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De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019

wysiwyg 13 May 19 - 05:36 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 May 19 - 03:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 May 19 - 01:56 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 May 19 - 05:36 PM

DP,

Hope the "dears" make it. I have heard that the amount of top left in place should about equal the root mass extracted. Does that apply to your dears?

~Jealous in Ohio


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 May 19 - 03:18 PM

Dupont:

Busy Sunday as R dug three large holes first. Then we went, in two vehicles to the mill to extricate 3 cedars that were, in lieu of being able to plant them in the river rock laden ground, dug into a huge pile of wood chips, pots and all - a few years ago. The poor dears had made themselves at home and were challenging to extricate and also to replant. R had to cut the large pots off with a swede saw. They are now in their new homes along one side of the new property, well watered and with much of their "home" wood chips in the hole and as mulch. We have hope for their acclimation to their new venue, that they will now be able to live up to their full potential. The soil here is clay but I am told they like that.

I gathered four bags of the wood chips for mulching perennials I removed from the garden at the mill and today managed to get them planted and mulched in front of the house. This had presented another difficult task for R as the former owner, a non-gardener had put an indestructible fabric down to prevent weeds and covered it with red mulch. R managed to extricate most of it with great difficulty. I managed a tich more to squeeze in a few more things along one edge. The bed on the other side of the front door awaits another day! The new bed looks quite nice! There are lots more plants at the mill, yet to be moved.

Next trip to the mill, I shall collect more bags of mulch.It looks quite nice and is very well seasoned after many years outdoors. From when the mill was a hockey stick factory, there is probably enough to cover our entire yard about 2 feet deep! What a thought! I detest mowing grass! It is ever so useless. And it would make it so easy to plant all manner of veggies, herbs and perennials next spring!! When I lived in Edmonton, Alberta, many people planted potatoes on a new property, to break up the soil and prepare it for grass seeding.

We also brought back a small pine cabinet that will be useful inside the back door for indoor gardening soil and tools and more. I bought the dear little thing about 30 years ago at "Monroe's Trading Post" ($10) which was around the corner from Beaver - which was built by Monroe earlier on. His widow closed the Post but still lives there (was delighted when I told her I still had the wee cabinet!) and son is our good next door neighbour!

Now I am resting and waiting hopefully for the coming rain to finish watering in the new plantings. The river, however, is a few inches from coming over the road, from the last rains. It is fascinating to live in such proximity to this beautiful river - as long as we are high enough!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 May 19 - 01:56 PM

The new trashcan was picked up at the curb and the remaining limbs on the ground in the front yard can now be cut up and stashed for the Thursday pickup. There's a lot more sun now that a big chunk of the tree that had gotten too large has been removed. I need to take off a couple of large limbs that were too big in diameter for most of my hand saws (they will make for very long sessions with the bow saw).

Neighbors all around are mowing, attempting to keep ahead of the fast-growing lawns in this particularly rainy spring. I'll do the same this afternoon, after some more work in the house. I know, waiting till it's warmer out counters the logical way to do yard work, but it seems to be the way that works best for me. I think mostly because by afternoon the grass is driest and easier to push a mower through.

I've added a few items to the Goodwill bin in the laundry room, but it's not full yet. I should scout around the shelves in the garage—there is a lot of forgotten and never-to-be-used-again stuff out there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 19 - 09:37 PM

A few years ago I mixed up a sack of Quickrete in a 5-gallon Home Depot orange bucket and sunk a Bib hose rack in it, and it was stationed at the corner of the house facing the driveway and gardens there. A hose from the front of the house ran to it, and the hoses on it were used to drag around the driveway to water gardens on both sides. Today I cut the bucket off, dug a hole, and sunk the base into the ground down several inches. The bucket used to be about 4 inches deeper than the concrete, so water accumulated after rain. That problem is gone, and mosquito dunks were broken up and put in various planter trays and such out there today. I checked around my planting table to be sure it doesn't have anything set for catching water.

I have various landscaping things to do in the front yard that require digging, chopping, and transplanting, so this was just the start. It's sunny today (but so humid there isn't much point in trying to hang laundry to dry). I did prune more limbs for the trash

Sweeping up dog hair and deciding how many of various things need to be out (we have lots of dog beds, for example, but I think half of them can be washed, dried, and bagged until next year.) It feels like weather for spring cleaning, when you want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 May 19 - 09:52 AM

Having some trouble getting a link-- can you pls try this--

The rest of the gardening for this summer:

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/?refid=13&__tn__=%2Cg


Try this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 19 - 12:14 AM

I was able to use the steel rake and pull a bunch of the weed cover out of one of the gardens this afternoon, and get some of the branches trimmed that need to go in Monday's trash, but mostly it's soggy and buggy out there right now. I've done some online updating accounts. The weather that passed through here overnight is headed east, doing some damage. Here's hoping there isn't too much clean-up required.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 May 19 - 01:25 PM

The weather was stormy all night and the yard is sodden, so all of my work today and probably tomorrow will be indoors. Carpets still need steam cleaning, but not in this humidity and with the dogs in and out with muddy feet. I have some editing to finish and then I think eBay listings and sewing are my options for the time being.

I'm sorry to read about your friend, Dorothy. There is always unfinished business in friendships.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 May 19 - 06:42 PM

Patio coming along:

https://m.facebook.com/sohinton/albums/2244077715671512/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 May 19 - 01:47 PM

Dupont:

A dear friend finally died on Tues after years of worsening Parkinson's. Intriguing how we can hope for a person to be out of misery, and feel really sad when they are gone. Fifty years... I feel bereft - of all the times I did not take the initiative to visit because I did not want to intrude. I realized too late that it would not have been intrusive for her.

We are getting the RAIN and the river is rising again. The sump pumps working and R wondering about installing a generator, and me agreeing it would be a good idea. I can only hope he will get to it before it is necessary to majorly de-clutter water from the cellar! I was in the midst of that in PA when I phoned my brother for help; At 10 pm I was sucking water into the shop vac, lifting it into the laundry sink... Good brother came with sump pump picked up from friendly plumbers at that late hour... I was sold the house with sumps but no pumps and never realized... This house has 3! And we are on the top of the hill. Water has its own ways.

Lasted about 20 minutes at Zumba this am. I was not tired this time; I was bored. It is NOT folk dancing! MY body is very gradually re-gaining strength and flexibility.

Tripped to the Mill yesterday, picking up items along the way: a fine, comfie chair with foot stool at thrift shop ($65, it was newly upholstered with a business card attached!), a big chunk (3 kg) of Emmenthal - to save packaging, some groceries, coffee for the French press and a chat with Mary, sorting of stuff to bring from mill to here, careful that I have homes for what I bring! Forgot a few things - next time. Visit with Gerry, picked up 6 books at Little Green Library and returned - into traffic at 4:30 just at the edge of Chateauguay. New learning! It took an extra 15 minutes to get home! Did a small stint of yard work before the rain.   

After laundering, the new drapes will be better in the laundry room and the heavier, lined ones in rooms where we need to cut the light penetration. Light pollution is such a bother.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 May 19 - 12:35 PM

Even as a retiree it's possible to have a backlog of paper stuff in the house to do, so that's what I'll tackle today. Especially since there is a chilly breeze passing over the yard today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 May 19 - 07:38 AM

SRS, ours is in our Dog World, where she knows not to trip He Who Drops Food.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 May 19 - 01:29 AM

Today had scheduled events that were satisfying, and it was too wet to try to do anything around the yard anyway so that was fine. Tomorrow and Saturday have a chance of rain (increasing on Saturday) but in general they look like a good opportunity to do some stuff outside. Cut up limbs for the trash, mow - again - after all of the rain the lawn will again be a slog for the mower.

Susan's outdoor cooking space sounds nice. I should formalize an area where I can cook (without the interference of canine "helpers.") Meaning moving a table to the side of the house where there aren't dogs. I will consider this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 May 19 - 04:37 PM

She Who Will Be Obeyed (Mmario's name for me) got her patio back today. Despite disability issues, gender issues, past housemate issues, and a few thunderstorm lines passing through-- the patio's cooking area is in place, the tarps are off and aren't coming back, the worst parts of the jungle are whacked, and the several gallons of soil and loose wannabe mulch are all sorted and ready for use in planting jobs for Brandon tomorrow. He'll have a few woody items to junk that were too heavy for us, and then I'll post a link to pix despite having a lot of decorating yet to do.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 May 19 - 11:40 PM

The yard is once again sodden; the creek rose over the bridge today so the village fire truck pulled up outside the house to prevent traffic from driving into it. They will have parked the ambulance on the other side of the bridge doing the same thing. It subsided quickly, but left a "high tide" mark of debris on the street and yard next door.

Volunteering tomorrow again, and expecting the park where I'll be working to be a muggy mess. No need to urge people to stay on the paths!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 May 19 - 06:11 PM

Tonight the patio weed-blocking nylon tarpage comes up, loses its accumulated doggie doo, and goes back down for its last season. It's two 8' x 20' pieces.

The hanging baskets will be set as is, atop the pots awaiting them, to "call" me out for a planting a day over the next week.

The declared-dead potted peony that is trying to bloom goes into the ground Friday, courtesy Brandon. Its pot, once empty, will be set in the row with the rest of the pots, to blend in the cherry tomato bush I got.,.. I'll line it with plastic to make it hold water around the existing pot which I was assured I can leave it in while it doubles in size. I'll put some bricks under it so it doesn't have to have wet feet all the time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 May 19 - 11:27 AM

The new house may be a haven, but it sounds like you're still plenty busy!

The storms burst on the scene at about 6am, and became more robust, so by 8am it was the full symphony of percussion and light. If they move out of the area this afternoon it is possible to get a walk in before dinner. All of this noted, there is plenty that needs doing in the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 May 19 - 10:27 AM

Dupont:

What a difference a home makes! We are both more relaxed as we love our new home, mostly free of clutter and two of us determined it not get that way.

This am, after BF an hour earlier than usual, R was cheerfully heading for the city; He paused to wonder over the tulips. I realized that he has not seen them open; will take pic. He is also delighting in the other upcoming perennials. We each look forward to what the blooms will be.

A viewing for the other house tonight. The big project is still in process with big meetings almost daily; very challenging. But he still wants to get back to writing a "rebuttal" regarding the erroneous info being promulgated by someone regarding the proposed gravel pits near Beaver.

Then there are trees to be planted and the yard still cluttered with the aftermath of the cellar cleaning which is not quite completed. These are the things that give R pleasure and relaxation and a sense of accomplishment; not struggling with realtors doing a poor job and looking for the big commission.

This new home gives him a place to unwind his addled brain, enjoy the few hours he is here; instead of staying in bed as long as possible as he did before, he is getting up and enjoying the trees, yard, house. the chickens next door, and getting in his vehicle and driving along the beautiful river and through the Reserve before hitting the chaos of his work life in the city. Balm for the brain.

This am we talked about divesting ourselves of the non-functional dish washer - which I would not use anyway - and making the space useful. The pantry and cupboards we have are not full and I am running a nicely functional K, as I learn the vagaries of the Jennair stove, and occasionally move something to a more efficient spot.

I looked up from computer, still in LR, and realized we have no "coffee table". A work in progress!

Yesterday, the nearby thrift shop yielded a "garden sheet"(for collected debris) for $1 and a set of heavy, light grey/white drapes for one of the spare rooms $8. I asked the nice young man at the produce store to give me a large quantity of fiddle heads in a bag rather than buy 8 styrofoam packages. He agreed nicely with my wish to reduce the use. R took about half to bro at the office.

This is a great move. I still need to sort myself out re wanting to be with friends at Beaver and the life I have there and not wanting to make the 5 hour trip, leaving R to fend for self. It is important that we are doing this house together, enjoying making it into our home. The city house was too awful to ever feel like a home.

I see a future with fewer trips... to a time when I can longer do that. Letting go... Drawing in... Building a new sort of life. I have made a stab at it in several places over the years but Beaver/the area has been most like home. I will go back next Tuesday after English class (tutoring one student) for a few days - tend the gardens, consult with Dan re a wood shed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 19 - 10:28 PM

Progress in the back yard, with one more fence post down, the cement footers knocked off of two of them, one older hole finished filling and a new hole completely filled. I push the pieces of concrete in and mix them down deep with soil, and soil on the top few inches so I hopefully won't encounter this concrete again. Four posts are down, six more to go.

It's very muggy here today, and thunderstorms are predicted overnight. Again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 19 - 05:56 PM

(And cheaper).

Pix:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2239170596162224&id=100002079158985&set=p.2239170596162224&source=47


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 19 - 05:33 PM

So Judy's wise counsel was that hanging baskets replanted into my waiting pots would give me the look I showed her I was going for. Pictures soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 19 - 01:26 PM

Aquatic therapy resumed today. Ow!

In a bit, it's Buy Annuals Day. Judy's picking me up after an appointment.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 19 - 10:57 AM

Lawn aeration is a topic of discussion on the organic site I referenced earlier in the week. Their expert lawn guy swears by the floculating effects of using a sprayer (backpack is fine, but even just a 2-gallon with a hose and wand is sufficient) with water and a bit of shampoo mixed in. And surprisingly little shampoo. I just looked up the moderator's advice in the forum:

I'm going to suggest you do not go to the trouble of aerating. Instead, use shampoo to soften your soil. Healthy soil is like a sponge. When it is dry it is very hard. When the first drop of moisture hits, it does not soak right in. It takes a few seconds before it soaks in. Once it soaks in, the soil becomes very soft. Shampoo can help create this process.

Use cheap, generic, shampoo. Apply from a hose end sprayer at a rate of 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet. Apply right before you irrigate (1 inch). Next month spray it again. That should be all you need for the rest of the season. Then sit back and wonder at the amazing soil as it softens during rain and after irrigation and hardens up again a few days later. But when watering, do not go by the soil. Go by the grass. Grass can grow very nicely in hard soil.


Scroll down on that forum page and he gives a scientific explanation of how that works, last post on the page.

I have so many yard chores to do right now it's difficult to predict which one will strike my fancy when I walk out the door in a few minutes. I'll report back later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 19 - 10:50 AM

Hard clay soils really do benefit from aeration. You would still want to add something to help break down the clay. What is it? Um maybe its gypsum but organic soil/manure is a better choice than most, even better is crushed carbonized wood chips (never self lighting charcol).
If you end up with earthworms you have done as good as possible.

Those dog poop shaped cores are normal and good.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 07 May 19 - 09:54 AM

Yesterday, I turned out and cleaned the tool shed. It took all afternoon, and all my energy.

The trouble with a tool shed is that, when you move in, it’s a great spot to park stuff until you’re ready to find permanent lodging for it. But the typical tool shed is small, so this attitude has to change quickly or you won’t have a tool shed that does what a tool shed should do. Himself is impervious to such problems, and I let winter take over (as it does) without buckling down to deal with it. So there I was, about a year late, with work gloves and construction-grade garbage bags, finally making Lebensraum for the lawn mower and the garden shredder.

I was almost finished when a frazzle-haired youth with an odd machine appeared in the driveway offering to “aerate” the lawn. Now, lawn care on that level is fairly theoretical to us; we’re still coming to grips with the whole gestalt of mowing and raking. Weakened by the sweat dripping into my eyes, I agreed to a price of $60, and he embarked on an energetic assault on the property. The odd machine looked like the bastard child of a lawn mower and a piece of de-mining equipment, with a large spiked roller driven by a stinking gasoline engine. It left the lawn covered, not only with holes, but also with clods of earth the exact size and colour of dog turds.

It took me a while — maybe thirty seconds — to recognize the clods as such, making me something of a stand-out among the frazzle-haired youth’s first-time customers, according to him. I decided to take that as a compliment.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 19 - 09:02 AM

Yesterday I put a new reflective roof on a gazebo I use to shelter the car. It took 7 hours.

The guys we hired to remove and put up a new 400 ft.fence arrived ths morning.
This I can not do. Well I suppose if I took 2 years to do it...

I do plan on putting branches up against the new fence and spraying linseed oil. That way the untreated leaf themed pattern will turn into a shadow like grey while the rest of the fence will look realtively new. After several years a respray will fix the organic look into place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 May 19 - 10:04 PM

SRS, it's enough that she knew but also stayed with you as long as she could. YOU DID GOOD. I'm so sorry it hurts so much.

I wish I'd known her.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 May 19 - 08:38 PM

I hope you post some photos of those flowers on Facebook, Dorothy! It sounds like that yard has exploded with life after the snow cleared!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 May 19 - 07:50 PM

Dupont:

The death of a dog friend can throw a monkey wrench into one's life. Mowing the lawn = good therapy.

I managed to clear some of the old plant debris, after thinking about needing an old sheet on which to gather it, I finally settled on a plastic bin for now. A sheet is so much easier than the wheel barrow - which I can hardly move. But I sorted a bunch of stuff in the search for sheet. So, two chores done! The tulips finally blooming are gorgeous - red w yellow and yellow w red. Many violets scattered in yard! Tons of hosta, day lilies, and two huge clumps of peonies to be awaited! And green leaves finally showing their stuff! The river is still full to the brim but no more ice or snow! Two boaters were out on Sunday. Hope they used life vests.

We delight in our new home, indoors and out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 May 19 - 05:58 PM

I can't remember what I had planned for the day, it all slipped into the background when I realized my oldest dog had died in her sleep overnight. I called the vet then took her over so they can send her to the communal crematory (I don't get ashes back). I'll take the other two dogs for a walk this evening. I should have known this was coming soon when she had to be pulled along a couple of times on our last walk (we don't have sidewalks so I pulled her to the edge of the street as traffic came by.) Ironic how you feel guilty for the little things like not knowing they're dying, and completely overlook the great life she had here for 14 years. She went her way - she was at home with her pack, sleeping in her favorite spot (that let her see both the front and back doors and hear me if I moved around down the hall in my room).

She kept up right until the last couple of weeks, and my next door neighbor said she happily gobbled down the daily dog treat he gives the dogs over the back fence every day. She was eating treats (raw egg, ham slices, dog treats), just not regular dog food. Other than the event noted, that last walk was a good one, when we went up to the park and they put their noses to the ground to snuffle along in the grass. I like to think of this as their "wild dog" stance, checking out the local environment.

The other dogs knew; I could tell the way they always sniffed at her. Tests would have shown what my home "Lab" (retriever) work already told us. At 14, I wasn't about to torture her with tests or anything but the most basic treatments.

Enough wallowing. I need to finish mowing the back yard. The exercise will be good for me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 May 19 - 10:53 AM

Dupont:

No clothesline - will be a while! I used to have gloves and pruners everywhere, including under the driver's seat of car so I could grab them and get to it wherever! My extra gloves seem to have disappeared into the mists of chaos, along with my box of Marie Corelli books - they did not appear when R moved the boxes I though had been piled on top.

Boxes of books came from mill and went into basement where the plan now is to set up the (auction) ping pong table for sorting. I hope this will include culling! Apparently the basement will be the library - a nice room that could be a studio apt - or a library. Even has a washroom with shower.

We used my car yesterday and driving home with it full of moldy books... Not Too moldy but I could smell it and had windows open. Also brought a few pieces of hanging art - my Georgia O'Keeffe print is now on Den wall! A large round stained glass piece will go ... undecided.

The recycling bin was emptied today! Now I can start re-filling it for next week. Those darn flyers...! And R took some metal from the basement to go to a scrap metal yard. ("$5.00") But h may add to it when he gets to the city.

I have lots of clearing around plants but I ache from Saturday. Yesterday we went to a craft show on the reserve and talked to people; R had to buy a very small jar of jelly. Oy vey! And to the Farm Market near the Mill: had lunch, purchased nothing else, found out a friend had a brain op so after we picked up stuff at Mill, we went to see if Jesse were up to visitors. Had a great visit and were so happy to see her recovering just fine. The best I could understand: something was leaking in her brain and would build up pressure so she could not play music and other sorts of things. They opened a flap and removed the small mass. Not a tumour or cancer. She expects to be fine. She and Joe are homeschooling their 7 year old; he is learning Mandarin from a woman a few miles away. Of course, already fluent in French and English, as are both parents. I realized this morning that I was able to understand the auditory aspects of our lively conversation. That was a special de-clutter sort of thing as my brain often understands nothing and R has to tell me what was said, afterwards.   

Thusly, continues the moving into Dupont!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 19 - 09:07 PM

It's the same dunks and granules sold locally as sold at Amazon. Dirt Doctor "Library" information on Mosquito Dunks.

I also repel them with granulated garlic—sprinkled around the house (from the wall and out about 10 feet all around). You'll find more ideas in this list of suggestions. There used to be video linked on the site but the local television station took it down. Take the large (up to a gallon-size) warehouse club type of granulated garlic (Tones, etc.) and DON'T take off the sealed paper over the jar. Instead, use a sharp pencil or ballpoint pen and poke a bunch of large holes in that styro-paper top, turning it into an oversize garlic shaker. You can use that to sprinkle the garlic. You don't need to sprinkle it heavily; a gallon like this lasts me a couple of years worth of mosquito seasons around here. The yard will smell like an Italian restaurant for a couple of weeks, but even after you can't smell it, it's still repelling the bugs.

I managed to pull weeds and grass away from the new fence and used poultry fencing staples to tack my Invisible Fence wire to the bottom of the new fence, about 6-8 inches above the ground. Part of it is also buried, and I still have the last 10 feet or so to work on once I figure out how to move the chain link fence at the far end of the yard. But FINALLY! I can mow and trim down there. I knocked off two more concrete footers on dug-out fence posts, and started digging another one.

Laundry is off the line, I need to run the dishwasher, and I need to give myself a good scrub after all of this yard work. In the morning I'll cut up the ratty bench at the curb (giving it one more night of possibly being picked up). Moving forward.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 19 - 06:02 PM

Suit yourself, but I'm telling you that the product I got is still dissolving.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 19 - 04:32 PM

I buy mosquito dunks in the 36-pack at local feed stores to be sure they're fresh, though I have bought this size from Amazon. I get the dunks because they have the highest percentage of Bti per volume in the pack (versus loose granules sold in bottles). These break into pieces easily and one dunk can go in several trays under pots. And they need to be refreshed every 30 days to be effective. Lots of mosquito-borne stuff down here in this part of Texas, and another reason for being organic is so the native predators of mosquitoes (birds, bats, dragonflies, toads, lizards, whatever sees them eats them) is around to eat them.

I have tackled the wire in the back yard, buried a portion and I'm going to staple part of it to the new fence the neighbor put in. It'll wrap on this side of the fence posts, so I'll have to be careful with the weed trimmer (I'll staple high enough up that it's generally out of harm's way). I'll use a screwdriver to hold the coated wire in place, staple over it, then remove the screwdriver, leaving a gap for the wire to make sure the staple doesn't cut through it. While I was working around the wire I also filled in one of the fence post holes and knocked another concrete footer off of a dug-up post. I've started digging up the next post.

Laundry is hanging on the line and another load is finished and ready to go out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 19 - 02:48 PM

SRS, Amazon carries dunks as granules. Mine lasted all summer without renewed application. Broadcast like seed, and DONE. Not a bite all summer. Worth the shipping cost.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 May 19 - 11:31 AM

Last night as I was dropping off to sleep I did a mental inventory of the places where water stands (and mosquitoes breed). This morning is dedicated to either removing the catchment or adding mosquito dunks to kill the little buggers.

Tomorrow is trash day, so this afternoon's sunshine (!) hours will see me move bundles of limbs to the curb, cutting up the decrepit bench (it is in a three-legged drunken sprawl, tilting back down there at the curb) and getting rid of the broken trash can.

I've moved a tall bucket to the back yard area near the fence posts I'm pulling out. There is leftover soil from earlier holes that I'll keep in the bucket so I can level the spots and go ahead and start burying my Invisible Fence wire. I started to do that yesterday then realized I was going through a mound of soil that needs scooping out of there to level the spot. The weeds are robust along that strip so I have to get control of the space. Once the line is buried so I can push the mower back there or use the weed-eater.

Yesterday's run to the recycle bins got rid of my stuff but also scored me some newspapers that were within reach. I use them in layers in the garden.

The old dog has trained me well; I've discovered that small (about a tablespoon each) dabs of the canned dog food, spaced out on an old tin pie plate, are just what she wants. Dog hors d'oeuvres. She isn't eating a lot, but she's eating. And I can give her this more often to get the volume of food up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 19 - 06:54 AM

DP, it sounds like the anti-clutter party may have added a new devotee-- yay!

My antique woodstove holds my gardening necessities, behind the oven door. Perhaps you might create a pretty clay item for yours?

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My garden task this week is peeling up the weed-blocking nylon tarp in the patio (to better arrange the outdoor kitchen on the pavers it covers), after Greg and I discuss weed control out there. He's taken over the lawn service's tasks-- and he has a good weed-whacker. Then friend Judy and I will choose plants to start planting the containers I left ready to go, before we went to PA to close that house.

I need a mixed flat for the top of the woodstove to discourage the dog from getting up there to notice that she could step over the fence to catch a cat.... Another for the granny cart plantings.... Another for the pots and windowbox.... One for the parrot cage....

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 04 May 19 - 08:03 PM

I painted the upper two levels and cleaned 2o years of dirt.
I still need to do some woodwork in semigloss but its primed.
The living room is Dali sky and Dali grey. Woof it takes alot of tape. Only half the furnishings remain.
It only cost a torn calf muscle and sore back but hydrotherapy is enough of a relief.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 19 - 08:01 PM

Dorothy, I'm thoroughly enjoying the moving process into this new house! And one answer to the lost gardening gloves is to have them in several locations. I buy a ten-pack of nitrile coated gloves ($10/10 pair at Home Depot) and a pair are tucked into my garden apron, some are in the garage, in the greenhouse, in the area where dog stuff is kept, and the rest are stored over the dryer.

The mower gas can was refilled today and the back yard really needs attention. And this week I will finish the fence panel on the side where the new fence went in. I should take along the stiff-tonged rake and when I get to lumpy parts of the yard, give it a going-over to see if it's sticks or rocks or cones or whatever. Marking up the ground that way will make it easier to find the spots later if topsoil needs adding. There are tons of holes dug by dogs, those I can't seem to prevent, but these are around the perimeter and make mowing more difficult than it needs to be.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 May 19 - 07:01 PM

Dupont:

wow! R actually noted concern for the "clutter" that has built up. He needs a second person to help, so maybe next week. He spent today de-cluttering the cellar - lots of stuff left behind included a huge amount of clean clothes for small persons - off to the thrift shop with that and more! It is wonderful that he loves cleaning up dirty places! I hate it!

He did tell the previous owner not to worry about what he left behind!

R noted that the house was still not in having-company-for-dinner condition! Oh, YAY! Hope for the future. It is OK for inviting a couple people in for tea. I almost bought coffee on Thurs but Mary did not have any. Maybe tomorrow. The coffee press awaits its first voyage. We could have folks for supper but not a house viewing - still need bureaus to put things away. And considerable fine tuning would be nice.

I cooked and looked for gardening gloves; by the time I thought it might be necessary to go buy some, it was too late. Then I found them carefully put away... Finding the correct homes for things is a chronic challenge! A waterproof spot on the back deck would be great for gardening stuffs: to be found. Less than an hour of yard work and I was way too tired and concerned for aches tomorrow. I will build up to it gradually. Hope!

I may ask R for help to pull out the heavy duty weed block fabric; it is well knitted in with couch grass. Although there are some impressive clumps of day lilies, iris, peonies(!) and ???, I have lots more to move from the mill to here. Need three big holes for the cherry trees! Also three cedars that we bought several years ago and never planted at the mill, have been surviving with pots buried in a deep pile of wood chips! Maybe tomorrow they can be transported to a new home!! The wood chips - very old - might make decent mulch; there is a huge amount down at the mill - it really was a wood mill! They made hockey sticks.

R was notably happy to get home before dark last night (8pm)! Me too! Dinner before 10 pm is a big bonus! I hope this idea will help him cut loose and come home sooner, more often!

Th plants I brought here from Beaver are burgeoning; I will take a few back for the garden club plant sale at the end of May.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 19 - 02:36 PM

After all of the wind and rain it's a cleanup day in the yard. Trimming limbs in the way (I know, fall is better, but this is when it's happening), dragging an old bench to the curb (if no one wants it I'll cut it up for the trash on Sunday night) and general sorting out how the area is arranged beside the driveway door. You don't have to be indoors to rearrange the furniture!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 May 19 - 01:04 PM

I began to come out of the fog last night, but not enough to remember to refill my synthroid pill stick, so I'm up early to take one out of the fridge, refill the stick, refill the Rx, install the Rx app..... Eat brekky... Sends ked to John.... Take stock... And start to regain my independence. Again. :-)

It will be interesting to check dates and see how many days this last flip-flop (between PA/OH) ate up,.... Calendar: Mid-March thru May 4.... 7 weeks x 7 days, 49 days.

Later... Cooperative ham slicing followed by cooperative redo of dog corner. I did the nastiest and heaviest bits.... After writing to doc for more Tramadol, since I've found all on hand (not much).

Goal-- cleanish floor in there plus fresh carpet remnant on her raised sleeping plank-- cut to a lesser depth for easier human access and more doggeh floor space for food, water, and dog poop.

Return to Y is Monday. Via scooter. No idea where they'll let me park that! (Wrote Y contact). Tmrw we scooter-race to Y, to see if the smaller scooter will do it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 04 May 19 - 12:06 PM

Jeremiah had his guitar recital last night. He played his guitar while singing and I think he did a fantastic job! Video is on FB if anyone wants to see him. :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 19 - 11:00 AM

Funny that I mentioned brick work here in Mudcat (on my logged in Chrome browser) and my phone's Instagram account has just started scrolling an ad for local brick masons.

There are a couple of clear days ahead and my list is long.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 May 19 - 04:21 PM

Kitchen whipped and purses boxed, under the bed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 19 - 02:17 PM

It took querying Google to get the complete answer, but I finally programmed the remote control device housed in the rear view mirror of my SUV to operate the garage door opener. I tried it with the last vehicle so equipped, but didn't realize there was another step - I had to push a button inside the lens of the garage ceiling opener motor to essentially tell it to pay attention to this signal. My garage door opener is quite old, but apparently even this old dog can learn a new trick.

Box mailed at my post office that has (again) a part of the building blocked off. Last month a car jumped the curb and hit the brick and concrete pillar out front. This month one jumped a different curb and hit the building itself. I met the brick guy looking at the damage as I left the post office, and asked for his card. He did a very good job on the first repair. He said he was really surprised to get another call about the same building. It has been here for about 20 years now and this never happened before. I need someone to look at the brick on my house, and I suppose this is as good a way as any to discover a tradesman.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 19 - 11:11 AM

I have little excuse for all of the things I haven't gotten to or finished lately. I do have distractions. And as has been the pattern over the last two weeks, it is supposed to be stormy again today.

Good timing for this (via Huffington Post on Facebook).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 May 19 - 06:58 PM

I had a visit to the endocrinologist yesterday for a 3 month check up. I am down 10 pounds, the A1C has dropped some, cholesterol is in range and so is my blood pressure! I have to remember to cut one of my pills in half on Sunday as my levels are slightly high but not high enough to cut the dosage to the next level down...never had a doctor do that before.

I had an increase in one of my insulins too. I use a Freestyle Libre which is a 14 day continuous glucose monitor. They download the info at the doctor's office and share the printout with me....very interesting to see the patterns. I am riding slightly above the level where they would like me...hence the increase in insulin. I'm seeing the results today...worked like a charm!

I purposefully arranged my client schedule so I would have almost client free days for the first few days of the month. This has given me some time to catch up on that missed paperwork and jump ahead to prepare for things that will be due later this month. So I spent today fussing with spreadsheets and treatment plans....they are complete but I was unable to do any printing or scanning as the copier is having issues. It should be fixed tomorrow so I can get it all printed out first thing in the morning.

I have also blocked out some time one day a week so that I can return to Weight Watchers. My supervisor is good with it, I'm still getting all my hours in and YAY for being able to do something good for ME!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 May 19 - 04:42 PM

OH

We replaced my scooter batteries, so trips on it to the grocery store, with Newbie, are back on.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 May 19 - 12:53 PM

Still at a standoff with the dog, though she shows interest in the dogfood gravy. Grrrrr. She pooped out pretty quickly on a short walk yesterday, but I think shorter more frequent walks may compensate for the one long one that we usually do.

Thunderstorms overnight—again—means the yard and garden are quite squishy, even though the day itself is lovely. Maybe I can work on potted plants in the driveway.

Waiting on information and things to come in the mail this week, to do with the new vehicle. For example, the toll tag is connected with just one vehicle, so when you exchange vehicles, you need to take the old one off by calling the office during regular office hours, but everything else can be done online. So, waiting on the toll tag, waiting on new license plates, waiting on paperwork, and information on which bills to pay and how much.

I stopped by my discount grocery yesterday and found pints of blueberries on sale, so I've frozen them, two pints at a time, on a large baking sheet, then rolled the hard blue marbles into a gallon freezer bag. I use these often and am glad to have 2+ gallons for $10. One more tray to go and those are finished.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 May 19 - 11:30 PM

I'm thinking that my old dog who is refusing food simply doesn't want chunks because she thinks they might be pills. I gave her canned food tonight and she still avoided the larger chunks. I'll put the rest in a grinder and add some rice tomorrow. I think I can bring her back around, but she is certainly being a picky customer.

Heavy weather predicted for the next two days. Ugg.


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