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

Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 20 - 09:27 PM
Charmion 14 Nov 20 - 05:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 20 - 03:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Nov 20 - 08:56 AM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Nov 20 - 07:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Nov 20 - 12:15 PM
Charmion 12 Nov 20 - 06:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Nov 20 - 05:00 PM
Dorothy Parshall 12 Nov 20 - 12:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Nov 20 - 10:48 PM
Donuel 11 Nov 20 - 07:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Nov 20 - 12:29 AM
Charmion 10 Nov 20 - 07:46 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Nov 20 - 07:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Nov 20 - 01:43 PM
Charmion 09 Nov 20 - 08:15 PM
Donuel 09 Nov 20 - 05:03 PM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Nov 20 - 01:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Nov 20 - 10:35 AM
Charmion 09 Nov 20 - 09:42 AM
Charmion 09 Nov 20 - 06:48 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Nov 20 - 09:26 PM
Donuel 08 Nov 20 - 08:44 PM
Thompson 08 Nov 20 - 04:13 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Nov 20 - 03:41 PM
Charmion 07 Nov 20 - 07:14 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Nov 20 - 09:27 PM

After moving stuff off of the mantle, moving the huge mirror leaning against the fireplace that sits on the hearth, I used the brush nozzle on the vacuum and over about 30 minutes cleaned off years, or decades, of dust on those ugly stones. It doesn't really look any different, but it's nice to know that the I've made a good start. It'll be interesting opening the Shark dust tank this time, to see what comes out. Lots of crumbling stuff from the mortar on the fireplace, for one.

I've also had good luck with that silicone broom - here it works well getting the dog hair off of the tile floors, especially going up and down the halls and scraping it from around the edges next to the wall. It's good you had help with that work. I know a place that is supposed to be good with rugs and I keep meaning to take my antique Persian rugs over - I suspect they will come back looking incredibly bright.

The recycling was dropped off, and I had a couple of food items that ordinarily I might have returned to the store that this time I donated to the community fridge in a neighborhood north of me that is a "food desert." There was a woman finishing loading a bag as I pulled up and she waited to see what I was dropping off - so the 10 pounds of rice and quart of olive-oil blend never made it into the fridge. May she have many filling meals out of those two ingredients!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Nov 20 - 05:03 PM

Wow, what a day.

The cat-savaged La-Z-Boy settee has gone to live with a pair of likely lads who arrived with a truck. In return for the “free” couch, they easily hauled three full-height IKEA bookcases up two flights of stairs from the basement to the library. Then the carpet cleaners arrived to deliver five clean rugs and pick up four dirty ones. Then, just as I was getting my teeth into cleaning the hardwood floors before putting down the clean rugs, Kathleen my cat-sitter friend with the house-cleaning side hustle arrived to add me to her client list.

So for the next three hours, she scrubbed and I hauled furniture about and swept — by the way, Stilly, that silicone broom from Amazon is Da Bomb for hardwood floors. Then she helped me lug a wing-back armchair downstairs and a leather-covered comfy chair and the TV and its stand upstairs. So, now all I have to do (HAH!) is load the last three bookcases with the rest of the books, which are currently stacked on a six-foot folding table in the middle of the library floor.

I’ll do that tomorrow. Today, I think it’s time for a beer and a sit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Nov 20 - 03:13 PM

Now that I've started looking - there is all sorts of stuff under the sinks that can go. And a leak of some sort in the hall bathroom sink. Probably just through a corroded spot at the base of the tap that is used all of the time. If I buy two new fixtures for the hall bathroom I can move the little used one into the master bath because that tap is looking pretty corroded also. The rubber bathmat went through the washer with a bunch of towels and is looking better than before. I'm trying to not add PVC to the house (the off-gas isn't good for anyone) and using rubber mats, but they do require a bit more care.

The car is loaded with recycling stuff. It'll take a couple of stops to drop off everything, then back home. I would like to pick up one thing at the grocery store, but Saturday afternoons are so crowded that in this COVID-19 time I need to pace myself and go next week during senior hours.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Nov 20 - 08:56 AM

I decided to see how many of those restaurant plastic silverware containers were in the kitchen cupboard where I stash that stuff. I have those racks that have bases screwed onto the shelf and the basket pulls out for easy access, and along with the space beside and behind the rack, the rack itself was overflowing. (These are those cellophane enclosed napkin, knife, fork, spoon, and salt and pepper sachets.) I ended up half-filling a little restaurant meal-sized tote bag. Most of these are unopened and I'll see if they can go to the same fridge I'm going to donate rice and olive oil to soon. It's a community project where food is donated and anyone who needs it can pick from what is there.

The room I started my dust-the-entire-house program in is the back bathroom. I've tossed some stuff, and while I was at it I looked under the sink. Yuck. More for the trash, and while there isn't a water leak but it's musty so I think I need to put in racks or something to keep things up off of the floor surface of the cabinet for better ventilation. The tub got a good scrub, the rubber mat is going into the washer with a bunch of towels to help clean it's surface (and keep the suction cups from clinging to the inside of the washer).

Good luck with that basement, Dorothy. Light is probably the easiest of your needs to work on. Look for some of those new LED fixture at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Those diodes put out a lot of light and are energy efficient. They're also relatively inexpensive. My laundry room was transformed when I put one in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Nov 20 - 07:02 PM

Dupont:

Bit by bit, things find new homes, get laundered, tossed in fire or trash and set somewhere off the beaten track while I figure out where they can go. The huge set of Porcelain -plates, etc, do not look so appealing when I am faced with space and the choices of what to keep, or not. At the shop where my pottery now resides I can sell decent second hand stuff. Things are starting to go into the bag/box for that re-homing.

I pulled my sweatshirt over my mouth and nose and went in the back entrance of the basement to the cellar. Possible to enclose a large enough area. Require some financial output and then carrying tons of stuff 30 or 40 feet. There is heat, and light - need lots more. Then carry pots outside to fire and back in to glaze and back out to fire...Talking myself out of this idea? Versus several thousand dollars for a shed?? I have been away from studio too long already!

I wish I had a Dan here, to do the carpentry. New stairs at other end of deck, closer to where I think of putting the fantasy shed.
Have not heard back from Joe. Suffering serious withdraw.

Laundering stuff that was at the mill - a big garbage bag full smelling a bit moldy. Was not moved to iron today, or sew. Meals are ready; house is clean enough, plants watered enough, potted 3 more spider plants, and hope I can take a few to the shop next trip.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Nov 20 - 12:15 PM

My daughter and ex and I had a lovely lunch on the otherwise deserted grounds of the museum yesterday, with lunch coming as takeout from a local French cafe and bakery. We do what we can to get together, and discussed possibly doing some kind of small thing in the garage a week ahead of Thanksgiving so it might still be warmer out. I could cook in the house and hand out plated meals in the garage so it doesn't all get set up to get cold fast out there. But we're still in discussion. It is a risky business and we wouldn't have many of us in one place and we would be all spread out and outside.

Whatever we plan, we'll have to do our family visit via Zoom or Teams or Duo or Messenger during an off-time to avoid getting a poor connection or getting knocked off of the session.

I promised myself that this week I would research and order the gate for the space beside the garage, so with the week running out I need to do it today.

A slightly-related aside to my decluttering and work around the yard: a couple of weeks ago I jammed my thumbnail, at the side, onto a piece of silverware when I was emptying the dishwasher. It cracked the nail at the corner and instead of being patient and trimming with clippers (ok) or putting a bandaid on and letting it grow out (best) I pulled off the nail piece, and exposed a tender part of the nail bed. It took two weeks before it stopped hurting enough that I can do some of the more rigorous things like pulling weeds without pain in that thumb. I've had nail bed injuries before, when I accidentally stabbed myself with a spring key ring trying to put a dog rabies tag on a collar. I finally had to go to the doctor and he used liquid nitrogen to kill the bulge that wouldn't heal between the skin and the nail so it would retreat and the nail grow over. I just got lucky this time it healed by itself. Now to resume some of my more rigorous outdoor activities!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Nov 20 - 06:00 PM

Today, the String Sisters (we’re a band!) came over to play tunes in my new music space, and it was great. In dining chairs spaced six-ish feet apart around the edges of the big, red rug, we fiddled and picked and strummed for an hour and a half. The acoustic is good for tunes, with just a little reverb. The rug and the stuffed bookcases absorb the excess. Serena the fiddle wants to make a video, so now we’re getting serious.

The rest of the day was spent hauling books around, and going to the allergy doc in Kitchener. I distinctly remember a time in my life when I had a job — how did I ever fit it in?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Nov 20 - 05:00 PM

I have a whole bunch of masks to start packaging and putting in the mail, and some new ones to cut out and start assembling. Three of the four in my immediate family (who live here - my son is in Seattle) had a really-late birthday lunch for my daughter and me and her dad joined us. On the museum grounds with enough breeze to clear the germs from the area. And I handed over more masks - every time I see them, it seems, but I want them to be safe. And on the way home I stopped to buy a couple of packages of nuts and the clerk's mask was ill-fitting so I trotted out to the car and got one of the packaged spares I keep there for handing out. This was a holiday print 3D mask that will work well for her, I think, and I showed her how to wear it. She apparently has only two cloth masks (time to get some disposable, then but whatever).

I have sometime before dark so will go do some digging in the garden. I need to get the broccoli planted, but it'll go in around where the garlic is coming up and I've wanted to be careful not to step on those sprouts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 12 Nov 20 - 12:47 PM

Dupont:

Drove down to the "mill" yesterday, the last warm day until ??? Picked up 2 glazes, dried out in their buckets so no mess! Just add water when I get them to Beaver. Also a bunch of sundry items that I am hoping to re-home here or at Beaver. Did not, however, find my box of Marie Corelli books and rue the day I left them "right there" and have not seen them since. Also thought there was a ghetto blaster there but no luck.

From the Mill, I went to visit a friend, sitting in her garage, out of the wind. Then to a fruit farm but it has little left but apples and I have enough of those; the lovely Anglophone owner, gave me a card so I can phone if I want more apples, which I shall. Then to the bakery in St. Antoine for a new Dark Choc Cake and two baklava. (1/2 is adequate!) Then stopped to visit Rita and Dan who were entertaining a neighbour's 4 chickens - with the fallout from their bird feeder! The back to Chateauguay - tired and happy.

Thinking about shed: Maybe Joe (teaches construction) knows someone who could build one on site? or MAYBE I could enclose a piece of the cellar and install dehumidifier and air cleaner. Later today, I shall don a respirator and visit the cellar - very carefully. Check to see if phone gets a signal (safety factor). Would certainly be less expensive --- but no place to show finished wares.

Put fire in stove when I got home; as nice as it was outside, the house was cool. Still coals this am so it is nicely perking away. I am challenged to see how long I can keep from turning the heat up - and save on electric!

Wonderful neighbour, Charmion! My Friend Larry has admitted to diminishing power in the five years. I was happy to do the washstand myself and not call for help!

I have a couple Pear tree seedlings (3 inches!) from the pears bought at Petits Cailloux in the early fall. The owner was delighted at this info.

Now to unload the car.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Nov 20 - 10:48 PM

A new personal challenge has arisen this evening. My part-time job is all work from home, but my employer and his office manager are going to be in town for an appearance in two weeks. The location is just a couple of miles from here, and I will attend part of the time. I will also offer them an invitation to come by here to see the yard and meet the dogs (they love dogs). That means I have a lot of yard work to do, to have some of these beds looking the way I envision they can. There's nothing like a chance to show off the work to inspire one to get out and finish the job.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Nov 20 - 07:42 AM

What color to paint rooms? Here is an interesting pallet for natural colors. Colors of the moon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Nov 20 - 12:29 AM

There are so many occasions around the house when I curse the low light or my changing vision and go get a flashlight to shine on what it is I'm trying to see or read in some out-of-the-way place. I took an idea from a friend who lives way out in the desert west of Texas - in case the power goes out they have small LED flashlights in each room. I did that and now usually don't have to go far to get the light source. (I used coupons at Harbor Freight over the years and got the free flashlight any time I needed to pick up something else there.)

Oatmeal cookies made tonight, and they came out particularly good. I like them crunchy, and I added roasted pecans and raisins. I'll be taking some next door and across the street tomorrow.

I tried ordering groceries to deliver this evening but they won't arrive till morning. I could have gone during the senior half-hour of shopping in the morning and saved $20. Live and learn. It really is best to not go out now, the US hospitals are all filling up with new COVID cases and Texas is color coded on the Pandemic map as a state with a high number of infections. I still need a couple of things that I get at my discount grocery but I put off going there so it's maybe only once a month.

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day in the US. My Dad died on Veteran's Day in the late 1990s; I hadn't heard from him for a few days and was wondering what was up when I got the call from a close family friend that his next door neighbor hadn't seen him and finally went looking. We had to back-track to when he last logged on his computer, made phone calls, missed a doctor's appointment. The holiday morphed from a day to think about military service to thinking about a dear departed father.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Nov 20 - 07:46 PM

Thanks to Neighbour Neil, My Hero, the queen-sized bed has migrated to the guest bedroom, and the library has only library stuff and music stuff in it, including a very large scarlet Persian rug that *really* pops.

Moving the bed was a beast of a job. Neil’s knees are not what they were, and neither of us could see the bolt-holes in the metal bed-frame clearly in artificial light, but we achieved the mission with only about three times as much sweat and aggravation as I had initially estimated. Boy, do I ever owe that guy. He’s a prince.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Nov 20 - 07:18 PM

Dupont:

I IRONED today!! It has been years, honest! But the collection of antique, and not antique pretties demanded to be ironed. The new wash stand is beautiful! with a nice white embroidered thingy(?) in the middle. I did not want to cover all the lovely wood surface but wanted some protection. Actually that one did not need ironing, but having dragged the wood ironing board and the iron up to the TV/sewing room - a very good spot! - I perused the pile that had been in waiting and did a number of other things, even sprayed a few with the spray bottle that is on hand for the one orchid - that never blooms but looks healthy anyway. Found a set of 4 - white with nice lace - valances that will be lovely in the LR/DR someday when R has time to go up the ladder and change from the old, tacky and not very clean ones. A valance is all we will use. No need for more; less dust and we like lots of light, and those four windows are full of plants, of course.

This am R put the new washstand in place and took the other piece to the LR where it is far more suitable. It has a nice runner and decorative items on it and the very large schefflera is on the floor at one end, needing a much nicer pot now that the pot can be seen. It, and another in another corner, have been doing very well a distance from a window; plenty of light from large windows seems to suit them. This guy is getting a new shoot. Messy guys! I have to sweep up fallen leaves - when I get to it.

Did some dusting with a damp cloth. Tore up dead flannel sheet for "non-paper towels"; I keep a stack for jobs of that paper towel sort and if they get too dirty I can throw them - in the laundry or the trash, depending. I rarely use a paper towel.

The shed would be for pottery studio and display. I want it to look nice, not to detract from the Victorian brick house. The rough lumber ones are in the very small barn concept. The usual Quebec garden sheds are tolerable and available locally in many colours and configurations. It will be a project finding out prices and comparing possibilities. I have the studio at Beaver (10x12) but am frustrated here not to being able to do anything. Had a great time last week glazing and thinking about new ideas.

Put two more lawn chairs in the garage. Thought about leaving the big wicker chair on deck??? Would need to cover it before snow but it might be nice when the sun hits there to sit outside a bit. We got two lovely BIG cushions for it at a thrift shop recently. They do not even need to be re-covered!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Nov 20 - 01:43 PM

Last night I loaded all of the recently frozen strawberries (seven quarts) into the steam juicer and turned the burner on high and over the next 45 minutes I got about 3/4 of a gallon of strawberry juice for making jelly and syrup. The house smells amazing! I have a Rubbermaid container full of the leftover solids and will figure out what to make with that (maybe strawberry bars or something?) since there isn't enough for a batch of jam. I'll make jelly later this week. I'll put a case of jelly jars in the dishwasher in preparation.

The counters are relatively clear as I prepare to start some baking. Back in the earliest COVID-19 days when I had the whole peninsula cleared so I could disinfect all groceries entering the house (set on one side of the counter top, and once cleaned moved to the other) I had a lot of space. Now we know that isn't necessary the clutter had crept up over time.

We have learned so much about so many things during this global pandemic. Our habits have changed. Our visits with friends and family are so carefully staged and are so precious. I think another Declutter thread title (not quite two months from now - this thread ran for two years) will need to reflect these COVID times.

Dorothy, what will that new shed be used for? And which "here" will it be sent to? I was driving south of my home on the Interstate a few weeks ago and noticed a business on the frontage road that is advertised on my favorite radio gardening program. There's something about the design that has it staying a lot cooler in summer, and they're cute as can be. But I can't think of where I would use one (or how to afford it) right now. :)

We have heard nothing from or about Susan (WYSIWYG) for a long time now. I hope she's getting better and staying healthy in her rehab facility.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Nov 20 - 08:15 PM

Just finished Zoom choir practice. Weird, but I'm getting used to it.

According to my Fitbit, I climbed the stairs thirty-two times today, in aid of moving three bookcases' worth of history books up from the basement and hauling down Edmund's entire collection of Notable British Trials, popular and scholarly works about murder, mayhem and organized crime in North America and Europe, and thick tomes on legal theory, military justice, and the practice of criminal law in Canada. Edmund's sister-in-law Jan joined me for this extravaganza of effort, and we did in three hours what would otherwise have taken me anywhere up to a week, if I could have whipped myself into action at all.

I also moved five more two-metre-tall IKEA bookcases out of the old study, now guest bedroom, and into the ... Hmmm. What am I to call that space? The library? I guess that works. The hard part of that job was ducking each bookcase under the lintel of the door in the original east wall of the house that opens into the library, which is an extension on top of the garage. I'm rather proud of myself for figuring out how to do that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Nov 20 - 05:03 PM

Along the ground level windows I put down red mulch and soaked it in cedar oil. The catalevered roof will keep it fairly dry and allow for scented fresh air on the days that allow open windows..


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Nov 20 - 01:01 PM

Dupont:

DUST!!! The mere thought... I dust sporadically as I perceive a need in space. Just did down the sides of the stairs with a damp wash cloth, shook it out side and deposited in laundry. This house does not seem to gather too much, very fast. Even the pottery that was sitting out for a few months did not show any. I do have a heavy duty air cleaner going 24/7. And I damp mop the wood floors one I feel inclined.


On this glorious day, I cut the dead peony leaves and some darned stuff that looks similar to a hydrangea but is ugly as sin (IMO).

Stopped at a shed making place on the way here on Saturday. Beautiful solid wood. Have sort of found a spot for one and showed R today, for his consideration. This will be dicier than C's car! Deciding about the costs and logistics and what size I might be able to afford - including getting it here! In no case scenario can I have one before Spring.

The river is largely decluttered of floating docks and boats. Lovely! Now the geese, ducks and seagulls are taking over - much nicer. Even if it does mean winter is not far. In fact, about 5 days away.

R ate most of the food I left, thawed as he needed and eating it for BF and supper! So, I am preparing to cook a bunch more in prep for next absence - which will be subject to weather report. Shopped at both stores this am - mostly empty! Frig is full. Prob will not need to shop again for a couple weeks.

Will do a load of laundry later, including sheets, then remake bed. And make cauliflower soup. Maybe I will be inspired to reduce the sewing...

Our beautiful new wash stand made it from my car - I managed to get in in by myself - to the hallway this am. Maybe tonight it will get to the upstairs bath and the thing there will make it down to the LR.

As for books: I suggested to R this am that it was time for 3-4 boxes to be removed to the "library" in the semi-finished basement. The hallway is getting CLUTTERED!!






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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Nov 20 - 10:35 AM

Are you taking a daily Allegra or Zyrtec or perhaps keeping Sudafed on hand? I almost sneezed just reading about those books, even knowing they've only been in place in that new house for a couple of years. I suspect there are mouse pathways behind my books in the front room on that entire wall of bookshelves. It is probably this process you're going through now that unconsciously started me looking at my own dusty books and considering streamlining the house. Take motivation from wherever when it comes along.

It also reminds me of a couple of projects I've planned but put off regarding estate paperwork inherited from both parents.

The kitchen counters are almost clear as I prepare to start some baking of holiday breads. The gardens are at the perfect time for planting. I have plenty of things available to keep me busy at home and away from the exponential growth of the novel coronavirus. It's a shame we have to wait seven more weeks before someone starts doing something effective about this pandemic.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Nov 20 - 09:42 AM

Moving books again. I'm racking up thousands of steps just trotting from one end of the house to other with armloads of history, music and military theory. When I start shifting the law and crime books to the basement (to await re-homing), and the novels and British and European history upstairs, the fitness benefits should flow like the mighty St. Lawrence.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Nov 20 - 06:48 AM

Thanks for the tip, Thompson; that looks just the thing for whisking spiderwebs off light fixtures and curtain rods.

Donuel makes an interesting point about respect for objects and records handed down to us from previous generations. Throughout my adult life, I have lived with tension over my ancestors’ stuff, to the extent that I have wondered sometimes whether I am housing humans (and cats) or furniture — especially bookcases.

At my age, and confronted with massive cultural change in my own family and in the nation at large, I know that I should disembarrass myself of most of the hundreds of books in this house. Two large rooms are occupied primarily by books, a situation that is not sustainable in the long term. Books — by which I mean the physical article, dust-catching bricks of paper, glue and cloth — just don’t have the value they did when I was young, and my heirs and assigns will not want to deal with them when I am gone.

With the rest of the stuff now in my sole possession, my policy is to keep only what I can actually use and maintain everything so it is handsome to look at and pleasant to sit on, eat off, etc. I must eventually give up this house, which is far too big for one woman and two cats, and I don’t want to be still dealing with other people’s clag when that day comes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Nov 20 - 09:26 PM

Mudcatter InOBU (Lorcan Otway) does a lot of fine work on instruments; he has several harps he has restored, and he builds model sailing ships with minute detail. I just posted information about him on the "Fall of Trump songs" thread. Are you on Facebook?

https://www.facebook.com/lorcan.otway/posts/10158766350231678

I walked around looking at the rooms and deciding this dusting business is going to have to be one wall at a time all the way around several of these rooms. Huge job. I just don't dust most things, just tabletops, the TV screen, sweep the floors, surfaces in my bedroom, but not everything around the house. It is time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Nov 20 - 08:44 PM

I am impressed at the respect, dedication and dignity you give the legacy of your predecessors and mudcat archives. It is a daunting respondsibility. I know the feeling of trepidation of preserving the past. That old cello I spoke of was made anywhere from 1590 to 1690 and requires a repair that will involve taking off the top. It is my respondsibility to pass on this work of performance art that was 'alive' throughout Bach's lifetime and survived all the wars up till now. In the wild west days of ebay I bought and received this instrument in all its component pieces. A farmer had rescued it from his barn in Maine. I assembled this forgotten relic and was amazed at what I found. This was more unlikly than finding a real Strad in an old refridgerator.
I'm not saying it is an original Amati since it could have been built in Germany but it is identical to late Amati dimensions with a scroll strangely and beautifully unlike any I have ever seen in my life and research. I have to complete my work and get it into respectful hands before it finds another dead end somehere for posterity's sake.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Thompson
Date: 08 Nov 20 - 04:13 PM

A great gadget for dusting, and one that makes the job actually pleasurable, is a painter's dusting brush. Also beautiful.
Some of the modern ones have plastic bits. Just… don't.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Nov 20 - 03:41 PM

The change wasn't in view, the ashtray was closed, but there were lots of tolls to deal with back in the late 70s. I lost a bag of maps also, within the last couple of years, so again that would be a disappointed thief, but I was also disappointed because I've had to find and replace those maps. I still like to have paper versions handy even with all of the advancements in the Google maps on my phone.

The microfiber dusters arrived today. If I do a room a day it'll be just under two weeks to clear out the house (counting small rooms like bathrooms and laundry). By then it'll probably be time to start again, but if I actually get the dust out of the house and not just rearrange it perhaps the problem won't be as bad. It's things like rock collections and the open shelves in the den that will provide the biggest challenge. I wonder if I'll have the discipline to put things away as I work? That would be smart, but it might also slow me down in my dusting and cleaning. Decisions, decisions.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 07:14 PM

I never keep money in the car, even change— too many years living in crack-ridden downtown Ottawa. In fact, I try hard not to leave any possession visible to a passerby, even a coat or hat. Over some 45 years of driving, I have experienced only two car burglaries: the first in a parking arcade, in which I lost a shopping bag full of maps (think of the thieves’ disappointment!), and the second in our own driveway, where I had parked the car overnight because I was too damned lazy to haul open the garage door. That time, they took the Blaupunkt radio that came standard on Volkswagens back in the ‘80s. Boy, was I mad at myself.

This house is also full of dust, and each emptied shelf of books sets me sneezing. The grey pall on the sitting room carpet is downright embarrassing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 04:33 PM

My first car was a VW Beetle. You would have loved my little Ford Courier 4-cylinder pickup (made by Mazda). Great standard transmission (it meant it wasn't stolen when parked in NY City when I lived there because few thieves knew how to drive it; some kids who did push in the vent to steal change out of the ashtray were caught in the act a second time. Turns out they thought that was an anti-theft device and I didn't correct them. And I told them if they ever broke in again I'd know who they were, the guy sitting out on his porch watching all of this would know who they were, so they could come to my building and ask for the park ranger and tell me if someone else was bothering it in the future. Over the next couple of years every so often one of those kids would greet me on the street with a happy Hello! My NPS co-workers were astounded: "You lectured them?" But I digress . . .)

That's great news about the books. Sending them to a new home where they will be appreciated is the best outcome, especially if you didn't have to carry them around. If you could see my dusty books, you'd know that I have quite a few, even though I have thinned them considerably over the years.

The dust here is getting to me, and along with recently ordering the extra vacuum attachment for getting dust around small objects I've ordered some more microfibre dusters (and will keep them out of the dog's reach). I need to sweep, mop, dust, and vacuum so when it comes time for the holidays, if there is ANY chance that anyone could come in the house (or at least look in the windows) that it will be ready for guests.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 02:03 PM

Stilly, if I could find a winter-proof roller-skate with a reliable motor on it, I would drive that. Maybe it's because I started civilian-type driving in Germany, paying European fuel prices, but I like to keep my automotive footprint as small as possible while maintaining a sensible standard of safety and comfort.

Two large guys in military tee shirts came this afternoon with lots of boxes, and left an hour later with almost all of our accumulation of books about the American Civil War. They paid me a handsome price for them, for which I am duly grateful. I kept three, which I think is quite enough for a non-buff such as myself who has the Internet at her fingertips.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 01:23 PM

I suddenly have a burst of energy - and hopefully will sleep better - though we still have a couple of rough months ahead until inauguration. That said, we still live in the middle of a pandemic that is experiencing "exponential growth" as far as infection numbers. Our economy is in a state of crisis and I'm continuing to make masks and I will get the web site with photos and sizes up soon.

Charmion, that Sportwagon looks about the size of the SUV (Nissan Pathfinder) I drive now. This one is 2017 and gets better mileage than the 2012 that was all steel, built on a truck chassis, and though I liked the design, it didn't have many safety features as you can get standard now. The newer vehicle is a lot more plastic so it is lighter and gets better mileage, and it has a backup camera and sonar back there (though I really miss the compass reading on the mirror from the 2012 model). This is the size calculated to let me move a lot of stuff without actually buying a truck. Trucks are expensive and here in Texas hold their value so even getting a used one is difficult to.

I have puttered in my bathrobe this morning, doing things like thinning out the copious plastic and paper shopping bags, keeping a few and the rest go to recycling. I always use kraft paper bags to put cookies on to soak up a little grease, and we're into that baking season. The rest - various sizes - and when did everyone start putting handles on their bags? - are going to the recycling bin. Those bags with handles are harder to make myself discard, but there were too many. Laundry in, dishes loaded in the dishwasher, garden watered and ready for work. Plenty to keep me busy and at home, as tempting as the Saturday market is at my discount gourmet grocery warehouse.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 09:45 AM

Emptied and moved a bookcase. Go me!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 08:13 PM

Trading in two cars, Stilly: Edmund's 2018 Kia Soul and the 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen we got in exchange (plus money, of course) for our last VW diesel in the class-action settlement. The Soul has an automatic transmission that I don't like, and the Sportwagen is more car than I need and gets lousy fuel economy.

Sharp practice on that palm sander, Dorothy. I bet they noticed!

Watson the cat is nesting in the pile of padded envelopes I stashed in the bottom shelf of the printer stand. Somehow, I don't think he's doing them any good.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 07:47 PM

Beaver:
Pottery is all stickered and I have done my shifts at the shop. Off to QC tomorrow morning.

Bit the bullet and bought a new palm sander - for smoothing pot bottoms - on Weds. On Thurs, the flyer had them on sale for $10 less so today, having not gotten around to using it, I went in and said I wanted to return it so I could buy it for $10 off! No problem! Love that store.

I actually managed to load the "new" antique washstand, for the house in QC, into the car all by myself! We left it here last trip as R had bought so much at the auction, most of which went into the city. Some is still in the front storage cabinet - until he gets back; I do not touch nasty old metal stuff.

Have maintained 12 pound weight loss; Dr. told me it is good for older women to have meat on their frame! Leaving house in good shape, even washed down the K cabinets today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 07:08 PM

Are you trading in a vehicle in the process? Sometimes it makes the most sense, other times you get a better price selling it yourself (but the process - not always fun).

Staying even closer to home than before, and going out only during the slow time of the day (I needed dog food). I have figured out how I'm going to fence the gap between the garage and the property line, it will involve getting two four-foot wide gates and the hardware to turn them into a double gate (like for driving through). A friend will pick them up in his truck, I don't think they will quite fit in the SUV (four feet wide, six feet tall, on an angle - maybe - but maybe also hard on the upholstery or the head liner.) Once a gate is in place I can continue working on replacing the fence panels.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 05:04 PM

Edmund’s desk has gone to a family with a new home business, and that’s the end of Phase 1 of reorganizing the house. Phase 2, moving books and bookcases, begins when I have finished the Afghanistan manuscript.

Having reached an agreement with the Volkswagen dealer in Kitchener, next week I will take possession of a blue 2021 Golf. Negotiating the extended warranty package nearly finished me, but the nice lady behind the big desk talked herself into giving me a $250 discount, which allowed me to accept without regret. Lord, how car sales people like to talk! If I were a donkey, my hind leg would be loose.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 20 - 01:05 PM

Drawing down contents of the freezer that have been there for a while. This week I'm starting on a package of haddock, and I've had really good luck with these packed "planks" before. I make my own tartar sauce and bread and fry these to be like the fish of fish and chips. If I make potatoes they won't be deep fried, they'll be sautéed in a skillet, but they go well with the tartar sauce also. And now that it has cooled, I'll start baking more. Maybe cinnamon rolls to start off with a bang (and to share with the neighbors).

I need to clean the garage and put stuff away, there is too much stacked on the work bench and room on the shelves where things need to be returned, and things standing around the sides of the space. I can still park inside, but I want the luxury of more space in there. I did leave the fence-construction stuff all in one spot and would like to return to that before winter sets in.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 20 - 12:02 AM

The next panel is in place, and was finished before the neighbors got home from a week out of town. I called to tell her that I'd moved a few things out of harm's way next to the fence construction area, and she was glad that they'd been moved. I'd hate to have dropped a plank and broken a pot or bird bath.

The next panel ends at a T; a fence panel put up by the contractors who built my garage and put in place so on one could walk around the garage and into the back yard. I'm not sure how they tied it into the side fence (I put up some reinforcement when I got the dogs.) Now I need to find a way to enclose the yard closer to the driveway and take out the bit the contractor put in. $$$


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Nov 20 - 07:54 PM

Beaver:

Nice Chuckle, Charmion! I am so impressed by your progress - not the dead body!

Trying to find stickers that will stick, I saw a couple pots still wore stickers from the Art Gallery gift shop. Starting my errands yesterday, I encountered a couple Gallery folks and asked about the labels. They suggested a specific shop and I went and got a sheet of 80. When I got home Carol phoned and said she had some to give me, so off to their house. They were Avery so I thought I could pre-print initials and number them - and I managed that this morning! 1000! I had to run and get more while the printer waited to finish the job. But I was happy and went to the shop this aft and stickered until I was plumb stickered out. Tomorrow is our first day open and I am on duty so I can finish stickering.

Yesterday's glaze firing came out nicely and was added to the array. I bought a sander and sand paper, realizing the nice one I had may never re-surface and I need it now - to grind bottoms and clean a kiln shelf. The two pieces I played with - underglazes and clear glaze came out cute. I do not generally do cute... But I will see what kind of reaction they get. Would not doing more and trying different colours and "designs".

However, I worked hard yesterday and today my energy was low. I still have not thrown any pots this trip but lots else done.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Nov 20 - 11:37 AM

Andrew, I wouldn’t piss on Mikey Flag if he was on fire, let alone hand over anything that ever belonged to Edmund.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Nov 20 - 10:57 AM

Good luck with the books. There are various government entities and agencies that might take them - it depends on how long you want to hunt for a new home before posting a notice somewhere.

Today I've drunk my tea and eaten my oatmeal and the day has warmed comfortably so I'm out to work in the yard. The fence first, then using the new trimmer to get rid of the tussocks of grass growing out of cracks in the concrete driveway.

After several tries I've finally received a box of sewing pins that are what I was hoping for. Plastic pin heads melt when the iron goes over them, so I've looked for glass. These have 4mm glass heads on 1 1/2" sharp fine but not flimsy pins. I have a couple of boxes of pins that were false starts, some too thick, others too thin, that will go to my daughter to distribute to sewing friends. She might find the very fine sharp ones useful when she works on flimsy fabric of costumes, but I don't do that kind of sewing.

Out to the yard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 04 Nov 20 - 08:54 AM

"Now I know how to move a dead body, should I ever have the requirement," she said as a consequence of her exposure over six decades to naval and military senses of humour.

If Western's library declines Edmund's law books, you might try the University of Ottawa's Brian Dickson Law Library. I cannot think of a library more likely to attract legal officers. If they want them, between you and me, we can come up with a way to get them there.

I would suggest that you flog them to Michel Drapeau, but I think you might end up being haunted. ;)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Nov 20 - 08:30 AM

At the risk of boring you all with yet another detail of my creeping progress toward what I hope will become the New Normal -- today I moved the Household Filing Cabinet (there can be only one!) out of the old study (soon to be the guest bedroom) and into the new study, previously Edmund's office. With it came my guitar, which has settled in beside the desk. So my workspace is pretty well settled, although the bookcase is still full of Notable British Trials and volumes on legal theory and military justice.

Book-shuffling is a job for another day, after I have finished the Afghanistan manuscript and mailed off the files to the publisher at Army Headquarters.

Yesterday afternoon was given over to the task of driving to Guelph to buy a large Persian rug.

Guelph looks close to Stratford on the map, but it's still more than an hour away by road and the outbound leg of the trip included an unpleasantly crowded stretch of Highway 401. The weather was okay and nothing bad happened, but I was rather too aware that I have not driven on the 401 at all since last winter and, apart from the monthly visit to the allergy doc's office in Kitchener, I have made only one longish car journey to an unfamiliar destination -- to London to return Edmund's library books.

The woman selling the rug completely forgot she had agreed to meet me at three o'clock, and wasn't at home when I arrived. I sent her a text saying that I was ringing and knocking to no avail, and then another ten minutes later saying, "I give up. Call me if you still want to sell your rug." "Oooooh noooo," she replied, and popped out the door of the house across the street. The rug is very large, and made of acrylic rather than wool, so I almost refused to take it, but I had made a commitment to her and it was the right size and colour. So instead of an incredible steal it was an okay deal.

It's also punishingly heavy. It took all my strength and hers to get it up the stairs and out to the car, and all my ingenuity to shove it entirely into the car and close the hatch on it. "Now I know how to move a dead body, should I ever have the requirement," I said ruefully, looking at the end of the rolled-up carpet protruding between the front seats and butted up against the dashboard -- fortunately just to the right of the gearshift. "Oooooh nooooo," she said, looking alarmed. I don't think they make jokes like that in Iran, where both she and the rug originated.

At home, I managed to extract the rug from the car and drag it into the house, but I just didn't have the strength to haul it upstairs to its destination in the huge "bonus" room over the garage, previously our bedroom. So I pocketed my pride and crossed the street to Neil and Jane's house, where they were just finishing supper, and begged Neil to give me a hand -- again. Oh, what I wouldn't give for a little extra testosterone and the muscle it confers! Neil made me promise not to try to carry anything heavier than myself, and I swore a mighty oath.

No, I didn't carry the filing cabinet. It has silicone glides on the bottom, and I pushed it.

The weather's nice today, so I'll walk downtown for lunch and a tangle with the insurance people, who seem not to have noticed that they're charging me more to insure two cars than they charged Edmund and me, although with only one driver you'd think the risk was halved.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Nov 20 - 08:28 PM

My second fence panel is waiting till tomorrow morning. I had lunch with my daughter mid-day today but the changing humidity and ragweed have knocked my sinuses for a loop. I took a nap, which helped, but it was then too late to work on that panel. Tomorrow morning will be fine.

In my craft room I've cleared out a bag of scrap material and moved it to a lower drawer and now have another bag to collect all of the corners and edges and odd pieces from mask making. When I have larger trimmings of flannel I make them into pieces I sew in for the wire sheaths. As for the rest, when I made the ham for ironing masks I stuffed it full of old t-shirts and such but now I would use this stuff. And I need another box of sandwich bags to put new masks in.

I'm not sure how late I'll be up tonight, and how many election returns I'll watch. I'm thinking of streaming something and waiting till later. The coronavirus is here regardless of the election and we'll be wearing masks for a long time to come. These can be put to good use.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Nov 20 - 11:42 AM

Edmund’s 2-drawer filing cabinets are gone, and this afternoon I’m going to look at and, probably, buy a large crimson Iranian rug.

And there’s a firm nibble for Edmund’s computer desk.

When that’s gone, I shall turn my attention to consolidating the changes I have made so far, and moving books.

I will also finish the two and a half appendices still outstanding on the Afghanistan book.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Nov 20 - 10:40 AM

Beaver:

Way to go, Charmion!

Today, I woke with energy. The inch of snow is cleared from deck and my wonderful new runner makes safe movement between house and studio. I carried, safely, trays of pots from LR to Studio! Glazing is done, BF eaten and I shall soon go out to load the kiln - in 0C but no precipitation. No sun either but tomorrow a warmer sunny day is predicted! After the kiln loading, I will go seeking better stickers for pricing pots. Post it notes do not stick well to the bottoms.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Nov 20 - 08:10 PM

The computer table is gone. Hooray!

I never liked it, and I would have been rid of it long ago if Edmund had not clung to it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Nov 20 - 01:51 PM

A two-metre IKEA bookcase and a small pine lingerie chest have left the building, gone to live with a family from Chile whose possessions are mostly still in boxes.

I have firm nibbles for two 2-drawer filing cabinets and a computer table. I may be shot of them by close of play today.

The rest of the household reorganization will be all about books and bookcases.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Nov 20 - 12:31 AM

There are groups on Facebook, but some of them I've noted are rather hair brained and I "un-liked" or "un-joined" them. The "Non-Consumer Advocate group is actually pretty sound. https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenonconsumeradvocate/ She'd do best to read along, lurk a bit, and see what they've already talked about. It's a starting point as far as no longer accumulating stuff, and suggestions for offloading what she doesn't need. Also joining a Freecycle group (https://www.freecycle.org/ would give her an audience often happy to lug off stuff.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 09:40 PM

My Prius is also hatchback but automatic. After a lifetime of manual, I realized the need for automatic. It is so much easier on my right shoulder. I have found it easier all round. R was stunned as I always dissed automatic. I actually considered it in '05 when I bought the Scion; it would have been a good move then. Now I am delighted!

Long phone call with friend tonight who is in desperate need of de-cluttering. Does anyone know of a forum she might join?

Snow on the ground this evening; just half an inch so far. Going to minus 7C tonight and up to 1C tomorrow! Snow tires are on. House is cosy.

The new shop is shaping up nicely. Fun too. Nice to be with 3 dear friends. I wore mask in shop today. Cannot be too careful. Decorated a few pots tonight; may wash off a couple - or use a dark glaze. Experimental...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 08:49 PM

A friend has a hatchback Prius, but I don't know about the manual transmission.

The first fence panel in this line of fence is finished. It's a way of working backward, and this was the most complicated because it tied into a corner and there was old fence support hardware pieces in place that are cast aluminum that completely surrounded the fence post. I had to disconnect hardware I put up last spring and slide them up the post and ended up with two slid up one position and one removed off the top (I used the two). Now the next door neighbor doesn't have to work around the wonky one that used to stick out from the bottom corner of the fence. Tomorrow I pick up the next set of pickets and cross members, put the more preservative on the pickets, and put them up. The pickets today were still wet from the preservative I painted on last night, but that isn't a problem, it isn't like wet paint. It'll be the same tomorrow. Today's panel was a foot shorter than the rest, the next two should be a straight shot down the line.

Once these are in place I can look into switching out how this part of the yard works. I'm thinking about putting up some cyclone fencing and a gate on this side of the garage. It won't happen until the boundary fence is finished. My neighbor offered cash to help cover the cost of lumber, thinking all of the fires this year would make lumber more expensive, but actually, the Forest Service and other agencies will be scrambling to harvest this burned timber (the bark might be singed and the leaves burned, but the wood will be good, it isn't like burned up match sticks). I think this will continue to be an affordable operation. Good nieghbors, though!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 07:49 PM

I would seriously consider a Prius, Dorothy, if only they came in hatchback form with a manual transmission!


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