Monthly Archives: May 2015

I have been looking and working at

food storage and planning what I want to plant/store/use this year. In the process I found that cleaning plan I’d made up last Fall. It occurred to me  that the system of putting seasonal chores together by “level” combined with the plan I’d used two years ago, tracking the “daily 5” etc. for the routine chores,  would probably give me the perfect way to plan and track what needs to happen, when and note what needs to happen and what I’ve done.

Rather than simply spend hours and hours PLANNING what I want to do, I’m going to just use the two binders. One has the seasonal chores by level, the other has a way to track things, daily, by type of surface.

I need the “satisfaction” of moving things from the “TO DO” pile to the “DONE” pile the seasonal planner gives me, and I also need the routine the daily ticking off gives me. Hopefully, the two combined won’t just lean on the PTSD that much harder and cause me to quit, faster.

Re that, I have NOT been working on the house this week. I’ve been working on the yard and playing connect 2 items games, rather compulsively. The yard looks much better, the daffs are blooming and every day the yard gets neater.

Yesterday DH got the mower set up to really mulch leaves finely and we’ve reclaimed areas of our lot we haven’t mowed or raked for many a year. We cut down the maple saplings that were blocking our view of the old oak.

The oak tree was one of the main reasons we got this lot, as opposed to another. We bought  here when there were more houses for sale than houses with occupants on the block. Given that, I decided we should showcase the oak, and removing the saplings was a first step in that direction.

The tree felling will also give us kindling for next fall/winter, not  bad! I cut the first 3 saplings down with the hatchet, poor things, looked like a small beaver had an epilectic siezure while felling the tree — very ragged. On the other hand,  it got done. When DH came to help, I suggested the chain saw, and the other 7 saplings were dispatched much more neatly!

I’ll work more on this today. We also have decided what to do about the tipping wood racks. We have those black metal wood racks. Maybe it’s the chipmunks, or maybe the racks are unstable, or maybe it’s the malicious neighbors (I’m convinced we have at least one untrustworthy person in the neighborhood. I have my reasons.) but our wood racks keep falling down. The answer to this is to BOLT the racks to the woodshed wall and also USE the woodshed, or at least 1/2 of it for WOOD storage, instead of asst. STUFF storage.

This means cleaning out the shed and cleaning out 1/2 of the wood shed. And it also means moving the stinkin’ wood piles, again. However, it ALSO means that the tarps for the wood piles can be attached to the building and that will be easier to deal with in the snow and ice of winter; it will make the lot look neater too. It will also remove the wood piles from easy sabotage, by nasty neighbors, squirrels, etc.

All good!


Going Great Guns!

Saturday I cleaned that first bed, the Jerusalem artichokes & chive bed. Sunday I cleaned the second bed, grapes & oregano.

And today? Today I cleaned the shed, well most of it. It took me from not-quite 8 a.m. until 4:30! I am TIRED!

I tossed almost 100 books and the pile we’d nearly gotten all to the dump in the two trips on Saturday? It’s bigger than it was before we started. I have more to take to the dump on Weds. than I think I ever have before!

Found the missing bookshelves. Located the pieces of another bookcase, this one particle board. Because of where it is, it’s not getting dealt with til v 2 of the clean the shed.


Hmm. Yes. Our shed has platforms for plywood or other wood. Both are crammed full, This is sort of like a bunk bed for wood. The particle board book case pieces are on the bottom of the bottom tier. So, until I get everything off of it, the bookcase pieces aren’t going anywhere.

That will happen in Version 2.0.

After a solid 8 hours of hauling things out of the shed, cleaning, culling/sorting, hauling the trash over to the trash pile. (Repeat, repeat, and repeat again with more stuff.)  I was not up for standing on a ladder and dealing with sheets of plywood, slotwall, glass side lights, whatever.


I didn’t stop for lunch. I told DH he had 1 choice: he got to figure out dinner. I wasn’t cooking. Leftovers? Fine. Go out? Fine. Whatever. I am NOT cooking or doing dishes or cleaning anything else today, period.


This was definitely a REVEAL. I found stuff I didn’t know I had, or hadn’t seen since we moved here, like two water bottles from the company in FL we used to get bottled water from. I wasn’t counting and the shed isn’t large, but it SURE had a lot of stuff in it and has a LOT less now!


Whaling Away on the Food Notebook

for various reasons.

  • It’s one of the most universal of the projects I have to ready for sale.
  • It’s spring and so I’m thinking about growing food, saving $ on food, preserving food, etc.
  • I found recently an entire resource for data I hadn’t before (it didn’t exist) and so I’m adding that data.
  • I’m tired of “playing” with this and want it in a usable form!

Also, I’ve been sheeting receipts and going through boxes of papers. I did that for a while yesterday and tossed the obvious stuff (bill envelopes, manuals for things we no longer own, etc.) consolidated 2 bins into 1. One less box in the living room. Yay!

Two days ago I happened to have the time and was near the car wash with the free vac, so I vacuumed part of the car. It isn’t clean mind you, but it IS cleaner!

Today? I have the usual variety of tasks: Get the 2′ pile, books mostly, off my desk and DEALT with, change the sheets on the bed. Do a few more loads of laundry, raking and yard clean up (will be ongoing for at least another month, I can’t do this in a marathon, but I can peck away at it for a LONG time). And, finally, start the cleaning job in the bedroom required for the furniture move.

Of course, there’s always the shoulds too: get rid of another pile of books in the living room, clean the cat box, get all the dishes washed,  etc.– the usual never-ending on-going chores, with the seasonal additions of yard clean up, vegetable seeding, and car cleaning.

It’s spring, life goes on!