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

Stilly River Sage 23 Dec 18 - 01:31 PM
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Subject: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 18 - 01:31 PM

Getting a jump on the New Year by starting this a little early. The other thread ran for two years, and most people probably know about clicking on the little 100d next to the numbers of posts, but for those reading on tablets or phones, shorter threads are more accessible. So we'll start out with a space easy for lurkers and regulars to read on any device.

The past thread can be read in it's entirety here. There are other threads that can be located by searching the forum for "De-clutter" or "Declutter." There have been a few spin off threads, the most remarkable being the one several years ago in which LilyFestre received a cancer diagnosis and the discussion was moved to a thread that allowed everyone to focus on that topic. (She recovered and is doing great!)

Katlaughing started these, our late Mudcat moderator and writer, crafter, and grandmother of Morgan. We all became Mudcat aunties to Morgan as we learned of his adventures.

Most of the time we just keep tabs on progress here, sometimes it is used as a place to posts lists and goals that can be easily found (versus writing a note to oneself and losing it in the house or office clutter.) Lurkers drop in, and it's my observation that most of them are less chatty and more efficient in the tasks they decide to take on than some of us who putter along pushing the extra stuff slowly out the door. Those lurkers are often heard from only a couple of times, at the beginning and end of the personal episode they are reporting on.

We all have a music connection but this is less about music and more about achieving harmony with the stuff in our houses.

If you're in a hurry to get to the task, there is the practice of döstädning, which translates to “death cleaning.”


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Dec 18 - 03:59 PM

PA:

For those new to this group, I'm close to finishing a 4-year downsize and move from 5000+ (two stories) sq ft in PA to our 1000 sq ft (one story) SE Ohio retirement home. I've gone back and forth delivering furniture, etc with open cargo trailers, vans, and a rented truck.

I'm close to the end of a month in PA to enjoy our last Christmas here and NOT to pack ANYTHING, for a change, until we throw a few essential items into our van when Greg retires January 1. We'll come back for a quick March trip to empty the house of last furniture pieces and boxes.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 10:55 AM

As you say, Stilly, some of us lurk more than others.

The move from Ottawa successfully decluttered us of a great deal of clag, and I am pleased to note that I don't miss it one bit. What's more, I'm pretty sure Himself doesn't miss it, either.

We still have far too many books, but they are here to stay; if I were to launch any kind of library purge, let alone a major sweep, I would get fierce push-back. Instead, I focus on switching to ebooks as much as possible. Pulp novels work just as well on screen as on paper -- maybe better, as ebooks don't collect dust.

I confess to being a dust denier. I also have a great talent for ignoring spider webs. One of these days I'll get me one of those long-handled wool things for taking down spider webs from ceilings, but on the whole I'm not in any hurry.

And now that we have a kitchen range with a self-cleaning oven, life is seriously good. I recommend the self-cleaning oven to anyone out there who is still messing with caustic soda, or putting off cleaning the stove because caustic soda is scary stuff. Yes, a new stove with a self-cleaning oven is expensive, but so worth it. Stay out of Starbucks for the foreseeable future and put your latte money in a Mason jar; in a year, you can get yourself a new stove with a self-cleaning oven. Just do it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 11:00 AM

Charmion, agreed about the oven. Mine is the lowest end stove that includes a self-cleaning feature, and I used it last week.

It's time for a xmas eve run past the recycle bin before people fill it up with the annual glut of corrugated cardboard from gift giving. And to pick up a few remaining ingredients for dinner tonight.

I've cleaned up the kitchen and finally this morning took the glass full of xmas cactus pieces and planted them in a dozen small terracotta pots that are now stored in my sunroom window and hopefully some will sprout and be nice gifts next year. The kitchen window sill is much clearer since several other things went into the donate or the e-waste bin. I have a box of the "still good but I can't use" stuff that my ex and the kids can pick over before it goes to Goodwill.

Cookie distribution to a few close-by neighbors will begin a little later today.

Have a good holiday season, whatever you celebrate. We don't practice a religion so we celebrate family and the opportunity to get together and laugh (and bicker) over the preparation of a meal that is at least partly composed of family recipes from my ex's mother. The kids grew up with my cooking, that's not a mystery, but we want them to know how to make a few of the dishes their father grew up with in Puerto Rico. We take a risk every year because chances are that more than once during the cooking he's going to say "that's NOT how you're supposed to do it" or "you forgot the X ingredient." We are saving our gift giving until later in the week when the fourth of our family group will arrive.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 06:16 PM

We celebrate Christmas in this house. Our Christmas tree has been up for about 2 weeks and as of last night, all the presents are wrapped and Christmas cards are done, waiting to be sent. We spent some time working together to tidy up the house today and then have been just enjoying the day as we please.

Tomorrow we will celebrate in our traditional fashion and then I return to work the following day. It's a difficult time of year for many of my clients so off to work I go. The full moon on top of the holiday will be interesting to be sure. My decorations are still up at work and will need to come down. I have a lovely windowsill in my cubby and will need to decide what to do with it once all the holiday decorations are done. Currently I have a cute little nativity set lining the window, a winter bird and a framed photo of my family that is winter themed with the word JOY on it. I also have a small tree decorated in maroon, browns and antiqued gold ornaments, some beads and teeny tiny white lights. I've really enjoyed that and maybe will keep the tree until New Year's.

As for normal household work, I tidied up in the kitchen and bathroom today. Pete has almost 2 weeks off and will be redoing the bathroom floor while I'm at work. The current flooring is now over 20 years old and past it's prime. On Friday, we picked out a few different flooring samples to bring home and try out....I think we have settled on a mottled gray floor....it's much darker than what we currently have but we are both up for a change. While we were at the store, we also looked into glass tiles for a backsplash in the kitchen. It's much more affordable than I thought it would be and looks fairly simple to install....we shall see.

I'm off to make tacos....Jeremiah's request for this Christmas Eve dinner.

Merry Christmas and Love to all!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 08:28 AM

PA:

The game's afoot.

(What often looks like planning, here, has sometimes actually been the result of going to bed or waking up wits the semi-conscious thoughy: "HOW the EFF am I going to EVER get outta here!" And then my semiconscious auto-pilot creates a scope and sequence to fit.)

So that inner sense woke up this AM screaming, and we're discussing how that's MY process these last 4 years, not Greg's. (HIS process is more like how we always get going on vacation.) So we're laughing about the eggs I thought I'd make this AM that were just thrown out, and smoothly adjusting to mesh!

But it's beginning-- that afooting game -- and it's exciting!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 04:53 PM

I have just signed up to the "What do you promise to do in 2019?" thread and that is, to massively de-clutter this house and double garage we've had for 32 years! Yes, it's that "don't leave it to your kids" thing, with us both being over 70, albeit both having had long surviving parents (all went to late 80s or first half of 90s, despite 3 out of 4 having been smokers!) Haven't been able to put either car in the garage for at least 15, if not 20, years, because of all the assorted bits of wood, stuff from our parents' houses, stuff that might possibly be mendable (NOT, but himself thinks it is!)
And heaven knows what's up in the loft! And "summerhouse" woth various unridden for years bikes, etc. And glasshouse, and shed.....
We are both retired so the job bit doesn't come into it, tho' the life bit does: "don't know how I ever had time to go to work" - then there's music (me), rugby, gardening (him), culture in a city renowned for it, minding the grandchildren (both) .......


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 05:47 PM

Something has messed up my main computer and restore isn't working. If I refresh the software I lose my installed apps and some of them I don't have disks for.

Logging on via my laptop just to see that one computer is working. The Microsoft update may have caused the cascade of failure in my security software.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 08:12 PM

Best of luck, Tattie Bogle!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 01:00 AM

I think the problem is the security software (Kaspersky) not the Windows. It used to be more highly rated; I don't know if it merely got pushed aside with this current administration wrangling over Russia (Kaspersky was taken out of US govt computers) or something else. After several attempts to fix the Windows, and being unwilling to lose all of the software already installed, I will use the security software from my Internet provider (the price is right, and it's Norton - I think I can run thirty devices using that software if I want. I have three.) This afternoon was quiet after the comraderie this morning; friends went out to movies and if the computer hadn't seemed to be a pressing problem, I would have gone. Maybe tomorrow.

I have a handful of things for Goodwill, and yesterday dropped off recycling. The bins were completely empty, in preparation for the recyclables generated today. I sold and shipped two eBay items and have identified a few more things to list soon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 08:51 AM

PA:

Departure fever will, this time, result in gathering up loose trash and goodwill as we check each room.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 09:40 AM

Three weeks into this bout of bronchitis, having completed the course of antibiotics and faithfully huffed all the doses from all the puffers, I am still coughing. If not quite as violently convulsive as it was at its peak, it’s loud, phlegmy, and definitely not the kind of thing you want to hear in the grocery store. Or, indeed, anywhere else. So Christmas was a bit isolated: just Himself, the cats and me — and the cough.

I was sick enough that no decorating was done, and fancy cooking was limited to a roast duck. Fortunately, there was a Christmas pudding in the freezer from last year, when I made a whole flock of them.

Tomorrow we take the road to Windsor, to see Himself’s sisters and to get our festive ticket punched with the extended kin-group. Alas, the cough is coming with us ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 12:12 PM

As far as illness near the holiday goes, I got lucky with the type that visited, a virus that was unpleasant for a couple of days and led to careful food choices for a couple more, but didn't cancel the holiday or cooking. This bug seems to be making the rounds, but since it isn't transmitted by a cough or sneeze as far as I know, it's really sneaky.

My decorating is modest by modern standards, I think, and I've put most of it off, but the whole family will be here over the weekend so I'll put some garland on the mantle and a couple of other favorite ornaments around. Our delayed holiday could, in theory, give us the opportunity to do deeply discounted gift shopping but no one is such a glutton for punishment. Stores are not to be approached this time of year.

There is a lot to do around the house for the next few days so decluttering isn't a huge focus, but since things are being pulled out that are seasonal, I can choose to thin collections of things on the fly.

The dogs and I went for a two-part walk today; the exercise around a large block, then the excursion into the woods across the road. We haven't gone often because it was bad for ticks this year, and it's warm now, so I still need to check everyone over. Next time we head over I'll take my clippers because there were a lot of greenbriar across the path. Fitness for all of us, and an attitude adjustment for the newest dog who has gotten progressively rowdy lately and needed a reminder of who is the pack leader. When we go for the walk it is the dogs' job, ala Cesar Milan, and I am in charge. And after the walk, breakfast. They had a lovely morning of it!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 12:11 AM

I have quite a stash of beads, fake rhinestones, glitter, seed beads, etc. and tonight I worked on embellishing a felt stocking that was quickly assembled last year at this time, when on spur of the moment I pulled out the felt, handed my childhood felt stocking to my daughter as the model, and along with some gold bric-a-brac and a contrasting color felt, she made two quick stockings for two visiting-durable-partners-who-aren't-yet-spouses. I promised myself they'd be tarted up for this year. Only one of them will be in use this year, and that one has more contrasting felt characters (reindeer and sleigh), and various sequins and beads attached. And a bit more to come. What else are these little packs of sparkly things going to be used for? If I need more in the future I know where to get them.

Tomorrow I start working on a man's plaid flannel shirt. Better to get the smaller stocking task out of the way first. My goal is to have the shirt on a hanger in plain view on our gift-giving day (probably Sunday). Technically it's last year's gift, but the shopping for fabric and pattern and such was so close to xmas last year that the shirt wasn't made. And it was put off, but now I have time and a clear dining room table and I really love the magic of assembling a garment. It goes from being yardage to something someone you love will wear for many years to come. This is probably an 8-10 hour project so I should get some good movie viewing in (background noise/accompaniment) in the next couple of days. I listened and glanced up at the Kennedy Center Honors while I worked on the stocking.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 11:32 AM

I am not a crafty person, and I read the accounts of those who are with a degree of bemusement. It's quite clear to me how crafters are even more vulnerable to the clutter bug than most people. When you can credibly whip up cute novelties out of this 'n' that, how could you bear to throw anything out?

My artisanal skills are limited to food, so I have a freezer full of chicken carcasses because, you know, soup ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: mg
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 02:10 PM

I love the idea of quilting so whenever i get the urge i buy material i like and send to quilters at rosebud reservation in sd. Some support their families this way. If you have extra cloth. Thread, batting etc. They might like it but check first. I donot have a good address now


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 18 - 01:03 PM

Mary, do they make a quilt for you, or is sending the fabric more along the lines of "wait a few moments and the urge will pass"?

Tweaking eBay listings to see what will budge some of them. One is offered regular price and shipping is extra. Another price is raised by the shipping costs and offered "free shipping." Seriously, people don't do the math, at least, some people don't.

The last few days were unseasonably warm, but now we're back to clear and very cold weather. I did some yard work in the warm weather and walked the dogs and emptied one of the compost buckets beside driveway door (it breaks down more there before I take it to the heap in the back yard). Yesterday the trash wasn't picked up, staggered a day due to the holiday (no one got that memo - trash was out up and down the street), so this morning when it was all still at the curb a red sedan pulled up at the end of my driveway and sat for a bit. Then someone got out and picked up the discarded hose piled on top of the trash bag. Fine. I gave them a little privacy with the hose, but the idiot was blocking view of the trash when the trash collection truck went by so everyone else's trash was picked up - except mine. Minus one hose. I've carried the bag back up to the bin next to the garage.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 Dec 18 - 06:38 PM

Beaver:

Robin arrived before Christmas and has de-cluttered tremendous quantities of ice and snow from strategic areas. And moved items from house to van that were too heavy for me. And made the back sheds more accessible. I have cooked - and de-cluttered frig and freezer!

Today was above freezing (+3C) and much ice was eradicated!!

He has yet to install shelf in utility room and remove, and replace, moldy, icky looking caulk around bath tub. My big requests.

We attended two wonderful Community Christmas dinners and met a new interesting human, explored further north, visited Madonna House on the beautiful Madawaska River and intend to go back tomorrow for a tour - to view the Russian style chapel in the woods - and a visit to a ---Arghhh! --- used book store of considerable interest. Have managed not to acquire more stuff but ... Oh, an antique and very interesting electric waffle iron; we have not ascertained if it works. It looks older than the one we had when I was a child but not as old as the one I have that is designed to sit on a gas or wood stove.

R arrived with a copy of the very interesting, and appropriate, book The Organized Mind by David J. Levitin.

At the moment he is snoring while waiting to go to the 7-11 Cafe, hosted by my dear musician friend of 40 years. Wakey, wakey!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Dec 18 - 11:49 AM

PA:

Wakey, wakie indeed. Last wknd of parochial ministry here is off with a bang-- tiny wedding today (shortly), last Sat svc tonight, 3 liturgies tmrw including two YUGE ones. Decks are cleared to fully be present at all and record several.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 18 - 10:33 PM

Cutting out a pattern for a shirt this evening I realize that they've changed a lot over the years. I thought the tissue paper was as thin as it would ever be, but it's gossimer now. And they save ink by not printing on various things like seam allowances. And along the edge I see that it isn't 5/8th of an inch in all instances, they seem to expect me to be using a serger. I'll check with my daughter tomorrow since she has used these more recently than I have. Ironic that just last week I found the right sized box to store all of my old patterns in, the ones I've bought in the past and never made or made, but that have more heft and information.

This time of year in cold weather and right after the holidays is generally a pretty good time of year to sell things on eBay, so I'll be busy with that as soon as the various holiday activities subside. A family event tomorrow and friends over for lunch on New Year's Day and then I'll get that stuff listed. I've photographed several items already.

I don't have any resolutions to declare or act on, I have the usual things I'm trying to accomplish year round to keep me busy. But every so often an idea of how to do something in a new way will be presented or will pops into my head, and it probably happens with each of you also. So here's wishing you luck finding those good ideas or helpful goals as you move through the new year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: KarenH
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 04:20 AM

When working in the kitchen, take a dishcloth and place it under your right foot, being careful not to lose it when moving about. This ensures that if any crumbs are dropped in the kitchen they are not trodden into the carpets when you move around the house. Just one tip I picked up this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 11:03 AM

That's fine if you live alone, but I have dogs! No crumb on the floor goes undetected for long. On the other hand, my dogs might tear up or eat a towel on the floor. One of them drags all sorts of things out into the yard via the dog door. :)

Family is coming over today so the dogs got an early walk. When we started out Pepper was all alert and twitching around on her shared lead with the lab (a double or split lead clips onto the leash), but after a couple of blocks she settled into the pace with the other two. That helps reduce her excitement a little for the day ahead and gives us all some necessary exercise.

Sounds like today is going to be a big/sad/happy/emotional one in a particular part of Pennsylvania. I hope you have a great time, Susan!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 07:42 PM

PA:

Omg


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Hrothgar
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 07:56 PM

Charmion, there is nothing wrong in being a dust denier.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 08:45 PM

Beaver:

Uh,oh! Trip to the bookstore netted two boxes of books (his) and three books for me. Very interesting: The Healing Trees by Robbie Anderman is an excellent resource on using tree leaves, bark, twigs, etc, for healing - very specific and clearly laid out - for the Northeastern woodlands.

No shelf yet as there are too many books to read! However, after R cleared the doors to the cabinet in front of the house (beside the front door) - designed for pottery storage - which has migrated to the screen house - I realized there are two folding tables in there, one of which might be used to lay out fabric for cutting purposes and then returned to the cabinet; I could sew something! I also use the cabinet to store trash until making a dump run, which we did today - about 6 weeks netted one small bag of recycling and two of trash. All paper goes into the wood stove.

The 3 current boxes of pots, soon to be 4 or 5, will go to Quebec next trip as Mary informs she has money for me, meaning she has sold a number of pots. YAY! I must keep her shop "cluttered" with pots!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 12:00 AM

We had several cooking things on the agenda for our family holiday and while it all turned out, I think it's safe to say that we wore out everyone by overdoing it. While the kids were still here I pulled out my phone calendar, navigated to Dec. 25, 2019, and entered "grill steaks or chicken or get takeout" for that holiday as a reminder.

As people cooked I cleaned as I could and the dishwasher is running a second load right now. Having a clean kitchen at the end of a long day like this is a gift to me tomorrow.

One of the dogs must have swallowed something after I let them into the house; I didn't want any tripping or problems while we cooked or opened gifts so they were in the yard for several hours. He might have eaten dirt in the yard, or might have grabbed who knows what - paper? plastic? a washcloth? Whatever it was, he's drooling all over the place now. I'll see how he is in the morning and we may have a vet visit in our very near future. That will declutter the wallet.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 08:04 PM

The pooch seems to have recovered from whatever ailed him. And I'm about recovered from that full day of cooking - I didn't cook a thing today except warm leftovers. Tomorrow I have more cooking to do and that's plenty soon enough.

eBay has been picking up since it's cold out and more people are poking around on the computer during the holidays. I have to keep puttering with those listings.

My daughter asked for an organizing book on her xmas list this year, the one by Marie Kondo; the reviews of this book lead me to believe the content is rather esoteric so I gave her partner my favorite organizing book, Don Aslet's Clutter's Last Stand. He has a straightforward approach and discusses the psychology of why we keep and fail to discard so many things. The kids know that if there are old things around here that they no longer want and they are found to sell on eBay that I'll add ours into play and send it out the door.

Finishing paperwork and doing some filing as a year-end activity, and keeping the dogs in when the neighborhood fireworks start. And as I flip over to Antiques Roadshow their first items this evening are fine art found in thrift stores by the woman who brought them in. Oh, my.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 09:42 PM

Beaver:

No fireworks out here in the swamp!!! No precipitation for the next couple days so R can go back to Montreal safely! Shelf installed! Bathtub job in progress. Several books read! A fun week generally. No work in studio at all. After he leaves I shall try to get back on track, however, Mary informs she is having to move the shop so may not have a lot of space. But there are a few things that folks have requested, so I shall do what I can and take it to Quebec when I go - whenever that will be. Did a laundry today so he can wear the clothes in which he arrived and keep "here" clothes here for next time.

Ahh! the tub is done with sparkling clean white caulk! Super YAY!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 11:29 AM

I agree with you, Stilly, on the superiority of Aslett over Kondo with respect to clutter theory. Aslett does not get into the joy potential of stuff; he's all about the utility. The older I get, the more I agree with him.

Should I find myself on my own again (God forbid), I would send the whole houseful of stuff to auction and move to a bed-sit within tottering distance of the public library.

Marie Kondo's approach is too emotional, in my opinion, and no check on the true hoarder. My mother could have quite honestly said that she derived joy from every single plate, cup, Royal Doulton figurine, stack of newspapers, box of doorknobs, shelf of books, pile of books on the floor, bag of old letters, etc., etc., packed into her very large house.

I'm still a bit coughy and shaky, but determined to launch the new year as I hope to continue, with a productive visit to the gym and a nice supper of mushroom omelette. There's enough bread in the freezer to last us a couple of weeks yet, so baking is not on the agenda. I must, however, attack the messy basement TV room with the full force of vacuum cleaner and duster; even I cannot deny that the pattern of the Bokhara rug is disappearing under the accumulation of cat hair.

To infinity and beyond! Or at least to the gym. That's infinity enough for me right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 11:40 AM

Not a resolution, just a realization over the last couple of weeks that I've moved forward from the recovery stage after retirement and now I need to subscribe myself to enough activities and a part-time job to fill the general human social requirements that going to the job in the past fulfilled. Doing this without the toxic stew of bad management should be beneficial. I must have dreamt about getting a job last night because I remember thinking I'd been so tired from the first day at work that I overslept and was late on the second. Not sure where that job was. This is a cognate to the forgot-to-drop-the-college-class-and-now-it's-finals dream.

Late in the afternoon on Monday someone bought the antique tea pot I'd had listed forever on eBay. I had dropped it to within a dollar of what I paid for it (Goodwill) and was ready to pull it next month and take it back to Goodwill. Lesson learned - if it isn't a regular item on eBay that you can see routinely sells, leave it at the thrift store. It's time of year to do a few clearance listings since I seem to have a glut of some items I routinely pick up every time I see them.

And as a parting observation this morning, I turned on (and muted) the Rose Parade. The Rose Queen and court are on the screen now - and amazingly, the Rose Queen is wearing her glasses! You never see a beauty queen wearing glasses.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 05:23 PM

The ornaments are all off the tree and the tree is out of the house and will soon be put to good use. Pete and I selected the flooring for the bathroom and although we had hoped to get it all down during the break, it just didn't happen. Some other repairs around the house took precedence and I am completely happy with at least having made a decision.

In just a few minutes, I'll be doing some picking up of other decorations and rearranging the living room back to normal. The floors have been swept and mopped already so that's all done.

I worked yesterday and then hit 4 grocery stores, gassed up the Subaru and picked up a pizza for our New Year's Eve get together. We spent the evening at my Mom's playing cards....Uno Spin to be exact. It was a fun evening for everyone!

Happy New Year Everybody!
All My Best,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM

PA:

Departure prep gently began today with prepping containers for upstairs, to go up with us at bedtime-- a 55 gal trash bin lined with a bag that size and a recycle bin to use as a catcher to bag up goodwill items.

The first attack is the master BR closet, because off season items are stored there in zipped garment bags (the wide ones for portable closets, etc. Greg brought home the next segment of his vestments collection-- the antique set is presently hanging unprotected in the dusty laundry room, so two of these zip bags are coming down to shield those pending March truck-packing.

That BR in general is full of depressing litter to sort/wash/purge, and I figure tidying our room will hopefully motivate the next steps. Before we can start packing the van, we need to unload some of what we brought home from our church work spaces... and make final decisions on what to take and which day to hit the road. Neither of us has that vision quite yet.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 07:04 PM

I forgot to add that Jeremiah and I have added some dance activity to our daily schedule....about 20 minutes worth or so...great fun!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 07:33 PM

Beaver:

The montreal house

I may or may not have done the "blue clicky"... Thought you might enjoy seeing the house in its new incarnation - after R spent a month, almost full time, clearing it of excess stuff. Amazing what a pro photographer can do. Looks beautiful if you do not know the K is barely usable and the travail of living in a house while it is being shown - so one cannot really LIVE in it.

Life here is cosy. Snow is under control. Wood pile is accessible. R worked hard and even took a long walk in the woods on this beautiful day. I hemmed a pair of his pants and am waiting for him to try them before doing two more pairs. The clothes he came with are clean and ready to wear back to Montreal. The frig and freezer are nicely de-cluttered, as R plans to leave tomorrow. I shall endeavour to get back to Keto. I have no idea when I will leave for Montreal. The "new" house is still in limbo.

Could not open the van due to freezing so stuff that would have been stored is still clutter in house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 09:10 PM

This afternoon I finished making a favorite dish that is the annual gift for my ex; the other evening we made a different dish for dinner and he took home the extra. It makes sense to give him consumable gifts since he usually tends to buy himself whatever he needs during the year. He'll put it in the freezer in single portions and use them up over the next few months. The house is going to smell like oil for a couple of days but at least the kitchen is cleaned up again. There isn't a dollar amount to attach to this kind of gift, but it is one that is exactly what he wants and my pocketbook is happy at the low cost. The value-added is in the preparation and cooking.

The dogs and I are going to watch a movie in the living room this evening - the dog cover on the sofa can be covered with a towel for me and if they want to hop up and join me we'll have a good scratch-and-tickle time. It'll be a treat after the noise last night that the youngest dog found to be quite frightening. The neighbors apparently set off artillery shells in their yards on the other side of our creek. Shotguns? Firecrackers? M-80s?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 09:28 AM

PA:

Recruiting help today. Closet tasks done before my back quit.

We hope to set departure date today.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 11:43 AM

Day two of the year dawned with sleet coating all of the tree branches and tiling the patio cover. It's now raining but travelling out is not advised, so it was good thing I caught the mail carrier at the porch and handed over the eBay box that ships today. She's out there in layers: rain pants and jacket, rubber galoshes and a rain-proof safari hat. I put the barky blue heeler into my office so she wouldn't bark at the door but the lab insisted on pushing through the door to greet her (no barking, just wags). We have to work on door etiquette with the youngest one.

Time to start a new expanding 12-slot file for bills for the year. I started this system a long time ago and for the occasions when I have to go back to find a receipt or prove I paid a bill it is an invaluable resource. I have two that I use, meaning that I'll take the contents of the file from 2017 and bundle them all together into a large manila envelope and reuse that file because the most recent past year is probably the only place I have to search. After a few years I shred or burn the contents of the old folders after giving contents a cursory glance.


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

PA: Departure set for Sunday AM-- that'll be different. Help recruitment is underway. Departure tasks have been identified and allocated. We're making a point of doing fun along with work, along with watching the weather to avoid doing things in ice or mud better done in sunshine. Hockey game Friday!

But omg!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM

Beaver:

WOW! susan is almost on her way! It has been a long and difficult journey to get to this point. May the change be everything you have hoped it would be. Bon voyage to this new phase of life.

De-cluttered of R! It was wonderful having him here for almost 12 days. As I worried about him leaving early enough to get to Montreal at a reasonable time: 10 passed, then 11, then we had to go to the Thrift Warehouse before he left... a cabinet that would fit in a specific space and improve the situation, so we came back for the pick-up and went back for the solid wood cabinet---Oops! too tall when we got it into house! I need to find someone to cut off about 8 inches and re-do it in a civilized manner. Then it will do the job and two other cabinets will go elsewhere and the china show case will finally have a home base. Maybe Dan can do it... It would have been perfect but for the ladder to the upstairs.

In the meantime, R left about 2 and phoned from Renfrew at 4 to let me know he was now going to be on civilized roads for the rest of the trip. After he stops at places of interest - thrift shops...

He really is recognizing that he has too much stuff and seriously looking at a future of divesting. Another dozen or so books today. Reading The Organized Mind was helpful in many ways. Also an intro to Thich Nhat Hanh via a little calendar I bought for my grandson. I was stunned that R had never heard of this amazing human; he loved the quotes in the calendar.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 08:44 PM

Thx DP. Tdy we especially focused on FUN, which we two intense and cerebral ppl don't come to easily. We're way too good at crises, so we simplified the packlist in favor of couple-health!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 11:28 PM

I figured out how to download the monthly free e-book from the University of Chicago Press (BatGoddess originally told me about these books) into my Fire tablet. Each month Chicago offers a free eBook, but I didn't want to have to sit at the computer to read it. I figured out that downloading the $2.99 "Aldiko" app and "side-loading" - moving the downloaded book from the computer via cable to the Amazon Fire - will let me read the books on the more reader-friendly tablet. Books on the tablet don't take up any space.

On the culinary front, I added some of the odds and ends in my fridge to a batch of beans, and after a bowl for dinner I saved a bowl's-worth for this week and the rest is frozen in jars for later.

Unreleated to clutter, is anyone else struggling to remember what day of the week it is this first week of the year?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 06:58 AM

Free audiobooks? Librivox.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Kim C
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 09:28 AM

I collected two big bags of clothes for donation, which made room for me to hang up things I actually do wear.

One piece at a time, I reckon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 12:44 PM

Ah. Corrected to read "e-book." I have audiobooks covered as far as listening. I'll look into Librivox as another source.

Yes, Kim, absolutely one piece at a time! It doesn't take much to notice that a chair in the bedroom no longer has clothing draped on it or that your dresser top has been organized. I did a big purge in the closet last summer and still enjoy the benefits of actually looking at clothes I can wear and not having a bunch of too-small garments hogging the space. Some of the removed clothes are in a bin on the shelf because I do expect to eventually fit back into them, but a lot were either put in eBay or sent to Goodwill.

I've decided to do a month of the "no spend" exercise I did a couple of years ago, in particular to make myself draw down even more the fridge and freezer. I'll use my favorite deeply-discounted grocery outlet for the fresh stuff I need (I use yogurt as a major source of dairy and they also have a lot of produce.) The local museums have free attendance days that I'll start taking more advantage of. I made it through several months the last time before a whole bunch of bills kind of blew it out of the water, but the previous months did put me in a better position to deal with those bills.

Here's a starting point, an article from 2015 that doesn't seem to be promoting products along the way. And here's a frugal living article. They offer a link to how to stockpile groceries and frequently used goods, though I suspect anyone who has been following along these threads has that down pat. Trying to get rid of the extra stockpile is part of our effort, but smart shopping never hurts. A recent Lifehacker article.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 05:13 PM

PA:

That reacher-grabber reduced an overwhelming BR mess to manageable chaos (order) this aftn while Greg briefly napped. We're both making great progreys on the long task list we made ydy.

It's frustrating that this time there are so many tasks that can only actually be done at the last minute-- the morning we depart. We never left the PA house empty for vacation either in winter or for 60-90 days. But essentially they're just the sorts of things we've done for every vacay here the last 25 years. (It just feels crazy but actually isn't.) And we're having trouble meshing our schedules/body rhythms-- it will settle into place better once we're in Ohio.

The number of things we can't do today though DOES "force" us to have a little more fun. It's all good. I just don't like this little part!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 07:37 PM

PA:

Departure plan:

Tentative plan as of Thursday eve:
Tonight - puttering thru DR prep and other in-house stuff till early bedtime w benadryl

Friday - latish wakies to omelets and earlywarm aftn van rearrange/preloading; oil change & probable last Elmira hockey evening.

Saturday - rainy day, prep of hitch load and prep of house closing/food and misc containerizing; preload what can be and stage the rest on back porch; poss landlady house tour

Sunday - early AM complete loading and leave by noon for projected dry route w poss Sunday arrival by 10pm; option for crash and burn overnight if/where needed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 08:30 PM

This thread will prove invaluable as 2019 will become a recession year.

Meanwhile on odd days I have to throw stuff/somthing out, even days I have to recycle and the first and last days of the month are vacations.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 02:57 PM

PA:

Preload done with no casualties. Lots of typical pre-vacay stuff done. Lvg soon for oil change and hockey. Think I'll dress up this time!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 05:52 PM

Working on a task list for the month and for the quarter, involving things I can work on with materials already here (the no-spend project).

Today was a free entrance to one of the museums in town but because the exhibit required low light and no flash, and the printed the information cards with white text on black cards, I spent my entire time leaning in trying to read cards without getting in everyone's way. If I'd had my office glasses with me it would have been much easier. And this afternoon I've made my appointment for a checkup. So much for my no-spend month, I've hit a couple of co-pays already, but those appointments must be made.

It has warmed up for a few days so the dogs get a walk in the fitness portion of my day, and it helps the youngest one remember I am the pack leader. Our last walk was a few days ago and after about a block she calmed down and got with the program.

One of my larger eBay boxes shipped this week and leaves space to rearrange what is left and list a few more items.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 11:09 PM

PA:

Lovely closet surprise! Wanting to tart up for the hockey game, and knowing my hockey jersey is in Ohio, I pulled a red fleece vest I normally have reserved for choir parties-- SO not my color. What to wear under it, I wondered as I headed for a shower. Maybe nothing plus scarf and jacket OVER it. Gee it's awful heavy on that hanger-- oooo, an oversized cotton red v-neck sweater!!! BRAND NEW AND NEVER WORN, neatly folded over the hanger's trouser rod. I foreswore the vest. I added a striped scarf in BOLD Me icon colors including a bit of red. WOW!!! I have zero memory of buying that sweater. With that scarf-- million bucks and a great barrier between the red and my face.

Thank you, Closet!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 10:15 AM

PA:

What seemed impossible (Sunday departure) now seems potentially doable ttoday (Saturday departure).

Because retired ppl rock! "Plans" can be tossed out the window-- no one is controlling us now.

Omg.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 11:42 AM

Susan, congratulations on your long-awaited liberation from career shackles, both yours and Hardi's. It will take you a while to get accustomed to being in control of your own lives.

My sister-in-law and brother recently retired, both on the same day (30 November), and are going through the same detox process. SIL worked in the federal government as a speechwriter, a sometimes miserable job in which everybody in her chain of command imposed ridiculous expectations that constantly impinged on her personal life and eventually robbed her every speck of free time; for example, she was expected not only to carry a BlackBerry that was always turned on, but also to check it repeatedly every day, even Sunday, so she could "maintain situational awareness" and "respond appropriately" to "emergencies". Not surprisingly, she had nightmares about getting fired for missing a midnight email and not being able to pay the mortgage and then losing the house.

She told me yesterday that, for the first time in at least five years, she slept through the night and suffered no night terrors.

I quit my last government job on 1 February 2013, nearly six years ago, and HAVEN'T MISSED IT ONE G-D BIT. I confess to missing the money a bit, but not enough to regret having quit. We sleep better, we eat better, and all around, in general, we live better.

Himself is a bit bored, now that he is not travelling all over the country doing courts-martial, but he's finding ways to fix that. He's even talking about doing a Ph.D. in law (the University of Western Ontario is just down the road). Me, I don't know how to be bored. There's always lots to do, and if I don't want to do any of it, there's always a book I haven't read yet, or dinner to make.

Life is so good on the other side of the Great Barrier of retirement, even if the pennies need a bit more pinching than one might have imagined.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 12:47 PM

I'm also thinking about going back to school; as you get older here in Texas it is possible to do coursework for very little expense or for free.

I pulled out the 2002 five-disk sampler The Mudcat Cafe Blue Plate Special. We're losing so many people lately I think a day of listening to their voices is a good celebration of the lives of those now passed.

eBay and sewing this weekend. Walking the dogs when it gets warmer out and while the sun is bright - that light on the forehead is good for combating the winter blues (SAD).

As the seasons change, so do the re-run offerings on the various television channels. Last week I was up late each evening watching the early programs of a favorite series, but it was just too late. Last night I checked to see if it still streams on Amazon Prime - yes - so I went to bed earlier. I'll watch it on my own schedule.

Gotta clear off my office desk again after paying bills and an annual ritual - choosing an electric company. I renewed my contract for two years with the same company this time; I'm thinking I probably should have done it for just a year since the rate (everywhere) went up a couple of cents a kWh and will be about 25% higher for the next contract. If I'd gone for only a year it might be lower next winter - or not. The gas prices are coming down because of the oil industry, but the electric power grid doesn't run on gasoline. My crystal ball is cloudy on this topic. The company is a good one, transparent billing, easy to understand statements. And as it is, some companies weren't on the list because they didn't have Spanish language materials and were kicked off of the Power To Choose site. I should probably have checked a couple of the old places I've used before. I have three business days to change my mind, so I should spend time hunting down a couple of other companies. It's possible to easily outsmart yourself doing this.
[sigh]


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 03:55 PM

Charmion-- bingo! Again. In so many respects not to enumerate here.

PA:

Our 65 year old bodies got 95% done on what our 40 year old "autopilots" thought might just send us down the road today, but we're opting now for 1 more night with TV and dinner by personal chef.

Sorry for any yptos but good techance is packed and loaded.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 04:10 PM

Having a nice, quiet weekend at home. We are all puttering at will, doing a little bit of this and that. I am working on cleaning out some cupboards and doing a bit of re-organizing in the kitchen, specifically the Lazy Susan. It's really the first weekend in awhile that we haven't been busy/on the go with something and I am quite enjoying it.

Tomorrow is church with the family and then more of the same.

Life is good.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 07:39 AM

PA:

Of course on vacation Greg has sometimes slept in on a Sunday, but I'm still thrilled for him that he's slept past "Unlock the Church" mental alarm, beside me, this first Sunday of his retirement.

We weren't sure how recliner sleeping s time would go--the mattresses are already loaded-- but we'd prepped for possibly sleeping separately, with Greg potentially going up to use the bed we'd prepped for Leo. (We usually share a dbl recliner when we visit my son and DIL, but....)

So we expect to get going about noon.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 12:39 PM

Have a safe and interesting drive to Ohio. Is this the last trip, or will you return for more furniture and such again in the spring?

This morning I reset the daily steps I want to achieve in my fitness tracker and I reinstalled Google Fit on my phone. The last time I tried Fit it didn't seem to register very accurately, but I was in a building that had sometimes spotty WiFi.

Last night I let the Labrador retriever sleep on the bed but he puts out way too much heat and wants to lean up against me. I woke up a couple of times because I was too hot, so I don't think I'll conduct that experiment again.

I'm heading into the yard today since it is supposed to reach almost 70o. Raking leaves from the gutter into the yard and I'll run the mower to mulch them into the turf.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 07:36 PM

Beaver:

Susan well on her way to Ohio! May she have an uneventful trip!

Me - did manage to get some sorting and organizing done today on a day that was sunny ---oops! snowing!! oh, gee, sunny again! And it has cooled - from freezing to -10C now. I did bring in as much wood as space allowed, sensing the impending drop in temp after a couple mild days - mild means hovering around zero Celsius. Thankful for the work R did to clear ice and snow from around the wood pile.

Dan came by yesterday and we gave consideration to a structure for next year so I do not have to struggle with the tarp. I would like something moderately interesting, only on the part of the deck that is necessary to hold the winter's wood as it must not block any windows.

Checked out Bob's Greenhouse Poly for prices, as a possibility.

Also something on the other deck, connected to the studio; kind of dependent on how much pottery I will be making in the future. I did manage to glaze in the studio last month but now need to clear that out so I can start throwing pots again. Challenge is to find room for everything - just like in the house.

Little Red had a busy day; she found a bag of blue organic nacho chips that I put outside - slightly off but more a temptation for me. I sat at the window, on computer, also watching her, or him, fetching a chip and running across the road into the woods, then back for another one?? OR just sitting out on the snow nibbling. At least she can no longer come in and sit on sofa!

Almost had inclination to work in studio; "almost"... Almost had inclination to do sewing; almost... Now it is 7:30 pm. Am I really just going to read until bedtime?? Maybe clear some more papers? Maybe...

Contents of 6 of 8 drawers in bureau that is leaving are now well cleared. Need clearness on how to arrange storage for papers that need to be available - as if in file drawers. And all those odds and sods of officey type stuffs, to access easily....


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 09:35 PM

Finishing the holiday cleanup, lights boxed up, live boughs that may have contributed to recent sneezing are out the door, and I did some cleanup in the front yard this afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

I've reset some of the goals in my fitness tracker, added another phone app that may do a better job of identifying activities, and have decided to try to track hydration better this time of year when I don't feel very thirsty. I have a 2-quart jar that I filled this morning and when I walked through the kitchen made a point of filling a glass. Let's see how long I will remember to do that.

An eBay box is ready to ship tomorrow. Every little bit out the door helps!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 08:41 AM

OH:

Reached 2/3 twds destination and stopped. We're adventuring. Home tonight.

SRS, in March we go back to PA to close the house. I've been posting about that but it's just gotten more interesting.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 11:37 AM

I thought you said you'd be back to PA, but the recent posts were sounding final.

Supposed to be up to 80o today so I will get out the mower and mulch in leaves and finish knocking down stuff left in the garden after the first frost (some tomato vines were tangled on a tomato cage and I didn't bother to pull it all apart.)

Busy week. Happily this morning I found the movie gift card my daughter passed along recently - after the Golden Globes last night there are a couple of films I'd like to see, if they're still in the mainstream theaters. I also have a duplicated gift I need to exchange before we're out of the easy exchange season. I spoke with the next door neighbor about my work on extending the new fence he put up and mentioned that I'd done the work with the sole bit that came with the new power driver, so drill bits were on my holiday wish list. And I told him I'm going to use some of his old fence to build raised beds; I should do that today and tomorrow while it's warm and because it's time to plant potatoes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 12:59 PM

Final ministry fishbowl . Final driving alone. Never final beloved county. Final set of huge house decisions for that house. Bittersweet, all.

One cool new thing is that habing a landlord/lady that's a hoarder plays well with ACOA tenants worried about how the house looks. Another cool thing is that we both shot fine video to guide paid help costs and landlord repairs, which also facilitates knowing what work we need to do on our end to leave the house the way they want it. This is good because I only tracked down the paid crew chief for March the night before we left. I'd begun prepping my head for handling all 5000 sq feet by myself. Labor in those parts can be hard to track down except by face encounter.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 02:44 PM

OH:

HOME.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

Welcome home!

My son and his dad were here for dinner and then I took him to the airport; the gifts that won't fit into the luggage are going into a box I'll mail this week.

Amazing interview today (not declutter or anything else, just very interesting) to do with precision medicine. It is an interview with the author of this National Geographic article.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 01:28 PM

Still drawing down the freezer today; made a batch of banana bread (with frozen fruit) that I baked in small pans. These will be given away, they won't go back into the freezer. Chicken tenders and a jar of turkey stock are thawing to make a batch of chicken and rice (in the rice cooker, using basmati). Finally, I have frozen broccoli and a box of gluten-free cornbread mix, to make my friend's recipe that calls for chopped onions sauteed in a lot of butter (I'll do half-and-half butter and olive oil) and then submerge the florets in the batter before baking. That will be for me to have with meals this week (when I'm not eating the rice.) I have frozen jars of my Puerto Rican red beans that can be two servings; I make enough rice to eat for several days, so later in the week I may defrost one of those jars because those beans are best served over rice.

I like having the USPS "Informed Delivery" in place for my post office box, it saves me driving over especially when I'm waiting for a couple of freelance jobs to finally send their payments. No trip to the post office today or yesterday, there's just junk mail there now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 01:39 PM

Beaver:
Congratulations, Susan! No place like home!!

My home was invaded by noise ALL Morning. By noon I was ready to scream. It would have been better if I had gone elsewhere but with four large trucks parked along the road, engines running, I was doubtful about getting out AND where would I go? It started just as I was thinking about the lack of traffic on this road - the red truck, the blue truck, the white truck, the black car, the white car, the grey car and the snow plow/sander are the sum total of what I might see in a day. THEN: a sort of snowplow with HUGE tires, a truck with flat bed trailer, a truck with a crane - in front of house - and another truck down the road a couple hundred feet. The crane lifted huge chains off the flat bed and arranged them on the road and 3-4 men wrestled them onto the huge tires with the help of the crane truck and some noisy machine. They have left a short while ago and I am exhausted from the noise. NOW I need to go to the library. Then come back and re-collapse. I did clear the snow off the porch and car - about 4 inches and the weather - from minus 14C last night to plus 4 and drippy wet out there. Warm enough to work in studio but shoulder aches from snow removal. Not a very good day! I shall cancel it after trip to library - books are due.

The plow might not have made it up the hill without the chains.

Oh yeah! SRS! up to 80? plant potatoes!! HAH! and ho ho ho!! Pulling covers over head! Eating chocolate! Maybe stop in at Community Trust for a pep talk? I did write an article for Jane this am, and edited hers on home sharing, just a tiny bit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 04:50 PM

OH:

And NO free senior svcs I do NOT have to wake up hubby OR ME to train one of THREE Yano's you said might come at 9AM our first day waking up in our house! To clean a house what's clean! We go back to BED after calling to cancel!

;-)

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 12:51 PM

An "active rest day" in the fitness world isn't couch potato-ing. We're having one today as trip recovery.

OH:

By noon, freezing, and without tramadol, I:

. Treated infected ears
. Had early brekky (snack sz)
. Took AM meds
. Purged accumulated email
. Set up puder and peripherals
Installed next audiobook
- Re-ordered misc items passed as I circulated to various rooms
. Considered where to stow silver
. Welcomed waking late-sleeping husband to the day
. Managed dog out
. Made half of my 2nd brekky
. Sorted and purged mail
. Paid 2 bills
. Found and activated insurance card and set it up as paperless
. Had and gave session
. Assessed closet resources to offer Greg
. Put on swimsuit for later
. Suggested higher daytime heat setting while the concrete pad reaches heated winter temp after the 30 day "empty house" setting
Stowed heavy silver chest by removing several heavy components and reassembling in the designated space-- more walking and less lifting.
. Reassembled one purse, and a spare I'd also used is almost empty.
. Found and stowed house tramadol supply.

Next, warm pool and haircut.

Greg's closet if second wind after supper.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 02:25 PM

Beaver:

Well, managed to get car stuck in the drive again last night. Phooey! Left that for morning. After some BF - no way! Body said not a good job for me. Thought about who could help bu called my 92 year old Friend in PA (69 days to the equinox!) and after a long chat, and more food, my body DID it - some shoveling, some work with the ice breaker and some gravel. YAY! Then I cleared as much of the ice and snow as possible. Thinking about how to put something at the corners to indicate the safe way to back in. Maybe a pole on each side, with a flag on it...

Laundry done anyway and drying in BR. Now to bring in wood while the sun -SUN!!!!! - is on that side.

I did not need to go anywhere but my body is reaching the stage where I wonder who would I phone to take me to the hospital if the car is stuck. Considering the state of my health, that is fairly silly but perhaps better to be prepared than not. I hear, "call an ambulance!" but I would have to be in very bad shape... Like when I injured my back in PA. I never mess with a back injury!

20 years ago, I drove myself 18 miles with excruciating pain - pneumonia. An xray - which I would usually refuse - and 3 different antibiotics - to the shock of my doctor! - then I was fine. Doubt I missed any work; figure the cause was doing blown in insulation without a respirator.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 03:36 PM

DP, it's never too early to make a plan.

OH-- it's all OH now until the March clear-out.

New fones late last night. Both temporarily working-- ydy's long list of premature chores is on the other one so will post separately.

Today is fone configuring and such. Greg is out now replacing the awkward and failing PA TV with a lightweight OH one-- when we started to plan padding the other we looked at prices for new and elected to donate it to the parish yard sale with the rest of what was long planned to leave. Arrangements were made before his last day, for all that.

I've almost found my kitchen. It's that superb space surrounding the just- done pork roast. Mister is doing the sides.

Cello concert this evening after I fix my new haircut.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 04:16 PM

Beaver:
DID the wood. Then sat back and watched the snow dancing down and thought about Snowflake Bentley. This is a good time for that wonderful story. Maybe Michelle...? I googled and there is a lot:
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the children's book I have and I sat and read it again. Cannot give it up!

It intrigue's me that I can sit here: "I don't feel like... I'm too tired... Maybe it can wait..." But once I force myself to get started on bringing in the wood it becomes like the Sorcerer's Apprentice! "Where else can I put some?" So there is plenty of wood for a couple days and the tarp is not going to get frozen to anything AND the snow on top of the tarp will keep it from blowing off! I am safe and warm. And the sun has come out again, in time to go behind the hill. And snowflakes are still dancing!? Almost down to 5F, it is going to be a very cold night. The reason I back in to the drive is in case the car has trouble starting; I also have a booster pack, charged and handy. I DO plan, sometimes. Probably most of the time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 06:23 PM

By noon, freezing, and without tramadol, I:

Treated infected ears
Had early brekky (snack sz)
Took AM meds
Purged month of accumulated email
Set up puder and peripherals
Installed next audiobook
Reordered misc items passed
Considered where to stow silver
Welcomed waking late-sleeping husband to the day
Managed dog out
Made half of my 2nd brekky
Sorted mail
Paid 2 bills
Found and activated insurance card and set up account as paperless
Had and gave session
Assessed closet resources to offer G
Put on swimsuit for later
Suggested higher daytime heat setting while the concrete pad reaches heated winter temp
Stowed heavy silver chest by removing several heavy components and reassembling in the designated space-- more walking and less lifting
Reassembled one purse and a spare I'd also used is almost empty.
Found and stowed house tramadol supply
Got free Y membership sorted--Free Bennie
45 minutes pool workout
Reconnected with new friend Cathy
Got haircut
Collapsed


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 06:26 PM

I see now that some of that is duplicate, but in any event it grew.

Most trips back I'm still moribund this soon after arrival. A real dinner is usually weeks into thst arrival. Now here we are stepping out after a home cooked dinner.

Planet Weird. To Cello Springs!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 10:25 PM

Over lunch today I met with an office manager of a web site about contract work to be done on the site, for 10-15 hours a week. In the next few weeks I will be training with the local webhost company on their content management system, prioritizing tasks, etc.

Boxes need to be packed and put in the mail tomorrow, to several recipients.

This week I set up a couple of new apps for fitness tracking, and I found that my phone app for Weather Underground (I pay $2 a year to have it ad free) has a feature to choose activities and set the conditions that are preferred and/or acceptable so it is tied with the forecast. For walking, for example, I would like it to be from 50 to 75o, wind 10mph or lower, humidity at 50% or lower, and the acceptable range is larger, from 45 to 85o, wind up to 20mph, humidity up to 75%. Both them them are set to daylight hours only. The representation for the day shows each hour with the optimal conditions with a long blue line rising from the time, each hour with acceptable conditions has a blue dot at the time. I can look at the next few days and see that there will be good conditions for going out to walk (with the dogs, primarily).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Jan 19 - 12:25 PM

Beaver:
Maggie: WOW! the things you/one can do on tech stuff boggles my mind. Well, I often remember to check the 7 day forecast but mostly I just look at the window and the thermometer - 0 F at 8:30 this am!

Last night the propane froze in the middle of trying to cook. I tried using the microwave and it quit! Cooked in toaster oven. This morning the microwave works!? (I went to the back shed for the "spare" and did not find it.) Poured a bucket of hot water on the propane tank and cooked! It took a second bucket of encouragement. But most of all---- the car started - without any aid from the booster pack! Managed to remove ice at door to studio and water the plants. Went to library for a stack of books. I will not be doing much more than bringing in wood and staying warm for a few days. Beautiful day. I hope little red and friends are in safe places.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Jan 19 - 03:08 PM

I cannot believe how hard it is to acclimate to this new fone. Greg got a great deal on two Cadillacs. He had been using a later-gen fone than mine, so it's not such a huge change for him, but mine was a circa-2009 fone, so..... Oy!

Besides fone learning, I've only gotten a few clothes stowed try and made rice, but they were the important ones-- we're going to see a Friday night rock band, to check out a new-to-us pub that also hosts weekly blues jams.

Also stowed was the really good, all-purpose dressy outfit-- I added, into the garment bag protecting my long black dress skirt, the new silk kimono my PA dressmaker had created from a bed jacket design I've loved as casual wear over jeans. My son sent us the silk from his Navy stop years ago in Thailand, so my dressmaker spec'd out lining fabric I picked up cheap, and she made it while I was in OH. She has one more project of mine to finish-- copying a fabulous dress coat which is like a flowy trench coat. I love the way she fits things to my body.

https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=153649&messages=38#3971161

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 12 Jan 19 - 10:24 PM

I spent about 4 hours reorganizing the kitchen today. I didn't really plan it that way but one thing led to another and another and another....LOL. I'm happy with the way things have turned out. I cleaned, organized, boxed up about 2 boxes of stuff that I never use and our pig, Elwood, is having himself a feast tonight of goodies I was going to toss. He's one happy pig!!! In addition, the dishes are done, the table is cleared, pills are sorted for the next 2 weeks, the hutch is cleaned off and dusted, I roasted a chicken, some squash and potatoes for dinner as well as made a large pot of homemade chili for tomorrow and weekday lunches. I'll make some cornbread to go with it tomorrow.

I've been seeing a new endocrinologist and his changes have proven to be very beneficial. I had blood work done yesterday and the results are all in...everything is in normal range with the exception of my triglycerides which are lower than last time so I'll take it! My blood sugars, which were averaging in the mid 250s are resting comfortably in the 120 range for the first time in a LONG time. I have 3 different insulins going and a sensor attached to my arm at all times for really tight tracking but it's working!!! I am most happy about that! Getting to the point where a "normal" blood sugar doesn't feel like a diabetic low took some patience and trust on my part but it's all good now!

It felt really good to get a substantial amount of work around the house done today. I'm hoping to do more again tomorrow.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jan 19 - 11:58 PM

I spent this evening editing a resume and a couple of cover letters for jobs for a friend who has been unemployed for a while. Fresh eyes on the documents can help.

My fitness tracker is unhappy, it has been a sedentary day, but my weather app just sent a notification that tomorrow afternoon after 3pm will be perfect for walking.

A friend and I are comparing notes on tomatoes we want to grow this year and will be sharing seeds. His local library has a seed bank, where he found a variety intended for our southern climate, and I have organic seeds from my Mudcat Secret Santa - we're going to grow both in our gardens and compare results. I may grow some in pots this year. I haven't started the raised beds yet, but that will come soon, and in the meantime will start seeds in the house or the greenhouse. There's a lot of winter left that can hit the greenhouse, so I'll only use it if I can get it weather-proofed first. I didn't do much this fall as far as covering the louvered vents, leveling the doors so they close tightly, etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Jan 19 - 03:37 PM

We've puttered our way thru a number of minor furniture arrangement tweaks, partly thanks to the 8-10 inches of snow were mired in while we await the driveway plow. My favorite was the one that ended with Greg's bass and being set up and played.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 01:07 PM

Beaver:

Down to minus 20C again last night and the day started out bright and sunny - and COLD. But the clouds gathered and it is warming - up to minus 6C! I really almost hibernated during the cold snap! Today I may actually get some things done.

The studio door had - well something , anyway it would not close and I am heating it! So last night, realizing the impact on finances - I thought about it - unfroze brain briefly - and took a hammer out into the COLD and banged the offending piece into place so the door closed. Today I will find something to put over the much-too-wide crack at the top, rather than heat the great out of doors. Not snowing!

The other day, I opened a new cargo trolley and took it out to the wood pile and loaded it, as much as I could without stuff falling back off. I was able to bring it in the house to dry and warm up, as well as filling the usual space. Today I can off load it into the now almost empty spaces and re-fill it, and them. Preparing for the next cold snap!

R phoned on 11th and informed me that there is money for the new house; re selling the M house, he needs a realtor that will bother putting up a sign; and two business bugaboos were sorted last week. All of which de-cluttered his mind - for a while. I told him I will come back to M after there is some furniture in the new house. A bed and kitchen ware would suffice. As long as the BR is painted.

Today I have managed an excellent BF and washed the week's dishes. Hoping to get myself on track to do more than read novels. Need to keep my feet off the COLD floor. It affects the whole brain and body!

Will do wood when the temp reaches a probable high point - somewhere closer to the freezing point; it will not go above freezing in the next couple weeks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 02:14 PM

The friend I was helping with the letter-writing has a phone interview this week! Whether my assistance made a difference or it was simply moral support to get him moving forward, this was wonderful news this morning. (He considered apologizing for applying past the deadline when he saw it had passed, but the link still worked. I told him that once the letters and resumes were printed in a stack no one would know his was late unless he apologized, so just don't do it. He backdated his letter to the due date.)

This morning I made a list of things I keep thinking I need to get done but always end up forgetting about during the course of each day. Things that need to be done before other things on the larger list can be started. It's always something.

Every year I try to get started on my taxes as soon as possible, because it's too easy these days for identity thieves to claim your refund if any of your important numbers were compromised (like seems to happen monthly with many important sites with online presences). Get the forms in as early as possible to head off the crooks. But due to the government shutdown the IRS is mostly closed and I use the Free File Fillable Forms (not affiliated with any tax preparation company, just the tax forms online that can be filled out and turned in). They usually open up in late January, but all bets are off this year. I decluttered my files this year so all of my documents are in one file drawer.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 05:07 PM

Another Yano tmrw followed by a care mgr visit to detemine continuing needs and eligibility. If we're continuing I want to get back to afternoons.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jan 19 - 11:57 AM

Today's Yano is chatty Ms. Billie. I've lost count who else has been here.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jan 19 - 04:06 PM

Big job finished - the huge cardboard boxes that were flattened and stored between trusses in the attic have been removed. The folding steps to the attic and the hole they're mounted in is a narrow area but I managed to get all but one of the boxes down after turning or folding them to fit the best edge through first. I took the box-cutter up to dismantle one that refused to fit and I wasn't going to try to remember how I got it up there in the first place. All of these were stacked in the SUV on a tarp, then slid through the big door in the recycle bin. One of them wouldn't fit so I had to cut one side and fold it up on itself. I found three invoices on the boxes that can go in a file that I keep for insurance purposes. This clear out is in advance of some work that I need to have done up there.

The top item on the this week's task list is now crossed out and a couple of more added. It's meant to be a list for just this week, and weather is nice until the weekend when wintry weather and extreme cold (for us) arrives. I'm cat sitting for a friend on the weekend so I will have to get out in it, here's hoping it's just cold and not icy.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 09:01 AM

Huge day ydy ending with our surprisingly cooperative assembly of what I think is Camp Ridgebury bed 4.0.

Our mtg with the county care mgrd portends change I'll summarize later, none of it bad.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 02:25 PM

So... ydy was a long day of household biz, working alongside and supervidising an awful Yano 9am - 1pm and wonderful Brandon 2:40-4:30pm, with a county care mgr mtg sandwiched between (with very short breaks). By the end of all that, which included a Goodwill trip for me, I was whipped and brainfogged and grateful that Greg suggested dining out. Arepas! Then another hour of physical work after supper, assembling our very complicated bed. Ow!!!

The wonderful results of that hard day:

Two recliners set at the curb
A heavy analog TV (and small obsolete flat screen TV loaded in the car for recycling)
A small box of clothes and sneakers to Goodwill
Two recliners allocated to different rooms
Much more open space in Greg's sewing/music room.
Our normal bed height, and no more pitted foam camping mattresses requiring re-stuffing every six weeks
Clean bedding
Improved settings on the new lightweight smart TV Greg found on sale
Assurance that the two file cabinets (needed to free up floor space in the TV section of the library) will indeed fit in the closet formerly occupied by the heavy analog TV
Discussion w Brandon about keeping Tues aftns open for us and confirmed he's moving those file cabinets next Tuesday
Discussions w Brandon re how to work best here w two bosses w very different working styles, and a raise
More space in garage (one recliner had been there) for Greg's workout equipment
A better garage locay for my walker/chair (replacing that recliner)-- SO useful for grocery unloading and/or waiting for a ride
Reallocation of warm fleeces for each chair
An improved TV area for us to share
Rug runners to cross painfully cold but necessarily bare tile floor to TV chairs
A warmer sleeping space for Greg-- his side was so much colder than mine and it took awhile to understand why
A new step for my side
A better Arepa recipe (3 kinds)
More music and sewing furniture for Greg

Care mgr Daejanna affirmed my frustrations w clnrs and turnover. It emerged that her notes indicating personal care needs were wrong, so straight clng companies the county contracts with have not been an option before. All three of us agreed that taking a break from weekly services makes sense while she reassesses our eligibility/copay rates now that there are two seniors here, and a change in income and costs. Can we state now what help we actually need? No. Do we know now our exact income? No. Do we know now our new medical copay rates, annualized? No. Do we know our annual anticipated Rx costs? No.

She affirms that Retiring Is Like That, and that there's a lot more stress involved than we'd anticipated. Says we're doing really well and its normal that it doesn't feel that way! ;-)

She'll drop off a new financial form later this aftn.

Today:

Progress re-pillowing newly re-allotted chairs from ydy work day and removing my items from (his) sewing room. This led to a discussion during my rest from an hour of working hard in the house, re orthopedic pillows and the level of concern with blocking my chairs. Everyone does it, and it has to stop immediately. I'm going to dress each medically necessary chair in an old but vividly pink t-shirt or top!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 02:50 PM

I get the gist of the job they come to do but have no idea what "Yano" stands for.

Fitness today - starting the NY Times challenge for January (once you join they start you from the beginning with an email every day.) It started with a six-minute small workout, and I followed it with a mile or so walk with the dogs. My Weather Underground phone app alerted me to a good chunk of time today to plan on and it was spot-on.

The fridge clearing process is moving along, and I'm being frugal with purchases (the "no-spend" month) but I did treat myself to a sandwich out yesterday after that big dusty attic episode and two trips to the recycle bins. This afternoon I'm preparing to do some audio work, receiver to computer stuff (setting up the cables now). This first job is for my daughter, and once that is taken care of, then I need to start work on my Dad's musical collection. I received some stuff in the mail this week from Deckman (Bob Nelson) who led the way for several folks to donate their collections to the Pacific NW collection folks at the University of Washington. It's now officially my turn to work on this.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 07:44 PM

I had a visit with my endocrinologist today. My blood pressure was beautiful, my thyroid is at a functioning level and my A1C dropped from 9.7 to 7.2!!!!   He was most happy with me and so am I!!!!   Finally someone has gotten it figured out!!!!   The A1C is still a little high but it's on the way down and that's a significant drop in 3 months time!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 09:17 PM

Re: Yano

It was after about the 8th "Surprise! No warning!" worker landed on my lap before coffee or breakfast (as I've posted about) that I created a generic term to term to refer to them-- (even the agency gets their actual names wrong):

Yet Another New One.

We're up to at leastr 10 and maybe 12 such women to whom I have had to explain intensely private toileting details. And I am not even a 'personal care' client.

I'm past remembering every name by now.

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 09:55 PM

So much for my frugal month - sometimes you have to set aside those intentions if a great opportunity presents itself.

I have a Macy's gift card that needs to be used, so I headed to the mall and parked at the Sears end, intending to walk the length of the mall for exercise. But I was only a few steps in the door when I encountered Joe Boxer fleece pajama pants on a really good sale. So while I checked out I chatted with the clerk. Was Sears going to close this store? No, but they were discontinuing the Land's End part of the business and everything down there is 90% off, including mannequins. Mannequins? They are so expensive as dress forms (what these are - jersey-covered fiberglass torsos on sturdy brushed aluminum stands) and these were $40 each. I caught my daughter before she left town and she came down and we put a large male torso on a sturdy short aluminum stand from one of the child-sized torsos (all had the same interchangeable bases, just different length rods). This way she can use it on a table in a closed space. I picked up the smallest adult male torso (probably "medium" size) on the tall stand. I can use this for eBay sales and my own sewing.

I never made it to Macy's.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Jan 19 - 03:50 PM

Beaver:

Oh Susan! LOVE the Yano term! R's Mom used to comment on the amount of energy it took for her to take care of he "caregivers". She too would have enjoyed your "Yano" term.

Now that the house is a done deal, we are both in that stage of anticipation and trepidation! It is BIG. It will take a lot of heat! and a lot of care! But, I remind Mr Stressed-out, once the other house is sold, there will be funds and one less property to care for. And two others are probably getting sorted out in the next couple months. And if "you would just stop stressing and actually DO something about things..." I am hoping for early to mid February to get started on making the house a home.

In the meantime, cold weather and snow will keep me moving - bringing in wood. I have to watch for a break in the weather to pack up plants,etc and move them to QC. And winterize everything here for the time I am gone. At least a month.

Even though this house is warm enough, the cold seems to weigh me down. It is moderately tidy but the vacuum would be helpful. Cannot do that and be here - due to dust. So I am living with it. Too cold to even shake out the throw rugs!

Car refused to start this am and I could not use the booster pack due to inability to open hood - failure to attend to this when R was here and we knew it took two to do the job. Later it started; I had missed the meeting I wanted to attend, but I drove out for gas and then kept an eye out for someone who could be part of the team. Did not find a helper so I came home. It was very cold to co-opt a volunteer! Maybe tomorrow if I go anywhere. I will, however, start the car a couple times a day in this cold snap as that might help. I did not do that yesterday. It was minus 22C this am at 9 am. Below zero F.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jan 19 - 04:21 PM

Congratulations on the house, Dorothy! And great news that there will be fewer properties to manage.

I crossed everything off my list for this week except one - to groom the dogs. Big Job. Mainly just brushing and looking for anything that needs the vet; it's not likely they'll get baths this time of year. Their annual exams come up soon.

The greenhouse needed sorting and I spent time adding line to the replacement cartridges for my string trimmer, clearing out stuff on the workbench, putting tools away, and I decided the mice need thinning. I didn't have luck with the "walk the plank" mousetrap in the garage because I got it after cleaning and getting rid of hiding places there didn't seem to be any left to take the bait. The greenhouse is a different story. It's about time to start seeds and get the raised beds into shape.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Jan 19 - 06:35 PM

Go DP!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jan 19 - 11:29 AM

Last night I pulled out the various brushing and hair-removal appliances and brushed the dogs (the strangest device is a serrated edged blade with plastic handles - draw it across the coat and it does the best job on the older blue heeler with all of her fluffy undercoat). The old tick collars came off (put on last summer, supposed to work for three months - time to visit the vet for more).

I set up a bucket of water with baited mousetrap on the rim for the mice and wood rats that have been in and out of the greenhouse - the photo I put up on Facebook brought protests from a lot of my urban friends, who want them caught and released or perhaps repelled with oils. Oils? Really? They're a real problem in the garden, I don't put up the bird feeders any more because of them, and I would like them gone. Poppy used to be a good ratter but she's very old now. I haven't seen Pepper catch any yet, but she's fast enough to catch birds, so perhaps she'll take on the job.

A short additional list for this week includes mowing the back yard today. I'll have to get out there before the rain predicted this afternoon. It's gorgeous out right now but there's heavy dew on the lawn at the moment. (I know - Dorothy is trying to force a path through the ice to her wood pile - I'm not complaining about the conditions here!) I set up Google Fit on my phone and am interested to see that it track my walks with the dogs, and I think it'll show the back and forth of the mower in the long narrow yard. My fitness tracker supposedly does the GPS thing also, but I haven't figured out all of the phone settings (it does this via bluetooth connections to the phone.) I'm curious to compare Nokia and Google results side-by-side.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jan 19 - 11:56 AM

SRS, shedding blade for horses? (How do you get the dog to hold still?)

We spent our AM coffee planning-chat thinking thru some upcoming garage rearrangement with a view to making space for the March truckload as well as long-term layout after the March load is unpacked.

Next we're off for what Friday's have been for our last 25+ years... Greg may have seven days off a week now instead of the occasional one, but this should be a good piece of getting our rhythms on the same track. Something relatively normal will be a relief!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jan 19 - 05:21 PM

Incredible mouth pain in 4 soft tissue spots and several cold-sensitive teeth, all on the left side of center-- same areas that had responded so differently to novocaine for recent major periodontal work.

Old glasses (needed for wearing while new lenses are made next week for current frames) dropped off for repair and new insurance info registered. Confirmed I'm still covered for EyeMed.

Confirmed my PCP and on-site Urgent Care are "in network" w new insurance, and that no copay is charged-- Process: Medicare pays, then supplemental insurance pays, and then patient is billed for anything remaining. Made appt w PCP for Feb. 1 to test system/costs.

Urgently needed hygiene items found. Shower rod sleeves found. Oriental market w ear picks found. Potential Korean restaurant found.

Arabic spices wanted, found.

We survived 4.5 hours away from home with no meltdowns (but I was close until I took Tylenol).

~S~


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 19 - 12:34 PM

The Retriever shedding blade works well on all of the dogs but the oldest one who is mostly blue heeler likes it best.

I did mow the yard and the short Bermuda, native grasses, and weeds look so nice! This was followed by a concerted amount of scooping and adding dog droppings to the compost (it might make sense to scoop before mowing, but the weeds make that job difficult.) No mice in the bucket but I'll leave it there for a couple of weeks at least. It didn't work in the garage, but it might work in the greenhouse. The final place to deploy it is in the attic. After clearing out all of those flat cardboard boxes it will be easier to place at some point in the future. In cold weather it is most likely there are uninvited inhabitants up there now.

Overnight the wind arrived and things tipped over and blew around all night and will continue until this evening, apparently. I expect to find yard furniture, trash cans, and more out in the street later. One of my metal chairs rattled around in the gusts so it wasn't a good night's sleep.

Several months ago the earwire of one of my favorite pairs of sterling silver earrings vanished, and I didn't really want to buy a new pair. It finally dawned on me to replace the wire, so a dozen new wires arrived from Hong Kong (!) and I replaced both wires since the new ones didn't match the remaining old one. They're actually nicer, and give me ideas about making more earrings. It's time to start using a lot of the beads I discussed over the years with Katlaughing and a few other Mudcat crafters.


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