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Did I? Friday’s Five and . . .

What did I get done from my list yesterday? NOTHING!

When I got back from the farm, I dove into dealing with the bags and boxes of food and making dinner.

I washed a few dishes and managed to wash 4 lbs + of tomatoes, prep/freeze celeriac, deal with peppers, etc. Today? Today I have to make two large batches of salsa and some roasted marinara (red). Most of that happens in fits & starts, so it can happen concurrently with other chores.

I decided the Alphabetics sheets were a mess and started making master sheets and work sheets, separately. I’d had them combined. Too much in one place!

Long and short of this? I have to do all of yesterday’s list and today’s as well.

Here’s today’s list:

  1. Put the house jacks away in the basement.3:20 p.m.
  2. Straighten two shelves 2:45 p.m.
  3. Get all the tweeds for the upholstery job in one place, tidily! 11:00 a.m.
  4. Work more on the general fabric storage clean up.3:10 p.m. I’m counting pulling the blanket basket down, dusting the shelf where it sits, cleaning the basket, shaking all the blankets and putting the entire thing back, neatly!
  5.  Pull the quilts out of storage and check for needed repairs and required cleaning. 12:05 p.m.

Other news: We returned the contract for the chimney repair, yesterday. DH also sent a note re the last of the roof/porch issues to the contractor this morning. Either this weekend or next, we’ll be getting the first part of our firewood supply. Came Saturday. Next load, next weekend.


What I’ve done so far: lg container of veggies in freezer. Two bags of “stew veggies” started, but not finished. 10:50 a.m. Three bags of stew veggies in the freezer. Golden barley soup started. Carrot storage reorganized. Dishes washed. Laundry. Helped DH with clapboards. (He’s doing the last 2 on the south side — now!)

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There’s still WAAAY too much stuff here and it’s still too disorganized and we still have BAD habits. That said? There’s stuff getting disposed of here, daily. Areas which are being culled and cleaned, daily. It isn’t huge, but nibbling at the sides, every day. DH is finishing various projects, I’m culling a box or more . . . every day and cleaning some place new, every day.

We may, eventually, dig our lives out from under all the stuff.

Maybe.

J

3 rules of work

 

Flea Market was a Success

We got rid of stuff, made a little money, and donated a batch of things which didn’t sell afterwards.

That was Saturday. Sunday we rented a truck and moved about 1/2 the storage unit. Tomorrow I get to work on this some more. Oh joy.

Not surprisingly, We’re both tired! We figure we picked up, loaded truck with, picked up unloaded truck to dolly and then picked up and stacked in the storage about 600 lbs of books. When you figure that we moved those books at least 4 times pick up from old storage, put in truck, unload from truck to dolly (only had dollies on the receiving end, they aren’t ours) then unloaded dolly to stack in new storage.

Both of us said, “Never again!”

I was surprised. I thought there were only hardcover and large format paperbacks left, but no, there were boxes of rack-sized paperbacks and magazines too. So, I’m sure our dump will be the happy receiver of some of those, as well as a few local libraries. I have a few books here and there I’d like to find, as well as a few authors.

(The image is NOT my storage unit!)

storage unit

There’s some obvious mostly junk boxes. Those I’ve started to pull out (there’s 2 in the car) and I’ll go thru them tomorrow before I go work on some of the others. Hopefully, I can get through those fairly quickly. The plan is that my helper and I will move the remaining boxes of books tomorrow. Then I’ll work on the odds & ends. My goal is to be out of the old storage by the end of the week. We’ll see! The move tomorrow may not go as planned, or any other piece of it may not. . . .

J

4/22 note: Didn’t make that goal. Still working on this, sigh!

Chore Status 9/5

It seems as I get things done I’m also adding more. Accordingly, I edit and repost this every Monday so that I start each week with only the still needed list. The old list is available, with the struck-through text, on the last week’s post!

to do list 1

Living Room:

  • Spackle  (as needed)
  • Sand: (as needed)
  • Primer, 2nd coat: (as needed)
  • Caulk/chinking: Done — the wall from the door to the entry wall and the short section of log wall on the kitchen wall. The baseboards on the kitchen wall, the “oak” wall and the interior staircase wall. From the kitchen corner to the street side window. Remaining:  from street side window to front corner, from front corner to window edge near corner. Above/below front window and to the door. Baseboards: street wall, interior staircase wall.
  • Final Paint: entire room (street, oak, kitchen, bookcase wall, hall walls (closet, bath, pantry), stair wall, entry, stair interior wall, and stair rail.
  • Cull/clean: get fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery (leave ready to go piece). Window replacement on north side. Means removing trim. Remove window trim for painting effort while doing caulking. Label trim as it’s removed in case you can reuse it.
  • (long term) Replace window interior trim and mod hall door trim to match front door (and get rid of those F’n ledges!!!). Replace baseboards for same reason. Sand and redo floor. Move kitchen door?

In broad terms what remains in the living room prepainting effort:  the kitchen wall needs to be touched up over the lastest remudding/spackling job. Between the logs looked awful and was impossible to paint, so we’re caulking between the logs. What needs to be done: stove to street corner, street corner to window, window to the door.

We need to finish the additional spackling, patching, between log caulking and other caulking. Then we sand, again. Then we primer, again, if needed. THEN we paint! I thought it was 2 coats of primer the manufacturer recommended. It’s two layers of paint!

Blue stickies on the door (meaning job has been completed): 5 11 12

Measure furniture. Make a floor plan so you move the furniture and books ONE more time, not more than that!

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future).

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) Get the 2nd Hoosier into the kitchen.  Dismantle the f’n 30 square foot counter and redo it to something saner!!! (long term) Pull the windows, put in the new wall and windows. Finish the sink window trim.

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.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room.

Attic: Get the 1 base cabinet in there (or elsewhere) and the cabinet which canme from the storage. Get the doors for the cabinet from storage with the cabinet. Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic.[1 base cabinet used in kitchen 8/20]

Office 1: . Get the counter cleaned. Remove everything from the bookcases on the north wall and get the cases moved into the attic.  Bring in the new dressers?

Office 2: Clear off the blue desk. Sell/cull items awaiting that. (long term) Move the office function to the other office.

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 a smaller storage unit 10 x 20.

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! [Worked on this 7/24-5, week of 8/20, 8/27, 8/29]

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

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 51 as of 7/27, 50 as of 8/1, 48 8/9, 49 8/22, 48 9/5,  44 9/11

Systems, Mostly Long Term: Heating: stack ready for use,  2 cords of wood. Finish basement insulation. Order 2 more cords of wood. Roof: get new back roof. Water: get clips installed on both roofs. Get guttering/water barrel. (long term) Landscaping: Walls, fencing, gates, plantings as needed.

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 6% 9.6% 12.5% 15.9% 18% 21.6% 23.9% 27.2%29.5%  36.4% 38.6% 40.9% 43.2% 46.6% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks, but 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: 05% complete I haven’t worked on this to speak of. Did locate the 2 older story fragments, which is what I’m calling 5%. Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% now 9/9
  • kitchen book: nothing new as of 9/5
  • possible future editing jobs: nothing new

Chore Status 8/15

Decided because it seems as I get things done I’m also adding more things to do, that I should repost this every Monday. Also, that I should remove from this list the things I’ve done, so that I start each week with just the still pending list. The old list is available, with the struck through text, on the last list!

Living Room:

  • Clean (wallboard): kitchen, interior stair.
  • Spackle: kitchen, interior stair, stair rail.
  • Primer (1st coat): kitchen wall, entry wall, interior stair, stair rail.
  • Primer (2nd coat) : kitchen wall, oak wall, front wall, wallboard walls, stair rail, between logs too.
  • Caulk: entire room trim to walls and floor, as needed.
  • Final Paint: entire room (street, oak, kitchen, bookcase wall, hall walls (closet, bath, pantry), stair wall, entry, stair interior wall, and stair rail.
  • Cull/clean: get fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery. Window replacement on north side.
  • (long term) Sand and redo floor.

In broad terms what remains in the living room prepainting effort:  the kitchen wall needs to be cleaned, spackled and primed. The interior stair wall needs to be spackled and primed.  These walls need to be primed: kitchen, interior stair, and entry.

AFTER I get everything primed at least once, then the spackling, between log painting, and caulking can be done. Then we sand, again. Then we primer, again. THEN we paint! I need to remember to order the paint!

Measure room and furniture. Make a floor plan so you move the furniture and books ONE more time, not more than that!

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future).

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) Get the 2nd Hoosier into the kitchen.  Dismantle the f’n 30 square foot counter and redo it to something saner!!! (long term) Pull the windows, put in the new wall and windows.

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.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room.

Attic: Get the 2 1 base cabinets in there (or elsewhere) and the cabinet from the storage. Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic.[1 base cabinet used in kitchen 8/20]

Office 1: . Get the counter cleaned. Remove everything from the bookcases on the north wall and get the cases moved into the attic.  Bring in the new dressers?

Office 2: Clear off the blue desk. Sell/cull items waiting for that.

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

Storage: Get the table to the person who owns it. Remove the folding screen. Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to a smaller storage unit 10 x 20 instead of 10 x 30 which is what you have now.

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! [Worked on this 7/24-5]

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

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 51 as of 7/27, 50 as of 8/1, 48 8/9)

Systems, Mostly Long Term: Heating: order 3 cords of wood. Finish basement insulation. Order 2 more cords of wood. Roof: get back roof replaced. Water: get clips installed on both roofs. Get guttering/water barrel.Landscaping: Walls, fences, gates, plantings as needed.

Been Finding Ways

I’m working on the table now. There’s a bookcase next to it (of course) and a set of shelves which is a room divider, that holds cooking equipment, mostly, but also has a few books in it (Surprise!).

The “dining room” is a corner of my kitchen. This is the next area I’m cleaning. I did the cat bench/rug on the wall. They share the laundry room wall. Next I’m going to tackle the windowed area, the bookcase beneath and the china cabinet which acts as a room divider on the other side. I’ve already begun that effort, but of course I have a lot more to do.

The table has been pulled out from the wall, preparatory to pulling everything off the bookcase, pulling the bookcase away from the wall, cleaning each and everything and putting it back.

The ways I’ve been finding is that as I go, I’m creating parking places for the things I want to keep – china, crafting items, whatever it is. When I went to style the bookcase, I used some of these. Others, the sad decision is that they’ve got to go — just too much stuff here.

There are some I’m not ready to let go of, yet, and those have become the flostam I’m putting just ahead of me. The pieces which styled the bookcase, a cylinder vase, the vase filler, and the jar with my “house” potpourri in it, were part of the flostam. Now they have a home, on top of the bookcase which sits next to the dining table.

I began pulling out items which were stashed elsewhere. All of it either needs a home, needs to be used regularly, or it’s going out.

We took a day today, together. The books I had pulled out of the booth went to the library sale donation box and then we donated almost all the “stuff” to one of my favorite thrift shops. Next to nothing is left in the car, and the few pieces which are I can put up for sale at the new booth, which is why I kept them.

Some of the donated pieces were things I’d kept for years, because I really loved them; but I’ve never used them, so out they went!

Tomorrow is the bookcase, the table, and if I’m ambitious, the china cabinet!

The slow, inevitable “clean stain” (oddly enough, my image for this is lime-green slime!) is moving into my house, one small piece at a time!

J

Updates

The house is a mess. Hopefully that can change at some point, soon.

I just spent 2 weeks working on the memoir in Boston. Essentially, it’s done. Yah! (It only took 10 years ‘eh, speed demon that I am.)

But I came back from Boston feeling really impatient. I need help here, one day a week. If I can get DH to help, just one day a week, we can get the house clean. Don’t know if that will happen. Inertia is a way of life around here.

After two weeks with activists, I’m not feeling so complacent about what I have here, both inside and out. Inside the house, and out.

The garden has taken off, unfortunately that also means the weeds took off too during the two weeks I was gone. I’m whacking away at that.

The CSA is in full swing and I have a lot of food to deal with. Pulled bags out of the fridge yesterday and made chicken veggies soup: water, better than bullion and misc. veggies from the freezer. NOTHING fresh. It’s yummy, we’ll finish it probably tomorrow.

Tonight I made pesto for the first time. I don’t think I’ll ever be intimidated by pesto again. Always seemed mysterious. Nope! Grind basil, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and ground Parmesan to taste. No big. In the past, we’ve frozen store-bought pesto, which is what will likely happen to this!

My garden is yielding up rhubarb still, mint, parsley, baby potatoes, chives, oregano, and tarragon, the usual early spring stuff. Being gone two weeks makes a big difference! Peas and beans are up as is corn, lettuces, etc. but nothing is mature, yet, except the garlic. The garlic scapes did get harvested when I was gone, but that’s it.

How are your gardens doing? What’s new? Yes, I was gone two weeks, but I didn’t drop off the face of the earth!