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De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021

Dorothy Parshall 07 Dec 21 - 04:54 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Dec 21 - 11:22 AM
Thompson 07 Dec 21 - 08:41 AM
Thompson 06 Dec 21 - 04:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 06 Dec 21 - 03:10 PM
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Dorothy Parshall 06 Dec 21 - 08:10 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Dec 21 - 11:53 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 04:54 PM

Beaver:

Well, Lesley came yesterday and took away a whole bunch more stuff!! Today, I managed to fill a bin with stuff and push it across the frozen snow to the car using it to stabilize me! And even got it in into the car. Then I could not see a safe way back to the house! Looking for a stick, a support of some sort, the neighbour walking his dog.... Found the in car snow shovel - in the car!!! and used it as the cane I needed to get safely back into house. WHEW! Tomorrow, whatever fits in one bin will go to car and into car and I will go into car. And leave whatever else until another trip. No broken or bruised bones so far! And I hope to keep it that way.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 11:22 AM

Beaver: Weather has given me a real kick. That nice light snow, then got rain, and I managed to get the car out onto the road knowing if that stuff freezes ... Unfortunately, it did freeze and it is life threatening to navigate. I used the shovel as a cane to get the snow tires out and, a few feet at a time, to the Kitchen and then through the house onto the back deck. Then very carefully brought in wood. Now wondering how creatively I can get stuff into the car to take back to QC. Resting up. Tires will get into tool shed later. No thaw for a few days and I am leaving tomorrow; the goodies are ordered! Rest and read, shlep a little, repeat ... Not precipitating and, hopefully, will not!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Thompson
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 08:41 AM

Ah.
Turns out that for the Norpro steam juicer, apart from the price ($135), and the price of shipping ($45), there'd be about $50 in import duty. I've decided to forget that one and go for the Ribelli one on Amazon, fingers crossed for its quality.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Thompson
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 04:52 PM

Hm, good thinking, Robin!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 03:10 PM

They originated in Finland, so some of those brands might be out there if you figure out to search for them on their brand name.

Pro tip: I find on eBay that when I'm looking for things if I don't use the exact name of the thing I'm looking for I can find the products that people didn't know what to call them. They're out there, orphans waiting to be discovered. Don't search on "Steam juicer," search on some of the product names instead. Or even things like "Pot with hose," etc.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Thompson
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 02:14 PM

The steam juicers seem to have their own individual geographic range. Bit in the preppier parts of the US; big in the Baltic countries, but across most of the rest of Europe, not so much!
There's one called Ribelli for €60 on amazon UK; cheapest Norpro would be €160 by the time I got it here… On the other hand, the Norpro gets very good reviews, whereas I haven't found any of the Ribelli.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 12:28 PM

Thompson, thanks for coming back - I need to check in my old computer to see if I already have a video to edit for steam juicers. Thing is, once you have one of these you'll find ways to use it. (I see a huge price difference between sites for the Norpro 619 - Amazon is about $60 less than Target.) And don't forget there is a marketplace with used. Read the reviews also - Amazon has several competing brands. The gauge of the pan is probably a factor here, and the volume. And the hose isn't rubber, it is going to be silicone. I have the Mehu_Maija aluminum one that actually came here from Finland at some point. I see the used ones are getting pretty high prices, and there is shipping included. So probably new is best (especially if the new ones can come with free shipping.)

On eBay I see a vintage Mahu_Maija used one with an old rubber hose. This is my model (I got it for $40 on Etsy 2 or 3 years ago), it works great, but I updated mine with the replacement silicone hose, and they cost anywhere from 3 to 7 dollars. Get the one with a metal fitting on the end and if you don't have the hose clamp, get that also.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 11:34 AM

After 10 days any remaining parts of the Thanksgiving turkey that haven't gone in the freezer are too old to use. Good thing it's trash day. Too bad we didn't have more people here to eat turkey when this marvelous bird was roasted. I also need to finish trimming the datura plant and send it away in today's trash. So far I've added one more limb of it (cut into pieces and bagged for the trash; this doesn't go into the compost because if it sprouts in the back yard the dogs can get sick from nibbling it.)

All of the talk of snow reminds me of the freezing weather chapter that can be described in this year's holiday letter (that I need to finish soon). We're inches deep in sunshine here right now. And in scanning back over the last few posts I see I didn't even last a week after mentioning my slowing sewer to when I had to roto-rooter it. Hexed myself! (No, I don't believe that, but it sure feels true! In fact, I should have acted earlier, is all.) It's a good thing it was a nice day when I had to spend a couple of hours out in the yard working on that. Today we have a brisk cold breeze despite the sunshine.

I'm close to finishing a woefully-incomplete used jigsaw puzzle. I'm finishing just because, but this one will not go back into circulation once I finish as much as I can. It has been my most challenging to date, with all of these little Italian houses on Cinque Terre and their watery surroundings.

Coming off such a hectic weekend when I pampered myself by picking up more takeout than usual, this morning I finished the combination lo mein for breakfast. That's probably a full-day's worth of calories right there. I have a lot of vegetables to finish also, so the rest of the day might be more bulk than calories. I need to do more baking so I have to pull cooked, mashed pumpkin and sweet potatoes from the freezer. Lots of food activity today. I've already given away a couple of those frozen pumpkin/sweet potato loaves, they are a neighborhood favorite. Baking is restful compared to the yard work, so it's a good activity to switch to.

Lots of big peppers in the garden, way more than I can use, so I'll make a run to the community fridge to donate some. Other chores - more laundry today, and on my fridge I still have that list of the 12-days of cleaning for the holidays that Lily Festre shared several years ago. I find that helpful when trying to make a big push to clean everything everywhere.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Thompson
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 10:39 AM

I've been looking at steam juicers online ever since; the Norpro one is very enticing, except for its price, which isn't enticing at all. Apparently you can distil with them, in an… er… emergency.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 08:10 AM

Beaver:

About 6 inches of snow so light it slid between the cracks in the deck! I will be clearing snow today; more expected. And grieving Bill Staines and writing to friends re same. And, gearing down here and up to going back to QC - put an order in to the bakery for muffins and scones to pick up en route - when I ascertain a safe day to travel. Snow tires will stay in car as I missed my window of opportunity to get them safely the distance to the back shed.

Beautiful out there and just about freezing mark; not a day to travel anywhere!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Dec 21 - 11:53 AM

Playing catchup today, and for most of the week. It's time to get the holiday lights up out-of-doors (just a couple of strings on the porch and the usual three that wrap around the juniper).

The forest floor is deep in the den. The dogs have been running that part of the house this week. I think this is the week to finish up the mowing for now (and get started on mulching - the leaves have piled up at the curb over the last couple of days, so I'll sweep some onto the lawn and mulch them into the turf). And finish the iris thinning. That came to a halt with other projects but can be finished now.

Laundry will go in again today, this time without a biology project washing up into the hall tub. Yuck.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 10:31 PM

Long afternoon followed by takeout dinner and a beer. The drain rooter device was harder to use this time, the block seemed to be bigger, and it kept getting snagged. I finally rocked it enough to get through, but the cable had a twist in it in the mechanism from whoever used it last and I couldn't get it to clear out any further than the initial blockage. The blade came out broken, half had broken off somewhere in the process, so who knows how good that cleanout was.

And I couldn't get the machine up into the SUV by myself so my friend came over and we ended up pulling an old door from the garage (stacked to the side, it used to be an outside door on the house but was dented during the 2005 burglary). We made it into a ramp and pushed the machine into the back of the SUV. Whew!

Time to go wash the tub and have a good hot soak.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 04:08 PM

I was feeling virtuous having put in a load of laundry after reading Charmion's remarks (who correctly sussed the name of the FB Jail commenter) - and I walked into the bathroom and saw water in the tub. Damn. The roots have finally completely clogged the sewer line. I'm just back from picking up the electric snake thing with the tree root attachment. A quick lunch and check-in, then out to the yard to run this thing. And then to actually do something about the roots this time around. Lovely way to kill an afternoon, but the alternative is not flushing or using much water until I go get this machine tomorrow.

The stuff I have stacked up behind the SUV in order to get it out should do the trick - getting it back in will involve incremental lifts and then cardboard to slide it on sideways (they put it in wheels down so it tried to roll around as I drove home.) Or call the friend who took the heavy-duty fence posts off of my hands and suggest he could help me instead of paying for the posts. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 02:18 PM

BEAVER: NOW the sun is full out; scattered clouds!! Guess I'll clear the next half inch!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 02:12 PM

Beaver:

Came to post this hilarious occurrence: Feeling loggy, I thought some fresh air might help - it did. I went out to clear the inch or so of fresh snow off the back deck. It was not snowing a bit while I did it... I finished and came inside, well pleased, and when I turned around to look west----- the deck was covered with a fresh coating - just that fast! It's really coming down! Well, at least the first inch is gone! And I ain't goin' nowhere! It's beautiful out there!

Picked up a clip on light fixture and LED floodlight for the studio but this seems to be a do nothing day (mostly). Guess I'll just read and watch the snowfall. And clear it the next time it takes a break. Got those snow tires on JUST IN TIME!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 12:58 PM

Would that be our famous gnu? He ran afoul of a bot that didn’t like his vocabulary.

My brother Andrew has also done time in Facebook jail, probably for being provocative. He’s good at that.

I have tried FB Messenger for video chat, and I’m not a fan. It was buggy and slow, with irritating lags, and I’ve never seen myself look worse.

The washer just chimed, indicating a load of wet underwear ready for the airer, and I’ve shovelled the leaves off the patio and onto the back flower bed. The wind is kicking up and huge gun-metal grey clouds are looming to windward, so this bit of fair weather is just about over.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 12:07 PM

It seems to be going around. With all of the canning and gardening I do you'd think I could last at least 24-hours in a FB canning group, but apparently if what you're calling things isn't what they call things that's all it takes to find yourself erased before they bother to find out what you were REALLY talking about. What book were you reading that brought things to such an impasse? There's another Mudcat member (not a participant in these threads) who regularly finds himself in "Facebook jail." I keep my fingers crossed on that topic. (I wonder what a Mudcat book club would look like?)

The thing I forget about is that so many of us are connected on Facebook also and can use the Messenger app to do video chat. Perhaps it's time to pick up the smart phone or pull the covers off of our webcams and chat on occasion. And certainly, use that as one way to reach out of the sound of another voice and a friendly face is what you really need at the moment!

I've been feeling unproductive lately because I'm trying to complete one task (not very efficiently) and leaving all other chores till after I finish. Hence the list in the kitchen where I can cross off small things completed. The leaves here are just getting started, but that job needs to be added to my list. They pile up in the street at the curb (not my trees) and I scoop them onto the lawn and mulch them in with the mower. If I do a pass now I'll need to go back at least once more, possibly twice as the cold season progresses.

The fence across the street is a lovely sight to behold. I predict my friend will get more commissions in the village after that job because it's right there at the bottom of the hill since we're at one of the major entry points into the village.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 11:00 AM

Today I must clear the dead leaves off the patio or I will be sorry later. The latest dump of snow has melted and the temperature will be over freezing at least until tonight, so I can get it done. If I leave it any longer and the patio ices up over the thick blanket of leaves currently covering the entire area, it will be a godawful mess in the spring.

Likewise, laundry. I'm running low on clean underwear again.

I have lost more weight and have had to buy new bras a size smaller. Fortunately, I had a couple of smaller-sized sports bras left over from a few years ago, but one is grey and the other is black, and both of them feel rather more Iron Maidenish than is consistent with day-long comfort. Meanwhile, the Post Office is taking its sweet time about delivering the new ones I ordered two weeks ago. Only to be expected; everything is wonky these days. Even the liquor store is "advising" (read: urging) its customers to buy early for Christmas to avoid disappointment.

I got fired from the book club this week. I'm angry at myself for not reading the room, and embarrassed because it's really difficult to avoid people in this small town; sooner or later, everyone goes to the supermarket. But it's a sign that all is not entirely well in my head; too easily, I get ticked off and say things I should not say, definitely not in that company. For the last year, I have managed to keep my keel more or less even by filling my awareness with stuff to do, but I've done all the un-muddling and decluttering jobs. That leaves me fretful and unfocussed, and only too aware that I'm on my own with my thoughts and frustrations. On a bad day, I really have to watch myself and bridle my tongue. Of course, on a bad day, I find out it's a bad day when I have already committed a social sin and it's too late to fix it.

Crap.

I'll get over it, as I have recovered from past such incidents, but it will take a while. I won't dive into the whisky bottle or indulge in any of the perfectly legal cannabis brownies now available in Stratford. I've been drafted into the rag-tag remnant of the church choir (still no choral singing allowed) for carolling gigs, and the concert choir is reaching another bend in the road with the end of the current series of "vocal recovery" sessions. That means getting the executive through a series of votes to fund the new conductor's plans to hire an accompanist and move us into a better rehearsal space. I just have to hang on to my temper.

Christmas will be tough this year.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 21 - 10:57 PM

The plant I dug up was an easy job; last spring I trimmed all of the salvia back down to the ground after the bad freeze, so everything that grew up from the roots was easy to sort now. And it serves as a reminder that I should probably cut it back every year. I really do love being able to share plants with friends, it serves as a living reminder of the friendship and merges into the other plantings. I see plants up and down the street here that I've given to friends over the years, and I have quite a few they've shared with me.

The new fence going in across the street is a really beautiful cedar front and a reinforced top, going in beside an already really beautiful house. It will put all of the rest of us to shame. :) I'm going to suggest to John (that neighbor) that we collaborate on planting some interesting things in front of it. A garden there would be lovely, and I'm more than willing to help and contribute plantings (more shared plants).

Making lists for holiday gifts, and figuring out the best way to get them delivered. This month will pass quickly as far as getting things picked and shipped in time to arrive. Anything that is made here (sewing machine) may involve an I.O.U. in an attractive card or token box. I have some thoughts in that direction.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 21 - 12:01 PM

This morning I'm preparing a few items to take to friends - both will receive pickled okra and one will receive one of my little eBay items, a small 75-watt 1-quart crockpot that is perfect for cooking oatmeal overnight. It's the way I've cooked it for years and that's how I market these online. They are all decades old, but they are a very reliable source of a lovely breakfast. I've given these to everyone in the family over the years.

I also need to go dig up a plant for the host of an event I'm going to this evening (she often has "door prizes" of plants she is thinning out). After last winter's freeze I cut down the Salvia greggi at the corner of my yard by the driveway. It was right to the ground, and when it came back very quickly I didn't have a lot of dead branches to make it real messy. It turns out that one plant put in years ago has spread to about a dozen (a branch that rests on the ground puts out roots and becomes its own clone of the original.) This one is called "lipstick" or "hot lips."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 08:16 PM

Dorothy's talk about her son's visit reminded me that a friend of mine has said a couple of times that she would see me in December. So I called today to find out when (late) and while we were at it we discussed her connectivity issues (new Internet Provider and a service tech who never set up her printer). After many calls she's unwilling to pay for another service call, so while we talked on Messenger I had her point her phone at her computer and I told her what kind of cable she needs. She'll order it from Amazon this evening (it's the standard USB 1 cable many older printers use). $6 is a lot less than a service call.

I managed a nice declutter this afternoon—I stepped across the street to say hello to my friend the handyman who is putting up a fence for that neighbor. The previous fence installer had used wood for some, and on others cut a foot off each metal post and buried them only a foot deep so they all needed replacing. I mentioned that I had some metal fence posts from taking down an old fence in my back yard and after setting aside three for my gate project I sent the remaining six posts across the street. He had bought some for one stretch of the fence but still needed several more. He insisted he should by them so I asked $20 for the six. The new ones he's using are lighter gauge, the heavy ones I just supplied I looked up - they cost $30 each new. Wow. I'm glad to have them out of the way. These had been stacked next to the garage in the back yard and weeds grew around them so it's good to have them gone and they'll be working for my neighbor.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 04:12 PM

Beaver:

Survived my booster shot on Tuesday; yesterday am was rough with my left shoulder at whimpering pain level and the right one, strangely only a bit better; NO energy at all but I muddled through the day with the pre-cooked rice and chicken broth, reading, resting, sleeping. This am - right as rain!

A drismal day, I did a load of laundry - bedding mainly - and hung it in house to dry, which it has. At one point the sun came out; wow! I took a sheet out to hang over wood pile and then, when I took out the compost - it was misting again! Brought it back in and hung near wood stove - NOT too near! Dry and house is warm, and rain intermittent. Brought in a good wood supply between showers.

Need to ask Lesley if she can take a bunch more stuff to re-home. I prefer that she makes the decisions as she is coordinated with a community of folks who fix things, make things, re-use things, etc. Better than trashing stuff that can be creatively used.

Had tires changed on Tues! YAY! Now need to decide whether to put the summer ones in the shed here or take them back to Dupont. Where might I be next spring? If the weather is good tomorrow, and my energy, I will put them in the back shed; I have a bunch of stuff to take to Dupont. Still no word from son #2 on arrival time.

#1 son will be 62 on Sunday; sent him an email lest I forget! Will put it in phone that friend Hannah will be 62 on 13th AND Julie (DIL) 63 on 10th! The phone calendar is a big help! Added one Grandson; cannot remember BD for other one. Now two GD! and on GGD but no idea about the other two GGDs! Troy will know. I feel so distant from them.

4pm and I COULD go pot but the lighting in the studio is inadequate. Maybe R can improve it when he comes at Christmas, I think hopefully. OR... need to consider this, look as possibilities. ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 08:31 AM

I love Sirius XM, which I get in the car and on my fancy Bose compact stereo. I only wish it had more Canadian stations; so far, Canadian content is limited to several offerings from the CBC.

Christmas is thickening up with plans. Now Nephew No. 2 and his wife and daughters propose to stop overnight in Stratford on their way from Ottawa to Windsor. They will have supper with me and sleep at the BIL’s house. That same evening, my elder brother and his wife are due on the eight o’clock train … Here’s me, not going anywhere if I can help it.

Physio today. I think I’m ready to try acupuncture, I’m that tired of the ache in my sacroiliac.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 21 - 08:59 PM

Nice weather, I didn't do much out-of-doors to enjoy it, but I am very close to finishing my written part of this docent program. I've been down a few Wikipedia and dedicated artist site rabbit holes in the process. My goal is to connect enough dots on the tour to demonstrate how so many disparate works of art actually fit together.

A few more ornaments are out, with more to go. On my way back and forth to the sunroom china cupboard I nearly killed myself in the kitchen slipping on a big puddle left next to the dog water bucket. It has a towel under it, but this splash was way past it. Perhaps I need to buy a mat to keep us all safer in that corner of the room.

I did my annual bludgeon the SiriusXM folks today and got my ultra-cheap ($7 a month) plan extended for another year. Usually it's about $22. I keep meaning to use it more; mostly I listen to a couple of news programs, Bluesville, and Classic Vinyl. I'm not a heavy consumer of this stuff.

I have a wish list from one of the kids - it has changed a lot now that he bought a house.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 04:05 PM

I have a list in the kitchen of things that need doing and while I'm advancing on a couple of the tasks I haven't crossed off any yet. I have several things that do need finishing this week, so I'll stop playing on Mudcat and get back to work! (There may be a motivational power nap in the mix soon today.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 Nov 21 - 05:18 PM

Beaver:

Not sure those new books are going to clear with the baking soda; they are in a drawer. I will leave them for another few days and go to the library tomorrow for OLD books. Give them a sniff test. Needing to keep the house closed to keep the cold out does not help either. There seems to be something in the air.... So I went out and vacuumed the filter of the air cleaner and turned it on. hopeful that it will help. I really felt better when I was in & out bringing in the wood supply. And even being out long enough to bring the vac out of the tool shed and use it. I can keep it outide

Re the book situation: I had an emergency pile from thrift shops and giving up on NEW books, picked up Orphan Train, a page turner; must find more by Christina Baker Kline. Pertinent to this thread was a part about portaging - how much can you carry when portaging? Extrapolate to how much you want to carry in your life generally.

The dinner ware is in the never used VW van waiting for my friends to take it away! Also the Orphan Train which Joanne will love. three more bins will leave here for Dupont (1) or for local distribution. Tomorrow, with luck I will get tires changed - if it does not snow too much tonight and get booster shot regardless- I hope. If it snows a lot I will wait for the plow.

Oops, neighbour Larry stopped by and we had a good chat about getting old and coping and the how of it, possibilities. Making the house easier - cooler, warm enough as needed. And paying attention to what my body needs - like the air cleaner - the air in here is cleaner already! And reducing the stress level. And him taking/buying some of my pottery stuff but I have to stick around to give advice. A real pep talk. Now for supper.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Nov 21 - 04:11 PM

CLR works best for me. It doesn't act like detergent or iky drain cleaner but it works on traps nicely.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 21 - 12:29 PM

I have started assembling a holiday diorama on my mantle, so far with garland (gold, silver, and green tree-like) and a string of small rice lights. There are now three nutcrackers standing amongst the garland and the three uplights (that sit there year-round and are occasionally turned on to make the stone wall look better) are each offering side illumination. I'll continue to add to it, following the rule of thumb of one of my dearest friends - "nothing says Christmas like excess!"

In consideration of the earlier discussion of leaky pipes and repairs, I have a mostly replaced sewer line, with the new PVC ending a few feet from where the house line intersects with the city under the street. The repair stopped just short of where the gas line should be because my friends couldn't find it and didn't want to hit it. One day last month I ran the dishwasher and the clothes washer right after each other and had water back up into the tub. So I'm doing the careful dance of not running too much water at one time down the drain, and I'll periodically pour a sewer line grease cutter to try to keep it open. Two things that dampen the holiday spending season are a plumber's visit or a dash to the veterinarian, so we try to avoid those.

I have received my first holiday card, a reminder that I shouldn't dawdle if I want to mail mine in time for people to add me back to their lists. I used to send over 50, now it's barely 20 because I've lost track of people and they've lost track of me.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Nov 21 - 08:34 AM

you are certainly living in Interesting Times!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 29 Nov 21 - 07:46 AM

I live in a madhouse. I heard the bell for the bedroom (radio doorbell push next to dad’s bed) go at about 6am. Mum had got to dad before me so I left it until later to try to find out what the problem had been.

J. What did dad ring the bell for this morning?
Mum. He wanted some water. He turned over a few times and fell out of bed.
J. He fell out of bed???
Mum. No but he could have fallen out of bed. He reached for his cup.
J. Had I forgotten to put the table by the bed then?
Mum. No that was OK and he could reach the cup.
J. So what are you telling me?
Mum. You are confusing me.

A bit later…

J. Why did you ring the bell this morning?
Dad. I didn’t ring a bell and no bell sounded.
J. (after ringing the bell). I heard that bell early this morning.
Dad. I did that deliberately as I needed water.
J. Didn’t I leave you with the cup and table as you want them?
Dad. No that was fine but…
        (he then goes into a lengthy explanation of hot and cold water in the bathroom and Mike         giving him his morning wash)
J. So how does this concern you needing water early in the morning when you are in bed.
Dad. I don’t know.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Nov 21 - 12:40 PM

My garden was touched by frost (the tarp over peppers and such protected them). I just now trimmed the tomato vines so I could pull out the steel wire tomato cages, and there are still a lot of green leaves. I suppose they could keep going for a while but I doubt they'd produce more fruit, so they're stacked in a pile to drag back to the compost.

I've pulled out the retired sofa cover (to keep dog hair and mud off of the sofa) and will shape a portion of it around a padded (orthopedic!) dog bed with a three-sided higher rim for more warmth. Cookie tore a chunk out of that rim last year and I put it out of reach, but now I'll cover the whole thing with the quilted fabric cover from last year and hope she leaves it alone. I'll probably use a combination of elastic and buttons and loops to hold it in place. Then I need to think about how to wash (on general principles) the existing beds that have been in use for ages. I'll use the leftover sofa-cover-fabric in the same way on a smaller bed (that still needs mending - also destroyed by Cookie the Monster. (I have to wash my hands thoroughly after handling them because I sprayed on that bitter apple "yuck" stuff to supposedly keep them from chewing. It doesn't even slow Cookie, but it lasts a long time and I end up with it in my mouth if I'm not careful.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Nov 21 - 09:52 AM

The first snowplow of the season just grumbled past my house.

Real winter. It’s here at last.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 01:42 PM

The external drive I had my films on went CLONK and nothing. I managed to find them on the backup drive and restore to a small WD Elements drive. Still HDD though.

Dorothy, that's good about the book. I imagine there's something in the ink or glue that's troublesome.

I found a 30% off code for yesterday on Zenni so ordered another pair of photosensitive glasses. My current pair is scratched (not bad, but I notice it) so I'll wear these for yard and construction type work. The good thing about having the cataract surgery is that multiple pairs won't go out of date with the next optometrist visit - there is no correction in either lens, just the 2.00+ bifocal added. So I can have several pairs that won't become obsolete. Hoping this stays the norm for a long time. I enjoy changing the look of my glasses for some occasions. They're more like jewelry now, or a hair clip. An accessory.

I just revisited the thread I started re: Sondheim and ended up traveling down a very deep YouTube musical dive. I suspect many of us will end up doing that. I finally landed on a documentary about the Travelling Wilburys. :)

This afternoon needs to be a writing afternoon, but I'll make a list of the things I want to accomplish this week and see how to pace myself. I've taken a Sudafed (allergens of some sort are in the air) and am feeling perkier than yesterday, when I ended up taking two naps.

Charmion as far as Brussels sprouts, I know some members of my family have picked them up as a dish to serve on Thanksgiving, but it isn't one I grew up with. I like them ok, they're another cruciferous vegetable that is good for you. They just seem a little fussy to cook. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Thompson
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 12:57 PM

Stilly, the SSD cost a little over £100 sterling for one terabyte. That was for one described as sturdy. The external hard drive I had my films on before started going nrr nrr and expired. Apparently this is less likely to happen with an SSD.
What's this closed box and baking soda and books combination for, Dorothy Parshall?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 12:26 PM

BEaver:

HAH! baking soda in a closed box with books... this is going to happen immediately!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 12:21 PM

Beaver:

Good chuckle, SRS, re the tree vs sticks! I was looking at small lavender and rosemary "trees" at the grocery. If son comes near Christmas, an effort of some sort might be appreciated. Or one here for when/if R and I come for Christmas/new year.

Wise move, Charmion! My problem was finding one with two separate handles! Seems that Canadians are happy with one. I want better control of hot vs cold. Wayfair provided.

Negotiating with friends who do e-bay re set of dinnerware - 5 boxes. They will pick them up here and decide how to handle it. I don't care about the money, just re-homing a lovely-to-someone set.

Still recovering from journey, or cold weather or not eating right. Like that book about enjoying what you eat; that is what decided to do but have not done well these couple days. I need to bring something healthy/yummy with me next time so I can eat well while exhausted, including too exhausted to manage even acquiring take out.

All I have managed is to keep the wood supply up to snuff, and borrow a bunch of books from the library. Suspect the off-gassing of the new books could be affecting my energy level. A couple months ago I had to take two back unread because the odour was really sickening me. Will google to see if there is an answer: would freezing or heat make them off gas faster. May also affect my eyes??? I have been having trouble with eyes sporadically - definitely in the brain.

Would love to get some pots made this trip; to pot or not to pot... I keep hoping.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 11:50 AM

My brother-in-law has announced that he's staging a late American Thanksgiving dinner today. I hope that just means he's baked a pumpkin pie and intends to roast a turkey; I'm not sure I could face that dish of mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on it.

I have been tasked to bring Brussels sprouts and wine. The wine makes sense, but are Brussels sprouts canonical?

In other news, Richie the plumber has completed his work at my house and the net results are two new sections of copper pipe in the cellar, a dry floor in the laundry room, and a new kitchen sink faucet that works much better than its elegant predecessor and cost a third as much, including the tax.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 01:00 PM

How did the SSD drive compare in price to an HDD?

My turkey was perfect, and probably one of the best I've cooked, so this is the method I will continue using. Spatchcocking a still slightly frosty bird was the hardest part, but that will get easier with practice.

I washed and put away everything before going to bed, so coming into a completely cleared and clean kitchen this morning was wonderful; this is one of the great after effects of all of the holiday preparation.

Now to write the holiday letter and get it mailed in time to reach people so they'll put me back on their mailing list and send my their holiday cards or letters. And time for some lights and garland on the mantle. I don't put up a tree, especially with these three stick-chewers. They'd never let me live it down, bringing a whole tree into the house after scolding them repeatedly for dragging big sticks in through the dog door and demolishing them on the den floor.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Thompson
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 04:29 AM

I've just bought a 1 terabyte SSD drive, reputedly less likely to fail than an old-fashioned hard drive - the place is crawling with DVDs, and I'm going to save the films down onto the drive and give the DVDs to a local charity shop, with the twin purposes of clearing space and getting some money in for the charity.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Nov 21 - 02:51 PM

We're watching COVID to see if my son might feel comfortable getting on a plane in January. It took a lot of persuasion to get him to go with his partner to her family's home for this holiday.

A batch of hot dinner rolls delivered across the street, along with a jar of pickled okra. ✔

My dinner underway ✔

The turkey is spatchcocked this year so should bake fast. Everything else will go in at nearly the same time, so a number of baking things are out - roaster oven, convection oven, and oven oven.

Dinner at 5. Thank goodness I sent my friend a reminder - he was going to arrive at noon. I couldn't stand getting all of this done with anyone underfoot. I decided decades ago that I wasn't going to get up before dawn to start a dinner for midday and work all day till I dropped. At least I get a good night's sleep before hand. Thanksgiving isn't for wimps, even with a good night's sleep.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Nov 21 - 04:32 PM

Averaged Covid cases have jumped up 46% since October in the US.
Similar jumps have happened in Austria and Germany.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Nov 21 - 01:58 PM

Never hire a plumber who owns a large boat.
My amateur pipe fixes are still perfectly sound and dry.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Nov 21 - 11:03 AM

I made eight pints of green tomato relish last night, a sticky process since these jars are filled to the top and they ooze during processing. They've been wiped down and are still resting on the counter, but I am moving on to other clearing and prep. I'm going to spatchcock the turkey this year (something I've threatened to do in the past, but this year I found information about how to bake the flattened bird.)

There are still some tomatoes, and they may go into another small batch of relish later in the week. Today I'll make the cranberry sauce and steam juice some frozen berries. I'm making roasted vegetables for tomorrow so today I'll give them a good scrub (I'm not going to peel everything, only the one turnip) and have them ready. Of all of the things I make on Thanksgiving, that's the one that makes the house smell amazing and goes well with everything if there are leftovers.

Around the house, it's time to put the brush end on the vacuum and make the rounds in the den, to dust the stones on the fireplace, mantle, and hearth and get ready to put out some holiday decorations. I'll vacuum the whole room while I'm at it.

The yard needs attention, and I may set aside an hour this afternoon to address some of the unfinished projects out front. And today is one of my watering days—the vegetables can use a soak.

Yesterday on my local NPR talk show Think they had a fascinating conversation with Mark Schatzker regarding our modern diet and the use of supplements. His argument is that they short circuit our built in desire for certain types of healthy foods and we end up making bad choices (and our systems are confused the the proliferations of flavors added to many other foods.) It's an interesting theory. I have a couple of observations that occurred to me as I listened to the program I'll share another day. But in particular, he compares how different countries dealt with food-related vitamin deficiency health problems. For example, in addressing one particular problem (I forget which now), Italy promoted eating more of the healthy foods while in the US they added vitamins to bread and cereal. Italy solved the problem and the US solved it but also grew more obese.

What if managing our diet is less about fads and more about just enjoying real foods? Mark Schatzker of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation joins host Krys Boyd to discuss his journey into food production and eating habits around the world to discover secrets of health and happiness. His book is called The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 21 - 07:29 PM

It doesn't take long to figure out that those tall faucets make a big splash - better to learn it at someone else's house or in a business before installing it yourself. I thought about it, but the cost was enough I went with a standard profile. I need a new one because I bought one that had too-small intake hoses and they're not interchangeable (I got 1/2" instead of 3/4" hoses) and the water pressure and flow is low. One of these days I'll put in a new one.

Physical today, information gathered, checkup satisfactory. I'd like to lose weight. Same ol' same ol'. I made a point of not taking Sudafed before I left the house and the blood pressure reading came in normal; at my last medical checkup it ran high and I realized it was the medication. I can't take two Sudafed or I'm climbing the walls, so I'm sure even one has an impact (but it does clear my sinuses).

I walked into Joann's for some yarn and walked out with yarn plus several yards of fabric. It's like going food shopping when you're hungry; I haven't been there for a while. Time to get back to making more masks. The first batch of fabric went through the wash with sheets and towels.

I brought home new chrome pans that go under each burner on the stove and it looks nice. The old ones were rusted out. There first workout is tonight when I make green tomato relish. That'll clear up some of the counter space once the bin of tomatoes is used. Getting psyched up for the work of Thanksgiving; even for a very small meal, I'll still make several dishes. #Tradition. I think it's time to pull out the DVDs and put on a movie to keep me company. Holiday? Screwball comedy? Hitchcock? Hmmm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Nov 21 - 05:25 PM

I went to Canadian Tire (where else?) for a new kitchen faucet. Including taxes, it cost about a third of the current one, it’s not the fashionable tall type that splatters all over the place, and it’s made by Moen, Richie the plumber’s favourite — easy to install and repair.

Now I have to get Richie back …


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Nov 21 - 04:30 PM

Dupont:

WOW! I hope Richie can tell (Charmion) how to buy a faucet that will last! I am waiting for one from Wayfair that was just over $100CAD. I am hoping to live long enough to have a new K sink and faucet. (The sink is on the back porch.) The Bathroom sink is still not complete; R LIKES the old faucets and has been trying to get one to function. two years now. An old sink with very nice faucets appeared recently but he has not been inclined to give up...

More importantly: R has realized a roof leak in the addition is causing damage, in addition to serious damage in the front eaves of the house. Now it is November! This is serious but encouragement has been going on since April.... Refuses to hire a roofer. SAD! Maybe if I point out what appears to be damage in the upstairs hallway....

Still no definitive response from son. I am going to Beaver tomorrow! Finally found the energy!! Yesterday's hope to throw pots turned into vacuuming with the unfortunate result that I coughed for the rest of the day right until I finally fell asleep. But the hall is cleaner! The great huge fern (Boston?) given us by a neighbour dropped a great deal of debris while being placed; hoping it will not do too much more. It also blocks most light from that north window! I am getting used to it. It certainly is a presence!

So, a call to service station in Bancroft (the one I have been using most of 40 years!) elicited info: yes they can change tires - next Tuesday; the roads are clear as of today and nothing expected imminently. Good to go! Car mostly loaded. Will not plan to go anywhere if it snows before Tuesday which is also day to get booster shot at the local Legion!! Hope for clear roads that day.

Included in the cargo is the tires, about 6 boxes (I have not counted; R put them in car) of that set of china which I hope my friends will peddle on internet, a bag of stuff for Lesley to distribute to best places. And the laundry! The DR cabinet looks betteer without the dishes and my new shelves are starting to get dressed with old treasures.

Hopefully, I will be able to leave the snow tires at Beaver - if there is little enough snow for me to get them to the back shed. Maybe I will even find the energy to throw a few bowls and mugs that a friend wants in spongeware (blue). I have been energized today by thoughts of going home, probably for a couple weeks. Longer if son decides not to come on 20th.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Nov 21 - 12:46 PM

After investigating every tap and toilet in the house, Richie says the kitchen faucet is terminally ill and must be replaced.

It’s only four years old and it cost SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS!

Oh, well, lots more money where that came from.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Nov 21 - 10:46 AM

Richie the plumber has been in the laundry room for two and a half hours already and he's not finished yet. He has replaced the main water inlet pipe (dead valve) and repaired a pinhole in the feeder pipe to the ground floor loo, and he wants to do something (I'm not sure what) to all three toilets. I can hear the Shop-Vac whirring now, after rather a lot of pipe-cutter racket and whoosh of welding torch. This is gonna be expensive.

All this arose from my discovery about ten days ago of water on the floor around the dryer and a fine spray apparently coming from the top of the water softener.

When Richie came to deal with the fine spray, he found that the valves on the main pipe were jammed and the pipe itself a dead loss. That meant summoning a city crew to shut off the water outside, and then the major surgery under way now.

I guess I should be grateful this didn't happen in January, when the outside shut-off valve will be under Lord alone knows how much snow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 21 - 12:51 AM

Off to my annual physical tomorrow, where I may get some of that same medical prodding to detect muscles under the accumulation of non-muscle. Then home again to make relish, and maybe made cranberry juice, and certainly to make cranberry sauce. Only one of these things needs to be ready this week but all three need doing.

The self-cleaning feature on the oven was run today and after tomorrow's appointment I'm going to run by Lowe's and pick up some replacement pans that go under the stove burners. They don't last long, a year or two, then they're rusted out. Since I cleaned the oven I might as well clean under the burners. I also need to pick up marshmallows for the sweet potatoes. (And with turkey and sweet potatoes, I'll manage to drop something on the newly-cleaned oven floor.)

Outdoors, I really do need to mow the front and back lawns. It would be nice to have the yard looking pretty for guests.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Nov 21 - 03:55 PM

You're correct, but it is a pleasure to work in an uncluttered area and have a place to serve food without moving stuff out of the way first. I just got off the phone with the friend who is allergic to dogs - she won't be able to visit this Thanksgiving so I need to worry less about dog dander. :)


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