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Yesterday’s Culls & Today’s Progress

The drawers from one of the kitchen cabinets we removed (the case will go Weds.) a small box of books and a box of tube and spring pans.

At one point, I had the crazy notion I would make a Christmas Tree display for cookie cutters from tube pans, with the spring pans as a base. I never did. I never use pans like that, so the entire box went to the dump’s swap shop! I hope someone who needs/wants such things finds them before they get recycled.

Today? Today I started setting up my organizer. I had bought a journal in December or early January for this, when I decided that I would never find another copy of my beloved 2018 organizer. I had been looking for something which I could convert into the format I liked. I found one, then kept forgetting to get it out of the car. I finally did that Sat. morning when I knew I was going to the storage and needed all the room in my car for other boxes coming home.

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What’s NOT in the house!

(This is still my image, but much of this is gone. Or I hope so!)

Anyway, I dug the blank journal I’d bought out this morning. Made up the monthly sections. Figured out the calendar design. Did January and February, and need to do the rest. But it’s in process instead of in a box, definite progress!

I had DH bring home food from one of our fav. restaurants today when he was working remotely. Dinner prep. for me will be making veggies, and that’s it. Easy.

I have another batch of books to go through, of course. There’s about 5 paperback boxes in the car, that’s another 250 books or more.

A bookstore (bless them!) may have someone who can take 3 boxes off my hands this weekend. That would be wonderful!

We’ll see.

Slog, slog, slog, same ol’, same ‘ol. Slog-slog-slog.

I will finish this before I die; right?

J

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My email provider has been bugging me to increase the size of my email file. I don’t want to, as the bulk of what I’ve kept are unread promo emails. So, I started culling email last night. I used to have I think it was 80,000 unread emails. These days that’s down to 28,000.

This morning I was standing in front of the wood stove, something I do in the winter a fair amount. I’ve discovered that the most productive thing I can do while standing there is sort papers. This morning it was going through the last of the yesterday’s ads and coupons. That’s done. Sometime later this morning, I’ll grab a slug of papers out of a box and start on those.  Or, I’ll go through the coupon folder and make sure I know what expires this week.

Sorting paper while standing in front of the wood stove is remarkably productive and gets a job done which isn’t my fave (how I got all the papers to start with).

We didn’t make it to the dump yesterday and when we went Saturday, we just took 2 bags of books. I’ve generated another small bag and DH has it and will donate those today.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

This is exactly like the frugal food idea, that is, have a method in place (a recipe) to deal with the excess and use it, regularly. It’s new for me.

I have cookbooks for using left-overs, but I hadn’t, until recently, made up a list of what to do with specific items.

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(Image not mine, don’t know where I got it, sorry!)

I didn’t have a plan, for email or for food stuffs, until recently. The paperwork I’ve been doing for a while, especially going through the Sunday papers before we acquire a new set, but not necessarily the going through the file/toss papers — receipts, bills, etc.

So, less stuff: unwanted electronic data, paperwork, books, and less food waste. It’s all good!

More Food Musings

Because of the frugal food analysis, I also got down the seed box.

I got discouraged with our veggie garden a couple of years ago, I planted 4 tomato plants (at a cost of $8 each for mid-size, organic, yellow tomato plants) and something ate two of the plants down to the ground. We got 4  fully ripe tomatoes from the other 2 plants and about 4 smaller green ones before the season ended. Tomatoes for $4 each just didn’t seem worth the effort, right?

So last year I just let the garden go. We had a wonderful crop of weeds.

I remembered what I wanted from my garden tonight, even with the farm food, and that is grow things I can’t really get enough variety or quantity from the farm: greens, beans and not red tomatoes.

So I started looking at seeds at my favorite supplier and got down the seed box. Which, because I haven’t planted a garden in two years of any size was chock-a-block full of seeds, some as far back as 2010! I put 52 seed packets in the trash can with seeds in them and 2 empty packets, which I’d kept for some reason.

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(Image isn’t mine but from images.google.com .)

No seeds in the box are from last year, most are from 2016. This means I’ll spend weeks testing seeds and more will get trashed. But that’s good because it will make me do another cull BEFORE I order seed! (I thought I’d culled the box last year when I moved it. Apparently not, I just put the lid on the box and put it away untouched.)

So, today I took 2 bags of books to the dump’s swap shop and tossed 52 seed packets.

We have been working hard on figuring out what’s next for the house: what we want and how to do it. One thing we decided we wanted is prohibitively expensive, unless DH builds it and even then it’s not cheap. That got tabled and we decided he should work more on the other projects. The big DIY project uses jigging and the company which sells that has a sale or two each year. We decided to try and buy the jigs on sale and maybe that’s it this year and tackle the project itself, materials and hardware, next year.

Things are selling at the antique store, which is really nice, since I only have 3 more weeks in that booth! On the other hand, I don’t think anything has sold in the new book booth, but I need to redo things a bit before that will happen I guess?

 

Stuff Out

Been going through that 2nd box of paperbacks. Most of them were taken to the dump’s swap shop. Some of them are designated to go into flea market book boxes and a few, very few, are slated to go into the new booth, with the other high-end books.

The first booth actually made money the last period, partly because my landlady bought 6 book case boxes and 2 display cases from me. So that’s good, it will generate a check for the end of the year, always helpful. Otherwise, they’ve agreed to take the marble table as a consignment, so we don’t have to move it HURRAH!

So, I am keeping on. It has been bitterly cold and I’ve been wanting to do my best imitation of hibernation for the past few weeks, my usual response to winter. Hibernation is such a sensible response to winter; I wonder why humans didn’t adopt it?

My reading consists largely of nonfiction these days. Aside from books to assess, my desk has on it books on frugality, eco living, root cellaring, a history of the 60s, etc. Non-fiction nearly all of it, where I used to almost exclusively read fiction. Big change!

So that’s what’s new!

What I’ve Been Doing

Aside from the ironing the driveway thing I talked about in the last post….

Two days ago I removed all the magazines which filled the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet. Got rid of the immediately obvious culls: dupes and things I’ll never use. I organized them in the bedroom where I can go through them as I can to pull wanted info out or pitch them, whatever. (They’re also neatly stacked.)

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(This photo IS mine. It’s the storage unit, or one of them anyway in 2013, so 6 years ago now. I have a LOT fewer boxes these days!)

Yesterday I worked on the storage move and brought home 6 boxes of “go through these” books. I did. The first box was romances. A slug of them are waiting to go to the dump’s swap shop, some are in a spring flea market box. A box of them will be given to a friend who’s a romance writer to take to a meeting. A few (6?) were valuable.

Earlier this week I called one of my previous antique co-ops about renting a glass case. I don’t have a place to sell really good books when I leave the current shop 2/15.

Today? Today I finished the file box of romances and went through all of an egg box (50-70 books) of mysteries/thrillers/spy novels. They also got sorted: swap shop, too good to give away, and flea market books.

Two of the boxes in the car are labeled that they’re DH’s books from an earlier office clean out. Guess? Many of them will be old computer books and will go to the dump, probably into the paper recycling. There’s one more box that I remember in the car. It has sf magazines in it, at least on top. If it has complete year lots? Cool, it’s booth or flea market. I have no reason to keep an odd issue here or there, but have 2 years of this magazine missing 1 issue each. . . maybe I can fill those holes?

There are 3 wire crates, 2 typing tables and other items slated to be put into the antique store for the last month I’ll be there. (I’m having a “container” sale.) Anything which doesn’t sell is either going to auction, will be donated, or taken to the flea market in the spring.

Oh yeah. I also have a few things in the car to consign.

So, see? I’ve been busy, but not talking about it much!

The 2 boxes marked for DH were gone through Friday eve. The outs will be researched, but many of them will find their way to the dumps swap shop no doubt. That’s 2 more boxes outta here!

Square Feet, Eggs & Others

This was started 12/29/18

After I returned from breakfast, I contemplated what I should cull next?

It’s a dump day, so I can take whatever outs I want to the dump, today, no hanging around waiting to be disposed of, which is great!

The first piece was a copy of Square Foot Gardening which I haven’t look at in years. Long ago, I started reading Steve Solomon’s writing on growing vegetables and he has a long discussion about the French-style biointensive form of veggie gardening and why it may not be the best idea. I’d read about the biointensive form and it hadn’t worked all that well (including the square foot gardening idea) here. Solomon’s idea is that plants need a healthy root system, not crowding to deal well with stresses insects, diseases, etc. And that made more sense to me than timed and measured planting. It seems to work better here. It isn’t as tidy, but the plants are healthier and I’m convinced that means they’re better for us. Accordingly, I haven’t used the square foot gardening book for some time — so out it goes!

A reprint of The Egg and I soon joined it. I remember the story fondly, but the book isn’t something I’ll reread (or I haven’t for years) and this copy isn’t worth anything on the resale market — out it goes too!

And so on. There are books you’d likely NOT keep that I will.

  • A Treastise on Cake Making, a manual for bakers. I’m keeping it to convert some of the recipes and the forms used for inventory and recipes interest me.
  • Dahl’s Menu Making for Professionals. Largely kept for much the same reasons as the cake making book. I use professional books to find things which work with the least amount of extra fuss, materials.

And other books I’ll get rid of:

  • A manual for growing food, wholesale. I’ll offer this to the neighbor with a farm.
  • A price guide for children’s & illustrated books, offered to a friend who has always had an interest in illustrated books.
  • A copy of The Song of Roland edited or translated by Dorothy Sayers. I love her Whimsey mysteries, but somehow never read this. I’ll offer it to the neighbor who loves Sayers’ work. . . . None of these were takers, so they went to the swap shop.

DH is working on my Christmas present, a bookcase to replace the stacked small bookcases which currently house books in our upstairs hall.

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(It’s that bookcase again from images.google.com)

 

He originally made the small bookcases so they could be packed beforehand for shows. They worked wonderfully for that. But they’re too narrow to be a really good house bookcase. They wobble when you take a book out — always makes me nervous!

The old show cases are likely to end up in the shed or attic when DH gets the new bookcase made. It’s a built-in, so it won’t be replaced.

Today’s additions 1/8/19:

Annoyingly, the insert a line function seems to be broken here, sigh. Computers haven’t been working for me all day. My primary social media site seems to  be down or my account has been hacked. DH thinks it’s the site, and I believe him. But things have just been weird all day.

Today’s culls, so far:

10 books to the swap shop bin, 3 books to the bookstore box, 1 new skein yarn and 1 pair of gloves also to the swap shop.

Found contact info so I can return 2 prints, or at least a place to start, hurrah!

I’m feeling “bloated.” I’ve used up the space I have for sorting things and have no room. I had pulled out boxes for something earlier this week and noticed that the lack of floor space just stopped me cold. I replaced the boxes, but still have no room. I have 1 “floating” box right now, with nowhere to put it, 3/4 full. Filling it will be pretty easy. Finding a place to put it away? That will be hard.

I need a new inspiration, a new idea about where to put sorted, boxed items! My first one put 3 boxes next to the stairs. The next one put 8 boxes in my office. The last one straightened part of a bookcase and found a home for 5 boxes. But until the accumlated culls create enough space that having room to sort, cull and PUT AWAY the items which need that, I am going to keep having this problem.

Utimately, the things I’m keeping which have no home are going in the attic, boxed. Fine. But there’s no room there either….

Sigh.

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(This isn’t my home; it’s just how it feels!)

My Heirs Are Happier!

I spent part of today going though a box of papers. [Papers and books make up much of the boxed “stuff” here.]

 

paper piles

(from images.google.com, image is NOT mine!)

I found our original mortgage paperwork, from 1982? Why we still had this I don’t know. The only thing I can think of is that until a while back, I just moved boxes back and forth mostly and didn’t go through them often, so this got moved, from California to Georgia to Florida to New England and then within New England, until I found these papers again, today.

Out they go into the shredding pile!


One more foray into the stack of boxes found something long missing: the photo album. Now I can file the pics in one or two manila envelopes here which have been waiting for this event.

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