Monthly Archives: October 2016

Chore List — #1: Edit List!

  1. Edit List! This has gotten too big to be usable. I’ve edited the Living Room piece 10/31 I will continue to edit this as the week progresses.
  2. to do list 1

Living Room: caulk & trim paint, as needed. Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Move typewriter/stand to its new home (wherever that is). After couch is moved, decide about coffee tables. Sell unused table. Add wall art. Set up flat strap bookcases. Bring down the couch and round coffee table. Maybe? Bring in Daddy’s rug  — or get rid of it? Figure out rugs. Replace: switches and socket covers, as needed. Cull/Clean: remaining fabric to Jeannies for reupholstery, adding machine to booth. Finish trim as needed.

  •  Long Term:
    • Trim piece against kitchen wall, window trim, stair rail. Replace interior trim on windows, paint/install trim against beam kitchen wall. Mod baseboards. Caulk/paint floor/baseboards. Look at “roller coaster” idea, fix if needed. Move kitchen door? Replacement ladders for blinds. (http://www.fixmyblinds.com) Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind at some thrift shop to play with to learn how to do this before buying ladders.)
    • Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Add corner detail on doors (future).
    • Kitchen: Make plan using both Hoosiers and dismantling too-large counter.  Not feasible?Sell one Hoosier.
    • Dining: Remove crib rail? Candlabra? Reuse the hanging baskets and/or rail elsewhere? Rehang cabinet. Paint drawer units? Paint china cabinet.
    • Attic:Decide what to sell. Get bookcases upstairs and bays built. Sell magazine table?
    • Office 1:Clear/clean counter & take it upstairs. Remove everything bookcases and get them moved to the attic.  Bring in the dresser currently in the wood shed. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage. Get sewing machine legs detached from base. Recycle, reuse, or dump.
    • Office 2: Move your office downstairs.

 

Cull/Clean (general): Take old window bits to dump. Take stuff for sale either to antique store or to storage so that it’s no longer cluttering up the living room! Cull down glove, scarf, hat collection, as appropriate. Clothes & cloth need a serious culling! Sold bookcase! Take desk chair to store for sale.

Entry: Replace coat rack, shelf 2nd small black bookcase. Polish ends and replace.

Pantry: Add trim and do final paint.

Kitchen:  Finish new window/shelf. Final paint on sidelight, new shelf.

Laundry: (longterm) Get switch thing set up. Storage bins.

Bathroom: Clean corners, window. Replace caulk as needed. Repaint room. Replace trim to match the  rest of the house. If new gallon is enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom?

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room. Get tapestry on stretchers. Quilt rehab. Put laundry on island away.

Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet in. xGet hobby piece to the person who wants it.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to 10 x 20 unit. Get the 2nd dresser home

Garden: Continue, finish and keep up the weeding, so that the weeds don’t take over the yard and next year’s vegetable garden is a disaster accordingly! 9/11 was last time this was noted, but I’ve worked on it sporatically since. We had our first killing frost Halloween. Whatever isn’t done isn’t going to be done until next spring, pretty much!

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 43 10/11 “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.

Wood stacking: 1 2 3 4

Rugs: Almost nothing done — removed completed piece from prototype as I found all the yarn and measured how much I have — no enough to finish the piece as it had been set up. Making a crocheted rug, with the macrame cord as a strengthener. Iron more strips so you can finish the rug.Done! Now need to either find the next spool of cord or buy another. Then finish up the fabric strips.

Blue plaid rug, only concept has been considered. No actual design or work has been done. If I use the same method as the other rug, I have a LOT of string I can use. Cones of it! Hmm….

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new
  • possible future editing jobs: no good news

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Other Organization:

  • All-In-One Organizer: monthly calendar page master design, clean up, print
  • Binder ordered Will be available Mon. afternoon.
  • Order other pieces.
  • Stamp images put together and then label or page made.
  • Books out: 3 4 7 1 more to a neighbor. 10 donated.1 mailed to a friend 2 to the dump’s swap shop
  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! There are various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • The magnets I ordered are too big. They’ll be used on the fridge, but I need to order the right ones.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.

Removing Bricks & Others

Because we both have old-fashioned hobbies, where you make something, and we’re of an age, we have big and cumbersome hobby equipment. We both appreciate the heft of a professional chef’s whisk say, even if we never actually USE such a thing. [Yes, I had one. I also had a professional rolling pin — largest one I ever saw. Couldn’t store the rolling pin anywhere. The whisk never got used. I tried to sell them, no luck. I gave them to a friend who has a food truck! (She was delighted.)]

But we do that kind of thing, a lot. If it’s a hobby or skill we do or are interested in, over the years, we’ve acquired large pieces of equipment, sometimes many of them, to use. This means we’ve got various bits & pieces here: high-end equipment which no longer works or is completely old tech, and frequently — they’re steel– which makes them heavy as well.

So, there’s been a shift now. Instead of simply storing these pieces, we’re both shedding them. Mostly they go to the booth for sale, first. If they don’t sell, they get donated. DH has a piece he gave someone which had been in our attic literally since we moved here, it and its associated pieces are gone. We bought me a new piece of hobby equipment, but I have two others: one working, the other not. The working piece is slated to go to the booth very soon. The nonworking piece will go too, but not at the same time. There’s a wonderful, funky adding machine, with a glass window going soon too. My idea for it was to turn it into a night light, but it’s huge and heavy — it’s going to the booth, soon.

Aside from the “bricks” which are leaving our home, the other categories of stuff which are going out of here are books and Christmas stuff. I’m dribbling the Christmas pieces into the booth a tiny bit at a time. Yes, this is way too early for Christmas, unless you’re a dealer.

When you’re a dealer, then you want to have the pieces early so that you can design your retail/selling space at the right time. So, I’ve sold 2 feather trees and 1 metal tree thing. I’m not doing Christmas in the booth in large scale, but I am doing it. I want to sell the stuff and if I can get it sold by putting an odd piece or two out early, then I will. I hate being bombarded with Christmas after Labor Day, but my job is to sell the stuff, not keep it!

So, we’re on a mission here: get rid of large, heavy pieces we don’t use, bricks I call them. Also out of season stuff, if we think it will sell. This has created a chunk of empty space here, and that’s good!

More Progress

This is getting to be “normal” here, every day we make some significant step(s) toward restoring our living room to actual usefulness. Yesterday the small console table was placed next to the front door, the first flat strap bookcase was placed, and the pantry door was rehung. DH also did the caulking around the pantry door and worked on tightening up the exterior windows.

Put like that, it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s definitely different here, we’re both plugging away at the cull/restore/remove stuff project, daily. Instead of ignoring our home, the mess and the needed chores, we’re both working on it. Not full time, but things are getting DONE.

To Do List 10.24.16

Living Room:

  • Caulk/chinking: (as needed) hall only, as needed around pantry door, office 1 door, bath 1 door, closet door.
  • Trim pieces cut, installed:  against trim piece kitchen wall (future). Window trim, door trim (future)
  • Final Paint: trim as needed: office 1, bath 1, closet, front door, hall trim touch up, window 1, window 2. Remove tape, clean up.
  • Cull/clean: get fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery. Window replacement on north side.
  • Finish exterior trim: window 1 window 2.
  • (long term) Replace window interior trim and mod other trim to match front door (and get rid of those extra ledges!!!). Replace or modify baseboards for same reason. Sand, paint, and caulk floor, baseboards and window trim. (We think we’ve found what we’ll paint caulk the floor with, next year!)  Move kitchen door? The trim on the two “new” windows  is getting changed. So, in the living room, this will leave only the big window to be done. Hurrah!
  • Look at the room re “roller coaster” idea, Fix?  Move mirrors to interior stair wall? Get DH involved with this.

Paint (final):Trim needs to be painted with the “enamel” paint we bought for that purpose: front door, stair rail, hallway door trim.

Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Stairstep bookcase got dismantled. New box bookcase erected. Two boxes left, use where? Take adding machine to antique store for sale. Move typewriter/stand to its new home (wherever that is). Set up piece with windows to its new home as well. After couch is moved, decide about coffee tables. Sell table not being used. Use small side table. Add photos/wall art. Set up the 2 1 small and 1 large flat strap bookcases.

Replace remaining hall switch, stair switch, and other socket covers, as needed.

Get the flooring material put away or used 3 2 Got it staged to the edge of the living room “island” of stuff so that it can be moved up the stairs at some point, soon I hope!

to do list 1

Replace exterior and interior window trim. Take old window bits to dump. 10 pieces gone 10/23 , 2 more 10/27,

(future): Replacement ladders for blinds. (http://www.fixmyblinds.com) Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind at some thrift shop to play with to learn how to do this before buying ladders.)

Put the furniture which is staying back. Bring down the couch and the round coffee table and set it up. Maybe? Bring in Daddy’s rug  — or get rid of it? Put the table between the chairs. Figure out couch/couch table idea. Use cubes. Take stuff for sale either to antique store or to storage so that it’s no longer cluttering up the living room! Figure out rugs.

Entry: Replace coat rack, shelf and 2nd small black bookcase. Replace stair rail. Polish ends and replace.

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Add corner detail on doors (future).

Pantry: Get 1 piece remaining of trim primed, paint walls add trim and paint.Replace door.

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) (long term) Make kitchen plan using both Hoosiers and dismantling 30 square foot counter.  If that isn’t feasible, sell one. Finish new window bits. Finish the sink window trim. Final paint the sidelight going up in the wall.Take down crib rail? Reuse the hanging baskets and/or rail elsewhere?

Build new wall/shelf unit in kitchen “hole” created by the window removal. Make a small shelf or other way to hang or lean the zinc windows on the kitchen side of the new kitchen window. New wall trimmed out. Painted. Zinc windows in place.

Laundry: (Cull/clean)  (longterm) Get the switch thing set up so you don’t have to pull the dryer out anymore!

Bathroom: (Cull/Clean) corners, window,  clear out. Replace caulk as needed. Repaint room. Replace trim to match the living room and rest of the house. If gallon is the enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom?

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room. Get tapestry on stretchers. Quilt rehab.

Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet in there (or elsewhere). Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic. Get doors on the cabinet. Decide what to sell: wrought iron tables, wallpaper lamp, other hanging lamps, plate rack, etc. and sell them. More work on the attic: 10/4, 10/20 (did work on it in between 10/4-10/20, but forgot to note it) books & trash removed. Some odds & ends were put away. The cross-country skis were pulled to go to the booth or dump. Get hobby piece out of there for the person who wants it.

Office 1: Clear/clean the counter. (long term) Take it back upstairs. Remove everything from the bookcases and get the cases moved into the attic.  Bring in the dresser currently in the wood shed. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage. Get sewing machine legs detached from base. Recycle, reuse, or dump base.

Office 2: Sell/cull items awaiting that. (long term) Move the office function downstairs.

Dining Room:  Take down candlabra, sell. Paint china cabinet and relocate the 2 Hoosiers.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to 10 x 20 unit. Get the 2nd dresser to the house

Garden: Continue, finish and keep up the weeding, so that the weeds don’t take over the yard and next year’s vegetable garden is a disaster accordingly! 9/11 was last time this was noted, but I’ve worked on it sporatically since.

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 44 9/11 43 10/11 “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.

Wood stacking: 1 2 3 4

Rugs: Almost nothing done — removed completed piece from prototype as I found all the yarn and measured how much I have — no enough to finish the piece as it had been set up. The canvas is prepped, but that’s it at the moment. Found an error I’d made when I’d originally set up the canvas, am working on fixing that. Started work on the black and white rug. Testing materials, concept.determined how I’ll continue. The rug’s materials were bought (except the thread) years ago to be used in a fabric covered rope rug, which didn’t work. Being me, the materials were never discarded. Now? I’m determined to use them, in a new rug. New idea, seems to work. Concept has been proven! The “yarn” I used was jute bead stringing thread, insanely expensive. However, the method has been found, and the look is something I like. Working on a way to neaten the piece, the book I have which discusses a similar idea isn’t making a round rug, but rectangular, different starting point, in many ways much easier. Making a crocheted rug, with the macrame cord as a strengthener. Use the strips I prepped, prepped and used: 2 more. Buy more cordage. Iron more strips so you can finish the rug.

Blue plaid rug, only concept has been considered. No actual design or work has been done. If I use the same method as the other rug, I have a LOT of string I can use. Cones of it! Hmm….

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new
  • possible future editing jobs: no good news

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Other Organization:

  • All-In-One Organizer: monthly calendar page master design, clean up, print
  • Binder ordered Will be available Mon. afternoon.
  • Order other pieces.
  • Stamp images put together and then label or page made.
  • Books out: 3 4 7 1 more to a neighbor. 10 donated.
  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! There are various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • The magnets I ordered are too big. They’ll be used on the fridge, but I need to order the right ones.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.

Luddite

Wanted to read a new book. My way of finding out if a book is worth the $ to buy it is to check it out of the library. This state has a great interlibrary service. Except my local, small library got computerized, I don’t (now) remember my user id (I could get that tomorrow) and we don’t have the necessary software to read books on my desktop computer. I don’t remember what the issue was, but DH didn’t want to load the reader software. I can’t read the book I “checked out” on my phone. So, I checked out an ebook, but can’t read it.

Just found 2 more books I wanted to look at. Solution? I’m going to bite the bullet and just buy them. This will make like 6 books I’ve bought in the past 2 months — for me, that’s nothing, but it’s irritating when I thought I wouldn’t have to buy anything at all.

Not that it’s a hardship to have books, it’s just that I already have so many and then I’ll have to get rid of that many more if I decide to keep these. And, I’m spoiled. I’m used to buying books wholesale, not retail. (Yes, I know, you have no sympathy — and why should you?)

stack-of-books

I’ll look into the problem again, but I don’t remember what DH’s issue was, only that he had one. It could have been a software update was needed first or he didn’t have time right then, but I think it was technical. Until that gets straightened around — I guess I’m stuck with paper and ink books!

One Shots

These are the one-time things I have to do to get rid of some stuff: books or otherwise.

  1. I mailed some photos to my Dad’s college this afternoon.
  2. Mail reference books to a friend.
  3. Put the flooring in the attic.
  4. Make tags for a friend.
  5. Present to niece.
  6. Card to family.
  7. Cull more books. (6 ready to go) 5 more ready to go 3 more ready

My Style

I read decorating blogs and other such a fair amount these days. I’ve never really understood how the very rich can relax in their homes when everything is worth so much. I grew up in a well-to-do neighborhood and saw this type of decorating a good deal. Always made me feel as if I should be wearing a velvet dress, maryjanes, and white fold-over socks. Still does. Classic? Yeah, okay, but it’s almost all the same, it’s display for the sake of showing off the art, rich fabrics, and enormous or richly detailed rooms.

So, my style is a bit different. Shabby because I don’t want to worry about whether or not something gets scuffed. I’m not interested in quantities of roses or other frou-frou, not interested in spending a lot of money for matchy-matchy stuff. I have things I love, yes indeed I do, and some of them  cannot be replaced, they’re artist pieces or have special history for me.

I’m equally not interested in having,the newest “whatever.” I look at websites and think the stuff is nice, but I have no temptation to spend $100 on a lamp in most cases or $200  on something else. If I really like the looks of something, I keep my eye out for an alternative, a cheaper one, another at a future date, or I’ll give it up.

There are things which are just so expensive I wonder who can afford to buy this stuff? Lamps, sheet sets, and rugs are the first things which come to mind, almost all > $100 these days. My reaction to most of this is that I buy used lamps, mostly white sheets (used when I can find them) and make my own rugs. Alternately, I’d buy ONE 100% linen sheet, if I ever found one on sale when I could afford it (hasn’t happened yet!) Linen, when cared for correctly, can last for years. Cotton just dissolves in modern washers.

So I’m a rebel and a luddite. Or maybe I’m just cheap? No. I refuse to spend money to impress others. I like what I like and price is always a consideration. I’m not willing to spend major money on stuff to keep up or participate in a trend, although I might in specific areas, like buying expensive paint from England because it doesn’t make me sick. I suppose this is a direct response to all the years I tried so hard to be in style. It never worked and I’ve long since given up the idea. Now I’m an old lady and I can do as I please — and I am!