortable position while using noxious materials. I'll know I have been condemned to Hell if in the afterlife I find myself down on my aching marrowbones and dabbing awkwardly at caustic soda while clicking my neck in a vain effort to see what I'm doing.

Housework it's not for the weak.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 04:39 PM

I didn't do the fan - yet. I did list a lot of eBay items so I'm up to 20 items for sale. I sell most as Buy-it-now and for 30 days with 2 automatic renewals. If I keep adding things as they sell I'm more motivated to do this regularly. And when I sell often enough there are extra ratings buyers can look at that show your previous customers rated you highly for description, speed of shipping, quality of item, etc.

I seem to be to a stage of swapping out some of the old electronics with newer low cost but much more versatile versions. I think some of the old ones will end up on eBay.

Cold windy day today; clearly it was a mistake to think I could do yard work today. All of our nice days are all landing in the middle of the work week.
:-(


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 07:49 AM

Ohio:

PS, They brought me their spare car so that when I drive mine to PA to pick up a truckload of furniture, I'll have theirs to use until Hardi joins me for summer vacation, and I can ride back with him to PA.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 18 - 10:21 PM

Son and DIL kicked ASS on things I'd prepped late last night or got back from mtg in time to physically help with:

LIBRARY:
Removed tan rocker-recliner to garage, near scooter. Iron chair now there in garage added to stacked iron chairs.

Removed all cot coverings except metal/wood base and foam mattress. Misc ofc items on cot went to desk chair. Bag of role-playing dolls went to top shelf of closet. Pillows went to middle BR closet. Thick cot covers went to master bedroom for mattress adjustment.

(Tmrw: Secure cot for standing upright-- fold legs, tie mattress to frame w cord. Stand it up. )

Items under cot (big bag) went to middle BR closet. White shelf full of fragile items unloaded, moved into library where cot was,,l reloaded.

HALL LIGHT: Bulb on hand changed.

GARAGE DOOR REMOTE: Reprogrammed.

SEWING ROOM (middle BR):
Stripped mattress pad and washed. Mattress covered for storage. Mattress, box spring, folded frame to garage. Bar clamps under bed stored. Headboard shelves unloaded and headboard to garage.

Tomorrow: Pull white rug closer to door (all the way!), and cut rug neatly around closet base behind door, after seeing that it's reasonably parallel along wall.

LR:
Brown bookshelf unloaded, contents moved to hallway shelf. Brown shelves went to garage.

Unloaded antique 30' x 6' kitchen pantry, moved pantry to side of fridge, reloaded pantry.

Restuffed my mattress and remade bed. (I REFUSE to buy new innerspring mattress here! Will never buy FOAM mattress again!) Small BR table taken out to garage.

After GF pizza, hashed put the May 1 truck dates. Son and DIL will meet me halfway, so 3 drivers for 2 vehicles. (Can hire local unloading crew now.)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 17 Feb 18 - 11:48 AM

I think the day has come for the messy job of decluttering the buildup inside the fan over my stove. I clean the filters periodically, but this is on the moving parts themselves. It makes a clunking noise in low, probably due to the uneven collection of hard grease. If the thing is too far gone, I'll have to replace it. I think it's about 16 years old, so the time may be approaching for upgraded technology.

Lovely gentle rain overnight, so it's time to start removing weeds from the garden. Still no buds on the daffodils, but the leaves are growing taller fast. The A/C repair guy who was here this week tends to keep a good eye on the weather, and the tells me the blooming right around the first of February we saw for a few years was very early, that this winter is more typical.

Before the kitchen hood I think I'll procrastinate by picking up and filing or recycling some of the paper around here.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 08:51 PM

Ohio:

Master BR cleanup in progress; area on my side of bed DONE-- spilled meds, errant q-tips, empty meds bottles that didnt land in thecrecuvle bin, stray receipts and biz cards.... uck! Amazing how they find hiding places!

A little sude table ive really loved was unpacked and is now ready to go to the friend who has taken most of the passed-aling furniture. (An even smaller spare table was found to hold that corner's lamp untol Hardi's tall dresser lives there.)

But clearing out that table unblocked a window, and we can put up its honeymoon-fabric window panel this weekend! Can't wait to see!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 03:29 PM

Charmion, housemending, sleepmending, bodymending. (Keep it up!) Stealing: "zero dark stupid".

Ohio:

SO relieved that son and DIL heard my request for her to come on an overnighter to help-- and translated that into BOTH of them coming for TWO days to catch up and help move stuff out! Tomorrow!

This means that if BIL w two kids has a family flu outbreak precluding NEXT weekend's work day, we'll have gotten a lot done. And if he CAN come as planned, there are tool-oriented jobs galore. But this wknd we'll focus on clearing SPACE.

WinWin!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 09:59 AM

I just signed the contract for the last phase of the kitchen renovation: repairing the divots in the ceramic tile floor, and installing the tile backsplash. Work begins on 1 March and is expected to take three days. I can hardly wait.

For the first time since I got sick, I actually slept all night --
nine whole hours! -- without propping myself up, and without waking for a coughing fit at zero dark stupid. With the new (ridiculously expensive) custom-made double curtains now hanging in the bedroom's huge windows, the crack of dawn failed to jar us awake and even the cat did not succeed in getting our feet on the floor until almost 0730. I count this a major improvement.

As well as two weeks out of my life, this bout of pneumonia cost me about ten pounds that I *so* don't want back. Today I'm going to the gym to stretch and walk on the treadmill. I will stop before my knees start to wobble.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 11:06 PM

Ohio:

I came up with a fabulous storage solution for the white wicker set I've collected, a few used pieces at a time. The garage here is framed in 2x4's, while the vintage modular house was originally framed in skinny lumber. I tend to forget this.

But the empty space left by the departure of the weight rack/bench spoke to my eye. It said, "Get a few of those heavy bike hooks you have on the other wall-- and put your wicker up on this wall!" And I could immediately see lifting pieces up and down as needed for warm weather use, to be left out a few dry days at a time.

Across from this newly-opened spot are the wrought-iron summer yard chairs I use for song circles and gardening breaks. It only makes sense that those live right in the front of the garage, where they can be used on a whim... and then easily set back after use!

The wicker loveseat actually rode home from Goodwill, the day we bought it, on the van's bike rack-- so I know it'll survive being hung up! MUCH better than anybody trying to get it up into the rafters! ;-)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 08:25 PM

Ohio:

Newbie is napping on the guest bed about to be stored, on a mat with her smell, for Overnighting Service Dog training. ('Up' only when invited, as she already knows for chairs/laps.)

Huge laundry backlog sorted out during (radio) hockey game intermission, resulting in much cleared space in the master BR. Most items hung or folded/stowed. A few items added to Goodwill bag. One needing repair set aside. Linens folded and ready to stow in closet. Laundry in progress.

Lovely to see closet space available due to using a bigger dresser!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 06:51 PM

Ohio:

This house's sellers had left a weight rack with lat pull bar, and coordinating weight bench, in the garage. The set has been moved twice in that garage while Hardi decided he liked his PA set better, and said it could go.

I offered it to neighbors, with no takers, and I need the space for furniture coming May 1. One neighbor said he wanted it, then hung me up for a wk waiting on him to get it, then changed his mind. During that week I'd had a helper here who could have dragged it out.... won't be offering them anything else!

So I spent the warm rainy AM clearing items blocking its removal... I thought an afterschool helper would move it out later.... who I never heard back from. "I'll only do as much as I can...." and by the afternoon, I started to see an empty corner...

It turned out, after several breaks, that I was able to drag out both pieces and set it them in the driveway. More offers... incl seller who has wanted other items back..... more non-responses... took pix,,listed it on a local FB sales group, specifying pickup TODAY. Free!

Gone in an hour, picked up by a person interested in the weekly antiracism mtgs I've been doing. With a pickup truck I suspect he'd help me out with, sometime.

Now I'm sore, but it's OUT. And better yet-- GONE!

Next.... PantpantpantSit....

The foam guest twin bed is being replaced with my old boondocking cot, which has its own narrower linens. Fam crew coming 2/25 to put foam and frame in the garage. So... the guest bed linens except mattress cover and box spring cover-- some heavy/bulky/unwieldy/big (down comforter)-- were stripped, folded, and put away.

A mystery black trash bag I'd come across in the linen closet was opened, and most of its contents left in it to create a Goodwill bag I will fill later with closet/dresser purges. I put away the kept items.

So far, all guest linens except pillowcases are accumulating in the guest/sewing room closet pending another round-- the guest bedding and inflatable mattress may go into furniture arriving May 1, or into zippered garage storage that formerly held camping linens with no attrition.... or stay in this room on high sewing room shelves, over the murphied cot. Hardi decisions.

All this was supposed to have had Cameryn's paid help (and more)-- still no response. :-(

In prep for the first of several planned fam crew visits, a huge load of laundry including curtains was folded. Linens were put away. Stuff for my closet/dresser, not yet. I have another huge clean load awaiting purging/hanging up, so I'm hoping to get to all that tmrw-- purged some of what I just folded (and will keep purging during weekly laundry as well).

Forgot to drink water much today, so sitting for muscle recovery and rehydration. May have energy to do a round of evening closet purge with news on via fone stream. That black trash bag is calling-- once full, it can leave... and a Friday appt could include drop-off.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 04:24 PM

Dodged a bullet on a home repair today when the outside unit of the small heat pump was worked on. It came out a lot less than I feared but I ended up spending the whole day here so I've been listing eBay items. The only order I'm listing in is by what's the most in the way right now.

I understand about your favorite picture hangers, Charmion. When I moved into this house I decided to put up xmas lights and went looking for the metal clips we used on the house I grew up in. They were like a barrette - the backing had spikes and the whole thing was pounded onto the eve, then the heavy-duty wire loop was lifted up, the lighting wire run under it, then you pressed it back down over the raised bit. It snapped easily into place and they were durable and sturdy. Can't find them anywhere, no how.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 10:54 AM

Yesterday I put up pictures.

I'm really, really fussy about pictures: they have to be at exactly the right height, centred precisely in their space, and straight. So the picture-hanging kit includes a tape measure, a ruler and a spirit level as well as my dear little hand drill and a ratchet screwdriver. The hangers I use are oblong plastic things that screw to the wall and hold the picture wire in a groove across the top, steady and straight. I bought a bunch of them years ago at a Home Depot in Ottawa, and they work so well that of course I can't find any more; they seem to have vanished even from Amazon.

It took me all afternoon to hang three paintings, two etchings and one Japanese wood-block print. The sitting room finally looks finished, complete with curtains, carpet and art, and I did not fall off the ladder.

My lungs are slowly recovering, but the cough is still a definite presence -- I have to sleep propped up on two pillows. I'll know everything is back to normal when I can lie flat on my back without wheezing.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 10:51 PM

My sunroom was looking good but now it has empty boxes sitting in it - for a little while, anyway. They're meant for some of the bulky things that need to be listed (and sent away once they sell.)

This evening laundry is put away and I have a bag full of old wash cloths that get used for cleaning that need a place to live. A basket or box in the laundry room, I think. I have new wash cloths for use at the table (in lieu of napkins) that have a sliding basket in a cupboard in the kitchen. The old ones (that used to live in that basket) aren't ready for the trash or compost, they're perfect for cleaning the stovetop, windows, etc. But like I say, I need a place to keep them separate from the new nice ones. A problem to solve next weekend.

The garden seems to be waiting for something - the daffodils don't have blooms yet (they're about 2 weeks late) and the asparagus hasn't sprouted. The days are longer but the temperatures are much cooler than usual. I'm going to be putting in a new piece of concrete walkway out front once it warms up - like everything else, I need warmer weather. Everything is charging, waiting for the moment to burst forth.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 06:26 PM

Beaver:
Michelle! Ever since a friend told me of breaking a wrist when going to get in car, I have considered VERY carefully any move near the car - getting in or out, I hold on to whatever is available!

Acme: not passive aggressive, just purely flaky! Hope she does better as a Mom! It really is hard to package so the shippers can drop things off a tall building or use as a football. And we are told never put "fragile" on the package. This one had it written all over! It did not have a chance. There are lengthy discussions on "clayart" about how-to.

Meanwhile, I am de-cluttering LR of boxes of lovely fresh clay - turning bags of clay into plates at the rate of 6/day, since Friday... With days of rest in between! When I have the energy: 12 thrown, nine trimmed and me worn out today after shoveling too much snow yesterday. Then backed the car into a snowbank, went and trimmed 9 plates and tired! - realized I can either pot or shovel - not both. So I phoned a neighbour who contacted another neighbour who came and dug out my car! Car actually started this am - was about minus 30C last night - and I did a couple errands, act everything in sight and was too tired... Took a nap and now this, then will read until I fall asleep. It is only 5:30 pm and I am ready to sleep. Next box must await tomorrow.

Lotta snow out there!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 18 - 07:28 PM

Ohio:

I mocked up another small wall's art plan today, and started a FB album of before/after pix.

FB can be helpful to share planning when parts of the team are in distant locations! Hardi is measuring frames on an Art Hunt through our crumbling PA house, and as soon as my eye tells me where main pieces should go, I cut out a paper placeholder, label it, and stick it up w mortite putty. If I don't like it, I can adjust it before hammering nails.

Today I found a perfect corner for the mounted jackalope head to lurk, where no one will mistake his antlers for coat hooks. He promptly became the centerpiece for a critter collection-- deer antlers, jackalope, Groot, plus animal knick-knacks/pix.

:-) I USED to do my art/picture layouts in the usual ways.... but I have frames from a 4000'+ house (blended families and goods) to Merge into 1000'. (Oy! I don't have Lisa Rinna's body-age or pro designer/crew, unfortunately!)

In that album, I'm also putting in the relevant worklist for each area or item; not Honey-Do tasks awaiting Hardi, but things I can do myself or that family, friends, and my paid helpers will assist with.

For example, say X is coming to help and wants to know what tools may be helpful to bring: tag them to that picture/info. Or say I decide which mutually special item goes to which display shelf-- a note to self, right in the album. (Then as I unpack it won't be quite so overwhelming, I'm hoping!)

At this stage of life I'm enjoying the planning, sharing/showing the process to hubby in PA, and the prospect of orienting helpers when the truckload of stuff arrives May 1. Then, I'll be able to hand a helping friend this or that corner's pile of frames, and let THEM eyeball and go for it working from that album, while I work on the more handicap-accessible spots and wash knick-knacks.

I also moved a bookshelf today, to clear space when bigger items arrive. It's fun living in a working puzzle if you get to move the pieces yourself!

From everything else I swapped around this last week, I have a small pile of expired 'important papers' to go thru-- plus the 'lost' garage door opener to reprogram so Hardi can have his own.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 11 Feb 18 - 01:37 PM

A microscopic layer of ice has turned bridges into Disney E-rides here this morning so it's just as well I had no plans to do anything but stay put and putter, starting with bringing four large boxes in from the SUV. I helped a friend pick up some boxes of tiles at a local store - they were shipped across the US to go into his tub-surround next week, packed one case per very large box, and I put dibs on the boxes and cornstarch packing materials. I brought four home because I have some items to list that need those large boxes. I'll keep the cornstarch peanuts until I decide I don't need them, at which time they can be dissolved with a little water. Sometimes decluttering requires packing materials.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 10:52 PM

Michelle - I'm so glad you saved that coffee! ;-) Take care, rest up. We have a winter weather advisory for tomorrow - slip and fall is not a good way for any of us to get our gymnastics exercise. (The mental image of that maneuver is astonishing! Pardon a chuckle, but you described it beautifully.)

I thought I'd lost a backup of work photos on a hard drive that seems to have failed, but I found today that I had a preserved backup on a good drive that I was using also for general computer backups. Those full backups are on a different drive now, so the photos are in a place where there is lots of room for more.

Charmion, life with steroids is complicated - it makes a world of difference in clearing up illness, but it does have side effects. Good luck sorting out your side effects. My dose is much lower but it is every day, for months, possibly years. Tapering isn't always easy.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 05:52 PM

Yes, Acme, the doc really did tell me to halt the Prednisone abruptly. It's a regimen developed for asthmatics; five daily doses of 40 mg in pill form, then go to the low-dose steroid from the inhaler. It's far less hassle, it gets great results, and the side-effects are over in a week. And if the Prednisone won't get the job done, you find out much faster so you can try something else.

Today I did almost nothing. I have all the initiative and follow-through of a dead haddock.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: LilyFestre
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 04:42 PM

Happy Weekend!

I am here to report that I am doing lots of NOTHING.

I walked up the hill to my car on Thursday morning, opened the door and promptly fell. I twisted my ankle, thumped my head and landed...I thought...on my tailbone. Apparently I arched my body and landed on the side of my tailbone. I am SO sore.....I feel like I ripped a bunch of muscles from my navel, up the right side of my body, wrapping around my back to about my armpit. Yep. I'm sore. I've had a hot shower, did some dishes and general picking up and have been told to plant myself with the heating pad...so here I sit. I'm good as long as I'm not moving around much. Crap. But.....believe it or not, I did NOT spill my cuppa coffee while flying through the air...LOL.

So....all kidding aside, I'm taking it easy today. Weekend coffee, popcorn and a movie...and maybe some uke playing a bit later.

Charmion, I'm glad to feel that you are starting to feel better. I hope Himself is feeling better and stays safe in his travels.

I liked Susan's idea of linking updates to YouTube...that could be motivating and fun!

Have a great week everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 10:33 AM

Darn. Yesterday was warm and bright but I had a series of events and work that kept me not only indoors all day but I didn't get home till late. So today now that I have free time it's cold and not expected to get above about 40o. The forecast for the week shows lovely weather on Wednesday and rain predicted for next weekend. Grrrr.

This morning was one of those times when I got up, looked around me, and decided I needed to start picking up right there and move outwards. Hung up or put sweaters to air before they're put away, hung up jackets (two of them on the cedar chest in my bedroom), dusted and picked up in the bathroom, got rid of hand lotion and products I never use, finally tossed those orphaned inexpensive earrings whose partners are long gone, dusted some more, put shoes away, the usual drill I've ignored for a few days. Piled all sorts of stuff into the laundry basket and changed out all of the hand towels and such. As cold as it is, this feels like a response to the longer days - more daylight means the Spring Cleaning impulse has me in it's grip.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 12:24 AM

Charmion, I hope they don't have you stop the Prednisone cold-turkey; even a short dose of it usually requires some kind of tapering off of it.

Dorothy, that irresponsible shipping of ceramics sounds rather passive-aggressive. What a shame so many pieces were demolished.

Hard fought week but I finished a big project at work; the proof now goes back for final examination and next week my third of three print projects begins. All of this design and editing means I have less interest in doing similar projects on my own behalf on the weekend.

Last week I took a co-worker/friend to a "First Friday" party so he could meet the hosts - passionate gardeners, as he is. Turns out they had met in passing and knew each others yards from walks around the neighborhood (they're a few blocks apart.) It's fun to see now they are planning their gardens and consulting and planning visits. I enjoy this kind of networking. I get to do some networking with new next-door neighbors this weekend; my other next-door sent a text today saying the new neighbor wants to get together to talk fences. I hope our conversations are as forward looking as those last week.


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Subject: Honeymoon linens
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 18 - 02:47 PM

Ohio:

A few years ago, I discovered how helpful were the recycle bins the city had issued-- for sledging a whole carload of groceries across the snow from driveway to door, by adding a rope pull. I kept the bins when the city later went with the huge curbside (ugly) bins, which   now live out of sight by the outer garage door.

So, trash and recycling now go thru the patio and garage to those bins. Usually I just carry the paper grocery sacks I now use to catch recyclables, but an injured shoulder led me to use that trick again today, to get rid of a bin full of recyclables.

As I dragged it, thru the narrowly-shoveled patio path, I widened the path with the bigger shovel that lives out there (with two brief sitting breaks). And after dumping and refolding the sacks, I spied the big broken box still in the garage awaiting unpacking, full of fabrics. So a big load from that came IN, via sledge (with two more brief sitting breaks).

The patio path to garage is now 2x wider to facilitate dealing with more snow/ice and/or ice from mini thaw. Hard to know which way Saturday night's ice forecast will go, but have better foundation forrit now.

Among items brought in-- honeymoon fabric to continue the master BR design-- how it plays with the existing green paint, and what color may be needed to bridge the two palettes as sheers, art, etc. Goal: not painting!!! This is a beautiful coverlet and pair of drapes from our wedding gifts 25 years ago, that I've envisioned here since we bought the house. (As we blended our families and household goods amidst ministry chaos, this set was the first thing we ever picked out TOGETHER.)

We're finally old enough to appreciate how the brocaded coverlet reflects heat back to the body; Hardi is in the habit of making the bed daily; there are no longer cats to wreck it; the windows here are the right size for the drapes; the king headboard is the width of the valance for hanging coodinating faux bed curtains at the head (one side of which will run into a draped window). The bed is biger now, but the coverlet is large enough to form the top for coordinating, gathered sides which hobby-sewing Hardi will add.

I was concerned that the colors might not go as well as I'd hoped, and.... the prettiness of this fabric against this existing green paint couldn't be photographed faithfully, unless I set up bright photog lights... but it's just.... so gorgeous! I can't wait to show Hardi the mockup when he's here with me for summer vacay!

I think the pattern of the fabric worked w/the paint mostly because:
. Any brown works w/any green
. The green in the fabric is minimal but any green goes with any green
. The blue in the fabric has a lot of green in it
. Both the green paint tone, and the fabric's ground color, are creamy/warm-- not bright white/cold (or one warm and the other cold)
. A white ceiling

This also means that Hardi's room-sized heirloom oriental rug will work, because it's why we chose this coverlet, and our first bedroom together had that rug.

These weekly forays into making our dreams come true (and adjusting where needed) is SO.MUCH.FUN.

!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Feb 18 - 01:23 PM

Better now, thanks to Prednisone and the world's ugliest antibiotic. I still have next to no appetite, and I have yet to regain the capacity for horizontal sleep, but I'm definitely on the mend. Tonight I take the last 40-mg whack of Prednisone, so I hope this is my last night of sweating and fitful dozing interrupted with coughing fits.

Patrick the Painter has finished the sitting room, and it's just beautiful. I put the furniture back where it belongs last night, and this morning I tottered up and down the basement stairs with trays of china out of the one cabinet affected by this late phase of The Project. Hanging pictures will have to wait; I've had it for today.

It's snowing in Stratford, too, probably part of the same system that's hitting Dorothy's place, and it's expected to continue for
days. Himself wants to go to Sarnia in the morning to watch the Six Nations rugby tournament (not available in Perth County), but he's still sniffling and sneezing. He promised that he would not go if the road conditions are bad, but I am firmly convinced that he will go whatever the roads are like. He can be such a blockhead sometimes.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 09:18 PM

Beaver:

Big oops. Grand daughter called Monday night and told me she had mailed pottery to dad. I hoped she had re-packed it because it was certainly not packed for USPS. Son phoned Tuesday am. One piece survived and, boy, was he upset. He waited almost two years for those.

Nothing compared to me, faced with re-doing 8 pasta bowls and 8 dinner plates. Clay froze while I was away - door blew open... Thawed clay has to be laboriously reworked before using. I started out on it yesterday. Shoulder said, "Forget it. I can throw or I can wedge..." The ankle did not protest its time on the wheel pedal!

Major clutter is a 6 hour round trip to Toronto for fresh clay so I can, hopefully, produce this order by early March. Son and wife will come east to visit daughter and brand new (third) g-daughter and visit Montreal to pick up pottery --- and visit me??? They will get an airbnb. I shall brave the dreaded house.

Snowed today but tomorrow I am Toronto bound. Weather predicts about freezing point on weekend, and more snow! But I can make the studio comfortable (it is well insulated and small). I am highly motivated to get this done. Just hope the shoulder holds out: lots of MSM, Glucosamine Sulfate, magnesium and the heating pad.

Meanwhile, snow and wood have provided exercise, and some sorting of archives. Watching snow fall is nice entertainment - from warm indoors!

Maybe this will get me out of the "doing nothing" phase.

oops again. Wrote that yesterday and went to Toronto to day - a long day starting with a car not starting and finally Larry pressing really hard on the clutch and it did start - not the battery but something in the clutch - maybe ice. It was minus 29 C this morning!

Nice visit to Richter;s Herbs and only bought two small plants: an aloe vera and a Golden Rain Rosemary to form into a Christmas tree. There was a beautiful one there the staff person had formed in only two years so she showed me and told me how. Bought clay, conversed with a potter whom I had not seen in about 25 years. We remembered each other! Then long trip home. Exhausted - decluttered of ALL energy!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 08:25 PM

robo, you may be ripe for the new form of note-taking called Bullet Journaling. I have one in a book I was given at work, bound and with an elastic loop from top to bottom on the back to keep a marker at the current set of pages. It's not the neatest method (the way I do it), but I use it to keep track of various things, not just the declutter project. Actually, when you ask this, I could add notes about my eBay sales that I haven't documented anywhere. If I were to be more businesslike instead of a hobbiest this would be a good starting point. I'd go for the bound book.

Look at places like Tuesday Morning, Big Lots, used bookstores (in several states you'll find Half-Price Books) - I've been seeing these with a couple hundred bound pages for about $5. They're durable enough to use and carry around every day.

I use this as a calendar, an appointment book, to keep short lists, to make quick notes that I want to keep and not have to hunt around later for the piece of paper I scribbled it on. It usually ends up with the left page for the calendar, the right page for the task list, the next page for more general outcome notes, and the second right page for other stuff, I just label it "notes." So four pages per month.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: robomatic
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 04:12 PM

I am creating an organizing book to have something physical and not on the hard drive. Better with a solid book with no ability to simply remove pages or a loose leaf? I'm staring with a looseleaf but I'm feeling that it's better to have a solid tome and leave the mistakes and things undone in it. But it won't organize as well....then, do I need to organize well?


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 03:54 PM

You know, Acme, we COULD be shooting short YouTube videos of our projects and posting links to them here.... ;-)

I have used those to show Harding some ideas in progress....

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
From: Acme
Date: 07 Feb 18 - 11:27 PM

I love the eBay phone app - any time anything sells you hear the "ca-ching" sound like was made by an old-fashioned cash registers. I need to keep adding new items - a number of them have watchers, but it may simply be other people selling similar items watching mine. Another item sold this afternoon.

A co-worker has been making much of ordering flower and vegetable seeds for this year's garden. I need to get some tomatoes started and possibly a couple of other crops, as well as buy seed potatoes and get those in the ground. It's cold and unpleasant for yard work now, but it's a good time to plan. I organized the potting bench that's in the sunroom and I think this weekend is when I need to get that grow light rigged, probably over the potting bench.


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