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De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021

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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 21 - 11:46 PM

The replacement luggage arrived today; it isn't as well-made as the one I donated to Goodwill, but all of it's parts work, and it has wheels on four corners, not just two. It will work for now or in a pinch, better than the one that jolted along on gear-shaped wheels.

The evening was spent finishing a batch of what I call "nacho mix," with seasoned hamburger and black beans. Put it in burritos, make nachos or tacos. It isn't completely cool enough for cooking weather, but in a week or more when this mix has been used up I'll make something else for meals for a week and it'll be cooler. I'm nowhere near stew or pot roast weather.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Sep 21 - 05:13 PM

The bicycle is spoken for, Stilly — it fits Nephew 3, so it’s his. Now, if only he would come and get it out of my garage!

The backpacks went to Goodwill back in the summer. There’s a nice big empty spot on the shelf in the garage where that big bin bag used to be.

Great-Niece 1 will be a student for quite a few years yet, so she’s not likely to lighten my load of stuff — unless she decides psychology isn’t for her after all and she’d rather read history. But that won’t happen … I think. (I hope.) Heaven knows, the world needs psychologists a whole lot more than historians.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 21 - 10:19 AM

Charmion, will you have an assortment of parting gifts for when the visit ends? Bicycles or backpacks come to mind. :)

Today's challenge is to send the houseguest on the road with all of the gear that is now in the fridge and freezer. I inherited a nice large sealed ice pack from Amos when he left it behind on his cross-country relocation a few years ago. (That has since been sent on it's way with another traveler.) I have a postit note in plain sight to help toward this goal.

The front yard looks lovely, and as the weather cools I can now tolerate the work to dig and weed and do some transplanting. Rather than just a front yard with turf and two trees, my goal is to give it a park-like feel out there.

Onward to the weekend!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Sep 21 - 10:02 AM

It's still raining in Stratford, and chilly with it. Just like that, Summer is over.

The choir's annual general meeting is today at noon. I have to give the most important presentation, on the big plan for re-starting the choir, and everyone on the board is counting on me to persuade the whole choir that it's a Good Thing. I'm not sure that I have it in me, but I'll give it my best shot.

Great-Niece Number 1 has announced that she intends to visit me tomorrow, so I have a fair amount of cat hair removal to do when I get home.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 21 - 12:49 AM

Dorothy, such good news about your friend! I hope that transition is an easy one for all of the family. And you can rest easy, that you did what you could and it helped.

I mowed my lawn today before I got a note from the village, but it was getting that tall in a few spots. Now to sweep the pine needles out of the gutter. Again. I did it last week and you couldn't tell now.

Houseguest has arrived, we went out for dinner at a little Lebanese restaurant that several Mudcatters have visited over the years. Word of mouth via Mudcat! The dogs are adoring this visit because they are getting tons of attention and ear scratches.

I donated more of my organic garden produce to the mutual aid pantry north of my house. It's a few quarts at a time, but it means two or three really nice meals with fresh okra or hot peppers.

The cooler weather is such a wonderful break—I suspect we broke heat records for most of September. Soon it will be time for a second layer, even if it is only a light cotton blouse over a t-shirt. Baby steps.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Sep 21 - 06:01 PM

Beaver:

No pottery made since I have been here - so no clutter of work in process! - to look at the positive side. I can feel positive today as:1: my house guests were wonderful; the attic/sleeping loft was swept by them and they used the K wonderfully well with no input from me; Rita commented "you are SO organized!"; They had two days to see the sights and back to QC. And, of course, I did a great deal of sorting and clearing before they came!

2: my depression over the plight of my 90 year old friend started to pass when I found out the family was going to let her go to a nice seniors residence instead of her Grand daughters basement! Talking it over with my guests helped greatly as I came to think maybe what I emailed the son could have made a difference: "I could not have helped you all those years ago if I had not listened to you. You need to listen to your mother. ... I am SO disappointed in you." I have not heard a word from him since but another family member apprised me of the change of plans and I am SO happy. Listening to the other is essential.

3: Today, Dan came and put up much needed, utilitarian, shelves in the studio! What a treat to be able to get things better organized! THAT is a major de-clutter!! Made a good start on it.

Dan is finding a dearth of building materials and exorbitant prices, still. He used shelving he had bought for a future project. We hope prices drop before he gets around to his project!

4:Tomorrow, if it dries out enough, Stu is coming to cut the Alders which have gotten so tall I no longer have a view of the west hill.I am afraid I feel as though Nature is overwhelming me. We can just leave them where they fall - for the animals, and to go back to the soil. I rather hate to do it - environmentally - but it will be done.

Still waiting for Steve to de-clutter the back yard of waist high "weeds".

5:Gave a huge box of yarn to Leslie for her hats and scarves, and a foot high stack of slacks; I am clearly not going to lose the necessary 20 more pounds.

6:Now working on the best way to rid myself of re-usable fabrics. Then I will start on the never used lengths. "best way"= most helpful to the community - Who can/will use it effectively? I realize I no longer want to make a beautiful piece of fabric into clothing for myself. I have enough nice clothes that I do not wear! Mostly wear T's or sweatshirts, sweatpants or cut-offs. More clothes will be leaving.

So, no pots made but lots done, in spite of low energy/depression. If it is not raining on Saturday, I plan to go back to QC via a small town festival where some friends are playing at 1 pm. If it is raining, I will skip the side trip.

Notice from the town re Dupont: cut the grass. I am considering getting someone to plow the whole "lawn" and plant something that does not need cutting. Grass is an environmental crime, one step above asphalt, and I not only hate cutting it, I do not have the energy. I also consider it an infringement on our rights.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Sep 21 - 02:22 PM

Linn, does your dropping in hint at fall clearing ahead? I know you've sold a lot of items around the house. More of that, or are you donating or dumpstering next? It's great to see you here - maybe a few of our lurkers will step forward and tell us what they have in store for the upcoming season?

The front lawn is looking better, though I see places where I've let it get a bit too dry. I'll run the big oscillating sprinkler to the far side of the house after dark. No point in watering in daytime when a) more of it evaporates and b) it isn't my day to water and it'll be out of sight. It's an ozone action day today so I didn't mow early (that contributes to the problem by adding hydrocarbons to the air as it warms).

I'm slowly drying the basil growing in a big tub beside the kitchen door. I used some of it fresh, and in the past I have put it in the freezer in bags, but dry is fine and is a way I frequently use it, so it's time for a fresh batch. I bring in a few at a time, gently wash them with the sink squirter hose, then rubberband them to a hanger and put it up in the laundry room until they're ready to strip off the stems and store. This and the canning contribute a sense of well-being during the rest of the year, when I pull out my home grown foods and cook with them.

I have a quick errand to run before a houseguest arrives: I realized that last spring I tossed the old rubber bath mat and never replaced it. Good thing the Dollar General a few blocks from here usually has that kind of stuff. No need for Amazon or heading clear over to Target, etc. Now the dog footprints in the tub - I can't do much about that. I'll rinse them out, but I'm always surprised how often those goofballs hop in and out of the tub during the day. It's just a thing they do.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Sep 21 - 10:25 AM

I've been away from this group too long!Sure, I see some of you at Facebook, but here is where the real conversation and community is.

Alas, I don't have time to get caught up right now — meeting some friends for lunch and then at least one of them and I are going to see a film at Portsmouth Library — first one in a year and a half.

But my morning's resolution is to dive back in here.

I've missed everyone!

Linn


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Sep 21 - 02:23 PM

Before heading out to mow I checked messages on my phone and learned of the death of the guitar teacher my son studied with all through high school. I called to tell him, then forwarded the announcement. And told the rest of the family, all who met this fellow several times over the years. Unrelated to the loss of a friend and mentor to my son is the realization that he was two years younger than me almost to the day. This is the wrong kind of decluttering, a name crossed off of the contacts list.

The ex-son-in-law of a friend died last year and his grown children never did much about the house or his estate. An attorney neighbor of their mother's offered to help with probate, but nothing happened and the house went back to the bank. The front door lock was changed but not the back, so apparently family go in and out to look for stuff. He was four years younger than me, and he was a hoarder, part of the reason there was little interest in taking on the project, and he had financed the house to the hilt to support living beyond his means, so there wasn't going to be much cash coming out of it (though with the price of real estate now, I still think that was a foolish move. Hire a huge dumpster and start hauling out the garage door - in effect tip the house on end to empty it, then sell it broom clean and they'd have made some money.) He had lost the respect of just about any one who knew him with his sociopathic passive-aggressive approach to parenting and partnering. There was no funeral, no donations suggested. No obituary.

The teacher who died ran a guitar studio and one of his oldest students has promised to step up and keep the institution running. They were involved with community concerts every year and running a guitar program in one of the middle or high schools on the north side of town. They did a lot of giving back to the community.

How you live your life can make a big difference in how you're treated once you're gone. It isn't about the stuff, it's about the people (and if the stuff became more important than people.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Sep 21 - 01:56 PM

When I'm in other people's space, I keep my hands and my opinions to myself -- at least with respect to their stuff and where they keep it. Otherwise, I'd be like your wildfire friend.

As many predicted, the federal election changed nothing for most of us, although members of the Conservative and Green parties are probably shaping up for internal strife over programs and leadership. Yawn.

The business with the serially numbered ballots is apparently limited to municipal elections, because the federal process is much simpler and far more secure. The District Returning Officer opened the ballot box (good thing I had a knife) in front of me (my position is officially called "recorder") and the third member of the team, the "observer". Then the DRO started pulling out ballots. He unfolded each one, said the selected candidate's name out loud (important) and showed it to me. I also said the candidate's name out loud and marked the tally sheet accordingly. The observer took each ballot and put it on the stack with all the others for that candidate. The voter's name is never connected to the ballot at all. I believe Canadian federal elections have been done this way since before the Great War.

The hard part comes after the actual counting. The number of ballots cast in the poll has to match the number of ballots issued to the District Returning Office, and to the number of electors who voted. When the polls close, the poll clerk is supposed to report the number of electors crossed off the voters' list and the number who voted by Registration Certificate, but -- alas -- those data were not provided to us, probably because ours was an Advance Poll. So we had to go through the entire list of electors in Poll 607 (Milverton) and count up those who were struck off on arrival, but of course we were still short those who used Registration Certificates because they were not on the list. By the time we gave up, it was about half-past one in the morning and we were quite exhausted. Checking out with the Area Returning Officer took till two, and it must have been nearly three when I finally hit the sack.

Tuesday was a wash; I was almost too tired to think. I barely tolerated the Zoom session about the choir's Annual General Meeting on Friday, checking out early before I yelled at one exec member to talk into her damn microphone and get to the fucking point. The rest of the day was spent in a half-doze.

Aquafit this morning, and I weighed myself. I have lost seven pounds since last Monday -- all bloat, I'm sure. But my jeans already fit better, I'm drinking more water, and my nutrient balance has improved (more lean protein, in particular) thanks to the tracking application. So that's all good.

It's raining stair-rods in Stratford today, and likely to keep on like that for the rest of the week. So I won't be indulging in long-range walks for a few days.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Sep 21 - 11:34 AM

This morning started in the high-60s - nice! It's an invitation to finish a couple of projects and do some regular yard work I've managed to postpone for weeks. And the sprinkler is running in the vegetable garden.

Aw, well, it's 45 minutes later now and I've just hung up from returning a call to a very old (82!) friend who is back in the state but still about 5 hours away. She sold her house in Arizona and moved in here with her son; they have plans to buy a house with a mother-in-law suite but real estate is through the roof right now so they're staying in her son's rental until he sells the business he runs. She always manages to give away furniture when she needs to and find more when she needs to. I don't dare let her in here to "organize" or she'll toss everything and those few items I really need to keep track of will be gone. There is "organize" and then there is "wildfire passes through."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 21 - 02:57 PM

Does using up leftovers in the fridge count as decluttering? I'm clearing out some of the containers and putting them back into the cupboard. As much as possible I store food in reusable containers (Rubbermaid, poor-man's-Tupperware from restaurants, jars with screw on lids, canning jars with reused lids and rings, etc.) I try not to use as much foil or plastic wrap as I used to, though I have upped the amount of parchment since getting the lifetime-supply-sized boxes at Costco. It's a lot easier to put down that paper than it is to grease and flour a pan, or just grease a pan, or for that matter to chip off something from a pan you didn't grease because you didn't think you had to. (Don't let cookies cool on the pan).

One thing I don't use much of any more is Tupperware. It's just too damned expensive for what it does. Rubbermaid won my heart over with their stacking containers and red lids that click together if you need that stability in the stack. And some of the no-name plastic items I find at The Container Store (I go there for special shaped containers).


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

Humans notice patterns, and counting and comparing is how we keep track of loved ones. In three weeks one of my big patterns kicks in; my father's last email to his friend Jean was on what we believe is the night he died, in the evening after taking his shower (pulmonary embolism "he didn't know what hit him") but the neighbor was accustomed to Dad being away for days at a time so didn't go looking for him in the house until a week later. So we have two dates - the public one of later in November (coroner) and the family one based upon email and missed appointments (early in November). And that was more than 2 decades ago.

We are having what amounts to "weather" here today, occasional rumblings as a narrow band of storms passed over. No precipitation here, and it has moved past, but there is still one worried dog in her Thundershirt. When Pepper is so distracted she stops eating her breakfast, we know it's weathering out. The high today is supposed to be wonderful - only 86 - after 103 yesterday.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Sep 21 - 04:10 PM

Lauren is 14, and she wears a mask. Her mum believes in the disease, but not Big Pharma or, indeed, Health Canada backed up by the Centers for Disease Control and the US Food and Drug Administration.

I think Lauren is a little too young and a lot too biddable to just go get herself jabbed whatever her mum says.

Another huge bag of cat litter today. I just realized that I have stopped counting how many large or significant whatevers have gone by since Edmund died, though I don’t think the tenth of any month will ever pass without a pang.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 21 - 04:05 PM

At that public event on Saturday the booth I was working was opposite a Cutco booth, with all of their high-priced everlasting cutlery. I have had a set since forever but the paring knife and the sandwich spreader thing were missing last time I looked. I walked over to the booth and inquired about them - the guy rattled off prices that totalled $150 for the two, but seeing I was a vendor, he'd give me the two for $100. Yeah, right.

Later at home and poked through the knife block - the spatula one is there, just tucked out of sight. The paring knife disappeared when I was in college, but this afternoon I found the replacement paring knife on eBay for $35, including shipping. It's used, but so is my set. As a friend of mine used to say, "they're very proud of their knives." (PayPal balance used, one I don't count against other purchases.)

It's 103o today. I'm puttering around the fringes of things, I'll be putting more string in my weed whacker bobbin, fill up the tank on the mower, etc, and take care of the mowing and trimming later in the day or tomorrow when it's cooler. I might as well be inside ordering cutlery and checking out the health of small appliances. And I can distribute some more okra. I'm really tired of picking okra, so I may have to cut the plants down to end this daily ritual. It loves this heat. (Once it cools some of the other garden produce will be happier and grow larger, in particular the peppers and eggplant.)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 21 - 12:19 PM

I think there are provisions for teens who want the COVID vaccine (or any other vaccine) when the parents disapprove; but it varies by state. It may involve a judge. You didn't say how old Lauren is, or if she is vaccinated on her own. Is she entering an indoor space with the rest of you without being vaccinated? Where does her family stand on masks? (You'll have to resist pointing out to her that Bill Gates slipped the micro-chips into the Ivermectin, it was never in the COVID vaccines.)

More files transferred and virtual decluttering today, from my phone to the computer and removing lots of duplicates from Dropbox. Around the house decluttering today is simply putting things away. The dogs had an eye on decluttering the yard of one squirrel, but I heard a fuss a minute ago and the dogs returned to the house empty-handed.

I've put away the last jigsaw puzzle and have the wonderful choice of two brand new ones (ordered last month and arrived last week) and three other the thrift store puzzles. I think it'll be another thrift store one now and I'll save the Oatmeal (a cartoon on Facebook and Instagram) puzzles for cooler weather.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Sep 21 - 11:07 AM

My little tunes session has a problem: our youngest member, Lauren, has an obsessively over-protective mum who has turned out to be an anti-vaxxer. The rest of us are now forbidden to mention the V word, or indeed even to discuss the pandemic at all, because Lauren is "stressed". I just bet Lauren is stressed; she's a bright kid and, much as she loves her mum, I'm sure she knows that, in this case, Mother does not Know Best.

I foresee a great dust-up in the future of that family, with much hurt feeling and assertions of best intentions.

It's garbage day with recycling, so I hauled out a month's worth of newspapers and the collection of boxes and packing materials that had accumulated in the garage over the summer. It makes quite a stack, but nothing like the mountain across the street, where we have new neighbours. There's nothing like moving house to generate waste -- except, of course, renovations.

Speaking of renovations, I have an idea about my inconveniently shaped small bathroom. At present, it has an undersized 1973-vintage mustard yellow bathtub that I can get into but not out of (due to flex-proof ankles), and is too shallow to provide a decent soak. The obvious solution is to replace it with a nice, big shower stall, but one side of the window intrudes into the space. I have just learned that Japanese bathtubs are deep, and typically have a built-in seat, but they are typically free-standing (not a good choice -- think of cleaning behind it), and they cost a bomb.

Such bathtubs were not uncommon in Germany 40 years ago ... but the past is a foreign country where they do things differently. Dang.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Sep 21 - 06:41 PM

I wore the wrong shoes to the museum this afternoon. I either need to get rid of these or find the good-fitting insoles (Dr. Scholl's) and fit them into the shoes with no arch support.

Today I was to follow the docent who is appointed as mentor. It didn't go well from a tour standpoint, she doesn't speak so she can be heard and the information dispensed along the way was scant and rambled. I'll keep doing the research about the tours I want to do and be glad my past National Park Service training will stand me in good stead.

Not feeling terribly motivated to do much around here this afternoon, but tomorrow is another day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Sep 21 - 10:09 AM

I have a sudden motivation to pick up around here, and if decluttering happens all the better. A Mudcatter is passing through town later this week so the guest room will be sorted (make the bed, move out a couple of pieces of furniture stashed in there, etc.) I haven't had an overnight guest since my cataract surgery, and that was family. When was the last time someone came over? Certainly pre-COVID. (We have all been vaccinated.)

The potting bench needs to be sorted - I think there is a piece of produce in one of the boxes that has started to decompose. I catch a whiff of it as I walk past, but so far haven't found it. Not a potato, maybe okra?

There is yard work needed also—tomorrow is supposed to reach 100o but then it will cool into the high 80s for the rest of the week. We're approaching October and sometimes the first frost has been mid-October, though I suspect this year that dip in temperature will hold off to the more typical mid-November.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Sep 21 - 09:04 PM

Filling in for a public figure at a public event, even for just 3 hours, is exhausting. When said public figure arrived by 2pm I looked around at the rest of the exhibits then left for a late lunch of pasta at a favorite French restaurant (a small regional chain). During the drive home I pulled over for a 15 minute power nap.

I haven't done much around the house for a few days, but I need to add stuff to the donation bin since I stopped by Goodwill on the way home and found a glass pot lid that will perfectly fit my little 8" cast iron skillet. Something came into the house, so under the best circumstances at least one something should now leave the house (it can be a totally different category than kitchen item).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Sep 21 - 03:48 PM

hahahaha


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Sep 21 - 02:18 PM

Sharon doesn’t do sidewalks, Don; she does police stations, churches and City Hall. If she got caught, she would be charged, and if she were charged she would yell “See you in court!” and call the media. Lawyers despair of clients like Sharon.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Sep 21 - 01:48 PM

I've never subscribed to Big Lots Inc. But I used to go for free samples. I support sidewalk chalk artists and don't see any criminality in it
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Sep 21 - 12:34 PM

I stay out of Costco on principle; buying in bulk is almost always a bad idea for me these days, and every time I have been in a Costco store I have bought anywhere up to three times as much stuff as I came for. The whole place is a temple of temptation, and the great prices just are not worth the effort it takes to resist.

Last night, I renewed an important friendship with Sharon, a retired professor whom we met (with her husband Richard, another retired professor) at a food-security fundraiser a few weeks after we moved to Stratford. Sharon is a raging granny with a long list of causes, and a lot of fun although she does keep trying to draft me -- last night she was promoting "chalktivism", her term for graffiti attacks on public buildings. (I *so* don't want to get arrested, especially not for vandalism.) She's also a cellist with no one to play with; maybe, if I distract her with enough diddly tunes, I can keep her out of jail.

Sharon and Richard can help me drink up Edmund's collection of wine. Unlike my in-laws, they like rare steak with a robust red, and they eat with all the enthusiasm of a penniless undergraduate.

Diet still going well; the rate of loss has slowed, but I have not regained so much as an ounce. Over time, I think (hope?) its primary function will be to keep me eating a healthy balance of carbs, protein and fats; I had been living primarily on bread and cheese.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Sep 21 - 12:08 AM

I've spent time this week eliminating duplicate photos from my Google photo drive. I'm down to half of the space filled (it was getting close to 15gb full when they started saying I should buy more space or eliminate photos last week.) I've created a file for photos of furniture that my son might be able to use in his new house.

99.9% of the time the work I do for a local business is online from here at the house, but tomorrow I have to drive to a town north of Dallas to attend an event. I've printed out the map and saved information to my phone. I'm not a morning person, but I'll be leaving here in the morning in time to make the one-hour drive. On the way home I can stop for lunch at a small middle eastern restaurant I like in the area.

I took my ex on a tour of Costco today, so he can see what the options are for shopping there. I buy him the salmon they carry, and there may be other things he'll be interested in. He doesn't have a membership but will pay me back for my shopping. (I looked for the frozen halibut today, but there was none, and the "fresh" didn't really look fresh.) Mostly it was the quick tour of things we don't need but that are appealing.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 17 Sep 21 - 07:20 PM

Beaver:

I sure have not lost any weight. Nor have I made any pots. I have collected a good size pile of stuff to give to Pat; it is in the car. I have not finished grieving the plight of my 90 year old friend; the mutual friend whom I asked to be an intermediary left a message to which I have not even been able to respond. Dan has not yet appeared to put the new shelves in but I have made space so I could pot - if I could find the energy and inclination.

My best news is that friends from Quebec have indicated they will probably appear on my doorstep on Sun or Mon. I sent them directions with photos, as in "When you see this house do an almost U-turn into Gaebel Rd - where you see my car" (in the pic) It would cheer me to have this visit. The glitch is that I checked the sleeping loft and it needs to be swept or vacuumed. Either way I shall have to do it in the am, wearing a respirator and go somewhere for the day!! Tomorrow!! They will bring their own food! I remember when I used to cook really nice (not fancy) meals for 4 to 50 people, now I barely cook for R and me.

In 1977, I realized that drinking milk made me feel sick but whipping cream did not; I quit drinking milk - and cream!- but use milk or sour milk in (rare) baking. And only eat 10% yogurt.

It was a beautiful fall day today and I managed only to spread the large tarp out on the lawn and sweep some of the stuff off. If it dries more, I will sweep more and try to fold it and put it in shed - maybe. Tomorrow is a trip to the Shop, and some grocery shopping. And the library if it is open; I will have finished 3 of the 4 books I borrowed on Tuesday.

My technical advance for this year is being able to get pics from phone to computer!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Sep 21 - 01:12 PM

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-democrats-seek-quick-passage-revised-election-reform-plan-2021-09-14/ no joke


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Sep 21 - 11:09 AM

No kidding, D.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Sep 21 - 10:59 AM

Election results in the US requires hundreds of certifications, stamps and some with ribbons. There are various cinch points and if you add some of the Republican 'suggestions' there could be partisan boards that could assign new electors. So election reform is in order.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 21 - 11:37 AM

My browser window was open when Charmion posted so I didn't see her account of performing a civic service. That activity is fraught down here, but I've been thinking it's time to get involved with the poll work also. Good job, Charmion!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 21 - 10:56 AM

To start the morning I have measured and photographed three pieces of family antique furniture. There is a postit note on each in the photos with the dimensions for planning placement should my son and partner decide they like the looks of any of these. Now to process them and save to a Google file I'll share with them.

I should be out walking, but have to get back into the habit of rising earlier when it's coolest. We're still in the 90s now. The torrential Nicholas-driven rains are well to the east, but one of these days that will be us. I don't think I moved from one Ecotopia (Puget Sound) to another (North Texas), though North Texas weather has changed a lot since I moved here nearly 40 years ago. Time flies when you're having children . . .

Speaking of flying time - 100 days till xmas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Sep 21 - 10:22 AM

I have signed up to work at the District Returning Office on election day, which is next Monday. Our federal elections are blessedly simple affairs compared to what goes on down south: campaigns last precisely six weeks, and each elector votes for one person to represent his or her constituency (also called a riding) in the House of Commons.

My job will be to tick off the name of each voter as the District Returning Officer opens the ballots and records the votes. The ballots are serially numbered (recorded by the poll clerk as each voter is ticked off the list of electors on arrival), so I see the name and the number, and the DRO sees the number and the choice. Nobody sees both the name and the choice.

All of this is done immediately after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. (2000 hr), using printed lists and paper ballots, with rituals as strict as sterile procedure in an operating room. If it takes all night, that's what it takes. Much coffee is drunk.

Like many largely rural constituencies, the riding of Perth-Wellington is solidly Conservative. It comprises the towns, villages and farms lying between Kitchener-Waterloo and London, and Stratford (population 32,000; home of the Ontario Pork Council) is its largest community. So no Liberal, let alone Dipper (member of the New Democratic Party or NDP), need apply with any expectation of success.

Ah, Ontario. Gotta love it.

Meanwhile, in other news, nothing new. Diet firing all right: down five pounds, all of it (I'm sure) bloat. So far no mad dives into the pantry in search of anything I might devour -- the whole milk thing seems to work, at least for me. (It helps that the only immediately devourable items in the house are onions, high-fibre cereal, sealed jars of jam, and one lonely small box of shortbread.) I have had no bouts of flattening weariness since Sunday, and my wonky foot is holding up.

I must buy groceries today -- fruit, veg and toilet cleaner -- and edit the hand-outs for the choir's annual general meeting. I shall also take a substantial walk. My dance card is full.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Sep 21 - 07:32 AM

Regarding the Book Peril, still not released, Fox News types and Trump are calling back channels along with the people who use them treasonous. You can learn the value of back channels from the fictional movie Sum of All Fears. In the real world, back channels have saved all our lives.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 11:54 PM

It looks like Elon Musk is working on decluttering the planet - these rockets of his can lift 50,000 pounds of equipment (or "stuff") on each shot. Well there you have it! Off-site storage is now off the planet. Funny that this also belongs in the MOAB thread. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 09:42 PM

Which had the lessor of two weevils, the Flour or Parsley?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 08:43 PM

I had a shopping list and did some strategic shopping today (mid-no-spend month). Costco had a couple of things I needed or will need soon on sale, so good timing there. I hope there is something to that whole milk tip - when you buy milk at Costco you get a good price per carton but I had to buy 3 half-gallon cartons (shelf date into mid-November, so I think I'll be okay. I use a carton every couple of weeks.)

The big need was zyrtec (generic) for the dogs and me. The vet put them on it (cheaper than the vet Rx and works just as well). Costco had it on sale.

I didn't get everything, but I got the most essential. The rest can wait, so maybe no more shopping this month. The dogs will get their antihistamine with dinner instead of breakfast and that was the most pressing. The most embarrassing purchase was, of all things, dried parsley. Embarrassing because I used a couple of tablespoons of the jar I had in the falafel I made two weeks ago for guests; I was making it again yesterday and looked closely at the flour mix I was about to stir into the food processor and realized there were dried weevils in it. OMGosh! The new jar of dried parsley flakes is in the freezer just like I do with flour and other grains, pasta, and beans. After a while they can come out again, but just in case. I had weevils turn up in some chamomile tea one time so that always goes into the freezer when I bring it home.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 05:47 PM

Decluttering oneself from Trump anxiety is not desensitizing oneself from the 'peril' but filling in the loopholes that the villain was using. WASH. DC was the only city the President was in total control of the National Guard. That loop hole is being closed. The Mayor is now in charge. Back in Dec and Jan the entire fabric of government was prepared for a 'devolution' of Trump toward a war emergency footing.
It was given an odd name. The white nationalist Trump rally may have a diversionary aspect to it since the Capitol will be so well defended.
They want sympathetic martyrdom for their followers. Let us not give it to them. Every story needs a villain we all love to hate. Let it not be us.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 12:28 PM

Decluttering of the virtual sort lately as I struggle with one of those phone apps that I never would have chosen to use but which someone else used to send me some cash and used the wrong email. And that wrong email got stuck as the default. It is the only email I read everything in because there is NO BUSINESS, just friends and family. A phone call with only one transfer to tech support finally got it.

Last week a call to the IRS revealed that there was a red herring in the "explanation" letter they sent, their error but not the one that affected my return. No more refund coming my way.

Now to solve a virtual puzzle - my phone just made a noise telling me a zoom meeting is imminent but I can't find the information to join.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 12:08 AM

That is a helpful piece of information about whole milk. Even for those of us without diabetic problems, the sugar intake and craving is an issue.

On a personal note: Thank dog that Gavin Newsom was able to defeat the recall in California. Common sense prevails and Trump loses. Again. Trump needs to suffer a severe aneurysm and be taken completely out of the political picture. I wouldn't mind if he died of something awful. In case any of the Mudcatters worldwide who follow this thread were wondering, I'm glad we decluttered ourselves of Trump (who one demented Scotsman kept calling "Donal John" and trying to support, and that move helped get his ass kicked out of Mudcat.)

You might want to look at the reviews of the new Woodward/Costa book called Peril.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 08:28 PM

If I get too thin I can’t get warm; any less than 140 and I’m quite gaunt and I shiver all the time. Even if I off-load enough weight to make my wonky foot tolerate five miles of trotting per day, I should still be able to stay well north of that threshold.

In Ottawa, when I noticed that my brother had switched from partially-skimmed (2%) milk to whole milk, I asked him whether that was a deliberate choice and, if so, why. He said the higher-fat milk had not messed with his diabetes at all, but seemed to knock out his sugar cravings.

I was out of milk when I got home, so I’m giving it a whirl. So far, so good.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 07:14 PM

Beaver:

Hmmm - reciprocating saw: I had one of those on Whidbey. Lost a bunch of stuff there, and in QC the move from the cabin in the woods to the @#$%^Mill resulted in stuff being so disrupted/disorganized/... that I am still remembering - oh yeah, I wonder where... Having gotten so sick there, I resist going there at all. But... Maybe... A few minutes, as I did to collect a few things last week. Warm sunny days in October might be OK. Actually - (new thought!) I could take a couple bins back to QC to collect and store things.

I have a quantity of stuff sorted out for Pat. Went to shed today and emptied an almost empty bin. Maybe another tomorrow. I may end up giving her a bin or two as well - full!

No luck re bookcases at the thrift shops so I texted Dan re building them in for me - very simple ones for glazes and materials... Did obtain a high quality Duvet (no cover but there is one in QC) for $15. THAT will keep me warm this winter!

Pulled the netting off one strawberry bed today and cut off numerous runners which are currently soaking in water until I have the energy to plant them. I think I can wrap them in something moist. May try to take them to QC on 25th. My energy level continues to be get out and push mode; I am usually better on the 3rd day. Hope for tomorrow - to make pottery. But at least I have done a few useful things.

Last year when I told the doctor I had lost 15 pounds (almost down to 160), he told me that older women need to have weight on them. I have gained back - last few weeks and NOT on purpose! - about 8 but still think I would like to keep it down. But not going to keep a log or any of that stuff; I know I won't! Having seen my 90 year old friend at 110, I think I see why we need to keep some weight! I will focus on losing some -carefully.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 02:30 PM

Interesting about that calorie counter. I've used MyFitnessPal for years, but it doesn't do much in the "you shouldn't do this" area (unless I do a fasting day and close out the day and it says I wasn't eating enough. . .) On the cool weather front, that sounds wonderful! We have another sloppy hurricane (Nicholas) coming through the area this week. High humidity, chance of rain (but we're not directly in the path, so it's hit or miss.)

The stock pot is heating for the tomato sauce; jars process for 35 minutes and at that rate the little pot boils away too fast (it's perfect for small batches that process for 10 minutes). I'm hoping for at least 2 quarts, in half-pint and pint jars. No one ever said gardening and canning are cheaper or faster, but it is satisfying.

The last of the privet/ligustrum to be cut are tall straight limbs, so when I finish the sauce I'm going to take the reciprocating saw back and lop them off, then simply drag a few bundles of them to the curb. All of the various sized and shaped branches are easier in the tarp, but dragging this last bit will be faster.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 01:25 PM

The pile of branches that took me two days to assemble was shoved into the Monday trash in five minutes. Apparently since I piled it under the pine tree by the curb the bulky waste truck couldn't maneuver the arm to get it (like the arm in the glass case that picks up toys to try to drop into the chute for gullible children). After they moved on I swept up the twigs dropped on the street, and if I drag more out there later today I'll pile it a few feet to the left. After cleaning up last night I kind of hate to get that messy and sweaty again, but a couple of more hours should take care of it, so I'll head out after lunch.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 01:19 PM

Hi, Jennie -- The nearest Len's Mill Store is in Waterloo, about 50 km from Stratford. I have seen a lot of Mennonite quilts by now, but nothing like "Threads of Africa". But that's not the sort of thing I'd put on a bed, where the cats could (and would!) get at it.

It's cool enough today that my fingertips are numb. That was fast.

I'm not losing weight consistently enough to please me, so I have decided to go back to keeping a food diary. I do this on line, using an app called MyNetDiary that calculates the caloric heft and nutritional value of your entries. I used it to lose more than 50 pounds between New Year's Day 2013 and summer 2014, and the software has considerably improved since then. My primary reason for getting serious is my right foot, which is so consistently sore that I obviously have to start doing something different. More drugs is an option, but not the one likeliest to do me good in the long run. Taking off the 25 to 30 pounds that I regained since 2014 -- that's the first thing to do, since it doesn't cost me anything and it will also help all the other joints from the hips on down.

The tracking task also ensures that I eat the right things. I have become terribly lazy about meal-planning and cooking since Edmund died, and MyNetDiary informs me in very blunt terms when I'm not keeping up with protein-carb balance or calcium intake. It also nags me to eat more green veg and drink more water.

But why can't I do all that without an electronic nagger and a borderline-obsessive diary habit? I dunno, but I don't, so whether I can or not is moot.

Maybe I should stop beating myself up about it and just do what works. Ya think?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: JennieG
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 11:36 PM

Charmion, do you have Len's Mills near you? They have an amazing collection of quilts, some of which were on display at the Creativ Festival in Toronto last time we were there, late in 2018. They buy quilts from a big Mennonite sale each year and while some were fairly traditional I was greatly admiring of others which were less so, including an African-themed quilt 'Threads of Africa'.

Len's Mills collection


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 10:50 PM

The privet on the south half beyond the fence has been trimmed, with the exception of a few shrubs at the edge of the creek, where they hold the bank in place for now. All of the privet inside the fence has been cut, and a fair amount was chipped. The rest is on the pile at the curb. I can drag more out tomorrow, the folks from the city who will drive around looking at the stuff people want carted away will get the idea from what's there. I'll work on the north side and keep adding to the pile until they pick it up.

I am exhausted and sticky and sweaty, but not quite ready to head to the bath because the sauce is simmering still (the food mill didn't work, it was sending the tomato pulp along with the seeds and out producing only liquid). I used the stick immersion blender to puree and I might try the food mill again later, but I don't think it will be necessary. I've set the timer at 15 minutes and each time I make sure the sauce isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan when I give it a good stir. Any processing will happen tomorrow at the soonest.

I think I have pine needles and pine pitch in my hair, so getting ready for bed may involve work with a fine-toothed comb and I'll have an appointment with a couple of Motrin.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 04:50 PM

Shift in plans - the fridge has needed organizing and clearing out, so I've spent some time cutting up garden vegetables for spaghetti sauce. I added some jars of tomatoes from last year to the pot. Right now it's simmering and next I'll run it through the food mill to puree it and remove the seeds, and process jars this evening (possibly in a larger pot, not one at a time, depending on the volume I have when it's all reduced). For this early stage it can simmer while I work in the yard. This is the bottled pasta sauce I was needing yesterday, though I don't have a pressure canner so I'm not adding meat now, I'll have to add cheeses or sausage when I'm ready to use each jar.

Now back out to the yard.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 11:26 AM

Jennie, years ago as a newspaper reporter in a Central Texas county seat I had to write an article about a county-wide quilt show, and I got some great photos. They had a setup that you sometimes see in stores where area rugs hang on rods radiating from a central support. All of these quilts were hanging so you could see them full length and flip through for an amazing sea of color and creativity. I've never pieced anything except small lap quilt type projects, but I have lots of scraps from mask-making and looked up ways to use the "crumbs," as they're called. I'll have to decide if I want to start assembling blocks for a crazy quilt or hand them over to someone who does this as a regular thing. A tailor friend of mine says she gives her scraps to a quilter friend who loves the variety of colors and prints she uses.

I sent a note to my local organic gardening radio program and got an answer for what kind of well-adapted understory shrubs to put in to replace all of the privet I'm removing. He listed a couple of things I should have thought of for myself, and a couple I'm not familiar with. There's also one on his list that I planted in my front yard last fall. My next door neighbor has one of the small trees listed and I might be able to get start one from a cutting.

I've let some yard work slide over the last couple of years because of the knee pain, but surgery in early 2020 set that to rights. Now that the thyroid level is restored I'll be able to enjoy getting out and doing the yard work in this fall's nice temperatures.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 09:51 AM

Your quilt sounds lovely, Jennie.

Mennonite quilts are a thing around here, but I have to confess that I find them uninteresting -- the most banale 20th-century designs with a strong tendency to the childish and twee. I admire quilts with imaginative designs, especially in strong colours, but I'll settle for a nice patchwork.

I'm utterly fagged today and wondering whether I'll bother even getting dressed before noon or if I should just go back to bed. Definitely not going to church; I would have to get washed and dressed right now, and that would require far too much effort.

Environment Canada is promising a thunderstorm today and I can smell the rain coming, so I shall lay low. If I feel perkier this afternoon, there's always a bathroom to clean.

Tomorrow is another day. Pool class at 0930 hr!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: JennieG
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 02:10 AM

Yesterday one of the quilts in progress (referred to as 'PhDs' or 'projects half done' so I can truly say that I'm working on my PhD) was exhumed from under the table in my sewing room, and stitches were actually sewn! Yay!

I like sewing and making Stuff from fabric. When it comes to painting and drawing I have absolutely no skill whatsoever; I'm not putting myself down, I'm just being honest here, folks......but I have been told I'm good with colour, and this is how I get my artistic fix. The newly exhumed PhD has a background of different - lots of different - black on white prints, with rainbow diamonds dripping from the top. The first vertical full-length row on the left is red diamonds, the slightly shorter next row is orange, then slightly shorter again yellow and so on......you get the idea.

It has a name. 'Imprismed'. One day it will be finished.


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