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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!.
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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.

Tuesday’s Five & the Backlog

 

Tuesday’s Five:

  1. Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it.
  2. Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  3. Clean another section of the sun room’s quarry tile. 7:30 p.m.
  4. Sweep the front door landing (outside).
  5. Work on grading the last pile of dirt.

Monday’s Backlog:

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

Work on maintenance: desk/bath counter and new cleaning: laundry. Bath done noon, Tues. desk done 6:00 p.m. Tues.

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.
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is a week from tomorrow.
  • Work on the household journal.Weds. 11:30 a.m.

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.

What’s not on this list: 4 or 5 loads of dishes, peppers steamed and frozen, recipe ready. Other peppers chopped and frozen. Roasted a chicken with veggies for lunch. Picked and sorted the chicken bits at dinner: carcass to stock making, picked meat some of it for dinner, veggies + stock + flour, milk, and seasoning = chicken goulash (dinner). DH put away the food after dinner, I did another load of dishes. Three loads of laundry, put the comforter back into the duvet. Took the cat to the vet. Went to the hardware store. Bought gas. Deleted about 1,000 unread promotional emails. Pulled a replacement crock out of the attic and some books to sell. Forgot! Tutored my student too.

 

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.

Thurs. 9/28 list: 5 plus the one I still haven’t done!

  1. Clear off my desk.Worked on this, not done. Friday 9:15 a.m.
  2. Put away loose insulation or other building materials. DH did this Sat. morning. 
  3. Add the romances I’ve decided to keep to their bookcase, or, if there’s now too many, do a SPACE BUDGET.No space budget req’d Friday 6:20
  4. Tidy up the shipping supplies. Add any needed items to shopping list or cull extras. Friday 6:30 p.m. (I had done the tape earlier in the day!)
  5. Go through the overflow dishes, do a SPACE BUDGET, if required.
  6. Add to the kindling boxes (the undone piece)! Done Saturday 4:50p.m. Needs to be done again, at least twice, but I finally got into the corner and got the empty bin out and 1/2 filled it — finally!

This is all complicated by the fact that this is farm/market day. I go to the farm and get food, stop at a market on the way home. Ideally, I should go to the co-op in the morning, then to the farm, then the supermarket. However, I rarely manage that!

I have things to put in my booth today too, so that’s another stop.

The five list will likely NOT be done before this evening, and the outdoor items (insulation/building supplies & kindling) may not be done today at all. That’s dependent on when I get home and how tired I am when I do.

Tues. 9/26 Five, with one left over

  1. Work on the wood piles (also on to do list).
  2. Change the sheets. Examine the flannel sheets to see if any need to be purchased! 9:50 a.m.
  3. Put out the grass seed on the north side and cover with landscape cloth, as planned.1st piece graded, composted, watered, and cloth put down. 4:50 p.m.
  4. Reorganize the linen closet.10 a.m. also culled the sheets, top/bottom and pillow cases. Yay — less clutter!
  5. Inventory vinegars: do we have enough cleaning vinegar and other types? Any which need to be discarded? (Unlikely.) 2:30 p.m.
  6. Work on the Christmas ornaments again, now that I have pins! (Couldn’t find mine last week.) 1:30 p.m.

Also: did a partial cleaning of the bath yesterday, that should be finished today.

Tomorrow is dump day, so any prep for doing a major cull or starting one will be to my benefit tomorrow!

The sheet cull generated a pile of too small sheets to be sold, turned into rags or sewn together so that they’re big enough. What will happen to them will be determined by their fabric content and “hand.” 11:15 a.m.

Busy Day

Today is a dump day. Tomorrow is farm day. I have to do or finish the following:

  • Salsa
  • Deal with the remaining hot peppers
  • Finish moving the compost heaps
  • Finish raking the lawn (it was mowed yesterday)* in process
  • Work on the porch*
  • Work on the south side of the house*
  • Finish the shed cull
  • Finish filling the kindling boxes
  • Fill (as much as possible) the wood shelter
  • Finish grading around the patio
  • Clean my car Done! Or as much of it as I’d planned to do!
  • Blueberry/Peach cobbler peaches have been cleaned and peeled
  • Make jam (see cobbler, which will happen first. If I’ve got enough peaches, I’ll make jam, but not otherwise)
  • Clean out the fridge Done!
  • Haul the large load of construction debris to the dump 1st load has been set up although not taken to the dump, yet. Two loads taken, one small load remains to be taken later this week.
  • Catch up the laundry 2nd load in the dryer, 
  • Work on the cleaning plan
  • Call the auto glass, gravel, firewood, and pest control people.

*Either waiting on something from DH or could use his help, or is something which needs to work with his schedule of work on the house.

If you’re thinking that there’s no way I can get this done in ONE day? You’re absolutely correct!

These are the short-time projects:

  • Finish filling the two kindling boxes
  • Blueberry/Peach cobbler
  • Clean my car

These can be worked on or completed as other things are being worked on:

  • Salsa
  • Blueberry/Peach cobbler
  • jam
  • Catch up the laundry

So, it is likely I will deal with the peaches (cobbler and jam), finish the salsa, work on catching up the laundry, fill the kindling boxes while I’m doing other things, probably going to the dump multiple times!

Yesterday I took our old breadbox, a Perfection table top stove, to the antique store. The Victrola horn sold — hurrah! The stove looks sort of like this:

stove

and I took a wrought iron lamp we’ve had forever too. The sewing machine table is the next item slated to be removed, but I have to clear off a coffee table, move it and then get a lot of junk out of the way, first. There are other, more pressing things to do, obviously. With luck the sewing machine table base will be removed by the end of the week.

I’m assuming the Hoosier cabinet sold last Thursday at auction. I have not let myself call the auction house to find what it sold for. I’ll get a check and that’s all I need to know.

Onward!

J