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De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021

Donuel 30 Aug 21 - 07:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 21 - 10:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 21 - 09:10 PM
Donuel 27 Aug 21 - 06:48 PM
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Dorothy Parshall 24 Aug 21 - 10:10 PM
Charmion 24 Aug 21 - 11:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Aug 21 - 09:52 AM
Charmion 24 Aug 21 - 09:31 AM
Dorothy Parshall 23 Aug 21 - 03:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Aug 21 - 11:19 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Aug 21 - 07:16 AM

I finished mowing and have to epoxy paint before the remants of Ida arrives and finish up next week.
My blintzes were crap except for one, consistancy requires experience.
I need to apply for SSI , return cable equipment and re register the car. Covid allowences are falling away from gov and utilities so I need to be more vigilent. Whenever my wife meets up with her sisters at weddings, funerals and births I face all the sister's concerns when she returns. Last time it was dementia and death. Its always different but inlaw relations were always cursed by their mom, now its a tradition..


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 21 - 10:29 PM

Last November I rented a snake/roto rooter device to clean out the tree roots at the bottom of my sewer line. Yesterday when the washer ran it backed up into the tubs and I fear it is time again for the device. At some point I need to have the bottom few feet of the sewer line replaced by a plumber who is insured in case they hit a gas line. Most of the line was replaced a couple of years ago down to that point, but since the friend who did it is a public works employee and he couldn't find the gas line so they stopped short of finishing the whole job. I may run a simple snake down there now just to open things up a bit. I did put some Liquid Plumr down the line in case there is a grease buildup impacting things. A human plumber is going to cost me a couple grand for the rest of the job as far as replacing the end of the sewer line to the city connection.

There is a hurricane in the neighborhood - we won't get the wind or rain, but we are getting the overcast and the humidity. This morning it was 89%. Once it moves on it should be more comfortable again and I'll walk the dogs again.

Sunday night noir movies this evening feature Humphrey Bogart, in the background as I work my way through a defensive driving online course.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 21 - 09:10 PM

Blueberries and fish - I will be making blueberry muffins this evening, and my late dinner is haddock. :)


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Subject: RE: Food is medicine
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Aug 21 - 06:48 PM

I'm back to eating blueberries and walnuts with fish for dinner.
I feel great for having a cardiac event which tells me no damage was done. BLT's are to die for.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 21 - 10:24 AM

We did walk today, it wasn't quite as humid, but we needed to get out to walk so we suffered through it. This was after I went out to pick to okra that I last picked yesterday morning. Once a day isn't enough, they get too large. (A gardener's nightmare is waking up and realizing the last time they picked okra was the day before yesterday!)

One of the Invisible Fence collars has failed and yesterday Pepper was charging right up to the fence to bark at the next door dogs. I called around and think I'll be able to get the warrantied replacement today, but to stop the fence charging for now I put Cookie's collar on Pepper before I left for the afternoon. That way, the next time Pepper approached the fence she got the shock, and Cookie's is set stronger than Pepper's, so she probably got quite a shock. And if Cookie was out there (they're always together) and saw it, then all she needs to know is that staying back from the fence is still the right thing to do. Good thing dogs are superstitious.

This weekend is one for finishing two online courses. It's hot so staying in isn't the problem, it's sitting too long and having my hip hurt when I stand up. I'll set a timer and move around every 30 minutes or so.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Aug 21 - 09:47 AM

This morning the walk didn't happen - the temperature was 77o but the humidity is 89%, meaning the walk would be a sweaty slog. I picked okra for 10 minutes and nearly came down with a case of prickly heat (I had to wash my hands and arms and rub them roughly with a dish towel to get the itchiness to go away.)

Fitness stuff is sometimes baby steps; the walk is good general body movement, but also good is the online exercise program that focuses on hips and uses sensors for one leg to monitor my progress, and this week and next it is supposed to have some extra stretches after the workout, but I'm not finding them. Since I didn't get the walk this morning I'll take time and poke around more to see if I can track down the stretches.

Note finished, franked, and ready to go out in the mail today. It helps put the baggage of what evolved into a really awful workplace behind me.

If the humidity drops later this morning I can go mow the front lawn to get some walking around. A lot of that front yard work is in and out of the shade of my various trees so isn't too bad. I'd rather have the heat than the humidity.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Aug 21 - 09:43 PM

The shower was nice, but today was another really hot day and there may be a repeat this evening. We managed a morning walk and I've started the oldest dog on a 2x a day veterinary aspirin to help with some of his arthritis discomfort. He is always the slowest on our walks.

I'm reminded by the Courier thread that when it gets this hot I usually put an ice-filled cooler on the porch with bottled water, so I'll set that up for tomorrow. The rest of the week is supposed to be a scorcher (100o each day).

I have a list of stuff to do, but it was a kind of lazy day. Some reading, a nap, and picking up a little bit around the house. I have a couple of online courses to take that I'd like to finish by the weekend and I have some research to do for some docent work I'm planning to start in the fall at a local art museum. Today I found myself working on a note of congratulations for a former co-worker who was in the worst possible situation work-wise, such that I didn't even try to make friends, but I always felt like there could have been a friendship under different circumstances. She landed in the middle of a toxic administrative office, and I warned her before I left that if she didn't get out she'd be forever tainted by the other two in her administrative triad. I'm glad to know that she landed on her feet at the top post of the library in the institution she has moved to. This is the kind of note that says "I'm sorry we were never friends but I'm really glad you've moved out and I hope you make new friends." It isn't easy to write, but at the same time, I'm glad to be able to write it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 21 - 10:14 PM

Whichever of us makes it first must report back. It sounds like it's a savory soup - the only sweetness comes from grenadine, which I never use but when I look it up is both sweet and tart. This is the kind of recipe that brings ingredients into the house that don't get used for anything else, so I hope this is a good soup and I make it more than once. :)

The patio shower is ready for a rinse before bedtime. It's still 90o out right now (it was at least 100o today) and it will feel wonderful.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Aug 21 - 10:10 PM

Beaver:

A bit less hot or lower humidity made for a glorious day. I finished a bunch of pots and hope there is a kiln load but will fire regardless, hopefully tomorrow as all is outside in the woodshed (open all four sides) so breeze can do its work. Managed to get up a bit early this am and have BF done by about 9; worked diligently, pushing a bit towards the end.

snack, then off to "get things done": A form to renew health card initiated a trip to Service Ontario without high expectations. The sing on the door stated firmly "by appointment only" but there was no one there but staff who kindly did both driver's license and health card, with alacrity! Saved me going to the post office for a stamp to mail the thing! That has de-cluttered my mind of those two biggies.

Hardware store to find Iron OUT for cleaner toilet; got home and found there was some - right where I put it so this one will go to QC. Also a masonry bit to drill larger holes in flat ceramic bells made many years ago and now due for ribbons to become decorative - for the shop.That is a de-clutter! And clear Gorilla glue to fix sandels before I trip over myself. And a nice chat with friend of 40 years who works there - Nah! He cannot be that old!

Grocery store: frozen fish to do up in toaster over, a la Charmion! I usually like sweet potato fries with it - in same pan - but again there were none of the Alexis seasoned ones - yummy! So I put in a 3 perogies -- slept for an hour or so! Was nice to bump into neighbour/friend of 40 years/ reeve of Twnshp for a chat! It is wonderful to talk to someone(s) other than store employees! Cheered me up! THAT is a major de-clutter!

I also do very little heat producing - cooking. Realized the bathroom is warm from water heater and freezer so I am keeping the door shut. I have a good fan in small K window to exhaust heat if I cook anything. The buckwheat cakes make me feel better so I am back to making them each am. After I cooked chick peas for hummous I put the pan outside to cool. I run the distiller at night when it is cooler. Of course, this house is so small (600sf) that with the two doors and two large windows open, I have whatever cooling is possible. The house in QC is more difficult. Without the a/c in BR it would be hopeless even though I spend my life opening and closing doors and windows!

De-cluttering the heat is paramount. As soon as the sun goes behind the west hill, it starts to cool outside and I can open the curtains and then the doors and windows. Lovely now! (10 pm) Looking forward to the gorgeous -waning- full moon again tonight. A FB friend in the UK posted a pic a few days ago and I rushed outside to have a look! Yep! Same silvery moon!

I am thinking of getting ready for winter!! This next week will be our warning as the temp drops to a more reasonable level. I need to get more wood here and prepare for the delivery in QC. A big financial de-clutter!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Aug 21 - 11:41 AM

That raspberry soup looks like a good substitute for an entre-mets sorbet. Fruity, not sweet … Hmmm.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 21 - 09:52 AM

Well, then (I didn't know this is a thing), how about Raspberry soup from Epicurius. I always find their recipes to be very good. "Chilled Raspberry Soup is an extraordinary dish with incredible flavors. The tangy taste of raspberries is complemented by sherry and softened with sour cream." Don't drive after you have a bowl of this soup. :)

I filled another three pint jars with okra pickles last night (making one of them with bell instead of hot peppers) so I now have a second full case, and counting. There is another neighbor in the next block up the street from me who I've given okra to, so I'll probably make a run by her house today or tomorrow.

I have some organic chicken manure granules to sprinkle into the garden today and then it will get watered in tomorrow when it'll be time again to water. Speaking of water, down at the end of the street I could see water gushing from the street into the creek, it looks like a broken water main on the Fort Worth side of the street. I have water - this reminds me that I always need to keep bottles of water handy. There are bottles of water ready to pour on the potted plants outside beside the side door, but I'll fill a couple more to keep inside. When it stays hot for a long time the asphaltic concrete can shift and crack, taking pipes underneath with it.

Back to the first topic, I have some frozen raspberries, and am going to print out that recipe and think about making a batch. I have a friend's yard party on my calendar for early September and this might be the perfect contribution to take along.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Aug 21 - 09:31 AM

A litre is too much mashed raspberries for any batch of buckwheat cakes I would make, Dorothy, assuming I would make any, which I almost certainly won't. It's way too hot to light the stove today, and likely to remain so for the rest of the week.

I do very little real cooking these days, and no baking. If I'm feeding only myself, steamed veg and frozen fish (cooked on a tray in the toaster-oven) seems to be about my limit. Bread is flat whole-grain buns that I freeze. Protein is eggs, cheese ranging from cottage to aged Cheddar, soup with beans in it ...

Soup. That's real cooking, but I don't do it often. Every soup recipe I know makes a big batch, which I freeze in litre containers.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Aug 21 - 03:58 PM

Beaver:

78 in the house at the moment and I am fine unless I move - even typing is causing discomfort. I shall soon go back to reading and a wet cloth on my neck. I feel as though I can barely breathe. This is the way my body is and always has been. Get used to it? ...

Woke up this morning (a good beginning!) and thought: I had a good sleep, I could jump up and get some work done before it gets too hot... But no. Needed a bit more bed rest, then needed BF so made buckwheat cakes with 2 cups of thawed field berries and fresh maple syrup and green tea x2... By now I was wondering if I should just give up the day, call the health clinic to find out if I were going to live. Yep, did all that and still felt super useless. Then remembering I had no unsweetened choc yesterday at all; a couple small pieces and everything cleared - I kid you not!! Buckwheat cakes also make me feel good. Maple syrup, also. I will eat the left overs for snacks today - instead of less healthy stuff.

Went out to the studio and threw 35 small (half pound/$10 pots) and one butterdish lid with what was left over. With fan blowing on me and door open. Very happily! I was productive! (for 2 hours.) Then it was lunch time.

Convinced myself a salad was a good idea: a large soup bowl of greens with crumbled blue cheese and oil and vinegar, (all I had on hand) then some already cooked pork, apples and broccoli. Then it was really hot. And getting worse. A bit more choc. settles my gut and just seems to help. Just a few grams. 28 gms = 1 oz so maybe 6-8 gms. Maybe I could weigh it into "doses" - out of curiosity. It has killed my cough and reduced mucous almost totally....

I would put the raspberries into a batch of buckwheat cakes! When we have a pineapple, I puree it and use it in the BW cakes, but usually I use the frozen field berries - thawed!

Bought buckwheat seeds at the farm supply to try them out on the yard here, and in QC - bees love it. I would not try to harvest as I have no way of hulling the seeds. But the critters will! I won't dig, just broadcast it and hope. Waiting for rain!! At worst, the little critters will eat it. Good for the soil also.

FB informs an apartment house fire in downtown (within the hour) so skipping the errands.

Back to book...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 21 - 11:19 AM

I'm three jars shy of two cases of pints of pickled okra. For my friends and neighbors this will be a very good year (they will be ready to open by October or November). I eat some of it, but the locals really gobble up this stuff.

While I've spent time in the yard and the kitchen writing chores have piled up. It's time to thin that list a bit. They won't declutter anything or result in less paper on my desk, but they'll move me nearer to cool-weather projects.

I'll make another batch of babaghanouj today and I need to freeze a lot more peppers. All week it is supposed to be scorching weather, most days topping out at 100o. I overslept this morning and it was several degrees too warm to walk the dogs, so I'll make a point of getting up earlier tomorrow.

I haven't made a final canned tomato count, because while the height of the ripe tomato season has passed, fall brings the green tomatoes that are picked before the first frost. One year I made nearly two cases of green tomato relish. I'll do the same this year if the crop allows - I love that stuff but it does also make a great gift. If I start putting some of the pickled okra in quart jars I can save the remaining pint jars for relish.

Time to go pick okra then clean and fill the bird baths.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 21 - 05:28 PM

Melba sauce. I have two recipes from my old Fanny Farmer Cookbook

Melba Sauce I is the one I make:

The simplest version
Crush 1 cup canned, frozen, or fresh raspberries. Strain to remove the seeds. Add 1/4 cup sugar and cook slowly for 10 minutes.

Melba Sauce II has more ingredients. It's also the one I'm finding online, so I'll post a link.
Food.com melba sauce has a good layout.

The first time I made this it was because, like you, I found myself with a container of frozen raspberries on hand. I had made a bread pudding to take to one of my small seminar classes that day and thought the raspberry would make it more special. It blew me away how good that raspberry sauce was over the pudding.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Aug 21 - 05:09 PM

I have spent two solid days listening to an audiobook, “The Great Influenza” by James M. Barry. Fine popular history — by that, I mean the kind written to tell a fascinating story about something important that really happened — and uncomfortably prescient in its concluding chapter, the obligatory “So what?” part of the book. It was published about 15 years ago.

A point the author consistently makes is that troop movements and concentrations of military personnel and industrial workers vastly magnified the impact of the 1918 pandemic, which makes me feel a lot better about the lockdowns and travel bans we have had since March 2020.

On the home front, the chest freezer is now stripped down to rather a lot of soup stock in litre containers, one litre of mashed raspberries for which I have no plans although they date from July 2020, and one litre of Marcella Hazan’s delicious tomato sauce for pasta. I think the last time I bought meat was something like six or seven weeks ago, when I got a large chicken to feed the in-laws. Nowadays I eat mostly fish or vegetarian meals.

What would you do with a litre of mashed raspberries? Not jam — I have enough raspberry jam to last me the rest of my life.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Aug 21 - 12:56 PM

Dorothy, right now the lowest temperature of the day here is around 77o, at about 7am. That's when I try to walk the dogs so they don't overheat (the pavement isn't too hot for their feet yet).

I'm processing pickled okra every couple of days; I had to pick up another gallon of apple cider vinegar to make the next batch of brine.

I've watered this morning and am now going out for a few minutes at a time to trim more limbs off of the huge native sunflowers. They're dropping branches as they dry out and the seed heads get heavy. All of that will go behind the back fence. While I'm back there emptying the sunflower carcasses I'll start cutting down some of the privet. I should get some more steps on my fitness tracker today.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 21 Aug 21 - 10:07 PM

Beaver:

Another deadly day. Instead of trying to get up and get to work, I merely accepted this was not going to happen, had a leisurely BF and drove up to the Farmers' Market where I chatted with only one person, happy with the heat! She is cold all the time; I was glad to see her out and about with her needlework for sale. Then to the Shop and a more thorough study of what sells/what our public likes. I still have a bunch to glaze and will follow these suggestions! My public is spoiled rotten with the variety I offer, a variety which drives me bonkers as I try to decide what to do with "These pots". Major de-clutter would be if I made enough/often enough to do a whole batch in "This", then the next batch in "That"!

Looks like yet another week of TOO HOT! So I shall just muddle along. Rather nice outside tonight; I read on back deck for awhile. It was still too hot to DO anything! Still 77f in the house at 10 pm, with two fans pulling in "cooler" air. Feels fine as long as I don't move!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 21 - 09:12 PM

Jon, you inspired me to do something about my network here - the WiFi viewing network that uses Amazon Fire sticks. I've seen information lately about local television broadcasts over WiFi, so today I researched it and added the Local Broadcast "Locast" app to the Fire sticks in two rooms. I had to go through and select my favorite channels and once it was set on one television I just had to download and activate the app on the next set. I'll have to repeat that on each set with a fire stick (they're all through the house.) It's free to use but the site asks for donations, so I'll send in a modest account. I think it is a setup that can stream broadcast channels in certain communities. The thing about this is that in a couple of rooms in the house the outside HD antenna doesn't pick up one of the major networks, but I'll be able to stream it through the WiFi, so the most practical application of this is to get that last local channel to play in those rooms.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 21 - 11:41 AM

Sane is the standard on Linux, SRS and it can "just work". There would be no reason for you to want it. The most complicated part of my set is, believe it or not, is getting the buttons to work. Than needs something called scanbd Between that and Sane itself, I got myself in a mess where I couldn't see what was blocking what... (mostly permission problems in more that one place).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 21 - 10:35 AM

Jon, when I clicked on your SANE link I see that it is compatible with my devices, but I have my scanner set up the way I want and don't need external connections. I suspect you're doing all of these setups around the house just to prove you can! :)

I know what you mean about hit or miss in the garden. I'm waiting to see if cooler weather gives the chard a boost, right now it's small and not doing much. The tomatoes are about done (they may revive in the fall) and the okra has exploded with pods, but the ants are moving in and I need to knock them down a bit. I'll spray a mix of spinosad and orange oil onto all of the plant stems on the inside of the jungle, and sprinkle in some ant bait in case any of these are fire ants.

I canned four jars of pickled okra yesterday and have about as many to do again today. The case of jars from the pantry has gone through the dishwasher and is ready for the next batch. Tomatoes need blanching, dicing, and freezing again today. I may be sending friends and family home with pints of frozen tomatoes this fall.

The dog walk was different this morning; I took the two younger dogs on their own walk around the neighborhood, and upon returning to the house grabbed the old guy and walked him up one side of the street and backdown the other, about a 1/4 mile total for him. I wanted to see how he was doing on his own; I think lately we've been dragging him along more than he likes, and he is getting pretty old and arthritic. The other benefit of this second walk is that my mileage went up on the Google Fit (it does a very good job now of tracking my walk, but it does draw down the battery fast if you leave it on all day.) I've ordered a 12-hour chewable aspirin for him, to see if that helps (I'll call the vet to see what they say about using this.) Also ordered dog food (over $50 and I get free shipping) and if I order at least a week out from when I need it that seems to be about right. I like the products from Tractor Supply but around here there are a lot of non-masked shoppers in the store who occasionally smirk when I walk in with a mask in place. It was a love-hate relationship with management and masks all during 2020, when I did a lot of curbside pickup, and if they are willing to ship 60 pounds of dog food for free, that's no skin off of my nose!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Aug 21 - 05:30 AM

Scanners have occupied my last two days. It started with the decision to get rid of mum’s scanner in the study. That led me to revising/restoring the set up for the scanner in my room. I decided to move the USB only scanner to a Raspberry Pi so it could be shared without the need for my desktop PC on and it took me ages to get the settings right.

Anyway, I got where I wanted to be with that. The scanner is shared on the network via Sane. My Androids can use it via Sane Droid, amongst other options, my scanner (Java) program will work with it on Linux and even Windows if I wanted it. I’ve arranged the scanner buttons so that I have, Colour jpeg, colour and mono pdf, colour and mono print to my photo printer and colour and mono print to the study laser printer – all at resolutions, etc. suitable for quick general use.

I might have finished there but in trying to establish what was working where, I noticed that xsane was producing better scans than my attempt and even better was VueScan I’d downloaded to try. Particularly intriguing was its 64bit RGBI format. I get the idea (and the no Linux version available silverfast has something similar called HRDI) and can get an infra red scan with transparencies but piecing that together with a regular scan to eliminate marks is way beyond me… I’ve made a compromise instead. I’ve got a USB switch coming today and the scanner will be switchable between the pi for normal sharing and work and my desktop where in can be used with the (now purchased) VueScan if there is ever a need for “best quality” scans.

It’s probably all a bit silly considering the small amount of use a scanner usually gets here but, for now, I’ll consider it a job well done.

Elsewhere, I’ve still got good few meals of the Nicola salad potatoes (which have stayed good despite the tops I cut off showing the signs of blight) to come. We’ve had a couple of meals with the aubergines, I’ve got one bag of them stewed up with courgettes in the freezer and more ready to pick. The Swiss Chard has been delicious, lettuce are abundant (think well have to try a soup). A surprise was a free packet of carrot seed (which I think came with Gardeners World magazine) I just threw in a tub. Not thinned out and of course a lot were very small but I picked out one meal’s worth of useable ones and I (and mum does likewise) reckon their the sweetest carrots I’ve ever tasted. I should get another 2 pickings from the tub.

Some disappointments too. Outside the odd stray one, I’ve yet to pick ripe tomatoes and am not going to get a “cooking quantity”. French climbing beans struggled, my brassica doesn’t look too happy, rhubarb never came to anything worth picking… But at least we’ve had and are getting something to enjoy and I don’t think it’s been the best of growing years in this area.

I’ve left the porch floor till next year and I’m almost certain to defer the green shed clear out too now. I feel I should have done better than I have so far this year but lack of motivation for some jobs, the weather and getting distracted by other things have all been factors.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 21 - 10:42 PM

Cheese blintzes! Don, you remind me that I really enjoyed making crepes a couple of years ago (it was for a dessert when family were here - so not during 2020!)

Dorothy, your Dan is my Antonio. I haven't seen him for a while and I'm sure he's busy mowing and putting up fences and such; when I need something done I give him a call and because I've recommended him so often he makes a point of trying to come by fairly soon after the request goes in. We know who our friends are. :) I have a couple of trees that aren't near the power lines that he can take care of (I need to hire a company insured for working near power lines for the others.)

My neighbors on both sides are very happy to receive generous quantities of fresh okra from the garden. I canned a half-gallon of okra (pickles) today and gave away another half-gallon fresh and still have that much in the fridge to use tomorrow. I should fry some and take them over to the across-the-street neighbor with COPD - I know she loves fried okra, but she doesn't cook much now. There are three in that household, so maybe I should get out the deep fryer.

I was looking at my potted plants this evening—I have some trimmings given me by a friend that are growing nicely outside in pots and now need a place in the yard. Everything he suggests and offers samples of seem to grow well, and it means I need to work on the beds some more. As fall approaches it's time to thin some iris and I may put some of my friends plants in those beds.

Our yards and houses reflect our interests and our friends' gifts - this is as it should be!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 20 Aug 21 - 10:09 PM

BEAVER!!!

Came on Monday and recovering all week: Grocery runs on Tuesday. Trip to shop on Weds to take a few pots but found there is already too much of that colour so just left a couple small vases. Pat gave me a treatise on what sells best - not really sure what she told me! She talks too fast. I will just do what I can.

Biggie was to wash and cut hair; Did not realize how much I needed to be rid of! Feels so great. On the other hand, I gained about 8 pounds in QC. OH well.

Was glad to find the little pots I threw before I left and had carefully wrapped, thinking I would be back in a few days! - were just right for trimming - Done! And threw about 20 mugs; they were ready to trim today so I made the handles and trimmed the mugs but the heat got to me and now the mugs and handles are well wrapped until morning when I will finish the job before it gets too hot - she says hopefully!

Dan came by. I showed him pics of Robin's events - pocket park and the gates on Mill St. And we agreed on the work needing to be done - remove the destroyed by the ice gutter, and the addition of a roof over the walkway to studio so I don't have to carry buckets of hot water to melt the ice/snow that falls from the roof before I could open the door. He will also do something to keep the ice from taking out the chimney again. The heating wire he installed did not do the job - I suspect the wiring was inadequate - NOT his fault! I do wish I had a Dan in QC!

The yard is dreadfully overgrown; Steve is coming when he can but do not blame him for not hurrying in this heat. I could have asked him to do it while I was away but was loathe to expect him to wait to be paid. Silly me; we do that in the winter when he keeps the drive clear whether or not I am here. This will be the last yard clearing for this year. Next year I shall leave it to him to keep it down.

Apparently there was lots of rain while I was away; we had almost none in QC. R reports he is watering the plants and eating the food I left him!

Chick peas cooking to make hummous in the am. Distiller going. Fan exhausting heat from K. Small fan blowing on me! Sure makes a difference! I could work in the studio but I ran out of steam by 8 pm. Spent most of the afternoon in a semi stupour - half reading, half sleeping. I feel as though I have done a hard day's work. Just surviving the heat. All my wonderful plans for the pots I would make...! I will be happy with whatever gets done! Labour Day weekend might be busy at the shop... I don't want to let Pat down - but there is tons of a huge variety of other stuff in the shop.

I am SO happy to be here in the swamp! Quiet, trees...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Aug 21 - 05:06 PM

The humidity has gone from a slap in the face with a hot wet towel to a now medium sauna. Its good enough to do tile work outside.
I'm going to have to hire a 30 foot tree removal that is too close to the house and power lines. Its rained everyday for a week so the grass is on a growing spree. Can't use an electric mower in the wet so I can procrastinate with impunity.
I did the marketing and got the ingredients to make blueberry cheese blintzes. Strawberry blintzes will be next if I succeed.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 21 - 11:25 AM

Expanding on yesterday's privet remark: in the second week of September comes my street's quarterly bulky waste pickup. I need to head to the back of the back yard (beyond the fence) and cut down the privet that are there and start dragging them to the front of the yard. For a while they'll sit beside the garage because the code enforcement folks don't want bulky stuff at the curb too early. I'll use the battery powered Ryobi reciprocating saw and a couple of sharp lopper hand tools.

This should clear out space for some of the better species of trees that have sprouted (oaks and pecans planted by squirrels).

I'm going to be processing more pickled okra and blanching tomatoes to dice and freeze today. The season will shift soon, I'm trying to keep up with what is here now. I gave away a half-dozen or more tomatoes yesterday (slicers good for BLT sandwiches). I also headed out to the garden with a mix of compost tea and spinosad in water to spritz on the various stinkbug varieties trying to take over. If I can hit the nymphs they are more likely to die from the spinosad; I need to take out the flyswatter and clobber the adults that are in view. Another trick is to take out a hand-vac and suck them off of plants.

We're still in the heat of summer, but there are cracks around the edges now. The quality of the light in the morning is different than it was in June; the trees are starting to drop leaves after a hot season, not the usual fall drop that happens here usually in November, but the reaction to heat that some of the trees have. The garden plantings are now huge and sprawling, but there are dried parts of the oldest part of the tomato plants, the okra is huge, and the native sunflowers around the edges are starting to drop limbs as the seed heads gain weight. They're not big seeds like the ones you buy at the store, but the shape is the same on a much smaller scale. I'll be dragging those to the back yard to toss under the area where I'll cut down privet. They can break down back there, seeds wash into the creek and downstream to sprout along the Trinity River banks. My canning shelves are full to overflowing (I'll be moving things on the next shelf up to make room for more pint jar cases) and it has been a satisfactory growing season. I have lots of canned goods to share with friends and neighbors.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 21 - 12:08 PM

Thunderstorms in the forecast again today with wretchedly high humidity. I didn't walk the dogs this morning, it was going to be a clammy slog.

Another case of pint canning jars has been retrieved from the pantry and will run through the dishwasher for the next round of processing okra pickles. Activity in other parts of the garden is at a standstill right now; tomatoes won't set well again until it cools, and the chard may grow to a usable size. Not sure what will happen with the couple of squash I've planted. Lots of basil. I need to plant cilantro this fall after weather cools.

I've shifted a mat nearer the back door and the lab has an easier time standing to eat (his back end kind of slides around on the tile otherwise, his back legs sliding out from under him.) Old guy is arthritic and needs a stable base, so I'll pick up another mat to put down in the feeding area.

I walked back to the compost pile this morning and on my way pulled a dozen or more privet sprouts coming up in the yard. It's an invasive weed now and I'm trying to eradicate it, but it's an uphill battle.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Aug 21 - 12:52 AM

With only one dog it was easier to always bake an extra chicken for the dog, the only difference was no spices for the dog except for garlic.
Being careful with bones, occaisionaly I cheated and stole a dog chicken sandwich.
We don't do cat chicken.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 21 - 09:35 PM

I learned a lot about how readers work when I had my surgery follow-up appointment with the optometrist. My walking around glasses have a blank on top (just glass) and a 2.0+ correction on the bifocal. I have 1.5+ readers to use on the computer and I have some 2.0+ readers I bought at Costco that are on the kitchen table and next to the bed for reading books or tablets. I can read with the walking-around glasses, but the field of vision in the readers is better for those specific tasks. All of this illustrates that getting older is something you have to work at.

The test of the $5 convection oven went off flawlessly. I baked a small tray of chicken breast tenders and enjoyed a couple with dinner. (I also fried several okra, made rice in the rice cooker and used the rice-cooker steamer pan to prepare a large bunch of broccoli for me and for the dogs in their dinners.) This us an unusual amount of cooking for August, but it has also been an overcast rainy day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Aug 21 - 06:42 PM

I found proper reading glasses a bother with taking progressives off and putting reading glasses on. With the magnification I need (3.25+), it is too much stress on a progressive astigmatic lens so I just had the progressives tuned from dashboard to infinity length and just slide 3.25 readers over the progressives for close details and laptop.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Aug 21 - 05:13 PM

Good luck with your new 2U complexion oven. Convexation ovens are the way to go. We called ours a dejection or objection oven since the fan started making a disconcerting :DAMU DAMU DAMU noise. After a small adjustment it became a sweet confection oven again. I gave it to our oldest and he uses the connection oven often. Yeah I know spelling matters but I let it slide with jokes


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 21 - 12:31 PM

The dogs and I got a nice long walk in after I picked okra first thing this morning (I didn't pick yesterday evening so there were quite a few at the large end of what is still edible). I think one could successfully set up a camera on a tripod and snap a photo every hour to get a good time-lapse look at just how fast okra grows this time of year.

The last long block of our walk was in a drizzle. It's on oddly cool and overcast day for August in Texas.

The test bake of the new-to-me convection oven will take place soon as I put some chicken breast pieces and listen for the fan to run. I used a little Ajax cleanser (they make it "non-scratch" these days) on the trim and glass and it looks brand new.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Aug 21 - 10:32 AM

Yesterday’s planning session ran late and covered a hell of a lot of important ground. It was also exhausting.

I woke up tired this morning and so far have not revived appreciably, or indeed at all, so I cancelled pool class and decided on a low-key, no-energy agenda. The fridge is empty, so I must go to the supermarket, and I have dates with the hairdresser and the eye doctor. So today will be about spending money, what fun. I am looking forward to proper reading specs so I don’t have to hold my head at a very particular angle to peruse the paper.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 05:20 PM

Counting coups: I don't buy small appliances new any more, I look to see what is in the thrift store. I went past a couple of Goodwill stores today and found a nice Wilton cake pan at the first (goodbye old flimsy cakepan) and at the second, I scored a Black & Decker convection toaster oven identical to the one I had two ovens ago, and when that first one died and I couldn't find another clean convection oven I went with a smaller toaster oven (that I've used until now). The last dead one went in with the recycled electronics but I think I might still have the broiler pan in the eBay stuff. This new one had the rack but not the pan.

The funny thing is, I'm playing musical toaster ovens. I just got one last week at Goodwill for my ex. His is quite small and he doesn't have a lot of counter space, so he says it's fine (I told him about this change here and he isn't hankering after the larger ovens). My old non-convection oven will go into the pantry until the next time one of the kids needs one (or my new one dies.) In the clutter category, this is a point against me. The cake pans break even.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 10:39 AM

Over the past month or so I've walked the dogs most mornings for about 30 minutes and we spend some time in grassy areas, not just pavement, so there is time to sniff and explore. And (knock wood!) it seems to be helping the lab as far as his nighttime behavior. He is either stimulated enough or tired enough that he hasn't been out in the yard barking at nothing at midnight. It means I'm going to bed earlier in order to get up earlier to walk when it's the best temperature of the day, so it's good for me also.

The barking was a fairly recent activity - starting this summer - so it may have simply been a habit he got into, or it may mean his mental faculties are showing their age. The girls have relaxed back into the walking mode, not pulling to try to lead as we walk. We all needed this a lot more than just Zeke.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 09:45 AM

This week’s dance card is downright cluttered, Stilly. If I hadn’t got at those curtains yesterday, when the rods arrived a day early, I probably would not have found t8me to put them up until Friday at the earliest.

Today I am booked for the second day of the choir’s strategic planning effort — goal-setting. With the Delta variant burning through Ontario, I don’t feel as hopeful as I know the other board members need me to.

I also have two more pool work-outs booked, lunch with the in-laws on Thursday, a tune session with my fiddling friends, and what will turn out to be an expensive hour at the eye doctor’s office. Plus a haircut. I so need a haircut!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 21 - 05:02 PM

Charmion, you accomplished this week's task on Monday! Now how will you spend the rest of the week?

I'm taking an online defensive driving course to get the discount on my insurance; the discount lasts for three years and this is the second online course I've taken. Prior to this there were humans teaching in small classrooms over driving schools, but I was unable to find any in-person classes when I tried in 2018, so I made no attempt this time. These folks are ahead of things as far as COVID-19.

The lawn is fairly dormant in the back yard, so yesterday's mow will last for a while (I'll mow the small area I continue to water so the dogs have some green grass). The front is a different story, I want that St. Augustine to continue to grow so I must water, but if I don't drench it the growth is slower. Today I watered potted plants and filled birdbaths.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Aug 21 - 04:09 PM

Curtains are up in the freshly painted back bedroom. Roll on winter!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Aug 21 - 10:22 AM

I left the bedroom door open last night and at 5am two of the pooches came rattling in to wish me good morning—way before dawn!

Yesterday I mowed the back yard then tackled the lemon balm that had encroached on the back patio and was growing up through the bricks next to the patio. There was also a thick felt of dog hair (mostly chocolate lab) matted down on the concrete all around the doorway and over the brick, under furniture, etc. With a broom and a dust pan I scraped that up and tossed it into the trash (no need for dog hair and dirt to be tossed onto the lawn and it probably wouldn't do the compost any good). The patio looks fresh and much larger this morning (and I set up my outdoor shower and enjoyed that last night on the newly-cleaned porch). My next move back there is to take down the shredded patio cover 60/40 cloth.

A few weeks ago I took down the vertical blinds over the sliding glass door to the patio and have just insulating curtains in front now to pull on sunny or cold days. I need to sew an extension onto the bottom of them (they don't reach the floor) and I bought an extra panel to use for that.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Aug 21 - 09:21 AM

I vacuumed, I did the laundry. So far, so good. Now I really must tackle the study, which is very dusty.

New curtain rods are coming from Amazon, expected tomorrow, so I know what I'm doing this week: finally putting up curtains in the back bedroom. I don't think anyone can actually see in that window unless they're in the Fishers' back yard with a telescope, but dawn still comes earlier than I really want to be up and doing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 07:11 PM

Dupont:

Progress! R helped and we sorted plants out with larger saucers, a soaker hose in the back garden, a "y"connection for the outdoor water faucet, a repaired hose - that was lying around doing naught. R can turn on the water, one side or both, run the soaker hose, and water the deck plantings with the hose and one of those sprayers with various settings. I have a whole bunch of filled gallon jugs inside front door for watering the front plants, also with larger saucers.

Tomorrow I go to Beaver. Tonight making a roast pork with potatoes, carrots and onions to last him a few days. He can always get something in the city. Lots of bread!!! and cheese and tomatoes - a couple each day. And his precious mayo.

The grapevines on the garage have decent ripe grapes today; R picked them and I have cooked them with some apples. May need to add sugar!

There are also grapevines on the house but the grapes are smaller and less accessible - at the second floor level - where I saw a chipmunk (!) run across the ledge outside the screen as I closed the window this am.

I did get rid of Freshy as per instructions! and am back to google!

The outdoor work today has worn me out; hoping for some new energy - to pack up for tomorrow. Remembering some bread! And whatever in the fridge needs cooking sooner.

Will be great to get to a slightly cooler clime. Or, at least, a house that cools off more easily at night. And to finish pots, and make more.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 05:24 PM

Anyone who is able bodied remember that is just a temporary condition.
I am surprised how much atrophy happened in one year. Getting it all back should take almost the same amount of time but so far so good.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 05:20 PM

I'm getting double deliveries on my Amazon orders! Frankly I can use the paint and caulk.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: mg
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 04:30 PM

i live in great happiness in 300 square feet and could go to 200 easily. i did do 120 with loft storage once..that was a bit tight. i would always opt for decent size bathroom and compromise elsewhere. i have not had stuff for a long time but lately have gotten rid of more and it makes such a difference in kitchen especially.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 11:09 PM

We had thunder and a tiny sprinkle, but hopefully tomorrow will offer more precipitation. The weekend is slated to be stormy on and off.

Recycling transported to the village bins (if I do it once a week it's a lot easier to manage) and bathroom cleaning completed - countertops, mirrors, etc. Laundry finished and put away. The den once again looks like a forest floor (it was in perfect shape a week ago for guests to come over) and will get the sweep and vacuum tomorrow. Vacuum dust off of the fireplace and furniture.

I look at the size of the house and the stuff in here; none of it unreasonable or unusual, but the volume is what I'm thinking about now. It has shrunk considerably since I moved in here, I've given away a lot of stuff, but when I consider that people in New York City and other high-density urban areas live in studio apartments the size of my den and kitchen combined, I realize how fortunate I am to be able to spread out the way I have. That doesn't mean I want to keep all of this here for the kids to deal with in the future. I'm not ready to downsize, I like having the yard and the location I have, but the house needs to have the contents thinned more. (I don't have a storage locker, I resolved years ago to keep the contents of the house here, not pay extra to store stuff. Offsite storage facilities are a going concern, more being built all of the time. There is an opportunity for the savvy investor.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 10:35 AM

I have had a very busy week, fraught with meetings and visits and moving of furniture, but in amongst all the shenanigans I have made it to the Y for three workouts since Monday. Hurrah for me.

Today is laundry and vacuuming.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 10:33 AM

The coolest time of the day here is around 7am, and by about 8:30 it is heating fairly quickly. I've been walking the dogs at 7am, and even then, 77o with high humidity is a fairly rough walk (the dogs pant up a storm pretty quickly). When we walk back in the door they all flop down on the cool concrete floor in the sunroom (I'm tempted to join them). Good thing I can sweat.

I watered the garden and part of the back yard yesterday, and we have a 50% chance of rain today, with storms this morning passing from west to east over the area two counties to the north of here. Even with a chance of rain I should probably water some of the front yard because I'm trying to keep the turf alive that has migrated in from next door (St. Augustine). It looks better than my old weeds did. If I wash laundry and hang it on the line I might be tempting the rain to come closer. :-)

Here in mid-August we're seeing the full force of summer, but around the edges we see hints of autumn. Trees and shrubs drop leaves because of the heat, the woods across the road are a bit more brown as the grass dries (same as the back of my yard that I let grow with native groundcover). A month from now will still be hot, but it will be cooling more overnight. Two months from now I'll still be fussing with the garden, but also will be watching for warnings of frost (the first frost can happen any time from mid-October to late-November). There are indoor activities ignored during the summer that come back into play.

As hot as it is, I'm working on the fitness side of things, and as it cools that becomes easier. I don't make resolutions for the New Year, but by the end of this year I hope to have made some improvements that would have counted as good resolutions to make back in January.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 10:45 PM

Another thing you will never encounter...

If you ever do an epoxy painting in a pool you have to make the subject 3 times taller in height because the refraction in water will foreshorten the picture by a factor between 2 and 3 times when an image is on the vertical sides. The bottom will not be distorted. Its a bit like painting an upside down dome.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 10:23 PM

Dorothy, if it is just if Firefox then you should be able to do a couple of things: open the Firefox extensions and find the one you don't want and delete it. And look at the settings and make Google your default search engine again.

Watering the back and the garden this evening. The dogs need an area of green grass for rolling around and general comfort. It also means they track a bit less dirt and dry grass into the house.

Laundry is being washed one load a day and put up on the line, and that will add up to about three loads a week. Not bad. There are plenty of other power drains around here, but this is 30-45 minutes of heat not being generated each time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 07:00 PM

SKYLIGHT JOKE: I put a skylight in my bathroom. The upstairs neighbors are furious.

I am planning a new landscape theme next year to look impressive at a distance. If its showey outrageous and dramatic its for me.
I am on schedule to re-tileing and painting trouble spots on the pool.
It is already mostly black for solar heating purposes with the huge image of a whale and its calf. It was 100 today but with AC breaks I got some outside work done. Maybe late Fall I will get around to oiling the fence with linseed oil.


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