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De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021

Stilly River Sage 13 Aug 21 - 10:23 PM
Donuel 13 Aug 21 - 07:00 PM
Dorothy Parshall 13 Aug 21 - 05:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Aug 21 - 10:44 PM
pattyClink 12 Aug 21 - 10:41 PM
Dorothy Parshall 12 Aug 21 - 09:19 PM
Donuel 12 Aug 21 - 09:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Aug 21 - 09:57 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Aug 21 - 04:36 PM
Dorothy Parshall 11 Aug 21 - 03:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Aug 21 - 10:31 PM
pattyClink 10 Aug 21 - 09:53 PM
Dorothy Parshall 10 Aug 21 - 09:49 PM
Charmion 10 Aug 21 - 06:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Aug 21 - 04:15 PM
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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 10:23 PM

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 05:49 PM

Dupont:

That strange site I invited in ISSUU also brought with it something called "Freshy" which totally interferes and messes up searches. Apple help, after a lengthy session informed that it was only on Firefox which is not an Apple app. So could not help me. I may have gotten rid of it just now. I will be careful - it sneaks in and does the search in place of google; trying to find a place in QC yesterday was impossible. Other things kept getting in the way. It should have been simple; I gave up after about 30 minutes of frustration. We'll see if I won.

As for a youngster to water; I do not know anyone.... But you jiggled my brain enough to get me think of the couple people I know slightly, whom I would trust to come up with a reliable body - if they knew one.

Currently, looking for an a/c for the "studio" so I can get something done! I may go out shortly to see what is locally available at building supply stores. Very carefully, with mask!

I am connected to a group on FB in the area where I lived 60 years ago; it is fantastic! Someone asks this kind of ? and in minutes they are getting suggestions! Almost makes me homesick! One of the main folks is our former babysitter, now a township councillor, and another went to grade one with my son, and grew up in the house my family built! Her 94 year old dad still lives there. Beautiful location, surrounded now by land "in conservation".

The people around Beaver would be helpful - almost like that - but here... I have not even seen the man with two dogs with whom I used to have good conversations. I might as well be on a deserted island. I am simply struggling to accept what is. Surely that is a kind of de-clutter!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 21 - 10:44 PM

Dorothy, is there some pet-minder or local reliable teenager you can hire to go over to water the tomatoes for you?

I took a couple of days off from the alternate day fasting; it's difficult to do when you have a lot of coming and going. The next few days will see a bit lower temperatures so I'll pick it up again, and make a point of more walking (and I have to mow the back yard).

That's a real pretty gentian, Don. The leaf pattern is interesting. I don't have a particular nursery to recommend, I don't know how national they are versus regional, considering the issues of plants being adapted to a given area, as well as the rapid transport of all of that living cargo.

Excellent news about the new plastic cover and the vaccine, Patty! Good work!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: pattyClink
Date: 12 Aug 21 - 10:41 PM

The days never quite go as planned. Yesterday I looked up and discovered the plastic skylight over my bed had flown away, only the screen was left. Close encounter with a tree limb while searching for shade I think.

Blessedly I was able to scurry off to an above-par rv fixit place 30 miles away in Salina. They worked me in, and as the guy fixed it I searched for jabs nearby (had already researched several places in Nebraska). Got lucky and found a walk-in clinic nearby and got it over with. Nice and non-invasive process, with good advice from the nurse.   (I had forgotten it helps to hydrate before/after you get the vaccines)

Left behind the 104+ steaminess in Kansas, but driving north took me into 90ish California smoke haze in Nebraska. Ah well, they promise rain and a drop in temp tonight, let's see how that pans out. So far I do hear some sprinkles.

Good luck with the okra crop, isn't that great stuff? Ahh.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 12 Aug 21 - 09:19 PM

Dupont:

The quality of the heat/humidity seemed to affect me less today. After BF I dashed off to the library, then to the grocery - too busy so I returned home. But it was good to return a pile of books!

I have set up a place for the distiller on the back deck so it is not generating heat in the K. Got it going this am and watered.... Even the canna in the front yard was wilting today but it is burgeoning with new shoots. The rain we had was minimal. The soil in the back garden is dry down to 3-4 inches. Watered it for a while. Even with large saucers, the big pots need almost a gallon twice a day. Even if I get all the tomatoes into the back garden I cannot trust they will survive without LOTS of water. And R is back to working 10-12 hour days, coming home about 11 pm. I am coming to acceptance that I am stuck here and need to find ways to make it better - basically to have a place to pot that is cool enough.

Went out to groceries about 6:30 when they were almost empty. Tolerable with car A/C and now back in the A/C of BR. Too cloudy to see the meteor shower. Hoping to get some things done on Sunday when it is predicted to be cooler - only about 75 - my limit!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Aug 21 - 09:06 PM

What nurseries are recommended iyo
https://www.springhillnursery.com/product/gentian-blue-cross
One summer I raised a dozen different passion flowers. They are amazing but have little visual impact.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 21 - 09:57 AM

We walked a mile + this morning and it was already 80 out there at 7:30am so hitting the house air conditioning after that felt great and I was drenched in sweat. Next I mixed up a batch of "mound drench" mix (liquid humate, orange oil, and molasses if you have it) in a gallon of water to spray on the garden to try to knock out a few of the ticks that seem to be lining up to jump on me when I pick. There are a bunch of okra ready to cut right now so after it has a little time to dry I'll put on the men's dress shirt (kids used to wear their dad's shirt backwards as a painting apron) and I have the lint roller handy and I'll pick then go over my clothes to see if there are any ticks. I ordered a reusable coverall garment to use for when I do more work out there (to take off carefully, lint roll or whatever if there are ticks). Taking care of garden stuff is ok at eighty degrees when you realize it will be over 100 later in the day.

Since there has been a rodent living under my garden then I'm pretty sure it is the source of the ticks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Aug 21 - 04:36 PM

It was a day of running around, between appointments and after. I was at my favorite Goodwill and found a clean little toaster oven for the ex who said he thought he needed one because lately he has been perching things on top of his toaster to warm them - $4.99 is much better than $30 or $40 new. Use this one because it is already manufactured and still working and I'm sure he'll set to work right away to clean off the few spots inside it. No rust or caked on grease. These seem to be one of those kitchen gadgets that people either use to death or barely use at all, and the trick is to find the unused ones in the thrift store.

I stopped by the discount gourmet grocery warehouse and they had a shopping cart full of boxes of cut flowers. The price tags showed they were originally $15, but this place sold them for $1.99 each; I picked up three, one for the ex, one for me, and I trimmed the stem bottoms and took the third to my across-the-street neighbor who doesn't get out much. I don't have flowers in the house very often but when I do they always make me smile. These were all different colored rosebuds with other flowers that I think might have originally been intended for Costco. (The smile is all the bigger when the flowers didn't break the bank!)

The heat index is at 103o and every time I got into the car I had to blast the A/C. I think, like Dorothy, it's time for a nap in a darkened room with a ceiling fan running. :)


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 11 Aug 21 - 03:00 PM

Dupont:

Trying to figure out what to do about getting back to Beaver: trying to organize toward easier watering. Got one potted tomato plant into the ground before the RAIN!!! last night. But the heat is totally debilitating for me. To the point where just sitting in the tv room for a few minutes felt as though I was going to quit breathing. So, I am in BR at 74F and comfortable. Leaving for a few minutes for food has me scurrying back. Without me driving, R is back to working 10-12 hour days. Can I trust him to water enough to keep these plants alive for a few days... He will promise but...

And I really want to get home and finish pots, glaze, fire, make more... If the heat really gets to me, I reach a state of not caring - very unhealthy.

OK: Sunday predicted cooler - get plants into better places and leave on Monday for 10 days of cooler weather and getting things done in the studio. Send R frequent reminders!!

It did cool off last night to the maximum tolerable temp. No covers, slight breeze. No noise!

Computer did one of those upgrade things this morning. I don't see how to get rid of ISSUU but nothing seems to be wonky today so I shant worry about it. R found out how to get phone to start ringing again! I swear I did not change anything; it did it itself! Nap time!


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

Patty, I'm pretty sure you can find a CVS in a smaller town that has less activity. Or go during a quiet time of the day. And I bet you can still find some outdoor shot clinics along the way if you do a search of the route ahead of where you're travelling. We'll all feel better about your travels once you're vaccinated. :-)

Dorothy, I looked up ISSUU - it looks like some kind of digital publishing platform. You should be able to uninstall it with little fuss.

Calorie blowout today. It was an eating day that ran amok. Will resume the hard work tomorrow as a fasting day, when I start early with a bone density scan then have another appointment later in the morning and in between can do some shopping. I've had a text from a friend with the location of a thrift store that should have jigsaw puzzles for sale - I finished the current one this morning. My puzzle this year one was 550 pieces and took a while; this one had 300 and took almost as long because of the amount of tree bark and pink flowers all over the thing. But both were pleasant diversions for a few minutes at a time.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: pattyClink
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 09:53 PM

Thanks Stilly. I am going to try to stick to low-density backwaters and avoid population centers (and visiting people who are high risk) until this thing calms down, with the exception of a command performance with elder sisters in Sept. Don't want to be a vector.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 09:49 PM

Dupont:

Found my friend and had a wonderful conversation about our lives, touching on bits of our 80 years! However, in my searching, I downloaded something called ISSUU and now everything seems a bit strange. Something called "Freshy" keeps appearing. And I have no idea how to work the ISSUU which did not have the original desired effect. Tomorrow I shall see if I can get rid of it. Too tired now.

Other than that, and much time on FB, I mopped the first floor and have spent considerable time looking at the weather reports to see if we will get enough rain for me to go to Beaver for a few days and leave R to WATER THE PLANTS! Maybe next Tuesday...

A bit of thunder and a minimal precipitation the last hour of so - the excess humidity falling to the ground! A/C in BR only gets the room down to 75F so I am afraid we shall live with the noise tonight. Outside temp will not go below 24C and that will not cool the house at all.

Charmion: love hearing about your wonderful progress in transforming your home to your liking!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 06:15 PM

Rick the painter has finished his work, and it looks just great.

Then he did me an enormous favour — a solid mitzvah that I never expected, and a service I would normally have expected to pay for. He helped me disassemble and move two large beds, swapping the queen-sized guest bed from the bedroom he just finished painting for the Victorian double I have been using since Edmund died. So the smaller bedroom at the front of the house, where the closet is crap and the street light shines in the window like the Eye of Sauron, is now the guest room, and I have transferred my flag into the freshly painted original master bedroom of the house.

I still have to put up curtains in there, but it’s not urgent. The window faces north, and none of the neighbours have jeezly great security lights to shine straight into my eyes when I’m trying to fall asleep.

It is now suppertime, I am drenched with sweat, and my Fitbit says that I have logged nearly 8,000 steps and climbed the stairs 15 times. I haven’t left the house all day.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 04:15 PM

I've been wishing that 2 years ago I hadn't paid for that extended Nissan warranty (from the dealer/manufacturer, not the bogus calls and texts that come unsolicited). I haven't driven much of anywhere. I think I've been out of the county perhaps three times in the last 18 months? (The county line I have in mind is about 10 miles south of my house.)

Hindsight is 20/20.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 02:14 PM

Charmion, it will eventually be sold by your heirs and assigns as that legendary "car owned by a little old lady (who drove stick) to church on Sundays--when there wasn't a health emergency in effect."


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 10:51 AM

Dupont:

I also have a bunch of cash in my wallet! I always pay cash in small stores near Beaver but only card elsewhere.

R stayed in town last night so I got up at 7 and took advantage of a cooler hour to put fertilizer on cherry trees, and water that eggshells were soaking in on tomatoes. Then put more water on the eggshells and decanted the remainder of the manure from rotting plastic bag into a bucket. I had not looked at the cherries since spring when we saw they had been nibbled. They have actually burgeoned and look wonderful! The well seasoned manure can make them happier. I watered the front - potted - plants also.

Then sat down with green tea with the dregs of the maple syrup pitcher and ICE. And the two left over buckwheat cakes from yesterday, enhanced with unsweetened apple butter. Need to look for more of that product or equivalent.

Looked for childhood friend whom my bro said was looking for me - a few months ago...a lot of months ago? Traced to an unexpected place but phone disconnected. "Other residents" - there was a different number for one and I was able to leave a message. I suspect I am too late. He would be 88. Playmates at the ages of 4 and 8! I will look some more - for an obit... sad.

A/C on in BR so I can go there when I cease to function. It cooled enough by midnight that I could turn it off and sleep with the slight breeze from the window. Possibility of rain tonight!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 10:45 AM

The only people I routinely pay in cash are the kid who mows my lawn and the vendors at the farmers' market. I go to the bank machine about once every six weeks or so.

I took delivery of my new car on 2 December 2020. Since that date, I have filled the tank exactly five times. No, its not amazingly fuel-efficient; I just don't hardly go anywhere. The odometer stands at only 3,695 km right now.

In fact, I still don't have a clear idea of its long-distance performance. I have yet to take a trip long enough to run the engine in top gear all day, as one does when driving clear across Ontario on Highway 401.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 09:58 AM

As far as I can remember, the last time I went to the credit union ATM to withdraw cash was in February 2020. I paid my hairdresser with cash right before the knee surgery, and back then (before I started my "COVID-hair project") I was doing the more expensive cut and highlights.

COVID-19 came along and I was ordering things online and not needing cash, and on rare occasions I was shopping for myself and my ex and he paid me back in cash. So for all of this time, I haven't had to go to an ATM. His groceries went on my card, he paid me back with cash. We're mostly doing our own shopping now and I've been figuring the no-ATM run was about to end. My hairdresser appointment is tomorrow, and even though it's only the haircut and not color, it's still cash. BUT! My next door neighbors are going out of town for 10 days and she was trying to set up a watering system in the yard for some of her houseplants and it wasn't working, so she insisted in paying cash for my watering the plants (now placed on her shady front porch).

It doesn't make a difference if I go to the CU or not, it's just something I've noticed and wondered how long it would last. 18 months so far.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 10:38 PM

Patty, it looks like you can walk into a CVS pharmacy and request a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And if you decide you want to trek through Texas you're always welcome to spend a few days here in the driveway.

Charmion and Dorothy, I got the low-VOC paint when I did the walls and ceiling in the office. It made a big difference in how the rest of the house smelled (not).


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 09:57 PM

Dupont:

Charmion: There is low VOC paint!! I would have to move out if I were going to be subjected to paint toxins!

I know many Canadians who do not want the invasion from the south; I am one of them! And would certainly not consider going down there.

A/C going in the BR in hopes of a night's sleep. Watered the back garden, the beans were looking desperate. Bit the bullet and cooked a quick meal on the stove; the exhaust fan seems to do a stellar job. I have no idea where the air goes but I do hear it when I am outside the very back of house to turn the water on and off. Maybe near where the dryer exhausts - Somewhere down there!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 08:47 PM

According to the signs on the approaches to the Ambassador Bridge at Windsor, connecting to Detroit, Canadians are still strongly discouraged from crossing the U.S. border. “Essential travel only!” they say in large letters. I took that to mean “Turn around and go home, you idiot”.

Rick the painter has done the hard part of fixing up the ugly bedroom: removing more than a dozen hooks, nails and screws; patching a myriad of scrapes, holes and dings in the plaster; caulking and painting all the trim; and priming and painting the ceiling. It looks like a bombed-out bordello in there, and the whiff of the primer sealant has permeated the house. Every window with a fly screen is wide open.

Tomorrow we’ll see completion: two coats of nice, restful, green paint on the walls.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: pattyClink
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 08:08 PM

Howdy, SRS!   

Maybe I need to get out of the West before Howdy and Reckon become part of my everyday speech??!!

Have been lurking here and there, and admiring the strides the declutterers make to master their households and serve their communities. I continue to 'throw things over the side', tough sometimes to throw away old wornout things, things from another life, things DH gave me. But, one goes on.   And I have dropped another 10 pounds, but, that renders me more wrinkly, which hardly seems fair!

Mostly, have been a thoroughly irresponsible flake, enjoying the amazing countryside and people. Since I RV alone, I can easily isolate, and since I choose to stay away from crowds and metro areas whenever possible, I have been lucky to avoid the ravages of Covid.    I do socialize from time to time with other solos and travelers, but it is outdoors and distanced.

I do worry as I head from the Southwest into the Midwest in the teeth of the Delta wave. My objective this week therefore is to obtain a J&J one-shot in Iowa if I can. (Many of the SW states have made shots a cumbersome process, and I'm not crazy about the effectiveness of them so far).

Then on to a little touring in rural Nebraska and a family mini-reunion in Illinois. Lord knows what the fall will hold.

Had an amazing year, after a low point in January, when I considered packing it in, it was very difficult to travel among the maskless and clueless.   But got with a few friends out on the desert and passed a great winter in the circle of a tiny 'tribe', and then got to enjoy the pools and the saguaro bloom of Arizona and explore Nevada a bit.

The summer's highlight was rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado. Learned from trying to squeeze a week's needs into 2 'dry bags' that I can indeed get along with less stuff than usual.   It was a difficult but glorious experience.    Also had a blast in Wyoming, a place I had never spent any time.   It is lightly populated and still very much tuned into the land and the animals, and crawling with mountains and fossils.   

And, got to join in the festivities at many Mudcat Worldwide Singarounds, something I had been needing for oh, 40 years?   What a blessing that has been.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 07:45 PM

Dorothy, I'm glad you got your Hoosier kitchen finally! I'd been looking for a while also, then this one dropped into my lap at a family estate back in the late 1980s.

The ex came over this afternoon to pick up some extra flat bread brought to yesterday's lunch, along with more of the fresh salsa and some tomatoes and peppers. I've spent the last hour trimming and slicing hot peppers to put on a baking sheet in the freezer. When I get these bagged I have one more batch to trim and slice, then I'll start bagging some of these to take up to the community fridge food donation location near me.

This morning's laundry was retrieved from the line and folded, and for the next load tomorrow I'll set the washer on the timer to run in the wee hours when power is in less demand, then hang it out early.

I hear that fully-vaccinated Americans are being allowed to drive into Canada starting today. I imagine there is quite a line at the border. Is the converse true - are Canadians being allowed into the US, or were they already?


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 12:25 PM

re: things get worse
Jeeze louise I am lucky after all the planes, trains, buses, automobiles, elevators and baseball games. It looks like lockdown rules until xmas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 11:59 AM

YAY!!! I DID IT!!!


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 11:58 AM

Dupont:

Certainly agree that train for this event is far preferable! I know all those routes and ... Plus the event itself! Good to take care of your own energy at a time like that.

The Kitchen cabinet, called a "hoosier" in the midwest, and, I am sure, many other names. Ours at Beaver is a Knechtel; at least that is what the metal label says. It is similar to but perhaps smaller than the pic by SRS. The pull out counter had ugly and modernish tiles on it when I bought it. I took them off and had a local person replace it with a colour coordinated piece of formica - more attractive, easier to clean and to pull out. I have wanted one for 60 years - since my MIL had one; when we gave her money to redo her K, I was hoping for the cabinet but too shy to ask ahead. "Oh that piece of junk! I gave it away!" Finally got this one at a yard sale in rural Quebec after we bought Beaver. Fits perfectly!

Did two stints of weed eating yesterday and was fine after. None will be done today as the humidity was already debilitating by 10 am. Did watering. Even the weeds are wilting. It did "rain" last night; what I refer to as the excess humidity falling out of the air. Not even a millimeter!

Realize I have made grave technical errors in my planting. Big clay pots give the water away really fast! If everything were in the ground, I could use a soaker hose, of which I have a few still in packages! This would solve the tomatoes but not the geraniums and the one elegant ornamental pot of vines and flowers. If we get a cooler day (than 30C) I may find the energy to remedy this as much as possible. R is enjoying the tomatoes as they ripen - a couple every couple days. Reality is that I must stay and water - not go to Beaver and pot - or lose the plants. The heat plus the covid have me at a point of wondering what matters.

A recent article in the Baltimore Sun by an epidemiologist:

things get worse

Maybe I did not do that correctly!

I am going to read, play on computer, drink lots of water and maybe turn on air in BR so I do it all in a cooler place.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 10:50 AM

It does sound like a lovely service, with the traditions expected in a military situation. And after poking around on Google maps it looks like not driving to Ottawa is a good decision.

I have the WeatherUnderground app on my phone, and I pay $2 a year to keep it ad free. It includes a feature where you can ask it to display when the perfect conditions for walking will exist in a day—the temperature, wind, precipitation (not!), and during daylight. My app is showing only the earliest morning hours as suitable right now, so I'm getting up earlier and taking the dogs for their walk. The good thing about it also is that when I check the weather in the morning I see that green bar and remember that I SHOULD take a walk today. I'm not to the swimming pool exercises stage yet so it'll have to be walking for now.

The dryer is working after my repair, but I'm going to keep hanging laundry on the line outside; it's a tiny gesture, but with fires raging and oceans rising I don't need to run a box of hot air to dry my clothes when the solar dryer works fine for free. And I think instead of sending paper shreds to the landfill I'll just dump them in the garden or the compost. I see people dumping paper shreds in the recycle bin but suspect they go straight to the trash. The butterfly effect, starting here in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 09:08 AM

It sounds like a perfectly wonderful service to remember.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 08:41 AM

Rick the Painter is due at nine this morning to start work on the ugly bedroom. At nine-thirty, I’m out the door to the Y for pool class at ten.

Planning is now under way for the ceremonial interment of Edmund’s ashes at Beechwood in Ottawa, where the National Military Cemetery is located. It will be done on 9 October, the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. I have booked the padre, poked the JAG Old Boys’ Net, and bought a return train ticket; two solo road trips to and from Ottawa in one season is a lot more than I feel equal to. And I booked a cat-minder. The padre, a musician himself, will engage a piper and a bugler to provide the traditional calls.

I have no idea yet what to do about the equally traditional drinks and lunch after, but I’m sure there’s a mess somewhere that will be open — perhaps even the Army Officers’ Mess where Edmund was a member for the better part of 25 years.

I will be soooo glad when this is done and dusted.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Aug 21 - 06:42 PM

The house is tidied after company left, the dishwasher is full, and I get to enjoy a couple of days of a completely tidy main part of the house (before things start creeping onto horizontal surfaces again . . . ) I kind of overdid yesterday with the trimmer in the front yard - reaching forward and holding the weight in front of me tends to pull stomach muscles, and they were complaining this morning. Other than that, the day went well.

Since we'd talked ahead of time about whether everyone was vaccinated I ordered some inexpensive silicon bracelets that say in contrasting color "I got my COVID-19 vaccine" as a sort of party favor.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 11:09 PM

I think the kitchen queen came from a day when kitchens were radically different. No storage. It is a compact yet generous amount of space - they had flour storage and a crank sifter (this one didn't, it was removed before I got it) and a bread box bin (still here) and some metal drawer sliders and wooden drawer sliders. The lower large cupboard has a piece of wood in the bottom that is in tracks and can actually be pulled out to access anything sitting on it in the cupboard. There is a bread board tucked in under the moving enamel counter. The roll-top part works (it took work with a box cutter to remove the paint holding the slats together). The tall cabinet door on the right is actually a pie safe with wire racks for putting hot baked goods on to cool or protect.

The flour sifter side was one tall open space until I put in some pegs and shelves (I took plywood and ironed on oak veneer on the sides so they look finished) and used to keep cookbooks in there, but now it's all dried beans and pasta and rice in that ex-sifter space. In the lower cabinet (with the pull-out base) I keep party stuff - plastic plates, extra table cloths, and there is another wire rack shelf part way up in the back that could be used for storing large food items. I leave cookie canisters and such in there for the holidays. The bottom drawer on the right is the old bread box and is where I keep spare kitchen stuff from my Dad's house (and every so often send something out of there home with the kids). The next couple of drawers are for batteries and the battery tester and some spare pads of paper. It's a very efficient piece. At one point I thought to use it as a bar with the fancy glasses in there and such but I just don't entertain that much and rarely with drinks to make it an efficient use.

Oh, there is a wide and shallow drawer with separate compartments right under the enamel top that is for silverwear. I keep lots of spare stuff from Dad's house along with more antique kitchen gadgets from family estates.

Kitchen queens stand on hard little iron casters and each leg has a little metal fitting around the castor that my great aunt told me was for something like a layer of Vaseline to keep ants from climbing onto and into the cabinet. They really thought of everything.


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

Jon, the difference between a Welsh dresser and an American “kitchen queen” is that a Welsh dresser is strictly for storage and display of ready-use crockery, while a kitchen queen integrates a food-preparation surface, typically made of enamelled steel.

When I lived in Germany, the furnished apartment I rented in a village near the base had a “schrank” (floor-to-ceiling cabinet) that strongly resembled a kitchen queen, having the same base and hutch design with a marble slab work surface as the top of the base, and two pull-out cutting boards. The house was hundreds of years old, and the kitchen schrank probably dated from the 1890s.


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

Yes, Jon, you’re right. Newton, not Boyle.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 06:20 PM

Interesting bit of furniture, srs. I'd not heard of them. I'm not sure I like the white bit but I guess it gives a good durable work surface. I can imagine yours would look better in wood than paint but I'd not have the patience for a task like that.

A similar (I think) bit of furniture I think can look good in a kitchen is the Welsh dresser (according to Wikipeda, called a china hutch in the US). At least if you have a kitchen that would take one.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 06:09 PM

I think that should be Newton above, charmion? I remember a Boyle's law from physics at school and that was pressure x volume = a constant.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 05:45 PM

Most of my basement is now clear of excess stuff looking for new homes. I can see a lot of wall previously covered with bookcases, which reminds me — ugly baby-shit brown colour scheme! Also, amateurishly installed baseboards and window frames.

In good time, I intend to clear the storage shelving of bins and boxes, and then clear the basement of said storage shelving.

Trouble is, some of the stuff in the storage shelving has been hiding in my basement — if not this actual basement, one of its predecessors — since 1992, when my Dad died. Puts me in mind of Boyle’s First Law of Motion: “Bodies at rest tend to remain at rest.”


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 01:57 PM

Today’s adventure is another trip to Goodwill, followed by a visit to Habitat for Humanity. Leaving the building are: two ugly end tables, Edmund’s 30-year accumulation of rucksacks, and a large box (3 cubic feet) of excess crockery and kitchen gadgets.

Then I’ll buy some groceries.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 10:53 AM

Two very heavy bags of magazines loaded into the SUV to recycle later today. There is a lot to do around here in addition to clearing out recycling—I have to mow this morning before it gets much hotter. I slept late and it's a bit too hot for the dogs out there now (at least for the oldest one). Instead of getting up earlier I had a weird dream - I'd moved to Tennessee and was living in a stacked "tiny house" mobile home (out of a shipping container?) near a friend (who in fact lives in San Diego) and was trying to figure out how to transfer my prescriptions down there when I woke. That was enough to get me up out of bed!

Last night's clearing also got rid of magazines and catalogs that were stacked on the kitchen queen. (My cabinet has several layers of paint I'd like to remove, but is otherwise in excellent condition. It came from my great aunt's home and was probably bought new in the family.) Now that enamel worktop can be extended and set up as a serving area for lunch tomorrow.

Looking around the house, it's on the cusp of being ready. I've done a lot of the small scrubbing stuff, now to do the big sweep and vacuum dog hair and dust and get tables set. Make a loaf of bread, and be ready to make BLTs and have various kinds of salsa and dip around tomorrow.

If we decide to move outside (COVID-19 Delta is back, even though we're all vaccinated) I may set up chairs under the vitex tree out front. The dogs run the back yard and I still haven't fixed the patio cover, so it's less inviting. There are two bird baths under that tree, and I'm seeing feathers in them, telling me the local song birds have taken to those water sources. I'll keep filling them a couple of times a day and tomorrow they may have company.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Aug 21 - 08:53 PM

I try to water deeply and infrequently in the garden, but the pots need daily attention. And even "infrequently" ends up being at least twice a week this time of year.

While shopping I picked up some brown paper bags and am about to pull the covers off of a bunch of New Yorker magazines and pulp the insides in these bags. I read it online, the paper version usually sits until it goes in a stack somewhere. I finally switched to an online-only subscription this year. These bags will be easy to pitch into the village recycle bins; I try not to put intact boxes in, they end up taking up too much space. Anyway, clearing out the magazines will give me a couple of cubic space in a set of shelves in the kitchen.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 06 Aug 21 - 02:18 PM

Dupont:

Still in recuperation: watering outside potted plants - no rain and they take several gallons each day. I don't know if they will survive if I leave - for even a few days. R is not dependable; he does not live for plants alone!

Yesterday was the installation of the amazing gates. I went to city for the purpose, about noon and was back about 4. Four hours in the open air, hot but shady and breezy - but still HOT! I took lots of pics and tried the video but no idea what I was doing so scrapped those. It really looks monumental! Just observing 4 competent people working together was a treat - with large tractor/front loader... and two large trucks and the forklift. IT is such a de-clutter in R's life he came home last night, "Now what do I do...?"

Now he is faced with the political/bureaucratic logistics of the project; he has been in avoidance and leaving them to E but still hours on the phone and meetings. I hope I live long enough to see this project come to fruition - and that is is not torpedoed by "big money" hand in glove with paid off bureaucrats.

And All I do is water plants! I hope I get enough energy back to drive to Beaver in a few days. In my arena: dishes, laundry and K mostly in order. NO grass/weeds are cut. I open and close windows and drapes according to the weather and use fans when it gets too hot for me. Thankfully, it has cooled enough each night to live without noisy A/C. Then, just now!, I realize I could cool the BR with A/C for a while before we go to bed, even while I take a 1-2 hour nap. Would cool the bed and furniture.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Aug 21 - 11:59 AM

Mum tidied out the study a couple of weeks back and unearthed an old Meopta microscope (I think it had been a student model from a department in the UEA where a friend had worked so maybe once was good enough for science undergraduates) we were given years back. It came without a mirror and I had tried to work out a LED light for it but that got lost and my attempt wasn't that good. I debated whether to scrap it but found a Chinese sold mirror on ebay for £5 and thought it worth a try. It came today and is a perfect fit. I'm not sure what use it will get but I've ordered a cheap objective lens to replace one that isn't too good and, with luck, we'll have a reasonable microscope if we ever want one. Either way, it can stay on a living room table from now on.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Aug 21 - 10:56 AM

I'm upping my activity level and went for another dog walk this morning. We go about a mile, uphill half way, then downhill the second half. We left a little before 9am; I need to get myself out of bed and go earlier next time. We were okay but they were panting up a storm when we got home. I spoke with my rheumatologist this week about the bursitis and she said that the main change she's seen that works to remedy it is weight loss. So to help an old dog and an owner of a certain age we will make a point of taking more walks.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Aug 21 - 08:49 AM

Decluttering continues at my house: Edmund's espresso machine has gone to Niece No 1 (and her Italian husband) in Windsor, along with half a dozen Le Creuset espresso cups. A lovely framed photo of Edmund went to Sister No 2, and his Welsh rugby fan gear is now in the custody of Sister No 2's sport-mad husband.

Now for the beer steins from Germany ...


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

We have a small pebble pond with a mushroom head that you can see from the hall window. Once in a while, it can be nice to stand there for a couple of minutes and watch a little bird appearing to have fun with the water. My favourite sight that I sometimes see there is a wren.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 07:24 PM

I finally put a few seedlings into the garden, Swiss chard and a couple of very late squash plants. They're still small but they're not dead so come the cooler weather they may have growth spurts.

The leaffooted bugs are increasing in size and number, and along with my spray to knock off nymphs, I carry the flyswatter with me when I go to the garden and I simply knock off any adults I see. They can fly and respond to threats but they aren't fast enough for a targeted flyswatter. I used to have a couple of paint stir sticks that I would slap them with above and below the leaf they were resting on, but the swatter is easier.

Still pushing toward the tidy house for next weekend's visit. I've done a couple of loads of laundry and will do maybe one more to throw in the small table cloths I use (under the acrylic clear plastic I keep on each table top). I suppose this is the equivalent of plastic furniture covers for the tables, but this way the table cloths are in view and I don't need to wash them all of the time, I just wipe off the plastic (that is cut to fit right to the edge of each table).

I decided to up the wildlife game in the yard and instead of fussing about that damned rat, I scrubbed out the bird baths and filled them. I'd much rather enjoy birds than worry about rodents.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 06:07 PM

Canada remains safe for now since despite vaccination, the Niagara border was closed to us so we walked to Goat Island instead. If you travel expect hotels to be more problematic than airlines.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 04:46 PM

Well they harvested the wheat on one side of the field (the field is divided by the track and our patch) today and I guess the other side (the larger part which we look out on from the pigsties) will follow soon. Another sign of the changing season is our rowan tree which now has ripe berries. I spent a couple of minutes standing under the tree and watching a female blackbird, who wasn’t bothered by my presence, tucking in to the berries.

The walking stick clips for mum’s trolley have worked fairly well but I noticed the first one I’d printed (with PTEG, I used the more durable nylon for the other one) had started to split so I printed off two more nylon ones (one as a spare) before sealing the filament reel up. I can’t remember if I mentioned this before but when I was pondering longer term storage of filament, I bought one of those food vacuum bag sealers. It seems to work well (and the full width bag roll the machine came with turned out to be just the right width for a reel) and may be better than a zip lock bag although I put the sealed reel in a zip lock bag.

The machine was intended to (possibly) be dual purpose. I also got some bags for it and may get to try it out with some food later this week. I picked our small aubergines yesterday, not a lot but I think I’ll get 3 or 4 meals for the 3 of us out of them and there should be 1 smaller picking later. I just want some courgettes to go with them and then I’ll stew them up. The ones I thought I had were rotted at the ends and stunted. I did add some last night for our grocery delivery today but (as can happen with these online orders) they were out of stock when my delivery was picked. I’ll try Chris, one of our neighbours tomorrow. He always comes round on a Thursday to ask if there is any item we need when he goes into town to do his own shopping. I’ve actually got two chances with him because as well as a supermarket possibility, he also grows his own and might have a few spare.

Staying with the garden, I bought some spinach in this grocer order. I’ll have to use that first but the next time after that when I want something on those lines, I’ll use our Swiss Chard. Not all my plants survived but the ones that did are growing well now.


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 09:35 PM

Dupont:

R finally got his provisional license today. He may only drive for business until 17 Sept. Then he can take a written test and regain a full license. I'm so happy I could cry! and nearly did. I would rather drive 3 hours on the 401 than the trip to the west island and - OOPS! cannot get anything done here; need an appointment. So he managed to sit in car and make an appointment for noon in the north end of the city - back the way we came and then on a dreaded highway and many blocks in the wrong direction and back in the correct direction and -THANKS to my having been there before many years ago, we did not have to go around in circles trying to find the entrance. Then back down town on said dreadful highway - about 3 hours traveling in total.

It took less than half an hour for his appointment - which we just made! Boy! Have I read a few books in the last couple weeks! Then we went to a nice little cafe for lunch and I took him to where I thought I would be freed! He was loathe to go into the building and sat in the car for an hour making calls and responding to texts or emails. I read. THEN, I came home and started to recover. Ate some food and took a long nap. Finished washing the dishes - after two days - and did up sauteed pears because they needed it!

I could go to Beaver tomorrow but now I want to be here to see the big gates go on the building - one beautiful 1800 30 inch thick stone wall actually, on Mill Street, next to the bike/walking path along the Lachine Canal.

Maybe tomorrow I will have the energy to phone Apple Help to find out why my phone and computer are not speaking - so I can post pics of this Gate - and others. The gate should go in place by Friday.

Need to make appointment to have car serviced and go to library for more books. And WATER plants ...


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Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 07:35 PM

A few grocery items I can't use were sitting near the side door for ages, so I loaded them and ran a couple of other errands then stopped by to drop them off at the community fridge. Since it wasn't a lot I stopped at the Supermercado nearby and picked up a few additional non-perishable items (and some freshly made tortillas - they can sit in the pantry area for a few minutes until someone grabs them up. The corn tortillas were still hot!) I discovered that site last year when I had lots of extra hot peppers; this year I'll be bagging extra peppers and taking them over also. Until the weather cools the refrigerator at that site can't keep up with the heat (it's a southern exposure).

I also stopped by Home Depot and picked up a couple of supposedly heavy duty spray bottles. I'll put them to the test with the organic foliar feeding and pest control mix I need to put out. The leaffooted bugs (stinkbug family) are back, and since I saw nymphs out there today, I know I can knock most of those off with the spray. Now if that rat under the tomatoes would just snack on the bugs on the tomato plants, I'd be set.


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