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

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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 12:33 PM

OH

With Yano Becky, several more #1 boxes unpacked. Dog corner per blankets discarded.

We also sorted out the food storage cabinet, recycling a number of items and adding items brought from PA.

Then we investigated remaining #1 boxes. One was supposed to go home with son, and will be stowed for him in the garage. One is all dry goods to unpack into the pantry-- no spoilage noted.

All the boxes and bags preventing us from walking all the way around the table are squared away, and the table's produce baskets are refilled, including a pretty new one from PA.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 12:13 PM

Charmion, that deck removal and subsequent paver installation should provide material for a few remarks this summer! Over on the Mother of All BS thread, probably 10 years ago or more, are descriptions of the Idaho house that Mike (Rapparee) moved into that had a deck, under which two large chest freezers (lift the lid and everything is in there somewhere type) were buried. It sounded like something that belongs on the Saturday night network real-life-mysteries program, but in the end no one was inside either one.

It's drizzling this morning, but yesterday my neighbors on each side mowed their front lawns, so I am determined I should mow mine today. I hope the cloud cover lightens so I can get to this soon. There is a lot of other stuff to do around here if I can't mow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 10:50 AM

I haven't posted here in a while, not because I don't love you all but because I'm not decluttering much any more. I have shed the stuff that really must go, and the clag that remains is dear to Himself, who would weep salt tears and raise holy Hell if I re-homed his collection of G.H. Henty novels.

I return to this thread today to report that the 2018 income taxes are paid, and Himself just headed downtown to the bank to cough up to Revenue Canada the Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax he collected in 2018. In consequence, all the money currently in our bank accounts belongs to us -- except, of course, for the HST owing on 2019 billings, and the 20 percent of untaxed net income the sensible person sets aside against next year's impositions.

In a way, I rather enjoy tax season. By government fiat, I am compelled to ransack the filing cabinet and sort out our obligations, and then carry through and pay what we owe. When we finish, we feel washed throughly, as the Reverend Dr. Isaac Watts would put it, and ready to face the profligacies of summer.

To celebrate, we're having the large, rickety deck removed from our back yard and replaced with a paved patio, the better to see what's going on with the foundation on that side of the house. God alone knows what's under that deck; not only a warren of rabbits, whose tracks we see all winter, but also random hosepipes and wiring for long-forgotten lighting arrangements. The deck also covers two basement windows, each lacking a proper window-well so it's a good thing we are on high ground here. The landscaping contractor is coming tomorrow with his buddy the carpenter to figure out a concept of operations.

Meanwhile, despite the really weird weather (it snowed yesterday in Perth County), I have plans to get the barbecue back into commission this weekend. I just hope I don't have to shake ice off the cover first.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 10:50 PM

You know that meal you fix when you have family together for one of those (rarer and rarer) dinners when everyone can be there? I roasted a chicken with carrots and potatoes in the clay baker (so the meat is moist and falling off of the bones and nothing is under-cooked) and made an apple cobbler for dessert, and once the chicken was out of the oven I put in the baking sheet of baking powder biscuits. Lots of food stories, and I noticed my son paying attention when I spoke about my flour choice in making the biscuits—I usually add some whole wheat flour to give it a little richer flavor, but that can them more solid, and sometimes they don't rise as well. I wanted these to be spectacular so I used just white flour. He'll probably make biscuits himself and experiment.

The dishwasher is loaded and the cooking surfaces and table are cleaned.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 09:55 PM

I'm just reminding myself I'm here, since part of my brain appears to still be in PA. Twenty-five years.... Still feels like I'm not done leaving the only home I ever knew.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 02:52 PM

Are there actually going to be any more "PA" entries? Or you're just distinguishing the stuff that has been in OH for a while versus the stuff that came from PA recently?

Picked up a new outside large trash can today, but have had no luck so far determining what my next small kitchen trash can (that lives on top of the dryer) will look like. I can't put it on the floor, because no matter what kind of security is involved, the dogs will figure it out or chew their way in, so it has to be small so it can be accessed easily in it's higher position.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 11:25 AM

OH

Unpacked two more "1" boxes from sideboard: much needed food storage containers (now in DW), a basket for the table, a countertop appliance to store on the new custom cabinet shelves, bookends for the Library.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 10:37 PM

OH

Also GW'd in recent days-- loose headbands anod a hated pair of snow boots FINALLY replaced by the PA pair I LOVE.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 10:10 PM

More fridge and cupboard organization this afternoon; the little Tupperware container of olive oil that I last used when I took it to work last summer is now rancid and disposed of (the Tupperware cleaned and ready for use). Same with a jar of oil that was used once for frying, a long long time ago, etc.. The compost bowl has been emptied twice this afternoon. I have a number of redundant items to send to Goodwill, though I'll leave them in the kitchen in a box for family to poke through tomorrow when they'll be here for dinner.

Poppy is still not feeling like eating, but is perkier, so maybe by tomorrow her appetite will begin to return. She was on the pills for a week, so it may take several days for the effects to dissipate. I'm not taking her for a walk for a couple of more days because she had trouble keeping up the last time. Based upon the last week, I can't recommend Prion for dog incontinence.

Tomorrow I'll join Susan in the closet and dresser purge, including the coat closet in the hall. There is stuff in there that no one ever wears.

And yes, eight is young to be doing much cooking, but I think we all had particular tasks about that age. I mixed the pancake batter on the weekend, and I made the baking powder biscuits that went with dinner. My siblings had different foods to prepare. I was 11 when we moved from that first house and I'd been doing that for quite a while by the time we moved. (And when it was summer and Mom was canning, it was all hands on deck to peel blanched fruit, etc.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 09:17 PM

We spent this afternoon helping other members of our church and community pack 20,000 meals to be shipped around the world. It was a great collaborative effort with many jobs and many hands.

It was Jeremiah's first time working at such a large community event and he did GREAT!!!!! He loved it and I hope this fosters an interest in doing much more in the future.

Maggie, he is learning to do some cooking, not a whole lot as of yet but that will come. :)

I thought I'd be dragging after all the work from this afternoon but I am surprisingly fully energized. I truly had a great time!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM

OH

The rolling purge is on with my closet. Images of four (garaged) bulging leaf bags full of clothing and linens are looming in my mind.

This means that as I fold laundry, I'm pitching worn out items too threadbare for Goodwill. It also means periodic forays into the hanging space, for items to send to GW.

Net gone today is about a large dresser drawer-sized batch.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 01:43 PM

My outdoor trash can, a tall black Rubbermaid 55-gallon one, has finally split completely down one side. I'll tape a piece of printer paper on the side telling the trash guys to take the can this time. There were two here when I moved in. I have a couple of sellers identified from online searches, but one that I need to visit tomorrow to take a look doesn't have a very good web page. Rule of thumb, these come out roughly a dollar per gallon, so 44-gallon cans cost around that much. I'm hoping to find another 55-gallon. Do I want a can with wheels? When the wheels fail, I'll still be able to lug it to the curb.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 11:12 AM

We had a rather unexpected thunderstorm around midnight and my informal rain gauge shows over 2" accumulation. So my gardening is delayed, though I think I'll see about transplanting some iris today while I can still tell what color some of them were.

My daughter is at a Society for Creative Anachronism campout this weekend and sent a photo of the pancakes she is making for her tentmates. She grew up eating pancakes (both regular and buttermilk) I made from a 1970s Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, with my own modification of thinning the batter (more like Swedish pancakes). A couple of years ago she texted, asking for the recipe, then proceeded to make a mound of pancakes for dinner for her housemates (and of course, posted it on Instagram). It's a much requested dish, apparently. And when you're camping out they taste even better. I hope, Michelle, that you're having Jeremiah start learning to cook the foods that he really likes to eat. That's a great starting point for his future adult life.

I took Poppy off of the medication she was on, the last dose yesterday morning, and she's still not eating, but she's perkier. I gave her more broccoli this morning to tempt her to eat something. She is a about 10 pounds overweight, so it won't hurt her to have a few days with broccoli and water, but I'm hoping once it wears off she'll be back to her normal crotchety self (eating her favorite food and ignoring the senior food.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 10:02 PM

Oh hey, I cleaned out the fridge too. I used bits of leftovers to make my famous WhatTheHeckIsIt Stew. It's always a surprise, never the same and Jeremiah loves it every single time...LOL.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 07:09 PM

I was doing some cooking and mama lizard was quicker than I expected, so when I went out the last time she was resting on her laurels, the mulch was spread back over the ground. But I have some interesting photos.

I made a batch of my taco/nacho/burrito mix to use this week, and I've cleaned out a lot of stuff in the fridge revealing an inordinate number of apples, so I think I'll make a cobbler.

The soil is perfect in the garden this weekend so I'll be finished beds for planting and I'll get the bedding plants once the soil is ready - it's too easy to let plants die or get too pot-bound if I buy them ahead of time. It's late, but with a long growing season, that's not really a problem. Last year's pests are a problem, they were here the year before also (a form of stink bug that sucks the tomatoes dry),so I will be spreading mulch before I plant anything and drench the beds with spinosad (an organic bug killer) to hopefully take out the soil/larval stage of those bugs. And I always try to not plant too close together, so I can monitor bug activity. Maybe this year I'll manage it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 05:20 PM

This week has been super busy for me at work. We have monthly deadlines set by the Department of Health and since I missed almost a full work week while Pete was in the hospital, I have been working to get caught up. WHEW...I'm almost there!!!

On another work related note, I gave up my title and position of Champion Trainer this week for the Children's Program as I have elected to work exclusively with the adult population. To be honest, it's a relief and one less responsibility...I'm thankful to have passed that torch on!

Bare minimum was done at home this week. Dishes are done, laundry is caught up (thank you Pete). Jeremiah's size 8 clothing have been bagged up and have a home waiting for them. YAY.

We had sunshine, rainy, high winds and blue skies this week and this morning we had some snow...we are back to blue skies at the moment....loving all the additional sunshine!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 04:33 PM

Looking forward to seeing those photos Maggie! :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 04:06 PM

Aw. I don't think I've seen a lizard since I've lived here. I used to occasionally see the common lizard when I lived in N Wales and once in a while one would get into the porch and would need to be put somewhere safe but that's it. Brother in oz who keeps his door open has a I forget which of the larger pink or blue tongued lizards as a fairly regular visitor. I gather it likes cat food.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 02:06 PM

Greg is adding shelves inside our custom cabinet, and I have a box of silverware and spatulas from PA soaking away their PA filth.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 01:52 PM

Honda ships new without oil, and after six hours you're supposed to change it, to remove any shards left from assembly.

I was weeding a raised bed when I realized I had company, a native Texas Spiny lizard was preparing to lay eggs. She didn't completely move away, so I left the vicinity and will sneak back with my camera to see if I can get photos; I have before, but it was a much smaller camera. And I can assume that there are lizard eggs laid in the asparagus bed since I've seen them lay there before and it was weeded a few weeks ago. The mulch layer will be pushed away, she will lay eggs, bury them with the soil she moved, then put every bit of mulch back the way it was before so it will look like nothing has disturbed it.

I've been out with the camera, and put the long lens on for a closeup of each stage. And it's a good excuse to stop weeding for a while. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 12:29 PM

Oil change already? But, still it's best to follow what Honda says.

Briggs and Stratton make what seems to me the extraordinary claim that their engines (or at least some series including the type our mower uses) never need an oil change. I think that in practice, I will change the oil every second or more likely third mowing season.

I'm forever adjusting height with our petrol mower. Full height is needed to get it in or out of the shed and minimum is needed if I want to park it neatly with the body going under a shelving unit. I also use two different heights for mowing, cutting "our patch" at a lower setting than I do for the rougher other bits.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Apr 19 - 11:26 AM

The medication the old dog is taking has affected her appetite and she's lethargic, could hardly keep up on our (shortened) evening walk. I'm considering the executive decision to take her off of these pills and wait a few days and go back and ask about the other medication. If she isn't enjoying her favorite activities then the medication is not very helpful. I made some steamed broccoli and she gobbled that down, so she has food in her tummy, but not much in the way of calories. She can stand to lose weight, but this isn't the preferred method.

Lovely weekend weather coming up. The new mower needs an oil change and then I need to consider setting the height it is mowing at. I think it could take the turf and weeds a little shorter.

eBay listings have languished for ages, as have a couple of other projects. Events a couple of weeks ago intruded on the routine, but I think we're back to our everyday activities now.

I look forward to hearing more about Dorothy's house and the Beaver location now that the snow is (hopefully) melting.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 07:15 PM

"Fine summer days" - just realised we are still only in Spring...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 07:11 PM

I’m glad I’m not the only one who can be entertained by rotating gears, SRS.

Btw, the light switch for the pond pump worked. It can’t make up for the combination of the kit’s small size panel and battery and the great British weather, etc. but I can now have the pump running sort of sunrise through to sunset on fine summer days.

If, and it’s a big if, I try a larger, more tech project this year, I think it could be setting up a larger solar panel system at the front. I think one 12V 100W panel would do the job (with allowances for our poor winter sunlight hours and not wanting to run things in darkness) and, while not strictly needed, it might be rather nice to have the bits at the front (including windmill but not the main security lights) off grid/stand alone. Well I call it stand alone but I could link it to indoors via wi-fi.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 01:34 PM

Dorothy, the different browsers have strengths and weaknesses, but select/copy/paste is pretty universal. I hope your method isn't too time consuming for you!

Jon, your clock was a thought-exercise, and it was a good decision to work out the design then decide it was a solution in search of a problem and stop there. That gear site is entertaining!

Time to start treating the fence pickets with wood preservative so I can put up that section of fence next week, and then time to plan to work on the fence on the other side of the house.

The ground is still pretty soggy from all of our rain, I think tomorrow will be about perfect for digging and weeding. Today I can work on clearing out stuff, a run to the recycle bin, move furniture in the front room in preparation for cleaning that rug. I'm tired of tripping over dogs in the den, now that the oldest one is on a medication that should have taken care of her leakiness, I'll open up that space to them. All of the portable dog beds were washed again yesterday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 11:27 AM

Dupont:

Yes, SRS, your suggestions did, definitely, help but Firefox refusing to let me copy and paste stalled me. Then, phooey on this! Try a different route!

Wonderful to have your mind back, Susan!

Going back over history can be fraught with hazard also - some "Why on earth did I?" as well as "wow! progress!" Things I thought would happen or that I would do - never, never land! And reminders, as I often find here - big and small.

That was not R; he was another hour later. Sitting in the company office, on computer, doing some good stuff but in a toxic space at a desk piled with stuff, so basically un-useable! So we talked about the importance of focusing on getting his office here, with a good computer and room to move and NO bro. In the end, however, the straw that got him to leave was bro coming to ask him - one more thing...

And yes he can go with me but we have to come back late on Monday as he has a court date on Tues - as well as the major "deal" they have been working on for.... Five hours each way... But he will be away from it ALL! But not turn off his phone... Wonder of wonders, Ephraim took him out yesterday (I asked him to) and bought him an ear-fitted hands-free and set it up for him!! Now we will not have to stop the car if he is driving. A great de-clutter. We are all happy!

Big OOPS! Resident wasp was on computer and when I tried to wisk it away with piece of paper, it disappeared .... Took off sweat shirt and searched all around... One or more? live in house and are generally no trouble. Did not want to injure it. But now it is somewhere else. Maybe next time I will endeavour to put it outside; it is warm enough now.

Time to get ready to leave, to pick up R in city. Rainy weekend; he may sleep through the whole thing but not if we stay here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 09:45 AM

Small projects...I was trying to think of something to do with an Arduino board the other night but that one got out of hand. The idea was a mechanical clock, with a motor to pulse every second. I thought I’d be in with a half a chance using timing belts and pulleys. So I look up and pick a range of pulleys and a motor, managed to work out the ratios. By this point, the project had expanded to a clock probably with a 2 foot dial and a wild guess of £200-£300 for belts and pulleys alone!

That really ended the notion but I was still curious to see if I could do it (unlikely) and started trying to sketch things and looking for software that might help (deciding that it would take me ages to even get started with FreeCad…). One thing I did find though was one site where, by coincidence, the owner had at one time hit on a very similar clock idea, down to the same range of pulleys and abandoned for similar reasons to me.

That at least led me to a site that kept me amused for a few hours while I couldn’t sleep and may perhaps have some practical use one day. That gear arrangement btw is some form of approximation (with a couple of gears added and this doesn’t take what would be the hands to a common central point) of what I’d have needed with the belts and pulleys. I’d have liked to have speeded it up so the final (hour) gears showed a ratio of 1RPM rather than the minute stage but the program wont run that fast.

Oh well back to more sensible things like getting the green houses ready.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 08:19 AM

My mind is back! Spontaneous ideas of SMALL projects requiring minimal or no help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Apr 19 - 12:55 AM

So did the suggestions about using the Printer Friendly setting and saving the file work for you, Dorothy? I was hoping you could figure it out, and it sounds like you have!

I spent a delightful evening as a volunteer at a long-running (March through mid-May) series of fundraising events in the local Botanic Garden. Last time I was down there I was handing out maps and putting wrist bands on; this time I was in the garden talking to people and quite often taking group photos for them with their own cameras.

The house and yard need attention tomorrow. I've wound down a little bit and now it's off to bed. It should be a lovely day and I hope to do some major weeding in the garden.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 09:43 PM

Dupont:

Spent a good chunk of today recovering old posts- so far have managed Jan thru April 2011! It is interesting to see my history. And some of the rest as well. Lots of memories, thing I had forgotten. Finally we have made it to actually having this lovely home! Slow getting it all together but such a relief after much of the history. The cabin in the woods was nice as long as we were there and Beaver continues to be a delight; the 5 hour drive is starting to be a bit much. I shall be going off tomorrow, with or without R, though I am waiting/hoping he will be able to manage a few days away.

The copying and pasteing is tedious and I could not get started until I realized that I could not copy and paste on Firefox - my usual - and had to go back to Safari. I think I used to be able to do such on Firefox but rather than argue I tried an end run. Computers do what they do.

I am at standstill in organizing the house until I get more furniture! I could go to the mill and pot - if it were warmer! Maybe next week. Supper is ready and naught else to do. Ah! R just pulled in!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 04:55 PM

OH

As of today, I have no life-sized projects to coordinate!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 12:04 AM

Driving through a new-to-me terminal at the regional airport, following a shuttle bus, I had to pause when they did, and apparently was astride a crosswalk. No one was in it when I crossed over, but a British fellow decided I needed to be made an example of, and advanced into the road and pounded on the back of my vehicle. So now I'm in the crosswalk, not because of the vehicle ahead of me, but because I dare not move that something might be wrong, and this lunatic is shouting something.

I rolled down my window and asked what was his problem? He was indignant that I was in the crosswalk. Well, that was due entirely to him. If I'd simply told him to "sod off, asshole," would that be rude enough for the occasion? He needs to take his Manchester United behavior back to the UK, it isn't welcome in Texas.

Paperwork today, with all of the rain preventing much else. The dogs tracked in mud and I just found a strange dry mud spot in the closet of my office - Pepper doesn't like the thunder so probably came in muddy and huddled in there. I cleared out the closet of boxes and papers and have instead made room for a dog cave.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 05:47 PM

OH

Bedroom is put back together, a day early, thanks to Brandon. Bed is all dressed.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 01:21 PM

OH

Rug fun.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM

Huge noisy thunderstorms clanging around outside for at least three hours overnight (starting around midnight) drove away any pretense of sleep last night. Ugg. The yard looks intact, but I'll poke around after it stops drizzling to see if my trash cans are still out there or if someone else's have blown into the yard.

I'm working on computer stuff this week and right now have been trying to undo the anti-virus system that has glommed onto my default browser. It's a pain in the butt. I ran a System Restore to get rid of a piece of malware that kept coming back as soon as Malwarebytes quarantined it. That was the origination of the rest of the computer work.

More rain today so I had best turn my attention to indoor pursuits. There is a lot to choose from here.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 10:26 PM

OH

Dressers are out and, happily, only the smaller one is in the LR, reserving that space for a delightful visit as we discussed various approaches to the big work of tomorrow.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 08:47 PM

I should have walked the dogs this afternoon, by 5pm it was rumbling out there; we usually walk around 7pm. Though the chance of rain is high tomorrow, it doesn't usually rain all day long, so we'll probably have a chance to get out.

The oldest dog is on medications that I have to disguise; she managed to spit out a couple of them yesterday (found on the kitchen floor today). I'm going to steam clean the rugs this week and hope for the best.

This afternoon I did some virtual declutter, trying to get some malware to go away; system restore finally took care of it. I have resolved to leave my ad blockers in place; those sites that insist you can't read them unless you turn off the ad blockers are contributing to the reason malware is spreading; it enters through adware these days. I just won't read it if I have to turn off the add blocker. I have trusted sites, but the rest of them, nope.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 05:52 PM

OH

The bedroom switcheroo is in progress....


~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 05:37 PM

Dupont:

Had to walk down to local garage for someone to start car this morning; R left key in ignition overnight (Sat)and left for city before jumping it with his truck. He owes me $20!

Went foraging re food, etc. Found a small, solid wooden (fairly nice) shelf unit for the microwave. Cleaned and in use. Two empty shelves until I decide best use. Side table that had served temporarily has a new useful spot next to a chair in den. Dropped off stuff at the Thrift shop prior to acquiring shelf.

Good lunch at an Indian restaurant with Literacy group. Great folks. Happy to find a good restaurant; lunch is reasonable; dinners not so!

Bought 3 pots of lovely daffies on sale. Will plant in yard later.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

I'm debating about removing old books from a "lawyer's bookcase," one of those glass-front ones that has stacking levels. They're books I'll never read, or use for reference. They're just old.

Company coming this weekend, so it's time to clear up the clutter on tabletops, make sure the guest room is ready, and clean up general public areas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 PM

Dupont:
A trip to the mill yesterday netted two smallish Victorian desks; both need work and are in "store room"; one bookcase - site undecided; and some boxes of books and stuff. Boxes of books are long term storage - until R has time to get them organized; I might live that long! But they are not in the way. "New" dishes, bought for here and stored at mill, were unwrapped and homed, and the recently purchased ones packed to leave, along with a bunch of other stuff!

Doing fairly well at holding the line on clutter; only one spare room being used to gather things until they have repairs or someone to help carry them upstairs. Arranged neat piles of my clothes on floor of BR; still waiting for bureau; requires a second person for moving. NOT me!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 04:40 PM

OH

SRS, yes, there's the rub. We've camped out here for four years without "the good stuff." What it means is that as we unpack, the make-do items go to Goodwill, where many of them came from. In a few cases I liked the Goodwill items better than the corresponding PA items, so the PA one went into the parish pile.

Several huge boxes in front of the sideboard dividing LR and kitchen were unpacked today to make room for a dresser tomorrow, because I have a dishwasher and all PA kitchen items need to be washed before I can think where to put them away!

As we unpack, one empty box is labeled Goodwill. One box for them for every three-four unpacked is about right.

Greg's making lots of new friends at the city recycling center, with all these vanloads of cardboard. Most of the boxes aren't suitable for someone else's next move-- worn out and crazy oddc sizes.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 11:10 AM

If you have everything you need WITHOUT opening boxes, perhaps that's a clue about what to do with the box contents!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 09:26 AM

OH

In recent days I've done dishes, laundry, and groceries (once). Made dinner once. Other than that, zip. Greg's really taken up the slack. I have zero desire to open boxes.

~Susan

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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Apr 19 - 07:52 PM

OH

The parish we attend here had a lovely Easter Vigil last night, meaning Greg could sleep in today and skip the morning service.

Then we lunched at a Palestinan restaurant here that we love, and spent almost two hours at WalMart restocking groceries.

The meat prices were great, so we took the crumpled paper stuffing out of the spare fridge we brought, to hold some. Yano Becky will wipe out its glass shelves Tuesday, so we left items in their bags. Just could not wait to use!

~S`


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Apr 19 - 12:39 PM

I need to wait till tomorrow to declutter myself of a rental car that was part of a process that resulted in a new vehicle. The old one was damaged and totaled (unibody construction is very safe, but hard to repair - and everyone involved is fine). And I've arranged file folders to keep all of this organized and not piled on my desk. The airport has staff to dispatch and receive vehicles 24/7, but the neighborhood locations have much shorter hours.

It's gorgeous today, so I imagine there are egg hunts proceeding across the region. Since I don't practice a religion or have small children to hunt eggs and candy, I will step into the garden and transplant a few iris that popped up where they weren't expected. Cut the flower for a vase and move the plant seems the best plan.

I'm reminded of how well my parents hid eggs (when I was a kid it was the pastel hard coated candy eggs and they didn't come individually wrapped back then). Mom would occasionally find them in the kitchen cupboards or the pull out drawer in the stove, many weeks later and somewhat melted with time. :)

The friend I was cat sitting for had one that was feeling bad, but she couldn't tell which of the three it was (someone threw up in the kitchen, but there was no identification as to source). I was able to narrow it down to the youngest cat who didn't finish his dinner last night--diagnostic services no extra charge! Here at my house I'm decluttering dog hair and such, and will I'll make the push to steam clean my two carpets and wash all of the dog bedding. The vet says the incontinence pills work after 3-4 days, so I'll be ready!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 10:30 PM

I was up early to feed a friend's cats before turning around with my oldest dog and heading to the vet's office in time for Saturday half-day hours as a walk-in; she has been coughing (may have picked up something from the dog visiting last week?) and is incontinent part of the time (usually overnight). So she has cough tablets and treatments for the rest. At least the big pills can go in her dish with the rest of her food. The cough tablets will be in peanut butter till they're gone and the other dogs will also get peanut butter, because you can't not share the peanut butter! More running around, another trip for cat feeding, and finally back home. I took the dogs for a walk (it's perfect right now - I wish it would stay this way for summer!) as a stress reliever at the end of the day. It was funny - my level-headed lab was watching a red squirrel running along the curb ahead of us and he got so excited - if he hadn't been on a leash, that squirrel would have been history. He was beside himself with joy at seeing that critter.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: LilyFestre
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 05:46 PM

I've been busy cooking. Pete isn't really eating much but at least it's there and ready for when Jeremiah and I are hungry. I didn't cook much last week while Pete was inpatient....I wasn't really very interested in eating and it was just easier to pick up a pizza or subs.

I did some rearranging in the kitchen this afternoon, putting away some bowls and water bottles/metal reusable types/getting them off the counter. Our hens are laying copious amounts of eggs and we keep them in bowls on the counter until we are ready to wash and use them....hence the need for the extra counter space.

Today it's breezy but really nice out...finally a break from the rain. We have the windows and doors all open.....hooray for fresh air!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 09:17 AM

OH

The bedroom redo is Tuesday-Thursday next week. I had the dates wrong.

Almost every night I'm dreaming I'm back at the PA house trying to finish leaving. Very unpleasant. Hope it stops soon!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 19 Apr 19 - 06:12 PM

Dupont:

Most animals like their family members to be together! Glad Pete is home for Easter.

This am looked hopeful - R was asking what things needed work and started on Bathroom faucet... Phone call! and he was gone about 9:30, with me harboring hope of an early return. Not so! I spent most of this cold drismal day on internet: arranged hospitality for June wedding, new dates for Magda to pot, updates to a couple friends... Did laundry, washed dishes, read. Nothing else to do unless I went out into the rain; what a silly idea! Hope R gets home in time for tonight's music. Hoping Monday, Earth Day, will be non-rainy and we can fetch useful things from the mill. And attend This Changes Everything at the Little Green Library.

Maybe tomorrow...


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