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De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020

Charmion 03 Feb 20 - 07:32 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Feb 20 - 07:32 AM

Garbage day in Stratford, the weekly feast of municipal neatness. You never appreciate garbage service until you live somewhere without it, or a place where they charge you up front and in cash what it really costs.

The book project is going okay, but I’m still working on the not-shirking-fitness piece. It’s too easy to sit down in front of the computer at 0815 and return to reality just in time to realize that I should have left for the Y fifteen minutes ago. Bugger.

Fingers crossed for Pete.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Feb 20 - 04:33 PM

Careful, Michelle - they'll start thinking you can work like that all of the time and quadruple your case load (not entirely jokingly - this is an issue in many social service agencies.) But good for you and your fortunate clients! Our best to you all as far as the results tomorrow! Will you be making another quilt one of these days for Pete's health care center?

Anxiety and medical stuff do go hand-in-hand, and it's building now that I'm ~2 weeks away from a knee replacement. I'm pushing past the anxiety on the stationary bike at the gym, and though it's a bit of a struggle, I mowed the back yard yesterday and the front today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Feb 20 - 03:36 PM

Hello Friends!

    Today I am full of anxious energy. Pete will get the results from his full body scan and CT scan tomorrow morning. I've finished up 3 loads of laundry, made a batch of homemade Cheeseburger Soup, balanced the checkbook cleaned out the fridge and have had a shower. I'm looking at my piano which is covered with all kinds of stuff and am thinking about taking care of that surface next. My closet still needs MAJOR assistance but I'm not sure I have enough energy left for that mess!
    I am doing well aside from this miserable anxiety. I have Xanax and another anti-anxiety medication but I think cleaning/cooking works equally well for me so I'm trying that route first. Work is going well. I had to take a week off to assist Pete with medical things but I saw all of my clients and everyone is all up to date which means I crammed 4 weeks worth of work into one!
    I had a lovely Mother-Daughter day yesterday with my mom. We went to lunch at a new Thai place and did some grocery shopping together...doesn't sound like much but I was so happy to have some girl time..it didn't matter what we were doing.
    I haven't been keeping up with Mudcat lately but know that I think of you all often and hope all is well with each of you.

Much love always,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 20 - 07:19 PM

I've had trouble getting going lately, partly due to ongoing allergy symptoms (headache and runny nose) but today I made myself get out and mow the back yard. All of that walking seems to have put my brain in gear and I'm feeling warmer and more energetic. Tomorrow I'll mow the front yard. I've had to tip the mower on it's side periodically and use a screwdriver to scrape all of the pasted on grassy goop from under the mower case. It's so wet out there none of the mulched grass is landing on the yard.

I've cleared a few horizontal surfaces in the kitchen and when I go out in a few minutes I'll take some recycling and Goodwill donations to drop off. And I need to look for a special pet hair broom a friend told me about, one that has short dense bristles and seems to dislodge a lot more from the floor than standard brooms. My whole house needs a going over at this point!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 20 - 10:27 PM

I try to make myself do some chores like emptying the dishwasher while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning tea. It takes about the same amount of time. And if I make an evening cuppa I'll load the sink full of dishes to wash tonight or tomorrow.

All of the horizontal surfaces are once again covered with stuff. This weekend I'll take a shot at putting stuff away or discarding it. Earlier this week I stopped at a Goodwill and found the right size sewing machine table to fit my main sewing machine, so I can move that machine off of the table I use in the craft room. I'd like to eventually be able to use that table for laying out stuff instead of having to use the dining table (that has it's own story as far as projects set up right now.) That sewing table had a machine in it, I haven't tested it. The funny thing is, it's apparently meant for sewing jeans. My oldest machine is an original White from the 1940s or 50s, my newest machine is a knock-off White that doesn't use any of the same attachments; this is an actual White from before the Chinese company bought the company but it's much newer and uses cams. And when I mentioned this to my daughter at lunch today I saw her pupils dilate and she was interested that I had a heavy duty machine for denim. Usually I send her a photo and ask if she's interested in machines when I find good ones, and I didn't this time - she would have said yes, I think.

So, I have three sewing machines here now, but I also have several bins of denim from de-constructed jeans for projects I want to work on. So it may be a good fit (but it means I have to decide which machine stays in the sewing table . . . )

Three steps forward, two steps back.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Jan 20 - 07:49 PM

Dupont:

Dishes achieved yesterday! WE almost hit bottom. I really thought today would be shopping but energy quickly gone. R stayed home again - because he could. Plants got well watered. That's all.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jan 20 - 12:04 PM

A day to myself when I don't need to go anywhere (though I will probably go to the gym later) - so, round up stuff that needs to be redistributed into the recycle stream or the donation stream (Goodwill) and head out. It's cold this week and I didn't feel like lugging a dead CD player and some huge batteries to my eWaste bin on campus so I'll leave them in the garage and load them before the next trip over.

I have probably mentioned that I need to construct a dog-proof compost bin and get started using it soon; the other one has enough stuff in it now that it should just sit and compost for a while. Pinterest, here I come. One of the few things I use that site for is figuring out how other people already solved this kind of problem.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 20 - 04:41 PM

I finally found an inexpensive sewing machine table that will fit my current main machine. It needs to be re-glued and some screws put in to stabilize it, but it will do the trick. Then I can rearrange my craft room and consider what to do with the large table that is in there now. I still need space to spread out stuff, but it will be easier without a sewing machine in the middle of that space. That said, this table has a sewing machine in it, but I don't know if it works. I could probably recycle or donate that machine if I don't need it.

I also found a nice steam iron that only needed the face plate cleaned up, and I've put it in the spot in the laundry room where I've kept an old Black and Decker iron forever. That B&D iron has been used to heat strips of veneer to work on projects around the house, it's pretty dinged up and not used for ironing clothes any more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 09:24 PM

eBay is trying to compete with Amazon and Zappos and all of those cheap, free shipping, free returns companies, but many sellers don't handle those kinds of products. You have to spell out that you don't do it eBay's way if you're a small vendor selling vintage stuff, etc. I don't do much international shipping any more because there are so many hoops to jump through. I've bought things from just north of the border that were probably mailed on this side.

Time to order new glasses, and this year I'm not even considering going to the optometrist's shop in town, they are way too expensive. It actually costs the same with insurance as without; people without insurance are given a 1/2 price offer. With insurance it is "full price" and the insurance brings it down to about the same amount out of my pocket as those without, so what is the point of insurance? I'm surprised they haven't been busted - they just make a lot more money out of every insurance holder.

Related to nothing in particular, this evening I plugged in my lava lamp (my mother always called them "Oobleck lamps" - did anyone else love that Dr. Seuss book as a child?) It's quite a nice mesmerizing thing to have at my computer desk, to fixate on as I'm thinking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 04:50 PM

Dupont:

Charmion:
Applehelp is wonderful. And generally answer quickly. I called twice the first few days. One sent me bunch sites for explanations.

I tried shoveling snow last Thursday, almost one hour. Seems like a month ago. Exhaustion, aching, hot baths on Fri and Sat and Mon. By Monday, it became apparent that I ached, hurt, - I could feel aches in muscles that shovel - and was sick with some sort of a bug- the first time in years. R got it too. He may have brought it home as I have not been anywhere other than the grocery store, briefly on Weds or Thurs. My life has stood still since then, mostly in bed not caring about anything, and periodically coughing my guts out.

R comments on the pile of dishes but he doesn't feel like doing them either! We have plenty more!

Today I got back to watering plants.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 03:48 PM

I just spent an hour of my life that I'll never get back on the phone with eBay customer service. The poor "team member" who picked up my call had the sketchiest command of English I have ever heard in a call-centre employee, and the script she was obviously working from was of zero help to her as it did not cover the thing I wanted to talk about; i.e., refunding the sum I was charged for shipping an item through eBay's Global Shipping Program because the seller sent it direct by US Mail.

What I really wanted was to get eBay to use some of the money to pay the seller his postage and give me the rest, but that was way too complicated. In the end, I "escalated" the issue (as they say these days) to talk to a manager, who promised to give me my money back. I wrote to the seller and asked him for his PayPal address so I can pay him myself.

Sometimes I quite dislike the 21st Century.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, we have just learned that all kinds of materials that we were used to putting in the recycle box are not, actually, recyclable at all. So parsing the garbage just got more complicated.

The new manuscript has landed and I am hard at work, except when I'm reading the Mudcat. It's the same book I was working on almost two years ago; it's been in production limbo while the part of the Department of National Defence that was supposed to publish it collapsed and apparently died. Army Headquarters is still struggling to get something for its money, so I'm back on the job.

As Flanders and Swann once sang, "It all makes work for the working man to do."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM

I just received the book Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale I'd stashed on my Amazon Wish List last fall. It arrived with an order of good-fitting yoga pants for wearing to the gym. (With the way Amazon delivery people seem to be stressed I try to be more efficient and not place single-item orders.) The book is a look at the business of thrift stores and how castoffs from the US travel around the world. There need to be more people speaking up about how to recycle effectively, and I plan to start here in my village. The crap people throw into the recycle stream via bins down at city hall is a starting place. And the stuff that goes to Goodwill that should instead be put in the eWaste or fibre stream.

The turf weeds are growing tall so some of my fitness activity this week will be mowing. The gardens are taking shape by themselves sprouting new growth and daffodils have buds already. There is a lot of digging to do out there, and in the back of the back yard there are several piles of finished compost to move to the beds out front.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 20 - 09:39 PM

A group of former co-workers gathers here for lunch every few weeks to catch up on life and news, and yesterday I threw out a few possible dates for the next one (and probably last until after the knee stuff). They concluded that the one date that works best is Sunday, so tomorrow I will be giving the house a good going-over in preparation. This is primarily because one of those friends is allergic to dogs.

There are several boxes of things to go to Goodwill and the eWaste bin. I'll stash them out in the SUV so I don't have to remember to take them out later.

Soon I need to build another enclosure for compost, one that must be dog-proof from the very beginning. I should probably peruse Pinterest or someplace to see what has already been invented. It's time to start putting in beds for spring, and I need to do it before the surgery, so the weeds need to have someplace to go. My daffodils haven't opened yet, but I've seen some around the neighborhood. Spring is just around the corner.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 12:12 PM

My 2010 HP is still running fine, though I would have to refresh the operating system to get it back online (and lose the software I've installed).

I have a printout of the 12-days-of-cleaning thing that LilyFestre shared back in ~ 2018 (it was meant to prepare for the holiday season). It serves as a nice way to break up the number of tasks that need to be finished by a set time - and is what I'll use as I get the house ready for the comings and goings of family and physical therapists after the knee thing. I need to pamper myself ahead of time with a clean house and prepared meals.

I have 11 days of cat sitting coming up, something that is good because it forces me to get to bed earlier so I can rise early to head out to feed kitties at their normal times. I should be getting to bed earlier anyway, with the days still dark early it's easy to loose track of what time it is when most of the light in my day comes from artificial sources.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM

I bought a Mac because I do not want to have to replace it any time soon. If all goes well, this computer will last as long as I do -- or, at least, as long as my eyesight and wits do.

The problems I'm having now arise from ignorance -- I do Windows things because I don't know what the Mac thing is, or don't know that a Mac-specific thing even exists. A bit of Googling last night led me to a forum where I learned that Duplicate is the Mac version of Save As. More Googling will reveal the Mac equivalents of the keyboard shortcuts I have become so accustomed to in Windows programming.

Relearning is painful in one's mid-60s, but unfortunately necessary. Not to speak of good practice.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 09:40 PM

Why did you buy a Mac if you're so proficient on the Windows machines?

I'm sorry about the asthma attack; here we have a miasma attack of politics (Trump's impeachment "trial" as conducted by the Trump toady McConnell). Hold your nose.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 08:21 PM

Thanks for the tea recipe, Dorothy. I’ve been wheezy lately, so I’ll give it a whirl.

I think I have pretty well figured out the Mac, except for one thing: downloading and saving documents. If there’s a Mac version of the Windows “save as” command, I have yet to find it, and I get a “failed to save” message with dreary frequency. Any hints that might be floating around would be more than welcome.

I also miss the Windows “right click” capability, which I now realize saved me a great deal of twiddling and faffing about.

In other news, I finally cleaned up after Tony the Carpenter, and gave myself an asthma attack as a reward. Boo, hiss.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 04:55 PM

I completed my first morning volunteering at a local museum, doing some of the work I did at the university library. This will be six hours a week, giving me a nice destination for an outing a couple of days a week. It may put me in contact with more germs, I want to avoid germy school children (who frequently tour the museum) and such. That is one problem associated with getting out around people.

Harbor Freight is a chain hardware and tool store that is probably around the US. I stopped by to pick up batteries (at 20% off - coupon) and pick up the ubiquitous LED battery (free with coupon and a purchase). I keep them around the house in case of power outages, also to help see what I'm doing on various tasks in tight places around the house. Old eyes. I now buy the replacement batteries for my free flashlights at Harbor Freight. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM

Batteries are replaced in the UPS and the old ones will be recycled later this week. Replacing them costs about 1/3 the amount of replacing the whole unit (and no point in replacing it when it otherwise works perfectly well). I see a lot of these at the thrift store, probably when people don't know about replacing batteries.

Since I had to move equipment around to do this I rearranged before plugging it all in again. The printer is now where I can reach it to use the sheet feeder and easier to fill the paper drawer. And it makes the old computer and that equipment easier to work with. Having a well-running office with this much stuff is a work-in-progress.

The glider on the front porch makes the space seem smaller than before, but it's nicely placed to view the yard and street and I dozed off for a few minutes in the sun this afternoon. There is a small tarp with two corner grommets tied to the back legs of the glider (good use of old sneaker shoelaces from the junk drawer) to flip over the top and front when not in use.

I need to transplant one batch of asparagus and transplant a redbud seedling to a pot for a little while before putting it in the front where the huge pine was removed. Redbud is a smaller understory tree with lovely heart-shaped leaves and is one of the earliest bloomers in the spring.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 07:19 PM

Dupont:

Posted the anti-inflamation tea twice today:
* a couple of teaspoons of termeric (preferably organic)

* a nub of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

* juice of a whole lemon

* a few shakes of cayenne pepper

* hot water

You can mess with the ingredients to your taste.

It also occurred to me afterward that cinnamon would also be a great addition health wise as it's also an anti-inflammatory. It's just whether you like the taste...

I need to use it too! I have been doing pretty well with my handful of supplements. Two sessions of Clearing the Car of Snow added to my exercise regime! An hour today and then a trip to store. Streets were icy but the parking lot was OK. Watering plants takes about an hour a day. cooking BF half an hour... I wish I could get inspired to write a book, or anything.

R made it home last night.

Post on ride/share elicited suggestion from a friend that I stop in a hotel if I get tired. Better idea: start early, stop for a lunch en route and finish trip before dark. Maybe Weds. I am so fed up I don't care if the food rots in the frig or the plants die from lack of water. I need to get there and breathe the air, see the friends,clear the back deck, fire up the wood stove... HOPE the water is still functional. I have always found it less icy there so feel safer walking around.

Pepper plants are growing. Bruggie is getting new leaves after complete loss. The days are truly getting longer!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 20 - 11:11 PM

This evening I evicted non-working electronic equipment to the SUV to drop off in the e-waste bin on campus this week (the remote control still works so it will go on eBay). Sometimes these things are valuable enough they can be sold for repair or parts, but that doesn't seem to be the case. A couple of boxes with replacement batteries for my UPS have been sitting here waiting for attention, I need to finally install them and the old batteries will go to the bin.

I've started working through the stretches in a book a friend gave me (Bob Anderson: Stretching, it has been around for decades) and it feels pretty good after working through the leg set. I'll start a yoga class after the knee surgery; right now I have to choose moves that don't make the inflammation worse, awkward during a class. I found a PDF of the book (saves me scanning pages of mine to print to carry with me to the gym, I can load the PDF into my phone). Exercise to warm up then use the bicycle, treadmill, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 04:13 PM

As Dorothy perfects her Squirrel Barometer [Pat. Pending] and she and Charmion and I all work out our new computers, it sounds like there is still dust and clutter in the background to keep us busy later. I still haven't set up the backup drive, but it is time to put new batteries in the UPS and then figure out how to connect the many-terabyte HDD to it for regular backups, keeping the backup drive out of the way. The place where it will live is probably dusty right now.

I have an interior door serving as an exterior door on the garage and it is crumbling. Time to measure and replace, probably find a handyman to do that. And install a new dog door once it's up. It's also time to file and create a folder for tax documents. Indoors or out, I have plenty to keep me busy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 02:10 PM

Dupont:
You guys cheer me up and cheer me on!

Plants to outside: I have tiny sweet pepper seedlings (from the pepper that grew this winter in Bathroom) on the rad in den south window; the tomato cuttings are doing very well in a west window; one has a tiny tomato! and the plants themselves are still in the west LR window. Doesn't everyone...? Less than two months to the equinox so along about April I might do more cutting back and rooting. There will be plenty of cherry tomato plants to put outside in late May. In Toronto, nothing tender is planted before Victoria Day.

I have discovered that Cyclamen need cool semi shade so they are now in the pantry north window, the coolest spot other than the unheated bedrooms and there are no plants in them as it may get very cold. minus 16 C outside today. Both schefflera look like they are getting used to new home.

I too am still getting used to new computer, after two calls to applehelp and one short training by phone; she sent me some emails to help out; I will look at them when I have the mental energy. Finder is a mess!

I really need to get to Beaver but no energy and R cannot take time off. I will put a notice on the Bancroft area ride board to see if there is anyone in Montreal wanting a ride to Bancroft. Slim chance.

Managed to eat less junk yesterday. Stairs and watering plants are my exercise! Even if the outdoors were safely lacking in ice, I cannot see myself going to a so-called health club sort of thing. I shall keep an eye out for someplace convenient, then check it for toxins in the air... OR go up and down stairs a LOT! Until it is safe to walk around.

Concerned about coming storm; no real firewood yet and R has been in the city for two nights due to vehicle non-function. I suggested time for a newer pick up; "I like driving this one"; I did not shout, "But it is not drive-able!" GEEZZZZ! He might rent a car today but that precludes picking up wood. The weather does not wait on his convenience!

In the meantime, I am staying safely in the house, where I might get up the inclination to do more than watch TV/read. The squirrels did not come out today. I have started making observations about their hours in yard and not in yard. Weather seems to have an effect and if I work it out, I could read their predictions.??


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 01:24 PM

No new computer smell, alas. Far less clunkiness than the old Windows machine, and no more snake's nest of wiring behind it and on the floor, but I'm not loving the painful process of learning all over again how to do all the basic stuff -- receive mail and save attachments, file documents, do the fucking household bookkeeping.

The house is filthy after the double door transplant effected by Tony the Carpenter on Wednesday and Thursday. Part of a modern pre-hung door is a metal threshold that must be secured to the sill of the doorframe, typically a two-by-six plank. In this house, however, the doorsills are cast concrete with a slight lip on the inboard edge intended to butt against the weatherstripping on the bottom of the door. These lips had to go, so Tony went to Canadian Tire and purchased a grinder attachment that mates to the hose of his Shop Vac. Thus equipped, he ground both doorsills flat, generating great clouds of dust that MOSTLY ended up in the Shop Vac. Guess where the rest of it is.

The new doors are great. No more fighting with the old exterior storm doors with their hyper-strong return springs, and the whole house is more comfortable now the winter wind stays outside.

The agenda for this afternoon is an exciting roundabout of vacuuming, dusting, and laundry, as Himself has achieved bingo status with respect to clean underpants. It's a great life if you don't weaken.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 12:38 PM

Congratulations, Charmion. Does it have a "new computer smell" like a new car has a distinct scent? My new one (a few months ago) was silent running until I put in an extra HDD, and now it has a low vibrating hum every so often.

I put the last of the xmas ornaments away this morning, and it's still only January! Yay to me!

The rain and heavy overcast of the last few days has lifted and now it's a lovely sunny incredibly soggy day - inviting to enjoy until you put a foot on the lawn and feel the sucking squish of mud under the turf. Looks like another day of indoor productivity, with a possible dog walk (where we will stay on the pavement).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 09:48 AM

It's snowing in Stratford, the beginning of a weekend storm that Environment Canada is making out to be Snowmageddon -- just silly in comparison to what's happening in Newfoundland. Now, that's a storm.

The new computer has landed, and I'm getting used to it. Slowly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM

Dorothy, I still have a few plants in the greenhouse and (so far) have kept them watered, and added one light close overhead to stay on to help a little. They're alive and the fruit that had formed is still growing. It's an experiment, to see if I can move these out in the spring and hit the ground running with tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.

I've discovered some of the "club" aspect of going to the gym; they have banks of television screens in the rooms and if I go at the right time I can do the stationary bike and plug my earbuds into the machine, tune in MSNBC and listen to Rachel Maddow. They have WiFi so I could also stream her on SiriusXM. (She's on fire this week with some interviews relating to the impeachment.) The rest of the time I listen to my murder mystery audiobook. I haven't been there enough to keep running into the same people, and for now I'm trying out different times to see how the traffic is to find the times and days that work best.

Today is a totally sloppy rainy day I'm focused on indoor chores. Last week I mowed both the front and the back so they're looking okay, but this rain and the continued warmth means I'll be mowing again next week. I know that in the north there is a special viscosity to the mud that comes after ice and snow, but here we have regular mud that dog feet churn after the rain and it's tracked in. I have notes on my shopping list to find large mats to help with the problem, I just haven't gotten to the Big Box stores to see what AstroTurf or extra-large door mats they have in stock.

Time to pick up papers and magazine renewals and such and shred or file everything. Why do they start begging for renewal 9 months before your subscription expires? What a waste of printing and postage. I need to keep a list somewhere of my subscriptions because I think a couple of them have been renewed too early and they move the goal post so the new subscription doesn't include the remainder of the last one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jan 20 - 08:41 PM

Dupont:

There are things I could part with--- but not yet. There is room for everything so far and this home is in constant transition. Still, I do get rid a a few definites each month. My son helped by - NO mother, that is of no value any longer!!

Brainstorm today: R likes drumsticks; I never buy them because I do not like them. Duh! So I bought a packet of two from the good meat store, used already cooked rice and ? in oiled pan, added sage and celery, laid the sticks on top, covered with aluminum foil and baked in toaster oven, then broiled to brown them. Voila! Chicken with stuffing! Cooked efficiently. Two meals for R. with salad. I will have salad also.

I seem to have become dreadfully addicted to cookies and other stuff. Sure I have gained weight but scale is at Beaver. I did not manage to get there. Before I had driven an hour, I felt that four more was untenable. Turned around and came back. Comfortably.

I am giving serious thought to what I can do to exercise - that will not stress ankle that still gives nasty twinges. Going up and down the stairs is not enough! Maybe I will check to see how good up and down stairs is... I still park a bit of a distance from the doors of stores as long as there is no ice.

70 degrees, Stilly! HAH! Huge piles of chunks of 8-10 inch thick ice up on the bank of the river today from the tons of rain and the winds. And more on the river.

Went to a resto on Sunday for supper; on way in, R noted ice; on way out, I went first and ascertained that my hip bone is still not too fragile! Scared R, and me. But I took time to assess condition before sliding to a step so I could get up - with help of R and the owner. DUMB! But not even a bruise!!! Winter coat helped.

Friend visited today and praised R's shower curtain rod. He will be pleased. She brought a home made choc/whipped cream pie - THAT bakery, down near her home, is closed most of January so she made it herself. Very sweet of her. She offered to help me pack up pottery but I have not yet decided to do that. It is mainly out of sight.

The two Schefflera R brought from Montreal house: one looks really bad; the other is losing leaves like mad in part but also getting new leaves on other parts. Checking info, could be change in temp. It would be OK if the one leaves us. The one that is growing is a lovely "room divider" behind sofa in LR, ie, between LR and DR which are only defined by type of furniture.

I do have a surfeit of plants. Bruggie has lost all leaves after putting on a good show for the family. I have cut it back and await the next round in a month or so. Hibiscus is getting ready to start again with one bud getting there. Cyclamen have quit - time to check on info.

Getting used to new computer. On line training tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jan 20 - 02:13 PM

Charmion, time to pack up the cats in the kennels and get out the heavy sweaters!

A friend is coming over this afternoon and bringing a couple of things I can borrow for post-surgery; I don't want to have to buy stuff that then collects dust. Better to borrow items that can go home later.

This is January in Texas and it's up to 70o today so I need to mow the back yard. When I head to the gym each day I try to have another stop as well (I dislike one-off trips out, they're a waste of gas) and I think Goodwill is today's other stop. Lots of things pulled out of the tech cupboard that can be recycled (though there is some non-functioning stuff in a bag to go to the eWaste bin on campus next week.)

I pulled up some videos of tiny houses to share on Leeneia's kitchen remodel thread. They are rather addictive to watch, but I can't help thinking that these folks must have off-site storage for some of their projects.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jan 20 - 03:08 PM

Seven to 10 business days from last Monday, Stilly. So sometime between Wednesday and next Tuesday. The speakers are the only part of the dead computer that I have not scheduled for disposal, and I’m waiting to try the Mac’s built-in speakers before deciding whether to keep them or not.

Yesterday, I invested a couple of hours in sorting out our bulging collection of printed music, and about a third of it should be re-homed as soon as possible. I tossed a huge stack of photocopies this morning, and the main thing stopping me from tossing a lot more is the tedium of removing hundreds of pages from plastic page-protectors.

But Operation Portal began this afternoon with the delivery of the new front and back doors. I imagine that Tony the Carpenter will be installing them later this week when the weather is as foul as possible. Life’s like that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM

Charmion, do you have an ETA on your new computer? These days the tracking can be so precise you can see a delivery van crawling through the neighborhood. I've been trying out different old computer speakers I have around here to use with my current computer and am going to toss the ones that don't seem to be working. No point in giving them to Goodwill and make someone else test them and return them. These will go to the e-waste bin on campus next time I'm over there.

This weekend I was at an estate sale a couple of blocks from my house, the home of an elderly man I frequently stopped and talked with when out walking my dogs. He was a gardener and a putterer and his house was in pretty good shape all things considered. I found a small glider that I brought home and put on my porch, and a robust sprinkler that I'll have to figure out how it works (it is one of those cast metal tractors that follows it's own hose, I think.) He was a man after my own heart with nice audio equipment and speakers and such.

As I walked through the house I envisioned my house in the future in a similar circumstance (going to estate sales is a great way to remind oneself of one's mortality) and have started going through the hall linen cupboard. There's so much stuff in there I don't use and have kept for "just in case." I have a bag for donations, I'll put the vintage pieces that can go on eBay in the den at my photo station, and once I've emptied the cupboard I'll put some of the sleeping bags and sleep pads in there. Like they don't need to go also? As to other stuff, my children will laugh at the number of radios I have all around the house, garage, and even one in the greenhouse. I guess I should do a sweep of the equipment around here and thin out some of it.

I went to the gym last night to start an exercise and stretching routine to get my knee in better shape. I've also started an audiobook loaded into my phone that I can listen to as I walk or pedal. I'm now working through the decision if I prefer earbuds or headphones.

Susan, I hope you're making progress with your therapy. I'll post on the other thread as well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 11:19 AM

You have your hands more than full, Michelle. Thanks for finding a few minutes to let us know how all of you are doing. When my mom was undergoing radiation I found recommendations of aloe vera gel to rub on the skin. It's also good as a general hand lotion. Mederma (an onion-based gel) is designed to help with scars and might also be useful.   

I received the booklet and papers to do with the knee replacement and see that I need to start ahead with stretching, exercise, and strengthening, and also plan a major re-arrangement of the furniture around here. I talked to a friend about mowing the lawn for a month or two. Helpers will be on call for trips out, and the biggest challenge will be The Dogs.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 06:25 PM

Happy New Year!!!

    Not much to report here. I've been working and helping Pete the best I can. He is struggling with some nasty, nasty muscle pain that has left him so weak he can't throw wood on the fire at times. Last night he couldn't close his fingers enough to take meds out of my hand. The endocrinologist says this is partly due to the fact that his meds are not yet regulated. It take some time to slowly bump the meds up to where they will need to be. Tumor markers are very high but doctor says not to worry and will explain at the next appointment. Radiation begins next week.

    I am doing ok and will be having my own tumor marker checked next Friday. Work is going well. Jeremiah is doing well.

I am slowly...oh so slowly getting rid of things we don't use. Most of the time I'm just trying to keep up with daily chores and family care alongside work.

Hoping everyone here is doing well!

Much Love to All,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 09:25 AM

It looks like moving into a tiny house like this would certainly require decluttering. They didn't show the size of her dog (and she should have the treadmill downstairs so she and the dog could take turns getting exercise).

I'm going to have to rearrange furniture in order to accommodate recuperation materials for knee surgery. And thinking ahead, I'll have to cook and shop and clean house right before so I'm set for a couple of weeks "in" until I'm up to driving. A guy I spoke with at the gym yesterday had both knees replaced and said he was driving earlier, and part of the reason is because he didn't take the hydrocodone after the first couple of days. They presume you're on the heavy meds and don't want you driving when they say wait two weeks. He did it the way I typically do; the first day or two are the only time I use that stuff.

We had a huge amount of rain overnight and the tornado sirens ran for about 30 minutes in my area, so my activity will be indoors for a few days. Once it dries enough I can go do a bit of transplanting I've had in mind (while the soil is still moist, not wet clay, but also not the hard clay like when it's dry around here.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:33 PM

Dupont:

Not communicating very well lately. I did eat a salad yesterday! I did get the plumber to check out Beaver and there is water and all is well - but it is going to minus 25 tonight so I hope that does not freeze the water somewhere under the house. I hope to go Friday. I tried to ask the plumber to add in a heater from the studio but he did not appear to be comprehending me so I decided not to confuse him.

I did get hold of the fellow who said he would clear the Beaver drive and yes he will check on it and keep it clear. I did get the Christmas turkey boiled up and de-boned and added veggies so there is a meal ready. A couple days ago I tried a lovely Indian meal but the sauce - from a jar - was way too hot. I can manage it but not R.

AND - drumroll!!!! Today I trekked to the Apple store to pick up new lap top. Not near as expensive as my new car! But still, with that and the chimney installation for the woodstove and a donation toward scholarships for a wildlife rehab course this weekend - I am overly extended for the next couple months - and the plumbe which I hope will not be a great amount! I will juggle.

In the meantime, my hours at the Apple Store were toxic and exhausting and inconclusive. Had to phone Applehelp to get help with emails - very nice fellow magically helped with a couple issues. I am now happily FBing and more, with my tiny new airbook. May even try using the TV option son provided.

I will let R play with the old one. Ephraim calls it a "classsic"! The guys at Apple referred to it as "heritage"! From 2007, my son is amused that it lasted this long. The new one seems tiny and lightweight! And will be wonderful once I learn more. I have a training session booked next week.

The best part was getting home before rush hour!!! I got lost on the way there and had a tour of a nice residential area... I may knuckle under and try to deal with a GPS. Understanding the verbal is a problem for me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 01:43 PM

This week is a massive financial bust, and it’s only Wednesday.

On Monday, I paid the geeks for our new desktop computer, which will be a Mac with an extra-large screen. Still numb from that transaction, which (from the dollar amount) should have provided me with something new to drive away in, I took a phone call from the vet who was relieving Cat 2, the redoubtable Isobel, of a rotten tooth. “A” rotten tooth? Why, no. Three rotten teeth. And, by the way, her liver enzymes were askew. So think of a number — not a small one — and triple it.

There are no flies on Isobel, so any vet visit presents a major challenge. Combine that with medication, and brace for an athletic couple of hours. At 0615 we had to dose her with a pre-operative sedative, and I guess she sussed my intentions from the moment my feet hit the floor because the chase was on. Himself finally ran her to earth in the Harry Potter cupboard under the cellar stairs, after we had pursued her through every room in the house and out from under or behind every piece of furniture. Not a great way to start the day. On the bright side, she did not piss on either of us.

The vet prescribed three post-op doses of an oral antibiotic-analgesic drug, saying cheerfully, “Just mix it into her food.” No way that would work; each dose is a full-dress hunt-and-snatch job. But today she is much better, and has forgiven me to the extent that she’s snoozing in my lap even as I type. Only one more dose to go.

As for the computer, the new one will take two weeks to arrive as it’s a custom job that has to come all the way from China. With luck, it will arrive maybe two days before the new book job lands.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 12:22 PM

Dorothy, homesick for Beaver? Or is your new-to-you house needing sudden plumbing repair and snow removal?

I've removed the few outside holiday lights today. The electrical cord on the lawn meant I wasn't going to mow, but next door neighbor mowed yesterday, making my lush weeds look all the more robust by comparison. Yes, we mow year-round in Texas, and I'll do it this afternoon.

I am trying to do a no-spend month, so I need to turn my attention to mending. I noticed quite a stack of stuff when I did a quick mend on the handle of a canvas shopping bag I plan to keep my gym equipment in. Yesterday I signed up at the gym and I packed the bag with the clothes and towel, etc, that I'll use. It's in the car and ready for an appointment on Friday with a trainer to go through the facility and plan my pre-surgery knee strengthening routine. (I stooped in the hall yesterday to put a new faceplate over an electrical plug and my knee creaked and ground around like a parcel of broken crockery). At some point I'll also work on an après-surgery routine. This is me picking up the money on the table - as a state retiree they pay for the gym membership through a program called "Sliver Sneakers." This isn't the closest to the house, but it's only about four miles from here. I chose a gym that has a lot of classes, and I'll focus on yoga to get some flexibility back along with the leg-strengthening exercises. They also have a pool and a sauna.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Jan 20 - 04:52 PM

Dupont:

"I wanna go home..." So emailed neighbour for phone number of the plumber she uses and mentioned problem getting hold of guy to plow drive. Quickly received both and phoned both. Plumber will send someone tomorrow to see if anything - not too expensive- can be done and will phone me. Steve will care for drive. I am desperately homesick but cannot deal with no water by myself. R can fetch buckets from stream. I may try to go for a couple days between snowstorms or beg R for a four day weekend.

Not doing anything. Nothing pressing needs doing. Need to eat a salad - right now!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 20 - 11:15 PM

We had our delayed family holiday today and as a result a couple of elderly appliances were replaced with new ones; the elderly items are going to Goodwill this week, with manuals and all parts included. They work, but are too small or too slow to do the job I need done.

The house is clean after the "lick and a promise" before company arrived; tomorrow I have to mow the yard since it's warm and the weeds are prolific. It's warm enough to do some gardening. I asked in the feed store if they have onion sets or potatoes yet but they say two weeks more. So if I'm smart I'll start turning over the garden areas where I want those plants to go in, and not bring them home and let them dry out before I dig to plant them. I have that new-to-me tiller that will help.

I have a long list of items on my task list for January, and some have moved through the bullet journal for many months. I'll make a point of trying to finish them and add new projects to the list next month.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 12:06 AM

Good work on the speaker wires, Charmion! I'm fighting that battle myself these days in several areas around the house as I rearrange radios and other output devices.

This week has been a series of repairs around the house. I've also cleared out some computer files and rearranged some stuff in the office (it isn't completely organized since moving in a few months ago. It may never be completely organized).

The puppy has gained weight; I finally got on a scale with her, then put her down and subtracted the difference. She is up to 35 pounds from 26 when I brought her home. She's still slim and muscular, but not so skinny with ribs showing as much as before. I'm guessing she's about 10 months old now (I've had her a little over 3 months). The vet guessed that this would probably be her adult weight. Now to order the veterinary heartworm meds—thirty pounds is a cutoff from one dosage to the next—also to work out the kilograms since I order from a place in the UK. (Geez - after Brexit, will that will work the same?)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 09:27 AM

Happy New Year, fellow de-clutterers, and good health to all.

While snow squalls swirled through town, I spent the first day of 2020 turning out the filing cabinet and working on Himself's billing records. Now the waste-paper basket is brimming with instruction leaflets that came with long-dead electric doohickeys and documents from the owners' association we belonged to (not by choice) in Ottawa, and we are ready to face another Law Society audit with confidence.

I also figured out why the DVD player was not delivering an audio signal to the television, and corrected the wiring connections. Boy, did that make me feel competent or what.

The house is not clean, thanks to the cats and their shedding habits, but it is tidy. That's enough for now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 20 - 09:03 PM

This afternoon I took apart a thing in the corner of the den near the sliding glass door; years ago a neighbor cut down the crape myrtle tree next door and this limb fell over the fence. I decided it looked interestingly sculptural and set it in a huge clay pot on a rolling plant stand with a couple of hundred pounds of coarse gravel holding it up. I wrapped several strings of xmas LED lights around the limbs and use it as a source of light in that part the room, but it is quite bulky. One of the strings of lights couldn't be repaired so it's in the e-waste bag and I've reassembled it.

I could take the whole thing apart and free up that space, moving the adjacent dog stuff further into the corner (these are a small set of shelves and an antique trunk the tubs of dog food is stored in). It's a classic situation where getting rid of it would make more room, but I use it every day. It's an awkward space to try to put another light, unless I hang something from the nearby beam that has an old plant hook. Decisions, decisions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 19 - 10:52 AM

It's a sunny day here, with none of the smoke in Australia or the snow or cold rain of regions to the north. By rights I should be out working in the garden to plant this winter's potatoes. I do expect I'll get them planted in January, I need to do a lot of that before mid-February when my knee will be out of commission for a few weeks, at least.

I have been making passes through the house to clear up clutter, though I haven't discarded much, just organized it better. The village recycle bins are emptied on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I'll plan to take a large bag of stuff over this afternoon once the xmas boxes and stuff has been picked up today.

I baked banana bread yesterday and I need to make a few of their favorite cookies for our family event on Sunday. Maybe I should start with the most labor intensive ones, krumkaka, and work backwards to spritz and snickerdoodles.

I don't make resolutions, but I have things I must do this upcoming year anticipate needs for moving around the house in the immediate weeks after returning home with the bandaged knee.

Time to change out calendars, the annual expandable file (bills and receipts), and probably other stuff. Laundry is in and the dishwasher has been emptied.

See you all next year! Best wishes to Michelle and her family and Susan and hers, here's hoping health issues are resolved during the early months of the new year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 08:42 PM

Dupont:

Computer/modem malfunctioned and I copied previous post then turned off computer. Now I am back on line but lost what I copied. Oh well.

We all survived the family visit. They took one large box of pottery which barely made a dent. ... They left yesterday by way of a bagel factory near Montreal where they obtained a supply to take home to PA. They arrived home safely and texted me that they were cutting the bagels (in half for freezer) and had been home 20 minutes! I had that much energy 25 years ago.

Now R and I are returning to our solitary life, dealing with furnace that keeps quitting; son says new relays - not simple. So R goes to cellar and fiddles until it goes on again. ... He has just gone to work for first time in a week as he has been recovering from CO poisoning from driving fork lift with faulty exhaust. This bout has impressed him sufficiently (2nd time in a month) that he will NOT do that again. Researching it is impressive; it can cause problems down the road - big ones. He will be going for those test the Dr suggested a while back. Blood test re iron level to see if he can take Floradix to improve health - without getting iron poisoning!

I have a refurbished Apple laptop on order (Jan 6) and son bought me pieces to connect laptop to TV as well as get a bunch of programs - I wrote down instructions and suspect I might figure it out eventually.

The boys watched some while they were here. Of course, they each had a laptop and a smart phone... There was an octopus of charging cables in the LR! Family spent a lot of time in Montreal and a lot of time on devices. DIL read quietly wherever she could find a spot. The house served well for 6 individuals - room to be alone or with others. K worked as they ate what they ate and we ... No overlap except C dinner and a last dinner at a local very nice Indian Rest.

I enjoyed them being here other than the stress of DIL (she behaved fine but I was never sure).

Brugmansia bloomed for them - they were not impressed! But R and I are. It has a dozen or more in various stages of opening. A delight - last thing at night and first in the am.

Thinking of Michelle, Pete and Jeremiah and the stress of their life. Hoping the new year brings them healing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 03:37 PM

I have drawn down containers of mashed bananas from the freezer and emptied the bowl of overripe bananas on the counter and the house is now filled with the scent of banana nut bread. Company's a comin' and this is the first volley to make them feel welcome.

Trash pickup on Thursday last week was real slow, they didn't get to my block till after dark because there was so much holiday trash to collect. Trouble is, most of that stuff was entirely recyclable. And the things they discarded, electronic devices and equipment, that could have been donated or should be recycled through an e-waste collector. This is one of the most depressing times of the year when one thinks about the stuff sent to the landfill. I haven't put trash out for almost two weeks because I didn't have enough to fill a small bag. The recycle bin is ready to be emptied and the compost is chugging along. /rant off


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:35 PM

Fascinating! And just enough information to offer some fine brush strokes in there to create what these look like (and smell like) in my mind's eye.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM

Smokey Barney’s is the Church of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr, in the Anglican diocese of Ottawa. It is a “high” parish, with the full range of censing, aspersions and sound effects. For 15 years, I sang in the choir (a small and ambitious aggregation), Himself and I were married there, and we were active members until Himself left the Army and we moved to Stratford.

Anglican parishes in Canada come in three basic types, and most diocese have at least one of each kind. At the most Protestant, in fact nearly Methodist, end of the spectrum are the “low” or “pine and pain” churches, many founded in the early to mid-1800s by settlers from Ireland and Scotland. Low parishes are most common in the country. The majority of Anglicans, especially in urban areas, belong to churches of the “brass and class” type, which are usually nicely appointed, with plenty of stained glass and polished metal, and moderate in liturgy — they use Rite III in the Book of Alternative Services (“and also with you” instead of “and with thy spirit”), but they have Stations of the Cross in Lent. At the fully Catholic, but never Roman, end of the range are the “high” or “bells and smells” parishes, which have the most elaborate liturgy and usually the best music — and lots of both. Elderly RCs are sometimes spotted in the pews, come to inhale the incense, hark to the Sanctus bells, and hear mass settings that their own church pitched after Vatican II. High churches are typically urban, often found in working-class neighbourhoods; most were founded by the London Missionary Society.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot more about Anglicans than you wanted to know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:58 AM

Charmion!!
I have GOT to ask:

what kind of name for a Roman Catholic parish is
'Smokey Barney's'   ?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 10:24 AM

Charmion, our temperatures have been in the 70s, forecasters are telling us this is about 15o above normal. We had an early hard freeze, because the weather can play dirty tricks on gardeners, but since then it has been fairly warm most of the time. I have to mow the lawn again because the weeds have grown tall.

Somehow I'm not motivated this year to throw myself into the flurry of holidays. Family is arriving this week and we'll do our delayed event a few days from now, so I need to make a couple of types of cookies to give a somewhat normal appearance to the festivities. I smoked salmon for the kids, a thing that has become an annual tradition (though their dad has bought a high-quality farmed fish that is okay smoked, it isn't as rich and as lean as the wild-caught fish) and I need to find the stockings and put them out of harm's way from the 30-pounds of destructive puppy teeth I have living here now.

I learned yesterday that I have had to declutter my address book of the names of some old dear friends this year, a weight that also affects the holiday season. I had a conversation with the youngest son of two of these friends and it was a trip down memory lane even while he has pointed out that now we are the oldest generation in our families. I was aware of that many years ago; my parents died in their 70s, his in their 90s. (They died within six weeks of each other, one three weeks before Thanksgiving and the other on Christmas Eve). Those holidays are going to involve some heavy emotional lifting for their large family for a few years to come.

Time to get moving around here - I'm going to test my theory that the steam cleaner I use on the carpets *might* work to scrub the tile floor in the den, though I'll pick up a couple of more mats to use inside and outside before I test that theory.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Dec 19 - 09:42 AM

If I were on my own, I could live as Mary does, but I think I would miss having at least enough furniture and crockery to entertain one other person to tea or supper. Living with Himself, however, means that I am surrounded by stuff and spend a surprising amount of time riding herd on it so the gangways are clear and none of the windows is blocked.

Today, I am having an asthma flare and, consequently, doing not much. Laundry maybe, but not necessarily. Cooking dinner, perhaps. Until then, strictly reading.

We spent Christmas in Ottawa with Elder Brother and SIL in their big old house, which is not only crowded with books, furniture and potted plants but also very dusty. We also went to Midnight Mass at Smokey Barney's, the church with the most elaborate liturgy I have ever experienced, and got thoroughly doused with incense. Plus, it was cold. So now I am paying for my adventure with wheezing, chest pain, lots of coughing, and the jitters brought on by the bronchodilator drugs.

At home, the sacrifice of my Christmas cactus with its coating of white mould has made breathing considerably easier. I'd hate to think what state I'd be in if it was still tossing spores around my living space.

We are not having a normal winter in Perth County. Every speck of snow is gone and the temperature is hovering above freezing. The forecast today calls for rain, with more rain tomorrow. At this rate, the whole damned world will be covered with mould.


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