Monthly Archives: November 2017

Chore List: Reboot!

Right now, I don’t have an updated version of the backlog. I’ll get that and paste it in, after I create this. My new plan is to come up with all the things I want to do on Monday (Yes, I’m late. Tell my boss! Oh — wait — that’s me. . .) Having not done that on Monday, here’s this week’s list:

  1. Work on the attic. Thurs. 12/7 4 p.m.
  2. Clear the fridge. Done Tues.
  3. Send the family pics, etc. to the cousin and school who want them.
  4. Cull the veggie seeds and figure out what to order for next year.
  5. Make the first patterns for the chair reupolstery effort.
  6. (fill in) Deal with the loose Christmas stuff in the living room.Weds. 1 p.m.
  7. Work on the back storage.
  8. Make granola Tues.1 p.m.
  9. Oil the sharpening stones.
  10. Figure out the “decoration” for this year’s Christmas Bread. Some time last week of Nov. although they haven’t been put together, yet.
  11. Put up the new pantry labels. Label file made, but can’t be printed. Waiting on piece which is supposed to arrive today. . . Fri. 12/8, Printed. Need to make some adjustments. Tomorrow! (12/9)
  12. (fill in) Clean off the old computer, as something needs to be put on top of it. (added Tues. 12/5 1 p.m.) 12/8
  13. Clean your car. Was done Mon.12/11, car went to the shop Tues. for snow tires.
  14. Design the pattern for the hearth rug.
  15. Measure some area for the “house book.”
  16. Research the newspaper job idea.
  17. Get the floor waxer into the attic.
  18. Data entry on the accounting or food planning idea.
  19. Work on the new food inventory/planning idea.
  20. Swim, at least once and pick up your swim ticket.
  21. (fill in)Cull napkin collection so that it fits the storage! Thurs. 12/7 3:30p.m.
  22. Eliminate more duplicates.
  23. Get the junk OUT of at least one defined place.
  24. Open the Christmas trunk, see if you want to keep it all?
  25. Take more to the booth, as most of the high-end pieces have sold. Sat. 12/9
  26. (fill in) Get the accounting up to date, so you haven’t got a panic for the taxes! (MONTH: 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)

Backlog:

  • Get some of the cleaned laundry hung up which isn’t.
  • Do a short inventory of the meat in the big freezer. (Probably something like 1 chicken, 3 lbs ground round, and 1 other package of mixed chicken parts. . . but I don’t know exactly!)
  • Get the rice in one place, instead of 2-3, as it is now.
  • Clean, wax, organize the snow scoop, shovels, etc.Not sure when this got done, but it is. Christmas 2017
  • Use the commercial napkins for their intended craft, or get rid of them!
  • Get the odd pieces of insulation into the basement.
  • Check the water heater’s filter, does it need to be cleaned?
  • Sand some of the marks from the floor, at the edges.
  • Get the island/kitchen side cleared.Mon. 12/4
  • Update linked in.
  • Work on the house binder.
  • Clean out the small ice box.
  • (fill in)Put laundry away.
  • Dust the electronics in the office. Weds. evening.
  • Eat the last watermelon.
  • Get the salt & sand next to the front door. Not sure when this got done, but it is. Christmas 2017
  • Clean the couch.
  • Get the coffee ad framed.
  • Clean part of the upstairs that hasn’t been touched in some time.
  • Put away the canning supplies if not in use.
  • Put up the 3 missing hurricane clips
  • Put the grill away. Can’t be done; it’s frozen in a snow bank, what I was trying to avoid, alas!
  • Get the supplies for the knitted pillow all in one place so you can finish it! Done sometime early Dec. forgot to note it!
  • Clean the office chairs.
  • Find a place to put away the dehydrator racks and do so when appropriate.
  • Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?12/11
  • Find a new home for the cat towel basket. (Old towels used for car washing, spill clean up, whatever!)

    Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason

Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish. Deferred because I have THREE containers of general metal polish. I want to use up at least one of those before I make up more. I sure don’t need 4!!! Down to one container 12/7/17, when that is low/out, I will make up the Naval Academy polish, if I can find the recipe again!

Go thru the record collection, cull. First part done. Moving to in-process 10/27, 2nd piece done 11/2, 3rd 11/21, forgot to note it! Completed 12/24/17!

Wash the net curtains. First pair pulled from over the dry stores 4:30. Washed Tues. 10/24 a.m. One pair to go. Two pairs to go.

Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)

Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!

Clean off DH’s desk. This is going to be delayed until he and I catch up. I pulled everything from the top drawer on his side of the dresser, we’re still going through all of that.

6/35 or 17.1%

 

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Paper Cull

Worked on the attic today for a bit. Found a box which no doubt came out of DH’s office when it closed down — at the company who moved us here, 20+ years ago. This box was in the MIDDLE of the attic, on the floor, so it was behind and under everything else, and had been missed, multiple times no doubt! 90+% of it went to the dump’s recycle bin this afternoon.

Later on, I started going through a bin of my papers, some of which were as old, or older (and business related). They went. I got to near the bottom of the box and found things which needed to be filed, but not tossed, they were that current. I quit.

That said? We recycled 100+ or probably more like 300 pieces of paper today, including catalogs, magazines, sales receipts, etc.,

I talked to DH about taking vacation between Christmas & New Years’, with the idea that we do this or something like it, at least once in that time. It all helps — and tomorrow? Tomorrow’s another day to tackle more.

The bath mat is currently 6.5″ 7.25 wide. I changed out one of the colors at 6″. Will change another when I get to 12″. That’s 20 17 rows from now… each row is .25″. Now you know why I will NEVER make another of these, like this! (Updated 11/26)

Rugs, Again

I’m making a new tub “mat” only it’s not a mat, it’s a rug, or will be. At the moment it’s 5.5″ across, needs a lot of work before it will be the 3′ across needed. I figure this will take me a week, or more. Also, it will use up the 7 skeins of yarn I currently have set aside for it, and maybe 2x that. I will NOT make another rug of this type from yarn, it takes too much effort. The mat which will go in front of the sink? I’ll make that from tarn, if the door will open over it. If not, I’ll get still more yarn and crochet one to go along with the thick tub mat.

The rugs/mats we have in the bathroom I made, about 3 years ago. The sink one was crocheted, the tub mat was finger crocheted into thicker strands, then were braided and the braids stitched on edge together. Made a nice, thick tub mat.

The new mat will be denser and thinner. I’m very pleased with the way it looks, but it IS a lot of work! I suppose the other mats were a lot of work too, but it’s been long enough that I don’t remember. . . .

I have decided on the technique I will use and the backing for the hearth rug. I do not have all the tarn, or warp thread in the colors I will use. The materials I bought were enough for me to make a sample and figure out how I’ll make that rug. The rug backing is left over from a project I think I started in high school, ’bout time I either used it or pitched it! The tarn hasn’t been made up yet, and I’ll have to buy more t shirts to get enough of the right colors.

I had a large lot of tarn get wet a while back and it mildewed, and got pitched. Ick. So my tarn stores are much lower than they’ve been for some time!

In the meantime, I’ve worked some more at freeing up the attic rug. It’s too big to go into the hearth area, but will do nicely in my office if and when. . . .

 

My Rose by Any Other Name is a Cacti

Came up with a name for my personal style, not that it will help me find things!

I guess it’s not supposed to? Newer decorating books talk about people’s decorating styles as “raspberry coolatta meets Bullwinkle,” well, no not that, but you get the idea!

If the name doesn’t actually have to be *useful* in telling others what you’re looking for? Well, mine could be:

Funky industrial/retail meets modern, or functional & simple lines are best!

( If you put that into google? You get a bunch of pinterest hits for industrial decorating, which is nice, but . . . .)

An example could be our hearth: the wood box is an old crate we bought at auction: on one side it has a label which reads “American Consulate.” On another it says “Mrs. (somebody) and “silverware.” Who the woman was, what kind of silverware, which consulate? There’s history and an untold story in that crate.

We use it for firewood, 2 wine crates for kindling, an old leaky pressure cooker holds fire starters, and a counter display for carborundum blades holds matches. Oh — and two steel US Quartermaster’s bins hold paper.

The club chairs were bought used at an antique store, the table between is a small library catalog, with a step stool behind it with a plastic cube on that we got as a wedding present, lo those many years ago. The end tables are picnic baskets, also from an antique store.

That’s my style — whatever it is!

Maybe?

repurposed/interesting/useful/retail/military/frugal/industrial — or functional & simple lines are best

Almost none of the stuff in the room was new when we got it. Exceptions: the plastic cube, the ash bucket, the hearth materials and the stove.

So, another revision:

repurposed/interesting/useful/retail/military/industrial/frugal —

or used & functional: simple lines are best

The last bit is the reality, really, I don’t go looking for the industrial or military or retail things. When I find one? It’s a plus, but not a requirement. That makes it:

Used & functional: simple lines are best

Put that into google? You get info about linear regression. NOT helpful!

Sigh.

(You can find the first description of this problem here.)

Paring It Down for the Holidays!

I’m not quitting. But I was getting overwhelmed, and starting to panic about all the outstanding chores. Instead of fighting it, I just listened to my body — time to quit for a while. Okay.

I really, really would like to have the living room cleared out for the holidays. I also would really like the dining room to be clean too!

What I did this morning? I swept the entry and the hearth. I cleaned the tools and put them away. The kitchen needs to be caught up, I was gone most of yesterday and didn’t cook, so it just accumulated dishes to wash, the usual.

Here’s the last list, with the things I’d done before now removed. I’ll do the usual strike thru and bold dates when I get something done.

 

  • Work on pantry. Put back together sometime in the past few days. 11/17
  • Make sure there’s enough storage containers for the last glut. Used up the containers I had, gave away some food. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Dust the cuprack. Mon. 11/20 10 a.m.
  • Get some of the cleaned laundry hung up which isn’t.
  • Do a short inventory of the meat in the big freezer. (Probably something like 1 chicken, 3 lbs ground round, and 1 other package of mixed chicken parts. . . but I don’t know exactly!)
  • Get the rice in one place, instead of 2-3, as it is now.
  • Clean, wax, organize the snow scoop, shovels, etc.
  • Use the commercial napkins for their intended craft, or get rid of them!
  • Get the odd pieces of insulation into the basement.
  • Check the water heater’s filter, does it need to be cleaned?
  • Sand some of the marks from the floor, at the edges.
  • Deal with the squashes from the farm. Thurs. night
  • Make room with the cold cereal for the hot cereal to go too. Decided against this, as it will make it both harder to get to AND visually it’s much more cluttered. If I’m going to do this, I need a new spot for both to go. . . .
  • Get the island/kitchen side cleared.
  • Update linked in.
  • Work on the house binder.
  • Clean out the small ice box.
  • Get through the last of the tomatillos. Sat. 11/18
  • (fill in) Get things put away in attic which need to go there and pull something out which needs to go elsewhere. Sat. 11-3 pulled something out.
  • (fill in)Put laundry away.
  • Clean the oven, so it’s clean before Thanksgiving! In process 11/22 10:15 a.m.
  • Dust the electronics in the office.
  • Eat the last watermelon.
  • Cull or add to the candle collection, as needed. 11/18
  • Get the salt & sand next to the front door.
  • Clean the couch.
  • Get the coffee ad framed.
  • Clean part of the upstairs that hasn’t been touched in some time.
  • Double check the emergency supplies. (fill in) Not sure of the date this was done, but it was.
  • Put away the canning supplies if not in use.
  • Put up the 3 missing hurricane clips
  • Put the grill away.
  • Put the tile in the basement. (I recently acquired a LOT of mosaic tiles.) 11/18
  • Get the ladders put away for the season. DH did this Sun. 11/19
  • Get the supplies for the knitted pillow all in one place so you can finish it!
  • Clean the office chairs.
  • Find a place to put away the dehydrator racks and do so when appropriate.
  • Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.  Friday.
  • Find a new home for the cat towel basket. (Old towels used for car washing, spill clean up, whatever!)

    Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason

Pick up the yard, put more items away for winter. 11/3 Chairs put away, hoses, hose table. (All need to be covered.) Also not-so-great paint in the shed. Raked around the house, or most of it. (Need to pick up leaf piles.) Mostly done now., there’s an endless list of chores for the yard! 11/19

Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish. Deferred because I have THREE containers of general metal polish. I want to use up at least one of those before I make up more. I sure don’t need 4!!!

Go thru the record collection, cull. First part done. Moving to in-process 10/27, 2nd piece done 11/2, 3rd 11/21, forgot to note it!

Wash the net curtains. First pair pulled from over the dry stores 4:30. Washed Tues. 10/24 a.m. One pair to go. Two pairs to go.

Fertilize the lawn. Did the dooryard lawn and the lawn on the street side of the bulb bed. Tues. 4:30 p.m. Lots more to do! Finished Fri. 11/10 

Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)

Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!

Clean off DH’s desk. This is going to be delayed until he and I catch up. I pulled everything from the top drawer on his side of the dresser, we’re still going through all of that.

Finish the freezer/fridge cleaning. More done, but not complete. 7:00 p.m. Move to on-going.

 

5/35 or 14.3% 6/35 or 17.1%

 

Week Off

I am so far behind and so overwhelmed, I decided I was going to take the week off from my lists. In the original plan, I’d be taking next week, a holiday week off anyway, but the idea was that I clean up TO that week, not two weeks before it.

Whatever.

Overwhelmed, way, way behind, adding 26 more pieces to that isn’t going to solve it, or make it better.

However! If I use this week to pare down the list as much as possible, then even if I take next week off altogether, it shouldn’t matter, or it won’t as much.

Rug Ruminations

I have the same slubby fabric I talked about (here). I decided this is just enough to do the stairs and maybe, just maybe something else, but I better do the stairs first. I know who to take the fabric to, to get it prepped. I will ask for and take the woman’s advice. I know where to get a rug pad for the stairs, when I get that far. The stairs need to be painted first anyway.

I found the price tag on the bolt, I spent $32 for it. The stair runners I’ve found which I like are all around $200, so I have a way to go before I’ve spent that much.

With the stairs taken care of, that leaves the 5 x 8 foot or 6 x 8 foot rug for the hearth.

I like this, a LOT. My only problem is that it’s printed, not woven. So in 5 years or so I’ll have to buy another, sigh. I try to not buy printed fabrics for the house, I like woven patterns, as they wear 2x as long. My opinion, but it’s my house & money.

print rug

My second choice is another one at Birch Lane. (I can’t get an image to save so I can load it here.) (birch lane rug link)

My problem with it is two-fold three-fold. 1) It looks thick and comfy to walk on, and messy. 2)It’s jute & cotton (so is the first one) and because it’s so thick, I’m afraid it will stink, like the other mats did. [I’m less afraid of this with the printed rug, ironically, because I think they’d have to clean the fibers well to get the printing to work.] And 3) DH doesn’t like it.

Thought I had a solution. I found a rug at Ikea which would work.  But they aren’t in stock: in MA, in CT, in IL. . . . trying to find the same piece another way, found 0. Sh*t!

All of which leads me back to trying to make my own. I do not want to make a 5 x 8 foot rug. The last 2 door mats I did, I crocheted out of jute string, took about 2 balls of string and 8 hours to do, not to mention “airing” the string and having to stop because the fumes were getting to me.

I bought the last door mat at Home Depot for $8 on sale. Being sick for a day to make a door mat is one thing. Being sick for a week or two, month? to make a 5 x 8 foot rug? Not going to happen. And that’s not counting however long it would also make me sick living with it.

Since the last time I wrestled with this, I (finally) found a place which sells natural fiber rug warp and yarns. I can buy a cone of rug warp and use some fabrics I have prepped here and/or buy some and see what I think. I could crochet one, it would take a long time, but I could do it. Or, if I could find someone to teach me how to warp my loom, I could just weave one!

Also I will buy a small amount of the warp and other materials and see if I can come up with a way to make a rug with materials which don’t make me sick. If the printed rug at the store stinks? Then the warp, etc. is what I’ll do.

However, for the moment, I think I need to go to the store which has the printed rug and see if it stinks? If not, I may buy it, for $199. (That’s on sale, sigh.)

I will take the bolt end to the woman who can prep it and see what she thinks. She no longer has a store front but works out of her home. 11/15

Thirty years ago I would have gone to Pier One and bought a sisal mat. Actually, 30 years ago I bought a blue, flat woven, cotton rug from Conran’s. It’s in the attic. The color was uneven, so I stopped putting it out. In Tampa, I had wall to wall  med. gray carpeting in the living room, bedrooms, dining room, etc. The blue rug was used in my library, a large open area. The faults were obvious and I put it in the attic here. But the hearth area isn’t an open area, it’s fairly crowded.Our huge living room is divided into three functional areas. Hm. If I can get the rug out of the attic, I could maybe put a rug in the hearth area for $0.

I’m off to go look at the attic!