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

Stilly River Sage 16 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Feb 19 - 11:42 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM

It took about an hour to change out the gas and uptake lines on the trimmer, but then I took a spin around the yard and made progress against some tall weeds coming up in the gap between the fences at the bottom of the back yard.

I also got out a couple of saws and a long lopper and took out the final offending limb that extended out over the curb and street too low for the happiness of the code enforcement folks. There's a stack of branches in the yard that will be wrangled to the curb for trash pickup the next warm day. And the smallest of them can be run through my electric chipper.

Today is cold and back to winter, so I'll work in the house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 11:42 AM

Warm weather means that today is the day to repair the gas trimmer and to go ahead and mow the lawn. And I need to start planting potatoes and onion sets. I'll do a low-calorie day (in the alternate day fasting routine that works better in warmer weather). My fitness tracker is back up and running after a factory reset so perhaps I'll exceed my steps goal.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 19 - 08:56 PM

Trip to the vet with the oldest dog; she is okay, though her occasional whimpering may be because of low-grade pain from arthritis. She's on a mild painkiller to test if that makes a difference. He also offered a veterinary supplement for older dogs, but it was $60 for a large jar of the powder that had to be measured over their food. It contains glucosamine chondroitin as the main ingredient. She has eaten a regular wheat-free food (I get because Zeke needs that). She and Zeke were on a senior food for a while but she was kind of fussy about the larger bites. That said, she and Zeke are now back on the senior food because it has less protein, more fiber, and it has glucosamine chondroitin. She does need to lose weight, so she'll be on reduced rations for a while. I'll do the math on the amount of glucosamine per serving in the food, and I can compare with the dose in the vet powder and can supplement with a human version if the food doesn't make enough of a difference. I'm willing to bet that the OTC people type at Costco is going to cost a lot less than a vet Rx (as long as it's only glucosamine, no additives). I also see several OTC brands meant for dogs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 19 - 08:28 AM

Apparently until ydy I was on autopilot plus blissful ignorance regarding the coordination of the last moving process. Tbtg for the autopilot though because it woke me up with time to spare and my head on straight.

I worked on the list during my AM peer counseling session, and my counselor took notes as I added room by room details (Ohio rooms).

That now-longer list was quite overwhelming to see so I instinctively asked myself "Why", and a sensible goal immediately emerged. I put that down as a header, and in two minutes had sorted the list by subhead. Now it's print and do.

And feels doable. That's the denial again! ;-)

-Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 06:54 PM

Montreal:

Load of boxes made it into house; included pots for plants, a few of which were helpful already. Bro sent photo of dining set at thrift shop that R likes. We went in truck to pick up a sofa I loved and took it out to "Dupont", for lack of more creative name. Went a long way round so R had to get to work and I went to look at DR set, purchased it and R will pick up before Tuesday. Tomorrow mattress will arrive - roads willing! I phoned Geri and got phone number of a friend who lives near Dupont (the street name). This friend told us a friend of hers lives across the street. So, I will phone her tonight to see if the cross-the-street-neighbour could receive the mattress for us if the roads are terrible! They already clear the snow for us! R has met them but I have not.

I "cancelled today" and have done only computer and TV. We were asked to stay home/off the streets if at all possible. R cleared our front steps and vehicles and went off to work.

This storm is being compared to the one in 1971 but I was here for that. Two of us made it to class; I walked and the other skied over the mountain; the prof did not show. Snowmobiles were taking people to emergencies... Not the same!! Yet.

One of my frustrations is that I cannot stay awake much after 9 pm; most music starts at 9 or later so I was delighted to find today that the Wheel Club is having a jam on Saturday night starting at 7!! It is under new supervision so maybe I have hopes of more. I only found out because an unknown (I think) person asked to "Friend" me and I found him to be a Wheel Club person with good info posted, and two mutuals. I always check!

Once the frig is moved from the mill - I would be happy not to have to go there ever again! - I will be pushing for full time living at Dupont. There may be nights when R stays in city due to working too late or bad roads; I hope those will be few and will diminish as he gets the idea of dealing with being 30 minutes away instead of 20. As in, "No, I cannot dash over to fix/talk to/..." He is recognizing his diminishing energy levels.

We still need to fetch snow tires from mill so they can installed when I go next week for rear brakes. I found the distiller tucked in a cabinet (I did it) here, so able to replenish supply. (After R searched in vain.)

Between car repairs and house, my wallet is undergoing much de-cluttering!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 05:22 PM

One dog to vet tomorrow afternoon. Guaranteed to declutter the wallet.

Second plant trimmed out front, now the largest one will get attention later this afternoon (after the village public works guys are off the clock and stop cruising the street. I don't want to give them the satisfaction of actually seeing me out there trimming the trees. There is a bit of an adversarial tension in the village regarding these guys.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 10:28 AM

Before going back to PA:

(Omg)

Glasses
Pap
Manmo
FPH rough sort
Artwork up on walls
Boxed decor cleaned and
boxed in plastic
Garage ready and labeled
Plan for Deere and blower
Chairs out
Patio cleaned up, pots out
Dog fence raised
Sewer dig neatened up
Wicker stowed
Meds refilled
Soups waiting
Brandon set to weed beds
Car player loaded
Power bars waiting
Burgers waiting
Bread waiting
Painting done
Rug cut and stowed/pitched
Mike or Dave ready
Stove gone
Camryn and Brandon confirmed
Van cleaned out
Move drawers to closet
Clean room for new rug/furniture
BR curtains tied and pinned
Foam mattress ready for us w pillows

~omg


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 13 Feb 19 - 05:12 AM

BBC - Hancock's Half Hour
The Junk Man
Series 5 - Episode 16 of 20

Griselda's plan to clear out the lad's house backfires spectacularly.

Starring Tony Hancock. With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.
Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008f307 


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 09:54 PM

Yesterday the village code enforcement officer left a hang-tag on my mailbox to say that my trees out front need trimming. I purposely planted within a few feet of the curb, but in doing so, I know that to achieve the "street tree" look I need to keep them from growing too low over the street. I want branches that reach out toward those across the street, but they need to be up high. I pruned the lower plants a few weeks ago, the things growing out of beds and draping over the curb into the street. This evening I went out at sunset with the long lopper and took down the offending limbs on a pine; tomorrow I'll attend to the baldcypress. There is a Silverado sage that probably needs attention (it also blocks my view a bit as I back out of the driveway, so I try to keep it under control).

Several items were crossed off of my kitchen counter list today; it grows, but as long as the tasks are broken into steps I can keep up. I'm getting closer and closer to The Big Task - processing my father's music collection. Toward that, and other work I'm doing, I'm comparing computers, to update from this nine-year-old workhorse. It seems there are President's Day sales coming up (and I have an account with Dell in long-standing).

I'm looking forward to more news of Dorothy's house, a report on Michelle's baking, and though she hasn't posted here in a while, on Linn's travels. It's a difficult time of year to travel across the northern tier, but she will make a trip early next week. Safe travels, Batgoddess.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 04:32 PM

Done:

Garage blowout
Garden dept moved
Overdoor storage of upholstery foam
Ext cord relocated for scooter
Gathered up trailer strapping
Sorted out former travel pillow bag
Pitched old cell phones
Created mucho recycling/trash
Created two misc boxes I'll have to sort
Rescued icons
Consolidated drop hose parts

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 02:31 PM

New Yano tdy who did a few house things (arrived late), and then we walked thru the process of unpacking and clng decor or art in the garage and only bringing CLEAN items in. Buh-bye farm road grunge. Next week it'll be framed art, but tdy's box was the last one on the garage floor-- everything else is neatly stowed for methodical attention.

Brandon due shortly to help massage the remaining gardening items over to their planned spot, organizing as we go, and spare pieces of upholstery foam up into the rafters.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 11:29 AM

This is cooking and baking weather, to be sure! On the weekend I posted photos on Facebook of a Dutch Baby and it got quite a few remarks and the request for a recipe. I'm drawing down the freezer this month, and tonight I'll thaw a piece of fish. then head for the cupboard for lentils and and onion for a batch of soup. Catching up with my sister last night she mentioned baking cookies, though she will give away 3/4 of them - Seattle is snowed in right now and the baking was a simple reflexive response. Enjoy your stew - the warm smell all afternoon and the eating and reheating for leftovers.

I did my income taxes. The initial form may be shorter, but it isn't any less work once you start hunting down the schedules and filling out worksheets. Now I wait to see if the IRS rejects it because I missed some checkbox or other.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 10:42 AM

It's a snow day here in the northern tier of Pennsylvania....currently snowing pretty hard...can't see the mountains across the way...with predicted ice to follow. Schools are closed and my place of business is closing down early. I called off earlier today.

Pete has been sick for the last week and is slowly getting better. I am thankful for that. My mom had some pretty scary medical tests going on over the last few weeks but thankfully, she is doing well....I have to say that I am beyond thankful, really.

Work is work. Busy, busy, busy.

However, like I said, today I am home. At the moment I am sitting by the fire with my slippers on and an old, well loved wrap around my shoulders that was given to me by my college roommate.

I was thinking about doing some sewing today but I'm learning more towards doing some cooking. I think I'm going to make beef stew and cornbread and an upside down pineapple cake. The cake has been calling to me for a few months....truly...LOL..today might be the day!

Maggie, I'll be anxious to hear how the glasses work out...hoping they are just what you are looking for!!!

I'm off to turn on some music and cook for a bit.

Stay warm y'all!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 10:46 PM

The late afternoon nap helped all this happen:

Urgent pre-brekky trip to house-sit at Judy's for poss lift chair delivery-- medically necessary
. WA940 racial justice doc converted (re use of deadly force), and studied at Judy's and pastoral visit with her there
. Full spectrum lamp sent to Judy
. Box of misc. caused to leave K table
. Last of ydy groceries stowed
. Numerous items stowed on ADL catchup perambulations thru house (active rest exercise day)
. Sewing Room boxes, etc, removed and stowed
. Laundry from Sewing Room going
. Plan for further clearing of Guest Room items from Sewing Room made-- TV hockey intermission action
. Benadryl pillboxes set up for car
. Plans for Yano and Brandon made for tmrw
. KPH billing resolved w Medicare
. Insights doc sent to counselor
. WA940 questions doc started and non-Q version sent to Sabrina
. Valentine plan made w Judy for movie/Yaffa Grill dinner Thursday evening

Kitchen whipped or soaking, with Yano Clean areas more obvious.

Benadryl pill cases to car, YAY!

Water bottles refilled before sinks filled, YAY.

Key items in Sewing Room uncovered and stowed, YAY.

Good discussion and decisions on March parameters and processes, YAY.

More hockey. One or two cooperative jobs left for next intermission.

2nd DVR remote found today YAY.

More Guest Room items removed from Sewing Room, a few left to police tmrw.

More items designated for Goodwill. No hard decisions. Yet. Linen closet very full....

Superb teamwork thruout the day!

Space for framed clergy certificates from the church office found, pending planned BR installation, in BR closet. Future resources for that closet discussed.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 08:42 PM

Dorothy, will you call the new house something other than The New House? The Final House? The [neighborhood name] house? Will you be able to stop using the mill?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 10:06 AM

Montreal:

Progress is slow. Our whole world is a huge skating rink! Then there are the "side dishes". Started out Sat with a car full of stuff to go to "Dupont" (for lack of more creative name). We got a decent start and offloaded towels and pottery. Stopped at a thrift shop and found a wonderful recliner, almost new, $15! Got it into back of car but had to leave gate open; even though it was a bitterly cold day, as long as we kept moving we did not get cold. Which was good as we did not get to offload it until about 9 pm! And the gate supports are ruined and will need to be replaced.

Next stop was the blues music of two local musicians (southern QC) - incredible! Then a call from a new friend took us down a country road and a LONG driveway/ice rink to a lovely renovated old home and a pleasant aft in the sun room. As the sun started to set ---Hey, we had sun! --- we took our leave and went down to the mill - surrounded by about a foot of ice crusted snow. And bitterly cold. R went in to try to find two snow tires - of course he could not - and distiller or distilled water. I was not clear enough and he struggled back to car with two large water bottles; fortunately one was distilled. When I treated us to a great meal at Bo-Thai and we managed to get the chair into "D" without killing ourselves. It is light in weight, forest green in colour and looks great in the den AND is comfortable. Our first piece of furniture.

Sunday we went there to get things done. R was going to paint the BR - he has been going to do that for almost two weeks but I thought it would happen... I managed to de-ice the steps and part of the walkway!! Sorted towels and looked around at what need to be done. R found we needed light bulbs and one trip did not suffice; he went out again - after HWare stores were closed, and by the time he came back and we conferred some more, we came back to the city, had a good meal - Indian, then "home" and a bit of tv and bed!

We are both excited about the house but weather, time, and energy are being difficult. I would like frig and washing machine from the mill; this requires him taking a truck and helper -2 hours each way. We did finally realize we can bring things out the one entrance that is not snow bound. Bed arrives on thurs! This am at BF, I suggested Thomas could do the painting and I need to hire someone to clean cabinets as my right arm aches, just from ice removal. I believe he is willing to have Thomas do both tasks, she says hopefully! Most rooms need painting and we have agreed to the cream colour he used here in M. The BR will be pale yellow, the colour my father did my BR when I was four.

At the moment R is loading boxes that I can carry, from storage into my car so I can take a load down on this last non-snowy, for a while, day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 04:02 PM

Thanks, Stilly.

The topmost shelf holds boxed items to rip to MP3 and then donate. The lower shelves will hold items to watch/hear and either hold to enjoy again or graduate to the donate shelf.

The shelf just above the TV will hold small instruments, my storytelling kit, and a boombox that still plays both cassette tapes and MP3 discs plus CD and FM radio.

The space between the cabinet and closet wall is for the folding rocker that needs to be out of the way, whenever the Library is open and we're not glued to hockey.

The whole shebang disappears behind a curtain.

On the left side of the closet (not shown): the two file cabinets the men had to admit would actually fit, with archived files stacked on top-- also disappearable behind the curtain.

The file cabinets protrude a few inches into the room, but I just need a different curtain rod to make the curtain hang straight.

At the moment, the closet looks a bit preggers. ;-)

~Susan


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

Those shelves have the look of some of the Scandia wood shelves. Looks good!

My fitness tracker has lost it's mind - it still does some bluetooth connected features, but the most important ones (tracking steps, tracking sleep, and reporting those details to the phone app are no longer working.) Disappointing because I've had it for only about 15 months this time. The first one of this model had a condensation problem so they replaced it (under warranty at the time) with this newer model. No more condensation, but in a device that looks like a regular wrist watch and costs this much I'd expect it to last longer. I'll send a note with the serial number and the folks at the company can tell me what part of the watch has failed and if it is fixable (with an update or refresh of some sort).

I ordered glasses online from Zenni - this will be my first pair of the photo-sensitive ones that turn dark in the sunshine. And they came in under $80. They usually come out many hundreds at the optometrist's glasses store side of her business. It looks pretty easy to come up with a far less costly pair of glasses on that site. Thanks for the endorsement, Michelle!

And it was Michelle's description of her chicken pot pie that got me thinking about the possible things to bake today. I have a brunch for myself of a "Dutch baby" - a large sort of turnover with equal parts milk and flour, an egg, and baking in a puddle of butter. Later I'll make either muffins or my Mom's recipe for a baking powder biscuit that is roll out thin, cut in 12 or 16 (depending on your muffin tin) and then a filling of raisins, walnuts, melted butter with cinnamon and brown sugar is spooned onto them. Four corners pinched together and placed that way into the ungreased tin. I guarantee that if I post of photo of these on Facebook my daughter will post a remark or hearts or tell me she's making some for herself and her roommates. (You want your children's attention? Make their favorite foods!) The best compliment at a meal is when everyone sits eats for a while before talking because they're so happy with the food. My Mom remarked on that when I was a kid, and I've seen it with my own on occasion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 09:52 PM

Custom shelves added to media closet in the Liberation Library:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2103281436417808&id=100002079158985&set=a.489955677750400&source=48

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 05:02 PM

Greg had indeed gotten the shelves up by the time I returned from the film. We discussed the height for the next shelf to go in, which will hold the TV at our perfect viewing height, and then headed off for lumber.

Got back, and on my way into the house I shimmed the pesky armoire so it's door no longer hangs itself open. Then I reorganized items he and Brandon had set on top of the armoire so the space will hold more, and stowed a "Yano Clean" box there. When it's empty, it will become a drawer under the armoire. All the "Yano Clean" boxes are now cleared out of space needed for March deliveries.

Now I can list the gas stove for a quick sale and removal. That leaves a bit of garden supply clutter to neaten up and stow-- some alongside the garage in a resin trashcan "garage" out there.

We have one small box of framed (unboxed) art for Yano cleaning Tuesday, and that, plus the above, will about finish the huge, monthlong job of making space out there. There's a nicely consolidated pile of packing peanuts, etc. to take to PA with us, sitting in place of all the stuff we've been unpacking.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 04:08 PM

We're going on week 4 of being down to 1 car....it sure makes life interesting especially with the commutes we have! Hopefully next week will be the end of all this!

Grocery shopping was completed this morning along with 2 trips to the drug store. One of the prescriptions contains codeine so it had to be hand delivered. I hate waiting around so that's when I completed my grocery shopping along with a trip to the local butcher shop and back to the drug store. Pete, while sick, opted to drop Jeremiah and I off to grocery shop while he went to Tractor Supply. We are now all home, have had a wonderful lunch of chicken pot pie, dishes are done, floors are somewhat decent (can you say MUD season?), Pete has meds in his system and we are calling it an early day.

Work has been crazy busy and interesting this week.....that's about all I can say on that front! :)

I am feeling pretty cooped up these days and am planning a mini adventure. Of course, this will wait until Pete is feeling better but I can't wait to just get out of here for a little break. In addition to that, our summer vacation is just about paid for....can't wait for then either!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 10:00 AM

Go Stilly! Re-cluttering-- yes.

Here, I think the closet shelves Brandon measured for are going up while I see a film at the local Black history center, go to Y, and get groceries.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 11:58 PM

It's too cold out now to go outside for any activities that will test my knee with the full dose of gel that has been injected. It should last six or more months, so I'll have an easier time planting and tending a spring garden.

Today I started doing some contract web work, I'm doing some pet sitting, and starting up volunteer work in an area park next week. A friend wrote with details about a book club she participates in; I ordered the book they'll discuss on the second Monday in March. In other terms, I'm working on recluttering my life with people and activity.

This evening I made a batch of my zucchini casserole with onion, green pepper, Italian sausage, pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, egg noodles, some wine, and I cleared out some partial things in the fridge and freezer. A couple of peppers I needed to dice and freeze, some went in the skillet, a small container of frozen diced tomato, the rest of a jar of fancy roasted red peppers and feta cheese (by Peloponnese) from lunch a couple of weeks ago. That last ingredient made this dish amazing. I guess I should share this in the "what are we eating" thread also, but it started out as a way to use up a bunch of little containers of things. Dual-purpose decluttering!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 07:24 AM

.... WHERE... To put... The large pile of boxed decor.... For Yano to unbox and clean... And then where will decor items go until the furniture to display them in a month....? NOT IN THE HOUSE....,

(Sleeeeep.....)

Oh. Of course. In the garage pantry I emptied yesterday! In plastic bags to keep them clean and ready to display. Because I can't use the pantry for food items till my food storage glass and plastic and metal arrive, too.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:39 PM

Temperatures took a nose-dive here so the next week will feature mostly indoor activities. I did mail another eBay box today and had an interesting conversation with a young man who sells make-up and things like eyelashes through his business; what caught my eye were the reflective mylar wrappers of the padded envelopes that were at the counter when he dropped them off. I first noticed them earlier in the week, and today he was there in the building so I asked him. I will research the costs - he is convinced that having an attractive parcel arrive for his customers helps his business. Not that I would use this trick often, but there are times it would be perfect.

My office is awash in paper, something I need to remedy during these cold days spent indoors.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:03 PM

Dorothy, it's great to hear you so fired up! You go girl!

The garage is looking so empty, suddenly. So much was accomplished this week that we're awarding ourselves a day off tomorrow to preview a hockey rink with Valentine's tickets in mind.

With scooter!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 07:15 PM

Montreal:

Tuesday: 2 hours packing car and a 5 hour drive. Arrived at the "new house" at 3 pm and offloaded plants into house in just above freezing temp - VERY carefully as the yard and steps were ICY! My first trip to house now that it really is ours! I did not spend much time as needed to cross the bridge before rush hour. Only 25 min to Montreal house - at that time of day. We went out to dinner that was a day!

Weds: drove to southern Q to deliver mugs to Carole, then back toward M, via picking up money from Serenplicity! Stop at thrift shop for "saucers" for plants as many were left behind due to space and time. Then grocery, then house and did some watering and arranging, then back to city. Later equals longer! But still only about 30 minutes to R's office.

Today! I hate flyers! But the ones I picked up in Chateauguay were looked at - new locale, what can I learn? Linen Chest having major sales so I went early to the closest one, looking for a non-toxic mattress - $700. nice young woman suggested the outlet store on the other side of major bridge. I thought of waiting for R to drive us there but after drinking some water and a couple squares of choc, decided that 1 pm was a good time to cross. "I can do this!" "Same" mattress for $400 plus 10% off on anything else I bought, so I walked up and down every aisle and filled the cart - towels, sheets, a French press, and an Australian wool topper for mattress. Really major SALE! I had fun spending/saving money. Really needed towels for guests and even for us. Have not bought any in at least 15 years, other than at thrift shops.

The woman who helped me is designated an honorary granddaughter! We had such a good chat about all sorts of common interests! I asked her to email me and come visit. She assisted me throughout shopping expedition and cash, and loaded the numerous bags into car! I drove home in freezing rain! But the roads were still ok. That did the day and since, I have been in recuperation!

R popped home to charge phone and reminded me of his wool allergy! I can put a cotton coverlet over it if need be.

Another good reminder from SRS: Re compost, I wonder if Chateauguay has compost for residents to use. Likely.

And, btw, I love the house and we are both excited about what is going to go where and what room used for what and what repairs need to be done first... Now waiting for BR to be painted, bed to be delivered, weather to be OK for moving things. The back porch has two feet of snow on it! So I stood inside and tried to visualize where to put the 3 cherry trees - if they survive the Ontario winter. Lots of great windows for plants. And radiators. It was nice and warm in the house!!!!!

The Montreal house is a test of endurance and the fact that so much is packed away that I feel crippled in the K. I bought hot pads, dish cloths and one dish towel at a dollar store; there were none here. I have not yet found the guts to clear out the frig. Maybe tomorrow...

On Saturday, hoping to get to the mill and gather some things for the house so I can start getting the K organized and get internet in and have a chair to sit in a warm space during the day until we get the bed and a few pieces of furniture, frig, washing machine - for clothing, K table and chairs.... Requires R and truck and a day free of precipitation.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:15 AM

.,.. we had a hilarious giggle about needing a Chefty Retirement Village more than an Old Folkies Home....

Brekkys and premature day planning followed by coffee chat win/win/win plan made and executed. I'm off to pool to check out early warm pool usage feasibility, while Greg works on his desired task of wall prep to paint the sewing room. When I get back, he goes to Y for my session time. After session time, we'll UNbox most of A-corner/garage, for Tuesday Yano un-filth ingredients with will leave a box of clean, framed art we can start pulling from to get pix up... and another box of decor for Yano next week. We're packing excelsior to reuse in PA but recycling a lot of cardboard and packing pillows.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 09:25 AM

Yep. And all my plastic food storage stuff in my kitchen.

Feeding two out of the small fridge here, economically, is creating more work than we're up to. The extra refrigeration isn't "extra" for us.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Feb 19 - 10:57 PM

So you'll bring the second fridge and the freezer and the storage containers from PA and put them in the garage in Ohio?

I wish I could put my freezer in the garage, but it gets way too hot out there. I'm afraid it would work way too hard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Feb 19 - 08:04 PM

Slept late enuf to rush wakies time, but got 2 lg flats of chix sink-thawed, in time to start the large crockpot with thawed stock; also a small oven batch that wouldn't fit in the crock. The daily coffee chat with Greg: we planned fetching 25 lbs of bulk peanuts later in the day.

While Greg was at the Y, I spelunked an old travel-pillow bag in the garage for road pillows, which replace some ortho supports I'd loaned to Judy ydy; these brace my knees straight in the van to minimize soft tissue strain and pain. I set that huge rolling bag to bring in/unpack later, and brought in several pillowcases from it, to wash. I found a power tool Greg or Brandon had left on my scooter seat ydy (NEVER block a disabled person's only place to sit OR their mobility aid), and stowed it on the tool shelf Brandon and I had cleared the day before-- FOR TOOLS-- behind the scooter.

Had lunch then did rough draft of notes for our PA landlord-- these will accompany fone videos we'd shot to remind me of info they will want re repairs needed and how to live in that crazy house (what/how to winterize, etc.).

Done in time to go fetch order of bulk peanuts-- the nice long trip in the country Judy can't do as we'd planned.

We ate the supper I'd pre-made.

Bulk peanuts are now divided and stowed.

Bulk tater flakes are also refilled.

A sugar bottle for the counter is refilled.

Most of the crockpotted chicken is cooked and cooling. The balance is finishing cooking in time to cool the chix and broth, and add the broth to a waiting saucepan in the fridge. Chix to be boned tmrw and 2/3 of it frozen. A third for the fridge for lunches.

I miss my 2nd fridge, my freezer, and my manifold food storage containers SO MUCH-- my motivation to keep clearing garage space before March, which can't come too soon!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Feb 19 - 12:00 PM

A gardening friend spoke recently about switching out from using some short little cedar boards to edge his garden - "I'm too old for all of this!" - so I am taking him several used, but in good shape, steel edging strips. They've been leaning up against a garden edge for a while, and more were added to it in 2017 when I took apart a couple of beds in preparation for the work on the sewer line. I won't put those back and if I plan to create more beds I still have a few. This will clear up one small obstacle in the front when I mow.

After I discarded the dilapidated chair I hosed off the layer of mud that was over much of the patio (dog feet track a lot of mud!). I didn't get all of it, but the seating and table are rearranged and the space is easier to navigate. The freeze returns this weekend so the hoses are stowed away again and the faucet cover is in place.

Later in the month I'm going to start taking down some of the heavy outer limbs on the vitex in the front yard. It's a multi-stem tree that has gotten so huge there isn't enough light for some things I want to grow. (Ironic - when I moved in there was NO shade out there and I was desperate to create some.) I also have one vitex limb in the back yard that wants to grow into the power and cable lines. I'll time this work so I can stack the limbs and branches at the curb for my street's bulky waste quarterly pickup (second week in March.)

The running to-do list on the kitchen counter, with a few small items added for the current or next day, is working out well. Sometimes something sits there for a couple of days before being attended to, but most of them are giving me a way to organize the day and plan when to stay here and work or head out to run errands. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and lets me pace myself so I get out with people regularly. The dogs are good company, but not the same as having humans to talk to.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 19 - 11:09 PM

There's a deep discount grocery store I visit that has lots of gourmet items, has foods from all sorts of ethnic markets, and from regular grocery wholesalers who didn't sell items before they would soon reach the sell-by date (apologies if I've already mentioned it a dozen times). Any meat they buy like that is always frozen in time to be still in excellent shape. A few weeks ago I bought a 3.5 pound frozen package of organic chicken thighs, skinless and boneless (because that's what they had) that was half-price from the original marked on it (signaled by being crossed through the price with a red marker). And if you bought two, the second was one cent. Seven pounds of organic chicken for $5. I thawed and made one of those packages into chicken teriyaki this evening and it was marvelous. I have lots of leftovers. (The recipe is in the "What Are We Eating" thread.)

The front yard was mowed, but oh does my knee smart from it! The last of three gel shots is later this week and that should remedy the problem - it is kind of lopsided right now, having been injected once on each side. The third shot will be on the problem side again and should give me more cushion. But after mowing it was too much to also walk the dogs. My lab just mopes along sometimes and a friend suggested that he needs more time in the rough to get to investigate his surroundings. But to do that, my knee needs to feel better.

My list on the kitchen counter is different than I've made before, but it's working. I've remembered to put small stuff down as well so I can actually see my progress through the day. Laundry washed, dried, and folded along with finally changing a porch light bulb, doing various errands that need doing, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Feb 19 - 11:05 AM

Two large boxes carried into LR from garage ydy-- totally unpacked, stowed, labeled. As one box empties it becomes the next Goodwill box, and so far no hard decisions there. Also no "Gee, wish I'd donated it in PA!" items. Also a lot of what is unpacked replaces worn-out items here; some favorite nightgowns are being trashed, for example.

The items still IN PA will be more harshly sorted in March, as I see storage spaces here a bit differently with Greg's input (which has not been possible until now).

Two boxes/day is my current limit, even with help. Need to raise limit to three. :-( Stamina.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Feb 19 - 05:53 PM

We did work further miracles, including sending a lotta stuff from the garage to Goodwill, and a lotta stuff to trash and recycling bins.

Yano resumes next Tuesday at 10:30am.

Judy is checking herself out of hospital several days early. Greg went to (literally) pick her up. I'll go sit with her when he gets back.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Feb 19 - 01:14 PM

The next Yano may start tmrw. If not, next week.

Brandon will work further miracles here with me today and with Greg tmrw.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Feb 19 - 11:39 AM

Yesterday I filled three large trashbags with mulch at the city parks free compost site and have them ready to use in the garden on top of layers of newspaper or cardboard to mark the paths. Last year's paths are still clear of weeds after the same treatment. I prefer cardboard, though not as heavy as the stuff I recycled a couple of weeks ago. I have a few small boxes here and I can usually pull more out of the village recycle bins. Small boxes that are unfolded and laid out under mulch are perfect.

This morning I broke apart the pallet-board Adirondack-style chair that had crumbling planks so it's now in a tall trashcan at the curb. I dragged it out on Saturday and a couple of times I heard people slow or stop to look at it, but they moved on (this is a good way to discard workable things). And now it's down to it's elemental planks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 07:28 PM

SRS, yes, we see this all the time in ministry.

Today-- the new batch of soup is done. I made contact with moving helpers on the PA end.

We mapped out the post-move garage layout with some smart shared xecisions.

I tended Judy's cat and we got a spare key made for her house. Greg enjoyed the Simpsons on her TV while I played with the cat.

Newbie got about 10 minutes of scootering, it's that warm here.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 02:41 PM

A friend told me about her uncle's estate that she recently had to work on with her mother. He was unhealthy and gave up caring and they were confronted with an abomination of an apartment. He had generally untreated diabetes and no will to live. And apparently never took out the trash.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 01:59 PM

My shoulder is really bad today but I got a soup batch going, and made text contact w moving help. Sent Greg to see Judy and try to wheel her to some warm sunshine.

We discussed next steps w garage work to get more space cleared, which Brandon is booked to help with tomorrow and Tuesday.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 19 - 12:38 PM

Then next few days are the ones that, if I was still driving to the office every day, I would be so sorry to miss as a gardener. Looking forward to spring-like weather to make a big push out there.

Revised a few eBay items that used to sell regularly but not as often now. Mulling over which items in my china cabinet should get listed - after recently visiting an estate sale with all of that similar stuff sitting out, I am reminded that I need to move it so the kids don't have to.

Changing out the rest of the house smoke detector batteries. One chirped during the night a few days ago (up on the stepladder at zero-dark-thirty to change the thing), and they can stand to be synced up with new batteries.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 05:57 PM

Good to get a second opinion! My daughter said there are lots of options and their instructions for measuring the distance between the pupils is straightforward. My bifocals will probably cost more, but proportionately lower than the optometrist.

Friends came over this afternoon to meet Pepper the blue heeler and she's always thrilled to meet people. The weather has been nice so I cleared out stuff and moved some furniture from the back patio. One old chair is now down at the curb, probably to be broken up on Monday morning and planks put in the bin for pickup. Who knows - someone might decide they can do something with it and cart it off.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 04:14 PM

SRS,

    I order from Zenni optical often for clients with Medicaid who have lost or broken their glasses and won't be approved for another pair for a year or more. I've been able to get frames and single lens glasses for under $20.00 (of course this will depend on the prescription as well). They seem to be of decent quality.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 03:59 PM

Yes thanks SRS I do. It's important to sort out whether it's bone, muscle, or stamina... I knew I stressed the first two but thought I was farther along on stamina. So today we feed and play with her cat-- but don't visit. My walking today is to go into a new music lounge we want to try. Other nearby friends are wearing her out w visits, so we will wait till their urgency wears off-- IMNSHO nursing home visiting requires an invitation, knowing how the PT and daily round there will wear her out.

Something "normal" today: it's warm here today, and the path is presently open and nonskid-- so I got up to get my down slippers out of the van in the garage, to make and insert thicker insoles with items bought ydy which fit perfectly-- both layers of extra-insulating insoles. Warm toesies at the tavern we found, after I kick off horrible boots (or shoes) w soles too thick for my best knee angle. All by myself.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 12:58 PM

I poked around a few of my usual places and think the best price for the 3" roll of Scotch shipping tape is at Home Depot for about $3 a roll. I've made a note to myself for when I finish all of these dinky little rolls.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 11:53 AM

One of my eBay listings is a used crosscut paper shredder, and as I researched the brand I found a review for it in which a guy making a good case for using a light oil lubricant for the blades every couple of times you empty the bin. I never have used such a thing, but the Fellowes brand is inexpensive so a couple of days ago I ordered some to give it a try. It should arrive on the porch this afternoon.

My daughter told me about a website where she orders her glasses, and they look good. I have been paying through the nose at my optometrist's office (for example - those with insurance, they charge full price so you end up paying about $150 for your frames. For people without insurance, they give them a 50% discount, so they, too, end up paying $150 for their frames. They make twice as much from those of us with insurance because the actual cost of frames is about $20.) I went along with it for the usual inertia reasons; I was there, could try them on, and if your glasses break within a year they replace them free. But you already paid for them, and in all of these years I've only had one pair break. The site is https://www.zennioptical.com. She has been paying $30-$40 a pair, with a heavy-duty Rx.

I am aiming at a no-spend month, primarily to do with groceries and household stuff. When I need something I must go look in the garage, in the greenhouse, in the pantry first and see if I already have it, or something that will work just as well. I have a couple of gift cards in place and as usual the freezer is stocked. I may go ahead and order the glasses because I'd already have a pair for megabucks more if I'd gotten them when I was at the optometrist a couple of weeks ago. My regular vision is the same but the bifocal measurement has changed and will make a difference (it's stronger, no surprise.) But I'll put off any extra pairs (another set of office glasses) till after this month is past.

The other possible purchase is a new computer. I'll do the research and hem and haw and can easily put it off for a while. Knock wood this one keeps running (it has a few bugs that appear more often now - it is nine years old.)

Oooooh - pissed at Amazon this morning. I ordered a set of Scotch shipping tape intending to get the large rolls for my dispenser and it was instead those dinky little rolls on their own cheap plastic dispensers. And if I try to return them they'll keep their shipping out of it and return less than half. I'm stuck keeping them.

Susan, I'm sorry you're not feeling good today, but you certainly must feel great for having helped your friend so substantially the day before!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Feb 19 - 11:43 AM

Apparently I did too much the day Judy fell... We'd designated that as an Errands With Walker day (no scooters), and it was after completing that successful challenge when we got Judy's news... and I suspect it was that last time I got up after resting, to do one more round at Judy's, that was the "too much" thing, because my house is out of joint again and I have to choose between Y pool and house. I chose house, because or other standing plans. And I came down with a new cold ydy.

Not the muscle thing this time-- the stamina thing. But a great doc visit ydy, and I'm spontaneously losing the PA pounds again.

~Susan


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

I visited an estate sale that was on my route through town yesterday and made the mental note to sell a lot of the stuff the is just on storage or in cases and never used. The house in question was full of that kind of item. I picked up one long mirror that I'll use to replace the cloudy one on my dressing room door.

Warmer weather ahead, with a chance of rain. Good for gardening.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Feb 19 - 10:50 AM

Friend Judy was admitted via ER to the local hospital ydy, the next day after our supper with her where she'd mentioned how much she's been tablet-addicted and hibernating. When we stopped at the hospital for keys to feed her cat, the reality, she warned us, would be bad.

And indeed it was-- a kitchen full to bursting with science experiments and both sinks full. Zero counter space to unpile the sinks.... I opened the oven and used the racks.

, . After I figured out where the single sink stopper was and sorted everything by shape for nesting to soak, and Greg emptied the very inconveniently located dishwasher, I was able to whip it all and get the first sinkful of Corelle into the dishwasher. Three hours after arrival, we had trash from several piled up areas bagged, and left the worst still soaking for grand dau Emma-- a young nurse Judy adores, who lives an hour away. She arrives today to take charge of discharge planning. Emma wants to pick up where I left off, to get the apartment ready for the home health care Judy is now able to indicate she will accept after a nursing home week.

I was so grateful that I'd left my own kitchen whipped, and could spare the energy/ legs/back! Ended the night very sore but bounced back already.

Greg ran her fone charger back to the hospital and gassed up her van, which we'd picked up from the store where she'd fallen. It was good having the pastoral care skills to initiate good conversations with Judy's circle to fulfill what she'd asked of me when we met as two older women who were both living alone, just blocks apart.

Emma will see just enough of the science experiments to see how her Grammy has actually been doing, but not more than Judy's dignity can stand. All the helpers Judy has praised in the past are on standby, and connected to Emma.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Jan 19 - 07:03 PM

Beaver:

Oh, Jon, I have had tape like that! SO aggravating!

SRS: your friend is using an accepted way to do tomatoes, a good idea. IF I can get to that point of organization, I shall try to start some - in March! Planting them deeply when the time comes does give them a better root system. The daffodils are now under about 3 feet of snow. I may try to remove some in late February, if I can get near.

My friends might be selling on Ebay rather than Amazon. It is all Greek to me. But I went for more boxes today, for them and for my traveling plants and pots.

Did another load yesterday and one load today. Below zero at 7:30. The wood stove is working! The cold continues to weigh me down. Supposed to go up to freezing on Sunday!!!!


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