Category Archives: New Habits

Monday’s Six, and Unfortunately, the Backlog

Monday’s Six:

  1. Clean off/out the washing machine.
  2. Get one of the comforters cleaned.
  3. Desmudge the kitchen cabinets. 11:10 a.m.
  4. Get the rest of the popcorn in the canister. 11:30 a.m.
  5. Find the leather cleaner for the couch and chairs in the living room. Clean a chair, if found.10:30 a.m.
  6. Mop the laundry room floor (fill in).

BACKLOG:

Friday

  • Find something to do with the extra eggs.
  • Make pepper jelly.
  • 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?
  • Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal.

 

Thursday:

  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.

Wednesday:

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

Finish laundry room clean up.

Tuesday:

  • Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it. in process, 1st quarter done 1:30 Fri., 2nd quarter and 1/2 the 3rd done Sunday.
  • Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.

Monday:

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

Friday:

  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21

Thursday:

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!.
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Friday’s Five & Backlog

I did something which shows me how things are different these days. Yesterday I gave away brand new packages of lunch bags and staples, to two different businesses. The lunch bags were given to an antique store who uses them to wrap china and glassware. The staples were given to the antique store where I have a booth.

In both cases, I have more than I think I’ll use in a reasonable time, without them.

I use about 1/2 package of lunch bags a year for drying herbs/spices. (And I reuse them sometimes too.) I had come to the end of a package and bought some, thinking I was out. When I went to put it away, there was another new package! I sure didn’t need another 50!

The box of staples came from a box of shop office supplies. I thought I’d folded in or deleted extras from the shop’s supplies long ago, but I found a box a few months back filled with labels (mostly tossed), the box of staples, and a few miscellaneous pieces. When I cleaned office shelves last week or so, I realized we had 2 complete boxes of staples, more than we’d likely need until oh 2050. I don’t expect to be alive or wanting staples by then anyway!

Previously, I would have kept them; in fact I did. These days? They’re clutter I can get rid of easily, and that’s great!

Friday’s Five:

  1. Find something to do with the extra eggs.
  2. Make pepper jelly.
  3. Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  4. Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  5. Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal.

Much of this is dealing with food, obviously. Partly because farm day was yesterday. But it’s partly because the other chores in/out are so far behind. I have to cook no matter what else happens most of the time, so this is an “easy” way to get the list pared down. If it’s a cheat, it is — sue me!

BACKLOG:

Thursday:

  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.

Wednesday:

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

Finish laundry room clean up.

Tuesday:

  • Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it. in process, 1st quarter done 1:30 Fri., 2nd quarter and 1/2 the 3rd done Sunday.
  • Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Work on grading the last pile of dirt.Fri. 1 p.m.

Monday:

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

Friday:

  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21

Thursday:

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  • Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent! I think I did this, although I’m not sure. I cannot find the box anywhere!!!

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!.

Wednesday’s Five and the Backlog, Alas!

Today’s Five:

  1. Clean off DH’s desk.
  2. Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!
  3. Organize the mailers. 7:45 a.m. Thurs.
  4. Take stray hangers to the laundry room. Weds., forgot to note the time.
  5. Work on the marble table.

Finish laundry room clean up.

Tuesday:

  • Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it.
  • Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Sweep the front door landing (outside). Noon Weds.
  • Work on grading the last pile of dirt.

Monday:

  • Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing! 
  • Work on new cleaning: laundry. Weds. 2 p.m.

Friday:

  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Clear off the dining room table again. In process. More work done Sun., but not complete! More work Tues. Done Weds. 7:20 p.m.
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is Saturday 10/14.

Thursday:

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  • Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent!

Wednesday:

  • Organize/Cull the cleaning products 8:10 a.m. Thurs.

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten. Thurs. 8 a.m.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.

Monday’s 6 & Last Week’s Backlog

It’s nice to see that I managed to get one day’s worth of chores done (Tuesday) finally, but there are still 10 more items which are undone! It’s raining as I type this, and that will further put off outdoor chores.

  1. Clean the cat food bin.10:30
  2. Inventory the filters, make sure there’s the needed amount of the right type.12:30
  3. Clean the drawer with rolling pin, etc. 11:00
  4. Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing! 
  5. Inventory/examine/clean the items in the umbrella basket. Move seasonal items no longer needed to attic or other secondary storage.11:10
  6. Work on maintenance: desk/bath counter and new cleaning: laundry.

Friday:

  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Clear off the dining room table again. In process. More work done Sun., but not complete!
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is a week from tomorrow.
  • Work on the household journal.

Thurday:

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  • Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent!

Wednesday:

  • Organize/Cull the cleaning products

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.

 

 

Thurs. 10/5 5 a day and backlog

 

Today’s 5:

  1. Put some baking soda/vinegar down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and tub drains to help them flow more easily. Fri. 9:15 a.m.
  2. Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  3. Go through the secondary spice rack, clean, cull, and replace as needed.Fri. 11:00 a.m.
  4. Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent!
  5. Do something I think needs doing, whatever it is and note it here. In doing the bathroom drain, the popup assembly finally bit the dust. So, the unknown job has become to replace the popup drain mechanism! Fri. 9:15 a.m.Fri 10:30 a.m.

 

Backlog from Weds.

  • Organize/Cull the cleaning products
  • Finish the cleanup around the wood stove, supplies & equipment.Fri. 10 a.m.

The backlog from Tuesday:

  • Get lumber stored correctly for winter, where storage is available.
  • Clean the quarry tile in the sunroom.

Backlog from Monday:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.
  • Clean out the underdeck storage.

 

 

Tuesday 10/3 Five + 5 Undone from 10/2

Today’s list:

  1. Cleaning the various pieces of black steel, mostly in the living room.Done this morning, forgot to note the time.
  2. Dusting the gridwall.5:45 p.m.
  3. Getting lumber stored correctly for winter, where storage is available.
  4. Cleaning the quarry tile in the sunroom.
  5. Dealing with the vegetables I got out of the garden yesterday. not those veggies, yet, but I’ve been dealing with the backlog of vegetables all morning (Weds.) : bok choy, napa cabbage, and celeriac so far. Broccoli and others still to go!

Left over from 10/2:

  • I need to clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten it up.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.
  • Clean out the underdeck storage.
  • Work on the sewing table.Tues. 5:20

At some point (I have no criteria for this?) I’ll start taking weekly pictures. It would be nice to be able to see progress, at least for me!

To Do List 10/1/17

to do list 1

 

Get at least one piece of one item off of the long-term list!

SHORT TERM:

  • Work on the websites.
  • Paint the removed clapboards from the laundry wall where the new door is installed.Backs have been primed. Fronts along with new, preprimed clapboards will be painted all at once
  • Get the remaining clapboards reinstalled.
  • Fill the bagster There’d an unexpected problem. . .  I have to ask someone for help. There’s not enough wire clearance on our lot for them to pick this up, anywhere! Talked to the neighbor preliminarily 10/10
  • Order gravel.
  • Get sanding sealer on inside of new slider.
  • Finish verathane on porch posts. Finished 10/1
  • Primer other unprotected wood on porch which needs it. In process 10/1
  • Get the triangles sealed up. In process 10/1
  • Get the outdoor furniture dealt with: 2 white/red chairs cleaned 10/1, 2 brown chairs, 1 brown table/hose reel. All need to be cleaned, bagged and put away.
  • Finish the compost heap redo effort! Finished 10/8

MEDIUM TERM: (in the next 2-3 weeks)

  • Resolve the “too many” coffee tables dilemma.
  • Remove the “island” of boxes of stuff from the attic. Sell, donate, or trash enough that the floor can stay cleared.
  • Put food away for winter. In process
  • Paint the laundry room, inside and out.
  • Paint the bathroom.
  • Get through more of the accounting backlog.
  • Get last year’s unfinished clean up done in the entry/living room/hall.
  • Get the marble table out of the kitchen and to the antique booth. [Called the person who had indicated he’d help me get it to the shop.] It has been cleaned off, needs its base cleaned and for DH to take a pic.
  • Get wood stacked and ready for winter. First 1/2 of the wood has been ordered. Delivered 9/30/17 part one of 4. Part 2 arrived 10/7.
  • Get kindling boxes made up for winter. 2/4 are made up. 3/4 10/7

LONG TERM & ONGOING:

  • Get a job.
  • Pay off the equity line.
  • Continue to use up the stored foods: grains, beans, pasta, etc. (The canned goods purge the end of last year beginning of this year worked.) In process
  • Rebuild the winter pantry. In process
  • Writing Projects: Memoir, 1st 3rd of retype complete 8/30
  • Writing Projects: Article In process
  • Writing Projects: Kitchen Book
  • Writing Projects: Novel
  • Writing Projects: Cleaning Plan
  • Get the big dresser cleaned up so it can be put up for sale. (First 2 drawers (of 8) cleared out 9/2017.
  • Paint the rest of the exterior of the house next to the porch. (Probably will happen 2018.)
  • Replace the big dresser with the small ones.