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De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021

Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 21 - 07:20 PM
Donuel 05 Jul 21 - 04:44 PM
Dorothy Parshall 05 Jul 21 - 01:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 21 - 11:01 AM
Charmion 05 Jul 21 - 10:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jul 21 - 05:29 PM
robomatic 04 Jul 21 - 02:30 PM
Charmion 04 Jul 21 - 11:59 AM
Donuel 04 Jul 21 - 11:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jul 21 - 11:00 AM
Donuel 04 Jul 21 - 10:49 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Jul 21 - 09:28 AM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Jul 21 - 05:42 AM
Charmion 03 Jul 21 - 12:11 PM
JennieG 03 Jul 21 - 12:13 AM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 21 - 07:20 PM

I guess I'm glad I don't have a pool to tend to along with the lawn. Can't you shock it and filter it? Seems a waste to send that water out into the street.

The leaffooted bugs (in the stinkbug family) are back gnawing on my tomatoes. I found one with the mark on it today. I'm going to water tonight then in the morning mix up a strong solution of spinosad, add a little orange oil and compost tea to make it work for foliar feeding also, and hit the tomatoes and other plants with the spray. Try to knock them out. I'm also seeing lacebugs on the eggplant leaves. They started later than usual this year, but they are back.

Ugg.

Meanwhile, in the house I'm using up containers of things in the fridge by having leftovers all day. I need to make room soon for more tomatoes. And I'm beginning to gather the canning jars and will soon run a batch through the dishwasher. And while I'm at it, it's time to go check on the state of the mustang grape vines across the street. It was heavily clobbered a couple of years ago but I noticed that some of it is back now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Jul 21 - 04:44 PM

It looks like strong tea and is full of tiny leaves but after a shock or two and filtering, things will look good. Thats what standing treated water looks like after 2 years. I gotta make a clearing to add room for the nylon pool cover today by mowing with a tilted gas mower. Then a good vacuuming sending water directly to the street bypassing a filter followed by a retileing of about a hundred tiny tiles with plasti patch. I have plenty of chlorine which you can't buy due to supply chain snafus. Come mid Sept I will have some one else close it up. This is still just standard pool opening duties.
45 ft is the limit one person can do. Anything bigger would be to heavy or expensive to clean.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Jul 21 - 01:38 PM

Dupont:

In Quebec, things are open. I believe we are now in the "orange zone", serendipitous considering our propinquity to Kahnawake. The weight of the newly discovered burials is heavy; I feel the tears in my eyes most of the time. At least one dear friend has posted his terrible pain and anger, as a survivor. Possibly this monumental opening of the subject will enable considerable opening of people's feelings so they can have some degree of healing. The whole subject was hiding under a very lumpy carpet for too long. Now everyone knows and the fan is busy ... May the winds of peace blow hard.

Well, the time has muddled by and it was too hot to breathe for a while and the last 3-4 days have been heavenly cool. We had some wonderful rain in there somewhere. I am wondering about me - my energy level is from nil to get out and push to "WOW, I got a few things done!"

No grass has been cut. I quit! Planning to buy some birdsfoot trefoil to throw on the entire front in the late fall. The snow should soak it into the ground; next year it can produce a lawn of short "grass" with lovely yellow flowers; it is all along the road through the "Rez" and in yards as well, in the city also.

My outings each day are driving R to the city and fetching him back, most days since I have been here, due to his loss of driver's license and abysmal failure to do anything about it! Some days, that is all I have done, though it is only 30 minutes each way.

This weekend just over, he stayed home and we/he did: a screen in the window of the current pottery space so I can work with AIR when it is cool enough; a light fixture in a "spare room" where there was no ceiling light, just a fan. looks nice and he is happy but, I point out, there is no room for a comfie chair due to the surplus furniture he ;put in... Took four hours due to differences in where he could affix the light. Then we worked together to clear the largish closet in the hall; there is now organization, some things have left both it and the spare room closet - for the cellar or the trash. AND there is empty space on a shelf!

We did not get to re-arrange the LR/DR for the new oval table - not a dining table, we have that covered but ... I give up! He bought it because he liked it with no thought for where it could fit - No where basically. But it is a lovely table and I did come up with a solution. Solution one entailed getting rid of an ugly table - that he also loves! Solution two... How many tables does a LR need???? Compromise. But I have to wait for him to help. Of course, I keep remembering - we are not going to have company any time soon.

BIG event: we went out for supper last eve! First time in about 18 months. I had a great meal; looked at the plate the waitress delivered and - did not think I could eat at all! Starting carefully with the salad, I made it through every last morsel of this typically QC meal: french fries, rice, pita, salad and chicken breast that was so good I WANT the recipe. R helped with the fries and the bits of salad - tomato and cuke. I saved a bit of chick and pita for today. Oh goody! lunch!

I do have a semblance of garden: tomato plants mostly doing well, squash plants in bloom, Wax beans looking healthy but not yet producing. Several pots of basil, doing well; I cut up a shoot for the morning omelette. pots of red geranium, one pepper plant, and two very large tomato plants on the front steps; full sun most of day. And my precious pear tree! Want to get some buckwheat seed - good for the soil. The front garden, the truckload of soil does not grow much of anything - parsley, some perennials and a lavender. Even the oregano is struggling. I'll throw some sort of fertilizer on it today. After that lunch!

Big goal is to get plants organized better so R does not have to spend as much time watering when I am away. Which I will be, as soon as he gets permission to drive!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 21 - 11:01 AM

I did most of that except mow the lawn. I seem to be pushing that off for another day, but maybe that day is today.

I have enough really ripe tomatoes and peppers to make a half-batch of salsa and have compared notes on a couple of sites with reliable recipes. The Gold Standard, now that the Blue Ball Book is no longer produced reliably, is the University of Georgia National Center for Food Preservation with a recipe with lemon juice to balance the acidity. But I'm going to go with the older Ball Blue Book recipe as represented on Wholefully.com and make the it with apple cider vinegar instead. It has better flavor. I need to run out to get fresh onions and cilantro. I have the rest.

A load of laundry (set on the timer) ran early this morning and another load will go in soon. I haven't taken a rag out to clean the clothes lines for use this summer but I'll do it as soon as I mow under there. (There was a fire ant mound in the area last time I looked, so I need to locate it and treat it before I walk around back there. I'm mostly used to them by now, but sometimes a sting on the foot can really smart).

The fireworks here were a steady barrage from dusk onward, sustained in frequency well past midnight when I called it quits. The thundershirt seems to have helped Pepper some. The glasses of wine helped me. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jul 21 - 10:52 AM

I have to get out the rake and clear my lawn of sprigs of leaves and small branches torn from the maple trees by last week's windstorms. It looks messy, and I expect young Georgia with the lawn mower today. I don't like the idea of a chopped-up maple twig launching at speed from the mower's output straight into her leg. Or anybody else's.

The holiday weekend is finally over and, with it, Stratford's semi-annual indulgence in fireworks. (The other firework-associated festival is Victoria Day in May.) On Saturday, with Canada Day receding in the rear-view mirror, the air reverberated well into the night with explosions unpleasantly reminiscent of small-arms fire. I rather suspect beer was involved.

The cats were bothered far less than I was. They just gazed out the bedroom window like patrons at the opera, taking in the night birdsong.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 05:29 PM

This afternoon I'm finishing up kitchen stuff. I just made a batch of hummus (I cooked the garbanzos several days ago), I have to slice and freeze peppers from the garden, but first I'll use a bunch in a mix of fajitas (I have some chicken to use and I think I'll put it in the smoker to make the fajitas really smoky, not just grilled.) And if I think of it I'll get some good onions and make a batch of salsa (I have the tomatoes and the peppers for it right now.) These things happen before it is time to blanch, dice, and can the tomatoes.

I put a bunch of basil seeds into a planter outside the kitchen door and am planning to continue what I did last year - the same thing to plant a bunch, and as they grew I thinned them to use as I needed and as they got bigger there weren't as many in the planter so there was room. I need to plant cucumbers this week (if I'd planted in the spring I'd have them now to go with the tomatoes, so I'll have to buy some for now - come fall I should have basil, tomatoes, and cucumbers.)

Now to do something about all of those eggplants. Oh, and do a load of laundry. And mow the front yard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: robomatic
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 02:30 PM

I had some of the old type tuna in a can, the inexpensive but strongly flavoured chunk light. Where'd all my Costco white meat go? Anyhow, added bread crumbs, mayo, onion flakes and soy sauce. Mixed well with a long fork. Ate with crisps and hot sweet pickles. Cleared a quarter of a shelf.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 11:59 AM

Ooooh, Sandra! Big props to you!

I still have large boxes of CDs in the basement and about six shelves of them in the library. I listen to a streaming service most of the time, so the CDs in the library are kept for repertoire to learn. I tried to dispose of the boxed-up CDs to a second-hander, but he perused the collection, said he'd make me an offer, and then ghosted me. My brother-in-law (music fan, rock geek) took what he wanted from the accumulation (not a small amount) and hardly made a dent.

But I'll deal with that some other day. The CDs don't haunt me like some other issues.

Tony the carpenter finally sent me an invoice for the work in the basement and said he thinks he has found the correct hardware to replace defunct operators on the huge casement windows in the library. I'm thrilled because only one of those windows works at all (and that not well), and the room can cook up to sauna conditions in a couple of hours on a sunny summer day.

Tony also recommended a painter for the still-ugly guest room (the original primary bedroom), which was decorated at least 20 years ago in contrasting colours of putty grey and briefcase brown. Its window faces due north, and the effect in winter is profoundly depressing. The decor did not matter when the room was a study and the walls were covered with bookcases, but it's a bedroom again and, oh boy, the colour scheme is a thing now. I must also put up curtains in there, against the prevailing northwest wind in winter, and the paint job must be done first.

I cooked a lot last week and am still eating the results, including the remains of a truly boffo big chicken that I spit-roasted over charcoal with hickory smoke in the kamado barbecue. The key lime pie the BIL contributed to dinner on Canada Day riled up my digestion a little, but by God it was delicious, worth every qualm.

Except for a tune session tomorrow afternoon, my dance card is clear until the end of the week, when I get my second jab.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 11:59 AM

It looks like it is safe to go back to Luby's as the pandemic wanes.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 11:00 AM

That was kind of an awkward aside (and they were part of the program when the kiddos arrived).

The radio this morning (my weekly gardening program) has some rather belligerently patriotic advertisements. It reminds me that I need to just turn off all of that stuff and enjoy the day (though I always enjoy the Capital Fourth broadcast on PBS in the evening). Last night there were lots of pre-4th explosions and Pepper wasn't happy. The Thundershirt was marginally helpful, but I heard the noise and then put it on. This morning I took it off again, and this evening I'll put it on well before dark and see if that helps. She seemed to be content to hunker down in the closet away from the windows and relatively quiet.

I've been fussing for a few days about not hearing from Tractor Supply about my dog food order. I went online this morning and it said there were still three items in my shopping cart. I know I checked out before, so I'm guessing that some aspect of the order didn't click through (it keeps changing the shipping address to the billing address and that won't work). I still probably have enough dog food to wait for the delivery, but it bugs me that there is a delay. So much for saving a trip if I have to sweat the timely arrival (they ship free when I order this many items.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 10:49 AM

Stuff, it accumulates over time and is rarely if ever used in a lifetime.
Its sorta like women's breasts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 09:28 AM

Excellent work and thanks for the report—your list sounds like it has been a big help! (I also have that kind of stash of CDs from over the years . . . and several other things mentioned.) It's nice to have an inspirational post from a lurker!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 05:42 AM

I've been doing a lot of downsizing in the past year or so (& an even bigger lot of slacking off.) As I say to people I hate waste (long live the Repair, Recycle, Reuse & Re-purpose movement!) but I'm great at wasting time.

For several years I just accumulated new CDs at festivals & concerts - didn't listen to them again - rarely listen to any CDs - just left them in piles around my CD shelves, so I sorted them all. From 8 1-metre shelves & these piles, I now have a bit less then 2 shelves of CDs I listen to.

2 friends who have Community Radio programs took the rest. One friend runs an Australian show (folk, rock, jazz) with only his library, & very happily took around 250 Australian CDs. Mudcatter GerryM took 100+ Mudcatter CDs & most of the others I had left UK, Can, Irish, around 200. The remainder will be lucky door prizes at my folk club & will move to the cupboard in the hall s soon as possible.

Well done, me!!

For weeks I've has a 16-item list (black marker pen on green paper so it doesn't get lost in all the while paper.) Of course white paper can sit on top of it & I've only crossed off 6 items - vacuuming was done before Gerry collected the CDs (phew.) Six of the items relate to unwanted collections, I just need to contact several acquaintances to see if they want them etc. sigh.

One of the items crossed off refers to updating my will & the updates have finally been emailed. One of the collections had been in a big carry bag pushed between my dressingtable & wardrobe as I need to get stuff out - since 2017, unless of course I emailed her years later & deleted my Sent email (oops)

I spent the last few days photographing/scanning embroideries I've done over the years to make a photobook so I'll have a record after I find new homes for them. I know a craft shop/gallery that takes craft stuff on consignment ...

What will I do next?

sandra (long time lurker)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 12:11 PM

A date square was the first thing I ever ate that made me realize that “too sweet” is even possible.

I think I was about nine at the time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: JennieG
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 12:13 AM

Ha ha - very good!

Another recipe I make was given to me by a friend from Vancouver Island who grew up in mainland B.C. - 'Matrimonial Cake'. I gather there are variations according to regions; we (mostly he) have had it in Ontario where it's known as date squares.

I don't know where the matrimonial cake name comes from - perhaps because many dates can lead to matrimony?

The cupboard in the kitchen which houses plastic storage containers of various sizes and shapes is calling for a declutter. It's going to be a 2-person job, one (probably him) to get everything out and pile on the bench and one (most likely me) to make the decision on what gets kept and what gets chucked or donated, and stack it neatly back in the cupboard.

Then he will need training as to which containers are stored inside others, and which are not.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 10:26 PM

You know what they must say if you have that cookbook, Jennie - Every night is date night!

I know, I know . . .

Friday of a holiday weekend and the kitchen is still kind of a mess, but I had a very nice dinner, including half of one of my very large homegrown tomatoes with my salad. Dishes can wait till tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: JennieG
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 06:50 PM

The muffin cake is quite nice. I didn't, as the recipe suggested, drizzle over extra maple syrup when it first came out of the oven, but you could always poke holes with a skewer and drip some in later.

Himself likes it, but then he likes anything made with dates; I tell him he is the Date Connoisseur of the Universe. In Oz we have the Country Women's Association - CWA - who, among many other activities, publish many books of favourite recipes. Several years ago a local group published a small book of date recipes......all contributed by members, and probably all tried and tested in country family kitchens. You can't go wrong with a CWA recipe, although the current cake isn't one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 04:33 PM

Last night and today I have struggled through ripping audiobook CDs from the library so I can play them as mp3s in my phone. I used to have a separate mp3 player, but the phone does an equally good job now. It's getting the files that is a challenge (the publishers are often sloppy with the formatting of the names and sometimes even the file types). I'm down to one last book then I'll run the lot back to the library and return them. (If I were to listen in the car I might go to a separate player - if I connect the phone through the Bluetooth then I have the phone also trying to be a phone, and I can't deal with the phone and the steering wheel controls for it while I'm driving.)

I have a lot of produce on the kitchen counter now, and need to start clearing space in the fridge. I try to leave tomatoes out as long as possible, but getting enough to make it worth the canning process means eventually storing some in the fridge while others ripen. Chef's salad again tonight, and tomorrow I'll run by my favorite discount gourmet grocery and see what they have in the cucumber and feta departments. There is a salad of equally sized cubes of tomato, cucumber, and feta (not quite as much cheese as vege) and balsamic vinegar over the top. Mmmmmmm!

Checking off things on my list.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 09:04 AM

In one week in the US there is a 10% increase in Covid hospitalizations. Yep its the Delta variant among the unvaccinated.
While more children are getting infected it is not a severe reaction.
Children however can be vaccinated now. Too few people are returning to work so signing bonuses are now appearing everywhere making labor as attractive as possible.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: JennieG
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 01:07 AM

Charmion, you are right. Australia has nothing to hold its head up about in the treatment of First Nations people, either.

Some decluttering here too would be a good thing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 11:17 PM

You'll probably have to buy a box if you can't find one. That said, our village recycling happens at open bins behind the city hall, so if I need a box I go look in the bins to see what is there already before I head to the Container Store or U-Haul to buy a box. But considering availability, I would suggest you go to U-Haul and find one of their flat TV or mirror boxes and ship in that. UPS vs USPS vs FedEx, do you have online accounts with any of them? You can get a discount by paying online and printing the label yourself. The next bet is to pay online and go to a shipping store and let them print the label you've already paid for and ship for you. Or just take it to the post office and send it the lightest rate. I think UPS can sometimes beat the post office on those prices. It's the size, not the weight, that will bring up the cost on this.

Be sure to pad it enough so it arrives intact after all of this work!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: mg
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 11:06 PM

shipping question..i have offered my smart tv to my handicapped brother. it is said to weight 6.5 pounds and screen is 24 inches. it is very thin. i of course did not keep the box. does anyone want to guess the cheapest and best way to mail this? can take a long time to get there.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 07:19 PM

Charmion, we cross posted earlier—muffins and computers and to-do lists sound trite when compared to the weight of the atrocity of dead school children buried under school grounds (instead of respectfully sending them home after a full investigation after the first one and it never happening again, they kept doing it. People around them knew better and needed to speak up.)

The impact of Trump is being felt in the political life of the nation right now - his company getting a slap on the wrist for tax evasion is a shiny object in comparison to lighting a fire under Manchion and Sinema and getting some important work done.

Moving forward to work on supporting important causes means you need to have a clear head in order to do so. I have administrative and employment activity to tend to, but otherwise I'm planning to spend the next few days mostly offline. Clear up papers, files, and workspaces and set a few priorities regarding the individuals and groups I want to support that can have impact on the causes important to me. (To this end I recently joined the Southern Poverty Law Center and have renewed with ACLU and NAACP.) If you're too depressed by the state of current events to do anything to help, take a break. Get back in the fight when you can.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 10:28 AM

Jennie, that sounds like an excellent plan with the muffin mix. Me, I'd be better off stopping at one muffin - given a whole pan of it, I might eat more! ;-) And it is my experience that adding chopped dates to any recipe makes it much better. Doubly so with your maple syrup!

Jon, I've had a variety of free AV and security programs over the years, and I read reviews before installing them. I've used Avast, but not for a long time. I paid for Kaspersky for a number of years, but it finally stopped working at all. I now use the free security software offered by my Internet provider and I pay for Malwarebytes (on my computers, tablets, and phone.)

I have a growing list of things I have to address - redoing income taxes, taking an online defensive driving course (insurance discount), filing rebate paperwork for pet drugs, and much more. I think it's time for another list on the fridge and to cross them off they are accomplished.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 10:23 AM

Lytton, British Columbia, the village where Canada’s highest temperature ever was recorded a couple of days ago, is burning down. The dessicated surrounding forests burst into flames (predictable), and the 250 residents were evacuated before the wildfire could do more than wipe out their property.

Three unmarked cemeteries have been found in Manitoba and Saskatchewan with a total of nearly 200 more undocumented graves.

It’s a nice, quiet day in Stratford, cloudy, with a few mid-day showers in the forecast. I can hear only breeze and birdsong. Both cats are sprawled on my extended legs — the lap is not nearly enough.

I had a visit last night from a fiddle-playing friend who wanted to talk about the children’s graves. She is shocked to the core, as a citizen, a child-care worker and a Catholic, and she can’t quite decide what to do with her feelings. We decided that respectful silence today would be good for us as individuals, followed by a national surge of action to inspect all known sites, locate whatever records might survive in search of other, forgotten sites, and make proper memorials. Then we, as a country, need to make amends.

While the clergy and civil servants responsible for the residential schools were shovelling children underground with little or anything to mark their resting spot, other clergy and civil servants were painstakingly gathering the remains of soldiers killed in the battles of the Great War, going to extraordinary lengths to identify them, and laying them down, one by one, in vast gardens of stone created at huge expense. Grand memorials were built to list the names of all the lost who who could not be identified among the remains found in the blasted ground.

I think about those pitiful graveyards in the bush, and the monument on Vimy Ridge. I cringe with shame.

This thread is supposed to be about decluttering our living space and improving our lifestyles. Deep cleaning and thorough decluttering always turn up evidence of things we did that we ought not to have done, and things left undone that ought to have been done. Canada is living that experience on a massive scale right now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 09:28 AM

It's been mostly updating computers for me over the past couple of days. The Windows 10 ones (dual boot on my laptop and a hardly ever used tablet of dad's) took ages (probably not helped by it being ages since I last updated) to go though with lots of errors and retries before everything got updated. I then decided to get rid of the annoying Avast Free which popped up messages on my lap top every time I used Window and I guess I must have installed ages ago but can't remember why... That gave me another fight in trying to get Defender AV to run - loads of web searches and KB articles before I found the solution... Anyway, all's OK now.

A little task for today is do agree on a location with mum and screw a small safe to a study wall. It's probably something we should have thought about a long while ago. There's not a lot but there are things that shouldn't really be left lying around for anyone to casually pick up.

And I've added yet another camera to the system. We had got a cheap stand alone baby monitor for the bedroom but, even after I tried adding an IR light, its night vision was poor and mum could complain that all she saw was fog if she looked in on dad at night. I've put another of the Annke POE ones in there instead.

Anyway, the weather (cool but damp and muggy when it's not raining) looks as if it should improve mid next week so I should be spending more time outside soon. First task will be mowing again...

Lots of flowers on my tomatoes now so hopefully not too long before I start getting some fruit.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Jul 21 - 02:49 AM

I am using up some Stuff which has been in the pantry and fridge for *cough* a while, and making date and maple syrup muffins. Except that it's not muffins, it's a nine inch square cake.

The recipe says it makes 12 muffins and you eat a whole muffin whether or not you need a whole muffin, don't you? So my nine inch cake will yield more servings than those 12 muffins would.

I shall report on the taste when it is out of the oven and cool enough to try.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jun 21 - 11:55 PM

An appointment with the new dentist is made and I'll fill out their online forms to make it official. If only other changes were so easy. Wrenching, but easy.

It's hot enough now that I feel a sense of accomplishment in simply managing the usual stuff around the house - laundry, dishes, meals. The question of showering at bedtime or in the morning arises (because if you shower at night you're going to be sweaty again by morning, but showering twice a day is a bit much, while showering at bedtime means you will sleep much better . . .)

Dinner tonight was a salad with half of one of my really large tomatoes arranged on top. The whole fruit weighed in at 8 ounces. You can make friends and influence people with these kinds of tomatoes. :) I took one to my next door neighbor, along with the few okra I've picked so far. She can take just 3 or 4 large fresh pods and make herself a little bowl of "bowled okra" (boiled is pronounced that way by folks who grew up around here) to go with her lunch. Her husband doesn't like it that way, so if she doesn't have enough to share, she boils it. #Smart


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jun 21 - 03:01 PM

That open fridge is terribly hard on the fridge contents and it isn't meant to try to cool a room.

The dentist office today was brutal. I'd waited 9 months instead of 6, partly because of COVID, and partly because I now need to take a megadose of amoxicillin an hour prior to the appointment, and don't want to do it too often. My former dentist retired in April (I went to offer good wishes and took him several bedding plants for the garden he would have time to tend). The office now is a different world. The woman at the front desk is looking a little frazzled, another one is missing (I'm guessing she retired?) and the hygienist who I usually see wasn't there. The dentist didn't offer to come take a quick look, like my old dentist, nothing but a really rough cleaning. It felt like a contact sport. Afterward, I asked at the front desk where the other hygienist is and made a note—I think they've probably had that question more than once lately. That other office is at lunch right now, but I'll call and find out if Donna is there and set my next appointment with her. The ironic thing today was that during my long wait the retired dentist came through the office to pick up something and was greeted with great affection by all, including me. But he left again. :-(

There are now a half-dozen tomatoes on the windowsill in various stages of ripeness, minus one I took to my daughter yesterday (with dozens starting to ripen in the garden). I probably shouldn't eat one tonight, my mouth being tender will feel that tomatoey acidity more than usual. Chef's salads, Caprese salad, BLTs, cubed cucumber and tomato with cubed feta and balsamic dressing, lots of ways to consume tomatoes. That's before the canning starts.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Jun 21 - 12:35 PM

Old tricks like open fridge and chair work.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jun 21 - 11:31 AM

Any of you in climates where you don't usually need (so don't have) air conditioning, set up a cooling place for yourselves. A box fan, an oscillating fan, whatever you can manage, needs to be nearby. Keep a spray bottle of water and find a chair that won't hold in your body heat. Sleeping on a cot versus a mattress, also, will help dissipate heat. Wear light cotton clothes and spritz yourself with the mist or spray and let the fan evaporate the moisture.

If it gets too hot, head to your local library or other public facility set up as a cooling center. This morning the news reported at least 100 elderly individuals dying in interior BC due to the extreme heat - it apparently hit 119o, hotter than ever registered in Las Vegas of Mojave Desert fame. My son and his roommates live in Seattle, but all three hail from really hot climates (Arizona and Texas) so should know how to stay comfortable in this unusual weather. (My mother would never come to Texas to visit from April through November.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Jun 21 - 10:52 AM

Dominion -- oops -- Canada Day is tomorrow, and Environment Canada has backed off its forecast warning. We had the rainpocalypse yesterday, about suppertime.

I think there may have been a lightning strike on part of the power distribution system, perhaps a transformer. The lightning bolt and the ferocious clap of thunder were simultaneous, so the hit was very close, and I saw a big white flash through the trees to the northwest. The power went out for about two hours.

It's still hot and close today, but marginally cooler. I shall make a potato salad and a lentil salad this afternoon, and buy the snazziest Boston lettuce I can find for a green salad that I shall assemble tomorrow. Spit-roasted chicken with the relatives, who have announced a plan to secure a key lime pie.

My lower gut has been punishing me since Monday, probably for over-indulgence in cherries on Sunday. I'm still a bit uncomfortable but probably safe to venture out for an undetermined length of time.

As the province gradually opens up, the gym owners are now the most vocal howlers as the hairdressers and restaurateurs grab the lifelines thrown to them by the province. Their professional association (i.e., lobby group) has taken centre stage in the Toronto Star's grievance coverage -- "Everybody else is opening, why can't we?"

Well, I've logged a lot of time in gyms over the years, and I for one am not ready for a weight room full of large guys forcefully huffing out the air from the very bottom of their lungs with each rep of their routine. In fact, the risk factor is probably close to that of unprotected choral singing, perhaps the most dangerous activity an aging lady can indulge in these days.

Meanwhile, in other news, no unmarked cemeteries have been found in the last few days. Wait for it ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 12:41 PM

There have been at least four fires at Roman Catholic churches (and at one disused Anglican church) on First Nations reserves in B.C. since the announcement of the discovery at Kamloops. No one seems surprised and, although the fires have been classified as "suspicious," one has not heard the same clamour for arrests one would have heard had the churches been elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 08:24 PM

When the crows come home to roost,
tarry not beneath the trees. In fact,
better not even venture beneath the crow trees
to begin with.


I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when arsonists
burned down the Indian School campus.
If they ever worked out who committed the arson, I didn't hear,
and that was decades ago.
Whoever did the job was fairly professional about it.
One entire city block for the majority of the campus buildings.
Not only is that area rather thickly settled, but across the streets
there were things like that art museum for Indian art,
and the old school chapel that became its own little
Catholic parish.
Nobody torched the Queen of Angels Indian Chapel, as
I had feared they would do.
Also, Interstate 40 goes past that campus
(the east-west limited-access highway which
rendered Route 66 obsolete).
And although, as I observed in my car,
I could drive on Interstate 40 and literally watch
the Indian School campus in flames,
there was no danger to the highway itself
and nobody closed off the highway.

About unmarked graves, however,
if there were any of those in Albuquerque
then people were remarkably quiet about them,
and I knew a bunch of Indian School graduates.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 06:54 PM

It's crow, Charmion, and we had better get used to a steady diet of it.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 04:42 PM

Yeah. That, too, Andrew.

Stratford doesn’t have much of a government footprint, but the flags are at half-mast at the police station, the courthouse, the town hall, the armoury and the war memorial. What we do have is lots of churches, and many of them have children’s shoes lined up in pairs on the front steps. The Anglicans let the shoes be, but the Catholics aren’t exactly cool with that form of protest.

I guess the rustling in the air is chickens coming home to roost.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 12:59 PM

That kind of finding is also likely evident at Indian Schools in the US. It seems to be taking a little longer to get the ground penetrating radar into place down here. Especially at Carlisle, there were many burials.

Good move on the cooking, Charmion. I'm just to the point of starting to freeze this year's garden output, so must continue to draw down the old stuff. I'm hoping for another lunch soon with my usual group (who haven't been together since about 18 months ago) and if I plan well I can use freezer contents for the meal.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 12:49 PM

"It’s still hot and humid in Stratford, with rain in the forecast all the way to Friday that dampens Canada Day plans already suppressed by the public health authorities." Also supressed by the pall cast by the findings of First Nations on the sites of former assimilation facilities (AKA "residential schools").


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 10:34 AM

I "slept on it" as far as the idea of replacing the back patio door, and realized overnight that any measurement I take of the existing door hardware won't be accurate until I take off the trim on the top and sides. Ugg. I'll remove it carefully and label each piece to return to the same place, and after a new door, will probably have to trim down each trim section of paneling that fits up to the edge of the door. The replacement door will probably be 72" x 80", not the weird 71" x 78" I'm getting when I measure with the trim in place.

We're due some rain today but it isn't here yet. Maybe I can get some work done in the yard before the deluge.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 10:32 AM

Yesterday I cooked.

A potful of minestrone — black beans, kale, large can of tomatoes and three litres of chicken stock; on a sofrito of bacon lardons, sliced garlic and shallots, diced celery and carrot, and dried thyme and oregano; and flavoured at the end with shredded basil, chopped parsley and a dollop of Worcestershire sauce for umami. I gave half of it to my bubblemates so I would not be still eating it at Christmas.

I also made a Cantonese stirfry of thinly sliced flank steak and tomatoes that provides two servings over brown rice (which no Cantonese person would eat on a bet). That was last night’s supper and will be tonight’s.

And then I filled the Instant Pot with chicken stock ingredients, brought it to pressure, and went to bed.

Slowly but surely, I’m working my way through the contents of the freezer. I have only six raw chicken carcasses left of the case I bought a loooong time ago from the butcher at the farmers’ market, so that’s three more batches of chicken stock. The Cantonese stirfry accounted for one of three remaining pieces of flank steak. The minestrone will be four or five easy meals, and it cleared the veg bins.

Today’s agenda is an hour or two of tunes and a meeting of the choir executive on Zoom. Here’s hoping that I’m still full of tunes-generated endorphins when the meeting convenes.

It’s still hot and humid in Stratford, with rain in the forecast all the way to Friday that dampens Canada Day plans already suppressed by the public health authorities.

Full-page advertisement in the Toronto Star today: “Ontario is the only jurisdiction in North America where indoor dining is still closed.” Placed by a professional association called Restaurants Canada, it goes on to point out that Ontario businesses have collectively lost Cdn$10.3 billion, outstripping the rest of Canada combined. (Incidentally, Ontario’s economy is bigger than that of the rest of Canada combined.) It also says that “we” have hit all the targets set for re-opening.

I can almost hear the eyes rolling at Queen’s Park. Who’s “we”? Have the restaurateurs checked every health district in the province, from Moose Factory to Toronto, Thunder Bay to Cornwall? Methinks not.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 10:37 PM

Fireworks are starting up, we heard a couple of loud Boom!s tonight, and a Thundershirt is on order for Pepper.

This evening I took down the vertical louvered blind over the back sliding glass door and the space looks so much larger now. And uglier. It is totally fogged, not just weeping, but it looks like it has been sandblasted. I have insulating drapes I'm pulling in front of it (especially until I get the patio cover replaced to stop all of the evening sun, though the trees are starting to do some of that work for me now.)

And this brings me closer to the package deal that I am considering for this summer - replacing the sliding glass doors and fixing the patio cover to give the whole back of the house a nicer look. It won't be Andersen windows, that would be overkill (as nice as they are) - I need a right hand door installed correctly so I can put a piece of wood in the track to keep someone from opening it from outside. As it is now, the original builder installed it backwards, so someone could put a plank of wood in the frame outside to keep me from opening it.

The old blinds still work and look good (dusty), so they'll be wrapped up in plastic and donated to Goodwill. I could offer them on Freecycle, but I don't want to fool with answering questions about size, installation, etc.

We had a little spit of rain, barely enough to wet the bottom of the bucket sitting out on the patio, but enough to make the air incredibly humid. Trash is out, laundry finished, dishes washed and/or in the dishwasher. Feels like a Sunday night.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 01:14 PM

You've characterized it perfectly, Charmion. The "hesitancy" is a sign of privilege, that others will get the shot so they don't have to. And using Tuskegee as an excuse is a dog whistle, not a good reason. We know better now (at least with vaccines.)

It's really hot but I'll be in and out the front door to continue working on the plants and rough patio off the front porch. It's time for some vinegar and orange oil mix to kill grass and other weeds around the edge and that have emerged from the pea gravel between the rocks and broken concrete. And while I'm at it I'll bring some of the fine mulch I got from chipping pine branches yesterday to put in the potted plants. They dry out in a hurry without some extra help.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 11:16 AM

I'm not sure why Donuel is introducing this topic in this thread today, but it's on my mind, too.

I was born in 1954, before the first polio vaccine was approved for use in Canada. My parents (born in 1919 and 1929) were thoroughly frightened of epidemic diseases and had us needled whenever shots were offered, accepting whatever was available. No picking and choosing for us.

Tuberculosis was then treatable, but not easily, and it was a "reportable" disease. That meant anyone found to have "open, active" TB was basically arrested and held in a provincial sanitarium (that was the term of art for a TB hospital) until they were cured (proven by PPD test) or dead. No appeal, no kidding.

I remember quarantine signs for scarlet fever and red measles.

I don't get "vaccine hesitancy", or public toleration of it.

As for health insurance, I remember a lady at church whose daughter was born with spina bifida. "Marilyn nearly put us on the road," this lady said to my mother. She meant it literally. My mother had a lung problem that took forever to diagnose, including invasive biopsies, and I don't remember a single day of my childhood when money wasn't the big thing we always had to worry about. Not the Commies, not Strontium 90, but getting to payday without going into the hole. I remember the unionization of the federal civil service, which brought group health insurance into our lives, because it meant that, for the first time, my parents could take a holiday and we might eat something that cost more than 29 cents a pound.

So I don't get opposition to "Medicare for All", either.

Whatever Americans might believe, Canada did not sail effortlessly into the universal (for citizens and permanent residents) health-care plans we have today. Here's a website about the knock-down-drag-out fight we had to get there.

I think we would have a similar struggle to introduce compulsory immunization against COVID and its variants, and I hope our governments toughen up and do it anyway.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 11:14 AM

I've sold shoes and clothes on eBay; sometimes they were shoes I found on a great sale and simply turned around and listed them, other times they were shoes that turned out to be not a very good idea and were gently worn. Leather handbags, Levi Jeans, vintage designer clothes, curtains, bedsheets—it's surprising what sells on eBay. Good photos and measurements are a must.

The tomatoes are taking on a pinkish cast, finally. I need to get some mozzarella and more basil - it's time for Caprese salads!

A few weeks ago I was playing with the puppy, dropping the laundry basket over the top of her. In the process the rim broke, and it doesn't stay put with duct tape. My super glue was dried in the container and it costs as much for a new cheap basket as to buy more glue. I decided to toss that one (of two) into the recycle bin and not replace it. I have other large containers that can be used in the laundry room; I usually have a basket on the washer to catch items needing washing but I've replaced it with a plastic tub that can do the same thing. I've tossed a rubber bath mat that was a good idea (versus the PVC ones that off-gas for ages) but when they start to rot there is no recovering them. I'll probably get another PVC one and let it lie flat in the garage for a while to get the smell out. There are two bathrooms here and I don't want to swap one mat between the two rooms, but noting that maintaining the status quo out of habit often times means keeping more stuff in the house than strictly necessary.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 09:22 AM

I remember when the only health insurance was a big family. Then the polio vaccine came along. Quarantine signs were everywhere.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 202
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 09:16 AM

Watson the cat is digging a hole to China in the litterbox, now located in the ground-floor loo at the far end of the kitchen. This is a great sign because it means he is unlikely to piss on the parlour rug again.

Hot and steamy in Stratford, with thunderstorms in the forecast. On the one hand, such conditions make long walks unpleasant, but on the other hand I don’t have to water the garden.

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that haircuts are permitted again! Just as I was beginning to look a little too much like William IV.

I have delivered three large bags of unbreakable kitchenware to Goodwill: plastic food-storage containers mostly, and some pots with their lids firmly taped down. I found a salvageable U-Haul box of the almost 2-cubic-feet size stashed behind the furnace, and by the end of the week it will be packed with odds-and-sods china: nearly a dozen coffee mugs, four dinner plates, five salad plates, some bowls that I either don’t need or don’t like, and a large Pyrex casserole that I have not used even once in 25 years.

For the first time, I’m thinking of selling certain personal items on Ebay. Fancy shoes by Jon Fluevog that I can no longer wear — apparently Fluevog fans are such enthusiastic buyers that there is an established market for gently used pairs. I will weep salt tears when I part with my Fluevog boots, but they’re immaculate and I will never get my wonky foot into the right one ever again.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:53 AM

Jon, if I could get gas without Ethanol for my mower and other equipment I would. You can buy 1 gallon metal cans in the Big Box stores but it is something around $7 a gallon, the gas pump is $2.789 per gallon right now. But for all of the trouble that changing out fuel lines is, it might be worth it to buy the gallon can. And I always add fuel stabilizer to the gas can when I fill it.

The vet's office set me back a pretty penny for the heartworm medication and the oldest dog has to go in for a heartworm test next week before they refill his. Nevermind he has been on the meds all year long. And there is the question of getting vaccinations every year for things that they were probably set up for life with the first or second. Do these count as boosters, or overkill?

Mowing today. Finally.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 07:01 PM

It’s raining in Stratford, and likely to keep at it for the next week. At least, that’s what Environment Canada says.

The two pissed-on Afghan rugs are back from the cleaners, and Watson is inspecting the big green Bokhara with forensic care. Fingers crossed … He does seem to be more comfortable now, and the litter box is just a few steps away instead of downstairs ….

And the house looks like itself again. It’s also cleaner, because I washed the hardwood. Cat hair by the bale!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 12:04 PM

Dupont:

The firing was fine! Unloaded, stickered the ones for the shop, reloaded the car. Brought the plates for Erica, left a box of pots for the shop and messaged Pat to let her know they were there, along with a couple bags of books, quart jars and egg cartons - she knows folks who can use them.

Picked up new credit card, stopped at the library, and arrived here before 4 pm, in time to water the neediest plants, put food in frig and sort out some of clutter. Stack of glass storage containers in drainer - R ate the food and washed! Clothes to laundry, one load now washed, dried and sorted, another in washer.

R has no drivers license due to too many points: it would help if he opened mail, if he stopped at stop signs, did not use cell... I was in a mood about it but managed to control my "12 years of this foolishness" fury. (more like a lifetime of it, but I was not around; he is untrainable!) He did not get home until after 10 on Weds; E had to drive him/he fell asleep/... Thurs, I offered a good supper but please get home by 9! E drove him - 9:15.

He had second shot yesterday NO reaction! So I drove him to work this am. Maybe today he will look into recovering a license... Maybe not.

My bits of energy yesterday went into watering plants. catching up on friends on internet, watching youtubes of kd Lang, music and interviews; I find her and her career interesting. Thinking of a young musician we love and wondering if she might also have a career near to that. Would the stress break her as it has others... kd seems to have a certain strength of character.

All those bags of soil in the back yard are producing: there will be tomatoes (3 noticeable striped ones so far), yellow beans, some sort of squash, a few potatoes, possibly corn but something seems to love the sprouting green stuff! Basil in several pots on back porch so I can go out and snip some...

The soil in front - a whole truck load NEEDS some nutritional additives! The parsley and oregano are doing OK - just OK!

There is dead heading needed - and a nap too! Not too hot but we NEED rain. Town has a water use alert on - And a River running through it! I took a couple gallons out for the larger tomato plants - enough to soak them. Cannot produce tomatoes without water!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 01:56 AM

I got a new network tv tuner (HDHomeRun Duo) yesterday. This behaves nicely straight off with mythtv and I hope may also improve reliability as the sat tuner card (or its software) does crash occasionally.

I’ve also removed the USB dongle used for live tv on mum’s PC and (while I’ll probably leave the coax in place), don’t think I need an aerial cable in the study now. That and I’ve modified the mythtv settings:

I’ve got 1 of the 2 dvb-T/T2 (on the HDHomeRun) and 1 of the 3 dvb-S/S2 (on the TBS card) available tuner ports reserved for recording only with recording priority given to the dvb-T one. The other ports are available for both live viewing and recording with suitable priorities set.

I put kodi on my Android phone and that is working for live tv via its mythtv plugin.

Oh well, it was something to play with on yet another rainy day...


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