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

Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 19 - 11:03 AM
wysiwyg 15 Jun 19 - 08:19 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jun 19 - 12:05 AM
Dorothy Parshall 14 Jun 19 - 10:56 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 11:03 AM

I've used enzymes on the rugs before, and I could have this time, but since it seemed to be a never-ending supply of dirt, I decided to get rid of this and I'll start over. That's a good idea, having a roll of carpet and using some at a time.

Potato salad will be finished this morning (the potatoes were boiled and cubed and the vinegar and sugar sprinkled yesterday). We all agree that potato salad that was made ahead a day or two is the best. This is for tomorrow's family picnic, and while we all like it, oldest child adores this, so it's an extra mom-pheromone sent out to lure a child home for a visit.

The rice cooker - I hadn't thought of that. When it finishes it stays on a warm setting so if the oats aren't completely done I could let them sit for a while. Steel-cut oats are a lot more solid than the rolled oats that cook anywhere anyhow.

Cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes to prepare for tomorrow. The list is growing - not just mop floor and mow lawns but clear out fridge and dig up the garlic so I can mow that part of the garden. And making it a fasting day (the exercise today will pay off on a fasting day).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 08:19 AM

OATS. A rice cooker also works for other grains, and its inner bowl is easily soaked and washed.

DOG RUGS. Boy, howdy! We hold one at a time in reserve to whack off fresh dog pieces as needed, because ewwww. Febreze can extend their life. So can enzymes. Then BYE.

TUB ART. You might want to seal that art to prolong its life, via decoupaging it to a foamcore base, and/or using Mortite to seal the frame's crevices.

HERE, I'm stuck in a bit of a loop to explore my way out of.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 12:05 AM

That reminds me, Dorothy, that I have some of the acrylic frames that work for postcards and some for larger images - in the past I've used those in the bathroom and occasionally exchanged the images. I should pull some out and see what I can fill them with. My hall bathroom could use some bright spots of color.

I'm enjoying the descriptions of your move into the new house!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 10:56 PM

Dupont:

I really do not mind walking across the hall for clean clothes. We so love this new home that we are happy to wait for the right piece of furniture. Meanwhile, I am making do quite successfully.

Getting rid of the dog rug was a terrific de-clutter! We do sometimes expend time and energy trying to resurrect a dead... rug!

First tank of gas today: it seems to have cost about $5/100km(60 miles) this week, at the price of gas in Canada. If I am doing the math correctly, there is a noteworthy saving but I will wait for further info to determine the extent.

After no TV since we started getting into new home, tonight R is at it, watching the news. We seemed to be managing so well without.

Boxes are getting emptied and appropriate furniture comes along. Today R hung a huge (about 4x6) sort of photo on the bathroom wall. I had a fit when he brought it home and it stayed in the back room (I meant it to be gotten rid of) until I realized it would nicely break up, and coordinate with the blank green wall over the bath tub. Looks great! A swinging pedestrian bridge over an abyss with hazy trees, softly green. So much nicer than that GREEN wall. It should survive a good while and, at $10, no loss when it dies - but we might miss it! Little by little...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 11:29 AM

I made the executive decision this morning to discard the area rug I've spent so much time cleaning. Last night I washed again, then rinsed, and every single time I emptied the collection bucket it was as full of dirt as the previous time, after three washes the rinse still looked that way. My dogs love it, but I don't. I'll get them a smaller rug to loll around on.

The rug rolled up into a narrow roll but leaving it at the curb on top of the fence it wouldn't stay that way, some idiot would drive by and want to take a look and unroll it. So I tiled it shut and I used a Sharpie to write "NO you don't want this dog rug" on the side exposed to the street. If I was driving by I'd stop and take a photo and post it to Instagram. (I already posted it myself.) As I shifted it into position on the trash pile it gave off a gentle whiff of dog pee.

That rug was also a source of dust, so maybe cleaning will be a little easier.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 09:44 AM

After two weeks of illness, the house is filthy. I DO NOT CARE.

The sun is shining, it's deliciously cool and fresh, and I'm going out for a walk. Twice around the wide spot in the river we call a lake -- about 8 km (five miles in the old money).

See y'all later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 06:29 PM

After about 45 minutes they were good but not completely creamy. It works, but my crock pot does the best job overnight (start with boiling water) and I don't have to keep stepping over to see if the water boiled away.

The fence on the SW side of the house is finished. It took about four hours this afternoon and I got a bit of sun in the process, but it looks good. I cut the old panel into several pieces and they're on the shrinking stack at the curb. I guess the village will send the trash truck around tomorrow; it's after 5pm now.

I have a lot more fence to replace on the other side of the house, but doing it a section (8 foot panel) at a time comes in under $100 so I can pace the work.

Getting ready to have people over, so I'd better turn my energy to some indoor work now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 12:25 PM

Double boiler is the best method for steel-cut oats if you don’t have either an AGA cooker (not likely!) or an Instant Pot. Be prepared to wait at least half an hour, or even an hour if you like them really creamy. Soaking overnight reduces the time requirement and improves the texture.

Microwaved steel-cut oats is a waste of good food, in my admittedly arrogant opinion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 10:27 AM

It's one of those days with a multi-pronged dirt and clutter offensive underway.

I have that large area rug upside down now because I cleaned the back side earlier in the week. When I pulled it half up over itself (so it's half-folded long-ways wrong-sides together) there was a whole bunch more fine dirt on the floor underneath that had dropped out of the rug as I worked on it upside down.

That has been swept up, furniture nearby moved and swept and mopped under, then the area where the rug usually lays has been mopped. Next I'll pull it out flat wrong-side down again and pull the other half up over the top and do the same thing, sweep up the dirt then mop the floor. Then I'll turn the whole thing right-side-up and shampoo it and rise it one more time. Whew!

Not for the squeamish: I can tell from the smell of the mop water that there had been some puddled dog piddle on the floor under the rug.

Meanwhile, when I went to empty the dishwasher this morning everything was cloudy. I suppose one of those fancy rinses would help, but for now I'm running the dishwasher with a hefty dollop of white vinegar poured in for both wash cycles.

Meanwhile, I'm running a test in the kitchen to see if I can make a batch of steel-cut oats in a double boiler. The goal is to have the cooked oats without half of them stuck to the pan. It looks like it'll work, but it isn't a quick process. I suppose the microwave would work, but so many things turn out rubbery when cooked in there. I usually make oatmeal overnight in a small crock pot, it's wonderful and creamy, but I forgot to set it up last night.

Once I finish this fiddling, it's out to put up the fence panel before noon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 11:57 AM

Charmion, that last essay is declutter poetry at its best! I'm just sorry you have to drive so far for the minor emergency clinic. My father always loved the way his voice sounded in that last stage of recovery from a cold or bronchitis - not the coughing part, but the rich and somewhat deeper sound that resonated for a little while before returning to normal.

Dorothy, I hope you get to move your clothing into your room soon; I think I'd be living out of laundry baskets to make it clear to the partner that more clothing storage needs to arrive soon.

Good work marrying the best parts of the vacuum cleaner, Susan. That's a goal of mine when I visit thrift stores these days, making things I have at home work better (though sometimes a newer version in good working order turns up for a few dollars, at which time I trade it out.)

I'm reading Mary Garvey posts around Mudcat: our decluttered and retired mg is now out travelling. The World! France and Spain, then recently the Mystic, CT, Seaport for the music festival. You go girl! I saw that our occasional visitor pattyClink was also in Connecticut. Another declutter success story!

I had help to move a heavy table from the back patio (thanks to his reminder that if I took off the top that just sets in place it is much lighter) to beside the side door, and moved the potting bench to under the windows. There isn't seating out there now, so there is a work space. And the back patio is airy now, so I lugged a redwood coffee table thing from the front porch to the back patio where it can serve the seating that is still there.

I've lugged the 2x4 crossmembers for the final fence panel to where I'll put them up on the SW side of the house. I'll replace hardware in place the posts with some I like better from rest of the fence when it came down, and I'll move the pickets over there and have the drill and screws ready for this afternoon. The bulky waste stack is still at the curb (shrinking - people have taken some away to use elsewhere) so I'll carry the latest batch of cut-up fencing over and add to the stack.

This is one of my two sanctioned watering days (using an automated system - one can water by hand whenever one wants) and I may go ahead and set up my electronic watering thing on the tap and program it to water the small (so far) vegetable garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM

Emerging from the latest bout of bronchitis, I am finally energetic enough to Get Stuff Done. Yesterday, I finally added the accumulation of new CDs to our iTunes library, the better to play them on our space-age stereo that talks to the computer by Wifi. I also finally sorted out the Glory Hole in order to move the accumulation of excess art away from the window, where old water streaks on the concrete wall tell a story of damp due to drainage issues.

But most important was the expedition to the Kitchener-Waterloo Urgent Care Clinic to see a doctor. It's a round trip of more than 80 kilometres, with a guaranteed wait of hours, plural, in a room crowded with people just as sick as I, if not sicker, and contagious at that. If I go alone, I have to be strong enough to drive all the way there and back -- no minor consideration. Himself is eager to be chauffeur, but his time is not all his own; KW is most efficient first thing in the morning, exactly when bail court kicks off.

I was slowly recovering on my own, without antibiotics or Prednisone, but on Sunday I got an email from the choir director asking me to join the party going to Kingston next week to sing at St. George's Cathedral -- not enough capable altos had volunteered. I was coughing up hockey pucks at the time and sleeping badly if at all, but I'm a sucker for a flat-up appeal so I had to get rid of the plague faster than Mother Nature could manage without chemical assistance. Hence, a visit to Civilian Sick Parade was in order.

I made the trip successfully, got the dope (lots of dope), and attended rehearsal despite the continuing coughing fits and chest discomfort. Much to my surprise, I could actually sing, and quite well if a bit weakly. The acoustic in the old Presbyterian church where we were practising made the cough sound like the corps guns at Vimy, but I felt better after than I had in a couple of weeks.

The sun is shining in Perth County today and the air is like wine -- one of those June days that makes poets wax poetic. The magnolias are finished blooming, but the lilacs are still in full flush and the aroma wafts bewitchingly about. Best of all, the wind is blowing the agricultural effluvia away from Stratford for once, so our noses are avoiding that fact of life today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 04:36 PM

Dupont:

Last English class until fall! It was exhausting trying to help a Congolese man add some vocabulary to his repertoire! I must remember in future to write down the words with which we struggle so he can remember them better. De-cluttered energy! I was too tired to go foraging but we shan't go hungry!

Tripped to Mill yesterday and picked up a few useful things; I am loathe to put anything in my new car! I shall get over this in a year or two! Will put some construction grade plastic bags in the boot for emergencies. Returned books to library down there.

R sorted excess T-shirts - some to trash! (Rags) All his clothes are put away! Today I will finish mine, although "my" bureau is still in his office. The BR has his bureau and the blonde oak roll top - I put some clothes in the drawers of that. May put the rest into the big bureau in the sewing room. It seems more efficient to keep his in the BR so he will know where they are and be more amenable to changing appropriately. And I can put things back in and close the drawers he left open!

Spent 35 min on phone sorting out why I do not get e-bills from CT. I hope! Had a nice customer service man who listened and agreed with my comments about the paucity of communication! "How on earth does anyone...???" Sometimes IT people are not the best communicators; clearly their brains are not the same as us mere mortals.

Black bean soup made. R had to fend for himself last night as I was out like a light by 10 pm and he was home "before midnight". The soup would have been better than... I have no idea what he ate! Goal: always have soup in frig!

Red Flag: A man who was working on a friend's home called "too tired to come today". At 9 am, he had the wit to phone for ambulance and by 11 am he had a stent installed - 100% blockage... plus a couple others around 60%. Makes me think/wonder/be aware.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 02:27 PM

I'm VERY pleased to report that the "closet-busting" pile of PA linens is now stowed, after several weeks of looming at me from a LR easy chair! Only a few very-worn, stained, or odd-colored items were rejected to trash, GW, or Becky-will (her term). In the weeks this pile awaited my administrative genius, Greg and I had a number of creative-space-planning sessions.

Also during this waiting time, Newbie bonded with her floor pillow and learned that that chair that still smells like hers-- isn't.

In other Yano action, we put our plastic-less trash system in place today. No more plastic tall kitchen liners-- dry trash emptied from dry trashcan and the 8 chairside wastebaskets into a leaf bag, with recyclables taken out of baskets as found.

By prearrangement, friend Judy returned the surplus lightweight vacuum she'd tried (before signing herself up for her own Yano after a bad fall and injury). The vacs were twins, so I combined the two vacs' best parts/cords to result in one to keep. The rest went home, also by prearrangement, with Yano Becky, including some compatible attachments off another, long-gone vac-- after a tutorial on periodically cleaning the internal filter she's been leaving filthy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 09:11 AM

Dorothy, I'm finding that my five-years-newer Pathfinder gets better mileage than the older one, but I have also realized that the body skin is almost completely made of plastic! It weighs less. I'm not sure if this is a good thing.

I bought a new mower earlier this year and with the back and the middle row of seats down I was able to fit the huge box in (well, the guy who works at Northern Tool and a nice man from the parking lot muscled it into the SUV. I can't say I participated in that one.) When I got it home I pulled the box open while it was in the SUV and pulled things out one at a time, the removed the box. Today my ex needs my assistance because he bought an electric mower that comes in a huge box and it won't fit in his Corolla, so we'll meet early this afternoon at the store and I'll transport it home for him.

The large area rug in the dining part of my den was flipped over and last night I used the rug shampooer on the canvas back of it. I'll have to re-glue some of the edging that was knocked loose (it's probably glued on anyway - I have fabric glue here) and let it dry for a couple of more days. I didn't do a "rinse" pass over that side and I'm still considering it. Once it's turned over I'll shampoo the nap side again and rinse that. I think it has more life in it.

There is a growing stack of donation items from the kitchen, things I look at every day but never use. I'll run that over to Goodwill later this week.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 09:10 PM

Dupont:

Major furniture moving Friday! Changed position of bed and find the room "bigger" and still need another small piece of furniture- which will, no doubt, appear. R is on a mission to get house into more organized condition. TV/sewing room is midway in transformation; also needs another piece.

Meanwhile, totally exhausted in every aspect, I have managed to move piles of clothes into bureaus, boxes of dishes in antique glass front cupboard, and more. R even brought home an electric lawn mower to de-clutter the foot high grass! When he has time!

I slowly get "used to" my precious new car. The gas saving might be equal to the difference in payments between the Yaris that I did not buy and the beautiful vanilla Prius, she says hopefully!

It is wonderful to see boxes empty and piles of clothes and fabrics, and more, disappear into drawers and cupboards!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 02:15 PM

The wknd here centered on the training I co-lead after Friday's meeting to plan it's specifics this time around. These usually knock out several more days to prep and recover-- more each year. Yesterday was pretty nap-oroented, but I made a good dent in laundry and I'll do more tonight.

Today, after brekky and planning the day, I set the accumulated dishes to soak and then reviewed the AiChi video and to articulate it with my AC class segment plan. The Sova version, of course, is faithful to muscle groups, in contrast with the Konno version I'd been using off YouTube. I need my aquatic PT book back from Christine at the Y to see more about my own hip and glute program, before my aquatic PT appt next week.

Then I finished whipping dishes and set 2 pans of taters to roast.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 12:50 PM

The paywall may make reading this impossible (I have a Chrome extension called "JustRead" that sometimes gets around paywalls) but here's what passed over yesterday; we seem to have received a glancing blow compared to what hit Dallas County. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/06/09/strong-storms-dallas-fort-worth-sunday-could-produce-hail-damaging-winds
Although the cause of the collapse has not been confirmed, powerful wind gusts up to about 70 mph were reported in the city and caused significant damage throughout the area. Close to 280,000 customers were without power in Dallas County alone, about a quarter of the Oncor customers there. About 46,000 customers had been without power in Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties in the evening.

Oncor estimated some customers could be without power for several days and had requested aid from other parts of the country to help restore service.


That shared, today is amazing, clear, much cooler, not humid. I need to go mow the back yard while it feels like this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jun 19 - 10:47 PM

Last weekend the power was off for a prolonged period, and we had a repeat this weekend. I have the new computer talking to the battery backup now so it knows when to turn it off next time this happens.

Since the house was muggy I spent the afternoon working out in the yard and I managed to carry all of the cut-up fence panels down to the curb for this week's bulky waste pickup. One of the dogs had been running into the space behind the panels where they were lined up against the side of the garage. She created quite a muddy little path, but it'll fill up with grass and weeds again soon enough.

While the power was off I headed over to McDonald's and had dinner and worked on their wifi. This was something I try to get done by Sunday evenings (contract work), and my neighbor called to tell me the power was finally back on so I could come home again. :)

What a difference a week makes. From last Sunday's crash, equipment is replaced and the computer is gradually being built up with the materials I need. Not everything is installed yet.


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

Charmion, I have a recliner for the times when coughing at night is a problem and stacked up pillows don't work (they end up pushed aside and then I wake up again coughing). This is the chair my Labrador retriever has claimed as his own, so I have to be pretty miserable to evict him to use it myself.

If you want to use the cloud with your PC you can sign up for a OneDrive account. Windows would be happy to help you set it up, and if you're using a more recent (like, from the last dozen years) version of MS Office, it probably tried to set you up with such an account when it was installed on your computer.

This morning, armed with a cup of strong tea, I sat down at the new device and addressed the new router and set up the house network the way I wanted. Almost. Still can't change the admin name from admin, but everything else is set up using more secure settings than the default that was achieved through the phone app. And now, if a service person or guest-who-isn't-like-family comes by and needs online, I can open that guest account with the phone and broadcast the name so they can logon. I've shared my logon information with the next door neighbor, she sometimes has trouble with their system and from her kitchen table she can pick up my system.

I am glad to say that the newer Dell computers have set up with a much quieter power supply fan. When my kids had their computer here at the house during their school years that was a problem - noise, and on occasion they had to be replaced.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 09:34 AM

The recent revelation that Apple will soon abandon iTunes has me thinking about replacing our seven-year-old desktop computer, a Windows model with massive hard-disk capacity made largely redundant by cloud storage services. I have always admired Apple design — yes, I know they are expensive, but so is replacing our hardware every few years — and I am tempted, finally, to buy an iMac and leave Windows behind. While decluttering the bank account of too much money, I would also lose that clunky tower and its tangle of dust-trapping cables.

I have been sick for a week — bronchitis again — and am now in the olfactory shutdown phase of respiratory hell. Himself, always a bad sleeper, is even more disturbed than I am by the loud bouts of coughing that punctuate my night. Decamping to the guest room does not help, as he can be rousted from sleep by a sparrow stamping on the eavestrough.

In this state, I fall asleep randomly and have the attention span of a gnat; consequently, no housework has been done since last Sunday. Outside is a different story; Steve the Garden Guy appeared the other day and wrought wondrous things in a few hours of frenetic work with spade and clippers.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 07:02 PM

It hasn't been a full week since the computer/equipment crash, but today the new Dell is set up and I'm slowly modifying how things look, taking out bloat-ware they factory installed, and adding software for the basic things like my Mozilla Thunderbird (email) and Quicken. I put the Canon camera software in just now, and later I'll install the scanner. Some of the software from these devices is a form of Adobe-light.

I spoke to a library computer friend yesterday about moving files, she says a SATA cable is the fastest - I have a cable but looked them up online (I've used both SATA and eSATA over the years) and then dug around in my basket labeled "Cables / All Types" and it was there. There's too much stuff in the other computer to load into the new one as it stands, but I will be adding another internal drive; the question is, do I want to move the existing drive (several years old but working well) into the new computer and go through the struggle of "claiming" all of the files to use in the new domain. The thing I need to research next is changing the registration in the Adobe software, that would be very helpful.

Anyway, I'll look at how to open the hood on the new computer -- the SATA cable works by plugging into the mother board of each computer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 09:12 AM

DP, I'm prepping for using my house for a meeting today, on that same "still moving in" premise. It's never failed me in the 4+ years of getting all the way here. What ppl seem to remember is the warm conversations here. That was also true of MudGathers we hosted.
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The result of yesterday's lifting wasn't muscle pain, so that amount of time and work was within limits. My vertebrae, however, were showing first-wakies signs of stress-- more likely from the several scootering times than the careful lifts.

Today I have things to do without the distraction of pain, and no driving, etc to do, so I took anti-inflammatories early, plus a tramadol.

So far, I moved the LL chairs out of TV position to restore Library mode for my 11am meeting here. DR table and kitchen sink are neatened up for same. A few LR pickups are still needed, and a beverage run later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 10:08 PM

Dupont:

It takes a great deal of energy to buy a new car. The "budget" is going to be very tight for the next 6 years - but car maintenance costs should be low for at least the next 3 (warranty), and gas costs somewhat lowered. A vanilla Prius (hybrid) will be my ride, and I hope THIS car lasts me the rest of my life; I thought the Scion would but only almost 15 years and the engine can cease at any time. I really loved this car.

It is a major de-clutter: 1) to have the security of a reliable vehicle; 2) to give the Scion to Robin et al on the premise that they have the skills and knowledge to keep it running, even change the engine and, in the city, it is ok if it quits - not when I am 20 miles from anywhere Ontario!; 3) feeling slightly less guilty about my long trips back and forth with a more fuel efficient vehicle.

Next week I start picking up food box from the farm, every two weeks, so we will have produce and I will figure out how to use it whether or not they are my preferred. Paid in advance; slightly reduced food costs and reduced gasoline...

Now to figure out how to peddle the pottery, effectively - that is, with least energy output (mine) and max reduction of inventory.

R still working on, and stressed by, that project. Furniture still not moved upstairs. The house is moderately tidy; i.e., I would not mind showing someone the house on the premise "we are still moving in". It is moderately/tolerable clean. Or, I have gotten used to it? NAH! I want it better organized!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 07:47 PM

Second desktop is cleared and dusted, though the contents are stuffed in various nooks and crannies. All of the attached equipment is going to be moved from the current location and the second desk pushed into that area (the equipment is sitting on stands now). A broom is on hand to excavate the various dust puppies rolling around the room.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 12:48 PM

Best of luck, SRS.

After two days of wrestling w PT admin and insurance, I booked two aquatic PT appointments for a tuneup of my pool routine, and for setting current limits.

Today I spent an hour moving 250 pounds of hardscape via scooter, neatening up sewer dig pieces in prep for Lawndude work later today in that area. It was about 20 lifts of varying degrees of weight (5-60lbs) and how situated. I used PT directionality prescribed Tuesday for all lifts, and rested in between. Counts as 1/2 hour PT. One chunk of sharp-edged concrete scraped/cut my leg, but the only one I dropped on my toes was about 20 pounds... and it landed just right. (I was wearing my panic button in case I tipped the scooter, etc.)

A cotton shoelace can lift at least 60 pounds.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 12:42 PM

It's moving day - rearranging the office furniture and supplies in order to have a computer setup that allows me to use the old computer, the new computer, and the many peripherals that will be wired to it. The new computer has WiFi, but the devices don't, so far.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 09:15 PM

Filing, recycling, shredding, and donating this afternoon. That is all.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 06:58 PM

The fence pickets are finished being treated with wood preservative and are now laying on a plastic tarp in the garage, but it looks like rain is on the way so this afternoon isn't the time to start the job. Once I take down the old panel I must finish the job quickly (with the dogs locked in the house during the work). The wood preservative is probably the most tedious part, but it makes sense to paint every plank now on all sides instead of putting it up and then being able to paint only the exposed parts.

Other than the fence, it feels like a waiting game right now. The practical thing to do would be to clear out the office and redo everything for when the new computer arrives, but I need to do that when I slowly take the external drives and devices off of the old computer to add them onto the new one. I suppose this is the time to do it if I want to reorganize the room, or move my office to a new room. Or just clean up my office!

Dell has sent me the delivery date, giving urgency to make a plan and act on it. For the moment, though, I have other things to do as well. I dug at the base of the next fencepost in the back yard, this is number six of 10. It tips, but it's heavy, so I'll probably have to use the sledge hammer and chisel and knock off a few pounds of concrete before I can pull it out of the hole. I weeded some of the vegetable garden, and added mulch to an area I'd missed. Muggy as Hell out there and it certainly doesn't feel like summer in Texas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 06:39 PM

Dupont:

Back to this home on Saturday, hoping for folk dancing on Sunday - Rain! Cancelled! Phooey! Left Beaver in good shape. R had not been here since I left - working LATE and sleeping at City house. Plants survived neglect. Have been mostly resting up from the drive. Texting instructions to Magda re pottery - why have I done "this" the same way for 40 years? She wondered about doing it differently and, on second thought - sure you can! Also texting to find out where Bobby will be in near future: Yeah! Got it ...finally! I think it is this next Sunday! We can do that!

English class today was exhausting. Four students including a young man with little affect - could not tell if he understood anything. The 3 women would give him hints in French!I did not "hear that". Next week is last class until September; I shall welcome the summer hiatus to be able to spend a bit more time at Beaver. Any year now, R will get someone to help carry the heavy furniture upstairs and I can put things away and get better organized. He slept 11 hours Saturday night,having not arrived home until about 9:30.

So, dishes done, two loads of laundry complete, and put away as well as possible, including washing a couple pillows, one more to go. The feather or down ones were washed in a feather proof case and I have only one. House needs to be vacuumed but that takes planning: do it with mask on and then air out house while going somewhere else until dust settles.

Maybe tomorrow as I need to take car in for mysterious loss of oil - 3 qts in last month does not bode well. Never before; I bought it new in 2005. I would love a new car; will not buy a used one unless push comes to shove as I have spent way too much on them in my life. I have not saved enough for a down payment and I doubt this car is worth even $1000! Worst of all: A beautiful new car would soon look just as bad; they do not wear well when used as trucks! Well, let's hope it is not too serious!

Kitchen is pretty well organized but I will be re-organizing as I get used to the flow. Not all the space is full and not totally well utilized. Some things might yet leave. There is a constant outward flow of "I don't need..." I take some things to a thrift shop and bring a few - hopefully less and more useful - home.

Cool and windy, rainy. Not good for outdoor work so I have not yet planted the things I brought back from Beaver. But they are getting watered.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 11:35 AM

Yesterday in a Goodwill store I found a large non-stick skillet in excellent condition, $9. I have a smaller one that I tried using for crepes last year and they came out a bit too small. This is perfect. I don't use non-stick very often, so I think my older pan will go to Goodwill. And while I was at it, I looked around for things I have never-or-rarely-used, that now collect dust or crowd cupboards. I pulled out a large griddle, meant for use on a large gas stove (mine is electric) or on an outdoor grill (part of a lefse cooking experiment, but the new non-stick pan will work for that also). And a lovely bamboo steamer, never used once. Etc. These things will be available for family to take if they wish, otherwise the rest goes to Goodwill. I need to look in the pantry also, there is stuff out of sight/mind in there I could probably thin out.

Over the last couple of years I've found working versions of things I have here that needed some help, most often "marrying" the parts to have one working device. Or I've found better versions of things I've used—and I need to donate the older ones that were supplanted.

I have cups and other pottery items from my Dad's estate that never get used. They'll head to eBay, where I see some traffic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 07:58 AM

The writing assignment (and some complicated politics that needed wise navigation afterwards) led to a larger role in the volunteer thing here, that I'm very pleased about. A big part of what's good about it is that the space to track the projects that will follow is already organized. It's also a great use of my skills. Tbtg I set clear boundaries around it when I was approached to be spokeswoman for a coalition of orgs I'm so passsionate about. The leaders I'll liaise with are the BOMB.

On the health and fitness front, today is a fresh start w PT. It will be good to have their guidance for a change. Apparently if you don't kill yourself with self-directed rehab work-- every PT I've had tells me "DO LESS, SLOW DOWN"-- Medicare has your back. No copay? REALLY? Come weekly as long as it takes?

On the home front, Yano Becky will work miracles today. Now if Brandon is over whatever kept him home sick, we can get the grounds in order too.

I'm behind on watering the patio garden, so off to do that.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 03:06 PM

I like Anker products, I have a number of their devices here. And if the computer would talk to the rest of the world, that would be an excellent option.

In for a cool-down after applying the rest of the can of wood preservative to my fence pickets. I'm a little over half-way through this task and will pick up more preservative next trip out.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 02:00 PM

Oh... I guess a USB wi-fi dongle could be an alternative but I think you prefer this one hard wired.

Oh and, I've just a search and found these


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 01:50 PM

Jon, if you google "Diagnostics Policy Service is not running" you'll find instructions to go to the command prompt and type in a directory to take you to the long list of functions in the computer that start right away, are delayed start, are automatic or manually started, etc. I've had to reset that a couple of times, and it refuses to even see my request to refresh the setting or approach it as an administrator.

And as far as space inside—this computer has just about every slot or port filled with some card or drive or other. Three or four years ago I bought a 256g SSD and cloned the C: drive onto it and plugged it into the motherboard. To put it inside the computer so full of stuff I literally pushed the card into the middle of the wires and anchored it in place with the zip tie. There isn't any extra space in this box of air. There is a lot of redundancy in there and I think there is a deceased large-capacity drive in there also.

And I have to figure out which of these external drives hold what files; they've been in place for ages and are all covered with dust and old post-it notes stuck on suggesting the letter drive it might be.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 01:06 PM

Hi SRS. I’ll start off by saying I’m making the possibly incorrect assumption that it’s just the network port on you motherboard gone. And it’s just something I might try. I can not advise on the Widow diagnostics or absence of.

If you did want to fit one, the first thing you would need to do is confirm what slots you have free on the motherboard. They might be PCI or PCI Express. Then you want a network card (PCI-e type shown)

Fitting should be easy.

Unplug the power and open the case. Touch yourself on something metal to discharge any static in you. The holes in the case for the slots will be covered by blanking plates and there will be some sort of screws or clamping mechanism but you will figure that out. Fit the new card that’s it inside.

You will want to move the network cable to this new socket and might like to try to disable the onboard network slot by looking around in the BIOS so you only show the one network card.

Configuration varies from system to system and I don’t know Win 10 well enough but if you are using DHCP (assign IP address automatically, commonly by the router), things might “just work”.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 12:35 PM

Jon, how do you use the network card? Right now this computer is a self-contained, non-communicating machine. I'm not sure if there is a way to get around the absence of the "Diagnostic policy" error.

Mary, the computer at my house has done a lot of heavy lifting and even in retirement will continue to do so as it has numerous devices attached. External hard drives for music, photography, videos, and work files (I kept copies of everything I worked on, though most of them are now donated to Special Collections at work). I have a printer, a scanner, a Canopus for the VHS, a two-monitor desktop setup, and cables for all sorts of things are on a USB hub—such as cameras, phone, tablet, and the charger for my fitness tracker. And lots of software that operates best in a multi-core environment (any Adobe products, for example, are real processor hogs). I didn't dismiss laptops outright—I thought about a powerful laptop on a docking station that would give me the ability to attach all of the USB stuff and monitors, but I have things I want to add to the computer (that I can find on sale and do for myself cheaper than Dell can add them in now). And possibly a couple of things out of the old computer into this one (the Hauppauge receiver, for example, because I use my computer like a DVR; the old computer can't download the program to update the channel list so there would be no metadata with anything I record on there from here out.) In the end, laptops are more expensive and harder to work on, so it's another desktop.

It was a weekend of pleasure, visiting with old friends at lunch, and work, doing all of the computer stuff. And more work ahead. This morning a bright spot was the return letter from the tax appraisal office; they've been racing to raise our property values (and taxes) before the state puts a cap on all of that. My market value last year went up more than $20,000, and this year it went up a whopping $37,000. Lasts year I filed an online protest and because those hearings are nerve-wracking and I was still working, when they dropped $3000 from the market value (an automated response) I accepted it. This year the automated response cut the increase in half, but I have the time and energy so sent in the paperwork and was prepared to go to a hearing in a couple of weeks. This morning a letter arrive agreeing to leave the market value at last year's price (I asked they do that, or use the square foot rate of a house nearby that makes it even lower). The good thing about this is that this year my tax rate will be frozen, and at the lower level.

Last night I realized I'd forgotten to take my allergy stuff for a couple of days (as I lay in bed with a stuffy nose). I took the medication and spent time making my brain wind down until it kicked in and I could breathe (all of this computer and financial stuff can keep one awake) visualizing how today I would finally work on my new fence pickets (paint on the wood preservative) and cut up the old fence for bulky waste (it must be at the curb by next Monday so town officials can drive through and decide what size and type of truck to request to pick it all up). This is my task for the day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 04:44 AM

SRS, How were the network cables connected to the devices? ie. Does the incoming line go through a surge protector,perhaps on the UPS?

(I don't do that here btw because I get a noticeable speed drop on a slowish ADSL line if I go through the UPS in my room but network parts would be vulnerable if something happened to the phone line)

As for the PC. I know it's due replacement but would it be worth fitting a network card? Under£10 UK prices.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 03:42 AM

i am pretty happy with a lower end lenovo from amazon. ideapad 320


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 03:59 PM

The time has come to replace the nine-year-old computer. Last night we had thunder and lightning, the power was off for hours, but flickered as it went out (I was asleep at 2am when it was apparently restored so I don't know if there was flickering then also) Not too many lights left on but oddly, a television and radio in one room turned on by themselves.

The router also seems to have melted down to a primordial unaddressable URL, completely losing it's program and no longer responding to wired and wireless attempts to reach it. They were both plugged into power supply batteries that should have protected them.

One trip to Fry's and the new router connects to the phone and the laptop but the big HP will have nothing to do with it. I've hit the final "Diagnostics Policy Service is not running" message and I can't fix it. In the past I could.

So, scrambling all day, tripping over the smaller dog (whose anniversary it is today so I really should be making much of her, not saying "I'm going to trip over you if you keep doing that" she settles in beside wherever I'm standing or sitting.)

I really really dislike having to set up a new computer. For all of the novelty of the new device, everything that I use is stored in the other one. That is now effectively offline. I suppose I can use a cable to drag stuff over when a new one arrives.

It's humid and soggy and not really like the late Spring in Texas this year. We really do need to get things in gear and clean up our collective acts asap.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 01:59 PM

Laundry folded. Two rolls of select-size paper towels distributed (and large-sheet towels stowed w cleaning supplies).

Hemi walker modified as chair assist. Will allocate to patio because then, one wooden walking stick can be added to scooter until I snag a folding GW cane.

Next, tried to find cleaners' bag to hang up my Xmas vest, in Newbieland. May add garment bag, also, and use its hook in the closet differently, (like for belts or trousers).

No clnrs bags found, but other used-twice bag found. I left the red vest color peeking thru and used my birthday clothespole to boost it up. That pole can live there by that kennel closet.

The wet items from the bathroom vanity leak are sorted, trash discarded, washables in washer, other items set to dry, and Chore bucket soaking in vinegar.

I note again how much more work is actually done-- "small stuff" assumed to be "women's work"-- than the planned work laid out this AM.....

Next we drilled a ceramic planter so its plants will actually drain, without removing them to drill. So first I emptied a PA basket of its stuff (sorted some), bcuz if that planter were to crack it would need the basket's plastic liner to sit into.

Planter drilled, no cracks, and set in place outside the front door in front of the raised impatiens planter.

A work in progress.

All these front door plants will come back inside, when it gets cold enough... Around Oct. 1, maybe. The plastic tray is set to receive the drilled planter, and there's a wicker kitchen plant stand with aluminum cups to catch the impatiens, and perhaps an amaryllis.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 10:23 AM

Yesterday my local NPR station played a program called Brains and Losses that looked at the specific problem of what older people are or aren't thinking when they fall victim to financial scams. Part of it seems to be brain development. So as I thought about my ability and that of friends and family to avoid that kind of thing, I remembered a relative who did fall for a pitch (from an insurance company that "manages investments" but takes a cut every time they touch the money - that couple lost a substantial percentage of their retirement savings before another relative stepped in to put it back someplace safe.) And realized that as long as I pay hefty monthly interest on credit cards I've also set myself up for a different sort of fleecing.

That considered, I picked up a handful of documents and headed down to my credit union and consolidated that card debt. When the loan officer asked what brought me in, I told her about the radio program she noted where to find it. She said they see that kind of scam too often. I may also refinance the new vehicle, I would save only $10 or so a month, but over the course of five years, that adds up.

Cleaning this morning in preparation for friends coming over for lunch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 10:13 AM

Today's plan is to set up the next Goodwill box to catch items, finish putting away the folded laundry, and start dealing with items left lying around during that quick writing assignment.

An important visitor is coming Friday for her first tour of the Library, and theres a lot of remedial work to do in there around our TV chairs in there, too. There is also an OCR scanner to find a place for, in there.

Greg gets the real fun today, hoping to avoid another plumbers' visit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 May 19 - 05:56 PM

AM wakies in the Patio resulted in a fone call to sked an appt, which led to setting up my voicemail finally, which I managed on my own. Then after brekky we practiced VM, and I discovered that the app Greg uses hides messages if you save them there, so you can no longer access them via regular VM. I didn't try the obverse, yet.

Over coffee, we discussed the day and a question brewing in my mind about the church abuse incident, and then I went to finish the letter portion of my writing assignment. Towards the end of the planned hour, a sense of urgency and clarity came, so I easily knocked out the other 10 pages of the project.

Somewhere in there I got and answered an email from the disability rights lawyoo advising us on the church thingie.

As I was about to distribute that and take a legs-up break, Larry the Grab Bar guy arrived to add the one I'd requested to make the recently installed bedside steps safer. Greg worked with him on placement. Larry and I joked as usual but it left a bad taste-- sexist stuff. Microagressions on top of K.

Next I whipped dishes and used,my new hangers to put away a basket of hangables which, tbtg did fit in the closet. The new grab bar and its placement were perfect for the tight working space. I ran a podcast w Sally Yates, which I moved to the LR to finish, where I folded clean items there-- tbtg no more hangables except one!

That one is going to be a test hanging (sounds grim!). It's going to go inside a clear bag, into overflow space where the unused hanger supply lives, in the kennel closet, because the winter stuff is in the back of that, and it's a Christmas vest. I may also hang a slim farmer bag in there, if I find that the best isn't disturbed, in my way, or dirtied up over the dog bed.

Tonight, blues bar!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 May 19 - 05:00 PM

SRS, given the vision and device issues I'm dealing with, I don't foresee being able to try that method anytime soon. Other ideas? I know that a lot of the pasted links' characters are unnecessary, but I'm not sure where to chop them off.

I suppose one option if I have new pix to reference would be just to say so and paste the shortened album link again.

Other ideas?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 19 - 10:20 PM

Michelle, how is Pete doing after another day at the hospital? Are they any closer to identifying why this has recurred? Is it a physical contact thing (bumping into something that has the germs on it) or idiopathic (no known cause)?

MaryG, after France and thereabouts, what will your next trip be? Are you going to be one of those retirees who is always on the move?

Charmion, did you take all of your toxic materials to the dump's special collection day? I fall through the cracks in my town - they don't participate in the county collection site and I'm not a citizen of the nearest large city that has a site. I have to borrow my ex's water bill to take things to the collection center (and that city had the nerve to give the site we can't use the name of our village!)

I made a couple of stops today that needed doing after lunch with a friend from work, then at Goodwill I was on my way to the register and noticed a lovely cotton print 3/4 sleeve blouse that will work nicely over the top of pastel knit tops. That is a summer look that works well here - air conditioning is cranked so low that you need that extra layer to be comfortable when you go to public buildings this time of year. It's a print with large flowers and enough colors that will go with all of my knit tops. I thinned out the hangers in the closet and laundry room recently, and there may be something I can pull for donation when I add this to the closet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 19 - 05:31 PM

Reducing link size is something anyone can do. I have a couple of websites I use - Bitly and TinyURL. And if you post with a site like Hootsuite they have a link-shortener called Ow.ly.

You can set up a free account at Bitly and keep track of everything you've shortened (useful if you want to go back and find something later) or on TinyURL, just drop it into the text box and it produces both the link itself and a preview link if (I think) someone wants to mouse over it and see what the link is to. I haven't used the preview.


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Subject: Bitly Mudelf
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 May 19 - 02:10 PM

I have no idea how to do that, pls PM lesson if possible and I will try.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 May 19 - 09:51 AM

(Parrot Cage) PLANT STAND

My original thought, when I saw this at the curb, was "there's my free greenhouse". That would need more plastic than I care to generate, so now it's a garden feature, plant stand, and more.

Foto and plan:

http://bit.ly/2HKEg8o

Those really long links force the page to the edge of the monitor, meaning readers have to scroll sideways to read page content. Hence the bitly link. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 May 19 - 09:35 PM

While the bulk of my job can be completed online from just about anywhere, they like us in the office and do not often approve hours for work done elsewhere. However, in circumstances like I currently have, it is sometimes is approved. Frankly, whether I get paid for it or not, I have such a huge caseload that I will likely get some work done while Pete sleeps. It gives me something to do, takes my mind off the immediate while being close enough to offer love, support, a second set of ears and a sharp mind to take in details that he may miss due to medication fog.

Jeremiah is being a super duper helper while Pete is away and is handling this unplanned situation quite well. He is one incredible kid. <3

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 May 19 - 09:07 PM

In this day and age telecommuting is a reasonable and practical way to take care of a lot of what we do for work. Seeing clients, working a service desk or other hands-on jobs, no, but other parts of the day, it is nice to work from home. I work about 10 hours a week, all from home, as a contractor for a regional website. I've never been to their office in the next county.

I hope you can figure out the source of the cellulitis; congratulations on your continued good health as a cancer survivor!

Susan, I look forward the photos of this very large-sounding parrot cage. I suspect you're describing something like is in use by birds down at my neighborhood garden center. They have several large birds in the store.

We were under a tornado warning today, the bulk of the storm passed to the north of me, but I heard from a former co-worker at the university that they had to head to the interior halls for shelter.

I put several potted flowers into one bed that gets a full half-day of sun, after moving a birdbath that had achieved quite a drunken tilt while standing in that bed. It now resides beside that garden on a concrete square that might help keep it level. I can return to the garden center and use the rest of the gift card because I've identified the rest of the things I need and can plant now. More veggies and some flowers. Others will start from seed.


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