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

Dorothy Parshall 06 Nov 20 - 07:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Nov 20 - 07:08 PM
Charmion 06 Nov 20 - 05:04 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Nov 20 - 01:05 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Nov 20 - 12:02 AM
Dorothy Parshall 04 Nov 20 - 07:54 PM
Charmion 04 Nov 20 - 11:37 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Nov 20 - 10:57 AM
Charmion's brother Andrew 04 Nov 20 - 08:54 AM
Charmion 04 Nov 20 - 08:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Nov 20 - 08:28 PM
Charmion 03 Nov 20 - 11:42 AM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Nov 20 - 10:40 AM
Charmion 02 Nov 20 - 08:10 PM
Charmion 02 Nov 20 - 01:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Nov 20 - 12:31 AM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Nov 20 - 09:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Nov 20 - 08:49 PM
Charmion 01 Nov 20 - 07:49 PM
Dorothy Parshall 01 Nov 20 - 12:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Nov 20 - 11:49 AM
Charmion 31 Oct 20 - 08:18 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Oct 20 - 04:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Oct 20 - 05:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Oct 20 - 12:20 AM
Dorothy Parshall 29 Oct 20 - 10:57 AM
Charmion 29 Oct 20 - 08:58 AM
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Charmion 28 Oct 20 - 05:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Oct 20 - 11:53 AM
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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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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 12:02 PM

Beaver:

Met with group at “Carriage House”, a very nice venue! We open this Thursday; I will do my first two days of staffing on thurs and fri, with friend Leslie. What a relief to have a nice place to sell (hopefully) some pots, cooperatively with, mostly, friends of many years. Long talk with Pat, the ring leader, this am. She is looking at this as long term and has bought a property nearby to build a shop on “Back Street”, visible from highway.

Now, I am looking for energy/inclination to get out to the warm enough studio on this drizzly day. I loaded 4 very nice director’s chairs into the car - from the screen house - to take to the shop later. It is a half hour drive so I will not do it unnecessarily. But others will be moving stuff in and we need to be in tune with what is available/happening.

There is lots of pottery work to be done here: decorating, mixing new glazes and remixing the old ones that have been sitting, as well as throwing, trimming… And a novel to read… On a rainy day!

One ongoing de-clutter I am working on: For years I seemed to always be in a hurry. Forty years ago a fellow student told me she perceived me as always looking harassed. I took it to heart and tried to slow down when I caught myself running - but I am still doing it! The years when I was trying to make a living as a potter were frantic; I always needed more pots for the next show. And I was doing shows 2 or 3 weekends a month in the season - May to Dec. En route I would hesitate at each intersection to remind my self “Where am I going this week?”

Then I worked for the newspaper for 6 years- running from place to place to catch the important events. Even covering a School concert in Coe Hill at 7 pm, then driving like mad to catch another an hour north, while it was still happening.

Something inside me is still pushing me and I have to get my head around the concept of not needing to do that anymore! It is OK if I sit here and read and drink tea until I feel like …

I found a whole bunch more pots in the screen house this am! I will bring them out before it snows! The ones already at the shop will take a lot of time to label, hopefully at a time when there are not a bunch of other people in there; I need to focus. MY 94 year old friend often says, “The best thing you can give someone is hope.” This shop has picked me up greatly!

Yesterday I was faced with heavy frost. The frost is OK; the house is warm. But the walkway to the studio was a hazard so I spent some time going to each possible store (within a mile or so!) for a rubber runner to save my neck! The fourth place, they tried hard but suggested the carpet store, so out of the way that I forget it exists! I now have a 12 foot runner that I can roll up and put in the tool shed when not needed; as it won’t be most of the winter. Then I took stuff to the studio and brought things in as needed. A wonderful new “tool”!

I am organized. I will get doing when I darned well feel like it. And Pat will be able to pick up the new (commercial) glazes I am considering and save me the 6 hour round trip to Toronto!

Rain is heavy now. 11:30 Sunday am.

I LOVE my Prius! Swear by Toyota products. Just would have liked a total electric but not feasible in the wilderness.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 11:49 AM

I sent Consumer Reports information (via Messenger) about the cars under consideration, and in the past I've sent others research on fridges, stoves, etc.. Keep this in mind when you're shopping, CR lists their recommended and best buys for smart shopping - having ended up with a couple of lemons over the years, I always try to do the research first.

Fence materials are assembled and the panel work will commence soon. And this afternoon I am going to get ready to make strawberry jelly by putting all of the frozen berries into the steam juicer. I could have done it with them fresh, but you get more liquid when the berries were previously frozen and all of the little plant cells ruptured.

The dogs have tracked in an incredible amount of grit and twigs and such - and I need to wash the covers on their dog beds. I need to see if there is some kind of outdoor mat or carpet to put down on the patio to catch some of this stuff before they bring it through the dog door.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Oct 20 - 08:18 PM

Today, I bought a small three-drawer dresser to hold mitts and scarves and things by the front door. It’s teak veneer over mahogany, inoffensive in appearance, and precisely the right size for the spot where I put it. I’ve been looking for such an item ever since we moved here.

Then the carpet cleaners came to pick up most of the rugs (all pretty filthy), leaving only three that they will take when the bring the first batch back.

Then I went to Kitchener to test-drive a car.

I have had enough excitement, and spent enough money, for one day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 20 - 04:00 PM

Lovely day, sinuses still a bit wonky, but I'm muscling past it. I have about half of my cedar pickets treated with the wood preservative; I stopped for a little while after emptying the old can and bringing the brush in to wash out. I'll stir up the next can (different brand, but also clear preservative) and finish after a late afternoon lunch.

Across the street a friend is taking down an old decrepit mulberry tree for that neighbor; he had the limbs down and the top half of the tall trunk off. He had sawed several vertical lines through the stump (the center is hollow) and was preparing to take it off at ground level when a guy drove by with a stump grinder on a trailer and offered to finish the job. They conferred and negotiated and now the stump is ground down and Antonio is finishing cutting up the rest of the trunk. It was an extra bit of cash for the guy who had rented the grinder to finish off several of his own tree jobs in the area, and it saved my friend a lot of work - he still made a reasonable profit on the job, but had a lot less work. We all stood around and talked for a few minutes - it was a nice visit. Then I headed back to my fence work in the garage. I may be able to put up the new fence panel tomorrow.

Don't forget to set the clock back an hour tonight, if your community participates in that Robbing-Peter-to-Pay-Paul program. Back to Daylight Savings Time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 20 - 05:26 PM

Lovely weather out, achy sinuses inside my head. Such timing, when I really want to be outside, but feel like I need a long nap. I'm going to clear out the freezer of some of the little bags of things that have been in there a long time. The remainder of cilantro, basil, etc (when there are more recent frozen containers of it), etc. I made a bread pudding today from the ends of three different loaves of bread that were in there. I did stuff a whole bunch of strawberries into the freezer after buying 8 quarts for $7 at my discount gourmet grocery. I trimmed then, took out the tops, and am going to put the frozen fruit into the steam juicer later on and make the juice for jelly. In the past I've bought bags of frozen strawberries at $2 to $3 a pound; these were under a dollar a pound. I've saved one box of berries for my ex who is coming over later to pick up several items I got for him on yesterday's run to the Halal market.

I have a knit tube that is usually used doubled over and worn like a turtleneck to keep cold air out when wearing a parka, but it also works as a headband, and I'll put that on to help sooth the forehead/sinus stuff and go out to the garage to finish putting the preservative on the pickets. That fence panel is going up this weekend.


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

We finally have nice weather after a week of drizzle and rain, just in time for some work on the fence and yard. I visited a friend's yard today and he has the kind of shrub I'm putting in this week - and seeing how large his has grown, I am revising where I will put it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Oct 20 - 10:57 AM

Dupont:

I guess I have been working through some stuff. Watching lots of pottery youtubes and even asked a potter friend, "HOW do you...?" and gathering ideas, and materials/tools that can help me try some new ideas. Also, the 1780 house IS sold; I drove by a week or so ago and saw "VENDU" on the sign and had a moment of desolation, then, realizing R was in no state to have bought it, I moved on to relief that I no longer need to think about it - that is a major de-clutter!

But next concern comes back: the need for a place to pot here. Looked for a second hand garden shed and realized: not going to settle for something unsuitable and, anyway, R does not have time to help; he is up to his eyeballs de-cluttering his business life, taking truckloads of stuff to the scrapyard and organizing the rest - 10 hour days. A deadline looms. I will bring the small wheel back from Beaver and set up in a spare room here.

So, having done lots of pottery when I was at Beaver, I am stuck here and really needed to take in hand my need to DO something. And, if I make them, how do I get rid of them in the midst of covid safety?

Friends near Beaver are renting a space for Nov and Dec for a cooperative selling venue and I am in. Last eve I started packing up pots and will load the car today, added to the stuff I picked up at the mill yesterday. Maybe I will even get the DR back to normal before I leave. Leaving for Beaver tomorrow for as long as it takes to feel I am ready to come back for a visit!

Decided to pot the pepper plants today and bring them in. There is room in the TV room, an east window. It is going below freezing most nights now. OK: pot peppers, make applesauce for R, finish packing pots and load car...

No word from Dr re tests so I am assuming health. No more problems either. Promise I am being very careful.

Turned the heat on yesterday to about 60F. This is a big house and expensive to heat. I have been keeping a fire in the wood stove and the den has been toasty but not the rest. There is a cube heater in the Bathroom. And a throw in the TV room!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Oct 20 - 08:58 AM

I believe (though I have no proof) that crosswords are good for the aging mind. They force me to think laterally and to pay attention to word forms and nuances that don't occur naturally in conversation. The NYT crossword increases in difficulty through the week, from easy on Monday to thorny on Thursday (always a gimmick) to really quite a challenge on Saturday. Before Thanksgiving, I could usually power through the Saturday puzzle in 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how many clues depend on knowledge of American university sport.

I do them on my iPad, which I admit is close to cheating. I allow myself to look up certain factoids on Wikipedia: e.g., the names of rappers and hip-hop artists, and American sport arcana, such as the abbreviations of NCAA conferences.

Today I have already moved Edmund's computer and office furniture -- except a Billy bookcase that I have yet to unload -- out of his study and moved mine in. I am now pattering away on my Mac keyboard in what was originally a child's bedroom at the top of the stairs. At little more than eight feet by ten, it's just the right size for a home office, and -- unlike the study (originally the master bedroom) -- it is not cold in winter, so my hands don't turn gunmetal grey and seize up.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Oct 20 - 10:17 PM

You're ahead of me, I haven't done crosswords in years, though I used to. I wonder why I stopped? My mother did the crossword puzzles in ink, I always used pencil.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Oct 20 - 05:14 PM

Things are looking up. I had no trouble whipping through the New York Times crossword puzzle today. Okay, it’s only Wednesday; let’s see how I do on Saturday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Oct 20 - 11:53 AM

Solving computer problems is always a satisfying task. Keeping them up to date to begin with is a problem a couple of friends have, and I hesitate to offer to connect via remote desktop to work on their systems in case the problems they have are shared.

How are the cats adjusting to the change of furnishings around the house? Now that the destroyed chair is out of the picture, are they targeting a new piece as a scratching post?

We're in the middle of another drizzly day so my work entails drying dogs (the towel is by the back door), mopping up muddy footprints, and not spending the entire day munching. My alternate day fasting is happening but at a slower pace than I've done it before; most days I try to keep the calorie intake at a low "normal" level, and I do the low-calorie "fasting" days (about 5-600 calories in the middle of the day) just often enough to knock off a couple of pounds every two-to-three weeks. The fasting system works but it's difficult to stay on for a long time and more difficult to keep weight off if you just stop the fasting. Some of my current size jeans are getting loose, but I'm not into the next size down yet. Slow and steady. Having a functional knee again helps get more exercise, though the bursitis is still in the background. I'm employing stretches to try to resolve that (and the weight loss should help also).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Oct 20 - 11:12 AM

Seven kilos down this morning, and I wore the largest pair of last winter's jeans yesterday without discomfort, though they're still a shade tight.

Today I feel ever such a 21st-Century Fox (or perhaps cougar?), having researched an irritating thing about my Mac computer, found the solution, and executed it without error.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Oct 20 - 09:35 AM

A great clearance has been achieved with the packing and removal of Edmund's regular everyday clothes, most of which went to Goodwill. "Weekend wear" (jeans etc) and gym gear (with no sweat stains and all their buttons) went into the regular stream, and office-worthy clothes and shoes went to a program called ClothingWorks that distributes the garments to people who need better clothes than they can afford, either to get work or to get better work.

All that's left is formal wear, such as his kilt and doublet and his mess dress uniform, and a couple of sentimentally important items that no one else would want, such as the embroidered jean jacket he brought home from Afghanistan and wore All.The.Time.

Oh, and winter boots, of which he had many. Those I will pack up and deliver to Goodwill this week.

I'm sleeping a bit better. Still waking up at zero dark awful, but now dropping off again and waking for the day at about the normal time, which is, of course, cat o'clock.

I also secured a promise of skilled moving assistance when it's time to shift all the bookcases. Ron the furniture restorer and his antique dealer brother Tim agreed to do it (for a price), and, after seeing them haul out a very large walnut chest of drawers, I know they will do it right. One bookcase in particular, a large Victorian walnut number with glass doors, will require shoe horns and lubricant to extract it from the study; I never should have had it moved upstairs in the first place. The chest of drawers? Huge Victorian number from my great-grandfather's house in Beauport, desperately in need of rehab for splits and cracks, and the little bites out of the top finish where Edmund chucked his brass-buckled army-issue belt every damn' day for nearly 20 years.

Today I shall call Habitat for Humanity and arrange for the removal of half a dozen pieces of furniture that are excess to requirements: Edmund's computer desk, which is too high for me, and filing cabinets; at least one IKEA bookcase; and a futon sofa that converts to a queen-size bed. The futon was Edmund's bed before we got married, and we replaced the mattress and used it for a living room sofa in Ottawa. Here, it did not fit into the sitting room and we didn't need it for anything else, so it has been taking up space in the basement. No more of that.

I weighed myself this morning and found that I am down 6.5 kilos (a hair under 14.5 pounds) from 15 September. At this rate, last winter's jeans will be comfortably loose by the time the snow flies.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Oct 20 - 05:35 PM

This year few stores are carrying pie pumpkins. These are the variety that one steams and peels then freezes to use for pies and other pumpkin-y goodness. I found a store that I think has them so will make a trip in the morning, and shop for two other folks as well. Making a special run means it's a good time to spread the wealth. This is the first year I can ever remember having to drive to a different town to buy pumpkin.

It's a big push in the yard this week, because the weather will be perfect, we had a nice soaking rain on Friday, and the soil will be workable. It'll be both fence and landscaping.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Oct 20 - 06:25 PM

There is a Blu-ray DVD player in the kitchen under the laptop computer and connected to a TV on the wall. It turns out that player is now SO OLD the NetFlix app on it is out of date and won't play. Very little of the original software works. It still plays discs and I can plug a thumb drive into it to play mp4 files, etc. I have a spare Amazon Fire stick that I can put on that TV to remedy the NetFlix thing, or I could turn on the laptop and play NetFlix through it, but I mostly just use that TV for over-the-air viewing when I'm fixing meals (though the radio still gets the most use around here.)

I listened to Nottinghill while cooking - one I've seen so many times that it's like listening to radio - I pause to watch just occasional scenes. Good company when cooking, good songs to sing or dance along with. And this relish - lots of pans and bowls and equipment. It'll take a while to clean the kitchen but there are six pints that use up the last of the cucumbers from the garden. There are a couple of small ones out there that might grow large enough to put into salads, but the season is pretty well over. This adds to a nice haul from the garden that is only about 10' x 10'.

Now I need to think about what to do with the peppers. Probably freeze them. Poblano and jalapeno.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Oct 20 - 09:40 AM

Today we're getting the soaking rain I've waited for. Tomorrow or the next day will be perfect to plant the shrubs I brought home last week because the soil typically rock-hard soil will finally be pliable.

Horizontal surfaces need attention today. Most of them are out of sight.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 11:26 PM

Librarians refer to "linear feet." I donated about 13 linear feet of materials to the university Special Collections when my job was taken away and I wasn't willing to leave my work product and photo archive to others to trash or discard. It's quite a resource now.

There are serious collectors of American Civil War materials (books, etc.) You may want to do a little search on some of the items if they seem specialized or very old (I suggest BookFinder.com and eBay.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 10:53 AM

Today is my third day straight on the phone, cancelling subscriptions and changing accounts. Edmund's pack-rat tendency is surprisingly helpful here, as he kept cards for every damnable thing in his wallet, which consequently had a somewhat pregnant look. Right now, as I type, I am on hold with the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The local Goodwill outfit has a program that collects good men's clothes for job-seekers, and Edmund's suits, dress shirts and dress shoes will go there, on Friday if all goes well. I have to round up some boxes and bags, as he was quite the snappy dresser. I have sorted the library books out of the substantial collection in his office, and next week I will take a road trip to London to return them. It's possible that I may be able to donate Edmund's law-and-crime collection to the law library at the University of Western Ontario, and that will loosen up some swing space in the bookcases.

Some 10 shelf-feet of books (scholarly and otherwise) on the American Civil War are next on the out-the-door list.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 03:54 PM

It sounds like a wonderfully creative thing to be doing, Don.

I was working with wood today also, but in this instance it was picking up the pickets and cross members to replace part of the old fence at the side of the garage. Western red cedar pickets, treated 2x4 8' Douglas fir cross members. I'll lay the pickets out and paint on the wood preservative on all edges and sides before I put them up outside.

Since I was going to be painting on the preservative I thought I ought to treat the garage like it needed for this work, so I swept up a lot of leaves and grass that have gradually crept in.

I've remarked here several times about ordering a new trimmer, with a $10 off coupon, and deciding to save more money by having it shipped free to the store. So my purchase price was under $50, but I waited almost a month for it to finally arrive. It's a nice trimmer, so no complaints there. But a couple of days after I picked it up I got a call from FedEx asking for a street address because they can't ship to a P.O. Box, and I figured out that the package was from the same store. I had a tracking number and called the store and said I thought maybe someone had accidentally started the order again on one of the occasions I called to find out when it would arrive. I gave them the tracking number and said they should have it sent to them, if it wasn't the one I'd already picked up at the store. Then they'd have one in stock.

Today I got an email telling me my return had been received and I think they've credited back the full purchase price. I guess if they're going to take that long to ship they'll occasionally end up giving away the merchandise.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 08:43 AM

The first post I ever made to Mudcat was about this sideline of mine.
It was met with accusations of spam. I haven't mentioned it again till now. The scroll of the 300 year old baroque cello is like none other and is a lost art of devine eloquence. I have made a dolphin head cello, Tiger violin and a devil's violin with eyes that follow you in 3D out of an antique Stiener violin but I could never carve a Roccoco-ramic scroll like this one.
I have a duty to do the best I can for the legacy of this cello That I ressurrected from its seperate parts found in a barn in Maine 30 years ago. I made a dozen great finds from ebay back in its wild west days when people sold whatever they had on hand be it a Paris School JB Vuillaume or other great instruments from the 16-1700's. Those days are gone.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 06:57 AM

I have begun the project of restoring/finishing 4 cellos and 4 violins.
A matching burl violin and cello with a beautiful grain pattern of ghostly figures and faces in the wood, are first to be finished and set up. The cello is done this week.
Then an actual Virzi resonator violin neck repair. A 300 year old baroque cello that has had its wood stengthened for steel strings will be done by spring. Whoever made it originally created a masterpiece of tone and the most artistic carving I have ever seen.

I put a painting of 3 Clipper ships under full sail beneath a rainbow from a passing thunderstorm sailing beyond a distant lighthouse and will be finished with a whale at the bottom of a new violin back. The grain of the wood suggests the reflection of a sun beam on the water. I put the images beneath the varnish.
An old German shop cello with a lion head scroll will get the most powerful acoustic magnifying linings inside that I invented as well as a unique varnish I also invented. A modern backward violin needs a soundpost and set up. That leaves a 30 year old unvarnished cello that needs my imagination. Maybe leopard spots :^/


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Oct 20 - 02:10 PM

My dad was the same, at least with shoes. I filled a 24" tall U-Haul moving box with all of the walking/running shoes he accumulated. Tied the laces together to keep them pairs. It was like he was in the shoe of the month club for years. I calculated a fairly high-dollar donation rate per pair when I took them to St. Vincent DePaul's, and these were something they were really thrilled to get, barely-used comfortable men's shoes.

I gave his goose down parka to my tall daughter (every so often she turns up wearing it and I'm reminded again of Dad). Tons of bath towels (not so odd, though, since he lived at the beach). He filled a wall of shelves with pottery purchased from Sam Scott in Seattle. When friends and neighbors stopped by while I was working on the estate I had them step into the room and choose a piece, since likely he'd already given them something from this collection, and they'd have another piece to match. I still have a lot here and have sent it to siblings and cousins upon request.

Years earlier Dad sent me an interestingly knit zipper cardigan sweater from LL Bean, and I finally wore it out. At Dad's house I found not only his own sweater in that style, I found one in the plastic bag that was a spare! Joy! And the next door neighbor had the same one in my size they had inherited from one of their parents after they died. I ended up with three of my favorite sweater that was out of stock at LL Bean.

I didn't have much at all from Mom's house; that estate was complicated but also for years she had been a heavy smoker who lived in a damp house. The combination was deadly as far as ever getting the smell out of anything that had been in the house. All of the kids grew up ardent anti-smokers, as was Dad (they divorced decades earlier, but smoking was always an issue for everyone in the family.) My sister shipped me lots of Mom's fabric stash and it went through long pre-soaks with baking soda and repeated washes before it could be put in the same room with the rest of my fabric. Books are still musty if you get close to them. But I digress. . .

I just made two denim masks for a friend to take to her father for a long visit. She spent the last two weeks working at home, not going anywhere, to be able to walk safely into her elderly parents' home and spend 2 weeks while the sibling who lives nearby and is their regular caretaker goes on a long vacation. We discussed the style he would probably like, the type of ties, and when she said she wasn't sure if he'd wear the brighter or seasonal prints she had chosen for her mother I remembered some denim I've used so made two of them on the fly last night and she picked them up on the way out of town. Under the new "normal" you really have to work hard to be eligible to get those hugs!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Oct 20 - 10:01 AM

A month or so ago, I wrote that I was pretty well done de-cluttering, and boy howdy, was I wrong.

Edmund hoarded clothes and books. Over the last couple of days, I have emptied two chests of drawers literally stuffed with his t-shirts, socks, underpants, pyjamas, gym shorts, race shirts made of skithery technical fabrics, running tights, sweatpants and sweatshirts, fleece sweaters and rugby shirts. First it all went into laundry baskets, but there are only six in the house (who needs more?) and I filled them in an afternoon. Then I started stuffing the stained, torn and faded items into old Army-issue field laundry bags, and now there are three of those leaning up against the wall.

My brothers came down from Ottawa for the funeral, and they each left with a quantity of shirts, sweaters, jackets and workout gear. Big Brother now has the Canada Goose parka, and it makes him look like the offspring of a human and a firetruck -- it's long, puffy and scarlet, and BB is about six foot two and broad with it. Brother Andrew went off with a Luftwaffe flight jacket and a handknit Fairisle-type sweater from Orkney, among other things.

The main bedroom closet is still full. Unfortunately, neither of The Brothers shared Edmund's size in shoes or hats. The big closet has a four-tier rack of men's shoes and boots, with more in boxes on the floor and the shelf, and at least three closets contain stacks of hats. They will have to sit for a while and marinate.

Today, I shall go to church and have brunch downtown. The fridge is full of cooked food, thanks to other people, but the folks at the diner will be looking for me (I broke the news to them on Wednesday and there were tears and contraband hugs -- public health says no hugging people you don't live with). I will probably find my friend Yvonne (sings soprano in the choir) and her husband there as well.

Sur avec la guerre, as they don't say in France.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 02:50 PM

I dealt with both my parents’ papers, a task that involved a substantial donation to the National Archives of Canada of materials from my father’s ancestors in Quebec. My mother’s papers included a 32-volume diary written in legal-size hard-bound notebooks, and carbon copies of every damn letter she wrote after about 1960, plus the incoming correspondence. The diary ended up in the Archives, too — big tax credit for that.

Edmund’s papers will be a doddle by comparison. I have already filled the blue bin (recycling container for paper) with nearly a cubic yard of government bumph and research notes, and it’s on the front porch waiting for Monday. It was so heavy that I had to ask Neil-next-door to carry it downstairs for me. I will burn his old letters in the fireplace.

The funeral was a pale copy of what an Anglican funeral should be, because we were not allowed to sing. Sitting in a pew while the organist plays hymn tunes IS NOT AN ADEQUATE SUBSTITUTE!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 12:30 PM

When I worked on various family estates I found that all of the lifting and shoving and general walking around led to a desirable higher level of fitness. Just as well in this time of COVID-19 when going to the gym can be risky behavior.

Those houses where I was working weren't my home, so I set up a break station so I could stop for a cuppa tea and whatever baked good I'd brought with me for the day. It was also there for others who were in the house to help.

After several great aunts' household goods came my way I realized that I'm not a museum and I started selling things on eBay. This allowed me to learn about items, decide the appropriate value, and if there was a story behind the item it was included (I am a storyteller, so the backstory was sometimes the thing that helped the item sell). Quite a few things went to collectors, and I still have the photos but they don't take up space or collect dust. Just to splat an item and a photo on eBay is impersonal; I didn't spend a long time writing, but I did flesh out the listing.

At my Dad's house the donated items were assigned a value and used to reduce his tax bill for the year he died because I was the administrator.

I still have quite a few kitchen items from my father's house in use here, and they serve as daily reminders of his enjoyment of cooking (something he learned after my parents divorced). When I arrived at his house to work after he died I ended up using several of his heavy cardigan sweaters and have kept them for cool days when it isn't cold enough for my parka. I have a couple of his comfortable chairs for reading. The rest was distributed and donated.

Mainly, I have his music collection - his papers, recordings, reference books, and equipment. That I still need to do something with the print and audio resources to donate to the university where several other Puget Sound area Mudcatters have already donated their collections.

The files were probably the most personal part of his estate, and I worked his paper shredder overtime. You notice that I haven't offered any advice about how to emotionally process this - I'll just give the head's up that the files can be a really hard part to work on.

Take care. Stay safe. Come up for air several times each day, and talk to people regularly.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 09:14 AM

My mother died of cancer when I was 26 and my father was 61. At the time, I thought he was surprisingly brisk and calm, at times a little too brisk and calm. Now, I realize that he was working through a private checklist that the cool, intellectual part of his mind had compiled during the ugly last months of my mother's life.

So, a day or two after the funeral, he brought a big box into the kitchen and filled it with every warped pan and busted implement in the room, quite a haul as my mother was no cook and very hard on her equipment. He put me to work emptying my mother's chest of drawers and her side of the closet, and sent me out around town to give various keepsakes to a long list of her friends. Mum had compiled that list and designated the items herself, and it kept me busy for at least a month.

My husband was a collector and, under certain circumstances, he could have developed into a hoarder. Thanks to a decent salary, he could afford to indulge his taste for fine clothes, books about everything under the sun, camping and athletic equipment, electronic gadgets, and doohickeys of all kinds. Now I'm looking at it with a mental checklist: launder or dry-clean the clothes and rehome them, especially the valuable ones (hello, Canada Goose parka), as quickly as possible; start looking for book dealers; clear the kitchen of cast-iron cookware that he loved but is too heavy for me; stow all but one of the way too many coffeepots of various types and most of the coffee mugs in the Glory Hole for the next church bazaar, whenever that might be.

Likewise, several pieces of furniture will leave the house as soon as I can arrange their departure: a futon sofa that unfolds into a queen-sized bed (Edmund's napping sofa); a green leather La-Z-Boy settee that the cats savaged; two pine chests of drawers; and Edmund's office furniture, to wit: office chair, computer desk, writing table, full-height Billy bookcase from IKEA, and two two-drawer filing cabinets.

The bedroom we shared since we moved into this house is enormous, being as wide and about three-quarters as deep as the two-car garage upon which it was built. My voice echoes off the wall when I talk to the cat. So within the next couple of days I shall move into the guest room and my grandparents' Victorian bed, which I inherited from Dad and used after I divorced Mr Wrong, until Edmund and I got married. At more than six feet tall and solid with muscle, Edmund was a bit big to share an old-fashioned double bed.

The original master bedroom in this house is currently the study, with six bookcases and a filing cabinet, plus my computer desk, printer and my old drop-front writing desk. I will move my desk and computer into Edmund's office, along with the filing cabinet; with any luck, it will be a bit warmer in winter than the study, which is on the windward side of the house. That room will become the new guest room, with the queen-sized bed I shared with Edmund, and the huge bedroom will become a library-cum-family room, with all the bookcases, the TV and the sofa.

That should keep me running around until at least Easter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: mg
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 05:14 PM

So sorry to think of what you are going through right now, Charmion.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 11:59 AM

If you have Alexa in your phone you can tell it to play that station at the time you want. I think. I haven't tried it myself, though I did get a second Amazon echo/dot thing this week to put in the front room where I need to be working more and there's no radio, tv, etc.

Second and final shingles shot today so I'm all caught up now with the available immunizations.

It looks like weather is moving in today, with a little rain possible behind the outflow boundary that is passing over right now. It's getting to be better cooking weather every day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 07:32 AM

In the last few days, I’ve had the radio on almost non-stop, usually tuned to a Sirius satellite station that plays nothing but classical music and does not do news, weather or sport at the top of the hour or any other time.

It’s years since we had any need for a clock-radio in the bedroom, what with Edmund’s insomnia and the cats’ uninhibited penchant for timely breakfast, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a CBC app for the phone that streams whatever is coming out of its various network stations. Now I just have to figure out how to make the phone automatically play the six a.m. news from CBLT in London.

That’ll give me something to do when the tumult and shouting of the funeral are done and all the out-of-town rellies have departed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 10:53 AM

More cucumbers mean enough for more pickles; maybe relish this time. I have a really good green tomato relish recipe that I could substitute the cucumbers in.

I'm listening to a lot of classical music this week. I typically change over to the classical station during the public radio pledge drives (last week) but I can't stand to listen to the nonsense coming out of the senate this week.

The sprinkler is running this morning; later this afternoon once it has sunk in a bit I'll do so weeding, planting, and mulching.


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

It's a nice time of year so I'm headed to volunteer at the Botanic Garden outdoors soon - things like raking leaves need to be done and certainly provide the social distancing I am careful about. The knee limited what I could do last fall and spring, but now the gardens are open and my knee is in working order.

I think I've solved the itchy dog problem (I don't know if I've mentioned baths and a rinse in case soap was left on them) but I finally remembered that the biggest dog, a lab, got 3 Zyrtec a day (calculated by the vet) and that helped. So I've started the two itchy dogs on it and hope this helps because as much as they drive me nuts with the licking and scratching, it has to be driving them insane. Thank goodness Costco sells a generic in relatively inexpensive bulk.

Sometimes just remembering how you used to do something is a great discovery - I was working my way through the list of things I was going to need to try (I had already tried the extra rinse and switching food, but I remember now the vet said the dog was probably allergic to the grass in the back yard, so as long as the food is wheat free it won't make a difference). The food is an easy fix and I can go back to the regular stuff once the current kibble is used up.


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