Monthly Archives: January 2014

I think I know what happened

maybe. What the missing post was about was rugs. I had two images, which are below now. I was considering both, but they’re >$90 each, and that is just not going to happen. That’s what the missing blog said.

What I’ve done about/in our room in the meantime is pull together what I’m going to use for our bedspread. I have one that I’m pretty tired of. If/when I get this done, it will have cost around $40 for the whole thing, in linen. If/When I get it done, I’ll post pics, if I can — my camera is still missing. [Believed stolen.]

So here’s the two rugs. Both are from purehome.com .

cannes peacock blue rug from pure homewave-jumper_1a

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Okay word press, I’m going to go

I just spent an hour? building a blog with 2 images in it. Every time I hit “edit” to publish the thing, it went back 2 or 3 versions ago to where it had 1 image and less text.

I fixed it, twice, tried to save it, twice. Both times, lost most of my work.

wtf!!!

One of the groups I’m in had this get rid of it list

I think it’s a great list, but some of it seems wasteful and bizarre to me. I can’t imagine buying so many phone covers that you need to purge the extras? I may buy one sometime soon, because I keep hitting the buttons on my phone by accident. But aside from that, and a friend’s suggestion that I get one, I’d never even considered buying such a thing! The list points out things that I do have problems with: books, papers,  etc. but many items they talk about are things I don’t buy, or I only have/buy a few, so excess really isn’t a problem for me. Or, many of the items are things that I simply don’t have and didn’t, like prom dresses. I think I went to 1 prom with a long dress — maybe.

My comments are in bold. I updated this 11/2016. If I’ve eliminated a problem, it’s now struck through. New comments may have been added at the end.

  1. The other side of a pair of lost earrings Since I almost never wear earrings, I don’t think this pertains? I may have 5 pairs?
  2. Scraps of wrapping papper Go in the craft supplies or pitched, depending on size
  3. Cards people have given you with no sentimental value Usually pitched pretty much right after I read them.
  4. Receipts you don’t need One of my problem areas
  5. Ticket stubs Haven’t kept ticket stubs since I was a kid
  6. Socks with holes Make great dusters
  7. Old t-shirts Turn them into rugs
  8. Leftover change Throw out money? Are you nuts? I still use change and when I get too much I stuff my wallet until it gets used up — pennies and all. I don’t keep it anyway!
  9. Dried flowers Yep
  10. Magazines Depends if there’s enough in them to keep the magazine intact, otherwise I try t0 clip the articles I want. Working on this.
  11. CDs We still have a CD player
  12. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness Get pitched as they wear out.
  13. Hair accessories you don’t use Yep see 12
  14. Shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear I think I have 8 pairs of shoes?
  15. Extra photo prints This is fine for snaps.
  16. Little knickknacks (designate a bowl and fill it) Too vague. I purge junk regularly.
  17. Kitchen things you don’t use Get sold or donated
  18. Cooking utensils you have two of See 17
  19. Tired bras When they break, they’re tossed.
  20. Scarves you never wear I think I have 3 scarves?
  21. Clothes that don’t fit Well. . .
  22. Gifts you don’t like Yep.
  23. Old towels Become “cat towels” and are used for animal bedding, car clean up, etc.
  24. Old makeup If it’s old, I’m allergic to it. This isn’t a problem. If I put something on and my face begins to itch, the container is pitched right after I clean off my face!
  1. Old toiletries Like what?
  2. Old or unused hangers I purge hangers all the time. I keep getting rid of old plastic hangers & replacing them with older wood/metal hangers. I hate plastic!
  3. Expired or sample-sized toiletries Don’t buy them.
  4. Extra buttons They’re in the craft supplies
  5. Expired sauces Get pitched
  6. Toys your pets don’t play with N/A recently, but the last pet, a cat, her favorite toy was a twist tie. Current Cat1 plays with anything which is tossed. Cat2 isn’t comfortable enough with us, yet, to play.
  7. Expired medication Doh.
  8. Dried-up nail polish Don’t wear it.
  9. Bills you don’t need to keep See #4 Doing better
  10. Expired coupons As I find them, they’re pitched
  11. Old paperwork About what? Depends on what it is
  12. DVDs you don’t watch We may have 5?
  13. Snacks your pets don’t eat Given away with the extra cat food when the cat died. Cat2 was feral at least one year, she eats anything which resembles catfood, so far.
  14. Damaged clothing you can’t mend If it’s usable, it goes into the donation bin, otherwise it becomes rags or is added to the rug fabric collection.
  15. Stained clothing you can’t clean See #38
  16. Old prom dresses What prom dresses?
  17. Scratched nonstick cookware Never bought the stuff
  18. Old underwear or swimwear that’s losing its stretch Yep, it goes out ASAP
  19. Outdated electronics Not my area
  20. Rusty jewelry What rusty jewelry?
  21. Stockings with runs Great for tying up tomato plants and they only last one year, so they’re pitched in the fall
  22. Pens that don’t work Pitched regularly
  23. Clothing you’ve outgrown See #21
  24. Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps Get repaired
  25. Cables and wires you don’t use Not my area
  26. Worn-out sheets and bedding Join the rag bin
  27. Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products Get used up and the empty bottles or cans tossed. Most of my cleaning supplies these days are soap, water, toothpaste, coconut oil, vinegar and baking soda, so this isn’t a  problem. I have donated stuff I no longer use to friends or taken it to the swap shop.
  28. Old mending buttons for clothing you no longer have Go in the craft supplies
  29. Worn-out bath mats What bath mats? I use rugs, these days one that I made from old tshirts.  Currently two made from yarn.
  30. Broken electronics Get repaired, sold, or taken to the dump
  31. Purses you never use Since I never carry a purse this would be pretty easy. Every now & then however, I need to and I do use one. I think I own 3?
  32. Flatware, plates, and glasses that don’t match the rest of your collection, plus dingy children’s plates you no longer use No kid’s plates for one thing. I don’t have any but one pattern of flatware and I sell off extra dishes.
  33. Old pillows Get them restuffed with a new cover for feather ones at your local dry cleaner. Cheaper than a new one.
  34. Worn-out shoes yep
  35. Wedding invites To whose wedding? Not mine.
  36. Save-the-dates Don’t get them.
  37. Wedding favors you don’t use Don’t have them.
  38. Old wallets that you don’t use Yep, they’re gone or being used.
  39. Broken kitchen equipmentLike what?
  40. Spare furniture parts you don’t need Yep
  41. Furniture manuals Furniture manuals? Most of my furniture was bought used, no manuals.
  42. Boxes I use ’em. I ship stuff and move things around a lot. I also get rid of boxes regularly, but I do keep some on hand.
  43. Unused vases I purged my vase collection a while back
  44. Extra tupperware you don’t need Never use it
  45. Old mail A problem Doing better about this.
  46. Junk mail Yep
  47. Travel brochures What travel brochures? We never go anywhere.
  48. Bobby pins I have one tin.
  49. Old crayons or art supplies, plus markers that have run out of ink Old crayons work just fine. Markers that run out of ink yep. Pens nope, they usually can be refilled, if not, they’re pitched
  50. Random containers and jars Depends
  51. Unused stationary, stickers, and sticky notes Except I use them?
  52. Ripped denim I use this too, mostly lately I’m using it for valentine’s decorations, for resale, I hope
  53. Old artwork or old children’s artwork Hmm no.
  54. Used and ripped envelopes Yep
  55. Broken or old iphone cases N/A
  56. Old unused batteries Dead batteries go to the dump regularly
  57. Extra and unused coffee mugs Purged some time ago
  58. Old spices Gone through regularly
  59. Address labels for your old house Certainly since we’ve been here for some time.
  60. Wrinkled ribbon and bows for gift wrap If it’s acetate, yes. If it’s cloth it can be ironed and then reused.
  61. Cards or gifts from exes I purged everything from my ex years ago
  62. Frequent shopper cards you never use Purged as the shops fold or stop their programs
  63. Matchbooks Don’t keep them, we have a woodstove, they get used.
  64. Old shopping bags Given to my local used bookstore, antique store or .  . . every month or so
  65. Old calendars Sold already gone
  66. Old folders Used or pitched
  67. Magnets On the fridge
  68. Clothes that are outdated or from college From college? I don’t have any clothes that old!
  69. Broken Christmas decorations Yep
  70. Christmas lights that don’t work yep
  71. Frayed towels Become cat towels see #23
  72. Expired food Regularly pitched
  73. Computer cords, firewire cord, etc. that you don’t use Not my area
  74. Old and outdated software Not my area
  75. CDs for old computer programs Not my area
  76. Old cell phones Get donated
  77. Hand-me-downs that you’re guilt-tripped into keeping Since I haven’t gotten an hand me down in over 1/2 my lifetime, this is N/A
  78. Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear I turn them into rugs, see 7 & 53
  79. Old fortune cookie fortunes Paper is my downfall
  80. Old bank statements Paper is my downfall
  81. Old planners Paper is my downfall
  82. Delete email subscriptions from sites Doing better at this.
  83. Delete emails you don’t need A problem
  84. Delete unwanted music from your iTunes We never buy anything but our faves. Why spend the $?
  85. Extra buttons that come with newly purchased clothes Go into the craft supplies.
  86. Games that are missing pieces What games?
  87. Old schoolbooks you’ll never use again Purged sometime ago
  88. Papers you have backed up on the computer N/A
  89. Books you’ve already read and don’t want to display Are you nuts? Books aren’t display items, they’re tools and friends. But I get rid of books regularly. This is a problem, but only because I had so many to begin with. My mom met my dad selling him books. He was a book collector. You think maybe I might have a few?
  90. Cell phone covers you’re over I’ve never had a cell phone cover.
  91. Old manuals to electronics Not my area
  92. Cell phone accessories you don’t use anymore not my area

Working on the Garden/Veggie Plan

This is usually a fairly complex task, but it seems harder this year for some reason. There are all sorts of side issues:

  1. We decided to buy into a CSA this year, so the garden is auxilary  or winter storage foods, rather than augmenting or replacing supermarket and farmstand stuff.
  2. The garden planning software I’d used two years ago has been improved, but not to where the varieties I want to use are on it.  (I didn’t use anything last year, and it was obvious.) They give you the option to add plants, but so far as I can tell, you can only use what you specify, not what someone else does — which means I’d have to enter all the plants because I use different seed vendors than they do.
  3. Because of 2, I went looking for new garden planning software. Found some I liked at Mother Earth News, but it’s only free for 30 days. It’s $25 a year otherwise, and the plant/seed database seems to be a lot bigger, but I can’t get it to let me do anything but spec. Burpee seeds, which I also don’t use, and essentially repeats the problem I already had (see #2).
  4. Seed prices have gone up, making me even more unsure about what to plant.

Most seeds are now .03 each, or more. Used to be you could get many seeds for .01 or .02 a seed. I usually make up a database with the calculated seed prices  from at least my three favorite catalogs. For the common varieties, it means that I can see which seeds are actually cheapest, not only by packet price. And, if I want to consider only organic, or see what that adds to the price, for example, I can do that, easily. One of the three companies added .30 a packet for organic seeds this year. Not outrageous by any means, but I sure wouldn’t have ‘seen’ that if I hadn’t been doing the data base!

Every year I grow lots of beans, peas, herbs, asparagus, jer. artichoke and a mixture of whatever else. Last year, I grew more lettuce and greens than anything else. If they survive the winter, I have sorrel and mustards out there that will be our earliest greens, except maybe some chives or root parsley. I want to make our garden more productive, have more food put aside for winter, and just make it so we don’t have to go to the market or farmstand as often this spring, summer, or fall, saving gas, time, $, and wear & tear on the car — all noble goals!

I love, love, love looking through seed catalogs in January — but planning the garden can be an exercise in finding out how ADD I can be!

Two days ago, I was gone.

Yesterday I was gone much of the day. Didn’t get much done!

Today we went to the dump. I got rid of

a vase, a magazine rack, coloring book, vacuum cleaner & its hose, 3 other things I don’t remember (I counted at the dump!) 3 records, 2 saucers, 6 screws. Also unpacked a box of stuff, some of it office supplies from the shop, which resulted in 2 office supply consolidations. 1+1+1+2+3+3+2+6+2 = 21

There are in the to “go out/sell pile”: 2 marmalade jars with lids, 2 brown glass canisters, a large food storage container. DH sold two pieces today to friends. None of that gets counted until it’s actually gone.

I’ve used a 2nd skein of yarn.  DH is going to use a wooden bowl we hadn’t sold. I’m going to use a large aluminum container we’ve had.  I gave a metal hook and package of tape away Friday. Took the latest batch of processed books (14)  to be donated Saturday — put them in the market bin. 1+1+1+2+14 = 19

21+19=40

Major Progress!

 

We worked on the living room tonight. Got a metal decorative thing that’s been hanging around for years off the ground — yeah! The bookcase boxes got rearranged some, the new graphics table got cleaned off, well, the top of it did. The mess underneath is DH’s to deal with. The cast iron lamp also got cleaned and one of my pieces of art was put into a frame we had handy. It doesn’t exactly fit, but the artwork is up on the wall instead of languishing on top of the graphics table. Definite progress!

If I was counting, let’s see, it would be 3 reveals — corner of the living room, the microwave and the top of the graphics table. We used the new display stuff DH had bought, found a home for 2 pieces of fabric, the two pieces of artwork, used a frame, and deep cleaned the microwave. All in all it was a busy evening!

3+2+2+1 =8

Earlier today, I mailed off a box to a customer — that used 3 boxes, 3 mailers, 1 newspaper, 5 grocery bags, 1 sleeve, 1 card, mailing 7 books, with 7 dj protectors.

3+3+1+5+1+7+7= 27

So, today we culled, used or cleaned 35 pieces. Not enough to make the 39-40 pieces I’d have to get rid of, daily, to make the 2014*7 goal (14,098 pieces out) but pretty close! More, my house looks better than it used to AND there’s artwork on the walls that had been sitting around waiting to be put up for some time.

Weirdness

I’m having reliability issues with WP, so if things seem odd to you, it’s twice that to me! Twice now I’ve published the last post only to come back and find it as a “draft,” when I know I saved the draft and published it? wtf.

I also made comments on the published post and that’s gone too. Tech. is great, when it works — when it works.

Today I’ve used 2 balls of yarn, well, 1 and a large piece of the 2nd, so call that 1. There are 4 boxes being used to ship some books (previously counted) and 6 items away ho. I used 3 books as stiffeners for one of the boxes. Also used up the bubblewrap, and a mailer. 1+4+6+3+1+1= 15 items out today.